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Sew what do I wear - Professional Edition

This is my first blog tour!! I'm so excited to be a part of the Patterns for Pirates/Made for Mermaids Sew what do I wear - Professional Edition blog tour!

If you're read this blog ever before, you know I love wearing handmade items to work. Ever since I started sewing, my ultimate goal and dream was to make a fantastic work wardrobe that would fit well, look nice, and be well received! I believe I am well on my way. 75% of what I wear to work these days is handmade. I'm still working on getting the fit dialed in just right but each garment is an opportunity to improve.


SOS Pants and Favorite Tee have been staples of my work wardrobe. If you have seen my Spring/Summer Sudoku you know that already :-) I made a couple of nicer additions for this blog tour. I wanted something a little special that would still work in a daytime work environment but elevate my looks a bit more.


I'd been wanting to do a choker neck Tee but didn't want a whole new pattern for it so I hacke…
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Sahara by Bella Sunshine Designs

Sahara dress by Bella Sunshine Designs

Sometimes you sew (or come across) a dress that makes you look 10 pounds thinner. THIS is that dress! Sahara dress has very figure flattering shape. I think circle skirts are more flattering anyway but something about this bodice is appropriately slimming as well. I normally rock my curves (and my rectangles) :-) but if a dress gives me an hourglass shape and makes me look thinner than I am, I will want to make a million!!

Sahara by Bella Sunshine Designs
Sahara by Bella Sunshine Designs
The dress is made for knit fabrics and comes in Ladies sizes 0-30 with Optional Bust Adjustment. The design features two different neckline options for the front and a low scoop back; sleeveless, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, and long sleeves with a fully lined bodice. The dress has a full circle skirt that is super flattering.  The design comes with three lengths; top length (hits at the hips), tunic length (which covers the bum) and dress length (hits just above th…

Frida by Designer Stitch

Frida by Designer Stitch
Designer Stitch has done it again! A comfy woven dress that is stylish to wear anywhere. I could not be happier with my two Frida dresses. The dress is inspired by vintage mexican but has such a modern, trendy vibe.  
Frida Dress option, Bishop sleeve without elastic

It is tough to pick a favorite out of these two. They're like my two adorable kids :-) I love both of them equally. Both dresses have a history behind the fabrics that makes each one special in their own way. The oatmeal & black one is made from fabric for an Indian salwaar kameez that was gifted to me by my MIL. She had one tailor made for herself and really liked the fabrics and bought one for me. The set came with embroidered fabric to make a long tunic/top, harem style pants, and a long scarf. I used each of the fabrics in a different way and came up with this. It is LOVE!  Frida Dress option
Frida back view 
The Frida pattern comes with 3 lengths, 4 sleeve options, and an optional ruffle …

Sewing Lessons by Ti

My friend Ti is starting this new awesome series of sewing videos on Facebook Live! Check it out here Live Sewing Lessons

She also has a fabric shop Sewing by Ti. I especially like her stretch woven twills and rayon spandex. I am planning the stretch twill to be used for pants for my fall capsule. It has good horizontal stretch and also vertical stretch (which is so rare to find in this material) making it ideal for skinny pants. I got the olive and khaki colors but she has a number of other colors too.

I am currently working on some super secret testing projects which will be released soon! I'm so excited about these new tests. Can't wait to get those up on the blog.

Brunch Blouse by Patterns for Pirates

Brunch Blouse by Patterns for Pirates

New release by P4P - Brunch blouse. It has blouse and dress options, various sleeve options, and a henley placket that is optional. It is a really quick sew for a woven dress. I made a dress and a top during the testing phase and could not be happier with both!

Brunch Blouse Dress option by P4P 
I made no major adjustments to the pattern apart from my usual length measurements. I'm 5'0 and Judy designs for 5'5 so I usually have to take out 2.5" from dresses, 1-1.5" from tops. In the dress, I took out 1" above the bust dart and 1.5" below the waist. Since I've been sewing P4P for some time now, I know where to make my adjustments. The key when taking out or adding length is to do it in multiple places and then to smooth the curves.

This fabric was a purchase from fabric.com a while back. I loved it when I saw it but was totally stumped on what to use it on! It had to be a simple enough pattern so it would let the…

Janice Boho Top by Wardrobe by me

Janice Boho Top by Wardrobe By Me

New pattern released by WBM - Janice Boho. It has that floaty, boho vibes we've been seeing a lot this summer. The sleeves really steal the show! Statement Sleeves have been such a trend this year. It will be perfect for going into fall.
Janice Boho, Size 10 graded to 14, 7/8 sleeve with Voilant (Bell) ruffle
Janice Boho in size 10. Gathered ruffle sleeve and ruffle hem. 
Let's talk about the hem ruffle. It provides just the right amount of fluff without going too overboard. I used a lightweight chiffon for this garment. It is a wee bit see-through so I will be wearing it with a cami for work. It provides a great amount of drape though that is lovely with this pattern. 
Janice Boho comes with two neckline options - O and V, 3 sleeve lengths - 3/4, 7/8, and Long sleeve, two gathered sleeve ruffle sizes - narrow and wide, and a bell shaped (voilant) sleeve. It has 2 bodice options too - with ruffle and without ruffle!
Still need more reasons by b…

Rad Patterns Choose Your Own Adventure shirt/dress

I have been testing for Rad Patterns for about an year now. It used to be just adults patterns but recently they've expanded their range to include Kids patterns. I was so excited when I first learned that Stephanie, the designer behind Rad Patterns, was coming out with Kids patterns! One of my favorite sewn items from Rad are the CYOA (Choose Your Own Adventure) tops (Loose, Fitted) that have been a staple for my wardrobe. Now she has just released CYOA Kids! I have no doubts this will fill DD's wardrobe!

CYOA Kids Dress in size 7
This pattern lets you choose between the various options provided such as, Dress or Shirt length, Sleeve lengths Sleeveless, Short, 3/4th, Long sleeves, Crew neck or V neck. I love that I can use this pattern to make a crew neck t-shirt in lightweight rayon knit for spring/summer, and also use the same pattern to make a sweater dress with long sleeves for fall/winter! 
CYOA Kids Shirt Size 7
The thing I love about Stephanie is she will work on the p…

Kristen Ruffle Dress

Kristen Dress by Designer Stitch

Every once in awhile, you come across something that just makes you want to drop everything else you're doing and get on it! Kristen dress pattern did that for me. When designer Ann Grose showed an inspiration image of the dress she was designing next, I decided I had no choice but to do this one. I test for her and one of the many benefits of testing is that you get to preview the upcoming designs ahead of everyone else.
This dress just moves and swirls around and makes me want to twirl and sing songs :)  Those deep inverted pleats give the skirt a lot of fun movement. We never really grow up, do we? At heart, we are still little girls and boys, prancing around without a care, wanting to be fed cake.
The princess seams give a perfect fit. I'm a sewing B cup and if I wasn't, I needn't worry about FBA because the pattern comes with cup sizes B,C,D,DD. The dress is recommended for a lightweight woven such as rayon, crepe, silky fabrics. I…