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12 Days of Christmas – Split Hem Tee hack

It’s the 12 Days of Christmas at Winter Wear Designs! Have you been following along? Join in the sales, freebies, and giveaways in the Winter Designs Fun Facebook group.

On the 4th day of Christmas, WWD gave to me…a free Split Hem Tee. This is a past freebie you may have missed with a new hack. There’s also a kids version for your mini me! I love the version I sewed last year and decided I needed a warm sweater version.

I was so anxious to start, that I didn’t do all the double checking I needed to for my hack. I pulled out my pattern and went straight to the cutting! Don’t be like me! Haha! I forgot to do some alterations for my thick sweater knit. The sleeves needed a little more room and the length needed an inch or two extra to wear with leggings, but my sweater is super warm with a huge snuggly cowl neck added on. It was easy because Suzanne did a cowl neck hack onto the Magnolia pattern and wrote a blog post about it. I just used her measurements for the cowl piece and instructions! Find her blog post here. Just remember if you have thick fabric and don’t want a big cowl, to shorten your piece.

Thank you for stopping by!

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SEW BEAUTIFUL Orosi Top

If you’ve been following along this week, you’ll notice some of the content in my posts are the same as the last. It’s because I want each one to stand alone for someone who stumbles upon one without the others. 

SEW BEAUTIFUL is the title of Kennis Wong’s book of sewing patterns! What?! Yes, her first book filled with 8 beautiful patterns with 18 variations to complete a whole wardrobe! This is sooooo exciting! Each design has been carefully designed without zippers or buttons, making it a great starting point for a new seamstress. Of course, an experienced seamstress like me loves to sew up quick and stylish garments too! And what a value, 8 patterns, 18 variations for only $24.99! The book is on pre-sale now, coming out on December 8, 2020. It will also be available on Kindle for $11.99. Sizes included are 00-20 (the book was written before the expanded size range).

All of the detailed instructions and quality you have come to love in Itch-to-Stitch designs are included in Kennis’ book. There are illustrations to show how to grade sizes, lengthen and shorten, and more. This is the last day we have to show off variations of the practical yet beautiful designs! You can sew a coordinating wardrobe taking you from home to work to date night and weekends with the patterns included in SEW BEAUTIFUL!

Orosi Top and Dress is the eighth, and last pattern in the book and this one is so unique. I love Kennis’ royal blue Orosi so much that I just had to make one the same – almost! Mine is more of a peacock blue, rather than royal. Isn’t this neckline wonderful? It’s not hard to sew either! A short sleeved V neck version of this top is half way sewn on my cutting table. Unfortunately it didn’t get finished in time. I plan to make a short sleeved dress version too.

Some of the ladies showcasing the patterns from SEW BEAUTIFUL have exclaimed over their favorite pattern, but I really have a hard time singling one out. I love so many of them!

This beautiful peacock blue fabric is brushed polyester. It drapes perfectly for this style!

Clearly, I need to choose a different bra with this top! Haha

Read about Palermo Top from Day 7 here, Fortuna Pants and Shorts from Day 5 here, Carlsbad Cardigan from Day 4 here, Mornington Top from Day 1 here. I haven’t sewn the patterns from Days 2, 3, or 6 yet.

Be sure to join the Itch-to-Stitch Facebook group to see more beautiful patterns, get help, and have fun with the rest of us!

Remember to pre-order your copy of SEW BEAUTIFUL so you don’t miss out. Sometimes the publisher runs out of copies!

This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase from any of them, there is no extra charge to do so; but I get a tiny amount that helps me replace spools of thread from time to time. Thank you for reading!

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SEW BEAUTIFUL Palermo Top

If you’ve been following along this week, you’ll notice some of the content in my posts are the same as the last. It’s because I want each one to stand alone for someone who stumbles upon one without the others. 

SEW BEAUTIFUL is the title of Kennis Wong’s book of sewing patterns! What?! Yes, her first book filled with 8 beautiful patterns with 18 variations to complete a whole wardrobe! This is sooooo exciting! Each design has been carefully designed without zippers or buttons, making it a great starting point for a new seamstress. Of course, an experienced seamstress like me loves to sew up quick and stylish garments too! And what a value, 8 patterns, 18 variations for only $24.99! The book is on pre-sale now, coming out on December 8, 2020. It will also be available on Kindle for $11.99. Sizes included are 00-20 (the book was written before the expanded size range).

