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Sewing for a baby

It’s been a long time since my chicklets were little. The youngest is 17 now! Wow, where did the time go? I didn’t have as much available sewing time when they were babies, so they had a very limited amount hand made things. When we got our first grand baby last January, I was so excited to start sewing baby things. IMG_4622Sewing for little ones is so much fun. The pieces are small and lots of projects are pretty quick, like this Newborn gown from Stitched Together.

This quilt wasn’t one of those quick little projects though, haha!

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This is Timber! from Rachel Rossi Designs. It was quilted by my friend Sue on her longarm machine. I also made Rachel’s fun and easy Shiplap quilt and took it when we went to visit last summer. (They live on the other side of the US from us). I just love both of these quilts!

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This one is made of flannel and so soft! What is even more snuggly is the little blanket and teething toy. No pattern was used for the blanket, and I used Rachel’s tutorial for the teething blanket.

 

 

Unfortunately, the package with the teething blankie was stolen before it made it to Virginia.

in the fall, with Abel’s first birthday and Christmas approaching, I started planning more baby things to sew. They were coming to visit after the holidays so I had a little extra time to squeeze in a few things. This little fawn is one of the Wild Things Hot Water Bottle Covers from Twig + Tale. Isn’t he adorable? Be sure to check out the other cute animals. They are great for all ages!

 

In December, when Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs gave away Christmas htv designs, I fell in love with this moose and just had to put it on something for Abel! Since I had already decided to make some pjs for him, this raglan sweatshirt pattern from Shwin and Shwin was already printed, taped, and waiting on my table. I omitted the hood and used 80% ratio for the neck band. And the Kid’s PJ Pants, also from Winter Wear Designs are one of the many patterns available for free! Now that it’s done, this size 18 months outfit looks more like sweatpants and sweatshirt than pjs, but that’s ok.

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P.S. Shwin and Shwin have many free patterns so I sometimes have a difficult time finding what I’m looking for but the Boys boxer briefs are awesome. They only come in one size so I printed at 85% or so to get the right size for my toddler nephew. I wish they were available in all the sizes as I haven’t found another pattern just like it. I made several pair for Christmas in fun little boy prints!

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Here is Grandpa (my husband Mike) and Abel trying out his bear towel. The pattern is my own and sold in my  TwoChicklets Etsy shop. Although it looks like this particular one is sold out at the moment, there are many other cute animals to choose from!

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This bonnet is another from Twig + Tale. It’s actually the hood from Wild Things Coat. It is super soft fur with flannel lining. The baby moccasins are the Almost a Freebie Baby Moccasins from Dandelions and Dungarees.  They are my first leather shoes!

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One last thing. I’ve been wanting to make some Twig + Tale Wild Things Boots for Abel. This pair was soooo hard! I mixed up my Wild Things Boots pattern with the Tie Back Boots and think I ended up with two different sizes.  You can tell by the bunching on the foot. I do not recommend using fleece for these! It’s too thick and shifts when sewing. But I still think they are cute. Happy 1st Birthday Abel!

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Now I’m done with baby sewing for a while. Time to move on to other things!

Review

100 Item Sewing Challenge 2017 Review

Did you take the 100 Item Sewing Challenge for 2017? Well I did…and succeeded! That’s the bottom line. I didn’t want to make you read to the end to find that out! Want to hear how it went? Read on…

In 2016, I ran across a group called 100 Item Sewing Challenge. The rules were pretty straight forward – sew 100 items in a year for anyone, 8 items each month to qualify for the prize drawings. Some smaller items like underwear counted as .5 and machine embroidery counted as 10,000 stitches = 1 item. There may be some rules I’m forgetting, but that was the gist of it. I wasn’t sure how I’d do since I’d never kept track of how many things I sewed so it was a whole new experience. Turns out, I loved keeping track and the challenge to sew 8 items a month. The total eludes me now, but I made over 100 items that year.

When the new year came around, there was talk about if the group would continue, what changes needed to be made, etc. It did continue, but without prizes. No problem for me since I liked the challenge for myself. Plenty of new rules and changes came about too. Each month’s items had to have a specific count label (to make it easier for admin), still 8 items a month, still 10,000 stitches = 1 item, more small things were added to count as .5, 50 of the 100 items had to be for ourselves and items for our home didn’t count as for self (there were lots of complaints about this), and the big one – no business items counted. (In 2016, some made 40 items at a time for their shop and counted them); so I really liked this new rule. The labels for the pictures in the album looked something like this: June 1/8, Me 15/50, Year 58/100. It was time consuming but I understood the need for it since I wouldn’t want to be the admin totaling up everyone’s sewing!

