Emily T-shirt – Pattern Testing

What do we have on the blog today?  A simple basic T shirt. A tee shirt with comfort, style and a truckload of options to go from fancy top to slouchy sweatshirt with fun elements like accent triangles, elbow patches, a cowl, thumb cuff and some more. But, more importantly, it fits BEAUTIFULLY!

From size 0-22 and maternity sizes, the Emily T shirt is designed to be fitted across the chest and hips with figure flattering shaping at the waist and that for me is one of the best features of this pattern.

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The floral fabric used here is a Nicole Miller jersey rayon from Jo Ann fabrics. This is the jewel neckline with hemmed short sleeves. The pattern also has options for a lower scoop neckline and cuffs to finish half, elbow length or full length sleeves.

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This hip length shirt has a slightly curved hemline.

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This is actually an earlier version of the pattern that I made with a very stretchy jersey fabric with stretch lace overlap and did not hem. You don’t see the bunching under the arms in the final version, and the length has also been increased.

Some more shots from the the earlier full sleeved version.


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The Emily T shirt is currently on sale for only $6 with the maternity add on for $2. Don’t forget to check out some fantastic tester versions here where you can see all other options including the side triangle accents, thumb cuff, cowl neck, a hood and some fun elbow patches.

Marisa’s directions are clear and well laid out, and she has helpful pictures to guide you along the way. The pattern is layered and trimless and the entire pattern including ALL OPTIONS is only 20 pages long (had to mention ’cause I like it when I can save some printer ink)

Go get your perfect Emily T shirt pattern now!!! and have fun sewing!!!


Naples Dress and Tunic – Pattern Testing

Third post this week! that is quite an achievement for me. Today, I am going to be showing off my version of the just released Naples Dress and Tunic by A Jennuine Life. I fell in love with this darling pattern when I first saw the tester call!!


The Naples dress has a high-low empire bodice with a crossover neckline with a button and loop closure or a bow. The skirt has options to make an A-line or a gathered skirt with both tunic and dress length versions. My most favorite options are however the sleeves – butterfly, long bell, and elbow length sleeves with instructions to make a fully lined sleeveless version too.


See the drawings above? cute right?! Jenn the designer of the Naples Dress pattern told me they were inspired from my daughter’s picture (see below) how cool is that!!!! I am so flattered!!

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Butterfly sleeves with an A-line skirt. I used a linen fabric for the bodice, and a lovely rayon challis for the skirt and sleeves. I cannot get over how adorable the butterfly sleeves are!!!

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I wanted to add some wooden beads around the neckline since the bodice seemed a little plain but decided to go with French knots (2 year old and all) and a little wooden button instead.

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For my second tunic, I used a pale pink swiss dot fabric. I made a gathered skirt this time and love how floaty it looks!

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I love how incredibly fast this pattern comes together and has such fun options!  and the instructions are top class!! The Naples Dress and Tunic is now 20% off the regular price with discount code NAPLESRELEASE through Feb 21st.

Till next time….



Magrath Dress & Tunic – Pattern Testing

Pattern testing is so much fun, and I am really enjoying testing some great patterns from some fabulous designers. It is quite amazing to be part of this creative process. Getting to be part of a group of people who sew has been most inspiring whether it was learning sewing terminology, sewing techniques or my most favorite – learning how to choose the right fabric for a project and knowing how to combine different fabrics to show off the design elements in a particular project.

The just released Magrath Dress & Tunic by Abby of Sew Much Ado is an adorable dress with a sweetheart yoke in the front and a curved yoke in the back with options for short, 3/4th or long sleeves and can be made in both dress or tunic versions.


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I went with some really dark colors and I am in love with the contrasting yoke and bodice. I think the 3/4 sleeves are my most favorite length!

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The pattern comes with clear instructions on adding the exposed zipper which is such a fun way to add an extra pop of color in the back!

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Both the front and back yokes can be replaced with solid front and back bodice pieces for a simple well fitting dress or tunic! The yokes didn’t end up being super symmetrical 😦 but I am still pleased with my top stitching here.

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She’s posing with her ‘Frozen’ spoon and there was nothing I could (or dared to) do to pry that out of her grasp 🙂

And obviously, since adorable patterns such as this should not be sewn just once, we made a second version with short sleeves and tunic length.

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I was saving the chambray with little embroidered flowers for a different project and meant to pair it with white but the paisley fabric happened to be there and they looked like they absolutely belonged together so here they are!

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Abby’s instructions for attaching the yoke to the bodice are really great and I am especially proud of how sharp it looks here 🙂

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I can’t make up my mind if I like the dress more or the tunic more but she definitely favors the tunic, she LOVES it!

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The Magrath Dress & Tunic is on sale now for only $7. It is a layered pattern in sizes 12-18 mo to 12 years, comes with clear photographs and instructions with measurements in both metric and imperial units. You won’t regret getting this pattern 🙂 Happy Sewing!!!

Vivienne Dress – Pattern Testing

Wow! It seems forever since I last blogged, but I have been testing some amazing patterns that I can’t wait to blog about! The Vivienne dress by Frocks and Frolics is an elegant classic dress. It is also one of the more complex patterns I have sewn thus far, with princess seams and an invisible zipper that to my delight, turned out pretty darn nice!

It comes with a lovely peter pan collar that extends all the way to the back which is so gorgeous. The three quarter sleeves have the most adorable cuffs. The pattern comes with options for a plain circle skirt, a box pleated circle skirt and straight skirt with box pleats all with cuttings lines for peplum, short and longer length skirts. With sizes from 1-2 all the way up to 10 -12, I can’t wait to sew it up for my little one as she grows older ’cause this is a pattern which would look absolutely stunning even as she grows older 🙂  Each size also comes in two fits, regular and slender.


I have since changed the buttons on the tabs to really cute round red buttons but sadly never managed to get pictures so these would have to do.

The red is a lovely jacquard with silk embroidered paisley from Jo Ann and the white with silver damask print that I used for the collar and cuffs is a quilting cotton, also from Jo Ann.


There’s my first invisible zipper 🙂


And because I had to try another, this time slightly more fitted than my first version, I sewed up a simple cotton Vivienne with some lovely eyelet fabric for the collar and cuffs and an eyelet lace trim!



I am in love with this sweet simple version and how well the flat piping emphasizes those princess seams 🙂 and I did button holes with loops which turned out okay but I think only an invisible zipper does justice to this elegant pattern.


The instructions, and the instructional videos that Marina has are outstanding, and I am going to be biased ’cause thanks to her, I find installing concealed zippers a breeze now! She offers amazing support through her Frocks and Frolics facebook group as well.

You can get the pattern here and its on sale for 30% off regular price if you purchase it by Wednesday. I’d say that is a steal!!!