Thursday, January 4, 2018

Summer Sewing beats Winter Blues (Sunshine Romper from Ellie and Mac)

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.  I received the Girl’s Sunshine Romper as part of the test team, but all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.

Well, it has been a very long while since I have blogged about pretty much anything.  However, new year, new goals, and I’m going to start my goal of being more consistent with a quick review of the new Girl’s Sunshine Romper from Ellie and Mac!  I know, I know…it’s the beginning of January and we’re suffering 20 something degree weather here in OK, but I couldn’t pass on this sweet little romper when I saw it!  My daughter is over the moon in love with it.  

She did mention that she’s not a fan of her stuff “just being out there” if she has to go potty so I did add snaps to one of the rompers. This isn’t actually part of the pattern, but it was pretty easy to do.   I’ll give you the quick how to for how I did it in this post as well!

First, let’s talk pattern specifics:
  • Large size range (starts at 12-18 months and goes to size 12)
  • Two bodice options: with or without shoulder strap
  • Two waistband options:  gathered or flat
  • Layered pattern pieces so you only print the sizes you want or need
  • No trim pages


The romper itself is such a super quick sew.  I think I made three of them in about 2 hours.  My daughter loved the bubble shorts, and was looking for a way that she can wear these out now.  Sadly for her, it was about 20 degrees when she wanted to wear them so no dice.  We’re looking for some cute panels that we can use to make a few more when summer gets close.  She was so excited about her new rompers that she almost couldn’t stand still for pictures.  For me, I love that it was a quick sew and gives her a lot of room to run around so she isn’t yanking at herself while she’s playing!

As I said, my daughter was not really loving that she had to undress to use the restroom so I decided to add snaps to the last set that I made her.  It was a super simple process and didn’t require any changes to the pattern pieces themselves so I was super stoked about that.  If you are interested in seeing how I did the snaps, here we go!  If you just wanna get to the info on where to get your copy of the Sunshine Romper (and MAAAYBE info about some extra savings), skip all the way to the last few paragraphs!

For the bottoms, I sewed them up per the instructions, BUT I didn’t sew the crotch closed.  I measured the length of the crotch.  For me, it was 8”.  I then cut two rectangles of fabric 2” x length of crotch + ½” (that ended up being 2” x 8 ½” for my romper).  I also cut two pieces of interfacing the same size.  I pressed the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.  You’ll want to do this part because you’ll be adding snaps to them, and this helps with the pull on the fabric.

Here are the rectangles with the interfacing fused to them
For each of the fused rectangles, I turned the fabric right sides facing along the long edge.  Then, I sewed along the short ends using a ¼” seam allowance to create a placket.  Turn right sides out and press to get a sharp crease on the folded edge.  Set these aside.

I actually clipped the little corner at the bottom to take out some of the bulk. 
Just don't cut through your stitches.

Pressed along the folded edge.
I then folded up the bottoms 1” and sewed a casing on each leg.  I measured my daughter’s leg to get the elastic length and added ½” (for me the elastic ended up being 14”).  When I fed the elastic through, I left ¼” poking out on each side and secured each side with a few stitches.


Finished casing

After the elastic was in the legs, I lined up the raw edges of the placket to the raw edges of the crotch with right sides facing. Well, really, either side of the placket can be the right side at this point, but as long as the right side of the crotch is facing the placket, you’re good.  Sew this on using a ¼” seam allowance. 


I finished the raw edge using a serger, but you could also use a zigzag stitch on a regular machine.  Then, I turned the placket down and topstitched with the seam facing toward the top of the romper.

This was before I topstitched the placket down.
This next bit is really scientific.  I eyeballed the placket and decided to go with five snaps.  I marked the center of the crotch and each end.  Then, I marked half way between each the center and edge on each side. 


Attach the snaps and DONE!




