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Tropical Summer Look: McCall’s 7757

I love patterns that seem to be made for me. I am a Texas girl who loves fun summer looks and I needed a few nice and easy sews after a few weeks of sewing handbags. I had Mccalls 7757 on my list to make since I saw it!! A fun off shoulder crop top and elastic flowy pants. Perfect for lounging around the house, pool or beach or shopping the day away.

The top, View B, is an easy make and so fun. I think a beginner that has basic pattern understanding can make this piece. The pants are a basic elastic pant with no fitting needed so again a great beginner project.

This fun and super soft double brushed poly is from Pretty Posh Prints . If you have never bought fabric from there before you should I have never been disappointed in her fabrics.

I want to make this set again in a solid for a more elegant look that will go into an evening. I would like to make one in a white to wear with a cotton box pleat skirt. I may not get that done this year but for next summer it will be perfect.

So if you have been on the fence of McCalls 7757 go for it!! Also, checkout Pretty Posh Prints Fabric.

Formal Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: McCall’s

Pattern sizing: I made a size 14. Here is the sizing chart.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing?


Were the instructions complete and easy to follow?


Fabric used: (Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern)

Double Poly Knit! Yes!

Did you alter the pattern in any way?


Was there anything you disliked or would change?

Nope! Easy Peasy!

Would you sew it again?


Would you recommend it to others?


Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced?


Does the pattern include layers for easy printing?


Seam allowance used in the pattern


Is the pattern cut or no cut pages?

Paper pattern



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Pretty Betty: Betty Faux Wrap Dress by Sinclair Patterns

There is something super sexy about a wrap dress.  “It’s hard to deny the wrap dress’ icon status — for 40 years, it’s been one of the hardest working garments in any hard-working woman’s wardrobe. Invented by Diane von Furstenberg in 1974, the frock is flattering, versatile, and easy to wear, pack, and style.” states Connie Wang in her article The Weird, True History of the Wrap Dress.
I only have one criticism of the wrap dress other than not having enough of them and that is you can feel a bit overexposed at times depending on how it wraps and how much under wrap fabric there is. That is why I was excited to try out Sinclair Pattern’s Betty Faux Wrap Dress pattern. I thought this may be a perfect solution to not having enough fabric to wrap and I was right!!
This pattern is an easy sew but gives you big style. Again one of those styles that goes well on most body types. It is also super comfortable and easy to wear. You can dress it down with a sweater or denim jacket or dress it up with some sexy strappy heals and sparkly earrings. As always the pattern is wonderfully drafted and instructions are superb. If you ever want a pattern brand that has quality in every pattern they produce you will not go wrong with Sinclair Patterns. This pattern also comes with a faux wrap top. I was actually torn on which to make but since I live in dresses I chose the dress but the top is on my list to make!
For this dress I wanted something casual to wear during the day in the summer but something supper cool for the Texas heat. I found this pink floral rayon spandex named Ardent from Sly Fox in my stash and it did not disappoint. They do not have this particular fabric still but here is the link to similar fabric.
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Serious Comfort and Style….WIN!!

If you read my blog posts you probably know I am a sucker for a comfy dress that is stylish!!! Well my last one was from pattern company New Horizons Designs and today I have another one!!! I can’t get enough. I had the pleasure of being in the test group for the Tawsha dress by New Horizons Designs and it is love. This pattern as all of hers are is a no cut pdf pattern. I am not quite sure why all pdf pattern companies are not doing this yet. I mean come on!! It comes in two versions, the plain dress and one with a cut back button, pleat detail. I went for the plain but was a bit jealous of some of the other testers makes. I will need to try one of those later. But the plain is a great basic to add to your wardrobe. You can do completely plain or add the shoulder detail.

For my version I wanted to use one of my French Terry’s I picked up from KnitPop recently! It is snuggly soft and not too thin so it was perfect! I added a little floral  from Sly Fox Fabrics for the accent and it was perfect. It left it plain enough to make it still work as a basic but added a bit of accent. I knew I had to go for a bit of a bohemian vibe with this shoot so I made a quick headband and threw on a necklace my niece made for me for that bohemian chic look.

Again New Horizons Designs for the win on this dress!!! I am sure you will see more in the coming weeks from me from this pattern brand….hint hint. Leave a comment below on what fabric you plan on using for this make!!! I need more!!



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The Perfect Fall Dress!

I don’t know about you but I love a dress I can wear in the fall and winter and be snuggly warm!! I had on my list to find and sew a few this year and I was not finding exactly what I wanted until I saw this Lisse Hoodie

by New Horizons Designs. Only one slight problem…it was not a dress but I knew it had all the makings of a great one so I went to work. 
First let’s chat about this pattern and then I’ll share with you how I made mine. So when searching the site this picture quickly caught my eye. I mean it is such a feminine cut hoodie. I’ll be honest I’m not a hoodie kind of girl but this style is lovely. 

When I dug into the pattern directions I was pleasantly greeted with a nice looking pattern sheet, clear drawings and images, and additional details on how to do full and small bust adjustments. Such a nice touch. 

