#SLPCOxSCMommyandMe - Ladies Ayda Pattern

I am really excited to share this post with you guys! I have been holding onto it until I was allowed to share it with you and the day has finally come!

I recently took part in my first experience with pattern testing. I tested a pattern for Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline and I've had to keep it a secret while they finished their big project!

I am excited finally get to share with you the Ladies Ayda Dress & Top Pattern! If the name looks familiar to any of you, it's probably because you've purchased the Girl's Ayda Dress and Top from The Simple Life Pattern Company. Well, Caroline recently partnered with them to take 3 of their girl's patterns and create a matching women's pattern. They also took 3 of Caroline's current women's patterns and downsized them for girls! So now, there are SIX mommy and me looks you can create! You can check out their collaboration here (affiliate).

I love this top! They Ayda is a peplum style top with a low v-back. It's designed for woven fabrics and is perfect for Summer! You can use light woven cottons, rayon, or voile. I chose to use a light cotton from Pink Castle Fabrics. This is Art Gallery Fabrics Ethereal Fusion Millefiori in Ethereal.

The pattern offers several versions for you to make. I made the top version, sleeveless, with the circle skirt and the higher neck option.

Other options include:
  • Top or Dress
  • Sleeveless, Flutter Sleeve, or Cap Sleeve
  • Circle Skirt or Gathered Skirt
  • Two neckline options
This pattern offers so much variety you could easily fill your Summer capsule wardrobe with it! Think cute flowy dresses with the new Art Gallery Rayons!

I styled the top a few different ways so you can see how versatile it can be. The first is how I would wear it out with friends for dinner or coffee.

Change the hair, add a necklace and heels and I'm ready for date night!

Throw on a jacket and a pencil skirt and this is how I would style this top for work or church!

It's so versatile, I love it!

One of my favorite features about this pattern is the low v-back. It's such a fun detail for Spring/Summer.

A few other notes about the pattern and my experience with it:

The pattern calls for a hook and eye where the fabric crosses in the back to keep it from gaping, but I left it out of mine because I didn't have that issue with mine.

Aside from this hook & eye, there are no other closures (i.e. no zippers, buttons, etc) which make this a pretty quick sew.

The bodice is lined. I chose to line mine with the same fabric that I used for the main, but you could choose something plain or even another fun, contrasting print.

Choose your size off of your bust measurement. This will help when getting the top over your shoulders.

All in all, I really enjoyed sewing this pattern. It was fun to sew something for myself, and I really love the structure of the top. I'm already planning out a dress version, which will also be apart of my mommy and me set! If I'm lucky, I'll have it ready for mother's day!

Don't forget to grab a copy of the pattern for yourself!! You can use this link (affiliate) to get it or any of Caroline's other patterns. Make sure you get the girl's version too for some fun mommy and me looks!

**this post contains an affiliate link for the pattern - if you choose to purchase this pattern through my link I will receive a small commission - thank you for supporting Jaylyn Pace Handmade**


Me Made May - Boardwalk Shorts

Hey friends! Today, I am joining in on Me Made May. If you don't know what that is, it's a challenge to wear your handmade items throughout the month of May. It's been really fun to see a ton of other makers showcasing their handmade clothing. It's been encouraging for me to think that I really can wear the things I make!

Since I have mostly made things for my daughter, I am going to be doing a smaller version of #memademay2017 and hopefully wear one handmade item a week. This has also required me to step out of my comfort zone of children's clothing and actually make more things for myself.

Lucky for me, my birthday was this week and my husband bought me Caroline Hulse's new book, Sew Caroline - Weekend Style, 15 Easy-Sew Patterns for the Must-Have Weekend Wardrobe. With that and a gift card to JoAnn's from my grandmother, I am all set to complete my challenge!

So today I'm sharing my first Me Made May make: the Boardwalk Shorts from Weekend Style. I was in need of a pair of denim shorts so I chose this as my first pattern from the book and grabbed this 4 oz Indigo Wash Denim from Joann's. I got 2 yards of the fabric: 1 1/2 yards for the shorts and a 1/2 yard for the tie belt, which is actually a separate pattern in the book.

The shorts have an elastic waistband which makes thme super comfortable and easy to wear. The waist is gathered to create the paper-bag waist. I was a little unsure of this style as I was making it, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like it! Plus, adding the tie belt makes it really cute! 

