Tiered Trim Dress with BERNINA



Recently, I came across a gorgeous Anthropologie dress made out of denim with trim sewn all over it. I was instantly intrigued, and remembered I had some very similar trim I picked up from Harmony Provo (a local fabric shop). I went back to shop to get more trim (40 yards total!) and some Robert Kauffman chambray to recreate this dress.

This post is only meant to share some photos of the project, but keep reading for the link to the full tutorial. I like to keep a record of everything I make here!




It did take a while to sew on all the trim, but I finished the dress in one week, only working on it at night. I’m thrilled with the finished result. You can read the full sew-along tutorial over on BERNINA USA’s blog weallsew.com!




Thanks for reading along!

Manchester Metallics Tote with Sew Mama Sew

Have you seen the Manchester Metallic by Robert Kaufman yet? They are DREAMY. While at Quilt Market, I took a peak at these beauties, and walked away with some sample. So, when Sew Mama Sew asked me to be apart of the Manchester Metallic Summer Bag Challenge, is was a perfect fit.

I chose two of the fabrics from the collection: Midnight & Rafia.

They are a lightweight, woven fabric with metallic threads woven throughout.

For my bag, I decided to make a simple summer tote. I’m always looking for an easy bag to throw snacks, and a few essentials when heading to the pool or park with my littles. I followed the Railroad Tote Tutorial by Purl Soho. I’m a sucker for a good tote.

Because this fabric is so lightweight, I used a heavy fusible interfacing and ironed it on to the backside of the back. To hide the interfacing I made a lining to insert into my tote. I also skipped the first step of finishing the top edge of the tote, I finished it at the end with a lining. I also left 1/2″ seam allowance from the cotton webbing (I picked mine up at Joann’s) and the top raw edge of my tote, in order to have enough room to sew the lining on.

I used this lining tutorial as a guide. I basically cut out two bag fronts and backs. I sewed the lining together just the same as the bag front & back pieces, but I left a 3″ hole in the bottom. Pinned the lining to the bag RST, with the lining on the outside of the bag. Sew the two top pieces together around the top of the bag at 1/2″. Pull the pieces right sides out, pushing the lining into the bag, and iron the lining down around the top edge. Sew the opening at the bottom of the lining closed, and top stitch around the top of your tote. All done!

See how pretty it is in the sun!?


Now, go sew yourself a pretty tote for all your summer adventures!

Follow along with the challenge for more Manchester Metallic inspiration:

Mo Bedell
Sandy Whitelaw of UpStairs Hobby Room
Michelle Morris of That Black Chic
Kathy Green of Designs by KTGreen
Carrie Federer of carrie bee
Anne Zeitler of AnneZPlace
Sanchia Gair of Red Brolly
Natalie Strand of Vegetablog
Devida Bushrod of The Driftwood Thimble
Sara Johansen of The Sara Project
Sarah Sharp of No Hats in the House
Michelle Webster of michellepatterns
Marni Weaver of Haberdashery Fun
Jenny of My Handmade Home

Coo Coo for Culottes

I made culottes! When I first saw that Helen was looking for testers for this pattern, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the culotte trend. I’m a skinny jeans kind of girl. BUT, I started imagining them in different fabrics, and then I was hooked. I needed to make these.

I made mine out of a Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Blend Chambray Blue. I was worried it would be too light blue, but it’s perfect. The linen drapes beautifully as well. These two make a great pairing of fabric and pattern.

The Winslow Culottes call for a lot of fabric, but I feel it was reasonable and necessary. You can see how much fabric goes into each leg below.

I sewed up view C of this pattern (the midi length, 1 of 4 views!). I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern. (I’m 5’5″). I sewed up a size 4, and the fit is great!

I love the details of the pleats to the front and back of the pants. These are SO quick and easy to make. There’s an invisible zipper closure in the center back. They really look so chic, and these culottes are just what I need for the current warm weather. I’m really happy with how they turned out. Also, it’s pretty hilarious walking around in them, and getting comments like “Wait, are those pants!?”. The Winslow Culottes almost give the illusion of wearing a skirt. And probably even more so if sewn up in a more drapey┬árayon.

Again, in July’s People Style Watch 2016, I found this page. Chambray culottes!! Helen also shows a few ways you could hack the pattern, making it into a culotte jumpsuit, or another option- gathering the pants to the waistband like these ones in People Style Watch. Lot’s of great ideas for this pattern!

Thanks for this beautiful pattern Helen! You can purchase the Winslow Culottes here.