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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!

 

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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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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
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The Love Dress

It’s Valentine’s Day, the perfect day for the Love Dress! This dress will be perfect for a special date with my sweetheart (my husband) when he’s back in town. The Love Dress is made with knit with at least 40% stretch, has three sleeve lengths and both front and back darts for a figure flattering comfortable dress.

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My dress is made with French Terry from Hobby Lobby that I bought on clearance after Christmas. It has metallic threads running through the weave and is so pretty! Unfortunately, the settings on my camera were messed up which made my pictures washed out so you probably can’t see the shiny threads. It makes my dress look just a little bit fancy.

The Love Dress is from Sewera Fashion which is a German based company. They apparently do not have stretch recommendations on any patterns so many of us testers used an inappropriate fabric for our muslins. Mine was a stable jersey with minimal stretch. It actually worked pretty good for the main dress, but not for the fitted sleeves. I like it so much that I will eventually finish it as a sleeveless dress for summer. Another thing I am not used to, is that the seam allowances are not included. I really don’t like having to add my own, as it adds quite a bit of time and work to the prep before getting to sew.

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I just love this fit! The Love Dress is on sale for $3.50 until Monday February 18 (German time)! Don’t miss out! Can you see I’m happy with mine?

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Sedona the Shirt Tunic Dress

There’s a new pattern out from Designer Stitch called Sedona! It you know Ann and her brand, you know she is a professional and loves trendy styles. That is true for this pattern too, as this style has been seen all over Pinterest and celebrity events. I’m a pretty basic gal though, with no work place to dress up for, so I chose the shirt version of Sedona. The dresses are lovely though so I may have to sew one to wear with skinny pants. I love that it’s a fitted classic style that I can wear anywhere.

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And look at the hidden button placket! You won’t find that anywhere else! Worn here with Alyse Pants.

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This striped shirting has been in my stash for a long time. It is just right for a classic shirt. I like the pretty sleeve tab detail.

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I did the optional back pleat; but will leave it off my next one.

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Sedona comes in four lengths, two sleeve options, pockets, and more! It is on sale for $8.95 for a limited time. Don’t miss out!

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Uvita Add-ons

Happy New Year! Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve written. I’ve been busy with Christmas sewing and holiday stuff, with no time left to write. With a new year, lots of new fabric (the Black Friday bug bit me a little), and a new pattern test, I’m back!

Simply by Ti is one of the online fabric stores I ordered from. I had ordered some of this Glitter French Terry when Ti first got it in the shop. I bought a yard each of white, grey, navy, and black glitter French Terry. And…I love this stuff!!! I found out that one yard was not enough, so I ordered more! I’ve been doing really well at sewing some solids and basics to go with my wardrobe, and what better way to do that, than with some glitter solids!

If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you already know I absolutely love Itch-to-Stitch patterns! Uvita is a free pattern that I tested when it came out, but somehow ended up sewing only one top. I love the top and had another planned, so when I heard there was going to be add-ons, I had to test! I knew right away that my white glitter French Terry would be perfect for this top and would be a great basic in my wardrobe.

The Uvita Add-on pack has lots of options. I wanted to be able to wear mine with cardigans so I chose the floppy neck and regular cuffs. You could also choose the hood, thumbhole cuffs, bottom band, and two styles of pockets!

With the options I chose, this top sewed up as fast as a t-shirt! It would be a great pattern for beginners, or anyone with little sewing time.

I’m wearing my Liana Jeans that are blogged here. Itch to Stitch Love Sewing with Friends

I really wish I could have captured the glitter in my pictures!

Since this top was so quick to make, I cut another from this floral spandex. It’s way out of my comfort zone since I rarely wear florals, so I. hope I get some wear from it. What do you think?

It goes great with my Sequoia Cargos! They are on the blog here.

All of the add-ons are only $4 on sale until Thursday January 24, 2019. Get yours now by following this link! Hmmm, what should I choose for my next Uvita?

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Holiday Wear PJs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Sew All the Cardigans

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

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

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

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

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Chelsea Cardigan

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

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

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

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

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

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

blog tour 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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And here they are folded up and snapped into capris

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

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