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Anza Dress & Janie Dress // Pattern Review

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Anza Dress & Janie Dress // Pattern Review

Hello, hello!

Yesterday I shared all about the fabrics I used to make these dresses for my daughter and I, today I want to share my thoughts on the patterns I used!

Anza Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

For my dress, I used the Anza Dress by Itch To Stitch. (Affiliate Links) I was so excited to finally use a dress/shirt pattern by this designer. I tested her Tierras Woven Joggers pattern, but hadn't had a chance yet to try a non-bottoms pattern. I am so so happy with how well this dress fits and now am super excited to sew up a slew of her other patterns.

This pattern also comes with a jumpsuit option as well as the dress.

Anza Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

Her sizing seems to be pretty much perfect for my body shape, I fell into a straight size 4. I made a quick muslin of the bodice, because I had a hunch that I might need to shorten it some. I am quite short waisted, and it turned out that my hunch was correct. I shortened the bodice by a whole inch to get the waist line to hit at my natural waist.

Anza Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Women


I also wanted to explore the possibility of a sway back adjustment. I have a few elastic waist dresses and in each one, I have fabric pooling at my center back. The Southport Dress I made here, has this issue and I'm so happy to have figured out a solution before I make the next one! 

Ok, so back to the adjustment I made. It was serendipitous, because the morning that I was cutting out this dress, I happened to have the TV turned on to a DIY channel and Sewing With Nancy came on. And lo and behold, she was talking fitting adjustments! And yep. She showed how to do a sway back adjustment with a pivot and slide method. It was meant to be. I used her method to do a 1/2 inch sway back adjustment at the center back neck line and it was perfection. (You can watch the episode HERE - the swayback portion is around the 13 minute mark) 

Anza Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

You can see there is still a little bit of blousing at the center back, but I am totally okay with that because I still want to be able to move. :) If I make it in a drapier fabric, I might do another 1/4 inch adjustment or so.

Anza Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

The pattern is drafted for a height of about 5'6". I am 5'3", so I also took an inch out of the skirt length, overall, shortening the dress by 2 inches.

I also made a couple of cosmetic changes to the dress. I was going for a bit more of a chambray shirt-dress look. The most obvious change I made, was the pocket shape. I just played a little bit of pocket origami with the pattern pieces and folded until I had the shape I was after. I also used denim topstitching thread to accent the seams, and topstitched in a few extra places as well.

Anza Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Women
Also, poooockettts!!

I made a separate sash to tie around my waist, rather than the included drawstring. This was super easy to achieve, I just sewed a long rectangle with 45 degree angled ends. I did use interfacing for the sash to give it more structure. I don't have any photos without, but the dress is still cute even without the sash, and I can see myself going without it on a hot day, chasing my kiddos around the park.

Anza Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

I absolutely love the design of this dress and am so super happy with how it turned out!! The sewing was not difficult, but not a super fast sew either. I found it to be very theraputic and had so much fun paying attention to the details.

Janie Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Girls

Next up is the Janie Dress by Mouse House Creations. (Affiliate Links) I knew right from the very beginning planning stages of this project, this pattern needed to be married with this fabric. And boy was I right!

Janie Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Girls

This pattern comes with many options to create a variety of different tops and dresses. From short to long sleeves, Peter Pan collar, cowl neck, circle or gathered skirt, dress or peplum top. And a GREAT size range, 6mo - 12yr. I feel like I need to make a 6mo size just for the squeal factor of the teeny tiny cuteness! No, I'm not willing to have my own 6mo old again. :)

My favorite is of course the options I made, ballet scooped back neck line, short sleeves, dress length circle skirt. It's simple, yet special, and really allows a great fabric to shine!

Janie Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Girls

The construction is really almost as simple as a basic tee shirt. But of course, there is the small detail of hemming a not-so-small circle skirt... Haha! The pattern is drafted well, and includes notches which makes it super easy to get everything matched up evenly for a beautiful result. I also added the suggested clear elastic to the waist to prevent the waistline from getting stretched out. 

Janie Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Girls

She loves her new dress! With that twirl factor though, what girl wouldn't?!

Janie Dress - Pattern Review // Sewing For Girls

Thanks so much for reading! We love our new summer dresses!

Anza Dress & Janie Dress // Pattern Review




InBlue Art Gallery Fabrics Tour

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

InBlue Art Gallery Fabrics Tour // Apparel Sewing

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

I am thrilled to be able to join the INblue Fabric Tour, featuring the new line for Art Gallery Fabrics, designed by Katarina Roccella

Blog Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics. All opinions are my own.

Make sure to scroll all the way to end for the tour schedule and a rafflecopter giveaway!!

When I was asked to be a part of this fabric tour, I certainly didn't have to spend any time considering it. I mean with a line named INblue!? Of course I was in!! There were many cute prints to consider, but ultimately I went with my heart (ie. florals, solids, stripes, dots), and chose THIS lightweight denim for my dress. And of course I had to choose some of the yummy, delicious, AGF knit (THIS Bloesem Dark) for my girl.