The directions were easy to follow even the thumb hole cuff was easy. It was my first time doing that and I was a bit nervous but it worked like a charm. Overall I have no complaints and a great dress from this pattern. I will actually make this again in the normal top version because I do love it. 

Now on to my version. When I started thinking about this as a dress it reminded me of a dress my sister modeled at a fashion show when she was a teenager. It was a dress with a hoodie and was stunning. I had not thought about that in probably 25 years but it came flashing back and I knew it would be perfect! For the hoodie I decided to not do any drawstring as it was more of a design element for this look. So I I omitted the grommets as well. For the dress I added 16 inches just to the lower part. When connecting it back I was sure to keep all the shaping but I did slim in the lower sides just a little so they would not start to flare out. 

And of course the thumb holes just top the whole look off! Such a fun detail. I will be wearing this with boots and even add some black thights I could also imagine it with some tennis shoes for a more casual look. It could even be a tunic and be worn with leggings or pants. 

If you have never checked out New Horizons Designs you are in for treat. Here is a link. If you want a me to do a tutorial on this hack please let me know as I am sure I will be making a few more variations. 

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You have to make this! Designer Stitch’s Stylish Ravanna Wrap Pants




I have been sewing for a long time but I rarely run across a pattern that I like as much as this one.   The Ravanna Wrap pants from Designer Stitch has a wonderful style that stands out from other patterns. You will find wrap pants all over Pintrest and other places but the don’t hold a candle. These pants looks good on so many body shapes and have some good options.

I chose to do the weekday or straight leg version. I made it out of a firm hand from Joann’s. I added 4 inches in the leg due to my 6′ statue and I wanted to wear these lovely pants with heels. I also add a bit to the rise because I wanted them at my true waist.

Ann the designer and owner of Designer Stitch only designs for woven and not knit which I love but I do want to try this pattern with a knit and also the tulip style.

If you love style you need to go grab this pattern. 







Time To Get Comfy! Ella Combo

There is a constant in Texas right now and until September…..heat and more heat! We tater in the 90’s and 100’s all summer long. I am very cold natured so for the most part I love it but even for me it can get miserable. This PJ set is a God send. I was able to test this pattern for Designer Stitch and it is great! Super quick make, easy directions and such a comfy, versitale outfit. You can keep it as a PJ or you can where it as a two piece jump or even just wear each piece with other things and it all works beautifully.

I made the set with a very thin and soft cotton in an aztec print. I switch the ruffle for lace because at 6′ it is hard for me to pull off ruffle. Other than that I made it just like the directions.

If you are interested check it out here. If you join the Facebook group you can even get it for free.

See you next time!





Beat the Heat in Style: The Laela Jayne Summer Collection

Laela Jeyne Patterns just released their new Summer Collection and it is fabulous!! It has quite a few pieces for ladies and mini ladies(girls)! I had the honor of joining the blog tour and today is my stop! I hope you enjoy a look at my version of the pieces from this collection.

I first chose the Women’s Dahlia Tank Top because I live in tanks during the summer in Texas. They are comfortable, cool and versatile. I chose to do go a bit bold with the crop length which I think paired with the long skirt was set off well. The pattern is great for beginners and old pro’s have a super quick basic to make whenever they need a wardrobe filler. I can see me making quite a few more. The fit is amazing. I am a tank top snob so the fit has to be right and this is right! I love that it has cup sizing as well. I have a smaller frame but large bust and this works!

This fabric is quite amazing! I have had it for a few months and did not know what to do with it. It is actually a scuba knit from Fabric Styles  (they have reasonably priced and stunning scuba) which is not a suggested fabric but it works well. I would only suggest those that have worked with scuba before try it in this fabric choice.

And next we have the Women’s Rose Circle Skirt! This is a classic style but with a ton of options to customize it.

From full, half, and quarter widths in mini, knee, midi, and two maxi lengths your options are endless. You can use woven or knit fabric too! Again I see this as a staple piece that can be made again and again. I have made circle skirts by self drafting and while it is not too hard it can get a bit confusing. I would recommend this pattern to a beginner or anyone that wants to skip the fuss of drafting a pattern. I have a flare for the dramatic so I made it extra long by  adding some length for my 6 feet tall frame and a little extra for drama.

Here are some additional pictures of the outfit. I love that I can wear this tank with jeans, pants and other skirts. I want to try it with some high waist pants. The skirt is a classic and can be worn a ton of ways. I plan on pairing it with some boots and sweater for fall too!

So needless to say I love this collection! If you are interested in picking up these or other patterns in the collection now is your chance. Check out the Laela Jeyne Summer Collection here. I am going to go relax in my new outfit now but be sure to check out the other ladies posts on this collection at the tour links below. There is such talent and creativity you will love it!




