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Fauntleroy Tester Roundup

I am officially the worst ever!  This post was started right before I left for Tanzania and then never actually posted, which is bad on two accounts.  Not only did I not share the amazingness of my Fauntleroy tester roundup but I also didn’t get the chance to make my testers feel loved and appreciated like they should.  While no excuse, I did have a lot happening in those few days leading up to our trip so I can understand why it didn’t happen.


Cozy really should be my middle name.  I pretty much aim to have all clothes I wear have an element of cozy, but sometimes I would like to look a bit more put together.  Fauntleroy is the perfect combination of cozy and refined.  With raglan sleeves and shoulder darts, Fauntleroy is a twist on your traditional turtleneck, I like to call it a relaxed turtleneck.  Definitely not the turtlenecks of the 90’s.

Leschi Fabric Choices

If you missed the big announcement yesterday, my newest pattern Leschi is now available for purchase.  The pattern is marked down 20% through Friday so don’t wait to buy the pattern.

When I started dreaming about this pattern a few years ago I knew I wanted a blouse that could be sewn in a variety of fabrics to either elevate my everyday momiform or rock on a date night.  Leschi is everything I had hoped it would be and today I want to share the different fabrics I chose to use for my blouses.

Full Time Pattern Designer

The fall always makes me want to start fresh.  I don’t know if it is the kids going back to school or the aisles full of fun office supplies in every store, but whatever it is, fall is the time where I reflect on how the year is going and what ways I want to change for the upcoming year.

This fall is especially exciting for me because for the first time since starting this business in September of 2014, I am going to be a FULL TIME PATTERN DESIGNER.  You guys it’s actually happening!!  

Sundressing 2017 – Magnolia Dress

One of my favourite projects last year was creating the Carkeek dress for the 30 Days of Sundresses with Melissa of Melly Sews.


Well I am back again for this years Sundressing 2017 with my newest FREE pattern, Magnolia!

Magnolia is a knit swing dress with a hi-low hem that is the perfect dress for those warm summer days.  The back features a racerback with gathered yoke.

With the added fabric from the gathered back detail you get so much swing in the dress, that paired with a more fitted front bust gives you a great silhouette without being too tight.

Bryant Pattern Release

My new pattern has me dreaming of spring.

Bryant is a knit dolman top with a boatneck and two sleeve options.  Whether you decide to make the short sleeve cuffed version or long sleeve, you have the perfect pattern to transition you through the seasons.

This pattern is a little different from your average dolman top, it’s cut on the bias!  By cutting your top on the bias you are not only getting the chance to play with fun prints but you get a level of added drape you wouldn’t normally have.

Adjusting the Phinney Ridge for a Larger Bust

Hi! I’m Terri from, Blue House Joys, and an avid pattern tester for Kimberly here at Straight Stitch Designs.

Last year while testing for her View Ridge Pattern I shared a little pattern hack for busty gals that my mom had passed down to me when I started sewing my own wardrobe, and she asked if I would share it for her readers to use on her newest pattern, The Phinney Ridge Cardigan.

Phinney Ridge Tester Roundup Part 2

I hope you found a bunch of inspiration in the first half of the tester roundup.  Make sure to click over and read it if you haven’t already.

Lets jump right in to the last half of my lovely Phinney Ridge testers.  And don’t forget to grab your copy of the pattern while it is marked down to $8.

Lanita really showed the versatility of this pattern with her version.  Not only did she try out some solid sleeves with a patterned  body, but she showed how great it is for work.  So if you have an office to go to every day, this is a perfect garment for that.

Phinney Ridge Tester Roundup

The best part about releasing a new pattern is when I get the chance to show off all of my testers.  While I can show you 10 different views of the pattern on my body, it is hard to know whether it will work for you if we don’t have the same body.  So the tester roundup is a great way for you to see the pattern on all different body shapes and sizes.  

Phinney Ridge Release

A classic cardigan is a staple in my wardrobe and to finally have a pattern that allows me to customize it is wonderful.  Phinney Ridge really is classic meets comfort and is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe as well.

When designing this pattern I wanted to add a couple more modern details to the pattern while still keeping the classic lines you expect from a cardigan pattern.  Phinney Ridge has a wider cuff and bottom band and thanks to a wonderful suggestion by some testers, it also has 3/4 sleeves and elbow patches.  Great details that set it apart from other cardigan patterns available.