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The Real Deal – Just Jeans Tour

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Have you put off sewing jeans? I sure did for a long long time. Not any more though! In the last few years, I’ve gotten better with fitting, pants included. I originally won a pattern from Winter Wear Designs a few years ago before ever trying one. I chose the Real Deal Jeans because I didn’t have a jeans pattern and had never sewn them before. It was quite a while before I got my courage up to try them. I made denim shorts for my trial pair with bright pink topstitching. You can see them in this blog post. And guess what! They weren’t that hard to fit and I wear them All The Time! It’s been time for a new pair for many months, so I jumped at the chance for a blog tour and a deadline to get them sewn! Living in Phoenix, I wear more shorts and Capris than I do jeans since we have so many months of hot weather. I thought I would make the Capri length this time but hen I remembered this piece of stretch twill that I found at a thrift store. I’ve been wanting to use it since last summer so this is what I chose. I needed to make bottoms to match this rtw tank that has been in my closet not getting enough wear.

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I used two spools of regular thread rather than topstitching thread for the first time. It worked out wonderfully. I didn’t have any of the usual problems I have with topstitching! I think it turned out pretty with the matching thread.

Just for reference, I cut my shorts longer than the 5″ cut line that is on the pattern. I think I cut about 9″, but then shortened to be about 7 1/2″ inseam.

I had a bit more trouble with the fitting this time. I should know that I need to add the waistband to check fit by now and I didn’t do that. I ended up picking out seams, even topstitching to adjust the bubbles I was getting at the top of the back rise! This is not my favorite way to install a zipper, but it does look good in the end. I am very happy with my new shorts and look forward to wearing them (and that neglected tank)!

Be sure to get the updated Real Deal Jeans pattern while it’s on sale! Visit the other bloggers by clicking on the links below!

Don’t miss any stops on the Just Jeans Blog Tour

Monday 4/23
Tuesday 4/24
Wednesday 4/25
Thursday 4/26
Friday 4/27
Lisa Dawson for Winter Wear Design

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It’s Gonna Be May Blog Tour with PS&C

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After having visiting family for most of March, I was antsy to get sewing again so when  the Petite Stitchery blog tour showed up in my feed, I jumped at the chance. We were able to choose a pattern from Petite Stitchery to sew for the tour. I’ve never sewn anything from this company before, so it was exciting to browse through the choices. I tried to choose something that was different than what I already have (which is hard to do when you have soooo many patterns)! I decided on the Juliet Leotard because the beautiful scooped neckline kept drawing my eye. I didn’t know it came with a bonus circle skirt when I chose the top! I remember bodysuits when they were popular way back when, and wasn’t sure I was ready to try it again; so I hacked the leotard into a regular top. It was easy; I just held up the pattern piece to me and decided where to cut it straight across. I am amazed at how well it fits on the first try!

I wasn’t sure I would make the circle skirt for the blog tour, but I had a bit of time and figured a circle skirt would be quick to sew. I went with the shorter line since everything is usually too long for my 5′ 2″ height, and then regretted it when the skirt ended up too short! I decided to alter the waistband to be able to wear the skirt lower on my hips to help with length.

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This is what it looked like after cutting a high hip measurement and angling to my waist measurement and sewing the sides. The idea was good but the angle was not big enough, so the waistband is saggy near the top. Maybe I’ll fix it another time after deciding if I like the look on me. For the photo shoot, I chose to have a slouchy waistband since I couldn’t think of another option.

Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour and scroll all the way to the bottom to enter the giveaway sponsored by Southern Belle Fabrics!

