It’s “Nothing But Bottoms” over at the Ellie & Mac Patterns headquarters this week, and I’m excited to share one of my favorite Ellie & Mac patterns for your lower half! The paperbag waist trend first caught my eye last year, and I made a super cute pair of paperbag waist shorts last Spring. This year, I decided to try out the same detail in a skirt!
The newest pattern in the True Bias lineup was released on Tuesday, and I am so excited to show you the version I whipped up as a pattern tester! I sewed this fun tee up at the end of February, just a few months before the world turned upside down and social distancing became our norm. This was the second pattern that I’ve tested for True Bias, and just as with the last, it was such a pleasure to test for Kelly!
Last week, I went into a little more detail about my #MonthlyMakeMyStash project and how I chose my goal fabrics for 2020. This here is the beautiful neon sweater knit fabric that I chose for February! I purchased this lovely sweater knit from Stylish Fabric in August 2018, and much like my January fabric, I knew exactly what I wanted it to be but it continued to get pushed back to the non-priority pile. It also became a little bit more of a high-stakes fabric when I sewed a maternity-friendly Waterfall Raglan in autumn 2018 and it began to immediately unravel – I found out that I didn’t actually know how to sew with sweater knits, and it made a difference! With that realization, I became pretty nervous about cutting into this wild and beautiful neon sweater knit. Thanks to my Monthly Make My Stash challenge, I finally sewed it up and I am thrilled that I did!!
When the team at Sinclair Patterns asked if I’d like to try out one of their patterns, I fell for the Lauren Draped Top pretty quickly. I’ve been on a mission to bulk out the tops section of my wardrobe recently, and I thought this would be such a great piece. I’ve not made many pieces with any type of draped detail like this, so I also thought it would be a fun new skill to try out. I knew that I wanted my first version to be in some sort of leopard print (because along with beefing up my top collection, I’m all about beefing up my animal print collection lately!), but I think this pattern would also be a great way to spice up some otherwise simple solid color pieces! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on this cool pattern with you on the blog 🙂