Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

We have to talk about Megan Nielsen’s new pattern; the Reef Camisole and Shorts set. Today I’m going to show you the Reef Shorts, and we’ll look at the cami next week.

Read about it below, or skip to the bottom for the pattern link.

Megan Nielsen Patterns, Reef Camisole & Shorts Pattern.

The reef shorts pattern feature an elastic waist, fabulous pockets, and hemline options.

Choose from a straight or curved hemline and a waistband that sits on your natural waist or a lower rise.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

I made the curved hem version with the higher rise. I love the 70’s vibe of these shorts! I used mystery stash from one of the big stores. (JoAnns?) It looks and feels like silk but I’m sure it’s a synthetic blend.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

These photos are from pattern testing back in April. I’ve been living in them. Do you know how much it killed me not to post them on Instagram during Me Made May?

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

I loved the construction techniques for finishing. The insides look as good as the outside. The hem is folded over so there’s no “wrong side” of the fabric showing.

Megan Nielsen patterns: Reef Shorts

The leg fit is awesome. My thighs don’t squish out like a Play-Do Factory when I sit down; and the shorts don’t flap around and hang my cheeks out either. Plus, the pockets are just right for my phone and don’t bulk out when I’m carrying it.

It’s perfection.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

This pattern is in the tnt category for me, like joggers and raglan tees. I havent seen them in a fabric I didn’t like yet. I want a chambray pair and some sweatshirt knit drawstring versions. I predict lots of Reef Shorts being born at my house.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

The Reef shorts were designed for casual or sleep wear. I think they dress up well too, depending on fabric choice.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

Anyhow, nothing but good things to say about Megan Nielsen’s Reef Shorts pattern. You should probably all stampede to buy it.

Pattern: Reef Camisole & Shorts Set by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Fabric: leopard mystery stash (silk blend?)

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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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Foxglove Tank With Full Bust Adjustment

Foxglove Tank by Selvedge Designs- with full bust adjustment

Pattern: The Foxglove Tank by Selvedge Designs

Fabric: Dusty Mountain Trails in silk crepe de chine. You can buy this print in 26 different types of fabric at My Fabric Designs.

*I designed this print and recieve a commission from My Fabric Designs when this print is purchased. Exciting!

Foxglove Tank by Selvedge Designs- with full bust adjustment

I figure you’re all tired of raglans and t-shirts all the time. Honestly, I wanted a little more of a challenge myself.

Foxglove Tank in Silk with Full Bust Adjustment

I always wanted to wear those pretty, woven tank tops but I can’t even pull them over my shoulders in RTW. Lauren from Selvedge Designs highly recommends sewing a muslin, and I agree. (Especially for the woven version.)

The Foxglove Tank pattern is perfectly true to size and includes finished measurements. If you are more proportionate than me, you might be able to just body fit the pattern to check the size.

Foxglove Tank with FBA

I knew I’d need a full bust adjustment and to add a lot of length. I made 4 muslins. Four. I never work that hard to make a garment, but I’m trying to learn new things. I’m not practiced at full bust adjustments- I’m pretty new to sewing for myself. I’ve stuck with the easy stuff mostly. Reading The Curvy Sewing Collective has really boosted my sewing confidence and made me strive for a better fit.

Foxglove Tank with FBA

As much as I wanted a tank like this, it isn’t most flattering style for my chest. I think it makes me look boxy on top. I guess I wanted to look like Lauren on her pattern cover. I won’t complain about what God gave me, because he made us all different…

I will say that my very projected bust that makes a lot of garments sit differently on me. I love wearing this tank layered up though. It’s simple and dresses up or down; plus it coordinates with practically everything I own. It’s the prettiest thing I’ve made for myself in a long time.

Foxglove Tank with FBA

So I’m going to tell you about some fit issues I had with this pattern, but I want to say for the record that these are due to my inexperience with pattern adjusting, and the actual design not working with my body type. Not in any way the fault of the pattern, which I will highly reccomend to my friends. 

