My Closet

Causeway Bomber

A bomber jacket has been on my list to sew for a long time (years). Jackets and hoodies are some of my favorite things to sew. Well, you may know by now that having a test deadline propels me to get more done; so when the test came out for Causeway Bomber Jacket, I had to apply.

Kennis gave us a heads up so we had several weeks to gather supplies. And let me tell you, Reversible zippers are not an easy thing to find, especially in the color you want. Ribbing is also difficult to find, but you can substitute pointe with the right stretch. After searching for some different colors than what I had with no luck, everything I used for both jackets were from my stash! I guess it pays to stock up on things in advance.

I wasn’t going to sew a muslin. I know my adjustments for Itch-to-Stitch patterns and always wear the same size. This is a 2 A cup, shortened 1″ in the bodice and sleeves. Since I had more fabrics I wanted to use, the pineapple twill and polyester gingham was my wearable muslin. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a pink zipper or a reversible zipper by the time I decided on this jacket. The poly was terrible to work with but I love this fun jacket! I may wear it with the pink side out even though I won’t be able to zip it. This is Newport Top and Eddystone Jeans with my jacket.

My final Causeway Bomber is a madras plaid patchwork with twill on the reverse side, lined with a white rayon cotton because I was afraid the colors of the other side would show through. I love this jacket too; and was excited to wear it the very next day with Oia Dress! The paid was deep stash as it was bought to make a toddler size duvet cover for our now 19 year old son. I will think of him when I wear it!

Oia Dress is one of my many favorites!

I thought this fabric would be fun to wear on a cruise (if we ever get to go again).

Causeway Bomber Jacket features from the listing:

  • Options for cup sizes
  • Relaxed, hip-length bodice
  • Slightly dropped shoulders with long two-piece sleeves
  • Optionally reversible (both sides are identical)
  • Center front exposed zipper
  • Ribbed collar, waistband and cuffs
  • Front princess seams
  • Optional invisibly zipped pockets on one or both sides of the jacket
  • Layers feature—print only the sizes you need
  • Sizes 00-40
Itch to Stitch Causeway Bomber PDF Sewing Pattern Line Drawings

Causeway Bomber is on sale for $11.40 through October 21.

The highlighted words are my affiliate links. I earn a small compensation to put toward testing supplies, but it doesn’t cost you any extra should you choose to buy any of the patterns. Thank you!

Thanks for reading! See you next time…

My Closet

Celeste Dress

Who doesn’t need a cool summer dress right about now? Celeste Dress is just that! When Kennis of Itch-to-Stitch mentioned linen for this dress, I took her seriously. I just happened to have one piece of linen in my massive stash, this navy blue, and just enough of it to cut my pattern.IMG_5118

Celeste Dress comes in sizes 00-20. Here are some features from the listing:

  • Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
  • Front and back princess seams
  • High-waisted center-front gathers
  • Slanted front pockets
  • Invisible side zipper
  • Cool short sleeves
  • Layers feature—print only the sizes you need

I just love the different size cups printed separately! It make a pattern so easy to fit. I made my usual size 2 shortened the bodice 1″, the skirt 2″, and graded to size 4 hips (although it ended up not being necessary).

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The pattern instructions are written with a size zipper, but I am able to get mine on over my head without it, so I skipped it when sewing. It made the construction pretty fast. After seeing so many colorful tester versions, I’m anxious to make another in a pretty print!IMG_5109

I love my Celeste Dress and think you will love the breeziness of it too! It’s so comfortable on hot days!

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Celeste Dress is on sale through July 28 and volume discounts still apply. Thanks for stopping by to see my new cool casual summer dress.

This post contains affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I receive a small commission if you choose to follow them. I would love to say I’m using the extra cash to help our youngest son with college costs, but it’s not enough for that. Haha! It does help with replacing sewing supplies though.

My Closet

Summer Time with Winter Wear Designs

It’s time for the Winter Wear Designs Summer Time Blog Tour! Are you ready? Read on to hear about my outfit and the sale.

