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CAROLINE PARTY DRESS IN LARGE FLORAL

April 4, 2018

I try to make my daughter a “fancy” dress every spring that she can wear for all of the events around that time. It is kinda a birthday / easter / spring concert / graduation dress. This year we decided to try out the Caroline dress from Mouse House Creations because we had such a great experience with her Janie Dress pattern over the winter.

This dress pattern is a pretty good compromise for us. It has a modern, simple silhouette for me, but has the fullness in the skirt section that makes my daughter happy. It’s a good inbetween dress for that 8/9 yr old age where they are still little girls so you want something that feels young enough, but it doesn’t have the frills and bows that would be more appropriate for a toddler.

It was a very simple and easy sew. I lined the bodice and skirt with some maroon cotton which made the inside of the dress really pretty and also added some fullness to the skirt. It also has optional pockets which we of coarse added.

The fabric for the main dress is some gorgeous cotton lawn from LaMercerie. I bought it for a robe awhile back, but thought it would be perfect for this dress. It’s a very sophisticated looking floral and the large scale is really nice on the fullness of the skirt.

We are both very happy with how this dress turned out. It’s always nice to sew up a quick and pretty girls dress every once in awhile to cleanse the palette.

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MAXI LENGTH ROSCOE HACK

March 28, 2018

I have been wanting to create this hack every since I saw a similar ready-to-wear one last summer. It’s pretty much the boho Roscoe dress of my dreams. I don’t really know where I am actually going to wear it. It’s a statement piece for sure, but I am excited to figure that out.

This is a pretty straight forward hack. I knew that there was going to be a lot of volume by the time I added an extra ruffle, so I decided to go down two sizes for a bit slimmer fit in the top. I am petite so I didn’t want it to overwhelm me. The Roscoe has a lot of ease in it. Even two sizes down, I still have plenty of room.

I also lengthened the sleeves. I loved how it worked for my Roscoe blouse earlier in the month so I thought I would try it again. All I did was lengthen the sleeves by 4-5 inches, straightened the bottom, and added an elastic casing. I like it be about 1 inch longer than my wrist to give a bit of billowing.

Other than that, the only change I made was to add an extra ruffle to the bottom of View C. I made sure to cut the bottom ruffle wider than the first ruffle so that it could be gathered onto the first one. I didn’t worry too much about the ruffles being the same length, I just added it and then hemmed the last ruffle once I was all done. I made sure to hem it short enough that I could wear this dress with heels or flat sandals to dress it down a bit.

I used two coordinating rayon crepe prints that I bought in a bundle off of etsy. It has a black background with cinnamon colored geometric shapes. I love how using the two different prints really highlighted the design lines. It would be fun to make it again with different stripes and also play with the direction of the stripes.

That’s it. Really easy hack with dramatic results. This might just be my new favorite dress. Secret pajamas for sure.

Just reminder that Roscoe Month is almost over. Use the code ROSCOEMONTH for a discount on both the pdf and paper versions of this pattern through the end of March.

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ROSCOE DRESS BEACH COVERUP

March 21, 2018

 

 

I have been wanting to use the Roscoe Dress sewing pattern to make a swim coverup for a long time. I decided to make it happen for Roscoe Month and found this perfect cotton/nylon crochet fabric from the Fabric Store. I love that it has the see through, floral look that you find with lace in general, but this feels a bit more casual and everyday because it’s cotton and geometric. I noticed that they have a few other colors as well – white, maroon, and cobalt blue.

 

 

 

 

For the purposes of this photoshoot, I layered the dress over a black Ogden cami that I lengthened into a slip dress. I think I will wear it this way quite a bit actually and I love that I can wear it for everyday or over a swimsuit for traveling.

 

 

Because of the fabric being crochet and having holes in it, I made a few changes. For the parts of the dress that need more fine tuned sewing, I used a black rayon fabric instead of the lace fabric for those areas such as the neckband, neck ties, and neck facing. For the hem and ruffle I also played around with the fabric. I knew that the hem would be tricky so I turned my pattern pieces and cut the hem along the selvage so I wouldn’t actually have the hem it. I also sewed the raw edges of the ruffle on the outside of the fabric instead of the inside. I like the way that ended up looking. Because lace generally doesn’t fray, this is a perfect time to use the seam allowance as a design detail.

 

 

Just a reminder that the Roscoe is on sale thru the end of the month with the code ROSCOEMONTH. I have three more versions of the Roscoe to show you before the end of the month so be prepared for that.

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LANDER ZIPPER EXPANSION PACK

March 12, 2018

Ever since releasing the Lander pants and shorts last year, I have been flooded with requests for a zipper option for this pattern. I am so excited to finally have it available for you with the Lander Zipper Expansion Pack.

If you have already sewn up the button fly option of the Lander pant, this expansion pack is perfect for you. I made sure to use as many of the same pattern pieces and instructions as possible so that this really is a natural extension of the original pattern. It is a bit more advanced than the button option, but I have provided detailed instructions, as well as some additional pattern pieces to make it as easy as possible.

 

One of my biggest pet peeves when sewing a zipper fly is shortening the zipper – especially metal ones. It’s the worst! So I made sure that all sizes use a standard size zipper (5″, 6″, or 7″). I prefer the metal jeans zippers, but you can also use the standard plastic ones if you prefer. The expansion pattern includes new pattern pieces for the right fly, left fly, and waistband, as well as a right fly extension to make sure that the zipper tucks into your pants nicely and is not visible when worn.

The expansion pack only comes as a pdf, but the print at home pattern is just 7 pages to tape, and there is a copy shop pattern included that works for both US and A0 printers.

 

Please note that you must have the original pdf or paper Lander pattern to make the zipper Landers. The expansion pack does not include all of the instructions or pattern pieces needed to complete the entire project.

You can find the pattern in my shop for purchase here.

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ROSCOE MONTH VERSION ONE

March 6, 2018

 

March is Roscoe Month at True Bias. This means that I have 5 versions of the Roscoe pattern to share with you throughout the month, and both the pdf and paper versions of the pattern are 20% off with the code ROSCOEMONTH through the end of March.

This first Roscoe that I made up is this rayon crepe blouse that I am in love with. I made a few hacks to the pattern this time. First of all I lengthened the sleeves to be wrist length instead of 3/4. Since I didn’t want to worry about a sleeve placket, I simply exchanged the sleeve casing for a an elastic casing. I lengthened the whole sleeve about 4 inches and then straightened the bottom to make creating the elastic casing easier. I folded it 1/4″ and then 1/2″, stitching it leaving an opening for the elastic. Then I measured the elastic that would be comfortable at my wrist, fed it through the channel and sewed the ends together. Then I sewed up the opening that I had left. I love the drama of the full sleeve.

The other change that I made to this blouse, compared to the original pattern, is the hem. The original pattern has an easy straight hem. I thought I would play with it a bit so I cut a shirttail style hem where the front and back are longer and the sides are shorter. Because the shirt is so full it’s hard to tell, but I do think the end result it nice. It makes it a little more fluttery with the different lengths.

The fabric for this blouse is rayon crepe from my stash that I originally sourced from The Fabric Store. I have some black rayon crepe from them as well that I am hoping to make into a Roscoe Dress. I love rayon crepe. It has the easy wash and wear capabilities of rayon challis, but the crepe falls a bit heavier for a more dramatic look. It hugs your curves a bit more which is especially great on a full style like this one. I also love sewing up my Southport pattern in rayon crepe in the maxi length because it moves so beautifully when you walk.

That is it for now. I have more Roscoes  in the works that I can’t wait to show you guys.