Pattern Testing Win … Bonnell Dress Pattern by Dixie DIY

I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting to publish this post, all! I was fortunate enough to be a pattern tester for the newest pattern being released today from Dixie over at Dixie DIY, and woohoo! is all I can say.

I’ve been a *mostly silent* follower of her blog for a few years now, and have made up her Summer Concert Tee no less than 6 times. It’s the perfect… well, summer tee! So when she started posting sneak peeks of her newest pattern, the Bonnell Dress, I jumped at the chance to test it out. Additionally, I had some great tribal-esque border print fabric that I snagged for a song years ago in my stash, and this pattern was the perfect vessel for it.

I love the slight nod to the 50’s this dress lends, with a fitted bodice and gathered skirt. But what really caught my eye was the side cutouts and the gorgeous V-neck in the back. This is the perfect dress pattern for a summer wedding, a night out on a patio, OR – toss on a lightweight blazer (Morris, anyone?), and it’s perfectly appropriate in a biz casual work environment. I love pieces that do double duty!

Following the pattern was very straightforward, from assembling the PDF to constructing the dress. I didn’t clock it to the minute, but I was able to put this together in one afternoon of about 4 – 5 hours worth of sewing time, so that’s awesome. The instructions were concise, with clear illustrations at necessary parts. An eager beginner could tackle this project without much difficulty at all.

I sewed a straight size 14 for this pattern. It fit fine with no alterations required but… is a little snug in the bust.  I always think I can get away without doing a FBA, but I’ve come to realize that I need to suck it up and just DO IT! Dixie includes a link to a comprehensive FBA on her blog post of this particular pattern.

I also did not make a muslin as recommended *sheepish grin* (are we noticing a trend here? I’m impatient!) nor did I interface my waistband. These are two things I will do with my second make (and third, and etc). I’m learning more and more that it’s worth the little bit of extra time to take the additional steps, and usually the result is a better fitting and more professionally looking garment at the end of the day. So, patience is a virtue I am *trying* to apply in my sewing world.

I always have a tough time being on the other side of the camera, so forgive the  awkward poses that ensue. I enlisted my momma to play photographer for a bit, as I’m still getting comfortable with my wireless remote + tripod. Baby steps!

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The zipper was promptly ripped out and reinserted after I saw this photo! Symmetry is a beautiful thing :)bonnell4

… and one outtake for good measure!

bonnell2All in all I’m so happy with this dress – it’s a fresh take on a classic silhouette, and a great summer pattern. Looking forward to making a few tweaks and having a few of these hanging in my closet… if summer ever arrives; this happened today, a few hours away from where I live. YIKES! May 29th in Manitoba, gotta love it.

Of note, I was provided a copy of this pattern free of charge to pattern test – all opinions are my own! 

WEST Handmade and Vintage Sale VII

Spring has (almost) sprung here in Winnipeg yet again! I’ve traded in my wool for some cotton and linen and my hands have been busy whipping up some spring/summer accessories for this upcoming sale. There’s always such an eclectic ensemble of talent at this semi-annual event; something for everyone!

I’ve had to put a few personal sewing projects on hiatus for a while to make way for more stock, but I am absolutely chomping at the bit when it comes to sewing up some pretty sundresses for warmer months!

Hop on over to the WEST blog to see a few snaps of some of the vendors that will be showcasing their wares May 2nd :)


Today Ashley of ChunkyKnitz is generously giving away not one, but two knit items! Three, if you want to get technical.

First up is a gorgeous knit twisted headwrap and a cozy crocheted cowl. Second item to go to a lucky winner is a color-worked beanie topped with a yarn pom pom. This item is sized small, so perfect for the little lady in your life.

Crocheting had come easily to Ashley of ChunkyKnitz but knitting had always eluded her. What started out as an experiment to see if knitting was in the cards for her, she quickly became obsessed with all things knit. Trying different fibres, tools, techniques, and patterns, she continues to grow and challenge herself.
ChunkyKnitz on Etsy opened in January 2014 and with the addition of social media, its popularity continues to grow as do the networking opportunities with other awesome makers.
Visit ChunkyKnitz on Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest @ChunkyKnitz and Twitter @ChunkyKnitz_204.

And in order to enter the draw, click here!



Today Ashley of Country Stitched is keeping with the Heart theme and giving away a one-of-a-kind handmade flannel throw pillow cover in a beautiful black and white damask print. She has lovingly adorned it with a red heart applique and button detailing just in time for Valentine’s Day. This pillow cover fits a 20″ square pillow form. The pillow form will be included for a local winner. If the winner requires shipping, Ashley will ship FREE but the pillow form will not be included.

Country Stitched is a one stop flannel shop where you will find many other throw pillow covers as well as her best selling infinity scarves and other handmade flannel accessories. All of her handmade flannel designs can be found in her Etsy shop, and there’s lots of goodies to see!

Be sure to like both pages and comment on the photo for your chance to win!

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DAY 11: TWO chances to win today! We have Marissa Peridot Designs is giving away a handpainted mug; say I love you in every language! She makes handpainted ceramics, Christmas ornaments and more, so be sure to pop over to her page and check her out. She can also be found on Etsy ( and Instagram @peri.dot_boutique if you want to follow along.

We also have Deanne from Little Feather Designs giving away a Sweet Baby Gift Set which includes: a bibdana, bunny ear teether and matching soother leash, which can work on both soothers and bunny ear teether. A wooden toy polish which is used for polishing up your wooden ring on the bunny ear teether. It’s a blend of organic beeswax and olive oil. The wood polish seals cracks and crevices to protect it and brings out the natural patina of the wood. Annnnnd, a matching set of fabric covered earrings for mama. Lots of goodies!

Little Feather Designs products are made using 100% high quality cotton prints. Both the bibdana and bunny ear teether are backed in 100% organic bamboo toweling which is a great product for babies and their soft skin as bamboo is anti-allergic, anti-bacterial and because it’s organic it’s also pesticide free. Out of all the toweling products out there on the market today the double loop bamboo toweling Little Feather Designs uses this one is known for it’s absorbency properties.They call it an “extra thirsty” toweling.

At Little Feather Designs you can find bibdanas for both boys and girls in a variety of prints, bunny ear teethers, soother leashes, baby blankets and custom quilts. New to the shop are slouchy toques and tie headbands for both boys and girls ranging from newborn all the way up to adult. Custom sewing projects are also available you can contact Deanne @ Little Feather Designs for more info. (IG @littlefeatherdesigns)

You all know the drill by now; like both pages and comment on the photo to win! :)

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