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April 22nd:

Sewjourns

Kathy’s Kwilts

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Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Sewing Adventures in the Attick

Sewing Southern Belle

April 23rd:

Margarita on the Ross

Our Play Palace

The Scatty Sewer

Rebel and Malice

My Heart Will Sew On

Sewing With D

April 24th:

Sea of Estrogen

Seams Like Style

That’s Sew Amy

Mahlica Designs

Leslie J’s Sewing Shack

Miss Marah Sewn

April 25th:

Liviality

Lime Leaves

My Sewing Roots

Tales From a Southern Mom

Jot Designs USA

Seams Sew Lo

The Needle and The Belle

April 26th:

Candi Couture Designs

Momma Sew Savvy

Blooming Skies

Stitched By Jennie

House of Estrela

Sewing Ambi

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Gifts · Sewing for my guys

Sewing Gifts – A blog tour

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When your 17 year old son asks you to sew him something, you jump at the chance, right? Me too! Not too fast though. I don’t want to play into that instant gratification theme! And when he chooses the fabric that was the only one that would do (it had the right “feel”) to patch his baby/toddler blankie about 20 times, you let him, right? Me too! It is the cutest John Lennon animal doodles interlock that has been in my stash since he was a baby! Besides using it to patch his blanket numerous times, he had pj pants made from it when he was 6 or so. He wore them out! So…here is my sweet 17 year old son in his cute animal lounge shorts.

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I wasn’t allowed to get more than one picture and he didn’t want to show his face. 😜Oh well, next time! Here is a close up of the adorable little animals. There is still a little bit of this fabric left and it will be a sad day for me when it is gone!

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The pattern is McCall’s 8520, one I’ve used for him a few times already. It was super fast to cut it out, especially since I overlapped the side seam allowances and cut it all as one piece, resulting in no side seams to sew! My coverstitch did a good job on the waistband and hems, and I even added a tag marking the back. Clay hates not knowing where the back is.

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Now, you’re probably thinking “what does lounge shorts for your son have to do with sewing gifts”. Well… it was sewn with love, given with more love, and was even received with love. That sounds like a gift to me! It’s a no occasion gift! And it’s fast and easy if you need to sew up a quick gift.

At the last minute, I sewed up another gift. This is the So Sew Easy Cosmetic Bag for my mom’s birthday. I enlarged the original pattern to make it big enough for the embroidery design I wanted to use. My mom likes frogs. 🐸 The bag is filled with cosmetics and in the mail.

 

See more gift ideas this week with the other bloggers on the tour. The schedule is below.

Sunday, April 22nd: Sewing By Ti (intro), With Love In Every Stitch, Sewing With D

23rd: Stitched By Jennie, Tales from a Southern Mom, Aurora Design Fabrics

24th: Sewjourns, Big Fly Notions, Sewing Blue, JOT Designs USA

25th: Sewing By Ti, Auschick Sews, Hazelnut Handmade

26th: Sewing With D, EYMM, Middle River Studio, Aurora Design Fabrics

27th: Our Play Palace, My Sewing Roots, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea, Seams Sew Lo

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5 Out of 4 Blog Tour Adventure

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WOW, what an adventure! Can you believe we are celebrating 20K members over at 5 Out of 4 Patterns?  It seems that it wasn’t that long ago when I discovered the wonderful and helpful ladies in the 5 Out of 4 Facebook group. This will be a week of showcasing many different patterns for all members of the family. Part of my celebration includes the much overlooked Adventure Skort. It is one that has never caught my eye as I scrolled through the pattern choices. This time, I decided to give it a try. I used cotton Lycra which is so easy to cut and sew. Next time, I may use something with a bit more drape. This pattern is very quick to sew up; so it was sewn over a month ago before we had family come to visit. I took an extra 4” out of the elastic when I put it on today, oops! There are a couple of other tweaks I will do next time so it fits my body better. I’m only 5’ 2” with a narrow waist and bigger hips, which messes with the waist-to-hip fit on many garments. I’m happy with this one though and plan to go on a hike with my husband to try it out.

 

 

For the top, I chose the X-Factor, which had been in my inventory for a while but not sewn. I can’t believe all the options available on this top! I changed my mind a few times, opting for the slim fit tank and no bra inserts in an athletic knit from my stash. The directions are very thorough and the binding really very easy to sew on, so don’t let that intimidate you! I can’t wait to make a bikini swim top with cups for my next one! It will go perfectly with my Riptides!

