FALL STRIPES IN VOGUE

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Fall is all about basic pullover tops so when I saw this vogue 9169 pattern, I knew I had to make it. I hunted for the perfect fabric from Fabricville and made this magical combo. I have never made two views of this same pattern as fast as I made this!

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The Pattern:

Vogue 9169 is a contrast underlay pullover top with seam variations. It is such an easy yet beautiful pattern that I made both View B and C and simply switched the fabric placements to get a slightly different look. I love the unique shapes of this pattern.

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The Fabrics:

I chose two beautiful knit fabrics, the Marley cotton spandex knit and the Venice knit. The Marley cotton is a gorgeous lightweight striped knit and is perfect for tops such as this one and the Venice knit is slightly more lightweight than the Marley knit but equally gorgeous. Working with both knits went smoothly. My favorite thing about knits is that it hardly needs any ironing. How can you not love that?

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The Instructions and Fit:

The instructions were very easy to follow and was overall a very fast project. It is a loosely fitting top and so there were no issues with fitting. I made no changes at all to this pattern.

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I love this pattern for multiple reasons.

  • It is an easy and fast sew since it requires knit fabrics
  • No additional notions needed (yes, no buttons, zippers, fasteners…nothing!)
  • Fabric selection is endless! If you wish to take a look at my choices, click here and here.
  • There are multiple views to make

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Have a great day!

Sylvia

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The Melilot Shirt

My most recent addition to my handmade closet is a button-up shirt. I have been obsessing over classic button-up shirts for a while and I am glad I found this Deer and Doe casual button-up drop shoulders pattern.

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The Pattern –  Version A has long sleeves and a rounded collar; version B has cuffed short sleeves and a mandarin collar. Both feature bust darts and I chose to make version B with double breast pockets as my first attempt. The packaging of this pattern is gorgeous like many other indie patterns but what makes this different is that the instructions are both in French and English (Deer & Doe is a french company).

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The Construction –  The instructions for this pattern was pretty straightforward although some steps could be explained better especially for beginners. French Seams are actually stated in the instructions. How awesome is that? You do not need to have a serger for this pattern. I made zero changes to this pattern (which is rare) and had no issues. However, I think I will go up a size or two in my next one for a more comfortable fit (the pattern measurements are really true to size).

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I am in love with this pattern! I have found a new place in my heart for button-up shirts and I’m not looking back. If you have any suggestions for other button-up shirts, let me know and I’ll put them on my ‘to-sew list’ 🙂

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Sylvia

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FALL ESSENTIAL: KASHMIR COATING JACKET

Fall is here! The best way to start my favorite season and keep warm is to make the comfiest, most gorgeous jacket in this beautiful Kashmir coating fabric.

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The Fabric:

When I saw this fabric which is a polyester nylon blend, I knew I had to make a jacket. I have always dreamt of having a red jacket so it was a no brainer to go with this color. I love that Fabricville has a variety of colors in this fabric as well. It is a thick, warm fabric with a felted feel to it and is a dream to cut through with scissors due to it’s weight and stability. However, if you do not own a steamer like me, I’ll advise that you put a lightweight fabric over the it when pressing. The Kashmir coating does not have a lot of drape so it is great for slightly more structured projects.

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The Pattern/Instructions:

To bring this fabric to life, I used Burda 6736 which has both a jacket and coat version but I decided to make the jacket. It is a loose fitting jacket with an integral spade collar. This pattern only has six pieces and nine very clear steps and illustrations for the pattern.

The Process:

I really enjoyed making this jacket as it was a relatively easy project. It requires two buttons and interfacing for the facings. Here are some progress shots.

    

The Fit:

The fit is very loose so I’ll suggest to look at the finished garments  measurements and use those. I had to go two sizes down from my regular size.

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Tips:

This pattern does not recommend edge stitching but I would highly recommend it. As you can see from the photos, I did not do that initially. Once I did, it looked even better and had a cleaner finish.

