Polina Dress – Pattern Test for Coffee and Thread Patterns

Polina dress by Coffee and Thread patterns was released earlier this week and you’ve probably seen so many adorable versions floating around. The PDF pattern world is really amazing isn’t it? I mean so many woven dress patterns out there, what could yet another new pattern offer right? wrong! this pattern is refreshingly beautiful, it’s a classic vintage inspired dress with adorable circular frills. I couldn’t resist and made one in each view.

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Ahh I have missed sewing with woven fabric, this was such a satisfying sew! I love the crisp hems, foldlines and the general good behavior that only woven fabrics tend to display ūüėõ This is a cotton lawn that my mom sent to me from India, earlier this year. Its more of a teal-aqua than the blue that the pictures seem to reflect. We were having so many technical difficulties the day of the shoot – the wind, the cold and to top it all, my little one was sick. I have to mention this though, she’s such a great sport she knew how desperate mama was for pictures. She was standing, posing and twirling there, I felt super guilty that afternoon!

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The bodice is fully lined here, but you have the option to make it unlined as well using bias tape to finish the neckline and armholes. This view A has long frills on the sides with a circle skirt and flared ties.¬†If you’ve been here before you know what a big proponent of circle skirts my daughter is. The twirl is unbeatable!

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Look at all that wind, the weather was not very co-operative ūüė¶

I have never done ruffles of this kind before, those ruffles add so much beauty and charm to the dress. They are not just rectangular strips of gathered fabric, and I found myself so excited to make this dress. Obviously I had to try the other view as well!

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I love the colors, frills, buttons and just how this view turned out. However, my photos don’t do this dress a whole lot of justice so bear with me here!

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I hope this picture properly shows the vintage vibe I was hoping my choice of fabric would bring to the dress!

Fun fact: These are eco-friendly coconut shell buttons!

I used nani iro spectacle double gauze for the ruffles and a cotton linen blend for the main dress. This view as you can see has the circular frill around the neck and a gathered skirt. The bodice on this is completely lined as well. I didn’t make the unlined version but I simply love how beautiful the inside of this dress looks, all the seams enclosed and the button placket construction is so neat!

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Okay now for some final statements, if you love woven dresses, if you want to start sewing more with woven dresses, you will love this pattern. Some patterns you’ll love for the design features and some patterns for their exceptional quality of design and instructions, and the Polina dress¬†pattern most definitely fulfills both categories! It is currently on sale for $7.00 USD and an additional 10% when you join the Coffee and Threads Facebook group. You can check out all the gorgeous tester versions here.

And there’s a fun GIVEAWAY¬†that Olga is hosting, enter to win the Polina Dress pattern for free along with 2 yards of a gorgeous cotton+steel fabric!

Don’t forget to enter in the RAFFLECOPTER.

Sahara Top & Dress – Pattern Test for Bella Sunshine Designs

Last week, I got to test the Sahara Top and Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs. It’s a fantastic knit dress pattern – simple, elegant and playful! What I love most about this pattern though is the fit, from the beautiful scoop in the back to the fit across the chest, it is complete perfection!

The¬†Sahara Dress¬†features a fully lined bodice with a scooped neckline (with no closures which I really like) and both sleeveless and sleeve options in different lengths. It has a full circle skirt which comes in top and dress lengths. The circle skirt is without a doubt my daughter’s favorite element, you can never have enough twirly dresses around here. Every piece of fabric that she sees me petting, she has to ask “are you making a pretty dress for me?” pretty equals twirly!

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This dress for me is the classic combination of perfect fabric meets perfect pattern. I love the texture and stretch and drape of double brushed polyester, and have used it a ton for leggings this past year. And the Sahara Dress pattern recommends fabric with good drape and more importantly, good recovery, so this fabric (fabric from So Sew English Fabrics) works beautifully for this pattern, with no stretching out or rippling around the neckline and the waistline.

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This child just turned 3, but is skinny and still fits into her baby clothes. One of the most helpful things I learnt while testing this pattern is how to blend correctly across sizes. This dress is a 12 month size widthwise blended to a 2year size in length. The pattern comes with clear instructions and illustrations for blending between sizes, so you get the perfect fit. I love love love that pretty neckline and those 3/4th sleeves!

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For the sleeveless version, I used this lovely spring-like cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and an interlock jersey for the bodice lining.

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Obviously, I can’t decide which one I love more but these dresses will be worn and loved to death, that I do know!!

Because, I don’t believe I’ve said it enough times ūüėČ but the fit of the¬†Sahara Dress¬†is pure excellence and is such a great pattern¬†to have on hand, oh the possibilities of having a well fitted basic pattern! ¬†My husband says she needs a princess dress for when we go to watch the Beauty and the Beast next week, I’m wondering if I can use this pattern for a maxi length dress.

