Love Notions Tidal Top & Dress

I bought the Tidal Top & Dress shortly after it was released. I love patterns from Love Notions and this one looked like it would be a great flowy top for me. However, the first one I made was terrible! I went with my bust measurement and figured there was enough ease for my hips. I was so wrong. Tami, the designer, did a sew-along which included a pattern piece for a godet and 3/4 length and long sleeves. Find the Love Notions Blog Post HERE. That really helped the fit of my original top, but I was still determined to get a perfect fit. I don't think I ever took photos of that top.

I recently reprinted my pattern and decided that I needed to grade out for my hips. And Ta-da! It fits great!

I made this one using a heathered dark olive cotton lycra from Made Whimsy and I got this gorgeous red rose floral from a mystery scrap pack from Wanderlust Designs Custom Fabric.

When I was on vacation, I took about 40 HTV designs with me to "weed". I picked a bunch of intricate designs and have been slowly finding uses for them. I had a red paisley/floral and thought it fit perfectly on the side.

I loved how great my Tidal came out, that I immediately made another.

This one is made with a thread spool cotton lycra from Cuddle Muffins Custom Printing. This print is at preorder through October 31st!. I used a rayon jersey for the back in a tan color.

If you haven't tried the Tidal Top & Dress yet, I do recommend it. Just make sure to make the pattern for ALL of your measurements.

Star Dust Textile Company Broadway!

Star Dust Textile Company is doing BROADWAY! They are featuring prints inspired by two hit Broadway shows - Wicked and Hamilton. I'm not familiar with either play, but I have some dear friends who are Hamilton fanatics, so I sewed these samples up for them. This preorder is closing on October 31st! Order HERE!

This is the "Shot" panel. The adult panel is a generous 30" wide by 36" tall size.  I used the Halla Patterns Amanda for the top for my friend. My friend is a little but skinnier and taller than me. It will look so much better on her.

I was also sent some of the coordinates "Stars Main" and "Stars Coordinate". The middle of my sleeve is scraps left over from the front panel.

I was trying to conserve my coordinate fabric to give me some fabric for a few other items and decided to do a solid black back and applique a star. The star is a scrap leftover from the front panel. I really love how it turned out!

I have another friend with a young Daughter that is Hamilton obsessed! I wanted to use up some of the fabric to make her a simple t-shirt. I grabbed the plain raglan from Duck Butt Designs and decided to use 2 fronts. This way the shirt can be worn with either design on the front.

I think the background of this print is really cool. It's like hammered gold.

The star coordinate is a great design that I could see being used for many projects and could coordinate with a lot of stuff.

I then used the scraps I had to make some undies. This pair is up for auction this weekend. Check it out at this Facebook Group!

This is a retired pattern. I love that I can piece the front.

The back is made from a Risque panel.  More on that later...

This is a pair I made for the friend that is getting the shirt I made.  The front is from the Risque Panel.

Here is the back - all this is from the Satisfied Risque Panel.

I probably could have made 2 pairs completely from the risque panel with piecing the fronts.

I hope my recipients love their Hamilton items.

Itch to Stitch - Help Kennis Recover from a Buglary

If you have been following my blog, you will know that I am a regular tester for Kennis Wong of Itch to Stitch. I love her designs and she is a very sweet and wonderful designer to work with. She recently went to Europe for a family vacation and returned to her home in Costa Rica to find it had been broken into with all her equipment she uses to run her pattern company gone. They took her sewing machines, computer, photography equipment, and so many other items. To get he back on her feet and able to produce some new designs, she's having a HUGE sale. All patterns are 20% off and 6 patterns are on sale for $5!

I'll show all that I have made and blogged about, and link my original blog posts. Look through them all and I hope you consider picking up one or more to get Kennis back on her feet and designing again. At the very end of my post is a Rafflecopter giveaway. I personally have purchased 5 of the $5 sale patterns to give away. Pattern selected will be the winner's choice of the 6 patterns on sale for $5. The Patterns are Tierra Woven Joggers, Vientiane Skirt, Irena Top, Seville Skirt, Paulina Top, and the Carey Top.

Davina Dress - Original Blog Post HERE!

I really do wish I was a dress wearer, but I hate to show my legs. I have toyed around with the idea of making a maxi length Davina or even modifying it to a peplum top. The bodice fits so nicely and I love the pockets on this dress.

Irena Top - Original Blog Post HERE!

This pattern is on sale for $5! This is a pattern I did not test! I saw it and fell in love with it. This is the first one I ever made. This is my most made Itch to Stitch pattern. Here are two other blog posts if you want to see more. Here and Here. That second blog posts shows another Itch to Stitch Pattern as well.So, I'm telling you - GO BUY THIS PATTERN! You won't regret it - I promise!

Zamora Original Blog Post HERE!
I love the look of this blouse. It's not for the faint of heart. The rows of pintucks and the bow tie collar makes this top truly worth the effort.

Arenal Top - Original Blog Post HERE!

This is another pattern that I have made over and over again. I love the slit hem and relaxed fit.

The Carey Top. Original Blog Post HERE!

This pattern is on sale for $5! I love this pattern and have made a few of these. The photos below are of my favorite one. I wear this one a lot! This summer I found this fabric in a different colorway and plan to make another.

The Paro Cardigan - Original Blog Post HERE. I love this cardigan and made a few. I find it so comfortable and flattering.

Beausoleil Original Blog Post HERE!  I made several of these for the summer. It also has a cute dress version.

