October 17, 2014
I’m back with another Perfect Pattern Parcel post! This time the parcel was for women and I was so excited to get my hands on the patterns! I desperately need clothes for myself so this was a fun bundle! I’ve made several pieces and will post about them individually because they each need their own time to shine.
My first sew was the Zsalya Top and Dress pattern by KateNRose. I was instantly drawn to the floral, flowy top in the picture on the front of the pattern. I had a gorgeous voile fabric I scored on clearance I was going to use to sew it up, but then I remembered who I am–a busy Mom with four tiny kids and no chance for a fancy blouse. The first time someone wiped their dirty hand or snotty nose on that shirt I would have lost my stuff. So instead I adapted it for knit and made an incredibly comfy shirt!
The things that really drew me to this shirt were the modest neckline and the loose front that wouldn’t hug my leftover baby lumps. I changed almost everything else about the shirt, though!
I redrafted a back bodice so it didn’t include the back yoke. It was too much fabric for a knit top. And I was working with a 1 yard piece of fabric that shrunk to 31″ when I washed it, so fabric was limited.
I changed the sleeves, too. I removed the detail from the edge and made them shorter. So comfy! Then I took a few inches off each side and created a more sculpted side seam that followed the shape of my body.
I also raise the neckline a few inches so it hit me higher, as well as raising the front yoke to end on my high bust. I don’t show cleavage at all so I wanted the neck to come up high enough that I didn’t worry about flashing anyone when I bent over.
I have very large girls for my size and I almost always have to alter patterns to fit them as my measurements run across several sizes. I looked up posts of others who have made this top and noticed the yoke cut them off right across the middle of the bust. I didn’t think it would be very flattering on me, so I raised the bottom of the yoke to eliminate that line.
In the end, I’m stoked about my new shirt!! I’m definitely not a woman who dresses up often, or does my hair or makeup regularly. I’m a Mom who is deeply planted in the tiny kid trenches and I need clothes that compliment my lifestyle. The knit version of this top is exactly what I want to fill my wardrobe. Modest neckline, loose, but flattering lines, comfortable. After all, I spend most of my days as this girl.
The patterns included in this ladies bundle are:
Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!)
Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Hudson Pant by True Bias
Zsalya Dress by Kate and Rose
BONUS PATTERN: Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll
How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need!
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette is had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!
***Also, today is my birthday!! Head over to my Facebook page to learn about an awesome sale I’m running to celebrate!
September 26, 2014
My Ella turned 3 on Wednesday! This is unreal to me because 1–time is FLYING. And 2–she was born after I started blogging and has made appearances starting when she was still in my belly in my maternity clothes post, and as herself as a wee babe the day after her arrival.
Three is such a big age to me. Her personality is limitless, and growing more every day. She’s got strong ideas about the world and doesn’t mind telling you how she feels. She’s fiercely competitive and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself to other kids more than twice her size. She’s a spitfire, this one, and I love her to pieces! So when I stood her before my fabric stash and asked her to choose a fabric for her birthday dress, she chose this print I’ve long adored and demanded, “no dress, Mama, PANTS.”
Say what? No dress? NO DRESS?? But the kid wanted pants and who am I to say no to that request? I thought it would be awesome to try mashing two of my own patterns together and I can’t believe it took me this long to try this combo! I. Am. In. Love. with this outfit! And I’ve got another one cut out in knit, just waiting for 30 spare minutes for me to sew!
To make this adorable jumpsuit, I combined the bodice and neck line of my Darling Daisy dress with the Kudzu Coverall bottom and added an elastic band around the bottom. There are no closures in the outfit at all, you get in and out of it through the elastic at the neck. She loves that she can dress herself in the outfit, but it could still just as easily have the snap crotch option of the Kudzu for those in diapers.
I loved the time I spent with Ella taking these pictures of her! She doesn’t model for my often because she’s a little shy in front of the camera. I’ve also not sewn for her much in the past, wanting to get a lot of wear out of my items. But a long sleeve tee under this outfit is a perfect way to carry a fun fabric through the dreary winter months, and was perfect for celebrating the birth of this extraordinary little bit.
Happy Birthday, my darling girl!
Check out some other amazing pattern mash-ups today on this awesome Frankenpattern mash-up blog hop!
- Knight Hoodie + Bimaa Sweater by Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
- Alleycat Daydream Dress by Call Ajaire
- Rainbow Princess Dress by Rae Gun Ramblings
- Ash Jumpsuit + Vintage Style Flutter Sleeve by Amanda Rose
- Burda Harem Pants + McCalls Dress by Lil Bit and Nan
- Sugar Plum Princess Dress + Poppy Dress by Bee Quilted Beauties
- Dress #13 + Pants #2 by Sprouting Jube Jube
- Katie Fancy Pant + Field Research Pant by Scientific Seamstress
- Jumpsuit Mashup by Sew Like My Mom
- Lullaby Line Body Suit + Grand Slam Tee by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop
- Cherry Pie Skirt + Socialite Peplum by Sewing Sober
September 17, 2014
So I’m talking about the September Showcase at Frances Suzanne again today! This time, I get to be on the sewing end of the post.
I chose to try my hand at the Fawn Lily by Rock the Stitch for Willow & Co patterns. I loved the lines and design of the dress and was so excited to sew!
I didn’t check the size chart and made Chloe a 4. My kids are super skinny, especially through the chest, so she’s got some wiggle room in it, but that’s probably best for my kid obsessed with textures. The vintage length on her is perfection, though!
I love the cross over front and the shape the panels create. I chose to do the inverted pleat skirt to the dress and just loved the design with this fabric.
Normally I’m sewing last minute. But I loved the design of the dress so much, I made it way back in June for Chloe to wear to my cousin’s wedding! She was less than enthusiastic about letting me get pictures that day, though. The only semi-decent one I have is this group shot I snapped around 11pm after hair was destroyed and children were basically zombies. She actually looks happy!
But she dominated the dance floor (and photobombed everyone in the photobooth!) so there’s plenty of awesome pictures of her from the reception in the official wedding photos.
She’s actually worn it a bunch this summer, including our annual back to school tea with the ladies in the family. It’s super hard to tell by this picture, but I promise, she chose this dress to wear for the event! It’s definitely one of her favorites. And if you look reallllly closely in the pictures above, you can even see a stain I can’t get out of the bodice! I really think she’s worn this at least once a week since I made it!
The Fawn Lily is a big hit around here! I know she’ll outgrow this one soon and I’ll be making more to fill her closet. I had some trouble getting the sleeves sewn on this one, so I’m looking forward to trying the pattern for a second time. I didn’t “flip” anything about this one, but I’ve got some changes in mind for the next one!
Head on over to Frances Suzanne to see more pictures of the Fawn Lily today! You can stop by the Willow & Co store to grab the Rock the Stitch Fawn Lily and save 20% using the code SHOWCASE20!
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