Saturday, September 22, 2018

Designer Stitch, Chelsea Cardigan

Chelsea Cardigan by
Designer Stitch

NEW PATTERN RELEASE: I have been so excited to share my new jacket/sweater. The Chelsea Cardigan shown above here in a hip jacket version and thigh versions. I say jacket because it's made from a stretch faux suede fabric, love it. I also made a mid thigh length sweater out of sweater knit fabric. Both sweater versions are paired with the Kristen dress, also from DS. For more information click on the Aff link, thank you.

For the sweater knit cardigan above, I made the thigh length with the tie belt. I also sewed the collar one side using the sewing machine, the other side by hand. I plan on using this cardigan as my everyday and make more in various colors.

 For the hip version shown above, I used a stretch faux suede, love them both. Both my versions are a great fit. The faux suede is for going out. Because the stretch faux suede was a little thicker fabric, I used the burrito method to sew the inside of the collar. I also add length to the tie belt to wrap around my wait 2x.

There is a sew-along in the Designer Stitch support group, which will also show how to bag or use the burrito method for the collar.

Click on the aff link to pick up your Chelsea Pdf and get ready for the Sew-Along.

I have worn the hip version out and received many compliments, I was even asked where did I purchase it. Anyone sewing up the Chelsea Cardi will fall in love the the style and fit, great design Ann Grose.

For more information, click on the aff link. Thank you
The aff link helps me buy more fabric so that I can be able to test more designs, thank you.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Piper Tunic and Dress by Wardrobe by Me

Piper Tunic and Dress
by Wardrobe by Me

I love wearing Boho style dresses and tops. I especially enjoyed sewing the Wardrobe by Me, Piper Tunic and Dress, because it is fashioned from the boho style that I enjoy wearing.

The Piper Tunic and Dress comes in many different versions to choose from. I chose the dress shown above, I made the button up version for the sleeves and used rayon fabric. I also made the side slits. A simplistic boho style dress, easy to sew up, and instructions are well written.

For the Tunic length shown below, I really wanted to fashion it from the 80s-90s, with the fabric I used. I had this tie dye dress that was too big for me, so I cut it up for the Piper Tunic shown below. I didn't have enough fabric for the sleeves, but I managed to find a near matching tie dye fabric. I used the sleeves with the option to fold up with a button and the front with ties. I love how the tunic turned out. I paired my tunic with the Perfect Fitting pants, also from WBM.

For more information, click on the aff link.

Below are the 3 different views offered with the Piper Tuni/dress, and can also be made sleeveless, that's a total of 27 looks, yes 27.

For more information and to see other versions of the Piper made by other testers, click on the aff link. Thank you Christina from WBM for a great design.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Designer Stitch Gemma Twist Top

Road Test for Designer Stitch Gemma Twist Top
In two versions, front knot and back knot

I first thought about showcasing this beautiful top by making collages, but it just didn't seam to capture the whole picture for me. So, I decided to do both collages and write a blog to show more pictures. The blog helps me write more information on my Gemma makes.

I fell in love with this top because I felt it was different and I needed some new tops. The Gemma is designed for knit fabric, but I also made the black out of a cotton woven fabric with no stretch. For the white front twist top I made it out of knit fabric. For the back twist top in black, I used a woven fabric because I knew that with the open back, it would be easy to slip on and I wanted to use a semi sheer fabric.

For the white with black stripes, I made the front knot version. I used a rayon/cotton/lycra blend. I found this fabric easy to work with when creating the front knot. The trick to creating the front knot or the back knot, is to follow the instructions step by step and not overthink it, as I did, lol (which took longer than it should have). I did sew a muslin first to assure proper fit and make any adjustments if needed.

I paired the white top with Shakti pants also from Designer Stitch, I just love the side ties on these pants. The Shakti pants come in many versions as well. For more information on the Gemma top and other patterns, click on the aff link, thank you.
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For the semi sheer black top, I used a cotton woven fabric for the back knot. I found the back knot version with the semi sheer fabric to be very elegant and sexy. I paired the black top with a pair of Alyse boot cut pants, also from Designer Stitch.

Thank you Ann Grose for another great design, one that I will make more of and wear for many different occasions.

I want to thank my friend, Orbey Eliazar for being my photographer for the photos, Thank you Orbey.