Soo, now that you know that you can add a snap crotch to the romper, there’s no excuse for not getting this summer perfect pattern!  It’s still on sale, and you get an extra 20% off when you add it to your cart…so, you’re getting a summer staple for less than $4!  Head on over to Lindsey’s webstore, Ellie and Mac, and add the Sunshine Romper *affiliate links* (or any other pattern you might discover you NEED), to your cart!  There's also an Ellie and Mac Facebook group where you can share your creations, exchange ideas, or get help if you hit a headscratch when you're sewing up your Ellie and Mac patterns.

Thanks so much for reading along, and I hope this helped out a little on how you might be able to add a snap crotch to your Sunshine Romper!  Don't forget to head to the FB group and share your makes with everyone so we can see what your creations.

Blessings and Happy Sewing!

Kim

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Falling into Family Photos (Laela Jeyne Family Photos Collection)


Welcome to Day 2 of the Laela Jeyne Family Photo Collection blog tour!  Fall is hands down my favorite time of the year!  I love the crisp air, pumpkin patches, fall festivals, Thanksgiving…and the list goes on and on.  I REALLY love that with the arrival of fall, we get to pull out the boots and cold weather clothes!  It’s also when we start thinking about family photos for Christmas cards, and Laela Jeyne’s Fall Collection released at the perfect time!  She designed an entire wardrobe for the family, and it’s pretty amazing.  My husband got a couple of shirts from the collection so he was super excited to see this come out.

The collection includes a men’s shirt, dresses for mom and the girls, and a wrap for mom!  I made three of the four pieces as part of the test team for the collection, and I’m so elated with how each piece came out.  I’m going to give a little bit of an overview on each of the items I made and then give you a link to get yourself the collection after you realize you need these patterns in your life!

So here we go!!

Emmett T-Shirt

Pattern features:
- Large size range: XS-3X
-  Relaxed fit t-shirt silhouette
- Three collar styles: crew neck, polo collar, Henley collar
- No trim pages
- Layered pattern pieces so you only print what you need

My husband’s measurements fell right in between the medium and the large so I made one of each to see which he preferred.  In the end, he like both so I guess I’ll take my pick of which size to make when he needs a new shirt! 😊!  I made both of these in looser weave knits because my husband tends to gravitate toward shirts that have a fair amount of give.


The Henley in a sweater knit from JoAnn’s.  It had A LOT of stretch so it was tricky to work with, but it turned out ah-mazing.  It was a little tighter fitting than what he’s used to wearing, but after wearing it for a few hours, I do believe he puffed his chest out just a little as he strutted around 😊!.  He actually wears this one with a pair of slacks when he’s showing houses. 


The maroon Henley is a size large using a thermal knit from Sincerely Rylee.  This one is a looser fit, and my husband usually pairs it  with some jeans when we’re out and about on the weekends.  
These shirts were amazingly quick to sew.  It took me about 45 minutes from start to finish for each shirt, and the pieces came together perfectly!  The only part that I fiddled with a little was the placket.  If you just take it slow and pay close attention to the directions, you’ll breeze right through construction of this shirt! 



Juliette Dress

I’m not usually a dress type of gal, but sometimes, it’s nice to know that there’s one there if you need it.  And the Juliette is much more than a nice dress.  Even my husband commented on how amazing it is!


Pattern details:
- Large size range: 00-26
- Cup size pieces ranging from A-E for a perfect fit in the bust
- Two bodice styles: strapless or sleeved
- Four neckline options: Queen Anne, Scoop, Round, or strapless
- Two back options: scoop or round
- Four sleeve options: cap, short, ¾, or long
- Back zipper closure
- No trim pages
- Layered pattern pieces


I chose the Queen Anne bodice for my dress and opted for a cotton woven that I bought from Ozark Fabrics a few months ago.  I blended from a 16 to 18 in the hips, and it was a great fit!  I do definitely recommend measuring yourself or the wearer before sewing.  With this being a fitted bodice, it’s really important to get the right size or you’ll end up with a crazy looking top.  I have large upper arms so I also did a “full arm adjustment” to have some room to move my arms, and it was perfect!  I love how this dress turned out, and I’m kind of on a floral craze right now so this dress was right up my alley! 

