JillyAtlanta Cali Top/Dress Release

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Another pattern test down and another Thanksgiving piece ready to go for this week. This shirt coordinates with the Abiline Skirt I made for Peyton to wear for the holiday. See that here. I love killing two birds with one stone.  Sometimes, I think if I didn’t pattern test I would never finish a product.  I’m certainly motivated by a completion deadline.


Jilly Atlanta (Jill Coppock) is a new-to-me pattern designer.  I have to say, testing for newish designers is may favorite thing… Actually, I think I have said that before in another post.  When I saw the call to test the Cali top/dress I knew I wanted to join in.   I like to creep the designer’s business page and Instagram and see if their style matches my interests, and of course, the interest of the wearers.  Heaven knows I don’t want to spend time making things my girls aren’t going to wear. I’m over that… JillyAtlanta style is the combination of sleek and classy with wear-ability. A perfect match for my ideal style.  Check out her Etsy shop and you will see exactly what I mean.  I’ll link up everything a little later.  Keep reading.

She did a great job for 40 degrees outside with no coat.

Cali Top/Dress

I stitched up the Cali Top for this test, but the pattern includes pieces and instructions for both the top and dress.  I do love two-for-one patterns. This is a BOHO style design with front button loop closures on the yoke. If you don’t do button holes, you can still make this top!  There is also a modesty panel within the design, so your little one won’t be flashing any skin while sporting her freshly made attire.  The pattern includes three sleeve lengths with some great tips on how to add embellishments to your product.  I love when designers include instruction on embellishments! These feature include adding elastic to the upper arm and trim to the sleeves and neckline.  I sometimes need that extra bit of support when trying new things.  Do you have a serger? If you don’t, it’s no problem. The tutorial also include how to create your product with french seams to give everything a professional finish, even without a serger.

The pattern pieces fit together perfectly and the directions were clear, yet revealed a bit of the designer’s personality.  I love seeing personality in patterns! It is like I’m becoming friends with the designer as I work.  With Jill, this is especially true because she is taking the time to make connections with her customers and followers.  If you join the JillyAtlanta sewing group (linked below) you will see this right away.  She has taken the time to greet every individual that has joined the group! She is warm and welcoming.  Who wouldn’t want to support that?


When my top was finished, my dress loving girl put it on for a quick photo op.  The sun had set, but we went for it anyway. It has rained every stinking day this week. We planned to do a re-shoot this morning, but it is pouring again. Ugh!  It only cost me two rolls of Smarties from the Halloween stash in the cabinet!  Porter needs a shirt…”WILL WORK FOR CANDY.” I’m not complaining, I’ll be in trouble when she starts charging me cash.  After the photo shoot, she wanted to keep her pretty shirt on for the rest of the evening! That is a success for the girl who tries to only wears dresses.



Want the links?

JillyAtlanta Cali Top/Dress: HERE (24 hours release price of $7, Nov 19-Nov 20. Noon-noon EST)

JillyAtlanta Facebook Page: HERE

JillyAtlanta Facebook Pattern Group: HERE

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Women’s Boheme Sky: Tunic, Midi, and Dress


A little over a month ago I had the opportunity to test the Girls Boheme Sky Tunic, Midi, and Dress pattern for Striped Swallow Designs.  I used the pattern to make a dress as part of Peyton’s Sew’NStyle Mini Collection. (Check that post here.)  I loved the dress and was so excited when Mandalynn shared there was going to be a Women’s Boheme Sky pattern to follow.  I am seriously going to be doing some Mommy and Me combinations.  I always say that, but this time I seriously mean it.

As usual, I made several trips to my local JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby trying to find something that would make Striped Swallow Designs proud.  Sadly, it is hard to find decent knits locally without trading in one or both kidneys.  I ended up with a jersey knit with a floral burnout design.  I had high hopes for it once I committed and I’m very happy with the final result.

Let’s Talk Burnouts:

Yap, you can see right through that skirt in the sunlight.

In the heat of the fabric shopping moment, I headed to the cutting table thinking bolt of gray with floral burnout was going to be “the one.”  This was going to be a great idea. I just knew I was going to have something that wasn’t on everyone else cutting table.  The bodice is lined, so I had no worries about showing my “girls” to the public, and all was going to be right with the world.  Once my Midi was finished and I put it on, I realized I had a minor issue of being able to see through the skirt’s burnout design. Now, I am an educated person. How did I miss that this would be an issue? Boo… I threw on some black leggings to hide my underwear and called it acceptable.  I really needed a tank to cover my midsection, but my solution was much easier.  I hiked my leggings up to my bra and pretended it was a built in body shaper.  Classy, I know.  Lesson learned, burnouts need to be lined EVERYWHERE if they are going to be worn as a dress.  I won’t make that mistake again.

Pattern Scoop:

Here is what you will find in the Women’s Boheme Sky

  • A New-to-Knits/Confident beginner friendly pattern
  • Size Range: XS-XXXL
  • The awesomeness of layered printing
  • Multiple Pattern Options: Tunic, Midi, and Dress Lengths for the skirt.  Sleeveless, short, elbow, and long sleeve options for the bodice.
  • Lined bodice= NO neck bindings… Woot Woot!
  • Wide front neckline and scooped back
  • No Gathering!… Yap. None!
  • Easy to follow, step-by-step photo tutorial.
  • Tips to modify for a perfect fit.
  • Nursing Momma Modification included

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The Wrap-Up:

If you haven’t tried a Striped Swallow Designs pattern, this would be a great one to give a try.  It is quick and has a lot of options to see you through all the seasons.  The features are flattering for many body sizes and shapes.  See the tester round up here. Share your creations on Instagram for both the Women’s and Girls #bohemesky.  I love to creep everyone’s photos!

Women’s Boheme Sky Pattern  use coupon code WBOHEMESKY for $3 off now through Monday, November 9th at 11:59PM CST

Girl’s Boheme Sky Pattern

Boheme Sky Pattern Bundle

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Thanks to Jessica Clausen for taking the great photos! They turned out wonderfully!

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