After my full bust adjustment with enormous dart; I cut the back in two mirrored pieces, adding a slight curve at the small of the back. My muslins were very wide and swingy after the marathon of full bust adjusting, so it helped the shaping quite a bit. I think I could’ve pulled an even larger dart and maybe went up one size? I’m not experienced enough to know yet…but I’m going to get really good at full bust and Hulk shoulder adjustments though.

Foxglove Tank with Full Bust Adjustment

I used French hems throughout and used me-made silk crepe bias tape to bind the edges. It was a bitch but I’m so proud of the construction on my Foxglove Tank. The pattern really walks you through each step and I enjoyed sewing it. It’s a very professional pattern with nice techniques, and includes lots of helpful tips and very thorough instructions.

French Seams in silk tank

This silk crepe de chine from My Fabric Designs is dreamy. I designed the print in some of my favorite colors with Native American inspiration. I was trying for subtle teepees!

There’s a slight crispness and sheen to the crepe de chine until you pre-wash. You end up with a soft, fluid drape. I accidentally pre-washed my fabric with a load of regular clothes. Hot water, soap, and full heat drying, y’all. To my great surprise, my fabric survived with only slight fading. (I expect a little fading in silk, even with hand washing.) It’s good to know I won’t ruin my Foxglove Tank with all my abusive ways.

Silk Crepe De Chine | Dusty Mountain Trails by Amy Mayen

Working with My Fabric Designs has been awesome. I choose the garment I want to sew, then decide what type of fabric to use. After that I can pick any print I like, or design my own. No more stress trying to match my projects to my fabric. We’ve all been there right? It’s like when you have peanut butter and no jelly.

Foxglove Tank With FBA

I normally try to get pictures in soft light. It was so chilly this day that I went out in full sun. Otherwise I would’ve happily buried myself in blankets all day. I’m squinting in the light and getting thrown around by the wind. Anybody else having weather related blog photo issues? See you soon with my first me-made bra!

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New Look 6378 | 70’s Inspired Kimono

New Look 6378 Pattern Review | 70's Inspired Kimono

Here’s my New Look 6378 pattern review.

New Look 6378 Pattern Review | 70's Inspired Kimono

Before I start, I feel the need to disclaim. I sewed this kimono for spring; this is not how I would style it in real life. I’d pair it with a tank and jeans or shorts, and some sandals. Not a long sleeve thermal and work boots!

New Look 6378 Pattern Review | 70's Inspired Kimono

New Look 6378 includes top, tunic, and duster length. Choose from sleeveless or “just past the elbow” sleeves, and a curved or straight hem. The center back curves in to create some gentle shaping.

New Look 6378 Pattern Review | 70's Inspired Kimono

Size:This project is a gift, and I sewed a medium for the recipient. The size chart is true, so when I make my kimono I’ll use large or possibly extra large.

New Look 6378 Pattern Review | 70's Inspired Kimono

Overall, I’m very pleased with this pattern. It’s a quick, satisfying sew. I’m not a fan of kimono length sleeves though. The odd length makes me feel like I have inhumanly long arms. I was able to eek out a couple more inches on the sleeves, but that made the sleeves even more awkward. That wasn’t my only problem with this project. I want to make very clear that my issues were due to fabric choice and not the fault of New Look 6378. I’ll be sewing this again.

New Look 6378 Pattern Review | 70's Inspired Kimono

I had a nasty surprise when I performed a burn test and found out this fabric wasn’t the dreamy stuff I thought it was. If you look closely above, you can see the little snag that added insult to injury. It’s left of the center back seam, and it looked much worse right side out.

New Look 6378 Pattern Review | 70's Inspired Kimono

I added a back yoke to cover it, because I’m too stubborn to quit. I really love this gauzy, funky vintage print! But the pattern placement is off center…those 3 flowers should’ve been in the middle. I didn’t even notice until I had already basted and sewed the entire thing. So I was thrice pissed.