 

 

Now’s the time to stock up on all the patterns while they are on sale for 40% off! Use code SOBIG when checking out. Also, enter to win some great prizes by clicking on the Rafflecopter below!

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We are celebrating all week so check out all the other bloggers below. If you’ve missed any, the links will take you there!

5 out of 4 Patterns 20k Blog Tour Schedule

April 2 – Tales from a Southern Mom | Miss Marah Sewn

April 3 – Dragons Flames Designs | Poppy Monroe Collection

April 4 – Pear Berry Lane | Candi Couture Designs

April 5 – Sewing with D | Kathy Kwilts and More

April 6 – The Sassy Seamripper | My Heart Will Sew On

 

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Bring on the Blouse with Winter Wear Designs

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Classic, comfortable, flattering, easy to sew, and always $5. What’s not to like about the Classic Shell Top from Winter Wear Designs? Look at all the options on this one!
  • Long Sleeve
  • 3/4 Sleeve
  • Cap Sleeve
  • Tulip Sleeve
  • Top or Tunic
  • Straight Hem
  • Keyhole Back or Closed Neckline
  • Facing or Bias Finish on neckline

A few weeks back, I was one of the testers for this top. Suzanne made a lot of tweaks to the pattern to get it just right. My first two tops are from testing. I love the different sleeve options.

I started with the tulip sleeve since I didn’t have enough of the fabric for my wearable muslin. I didn’t realize it was folded up into the blouse when I got the pictures done so you can’t see how pretty the tulip sleeves are.

 

The next one I did is the cap sleeve which I love the shape of. I really like the tie dyed eyelet fabric for this blouse too. I’m wearing my Real Deal Jean Shorts in the pictures. They fit awesome so I wear them a lot in the summer!

But my favorite, this pink embroidered cotton/poly (I think) has been waiting for just the right blouse pattern. Every blouse I’ve sewn in the past 18 months or so wanted this fabric. But these gorgeous flowers needed simple lines and minimal pieces. I knew the Classic Shell was it the moment I saw the pattern. I just had to wait until the fit was perfected. And here it is… I did the longer sleeves to make the most of the pretty fabric. What do you think; does it work?

 

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All three of these fabrics are from my massive stash. The pink is probably decades old! Yay for stashbusting!

The Omega Top is on sale during the blog tour. Be sure to get your copy! I would have loved to sew the Omega for the tour, but didn’t have the extra time to print and tape a new pattern. The tour schedule is below. Look at all the lovely blouses!

Check out each stop on the tour:

 

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Love Yourself

What a beautiful name for underclothes! Yes, that’s the name of the new pattern from Christina of Wardrobe by Me. I was a tester for the Love Yourself Underwear and had a great time in the testing group. Everyone was so eager to sew many versions of panties and hipsters to get their own perfect personal fit. They are quick so sew and use up scraps of fabric not big enough for other clothing!

 

Here’s Lacy, helping me with modeling. I found myself making more panties than I thought I would, just because I was intrigued by the fact I don’t have to use leg elastic and wanted to try different kinds of fabric. I love panties without the leg elastic so that alone had me sold on these! There is a high rise and a low rise to choose from. You can see here that I tried both. The blue stripes and yellow are cotton spandex and the solid blue are rayon spandex.

 

The Carma Cami is another easy item to sew and can be worn under tops during the day or made to match your panties for a special night time set. I think I need a couple to wear as undershirts next to my skin to stay warm with baggier tops.

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This set is from nylon with stretch lace elastic but you can also use lingerie or fold over elastic or even bands.

 

The Love Yourself Panties come in sizes US 0-24 & EU 30-54. The underwear patterns are on sale until February 16, 2018.

With code Love 20 get 20% off two underwear patterns.
With code Love 30 get 30% off three underwear patterns.

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Adalynn Tunic Hack

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Adalynn is the new dress from Mama Can Do It. There is a girl’s version here and a baby version here so you can make mommy and me sets if you like. I rarely wear dresses in the winter and loved the long sleeve look of Adalynn but wanted it in a tunic length to go with these awesome leggings I made of some sort of fleece lined softshell that are super soft, comfortable, and warm! Luckily Elizabeth was all for hacking the pattern as long as we post how we did it!

