Testers are what keep this business going. Every time I put out a call for testers I am blown away by the people that want to help me with my patterns. As I start to see the versions pop up in the testing group I get more and more excited. I had a friend ask me recently what it was like to see your work on other people, and I am not sure I can put it into words because it really is amazing each and every time.
Presenting the new Meadowood Blouse!
MEADOWOOD is oversized meets balance with dolman sleeves and front button placket. Meadowood was designed to be the perfect floaty blouse that gives you many different looks depending on the fabric you choose.
I am normally a jeans a t-shirt kind of girl but when I put this top on for the first time I couldn’t believe how much I loved it. Who knew that what I was missing most in my wardrobe was an oversized floaty button-up shirt. I think what I love so much about it is the yoke details and how it is the perfect amount of oversized. Trust me you are going to love this top as much as I do. Just wait until you see all the testers in it.
Montlake Tee tester roundup is here and it is the best part of every pattern release. These ladies took my pattern and made it better than it was before. Having the ability to bounce ideas off of other sewists and get feedback that improves the pattern is invaluable.
Give these ladies some love, they deserve it.
Amy sewed up the scoop neck in a yoga print double brushed poly and a hemp cotton blend striped jersey v-neck. Both versions turned out so great!
Annette sewed the v-neck in a cotton knit and elbow sleeves. This is the most perfect everyday outfit and the fit is spot on.
Nearly 4 years ago I released my Montlake tee pattern and I was so incredibly proud of the pattern I created, I still am because my testers and I worked really hard to get the fit just right. I loved everything about the pattern, it was everything I want in a tee and I just knew others would feel the same way. I was really proud of the size range I had, not many indie pattern companies at the time spanned 0-24. But as we all know things change and I began to realize about a year ago that my pattern was not nearly as inclusive as I thought, mainly because I was near the top of my own pattern at the hips. And if I was pushing the top of my size range, then there were many women who would never get the chance to sew my patterns, and I am not okay with that.
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I like to keep things simple in my wardrobe because honestly I rarely wear things that are much more than jeans and a tee shirt. Working at home and living the mom life means I generally grab for comfort but as I have always said you don’t have to sacrifice style when choosing comfort. A woven tank is my newest obsession, it feels like a dressed up version of just a simple knit tank and is the perfect layering piece as we head into fall.
Just over 2 years ago I had the honour of being featured in Sew News magazine in their Meet the Maker series. I remember when I got the email about it I was overjoyed and felt like the real deal. I mean being featured in a magazine that I could actually go to the store and buy was bonkers. And if you are wondering yes I did go to the store and and take a picture of myself with the magazine.
I have a closet full of Leschi tops and dresses. For awhile there it is all I was sewing because every fabric just seemed to go perfectly with the pattern. Usually I either lengthen it into a dress or tunic or leave the sleeves off, but this time I wanted to try remixing it into a long sleeve dress. I had this picture in my head of a simple elastic through the wrist to give the sleeves a bit of volume and the end result is exactly like I pictured.
Montlake is a workhorse in my wardrobe, I am constantly finding new ways to remix it. It wasn’t until I saw a picture of my Magnolia dress a couple months ago that I remembered how much I love the swing in the hem. I figured I could use the same idea on my Montlake for a more spring appropriate dress for Seattle weather.
Normally when you lengthen a shirt you do that on the lengthen line in the pattern. But since this was a matter of making the tee into a dress I lengthened it from the bottom hem. This allows for the dress to still fit you through the bust, waist, and hips since you haven’t changed those measurement.
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.
When you have a tried and true pattern there are so many ways to you can remix the pattern to be just about anything you envision. The Fauntleroy raglan pattern is definitely a tried and true pattern for me. The fit is the perfect balance of fitted yet relaxed and when it can be sewn up from fabric to finished garment in under an hour, I call that a win for any wardrobe.