Here are my totals: I met the 8 of 8 items every month except one, 68 of 50 items were for me, and 125 of 100 items were sewn for the year! Woo Hoo! Do you think it might be time to clean my closet? haha!

Along with the 100 item challenge, I belong to the Stashbusting Sew Along group. My stash is so huge that I didn’t play officially since that would require measuring every piece of fabric in my stash. I did keep track of progress each month though, and have some totals for that too. For 7 of the months, I sewed more than I bought, 1 month was even, and 4 of the months, I did too much shopping or didn’t sew enough. 152 1/8 yards were sewn up in 2017! Unfortunately 135 5/8 yards came in. According to my non-math brain, I’ve decreased my stash by 10% even though I didn’t count my beginning yardage.

Not very exciting reading I’m sure, but it’s kind of interesting to see what I’ve made. It was a good sewing year, I’d say! And now, Hello 2018! Let’s get sewing! I’m ready for the #RTWfast with the 2018 RTW Fasters!

And here’s the breakdown in alphabetical order.

Apron 1
Baby quilt 1
Baby shoes 1
Blouses 7
Bowl Cozy 1
Boys & men’s underwear 10
Cardigans 4
Click bags 2
Doll clothes & shoes 7
Dresses 6
Embroidery (most of the large projects) 246,658+ stitches! 12
Footstool 1
Guitar strap 1
Hats 6
Headband 1
Hottie cover 3
Jackets 7
Jeans 2
Lawn chair pads 4
Men’s shirts 3
Neck pillows 5
Nightgown 1
Panties 9
Pants 8
Pillowcases 2
PJ Pants 2
Quilt strip 1
Shorts 9
Skirts 2
Skorts 2
Swim bottoms 6
Swim trunks 2
Swimsuits 3
Tank tops 7
Tea wallet 1
Tops 15
Toy 1
Vests 5
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New Life for Some Old Jeans

Ann, the designer at Designer Stitch is always posting pictures of different clothing items to see if we like it or to show what she is working on. She gets us all excited about a pattern to test, only to have us sit and wait anxiously for the pattern to be ready or for another test to finish. That’s what happened with the Santi Skirt. I was hoping to sew it up in September I think, before our vacation and before the holiday rush. Well, that didn’t happen, haha! It ended up some time around Thanksgiving so I was squeezing it in between other projects! Luckily, I have two sewing/embroidery machines and a serger so I was able to set up one machine with the topstitching thread. What a time saver to be able to move to another machine rather than changing thread and needle every other step. I just love the look of topstitching and it’s fun to sew too.

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Sorry about the spot on the picture! It was the only good one of the topstitching. I think it’s a palm tree leave that kept getting in the way of the camera.

My toile of Santi was made in corduroy which I really liked but it was faded in spots and I didn’t have enough of any others. Old jeans to the rescue! I’ve been saving old worn out jeans for decades with all kinds of projects in mind for them. They were perfect for this type of skirt with so many narrow pieces that could fit on a pant leg. I love the different colors of denim, even reversing the one for the pockets and belt for a little more contrast.

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My earring are from Vernon Bea, made by my very talented sister Rebecca! She makes custom silver jewelry from her studio in Bay City Michigan, which is way too far from me!

The Driftwood Blouse from Twig + Tale was my choice of top. I really like the two pieces together and will be wearing it this way again.

Here are some details of Santi:

multi-sized pattern :
(AU/UK)     6 – 26
(US)             2 – 22
(EU)            34 – 54

Designed with 8 gore panels for shaping, front patch pockets,
and a self shaped belt the Santi makes a fabulous fashion statement.

It’s on sale for $8 for a limited time. No code needed.

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Cozy Christmas Holiday

 

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Merry Christmas and Happy whatever holiday you celebrate! This was such a fun blog tour idea that I knew I had to sign up. What a great way to see all the different 5 out of 4 patterns in a holiday light, hear about traditions, and pick up a few new cookie recipes to add to your favorites! I have to admit, when I think of 5 out of 4, I think of summer tops, skorts, swim suits, ninjas, all with a sporty feel. I had to really think about what to sew, even though I’ve made some of the long sleeve fleece and sweater patterns. I love testing and sewing patterns from 5 out of 4 and am amazed by Jessica running a business with 6 kiddos! 

