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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!

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Back to School Boys

It time to go back to school with a Sewing Blue blog tour. Thanks goes to  Made for Little Gents for hosting the Back to School Boys tour! Actually, my son when back to school a few weeks ago! He’s a senior in high school this year, but hey, big boys need back to school clothes too!

I love sewing for my son and make no secret about it. Happiness is seeing him love and wear something I’ve lovingly sewn for him! When Summer of Owl Creek Patterns posted a testing call for the Cardinal Sweatshirt, I jumped at the chance. I don’t usually do this as it’s a bit scary trying a pattern designer I don’t know and haven’t tested for. You never know what to expect. It just so happened that the plain style sweatshirt was exactly what my son wanted to replace a couple of rtw ones that were too small. There are options for a hood and zipper hoodie too, so you really get three sweatshirts in one! He chose the fabrics from my stash which is always a good idea if I want him to wear what I sew. The crazy pink print is very old, maybe from the 80s or 90s and the yellow gold one is a color he has been loving lately. I love that he chooses the decades old fabric and helping to use up my stash!

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He asked for this shirt from another crazy fabric the day before vacation. I quickly whipped it up and he has worn it to school several times already! I’m so glad to have this pattern after trying a different one with not so good results. I will be using it over and over!

Anyway, back to the sweatshirt. Since I made the basic version, this shirt was very fast to sew with excellent instructions (lots of details for beginners), and fit perfectly on my son the first time! I made size 14 as my son is at the high end of the chart (his chest is a couple of inches bigger than the chart), but there is enough ease that the fit is how he likes it. The pictures aren’t the greatest as we took some indoors instead of the 100+ heat.

They will come in handy when the weather cools down though! Then he will be able to wear his new Chinos from Wardrobe by Me.

These pants are a modern style my son loves with narrow legs from the knee to the ankle. They were easy to fit and detailed instructions to sew. They come in sizes 27″-36″ and have beautiful welt pockets, belt loops, and all the details that make them so professional. The Chinos are on sale for $10 until the end of August so be sure to get a pair to sew for your guy! All of the tester versions are awesome!

Look at these fantastic welt pockets!

And don’t be afraid to try Owl Creek Patterns. You might be pleasantly surprised!

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Be sure to visit the other bloggers on the tour. It’s always fun to get ideas and see what others are sewing up for their boys for back to school!

Back to School Boys Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents

We’re making back to school fashion fun for boys with all these makes! Check out what each contributor has made:

Thurs. Aug. 23 | Made for Little Gents (Intro to Back to School Boys Blog Tour)
Fri. Aug. 24 | Tenille’s Thread
Mon. Aug. 27 | Sewing with D
Tues. Aug. 28 | Made for Little Gents
Wed. Aug. 29 | Custom Made by Laura
Thurs. Aug. 30 | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy | Paisley Roots
Fri. Aug. 31 | My Sewing Roots | Ronda B. Handmade

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Gemma is a Gem

The new Gemma Top from Designer Stitch is a gem of a pattern for sure! You can choose from Twist Front or Twist Back options, making two very different looks. I was lucky enough to get chosen for the pattern test and ended up sewing three tops. I chose the Twist Back option because it is different and interesting, agonizing for days over fabric. I spent more time taking out and putting away fabric than it takes to sew up the top! For my first one, I used navy cotton spandex, a bad choice with not enough drape. I added cotton lace to the back edges, copying an inspiration picture that was posted in our test group. I love the look of the lace! It’s a boxy fit but I’ll probably still wear it. Sorry about the pictures being a bit blurry and grainy. I was losing the light.

 

Next I used a white jersey with blue stripes. The pattern is very easy to sew, even the twist part, and I had it done in a jiffy. The fabric was originally intended to be a shirt for my son, and I’m not crazy about it at first. That meant I had to sew a third Gemma.

 

This time it was a sheer mesh in shiny pink that I love. For each Gemma I made, I shortened the pattern by 1″ for my height. This length is good for me and I could have kept going sewing more Gemmas!

 

Honestly, I have to say that Gemma is the easiest twist pattern I’ve ever sewn. The instructions make it so simple! It really is faster than a t-shirt to sew up! I’m wearing my Santi Skirt, also from Designer Stitch in these photos, made from old worn out jeans.

The pattern is on sale for $8 for a limited time. Here are more details and description from Designer Stitch:

MULTI-SIZED PATTERN :
(AU/UK)     6 – 26
(US)          2 – 22
(EU)          34 – 54

ADVANCED BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SEWING LEVEL

The Gemma Twist combination pattern offers 2 style options.
The Gemma Twist Back Top has a cute and funky back waistline twist feature
with a deep upper area “v” anchored by a pair of self fabric ties.
The Gemma Twist Front Top has a lower front body centre front twist along
with a flattering v-neckline. Both tops have a deep dolman sleeve for ease
of wearing.

