Lilah Top and Dress – Pattern Test for Sansahash Designs

So this week, I had a fun opportunity to participate in a pattern test for Sansahash Designs where the fabric for the test was provided by So Sew English Fabrics. The latest pattern by Mgeni, the designer at the newly started Sansahash Designs is the Lilah Top and Dress.

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It is a simple empire waisted dress that is designed to be made in both knit and woven fabric. The woven version has a front button down bodice with placket for easy wearability. The back bodice has a racerback neckline that is going to be perfect for summers. Both versions are fully lined.

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My dress wearing princess has just started bicycling, and with what persistence! It looks like we might be getting rid of the training wheels sooner than we thought. In lieu of her new hobby, i figured i’ll make a top version to wear over jeans and leggings for when she goes biking (lol)

I used a really sturdy stretchy ponte knit for the bodice and a cotton jersey (doodles collection from Joanns) for the skirt version.

She was not keen on pictures that day, but we managed to get a few shots.

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Here’s the dress version of the Lilah! This floral french terry that I received from So Sew English Fabrics has the perfect drape and stretch for this pattern. I love the vintage feel of the muted blue and coral colors in this fabric.

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It’s a dress with lots of fabric and lots of twirl! Need I say more? She loves it! She actually loves everything I make for her (wonder how long this phase will last). The instructions to construct this garment are well explained and illustrated. Because it’s fully lined, the neckline and armholes are cleanly finished with no itchy raw edges inside. The fully gathered skirt is stabilized by clear elastic and it really helps in keeping the waistline seam straight with no sagging or pulling (the pattern includes instructions on how to attach it)

The Lilah Top and Dress pattern is layered and comes in sizes 6m to 12 years. It is currently on sale for only $6.00 until tomorrow May 5th 8am MST after which it will be available for $6.50 until Tuesday, May 9th.

You can join the Sansahash Designs Facebook group here for all the scoop on new patterns and sale information or if you just need some help or motivation to get started on your Sansahash patterns 🙂

Happy Sewing!!!

 

Show your Stoff Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Show your Stoff Blog Tour. This tour is all about showcasing Zierstoff Patterns by several different bloggers. This pattern company is new to me so I jumped at the chance to try out a new designer. As i was browsing through their patterns, the Kati waterfall dress and shirt caught my eye first. I have a much loved store bought shirt with the same drape neck, that I have once even tried to hack with uhh not so successful results. So I figured this was as good a chance as any to finally make a drape neck shirt.

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The sizing was almost impossible to figure since the measurement chart doesn’t include standard bust, waist or hip measurements. It goes from sizes 158 – 42 (Kids’ M to Women’s L) and the measurement chart has a finished dress length measured from the neck to the hem based on which I picked the smallest size.  It ended up fitting great, although a tad short (I think).

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It’s possible I am showing off my stripe matching skills here 😀

This rayon jersey that I found at my local store seems like it has good drape but that’s about it, I don’t really like how it lays, and sewing with it was not much fun either. But it works to show off that waterfall neck well so I guess it worked out okay.

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This pattern is fairly simple and straightforward and I like how the shoulders seams are enclosed within the facing. The sleeves are turned in and hemmed.

When we were picking patterns for the tour (around January), it was really cold here, and I couldn’t imagine taking pictures of a sleeveless top so I chose the Delia Cardigan to go with it.  The cardigan has a scarf like collar that falls down the front in soft waves.

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I chose this sparkly wine colored french terry fabric from my local Jo Anns for the Delia cardigan. It is so soft and drapes really well. The pattern does recommend using fabric with a double face. The sleeves can be finished with cuffs or folded under which is what i did. This pattern is fairly straight forward too, I had the same issue with picking a size but for the cardigan, I sized up and cut the kid’s L size so it would be easy to layer over tops. The pattern has instructions for finishing the back by folding under but the front of the cardigan is just serged perhaps so it can hang better? I didn’t serge it, but I am not a fan of raw edges so I think i’m gonna do a narrow hem to finish the front edges.

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The cardigan comes with optional inseam pockets as well which I’ve come to realize I really really like so I made sure to add them. The instructions and notches for the scarf and the pockets and the general construction of the cardigan was well explained.

