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Eastlake Pattern Release

Creating Eastlake was quite the process, there were multiple iterations of the pattern before I finally decided to just go for it and make a DEEP v-neck top.  I am smitten with how it turned out and with each new version that I sew I get even more excited.  With a closet full of these tops I can definitively say that this style top is going to look amazing on everyone!

The obvious striking detail of this pattern is the v-neck front which is finished with a facing, one of my favourite finishing techniques for knits.  It gives it such a pulled together professional finish without being any more difficult.  To secure the front facing I wanted a wide topstitch which mirrors the bottom hem.  

Magnuson Vest Sewing Pattern | Straight Stitch Designs

Choosing Fabric for Your Magnuson Vest

If you haven’t noticed by now, I love to sew my patterns in as many different fabrics as possible.  No one wants to buy a pattern that is limited to one fabric, or at least I definitely do not.  But what I also want to show is that you will get a different look depending on the fabric you choose.  Magnuson is the perfect example of this which you will see in the 3 versions I sewed.  So if you are unsure of whether Magnuson is even your style or if you aren’t sure which fabric to use, let me help you choose fabric for your Magnuson vest.

Magnuson Pattern Release

I couldn’t be more excited to share with you my newest pattern, Magnuson.  The evolution of this pattern over the last two years has been fun as the designer to watch happen.  What started out as a utility/military inspired jacket has turned into a more modern take in vest form.  So many of the original elements are still there with so many new and fun details.

Magnuson has a button placket, stand collar, side slits and oversized pockets, not to mention the gathered waist.  So many utility or military inspired vests have the waistband casing on the outside of the jacket giving it a very casual look.  I wanted the ability to cinch in the waist but not have the ties hanging down, so inside the waistband went.

Every sewing pattern is just a starting place for all of the things you can do with it. The Leschi blouse pattern has the lines that are perfect for a sleeveless dress. Just a couple changes and you are left with a completely new look.

Sleeveless Leschi Dress

Spring is here and I can finally share with you the sleeveless Leschi dress I made a few weeks ago.  I had been planning a sleeveless version since I released the pattern in October, so I thought why not go for not only sleeveless but also a dress.  This is the ultimate spring/summer dress! 

The fabric I chose really chose me while I was working the Style Maker Fabrics booth at Sew Expo last month, I was the perfect weight and drape for my vision.  Unfortunately they are all sold out, but check out these other rayons you can choose from, I especially love this floral rayon challis.

Madrona Tester Roundup

It’s that time again, the time where I get to gush over these ladies and their tremendous help with my newest pattern Madrona.  These ladies are so much more than just testers to me, they have all become friends as we work together on patterns over and over.  I am so excited to share these pictures with you because so many of these ladies are in different parts of the world so you get to see how it is styled for those of us freezing and the lucky ladies staying warm. 

Here are the lovely ladies that are a part of the Madrona Tester Roundup.

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.

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.

Style Maker Fabrics Fall Style Tour 2017

When Michelle of Style Maker Fabrics asked me to be a part of her Fall Style Tour I immediately said yes.  Who doesn’t want to sew with dreamy fabric and then gush about it on their blog.  I am joining quite a group of amazing sewists for the tour, so if you haven’t been following along last week make sure to go check the rest of the ladies out.

Seamwork Loretta

I have quite the growing collection of woven fabrics, but for years I almost exclusively sewed with knits.  I never felt completely confident in my fabric knowledge and that kept me from really exploring more woven garment patterns.  Now that I have a better handle on picking the fabrics that are more appropriate for the garment, I have a new love of woven garments.

Last week I was looking for a quick morning project and decided to find a pattern that would be perfect for this rayon chambray from Indiesew.  Unfortunately this fabric is already sold out, but this black and white crepe would be amazing for this pattern.  After scanning through my pattern collection I came across the Seamwork Loretta and knew it was the perfect choice.

Me Made May ’17: Week 3

May has been a funny month for me which I will definitely be sharing more about next week, but for now I will finally get caught up on my weekly recaps of Me Made May ’17.

If you haven’t read my first two weekly recaps for Me Made May you can find them here: week 1 and week 2.

At this point we were half way through the month and still going strong with different me made outfits.