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Pattern Review: Greenstyle Sundial Leggings

I’m kicking the new year off with a quick athletic pattern test- the Sundial Leggings from Greenstyle. I’m hoping they’ll help me achieve a few of my health goals that I’ve set for 2021!

As goals go, I can’t say that I achieved exactly what I wanted in 2020, but what I did come away with is more valuable to me. In 2020, I learned more about myself, about the issues with mental health that has ruled so much of my life- for longer than I ever realized- and about how to accept that I may never completely “overcome and move on” from this trial in my life. But I am determined to embrace who I am, and understanding the triggers and things that make me tick is a step towards that.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time to seek out some help, yet again, and try to determine why I was feeling so … off. Even more than my anxiety makes me feel “off”. I said to my family a few times that I felt like I was legitimately going crazy. I was having trouble focusing, wanting to sleep alll day long (yes I have a sweet baby who wakes me up at night, but this was extra), and why my fuse was so short with my kids and husband.

The doctor I saw took some blood and checked my thyroid, liver, A1C (diabetes), and iron. It turns out my thyroid is off again, my cholesterol is high and my A1C is on the high end of normal. She said that she’s seen thyroid inconsistencies do some crazy things to a person. SO we are getting my thyroid back on track and I’m working on getting my diet back on track too- no gluten, no dairy and more fiber, protein, veggies and WATER.

I’m TWO for TWO today with exercise and better eating and with the thyroid meds in my system, I’m feeling a little more “normal”.

SUNDIAL LEGGINGS REVIEW

Now for the pattern review! Greenstyle is an independent PDF pattern company. What are PDF patterns you ask? They are patterns you can print off on your printer! I love them because they include a broad range of sizes and the testing process is very meticulous so they are well-drafted patterns that always fit me well and give me a professional result.

You all know how much I love Greenstyle, and this pattern is no exception. You can grab a copy of the Sundial Leggings HERE.

My measurements on the Greenstyle size chart are as follows: BUST: E WAIST: H-I HIP: G. I made a size G with an H waistband, and the fit is great.

The pattern features different options for the waistband: Full waistband, overlapping waistband and a layered option with both of them. I made both the full length high rise, and the layered high rise option. I used to stick my nose up at high rise options, but having 4 babies and being in my 30’s has me singing a different tune. (insert laughing emoji here). Isn’t is funny how life will humble you?

The pattern also has capri length and full length options, and no outseam. They are so quick to sew and are great for beginners and professionals alike.

My fabric for both pairs also came from Greenstyle. The dip dye capri pair is Arete that looks like its sold out, but the Pineapple fabric is still available! It is awesome fabric that has a soft hand and great recovery.

Capri Dip-Dyed Pair
Side View- look ma! No Side seam!
Close-up of layered waistband option

If you’re looking for a fun and quick project, this just might be the ticket for you. Let me know how it goes for you!

Happy sewing, friends!

❤ Kayliegh

Prime Day Must Haves: Sewing Edition

Prime Day is here and with it has some great deals on sewing tools! I’ve linked the things I use often wehn I’m sewing, adn other things I’m going to snage for myself because they are great deals and I need to re-stock.

For fabric marking, cutting and sewing (and the unfortunate seam-ripping that happens to all of us):

Rotary Cutter and self healing mat set: This will save your life when you need to cut straight lines! I use my self-healing mat for EVERYTHING, even when I’m cutting with my shears! You’ll also want some acrylic rulers to go with the rotary cutter and mat, so that you can get a straight cut every time!

Stock up on sewing machine needles! Universal here. Double stretch here.

Sewing Clips! If you haven’t tried these yet, you need to! They will change your life. I still use my tailor’s pins for certain jobs, but these clips can be used instead of pins and they are awesome!

I love using tailor’s chalk to mark my fabric- especially on dark-colored fabric! This pack looks perfect and would cover all the bases!

If you’re in the market for new scissors, or just starting out, this pack has shears, snippers and a measuring tape! It looks like a great set!

