Starlight City… For Me!

It’s been quiet over here, but I assure you, I’ve been busy sewing up a storm getting ready for the spring and summer.  As usual Lil Luxe Collection has come to the rescue.  Remember the Starlight City girl’s dress?  Jess and Angie worked together to size up the gorgeous Starlight City dress for teens and ladies sizes.


This amazing pattern is designed for knit fabrics so it’s so comfortable.  It feels like you are out and about in a cloud.  One thing you should know when you choose your fabric is that it is really really important to use a 4 way stretch for the bodice.  The reason for this is the unique twist in the back.  I used a jersey knit and in my opinion is perfect for this dress.


The twist is strategically designed to sit right at the bra strap.  Awesome, right?!  You can wear a stunning open back dress and you don’t even need to find a special bra.  Depending on the print you chose, this dress can go from a flowy beach dress to a night out on the town.


The waist band has a soft elastic encased for extra structure and support.  It also helps keep the pretty shape of the dress, and accentuate the waist.  There are several options with this dress too.

  • The top and skirt can be made as separates
  • The sleeves can be short or 3/4 like mine
  • The skirt can be body con, short and gathered, or maxi

My plan is to make the separates next.  I’m thinking to make a black/navy top, and a floral maxi skirt.  For now though, I’m wearing this dress every chance I get.


Just a warning, be prepared to get lots and lots of compliments.  The Starlight City was released on Monday and will be on sale just for a week.  Lil Luxe Collection doesn’t have sales very often so be sure to snap this up for you or your teen!

Thanks Jess and Angie for this beautiful pattern!  Credit for the photos goes to my talented friend Todd Allaria.


January Peplum – Cali Faye Collection

I know I say this a lot but I’m super excited to share a new pattern with you.  This is my first tester with Sarah of Cali Faye Collection.  I own two other patterns of hers, but have not gotten to sew them yet.  That’s one the things that I love about testing, it forces me to stick to a schedule and finish up a project.

So back to the pattern.  The January Peplum is a gorgeous top for girls.  There is so much to love about this pattern.  It seems like peplums are all the rage right now, and this pattern fits right in.  Except with it’s own special features that make it stand out.

The first thing that will catch your eye is the most adorable shoulder contrast piece.  It’s the perfect opportunity to play with the fabric in your stash because it becomes showcased and yet you don’t need a lot of fabric.

The next feature is one of my favorites, the high low sweep of the peplum.  The peplum starts at the belly button and curves to cover the little tush.

Here you can really see that amazing touch.  I have to say, it is what really caught my eye in the first place.


The back closure is an invisible zipper.  Sarah has a fantastic way of installing the zipper that makes it a breeze.  I have to admit that I ran out of invisible zippers.  I thought there was more in my stash, but my recent creations used them up.  It was too late to head to the fabric store so I ripped the zipper off a skirt that I don’t wear anymore.  This is how you know you have become a crazy sewing person.

This top was so worth the skirt sacrifice! Check out the amazing movement of the peplum!  C loves spinning in her top.

Last but not least, this is by far my favorite photo from the shoot!  Here you can really see the contrast of the shoulders, and the adorable face of my toddler.

This is a fast sew with stunning results!  It is fun to be able to sew up something quickly that is truly unique.  I used Moda cotton for the top and a navy linen blend for the shoulders.  The next one I make I think I’ll use the linen for the main and an eye catching print for the shoulders.  Testing for Sarah was a pleasure and was one of the smoothest tests I have participated in.  I made one muslin and it fit perfectly and has joined C’s wardrobe circulation.

For a limited time, there will be release sale for 30% off!  The code to use is PEPLUM30.  You can head over to here (affiliate link) to purchase your copy of the pattern.  I don’t usually use affiliate links, but I honestly love love love this pattern.  The construction is strong and the results are fantastic!

Be sure to check out the Cali Faye Collection blog to see the other tester versions.  This peplum in florals is so sweet and beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by!


Eleena Dress Blog Tour: Versatility

Welcome to the kick off day of the Eleena Dress Blog Tour!  This dress pattern was created by the wonderfully talented and all around sweet person Olga Becker of Coffee and Thread.  I really love Olga’s style, it’s clean, classic, and uniquely structured.  Checking out all the gorgeous versions of the Eleena is going to be sewing-eye-candy overload, and I can’t wait.

As you can see from the title of this post, I’m here to talk about the amazing versatility of this beautiful pattern.  If you follow Olga or I on Instagram you may have already seen my two versions.  If so, here’s a quick reminder. . .



The one unifying feature of this pattern that really sets it apart is the adorable pleat in the front of the bodice.  That and the zipper closure, after that the similarities end.  Let’s talk about the pink dress first.



This pink fabric, it’s actually more of a rose, was a garage/rummage sale find.  I think the story here was that the family was moving their grandma into an assisted living arrangement and were looking to sew some of her fabric.    I’m not actually sure what kind of fabric it is but I love it and wish I could get more.  I’m fairly certain it has to be a gauze of some sort.  It has a soft vintage feel so I went with a sweet classic look.  For this front bodice, I chose to omitted a contrasting middle pleat and went with a single piece for the front.


This dress version has a long sleeve and the cutest little cuff.  The cuff is wide enough to go over the wrist without having to construct a closure.  Yet it is not so wide that it dominates the sleeve.  It seems like such a small thing, but details like cuff size can end up impacting the look of a dress.


