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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!!!
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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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Sew Long Summer

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Welcome to the Sew Long Summer blog tour hosted by Mahlica Designs.
A nice group of sewing bloggers are going to share with you how we say “Sew Long Summer” and we’ll be asking you to join in with a Social Sew too (read on for details and prizes) Sew Long Summer is all about getting those transitional wardrobe pieces ready; finishing up all those things we meant to make this summer; and well, basically whatever Sew Long Summer means to you.

Originally, I’d planned to make a bomber jacket. I have a few patterns and haven’t sewn any of them yet. But, well, when it’s still 105 degrees and sunny outside, it’s hard to think of sewing a jacket. So, what I did sew is another Kathryn Top from Itch-to-Stitch. It’s been on my sewing list for a couple of years at least! Short sleeve tops get interspersed with the tanks during our warm fall weather.

Here it is in a burn-out knit I bought a couple years ago from SAS in Phoenix. I’m wearing it with rtw shorts here. Kathryn is pretty quick to sew and looks nicer than a regular t-shirt. I love the shape of it and wear the others I’ve made regularly.

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The pleats are easy if you follow the directions. My top is lined with solid white since it’s see through. Lining for the top half is written into the directions. All of the patterns at Itch-to-Stitch have excellent instructions!

My jacket is from Itch-to-Stitch as well. This is the Salamanca that was part of my capsule wardrobe during a sew along. The top was supposed to get sewn at that time. Oops! Now my top is ready for cooler weather when I pair it with my jacket and some new Haute Skinny Pants that I made to go with a tunic recently and blogged about here.  Read on to visit the other Sew Long Summer bloggers and see how to enter to win!

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All week we have sewing bloggers sharing how they say Sew Long Summer.The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

Sept. 10th Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Manning the Machine, mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Crafting Fiend

Sept. 12th Auschick Sews, Aurora Design Fabrics, My Heart Will Sew On, Vicky Myers Creations

Sept. 13th Flaxfield Sewing, Sewing with D, Musings of a Seamstress, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Petite Font

Sept. 14th Sewing à la Carte, Sewing by Ti, Stitches by Laura, Sewing with Sarah, My Sewing Roots

 

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer” to be entered into our random drawing.

Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments on the mahlicadesigns intro post. Please limit your entries to items you’ve sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

We can’t wait to see what you’re making.

 

 

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer” to be entered into our random drawing. (Full details here)

 

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Back 2 School with Winter Wear Designs

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It’s back to school time, hosted by Winter Wear Designs. Our son started school 3 weeks ago already and he’s too big (he’s a high school senior) to fit into Suzanne’s patterns, so this post is about what I will wear while he is in school. When my chicklets were in grade school at a charter school, I had to take them and pick them up every day. The outfit I chose is reminiscent of what I would have worn during those years. Now I will wear it to make my husband’s and son’s lunch for work and school, and to meetings for the band parents.

I chose a couple of patterns that were already in my stash but hadn’t sewn yet. First is the Cross Hem Tee which is a free pattern with the code from Winter Wear Designs Fun Facebook page. How awesome is that! It’s a fancied up t-shirt with a fun curved front hem. I love the big scooped neck too (my favorite)! Second is the Aviators that I’ve had for quite a while. After buying it, I realized there wasn’t layers which deterred me from ever printing it. I finally bit the bullet and printed it out and it wasn’t as bad as I was dreading. Lucky for you, Suzanne has updated the pattern with layers (Yay!) so you don’t have to wait to make yours!

