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″

DIY Colorblock Sweater with Made for Mermaids Oaklynn Pattern

I had scraps of 3 perfect match (and purchased seperately fabrics) and knew they just needed to become something.

Finally, I found the Made for Mermaids Oaklynn and it was perfect.

Oaklynn has so many options: it is a dolman pullover with several options. Choose from a crew neck or v neck. The crew neckline has a wide neckband and an optional hemmed hood. The v neck also includes a banded hood option. Choose from a solid or colorblocked option. Includes a high hip, full hip, banded top and curved hemline. Plus 3/4 roll up cuff sleeve, cuffed long sleeve or hemmed long sleeve. The 3/4 roll up sleeve and the curved hemline are for the solid option only. Both long sleeve options are extra long. (Description is direct from their website)

Includes 3 paper printing sizes- US paper, A4 paper and A0 copy shop size.

As I was using up scraps I decided to go with the first view (color block, crew neck with long sleeves)

Also I’ve had this look pinned on pinterest for over a year and really wanted to make it happen.

It was a surprisingly fast sew. I graded for my daughter according to the chart (she is a 5 width and a 6 height)

Sometimes she’s a tough customer. But she absolutely loves this sweater.

I left her to do the camera work and I love it!

Coming soon…the adult version of Made for Mermaids Oaklynn

THE NITTY-GRITTY:

Pattern Description: Made for Mermaids 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
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″

SOS Pants from Patterns for Pirates

Patterns for Pirates revamped and re-released the SOS Pants a little over year ago and after nearly a year in maternity clothes (plus post partum) I felt really ready for real pants. Or at least pull-on pants with a little stretchy forgiveness.

I made 3 pairs in stretch twill and one pair in stretch french terry.

I’m really happy with the fit straight out of the package, my only alteration here is for height, I can see that I probably need to remove more, but I am trying to be less nit-picky with my makes.

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The white pair was my first muslin and the orange was maybe my second? This was during testing, so the fit is improving from the changes to the pattern itself and also to me taking height out more accurately.

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I decided after this pair to try using stretch mesh to line the pockets to prevent lines showing from the pockets.

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The stretch mesh pocket lining was a success, as you can see the pocket lines are much less visible on this stretch French Terry pair.

Speaking of French Terry, I usually shop in Fashion District in LA. If you are a local or are heading to the area, you definitely want to check the tips for navigating the district. If you are ordering fabric you are going to need: as little as 1 1/2 yards to as much 2 5/8 (depending on options you choose and your size)

P4P is always great at beautiful, quick construction patterns and I love that! It really helps for boosting your handmade wardrobe quickly.

The SOS Pants are an intermediate sewing pattern in knit with skinny and straight leg option! Skinny leg option is fitted throughout leg to ankle. Straight leg option is fitted through hip/booty, then loose/straight through leg for a flattering and dressier option. Both options include knit/enclosed elastic waistband, back yokes, front and back pocket options. Suggested fabrics are ponte roma and medium/heavy weight jegging denim knit.

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

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.

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

THE NITTY-GRITTY:

Pattern Description: Pattern for Pirates SOS Pants
Pattern sizing: XXS-3X
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.
Fabric used: Stretch Twill and French Terry
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes
Did you alter the pattern in any way? I am 5′-2 and took my standard height adjustment
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No.
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner Pants Pattern, especially as it does not require any zip or fly construction.
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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RagDoll Raglan from Patterns for Pirates

Patterns for Pirates  has got us covered with the changing seasons and the cooler weather. The new RagDoll Raglan is just MADE for cozy coffee drinking, and book reading. But I also love a slouchy tee or tunic to get me through basically EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

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I’m in the stage of life where I am a mom of 3 little ones, so I can use any extra ease a pattern will give me.

