ūüéĶI’ve Got a Placket, Got a Placket Full of SunshineūüéĶ

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I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the ReSEWlutions: Plackets Blog Tour from Winter Wear Designs (WWD) (aff), alongside a number of other very talented sewists and bloggers. This first blog tour of 2019 focused on the placket, one of many sewing techniques that can often feel daunting to a new sewist. *SPOILER ALERT* It’s actually much easier than most assume that it is!

I chose the lovely Hepburn Henley from WWD to sew up in a couple of different fabric bases. I wanted to compare and contrast what the fabric influences the finished look of a placket (and really, of any project).

First, I chose a lightweight double brushed poly (DBP) from Love Adore Knit Fabrics (the daisy and polka dotted fabric), and yellow bamboo lycra for the sleeves and the back.

To achieve this look, I followed the instructions in the tutorial, which led me to folding the placket  and sewing in the placket on top of the mostly-finished bodice. Topstitching the x onto the bottom of the placket helps add stability and allow for easier buttoning and unbuttoning of the top.

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The next Hepburn Henley that I did, I selected to do the faux placket option. I sewed it up with a bodice out of ombré hacci knit and DBP sleeves, faux placket, and neckband all from Seweird Fabrics. I doubt that I will ever do a henley out of hacci again, as it was a bit looser of a knit that I was wanting, but it was very warm, comfortable, and stylish. Regardless, I still love the finished look. The scoop neckline gives the Hepburn Henley that little something special, and having the option to have functional buttons on a placket or having a faux placket was lovely.

Make sure to pick up your copy of the Hepburn Henley either by itself or in the incredible Back to School for Teens and Women Bundle!

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Make sure to visit all of the other stops on this blog tour!!
January 29
Aurelie of Maglice&So (guest posting at WWD)
January 30
Kristen  (guest posting at WWD)
January 31
Alyssa  of The Sewing Goatherd
Jessica of Jot Designs USA
Feb 1
Livia of Liviality
#wwd #blogtour2019 #resewlutions #plackets

OMeGa!! Nailed it! A Stop on the Winter Wear Designs Hack-a-Thon Blog Tour

September is a month of fresh starts for so many at school and a time of renewal as we head into another fall season. What a perfect time to make what we have “new” again by hacking our available pattern resources into all new garments?

I love scouring Pinterest for new ideas, and I found a tank top that I Really liked the look of. I loved the lace yoke to add that special little something.

Here is my inspo pic:
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I mean, how cute is that?! Plus, it’s casual enough that I can wear it almost anywhere. I looked through my patterns, and found my Winter Wear Designs (aff) Omega Top and Tunic For Women Sizes xxs-XXXL. I decided to use some 5″ black lace that I had, which provided a nice overlay for the yoke. I am super in love with my jacked Omega!

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What kind of hacks are you planning for your wardrobe? I know that I can’t wait to have more time to hack even more outfits from my inspo boards on Pinterest!

Don’t miss out on the daily giveaway posts in the WWDFUN FB group!!!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/918196014871086/

Don’t miss out on any of the stops along the tour!!!!
9/24
Jess of Jot Designs
9/25
9/26
Livia of Liviality
9/27
9/28
Patricia of Sew Far North

IT’S Time to Sew with ITS (Itch to Stitch) Blog Tour

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Life is so crazy, sometimes, that I just need to make time to sew to clear my thoughts, get out of my head, and be productive, rather than to stress over the little things. This Time to Sew with Itch to Stitch blog tour was the Perfect opportunity for me to do just that, and the timing couldn’t have been more ideal.

It’s late September, and that means that autumn is here, complete with Pumpkin Spice Lattes, changing leaves, and changing temperatures… unless you live in Texas like I do, and then the high temperatures just lower into the upper 80’s to mid 90’s. hahaha For Southerners, the fall means a time of curious temperatures and the need for truly transitional pieces like 3/4 length tops and longer skirt and shorts, or capris. It is often a bit too chilly to wear tank tops now when the sun is down.

