Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Amazing Amelia

I am always honored to test new patterns, and was thrilled when I was invited to join in testing Bella Sunshine Design's latest Amelia Maxi, Dress, and Top.

I consider myself still a beginner, a more advanced one, but I always seem to learn something new with each pattern I sew. I am very certain a confident beginner could be quite successful with this pattern. Regardless of skill, you will love Amelia.

Amelia is available in both Womens sizes 0-30, and Girls 6mo-12, so an opportunity for a Mommy and Me pattern. My daughter falls in between both, and I feared I wouldn't meet the deadline needing to alter the pattern to fit her, so I stuck with just the Women's size 8 short sleeve top and dress length, without a single deviation from the original pattern.

Both the Girl's and Women's version of Amelia include three lengths (top, dress, and maxi), and four sleeve options (sleeveless, short,  3/4, and long). The Women's already includes a Full Bust Adjustment option if you need it, I did not. The knit bodice in both versions can be paired with another knit or woven, I did both. I was a little concerned making the 8 because my hips measure 41 inches, but as you see there are no fit issues there.

The instructions were easy to follow and illustrations clear. I did get hung up my first time reading the band instructions, but when it came to construction it became easier to understand. Printing is also offered in layers, and there is a chart showing the pages needed to save paper.

I am so comfortable wearing either the top or dress. I even wore this to my job hosting karaoke and didn't have one wardrobe malfunction, but did get loads of compliments. I will be making one for my daughter, and a maxi for me as tge weather cools. I even have an idea on combining this with another BSD pattern, that post is coming soon.

Pick up your copy of the Amelia in Women's version on sale for $6.50, and the Girl's for $5.50, no code needed. This sales price is good through May 24th at Midnight EST.

Monday, May 8, 2017

My Angel's Love for Dublin

My daughter is not easy to shop for, it has nothing to do with her choice of style, but finding the right fit. Everything is too big or small, and I know I am not the only parent with this problem.

 Summer is coming and after a failed trip to the store, I decided to give New Horizons Designs Dublin Dolman a try. This pattern literally has endless options, so there was sure to be something that fit her and looked great doing it.

Available in the Dublin Dolman Pattern are both a tee and tunic length, which could easily be turned into a dress length too. The sleeves options are long, short, 3/4, and banded or not. The banded bottom can be tall or not, and neck binding or band as well. There is a gathered front and back option as well. The sizing starts at 6-12 months all the way up to 16, with a bonus 18" doll size. Even better is the option of purchasing the bundle at a discounted price and make a Mommie and Me top. They advertise this top as the last dolman pattern you will need, and they are 100% correct.

In sewing these tops I decided on the gathered for one, and banded tunic length for the other. I made this with a size 14 bodice and graded out to a 16. As for fabric, I used a poly knit for both following the suggested fabrics which include cotton interlock, cotton poly blend, cotton lycra blend, french terry, or any other knit with a good stretch.

I did embellish the neck band with some buttons I found. I wish it was because of a creative idea, but I accidentally stitched the band on backwards and the seam was in the front. I decided the buttons would be perfect to cover up my little mistake and I was right. She also loved the addition and has no idea the reason behind it.

My daughter absolutely dislikes taking photos, especially if asked to model, but she loved these tops so much I could have taken her photo in them all day.

This month New Horizons Designs is running a sewing contest and the details are in their Facebook Group, but here is some of the information. Now is a good time to grab this pattern and sew up all the Dublins.

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Down by the Bayside

Summer is my favorite time of the year. I fill it with as many outdoor activities as I can. Finding weather appropriate clothing though is another matter. Ready to wear clothes may look cute, but the fabric content make them too warm sometimes to really enjoy the summer heat. When I had the opportunity to test the New Horizons Designs latest pattern the Bayside Romper and Dress, I saw an opportunity to fill my closet with hot weather wear.

I used a poly knit and cotton knit for the two Bayside Mini Dresses I made, both fabrics in my stash possibly 10 years ( I wish I was exaggerating). The recommended fabrics for the Bayside are Jersey, Cotton Interlock, Cotton Poly Blend, Poly Rayon, Brushed Poly, or basically any knit with good drape and stretch.

This pattern came together incredibly easier than expected. I was concerned about the cross over in the back, since this was a new method for me, but following the well written instruction and I had no issues.  I made no alterations to the large size and I am 5'9". My next Bayside I am planning a top version that I will share with you shortly, so stay tuned.

The options available in this design are endless, especially if you are looking for a great addition to you capsule wardrobe. You have your choice of bottoms, shorts, pants, and a variety of lengths for a dress. It has both short sleeves or tank style, and then there are pockets. As for sizing, the Bayside starts a xx-small up to a 3x. The no trim pages are a bonus as well. 

Now is the perfect time to grab this pattern, not only is it on sale for $8.00, but New Horizons Designs is running a contest for the entire month of May. Any pattern you sew and post with #NHmaysewingcontest earns you an entry. Further details are in the New Horizons Designs Facebook Group

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

LKC Straight Skirt Tour

I am so excited to be part of this special celebration for Little Kiwis Closet. Hitting 5000 members is quite the accomplishment. Congratulations!

My little helper and I decided to celebrate our way by stitching the newly released skirt, free with code from the Facebook Group. The Straight Skirt was perfect for this knit fabric I had stashed away, honestly I just was afraid to use it before due to all the stripe matching involved.

