I’m pretty darn excited to be part of the Bundle Up Tour! I feel like in middle school, when you sneak a spot at the cool girl’s table and no one tells you to leave! Woohoo! You can get a bunch of brand-new, fantastic women’s patterns at a deep discount. You can also enter the giveaway here – there are some pretty amazing prizes!
I was given these patterns for free for the tour, but, as you’ll see in a minute, I love them!
I made the Hailey Dress by Modkid Boutique and the Jocole Skinny Jeans. Actually, I’ve made the jeans twice and the Hailey four times! The versions I’m sharing today are my favorites (so far!)! I made the jeans in one naptime and both Hailey’s during naptime the next day – one-nap patterns are my favorites!
As I was looking around JoAnn’s for fabric, I found this whole section that I just loved. I picked out five and found out when I got home, they’re actually designed by Modkid for Michael Miller! How perfect was that? The denim is medium weight dark blue wash, also from JoAnn’s.
I modified both versions of the Hailey a little. For the dress, I raised the neck line by about an inch and added some ruching. I also shorted the sleeves of both.
I love how the ruching echoes the shirring just under the bodice! Speaking of the shirring: I have been avoiding shirring ever since I got my new machine last year – I tried it once and it didn’t work out. When I asked for this pattern, I didn’t realize it included that and almost backed out. But then I decided to suck it up and try again and I’m so glad I did! As I mentioned before, I’ve made four different tops, so now I’m well over my fear of shirring :) The dress can be made from woven or knit fabric and there are no fastenings to worry about. The style is breezy and blousy and just perfect for our hot, hot summers!
For the top version, I split the bodice to add a few inches to the front at the shoulders, pleating it to the back shoulders. I also cut the front on the fold and rounded the neckline. Clearly I should tell my photographer (a.k.a. my semi-patient husband) that he needs to warn me when my bra straps are showing… We did pictures of both outfits on the same day by this tree at the end of our property. Poor Andy was horrified that I did a quick wardrobe change ducked in between the tree and a bush. We’re quite rural, but he was convinced the neighbors would see :P
This poppy print is absolutely my favorite! My favorite flowers and my favorite colors together? Yes please! The fabric itself is amazing. It’s not as stiff as regular quilting cotton and is incredibly soft and smooth with a wonderful drape.
I added inseam pockets to the dress version. Have to keep my phone somewhere!
These jeans. Oh these jeans! I have never been a big jeans wearer – I prefer skirts – but these make me feel fantastic! I made the clam digger length, which ended up almost capri length. Yes, I’m a shortie…
The pattern is pleasantly simple. The pockets are all patch pockets which fixes that unfortunate gaping at the hips that we curvy girls have to worry about. Once you get the fitting figured out (the only things I needed to do was pull in sides a little below my thighs and take 1.5″ off the rise) they really are as easy as sewing a pair of pants for your kid! I made a pair of shorts as a muslin and I’ve been wearing them around too.
I’ve been wearing this outfit all week! Everything fits just right and makes me feel really good about my curves! These designers are both new to me and I will definitely be checking out their other patterns now. There are lots of other great bloggers on the tour – be sure to check them out!