Monday, May 22, 2017

Greenstyle Creations Moxi Shorts Pattern Review

Today Greenstyle Creations releases their newest pattern, the Moxi Shorts! I am planning on living in these shorts this summer whether at the gym, the beach, or out running errands. I got the opportunity to test the pattern over the past few weeks and loved watching all the hard work that Angelyn put in this pattern to get just the right fit. She also included a cheat sheet for fit adjustments in the pattern to make getting the proper fit for your body easy. I have to admit that I made 9 shorts during the test and can see myself making many more!

Fabric choice is everything in how these feel and look. The pattern was designed for a stretch woven with 20% stretch. Some knits like scuba, heavy supplex, or some French terry have less stretch and also work great for this pattern. I used three different fabric types for the shorts I made in testing: knit, stretch twill, and stretch chiffon.

First up, stretch chiffon:

 I used knit binding on both of my stretch chiffon shorts. There is an art to not stretching the binding too much when sewing so that it doesn't create a lot of wrinkles in your shorts. The thinner the knit, the better so that you do not have thick edges. The black binding is a poly spandex knit from Joann and the pink is a Zenith and Quasar brushed nylon spandex that is wonderfully soft.

Next, stretch twill:

These may be some of my favorite shorts because it felt like the fabric was made for this pattern! I was able to make the bias tape out of the same fabric without it being bulky, and it was pretty easy to work with. I made the waist band out of cotton lycra.

I had enough fabric left over to make my oldest daughter a pair too. She is only 8 but she fits great in the size zero of these shorts. She is pretty excited about her shorts and will be wearing them to play tennis.

 Here are some more in stretch twill. Both of these have a cotton lycra waistband and a stretch woven bias trim. The black top I am wearing is the Wardrobe by Me Wardrobe Builder Tee, and the tank top is the Greenstyle Jillian Tank.

Lastly, I loved using a stable knit for this pattern. If you are going to use a super stretchy knit, the pattern recommends sizing down. I did not need to size down for any of my knit fabrics.

Thanks for reading my blog. Hope you enjoyed all the photos of these awesome shorts. Grab your  Moxi Shorts pattern while it is on sale for 24 hours only. The pattern has an included brief. Compression shorts are also available as an add on to the pattern.

Where I shopped:
Stretch Chiffon is Nicole Miller for Joann and can be found here.
Stretch Twill with Orange Bias was also from Joann and can be found here.
Plum athletic knit was from Made Whimsy and can be found here.
Scuba was from Joann and can be found here.

Also, Zenith and Quasar Fabric is having a sale to celebrate the Moxi release. Use code "MOXI" for 20% off any order (excluding anything in the "New" section). The code at Zenith and Quasar is valid through the end of the day Tuesday. Their heavy supplex would work great for the body of the shorts and their regular supplex is nice and stretchy for the waistband. I used their brushed nylon spandex on one of the stretch chiffon pairs I made.

Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook

Disclosures: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Itch to Stitch Lago Tank

Happy Mother's day!! I am gearing up for the hot weather that we get in Texas every summer by sewing up some easy, breezy tank tops. When I feel sweaty and hot, I enjoy wearing tops that are not clingy, and the Itch to Stitch Lago Tank pattern fits this need perfect. It is fitted through the bust but has the perfect amount of ease around the waist and hips.

I was excited to have the opportunity to test the Lago Tank pattern for Kennis Wong last week but am even more excited to tell you that the pattern is FREE. So, you can make yourself a stack of these for this hot summer we have ahead. I was able to make four tops during testing. These really come out quick! My first two tanks are in a rayon spandex. Rayon spandex has great drape and works well for this pattern.

I got to take some photos with my lovely friend Aimee for this test as well. I always love getting together with her, and I think we are finally getting together to sew or take photos more than just shop! My top here is made in a rayon spandex from Simply by Ti.

I also made an athletic tank out of athletic brushed poly from Zenith and Quasar. It is super soft and has moisture wicking so will be perfect for working out in the heat.

  This photo was an outtake but is my favorite due to my sweet little photo bombers with us that day.

Lastly, here is a Lago tank that I made in a jersey blend I got from Wherehouse Fabrics in Dallas. I love these colors and was so excited to find it on the remnant table for a great deal. Sometimes what they label as remnants can be upwards of 4 yards (or more!) so I may have several tops for the girls and I out of this fabric.  

