the SENNA dress

Hey all! I'm back at the machine. Life has been busy with the start of school around here. I've also been in a sewing funk. I have lots to do but for some reason haven't been getting behind the machine. With Autumn coming though I have lots of projects on my mind and hopefully will start to get my rear in gear. 

I was able to test Lindsay Woodward's first pattern and it was a great project to get me back at the machine.

Here is my review:

Pattern: Senna Dress Versatile, comfortable, and modern, Senna can be made as either a dress or a cute crop top + pencil skirt combo. Designed for knit fabric, Senna features a loose kimono-sleeve bodice with blouson waistline and a ruched pencil skirt. The neckline comes with crew neck and scoop neck options.
Suitable for confident beginners, this project can easily be completed in one afternoon.
Size Cut: I cut a 4 for the top and 6 for the bottom/skirt and made view A.
Textile Used: I used some gray knit fabric from my stash. You can find this on the bolt at JoAnn stores. This was probably not the best choice for this pattern. It sewed up fine but just looks so casual for this kind of dress pattern. I styled it with sneaker boots, or as my husband likes to refer to them as moon boots/Napoleon's boots... anyway I like this dress styled with these boots and a bold lip and earring. As the weather cools I'll add some opaque tights. Anyway moving on...
The Good: This dress sews up quickly. I know I say that all the time but this one really does. It also has a unique silhouette which I don't feel I've seen as much. You can also sew separates, a crop top and pencil, so you get quite a few options in one pattern. 
The Bad: I don't like the textile I used... but you live and learn. 
Changes Made: None. I sewed this exactly as stated since I was testing the pattern. 
Changes for Next Time: The pattern has a pegged skirt, which I typically like, but next time I'd just cut the bottom of the skirt straight and not peg it. The skirt portion of the pattern has quite a bit of negative ease so I don't think removing the peg will change the silhouette too much.
Conclusion: This is a sexy and wearable pattern with lots of options.

Tank and Boxer Set

I sewed something for a boy! I have never sewn clothing for my boy. I've bought patterns and fabric but have yet to sew up a shirt or pair of pants. 

I tested this pattern for Jocole. It will be released as part of the the Boy's Bundle Up Sale that launches this Friday August 22nd.

Pattern: Tank and Boxer Set
Size Cut: I cut the 2T.
Textile Used: I continued stash busting and upcycling with this project. The knit for the tank is a lightweight jersey made from scraps from Jocole's mama. Jodi (head of Jocole) is my cousin and her mom gave me some scraps when I was visiting one time. The shorts were cut from a pair of shorts of my husband's that had holes in irreparable places.
The Good: These sew up so quickly. I liked the length of the tank very much and love my boys little muscles. The shorts sewed up quickly too.
The Bad: I made a test version so these shorts were really big in the legs at first but that problem has been fixed. Yay for testing!
Changes Made: I chose not to sew the fly front on the shorts since our little guy is still in diapers and won't be able to coordinate such a clothing detail for some time.
Changes for Next Time: None. These are just great as they are.
Conclusion: A great boy pattern to be used for pj's or casual wear.

Roo Romper

Sorry I've been a little MIA lately. I've been painting, making jewelry, testing patterns, and trying to figure out the school situation with my oldest. I'm getting back behind the machine again and churning out some cute things. Also, I'm trying REALLY hard to only use up my stash. I decided it was a bit ridiculous having so much fabric on hand for "someday" projects. I want to start working through them. Anyway here is a recent romper I tested for Too Sweets Patterns.

Pattern: Roo Romper
Size Cut: I cut the 5T.
Textile Used: I used a lightweight knit cut from a maxi dress I no longer wear. For the binding and straps I used scraps of leopard sweater knit I had on hand... See stash busting.
The Good: My daughter says this is super comfy and she likes wearing it all day.
The Bad: I had a rough time with the straps. Another tester used cotton and I think that was genius but I didn't have any that coordinated as well as the leopard.
Changes Made: None this time.
Changes for Next Time: I think I'm going to unpick the leg hems and add a band out of more leopard. I was thinking of adding a leg band for a more tapered finish and then my daughter requested that it have some leopard at the bottom like the top so we'll do that soon.
Conclusion: Cute and comfy. Win!

Duffel Bag

I dream of traveling. Someday that's all I want to do... don't we all. Anyway I had a chance to go visit the bestie in Texas a few months ago and didn't want to take a huge suitcase so I made a duffel bag. This duffel is quite large though so I brought way more than I should have. 

PatternTravel Duffel Pattern via Craftsy.

Textile Used: I used quilting cottons and jute webbing from Joann and batting that I had on hand. If you need to fine the jute look in the upholstery section.

The Good: It was super cute and easy enough overall.

The Bad: Bigger than I had in mind.

Changes Made: I quilted in a chevron patter, which took longer. I also added a strap in the back so I could loop it over the handles of a suitcase if I travel with both.


I've been too quiet. Life got busy and not much sewing has been happening. Maybe I shouldn't write public to-sew lists ;)

Anyway here are two pics from my IG account on what I've got going on.

Remember my post on Skirting the Issue? Well they had a get together in the area and a bunch of ladies came out and sewed up some skirts. I think about 220 skirts were made/donated that evening. I myself made 3 in a couple hours. There is still some time to sew up a skirt and ship it out to help out the cause.

