Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Simplicity 2147 Pattern Review

In September 2016, on a shopping trip to the Dallas Fabric District, I found this wonderful rayon challis fabric from Steve at Super Textiles. The fabric just screamed dress to me because of its wonderful drape. I used Simplicity 2147 as my pattern base because it is such an easy pattern that would help me deal with the slippery and unstable nature of rayon challis. The pattern has dolman sleeves and the bottom of the bodice lands over the bust.

I posted a photo of my finished dress to Instagram when I initially made the dress and have since worn it so many times that it deserves its own blogpost as a tried and true pattern. I had no idea this would be a wardrobe staple when I made it! Fast forward to now, at almost 35 weeks pregnant and feeling rather large, I still wear my favorite dress... well, now it is a tunic, but I still feel so confident and happy when I wear it. 

Never mind my face, I was telling Aimee (my amazing friend behind the camera lens) that I had not brushed my hair nor had I ironed my dress before photos. I had worn the dress all day and had not planned on taking photos of it that evening when I saw her, but she encouraged me to document one of my favorite makes to share with ya'll.

Pattern Alterations:

I made view B in a size 10, which fell in line with my bust measurement back in September of 2016 (32.5 inches). My bust is 36 inches now and the fit still has plenty of room. My waist and hips were a size 12 when I made the dress (and they are far from that now!), but I did not grade out due to the ease of the pattern in those areas. I also did not follow the pattern directions. The pattern calls for binding the arms and neckline with bias tape, but I knew that I could get a better finish with just doing a lined bodice. So, I cut two fronts and two backs and used the burrito method to line the bodice.

Also, view D of the pattern is a belt piece to give the waist some definition. I did not particularly like the style of the belt so I made a waist tie instead. For the tie, I used a piece of fabric that was 2 yards long and 1.25 inches wide. Since the fabric was not wide enough for 2 yards, I cut two 1 yard pieces and sewed the short ends together. Next, I sewed the strip into a tube (right sides together sewn on the length) and turned it right side out with a chopstick. This gave me a finished tie that was about 71 inches long and .75 inches wide. When I was not pregnant, I tied the waist tie at my natural waist. Now that I am pregnant, I can tie it right under my bust for that perfect baby bump definition. 

Of course, you need to see flashback photos of how it looked on me when I first made it. These photos were taken in September 2016 with my IPhone, and for some reason, I did not think to smile! I'm amazed at the difference in the photography skills of my IPhone versus Aimee's skills! Also, I love the shaping the bodice of this pattern gives to the bust! I find it super flattering even when my bust was small before pregnancy.

This pattern is a rather quick sew and is very beginner friendly (especially if you choose not to bind with bias tape). The key to this pattern is finding fabric with wonderful drape and cinching the waist with a tie or belt. If you use stiffer fabric, it will look like a bag and not be flattering at all. Also, if you are average height or taller, you may want to add length if you intend to wear it as a dress. I am 5"2' and feel it is at a perfect length for me.

The black capris I am wearing with my tunic when it was too short to be a dress are my Hey June Mountain Pose pants, blogged about here

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Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

LaVitality Wrap Top Pattern Review

I have reached that point in pregnancy where I am starting to sew clothes that will work for breastfeeding when the baby arrives. Today, I am reviewing a LAVitality top pattern that is advertised as a V-neck, but it is constructed as a wrap top; so, I know it will give great breastfeeding access. The LAVitality Wrap Top is a pattern I found on Etsy. Prior to purchasing this pattern, I was not familiar with LAVitality or their patterns. I was quite surprised at how very inexpensive they were (less than $3 at regular price!) and thought I would give the pattern a try! 

Fabric: Both shirts were made with cotton lycra from Made Whimsy. The navy knit can be found here, and the cream solid can be found here.

Size Sewn and Pattern Adjustments - I was in between sizes on the size chart and ended up going with a Small. My bust is at 36 inches so I was a little over the range for small. The pattern comes in a shorter length and a long length. I chose the long length and added an inch to the bottom of both front pieces so I could have extra room in the belly. I am only 5'2" so I would not have done this if I was not going to wear it for maternity as well.

Panache Profundo Knit by Art GalleryPDF Pattern for Breastfeeding

Pattern review - I really liked how both shirts turned out. They will be very easy to nurse in and yet the neckline is modest enough that I do not need to wear a cami underneath. All the points in the pattern matched up very nicely. The neckband had notches and was very easy to put on. I love a pattern that I can get the band right without having to measure my own! The instructions and pattern photos were very clear and easy to follow. The pattern came together pretty quickly. The only warning I have about this pattern is the sleeve length. I normally need to take out several inches on sleeves due to my height, but these fit me perfectly. If you are average height or tall, you will need to compare the sleeve pattern to another long sleeve pattern that you already own and add length. 

Breastfeeding Wrap Top PDF Pattern

These photos were taken in September when I was 24 weeks pregnant. I was trying to plan for cooler fall weather, but it ended up being a very hot day! As a maternity top, both shirts still fit me at 33 weeks pregnant, and the bottom band still falls under my bump. It is starting to get snug, though, so I may not wear it in the very last month of pregnancy because I do not like clothes to be too tight on my stomach when I feel huge. If you are making this pattern mainly for maternity, I would size up for the belly and choose a fabric with a lot of stretch (like rayon spandex).

The pants I am wearing with my tops are my oh so comfortable Brassie joggers (blogged about here) made in distressed knit from Mily Mae Fabric.

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Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sofilantjes Regem Shirt Pattern Review

Zenith and Quasar Vibrant VaporsToday, I am excited to share with you the release of a new pattern from Sofilantjes - the Regem Shirt. I tested the pattern on my oldest daughter, Abby, and she loves the way her shirts turned out. The pattern is a unisex child's long or short sleeved shirt that comes with two options - a simple shirt or a color blocked shirt. I chose the size to make based on her chest measurement, which made her a size 8. The only adjustment that I made to the pattern was to add 3/4 inches in length to the body because her height fit a size 9. The shirt pattern is straight down from the armpit; so, I did not grade for waist or hips. I am so happy with the fit on this shirt!

Her first shirt is Option A in long sleeves and the fabric is the vibrant vapors plush brushed poly from Zenith and Quasar. This fabric is super soft and has a great weight for a warm shirt. As you can tell, she thinks the shirt and fabric are pretty awesome!

 Next, I made her another simple Regem Shirt using cotton lycra. The main fabric is from Pink Zeppelin Fabrics. The coordinating solid black for the sleeves and neckband are from Made Whimsy. Made Whimsy is my favorite supplier for solids.

Finally, I had to make a Regem Shirt using the color blocking option. The color blocking is so fun to play around with and lets me use up some pretty small scraps. The main fabric for this shirt is from Zenith and Quasar, and the pink is some mystery blend that I had in my stash that was leftover from a shirt that I made for myself.

The Regem Shirt pattern is on sale for the pattern release until midnight Sunday (CET), which is 5 p.m. Sunday for Central Standard Time.

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Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson

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