Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Test version of the "No Show Thong", so worth it with today styles. On sale until 7/28, midnight central time.

With today's outer garments being that of active wear, such as; leggings, tight
shorts, skin tight skirts, etc., what under garments are best to wear that won't show through or feel uncomfortable?

I had the pleasure of testing the "No Show Thong" by Greenstyle Designs. I have never worn a thong in my life. Never wore a thong because I felt they would be very uncomfortable, possibly crawling where they shouldn't be. I applied to test the No Show Thong because I was curious on how the fit would feel, and if they were comfortable.

After finding the right fit, V2, I am completely sold! I now own several pairs of undies I can wear with my tight fitting, active wear garments, with no show lines. Instructions are very very simple, beginner friendly. A couple of pattern pieces, and a quick (approx) 10 min cut and sew.

The trick is the fabric, very important to use 4 way stretch fabric that won't curl. Do the test, stretch the fabric and if it curls it's not the right fabric. No binding needed, just the no curl fabric, a light weight nylon/spandex or light weight supplex.

For the nude colored Thong I used a supplex fabric. for the white Thong, I used an active wear spandex, and the coral color with no lace is also a supplex fabric. it seams that some of the active wear won't curl. Stretch lace was used as well for the nude and white undies. If not using a rotary cutter (which I didn't), when cutting with the scissors, make sure you stay in the same cut line and avoid going outside of the same cut line or you will get the zig zag look. Should have a smooth cut line. I used a small zig zag stitch to sew these up, which allowed me to get close to the seam edge.

Note the no show undies with my tight fitting pants. I can honestly say, my undies stayed put, they did not go where they shouldn't, a huge plus for me.

Pictures below, notice how there are no seams around the legs, this is the no show effect you get by not using seams or bindings, only using a non curl fabric. I used a wider elastic because I wanted a higher rise, you can use a narrow one or none at all. See how my edges do not roll.

I can honestly say, after wearing these with several tight fitting garments, I am sold! Thank you for reading my blog, hope it was helpful. To purchase your Pdf copy, click on the link below. On sale now for $6.50.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My test version of a great fitting Halter Maxi Top/dress.

Ellie and Mac has created another fun design the Halter Maxi Top/Dress. it had been years and years that I last wore a halter anything, didn't feel I could pull the style off. I love this dress, so comfortable to wear, especially when it hits over 100 degree.
Click on the (aff) link to purchase your copy right now at 50% off at check out, until 7/31.

I made the maxi halter dress out of cotton lycra fabric. I literally used fabrics that where left over from previous test garments. I made a point of staying within the same color family. Next time I will only use 1 tier and elastic around the waist to have the shorter and fitted version. I rather happy how the maxi halter dress turned out.

Also available as a separate pattern, the Halter top from Elllie and Mac patterns and it's free.

For the Halter top. I also used scraps of left over cotton lycra fabric for this top.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Ravanna Wrap Pants, by Designer Stitch.

Ravanna Wrap pants still on sale today. Available with an elastic waistband or a semi-fitted-zippered waistband. for more information or to purchase your Pdf copy, click on the highlighted aff link. 

Shown below in the straight leg pant and in a rayon fabric and an elastic waistband. Also shown is the Ella cami with wider straps to cover bra straps.

Shown below is the tulip shaped pant leg and in a rayon blend fabric and a woven waistband. Shown paired with the Eleni top also available in the Designer Stitch shop.

 Shown in the graphics are the two pant leg silhouettes available.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Pattern Release: Ravanna Faux Wrap Pants, from Designer Stitch. On sale for $8.00.

Ravanna Faux Wrap Pants Road Test. 
The Ravanna has two versions, fitted or elastic waist, and tulip or straight leg versions. To purchase your Ravanna pdf copy, click on the link below.

I had the pleasure of testing the Ravanna Wrap Pants.

With Designer Stitch's well tailored and well designed patterns, I usually will need to shorten a few inches. These are my first pair of pants made from a DS patterns, glad I made a muslin first to find my fit.

I made the fitted tulip version. I used bottom weight fabric which was some type of rayon poly blend, with a silky feel to it. The trickiest part of using this fabric was that it would ravel very easily and I struggled setting the darts in, even with heat. I also used french seams to help with the raveling of seams. For the pattern itself, once I found my proper fit, the tulip pants became a stylish pant to wear for an evening out, which was my goal. I paired the Ravanna pant with the Eleni top, also from DS patterns. I modified the sleeve to be a split long sleeve. the overall look gave me a Bohemian look, which I was going for, love it.

Ravanna Details.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Grace Tankini, a vintage inspired swimsuit by Savvy Patterns
Two piece options include 2 tops and 4 bottoms to mix and match.
You can purchase your copy here, on sale until July 9th,

I had the pleasure of testing the Grace Tankini and it was actually rewarding and fun. I had to take a small trip to Shasta county which is a 5 hour drive from where I live. So my pictures where taken in Redding Ca. Beautiful place Shasta County.

There are many options to the Grace Tankini. I chose to make view A top and view B skirt with the build in panty. View A top is not ruched and does have the circle in back. The skirt has a slit on the side as well. I made my tankini reversible. By reversible, I used swim suit fabric for the outer and inner instead of using a lining. I used fold Over Elastic for the armholes and neck bindings, which allowed it to be reversible. I also used the self bra which is also included in the pattern. Pictures show both sides of the reversible tankini top.

Information and specs. The Grace Tankini comes in size 0-18.

Picture taken of Mt Shasta when I visited last weekend. I was able to drive by my old home where I used to live and take this picture, using a 300mm lens.

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