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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 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…

McCall 5927

McCall 5927 - OOP pattern for misses shift dress. 

It is my most favorite dress made out of my most used paper pattern thus far. I made 6 versions of this pattern. Of the 6, this is the dress I wear when I am feeling thin and fabulous, this is also the one I reach for when I'm feeling bloated and not so fabulous! It hides sins, people :) I do believe this is the dress I've received the most compliments on IRL. Those tucks on the skirt sides add just the right amount of fullness. This pattern is genius! It works great for my mom body and can see it working on a variety of different shapes. I'm a rectangle shape and feel it gives my waist some definition I desperately desire.

I was so inspired by Georgina's version over here that I had to have it. Alas, by the time I noticed the pattern, it had gone OOP. I found it on eBay and bought it for $6. Best $6 I've ever spent!

It is not a brand new make..the dress is now about 2 years old and has taken a trip to India! It l…

Savannah by Wardrobe by me patterns

We all have the perpetual nothing-to-wear problem even though we have full closets. I decided to fix it by trying out all the tunic patterns in my stash. So far, I've made P4P Everyday Elegance (blogged in my spring/summer capsule post), Love Notions Rhapsody (still to blog), Rad Patterns Day in the park and Night on the town tunics (blogged here). The latest in my quest to make up all the tunic patterns I own is Savannah by Wardrobe By Me.

Savannah tunic is a really good option for those who want to make a button down shirt but are either intimidated by a stand collar, or want to make a shirt in a few hours really quick :-) This tunic has 2 simple options for finishing the neck - woven binding or knit ribbing. They come out looking very different. Knit binding looks sporty and cool for a shirt this style. I don't think I've ever seen that in a woven shirt. I want to try that option next time. For this shirt, I did woven binding. Pattern piece and instructions are provided…

Arabella Skirt

I had the pleasure of making the Arabella skirt for Rebecca Page Designs. It's a sweet, simple, gathered skirt that comes in a variety of length options. I chose to make a maxi skirt.

Pattern Description: The Arabella is a gorgeous ladies maxi skirt pattern. An easy & quick sew with 4 lengths and lots of options, it’s a perfect beginner skirt pattern!

The pattern is very quick and easy for a beginner to do. I probably completed it in an hour. I used a burgundy crepe fabric which was opaque. At 2 yards, it was just enough fabric for this project. I'm short and can often get away with less fabric than pattern calls for.

I love that the skirt has just the right amount of gathering to make it feel full but not add bulk. The airy lightness of the fabric makes it almost an ethereal feeling.
The pattern comes with 2 waistband options - Tall and regular. I used the regular waistband and sash.

There is a child's version of Arabella as well that I'm hoping to make for Aanya.

McCall 6696 Shirtdress review

I finally made the Mccall 6696 shirdress after owing the pattern for over a year! This is my first time making a shirtdress with actual buttons and stand collar. I was afraid of this pattern for no reason at all. It is a very well drafted and fitting pattern. I made a muslin and understood the mods I needed to make for my unique fit challenges. Muslin is so very important for any garment, wovens more so than knits.

We'll talk muslins and adjustments but first, let's get right to the photos!

The fabric is a foil print cotton woven that I got from Joanns. It feels really nice and smooth. I love love this fabric! Went back to check if they still have it but alas, I couldn't find it. I got this dress out of 2 yards!

I made View C - sleeveless dress with straight skirt, size 14. Before starting the muslin, I had decided to take out most of the back gathers. That is the #1 complaint most people have from this pattern that the back is too blousy. I took out all gathers from the …

Spring / Summer Capsule 2017

I have been fascinated by the idea of a capsule wardrobe. The idea that a few staple pieces that could be mixed and matched to come up with endless combinations was exciting! While I embraced the idea of a capsule wardrobe, I wasn't sure I wanted to go boring or safe. I'm all about colors and prints while keeping silhouettes simple. When the Capsule Wardrobe group decided to dedicate some time this year to do a Spring / Summer Capsule challenge, I decided to join in and see what happens :-) Best kind of plan.

The challenge was to create 10 of the 16 items that make up a sudoku capsule. It is funny to look back at where I started originally and where I ended up. Original plan contained various images cured from Pinterest and such. It should be noted that this plan was made up in early spring so naturally I included blazers and sweaters.

Spring Sudoku
Now it is June and the capsule is complete! Here it is - 
Now I went ahead and photographed each outfit because I wanted to make…