The Patricia Dress with Stylish Fabric

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This post is a very special one! I made matching dresses for my (almost) 4 year old daughter and I using the Girls Patricia Pattern by Simple Life Pattern Co.  and the Women’s Patricia Dress pattern by Sew Caroline paired with some really gorgeous crepe chiffon from Stylish Fabric. I collaborated with Kim of Sweet Red Poppy and her daughter by sewing matching dresses (hers are made in a different colorway of the same fabric print).

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First of all, this fabric! It’s simply stunning. I chose to work with the off-white version of this crepe chiffon fabric, one of four different color options. While I was excited about the crepe part I was a little nervous about the chiffon. Typically chiffon is super light weight and sheer, so I didn’t know what to expect. When it arrived I instantly thought it was even prettier in person. It’s light, and partly sheer with really great crepe texture. (The colored versions are not as sheer as the white, Kim didn’t need to line hers). It has a little bit of stretch to it too. I would compare it to working with a rayon. I didn’t have much trouble with it. I washed and dried this fabric on a delicate setting in my washing machine and dryer and it came out great. I also used a really soft off-white rayon crepe to line my whole dress (more on that coming up later in this post). It made a really great lining for this dress.

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Now on to the patterns I used! For my daughters dress, I used the girls Patricia Pattern by Simple Life Pattern Co. It comes in a dress and top option, both equally darling! It has a boho vibe with bell sleeves and a ruffle along the hem. I made a size 3 for my almost 4 year old girl and it fits perfect with a little room for growth; she’s pretty average in size. I made the more moderate skirt option for her dress, and slightly raised the back neckline by a few inches. I also cut her sleeves to be a short sleeve length with the added bell sleeve ruffle, per her request! She loves it and asks to wear it all the time. It’s so cute on her too!

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The Women’s Patricia pattern is still currently in testing, but will be available on SewCaroline.com next week! I made the size small according to my measurements, but probably needed to make a size XS. The top is a little wider than it probably should be for me. (But I still love it!!!). I used the more moderate skirt option and added 6″ in length to make it a midi style. I also just used a single layer of fabric for my bell sleeves and dress hem ruffle. The pattern calls for two layers (one big piece folded in half to automatically finish off the hem edge). I also made the short sleeve option for my bell sleeve, I cut off a little more past the actual short sleeve marking to make it a little shorter. The sleeves are also a little too wide so next time I would narrow them down a bit too.

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For the neckline of the bodice and bodice lining, after sewing them right sides together, I under-stitched the seam allowance to the lining, and skipped the top stitching step.

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Let’s talk about lining this dress! (This is the same for both mine and my daughter’s dress). It’s super easy! The pattern calls for the bodice to be lined, so that’s simple and explained in the instructions. For the skirt, I cut out two skirts, one out of my floral fabric and one out of my lining. I sewed them up the same way, but hemmed the bottom of my lining skirt. (So it ends right where the ruffle starts on the bottom of my dress). To attach the skirt to the bodice, I pinned both skirts together and basted them together while I was putting in my basting stitches to gather the skirt to the bodice. Then I created my gathers at the same time for both the lining and skirt, and pinned them to the bodice, then sew, and finish. It was super easy and looks great.

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It was so fun to do a mommy and me photo shoot and with some great friends too. We absolutely love our new dresses!

Now for the best part, there’s a giveaway! Head over to my Instagram post featuring these dresses to see what you need to do to enter! Good luck!

Photos by the talented Rachel of Little Fish. Fabric was provided by Stylish Fabric, but all opinions are my own.

 

 

Key Largo Top with Stylish Fabric

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I’m back with yet another PERFECT summer top: the Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns. It’s a basic t-shirt pattern with a seam down the two bias cut front pieces, finishing the hemline with a tie front. I lovvvvve it.

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I made a size 2, and added 1″ in length. I’m not sure if I’m happy with adding an inch, I probably would have been fine leaving the pattern length as it is. I top-stitched down either side of the front seam for a little added detail (this option is presented in the pattern). The bottom hemline is finished with a facing, giving this little top a clean and professional finish.

