Pattern Testing

Why I Love Add-Ons…

Face it. Sometimes you buy a pattern, and you make a few times, and you love it, and then you realize that it would be perfect, if only it had this one extra little thing. Most of the time unless you have mad illustrator skills or the time to figure out a hack, those dreams go…

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Tested: Greenstyle Studio to Street Top

I’ve made a half dozen dolman patterns in the last couple years, and I’ve loved each more than the last. There’s something classic but stylish about a dolman, and oh, so many endless ways they can changed up to suit my whims…my sewing hacker heart is in heaven anytime a new dolman comes around. Until…

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Tested: Cecilia Criss Cross Top

If you hang around the pattern world long enough, you start to see some consistencies in the requests for certain designs, and a relaxed fit, dolman sleeve wrap top like this one, has been one of the most requested this Fall/Winter. Since I’m slowing easing myself into wearing less fitted tops, I decided to give…

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Boom Boom POW(er) Bra!

I used to LOVE (love love!) Zumba, and one of my favorite songs to dance to was the Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow”. Every time that song came on, I could feel myself transforming into an amazing hip hop dance/song artist, with a whole crew (the class) behind me as my backup, as we…

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S.O.S. Pants, fitting, and my love for elastic waists….

A while back, before all the craziness came to town (see this post if you want to know what I’m talking about!), I opted to test out the updated version of the S.O.S. pants by Patterns for Pirates. I’ve actually owned this pattern for over a year, but never got around to sewing them, and…

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Tested: Medellin Top and Cartagena Cami!

When I took on the test for the new Itch to Stitch Medellin Top and Cartagena Cami a couple weeks ago, everything was blue skies and balmy 70 degree temps. Winter seemed far away, and life seemed to be going along pretty swimmingly (cue ominous music here….) The kids were in a good school routine,…

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Warrior Pose!

Ok, that title was totally a red herring- I have absolutely ZERO yoga skills or flexibility, so you won’t see me performing anything other than child’s pose when I’m trying to search for a sewing pin in my carpet (note to previous owners: deep pile carpet was a BAD idea in the craft room). Fortunately,…

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The SoLo Tank, and My New Exercise Obsession

As I imagine happens to many people, summer was a time of slacking for my exercise routine. We traveled alot, it was too hot, blah, blah blah- basically my exercise was sporadic, and come fall, I was feeling the mental and physical impact of my laziness. The trouble was, like many moms with a full…

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Another Fall Favorite!

I seem to have a problem…I can’t stop preparing for fall, even though it’s still 100 degrees outside, and cooler weather is at least a month or more away. I even made cinnamon pear butter today, in the crock pot, which is delicious but required me cranking down the A/C a few extra degrees to…

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Mommy and Me Peplums!

I’m not a big dress person (see my explanation in the 2017 hits and misses post), but the onset of fall has me thinking about the holidays, and I thought it might be nice to have a new “statement” dress in my closet, so I hopped on board the Peekaboo Melbourne Dress test last week.…

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