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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. You may follow me on Instagram or receive updates by liking my page on Facebook.

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.
    


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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.