Sew Over It - The Heather Dress

Hi Guys! Happy New Year!! I meant to get this post in before the end of the year, but you know, life happens, and blogging doesn't. LOL. I still have so many things to post about! I may just do some short and sweet, heavy on the pictures posts, so I can get them out there. I'm terribly behind with reading blogs too. I took a peak at my Bloglovin' feed yesterday and I think I'm something like 26 days behind. Eeeeepp!! Now I'm even more intimidated to catch up! I'll get there someday..... maybe.....

Anyway, here are my Sew Over It Heather dresses! I first spotted this dress on Lisa Comfort's instagram feed (I think, it may have been Sew Over It's feed) and I loved it. But at the time, she hadn't released the pattern for it yet. So when Sew Over It announced the pattern release back in late October, I jumped on it. Not only does this dress share my name, it's super comfy and snuggly, and the perfect everyday dress.

I made my first version out of a french terry that I had in my stash. I'm pretty sure it came from Out of Hand in Calgary. In hindsight, it probably wasn't stretchy enough, but I thought the weight was perfect and at the very least, it would work for a wearable muslin.

I started with the long sleeve version in a size 14, and shortened both the sleeves and body by 2 inches.

As you can see, it's a little tight across the bust and, the hips/butt. Plus the french terry seems to stick to everything. When I wear leggings with this bad boy, it's kind of a twisty mess. Ha ha! I did manage to wear it a couple of times before it got really cold with bare legs and it was much better. I probably would be okay with regular tights too, but anyway.

I was little worried about wearing a solid coloured dress, but I think this pattern really works in a solid colour. It has those nice princess seams and the pockets are really cool too. Anyway, even though this version had a few fit issues, I really love the style, so it was a no brainer to make another one. 

I hummed and hawed about fabric, but finally settled on this beautiful liverpool knit from LA Finch Fabrics. I had no idea what a liverpool knit was when I ordered this fabric, but when I got it, I was pleasantly surprised. I would describe it as a really stretchy scuba, with an almost crepe-y, bumpy texture. It worked perfectly for this dress.

I don't look overly happy in these pictures, but I assure you, I love this dress! I'm still getting used to taking photos indoors, and by myself with the tri-pod, so there's that too. Ha ha!

So for this version, I went with the size 14 again, but with 3/4 length sleeves. I also shortened the body another 1 inch, so 3 inches total.

So with a stretchier knit you can see the fit is much better. It still looks like I might need a sway back adjustment, but that could also be how I'm standing, and/or the dress hung up on my leggings.

I love those pockets. This pattern again, has 5/8" seam allowances (just like all the other Sew Over It patterns I've sewn so far), so that makes it a bit tricky to construct with only a serger. And really the way the pockets go together, you probably want to at least baste all the front pieces together with your regular machine and then take it to the serger.

I haven't made anymore Heather Dresses, yet, but I totally have plans too. They're a quick sew, super easy to wear, and fairly stylish in my opinion. 😊

Hope the New Year is treating you well so far!

Sew Over It City Capsule Collection - The Alex Shirtdress

Yep, I'm back again! Can you believe it? I'm on a blogging roll. I told you guys I had lots to show you! I think I'm just trying to get everything in before the end of the year. LOL! Anyway, once again, I'll try to keep this short and sweet!

This is the Alex Shirtdress from the Sew Over It City Break Capsule Collection.

When I first saw this pattern in the ebook, I must admit, I wasn't 100% sure about it. I love the shirt version, but I wasn't sure if it would have enough shape for me as a dress. 

But I'm happy to report, that once I had it made up, I really love it! I think it works, and the fabric belt gives it a bit of shape. And while I will probably wear it belted the most, I do think I can get away without a belt too. Which is nice for those days, where you still want to look pulled together, but you want to be comfy too.

The fabric is a beautiful rayon from LA Finch Fabrics. I just love the colours, and the weight is really lovely. It's nice and soft, but not flimsy. Do you know what I mean?

This is a size 12. When I cut out the pattern, I thought it looked quite long for me, so I shortened it by 5 inches! 5 inches! I'm so short! Then, when I finally tried it on, it was still too long, so I ended up lopping off another two inches. Which isn't easy to do with that high low hem, so it might be a little more exaggerated on my version. I kinda like it that way though.

