Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

If you saw my post last week about the original Waterfall Raglan pattern for girls, it should come as no surprise that the women's version of this pattern is just as fabulous!! And it is now available for purchase! You can find it at UpCraft Club, or in the Chalk and Notch shop.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

The women's pattern comes with the same options as the girl's version. It includes 3 sleeve lengths, an optional chest pocket, and a top or dress option.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

The pattern is designed to cover the front rise, and dips slightly lower in the back to cover the bum as well.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

It is semi-fitted through the bust and fitted in the sleeves.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

The construction is straightforward, and as always, Gabriela's instructions and illustrations in the pattern are top-notch. She suggested putting elastic into the sleeve seams and I opted to do just that, because the fabric I chose is super stretchy, and in past experience I have found rayon-spandex to stretch out if kept on a hanger. This was the only tricky bit to the whole thing, but with just a little practice, that will be no problem. (As in, don't stretch the elastic as you're sewing it in! I didn't realize I was doing this until I finished. Oops.) 

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

I really wasn't quite sure how I was going to like this design on my frame, but turns out, I love it! In fact, every one I have seen is very flattering to the wearer. To be honest, I have never found a truly flowy top that I found flattering on me, but something about this top is different. I think the weight of the ruffle pulling the top portion down helps to keep it from seeming so overwhelming. Plus, I need more tops to wear with skinnier jeans. I can't wait to sew up my next version with just a few tweaks!

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

The fabric, as I've mentioned is a very drapey and stretchy rayon-spandex, and because of this I took 1.5" out of the length to get the intended fit. I'm 5'3" for reference. In a less stretchy fabric I would probably leave the pattern as is.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

This lovely fabric is Rayon Spandex Luxe Teal from LA Finch Fabrics. It's some of the yummiest rayon-spandex I have used! It's sooooo soft! And it sews like butter. Despite being super stretchy, it has amazing recovery! It does not get stretched out when sewing, and the neckband is perfection, no stretching there either.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women


Top Pattern: Women's Waterfall Raglan
  • Size sewn: 6
  • Did you sew the size recommended in the pattern based on your measurements? Yes
  • Changes made? Shortened length 1.5" - my height is 5'3"
  • Options: Long Sleeve, Top version,
Fabric: Rayon Spandex Luxe Teal (from LA Finch Fabrics)

Necklace: DIYed with supplies from Hobby Lobby
Jeans: Target
Booties: Target

Cuff Pants & Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Friday, January 13, 2017

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Welcome to the blog, Little Buddy!! 

I just organized a bunch of my photo mess collection on my computer and was devastated to realize that I had almost no video of this little man from the past year! Then it dawned on me that they are all on my phone. Whew. In fact he is the star of the show on my phone's sd card. BUT. I made it another 2017 goal to get out my big camera more and take photos and videos of my kiddos, because I just like having better lit photos than my phone can produce. Especially of this little one, who as of late, seems to be growing right before my eyes!!

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Turns out, I just so happened to finish up a little outfit for him last night, so I took advantage of our little photo shoot to benefit the blog as well ;)

What he is wearing is a pair of Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants and a Titchy Threads Rowan Tee.

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

I finally sized him up to the next size in the Cuff Pants from the first time I made him several pairs, over a year ago! This pattern gets a lot of mileage, Woo! But really, so does the Rowan Tee. This is actually the first Rowan I've made for him, but he's been in the same size Safari Raglan (also a TT pattern, and the sizing is the same) for over a year as well and the sizing is still great for him. 

Both patterns are made in size 12-18 month. For the next Rowan Tee, I will narrow the neckline. I'm not sure if it's because of the fabrics I chose, but it is plenty wide on him.

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Both fabrics I used are from LA Finch Fabrics. The pants are a french terry remnant that I built an order for, just so I could snatch it up! The shirt fabric is an absolutely scrumptious baby rib knit. It is seriously so thick and soft, I just want to snuggle up with him in it! And smoosh his cheeks. But that's every day anyway, so...

The neckband ribbing is one I've had in my stash for ages. I love the pop of color against the near neutrals so much!

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys


Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

I fell in love with the Waterfall Raglan pattern by Chalk and Notch right from the start. I fell **Head.Over.Heels** with the stretch velvet versions popping up everywhere. Since I don't have 2 girls of my own to sew matching things for, I took advantage of the opportunity to sew matching cousin dresses instead!

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

Oh my goodness, I just about can't handle the cute!!

The Waterfall Raglan is another fantastic pattern from Gabriela. It has a gathered ruffle hem, 3 sleeve options (short, 3/4, long), and top or dress length.

For my 12 month old niece (who wears 18-24mo RTW), I made the pattern size 12-18 month. The fit of both dresses is spot on.

