I am so happy it’s finally fall! It’s my favorite season. I always look forward to a visit to a local pumpkin patch. Fall is also my favorite season to sew and dress for. I’ve been busy making a lot of new garments but the weather is taking it’s time cooling down. It was nearly 80 degrees this day but I was determined to finally wear this outfit! It’s an Ellie and Mac Be Smart Jumper and a Sweetheart top from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual.
This is my second Sweetheart top. The first one I made years ago as a short sleeve, summery version. I was going to buy the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes pattern but I remembered this was similar. I was so happy to see that there was a long sleeve pattern piece included. I’m trying to limit the amount of patterns I’m buying. This top is a really great basic to add my wardrobe. I plan on making more of these. For this one, I used a burnt orange rib knit I found in the remnant section at Joanns. I know I will wear this a lot this season.
The Ellie and Mac Be Smart Jumper is a circle skirt with waistband and straps. I used a plaid knit I had left over in my stash. I didn’t have enough to cut the circle but I did have enough to create a gathered skirt by cutting two rectangles. This was a very fast sew. I’ve already made another that I’ll be sharing soon.
I love how these two pieces work together. I’ll be wearing this again with tights when the weather finally cools down. I’ll be back soon with more fall outfits!
I am ready for fall! Can you tell? I made a Violette Field Threads Amelia top out of this amazing pumpkin print bamboo spandex jersey from Natures Fabric. The Amelia is high low top, with lined bodice and optional ruffle trim. There is a cap, a short sleeve and a 3/4 ruffle sleeve.
The print and colors on this fabric are so good! Unfortunately I think they are sold out of it. My friend Hannah showed it to me and we decided to split the last 3 yards that were on the site. This was my first time using Bamboo spandex. It is so soft and lightweight. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with it at first. I have a to-make pattern list that I look over whenever I have a fabric I don’t know what to do with. I thought since it’s not heavy, it would work well with the ruffles and the gathers on this pattern.
I only had a yard and a half which wasn’t enough for this pattern. I really needed another 1/2 yard. I bought a solid navy to line the bodice with. I also wanted a longer sleeve but this was as long as I could fit.
This pattern was pretty quick to make up. The bottom edge of the ruffle is left raw but gathering the ruffles and the skirt was the most time consuming part.
This top is really fun to wear. I just want to twirl and swish around the ruffles! It’s perfect over leggings and could be worn over skinny jeans, too. I’ll end up throwing a cardigan over it when it finally starts to get cold (It was 90 degrees when I took these photos). I really love this style and definitely see myself making more!
I have been seeing so many Wiksten Shifts on my Instagram feed since this pattern was released. I was really excited when I was asked to teach a class on this pattern next month so I was finally able to make one up!
The fabric: I couldn’t resist this mustard washed cotton from Oh Sew Shop. It’s a medium weight, has a nice bit of texture and I love the white printed wildflowers on it.
I made the short, short sleeve version of the dress with tie belt. There’s also a three quarter sleeve option, a longer version with a slit and a top. I am hoping to also make the top soon. I made the smallest size, with no fit adjustments other than hemming it an inch or two shorter.
It was a fairly quick and enjoyable sew. It’s also an easy dress to throw on! It’s perfect for these last days of summer but I know I’ll layer it up come fall.
The Sew Over It Libby shirt pattern has definitely been on my radar for a while. I’ve been seeing so many beautiful versions popping up on my Instagram feed. Sew Over It was having a summer sale a few weeks ago so I finally caved and bought this pattern! Libby is a button down shirt with a boxy fit and a notched collar. There are two hem lengths- I went with the longer of the two. I love the grown on sleeves (no setting in!) and there is also a sleeve cuff which I thought was a nice design feature. As far as fit, I cut a straight size 8 and am happy with it. Because it is boxy and I used a fabric with a lot of drape, it’s an easy pattern to fit.
I had bought this Figo rayon when I bought the pink rayon for my Bonnie blouse because I loved it so much. The blue is such a gorgeous color and it pairs wonderfully with the yellow gold flowers. This is a great pattern for larger prints because there are no darts or seams running through the main bodice pieces.
Libby was easy to sew except for the collar. I don’t sew collar stands or notched collars very often so it took me a little while to wrap my head around what I was supposed to do. Marking your notches and dots on your pattern definitely helps (I had to go back in and darken some of my marks) but I had to really zoom in on the instruction photos to figure it out. I kind of just went for it and it started to make sense/ come together.
I think Libby is a great basic blouse. I would love to make another in a sold color. I think I’ve said this before but I really need to more solids in my wardrobe! I don’t have too many things to pair this top with but I did really like it with these RTW white jeans.
Of course I have to mention these flowers! This a nearby farm and their flower field in the summer is one of my favorite photo spots. I just made it there this week (where has the summer gone?!) and am hoping to make at least one more trip this year. I planned to take photos with the sunflowers but they had just cut them down. Fortunately I was able to buy a bouquet of them. They are huge!
Have you made the Libby shirt pattern?
Hello! I am sharing my Vogue beach coverup today. I wanted this Vogue pattern since last year. I almost bought it at a local shop but I realized at the register I grabbed the wrong size range and it was the last one in stock. A few months ago Joann’s was having a sale on Vogue patterns and I remembered to get this one! This pattern has three pieces- shorts, halter bra and coverup. I knew I wanted to make the cover up ASAP. I don’t really have any coverups for the beach so I made sure to sew this before our trip to Cape May.