I’m kind of limited when it comes to the “girls” so I didn’t try the strapless…this time.  Marisa did include adding boning to the bodice for the strapless so I’m going to get brave the next go round!  I love the silhouette on this dress because the fit and flare style is so flattering on just about everyone. 


The pattern is rated intermediate, and I do agree with that 100%.  There are princess seams and an invisible zipper so this dress is a little more challenging that some.  There is also a very small amount of handsewing needed to finish off the seams on the bodice.  The Juliette took a little longer to sew this one up, but it’s worth the extra time that you need to take. 

Now, while I said I’m not a dress kinda gal, this dress may have me rethinking my stance on that.

Julie Dress

My daughter was a little put out when she saw my dress and asked me where her’s was.  Just so happens, that her dress was already in the making, and she was in love when she finally saw it.  She takes after me in the dress department.  Her first comment was, “Oh yeah, I’ll actually wear this one in public.”  I’d have to say that’s a rave review if I ever heard one. 😊


I used a red velvet for our version of the Julie, and I opted for the lower back because my daughter has a “thing” about clothes that are too close to her neck.  Let’s talk about the features of the Julie really quick:

- Large size range: 12M – 10
- Two neck options: round or scoop
- Zipper back closure
- No trim pages
- Layered pattern pieces

The overall fit of the dress is loose enough that my daughter could easily run around and play in it.  We used some ribbon to make a quick sash for her, but she only wore it for a few minutes before she decided that she didn’t want it anymore.  This one is also rated intermediate, and again, I do agree with that with the zipper closure and some small amount of handsewing to enclose the bodice seams.
My daughter really loves the circle skirt.  She couldn’t stop twirling around in circles when I was trying to get some good pictures of it!




This really is a great collection, and it’s perfect timing for anyone looking to get family photos taken before we start rushing into the season of sending cards and visiting with loved ones.  All of these patterns are so classic and are easily customized to your family’s photo theme!  Best yet, the collection is on sale right now!  Just hop on over to Laela Jeyne’s familyphoto collection to grab all or some of the patterns!  Then, join us in the Laela Jeyne Patterns group on Facebook to share your makes with us!


Blessings and Happy Sewing!

Kim

Monday, September 25, 2017

Back to School with Lulu and Celeste, Sprouting Jube Jube Productions


Back to school around here always brings up moans and groans about going back to uniforms every day. I used new outfits for "casual day" to gen up excitement about school, but it was met with lukewarm reception so I threw in some new backpacks and hoodies to try and sweeten the deal a little.  I was already starting to dread back to school when Deb Zaleski announced the dates of the Lulu and Celeste, Sprouting Jube Jube Productionsback to school tour.  Even the kids were excited to jump on board this year!  I made several items for the tour since I was already thinking about school clothes and how to get the kids motivated.  I’m going to break them up into sections to keep myself from rambling aimlessly through my own “purple crayon world”.  I do want to apologize in advance, this post is going to be long. :/!  Sorry, but I got so excited that I sewed up a whole bunch of stuff!

Star Student Backpack

Every year for the past three years now, the kids get to trade in their old backpacks for new ones.  Every year, without fail, they pick a theme that I am NOT going to find in the stores so I make their backpacks and lunch sacks.   This year, my son wanted something with astronomy while my daughter (who is obsessed with Dino Dan) asked for dinosaurs.  I went with the Star Student Backpack from PeekABoo Pattern Shop.  This backpack is the perfect size for my 2nd and 3rd graders.  There’s a main bag area with a smaller zippered pocket on the outside.  I also chose to do the mesh water bottle holder since they are now allowed to have water bottles in class (this was a big deal because only the “big kids” get to have those in class). 


I will admit that it would have been cheaper to run to the store to get them the standard store bought packs, but these bags have lasted the kids through the entire school year every time so I figured the intial cost up front is well worth not having to replace them midyear.  I did use regular quilting cotton for the entire bag so I used interfacing to strengthen the pieces that called for a heavier weight fabric.


The pattern includes very clear instructions and photos with every step (which I like because I’m more of a visual person).  I would definitely recommend some experience with sewing before taking on this project because of the zippers and all of the little pieces that need to be placed on the pack during construction. 

