Sew Liberated Myla Tank

Sew Liberated Myla Tank

First of all I wanted to again thank everyone who emailed me about testing. I’ve sent out emails to the ones I’ve chosen but I got so many responses that I’m just not able to email everyone else so if I haven’t emailed you back, sorry, but I’m collecting your email addresses into a list to send out for my next pattern testing and you’ll get first dibs if you want. :)


In other news – I got a teaching job! There’s a new fabric/yarn store in Austin called Me & Ewe that recently opened and I’m signed up to teach a beginner’s class and a class to make this tank top. This is my sample that I’ll use for my class.

The Pattern: The Myla Tank by Sew Liberated. It’s a quick and easy shirt pattern with no darts (yay!) a curved hem with an overlapping split back, bias bound neck and armholes, and a faux button placket in front.

The pattern uses French seams which I think is cool and might also be a neat technique to teach in my class.

Sew Liberated Myla Tank

The Fabric: A Katy Jones for Art Gallery print that I of course got from Me & Ewe. The pattern calls for light fabrics like lawn or challis but while this is technically a quilting cotton Art Gallery’s fabrics are so thin and light that I thought this would still work and I think I was right.

Sew Liberated Myla Tank

The yellow buttons are from my stash.

The Changes: I made a size 6, if I remember correctly. The only change I made was to the front armhole. I had some gaping there which I debated whether or not I should make a small armscye dart.

Front Myla Tank

I noticed looking on the envelope cover itself that the model has the same gaping that I had (on the model’s right side).

Myla Tank

Even this alternate sample from Sew Liberated had the gaping, too.

To fix it without altering the pattern I ran a length of basting stitches around the front armhole curve and pulled the ends ever so slightly to make almost unnoticeable gathers (sort of like when you ease a sleeve cap into the armhole). Then I bound the armhole to make the gathers permanent.

Problem mostly solved! I know from experience that the larger the bust the more curvy that armhole needs to be so if I’m working with students with that feature I may have to do some pre-emptive fitting. If we make muslins we can dart out the gaping and open up the shirt at the bottom to rotate that ease away.

Sew Liberated Myla Tank

The Results: I quite like this top. It was fast to put together. I like that the placket is fake because I am lazy. The split back makes it easy to sit down and bend over without the shirt getting caught on your bum (also good for those of us with larger backsides).

Sew Liberated Myla Tank

The bra I’m wearing criss cross straps so you don’t see them in back. I don’t mind visible bra-straps on a racer-back shirt but what I do mind is side bra. I had to dig though my bra collection to find one that wouldn’t show so much in the armhole. You can still see a bit of side bra depending on how I stand, more so in the front than the back.

Sew Liberated Myla Tank

I’m just going to have to accept that this tank has big armholes and that’s just how it’s gonna be. I’d probably redraw the front armhole entirely if I make this pattern again (maybe using the awesome Scout Tee armhole shape).

Official Call for Testers

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I know I’ve been a bit MIA these last few weeks but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy sewing.

Last week I sewed a shirt that seemed like it never wanted to be made. I struggled with the pattern, with the instructions and when I was finished I struggled with taking clear pictures of it because the fabric was black. Quite disappointing.

I really needed a quick win after spending so much of the past few months sewing endless historical costume pieces and different versions of my new dress pattern.

Blank Slate Patterns' Tulip Top

I did finish this Tulip Top for the Blank Slate Sewing Team! I had a fun time taking pictures of the shirt with some feathered friends (I got really excited seeing this peacock).

Charity sewing session for Dress for Success! I made these pants and a couple skirts.

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This past weekend I participated in a charity sewing event with my meet-up group for our local Dress for Success. We managed to make three pairs of pants, five cardigans, several a-line skirts and a bunch infinity scarves in only a few hours! All were basic and versatile garments made in certain commonly needed sizes. It’s amazing how quickly you can crank out clothes when you’re all working together.

But onward to the important newsmy new pattern is spell checked and ready for testing!


Here’s the size chart above. If you’d like to test please shoot me an email with the subject “Pattern Testing” to the address below. Please include which size (or size combo like 10-bust, 12-waist, 8-hip or whatever) you’d be making. I’d like to get all the sizes tested.

Update: Wow! Thank you for the incredible response. I think I’ve got enough testers for now. I’ll be sending out emails to all of you soon.

And thank you all for your support and excitement over this pattern! It’s helped me so much to stay motivated to finish this project.

Cut-out Dress Version 3.0

Bonnell Dress
I’ve been busy busy busy working on all kinds of sewing but it’s been so cold and rainy lately that I’ve not yet been able to take pics of anything until now.

This is my third iteration of this dress and I’m quite excited to share it with you!

Bonnell Dress

The Pattern: Self-drafted. I only made minor adjustments since my second version but nothing that is noticeable.

Bonnell Dress

The Fabric: A brilliant silk/cotton blend with a paneled border print from Austin Fabric Co-op. Alas the Co-op is now closed – the third fabric store closure in the last 6 months. I’m so sad.

