Colorblock Sweater with Oaklynn from Made for Mermaids.

I already shared about the Made for Mermaids Oaklynn sweater I made for my daughter...but I’m going to be using this pattern a ton, so here I am sharing it again.

I had dreams of this sweater I found on Pinterest and found some scraps of waffle knit in my stash that I could use to make it happen.

I used the crew neck color block with the waistband and cuffs to achieve the same Colorblocking effect as my inspiration.

I followed the pattern without modifications. My only tip is to practice adjusting your machine settings to avoid the waviness in the seams if you are using waffle knit. I didn’t test ahead and I cannot steam out those waves…but I did perfect it on the next sweater I made.

Pattern Description: Made for Mermaids Women’s Oaklynn
Pattern sizing: 1/2 size Children’s to 5x (19″ to 60″ chest size) in two size packets.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing?Yes no
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes
Fabric used: waffle, french terry and distressed french terry
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: NA
Did you alter the pattern in any way? no
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No
Would you sew it again? Yes (I already have)
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/2″

RuLo from George and Ginger Patterns

George and Ginger Patterns just released the RuLo and this on-trend boho pattern is a winner.

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I applied for the opportunity to test this pattern for Kristi and I could not believe I was selected. Her patterns are famous for being well-drafted and her kindness to her huge following speaks volumes. During testing we were all surprised how may options Kristi offered, it seriously could have been 2 equally amazing patterns.

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Let me allow the pattern description to give you all the details:  “The RuLo is packed with amazing options!  Choose from oversized dolman and regular crop, top, tunic and dress styles…and single tier bell, double tier bell, triple tier bell, full bell and basic sleeves!  With added features like ties and shoulder ruffles, you can mix and match your favorites for endless possibilities! ”

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I broke away from my usual shopping for this trip and hit up the National City Swap Meet for all the fabrics I used on RuLo.  Check it out if you are in San Diego! It’s awesome.

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For this top with 2-tiered bell sleeve, I used stretch mesh and I love it SO much. I know I am going to live in it during the hot summer months coming all too quickly.

Suggested fabric for this top/dress:  2-way sweater knit with drape and at least 50% stretch.  Any knit with 50% stretch will work, but may not give the same results.  Any fabric, including woven, can be used for the ties. .

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..as you can see my extra stretchy mesh does pull off my shoulder a bit, next time I use the mesh I will make my neckline a tad smaller. But I love an open neckline, so I don’t mind this one.

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For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I graded between sized 14 and 16 (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–6″. 

Hurry and grab the RuLo on sale through 1/26/2018 ONLY (although with all the options it is still a bargain at full price)

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Wiggles I have sewn for my closet!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the RuLo creations over in the George and Ginger Pattern Facebook Group.

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THE NITTY-GRITTY for the RuLo:

Pattern Description: George and Ginger Patterns, RuLo
Pattern sizing: tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Detailed information and professional line drawings of construction are provided.
Fabric used: Stretch Mesh
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Kristi drafted this for a 2-Way Sweater Knit a I used a  4 way Stretch Mesh, so technically I did not use the recommended fabric.
Did you alter the pattern in any way?  Shortened for my 5′-2″ frame
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No it is LOVE
Would you sew it again? Yes I’ve already made 3 and need to grab some more sweater knit to make some more.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginning Intermediate
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/4″ throughout

Additional Pattern Features:

–Beautifully designed layered pieces for tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
–No-trim page feature
–Pieces layout on US letter, A4 and A0 size pages
–Cutting chart AND print option for rectangular pieces
–Instructions on measuring and choosing your size
–Shorten/Lengthen adjustment instructions
–Grading between sizes instructions
–Full chart of finished measurements
–Glossary of sewing terms
–Fabric tips and tricks
–Yardage requirements and notions list
–Printing, taping and cutting instructions and layout
–Graphically designed and detailed construction photos
–Easy to understand step-by-step instructions

See you next time!