I highly recommend printing your pattern pieces in color so the sizes and cut lines for waist and hem are easier to see. If thats not an option I would highlight your size before cutting the pattern.

The Straight Skirt ranges in sizes from 12 months to 14 years. The options available will leave you with nearly endless possibilities. First, there is the yoga or elastic waist, our favorite being the yoga waistband. Second, this pattern has two pocket options, both are easy to assemble. Third, two hem options of banded or folded up. Last, the length has the option of above or below the knee. You can even find out how to add the Kaboodle Shorts here.

I chose a size 5 without the need for grading, the fold up hem, and short length with the yoga band. Of course pockets.

She couldn't wait to try it on for a few pictures, and wouldn't take her hands out of the pockets no matter the bribe. The fit was perfect throughout the waist, and the short length ended up just below her knees, but she is on the shorter side.

You can even see how well it fits while she is pulling on the pockets. 

I had a lot of fun sewing this skirt and see many more in our future. Please be sure to check out the other reviews of this great skirt from the rest of the tour.

Be sure to visit the Little Kiwis Closet Blog for you chance to win a pattern from each of these great PDF designers!

Happy Sewing!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Glorious Eleni

As with her namesake Helen of Troy, known as an amazingly beautiful and glorious woman, the Eleni by DesignerStitch will more than stand up to that reputation.

I had the honor of testing this pattern and knew immediately which option I desired. My only fear was locating a fabric that would bring out the vision that was imprinted in my thoughts. I wanted this top to be the most beautiful I have done yet, and I succeeded.

My fabric literally jumped out at me while on a trip to Joann's for something else. I found a gorgeous mostly sheer print in the Famous Maker section that absolutely was the only choice for me, and the perfect complementary trim for the tiered sleeve option I chose.

I do not own many tops I feel sexy in, but this one made it to the top my date night list. I got endless compliments the entire night, even through the next day.

As with all the patterns by DesignerStitch, the instructions for the Eleni
were just as easy to follow. The pattern has layers for easy printing and ranges from size (US) 2-22.

There are several options available in the Eleni pattern. You can make a top, tunic, dress, or maxi with or without a flounce. There are 4 different sleeve options, along with 2 modesty options as well. This pattern is full of endless opportunity during warmer or cooler months. 

DesignerStitch has the Eleni on sale for $8.50 for the release. Please be sure to grab a copy while at the discounted price. It won't last long, and you will not be disappointed.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Women's Andover Pullover and Jacket

I may live in sunny California, but it is not always the warmest up here in the northern part of the state. It's also a bit temperamental, for example yesterday we had beautiful Spring high 70's weather, and today it is supposed to start to rain for a couple days. What is a girl to do when it is time to put the bulky Winter coat away? My solution was the adorable and warm Woman's Andover by New Horizon's

I used a soft fleece that I found at Joann's during a really great sale they had, and at the moment they are currently 50% off again until April 12th, so a perfect time to run and grab some for this perfect pullover.

The Andover offers you a few options for the design to suit your needs. I chose the fully lined zip up version, but there is also a version with just a lined hood, or an unlined pullover with binding. The pockets too, they keep my hands warmer than my Winter coat ever could.

The fabric recommendations include Flannel, Fleece, Poly-blend, Woven Cotton, Twill, Corduroy, Stable Knit, and Sweatshirt Fleece. They all come in a large variety of options leaving you with an almost endless supply of fabric choices to satisfy your creativity and fill your warmth needs depending on season.

This was the first time I ever tried sewing a hood, and lined at that, I was a little intimated. The instructions and illustrations in the New Horizon's pattern quickly alleviated that concern. They show in great detail how to piece together all versions of this design, even down to the zipper installation. Hopefully you find this pattern as easy to follow as I did.

This Andover Jacket will keep me warm through the chilly Spring times, and even into Fall. I could not be happier to have a me made jacket that fits so perfectly.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Megan Skirt Sew-A-Long

I am excited to announce our first Sew-A-Long at Designer Stitch!
We are going to make the newly released Megan Skirt, currently on sale for $8.00  

This pattern is a quick and easy pattern designed for a variety of mid-weight fabrics, and a center panel offering even more options. It is a multi-sized pattern perfect for any climate. Currently in my winter months I am pairing this with a great sweater and boots, but come warmer weather I will have many more options. The pockets are amazing, I might add.

I was thrilled to be able to test this skirt, as I have very few in my wardrobe. I chose a nice green striped fabric, also something I do not have in my closet. I love how it turned out and was about to make another when I thought it would be fun to give others the opportunity to sew one with me.

starting 3-5-2017 AU (3-4-2017 US). I will have an event all set up for us with post for each day to share our progress. I look forward to seeing everyone's beautiful Megan Skirts! At the end of the SAL we will draw one winner who will be able to pick a pattern of their choice from DesignerStitch.

SAL Schedule:
Day 1: Print Pattern, Measurements, and Fabric Selection
Day 2: Front of Skirt
Day 3: Back of Skirt
Day 4: Zipper and Yoke Facing
Day 5: Catch up Day
Day 6: Finish Hem
Day 7: Final Photos

Make sure to pick up your pattern while its on sale here.

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