The Limeade Dress

This dress is proof of the constant inspiration and support I get from my Instagram sewing community.

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Last week, I watched Rachel from Maker Style attempting to hack one of the gorgeous new patterns by Paper Cut Patterns. Watching her (via IG stories) make her version of a drop shoulder knit top with a ruffled sleeve made me want to make one too but the thought of making anything with knit/stretchy fabrics intimidated me.

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I had tried sewing with stretchy fabrics in the past and my sewing machine had made it clear to me it did not approve of me using that type of fabric. For some reason, I sent Rachel a message and told her how much I wish I could make one of these. She was so sweet and sent a long message back explaining how to go about it and made sound like it was the simplest thing to make.

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Clearly, I took up the challenge and grabbed this gorgoeus knit from my fabric stash. I have had this fabric for over a year and had enough to make a dress instead of a top so why not? I used Burda 6721 to help with the basic shape of the dress and cut out two rectangluar pieces for the ruffle sleeve. I initially wanted to make a drop shoulder but forgot to do that when I cut the fabric.

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I’m so happy I took up this challenge. This dress is far from perfect (you do not want to see the inside of the dress haha!) but I regret nothing. I appreciate all the support and inspiration Instagram and the social media platforms provide. I must admit I still have a long way to go when it comes with sewing with knits (can you spot the unfinished neckline? hehe). I made a limeade dress and I love it! I hope you do too 🙂

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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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Green Goddess

My first attempt at anything close to a fancy looking dress has been complete thanks to the help of the Sarah Dress pattern by On the Cutting Floor. It’s 50% off till Tuesday!

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No zippers, buttons, or hooks which makes this super easy. It’s interesting how a simple does pattern can look cool in the right fabric.

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The cool thing about the pattern is that there are 24 variations. Yup! 24! I still can’t wrap my head around it but I am very pleased with it because I can try different variations with different fabrics and get totally different results.

Pattern: The Sarah Dress/Top

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The Aster Top

This was my first time trying out a pattern by Colette Patterns and it definitely won’t be my last. This pattern gave me the neatest seams and finish I have ever had on any clothing I have made in the last couple of years. I could literally wear it inside out.

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First of all, the packaging of the pattern is to die for and the instructions are very well written. Colette patterns also has step-by-step tutorials on their blog to make it even easier to make this top.

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I chose a classic gingham fabric for this project and could not be happier with the results. I have been searching for a great top pattern to help me build and diversify my wardrobe and I think I found the one.

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Refashion: Like a Boss

It’s been a while since I did a refashion project so I was excited when the owner of The Abbey Vintage asked me to refashion a mumu for her shop. I love this fabric so much and i’m pleased with the results. Can’t wait to do more of these kind of projects. Hope you love it as much as I do. The “before” photo is at the end of this post. Have a great day everyone!

Model: Alisha (The Abbey Vintage)

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The Cold Shoulder

I’m back at it again with the off-the-shoulder trend but this time, I have the gorgeous owner of The Abbey Vintage modeling the dress I made. It’s quite refreshing to see someone else wear my handmade items. I love this style so much that it was a no-brainer to make it into a dress as well. Enjoy your weekend everybody!

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The Adeline Dress

Happy Monday!

I’m so excited to share this pattern with you! I was honored to be one of the pattern testers for this lovely shirt dress. It was a slow sew for me because I’ve been so busy with school lately but it was totally worth the ‘make’ haha!

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I initially bought a burgundy Ponte Roma knit for this pattern but changed to denim when I saw more pictures from the owner of On the Cutting Floor and fell in love with it. The name of the fabric I used is Daisy’s Denim. It is such a beautiful fabric that I might make a few things in it. I shortened the dress as I like my clothing slightly above my knee.

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I love that this pattern has 4 different variations. It’s so perfect for the summer with its 3/4 shirt options as well. There’s currently a discount code for this pattern for 50% off. If you’r interested in buying it, use SPRING50 to get the discount.

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The details for this dress is amazing! My favorite part has to be the fun looking collar. See the detailed shot above. Isn’t is awesome? I can’t get enough of that feature.

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I’ll probably not make a lot of modifications to this pattern in my next attempt but I think I might just shorten the sleeves a little. It’s always nice to find a pattern that doesn’t need a lot of modifications.

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DIY: Off-The-Shoulder Top

Happy Friday!

I’m currently obsessed with off-the-shoulder style for three reasons:

  1. It shows off my shoulders and gives a nice feminine look
  2. It’s very easy to make
  3. It’s way too hot right now to wear most things right now haha!

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Once I made the first one, I couldn’t stop and had to make a few more. I received a couple of orders even before I could put them on the rack at The Abbey which was great.

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They are easy to dress up or down which is an added bonus. To change it up a little, I think i’ll work on a few off-the-shoulder dresses. That would be even easier to throw on because you wouldn’t have to think of what clothing item to pair it with.

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It’s obvious that these tops are easy to make considering I made two different tops for one blog post right? Haha! I think this is a great project for beginners and a great wardrobe builder as well.

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Although I did not use the tutorial, Megan Nielsen‘s blog was my inspiration for making these tops. They are so perfect for this beautiful, warm weather!

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For the Love of African Prints

Wearing vibrant and colorful African prints is one way I love to celebrate my roots and culture. This simple gathered skirt was one of the first handmade items I made using African print. After almost two years, I am finally blogging about it.

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I remember being excited about making this beautiful yet simple piece with the help of a video tutorial from Cheap but Chic. This project is definitely one of the pieces I made that motivated me to keep learning how to sew and I’m glad I did.

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This skirt has no lining or even interfacing in the waistband. Those two things scared me to death when I started sewing so I didn’t even bother using them. It’s funny to think about it now. It’s interesting to look back and see how far i’ve come and how much better I am now at making my own clothes.

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Hoping to eventually take this “hobby” to the next level and start making some money with it part-time. I’m talking to a few potential clients and partners and I’m definitely excited for the opportunities ahead.

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