Sewpony “Cosi” Vintage Swimsuit (pattern test)

Good morning!! My latest pattern test was for Suzanne of SewPony http://www.sewponyblog.com/. It is her newest pattern the Cosi Swimsuit which is a vintage inspired one piece and two piece. She is such a sweet woman and I would love to test for her again in the future!

(I was not compensated for this review. I dedicated my time and materials to test this pattern and in return, received the finished final pattern.)

This was my first swimsuit that I have sewn and I did run into some issues. Not the pattern, but the fabric which is a nylon lycra is super slippery and hard to sew. I feel like without a serger, it would be really hard to get a professional look. My sewing machine (and a lot of machines) like to stretch the knit material leaving the seams all wavy and pulled out of place. It’s just a learning curve and something that can be accomplished. But like I said it was my first suit and a definite learning experience. I have plans to redo Sophia’s bikini top which is the part that did not turn out quite how I wanted.

The suit starts at size 6 months and goes up to a size 10. Its vintage inspired with the high waisted bottoms of the two piece. It has options of a one piece or a two piece with center ruching panels on either suit, peplum skirt, leg frills, halter straps or adjustable straps. A ton of different ways to make this suit completely your own. I did the two piece with ruching, leg frills and halter straps. I have plans for more in the future!! You can pick up the pattern here!: https://www.etsy.com/listing/192629737/the-cosi-swimsuit-pdf-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_1

It is honestly the cutest swimsuit I have seen and LOVE that I can make it for years and summers to come!!

Suzanne was super awesome and really involved in the whole testing process. She listened to all of the feedback from every tester and implemented any changes to make the pattern seamless and perfect.

Here is my finished suit and Sophia loves it! (The top is loose around top and bottom so I am going to recut and redo that whole piece)

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Thanks for checking out my project!!

Catie

ETA: I’m not sure why the photos are so small! I will be back to add larger. Also it was a grey rainy day here when I took these.

My “Lorelei” pattern test for Ebeth Designs!

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In the last week I had the opportunity to test a women’s dress pattern for Elizabeth of Ebeth Designs.

http://ebethdesigns.com?affiliates=catiedid27

Basically meaning that she sent me the pattern before it was released, and I sewed it up in my choice of fabrics in my size. When a designer creates a new clothing pattern it has to be tested by various people of different sizes to ensure that the fit is correct. So that’s where seamstresses like me come in!
(I was not compensated for this review other than receiving the pattern and I used my own fabrics.)

The Lorelei dress has a scoop yoke neckline, high waist half circle skirt that has an amazing twirl factor, fully lined with a petticoat for some classic volume and zipper up the back. It can be dressed up or dressed down! So many amazing details to make it really professional inside and out. “It comes in 12 different sizes, 00 (31″ chest) to 20 (46″ chest), with cups A-DD separately sized 00-20.” I LOVE the fact that it covers so many different sizes!!! I think it is hard for one style of dress to look nice on a 00 and at the same time a size 20. But this dress truly does. Every single testers dress looked so flattering. This is Elizabeth’s first women’s pattern and she did such a great job. There is even a little girls version to match! Though I don’t own it, I am considering purchasing so that Sophia and I can have matching dresses. :)
I would not say that this is a quick sew because of all of the cutting and details.

This is the first dress that I have ever sewn for myself! I used a cotton lawn that my friend Shannon sent to me a couple months back. :) Thank you Shannon!!

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I wanted to include a couple photos of the garment on a hanger for a different visual aspect of its shape.

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You can purchase the pattern here!! http://ebethdesigns.com/product/lorelei-womens-dress-pattern/?affiliates=catiedid27

I would love to answer any questions you have!!

<3
Catie

RIP favorite tshirt <3

I’ve had this same T-shirt since high school from Urban Outfitters and it is my absolute favorite. It’s fitted through the bust somewhat and then flows away from the body in a really pretty silhouette. Everyone always asked if I was pregnant because it really does look like a maternity shirt LOL Comfiest shirt ever!!
Well.. It passed away a couple of nights ago. I completely deconstructed it because it had too much wear and large holes started forming.
I don’t have any great photos of it on me before because it was just in pretty bad shape. BUT, I was able to take it apart carefully and use it as a base for a new shirt and it is almost identical!! I am so so so proud!! And super excited because that means I can recreate this top that is no longer sold, a million times over if I want!! So here are a few pics and I just *know* that you’ll be as pumped as I am ;)

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Fabric is a lightweight red tag knit from Joanns.

I love it!! I know most will think “wow.. a tshirt” HAHA but its so much more than that!

Thanks for reading!
Catie

My “Caroline” pattern test for Mouse House Creations

I had the privilege of testing a new women’s top/dress pattern by Mouse House Creations
It’s a very classic design with a ton of included options.

