My Closet

Sew Americana 2019

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Welcome to the Sew Americana blog tour hosted by Katy from Wild and Wonderful. This is the fourth year for the blog tour, but the first one for me. There are a great line up of bloggers for the tour so follow along all week to see lots of red, white, and blue inspiration!

 

Sly Fox Fabrics was gracious to sponsor the tour, giving us 2 yards of fabric from the Americana collection. And my order arrived super fast! Thank you Katy Kemper and crew! As a military family and typical red, white, and blue fan, I was surprised by the selection of different shades of blue, grey, aqua, and heathered choices. When I chose my fabrics, I didn’t have a set plan as to what patterns I wanted to use, so I waffled quite a bit before choosing a yard of heavy Ponte de Roma in navy for my bottoms and a yard of the gorgeous Hideaway Floral in Blue for my top. The Ponte is surprisingly soft and lovely to work with!

 

I would have loved to sew something for our handsome 18 year old son for the tour, but with him going off to college in August, I knew he would say he doesn’t need any more clothes. Bummer! So you just get me instead. No worries though, if you follow along all week, there will be cute babies and lots of awesome red, white, and blue projects!

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My shorts are the Aviator Pants from Winter Wear Designs heavily modified into shorts this time. They were blogged here when I made (and modified) them to be casual joggers. Since all the fitting to me was done, they were very fast and easy to sew, especially since I skipped the pockets too! There was only a bit of struggling to stretch the Ponte waistband onto the shorts. Once it was sewn on, it fit perfectly fine. And guess what!!! They are on sale for only $5 with the code SewAmericana! You can find them here! Code is good for a week – that will be a July 4th end date so don’t hesitate! Thank you Suzanne!

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Deciding on a top took a lot longer than it should have. I wanted to pick just the right style to showcase the beautiful fabric (and a bit scared to cut it at the same time)! My husband wanted me to sew a dress which I wear a lot of during the summer, but I didn’t want to use ALL of my beautiful fabric on one item. So my thought was to make a top and use the leftover fabric to make the bodice of a dress with a coordinating skirt attached at a later time. After taking so long to decide, I had to go with something pretty fast to sew as I wanted to be prepared well ahead of my scheduled day. When the Taylor Tank testing call from 5 out of 4 Patterns came out, I knew that it was the top meant to be for the tour. It would give me a deadline and the push I needed to have my sewing done early! The coordinating fabric I used for the bands and back yoke is from SAS Fabrics in Phoenix and has been in my stash for a while.

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Oh, and since my first Taylor is also red, white, and blue, I will show that one too! The red stripes are an up-cycled men’s t-shirt and the blue is another fabric from my stash.

 

I’m wearing this one with a Shenanigans Skort from 5 out of 4.

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For reference, my Taylor Tanks are size XS with size S length on the straps in front. The pattern is on sale for a new release price of $7.95 until Sunday, June 30!

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Happy Independence Day USA! Enjoy the rest of the Americana tour everyone!

Monday, June 24:
Wild & Wanderful · The Petite Sewist · That’s-Sew-Kari · Stitched by Jennie · Marvelous Auntie M

Tuesday, June 25:
Petite Stitchery · auschick sews · Sew Simple Home · Sewing Novice · Striped Swallow Designs

Wednesday, June 26:
(Swimming in a) Sea of Estrogen · The Eli Monster · 5 out of 4 Patterns · bigflynotions · Stitching and Making

Thursday, June 27:
Middle River Studio · It’s Liesel · Sewing with D · Kitty Makes It

Friday, June 28:
Boo + Lu · Sequoialynn Sews · Seams Sew Lo · Made By Jaime · SewSophieLynn

 

My Closet

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

 

My Closet

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