Gifts

I’m Sew Thankful

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It’s a Thankful time of year with Thanksgiving right around the corner. It’s my husband’s favorite holiday, and the perfect time to have a Sew Thankful blog tour. Thank you Sewing by Ti for hosting this blog tour!

It’s easy to be grateful for the family, friends, and things I have, and I’ve so much to be thankful for. For this tour though, I will write about being thankful I can sew. I have the equipment, supplies, skills, space, and time to do the thing I love most – sew. I’m very grateful for my mom who taught me as a little girl. I had my own mini machine that I used to sew doll clothes. Over the years, my craftiness has come in handy and saved money (say what?), by sewing things myself.

It seems I was never afraid to try anything, starting out with woven fabric and making clown costumes and men’s zip up shorts when I was 20. I made bridesmaid gowns for a couple of weddings, my own wedding dress, a roman shade, a pieced duvet cover, Christening gowns for my children, and recovered a worn out sofa. I’ve sewn every kind of clothing, stuffed toys, various bags, and quilts. I sewed soft reversible waterproof bibs when my daughter drooled through everything, blankets, bedding, costumes, and other things as they grew older. My son thought I could make anything and would often request things. He’s 17 now, and has two items he’s requested recently that are on my list. I love that he will wear clothing I sew! Right now, I have the stool for the drum set from my son’s high school band that needs to be recovered. I’m grateful to have the skills to sew a new leather seat cover for them.

In the last several years, I’ve discovered PDF patterns and I’m grateful to be a tester for several designers. My skills have improved immensely over the years, and I’m thankful I can sew well fitting pants. Several years ago, when my sister kept encouraging me to open an Etsy shop, I started TwoChicklets, named for my two chicklets (children). It started off with some baby items – bibs, cuddle blankies, hats, burp cloths, until introducing other things I felt like sewing. I’ve changed the items over the years to what is selling well, which is an odd collection to be sure. All the different animal towels are my own designs, hand drawn to make the patterns. They are quite popular, especially the adult size! My husband is very supportive of my hobby and I’m grateful I can make a little to help out (at least with buying more supplies) Haha.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Come visit the other bloggers on the tour by clicking on the links below!

Week of November 6th:

6: Sewing By Ti, 7: That’s Sew Lily, 8: Elli and Nels, 9: Jot Designs

Week of November 11th:
Week of November 18th:
Week of November 25th:
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My Closet

Holiday Wear PJs

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Here we are with a Winter Wear Designs blog tour. Thank you Suzanne for giving me the push I need to get things sewn. I’m excited to see the pjs and holiday formal wear that everyone has sewn for the tour!

Yes, I do need new winter pjs. Yes, I live in Arizona where it’s hot most of the year. But…it does get cold enough for long sleeve, long pant pjs, at least for a few months! Our home is kept pretty cool in the winter (usually somewhere around 69 degrees F). That means I get to wear all my winter clothes, long robe, etc. So I need the pjs for wearing around the house in the evenings. And what could be better than glitter snowflakes in our mild winter!

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This cute snow globe glitter snowflakes print has been in my stash since my 21 year old daughter was little. This is one of those fabrics that was “too good to use”. You know the ones, the favorites that you are scared to cut into for fear of ruining it. I’m here to say, “Just use it; it’s only fabric”! Don’t be like me wearing a print that my daughter should have worn a long time ago!

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I used the Refined Raglan for the top and Aviator Pants for the bottoms. I’ve sewn both a couple of times before. You can see my Aviator joggers in this blog post but I didn’t write about my Raglans.

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Somehow, even though I’ve made this top before, I still managed to cut the wrong size. My top is a size or two bigger than I usually make in Winter Wear Designs but that’s OK since it’s pjs and they are comfortable!

Isn’t it interesting to see patterns used in a way different than intended? Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour for all kinds of holiday inspiration!

Get inspired to deck your own closet with all these inspirational posts!!!
11/19
11/20
Livia of Liviality
11/21
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
11/22
11/23

 

Baby Things

Boys in Pajamas with Peek-a-Boo Patterns

 

Boys in Pajamas: Blog Tour sponsored by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, Hosted by Made for Little Gents

What a fun blog tour hosted by Made for Little Gents https://www.madeforlittlegents.com, and sponsored by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop https://www.peekaboopatternshop.com! Thank you, thank you, both so much! Unfortunately, my 17 year old son doesn’t fit into Peek-a-Boo patterns but we have a little grandson I can sew pjs for!

Do you love Peek-a-Boo patterns? Are you interested in winning shop credit? Read to the end and enter the giveaway!