Because of this, I sewed up the WONDERFUL¬†Newport Top PDF Sewing Pattern and¬†Emily Culottes PDF Sewing Pattern from Itch to Stitch Sewing Pattern Shop. I decided to really highlight the versatility of the Newport Top by sewing it up not only in a gorgeous DBP (double brushed poly) from Sly Fox Fabrics, but also the softest brushed hacci sweater knot from Love Adore Knit Fabrics. I am over the moon and so glad that I finally sewed up a top that I have been meaning to sew up for months! It did not disappoint! The shoulder details are my favorite bits on this garment. They add a touch of the “something special” without being too over the top. It is a very flattering and feminine silhouette, even in my size 16. This top can carry me from season to season, and the sweater knit will keep me warm all winter long!

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I also sewed up the Emily Culottes in denim from Knitpop. Not only are they comfortable, but they can be styled for work or play, and I can probably wear them for 10 months out of the year down here, with a bit of styling differences. In the summer, a pair of flip-flops are what I need, and in the winter, a pair of tights will add a bit of warmth and style to my outfit.

There is an optional pleated front look to the pattern, as well as a flat front. Both have an attached sash belt. If you do choose to do the non-pleated version, PLEASE read the tutorial’s directions first, before cutting your fabric (because the pattern need to be adjusted prior to cutting).

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I want to thank the amazing designer at Itch to Stitch, Kennis Wong, for making these amazing pdf patterns from which I was able to relax, unwind, and add to my wardrobe. I would also like to thank Sly Fox Fabrics for sponsoring some of the most amazing fabrics across this entire Blog Tour. Be sure to read and enjoy the other breathtaking creations from the other bloggers who had stops on this blog tour, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

The best news is that for all day today (September 21, 2018), the Newport Top PDF Sewing Pattern is on sale for only $7 and the Emily Culottes PDF Sewing Pattern is only $9! How awesome is that?!

Please visit the awesome sponsors of this Blog Tour and see the awesome and reasonably-priced offerings that each has!
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Visit our sponsors and enter our Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win this unbelievable prize package:

Itch to Stitch: 2 PDF patterns of choice
Simply By Ti: Prize of $20 GC

So Sew English Fabrics: Prize of $30 GC
Mabel Madison Modern Makers: Prize of 3 yard coordinated bundle
Sly Fox Fabrics: $25GC
Raspberry Creek Fabrics: $50 GC
Surge Fabric Shop: $20 GC
Organic Cotton Plus: $25 GC
WarmCrochet: Pair of scissors

And make sure to visit the other stops on the blog tour!

Here is the line up of Bloggers for the ITS Time to Sew Itch to Stitch Blog

September 17th
September 18th
September 19th
September 20th 
September 21st

***Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win awesome prizes!!***
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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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This Taylor is a Total Love Story!

If you follow my blog, you know that I have mad love for the Petra Taylor Ladies Tee, Tunic, and Dress (all in one) pattern by Pickle Toes Patterns. This back to school season, I decided to bust my scrap bin, and I found my fabulous fourth of July fabric from So Sew English. I realized that even though I didn’t have enough to make a shirt out of each, I Did have enough for a color blocked Taylor tee for myself!
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You, too, can grab your scrap bin and use as many or as few colors and textures to make this sure-to-please COMFORTABLE top/tunic/dress. One of the best parts is that you have 3 length options and you can also customize your sleeve length and whether or not you want to hem or use bands, all for ONE LOW PRICE!

I can’t wait until I have another 20 minutes to make myself another one of these awesome tops!

Craving a Closetful of Crystal Cove Camis

Crystal Cove Cami is another AMAZING hit for Itch to Stitch!! (Itch to Stitch Sewing Pattern Shop) This cami pattern is meant for woven fabrics, and can be dressed up or down, depending on which fabric you choose to make it in. It comes in sizes 00-20, and I sewed up a 16, graded to a 20 hip.  It took me only about 45 minutes to tape, cut, and sew up this cami top. It was easy and turned out great. I needed another few minutes to press this top, but it was well worth it.

