May 2, 2015
I love doing these Bundle UP sales! I get to try awesome new patterns before they hit the market and they never disappoint. In this case, I’ve got a new favorite!
I’m not the kind to make the same pattern over and over, but I’m completely in love with this pattern! The Jocole Shift Dress comes in dress or tunic length. Since I’ve been pregnant, nursing, and chasing kids for years I don’t wear many dresses anymore, but the tunic caught my eye and I fell hard.
It’s SO flattering!! And soooooo easy to make. Give me a yard of fabric, a zipper and some single fold bias tape and in an hour I’ve got a perfectly fitting, adorable new top! Who can beat that?!
I did have to do a full bust adjustment to this pattern. I’ve avoided sewing for myself for years because I needed to add this crucial step to my routine. I recently mastered the FBA and embraced the inevitable need for a muslin or 3 and I’m so happy I did because I get to have these amazing tunics as a result!
I do think the 22″ zipper is a little overkill for the tunic, so I’ve ordered some of those gorgeous exposed zippers to make my next round of tunics. Pretty soon I’ll have a closet full of these babies!
My 6 year old was my photographer for this shoot so she styled a few of the shots. But I think they accurately represent how I feel about the Jocole Shift Dress tunic!! (and explains why my head is cut off in so many shots)
I’ve also worn them in real life already!! I made these before SNAP (post coming soon) and wore them while I was there. They were comfortable, traveled well, and were a hit. Lisa from Mabey She Made It even recognized the pattern and asked if I was doing the bundle tour!
Adrianna from Crafterhours and Hey June was my awesome roommate and we had fun in the Router Limits sponsor booth!
And on my way to lunch with Dana, Adrianna, and Jessica.
Picture from @adriannaappl on Instagram
So are YOU ready to Bundle UP and add this amazing pattern to your collection?! I promise you, it does not disappoint!!
The sale lasts from now through May 8th, so hurry over and grab yours now! Head to the Bundle UP sale site for more info!
April 29, 2015
**I’m over at Riley Blake today sharing another Project Design team post!!**
It’s finally Spring and my girls LOVE skirts! I fell in love with this mermaid fabric the second I saw it but wasn’t certain what I wanted to do with it. But it spoke to me, ever so softly, and it said, “flat front skirts.”
They’re so happy! Okay, okay, mostly they’re happy to be outside and in the gorgeous weather. But they’re also happy to do it in these precious outfits!
I just really love their faces in these!
I couldn’t help but appliqué some amazing matching tees!
Isn’t the fabric just perfection?! And the flat front is their favorite because it stops the bunching on their bellies when they sit down.
Are you ready to start making your own? They’re super duper simple, promise! Just head over to Riley Blake for the full tutorial!!
April 14, 2015
Thank you to everyone who voted for my lace yoke romper during Flip This Pattern.
And I’m totally obsessed with embroidery now!
Below is my post from Frances Suzanne, explaining a little more about how I flipped the pattern.
Hello pattern flipping fans! I’m Melissa from Sew Like My Mom and I’m really excited to bring you my flip of the Boardwalk Hoodie & Henley!
I’ve always been such a fan of rompers! So when I saw the yoke on the Boardwalk, I knew immediately I wanted to make it into a romper.
I played around with the idea of making it knit, but ultimately decided to make it all cotton woven and chose this gorgeous lace for the yoke.
I loved my mint romper, but it was just a little too plain, so I added some embroidery to the leg. I’ve never embroidered anything before so I did a little Googling and took a leap of faith, but I’m WILD about the way it turned out!
To get the romper just the way I wanted I mashed the Boardwalk pattern with my Kudzu pattern, but I’m sure it would work with most romper styles. The only real pattern piece changes I did were to lengthen the rise on my pattern to accommodate a shorter yoke so it would still fit her through the torso.
I kept the yoke pieces in Ella’s size, but I lowered the necklines on the front and back. The pink buttons really popped against the lace.
I sewed the bottom to the yoke and cut the armholes using the curves from the Boardwalk pattern pieces. Then I finished the edges of the yoke with bias tape made from my mint fabric.
I made a snap crotch and sewed elastic to the bottom of the legs to gather them in. Ella says it’s super comfy and she begs me to wear it every day!
It took me just a few hours to create this beauty for my beauty. There were a few nervous moments, but I’m so so thrilled with the way it turned out! Such a sweet summer outfit all ready for the warm weather!