Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Actually, the winner is....

Unfortunately after a week I've been unsuccessful in making contact with the original winner. I've drawn again at random and the new winner is Annmarie DeGuire. Annmarie, can you please send your address to me at

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Tunic Bible Winner Is...

The winner chosen at random is:

Tasha October 10, 2016 at 6am
I love your version! I can't wait to make a tunic from this book!

Tasha, please email me at with your address. Congrats and happy sewing!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Tunic Bible #2

I have to be up front from the beginning and disclose that I stole the fabric combo idea for this tunic from a dog's outfit on Dogs of Instagram. His polka dot/floral shirt was on point!
If you look closely you can see the small polka dots on the chambray, and you've probably recognized the floral as Cotton+Steel since it's everywhere these days.  I purchased both at Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence, KS. 
For this version of The Tunic Bible pattern I chose the shorty placket and the ruffle sleeves.  The ruffle sleeves have the perfect amount of bounce and give the top that extra something.  I also shortened the length of the tunic by several inches. 
I don't have a lot to add about the pattern since my previous post, but isn't it amazing that my top from yesterday and this top are from the same pattern?  I love versatility.  

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Tunic Bible and a Book Giveaway!

I am beyond excited to be one of the stops on The Tunic Bible's blog tour! The Tunic Bible is a new book written by the always inspiring Sarah Gunn from and Julie Starr from  It's already in it's second print run which means it's selling like hotcakes. I was lucky enough to be chosen to sew up a version in advance for the gallery in the book and it was one of my favorite sewing experiences so far.  Having said that, the following is an honest review of the pattern. The giveaway is at the very bottom!

Did you ever read the Choose Your Own Adventure books in elementary school?  I'm referring to the kind of books where everybody starts at the same place but winds up at different places by the end because of the array of choices made throughout the book. This pattern reminds me of that. The front and back bodice pieces are always the same, but the placket, trim and sleeve choices that are available will take you on a different adventure every time!
My mind ran a mile a minute trying to decide what to do for my version, but eventually I settled on the bib placket, tapered sleeves with a cuff and a shortened tunic that hits at the hips.
To achieve my sleeves, I placed the Sewaholic Granville sleeve over the Tunic sleeve and traced the narrower bottom of the Granville sleeve onto the Tunic sleeve.  Then I followed the Granville pattern and directions to add the cuff.  I like the way the piping looks, but it did make for a lumpier cuff. 
I made what felt like a million pleats on the bib placket, and also on the bottom band.  That tag I added to the shirt is #truth, because those pleats took forever.  The line in Finding Nemo where Dory says, "Just keep swimming" kept popping into my head except I was saying, "Just keep pleating.  Just keep pleating." 
Each pleat measures a half inch long when complete, which means each pleat takes 1.5 inches of fabric. I cut one long rectangular piece of bib fabric 45 inches long, and the same width as the pattern piece.  I made one initial pleat to start by folding the fabric under and stitching a line 1/2 inch from the fold.  I pressed that down.  I continued to fold the fabric an inch from the previous stitch line.  I then ironed it to make a crease, and stitched a line 1/2 inch from the previous sewing line.  The new stitch line was then folded down to make the pleat, and I repeated that process over and over until the material was as long as the bib pattern piece.  At that point, I placed the bib pattern piece on the long rectangular pleated fabric and cut it out.  From that point on, you follow the directions in the book.   
 I cut off several inches from the bottom of the tunic pattern to make it shorter.  I have a hard time with shapes that fall way below my hips.  I accidentally cut the bottom band a little too narrow, which resulted in the tunic looking more tapered as opposed to flared as it's supposed to.  I shouldn't say "supposed to" because this pattern is definitely open to interpretation! 

I had never made a tunic prior to this pattern.  I had never even considered making a tunic prior to this pattern.  Now it will be something I return to again and again, not just because of the numerous options available but because the fit is so great.  That seemed to be a common statement among the ladies sewing for the book. This is a very well fitting garment.  I made zero fit changes to the muslin.
The orange fabric is a Carolina Herrera silk-wool from Mood.  The gray fabric is the most fabulous buttery rayon ever from Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence, KS.

