Thursday, August 31, 2017

Matilda Dress by Violette Field Threads ~ Pattern Review

The Matilda Dress Pattern by Violette Fields reminds me of a butterfly print peasant dress I made and wore when I was 15 years old.  I loved using simple techniques to get a similar look for my daughter in a style that is easy to wear.

easy toddler dress sewing pattern

The fabric is Cotton + Steel Basics XOXO in Pink Cheeks that I purchased at a local shop.  I love the simplicity of this print!  I made the dress with short cap sleeves.  I used smaller elastic at the sleeve edge than it calls for.  I think the wide elastic is a little overwhelming on a toddler.

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I made a 2T and cut it out 2" longer because my gal is tall compared to her bust measurement.  It's pretty kinda looks like a nightgown.  She'll grow into it, right??

easy toddler dress sewing pattern

The white pom-pom trim is from Sew Vagabond, she has the best trims!

The only problem I had with the pattern is that the elastic around the empire waist was way too short. The bodice was constantly riding up while my daughter was wore it and got worse after she hit a growth spurt.  I took the casing apart and added about 1.5 inches to the elastic length and it fits perfectly!

toddler peasant dress sewing pattern

Have you tried any VFT patterns? What are some of your favorites? How did you like the fit?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Jalie 3350 Pattern Review + Sew Sassy Swimwear Cup Review

one piece swimsuit sewing pattern

This is my second Jalie 3350 swimsuit!  This time, I made View A, which has the same neckline as View B, without the twist.  Here's the patten envelope pictures so you can see the difference between the 2 views:

one piece swimsuit pattern review

I was really excited to make this pattern in swim fabric from Sew Vagabond.  This fabric is absolutely gorgeous, a nice sturdy weight with good recovery.  I found this pattern to be very true to size.  I HIGHLY recommend Jalie swimwear patterns.  The same pattern fits little girls all the way up to plus sizes! Score!

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The bust adjustment I did was rather severe - I took width out of the gathered area, and some length.  I bought some cups from Sew Sassy Fabrics in a AA and they were super small and very thin.

AA swim cups

As you can see, they are only 4" across.  They are the smallest cups I've ever used.  Since they fit, I can't complain too much, but next time I want something with more coverage!

swimsuit patterns for a small bust

The thing I don't love about this pattern is all of the bulk at the seam under the bust. There are 6 layers of fabric in this seam - SIX!  I think if you're using bra cups, there is no reason to line the bodice twice, especially if your outer fabric is sturdy and doesn't show through.  

swimsuit patterns for a small bust

And I've only just noticed after viewing these pics that the right cup is being pulled down.  It's no wonder I struggled a bit to sew the underbust seam with all those layers.  I took a look inside and it appears that the gathered area slipped out a bit from the seam line while I was stitching it.  The seam isn't laying flat, thus the pulling issue.  This wouldn't have happened with fewer layers.

In my opinion, if you are planning to use swim cups, the bust area only needs one lining (the thinner the better - mesh would be ok).  

Jalie 3350 swimsuit sewing pattern

Despite a couple of issues, I am really happy with it.  This fits so much better than RTW ever would.  If you've never made swimwear before, I would strongly encourage you to give it a try!

I can hardly believe it's been 5 1/2 years since I made my very first swimsuit. I was TERRIFIED, but look how good my first suit turned out! (And I made the entire thing on my sewing machine, no serger required.)

What swimwear patterns have you tried and loved? Which patterns are on your wish list?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Reversible Elastic Waist Skirt

I was recently chosen as a Sewing Portfolios Ambassador which gave me the opportunity to sew up some Michael Miller Fabrics from the collection, "Catching Dreams".  The collection will hit stores this October.  This round of sewing ambassadors focused on projects using a 1/2 yard or less.

I decided to use 2 of the fabrics to make my 2 year old this super easy reversible elastic waist skirt.  

It was fun to sew such a quick project! You can definitely make this in under an hour.

It turned out a little bigger than I expected, but that's what I get for making this while Cici was asleep!  

I love the teal hues and the gold accents in this arrows print, "Fly Free".  I lined the skirt with the gold stars print, "Starlight".

The waistband is Metallic Woven Elastic from Hobby Lobby and I think it complements the fabric perfectly!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hey June ~ Mountain Pose Pants

Adriana recently came out with these sweet yoga pants, called Mountain Pose Pants.  In case you didn't know, this is a free pattern, provided you join her Facebook group and find the coupon code in the pinned post.  I was really excited to try this pattern because Hey June Patterns are always well-drafted.  They fit me well and they have great instructions.  This is my first pair of yoga pants with a pieced, contoured waistband.

For my size, I went by my hip measurements and cut out a straight XS for the legs, front and back.  I cut out a L at the waist piece top and a M at the bottom edge of the waist piece.  I wish I'd cut out a straight M waistband, the fit is quite big.  If I'm unsure, I'd rather go with the bigger size at my waist because a snug waistband is just not comfortable.  It really doesn't matter, though - because the waistband is pieced, it stays on my waist just fine!

I removed about 4" of length throughout the pattern.  I removed another 2 3/4 inches when I hemmed the pant legs.  They ended up being a tad too short but I don't even mind.

Oh, I totally forgot to mention, how cute is this sewing machine fabric!  This custom sewing machine print from Love Adore, is double brushed polyester (DBP).  The waistband is black athletic DBP from Zenith and Quasar and it has great stretch and recovery!

If you haven't made these pants, they are super easy and fit great! Give them a try!