Summer snuck up on me this year. It seemed to be spring for a long time and I was shocked when I looked up and it was June! Time for some new shorts. I bought the Endless Summer Shorts during a sale for only $3.00! Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs has some wonderful sales so be sure to join the Facebook Page or sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss the next one. It was quick work to choose the patterns I wanted to use since it was recently that I bought the Endless Summer Shorts. A quick look through the shop brought me to the Outer Banks Boatneck. This pattern was given to me for the blog tour, but all opinions are my own.

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Choosing fabrics turned out to be a much more difficult task than choosing patterns. Despite having a mountainous stash, nothing seemed to match, coordinate, or be the correct fabric type! I finally found royal blue mystery fabric from the 80s. Perfect! lol    It was a 3/4 yard piece of the color of the year (which I never knew existed until being in sewing groups), and was just right for the Endless Summer Shorts. Outer Banks Boatneck needed stripes I thought, and after looking through piles and boxes of fabric, found the blue and white jersey. Yay! I think it took longer to choose fabric than it did to sew up the outfit!

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I quickly made a muslin of the shorts to check the fit and was surprised I didn’t need to change anything other than the grading to a smaller waist size that I’d done. It’s not often that pockets sit so nicely on my hips with the grading I almost always have to do from waist to hip! I did choose to lengthen the inseam by 2 1/2″ for personal preference. I like the loose fit of these shorts. They are perfect for hot summer days when you don’t want your clothes to cling! My sisters would surely say they are too big, and next time I might try a hip size smaller and lengthen them just a little more so I can have a nice hem. This one is tiny, barely 3/8″. The Endless Summer Shorts come in sizes XXS-XXXL! Here is a list of  features from the listing.

Features:

  • Shorts with 2.5 inch inseam
  • Front Pockets
  • Elastic waist
  • Optional pocket detail
  • Optional Lace/trim hem
  • Optional Cuffed Hem (adds 1 inch to the finished length)
  • Optional Drawstring detail
  • Optional lining

I thought about doing a cotton lace trim on the hem, but my husband thought it looked better without. I don’t usually wear anything tucked into my shorts or pants, but took some photos this way so you could see the pockets and waistband.

The Outer Banks Boatneck is as easy as any t-shirt. Of the three neckline options, I chose to do facings. There are four sleeve options and two lengths. It comes in sizes 00-24. Wow, you could have a different Outer Banks Boatneck for every day of the week without any two being alike! My only change was to add 1/2″ to extend the shoulder (I find WWD patterns to be too narrow for mine). It would have extremely easy to sew up, but my fabric was curling something awful so It took a bit longer than it should have. I thought about doing an htv on my shirt (something patriotic in red vinyl for July 4th), but couldn’t decide. What do you think?

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Suzanne has graciously put 15 patterns on sale for the blog tour for only $4 each! Go see for yourself at Winter Wear Designs! No code is needed to get the sale price.

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Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour to see what they have sewn up for summer time!

Don’t miss out on any of these stops on our Summertime Blog Tour:

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Patricia of Sew Far North
6/30
Lim of KekeSews

Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse

7/1
Debbie Groves Guest Posting at WWD
Diane of Sewing With D
7/2
Livia of Liviality
7/3
Aurelie of Maglice&So
Donnisha Jones Guest Posting at WWD

 

My Closet

Balboa Skirt Collection

Kennis of Itch-to-stitch posted a testing call a few days before we were set to move from Phoenix. Luckily for me, she had decided to extend the testing period over a couple of weekends. I just HAD to apply to my favorite designer’s call! I printed the pattern before packing up the computer, putting it in a page protector and into my “carry on” bag. (That’s what I call my essentials bag, even on a road trip). I thought I would get it taped at one of our hotel stops along the way, but alas, after driving up to 10 hours a day, I was too exhausted to do it. Somehow, between unpacking the household and unpacking my sewing room, I managed to get my two skirts sewn, enjoying every second of it.

Balboa is an easy to fit, easy to sew pattern, making it a welcome relaxing task. I did my usual adjustments (shorten for my height, grading for a smaller waist, and flattening the hips). Balboa is such a fun pattern with so many options that I just might need to sew more of them!

