The Sandpoint Tee… A Must Have! (And a discount!)

Sandpoint Tee

Sandpoint Tee

 

Last month I got the opportunity to test the Sandpoint Tee. The Sandpoint is the creation of Helena Ashbridge of GrayDay Patterns. Back in August, The Monthly Stitch hosted Indie Month and included a contest. The winner would get help getting their pattern released! I loved Helena’s tee. It was simple yet stylish. And the back – va va voom! She took a simple tee and made it sexy!

 

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I used a burnout cotton knit for both versions I made. When you make yours be sure to choose a knit that will drape nicely. :) The pattern is simple- a front and back piece, neck binding, sleeve bindings and the back band that not only helps keep the tee from sliding down your shoulders but adds a nice little designer touch. On the first version I made (the green one) I sewed the band underneath along the shoulder seam. Then I realized it was supposed to be on TOP of the shoulder seam which opens things up for a whole variety of neat versions. (Contrasting color would be neat!)

There are 2 different necklines to choose from. One is a round neck and a v-neck. I made the v-neck both times. One tip- just follow the directions! My mind had a little trouble grasping what Helena meant, but if you follow the picture diagram and just do it you will find you made a beautiful v-neck!

 

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The green one is mine… But Juliette is notorious for appropriating other peoples clothes (to the dismay of her big sister) and she looks cuter than me so she got the pictures taken… Plus it disappeared off Dolores (my dress form) for approximately a week! I had to demand she bring it back. And then I made her one of her own. (She looks great in orange doesn’t she?)

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I promised my other 2 girls one too. Kadi already has her fabric picked out! Holly will take whatever I make! I will definitely be making more of the Sandpoint Tee. Like I said, it is more than just a basic tee. It is pretty! And stylish! I would like a black one. And I have a fabulous silk cotton knit that drapes gorgeously!

The Sandpoint is a great tee for beginners as well. Helena walks you through each step and includes clear diagrams! It is being released TODAY! So get on over to GrayDay Patterns and make one, or two, or five of your own! Oh, And Helena is offering a 20% discount from now until 10-26! The discount code is “firstweek.”

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Congrats to Helena on winning Project Indie with The Monthly Stitch… and congrats on your first pattern! I am looking forward to see what is next up for GrayDay Patterns. :)

Laurie

xoxox

Ps. Here is a gallery of photos for your viewing pleasure! :D

It’s Baaaaaaaaaaackkkkkkk…

Hey Peeps… Long time, no chat. And long time, little sewing!

I deleted my last post but want to thank EVERYONE for the kind thoughts, advice, and reading material! They were all treasured. Guess every now and then it is nice to see that others DO care! I deleted it mostly because I was interviewing for a new job. I made it through all 4 “cuts” but did not get the job in the end. I was happy I made it that far. (Well I would have been HAPPIER had I gotten the job but…!) Anyway, it was for the Executive Asst position for the ceo of WordPress. And I thought it was better if my last blog post had not been one about the stress of my life and a panic attack! But I DID appreciate all the comments! xoxo So hugs to you all.

That said, I am still stressed and still working on making some changes but I seem to be handling things a bit better at the moment! I am hoping for a good job in Houston OR a higher paying job here in San Diego.

So, what’s back? I think my Sewing Mojo has been rekindling itself. I made a Fall List! I got pretty excited going through my fabric stash and choosing some things to make over the next few months. I am calling it my Fall Sewing List but I doubt we will get much of a Fall Season. Bums me out too because I sure would like to wear some long sleeves and tights! And maybe a scarf now and then. But alas it is 90 degrees as I write this. And on Monday it is supposed to be 103! YECK!

Fall List

Anyway- here it is. My list in progress. I have more Christmas items to add to the list and who knows what else. But I think this is a pretty good start! By the way- the list is NOT in order. Except the top item happens to be almost ready to go! So, without further ado… My Fall List:

Lady Skater

Whenever I think about the Lady Skater pattern by KitschyKoo I start singing “He was a Skater Boy.” Avril Lavigne. Totally not even my era of music but my girlies used to sing it. Well, I am going to have ME a Lady Skater in this realllllly awesome floral medium weight knit from Purple Seamstress Fabrics. Despite the sweet flowers I can feel a little rebellious wearing those skulls. LOVE this fabric! And I think I am going to have enough left over to make a 2nd Burda Sweatshirt. (Up next is going to be my first Burda Sweatshirt!)

