BSD Eden Leggings are Truly Heavenly

Bella Sunshine Designs (https://goo.gl/1hS8kh) just celebrated their 3rd anniversary by releasing new patterns, having a great sale, and releasing the Eden Leggings pdf pattern for free! (Please join their group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BellaSunshinePDFLove/ to get the promo code that makes these leggings free at https://goo.gl/1hS8kh).
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With the Eden Leggings, you can dress them up as I did with Mily Mae Fabrics’ flocked double brushed poly (https://milymaefabricshop.com/collections/poly-blends/products/vivian), or down, while you get in a quick workout or lounge about in comfort and style.
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Here, I used Mily Mae Fabrics’ athletic knits in Zen black (https://milymaefabricshop.com/collections/athletic-knit/products/black-zen) and pro-matte bright pink (https://milymaefabricshop.com/collections/athletic-knit/products/pro-matte-bright-pink).

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I used Knitpop.com Jessica fabric for the olive DBP pair (because the fabric’s name was so me! Hahaha), and the Seweird.com for their green damask DBP fabric.

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The Eden leggings can even be done in a capri size, and are available with 3 different rises: Midrise, High Rise, and Super High Rise. I used midrise for most of these leggings, except for the first 2 black pairs (the flocked DBP and the workout pair), in which I used the high rise.

The Eden’s pdf pattern comes layered in sizes 0-30, in 3 rises, 2 lengths, and in A0, paper, and A4 size formats. There is also a matching girls’ Eden pattern!!

Join BSD’s facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BellaSunshinePDFLove/) for the coupon code which makes these free, and to keep up with all of the latest pattern release info, coupons, and specials!

Also, don’t forget to shop the anniversary sale, where existing patterns are available at a 30% discount until March 11th at https://goo.gl/1hS8kh! (excludes new releases)

#BSDEden #bellasunshinedesigns #MilyMaeFabrics #MilyMaeAllDay #MilyMaeMade #Seweird #Knitpop

OMeGa! Bring on the Blouse Blog Tour presents: A Tale of Two Pretties

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This week, I have the honor of being part of the Bring on the Blouse Blog Tour for Winter Wear Designs, an indie pdf pattern designer who quickly has become one of my faves, when I tested her Banded Tee (https://jotdesignsusa.com/2018/02/08/banded-hem-for-nearly-every-occasion-yes-please/) and Classic Shell (https://jotdesignsusa.com/2018/02/08/this-shell-is-truly-a-classic/) patterns.

It is being sponsored by BOHO fabrics (http://rwrd.io/z6denjk), which is a fabric vendor with Great prices, Amazing coupons and sales, and out of this world selection of the most amazing fabrics and TONS of laces, trims, and other notions. Boho curates bundles for purchase that are surprising, gorgeous, and ridiculously reasonably priced. I highly recommend Boho for your knits needs, as well are your woven, specialty fabric, and notions needs, as well. I used their lace in 2 colors and 3 different sizes, as well as their woven fabric for my Omega blouse for this review.

I decided to take you on a tour of the Omega in a Tale of Two Pretties: I sewed up the Omega in a woven fabric, as suggested, as well as contrasting it, when the Omega is sewn up as a knit. The Omega blouse has SO many options available with the purchase of the pdf pattern from Winter Wear Designs (https://goo.gl/ZhZPMK). As a special offer during this blog tour, the Omega is on sale for the low price of just $7.95 all week long! That’s 20% off of a pattern that can give you chic blouse looks in woven and knit fabric bases, as well as being customizable into being either a blouse (with or without a shirttail hem) or tunic, with many sleeve options (Sleeveless, flutter, gathered cap sleeves, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeve, or long sleeves), as well as many different yoke options (pleated, lace front, lace accent, or plain front), and the option of having a keyhole in the back for a beautiful accent!

