CaliFaye Collection's Klein Dress


It's time for another summer dress!!!! This is the NEW CaliFaye Klein dress! and it is 30% off with the code NEWRELEASE until may 31st!

If you love that loose boho-ish loose and flowy summer vibe - then this is the dress for you!



This dress features side darts, a shaped skirt for a little scoop effect, a low back, and the option to do a bra strap or sewn in strap (I did sewn in)


I used white eyelet fabric (cut up an old bedspread actually ... The fabric was in great shape - but the style of the bedspread ... not so much) and lined the skirt and bodice in SUPER light white cotton


This dress is super cute styled with a cropped denim jacket (and heart sunglasses!) 

I'd LOVE to hear some more styling ideas you have as well!


If you want to see more CaliFaye check out my post on the Fenix Romper


*post contains affiliate links - please do consider using them and helping fund the sewing habit if you are inspired  by my posts :) 

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The one Raglan Pattern to RULE them ALLL!!!!!!!!


I'm pretty sure everyone who sews has a million raglan patetrns in their files... right ?? please tell me I'm not the only one who has been on the quest for THEEEEEEE raglan pattern to rule them all?!

Well, if you have been on the quest - let me tell you about my raglan to rule them all - meet the Hey June Lane Raglan 

(moose fabric from True North - retail here)


I looove the hooded banded version and I love the no hood no bands version too! The fit is relaxed but not excess fabric, fitted but not tight and clingy. This is really just the absolute perfect raglan for me! (and I've tried many a pattern!)


As always Hey June has fabulous directions and drafting. I'm sure you've noticed I sew them a fair amount if you read this blog often.

(affiliate links included - if any of my posts inspires you to get a copy of the pattern- I'd love for you to use my affiliate link!)
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I did something I was scared of!


I made myself a swimsuit!!!!!  This has been something I've wanted to try for YEARS! but have been sooo scared of that slinky swim fabric! This year - I did it!

I used the free George and Ginger lovesick bralette (get the pattern from their fb group). I added the little loop to the front because it felt too conservative without it ... Please tell me I'm not alone in sometimes feeling bikini's can be conservative ? 

I used the SUAT scrundies - boy shorts version for the bottoms. I lined th main parts - so those are not going anywhere when I get in water!


For the top I did add swim elastic to the seam allowance alone the top part of the bra top and a little in the back of the band. 


Now my ghost like self is just waiting for summer.... 

Fun fact: When I took these pics it was -20C outside... and about 5pm when ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL the neighbours were getting home (it was the golden hour....) I am pretty sure all my neighbours officially think I'm crazy... This is probably why I have no friends in town lol (except you Tina!)
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I made a Popover top - finally. and it is amazing!




This shirt has several view options to it - and a few different ways to do that back pleat, I stitched mine down at the bottom due to being a very much rectangle body shape I have no hips really. so no need to have room for them. 



 but one of the best parts is the TIDY finishing on the inside! Check out that fully enclosed back yoke, the tidy shoulder seams, french seams, the perfect facing! These details don't take a lot of extra time (maybe an extra 30 mins overall) - but really having the seams all enclosed and tidy adds soooo much to the quality of your finished garment and this pattern has it ALL in the instructions!



I love a pattern whre the finishing and attention to detail is right in the pattern, especially since I sewed this test during a headcold and didn't have to seam rip once! 


so if you are looking for an amazing popover style shirt - you need the Williamette! and it is on sale until May 14th with no code needed!




You'll be THIS happy you got to make this popover perfection!

and please do consider using my affiliate link if my pics helped motivate you to buy the pattern :) 

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Fenix Romper (loads of pics with a few styling ideas!)


I signed up for a test! Meet the NEW Fenix Romper from the Cali Faye Collection (link at bottom of post)


So, I'm a 5'5" rectangle shaped lady and I ADORE this style and shape on my self.

I did the easy option for the straps and just used velvet ribbon for the straps - but thre is an otion for bra like straps with adjustments things.



I love how it can be styled wth the jean jacket for a bit dressier - I wore it styled with the striped long cardi for school pick up - casual but still cute! and I love the pockets and wearing it plain with the pocket option I find gives it such a perfectly draped shape on my body! I love this one more than the one I bought in store last summer.


and it is a romper - so totally practical too for chasing kidlets and windy days! (and cute with bralettes peeking out!)









Now, if my blog is quiet for a bit - please excuse me because I will be making a couple more of these in many different fabrics... This pattern works for woven fabric (with a nice drape) and for knit fabrics! You really can't go wrong.... 


PICK UP THE ROMPER HERE (affilaite link)


ALSO From now until 4/23, 11:59pm PT  enjoy 30% off your entire purchase with the coupon code NEWRELEASE.  

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LLK Monet pattern and an Easter freebie!






I did a pattern test!!! In winter months I usually just sign up to test for womens wear because I can handle forcing myself to pose outside for pics... but this was soooooooooo cute - and it is almost spring weather ... and it can be a top OR a dress as per the pattern... so I signed up to test somethign for the girls! 



I am in love with the princess seams and the peplum top is only slightly gathered so it doesnt get too poofy when wearing! This is also a fairly quick sew - looks way more complex than it actually is.


 For the back I did snaps as Cheek's hair gets all tangled around buttons.
 

I also happened to decide to start Easter sewing ... Cheek's new easter dress is sooo cute! and that bunny free motion applique - it is FREE! Check out the StitchART facebook group (linked below) and it is in the files section!


and in case you needed to smile today - Cheek's always has at least one pic that makes a person smile in a photo session!


Join the group to find the bunny (and other) free patterns for free motion applique!

StitchART facebook page

StitchART facebook GROUP

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Sis Boom Tommy Boxers - in KNIT! with a knit waistband!


Did you know Tommy boxers by SisBoom can be made in knit ??? Because they CAN!!!!! You can do as per pattern exactly... or you can do what I did and add a knit waistband. which is basically where you want it to sit on your waist and take off an inch or 2 times twice the width you want (I did 4 inches wide for a 2inch waistband finished). Just serge it (or use the lightening bolt stitch on your sewing machine) on by pinning at the quarter points and stretching  to fit and sewing! Easy peasy! and sooooooooo comfy!


PLUS the Tommy's are great for using panels with the solid one piece pattern back! 




I paired the shorts with the FREE Blanc tee found in the blank slate sewing patterns group - I love how quick it sews and I used a fat half to make a size small :)


Perfectly comfy and cute jammie/lounge set! Done in under 2hrs!

The fabric is from True North Fabrics !! Preorder is open TODAY!

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Sis Boom Angie - Hack-a-thon Tutorial and RoundUP!




The super fun SisBoom Angie hack-a-thon week is officially over ... sadly. 
BUT I thought I'd do a final fare thee well and round up post with one more quick and very easy hack!


To lower the back neckline I put my front bodice piece on top of the back and traced the neckline to the back. You can use any of the 3 neckline heights or make up your own. I used the lowe neckline so I could get a nice open back for my mini dress - living where I do my skin needs the sun when it can get it!





To get my skirt this full I actually used WOF (width of fabric) times 2 ! I looove a nice full skirt on a mini dress length! Now I'm just waiting for the snow to melt!


Here are the other stops and hacks on the blog tour! So many fun ideas for you to try!
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