The back is what sets this cami apart from its competitors. The petals that overlap allow for so much movement and air to circulate around your back during the warm summer months, and I LOVE this detail so much!

I used Boho Fabrics‘ rayon woven fabric for this more casual, but still fresh and pretty cami look.

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I used Mily Mae Fabrics‘ silky feeling poly blend Aster fabric for my dressier take on the Crystal Cove Cami. It’s perfect for date night or to pop under a blazer for work (or even better, a work to play top).

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And if you act now, you can get the Crystal Cove Cami at its introductory special sale price of only $8.00 through Monday, June the 18th! Get your copy today!

ūüéĶVacation [Romper] All I Ever Wanted…Had to Get [It Right Away]ūüéĶ

What fun it has been not only testing for Ellie and Mac, but being able to join in on their amazing Get Ready for Summer Blog Tour!!

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I decided what says “getting ready for summer” like sewing up Ellie and Mac’s new Vacation Romper? It is SO comfortable and cute and screams summer vacation!!

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I made one change to the instruction on the pattern to be able to achieve my chevron effect from the striped double brushed poly from Mily Mae Fabrics that I chose to use: instead of following the instructions of cutting one Front and one Back piece on the fold, I cut 2 pieces on the bias to create one Front piece and the same for the Back piece. I added in 1/4″ seam allowance to the cut line area to be able to accommodate the new center seam for the newly constructed Front and Back pieces. Then, I had my matched up stripes, forming new chevron-eque patterns for my romper. After that, I followed the tutorial, and voila! A comfy and fun outfit for vacations, or any time.

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To be perfectly honest, I didn’t want to be in vertical “prison stripes” nor to have horizontal stripes, so this chevron saved my fabric and my vanity. Haha AND it was so comfy that when I tried it on, I didn’t want to take it off, and I slept in it. It is Beyond comfortable and snuggly! Plus, as a higher bonus: I have the optional pockets sewn in!!!

It is a quick and easy sew, so if you don’t have this pattern, you should go and grab a copy at¬†https://bit.ly/2rwazyz! And pick up 3-4 yards of delicious fabric at Mily Mae Fabrics!

Please visit all the wonderful bloggers on the Get Ready for Summer Sewing Patterns Blog Tour for some incredible inspirations.

  1. May 7th: Seams Sew Lo
  2. May 8th: Tenille’s Thread
  3. May 9th: Seams Sew Lo
  4. May 10th: The Sewing Goatherd
  5. May 11th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
  6. May 14th: Our Play Place
  7. May 15th: Momma Can Make It
  8. May 16th: Aurora Designs Fabric
  9. May 17th: QuiltsbyJoann
  10. May 18th: Liviality
  11. May 19th: Momma You Can Make It
  12. May 21st: Margarita on the Ross
  13. May 22nd: Sewing Blue
  14. May 23rd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  15. May 24th: Momma Newey’s Makes
  16. May 25th: Jot Designs USA
  17. May 28th: The Scatty Sewer
  18. May 29th: Granma Texas Sews
  19. May 30th: Fee Bricolo
  20. May 31st: My Sewing Roots

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Guess What? It’s Gonna Be May (Blog Tour with PS&Co)

I loved being chosen to be a part of the It’s Gonna Be May Blog Tour by Petite Stitchery and Company (Click here for PS&CO) along with such talent sewists!! This blog tour was sponsored by Southern Belle Fabrics (Click here for Southern Belle Fabrics), who have not only the most AMAZING fabrics, but they have killer sales, so join their Facebook group today!! There is a GIVEAWAY towards the end of the post as well!!