My girls keep begging me to teach them to sew! I have been looking for a machine for them that isn’t a toy, but is still great for them to learn on and this machine looks like a great option!

Still making masks? I have this elastic and it works great!

Planning on making Christmas pjs this year? Make sure you have enough elastic! This spool is perfect!

Placing snaps has become one of my favorite things to do. If I’m being honest, I’d rather use snaps over buttons! This snap starter set is great for beginners and to help get a stash started. **UPDATE: These snaps look like the KAM snaps I like to use, just a different brand. I’m going to try them and see how they compare!

I’m still on the hunt for a prime day deal on a seam ripper, but I have to share the one that my mother in law just gave me- it has changed my life! It’s a razor blade type, and makes picking out seams so much quicker. If you see a deal on a seam ripper, let me know! **UPDATE on the seam ripper: I just found this pack with a seam ripper, some snippers, and measuring tape!

For clothing and fabric embellishment:

I love making clothes, but I also love spicing them up a little too! I have an embroidery machine with a small hoop, a cricut for vinyl and I also love using fabric paint!

I dabble in embroidery, and love finding good deals on all the things I use regularly. This roll of stabilizer is a great deal! This water soluble stabilizer is great for my projects on faux leather NOTE** the deal is on 12″x25yard roll.

For my Cricut loving friends: get replacement mats for a killer deal. Be sure to snag these Cricut tools and a replacement blade as well!

You can achieve a screen-printed look using freezer paper stencils (cut on the Cricut!) and using Fabric paint. I’m going to grab these brushes for myself and these Fabric markers look enticing as well!

For storage and organization, and just plain cool things:

Please tell me I’m not the only one that has trouble with my threads going crazy! I have the bobbin saver for storing my bobbins in, but the threads still are crazy sometimes, especially because I have curious little fingers in my house! So I’m for sure going to snag some of these Bobbin Clamps for the bobbins and some of these thread spool savers for allll the sewing and embroidery threads I have. I think I’ll also grab another case for storing my bobbins, since my bobbin saver is full and I still have bobbins to store.

And then there is the actual thread that you always need! I love having matching colors for my projects, so this thread pack is perfect for providing several colors to have on hand. And for serger thread, this pack is a great deal!

I’m always looking for something fun to hang on my sewing room walls, and this Safety pin decor is perfect for the vibe I’m going for!

Going on a trip? Make sure to grab this sewing machine and notions Traveling case so you can take your sewing fun with you!

If you’re like me, you are a fabric hoarder, I mean collector, (insert smirk here). This Cube organizer is great for storing fabric and patterns!

I like to stand when I’m cutting and piecing patterns, but my tile floors don’t do my feet and back and favors. I’m going to grab this anti-fatigue mat to save my body and be able to sew longer. Win-win!

If you’re looking for a cool gift for the seamstress in your life (no judgement if that’s yourself) check out these beautiful scissors sets! vintage scissors and vintage set for embroidery and hand work.

**UPDATE: How cool is this bobbin winder? I hate having to stop my project, unthread my machine just to wind a bobbin! This nifty tool would help the process move a little quicker!

**UPDATE: I have heard amazing things about these wool ironing mats. They hold the heat in so whatever you’re pressing gets a good press from both sides!

Giveaway!

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Pattern Review: Greenstyle Valerie Dress

I have jumped into testing patterns again full force since having my sweet babe in June. This is one of my favorites so far!

Greenstyle just released this cute t-shirt dress, the Valerie dress! It is so versatile with all of the options. You can make a LBD for going out, or make it in a cozy French terry as a sweatshirt dress.

This pattern features a curved or straight hem, 4 different sleeve lengths, chest pocket, and hood options, and scoop, V-neck or round neckline, and a center back seam for better shaping. It’s drafted for a 5’7” height and a feminine build size chart. The hem hits me about mid-thigh.

For my first version, I used a cozy striped waffle knit in fall colors. I did not add length, and I used the V-neck and 3/4 sleeve length options. I love the cozy fall vibe this dress gave! My measurements fell in different sizes on the chart- F bust, I waist and G hips. I decided that with the shape of the dress, to just grade from F to G. I ended up with a great fit! Fabric is from Mily Mae fabrics!

