Joanne Faux Knit Wrap Dress by Sinclair Patterns

Another test* and another great dress to come out of it with the Joanne Faux Knit Wrap Dress by Sinclair Patterns. This pattern company has steadily become a favourite of mine due to a great fit straight up and the fact that the garments are actually in rotation in my wardrobe.

The Joanne dress is fitted at the bodice with a faux wrap and a pleated accent to one side seam. The skirt pattern is available as a knee or midi length flared skirt and there is also the option of a top with an overlapped peplum. Sleeve lengths available are short, 3/4, long or elbow length and also a flounce variation and not to forget a sleeveless offering which also has a different cutting line for the armhole so the fit is spot on. If you love a dress with pockets, they are also an option, along with a belt/tie.

Fabric recommendations are a light to medium weight knit and for mine a chose an abstract brown spot rayon knit (97% rayon/3% spandex). I found the stretch and weight perfect for my sleeveless midi dress version. If your fabric isn’t as co-operative, instructions are provided for stabilising shoulder, waist and pockets seams. I chose the regular length pattern, although petite and tall options are available, along with all the other benefits of good PDF patterns.

Construction is actually quite quick with this dress, I’d say maximum 2 hours. The neckline isn’t too revealing either which I like. I’m really happy with the fit and didn’t make any alterations to the dress, even omitted my normal sway back. Although I made this as a summer version, I can layer it with a long sleeve top underneath to get me through the colder months.

The Joanne Dress is on sale currently for $7.99 through until 25th September!

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

Mia Knit Maxi Skirt by Sinclair Patterns

The title might be a bit deceiving as this pattern isn’t just for a maxi skirt. The newest release by Sinclair Patterns, the Mia knit maxi, also comes in a midi length, which is the version I tested*.

The skirt itself is fitted at the waist and hips and slightly flared below. There are optional side slits and a few options for the waistband with either a self lined contoured yoga style standard or draped (pleated) waistband. Another design element is that it can be cut on bias with the center front and center back seam, really effective for striped fabric.

The fabric requirement is quite minimal if you go for a midi version and I used some black stash fabric which feels a bit like a rayon knit and I made mine in a size 6 with no adjustments to the pattern. I also went for the self lined yoga waistband, I’m all about comfort. I chose to add in the optional side slits, I thought walking ease would be better. Like all Sinclair Patterns, the files are available in regular, petite and tall sizes.

US0-US22 / UK8-UK26
PETITE 152-160 cm /5 1” – 5 3”
REGULAR 162-170 cm / 5 4” – 5 6”
TALL 170-178 cm / 5 7” – 5 9”


This is a relatively quick sew with a really nice outcome. It’s beginner friendly and instructions are really clear and thorough with lots of extra information. Essentially, sew up your desired waistband, then the skirt side seams and attach said waistband to skirt. Fabric type will also determine the seasonality of the skirt from a lightweight knit for warmer months to something a bit thicker for the cooler.

Although the weather is quite cold here at the moment the skirt hasn’t had much wear, this weekend I plan to test drive it with some tights and ankle boots.

The Mia knit maxi skirt pattern is currently on sale for $5.99 US ($7.79 AUS) until this Sunday 11th August 2019.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

Ivy Tee by Sinclair Patterns

I type this blog post while I’m wearing a Sinclair Pattern, the sunset lounge pants and it’s no secret therefore that the Ivy Tee by Sinclair Patterns will also become a wardrobe favourite which I tested* recently.

Although this pattern may look complicated it is quite quick to sew together. The unique back pleat adds some interest to what may otherwise be considered another colour blocked tee. It opens up a lot of possibilities of fabric combinations. The Ivy tee is semi-fitted at the bust but has a looser fit at the waist and hips. The curved hem adds an extra special touch, with a slightly longer back, and there are 3 sleeve length options.

Like all Sinclair Patterns, this one includes different print formats, layers, a large size range and different versions for petite, regular and tall. I’m normally a regular and used this version for my test garment. I made a size 10 though I would normally make a 12. I looked at the ease and thought perhaps I would prefer a bit less this time around. My fabrics are from the stash but I think they are both rayon knits. This could be considered a scrap busting project as the yokes do not require much fabric and neither does the short sleeve length.


Perhaps one thing to note is to make sure the weight of your yoke fabric is equal or heavier than the back bodice piece as it can cause some pulling, especially with the extra fabric in the pleat having extra weight behind it.
This pattern is designed for knits although one tester made a version using woven for the back, something I may try in the future. If you look at Pinterest for inspiration for colour blocked tees, the possibilities are endless and you could add features such as a pocket or lace yoke, which was my original plan until I couldn’t the right fabric combination. I do plan on making more Ivy tees though, the fit is really good as is the length of the top. From the photos here however the back doesn’t hang well but I think it has to do with the fact I had another top underneath and quite possibly may have benefited from going up a size at the hips.

