Bexley Dress

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Meet the Bexley Dress by Blank Slate Patterns. I was just posting the other day about finding a perfect t-shirt pattern, and now I have a perfect t-shirt dress pattern. The Bexley sewing pattern takes a simple swing dress design up a notch with darts for shaping that open into pleats at the waist for an easy to wear style. Basically the dress is fitted just where it needs to be and loose where it doesn't!


I will share more about my role in the collaborative effort to bring this pattern together, but for now, let me tell you how you benefit. The pattern listing includes a full video add-on option that walks you through each step of the sewing process all on a standard sewing machine. The videos also detail fitting techniques and tips for sewing with slinky knits. 


Speaking of slinky knits. The Bexley Dress calls for fabrics with at least 30% stretch in both directions and nice drape. The stretch and drape are important factors in getting those darts to hang nicely. Rayon spandex is an excellent choice. This navy came from Joann Fabrics. I look for medium weight fabric to avoid any see through.


Bexley includes two cut lines for length. Keep in mind I am tall for the pattern. I've added 1/2" in length above the darts and cut between the above-the-knee and knee length for the dress. I may prefer to show a little more leg than you do, so know other length options are available as well as instructions to lengthen as needed. 

Through Wednesday May 22nd, when you buy Bexley, you can get 10% off the pattern or 15% off the pattern + video. No code needed, the prices are already discounted for you! 


The best thing about a knit dress are the endless styling opportunities! Since three sleeve lengths are included in the pattern, Bexley can work year round. I'm looking forward to making one in the fall to pair with tall boots and a scarf! 

Tabor V-neck

Friday, May 10, 2019


This Tabor V-neck is one of those makes, that I've hesitated to post. I don't really think there is anything particularly wrong with it, but I just don't find it all that flattering. That's a tough thing to admit when you sew. After investing time and fabric in a thing, I want to love it. If I were trying it on in a store, I would easily walk away, but it's not so simple with a handmade item. 


I don't feel like it is a pattern issue at all. Maybe it is more of a fabric and pattern version issue. The Tabor V-neck by Sew House Seven comes with 5 versions, but most of the details are interchangeable. I've sewn up version #2 with more of the cropped length of version #3. I'm really wanting to give version #4 a try in sweater knit for cooler weather. 


I've had this striped knit left over from a top I created for Avery in my stash for ages. The Tabor V-neck pattern includes 3 widths and styles for creating the v-neck. Who doesn't like options like those?!? This is the middle size neck band. 


So, what do you do with your not so favorite makes? I'll probably just relegate this make to one of those many stay-at-home summer days we are about to enjoy.

Panama Tee

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


I've been on a search for the perfect semi fitted tee pattern, and more specifically a tshirt dress pattern. With the Panama Tee and Dress pattern by Alina Designs, I think I am getting close. 


I've been so inspired by Heidi's and Tori's versions, so I had to give it a try. I opted to sew up a tee before I tackle the dress. I made a size 10 and added 1/2" at the lengthen line. The tee is pretty long as is though. I am 5'-9" for reference. The extra 1/2" has the narrowest part falling right at my waist where it should.


This kelly green solid cotton spandex from Girl Charlee was a dream to sew. The 10 oz weight would be great for a dress version as well. No worries about anything showing through!


There is a little pooling in the back here, so I may go up a size for the dress or explore a sway back adjustment. If you have experience with this, please share your knowledge!

Modkid Yvette Dress

Friday, April 19, 2019


Disney World here we come!! Actually our trip is not scheduled until September, but I seized the opportunity for vacation outfit preparation. With the bodice style and ruffled tiers, the new Modkid Yvette dress pattern immediately lent itself to an Ariel inspired dress. What little girl does love visions of being The Little Mermaid?


Speaking of bodice, the cinched center complete with bow and bottom ruffle are details not to be missed. Sewing straps and casings is more a matter of good pressing than sewing difficulty. 

Light weight fabrics are the best option for this dress style. I used a purple poplin from Mabel Madison for the bodice. I was able to get away with quilting cotton for the skirt portion on the short dress. The out of print Jenny Eliza fabric by Jennifer Paganelli for Joann Fabrics makes me think of water bubbles. 


The back is just as pretty as the front. I've used the elastic shirring and bra fittings options, but Patty also provides instructions for tie straps and a standard elastic back in the Yvette dress pattern. This is my first experience with the lingerie fittings, and I am super pleased with the professional look from the rings and slides. Plus, the dress will grow with Tandy as needed!


If you have never attempted shirring with elastic thread, I have a full tutorial over on the Modkid Blog. Stretch those sewing muscles; it might just be easier than you think!


Be sure to check out the Yvette pattern listing. The dress pattern also includes a top and maxi version. I was so tempted to make an Ariel inspired maxi dress, but fabric limits and knowing my daughter would be racing around an amusement park stopped me. The Yvette sewing pattern is also available in teen sizing!! Coupon code EASTER40 get you 40% off your ENTIRE purchase, valid NOW through Easter Sunday at midnight EST. 

If you've been to Disney, did you go in character? I have a few more ideas up my sleeve, but haven't fully committed to going all out yet. To #sewdisney or not to #sewdisney, that is the question?
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Upbeet Tee Dress by Petit A Petit

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


You know I am a huge fan of Project Run and Play. I have participated for years from sewing along to competing to judging. The concept of Project Run and Play has grown so much under the direction of Audrey from Skirt Fixation. Project Run and Play recently released a pattern collection, Project Farmer's Market, combining patterns from multiple designers with a central theme. Each of the 10 patterns in the collection is beautifully designed. I quickly grabbed the Petit A Petit Upbeet Tee, the Sew Chibi Ichigo Bomber Jacket, and the Petit A Petit Turnip Up Trousers. This Upbeet Tee Dress might be my favorite!


The Texas wildflowers are really showing off this year. The first spotting of a Bluebonnet always makes me giddy. Even though I had a sudden onset of Spring allergies this year, I cannot help but delight in God's amazing display of creativity. 


At first the raglan style sleeve pattern piece had me scratching my head about how it would all come together. Not only are the instructions very clear, but it also sews up quickly and easily. The front gathers are the perfect feminine touch. The Upbeet Tee pattern also features a tshirt length that omits the gathers making it unisex!


The relaxed style makes wearing the dress like wearing secret pajamas.


The cocoon shaping  of the Upbeet Tee Dress adds the perfect amount of style. I sewed up the size 7 and added 3.5" in length for Tandy. You wouldn't want to add too much length or the narrow shaping at the knees might restrict movement. Also a good reason to make sure your stitch in nice and stretchy at that hem!


Look at the high/low hem detail!! 


It is hard to see at the top back in this photo, but the sleeve piece comes together with a center back seam. Be sure to check out the rest of the Project Run and Play Farmer's Market Collection. I wasn't asked to sew or promote this pattern. I'm just a huge fan!
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