ūüéĶOh I want to take ya to Brooklyn, Bahamas…ūüéĶ on a fitting experiment

In this installment of the Fitting Experiment, we are all sewing up versions of Sonia Estep Designs’ Bahama Bottoms pdf pattern (aff) and most are also pairing it with the Brooklyn top pdf pattern (aff).

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We all started with the Bahama Bottoms, which offer so many options that it was hard to choose which I wanted to sew up.

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Since it is still scorching hot outside, I went with the 5″ inseam elastic waistband with front and back pockets in rayon challis. These shorts proved to be lightweight, but not see-through, thanks to the fabric that I chose. They are breezy and so comfortable in these summer days.

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The pockets are just the right length to throw my cell phone in, and not have to worry about it popping out when I go to sit down. (That’s a HUGE plus in my book! LOL) There are also back pockets and flaps that can be used, but since I am in the “I hate ironing camp”, I chose to leave the flaps off this particular pair of shorts. If I had done a solid color pair or a denim pair, I would have placed the flap on to level up the chic factor for myself.

These are a US size 16, and they fit me beautifully!! I love that they included plus sizes in their full range at Sonia Estep Designs! My Brooklyn Top is also a US size 16, and I love the comfort of it, and well as the extra cute features that make it feel so luxe for a knit top!

To show a variety, I chose to do the straight hem with dolman short sleeves (as I knew that some of my fellow bloggers were doing the tie and the tank/sleeveless versions). As you can see, there are SO many lovely options that make this pdf pattern SO worth grabbing a copy for yourself!!

I used Dark Teal solid double brushed poly from Knitpop (aff) for my Brooklyn top, and buttons from HobbyLobby.com. With this pandemic, I source most of my supplies online. It is SO soft and lush!! One tiny change that I made was the placing of the buttons. I decided that since I intended to wear this as my top, as opposed to a layering piece, I wanted extra coverage higher in the top. I moved the top 2 buttons closer to each other so that I don’t have to worry about any gaping or accidental “wardrobe malfunctions”. Then, I measured the remaining length on the neckband/placket and divided that by the 4 remaining buttons to get them spaced evenly.

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Since these patterns are available in sizes 00-30, so many people would be able to enjoy these patterns. Not only that, but the options are mind-blowing! With this additional versatility, you could dress this pattern up or down and create different looks for every day of the week with just these 2 patterns!

(But Sonia Estep Designs also has other amazing patterns, while you are shopping there. #Enabler!! hahaha But seriously, they have freebies!! Join their Facebook group to learn more!

Thank you to Sonia Estep Designs for sponsoring The Fitting Experiment creators with patterns. Please check out others’ makes:

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The Fitting Experiment: Sabrina Slims Edition

Hello, and welcome to 2020!!! I am excited to start the year off with a new series that I am working on in conjunction with a small group of blogging makers, like myself. We are calling this new adventure The Fitting Experiment, where we take a pattern, and we all sew one up, to show how each of us looks different in the pattern, and we all explain what modifications we had to make for our particular body’s many curves.

The first edition of this experiment involved Love Notions’ Sabrina Slims (aff), a slim fit cigarette pant that comes with all sorts of wonderful options. It has recently been updated to include a wider range of sizes.

I sewed up Love Notions’ Tabitha Top (aff) to go with these amazing pants. The Tabitha Top also comes with so many options to choose from, but I went with the boatneck collar and optional lace shirttail.

With pants, I worry about fit, and am well-prepared with my lists of tailoring options, but with the latest Sabrina Slims pattern, they fit me so well, straight as a muslin/toile; so I was able to head straight into my “good fabric” and cut out my plaid Ponte fabric that I had been hoarding for over a year.

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I made the Tabitha Top out of red stretch crushed velvet from Knitpop (aff) and the lace mesh that I used for the shirttail (that can be tucked in to give you another completely different look) was from Stitchin’ Pretties.

I chose the size 18 straight leg with front pockets option for my Sabrina Slims. I chose not to interrupt the back lines with the optional welt pockets. I think that next time, I will do the paneled version of the Sabrina Slims, to add an almost piped look to the front seams of the pants. Like I said, I was lucky, and they fit me well, but for additional tailoring for next time, I might decrease my pocket bag and hip by 1/4″ on each side and take about 1/4 out of the knee area, but that is just in Ponte and just for my specific curves. Everyone’s body is different, so we will all wear the pattern differently, as well.  