Chai Shirt and Dress Original Blog Post HERE! I have made a couple of these shirts. I found that I can get a size 10/12 from 1 yard of 60" wide woven - if I use a solid for the inside waist bands.

Newport Top - Original Blog Post HERE!
I think I made 6 of these during testing. My favorite is the one below in sweater knit. But I love every one I made and they are in regular rotation in my wardrobe.

And I leave you with the Lago Tank - Original Blog Post HERE!
This pattern is FREE! So definitely grab it because who couldn't use a great basic tank to wear alone or as a layering piece.

Now the Giveaway! Please enter my giveaway below to win a pattern of your choice from the following: Tierra Woven Joggers, Vientiane Skirt, Irena Top, Seville Skirt, Paulina Top, and the Carey Top.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Let's be honest. I haven't really done too much cooking on this blog. I've been cooking, but let's just say - it's definitely not worth blogging about. Maybe one day I'll get back to my attempts to become an expert cook, but until then, I'm going to focus on what I'm good at - sewing and photography. So I've decided to rebrand myself. This actually started earlier this year when I became a Rheumatoid Arthritis Ambassador. I was asked to create a twitter account and to find a name that would tell people about me. I thought about it awhile and finally settled on @ sewingscientist. The name really grew on me, and I changed my Instagram account to the same name and made a new Instagram account for my personal life photos. You can also now email me at sewingscientist@yahoo.com  If you want to see my "art" photos - you can anytime at www.flicker.com/aimeewilson

Nothing here is really changing. You will still see lots and lots of posts about sewing. I just have a new name. A name that better represents me and what I do. I hope you love the new name as much as I do. I'm hoping to find someone to create a logo for me.

Thanks for being here!

The Sewing Scientist

George & Ginger Slash Tunic

I love George & Ginger Patterns. The styles are always trendy and the fit is great. Kristi has changed her focus on women's patterns and has increased the size range using a new sizing chart. All new patterns will go up to a size 5X and now start with a size 12 tween. The Slash Tunic is the first pattern that utilizes the new sizing. For me, this meant I now fit completely into a size 12 on her size chart - no need for me to grade for my waist or hips.

The Slash tunic is amazing! I love wearing tunics with leggings - especially in the fall. It makes me feel put together, when in reality it's something I can just throw on and feel comfortable. The Slash Tunic has some unique features - princess seams and slits that can be as daring or modest as you want.

The princess seams create a flattering silhouette, while the slits allow a little peek of leg with movement. The Slash Tunic comes in 3 lengths: tunic, mid, and long. It also has multiple sleeves lengths.  I'm wearing the Mid Length with long sleeves. I made this with Black & Blush Liverpool from Made Whimsy. It's a steal at $7/yard!

The Slash Tunic is flared enough through the hips that even with my curvy hips, the sides of the tunic lay flat and the slit is hardly visible when standing. My leggings are some I made with black supplex from Zenith & Quasar. Supplex is my favorite fabric for leggings - it's more durable, doesn't pill, doesn't fade, and slightly compressive and holds in all the jiggly bits.

I loved the Slash Tunic so much, that I made another one right after the first. I did the tunic length with 3/4 length sleeves. The fabric is also from Made Whimsy. The rose gray Dragon Scales are currently at preorder through November 1st. I am wearing this one with a pair of skinny jeans.

Little Roots Fabrics Science Career Round 8

Little Roots Fabrics has a really cool round that really speaks to me. Well, some of the prints do. Round 8 is a career round and has firemen, construction, medical, chemistry, and STEM related prints. This Round is open through November 1st. Order HERE!

Little Roots Fabrics prints in the US using organic inks! And for every order placed a tree is planted in Colorado through One Tree Planted. There is so much to love about Little Roots Fabrics!

I was sent one of the STEM panels. This is the "Stem it" panel. There are so many to choose from and each panel is only $8! It comes as a 20" by 24" panel with a 12" by 20" coordinate.

The panel is big enough for a shirt front for me. The coordinate comes as a stripe at the bottom of the panel, but I added it to the top as colorblocking. It worked perfectly for this Rosaline top from KZJO Studio. I used a heathered denim cotton lycra from Made Whimsy for the back and sleeves. It coordinates perfectly with this panel.

I also got to play with the Chem Lab print. I love this print! It take me back to my days of supervising a water quality lab. I paired it with the Orange mini gradient dots. They look so great together. 

I made the Filles a Maman Extraordinary Girl - Woman's version.

 This preorder is open through November 1st. Be sure to see all the other great prints and panels being offered.

Made Whimsy Game of Thrones

Made Whimsy is offering another round of Game of Thrones inspired prints. I've never seen this show - but, I still love these prints. All prints are available on cotton lycra and french terry.

This is the Rose Gray Dragon Scales Paired with the Dark Coral Made Whimsy Solid.  My top is a soon to be released pattern. I searched for GoT HTV designs for my top and found this one that I thought went perfect with the shape of my top.

These dragon scales are so gorgeous!

This top shows the Win or Lose print with the Made Whimsy Black cotton lycra. My top is the Hamburg Dolman from Shwin Designs.

I found an HTV design for this one too. These chess pieces match the ones in the fabric perfectly.

The details in this design are gorgeous and can be appreciated by non GoT fans.

And lastly - Here is a sneak peek at another colorway of Dragon Scales that will be available in a preorder in the future.

The Preorder closes on October 30th! Order at http://www.youmadesomething.com/got-pre-order-1/

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