A Wilder Gown for Fall

This post is sponsored by JOANN. It may contain affiliate links but all words, reviews and opinions are my own.

Ever since The Wilder Gown was first released, it has been at the top of my to-make list. JOANN recently released this seriously gorgeous textured dark green crane fabric that is perfect for this pattern. I love the dark, moody colors with the bright contrasting cranes for a very chic, fall look.

This fabric is 100% polyester, and while I usually don’t prefer polyester fabric (like most of us), this print and texture was just too good to pass up. My only complaint is the static cling polyester fabric tends to have- but I used some static guard spray and I was good to go. Just spray some on your finished garment before wearing to eliminate any clinging.

This fabric was great to work with and has a really great thickness and weight to it. I didn’t need to line my dress, (I do have a nude skirt slip on underneath though). I personally like to wear slips under most of my dresses- hot tip to avoid lining dresses that might tend to be a little sheer in certain lighting.

Okay, now on to the wilder gown pattern. I love this dress!! It was a quick and straight forward sew. I personally enjoy using the gathering technique so overall it was an enjoyable make for me. I made the size XS and added 1″ to my bodice length and removed 1/2″ from the bottom skirt tier.

Although this dress is very voluminous, it still looks very flattering. I love the gathered neck detail with the added tie, and give me all the tiered dresses all day, everyday. This dress is a big win for my wardrobe.

The evening I took these pictures, I was headed to a Gala and the attire was black tie. I don’t really consider this to be black tie but throw on some heels and some pretty hair pins and this dress looks more formal. I’m excited to dress it down a little for church or a girls night out as well.

This is a great pattern overall, and I can’t wait to make another one. Thanks for reading along, and happy sewing!!

Dove Blouse in Windowpane Plaid

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Introducing my windowpane plaid dove blouse! I’m in love with this shirt. It’s light and airy and perfect for warm fall days. I LOVE the bell sleeves, and v-neck details. My plaid matching skills could have been better on this one. Allie from Indiesew suggested using starch to help add more stability to the fabric, I’m planning on trying that next time. The pattern is from Indiesew and you can find the last of this fabric at Fancy Tiger Crafts.

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The pattern was a pretty quick sew with great instructions. The fit is great based off of my measurements. This pattern comes with three sleeve options: 3/4, flare sleeves and bell sleeves. The fabric is a rayon crepe, and a little tricky to work with, at least for matching plaids. I probably tried 4-5 different times and ways to make it match up, with no luck. Sometimes you just have to walk away, and walk away I did.

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Annnnnnd surprise! I have a little secret I’ve been hiding…

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We’re expecting baby #3 in March, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. I feel a bit like I’ve been dragging to get things done these past few months, but hopefully the exhaustion and 8:00 o’clock bedtime will soon let up. Get ready for lots of maternity hacks!

For this top, all I did was grade out one size from just under the dart to the hem and I also added 1″ in length. I raised the v-neck by 1″ for added modesty, it was a little too low for me. There’s definitely room to grow into this top and I’m hoping it lasts through winter. We’ll see!

Also, fall! It’s finally fall and I couldn’t be happier. The weather is so perfect right now, and I want to make all the cozy things. I’m loving all my makes from last fall/winter that kind of still fit, for now. Ahhhh I just love fall, and I may or may not be watching Gilmore Girls right now…

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Thanks for reading along, friends! I’ll be back soon with some more fall sewing inspo!

McCall’s V9201 + Les Fleurs

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Happy National Sewing Month everyone! I’m excited to share one of my recent makes, using McCall’s Pattern Vogue V9201 and Cotton + Steel’s Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs Rayon fabric.

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This pattern is so perfect for Fall with it’s beautiful collar (2 options in one dress, the navy collar pictured is a detachable collar) longs sleeves, and cuffs. I’m obsessed with the hidden button placket, I’m seeing it everywhere for Fall 2016. This pattern is fun in that it has so many features to sew: collar, cuffs, plackets, fly placket, side invisible sipper, darts, pleats, gathers, back yoke, buttons and buttons holes. It’s not challenging, just a lot of steps. I had a a great time putting it all together!

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Now let’s talk about this fabric. It is simply stunning! The drape is amazing, the touch is so soft, and it sews up beautifully. The color is so vibrant, and I love the large floral print, (another style I’m seeing everywhere for fall). This fabric also comes in light blue, and navy in rayon. Personally, I just love this print in red!

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Head over to BERNINA’s blog We All Sew for a little tutorial I posted all about sewing collars and cuffs.

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I love the front pleat details pictured above, and look at that drape! I couldn’t be happier with how this dress turned out. I can’t wait to pair it with tights in the winter. Head over to Cotton and Steel to see the whole Les Fleurs collection! Happy Sewing!

 

Stylish Fabrics Blog Tour: Sew Ready for Fall!

Who’s ready for fall? I’m always sad to see summer go, but I sure love fall. I was asked to be apart of the Stylish Fabrics Blog Tour “Sew Ready for Fall”. Even though I’ve lived in Utah for 7 years now, the California girl in me still has a hard time transitioning into colder seasons (including my wardrobe!). So, I was excited to jump into this tour, and make something to add to my wardrobe as we get ready for cooler days.

The challenge of this blog tour was to make something you could ear now in summer, but also take into your fall wardrobe. I think this top works great for summer nights, or cooler summer days paired with sandals and will become a staple for my fall wardrobe layered with a scarf, jacket and boots-so many great combos with this one!

So first of all, this fabric! I chose a pink/mauve french terry slub fabric. It’s soft and cozy, but also light and airy. I really love it so much! It washes up beautifully too.

I decided to go with the Halifax Hoodie Pattern I picked up from Indie Sew. It is so good. I made view B in size small, and sewed the whole thing up in about 2 hours. It’s a very easy and quick make, I will definitely be making more. My husband also seemed to be quite impressed with it, saying it looked “store bought”, and that’s always the goal!

I did take out about 1″ out from my neckband. If you use this fabric I would suggest doing this because it is a little bit slinkier; otherwise your neckband will fall over the neckline edge, and not sit up straight as it should.

I wish you could see what’s on the other side of this photo above. My photographer (brother) moved out of the state last week (so sad!!), so I asked Nicole of @nf_merritts on Insta if she would be up for a photo swap sesh. Behind the camera she’s got my 18 month old in one arm (a very hard feat) and our two 3 year old kids corralled behind her somehow, keeping them from jumping in the picture with me. So this photo deserves an award, or Nicole deserves an award! Thanks Nicole!

There’s a HUGE giveaway going on as part of this blog tour, and it’s a good one guys. You can enter here!

Also, don’t forget to keep up with the rest of the tour for more great fabric, pattern and fall inspiration! Thanks Stylish Fabrics!
August 1st
Sewing By Ti and Rebel and Malice
August 2nd
Gray all Day
August 3rd
Wild and Wanderful and The Sara Project
August 4th
Doodle Number 5 and Sweet Red Poppy
August 5th
Paisley Roots and Dos Natural Sistas and My Crafty Little Self

August 8th
Made By Melli and Sew Far North
August 9th
Sew Sophie Lynn and Creative Counselor
August 10th
Frivolous at Last and EYMM
August 11th
Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jubejube
August 12th
Adventures with Bubba and Bug and All Things Katy and Sewing by Ti