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I am now ready to take on the fall weather! Do you plan to sew up a coat or jacket? Have you ever made one? Let me know in the comments below.

Sylvia

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Denim + Polka Dots Vibes (M7573)

I knew I had to make this ruffle top immediately I saw the pattern. What is there to not love? The pattern and my fabric choice checks all my boxes.

Ruffles ✓

Flowy & fun ✓

Denim & polka dots ✓ … you get the idea.

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This pattern has different styles and ties options including an off-the-shoulder option but I decided to make the simplest version which is View D. I think that suited the fabric I was using a little more. I encountered a few issues while making this pattern and had to make some adjustments which I will talk about in the review below.

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M7573 Review

Pattern Description: 
Misses’ Ruffle Tops with Off-the-Shoulder and Tie Options. Please note: I made View D so some of the feedback I give especially with the adjustments to the pattern may not be necessary for other views.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes it did look just like the photo on the pattern and the instructions were easy to follow.

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What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the style of this pattern. It’s flowy and fun. However, I had a little issue with the sizing. I cut my regular size but that was way too big for me which made the top look ill-fitting initially. I had to make a couple of adjustments to get a better fit.

Fabric Used:
Rayon

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took the sides in by about 2.5 inches in total. The sleeves were also way too big especially tapering towards the edge of the sleeve. I think it’s supposed to have a bell shape to it but it didn’t look great in combination with the ruffle so I took that in about 2 inches on each sleeve to get a better fit.

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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would but I’d go at least one size down.

Conclusion: 
I think this is a great pattern overall. It fits perfectly into the current ruffles trend. If the picture below doesn’t show how I feel about this top, I don’t know what does 🙂

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Sylvia

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The Butterfly Dress (V9021)

It feels so good when a dress comes together quickly and beautifully. This was the case with this Vogue 9021 pattern. I fell in love immediately this dress was done and knew I made a good choice. It is a fitted dress with front and back extending into sleeves, has low armholes, a back zipper, and a hemline slit; I simply call it the butterfly dress.

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I wasn’t entirely sure about this pattern initially because the pattern did not have a model showing off the dress. It only had a drawing which I usually don’t like because I feel it doesn’t show off the fit on an actual person but after making this dress, I can vouch that it looks exactly like the pattern drawing.

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I used a thrifted fabric so I’m not sure but I suspect it’s some form of a suiting fabric. Thanks to my wider hips, I had to grade a couple of sizes bigger than the bodice size. I didn’t make any other alterations. Once I posted this dress on my Instagram page, I got a lot of questions about the underarm coverage. Now that I have tried it on and worn it to work (it was such a hit at work), I can give some feedback on that issue.

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The pattern has quite the exposure in the underarm area (pictured below). The exposed underarm means every time you lift your arm, you will be flashing your bra. I personally do not mind this feature (I actually love this, especially with the summer weather). But for those who have an issue with this, wearing a cami or slip is a way to resolve that issue. If you are like me, wear your prettiest bra and you’re good to go! I personally think this pattern is too pretty for that to stop anyone from making it.

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This is a great pattern for all levels, from beginners to experts sewers. The instructions have been written very well, making it easy to follow and doesn’t need any complex sewing skills. It’s basically making darts, sewing seams, and inserting a zipper. It can’t get any easier than that!

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I think this is a great pattern for everyone. It has a great fit and silhouette. This is now a valuable pattern in my sewing stash. I hope you enjoyed my review of this pattern.

Sylvia

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Spring Ruffles (McCall’s 7566)

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Ruffles are definitely getting some attention this year and with the weather getting warmer, I had to celebrate by making this gorgeous fit and flare ruffle dress. I am obsessed with dresses, and McCalls 7566 just made my list of great dress patterns. I made View A of this pattern, which has a fit and flare fit with a ruffled V neckline.

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I’ll be writing a blog for Fabricville with more details about the fabric and pattern used in this project so stay tuned for that.

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Thank you for the fabric and notions, Fabricville!

