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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.