My Closet

Bring on the Blouse with Winter Wear Designs

Classic, comfortable, flattering, easy to sew, and always $5. What’s not to like about the Classic Shell Top from Winter Wear Designs? Look at all the options on this one!
  • Long Sleeve
  • 3/4 Sleeve
  • Cap Sleeve
  • Tulip Sleeve
  • Top or Tunic
  • Straight Hem
  • Keyhole Back or Closed Neckline
  • Facing or Bias Finish on neckline

A few weeks back, I was one of the testers for this top. Suzanne made a lot of tweaks to the pattern to get it just right. My first two tops are from testing. I love the different sleeve options.

I started with the tulip sleeve since I didn’t have enough of the fabric for my wearable muslin. I didn’t realize it was folded up into the blouse when I got the pictures done so you can’t see how pretty the tulip sleeves are.


The next one I did is the cap sleeve which I love the shape of. I really like the tie dyed eyelet fabric for this blouse too. I’m wearing my Real Deal Jean Shorts in the pictures. They fit awesome so I wear them a lot in the summer!

But my favorite, this pink embroidered cotton/poly (I think) has been waiting for just the right blouse pattern. Every blouse I’ve sewn in the past 18 months or so wanted this fabric. But these gorgeous flowers needed simple lines and minimal pieces. I knew the Classic Shell was it the moment I saw the pattern. I just had to wait until the fit was perfected. And here it is… I did the longer sleeves to make the most of the pretty fabric. What do you think; does it work?



All three of these fabrics are from my massive stash. The pink is probably decades old! Yay for stashbusting!

The Omega Top is on sale during the blog tour. Be sure to get your copy! I would have loved to sew the Omega for the tour, but didn’t have the extra time to print and tape a new pattern. The tour schedule is below. Look at all the lovely blouses!

Check out each stop on the tour:


My Closet

ITS a Visby Henley Raglan

Visby is the newest pattern at Itch-to-Stitch. But wait…is it a Henley, a raglan, a hooded t-shirt, or a city to find the best meatballs in the world? Well, how about all of the above! There are three views but so many options that you could sew a different Visby for every day of the week. It’s a great pattern for color blocking too. The testers came up with some really great combinations, some of which I want to try! I made view B to check fit, doing my usual alterations of grading between sizes and shortening. This top is a long style so I took 2″ off each of the two lengthen/shorten lines in the body, 1″ off the length of the sleeves, and 1″ off the cuff. I need to try it with 2″ off the sleeves and none off the cuff to see how I like that way. Both fabrics are t-shirt jersey with the solid pink having a lot less stretch to it than the stripes. Worn here with my black Liana Jeans.

View B fit on the first try so I went on to do the same alterations for View A. The solid aqua blue is a heavier jersey with stretch but not a lot of recovery so I chose a coordinate for the neckband and cuffs. I love this gorgeous swirled color brushed poly!

Visby  is on sale and goes great with the Sequoias, so pick that one up too if you haven’t already! There’s a sew along for them in the Itch to Stitch group.


My Closet

Love Yourself

What a beautiful name for underclothes! Yes, that’s the name of the new pattern from Christina of Wardrobe by Me. I was a tester for the Love Yourself Underwear and had a great time in the testing group. Everyone was so eager to sew many versions of panties and hipsters to get their own perfect personal fit. They are quick so sew and use up scraps of fabric not big enough for other clothing!


Here’s Lacy, helping me with modeling. I found myself making more panties than I thought I would, just because I was intrigued by the fact I don’t have to use leg elastic and wanted to try different kinds of fabric. I love panties without the leg elastic so that alone had me sold on these! There is a high rise and a low rise to choose from. You can see here that I tried both. The blue stripes and yellow are cotton spandex and the solid blue are rayon spandex.


The Carma Cami is another easy item to sew and can be worn under tops during the day or made to match your panties for a special night time set. I think I need a couple to wear as undershirts next to my skin to stay warm with baggier tops.


This set is from nylon with stretch lace elastic but you can also use lingerie or fold over elastic or even bands.


The Love Yourself Panties come in sizes US 0-24 & EU 30-54. The underwear patterns are on sale until February 16, 2018.

With code Love 20 get 20% off two underwear patterns.
With code Love 30 get 30% off three underwear patterns.