This is a peek at the fabric I'm using for a skirt and blouse. Skirt will have box pleats and the blouse is my favorite TNT Simplicity 2599. I got everything cut out to sew up last night... but I was too exhausted to sew. Hoping to have it done and photographed this weekend to share with you next week.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

What I Wore ~ Radiant Orchid

Last week we had a house full of visitors and I didn't get any sewing done... so then I wrote up a list of all the things I want to sew and have fabric for. It's a full page!  So today I'm popping in real quick to show you how I wore a MeMade skirt yesterday. Do you follow Pretty Girls Sew? They do a fun sewalong every month. This skirt was the pattern for April. The theme was florals but I couldn't find a floral fabric that spoke to me. Instead I found this heavier chiffon in the color of the year so I used that. This skirt showed up in my MeMadeMay posts, but otherwise was never blogged. Oops. Anyway I wore my skirt yesterday and took a few pics to show how I styled it.

Blouse: Thrifted
Earrings: DIY
Belt & Ring: Forever 21... forever ago
Skirt: Me!

This week I'll be sewing pencil skirts (for a friend), bow tie & suspender sets (also for a friend), Hudson pants for another sewalong, and a blouse to go with's going to be fun getting back into the swing of things.

Ruffled Maillot

Swimsuit: DIY
Earrings: DIY
Hat: Target

I have a few sewing goals this year and I'm checking them off one by one. Sewing a swimsuit - CHECK!!!

I can't tell you how excited I was when I finished this suit. I may have paraded around my home for a good 10 minutes in my suit because it felt good. I also put off sewing this suit for about 2 weeks after I cut out all the pieces because I was scared. Scared of sewing a swimsuit. Scared of putting in foam cups. Scared. I've noticed that fear has been holding me back lately. But I didn't need to fear. I've sewn a lot of knits and so this wasn't as hard as my head made it out to be. The foam cups were a cinch to put in also... so don't be afraid.

I was inspired by this suit and set out to recreate it. 

Eberjey Ruffled Halter Maillot -

I used the free Boob Tube Swimsuit Pattern from Ralph Pink as the suit pattern. It is sized as a 10-12 pattern only so I was lucky that fit me. You could grade the pattern to fit you or work with a simple one piece swimsuit pattern and just cut off the top to make it strapless. I then drafted a flounce to attach to the top of the suit.  This pattern doesn't come with any instructions so this is how I put it together.


1.5 yards Swimsuit Fabric
1 yard Swimsuit Lining Fabric 
Matching Thread
Ballpoint Needle

Swimsuit Elastic - I used 3/8" clear elastic that said on the back that it was for swimwear and safe with chlorine bleach

Draft your flounce piece in the beginning. It's basically two half circle skirt pieces. The small curve that attaches to the bodice will need to be the same length as the top of the bodice pieces and then you can make it as long as you want.  Mine is 8" long but if you want your ruffle more like the inspiration suit I would cut it to be about 5-6" long. You will not be hemming or seam finishing the flounce because swimsuit fabric doesn't fray... so make sure you make clean cuts.

1. Cut your front and back panels out of your swim fabric and swim lining. Cut out your flounce pieces after you've cut your main bodice pieces. Make sure you cut two flounce pieces.
2. Sew up the center back seam of the back panel, right sides together. Do this for both your main fabric and your lining fabric separately.
3. Sew the crotch seams together, right sides together/RST. Do this for both your main fabric and your lining fabric separately. 
4. Gather the sides of the front panel and match the gathers to the gather points of the back panel. Do this for both your main fabric and your lining fabric separately.
5. Add your foam cups to your lining fabric at this point. Here is a great tutorial for that. I just marked where mine looked like they should go and zigzag stitched them to the lining on the wrong side so they would be enclosed between the lining and main swimsuit fabric.
6. Sew up your side seams. Make sure your main fabric is RST and the lining fabric should be sandwiching the main fabric. Make sure the wrong sides of the main fabric and lining fabric are facing each other. The foam cups, back panel seams and crotch seams (of both main fabric and lining) should be enclosed between the two fabrics. Seam finish your side seams.
7. Stitch your flounce closed, RST. Make sure the finished opening is the same as the top of the swimsuit bodice. You may need to use a larger seam allowance.
8. Baste flounce to the top of the suit. The right side of the bodice and the wrong side of the flounce should be facing each other on this step.
9. Seam finish the top of the suit and leg openings.
10. Stitch elastic to the top of the suit and the leg openings, on the inside of the suit. I just lined up the elastic to the seam finished edges and zigzag stitched down the middle of the elastic. I cut a piece of elastic 3/4 the length of the leg openings/neckline and stretched it to fit. Here's a good video for that.
11. Turn elastic under and stitch down the elastic on both the top of the suit and leg openings. You can use a zigzag stitch or I used a straight stretch stitch.
12. If adding straps. Cut long strips of main fabric 1.5" wide, or wider if you want wider straps. Sew them into a tube, RST, then turn them right side out. securely sew the straps to the back of the suit and then try it on, mark placement of where you want the straps on the front (make sure you stretch the straps a bit so they hold up the suit) and then sew the straps securely to the front of the suit. Cut off any excess.

You're done. Take a pic and send it to me!