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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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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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Celeste Dress

Who doesn’t need a cool summer dress right about now? Celeste Dress is just that! When Kennis of Itch-to-Stitch mentioned linen for this dress, I took her seriously. I just happened to have one piece of linen in my massive stash, this navy blue, and just enough of it to cut my pattern.IMG_5118

Celeste Dress comes in sizes 00-20. Here are some features from the listing:

  • Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
  • Front and back princess seams
  • High-waisted center-front gathers
  • Slanted front pockets
  • Invisible side zipper
  • Cool short sleeves
  • Layers feature—print only the sizes you need

I just love the different size cups printed separately! It make a pattern so easy to fit. I made my usual size 2 shortened the bodice 1″, the skirt 2″, and graded to size 4 hips (although it ended up not being necessary).


The pattern instructions are written with a size zipper, but I am able to get mine on over my head without it, so I skipped it when sewing. It made the construction pretty fast. After seeing so many colorful tester versions, I’m anxious to make another in a pretty print!IMG_5109

I love my Celeste Dress and think you will love the breeziness of it too! It’s so comfortable on hot days!


Celeste Dress is on sale through July 28 and volume discounts still apply. Thanks for stopping by to see my new cool casual summer dress.

This post contains affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I receive a small commission if you choose to follow them. I would love to say I’m using the extra cash to help our youngest son with college costs, but it’s not enough for that. Haha! It does help with replacing sewing supplies though.

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Balboa Skirt Collection

Kennis of Itch-to-stitch posted a testing call a few days before we were set to move from Phoenix. Luckily for me, she had decided to extend the testing period over a couple of weekends. I just HAD to apply to my favorite designer’s call! I printed the pattern before packing up the computer, putting it in a page protector and into my “carry on” bag. (That’s what I call my essentials bag, even on a road trip). I thought I would get it taped at one of our hotel stops along the way, but alas, after driving up to 10 hours a day, I was too exhausted to do it. Somehow, between unpacking the household and unpacking my sewing room, I managed to get my two skirts sewn, enjoying every second of it.

Balboa is an easy to fit, easy to sew pattern, making it a welcome relaxing task. I did my usual adjustments (shorten for my height, grading for a smaller waist, and flattening the hips). Balboa is such a fun pattern with so many options that I just might need to sew more of them!

Itch to Stitch Balboa Skirt PDF Sewing Pattern Line Drawings

Balboa Skirt features:

  • Waistband with elastic at natural waist
  • Thirteen options:
    • Skirts with No Center Seam
      • Straight
      • A-line
      • Ruffled
      • Single Flounced
      • Double Flounced
      • Handkerchief
      • Maxi
    • Skirts with No Center Seam
      • Straight
      • A-line
      • Ruffled
      • Single Flounced
      • Double flounced
      • Maxi
  • Designed for bottom-weight knit fabric
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you ne
A-line from Ponte

It makes sense to sew the simplest skirt first to check the fit, so A-line it was. Worn with a long time favorite Kathryn Top.


The only change was flattening the hip curve. After making the change to my pattern pieces, I cut and sewed the Single Flounce version from this wild and colorful brushed poly. 


Balboa Skirt comes in sizes 00-20 and is a beginner + pattern. I wore mine to church with my Salamanca Jacket which gives the outfit a whole new look.


Unfortunately, it wasn’t the right time of day for pictures, so this is washed out and the next is too shadowed.


Get Balboa for $9.60 until June 7th when it goes to regular price! You’ll love choosing all your favorite options!

Enjoy your sewing day!



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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.


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.


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.


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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Kosice Top and Dress

When Kennis from Itch-to-Stitch posted the pattern test for Kosice, I was so excited and so ready to sew something! I jumped right in with my top, loving the instructions and a new way of binding and applying the elastic. The front and back top edges have a bias strip facing and I love how it turns out. I chose to sew the elastic sleeve view.


Here are some details from the listing:

The Kosice Top & Dress is a beautiful peasant-style top or dress with a touch of modern-day romance. Designed for lightweight woven fabric, the Kosice comes in different cup sizes. A Kosice dress made with floral fabric would certainly stop traffic. Or use a bright and fun print to make a top that is suitable for everyday wear. The Kosice includes options for short flare sleeves and short sleeve with elastic hem.

  • Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
  • Options for top and dress
  • Options for two raglan sleeves:
  • Short flare sleeves
  • Short sleeve with elastic hem
  • Dress option has sash
  • Button-down front
  • Front and Back V necklines
  • Elasticized shoulders
  • Sizes 00-20

This is the Danube Skirt, also from Itch-to-Stitch. My Kosice fabric is a cotton/maybe poly blend from stash. It felt like the right weight for this blouse that is finished with French seams.


After sewing up my top in no time, I decided to cut out a dress from some prized printed eyelet fabric I got at JoAnn’s a couple of years ago.


The right pattern didn’t come up until now and this one felt just right. I managed to squeeze my dress out of 1 1/3 yards but had to piece together the sash to do so. I really love this dress and may wear it to a wedding we will be attending in August.


Kosice Top & Dress is on sale for $9.60 (no code needed) until July 28. Be sure to get your copy!

Match Your Shoes 2019

My Kosice Dress was entered into the Match your Shoes Contest with my pink Birkenstocks. Voting will start after July 31!


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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!



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.


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!


Here it is with the Danube Jean Skirt. You can read more about it in this post.


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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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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Back 2 School with Winter Wear Designs


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!

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!
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.
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?


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