Terra’s Treasures Pier 7 Top

So you missed Bundle Up last week, don’t cry because the individual patterns are about to be released by the designers.  Due to a wee muddle up I ended up with an extra pattern the Pier 7 from Terra’s Treasures after the blog tour last week, so I got in touch with Terra to see if she wanted me to post a review prior to the individual release and clearly she said yes!

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Having had a shocker of a week full of an awful head cold it was nice to get out in the Autumn sunshine to take these photos (since it rained most of the week I was sick).

Having never made up one of Terra’s patterns before (though I must confess to a couple in the pattern stash, which will be made soon), I was really pleased with how easily the pattern went together and how clear the tutorial was.  Even better it covers a great range of sizes from 00-26.

TT P7 Back 1

One of the great features of the tutorial is the clear directions for doing both a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) and a Small Bust Adjustment (SBA) as the pattern is drafted for a B cup.  I have only recently begun to regularly do an FBA when sewing for me and like a muslin it really just needs to be done so much of the fitting can be sorted before even making the muslin.  Doing this adjustment means not only will the pattern fit nicely across the bust it will fit well across the shoulders and neckline, something you just can’t get in RTW.

TT P7 Back 2

I did the shirring at the waistline rather than the other option of an elastic casing, and realised I need to practice it more on my new machine.  I had it down to a fine art on my Bernina but didn’t think to do a trial run on the Janome.  So while hitting the elastic with steam did shrink it somewhat, it was not as much as expected.

TT P7 detail

I love the pintucks, I thought that sweet detail was going to be lost in the pattern and colour of the fabric though in looking at the photos it actually shows up really well.  A lightweight fabric is definitely the way to go in this top, it feels soft, cool and comfortable, just perfect for hot and sticky Summer days.

TT P7 Front 3


I left off the sleeves since I will be laying this with a cardy as we are moving into Winter and bound them with bias binding, though if I make it without sleeves again I will probably extend the neck facing into a shaped facing.  I appreciated that the tutorial had you anchor the facing discretely in the pintucks.  It can be a little embarrassing if you have rushed out the door and not looked in a mirror only to find part of your facing was flipped out (please tell me I am not the only one this happens to).

The next version will be in a solid voile to make the pintucks pop even more.

Grab your copy of the pattern next week here.


Bundle Up Blog Tour Post 2 – Greenstyle Jillian

I so appreciate all the compliments received on the blog and on Facebook about the lovely dresses in my previous post, I love that you could all see how good I felt in them – Thank you.

Now for part two of the Bundle Up Tour…

Please accept my apologies for the photography of the Captain, he took plenty but failed to use the auto-focus very well in many – that saying, you get what you pay for, well there is a reason for that 😀


When I first saw the pattern options for the blog tour I was attracted to the Greenstyle Jillian’s outer tank as a way of adding an extra layer over my close fitting tops, you know, a way to cover the parts that you want covered without adding a super warm extra layer.

Jillian Front 2

A simple straight forward pattern to put together the outer tank is a really quick sew with just few easy well-documented and illustrated steps.  I made mine from a lightweight poly 50% stretch knit and changed it up with a wide, stretch lace bottom band. I recommend considering a fabric that is the same on both the right and wrong side as due to the nature of this top the interior is exposed at times.

Jillian Detail

I particularly like that while there is a looseness to the fit in the front the closer fitting (but not tight) racer back means it isn’t constantly slipping and sliding like other loose fit tops I own do.

Jillian Back

There are several other options included in this pattern that can be worn together or separately including a sports tank, bandeau and bra in sizes XXS-3XL.

Jillian Front outtake

No show without the Princess

This is the first Greenstyle pattern I have sewn up though I must confess to having a couple of others in the “stash”, I was really pleased with the experience and am looking forward to sewing up a Laurel soon.

Don’t forget all the other wonderful bloggers posts this week OR the fact that there are less than 48 hours left to Bundle Up and get a great price on a variety of ladies patterns.


Bundle Up Blog Tour Post 1 – The Dress Post

Just in time for Me Made May the opportunity to take part in the Bundle Up blog tour came up and what a hard time I had choosing what to make!   

