Last week we were lucky enough to get AMAZING weather, and not just for Seattle. As soon as the sun came out I started dreaming of flowy tanks that can be worn with shorts, skirts and cropped jeans. After a little bit of working and reworking I have arrived at a top that I am in love with and can’t wait to share with all of you. With that I am calling out to all of you to help me test the View Ridge top.
View Ridge is a woven top with a hi-lo ruffled hem. With the front yoke and gathering it is super flattering on all body types.
I hope you are all spending today feeling the love with the special people in your life. I got my valentines present early last night and have managed to only eat 3 of the super yummy chocolates my husband got me. They are calling me from the kitchen as I write this post, I will try to resist.
One of my valentines this year got a special outfit for heart day.
One of my favourite things to do for Sophie is sew her something while she is napping and then surprise her with it when she wakes up.
When Mandalynn of Striped Swallow Designs hinted during the testing for the girls coachella shorts that she would be releasing a women’s version I was sold. The girls shorts were an easy sew and since I used knit for Sophie’s shorts I already had fabric ideas swirling. Lucky for me Mandalynn picked me to test the women’s version.
My original plan was to make a version out of the same pony fabric I made Sophie’s out of but then while walking the aisles of Joann’s looking for something else I came across this double sided black and white knit and knew it had to be a pair of Coachella’s for me.
Caila of Caila Made just released a new pattern, the Desert Rose Dress and Tunic, and I was one of the lucky ones that got to test it. Listen to me when I say this pattern is amazing and so easy to sew up. You have to head over to her shop right now and get this pattern.
Don’t worry, I will wait…
Okay now that you have the pattern let’s talk about what I like to call the Tale of Two Tunics and a Dress.
Lets just file this blog post under photos taken 3 months ago and never blogged about, and it was a pattern test to boot. Those are my favourite things to blog about so I am kicking myself that I never did this one.
Lately it is a very rare opportunity that I actually sew or blog about something I made for Benny, something I hope to change in the coming months. But in the meantime here is a fun pair of pants that I made for Benny that not only I adore but both Benny and Sophie love. Ben asks for his man pants to go with his man shirt all the time.
If there is one thing I have learned since I started sewing clothes for my kiddos it’s that you should never force a photoshoot. Not only will you end up with force smiles but you will probably have tears at some point. And really, is a pattern testing deadline or blog post really worth forcing your child to stand still and smile just for some photos.
When Mandalynn of Striped Swallow Designs posted a picture of her first pattern, Coachella Shorts, I jumped at the chance to test them. They are seriously cute and I was excited about supporting a fellow Pattern Workshop student.
Since I do my best sewing while the kids are napping I decided to see if I could get the pattern completed from start to finish while the kids were down. You know what it was easy peasy to get done and I even had time to spare.
I love when designers reach out over social media to gather volunteers for testing their new or revamped patterns. Many of these designers get hundreds of responses to the tester call so when I submit my name I don’t get too excited because I know there are so many other people.