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I just loved this pattern in the most recent Burda magazine. Sadly it is my last issue. Happily this will be the first thing I have ACTUALLY made from the years worth of issues I have. This knit is a lighter weight slinky knit. I am going to use a similar solid black for the sleeves. If it turns out well I am going to use the leftover floral/ skull knit from above for a 2nd one. YAHOO for lightweight sweatshirts!

70's Simplicity

Ever since I bought this pattern on Etsy I have been dying to make it. I was just lacking some eyelet fabric! Then at the LA Bloggers Meetup I attended a few months back someone was graciously giving this one away. I snagged it knowing this sweet little 70’s number would finally get to be made up. It is for Holly- because that girl wears EVERYTHING I make her. All the time! Love sewing for someone who WEARS what I make! :D

Minoru. DenimI bought this denim in Los Angeles when I was shopping with some fellow Sewists. At $3 a yard it LEAPED into my arms! I already have a lovely jade green lining in my stash AND I bought the zipper quite a while back as well. So this baby is ready to Rock N Roll. I am excited and nervous at the same time. It seems like a BIG project!

Holly SwimsuitI know! I KNOW! It is FALL and I am making a swim suit? This is California, people. And she has been waiting PATIENTLY for a swimsuit all summer long. I NEED to get this made for Holly! (And now that I think about it I better go dig out the orange fabric Juliette got for HER swimsuit!)

Maxi DressI made this pattern already and LOVED it. I have yet to blog it- but will get to that soon. This black and white Aztec print is another knit I picked up from PURPLE SEAMSTRESS FABRICS. (She has GREAT knits- and if you follow her on FB you can be tempted DAILY! LOL) I am actually waffling between this Simplicity pattern and another BHL Anna dress. I have 3 of those already though. But I want ALL the Anna’s… so I may change my mind!

Speaking of BHL- I plan on making the new Holly jumpsuit for my Christmas outfit. Ya, here in California Christmas day is usually a lovely, sunshiny day. Blue skies and upper 70’s. So I thought- jumpsuit? Oh YA! (Watch we get some freakish weather this year and my lovely jumpsuit has to stay in the closet! lol)

Holly ChristmasSpeaking of Christmas- We already have Holly’s dress all picked out. OK OK… I confess… This was supposed to be her dress LAST year but I never got to it. THIS year, IT”S ON! And I have everything I need! Boning- CHECK. Zipper- CHECK. Lining- CHECK. She is going to look darling in this! I have informed Juliette and Kadi that they better pick their dresses out SOON! I want them to be done PRE-DECEMBER. (So unlike me- usually my sewing machine is running the night before holiday dresses are needed!)

Packers FabricMy son Casey has requested a few button down shirts for Christmas. He would like Chargers, Green Bay Packers and a Hawaiian print. I have had this particular fabric in my stash for at least 15 years! (We are talking Quillow days gang!) Anyway, it is going to get USED! Finally! And I should have enough left over for a pillowcase OR a pair of boxers. :)

BW Maxi Skirt Another item on my list is the McCalls 6966 Maxi skirt. This black and white stripe (again purchased from Purple Seamstress) has 1″ wide stripes. I have been wanting to make one of these for a while now- and it is time. I think I will make a black Sewaholic Renfrew to go with this. WAIT! I HAVE a black Sewaholic Renfrew! Woot Woot! A complete Me Made Outfit!

Log CabinAnd finally… I am going to FINISH this Log Cabin Quilt. It was the VERY first quilt I ever made. And it has been languishing unfinished for 18 years or so. This can no longer languish! And it won’t! It is a twin size quilt and I always have batting in my stash so this quilt is going to finally get some snuggling this winter!

I am pretty happy with my list. I have a few hopefuls waiting in the wings. But they do not have fabric yet and the one thing I wanted to do when I created this list was start using up some of my stash. Especially since money is tight right now! But I feel like I have some GREAT pieces and am pleased to finally be making these up.

