Feature Friday: Maize Dress Pattern Mods for a Hi-Low Keyhole Dress

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Today is Feature Friday over at Petite Stitchery, which means they highlight a pattern and offer it for $5 for 24 hours. The pattern this week is the beautiful Maize Keyhole Tunic an Dress.

To celebrate the Feature, I decided to do a few mods. Please pardon my picture overload; I couldn’t get enough of this dress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Changes I Made

To get the hi-low look and keyhole front, I made a few changes to the construction of the pattern.

  1. I narrowed the shoulder since I wouldn’t be adding sleeves
  2. I switched the front and back bodice so that the keyhole would show in the front
  3. I created a dramatic hi-low design using the skirt template provided in the pattern

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The first two steps don’t require additional instruction; however, if you wanted to construct the front/back bodice properly, you could interchange the armscye/opening and width. I kept it as-is, and it worked for us! So I’ll move to the third, creating the hi-low. You’ll first want to determine how dramatic of a hi-low you’d like. I added at least 4” to the skirt cut chart and used the skirt guide to create the curved hem.

Back

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I created the front piece in a similar way, but you’ll flip this one upside down so that the curve goes up toward the center.  Use the same size fabric piece as the back skirt because you’ll need to connect the side seams (side seams are on the right of this pic). As you cut the top of the curve, gradually cut down toward the bottom of your fabric (not shown).

Front

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The end result is stunning from both back and front and such a fun way to use the pattern in a new way!

And who doesn’t love a perfect flower-picking dress??

The fabric I chose for this pattern was a boarder print called Beds of Roses by Michael Miller that I ordered from Punkin Head Threads. I absolutely adore boarder prints and actually ordered this print in all 3 colorways for my 3 girls. I can’t wait to get all three of them together (one dress at a time…) 😍

So grab your pattern here for just $5, and be sure to share your creations on the FB page! I’m inspired here every.single.day.

 

Disclaimer: The pattern links in this post are affiliate links; I’m so happy that you were inspired to buy the pattern via my creations! I am affiliated with most of the pattern companies I test for, and this in no way shapes my response or promotion. I only test for companies I respect and only share patterns I adore!

 

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Lesley Flutter: On-Trend Creations

Last fall, I sewed up this version of the Lesley Flutter Sleeve and was in love with the free-flowing arms while still having a great fit throughout the torso.

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Today I’ll be sharing a few versions of the Seamingly Smitten Lesley in this season’s on-trend prints as well as tips and tricks for the best Flutter sewing experience!

 

First — meet Lesley in brushed poly elephants. Both brushed poly and elephants are on-trend. Even in summer, with the correct drape, brushed poly feels heavenly (and not too hot). You can see how the sleeves cascade down the body, yet they don’t actually have such a major arm opening. This is a unique feature of the pattern; it is both sewn from the inside and outside (we’ll get more to that below).

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The second way to style the Lesley is with both a solid and a pattern. The top has just one pattern piece for both front and back, allowing you to really play with fabrics! You could style with lace, solid (brushed poly, rayon spandex, bamboo lycra, etc.). Here, I’ve used a trendy stained glass brushed poly and solid mustard brushed poly. The shirt is reversible (just don’t add a tag), so you can wear it loud/printed or soft/solid depending on your mood. It’s also a great way to subdue busy prints.

 

Lastly, here’s our third on-trend Lesley in vertical stripes. The double brushed poly I used had enough stretch either way to really make this work. Additionally, this particular pattern doesn’t require too much stretch. So, although the stretch was best with horizontal stripes, I chose to go vertical!

Tips and Tricks

Hemming the Lesley – A great deal of the Lesley construction is hemming (neckline, full side sleeves, and bottom). The pattern calls for a double-roll method, where you’ll fold under and under once more. This is the cleanest finish, and I’d recommend using a double needle, stretch stitch (like zigzag), or coverstitch to finish your hems on knit garments. Alternatively, you can also serge the full ends and fold under just once if you don’t mind the inside serged edges showing a bit within the flowy sleeve.

 

WARNING: The last step says to sew the garment RIGHT SIDE OUT…and it’s correct!

