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Sew Caroline’s Out and About Dress – As A Top

sewcaroline pdf pattern

Time for a PDF pattern review! I initially received this pattern for free as a part of this sponsored post I wrote for UpCraft Club (the post talks about their PDF sewing cards – you can buy PDF cards in your local quilting shop, check it out!). It is designed as a dress, but dresses aren’t very practical when I am hiking, sitting, kneeling on a daily basis. I chopped a few inches off the skirt and made it into a top!

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Grainline Lark Tee – Pattern Review

I tried out a pattern that is perfect for wardrobe basics – The Lark Tee from Grainline Studio. Grainline has a reputation for putting out well drafted, high quality patterns so I was excited about trying the tee out. When I first started sewing clothes, I focused on making what I couldn’t buy (or couldn’t afford to buy), like a merino wool hoodie. As I try more and more to avoid buying “fast fashion, being able to sew the basics that I wear every day is becoming more appealing. T-shirts are perfect for my wardrobe as a work/stay at home mom, and I love being able to add extra length.

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Bohemian Carpet Bag – A Purse Pattern Review

A carpet bag sewing pattern - the Bohemian Carpet Bag by Sew LIberated. A giant bag to sew - this is so fun for road trips! Pattern review in the post.

My very first real bag! I’m sharing a review of the Bohemian Carpet Bag pattern from Sew Liberated – I initially sewed this up and wrote the review as a part of Purse Palooza over on the Sew Sweetness blog. I have been using it for a few months since then, it has held up great. Something I didn’t think about was how pained I would be when it got dirty – unlike a shirt, I can’t just throw it in the wash. I’m thinking I should have Scotch-guarded it or something? I’d love to hear your tips!

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Ottobre Design – Magazine Review

What is an Ottobre Magazine? I'm reviewing what it contains, and what the patterns look like. Swoodsonsays.com

If you spend much time reading sewing blogs or in sewing Facebook groups, you will quickly run across recommendations for Ottobre. When I first started sewing clothes, I had their patterns suggested to me several times, leading me to buy an issue. Once I opened it and realized the maze I’d have to trace from, I put it on the shelf and took another year or two to actually try it (my annual project, Try Something New Every Month motivated me!).

I finally did try it, and if I’m being honest, I didn’t love it. I absolutely adore the style and lines of their patterns, but I just don’t think it is worth it to do all that extra tracing, seam allowance adding, etc. for kids clothes when my kids grow out of sizes before a season is out! I know I am in the minority though, and many bloggers swear by them, but I wanted to at least share a sneak peek inside the magazine so you knew what you were getting, if you decide to try!

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