Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Some women's pattern reviews...

If you haven't noticed, I'm super comfortable in front of the camera. My tips for terrible blogpost pictures are:
  1. Take the pictures five minutes before you need to leave the house for dinner with friends.
  2. Don't wear makeup or pay attention to your hair. It's about the clothes, right?
  3. Make sure your children and dog are running back and forth between you and the camera.
  4. Hyperextend and do weird things with your legs and feet in half the shots.
  5. I don't know what to do with my hands?!
  6. Facial grimaces. If it doesn't look like you've had a stroke, try again.
Thankfully, willing husband took lots of pictures at my prompting ("Take lots! Just take lots!"), so there were enough half decent pictures to make a blog post.
Well, I suppose I'll just have to make more clothes for myself so I get more practice.
(Reviews down below.)


(Look at that, I remembered to suck the food baby in.)

Pattern: Brassie Joggers by GreenStyle Creations

Sizing: These are an XL with the mid-rise option. It's what my measurements said I should sew and the fit was spot on. Although I think I'll narrow the calves next time I sew them in something lightweight.

Material used: Gray ponte de roma from Urban Sew (currently sold out) and black ribbed knit from Joann's. This ponte is really nice stuff. It doesn't pill in the wash (and I dry it in the dryer), although it pills a little with friction.

Notions needed: 1" elastic and drawstring for waistband.

Appropriately rated: Yes. Even what stitches to use at each step are described.

Time spent: Fast!

Modifications: I added an extra inch to the rise because I have a very long waist/butt. And I banded the pockets differently than suggested.

Comments: I love these! They are so very comfy and I will definitely be making more. Although I still wouldn't wear these in public beyond dropping Stella off at school. I still feel awkward wearing activewear out and about unless I'm actually planning on getting sweaty.

This was my first GreenStyle pattern and I really liked it. I would certainly buy more and the size range is great. I actually won this in the "Sew Yourself Some Love" Challenge (I was randomly selected for the grand prize, woo hoo!). I'd been eyeing it for awhile, so I was pretty excited to win it. I'd like to try their Sundance Jacket next.

Way too lazy to hem it, but I like the way it curls.

Pattern: Union St. Tee by Hey June Handmade

Sizing: Large. I just measured one of my favorite tees and went off that.

Material used: Kaufman Laguna cotton/spandex knit charcoal (similar here) and "cherry" for the colorblocked version and ITY for the abstract print (sold out). All from The Kaufman Laguna jersey was great to work with and has held up well. The ITY was horrible to work with, but is really nice to wear and has washed well. sent me only 1 yard out of the 2 I ordered (always check your yardage!) and then when I called about it, they were sold out so they let me keep the yard and refunded my money. So not counting the pattern and thread, the shirt was free!

Notions needed: Thread.

Appropriately rated: Yes. The V-neck isn't easy, but otherwise very straightforward. I would not recommend making it with ITY or another slinky knit as a beginner.

Time spent: Fast. Although the ITY version sat on my ironing board for ages waiting to be finished.

Modifications: I colorblocked the back of the jersey version because I didn't have enough of the charcoal jersey :)

Comments: These shirts are in constant rotation. They have just the right amount of ease to be comfy, and hopefully, flattering!

I also did not take the time to hem this one.


Pattern: Lane Raglan (updated version) by Hey June Handmade. I previously blogged about the original Lane Raglan here.

Sizing: Large with full bust, front piece graded to an XL over the belly and hips. The updated version fits me better than the original.

Material used: Lightweight cotton/poly/rayon jersey stripe and navy ponte from Girl Charlee. The stripe has washed nicely and has just the right amount of drape, but the ponte is pretty terrible and it doesn't look like they sell it anymore.

Notions needed: Thread.

Appropriately rated: Yes. Very straightforward and easy.

Time spent: Fast. I could have matched the stripes at the side seams if I'd spent a little more time.

Modifications: None.

Comments: I absolutely love this shirt. It has just the right amount of drape and I've even been asked if it's a LuLaRoe.

Happy sewing!