Monday, June 24, 2019

GreenStyleCreations, June makes.

Staple Tank, Inspire Tights,
paired with the Clara wrap sweater.

I decided to sew up an outfit that could transition from Summer to Fall. For my outfit I used the Staple Tank and the Inspire Tights for a Summer look. I used the binding method for the neck and arms, and added 1 1/2" to the length to cover my back side when I wear leggings or tights. I can't say enough about how much I truly enjoyed the fit and style of the Staple Tank. I have made many tanks, this one is the most comfortable to wear.

I am not knocking legging or tights out there, but the Inspire tights were such an easy sew and great fit. I didn't have to shorten the length of the pattern in anyway, I did do my usual grading to fit. The one thing I did do to the Inspire tights, because I love a higher waist band, I hacked the Inspires with the waist band from the Chelsea pants, I just love the fit and comfort of this waist band, I feel I get a little belly support too. I also added the optional gusset, so comfortable to have. This was the first time sewing up the Inspires, even though I have owned the pattern for years. I am so glad I did because I now have a great pair of tights/leggings pattern to use over and over. I only wish I could remember the fabric I used or where I purchased it. 

To transition to Fall with my Inspire and Staple Tank, I paired the outfit with the Clara Wrap Sweater, I love the whole look and fit of all 3 garment pieces. I love this wrap sweater, I have made 4 of them already, I like to pair this wrap with just about every thing, I especially like to use them for dance class.

There was a lot of comfort in sitting with the Inspires. My dogs thought that when I was sitting, it was lap time for them, they ran to be on my lap, lol.

You can pick up the Inspire tights and the Staple Tank on sale for the month of June. Click on the aff. link for more information, thank you.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Callie Pinafore Road Test

Callie Pinafore Dress a
Designer Stitch Design
(an ageless dress)

One of the joys of testing for designers, you have the opportunity to think outside the box and challenge yourself to sew something you wouldn't normally ever wear. Callie is a design for all ages and for various woven fabrics.

I had the opportunity to sew up the Callie Pinafore Dress, I didn't think I would be into wearing a pinafore dress, but I love the style and the fit of the Callie. The Callie to me is a more modern version of the old pinafore dress, with many versions to choose from. I choose the racer back for a more modern and edgy look.

I made my Callie out of a light weight woven denim fabric. I used bronze connectors for the straps as well as bronze rivets, and sewed a slight contrast top stitching. I needed to sew up a muslin first to get the proper fit, glad I did. I am very happy with the final result and I already wore it out, I was even asked where did I buy my Pinafore dress. My friend was impressed with the Callie's fit and design.

As usual, Ann Grose from Designer Stitch,"knows best", when it comes to knowing what looks great. Thanks Ann

For more information, click on the aff link.

A little more about why I chose to join the Callie Road Test. (My own insert from the Designer Stitch site)

"My name is Synthia, I enjoyed sewing up the Callie Pinafore dress because I have never worn a dress like this. The beauty of testing, gets one to step outside the box. I sewed up the racer back Callie with back pockets and one bodice pocket. I chose the racer back for a more modern/edgy look. I decided to use a light weight denim fabric, I used bronzed colored rivets, and connectors for the straps. The Callie is not a fast sew, you must sew a muslin first, a must. Also, sew your top stitching very slow, it won't be perfect, but one must strive for it for a nice finished look, and iron...iron...iron, as you go, to avoid a home made look. I wore my Callie out and was asked where did I purchase it, my friend really liked the final look and fit. Thanks Ann Grose".

Synthia L Gerritson

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.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The new Studio to Street top

The Studio to Street top
a GreenStyle Design

I really enjoyed testing and sewing up 3 of the Studio to Street tops. In this blog I will write about what fabrics I used for each of the 3 versions I made. If my hair looks weird to you, I am transitioning to grey hair, lol.

For the black and white stripe top, I made the long sleeve version with the lower band, deep v back, and crew front neckline. For the main body I used a cotton jersey fabric, and for the contrast, I used cotton lycra. I am very happy with the results of this top.

For the flowered top shown below, I used the short sleeve version with bands and the lower hem with a band as well. I did a double V, with a V neckline in front, and a deep V for the back. I used a cotton jersey for the main and a cotton lycra for the contrast. 

My favorite one is the grey with black neck bands, shown below. I made this one out of french terry fabric, and I used cotton lycra for the neck bands. I made the longer version with long sleeves. With the cold weather where I live, this top has already been worn often. I also paired the grey and the flowered tops with the GS Power Sports Bra. I wrote a blog about my sewing the Sport Bra in another post.

There are many versions to choose from for the Studio to Street top.

The Studio to Street Top has just many options to give you a variety or looks. Five neckline options, three sleeve options, and four hemline options

For more information, click on the aff link, thank you reading my blog.