Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Designer Stitch Kristen Dress pattern release and sale

I love testing patterns for Designer Stitch - because I know the pattern sizing will already be spot on, so my job as a tester is really really easy!!! 

As per the norm, the fit of this dress was perfect - I did grade mine based on the finished garment measurements given in the pattern (Size 4 D cup Bust and Size 5 waist and hips) and then I required no other adjustments.

The pattern talks you through measuring yourself for size and cup size, so it really is very straight forward getting a great fit with minimal effort.

I do love a pattern with the addition of cup sizes - it generally means you get a more accurate fit and don't have to worry about Full Bust Adjustments :)

This dress is best made in a flowy fabric - mine is rayon and it drapes beautifully and is very flattering. Options in this pattern are the neck and front ruffles, and you can either pick sleeveless with or without ruffles, or there are two sleeve lengths and the option of a tie belt.

I went with the shorter sleeve, and front and neck ruffle.

The bodice has princess seams and there is an invisible zip at the back. The skirt has deep inverted pleats, which give a beautiful swish!

Sizes included are 6-26 (UK) and B-DD cups - in the testing group ladies of all different shapes and sizes all looked fantastic in their dresses, so this is definitely a suit all pattern!!

The pattern is currently on sale and available HERE (USD 8.95 instead of USD 14.00)

I would definitely recommend snapping this one up! Check out all the images on the pattern listing to see how gorgeous everyone looks in this dress <3 :)

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

George & Ginger and Sincerely Rylee Dress

This Ah-maze-ing FREE dress is the result of a collaboration between George & Ginger and Sincerely Rylee - read on to find out all the options of the pattern and how to get it for FREE.

Oh, and did I mention........... it's FREEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

There are two neckline variations - I made the V-neck and the alternative is the straight across neckline. There are three length variations - top, dress and maxi - mine, as you can see is the maxi version!

The maxi is quite fabric hungry (I used pretty much every scrap of my 3 meter cut) - but it is so full and gorgeous, it is so worth it!!

The straps cross over at the back and tie through loops - which is great as you can easily adjust where you want your dress to sit, and it has a pretty boho look.

Even though the pattern is free, a lot of work went into the testing of this dress to get the fit just right, and Kristi of G&G has written a lovely clear set of instructions with plenty of pictures to follow.

To get the pattern for free go to the George & Ginger and Sincerely Rylee Facebook groups to find the two codes.

Then to get the pattern go HERE.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Sew What Do I Wear? Vacation Edition - M4M and P4P

Hooray! Another blog tour hosted by the lovely ladies at M4M and P4P - this time we're all sewing up great outfits for a vacation - and for a change, the sun is actually out in the UK!

For my vacation pieces I wanted some staple items and tops that are good for layering - perfect for the changeable British weather!

For my first item I used some really light drapey knit to make a M4M Mama Claire - this top is so cool, as you can wear it either way round - with the cross over bit on the front or the back which makes it really versatile. I used the long waistband so I can ruche it up to wear with jeans or shorts, or pull it down longer so I can wear it with leggings!

Next I used some grey jegging knit for my P4P SOS knit pants which I hacked to short length - I love this colour because it will go with pretty much any colour top! And the best bit - they look like a pair of denim shorts thanks to the pockets and faux fly, but they are so much more comfortable!!

Last up I made myself a P4P Summer Kimono out of a mystery fabric - It's stretchy like knit, but sheer and looks more like a chiffon! This is such a great layering piece - I can throw it on over a strappy top and jeans on a cooler day, or use it as a cover up for my swimsuit at the beach.

I just hope the sun stays out for my summer holiday so I can get lots of wear out of these pieces!

Make sure you check out the rest of the beautiful ladies on the tour throughout this week to see what ideas they came up with - some have made full capsule wardrobes!


Monday, 27 March 2017

Pattern test - Scarlett Moto Skinnies by Laela Jeyne Patterns

Well what can I say about this pattern - other than, look how awesome these trousers are!! Just look at them!!!!