I finally decided on the Nancy Raglan because ever since the listing was posted, I’ve loved the cowl neck version shown. Mine is made from this Lush Fleece in red plaid and this Lush Fleece in black, both from Joann’s. I’ve been wanting a plaid dress and may have gone overboard sewing one in lush fleece! The stretch is not the recommended percentage for the pattern so my sleeves are very fitted. The rest of the dress fits fine but the fabric is so thick that I sewed the cowl with only one layer. Lush fleece is difficult to sew with, just like minky or fur. My coverstitch machine didn’t like it either. I had to do some convincing to get it to sew! It sure feels cozy! What do you think; do the lacy tights go with it or not? They were sewn last year and are Gazelles from The Wolf and the Tree.

The little snowman I’m holding is a craft we did with my sisters and our chicklets one year when we were visiting them in Colorado. So much fun!

Our Christmas tree is usually covered in snowflakes and red and white ball ornaments, although you can see that we haven’t done the decorating yet this year. The snowflakes I’m holding are ones I’ve made over the years. I just love Christmas crafts! See that stocking hanging from the mantel? I made that too. Clayten is our last child left at home so it’s the only one there.

Unless it’s very cold, I won’t be able to wear my dress on Christmas Day. We always have a fire in the fireplace even if it’s not cold enough for one (we live in Phoenix so sometimes have to turn off the heat and open the door). I will be able to wear it to church on Christmas Eve though, since the service will be held at the park. It will keep me cozy and warm! It sure felt good wearing it today and I almost didn’t take if off after the pictures!

This is my favorite time of year, but also sometimes the worst time of year. I love Christmas lights, baking cookies, parties, seeing concerts, ballets, or shows, and hearing the holiday music. But I never feel prepared enough to be able to fully enjoy everything. Some things are a must every year like decorating our home, especially the garland on the banister and the tree. Once those are are decorated and the lights are up outside, I can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere while I panic about the cards or something else! 😜Another thing we love to do is attend the Celebration of Christmas show and a driveway Christmas concert in our neighborhood every year. It gets us in the holiday spirit in a land of no snow! And reminds us that it is a celebration of Jesus most of all!

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One of our traditions is to built a gingerbread house every year. Sometimes they were built from graham crackers and hot glue and sometimes they are a boxed kit. This year I dug out a gingerbread train that we didn’t get to last year. My chicklets were out of creativity after building the house so the train got put away. My son and I enjoyed some time together while I made new frosting and decorated the train. Clay is almost 17, so I’m soaking up every bit of time we spend together! The little silver tree with ornaments is a kit we worked on several years ago when my daughter was still at home. It was a Shrinky Dink kit and so much fun to work on together! We are still enjoying it each Christmas.

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Another fun activity is baking cookies. I remember my sisters and I helping our mom bake and decorate Christmas cookies every year. We made the most elaborate and beautiful cookies using cake decorating bags and tips for all the little details! Since I opened my Etsy shop several years ago, we are lucky if we even have cookies at Christmas. With limited time, that is the one thing that gets left out unless I plan ahead and put some in the freezer. Making cookies for this blog tour put me just a little bit ahead with the baking, except that some of them got ruined. I thought I’d use this oversized pan…so many cookies fit on it!

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But it was a bad idea!

P.S. Don’t use a dark pan for these cookies! My old silver colored one worked way better!

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Press cookies are the ones I try to make every year. They are quick to make and no frosting required so when you pull them out of the oven, they are done! Of course, when I made these, I had problems with the press so they were not fast like they are supposed to be! Look how festive and pretty they are though!

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Check out the others on the blog tour by clicking on the names below. There have been some great outfits, traditions, and recipes!

SURPRISE! If you’ve read this far, you are eligible to enter for a chance to win a pattern from 5 out of 4! Just leave a comment below before December 10. Do you make holiday crafts, have a special tradition, or a favorite 5 out of 4 pattern?

