February is all about your valentine and sharing love, and I'm all for that - I got married two days after Valentine's Day, after all! (Though that was more circumstantial than planned, but that's another story...)
However, this Winter Wear Designs reSEWlution is about showing (and sewing) yourself some love with an addition to your own wardrobe! I usually sew for my kids - kid's clothing is more fun, and takes less fabric (so I have more to
hoard, I mean use on other things), but I've really been enjoying adding to my me-made wardrobe.
Magnolia is the perfect addition. I bought this mustard floral DBP from Sew Blessed a few months back, and not long after I saw a picture of another sewist in a Facebook group wearing a beautiful dress with bell sleeves in a similar fabric. I've had that idea stuck in my head since, but I never put aside the time to do anything about it.
Suzanne gave me an excuse (and a perfect pattern!) Magnolia has additional pattern hacks on the blog, so I downloaded the bell sleeves and cut the narrow ones. I think they're perfect. A wider bell would irritate me, being in the way all the time, but I love the extra length on these and the little bit of flair they add. I used the shirttail hem option on both front and back - hard to tell on the front at 35 weeks! ;) Once baby comes I think the curved hem will be a little more obvious, but currently it gives me that little bit of extra length that's so necessary for coverage.
I love V-necks, and Magnolia offers the choice of a V or a scoop neck if you prefer those! There are more options for the back; a coordinating insert is one I debated, but ultimately couldn't find another stash fabric I could deem "perfect", so I left it alone.
It's a quick sew, too. I've been sewing where and when I can, trying to get baby things done, and left this til the last minute (as usual), but I had no problem getting it sewn up. So satisfying to have a top that isn't boring; takes no time at all; looks great; is fun to make! My wardrobe can definitely use a few more, and I still have a lot of options to try out.
I hope you sewed yourself something beautiful this month! Check out what these other bloggers are making themselves and make your own reSEWlution! If you need a little more incentive than that, there's a 20% discount on ALL Winter Wear Designs' women's patterns! Click here!
Don't miss any of the inspiring stops along the tour:
Patricia of Sew Far North
Laura of Custom Made By Laura
Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Aurelie of Maglice and So (guest posting at WWD)
Alyssa of The Sewing Goatherd
Livia of Liviality
Rachel of Violet and Jewels
Diane of Sewing with D
Lisa of Mabey She Made It