Sheona Dress with Pockets

I love my new Sheona dress and as a bonus, it has pockets! You can read my full tutorial and get the FREE pocket pattern piece on the AK Patterns blog here.

The Sheona has simple style lines and allows me to prominently feature fabric I love. I was careful with the floral pattern placement and really like how it appears to be climbing up the sides of my dress.

I did make a few adjustments to the pattern to get the best fit for my body shape, bringing the waist in an inch on both the front and back pattern pieces and using a French curve to grade out about 3 inches above and 4 inches below my waist. One additional adjustment I would make in the future is to add a bit more ease to the hips.

You can read all the details on how I added pockets to my Sheona dress on the AK Patterns blog here.

Pattern: Sheona Dress with 3/4 length sleeves
Size: 8
Fabric used: Liverpool polyester knit
Time estimate: 4 hours, with fit adjustments

Cost to Make:
pattern - $10 estimated value
pattern printing - $2 estimated value
fabric - $13
thread - $5
TOTAL: $30 value

This pattern was gifted to me in return for a blog post and all opinions are my own. I do truly love my new dress!

Golf Outfit - Pacific Pullover

Once I had the perfect golf skirt I needed an athletic, collared top to pair it with. And the GreenStyle Creations Pacific Pullover fit the bill perfectly. Thankfully, like the Pace Skirt, this pattern was also linked to fabric recommendations by The Fabric Fairy and I purchased both.

Since this was a .pdf pattern I had the copy shop file printed online and shipped to me. When I have enough lead time I much prefer this to printing patterns at home which, in my opinion, are less accurate to the original shape due to taping together many small sheets of paper. I prefer to block cut my patterns, pin them together at what would be the seam lines for my size, and fit the pattern to my body instead of making a toile. The problem to using this method with .pdf patterns printed on paper is that paper isn't nearly as flexible as tissue or fabric and it's difficult to get a good idea of fit.

My measurements ranged across the three smallest sizes and, with a rough pattern fitting, I decided to cut the pattern using a straight size small. I should have gone the extra mile here and done a pin fitting of my fabric pieces, instead of plowing ahead with sewing. Wrong decision! I quickly realized the top was going to be much too boxy for the fitted athletic look I was going for. I tried to make it work with a few small adjustments but ultimately needed to rip out what I had done and start fresh.

After ripping out all the seams, grading the pieces from a small in the hips to an extra extra small in the waist and an extra small in the bust, and reassembling the top I was much happier with the fit. As I sewed I tried to add extra finishing touches like grading seams, understitching, using stay tape in the shoulder seams and hem tape in the hem.

This pattern is drafted for someone 5'7" and I am 5'1" so I immediately removed 4" from the shorten line in the middle of the pattern pieces. This was far too much and I would only remove 2" in the future. Thankfully I plan to tuck this top into my Pace Skirt so it will still work for what I have in mind.

This was my first time sewing with supplex lycra and I'm glad it was so forgiving after all my seam ripping! It is said to be wicking, but with its microsueded back it was also a bit difficult to topstitch.

Ultimately I am really happy with this top and now that I have the fit issues figured out I can certainly see myself making a few additional versions of this top. When I do make it again I might try a more traditional finish to the collar piece as I don't find the twill tape the pattern called for forgiving enough.

Pattern: GreenStyle Creations Pacific Pullover
Size: XXS-Small
Fabric used: Beyond Tango Red Supplex Lycra Jersey Knit, 90% Hi-Wick Microfiber Supplex Nylon/10% Lycra
Time estimate: 8 hours (from the second start!)

Cost to make:
pattern - $10
pattern printing - $7.50
fabric - $14.50
thread and zipper - from my stash
TOTAL: $32

Golf Outfit - Pace Skirt

Last year I started joining my husband when he went golfing. I drove the golf cart, he golfed, and we both enjoyed escaping the city for a few hours. Golf quickly became something we enjoyed doing together and this year he talked me into getting my own set of clubs (I found a petite set!). Obviously I needed a new outfit to go with my new hobby and I quickly found GreenStyle Creations Pace Skirt, the perfect feminine athletic wear!

I haven't made a lot of athletic wear before and was glad GreenStyle Creations linked potential fabric pairings on the pattern listing page. I was thrilled to find The Fabric Fairy and browse through all the fabric options. I fell in love with this red and navy checkered stretch woven and planned the rest of my outfit around it. Sadly, there was only one yard left and that later became a bit of an issue.

Based on the pattern measurements I needed a size 6 at my waist and a size 8 at my hips. Given the number of pattern pieces and potential complexity of grading between sizes I decided to make a straight size eight - after all, this pattern was drafted for knits and negative ease.

When I went to cut out the lower skirt I didn't have quite enough fabric width. But I was determined to make this piece of fabric work, so I reduced each of the three side pleats by a 1/2" for a total of 1 1/2" inches. I also spent a lot of time intentionally placing and cutting the remaining pattern pieces for the best pattern matching.

I made the shorts version, with pockets for tees, and the standard rise. I did not include the crotch gusset. The one issue I had, of my own making, was sewing the top of the waistband with a short, straight stitch. I thought it would create a nice finish, but it didn't allow for enough stretch. Now I have to shimmy to get into my Pace Skirt!

This was such a fun and rewarding sew. I love how it turned out and will certainly make other versions in the future. The only change I would make, in addition to using a true stretch stitch at the waistband, is to remove 3/8" from the center of the front skirt panel and grade it out to nothing at the side.

Now to work on my golf swing... And stay tuned to hear all about the Pacific Pullover I paired with my paired with my Pace Skirt to complete the look.

Size: 8
Fabric used: shorts - Zen Poseidon Blue Nylon Spandex Athletic Jersey Knit, 88% ATY Nylon/12% Spandex
                       skirt - Red/Navy Checkers Stretch Woven (out of stock)
Time estimate: 8 hours

Cost to make:
pattern - $10
pattern printing - $4
fabric - $31.50
thread - from my stash
TOTAL: $45.50
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