Perfect with my brown booties!
That V though! 👌

My next version was the one I’d been dreaming about since I found out Greenstyle was doing a t-shirt dress. I used a blue modal from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It is sooo comfortable and soft! I did the scoop neckline and cap sleeves. I styled it with both my brown booties and my navy tennies for a different feel! I graded F to G on this version as well, but I added 1” to the length. Personally, I like the longer length on myself.

With brown booties
With navy tennies

I really enjoyed testing this pattern, and I am planning my next. Fall and winter in Idaho means I NEED some sweater/sweatshirt hooded dresses to pair with my leggings and boots! Grab the pattern now!

Happy sewing friends!

❤ Kayliegh

Greenstyle Cavallo Leggings: Maternity Waistband Hack

You may remember the amazing, INSEAMLESS Cavallo leggings from Greenstyle that I reviewed last week (see review here). Well, being 9 months pregnant, I wanted to be able to wear them now, and after my baby gets here. They are so comfy, I want to live in them!

I made 4 pairs, each with different waistbands so that I could compare and see which worked the best for me and my bump. I did 2 pairs with a maternity cross-waistband hack and 2 pairs with the normal waistband from the pattern. I prefer an under-belly maternity band on my maternity wear, so that’s what I used for these.

While the regular waistband is totally wearable with the bump, I do find the most comfort from having the maternity wasitband on them. My favorite pair is the blue ones, because the waistband comes up high enough and stays in place the very best for me. After baby comes, I am going to be so glad I have some with the standard waistband on them so it will help hold all the goodness of my mom-belly in place!

Fabric sources IF you’re wondering:

Blue heathered pair is Greenstyle’s performance navy moss supplex. IT. IS. HEAVENLY. It is so incredibly soft, but has the firm-ness you would expect to find in a supplex.

Red is Greenstyle’s cherry red Arete fabric. It is lighter weight, but still opaque which also means SQUAT PROOF! It is perfect for summer and warmer temps, or if you just want something that’s lighter weight.

(Can you tell I’m a fan of Greenstyle yet? )

Cavallo leggings with crossband under-belly materntiy hack

Fabric sources for regular WB leggings below:

Black/gray textured pair is premium athletic fabric from Surge fabric shop. I have been holding onto this fabric for a while, waiting for the perfect project, and I’m so glad I used it for this pattern- it was perfect! (They don’t have this particular fabric in stock anymore, but checkout their other awesome athletics!)

Animal print pair is the tan cat fabric from Greenstyle. This is also a lighter weight fabric, but still opaque. I am a sucker for cheetah prints, and these have ended up being one of my very favorite makes because of the fabric/pattern combo. I mean, can you even with those jogger-style pockets??

Cavallo Leggings with pieced waistband included in pattern

FINALLY: Here is how I did the maternity waistband:

Crossband Under-Belly Maternity Waistband

PATTERN NOTES: 

  1. Use the symmetrical waistband pieces included in the pattern.
  2. Print double, so you’ll have 2 main pieces and 2 liner pieces
  3. Leave 1 main and 1 liner untouched, these will be the back waistband pieces.
  4. For the remaining main and liner pattern piece, repeat the following on each piece: Add paper to the center edge (the one marked with the “fold”) so you can extend the pattern piece. 
  1. Measure in from the top center edge (the one marked with the “fold”) 2” and mark. Measure out from the bottom center edge 3” and mark.
  2. Connect the marks starting at the top and drawing a gradual curve until you get to the bottom mark. 
  1. Cut the new pattern pieces and cut your fabric accordingly. For the curved pieces, you will need to cut 2 of the main and 2 of the liner rather than on the fold. The back pieces remain as 1 main and 1 liner on the fold. 

