Spring time is one of my favorite times of year. Everything is fresh and new. Full of potential. Perfect time to dive into new adventures! One adventure I always love tackling is a new pattern!
The Rebecca Page Sofia Shirt Dress has been on my wishlist since first catching a glimpse of it! The classic styling is just my thing, plus cool woven fabrics are so lovely for springtime! Then I saw this stunning crinkle chiffon windowpane plaid at Fabric Mart Fabrics for one freaking dollar per yard and I bought all I could!! With 8 yards to work with, I KNEW I could get whatever option I wanted out of this gorgeous stuff. Now to pick options…
This pattern goes with a few different lengths and I am slightly obsessed with the maxi length. But, I have to admit, maxi length just doesn’t get worn as much as I always think I will, so I went with knee length (obvs). Then all the sleeve choices! I obviously went for sleeveless, because it is cool and versatile for me all summer, then wearable all winter with a cardigan. But there are other sleeve options and the long sleeve is amazing. I love it. And need one (well two) in my life.
But I LOVE this dress. It is exactly what I’ve been wanting and I’m pretty disappointed I don’t have anywhere to wear it anytime soon. I’ll probably wear it for some work meetings just for some happy.
Talking about a happy. Rebecca Page has been generous enough to let me give away a copy of the Sofia Shirt Dress to one of my readers!! So comment below and let me know what options you want to sew up, or what fabrics you want, or just what you like about mine, and I’ll pick one comment as a winner sometime on Saturday after all the lovely bloggers shared their beautiful Spring Fling makes!!!
Whether I’m actually planning to sweat through a workout, or looking for more an athleisure look, nothing gets me more motivated than a cute AF outfit. When I feel amazing, I feel like I can accomplish anything! That HIIT class I’ve been scared of. ALL the errands that need to be tackled. Even just a massive sewing day. Wherever I feel like wearing leggings and a cute top, new and fun will help me get shit done!
Rebecca Page has been adding some super cute options to their workout line. I’m obsessed with all the new stuff. But, I have been wanting to make the Lily Leggings since they came out last year and just haven’t had time! This was the perfect opportunity to throw one of the not-new patterns into the blog tour, and for me to finally make them!! (Bonus, I had the pattern printed and prepped already! Time saver right there!)
Lily has some really beautiful options. Chevron front or back, with a side stripe. Plus some kick ass booty shaping pieces! And a POCKET!! I went pretty simple because I only had 1.5 meters of this STUNNING fabric (I’ll talk about that in a minute). I didn’t want to risk cutting multiple pieces and messing up, so I went basic. But, I couldn’t resist adding the pocket!
This fabric though. WOW!!! This fabric is the yoga stretch from Discovery Fabrics. IT IS AMAZING!! I’ve worked with some pretty kick ass athletic fabrics and this one wins hands down. It is a bit pricier than I usually shell out for fabric, because I’m cheap, but this is worth EVERY PENNY!!! Seriously. If you’re looking to make leggings that you can feel comfortable in as pants, while sweating, chasing kids, having brunch; whatever you do in leggings, this is the fabric from which to make them. I need to order a bunch of black, so I can live in black leggings to match all my crazy shirts. But then I need all the colors, because hell yes!! Look at all those colors!!! This fabric matched with the Lily Leggings are the perfect legging. They don’t move anywhere, I can mix and match some super cute options for non-basic pairs, and never wear any other pants again!!
Now, I made up this Josephine last year, shortly after it released and have been meaning to share it with you because I adore it. It is so damn comfy and I feel really cute in it. The mint/teal color is one of my favorites and it looks amazing with leggings, jeans, even a pencil skirt! Plus, it really is the perfect shirt to throw on over a strappy yoga bra/tank before and after class (or at the grocery store). Next I need to make up a really cute bralette with all kinds of cute straps showing in the front!! This one is made from some sort of mystery knit from Fine Fabrics. It is like a sweater crossed with liverpool. So I’m just going to say a double knit and call it a day. Whatever someone might call it, it is comfy, cute, and easy to wear!
This entire week all these talented bloggers will be sharing all kinds of different patterns and ideas from Rebecca Page. I am SUPER excited to see what everyone came up with, and I hope you are too! Plus, Rebecca Page is giving away prizes, of course! So read all the way to the bottom to link to the giveaway and be sure to check out every blogger all week to see what kind of inspiration comes your way!