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Dana Point – a Pretty Summer Blouse

The newest pattern from Itch-to-Stitch is a sleeveless summer blouse with lots and lots of pleats that give a pretty feminine shape. It’s called Dana Point and it’s divine! I love testing for Kennis as I can depend on the fit, know what size to make, and what adjustments I typically need for my size and shape. I have to admit though, that this one was a lot of work! I made three muslins, two of which became lining for my two tops. The front of and underneath my arms felt constricted in the armscye (armhole). I’m just bigger in that area I guess. Natasha made the same size as me, but she looks much thinner in her blouse than I do in mine. Dana Point Top was worth all the effort though. Mine turned out pretty, even if I say so myself. Haha!

The first top I made is from a cotton lawn with silver threads running through it. Bonus, it’s a perfect match to my North Point Trouser Capri hack. You can read more about them  Itch to Stitch Love to Wear. This was version 2 in testing so I cut extra fabric from the armscye to make it comfortable for me to wear. (I might have been extra exuberant in my trimming)! Soooo, remember that this is not the final version of the pattern.

Look how pretty the pleats are! I love the shaping they give to the top.

Here is my final version in gingham, leftover from a Bonn Shirt I made a long time ago. See how it can be dressed up? I can add a cardigan and wear it during fall. These are my North Point Trousers that I absolutely love! You can read more about them here.

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Anyway, Dana Point Top is on sale for 20% off (sale price $8) for the next week. Get your copy now!

Until next time…

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Poolside with Winter Wear Designs

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Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!  It’s the perfect time for a Poolside blog tour hosted by Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs and Boho Fabrics.

We are recently back from vacation in Michigan where we have family. I missed my sewing machines terribly while we were gone; but I sewed a couple of little projects while there. One on my mom’s Janome Magnolia and one on my brother in law’s Morse (a race car looking machine from the 50’s). Anyway, when we got home, I still hadn’t decided which pattern to sew up for the tour. After I chose the Trendy Tank, it was easy to choose fabric (unheard of for me) and I sewed them up in no time!

 

This lime green print was actually the second piece I sewed after getting my lacy black “dress” done. I thought, oh, I could wear this out as a little black dress if there was a slip. But alas, it’s the length of a swim coverup and too short for me to wear out anywhere. It’s jersey with FOE for the neck and arm bands. Note for me and you – FOE is not equal to bands from fabric! The arms are too tight so I won’t even be able to wear it until I unpick it and put longer elastic on them. It was pretty easy to apply since I used 1″ FOE.

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Here is my swim coverup with both pieces layered. I started with the black stretch lace that I bought last year or maybe two years ago from Walmart. Since I’m short, the pattern only used 5/8 yard because it has a double border and is very wide. When I printed the pattern, I made sure to include a couple of sizes up. I wanted to make sure there would be enough room to layer it over a swim suit. The lines of the tank pattern were lengthened to make it short dress length. I didn’t want it to end up too long because I was not going to be hemming the beautiful scalloped edge. I ended up cutting size 6 for the black lace, then a size 4 for the lime print. Everything worked out great except for the arm bands out of FOE. Best of all for you is…the pattern is free if you are a member of the Facebook group! I’ve added a link below.

Here is the coverup with two different styles of swim bottom underneath. So I ended up with a 3 in 1, or 4 in 1 if I decide to wear the black lace on it’s own as a sexy nightgown. Haha!

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Be sure to join the Winter Wear Designs Facebook group for a code to get your Trendy Tank free and to join in on the fun!

Enter the giveaway here.

Pull up a lounge chair and a cold drink, and don’t miss a single stop on the Poolside Blog Tour:

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Jackie Burney for Winter Wear Designs
Meriel of Elli and Nels
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Diane of Sewing With D
7/20
Livia of Liviality
Patricia of Sew Far North
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Rosanna, Rosanna

Oh wow, there are so many options on Rosanna that it took some contemplating before I could decide which to apply to test! I’m glad I chose the top because I’m loving mine, but there are others I want to try! Have you seen the other tester photos? Rosanna is a beautiful sundress with the circle skirt and the perfect swim top too. I chose the half circle for my tops, the low scoop, and did some optional straps on my first one.

 

This blue and black top is my toile and some small changes were made to the pattern after this. It’s paired with the Shenanigans Skort.

 

And this is the Adventure Skort, also from 5 Out of 4 Patterns. All fabrics for my Rosanna tops are from SAS fabric warehouse in Phoenix.

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Here’s an excerpt from the pattern listing: Rosanna is a peplum tank, tankini, dress and swim dress. It features unique side princess seaming, a low ballerina back (with optional back straps), FBA bodice and an optional built-in bra with 6 sewing cup sizes. Choose either a full or half circle skirt with a peplum (tankini), swim dress, short dress or long dress lengths.