The Ivy tee is only on sale for a few more days at the price of $6.99 up until July 12th. If you haven’t experienced Sinclair Patterns before, you will be pleasantly surprised.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

Sunset Lounge Pants by Sinclair Patterns

I am so behind on my posts, like ridiculously. I’m hoping that I can catch up to some extent over the Christmas period considering it’s unlikely I will be getting any sewing done. I tested* the Sunset Lounge pants back in October. After finishing them I admittedly wore them quite regularly and after multiple washes they are still holding up quite well.

Now that we are heading into summer, they won’t get much wear but nonetheless I do need to talk about them. They are fitted at the hips but hang nicely with a loose fit through the leg which comes as knee length or regular long. Waistband options include a yoga band, ruched or a maternity version and of course optional pockets which coincidentally are one piece pockets whereby the opening has a bound edge and the pocket is attached to the front of the pants.

They go together quite quickly and I made my version in a boring black performance cotton lycra (90% cotton/ 10% elastane), since I can never have enough black bottoms in the wardrobe. I omitted the drawstring of my yoga waistband but did add important to me pockets. If you are adding the drawstring either buttonholes or eyelets will need to be sewn/inserted.

Fabric recommendations are light to medium weight knit fabric with at least 30-50% stretch  and ribbing is also an option for the waistband but I just went with the same fabric and you can actually add elastic into the waistband also.

I made a size medium in the regular length and I am 165cm for reference. If I were to wear these with extremely flat shoes I would probably need to take out some length next time.


I really like the loose fit of these and I can vouch that they are extremely comfortable.

The awesome thing is that they are free through December 31, 2018 with the code SINCLAIRPATTERNS. You will love having these in your wardrobe as yoga pants, pyjamas, or pants, the possibilities are endless.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.


Dakota Tunic/Dress by Sinclair Patterns

I’m sure we all have a few pattern companies that we favour, and Sinclair Patterns is fast becoming one of those for me, among others. I always apply when a testing call comes out as I like the designs, they fit with my lifestyle, and the instructions as well as the pattern itself, are really thorough.

You just need to check out the listing of the Dakota tunic, which I tested*, to see the options available. The skirt is a 1/4 circle gathered peplum/skirt, empire waist dress or tunic with a curved hem. The front bodice can either be finished with a true or faux placket or without the placket.  There is the option of long, 3/4 and short sleeves or sleeveless and inseam pockets. I almost forgot to mention there are two different necklines too. Sinclair patterns are great in that they offer their patterns in petite, regular or tall and the size range is UK8-26.

We will be travelling sometime next year to a humid climate so I thought making a sleeveless dress was a good choice, it will be both comfortable and easy to pack. I used ink tie dye rayon spandex fabric and followed the instructions exactly as written. Everything went together smoothly and it really was a quick sew. I didn’t find the empire waist to be too high as sometimes I think it can emphasize my mum tum. The bands for the neckline and arm holes were a perfect fit and I like the neckline and shape of the bodice whereby you can still wear normal undergarments. The curved hem is a really lovely feature.

I must admit though, I didn’t really realise until after I put it on and took photos that my gathering is a bit uneven on one side, for both the front and back, although this fabric is so busy that it isn’t noticeable from afar. I actually had this post drafted a week ago and held off posting until I finally fixed the gathering issue. Much happier with the dress now 🙂

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.


Candy Relaxed Fit Knit Cardigan by Sinclair Patterns

This is another test I did whilst pregnant thinking I will also be able to wear it post baby. I think it’s also the last of my maternity sews.

The Candy Relaxed Fit Knit Cardigan  (**affiliate link) by Sinclair Patterns is exactly that. It is a loose fitting cardigan with a waterfall style neckline and nice deep pockets. It’s best made up with light to heavy weight knit fabric with at least 20-30% stretch, more so for the sleeves so you could perhaps mix up fabrics.  It can quite easily be sewn up in one day, or even a couple of hours, it’s that quick.

Like a lot of the Sinclair Patterns, sizing goes from XS-XXL but also include the petite, regular and in this case tall pattern pieces. I tested* mine in the regular length using some glitter double knit (unsure of content). If you are new to sewing with knits the pattern has some great information but also photos accompany the instructions.

The most important thing to bare in mind is that the wrong side of the fabric will show with this type of neckline so choosing one with less contrast might be better but I don’t mind mine as the edges are finished neatly and raw edges are hidden.

The deep pockets are great for carrying a phone, keys, small purse and keeping hands warm and of course can be omitted if preferred. I would love to add a few more of these to my wardrobe before autumn but not sure if I’ll manage that.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

**Affiliate Link: I get a tiny commission to fund my fabric habit