Waste Free Lunch Bag*

We scoured patterns for a lunch bag that both of them agreed on, and we landed on the Waste Free Lunch Bag from Ginger Cake Patterns.  The original pattern calls for a flap that you close with Velcro, but both kids asked for zippers so that nobody could sneak in and steal their food.  Is that even a thing?!?  I think there's actually a tutorial that shows you how to make this a zipper closure.


Construction was essentially the same for the bags except that I sewed a zipper in between the main and lining layers to accommodate their request...again, if I would have looked there is already a tutorial on the Ginger Cake blog for how to do this.  They really love the divider on the inside of the bag, and I used PUL for the inside to prevent leakage if something busted.  We’ve already had a couple of mandarin orange or apple sauce blow outs that were so easy to clean up when they got home.

The instructions on these were so easy to follow along (with photos if you’re like me), but I do recommend you label the pieces as you cut them so that you don’t end up wondering what this little square thingie is (ask me how I know that might happen :/)!  Virginia also includes a cutting layout diagram that shows exactly what pieces you should have once all of the cutting is done.  Again, really appreciate the visual because I need those when I’m sewing.


My son even makes his own lunches because, well, that’s HIS lunch bag so he wants to fill it.  Score!!  He also really likes that nobody has one like it so he can always find his lunch on the shelf.

Knight hoodie

The kids’ school is pretty strict on what color hoodies/jackets they can wear while they are in class.  This makes it a little difficult for us because the classrooms get cold enough to hang meat in them, and we can't just pack any old sweatshirt.  This year, they decided that they want to do something different from the standard hoodies that you can buy from the school so I went with the Knight Hoodie from Charming Doodle.  The pattern calls for sweatshirt knit, but we were kind of limited on what we could find around here so I got some fleece from JoAnn’s and tried that.  Perfect!!  I didn’t size up on either size, and they still fit perfectly. 



This pattern has a very large size range starting at 2T and going to a size 10.  This gives us a little bit of mileage, and when they outgrow those, Elisa designed an adult version of the hoodie!  I think I’m going to buy that one and make myself one with sparkles! HA! 

Again, a great pattern.  It’s so well written, and as daunting as I thought it would be to take on this project, it came together like a dream.  It looks as if it would be terribly complicated but it really isn’t.  I was so excited by how quickly and easily it came together. 


I decided that doing the accessorizing parts in fleece would be too bulky so we used regular quilting cotton for those.  The buttons are decorative on this so my daughter chose some fairy style buttons while my son decided that he wanted shields on his because that was more “manly”, and he’s a big man now. 

If you decide to take on this hoodie, you’ll definitely want to pay attention to lining up the two sides to make sure they are even when the hoodie is zipped up.  I was a little bit off on my son’s, but he didn’t even notice so I pretended it never happened.   A few of his classmates told him that they are going to ask their parents for a knight hoodie for Christmas, and he was so mad that they might have the same one that he told them the stores don’t make them anymore.  That kid makes me laugh with the stuff he comes up with. 

Domi Sweatpants*

Right now, my son is all about sweatpants and knit wear so I chose the Domi Sweatpants from Sofilantjes for his pants.  My version of the pattern was in English, but you also have the option of getting the pattern in French.  My son is pretty short statured for his age so we made a size 5 length and a size 6 waist for him, and they fit him perfectly.  He’s a collector so he also loved the pockets.  I loved the contrast of the pocket to the pants. 


I did the round pocket for him, and it’s a little shallow so that might be something to remember if your little likes to stuff a lot of things in their pockets.  He was a little put out that he wouldn’t be able to put a frog in them, but this momma was pretty happy about that revelation.

You’ll get a large size range on these pants, starting at 12 months and topping out at a 14.  To be honest, that means my son will be able to have Domi Pants through his entire school career if he continues the trend of being a little shorter for his age, and I appreciate that greatly because he wears these every chance he gets. 


