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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:
6/24
Livia of Liviality
Patricia of Sew Far North

6/25

Diane of Sewing With D

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

 

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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…

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Breaking Ground Tour

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Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019 hosted by mahlicadesigns. This year over 25 bloggers from around the world are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. (Read on for Giveaway info)

When Melissa of Mahlica Designs posted a call for bloggers for the Breaking Ground Blog Tour, I had to check it out. I didn’t know exactly what it was, but quickly found out. It’s trying something new; a new to you (and me) designer or skill. Breaking ground with a new to me designer sounded like fun! I have plenty of patterns from designers I’ve never tried. It was tough narrowing down the choices.

Thread Theory is a Canadian company that had several men’s patterns that I admired for a long time. I loved the details and style of some of the pants, jackets, and sweaters. I finally bought the Jedediah Pants during a rare sale with the plan to make shorts for my son. Then it sat and sat in my account for several years before I decided I’d better sew them up before Clay graduates and goes off to college! There are no layers (boo hoo), so I traced off his size 30 (the smallest one), cut out the pieces from some red chambray, and got them half sewn. The instructions have you sew flat felled seams on certain parts of the pants. Working with fabric that frayed terribly, I didn’t want to deal with flat felled seams, so I set the whole project aside.

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After a few months, I decided they needed to get finished and off my table. So back I went to the directions. I skipped the flat felled seams in favor of serging and topstitching. That worked out fine. The order of construction is different than any other pants I’ve sewn and I wasn’t happy about the strange (to me) order of things. The inseam and even the outseam was supposed to be sewn and finished before sewing in the zip and fly. That would mean I would have to try keeping all the fabric of the shorts out of the way while maneuvering the fly installation. So, I changed the order to inseam, fly, then outseam; which worked out just fine.

 

The shorts version is supposed to be longer with a roll up cuff hem. Clay is wearing his shorts shorter these days, and the longer legs were too tight to even roll up once, so I trimmed off some fabric and went with a regular hem. The waistband instructions were difficult to follow, I tried sewing as written, but mine was not turning out correctly. I ended up sewing it in a way that made sense to me without any problems. The belt loops were no problems at all.

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In the end, the shorts look pretty good. Unfortunately, they are too tight in the hips and legs for Clay. If any reader has a guy to fit into these, let me know and I will pass them on (US addresses). Waist is 30″, inseam about 7 1/2”.

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Will I use this pattern again? Maybe. Some day I may get the urge to make a pair for my husband.

After this experience, will I sew another pattern from Thread Theory you ask? Well, that depends. I won’t be rushing out to buy another pants pattern, but I wouldn’t mind trying a sweater or jacket. Also, to my surprise, the website has changed drastically since I’ve been on it last; and they now carry patterns of other designers. If you are sewing for your guys, this is the largest selection of mens patterns I’ve seen! Support the Indie designers, small businesses and new companies! You may hear of some new ones if you follow the tour this week.

Oh, and one more thing… Thread Theory has the best tutorial on installing jean rivets that I’ve seen! I started using it years ago when I made my first pair of jeans and is how I found the company.

Enter the raffle below and check out the breaking ground from other bloggers on the tour by clicking on the links.

The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 11That’s Sew Lily, Sewing A La Carte, Mijn 11jes & ik

Tuesday March 12mahlicadesigns, Embrace Everyday, Jot Designs, auschick sews, Raising Stripling Warriors

Wednesday March 13Musings of A Seamstress, Very Blissful, Sew4Five, Just Sew Something, Hazelnut Handmade, Crafting Through Time, Tales From A Southern Mom

Thursday March 14Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Ronda B Handmade, SequioaLynn Sews, Sewing with D, The Sewing Goatherd, OOYAmade, My Golden Thimble, Custom Made by Laura

Friday March 15Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Sewing Novice, Ronda B Handmade, Momma Bear Sews, MeMade, My Golden Thimble, Lulu & Celeste

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!

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We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

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Sew Yourself Some Love Tour

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February is the month of love. What better time to sew something just for me? 😆Who am I kidding? I sew for me all the time, which meant I needed to sew something really special!

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My husband will be retiring this summer from his job as an Air Force Junior ROTC instructor. He reminded me three weeks ago that the military ball was coming up, so I thought I should make a gown for our last appearance. The ball is similar to prom, but a bit classier. It’s the high school version of a ball, so the only adults are instructors and their wives (not as fun as the real thing, and definitely no alcohol)! The thought of sewing a dress had been in the back of my mind for a few months, but there were other priorities and it didn’t get sewn. The pattern and fabric were already in my stash, so I knew immediately it would be the Crop Dress. My problem was that my fabric is a border print which doesn’t work with a circle skirt. Luckily Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs likes pattern hacks, so I used the top half of the pattern and made a pleated skirt to attach to the waistband.

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The top of the dress is a tank requiring knit fabric. Mine is a metallic with not enough stretch for the bands. I ended up binding, rather than banding the armscyes, but still wasn’t completely happy with how it looked. For the neckline I sewed 1/4” lingerie elastic to the edge, then turning it to the inside and coverstitching. That worked like a charm!

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For the overlay (or crop top) part of the dress, I chose a scalloped edge stretch lace with nice drape that came from Walmart a while back. It was surprisingly easy to work with just using my sewing machine. After trying the 3/4 sleeves and having trouble with the fit being too small on my shoulders, I cut the cap sleeves instead, but slashed and spread the pattern piece to add fullness for more room. The antique looking button came from an estate sale last summer where I bought a storage box full. Isn’t it perfect for my dress?

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The skirt fabric is a thin knit (maybe stretch crepe) that looks a bit like woven with silver embroidery and a slight vertical stretch. I found it at a thrift store and loved it so much, it had to come home with me! Getting the border print as close to my hem as possible without being too short to hem was a real challenge! I picked out so many stitches and sewed the waistband to the skirt at least 15 times! (Not even kidding)! I kept trimming from the top of the skirt until I’d taken off half of the waistband and about 2 1/2” of skirt. There must be an easier way to do this and I vow to find a tutorial before tackling something like this again! The hem has yet to be done, but I had to get the pictures while I could. (Feeling sick for several days put me way behind in all my sewing). Then too many kinks in this project, had me  finishing at the eleventh hour! The ball is Friday night so I must go hem my gown! See you next time!

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Check out the sale at Winter Wear Designs and sew yourself some love!

SALE: 20% off ALL women’s patterns Monday – Saturday (Feb 25-March 2)
code: SYSL2019   Link to the shop

Don’t miss any of the inspiring stops along the tour:
2/25
Patricia of Sew Far North
2/26
2/27
Meriel of  Ellie and Nels
2/28
Aurelie of Maglice and So (guest posting at WWD)
3/1
Livia of Liviality
Diane of Sewing with D