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.
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.
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.
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.
Introducing the new Madrona Skirt! This skirt was a staple for me through last spring and summer and I am so happy that it is now a pattern for all of you.
Madrona is a modern wrap skirt that can be sewn in both woven and knit fabric and gives you a different look based on the fabric chosen and the way you style it. With the narrow waist band and two button closure you can easily adjust the fit of the skirt to match your body and where you intent to wear it.
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.
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.
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.
My post yesterday on how different the pattern fits depending on the fabric you choose, is even more evident today with the Bryant Tester Roundup.
These ladies sewed up a bunch of amazing tops and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Abigail really took the opportunity to show off the print in her top. The bold blue and white stripe cut on the bias looks amazing! Sewn in jersey.
Terri of Blue House Joys colour blocked the back of her top. And while it may have been done because she was short on fabric, I love the look. Sewn in cotton lycra.