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My Closet

Adalynn Tunic Hack


Adalynn is the new dress from Mama Can Do It. There is a girl’s version here and a baby version here so you can make mommy and me sets if you like. I rarely wear dresses in the winter and loved the long sleeve look of Adalynn but wanted it in a tunic length to go with these awesome leggings I made of some sort of fleece lined softshell that are super soft, comfortable, and warm! Luckily Elizabeth was all for hacking the pattern as long as we post how we did it!


What I did is super easy and not much of a hack at all. After shortening the pattern for my 5′ 2″ height by 3″ on the lengthen/shorten line, I cut my fabric at the ruffle option cut line. My tunic was still too long for me so I did a 1 1/2″ hem. The fabric is a gorgeous sweater knit with silver threads running through it that I bought at my local warehouse fabric store, SAS a few months ago (where you never know what treasures you will find).



I love this Adalynn tunic so much already; I didn’t want to take it off after pictures! Except that it was close to 80 degrees F. so I needed to save it for a cold day! My next one is already planned and I will sew the neck with the binding the proper way. I read the directions, but must not have been thinking straight since I made a neck band instead of the binding, oops!

Make sure you get your Adalynn (affiliate links) while it’s on sale! P.S. I just had to make another in this cool looking fabric!



My Closet

I Love a Beautiful Flutter

Ann of Designer Stitch follows all the fashion and knows what’s in style. Just look at this beautiful top she designed and named after Synthia! And if you clicked on Synthia, you will see the lovely lady herself! If it weren’t for Ann and a few other designers, I wouldn’t even know what style is, haha. I wear what I want for the most part. You know what’s crazy about that? This pattern has a full page feature in Pattern Pages magazine and my photo is included along with many other Synthia testers! I haven’t even had time to go check it out for myself!


When I saw the drawings of the Synthia, I loved the simplicity of the blouse with the circle skirt type of ruffle. I really like how it drapes down the arms, creating a very different look from a regular blouse. It’s romantic and flirty, floaty and fun. Since I love sewing with woven fabric, I knew I wanted to test this one for Ann. My lifestyle is casual and I have no job to dress up for, but this top will go out on date nights and to church in the summer. I’ll probably even wear it grocery shopping! The fabric I used is a mystery (polyester, I suspect), blue and white checks with a raised texture. You really can’t tell at all in the photos where it looks like a solid color!

P.S. I’m wearing my top with the Alyse Taper Leg Pants. I made these as Bermuda length shorts too and wear them all the time!

Here are some details from the pattern. I love that there are different cup sizes to fit different bodies!

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

Very Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Sewing Level

Evoking the soft and flirty trans seasonal vibe the Synthia is a feminine silhouette featuring a ruffle collar and waterfall armhole frill.

A semi fitted shape the Synthia is both figure flattering and easy to wear
and the pattern offers cups sizes for fine-tuning the fit of your
garment. Cup Sizes – B, C, D, DD(E).


I didn’t realize my fabric was sheer until I looked at the pictures, oops! I may need to wear a cami underneath! Oh, and you can make this top as a basic sleeveless shell by just leaving off the ruffle! Get your copy while it’s on sale for the next 7 days. Sale price is $7, regularly $10, no code needed!

Sewing for Clay

Cicero is an Italian Racing Jacket for the Red, White, and Pink tour


My son had this old red and white nylon jacket that he loved (and I hated). I don’t know why, except maybe it had to do with how often he wore it and all the stains it acquired that I couldn’t get out in the wash! When I told him it was time to toss it, he asked if I would make him another. He told me it made him feel like an Italian race car driver, so it had to be the same red and white! Teen boys!😅


My plan was to use the sleeves of Rebel Raglan from Wardrobe by Me since Clay’s old jacket has Raglan style sleeves. The Cicero Jacket from Sofilantjes fits him so well, that I knew that was the choice for the rest of the jacket. After thinking about it for quite a while, I decided that it would be too much work to make a completely different style of sleeve fit into the Cicero. So the sleeves are different on the new jacket since I used just Cicero, but Clay didn’t mind. He saw an embroidered shirt with an Asian design that he loved when out with a friend that he told me about. We decided I would embroider one for him so he helped shop for the design. It is this Koi design from Urban Threads. He loves it on the jacket.


When I got ready to put in the zipper, I realized the one I bought was too short. It was late, the store was closed, what to do?? 🤔 Just then an idea came to me!💡Salvage the zipper from the old jacket which was the perfect length. Clay loves his new Italian race car driver jacket and wears it all the time. He just doesn’t like to model for me, especially out in public! Here is the original jacket minus a zipper.