To see what other bloggers have made as part of the “Show your Stoff” Tour, don’t forget to click on the links below on the specified days. Zierstoff Patterns is also offering a discount to all readers through the month of April (see below for coupon code).

Monday April 10- Anne-Mari Sews,  InspinrationTenille’s Thread, Sew Cucio, Embrace Everyday

Tuesday April 11- Musings of A Seamstressmahlicadesigns, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique Ronda B Handmade, FABulous Home Sewn

Wednesday April 12-  Thread and ScissorsKaleidothought, Idle Sunshine, mahlicadesigns

Thursday April 13- Very Blissful, Sew A Piece of Joy, Zowie Zo, Nina Makes, Lulu & Celeste, Thread and Scissors.

Friday April 14- Tales of a TesterAnne-Mari SewsBless, by Tone; Life Sew Savory; Needles to Say, Adventures with Bubba and BugSprouting Jube Jube, Glitter in my Coffee

Saturday April 15- Sprouting Jube JubeMusings of A Seamstress, Stitches by Laura; Tea, Dust and StitchesAnna’s Heirloom Boutique, Ronda B Handmade

You can use the code MahlicaDesigns30 to save 30% off Zierstoff Patterns through the month of April.

Scarlett Moto Skinnies – Pattern Test for Laela Jeyne!

This was one pattern test I didn’t actually jump in nor was I planning to! Jeans and top stitching and fitting adjustments were not something I felt ready for at this point. Somewhere in my vague sewing plans, jeans were going to be part of 2018. But when Marisa really needed testers in my size, I figured I’d at least try and if it didn’t work, it didn’t work! but work it did! Even my first quick and dirty muslin showed so much promise, I revved up to sew my final pair in denim french terry! And that my friends is how I sewed up my very first pair of skinnies – The Scarlett Moto Skinnies*

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I want to talk about my fabric first. I don’t know what I was planning on making when I ordered this Indigo denim french terry from LA Finch fabrics because who orders only 1 yard of denim? I was just intrigued by the name and obsessed with all things french terry at that point so might have ordered it. Good thing too because it’s sold out now! This is a fabric I super recommend!

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When it arrived, I realized the yardage was way too less for pants so it just sat there. When my muslin turned out so well, I was determined to make my denim FT work for this pattern. Using super tetris skills, I was able to get all the moto pattern pieces and the contoured waistband (with lining) in 1 yard! ONE YARD!!! (it was over 60″ wide) Sometimes being short is not so bad 😀 especially when you take out a whopping 4.5″ in length!

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The Skinnies* as the name suggests are snug fitted, ankle length pants that can be made both in plain and moto style. The moto front involves some piecing, pleating and top stitching details that are a little bit labor intensive but not at all difficult. I made these on my regular sewing machine with denim needles and denim top stitching thread in blue. I was worried my poor generic Singer machine would die on me, so I did go slow especially on all flat felled seams but it worked just fine. Once you’ve got the front legs done with all the moto pieces attached, pleated and top stitched, it goes relatively fast, well! as fast as flat felling denim fabric on all seams including a four point crotch seam can go! You can definitely skip that step and just serge your seams from inside,. That is another option that is included, which I think would work great with a fabric like stretch twill but for denim, taking the effort to flat fell all seams definitely contributes to the overall look.

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After my last not-so-creative back pocket top stitching on my daughter’s denim shorts, I made up this loopy curvy design for my back pockets. Using a piece of chalk, I drew on one pocket and transferred the design to the other pocket, and then topstitched with a narrow zigzag stitch.  I’m pleased with how they turned out 🙂

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So are you ready to give these a go? There’s a pants fitting guide E-book included to address all your fitting adjustment concerns. The woven waistband option has an invisible side zipper, or you can skip the zipper and do the knit waistband option instead. There’s a plain front option you can choose without all the moto pieces to get a well fitting pair of skinnies. As far as pants go, this is as easy at it gets, its a step above leggings but not over complicated like jeans. You can get the pattern here* , available in sizes 00-26, can be printed in layers with a copy shop file also included now for only $7.75 USD.

Breaking Ground Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Breaking Ground Blog Tour!  The theme behind this tour hosted and organized by Melissa Evans of Mahlica Designs is that, we would be breaking ground by sewing a pattern new to us, or attempting something new – a new style, fabric, garment type, something that is new to us. The perfect excuse to get out and make something out of the comfort zone!

