(aka the world's most comfortable dress and one that I will surely live in this summer!)
(all pictures by my seven year old)
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
Isn't it interesting how fabric choice changes the overall look? I love both of these for different reasons/purposes.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Ansley is wearing a Hey June Camden Raglan and Sew Like My Mom Boxwood Joggers.
Lisbon didn't want to be left out. She is also wearing Boxwood Joggers.
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!