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If you love pattern mixing, you are going to LOVE this pattern for showcasing beautiful fabrics and unexpected pairings.  This new pattern is described as “straight through the body and loose fit throughout, besides being fitted at the lower arms. It has a wide, low neckline … with a thicker than average neckband. If you use a very stretchy fabric you can pull the wide neckline off one shoulder…” and it is perfect for styling with slim fit pants, leggings, or pencil skirts.

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I am unashamedly in LOVE with rayon spandex fabric and the RagDoll is perfect for it! When I started getting serious about sewing my own clothes, I checked the tags on all my favorite store bought items and basically everything was a Rayon Spandex blend. So I started stocking up.  I usually shop in Fashion District in LA. f you are a local or are heading to the area, you definitely want to check the tips for navigating the district. If you are ordering fabric you are going to need: as little as 1 1/2 yards to as much 2 5/8 (depending on options you choose and your size)

P4P is always great at beautiful, quick construction patterns and I love that! It really helps for boosting your handmade wardrobe quickly and the RagDoll is also Capsule Wardrobe friendly. It is a great go-to that you will wear all the time.

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The RagDoll has lots of options so that you can stock your closet without looking like you are on repeat.  Half sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, long sleeve with or without cuffs. Shirt and tunic length come with a curve and there is also a banded top length (that hits between a shirt and tunic length). Lastly there is dress length for a casual t-shirt dress look. The open back option is a really nice way to take my mom uniform (a black or grey tunic) up a notch and I really like how it finishes.

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

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Hurry and checkout all the RagDoll Raglan sale and view photos of all the options available. Don’t forget to checkout the mods, that will give you even more options for this cozy top at Patterns for Pirates

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.

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

***You will find some affiliate links in 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. ***

THE NITTY-GRITTY:

Pattern Description: Pattern for Pirates RagDoll Raglan
Pattern sizing: XXS-3X
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, I especially like the finish for the open back option.
Fabric used: ITY (the plaid sleeves only) and Rayon Spandex (everything else)
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes
Did you alter the pattern in any way?  I am 5′-2 and took my standard height adjustment from the midriff.
Was there anything you disliked or would change? For my personal shape and preference, I might take it in more from waist to hip in the future. Thankfully this is a personal alteration that can be done post-construction.
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/2″

Here is how I am styling them in my everyday life. haha! I am also wearing a pair of Hey June Mountain Pose pants in stretch French Terry, learn how to get this pattern free here on the Hey June Handmade blog.

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Little Black Ballet Top

Even though the Patterns for Pirates  Wiggle Dress is a total bombshell as a full length gown, it also makes a great basic as well…but pictures speak louder than words.

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The Wiggle Dress PDF Pattern  makes an excellent basic ballet top. Ballet, like classical music, is just NEVER going to go out of style.  And since my love for black Cotton-Lycra runs deep (even though it is not a recommended fabric for this pattern) I decided to give it a try.

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The results are everything I was hoping for. A great basic, something quick and easy to grab out of the closet.

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If you remember the Wiggle is a lightening fast sew, so when we decided to run out on a family shopping trip and I didn’t feel like digging through laundry. I opted to see how quickly I could make a Wiggle Top. The answer was: 40 minutes.

Which actually was a lot longer than it should have taken. All 3 of my babes were interupting so that I could help them get ready, I had to change thread color on my serger and coverstitch (that’s reathreading 7 spools of thread), and I had to unpick the neckline and re-do it a little.

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All-in-all, I think this could easily be a 20 minute top if you want to have a race sometime. haha!

And it lends itself well to being dressed up or dressed down. This weekend, I styled it with this skirt…just in case someone didn’t know I was ballet inspired. (Sorry, I forgot to snap a pic of the wiggle plus this one.)

 

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″. My large stash of black cotton lycra was picked up at one of my favorite spots in the Fashion District in Downtown LA.  (tips for navigating the district and favorite stops along the way

 

Hurry time is running out on 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 before you have to pay full price) at Patterns for Pirates

Want to know more about those moto pants? Check them out on my IG @clothed.in.vermillion!

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

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