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

O's dress is a size 4 with size 5 length based on her measurements. The fit is perfection.

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

I just really love the easy comfortable design of this pattern. That ruffle hem gives it just the right amount of special, and because it can be sewn in such a huge variety of knits and prints it is extremely versatile! Not to mention all the options, it's perfect for every season and every occasion.

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

The fabric I used for the dresses is Eggplant Stretch Velvet from Stylish Fabrics. This was my first time sewing with this type of fabric and it was a great experience! I struggled a little bit getting my fabric lined up for cutting until I discovered if folded right sides together, the nap "grabs" against itself and stays put! From there it was easy going. Here is a fabulous post on sewing with velvet that I would recommend reading. It is a little bit delicate, especially if using an iron. But as far as washing, I prewashed in cold water and tumble dried. Since sewing, I machine wash the dress in cold water and air dry flat. Just to preserve the life of the fabric. Don't shy away from this substrate! It is absolutely lovely.

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

Just because the glitz of the holidays is over, doesn't mean this dress is getting stashed away. It's perfect for winter Sundays! However, I can't wait to sew a bunch more of these, especially tops, to wear with leggings and jeans!

**I made this little set, also for my niece, for her 1st birthday. Eep! Just fuels the fire for making a ton more of these!**

Waterfall Raglan Top, Go To Leggings // Sewing For Girls


Toaster Sweater #2 // Imagine Gnats Contributor Post

Monday, December 19, 2016

Hi everyone!!

I'm over at Imagine Gnats today, talking all about my Toaster Sweater #2 that I sewed up in this amazing soft and cozy ponte de roma knit from her shop. 

Head on over and read the post here. Just a hint, it sewed up like an absolute dream! I'm so happy about my cozy new sweater, definitely planning to sew up a few more of these for this winter. My wardrobe is strangely lacking in the cozy sweater department!

Panama Tee & Dress // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

Hey everyone!! Today I'm celebrating the release of the amazing Alina of Alina Sewing + Design Co's second pattern! It is the Panama Tee & Dress Pattern, which includes 2 dress length options, a tee and 3 sleeve lengths.

And by celebrating I mean, jumping for joy that this pattern is in existence. Both the Chi-Town Chinos and now this dress pattern, are exactly what I wear all day, every day. Having patterns that match what I already wear anyway, is basically just the best thing ever. Not just having the patterns, but having well drafted, high quality and simple to use patterns is everything.

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

I was thrilled to be able to test this pattern and made 2 dresses during the process.

TIP Top Dress // Petit A Petit Block Party // Sewing For Girls

Monday, November 14, 2016

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

Happy Monday, all! I'm excited to be a part of the Petit A Petit Block Party today! All through the month of November, 31 fabulous bloggers from all over the world are showing off the patterns available in the Petit A Petit Pattern Shop. There is also a giveaway and coupon code good for the whole month. Scroll through to the end for the info!

I chose to sew up the TIP Top Dress & Tunic pattern for my stop around the block. It's one of those patterns that I have admired since the moment it was released. I'm so happy I finally got the chance/reason to sew it up! 

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

My daughter's chest measurements fell between the 3/4 & 5/6 sizes. Since the pattern is meant to be quite loose fitting I decided to go with the 3/4 size in width and lengthened to 5/6. It's perfection!! 

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

GIVEAWAY *closed* // 4 Yards Brushed Poly Solids

Monday, October 31, 2016

How about starting off the week right with a GIVEAWAY!?!!

I'm so excited for you all! Josie at Finch Fabrics has generously offered 4 yards of Brushed Poly Solids, in your choice of colors, to one lucky reader!

Entering could not be easier! Just leave a comment on this post, telling me which color is your favorite!

The giveaway is open to US and international readers as well. How awesome is that!? You have until Tuesday, 11:59pm EST to enter.

To see what I made with this awesome fabric, check out this post.

Can't wait to hear what you all would make!

EDIT: The winner is REBECCA, who said: I'm normally a blues and green type person, but there's something about that shade of red that I really love. Congrats!

Canyon Cardigan & Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

Happy Tuesday friends!

I can't believe it's almost November. It just hit me today. I'm so not ready for the holidays! But at least I'm working on getting my wardrobe stylishly ready for it. Haha ;)

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

So if you've been around the knit fabric world lately, you probably have heard things here and there about brushed poly. It's the latest thing, and I had to find out why, for myself! 

Union St. Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Friday, October 14, 2016

I am subconsciously on a Union St. kick! The last 2 posts on the blog will prove that :) 

I made these Chi-Town Chinos (which you can read all about HERE!) and decided they definitely needed a new shirt to pair with them. It is finally feeling like fall around here and I get to wear my fave combo of shorts and sweatshirts again! 

