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HALLA – Elise

DSC_0075 (2)So, I am so late with this post and promotion for Halla, which is not the kind of first impression I like to make and this was my very first test with these wonderful ladies!!  But, I am just recovering from surgery.  I had to have my stupid tonsils taken out and man, has it been a terrible week.  Did you know that the best way to recover from this procedure is to drink a ton of water?  Did you also know that every breath and swallow is like being stabbed repeatedly in the throat?  Yeah, great mix.  Then I turned up allergic to the liquid form of the pain meds they prescribed.  Fun times.

But, that’s not what we’re here to talk about!!  Testing for Halla was ridiculously fun!!  The group is funny, sarcastic, full of food and puppy lovers and, well, real.  It was definitely a new approach to testing for me, but I found it exciting and fun.

On to the juicy stuff.  This pattern is gorgeous!!  If you are looking for fun, easy to wear and something I haven’t seen in another pattern, stop right now and look here!!

DSC_0056 (2)The Elise is easy to wear, comfy and beautiful.  Look at those tabs!!  LOOK!!  I love how such a simple addition took this top from a cute faux wrap, to vavavoom!!!  The pattern comes with tons of options too!!  I have to make the non-gathered skirt, since that will be much more me!

Also, did you notice??  There are pockets!!!!!  A shirt that can pull off pockets, you say?! Hell yes!!  They are well hidden in my gorgeous So Sew English floral french terry, but there are slat pockets on my shirt!!

DSC_0012 (2)The pattern also includes no tabs, dress length, a waistband, the ungathered skirt I mentioned above, a banded sleeve, a puffy sleeve and in-seam pocket options!

What are you waiting for?  Go check it out!!  You can even use the code ELISE to save 20% off all PDF orders until March 30th!

Grab your pattern here – Elise Top (affiliate link – a small portion of your purchase will be shared with me directly from the designer if you use this link)

And check out So Sew English Fabrics here – So Sew English

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5oo4 – Jessie Top

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If you are looking for a top that is fitted but not tight and still full of options, check this one out!!  A nice simple sew, with minimal construction fanciness?  Check!

This was seriously the fastest sew, ever.  It look longer to glue the pattern together than to actually cut and sew!  For a shirt where I need to do minimal alterations to make it work correctly (ok, zero alterations), this is a win for me!

Now, if you’re looking for some fun options to spice up your t-shirt, Jessie has you covered as well!!

This nice low back is a great base for whatever strappy delight makes you happy!!  She included instructions for this combo and for a single strap across the back, but always encourages the sewist to have fun with it!!  The binding is fairly simple and quick but really takes a basic tee up a level!!

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I had so much fun making these to add some basic, but fun tops to Virginia’s closet!

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My model for this is my gorgeous sister, Virginia.  She is cool with these photos being put on the internets. 🙂 Fabric for the red top is from Fine Fabrics.  Floral and stripe are an amazing bundle from So Sew English and of course, you can pick up your pattern here Jessie Top.  

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TBT – Patterns for Pirates Sweetheart Hack

This TBT thing… not something I’ve ever participated in. But then I realized, I have years of sewing to share and what better way to keep track than picking random projects every once in a while?

I have to start with my favorite make ever. The Patterns for Pirates Sweetheart Dress is super cute and surprisingly versatile. It was actually one of my first knit sews!

Then I was invited to a wedding and needed a pretty dress! The fun begins here. I decided to make one small change to have a strappy back of my dreams!

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Did I mention it was a twirly dress? Every lady needs a twirly dress!!!!

Some super quick instructions for anyone who would like a similar back…

From the pattern, you need the skirt, the front tank piece and the lower back piece. I then cut twelve 1″ wide strips that were way longer than I needed and a facing for both the front and back pieces. (If you need help with these steps, leave a comment!)

I sewed the strips together to make six tubes, then turned them right side out.

Sew straps to the front tank, as central as possible. Mine are slightly overlapping! Then sew the facing to the front. I sewed over the straps a few extra timesfor extra security.

On the back, I laid out the straps in the pattern I wanted.

I played with placement a bit and what worked for me might not work for you! My first strap was 1/2″ from center, then 2″ between each strap.