I got the Carrie Cardigan a couple years ago when it was first released as part of the Sew What Club membership. I was very drawn to the laid back yet stylish look of this sweater but never ended up making it at that time. Very recently, when the pattern was re-released, I was going to sew it up and pair it with my waterfall raglan for the Make it Mine Tour but somehow that didn’t end up happening either!

So for this tour, I picked the Carrie Cardigan by Delia Creates because it’s breaking new ground for me both in terms of the pattern designer and the garment type. In spite of having accumulated quite a few cardigan patterns during sales and such, I have never actually made a cardigan for myself before.

The Carrie Cardigan is a relaxed slouchy style Cardigan with dolman sleeves. It can be made in two hem lengths and two sleeve length. I chose short sleeves and short length and paired it with an earlier version of my waterfall.

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I got this black and grey stripey sweater knit from JoAnn specifically for this pattern and I think it worked out perfectly. After wearing it, I realized I would have loved the longer length too, maybe next time?

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This pattern is ridiculously quick to make. I had the pattern printed and cut from earlier but I cut my fabric (even matched stripes), sewed- serged- pressed it, photographed it, made lunch for my family and made it in time for “Beauty and Beast” matinee show in just a few hours! That’s how fast it comes together folks! I am not sure why I didn’t do this earlier but it’s going to be perfect for spring now that the temperatures are starting to rise a bit.

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I definitely like this style and a few more would be great to have in rotation. A long Carrie Cardigan in slub knit would be great to throw on during school drop offs and park dates I’m thinking! So have any of your recent projects been ground breaking for you? I would love to hear!

Meanwhile here’s what other bloggers have been doing as part of the Breaking Ground Blog Tour:

Mahlicadesigns   Ronda B Handmade   Elizabeth Made This

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Reagan Raglan – Pattern Test for Bella Sunshine Designs

Bella Sunshine Designs* is turning two and they’re celebrating their 2 year anniversary with a big sale – 40% off of all patterns and 2 great free patterns – Reagan raglan for ladies* and Reagan raglan* for kids. Today I’m sharing a few pictures of my Raegan raglan that I tested a couple weeks back.

While there are many amazing raglan patterns out there, a few design elements that stand out in this pattern for me are the slim fit, v-neck, and the dress length options. This pattern also comes with bust adjustment pieces for those needing an FBA.

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Both the cotton jersey knit and the lace knit fabrics are from hobby lobby from last year.

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The Reagan raglan* comes in sizes 0-20, with top, tunic and dress length options in both long and short sleeve options. Bust adjustment is included and its a layered pattern meaning you can print only the sizes you need. The pattern is only $5 but as part of the 2 year anniversary celebrations, Bella sunshine Designs is giving away both the womens and the kids Reagan raglan patterns for free.

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If you have never tried a BSD pattern before, now is a great time to try out their patterns. Make sure you join their Facebook group here to get your coupon code for the free patterns.

Here are some other Bella Sunshine Designs* patterns that I have tried in the past, you can click on the links for a detailed review and more pictures for each pattern.

Violet dress for girls pattern* (My review here)

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Violet Dress & Top* for Women (Reviewed here)

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Rose Bubble Shorts* and Felicity Dress and Top* (Reviewed here)

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The code for your free copy of the Raglan patterns is in the pinned post in the BSD facebook group. All of the patterns in the shop* are 40% off till March 5th so hurry on and get shopping!

*If you buy the pattern through one of my affiliate links, I get a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you and you will help support my blogging adventure. Thank you.

Just for me January – Sisboom Pattern Co. Blog Tour

I’m so excited to be part of the Just for me January Blog tour hosted by Sisboom Pattern Company. This also happens to be my first post and first sewing project of the new year (yeah I’ve been slacking off) so hopefully that means I’ll be sewing a whole lot of clothes for myself this year.

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I have never sewn with Sisboom patterns before, so I had several great patterns to choose from but with the insanely cold weather around here, sleeveless was not an option for me. Also I have a whole pinterest board on bell sleeves that I have been wanting to try so I picked the Shana Bell sleeved tunic. I love the simple A line shape of this tunic and the gathered bell sleeve.

