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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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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

 

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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:
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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

 

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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!

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Hermosa Shorts

It’s summertime and shorts weather. Bring on the new Hermosa Shorts from Itch-to-Stitch ! Featuring:

  • High Rise
  • Wide contour waistband with off-center button closure
  • Options for zipper fly front and buttoned fly front
  • Front and back patch pockets
  • Back darts for shaping
  • Options for three lengths:
    • Short (approximately 4″ or 10 cm)
    • Medium (approximately 7″ or 18 cm)
    • Long (approximately 10″ or 26 cm)—with splits at sides

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When the testing call came out, I knew I had to apply since I love the style and always want more shorts in all the colors! It was difficult to choose which length I wanted to do. I finally chose the medium with plans to sew the other two soon.

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Look how big the back pockets are! Plenty of room for your phone and other things! Finding fabric with 10% stretch in my stash proved to be harder than I thought. My muslin was a light pink floral that I had planned to finish (until they ended up with four large flowers on my bum). Oops! The muslin pair fit so loose that for my final pair, I chose a denim with barely any stretch. And it happened to be vertical stretch. Soooo, I just cut everything the other direction on the fabric and it worked out well. My shorts fit great! Next time, I will choose a lighter weight fabric though. The denim was pretty thick.

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I’m wearing one of my three Lago Tanks in these photos. I love them too!

Hermosa Shorts come in sizes 00-20 and are on sale for $9.60 until Monday, June 24, 2019.

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Harmony Tee

Harmony is a new t-shirt pattern from Wardrobe by Me that is so much more than a basic tee. View A has a pretty cross over detail and ties and View B has a delicate look with pleats and little buttons. And a bonus View C for the days you just want a plain tee. There are different sleeve options too, but I love this little cap sleeve and it is getting very hot here. I love this top even more than I thought I would!

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I made View A first with fabric leftover from other projects. It’s shorter than I would like due to the amount of fabric I had so it’s not hemmed. It took me hours and hours to choose a combination, but I love it in the end.

It was easy to choose fabric for View B and I sewed it up with no problems. The dark plum is a lightweight cotton spandex I found at Walmart a while ago. Since it was only $1 yard, I bought the rest of the bolt. It’s nice and soft and feels good to wear.

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It looks a little dressy wearing it with a skirt don’t you think?

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Harmony is on sale here until June 14, 2019 . Don’t miss out on a great summer staple!

 

Sewing for my guys

A Tropical Shirt for Clay

Wardrobe by Me is one of the best shops in PDF land for men’s patterns. I should say teen to men, since the size range is huge, going from 2XS to 3XL! Christina has been working on expanding the range of men’s patterns for a while now. All of them are great, but we love the new Tropical Shirt! Both my husband and son wear Hawaiian shirts so I’m happy to have a pattern to make them. Clay didn’t hesitate when I asked if I could test the shirt for him. He chose the fabric from my stash. It’s a very nice 100% cotton that washes beautifully.

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Here is a description from the pattern listing:

The Tropical Shirt PDF sewing pattern is a casual button up short sleeved shirt with a convertible collar. The shirt has side slits, a double yoke, and two back pleats. The left front has a pocket. The pattern is designed for woven fabric.

FEATURING
  • Convertible Collar
  • Short Sleeve
  • Side Slits
  • Double Yoke
  • Front Pocket
  • Straight Hem

Comes in sizes 2XS – 3XL. I sewed a size M and shortened it to my son’s desired length. I shortened the sleeves 1/2”, but Clay has them rolled up as usual.

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I’m so mad at myself for forgetting to match the design on center front! Luckily Clay didn’t notice and loves his shirt. He left for school in it this morning with white shorts.

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On sale for $8.50 until April 19, 2019. Don’t miss out on this one!

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Melrose Dress and Top

A new Itch-to-Stitch pattern? Why yes; I just can’t resist! It was just what I needed, an easy sew after the beautiful (and satisfying to sew) Kalispell Dress that I wrote about here. This one is named Melrose, after a beautiful place in Scotland.

