Constance Sweater – Pattern Test for Sew a Little Seam

The Constance Sweater by Sew a Little Seam is here and we are in LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I love it so much that I am desperately waiting for a women’s version so I can match my mini!

But here’s something else that I hope will make you want to buy the pattern – Kelly is in the process of designing the Meaningfully Made collection, the first of which is the Constance Sweater. This is both important and personal for her and I think it’s pretty amazing that she’s directing 100% of the proceeds towards the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.


The PDF pattern comes in sizes 3 months all the way up to 12 years. It has three lengths – top, tunic or dress, three sleeve (gathered or regular) lengths – short, 3/4 and long. You can choose to do a regular neckline with a neckband or a lined or unlined hood. It also includes options like the kangaroo pocket, oval and heart elbow patches, and cuffs and hem bands. It has layered sizing and a very clear photo tutorial. My favorite features from all of Kelly’s patterns are her attention to clean finishing techniques be it the HongKong seam finishes in the Linden Shorts and Skirt or the super awesome reversible Ollie Bomber jacket. Don’t you just love when PDF patterns help you better your skills?!?



For my first version, I made a tunic with a completely lined hood in hacci sweater knit fabric that I got from my Girl Charlee Knitfix last year. It is a medium to heavy weight knit with good stretch but more importantly it’s really warm, and paired with woollen tights it’s great for our the chilly weather. The ivory rib knit is from Jo Ann fabrics.

For our final version, I sized up to allow more room for layering. The pattern comes with both regular and gathered (or pleated) sleeves and I opted to do these sweet looking pleated sleeves.


oohh Im loving this tunic on her!!!

This lovely coral french terry is from LA Finch fabrics, and the liverpool knit that I used for the cuffs and binding is from Sincerely Rylee fabrics (I used it here for my Chloe skirt). This french terry is so soft and snuggly! with great stretch too so its perfect for this pattern. I got a lot of this fabric that I am saving for my Constance Sweater which hopefully is not too far off 😀


Did i mention that this pattern is unisex? Yes you can make the Constance Sweater for little dudes too!! And it’s only $4!!! Check out the listing for more inspiration, and go make a bunch of Constance sweaters, I know I am because brrr it’s cold here in pittsburgh!

Happy Sewing and Happy Holidays!!




Saumur Dress – Pattern Test for Lil Luxe Collection

Hey friends!

Have you started sewing and shopping for the holidays yet? I have a great holiday dress pattern to share with you today! It is from the Lil Luxe collection so fabulousness guaranteed!!!


The Saumur dress is a classic party dress with princess seams and puffed sleeves. What makes it stand out though is the combination of pleats and gathers in the skirt along with bow ties in the sides and the option to add piping or trim along the entire length of the dress.


The design of the Saumur dress provides so many options to play with color and trims in the bodice and skirt.

I used the same fabric for the entire dress – linen (joann fabrics)  with black piping along the princess seams and velvet trim for the side ties. The sleeves are fully lined, though there’s an option to make it unlined as well.


The colors I picked were a bit hard to photograph, but it really is a beautiful dress with pleats in the center front and back and gathering in the sides with the bow ties 🙂



Clean finish with a fully lined bodice and an invisible zipper in the back really take the dress up a notch, and I love how the heavy linen sorta puffs it up!


It is not a quick sew pattern, planning and sewing the entire dress does take up a bit of time, but its a pattern you’ll be glad you tried ’cause the result is so beautiful. I can’t wait to try more fabric and trim combinations for this dress.

The Saumur dress PDF pattern includes

  • sizes sizes 18m-10y

  • Layered sizing, so you can print only the sizes you want

  • Illustrations and pictures with an easy to understand tutorial

  • Both Imperial and metric measurement charts

  • 36″ standard pdf print file for large format printers so you can print at your local print shop (labeled PS-PATTERN)

    Happy Sewing and Happy Holidays!!!

Plaid and Boots Tour – Date Night

Happy Monday you guys!!! I am unusually excited for a Monday morning because….Today we are kicking off the Plaid and Boots Tour hosted by Laela Jeyne Patterns. The tour is going to be filled with lots of sewing inspiration for the upcoming holiday season along with styled outfits for various themes. There’s a super fun giveaway in the the end with three chances to win amazing prizes that include fabric and patterns from our very generous sponsors. I am thrilled to share that today’s blog post is being sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.

So for my date night theme,  I thought it’d be fun to create a few different outfits that would work based on the kind of date night our circumstances would allow us.


Ideally, I would love to dress up in my Plaid Talia mini dress, go out for dinner with my darling husband followed by a Sci-fi movie after. That may or not be a distinct possibility but a girl can dream right?


I used rayon plaid from Jo Ann fabrics for my dress here. It has a nice drape to it, but the grain lines drove me all kinds of crazy and the hem ended up being a bit wonky.

I have made the Talia before and my favorite feature is the neatly fitted bodice which I find quite flattering. You can read all about my love for the Talia Maxi I made here. For this version here, I made the V neck in mini-dress length with no adjustments other than reducing the length in the bodice by about 1″.

