When Melissa of Melly Sews/ Blank Slate Patterns reached out to me about doing a pattern swap I was on board immediately. I have been a long-time follower of Melissa and love everything she comes up with whether it be the patterns she designs or the clothes she sews. Melissa decided to work with my Leschi top as a base for her planned hack, and I immediately went with her Austin tee.
I loved the split neck of the pattern and immediately envisioned it cropped and paired with one of my high waisted skirts, either Wedgwood or Madrona. My exact plan though was still undecided until our weather changed drastically a few weeks ago and we had entered fall.
I probably say this every time I sew up a remix of one of my patterns, but I love taking a pattern and finding a way to make something new. Then I get to share it here with you so you can see yet another way to use that pattern. Today I am sharing a View Ridge Dress, and it is the perfect summer outfit.
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.
When I celebrated my first businessiversary in 2015 I compiled a HUGE blog tour highlighting some pretty fantastic bloggers. If you weren’t around then, I highly recommend going back and checking it out. So much inspiration. Full Collections of Posts Here
The theme of the blog tour was Remix the Stitch, where the bloggers took one of my patterns and remixed it any way they wanted. The end result was a huge collection of pattern hacks, so many I never would have thought of.
One of my good friends has the cutest woven joggers in the most perfect tribal fabric. They are perfect for the summer when you want to wear something comfortable but also look a bit more put together. She recently wore them over to my house for a girls movie night and I immediately knew I had to have some! But that thought was immediately followed by why buy it when you can sew it. The best part was that I knew exactly what pattern to use and had the most perfect peach skin fabric in my stash for them.
We all have those clothes in our closet, the ones we made that we like but just don’t love. The fabric is great so you just can’t quite get rid of them but goodness it isn’t working for you. Back when I was pattern testing I made a bunch of clothes that for the purpose of the test were great, but because the pattern is usually refined through testing, what I ended up with might not have the final edits incorporated. This left me with clothes that I didn’t love.
My newest pattern, Greenwood, is pretty much the perfect basic piece. Not only is it an all around great tank top, but it is also a wonderful layering piece through the seasons, and the foundation for so much beyond a basic tank top.
During testing a few of my amazing testers began to come up with some hacks or add-ons they would like to see with the Greenwood as the base. As soon as the idea of turning the Greenwood into a maxi dress was brought up I knew I had to make one, who doesn’t like a comfy knit top with a long flowy skirt.