I chose Alex and Anna Winter PJs for our grandson. (The pattern was given to me for the blog tour, but all opinions are my own.) It’s the first time I tried a Peek-a-Boo pattern and really enjoyed the experience. The directions are clear and concise. This pj pattern is an easy to sew pattern with no buttons, zippers, or snaps, making it great for beginners, and pretty quick to sew. And…it has a huge range of sizes; I’ll be using it for years to come! It took me longer to decide on fabric than it did to sew them!  All fabric is from my stash and I have no idea where it’s from anymore.

By the way, Peek-a-Boo has pajama patterns in many styles to suit your taste. Some and super cute so it was difficult choosing one. I chose this one because I thought it would be easy to fit.

Abel lives on the other side of this great country of ours, so there are no pictures of him in his new pjs. He measures in size 18 months but I know how quickly babies grow, so made the 2T instead. I wanted to be sure they will still fit when they get to him in the mail.

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The deer slippers I’m sewing for Abel to go with his pjs didn’t quite get done. If you come back, you’ll see them in a future blog post. They are looking very cute!

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We’re all sewing up Peek-a-boo Pattern’s pajamas, and there are sew many to choose from! See some new ideas every day by following along with the tour below:

Fri. Nov. 2
Made for Little Gents (Intro to Tour)
Mon. Nov 5
Our Play Palace
Tues. Nov 6
Made for Little Gents
Wed. Nov 7
Phat Quarters Fabric
Thurs. Nov 8
Family of Makers
Fri. Nov 9
Elli & Nels in Stitches | Sewing Novice
Mon. Nov 12
My Sewing Roots | Momma Newey’s Makes
Tues. Nov 13
Manning the Machine | Custom Made by Laura
Wed. Nov 14
Sewing with D
Thurs. Nov 15
Seams Like Style | Ronda B. Handmade
Fri. Nov 16
Dreams and Stitches | Fils & Draps

Ready for the giveaway to Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop? Here you go! Good luck!
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Quilts

My Monsters

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Sewing my Ti blog tours are back after taking a break to birth a precious baby boy! When Ti of Simply by Ti announced she was back with a Monster tour, I knew immediately what I would sew. It just so happened that I purchased the Quilt as you go monster  class by Wendy Gratz from Craftsy several months ago during a sale. It is perfect for a monster blog tour, don’t you think? Especially since our youngest is 17 and not into Halloween costumes anymore.

Wendy Gratz is an excellent and fun teacher with a great personality! I am thoroughly enjoying the two classes I have of hers. You can be as creative as you like making monsters since there is no right or wrong way. My plan is to make a baby sized quilt with 9 monsters. The others will have to wait for some other time.

 

Quilting the sashing and the back of a row where you can see the quilting. The seams are pressed open because of the thickness of the batting.

This quilt took a lot longer than I thought with all the decisions – colors, monster details, fabric choices, and making sure it all looked balanced. I bought fat quarters similar to this from JoAnn’s The background and sashing were found in my stash with the sashing also from JoAnn’s. It was a similar fabric roll to this one. My little quilt didn’t get the backing or binding yet because I have to leave town; but at least the top is done for the Monster blog tour!

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I’m excited about my little monsters and don’t know if I will be able to part with this quilt. Good thing it wasn’t sewn for anyone in particular!

Here are some close-ups:

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Do you recognize this guy? He’s Gumby’s twin. 😄

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Be sure to check out the other posts with the links below. You just might see some inspiration!
Monday, October 1st- Sewing By Ti (intro)

2nd- Tales from a Southern Mom

3rd- Shalini’s Sewing Space

4th- Tenille’s Thread

5th- Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 8th- Back 40 Life

9th- Family of Makers

10th- Made for Little Gents

11th- Big Fly Notions

Sunday, October 14th- The Fairy Dust Bin

17th- Sewing With D

18th- 52 Week Sewing Challenge

19th- Auschick Sews

20th- Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

Sunday, October 21st- The Bear and the Pear Atelier

22nd- Seams Like Style

23rd- Seams Sew Lo

24th- My Heart Will Sew On

25th- JOT Designs USA

26th- My Sewing Roots

27th- Manning the Machine

Monday, October 29th- Frulle Mieke

30th- Sew Like a Sloth

31st- Sewing By Ti

 

My Closet

Sew All the Cardigans

Yes, here I am with another cardigan pattern. I love the fit of all my Itch-to-Stitch patterns; as you can probably tell by how many posts are dedicated to ITS patterns!                  Aveiro Cardigan is the sister to Lisbon Cardigan which I have three of and wear often. Of course, I needed to sew Aveiro!

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Mine are both sweater knit. I think the black might have been bought at Walmart a couple years ago and the coral is from JoAnn’s.

