My New Whataburger Jeans

When I started sewing up my Itch To Stitch Mountain View Pull on Jeans (https://goo.gl/3dNThz), I loved how well the pdf pattern taped together, and the lines that were painstakingly and professionally drafted from the very talented designer of Itch To Stitch design house.

These jeans were unlike any other pull on pant or jean that I had ever made or even tried on (RTW). They were like a yoga pant had a baby with a pair of your favorite jeans. Everything stayed in place so nicely and these looked like any pair of jeans that you would find in any high-end department store. They didn’t have a scrunchy elastic waistband. Instead, it’s a smooth extension of the pants that curves up and is tall and flat against the body, much as a yoga pants waistband.

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It was during one of the steps that the pattern called for back pocket designs topstitched into the pockets. Since my embroidery machine is in a different city from where I am now, I painstaking drew what I thought would be a classy and Wonder Woman inspired pocket design. I finished them, and was proud of my work….and I attached them to the pants. I then wore them for the day, and when my family came home, my sister said, “Nice Whataburger pants!” I hadn’t realized that I had subliminally sewed up the logo of my favorite burger place in the pocket designs that you will see below. I will attach a screenshot of the Whataburger.com logo.

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So, my new favorite jeans have teamed up with my favorite fast food burger place to bring my a laugh every time that I put them on.
But seriously, if you are in a place with a Whataburger, try them! They are SO much better than the other burger drive-thrus.
And above all, you NEEEEEED Itch To Stitch’s (https://goo.gl/Gq38mw) newest addition: The Mountain View Pull-On Jeans pattern, available in Sizes 0-22.
I used Sly Fox Fabrics’ (https://slyfoxfabrics.com, and they are offering a 25% off special for your first order!!) Stretch Denim to make these AMAZING Whataburger pants

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#SFF #SlyFoxFabrics

BSD’s Clementine Is As Sweet As Its Name

Bella Sunshine Designs (https://goo.gl/1hS8kh) has done it again! Their Clementine Dress pdf pattern for ladies is as sweet and beautiful as its name.
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The Clementine is top, dress, and a color-blocked maxi pdf pattern all in one! There is even a matching girls’ version available in a bundle for purchase at Bella Sunshine Design’s site (https://goo.gl/1hS8kh).  The versatility and fit of this pattern is amazing, and I enjoyed sewing up my size 12 maxi with an FBA (which is already an included option in your pattern!!). This was super flattering to my plus-sized body ( It was an amazingly easy sew. I chose to do a color-blocked maxi in black ITY and alternating bands of velvet burnout fabric (that I picked up from https://milymaefabricshop.com).

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With this one pattern, you can make yourself beautifully fitting tops for summer, as well as beautiful dresses and color-blocked maxis. Make sure that you do check the tutorial for sizing information, as I usually wear anywhere from a 16-20 ready to wear, and I wore a 12 with an FBA because of the ease built into this patten. This pattern in available in sizes 0-30, and comes with an A0 print shop file, as well.  It is layered in the letter an A4 paper sizes formatting for home printing as well.

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And don’t forget! The site-wide sale is going on at BSD patterns (not including new releases), which takes 30% off until March 11th, 2018!!

Pick up your copy while the introductory specials are still going on!! Also, join the Bella Sunshine Design Facebook Group to get the current coupon codes for the Clementine, and to learn about all of their specials, promotions, new releases, and to share your pics of your latest BSD creation!!

#BSD #BSDClementine #bellasunshinedesigns #milymaemade #milymaeallday

Elle est très belle!!

Sinclair Patterns has done it again! This time, I was lucky enough to be selected to test their newest pdf pattern release: the Elle Panel Pencil Skirt.  This exquisite feminine skirt flatters curves and entices the eyes with its ability to use panels and color blocking to compliment its wearer’s assets. It comes in a range of sizes from 0-22, but might soon be available in sizes up to 5X (if rumor from the designer becomes reality).  The pdf pattern comes with each size available in a multi-sized and layered pattern, organized into the dimensions of petite (for 5’1″-5’3″), regular (for 5’4″-5’6″), and tall (for 5’7″-5’9″).  This pattern is meant for either a knit fabric as a pull-on skirt, or woven fabric with an invisible zipper.

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I tested a size 16, using both a stable knit and a woven fabric, in that I used a flocked scuba fabric from Mily Mae Fabrics (https://milymaefabricshop.com) with side panels in faux leather. I made sure to make my waistband out of the scuba, to provide the stretch needed to get the skirt over my hips. I LOVE the ingenious built-in kick pleat in the back of the skirt. It was so easy, yet adds that additional touch of fashion and sophistication.  As usual, I LOVED the way that the Sinclair Patterns pattern came together to form the garment that I made. It was quick, easy to sew, and so easy to understand.

You can make your own gorgeous Elle Panel Pencil Skirt by visiting https://goo.gl/16HQJt to get your copy of the pdf pattern while it is still on sale for the low introductory price of just $8.99, a couple of yards of your favorite fabrics, and voilà! A masterpiece to be stylish and comfortable in!

Make sure that you join Sinclair Patterns’ Facebook group to stay current on all of the new patterns headed your way, as well as all of the latest sales and coupons! Also, sign up for the newsletter on the Sinclair Patterns website, and all of that information will be delivered straight to your inbox! (Hint: there may or many not be a 40% off coupon for 1 pattern of your choice through this weekend…Sign up today at https://goo.gl/S7LKWK)

 

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!

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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