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October Blog Traffic and a Papercut Patterns Sway Dress

October! A beautiful time of year! First, please tell me how it is October already. Seriously. Second, well… I don’t really have a second. Other than I’ve been missing this space lately, and wanted to come stop by and write down a few thoughts. And to welcome any newcomers to this little corner of the internet. Except I like to think of it not as a corner… more like an open room with lots of big windows and beautiful natural light. Anyway, October is the time of year when my blog gets a lot of new traffic. It’s weird, and I guess sort of flattering at the same time. I don’t have many tutorials on here, but what I do have is mostly revolved around Halloween (yay!).

So if you’re here because you clicked on a link for costume belts or dwarf slippers on Pinterest… welcome, and thanks for stopping by! :D Here’s my quick intro – my name is Kyla. Pharmacist by day, aspiring seamstress and dog wrangler by night. :) Recently engaged, currently planning the wedding (and my dress! yay!), and trying to keep up with this thing we call life. There’s never enough time to do everything I want in life, so I do as much as I possibly can. And sometimes, on my days off, I do absolutely nothing. That’s pretty good too. I tend to ramble when I write, but not when I talk. :) I also tend to use a lot of exclamation points! Don’t ask me why. It just happens.


On to the lovely Papercut Patterns Sway Dress pattern. I made this one for The Monthly Stitch’s 3rd Birthday celebration in August. Myself and two other ladies used the same pattern for the “Triple Trouble” challenge theme. Unfortunately we didn’t get them posted but from the sneak peeks I know theirs must have turned out great!

Papercut Patterns Sway Dress | Life By Ky Blog Papercut Patterns Sway Dress | Life By Ky Blog

This is only the second time I’ve used a Papercut pattern (first was the Pneuma Tank)… and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed by both! Nice details, great instructions.

Although I love how my sway dress turned out, and will wear it plenty, I should’ve checked the fit of the top before cutting into my fabric. The armscye was definitely too long for me, as I’ve seen in a few other reviews. I ended up taking up the shoulders by about an inch. I also had a few issues with the facing. Even after understitching, the facing keeps peeking out. I’m not sure why; possibly a combination of my fabric and it seemed that I cut the facing too big? – would that make sense? Hmm… still unsure.

As for the fabric, it’s an unknown blend that I got on a trip to San Francisco a little while back. Super drapey but still easy to work with. Feels wonderful. Only bad part is you barely glance in it’s direction and it wrinkles like crazy! :/

Papercut Patterns Sway Dress | Life By Ky Blog Papercut Patterns Sway Dress | Life By Ky Blog

The fun part about this dress… it has pockets AND it’s reversible (as in, “V” in the front or in the back). Love! I can’t wait to find the right fabric to try out the short version also.

Next up… before getting on with THE dress… I have three little costumes on the horizon! That, and CAMP! See… October – it’s going to be a fun month! :)

Until next time,



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