Because this shirtdress has no cuffs, and a flat collar, it's actually a pretty quick sew. I should also mention that I thought the pattern piece included for the sleeve tab was a little skinny, so I increased the width to make it twice as wide. It's probably just personal preference, but I like my sleeve tabs wide.

Alright, another post done! Hopefully, I didn't miss any details. If I have, don't hesitate to ask!

Ta ta for now! 

Tessuti Patterns Frankie Dress: Holiday Edition

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! I hope you all are doing well, and enjoying whatever festivities may be going on in your neck of the woods. I'm having a big dinner at my house with a whole bunch of family, and we are doing our traditional, non-traditional meal: a BBQ. We have burgers, smokies, and hotdogs, with various BBQ style sides like salads and chips. It's definitely not the regular turkey dinner, but we really like it and we always have lots of fun.

Anyway, I thought it would be nice to share my Christmas dress on Christmas day. I probably won't wear this on Christmas Day, although it's comfy enough to do so. I think I will be to nervous that I will spill something all over it. But you never know, I might end up brave enough! Ha ha! Anyway, I actually made it for John's company party, and it was lovely to wear that night.

This is the Frankie Dress by Tessuti. I have been pretty much obsessed with this pattern since I first saw it, but for some reason I was a bit reluctant to pull the trigger and buy it. I think in my mind, I was thinking it was more of a spring/summer pattern so I was holding off. 

Anyway when I saw this gorgeous stretch velvet on the Blackbird Fabrics website, I had a lightbulb moment! I thought the Frankie would make a fantastic velvet dress.

And I was right! This dress turned out exactly as I hoped it would.

I whipped up a quick muslin out of a knit that had similar stretch, and then cut into my velvet. I made a straight size medium, and shortened it by 3 inches. When I shortened it, I had a bit of truing up to do at the side seams, so I ended up making it closer to a size small from the waist down, rather than the medium.

This stretch velvet was super easy to work with. I've heard horror stories about working with velvet, but lucky for me, I didn't have any of those bad things happen. I did however have a bit of a serger issue. When I was inserting the sleeves, my serger began to "eat" my fabric and get jammed. I had a bit of a meltdown as I was sure my dress was ruined and of course I was sewing it the night before the event. Anyway, I calmed down and rushed my serger into the store that I bought it at the next morning. They assured me it was my blades. Apparently the bottom, stationary blade on my serger had become dull. It's supposed to last the life of the serger, but because I have hit some pins with it on occasion (oops!) it had dulled. The upper blade was dull as well, so once they replaced those, which was a 5 minute, but $50 job, I was back in business. Anyway, if you look closely at the back of the armscyes, especially on left, you might see a bit of wonkiness, but I really don't think anyone noticed, or will notice in the future. Phew!! Thank goodness for knits! Oh and this is also the reason it looks slightly chokey at the neckline too. My muslin did not look like that at all.

Anyway, I absolutely love this dress, and I feel so good in it. I wish I would wear it every day! I love it paired with my little black booties too. I wore full footed tights the night of the party, which in my opinion, looked better as you don't get that little pop of skin at my ankle breaking up my leg. Ha ha!

I have some more stretch velvet in my stash, so I'm dreaming up more ways to use it. Leggings perhaps?

I hope you all are having a lovely day, and I wish you lots of joy and happiness this holiday season!

Sew Over It City Capsule Collection - The Molly Dress

Hey Everybody!! How are you? I hope the season is treating you well. I feel like I have so many things to show you and tell you about, but not a lot of time. (Isn't that always the way?) A week or so ago, I took a whole bunch of photos, but haven't really found the time to write. Anyway, I'll try and make this short and sweet!

This is the Molly Dress from Sew Over It's City Break Capsule Collection. I actually love this entire collection but the Molly has to be my favourite! It's so easy to wear, and super quick to make too. So far, I've made 3 dresses and 2 tops. I'll save the tops for another post, but here are the dresses.

The first dress is made from a ponte I picked up at Fabricville in Montreal. I love the colours and the weight, but I'm not sure how it's going to hold up with multiple washings. Anyway, I'm crossing my fingers that it will be okay, and if not, I can always make another one. Ha!

My second Molly dress, is made from this gorgeous ponte de roma from La Finch Fabrics. It's so incredibly soft, and probably my favourite of the three. I love the colours and the floral, and it's just so snuggly to wear.

