Year in Review-2016

One year ago this week, I applied for my first pattern test for Blaverry Children’s patterns. I was so excited but there is no way I could have imagined what that one email would do. I have taken a very keen liking to pattern testing and have done 30 this year!

This is a collage of most of the tests that I took part in, from newest to oldest. It is so cool to even see how far my photography skills have come (hubby’s, too, since he helps with a lot of the shoots now!) I even signed up for a couple of online photography classes after seeing what I could do just on my own with tips from friends who know more than I do!

 

I didn’t blog about a lot of the patterns I tested and sewed but I want to change that in the coming year. And I will kick start that with a blog tour in January. I have never participated in one before but I had set that as a goal in the fall. This one will have give-aways and everything!

Thank you for all of your likes and comments throughout the past year. It is always great to know that someone, somewhere is actually reading what I am sharing on my small little corner of the vast cyber world!

Looking forward to seeing you all in 2017!!!

 

 

Trudy Turtleneck PDF Pattern from Wardrobe by Me-pattern test & review

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  It has been BRUTALLY cold here…-40 degrees Celsius for days on end! So when Christina from Wardrobe by Me hinted at testing a turtleneck pattern, I was all over it! The Trudy Turtleneck has taken over my sewing room! As you can … Continue reading

The Willow Kimono from Designer Stitch Patterns

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Introducing the Willow Kimono, the newest design to hit the sewing pattern market from Designer Stitch! Designer Stitch is a fabulous PDF pattern company from Austrailia and this is the third pattern I have tested for them since discovering them … Continue reading

The Frida Flat Front Shorts from Wardrobe by Me Patterns

 

IMG_3222I recently had the opportunity to test my first ladies pattern from Wardrobe by Me. (Earlier this year I tested the men’s Rebel Raglan and you can check out that post here.) It was also an item that I hadn’t made for myself yet, and since we are in the midst of our summer here, a pair of shorts was a very welcome addition to my wardrobe.

The Frida Flat Front Shorts pattern features three different lengths; short, mid thigh and Bermuda length. I chose to do the Bermuda length for the test. I went with the length straight off of the pattern, even though I would normally lengthen pants by 1″ to 2″ because of my height. With shorts, however, there is a lot of room for interpretation on proper length, so on me, these fall between what would be a mid-thigh or Bermuda on the intended 5’7″ frame that these are drafted for. I actually like the length that they came out at and I don’t think I would change it on any subsequent pairs that I sew up. Continue reading

Sewing for the Dads and Other Men in Your Life :)

 

June 19, 2016 is Father’s Day and a perfect opportunity to do some sewing for the Dads (or other important men) in your life. I have been testing up a storm on quite a few pieces for myself, but I also got the chance to get in a quick sew for the man in my life.

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This is the same shirt as the one below…just playing around with some filters!

The Rebel Raglan Sweater was recently released by Wardrobe by Me. I was really surprised by how easy and fast this pattern went together.

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Testing the Lisbon Cardigan from Itch to Stitch

I haven’t been posting much. A big part of that is because I have been testing quite a few patterns. There have been so many lovely designs coming out lately that were too hard to pass up for testing, and the Lisbon Cardigan was one of those.
Kennis Wong from Itch to Stitch is really great IMG_2490to test for. She spends a lot of time getting her patterns perfected before even coming into testing. And she is open to any and all feedback. I don’t hesitate for a minute to recommend her patterns.

There are two things I love to use to make me feel like an outfit is complete; vests and cardigans. I actually had just been wondering the day before the tester call came out if there was a suitable cardigan for doing a sweater set, or twin-set as they are also known as. I was mulling over in my head how I could hack an existing pattern into a sweater as I already have some great tops to go underneath. Then, Kennis came to my rescue!

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