Sandbridge Skirt – Pattern Test for Hey June Handmade!

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Ever since Adrianna mentioned she was working on a denim skirt, I swear I had been checking and rechecking my email for the testing call. And when it finally came, I rushed to reply “YESSSS” never mind that it’s summer with two crazy kids around, I even had my in-laws, and my husband’s brother’s family staying over!!! Who in their right mind would agree to test? but it’s a Hey June pattern! and every single pattern test that I’ve participated in for Adrianna, has helped me level-up in my sewing skills. I have learnt so much from her patterns, and her patterns are designed and explained such that you can dive into them with blind faith, even if you think you’re in over your head. That is exactly what I did with the Sandbridge skirt.

I printed, cut and proceeded to sew reading every word of every sentence in the tutorial and what do you know I ended up with a denim skirt! with pockets! bartacks and topstitching! and a real fly with zipper! all in one attempt! So gratifying I tell you!

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Okay now that I have finished fangirling (almost) here’s some details: The Sandbridge skirt is a casual raw-hem skirt which come in two lengths, mid-thigh and just above the knee. The pattern does include instructions for a regular turned up hem as well. It includes traditional five pockets, a functional zipper fly, back yoke, and belt loops. Recommended fabrics for the Sandbridge skirt are stretch or non-stretch bottom weight fabrics such as denim, corduroy, twill, velvet, or sateen.

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For my sandbridge, I chose a medium weight non-stretch denim from JoAnns, and made a size 2 with some minor adjustments. I took out 2″ from the back yoke and waistband. Adrianna has a sew along on her blog, and it is incredibly helpful in understanding and altering the pattern to get you the perfect fit.

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I took an entire week sewing this in really short stretches because family… but it actually comes together rather quickly, and I enjoyed all the top stitching. My edge-stitching foot got used and loved a ton, seriously it is easy as pie getting uniform double top-stitched lines when you use it.

I only wish my machine could have handled sewing the belt loops but after 3 wonky attempts, I chose to leave them out and the rivets, my next one (yes there is a next one in the works) will certainly have those extras.

You have to check out all the amazing tester versions here! so good! so professional! Grab a copy of your pattern here (Not an affiliate link, I am just being helpful)

Happy Sewing!!!

 

 

SisBoom Pattern Co Upcycle Tour

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Hiya folks! I am so excited to be participating in the SisBoom Pattern Co Upcycle Tour today! The challenge was to use only repurposed or up cycled fabric to create any SisBoom Pattern Co garment. I have been repurposing fabric since I first started to sew or rather practiced sewing by cutting into my husband’s shirts since I learnt to sew from following blogs like Dana’s Made Everyday and Megan Nielson’s  maternity top DIY tutorials. Here are some hideous pictures of me (no thanks to pregnancy hormones) so you can see that I am not just making stuff up 😉

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While my regular fabric stash is nothing to boast of, my collection of to-be-upcycled shirts is pretty huge!! #hoardersanonymous? 😀

So anyway, I jumped in as soon as the tour theme was announced and shortlisted about 3 shirts out of which i picked this blue chambray meaning to embellish it with some white hand embroidery.

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Lol this picture just cracks me up!

My daughter needs some light and breezy dresses for this hot weather we’ve been having so the Maddie Top/Dress Pattern was just perfect.

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I used the back of the shirt for the front and the front with the button placket for the back of the dress.

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This pattern is so simple and adorable! Despite the simplicity of the pattern, the instructions are detailed and very well explained. I like how the steps are not rushed through, and really appreciate all the tips such as being careful when pressing the seams on the interfaced side so as not to burn the interfacing (My iron’s battle scars are proof of the number of times I have made this mistake).

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I always say this but I really wish I’d bothered to take a picture of the inside because I love how neat it looks. The attachment of the ruffle is a bit different than what I am used to but i love how clean it looks. The sleeves are fully lined and clean finished too, though there’s a quick option to finish them by bias binding.

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My original plan was to hand embroider big white flowers along the hem but when you’re trying to finish a project one day before your post is due while hosting the one thousand relatives you have at home, you have to settle for something simpler. So instead, I cut around the flowers from a crochet lace and hand sewed them to the front of the dress.

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I left the back of the dress plain but changed out the buttons from the boring ones to these pearly ones 🙂 Don’t they look cute?

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Sewing the Maddie Dress and adding all the little details to it has been the perfect excuse to get out of my sewing rut. So satisfying to transform that boring unused shirt to a darling summer dress for my little!

How is your summer sewing coming along?