In honor of Mother's Day, tell your mom you love her. If you are a mother, keep on paying attention to those little things you do for your kids that you aren't sure they even notice. I had to call my mom this past week just to tell her thank you for singing to me all the time growing up. So many of her songs of worship are etched in my heart and come out just when I need them. I still call her sometimes to sing a song to me when I can't quite find her version on YouTube. :)

Thanks for reading my blog! You can grab your free tank pattern here. Also, to celebrate Mother's Day, Kennis is doing a storewide sale! You can get 20% off your total purchase by using the coupon code "lovemom." The sale will run from Saturday, May 13, until Monday, May 15.

Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook

Disclosures: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, March 27, 2017

GreenStyle Midway Bomber Jacket

Recently, I have been writing about filling my wardrobe with comfortable and put-together tops. Of course, my spring wardrobe would not be complete if I did not include some jackets to wear until we have some consistently warm days. So, let me introduce you to the cozy and stylish Midway Bomber Jacket. I was so excited to test this pattern for Greenstyle Creations. Angelyn drafted an awesome pattern that has such clearly written instructions for each step. The jacket is designed for a knit fabric with at least 50% stretch and has an optional lining and welt pockets. The jacket gives plenty of room to move and be comfortable, and yet, it still is slim and flattering. If you like a roomier jacket or are using fabric with less stretch, I would suggest to size up from your regular measurements.  

My first jacket was made out of scuba that I picked up on a remnant table at Wherehouse Fabrics in Dallas. The cuffs and neckband are made from heavy supplex from Zenith and Quasar. Instead of lining, I created a facing for the zipper, which helped me hand tack my pockets down to keep them from peaking out when worn unzipped. All my jackets were an XXS with one inch taken out of the bodice for my usual height adjustment, and 2 inches taken out of the sleeves. There is a clearly marked lengthen/shorten line that takes the guess work out of making height adjustments. Since I took an inch out of the bodice, I used 18 inch zippers on all my jackets.

The day we took photos was a pretty windy day so it was quite interesting trying to keep my hair in place. The top that I wore under my bomber jacket is a Toaster Sweater 2 from Sew House 7. It is a rather short top because I made no height adjustments for my 5"2' self, and yet it shows belly when I raise my arms and has pretty high side vents. My husband loves the top, but it is still growing on me.

The next Midway Bomber Jacket that I made is in an olive double brushed poly. I lined it with the same fabric as on the outside. This one took the longest to make because welt pockets on an unstable brushed poly is an exercise in patience. My jackets that were made out of scuba (which was recommended on the pattern) were such a breeze to make. The brushed poly, however, may have been worth it because it is so soft and makes a wonderful light jacket. I think this one will also work good for running or the gym.

The Midway Bomber Jacket has an optional stripe down the sleeve that looks great with color blocking. The sleeve on the jacket is a two-piece sleeve, which gives the sleeve such a great shape.

My last, but maybe most favorite jacket, is made with a floral scuba from Joann. It just screams Spring, and I can be such a sucker for a good floral.

Thanks for reading my review of the Midway Bomber Jacket. You can grab your copy of the pdf pattern here. I hope that you also enjoy sewing yourself a Midway Bomber Jacket!
Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook

Disclosures: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Straight Stitch Designs Bryant Dolman Top

Next up in my series of comfortable and stylish tops is the Bryant Dolman top by Straight Stitch Designs. I think I have at least 4 (maybe more!) dolman top patterns, and yet, I was so excited to test this pattern. I just love a good dolman and am excited to share with you the two tops I made during the test.

The first top I made is in a navy cotton lycra. The Bryant top is cut on the bias, which provides a little extra drape for the cotton lycra. This top is a wide boat neck and has cuffs on the sleeves. There is also an optional long sleeved version. I am just so excited for Spring so all my tops are short sleeved. I wore it with one of my favorite skirts, which is a corduroy mini from J Crew.

My next version is the Sunshine Garden print in a cotton lycra from Smoogie. It is a bright fun print that is perfect for Spring. It has some cute turtles and birds mixed in with the flowers. I plan to wear it the zoo with the kids this spring. Immediately after this photo session, I wore it while working in the garden, and it was the perfect gardening shirt as well. The girls loved the print so much that I made one a pair of shorts and the other a pair of panties with the scraps.

I made a size zero, and due to my short height, I took 2 inches off the bodice. This pattern is a great loose-fitting and comfortable top. It also was a very fast to make.

