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Pine Cove Pajamas

Itch-to-Stitch finally has some pjs! I’ve been waiting for these, and am excited about the different than usual design of the Pine Cove Pajama top! They can be made up in flannel like mine, or many other woven fabrics. You can even mix and match different fabric for top and bottom, or do some color blocking. I used a solid flannel for the collar because of not wanting to match more plaid. lol

Pine Cove Pajamas come in the new size range of 00-40! Here are some features of the pattern from the listing.

  • Designed for non-stretched woven fabric
  • Relaxed fit with dropped shoulders and long sleeves
  • Hip-length pajama top with side splits
  • One patch pocket on pajama top
  • Banded overlapped front with tie closures
  • Long pants with elastic waist
  • Layers feature‚ÄĒprint only the sizes you need

As usual with Itch-to-Stitch patterns, I made size 2 for the top, shortening both bodice and sleeves, and size 6 bottoms, shortening the legs. They fit perfect with these adjustments.

It was difficult getting indoor pictures because the lighting is very bad. I’m very happy with my new Pine Cove PJs though, and will need to shorten the pant legs and sleeves to make a summer version. This pair is ready to pack for our Christmas trip to be with family.

Get your Pine Cove pattern while it’s on sale through December 7th!

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SEW BEAUTIFUL Palermo Top

If you‚Äôve been following along this week, you‚Äôll notice some of the content in my posts are the same as the last. It‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôt 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‚Äôt miss out. Sometimes the publisher runs out of copies!

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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.

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Causeway Bomber

A bomber jacket has been on my list to sew for a long time (years). Jackets and hoodies are some of my favorite things to sew. Well, you may know by now that having a test deadline propels me to get more done; so when the test came out for Causeway Bomber Jacket, I had to apply.

Kennis gave us a heads up so we had several weeks to gather supplies. And let me tell you, Reversible zippers are not an easy thing to find, especially in the color you want. Ribbing is also difficult to find, but you can substitute pointe with the right stretch. After searching for some different colors than what I had with no luck, everything I used for both jackets were from my stash! I guess it pays to stock up on things in advance.

I wasn‚Äôt going to sew a muslin. I know my adjustments for Itch-to-Stitch patterns and always wear the same size. This is a 2 A cup, shortened 1″ in the bodice and sleeves. Since I had more fabrics I wanted to use, the pineapple twill and polyester gingham was my wearable muslin. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a pink zipper or a reversible zipper by the time I decided on this jacket. The poly was terrible to work with but I love this fun jacket! I may wear it with the pink side out even though I won‚Äôt be able to zip it. This is Newport Top and Eddystone Jeans with my jacket.

My final Causeway Bomber is a madras plaid patchwork with twill on the reverse side, lined with a white rayon cotton because I was afraid the colors of the other side would show through. I love this jacket too; and was excited to wear it the very next day with Oia Dress! The paid was deep stash as it was bought to make a toddler size duvet cover for our now 19 year old son. I will think of him when I wear it!

Oia Dress is one of my many favorites!

I thought this fabric would be fun to wear on a cruise (if we ever get to go again).

Causeway Bomber Jacket features from the listing:

  • Options for cup sizes
  • Relaxed, hip-length bodice
  • Slightly dropped shoulders with long two-piece sleeves
  • Optionally reversible (both sides are identical)
  • Center front exposed zipper
  • Ribbed collar, waistband and cuffs
  • Front princess seams
  • Optional invisibly zipped pockets on one or both sides of the jacket
  • Layers feature‚ÄĒprint only the sizes you need
  • Sizes 00-40
Itch to Stitch Causeway Bomber PDF Sewing Pattern Line Drawings

Causeway Bomber is on sale for $11.40 through October 21.

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Thanks for reading! See you next time…

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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‚ÄĒprint 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).

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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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!