My girlfriend loved the embroidery design when she saw Clay’s jacket, so I embroidered one for her on a denim jacket. It’s a closer view of the design too. Enjoy the rest of the Red, White, and Pink tour this month. Links are below.

Let’s get inspired!

February 1st: Sewing By Ti (intro),  Mahlica Designs

2nd: Sewing With D ***You are here 😄

3rd: Sewing With Sarah

Sunday, February 4th: Tenille’s Thread

5th: My Heart will Sew On

6th: Kathy Kwilts and More

7th: Stitched By Jennie

8th: EYMM

9th: With Love In Every Stitch

10th: The Bear and the Pea Atelier

Sunday, February 11th: Our Play Place

12th: My Sewing Roots

13th: Margarita on the Ross

14th: Very Blissful

15th: Seams Sew Lo

16th: Sew Sew Ilse

17th: Aurora Designs

Sunday, February 18th: Sewing Scientist

19th: Manning the Machine

20th: The Fairy Dust Bin

21st: Hazelnut Handmade

22nd: Kate Will Knit

23rd: Lulu & Celeste

24th: Flaxfield Sewing

Sunday, February 25th: Twinado Alley

26th: Ma Moose

27th: Auschick Sews

28th: Oak Blue Designs

My Closet

Xpress Tank


Usually express means fast in my mind, but it also means to show or reveal. The Xpress Tank from Greenstyle Creations just happens to be both. First, it’s quick to make with only one pattern piece and less than a yard of fabric! At least it’s quick if you don’t run into serger or coverstitch problems! Second, just look at the revealing back…it’s cool and well, cool; and there are three options to choose from!


I’m wearing it here with an Endurance Bra, also from Greenstyle. Check it out too, it’s very supporting and I love the zip front closure! I really like the rounded back of the grey tank. Sorry I’ve got it bunched so you can’t see it well.

This one is the pointed back option, made from an athletic mesh from my stash. I plan to put some heat transfer vinyl on it and wear it to my son’s track meets. It looks great with a tank or cami underneath for a little more coverage too. I’m wearing this tank with the Boardshorts from 5outof4.  My Xpress tanks will be nice and breezy to wear during our hot summers for exercising and for everyday wear!

The Xpress Tank comes in sizes 3XS – 3XL and is on sale until Sunday, January 28 (no code needed)!





Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Tour


Welcome to my stop on the Oh Sew Kat blog tour! Being on a doll clothes tour was a new and fun experience for me. A big thank you goes to Lo at Seams Sew Lo for hosting! My model loves everything I sew for her and was very excited for new outfits. From the list of patterns, I chose the Bloomer Buddies which is a two piece set. There are different dress lengths and three different bloomer lengths to choose from. So many options on this one, so I’m glad I had time to sew up two of them. The pattern is very professionally made with extensive directions so even the newest of seamstresses can sew Oh Sew Kat patterns. I started sewing doll clothes when I was about 8 years old, so have decades of experience, but I used the directions to get the desired results for Oh Sew Kat. I thoroughly enjoyed this pattern, choosing to make Kaia the top and medium length bloomers for Easter with Velcro closure as listed in the pattern. It turned out pretty cute. The butterflies are sparkly on this fabric. I don’t know if you can tell in the pictures.

With so many options, I had to make another dress. I chose to sew a sleeveless sun dress for summer. This adorable fabric is from a Hawaiian style shirt I made for my son when he was a toddler (he’s 17 now)! This time I opted for a solid color bodice but thought it needed some type of embellishment when it was done.


I settled on an orange molded fish that I glued on with Gem-Tac. Despite me telling her she couldn’t get in the pool without her swimsuit, Kaia jumped in and got her dress wet. Thankfully we were just about done with the photo shoot! You can see that I put KAM snaps on this dress since I’ve been wanting to try them on doll clothes. They worked great so I may do more this way.

We are so excited about the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo! Please check out all the wonderful blogs on this tour below:

  1. January 15th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. January 16th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. January 17th: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  4. January 18th: Sew Haute Blog
  5. January 19th: Seams Like Style
  6. January 22nd: Elli & Nels
  7. January 23rd: Quilts by Joanne
  8. January 24th: Granma Texas Sews
  9. January 25th: Stitched by Jennie
  10. January 26th: Sewing with D
  11. January 29th: Our Play Place
  12. January 30th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing
  13. January 31st: Hazelnut Handmade
  14. February 1st: Dear Daydream

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My Closet

Sequoias Just for Me?