Anna’s Heirloom BoutiqueSwimming in a Sea of EstrogenOlive Ashby


Mahlica DesignsPear Berry LaneSewing with Sarah


Sewn at SeamsNini and AshThe Crafting FiendSew a Piece of Joy


I am Mami de SofionaSew and Tell ProjectMy Heart Will Sew On


Love ThingsIdle SunshineLovely for LifeNeva Couture

Also be sure to head to the Laela Jeyne Tour Blog Post to enter the rafflecopter.

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January/February Makes

To launch the blog I thought I would share my makes for the first couple months of 2017! I was a busy girl and had a lot of fun. I have so many great things planned for 2017 and hope the craziness of life is done getting in my way.

Without further delay here are my makes for the first two months of 2017.

  1. Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse
  2. Black Knit Circle Skirt-From Freehand Fashion Book-Chienelo Bally
  3. Kwik Sew K3554 (View A without the lace) Nightgown
  4. Butterick B5152 Robe(View B without lace and bell sleeves)
  5. Simplicity 1426 Ankara Halter Top
  6. Ankara Circle Skirt- From Freehand Fashion Book-Chienelo Bally
  7. Seamwork Jane Classic Tee
  8. McCalls M7476(View E) Long Sweater
  9. Self Drafted Boho Purse
  10. Floral Swoon Nora Bag


  1. To say I love the Pussy Bow Blouse from Sew Over It would be an understatement. As a professional women it is such an easy top to wear. It is a conservative cut that I like to play with and make it in a not so conservative print. I do want to make some more basic colors of this pattern soon as well. Stay tuned. There will be more!
  2. As I mentioned I want to add some basics to my wardrobe and a basic black circle skirt fit the bill. I used the Chienelo Bally’s book Freehand  Fashion book circle skirt directions to make this one. I added a surprise red zipper that you can only see a hint of. It was born out of necessity because it was the only invisible zipper I had but I kind of love the little hint of color. 
  3. This Kwik Sew Nightgown was a quick make from some damaged fabric I purchased off a clearance rack. I love the look and it is very comfortable. I look forward to wearing it during spring and summer. It is an easy make if you are looking for a good nightgown pattern.
  4. This robe is so romantic! I love retro robes. They beat those “note so cute”  robes they sell in the stores. Those are either made for ladies that are about 100 years old or  that are completely blind. This was a fairly easy make even though I must admit I was  little nervous taking it on. I made View B but did not add the lace and kept the sleeves bell instead of adding the cuffs. 
  5. I am a sucker for a cute halter top. I remember the cute little girl ones that my mom put me in. Things have not changed much. Some may wonder where in the world I am going to wear this. I can see myself working in my garden in this and some shorts or pair it with a long flowing white skirt and lay in the hammock with a cold drink this summer. Or I may pair it with the matching Ankara skirt and add a cute sweater over it so only a hint peaks out over the sweater. This was such an easy sew. I only had one mess up when I did not read the instructions carefully.

6. I love this Ankara print skirt! I made this using Chienelo Bally’s book Freehand  Fashion circle skirt directions. Such an easy make once you get the basics of making these skirts down. I will be making several more. I think the siholotte looks good on my figure. If it doesn’t don’t tell me. 🙂

7. I am going to admit something. I hate tee shirts! I haven’t worn t-shirts in years. Probably 8 or 10 years. I don’t think they are very feminine. They don’t flatter the female form but I thought it was time for me to be more open minded about them and also if I make them I can customize it to my shape and I can also customize them. This is Jane from Seamwork was a quick and fun make. I still am not a t-shirt girl but this will be good to throw on when I need to.

8. Anyone that knows me knows one thing. I am always COLD! Yes I live in Texas and, yes, I am still always cold. In the winter I am cold and in the summer in Texas people turn the A/C up so much I freeze. I always have a sweater with me year round. I joke that I have to have my old lady sweater with me. 🙂 Well here is my latest. Such an easy make. I picked this sweater fabric up at Joann’s Fabrics and besides a bit of shedding it was perfect.

9. I have had a skirt for 5 years that I never wore. It was in my closet and had the tags on it. It was so cute with this faux suede fringe. So what is a girl to do? Cut up my brand new skirt of course! I made it into this super cute cross body boho bag. I love this thing. My sister does too. She tried to steal it. I compromised by agreeing to make her one if she sends me the fabric. I am working on editing the pattern and thinking about putting it out for you to purchase but I have work to do on it before it will be ready. If you are interested please comment below. This bag is fully lined, has a zipper pocket and two slip pockets. It is perfect for those summer concerts.

10. My Bag of the Month! Yes I am now obsessed with making bags. This was my fifth. This was the one I planned just for me. The boho one just happened. This one I searched high and low for the right fabric and hardware for a bag just for me. I love it!! This was my third Swoon pattern. If you have never made a Swoon bag I highly recommend them. Great directions. Let me know what you think of this bag. Do you love it? I do. I would change two things. The vinyl was not the best and rubbed off in parts and I wish I had done a pink lining rather the yellow. Other than that I LOVE IT!


I hope you enjoyed one of my very first posts! I enjoyed making it! Please leave comments and suggestions and check back often. New things are on the way.