Do you remember that song? I’m dating myself here but Adina Howard is basically who I channel whenever I put something sexier on. Back in the 90s and early 00s, she was turning heads and popping eyes with they lyrics of her songs and I loved it! I digress…
I made this super cute crop top and thong set that I just HAD to share since Valentine’s day is coming up. This is an easy project that takes next to no time to create.
My Crop Top
The crop top is the new Patterns for Pirates Basic Tee. I made zero modifications to it. This took about 15 minutes to make.
These are the new Greta Thongs from Made for Mermaids. I DID modify these by taking about an inch off the string part in the back. That was it! I banded this to give me a more sporty look–which is what I was going for.
Ribbed stripes are basically my jam right now. I LOVE them. I’ve made a bodysuit and some jammies from other styles. Now if you’re looking to make a super sexy but comfy Valentine’s Day outfit, you could recreate this in mesh or stretch lace easily and get some nice looks from the object of your desire!
What I love about this outfit here is I can be sexy for my man and where this as is OR I can throw some jeans or leggings on and head out–so versatile!
So tell me–do you do crop tops or are you into more covered up looks?
I swear… 2018 I was a sewing fool! I just couldn’t say no to all the tests and new techniques to try out. It caught up with me and I couldn’t keep my blog up-to-date with all of them! 2018 was a year of epic pattern releases and I can’t wait to share my favorites with you!
My Favorite 2018 Pattern Releases
It was hard to choose but these are some of my faves!
Going Home Sweater by Ellie and Mac
I loved how this raglan fit. I’m actually a huge fan of raglans that don’t make me look like I’m a baseball reject. I made this one in a tunic version in a double brushed polyester plaid and it was all love!
Juliette Body Suit by Petite Stitchery
I’m an 80s baby and a 90s girl so this pattern took me back to my childhood when bodysuits were super in. I was super nervous about making one but it was really easy and now I’ve made 3 of this pattern and a couple of another body suit pattern.
The Family Go-To Jacket by Patterns for Pirates
Yes, I made my entire family jackets. This was one of my harder sews because it used techniques I wasn’t familiar with but the face that I MADE US ALL JACKETS was really big to me!
The Women’s Adeline from Made for Mermaids
I made two versions–long and short. The long is by far my favorite. I feel like a goddess whenever I wear it. I hacked it to create a suuuuuper low v-neck for my vow renewal as well as made my girls matching ones. It’s such an easy pattern to work with.
The Sierra Pattern from Made for Mermaids
This is a pattern I can’t wait to make more of. I made the original in some suuuuper short shorts which I loved. I also hacked it into a pants romper with a zipper for nursing. I feel like a functional milk maid in this!
The Clueless Collection from Made for Mermaids
This was THE cutest collection ever!!!! I made some really quality skirts for my oldest and I. But this collection has socks, a blazer, bodysuit, skirt, sweater vest, and cardigan. It’s a huge and really functional collection!
Harmony Harems by Petite Stitchery
I can’t stop making these. When I left the corporate world, I actually used to make and sell Ankara print harem pants for babies. And now I’ve made them in French Terry, Cotton Lycra, and DBP. It’s love.
Women’s Serenity Top & Dress by Petite Stitchery
I saw a sweatshirt on Pinterest that said “Wifey” and I knew I had to have it. This pattern allowed me to essentially recreate it easily. It’s soooo comfortable and was such an easy to make piece!
I shared with you guys one of my recent makes of the Ellie And Mac Tulip Dress and I’m basically obsessing over the tulip style dress. In truth, I have been for some time but I never wanted to go through the trial and error of creating the different styles myself. The DIBY Club recently released a new patterns called the Rosa Dress.
The DIBY Club Rosa Dress
The Rosa Dress has 3 lengths–top, knee length and maxi dress. The top is a dolman style and feels amazing. There was a picture on Pinterest of this beautiful tulip dress that was the inspiration. Every time I would see it, I wanted a thousand of them. And now I can make them!!!
Ok friends, this pattern is going to cost you quite a bit in both paper and fabric depending upon what size you go for. It’s a total of 62 pages for the entire pattern. Yes, I know, that’s a lot but it’s totally worth it. Once the fabric is cut, it took me maaaaaybe 45 minutes to put it together. I opted to leave my edges raw and I love the look.
Fabric Options and Styling
I’ve seen some of the other testers do the tops which came out cute worn with shorts or jeans. The fabric will totally determine the styling of this dress. I used a rayon spandex from Pretty Posh Prints that is dreamy. But I think that if you were make it with a jersey fabric or something more casual than it could be dressed down.
This definitely gets 4.5 needles out of 5. The only downfall is how many pages it takes to print but otherwise, it’s super easy and doesn’t take much time.
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 & 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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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 sergerwhen gathering since it makes life super easy and the gathers come out near perfection. I used to hate gathering until I used this method.
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 Knitpopa 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?
Definitely a 5 out of 5 needles!!! This is everything I’ve been waiting for!
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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 Adelineis no different. This is THE perfect dress for Spring.
The Adeline Dress Collection
There is a baby(this includes the romper add-on), girlsand women’ssizes 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.
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.
Fabric Options & Styling
For my maxi dress, I used a double brushed polyester fromSewWeird. 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.
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!
Did I mention I did a nursing hack? Click here to be linked to it.
My name is Aaronica and I'm the sewist behind The Needle and the Belle. I started sewing when I was 13 and then fell back in love with sewing through PDF patterns. I now document my pieces I make here!