New Look 6378 Pattern Review | 70's Inspired Kimono

Modifications:

-Lengthened the sleeves by a few inches, that turned out weird.

-Added a back yoke, and the print is off center.

-Used French seams for the first time, as per Justine suggests in her pattern review. I’m happy I learned something new, but next time I’ll aim for really narrow, sexy French seams.

-Hemmed the edges by folding over twice and top stitching. My weird pink fabric was strangely accommodating. There’s kind of a funny hanging spot in the hem below, but it has relaxed and looks really nice now. I think fold over binding would look best, but that’s a lot of bias tape to make.

-Curved the center back seam in about another inch.

New Look 6378 Pattern Review | 70's Inspired Kimono

Textile choice is key for this kimono. Choose a light, flowy fabric. I love the movement in the next pic, although I’m not sure why I’m throwing up gang signs. What is that?!

New Look 6378 Pattern Review | 70's Inspired Kimono

I think I’m on a streak of bad sewing luck. My next project has print placement issues too. Have you guys been having trouble getting back in the groove of things this year?

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5-Way Wrap Sewing Pattern from Indygo Junction

5-Way Wrap pattern from Indygo Junction

I found the perfect sewing project to close the year with: the 5-Way Wrap from Indygo Junction.

5-Way Wrap | Sewing Pattern from Indygo Junction

This is probably my favorite garment I’ve made all year. I’m freakin’ devastated that it was promised to my sister in law. If that heifer doesn’t wear it, I will repo this cardi-jacket. I’m in love with it and plan to make several more.

5-Way Wrap Sewing Pattern from Indygo Junction

The 5-Way Wrap pattern is from Indygo Junction. This was my first time using one of Amy Barickman’s patterns and I’m very pleased. It came in a pattern sized ziplock baggie with the tissue paper pattern tucked neatly between the cover photo front and fabric requirements and stats for the back. Instructions were included in a one page folded booklet, printed on nice sturdy paper. The instructions and illustrations are more than satisfactory, although this is a pretty simple sew.

Fringe Jacket Detail with Decorative Ladder Stitch

I simplified this project further by using a decorative ladder stitch and fringing the edges, rather than using bias binding. I love fringe all the time…but it’s really appropriate for this southwestern print.

5-Way Wrap Sewing Pattern from Indygo Junction

I did use self made bias binding for the armholes. It’s a little thick with the fabric I used…either cotton or poly blended something or another. The fabric is loosely woven like a serape blanket, but much softer and drapier for apparel. One side is a bit softer than the other, like wool. Maybe its wool…I should’ve read the bolt!

5-Way Wrap Sewing Pattern from Indygo Junction

I’m enamoured with the fabric, whatever it is. The pattern calls for 2 sided fleece, flannel, wool, or linen. I’m pretty sure I need to make a red plaid flannel version, and an earth tone fleece next. I’m also curious about trying a stable sweater knit. Double sided is key since the insides will show.

5-Way Wrap Sewing Pattern from Indygo Junction

My favorite thing about the 5-Way Wrap pattern is that it’s going to be in season most of the year. Obviously it’s great for fall and winter, but in Oklahoma this little number is going to be great all the time. I really can’t have too many ponchos and wraps around here!

5-Way Wrap Sewing Pattern from Indygo Junction

This pattern comes in S/M and L/XL. I made the larger size. Most of the women’s patterns at Indygo Junction are suitable for plus sizes, and the newer patterns size up to 3XL. Another plus: they are available in PDF or paper format.

5-Way Wrap Sewing Pattern from Indygo Junction

And now I’m just being vain with all these pictures. I guess you can tell that I really love the 5-Way Wrap! (I have more pictures on Facebook and Instagram.) I highly reccomend this pattern for a quick sew that will get a ton of use. I wouldn’t plan to make it as a gift…because it’s really painful to give one away ;)

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

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