 

Blog Tour December 1 – Marvelous Auntie M | ah baby! Custom Design

December 2 – Elli & Nels in Stitches | Sewn at Seams

December 3 – Pattern Revolution

December 4 – My Heart Will Sew On | Fabulous Home Sewn

December 5 – Wonderfully Handmade | Randoms by Rydz

December 6 – Sewing with D | Octaves of Color

December 7 – Turtle Birdies

 

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Itch to Stitch Love Sewing with Friends

It’s so exciting to be on this ITS Love blog tour! I am thoroughly enjoying the sisterhood of seamstresses banding together in a continuing effort to help Kennis, the designer behind Itch-to-Stitch. I love everything from the planning, the sewing, the pictures, and the reading about so many wonderful patterns. I’m just not very good at the writing! Kennis is my own personal designer just in case some of you didn’t know… Don’t believe me? Weeellll, she would be if I had one, haha!

A few months ago, Melissa of Mahlica Designs and I decided to hold each other accountable by sewing our Lisbon Cardigans and Liana Jeans together. Both were patterns that had been on our sewing to do lists for a while and sewing together would be encouragement for both of us to finish. Well, it worked! It took a little while to have clear time on our calendars at the same time, but it was fun and successful. Mine just don’t go together, so you’ll see some other ITS patterns.

This Lisbon was planned a year ago to wear with a Bonn Shirt I made during testing. The plum colored pants I had planned to complete this outfit are still not sewn. 😳  I’m not liking the plum Lisbon and fuchsia North Point capris together. I’ll have to choose one or the other! I wrote about the the capris in this post. This is a super soft sweater knit with lots of drape and shiny gold threads running through it. You can see how the neckline is stretched low with such a lightweight sweater fabric. The sleeves were graded a bit wider on this Lisbon because I wanted to wear it over this Bonn shirt.

Next is a new Paulina made with a super soft striped ponte from Simply by Ti in my favorite color. It’s very dreamy to work with and wear. I can’t wait until it’s cool enough for long sleeves! The white woven polyester is from my stash. I’m wearing it with the Liana Jeans I finished recently during the sew along. If you’ve never made jeans, this is the pattern for you! Kennis is meticulous with directions and pictures to go along with them. So many ladies are getting wearable jeans right out of the envelope off the printer!

And look at the details! So professional looking, right? Kennis’ instructions are so easy to follow. I can install a zipper with my walking foot without a hitch!

This is my first Paulina since I just bought the pattern during the sale. I wasn’t sure I liked the style with the cutout and different fabric showing, but after seeing one that Crystal of Sewing Vortex made, I decided to try it. My hack is simply not doing the arm cutouts. So easy, and now I know I can make another Paulina and have a totally different look! I like how this one looks with just a “blouse” hanging out the bottom and will try the cutouts another time.

The Best thing about making jeans is that I get to embroider the back pockets! Yeessss!! Any excuse to use my embroidery machine! The designs are painted flower 1 and painted flower 4 from Urban Threads. There’s a bit of wrinkling on one pocket. I think the fabric got a tiny fold in it when I wasn’t looking.

The stretch twill is a great color but I honestly don’t remember where it came from. The whole outfit is very comfortable. I think my Paulina might even be long enough to wear with leggings. I’ll have to try it since I kind of look like a sloppy hippie! haha! Maybe it’s the faux Birks or maybe my awful hair! If only I had a personal hairdresser to care for the crazy mop on my head!

Look how different Paulina looks with just the blouse part tucked in! I like it!

Here is a schedule of all the bloggers for the tour. Check them all out and enter to win some lovely prizes!

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And all of the wonderful sponsors who gave prizes for the giveaway and discounts on the fabric, thank you!

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You can go back to see any bloggers you missed by clicking on the name below. I’m really enjoying all the lovely interpretations of many of my favorite patterns!
Your ITS Love bloggers are

Monday: Sew Sophie Lynn, Merritts Makes, Sewing with Sarah, Sewing with D

Tuesday: Shalini’s Blog, Auschicksews, Rebel and Malice, Sewing Vortex

Wednesday: Replicate Then Deviate, mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, The Petite Sewist, kreamino

Thursday: Sewing Curves, Creative Counselor, Sew Mariefleur, Fairies, Bubbles & Co, Sewing by Ti

Friday: Harper+Lu, MeMade, On Wednesdays We Sew, Heather Handmade, Bellevi, and visit by mooglii on IG

The ITS Love Tour sponsors have been so generous in support of Kennis of Itch to Stitch that we’ve been able to put together several prize packages to share with you.

