The Afternoon Blouse

My newest handmade addition to my fall wardrobe is The Afternoon Blouse I made using a pale pink linen blend fabric. Leonardo da Vinci’s quote, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” brilliantly describes this pattern by Jennifer Lauren Handmade. It is a very simple pattern but the unique neckline option takes this blouse to a whole different level.

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The Pattern and Instructions – This pattern gives two options: a blouse version with two neckline variations and the dress version with two variations (and yes, the dress version has pockets!). I’m a sucker for patterns that have as few pattern pieces as possible especially PDF patterns so this definitely gets into my good books. It is great for sewers of all levels and such a great addition to the closet. The instructions and illustrations were very easy to follow. The instructions also state the corresponding pages of each view, allowing you to print only the view you plan to make. I think this is genius!

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The Fit and Construction – The fit of the blouse was spot on due to the kimono sleeve feature which tends to fit most people. The afternoon blouse simply did not need any changes to be made. I under-stitched the neckline instead of topstitching it. That was the only change I made and was simply personal preference. I cut based on the size chart in the instructions and it fit great which was a pleasant surprise. For most patterns, I have to make some adjustments but this pattern was an exception.

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The choice of fabric can change the look of the blouse. Medium weight fabrics such as my linen choice gives it a crisper look. If I had chosen a light weight fabric such as rayon, I feel it would have had more drape and given it a softer look. It is a great blouse whether worn tucked in or not. Overall, I feel that the blouse gives a clean and simple finish to any outfit.

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Additional Highlights and tips: I love multi-sized patterns. This pattern ranges from 6 to 24 with both imperial and metric measurements! What else can I ask for? I have one tip… Iron after each step. It makes all the difference. If you have made the Afternoon blouse or dress or plan to do so, I would love to hear about it. 🙂

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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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The Power Outfit

It’s been a while since I used African print to make any projects. Well, that changes now because my new addition to my closet happens to be an African print dress I made using Butterick 5982. I paired my new handmade dress with my handmade cascading coat (Butterick 6244) and got this Power Outfit.

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This dress pattern was one of the first patterns I bought when I decided to dive into sewing.  I usually only wear one piece of handmade clothing so I felt amazing when I could pair two handmade clothing in the same outfit!

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Since I have reviews on both patterns from previous posts, I will not be writing another. Here are the reviews about the Butterick dress and coat.

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I’m planning more projects with African print fabrics and I’m so excited to work with such fun fabrics!

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Wrap It Up!

It’s almost the end of the year! Woohoo!!

I’m excited to present to you my latest pattern testing outfit, The Mitchell Dress by Paddle boat Patterns. The pattern comes with a dress and jumpsuit version. How cool is that?

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I used a gorgeous red crinkled rayon fabric and paired the final look with a greenish necklace since the holidays are approaching fast. It’s only right 🙂 This is definitely my pattern of the year for three reasons: Ease, Simplicity, Variety. Look at that decline too. So gorgeous!

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If you are looking for an easy sew with a stylish result, this might be the pattern for you. The dress had only seven steps and it was so easy to put together I had to read the entire instructions again to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

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It’s an interesting shaped dress, with kimono style sleeves and a wrap style. This gets rid of having to sew sleeves in or put a zipper/buttons in which can be intimidating especially for beginner sewers.

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Layered: Peppermint Peplum

I started off my week with a new handmade polka dot peplum top. And the best part? The pattern I used is free and so easy which is perfect for a beginner sewer. Who doesn’t love free?! It’s actually a summer top but I layered it and plan to rock it during these cold seasons.

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The Peplum pattern can be found here. The instructions were very clear and straightforward. I loved working with it. Of course I made some changes to this pattern because that is what I do. This simple pattern didn’t need much changes though.

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So what did I do differently? I used bias binding instead of facing for the neck and arm holes. I also cut both pieces on a fold instead of the front on a fold and the 2 pieces for the back. (I still sewed the back together just like the instructions stated. It’s a lovely pattern, I’d recommend you give it a try.