CONSTRUCTION NOTES: 

  1. When it comes time to construct the waistband, you’ll follow the pattern instructions to sew the main pieces together at the side seams, and then sew the liner pieces together at the side seams. 
  2. Place the main and liner waistband with right sides together, and stitch the top seam. You’ll follow the curve of the front pieces for this. Add clear elastic at this point, and then turn the waistband right side out. 
  1. Mark the front of the waistband at 3” on each side. This is where it will meet with the front seam when you quarter the waistband and connect it to the pants. Pin the waistband to the pants with right sides together as the pattern instructs. Your front pieces will overlap. Stitch the waistband to the pants and you are done!

Let me know if you try this hack and how it works for you!

Happy maternity sewing!

❤ Kayliegh

Pattern Review: Greenstyle Cavallo Leggings

Hello friends! I hope this finds you healthy and happy.

I haven’t been great at sharing allll of my pattern tests and makes lately, but I couldn’t let the latest one slip by with out sharing, because the pattern is really awesome!

You’ve seen me talk about Greenstyle patterns alot, and I have a closet full of athletic leggings to prove it! I’ll be honest, when I heard there was yet another athletic legging pattern in the works, I was skeptical and not sure why I’d need another one, when I’ve already found some that are my favorites. After making 5 pairs for myself, this pattern has quickly made it’s way to the top of my favorites list. So, let me share my findings and let the pattern speak for itself.

The pattern features two styles of pockets, slant and scoop. My animal print pair has the scoop pocket that you can see really well. There are also 2 different rises, and 2 waistband heights, 2 different length options and nice DEEP pockets. (the pockets are optional, but I mean, POCKETS). The design lines are SO flattering on so many different body types, and probably the best feature of all is that these have NO INSEAM. For a thick-thighed gal like myself, that means no chafing, no rubbing my inner legs. They also have an optional patch for the inner leg that you can add, and makes these the prime leggings for horse-back riding. They are also ideal for running, cycling, cleaning your kitchen, etc.

I used athletic fabrics to make these (also from Greenstyle).

Animal print is the Tan Cat fabric athletic poly spandex

Red is the Arete , which is also a poly spandex

Get the Cavallo leggings pattern here!

Finally, here are some different views of the Cavallo leggings I made! I would definitely recommend this pattern! It’s great for beginners and pros alike, and is a quick and fun sew!

Since I am getting close to baby time, I had to try out a maternity waistband as well. (See my hack post here)

You can bet I’ll be living in comfort for the home stretch of my pregnancy!

Scoop pocket option
LOVING the back curve on these- makes it look like I’ve been doing squats or something 😉

Let me know if you try this pattern and what you think!

Until next time, happy sewing!

❤ Kayliegh

Greenstyle Super Gs

It’s been a while since I’ve got to share about a pattern!

It’s highly likely that this pattern is already mentioned on this blog- I love it that much!

The Super G tights from Greenstyle are in my top favorite patterns. I love the way they fit, that they are trendy and that I can make a pair in one afternoon.

Also, for nostalgia purposes, the Super Gs were the first pattern I tested for Greenstyle. I will say my gusset skills have heavily improved since then! My first pair was the simple option with no pocket. I still wear them often!

Flashback to my test pair!

The pattern features a long gusset only the inseam to help with optimum movement. You can either choose to simplify and have them be a solid side/front, or you can add pockets in the side seams, which is my personal favorite because, pockets. You can purchase a copy of your own here!

I also love the high waistband option, because it holds my mom belly in so well! It’s like wearing shape wear, only it’s my pants!

Last summer I made a pair of Super Gs in long shorts length, and the only thing I regret about that is that I didn’t make more pairs. I was cycling my one pair through the laundry as quick as I could– they were all I wanted to wear!

Writing this post has me itching to make some more pairs.. should I do a solid pair, or printed??

Let me know what you think!

And head over to the Greenstyle Facebook page to see my giveaway post to win your own copy of the pattern!

