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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

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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!

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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!
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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.
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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?

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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

 

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A Nottingham Knot Top

It took me a while to get the joke. What an I say? I’ve always been slow to catch the punch line! 😜

The new easy as a t-shirt Nottingham Top from Itch-it-Stitch is quick to sew, classy, and has three sleeve options! It was a welcome project after sewing jean shorts, jean skirt, and other complicated sewing. Although I love more in depth patterns and designs, I love fast and easy ones too!

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The Butterfly sleeve was my first choice and after searching my stash, went straight to the “good” fabric. It worked out when the fit ended up perfect. (I did my usual shorten the bodice). Bonus that it’s in my favorite colors and matches Belize Shorts, another pattern with lots of options!

It fit so well and was so quick to sew, that another one was in order right away. This time I chose the elbow sleeves (shortened a bit) so they wouldn’t end up in the crook of my elbow. I used the first of this beautiful glitter French Terry from Simply by Ti Fabrics. Be sure to check out all the other gorgeous colors. I promise you will want them all!

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Look at how good it looks with my Liana Jeans! The long sleeved version is the one I didn’t make as we are headed into summer at a fast pace. It will be on my list come fall though! Be sure to check out the other tester versions to see the long sleeves.

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Nottingham Top is on sale now for $8.00 and volume discounts still apply! You will love every Itch-to-Stitch pattern you choose!!

Until next time…ta!

 

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Itch to Stitch Love Sewing with Friends

It’s so exciting to be on this ITS Love blog tour! I am thoroughly enjoying the sisterhood of seamstresses banding together in a continuing effort to help Kennis, the designer behind Itch-to-Stitch. I love everything from the planning, the sewing, the pictures, and the reading about so many wonderful patterns. I’m just not very good at the writing! Kennis is my own personal designer just in case some of you didn’t know… Don’t believe me? Weeellll, she would be if I had one, haha!

A few months ago, Melissa of Mahlica Designs and I decided to hold each other accountable by sewing our Lisbon Cardigans and Liana Jeans together. Both were patterns that had been on our sewing to do lists for a while and sewing together would be encouragement for both of us to finish. Well, it worked! It took a little while to have clear time on our calendars at the same time, but it was fun and successful. Mine just don’t go together, so you’ll see some other ITS patterns.

This Lisbon was planned a year ago to wear with a Bonn Shirt I made during testing. The plum colored pants I had planned to complete this outfit are still not sewn. 😳  I’m not liking the plum Lisbon and fuchsia North Point capris together. I’ll have to choose one or the other! I wrote about the the capris in this post. This is a super soft sweater knit with lots of drape and shiny gold threads running through it. You can see how the neckline is stretched low with such a lightweight sweater fabric. The sleeves were graded a bit wider on this Lisbon because I wanted to wear it over this Bonn shirt.

Next is a new Paulina made with a super soft striped ponte from Simply by Ti in my favorite color. It’s very dreamy to work with and wear. I can’t wait until it’s cool enough for long sleeves! The white woven polyester is from my stash. I’m wearing it with the Liana Jeans I finished recently during the sew along. If you’ve never made jeans, this is the pattern for you! Kennis is meticulous with directions and pictures to go along with them. So many ladies are getting wearable jeans right out of the envelope off the printer!

And look at the details! So professional looking, right? Kennis’ instructions are so easy to follow. I can install a zipper with my walking foot without a hitch!

This is my first Paulina since I just bought the pattern during the sale. I wasn’t sure I liked the style with the cutout and different fabric showing, but after seeing one that Crystal of Sewing Vortex made, I decided to try it. My hack is simply not doing the arm cutouts. So easy, and now I know I can make another Paulina and have a totally different look! I like how this one looks with just a “blouse” hanging out the bottom and will try the cutouts another time.

The Best thing about making jeans is that I get to embroider the back pockets! Yeessss!! Any excuse to use my embroidery machine! The designs are painted flower 1 and painted flower 4 from Urban Threads. There’s a bit of wrinkling on one pocket. I think the fabric got a tiny fold in it when I wasn’t looking.

The stretch twill is a great color but I honestly don’t remember where it came from. The whole outfit is very comfortable. I think my Paulina might even be long enough to wear with leggings. I’ll have to try it since I kind of look like a sloppy hippie! haha! Maybe it’s the faux Birks or maybe my awful hair! If only I had a personal hairdresser to care for the crazy mop on my head!

Look how different Paulina looks with just the blouse part tucked in! I like it!

Here is a schedule of all the bloggers for the tour. Check them all out and enter to win some lovely prizes!

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And all of the wonderful sponsors who gave prizes for the giveaway and discounts on the fabric, thank you!

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You can go back to see any bloggers you missed by clicking on the name below. I’m really enjoying all the lovely interpretations of many of my favorite patterns!
Your ITS Love bloggers are

Monday: Sew Sophie Lynn, Merritts Makes, Sewing with Sarah, Sewing with D

Tuesday: Shalini’s Blog, Auschicksews, Rebel and Malice, Sewing Vortex

Wednesday: Replicate Then Deviate, mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, The Petite Sewist, kreamino

Thursday: Sewing Curves, Creative Counselor, Sew Mariefleur, Fairies, Bubbles & Co, Sewing by Ti

Friday: Harper+Lu, MeMade, On Wednesdays We Sew, Heather Handmade, Bellevi, and visit by mooglii on IG

The ITS Love Tour sponsors have been so generous in support of Kennis of Itch to Stitch that we’ve been able to put together several prize packages to share with you.