For those of you new to the concept Bundle Up is that a group of designers release new patterns as part of a bundle in which the more pattern you chose to purchase the cheaper each pattern becomes.  A great way to build a pattern stash.


So what do you do when you can’t choose … sew up three items of course!

Today’s post will cover the dresses I made, with another post to follow in a couple of days.

First up is the Jocole Shift Dress.

Jocole front 2

Jodi’s patterns are always so simple to put together, matching up perfectly is simple with the the grid background. I also love that along with illustrated instructions there is also a single page sheet with only the step by step instructions on it.

Jocole front 1

Not only is the pattern easy to put together it comes in a great range of sizes XS – XXXL which means if like me you are a size or two smaller one one half of your body it is simple to frankenpattern.  Even better it is designed for wovens AND knits.

Jocole front 4

I first made a muslin (trust me ladies do this step it will make all the difference in how you feel about items you make for yourself) in a cotton and worked out my fitting adjustments detailed below.  My final dress was made in a mid-weight wool blend since we are coming into Winter and along the way learned a valuable lesson that in spite of both fabrics being stable the cotton had a little more give over the bust which fooled me into thinking I didn’t need a FBA.

Jocole front detail

I made a couple of fitting alterations with this dress.  The first being a 1″ swayback adjustment to sort out the pool of fabric at my lower back cause my pear shape, then a 1/2″ full butt adjustment which sorted everything out.

Jocole Back 1

Overall I love the style and how quick it is to put togther – well unless you choose to do a Hong Kong finish on your seams that adds a little time but makes a dress feel pretty special.  Being and unlined shift the neckline and armholes are enclosed with bias binding, and I couldn’t go past this cheeky black and white polka dot in my stash.

Jocole detail

I am looking forward to making another in a ponte for this Winter.

Next up was the Violette Field Threads Ginger Misses.

Now many of you will have seen the adorable children’s version that has been around for a few years, well now you can have one too.

VFT front 1

In sizes 0-16, I recommend checking your measurements as with any pattern, because my initial though was that this pattern was not for me, but on checking the chart it was!


Not only that I knew I had the perfect polka dot rayon waiting for just such a vintage style dress, so I accented it with some red quilting cotton also from my stash, another HURRAH for stash-busting!

VFT side

The Ginger Misses is a deceptively simple sew and oh so much fun to wear, once it is on all you want to do is twirl.

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I did make a couple of changes, the first being turning the halter into regular straps (a personal preference of feeling more secure and very easy to do), the second being an invisible zip and the third enclosing the waist seam rather than leaving it exposed.

VFT back 1

I loved making this staring down winter it made Summer feel closer and I can’t wait to wear in a few months time.

VFT detail

So check out the stops on the blog tour and be sure to Bundle Up before the 8th of May.


Come back soon for a review of the Greenstyle Jillian.

Sisboom Carolina Mae Test

I have been busy sewing this Summer but not getting around to blogging.  Just before Christmas a call went out in the Scientific Seamstress Lab Group on Facebook asking for a few more curvy testers to get their new Carolina Mae pattern just right.

I love Sisboom/Scientific Seamstress patterns, the Jamie was one of the first PDF patterns I ever made and it remains one of my favourites today.  If you want a pattern that fits, is well written and drafted in all sizes, has an amazing Facebook group and patterns for any member of your family; these are the ones you want to buy.  Men’s, Women’s and children’s patterns, from teeny tiny children all the way through to plus sized adults are all found here.  These are some of the best value patterns out there and the tutorials are fantastic.Front 5

So after that declaration of love you just know how thrilled I was to be called upon as a tester.

I was soon to find out the behind the scenes magic of just why these patterns are so amazing – THE PATTERN IS NOT RELEASE UNTIL THERE IS A GREAT FIT FOR EVERYONE!  That’s right, this pattern has been over 6 months in the works to ensure it is just right.  When the plus sizes were not meeting the desired standard Carla did not say close enough is good enough, she opened up a whole new test group focusing on these sizes in order to get the fit just right.  Of course there are big differences in an individuals body shape within the same size so there is great advice about fitting and choosing the right size in the pattern – a muslin is well worth the time and effort too and can make the difference in a item looking “Becky Home Eccy” to quote Michael Kors.