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We had some really good weather this weekend so I’m glad we were able to get outdoor pictures, I never get decent indoor shots.

I made a couple changes to the pattern that I will get to in just a minute but first the fabric. It’s a border print cotton gauze fabric that I purchased last year with the intention of turning it into a summer maxi for me but instead ended up making a pretty Sullivan maxi for my daughter. The remaining was not enough for my maxi anymore so the fabric was sorta sitting there waiting for the right project. As soon as I picked this pattern, I knew it had to be this fabric, it has a good drape and I love how the flowers are densely populated in the bottom and thin out towards the top.

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The one change I made to the pattern is the neckline. It originally has a curved yoke and facing. I taped the yoke back to the bodice taking into account the seam allowance and then smoothed out the curve to form a soft V neckline. I traced out a facing  in the same way and constructed the garment as per the instructions. In doing so, the neckline ended up a little lower than intended but hopefully not inappropriately so.

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This tunic has a fair amount of ease but along with the shape of the sleeves and drape of the fabric, it works perfectly. I made the 3/4th length sleeves but the pattern has cut lines for varying sleeve lengths so you can choose the length based on where you want the sleeve to hit you. The tunic length also has several cut lines, I chose the shortest cut line and shortened the bodice by about 1″ at the waist because i’m only 5′.

I found the pattern well drafted, it even includes all the notch markings for the curved yoke and facings. The instructions and pictures were clear and detailed and include clean seam finishing instructions.

While I was making this tunic, I have been dreaming of another Shana Bell Sleeved tunic with an embroidered V-neck yoke and a georgette bodice. I hope I can make it in time for spring. What about you? what have you been sewing for yourself this month? Would you like to win a copy of the Shana Bell Sleeved tunic pattern so you can whip up a cute tunic for yourself? All you have to do is leave me a comment, and I’ll pick a random winner by the end of this week. Good Luck!

Head on over to these fabulous bloggers’ posts for more chances to win free Sisboom Patterns all of this week and next!

Wednesday, January 18th: Sew Haute Blog Friday, January 20th: Troops to Tots

Monday, January 23rd: idlesunshine Tuesday, January 24th: Not Sew Selfish

Wednesday, January 25th: Glitter in My Coffee Friday, January 27th: Sparrow in Flight

Monday, January 30th: A Crazy Craft Lady

Happy Sewing!

Plaid and Boots Tour – Date Night

Happy Monday you guys!!! I am unusually excited for a Monday morning because….Today we are kicking off the Plaid and Boots Tour hosted by Laela Jeyne Patterns. The tour is going to be filled with lots of sewing inspiration for the upcoming holiday season along with styled outfits for various themes. There’s a super fun giveaway in the the end with three chances to win amazing prizes that include fabric and patterns from our very generous sponsors. I am thrilled to share that today’s blog post is being sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.

So for my date night theme,  I thought it’d be fun to create a few different outfits that would work based on the kind of date night our circumstances would allow us.

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Ideally, I would love to dress up in my Plaid Talia mini dress, go out for dinner with my darling husband followed by a Sci-fi movie after. That may or not be a distinct possibility but a girl can dream right?

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I used rayon plaid from Jo Ann fabrics for my dress here. It has a nice drape to it, but the grain lines drove me all kinds of crazy and the hem ended up being a bit wonky.

I have made the Talia before and my favorite feature is the neatly fitted bodice which I find quite flattering. You can read all about my love for the Talia Maxi I made here. For this version here, I made the V neck in mini-dress length with no adjustments other than reducing the length in the bodice by about 1″.

 I’m all over tassel necklaces this season and love how the emerald toned necklace pairs with the red plaid. It was quite chilly this week when we shot pictures, so I threw on my favorite black cardigan which pairs really well with the Talia dress!

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This is an outfit I’d absolutely wear date night or not 🙂

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The few times that we have managed to have these movie-dinner nights have been special and memorable, but they are few and far between. (Have I mentioned we have two adorable young ones?).

So every once in a while, we try to have a date night  day with the toddler in tow while the older one is at school. That means brunch and a movie on netflix/ theatre based on what the toddler will allow. And that calls for a stylish outfit right?

