Sunday, March 26, 2017

Little Roots Fabrics Round 2

Little Roots Fabrics now has their second preorder open and it's love.

They print in the US on a domestically produced cotton Lycra. This round is also printed using organic/plant based inks. The colors are crisp, vibrant, and stay strong even through a hot water wash and dry.

Leah - owner of Little Roots Fabrics - sent me a bunch of different prints to sew. It was amazing!

I love to do yoga - so I was really excited to get the Yoga Dancer Print and Panel. I immediately knew I wanted to make the Greenstyle Creations Jillian Tank. The Jillian Tank is actually 2 patterns in one - there is an inner and outer tank.

But first - have a little laugh with me. This is the inner tank for the Jillian made with the Yoga Pose Panel and some Supplex.

The Yoga Pose Panel woman kinda looks like she's holding my boobs up. I still love how my tank turned out - sometimes I could use a little lift. The panel graphic will be reduced for the preorder.

I really love the look of the back straps on the Jillian Tank. I was so glad I had this lavender supplex from Zenith & Quasar that was offered last year. It was the perfect match.

The Yoga Dancers Print was perfect for the outer tank of the Jillian.

I love the outer tank! It's nice and loose, and hides my belly flab. I was going to throw on some leggings to do photos - but I really like this with my jeans.

The bottom band helps to hold everything in and I really love the look. This can also be made with a woven and I think I may try to make a few for the summer.

The back is a racer back to mimic the style of the inner tank.

Leah also sent me some of the Gradient Dots. I wish I could afford to buy 5 yards of every color. I can see these being so versatile and the perfect coordinate for so many things!

I made the Women's Renni Dress from A Sparkly Baby with the Aqua Dots.

I love the retro vibe of the bots and in this maxi - it just feels perfect!

Leah also sent me some of the Purple Gradient Dots. I'll post what I make with them in a few days.

I also fell in Love with the Raining Cats & Dogs print. When I worked in a water quality lab, my favorite lab coat was made with a fabric that had a raining cats & dogs design on it. I loved it and wore it till it fell apart. So I was thrilled to get this print to make myself a top.

I made my favorite raglan pattern - The Duck Butt Designs Really Awesome Women's Raglan - known as RAWR.

I added a pocket to the front at the last minute - and love it!

Take a look at all the amazing prints offered by Little Roots Fabrics. Leah is awesome and is donating $2 of every yard and $1 form every panel of the Yoga Dancers and Not Strong for a Girl to a Women's Shelter. You can find more information about this in the Facebook Group.

A Sparkly Baby Women's Renni Dress

A Sparkly Baby (ASB) has some great women's and kid's patterns. I tested the Women's Renni Dress and think I'll be making so many this year.

Buy the Women's Renni Dress pattern (and all the ASB patterns) for 30% off with the code "Renni" through April 2nd.

I made this one using the Aqua Whales at preorder from Zenith & Quasar Fabrics and some lightweight purple jersey knit. I NEVER wear dresses so I made the tunic length Renni.

The purple jersey knit was so light weight, that I needed to use two layers for the bodice. This made it a bit more challenging to sew.

I also had to add a strip of supplex to the neckband so it had sufficient support and give. So ignore the slight wonkiness where the skirt attaches to the front bodice. Getting those two layers of the bodice attached to the gathered skirt was difficult! They kept shifting and sliding. In hind sight, I should have basted the bodice pieces together before I tried to attach it to the skirt.

But, I'm okay with the slight imperfection. I still love the fit and the look of it.

If you know me well, you will know that I love jellyfish. My necklace is a jellyfish given to me as a gift.

When the testing of the Renni Dress started, I order material for the test from So Sew English. I purchased three different colors of Modal. This is the Coral Modal. It's a great buy at $7.99 a yard.

You can gather the skirt back either evenly or concentrated in the middle. I think I prefer it all toward the middle.

The modal knit has such great drape. I love how it looks.

I love the flattering style and fir of the Renni tunic. I also bought a Mint Modal and a Purple Modal from So Sew English. I'll be making Renni tunics with them as well. I think these will look so great with all my patterned leggings this spring and summer.

Now I know I said I NEVER wear dress - but I was loving the look and fit of the Renni so much that I decided to try a Maxi Dress!?!?! Shocking - I know!

I have two maxi dresses in my closet and I do pull them out during the hot Texas summers. So when I got these amazing gradient dots from Little Roots Fabrics - I had to try the Renni Maxi. I LOVE it! I'm thinking I may even make one with sleeves to wear to work.

I was changing clothes outside when I did my photos - and didn't notice until I looked at my photos - that I did not pull my bodice down completely. So, ignore those wrinkles right above my bust.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jordan & Jade Textiles

Jordan & Jade Textiles is a new custom knit group. Their first preorder is all printed on a soft brushed poly and only $11.99/yard. The preorder is open through April 14th. Join the Facebook group to see what's going to be offered next.

