Sloane Tour: All Sloane All the Time

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Sneaky peeky!

I am so excited for this blog tour, friends. Like legitimately ecstatic. I had eyed the Love Notions Sloane (affil link) for a long time, but never made it. I don’t know why. Recently, Tami gave the pattern an update and I tested it. Ho. Lee. Cow. People. I love this pattern. I love, love, love it. I want to marry it. I want a closet full of Sloanes. I want to wear one everyday.  If you have made some in a large, please send them to me. 😉

Today I want to share two magnificent Sloanes with you to show you the versatility of the pattern. I have more! But, alas, I hurt my back and am headed out of town for a conference, so I don’t have them blog ready yet. Check back next week! I’ll have a fun little hack, a mommy/son Doctor Who set, and my spirit animal Sloane. Now, on to the pretties for this week!

The Sloane comes with lots of options: kangaroo pocket, hood or regular neckband, two body options (view A & B), two hem finishing options (curved hem (A) or banded (B)), and it even includes full bust pieces for those of you who need a FBA! Woot! Both of the Sloanes I am sharing with you today are view B. I made no modifications, except to shorten the sleeve slightly of the grey one. I have short arms. haha!

The first Sloane I made is as simple as they come. I made this one in testing. Just a simple, bang around, perfect for Fall sweatshirt. Made of a french terry/sweatshirt combo fabric. It’s soft. It has amazing drape. I want to cocoon myself in it and hibernate there until winter is over.  Look at my “I’m so happy I made this” face in the first picture. It’s true. I am so happy I made it. Even my husband is jealous of this awesome Sloane. (I told Tami we need a men’s version! haha!)

The next one I made for this tour. It’s the fancy, sassy cousin of my bang around sweatshirt. And I won’t lie to you, it is completely impractical for my life. But I don’t care. It’s glorious. I loves it.

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Those sleeves are gonna get dunked in mac and cheese in about 5 minutes. Still love it.

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Sassy and see-through. Because I have so many places to wear that. You know what? I don’t have anywhere to wear the tiara either. Doesn’t stop me.

I made this version out of a gorgeous open weave sweater knit from Simply by Ti.* It was my first time working with this type of knit and I’ll be honest, I was intimidated. But I had a vision and I was going to make it happen!

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Vision achieved.

This look was pretty simple to achieve. It wasn’t simple to sew, but it was darn simple to create. I just added this fancy trim I found at JoAnn Fabrics to the sleeve hem and the shirt hem. I used black CL for the neckband. Done and done!

I’m going to admit something now. I didn’t intend to make the sleeves fancy. But the serger tried to give one sleeve a thumbhole. That was not helpful. So I had to do something. Mistake crafting (that’s my special name for most-of-Caroline’s-creations-are-the-product-of-fixing-some-error) to the rescue! Fancy trim cuff. Boom.

This sweater knit is so gorgeous and SO SOFT. It’s like wearing a cloud made of bunnies. I won’t lie to you. I’ve gotta be gentle with this top. It’s a little delicate. Not because it’s poor quality – not at all! It’s just the nature of this kind of weave. You don’t want to wear it near a rose bush. haha! But it is absolutely delicious, and really was not as scary to sew with as I anticipated. I do suggest reinforcing the seams and sewing with patience. Play your meditation music. 😉 I’m delighted with how the top came out. And I can’t wait to show you the other Sloanes I am working on! They all make me so happy.

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I’m teaching my son to sew. (He’s doing really well. I’m so impressed!) He wanted to help me with this blog, so he took all the pictures of the sweater knit Sloane. Didn’t he do a great job??? 🙂 I’m a proud mama! But he did insist that I do one picture with a “silly pose”. He told me to be a weeping angel (link for the non-Doctor Who fans out there). I think Tyra Banks would give me the thumbs up on my interpretation. 😉

Make sure you check out the awesome creations coming at you for the rest of the blog tour! And check back here next week for the other Sloanes I have to show you! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
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*I am a fabric ambassador for Simply by Ti and received this fabric at a discount. The opinions expressed about the fabric are honest and are my own.
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Monster Mash Tour: Halloween is my favorite!

I’m back for another Sewing By Ti Blog tour and this one is near and tear to my heart because it’s about Halloween!!!!

