I purchased Issue 3 of Lisa Comfort magazine when it came out last year because I knew I wanted to make the Lottie dress that came with it! I finally got around to it! It’s a simple button front dress with a bias bound top/ straps. I used a cotton Rifle Paper Co fabric I’ve had in my stash and I’ve been wanting to use. I also used some buttons I picked up on my recent trip to the garment district in New York.
This would have been a pretty quick make but I had some fit issues. I graded the pattern down a size but when I tried it on after sewing on the bias tape, it was so large at the top in the front. It was completely unwearable. The easiest thing to do was to undo the bias tape on the front pieces and to add more gathers. It worked!
There’s an optional tie sash included in the pattern. I didn’t make it because I really liked how this vintage belt looks with the dress but I have plenty of fabric left over if I decide I want to make it in the future.
I haven’t decided if I’d make this pattern again. I like the style and I like how few pattern pieces there are/ how this can be a pretty quick make. It’s not the most comfortable dress for me because the straps are set a little wide for my shoulders. I think if I were to make it again, I would have to figure out how to make them more comfortable and set in more so they don’t feel like they are going to fall down.
Overall, I like how this dress turned out and I am excited to wear it on vacation next month!
This is my second Simplicity 8294. My first one is the version with the gathered skirt and cap sleeve. For this dress, I made the pleated skirt with the arm band. I knew I wanted to eventually make another one of these after my first. I love the collar and the buttons with the tabs is such a cute detail. When I saw this fabric from the new Rifle Paper Co collection, I had to have it! It comes in a navy color way but I just love the mint and how the colors in the print pop against it. I had a quick look through my patterns before ordering and knew this was a good choice! It works great with quilting weight cottons. Plus, I wanted something I made before and liked so I would feel confident cutting into this beautiful fabric!
I thought the blue chambray would be a nice compliment to the colors in this fabric and a nice change from just using white like my last one. I picked this up at Joanns and just used white buttons that I had in my stash. I used a regular zipper on the side as the pattern calls for. I do kind of wish I just used an invisible one, though! I find them easier to put in. I hardly ever insert regular zippers so they just don’t turn out exactly how I’d like them to. I basted it in first but I feel like it’s pulling/warping a little bit. It’s probably one of those things that’s only really noticeable to me. I don’t think I’ll bother trying to fix it but definitely making a note to use an invisible zip next time.
As far as fit, I made this before so I was pretty confident in making the same size as last time. It is a tiny bit more snug in the waist than I would like, though. So I may take a little bit out of the seam allowance on the side without the zipper. I also noticed that it’s a little tight around the arms, too. I made the cap sleeve version last time and didn’t have that issue. I have more of this fabric so I may eventually swap it out for the sleeve or make the arm a little bigger and sew in a longer arm band.
Mint and red is one of my favorite color combos so I love how it looks with my red flats on!
Overall I really love this dress, though. I see myself wearing it a lot this spring and summer. Don’t be surprised if you see me make another one of these!
Hello! I wanted to share my latest make on here. If you follow me on Instagram then you might know that I’ve been battling bronchitis over the past 4 or 5 days. It’s been rough! (especially since I just want to sew!) I have so many projects in the works. It’s definitely going to be a busy summer once I’m feeling better.
Anyway, back to the kimono! This pattern is the first Sew Over It pattern I’ve tried and I already have 4 more (they were having a sale…). It was a very quick make. I cut it out one night and was able to sew it up after dinner another. It’s only four pattern pieces! If you’re looking for a satisfying make you can knock out in a couple hours I definitely recommend this! It comes in two different lengths and I went with the shorter one. The fabric I used is Rifle Paper Co rayon. A local fabric store was having a half off sale and was so happy I remembered I ordered this pattern when I was there! I think they work perfectly together.
As far as fit goes, I made the smallest size and I think it’s just fine. It’s loose fitting so there’s not much to fit as far as adjustments. I’m so happy with this kimono jacket. It’s easy to just throw on to make an outfit a bit more exciting, and it’s lightweight enough to wear in the summer to keep my shoulders protected from the sun. I definitely want to make another one. Maybe I’ll try the long version next time!
Hello! I’ve made three pairs of shorts over the past month or so. I thought I’d do a little series of them on here over the next week with pattern reviews. We finally had a few warm days so I was able to wear them and photograph them. Unfortunately its back to being cold again.
Pattern: Seamwork Weston shorts
Were they easy to make? Yes!
Pattern Adjustments? I made no adjustments.
Fit? I made the size 0 and the fit is perfect for me.
Fabric choice? I used Cotton and Steel X Rifle Paper Co Herb Garden Canvas (which appears to be sold out now). I am thrilled with my choice! The canvas wasn’t as heavy as I thought it was going to be. It’s so comfortable to wear and was very easy to work with.
Anything to watch out for? Zipper placement. The instructions and illustrations could have been more helpful. I’m honestly not sure if I did it correctly but it works, so thats good enough for me.
Would you make it again? Yes! It’s a great basic high waisted shorts pattern.
Hello! I didn’t mean to go so long without a post. I’ve been busy sewing but it’s hard to photograph spring/ summer clothes with a foot of snow outside. It’s finally starting to feel a little bit like spring so I headed outside yesterday. I made this Nina Lee Bloomsbury blouse and was happy to finally wear it! I must have made this at least a month ago but I remember it coming together easily.
I bought the pdf file and printed it at home. I opted for the thicker ruffle and decided to forgo the neck and sleeve ruffle. I had an old kit to do fabric covered buttons and I’m so glad I used it! I was one short so I used an old blue covered button I had in my stash for the top closure. The fabric is Cotton and Steel X Rifle Paper Co and it’s so pretty! I knew I had to use it for this blouse when I spotted it at a local fabric shop.
I made the smallest size and am happy with the fit. I’m just not thrilled about the gaping hole in the upper back. You can see it above. I might add another button or some kind of closure there. I hope to make this again! I saw a sleeveless version and a dress version online so I’m thinking maybe a sleeveless dress for summer?! This was my first Nina Lee pattern and I’m sure I’ll be getting another. Perhaps the Kew dress that’s so popular!
It’s no secret that I love Rifle Paper Co! I can’t get enough. I received an email a few days ago about the new fabric collection and I’ve been trying to decide what to get ever since! I have a rayon and a cotton from previous collections that I just adore. It’s on preorder right now and will be shipping in early April. The collection includes cotton, cotton lawn, canvas and rayon. It ranges from $11- $18 a yard. I picked my favorites but you can view the full collection here.
Clockwise from top left: Herb Garden (Natural) Canvas, Explorer (Hunter) Cotton, Waves (Coral) Cotton, Lively Floral (Mint) Rayon, Happy Stripe (Cream) Cotton Lawn, and Herb Garden (Mint) Cotton.
I can picture so many happy spring/ summer clothes in these fabrics. What do you think? Will you be ordering any of the Rifle Paper Co fabric?