Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bonn Shirt dress and Randomness

Hey guys. It's been about a month since we last visited each other, but please believe, I've been uberly busy with sewing. I haven't missed a beat. This post is about a few things, so let's get started:

I pattern tested for Kennis at Itch to Stitch, again. I just really love her ultra feminine designs.

This time around, so created a shirt dress/ shirt pattern. I chose to do the shirt dress...because...why  not??!!

This is Bonn Shirt and Dress. The pattern includes 4 different types of sleeves, shirt and dress length options, relaxed fit, front button, V neck with a mandarin collar and best of all....It comes in 5 different cup sizes ranging from A to DD (yay for us small busted small bust adjustments here!)

 Fabric suggestions include shirting, chambray, rayon challis, basically anything woven, with or without stretch. The possibilities are endless with this one. I chose a cotton shirting with stripes for a more casual look. I'm a casual kind of girl. I don't dress up too often and I wear sandals and sneakers...a lot.

 The only adjustment that I made was taking 4 inches off the bottom, because, as you already know...I'm a pretty short petite girl and I like my dresses shorter than average.

All in all I love the dress. The 3/4 sleeves and the light weight cotton fabric make this dress a good summer to fall transition piece. And I threw in a pic of my sandals cuz they are so stinkin cute!

Grab the pattern now because it is on sale. The pattern is 20% off. And you can take 15% off your cart if you buy any 2 or more patterns from the shop using the code dream.

I think that I will make the shirt version next. You can never have too many button down shirts in your wardrobe. And being a working mom of 3, I sometimes try to look "put together" and button down shirts help that cause!

I have also sewn up a bag for my dear husband. He complains all the time that I don't sew for him. Forgetting the fact that I made him a 2 piece linen suit just 2 months ago (see previous post). Anyways I made him this beautiful bag:

This is Desmond Backpack. It features a roll top closure, zipper pocket on the front for smaller items, and two slip pockets on the sides. The pack is fully lined with additional open top pockets on the inside. It is a beauty. We recently came back from the Smoky Mountains and did our first hiking trip, so the next time we go, we will have this great bag to take along.

Start to finish, the bag took me about 5 hours. I sourced all the hardware locally at JoAnn's. The outer fabric is actually a greenish denim and the interior is a heavy weight cotton, both sourced from the Textile Outlet here in Chicago. My husband really likes Army Fatigue print, so he totally picked the fabrics out himself.

I followed the sewalong on TaylorTailor's website, so I cannot speak on the actual instructions. But I can say that the Sewalong was very, very helpful. He loves the backpack and I guess that's all that matters to me!

....and here's a random pic of my not so little any more, pup Shadow. He refuses to leave my side while I have the camera in hand.

Lastly, some really exciting news.....
I am a contestant in the FabricMart Fabricista Fashion Challenge.
I am super excited, but very, very nervous. There are 6 of us and let me say, those other ladies are really, really talented. Here are the deets:

The challenge will run from September 9 - October 6. A new challenge will be posted every Friday morning. There will be a total of 4 challenges: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30.

Each week, we will be given a set of criteria that will include:
  • Fit
  • Quality
  • Craftsmanship  
  • Creativity
  • Each week there will be at least one "Celebrity Judge" on the panel
  • We will also have a Viewers Choice voting which the winner will be given a prize. 

Here's the fun part for the viewers: 

The viewers can sew along too with the challenges and post photos. Use the hashtag #FabricistaFabricMart on Facebook and Instagram. They will choose one viewer winner each week to win a prize.

For the contestants the prizes are as follows: 
Grand Prize Winner
  • $25 a month for one year to spend on fabric at, plus
  • Be a Fabric Mart Fabricista for 6 months writing guest posts for the blog.
  • receive a Julie's Picks Membership. (A $350 value with media exposure.)
Second place
  •  $100 gift certificate to spend at Fabric Mart
  • And a Julie's Picks Membership. (A $150 value.)
Third place
  • $50 gift certificate to spend at Fabric Mart
  • And a Julie's Picks Membership. (A $100 value.)

Again, I am super excited but I think it will be fun. I do hope that you all will play along as well. I always love looking at fellow sewers finished projects. But I have to admit, I think I might be a little out of my league, but I'm certainly gonna give it a shot. And I do hope that you will vote for me!

I will post my finished contest projects as soon as I am given the green light. So please stay tuned.

And wish me luck!


  1. Fab news for the fabricista, you'll be great. I love your version of the shirt dress, it looks lovely on and the fabric works so well. Super bag too

  2. I love the neckline on this shirtdress--it's so soft and feminine. And congratulations on Fabric Mart! I'm competing too, just getting to pics and writing things up for tomorrow. Good luck! I hope you've had a good week with this gorgeous sweater knit. It's been so nice to work with.

  3. Congratulations on being chosen as a contestant in this year's challenge. I'm excited to be following the contest for the first time and wish you lots of fun. Even though you feel you're out of your league, it should be an amazing experience, and when the creative juices begin to flow, magic happens. So enjoy the journey! I love your shirt dress and your husbands bag is awesome!


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