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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hello Cali... nice to meet you!

So, you know how there are always those other shops out there that you admire, you see them post on Instagram and fall in love with their style... and then sometimes you are lucky enough to have them start following you back? I was tickled when Jilly Atlanta started following me and invited me to test out her upcoming PDF pattern release- the Cali blouse & dress. It is such a classic, timeless pattern with loads of options!


I tested the size 2 for my little peanut and added the dress length of the size 4. The pattern has cut lines for both top and dress length. I love the versatility!


There are several sleeve options on this pattern as well- short sleeves, long sleeves with elastic in the upper arm to create a gorgeous bell-sleeve style, trim on the sleeves, or elastic at the wrists, which is what I used in this test. I love a pattern with options!



The pattern ranges from a 2t to a size 6. It includes a size chart, fabric requirements, and a notions listing so that you have everything you need to sew it up.


The pattern itself is a printable PDF that is color coded per size and includes a 1" test box to ensure you printed to the correct scale. There are diagrams included in the instructions to ensure you assemble the pages correctly. The pattern also includes a suggested cutting layout.


This pattern includes very detailed instructions with super clear pictures and even includes a link to a video tutorial on YouTube. The construction of this dress included some new techniques for me, which I am always happy to learn!


There are additional instructions for adding trim along the neck line and sleeves. I left this one plain, but love the look of the trim in both places! Instead, I opted to add a trim just above the hemline for an added pop of color.


I am happy to welcome Jilly Atlanta to the PDF world on facebook. Be sure to check out her other amazing patterns in her etsy shop- JillyAtlanta and also join the pattern group on facebook- JillyAtlanta Pattern Group. And P.S. she also sells some AMAZING clothing in her Etsy shop!







Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Brownie Goose Luna Love

I am always happy to test out upcoming Brownie Goose patterns- they never disappoint me! Meet the newest in the BG line up- Miss Luna- a square neck beauty with gorgeous angel sleeves or a longer sleeve option as well- wohoo!


The Luna dress is a flowy swing dress with a square yoke and princess seams. The yoke is a fabulous place for embellishment- trims, embroidery, buttons, oh my the options! 



The back has a functional back opening with a continuously bound placket cut into the skirt for ease of getting on/off. 



The pattern is drafted with elbow length sleeves but there are instructions for adding/taking away sleeve length. The alternate view that I tested out has an angel sleeve that is built into the side panel via the princess seams.




I used a gorgeous Art Gallery fabric from Bari J.'s Splendor 1920 collection called Delicate Sautoir Rose. I love this whole collection. I used fabric from this collection for my last test as well to make the Lauren pintuck shirt & Evie shorts.





Luna starts at a 6-12 month size and goes all the way up to 12 years. She is a generous fit due to her flowiness. I opted to do a tunic length- there are instructions for adding or subtracting length given in the tutorial so if you prefer tunic length go for it!



Head on over to the Brownie Goose shop to snag your copy of Luna once it is released! Happy sewing!!! <3 <3 <3