Wednesday, June 19, 2019

My First Cottesloe Swimsuit

Not only did I make myself a swimsuit from Megan Nielsen's new Cottesloe pattern, I also happened to conquer my fear of knits and make my very first swimsuit! I've had a swimsuit on my make list for over a year now and even got all the fabric and notions to get going. I thought I knew which pattern I'd make too, but of course, nothing happened after that and this project fell to the wayside. Enter the perfect combination: the release of this pattern + finding this beautiful fabric.

Orchid Midi Dress

Let me start off by saying how much I love sewing wovens. If you take a scroll through all my previous makes, it's very easy to see that woven dresses are my favorite and most made garment both for myself and for my daughter. With all that being said, I was really excited to be a host for this month's Sew My Style and even more excited to finally sew the Orchid Midi Dress from Chalk and Notch.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

My First Pair of Chi-Town Chinos

Trousers have never been high on my make list. Before this make, I was so intimidated by fly closures and back pockets that I always picked bottoms patterns that omitted them. Enter April's Sew My Style trouser challenge and the fact that I volunteered to co-host. I figured now was as good a time as ever to make my first pair of trousers and so I threw myself into the Chi-Town Chinos pattern from Alina Design and Co.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

3 Variations of the York Pinafore

With warmer weather around the corner, I can't help but think about one of my favorite patterns: the York Pinafore from Helen's Closet. Because I'm a sucker for pinafores, the pattern was a must-have the second I saw its release in 2018 and I ended up making a few different versions. Helen recently re-released the pattern with a wider size range which means there are even more amazing versions on Instagram to help inspire my next version. I already have 3 great variations so I thought it was due time to talk about how much I love this pattern.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Falling in Love with the Givre Top and Dress

This month, I decided to make something I never ever thought I would wear: a form fitting dress. I usually shy away from anything remotely form fitting, but I was feeling brave and it turns out that having the ability to make it exactly how you want is a powerful thing. I may still have that mommy tummy I'm self conscious about, but I am so darn proud of this dress and can't wait to rock it this summer. If you're looking at this month's Sew My Style patterns and thinking this challenge isn't for you, I hope you take a second look because I am absolutely loving how easy it is to customize for yourself!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Workout Gear: Power Sports Bra

January is almost over which means we're getting close to the reveal date for this month's Sew My Style "Anything Goes Workout Gear" challenge! Workout gear was never at the top of my list of things to make which is why I love participating in challenges like this. I fell down the rabbit hole while researching this month's make and am happy to report that I made it out victoriously.

I found a lot of patterns I really wanted to make, but I ended up going with something that I actually really need in my wardrobe: a good fitting sports bra. The newest Power Sports Bra pattern from Greenstyle Creations fit the bill perfectly. I was hearing raving reviews and was sold when I learned that the pattern let you mix and match band and cup sizes.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

#SewMyStyle2019 Workout Gear: Patterns + Fabrics

Sew My Style 2019 has officially begun! The theme for January is "Anything Goes Workout Gear" which means any type of workout apparel you sew is eligible for this month's prize. This month's theme is up for interpretation so you could easily pull a pattern from your stash, fill a hole in your wardrobe, or try something totally new. If you were unsure about joining this challenge or if you are new to sewing activewear, I hope the flexibility of this month's theme will persuade you to give it a try!

I'll be honest. I was a little scared to be one of the leaders of this month's challenge since I've never sewn activewear, but my hesitation quickly turned to excitement as I was compiling this post. If you think about it, almost ANYTHING can be considered activewear. Whether you're headed to the gym or out running errands, you can easily get lots of wear out of wardrobe staples like t-shirts, leggings, and light outerwear.