This top came together in 2 hours, I actually started and finished it before my kids woke up for their nap… win! The instructions are very clear, and I learned how to finish a neckline with a self made binding out of the same fabric as my top. (I usually cheat and use store bought bias binding).

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Okay now this fabric!! It’s a sand-washed rayon challis in sage from Stylish Fabric. It has a great thickness to it, it’s totally opaque, and has a really pretty matte finish. I’m convinced I need some in every color now. It washes up really well, and was a little more sturdy to work with compared to most rayon fabrics, but still has really great drape. I totally recommend this fabric!! I’m loving this sage color for summer.

This is another knock-out top that I’ll be wearing all summer long, and into the fall! Thanks for reading along, and happy sewing!

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This post contains affiliate links. The fabric for this post was provided by Stylish Fabric, all opinions are my own.

Ebony Tee + Stylish Fabric

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I have officially made my new favorite, go-to t-shirt. I’m so happy with this shirt! I love a good blue and white combo for all things summer, so this rib knit fabric from Stylish Fabric was a must have. I like the idea of a loose tee, and the Ebony top came to mind. I love this fabric + pattern combination together, and I’m excited to tell you all about it.

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First off, let’s chat about this fabric! I used an off white and blue 4×2 striped rib knit, 95% rayon and 5% spandex. Its a good medium weight fabric, and ever so slightly non-opaque, but still thick enough to not have to layer a tank over your undergarments. It’s a good weight. It drapes really nicely. I totally recommend it. Plus, you can’t really beat $6.90 a yard!

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I have had my eye on the Ebony tee by Closet Case Files ever since it was released. I’m participating in Me Made May this month (a month long challenge of wearing only handmade clothing), and I’ve found I really need easy t-shirts to throw on with jeans. I tend to like to dress up more than dress down, so I don’t really like just wearing a plain t-shirt with jeans. The Ebony T-shirt is NOT your average tee. I love the swing silhouette + fluidity of this top. It’s super comfortable to wear but a little nicer than just a regular t-shirt. (But just as easy to make!!). I love this pattern! I sewed up the size 4, and subtracted 1″ from both bodice pieces to shorten. This fabric is super drapey, and the weight of it does pull the shirt down a little longer than the pattern is, so keep this in mind. I’m glad I took out an inch as I didn’t want it to be too long.

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I’m really happy with this top, and I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of it all summer long.

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I’m really excited to be sewing for Stylish Fabric’s once a month, and in addition to each post I will be doing a little fabric review of some fabric they choose to send me.

This month Stylish Fabric’s sent me this super fun white stretch knit fabric with gold metallic stripes.

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It’s a medium- heavy weight knit fabric, with little holes within the thicker stripes. The ends are finished off with some ribbing which is really nice for a cuff or hem. With each review I want to offer some pattern ideas for the fabric I’m reviewing, that I would actually make for myself.

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So for this one, I’m thinking a cardigan or a pull- over sweathshirt! I like the idea of these options because you won’t have to deal with lining anything.

Some cardigan options I have in mind are the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet. I have one I have made previously and I wear it all the time. I think this fabric would be great for a more summery Blackwood Cardigan; perfect for layering over dresses and tanks when it’s a little chilly at night.

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I also love the idea of a pull-over sweatshirt made out of this fabric. I love the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio for this. You could use the ribbing along the edge for the cuffs, neckband and hem for a really pretty finish. I picture this worn over a white tank and shorts, again really easy to throw on for a night out at the beach to keep you warm.

One more idea, it could be fun as a swim wear cover-up as a loose or form fitting dress. So many fun ideas for this fabric!

Hope you feel a little more inspired! Thanks for reading along and happy sewing, friends!

I paired my Ebony T-Shirt with my Ginger Jeans.

Amazing photo cred goes to Rachel of Hello Little Fish.

All fabric was provided by Stylish Fabric.

Virginia Leggings + Minttu Swing Top

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I’m a little late, but I’m finally sharing my Megan Nielsen Virginia leggings for Sew My Style. I really struggled with finding the perfect fabric for this pattern. I originally made a pair out of a stretch faux leather in black, but they were not very flattering. I’m not a big leggings wearer, unless I’m lounging around my house.

