Tag Archive: Pattern Review

Pattern Review: Cashmerette Rivermont Dress & Top

It’s well known that Imma dress girl and I’m always on the hunt for a good sheath dress pattern…even now that I don’t need one everyday for work. So I was immediately drawn to the Cashmerette Rivermont Dress and Top. However, I liked the pattern so much that I made a dress and a top…

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Updated Union St. Tee Pattern Review

I’m sure you’ve seen by now, but Hey June Patterns recently released their updated Union St. Tee pattern.  The Union St. Tee is one of our FAVORITE t-shirt patterns, and we’ve made lots and lots of them.  Here is the first one we blogged, and here is the most recent one we blogged. So for the […]

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Pattern Review: Itch to Stitch – Bonn Shirt

Today, I want to give you a short review about the Bonn Shirt by Itch to Stitch. I’ve sewn this pattern six times, and it is my personal TNT. This shirt has a nice mandarin collar, and you can sew the Bonn shirt with long sleeves, short cuffs, ¾ sleeves and flared sleeves. Also when…

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Pattern Review: Itch to Stitch – Bonn Shirt

Today, I want to give you a short review about the Bonn Shirt by Itch to Stitch. I’ve sewn this pattern six times, and it is my personal TNT. This shirt has a nice mandarin collar, and you can sew the Bonn shirt with long sleeves, short cuffs, ¾ sleeves and flared sleeves. Also when…

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one thimble issue 17: big day out jacket

I am definitely no stranger to patch/battle/denim jackets (whatever you wanna call em!), i’ve decorated many, stitched a bunch from scratch too, but this is the first time  the pattern i used was for an actual denim jacket! And i didn’t even use d…

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PennyDog Vlog #18 -October 29th 2017 – Hank-bag

Handbags and Hank! I am really pleased with my Boronia Bowler Bag that I’m putting in some bonus pictures. I’ve listed it on Etsy today too. I will definitely do a tutorial on the lining zip finish, and I did have a video I filmed last week on free motion quilting tension which will be up […]

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Tomato Red Bold – Vogue 9239 In Review

Red and Orange are two of my favorite colors.  Both are bold and vibrant. I love wearing these colors and hope to add more red and orange to my wardrobe during the fall and winter seasons.  So today, I’m happy to share my newest dress made wi…

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2 Lane Raglans for Fall (and a surprise…)

Recently Mountain Maker Fabrics had a Lane Raglan sew along.  And if you’ve been here any time at all, you know our love for the Lane Raglan and all Hey June Patterns.  If you haven’t, it’s huge.  Glacial.  Of course we couldn’t miss the chance to make another Lane Raglan.  Or two.  Plus a Camden […]

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Pattern Review: Mouna Sew – Valene Top

Hi, I’m Karen and I live in Germany. I started sewing two years ago and if you had asked me back then if I could imagine sewing my own jeans or my own bra and that they would actually fit me better than any store-bought clothes I would have answered with a firm NO! Today…

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Pattern Review: Mouna Sew – Valene Top

Hi, I’m Karen and I live in Germany. I started sewing two years ago and if you had asked me back then if I could imagine sewing my own jeans or my own bra and that they would actually fit me better than any store-bought clothes I would have answered with a firm NO! Today…

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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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Key Largo Top in 3 Different Substrates!

Today I’m over at Hey June Handmade sharing a tutorial on how to add ruffle sleeves to the Key Largo Top.  I’m totally honored to be there, and ruffle sleeves are so big right now (sorry, bad pun!) that you really will want to add them to all your tops! In creating the tutorial, and […]

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Simplicity 8416 In Review – The Shirt Project

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  Happily I spent sometime in my sewing room where I made two shirts, Simplicity 8416 views B and D. I can’t believe it!  Fall is almost here!A twist on a classic shirt design.  The shirt …

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Pattern Review: Sew Me Something – Imogen Top

Hello again lovely sewers. Back from my holidays and back into the sewing room, I wanted to share a fab pattern that would be a perfect addition to your wardrobe or suitcase. The Imogen by Sew Me Something is a light, floaty top with raglan sleeves, pretty gathering around the neck and long and short…

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Sandbridge Skirt & Trevi Top Outfit

The Sandbridge Skirt is basically a dream skirt come true!  Several Indie designers have produced patterns for sewing your own jeans, but this is the first one we’ve found for a denim skirt.  And because it’s from one of our favorite pattern companies, Hey June Patterns, we’re totally enthralled. The Sandbridge Skirt has all the […]

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Simple Leggings Pattern Review

Annie was feeling uninspired about modeling for this photo shoot, so I told her to try out different poses with an “s” theme.  I’d call out a word (silly, spunky, sweet, spoiled, shy, sassy, etc.) and she’d try the pose.  I’ll leave it to you to guess which ones she is representing in the photos! It was […]