Itch to Stitch Balboa Skirt PDF Sewing Pattern Line Drawings

Balboa Skirt features:

  • Waistband with elastic at natural waist
  • Thirteen options:
    • Skirts with No Center Seam
      • Straight
      • A-line
      • Ruffled
      • Single Flounced
      • Double Flounced
      • Handkerchief
      • Maxi
    • Skirts with No Center Seam
      • Straight
      • A-line
      • Ruffled
      • Single Flounced
      • Double flounced
      • Maxi
  • Designed for bottom-weight knit fabric
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you ne
A-line from Ponte

It makes sense to sew the simplest skirt first to check the fit, so A-line it was. Worn with a long time favorite Kathryn Top.

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The only change was flattening the hip curve. After making the change to my pattern pieces, I cut and sewed the Single Flounce version from this wild and colorful brushed poly. 

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Balboa Skirt comes in sizes 00-20 and is a beginner + pattern. I wore mine to church with my Salamanca Jacket which gives the outfit a whole new look.

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Unfortunately, it wasn’t the right time of day for pictures, so this is washed out and the next is too shadowed.

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Get Balboa for $9.60 until June 7th when it goes to regular price! You’ll love choosing all your favorite options!

Enjoy your sewing day!

Diane

 

My Closet

Sabalito Top

Happy New Year! (a little late) lol It’s been a while since I’ve written a post or done much sewing because we were away for almost a month over the holidays. When Kennis of Itch-to-stitch posted a testing call, I was so ready to sew!

Sabalito is a woven layering piece that I wasn’t sure would be my style. But…I’m not very good at being in style on my own, so I trusted Kennis that I would love this top as much as the rest of her patterns. With almost all of my woven fabric packed up and moved, I ventured out to Hobby Lobby to see if anything would do. I found this lovely floral by Michael Miller Fabrics that ended up being just right for my Sabalito.

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I sewed my usual size 2 A cup, shortening the bodice and the lower bodice for my height. The pattern is easy to sew with wonderful instructions. Even the trickiest part (the tie) was not hard to do.

It is a bonus that my new top matches my latest Sequoias! I really do need these in every color! More about them here if you are interested.

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My beautiful custom necklace was the wrong length for this outfit.  But I didn’t want to re-do pictures; the most difficult part of pattern testing for me.

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Some features of Sabalito Top:

  • Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
  • C, D and DD cups with bust darts for better bust fit
  • Three-quarter length dolman sleeves
  • Deep V neck with overlapped front
  • Interesting front tied accent
  • Relaxed fit bodice with a wide bottom at the high hip
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)
  • sizes 00-20

On sale until February 8, 2020.

Thanks for stopping by! XO

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Itch-to-Stitch Designer Spotlight 2019

Itch-to-Stitch has been a favorite of mine since the very first pattern, Marbella Dress. So of course I wanted to be part of the blog tour again! When the sign up was posted, I was feeling very ambitious, signing up for three pieces. The oldest pattern is from 2015 and the newest is almost a year old. This was an outfit I had envisioned at the beginning of 2019 when it was still cold in Arizona. The fabrics were bought and waiting, but they didn’t get sewn…until now. A big Thank You to Crystal at Sewing Vortex for hosting the Itch-to-Stitch September Spotlight blog tour! She helped me get this outfit sewn!

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Medellin Top was my first piece. This is one I didn’t get to test. It was fast and easy, though, giving me a sense of accomplishment right away. The bodice and sleeves were shortened as usual for my 5′ 2″ height, although I may try the bodice without shortening for the next one. I tried it on with a cami underneath (as it’s meant to be worn), but it didn’t show at the V neck at all. When I shortened the bodice, I think it brought the neckline up a bit. It’s great on its own but will be toasty warm with a Hepburn Turtleneck underneath this winter. Medellin is made with a hairy sweater knit from SAS in Phoenix.

 

The linen blend for pants was a thrift store find which matches perfectly with my Medellin. I’ve been wanting another pair of Sequoias for a long time. You can read about and see my Sequoia Shorts here and Sequoia Cargoes here. This pattern released in January 2018 and has quickly become a favorite. I wear both the shorts and cargos a lot because they are so comfortable and fit right in with our casual lifestyle! For my new pair, I left the side pockets off so they might look a little bit dressier. I’m not sure if my goal was achieved or not. Haha! The snaps used were from this set bought on Amazon. I’m happy with the ease of applying and the quality; and they are so handy to have around for different sewing projects. I didn’t have to run out to the store for anything!