This blog contains an affiliate link, it helps with purchasing fabric so that I can continue to test and learn new sewing techniques from Ann Grose, of Designer Stitch.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Designer Stitch, Shaktis pants.

 I had the pleasure of testing Designer Stitch, the Shaktis pant with it's many variations.

For the green pinstriped pants, I used light scuba fabric with great recovery. I made the side ruched with drawstrings with no pockets. I found the trick to turning the thin drawstrings was to use a narrow tube with a thin dowel, a turning tool if you will. I really love this style of knit pants.

For the blue tie dye pants below, I used a jersey spandex type fabric. I did the side ruched legs with ties. I had a little bit of fabric left and decided to self draft a matching top. It has been very hot in central California, whole outfit was very comfortable to wear. Received many compliments, individuals asking where I purchased my outfit. Of course I was proud to say I made the outfit.

Overall, I highly recommend this pdf pattern, the Shakti pants from Designer Stitch. It is not a difficult pattern to sew up. A muslin is highly recommended to obtain the best fit for your body. Following the steps to the pattern is also important for best results, (sometimes I find myself re-reading to make sure I didn't miss a step).


Ann Grose from Designer Stitch, is a fantastic designer, up to the latest fashions, and gives great attention to detail in her pdf patterns.

Click on the affiliate link for more information on the Shaktis pants and to purchase the pattern. Thank you.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Designer Stitch 2nd Birthday Party.

Wow, another year has gone and all DS patterns are on sale for 50% off!!
Come and celebrate, take advantage of this great opportunity, until 6/22/2018.

Here are SOME of my Designer Stitch makes for the last two years. It has been fun, rewarding, and a great learning experience, testing and sewing for Ann Grose of Designer Stitch. Happy 2nd Birthday and thank you Ann Grose for all your exceptional designs.
Click on the pictures for a close look.
Eden, made out of linen fabric.

Eleni dress, made out of rayon challis fabric.

The Synthia blouse, made out of chiffon fabric and it's an honor to have it named after myself.

Frida, Dress and tunic. I had so much fun being creative with the Frida.

The Gypsy dress, made out of rayon challis.

The Ilse vest, another fun design to wear and sew.

 The Kate Vintage Tea dress. I chose to sew two separate pieces, the top is rayon fabric and the skirt is a peach skin fabric.

 The Kristen dress, made from peach skin fabric.

The Ravanna Wrap pants paired with the Ella cami.

The Ella Cami Set paired with a longer version of the Willow kimono.

The Tanner Culottes.

The Indu Wrap jersey pants.

The Maya pants with yoga waistband.

Kiera skirt, paired with the Weedend Kat top.

Willow kimono, such a treat to be creative and coming up with my vision of what I wanted my kimono to be.

The Santi Jean Skirt, with top stitching.

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Thank you Ann Grose, XoXo

Monday, April 16, 2018


I am happy to introduce the Anna shirt by
Wardrobe by Me.

I never thought I would ever sew a button down shirt, but I am so glad I took the opportunity to test the women's and the men's shirts.

The Anna and Jensen shirts are; relaxed fit, a classic button down style, with optional back pleats, short and long sleeves.

I had this beautiful rayon tye dyed fabric for a few years waiting to become, well something. The instructions are very well written, making it rewarding to sew the Anna shirt up. 
Click on the aff. link for more information and pdf copy.

The men's Jensen shirt, shown below, was easier to sew up once I had already sewn the Anna shirt.

For the Jensen shirt I used a cotton type fabric, for the collar I used the stand only version with the back pleat. My friend, Orbey, is a tad bit old school and he indicated, "this shirt makes me feel comfortable and classy, thank you for making it for me". Just to hear him say that, I was happy to sew the Jensen shirt for him too.

Both the Ann and Jensen shirts are on sale now for $10.00 each. If you purchase both the Anna and the Jensen together, use code "jensen and anna" for an additional $4.00 off, until 4/28/2019. Don't be intimidated, if you follow the step by step instruction, it is an easy sew.  Click on the aff. link for your pdf copies.

Anna shirt:

Jensen shirt:

There is also the WBM support group for help.

And, there will be a sew-along to join in on sewing the Anna and or the Jensen shirts. Click on the link to join the sew-along.

Click on the aff. link to purchase the Jensen shirt and for more information.