I also have quite a few unblogged items. A Marvel Comic dress, a Saltspring, a Gabriola skirt, several new tops, an ugly “yellow” dress, a turquoise jacket, a red jacket, a Simplicity Maxi dress… wow. I better stop. I see a long photo shoot in my near future!

Take care friends and Happy Sewing! xoxo

 

 

 

Derby- The Sweetest Thing!

I made this a while back- in Spring to be exact- and it was another dress I failed to blog right away so I decided to rectify that today! For Easter I made Middle Daughter- Holly- the Derby dress by Christine Haynes.

Confession- I never would have bought this pattern just seeing it on the internet. I went to Christine’s last book signing and lo and behold on a dress form was the SWEETEST little dress I had seen in a while. I HAD to have it for my girls -I asked and it was The Derby dress! So, I bought the pattern along with a copy of her new book. :)

 

Derby Dress

 

 

The weekend I was at this book signing I stayed an extra day and went shopping with a group of fun sewing gals and found the perfect fabric for the dress. Can I say $2 a yard? At Angel Textiles? A super fab downtown LA fabric store Amity from Lolita patterns turned me on to. When I saw this pretty lavender floral print I KNEW it was going to be perfect for Holly’s Derby dress. :D

There are so many things I like about this dress. But my favorite thing is it’s simplicity. Not just sewing it up but it looks like a perfect little spring/ summer dress. It has nice lines, a sweet neckline ruffle option and spaghetti straps! It has a thin tie belt that can be used… or not! Like I said… A pretty sweet dress. :)

Derby Dress by Christine Haynes

I thought I was going to have trouble with those spaghetti straps but everything cooperated nicely. I suggest LOTS of pins when attaching the straps to the neckline. Pins can be your friends peeps!

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Derby Dress by Christine Haynes

See? I am pretty sure I did not make any mistakes with that front ruffle and neckline. :D If I can do it, I am pretty darn sure you can do it too! (As a matter of fact I think you should!)
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When I was in LA a few trips back I picked up these adorable little “hands” I decided to use as “tags.” And I FINALLY remembered to use one! The next time I go to LA I am going to pick up a few more bags and do a giveaway… Because I think they are AWESOME!

 

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All in all, I think Derby is a delightfully sweet little dress. And Christine Haynes was a delightfully sweet person! I feel honored I got to meet her and enjoyed sewing up one of her designs.

Derby Dress by Christine Haynes

 

Derby Dress

 

Hope you enjoyed the DERBY dress! I did… :)

In other news… I have made TWO Sewaholic patterns I need to blog… The Saltspring and Gabriola. Ohhh they are MARVELOUS on this SPOON shaped girl! Hardly ANY changes had to be made! Hopefully I will get some pics of those soon and be able to share… And tonight I am starting a round of “Nighttime Sewing.” I will be joining my cousin Kerrielee at 9 PM and sewing until we can’t sew anymore. I doubt it will be in to the wee hours of the morning because #1 we are not as young as we used to be and #2 I have to work in the morning. BUT I typically sew in the evening anyway. And Kerrielee, Mom to 6, pretty much has to sew after all the little ones are in bed or she is constantly interrupted. So we are going to give this a whirl and see what happens!

Take care and Happy Sewing!

Laurie xox

 

LA Blogger Meet-Up… Details Details!

Our meetup is right around the corner and boy are we all getting excited! Our excitement comes from many arenas as well, and the most exciting thing is we get to meet and hang out with a whole bunch of other sewists from So. Cal. Yahoo! There will be shopping, a pattern/ fabric swap, lunch at Cafe Midi and we even have some giveaways!

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And that is why I am here today. To thank those super awesome people who have donated something to our little get together. (By the way, we have 38 confirmed attendees!)

In case you have not heard about it- you can go here to read all the deets! We are meeting Saturday, June 14th at 11:30 at Cafe Midi which is next to The Fabric Store.

First, I’d like to give a special thanks to my fellow co-hosts- Kathy, Erin, and Jill. It has been fun scheming with you ladies the last few months!