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After you’ve sewn the complete garment, there is one final step. The instructions say to turn the garment right-side-out and stitch up from the side seam. This is correct and you’re not reading it wrong! It’s very rare in the sewing world to stitch a garment seam from the right side; but this is what creates your beautiful flutter while preventing too wide of a sleeve opening. If you’ve made this mistake already, you’re not alone! I’ve had to grab my seam ripper a time or two 😁

SEW AND SHARE

So there you go! Find your perfect fabric (what speaks to you), and sew your first (or maybe 10th!!) Lesley Flutter Sleeve Top. When you’ve finished, use the hashtag #LesleyFlutter, and be sure to share in the Seamingly Smitten Facebook Group; I want to see what you sewed up!

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All on-trend printed fabrics in this post are from Love Adore Knits. The owner of Love Adore passed away, and the Love Adore team is in a short period of transition. They will be back shortly to continue Kimberly’s vision and to serve an amazing sewing community! You can join their Facebook page for updates.

 

 

The Ellie & Mac Be Confident Dress: A Beautiful Silhouette For All Sizes

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When I started seeing the Be Confident dress tester pics start rolling in via Ellie & Mac, I was incredibly impressed at how well the top bodice fit each tester. The amazing top fit paired with the hi-low skirt bottom creates a sweet style you can transform with fabric.

For my creation, I chose the Tamera fabric by Sincerely Rylee and styled it with a felt hat for the boho look I had imagined.

I’ve been really loving monochrome styles lately, so I happily added this one to my collection.

The Ellie & Mac Be Confident Dress/Tunic is 35% off (along with all patterns) in May, so be sure to grab it this month and add it to your collection. You will see the discount automatically in your cart.

Enjoy crafting, and be sure to share your creation in the Ellie and Mac’s Facebook group.

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Petite Stitchery Feature Friday: Clover Boho Tunic and Dress

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FEATURE FRIDAY!!!

Petite Stitchery & Co. is kicking off their first Feature Friday (+sale!) with one of my favorite Boho patterns: the Clover Tunic and Dress.

I sewed this sweet long-sleeve version of the Clover in February when it released and knew I’d be revisiting it soon to make the hi-low! The pattern comes in both dress and tunic version with tiers (below) or ruffled hi-low construction (above). The sleeves can be made with elastic for a bubble look (shown below) or left hemmed for more flow (shown above). I love how different the looks are with the same pattern!

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Now…back to my spring version. Swoon.

As my daughter rounded age 4, I knew leggings and little shirts just wouldn’t cut it any longer. Her body was moving from the baby stage to a little girl. I’ve since been sewing more dresses and longer tunics for her wardrobe (baby girl’s almost 5!). I love that this tunic option has a high front and low back. Not only is it stylish, but it adds ample coverage–even when the wind is whirling its pipes!

For 48 hours only the Clover will be on sale for $5 — so grab this boho beauty HERE.

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FABRICS

For both styles in this post, I used premium cotton from Art Gallery Fabrics (collections: Utopia by Frances Newcombe, Sage by Bari, J, and Emmy Grace by Bari J). You can find a limited selection (I sew it way more than I sell it!) in my Etsy shop. For a wider selection, you can visit Phat Quarters who carries a fantastic array of wovens and knits.

TASSEL NECKLACE – The gorgeous boho leather necklace is from Michigan crafters at AliJane and Company! I simply adore their style.

Now…go have fun and SEW your Clover!!! 😀

Be sure to share in the Petite Stitchery & Co. Facebook group!

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Baby Canyon Romper by Striped Swallow Designs

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There’s something just too perfect about seeing a baby in a romper–the exposed leg rolls and arm dimples…or their little backs ready to soak in the sun.

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Striped Swallow Designs has just released this precious boho-vibed romper that comes in size newborn to 2T, called the Canyon Romper. The bloomer-style bottom and the crossed back straps just take my mama breath away.

Seams in the pattern are fully enclosed, giving the garment a beautiful, professional finish. The top bodice and bloomer piece are sewn together, allowing for fringe, poms, or other detailing along that “v.” I even separated the top bodice into three sections in order to use one of my letters from the Art Gallery Joyeux Alphabet fabric (part of the Joie de Vivre line by Bari J.) as a panel and paired it with Stitched Diamant Verve purple diamond fabric from the same Art Gallery line. To accent the bodice and bloomer sections and to give the romper a modern boho feel, I used a brown suede fringe trim.

