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Milano Dolman

I initially started out working on the Lace Up Workout pants that I kept mentioning last week…. then I put the pattern together and started reading the directions. Between not finding what size I need to cut to the instructions never indicating the size of the facings, I decided that this was probably not going to be a project I enjoyed working on so I scrapped it. Thankfully, Hot Patterns released their Milano Dolman, so I was able to work on that instead.

I didn’t think that the top on the dressform looked as good as what it does on, so I took a quick bathroom selfie (I did have my husband take pictures, but somehow they all wound up crooked). This pattern was very easy to sew and came together beautifully. It does have A LOT OF EASE so choose your material wisely (in fact, you could probably go down at least one size and it not effect how this one fits) – it is very important that you fabric is fluid and has a lot of drape. Just as in the illustration, the neckline is rather large and I have to admit, I like it slightly off center (like I’m channeling the 80’s Flashdance shirts). The finished length is rather long as well (more along the line of tunic length, which hits me around the upper to mid thigh) and is designed to be pulled up along the hip with the excess slouched (which is why a drapey fabric is very important). I think this works great for the large band, but I think I would have to shorten the length if I went with the shirt band hem.

Overall, I like it – it’s comfy to wear and looks great with a pair of leggings. However, I can’t see myself sewing up a ton of these (if I did it again, I might try one size smaller) and as much as I would love to see this in a stripe, I would never want to match all those pieces (both the front and back have side panels).

Linky Thursday (on Friday)

The perfect project for weekend sewing – an adorable Swing Dress that can be worn as a tunic, too.

Trips to the farmer’s market are right around the corner and this basket tote would be the perfect way to carry your purchases.

Tired of the same old pencil pouches? This one has a unique shape (and looks fun to sew, too). Looking for something more traditional? This one is easy to sew and has a drawstring closure.

Get ready for Easter with a cute and colorful table runner or this shabby chic style burlap and ruffles version.

The hardest part of working with knits is adding the hem. Learn all the ways to finish your knit garment with this handy tutorial.

Need to pack a hot (curling or flat) iron? This tutorial is perfect for toting styling tools that have just been unplugged…. then you can pack that into your new overnight duffle or a fabulous weekender bag.

Sometimes the best ideas come to you when you’re not at your desk. This Sketchbook Cover is perfect for taking your materials on the go.

These baskets are not only easy to make, but perfect for Easter too! When you’re done, use your scraps to make this fun, patchwork bunny.

Whether you’re making a quilt or stitching a garment, one of the important parts of  sewing is coordinating colors. Find out what colors harmonize with each other with this great color wheel tutorial (and free printable).

There is no sewing involved in this project, but it’s so cute, I couldn’t help but share it. Woodland (stenciled) Onesies – complete with a tail on the back!

This diaper clutch looks super stylish and is waterproof, to boot!

Vienna Top & Tunic

I know, I know, it’s Thursday. Which means that you would normally be seeing a Linky Thursday post from me. However, instead, I have to show you the pattern that I had an opportunity to test out that was released today – The Vienna Top & Tunic! (have no fear, I won’t forget about Linky Thursday, it will just be posted tomorrow instead).

The Vienna is the adult version of Peek-a-boo Pattern’s very popular girl’s pattern, The Violet. Like the girl’s version, the Vienna has contrasting side panels (so it looks very flattering on everyone) with optional pockets… but who wouldn’t love the pockets? It also has a variety of sleeve lengths (short, elbow, 3/4, and long), can be made into a shirt or tunic, and fits sizes XS-XXXL and even has a maternity add on pack. Grab your Vienna today for 15% off  the normal pattern price!

Last Cold Shoulder

If I thought seaming the fabric I mentioned yesterday, little did I know the hemming would be even harder! But, struggles aside, my anniversary top is done…. and I love it!

Even though the material was a booger to work with, it does feel great when you wear it and it has a really nice drape. The fit is perfect, but once again, the top was way too long. I had originally kept the hem length, thinking that a longer, tunic size might work out ok, but once again it was way too much and wound up taking 2″ off the bottom edge.

Now, I need a warm, spring-like day to wear this (and the new wedges I picked up, too)! If you’re interesting in picking up this pattern (or any of the other George & Ginger designs) they are currently 50% off (using the coupon code DANIELLE) with all proceeds going to benefit the designer of Other Side of the Rainbow fabrics who lost her husband yesterday.

With that said, I think this will (finally) be my last cold shoulder top for awhile!

