Brunch Blouse

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Who loves woven more than knit? I can’t ever decide. Every time I sew woven after I’ve been sewing a lot of knit, I think how wonderful it is, and then when I go back to knit after sewing woven for a while, I am like, why did I ever leave you? Ha. Anyway. I also can’t decide which I prefer to wear. Knit is the most comfortable, but then I put on a woven top like this, and think how it doesn’t cling to anything, and it’s actually pretty much as comfortable as my knits! Now you know a lot about me. #cantcommit #indecisive

So, this is the Brunch Blouse from Patterns for Pirates. It includes tank, cap sleeve, or short sleeve. It’s a dolman sleeve, so #fast and the back includes a seam down the middle for great shape, and easy swayback adjustments. It also includes optional waist ties, a henley placket, and dress lengths, so you really can make almost any look you imagine. There are a few great hacks on the blog for this as well!

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I made this one out of voile, so it’s perfectly light, and comfortable. It’s a little easier to sew than rayon too, which is also one of my top fabrics of choice for apparel woven, so the dart was super easy to sew. This one is the cap sleeve option.

There is a mini version too, the Bitty Brunch Blouse, which I love! Also #alliterationismyfavorite 🙂 The style is so easy to wear, and perfect for all seasons. I think the dolman sleeve wears well under a layering piece like a cardigan. I did not make the final version of the Bitty Brunch Blouse, so I don’t have photos to share.

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Grab the patterns on sale through the weekend, or bundled for even more savings!

Brunch Blouse

Bitty Brunch Blouse

Brunch Blouse Bundle

Fabric sources:

Hobby Lobby

 

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Ainsley

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This is the newest pattern from Made for Mermaids, and as usual, it’s amazing! This is Ainsley, it’s part of the collection that’s designed to mix and match with Riley, Brooklyn, and Cassie. If you put these patterns together, the options will be endless! I love that they’ve done this.

Ainsley looks like separates, but it’s all attached, so no shirt falling out of the waistband 🙂  The sleeve options are flutter sleeve, short, elbow, or long. The top of the sleeve is slightly puffed. There are optional pockets, an optional sash, and there is a blog post with a bib pattern piece if you want to add that to your bodice! I made one Ainsley as is, and then I mashed one with the Brooklyn bodice, and then I made a third Ainsley with the bib hack. (On this version, I used the pockets from the Quinn pattern, Ainsley does not specifically mash with Quinn.) I’m planning to use the Brooklyn skirt lengths to make a maxi version next. Sometimes a pattern just grabs you and makes you sew!

I kind of have picture overload today, but that’s what happens when you sew lots of versions! Check out the listing for more gorgeous photos inspiration on what can be done with this pattern!

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Ainsley

Riley

Brooklyn

Cassie

Quinn (pockets only)

Fabric sources:

Grey cotton lycra: Needle Nook

Blue/White polka dot rayon spandex: Girl Charlee

White cotton lycra: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Cream eyelet: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

All other fabrics used are hand-me downs from friends

 

 

 

 

 

Cora Culottes

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The pattern I’m sharing today is a special one! Made for Mermaids has been celebrating some milestones, and wanted to release a special pattern for the party too! They have designed a pattern for girls culottes, Cora, and there is also the Mama Cora version too 🙂 A culotte is a split skirt, so you get the fun swingy-ness of a skirt, with some of the practicality of pants or shorts!

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These are special because they’re on a super sale, for $3, and 100% of proceeds will be going to local Texas Hurricane Harvey relief charities. You can make a difference, and get a pattern! 

If you want to wait, there will be a special code for Made for Mermaids Pattern Group members starting October 1st. But through the month of September, they will be $3, to help support the needs of Texas.

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There are three lengths included in the girls pattern, short, above the knee, and below the knee. Optional inseam pockets are also included. These are the quickest sew, and easy to wear!

I used double brushed poly for these, I’ve kind of been on a dbp kick for a bit, but it works so well for so many things! Rayon spandex will be a bit too clingy for these, and cotton lycra will be too stiff. The benefit of having a huge hoard means I always have the right fabric when I need it 🙂

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Get your patterns here:

Cora

Mama Cora

Fabric sources:

Grey double brushed poly: Pretty Posh Prints

 

Nilah

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I’m waiting for the day Mgeni from Sansahash designs something I don’t love, (I don’t think it will ever come) and the new Nilah pattern is certainly not it! The curved hem that comes up at the sides, like a shirt dress is a favorite design feature, and the slight high-low makes it even better.