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Only a couple pics turned out of the Sequoias rolled and scrunched up and snapped, but you can see how versatile they are! Perfect for wading in a creek. P.S. I never wear Birkenstock clogs without socks or without full length pants. Don’t laugh too hard at this pic! Haha!

Finally, Jacqueline Hoodie needed to be sewn. I have to be honest and tell you I wasn’t excited to sew this one. The fabric was the reason. Way back in January, I stumbled upon this very yummy sherpa backed sweat shirting, a double sided fabric from Hobby Lobby. Of course I wanted the sherpa on the inside to keep me warm and wanted it to show inside the hood and pockets. That meant changing the way the hoodie was constructed, which at times, almost made my brain explode. Haha! With the thickness of the fabric, some lining pieces needed to be thin, so I used an old ripped t-shirt of our youngest son (who we just dropped off at college a few weeks ago). I love having a part of him in my new hoodie. I accidentally used my tester pattern (released in April of 2015) which has a tiny bit different seaming on the front overlay. My fitting skills are much better than they were when we tested this pattern, so this hoodie has a shortened bodice and sleeves to fit my height. The rib knit was some I had on hand, without very good recovery, so I added 2″ elastic in the cuffs to keep them from getting all stretched out. The same snap set was used on the center front flap of the hoodie. This pattern took quite a bit of time, but now I have a toasty warm grey hoodie to replace my old grey rtw one!

 

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Do you want to sew your own Medellin, Jacqueline or Sequoia? They are on sale for 25% off TODAY ONLY!!! Tuesday Sept 17th: 917itsblogtour25 is the coupon code. Also on sale today is: Busan, Anza, Emily, Liana, and Nottingham. They are featured in the Tuesday bloggers’ posts. The code will be valid for 24 hours 8am-8am Eastern Time. Hurry!

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My Closet

Kosice Top and Dress

When Kennis from Itch-to-Stitch posted the pattern test for Kosice, I was so excited and so ready to sew something! I jumped right in with my top, loving the instructions and a new way of binding and applying the elastic. The front and back top edges have a bias strip facing and I love how it turns out. I chose to sew the elastic sleeve view.

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Here are some details from the listing:

The Kosice Top & Dress is a beautiful peasant-style top or dress with a touch of modern-day romance. Designed for lightweight woven fabric, the Kosice comes in different cup sizes. A Kosice dress made with floral fabric would certainly stop traffic. Or use a bright and fun print to make a top that is suitable for everyday wear. The Kosice includes options for short flare sleeves and short sleeve with elastic hem.

  • Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
  • Options for top and dress
  • Options for two raglan sleeves:
  • Short flare sleeves
  • Short sleeve with elastic hem
  • Dress option has sash
  • Button-down front
  • Front and Back V necklines
  • Elasticized shoulders
  • Sizes 00-20

This is the Danube Skirt, also from Itch-to-Stitch. My Kosice fabric is a cotton/maybe poly blend from stash. It felt like the right weight for this blouse that is finished with French seams.

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After sewing up my top in no time, I decided to cut out a dress from some prized printed eyelet fabric I got at JoAnn’s a couple of years ago.

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The right pattern didn’t come up until now and this one felt just right. I managed to squeeze my dress out of 1 1/3 yards but had to piece together the sash to do so. I really love this dress and may wear it to a wedding we will be attending in August.

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Kosice Top & Dress is on sale for $9.60 (no code needed) until July 28. Be sure to get your copy!

Match Your Shoes 2019

My Kosice Dress was entered into the Match your Shoes Contest with my pink Birkenstocks. Voting will start after July 31!

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My Closet

Sew Americana 2019

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Welcome to the Sew Americana blog tour hosted by Katy from Wild and Wonderful. This is the fourth year for the blog tour, but the first one for me. There are a great line up of bloggers for the tour so follow along all week to see lots of red, white, and blue inspiration!