 

Sylvia

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Blue Skies, Blue Dress

Have you ever loved a clothing item so much that you wished you had a hundred of them? That was the way I felt when I bought the most comfortable sleeveless shift dress from a local thrift store last year. So of course, I proceeded to make a new one (with sleeves) last weekend because I can! 🙂

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It turned out great! However, on my next shift dress, I’ll need to figure out how to get a better fit in the neckline area. I paired it with a simple sleeveless black vest which showed off those gorgeous sleeves. It was a beautiful day so there was no need to wear a jacket.

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The original dress I copied this from (not pictured) is sleeveless but I decided to add some trendy sleeves to this one because why not? I’m actually working on another one right now with different sleeves.

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The fabric I used for this project is a linen viscose. This was my first time using this type of fabric but it will definitely not be my last. I loved working with it and I love the way it holds it’s shape without being overly stiff either. The print is also gorgeous and says spring without screaming spring (get it?)

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Spring Shift (DIY Dress)

It’s so refreshing to start making spring projects so this time, I decided to make a simple yet trendy spring dress.

Off-the-shoulder Dress – check!

Cute Sleeves – check!

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I decided to make McCalls 7543 which is an off-the-shoulder dress with elastic shoulders, split-and-tie sleeves, and a shaped hemline. I made it in this gorgeous 100% rayon fabric.

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I paired this dress with these cute strappy, mustard heels. Wearing it with heels definitely elevates this simple dress.

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McCalls 7543 Review

Pattern Description: 
Pullover tops, tunic and dress have elastic on shoulders and sleeve variations. A: Straps. C: Shaped hemline.

Pattern Sizing:
Regular. Size 12. View C

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, exactly like it

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Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy to follow

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Roling the edge of the sleeves was so difficult due the curves. Next time, I will serge and fold over just once.

Fabric Used:
Rayon

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Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did not add the pockets

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Working on my second. This time, a top version

Conclusion: 
This is a great pattern for everyone and a great addition for the spring time

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Sylvia

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Stripes & Wax Prints (DIY Skirt)

I don’t wear mini skirts much but when I do, they are made by me. I felt the urge to make this colorful African wax print fabric because spring has decided it won’t be showing up on time this year.

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I used New Look 6103 for this skirt. Since I made a version of this skirt last year, I will not be reviewing the pattern again. My favorite thing about the skirt has be the hem. It’s different and I love different.

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The review for this pattern can be found here.

Things I did differently with this pattern: I used bias binding to finish the waistband instead of facings.

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Things I’d do differently in the next skirt: I would like more ease in the hip area and would add an inch or two in my next make.

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Sylvia

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Peek-a-Boo Top

Hello!

I thought it would be appropriate to make a cold shoulder, peek-a-boo top as we continue to celebrate the month of love! I made this top using McCalls 7510 and loved it so much I made one for my mum as well. I have decided to write a review for anyone interested in this pattern.

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PATTERN REVIEW – M7510

Pattern Description: 
Tops fitted through the bust, cold shoulder details, back hook & eye closure, with sleeve and hem variations.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I was pleased that it looked exactly like the photo. I made View A.

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Were the instructions easy to follow?
I was surprised and loved how easy this pattern was considering the cold shoulder detail. I had never tried it but I’m glad I did. Don’t be intimidated beginner sewers.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the sleeve variations and the cold shoulder detail. I didn’t think the lining was necessary (in my opinion) so I skipped it. I wanted my top slightly flowy and thought lining would give it more structure. I also think this is such a basic top why bother with lining?

Fabric Used:
100% Rayon

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Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I skipped the lining all together and also made a button and loop instead of a hook and eye closure.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I’ve made two tops already and I’m working on hacking the pattern to make a shift dress for my mum.

Conclusion: 
This is great for beginners who want to sew something simple yet trendy. It’s a great wardrobe addition for all levels of sewers. I highly recommend this pattern!

Below is the one I made for my mama.

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Sylvia

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