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Ashley Kimono Dress

The newest addition to my closet is this Ashley Kimono dress that I had the opportunity to test for On the cutting floor.

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I love the fabric and how comfortable the style of the dress is. This was officially my last make of the summer.

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I’m currently working on my fall closet. Can’t wait to show them off! Follow me on Instagram to get more frequent updates on my makes.

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Channeling my Inner Barbie

Today, the Connie dress pattern is helping me soak the last bits of summer while channeling my inner Barbie. Of course in the process of making this simple yet glamorous dress, I had the opportunity to work with boning for the first time. Another first this year 🙂

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I honestly fell in love with this pattern even before I printed it out. The PDF pattern is only about 16 pages which means less cutting for me. The instructions were clear and straightforward, and there’s a video sew-a-along with this pattern. How great is that?

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Items Needed for the Connie Dress:

  • Connie Dress Pattern
  • 2 yards of fabric
  • 16″ invisible zipper
  • 1/4″ boning
  • Coordinating thread & Scissors

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When I put this dress on, I felt like a doll! It’s so cute and perfect for so many occasions. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fancy, fun project or a dress for an upcoming event. I love it!

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Maxi Love

And the year of firsts continues! This time, I made my first maxi shirt dress and I must say it was not as easy as I thought it would be. Who decides to make a button down dress, with a back pleated self-lined yoke, mandarin collar, elastic waist, side pockets, and a narrow hem on three first attempt? (this girl!)

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This process was definitely a labor of love for me. It took me a while mainly because I can only sew at night now but for someone who enjoys quick projects, this was tedious in a good way.

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The wind was ever so in my favor for this photoshoot! I love how it made the dress look and I hope you do too.

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REVIEW: McCall’s 7242 (View C)

Pattern Description: 
Loose-fitting dresses have mandarin collar, blouson bodice, back pleated into self-lined yoke, elastic waist, side pockets, and narrow hem. View C

Pattern Sizing:
Size 14 (Should have cut 12)

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were easy enough to follow.

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What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love that it had pockets and the mandarin collar!

Fabric Used:
Polyester

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I had to shorten the skirt because i’m not the tallest person but that was pretty much it. Followed this pattern to a tee

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Definitely!

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Conclusion: 
This is definitely not a beginner project but it is a fun project for intermediate and advanced makers. I enjoyed the process of making it and would recommend it in a heartbeat!

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The Pretty Skirt

When I found this pattern, I was so pumped. I mean who doesn’t like free stuff? It was incredibly easy to make (but I personally had to make adjustments due to my waist and hip difference). All in all, it turned out great and would recommend it to beginners who want to try their hands at making skirts. The name says it all, it’s pretty and simple.

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Bringing Sexy Back

This week, I’m channeling my inner Justin Timberlake and bring sexy back with the help of McCalls pattern 6751. This pattern is literally the easiest project with the most chic look and has the best variations. It takes less than an hour to complete once you get the hang of it. I have made three tops using Version A and B so far. I’ll definitely be trying the other versions as well.

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I love that the style of this top screams summer! Of course the choice of fabric helps. I feel I can make this look like a fall outfit with the right fabric. I’ll definitely be trying this theory out during fall.

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McCall’s 6751 REVIEW

Pattern Description: 
Misses Top with loose-fitting, pullover tops with backline variations

Pattern Sizing:
Medium

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Exactly like it (if not better)!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy. This is one of the easiest patterns I’ve ever used

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the back variations of the tops (View A & B) and the variations of the views

Fabric Used:
Polyester

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None. (Although I used french seams instead of regular seam or serger)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I’ve already made three tops in view A & B and making another for my birthday outfit.

Conclusion: 
Love it! Great choice for beginners and awesome wardrobe builder for intermediate sewers.

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