 I’m all over tassel necklaces this season and love how the emerald toned necklace pairs with the red plaid. It was quite chilly this week when we shot pictures, so I threw on my favorite black cardigan which pairs really well with the Talia dress!


This is an outfit I’d absolutely wear date night or not 🙂


The few times that we have managed to have these movie-dinner nights have been special and memorable, but they are few and far between. (Have I mentioned we have two adorable young ones?).

So every once in a while, we try to have a date night  day with the toddler in tow while the older one is at school. That means brunch and a movie on netflix/ theatre based on what the toddler will allow. And that calls for a stylish outfit right?

What’s more stylish than a well fitted tee and pants, so here I am showing off my fancy Emily tee made in gorgeous Art Gallery Knit.


The fabric is from the Curiosities collection called Firefly Jar Dark in Knit, with great stretch and recovery perfect for fitted tees like this. I have always loved blues and aquas so when I was browsing the Art Gallery Fabrics, I was immediately drawn to this pretty firefly print. 


To bring out the subtle pink in the fabric, and because blue and pink look perfect together, I added pink accessories like the drop earrings to my outfit.


I didn’t shorten the length of the Emily tee pattern like I do for most patterns ‘coz i prefer the long skinny look of this one. This is a great basic pattern with lots of options including two necklines, cowl, hoodie, elbow patches and triangular side insets, and it also comes in a mini version – the Emmy Children’s tee is a must have for the littles in your life! You can see my daughter’s Emmy tee here.


There are only so many times the husband can take off from work to go on a date with me right? lol! All this to say, one of our favorite things to do is head out together, all four of us to a drive-in movie, park, or even the mall to just chill, shop, eat, watch or play together!

Samantha swing top paired with buttery soft Taylor leggings and ankle boots is the perfect outfit for a day out with the family and also my new favorite outfit.


The fabric I used for the leggings is from the Pastel Thrift Collection and it’s called the Type-Plaid Allusion. I adore this print with it’s colors and the type-written letters. For the Samantha tunic, I used Morse Dot Blue in knit from the Imprint Collection by Katarina Roccella.


I tested the Samantha dress earlier (you can read about it here), I like how its fitted at the top and flows out into a swing silhouette. For this version, I chose to make a cozy full-sleeved tunic with a regular hemline, and extended the tunic length by 2″ so it can be worn over leggings. The Samantha swing dress/tunic comes with several options in length and sleeves including a racerback tunic/dress for the warmer months.


My favorite design feature in the Taylor leggings is the contoured waistband which not only fits neatly with no gaping but also has a flattering effect on the  waist line. The stretch and recovery of this plaid knit was perfect for the leggings.You can get this pattern free when you join the Laela Jeyne Facebook Group.

I am going to be all literal and say that my next outfit is reserved for a date with my sewing machine but honestly have you seen the other versions of the Sydney Slouchy Raglan? I have already made one before and find it perfect for cold mornings like today.


This particular Sydney is special ‘coz the fabric was sponsored by Moon Man Printing that Myrna so graciously offered to send to us. It is unfortunate that you can’t see very clearly what the front reads but it says “In the rythmn of the needle there is music for the soul”

It’s a really soft knit with great drape and perfect for a raglan like this, the blue velvety soft floral from So Sew English fabrics was about the only piece of fabric in my stash that matched with the blue on the panel and also a continuation of my new obsession with floral double brushed polyester.


I made the V-neck raglan in regular silhouette with 3/4th length relaxed style sleeves and a rounded hemline instead of my usual high-low hemline. The Sydney Slouchy Raglan includes several different options including a swing style bodice, an off-shoulder neck style, slouchy style sleeves and also a hooded cowl. I paired them with an earlier tester version of the oh-so-comfy Taylor leggings made in a denim rayon french terry from LA Finch Fabrics. Don’t forget to check out this perfect winter pattern!


Phew!! that was a lot of pictures, I hope you didn’t get tired of seeing my face!

I would love to hear which of these looks you liked best, and tell me how would you dress up for your date night/day?

Don’t forget to enter for the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY for a chance to win from three fantastic prizes from our wonderful sponsors. There’s also a special sale from Laela Jeyne Patterns for a 20% off your entire cart with the coupon code P&BTOUR20.

Tour Schedule

Monday Kaleidothoughtidle sunshineAllie J.

Tuesday Sew PinspiredSewSophieLynnThe Wholesome Mama

Wednesday Nini and AshSew and Tell ProjectSweet Red Poppy

Thursday Pear Berry LanePaisley RootsThreadbear GarmentsLace and Pine Designs

Friday Olive AshbySunflower SeamsElegantine



Happy Sewing! and Happy Holidays!

*If you buy patterns through one of my affiliate links, I get a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you and you will help support my blogging adventure. Thank you.

Taylor Leggings & Slouchy Sydney Raglan – Pattern test for Laela Jeyne Patterns

Yay for floral leggings!! I finally jumped in and am quite loving this trend!! So I am sewing for fall with florals! all the florals!


These are the Taylor Leggings*  paired with the Sydney Slouchy Raglan* both women’s PDF patterns from Laela Jeyne Patterns.


