{Style} Greenstyle Essential Wardrobe Blog Tour

**Disclaimer: I received complimentary copies of these patterns for participation in the tour. All thoughts are my own!**

I am the FOURTH stop in the Greenstyle Essential Wardrobe blog tour! When I was approached to participate, I was thrilled to carry on my self-care sewing saga. I think every sewist should remember to benefit from their own talents!  Store bought clothes may be cheaper (though my refashion BFF would argue otherwise! More on that tomorrow...) but they won't scream "You!" like your own creations. These beginner patterns from Greenstyle make a great launching point for a full self-sewn wardrobe. 

But before you think "Beginner" means "Lackluster" - let's visit the first of many patterns that tuned me into the Greenstyle collection:

When I first started sewing for Kaelyn, I was immediately bummed that ruffle pants were only made for girls. But then I found the WILLOWS. For a momma who lives in knit pants, this design kicks my comfy-wear up a notch!

How to wear it:

Wide leg pants are very trendy right now, but their loose fit pairs best with a fitted top. Above, my belt provides an obvious waistline, but just think of how cute it'd be with a slim fit oxford button-up. 

Also, pick a big print! The width of this pant can handle a big print, so have fun with it. Florals are one of many options, but the intent behind no-solids is to avoid a ruffle sweatpant look (unless that's why you're making them, in which case rock on my ruffled friend!).

Modifications:  

  • I chose the yoga waistband option (wouldn't you? Elastic is comfortable, but... c'mon... yoga pants!)

What I'd do different next time:

  • My only issue with these pants is how you can see the under-side of the top ruffle (the white) which give the pants a sort of unfinished look. I'll either pick fabric with a less obvious under-side, or enclose the top ruffle seam within the pant like the bottom ruffle does. 

Hello, Lacy! You're a welcome addition to my wardrobe! With various sleeve and hem lengths, and facing or hood necklines, this is an all-season everyday top. 

How to wear it:

I love hi-lo hems. I think they're fun and flattering, and can be dressed up or down based on fabric choice. There are longer hem lengths available. I'm dying to pair a tunic length with a pair of (p)leather capri skinnies and black booties! (of course that means I need black booties and to stitch up some (p)leather capri skinnies... Worth it? Totally.)

Modifications:  

  • I used bindings instead of facings around the arm and head hole.

What I'd do different next time:

  • I'll take 1-2 inches width off the front and back bodice pieces. That will solve the wide neck/loose armsyce fit problems I experienced. (This is only relevant for the tank version! I'd enjoy the wider fit of the long sleeve hooded option also included in the Lacy pattern.)
  • I'd make every future knit piece out of this yummy Fabric Fairy knit! Shawnta wasn't kidding yesterday when she sang it's praises. I've already made a pencil skirt from the scraps, it's *that* fuzzy, soft, and stretchy. Many thanks to Megan for the contribution!)

Let me introduce you to the Laurel dress. Highlights include 2 sleeve options, two dress lengths, pleats, pockets, and cowl neck. This *will* be a repeat sew! 

How to wear it:

The loose fit, clean lines of this design make it a great everyday dress. My next one will be dress length with a light weight knit for breezy summer nights! Flats and a denim jacket make for perfect mommy playdate wear, don't you think?

Modifications:  

  • I skipped the pockets for this tunic length version. 

What I'd do different next time:

  • Despite the snow outside when I stitched this piece, I should have known heat and humidity of Spring and Summer would be around the corner. I love this top, but next time I'll pick my knit fabrics with a season-appropriate weight.

Ahh the Caroline Maxi.  I love this little dress! I chose to make it in knit for a comfortable, flattering fit. 

How to wear it:

Wedges and a belt add some drama, but this dress begs to be worn with a lightweight pullover and a pair of flip flops for a trip to the park. Maxis are *not* just for special occasions! They hide those (many, many) momma bruises too. 

Modifications:  

  • I nixed the optional ruffles around the neckline and bottom of the skirt. The skirt print is bold enough on its own, doncha think?? 
  • I shirred the back bodice. Seems my 3/4" elastic likes to play hide and seek in my sewing room.

What I'd do different next time:

  • My deflated nursing boobies don't need the ample room the bodice affords. I think a thinner fabric would have provided a tighter gather, shrunk down the extra space, and better fit my frame.
  • The shirred back bodice didn't fit as snug as I thought it would. I'd follow the pattern's casing instructions next time.
  • I think I'll try a shorter hem line! Product photos show an above-the-knee version I think would be super cute. 

So now that I've (Green) styled myself a new wardrobe, It's time that you do the same! Get a headstart with this fabulous giveaway!

Can't wait to see more?? Check out Stephanie, Alyssa, and Shawnta's posts! And tune in tomorrow for Sarah's :)



Thank you to all of the sponsors of the Essential Greenstyle Wardrobe Blog Tour:

And our wonderful bloggers!  Please visit their blogs this week to see their Greenstyle Creations:
April 7, 2014 Swoodson Says
April 8, 2014 Keep Calm and Carrion
 April 9, 2014 Shawnta Sews
April 10, 2014 Becca Duval Photography
April 11, 2014 Blogs Like A Mother
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Becca DuVal

Hi there! I'm Becca: a wife, momma, and serial-crafter juggling a fancy camera, sewing machine, and preschool drop-off. Here you'll find the latest in my sewing exploits, portraiture projects, and family adventures!