Marbella Dress pattern giveaway

Hey guys,

So enough time has passed to enter this little giveaway and it's now time to announce the winner of the Itch to Stitch Marbella Dress pattern.

Thank you so much for giving it a go and I do look forward to seeing you guys in the Marbella dresses winners or not!.

And the lucky person is SylvieW chosen by the random number generator.


It seems that Sylvie is of So Sylvie Sew and is new to blogging. Let's give her some love :)

Thanks for stopping by and do lookout for some upcoming posts.

Take care


B&W Marbella Dress + Giveaway

Hello lovely people,

I hope all is well with each and everyone of you, if not don't worry- things will look up soon. It has been a while since I've posted because I've been so busy (Don't I say this in every post?) I recently took on a big task of being the main sewist for an up an coming clothing line here in Trinidad and I have a couple other sewing jobs and school activities to balance. Nevertheless I am glad that I got to do a little something for myself and for you guys this week. It's called the Marbella Dress and it's from the newest independent digital pattern designer Kennis from Itch to Stitch.

I absolutely love this dress and it is very much my style and the style my husband loves. It's a classy and elegant sort of dress pattern and there are quite a bit of options depending on the types of fabric used to make it. A boat neck and tulip skirt are always a hit. My version looks most fitting for work wear in the black and white cotton woven fabric that I used. I just love when a dress sits on the true waist and this dress did that for me without any adjustments there for my tall frame.

The details:
I stitched my dress up completely in Size 2 with the A cup pieces
I inverted my tucks to pleats by just reversing the folds
I removed a 1/2 inch of fabric off the center seam neckline
I did not line the skirt of my dress because the fabric was thick so I added interfacing to the hem line to give it a nice shape.

Can I just say now that Kennis is a talented and innovative little lady! She has seen some of the shortcomings of the current digital market and has developed ways to improve it. One of the things she did was make her pattern with cup size variations (A-D) so there is very little need to do a full bust adjustment or a small bust adjustment to your pattern. She has also provided a large range of sizes from 00 to 20 but get this you can view and print only the pattern size you need. No more reading of multiple coloured or dashed lines on your printouts, just the one you need and just for you! As time goes on Kennis will be releasing more patterns and so you can check her shop out.

So, to one lucky reader I will be giving away a PDF copy of the Itch to Stitch Marbella dress pattern for you to make your very own personalised version. All you have to do is comment on this post below and let me know what fabric you might use to make a unique and outstanding version of this dress :) I will let it run till December 6th.

Thanks to my photographer, hubby and thanks for stopping by guys, God bless!

Check out some more lovely versions
by Kennis
by Jamiesews
by Sew Urbane
by Ginger House Designs



Geometric print dress

Hey guys, it has been a long time. I've been super busy at many different things. I'm so busy that I don't get to spend as much time looking at the many sewing blog sites I follow, and that makes me sad. I'm so out of it concerning what's happening in the online sewing community....all I know now is that Sally started a Deer and Doe sew along. What other major things am I missing? It has also been a tough week with school registration, sampling and one of my best friends dad passed away so I am not in my best mood.

Anyway today I am here to show you a dress I made not too long ago. My husband and I call it Young and Free because the vibrancy reminds us of that Hillsong album called Young&Free (great gospel stuff). The dress was made using a Butterick pattern B5947. It's a pouch of dress patterns with three different bodice looks, all of which are great styles especially for work wear. 

The fabric, that fabric......Ohhhh the FABRIC, isn't it gorgeous? As soon as I saw it in-store I just had to get it, as a matter of fact I wanted to buy about 6 yards and make everything possible with it; pants, a pencil skirt, a cropped top, you name it. It's a cotton stretch sateen. Don't you love it? If you follow me on Instagram you might have had a glimpse of it back when I purchased it. 

The pattern was great and I'll definitely sew it up again. I shortened the bodice by 1 inch all around and removed about 1/2 inch more at the back waistline grading it toward the sides to remove the funny bulges you tend to see at the back waistline. I cut the bodice in a size 8 which is the smallest size and graded to a 10 at the waist and hip. My only problem with the finished dress is that it chokes me a bit. I'd cut the neckline down an inch next time. 

Thanks for viewing! I really hope the fabric makes you smile as much as it makes me smile. 

God bless!