Zahara

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I have been so ecstatic with the styles that have been released lately, and this gorgeous pattern is no exception. This is the Zahara peplum and dress from Sansahash. I love the bodice design, and after going through a couple of versions in testing, I can say the fit is perfection.

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This is another sew I was excited to have done, but not looking forward to actually sewing. Woven bodice, princess seams, slippery fabric, lace, so I can’t use a serger to finish seams, invisible zipper. It all sounds horrible, right? Hahaha! But I had an afternoon, and look what happened again! This was done while working with the girls on math, reading history and science to them, working with my preschooler on his school, cooking supper, etc… And just like that, it was finished, and photographed in one afternoon! (The pictures came after supper, waiting for the good light).

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I love everything Mgeni designs. I’m sounding like a broken record, but I don’t care. Now that I know how easy this is to sew, I might make another version for my oldest. The fancy fabric ideas are swirling.

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My daughter is IN. LOVE. with this dress. She felt like a princess, and told me that she is going to wear this exact outfit when we go see the production of White Christmas in a few weeks. I might have to make her a velvet jacket to go over it.

You can get this on sale for release week! I hope you will love it as much as I do.

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Zahara

Fabric sources:

lace and lining from Joann

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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

 

 

Nina+Mama Nina

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The new swing raglan is here from Made for Mermaids! this is a top, tunic, or high-low dress, and is so quick to sew, and easy to wear. The girls version is Nina, and the women’s version is the Mama Nina. I made a few for my girls, and only one for me, but it’s already been in heavy rotation. I may or may not have pulled it out of the laundry TWO times because I couldn’t wait until I washed it, TWO different times. Haha. And sorry if you saw me in person.

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I made mine out of double brushed poly, my daughter’s pink one from single brushed poly, and her orange one says it’s 100% cotton, but there’s more drape, I think than 100% cotton would have. So it’s a bit of a mystery!

I did make one top for my daughter, but I haven’t taken photos of it yet. The rest of my sews were the high-low dress. I think it’s my favorite option! You can make it work for so many occasions, depending on your fabric, and styling choices, and you’ll feel like you’re wearing pajamas!

The dress version is a bit of a fabric hog. I got my dress out of a 2 yard cut, sleeves and neckband too, but I had to cut carefully. My daughter wears an 8 chest/12 length, and I got her dress out of a 1 yard cut, however, I had to cut the back in 2 pieces! That works fine for solids, or non-directional prints. I didn’t do that on my pattern, just for reference.

The girl’s and women’s Nina patterns are onside for $7 each, or you can get the limited time bundle of both patterns for $10! I highly encourage that option 🙂

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Nina

Mama Nina

Bundle (best deal)

Fabric sources:

Floral DBP: Pretty Posh Prints

Pink brushed poly: So Sew English

Orange dots: LDG Textiles

 

 

Sommer

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I have been sewing for summer for my kids lately, and I’m excited to share this maxi dress that I made from Made for Mermaid’s Sommer pattern! This also comes in tunic or dress length, but maxi usually wins when I give my kids a choice.

This is double brushed poly from So Sew English. I actually got it on accident in an order, and was missing a different cut, so I emailed, and offered to send it back, but they told me to keep it and rushed me my missing piece #customerservicegoals And it was fun to have extra fabric, but this is a color I would NEVER buy, or wear, so it went into my tub to sit and think about what it wanted to become. Now that I’ve made it up into this dress, I am so happy for the accident, because it is so beautiful! It’s good to be pushed out of your box every now and then 🙂

This pattern has options for single or double straps, also, you can omit the ruffle, or just do it across the front of the bodice. The skirt can also be made from knit or woven. You will love this pattern for summer!

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There are also Baby and Mama versions of the Sommer pattern, so if you want to match your babies, pick those up also! There are coupons that will work through Sunday, I’m not sure if the bundle discounts will work after that. The patterns are also on sale already with no codes needed.

Use buy2sommer for $3 off any two Sommer patterns, and buy3sommer for a $5 discount on all three patterns.

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Sommer

Mama Sommer

Baby Sommer

Fabric sources:

Double brushed poly: So Sew English

Lilah

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This is the new Lilah top and dress pattern from Sansahash! The creators of the Kamaria dress and sunsuit I recently shared 🙂

In contrast to the tons of option in the Kamaria pattern, this is more simple. It is a racerback bodice with options for top or dress length. But it is the small details that make it a valuable buy! The fit is excellent. The bodice has separate pieces for knit or woven, and each fits perfectly so you won’t have gaping, or pulling. The shape of the racerback is gorgeous. The skirt is gathered to be full and twirly. I love this, and my girls do too. One of my favorite reasons for a full skirt, is it’s easier to gather. Instead of having to space out a lightly gathered skirt, you just push them all on there, and it’s perfect. Lol!

This is a quick and easy sew. Of course the woven version has a few more steps, but it’s still simple. This pattern also works well with a sweater on top, and tights underneath if you want to use it through multiple seasons!

I made a top and dress version, and also added length the the skirt to make a maxi version! My top and maxi versions were made from fabric from So Sew English, and the blue animal print dress was cotton jersey from LDG Textiles.

Hop over to the Sansahash blog to see the tutorial for making it into a maxi!

You can grab Lilah here!

Here are my 4308567734098 photos, because she was loving the outfits, and cooperating 🙂

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Lilah

Fabric sources:

Grey hearts rayon jersey: So Sew English

Blue vertical stripe DBP: So Sew English

Blue animal print cotton jersey: LDG Textiles

Patricia’s Boho High Low Top+Dress

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This new pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company is practically everything. This is Patricia’s Boho top, and it is such a beautiful, perfect top for summer! This works best with light weight, draped woven fabrics. I used a gauze from my stash. Actually, I have no clue what it really was, I picked up the piece at a church garage sale several years ago for a quarter, and it was finished on all 4 edges, but it was much to big to be a blanket. Anyway, it was perfect for this top, and it will be so easy to wear even when it gets warm because it will breathe!

You can make this sleeveless, or with short sleeves, long sleeves, or bell sleeves. There is an option for top or dress length, and on both of those you can make the high-low hem dramatic or more subtle. This is the top with the dramatic high-low, which I love so much!

There are no closures, the back has a nice scoop, so it goes on easily, and that means it’s also quick to sew!

Patricia’s is on sale for $7.50 right now, no code needed. ❤ Here are the rest of our photos of this version!

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Patricia’s

Fabric sources:

gauze from stash

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