A special thank you to Love Notions for sponsoring The Fitting Experiment bloggers with patterns so that we can share our thoughts with you. Love Notions has kindly provided a 20% off shop discount code for all our readers. Please use this code at checkout: FittingEXPSabrinas

In addition, Love Notions has given us TWO copies of Sabrina Slims to giveaway. For a chance to win, comment below. For more chances to win, comment on the other blogs too! You can check out their posts below:

 

Falling in love with Rebecca Page, a stop on the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Seasons Blog Tour

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Welcome to one of the final stops on¬†Rebecca Page’s Turning the Page: Sewing for the Seasons Blog Tour! Just because we are wrapping up our week of amazing fun, doesn’t mean that it stops here!! You, too, can enhance your wardrobe by being inspired by or recreating one of the many sophisticated, fun, flirty, and classic styles that you have seen along the way!!

When I was looking in my closet this past weekend, I realized just how low it was on comfortable and season-transitional pieces that I had. I have Plenty of summer looks, as I live in the southern US, but I needed to work on my fall transitional pieces and winter looks.

I immediately thought of Rebecca Page’s FANTASTIC outerwear, especially their cardigans. Cardies allow SO much freedom, as you can layer them on and remove them during the day, as temperatures fluctuate during our seasonal changes. I decided to sew up a The Circle Cardie ‚Äď A Ladies Cardie Pattern (aff) for this exact reason!

The Circle Cardie allows for endless possibilities with regards to which knit to use. I chose a crushed velvet in Metal Crush (that I purchased from¬†Mily Mae Fabrics), a sort of charcoal shade, which would drape me in softness and warmth and help ease my wardrobe’s transition into the colder months. It is just the first of many that I am going to sew up. I plan on at least 7: one for every day of the week! Since there are so many options on lengths, bands, ruffles, and sleeves, as well as the vast number of fabric options, my choices are nearly endless!

Next, I had to decide what should go under this cardigan. I decided on the The Emma Top and Dress ‚Äď Ladies High Neck Dress Pattern (aff). Not only does the high neck on this top and dress block the cold winds of autumn, but also is stylish and a source of additional warmth, and it is currently in a sale bundle, the Summer Maxi Bundle. This pdf pattern really does allow for SO many options with the fabric choices and the lining options. Really, if it is super cold where you live, line it with a silk lining for a lightweight and VERY warm option. You could even opt for a superfine wool lining, as well. In the southern US, most of us just need cotton or maybe polyester, or as I chose: a gorgeous rayon (that I purchased from¬†Mily Mae Fabrics), that has amazing drape and beautiful coverage, without being bulky or heavy.

I finally decided to sew up the top version of the Emma, and it was love!! It’s just long enough to cover everything that I want hidden, but also loose enough to keep me cool with a nice breeze! I paired it with capri leggings, so I know that leggings in late fall would also be perfection! One thing that I LOVE doing with stripes is to either cant them and wear them on the bias or create chevron patterns by having two angled stripes meet at a center point. This allows me to not have horizontal stripes which might not be the most flattering on my plus-sized figure, but also it is fresh, fun, and fashionable (and so easy to do!).

Please visit all the stops on the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Changing Seasons Blog Tour with Rebecca Page. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win some fantastic prizes from our fabric sponsors!

  1. August 20: Rebecca Page (Intro), Sewjourns, Soul fed on Thread
  2. August 21: Sarcastic Sewist, PatchWitch, Flaxfield Sewing by Anca
  3. August 22: Princesse et Tresors, Bellephant, The Scatty Sewer
  4. August 23: BigFlyNotions, Stitched by Jennie, Millie’s Place Handmade
  5. August 24: Sweet Sprocket, Australian Sewing, Advice & Inspiration, The Sewing Unicorn
  6. August 25: LIVIALITY, Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing, Simply Kyra
  7. August 26: Seams So Lo, Middle River Studio, Jot Designs

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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

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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This Shell is Truly a Classic

As a part of the Wardrobe Builder collection from Winter Wear Designs (https://goo.gl/ZhZPMK), I had the pleasure of testing the Classic Shell pattern for women. It is truly a wardrobe builder kind of pattern, in that you can make SO many different looks and have so many options available to you all in One Pattern! You can make it a top or a tunic with long sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, traditional short sleeves, or tulip sleeves. ¬†The blouse was a very easy sew, even with the options of the keyhole in the back or the tulip sleeves. The instructions were clear, and had lovely pictures as guides. There were also mini-tutorials on just how to get your Classic Shell fitted to your body just right, with special instructions like armscye adjustments for shoulder adjustments. The pattern even explains body shapes so that you can figure out the best places to make adjustments that are typically needed for your body type. ¬†The dart placement and instructions made this one of the easiest darts that I have ever sewn onto a blouse; so, if you were wary of having to create a dart, don’t be!

