The Visby Henley & Top will become your favorite wardrobe staple. Wear this long sleeve pullover by itself ona warm day, or as a base layer underneath a snuggly sweater on a cool night. The Visby comes as a classic henley, but you also have the option to add a hood or skip the buttoned placket altogether. You also have the choice to add a bottom band!
This was my first time making a placket so I did find it a bit tricky but it turned out well. I like the idea of a hood so I will have ti give this a try for a new winter hoodie.
I was stoked to be part of the testing team for the Spellbound Hack by Pattern Emporium. I am a huge fan of the Spellbound. It is an easy sew and it’s the type of dress that is flattering on all body types. This is possible because if the way the pattern is designed. Kate has included a bodice adjustment in the design allowing the bodice to be shortened and the skirt part of the dress to be lifted – meaning that the dress now flows and doesn’t get stuck on any problematic tummy areas. 🙂
Whilst in the original Spellbound the bodice and skirt are continuous with no horizontal seam at the waist, the hack has separate skirt and bodice pieces. Although this modification affects the shape of the dress slightly, the two dresses have essentially the same silhouette. The hack gives it a different look and the beauty of the hacked version is that it’s compatible with colour blocking – meaning that you can use those smaller pieces of fabric that you have in your stash…yay!!
The Spellbound Hack requires that the bodice and skirt pieces be reshaped at the waist where they will join. Don’t worry it’s surprisingly easy to do and as usual the instructions are clearly layed out and easy to follow. Kate also includes instructions on how to modify an existing Spellbound ! This is what I actually did with one of my creations. Oh and the hack also works with the Wanderlust if you wanted a sleeved version…I also created one of these. Winning!! So lets take a look at hat I came up with.
With my first hack I modified an existing Spellbound that I’d made which needed a bodice adjustment. It was a size 8 with flutter sleeves.
Next I made a Wanderlust version in which I conducted a bodice adjustment. You can see that the skirt sits a bit higher on this one. Holy Spots!! Thanks I like how it turned out.
Finally I wanted to try my hand at colour blocking and made a sleeveless Spellbound. I love loud colours and I can generally get away with wearing them. These reds went together superbly. I did have a couple of goes at getting it right though. I initially tried the short sleeved version of the Wanderlust(same as the spotty one) and I didn’t like the combination at all. The closed in sleeves seemed to make me look very boxy and short in the bodice. In an attempt to save the bodice I toyed with skirt and bodice length but finally decided that it needed more skin! So I cut another Spellbound sleeveless bodice and hacked that. I’m glad that I did. Although the solid red is a great match for the skirt it was a crepe stretch fabric and seems to be pulling a little around the side seam in this pose. I would try and use another fabric in future that was more similar to the skirt.
So with the Spellbound and Wanderlust and this hack you have everything you need for your summer wardrobe. So many sleeve, skirt length and neckline options, and as you can see form my post different fabrics create totally different looks. As always the patterns by Pattern Emporium are extremely well drafted and have very extensive and easy to follow instruction. Go check them out.
The Songbird Kimono and Cardi is a garment that will carry you through all seasons. Because it is suitable for a wide range of fabrics you can choose a flowy rayon for summer and a heavier, warmer fabric for the colder months. It is truly a trans-seasonal garment that will have you looking easy breezy chic through the warmer months and stylishly cosy in the cooler months. There are a number of different styles available from cropped to longline or a length in between, with sleeve styling options too.
Like all of Kate’s patterns The Songbird Kimono is expertly drafted and thoroughly tested on women of all shapes and sizes so the fit is excellent, the instructions are top notch and to top it off it is a quick and easy garment to sew. A versatile pattern that I would recommend
The following information has been taken from is taken from the Pattern Emporium Website
Who doesn’t like a great easy to sew leggings pattern. The Penny leggings by Sinclair Patterns are a quick and easy sew and I really liked the fit of these
Fitted classic leggings offered in below the knee (cropped) and full length, with classic or comfort (wide) waistband. Offer great comfort as they don’t have very tight fit. Can be paired almost with anything, perfect for layering. Designed to be made from knit fabric with at least two way 50% stretch. Perfect for Cotton Lycra and Athletic knits.
