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I recently had the opportunity to test the Geometry Top, the newest release from Katy & Laney. Yes, I’m real-life friends with these two (thanks to the Crafty Foxes sewing club) and I received the pattern free to test, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

I love this kind of top: boxy but with interesting style lines. I made up view B and am super pleased with the way it turned out. The only thing I would do differently would be to lower the neckline a  little bit, but lucky you, it’s been lowered in the released pattern!

Katy and Laney recommend drapey fabrics for this top, so I returned to my favorite: rayon challis. To play with the style lines, I knew I wanted to do some fun pattern/color blocking so I decided to shibori dye my rayon. I got white rayon, prewashed and ironed it, and went to town. I started by folding my yardage (1 yard of 60″, FYI). The first fold was cut edge to cut edge. I accordion folded in this direction three times until my fabric was folded to be a long accordion approximately 60″ x 9″. My pieces of wood were about 9″ long, so that’s what determined the width of my fabric. Then I accordion folded roughly 2″ sections, pressing my accordion occasionally to keep it crisp, until my whole bundle was roughly 2″ x 9″. I placed one piece of wood on either side of the bundle and bound tightly (as tight as I possibly could) with three pieces of strong string, one in the middle and one at each end. Those strings resulted in the thin white vertical lines you can see in the pattern. For the color, I wanted something a bit brighter than a traditional indigo, so I mixed together two colors of Dylon dye. I used one packet each of Jeans Blue and Bahama Blue. I followed the dying instructions for my fabric but only kept my bundle submerged in the dye for 15 minutes. Then I rinsed it, still bundled, in cold water until the water ran clear (this took forever). I clipped the strings, opened up the fabric, and rinsed it again until the water ran clear. Finally, I washed it in warm water in the washing machine and tumble dried it on low to really set the color.

For the first time, I’m completely thrilled with how my dying turned out! I am in love with this fabric! It’s so flowy and soft and I think it looks really striking with the black.

Top Details:

Pattern: Geometry Top by Katy & Laney –> ON SALE FOR 20% off until 10/26!

Size: I cut a straight size 6, because it matches my measurements exactly, and am very happy with the fit; view B

Fabric: DIY Shibori (see details above), Rayon challis

Alterations/Changes: None. Since I was testing the pattern, I wanted to make it exactly as written. As I mentioned above, the only think I would change is the lowered neckline, which has been done in the published pattern! I French seamed everything, so it has a super clean inside, though I forgot to take any guts pictures.

Here’s a bonus though, when I went to take photos, I realized my nail polish (Julep Emerson) perfectly matched my shirt! Let’s pretend I have the styling instinct and forethought to do something like this on purpose…

The unintentional nail match:

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Guys, I’ve been in a rut lately. Sewing, blogging, commuting, working, blaaaaaaah. Plus, I had a three-week long brutal head cold (thanks to my students, the little germ vectors.) So when I had the chance to work with Jill and Perfect Pattern Parcel to sew up something new, I jumped at it. This parcel is for the laaaadies and it has some really great patterns (details at the end of the post)! I’m definitely planning on making up the Bronte top and the Zsalya top when I have some more time (and of course another pair of Hudson Pants.)

I’ve had this knit in my stash for a while and thought it was bound for Hudson Pants but when I got this cardigan pattern, I knew I had the perfect thing. I was working on this at sewing club (it was such a quick sew…3 hours from tiling the pattern to a finished sweater!) and was originally going to use the print for the doubled over hem, but Laney had some scraps of black sweater knit that she gave me, which added the perfect contrast! Yay for sewing friends!

I made it the day before Back to School night when I had to present in front of all the parents (not my favorite night) and wore the cardigan with this shirt and black pants. At least I loved my outfit!

Cardigan Details:

Pattern: Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations, part of Perfect Pattern Parcel #6

Size: M (a great thing about this cardigan is it comes in XS-XXXL! I found it to be true to size)

Fabric: Hatchi Sweater knit, I bought it this summer and can’t find the same one, but this plaid one is fun!

