I Made A Tulip Dress And I’m In Love!

I Made A Tulip Dress And I’m In Love!

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I swear… Every time I’m on Pinterest I see some variation of the tulip dress. Some are maxi’s, some are high-low hems, and some are your basic ones. Either way, I’ve always wanted one! So when Ellie & Mac tested theirs, I jumped on that bandwagon as fast as I could!

Ellie And Mac Tulip Dress

Ellie And Mac Tulip Dress & Tunic Pattern

Ok so let’s talk pattern options. You can do two lengths–dress and tunic. I’m sure that more lengths can be hacked but that’s another post for another day *wink wink*. It comes with short, 3/4 and long sleeves. There are no pockets here but I’m sure you can add them if you wanted.

Ellie And Mac Tulip Dress

 

Pattern Construction

The directions were pretty easy to follow–definitely way easier than I anticipated. I was thinking this was going to be a super hard dress to make but it wasn’t! It didn’t require too much paper while printing which is always a plus. The only part that could be seen as a little challenging was creating the tulip with the ruching. The ruching wasn’t too hard but making sure it was even and lined up properly was a little bit of a challenge.

Ellie And Mac Tulip Dress

Fabric Options & Styling

You definitely want to make sure you’re using a 4-way stretch. Because mama has a couple things to hide, I chose a cotton lycra. I think CL is way forgiving when smoothing out your lovely lady lumps on more fitted pieces. I actually made this fabric and was hoarding it for months until I could decide on the perfect pattern for it. This was it! I also love the versatility in styling it. I paired mine with Chucks but this could easily be dressed up with heels.

Ellie And Mac Tulip Dress

Rating

This is a must have pattern. It’s soooo on trend that taking 2 hours to whip one up yourself is truly priceless! This pattern definitely gets 5 out of 5 needles!

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Ellie And Mac Tulip Dress

Showing My Shoulders With The Be The Leader Crop Top

Showing My Shoulders With The Be The Leader Crop Top

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It’s funny, looking at pictures you would never know that I’m super insecure with my body–I’m working on it though! Last month I lost a whopping 10lbs and I’m celebrating the work that my body did by showing a little skin in Ellie & Mac’s newest pattern the Be The Leader Top.

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Ellie & Mac’s Be The Leader Crop Top

There are many different options that come along with this pattern but this short sleeved crop top is literally what I’m dreaming about for the summer heat. It’s perfection. The pattern also has the shirt and tunic lengths as well as long sleeves. This pattern is unique in that it also offers different lengths for the flounce. This is perfect especially if you’re petite and don’t want to drown in flounce lol!!!

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Pattern Construction

Super easy. This pattern only requires you cut out 3 pieces essentially: the flounce, bodice and sleeves. The bodice and sleeves use the same pieces so boom, super easy. With patterns like this I tend to line up my fabric and just cut both pieces at once. To do this, you need super sharp shears. This top is literally a 20 min make though.

**Note: Because I used picot elastic I did not make a casing for my elastic. What I did was the following:

  • Construct bodice per instructions.
  • Serge flounce to bodice.
  • Place picot elastic right side facing my ride side of fabric and serge.
  • Flip the picot elastic down and then top stitch.

Doing it this way gives a cleaner look in my opinion.

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Fabric & Styling

The sky is literally the limit with this pattern. I used a fabric that had about 25% stretch in it because I thought the colors were perfect. This pattern is for knits though. Something drapey like a Rayon blend would be beautiful. I plan on doing one in a jersey knit as well. Because I’m still a work in progress, I paired my crop top with high-waisted joggers. These are the Mama Lexi joggers from M4M that I hacked using the waistband from the Fusion leggings from Petite Stitchery. That waistband fits me like a dream!

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Rating

5 out of 5 needles for sure. It’s very straightforward and a super easy sew.

Grab your patterns here:

Women’s Be The Leader Pattern

Mama Lexi Loungers

Petite Stitchery Fusion Leggings

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The Patterns For Pirates Boho Babydoll Dress

The Patterns For Pirates Boho Babydoll Dress

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I’m an 80s baby and a 90s kid. One of my favorite dresses as a kid was a babydoll dress. It was mint green and it this little bow in the front. When I wore it I felt amazing and like I was the cutest girl. I also remember how sad I was when I grew out of it.