First, you may enter our giveaway to win one of three prize packs:

Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

$25GC to Simply By Ti

$50 Raspberry Creek Gift Card

$50 Bella Sunshine gift card

Prize Pack #2 includes:

$50 Knit Pop GC

$25 Designer Stitch GC

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

3 patterns of choice from Coffee And Thread

2 patterns of choice from Hey June Handmade

Prize Pack #3 Includes:

$15 Thread & Grain store credit

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$40 So Sew English GC

3 patterns from Halla Patterns

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

Your second way to win is to share with us your recent Itch to Stitch creations (made between October and November 2017). Add your creations to our Link Up Party before Nov. 20th for a chance to win one of two prize packs.

LinkUp Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

A $40 value PFRE Sly Fox Fabrics.

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$50 Love Notions GC

LinkUp Prize Pack #2 includes:

$25 Stylish Fabric GC & sewing box kit

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

5 patterns from Rad Patterns

Pattern of choice from DG Patterns

 

Your link

Giveaway and Linkup prize winners will be announced on or about November 21st.

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Itch to Stitch Love to Wear

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23376216_10159455108660104_5890152091814170948_nWho doesn’t love a blog tour? And how exciting is it that this one is filled with so much love for Kennis and Itch-to-Stitch Designs! Just look at all the sponsors! The sewing community is amazing to gather together to help and support a favorite designer after being burglarized. It takes lots of sales to replace sewing machines and other work equipment; and we are doing our best to show off our favorite ITS patterns! And guess what else! There are giveaways too! Read on to see my newest outfit made with a new for me Itch-to-Stitch pattern and a hack of one I’ve made before.

 

Simply bu Ti is one of the sponsors of this blog tour, offering each blogger credit for fabric in her shop! How awesome is that? Thank you so much Ti! I had heard so many good things about the stretch twill, that I had to get some to try. I love this shade of pink, called Fushia in the shop here. It was a dream to work with. There was almost no fraying in the wash and it was easy to cut and sew.

 

A while back when Kennis asked for ideas for patterns, my suggestion was for casual capris made from cotton sheeting or other woven fabric. I wear this type of pants a lot and would love to have a pattern for them. Well, Kennis hasn’t made that pattern for me yet! 😆 Maybe capris, pedal pushers, or whatever you want to call them aren’t in style any more? Anyway, I’ve been meaning to try the Angelia Shorts without the drawstring at the bottom but decided to use the North Point Trousers this time for my Capri hack, making them not as casual as I wanted but looking so good with the mock welts. My original North Point details are here if you want to read more.

With my drastic grading from small waist to big hips, I opted to skip the pockets. Gasp! I know a lot of you can’t live without pockets; but really, when I’m wearing dressier pants like these, I don’t put anything in my pockets anyway. I fear unsightly bulges will ruin the look of my outfit! I pinned the pieces together to be able to cut the front piece without the pocket cutout. The back has welt pockets but I wanted mine to be mock welts without the pocket bags. Oh my, what a mess that was! I couldn’t find a good tutorial anywhere (hint, hint) so ended up picking out lots of stitches. Eventually I did end up with the beautiful mock welt pockets I was envisioning.

For the top, I made the Hepburn Turtleneck, a pattern I’ve had for a while but hadn’t sewn. Of course I wasn’t thinking when planning! No one would wear a turtleneck with capris! Me neither! I only wear them underneath other sweaters or tops in the winter while wearing long pants. This pattern was super simple to sew, perfect for beginners. I did shorten the height of the turtleneck by taking 1″ off the pattern. My next Hepburn will be slightly bigger since I don’t usually wear tops so tight. It will be warm this winter though, and I love that this top has a shape, not looking like my old boxy RTW turtlenecks! I kind of like it with Hvar Jacket over top. I wrote about my Hvars in this post.

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The great news is that I wear a lot of bright colors so there are others tops in my closet that will match my new capris! This is a more realistic look for me. And This Lago Tank matches perfectly!

 

And I think they might even go with my Bonn Shirt, although I have plum colored fabric for pants that aren’t sewn yet.

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I hope you will follow along on the Itch-to-Stitch Love blog tour to see so many more great patterns. I’ll be back in a couple of days with another outfit too. I couldn’t stop sewing!