 

Sly Fox Fabrics was gracious to sponsor the tour, giving us 2 yards of fabric from the Americana collection. And my order arrived super fast! Thank you Katy Kemper and crew! As a military family and typical red, white, and blue fan, I was surprised by the selection of different shades of blue, grey, aqua, and heathered choices. When I chose my fabrics, I didn’t have a set plan as to what patterns I wanted to use, so I waffled quite a bit before choosing a yard of heavy Ponte de Roma in navy for my bottoms and a yard of the gorgeous Hideaway Floral in Blue for my top. The Ponte is surprisingly soft and lovely to work with!

 

I would have loved to sew something for our handsome 18 year old son for the tour, but with him going off to college in August, I knew he would say he doesn’t need any more clothes. Bummer! So you just get me instead. No worries though, if you follow along all week, there will be cute babies and lots of awesome red, white, and blue projects!

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My shorts are the Aviator Pants from Winter Wear Designs heavily modified into shorts this time. They were blogged here when I made (and modified) them to be casual joggers. Since all the fitting to me was done, they were very fast and easy to sew, especially since I skipped the pockets too! There was only a bit of struggling to stretch the Ponte waistband onto the shorts. Once it was sewn on, it fit perfectly fine. And guess what!!! They are on sale for only $5 with the code SewAmericana! You can find them here! Code is good for a week – that will be a July 4th end date so don’t hesitate! Thank you Suzanne!

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Deciding on a top took a lot longer than it should have. I wanted to pick just the right style to showcase the beautiful fabric (and a bit scared to cut it at the same time)! My husband wanted me to sew a dress which I wear a lot of during the summer, but I didn’t want to use ALL of my beautiful fabric on one item. So my thought was to make a top and use the leftover fabric to make the bodice of a dress with a coordinating skirt attached at a later time. After taking so long to decide, I had to go with something pretty fast to sew as I wanted to be prepared well ahead of my scheduled day. When the Taylor Tank testing call from 5 out of 4 Patterns came out, I knew that it was the top meant to be for the tour. It would give me a deadline and the push I needed to have my sewing done early! The coordinating fabric I used for the bands and back yoke is from SAS Fabrics in Phoenix and has been in my stash for a while.

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Oh, and since my first Taylor is also red, white, and blue, I will show that one too! The red stripes are an up-cycled men’s t-shirt and the blue is another fabric from my stash.

 

I’m wearing this one with a Shenanigans Skort from 5 out of 4.

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For reference, my Taylor Tanks are size XS with size S length on the straps in front. The pattern is on sale for a new release price of $7.95 until Sunday, June 30!

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Happy Independence Day USA! Enjoy the rest of the Americana tour everyone!

Monday, June 24:
Wild & Wanderful · The Petite Sewist · That’s-Sew-Kari · Stitched by Jennie · Marvelous Auntie M

Tuesday, June 25:
Petite Stitchery · auschick sews · Sew Simple Home · Sewing Novice · Striped Swallow Designs

Wednesday, June 26:
(Swimming in a) Sea of Estrogen · The Eli Monster · 5 out of 4 Patterns · bigflynotions · Stitching and Making

Thursday, June 27:
Middle River Studio · It’s Liesel · Sewing with D · Kitty Makes It

Friday, June 28:
Boo + Lu · Sequoialynn Sews · Seams Sew Lo · Made By Jaime · SewSophieLynn

 

My Closet

Summer Staples with Winter Wear Designs

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We have a lot of summer in Phoenix Arizona so I’m big on summer staples! Shorts, sleeveless tops (tanks, strappy, racerbacks all included), swim suits, and casual dresses are all part of my summer wardrobe. That makes it easy for me to jump in on a Summer Staples blog tour with Winter Wear Designs!

The pattern was provided for this blog tour, but all opinions are my own. Thank you Suzanne!

It was difficult to choose a pattern this time around because I wanted something quick but not really a basic tank. I finally decided that the Traveler Tee with its woven front and knit back would be a quick project too. My fabrics are from my stash, with the woven beach scene being a vintage piece from the 80’s. Gasp! I did a bit of hacking to the pattern, changing the side piece to be shorter so more of my feature fabric could be seen. I also put binding on the neck edge, cut the cap sleeves even shorter so it’s more sleeveless, and hemmed the sleeve openings.

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You can see the side cut out changes in this pic.