After searching and searching, I finally found THEE perfect fabric for this pattern. A new addition to Stylish Fabrics, this Maxi-Dri & Micro Blok Neoprene Fabric is perfection. Its thick, but just the right thickness for leggings, super stretchy (4 way stretch) and super soft. There are also so many cool colors to choose from, I bet you won’t be able to pick just one.

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For my leggings, I chose the Avatar Rain color way. I like that it’s multi-colored for optimal top matching. I also like that there’s some black blended in it too, you know, to match my black Nike’s. Also, these pants blend into EVERY wall. I tried to find a way to get these babies to pop, but I failed, and I apologize! I really love this color way; I promise it’s much better in person.

Let’s talk about the Virginia Leggings pattern. I sewed up a size XS using the high waist option. This is the fastest project you will ever make. INSTANT GRATIFICATION! I used my Brother 1034D Serger to sew these up, and it was so fast. In about 5 steps you have some brand new leggings. The instructions are awesome, and easy to follow. I need to make like 5 more. Love them! Perfect fabric and pattern combo.

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Okay, now the Minttu Swing Top pattern! It’s brand new, and just released by Named Clothing. It’s also part of the Indiesew Spring/Summer pattern collection. I don’t wear sleeveless tops unless I’m working out and I thought this one would be great to pair with my new leggings. I really don’t like wearing tops that are fitted in my torso area (I had two huge babies guys), so I really love the loose swing hem on this one.

I used some rayon jersey knit in black from Stylish Fabrics. It’s a lightweight fabric, and not completely opaque when you hold it up to the light. I like this thinness factor for a workout top. It was easy to sew with and I’m really happy with the result.

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The Minttu pattern itself put my brain through a loop a bit. I usually don’t have a hard time figuring out pattern steps, but the enclosed facing took me about 5 tries to figure it out. A tip would be to pinch the inside of the top and facing (like illustrated in the pattern instructions) as you would if they were sewn together. Hope that makes sense and helps a little! It’s a really innovative design, which I love! Other than the facing, everything else was super easy to understand, and it’s a really cool little tank top.

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Now I have no excuses for not working out. I used to be a big runner (many years ago), so maybe it’s time to get back to it. We’ll see!

That’s it for today! Happy sewing, friends!

Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet

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Introducing a brand new pattern release, the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet. I was lucky enough to be a tester for this “staple” pattern, and I wear my cardigan alllll the time. Pictured, I paired mine with a rtw turtleneck tucked into my high waisted jeans and booties.

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The Blackwood Cardigan comes in two lengths: one hits at the hips, and the longer version hits mid thigh. It’s a great layering piece for every season. I love the narrow front panels that compliment and show off whatever you are layering underneath.

This pattern is super quick to make. I used my serger and finished the whole thing in an evening. I sewed up a size small in the longer length.

This pattern has a fun feature that I really like: the sleeves are made to be longer than your arms so they kind of bunch up around your wrist. It makes this cardi super cozy, I love to pull my long sleeves over my hands when I’m cold.

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I used a sandwashed jersey modal knit from Stylish Fabrics. It’s super soft, and mid-light weight, perfect for layering. Stylish Fabric is offering 20% off all orders using code “SARA” at checkout. Rumor has it that they will be restocking the blush color very soon, and I can’t wait to grab some!

Helen is offering 20% off the Blackwood Cardigan Pattern until March 6th. Congrats on another fabulous pattern Helen!

Happy sewing, friends!

 

 

Project Sew My Style January: Toaster Sweater

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Happy Toaster Sweater month! I’m so excited for my first Project Sew My Style post. This month was all about the Toaster Sweater #2 by Sew House Seven. I love this pattern, and it holds so many possibilities depending on the type of fabric you use. This toaster sweater is a mash-up of Toaster Sweater #1 and #2, and I’m excited to show you how I combined the two.