And now Patterns for Pirates is allowing me to relive my childhood favorite dress with the Boho Babydoll Dress.

Growing up, my babydoll dress was on of my favorite outfits. Now Patterns for Pirates is helping me recreated my first love with the release of their Boho Babydoll Dress!!!

Patterns For Pirates Boho Babydoll Dress

This pattern has oodles of options. It has maxi, dress and top lengths. You can make a racer back tank, short, half, 3/4, or full length sleeves. So yeah, basically you’re set for life with this pattern.

I think my favorite part about this is that I can make my girls dresses and they can relive my childhood. They love the flowy maxi just as much as I do.

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Pattern Construction

This was a really straightforward pattern. The only challenge in piecing the pattern together was how much space the skirt took up for the Women’s Maxi Dress. That was a bit challenging since my table isn’t a real cutting table size. But this pattern is soooooo easy to put together! I recommend using a serger when gathering since it makes life super easy and the gathers come out near perfection. I used to hate gathering until I used this method.

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Pattern Styling & Fabric

I love the versatility that this pattern offers with the fabric choice. For my daughters, I chose to use some nice, boho-chic fabrics to give them that feel. For myself, I chose a simple solid gray. Mine is a Rayon Spandex blend I got locally. Both of the girls are cotton blends–Mini’s is from Knitpop a couple years ago and ABC’s is from the same place I got mine. I’m going to make them some tops as well to style with shorts and some gladiator sandals–super cute, right?

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Rating

Definitely a 5 out of 5 needles!!! This is everything I’ve been waiting for!

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Women’s & Youth Bundle

Women’s 

Youth

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Spring Has Sprung With The New Mama Adeline

Spring Has Sprung With The New Mama Adeline

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I’ve already expressed my love for Made for Mermaids patterns. I feel like they really speak to my style and their newest pattern collection the Adeline is no different. This is THE perfect dress for Spring.

The Adeline Dress Collection

There is a baby (this includes the romper add-on), girls and women’s sizes in the collection. This dress has a circle skirt in 3 different lengths (mini, dress, and maxi) with the both sleeveless and sleeved options. So basically you can make whatever you want to out of this pattern! Oh, and did I mention pockets?!?! There are the slat and inseam pocket options.

The Adeline Dress is a this season's must-have pattern! Read more about it here and grab yours today!

Pattern Construction

Be prepared to use LOTS of paper for this–especially if you’re making the maxi length. The good thing is that you don’t need to put together 2 skirts since they’re the same. There’s also another print out for the mini and dress options as well. Putting it together was easy and I’m appreciative of that! It’s important to note that the directions call for a binding method around the neck and arms (if doing sleeveless) that can be a little tricky. My double needle made it hell for me for my maxi so for my mini version, I just did a normal banding method.

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Fabric Options & Styling

For my maxi dress, I used a double brushed polyester from SewWeird. I looooooove this maxi dress!!! For the mini dress I used a modal for the top and an rayon blend for the skirt–both from Sincerely Rylee. Both of these fabrics fit this pattern perfectly. I don’t necessarily love my combination of the modal with the rayon though. I wish I had done a straight modal dress.

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As you can see, you can pull off a super cute boho-chic look with this pattern or a very romantic look depending on the fabric used. One of the ladies added a leather belt to her styled shots and now I’m shopping for one myself!

The Adeline Dress is a this season's must-have pattern! Read more about it here and grab yours today!

Did I mention I did a nursing hack? Click here to be linked to it.

Rating

Definitely a 5 out of 5 needles here!!!

Grab your copies of the patterns here:

Adeline Bundle

Mama Adeline

Girls Adeline

Baby Adeline

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The Cassidy Sweater By Petite Stitchery

The Cassidy Sweater By Petite Stitchery

As the temperatures drop, I'm always on the lookout for stylish clothing that's warm and breast feeding friendly. The Cassidy Sweater is just that. Baby, it’s cold outside. Like the highs in Atlanta are 30s and 40s and my desires to be warm are definitely higher than these low temps! But it also makes for the perfect weather to make the new Cassidy Sweater designed by my friend Kelly Stevens for Petite Stitchery.