 

Your ITS Love bloggers are

Monday: Sew Sophie Lynn, Merritts Makes, Sewing with Sarah, Sewing with D

Tuesday: Shalini’s Blog, Auschicksews, Rebel and Malice, Sewing Vortex

Wednesday: Replicate Then Deviate, mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, The Petite Sewist, kreamino

Thursday: Sewing Curves, Creative Counselor, Sew Mariefleur, Fairies, Bubbles & Co, Sewing by Ti

Friday: Harper+Lu, MeMade, On Wednesdays We Sew, Heather Handmade, Bellevi, and visit by mooglii on IG

The ITS Love Tour sponsors have been so generous in support of Kennis of Itch to Stitch that we’ve been able to put together several prize packages to share with you.

First, you may enter our giveaway to win one of three prize packs:

Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

$25GC to Simply By Ti

$50 Raspberry Creek Gift Card

$50 Bella Sunshine gift card

Prize Pack #2 includes:

$50 Knit Pop GC

$25 Designer Stitch GC

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

3 patterns of choice from Coffee And Thread

Prize Pack #3 Includes:

$15 Thread & Grain store credit

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

3 patterns from Halla Patterns

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Your second way to win is to share with us your recent Itch to Stitch creations (made between October and November 2017). Add your creations to our Link Up Party before Nov. 20th for a chance to win one of two prize packs.

LinkUp Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

A $40 value PFRE Sly Fox Fabrics.

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$50 Love Notions GC

LinkUp Prize Pack #2 includes:

$25 Stylish Fabric GC & sewing box kit

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

5 patterns from Rad Patterns

Pattern of choice from DG Patterns

Your Link

Giveaway and Linkup prize winners will be announced on or about November 21st.

Sewing for Clay

Sew Thankful Sewing Tour

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It’s the month to be thankful. Although I try to be grateful all year long, sometimes the icky parts of life get in the way and I forget for a bit. There are so many things in my little corner of the world to be thankful for, starting with my family, church family, and friends, and continuing on to our home, food, safety, sewing machines…well you get the idea, it’s a long list! For this blog tour, I’m going to concentrate on one small part of the big picture, our youngest son. He is our last child at home and I am truly thankful for him.

 

Clay has been the sweetest and calmest child since he was a baby. The best snuggler too! He has almost always avoided getting in trouble giving us so much peace of mind. He made goals for himself at a young age in Civil Air Patrol and Boy Scouts, and has worked very hard to accomplish them. The best part though…Clay is respectful, considerate,  compassionate, and loving! His grades have been top notch, even in honors and AP classes in high school. Clay used to believe I could make anything! I may have convinced him otherwise by now (he’s 16, after all), but he still wears some mama made clothing. And that makes me very excited!

 

Usually, when a pattern test comes up for men, I decide if it is something my husband or son will wear. This time, I wasn’t sure either one of them would wear the FarFar Cardigan designed by Christina of Wardrobe by Me. I remember my dad wearing sweaters like this; and would have made one for him if he didn’t live 2000 miles away! I love the style and wanted to test it badly enough that I signed up without asking; then showed Clay the line drawings and Pinterest board Christina had created. That was very helpful in convincing my teen that a young man could definitely wear this style. There is also a shawl collar option but Clay chose this traditional style. He approved the fabric and helped choose buttons and ribbing which is important if I want him to wear what I make.

 

The pattern covers sizes 2XS – 3XL so all of your guys should fit! The features are

  • Long sleeve with cuff
  • Placket with 6 buttons
  • Patch pockets
  • Shawl collar
  • Simple placket

Oh, and it’s on sale until Nov 17 if you want to get started on Christmas gifts!

Clay really likes the cardigan, yay! He will wear it when the weather cools. I am so thankful I can still sew for him!

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win!

Week 2: 11/8-11/14

Giveaway: Simply by Ti $20 shop credit

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Our Thankful Sewing Bloggers are creating something special to share with you to celebrate this month of Thanksgivings! As an extra special surprise, we also have a couple giveaways during each week of the tour. Share your thanks with Petite Stitchery who has a new pattern to share with us, a free pattern giveaway from Sew by Pattern Pieces, and a chance to win a shop credit each week from Simply by Ti!

Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour. You can go back and read the ones you missed by clicking on the links below!

