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Sew Americana 2019

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Welcome to the Sew Americana blog tour hosted by Katy from Wild and Wonderful. This is the fourth year for the blog tour, but the first one for me. There are a great line up of bloggers for the tour so follow along all week to see lots of red, white, and blue inspiration!

 

Sly Fox Fabrics was gracious to sponsor the tour, giving us 2 yards of fabric from the Americana collection. And my order arrived super fast! Thank you Katy Kemper and crew! As a military family and typical red, white, and blue fan, I was surprised by the selection of different shades of blue, grey, aqua, and heathered choices. When I chose my fabrics, I didn’t have a set plan as to what patterns I wanted to use, so I waffled quite a bit before choosing a yard of heavy Ponte de Roma in navy for my bottoms and a yard of the gorgeous Hideaway Floral in Blue for my top. The Ponte is surprisingly soft and lovely to work with!

 

I would have loved to sew something for our handsome 18 year old son for the tour, but with him going off to college in August, I knew he would say he doesn’t need any more clothes. Bummer! So you just get me instead. No worries though, if you follow along all week, there will be cute babies and lots of awesome red, white, and blue projects!

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My shorts are the Aviator Pants from Winter Wear Designs heavily modified into shorts this time. They were blogged here when I made (and modified) them to be casual joggers. Since all the fitting to me was done, they were very fast and easy to sew, especially since I skipped the pockets too! There was only a bit of struggling to stretch the Ponte waistband onto the shorts. Once it was sewn on, it fit perfectly fine. And guess what!!! They are on sale for only $5 with the code SewAmericana! You can find them here! Code is good for a week – that will be a July 4th end date so don’t hesitate! Thank you Suzanne!

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Deciding on a top took a lot longer than it should have. I wanted to pick just the right style to showcase the beautiful fabric (and a bit scared to cut it at the same time)! My husband wanted me to sew a dress which I wear a lot of during the summer, but I didn’t want to use ALL of my beautiful fabric on one item. So my thought was to make a top and use the leftover fabric to make the bodice of a dress with a coordinating skirt attached at a later time. After taking so long to decide, I had to go with something pretty fast to sew as I wanted to be prepared well ahead of my scheduled day. When the Taylor Tank testing call from 5 out of 4 Patterns came out, I knew that it was the top meant to be for the tour. It would give me a deadline and the push I needed to have my sewing done early! The coordinating fabric I used for the bands and back yoke is from SAS Fabrics in Phoenix and has been in my stash for a while.

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Oh, and since my first Taylor is also red, white, and blue, I will show that one too! The red stripes are an up-cycled men’s t-shirt and the blue is another fabric from my stash.

 

I’m wearing this one with a Shenanigans Skort from 5 out of 4.

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For reference, my Taylor Tanks are size XS with size S length on the straps in front. The pattern is on sale for a new release price of $7.95 until Sunday, June 30!

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Happy Independence Day USA! Enjoy the rest of the Americana tour everyone!

Monday, June 24:
Wild & Wanderful · The Petite Sewist · That’s-Sew-Kari · Stitched by Jennie · Marvelous Auntie M

Tuesday, June 25:
Petite Stitchery · auschick sews · Sew Simple Home · Sewing Novice · Striped Swallow Designs

Wednesday, June 26:
(Swimming in a) Sea of Estrogen · The Eli Monster · 5 out of 4 Patterns · bigflynotions · Stitching and Making

Thursday, June 27:
Middle River Studio · It’s Liesel · Sewing with D · Kitty Makes It

Friday, June 28:
Boo + Lu · Sequoialynn Sews · Seams Sew Lo · Made By Jaime · SewSophieLynn

 

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Summer Staples with Winter Wear Designs

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We have a lot of summer in Phoenix Arizona so I’m big on summer staples! Shorts, sleeveless tops (tanks, strappy, racerbacks all included), swim suits, and casual dresses are all part of my summer wardrobe. That makes it easy for me to jump in on a Summer Staples blog tour with Winter Wear Designs!

The pattern was provided for this blog tour, but all opinions are my own. Thank you Suzanne!