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So, I really love Halla patterns. The team is fun. Their designs are unique and delightful. Plus, they often include lots of options. Agnes is one of their freebie patterns that I downloaded forever ago. And yet…this is my first time sewing the Agnes!
Of course, the entire premise of this blog tour is that we all sew up our own versions. We could hack or change. Do whatevs. I decided to make just a few changes. First, I used the slimmer dress cutline for width, but the top length. I don’t typically love wearing swing tops, as I tend to look like a I’m wearing a tent. This width is the perfect loose fit tee, without being too loose fit. I also shortened the sleeves slightly. (I am always shortening short sleeves on patterns. They are almost always too long.)
But, I couldn’t stop there! I also wanted to add a fun, but subtle, feature. Becky, over at Big Fly Notions, made this great dress a while ago with a quilted accent at the shoulders. It stuck with me and I wanted to do my own version. I wanted kind of the faux raglan sleeve in the front, but a full yoke in the back. And I wanted it quilted!!
I eyeballed the whole thing, but angled the faux raglan about halfway down the armscye curve and drew the yoke straight across the back about 2/3 the way down the armscye. I actually connected the two yoke pieces into one at the shoulder seam. Don’t forget to add seam allowance!!!
I have been talking pretty big about adding more solid colors to my closet and this was the perfect opportunity. So, I grabbed this great Dark Raisin DBP from Sly Fox Fabrics. I cut two yokes, two sleeves, and one each of the front and back. With both yoke pieces, wrong sides together, I started pinning. First the center of the bottom edge. From there, I marked 2 inch increments all the way out to the armscye curve. Then I marked the center of the back neckline. I used a ruler to add additional pins to make my pattern for 2 inch diamonds. The fun of this is that you could use any pattern you wanted!! I used matching thread, but contrast could be fun too!
Then I constructed the top as instructed. Front to yoke. Back to yoke. Sleeves, sides, neckband, and hem. It was really fast, which I always appreciate. And the fit is spot on!! I clearly need to make more of these. And since the sister already tried to steal this one, she’d probably enjoy one or two in her closet as well.
Halla, being the awesome company they are, has given us each a pattern code to give away!! I’m going to choose a random comment on this post, Saturday 11 May as the winner here! Read all the way to the bottom for my fellow bloggers and don’t forget to enter on each blog to maximize your chances of winning!!
What do you think? Need an Agnes in your closet? What other Halla patterns have you been eyeing, that you’ll pick up if you win?
Thanks for stopping by! Once you’ve entered my draw, be sure to find the others on the tour for even more chances to win! We’re EACH giving away ONE Halla Pattern code. That means five chances to win!! All draws will be made on Saturday, May 11, 2019 so you have time each day to read, enjoy, and enter each sewist’s contest .
One of the things I have been noticing as I am helping other people find the fit adjustments they need for their body, is just how much measurements overlap but shape is COMPLETELY different. This regularly amazes me. Two people with almost identical measurements, but vastly different shapes don’t need the same types of alterations and fit adjustments to achieve that perfect fit. This realization is what sparked this blog series.
Together with a few awesome friends, who happen to have near identical measurements to my own, but who look very different, we dived head first in. All of us completely gorgeous and unique in our own ways. When we tackle a pattern, we all have different points of view for what we consider common adjustments. Sequoia and Chaney have already talked about what adjustments they make, so I’ll just dive into what I do.
I count myself super lucky. Usually, the only adjustments I make to a pattern is grading between sizes and adding height. Every once in a while, I need a full bust adjustment. But these two quick adjustments are typically all I need to make a pattern fit me well! This is obviously helped by the fact that I don’t buy patterns from designers that don’t cover my size. Also helped that I prefer to use patterns that are drafted for an hourglass shape to begin with. This prevents a lot of the adjustments some need to make to even match the pattern block a specific designer uses.
Now, back to adjustments…DIBY includes a TON of adjustment and fitting tips in all of their patterns. They also have a super inclusive size range. This helps eliminate a lot of fit issues you might come across, which means it is a great start to this series! Simple changes to achieve a great fit!
All I’ve done is grade and add an inch of height. Super simple, even with this fancy hem! I used an ITY with fancy texture to it that I found at Fine Fabrics, so it is light and flowy, which helps this boxy shape work for my body. For my shape, I need to show at least some of my curves or I feel like I’m in a tent. It doesn’t take much, but it I don’t have some fit somewhere, I’m just feeling blah. I definitely don’t feel blah in this super cute top!
