Hope you all had an amazing weekend and are getting ready for fireworks tomorrow. How did you spend your weekend? I spent mine photographing 3 tops made from Sew Caroline’s new book, Weekend Style.
Caroline’s new book is filled with top patterns, dress patterns, shorts patterns, bag patterns and even accessories patterns like a headband and tie belt. This fresh, bright sewing book is full of weekend style patterns. So what is a weekend style? Well to me it is laid back and comfy (but cute, of course!). But you also want to ready for date night and this book covers all baseses. Several of the patterns can be glammed up for date night with the right fabric.
So what did I choose to sew? Oh man, that was a hard decision. I went back and forth for weeks! Seriously, I could not make up my mind because I wanted to make everything! I ended making the Larchmont Tee. Why? Well I needed more tops in my closet. HA! It was just as simple as that! This tee and all the patterns in the book are great for a confident beginner to master. 🙂
(Fabric: Sew Caroline and Art Gallery Fabric Corollas Ashen)
Larchmont Tee is a dolman style top with a blousy feel.
So here is the thing with this tee, it is a bit addicting! I sewed up one in about 45 mins and tried it on and LOVED it. So I grabbed two more fabrics I have been wanting to sew with and made 3 total tees under 3 hours!
(Fabric: Maureen Cracknell and Art Gallery Fabric –Floral Universe Turquoise in Rayon)
Ready for one more?
(Fabric- April Rhodes and Art Gallery Fabric- Treasured Kermes in Rayon)
So enough pics of me here a sample of the patterns included in the book! Pretty awesome!
Grab a copy NOW!
Then. check out Sew Caroline BLOG for more inspiration and links to all the blogs on the tour!
Thank you so much Caroline for the book and congratulations!!!
Outtakes: This is what happens when you take photos with your family near by. The crash the photoshoot! Love them!!
Day 5 of the LOL Swing Top Tester Tour
Jennifer from Jennuine Design has created the most adorable top, LOL Swing Top. I mean just look at that back. Racerback with ruffles, YUMMY!
I had my fingers and toes crossed that I would be picked as a tester for this fabulous pattern. My daughter has become very picky and rarely wears dresses and skirts anymore so this was the perfect pattern for us.
Click HERE to purchase
*Sizes Newborn to 12
*Can be made with knit or woven material
*Single Button Closure on woven version
As you can see above, the first top I made was in Knit and below is my Woven Version. I made a size 7 for Miss. T and after a few tweaks in testing it fit like a glove. The Woven Version has a single button closure and the Knit version slips easily over a child’s head. Its a great pattern with easy to follow instruction and clear illustrations.
I just LOVE the back to this Top, It puts the swing in LOL Swing Top! 🙂
The Front has light ruffling at the neckline I can’t thank Jennifer enough for allowing me to test this pattern. I loved her attention to detail and was thankful for her putting in long nights answering all the questions I had. Because we all know we sew at night after we put the kids to bed.
Besides the LOL Swing Top Pattern, another favorite pattern of mine from Jennuine is the Matinée Dress/Top
Jennifer is offering a 20% discount on her new pattern for one week (ends August 7th)
Use code: LOLRelease
Here is the run down for the Pattern Tour so be sure to check them all out!!!
I can’t wait to share with you what the AMAZING Dana from MADE has just released! Her new pattern, The First Day Dress/Top. I can’t thank Dana enough for letting me test this NEW pattern. I mean this woman is the Queen of the blogging world and even more importantly, she is very sweet!!!
Nitty Gritty: (this pattern has so much to offer)
*A-Line Dress or Top
*Swing Top with Peplum
*Swing Dress/Top with Front Placket
*4 ways to do the lining
*more details HERE
(wow that was a lot!)
For my Test I choose the A-line Dress with no sleeves. I love the silhouette of this dress, however, the next dress I make will be 1 size larger. My daughter had a growth spurt and did not let me know, HA! One of my favorite parts (I have so many) of the A-Line pattern was I only had to cut ONE pattern piece, yes ladies ONE! Can I get a High Five?!? Another favorite in working with this pattern was it showed me how to fully line the dress. I love it when I can learn something new from a pattern.
Fabric by Josephine Kimberling, Hope Chest by Blend
Check out MADE website for more details on the GREAT pattern
This pattern is so well written and with beautiful pictures that it would be great for an Advanced Beginner Seamstress. Even an advanced seamstress may learn some new tricks like I did.
Dana has been so nice to offer TWO giveaways of the pattern. See Rafflecoptor below for more details and how to sign up.
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