Coffee + Thread Tour: A Linen Madrid Dress

I can’t pass up a blog tour especially for someone as sweet and talented as Olga at Coffee + Thread patterns. I’ve loved testing for her over the years and her patterns are always so well done and amazing.

For the duration of the tour, make sure you stop by the C+T shop to grab a few of those patterns you’ve been eyeing. Use code ‘shopc+t’ to save 25% off everything excluding bundles.

I sewed up a pretty Madrid for the Madrid Tour last year and made one of my favorite makes of 2019. My crepe maxi Madrid was the dress dreams are made of and I feel like a princess every time I wear it. For this year, I knew I needed another Madrid dress but I wanted to do something totally different.

I used a gorgeous teal rayon linen from Raspberry Creek fabrics. I’m on a mission to sew up every color of this remarkable fabric. Teal is one of my favorite colors to wear and this vibrant shade is just exquisite. It’s a medium weight which makes it easy to sew but not too stiff giving this dress just the body I wanted.

I sewed up a size 4 and graded out to a 6 at the waist. I’m right in between a 4 and 6 and went down knowing this fabric would be a little boxier. I did the same sleeve alteration as my last Madrid since I’m still in love with bishop sleeves. I simply drew a straight line from the underarm and added two inches to the length to give a little fullness (and because I usually have to lengthen long sleeves a bit). For this version, I did midi length, the perfect all season length in my opinion. I think with the right accessories and shoes this dress will be worn year-round.

Don’t you love when a garment makes you feel amazing?! This one is comfortable but still has a bit of a wow factor. It’s casual enough to wear to church or can be dressed up for a fun date night.

My cute hubby met me for lunch and took pictures for me and was such a good sport. It was FREEZING this afternoon and he had me giggling through my shivering. He’s a keeper for sure!

Make sure you follow Coffee + Thread on Instagram to see all the incredible makes each day. I’ve been so inspired already! The sewing community is so amazing!

A Chambray Dress for all seasons with Riley Blake

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know I usually let my girls have all of my fun Riley Blake sponsored fabrics, well, they usually get first dibs on ALL the fabric honestly. When choosing fabric for this post, I knew it needed to be all mine! Today I’m highlighting Riley Blake chambray, a fabric substrate I love and wanted all for myself!

I had a tough time picking which chambray to get. I love the subtle prints but finally settled on the Indigo for a classic look. This chambray is lightweight and would work well for tops (a button-up would be divine!), full skirts, dresses, or light pants.

When debating what to make with this fabric, I knew I wanted something I would wear often. Love Notions Allegros or a Melody Top came to mind, or another Justine Skirt (I lived in this version all summer). When thinking about what I wear all year long, I immediately settled on a Named Inari Dress. I wear my past version so much and I knew a chambray version would be super versatile. So now I bring you my dress for all seasons!

For summer, I’d keep the styling simple and wear the dress alone with sandals or sneakers. The shape of the Inari is my favorite and really shines on it’s own. When sewing my Inari’s I make a few simple alterations. I eliminate the side slits at the hem and love to add inseam pockets (I can’t live without them!). I also add 2 inches to the length so it hits right at my knees. This is a size 6 with cap sleeves minus the sleeve cuff. I love the fit through the neck and shoulders and the cocoon shaping really helps out my rectangle frame. It’s loose without being too oversized.

Going into fall, a light sweater, tights, and booties really help transition this dress. I wore this dress to church this week with just the booties and was so comfortable!

Sweater and tights from Downeast Basics and are no longer available but here is a similar sweater, the booties are a Target score.

Winter means thick tights, a chunky sweater, and a cozy fun scarf.

Similar scarf and sweater (original was from Target last year)

Boots are my favorite Amazon purchase this year!

For spring, it’s time for a simple lightweight sweater and fun bright jewelry and shoes to really celebrate the arrival of sunshine and warmer temps.

Both necklaces in this post are from Charming Charlie (a favorite for inexpensive trendy pieces)

Sweater is another from Downeast Basics and shoes are well worn Target finds (Are you sensing a theme here? I mainly online shop but can’t help throwing in a thing or two while picking up ‘essentials’ at Target. And Downeast happens to be right next to my favorite grocery store, lol!)

I can already tell this dress is going to be well loved. It fits so well into my 2020 wardrobe- comfy, easy to wear, and super versatile. This chambray has washed up beautifully and will continue to get better with each wash I’m sure. As I sew for myself, especially in these times, I try to be really intentional and add pieced to my wardrobe that really make me happy. This dress does just that!

Love Notions Glissando Crops and Skirt

The Love Notions Glissando pattern is here! I don’t know if there was ever a more anticipated pattern.

