Saturday, May 18, 2019

Donelle Top and Dress Road Test

Donelle Dress and Top
a Designer Stitch Design

Can I just say, this jersey knit dress and top design was so much fun to make, not to mention a very simple design to sew up. I enjoyed sewing up this design, I made 4 different versions and used the 3/4 sleeve option for each. I had to write a blog to mention each version I sewed up. aff link,

I first started with the top version shown below. Finding a 3" circle belt glide was easy for me as I already had a few in my sewing box. For the top version I used a combination of a light scuba and jersey fabric, not sure of the content. 

I was happy with the top results and how quickly it was to sew, so I decided to make the full dress version, shown below. I made the tea length and it seamed a tad bit long for me. On the advice of Ann, the designer, I cut it to knee length. Cutting the dress to knee length was a great decision, very happy with the results. I used a cotton jersey for the knee length version, very comfortable to wear.

Original Tea length

Knee length

I then decided I wanted a going out for dancing, salsa top version. I made this top out of stretch velvet, shown below. I also couldn't find a 3" round belt glide that matched, so I made one. I had a black plastic 3" round belt glide in my sewing box, I rubbed it against the cement outside to rough it up, and began to glue rhinestones that I had in my sewing box. Very happy with the fit results.

But, my all time favorite Donelle make, is the pencil skirt add on. I had this striped fabric that I just wasn't sure how I would use it, until the pencil skirt add on was created by the designer. I love how it turned out. The striped fabric is a double brushed poly, and the pencil skirt portion of the dress is a medium weight cotton jersey fabric. I am very happy with the results of this version, shown below. This is my friend's favorite too.

Overall, I am very happy with all my Donelle makes.
Thank you Ann Grose for designing the Donelle and it's many different versions.

For more information on the Donelle or any other Designer Stitch design, click on the aff link. By using an aff link, this helps me buy more fabric to be able to continue to test for designers and do what I love, sewing. Thank you for reading my blog.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Taylor dress, a Designer Stitch design.

Taylor dress,
 a Designer Stitch Design

The newly released Taylor dress has been one of my favorite makes for a Designer Stitch dress. I love the peek hole, the 3/4" sleeves with the ruffle, and the length I made. Once you have made your muslin for proper fit, you will find the Taylor dress is a fast sew. An all black is next in line for me.

I made my Taylor out of a light weight scuba knit fabric. I was looking for a dress with red and black colors combined. This makes a fun dress to wear out at any occasion, especially for dancing salsa, which I love.

You can find more information on the Taylor dress here, click on the aff link.

Great design Ann Grose, 
from Designer Stitch.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Seamingly Smitten Dolman Sweater

Dolman Sweater
with sweater knit fabric

Years ago when I first began sewing with sweater knit fabric, I was looking through pdf patterns. I discovered the Etsy shop and found the women's Dolman Sweater top, by Seamingly Smitten.

I sewed up the Asymmetrical collar version, love this version. I did need to adjust the pattern and grade down. It was my first time sewing with sweater knit fabric, and my fabric was a stretchier fabric than I was used to sewing. Sweater knit fabrics can be a bit tricky to sew with.

I styled my Dolman Sweater by layering it with a turtleneck top underneath, a skirt, and boots, I just love boots. 

Since sewing the Seamingly Smitten Dolman Sweater years ago, I have learned a lot more about sweater knit fabrics and have sewn many more sweaters successfully.

About sweater knit fabrics. If you would like to learn more about sweater knit fabric and to help you pic the right fabric for the right sweater, without posting anyone's advertisement, because there were lots on the internet on sweater knit fabric, I found this one article on sweater knit fabric to be very helpful. 

Thank you for reading this brief blog on my first garment sewn with sweater knit fabric

This blog does contains aff link to Seamingly Smitten.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Bags, Bags, Me Made Bags.

The Art Of Bag Making
This blog post will be dedicated to making bags, and I have made quite a few in the last 5 years.

Goddess of the Sea Bag, a newly released
(pdf) by Needle
 and Anchor Supply Co.
Link to bag,

I had never made a bag or purse prior to 5 years ago, when I first began testing bags for Designers.