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I got married on Halloween. This year marks lucky number 13 for us! This is also my 5th year making my son’s Halloween costumes. This year he had a challenge for me. He wanted to be Bane from Lego Batman. In case you don’t have an 8-year-old obsessed with all things Lego or are not familiar with the Lego Batman movie, here are some pictures for reference:

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Craft challenge (backpack)? Check.

Sewing challenge (muscle shirt)? Check.

Logistics challenge (tubes inserting to muscles)? Check.

Well, of course this is what he wanted to be for Halloween. But mama was up for it! Thankfully, the hot glue gun (who was the real hero here) was also up for it. Of course, it all came together at the last minute, after many finger burns and curse words…and what project wouldn’t be complete without a date with the old seam ripper?! Sadly, I did not get any great pictures of the finished project. 😦 The kidlet was too darn excited to trick-or-treat! Sometimes life works out that way. But it really did happen!

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Here’s a breakdown of what I did:

Mask. This was essentially two pieces of black cotton lycra serged together like a balaclava with no opening. Then I put it on him and noted where his eyes and mouth were. Then I freehanded the designs on the Bane’s luchador mask and stitched them on. The red eyes are red tulle. The silver accents are silver athletic cosplay spandex from Joann’s Then I cut out the cotton lycra fabric so he could see and breathe. I also had to add a little strip of silver to the back because my son noted that Bane has a zipper on the back of his mask and felt very attached to the idea. Mama wasn’t adding an actual zipper thankyouverymuch, so the silver fabric would have to do.

Vest. This was the least complicated and least hacked of everything I made. It’s the Twig & Tale pathfinder vest. The fabric is some of that soft faux sheep’s wool stuff that I can never remember the name of, and a faux micro suede. Both were from Joann’s. The thickness was a pain to sew, but the pattern went together beautifully and this vest will be SO COZY for fall and winter. I’m really happy with it and hope he will keep wearing it. He said he would!

Muscle shirt. This is two Patterns for Pirates Jolly Roger Raglans sewn in a cheap, crappy, prone to running devil fabric. Also from Joann’s. I sewed one and hot glued foam on for the muscles. Then sewed another (just slightly bigger) and stitched them together at the neckline. (Same technique as doing a facing or lining.) And voila! Muscle shirt.

Pants. Are RTW from Old Navy. I did have to hack the waist band for my super skinny fabric sensitive kid.

I’ll tell you about crafting the backpack in another post. It involved a cereal box, toilet paper rolls, random items, a lot of glueing, and a rather clever (if I do say so myself) lighting effect. And I’ll try to get better pics of the costume. Until then, here’s our Batman villain family: Poison Ivy and her poison plant and Bane (not pictured: party pooper, I-won’t-dress-up husband).

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Ready to join us? Don’t miss a single stop on our October Tour!

October 1st: Sewing By Ti Intro *** You are here.

Monday, October 2nd: Sewing Blue

3rd: That’s Sew Lily

4th: Hazelnut Handmade

5th: Seams Sew Lo

6th: Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 9th: That’s Sew Amy

10th: Stitched By Jennie

11th: Hazelnut Handmade

12th: Seams Sew Lo

Friday the 13th!: Crafty Like a Rox

Sunday, October 15th: Mermaids Den

16th: Very Blissful

17th: Robynne and the Bobbin

18th: Sewing By Ti

19th: Octaves of Color

20th: Tenille’s Thread

Tuesday, October 24th: Adventures with Bubba and Bug

25th: My Heart Will Sew On

26th: Ma Moose Handmade

27th: EYMM

28th: Mermaid Mama Designs

29th: The Fairy Dust Bin

Monday, October 30th: Doctora Botones

Happy Halloween, October 31st: Sew Like a Sloth

Dress Up This Town Blog tour: Things don’t always work

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Welcome to the last stop of the Dress up this Town Blog tour! I intended to come to you today with my review of the new Love Notions Cadence Dress & Top. I was lucky enough to test the pattern, but alas, I had some sewing mishaps and as a result, I have no pictures for you. Sad face. You can see some awesome tester pics when you click on the link though! 🙂 So, I’ll fill you in on my experience, sans visuals. Just use your imagination! Haha!