Be sure to check out the other gorgeous bloggers sharing their gorgeous shapes with all the right alterations of this lovely DIBY Adrianne!
You might have noticed how much I’m loving the versatile, extra useful things in my life lately. When the Rebecca Page Double Duty blog tour popped up, I knew just what I wanted to share with you!!
I hacked the Comfy Cowl Hoodie with a moto style zipper forever ago and just have not had time to write it up. This was the perfect opportunity to make another one and share it with all my favorite people!! It turns out this is a pretty simple hack. I highly recommend making yourself a comfy cowl as written first. This helps make sure the fit is what you’re looking for and gives you a better understanding of the pattern before we go changing it up.
My first Comfy Cowl was a few years ago and I still get so much wear out of it. It is fancy enough to wear to work, but comfy enough to lounge in. Win/win! Since this one fits great and I’m familiar with the pattern, I’m ready to hack away! I traced off a copy of my graded pattern to work with (so I can keep making regular Comfy Cowls!), traced off the mirror image of the front, and marked the center front. From here, I lengthened the front and back pieces. I wanted to eliminate the band at the bottom, though, I do think it would be super cute to leave it on! But without the band, and because I’m 5’8″, I wanted to make sure I had plenty of length for a comfy zip up.
Then I picked up a really long zipper, 30 inches! I used this really long zipper to play with the angle I wanted. Once I had an idea of what look I was going for, I made sure to center it on my front piece. (So the bottom of the zip was the same distance from center front as the top.) I drew in this line, sliced it, and added seam allowance to the new edge. Then I just cut one of each front piece out of my main fabric.
There is just one completely new piece I made for this and it is a little harder to describe, but I promise it is actually really easy! All I did to create this piece was overlap, right sides together, the two front pieces. The part that overhangs is my final piece. With seam allowance added, of course. With this piece, we’ll call it the facing, I cut one from my main fabric and two from my accent fabric. The two from the accent fabric are NOT mirror image. Ask me why I’m emphasizing this… 😀
For the hood piece, I traced off the hood per pattern, but added the same distance from center fold as my zipper, plus seam allowance. Instead of cutting this on the fold, I cut two outer and two inner pieces, each as mirror images. Be sure to transfer all your markings. You can see in the fabric photo below I’ve marked the center front as well as placed a clip along the neck edge.
Other than adding length for the missing cuffs, I didn’t make any changes to the back or sleeve pieces. Just cut them per instructions out of my main fabric.
Now I have all my pieces and am good to start sewing!! I start with the front pieces and the zipper. The right front piece and the facing piece in my outer fabric are layered over the right side of the zipper. I like to line up the zip 1 inch from the bottom. This gives me room for hem and to actually sew the hem without hitting the zip. Since I prefer to work in batches (clipping all the sewable bits, then sewing all the seams), I also clipped the inner fabric facing piece to the outer fabric facing piece along the outside edge, right sides together.
The left front piece is layered with one of the facing pieces from inner fabric, also right sides together.
Once my zipper was installed, I placed each inner facing right side together along the hem to the main fabric and stitched at 1/2 inch. This will created a clean corner for your hem and make it easier to start the hem! Then flip the facings right sides out and press. I chose to topstitch along the zipper edge and down the open edge of each facing. I think it gives it a really beautiful finished look, as well as holding the facing in place! I also basted along the neck edge of the facing pieces, so it would be easier to attach the hood later.
From here, sew the back edge of the hood inner and out as per the pattern. Now, place the inner and outer hood right sides together. Sew from one front edge, all the way across hood edge and down to the other front edge. I did this on my serger, so did three separate seams, but if you use a regular machine, it can be done all in one pass. Flip right sides out and topstitch the edges.
Now we will basically construct as normal. This is a super quick order of operation for how I completed these last steps. Attach front to back at shoulders. Attach sleeves. Sew side seams Attach hood, matching center back and front edges. Hem sleeves and bottom. You’re done!!
There are so many cute ways to wear this thing. I keep saying I’m going to add a button to the hood corners and little loops to attach them on the shoulder seams so the hood can be held in place when wrapped. But I live in Atlanta and rarely need that much warmth. For my next one, I’m definitely adding welt pockets!!
I’ve worn this new one quite a few times already and love it! Is this a hack you’ll make up? Are you excited about all the other Double Duty posts this week?
Can’t wait to see your version!!
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