Options Include:

  • Regular Bodice and 1″ FBA Bodice pieces.
  • Peplum, Swim Dress, Short or Long Full Circle Skirt Lengths.
  • Peplum, Swim Dress, Short or Long Half Circle Skirt Lengths.
  • Finish arms and neckline with binding, bands or elastic.
  • Thin or thick back strap and basic instructions that you can use for infinite creative backs.
  • 2 Neckline Options: High or Low Scoop

Get your copy now while it’s on sale for $7.95! Sunday, June 17 is the last day. Bonus, all the swim bottoms are also on sale too! (Ultimate Bikinis, Tidal Waves, and Riptides)

 

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Crystal Cove is a Cami

Doesn’t Crystal Cove sound like a beautiful place? Warm breezes, water sparkling in the sun, sand between your toes, and wearing the perfect Crystal Cove Cami!

There’s only dry hot desert around here, but I have three Crystal Cove Camis to wear and dream! Camis are not usually something I wear on their own. Usually they are made of knit, with a tighter fit. This cami is made of woven fabric and has a beautiful loose fit, but not so loose that I don’t have a shape. It’s just right! I ended up making three in testing! I kept seeing other tester versions and wanting one similar, haha!

#1 is made from a remnant from the 80s when mauve was a popular color. It turned out like pretty lingerie, or fancy enough to wear with a skirt on date night. This pair of Capris are not the best to pair it with, but my photographer son was impatient.

#2 is a poly/cotton, very lightweight and floaty also from the 80s. It was hard to cut into yardage when this pattern fits on 7/8 yd so I did lots of digging to find some pieces to use! I’ve been wanting more tops to match my pink Sequoia shorts that I wrote about here – Sequoia Cargo Shorts.  I love my new cami with them! It’s a cool outfit for summer.

#3 was a men’s shirt that apparently I told my son I could alter to fit him. It was in with the fabric and I forgot! Oops! There wasn’t enough on the buttonholes side, so I did the color block thing (after seeing another tester do it). I really like it too, although I think it will look better with a different color pants.

Crystal Cove Cami comes with different cup sizes to get the perfect fit. What?! Isn’t this awesome?! I picked my size (shortened the bodice like I usually do) and it was the perfect fit! Sizes go from 00-20 and the instructions are as thorough as usual, making it easy enough for beginners. Here are some features:

  • Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
  • Relaxed fit bodice
  • Spaghetti straps
  • Overlapping back with curved hem for a unique look

It’s on sale for $8 for the next week, so hurry and get your copy! Volume discounts still apply. I can’t wait to see all the camis out there!

Sewing for my guys

A Cessim Shirt for Clay

Have you heard of Sofilantjes Patterns?  I really like the sleek style and unique designs! Since I have only our youngest (who is 17) at home, I don’t often get to test. When Anne posted the testing call for Cessim Shirt I was so excited, I applied without asking Clay. What?! He usually approves any testing I do for him; so this was a change from the norm. His measurements are just outside of the chart, so I wasn’t sure I would get chosen. Luckily, there is enough ease that the Cessim Shirt fit Clay perfectly without any changes except for adding about 3/4″ in length. Of course he got to choose the fabrics! I want to make sure he will wear it!

 

There are many options to choose from with this pattern, but I know my son’s style so chose option B which is color-blocked on one side. He loves the high neck and even got used to the color-clocked v neck and thinks it’s kind of cool. I top-stitched the seams where the two colors of fabric meet so the extra seams won’t rub on the inside.

 

I love how Clay’s shirt turned out and can’t wait to have time to make another! The next one will have a round neck to be a little different.

 

Get your copy of Cessim Shirt while it’s on sale for 6.05 Euros (inc eu tax) until Saturday at 23:55 CET.

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Romp On the Riviera

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Susanne of Winter Wear Designs had three patterns in a poll. When the bloggers voted and rompers won, I didn’t think I would be on this blog tour. They are cute, but I just don’t like the inconvenience of getting them on and off for bathroom breaks. Weeellll, Susanne very generously told us we could hack the pattern. Yay! I love a cool summer dress! Off to print! Of the two rompers, I chose the Riviera for the loose fit and tank style over the Boho Breeze which is an off the shoulder style. The patterns go from XXS to XXXL, with a matching girl’s version of at least one of them. You’ll see some of these others on the blog tour.
I couldn’t quite decide what to choose when it came to my fabric, but I just came across it one night as I was picking fabric for something else. It was this border print in Rayon that I really love. So even though the top of the pattern at least was supposed to be knit, I decided mine was going to be all woven. Why take the easy way when I can make it all so much more difficult? haha The fitting ended up being a breeze. I had added extra in the side seam allowances to account for no stretch. After trying it on a couple of times, I shortened the shoulders 1/2″ and took in the side seams until it was comfortable but I could still get it on and off. And I was loving it already at that point! Since I wasn’t going to hem the border print, I had to determine length from the bottom up. It was a bit more difficult than I thought, but I think it worked out ok. Of course being woven, the bindings had to be cut on the bias. With the tiny bit of scraps I had left, there was lots of piecing to get the amount I needed. In the end, I had way more than enough so my ties in back are super long. I haven’t quite decided where I want them trimmed.
What are you going to sew – a romper or a hack? Get your pattern during the blog tour while they are on sale! Use code ROMPON to get 20% off!
Don’t miss any of the spectacular rompers
 on the Romp On Tour!!!
 
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5/31
 
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