Hello…

Hey Sewists. Long time no see.  I inadvertently took quite the break from my blog.  I have been busy and this was the easiest thing to temporarily give up to maintain my sanity.  I am pretty excited to share some of the things I have been up too over the last 4 months.  These are going to be some quick mini-reviews.

First up, I have been doing some pattern testing for few different indie pattern designers. By far, Bella Sunshine Designs is my favorite designer to test for.  Her patterns are well thought out and easy to sew up.  Melissa and her team run a great pattern testing process.  At the end of 2017, I sewed up these Sansa Flare pants.  They are super fun. For my final version, I used some gray space dyed activewear knit.  Then back in February of this year, I helped test the Eden Legging which fits the same as these flares from the knee up.  I, unfortunately, do not have pics of them.  I haven’t wanted to take pics of any of my makes this winter.  I promise I will share them some other time.

This one isn’t a  pattern test, but I was able to help Bella Sunshine Designs with some new updated marketing photos.  This is the Maggie Top.  It is the perfect basic tee!  Perfect!!  It is quick and easy to stitch up and I plan on making a lot of these.  I just need to find the perfect weight of cotton/spandex knit.  For this version I used a pink space dye activewear.  I made it to go with my Eden legging and Sansa flares to workout in.

Of course, I have also been sewing and blogging for  Cali Fabrics still.  This is my version of Simplicity 1317.  I got a yard of sequin fabric that I have been using as accents on a few pieces.  I am loving these sequins.  Check out my post on the Cali blog where I talk about how I altered this pattern to create this look.

My other sequin make for the Cali blog, is this version of McCall’s 7351. It is a shirt dress pattern that I hacked to be a tunic with a high low hem.  I still have some sequin left that I will be using down the road.  I also have 2 more tops stitched up for the Cali blog that I have yet to photo, so I can’t share those just yet.  I am hoping to get them photographed this week so they can be shared soon.

Other than that, I have signed up to be a part of some blog tours.  Expect those posts later this week.  I am also hosting a couple of Sunday Lately posts later this year.

The thing I am most excited for though, is that I have been drafting patterns!  Eric has been working on building me a website and I have been working on all the content for the site and patterns that I will be releasing.  I am hoping by the end of this year to have released my first pattern.  I am still quite a ways away, but it is becoming more of a reality.  My current dilemma is whether I should start with just PDF patterns and build up to having paper patterns or start with paper and PDF from the beginning.  What are your thoughts? Which do you prefer to sew?

Sew Americana Blog Tour 2017

Happy 4th of July!  I know it is a few days early but we are celebrating here as part of the Sew Americana Blog Tour.  I am so excited to be a part of this tour again this year.  I love celebrating the 4th with friends and family, grilling, and of course fireworks.  With our big move this year, I knew I wanted to make something quick and easy.  Originally I have an oversized red and white gingham print in mind that would make a great loose fitting dress knee length sleeveless dress with a curved hem and epaulets at the shoulders.  Alas, I could not find the fabric I wanted and didn’t have the time or space to draft the dress I envisioned.

I went fabric shopping at Jo-Ann’s and discovered this red, white, navy, and gray striped fabric. Perfect for celebrating the Fourth. It is a delicate lightweight woven with a bit of a boho feel.  I knew immediately that this was going to be my fabric for this years 4th of July project.  My first idea was to use this fabric to make up a new version of my own self-drafted kimono cardigan.

For this version, I added 6″ in length.  After trying it on I decided to shorten it back up 2″. In the end, I used 2.5 yards of the stripe fabric for this garment. To give it even more of a festival-ready vibe, I added 4 yards of white pompom trim along the sleeve edges and hem.  I really think the pompoms finish off the look nicely.

Check out that stripe matching on the sideseams!  It wasn’t too hard to match these stripes since they are so big. It did result in why I used more fabric that I normally would have for this kimono though. Overall, I really like this piece.  I think I am going to enjoy wearing it to watch fireworks.  What are you wearing to celebrate the Fourth?

Oh and here is one last picture from my photoshoot. My dog, Emily, decided to come up and sniff my pinwheel while I was shooting.  There were several pics of her but she can’t sit still long enough to take a completely in focus picture with me. Maybe next time.

Check out some of the other amazing makes from this year!
Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T


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