Alterations/Changes: None, besides using a contrast fabric for the cuffs and the doubled over hem.

Guts: I wish I had taken a better picture of the side seams…I’m ridiculously proud of my pattern matching!

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More about the parcel:

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Bonus Pattern:

Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette is had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!

How Pattern Parcel Works:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
*I received the patterns in this parcel in exchange for helping to publicize this parcel. All opinions are my own and I chose to do this because, as a sewist and a teacher, I really believe in what Jill and the Perfect Pattern Parcel team are doing. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.*

 

In a strange twist, for Selfish Sewing Week (hosted by Rachael of Imagine Gnats) I did the only unselfish sewing I’ve done since the wedding dress! I’ve been in a bit of a sewing funk lately. I think it’s a combination of the start of the school year and the absolute disaster zone that is my sewing room currently. I haven’t sewn anything for myself since the Floral Flora I just posted (which I truthfully finished back in the first week of September.) But today I made good progress on the sewing room craziness and, well, it’s still the start of the school year, but at least I’m getting in my groove.

Anyway, for (un)Selfish Sewing Week, I altered a tank for a co-worker (not pictured) and made two quick T-shirts for my adorable nephew whose fourth birthday party was yesterday. Naturally, I decided to make the shirts Friday, found the pattern online, made a late night trip to JoAnn, prewashed the fabric Friday night, then cut and sewed the shirts Saturday morning before leaving for the party at two. Phew! They were so fun to sew (especially on my new serrrrrrrrger!). I think this sew was just what I needed to get out of my funk. Challenging enough to make me work, but easy enough to be really satisfying.

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T-Shirt Details:

Pattern: Free from Dana Made It

Size: One size, 4T-5T-ish

Fabric: Assorted knits from JoAnn and ribbing from there as well.

 

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Oh hai! I’m alive! The start of school is always a killer to my blogging schedule, so thanks for sticking with me! I made this Flora dress recently to officiate my dear friends’ wedding and am totally smitten by it. The drapey rayon challis is SO FUN to twirl in. Pretty sure everyone at the wedding saw my underpants. Oh well. And it was a perfect early fall work outfit as well.

Dress Details:

Pattern: Flora Dress by By Hand London

Size: same adjustments made here

Fabric: Rayon Challis from JoAnn

Alterations/Changes: I made the changes I thought I needed after the pink wearable muslin. I removed 1/2″ off either side of the top of the zipper, grading to nothing by the waist. I shortened the bodice by 1/2″. And I shortened the front waist darts by 1/2″. It fits pretty much perfectly now! I also made the same changes to the skirt length that I made for my two-piece set.

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I recently had the opportunity to test a pattern for the first time! It’s the newly released (and currently on sale) Senna Dress from Lindsay Woodward Patterns* I received this pattern for free to test, but all opinions are, of course, my own. I sent feedback on the draft to Lindsay, all of which was incorporated into the final pattern, and sewed it up on a short deadline, in case you were wondering :)

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When I first saw this pattern on Lindsay’s blog, I loved how it looked on her but was 100% convinced it wouldn’t work for me. When she put out the call for testers, I thought my slightly cynical view might be a help. And, turns out, cynical or not, I was 100% wrong. I love this dress! I feel like a bombshell in it. The day I finished it, I wore it to my dear friend’s bachelorette party and it was perfect. Super comfy, covered up, but still quite sexy {in the interest of full disclosure, I’m for sure wearing spanx under this thing}. The construction is a breeze and Lindsay’s instructions and diagrams are great. I also am definitely going to be making this top on its own as well. I love the shape of it and yay for no sleeves to set in! Okay, the nitty gritty…

Dress Details

Pattern: Senna Dress by Lindsay Woodward Designs

Size: 6 on top, 8 on bottom {I matched the measurements for the 8 exactly on the bottom, so I would say this is totally true to size}

Fabric: Super soft rayon jersey from JoAnn’s

Alterations/Changes: Since I was pattern testing, the only change I made was to grade from a 6 at the bust to an 8 at the waist. I made view A with the crew neck.