My most recent bag I created, was the "Goddess of the Sea Shoulder bag". When I first saw the prototype, I knew I wanted to sew this bag up. It was the right size, had a wide opening, and I really liked the uniqueness of the side gusset zippered pockets. Not to mention the unique strap and how it was designed, with metal rings and rivets.

I made my Goddess of the Sea Bag, using a decor tapestry/chenille fabric. I have always wanted a bag made with this type of fabric, giving it a vintage look, and this was the perfect bag for my hoarded fabric. I found this fabric while visiting my son in Arizona. 

I am not going to say this bag is a fast sew, it is not. Time is needed to find the right fabrics, hardware, printing the pattern, and cutting your fabrics out. Following the instructions step by step is a must with this bag, no skipping steps. The end result, was well worth the time and effort I put into it. I added an inside zippered pocket, (not in the instructions) to my bag, as well as the included instructions for the double slip pockets, and the side-zippered-gusset-pockets.

Slip pockets

Additional zippered pocket

Above, view of side gusset zippered pocket, unzipped.

Below, view of side zippered gusset pocket, zipped up.

Love this bag, I plan on making more, once I find the right fabric. Thank you Carissa for an awesome design.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Sunday Cardigan

Sunday Cardigan
by Greenstyle Designs

I love Cardigans, don't feel as if I have enough of them. I have been wanting to sew up a long version of the Sunday cardigan by Greenstyle. I waited until I felt I had the right fabric and right fabric weight because I wanted this cardigan to last for a while.

Once I found the fabric, a medium weight ponte knit with 4 way stretch, great weight, decided to sew the Sunday Cardi with this fabric. As it turned out, I didn't have enough fabric for the sleeves. Since the Sunday cardi comes in a sleeveless version, I decided to go with that. I also used the front patch pockets version. 

I matched my cardi with a new Studio to Street top, also from Greenstyle, and I made a self drafted skirt. I was looking for a style that would utilize the paisley/flowered liverpool fabric, the black and white striped scuba, and the black ponte for the cardi. I also used a modal french terry for the sleeves of the Studio to Street top. I am very pleased with my overall look, it's different, it's me.

I found the instructions to both the Sunday Carigan and the Studio to Street top to be very simple and easy to follow. Since I am 5' 3 1/2" tall, I did remove 3" from the longest version for the Sunday cardi.

For more information on the Sunday Cardigan or any other GreenStyle Designs, click on the aff link, thank you.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Men's Fleece Jacket

The Men's fleece Jacket
a pdf design by Wardrobe by Me.

I had the pleasure of testing this Fleece Jacket for my friend, Orbey. This time I was taking his pictures. I will often sew something for him since he is always taking my pictures for my test garments.

He picked out his fabric, which is a Luxe Fleece, a little heavier than regular fleece. The jacket has raglan sleeves, folded collar,  has two side invisible zippered pockets, an inside hidden zippered pocket, and comes with an optional hood. He was very happy with his new fleece jacket, didn't want to take it off, lol. I will admit, matching the plaids took a bit of time. 
Aff link

I am an amateur photographer and I like to do it as a hobby. I wanted the perfect setting for the fleece jacket. It was raining and very cold, I thought it was the perfect setting, Orbey said the jacket kept him warm.

The Fleece Jacket comes in sizes 2xs-3xl. Other recommended fabrics include, regular fleece, french terry, and soft shell. Wardrobe by Me has several other men's designs. Click on the aff link for more information, thank you.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Greenstyle Sybil robe and the Lillie racer back dress

The Sybil robe in an outing with the Lillie racer back dress in black

I wanted my Sybil Robe to be more than just a house robe, I wanted it to be used for outings too, like today. I can't say enough how much fun I had and how free I felt in taking pictures in the rain.

The Sybil robe comes in two versions, I made version B with the side ties. I also added a few inches to the length. The pattern fit was right on with no other adjustments made. The fabric I used is a light weight cotton lycra fabric. I also used pink ribbon ties, I am such a pink and black colors, lady.

I enjoyed wearing my long black Lillie dress, from Greenstyle. I was in need of a black dress and chose to use the Lillie. I also made the self bra option that comes with the pattern. I used a good weight cotton lycra fabric. The lillie is a fast sew with simple instructions, also comes in the top version.

For more information on these two Greenstyle designs, click on the aff link below, thank you.