The pattern also includes three lengths: Bermuda shorts, ¾ length, and long length.   My daughter loves capri anything so these will be perfect for when she needs some quick sweats in a little shorter length.  The circle pocket version was so quick and easy to make, and I was able to knock them out from cutting to construction in about 45 minutes. 


I didn’t put a drawstring on the ones I made my boy because he would end up pulling them off somehow, but you do have that option on the front of the waist.  The tutorial includes both illustrations and photos, and the directions are very clear and easy to understand. 

Marc Shirt*

I chose the Marc Shirt from Filles A Maman (this pattern is also available in French), and it’s rated as an intermediate pattern.  I absolutely agree with that because the shirt is a mixture of cotton woven and knit with a placket at the shoulder.  This pattern, like the Domi, starts at 12 months and tops out at 14, so we’re pretty happy that this shirt will carry some mileage with it as well.  My son chose his own fabrics and beelined it for a pretty colorful knit that I got from Sincerely Rylee.  It was a relatively lightweight knit, and turned out perfect for this top. 


You also have a choice of long or short sleeve on this pattern.  The pieces are layered so you only have to print the ones that you need if you are wanting to cut down on ink usage.  I would definitely read through the instructions at least once before starting to make sure you understand everything. 


I would also definitely recommend not skipping the interfacing on this one.   I will admit that there have been times when I’ve been lazy or impatient and skipped them on some things, but save yourself some stress and definitely take the time for this shirt.  I feel like it gives the shirt some added structure and support because you are using two different fabric types that tend to act very different when you’re sewing them up.

Beatrice Dress

My daughter is so iffy about clothes so I was really surprised when she chose dresses for her back to school outfits.  The first one we picked was the Beatrice Dress from Handmaiden’s Cottage.  I love, love, love the neckline on this dress.  Actually, I love the bow in the back and the princess seams as well so really, I love this dress all around.  I let her pick the fabrics she wanted, and I have to admit, she did an amazing job matching fabrics.  


I made a straight sz 8 for her, and it fit like a glove.  The pattern starts at 2T and goes through size 12 so we have a chance to make a few more of these.  There’s also a bloomer pattern if you want to make something to go under the dress, but we didn’t make those for my daughter.

 
You have the option of sort puff sleeves or long sleeves, and we did the short sleeve version.  I kind of celebrated a little inside because I love the puff sleeves.  I worked myself up into a worry about doing them because of the gathering (I am terrible at getting my gathers even), but man oh man, it was so easy to do! 

The pattern came as a ZIP file, and you can either open the file with all of the pieces on it or you can use the individual size files to only have the one that you need.   As with all of the patterns so far, the instructions were so clear and concise and made it so easy when it came to construction.  Plus, photos!  Still one of my favorite parts about PDF tutorials!  The Beatrice is also currently 40% off at the Handmaiden's Cottage website and Etsy shop! (Just sayin'...)


This dress did take me a while to finish, but it was so worth it when it was done because it’s beautiful!  AND, buttons in the back!  I don’t mind zippers, but I really do love when the pattern has buttons because I’m uber lazy.  My daughter loved the twirl factor on this dress.  She said she felt like she was in a fairy tale because she could twirl her fancy dress.  For a kid who likes to skip rocks and climb trees, the fact that she wanted a dress was pretty huge.  And she’s already worn it several times so #winning!

Duchess Dress*

I somehow ended up signing up twice for the tour, and that meant the bonus of the Duchess Dress from JillyAtlanta!  I have loved this dress forever, and this was absolutely a momma pick when the tour came up.  I was actually biting my fingernails just a little that she wouldn’t wear this, but she loved it.  We used sunflowers for this one, and she was all about her special fall dress.  She told me that it was perfect because she has a fall dress to go with her winter dress (I’m guessing she dubbed the Beatrice her winter dress?). 


This dress has the classic A-line silhouette that never goes out of style.  I didn’t add bows to the sides like the pattern calls for but I did add a removable ribbon bow to the front in a completely different color than anything on the dress, and I really liked the contrast once it was done!  There are some little side pleats that add a little extra sophistication to the overall dress. 