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The Glissando pattern in so full of options. There are shorts, cropped pants, and a knee length skirt. It comes in the new Love Notions extended sizing 0-32 and a full belly pattern piece as well. There is an exposed button fly and front and back pockets too!

Let’s talk about mine. I’ve sewed many pants before but I usually gravitate towards elastic waists and quick easy sews. The Glissandos are a great jump into the world of ‘real’ pant sewing. Don’t be intimidated by the fly or fitting. There are so many tips and these can really be sewn up in an evening or afternoon.

For my pair, I used this gorgeous stretch rayon linen from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It has just enough stretch to make wearing them all day easy and comfortable. The eggplant color is vibrant but will work so well with so much of my wardrobe. I love this fabric because it doesn’t wrinkle as easily as most linens and is not too fussy to sew with.

The fit of the Glissandos is based off of your hips. The leg is a straight leg from your hips on down so you will notice the leg flare gets a little wider in the larger sizes. I sewed up a straight size 6 and took in the sides at the hip a bit to accommodate for my lack of curves. I think for future pairs I will size down in the hips and grade for my body. This is one pattern that would be almost essential to muslin but I tend to dive in head first and just go for it! Living on the edge! I used heavy duty snaps for my fly and love the look!

I paired my Glissandos with a Cadence Top in yummy RCF stretch crepe. I like that these pants can be dressed up or down and that they work for all seasons too. I love them with boots too!

You can grab the Glissando pattern on sale through Sunday, September 27th. Now I really need to sew me up a skirt version!

Love Notions Flash Sale and Sewing for the upcoming season

Love Notions Patterns is celebrating a brand new workshop space with an unprecedented 50% off site-wide sale! Now’s your chance to grab all of those amazing LN patterns you’ve had your eye on. I’m sharing a couple of my latest LN makes and joining in the party! Head to my Instagram for a chance to win a pattern of your choice too.

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As August approaches each year I always have the same dilemma. Do I sew for the sweltering heat we’re in or do I start sewing for the cold weather just around the corner? Utah seems to go from summer to winter in the blink of an eye. For my latest makes I settled on a couple of pieces that will work well now and into the fall too.

It’s no secret that I LOVE the Allegro pattern and I currently have a pair for every day of the week (and then some). They are the perfect summer pant but I knew I wanted to make some to wear into cooler weather too. That relaxed fit and comfy knit waistband make them so easy to wear but they also look a little more classy than my cut-offs I tend to gravitate to.

The full length pant option hits me right at the ankle and for this pair I wanted them to be a little longer. I lengthened them an inch at the hem and then took a smaller 3/4″ hem to make them even longer. I wanted to be able to wear them with all kinds of shoes and this length works really well with anything from sandals to sneakers or even ankle boots.

For this pair I used a nice chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s the same fabric I used for my Vero shorts and I knew I needed pants out of it too. It’s just a great mid-weight fabric that is light enough for summer but won’t too light once it cools off too.

I love that I can style these pants with so many of my favorite LN tops patterns for tons of different looks, no matter what the season is. For this summery look, I sewed up a new Harmony Blouse. I love that this look is casual but fun and a little more dressy than just a knit tee.

I am part of the Love Notions Ambassadors, an amazing group of sewists from all over the world. We sew up and promote Love Notions patterns for Feature Friday posts and new releases, help test new patterns, and get in on all the behind-the-scenes fun going on at LN. Tami and Tessa are always coming up with new ideas and fun promotions and I’m always grateful to join in the party. Coming up soon, there will be a Fabric Feature in which all of the ambassadors got to pick fabric from their favorite online retailers to help spread the word on all of the amazing fabric shops out there. It can be hard to know just where to shop for certain types of fabric and also what fabric feels like from reading an online description. This will be an invaluable resource coming to the Love Notions blog.

For my fabric gift, I headed to my favorite online shop for affordable, great quality wovens that are hard to find in other shops, Alyssa May Designs. I picked two gorgeous fabrics and am excited to share my first make with them. I sewed up a Harmony Blouse in this pretty floral lightweight stretch chiffon. This fabric is a 95/5 poly spandex blend and is silky and soft without being too slinky to work with. The bit of stretch makes it so nice to wear.

The Harmony is an easy to sew top pattern that comes with multiple sleeves (cap, short, flutter, or sleeveless), back keyhole closure, and a full bust piece. It’s fitted through the chest and shoulder but nice and relaxed through the rest of the top. Sewn in a drapey, lightweight fabric, it just flows over any problem areas and is so nice to wear in the heat of summer. For this version, I used the Classic Tee crew neckline to bring up the neckline a couple of inches. I’m kinda weird and like to wear either a v-neck or crewneck and nothing in between. It’s been nice to figure out why certain handmades weren’t being worn and now I can easily make that adjustment when I’m sewing up new pieces.