And now a special thanks to our fabulous sponsors! We LOVE you guys! <3

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Hopefully I will be seeing some of you June 14th for some fabric and fellowship! If if you have not RSVP’d yet be sure and email Erin!

xoxox

Laurie

PS. Here is a current list of attendees- Just so you can go and get to know everyone before meeting in person: AmityTriceTanya plus one, AmyEleynaLaurie plus three guests, KathyJill AmyBethanyDianeStephanie, April, MelissaAngieKarin, Nancy, Kaoru, Marie, Pam and her friend Sarah, AleahLoren DPamieMarrie BLeahNhiJulianne, Natalie C, Sandra, Adrienne, and Jo M.

McCalls 6834- I Am In Love

I am a little late on this post but Eldest Daughter (Kadi) likes PERFECT pictures. And she loved her latest dress so much she wanted to have them taken by a photographer friend. Now that I see the photos I am so in love with the dress AND the photos I am happy I waited. :) A very SPECIAL thanks to Darnay Luckie of Darnay Luckie Photography for these beautiful images!

I made this dress for Easter. All 3 girls got a new dress for this occasion and getting them done on time was quite a challenge! Thankfully, by noon when we had to leave, all 3 dresses were complete! WHEW!

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For Kadi we chose McCalls 6834. She loved the pleats and the whole look of the dress. The challenge came in finding a fabric she wanted to use. After several trips to JoAnns, she kept going back to this lovely piece of cotton voile I had picked up at Angels Textiles in Los Angeles. The fabric is so soft and drapey and oh so pretty I could not resist it! Not only that, I snapped it up for $2 a yard!! Now I wish I had purchased more! I think it has a vintage look with those roses and that pretty shade of blue.

The pattern called for more of a midweight fabric and I admit I was a bit worried how the pleats would turn out and how the general flow of the dress would work with the dress. But I really believe it worked beautifully! The iron was DEFINITELY my friend during the making of this garment! (Ack! I see a thread!)

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The pattern piece’s are quite a few “panels” sewn together. If you take a look from the neckline to the hem- that is all one piece. No waistline and bodice/skirt pieces. Just the panels. Then the pleats! As a said, I was worried if they would hold but once I had them ironed up they looked AHHMAZING! (In my humble opinion!) I think the whole shape of the dress is very flattering because of those panels!

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I did not match up my roses. To be honest I never even THOUGHT about matching up the roses until I was sitting here thinking about it and writing this post! I suppose I would have been extra ahhhmazing if I had done such a thing… but ah well. I did not think about it and I think the dress still looks great!

The dress did not have lining but this fine cotton was so fine I felt the need to line the dress. All I actually did was line the bodice fully to the waist area and tell her to wear a slip. But the other night I was thinking about this dress and decided I could actually attach a “slip skirt” to the bodice lining and then it would be completely wearable without a slip. DUH… Not sure why I did not think of this before. I will blame it on the midnight sewing! I seriously thought to myself, “Man, I am NOT going to line the skirt because I don’t want to do double pleats…” Uhhhhh- what was I thinking?

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Now that I LOOK at the back of the dress I see my roses COULD have been placed better. But next time I will remember that detail! I was seriously cutting this out the night before Easter Sunday. It was one of THOSE nights!

I will definitely make this dress again. The only negative is ironing the pleats. YES… they will need to be ironed after every wash and wear. The fabric is just that kind of fabric. But honestly I think that 10-15 minutes in ironing time is well worth it. It is SUCH a pretty dress!

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I will leave you with a bunch more photos… Cause I just can’t resist sharing them!

Happy Sewing!

xoxo Laurie

 

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A Groovy 70’s Dress

Hi All! So FINALLY I get to blog about this dress. I have been nagging and nagging Middle Child about taking pictures of the TWO dresses I have made her that still remain unblogged. Well, now I know the trick. We bought Marvel Comic Super Hero fabric for a dress and I informed her that I would not make it until the other two dresses had pictures. :) Success. So the way to get pictures is to promise more dresses! And I am surprisingly OKAY with that!