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You may have noticed my top is really long. I usually shorten everything before cutting the fabric. I had even figured out how many inches to adjust. Then I got so excited about the fabric, that I completely spaced it! 🤣😜  So the cute design of my cross hem is very low. Next time I’ll be sure to take out those inches! The cross hem was sewn different than I thought it would be, which is good because I thought it was going to be a double layer of fabric in the front. I’m glad it’s not, but wish I knew why my curved hem wants to bunch up. Also, since this is my first time to sew this top, the shoulders are too narrow for me. That’s good news for you if you have to adjust for narrow shoulders, but I should have realized before now. Other tops that I made from Winter Wear Designs are tight in the shoulders for me. I need to take note for next time that my shoulders are wide. This a size 4, with 5/8” added to the sleeve length. My next Cross Hem Tee will fit perfect I think!
The Aviators are some cool looking pants with lots of options like welt pockets, cargo pockets, pocket flaps, and leg detail. I made a muslin of these, and made a few changes to get the perfect fit. There was too much room in the inner thigh area and the front rise was too curved. After cutting back the point of the rise and down the side of the thighs, the front looked way better. I also had to do a low butt adjustment. I thought I saved a picture of the muslin pair, but it’s gone. I used green sweatshirt fleece, making them without any pockets, but they are wearable. 😁 Yay! Even though the Aviator pants have many options, I chose to sew a basic pair of sweats. The waistband is cotton spandex without elastic inserted. They will get lots of wear this winter, I can already tell by the comfort!
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Just recently, I became an **ambassador for the online fabric store, Simply by Ti. What an honor to be a part of this shop and group! I really like the fact that it’s kind of small so I’m not overwhelmed by choices or need hours to find something.  As I looked at all the yummy looking fabrics, I kept in mind this blog tour and the fact that I didn’t have fabrics chosen yet. My eye caught this  purple plaid  in double brushed poly for the top and I already knew I wanted black  French Terry for the Aviators.
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Look how vibrant the purple is! I don’t think I’ve ever sewn with a knit plaid and this one behaved beautifully. The French Terry is really nice too. It’s not as soft as the baby French Terry, but that’s ok; as I wanted the stability of the regular. It did shrink some (a few inches) in the wash, so be sure to take that into account when ordering. The Glitter French Terry is awesome too. I used it here and can’t wait to use it again. My black French Terry just became the best fitting pair of sweatpants I’ve owned in 20 years!
(Sorry I had to get close up pics of my butt so you could see the fit)!
So what are you wearing for back to school?

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Don’t miss out on any of the stops on the
Back 2 School Blog Tour 2018
 
Monday 8/27
Tuesday 8/28
Wednesday 8/29
Carrie of BeriBee Designs
Livia of  Liviality
Thursday 8/30
Diane of Sewing With D
Jackie of
Friday 8/31
Jessica of Jot Designs
Patricia of Sew Far North

 

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Piper Tunic Update

img_07271.jpgWardrobe by Me and the designer Christina has been a favorite of mine since she first showed up on the Facebook scene. I’ve tested many patterns and also have a lot of them I haven’t sewn up yet. The Piper Boho Tunic is one of those I hadn’t tried, so when Christina put out a tester call to update Piper, I was excited to participate. My fabric is from stash and was approved by Christina since she was going for a certain look. There are three views to choose from with different details, sleeve options, and even a dress option. There are 27 variations, wow! I had enough fabric that I chose long sleeves to use up the piece. That means it will be quite a while before I”ll be able to wear it in Arizona!

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View A was my choice because of the shirring detail. I think it looks interesting! The pattern was a breeze to sew up and the shirring detail was easier than expected.

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Of course, once my Piper was done, it needed a new pair of Haute Skinny Pants. My original pair is a faded black from so much wear. I tested these way back when with my daughter being the model. I never thought I would ever wear this style of pants. Surprisingly, these pants fit me well right off the printer, making them a quick sew for pants!

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It’s so hard to photograph dark colors! Hopefully, you can see how well these fit. The fabric is a nice navy stretch denim. They will be worn a lot this fall and winter!

Here are details straight from the listing:

US 0-24 & EU 30-54. Height 5’6″ 172 cm.

The Piper Boho Tunic Sewing Pattern is a simple tunic with a flattering shape. The pattern is designed with several body lengths and neckline finishes, two upper body options, a straight sleeve with a roll-up tab, and a bell sleeve with elastic hem. You can combine any of the features. This pattern is intended for a lightweight woven fabric. If you want to make it in jersey, you would need to size down. Style it with skinny pants, a slim fit skirt, Jeans or leggings.

And now I have an outfit ready for fall! Be sure to get your copy of Piper Boho Tunic while it’s on sale for $10 (regular $12) until September 10!