Sunday, May 29, 2016

Thread Faction SS2016 Blog Tour

I am so excited to be participating in the Thread Faction SS2016 blog tour! I am sharing my take on Pattern #108 - a dolman sleeve knit dress or peplum top with a half circle skirt. It is one of seven patterns in a new spring/summer collection from Thread Faction Studio. The collection is full of great knit basics for the upcoming months.

The dress is designed with simple lines and was fun and easy to sew. It is perfect for beginners. The pattern comes in sizes 2-10 and there are great instructions for altering the fit as needed. My sister is tall for her age, so I sewed a size 3 width with size 4 length in the bodice and the fit is perfect! I also lengthened the skirt to make it more of a maxi length. As a result it has a great twirl factor! 

I love the simple neckline and dolman sleeves. The sleeves are built right into the bodice pattern making this dress quick and easy to sew together! There are only a few pattern pieces, so it is very simple to tape together and cut out. 

I used a cotton jersey from my fabric stash. It is mid-weight and very stable. Liz recommends knit with at least 25% stretch for this pattern. This fabric was perfect - something I've had in my stash for the last few years. 

It was simple to hack this into a maxi length. All I did was trace the pattern as is and then added length from the hem. 

Miss V loves her new dress and couldn't wait for me to finish it! The pattern instructions were very detailed and after cutting I only spent a couple hours sewing.

The dress has simple, clean lines which I love. The simple lines allow lots of opportunity for making the dress your own. It is a great design for a 3 year old on the move. I know I will be making more of these dresses (and the peplum top version) for my sister this summer. This was my first experience with a Thread Faction pattern and I was very impressed!

Liz is offering a giveaway of a pattern of your choice! You can enter to win using the rafflecopter!

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Also head over to Liz's blog for an amazing giveaway! There are some great prizes from the sponsors below.

Make sure you check out all the other wonderful bloggers on the tour! I have loved seeing all the different variations of the collection so far. 

Thanks so much for having me, Liz!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Me-Made May 2016


It's that time of the year again - Me-Made May! Here is my pledge: "I, Elizabeth of The College Seamstress ( and @thecollegeseamstress on Instagram), sign up as a participant of Me-Made May '16. I endeavor to wear at least one me made item each day for the duration of May 2016. I also endeavor to finish my UFOs by the end of the month; I will also sew something new for myself and get back into the habit of sewing. I've been slacking in that area! I will share pictures on Instagram." 

Since my job requires a uniform of scrub tops/pants the "one me made item each day" applies to when I'm not at work. Also, I may not share pictures every day as in the past it has been exhausting to take a picture of my outfit every day of the month. I am determined to get back to sewing more often. It has been hard with my full time job. It's not that I don't have time, but I just make excuses. This post about finding your sew-jo sums it up perfectly. 

Are you participating in Me-Made May this year? 


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to my blog readers! I have missed this little spot and decided it was time to come back. I hope you all had a very nice and blessed Easter. We had a nice Easter - just our family but it was relaxing. The weather was not the warmest but the snow held off and we were able to have an egg hunt outside.

I did not get around to making new Easter dresses for all the girls - I did make my littlest sister's dress. I wore my graduation dress from last year and Miss K wore a new RTW skirt.

For Miss V's dress, I went with the TNT Sally Dress pattern. I have made this pattern quite a few times for her and I love the style. It is simple and fairly quick to sew and a great dress for a little girl. I made V's Easter dress last year from the same pattern.

Compared to last year, Miss V is much bigger and so I made a size 3T. I wanted the dress to fit her for awhile, so I measured the length from her waist - this was a mistake however because the bodice seam starts near the chest not the waist! This just goes to show anyone can make a mistake even on a pattern you've made several times.

The dress would've come to above her knees had I left the length. I was able to fix it by cutting a band to add to the bottom and I covered up the seam with rickrack. It looks great and the white rickrack really adds some nice detail to the skirt!

The fabric is some rayon challis from my stash and it's not pink, but Miss V agreed to it right away! I think it looks lovely on her. It was not lovely to cut and sew though. The fabric slipped while cutting making it difficult to cut a straight line. Once I sewed the bodice together the sewing went much smoother. 

Although she may not look happy in these pictures, she really likes her dress! She was tired, but I am glad she enjoys wearing things I make for her - she can be a very picky 3 year old sometimes. 


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Novelista Shirt

Hello! Although it has been quiet here on the blog, I have been sewing! Today I have the Novelista Shirt sewn in plaid flannel. If you remember my fall sewing list, I had wanted to make a plaid flannel shirt, but better late than never, right?

I actually sewed this in December and only recently had the opportunity to take pictures. It is very comfortable and I have been wearing it a lot. It is the perfect shirt for this cold Minnesota winter weather!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Happy New Year!!

Happy 2016 to all my readers!! After a somewhat unplanned break from blogging, I am back and ready for the new year.

My favorite sewing accomplishments from 2015: 

1) The Felicity Dress

This dress is one of my favorites I have ever made. I love the gathered bodice and the pockets. It was somewhat of a challenge to sew because the rayon kept shifting around as I cut it out. I was also on a time crunch but I was able to finish it in time to wear it for graduation and my pinning ceremony.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Diamond Dress

Hi everyone! I finally have a new sewing project to share with you. I have been busy with work and although I have been sewing I haven't found time to blog until now. This is the Diamond Dress from Shwin Designs. It was part of the newest Pattern Anthology bundle. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Marigold Dress

Meet my newest dress - the Marigold! The first item to cross off my fall sewing plans list. I am part of the Blank Slate Patterns facebook group and there was a sew along for the Marigold over these past couple of weeks. It was the perfect motivation to finally sew this dress.