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Rowan Dress

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I’ve been wanting to share this dress for so long now! It’s by far one of my favorite makes. Megan Nielsen Patterns recently released the Rowan pattern. It’s a super fitted tee or bodysuit pattern with several different options. I’ve been noticing for awhile that a lot of my makes are baggy around the waist. It’s definitely a style I’m most comfortable with, but I think it was becoming a habit since having children and I was ready to embrace more form fitting clothes again. I’m sure you other moms can relate.

This dress is snug in all the right spots and skims my body in the most flattering way. I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s made using a 270 degree circle skirt attached to a cropped Rowan tee. If you would like to make your own Rowan dress, check out my tutorial on Megan Nielsen Patterns blog, Design Diary HERE. I made sure to include measurements for all sizes too!

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Metallic Knit Toaster Sweater

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Sewing is not something I am quick at. I seem to take forever to sew a garment others whip out in a night. Many of my garments take me 2 weeks to sew. When I first started, I figured I would get faster with time, but that hasn’t really been the case for me. Sure, I’m often sewing while carrying on conversations with my kids, sometimes carrying them on my lap while I sit behind the sewing machine. But, having kids isn’t the only reason for my slow sewing. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I prefer to take my time making sure everything turns out to the best of my abilities. Plus, I have to make a ton of adjustments to patterns (I’m tall with wide shoulders, small chested and pear shaped). So, when people talk about a pattern being quick, I usually think, “Oh, maybe I can get that sewn up in a few nights.” I’ve heard the Toaster Sweater Version 1 was a quick sew, but I had no idea just how quick it would really be.

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2017 Make Nine

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Within the last couple months, I’ve come to the realization that I need to be more strategic when deciding on my makes. I really enjoy focusing on the details of a garment and adding special touches that make the garment unique and special. Whether it be using scraps of a contrasting fabric for smaller pattern pieces, using contrasting topstitching, adding embroidery or anything else that gives the clothing a little extra something. I’m also realizing I really love to make changes to a pattern. Not necessarily because the pattern needs it, but because I honestly enjoy the process of creating something different and figuring out all the measurements so everything fits just so. Doing these things takes extra time though and I’m already a really really slow sewer. However, I’m okay with the extra time because I’ve never been one to have a closet full of clothes. I’m perfectly happy if I have a weeks worth of clothes, especially if I love every piece. I’ve always followed the idea of a capsule wardrobe before I ever even knew of the term. So, for 2017 I hope to rotate between a slow fashion piece where I really take my time on the garment and a quick sew that satisfies some basic I need in my wardrobe. I’m still working on creating a winter wardrobe since moving from California to Virginia, so my list may be a bit fall/winter heavy.

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