This Classic Shell blouse requires woven fabric, and I chose to use a lovely rayon challis for my testing garment that I got on sale from Urban Rag Trader (on Facebook or Etsy as urbanragtrader.etsy.com). It worked perfectly with this pattern, and it made me want to make more in different colors and patterns. Despite using woven fabrics, this pattern had plenty of ease built-in in the waist and hip area, so the look was relaxed and flowy, without being at all restrictive. Perhaps it is because of this built-in ease that the designer advises you to base your main size off of your bust measurement.

The only reason that I would ever hesitate in making more of this pattern would be the need for pressing things. I am a military spouse, and I don’t always travel with my iron (but almost always with at least a sewing machine). haha The iron is needed for the setting of the sleeves, the hems, the bust darts, and the bias tape (I chose to make double bias tape out of the same rayon material as the bodice). When I am a home though? Watch out! I plan to make one for every day of the week!

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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Flirting with Fashion

I also had the privilege of testing Petite Stitchery and Co’s (goo.gl/4e4EWj)¬†newest dress, the Women’s Flirt Fit and Flowy Dress. ¬†This dress took me back to a simpler time with its nod to the 80’s; a time that was still so rife with opportunities and potential. Everything was possible.

This pdf dress pattern has many options available for the purchaser: You can wear it as a slim fitting mini dress, a flowy midi, or a billowing maxi for your skirt. The pattern itself was a quick and easy sew, and the instructions were straightforward. The overlapping top is a flattering look for most, as it hides any imperfections, while the skirt is still gathered into a well-defined waist. The cherry on top? It has in-seam pockets as an option!!

I used gorgeous fabric from Seweird.com in a floral-printed double brushed poly, so that the dress felt like it was giving me a soft hug as I wore it. In order to make this pattern, you will also need elastic for the gathered skirt’s waistband, which is hidden inside in a fabric casing that you make.

I didn’t encounter any glaring issues with this pattern, but I did have to take around 6 inches off the bottom of the maxi length. I am 5’6″, but I cannot have my maxis covering my feet and draping behind (trip hazard for me).

Overall: Lovely pattern and dress!! Go and get one! Treat yourself!!

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Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…

Last week, I tested for 4 different designers, for a total of 5 different patterns. This week, I have had the fortune of leading a Sew Along and helping to spread the word about 3 fabric vendors and one pattern designer. February has been a crazy month so far!
First up, I want to talk about Itch to Stitch’s ¬†(https://goo.gl/6SBhov)¬†Sequoia Cargos & Shorts Digital Sewing Pattern. THEY ARE AMAZING!!!

I was selected to help test her great pdf pattern, and the fit, pocket placement, and instructions were all a recipe for success, from the size 0 participants to the size 10’s, to my plus size. Every curve and seam fit my body beautifully. The only adjustment that I had to make was to remove around an inch in the overall length, which is pretty amazing, as anyone who has made themselves a good-fitting pair of pants will tell you.
They were Just the kind of cargo pants that I am always wanting to shop for, but stores rarely carry in my size: convertible cargo/hiking pants. They even have a touch of elastic at the waistband to accommodate more body types and flexibility for different kinds of activities. You can make them out of many different types of woven fabric, but you do need a bit of interfacing for the pockets and rib knit fabric for your waistband.

Admittedly, my desire to have convertible cargo pants is more of a desire to have capris in the warm Texas summers, as well as place for my phone, headphones, keys, and snacks; BUT, they would work for hiking my former back yard: the Appalachian trail.

The only negative that I found myself experiencing while making this pattern was the setting of the 14 sets of metal snaps (which was NOT a problem with the pattern itself, but with my setting tool), which are more secure than plastic snaps and can go through the layers of fabric and interfacing in the pocket flaps. The metal snaps that I had purchased kept unseating themselves in my snap setter tool, so I looked like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman trying to eat the escargot: Slippery little suckers, indeed! Note to self: I need a more consistent setting tool, because I intend to make myself at least 3 more pairs of these pants this month!!

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