Monday, March 27, 2017

GreenStyle Midway Bomber Jacket

Recently, I have been writing about filling my wardrobe with comfortable and put-together tops. Of course, my spring wardrobe would not be complete if I did not include some jackets to wear until we have some consistently warm days. So, let me introduce you to the cozy and stylish Midway Bomber Jacket. I was so excited to test this pattern for Greenstyle Creations. Angelyn drafted an awesome pattern that has such clearly written instructions for each step. The jacket is designed for a knit fabric with at least 50% stretch and has an optional lining and welt pockets. The jacket gives plenty of room to move and be comfortable, and yet, it still is slim and flattering. If you like a roomier jacket or are using fabric with less stretch, I would suggest to size up from your regular measurements.  

My first jacket was made out of scuba that I picked up on a remnant table at Wherehouse Fabrics in Dallas. The cuffs and neckband are made from heavy supplex from Zenith and Quasar. Instead of lining, I created a facing for the zipper, which helped me hand tack my pockets down to keep them from peaking out when worn unzipped. All my jackets were an XXS with one inch taken out of the bodice for my usual height adjustment, and 2 inches taken out of the sleeves. There is a clearly marked lengthen/shorten line that takes the guess work out of making height adjustments. Since I took an inch out of the bodice, I used 18 inch zippers on all of my jackets.

The day we took photos was a pretty windy day so it was quite interesting trying to keep my hair in place. The top that I wore under my bomber jacket is a Toaster Sweater 2 from Sew House 7. It is a rather short top because I made no height adjustments for my 5"2' self, and yet it shows belly when I raise my arms and has pretty high side vents. My husband loves the top, but it is still growing on me.

The next Midway Bomber Jacket that I made is in an olive double brushed poly. I lined it with the same fabric as on the outside. This one took the longest to make because welt pockets on an unstable brushed poly is an exercise in patience. My jackets that were made out of scuba (which was recommended on the pattern) were such a breeze to make. The brushed poly, however, may have been worth it because it is so soft and makes a wonderful light jacket. I think this one will also work good for running or the gym.

The Midway Bomber Jacket has an optional stripe down the sleeve that looks great with color blocking. The sleeve on the jacket is a two-piece sleeve, which gives the sleeve such a great shape.

My last, but maybe most favorite jacket, is made with a floral scuba from Joann. It just screams Spring, and I can be such a sucker for a good floral.

Thanks for reading my review of the Midway Bomber Jacket. You can grab your copy of the pdf pattern here I hope that you also enjoy sewing yourself a Midway Bomber Jacket!

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Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Straight Stitch Designs Bryant Dolman Top

Next up in my series of comfortable and stylish tops is the Bryant Dolman top by Straight Stitch Designs. I think I have at least 4 (maybe more!) dolman top patterns, and yet, I was so excited to test this pattern. I just love a good dolman and am excited to share with you the two tops I made during the test.

The first top I made is in a navy cotton lycra. The Bryant top is cut on the bias, which provides a little extra drape for the cotton lycra. This top is a wide boat neck and has cuffs on the sleeves. There is also an optional long sleeved version. I am just so excited for Spring so all my tops are short sleeved. I wore it with one of my favorite skirts, which is a corduroy mini from J Crew.

My next version is the Sunshine Garden print in a cotton lycra from Smoogie. It is a bright fun print that is perfect for Spring. It has some cute turtles and birds mixed in with the flowers. I plan to wear it the zoo with the kids this spring. Immediately after this photo session, I wore it while working in the garden, and it was the perfect gardening shirt as well. The girls loved the print so much that I made one a pair of shorts and the other a pair of panties with the scraps.

I made a size zero, and due to my short height, I took 2 inches off the bodice. This pattern is a great loose-fitting and comfortable top. It also was a very fast to make.

Photo Credit: my sweet daughter Abby 

Here is a fun outtake of Aaron walking by during a photo.

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Itch to Stitch Newport Top

What seems like ages ago, I worked in an office that had a business dress code despite the fact that we never were face-to-face with clients. We were on the phone in a call center. However, the company felt that dressing up helped us to act professional in our contact with clients. They felt that our attitude and demeanor could be influenced by what we wear.

Fast forward years later, and I am a stay at home mom that homeschools. I go to the gym. I garden. Change diapers. Clean all day, every day. The days of me in a dress or pant suit and heels seems so long ago. Now, I need clothes that let me move. I really could get away with pajamas or work out clothes most days, but I always seem to remember that dress code from when I worked. I realize my children have to look at me everyday and that I want to look nice for them and appropriate when we are out and about. I also want to wear clothes that make me feel confident and excited to embrace the day. It is amazing how much my attitude as a mom affects the whole house!

The biggest need in my wardrobe are clothes that I feel comfortable in and that also make me feel pretty. Isn't this every girls dream!?! As we enter into Spring, I have several blog posts planned for some of my favorite tops that are comfortable and stylish. First up, is the Newport Top. I was so excited to get to test this top for Kennis Wong of Itch to Stitch.

The neckline is so elegant, and Kennis did such a great job at making it the perfect width so that it does not show my bra straps. The hi-low hem works well with so many bottom choices. I wore jeans for my photo shoot but have also been wearing my tops with leggings and joggers.

I made the Newport top in several different fabrics during the test. The pattern was so versatile that it worked great in all of them. The burgundy floral fabric shown above is a single brushed poly that can be found at Sly Fox Fabrics. My next version was in a dark purple lightweight sweater knit from Joann's. It is a blend of polyester and linen and is super soft. The drape of the fabric really looked nice with this pattern.


Here is another close-up of this fabulous neckline (and the beautiful necklace my hubby gave me for my birthday last month!).

This test was extra fun because I got to hang out with Aimee of Capture, Cook, and Craft. We had a blast taking photos together. Here are some of my favorite of us in our tops. I smiled so big while looking at these photos. She is an awesome friend.

Sometimes during testing you get to make several versions while you give feedback to help the designer to get the pattern exactly the way they want. Here are two of my tops that were early versions of the pattern. They are both definitely wearable and in full rotation in my wardrobe. The olive top is in a jersey blend, and the floral is a double brushed poly that can be found at Knitpop.  I love the 3/4 flute sleeve in this pattern. It is perfect for Spring!

If you have gotten this far, thanks for reading! Go grab your copy of the Newport Top pattern while it is on sale this week. Also, look at that awesome waterfall behind me!

Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook

Disclaimers: Please do not take photos on railroad tracks. These were long-time abandoned tracks in the middle of a park, and they are no longer in service. :) Also, this post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.