I was so taken with the unique bodice and really loved how it came up to a point at the front and back.   My girl is at that age where she doesn’t want anything that makes her look too young, but she’s not quite ready for too grown up so this dress fit the bill like it was specifically designed for her. 

Like the other patterns, this one has a very large size range of 2T to 12.   It is also a button closure with one sweet little button at the top of the neck.  When putting the bodice together, definitely take your time because you want to make sure that you get the points really sharp on the front and back.  Jill does a phenomenal job at walking us through what we need to do to make sure that we get that part right, and she has photos of every step so we can see what she’s wanting us to do.


My daughter was so excited that she can still run along the lake and skip rocks with her brother.  I guess you can put her in a dress, but you can make her stop being a little bit tomboy.  I’m actually okay with that, to be honest. 


I really had a blast sewing up things for this tour!  The kids are enjoying their new duds and cannot wait to wear them to school, and I had the chance to work with Lulu and Celeste, Sprouting Jube Jube Productions again!  We’ll be having stops along the tour all week, and we’d love for you to stop by and let us all know what you think of our back to school creations!  If you’re wanting to see who’s on deck for the rest of the week, take a quick look at the schedule.  Stop on by and show all of the designers some love!

Monday, September 25, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017

Also, I do want to say thank you so much to the lovely pattern designers who donated patterns and sponsored this tour so that we could share some of our back to school outfits with all of you!  I do want to post a disclaimer here that the patterns marked with a * were provided to me free of charge, but the opinions expressed in this blog are completely my own.  This was such a fun tour to sew for, and I’m so excited to see what you think of everyone’s creations!

Thanks so much for reading along!  Now go grab  yourself some patterns, stop by some of the other stops, and show us your creations if you decide to sew up some happiness of your own!

Blessings and Happy Sewing,
Kim


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Marjorie Release Tour with Hazel and Gather


Normally, swing dresses have me breaking out in a sweat because I don’t feel like they flatter me. At. All.  I did make one about a year ago that I loved, so when Veronica, from Hazel and Gather, put out a test call for her new Marjorie Swing Dress, I put my name in the hat and got picked up to be part of the test team.  This dress…it’s ahhhmazing!  It has a flow that hides so much when I wear it, and I seriously want to make 30 of these so that I can have one for every day of the week.   I love this dress so much that I jumped both feet in to be part of the release tour so that I could share this amazing pattern with you.

Like I mentioned, I had the privilege of being part of the test group with some really fun ladies, and it really is flattering on every body type!  So far, I’ve made three dresses, but I’m going to be ordering some fun knits soon to make a few more!  More info later one a coupon code for fabric! ;)!  Before I go to far, lemme give you a few pattern features so you have an idea of what you are getting with this pattern:

- Large size range - goes from 00 to 10
- Four sleeve lengths – long, 3/4, 1/2, and 1/4
- Two hem options – hemmed or banded (on the neck and sleeves)
- Two dress lengths – knee or mid calf
- Three necklines – v-neck, crew neck, or scoop neck
- Three back options – low, scoop, or crew
- Optional side seam pockets
- Layered patterns
- Detailed, concise instructions with illustrations


Endless choices, right?  With these options, you could literally make dozens of Marjorie dresses and never have two of the same style dress.  It is also incredibly easy to modify this pattern to include different styles if you want to try something different.  For one of my dresses, I did a sleeve mod and had bishop sleeves…one of my favorite sleeve styles.


You will definitely want to take measurements and pick your size that way.  I actually wear a size 7 in this pattern (this is a far cry from what I would normally choose for my size).  I also did a full bust adjustment for my size, which I was super excited about.   I usually breeze past that part because my girls aren’t usually anywhere near needing an adjustment on patterns.


I also did a muslin for my first one to see where everything sat once I got the dress put together just to be sure that I didn’t need to change anything before cutting into my final fabrics.  This also gave me a good gauge on where the hemline would sit.  I would also recommend you do that as well if you might be in between sizes.