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After resisting this coral knit during several trips to JoAnn’s, I ended up buying it after completing my Sequoias and writing about it here: It’s Time to Stitch with Itch-to-Stitch.

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I love cardigans and wear them a lot. In fact, these are packed in my suitcase for a trip to Michigan!IMG_0993

My Closet

Chelsea Cardigan

I love a good cardigan. I’m always cold when we go places and the AC is blasting. And I love Ann’s dollies!

Look how great they are! I just love the shading and style lines. The high hip is the version I chose for testing. We live in Phoenix so I didn’t think I’d ever wear the high calf length. The pattern needed to be shortened in the bodice to bring up the waist for mine. Unfortunately I didn’t realize it would bring the hemline up a little too high. I should have added a bit back in at the bottom edge. I still love my cardigan but will not be able to wear the belt with it. That’s ok though, since it looks great unbelted.

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Clearly, I’m not good at styling my pieces. This top was the wrong choice but I love my Alyse Pants. I’m planning a gold pair soon.

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And now I want a longer version! I like to have cardigans in lots of colors so I can choose one to match my outfit when we go to church, out to restaurants, and other chilly places!

There’s a sew along for Chelsea Cardigan starting September 26 in the Designer Stitch Pattern Group. Come join us as we make all the cardigans!!!

My Closet

It’s Time to Stitch with Itch-to-Stitch

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 It’s time! It’s time to sew with Itch-to-Stitch! My closet is full of Itch-to-Stitch designs. I’ve been a tester for Kennis since she first showed up on the Facebook scene with a tester call for Marbella! Her designs are unique with details, are the kind of things I wear, fit consistently well, and have excellent instructions with illustrations. They are some of my favorites for sure! It’s going to be a fun week with 26 bloggers sewing up so many Itch-to-Stitch patterns. Join us all week and enter to win prizes! Read on to the end for all the details.

The first part of a blog tour after signing up (at least for me) is to decide what to sew. I wanted to make so many things that have been on my “to sew” list! First I chose the Anza Dress and Jumpsuit. I didn’t apply to test this pattern because I don’t wear jumpsuits and I guess I was too busy at the time to sew the dress either. Anyway, I love the style of this pattern and wanted to sew it. Actually, I wanted to hack it into a top, but forgot all about that when it came time to cut the fabric. Oops! Next time.

When choosing fabric, I was a rebel and chose this board short material for my dress. It’s from one of our sponsors Mabel Madison. Thank you for your generosity in sponsoring this tour! Mabel Madison is offering $10 off a $50 order with the code ITSTOUR through September 30th. Who says board short fabric is just for swimwear? This fabric is awesome! I love the vibrant color and it feels so good on my skin! It ended up being perfect for this dress. Anza calls for 2 1/8 yards of fabric in my size, but since I’m short, I figured I could squeeze it onto 2 yards. Then I decided to skip the pockets since they would just get lost in my busy fabric. I skipped the side pockets too because I don’t use them. All of this should have made this pattern quick to sew, but somehow, things kept getting in the way, so it took about a week to finish. First, I was missing two pages of the pattern and didn’t realize it, so cut out the front skirt piece wrong. Luckily I had enough fabric to cut another front skirt! Then I didn’t have navy buttons. And then it took a few times reading it to wrap my head around putting the bodice and skirt wrong sides together, but it all worked out until I had to lace the drawstring through the waist. That took f o r e v e r!!! But look at my lovely dress! I’m really happy with the silhouette it gives me and so in love with my new dress. My husband loves it too, so win win!

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In this close up, you can see all the different shells and sea creatures on the fabric.

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These were taken with my husband spying on me from across the road. He makes me laugh.

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Of course I couldn’t stop at sewing up just one pattern! During Sequoia testing, I sewed only the shorts length and have been wanting a pair of pants ever since. I had copied my changes to my pattern (shorten front rise, low butt adjustment, etc) already so just needed to shorten the legs. Well, they aren’t quite right and I’ll need to tweak where I shorten them for next time (less above the knee and more below the knee), but they are wearable and I love them. And here they are out of a cotton shirting that I had in my stash just for these pants. I tried to be twins with Kennis choosing this color, but I couldn’t get the pose right to duplicate her photo. I left off the side cargo pockets and sewed the rest as written. And look, my shoes match the pants, (not the top)!

 

Here I’ve held my shirt up so you can see the front and the higher rise.

