Pattern Parcel :: Seeing Double in the Zsalya Tunic Dress

Zsalya Dress from Perfect Pattern Parcel | Pattern by Kate and Rose, made by Melissa Q. at  A Happy Stitch

These are the tunics, my friends.  The tunics that are going to get me through this fall weather while keeping up the appearance of a grown-up in grown-up clothes.  Except secretly I’m living comfortably and easily! Muhah! Ha! Ha!  Because, you know what?  Leggings over tunics are super cute and super comfortable and this one, the Zsalya dress, fresh from the Perfect Pattern Parcel package is adorable, if I do say so myself.  (Someone told me the other day that leggings trend is dead. Have you heard this?  I want to go on record to say I reject that completely.  Let it never die!)

Zsalya Dress from Perfect Pattern Parcel | Pattern by Kate and Rose, made by Melissa Q. at  A Happy Stitch

I’ve already received so many compliments on this dress when I wore it to teach one of my classes.  I made this one strictly following the pattern from Kate and Rose except I shortened it four inches from the dress length.  The fabric is a heavyweight (bottom weight?) from Ikea. It’s much heavier than what the pattern called for and it looked a little prairie-girlish as a longer dress but at tunic-length I loved it.  The pattern suggests using rayon or voile, very lightweight fabrics but I wanted to make these fall-weather appropriate so I went for it with the heavier fabrics and I like the result.

The sleeve has the cutest little scallop detail, it’s subtle but just adds to the charm of this tunic. Someone even said I looked ‘arty’…ooh, la, la to that! Zsalya Dress from Perfect Pattern Parcel | Pattern by Kate and Rose, made by Melissa Q. at  A Happy Stitch

I knew right away after finishing this one that I wanted a second one.  Remember a long time ago when my grandmother moved into an apartment and she sent me 50 pounds of fabric including loads of the Pendleton wool?  Well, it’s always so hard for me to stitch up that precious fabric but I knew it would be perfect for this tunic.

Zsalya Dress from Perfect Pattern Parcel | Pattern by Kate and Rose, made by Melissa Q. at  A Happy Stitch

And, indeed it is perfect! I love my Pendleton tunic dress so much and it’s extra special in this precious wool fabric.  I’m not going to lie to you, matching up the plaid was a headache-inducing task and you will see that I failed in many regards.  It took a lot of time to NOT get the front bodice to dress to line up.  Argh! It’s so close!!  I am excited, however, that the overlapping bodice pieces do match. Yay!  The back is also off.  Harumph.  You can see the roller coaster ride all this plaid matching took me on.

Zsalya Dress from Perfect Pattern Parcel | Pattern by Kate and Rose, made by Melissa Q. at  A Happy Stitch

But look!! The side seams match! So exciting.  I’m just going to have to show off the armpit area a little bit.  That’s a normal thing to do, right?

Zsalya Dress from Perfect Pattern Parcel | Pattern by Kate and Rose, made by Melissa Q. at  A Happy Stitch

I had the sense to put the sleeves on the bias, which makes them even more stinking adorable.  I did alter the neckline on this version of the tunic.  I’m not a fan of a high neckline so I lowered the swoop of the bodice by an inch and a half at the middle point.  I love the new neckline.  This one is also shortened by four inches.

Zsalya Dress from Perfect Pattern Parcel | Pattern by Kate and Rose, made by Melissa Q. at  A Happy Stitch

Are you tempted by the Perfect Pattern Parcel this time around? Remember, you get to set your own price and some of the funds go towards a charity, Donors Choose, that benefits schools and the rest of the proceeds go to Independent Pattern Designers who are regular people like you and me. The sale ends on October 31st!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
 

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
 

 

Pattern Parcel :: The Julia Cardigan

Snuggly Stripey Julia Cardigan | a happy stitch

It’s Perfect Pattern Parcel time! This time around the pattern bundle is 100% women’s clothing and I am so smitten with all the patterns. I was jumping up and down when I was sent the bundle.  What to make?! So many options! The honest truth is my closet doesn’t have many fall items that I like and I’m aiming to sew my way out that problem.  This pattern bundle is a great place to start.  Look at the options:

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
I made a few things, which I’ll be sharing for the next week but first up is this Julia Cardigan from Hayley at Welcome to the Mouse House. I have been lusting after this pattern for a while. It fits so perfectly with the life-with-kids and work-at-home pieces of my life.

Snuggly Stripey Julia Cardigan | Perfect fall weather cardi made by A Happy Stitch

Speaking of, special thanks to my husband for these pictures and to the kids for patiently exercising their bike riding skills! They managed to avoid crashing into me…most of the time.

The cardigan is very snuggly and certain to become a regular part of my wardrobe. The pattern is really versatile and so easy to put together.  I was very happy with it. I probably shouldn’t have tried it the first time with stripes, though.  There are lots of places stripes need to align on this cardigan and mine didn’t always match up with their stripe buddies quite right.  It was pretty good but not perfect.

Snuggly Stripey Julia Cardigan | a happy stitch

The fabric is a lightweight jersey knit I bought at Jo-Ann a while back.  I also made the tank dress I’m wearing.  I modified the Jorna tank dress to be more a-line to create this simple slip-like dress.  It’s also perfect for the comfortable everyday wear look I’m going for most days. And, how fun an entirely handmade outfit that (I hope) doesn’t looks too mumsy.

If this pattern package looks good to you don’t forget that you get to set your own price (but if you pay over $32 you get the bonus pattern making it only $5 a pattern! Score!) and some of the funds go towards a charity, Donors Choose, that benefits schools.  Plus, it benefits Independent Pattern Designers who are regular people like you and me, making things and selling them to support their families.  The sale ends on Halloween so scoop it up now mamas!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
 

Color Story Workshop & Creative Vulnerability

My Unique Color Story Workshop with Amy Butler | a story of creative replenishment from A Happy Stitch

At a certain point on my journey down the road as a creative freelancer, I realized that my creative spark kind of fizzles out if I’m not purposeful about replenishing it.   Don’t get me wrong, I get so much out of teaching and sewing new patterns.  It’s a constant flow of good ideas, good energy and new ways of doing things. And that is revitalizing, it really is.  I love it.  But, if I don’t stop and stretch myself in new directions every once in a while, in a manner that is restorative, well, I kinda lose my mojo. (more…)

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