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I am so excited to share the 8 pieces I made for the Essential Greenstyle Wardrobe Blog Tour! Greenstyle Creations is one of my very favorite pattern shops. The Lacy Slope Hooded T-shirt is the first thing I made for myself, and I wear it at least once a week. Angelyn, the owner and designer, is not only responsive and kind, her patterns are easy to sew and wear.

{This post contains affiliate links, indicated by an asterisk*. Please refer to ‘legal stuff’ in the top menu for more info.} I either already owned or was gifted these patterns in exchange for blogging about them; all opinions are my own.

I stay at home with my toddler son, so my clothing needs have changed drastically from when I worked full-time in the non-profit world. My primary concern is if something is comfortable – 90% of my day is spent running, crawling, and playing. When choosing my patterns for the tour, I tried to be cognizant of what I actually will wear versus what I’d like to think I will wear. I hope that you can see yourself sewing and loving some of these looks, and that you give Greenstyle’s patterns a try!

At the risk of making this post an epic novel, I’ve included a few shots of each piece. Some are mixed in with store-bought clothes – under each outfit I noted the Greenstyle pattern, any changes I made, and the fabric source(s).

I received 4 of the patterns from Greenstyle Creations for free, as well as the (amazing) ikat fabric from The Fabric Fairy; but all of my opinions and thoughts are of course my own!

I’d love to know which look you like best, and which pattern you think you’d try first:

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First up is my mash-up maxi dress!

DIY Maxi Dress

 

DIY Maxi Dress Ikat

 

DIY Maxi Dress

Patterns: Amy Skirt * + Bella Bubble Top* (cardigan & scarf are store bought)

Alterations: I added 8 inches to the top of the Amy skirt, following the pattern’s curve upwards. I chopped off about 6 inches of the Bella Bubble’s sleeves and 5 inches off the bodice hem before sewing them together.

Fabric: Ikat Fabric was generously donated by the Fabric Fairy & black fabric is from Target Jersey Sheets*

Thoughts: I love this dress! It’s stretchy, comfy, and easy to wear. Making a maxi out of a top and skirt pattern allows you to choose the waistline that is most flattering, and the shaped skirt of the Amy pattern gives it great movement as you walk.

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 Next up is the Amy maxi skirt, sewn as a skirt!

Greenstyle Amy Skirt

Greenstyle Amy Skirt

Patterns: Amy Skirt *(cardigan, shirt, & scarf are store bought)

Alterations: None!

Fabric: This striped jersey is from Joann Fabrics in their ‘designer knit’ section. I can’t find it on their website, sorry! The hot pink waistband is an activewear Lycra remnant that was thrifted.

Thoughts: I love this skirt! I’ve made simple maxi skirts that were a rectangular shape and they just don’t compare. This flows when you walk and is so flattering. Of course, yoga waistbands cannot be beat; I like wearing mine unfolded so it doesn’t look bumpy under my shirt.

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Pants time! These are the Lucy Leggings.

Greenstyle Lucy Leggings

Greenstyle Lucy Leggings

 

Greenstyle Lucy Leggings

Patterns: Lucy Leggings * &  Lacy Slope Top * (Scarf is handmade, cardigan is store bought)

Alterations: On the leggings, I chopped about 3 inches off the waist rise  and 5 inches off the bottom of the legs. On the top, I shortened the sleeves by about 12 inches and removed the hood, adding a neckline band.

Fabric: Ikat Fabric was generously donated by the Fabric Fairy, black jersey was thrifted, & tie-dyed gauze is from Hancock Fabrics*.

Thoughts: I love this outfit! I was late to the leggings trend, but the comfort level can’t be denied. I included a back view, because the rise is very flattering. I will say that the ikat fabric accentuates curves! I kept checking if I’d cut the fabric off-grain, but it’s just my body shape skewing the pattern. The top is flowy and easy to wear, with a subtle high-low hemline.

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Another Lacy Slope!

Greenstyle Lacy Slope

 

Greenstyle Lacy Slope

Patterns: Lacy Slope Top * (jeans and cardigan are store bought)

Alterations: I cut two front bodice pieces and then cut the hemline straight across. For the waistband, I sewed together two 10″ X 16″ rectangles. I added a neckline band and chopped the sleeves shorter, serging all edges for an exposed look instead of hemming.

Fabric: Grey Hacci Knit from Girl Charlee* (no longer in stock)

Thoughts: I might never take this top off. I am pretty short (5’2) and have a tough time finding drapey shirts that remain flattering. I didn’t use any math to figure out the bottom band; I just played around with fit until it was snug but not too tight. The wind was blowing it in these shots, giving you an idea of the blousy effect.

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Now for a Centerfield Raglan and Aspen (Pants) Shorts:

Greenstyle Centerfield Raglan

 

Greenstyle Centerfield Raglan

Patterns: Aspen Pants* & Centerfield Raglan*

Alterations: Well, I chopped at least a foot off of the Aspens! I traced the Lacy Slope’s hood one inch smaller all the way around and attached it to the Centerfield Raglan bodice, then added a hood binding.

Fabric: Grey & black fabric is from Target Jersey Sheets*, black & pink lycra fabrics are thrifted.

Thoughts: I debated sharing these shorts. They’re certainly not going to thrill anyone – they’re simple, black, and bermuda length. But they are super comfy! I know they will get lots of wear this summer; especially to and from the pool. I had pressed them before the photos, but they were at the very bottom and clearly got shuffled around (my apologies!). I adore raglan sleeves, and this top is already in heavy rotation with jeans. I used the sheet sets’ existing hems, making this a ridiculously quick sew.

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Lastly, everyday yoga pants!

Greenstyle Everyday Yoga Pants

Greenstyle Everyday Yoga Pants Centerfield Raglan

Patterns: Everyday Yoga Pants* & Centerfield Raglan*
Alterations:
I cut an inch off the capri length and then trimmed them in FOE (fold over elastic*).

Fabric:Ikat fabric generously donated by the Fabric Fairy , pink lycra is thrifted

Thoughts: You can see my notes on the raglan above, but these pants are awesome. I love the slight flare that is flattering, and again, yoga waistbands are the best.

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Wow! Are you sick of seeing my face yet?? I certainly am. Thanks so much for checking out my outfits and learning more about Greenstyle Creations. Her patterns fit so easily into the rest of my closet, and I really enjoyed trying more of them for this blog tour!

Thank you to all of the sponsors of the Essential Greenstyle Wardrobe Blog Tour:

And our wonderful bloggers!  Please visit their blogs this week to see their Greenstyle Creations:

April 7, 2014 Swoodson Says

April 8, 2014 Keep Calm and Carrion

 April 9, 2014 Shawnta Sews

April 10, 2014 Becca Duval Photography

April 11, 2014 Blogs Like A Mother

 

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