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Well yes, I needed a top to wear with my Sequoias which was supposed to be a newer than this Chirripo that I ran out of time to sew. But, I didn’t blog this one and it kinda sorta matches, don’t you think? The fabric for this has been in my stash for years. I used some of it for a top several years ago and still had some left. I just love this fabric and had to make another top. The Chirripo Top was perfect but there wasn’t enough fabric left for the waterfall ruffle version which is what I wanted to sew.  Anyway, I shorted the bodice as usual for me, but no other changes on this top. It is the perfect summer top in my opinion and pretty quick to sew. I just love the square neck! I will lower the armscye a little on the next one as it’s a little high for me.

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Here’s my butt shot beautiful back pockets with matching KAM snaps. I just love using these snaps and they are so easy to apply!

 

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And here they are folded up and snapped into capris

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Itch to Stitch is offering limited, discounted pricing for the patterns being highlighted in our blog only good on that day! Today, both the Chirripo and the Anza are on sale on my posting day of September 19th. Be sure to follow along each day to see which patterns are on sale!

Remember to check out the sponsors and enter to win below!

Here is the line up of Bloggers for the ITS Time to Sew Itch to Stitch Blog

September 17th
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My Closet

Sew Long Summer

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Welcome to the Sew Long Summer blog tour hosted by Mahlica Designs.
A nice group of sewing bloggers are going to share with you how we say “Sew Long Summer” and we’ll be asking you to join in with a Social Sew too (read on for details and prizes) Sew Long Summer is all about getting those transitional wardrobe pieces ready; finishing up all those things we meant to make this summer; and well, basically whatever Sew Long Summer means to you.

Originally, I’d planned to make a bomber jacket. I have a few patterns and haven’t sewn any of them yet. But, well, when it’s still 105 degrees and sunny outside, it’s hard to think of sewing a jacket. So, what I did sew is another Kathryn Top from Itch-to-Stitch. It’s been on my sewing list for a couple of years at least! Short sleeve tops get interspersed with the tanks during our warm fall weather.

Here it is in a burn-out knit I bought a couple years ago from SAS in Phoenix. I’m wearing it with rtw shorts here. Kathryn is pretty quick to sew and looks nicer than a regular t-shirt. I love the shape of it and wear the others I’ve made regularly.

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The pleats are easy if you follow the directions. My top is lined with solid white since it’s see through. Lining for the top half is written into the directions. All of the patterns at Itch-to-Stitch have excellent instructions!

My jacket is from Itch-to-Stitch as well. This is the Salamanca that was part of my capsule wardrobe during a sew along. The top was supposed to get sewn at that time. Oops! Now my top is ready for cooler weather when I pair it with my jacket and some new Haute Skinny Pants that I made to go with a tunic recently and blogged about here.  Read on to visit the other Sew Long Summer bloggers and see how to enter to win!

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All week we have sewing bloggers sharing how they say Sew Long Summer.The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

Sept. 10th Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Manning the Machine, mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Crafting Fiend

Sept. 12th Auschick Sews, Aurora Design Fabrics, My Heart Will Sew On, Vicky Myers Creations

Sept. 13th Flaxfield Sewing, Sewing with D, Musings of a Seamstress, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Petite Font

Sept. 14th Sewing à la Carte, Sewing by Ti, Stitches by Laura, Sewing with Sarah, My Sewing Roots

 

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer” to be entered into our random drawing.

Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments on the mahlicadesigns intro post. Please limit your entries to items you’ve sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

We can’t wait to see what you’re making.

 

 

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer” to be entered into our random drawing. (Full details here)

 

My Closet

Back 2 School with Winter Wear Designs

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It’s back to school time, hosted by Winter Wear Designs. Our son started school 3 weeks ago already and he’s too big (he’s a high school senior) to fit into Suzanne’s patterns, so this post is about what I will wear while he is in school. When my chicklets were in grade school at a charter school, I had to take them and pick them up every day. The outfit I chose is reminiscent of what I would have worn during those years. Now I will wear it to make my husband’s and son’s lunch for work and school, and to meetings for the band parents.

I chose a couple of patterns that were already in my stash but hadn’t sewn yet. First is the Cross Hem Tee which is a free pattern with the code from Winter Wear Designs Fun Facebook page. How awesome is that! It’s a fancied up t-shirt with a fun curved front hem. I love the big scooped neck too (my favorite)! Second is the Aviators that I’ve had for quite a while. After buying it, I realized there wasn’t layers which deterred me from ever printing it. I finally bit the bullet and printed it out and it wasn’t as bad as I was dreading. Lucky for you, Suzanne has updated the pattern with layers (Yay!) so you don’t have to wait to make yours!