Simplicity 6882 Vintage 70's

I picked up this vintage pattern a while back. Holly is such a slim girl I wanted to try some 70’s styles on her. Simplicity 6882 seemed like a great place to start! I found a pretty royal blue rayon and went to work. The pattern is a size 10 and I had to take in the bodice quite a bit. Ah well. I am getting used to that with this girl! 5’4″ and doesn’t even hit 100 pounds. Despite all that she is a pretty cool cat. ;) She has already worn this dress a few times. :)

Simplicity 6882 Vintage Pattern

The pattern went together pretty easily. I don’t typically like dresses with seams in the front of the skirt so if I make this again I may make some adjustments but thankfully the seam is barely noticeable. The zipper in the back went in without any trouble. Cool beans!

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I shortened the length considerably. Holly looks great in a shorter dress so we usually make them a few inches above her knee. I had some trouble because the skirt was rounded. I kept getting those little ripples and ended up having to give it a really good press. Guess I need to do some tutorial reading on hemming rounded hemlines!

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The bodice has some simple “pleating” in the front. Adds a neat little touch I think! Simplicity 6882 Vintage

Don’t you love Holly’s new short hair?? :)

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Yes. I am really liking this dress. And Holly does too! She has worn it several times! I am thinking I may need to make one in a pretty floral next.

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Picture heavy and word light! I just don’t have a lot to say about this dress other than I love it! So I’ll catch you on the flip side!

Laurie xox

The top 15 70’s slang terms for your enjoyment:

Psyche

Far out

Dream on

Book/booking

Catch you on the flip side

Boogie

Right on

Brick house

Can you dig it

Cat

Chump

Cool beans

Do me a solid

Groovy

What a fry

 

 

1. Psyche! – This 70’s slang word was used when tricking someone. I.e. “I told the joke and she thought it was real, it really psyched her out.”2. Far Out! – Used when the person wanted to show that something was cool, awesome, unbelievable, etc. I.e. “Did you see that new movie? It was far out!”3. Dream On – This slang term was used to show someone that they were being unrealistic. I.e. “He asked me out like he thought he really had a chance, I told him to dream on.”4. Book/Booking – Used to talk about moving fast, being speedy, etc. I.e. “I saw the principal booking it down the hall towards the fight this morning.”

5. Catch You on the Flip-side – The 70’s slang term was used to say goodbye, see you later, etc. I.e. “I’m going to go home, catch you on the flip-side, John.”
– See more at: http://coolestwords.com/content/top-15-slang-words-70%E2%80%99s#sthash.gzn0OSCr.dpuf

The Top 15 Slang Words of the 70’s

In the 70’s disco was hot, lava lamps were the latest “cool” invention and Charlie’s Angels was a hit new TV show. The decade brought on some interesting times as the Vietnam War was waged overseas… so what slang words was that generation using?

1. Psyche! – This 70’s slang word was used when tricking someone. I.e. “I told the joke and she thought it was real, it really psyched her out.”

2. Far Out! – Used when the person wanted to show that something was cool, awesome, unbelievable, etc. I.e. “Did you see that new movie? It was far out!”

3. Dream On – This slang term was used to show someone that they were being unrealistic. I.e. “He asked me out like he thought he really had a chance, I told him to dream on.”

4. Book/Booking – Used to talk about moving fast, being speedy, etc. I.e. “I saw the principal booking it down the hall towards the fight this morning.”

5. Catch You on the Flip-side – The 70’s slang term was used to say goodbye, see you later, etc. I.e. “I’m going to go home, catch you on the flip-side, John.”

6. Boogie – This slang word was used as a description for dancing, having fun, etc. I.e. “We went to the new disco club and boogied all night long.”

7. Right On! – Used to show agreement with something or someone in the extreme. I.e. “You’re got into college, right on!”

8. Brick House – A term used to describe someone who is physically built well with an attractive body. I.e. “She’s got a body like a brick house!”

9. Can You Dig It? – A 70’s slang term used to see if someone agreed with you or they understand you. I.e. “We’re going to go to the beach, can you dig it man?”

10. Cat – Used to describe someone who was cool, great, awesome, etc. I.e. “I met your boyfriend today, he’s a real cool cat.”

11. Chump – This 70’s slang was used to describe someone who was a loser, an idiot, a fool, etc. I.e. “Did you see what he was wearing? The chump!”

