Hello! I haven’t blogged as much as I would have liked this summer, but I’m so thrilled be sharing the latest Chalk and Notch pattern with you today. This pattern is effortless, chic and comfortable; all things you want in a sewing pattern, right? Gabriela has knocked it out of the park once again with the Fringe Top and Dress!
I talked a couple weeks ago about how I used to avoid wrap dresses when I shared my Highlands Wrap Dress. That’s also how I’ve felt about shirtdresses for a long time. Years, really. When the Kalle Shirt+Shirtdress was released, I initially ignored it if only because of my previous thoughts on shirtdresses for myself. However, I continued to see some gorgeous versions and decided to take a leap and try it. It had worked for me on my last few projects, so why not?
Confession: I’ve pretty much hated wrap dresses up until recently. I can’t give you a decent reason as to why I had such disdain for them, I just did. So whenever I saw them in the store, I immediately walked passed and never gave a second thought to them. However, all of my previous notions regarding wrap dresses vanished when Allie Olson released her latest pattern, the Highlands Wrap Dress. Why have I been avoiding wrap dresses for so long? They’re so flattering and comfy! More proof that sewing helps you leave your comfort zone and try new styles…and sometimes you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Things have been a bit quiet on the blog/Instagram lately due to work and life being more hectic than usual, but I’m excited to share the Molly Dress which is part of the Sew Caroline + Simple Life Pattern Company collaboration!
I’ve had so much fun having the opportunity to test a few patterns recently and this is no exception! When Gabriela posted the Tester Call on her blog, I jumped at the opportunity. There’s something so exciting about being part of a group of extremely talented ladies, all of whom have amazing sewing blogs and/or Instagram inspiration, to help test a fabulous pattern. Gabriela is incredibly encouraging and put so much work into the Farrah pattern to make it perfect!
For my birthday this year I decided to take a day off work and spend the day sewing. It was such a great decision and one I think I’m going to turn into a tradition. This day of sewing allowed me to finally cross off one of my 2017 Make Nine patterns: the Colfax Dress! This is not a dress I would typically pick up in a store, primarily because I tend to stay away from sleeveless pieces. However, I have been drawn to this pattern ever since it released and used the 2017MakeNine as the push to jump out of my comfort zone. I’m so glad I did.
I’m excited to share with you the latest pattern from Sew Caroline: the Coffee Shop Dress! This will surely be another great addition to your wardrobe and a summer staple. Why? Because it was 90° when we took these pictures back in February. FEBRUARY. There is so much wrong with that, but the Coffee Shop dress makes the heat bearable.