Normally I love a collar, but this dress just felt right to keep it simple and sweet.  The next dress is more edgy.  Although it is technically still winter, we have been experience warmer than usual weather here in CA.  I wanted a dress with a winter feel to it even if it was going to be sleeveless.  I used a unique polar animal print to achieve the winter look.  I think it’s a quilting cotton.  It’s hard to see it in photos but there is a shiny silver in the grey of the animals’ fur.  This was also a garage sale find!


As you can see, I used a contrasting panel for this dress.  I think the blue panel really brings out the colors in the polar animal fabric.


I also used flutter sleeves for this dress using the blue from the contrast panel as the flutter sleeve lining.


For this dress I also used the adorable collar piece.  It’s such a unique collar and fits with the style of the dress so well!

So, that was the 2 very different versions of the Eleena that I made.  Both with different options and fabric.  This pattern is a wonderful template to play around with your fabric stash and create a stunning and classic dress.

The Eleena dress will be on sale for $7.00(regular price $9.00) through March 7th, 11:59 EST.  There will also be a very exciting give away of two patterns of choice from Coffee and Thread and one yard of Sara Jane fabric!  For a chance to win you just need to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out the links for the amazing versions that these fabulous women have whipped up!

LLC Luxe Dress: Embroidered Bodice Panel

LLDress Graphic

Welcome to the last stop of the Luxe Dress blog tour!  I’m very excited that you have come to visit.  Excited and also nervous because I’ve reached a milestone in the life of this blog.  It’s is my first time guest blogging!

With Angie B.’s awesome and patient help, I’ve put together a mini-tutorial how to customize your Luxe Dress with a machine embroidered panel.

Machine embroidery is definitely one of those times that I’m so grateful I’m sort of an engineer.  I say sort of because my degree is in Physics, but I’ve trained in engineering roles.  Ask me how many times I have bonked my head with a disabled light curtain.  Actually don’t, it is embarrassing.  My machine, although fantastic, is a bit of a toddler.  If you turn away for one second it starts acting up.  During this panel I had to unscrew and remove the covers to hunt down a rogue thread that was jamming up my tension.  The hardest part is probably figuring out how things are supposed to come together again!

As always I love questions and comments of all kinds.  Just don’t ask me how long it takes me to run 3 miles because it’s also embarrassing right now.

Here’s the finished product!

Luxe Blog Tour


I decided to go with a french country theme.  In my head my photo shoot was going to be at the park with a picnic blanket, a wicker basket and maybe a baguette.  But life happened and here we are at the park sans accessories.  Feel free to imagine a gingham blanket if you wish.  🙂


The photo is a bit blurry but it shows the movement of the dress so well.

I also have a special surprise.  Lil Luxe Collection is finally expanding their collection into tweens and woman’s sizing.  I’m dancing a jig in my head over here.  The first pattern that is getting “biggified”, to no surprise since it is the epitome of the LLC style, is the Luxe Dress!  I was lucky enough to make a Mommy and Me version for B and me.


Since the dress is currently in testing mode, there may be some changes to the final version.  For my daughter’s dress, I used a chambray I was gifted from her preschool teacher.  The skirt is a beautiful Moda print that matched the embroidery so well.  My dress is made of a Robert Kaufman chambray.  I finished the skirt with bias tape made from the same fabric as my daughter’s skirt.


I just adore the scoop back of these dresses!  Since I went with a more casual feel, I decided not to use the Horse Hair Braid like the other 2 dresses I made.


Check out the movement you get on the woman’s version too.


This is also my very first mommy and me set ever!  I can’t believe I waited so long to coordinate with my daughter.



Thanks for joining me here and thanks also to Jessica and Angie for inviting me on this fun journey!

Don’t forget the dress is currently on sale for the girl’s version.  There is also a great prize packets for winners of the link up party!

Trinity Tee – strawberries and creme

If you take a look at my creations, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I love mixing patterns.  However, one of my most favorite things to do is mix fabrics!  It not something I get to talk about much because it’s not something that I can usually do.  I work it in when I can but there is hardly ever a pattern that is perfectly designed for fabric mixing.  I was lucky enough to get to test the perfect fabric mixing pattern.


This is where the Trinity Tee comes in!  The center panel is just calling out for a featured woven, and the rest of the tee is in knit.  I couldn’t help myself and made the little cuffs woven too.


This is not just a simple little tee.  There are some fantastic details you will just love.

Check out the dainty gathers at the shoulders.


The creme of for the strawberries?  Tah-dah!


You can already see it in the above photo, but look at the pretty shoulder gathers.


The crown jewel of this design?


The special corner the center panel comes to.  Seriously a design feature that has me geeking out.


The only thing that I did differently was how I attached the collar.  You have the option of a visible collar sewn down or an invisible collar that is sewn to the inside.  I was too excited about this shirt and did not sewn my visible collar down.  But I loved the look so much I decided not to change it.

This is the perfect time to talk about all the options in the pattern.  As I mentioned before, invisible collar/visible collar.  Then there are the sleeves: short, long, and 3/4.  The bottom hem can also be visible/invisible.  I chose to use a zipper but you can also skip that.

The next 2 I made were matching tees for both girls.  I haven’t gotten the both of them to wear the shirts at the same time.  When I do, I’ll be sure to share the photo.  🙂  The tees also have a woven panel and 3/4 sleeves.  I did not use a zipper for this shirt.  Having the zipper allows you go choose a knit that doesn’t have a great deal of stretch.  OR, you could probably get away with making the whole thing woven.  You can also use all knit.

The tee is on sale for a limited time.  It started on the 8th and runs for a week.  Use code “trinity”. So hurry over!  There are so many fun ways to use this pattern.  You can make it for special occasions, character panels, or just to show off a pretty print you want to showcase!