Sew Fashionable 06/27/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

We’re counting the days until our big party Saturday! Hubby has been spray painting table top decorations and plans to build a couple picnic tables. If history repeats itself, I’ll show you the pictures of his cool makes next year. Lol!

Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

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Style

Hila’s Collette/Sewaholic hybrid dress

Ying’s self drafted bralette

Tea’s new favorite dress

Dani’s Cardimome dress

Omg! This kimono refashion at Peneloping!

Dawn’s Cora shorts

Learn

All about cottons and linens at Line of Selvedge http://lineofselvage.jotabout.com/?p=3347

Tips and tricks for marking fabric at Orange Lingerie

Precision sewing a hook and eye for bras at Mrs. Weaver’s Finest

Shop

Sophie Swimsuit pattern from CCF

Reef Camisole & Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

High quality leather goods crafted in the USA: Neat Pineapple

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Sanibel Dress + My Fabric Designs

I made the Sanibel Dress from Hey June Patterns, using organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs. Read on for a review and peek at my newest print, Beachy Keen. Or, skip to the bottom for links:)

Sanibel Dress in organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

I cut a size XL for my Sanibel Dress. I saw Ajaire’s glamour romper a while back and knew I had to make this pattern.

Sanibel Dress pattern: inside view

This dress has beautiful finishing. There’s a back yoke and no visible seams on the cuffs. I added French seams everywhere, even the pockets.

Sanibel Dress from Hey June patterns

The Sanibel Dress pattern is designed with a lot of ease throughout the top. It’s meant to fit loosely and cinch in at the waist. If you have normally employ a swayback adjustment, you may eneed up with some fabric pooling in the back. I removed a lot of fabric from the bottom back seam. I cut off about 4″ in a half moon-ish shape, keeping the side seams their original length.

Sanibel Dress and Romper pattern review

I ended up adding a 3″ band for length since I didn’t pay attention to finished garment length. It’s still a bit short for me, so I’ll be adding more for my next version. I’m 5″6, for reference. But I also have a full bust and a long torso which contributes to the issue, regardless of height.

Sanibel Dress

Be sure to pay attention to seam allowances, especially the shoulder seams. I didn’t, and as a result my neckline didn’t match my collar stand. I pulled a pleat at the center back and Tim Gunned it.

Sanibel Dress collar front/back

The improvised pleat and not making a muslin were the only 2 crimes I committed while making the Sanibel Dress. I haven’t made tons of collars and this was my first time sewing a real cuff. I usually favor less involved projects, so I really took my time on this dress. I think my collar looks pretty good, for a newb!

Sanibel Dress button placket

Also worth a quick brag: the button placket and impeccable print matching on the pockets. You can barely see them; where’d they go?! I may add decorative bar tacks on the pockets later.

Sanibel Dress from Hey June Patterns

I cut off my feet in every single shot I took of my Sanibel Dress. Which is shameful, because I had on really cute wedges. And I never get to wear wedges!!

Sanibel Dress from Hey June Patterns, in organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

But I want to tell you about the fabric, not my shoes. This was my first time using the organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs. It comes with a slight sheen that comes off during your pre-wash.

Beachy Keen by Amy Mayen. Available in 26 different types of fabric at My Fabric Designs

After washing, I had a light, soft, tightly woven cotton. It feels like a high quality voile but it’s opaque enough that no lining is needed for a dress. It breathes really well, so it’s perfect in this heat.

It frays a little more than quilting cotton. I used fray check* in the nooks and crannies, like the collar points. I also recommend fine pins or Wonder Clips* for this type of fabric.  (*Amazon affiliate links.)

My design is called Beachy Keen, and it’s available in 26 different types of fabric. If you purchase on of my prints, I recieve a small commission. Let me know if you do, so I can say thank you!

Sanibel Dress in Beachy Keen; organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

Pattern: Sanibel Dress and Romper from Hey June

Fabric: Beachy Keen in organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

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Sew Fashionable 06/20/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Where did this week go?! I only have one weekend left before our 4th of July party and I’M FREAKING OUT! I can’t seem to finish my dress, although it’s looking beautiful. My house is a wreck and I have a bad case of the lazies. Why can’t I have a maid and chef…and a personal life planner? Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

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Style

Helen’s killing it again with her patchwork sway dress 

An excellent review of the Pneuma Top at The Last Stitch

Kimberly’s Cheyenne shirt

Rochelle’s sleeveless archer 

A gorgeous swimsuit cover and bikini from Margo

Learn

Use a facing on the outside of a garment to add visual interest at SBCC Patterns

Read about zipper gauges at Kommatia Patterns

Shop

Free Sally Skirt pattern from On The Cutting Room Floor

Asymetric Wrap Skirt from Kommatia Patterns

Tripoli Trousers pattern from Bomnie Wiscombe

All these projects and more are featured on my Pinterest boards. Come have a look!

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Sew Fashionable 06/13/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Beachy Keen by Amy Mayen. Available in 26 different types of fabric at MyFabricDesigns.com

Summertime is the ultimate excuse for dragging my feet on sewing projects. I had another week of motivation only to swim and work in the yard. Do you love the new print I designed? It’s called Beachy Keen and it’s available at My Fabric Designs. 

Let’s see what everyone has been making!

Sew Fashionable: A weekly series showcasing beautiful sewing and fashion from across the blogosphere.

Style

Kimberly designed the Carcreek dress and released it as a free pattern at Straight Stitch Designs 

Jade made a swim version of the Sierra Bra 

Katie’s Willow Tank 

Suzannah’s party dress 

Sara’s Hepburn Shorts 

Learn

Tanya wrote a list of places to buy swimwear notions and supplies at The Curvy Sewing Collective

Tany shows us how to sew a narrow French bias facing 

Sew perfect buttonholes from Closet Case Files 

Shop

The Santa Fe Top from Hey June Patterns 
 
 
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Sew Fashionble 06/06/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

This week I plan to cut into some very nice fabric…but first I need to get some hairbow making out of my system. These are some custom bigalicious 8″ bows I made over the weekend. Fingers crossed, I should be able to get some more listings in the shop this week.

8" Custom Hair Bow Set: Your choice of colors

Let’s see what everyone has been making!

Style

Helen’s Lanari Dress and View A of her soon to be released culottes pattern.

This shirtdress sewn by Heather

Carolyn made a gorgeous jersey lingerie set

Naomi’s Esme Cardigan at The Monthly Stitch

Learn

4 ways to sew a curved hem, video tutorial by Charlotte Kan

How to pivot a dart at In The Folds

Shop

Micro Duoplex in all the colors! Bra kits at Bravo Bellas

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