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Pattern Review: In House Patterns Blossom Blouse

The In House Blossom pattern had been languishing in my stash for well over a year but after recently scoring a yard of Nancy Ann Liberty of London fabric, I knew I had to try it out.

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I love Liberty Tana Lawn fabric but due to the cost, don’t get to sew with it as much as I would like. As soon as I saw this fabric on eBay, I remembered where I had seen it before…on Mad Men!

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I may not be as beautiful or famous as Betty Draper, aka January Jones, but I think my interpretation came out well!  If you ever have the opportunity to try In House Patterns, give them a whirl. This is actually my second In House pattern. The first was the Cool Cowl reviewed here and I think you will find their patterns to be easy to follow and fairly quick makes.

Blossom Front

Pattern Details: Size ranges from 32 to 42 bust so I graded up to a 48. I also increased the waist and hip pieces by grading out the side seams. All In House Patterns are pdf only which in my opinion makes grading much easier.

Things I liked about the pattern:

  1. Instructions were very clear and logical
  2. Grading was easy due to the pattern piece layout
  3. No FBA required because the pattern can be printed in A, B, C, or D cup sizes!!!

Things I struggled with:

  1. Sleeves! Since my upper arms were far outside the size range, I initially tried to grade up with zero success.
  2. I later tried tulip sleeves but could not make them fit comfortably so I finally gave up and made some bias tape from my remaining fabric and opted for a sleeveless version.
  3. The front curve at the neckline ended up a bit wonky due to my less than perfect cutting. This type of neckline requires PRECISE cutting to remain even. My solution was to make some ties so there is a keyhole detail instead of a simple vee. I actually ended up liking my final version better than the original so my “design feature” worked out!

Blossom Back

Pattern Review: Jennifer Lauren Vintage Bronte Top

After my success with the Afternoon Blouse, I was excited to see another vintage inspired top from Jen and I knew this one would be perfect for my upcoming July 4th parties.

Unlike the Afternoon Blouse, the Bronte Top pattern is intended for knit fabrics. As a relative newcomer to sewing with knits, my first attempt is by no means perfect but has already seen heavy rotation in the three weeks since I sewed it up. I have another version planned soon!
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Things I liked:
1) Tiling of the pattern allows you to print specific pieces
2) Long sleeve and short sleeve versions
3) Very clear instructions!
4) Button details at the collar can really showcase unique buttons. I used vintage buttons I got for 50 cents at a quilt show a few years ago and I love them.
Bronte Close Up

Things I had issues with:
1) The sleeves were a bit short for me so I had to lengthen the fold over part. Heather had the similar sleeve length problems which she provided a super helpful tutorial here.
2) Keeping the front neckline from stretching out was a big issue. I think next time I will make the neckline binding an inch shorter so the neckline lies more flat.
3) Easing the sleeves was hard for me and I didn’t get it quite right. The very top of the sleeve pokes up a bit but not so much that I won’t wear the top.
Bronte Shoulder

 

 

 

 

Outfit Along with Lladybird and Untangling Knots

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The daring duo of Andi and Lauren have cooked up a fun group activity for us knitters and sewers called the Outfit Along. Starting this weekend, we will be knitting Andi’s newest sweater pattern, Myrna, and making a coordinating dress. Lauren suggests Simplicity 1803 but does allow for other patterns so long as they work with the sweater to create a complete outfit.

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I love Andi’s designs so immediately determined the sweater was a perfect match for my style. I will be using Cascade 220 in a bright yellow from my Yarn Crawl 2013 stash.

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Instead of Simplicity 1803, I’m going to use the Christine Hayne’s Emery pattern which has been in my stash since it came out last year. There are so many wonderful examples of this dress pattern and one of my favorite bloggers, Roisin, used this pattern many times and the finished garments are always lovely!