 

 

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RuLo Dolman Top from George and Ginger Patterns

Kristi from George and Ginger Patterns just released the RuLo and this on-trend boho pattern is a winner. “The RuLo is packed with amazing options!  Choose from oversized dolman and regular crop, top, tunic and dress styles…and single tier bell, double tier bell, triple tier bell, full bell and basic sleeves!  With added features like ties and shoulder ruffles, you can mix and match your favorites for endless possibilities! ”

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As soon as I had a chance, I tried the oversized Dolman option and it is casual festival wear fabulous…or at least it makes me feel like I could wear this to a festival, even though I am probably just going to be sitting at home drinking coffee and homeschooling.

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I have no idea what this fabric is or where it came from, so don’t ask. LOL. But it is some kind of crepe jersey ( I may be inventing terms here, but I swear I have heard of that) The pattern suggests ” 2-way sweater knit with drape and at least 50% stretch”  and this does have 2-way stretch, so I’ve got to be close.

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I kept this dolman true to my measured size for the sake of testing, in the future I will probably size down, even though the intended fit for the dolman is oversized. I think this is just a bit bigger than intended. Selecting patterns for my bust size always yields too large results as my bust measurement is larger than is standard for my upper bust/ shoulder measurements.

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But I will totally be wearing this one extra-oversized.

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I also made two other RuLos because I LOVE this pattern so much. You can find info on my dress here and my stretch mesh top (is coming)

 

For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I graded between sized 14 and 16 (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–6″. 

Hurry and grab the RuLo on sale through 1/26/2018 ONLY (although with all the options it is still a bargain at full price)

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Wiggles I have sewn for my closet!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the RuLo creations over in the George and Ginger Pattern Facebook Group.

THE NITTY-GRITTY for the RuLo:

Pattern Description: George and Ginger Patterns, RuLo
Pattern sizing: tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Detailed information and professional line drawings of construction are provided.
Fabric used: Some kind of Mystery Crepe Rayon Spandex
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes and No. It is only a 2-way stretch Fabric, but the pattern does call for sweater knits.
Did you alter the pattern in any way?  Shortened for my 5′-2″ frame
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No it is LOVE
Would you sew it again? Yes I’ve already made 3 and need to grab some more sweater knit to make some more.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginning Intermediate
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/4″ throughout

Additional Pattern Features:

–Beautifully designed layered pieces for tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
–No-trim page feature
–Pieces layout on US letter, A4 and A0 size pages
–Cutting chart AND print option for rectangular pieces
–Instructions on measuring and choosing your size
–Shorten/Lengthen adjustment instructions
–Grading between sizes instructions
–Full chart of finished measurements
–Glossary of sewing terms
–Fabric tips and tricks
–Yardage requirements and notions list
–Printing, taping and cutting instructions and layout
–Graphically designed and detailed construction photos
–Easy to understand step-by-step instructions

See you next time!

 

 

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RuLo Dress from George and Ginger Patterns

Kristi from George and Ginger Patterns just released the RuLo and this on-trend boho pattern is a winner. (and by the way she was also prepping for her first show at New York Fashion Week while she was working on this pattern! Isn’t she incredible?)

My first chance to sew it up, I went with the dress length and full bell sleeve options.

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“The RuLo is packed with amazing options!  Choose from oversized dolman and regular crop, top, tunic and dress styles…and single tier bell, double tier bell, triple tier bell, full bell and basic sleeves!  With added features like ties and shoulder ruffles, you can mix and match your favorites for endless possibilities! ”

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I grabbed all my fabrics for the RuLo from National City Swap Meet.  Check it out if you are in San Diego! It’s awesome.

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I used stretch French Terry for this version and as the pattern suggests ” 2-way sweater knit with drape and at least 50% stretch”  I think I am pretty close to intended fit here.

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When I was done with this dress I quickly sewed up two more RuLos because I LOVE this pattern so much. Info on my dolman and stretch mesh top are coming soon.

 

For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I graded between sized 14 and 16 (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–6″. 

Hurry and grab the RuLo on sale through 1/26/2018 ONLY (although with all the options it is still a bargain at full price)

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Wiggles I have sewn for my closet!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the RuLo creations over in the George and Ginger Pattern Facebook Group.

