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The Lauren by Sinclair Patterns

The pleats, the drape, the crossover neckline, the dropped waist dress option... all the reasons I was drawn to test the Lauren.

I initially started out sewing the Lauren with a super light weight, very drapey fabric that I got somewhere really cheap. It was a mystery knit. I would assume it was some combination of rayon and polyester, and who knows what else. But it wouldn't cooperate and I was getting super frustrated, so I decided that I needed to put it down and cut the pattern out again.

I reached for a liverpool that I have had in my stash for a little bit. It was from a Knitpop auction. I love liverpool and got a great deal on it! I was excited to recut, because the print is so pretty. I had two yards of this gorgeous print, and had to decide whether I would sew a top length with long sleeves or a dress length with short sleeves. I loved EVERY Lauren I saw in the testing group, but was really drawn to the waist on the dress. Most of the patterns I own have either an empire …
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Perfect for Layering... Perfect All By Itself - The Starting Point Tank by Winter Wear Designs

I know what you're thinking. I don't need another tank. I thought that too when I saw the tester call for the Winter Wear Designs Starting Point Tank, but it looked like a fairly simple, quick sew to get me back in the swing of things after the holidays. So, I eagerly applied to test. And... I'm pretty happy I did!
Let me tell you about the tank...

This tank is one of the Wardrobe Builder Patterns at Winter Wear Designs, meaning that its only $5 forever! I love these $5 patterns. They're all beautiful, and just as amazing as any other pattern, but they're perfect, fairly simple sews for filling up your closet. They truly are Wardrobe Builders. This one is designed to fit close to the skin with negative ease, so obviously requires stretch fabrics. It has two neckline options, the scoop neck and the deep scoop neck. You can finish the tank top with bands or binding. There are separate cut lines for regular length and petite length included in the pattern.

Why I love th…

My 2018 Sinclair Round Up!

So, as you may have seen, Sinclair Patterns is running a sale this week! It's the last week of the year, and she has marked everything in her shop 25% off for a boxing day/ End of Year Sale! So generous!

I started sewing more for myself in 2018, and discovered a couple of pattern designers that I love using for my clothes... Sinclair is one of them! I've mentioned before that I get a really great fit from her patterns. Every Sinclair pattern I have tried has been on regular rotation. They're all so perfect, and fit my body type wonderfully.

So since she is having a sale, I started looking back at photos so that I could share the sale in Facebook Sewing Groups. I noticed how many Sinclair Patterns I've made, so I thought it would be fun to do a 2018 Sinclair Pattern round up to see all of my Sinclair sews in one place! 🙂

So... Here we go!
The Betty The Betty was the very first Sinclair pattern I tried, and that's when I fell in LOVE with Sinclair! I actually was sel…

CKC Hollis Crossover Hem Tee

I love this top! 💓 It's more than just a basic tee, but it's just as comfortable as one!


This is CKC Hollis! This pattern makes such a cute top to pair with jeans or leggings, and is a surprisingly easy sew! You have a few options for sewing this pattern!



The Sleeves:

This pattern comes with different sleeve lengths to make the perfect top for any time of year. The sleeves are finished with a simple cuff, for a very easy finish! I love not having to measure and pin a hem! 😉 I made both of my tops with long sleeves, because it's so cold right now! I wanted a couple of tops to keep me warm!


The Crossover Band:

There are two options for the bottom crossover on this pattern. For each of my two shirts, I used the curved hem band. You can optionally use a solid (straight/ non-curved) band. Both of them look beautiful - I feel like the straight band might be slightly more beginner-friendly, however.



The Lengths: 

Shannon has the pattern pieces marked for different lengths already.…

The Dakota by Sinclair Patterns

Have you ever had a favorite dress? You know the one that is so comfortable, but practical. It is perfect for wearing everyday, but also appropriate for wearing to church. It definitely would be an office staple, because you can look professional, but you feel like you might also be wearing your favorite nightgown. The second I put on my new Sinclair Dakota, I knew that this was that dress for me. I LOVE it!
Let me tell you all about this pattern! You have quite a few options to make this your perfect dress.

The length: You can choose between dress length or tunic length. Dress length hits at about knee length. Tunic length is about mid-thigh length and is perfect for wearing with leggings or skinny jeans (maybe even opaque tights).

This is the dress length 
And here is Tunic Length!
The bodice options: You can sew the dress using two different bodice options. There is either a solid front bodice (cut on fold), or a front bodice with a placket. You can either sew buttonholes and buttons …