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Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern Review

Yesterday when I showed you my new Simple Knit Pencil Skirt and Union St. Tee, I forgot to tell you the back story.  Originally I had planned a much different outfit for the Skirt-A-Thon!  So today I’m sharing what really happened. My first plan was to sew the pencil skirt and pair it with a […]

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Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern Review

Yesterday when I showed you my new Simple Knit Pencil Skirt and Union St. Tee, I forgot to tell you the back story.  Originally I had planned a much different outfit for the Skirt-A-Thon!  So today I’m sharing what really happened. My first plan was to sew the pencil skirt and pair it with a […]

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Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern Review

Yesterday when I showed you my new Simple Knit Pencil Skirt and Union St. Tee, I forgot to tell you the back story.  Originally I had planned a much different outfit for the Skirt-A-Thon!  So today I’m sharing what really happened. My first plan was to sew the pencil skirt and pair it with a […]

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Knit dress: Pauline Alice patterns Aldaia dress

September means vacation to me, and I just returned from a glorious and relaxing time in Hawaii. With quite minimal time on-line – and that might have been the best part. While I love keeping up to date it does feel that sometimes looking at screens has overtaken actually doing things – whether for work or leisure. I didn’t bring my laptop – and decided not do much else, not even take many pictures. Which left me free to watch other people taking pictures  – with the reward of seeing a lot of other people have some “oops” moments. Is that mean to say? It is funny to see someone walk into a pole because they are too focused on their selfie stick. Of course at the beach there is the possibility of seeing a phone go dunk in the ocean. Ok, call me cruel but it was funny…

Anyway,  I will admit that having an iPad loaded with books does have it’s advantages. Years ago my dad would just shake his head at the quantity and weight of books that I would pack, but what can you do? a three week vacation sitting on the beach, reading, swimming and breaking for ice cream is just about heaven to me but it does require bringing plenty of books. So e-books do have that advantage. Although I do miss the days of buying $1 used books at the library and saving them up for travel.  
With teaching classes at Hello Stitch, doing private lessons and sewing for a couple of people I really needed to step away from the sewing machine but now I’m rested and have plenty of posts to catch up on. I will be teaching a class on Knit dresses starting Oct 21 so I wanted to sew this up and see how it goes together. My verdict – super cute and I am about to cut out another one, a winter version. Note that for the class another option is the Turner dress by Cashmerette patterns.

This photo is kind of blurry and has a strange exposure – I took it with the timer on my iPad. I also think I took some of these pictures on a day when it was over 100˚F so they were of the quick dash outside for photos and be done with it variety.

red white dress 6

It looks much better on the dress form. You can see that it is a true red and bright white print. I actually made this as a test version, the piece of fabric has been sitting in the closet for at least 2 years. I ordered it from Girl Charlee and when it arrived I thought it was a bit too busy – even for me. Also I just couldn’t picture it as anything. However the weight of it was perfect for this pattern so I decided to give it a go.

red white dress front view
red white knit dress back view

Once I saw it on the dress form I really like the fabric – although it still is a bit wild.

Here’s the pattern, it is shown on the envelope with these three variations but in actuality you can mix and match all the skirt, bodice and sleeve combinations to come up with a lot of different looks.

Aldaia dress pattern envelope

Aldaia dress options

I copied this image from Pauline’s blog to show the mix and match options  – and it also would work well for color blocking.

I sewed size 40 which is what I have used in her patterns before and the fit was really good. The neckband fit perfectly which is a nice feature. I also can see using this pattern as the starting point for a knit tee shirt.
red white knit dress side view

My fabric was a slightly strange width, it had a big white unprinted section on either selvedge so the actual usable part was nearing to 50″ wide. Because of this and only having 2 yards I had to reduce the width of the skirt, so I just pinched out about 2 inches from each skirt piece at the hem and then tapered that pinch to zero at the waist. And I don’t even miss the fullness, in fact it seems right to me so I am not going to add it back for the next one.

Other sewing details, I just sew knits on the regular sewing machine, with straight stitch. However – this dress has a very fitted waist, and after I basted it together I realized that I couldn’t get it over my shoulders unless I used some type of stretch stitch. So I sewed the waist seam and the side seams with a small zig-zag and that was just right. I think I lengthened it about 2 inches so as designed it is kind of short.

Another not so great photo – and the sky was really that color on the day when the fires in N. California were making very smoky and grey all over. Glad that has cleared up.

red white dress 8

Last weekend was my knit t-shirt class at Hello Stitch and it was full with some people on the waitlist so we are scheduling another session sometime in November. And coming up soon is the one I am really excited about – the weekend Jacket Essentials workshop. I am planning lots of demos of techniques and hands-on practice to making the perfect tailored jacket. For some of the other classes, like the Button-front shirt, knit tee, skirt, dress and Fit Lab, these will be regularly on the calendar so check the Hello Stitch website. We are usually scheduling about 2-3 months out.

Next up is my birthday dress – my personal tradition to make a summer sundress type item to wear on vacation (nice how that all fits together, huh?) and then some giveaways, plus the Pattern Whisperer returns!

Summer is gone next week, right? on the 22nd autumn begins….and I am always sad. Fall sewing – not a thrill, as you know by now that perpetual summer would be fine with me. However I do have some beautiful wools that I am ready to get working on, so I guess I will allow this change of season and temperature (like it is up to me, ha!) For now I will enjoy the fact that it is still shorts and tee-shirts weather 🙂

So for those of you who are excited for fall sewing and wearing boots, scarves, sweaters, layers etc, I say…what is wrong with you?  Well, to each her own sewing style and season. I look forward to seeing whatever you make!