The first round features 2 dinosaur prints with a geometric coordinate and 2 floral designs that each have a coordinating plaid print.

I was sent the Regal Floral and Regal Plaid to sew.

I decided to show off these 2 prints together with the George & Ginger Illusion Tunic.

I love the asymmetrical hem!

The wind was ready to blow me away - but look how light and flowy the brushed poly is.

I almost used the floral for my neckband - but went with the plaid for some contrast.

These 2 prints are gorgeous together.

Brushed poly is all the rage right now. These prints are perfect for some spring sewing and are at a price that can't be beat. Give Jordan & Jade a shot with this first round of prints.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

George & Ginger Pattern Company

It's no secret that I love patterns from George & Ginger. Right now they are in an Etsy contest for small businesses. The business with the most votes wins $10,000! This would be HUGE for Kristi - the owner and designer behind George & Ginger. If she wins, she plans to invest in a new studio to give her more room to work which will allow her to design more patterns faster - because we need more patterns!

Vote HERE! Kristi is so sweet and is always giving to others. She is so deserving of this prize.

#DifferenceMakesUs #EtsySmallBusiness

So I thought I'd show you all some of the things I have made with George & Ginger Patterns.

First - The Swagger Sweater. This top is seriously amazing! It does amazing things for your butt! I was hesitant to make it at first. I was worried it would make my butt look bigger than it already is. Instead it really accentuates my curves.

Then we have the Darling Dress. Y'all know I never wear dress, but I do love me a tunic. The tunic version of this is so cute. I love the lined bodice with the keyhole back. Also - I make the skirt portion using only a fat half of fabric.

The Illusion Tunic drew me in with it's asymmetrical hem. I'm a pear according to my measurements and they say that asymmetrical hems are very flattering on pears. I have to agree.

I have to say, I wasn't to sure I could pull off the Edgy Top. I didn't want it to be too figure hugging (I wanted to keep my fat reserves to myself). So I graded the top out to be more forgiving across my mid section. I also made my flounce a little longer to make me feel a bit more covered. I also added a strap to hide my bra strap - I have not found a strapless bra that I can wear.

Doesn't Kristi design some fabulous patterns? Vote for her in the Etsy Small Business Contest! Vote HERE!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Lyrically Mused Fabrics

Round C is now open for Preorders at Lyrically Mused Fabrics through April 3rd. There are so many prints this round, Astrology, Floral, and an' Old School/New School" tattoo inspired print.

I think someone has been snooping my Facebook profile, because they some how knew that my zodiac sign is the Taurus and sent me this panel.

They are also running the galaxy print with constellations as a coordinate - but it would look great all on it's own as well.

I made the Halla Soho Top and used some stars from TKB prints for the sleeves.

I also had a little bit of fabric left over so I made 2 pairs of my favorite underwear - The Stitch Upon a Time Scrundlewear.

The colors in this print are so pretty!

I made one pair with the extra fabric from the panel and one with the scraps from the coordinate. Then I used the TKB stars for the rest.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Itch to Stitch Newport Top

I always enjoy testing patterns for Kennis Wong of Itch to Stitch. I just finished testing the Newport Top. I love it! You will probably see me wearing many of these - as I made a total of 3 during the testing process - and I still want to make some more!

The Newport Top has a wide boat neck that features an overlapping shoulder. The top has a boxy fit with a subtle high-low hem. It can be made with a variety of fabrics and fabric choice will influence the fit and look of the finished top. The top has 2 different sleeves - a fluted 3/4 length sleeve, and a long straight sleeve.

I think my favorite one, is this one that I made with a striped sweater knit.

These photos were taken at the Allen Station Park in Allen, Texas. The park includes a section of railroad and a bridge from 1910 that has been out of service for many years. The city recently constructed a walking path to the train tracks and have educational signage about the station.

The photo below shows the subtle high-low hem.

I also made a Newport Top using a cotton lycra knit from Pink Zeppelin Fabrics

The cotton lycra knit does give the Newport Top a stiffer silhouette.

Here's a closer look at the overlap at the neckline.

I normally don't share earlier versions, but this one is really close to the final fit. I normally do not wear stripes or pink - but I ended up really loving this one on me. This is a lightweight poly jersey I bought for $1/yard in the fabric district. 

This photo shows you the back of the shirt. In the background you see a waterfall. That is the water of the Cottonwood Creek going over the 1874 stone dam. This bridge in front of the dam is a new addition to the park and gives a spectacular view of the dam and the 1910 train tracks and bridge in the distance.

My friend Sharon was also a tester of the Newport Top. Catch her blog - Sweet Mama Sharon for her photos. We had to do a few photos together in our Newport Tops.

Testing a pattern is always more fun when you have a friend to share the experience with.