All posts tagged: Girl Charlee Fabrics

A Bridal Shower Charleston Dress + a few extras :)

So I was on the hunt for the perfect pattern for this dress for a while. I had my fabric picked out (although I changed it up last minute and got a different lace).  I knew I was looking for knee length, somewhat form fitting or a-line, preferably sleeveless, and something that I could do a double layer with lace overlay. I had a few picked out but nothing seemed quite right. Luckily that was right about the time that Adrianna released her Charleston Dress pattern… and my decision was done! Bonus points that it had pockets… that was a total win because B loves pockets!   This, BTW, is my beautiful BFF who you’ve probably seen pop up here a time or two as she’s one of the very few people that I will actually sew things for. It’s a very short list. Anyway, she’s getting married next month in Maui (sooo excited!) Of course I had to do something special for her shower, so I told her I’d make her dress. I got the …

Mesh Cutout Foxglove Tank

Hello hello! So things have been a little busy around here lately and I definitely haven’t been sewing as much as I’d like. I’m coming up on the end of my 3-month fabric fast (not buying any new fabric and only using what I already have in my stash) and I haven’t even used very much because I’ve only made a few things. :/ But what are ya gonna do, right!? :) We’ve been somewhat on the house hunt since we moved, but haven’t found anything interesting come up on the market in the last few months to even go look at. Then last weekend we had a meeting set up to go look at a house that looked good from the pictures (but, as we’ve learned, you can never really tell until you get there!)… a couple days after that we found ourselves in a bidding war… now all the papers are signed and we are in escrow! Crazy! We’re super excited, though… and of course I’m already planning where my new sewing space is …

A few things finished in February…

At the beginning of the month, I dug out a bunch of unfinished objects at different stages in hopes that I could finish a few in honor of the February challenge at The Monthly Stitch! And yay… I actually finished a few! First up… The Greenwood Tank was/is my first indie paper pattern! I love pdfs but it was so fun to work with a pre-printed pattern for a change! I got it in one of her Stitch Kits back in September of last year, then did a test run and cut my fabric in October. Then my cut fabric pieces sat there waiting patiently for me… until now! :)    I cut a straight 4. The fit is great, but not perfect. Next time I’ll try grading out a size or two at the hips, and add an inch or two of length depending on my fabric. Overall, though, I love it! It’s a great go-to staple pattern! Plus… how often can you say that you perfectly match your pattern envelope?! :) I just love this art gallery …

Straight Stitch Designs Montlake Pattern Testing

So far I’m starting this year out very similar to last year :) And by that I mean pattern testing for Kimberly at Straight Stitch Designs! Yay! Her latest pattern is the Montlake Tee… found HERE! It just released today! It’s a simple, scoop-neck tee that is slightly fitted at the bust and a little more relaxed at the hips. So it’s basically perfect for any knit with at least a little bit of stretch and a little bit of drape. Disclaimer: These are tester versions. So although I love each one as-is, there were a lot of pattern changes along the way so the fit of the final pattern is going to be a little bit different (aka better!) Muahaha! That and I received this pattern in exchange for testing, but that in no way influenced my opinions below. Version 1.   Details: Pattern version 1. Size 4. Long sleeve. No alterations. I sized down for the next one, but this one is still super comfy :) And the shoulder seam and armscye got a huge overhaul …

Creative Sewing Challenge with the Blue Dot Georgia Top!

A little while back, the wonderful Melissa from Mahlica Designs invited me to participate in a Creative Sewing Challenge with Blue Dot Patterns. (Side note: I’ve been loving following along with her Core Wardrobe project… definitely something I’ve thought about doing but haven’t jumped in yet) :) So needless to say, I immediately accepted the challenge! Basically it was to take one of the three Blue Dot patterns — Georgia, Margo, or Dover —  and make it your own. Challenge: accepted! ;) So then came my thought process… I initially chose the Margo blouse. I was thinking something with lace overlay for the holidays or I thought about stealing the plaid fabric I have in my fall sewing plans and going more casual. THEN… I came across a couple of images that inspired me to pick the Dover jacket! Sources: Top: Short Sleeve Madewell Utility Jacket | Bottom: H&M Peplum Jacket Isn’t that top one gorgeous!? I can see adding some pockets, a tie, collar, and altering the sleeves to make something really similar. And the bottom… use …