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I am enamored with royal blue and bright yellow color combos, so I’m finally going to be brave enough to cut into my Liberty of London blue rose lawn. After seeing Jane’s gorgeous shirt dress in the same fabric, I knew I wanted a similar dress. Hopefully my sewing efforts will do this wonderful pattern and fabric justice! Anyone else planning to join the Outfit Along?

Liberty Lawn

MMM14 Week 3 Round Up

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Week three ended up being much cooler than expected so I broke out some hand knitted sweaters. Of course, my love affair with the Colette Mabel pattern hasn’t cooled so I stitched up yet another!

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 Thursday, May 15: Colette Mabel skirt, review here

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Friday, May 16: Anna Maria Horner embroidered shirt, review here

Saturday, May 17: I worked all day so wore the same as yesterday!

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Sunday, May 18: Shalom sweater, Ravelry notes here

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Monday, May 19: Juliet sweater, Ravelry notes here

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Tuesday, May 20: In House Patterns Cool Cowl Tank, review here

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Wednesday, May 21: Colette Laurel dress, review here

 

MMM14 Week 2 Round Up

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Week 2 of Me Made May reintroduced me to some garments I hadn’t worn in a while. Funny how this challenge makes you rethink your everyday wardrobe choices!

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Thursday, May 7: Colette Mabel skirt, review here

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Friday, May 9: Kate & Rose Roza Blouse in honor of JD Clowney from the University of South Carolina (my alma mater) being drafted #1 in the NFL draft, review here

Saturday, May 10: A repeat of my navy and white polka dot Mabel skirt

Sunday, May 11: Unfortunately I only wore RTW 😦

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Monday, May 12: Jamie Christina Miz Mozelle dress, review here

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Tuesday, May 13: Kay White Sew Serendipity dress, review here

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Wednesday, May 14: Colette Sorbetto, review here

MMM14 Week 1 Round Up

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One of my goals for this year’s MMM is to determine where there are gaps in my wardrobe and fix them so this week’s Me Made May (MMM14) round up is a mixture of old favorites and new patterns.

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Thursday May 1st: Liesl knit sweater by Ysolda Teague, Ravelry notes here

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Friday, May 2nd: Cabarita top by Cake Patterns,  review here

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Saturday, May 3rd: Mabel skirt by Colette Patterns, review here

Sunday, May 4th: I spent a relaxing day reading and sewing so only wore PJ’s!

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Monday, May 5th: Roza blouse by Kate & Rose Patterns,  review here

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Tuesday, May 6th: Giselle dress by Kate & Rose Patterns, review here

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Wednesday, May 7th: Afternoon Blouse by Jennifer Lauren Vintage, review here

 

Wednesday, May 7th:

Kate & Rose Giselle Pattern Review

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I have been a fan of Kati’s since I first tried her Roza pattern so when she asked me to be a pattern tester for the Giselle dress I immediately jumped on board!

The Giselle dress is part of the Midtown Collection and features two versions on a traditional European style. There are two variations to the sleeves, skirt and midriff so the possibilities are endless!

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My beta version, which I dubbed the Luck of the Irish dress, is made out of thin cotton lawn. I used the skirt length from version 1 and opted for the narrow midriff and no sleeves. Even though my measurements are outside of the size range, the grading was straightforward and within a few hours, I had a lovely dress for spring!

Since I had so much success with my first version, I chose to use the Giselle pattern for my Dolly Clackett Mini Me dress. The fabric was somewhat sheer so I lined the bodice and add piping along the bustline. This version was reviewed here.

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My latest version, gives a nod to summer with a blue and white seersucker cotton and contrasting bias at the neckline. The fabric is much thicker than the previous two versions so the gathering is more pronounced but I actually think this is my favorite version yet!

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If three Giselles were not enough, I have a fourth in mind that highlights the midriff with embroidered floral designs from Kati’s Faraway Garden hot iron transfer pack. This pattern has so many embellishment options, it might overtake my TNT Roza as number one in my book!

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