Hello! I’ve made three pairs of shorts over the past month or so. I thought I’d do a little series of them on here over the next week with pattern reviews. We finally had a few warm days so I was able to wear them and photograph them. Unfortunately its back to being cold again.
Pattern: Seamwork Weston shorts
Were they easy to make? Yes!
Pattern Adjustments? I made no adjustments.
Fit? I made the size 0 and the fit is perfect for me.
Fabric choice? I used Cotton and Steel X Rifle Paper Co Herb Garden Canvas (which appears to be sold out now). I am thrilled with my choice! The canvas wasn’t as heavy as I thought it was going to be. It’s so comfortable to wear and was very easy to work with.
Anything to watch out for? Zipper placement. The instructions and illustrations could have been more helpful. I’m honestly not sure if I did it correctly but it works, so thats good enough for me.
Would you make it again? Yes! It’s a great basic high waisted shorts pattern.
I’m finally posting about this dress! I asked Tilly about a top she was wearing in one of her Instagram stories and she let me know it would be a pattern in her new book Stretch- the Freya with added ruffle. I already couldn’t wait for it’s release and now I REALLY couldn’t wait! I made the dress the day after I received the book. It’s the only thing I’ve made from Stretch so far but I have a Joni dress cut out and ready to be sewn.
I made the dress with a Cotton and Steel knit I had in my stash. It came together really quickly and it’s so comfy to wear! I can’t wait to make more versions.
I have something exciting to share with you today! Warby Parker is launching their new summer collection of eyewear. If you haven’t heard of Warby Parker before, they are an amazing company that is changing the eyewear industry, offering designer style frames and high quality lenses for an affordable price (You can get a complete pair of glasses starting at under $100!). AND they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair sold. I was so excited when I heard about this company a few years ago and I was finally able to get new glasses. I have very poor vision and I couldn’t believe I was getting the same high index lenses I would get at the eye doctor for a fraction of the price.
Now on to the frames! There are 8 new eyeglasses shapes in a variety of colors from blush tones and purples to soft neutrals. I personally can’t wait to place an order for some pretty blush frames to wear this season. Below is a preview of some of the new frames and you can check out the full eyeglasses collection here!
There’s snow on the ground today but we had a few nice days over the weekend. I finally was able to wear my Simplicity 8608 wrap dress I made last month. Perfect springtime/ Easter dress. I made version A- a short faux wrap dress with elastic waist, removable sash, pockets and lots of ruffles!
Was it easy to make? The dress was easy to make overall- hemming all if the ruffles was probably the most time consuming part!
Pattern Adjustments? I added an inch to the length of the skirt. I wish I had enough fabric to add maybe 2 more inches. It’s a little short for me but definitely wearable.
Fit? I made the size 8. The wrap part on the bodice is a little big for me. I wonder if I should have made the size 6 or somehow adjusted the pattern. I think adding a snap will help a lot.
Fabric choice? I absolutely love this fabric I bought from Jo Ann’s. I knew I needed to get it at soon as I saw it! The flowers and colors are so pretty. I believe it’s rayon. It worked beautifully with all of the ruffles.
Anything to watch out for? When you attach the ruffle pieces, you need to do a gathering stitch along the unfinished edge. BUT you barely need to gather to fit! Don’t bunch it all up like I did only to realize I had to basically undo it all.
Would you make it again? Probably! I’m curious about the romper or jumpsuit versions.
Hello! I didn’t mean to go so long without a post. I’ve been busy sewing but it’s hard to photograph spring/ summer clothes with a foot of snow outside. It’s finally starting to feel a little bit like spring so I headed outside yesterday. I made this Nina Lee Bloomsbury blouse and was happy to finally wear it! I must have made this at least a month ago but I remember it coming together easily.
I bought the pdf file and printed it at home. I opted for the thicker ruffle and decided to forgo the neck and sleeve ruffle. I had an old kit to do fabric covered buttons and I’m so glad I used it! I was one short so I used an old blue covered button I had in my stash for the top closure. The fabric is Cotton and Steel X Rifle Paper Co and it’s so pretty! I knew I had to use it for this blouse when I spotted it at a local fabric shop.
I made the smallest size and am happy with the fit. I’m just not thrilled about the gaping hole in the upper back. You can see it above. I might add another button or some kind of closure there. I hope to make this again! I saw a sleeveless version and a dress version online so I’m thinking maybe a sleeveless dress for summer?! This was my first Nina Lee pattern and I’m sure I’ll be getting another. Perhaps the Kew dress that’s so popular!
It’s no secret that I love Rifle Paper Co! I can’t get enough. I received an email a few days ago about the new fabric collection and I’ve been trying to decide what to get ever since! I have a rayon and a cotton from previous collections that I just adore. It’s on preorder right now and will be shipping in early April. The collection includes cotton, cotton lawn, canvas and rayon. It ranges from $11- $18 a yard. I picked my favorites but you can view the full collection here.
Clockwise from top left: Herb Garden (Natural) Canvas, Explorer (Hunter) Cotton, Waves (Coral) Cotton, Lively Floral (Mint) Rayon, Happy Stripe (Cream) Cotton Lawn, and Herb Garden (Mint) Cotton.
I can picture so many happy spring/ summer clothes in these fabrics. What do you think? Will you be ordering any of the Rifle Paper Co fabric?
Hello! I made a Simplicity 8454 top over the weekend! I was in Jo Ann’s on Saturday and noticed they were having a 99 cent Simplicity pattern sale. I was so glad to get this pattern! I picked up two others. It was such a good sale, it was hard not to go overboard!
I’ve had a couple yards of this floral Swiss dot fabric (also from Jo Ann’s) sitting on my shelf for nearly a year and thought it would be perfect for this top.
I really love this top. It’s so cute and fun with the ruffles. It’s going to be perfect to wear in the spring. The pattern came together quickly. The fit is pretty good. I do wish I had a tiny bit more room around the arms where the ruffle is sewn in. The pieces didn’t quite match up so I’m not sure if I made a mistake while cutting, or what. I plan on making another one so hopefully I figure that out next time.
Today was such a beautiful, warm day. It made me so excited for spring and a spring wardrobe! I have a weekend full of sewing planned so I should be back soon with lots to share!