Mrs. Roper and the Reverse Mullet

No, I’m not writing children’s literature … I’ve just started naming all my newest creations.

Those who know me best know that I have an, ahem, interesting personal style. Yes, I like trends and what’s going on in the fashion world. But I also like lots of color and pattern. Recently I wore a beautiful, multi-colored Scout tee that I had made years ago and a friend exclaimed that it was so pretty and she wasn’t used to seeing me in such bold colors and patterns. I was shocked! Had I accidentally become … a NEUTRALS person? (No offense to all my beloved friends who love neutrals … we just all know that’s not me.)

So when Kimberly from Straight Stitch Designs asked me to help test her newest pattern (have you noticed I kind of love pattern testing for Kimberly?), I said yes! And dug into my craziest fabrics.

First up is what I call my Mrs. Roper top. Because doesn’t this look like something made from one of Mrs. Roper’s housedress/caftans? (I evidently have a thing for her. It’s not the first time I’ve referenced her in a handmade item.) I bought like 4 yards of this fabric for $4 or something from a thrift store. It’s definitely 100% polyester. Which means it’s highly flammable … but also, spit-up and food spillage just wipes right off. So, I’ll take it.

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The bias cut of the Bryant Dolman not only provides beautiful drape, but it also allows for patterns to be highlighted in such an interesting way.

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And I personally love a drapey, slightly oversized top. It is flattering, feminine, and COMFORTABLE.

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Then I got all excited about making a second Bryant out of this fantastic tie-dye rayon jersey … and after cutting out the front, I realized that I didn’t have enough left for the back. I know, I know … measure twice, cut once, blah blah blah.

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So I improvised with some lovely chiffon I had in my stash for the back of my Bryant. And voila! The Reverse Mullet was born.

You know … party in the front, business in the back.

This one has a slightly different fit as the pattern is intended for knits, but the back is a woven. Still, I find it rather flattering and a fun mash-up to a great pattern.

Thanks for having me back, Kimberly! Grab your own copy of the Bryant Dolman while it’s on sale!

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Phinney Ridge

Y’all … it turns out that babies and blogging don’t mix, huh? My last post here was May 17, 2016. And our Jack was born May 18, 2016. So … yes. Proof. But 9 months in, 9 months out, and here I am returning to my sweet little corner of the internets. Before I jump in to sewing, here’s this cutie for your viewing pleasure:

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Okay, on to the sewing!

This week I had the privilege of doing another pattern test for Kimberley at Straight Stitch Designs. She creates wonderful patterns … designs for clothing I wear over and over again. The Phinney Ridge cardi is no exception.

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In Kimberley’s words, the Phinney Ridge is “classic meets comfort.” I literally couldn’t agree more. What’s more cozy than throwing on a cardi? And is there anything that makes you feel more put together than a well-fitting cardigan? Come on.

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You know how hygge is the 2017 trend of word and lifestyle? That’s how I feel about the Phinney Ridge. Just cozy and homey and GOOD.

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Both of my cardis were made with jersey knit. The striped fabric I bought for dirt cheap last summer when Hancock’s was going out of business. I should be embarrassed by the amount of fabric I bought from Hancock’s last summer (spoiler: I’m not embarrassed at all. I’m rather pleased.)

The floral fabric was given to me (isn’t that so nice?!?!?) by someone in a local sewing facebook group. And isn’t it so pretty and springy? I love it.

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My next version is going to be a knee length version in a lightweight rayon jersey (also bought last summer from Hancock’s). I can’t wait to throw that on over everything. But first, I have to go take care of this guy…

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Good thing he has two super-hero sisters to help me.

Happy President’s Day!

If you sew (and you should definitely give it a shot, friends), grab your own copy of the Phinney Ridge Cardi from Straight Stitch Designs now while it’s on sale!

Maternity Montlake

I’m guest posting over at Straight Stitch Designs today with more details on how I modified the fabulous Montlake Tee to work for my maternity needs.

Hop on over and check it out. And while you’re there, you should DEFINITELY pick up your copy of the Montlake Tee pattern. It’s only $10¬†and worth every penny. (I should know … I’ve already made four! And I’m thinking that I probably need a cheesy Valentine’s version for number five.)

Go check out my tutorial!

Montlake testing FOR THE WIN

DISCLAIMER: I actually used my real camera for these pictures; yet they are the worst pictures I’ve posted on this blog yet. I waited until Kenny got home from work, and it turns out that it was too dark and cloudy then, but this is just my real life. And isn’t that one of the things I swore I would do with this blog? Be real? Not just give you the pretty version of everything? Well, here it is: my real grainy photos. Please have patience with me. ūüôā

Since I was a little girl, I would get ideas in my head and need things to be that way. It sounds all great, like, “wow, Holly, you’re so decisive.” Except that no one else lives in my head, so making these things a reality is not so easy. Mostly this applies to clothing, shoes, and textiles issues. You should have seen my search for the perfect fabric to recover the seats of my dining chairs. I spent a good five years searching for the perfect riding boots (I think I just liked this idea a little too early because now you can’t walk into a store without tripping over like five pairs of awesome riding boots).

But this is one of the reasons I love sewing: the creating of something unique. I have the ability to dream up something awesome and crazy, and then MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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Last weekend I had the incredible privilege to be a tester for the new Montlake Tee pattern from Straight Stitch Designs. I don’t sew just to make my own clothes. Y’all, I sew to customize my own clothes … to make them reflect who I am. And this pattern is the perfect base for this.

The Montlake tee is truly simple fashion.

It’s simple because there aren’t any unnecessary bells and whistles. It’s not gimmicky; there are no funky parts to it. It’s basic and simple in the most complimentary senses of those words.

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But with just a little creativity, it can be turned into fashion. Add a contrast fabric. Change the sleeve length. Make it in a color that POPS. Create something beautiful.

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It was a pleasure to get to work with Kimberly on the final tweaks of this pattern. Her attention to detail to make sure this was a perfect product was incredible. I am so grateful for talented people like her who make it possible for me to create.

At its base, the Montlake Tee is a scoop-neck t-shirt with four potential arm lengths and a swing hem. Swing hems are my favorite because, well, I’ve had two babies already. I made pattern alterations for mine to fit over my baby bump as it grows. I will do a more detailed tutorial on how I did this soon.

Outfit Details (If you’re interested in that kind of thing)

Outfit #1:¬†Top – pattern: Montlake Tee by Straight Stitch Designs; fabric bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby / Pants¬†–¬†J Brand Mama J maternity jeans bought on ebay; similar cut here … less expensive¬†here / Shoes – bought off Zulily; similar here¬†or here / Necklace – Stella+Dot Engraveable Bar in Gold / Earrings – Stella+Dot Mondrian Ear Jacket

Outfit #2: Top Рpattern: Montlake Tee by Straight Stitch Designs; fabric bought at Chic Fabrics in NYC / Pants РHue jeggings  / Boots РAriat Heritage Western X Toe / Necklace РStella+Dot Essential Fringe in Silver / Necklace РStella+Dot Wanderer Necklace in Silver / Earrings РStella+Dot Deja Vu Stone Studs in Howlite

 

All links to Straight Stitch Designs and Stella+Dot are affiliate links. The rest are just to make your shopping easier if you like that kind of thing. You’re welcome.