Vintage McCall's in Dynamic Brushstrokes


I am in love with this pairing - the 1979 McCall's wrap dress and Minerva Exclusive Dynamic Brushstrokes viscose challis. Whether I wear the wrap in the front or the back I feel so elegant in this dress. Visit my profile on the Minerva blog to learn more about this make and purchase your own Dynamic Brushstrokes viscose challis through my affiliate link here.

This fabric was gifted to me in exchange for a post on Minerva's site and this post contains affiliate links. I'm loving this dress and appreciate your support!


Summer White Tennis Set


This year I've been subscribing to The Everyday Style School's seasonal capsule wardrobes and, paired with sewing exclusively in "my colors," I've been loving my makes! One trend I've been noticing this season is white tennis dresses/outfits and pairing the GreenStyle Creations Aria Twist Top and Rally Skirt, in my true white, was my answer to this trend. For fabric I used two yards of The Fabric Fairy's Carbon White Bi-Layer Poly Lycra Tricot.

I'm not much of a tennis player, but I'm looking forward to the ability to mix and match these pieces, most likely wearing the top for yoga and the skirt to play golf. Due to the bi-layer nature of the fabric this tricot is highly wicking while still being structured and opaque, making me confident in my choice to use white. I appreciate that the skirt comes with both briefs and shorts options. I know I'll enjoy the addition of the pockets offered in the shorts view!

I made size "E" for both patterns, using the shorter top with the racer back and the 3/4 circle skirt in the shortest length. I think I'll get the most wear out of the skirt and would be more likely to make that pattern again in the future. If I were to make the top again I would size down to a "D" and would try to add a shelf bra or cups.

The second adjustment I would make if I were making this set again would be to use a zigzag stitch at the top of the skirt waistband. I made the mistake of using a triple straight stitch at top of waistband and, while it does stretch, I have a difficult time getting the skirt on and off. I've made this same mistake with leggings in the past - when will I learn?!

Both patterns were quick and easy to make and the fabric was a breeze to work with. By the end of the first night wearing the set I had avocado on both pieces (thanks Baby A!) but I'm happy to report they laundered well and I have a perfectly white set again. I love this addition to my summer capsule.

Patterns: GreenStyle Creations Aria Twist Top and Rally Skirt
Size: E, both patterns
Time: Both garments were quick sews and I would estimate I spent about 5 hours on them both including printing and taping the pattern and cutting everything out

Cost to Make:
patterns - $15.50 (purchased on sale) plus printing costs
fabric - $25 plus shipping (value)
*thread from my stash
TOTAL VALUE: $40.50+

I recently joined The Fabric Fairy's promotional team and was gifted this fabric. But rest assured I love it and would purchase it again on my own!

Love Notions Rhapsody in Atelier Brunette Viscose Crepe Fabric

I had a great day sewing with my mentor Whitney, making bias tape and the Love Notions Rhapsody in this gorgeous Atelier Brunette Viscose Crepe Fabric. I can't say enough how soft this fabric is and what a joy making bias tape is. I borrowed her bias tape maker and will certainly be putting bias tape makers on my Christmas list!

This fabric was gifted to me in return for a post on Minerva's site and this post contains affiliate links. I love this fabric and would purchase it again! Thank you for your support.

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