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This pattern has so many options, sleeves, ruching, length of skirt as well as varying necklines to suit all tastes and best of all no FBA required as the bodice caters for cup size!  The bodice fits beautifully, in fact I plan to use this bodice with a circle skirt and if I am really game (and find some inexpensive fabric) match it with the Mummy version of the Peppermint Swirl.  So you can see how making a muslin can provide you with an endless variety of of gorgeous dresses year round.

For future dresses one change I would make would be to press the bodice lining and stitch it separately to the skirt enclosing the gathers withing the seam.

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I would rate this as an intermediate pattern however and adventurous confident beginner could tackle this as the pattern holds your hand the whole way, never done darts or a zipper no fear this pattern shows you how.

I love how this dress makes me feel, and the compliments I receive when I wear it so you can be sure I will make more.

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So now I have declared my adoration for Carolina Mae go and make one for yourself, you can find the pattern here and the oh so awesome Facebook group here.

Apple and Fig Kiji Kimono Test

Front 4I was stoked to get to test the Kiji Kimono from Australian designer Apple and Fig as I could see how versatile it would be in my wardrobe, and a great chance to show off those fabrics that I feel on me would look way too much on their own.

Coming in sizes XS to XXL this cross over sweater is suited to multiple seasons having the following options

  • Three sleeve lengths:
    Short, Half, Full
  • Three neck options:
    Scoop neck, Collar, Hood

And the bonus is that it is a fabulous maternity/breastfeeding piece, talk about bang for your buck.

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The pattern pieces fit together beautifully and the tutorial is well written with illustrations.

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I am looking forward to the cooler weather to make a long sleeved version.

You can find the pattern here.

Patterns for Pirates Palazzo Pants

I have finally been sewing for me again, and have several items in the works due to testing 3 new patterns – YAY!

First up in the Palazzo Pants from Patterns for Pirates, Judy started out designing cute patterns for our boys who always seem to miss out in the fashion stakes and has since branched out into patterns for their Mummas (and a few for Dads too).

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This is her first foray in to pants for ladies, and if you are after a pair of pants that can be made super dressy for work or a night out but still like a bit of comfort with your glam these are what you are after.  Of course when lounging around comfort comes first and these pants are perfect for that too.

The pants can be made in a variety of lengths, making them suitable for exercise, and there is a choice of an enclosed elasticated waist, or a folded yoga waist.  I made both the capri and full length versions with the Yoga waist in both a 2-way  and 4-way polyester knit.

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The tutorial is simple to follow with clear photographs.  Once you have printed and taped this pattern (which comes together with ease) you will find they take less than half an hour to make, and who doesn’t love a fast sew.


Please ignore the leg tucked into the shoe, sewing for oneself is fine but getting the photos is not so easy – how DH the details man missed this I have no idea!


The pattern comes in sizes XXS – XXXXL and can be found here on sale today with a bonus free cardigan (today only so download it immediately) pattern (size Medium).  This bonus cardigan will be going into testing soon.

P4P Front copy


EYMM Woman’s California Dress

As you know a few weeks ago I got to test the California Dress and Peplum from Everything Your Mama Made in the girls sizes and commented how much I would love to make one for myself after the Princess said it was ‘so comfy’.   Well last week I got to test the Mummy size, I was stoked!

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I picked up this cotton knit at a super low price from my local emporium and thought I would have a go at creating a chevron since horizontal stripes are not necessarily the most flattering on those of us who are vertically challenged.

Once again the pattern was easy to follow (in fact the directions are the same) and the multiple options make this super versatile (it also comes with a maternity/nursing option, how is that for value especially as it includes sizes XS-5X).  See my full review of the children’s pattern here.  Again I chose to make the longer length, but this time with a regular hem.

Once on I was in heaven, this dress is just so comfortable and is really easy to dress up with a belt and heels or wear as a swimsuit cover.

As an aside it is so great to see a designer really embracing plus sizes, and not just the low end of plus sizing.  This is not just in one pattern but ALL her woman’s patterns.

Thanks Kymy.

Now go and make one (or three) for yourself, you won’t regret it.