If you are just hearing about Project Sew My Style, it’s not too late to join in. Simply fill out this form. What is Project Sew My Style? It’s a month to month sew along using one particular pattern per month, so that by the end of 2017 you have 12 gorgeous handmade items you’ve added to your wardrobe. Above all, #SewMyStyle is all about raising awareness about the slow fashion movement and about encouraging young women to take up sewing. We want to show you that sewing your own wardrobe isn’t an unachievable dream.

The patterns are fabulous, check out the schedule:

PROJECT #SEWMYSTYLE — SEWING SCHEDULE

January- Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater 2

February – Named Clothing Saunio Cardigan

March- Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings

April- Sew House 7 Bridgetown Dress

May- Califaye Collection Pocket Skirt

June- Megan Nielsen Briar Tee and Sweater

July- Cali Faye Collection Valley Blouse

August- Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges Dress

September- Named Clothing Yona Wrap Coat

October- Cali Faye Hampshire Trouser

November- By Hand London Anna Dress

December- Named Clothing AW17 New Collection (TBC)

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For my toaster sweater, I used this hacci oatmeal sweater knit from Stylish Fabric. It’s a lighter weight fabric than what’s meant to be used for the pattern, but I love the slouchy fit as a result. Also, Stylish Fabric is offering a 20% OFF coupon code: “SARA” to all of my readers. (This fabric just went on sale for $5.90, so cheap!). There’s lots of other great sweater knits on sale too. Take a look!

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When I first saw this pattern, I loved different aspects of both options, and I knew I would combine them into one. I used the top of the Toaster Sweater #1 and combined it with the bottom of Toaster Sweater #2. I literally laid the toaster #1 bodice on top of the toaster #2 bodice aligning the underarm corners. Then, I folded the top of the #2 bodice down behind #1 so I can just peel the pattern pieces apart if I decide to make them how they were originally designed to be made.

I also added 2″ in length to both the front and back bodice pieces.

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You can see how I folded #2 behind #1 and taped it down:

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I followed the directions for toaster #1 until it was time to sew up the side seams, then I switched over to the sewing instructions for toaster #2.

It’s a simple hack, and I’m excited to try it again in a heavier weighted knit. Love love love this sweater!! It’s been so fun to see all of your toasters popping up all month too. So much inspiration!

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Next month is the Saunio Cardigan by Named Clothing! Still narrowing down fabrics but I can’t wait to sew it up. It’s not something I would typically wear and I’m excited to be pushed outside of my comfort zone a little and try something new. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Happy sewing everyone!

 

Women’s Waterfall Raglan Top

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The Womens Waterfall Raglan is finally here!! This pattern is a relaxed knit top or dress with a bottom ruffle hem and three sleeve options: short, 3/4 or long sleeved. This is my second top I’ve made using pattern, and I love it. In fact, I’m wearing it right now (and I wore it yesterday too.. shhh).

I was lucky enough to be a tester for this pattern. (Thanks Gabriela!). This is a project you could put together in one sitting. I sewed this top up in one night. The instructions are excellent, and the fit is spot on. I can’t wait to make a short sleeve version for summer.

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I really love the side details and how the ruffle runs up a little at the side seams.

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I sewed mine up in a size 2 using this gorgeous blush thermal knit from Stylish Fabric. The fabric is so soft, and has a looser relaxed drape. I really like the color too. I’m already thinking spring and I know this will be a great versatile piece in my wardrobe as the weather slowwwly gets warmer. I did remove about an inch from neckband to make this fabric work with the pattern, just make sure to baste in your neckband first, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble if it’s not quite right.

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I also LOVE this pattern because there’s a girls version too. So, for my first version I made one for myself and a matching one for my daughter. I used a magenta knit I had in my fabric stash purchased a while back. Every time she sees me wearing mine she runs to her room and pull hers out too.

You can also see the difference in the fit between the two fabrics I used with the same size pattern pieces for both tops.

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Now, go grab yourself a copy, and if you want to make twinning tops check out Gabriela’s pattern bundle with both the womens and girls Waterfall Raglan included. Also, keep up with Gabriela’s blog Chalk and Notch for lots of Waterfall Raglan goodness and tester round ups! Happy sewing!