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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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 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.

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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!

 

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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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Spring Forward (DIY Dress)

It’s almost that time of the year! I can’t wait for the flowers to blossom, the dresses to come out, and the coats to be put away. But for now, I am enjoying my new DIY dress with this gorgeous green coat.

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I made this dress using McCalls 7091 and a 100% rayon fabric. It’s a 12 paneled dress (Yes, 12!). It has a close fitting bodice and flares out at the bottom, which I love.

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Things I did differently from the pattern: I did not line the bodice and used bias binding to finish the armholes and neck instead.

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Two things I’d do differently next time:

  1. I’d go down one size from my regular pattern size as it run a little too big for me.

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2. I’d also love to use a medium weight fabric with a nice drape. I felt the rayon was a little too light for this dress. It was windy when I was taking these photos and struggled to get a good shot of the dress as it kept hugging my body in weird places. This is the best photo I got of the front view.

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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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Comfort + Style

I don’t think I have ever blogged about an outfit I didn’t make but this outfit deserves a blog post because it’s so comfortable yet stylish at the same time. It was slightly chilly outside so I decided to wear pants for a Sunday dinner. I bought all the clothing items almost 2 years and I have now found the perfect way to pair them haha!

Basic Top & Sweater: JCPenney

Pants: Macy’s

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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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