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Sinclair Patterns Danielle Relaxed Fit Batwing

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I tested the Danielle Relaxed Fit Batwing before it was released by Sinclair Patterns and have gotten a lot of wear out of it. I recently decided to make 2 more out more springy fabric. I have one finished and another that I needed to order the perfect coordinate for.

The Danielle was recently updated to add size layers - which I'm so happy about! I didn't need to size up the hips much on the Danielle, so I did not reprint my pattern before starting. However, I probably should have reprinted the arm bands as they are a bit loose and this was corrected in pattern testing. My next one will have the correct arm bands.


For this version I used an ITY (interlock twist yarn) knit from Zenith and Quasar fabric. ITY knits are great for spring and summer apparel. They are lightweight and have great drape.


I used a light purple supplex from Zenith and Quasar for the bands. ITY knit does not make very good bands. Supplex is a nylon lycra knit most commonly used in athletic wear - but it m…

Sinclair Patterns Penny Leggings

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I tested a pattern for Sinclair Patterns a few months back. I love that this designer did petite, regular, and tall sizing, What I didn't like was that each size was its own file - making grading between sizes difficult - if not impossible. But - they are fixing that! I just tried out the Penny Classic Leggings and they have LAYERS! The Penny Classic Leggings are absolutely wonderful too! They have definitely become my first choice for casual wear leggings.



The Penny Classic Leggings have 2 rise and waistband options. I tried the contour band which fits on the lower rise. I love a contoured band. Contoured bands fit so much better and when you add elatric to the top seam - they stay in place all day. Plus - if you line your contour band with Supplex (this is what I always do), then it also helps to hold you in and smooth you out.


What makes the Penny Classic Leggings my first choice for casual leggings - is that they have very little negative ease. This means that the fabric only …

Duck Butt Designs Offside Raglan

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I love patterns from Duck Butt Designs - they always have unique features that make them fun and never boring. I have loved their Really Awesome Women's Raglan (RAWR) since it came out. But now there's a new raglan and I'm in love. It's the Offside Raglan. I just finished making 3 and I'll probably be making many more.

The first one I made was to wear to work for International Women's Day. There was a speaker for the event and the theme was "Nevertheless, She Persisted". Wanderlust Fabrics had printed fabric with the quote"She was warned, She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, She persisted". I knew I needed a top with this fabric and contacted Georgia Lee the owner. I met Georgia recently and she is just the sweetest person ever. She said she had the fabric in 3 different colors. I selected the white with black script.  There is just a tiny bit of this print in stock but it can be purchased HERE.


I paired the "Nevertheless" p…

Petite Stitchery Emerson Top

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Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018. This week over 20 bloggers are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. The Full Tour includes all these creatives... we hope you'll visit us each day: Monday March 12- mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads,The Sewing Scientist Tuesday March 13- Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style Wednesday March 14- Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy's Kwilts and More Thursday March 15- Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura Friday March 16- Lulu & Celeste, Tenille's Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy's Kwilts and More
To make the t…

Sew Big Fabrics Mythical

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Sew Big Fabrics always has the funnest prints for adults and kids. I love every print in the Mythical round. All prints are available on cotton lycra, double brushed poly, swim, rayon french terry, minky, and cotton wove. There's a fabric for anything you would want to make! The preorder is open through March 25. Below is a snapshot of the prints at preorder.


I was thrilled to get the Mermaids. They are realistic and remind me of an antique wood block ink print. The detail in them is just beautiful. Here's a closeup shot for you to see the Mermaids up close.


The background of the print is like a pastel watercolor rainbow.


These Opal Scales are also available and make a great coordinate to the Mermaids.


I can't wait to wear this top on my next cruise. I'll be going on a partial transit of the Panama Canal later this year.


I made the Winter Wear DesignsLa Croix Cross Back Top - that can actually be made to be reversible. And that's the option I chose. I love it both …