It was difficult to choose a pattern this time around because I wanted something quick but not really a basic tank. I finally decided that the Traveler Tee with its woven front and knit back would be a quick project too. My fabrics are from my stash, with the woven beach scene being a vintage piece from the 80’s. Gasp! I did a bit of hacking to the pattern, changing the side piece to be shorter so more of my feature fabric could be seen. I also put binding on the neck edge, cut the cap sleeves even shorter so it’s more sleeveless, and hemmed the sleeve openings.

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You can see the side cut out changes in this pic.

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My top turned out summery and cute, and I’m very happy with it! Immediately after trying it on, I was wishing for matching blue or green Real Deal Jean shorts. Unfortunately, I don’t have either color in my stash and no time to shop. It will be a project for another day. In the mean time, I have on my Real Deal Jean shorts I sewed a couple of summers ago. This was my first go at sewing jeans. Not too bad! This pair gets worn all the time and are still going strong!

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Check out the other bloggers on the tour this week to see other fun staples you need in your wardrobe!

Don’t miss any of the inspiration in our summer tour:
6/24
Livia of Liviality
Patricia of Sew Far North

6/25

Diane of Sewing With D

Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
6/26
Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
6/27
6/28
Josianne of Sewista Fashion
Florence guest posting at Winter Wear Designs
Kristen guest posting at Winter Wear Designs

 

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Sew Yourself Some Love Tour

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February is the month of love. What better time to sew something just for me? 😆Who am I kidding? I sew for me all the time, which meant I needed to sew something really special!

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My husband will be retiring this summer from his job as an Air Force Junior ROTC instructor. He reminded me three weeks ago that the military ball was coming up, so I thought I should make a gown for our last appearance. The ball is similar to prom, but a bit classier. It’s the high school version of a ball, so the only adults are instructors and their wives (not as fun as the real thing, and definitely no alcohol)! The thought of sewing a dress had been in the back of my mind for a few months, but there were other priorities and it didn’t get sewn. The pattern and fabric were already in my stash, so I knew immediately it would be the Crop Dress. My problem was that my fabric is a border print which doesn’t work with a circle skirt. Luckily Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs likes pattern hacks, so I used the top half of the pattern and made a pleated skirt to attach to the waistband.

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The top of the dress is a tank requiring knit fabric. Mine is a metallic with not enough stretch for the bands. I ended up binding, rather than banding the armscyes, but still wasn’t completely happy with how it looked. For the neckline I sewed 1/4” lingerie elastic to the edge, then turning it to the inside and coverstitching. That worked like a charm!

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For the overlay (or crop top) part of the dress, I chose a scalloped edge stretch lace with nice drape that came from Walmart a while back. It was surprisingly easy to work with just using my sewing machine. After trying the 3/4 sleeves and having trouble with the fit being too small on my shoulders, I cut the cap sleeves instead, but slashed and spread the pattern piece to add fullness for more room. The antique looking button came from an estate sale last summer where I bought a storage box full. Isn’t it perfect for my dress?

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The skirt fabric is a thin knit (maybe stretch crepe) that looks a bit like woven with silver embroidery and a slight vertical stretch. I found it at a thrift store and loved it so much, it had to come home with me! Getting the border print as close to my hem as possible without being too short to hem was a real challenge! I picked out so many stitches and sewed the waistband to the skirt at least 15 times! (Not even kidding)! I kept trimming from the top of the skirt until I’d taken off half of the waistband and about 2 1/2” of skirt. There must be an easier way to do this and I vow to find a tutorial before tackling something like this again! The hem has yet to be done, but I had to get the pictures while I could. (Feeling sick for several days put me way behind in all my sewing). Then too many kinks in this project, had me  finishing at the eleventh hour! The ball is Friday night so I must go hem my gown! See you next time!

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Check out the sale at Winter Wear Designs and sew yourself some love!

SALE: 20% off ALL women’s patterns Monday – Saturday (Feb 25-March 2)
code: SYSL2019   Link to the shop

Don’t miss any of the inspiring stops along the tour:
2/25
Patricia of Sew Far North
2/26
2/27
Meriel of  Ellie and Nels
2/28
Aurelie of Maglice and So (guest posting at WWD)
3/1
Livia of Liviality
Diane of Sewing with D
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Holiday Wear PJs

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Here we are with a Winter Wear Designs blog tour. Thank you Suzanne for giving me the push I need to get things sewn. I’m excited to see the pjs and holiday formal wear that everyone has sewn for the tour!

