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Senna Dress

My extended family had plans to take photos with a color scheme of reds, pinks, purples, and blues.  Of course I didn’t have anything to wear so I looked through, Indie Sew, my go-to pattern shop, and found the Senna Dress.  I read the one review and was sold!senna-dress

I was worried about what kind of material to use which is why I had hesitated so much prior to going for it this time.  I liked that I had some Art Gallery Fabric knit, which is what Priscilla used, on hand and that the solid was just a plain jersey.

I went to Joann with my fabric in hand to find the perfect shade of solid pink knit.  I couldn’t find what I was looking for.  The only color I could find to match was white.  I DID NOT want to wear white.  I wanted a pink or purple, even a blue would have been fine.  Luckily there is a Hobby Lobby across the way from Joann that sells fabric.  And luckily they had THE EXACT color I was looking for!
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I just LOVE the scrunchiness of the skirt!

I got home, put the fabric in the wash, and started taping and cutting out my pattern.  As soon as the pink was washed and dried, you bet I had everything all cut out and ready for sewing.
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The neckband was sewn on different than I was used to but it worked well.  I just love how the neckband pops off the shirt.

Basically, you sew a skirt and a top and then attach them together and you have a dress.  The sleeve is super easy as it is part of the top and you just hem to finish.  I opted for the scoop neck finish for the front, although, as the dress will fit both ways, I can always have the crew in the front and the scoop in the back.
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I don’t have any of the official family photos that were taken but here is one of me and my hubby.
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I didn’t hem the bottom but you can’t really tell since I just folded it under.  The dress is very comfortable and bright, thanks to my choice of colors.  The pattern was written well and the pieces came together very quickly.  There is also an option for the dress to be a two piece with the top being a crop top.

Primrose Peplum by Sew Caroline

Earlier this month (Feb 2017 – since I’ve been posting makes from a few years back), Caroline from Sew Caroline put out a call for testers for her new pattern. I follow her on Instagram and saw her working on this pattern in the Fall and thought it looked super cute. So when she put a call out for testers, I just had to get in on that!

Before I start into the pictures I want to state that I don’t normally wear blouses/tops like this.  My everyday, most comfortable wear is a knit shirt and loose shorts or leggings.  I don’t like to dress up much, in fact this top is dressy to me.  With that disclaimer I want to say that this pattern has made me want to wear dressier clothes a little more often.  THAT is how easy and how well written this pattern is!

This is my wearable muslin made of a dobby cotton from the now closed Hancock Fabrics.  This is the circle skirt with a hemmed short sleeve. Well, you may be able to see that it’s not actually hemmed, but that’s what this version will be once I finish the hemming.  I was mainly using it for fit purposes.
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After finishing the one for fitting, I cut into this crepe that I got from Joann’s.  This time I cut flare sleeves and the gathered skirt.  This was right after I finished hemming the sleeves and skirt.  It is a bit tight so the next time I make one I’ll have to grade between sizes in the waist area.
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The easiest place for me to take pictures in a jiffy is the mirror in the bathroom, so please excuse the toilet paper, etc.  It was late and I was playing around seeing what pictures I could take to show off the fit.
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I had a friend take some photos for me the next day so you can see the top in all its glory.
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I just absolutely LOVE that flare sleeve!

A little goofing off!
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This was my first time sewing with darts.  I was a little intimidated but Caroline’s instructions make it simple and easy, no fuss.  These are the front darts.
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The back darts with Caroline’s simple yet effective “invisible zipper” insertion.  You don’t have to use an invisible zipper in order to obtain this look, which is super helpful as I probably would’ve taken a lot longer to sew this top.  ps…look at those gathers!  I love them!
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This top was made with the tester pieces and have since been updated so it may look slightly different than the final release.

Go now and get the Primrose Peplum pattern!  You’ll thank yourself after you’ve made a few and have a wardrobe ready for work, or fun, or play!  The pattern is on sale through February 19, no code necessary!

Don’t forget to check out the other testers and the awesomeness that they created with this one pattern!  You can find them at Sew Caroline’s blog.

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I made these shorts for myself sometime in 2015.  I think this was the first garment I had made for myself.  I remember thinking that these pieces were just too big.
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See what I mean?
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They are actually a bit too big.  This is the relaxed pair.  There is a pattern for a slim fit so I’m going to try making those sometime soon to compare.  I thought that I would like the relaxed fit better but I’m not so sure.

They fit well enough to stay on.  They’re just too big around my butt and legs.  And they’re too long.  Haha.  I’ve learned a little since I made these about how to adjust for my measurements so hopefully the next pair won’t be so funny fitting..and looking.  But Kerokerokeroppi!!!  The best!!

The pattern is called Cochella Shorts by Striped Swallow Designs.  I purchased this pattern from Indiesew.

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