Sewing a Strike-off for CrissX Customs Fabrics

Over the summer, I whimsically applied to join the sewist group over at CrissX Custom Fabrics, and to my great delight I was chosen!  Happy dance ensued, of course.  This round features amazing large-scale prints from artist Megan Kumpula’s original acrylic painting, Cotton Candy. I particularly love how the canvas texture transferred to the print, which gives it a really neat depth.  The fabric base featured here is cotton lycra with excellent four way stretch and nice drape. IMG_20170914_115013

Since CrissX is a Canadian company, they of course use the metric system and I was given a meter to work with rather than a yard!  Bonus inches, people! Thus I was able to sew two lovely garments.  The first is a Pattern Emporium Starlight Hi-Lo Skirt, and I used the tall party length.


I love this easy skirt since it’s incredibly flattery and a quick sew to boot!  My second item is the Juniper Jersey from Blank Slate.  The yoke is a perfect way to utilize a smaller piece of fabric, and I borrowed the pocket from the Austin Tee for an extra little pop of color.


I first considered a wilder pairing, but in the end I think that the solid gray picks up the gray flecks in the Honey Comb print and coordinates really nicely.  I liked this shirt so much I just wore it the rest of the day after photos while we met up with some friends at a new local brew house.  Win!

CrissX Customs Cotton Candy round is open for preorder now through October 8th.  The collection of prints is also available on French Terry, Bamboo Lycra and Double Brushed Poly in addition to the Cotton Lycra featured here.

Scorpio Top + Dress from See Kate Sew

I recently tested a new pattern for See Kate Sew, and found a marvelous use for some of the double brushed poly fabric I’m so good at collecting.  What I love is how easily put together this pattern is, and since it’s so simple, it will be easy to make changes to – adding a deeper neckline for some drama, altering the sleeve length for the season, and I even accidentally narrowed the width of the mini-floral version here when I cut on the maxi length line instead of the top!

SKS Scorpio - LaFinch

SKS Scorpio - Mily MaeThis larger floral from Mily Mae Fabrics is another lovely DBP and this is the top cut on the correct width – super duper swingy and a comfortable joy to wear!

My final version is this dress (or secret muumuu as I’ve started lovingly calling it) that is fantastic to wear loose, but I find really looks better with a belt to add some definition.  The mustard and burgundy are so pretty for fall.  You can find the pattern for the Scorpio here at See Kate Sew.