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Rainbow Overalls Dress

So I LOVE overalls, i adore them on the kids and I have a pair myself. I had this plans of drafting my own pattern of *proper* overalls because all the patterns I had seen weren’t really the style I wanted. I did a *fancy* version for my Bright & Bold lil luxe mini collection but I didn’t have any *traditional* ones.

and then, i don’t even know how, i found the I Dig Dungarees as soon as they were released. I didn’t even know the designer, but after buying them (right away) I really, really, recommend Made by Jack’s Mum (i haven’t tried any other patterns from MBJM but if you’re sewing for a boy I would really check out the others!). The attention to detail in both the pattern and the instructions is something I super appreciate when I’m trying to sew things that are more complicated than a pair of shorts or a shirt.
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VELVET CAMI AND DIY RUFFLE WRAP SKIRT + PATTERN REVIEW #M7606

HI DARLINGS! I couldn’t wait to wear this skirt. We featured this M7606 skirt in the July/August issue of SEW SEW DEF and I knew I had to make it asap. I love a great wrap skirt and I love ruffles! I also had this really great velvet cami I picked up H&M this summer […]

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Rosemary Raglan Pattern Review

We bought the Rosemary Raglan pattern before our baby girl was born, that’s how much we loved it at first sight!  Since the pattern is for sizes 3 months to 12 years, we could make the pattern for Annie for a few more years anyway. There are so many fun possibilities for fabric combinations and […]

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Pattern Review: Simplicity 8378 (Pattern Hacking Line)

After my fellow editor Michelle highlighted Simplicity’s new “Pattern Hacking” line in her curvy pattern round-up in April, my interest was piqued. What exactly did they mean by pattern hacking? I associate pattern hacking with making changes to a pattern that go above and beyond what’s described in the instructions or on the pattern pieces….

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The Pant That’s Perfect For Even a Novice Sewist

This past week, I once again had the pleasure of hosting a delightful young woman. She came last summer with a shopping list, so thinking that it would once again be on the agenda, I factored it into what I thought we would be doing. The only thing on …

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Butterfly Wings

Eddie had a butterfly party at kindy earlier this year, which was the perfect reason for me to sew up these ADORABLE butterfly wings that i’d bought the pattern for like, oh idk, a year ago? I’m always hesitant sewing up things that aren’t clothes, like accessories or bags, and I don’t really know why. Maybe it’s because I know how clothes go together, i can look at something and replicate it because I know what each piece does. Everything else I have no clue haha.

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Pattern Review: Closet Case Patterns Kalle Shirt and Shirtdress

Kia ora fellow sewing mavens! Being a gal “workin’ for the man” full time, I’m somewhat lacking in sewing time (and let’s be honest, patience), I want each pattern I purchase to work multiple ways, preferably straight out of the packet. I want those garments to work on a drizzly Auckland Monday in July, or…

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Zou Playset!

I actually cannot believe I haven’t blogged about this yet? if you know me then obviously you know my blog gf Kat of Sew Chibi – right? If you don’t, don’t click over just yet because you’ll be lost in her magical blog for about 95 years and I have something super amazing to show you first okay? Then you can go o3o

So Kat is the more talented of the two of us; she’s an amazing, colourful, inspiring whirlwind of a seamstress but she’s also an incredible human too. This girl has taken the plunge into the world of pdf patterns and let me tell you – it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

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Pattern Review: Seamwork Gabrielle Dress

Hello, CSC readers! My name is Mary Reed from Fabric and Yarn Follies. I’m so excited to be reviewing a Seamwork pattern, the Gabrielle dress, for your sewing pleasure. I am a big fan of Seamwork and have sewed many of their garments since I started subscribing over a year ago. For those not familiar…

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Pattern Review: Seamwork Gabrielle Dress

Hello, CSC readers! My name is Mary Reed from Fabric and Yarn Follies. I’m so excited to be reviewing a Seamwork pattern, the Gabrielle dress, for your sewing pleasure. I am a big fan of Seamwork and have sewed many of their garments since I started subscribing over a year ago. For those not familiar…

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Pattern Review: Hot Patterns 1208 Fast & Fabulous Dressage A-Line Skirt

I originally bought the HotPatterns 1208 Fast & Fabulous Dressage A-Line Skirt pattern mostly because I liked the name, and because I wanted an A-line skirt pattern that was shaped with darts rather than gathers at the waist.  On the pattern envelope, it looks like just a really basic skirt, with only the extra-long darts…

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T-Shirt Surgery: Safari Raglan

I have recently rediscovered the Safari Raglan in my pattern stash and reignited my love for it. Honestly it’s such a great basic raglan sleeve pattern to have in your arsenal, and i reach for it more than any other when i’m whipping up a shirt or a dress for eddie.

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New Pattern Roundup for June 2017

Summer is in full swing now, and that means that we’re starting to get our first glimpses of fall patterns for 2017. Butterick and Simplicity both released their fall collections this past month. We had a ton of indie releases in June, but as someone still very much in a summer mindset as a northern…

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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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