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* 5 sleeve lengths: sleeveless, cap, short, 3/4 length, and long.
* 4 skirt lengths: peplum, above knee, at knee, and below knee.
* 2 skirt styles: gathered and pleated
* 2 neckline heights
* optional peter pan collar
* optional inseam pockets
* optional belt loops

I chose to do the peplum with collar option which I LOVE!
This was my first time inserting a zipper and a collar and her instructions were awesome. :)
I see many more of these in my closet for sure!

She even has this in little girl sizes so Sophia and I can match!!

http://www.welcometothemousehouse.com/product/caroline-party-dress?affiliates=SewSewphia

The pattern is now available here: http://www.welcometothemousehouse.com/product/ladies-caroline-dress-peplum?affiliates=SewSewphia

Here comes the photo bomb!

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Link to purchase:

http://www.welcometothemousehouse.com/product/ladies-caroline-dress-peplum?affiliates=SewSewphia

Thanks for visiting!

X
Catie

Valentines Day Dress for Sophia!

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This was such a fun dress to make for her!! I love the really unique piecing on the bodice triangles and the empire waist AND super twirly circle skirt!! She looks like an angel in it and says it’s her “ballerina dress.” ;)
I made an error around where the elastic goes but I actually love how it turned out so I may stick with my version if I make more in the future.

I initially purchased the pattern in hopes that I could upsize to fit myself. I contacted the designer, Sarah, and
she said a women’s version is in the works! Slowly but surely. :)

Thanks for looking. I’ll add photos of her in it hopefully tomorrow!!

<3 Catie

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Tights into Leggings: Free Tutorial!

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Sophia has these adorable heart knee tights that she outgrew (or they shrank) that I just couldn’t part with. I thought.. why not repurpose into leggings? It was super quick, great results and you only need a sewing machine and a twin needle.

Supplies:
Tights
Twin Needle
Coordinating Thread

Lay out your tights and cut the feet off. I cut it right above where it started curving, as low as I could.

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You’ll need two spools of thread in the same color, OR what I did is use a bobbin and a spool of thread.
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I put my width and length to their max so that the stitch would stretch a little with the fabric.
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I also lowered my presser foot pressure to a 1 so that it wouldn’t pull the knit material and stretch it out and make a wonky wavy seam.
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Install your twin needle and thread left to right. Top Bobbin in the left needle, spool in the right.

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Fold your bottom legs in and under about a 1/4″ or however short you want them to be. Pin in place.
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Sew on the TOP, the outside, so that the nice double rows of top stitching are visible on the outside and the zig zag is inside against the leg.

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They’re DONE! Beautiful! :) And she’ll get a little bit more use out of them before I have to donate.

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Mocha Recipe Tutorial

Good morning!! I wanted to share with you a simple Mocha recipe that I tried today with good results. These instructions are for an espresso machine but you could always use strong brewed coffee and a frothing wand if you don’t have an espresso machine. Although technically, it isn’t a mocha without espresso ;)

A mocha is equal parts espresso, mocha sauce and milk.

My machine is a Delonghi Ec155. It’s an entry level pump driven machine which works perfectly for me and what I need!

Now I’m not a barista or work in a coffeehouse so I may not do everything “by the book.” ;)

You will need:

Quality espresso, I am using LavAzza that I purchased at World Market for $10.

A milk or dark chocolate syrup. I purchased this at World Market for $6. Torani is what you will find in coffeehouses around the world. I also have a caramel syrup of the same brand and it is delicious. I do not recommend Hershey’s or anything similar.

1/4 c of milk (or more) Personal preference. Milk will double in size once steamed so keep that in mind.

Stainless steel frothing pitcher. I used a stainless bowl that I kept cold in the fridge. (Until my pitcher arrives in the mail)

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You’ll want to pour some in your mug. I used about 1 tablespoon but you can use more or less depending on preference. ***You can also put it in your espresso shot cup so that the espresso is brewed right onto it and heats it up.***

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Go ahead and fill your filter with espresso and tamp it then attach it to your machine. Don’t brew just yet.

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You will want to work quickly now. Get out your pitcher and milk and steam until the pitcher feels uncomfortable to the touch.

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Wipe off your steaming wand and shoot some steam through to clear it out.

Set your steamed milk aside and get your espresso machine heated up.

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Brew according to your directions. My machines green ok light will go off when I need to dial the knob back and the shot is done.

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Now this is important, get your mug with the chocolate syrup and pour the espresso shot in. Add the steamed milk straight away. You only have 10 seconds from the time the espresso shot is done brewing to connect to the milk while the shot is live.

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I couldn’t get a picture of this step because it’s a little hard to hold up the camera while pouring the milk :p

Mix it up a bit with the syrup in the bottom and drizzle some on the top or add whipped cream if you want.

There ya go! Enjoy!

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