Happy September Sewing,
Beth

What better post to use this two-tone dahlia than with this two-tone dress? I have been waiting to post this one. This was a great year for my dahlias and I have plans for even more next year.

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Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern Review

When our good friends over at Simple Simon & Company were looking for makers for their Skirt-A-Thon, you can bet we jumped at the opportunity!  Who wouldn’t want a simple knit pencil skirt or two in their wardrobe? The Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co. is the perfect pencil skirt pattern […]

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Reversible Stripes Scarf in New Yarns

We take the “opposites attract” axiom to heart with our Reversible Stripe Scarf. Distinctly fluted…

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Reversible Stripes Scarf in New Yarns

We take the “opposites attract” axiom to heart with our Reversible Stripe Scarf. Distinctly fluted…

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Reversible Stripes Scarf in New Yarns

We take the “opposites attract” axiom to heart with our Reversible Stripe Scarf. Distinctly fluted…

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Simple Hand Warmers + Hat in New Colors

A Shaker peg, a pair of Levis 501s, a shingled New England cottage… The effortless…

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Purple Seafarer Tops

This summer Aria needed some new shirts, but she had no time to spare from her summer job to sew herself some.  That’s okay, with the right fabric and pattern, I whipped up some for her in no time! We love dolman t-shirts, and so we turned to the Seafarer by Sew Much Ado.  It’s […]

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Baby Socks

Our tiny Baby Socks are so insanely adorable, we would understand if you felt compelled…

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Knit 1 Under Loose Strand (k1 uls)

Learn not only how to k1 uls, but learn just how easy it is to…

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Knit 1 Under Loose Strand (k1 uls)

Learn not only how to k1 uls, but learn just how easy it is to…

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Trellis Scarf + Wrap in Season Alpaca

The signs of fall come every year, and yet we are always taken by surprise,…

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Trellis Scarf + Wrap in Season Alpaca

The signs of fall come every year, and yet we are always taken by surprise,…

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Free Project – Bi-Colour Sand Stitch dish cloth

Free Project – Bi-Colour Sand Stitch dish cloth

PATTERN DETAILS The ULTIMATE dish cloth pattern! The sand stitch gives this dish cloth a ton of texture for washing and wiping. A great stash busting project. Can be completed in just a couple hours making it an ideal project for that last minute hostess gift! Uses 100% cotton Aran weight yarn and US size […]

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Free Project – Maxi Top / Dress

Free Project – Maxi Top / Dress

PATTERN DETAILS The top/dress is knitted completely in the round. Sizes available: 6-12 months to fit 16-19 inch chest 1-2 year old to fit 18-20 inch chest 2-3 year old to fit 20-22 inch chest 3-4 year old to fit 21-23 inch chest 4-5 years old to fit 22-24 inch chest 5-7 years old to […]

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Free Project – How to create a Moccasin Look

PATTERN DETAILS This is a free pattern that will help you create a moccasin look on any pair of my felted slipper patterns, by creating a knitted flap with faux fringe for a moccasin look. Download Now

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Easy Pullover for Babies, Toddlers + Kids in New Yarns!

There are few things in life that you can rely on over and over: sunrises,…

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Top + Bottom Top

We could quote plenty of famous creative people.. fashion designers, writers, architects, artists, artisans, musicians……

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Centered Single Decrease (csd)

The Centered Single Decrease is magically slant-less. It is worked over three stitches, decreasing one,…

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Slip Stitch Dishtowels in Cotton Pure

We love slip stitches because they make easy things look difficult, and we love handmade…

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Mood Bold Floral Jersey and Vogue 1250

There is no question about the popularity of Vogue 1250.  This easy dress stormed the internet in 2011.  dozens of bloggers and sewists posted pictures of they versions on various social media platforms.  This is the fourth time I’ve mad…

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Free Project – Eastern Market Tote

Free Project – Eastern Market Tote

PATTERN DETAILS Eastern Market Tote by Tanis Gray for Cascade Yarns BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cast on, knit, purl, reading a pattern, basic lace stitches GAUGE 18 sts and 23 rows / 4″ in stockinette st blocked. Gauge is not imperative for this project! SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 10.5″ wide x 18″ long, not including strap […]

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Draped in Vogue 1442 – A New Summer Dress Classic

Vogue 1442I love this dress.  Sandra Betzina is so right!  This is a terrific summer dress.  It’s rated as easy, but I had to do some tweaking before I was satisfied with the shape of the side and the drape.  There is only four piec…

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Linen Stitch Hand Towels

What better stitch to use with our brand new Field Linen than linen stitch? And…

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Husk Wrap

The rhythm of brioche stitch, the beauty of its fabric and its innumerable variations always…

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Cashmere Ombré Blanket

Our Cashmere Ombré Wrap Kit isn’t just for wraps anymore! We’ve taken its eight skeins…

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McCall 6752 and Vogue 1355 – Two Favorites

So often I’ve stated that I will make something again. Sometimes it’s soon after the first time I use the pattern.  And then other times it’s months or even years later before I pull that “liked” pattern out again.  It’s a breeze to layout th…

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McCall 6752 and Vogue 1355 – Two Favorites

So often I’ve stated that I will make something again. Sometimes it’s soon after the first time I use the pattern.  And then other times it’s months or even years later before I pull that “liked” pattern out again.  It’s a breeze to layout th…

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