Pattern Review: Annecy Dress from Styla Patterns

TL; DR – I love this shirt dress pattern. I had the pleasure of testing the Annecy dress from Styla Patterns. Look, I won’t say no to a shirt dress pattern. And I was thrilled with this one, especially because it has a grown-in sleeve option. I made it out of this lovely vintage fabric…

Rosalie Shirt Dress, Take 4, NOW WITH A TUTORIAL!

TL; DR – Here’s how to finish the front plackets. Target did a collab with DVF. I didn’t particularly like the dresses, but I did love the sheet-sets. So I got some, and I made another Rosalie. I really think that this is an amazing beginner pattern, but it really isn’t clear how to finish…

Pattern Review: Susan Shirt Dress from Fibre Mood

TL; DR – So. Many. Buttons. MOAR SHIRT DRESSES! I loved the slit up the sides and the cut and length of this dress. I wanted a long shirt dress pattern for these totally groovy sheets that I thrifted, so here comes Susan from Fibre Mood. I’ve made so many shirt dresses and shirts that…

Rosalie Shirt Dress, Take 3

TL; DR – OMG designer fabric really IS different, in the best ways possible. I’m trying REALLY hard not to buy more fabric. Like REALLY REALLY hard. But I can’t resist looking at Joann’s when there’s a sale (which is, to be fair, all the damn time). And then I saw this designer fabric by…

Kalle Shirtdress, Take 4

TL; DR – You can make this with 2.1yrds of fabric. More Mood mystery box goodness. I decided that I would use contrasting fabric for the collar, front placket, etc, but it turns out, I didn’t need to! I managed to squeeze in all the pattern pieces in only a little more than two yards!…

Pattern Review: QUINCY by TAUKO Magazine

TL; DR – Boobyliscious. I’ve been a reader of TAUKO Magazine since the beginning. I loved the layout, I loved the themes, I loved the patterns. Except…I cannot for the life of me figure out to to trace the damn patterns that are all overlapping and I just go cross-eyed. So when I saw a…

Rosalie Shirt Dress, Take 2

TL; DR – I LOVE THIS DRESS. I don’t know how long I’ve had this adorable cherry blossom print. It’s from a Danish fabric company which is probably why I jumped on it (Skalllerup is Danish). I thought it would be adorable as a Rosalie Shirt Dress, and I wasn’t mistaken. I did the pockets…

Free Pattern Review: The Rosalie Shirt Dress from Mood Fabrics

TL; DR – Can a pattern be a simple beginner pattern and super-tricky at the same time? YES IT CAN APPARENTLY. I’ve been wanting a one-piece (ie – not a separate bodice and skirt) shirt dress that flairs out FOREVER. When Mood put out their Rosalie Shirt Dress pattern, I downloaded it right away and…

Kalle Shirtdress, Take 3

TL; DR – I did this in one afternoon! I love the Kalle shirtdress pattern. And I love making dresses out of Marimekko shower curtains and sheets. I got this new shower curtain on clearance for Black Friday sales, but was wondering what I could do with the GIANT CIRCLES. I hadn’t made a Kalle…

Pattern Review: I AM IRMA from I Am Patterns

TL; DR – Sometimes you just have to consult with a different tutorial and a YouTube video to sew something. I have long loved the I AM PATTERNS look. It’s French, after all. But they are not particularly size-inclusive (also a very French thing). I AM IRMA has SO much ease that I could make…

Free Pattern Review: Avery by The Fabrics Store for #sewfrugal22

TL; DR – I did gathers! Struggling with ease! Still fun! I got a whole bunch of vintage fabric from my local buy-nothing group, including this kinda beige, muslin-type fabric with a lovely floral embroidery at the bottom. It was a narrow fabric, paired with the large motif, it made it hard to know what…

Kalle Shirtdress, Take 2

TL; DR – DO NOT GET COMPLACENT, transfer the pattern marking onto the fabric FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. This is my second Kalle shirtdress. I did my first one early in my sewing journey, and it took some time, given all the various skills I had to learn (collar, placket, bias tape hem). This…

Pattern Review: Indira by Fibre Mood

TL; DR – Sometimes the pattern directions make assumptions about your knowledge, in-seem pockets are harder than you think, and I still haven’t found a good tutorial for them. Choose the right needle for your project. I wanted a shirtdress with brushstrokes. I found the fabric at Mood, and got the Indira pattern from Fibre…

Pattern Review: Kalle Shirtdress by Closet Core Patterns

TL;DR – FOR THE LOVE OF GOD JUST SHOW ME HOW TO DO THE DAMN THING I AM WATCHING THIS VIDEO TO LEARN. I love a good shirtdress. I found an amazing burgundy pinstripe shirting fabric. And I then I found the Kalle Shirtdress and Shirt pattern from Closet Core Patterns. With it came a…