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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

5oo4 Jessie 3XL

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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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