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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Remix the Stitch is such a fun way for me to share new and different ways you can sew my patterns. Last month I shared a Peplum Montlake and this month I am sharing all about my Front Placket Wedgwood skirt. Back in April the lovely Becca of Free Notion sewed up a button placket Wedgwood and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.
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.
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.