A long time ago, I asked Kennis of Itch-to-Stitch to make a pattern for this type of pants/capris. I even sent her a picture of a favorite rtw (ready to wear, from a store) pair of mine. So I’ve waited a while for these awesome Sequoias. But were they designed just for me? No, I don’t think so, since Kennis designs for herself and she hikes a lot. Of course, she needs cargo pants!  But I can pretend she made them just for me! Wahoo! I am so glad she designed this pattern though. As my closet has moved closer to becoming a greater percentage of handmade clothing, I really wanted to be able to replace several pair of this style of capri pants that I wear often.


When the tester call was posted, I was very sick, snuggled up on the sofa with blankets and the heating pad. But I recognized the pattern I’d been waiting for and knew I had to test! And it’s the reason I signed up for the shorts rather than the cargoes. After being selected a day or so later, I crawled off the sofa to print the pattern and collapsed in exhaustion. It took an hour and a half the next day to tape and cut the pattern (just the paper)! I wondered how I was going to manage! Eventually I recovered and got back to my sewing room, yay! I’m wearing my Sequoias with a favorite top, Kathryn Top & Dress, also from Itch-to-Stitch.

I used Oxford cloth from my stash for my shorts which was a dream to work with. It’s a thicker fabric usually used for shirts. For the snaps, KAM to the rescue! This color matched so well, I had to go with it! I can’t wait to sew the cargo length and to make Sequoias in every color! The comfort and casualness of these are perfect for my lifestyle and the waistband is genius! To get my pair, I used size 6, graded to size 2 waist, scooped out the lower back rise and cut a horizontal split there too. I also have to flatten the hips. On my next pairs, I will add shortening the front rise about 1/2″ to my other alterations and these will be perfect!

Note: The alterations I did to perfect the fit are usual ones I have to do to most pants patterns to fit my shape and size.

Here are the features of Sequoias which come in sizes 00-20 and labeled as an intermediate+ pattern:

  • Functional fly front zipper with snap closure
  • Ribbing/elastic waistband
  • Relaxed and straight leg silhouette
  • Comfortable medium rise
  • Front patch pockets with slanted openings
  • Back patch pockets with flaps and snap closure
  • Options for long pants and shorts
  • Side cargo pockets with flaps and snap closure (with long pants option only)
  • Leg strap for securing rolled up pant legs (with long pants option only)
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)

It is on sale for $9.60 through Jan 30. Hurry on over to get your copy! Volume discounts still apply in the shop!


Look for me in more colors as the year progresses!

Baby Things

Under the Sea in a Tote


Just look at this picture.A10B9CAB-CFD9-46F2-8576-B4084DD85225 Isn’t it so adorable? I’m always drawn to cute fish and sea creatures in cartoon form, so when I saw this pattern, I had to have it! My goal was to make it as a gift for one of my nieces but I’ve had the pattern so long, that I don’t remember which one. They are mostly teenagers now! But… we have a grandson who will soon be turning one year old. And Ti wants us to try something new. Perfect! I haven’t made felt stuffed toys before, so now is my chance.

Well, that was my original plan…until I started looking up info on poly pellets and other weighted fillers. Ugh! Who knew there were so many controversial things about using these for toys! Also, making these cute little creatures is way more time consuming than I ever thought they would be. Sooooo, baby Abel did not get this toy but I will complete them to stay at our home to play with when we have little guests.

The other thing that messed with my (not so well laid out) plan, is that I got really sick and was out of commission for a week! Whew, glad that’s over! Anyway, I sewed only a fraction of the sea animals and the tote to store them in.

The construction of the tote is a bit lacking in my opinion, but in my hurry, didn’t want to take the time to re-think a better way to sew it. I’m disappointed in how it turned out as it’s not very sturdy and wants to collapse in on itself. The batting the pattern calls for should have been a bag making foam instead. I used KAM snaps for the eyes instead of buttons. It was fun to choose the colors and they are so easy to apply. I even dreamed about KAM snaps one night after working on this project.😜🤣 I used Plastic pellets from Joann’s for weight inside each felt animal. They are a challenge to work with for sure!

Anyway, I won’t be taking up stuffed toy making any time soon! I may finish the rest of the fish and creatures someday so I’ll have a complete set though. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour this month. All of the links are listed below!

Monday, January 1st: Introduction- Sewing by Ti

Sunday, January 7th: Minn’s Things

Sunday, January 14th: Sew Like a Sloth
18th Sewing With D *** You are here. 😀


Sunday January 21st: Flaxfield Sewing

Sunday January 28th: Sew Haute Blog