All of the detailed instructions and quality you have come to love in Itch-to-Stitch designs are included in Kennis’ book. There are illustrations to show how to grade sizes, lengthen and shorten, and more. Join us for the next eight days as we show off variations of the practical yet beautiful designs! You can sew a coordinating wardrobe taking you from home to work to date night and weekends with the patterns included in SEW BEAUTIFUL!

Palermo Top and Dress is the pattern for day 7. I tested this one last fall when most of my sewing room was packed up to move. Luckily, I found this beautiful border print at the thrift store which worked out great. This top is such a quick pattern to sew up! Now, the dress? I’m not sure. I also got fabric for it, but ran out of time to sew it, but I was really dreading all the gathering of tiers. I love it so much though, that I will sew it up soon!

I didn’t realize this dark plum color would be hard to photograph, but then I am barely beyond a basic photographer!

Read about Fortuna Pants and Shorts from Day 5 here, Carlsbad Cardigan from Day 4 here, Mornington Top from Day 1 here. I haven’t sewn the patterns from Days 2, 3, or 6 yet.

Be sure to join the Itch-to-Stitch Facebook group to see more beautiful patterns, get help, and have fun with the rest of us!

See the illustration of the gorgeous dress version at the bottom left.

Remember to pre-order your copy of SEW BEAUTIFUL so you don’t miss out. Sometimes the publisher runs out of copies!

This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase from any of them, there is no extra charge to do so; but I get a tiny amount that helps me replace spools of thread from time to time. Thank you for reading!

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SEW BEAUTIFUL Mornington Top

SEW BEAUTIFUL is the title of Kennis Wong’s book of sewing patterns! What?! Yes, her first book filled with 8 beautiful patterns with 18 variations to complete a whole wardrobe! This is sooooo exciting! Each design has been carefully designed without zippers or buttons, making it a great starting point for a new seamstress. Of course, an experienced seamstress like me loves to sew up quick and stylish garments too! And what a value, 8 patterns, 18 variations for only $24.99! The book is on pre-sale now, coming out on December 8, 2020. It will also be available on Kindle for $11.99. Sizes included are 00-20 (the book was written before the expanded size range).

All of the detailed instructions and quality you have come to love in Itch-to-Stitch designs are included in Kennis’ book. There are illustrations to show how to grade sizes, lengthen and shorten, and more. Join us for the next eight days as we show off variations of the practical yet beautiful designs! You can sew a coordinating wardrobe taking you from home to work to date night and weekends with the patterns included in SEW BEAUTIFUL!

Mornington Top is the pattern for today. I love the chambray dress Kennis made (and on the cover of her book, SEW BEAUTIFUL), but figured I’d wear a top more often. I love sleeveless tops in the summer and had just enough of this sweet embroidered pineapple fabric to make this one. Mornington is completely lined which is wonderful because there are no bindings to do at the arms and neck opening. I used a white rayon blend to line mine.

As you can tell, it’s autumn and I won’t get to wear my Mornington Top until next summer. But I’m looking at the bright side… I’ll have a new top to wear if an opportunity for a tropical vacation arises!

Look at the other Mornington versions below! You can mix and match the sleeve with the top too!

Remember to pre-order your copy of SEW BEAUTIFUL so you don’t miss out. Sometimes the publisher runs out of copies!

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Sabalito Top

Happy New Year! (a little late) lol It’s been a while since I’ve written a post or done much sewing because we were away for almost a month over the holidays. When Kennis of Itch-to-stitch posted a testing call, I was so ready to sew!

Sabalito is a woven layering piece that I wasn’t sure would be my style. But…I’m not very good at being in style on my own, so I trusted Kennis that I would love this top as much as the rest of her patterns. With almost all of my woven fabric packed up and moved, I ventured out to Hobby Lobby to see if anything would do. I found this lovely floral by Michael Miller Fabrics that ended up being just right for my Sabalito.

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I sewed my usual size 2 A cup, shortening the bodice and the lower bodice for my height. The pattern is easy to sew with wonderful instructions. Even the trickiest part (the tie) was not hard to do.

It is a bonus that my new top matches my latest Sequoias! I really do need these in every color! More about them here if you are interested.

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My beautiful custom necklace was the wrong length for this outfit.  But I didn’t want to re-do pictures; the most difficult part of pattern testing for me.

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Some features of Sabalito Top:

  • Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
  • C, D and DD cups with bust darts for better bust fit
  • Three-quarter length dolman sleeves
  • Deep V neck with overlapped front
  • Interesting front tied accent
  • Relaxed fit bodice with a wide bottom at the high hip
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)
  • sizes 00-20

On sale until February 8, 2020.

Thanks for stopping by! XO

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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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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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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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