Photo Credit: my sweet daughter Abby 

Here is a fun outtake of Aaron walking by during a photo.

Thanks for reading my blog!
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Itch to Stitch Newport Top

What seems like ages ago, I worked in an office that had a business dress code despite the fact that we never were face-to-face with clients. We were on the phone in a call center. However, the company felt that dressing up helped us to act professional in our contact with clients. They felt that our attitude and demeanor could be influenced by what we wear.

Fast forward years later, and I am a stay at home mom that homeschools. I go to the gym. I garden. Change diapers. Clean all day, every day. The days of me in a dress or pant suit and heels seems so long ago. Now, I need clothes that let me move. I really could get away with pajamas or work out clothes most days, but I always seem to remember that dress code from when I worked. I realize my children have to look at me everyday and that I want to look nice for them and appropriate when we are out and about. I also want to wear clothes that make me feel confident and excited to embrace the day. It is amazing how much my attitude as a mom affects the whole house!

The biggest need in my wardrobe are clothes that I feel comfortable in and that also make me feel pretty. Isn't this every girls dream!?! As we enter into Spring, I have several blog posts planned for some of my favorite tops that are comfortable and stylish. First up, is the Newport Top. I was so excited to get to test this top for Kennis Wong of Itch to Stitch.

The neckline is so elegant, and Kennis did such a great job at making it the perfect width so that it does not show my bra straps. The hi-low hem works well with so many bottom choices. I wore jeans for my photo shoot but have also been wearing my tops with leggings and joggers.

I made the Newport top in several different fabrics during the test. The pattern was so versatile that it worked great in all of them. The burgundy floral fabric shown above is a single brushed poly that can be found at Sly Fox Fabrics. My next version was in a dark purple lightweight sweater knit from Joann's. It is a blend of polyester and linen and is super soft. The drape of the fabric really looked nice with this pattern.


Here is another close-up of this fabulous neckline (and the beautiful necklace my hubby gave me for my birthday last month!).

This test was extra fun because I got to hang out with Aimee of Capture, Cook, and Craft. We had a blast taking photos together. Here are some of my favorite of us in our tops. I smiled so big while looking at these photos. She is an awesome friend.

Sometimes during testing you get to make several versions while you give feedback to help the designer to get the pattern exactly the way they want. Here are two of my tops that were early versions of the pattern. They are both definitely wearable and in full rotation in my wardrobe. The olive top is in a jersey blend, and the floral is a double brushed poly that can be found at Knitpop.  I love the 3/4 flute sleeve in this pattern. It is perfect for Spring!

If you have gotten this far, thanks for reading! Go grab your copy of the Newport Top pattern while it is on sale this week. Also, look at that awesome waterfall behind me!

Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook

Disclaimers: Please do not take photos on railroad tracks. These were long-time abandoned tracks in the middle of a park, and they are no longer in service. :) Also, this post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Greenstyle Scarlett Swing Dress

Today is an exciting day! Greenstyle Creations is releasing their newest pattern - the Scarlet Swing Dress. I am so happy to add such a fun, flattering dress to my ever growing dress collection.

This fabric is a single brushed poly called Moonstruck from Sly Fox Fabrics. It is perfect for a warmer dress, but since it is a polyester, it is a little sweaty for our hotter months in Texas. It kept me at the perfect temperature on this February day (we were almost at 70 degrees!) Also, I added pockets to this version. I love pockets on a dress!

I have been friends with Aimee Wilson for a few years now, but this is the first time we have tested a pattern together. When we first met, we began fabric shopping together, and then, we started sewing together. Now, she is such a great friend and this past weekend, we loved finally getting to take photos together! I love this photo of us together!

A swing dress is such a fun twirly dress that is also so feminine and flattering. In this photo, she is wearing the tunic version, and I am wearing the short dress version. There is also a high-low version and a longer length of this dress. We had a ball posing together.

My first version of the dress in testing was made out of a sweater knit. It is super comfy and has wonderful drape. It was a bit camouflaged with my surroundings, though, so it was the hardest one to photograph. Also, sitting still for pictures is hard work. Here I am spinning around!

My final version was the tunic length with a scoop neck made out of a striped jersey blend. I paired it with floral Greenstyle Brassie joggers and also with some solid navy leggings. Super comfortable!


Go buy this pattern. You are going to love it!

Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook

Disclosures: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you. Any and all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you so much for taking time to read this post!