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This week we have proof that in addition to looking stylish— you can be comfortable as well. Check out these new luxe looks made from jersey and soft fibers. Read on to get the patterns and judge the looks for yourself…

And now the patterns and collages:



Royal blue cotton sweatshirt material sports coat and magenta sheer top.



Aqua washed silk off-the-shoulder top, jersey shorts and crêpe satin day dress with deep slit.



Heather grey jersey romper, heather grey jersey wrap dress, royal asymmetric skirt and a jersey wrap top.

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    Aug 8, 2011, 05.46 PMby Kait Kim

    Is the pattern for the purple pants shown with the magenta sheer top going to be coming out soon? I’ve had so much trouble trying to make a pattern for myself, and I can’t seem to find one similar that I like!

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    Jul 24, 2011, 05.32 PMby ellohdesign

    does anyone else want to know why all of the patterns we pay for don’t come with images in the instructions? What exactly are we paying for then? we could all probably figure out the shapes of the pieces.

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      Jul 25, 2011, 03.40 AMby stitchikles

      Yes I have noticed this too! Very annoying. The instructions often say ‘refer to diagram’ but you never can! Very unhelpful as the written instructions can be a bit confusing sometimes too.

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      Jul 29, 2011, 07.35 AMby amgoodson

      Ugh, I just taped together the jumpsuit pattern, very simple, but no ‘View A’ to be found for the neck and waistband pieces, I’m sure I can just make them up but really??! Some dimensions would be nice considering I did pay for the pattern. I can make something up for free.

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      Jul 29, 2011, 09.13 PMby ellohdesign

      Seriously. It’s an ongoing problem. Crappy patterns (once in a while) and terrible instructions. WHY!?!? Make them all free if we have to figure it all out.

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    Jul 22, 2011, 04.16 AMby sofiashealth

    Loved the article, I myself consider to be a mixture of both. Can’t wait to draft soon the wrap shirt. Great article, keep them coming.

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    Jul 21, 2011, 12.08 PMby metchason

    I need a men’s shirt pattern for the big&tall …. I want a regular shirt…cuffs, pocket ,collar,etc..

    Any good ideas ???

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    Jul 20, 2011, 10.22 PMby milkyway

    Style of course, beuty hurts!

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    Jul 20, 2011, 06.29 PMby aleah

    I don’t wear clothing that is not comfy. I don’t wear jeans that are slightly too small but still fit me, or tops or dresses that are too tight. It annoys the crap out of me, I just hate it! But you can be comfy and still stylish. I’m not comfy when wearing worn-out shoes, sweat pants and an old, ugly t-shirt. For me, comfy is also about looking good. They kind of go together. Not comfy, not stylish. Not stylish, not comfy. Seriously.

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    Jul 20, 2011, 08.51 AMby loyl8

    well i’m about 7 weeks pregnant and having outfits that are flattering and comfy will be a plus in the near future for me. definitely going to plan on the wrap dress and top.

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      Jul 21, 2011, 08.27 AMby Lori Fabian

      congratulation for your pregnancy !! :)

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      Jul 21, 2011, 09.54 AMby plainjaneelane

      The wrap top can easily be made into a breast feeding/nursing top by making a false singlet front to fit under your bust – be generous – and attaching it in the under arm seam and on top of the shoulders. Put light elastic in a casing along bottom of the fake singlet to prevent it riding up at inappropriate moments, lift elastic up to feed.
      Make the whole top longer to get more wear out of it as you bump grows! My other tip is to make the front wrap longer horizontally. It’ll go around your body further now but you’ll avoid having a gape later in the piece.
      I love sewing nursing/maternity clothing! We’ve got two kids and hope for more. All the best with your pregnancy!

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      Jul 22, 2011, 07.19 PMby loyl8

      oh thank you to both of you!! Thanks for the tips!!! :)

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    Jul 20, 2011, 12.46 AMby bastor

    I do love them some of them the wrap shirt is really one of my favorites and the jersey dress, the only thing is I do not possess a over-lock machine to proceed and make it for myself and some friends out in the island of Puerto Rico. I’ll love to try it. For Real!! I’ll be buying the pattern very soon. Currently working on a sustainable project.

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    Jul 19, 2011, 08.13 PMby Daniel Parker

    Duh… style, its 100 degrees with 89% humidity and i’m wearing plastic shorts with silver studs on them :)

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      Jul 20, 2011, 08.48 AMby loyl8

      :) i bet you look fabulous!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 06.55 PMby Ankedesign

    I love all of them! I really should try the sewing again, every project i start is a real challenge since I am pretty impatient and always start with the difficult ones.. ;) I’ll give it a try too many pretty fabrics waiting for me!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 03.42 PMby sewmodest

    Before kids it was style and then comfort. Now with 9 kids its COMFORT and then style. I was try to look nice and not like I have been living in a cave the last 10 years, So I keep up with fashion and some trends but I would describe my style as an Boho with an urban touch think Erykah Badu, Amel Larrieux, Lauryn Hill, and India.Arie and of course it has to be modest.

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    Jul 19, 2011, 02.44 PMby turtlegirl00

    I agree—wrap style works for everyone! and is adorable!!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 02.37 PMby gypsyatheart

    Is there a pattern for the pink batwing blouse shown with the grey shorts? The blouse can also be worn with a jacket and jeans or a skirt. Very comfortable style!

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      Jul 19, 2011, 03.12 PMby alisondahl

      Yes— It’s coming soon! Sorry to tease you!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 01.50 PMby queenorivers

    I hate comfortable clothes that look like they’re solely there for comfort – I hate jeans as well which some people find weird but I’m sort of… reintegrating them because they’re too convenient for me to just pass off! I’m most comfortable when I think I look good, then the pinches and seams don’t bother me as much =]

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    Jul 19, 2011, 10.36 AMby lyudmyla

    Love the purple , beautiful !

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    Jul 19, 2011, 10.09 AMby erin

    I’m going to make the purple dress, I already have a fabric in black/grey. I love the wrap dress, too, but do you think it looks good at a not so skinny woman?

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      Jul 19, 2011, 10.26 AMby freaky-philomeen

      I have a friend (XL, 1,80 m tall) who often wears wrapped styles and looks great.

      from the technical drawing I think nothing can go wrong with this dress.

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      Jul 19, 2011, 02.18 PMby alisondahl

      After looking into rusched gowns (doing my wedding research) I’ve found that many not so skinny woman prefer rusching + gathering throughout the torso and hips. I think it’s really flattering on everyone.

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      Jul 20, 2011, 03.34 PMby ceruleanbeksa

      Oh, definitely! Look at where it criss-crosses—at the natural waist, which is the smallest part. It accentuates just what you want it to. Just make sure your fabric isn’t too heavy—that could potentially add bulk. And if you’re concerned about it, perhaps you could think about experimenting with different widths of those straps.

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    Jul 19, 2011, 08.17 AMby Sewing And Style

    Love the purple dress

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    Jul 19, 2011, 07.49 AMby faridapurnami

    agree with nouvellegamine.. the wrap dress WOW.. is it hard to make?

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    Jul 19, 2011, 02.29 AMby nouvellegamine

    for me, being comfortable has everything to do with fit. when i sew or alter ready made clothes i’m always far more comfortable than just buying something off the rack & trying to forget how it’s digging into me or drowning me.

    that wrap knit dress is adorable.

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