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You may have noticed my top is really long. I usually shorten everything before cutting the fabric. I had even figured out how many inches to adjust. Then I got so excited about the fabric, that I completely spaced it! 🤣😜  So the cute design of my cross hem is very low. Next time I’ll be sure to take out those inches! The cross hem was sewn different than I thought it would be, which is good because I thought it was going to be a double layer of fabric in the front. I’m glad it’s not, but wish I knew why my curved hem wants to bunch up. Also, since this is my first time to sew this top, the shoulders are too narrow for me. That’s good news for you if you have to adjust for narrow shoulders, but I should have realized before now. Other tops that I made from Winter Wear Designs are tight in the shoulders for me. I need to take note for next time that my shoulders are wide. This a size 4, with 5/8” added to the sleeve length. My next Cross Hem Tee will fit perfect I think!
The Aviators are some cool looking pants with lots of options like welt pockets, cargo pockets, pocket flaps, and leg detail. I made a muslin of these, and made a few changes to get the perfect fit. There was too much room in the inner thigh area and the front rise was too curved. After cutting back the point of the rise and down the side of the thighs, the front looked way better. I also had to do a low butt adjustment. I thought I saved a picture of the muslin pair, but it’s gone. I used green sweatshirt fleece, making them without any pockets, but they are wearable. 😁 Yay! Even though the Aviator pants have many options, I chose to sew a basic pair of sweats. The waistband is cotton spandex without elastic inserted. They will get lots of wear this winter, I can already tell by the comfort!
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Just recently, I became an **ambassador for the online fabric store, Simply by Ti. What an honor to be a part of this shop and group! I really like the fact that it’s kind of small so I’m not overwhelmed by choices or need hours to find something.  As I looked at all the yummy looking fabrics, I kept in mind this blog tour and the fact that I didn’t have fabrics chosen yet. My eye caught this  purple plaid  in double brushed poly for the top and I already knew I wanted black  French Terry for the Aviators.
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Look how vibrant the purple is! I don’t think I’ve ever sewn with a knit plaid and this one behaved beautifully. The French Terry is really nice too. It’s not as soft as the baby French Terry, but that’s ok; as I wanted the stability of the regular. It did shrink some (a few inches) in the wash, so be sure to take that into account when ordering. The Glitter French Terry is awesome too. I used it here and can’t wait to use it again. My black French Terry just became the best fitting pair of sweatpants I’ve owned in 20 years!
(Sorry I had to get close up pics of my butt so you could see the fit)!
So what are you wearing for back to school?

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Don’t miss out on any of the stops on the
Back 2 School Blog Tour 2018
 
Monday 8/27
Tuesday 8/28
Wednesday 8/29
Carrie of BeriBee Designs
Livia of  Liviality
Thursday 8/30
Diane of Sewing With D
Jackie of
Friday 8/31
Jessica of Jot Designs
Patricia of Sew Far North

 

My Closet

Piper Tunic Update

img_07271.jpgWardrobe by Me and the designer Christina has been a favorite of mine since she first showed up on the Facebook scene. I’ve tested many patterns and also have a lot of them I haven’t sewn up yet. The Piper Boho Tunic is one of those I hadn’t tried, so when Christina put out a tester call to update Piper, I was excited to participate. My fabric is from stash and was approved by Christina since she was going for a certain look. There are three views to choose from with different details, sleeve options, and even a dress option. There are 27 variations, wow! I had enough fabric that I chose long sleeves to use up the piece. That means it will be quite a while before I”ll be able to wear it in Arizona!

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View A was my choice because of the shirring detail. I think it looks interesting! The pattern was a breeze to sew up and the shirring detail was easier than expected.

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Of course, once my Piper was done, it needed a new pair of Haute Skinny Pants. My original pair is a faded black from so much wear. I tested these way back when with my daughter being the model. I never thought I would ever wear this style of pants. Surprisingly, these pants fit me well right off the printer, making them a quick sew for pants!

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It’s so hard to photograph dark colors! Hopefully, you can see how well these fit. The fabric is a nice navy stretch denim. They will be worn a lot this fall and winter!

Here are details straight from the listing:

US 0-24 & EU 30-54. Height 5’6″ 172 cm.

The Piper Boho Tunic Sewing Pattern is a simple tunic with a flattering shape. The pattern is designed with several body lengths and neckline finishes, two upper body options, a straight sleeve with a roll-up tab, and a bell sleeve with elastic hem. You can combine any of the features. This pattern is intended for a lightweight woven fabric. If you want to make it in jersey, you would need to size down. Style it with skinny pants, a slim fit skirt, Jeans or leggings.

And now I have an outfit ready for fall! Be sure to get your copy of Piper Boho Tunic while it’s on sale for $10 (regular $12) until September 10!