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First, I followed the woven instructions that are part of the tutorial that comes with the pdf pattern download. I had picked a delicious floral rayon woven fabric from Boho Fabrics; as well as a 5.5″ lace trim, which I used to embellish my yoke piece; and a 1″ lace trim, which I used as my binding for my neckline and armscye areas (armhole areas), since I decided to go with a sleeveless option, as the temperatures are already in the 80’s where I live. I sewed up a size XL, which was the closest to my ready to wear size 16-18 body’s measurements, and it fit Beautifully! I had a hidden fear that it would be too tight on my hips, as woven fabrics offer no stretch and no forgiveness, but I shouldn’t have at all! It was gorgeous! I went with the regular hem at the bottom, and the curves and ease built into this pattern are SO flattering and make this blouse SO comfortable to wear. It felt breezy, and was such an easy pattern to sew up.

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Typically, when I hack a woven pattern in a knit, I have to size down, but this was not the case with the Omega, which made it even Easier of a sew! I was able to use the same pattern that I had already assembled and cut out to make Both the knit and the woven versions. There are minor changes needed for the armscye binding measurements, but other than that, the change is pretty straightforward and easy to do. Winter Wear Designs lays out this entire hack’s tutorial in the Day 1 post for the Bring on the Blouse Blog Tour on their site (https://goo.gl/bjb7Wo). I was able to quickly sew up my new Omega blouse in double brushed polyester (DBP), and I chose to do the flutter sleeve, and  the regular hem. I also chose to use Boho Fabrics’ lace trim for the neckline binding in ivory this time, to add a bit of cohesion between my two looks. It attached with equal ease as the woven Omega’s did. When I tried this look on, I didn’t want to take it off. It was just (if not more) comfy as the extremely comfortable Omega is in the woven fabric!

I highly recommend this pattern in its many forms and lengths. It sewed up well in DBP and rayon (woven), and can handle beautiful embellishments and trims to further enhance your looks. It is feminine, flattering, and comfortable, without being too fussy.  Your closet Needs you to pick up this pattern and make a few for yourself. After you do, share a pic or two on the Winter Wear Designs’ Facebook Group Page (https://goo.gl/WH2nDT).

In addition to ALL of this fabulousness, there is also a drawing for a prize bundle from Boho Fabrics and Winter Wear Designs. Full information is available on the Winter Wear Designs’ Bring On the Blouse Tour page, located at https://goo.gl/bjb7Wo.

Check out each stop on the tour:

2/26  Winter Wear Designs
2/27 With Love in Every Stitch
2/27 Sewing With D
2/27 Kate Will Knit
2/28 Sew With Ilse
2/28 Custom Made by Laura
2/28 So Today I Did A Thing
3/1 Mabey She Made It
3/1 Connected By A Thread
3/2 MNW Sews
3/2 Jot Designs
3/2 Lisa Dawson at Winter Wear Designs

#bringontheblouse #stitchmyfix #sewwhatyoulove #wearwhatyousew #omega #classicshell

Day 2 of the SewLaura SAL: Construction Zone!

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No need to bust out a hard hat, but it is Construction Day!! Day 2 of the Sinclair Patterns’ #SewLaura Sew Along (SAL), hosted/sponsored by Sly Fox Fabrics will cover all of the construction steps of the pattern’s tutorial. I have provided a video that covers every step, and is available at Sly Fox Fabrics Sew Along Group on Facebook.
Items to highlight (as to not give away all of Sinclair Patterns’ trade secrets of awesome construction) are:
1) When stabilizing shoulder seams, you should leave some lead and lag bits to your stabilizer as it goes through the machine. You never was clear elastic to come into contact with the feed dogs or to be reused. You want to make sure that it is facing up at all times.
2) When attaching the pockets to the bottom panel, you want to make sure that you attach the interfacing to the Wrong side of your bottom panel and the pocket gets sewing to the Right side of the bottom panel in the same location.
3) When you are attaching your bottom panel to the bodice, you want to make sure that you Outline the pockets when you are sewing and not straight across the top.
4) If you decide to construct ties or use closure hardware, make sure to include the interfacing Inside of the collar (Wrong side of the fabric would have the Piece #8 interfacing being ironed to it). You want to ensure that you iron it where your placement will be. Everyone feels a little differently about where they want that closure, but it is suggested to have it placed 1-2 inched from the waist. In this case, you would need to reinforce this particular area on the Inside of the collar by ironing on that interfacing there. If you prepare and place ties, you would sandwich them in between the shawl collar and the edge of the bodice that you are attaching the collar to.
5) In this pattern, you will see how important the ironing really is to be able to have things like your interfacing adhere, but also to keep your collar laying flat, as well as having the hem marker for your sleeve hems.

