Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Greenstyle Brassie Joggers and Shorts Pattern Review

It is probably not a secret, but I have this huge thing for Greenstyle Creations patterns. One of the first patterns that I tried from Greenstyle was their Brassie Joggers pattern, and this pattern got me hooked! I had 5 pairs in heavy rotation this past fall and winter. They were hands down the most comfortable pants ever. Once the summer began, I knew I needed several short pairs to keep me comfortable. I really only feel comfortable in a knit waistband when pregnant so these shorts work perfect. The pattern was written to include a casing with elastic, but I did not put elastic in any of mine. I did, however, still make buttonholes on some so that I have the ability to cinch them in when I am not pregnant.

The first pair that I made this summer is out of the Zenith and Quasar athletic brushed poly. This fabric works great for this pattern and fits the comfort bill perfectly.

Next, I made two pairs out of French terry. The light grey pair is made with a baby French terry and the red is a regular French terry, which is a little thicker than the baby. Both fabrics work great for this pattern. The grey was a remnant, so I did not have enough fabric to make it the regular shorts length or to use on the pocket. I also made the grey pair with a pocket bag instead of the pocket being attached to front with decorative stitching. The red French terry is from Made Whimsey. I also used their solid red cotton lycra for the waistband.

These make great lounge shorts

I used a mustard cotton lycra for my next pair of shorts and paired it with a cotton lycra stripe for the waist band. I used my double needle to topstitch the decorative part of the pocket on this pair.

This top is made using the Museum Tunic Tutorial on Anna Maria Horner's blog.

 I also wanted to include a few photos of the joggers that got the absolute most use in my wardrobe this winter. One was made in a Zenith and Quasar lighter weight athletic brushed poly. This weight is no longer available on the website, but I would buy too much if she listed it again, so that may be a good thing! On these I altered the pattern to have contrast binding around the pocket edge and to have a pocket bag instead of the regular pocket style.

 I am 14 weeks along in the above photos, and so, as you can see, some of the non-maternity shirts are getting a little short. The next photo is taken from Instagram of my pre-pregnancy self this winter. I wore these cotton lycra joggers all the time and could not get over how comfortable they were. Here, I am wearing them with a Sew Over it Molly Top in a rayon lycra. 

The hardest part about writing this post was to know when to stop making joggers and stop long enough to write my thoughts on this pattern! I have already made two since I took photos for the blog and plan to make many more. Hopefully, I can share those with you in upcoming posts.

Thanks for reading my blog, and I hope I have inspired you.

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.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hey June Mountain Pose Pants Review

Today, I get to share with you some of the exciting things I have been up to since my last post in May. After my last blog post, I found out we are expecting a baby! The best way to get pregnant seems to be to declare you are finished having kids and to give away most of your maternity wardrobe and baby gear and clothes. (Don't panic I kept my carriers and strollers!)

Once the morning sickness and exhaustion set in, my amount of energy left to sew was scarce, but I did have time to plan. The second trimester usually greets me with more energy, and this time it did not disappoint. My first requirement in maternity wear is that it cannot feel like it is touching my stomach. To stay up, though, most waistbands do exactly that - touch me. When I saw the Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June, I knew they would work perfect. These are not designed for maternity but work perfect for the occasion. Look at all that comfort, and yet, they stay up perfect! Not only are they drafted so well, the pattern is free! It is a great introduction to other Hey June patterns, which all come together very easily due to her wonderful instructions and diagrams.

I made a size small in the Mountain Pose Pants. My hips measure at a 36.5 and my waist measurement is constantly growing. I like how the pattern recommends trying on the waistband and getting the perfect wrap around fit for your waist. I made a charcoal pair and a black pair that are both in a cotton lycra and at capri length. The pattern has a defined knee so it is really easy to measure to get the length where you need it to fall. I knew these would need to be in heavy rotation and that these colors would go with so many of my tops. The pants begin to flare out right where my calf is and give the perfect amount of breathing room for the top of my calf.

The tank top I am wearing with the pants is the Pony Tank by Chalk and Notch. It is a very quick sew as well and works perfect for hiding the baby bump in those early months. I made one tank top in a burnout jersey knit, and the other is in a floral whale print brushed poly from Zenith and Quasar.

 Look at that stripe matching!

I also had a chance to make one more top to pair with my new pants. This is the Hamburg Dolman from ShwinDesigns. It is a loose slouchy top that I knew would work great for a growing bump. I used a rayon spandex bundle that I had gotten from Made Whimsy. This rayon spandex is very soft and has great drape.

Thanks for reading my blog, and I hope I have inspired you.

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, 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!
Disclosure: 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.