Do you ever wish you had a few basic patterns that are quick to sew and look great? I know I’ve been on the hunt for some of those. You know–the kind that you reach for over and over and are the basis for lots of different creations. I got to in the Jacole Fall Blog Tour, and I found just that basic pattern.
Quick Top & Dress
Its the Jacole Quick Dress & Top. It comes in tunic and dress lengths, has seven sleeve options, three options for adding elastic, and even a chevron option for striped fabric and a contrast bodice option. The quick top can made in woven or knits. Can you see why I love this pattern?
And look how the quick top fits. Its roomy, but shaped which is a requirement for me. And did I mention how quick it is to make up? After my marathon sewing last month, I have to confess I was a bit worn out, but the quick top came together so easily it got me back into the sewing mood.
And can we talk about this fabric for a minute? Its a thrift store find, and I wasn’t sure whether it was awesome or ugly, so I took a chance. Its a rayon of some sort and has great drape and a killer print (I decided it was awesome once I got home). Its a busy print, so the simple pattern design is perfect for keeping things from getting too crazy. Add in a cute fringy necklace from my last Rocksbox, and I was ready for a swinging good time. (You can read more about Rocksbox in this post. Sign up here, and use code mabeyshemadeitxoxo for a free month!)
Now let’s talk about the skinny pants. I first showed them to you in my Momiform Makeover post, but didn’t get the chance to really tell you about them. Once again, they’re a quick sew. Yes, really. Pants don’t have to be arduous. They even have a yoga waistband.
I made these in a stretch bottom weight and they’re so stinkin’ comfortable. No excuses ladies–if you are the yoga-pant-wearing or legging-wearing kind, give these a try. You’ll look more put together, and you don’t have to sacrifice comfort. And now I’ll get off my legging/yoga pants soapbox. They have front and back pockets too, so they’re a great way to look really pulled together in comfort.
It would be so easy to straighten out the leg on this pattern either from the thigh or the knee for a straight leg or boot cut look as well. And the pattern includes capri and shorts lengths too, so again, lots of options.
Overall, I would highly recommend you check out the Quick Top and Skinny Pants patterns. They are great staples to have, and there are so many options with the quick top you’ll probably never make the same one twice!