bento tee in stripes

ALRIGHT!  i was kind of on a roll with sewing some clothes for myself through the summer, but got sidetracked with kid sewing this fall.  that’s cool, it was fun and all, but the seasons have changed and i’ve got a bunch of things i want to make myself.  i started quick and easy, with this shirt.

stripey bento tee // skirt as top

this is one of the new Liesl + Co. patterns, the Bento Tee.  i tested the kid version of this pattern (the Lunchbox Tee, which comes with culottes), and the shirt I made is actually shown in the pattern introduction post – on Miss S herself!  what a thrill!  anyway, Oliver + S pattern testing is a pretty sweet gig – they pay their pattern testers and offer them a pattern of their choice, so i picked the Bento Tee.

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dear stella everyday skirt

today i’m guest posting over on the Dear Stella Design Blog with a fun project using fabric they sent me (lemme tell ya – getting emails out of the blue offering free fabric is pretty much a sewing blogger’s dream!).

i guess it wasn’t totally out of the blue – i did visit the Dear Stella booth at Quilt Market this spring wearing Washi Two made out of Dear Stella fabric – which i thought would be uncool, sort of like wearing a band t-shirt to their concert.  but in the land of Quilt Market, apparently displays like that are met with excitement and photo requests and offers of fabric months down the road.  😉

anyway.  they sent me three fabrics of my choice and this is the first – it’s from their confetti sparkle line, pretty much the most perfect holiday fabric ever (GOLD METALLIC POLKA DOTS, YO).  i knew it had to turn into a liesl + co everyday skirt right away!

confetti sparkle everyday skirt

and nope, i didn’t suddenly shape-shift – these photos are not me.

i didn’t realize until after the skirt was mostly sewn that the style wasn’t going to work with my pregnant belly, so i asked my sister-in-law to model for me.  she was the ideal modeling candidate, having just given birth to her fourth child 3 months ago…hehe.  but seriously, she looks amazing, right??

confetti sparkle everyday skirt

head on over to the Dear Stella Blog to read more about this skirt, the fabric it’s made with, and see more photos, too!

i can’t wait to get sewing with the other two cuts and show those to you…one will be the perfect Christmas dress for Em, and the other is sort of the launch point for an entire bedroom design!  all in due time…

thanks so much for having me, Dear Stella!

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confetti sparkle is shipping to stores now – here are a few online resources for Dear Stella fabric – drygoods designhawthorne threads,, and over the rainbow on etsy, which looks to have some of the confetti sparkle line in stock already!

you can also check out their “where to buy” page for a store near you to check it out.  it’s so pretty in person and i loved sewing it.  even though it’s quilting cotton, it seems to lend itself really nicely to apparel.

my canadian tuxedo

pretty exciting development in the world of women’s sewing – Liesl Gibson, creator of the fantastic children’s pattern brand  Oliver + S (and my sewing mentor), recently announced the release of three new women’s patterns!  i knew adult patterns were coming (she mentioned them at Quilt Market) but had no idea what they’d look like or whether they’d work with my pregnant belly.  when i got an email from her with the patterns attached last week, i fell in love and rushed to the fabric store that same day.

chambray weekend getaway blouse

i plan to sew all three of the new patterns eventually, but first i decided to tackle the weekend getaway blouse.

chambray weekend getaway blouse

okay no, i’m lying.

i actually planned to sew the late lunch tunic, and bought this great chambray shirting from Mill End specifically for that pattern, buuuut then i flew down to visit Jess last weekend (more on that later) and she had already sewn up her version of the weekend getaway in the exact size i measured, so i got to try on her finished blouse to see how it fit (when is that possible in sewing?  not often!).

between liking how hers looked on me and having her pattern pieces all taped and cut out, i went ahead and sewed it up with the fabric i’d brought along.  lazy, or opportunistic?  you be the judge.

chambray weekend getaway blouse

this blouse would typically be a quick sew, but it was pretty much my slowest – lots of chatting, not much sewing!  so fun to sew with company, though.  i got it most of the way made while i was there and finished it up once i got home, and i’m kind of in love with it!  i feel like the fit is slimming and easy to wear, especially with my oxymoronic maternity skinny jeans (hence the canadian tuxedo post title).

chambray weekend getaway blouse

i felt totally comfortable tackling this pattern, which looks and feels exactly like the Oliver + S patterns i adore.  (Edit: it comes in sizes 0-16 and there’s also a 3/4 sleeved dress option!) there are cool details (exposed facing in the front, smart pockets, opportunity for contrast topstitching) and i feel like i could sew this pattern in a range of different fabrics and options and it wouldn’t look like i just made the same thing 3 times.

chambray weekend getaway blouse

i love that it’s sized nicely too – none of that “this pattern says i’m a 16 but i usually wear a 6” funny business going on, which is a HUGE peeve of mine with commercial patterns.

chambray weekend getaway blouse

i also appreciate that it’s loose fitting enough for me to sew with no adjustments for my 21 week belly – it definitely won’t last me the whole pregnancy, but i know it’ll fit afterwards.

Liesl’s goal with these new Liesl + Co. patterns is to give us interesting, wearable designs that are approachable and not too difficult to sew.  she’s starting off with basics to help us all build confidence in sewing for ourselves, then she expects to add more of the “tricky tailoring stuff” with future patterns.

i’m totally on board with that plan.


i was sent the weekend getaway blouse + dress pattern at no cost, with no strings attached.  all this gushing is of my own free will.

you can find fabric to create a similar look online at my sponsor Drygoods Design here and here!

my jeans are from when i was pregnant with O – similar here.  my comfy moccasins are Minnetonka (affiliate link).