I bought this embroidered cotton fabric with border from Joann’s. I think it’s so beautiful! I had originally planned to make a blouse with it but I realized it would work very well for this pattern. I was a little short on fabric so I took a little bit of width out of the main pieces and I believe the sleeves are a little shorter, too. I cut my two main pieces on the border. (bonus- I didn’t have to hem!)
This was fairly quick to sew and I definitely can see myself making one again. It was so comfortable to wear in the heat and I love the fit/style. I’m curious about the shorts and halter bra, too but I’m not sure if I’ll get around to making them anytime soon. I am in fall mode right now and can’t help but plan for cooler temps. I’m starting with some pieces that can be worn in the heat but easily transitioned next season. Hopefully I’ll be back next week with one of those garments!
Hello! I am sharing my Ellie and Mac South Shore romper today. My friend Hannah bought this pattern and I thought it looked like such a cute, comfy garment to wear in the summer. I made it with that Robert Kaufman cotton jersey knit I shared a few posts back. I made sure to finish it before our trip down to Cape May, New Jersey. It was the perfect thing to wear shopping around this beach town, then out to dinner!
This pattern has a few variations but I stuck to the short sleeve option with the shorts. I graded this pattern out to a larger size for the waist and shorts. I’m happy with the fit but I could probably make the top a little bigger next time.
It was a quick sew and I definitely see myself wearing it a bunch this summer. Also, how cute is this flower stand we found while we were walking around? I had to get a little bouquet!
Hello! I just wanted to share that I have a new post on the Minerva Crafts blog. You can read all about this New Look 6446 jumpsuit in Lady McElroy fabric here!
Hello! I am so excited to share the newest pattern from Sew Over It! It’s the Bonnie blouse or dress. Bonnie has a 1940’s style feel complete with collar, hidden button placket, short sleeves with cuff, waistband and optional pleats. I really love this blouse. It has so many special details and unlike anything I already have.
The fabric I used is a peachy pink rayon by Figo fabrics. I saw it in a local shop and knew instantly it would be perfect for this blouse! I didn’t want a print that was too big because I worried it would be cut off weird with the pleats. Light weight fabrics like rayon or chiffon are recommended for this pattern.
I have to say that this blouse took a good amount of time to make and was one of the more complex garments I’ve sewn. I definitely do not recommend it to beginner sewists. There’s a lot of techniques in here and combine it with a slippery fabric… not the easiest! The non pleated bodice might be a better place to start if you are worried! It’s a great pattern for trying out some new skills, though. This was my first time sewing a hidden button placket. I admit I got a little frustrated starting out but it came together. With this pattern, make sure you mark all you notches and trace all the fold and stitch lines for the pleats. I think marking the fold and the stitch lines in two different colors would be very helpful. I had to keep referencing the pattern piece to make sure I wasn’t getting mixed up!
I made the size 8. I am pretty happy with the fit. I think it could be sized down a little but I honestly wasn’t sure where to begin (the pattern piece for the front bodice is the funniest looking pattern piece!) I really don’t mind it, though especially since this fabric has a nice drape.
I wish I had more bottoms to pair with it. I styled it with two different shorts for these photos. I had extra fabric so I whipped up a pair of matching shorts. I really need more solid midi skirts in my wardrobe. They are so easy to sew and wouldn’t take long to make but I never seem to buy the fabric. Definitely going to add that to my sewing list so I can get more wear out of this blouse!
I think Bonnie is a fantastic pattern and I absolutely plan to make another one day. What do you think? Will you make a Bonnie?
I made a gingham No 8 Svaneke set from How to Do Fashion for my most recent Minerva Crafts Blogger post. You can read all about it here!
I LOVE this dress! When I saw the Tinsley dress by Violette Field Threads, I immediately purchased it. The Tinsley is a button front dress with sleeveless, short or flutter sleeve options, as well as 3 different lengths and 2 pocket options. I made mine with the flutter sleeve, knee and tie pocket. The dress style is so cute and I love how you can customize it. This is the second pattern I have made from Violette Field Threads. I discovered them in my local Joanns years ago. I bought and made a Piper dress. I also recently purchased the Amelia Top but haven’t had a chance to make it yet.
I’m so happy with the fit. I graded the pattern, making the waist a size larger that the bust and it worked beautifully. The bodice is fully lined which I like. I prefer linings instead of facings.
I never sewed pockets like these before. The pattern pieces look like bunny ears to me! The pockets are supposed to be fully lined but I didn’t have enough fabric and didn’t want to use a contrasting fabric. I managed to cut out the top portion of the pocket (The “ears and about an 1” under) to line with and it worked great! I just serged the bottom edge of the lining so it’s not raw.
The fabric is from A Beautiful Mess’s fabric line that I purchased from Fabric.com. The whole line of cottons is amazing but I immediately knew I had to get one of these floral fabrics. It comes in three different color ways and I had a hard time choosing. I ultimately went with this green with pops of pink and yellow. I am tempted to get the yellow color way too, though! I don’t love making garments with quilting weight cottons but the quality is really nice and I think it worked perfectly with this pattern. I had a hard time to deciding on buttons. I came across these pink buttons at a local shop but they didn’t have enough of the larger size so I bought a slighter smaller version for the bodice. I think it worked fine and it’s hardly even noticeable.
This is such a happy, summery dress and I will be wearing it a bunch this summer!