InBlue Art Gallery Fabrics Tour // Apparel Sewing

When considering Art Gallery Fabrics, one always knows that whatever the substrate, it will be quality! I had never worked with AGF denim before, but I certainly was not disappointed!! This fabric washed up beautifully in the prewash, and was minimally wrinkled, even out of the dryer. I did not notice any significant shrinkage. It was a dream to cut and sew. I love that it is denim, so using it for a dress, means it has some structure and is completely opaque, but still lightweight and breathable and has great drape.

InBlue Art Gallery Fabrics Tour // Apparel Sewing

I was after a chambray shirt-dress look with this project and chose to use denim topstitching thread on most of the seams. The fabric held up perfectly to this. I also wanted a bit of the "crinkly" look that denim develops over time at the seams, so I threw the newly finished dress back into the wash and let it hang out in the dryer for a few minutes as well. The fabric still looks completely brand new, but the dress has a little bit of that texture at the seams that I love.

Also, I wanted to mention, I used the "wrong" side of the fabric for a lighter look. I love that I had a choice, which was an unexpected bonus when the fabric arrived! So in these photos it may look lighter than the swatch online, and that is why.

InBlue Art Gallery Fabrics Tour // Apparel Sewing

I absolutely love my new denim shirt dress!! I used the Anza Dress pattern by Itch-to-Stitch, (Affiliate links) with a couple of slight modifications to lend a little bit more "shirt-dress" to the pattern. I changed the shape of the pockets, and made a separate sash to tie at the waist. I also used the denim top-stitching thread and top-stitched in a couple more places than what the pattern calls for.

InBlue Art Gallery Fabrics Tour // Apparel Sewing

When sewing for my kids, my first choice is always Art Gallery Knits. When they are so buttery soft, and hold up so well, why wouldn't I??? My kids love to live in soft comfy clothes too, so it's a win-win.

InBlue Art Gallery Fabrics Tour // Apparel Sewing

These knits also sew up like a dream. My serger and double needle are huge fans of this fabric. The stretch and recovery also make it so comfy and easy to wear. This fabric is quite stretchy, yet has nice weight to it that keeps it stable. It has good recovery as well, so this makes it an excellent choice for a sewist who is just beginning to work with knits. But those with experience will love it as well for the ease of sewing and the BEAUTIFUL outcome every time.

InBlue Art Gallery Fabrics Tour // Apparel Sewing

There are several ADORABLE prints to choose from in the knit section of this collection. But I was most drawn to this amazing floral print. It's something I would wear myself, but isn't too grown up for my little girl either. She oohed and aahed over it when it came and I told her it was for her.

InBlue Art Gallery Fabrics Tour // Apparel Sewing

I used the Janie Dress pattern by Mouse House Creations for this dress. (Affiliate links) I love the simplicity of the design and how it allows a gorgeous fabric like this to shine. I made no modifications to it at all, other then blending two sizes for a custom fit. It is all the heart eyes from both of us for this dress!

InBlue Art Gallery Fabrics Tour // Apparel Sewing

We love our coordinating Mommy and Me dresses! Thanks for the amazing fabric, Art Gallery!

InBlue Art Gallery Fabrics Tour // Apparel Sewing


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Farrah // Pattern Testing // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Women's Farrah Pattern // Sewing For Women

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

I'm so excited about the dress I get to show you today. I had the opportunity to test the Farrah Dress & Top, the newest from Chalk and Notch. Through today, it is available exclusively through UpCraft Club, and tomorrow it becomes available in the Chalk and Notch shop as well. Grab it while the discount applies!!

Women's Farrah Pattern // Sewing For Women

Okay, so lets chat about this fabulous dress!! I sewed View B in the dress length. View B features a center front ruffle, all views feature a front and back yoke, gathers in the back bodice, gussets, and a split hem detail. All of these details come together to create a seriously fabulous garment. 

Women's Farrah Pattern // Sewing For Women

The ruffle on my dress is from the very first version during testing. It underwent some pretty big changes, and ended up being longer and a slight v-shape. I have so much love for the final version (although, I think this version is pretty awesome too!), and I can't wait to get a chance to sew up another one!

View A, which I haven't had a chance to sew yet, has a ruffle detail at the sides that also becomes a flutter sleeve. You can check that out here. I really love both versions so much!!

Women's Farrah Pattern // Sewing For Women

The dress is fitted beautifully across the bust and then flows through the waist and hips. There is generous ease built into the pattern here, and if you prefer a slightly more fitted shape, it is super easy to blend sizes to achieve a closer fit. This is made even easier if you use the layers feature in the pdf to print only the sizes you want to work with.

Women's Farrah Pattern // Sewing For Women

I normally like my dresses a little more fitted, but boy, do I feel fabulous in this dress!! Fabric choice also plays a huge role here. This is a silky print from Joann's, it has very lovely drape and is also kind of "spongy". I'm not sure how else to describe it ;) Anyway, it made a perfect Farrah!