The Taylor Leggings* are well fitted leggings that can be made in 3 lengths – below knee, cropped and ankle. They also come with a full panel maternity option. The waistband is contoured rather than a regular folded waistband, providing for a flattering fit around the waist.


I have recently started hoarding florals from everywhere but especially So Sew English Fabrics from where I got this lovely floral double brushed poly. It has great stretch (over 100% horizontal) and recovery and is velvety soft to the touch. I had no trouble sewing with it either.

The Taylor leggings only have one seam along the inseam, so these come together express fast.

Here’s some more pattern information:

  • Women’s sizes XXS-3X (00-26)

  • Clearly written instructions with color photos or technical drawings

  • Included instructions on how to blend sizes and adjust length

  • Layered sizing

  • No trim pattern pages formatted for both US and A4 paper

You can get this pattern free if you join the Laela Jeyne Facebook Group. Find the coupon code to download the pattern for free in the pinned post. I would definitely recommend giving this pattern a try especially for the contoured waistband!


The Women’s Sydney Slouchy Raglan* comes with options for a regular slouchy silhouette and a swing style silhouette along with high-low hemline and a regular hemline. The pattern also includes two sleeve options, a relaxed and a slouchy sleeve, along with two neck styles –  V neck and off shoulder. There’s also the hooded cowl option.

For this version, I made a slouchy silhouette with a relaxed fit 3/4th length sleeve and high-low hemline style. I used a light weight ivory and grey french terry from Cali Fabrics. I love their fabric collection and love their shipping speed even more!




You can get the leggings free if you join the group and the Sydney Slouchy Raglan* is on sale for $ 6.50 (regualr price $9.95)

So there! I got my fall sewing started with french terry Sydney Slouchy Raglans* and floral Taylor Leggings! what are your favorite fall patterns?

*If you buy the pattern through one of my affiliate links, I get a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you and you will help support my blogging adventure. Thank you.

Waterfall Raglan Top & Dress – Pattern Test for Chalk and Notch Patterns

The Waterfall Raglan is here! yay!! But wait there’s another reason to celebrate today! Chalk and Notch is celebrating its one year anniversary which means there’s a fantastic giveaway in the end that you do not want to miss 😉 I for one am incredibly honored to have been part of this journey, I have tested all of Gabriela’s fabulous patterns –  Fishtail Kimono, Top Knot Romper and Maxi, Cascade Maxi and now the super cute Waterfall Raglan.

 I was neck deep in sewing projects when I saw the tester call for the Waterfall Raglan by Chalk and Notch Patterns. If you’ve been here before, you already know what a huge fan I am of Gabriela’s patterns, so I made sure I applied to test this lovely pattern.


The Waterfall Raglan is a relaxed knit top or dress with a gathered ruffle at the hem which gently curves upwards. It has half, 3/4th and full sleeved option along with a small pocket. It comes in sizes 12 months to 12 years and is a really quick sew. You will want to make a dozen of them!


For my short sleeved waterfall raglan top, I used this cotton jersey spandex from Girl Charlee knitfix that I got last year, and used over several projects here, herehere and here  🙂


The instructions as always with Chalk and Notch patterns are impeccable and to the point. Two neckband options are included to get a perfect fit based on your knit stretch percentage. Just pick the pattern piece that corresponds to the stretch percentage of your fabric, and thats it, your neckband will fit like a dream!

Don’t you love that sweet curved hem?


For my long-sleeved dress version, I used a thick quilted knit fabric (from Hobby Lobby) to show off the shape of this pattern. I used a stretchy cotton lycra for the neckband. I love how it stands out showing the A line and the curved ruffle at the hem.


This is our perfect holiday dress! Dress it up with some toasty woollen tights and a cap and we’re ready for a party!



Here are some more pattern features:

  • Clearly illustrated sewing tutorial

  • Clickable table of contents

  • Measurements table included in both imperial and metric units

  •  Layered sizes,  so you can choose to print only the size you need

  • Formatted for US letter and A4 paper

  • Trim and tape pattern along with  print shop copy format in both US and A0 size also in layered size options.

Recommended fabrics: Cotton Jersey, Cotton Lycra or Spandex blends, Rayon French Terry and Rayon Jersey.

The Waterfall Raglan is on sale for US $7.50 through Monday, November 14th. You can also purchase it through etsy here or through UpCraft Club here.

And now for the awesome GIVEAWAY that I am sure you would LOVE!! Don’t forget to enter below:


For more inspiration, you can check out pictures and reviews of some gorgeous waterfall raglan tops and dresses here:

Emi – Just Add Fabric | Melissa – Rebel & Malice | Brooke – Idle Sunshine | Nicky – Mix it Make it | Nelleke – gaafmachine | Sylvia – Lily & Woody | Sophie – Moineau & Petit Pois | Monica – Ma, me, mi… mo | Cassy – Pear Berry Lane | Thao – Little Cumquat | Toya – Made by Toya | Tami – Sew Sophie Lynn | Maria – Fairies, Bubbles & Co. | Indu – Kaleidothought | Julia – trendedero | Eveline – frölein tilia | Catherine – Mespetitstissus

Happy Sewing!!!