Splashing Good Fun in SALS Mairin Swimsuit

I usually post more on Instagram but I thought it’s a good time to update my blog after testing the Mairin swimsuit pattern by Sew a Little Seam (aff link). Once again, Kelly Ballou has knocked it out of the ball park with the myriad options! It comes in 3 lengths – bikini, tankini and one piece;… Continue reading Splashing Good Fun in SALS Mairin Swimsuit

Reflection and Sewing Priorities for 2018

Looking back, I feel that I have been really blessed. 2017 was a year of opportunities for me despite being a beginning sewist juggling a part-time job (teaching English) and household responsibilities. I managed to test several patterns for my daughter and myself, join a couple of blog tours and even be an ambassador for… Continue reading Reflection and Sewing Priorities for 2018

Pattern Testing: Regina Tunic and Dress by Sofilantjes

Sofilantjes isn’t a new pattern company to me even though it’s based in the Netherlands. Its slogan “Modern PDF Patterns with a Twist” is rather apt when you see the interesting back details of some of its tops and dresses. I bought the Montis Tunic and Dress pattern when it was launched as I like… Continue reading Pattern Testing: Regina Tunic and Dress by Sofilantjes

Pattern Testing: Mama Leilani by Peach Patterns

When I saw the prototype that Marina Roussel, the pattern designer, made, I fell in love straight away! I had seen the Leilani dress for girls and was already anticipating the women’s version. My first reaction was: I love this, but I’m not sure I can meet the testing deadline, so I shall wait to… Continue reading Pattern Testing: Mama Leilani by Peach Patterns

Blythe Dress by Sew a Little Seam

I had the pleasure of testing the Blythe top, tunic and dress pattern for Kelly Ballou. It’s my first Sew a Little Seam (SALS) pattern test, and Kelly didn’t disappoint. There are so many options – faux layer / regular attached skirt, binding / button keyhole / tie keyhole / Peter Pan collar, 3 sleeve lengths… Continue reading Blythe Dress by Sew a Little Seam

Sewing Portfolios Ambassador Program and Michael Miller Fabrics – Sullivan Dress

Earlier in the year, I chanced upon Sewing Portfolios on Facebook and decided to sign up on its website. I thought it might give me more opportunities to test patterns, plus it was so easy – I only had to upload my sewing projects and provide some information, such as my sewing preferences, designers I… Continue reading Sewing Portfolios Ambassador Program and Michael Miller Fabrics – Sullivan Dress