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My top turned out summery and cute, and I’m very happy with it! Immediately after trying it on, I was wishing for matching blue or green Real Deal Jean shorts. Unfortunately, I don’t have either color in my stash and no time to shop. It will be a project for another day. In the mean time, I have on my Real Deal Jean shorts I sewed a couple of summers ago. This was my first go at sewing jeans. Not too bad! This pair gets worn all the time and are still going strong!

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Check out the other bloggers on the tour this week to see other fun staples you need in your wardrobe!

Don’t miss any of the inspiration in our summer tour:
6/24
Livia of Liviality
Patricia of Sew Far North

6/25

Diane of Sewing With D

Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
6/26
Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
6/27
6/28
Josianne of Sewista Fashion
Florence guest posting at Winter Wear Designs
Kristen guest posting at Winter Wear Designs

 

My Closet

Seen & Sewn Tour – Aspen Tank

Welcome to the Seen & Sewn Together blog tour.

Arielle from Seen & Sewn Patterns is creating patterns with a focus on encouraging people to join the #handmaderevolution by sewing their own handmade wardrobe.

A nice group of sewing bloggers have joined together to share with you how we’ve taken the Seen & Sewn Patterns and let our creativity loose with them. We want to inspire you whether you’re just starting or well on your way to building your handmade wardrobe.

The extra fun part for you is that we have a prize pack giveaway from Seen & Sewn Patterns that you can enter below. The prize pack for US residents includes 1 pattern of choice, a Slow Fashion Tee, and a Slow Fashion Pin. For our international readers the prize pack includes a copy of all Seen & Sewn PDF Patterns. Bonus! All entrants will receive a coupon code for a $1 pattern of choice -so make sure your email is up to date in your profile when entering.

The tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

Monday June 17th

Sew 4 Five, Sewing A la Carte, Aurora Designs

Tuesday June 18th

Idle Sunshine, That’s Sew Lily, House of Estrella

Wednesday June 19th

Mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, Fee Bricolo, Aurora Designs

Thursday June 20th

Let’s Go Hobby, Sewing from Scratch, Craftstyle Living, Mama You Can Make It

Friday June 21st

Claire Cruse, Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

 

Enter to win something good here!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Have you heard of Seen & Sewn Patterns? I hadn’t until an announcement went out from Mahlica Designs asking for bloggers for the tour. Thank you Melissa for hosting this blog tour! Curious, I checked it out and found a very small business with a handful of patterns. I loved the idea of helping a new designer gain exposure, so here I am with my first Seen & Sewn Pattern, the Aspen Tank in Dress version.

After choosing the Aspen Tank as my pattern to work with, I have to admit I was stumped at the direction to go to use the pattern. The sizes go from XS (33-34) through XXXL (45-46). My measurements put me in an XS, so I had the pattern printed and ready. Finally, I decided on a dress and chose fabric from my stash. The tangerine colored top is a poly of some sort (perfect blouse fabric) that I’ve had forever and the stripes are an up-cycled beach wrap. I liked the idea of keeping the fringe so I figured out my dress length from the bottom up.

Since my goal was to hack the pattern, I decided the slight racer back needed to be more pronounced so I drew a line on my pattern and hinged it to fold out of the way. I do this so I don’t have to re-print when I want to sew it the original way. Next was the front neckline. It needed a bigger scooped neck which was accomplished with my pencil and a plate from the China cabinet. I also shortened the bodice to make sure the seam didn’t end up on my bust line since that is uncomfortable for me. Oh, and I almost forgot; the bodice is fully lined so no need for bias tape! I sewed the shoulder seams, then the main and lining neck edges together, flipped it right side out, then used the burrito roll method to sew the armscyes. I French seamed the side seams of the skirt and enclosed the gathering stitch line so my dress is very pretty on the inside too! After cutting and sewing up the dress, I had a strip of striped fabric left that was begging to be a belt. All I had to do was to sew it into a tube and wallah!, it was done!

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My super cheerful summer breezy dress will be perfect for hot summer days; or it can be worn as a swim cover up. What do you think? Which way would you wear it?

Happy Sewing! Enter the giveaway above! And just for our readers, here’s a coupon code good for $1 patterns! ss2gether19 can be used twice per person and is good until June 30! 😲

Thank you for reading!