My Swing Dress turned Tunic S8383

I thought this pattern was so cute when it came out, specifically View D.  I’d envisioned it as a cute, casual black run around town dress for  the summer.  Seeing all of the cute versions online convinced me to take the plunge.  This really is a super easy sew even though it took me a couple of weeks with all of my starts and stops.

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Now let me call your attention to the length of the dress on the model but hey, models are tall right?  Me? not so much but I went ahead and added two inches to the length anyway just to be safe.  I made this dress as we were headed out for a weekend get away and of course I finished it just in time to pack it.  I threw it in the suitcase and was ready to go.  Imagine my surprise when I put the dress on and baby, it was not thick thigh ready, let alone safe for bending over.  I was sure I’d be arrested if a gust of wind came through.  Luckily I always overpack come prepared so I just wore something else that day.  I didn’t want to let this cutie go to waste thought so I wore it as a tunic and it works.  I do still want the dress I envisioned so I will eventually make it again but for now, I’m happy.

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Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Misses’ Knit Trapeze Dress with Neckline and Sleeve Variations

Pattern Sizing: Size 6-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It did!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were super easy and it was a very quick sew.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I loved how quickly the dress came together. I’m always short on time so I love simple sews. What I did not like is how short this dress is drafted. I’m only 5’4″ and I added two inches to the dress and it was still so short I wasn’t comfortable wearing it as a dress so I wore it as a tunic over jeans.

Fabric Used:  I used a ponte knit from fabricmartfabrics.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  The only design change I made was to omit the zipper, with the knit fabric I really didn’t need it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?:  I think I might sew it again eventually but I’d add at least 6 inches to it so that I can actually wear it as a dress.

Conclusion:  This is a quick and easy sew, great for beginners but be sure to do a length check with the tissue before cutting your fabric.

Simplicity 1506 – The Graduate

I’ve made this vest before for my older son when he too was in the fifth grade.  This is my go to vest pattern because it is simple enough but also has nice details that make it special.

Here’s my youngest son Tyler who is getting ready to go to middle school.  I knew it was coming but I have to tell you I just was not prepared.

I actually ended up being pretty sick on the day of his graduation so I didn’t take these pictures, in fact I was in bed under the covers by then but it looks like he needed no direction. 


Here’s a close up of ensemble.  

 THE REVIEW: 

Pattern Description: Husky boy’s and big and tall men’s vest pattern includes button down and zippered vest with pockets. Button down vest has adjustable back buckle. Also includes neck-tie and bow tie with back closure.

Pattern Sizing: Boys S-L Mens 1XL-5XL. I made the boys medium.  

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were great and pretty standard for a lined vest. I used a different pattern for the bow tie.  There’s a great free one here: http://seekatesew.com/bow-tie-pattern/

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that the vest is fully lined and the front is interfaced. It gave the vest a very nice finish. I also liked that they had the boys and men’s sizes in the same envelope.

Fabric Used: I used a Michael Miller cotton from Fabric.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: This pattern is sized for husky but although my son is not husky but I’ve used it before so I just made a muslin to ensure fit. I only made one minor change and used the fashion fabric to both line the vest as well as for the back of the vest.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is now my go to vest pattern so if  my boys have a need for a vest, I would surely use this pattern again.

M7573 Sew Along

I’m so intrigued by this top but I’ve had even less time to sew lately than usual.  Between the boys and their special events and requests they’ve been keeping me pretty busy.  I have a few trips and events of my own coming up and really need to get a few pieces together.  When things get really tight like this I fall back on my fail proof 15 minutes a day method to get things done.  Anyone else finding it hard to find time to sew? You want to sew along with me while I make this top?  If you want to sew along, leave a comment below with your blog address and I’ll stop on by to see how you’re doing.  Starting on Friday, I’ll post on my daily progress on my instagram @kellyhpsyd.  Let’s see just how much you really can get done in 15 minutes a day.

DIY Black and Gray Striped McCalls 6886 

Hi babes!! I have made this dress sooooo many times.  There are several neckline, length and sleeve options and I believe with this one, I’ve finally made them all.  It’s definitely my go to pattern when I need a quick dress I can complete in a few hours.  

This dress is great dressed up or worn as a casual weekend dress.  I think how easy it is to make and its versatility makes it such a popular dress in the sewing community. 

You can see my review here: 

Pattern Description: MISSES’ DRESSES: Close-fitting, pullover dresses have neckline variations, and stitched hems. E and F: neck bands.

Designed for medium-weight moderate stretch knits.

Pattern Sizing: A5(6-8-10-12-14),E5(14-16-18-20-22)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Definitely!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Super, I didn’t need them though because the dress is just that easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the style of the dress but I love the ease of putting it together.

Fabric Used: I used a Ponte knit from Fabric Mart for this version

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I pegged the hem a bit for a better fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Uhhhh Yeah! Not sure when, but this dress will sewn again and again.

Conclusion: This is a great looking and easy dress to make. It has multiple lengths and neckline options so you can make many versions of this dress and have them all look different.

And the WINNER is. . .

I had a DIY post scheduled for today but then remembered today is the day I announce the winner of the pattern giveaway.  So, with no further adieu, the winner of the Mimi G Style pattern is . . . Afton @Aftonmo  Congratulations doll, send me your address so I can mail your pattern!!!

Thanks to all who entered.  Stay tuned, I’ll be doing more giveaways soon.

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Pattern GIVEAWAY!!! Simplicity 8334 Size 8-16

I dropped in to Joann’s the other day just to pick up some buttons (yeah right LOL) and to my delight saw that Simplicity patterns were on sale which was great because I’d been dying to get 8334. 

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I had the WHOLE family with me so I wasn’t able to chill and take my time but my kids know how to pull patterns so it was pretty painless.  
One of the things I usually do is get multiples of patterns that I plan to make a lot and I can definitely see this one getting major use so I grabbed an extra pattern from the top of the cabinets just as I was leaving BUT…I GRABBED THE WRONG SIZE. RATS!  Here’s where you guys come in, rather than return the pattern, I’ve decided to give this size 8-16 pattern away on the blog to one lucky winner.  All you need to do is be sure to follow the blog, follow me on IG @kellyhpsyd and leave a comment to let me know you’ve followed.  Winner will be announced on the blog and tagged on IG (if you leave your IG name) on Friday, March 24.  

Dropped Crotch Sweats

One of the things  I love about sewing is that it gives you the ability to take risks and try things that you otherwise might not if you were paying retail.  Awhile back, I found a pair of dropped crotch pants I absolutely loved!  Sadly the fabric wasn’t that great so they started to pill. Now normally something like that would go straight to the trash but I held on to those pants  because I knew I wanted to copy them…someday. LOL 

As I’ve mentioned before I spend a lot of time in basketball gyms so I like to have comfortable options. With all of the rain we’ve been having lately, I also wanted them to be warm so instead of the drapey knit the originals were made from, I made mine from a  (relatively) thin fleece.  

Let me tell you, these were THE most comfortable pants EVAH!!!  To get the look, I traced my original pants, but if you want to give it a try, you can check out THIS free tutorial. There are some minor design differences but if you’re familiar with basic pattern drafting, you can make them your own.  I had to draft the pattern twice to get here and I’d still tweak the pattern a bit to take some of the center volume out but overall these did the job.