Muse patterns: Jenna Cardi. I am in love!

Disclaimer: I was a tester for this pattern. The final pattern was provided to me free of charge and I also know the designer in real life. All opinions expressed are my own.

So, I’ve been wanting to learn how to knit for a while. I tried doing it last winter, kind of enjoyed it, then got side tracked. To be honest, I’m a really impatient person – I constantly have to remember to slow down, be patient etc. So with knitting, I wanted all these cute cropped cardigans sooo badly, but the thought of it taking 50 hours to make one, or even longer because I’m a beginner, was just really off-putting. I couldn’t find any good sewing patterns for what I wanted – I tried making my own but it didn’t work. So I resigned myself to actually learning to knit, or paying someone to knit for me.

And then… Kat from Modern Vintage Cupcakes designed this pattern. Probably because she was sick of all my whining on the WSBN¬†facebook group, she asked me to test it out for her.

And this is it, guys: true love.

Oh, and I dyed my hair pink.

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Rimutaka Spots

So I’ve managed to successfully finish another set of night shifts, and was able to catch a short glimpse of sunshine to take photos of my new dress. If you haven’t done them before, night shifts are…. crappy. Luckily this set wasn’t too busy (the previous set involved air lifting 4-5 people to a bigger hospital) but 7 nights of 10 hour shifts still take it out of you and you need a few days to recover!

And even though I surely know better than to sew while I’m tired, I decided to make a dress. Surprisingly, it actually turned out pretty well.

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Sewaholic Rae skirt

Disclaimer: this pattern was given to me to review. All opinions expressed are my own and I aim to be be unbiased. For a full review see my post up on the Curvy Sewing Collective in a few days.

Hot on the heels of the Yaletown dress (my version here), Sewaholic released the Rae skirt. The pattern was designed together with a beginners sewing teacher, to be “a skirt for true beginners, designed to meet the needs of a brand-new sewer making their first garment project”. I’m going to keep my thoughts on the pattern brief here, as I’ll be doing a full review over on the Curvy Sewing Collective this coming week. I’d also like to apologise for my photos: sunny day + occasional heavy cloud cover + 10 second delay on photos…. well, these is all I got before my camera ran out of battery.

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Linen Laurel

I’ve always been torn with the Colette Laurel dress. It’s a very plain shift dress, with bust darts in the front and fish-eye darts in the back. On the one hand, it apparently uses very little fabric and is easy to embellish, on the other hand it’s a loose fit and there seems to be very few curvier versions out there for me to base an educated opinion on, and shift dresses have the potential to look terrible when you’ve got lots of curves to go around – without seams to help in fitting, they can look very sack-like.

I do know, however, that Mary of Idle Fancy’s versions look lovely on her hourglass figure (see here and here), and this one is gorgeous. So, I’ve been torn. Then, two weeks ago I suddenly got the random urge to make a shift dress (does anyone else get these?) and so I grabbed the pattern. Here is the result:

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