 

THE NITTY-GRITTY for the RuLo:

Pattern Description: George and Ginger Patterns, RuLo
Pattern sizing: tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Detailed information and professional line drawings of construction are provided.
Fabric used: Stretch French Terry
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes
Did you alter the pattern in any way?  Shortened for my 5′-2″ frame
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No it is LOVE
Would you sew it again? Yes I’ve already made 3 and need to grab some more sweater knit to make some more.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginning Intermediate
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/4″ throughout

Additional Pattern Features:

–Beautifully designed layered pieces for tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
–No-trim page feature
–Pieces layout on US letter, A4 and A0 size pages
–Cutting chart AND print option for rectangular pieces
–Instructions on measuring and choosing your size
–Shorten/Lengthen adjustment instructions
–Grading between sizes instructions
–Full chart of finished measurements
–Glossary of sewing terms
–Fabric tips and tricks
–Yardage requirements and notions list
–Printing, taping and cutting instructions and layout
–Graphically designed and detailed construction photos
–Easy to understand step-by-step instructions

See you next time!

 

 

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The Dynamic Duo

This blog post could also be called the “Dynamic Duo”, “How to Make the Most of Your Custom Knit Fabrics” or  “When Custom Fabric Cost is Worth It” …although, full disclosure, I bought this knit second hand at a discounted price from the Knit Destash Facebook Group.

These two are fire and ice, but they both agree on one thing:

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How to Train Your Dragon. A funny thing to bond over, but I’ll take it! So, when I saw this fabric posted. I knew my kids HAD to have it and I knew I had to make less than a yard of it REALLY stretch.

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First, I pulled out one of my favorite kids patterns, the Yo Ho Henley from Patterns for Pirates. It is my favorite basic tee for kids.  (Info on Moto Pants)

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I made this 100% true to pattern, so there is not much to say here. He sizes into a size 6 with size 7 length, so all I needed to do was cut a six and add some length. I love making him tees. Ready to wear shirts are either too broad for his thin/tall frame or too short.

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I knew I wanted to color block this and I don’t have a vinyl cutting machine (plus my embroidery option on the Brother SE400 is pretty small) so I pulled out some fabric iron-on paper and just made a quick little iron-on, with a quote that I love.

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Adding a border to an iron-on like this gives it more definition so that you don’t have a weird white square or an awkwardly cut out quote. It turned out awesome! (and it helped me use less HtTYD fabric)

For my daughter, since I am loving the Alley Cat Romper from Lil Luxe Collection right now, I knew that the short bodice would be perfect for conserving fabric. I checked in with the Lil Luxe Facebook Group for inspiration first. (at the end of my fabric Tetris I had just enough for the leg cuffs, so that was an added bonus, I didn’t plan for that)

 

I did a full review of the The Alley Cat with info on sizing and fit here: Alley Cat Romper by Lil Luxe Collection

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Both times I have made the romper version I have needed to add back ties to keep the neckline from slipping. They are super cute and I love them, but the romper does not seem to want to stay put (I even tried adding clear elastic this time.)  However, in the Leotard option I have not had this issue. This may be an exclusive issue to my daughter’s shape as I have seen other littles wearing it just fine without the ties.

At the end of the day, she is happy. So I am happy and little fit issues don’t bother me.

 

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I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion so that we can share our sewing projects, tips and tricks with each other.

I highly suggest joining the Patterns for Pirates and  Lil Luxe groups on Facebook to be inspired by all the beautiful creations others are making with this pattern.

 

THE NITTY-GRITTY for the Yo Ho Henley:

Pattern Description: Patterns for Pirates Yo Ho Henley 
Pattern sizing: 3 months to 14
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Detailed information and photos of construction are provided.
Fabric used: Cotton Lycra
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes
Did you alter the pattern in any way?  No, I added length for his height only.
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No, we really love it!
Would you sew it again? Yes I’ve already made it 10 times or so.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/2″ throughout

 

See you next time!

Mimi G Style+ Simplicity 1283 Review : DIY Ponte Pants

I bought Simplicity 1283 when it was first released (back in ’14?) and by the time I got to making it, my measurements said I needed to move up to the larger packet size! haha! Lesson learned, sew patterns when you get them! Anyway, the fit on Mimi is definitely why I purchased the pattern (both times).