Fabric Selected

I finally settled on a fabric for my latest cold shoulder style top (you can see my previous versions here and here), reprinted the pattern, changed serger threads (is there anything worse?), and cut the fabric. I had hoped to have the whole top finished by today, but I’ll be honest, this fabric is a booger to work with.

I picked up this floral-ish print from Joann’s because I was too impatient to wait for something to ship and it was the closest in color (and sort of had the same kind of ‘vibe’) as my inspiration top. It also has a great drape, but is almost slippery to sew. Thus far, I have the front and back together and one sleeve…. so definitely slow progress. I’m hoping that I’ll finish today and have the opportunity to at least cut out the lace up work out pants that I mentioned in last week’s Linky Thursday (the site if finally working today).

Pattern….. stash
Fabric……. $12.18
Notions…. stash

Total $12.18

Wine Themed

One of my best friends has a birthday (sort of, she’s actually a leap year baby) in a few days, so I thought that I had better finish her present(s). I had stumbled across this Portable Wine Glass and decided on a whole wine themed basket. To it I added:

A coffee mug with a “This Might Be Wine”  decal on it and then finally put those glittered wine glasses to good use by embellishing them with a “Birthday Girl” emblem (I also managed to find a “Happy Birthday” wine glass holder and a fun wine themed coaster too). So, no sewing this year for her birthday, but I did have just as fun making these!


I Was Wrong

After my last cold shoulder top, I swore that it would be my last – because who really needs several of these in their closet? Apparently, I was wrong. I totally need another one.

I recently saw an photo from a favorite little boutique and fell love with it – in fact, I fell in love with the whole look (there were shoes posted with it, too). Unfortunately, I trashed my Anniversary Top pattern, thinking I would never use it again. So, my mission this weekend is to reprint everything and find a fabric that has a similar vibe to this one. Hopefully, I’ll find something locally that will work so I can work on this over the weekend. What’s your sewing mission this weekend?

Linky Thursday

Activewear doesn’t have to be boring. Learn how to make these fabulous faux lace up workout pants.

Stay warm and look fashionable when you whip up this easy blanket scarf.

Whether you’re a crazy for cats or just love fun pillows, this no sew cat pillow looks easy to make! Need an extra dose of cat goodness? Be sure to check out this cat backpack.

Stay organized while on the go with this handy tutorial. It has pockets for electronics, paper, pens and more!

These Ouch Pouches are the great for moms with little ones or a quick ’emergency’ kit for the car or even a cute way to store loose medical supplies.

Even if you hate homework, this cute little study pillow might motivate you to work on it!

Any Star Wars fan would love this felt storm trooper.

Transform a boring composition notebook into something adorable!

Need a cute way to tote your potluck dish, but you need it fast? This little casserole carrier takes only 20 minutes to make!

The no-calorie way to enjoy your donuts – pillow donuts!


After making the Highlander Dolman, I determined that I needed a pair of matching leggings. So I used my double brushed poly floral print and my favorite Jalie legging pattern.

I don’t think that I can say any more about this pattern that I haven’t already covered, but I can say that this double brushed poly is actually more comfortable and softer than my LuLaRoe leggings. In fact, if I modify the waistband some to eliminate the elastic, they would be even more better!

So, now I have a pretty fabulous coordinate set (and even had shoes to match) that I am sporting today for parent-teacher conferences. Surprisingly I had enough of these fabrics left over to make a cute project for a pattern test, too…. but more on that next week!

4 Corners Convertible Tote

While I am always excited and proud of the projects I put out, there are a few that I totally fall in love with at the end. My 4 Corners Convertible Tote, which appears in this month’s Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine is one those projects.

First off, let me say, you don’t have to have an embroidery machine to make this project. I tried to write it in a way so that if you don’t have access to an embroidery machine or have a piece of material that you really wanted to use for the flap, you could easily substitute it (you could also make the bag in a leather and it would be fabulous as well).

So what do I like so much about this bag? Mostly that it looks very complicated, but is so easy to make (if you make it and think otherwise, please let me know, though!). The embroidery designs do not require rehooping and are actually pieced together and embellished with ribbon to make a larger design AND the sewing isn’t difficult (especially for a bag), either. The final product can be carried in a variety of ways, too: as a backpack, sling bag, tote, or like a briefcase by using the grab handle on the top.

Now what are you waiting for? Go out there and pick up this issue! And as always, if you wind up making this one, let me see pictures of your final project!