Here are some highlights of the pattern

  • All views include:
    • Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
    • C, D and DD cups have bust darts
    • Wide, scoop neckline finished with bias binding
    • Dolman short sleeves with cuffs
    • Unlined
    • Layers feature—print only the sizes you need
  • View A includes:
    • Dress with cinched waist with elastic through casing
    • Ample, functional in-seam pockets
  • View B includes:
    • Top with cinched waist with elastic through casing
    • Gathered peplum
  • View C includes:
    • Short, boxy top with bottom band

I applied to test View B top. Since I didn’t want any leftover fabric, and my piece was big enough, I started with the dress. I just love my Melrose Dress! The fabric is 100% rayon which is light and flowy and so comfortable to wear. And a tropical print in blues makes it an instant favorite!

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After the success of my dress, I cut out the top from a mystery poly cotton that has been in my stash for a long time. First I cut the peplum the wrong way on the grain. With some woven fabric, this wouldn’t matter, but mine has a wavy striped texture. Luckily, I had enough fabric to re-cut that piece. It’s a quick and easy project. Just press and steam the neckline well when applying the binding. The peplum feels pretty short while wearing, but is perfect with a higher waist skirt or pants. For my next Melrose Top I will lengthen the peplum just a bit.

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Worn here with Northpoint Trousers, hacked into Capris from Simply by Ti Fabrics. Fuchsia is sold out but there are other colors available and on sale this week, all at $5 per yard or less!

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Here it is with the Danube Jean Skirt. You can read more about it in this post.

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Melrose Top & Dress is on sale for 20% off through April 16, 2019. Don’t miss out on this great spring and summer pattern!

 

Sewing for my guys

Muscle Up Tank

Have I mentioned how much I love sewing for my guys? It’s been wonderful having more and more men’s patterns showing up in the PDF pattern world. This one is from Greenstyle Creations. My son has to approve of any pattern test that will involve him modeling pictures and this one was a definite yes. He chose the fabric after I gave him options. It’s a light to medium weight cotton lycra and was wonderful to work with. I’m not sure where I bought the fabric. Clay is particular about how long his shirts are, so he had me shortened this one quite a bit. I think it could have been at least 1″ longer, though he likes the length of it.

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We had a fun but quick photo session where he was more cooperative than usual with pictures!

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The Muscle Up Tank includes sizes XXS to 4XL. What a great range of sizes! It features dropped armholes and a narrowed back.  It comes with the option to use bands or binding. (I love the look of binding). You can also finish the neckline or top it off with a fun three piece hood.

Get this wonderful piece on sale for $8.50  (regularly $12) through April 14, 2019.

 

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Kalispell Dress

There’s a beautiful new dress Itch-to-Stitch called Kalispell. I was so excited to be a tester for this gorgeous dress! The princess seams, little cap sleeves, and box pleated skirt caught my eye during the testing call. There is a flutter sleeve option if you’d like your shoulders covered a little more and gives a whole different look to the dress. Comes in sizes 00-20. Here are the features from the pattern listing:

Kalispell Dress Features:

  • Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
  • Options for cap sleeves and flare sleeves
  • V neck
  • Front button closure with band
  • Bodice front and back princess seams
  • Full skirt with inverted box pleats
  • Ample in-seam pockets

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After my usual alterations to the pattern for my height, my muslin fit perfectly. I used some fabric from the 80s and like the fit and look so much, that I plan to finish it into a top.

The fabric for my final Kalispell Dress is a hefty pique with good drape. I have always loved this type of fabric. This one was found in Michigan when my mom and I went to a yard sale! It likes to fray so I had to be careful with the edges, but my dress looks perfect for spring in these colors. I love the fitted style of the princess seams and how it accentuates the waist. I am excited to have a new dress to wear for Easter since I’ve been wearing the same one for several years!

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Get Kalispell on sale until March 31st. Do let this beauty get away! Thank you for reading! Until next time…