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I started off this Blog Tour singing a little JT/NSync in my head, and then I had the HARDEST time deciding what to sew up. The Petite Stitchery and Company have SO many awesome offerings, that I was just so unsure how to narrow my choices down…. Sew, I decided to make a mini spring capsule from just 2 patterns: the Women’s Fusion Leggings and the Women’s Runway Raglan. Being plus-sized, I LOVED that their size range goes from XS-3XL. I also LOVED the versatility in each of the patterns. I decided that I needed to make myself outfits that range from work to play, all while being super comfortable and sew fashionable.

I made the Fusion Leggings in Southern Belle’s Extreme Stretch Denim in black (https://bit.ly/2HYwwxX), and I also used their Leanne Floral in black (double brushed poly.¬†https://bit.ly/2JlaF3p) for my business casual Runway Raglan look.
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I used Southern Belle’s faux lace to make this Runway Raglan and teal DBP for an accent color, making this my go-to 3/4 sleeve top for running errands, being comfy at home, or even running out for quick date night. I LOVE multipurpose patterns and clothes!! The Women’s Runway Raglan comes in 4 sleeve lengths and 3 bodice lengths. It’s Amazing!

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And what’s life without a little whimsy?? I sewed up a variation of the Runway Raglan with a custom panel, and I paired it with the Fusion Leggings in the Extreme Stretch Denim to highlight this pair’s versatility. I am ready for my next movie break, shopping, or to sit down and mend a few socks in my gorgeous new outfit.

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As you can see, with just a few yards of fabric, you, too could have many different outfit combinations if you run and get a copy of a pdf pattern or 2 like I did with the Women’s Fusion Leggings and the Women’s Runway Raglan from Petite Stitchery and Company (Click here for PS&CO)

AND…There’s a GIVEAWAY!!! Please enter to win a $50 shop credit at Souther Belle Fabrics by clicking the link below
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c04b4e2f1/

Don’t forget to visit the other stops on the ¬†It’s Gonna Be May Blog Tour by Petite Stitchery and Company, sponsored by Southern Belle Fabrics!
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April 22nd:

Sewjourns

Kathy’s Kwilts

Naadjesendraadjes

Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Sewing Adventures in the Attick

Sewing Southern Belle

April 23rd:

Margarita on the Ross

Our Play Palace

The Scatty Sewer

Rebel and Malice

My Heart Will Sew On

Sewing With D

April 24th:

Sea of Estrogen

Seams Like Style

That’s Sew Amy

Mahlica Designs

Leslie J’s Sewing Shack

Miss Marah Sewn

April 25th:

Liviality

Lime Leaves

My Sewing Roots

Tales From a Southern Mom

Jot Designs USA

Seams Sew Lo

The Needle and The Belle

April 26th:

Candi Couture Designs

Momma Sew Savvy

Blooming Skies

Stitched By Jennie

House of Estrela

Sewing Ambi

These Jeans are the Real Deal, and So is This Outer Banks Boatneck Top

I am lucky to count myself as a part of the Just Jeans Blog Tour by Winter Wear Designs (https://bit.ly/2F2mqJG), along with other very talented sewists.

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If you are needing the perfect pair of jeans, capris, shorts, or a jean skirt, look no further than Winter Wear Designs. The designs are flawless, and the tutorial for the pdf patterns are sew easy to follow! If you ever had a fear of setting a zipper, you NEED a copy of their Real Deal Jeans for Women in sizes 00-24 (https://bit.ly/2JZeTPs) or their Staple Skirt for Women in sizes 00-24 (https://bit.ly/2qY0OZS). Being a plus-sized woman, I LOVE being able to find patterns that fit me that are reasonably priced and offer options within each pattern! The best part about their Real Deal Jeans is that not only is it available with many lengths, is versatile and flattering, BUT it is on sale for ONLY $5!! I felt that I couldn’t afford to Not pick up a copy of this pdf pattern.