Sew the back facing on, making sure to secure the straps! I added elastic to the back to help prevent gaping and support this very heavy jacquard double knit fabric! (How gorgeous is this texture?)

Sew sides seams together, and understitch as far as you can.

From here, you can finish the rest of the pattern as per the tutorial.

Now you can have a twirly, strappy dress as well! Who has a fun event to wear it for and can I come with? 😆

PS: I did get to wear this to the a ridiculously fun wedding! It was perfect!!

Pick up your copy here – Sweetheart Dress 

Virginia is wearing an Essential Tank Dress – Essential Tank 

Both fabrics are from Fabric Mart which is a wonderful company. You should check them out. 😉

Stephanie xx

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SUAT Ursula

I’m so excited to be writing about my first pattern test since starting this blog. I have been extremely lucky to test for quite a few different designers. Some of them I stay with for the long haul (as long as they’ll have me), some I’ve done one and walked away for one reason or another.

Stitch Upon a Time is a great pattern company with some really fantastic patterns. I’m not going to lie, prior to this test, I had only tried the underpants. I freaking love the underpants. So to have an opportunity to try out SUAT’s take on leggings was super fun!

Leggings are not new to me at all. And there are so many patterns out there. So, why this one? Well, let me say, Jennifer really cares about getting just the right fit so everyone looks and feels amazing in her patterns! (Let’s say, I hope she let’s me test for her again!) Plus, the time it saves to start with a pattern, rather than hacking a cool feature is tremendous!

The Ursula’s were quick, easy to sew and so pretty! I just love the diamond cutout option!!! Plus, the skirted option is a petal skirt!! So. Much. Fun!!

I kept it simple for my final version with capris in this ridiculous neon athletic fabric from Fabric Mart, which I toned down with some grey topstitching and a contrasting waistband.

One thing I particularly enjoyed about working with the SUAT team, was that I got to choose the details of my final!! Sometimes it is quite nice to be assigned options, but sometimes, I get assigned things I’m not the most comfortable with. This pushes me out of my comfort zone, which is half the point of testing. But, since they let me choose my own stuff, I feel like my comfort and happiness really show in the final photos!

My final was actually my third pair from this test!! And I love all three! I started with the diamond cutouts in this really fun coral print that I picked up from Hancock Fabrics before they closed. (Anyone else still sad about that?)

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I clearly love bright colors. They make me happy. And, to be honest, any little happy that is also associated with the gym is a win. When I saw the petal skirt for the first time, I knew I had to go full on ridiculous and once again, add a Wonder Woman inspired piece to my wardrobe! Thankfully, my friends and family have accepted that I’m…awesome…and fully support my shenanigans. Both of these fabrics are also delightful scores from Fabric Mart!

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Now I have a great motivation to remember to hit the gym this week! Can’t wait!!

 

<3 Stephanie

On an aside, the tops I chose to wear with each are the 5 Out Of 4 Patterns Agility Tank, a RTW tank from Old Navy that is still hanging out in my wardrobe, and a Patterns for Pirates Essential Tank with a zip-up also from ON. (I clearly need to sew some more workout tops!) They are all really comfy and great for working out or lounging. If you’re interested in any of the patterns or to check out the Fabric Mart, here are some links. Two of these are affiliate links. If you click and end up buying something, the designer sends me a little thank you.

Ursula Leggings

Agility Tank

Essential Tank

Fabric Mart

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Cuddly Saturdays

It is a chilly Saturday morning here in the ATL. I very much want to cuddle in bed with some kittens and a book, drifting in and out of sleep. Instead, I have a to-do list I can’t possibly accomplish today and deadlines fast approaching.

Some days I let myself fall behind to enjoy the indulgence of doing nothing. Sometimes that’s exactly what I need. Today though, not so much. So I’m waking up, writing a bit and prepping to tackle the day.

I’ve been told (on many occasions) I need to relax. But I thrive under pressure and am so much more productive with a deadline. Plus, when your hobby is fun and produces cool results, it is relaxing!

On to some fun stuff. I am going to finish one pattern test today! Then I’ll make a cute tank to wear with it for photos. I also need to get pics of the sister in her new tee. Can’t wait to share the gorgeousness she picked and the bright ridiculousness of mine.

What is on your to-do list this weekend?