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So I have a history with Amelia. She and I did battle (I am not exaggerating) about nine months ago. She won that round, but I am back for revenge.

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I will save you from heartache and just tell you, “You CANNOT make an Amelia with Doodles fabric!” You will pull your hair out, throw things, and possibly cry in a moment of weakness.  You can, however, make a Fan-Tas-Tic Amelia with Brush Poly. 

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Stairway to Nowhere

This was the only pattern I hadn’t made since Bella Sunshine Designs expanded their size range. So it makes me very happy to have finally checked it off the list. I love BSD’s patterns because they include a Full Bust Adjustment with all ladies patterns. This saves me the time and, honestly, the effort of doing it myself. Also the designer goes above and beyond to make sure the fit is spot on, everything is well tested, and that you will feel great when wearing your dress.


This pattern features three length options Top, Knee Length Dress, and Maxi. You can also choose between sleeveless, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, and long. I am wearing a Knee Length Dress with short sleeves. I adjusted the bicep one inch. If you aren’t sure how to do that, here is a short video demo I made.

I bought this fabric as a bundle from Sew So English back in March. The floral is a Double Brushed Poly called Black Aspen and the Dots are called Black Dot. 🙂 It is a Single Brushed Poly. I picked this out in March because I couldn’t resist flowers and dots.

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Groove Dress

Groove Dress

I recently tested for my first European designer. Her size range on this dress just expanded to a UK size 28 which happens to be what I sewed up. I made a straight 28 bodice with an adjustment to accommodate my biceps and a few inches of extra length added to the short sleeves. I height adjusted as well as it is drafted for 5’6 and I am 5’1. I only took out a few inches. If you are unsure of doing a bicep adjustment you can check out my video hereMade It, Groove hi lo dress, size 28 11I love that this swing dress comes with tons of options! I made the hi-lo hem, but you could choose to make a straight hem. I teamed it up with capri leggings and sandals here because I am ready for spring to stick around.

This swing dress features 2 back darts which give it some shape to the otherwise swingy shape. The darts went in very easily and the entire dress sewed quickly. I used the scoop collar, but there are many other options. You can do round, scoop, slash, hooded or cowl neck options. I am thinking long sleeved, hooded, straight hem for fall. 🙂

Let’s talk fabric now. SLY. FOX. FABRICS…. ’nuff said right? OK, well too bad, I have more to say. This is a double brushed poly and it feels amazing. The print is called Obsession, which is pretty appropriate, if you ask me how I feel about it. The colorway is wine, but it also comes in black. Here is the link to the Obsession in Wine if you want a pretty color like mine. 🙂

This was the perfect day to spend some time taking pictures in the park. 🙂 This fun little mural has been added to the start of the Bike Train at North Lake Park.

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So my feelings…

Super fast to sew, well drafted and easy even for the beginner sewist. Large size range from teen to UK 28. No trim pages, just tape and go. I like this is any pattern! I will certainly sew a few more of these in the other options. 🙂 If you need a great swing dress in your closet, I suggest giving The Groove Dress a try. Be sure to let me know what you think of it! That’s all for today!

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