Summer Summer

With the heat comes the need for fun and easy summer fashions. The Karrie Top is a free pattern from Mood Fabrics.

The fabric is a glorious rayon voile in a blue/white embroidery pattern. This fabric passed the washing test with flying colors.

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Sometimes You Can Try Different Fabrics…

This is Simplicity’s S9262. A beautiful V-neck shift dress. What a hit for summer. I did make this “wearable muslin” in a double brushed poly(DBP) which was not on the recommended fabrics.

I am glad I took a chance. My result is a dreamy summer shift in a floral DBP. Soft and breathable. Look at that neck detail!

My next plan is to make this in a linen.

More Blomma Tank and a Blomma Dress!

When you find a pattern that has great fit and style – you make many of them. This is how I feel about the Blomma Tank from

This is a well fitting super easy pattern that loved becoming a dress too. I used the lower portion of Simplicity 8595 to extend the tank to a dress. It turned out to be a very nice mashup. Notice the beautiful neckline and armhole stitching!

The Blomma has a sporty cut that I adjusted by about a 1/2″ on front/back armholes so bra straps don’t show. This was a easy make and I highly recommend adding to your pdf stash. Visit or on Instagram @paradisepatterns.

This is What Happens When You Mix Simplicity 1446 Top and Rad Patterns Seaside Culottes

Hello summer. This is a mashup of S1446 top view C and Rad Patterns Seaside Culottes. The stunning fabric from Joann’s is a double brushed poly in navy/daisy print. So soft with a lovely drape.

Peppermint Magazine’s Wide-strap dress

The perfect compliment to summer is Peppermint Magazine’s Wide strap maxi. I made a shorter length and reduced the straps by 3 inches.

The fabric is peach stripe cotton woven from Mood Fabrics. This was a perfect pairing of pattern and fabric.

Style Sew Me – Madison Cardigan

This pattern is truly a waterfall cardigan. I loved the swing but not the length so I made a major alteration to the length while keeping the swing. I like this so much I made 2. Each was lined with a pop of color and one was finished off with bias tape. The black and beige fabric was from and the rest from stash.

My goal for the next Madison is to make it reversible!

The Blomma Tank

Paradise Pattern’s Blomma Tank is a sporty well-fitting tank that can be dressed up or down depending on where you are going.

It has a sporty cut that I adjusted by about a 1/2″ on front/back armholes so bra straps don’t show. This was a easy make and I highly recommend adding to the pdf stash. Visit or on Instagram @paradisepatterns.

The beautiful black/blue floral silky fabric was purchased from The Fabric Depot. It worked out very well and washed/dried to perfection prior to use! The bust darts were created on my Ovation Serger which is a great way to reduce bulk on knits with darts. A little scary the first time you use a serger for darts but with a little practice it becomes super easy.

The George and Ginger 40K Sway Top

This beautiful and free pdf pattern was easy to make and gives a ton of options. Faux or functional placket along with long or short cuffs.

I made the faux placket highlighted with buttons and the long cuff.

The fabric was a floral double brushed poly from my stash. The right pick for this look.

This pattern would also be a good contender for some mash-up possibilities.

A Casual Pairing

The Linda Stretch Pant from and BurdaStyle’s sweatshirt #111 02/2017 make a great pair.

The pants are in a black Ponte knit from Mood Fabrics and the sweatshirt is in a gray sweatshirt fabric from Joann Fabrics.

Comfortable and easy – now that’s a true casual pairing.