Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Greenstyle Creation's Scarlet Swing Dress

(aka the world's most comfortable dress and one that I will surely live in this summer!)

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(all pictures by my seven year old)

Greenstyle Creation's Swing Dress by replicate then deviate

Greenstyle Creation's Swing Dress by replicate then deviate

I feel like I'm winning the pattern testing lottery lately and I'm grateful. I enjoy getting to sew up patterns early and seeing all the work that goes into creating an outstanding PDF pattern. I also enjoy making sewing friends! And pattern testing helps me get through The Stash quicker. (I'm actually 9/9 for items sewn this year that have come solely from The Stash except for the 12 inches I was short on bias tape for a baby blanket).

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The Greenstyle Scarlet Swing Dress is incredibly versatile. It has five sleeve lengths (including a bell sleeve), a cold shoulder option, a tunic length, an above knee length, an above knee length high/low, below knee length, and below knee length high/low.

This is the elbow sleeves and below knee high/low. The lovely drapey fabric is from the Leisureletics line at Joann's. The employees there have commented I have probably bought more from that line than anyone else at the store. It is lighter weight and more prone to snagging than the compression fabric I bought. I had originally planned to make joggers with it but then I was worried it might be a little see through. Anyway, I'm glad the joggers didn't happen because it was perfect for this dress! I like how the shoulders/sleeves/bust are fitted/shaped in contrast to the wide hem and swing style. I almost made the long sleeved option until I thought how nice and breezy it will be in the summer.

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I did shorten the back by 1.5 inches because it fell at the widest part of my calves but that's the beauty of sewing for yourself! You can make adjustments to fit your body and your preferences!

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I think this dress would be cute paired with a moto jacket or blazer or Sundance Jacket for spring/fall/winter and on its own in the summer.

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I also tested the short sleeved/tunic length in cotton lycra. The fabric shop I bought it from sadly closed. The only thing different on this one is the final neckband was increased by 1.5 inches.

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Isn't it interesting how fabric choice changes the overall look? I love both of these for different reasons/purposes.

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The tunic would be so cute paired with Stride Tights or Inspire Tights. I didn't have time to sew a pair before taking these pictures but these leggings are from my friend's shop, Pocket Innerwear. They make layering pieces designed to hold diabetic pumps or cell phones.

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Thanks for stopping by! Check out the goodness at Greenstyle Creations if you want.<-- affl link. The Endurance Bra is calling my name.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sew Like My Mom's Fern Cardigan

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sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

The second Ansley saw the line drawing for the Fern Cardigan she was really excited because I have a similar cardigan and she always comments how she wants one just like it. We had just enough orange interlock fabric to squeeze out the short sleeved version and we LOVE it.

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sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

The Fern Cardigan is a darling knit cardigan with a sweet peplum and collar. It comes in short, elbow, or long sleeves. It comes in sizes 12m-8 years or 6 years-16 years or a bundle. There is an optional tie with a bow.

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sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

This was a really quick sew and one of the easiest pattern tests I've participated in. I love how the peplum looks in a slightly sturdier fabric. I made Ansley a size 8, which is exactly what she measures. Everything fit together easily. The pattern has a layers option, which makes it easy to cut out and gives me less headaches. The instructions are great!

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Ansley is wearing a Hey June Camden Raglan and Sew Like My Mom Boxwood Joggers.

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sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

Lisbon didn't want to be left out. She is also wearing Boxwood Joggers.

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I foresee many versions of the Fern Cardigan in the future!! The Fern Cardigan is on sale through the end of Monday. Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Hey June Tallinn Sweater!

If you've been reading my (very sporadic) blog posts (or following on instagram @replicatethendeviate) you know I am a HUGE Hey June Patterns fan!! Adrianna is one of my favorite designers because her designs are well drafted, clearly worded and illustrated (and notched), and fun!

I was extremely lucky to test her newest pattern, the Tallinn Sweater. I was immediately drawn to the asymmetric crossover bodice and the cowl option. But I was a turtleneck hater because they make me claustrophobic. Then Tami posted hers and Adrianna said it was a slightly looser turtleneck and I had to give it a try. Then I wore it for four days straight and I was cozy and less mad at the cold winter wind and I actually forgot I was wearing a turtleneck. It is so good.

(all pictures by my 7.5 year old)

(I'm also wearing the world's best leggings- the sloan leggings)

This is the first version. (The final version has a little more ease through the bust and the sleeves are not symmetric). I used a textured liverpool from LA Finch Fabrics that I picked up after winning a blogiversary giveaway from the very talented Fleurine. (Thanks so much Fleurine!!!!) (side note- you can TEXT LA Finch Fabrics! They answered my questions about the recovery of jegging fabric and helped with a shipping code while I was laying in bed cuddling Lisbon. LIFE CHANGING. Not sponsored.) This was my first time sewing with liverpool. It was kind of shifty when cutting so I used a ridiculous amount of wonder clips and my walking foot, which made a huge difference. I bought this fabric before I started culling through my wardrobe and trying to unify my color scheme and maximize my wardrobe's potential, so while it doesn't match my new vision I am using The Stash which is also an admirable goal, right? Anyway, I don't love the texture of it (but I'm weird and it said textured in the description so there's that) but I love the spongy/foamy feel and how it looks in contrast to the snow!

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hey june tallinn sweater by replicate then deviate

hey june tallinn sweater by replicate then deviate

This is the final version, made in a microfleece from Joann Fabric that has been in The Stash for a while. Ansley is really jealous of it. I made a size L for both, according to my measurements. The fit is perfect. The sleeves on this one feel slimmer than the first one but I'm sure that's fabric related.

