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Jennifer Lauren Handmade Sorrel Dress Pattern Review

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Sorrel Dress Pattern Review

I whipped up this Sorrel dress a few weeks ago as my final tester version for Jen of Jennifer Lauren Handmade. She opened a Kickstarter on November 1st to fund the process of getting the Sorrel dress available as a printed pattern (rather than just a PDF like the rest of her patterns) and her initial goal was fully funded within 24 hours!! Wow! She has since added a stretch goal of getting another of her patterns printed too.

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Jennifer Lauren Handmade Felicity Dress Pattern Review

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Felicity Dress Pattern Review

I purchased the Felicity dress pattern several years ago during a Black Friday sale. I’ve sewn up one version in a solid yellow mystery fabric from my stash but it has been extremely difficult to get good pictures of it. Something about all the yellow throws off the lighting of my camera.

This past week I finally made a second version and I love it even more than the first!

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October 2018 Make for MCBN - Deer and Doe Lupin Jacket Review

October 2018 Make for MCBN - Deer and Doe Lupin Jacket Review

I have finally tackled a jacket!! To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this was something I would ever be that interested in trying. Outerwear, other than jersey cardigans, has always intimidated me. That is definitely one benefit of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. Once I’ve decided on a project, I am committed!

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Deer and Doe Cardamome Dress WIP Progress 1

Deer and Doe Cardamome Dress WIP Progress 1

As you may have seen from this post, I’ve made one version of the Deer and Doe Cardamome dress so far. I cannot express how pleased I am with how it turned out and I immediately started digging through my stash to find fabric for a second version.

I purchased this lovely quilting cotton from a semi-local fabric shop and I originally was planning to make my bazillionth version of the Megan Nielsen Matilda dress from it. But that plan has been ditched and it is now well on its way to become Cardamome #2.

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Jennifer Lauren Handmade Felicity Dress WIP Progress #1

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Felicity Dress WIP Progress #1

I am sewing up a second Jennifer Lauren Handmade Felicity dress out of some gorgeous fabric I received in the last round of Fibre Share. I haven’t blogged about the first version because it is yellow which, I have discovered, is incredibly hard to photograph! I have attempted three separate photoshoots none of which have resulted in good pictures. There were some adequate ones, but I’m too picky to want to use those.

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September 2018 Make for MCBN

September 2018 Make for MCBN

Do you have a specific independent sewing pattern company that you just cannot seem to get and use enough of their patterns? I do! I am still obsessed with Deer and Doe. I am determined to make nearly every one of their patterns.

My current favorite of their patterns is the Cardamome dress. That bib detailing is amazing! I waited for such a long time to attempt sewing my version of this dress because I was quite worried that it wouldn’t look at all right on me.

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July Make for MCBN: Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress Hack and Seamwork Weston Shorts

July Make for MCBN: Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress Hack and Seamwork Weston Shorts

I love a simple button-up blouse. Especially if it has a cute print. I think they may very well be one of my "signature" styles. They're classy, simple, and I feel quite put together when I wear one instead of a t-shirt. Which makes July's Minerva Crafts Blogger Network project particularly appropriate!

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June 2018 Make for MCBN: Megan Nielsen Matilda Dress

June 2018 Make for MCBN: Megan Nielsen Matilda Dress

My next post for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network is now live. I used some amazing cotton poplin to stitch up a Megan Nielsen Matilda dress. I fell in love with the origami animal print the moment I spotted it on the Minerva Crafts website. It is the perfect combination of two of my favorite things: novelty prints and animals.

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Seamwork Weston Shorts + Megan Nielsen Matilda Dress Hack Pattern Review

Seamwork Weston Shorts + Megan Nielsen Matilda Dress Hack Pattern Review

It has been such a struggle to get pictures of a finished sewing project recently! I have tried on three separate occasions to photograph a cheery yellow dress and every time the pictures have been a colossal flop. It is surprisingly difficult to capture yellow accurately. Most of the time it ends up blurry or blown out. . . Gah! I just want to show you the dress!! 

But I did manage to get some decent pictures of a different outfit. Lets discuss the top first.

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May Make for MCBN: Deer and Doe Reglisse Dress Review

May Make for MCBN: Deer and Doe Reglisse Dress Review

The Reglisse dress is my second time using Deer and Doe patterns and I've become a bit obsessed. Their pattern designs are gorgeous and just my style. The instructions are good, if a bit sparse at times. (Nothing a google search can't help with.) And the finished projects are just so pretty.

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March Make for MCBN: Deer and Doe Bleuet Dress

March Make for MCBN: Deer and Doe Bleuet Dress

Hello my dears,

It's that time of the month again! My March project for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network may just be my favorite on yet. I love everything about it and cannot wait for the weather to get warmer so I can wear it all the time! I stitched up a pink and floral, super girly version of the Deer and Doe Bleuet dress pattern.

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A Second Attempt - Tilly and The Buttons Cleo Dress Review

A Second Attempt - Tilly and The Buttons Cleo Dress Review

Hello my dears,

In late 2016, I attempted to sew a Cleo dress. I made it out of a floral needlecord or corduroy, depending on which you call it. I was less than impressed with the finished dress. It was lumpy, bumpy, and all sorts of unflattering!

I was extremely disappointed! I have seen so many versions of the Cleo dress on a variety of different ladies and it always looks stinking adorable. Why didn't it work for me? What had I done wrong?

Well, I've sewn up another version of Cleo and it has been a rousing success. Let me tell you what I learned.

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