Also, January 25, 2020 only, the pattern will be discounted on the website! Greenstyle Website

Pattern Review: Greenstyle Clara Wrap Top

Pattern Review

You know the item of clothing in your closet that you didn’t know you needed until you saw it? That’s how this wrap top was for me. Seriously, I was not in the market for a top like this until I saw the line drawing for it, and suddenly I had always needed one.

This pattern is brought to you by, you guessed it! My fave Greenstyle. It first released exclusively with the Sew Fab bundle, but now it’s available on the Greenstyle Website.

The top features front darts, two long ties to wrap around at the bottom, and a cropped length. It is perfect to throw on over a tank for yoga, or a fancy lace top for date night. I love it when patterns are so versatile!

If you’re new to darts, don’t let them scare you. Check out my tips for sewing the perfect dart in this post.

I made a SM in this top because my bust measurements put me there, and it ends above my waist point so there was no need to grade to accommodate my love handles.

I always say I’m going to make many of something I love, but I’ll be honest- I go from one thing to the next and stay so busy! But this is a pretty quick sew and I’m hoping to get at least one more sewn up for summer!

Here are a few more photos, courtesy of my sweet seven year old who is now aspiring to be the family photographer!

Let me know when you get to try this pattern and what you think! I think you’re going to love it!

Happy sewing, friends!

❤ Kayliegh

Pattern Review: SALS Nathan Vest and Grady Pants

With Easter coming this weekend, this pattern test couldn’t have come at a better time! I just had the opportunity to test the Nathan Vest and the Grady Pants patterns’ from Sew A Little Seam (SALS). I was excited when the tester call went up, because my little guy needs more church clothes! He was so excited that it was his turn to have mama make him something.

Both of these patterns have darts in them, and I know sometimes it’s hard to get your darts to turn out just right. Check out my tutorial on how to sew the perfect dart.

Nathan Vest

As with most of the patterns from SALS, this one is jam packed with options. It is drafted for sizes 3 months clear to a 15/16. I foresee many more vests for my son in the future with this same pattern!

There is a collared and non-collared option, a double-breasted and single breasted, and you choice of patch pockets, welt pockets, or no pockets. You can also opt to add an adjustable strap on the back. I did the double breasted, no collar, no pocket option and did add the adjustable strap on the back, though I still have yet to find a vest clip for it (My Joann’s was a bust!)

Back of vest with adjuster strap (no buckle yet!)

As far as sewing the vest, I will admit it took a while to get through my first one. The instructions are very extensive and easy to follow, it is just a more-complicated pattern than I’ve sewn for a while.

But I’d say all the extra effort is worth it when seeing the end result. I had to grade from an 18month to a 2t waist to fit my son, and am hoping it will fit him through the summer. The fit ended up being right on for us after grading.  Get your copy of the pattern here.

Grady Pants

I also signed up for the pants test, because I knew I wanted pants to match the vest. This was the perfect pattern for that!

The Grady Pants also have a size range from 3months to 15/16 and has a diaper ease option for sizes 3 months-3t. I used this option as my little guy is not yet potty trained.

Again, this pattern has so many options! You could make several pairs and get a different look each time. The testers used every type of fabric from suiting, to denim, to seersucker and each pair turned out so awesome. There are a full elastic, back elastic and fitted options for the waistband. Front slant pockets, front curved pockets or no front pockets. Back patch pocket, back welt pocket or no back pocket. And a faux fly or functioning fly. And either shorts or pants length.

I made the 18 month with diaper ease for my short-legged boy and used the shorts length with diaper ease and back elastic waistband. This will be the perfect outfit for church in the summertime!

Sewing these took some time, just like the vest. But the thing I like about that is I know that these are made right and I’m not making any shortcuts! It is the perfect pattern for making professional quality pants.

On the front waistband closure I used some Kam snaps instead of a button and button hole, or hook and eye. I love the pop of color it adds! This is the pack of kam snaps I have and they work perfectly every time!

I am thrilled to have this done for him just in time for Easter! He looks so handsome in them! Next up, I’m making him some new jeans with the denim I’ve been hoarding for a while.. Now go grab this pattern for yourself here!

Happy Sewing!