Intro to the tour

November 1st:

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Sewing with Sarah

Week 1:

Nov 1st: Tenille’s Thread

Nov 2nd: Candace Ayala

Nov 3rd: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 4th: Musing of a Seamstress

Nov 5th: Sewing Portfolios

Monday Nov 6th: mahlicadesigns

Nov 7th: Seams Sew Lo

Week 2:

Nov 8th: Margarita on the Ross

Nov 9th: Stitched by Jennie

Nov 10th: Sewing with D

Monday Nov 13th: 5 outof 4 Patterns

Nov 14th: Tales of a Southern Mom

Week 3:

Nov 15th: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 16th: Octaves of Color

Nov 17th: Kainara Stitches

Nov 18th: Kutti Couture

Nov 19th: The Petite Sewist

Monday Nov 20th: My Heart will Sew On

Nov 21st: Needles to Say

Week 4:

Nov 22nd: Back 40 Life

Nov 23rd: Lovemade Handmade

Nov 24th: Sewing by Ti

Nov 25th: On Wednesdays We Sew

Nov 26th: Paisley Roots

Monday Nov 27th: Mermaid Mama Designs

Nov 28th: Sew Haute Blog

Nov 29th: Ma Moose Handmade

Nov 30th: Everything Your Mama Made & More

 

My Closet

A Blouse Called Leschi

This was the first time I’ve seen and applied for a testing call for Kimberly of Straight Stitch Designs.

I loved the look of the blouse, with the gathered drop front yoke and the gathered back. I like the topstitching, making the seams all tidy too. The fabrics I used for my Leschi were terrible to work with, being floaty and slippery, but worth the trouble in the end. Both are from my stash; the mint green from Hobby Lobby a year or so ago. I thought I wouldn’t like the length of this blouse and would have to shorten it a significant amount for my 5′ 2″ height, but I ended up really liking it and only shortened the back by 2″. They will be perfect to wear with leggings and skinny pants.

This is the first top I made, with the cuff option. I should have shortened the sleeve a little more as they are long on me. My pants are the Sabrina Slims from Love Notions. I also over-cut the V neck when I was trying to fix and fit the collar, oops! Now it requires a tank or cami underneath for modesty.

I love the color and feel of this sheer fabric with a chenille pattern. The sleeves were shortened 3″ and hemmed. I love my new Leschi blouses! On sale until Friday, November 3rd, no code needed!

My Closet · Sewing for Clay

Me Made at Sea

Ever had to pack for a trip? Or a vacation? or a cruise? I struggle with what to put in the suitcase every time I have to pack a bag. What will the weather be like, what will be doing, and what will I feel like wearing? For a cruise, it’s even more difficult with dress codes and changing outfits a couple of times a day. This time I had plenty of me made clothes to include in my packing and I struggled with what favorites I wanted to take. I have so many and didn’t get to take or wear them all.

Settle yourself in with a cup of tea or coffee if you want to go on a virtual trip with me. It’s a long post, although a lot of it is pictures!

*Warning: picture overload!*

We started our trip with the 6 hour (7 in work traffic) drive to San Pedro, California. I didn’t get a picture, but Tierras Woven Joggers were perfect for comfort in the car!

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The next day we boarded the ship, Ruby Princess. I’m wearing Hera from Wardrobe by Me. I made it in a linen or linen blend which is too stiff for what Christina intended the top to look like. I love it anyway and it looked cheerful to start our vacation!

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For dinner, my North Point Trousers were very comfortable with the new Hvar Jacket. Read about it and see my other jacket on my post and on the Itch-to-Stitch blog and check out the tester photos. If you want to make one yourself, buy it while it’s on sale at 20% off here; no code necessary!

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My latest Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions is what I wore for a day of activities on the ship, especially since I forgot to pack my white Salamanca Jacket. The picture is a bit blurry but is the only one we took.

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Since I didn’t make my formal, I had to sneak in a picture of my handsome guys! I did take apart the sleeves on my husband’s shirt to shorten them and re-attached the cuffs.

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This is the Bonn Shirt I wore in San Francisco. The weather forecast was 69 degrees. I quickly found out that 69 in California is vastly different from 69 in Arizona and I was overheated for much of the day, even with only 3/4 sleeves.

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I finally put on my new Lisbon Cardigan toward evening when the sun went down and it was cooler. Melissa of Mahlica Designs and I decided to sew along a couple of patterns together as motivation to get them done; and it worked! Neither of us did the buttons or buttonholes, deciding to wait until later to decide if we wanted them. We are going to sew the Liana Jeans together soon. Watch for it if you want to join us!

Here is Georgia, coming soon from Bella Sunshine Designs. This is the first chance I’ve had to wear it and aren’t the colors perfect for fall? I loved wearing this wonderfully draping and delicious feeling fabric! It’s from LA Finch Fabrics when I won a box from Sewing Portfolios!

