My Desert Island Sew Sew20 Tour

sew20desertislandsewWelcome to my hop on the Sew20 July Tour. This month Sew20 wants to hear about our Desert Island Sews.

“Just imagine you are trapped on a desert island with only one sewing pattern at your disposal. Miraculously, the island is overflowing with enough supplies to rival a big box fabric store but the printer on the island has enough ink for only one pattern. What would you make? Read on to see today’s bloggers keep following Sew 20 this week for the Desert Island Tour.”


My Desert Island Sew is the Greenstyle Laurel and its mini version, The Greenstyle Laurelette.

I love both of these sooooo much. We pretty much live in them through the fall and winter. It’s a quick sew with a lot of options. The bodice fits me well. It looks great on me now and it looked great on me 50 lbs ago.


The Laurel can be a dress or a tunic. It comes with these great pleats that are super flattering to the midsection. You can do pleated front and back, pleated front and no pleats in back. An easy hack is to use the pattern pieces for the pleated front and back but gather instead of using the pleats.

10306175_10152838933059584_7090581203798876113_nSooo cute with some leggings and boots. I hacked this version by adding some arm cuffs.

10562940_10152504046814584_5515969126630860363_nOn little girls its just adorable and allows for so much variety. Here is the cowl version in dress length.

dsc2169editThe girls version also has a Ho-Lo option. This isn’t available in the Women’s version yet but I am doing my best to talk Greenstyle into adding it =) I made this a couple of years ago. It still fits! It’s a tunic now but still adorable.

10659249_10152503998664584_2481765162897185887_nGirls version in Tunic Length.

2014.06.01 starlyAnd so I don’t burn up on my Desert Island its also a super easy hack to add some binding and make it sleeveless.

The Laurel comes with 3 bodice length options. I have a long torso so I usually use the longest one.

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Here I used a shorter bodice which makes it more babydoll on me for a whole different look. I used another easy hack on this one ti line the bodice portion for a clean sleeveless finish.


I pick the Laurel/Laurelette because its really a Swiss Army Knife type pattern. I feel like I could make enough variations to serve all of our top or dress needs if I were stranded on a desert island with tons of awesome knits. Also, since it’s such a quick sew I would have plenty of time left for lounging under a fabric shade, reading books and drinking cocktails.

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  1. I have had this pattern forever but haven’t made it yet. And I love the design, so I need to remedy that soon. Well, soonish…probably fall. 😉 But the sleeveless one is a great idea too! All of yours are awesome, but I think the owls one is my favorite. 😊 And little K looks adorable and feisty, as always!

    1. Thank you! The owl one is also my favorite =) Besides loving the print, it’s in a euro french terry and I really like the structure of it. It was in weekly rotation until it got too hot.

  2. The Laurel is one of the few empire bodice dresses that doesn’t make me look pregnant. I’m not sure what the trick is, but I like it. I really need to sew up a new one!

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