Women's Farrah Pattern // Sewing For Women

The pattern instructions are so good, as per usual with Chalk and Notch patterns. Every detail is covered and the illustrations are clear and helpful. I think my favorite part of the whole dress was sewing the gusset. Everything fit beautifully and that finished arm hole just made me so happy! I often struggle with arm holes that are too tight or too large and show my bra. This one was neither. Absolutely perfect. Yay!

Women's Farrah Pattern // Sewing For Women

The final version also has slightly more gathering at the back yoke. 

Women's Farrah Pattern // Sewing For Women

So what are you waiting for!? Run and grab your copy while it's still on sale!!

Women's Farrah Pattern // Sewing For Women

Women's Farrah Pattern // Sewing For Women

Coffee & Thread Pattern Tour // Ania Tunic

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

Hi everyone! I'm so thrilled to be a part of this pattern tour today!! Olga (Coffee & Thread) is one of the very first blogging friends I made in this amazing online community. She is super sweet, knowledgeable and creates amazing patterns!! I have sewn a few of them over the years. A couple of Mulberry Tunics here and here (which are now tucked away, impatiently waiting for boy #2 to wear them!) and last year's Eleena Dress, which she wore to church yesterday, and it still fits fine (yay!) except that it's turning into more of a tunic than dress length, yikes!

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For the tour, I chose to make the Ania Tunic. I was smitten with this pattern from the moment I saw the first sample. There are many variations with this pattern (there is even a dress length version on the tour!!), with sleeve and pocket options, or you can choose to make it in a woven or knit! I love versatile patterns so much.

However for this version I decided to keep things simple. I used this amazing cut of linen/cotton blend from Miss Matatabi that I have been hoarding for a while and wanted to let the fabric shine.

*The fabric is sold out, but you can view the listing here for all the details on it*

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

I sewed short sleeves since those get the most mileage around here and went plain with no pockets. I made a size 4 with 5 length. As always, sizing is spot on with Olga's patterns.

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

I love the details in the back as well. I just so happened to have the perfectly matching button and Kona Cotton Solids laying around. The inside bodice is lined in the same fabric that you see a teeny bit of here at the bottom of the neck line split. I don't think I sewed the bias onto that little v part the way it was written in the pattern. Oops. But it turned out very well and I love the little additional pop of purple there.

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

She is pleased as punch with this dress because purple is here favorite color "except GOLDEN is my VERY favorite color, Mom", so if you use your imagination, she has a little bit of both in this top. :)

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

It's been a little while since we did a photoshoot with her outside, and apparently she has developed some top-notch new modeling skills since then! :)

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

I love how this top looks with shorts and I know it will be just as great in the fall with a pair of jeans and cardi!

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for an amazing giveaway!

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

Ania Tunic // Sewing For Girls

Enter the giveaway here - and also you can take 20% off ANY patterns in the Coffee & Thread shop! Just use the code 'coffeeandthreadtour' 


Be sure to follow the tour, using the links availabe here! There is so much amazing inspiration and sewing going on, wow!

April 3
Enjoyful Makes || Idle Sunshine || ZowieZo Handmade || Angie Burgett

April 4
Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co

April 5
Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line

April 6
Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills ||

April 7
Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi 

April 10
Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn 

April 11
Mouse House Creations || While She is Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort 

April 12
Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams

April 13
Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated 

April 14
Stitched Together || S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony ||
With Love By Eva 

Panama Tee Dress "LBD" // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Every girl needs a Little Black Dress hanging in her closet. Enter my favorite, versatile dress pattern. The Panama Tee Dress. This is my third version (I blogged the other two, here), and believe me, I am no where near done with dresses from this pattern!


For this version of the dress, I wanted a midi length. This was as impossibly simple as adding 4 inches to the hem! That's it. I also wanted 3/4 sleeves. I just shortened the long sleeves several inches below the elbow length cut line. 

Panama Tee Dress // Sewing For Women

I feel it's important to mention that fabric choice really makes this dress. I've used three different fabrics on this pattern and each one serves a different function, based on fabric choice. This is a dreamy 14oz stretch cotton spandex jersey from LA Finch Fabrics. When I ordered it for this dress they had only black available, but because they are awesome like that over at Finch, they now have several amazing colors to choose from!

Panama Tee Dress // Sewing For Women

Because the fabric is heavier and has such incredible stretch recovery, it fits pretty close to the body, but is still forgiving. It's basically my dream LBD. Comfy, yet really makes me feel put together.

And check it out below. It can even work for running around doing "momming" duties!

Panama Tee Dress // Sewing For Women

Panama Tee Dress // Sewing For Women

Panama Tee Dress // Sewing For Women

Panama Tee Dress // Sewing For Women

Have you tried this pattern yet? It's definitely one I highly recommend and I'm pretty sure you need it! :)

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