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The bodice is lined. There are no bindings or facings. This is quick to sew. The sleeve options include sleeveless, short, 3/4, or long. I made both of my versions 3/4 sleeve, accidentally. I was planning on making  along sleeve version after my 3/4 sleeve one, but I was cutting late at night, while talking to my brother, and I grabbed the wrong sleeve pattern piece. I will just save my long sleeve version for some pretty sweater knit I want to use!

Sizes include 6mo-12. The pattern is on sale for $5.50 through next Thursday!

My first version is the floral double brushed poly. I LOVE this print so much, and don’t see too much of it sewn up. I bought it a while ago from Pretty Posh Prints. I love florals, but they are kind of ALL OVER right now, so I’m ready for new prints. I still love this one because I haven’t seen it too much 🙂 And I have more left over to sew something for me too!

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The second version is cotton lycra on the bodice, and I used this amazing vertical stripe vintage polyester for the skirt. I’ve had this fabric for several years, I picked it up at a church garage sale for a quarter! It’s been waiting for the right project 🙂

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The church down the street has a sale every fall, and I walk to it every fall, because who misses church garage sales on their block?? The first year we moved back from South Dakota was the first year I went, I think, and there was tons of fabric, none of it priced. I think I had $3 cash, because I hadn’t known their sale was coming up. I started picking out some fabrics, and stopped to go ask how much it was, and they said it’s a quarter per cut. So, I was able to fill up a banker box full of fabric and paid $3! Haha! Some of the cuts were at least 2 yards each. I’m still sewing from some of those fabrics. I always have a harder time cutting into the vintage pieces because I know they can’t be replaced!

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I hope you’ll check out the Nilah pattern, and I know you’ll love it if you make it!

Nilah

Fabric sources:

Floral DBP: Pretty Posh Prints

Cotton lycra: Stylish Fabric

Stripe polyester: vintage

 

 

Sweet Bow Dress

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This is another installment in the Summer of Woven from Patterns for Pirates! This one is an update to one of their older patterns, the Sweet Bow Dress. And the mega bow is everything!!! I made 2 versions. One dress length, and one maxi. There is also a top length included, and a small bow, or the mega bow. I did mega, OF course.

This pattern had a few fit issues tweaked, and I am so happy with the fit that they achieved. The blue dress is one of the earlier versions.

This blue version was fun to make because it was another piece of fabric I got from my friend that I shared about a few weeks ago. It’s fun to have fresh fabric in your stash, and I hope it’s fun for my friends to see their fabric having a new life!

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The maxi version was added towards the end of testing, and it is perfect for this style! I used georgette for my skirt, which my daughter loves. She wore this maxi dress to church the Sunday after I made it!

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The pattern will be on sale for the re-release for $7.50. You can find many more photos on larger and smaller sizes in the listing. You will love this! It is a quick sew too, even though I didn’t think it would be. It’s straightforward, and there are only TWO pages to print for all sizes!! #YES

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This sweet dress will is a favorite in my house for sure!!

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Sweet Bow Dress

Fabric sources:

Blue cotton woven: friend’s stash

Gingham bow: vintage from a garage sale

Black floral bodice: woven from Hancock

Georgette: Hobby Lobby

 

 

#118 Autumn Dress

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Sometimes, with all the crazy choices that are thrown at us in life, it’s nice to have something simple and easy. With no decisions to make. I think this Autumn Dress pattern from Thread Faction Studio is pretty perfect. You won’t get tons of options in this pattern, but they have nailed the style, and you will get an amazing dress each time you sew it. This is a knee length dress pattern, with a fairly slim skirt, fitted bodice, and elbow length sleeves.

I used a jersey for my first version, I think it has rayon in it, because it’s a little slinky. And my second version is the floral print, which is double brushed poly. Both fabrics worked really well for this pattern. Since the skirt is not super gathered a slightly thicker fabric shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The bodice is a single layer, bound at the neckline.

