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V-Neck Leschi with Ruffled Sleeves

This v-neck Leschi with ruffled sleeves might be my favourite make to date.  And since I can’t just leave the blog post at that I will elaborate…

That colour, those ruffles, that  v-neck!

This fabric was a dream to work with and I am excited to try the other 2 colours I got it in.  I haven’t had a chance to run by Pacific fabrics to find out exactly what it is, but I will updated when I figure that out.  It’s just so floaty and fabulous.

Tried and True Patterns – Fauntleroy Raglan

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.

Remix the Stitch Contest

Four years ago, almost to the date, I released my first sewing pattern.  I had no idea where this business would take me but I have to say it has far exceeded my expectations.

What started as one pattern has grown to a collection of 15 sewing patterns, an online course, and now teaching sewing workshops.  I have also travelled to teach at Craftcation in Ventura, Ca and been featured in and written articles for Sew News Magazine.  None of this would be possible without all of you!  So let’s celebrate with a contest/giveaway…

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.

Remix the Stitch – Peplum Montlake

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.

Bryant Dress Remix

Believe it or not the cuffed sleeves was a last minute addition to the Bryant pattern right before testing started.  So what was just a quick addition turned into one of my favourite elements of the pattern.

Right after I decided to add the cuffs I realized that lengthened slightly this pattern would be perfect as a dress.  Not to toot my own horn, but I was totally right about the dress.

My husband pointed out when I put this on today that I have been on a grey kick lately.  Maybe it’s the never ending rain here that is getting to me.  

Maxi Wedgwood

Making a maxi Wedgwood skirt has been on my radar since I designed the pattern last year.  The lines of the pattern paired with a flowy rayon seem like the perfect combination for a maxi skirt.

I got this amazing rayon challis from Indiesew almost exactly a year ago, right when I decided to make this skirt, ha!  You can see how badly I needed Sew the Year to finally tackle projects that have been laying around forever.  

I decided to pair the fun retro floral pattern of the skirt with my beloved chambray Cheyenne.  It’s a fun way to make a lightweight skirt work during the winter without being too heavy.

Phinney Ridge Duster Cardi

Who knew I would love a duster cardi as much as I love this Phinney Ridge duster cardi.  I just keep looking at the pictures and am surprised I like it so much.  I am convinced it’s the amazing loose weave sweater knit I picked up at Joann Fabrics.  It gives it such a light flowy look that suits my body shape so much.

When I designed the Phinney Ridge I was going for a classic cardi that was missing in the indie pattern market.  What I didn’t even consider was how it could easily be made into a long or extra long cardi with just a few alterations.  So today I am sharing the alterations you need to do to lengthen your Phinney Ridge into any length, although I would encourage a duster length!