Take a moment and check out the other amazing tunics on parade during the blog tour:
October 3
 Pattern Review
October 4        
Cloning Couture
Generation Q Magazine        
October 5
Featherstitch Avenue
October 6Allie J          
Thanks I Made Them
October 7
Sew Busy Lizzy  
Jennuine Design
October 8
Inside The Hem    
Girls in the Garden
October 9
Sew Manju      
My Love Affair with Sewing
October 10
Creating in the Gap
October 11
House of Pinheiro
The Tunic Bible   

Are you ready for a giveaway!? Leave a comment below and a winner will be chose at random on October 12.   C&T Publishing is providing a print copy of the book if you're in the United States or digital copy of the book if you're overseas.  I look forward to seeing your tunics!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Colette Patterns Rue Dress

Colette Patterns went back to their roots for this dress and I couldn't be happier about it! I like a two-hour sew as much as the next person, but it's so exciting and rewarding to tackle a bigger project.
I chose Version 1 but added the longer sleeves from Version 2.  I sew with a lot of prints, and the line drawings and examples for the launch made me think about stripes to start with. You can definitely go all out with prints, color blocking and piping for this one, but I also wanted to see what it looks like in a solid color without any flair to it.  It has a classic look to it, and I like that.
My fabric is a red wool crepe.  It's not great to be standing outside in Kansas humidity in a lined wool crepe dress! If you look closely at the pictures you can see that I'm actually starting to melt.  My measurements are 34-28-38.  Based on the sizing chart I initially chose a 2 in the bust graded to a 6 in the waist and hips.  The waist and hips were too big so I went with a straight 2 and it fits well. The bust was too roomy above the darts.  I pinned out what I didn't want, measured it (it was a 1/2 inch for me), made a straight line cut on the flat pattern, overlapped one side of the cut over the other 1/2 inch, and taped it..  I'm not sure if that's a legitimate way to adjust a pattern, but it worked for me. 

As usual, the directions are very clear and there are always online tutorials for the tricky stuff.  I appreciate the lining a lot on this dress.  I rarely do a lining unless the pattern calls for it.  If my main fabric is too thin I just underline it (maybe because I'm lazy?), but I do like the look of a lining.  I will be able to come back to these lining instructions for other projects. 

My lining is Cotton+Steel rayon.  It's a happy burst of color!
This dress is very versatile for warmer and also colder months.  My next version will most likely be in a floral print with piping, and I'm also wondering what it would look like if the bust piece was color blocked instead of the bottom bodice pieces.  So many little time.
I received a copy of this pattern prior to it's release, but all opinions in this blog post are my own.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Look 6446

I can't remember when or where I first saw this pattern in the blogosphere but I thought it would be a good way to jump on the culottes bandwagon.  I have such fond memories of wearing culottes in elementary school.  This is only the second time I've sewn a Big 4 pattern and it worked out well. 
Fit was an issue.  I chose a 14 for the bottom based on envelope measurements and thought the top would be OK graded to a 12 at the bust.  After my muslin I ended up grading the bodice all the way to a 6.  I think the fit on independent patterns is much better. 
The fabric is tencel from Mood which is sadly sold out.  I really enjoyed working with this fabric and I hope to have enough left over for a pair of Grainline Maritime shorts.  It looks like jean material but flows like a really thick rayon. 
I added navy piping at the top and along the edges of the belt.  I've done piping before but not on a belt.  I added it to one long side sewing right sides together and then turned it wrong sides together.  I folded in the seam allowance along the edge that didn't have the piping basted to it and top stitched through all the layers. 

The bodice is lined with simple cotton muslin.  I am not great at stitching in the ditch from the right side, but this actually looks ok from the inside this time. 
I'm pleased with this make.  Happy sewing! 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Grainline Maritime Shorts

My pant making process continues! As long as I get a little bit better each time I make a pair I'm considering the make a success.
Everywhere I turn people are raving about this pattern so I had to try it. It doesn't disappoint! The size 6 fits with no alterations which is the thing that always makes me the most nervous when I start thinking about sewing any type of pant. 
The Grainline tutorial for sewing the fly is amazing.  It makes it so easy! I'm proud of how my fly turned out on this one. Sorry you'll have to turn your head sideways. 
I chose a Ralph Lauren denim from Mood and it is extremely stiff.  I'm hoping if I wash the shorts a thousand times they will loosen up a bit.  Choosing fabric is hard. 
I don't know why pants are so hard for me to gear up for mentally.  I jump into everything else with both feet but jeans give me pause.  I think they seem intimidating to think about, but this pair was truly easy!  I'm not sure how often I will wear these but practice makes perfect.