First, a quick rundown of my thoughts on the pattern:

  • It’s well put together and I find the directions easy to follow.
  • Tank version utilizes the burrito roll technique. I love a good burrito! Both in sewing and in my belly! I had a little trouble pulling my fabric through the tank strap, but that may have been due to the thickness of my fabric. Or user error.
  • Nice summertime garment piece. Whether you sew the top or the dress, it’s just one of those easy, simple styles you can throw on and look good wearing.
  • Options! I love that Tami offers multiple options in her patterns. This one comes with a variety of sleeve and hem length (including top and dress) options.
  • Tutorials! I also love that Tami so frequently includes a little education in her patterns. I always learn something when I’m sewing Love Notions. I enjoy that.
  • As usual, pattern has layers, is no trim, and can be printed in large format.

My experience:

Welp, I sewed up my quick fit dress with no adjustments. The dart point was a touch high, but it was workable. I haven’t worked with woven in a long time. It’s so funny to think that a couple years ago I was TERRIFIED of working with knits. Now I sew with them so often I feel like I have no idea what to do when I’m handling woven. I think to myself, “Oh I can just ease that in a bit.” NO, NO YOU CAN’T! IT DOESN’T STRETCH. Dummy.

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The testing period extended because Tami wanted to perfect the fit.* Then I suddenly had to go out of town to visit family. So I brought the dress with me. And a sewing machine. (Yes, I am that kind of crazy.) I took out my basting stitches and sewed the final version for pics.

NOPE. Nopity, nope, nope. The darts were all wrong on this one. And I mean ALL WRONG. It ended about 2 inches above my bust point. I am not sure exactly what happened between my basted version and final version that the dart got so far off. My working theory is gnomes. Little troublemakers.

I haven’t done many darts, so I couldn’t troubleshoot to fix it fast enough for pics. So, I put my Cadence in timeout. Because it was hurting my baby brain. I will take it out in a few days and attempt to make the appropriate adjustments (Tami did include a tutorial for that!). Hopefully, I’ll have pics to share with you all soon! In the meantime, learn from my mistakes. Vertical adjustments are your friend! In my case, I think my bust point is lower than the pattern’s (because I have a super long torso, this is an adjustment I’ve had to make before). Stay tuned for my future victory post on darts and the Cadence dress and top! Until then…womp, womp. (I mean, this is a blog about my sewing (mis)adventures…) Now go forth and Rafflecopter!

*Let me just take a moment to appreciate Tami’s testing process. Because it is spectacular. I’ve tested for her for about a year. I’ve also tested for several other pattern designers. Tami is one of the best; she really considers the feedback she’s given and she extends the testing period if needed. She does not rush out a pattern for the sake of getting it out there. I really appreciate that about her.

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Week 1: July 1st-8th

1- Sewing By Ti (Intro) ***You are here. 😀 and Stitching At Night
2- Me Made
3- Tenille’s Thread
4- Sewing By Ti
5- Seams Sew Lo
6- Anne Mari Sews
7- Sea of Estrogen
8- Lulu and Celeste

Week 2: July 9th-15th
9- Living in Twinado Valley
10- Ma Moose
11- My Heart Will Sew On
12- Seams Sew Lo
13- Kate Will Knit
14- Creative Counselor
15- Sewing With Sarah

Week 3: July 16th-22nd
16- Stitching and Making
17- That’s Sew Lily
18- Sprouting Jube Jube
19- Auschick Sews
20- Anne Mari Sews
21- Lulu and Celeste
22- On Wednesdays We Sew

Week 4: July 23rd-31st
23- Stitching At Night
24- Sewing Curves
25- My Heart Will Sew On
26- Indulging Mum
27- That’s Sew Lily
28- Adventures With Bubba and Bug
29- Capture, Craft Cook
30- Sewing By Ti
31- Sew Like a Sloth

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Back in the sewing saddle: Love Notions Allegro

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Loving my new Allegro skirt and this beautiful day!

Long time no talk, interwebs! You may notice I look a little different. That giant pumpkin I was carrying in my belly is now my little pumpkin out in the world! 🙂 She is 8 weeks old and will surely be featured in a forthcoming post, or like all of them. haha! But for now, let’s talk about the Allegro (affil link), which I was lucky enough to test, and I’ll tell you a little bit about my sewing journey along the way.