I chose the crossed-back button style for this romper, and the pattern also includes a halter neck-tie option. Both fit and look beautiful on the testers.

I mean, I could stare at these little backs and bloomers all summer long!!

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But they’ll see us looking 😉

Canyon Romper NB-2T Pattern Link <——– Pattern Here

The Petite Stitchery & Co. Boho Collection Day 2 Sneak: The Laurel Dress

I typically like to test a pattern every week; but with this collection, I was waving my hands in the air to test every couple of days. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out each new beauty! The sneak for today is the Laurel Dress by Petite Stitchery & Co.

The official release is Thursday, February 23rd at 3 p.m. CST. The pattern will be available HERE on the Petite Stitchery & Co. Website.

The pattern is for a knit dress or tunic style with a “v” or round neckband, cuffed sleeves, and cascading ruffle detail. The front-curved bodice is nicely fitted with a skirted bottom. I sewed the “v” neck with short sleeves and used woven pima cotton for my ruffle (knit is also an option).

Everything about this screamed “free!”

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I love how versatile the patterns in this collection are; they can be made true “Boho” or elegant with lace fabrics. There are so many styles; be sure to check out other sneak peeks from the Petite Stitchery & Co. Facebook Group HERE.

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Front winter till spring, dance free, sweet child!

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The Petite Stitchery & Co. Boho Collection Day 1 Sneak: The Hazel Blouse and Tansy Ruffle Pants

It was impossible for me to blog about the full Petite Stitchery & Co. new boho line in just one write; each pattern is just too breathtaking! So I will share over the course of 3 days to introduce:

  1. The Hazel Boho Blouse & Tansy Ruffle Pants
  2. The Laurel Dress, and
  3. The Clover Tunic and Dress

There is even more to this Boho Collection than the patterns above, so be sure to check The Petite Stitchery & Co. Facebook Group for more sneak peeks of each pattern! The official release is Thursday at 3 p.m. CST.

Now, swoon…welcome Hazel.

When I think of “Boho,” I think of this…big dropped, puffed sleeves, gathered tunic skirt–an overall carefree tunic with style and “earth.” I used a double brushed poly knit from Love Adore Knits, and it was just the graceful drape I was looking for.

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I love the simple facing for the neckline (easy to sew with such a polished look); and since the full bodice isn’t lined, Hazel can be in my girls’ closet year-round.

And those stunning pants, you ask?? Meet Tansy.

These ruffled pants can be made with both woven or knit; I chose a medium-weight poly jegging knit and added a lace accent.

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I love that the Tansy Ruffle pants can look stunning with a simple tank or several of the tunics from the Boho Collection.

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Be sure to come back tomorrow for a sneak peek at the Laurel Dress ❤ It’s almost time for release!!

Greenstyle Creations Scarlet Swing Dress – Tester Round Up

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When I geared up to test the new swing dress from Greenstyle Creations, the only option I didn’t foresee me trying was the cold-shoulder look. But lo-and-behold, I decided I must try this sweet boho trend. The verdict? I love it…and so does hubby!

Many in our testing team have compared the fit and style to the popular Lularoe Carly dress; the bust and arms are more fitted, and the dress has an elegant swing. With sizes XXS to 3XL, I’d definitely recommend sewists to go with the bust measurement and size down when unsure. The style already provides plenty of extra room throughout the lower torso. I measured XXS in the bust, and it was the proper fit.

For my test, I used a brushed polyester spandex from Love Adore Knit Fabrics called Geo Rose. Brushed poly and regular poly spandex offers a beautiful drape for the swing dress.

You can find the Scarlet Swing Dress and full tester pics HERE. The cold shoulder is just one option; the dress comes with several arm lengths (including a bell sleeve!), with or without cold shoulder, different necklines, different lengths (shirt/tunic/dress), and different hemlines (straight or curved) to best suit various figures and styles.

The pattern is on sale for $8.50 (reg. $10) for just 24 hours, until Wednesday, 7 a.m. CST.

Scarlet Swing Dress Affiliate Pattern Link

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