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The Athina Kakou Samantha Dress

I'm so happy for the opportunity to try and review the Athina Kakou Samantha Dress! If you've been following me long, you might have picked up on my love for wrap dresses. I've made quite a few, and have really loved them all for different reasons!

So... this is just my latest wrap dress addition to my closet, and yep, I love it too! 😃

The Samantha Dress is very nice, and has several differences from other wrap dress patterns that I own.

Let's talk about what sets this pattern apart!

The BIG difference between this dress and other wrap dress patterns I own is the sleeves! This pattern does not have regular set in sleeves. It uses dolman style (grown-on) sleeves.


Another difference in this pattern and others I own is the darts at the waistline at the front and back. This gives the bodice some shape and pulls it in slightly at the waist.

In this pattern, there is also a choice for your neckline - do you want just the regular band, or would you prefer a collar. This is an…

Dressing Up in the Satara Shirt Dress by Winter Wear Designs!

"Take that dress off mommy... that's a princess dress, and you are NOT a princess," my four year old told me when I tried the dress on for the first time. According to him, I am JUST a mommy. I'll take it though - I like being his mommy, although, I WILL wear my new dress!
"Princess Dress" is absolutely not what came to my mind when I saw this pattern... when I think "Princess Dress," frills, ruffles, and lace comes to my mind, and those things just don't really suit me, but this one does. Let's talk about this pattern! 😉
**Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to the patterns used. If you choose to purchase a pattern using an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no additional cost to you.**
I participated in the "Dressed Up" Blog Tour hosted by Winter Wear Designs. I chose to make the Satara Shirt Dress for the first time for this tour. I love a lot of things about this pattern!
The Pattern:

The Linea A-Line Skirt pattern by Wardrobe by Me

I love skirts and dresses. I wear them a lot, especially in the summer months when it is warm outside. I have wanted a pattern for a knit a-line skirt pattern for a while! I have pencil skirt patterns, but sometimes prefer something a bit less-fitted. I have skater skirt patterns, but as much as I like them, they require so much fabric. So I've been on the lookout for a good a-line skirt pattern for months probably.

**Disclosure: I have included my affiliate links for these patterns throughout this post. If you chose to purchase a pattern using my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no additional cost to you.**
When I saw the tester call for Linea A-Line Skirt by Wardrobe by Me, I got excited! It's the skirt I've been looking for, and it's a designer I love! All the Details about This Pattern: This pattern is drafted for US Sizes 0-24. It is to be used with knit fabrics. You can use stable knits or drapier knits. There are three different views. Vie…

Feeling Inspired?

I sew so much that I very rarely find myself in a ladies' clothing store. I honestly get most of my inspiration from what I see other people make in Facebook Sewing Groups or I just see a fabric and get an idea myself. 
This time though... I was using someone else's idea, and I love how it turned out!! 
When Mya of Amelia Lane Designs posted that they were going to be making these "Inspiration Bundles," I was immediately drawn to them! She had a picture similar to this one. 
You can see the top for sale here: https://www.amazon.com/Sheup-Casual-Sleeve-Stripe-T-Shirt/dp/B07CVLV9DG?th=1 Amelia Lane Designs is offering "Inspiration Bundles" so that you can make a shirt similar to this one in blush, blue, or mint. They are also including fabric for making leggings to pair with your new top! How cool is this? I have seen some people make tops very similar to this one (I did), and others used the three included fabrics and came up with their own idea, or were ins…

The Tropical Shirt by Wardrobe by Me

I love Wardrobe by Me Patterns. Every pattern I have made goes together so easily, fits so well, and has been a favorite for me.

She has several men's patterns, but until recently, I had not made one. When I saw the tester call for the Tropical Shirt, I immediately wanted to test it! It really doesn't look like something my husband would wear, however. I looked at the sizes hoping that my nephew might fit. I had looked at her mens' sizing chart last year when she released her polo. But he didn't quite fit then. I was happy to discover that his chest measurement now fits into her 2XS patterns! It's so weird using a men's pattern for him (wow he's grown), but it's nice to have a few more options for patterns that fit! It's also nice having some more options from a designer I really like!


**Disclosure: I have included my affiliate link to this pattern throughout this post. If you chose to purchase this pattern using my link, I will receive a small commi…

My Favorite New Spring Dress

I LOVE this dress!

I love the fit, the style, the fabric, the print, the softness, the way it feels, the way it makes me feel. I think it's for sure a favorite for me! 
Obviously I love a lot about this dress... let's talk about it!

**Disclaimer: I have included affiliate links to the pattern I used for this dress. If you choose to purchase using my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no additional cost to you.**

The Fabric: 

This fabric is an AMAZINGLY soft bamboo lycra fabric from Nature's Fabrics. They have the best prints and solid bamboo fabrics. If you've never sewn with or worn bamboo lycra, you should sometime. It really is amazing. It's one of the softest fabrics around. It's also super breathable for warmer months. It is easy to sew, wonderful to wear... it's just awesome. You can find the one I'm wearing here https://naturesfabrics.com/products/vintage-lilacs-bamboo-spandex-jersey but check out the rest of their site while…