The Ladies Uptown/Downtown Dress

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I’ve already professed my adoration for Terri of Sew Straight and Gather.  Her patterns are the bomb and I am thrilled that she is now working on ladies patterns!  I had the chance to test for her again on her latest project, The Ladies Uptown/Downtown Dress.

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This pattern is another winner- lots of sleeve options, knee and maxi lengths, and tank and sleeveless choices too.  There is also a cowl neck that I adore!  My girls have a few bimaa sweaters that I love and now I get to join in on the cowl fun.

I have to admit I was worried how this dress would skim my i-had-five-kids-belly.  The cut was way more flattering than I expected and I loved seeing how it flattered all body types on the other testers.  It really looks amazing on every shape and size- magic pattern, I swear.

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I fell in love with this gorgeous jersey knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The drape and flow was perfect for this dress.  Another great fabric/pattern combination!

Summer Sewing- Why is it so hard?

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With five kids, sewing time is precious.  When they are all home for the summer, it’s even more sparse.  Here are a few of the projects I eeked out this summer.

I had the pleasure of testing for Striped Swallow Designs again this summer.  Her Wildflower kimono is so unique and simple to sew.  I sewed one up for Soph in a cute striped knit and Payton got a cozy french terry version (from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, of course).

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I also had the pleasure of testing for Terri from Sew Straight and Gather.  Her Cousu Collection was kinda groundbreaking for me, pushing me to try new techniques and totally taking me to a new level.  This time I tested her versatile Urban Garden Dress and Tank.  It’s such a cute pattern and her tutorials are THE BEST!  If you haven’t tried one of her patterns you are totally missing out.  Beware though that once  you do, all other patterns will be lacking in comparison.

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This summer my quest for myself was to make the perfect pants and shorts.  I tried a gazillion patterns and I think my quest is still on…

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Jocole’s Wide Leg Pants
True Bias Hudson Pants
True Bias Hudson Pants

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Jocole Skinny Pants
Jocole Skinny Pants
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IMG_8784 Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop Summer Lovin’ Shorts

School starts this week and it’s always a little bittersweet.  I adore having my kids home and the adventures we get to do every day.  For the most part, they get along great and we spend a lot of time laughing and just being together.  BUT… we are together ALL THE TIME.  I feel guilty stealing away for an hour or two to create.  So the sweet part of back to school is that I will have every afternoon to myself (thanks to a cute three year old that still naps)! I’m so excited to be able to sew without the guilt of negletting the kiddos. Oh, the project list… 🙂