I basically wanted an oversized super cozy long sleeved tee. So I grabbed these 2 fabrics from my stash and went to work. 

Fall Floral Union St. Tee // Sewing For Women

Friday, September 23, 2016

Roscoe Blouse & Union St. Tee // Sewing For Women

You can catch Part 1 of this post here!

Union St. Tee // Sewing For Women

Next in Part 2 of today's post, is the tried and true Union St. Tee. I've made quite a few of these, and come to think of it, they've all been v-necks. I do love me a good v-neck, and folks, Adrianna's instructions will make anybody a successful v-neck seamstress! I sewed this shirt first and really didn't have all that many issues with it. I was a bit nervous about sewing a perfectly lined up V in this rayon spandex, and I did end up using my seam ripper a few times, but I coaxed it into submission in the end and am super happy with the result!

Union St Tee // Sewing For Women

Fall Perfect Roscoe Blouse // Sewing For Women

Roscoe Blouse & Union St Tee // Sewing For Women

Happy Fall!! Now that's it's officially fall, I can break out those boots. Weather, you just need to cooperate so I don't melt in them, m'kay?

I am so pleased with my 2 new fall tops that I busted out this week. Actually busted out isn't exactly true. I must have felt like making things difficult on myself and make as many blunders as possible. As you can see, all's well that ends well. But whew. It wasn't my week! Let's hope next week is better!
I'm going to split this post up into 2 parts today, part 1 being the Roscoe Blouse pattern.

I have been wanting to try this pattern for way too long, and finally go around to it! But, that's where all my troubles began. And let me clarify. It had NOTHING AT ALL to do with the pattern. I was just very off this week! We all have those weeks or days I'm sure, and it was my turn this time. :)

Roscoe Blouse // Sewing For Women

I am sooooo pleased with how this turned out though! I made a couple of minor changes. First, I left off the ties at the neckline. I've found that in tops like these, they just tend to annoy me, so because of the joys of sewing, I can customize my tops exactly how I want! I also raised the neckline split by an inch, and next time, will raise it yet another inch, just preference. I also shortened the sleeves out of necessity, because I didn't have enough fabric. Another small change was to hem it by folding up 1/2" twice, rather than 1/4" as called for in the pattern. The whole shirt is plenty long on me and next time, I'll take it up a couple of inches before cutting. I also sized down 2 sizes from where my measurements put me, the top is intended to be very loose fitting, but since I'm on the shorter side, very over sized tops can overwhelm me and make me look frumpy. Next time I'll probably even size down one more.

That back neckline though... Heart.

Roscoe Blouse // Sewing For Women

Cozy Knits for Fall // Sewing For Kids

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hi friends!

Is any one else as excited for FALL as I am!? It's easily my favorite season. Always has been. And sewing for fall is so much fun too!

*NOTE: Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for a fabric and pattern summary!

I recently got a few yards of fabric from Finch Fabrics. When I was choosing them, I had fall sewing in mind. Then Josie from Finch suggested I try this scrumptious, dreamy Black Modal French Terry to pair with the Jackson Scribbles Knit. When it came and I got my hands on it, I decided to make outfits for BOTH of my youngest and to plan them around the french terry! It is sooooo soft and lovely, the modal in it makes it feel super luxe. It's not too heavy either, which I love for our warmer fall. It has a really lovely drape as well.

Emerson Shorts & Southport Tank // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hey all!

When Kelly released the Emerson Crop Pant / Short pattern, I literally didn't even hesitate a second. I knew I had to have it. I'm not sure if I've ever had a pair of pleated shorts before, but somehow I knew that the shape was exactly what my hips needed. The flat front, pockets, and easy to sew and wear back elastic, all made it so great.

I've been pushing my luck with not making muslins lately... (don't worry, I haven't given up the practice!) But I felt confident with these, just by looking at the front and back curve, they looked right for my shape. And I was right. They were perfect! The only change I made was to add 1" in length to the hem length and sewed up a straight size 6. My hips measure 37.25 at the time of making these. I am 5'3", the pattern says it's drafted for a 5"5' person, but I didn't make any adjustments and the waistband hits at a very comfortable spot for me. I'm also very short waisted, so I tend to like my bottoms to hit a little higher to help avoid the oh, so awful, muffin top!

I sewed the shorts in a black linen/rayon blend from Joann's. It has a little bit of weight to it that makes it so nice for shorts and it's very soft! I want every pair of shorts to be this comfortable! If you haven't figured it out yet, they're good. Like really good. I can't wait to make a few more pairs. And also try out the crop length.
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