Red Hi-Lo Shirt Dress: SewSewDef Katie

As soon as Mimi teased this shirt dress I knew I had to have it. The Katie shirt dress is one of two free patterns included in the third issue of SewSewDefMag. I knew I was excited about this pattern because it is 45 page pdf pattern and I still wanted to make it. Typically I stick…

Fabric Mart Guest Post: Sky Blue Dress – Vogue 1550

This month’s post features a special person, my mom! Everyone says we are twins. We don’t see it but we’ve heard it enough that we just accept it. However, we do concede that we share some of the same mannerisms, traits and tastes. Fashion is one thing we typically agree on, so I’m pretty sure…

A Tried and True Review: McCalls 6886

Anyone who has been sewing clothing for anytime has likely sewn or heard of the TNT (tried-and-true) McCalls 6886. So why is M6886 a TNT pattern?  Well it’s so simple! Can be made with as little as two pattern pieces (View D & F) Can be sewn is 1-2 hours Can be easily graded for those…

Abstract Leaf Cold Shoulder Dress: Vogue 9238

The cold shoulder definitely is the “on trend” look of the season, maybe year, and the pattern companies have definitely taken notice. All of the Big 4 companies have produced several patterns featuring the trend. I feel like the only one, but I’ve never been a real fan of the look. It’s not that I…

Little Red Dress: Vogue 1513 a Fabricista Post

Obviously, the first thing I thought about for this late January post was a red dress for Valentine’s Day.   My original plan was to whip up one of the new McCalls early spring patterns, M7534. It looks like a fairly simple pattern that could be whipped up in a time for Valentine’s Day for…

Perfect Weekend Dress: Fabric Mart guest post

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving! I know I was ready for a break. For those of you who love Black Friday I hope you grabbed all the doorbusters on your list! FINALLY! Fall is creeping in here in the south. It was warm through Halloween here, but a chill is definitely…

Grown Up Pillowcase Dress: McCalls 7405

I haven’t had much time to sew for myself recently. So I wanted a quick project that would give me instant gratification. This dress, M7405, is one of McCalls Learn to Sew for Fun patterns, their line of very easy patterns for beginners. I highly recommend this pattern for newbie sewists as it is very…

July Fabric Mart Post: Seersucker in Summer

Check out my monthly blog post at Fabric Mart’s Fabricista Blog. This month I created another summer dress out of a designer seersucker from Fabric Mart. Read all about my epic fail on my original piece and how to avoid those mistakes in your projects. Read on for my pattern review below Pattern: Simplicity 8124 Pattern…

Little White Dress: Fabric Mart

This blog is cross posted on Fabric Mart Fabricista Blog. Check out rest of the Fabricista team and their creations here. Today is the official start of summer! It has actually felt like summer here for a few weeks and I’m excited because this is my favorite time of year. An added bonus Fabric Mart is celebrating…

Striped Hoodie Dress – A Frankenpattern

When I saw this striped hoodie on either Facebook or Instagram I knew I had to make it. 1) It looked comfy B) it was striped and III) it was black and white. (lol) All of my favorites in one and a definite no-brainer! Sadly I am on a fabric fast (seriously I must make a dent…

Never gets old – McCalls 6886

What is there to say that hasn’t already be said about McCalls 6886? If you are a knit fan you have undoubtedly used the pattern for a simple sheath pullover dress. If you haven’t, you need to! I’m pretty sure McCalls will never stop producing this pattern. I HAS to be on the top 10 best…

Heather Gray Sweatshirt Dress – McCalls 7061

McCalls 7061 is actually a pajama pattern, but it can be used a loungewear or athleisure wear. I originally purchased this pattern for the pants, view F, to make joggers last year, here. (The pattern is perfect for joggers BTW). This winter I wanted to make some hoodies and sweatshirts so I pulled this pattern out for views…

A Look Back

*New year, New Layout! Let me know what you think of the new look in the comments below* Looking back 2015 was a pretty busy year. I started taking this blog and my sewing in general more seriously.  I entered two sewing competitions, winning my first entry in Pattern Review’s Travel Wardrobe Contest (read more here) and…

Holiday Party DIY Looks

I wouldn’t call myself a girly girl but I do love to get all dressed up! I’m pretty sure I’ve always been this way. In high school I attended every “formal” dance the school had (I can remember 6). I didn’t really dance that much and I didn’t have a boyfriend for most of high school so…

Fabricista Fashion Challenge: Wrap It Up Week 2 Entry

VOTE HERE! I did a happy dance Friday when I read I was not eliminated. Then I realized that was just the first week and the second challenge was already here! LOL The remaining 5 contestants were challenged to create a wrap dress inspired by Diane Von Furstenberg  designs. If you don’t know, Diane Von Furstenberg is the mother of the wrap…