12. Cool Beans – Used to show agreement with or to reply in the positive. I.e. “You want to head out, cool beans.”

13. Do Me a Solid – The slang term was used to ask a favor of someone. I.e. “Will you do me a solid and not tell mom I’m going out?”

14. Groovy – This 70’s slang word was used to describe someone or something as cool, neat, great, etc. I.e. “That girl is really groovy!”

15. What a Fry – Used to describe something or someone that blows your mind, that is weird or crazy. I.e. “Did you see Toby walking down the road all spaced out, what a fry man!”

- See more at: http://coolestwords.com/content/top-15-slang-words-70%E2%80%99s#sthash.gzn0OSCr.dpuf

The Top 15 Slang Words of the 70’s

In the 70’s disco was hot, lava lamps were the latest “cool” invention and Charlie’s Angels was a hit new TV show. The decade brought on some interesting times as the Vietnam War was waged overseas… so what slang words was that generation using?

1. Psyche! – This 70’s slang word was used when tricking someone. I.e. “I told the joke and she thought it was real, it really psyched her out.”

2. Far Out! – Used when the person wanted to show that something was cool, awesome, unbelievable, etc. I.e. “Did you see that new movie? It was far out!”

3. Dream On – This slang term was used to show someone that they were being unrealistic. I.e. “He asked me out like he thought he really had a chance, I told him to dream on.”

4. Book/Booking – Used to talk about moving fast, being speedy, etc. I.e. “I saw the principal booking it down the hall towards the fight this morning.”

5. Catch You on the Flip-side – The 70’s slang term was used to say goodbye, see you later, etc. I.e. “I’m going to go home, catch you on the flip-side, John.”

6. Boogie – This slang word was used as a description for dancing, having fun, etc. I.e. “We went to the new disco club and boogied all night long.”

7. Right On! – Used to show agreement with something or someone in the extreme. I.e. “You’re got into college, right on!”

8. Brick House – A term used to describe someone who is physically built well with an attractive body. I.e. “She’s got a body like a brick house!”

9. Can You Dig It? – A 70’s slang term used to see if someone agreed with you or they understand you. I.e. “We’re going to go to the beach, can you dig it man?”

10. Cat – Used to describe someone who was cool, great, awesome, etc. I.e. “I met your boyfriend today, he’s a real cool cat.”

11. Chump – This 70’s slang was used to describe someone who was a loser, an idiot, a fool, etc. I.e. “Did you see what he was wearing? The chump!”

12. Cool Beans – Used to show agreement with or to reply in the positive. I.e. “You want to head out, cool beans.”

13. Do Me a Solid – The slang term was used to ask a favor of someone. I.e. “Will you do me a solid and not tell mom I’m going out?”

14. Groovy – This 70’s slang word was used to describe someone or something as cool, neat, great, etc. I.e. “That girl is really groovy!”

15. What a Fry – Used to describe something or someone that blows your mind, that is weird or crazy. I.e. “Did you see Toby walking down the road all spaced out, what a fry man!”

- See more at: http://coolestwords.com/content/top-15-slang-words-70%E2%80%99s#sthash.gzn0OSCr.dpuf

 

Introducing Olive- A Lovely New Blouse From Lolita Patterns

Olive Blouse from Lolita Patterns

 

Last week Amity released a new pattern in to the growing Lolita Patterns line and I am stoked! I was asked to test it, was late in replying, but had it whipped up in just a few days! And here she is… Olive. Amity’s description is perfect so I decided not to even try to reword it!

“Olive is a beautiful blouse that plays with fabric texture to create a striking look. View A features a beautiful draping sheer fabric combined with a stable solid that produces a unique look. The sheer cowl overlay and soft flounces draw attention to the gorgeous blend of fabric textures. The waistband combined with the pleated peplum adds shaping to the garment. View B eliminates the sheer fabric to provide a fantastic all-around basic blouse perfect for pairing with suits, skirts, and pants.”