First, you may enter our giveaway to win one of three prize packs:

Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

$25GC to Simply By Ti

$50 Raspberry Creek Gift Card

$50 Bella Sunshine gift card

Prize Pack #2 includes:

$50 Knit Pop GC

$25 Designer Stitch GC

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

3 patterns of choice from Coffee And Thread

2 patterns of choice from Hey June Handmade

Prize Pack #3 Includes:

$15 Thread & Grain store credit

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$40 So Sew English GC

3 patterns from Halla Patterns

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

Your second way to win is to share with us your recent Itch to Stitch creations (made between October and November 2017). Add your creations to our Link Up Party before Nov. 20th for a chance to win one of two prize packs.

LinkUp Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

A $40 value PFRE Sly Fox Fabrics.

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$50 Love Notions GC

LinkUp Prize Pack #2 includes:

$25 Stylish Fabric GC & sewing box kit

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

5 patterns from Rad Patterns

Pattern of choice from DG Patterns

 

Your link

Giveaway and Linkup prize winners will be announced on or about November 21st.

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Itch to Stitch Love to Wear

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23376216_10159455108660104_5890152091814170948_nWho doesn’t love a blog tour? And how exciting is it that this one is filled with so much love for Kennis and Itch-to-Stitch Designs! Just look at all the sponsors! The sewing community is amazing to gather together to help and support a favorite designer after being burglarized. It takes lots of sales to replace sewing machines and other work equipment; and we are doing our best to show off our favorite ITS patterns! And guess what else! There are giveaways too! Read on to see my newest outfit made with a new for me Itch-to-Stitch pattern and a hack of one I’ve made before.

 

Simply bu Ti is one of the sponsors of this blog tour, offering each blogger credit for fabric in her shop! How awesome is that? Thank you so much Ti! I had heard so many good things about the stretch twill, that I had to get some to try. I love this shade of pink, called Fushia in the shop here. It was a dream to work with. There was almost no fraying in the wash and it was easy to cut and sew.

 

A while back when Kennis asked for ideas for patterns, my suggestion was for casual capris made from cotton sheeting or other woven fabric. I wear this type of pants a lot and would love to have a pattern for them. Well, Kennis hasn’t made that pattern for me yet! 😆 Maybe capris, pedal pushers, or whatever you want to call them aren’t in style any more? Anyway, I’ve been meaning to try the Angelia Shorts without the drawstring at the bottom but decided to use the North Point Trousers this time for my Capri hack, making them not as casual as I wanted but looking so good with the mock welts. My original North Point details are here if you want to read more.

With my drastic grading from small waist to big hips, I opted to skip the pockets. Gasp! I know a lot of you can’t live without pockets; but really, when I’m wearing dressier pants like these, I don’t put anything in my pockets anyway. I fear unsightly bulges will ruin the look of my outfit! I pinned the pieces together to be able to cut the front piece without the pocket cutout. The back has welt pockets but I wanted mine to be mock welts without the pocket bags. Oh my, what a mess that was! I couldn’t find a good tutorial anywhere (hint, hint) so ended up picking out lots of stitches. Eventually I did end up with the beautiful mock welt pockets I was envisioning.

For the top, I made the Hepburn Turtleneck, a pattern I’ve had for a while but hadn’t sewn. Of course I wasn’t thinking when planning! No one would wear a turtleneck with capris! Me neither! I only wear them underneath other sweaters or tops in the winter while wearing long pants. This pattern was super simple to sew, perfect for beginners. I did shorten the height of the turtleneck by taking 1″ off the pattern. My next Hepburn will be slightly bigger since I don’t usually wear tops so tight. It will be warm this winter though, and I love that this top has a shape, not looking like my old boxy RTW turtlenecks! I kind of like it with Hvar Jacket over top. I wrote about my Hvars in this post.

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The great news is that I wear a lot of bright colors so there are others tops in my closet that will match my new capris! This is a more realistic look for me. And This Lago Tank matches perfectly!

 

And I think they might even go with my Bonn Shirt, although I have plum colored fabric for pants that aren’t sewn yet.

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I hope you will follow along on the Itch-to-Stitch Love blog tour to see so many more great patterns. I’ll be back in a couple of days with another outfit too. I couldn’t stop sewing!

 

Your ITS Love bloggers are

Monday: Sew Sophie Lynn, Merritts Makes, Sewing with Sarah, Sewing with D

Tuesday: Shalini’s Blog, Auschicksews, Rebel and Malice, Sewing Vortex

Wednesday: Replicate Then Deviate, mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, The Petite Sewist, kreamino

Thursday: Sewing Curves, Creative Counselor, Sew Mariefleur, Fairies, Bubbles & Co, Sewing by Ti

Friday: Harper+Lu, MeMade, On Wednesdays We Sew, Heather Handmade, Bellevi, and visit by mooglii on IG

The ITS Love Tour sponsors have been so generous in support of Kennis of Itch to Stitch that we’ve been able to put together several prize packages to share with you.

First, you may enter our giveaway to win one of three prize packs:

Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

$25GC to Simply By Ti

$50 Raspberry Creek Gift Card

$50 Bella Sunshine gift card

Prize Pack #2 includes:

$50 Knit Pop GC

$25 Designer Stitch GC

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

3 patterns of choice from Coffee And Thread

Prize Pack #3 Includes:

$15 Thread & Grain store credit

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

3 patterns from Halla Patterns

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Your second way to win is to share with us your recent Itch to Stitch creations (made between October and November 2017). Add your creations to our Link Up Party before Nov. 20th for a chance to win one of two prize packs.

LinkUp Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

A $40 value PFRE Sly Fox Fabrics.

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$50 Love Notions GC

LinkUp Prize Pack #2 includes:

$25 Stylish Fabric GC & sewing box kit

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

5 patterns from Rad Patterns

Pattern of choice from DG Patterns

Your Link

Giveaway and Linkup prize winners will be announced on or about November 21st.