Here’s a thing. Sewing is hard with a new baby. Life is hard with a new baby. No, that’s not exactly true. It’s not life that is hard, it’s accomplishing anything that is hard. It’s a successful day if I change out of my pajamas. If I manage to wash my hair, we might as well drop balloons and confetti from the ceiling. I realize I should have known this. I have had a baby before. In my defense, he just turned 8, and likely as some sort of biological protection to ensure that reproduction continues, a kind of memory wipe occurs as the years pass by after having a baby. You remember, but you also forget. The memory of the sleep deprivation, the inability to think of anything beyond the immediate need of a diaper change, a feeding, a baby who needs to be comforted, gets smoothed over. You look at pictures and tear up because of how stinking beautiful that baby was and wonder how the time went by so fast. So, here I am now, being acutely reminded of the sleep deprivation and inability to think, and trying to appreciate it all because I know this is the last time. And once my brain smooths this chaos over into something nostalgic, it will be gone forever because I will never experience it again.

Having these emotions, this revisitation of new parenthood, and a baby who is struggling

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Hard not to feel amazing in a skirt this awesome

(tummy issues), made sewing harder than I expected. Suddenly, I couldn’t wrap my head around simple things that I do all the time, like grading. My brain went “I’m supposed to go from one size to another, what is this madness?!?!?!” Thankfully, the Allegro pattern is kind to beginners and overly exhausted moms/graduate students/new business owners. And Tami (owner/designer of Love Notions) and Kelly (her assistant) were kind and wonderful (as usual), too. While I struggled, they were kind and understanding. And, in the end, even though I couldn’t make my brain work, the pattern still went together beautifully. The instructions are clear and the tutorials that Tami so often includes in her patterns are so wonderful. Really, her patterns are like mini-fit classes. I love them so much. I can think of no higher praise for this pattern than to say that I was able to sew it up, and end up with a wearable result in my current new-baby-brain state.

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Check out these awesome pockets!

Simply put, I love this skirt. I can’t wait to make more. The pattern is intended for woven fabric, but the skirt can be done in woven or knit. Mine is done in french terry. I skipped the drawstring because, frankly, I kind of hate them. I also skipped the optional patch pockets because I didn’t want to interrupt the pattern on the skirt and I didn’t want to waste the fabric for that much pattern matching. But, speaking of pockets, let’s talk about the front slash pockets. They are REAL pockets. None of that whimpy-I-can-fit-3-finger-tips-in-here-why-did-you-even-waste-the-time-to-sew-this-in pockets for the Allegro. Oh no! These pockets are deep and can easily and securely hold whatever you are toting around with you.

The fit of the skirt is great, even on my strangely shaped, kangaroo pouch belly, postpartum body. I like the skirt so darn much, I don’t even hate the fact that you can see my hippo knees when I’m wearing it!

Bottom line: Run, do not walk, to get this pattern. You will use it and you will be happy you have it. It’s a staple and the end result is lovely. Plus, with the Allegro you can shorts (in TWO lengths), cropped pants, a short skirt, AND a maxi. This purchase is a no-brainer to me. A++ pattern; a home run. So go get it here (affil link)! 😉

And, P.S., this is a sewing blog, so my business is not my focus, but I did pair the skirt with a LuLaRoe Perfect T, which I also love. If you love them and want to check out the ones we have in stock, come visit us at LuLaRoe Frank & Caroline Gaddy. We’re fun people and we have a friendly, positive group. If you join us, say hello and let me know that you’re a fellow sewist! 🙂

Sewing Up Spring – Sewing All the Baby Things!…or not

Okay, well not as many of the baby things as I’d like. For my stop on the Sewing by Ti blog tour, Sewing Up Spring, I had such grand plans. An adorable, uterus grabbing capsule of baby goodies: sleep sacks, hats, onesies, booties, skirts, and leggings. Alas, pregnancy had other plans. The fact is, sometimes life throws us a curveball…or 70, and things don’t always go the way we hoped. I hate when that happens, but happens it does. Pregnancy has been no exception.