My first dress was a banded neck, hemmed sleeve, knee length dress.  I opted for the 3/4 length sleeve here.  I used some sewing machine fabric that I’ve been hoarding for months to make this one, and it was perfect!  I wish I could remember where I got it from because I would love to give them some props on this fabric!  If you recognize the fabric, please drop me a comment so I can share some love for them!


I paired this with a pair of knee high boots, and I’ve worn it about 3 or 4 times since making it.  Every time, I’ve had someone ask where they can buy one, and I'm not so secretly doing the Snoopy dance when they ask!  The shape of the dress really does make for a magnificent silhouette, and I love that I’m not worrying about pulling it away from parts of me that I’m not terribly eager about.  I also really liked where everything sat on my shoulders, and I wasn’t worried about bra straps showing at the shoulders.


My second dress was a tighter woven sweater knit than I’m used to working with, but man, it is so comfortable.  With colder weather coming to OK, I’m pretty stoked that I have a few dresses that I can throw some tights or leggings under, and I’m ready to rock for the day.


The only difference between this dress and my first one was the length.  I went with the mid calf length on this one.  I usually modify the length because I’m all of 5’1” on a good day, but I decided to try this one in the original length.  It fell perfectly and hit me right where I was wanting.  I wore this one on a date night, and I was kind of glad that I did because they tried to freeze us out of the place while we were there.  


For my last dress, I used a lighter weight knit with some pretty good drape on it.  I snagged this one from Sincerely Rylee ages ago, and it was originally going to become shirts for my son and husband.  However, sewist’s option, I stole it for myself, and I have no regrets at all about doing that.  None. Nada.  I also modified the sleeves and drafted up some bishop sleeves for this one.  I finished the bottom with some elastic instead of doing a cuff on it.  I tried the cuff, and between my brain and the fabric, I couldn’t get it to sit right so elastic it was.  Turned out just how I wanted so happy incident there!


Somehow, I managed to cut two back pieces so this one is also missing the hi-lo hem that the first two had.  It still turned out gorgeous, and I'm going to say that I did it on purpose even if it was actually a happy accident.  I also paired this one with boots…YAY for fall and boot wearing weather!  Looking at all of the amazing fabric choices out there and the pattern different options, this pattern really is so versatile.  I used different weights and types of knit on all three dresses, and all of them came out so amazing!


I’m only one of the stops on the Marjorie Blog tour!  You’ll get a chance to see some amazing makes from several ladies on the tour, and I’m pretty sure that you will love the Marjorie as much as all  of us do!  Because of that, I want to give you some quick info about how you can get your copy and how you can find all of us during the tour!  Be sure to also stop by and show the designers some love as they share how gorgeous they are in their Marjorie’s!


Okay, so first, this pattern released yesterday!  WOOT!!!  You can grab your copy at Do It Better Yourself: Marjorie Dress.  Right now, it's also on sale for $7.99 (regular price will be $10.99) so you definitely don't want to wait to snag a copy because...well, it's an amazing pattern, and it's on sale! Mily Mae Fabrics is also offering 20% your next order.  The coupon code will be provided when you purchase your Marjorie.


We'd also love for you to join us on the Hazel and Gather FB group to share your Marjorie with everyone: Hazel and Gather Pattern Company.  This would also be a great place to ask questions if you hit a head scratch at any point.  Veronica is super friendly and quick to respond when we have questions.

Now, as I said, I'm only one of the stops on the tour!  Here's a complete schedule of the tour so you can take a stroll...or read...through some of the wonderful makes from the other ladies on the tour! We'd love to hear what you think of everyone's Marjorie dresses!

The Marjorie Blog Tour Schedule

September 18th - Seams Sew Lo | Diskordia's Curvy Sewing September 19th - Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen | Mama You Can Make It For Me September 20th - Stitched by Jennie September 21st - Crafty Momma Drama September 22nd - The Needle and the Belle | The Petite Sewist


Thanks so much for stopping by and reading along!  Now, head on over to check out some of the other bloggers and then stop by DIBY and grab yourself a copy of the Marjorie Swing Dress!

Blessings and Happy Sewing,
Kim