I chose to go ahead and include the sleeve hemming discussion on Day 2’s video because it was the last step, and it would give you more time to work at your own pace and to ask any questions. (Also, I was SUPER excited to finish, if I’m honest. Hahaha)

Day 3, will be catchup day and questions, but you can TOTALLY hold off on the hemming until whenever you are ready. Pics Must be in the Pic thread by Friday in order to be considered to win a prize in Sly Fox Fabrics Sew Along Group.

Can’t wait to see your Laura Cardigans!!

OMP! Sinclair Patterns’ Penny Classic Leggings are pure perfection!

This week, I had the pleasure of testing a pattern for Sinclair Patterns (https://goo.gl/S7LKWK): the Penny Classic Leggings pattern. It is a pattern for either cropped/below-the-knee (capri) length or full-length leggings. The waistband is available either in a classic waistband or a comfort (wide/yoga) waistband. As with most of Sinclair Pattern’s offerings, this pattern comes in 3 size categories: petite (5’1″-5’3″), regular (5’4″-5’6″), and tall (5’7″-5’9″), in US sizes 0-22. The Australian-based pattern company hints at an expanded range of plus-sized offerings in the near future, which is an exciting possibility!

As usual with Sinclair Patterns, the fit was spot on for my body shape and size. It is an instant classic for me! I actually cut and sewed up both length options for the leggings (cropped and full length). I stuck with the classic waistband, as I am not a fan of the comfort waistband style, and there were so many others who were in the testing group.


These leggings are better than any others on the market that I have tried so far. I am a plus-sized woman, and my size 16 (in Sinclair Pattern’s sizing) fit without any need to try to adjust the seat, rise, or length. I didn’t even have to grade my pattern for the perfect fit, as I was pretty spot on with the dimensions for my size. I didn’t even have a problem with the legs turning on my calves, as some patterns require you to adjust and make sure that your front and back are cut out at a perfect 180* from each other.  This wasn’t necessary on the Penny, as the legs are cut out as a whole, which is AMAZING.  As many of you who have tried to make leggings before know, these are common issues, and sources of hours of tailoring that must be done to muslins/toiles/trial runs on cheaper fabric. With the Penny, I, personally, could have cut straight into my $16/yard athletic knit fabric with no looking back (but I took the cautious route, just in case, and did a muslin pair out of plain DBP. hahaha). I loved that I didn’t need to spend 3 hours tailoring them to my seat, to avoid the pitfalls of too much or too little fabric in delicate areas. THANK YOU, SINCLAIR PATTERNS!!! These are Pure Perfection!!

I chose to do the full leggings in double brushed polyester (DBP) from Southern Belle Fabrics (https://goo.gl/c5Uw6F) and the cropped length in a gorgeous athletic knit from Mily Mae Fabrics (https://goo.gl/mmpKpu), which made the best workout capris that I have ever owned.

The pattern suggests using your hips measurement to establish you size, but that grading might be needed for your waist, knees, and legs to get the fit that you are looking for. I went with the hip measurement which was 1/2″ below my actual measurement, assuming correctly that the negative ease found in the stretch amounts of my fabric choices would offset the difference in pattern size, when compared with my actual measurements.

The pattern calls for 1-1.25 yards of fabric for the cropped length, and 1.50-1.75 yards for the full length version. Both DBP and athletic knit/supplex worked beautifully and rivaled any off-the-rack activewear. Cotton lycra or any mid-weight fabric with 50% stretch that has good recovery would be lovely to make into your own personalized pair of perfect leggings, too. If one was wanting a higher rise in the leggings, the comfort waistband offers a slightly higher rise than the classic waistband does.