But oh, I had so many awesome things planned! I wanted to be one of those amazing women and sewists. You know, the ones who go into the hospital with a capsule of outfits sewn for newborn babe, and a mini breastfeeding friendly hospital capsule for themselves. These women also look gorgeous in birth photos. I, of course, look like a tired, pale hospital worker in mine (I had a c-section with my son, so I had a surgical cap on). Alas, I do not seem to be one of those amazing women. SPD (pelvis separation) and now abdominal separation are grounding me from sewing. I have TWO patterns cut that I was testing and physically could not finish. I cannot tell you how much that upsets me. (P.S. they’re awesome patterns: Love Notions Olympia Dress – which can totally be worn for maternity, by the way. I did actually get the bodice put together and tested out for that one. Just took a little bodice shortening to accommodate the giant belly. And Greenstyle Bomber Jacket, which is absolutely fantastic. Fit like a charm – also got the basic jacket sewn up of that one, but couldn’t get the bindings and zipper on. So versatile and fun! Mine is a FT version, like a structured sweatshirt. I can’t wait to be able to finish it!) But that’s how it goes, right? As long as we get a happy, healthy baby, we’ll just put another tally on the board for the miracle of life and keep on keeping on. For those keeping track, that would be Pregnancy: all points ever assigned, Caroline: -1,000. 🙂

So, I couldn’t do things exactly the way I’d hoped. Pregnancy complications, grad school grind, and starting a new business* took up all my time and at times flat out said, “NOPE. You can sit here and cry in pain and that’s it.” But I have still managed to squeeze out a couple of creations for baby girl. And I’m giddy about them. I mean, really, when is a tiny baby hat not adorable?! Make it a River Song hat and DOHMYGOODNESS. Dead.

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I’m bigger on the inside! This was around a 33-34 week belly. The current 36-37 week belly has somehow defied physics by tripling in size.

The great thing about this was that it was supremely simple to sew. It’s the Brindille & Twig hat. It was my first time sewing one of their patterns. I had a couple of complaints (no layers and the color key is not printed on the pattern), but overall, I found the pattern to be user friendly. And, as I said, this one was so quick. Even for sloth-sewing me. I would definitely recommend and happily sew again.

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The full outfit. B&T hat and P4P Sugar Pie. Doctor Who fabric from Moon Beam of Star Dust & Moon Beam. This baby is starting out right in life!

The dress was another quick sew: Patterns for Pirates Sugar Pie. Only alteration I made was to cut the 6 mo. neckband on the 3 mo. size. Big heads are a thing in my family. I just couldn’t imagine squeezing a baby’s head through an opening that small…clothing or otherwise. 😉

So, yeah, curveballs. But I still produced a cute little outfit and I can’t wait to see it on our little pumpkin. I’m honestly thrilled with it. One of my favorite things I’ve ever made. Even my husband loves it and he’s definitely not the Who fan that my son and I are. I will try to enjoy that feeling for now and try not to dwell on all the adorable creations I have in my head. They can always be sewn later. Now, if this pain would give me a brief reprieve, I could finish everything else and be the amazing sewing birthing mama I dream of being!

*My husband and I have just become a LuLaRoe Retailer! I am a sewist who likes both LLR and sewing my own clothes. I know not everyone does, and that’s okay. But for me, sometimes I sew, sometimes I roe. And this pregnancy, especially, I’ve been grateful for my LLR clothes because I could keep wearing them through pregnancy when I couldn’t sew for myself. If you also love LLR, feel free to join our group. We’d love to have you.

Be sure to follow along to be inspired!

