October 16, 2014

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Hi there, it's me -- Mandalynn! Thank you {sincerely} for stopping by and supporting my dream and boho chic style. I hope you will find something in my creative space that inspires you. And if you are interested in knowing more about me, my designs and how I ventured into designing sewing patterns...stay tuned, I'll have more up on this page soon :)


Ravenna Pattern Review - Straight Stitch Designs

I'll be honest with you...I hardly ever sew for myself -- ok, like pretty much never! Ever since my sweet little girl was born 3 years ago, I have been strictly sewing for her, my niece and my Etsy shop. Of course I do have quite a few Coachella Shorts in my closet now, but that's about it as far as handmade clothing goes. Nothing has really sparked my interest where I said "I HAVE to make that for myself"...until I saw Kimberly, of Straight Stitch Designs, post the tester call for her Ravenna Top.

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I love the hi-lo hem! (Don't worry if you're not a fan there is an option for a straight hem as well)! Though I have to admit the thing that hooked me and made me bolt to her website to sign up to test immediately -- the exposed zipper! It's been years since I've sewn a zipper in, but I breezed through it thanks to Kimberly's fantastic instructions and clear illustrations.

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One more confession :) I live by the beach and work from home...so that means if I'm not in my swim suit, then it's normally a flip flop, shorts, tank top and no make-up kind of day. But you all know that every once in awhile a girl needs to get dressed up and feel pretty...right? I chose to make my top with this beautiful white and gold chambray from Andover and paired it with the teal/gold Cotton+Steel fabric (and the zipper is from Zipper Island). So now this is my go to top for those "I want to feel pretty" kind of days.

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You can also choose to forgo adding the ruffles for a more casual top. Kimberly posted an awesome knit version on her blog! When I find some free time I will definitely be sewing one up for my flip flop wearing days. If you haven't grabbed a copy of the Ravenna, I highly recommend that you do!

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There is also a HUGE giveaway going on right now over at Nah-connection. Go enter for your chance to win this pattern along with so many other great prizes!

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xoxo,

Mandalynn


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