I love the fabulous Moto details on these trousers - although there is also a plain version included in the pattern - which make for a lovely simple pair of skinny jeans.

The pattern includes the back pocket pieces - but you are left to your own creative devices as to how you decorate them - if you want to. I went with a fairly simple V shape design for mine.

The front pockets are optional and you can decide if you want a woven waistband with a zip (not a fly zip) or a knit waistband - I went with knit, because my waistband is generally always covered by a top, so why not be comfy!!! He he!

The pattern is designed to be sewn with a stretch woven fabric - but some stable knits may work (although I would advise making a muslin incase you find you need to size down, depending on how stretchy your knit fabric is). I used a stretch twill for my pair, which was really nice to sew with.

If you like these trousers, be quick and grab a copy as they are only on sale for today!! ($7.75 instead of $10)

The pattern is available HERE.  

Monday, 30 January 2017

Sew What Do I Wear? Valentine's Edition - featuring M4M and P4P

When I saw Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates were doing a Valentine's blog tour I signed right up - I loved the idea of sewing up something fun and flirty, great for Valentine's day and date nights in general! Plus, they both make really lovely patterns!!

So, here is what I sewed up for my Valentine's day outfit - I made the M4M Mama Lauren from some soft drapey chiffon and a pair of P4P Peg Legs from some funky printed spandex.

I have sewn a whole bunch of Pegs in various fabrics, so I whipped these up pretty quickly! This is my first Mama Lauren, and I chose a challenging fabric - so this was a little more time consuming! But still, well worth the effort - I love a floaty top, and you won't get a lot floatier than chiffon!

Because I wanted the inside to be nice and neat I used French seams - the pattern has 1/2" seam allowances, so I didn't need to make any adjustments - I just sewed wrong sides together with an 1/8" seam allowance, then right sides together with a 3/8" seam allowance.

The Mama Lauren has tonnes of options - different sleeve lengths with elastic or button tab, neckline options, top/tunic/dress, ties or not, and it is so my sort of style!

I was very tempted to sew the keyhole cutout neckline (you know - for a bit of extra flirtiness!), but then I remembered I was sewing with chiffon, and thought better of it!!

I'll definitely be recreating this outfit in different fabrics, it'll be great for lots of occasions. And next time I'll use a more stable fabric so I can try out the keyhole version!

You can find the patterns here:

Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs (By the way - there is an extra special discount code for these if you join the Facebook group) :)

Made for Mermaids Mama Lauren

Got to apply some lippy for Valentine's day, right?!

Check out the rest of the fabulous outfits coming up on the tour!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

New pattern from Wardrobe By Me - Asta Dress

I have always been a massive fan of Wardrobe By Me patterns - and the newest dress pattern is just as awesome as all the other patterns!!

It's a quick straightforward sew, and super flattering for all types of figures - what could be better?!

So here is Asta:

The bodice is fitted, there is a choice of two neck lines - Turtleneck or Boat neck, there are optional pockets and five sleeve lengths, including sleeveless.

I chose to do the Boat neckline and elbow length sleeves, and I left the pockets off my dress because the pattern on my fabric was quite busy, and I felt they would just get lost!

For my fabric I chose a Ponte de Roma - it's medium weight and has a nice stretch to it - so is perfect for this pattern. You could also use lighter weight knits such as jersey or heavier fabrics like scuba knit - as long as they have the amount of stretch suggested in the pattern information.

So with all the options and fabric possibilities this pattern can be used all year long! One of the testers in the group even shortened the skirt to mini length for a perfect little summer dress.

So What are you waiting for?! The pattern is on sale for USD 9 for 1 week only (normal price will be USD 11)

There will also be a sew along where we will be able to help each other out and share our creations, and there might even be a prize up for grabs!! Details will be coming up in the Facebook group - join up HERE