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I decided to sew up capris and paired it with Winter Wear Design’s new Outer Banks Boatneck (https://bit.ly/2EYuriB), as the temperature is already rising, as we inch ever-closer to summer. They fit me like $100 capris from famous makers in the mall. No. Strike that. They fit me Better then those high end capris because I was able to tailor them to my exact measurements. And don’t worry about jeans taking too long or being too difficult! The tutorial and I made these capris in only 3 hours; complete with a button, buttonhole, zipper, fly shield, topstitching, and faced waistband! And you can, too!! Isn’t it the best feeling in the world when you pull on your favorite and flattering pair of jeans, capris, or shorts?

And how about jean skirts? I loved Winter Wear Designs Staple Skirt, which sewed up as easily as the Real Deal Jeans! It is Super cute, and versatile for the transition months, and even into summer! I paired it with the Outer Banks Boatneck and the reversible La Croix. It really does go with nearly every occasion!

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Head on over to Winter Wear Designs (https://bit.ly/2F2mqJG) to take advantage of the sale and create a mini capsule like I did with the BEST fitting and looking jeans that you’ve ever owned! And don’t forget to visit the other stops of the Just Jeans Blog Tour to check out what they sewed up!! It’s bound to be an inspirational journey!!

#Just Jeans #stitchmyfix #wearwhatyousew #reSEWlution

Don’t miss any stops on the Just Jeans Blog Tour
Monday 4/23
Tuesday 4/24
Wednesday 4/25
Thursday 4/26
Friday 4/27
Lisa Dawson for Winter Wear Design

Beri Bee Designs

Friday 4/27
Lisa Dawson for Winter Wear Design

 

In the Boardwalk, We’ll Be Having Some Fun…

Testing for Little Kiwis Closet (https://goo.gl/EFuiNZ) for the first time was fun and exciting. They allowed me to test their Women’s Boardwalk Dress (https://goo.gl/nNaKUs), which comes in sizes XS-5XL. It is an adorable pdf dress pattern from a talented Kiwi (New Zealander) designer that comes with 19 options….that was Not a typo…19 options!! For the bodice front, you can choose from a princess paneled front, a plain front, or a cap sleeve. For the back of the bodice, you can choose plain, low, racer, or open back. For the skirt, you are given the options of paneled, 1/2 circle, 3/4 circle, full circle, or hi-low skirt with or without lining, circle waist, or gathered waist, mini, knee, maxi, or curved skirt. Talk about more bang for your buck!!

I chose to make 2 versions of the dress. My first sew was of a paneled front bodice, which a plain back and a 1/2 circle skirt in double brushed poly (DBP) from Knitpop (https://goo.gl/U1SVfT).

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I loved the movement of this dress. Pockets would have been lovely, but with the construction of a 1/2 circle skirt, pockets are not easily made possible (with the paneled skirt, it’s a whole different story!). The bodice fit incredibly well without me having to do any alterations on my 1XL dress pattern.

My second dress was a plain front, racer back, and maxi skirt option. This time, I used double brushed poly from Seweird.com.

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It is one of the most comfortable maxi dresses that I have ever made. even the “plain front” was a great fit, as was the overall size of the racer back. If I make another, I will widen the intersection point of the racer back by an inch. It did not allow a racer-back undergarment to be worn and not be seen with these dimensions in the size 1X, but that is a super easy fix.

I love these looks, just in time for the beautiful spring days, as well as the dog days of summer down south!

I recommend getting this amazing pattern by Little Kiwis Closet!! With 19 options, the fashion possibilities are ENDLESS!! (Well, actually, it’s 1.22 x 10^17, but who’s counting?!?!? Hahahaha). There is one side note: with 19 options, it is an 80+ page pattern…you need to make sure that you read the tutorial first and jot down the pages that you need to print. ¬†The skirt pages might be a little overwhelming-looking, but they are well-marked, and soon, you will see Just how easy it is to assemble and cut it. ¬†(Buy it!! You won’t regret it the next time that you need to whip up a dress!!¬†https://goo.gl/U1SVfT)