Hana Tank + Dress Pattern Tester Roundup

Hana Tank + Dress Pattern Tester Roundup

One of my favorite parts of creating a new pattern is the testing phase. It’s a chance to finally see my pattern on other sewists while getting crucial feedback on the fit and instructions. While it makes me feel really vulnerable to put the pattern, flaws and all, out there for the first time to be scrutinized, by the end of the process I feel so grateful for the people that donate their time and resources to help me make the pattern the best it can be! 
Pattern Hack: Romy (Faux) Wrap Top with Elastic Waist

Pattern Hack: Romy (Faux) Wrap Top with Elastic Waist

Today’s Romy Wrap Top + Dress pattern hack tutorial has been on my todo list since the pattern launched back in May. One of the testers for this pattern (Kristine @kristinesews) made a faux wrap Romy using this technique and I knew I needed one for myself (see mine at the end of this tutorial)!
Pattern Hack: Fern Top with Puffy Sleeves

Pattern Hack: Fern Top with Puffy Sleeves

Today I’m sharing a new Fern Top hack that might just be my all time fave, inspired by one of my fave sewists to follow on Instagram, Andrea Jones!
Pattern Hack: A sleeveless Byrdie Button-up

Pattern Hack: A sleeveless Byrdie Button-up

To make the Byrdie sleeveless you’ll have to make a couple of simple pattern adjustments in addition to leaving off the sleeves.
Pattern Hack: How to make a V-neck Byrdie using the Hana Tank pattern

Pattern Hack: How to make a V-neck Byrdie using the Hana Tank pattern

While searching for inspiration for the Byrdie Button-up Blouse pattern, I came across several V-neck, button-up blouses that were so simple and elegant! I knew this would be a spring wardrobe staple and decided to make one for myself in a floaty rayon.

Byrdie Pattern Hack: Pussybow Blouse

Byrdie Pattern Hack: Pussybow Blouse

When I’m designing sewing patterns, I’m thinking of all the different ways that a pattern can be sewn by you! I love pattern hacks and I especially love when a pattern can be made over and over again with easy adjustments for new styles.
Adding In-Seam Pockets to a Dress Pattern

Adding In-Seam Pockets to a Dress Pattern

During testing for the Byrdie Button-up, several testers gently prodded me to add pockets to the pattern. While I thought it was a great idea (!) I wanted to keep the instructions as streamlined as possible. So I opted to leave them out with the promise to do a tutorial on adding them. And I finally did it! Honestly, it’s one of the easiest pattern hacks EVER!
2019 Year End Reflection

2019 Year End Reflection

If I had to choose one word to sum up 2019, it would be…I can’t pick just one!

This year has been, honestly, pretty great.

Corduroy Pinafore for Fall: A Hana Dress Pattern Hack!

Corduroy Pinafore for Fall: A Hana Dress Pattern Hack!

During testing for the Hana Tank + Dress Pattern, one of the testers suggested that the dress version of the pattern would make a great pinafore over a shirt and tights for fall. Since then, it has been on my mind to make it! 
Dawn Jeans: Rigid Denim vs. Stretch (tips for making both)

Dawn Jeans: Rigid Denim vs. Stretch (tips for making both)

I love making jeans! If you’ve been following me for the last year, you know this. Jeans always seem so daunting because of all the fancy stitching and hardware detailing, but they are actually quite straightforward. With a good pattern and the right fabric, you can make a custom-fit wardrobe staple.
High Waisted Sasha Trousers Pattern Hack

High Waisted Sasha Trousers Pattern Hack

After almost a year of sewing mostly basics, I’ve been feeling the urge to bust up outta my sewing shell and add a few fun pieces to my wardrobe. To date, I’ve made about 5 pairs of jeans and 3 or 4 pairs of leggings. so I think I got my basics covered in the pants category. It was high time I sewed up these Closetcase Patterns Sasha Trousers!
Hand-painted Animal Print on Thrifted Suede Shoes

Hand-painted Animal Print on Thrifted Suede Shoes

Animal print is SO in right now. Wait, was it ever really out? I have to be honest, I used to shy away from animal print. But these days, I’ve been embracing it in small-yet-gradually-increasing doses.