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Blankslate Patterns Leralynn Dress

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Whether you believe in global warming or not, there is no denying this summer has been insanely hot. Everyone has seen record temps and is desperately trying to stay cool. I am normally a sportswear/separates kind of gal but I just couldn’t take waistbands or even t shirts this past month.

I had made the grey linen Leralynn by Blankslate patterns and the quilting cotton wearable muslin version last year. Amazingly I did virtually nothing for alterations to the fit.

I added an inseam back belt to the black one to pull it in a bit at the waist. The grey one got some pretty embroidery at the neckline and an extra bar-tack at the neckline because of the delicateness of the fabric.  I wore these a bunch last year.

I found the yummy gingham check in a soft cotton at a local fabric shop. My pattern matching is atrocious across the front but when it’s on no one seems to notice.( Although I swear I couldn’t see the grease stain before I took pictures! Keepin it real folks!)

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The floral linen is my absolute favorite of the lot. I get tons of compliments, its crazy comfy, and doesn’t wrinkle noticeably at all.

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Overall, the Leralynn is a great beginner pattern. The split neckline is accomplished by creative seaming. You can use purchased bias to finish it  or you can go the extra mile and make matching bias tape. I did a mixture on mine.

While loose and comfortable it has just enough shape to not be like a potato sack. If you want to accentuate the waist you can use a belt. I left off the pockets because I didn’t want them bagging out or adding bulk to the hip area. There is an adorable hood option as well if you want to make one to wear to the pool or beach.

Stay cool!

Sewing Recap of Summer 2016

It was a crazy summer this year. All the boys were home and even though we had some supports it was hectic in Autismland. I typically don’t sew much anyway because the gardening takes over but this summer was even worse. That being said, I found three new tried and true sewing patterns that I made in multiples and wore constantly. Amazingly they needed almost nothing for pattern alterations, a win win for a curvy girl. All three are available as PDF’s.

 Leralynn Dress by BlankSlate Patterns

The top of the list was the Leralynn dress by Blankslate Patterns. I haven’t sew a lot from them, their childrens sizes are too small for my boys and the women’s section tends to need a lot of tweaks for me ( full arm and bust). But the Leralynn was spot on. I have to say the pictures in the listing did not thrill me but I saw some really cute denim versions on Instagram that made me decide to try it.

I wore these constantly this summer once it got blistering hot. I made it up in a grey linen and a couple of cottons. I have plans for a corduroy and heavier denim for fall. Easy sew and detailed instructions. As a curvy girl I can’t recommend this brand as a general rule but this dress is certainly worth a try for a stylish shift dress.

Parkside Skirt by SewCaroline

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I have three of these skirts that worked into my regular rotation for the summer in black, light denim, and grey linen. I originally bought it for the shorts version but I really am more of a skirt person so this version was a hit for me.

It was an easy pattern even if you don’t have any experience with pockets or waistbands. The directions are very clear and detailed. This is the first pattern I have sewn from this brand and I was very impressed.

This skirt won me over with its roomy pockets and wide non-roll waistband. The Parkside has a subtle A line shape with is very flattering. It looked great with pretty tops as well as summer tanks and tees.

I plan on sewing up a couple in wool, cotton twill, and heavier denim to wear with tights this winter.

Addison Top by Seamwork Magazine

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We all know about my Addison tank top addiction, and my Seamwork Magazine addiction in general. I did a full length post on this top alone last spring. I lost track of how many remnants from my stash I sewed up in this one this summer.

I made two versions with the intended rounded collar and then found I like it better as a plain V neck. I sewed this up with everything from linen and chambray to gingham and voiles. All of them came out wonderfully. It was a fast sew with only two facing pieces and no need to bias or trim out the arms and neck. This one will transition nicely to fall to wear under cardigans or a blazer as well. When you are looking to make something quick for a “I want something new for date night, PTA meeting, whatever….” this one fills the bill.

My memade wardrobe is filling out nicely. I am finding that basic pieces that I can customize and wear year round help tremendously. Fit issues always used to drive me nuts but with basic pieces I can fix the fit then customize each version to keep them new and stylish. I would recommend any of these patterns for a wardrobe capsule.

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