Diane

 

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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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Itch-to-Stitch Designer Spotlight 2019

Itch-to-Stitch¬†has been a favorite of mine since the very first pattern,¬†Marbella Dress. So of course I wanted to be part of the blog tour again! When the sign up was posted, I was feeling very ambitious, signing up for three pieces. The oldest pattern is from 2015 and the newest is almost a year old. This was an outfit I had envisioned at the beginning of 2019 when it was still cold in Arizona. The fabrics were bought and waiting, but they didn’t get sewn…until now. A big Thank You to Crystal at¬†Sewing Vortex¬†for hosting the¬†Itch-to-Stitch¬†September Spotlight blog tour! She helped me get this outfit sewn!

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Medellin Top¬†was my first piece. This is one I didn’t get to test. It was fast and easy, though, giving me a sense of accomplishment right away. The bodice and sleeves were shortened as usual for my 5′ 2″ height, although I may try the bodice without shortening for the next one. I tried it on with a cami underneath (as it’s meant to be worn), but it didn’t show at the V neck at all. When I shortened the bodice, I think it brought the neckline up a bit. It’s great on its own but will be toasty warm with a Hepburn Turtleneck¬†underneath this winter.¬†Medellin¬†is made with a hairy sweater knit from¬†SAS¬†in Phoenix.

 

The linen blend for pants was a thrift store find which matches perfectly with my¬†Medellin. I’ve been wanting another pair of¬†Sequoias¬†for a long time. You can read about and see my¬†Sequoia Shorts¬†here¬†and¬†Sequoia Cargoes¬†here. This pattern released in January 2018 and has quickly become a favorite. I wear both the shorts and cargos a lot because they are so comfortable and fit right in with our casual lifestyle! For my new pair, I left the side pockets off so they might look a little bit dressier. I’m not sure if my goal was achieved or not. Haha! The snaps used were from this set bought on Amazon. I’m happy with the ease of applying and the quality; and they are so handy to have around for different sewing projects. I didn’t have to run out to the store for anything!

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Only a couple pics turned out of the¬†Sequoias¬†rolled and scrunched up and snapped, but you can see how versatile they are! Perfect for wading in a creek. P.S. I never wear Birkenstock clogs without socks or without full length pants. Don’t laugh too hard at this pic! Haha!

Finally,¬†Jacqueline Hoodie¬†needed to be sewn. I have to be honest and tell you I wasn’t excited to sew this one. The fabric was the reason. Way back in January, I stumbled upon this very yummy sherpa backed sweat shirting, a double sided fabric from¬†Hobby Lobby.¬†Of course I wanted the sherpa on the inside to keep me warm and wanted it to show inside the hood and pockets. That meant changing the way the hoodie was constructed, which at times, almost made my brain explode. Haha! With the thickness of the fabric, some lining pieces needed to be thin, so I used an old ripped t-shirt of our youngest son (who we just dropped off at college a few weeks ago). I love having a part of him in my new hoodie. I accidentally used my tester pattern (released in April of 2015) which has a tiny bit different seaming on the front overlay. My fitting skills are much better than they were when we tested this pattern, so this hoodie has a shortened bodice and sleeves to fit my height. The rib knit was some I had on hand, without very good recovery, so I added 2″ elastic in the cuffs to keep them from getting all stretched out. The same snap set was used on the center front flap of the hoodie. This pattern took quite a bit of time, but now I have a toasty warm grey hoodie to replace my old grey rtw one!

 

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Do you want to sew your own Medellin, Jacqueline or Sequoia? They are on sale for 25% off TODAY ONLY!!!¬†Tuesday Sept 17th: 917itsblogtour25¬†is the coupon code. Also on sale today is:¬†Busan, Anza, Emily, Liana, and¬†Nottingham. They are featured in the Tuesday bloggers’ posts.¬†The code will be valid for 24 hours 8am-8am Eastern Time. Hurry!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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My Closet

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‚Ä≥ or 10 cm)
    • Medium (approximately 7‚Ä≥ or 18 cm)
    • Long (approximately 10‚Ä≥ or 26 cm)‚ÄĒwith 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.