These were an incredibly easy sew, and you could be done with your leggings in under an hour, especially if you had the pattern already cut (as I had with my second pair). It is rated as 2/10 in difficulty, placing it firmly in the “easy” category.
The pattern comes with  Letter, A4, and A0 version files, meeting almost any printing need.

I did not have to trim off any excess fabric from the bottom, which was a first for me, when leggings are concerned, which was a pleasant surprise.

Don’t wait to pick up your copy today! There is an introductory sale on this pattern, making it only $6.99 now through February 28, 2018 at (https://goo.gl/S7LKWK).

Petra Taylor Tees Are My Happy Place

A few months ago, I was selected to test the Petra Taylor Tee for knit fabrics from Pickle Toes Patterns (https://goo.gl/qmkpPk), and I fell in love. Since that time, a few changes were made, and the Petra Taylor Tee pattern now comes with the option to have the length as a top, tunic, or dress. This EXCITED me!! I couldn’t wait to buy the pattern and try out the new dress option, as the top option had fit me like the world’s comfiest glove. I was not disappointed!

The Petra Taylor Tee/Tunic/Dress pattern is still in its finishing stages, as the layering is still being polished on the non-blocked front pattern, but that is my only critique, if you can even call it that. Despite that, the lines were easy to follow in the pattern to get Just the size that I needed, and making it super easy to grade or blend sizes, if you needed to. The included instructions were easy to follow, and were very jam-packed with information and options. The Petra Taylor comes in a jewel neck or scoop neck, with FIVE arm length options! You can choose cap, short, elbow, 3/4, or long sleeves.  There is even a hoodie option!! In addition, there is a thumbhole option for the long-sleeved version, which is AMAZING! As a bonus, you can take the sleeve cuff and follow the arm warmers pattern to step up your fashion game a notch while keeping warm this year.

The Petra Taylor is a very quick and easy sew, which will make it your go-to for everyday wear, or that cute little black knit dress for a comfortable, yet cute, date night look.

I love to feel the DBP (double brushed poly) hug that I get when wearing a Petra Taylor garment made in my favorite fabric: double brushed poly! Today, I am wearing one of the 4 tops that I made. The dress that I made is waiting for the weekend, as bare legs and temps in the 40’s aren’t the best mix when you have the flu already. heehee. The top had the ability to be a plain front or a slanted color-blocked front for any of the lengths. The relaxed fit and flare look of this pattern is so flattering on so many body types, and is a favorite of mine!

I used so many different fabrics in my 5 looks, so I will give you a glimpse into where to get some, too. In the color-blocked long-sleeved tee, I chose a velvet embossed DBP and faux leather look french terry from Mily Mae Fabrics (https://milymaefabricshop.com). In my cream with roses long-sleeved top, I used double brushed poly (DBP) from Mily Mae, as well.  For the dress, I chose Knitpop Fabric‘s (https://knitpop.com) Olive Holland DBP. For the purple floral, I used Southern Belle Fabrics‘ (https://goo.gl/TrCGSw) Elizabeth Floral Print Teal Roses on Plum in DBP (https://goo.gl/jSMeUo) and the Amazing Realtree camo top was also from Southern Belle Fabrics‘ poly spandex (https://goo.gl/FS3WDv).

****Pickle Toes Patterns (https://goo.gl/qmkpPk) is running a sale on the Petra Taylor Tee/Tunic/Dress starting this Friday, February 9th, 2018 at midnight through Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2018 at 11:59pm CST. Save 20% on a copy of the truly Amazing pdf pattern, using the code Love18.****
**Hint for the significant others in your life: THIS would make an Awesome gift to show your love and support of their love of sewing!!**

Make sure that you join and follow Pickle Toes Patterns’ group on Facebook to stay in the loop on sales and the latest releases from this awesome designer!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PickleToesPatterns/

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Be sure to check out Southern Belle Fabrics‘ (https://goo.gl/TrCGSw) sale that is happening now, and join their group on Facebook to learn about all of their specials and promotions! Southern Belle Fabrics are also one of this week’s sponsors of the 52 Week Sewing Challenge (a sewing challenge on Facebook to keep myself and others motivated to keep on sewing throughout the entire year).