I determined my size using the pattern chart. My measurements are: 33″ High Waist and 41″ hips. I cut a size 18 out of Ponte knit fabric. I found the youtube sew-a-long very helpful and did not use the pattern instructions at all.

Initially, I used a basting stitch to roughly put the pants together. I had already started the fit process on my left leg when I snapped this picture:

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I found the fit through the legs to be over all too large, compared to the envelope picture. As I have both size range envelopes, I decided to compare the patterns. The larger sizes seem to be graded with a less extreme curve through the knee. I’m guessing this has something to do with standard sizing, but it does explain why I had more of a straight leg look.

Next time I am going to use a more structured knit. I don’t like how it drapes below the knee in the front.

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In the end, I was very happy with this pattern and will sew it again. I did take it in quite a bit (also in the darts, and waistband), I think I can size down with success. I do expect to need to fit patterns for my unique body and am happy that the only changes needed were slimming it down.

Don’t forget this is a HIGH waist pattern. Personally, I love it, but I will likely take it down another half inch in the rise next time.

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Final result:

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THE NITTY-GRITTY:

Pattern Description: Mimi G Style + Simplicity 1283
Pattern sizing: choose envelope: 6-14 or 16-24.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? I followed the YouTube sew-a-long
Fabric used: Ponte
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes
Did you alter the pattern in any way? Yes. I moved the rear zip to a side zip, just because it is my preference. I am 5′-2 and took my standard height adjustment out of the rise and I shortened about an inch in the thigh. (I left the rest long to account for 5″ heels). I took in from hips to knee significantly to achieve the look of the pattern cover.
Was there anything you disliked or would change? I only wish there wasn’t quite so much ease, but this is an issue for me with most patterns (be they paper or .pdf)
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner to Intermediate
Pants: Do the front and back have separate rises? Yes
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 5/8″

Here is how I am styling them in my everyday life. haha!

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Wiggle Dress: new from Patterns for Pirates

Patterns for Pirates just released the Wiggle Dress and it is the cocktail/party/date dress of dreams!

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I was over the moon excited (and totally shocked) to be given the opportunity to test this pattern. I love to sew for my family and friends and trying new patterns, techniques, designers, and fabrics really fuels me. I am a creature of habit and have been on a pretty strict diet of Rayon Spandex and Cotton Lycra lately. The chance to work with a stable knit, in a killer curvy silhouette, for the pattern company that introduced me to PDF patterns made my heart aflutter.

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The Wiggle Dress PDF Pattern is positively packed. A modern-vintage dress with mega wow factor and SO. Many. Options. I headed straight to the Fashion District in Downtown LA all on my own (this is bordering on a miracle, as I have 3 beautiful little miracles, in their own right, attached at my hip most days) and stocked up. Ponte, Crushed Velvet, Liverpool, and Scuba all came home with me. (tips for navigating the district and favorite stops along the way)

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Let me tell you, the Wiggle dress was so much more than I expected!  After 3 babies, and feeling a little plump lately, I was worried this curve-hugging dress wouldn’t do me any favors. But it was love at first wear. The fit. The fabrics. Something magical is happening here.  (a little help from the shape-wear section helps, of course, but isn’t necessary)

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I especially LOVE the on-trend off-the-shoulder option and the shaping on those back pieces. The Wiggle is also incredibly comfortable.  Like, seriously, my husband caught me doing dishes after midnight still wearing the WD! Plus this Liverpool from Angel Textiles is pillow-y soft and super stretchy.  If you’ve never tried Liverpool, add it to your list!

Bonus: It is also a lightening fast sew! P4P is always amazing at beautiful, quick construction patterns and I love that!

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For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I used XL graded to L in the hips (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–5″. 

Hurry and checkout all the Wiggle release festivities, view photos of all the options available, checkout the mods, that will give you even more options (and snag the pattern at a discount, of course!) at Patterns for Pirates

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Wiggles I have sewn for my closet!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the Wiggle Dress creations over in the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group.

***Update: 10-28-17 I have added affiliate links to this post. Click them before you purchase your patterns if you would like to see more reviews at Clothed in Vermillion. Affiliate links will help me pay for more patterns and fabric, of course. ***

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