The¬†Sahara Top & Dress¬†is currently on release sale price of $5.50 (regular price $7.95 USD), don’t forget to take a look at the listing for some gorgeous tester versions.¬†One thing that I have come to love about¬†Bella Sunshine Designs¬†is how thorough their testing process is and how they strive for perfection in the pattern fit and instructions. I have used and reviewed several of their patterns (here, here, here and here) before and highly recommend their patterns.

Happy Sewing!!

*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.

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.

Women’s Constance Dress – Pattern Test for Sew a Little Seam

Ohhh I have been waiting for the Women’s Constance for so long. Ever since I made the girl’s version for my daughter (reviewed here) I have been hoarding the remnants in the hope that some day they’d end up as Constance Tops and dresses for me. My prayers have been answered! Well! its either that, or the fact that Kelly has been badgered with way too many requests for the Women’s version lol. So here we are!

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The Women’s Constance Top, Tunic and dress¬†PDF pattern comes in¬†sizes 0/2¬†(32‚Ä≥ bust) to 28 (50‚Ä≥ bust) and like the children’s version, comes in three hem lengths ‚Äď top, tunic or dress, and four¬†sleeve lengths ‚Äď short, 3/4 and long. You can choose to do a regular neckline with a neckband or a lined or unlined hood. It also includes options like the kangaroo pocket, oval and heart elbow patches, and cuffs and hem bands. It has layered sizing and a very clear photo tutorial.

This pattern also happens to be part of the Meaningfully Made collection that Kelly is designing.  I think it’s pretty amazing that she’s directing 100% of the proceeds towards the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, a cause that is very important and close to her.

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I made the dress length with my standard alteration of shortening the length by a good 1.5″. The cuffs finish off the neck, sleeves and hem! So with no folding, pressing and hemming, it goes by pretty quickly. I don’t dislike pressing or hemming, quite frankly I sometimes enjoy the mundane tasks that sewing involves¬†like trimming and cutting pattern pages, pressing seams, hand hemming, even hand gathering. Is that weird?

Anyway, this gorgeous coral french terry is from LA Finch fabrics, and the floral liverpool knit that I used for the cuffs and binding is from Sincerely Rylee fabrics (I used it here for my Chloe skirt). This is the exact combination of fabrics I used for my daughter’s tunic, I loved it so much that I decided to copy her dress¬†ūüėÄ

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The fit of this dress is pretty awesome. It curves in nicely at the waist and out at the hips giving it a nice shape. I am not much of a dress person,  I belong to the throw on leggings or skinnies and a comfy top camp. Most of my dresses are reserved for special occasions, but wearing this dress has made me rethink my wardrobe options. I feel like I need a few more dresses to spruce up my everyday mommy uniform.

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It was such a cold windy cloudy snowy afternoon when we took pictures, I thought¬†the pictures would be a disaster for sure, but I love how they turned out. It helps when you have¬†a¬†husband who not just¬†makes you smile (or giggle) but drives home during lunch time just to take pictures ūüôā

I’ll leave you with a few more pictures of my top version made in¬†hacci sweater knit fabric that I got from my Girl Charlee Knitfix last year. Its a great sturdy knit with good stretch.

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The¬†Women’s Constance¬†top and dress PDF pattern is only $4. With so many style options, and an amazing fit and shape, I’d say it’s a steal! Check out the listing for more inspiration from some fabulous tester versions.

Make it Mine Waterfall Raglan Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to the ‘Make it Mine’ Waterfall blog tour! With different theme inspired looks each day showcased by so many seamstresses and bloggers from around the world, fabulous prizes to be won from the giveaway and even a bonus prize for linking up, there’s every reason to participate¬†and follow along right?!?

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For my day look today, I chose to take¬†the already comfortable Women’s Waterfall raglan top¬†a little in the vintage direction with some lace and pearls. And to that, deemed this soft¬†ivory and grey heather jersey¬†from Cali fabrics¬†the perfect fabric to work with.

I really love the laid back and relaxed style of this pattern, so other than modifying for fit such as shortening the length and sizing up on the sleeves, I sewed up the raglan as is, and embellished it after.

For the look I was going after, I wanted to overlay the lace ruffle over the main fabric rather than let the lace hang by itself. ¬†So I¬†basted it over the jersey ruffle and then gathered them together. The wide 6″ lace trim is from hobby lobby, that was trimmed to match the ruffle pattern piece and placed about a quarter inch lower for that¬†slight overhang, I hemmed ¬†the jersey ruffle following the pattern’s hem allowance.

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After the neckband construction, I hand-sewed a couple rows of beads (pearls?) and a row of clear sequins and beads in the middle only to the front of the bodice.

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A bit hard to see the sequins in the middle but they are there lol!

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Before I start harping on about my love for Gabriela’s patterns (all of which I have tested and made multiple times) here are recent reviews¬†of my waterfall raglan¬†and my daughter’s in her waterfall¬†that I made during testing. Don’t you love the clean design lines and that gently curved ruffle hem? This pattern, the fit and the level of detail in the instructions is just pure perfection!!!