I would like to start off by saying my pictures are not great. I have been SO busy- as you probably have figured out- that I have not blogged at all in like a MONTH. (Maybe more…) Between work (several 60 hour weeks) and sewing for Easter, and life… and then my 10 day vacation to Oregon I have been a bit out of touch. But I have missed you all in Sewing Land! And thankfully I have Instagram so if I follow you I still feel connected. :) (My instagram is lauriesue83 if you are interested!)

Now that I have that out of the way… lets talk about Olive. :D (Ya- she is a bit loose in some areas in these pics!)

 

I used a “teal” crepe de chine and a matching sheer chiffon. These pics turned out a little bluer then it really is. Take this in your mind and add some more green to it!  (On a side note- my first car was teal. I bought it myself. And I LOVED it! I am not even sure if this is called teal anymore… but I call it teal!)

I started with the size 16 pattern despite most of my measurements being in the 14 category. Next time I will use the 0-14. My biggest body issue is my thighs and hips. Sigh. I am a PEAR… and not a subtle pear. So, I used the hip measurement and went with the 16. I definitely had to take the bust and waist area down. I also noticed when I tried it on today to take my pathetic pictures it was bigger under the arms in the bust area AND waist. Sigh. Why can’t I lose weight in the biggest problem area first!

I chose to make View A with a few changes. I used one ruffle on each arm instead of 2. Now that I see Amity’s gorgeous plum one I want TWO ruffles. AND the flower. Lack of time had me skipping the flower. The nice thing is I can totally make time next time to add those special touches. And I will. I have a black one planned.  A solid black stylish dress blouse should be in every girls wardrobe!

Special touches are one of the things I love about Lolita patterns. Seriously people! So many patterns are just rehashed and it is difficult to find anything special. And even more difficult to find pretty, fashionable UNIQUE work clothes patterns. Well, let me tell you, Amity’s line of patterns has you covered! Fashionable and stylish and different then the run of the mill stuff we see all the time. You can tell she puts a lot of love and time in to her designs. It is in the DETAILS! From the ruffled sleeve to the draped neckline and pleats… a beautiful blouse!

Olive Pattern

It is in the details!

On the sewing front, Olive went together quite easily. You need to pay attention while cutting (especially since many of the pieces you only need one) and use those labels! The labels will be a LIFESAVER when you go to put it all together. I admit I was afraid when I embarked on this project. Sheer fabric? Pleats? Drapiness? But it REALLY went together well and I was pretty darn excited. And the most exciting part of this whole process was the fact I was able to finish my sheer fabrics without my serger!

My serger has been paining me for a while. I actually had it in the shop for a few weeks. $150 bucks later and the darn thing still is not working like it used to. :( Much sadness. Maybe it is too old. I don’t know. I just know I was tempted to skip all things sheer on this blouse but went for it anyway. And just LOOK at what my sewing machine did. She stepped up to the plate and edged my ruffles beautifully. Yahoo! I seriously just thumped my chest and high fived myself! (I have put together a post on how I did this with my machine and will publish it on Friday…)

ruffling

Back to construction- There is an invisible side zipper. I did a pretty good job although it IS slightly off where the wasitband is. And speaking of the waistband… I lined mine. Originally the pattern did not have you do that but I wanted to so it would look neater and have a little more stability. (My waistband NEEDS stability to keep that waist of mine in!) I think Amity mentioned she was adding that to the pattern because most of the testers added a lining.

My invisible zip

My invisible zip

 

Olive Blouse Pattern by Lolita

Just like I did with my Olive… Go out and add Olive to your collection if you haven’t already. There is a Sew Along going on right now! And while you are at it you can pick up Spearmint, Sugar Plum, and Gunmetal. Amity is offering a 15% discount this month- just use sewing15indie in the coupon box! Trust me you will not regret it! I have them all… I think I need to have myself a little “Lolita” month and sew them all up! :D

Laurie xox

PS. Want to see more Olives? Here are some LOVELY ones that joined Lolita Patterns on a Blog Tour! Go see! Go see!

Leila A really neat printed blouse!

Carolyn – OOO- Such a pretty white version!

Maria A v-neck!!

Ping – A gorgeous shade of royal. A simple but pretty version

Hannah – RED! And she added black lace to the peplum… divine!

Katrina – A fantastic print combination!

T - Polka Dots! I love polka dots!