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This pattern calls for clear elastic to gather the top of the skirt. I have tried this method before, and it was THE MOST EPIC FAIL ever, in the world. Actually, that dress is still sitting in my to-finish pile because I couldn’t look at it for a long time after that, and a few other mishaps with it. But since I’m a good tester, I followed directions in the tutorial, and gathered with clear elastic, and it worked out SO well. I’m not sure if the directions were better, or if I went slower, or what, but after sewing these two dresses in this way, I wanted to use clear elastic to gather the next pattern I sewed. (It was also a test, and did not call for clear elastic to gather, so I didn’t. 🙂 )

If you prefer shorter or longer sleeves, you can use a sleeve pattern that you already know fits to lengthen or shorten it to your desired length. The skirt is even easier to lengthen or shorten.

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Thread Faction is offering a bonus free pattern to anyone who purchases this before Sunday (Aussie time, they’re ahead of us). You will get pattern #103 the High-Waisted Shorties, which would be perfect to wear underneath this dress, or on their own for some comfy lounge wear.

Anyway, I love this dress, and I am happy to recommend it as a quality pattern, that will give you great results!

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#118 Autumn Dress

Fabric sources:

Floral DBP: So Sew English

Black/natural polka dots: Girl Charlee

 

 

 

Cat’s Cradle

 

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I have been following the Sewing Portfolios website since it began, and I am eager to share this post about it! The name is self-explanatory. You can create a portfolio of your sewing work, with a profile, photos of your projects, and lots of information about what you sew! There is a detailed form to fill out, and it is completely free! You can also be a business member if you have a fabric or pattern or some other sewing related business, and it is also free! The beauty comes in the opportunity to collaborate. Businesses can search for seamstresses to participate in the projects they are planning. Once you’re in the system, you can join the Facebook group for Sewing Portfolios members. A lot of opportunities are posted there also. That’s where I was able to apply to be a Sewing Portfolios ambassador, and feature this fabric on my blog! There are lots of features you should check out for yourself, but it has been very handy using my Sewing Portfolios link when applying for a tester call. I know all my information is in one place! I would encourage you to sign up if you haven’t. Who knows what opportunities will come from it!

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I was sent some fabric from the new Cat’s Cradle line from Michael Miller. The choice of what to make was completely mine, and I will say I went through about 36249872635 options before I finalized my vision 🙂 #normal But I am in awe of this stunning outfit that is half due to the gorgeous patterns, and half due to the amazing fabric I was working with.

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The fabric quality is top notch, and the prints are crisp and gorgeous. I love that the gold is metallic.

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The top is the new Symi Blouse from Lil Luxe Collection in the white Starbrite print. This pattern is designed for apparel woven, with good drape, or knits. If you cut it out of woven, the front of the blouse will be cut on the bias so that the cowl neck drapes correctly. This fabric was probably not quite perfect for this style, but I am very happy with how it lays anyway. The racerback, and flutters equal all the heart eyes for me. And my daughter loves the knot in the front.

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The star of the show is this Cat’s Cradle print. I made the Gigi Skirt from Mingo & Grace. This pattern comes with a top, so it’s a fantastic deal! I cut the skirt the width of fabric to make it as full as possible, it was just a little more than the pattern called for, so it’s not much different than designed. And when my daughter put her hands in the pockets she said, “these are huge!” Well designed pockets 🙂 I made this skirt from 1 yard, not including the pockets, and had just a tiny scrap left. This is size 10, for reference.

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Making bows is one of my favorite quick projects, and I had a fresh pattern that I wanted to try. Duchess & Hare just shared a free pattern for fabric bows, and it is perfectly sweet! I made this (and the pockets on the skirt) from the navy Night Lights print. It coordinates perfectly with the outfit!

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The results from all three patterns ended in professional, well-fitting garments, and I am happy to recommend all of them! These were all new to me patterns even though I had owned more than one of them for a little while 🙂

I hope you will log into Sewing Portfolios, and set up an account, or update your account with a few more projects. And also check out Michael Miller fabrics, and all of their new lines!

This was an extremely rewarding collaboration for me, and I am so excited to share it with all of you!

I’m also over on the Michael Miller Fabrics blog! Check out my interview and photos there!!