❤ Kayliegh

How To Sew the Perfect Dart

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Have you ever found a pattern you loved and wanted to make, and then noticed there was a dart in it, so you decided not to try? I’ll be honest, I’ve had my fair share of dart fiascos, and it ruined the look of my whole garment. Why are those tricky little things so hard to get just right? Well, the good news is that I had a phenomenal professor in a college sewing class who spent a whole 3 hour class period teaching us how to get the darts right. And I’m going to share what I know with you!

Darts are one of the things that you need to transfer to your fabric from the pattern during the cutting stage. It takes a little extra time, but you’ll thank yourself for taking the time to do it when you’re ready to sew later on.

After you have your darts traced, I like to use pins to mark the top and the bottom of my dart. It helps to align the dart correctly, making sure that it lines up with the other side.

Now for sewing the dart! This is the stage where it typically goes awry. The biggest tip I’m going to share it this: DON’T BACKSTITCH at the tip of the dart. You’ll want to sew from the widest part of the dart to the point.

Start stitching the dart at the wide end, and about 1/2″ before the point, stop stitching and decrease the stitch length. Then continue stitching to the end of the dart. Use one of the following techniques to finish the pointed end of the dart:

1. Tye a knot in the threads after sewing. To do this, leave a tail of thread about 2″ long as you start stitching. This will leave you enough to tie a knot after you have stitched the dart.

2. Starting to stitch off of the fabric so that it creates a chain before the point.

3. Trace stitching over the first 5-6 stitches at the point of the dart. Trace stitching is exactly what it sounds like. Stitch the dart without backstitching, and then go back and stitch over your stitches at the last 1/2″ of the point of the dart.

NOTE: As I’m finishing the dart, I typically just sew off the fabric to create a chain, because it will get caught when stitching either a seam or a hem.

When you’re finished sewing the dart, you’ll want to press it really well. Press underarm darts down, and vertical darts to the center. A tailors ham can help you get a really nice press in the dart as well.

This is the one I have and I have used it for years since school. It is the Dritz brand and it works so well for pressing cuffs, darts, collars and so on:  

And that’s it! These tips are sure to get you the perfect dart, but please remember as with all things, it takes some practice.

In my opinion, darts add so much to the design of a piece, and I love the sophistication they bring.

**These tips will work for both woven and knit fabrics, and with different shapes of darts.

As always, let me know if you run into any questions when sewing your own darts!

Happy Sewing, Friends!

❤ Kayliegh

Greenstyle Inspire Tights Pattern Review

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I’ve been sewing a lot of these workout leggings lately, and wanted to hop in and give a quick review! They have quickly become my go-to pattern when I need a pair of workout leggings in a hurry.

The pattern is brought to you by one of the best athletic PDF pattern makers out there- Greenstyle Creations. It features 5 different hem lengths- shorts, Capri, cropped, long, and extra-long. You can also choose to add a gusset, which is a triangular shape, or make them with no gusset.

There is an optional hidden waistband pocket as well. As if that weren’t enough to make it a great pattern, you can do inserts on the front, or in the back of the knee, or both! Or you can just leave them as plain leggings. Sometimes when you have fabric you want to really showcase, the plain option is best. That’s what I opted to do with this striped fabric, pictured below.

(This is striped supplex from The Styled Magnolia Custom Fabrics. )

I’m 5’7″, which is what the patterns are drafted for- lucky me! I made a pair out of nylon spandex (also from The Styled Magnolia) and used the extra-long cut line so I could do a fun split hem.

One modification I do when making these is to increase the waistband height. After having 3 kids, things are not as tight as they once were around my midsection, and raising the waistband helps to hold everything in, especially when using compressive fabrics. I typically add 1-1.5″ to the normal height.

The pattern has very detailed and easy to follow instructions, so whether you’re a beginner or a pro, or somewhere in between, this is a great pattern for you. You can snag it with my link here.

If you end up sewing yourself a pair, or 5 of Inspires, I’d love to see them!

Happy Sewing!

❤ Kayliegh

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