Summer Selfie Sewing: Cold Shoulder Tunic by Ellie and Mac, Palazzos by Patterns for Pirates and 3245 by Jalie featuring fabric by Girl Charlee

Today is our final post in the Summer Selfie Sewing series.  These ladies had so much fun sewing these patterns with the help of our sponsor Girl Charlee Fabric that they just may make Selfie Sewing a habit.  Who doesn't need some self care on occasion, right?

Ellie and Mac Cold Shoulder Tunic featuring Girl Charlee's Orange Mustard Navajo Spandex sewn by Rebekah:

Hey Everyone!  You know how I usually share things that I made for my kiddos;  well today I’m not doing that!  Yup this one is all about some summer selfie sewing!  I don’t often sew for myself; let’s be real it is usually more time consuming, more fabric, and more space on my cutting table needed that I just don’t have.  As a mom of four though, I do deserve to treat myself every now and then, and now is that time.  Yes,  I did a little Summer Selfie Sewing!

I knew right away what I wanted to sew for this.  As soon as the Cold Shoulder Tunic by Ellie and Mac was released I quickly bought it as I loved the look.  The swing of the tunic is just so flattering!  What I loved even more is that there were instructions on how to make the tunic into a dress.  After all, everyone needs a cute and stylish summer dress.  The pattern is easy and doesn’t take too long, that is as long as you don’t have kids interrupting you a million and one times.  I just love how it turned out though.  When I first tried it on, hubby happened to be there and he even exclaimed, “Wow, look at you!”  Yes, this is a winner for sure.  That being said, it wasn’t only the pattern that made this dress a winner, but also the fabric.

This feature was generously sponsored by Girl Charlee Fabrics.  What an amazing selection they have!  It took quite sometime to figure out which fabric would make this dress perfect.  Originally I picked out a very pretty Homestead Life Bluebird Garden Cotton Spandex floral from their Bolt collection.  I have sewn with this kind of fabric before and was very comfortable with it.  Then I was asked to try something from their spandex collection.  I have NEVER sewn with single spandex knit before.  First time for everything right?  I browsed for their collection and just fell in love with Orange Mustard Navajo Spandex print!  The drape on this is just beautiful and it was the better choice for this dress by far.  Honestly it really makes the dress!  It was a little more challenging to sew with as it is more slippery than regular cotton spandex and it liked to roll when stretched but it was well worth the extra pinning!  

Sewing for myself was soooo rewarding and I really need to do more of it.  I am in love with this dress and have told all my friends that this is my new favorite dress.   It not only feels great but looks great too!  What more could a girl ask for?

Jalie 3245 and Palazzos by Patterns for Pirates featuring Girl Charlee's Purple Floral and French Terry sewn by Chris:

This summer, I have been all about comfort.  Who am I kidding, comfort is always my go-to!  For this week’s Summer Selfie Sewing challenge, I sewed up the racerback tank view of the Jalie 3245 and a pair of shorts using the Patterns for Pirates Palazzos pattern with a pocket hack styled after the one in the SOS Pants pattern, and I love the results!

For the Jalie tank, I chose my favorite Girl Charlee print - this purple floral from their BOLT line.  It’s the perfect weight for this tank, light enough and with a surprisingly decent drape for a cotton spandex, without being too thin or see-through.  This was my first experience with a Jalie pattern and while I was surprised at how condensed the directions were, it sewed up wonderfully.  

Palazzo shorts have become a staple in my wardrobe this summer, I’d already sewn several pairs in cotton lycra, so for this pair, I was excited to try out this medium weight french terry with a twill-like texture.  I love the more stable feel of these shorts, they look nicer than my basic cotton lycra pairs, without sacrificing the comfort.  My favorite thing about them, though, is the pockets, because who doesn’t love those?  I used the pocket piece and directions from the SOS pants to create them (altered to a straight cut instead of a curve) and it worked perfectly.