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Another Lisbon Cardigan since it was chilly and overcast in Monterey. Can you tell I love this pattern?

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Yes, I brought two Bonn Shirts, this one with long sleeves for the wine tasting event. (Another not so good selfie here, haha).

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It was formal night, but since I opted to bring gowns I didn’t sew myself, I had to show off the long slip (made without a pattern since it’s basically a long rectangle). Unfortunately, I was in a rush and the waist elastic ended up too big. It sits low on my hips instead of at my waist, haha. Maybe I’ll fix it one of these days since it has gotten plenty of use since I made it over a year ago.

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I did add the sparkly trim to my dress and made the necklace so here are a couple pictures of my husband and me having fun on formal night.

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San Diego was next, where our only plan was to see our niece and nephew. We had a wonderful visit with Tyler but missed Tiana since she had to work. I made this Reagan Raglan during a sew along recently with Bella Sunshine Designs. Then I added the cute pineapple cut file which will be available soon from Pickle Toes Patterns.

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Here is my Evergreen Jacket from Hey June, the only garment I made specifically for our trip. It happened at just the right time for the Sew Long Summer Blog Tour hosted by the lovely Melissa Evans. I wrote about it here Sew Long Summer, Oh Hey June! It goes well with my second pair of North Point Trousers. Clearly I need to sew myself some white blouses to wear with my jackets since I had to rely on RTW each time! I did bring my white Newport Top but the style and my fabric was a bit too casual.

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These are all teens except for Mike, and Arun behind the counter. Clay is talking with his new German friends. The International Cafe was the only place open 24 hours and this was about 1 am! Clay didn’t really walk around wearing a dress shirt, swim trunks, and bare feet, haha, except in the wee hours when almost everyone else was asleep! He’s wearing the Men’s Swim Trunks from 5 out of 4 Patterns I made during the summer. The teens spent countless hours in the hot tubs so he wore both suits I made him on this trip.

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Clay and me in Ensenada Mexico.

 

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Mike and me in front of the other cruise ship in port. The wind and sun were going the wrong direction to get our Princess ship in the picture.

All three Lago Tanks were on this trip, but this is the only one I ended up wearing. This was our warmest day so the Shenanigans Skort from 5 Out of 4 Patterns won for comfort.

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This is the shirt I had so much trouble with, McCall’s 3159. Nothing to do with the pattern, rather with the fitting. It’s probably from the 80s and I should have realized it was too loose a fit to be a well fitting dress shirt. After many alterations, it was so tight in the chest and arms that he couldn’t move. Luckily I was able to save it, but will use a different pattern next time.

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One last stroll around the ship and a stop by the pool for one last picture. This is Designer Stitch’s newest pattern, Frida worn with a regular favorite, the Alyse Pants, also from Designer Stitch, hacked into shorts. I thought it would be fitting to wear Frida in Mexico since it would have made a better picture, but I wanted sleeveless for that warm day.

It was a sad day since our vacation was over; but I’m thankful we were able to go and enjoyed every minute!

Congratulations if you made it to the end of this long post; I appreciate you! What do you think; how did I do on the me made wardrobe?

 

 

 

 

 

My Closet

Hvar, the Jacket

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Hvar is the newest pattern from Itch to Stitch. You can read all the details in Kennis’ blog  post. Kennis put out the testing call, advertising an easy unlined jacket with only a few pieces. Yes please! What’s not to like about that? I ended up making two Hvar Jackets.

Look at the beautiful bust dart! I’ve always loved navy and green together. Not sure I pulled off the look though. Guess I need to sew a new top, haha!

I found more pictures of my green Hvar! I thought I hadn’t taken any yet. Worn here with a Lago Tank and Liana Jeans.

This is a mystery fabric that has been in my stash for decades. It drapes very well but wrinkles easily.

My second Hvar is made from a re-purposed 100% cotton tablecloth. I really liked the plaid and the fabric. Turns out it’s very thick and stable, even though it’s loosely woven. That’s ok though, I have two different looks!

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And look, they go great with my North Point Trousers! Get your Hvar Jacket while it’s on sale for the first week and be sure to check out all the other Itch to Stitch patterns. Some of them will be on sale for only $5! P.S. Want to see more? I wore this Hvar on our vacation. (You can take a virtual trip with me)