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I paired it with skinny jeans and flats because that is my idea of comfortable day wear but yesterday was particularly murky, rainy and muddy for flats lol. Nevertheless, I love my new waterfall raglan and I am going to be wearing it a lot this spring and summer!!

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After hemming the sleeves, I realized I wanted them shorter so I rolled them up here, next time I might just add a cuff.

Now while I was adding beads to my top, my daughter was chatting with me and I felt a bit selfish adding all the lace to mine while she got plain waterfalls, so I literally whipped her top in the next hour. I hand sewed the crochet lace appliqué and topstitched the lace while hemming the ruffle.

Sadly, we don’t have a lot of pictures of her in her new waterfall!

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Enter the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY for a chance to win some fabulous patterns!

And, here’s a chance to win a $50 gift card to Stylish Fabric and a sewing kit: Post your¬†Waterfall Raglan (women‚Äôs or girls) by Sunday February, 12th and link to this post HERE.

Wednesday Feb. 8th¬†‚ÄstDay Looks

Heidi- Handmade Frenzy¬†|¬†Zoe ‚Äď ZowieZo Handmade¬†|¬†Indu- Kaleidothought¬†|

Maria ‚Äď Creative Needle and Threads¬†|¬†Verinne ‚Äď boeven bende¬†|

Mie ‚Äď Sewing Like Mad¬†¬†|¬†Victoria ‚Äď As it Seams

Thursday Feb. 9th¬†‚ÄstDate Night

Tami ‚Äď Sew Sophie Lynn¬†|¬†Victoria ‚Äď Very Blissful¬†|¬†Leslie ‚Äď Threadbear Garments¬†|

Marie-Fleurine ‚Äď Sew Mariefleur¬†|¬†Emi ‚Äď Just Add Fabric

 

Friday Feb. 10th¬†‚ÄstHacks

Thao ‚Äď Little Cumquat¬†|¬†Tiahna ‚ÄstAmmon Lane¬†|¬†Nicole ‚ÄstMerritts Makes¬†|

Diana ‚Ästmiss castelinhos¬†|¬†Michelle ‚ÄstLittle Heart Threads¬†|¬†Chelise Patterson¬†|

Emily ‚Äď Enjoyful Makes¬†|¬†Jodi ‚ÄstSew Fearless¬†|¬†Celina ‚Äď Petit a Petit +¬†Family

Women’s Waterfall Raglan – Pattern Test for Chalk and Notch Patterns

Woohoo!! The Waterfall Raglan is here!! We have all been desperately waiting for this pattern and let me tell you it does not disappoint. Gabriela is as usual on-point both on style and quality of this pattern. This pattern is everything I have come to expect from her Рsubtle design features with exceptionally well drafted pattern pieces and easy to understand tutorials.

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The Women’s Waterfall Raglan¬†is a relaxed raglan style knit top¬†with a curved ruffle at the bottom. Like the girls’ version, this pattern also comes in top and dress version along with three sleeve lengths and a small chest pocket. It includes a knit stretch guide (which I love) and 2 neckband options based on your fabric stretch percentage to help get the perfect fit.

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This denim blue two-tone french terry from LA Finch fabrics (looks like it is out of stock but I’m linking here to¬†the same fabric in¬†light baby blue) was the perfect fabric for my first test, it has about 40%¬†stretch with good recovery and a great drape. I made a straight size 0 in top length and 3/4th sleeves and pocket. I ended up taking pictures on a bleak and super windy day but still had to share these cause I love this top so much and have worn it a bunch of times already, styled exactly like this ūüėÄ

I really enjoyed making this top, the instructions on the neckband really help on getting the perfect neckline right on the first attempt. The ruffle is only slightly gathered, so even if you don’t enjoy gathering, I promise this top is worth the attempt. Of course then you won’t know how to stop making more of these ūüėõ

For my second version, I made a dress blended to a bigger size in the sleeves and shoulders cause the top seemed just a bit snug in the arms and really like the fit of the sleeves in this version.

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I used a weighty ITY knit from Sincerely Rylee fabric shop. It has above 100% stretch, with great recovery and drape. Picture day was too cold hence the tights (one day i will figure out my indoor photography situation).

I styled the dress with a belt just for fun. I’m not a belt person but I’m really loving this style and recently wore it like this to a birthday party.

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The Women’s Waterfall Raglan¬†¬†released on monday and is currently on sale for $9.00 (regular price $ 12). We absolutely love the girls’s version of the Waterfall Raglan,¬†you can see my review here. Now you can get the Waterfall bundle here¬†also on sale!

Don’t forget to check out all the tester version on the Chalk and Notch website. You can also search for the hashtag #waterfallraglan on instagram to see all the amazing Waterfall Raglans floating around. Now excuse me while I go make a couple (dozen?) more!

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!