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This pattern deserves jazz hands.

hey june tallinn sweater by replicate then deviate

hey june tallinn sweater by replicate then deviate

hey june tallinn sweater by replicate then deviate

The Tallinn Sweater is on sale for $8.50 (instead of $10) for a limited time. If you'd like to use my aff link you'd be the first. <-- this is the only affiliate link in this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Ila Dress by Coffee and Thread

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Yes, it's another Star Wars Dress! I had the opportunity to test the Ila Dress by Coffee and Thread. I love the shaped yoke and the pockets! This was my first lined dress with an invisible zipper! There is a lot more interfacing than in other dresses I've made but it leads to a really professional finish.

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This is one of the tester versions I made. The actual pattern has a little bit more ease in the chest and a bit more length. I made a size seven, based on Ansley's chest measurements. She is a size 8 in height. Olga worked tirelessly to get the fit just right!!

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I used a scrap of fabric from Sweet and Charmed fabric and a quilting cotton from Joanns. The quilting cotton tends to be wrinkly (I did iron before these pictures!) but it was the closest color match (and got the most votes from my smart instagram friends).

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The Ila Dress is available for $7 (instead of $9) through UpCraft Club through Wednesday, then in the Coffee and Thread Shop. I think Lisbon needs an Ila Dress too!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

ConiferJacket

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After piano lessons a week and a half ago Ansley asked me to make her a jacket with a diagonal zipper like her babysitter had. Luckily for her I was already working on this Conifer Jacket. This is the newest pattern by Adrianna of Hey June and it is the best!! I used luxe fleece from Joann (which is life changing! It stays soft and isn't pilly and doesn't warp out of shape. My girls won't stop cuddling it!) and a zipper from Joann. I wish I had used a less bulky zipper but the color matched the best. Next time I will choose more wisely.

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I was lucky enough to be able to test this pattern. This is a straight 8 (her measurements), with the moto collar. The fit is perfect! The instructions are perfect! The front flap is fully faced and the way the back yokes are finished is so professional. I love the undersleeve and the asymmetric zipper. The only modification I did was to use half cotton lycra knit and half fleece for the pockets. I actually used scraps from the dress she's wearing (The Janie Dress by Welcome to the Mouse House).

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The pattern includes instructions to make a vest, a standard collar, moto collar, and a no collar option. Sturdy heavier weight knits are recommended like sweatshirting. The directions include instructions for interfacing to lead to a more professional finish. The diagrams and text are helpful, as is the Hey June Patterns Facebook group.

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yearbook2016 by replicate then deviate

The jacket looks darling zipped up all the way, part of the way, or not at all. (Pardon the closed eyes, this is the only picture in this pose haha).

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yearbook2016 by replicate then deviate

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All Hey June Patterns are on sale (30% off) including this one starting tonight at midnight until 11/27. The code is "BLACKFRIDAY16". Don't miss out! Check it out here! (aff link)

Now I can't stop thinking about making a matching Evergreen Jacket for me! Thanks for stopping by!

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yearbook2016 by replicate then deviate

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yearbook2016 by replicate then deviate

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Swim Tour 2016

Hello Friends!

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dbca classic maillot by replicate then deviate

We are thrilled to be on the Summer Swim Tour, hosted by Ajaire of Call Ajaire, Saskia of The Wolf and the Tree, and Jess of Gracious Threads and sponsored by Imagine Gnats. Thank you for the invite ladies!!! I was gifted the pattern and green fabric and, as usual, all opinions are my own.

First things first- discount codes for you:

During the tour Designs by Call Ajaire is offering 20% off all patterns in the Etsy shop using the code SWIMTOUR, Gracious Threads is offering 15% off the purchase of 3 or more patterns in her shop (no coupon needed), and The Wolf and the Tree is offering 15% off patterns in her shop using the code SWIMTOUR as well.

And enter the rafflecopter giveaway for lots of dreamy goodies on here!

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My girls are between sizes so I sized up. I made practice suits first out of the purple sparkly fabrics from Joann. And if you look closely you can see that I didn't check well enough when cutting out the back piece of Lisbon's on the reverse side of the fabric. I made view A but love the color blocking options of view B and the ease of bathroom breaks for the tankini versions.

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My machine gave me fits after trying four new ball point or stretch needles of various sizes (whatever I had in The Stash), and oiling and cleaning the machine, and rethreading, and rewinding the bobbin, and trying different stitches. I ended up using the stitch that looks like a wave after Ajaire suggested to try that one (lifesaver!! Thank you!!) and for some reason my machine liked sewing without the walking foot better than with the walking foot. I sew on my grandma's bernina 801 that is probably about my age. I think my machine is telling me to quit putting off its annual spa appointment (maintenance). Now I also think I "need" a coverstitch machine. HAHA.

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My favorite parts of the pattern are the modest fit and coverage and the full lining!!! The instructions are clear and there are so many options to customize a suit just the way you or your daughter wants. It is also easy to blend between sizes if needed.

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I followed the instructions exactly for the purple ones.

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Ansley felt the legs were a little too snug on the purple suit so I gave her a little more room with the second suit (the green one) I made.

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DBCA classic maillot by replicate then deviate

For the green one (side note- LOVE the green fabric from Imagine Gnats!! It is so soft and snaps back into shape. And cheaper than Joann's non sale fabric) I used swim elastic. I should have compared the regular 3/8 inch elastic and the 1/4 inch swim elastic (the only size I could find) for stretch and recovery. As you can see the green turned out quite a bit larger than the purple despite cutting the same size. And it's not entirely the 1/8 inch difference in elastic width. I definitely don't mind that it's larger though- she'll get to wear it for longer.

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It also really helped me to baste the lining and main for the armscye and the legs for the green one in addition to the neckline and chest.

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Thanks for stopping by!!

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