Marbella Dress Blog Tour

Dress, Pattern Testing, Skirt

strike a poseI had the opportunity to test this lovely dress pattern, called the Marbella dress, which is the debut pattern for Itch to Stitch. It is an elegant dress featuring a boat neck, princess seams and an above-knee tulip skirt.

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I spent far too long trying to pick the fabric, and after purchasing 2 other fabrics from the store ended up using a lovely bit of vintage fabric I had stashed at the bottom of the fabric pile. I absolutely love the result and think this would be perfect to wear to the Melbourne Cup 😉

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The beauty of sewing your own clothes, is that you can tailor it to fit perfectly. I am 6ft tall and most of my height is in my torso and my giraffe neck. So I added some extra height, which kind of makes it look a little drop waisted, however, this is where my waist is 😛

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This pattern features individual cup sizes too which takes out all the guess work, and the fit was perfect. The darts in the back of the dress ensure this style is flattering from all angles.

poser much?

The pattern is currently 20% off or you could win a copy from Itch to Stitch. Thanks for stopping by, please excuse my posing, I much prefer to be on the other side of the camera 😉

check out my butt ;)

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Here’s what you missed.

Wed, October 15:
Ann from The Pattern Studio by 1 Puddle Lane
Lindsay from Design by Lindsay

Thursday, October 16:
Debbie from Stitch It Now
Jaime from Jaime Johnson

Monday, October 20:
Darcy from Ginger House Designs
Stacey from All Sewn Up by Stacey

Tuesday, October 21:
Diane guest post on Itch to Stitch
Ajaire from Call Ajaire

Lil Luxe Collection Dressathon

Dress, Pattern Testing

Today I am joining in on the Lil Luxe Collection Dressathon Blog Tour, celebrating the release of three great dress patterns – the Modern Belle Dress, the Starlight City Dress and the Socialite Peplum Bubble Dress.

I go to test my favourite, the Starlight City Dress. This dress is stunning, with two sleeve lengths, a sweet collar and an amazing open back feature.

Starlight City Dress

I made the dress using a plain lilac fabric and omitted the collar, but even in its simplest form the dress is just beautiful, I am in love! It is a quick straightforward sew, that comes together beautifully. Yet it looks intricate and complicated, making you look cleverer than you really are (bonus).

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Unfortunately little miss was a reluctant to model this time, so I haven’t got many of the front of the dress. But the back is my favourite bit anyway. It gives it the wow factor, seriously check out those sweet curls 😉

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I’ll definitely be making many more, and will be sharing more pics.

Jess has designed this and three other dresses as part of her fall range, but they are perfect for all seasons. The different sleeve lengths make it ideal for the Spring weather here in Australia. She also has some other lovely patterns, I previously tested the Summer Soiree Dress which is divine.

Spring is here

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I can’t wait to sew up her other patterns, and you can too as right now she is offering  a 25% off discount, but today’s the last day so hurry over to Lil Luxe Collection and use the code word “dressathon”.

Have a look at what the other testers have whipped up. Kimmie Sew CrazyConversas de HermanasCall Ajaire, Sewing Sober,Creative Needle and Threads and How I Make Stuff

Best smile I got ;)

Pattern Testing the Alder Skirt

Pattern Testing, Skirt

Some more pattern testing, but this time it’s something for me. The womens Alder Skirt by imagine gnats. There is also a girls version that I can’t wait to make for my girls.

Given that we are heading into winter, I decide to make this skirt with a heavy weight fabric, and team it up with some tights.

I found this olive green denim at the op shop and knew it would be perfect.

love the top stitching

I much prefer to be on the other side of the camera, but have to thank hubby for letting me boss him around. Now I just have to make something for him 😉how great is that wall

Thanks to Rachael for allowing me to test this pattern. This pattern covers a large range of sizes and I found it easy to follow. The skirt came together quickly and easily and I love the top-stitching detail.

You can grab your own copy and a great range of patterns for men, women and kids here.