As the temperatures drop, I'm always on the lookout for stylish clothing that's warm and breast feeding friendly. The Cassidy Sweater is just that.

The Cassidy Sweater

I’ve seen sweaters like this all over Pinterest (my fave place to go for style inspiration) and was just waiting for someone to come out with a pattern so that I could make it for myself. And then Kelly did it. I was so excited when she showed me the pre-test photos that I had to pull out my fabric to be ready when test time came!

As the temperatures drop, I'm always on the lookout for stylish clothing that's warm and breast feeding friendly. The Cassidy Sweater is just that.

Pattern Construction

Petite Stitchery uses no trim pages which makes for easy assembly. There’s only 4 pattern pieces which meant it was going to be easy–so I thought. I’ve never made one of those knotted shirts so this was something completely new for me. And honestly, it was hard. For some reason I couldn’t wrap my mind around how to make the knot but once I got it, it was super easy.

Styling

This sweater is literally all the rave right now. Because it has dolman-like sleeves, I think it’s best worn with a bottom that is closer cut to the body like a pencil skirt or skinny jeans. It comes in 2 lengths–shirt and tunic–so it can have different feels depending on your own style. As I’m getting my post-baby body in check, I’m loving these looser tunics that are hiding my trouble areas. Best part: it can be worn both ways!HomeAs the temperatures drop, I'm always on the lookout for stylish clothing that's warm and breast feeding friendly. The Cassidy Sweater is just that.

Fabric

I recommend using a more stable knit (think liverpool, French Terry, double knits) so that it doesn’t get stretched out. I used a material that’s normally used for sweatpants. It has about 15-25% stretch but I love it.

As the temperatures drop, I'm always on the lookout for stylish clothing that's warm and breast feeding friendly. The Cassidy Sweater is just that.

Rating

I give this pattern a 4 out of 5 needles because of difficulty and time for construction.

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The Cassidy Sweater

Mommy + Mini + Dolly Catherine Dress

Mommy + Mini + Dolly Catherine Dress

I love an easy pattern to sew. You know what I love more? An easy pattern that I can make for myself and my girls and that’s just what the Catherine Dress offers.

I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it!

Made For Mermaids Catherine Dress Bundle

You guys already know that Made for Mermaids is one of my favorite pattern makers. They create these wonderfully elegant patterns that just speak to my spirit and they did it again with this Catherine collection. This dress features a lined smock top that goes into a gathered skirt. I’m sure that vocabulary is ALL wrong but the pictures do a better job of explaining than my words can. There’s also a fancy sleeve option which my daughter absolutely loves.

I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it! I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it! I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it! I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it! I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it!

Pattern Construction

Way easier than I thought it would be! I generally don’t do lined things because, well, they seem hard. But I did it not once, not twice, not three times but four times in making this pattern! I had to make myself two version during the test and I’m currently working on another dress because they’re so easy to make!!! My daughter helped to make the dolly one and she loved being involved.

I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it! I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it! I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it! I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it!

Fabric And Styling

We used a Rayon blend for ours that had a nice drape but was thinner because of the gathering. This fabric came from Pretty Posh Prints during their fast fingers sale. It’s not the easiest fabric to work with but it’s totally worth it. The one that I’m working on now has a woven bottom from Art Gallery and I can’t wait to see how it comes out!!! When making the top, it pairs well with leggings or something with a skinny leg to balance out the flowy top. I love my dress with boots!

I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it! I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it! I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it! I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it!

Rating

Definitely a 5 out of 5 needles!!!

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Mama Catherine

Catherine

Dolly Catherine

Bundle

Click the image below for the nursing hack I did for the Made for Mermaids blog!

I was so excited to test this fall staple by Made for Mermaids. Their new pattern is the Catherine Dress, Top, and Tunic. We love it!

Happy sewing!