What’s more stylish than a well fitted tee and pants, so here I am showing off my fancy Emily tee made in gorgeous Art Gallery Knit.

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The fabric is from the Curiosities collection called Firefly Jar Dark in Knit, with great stretch and recovery perfect for fitted tees like this. I have always loved blues and aquas so when I was browsing the Art Gallery Fabrics, I was immediately drawn to this pretty firefly print. 

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To bring out the subtle pink in the fabric, and because blue and pink look perfect together, I added pink accessories like the drop earrings to my outfit.

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I didn’t shorten the length of the Emily tee pattern like I do for most patterns ‘coz i prefer the long skinny look of this one. This is a great basic pattern with lots of options including two necklines, cowl, hoodie, elbow patches and triangular side insets, and it also comes in a mini version – the Emmy Children’s tee is a must have for the littles in your life! You can see my daughter’s Emmy tee here.

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There are only so many times the husband can take off from work to go on a date with me right? lol! All this to say, one of our favorite things to do is head out together, all four of us to a drive-in movie, park, or even the mall to just chill, shop, eat, watch or play together!

Samantha swing top paired with buttery soft Taylor leggings and ankle boots is the perfect outfit for a day out with the family and also my new favorite outfit.

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The fabric I used for the leggings is from the Pastel Thrift Collection and it’s called the Type-Plaid Allusion. I adore this print with it’s colors and the type-written letters. For the Samantha tunic, I used Morse Dot Blue in knit from the Imprint Collection by Katarina Roccella.

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I tested the Samantha dress earlier (you can read about it here), I like how its fitted at the top and flows out into a swing silhouette. For this version, I chose to make a cozy full-sleeved tunic with a regular hemline, and extended the tunic length by 2″ so it can be worn over leggings. The Samantha swing dress/tunic comes with several options in length and sleeves including a racerback tunic/dress for the warmer months.

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My favorite design feature in the Taylor leggings is the contoured waistband which not only fits neatly with no gaping but also has a flattering effect on the  waist line. The stretch and recovery of this plaid knit was perfect for the leggings.You can get this pattern free when you join the Laela Jeyne Facebook Group.

I am going to be all literal and say that my next outfit is reserved for a date with my sewing machine but honestly have you seen the other versions of the Sydney Slouchy Raglan? I have already made one before and find it perfect for cold mornings like today.

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This particular Sydney is special ‘coz the fabric was sponsored by Moon Man Printing that Myrna so graciously offered to send to us. It is unfortunate that you can’t see very clearly what the front reads but it says “In the rythmn of the needle there is music for the soul”

It’s a really soft knit with great drape and perfect for a raglan like this, the blue velvety soft floral from So Sew English fabrics was about the only piece of fabric in my stash that matched with the blue on the panel and also a continuation of my new obsession with floral double brushed polyester.

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I made the V-neck raglan in regular silhouette with 3/4th length relaxed style sleeves and a rounded hemline instead of my usual high-low hemline. The Sydney Slouchy Raglan includes several different options including a swing style bodice, an off-shoulder neck style, slouchy style sleeves and also a hooded cowl. I paired them with an earlier tester version of the oh-so-comfy Taylor leggings made in a denim rayon french terry from LA Finch Fabrics. Don’t forget to check out this perfect winter pattern!

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Phew!! that was a lot of pictures, I hope you didn’t get tired of seeing my face!

I would love to hear which of these looks you liked best, and tell me how would you dress up for your date night/day?

Don’t forget to enter for the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY for a chance to win from three fantastic prizes from our wonderful sponsors. There’s also a special sale from Laela Jeyne Patterns for a 20% off your entire cart with the coupon code P&BTOUR20.

Tour Schedule

Monday Kaleidothoughtidle sunshineAllie J.

Tuesday Sew PinspiredSewSophieLynnThe Wholesome Mama

Wednesday Nini and AshSew and Tell ProjectSweet Red Poppy

Thursday Pear Berry LanePaisley RootsThreadbear GarmentsLace and Pine Designs

Friday Olive AshbySunflower SeamsElegantine

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Happy Sewing! and Happy Holidays!

*If you buy patterns through one of my affiliate links, I get a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you and you will help support my blogging adventure. Thank you.