Knitpop is currently having a moving sale, as well.

Make sure to catch Mily Mae Fabrics’ Tightwad Tuesdays for great specials on awesome fabrics! Mily Mae Fabrics also just got in some AMAZING athletic fabrics, but quantities
are limited, so get yours today!

Banded Hem for Nearly Every Occasion? Yes, please!

Winter Wear Designs (https://goo.gl/ZhZPMK) just launched their Banded Hem Tee as part of their Wardrobe Builder Collection. This pattern is one that you NEED as part of your collection for sew many reasons! Not only does it give you the options of a shallow or deep scoop banded neckline, but it also comes complete with the options of a cowl neck or a hood! It even more versatile with the options of 3/4 sleeve or cuffed long sleeve, as well as coming in either top or tunic length. It will quickly become your go-to pattern for knit tops!

When I sewed mine up, I chose the deep neckline with the hood, and I was not let down! The pattern pieces and instructions were clear and easy-to-follow. This pattern suggests starting with your bust measurement as your base size, and then grading up or down from there. Since it uses knits, there is some ease, both in the fabrics and in the pattern. I used So Sew English Fabrics (https://goo.gl/X5nECa) in hunter french terry for my main fabric, and scots plaid for my cuffs, hood lining, and band.

This pattern is easy to sew up, requiring little time before you can be sporting your gorgeous new banded hem tee, tunic, or hoodie! It has loads of helpful hints and tutorials for achieving the proper fit.

Regular price on Wardrobe Builder patterns at Winter Wear Designs is only $5 (but she is running a short-term release special bundle of the Classic Shell and Banded Hem Tee, so go and get yours today (https://goo.gl/ZhZPMK)!

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Onto a sewing a new beginning… Hello! and it’s #SewSofia

Sometimes life gets us all wrapped up in chaos. It’s the little things that help me step out of the entropy cyclone/cycle, depending on what it is. Like so many others, I have a hard time stepping away from any unfinished project or task. Sometimes, this habit is a helpful.  At other times, it can lead to my downfall in another arena (like, say starting my blog, for example). haha Today, I put my little foot down and say ,”Hi! My name is Jess, and I have a problem with procrastinating and focusing too much on a single task.”
BUT, I can remember to make lists and lists and have the best of intentions, and HOPE that I force myself not to neglect this journey.

Most of my blog entries will be sewing-related. It’s my life-blood. It brings me the best feelings, especially when I can share my finished projects with others.

Fair warning: I help a pattern maker with her sewing circle, so there will be a lot of shout outs to Oxana and her awesome patterns, BUT I do love a good pattern and some awesome fabric, so my love gets spread around to a large group that has come to feel like my family.

This week, I am leading a sew-along (SAL) of the Sofia Knit Sweater patter by Sinclair Patterns (available at sinclairpatterns.com for only $5.99 with the promo code SewSofia until the end of January 2018  #SewSofia) starting on Friday, January 12 at https://m.facebook.com/groups/203137420235033. There will be great fun, shenanigans, prizes, and most importantly SEWING of the most beautiful knit sweater! Doesn’t that make you want to join in on the fun??? Even more exciting is that Southernbellefabrics.com has generously agreed to sponsor the SAL, and so now, there will be one grand prize awarded to the winner of a $25 shop credit. Isn’t that even more enticing?? You just need your copy of the pdf pattern, a couple of yards of knit fabric, a few notions, and a device on which to join in on the fun!

I tested this pattern before its release, and I can say without hesitation that it is a flattering and well-made pattern (the Sofia Knit Sweater pdf pattern by Sinclair Patterns). The plus sizes are made with a plus-sized body’s curves in mind, not just a gradation from a size 6. Her detail-oriented patterns are truly works of art.

This fun sewing time will also help me in my quest to sew one item per week for 52 weeks straight. (you can join our quest at https://www.facebook.com/groups/192544541303173/).

So, for today, I wish you the best that this new year has to offer, and welcome you in my journey to help spread good cheer, sewing advice, and honest pattern and fabric reviews.