Yes, I do need new winter pjs. Yes, I live in Arizona where it’s hot most of the year. But…it does get cold enough for long sleeve, long pant pjs, at least for a few months! Our home is kept pretty cool in the winter (usually somewhere around 69 degrees F). That means I get to wear all my winter clothes, long robe, etc. So I need the pjs for wearing around the house in the evenings. And what could be better than glitter snowflakes in our mild winter!

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This cute snow globe glitter snowflakes print has been in my stash since my 21 year old daughter was little. This is one of those fabrics that was “too good to use”. You know the ones, the favorites that you are scared to cut into for fear of ruining it. I’m here to say, “Just use it; it’s only fabric”! Don’t be like me wearing a print that my daughter should have worn a long time ago!

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I used the Refined Raglan for the top and Aviator Pants for the bottoms. I’ve sewn both a couple of times before. You can see my Aviator joggers in this blog post but I didn’t write about my Raglans.

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Somehow, even though I’ve made this top before, I still managed to cut the wrong size. My top is a size or two bigger than I usually make in Winter Wear Designs but that’s OK since it’s pjs and they are comfortable!

Isn’t it interesting to see patterns used in a way different than intended? Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour for all kinds of holiday inspiration!

Get inspired to deck your own closet with all these inspirational posts!!!
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11/20
Livia of Liviality
11/21
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
11/22
11/23

 

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Poolside with Winter Wear Designs

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Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!  It’s the perfect time for a Poolside blog tour hosted by Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs and Boho Fabrics.

We are recently back from vacation in Michigan where we have family. I missed my sewing machines terribly while we were gone; but I sewed a couple of little projects while there. One on my mom’s Janome Magnolia and one on my brother in law’s Morse (a race car looking machine from the 50’s). Anyway, when we got home, I still hadn’t decided which pattern to sew up for the tour. After I chose the Trendy Tank, it was easy to choose fabric (unheard of for me) and I sewed them up in no time!

 

This lime green print was actually the second piece I sewed after getting my lacy black “dress” done. I thought, oh, I could wear this out as a little black dress if there was a slip. But alas, it’s the length of a swim coverup and too short for me to wear out anywhere. It’s jersey with FOE for the neck and arm bands. Note for me and you – FOE is not equal to bands from fabric! The arms are too tight so I won’t even be able to wear it until I unpick it and put longer elastic on them. It was pretty easy to apply since I used 1″ FOE.

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Here is my swim coverup with both pieces layered. I started with the black stretch lace that I bought last year or maybe two years ago from Walmart. Since I’m short, the pattern only used 5/8 yard because it has a double border and is very wide. When I printed the pattern, I made sure to include a couple of sizes up. I wanted to make sure there would be enough room to layer it over a swim suit. The lines of the tank pattern were lengthened to make it short dress length. I didn’t want it to end up too long because I was not going to be hemming the beautiful scalloped edge. I ended up cutting size 6 for the black lace, then a size 4 for the lime print. Everything worked out great except for the arm bands out of FOE. Best of all for you is…the pattern is free if you are a member of the Facebook group! I’ve added a link below.

Here is the coverup with two different styles of swim bottom underneath. So I ended up with a 3 in 1, or 4 in 1 if I decide to wear the black lace on it’s own as a sexy nightgown. Haha!

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Be sure to join the Winter Wear Designs Facebook group for a code to get your Trendy Tank free and to join in on the fun!

Enter the giveaway here.

Pull up a lounge chair and a cold drink, and don’t miss a single stop on the Poolside Blog Tour:

7/16
Jackie Burney for Winter Wear Designs
Meriel of Elli and Nels
7/17
7/18
7/19
Diane of Sewing With D
7/20
Livia of Liviality
Patricia of Sew Far North
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Romp On the Riviera

