Showing posts from April, 2018

Halla Patterns Madeleine Draped Cowl

Halla Patterns newest release is so flirty and fun. This is the Madeleine Draped Cowl Neck Top and Dress.

I love draped cowl neck tops and have a few RTW ones in my closet. My favorite (that I bought in solid black and a solid white) are made identical to this! I'm so excited to make my own in fun prints!

I used a poly jersey knit with 2-way stretch for my Madeleine. There are so many options packed into this pattern. You can make a ruched front top, a tunic, or dress. And then there are multiple sleeve options as well.

The Madeleine can be dressed up or down. It's great with jeans or with slacks and a blazer. I will be making many of these in lots of fun prints.

Grab the Madeleine on sale through April 29th. Use the code MADELINE for 20% PDF patterns. Shop at Halla Patterns.

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Zenith & Quasar Fabrics Medical Round

Zenith & Quasar's newest round is Medical prints! There are so many fun prints and I had a hard time deciding a favorite! Check these out!

I spent nearly 10 years of my life in a water quality laboratory. The lab not only had an organic chemistry and analytical lab, but it also had a microbiology lab. I spent a lot of time counting heterotrophic and coliform bacteria. So it seemed only natural that I had to choose the Bacterial Culture print to sew up.

The colors in the Bacterial Culture print are beautiful. There are many colors of heathered Athletic Brushed Poly (ABP) that are a great coordinate. I chose to use the Dark Navy in the light weight.

For my top, I chose the Sew LiberatedPaloma Top pattern. This was my first time making the Paloma Top and I love it!

I did make mine slightly different as I added a neck band instead of a binding. I really loved the contrast of the band.

I had a tiny bit of the Bacterial Culture print left and really wanted to show it off with anoth…

Fresh Press Patterns Iris Top

Fresh Press Patterns is a fairly new pattern shop, but the designer, Joanna has a long history of working in the fashion industry. When I saw her sample photos of the Iris Top - I just knew I had to try it! I loved the curved high-low hem, cuffed short sleeves, but most of all the very cool overlap/opening on the sides. My hips measure 44" and that put me at the very top of the sizing for the Iris Top. Joanna, sent me an email and let me know that she was working on expanding her sizing. I decided to try the pattern as is, and it came out beautifully. And the sizing has been expanded.

The Iris Top is best made with a light to medium weight fabric with some drape. The Iris Top screamed tropical vacation to me and I immediately reached for this tropical crepe I had in my stash.

I love wild prints like this and the mix of colors feel so tropical. I even already had the perfect pants to match. I made these Zen pants - pattern by 5 out of 4 - a year ago using a light lavender supplex.

Sew Big Fabrics Swimming Into Summer #SBFSummer

I'm so in love with the Swimming into Summer Round at Sew Big Fabrics. All prints are being offered on swim, cotton lycra, bamboo lycra, double brushed poly, french terry, and cotton woven. Fat halfs and layaway are also available. The preorder closes on April 30th! Order at

I was so excited to get the Teal Watercolor Rainforest Friends.

I know many will see this print as more geared toward kids, but I have a special place in my heart for the rainforest and it's creatures. In particular the Neotropical forests as depicted in this print. I spent a bit of time over two summers during college in the rainforest of Ecuador for a Neotropical Ecology course.

I have seen all the creatures on this print in the wild - sloths, jaguar, and toucans. Oh so many Toucans! I paired the print with purple brushed nylon from Zenith & Quasar.

The colors in this print are beautiful and vivid. The details are intricate and amazing. This print …

Little Roots Fabrics Round 11

If you haven't heard, Little Roots Fabrics will be closing up shop in a few months. I'm so sad to see them go, but I understand that this decision was tough but necessary due to health issues. That means if you see a print you really love, or even a past print, now is the time to order. There will be a big reprint round coming soon so everyone has a chance to stock up on any past prints that they need.

Round 11 is at preorder now and closes on April 21st. Order at

This round is full of fun prints.This one was my favorite! These Cameras are so cool! I love vintage cameras and have been collecting them for some time.

There are so many gorgeous earth tomes in this print, that it was so hard to decide on a coordinate. I found this lovely mustard sweater knit in my stash and loved how it looked with the Camera print.

This sweater knit came from Sincerely Rylee. They have great mystery boxes and I highly recommend the…

Bella Sunshine Designs Ladies Sahara

I can't believe this is my first time making a Bella Sunshine Designs pattern. I love peplum tops and just had to try the Ladies Sahara Dress and Top.

This pattern happens to be on sale for one day only - April 8th!

Ladies - Use the code “sunshinesale”
Coupon Sale Price $6.00

Girls - Use the code “sunshinesale”
Coupon Sale Price $5.00

Bundle (ladies and girls) - Use the code “sunshinesalebundle”
Coupon Sale Price $10.00

Pattern Information
Ladies 0 to 30 (see listing for measurements)
Girls 6mo to 12 years (see listing for measurements)
•Layers option
•A0 print shop file
•Trim patterns formatted for letter and A4

I made the shirt length. There is also a tunic and a dress length.

 There are also two necklines. I made the higher neckline. The other neckline is a lower scoop.

There are several sleeve options as well. This is the 3/4 length sleeves. It also has a sleeveless option, along with short and long sleeves.

I made my Ladies Sahara Dress and Top using …

Made Whimsy Fun N Sun Preorder

I just love the Fun N Sun Round at Made Whimsy! All the prints go so well together, giving you many mix and match opportunities. All prints this round are available on swim knit and cotton lycra.

Mandy sent me an adult panel of the Magical Mermaid, some of the Magical Mermaid print, and Magical Mermaid Scales. My sewing BFF, Sharon - Sweet Mama Sharon, also sewed up samples from this preorder. I couldn't miss a chance to take some photos of her little baby girl in the Unicorn Seahorses and the Bubbles.

 Her romper is just so cute! And look how great these prints look together!

 She's such a little baby doll and I could have played with her all day.

Sharon was my photographer on this day. I went to her house to take photos of items she made and that I made and I forgot a very essential piece to my tripod. So, I handed my camera over to Sharon and told her that she'd have to be my photographer. She did a great job!

When we get together, I smile so much more. We make each oth…