The only difficulty I had with this pattern was getting my elastic down into the casing. Since you're maneuvering it down between several lines of stitching, I had a bit of trouble keeping the elastic from getting twisted. No big deal, and with a little patience, I got it through. 

What I loved about the pattern:

- There are only 5 pattern pieces (excluding the 1 piece for the tie belt)
- There are no zippers or buttons, making it a quick & easy sew
- There are pockets! I love that I can stick my phone and keys in the pockets when I want to go walk around the block with Addison. 
- There are a lot of fabric options: it calls for medium to heavy weight cotton fabrics so you can use anything ranging from chambray to canvas. Imagine how many fun pairs of shorts you could make for summer!
- They are flattering! Does anyone else have trouble finding flattering AND modest shorts. I love the length, but if you wanted them shorter or even longer, Caroline has included instructions on how to alter the patterns for that. 

This won't be my last pair of boardwalk shorts! I think I need some in a fun print. I also *might* size down from the large to the medium. I'm right in between the hip size for those two and I went with the large on these, but I think I might be able to do the medium. 

I've already picked out a few other patterns from the book to make. Right now, I've got a Darling Shift Dress all cut out and ready to sew up! 

I highly recommend this book if you're getting into sewing and want to try a few new things. The patterns are easy and quick to sew, which is really satisfying as a beginner. Seeing something come together in an afternoon or weekend tends to encourage me to keep sewing!

If you want to see more of what I make, be sure to follow me on Instagram @jaylynpace_handmade

Happy Weekend! 


what we wore & out and about dress review

Well, I was hoping to get this up a couple days ago and be all clever and say something like "What We Wore Wednesday", but the day got away from me, so here it is...."What We Wore" on Friday.

I had Addison's dress for Easter done months ago and blogged about it here. You can go back and read that post for the details on her dress. In that post I talked about not knowing if we'd actually be successful in making it to church with her in this outfit, but we did, and we were able to get a few pictures before we took it off so she could devour some yogurt.

When I made her dress and originally wrote about it, I was worried she wouldn't fit in the 2T size, but it worked out perfectly and I just love how it looked on her! The light yellow gingham was just perfect for Easter Sunday.

(please excuse the grainy photos - I only had my phone with me at the time)

After seeing her in this dress, I can definitely say I'll be making this pattern again. It's got that twirl factor that little girls love!

And now for my dress. 

I finally made my Sew Caroline Out and About Dress! I have to say, since I've just recently started sewing in the last 8 months or so, I get a little nervous when I wear something in public that I've made. However, as soon as I finished this dress, I couldn't wait to wear it. I felt super confident and comfortable. 

I bought this pattern back in December when it was on sale and I have just had it sitting around while I searched for the fabric I wanted to use. I found this Tide Pool Slub Knit at Joann about a month ago and I knew it would be perfect for this dress. It's a knit fabric that is 95% polyester / 5% spandex. I had enough to make a matching one for Addison, but then I remembered it's hand wash only and decided to keep it all for myself. 

I already know I'm going to be making more versions of this dress. I loved sewing it and it was so fast and easy. It's a simple pattern, but the little details like the cuffs on the sleeves and optional pockets make it extra special! 

The only change I made to the pattern on this dress was that I didn't put in the pockets and that was just from sheer laziness. I didn't feel like doing it, but I will probably put them in a future version at some point. 

In the future, I will make one change in order to get a better fit for my 5'2" frame. I plan to raise the waist line by about 4 or 5 inches to give this dress an empire waist. I'll then add those 4-5 inches of fabric back to the bottom of the skirt to keep it at knee length. I've seen some people do that with this dress as a maternity modification, but I tend to prefer an empire waist on all my dresses, pregnant or not. 

I can't wait to make more of these. I already want to make a solid black maxi length one, along with a fun summer print or bright coral! 

I would definitely recommend this as a great beginner dress pattern. It's quick, easy and it will give you a super fun dress for summer! You can sew it all on a regular sewing machine and there's no linings or closures to mess with. 
Plus, you can make it with short, 3/4, or long sleeves and you can choose to have it knee length or maxi length! I love all the options!

You can purchase the Out and About Dress Pattern here. (affiliate) The next one of Caroline's patterns I am planning to sew is the Kimono. I've already got the pattern, but again, I am trying to decide on a fabric for it! Any suggestions??

And here's just a couple more pictures from Easter, because we actually got a couple pictures with Addison smiling. 

Happy Friday!