My third Molly dress is made from this really cool textured sweater knit that I picked up at Blackbird Fabrics. It's super soft, but I found it "grew" a little while I was working with it. My striped matching is fairly non-existent and the hem looks a little wonky, but it certainly doesn't stop me from wearing it. ;)

I wish you could reach through the screen and feel this knit, it's so cool!

I guess I should also mention the details. I made a size 12, but I graded to a size 14 at the bust. I also shortened it by 2 inches. The Sew Over It patterns I've made so far, don't seem to have lengthen/shorten lines, so I just kind of eyeballed where I thought it should go.  The pdf went together quite smoothly, and it overlaps which makes for quick assembly (no trimming off edges). I think the only thing that I don't love about this pattern is that the seam allowance is 5/8". This is probably great if you are sewing this up on your regular machine, but if you're like me, and you like to whip up knits on your serger, a 5/8" seam allowance makes it a little tricky.  So other than that one little complaint, I love this pattern! I can see myself whipping up many more of these!

I hope you all are having a lovely holiday season, no matter what you celebrate! 

A New Linden for Fall

Oh my goodness!! Once again, I'm super behind in blogging. Wowsers!! Time is just flying by, I mean it's almost Christmas!  John actually took these photos of me over a month ago when we were still at the cabin. Whoa! Have we really been home a month already?

Anyway, I'm back with another Linden Sweatshirt. This is definitely a TNT pattern for me, and I love it! It's a super quick sew, and it's super comfy! 

This is my usual size 8, with no fit changes, except that I shortened the sleeves by 2.5". It's so nice to just take out a pattern, pin it to your fabric and immediately cut it out and sew.

I used this super cool and funky, french terry from Blackbird Fabrics. I wish you could feel it. It's squishy and it has an almost brushed texture, so it's super soft!

I wasn't entirely sure what to do with the print placement, so I just kind of winged it and I'm really happy with how it turned out. The bands aren't perfect, but I still think it looks cool.

Needless to say, I have been wearing this a ton. It's the perfect thing for when you want to feel snuggly, which I have been feeling a lot, as it's been so cold in Calgary. Anyway, I have a bunch of projects photographed, and waiting to be blogged, so expect to hear more from me soon.

I hope you all are having a great December so far, and that the stress of the holidays isn't getting you down. 😉

Hey June Santa Fe Tops

Hey guys! How are you all doing? I'm back with some Hey June Patterns Santa Fe tops. I got kind of obsessed with this pattern over the summer, and the once I started making it, it was hard to stop.  I just loved all the variations and those cool sleeve details just kept drawing me in. 

I actually made 6 Santa Fe tops, but the first one was a bit too big so I gave it to my Mom. This top is meant to be loose and swingy, so I chose a size Large based on my measurements, but that ended up making the top way too big in the shoulders for me (and really every where else, so that was the one that went to my Mom). For all the following versions in the photos below, I made a size small, which is much better.

This navy and white striped version is a size small, and it's view C, but I just cut it on the fold and eliminated the centre front seam. I used a nice and flowy rayon knit from, and then I used a plain navy from my stash for the cuffs and neck binding. This shirt is a bit different from other t-shirt patterns I've made in that the neckline is bound versus just finished with a flat band. I really love how it turned out.

This one is View F, so it's the same as View C, but with the cool raglan sleeve seams. I really love that detail. It looks really cool but also allows for a lot of scrap busting too! The striped fabric is a rayon(?) knit that came from Fabricville in Montreal, and the navy is a modal knit from Blackbird Fabrics.

These two sleeveless versions are both View E. I love the colour blocking opportunities this pattern presents. The navy one is made with that same modal knit from Blackbird, and the patterned inserts are from Girl Charlee - I had a little bit of fabric leftover from a Linden I made for my Stepmom and I think it worked out perfectly.

The grey knit is a bamboo and the fuschia is another modal knit both from Blackbird again. Both knits are super soft and so nice to wear. 

My final Santa Fe top is View C again, in a poly, tie dye knit from Blackbird. It's one of my favourites, because I love the colour and it drapes so nicely.

I'm not 100% sure if this is the most flattering silhouette on me, but it sure it comfy. And sometimes you just want to be comfy. This pattern went together really well, and sewed together really quickly. I love when pdfs include charts so that you can select to print only the pages you need to for the version you want to make. 

So what do you think? Are you jumping on the Santa Fe bandwagon?