April 1st: Sewing By Ti

Monday, April 3rd Sewing By Ti

April 4th Crafty Like a Rox

April 5th The Socially Awkward Seamstress

April 6th The Socially Awkward Seamstress

April 7th Robynne and the Bobbin

Sunday April 9th Sew Like a Sloth

April 10th That’s Sew Lily

April 11th Hazelnut Handmade

April 12th Doodle Number 5

April 13th Crafty Like a Rox

April 14th Sewing By Ti, Ma Moose

Monday April 17th Anne Mari Sews, Robynne and the Bobbin

April 18th Rebel and Malice

April 19th Very Blissful

April 20th The Fairy Dust Bin

April 21st Sewing By Ti

Sunday April 23rd On Wednesdays We Sew

April 24th Tenille’s Thread

April 25th Ma Moose

April 26th Margarita on the Ross

April 27th The Socially Awkward Seamstress

April 28th Sewing By Ti

Date Night February…if I had date nights

Dates are rare for us. And when we have them, they’re so casual. We never dress up and get to do anything fancy. Being in my third trimester, I will also admit that I’m not feeling very into fancy right now anyway. I just want comfort. At all times. So, what’s a girl to do for a date night blog? Well, I think it’s all about how you feel. When you feel better, you look better. I have some maternity ideas for a sassy date night, but I need some more sewing time and materials to complete them, so I’ll those share later. Instead, I want to share with you two of my favorite pre-partum creations – ones I feel great in and that would be perfect for a dressy date night…if we had them (and also for work, and just wearing because it’s awesome, and…). 🙂

What are these amazing patterns, you ask? Up first, from one of my favorite designers, Greenstyle Creations: The Pace Skirt (affil link).

I know! An athletic skirt. What??? No, I don’t run on dates…or at all. But the Pace skirt is amazingly versatile.

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Well, some people used it for running. I like to show versatility in a pattern. So I tested it for snacking. Definitely works! 😉

This skirt is not just for running. A little length added, a non-athletic fabric choice, and voila! The Pace Skirt does date night.

Look at that sassy skirt! Is it not gorgeous in this plaid ponte??? Fabulous for a semi-dressy date night with these heels, right? (I’m really asking. I’m totally out of touch. Haha!) I love it so much. I can’t wait to wear it again once my belly is no longer in its own zip code. All I did was choose an everyday fabric that still had the right stretch (in this case a ponte), lengthened at the lengthen/shorten line by 6 inches (which is what worked for my body – that will change, depending on your height and where you want it to hit), and I skipped the shorts underneath. Done and done. One of my most favorite things I’ve ever sewn. I may attempt a maxi version once this baby is born. 🙂

But I promised you TWO date night pattern suggestions. Here’s the other. The Tessa Sheath Dress (affil link) by another of my favorite designers, Love Notions. I know some of you read sheath dress and cringed. I understand your fears. A sheath dress cannot be flattering on us un-tiny girls, right? WRONG. I’m a semi-neat hourglass shape. I’m like an hourglass that grew some apple-ness. 🙂 It’s just how I gain weight. My bust and hips are proportional (though my hip measurement is really all ass. I’m not particularly hippy or curvy, but I’ve got a mighty bubble butt), but I’ve plumped out in the middle over the years, so my waist is less defined. But that’s real bodies, right? We don’t easily fit into one category. (For more info on body types and the bloggers who share your shape, check out this post by Sewing by Ti!) I’ll put this body in a forgiving sheath (not a body con, just not my style) all day long. You can layer a cardigan over it on “fat days,” when self-esteem is not at its highest. You can belt it, accessorize it, throw a scarf on, pair it with different shoes, and get a different look every time. A good sheath dress is just so darn versatile! And the Tessa is a good sheath dress. Here are two of mine, styled differently and made in different materials to give you a sense of different ways to wear a dress like this. When my body is back to normal, I’ll do a more in-depth post on styling.

The blue on the left is Art Gallery CL, styled with simple neutral heels and a belt. The brown on the right is mystery ponte with Art Gallery woven for the yoke. It’s a tank, styled with a simple cropped circle cardigan and some of my favorite chucks. I’d wear either on a date night because that’s how I roll. I’m probably more likely to opt for fun sneakers than heels these days though. What about you?

If you’re looking for fabric for your date night sew (whether you’re going out, staying in, going on a date, or taking yourself on a date), I’ve got great news! Simply By Ti is offering 10% off to all the Date Night February readers! Use coupon code DATENIGHT and start sewing something you feel great in!

If you’re like me, you’re going to love all of the inspiration my fellow bloggers have for you. Be sure to check back all February long to see what patterns work for us!

