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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 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 Carlsbad Cardigan

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).

Today is day 4 of 8 of showcasing the patterns in the book, featuring Carlsbad Cardigan. Who doesn’t love a cozy cardigan? I used a sparkly sweater knit (leaving the fringe on the edge) and love how pretty it turned out. This one looks so holiday festive that I hesitate to wear it at other times of the year. You know what that means; I need to sew another asap! 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. You can see the my Mornington Top from day 1 here.

Carlsbad Cardigan is paired with Newport Top and Northpoint Trousers, both of which are favorite Itch-to-Stitch patterns.

It’s easy to sew a coordinating wardrobe taking you from home to work to date night and weekends with the patterns included in SEW BEAUTIFUL!

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

See the sleeveless Carsband in the illustrations below.

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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Sequoias Just for Me?

A long time ago, I asked Kennis of Itch-to-Stitch to make a pattern for this type of pants/capris. I even sent her a picture of a favorite rtw (ready to wear, from a store) pair of mine. So I’ve waited a while for these awesome Sequoias. But were they designed just for me? No, I don’t think so, since Kennis designs for herself and she hikes a lot. Of course, she needs cargo pants!  But I can pretend she made them just for me! Wahoo! I am so glad she designed this pattern though. As my closet has moved closer to becoming a greater percentage of handmade clothing, I really wanted to be able to replace several pair of this style of capri pants that I wear often.

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When the tester call was posted, I was very sick, snuggled up on the sofa with blankets and the heating pad. But I recognized the pattern I’d been waiting for and knew I had to test! And it’s the reason I signed up for the shorts rather than the cargoes. After being selected a day or so later, I crawled off the sofa to print the pattern and collapsed in exhaustion. It took an hour and a half the next day to tape and cut the pattern (just the paper)! I wondered how I was going to manage! Eventually I recovered and got back to my sewing room, yay! I’m wearing my Sequoias with a favorite top, Kathryn Top & Dress, also from Itch-to-Stitch.

I used Oxford cloth from my stash for my shorts which was a dream to work with. It’s a thicker fabric usually used for shirts. For the snaps, KAM to the rescue! This color matched so well, I had to go with it! I can’t wait to sew the cargo length and to make Sequoias in every color! The comfort and casualness of these are perfect for my lifestyle and the waistband is genius! To get my pair, I used size 6, graded to size 2 waist, scooped out the lower back rise and cut a horizontal split there too. I also have to flatten the hips. On my next pairs, I will add shortening the front rise about 1/2″ to my other alterations and these will be perfect!

Note: The alterations I did to perfect the fit are usual ones I have to do to most pants patterns to fit my shape and size.

Here are the features of Sequoias which come in sizes 00-20 and labeled as an intermediate+ pattern:

  • Functional fly front zipper with snap closure
  • Ribbing/elastic waistband
  • Relaxed and straight leg silhouette
  • Comfortable medium rise
  • Front patch pockets with slanted openings
  • Back patch pockets with flaps and snap closure
  • Options for long pants and shorts
  • Side cargo pockets with flaps and snap closure (with long pants option only)
  • Leg strap for securing rolled up pant legs (with long pants option only)
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)

It is on sale for $9.60 through Jan 30. Hurry on over to get your copy! Volume discounts still apply in the shop!

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Look for me in more colors as the year progresses!

Review

100 Item Sewing Challenge 2017 Review

Did you take the 100 Item Sewing Challenge for 2017? Well I did…and succeeded! That’s the bottom line. I didn’t want to make you read to the end to find that out! Want to hear how it went? Read on…

In 2016, I ran across a group called 100 Item Sewing Challenge. The rules were pretty straight forward – sew 100 items in a year for anyone, 8 items each month to qualify for the prize drawings. Some smaller items like underwear counted as .5 and machine embroidery counted as 10,000 stitches = 1 item. There may be some rules I’m forgetting, but that was the gist of it. I wasn’t sure how I’d do since I’d never kept track of how many things I sewed so it was a whole new experience. Turns out, I loved keeping track and the challenge to sew 8 items a month. The total eludes me now, but I made over 100 items that year.

When the new year came around, there was talk about if the group would continue, what changes needed to be made, etc. It did continue, but without prizes. No problem for me since I liked the challenge for myself. Plenty of new rules and changes came about too. Each month’s items had to have a specific count label (to make it easier for admin), still 8 items a month, still 10,000 stitches = 1 item, more small things were added to count as .5, 50 of the 100 items had to be for ourselves and items for our home didn’t count as for self (there were lots of complaints about this), and the big one – no business items counted. (In 2016, some made 40 items at a time for their shop and counted them); so I really liked this new rule. The labels for the pictures in the album looked something like this: June 1/8, Me 15/50, Year 58/100. It was time consuming but I understood the need for it since I wouldn’t want to be the admin totaling up everyone’s sewing!

Here are my totals: I met the 8 of 8 items every month except one, 68 of 50 items were for me, and 125 of 100 items were sewn for the year! Woo Hoo! Do you think it might be time to clean my closet? haha!

Along with the 100 item challenge, I belong to the Stashbusting Sew Along group. My stash is so huge that I didn’t play officially since that would require measuring every piece of fabric in my stash. I did keep track of progress each month though, and have some totals for that too. For 7 of the months, I sewed more than I bought, 1 month was even, and 4 of the months, I did too much shopping or didn’t sew enough. 152 1/8 yards were sewn up in 2017! Unfortunately 135 5/8 yards came in. According to my non-math brain, I’ve decreased my stash by 10% even though I didn’t count my beginning yardage.

Not very exciting reading I’m sure, but it’s kind of interesting to see what I’ve made. It was a good sewing year, I’d say! And now, Hello 2018! Let’s get sewing! I’m ready for the #RTWfast with the 2018 RTW Fasters!

And here’s the breakdown in alphabetical order.

Apron 1
Baby quilt 1
Baby shoes 1
Blouses 7
Bowl Cozy 1
Boys & men’s underwear 10
Cardigans 4
Click bags 2
Doll clothes & shoes 7
Dresses 6
Embroidery (most of the large projects) 246,658+ stitches! 12
Footstool 1
Guitar strap 1
Hats 6
Headband 1
Hottie cover 3
Jackets 7
Jeans 2
Lawn chair pads 4
Men’s shirts 3
Neck pillows 5
Nightgown 1
Panties 9
Pants 8
Pillowcases 2
PJ Pants 2
Quilt strip 1
Shorts 9
Skirts 2
Skorts 2
Swim bottoms 6
Swim trunks 2
Swimsuits 3
Tank tops 7
Tea wallet 1
Tops 15
Toy 1
Vests 5