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Susanne of Winter Wear Designs had three patterns in a poll. When the bloggers voted and rompers won, I didn’t think I would be on this blog tour. They are cute, but I just don’t like the inconvenience of getting them on and off for bathroom breaks. Weeellll, Susanne very generously told us we could hack the pattern. Yay! I love a cool summer dress! Off to print! Of the two rompers, I chose the Riviera for the loose fit and tank style over the Boho Breeze which is an off the shoulder style. The patterns go from XXS to XXXL, with a matching girl’s version of at least one of them. You’ll see some of these others on the blog tour.
I couldn’t quite decide what to choose when it came to my fabric, but I just came across it one night as I was picking fabric for something else. It was this border print in Rayon that I really love. So even though the top of the pattern at least was supposed to be knit, I decided mine was going to be all woven. Why take the easy way when I can make it all so much more difficult? haha The fitting ended up being a breeze. I had added extra in the side seam allowances to account for no stretch. After trying it on a couple of times, I shortened the shoulders 1/2″ and took in the side seams until it was comfortable but I could still get it on and off. And I was loving it already at that point! Since I wasn’t going to hem the border print, I had to determine length from the bottom up. It was a bit more difficult than I thought, but I think it worked out ok. Of course being woven, the bindings had to be cut on the bias. With the tiny bit of scraps I had left, there was lots of piecing to get the amount I needed. In the end, I had way more than enough so my ties in back are super long. I haven’t quite decided where I want them trimmed.
What are you going to sew – a romper or a hack? Get your pattern during the blog tour while they are on sale! Use code ROMPON to get 20% off!
Don’t miss any of the spectacular rompers
 on the Romp On Tour!!!
 
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5/29
5/30
 
5/31
 
6/1

 

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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:

 

Baby Things

Sewing for a baby

It’s been a long time since my chicklets were little. The youngest is 17 now! Wow, where did the time go? I didn’t have as much available sewing time when they were babies, so they had a very limited amount hand made things. When we got our first grand baby last January, I was so excited to start sewing baby things. IMG_4622Sewing for little ones is so much fun. The pieces are small and lots of projects are pretty quick, like this Newborn gown from Stitched Together.

This quilt wasn’t one of those quick little projects though, haha!

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This is Timber! from Rachel Rossi Designs. It was quilted by my friend Sue on her longarm machine. I also made Rachel’s fun and easy Shiplap quilt and took it when we went to visit last summer. (They live on the other side of the US from us). I just love both of these quilts!

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This one is made of flannel and so soft! What is even more snuggly is the little blanket and teething toy. No pattern was used for the blanket, and I used Rachel’s tutorial for the teething blanket.

 

 

Unfortunately, the package with the teething blankie was stolen before it made it to Virginia.

in the fall, with Abel’s first birthday and Christmas approaching, I started planning more baby things to sew. They were coming to visit after the holidays so I had a little extra time to squeeze in a few things. This little fawn is one of the Wild Things Hot Water Bottle Covers from Twig + Tale. Isn’t he adorable? Be sure to check out the other cute animals. They are great for all ages!

 

In December, when Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs gave away Christmas htv designs, I fell in love with this moose and just had to put it on something for Abel! Since I had already decided to make some pjs for him, this raglan sweatshirt pattern from Shwin and Shwin was already printed, taped, and waiting on my table. I omitted the hood and used 80% ratio for the neck band. And the Kid’s PJ Pants, also from Winter Wear Designs are one of the many patterns available for free! Now that it’s done, this size 18 months outfit looks more like sweatpants and sweatshirt than pjs, but that’s ok.

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P.S. Shwin and Shwin have many free patterns so I sometimes have a difficult time finding what I’m looking for but the Boys boxer briefs are awesome. They only come in one size so I printed at 85% or so to get the right size for my toddler nephew. I wish they were available in all the sizes as I haven’t found another pattern just like it. I made several pair for Christmas in fun little boy prints!

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Here is Grandpa (my husband Mike) and Abel trying out his bear towel. The pattern is my own and sold in my  TwoChicklets Etsy shop. Although it looks like this particular one is sold out at the moment, there are many other cute animals to choose from!

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This bonnet is another from Twig + Tale. It’s actually the hood from Wild Things Coat. It is super soft fur with flannel lining. The baby moccasins are the Almost a Freebie Baby Moccasins from Dandelions and Dungarees.  They are my first leather shoes!

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One last thing. I’ve been wanting to make some Twig + Tale Wild Things Boots for Abel. This pair was soooo hard! I mixed up my Wild Things Boots pattern with the Tie Back Boots and think I ended up with two different sizes.  You can tell by the bunching on the foot. I do not recommend using fleece for these! It’s too thick and shifts when sewing. But I still think they are cute. Happy 1st Birthday Abel!

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Now I’m done with baby sewing for a while. Time to move on to other things!