The Uvita Top is a relaxed, dropped-shoulder top that is designed for maximum comfort and style. The minimalist style is a blank canvas that is perfect for showcasing your interesting fabric. You can choose between the long sleeve or three-quarter sleeve, too!
eaturing: Classic cami top for woven fabrics that can easily be worn to any casual or formal setting. A staple in your wardrobe for any season. Offered in classic and fashion variations. Very beginner friendly sewing project with a professionally finished garment. Comes with a detailed tutorial with step by step instructions and photos.
You can find the Lily here. I know you will like her
Since becoming a teenager Flossy’s taste in clothes have changed, so I have quite been challenged sewing for her lately. The BOO Dolman Dress and Top by BOO Designs have solved a lot of my problems 👍
Designer: BOO Designs
Pattern: Dolman Top and Dress
Size Range: 0-14
Size Made: 12
Difficulty Level: Confident beginner
Tutorial: Excellent lots of clear instructions and diagrams.
I shortened the white stripes dress so it’s a tad shorter than Kaftan length. Next time I would contemplate altering the position of the position of the belt loops by raising them because Flossy has a short torso and long legs.
Pattern Options: This pattern comes with heaps of options as you can see below so it’s great value.
I thought I’d show you how nicely the Dolman crop top pairs with the shorts made from the BOO Phoenix Pants pattern which I tested for BOO Designs previously. I’d also forgotten how versatile this pattern is!
The next top that I made was the crop length which I have styled longer pants version of the BOO Phoenix Pants pattern. This was my second ever attempt at sewing a Vneck. Although I love how they look the way they are constructed intimidated me, but I just followed the tutorial and Voila!❤️ I will definitely be doing more Vnecks after this masterpiece.
I also made another version of the dress
I love this pattern and would definitely recommend it. The good news for me is that I fit into a girls 14 so I can use it too.
I’m beginning to like wovens. They add so much more variety to my sewing and I can pick up some great fabric at reasonable prices too.
The Stella Top is the latest release by Sinclair Patterns is designed for woven fabrics. It is designed to be fitted at the shoulders and upper bust and very loose fitted at the waist and hips, i made a US2 petite in rayon and as with all Oxana’s patterns, it fits me beautifully.
As you can see The Stella offers the ultimate flowing cut making it very comfortable to wear and easy to move around in.
The asymmetrical design makes this top elegant and cool to wear. This one is made using rayon which is the perfect fabric for a hot summer. You could also make it using a darker colour and it would become a perfect night out top. Mix and match colors for the front panels and the back to get your own unique look.
This top was easy enough to make. I did struggle with the binding mainly because I am new to working with woven fabric and also because rayon was tricky to work with. It warps a little so it is sometimes hard to line up. The next one will be much easier.
I stepped out of my comfort zone when I made Stella and I’m so glad that I did. As always the pattern was easy to assemble and sewed up perfectly.
This gorgeous waist length bolero is fitted at the bust and can be made with either 3/4 sleeves finished with cuffs, or hemmed long sleeves.i went for a more classic look long sleeved version with a hem
I made a US2 petite and it fits me beautifully and as usual the drafting was spot on. It also comes in sizes: XS-XXL (US00-US22) in REGULAR, PETITE and TALL.
I styled it with a dress but it is a versatile pattern that would work with any outfit provided you choose the right colours. It has the option to colour block but I prefer plain most of the time. It can easily be dressed up or dress down and is perfect for all occasions and all seasons.
The Bianca is beginner friendly and is a quick and easy garment to sew. The only place I stuffed up was sewing around the neckband, so just make sure you sew around the section that isn’t marked with dots. Follow the diagrams carefully and heed my warning and you’ll be fine.
Ican’t wait to make more of these boleros to go with my growing wardrobe of mw-made clothing.