Hello, everyone! I’m back from the beach and am happy to report that I have officially finished the 5 pieces I planned for the Pattern Review 2014 Mini Wardrobe Contest. This started with a “summer sewing plan” and came together as 2 dresses, 1 swim suit, 1 cover-up beach blouse, and 1 scarf. I did swap out the blouse I had chosen for a different one, but I stuck with my summer vacation theme and am very happy with the results.
It was a great challenge to come up with pieces that could mix and match and coordinate with each other. Honestly, I’m rarely so organized when it comes to my own style and personal sense of fashion. This contest practically guaranteed that I would make things that I would actually wear and enjoy.
Here is a link to my contest entry, which has links to my reviews of each pattern used: Mini Wardrobe Contest 2014 Composite Review
The patterns I used were:
Colette 1028 – Moneta
Moneta is one of my favorite patterns, and is a great starter dress for beginners or those new to knits. You can build a fun and comfy wardrobe fast with the Moneta pattern.
Closet Case Files – Bombshell Swim Suit (originally blogged here)
This pattern was challenging for an ambitious beginner like me, but not overly difficult. Even with the mistakes I made, I love how it turned out. This is a very modest but still sexy swim suit, and I love the retro vibe. It works particularly well on curvy figures. Honestly, it has looked great on every single person I’ve seen it on.
Butterick See & Sew 6042 – Blouse
I sewed up the largest version of this blouse in a semi-sheer lightweight cotton to use as a beach cover-up. It also works well knotted at the waist for a throwback look over a dress or cami.
Tilly & The Buttons – Love at First Stitch Brigitte Scarf
This set of instructions for self-drafting a scarf pattern comes from Tilly’s book, Love at First Stitch. It’s a fast and easy make, and is a great way to put together some coordinating accessories for your other me-mades!
This contest was great fun, and I think I will use it as a sort of template for putting together future sewing plans. Feel free to vote for me next week when the voting opens – click the image below! My entry is under the name sewallthethings.
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