Wednesday, February 1st: Sewing By Ti
February 2nd: Crafty Like a Rox
February 3rd: Sewing By Ti

Sunday, February 5th: Embrace Everyday
February 6th: Tenille’s Thread
February 7th: Robynne and the Bobbin
February 9th: Sewingly, Michelle
February 10th: Sewing By Ti

Sunday, February 12th: Embrace Every Day
February 13th: A Phoenix Risen
February 14th: Creative Counselor
February 15th: Creamer and Chaos
February 16th: Everything Your Mama Made and More
February 17th: Sewing By Ti
February 18th: Sew Like a Sloth

Sunday, February 19th: Very Blissful
February 20th: Tenille’s Thread
February 21st: Mamoose Handmade
February 22nd: Rebel and Malice
February 23rd: Margarita on the Ross
February 24th: Sewing By Ti
February 25th: On Wednesday We Sew

Sunday, February 26th: The Fairy Dust Bin
February 27th: Sewing By Ti
February 28th: Sew Haute

Greenstyle Scarlet Swing Dress

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Some patterns you know you’ll love right out of the gate. Greenstyle’s new Scarlet Swing Dress (affil link) is one of those patterns. I loved it as soon as I saw the line drawing for the tester call.

Of course, me being me, I had to do something to throw a kink in the works! Haha! Can you tell what material this is? Yes, it’s sweater knit, internet. I did it again. The curse of the sweater knit in testing continues! Well, only halfway continues, because I think this came out great in the end! But fits were had. Curse words were said. In short, I do NOT recommend sweater knit for this pattern. This time of year you may be tempted to make a cozy, cute, fashionable sweater swing dress. Hear me, dear readers, deny the temptation. DENY IT. 🙂 I have no regrets about my sweater knit creation though. Yes, it grew like 3 sizes while sewing and I had to take it in 1.75″ on the sides to make it fit again and the neck hole morphed to the size of a sink hole. And, yes, it did not want to be sewn, so I just serged the hem. But the serged look is kind of cool with this fabric, am I right? (I may go back and do long cuffs on the sleeves – what do you think?) And I don’t mind a sassy scoop neck for a night out. I can just throw a scarf on for work! I believe this creation is what my old acting teacher would have called “a happy accident”. A whole lot went wrong, but it came together to make something really right! 🙂

Back to the pattern. It’s fantastic. Cute on every body type/size I saw in testing. Great for me because it’s maternity friendly without being maternity wear.  I will rock this post part, let me tell you. I wore it to class and the girls LOVED it. I’m the coolest elderly classmate they’ve ever had. Hahahaha! Here’s the run down.

Greenstyle Scarlet Swing Dress (affil link)

Pattern description & options:

  • Sleeve options (so many!): short, elbow, 3/4 length, long, bell sleeve, and a cold shoulder option. FYI: it’s an inset sleeve.
  • Length options: tunic, short, long, short high/low, and long high/low (also easily lengthened and shortened)
  • Layers!
  • No trim pages
  • Large format available
  • Ideal fabrics include knits with good drape (NOT sweater knit, even though mine did turn out super cute in the end) – brushed poly worked very well in testing. That’s what I have on the cutting board now!

The pros:

  • Um…it’s adorable
  • Flattering on a number of body types
  • On trend (or so the young people tell me – ha!)
  • Versatile – dress it up, dress it down; different looks with different fabrics and pattern options; easily hackable for different looks – one tester did a floor length version. It was awesome!
  • It’s a fast sew…and this is coming from the sloth sewist.
  • Tip! Go by your bust size when selecting which size to make. If in between sizes, you’ll probably want to size down, especially if your fabric is really stretchy.

The cons:

  • All the cons I can come up with relate to my body or my fabric: the tunic length was a bit long on me in the sweater knit – still cute, no regrets. Sleeves are a little long on me, but that’s pretty standard. I apparently have short arms. I’m all torso and tiny limbs. 😉

Bottom line: I will wear this pattern throughout pregnancy and beyond. I’m a sucker for a swing dress, I admit. And, yes, I’m generally a fan of Greenstyle patterns. But this pattern is just the bomb dot com. I love it. Even in sweater knit (which is super cozy and delightfully comfortable, by the way). Especially in this soft as a fluffy sheep butt sweater knit. Soooooooooooooo soft. Could this be the beginning of the end of the sweater knit testing curse? Only time will tell.

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A curtsy in conclusion