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What I did is super easy and not much of a hack at all. After shortening the pattern for my 5′ 2″ height by 3″ on the lengthen/shorten line, I cut my fabric at the ruffle option cut line. My tunic was still too long for me so I did a 1 1/2″ hem. The fabric is a gorgeous sweater knit with silver threads running through it that I bought at my local warehouse fabric store, SAS a few months ago (where you never know what treasures you will find).

 

 

I love this Adalynn tunic so much already; I didn’t want to take it off after pictures! Except that it was close to 80 degrees F. so I needed to save it for a cold day! My next one is already planned and I will sew the neck with the binding the proper way. I read the directions, but must not have been thinking straight since I made a neck band instead of the binding, oops!

Make sure you get your Adalynn (affiliate links) while it’s on sale! P.S. I just had to make another in this cool looking fabric!

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I Love a Beautiful Flutter

Ann of Designer Stitch follows all the fashion and knows what’s in style. Just look at this beautiful top she designed and named after Synthia! And if you clicked on Synthia, you will see the lovely lady herself! If it weren’t for Ann and a few other designers, I wouldn’t even know what style is, haha. I wear what I want for the most part. You know what’s crazy about that? This pattern has a full page feature in Pattern Pages magazine and my photo is included along with many other Synthia testers! I haven’t even had time to go check it out for myself!

 

When I saw the drawings of the Synthia, I loved the simplicity of the blouse with the circle skirt type of ruffle. I really like how it drapes down the arms, creating a very different look from a regular blouse. It’s romantic and flirty, floaty and fun. Since I love sewing with woven fabric, I knew I wanted to test this one for Ann. My lifestyle is casual and I have no job to dress up for, but this top will go out on date nights and to church in the summer. I’ll probably even wear it grocery shopping! The fabric I used is a mystery (polyester, I suspect), blue and white checks with a raised texture. You really can’t tell at all in the photos where it looks like a solid color!

P.S. I’m wearing my top with the Alyse Taper Leg Pants. I made these as Bermuda length shorts too and wear them all the time!

Here are some details from the pattern. I love that there are different cup sizes to fit different bodies!

multi-sized pattern :
(AU/UK)     6 – 26
(US)          2 – 22
(EU)          34 – 54

Very Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Sewing Level

Evoking the soft and flirty trans seasonal vibe the Synthia is a feminine silhouette featuring a ruffle collar and waterfall armhole frill.

A semi fitted shape the Synthia is both figure flattering and easy to wear
and the pattern offers cups sizes for fine-tuning the fit of your
garment. Cup Sizes – B, C, D, DD(E).

 

I didn’t realize my fabric was sheer until I looked at the pictures, oops! I may need to wear a cami underneath! Oh, and you can make this top as a basic sleeveless shell by just leaving off the ruffle! Get your copy while it’s on sale for the next 7 days. Sale price is $7, regularly $10, no code needed!

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Xpress Tank

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Usually express means fast in my mind, but it also means to show or reveal. The Xpress Tank from Greenstyle Creations just happens to be both. First, it’s quick to make with only one pattern piece and less than a yard of fabric! At least it’s quick if you don’t run into serger or coverstitch problems! Second, just look at the revealing back…it’s cool and well, cool; and there are three options to choose from!

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I’m wearing it here with an Endurance Bra, also from Greenstyle. Check it out too, it’s very supporting and I love the zip front closure! I really like the rounded back of the grey tank. Sorry I’ve got it bunched so you can’t see it well.

This one is the pointed back option, made from an athletic mesh from my stash. I plan to put some heat transfer vinyl on it and wear it to my son’s track meets. It looks great with a tank or cami underneath for a little more coverage too. I’m wearing this tank with the Boardshorts from 5outof4.  My Xpress tanks will be nice and breezy to wear during our hot summers for exercising and for everyday wear!

The Xpress Tank comes in sizes 3XS – 3XL and is on sale until Sunday, January 28 (no code needed)!

 

 

 

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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!