Pattern Testing

Not your mama’s sweats…

I jumped on the jogger bandwagon a long time ago, and have been wearing them in all forms ever since. When I heard my favorite lounge pattern, the Portlanders, were getting a little jogger-transformation, I had to check it out, and brought my mini-me along for the ride! Never mind that it was 110 degrees…

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Tested: DIBY Althea Tank

A couple weeks ago, the Fabric Fairy got in some amazing meshes, and I had to buy up. I honestly wasn’t sure at the time what I would use them for, I just knew they screamed “cool exercise girl” and had to have them for myself. Meshes are everywhere in athletic gear right now- Lululemon…

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When Life Gives You Lemons…(make mommy and me tops!)

I’ve had quite a few sewing “lemons” lately- patterns I was super excited to sew up, that for various reasons turned out completely unwearable. It happens to the best of us, I guess, but I found myself last week in a bit of a rut. Heres the equation, for all you math geeks out there:…

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My heart is in Havana…

I’ve spent the past couple weeks singing this song…  Now that it’s in your head too, I can show you my new Havana dress and top, from the recently released pattern by Greenstyle. The Havana is a departure from the athletic patterns that make up a large portion of the Greenstyle offerings, and despite…

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Tested: Helen Dress by DIBY

I’ve cut back quite a bit on my testing lately, but every so often something comes along that really catches my eye, or fits in perfectly with my plans, and then I use the testing deadline to motivate myself to get it done! That was the case with the newly released Helen Dress by DIBY–…

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Vacation Sewing: North Shore Swimsuit

What do you do when you have a big vacation to prepare for? There’s laundry to wash, food to pack, and….clothes to sew! At least, that’s what MY list looks like, and since the sewing is the most fun, it usually gets priority! With summer coming and a variety of fun trips on the horizon,…

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Do the Twist!

When I first started seeing side knot/twist tops pop up around town, I was intrigued but not immediately sold. Other than an interesting design detail, what was the purpose of the knot? Would it feel weird during wear? I decided to find out. When I’m faced with a trend I’m skeptical about, the easiest thing…

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Men’s and Women’s Forester Coats

Late last year, when I tested the Trailblazer collection (mens, women’s, children’s and nestledown- whew! that was quite a project, you can read about it here), Lisa hinted that there was a coat in the works, and asked if the trailblazer folks would be interested in testing it. I said yes, of course, because my…

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More Fit Gear!

Sewing activewear can be kind of addicting- its fast, easy, and gets lots of daily wear- what’s not to love? Hopefully you aren’t sick of seeing it on my blog, because here’s another winner! I took some time off from sewing during Spring Break, but as soon as I got back, I dove into the…

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Hacked! Summit Peak Hoodie with Nursing Access

I’ve been waiting on the women’s Summit Peak Hoodie ever since I tested the children’s version late last year. I’ve actually thought about using the largest kids size, but that can be problematic, as I’m not really proportioned like a kid, despite being pretty petite. So I was really excited to see it finally come…

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