I snagged the final two-ish yards of this fabric on the very last day the shop was open and I struggled to fit my pattern pieces just right to take advantage of the print. I barely squeezed out the front bodice with some scant seam allowances on one side.

Bonnell Dress

I love the geometric look which compliments the triangle cut-outs, I think. The border print makes it look like I’ve got a nifty yoke on the bodice.

It was difficult to match up the print when cutting because the fabric shifted so much. I had to spray starch most of it.

The lining is plain ol’ white muslin.

Bonnell Dress

The Changes: The only real difference – I lined the skirt. The fabric was too sheer on its own.

Bonnell Dress

The Results: This dress probably now resides in my top 5 garments I’ve ever made. The print, the colors, everything just screams ‘cool.’ And the cut-outs just add to the fun factor.

Which brings me to the good news – I’m making a pattern for this dress!

Bonnell Dress

First of all, I think I need to mention that skirt. I know I said I was planning on releasing a new pattern for a skirt months ago but I kept running into problem after problem with it, including major measurement issues. At this point I figured it might be easier to just start over from scratch. With that setback I felt like I needed an easier pattern project. One that didn’t frustrate me. One with fewer pieces. One that I could feasibly finish within a reasonable amount of time.

And huzzah! This dress pattern I’m almost finished! The PDF will have TEN (10!!)!!! sizes!! Also, full illustrations, detailed instructions, sewing tips, and more.

I’m nearly ready to send the pattern out to testers so if you’d like to test for me stay tuned in the next few days for more information!

Blank Slate Patterns Oceanside Shorts and Juniper Jersey

Blank Slate Oceanside Shorts

Hey readers! I’ve been slowly working on transferring my blog from Blogger to WordPress and I’ve been facing some struggles along the way, but I’m slowly getting there. Thanks to friends who’ve been sharing tips and tricks with me.

But today I want to show off some projects I’ve been doing for the Blank Slate Sewing Team. The team is a collective of bloggers making and sharing Blank Slate Patterns‘ designs. Blank Slate is made by Melissa of, a friend and fellow Austin-ite, who designs easy to sew womens and kids patterns.

So far I’ve sewn the Oceanside Shorts and the Juniper Jersey (click to see my original posts at with more pics!).

Let’s start with…

The Pattern: My most recent make are my Oceanside Shorts. This pattern has the option to make pants or shorts. They were quick to sew – no side seams, no zipper, patch pockets. I serged all my seam allowances and tied knots at the ends of my drawstrings.

Blank Slate Oceanside Shorts

The Fabric: The pattern calls for drapey bottom weight material but I took a risk and used a striped cotton shirting which I got for free from a fabric swap. It works pretty well with this design although the thinner fabric does get pretty wrinkly. But the fabric looks like linen and these are a casual style or shorts so I think it works okay.

I used two metal shank buttons from my stash.

Blank Slate Oceanside Shorts

The Changes: My only real change was rolling up the legs about two inches to make cuffs. The pic above is the length of the shorts without rolling.

I didn’t have to do any fitting to these pants which surprised me. They’re pretty well fitted right out of the box. Obviously every body is different but I think the style is loose and casual enough to be forgiving.

The Results: I’m diggin’ these shorts, like, I highly recommend this pattern. I like that the drawstring isn’t just one long length of fabric. It’s two fabric tubes attached to a piece of elastic hidden in the middle. You only see the fabric drawstrings in the front but the elastic makes the waistband more snug in the back. I just wish I had used a better quality elastic. I can tell that it doesn’t have good recovery and it stretches out too much.

If only it was warmer so I could wear my shorts outside! These are going to be in heavy rotation this summer.


Lace yoke on Juniper Jersey pattern by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Dixie DIY

The Pattern: My first project was the Juniper Jersey. I liked that I could squeeze out the pieces with scraps and I could mix and match fabrics. I cut a size small which fit well.

The Fabric: My scrap yellow fabric is a double-knit? It might be a ponte… at this point I don’t remember.

The white lacy top fabric is some sort of franken-fiber stretchy stuff I bought on a fabric shopping trip to Dallas. I loved the lace effect but I was concerned it wouldn’t hold the weight of the yellow knit. Turns out the lace has a good recovery and it works just fine.

I serged all the seams which was good considering the negative space in the lace would have made it difficult to sew just on a regular machine.

The Changes: In the end I left the sleeve hems raw. At first I tried turning the raw edge under twice and hemming but it the lace created a lumpy mess so I just chopped it off rather than try to unpick my stitches. The fabric doesn’t fray which is convenient.

Back view - Juniper Jersey pattern by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Dixie DIY

The Results: I’ve worn this shirt a bunch of times since making it. If you’ve never sewn a V-neck before then this is a good way to start. With the shoulder yoke it’s like a “cheater” v-neck, super easy to make.