2015-05-02 17.31.56-1Hey there everyone! Currently in the studio I have my first Rosie Top done. I wanted to create a top that could pair well with a cute pair of shorts in the summer, with a high waisted skirt, or a pair of skinny jeans. I also wanted something easy enough for anyone to wear. This is where Rosie came in. The top features a drop shoulder, short sleeves with a bit more length on it to cover more of the upper arm, french seams throughout and a 1″ hemline. I used contrasting thread on the hem for this first one but I think I’ll be switching to a blue thread so that it is more hidden.20150510_171254Also, I made a neck binding out of the fabric so that I didn’t have to use bias tape. It worked well so I think that will definitely stay on the final garment. This fabric has been in my stash for the longest time! Over a year I think and I had just enough to make one top for each size, XS-XL. I can’t even remember where I bought it but it’s so soft to the touch that I can’t help but love it. What I love most about it is that when you wear it, it feels cool to the touch, it doesn’t make you feel hot, which is why it’s perfect for summer!20150510_171235The other pieces are all cut out and ready to be sewn but I’ve put them on hold as I work on a different piece, the Branson Top by Lily Sage & Co. She recently reached out on her Instagram and Facebook for pattern testers and I of course jumped at the opportunity to do so. After reading her blog posts and seeing her make the sleeveless and long-sleeve Branson Top I knew I wanted to make it! She ended up choosing me to make size 18, and sent the pdf pattern and instructions yesterday, which just brightened my day.
2015-05-11 10.27.24I chose a very bright and colorful flower print cotton fabric that I bought at Joann’s last summer and was just sitting in my fabric stash. Since I’m making the largest size it might make it look even more heavy because it’s cotton, but I thought I’d try it out and if it doesn’t work trying it again with a different, lighter fabric. The cotton fabric I’m using isn’t thick but when you’re making bigger sized clothing it makes it appear so. By the way, you also get to see a little snapchat of my new at-home studio space (yay!). I love it! I have so much room and it has so much light! But more about that on a separate post.
IMG_20150511_091639I‘ll be posting more of the process and the photos on my Instagram and Facebook page so make sure you keep up with me there.

In other news, I’d like to thank you all for being so utterly patient with me on posting new items on my shop. I’m currently the only one doing all the designing, pattern making, sewing, and also all of the blogs, media, and shop stuff. Along with this, I am a stay-at-home mom to my crazy two-year-old son, and I’m working on two degrees at two separate schools so my days are extremely busy. I actually have the newest pieces like the Rosie top, the Betsy Dress, the children’s multicolored leggings, and the Betsy girls dress already made and ready to photograph but, the photographer I planned on shooting my garments this month decided to take a much needed hiatus from photography and that left me with no one to photograph my pieces. So hubby and I decided that we would save up some of the money from my last few sales and buy myself a few photography essentials, like a backdrop and some good lighting, and just stick with my old Nikon camera I got about 6 years ago until I can save up enough to buy a fancier camera. We will be ordering that stuff in the next few days and then I’ll have to wait for it to ship, so until then my new pieces will have to wait to be put in the shop. I thank you in advance for your patience because I know I said they’d go up the first couple weeks of May, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Until then I’ll be reading up on photography and how to get the best photos, so if you have any tips, please feel free to leave me any in the comments below!

Until next time my friends,

Stay Creative,
ღ Reyna Lay ღ