Are you ready for a few more head-to-toe Love Notions looks that can take you from summer straight on to fall? These Allegros will certainly get a workout in my closet. This is the look that I’ll probably wear the most through the rest of the summer. Allegros and a Classic Tee are my go-to combo (see my all knit versions here and here ). I did an easy mod to this tee by adding a sleeve cuff and buttons- love that little extra touch!

The Melody Dolman is one of my all-time favorite patterns too. It’s such a great pattern for an adventurous beginner and the perfect pattern if you’d like to give button-ups a try. It comes together so smoothly and quick and is so on trend right now (a quick stroll around your favorite retailer and you’ll see this style everywhere!). I love it paired with Allegros for a cute, relaxed, and stylish look.

As the air gets a little crisper, I always reach for my Rockford Raglans. This lightweight sweater knit version looks fantastic with these pants. I think moving into fall these pants will be a nice alternative to jeans. They work great with sweatshirts and hoodies too!

I’m a little embarrassed to say this is probably how you’ll catch me 95% of the winter. Comfy pants, short sleeve top, and cozy Boyfriend Cardigan. Also the fact that it’s charcoal grey from top to bottom is pretty standard too. This Boyfriend cardi in comfy french terry is my go-to layering piece. It’s so soft and has been washed to the prime coziness.

Here are a few of my other Love Notions favorites to fill your closet! At 50% off, these patterns are a steal and all have so many options making them perfect for this transitional season. I love a 3/4 sleeve top and the Tabitha top is just too cute! Sabrina Slims paired with a Canyon Cardigan vest are darling together and both pieces are super easy to mix into your wardrobe.

Both the Forte and the Laundry Day Tee have multiple sleeve options which make them incredible for year round wear. Bonus, if you join the Love Notions Facebook Group you can snag the LDT for FREE!

If you want to see more of my Love Notions makes click here for all of my past LN posts. So much of my families wardrobes are LN makes and we get so much wear out of them! For some quick inspiration head here and here.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the HUGE sitewide Love Notions sale. You can head to all the other Ambassadors posts for loads more inspiration!

Visit all the stops on the tour!

Koe is on the Love Notions Blog with a way to help your kids embrace mask-wearing, using a little creativity and the Cartwheel Collection. read more

Josie gives a detailed review of her favorites! I love Josie’s style and her simple but elegant take on the patterns. read more

Anjori has such a sweet style and her mommy and me twinning with her daughter is my favorite! read more

Ilse always has a lovely, wearable version of Love Notions patterns and has timeless style that is approachable for anyone! read more

Katie is a hacking genius and active mom who sews for herself and her two boys. She has a pattern round up AND a fabric gift giveaway! read more

Chris has a full review of the Rhapsody Blouse, info on the new studio, and a full round up of the patterns you’ll love. watch now

Katie G. is showing off a lovely Allegro Skirt hack that you will want to make ASAP — plus she’s rounding up her absolute favorite patterns. read more

Crystal is showing off the Cartwheel Collection for her kiddo and discussing “Back to School — at home!” read more

Koe is also on her blog showing off her top 4 most used Love Notions patterns — if you don’t have these yet, you are missing out! read more

Karina from Lifting Pins and Needles is one of the most helpful and inspiring sewists. She is showing how to simplify a few faves: Vivace and Lyric! read more

Keira from Island Sewcialist is ready for twirling! See why she’s ready for anything in her Sybil Skirt. read more

Sequoia from SequoiaLynn Sews is showing off her favorite Love Notions makes PLUS giving away a free Love Notions pattern. You do not want to miss out! read more

And remember if you are in the area, stay in touch on the Love Notions Workshop email list! sign up here

Vero Beach Set by Hey June Handmade

The newest Hey June Handmade pattern set is something straight out of my teenage dreams. The Vero Beach Set is a two piece set perfect for the pool, beach or lounging at home.

I know I’m not the only teenager in the 90’s that lived in their Baja hoodies and this new pattern is a fresh take on the old familiar comfortable top. Paired with a pair of elastic waist, relaxed-fit shorts, it’s a set I can’t wait to live in on our next beach vacation (who knows when that will be but I’ll keep crossing my fingers it will happen soon!).

Let’s talk pattern details. This set comes in sizes 0-24 and features all the details you love about Hey June patterns. A detailed tutorial will walk you through each step (I suggest reading through the whole tutorial first so you don’t assume you know better than Adrianna and please sew things in the order she suggests or you may end up with a date with your seam ripper, not that I know from experience or anything…). The top is a boxy fit, with long sleeves, a hood, and a perfect kangaroo pocket. The bottoms have a full elastic waist, bias bound tulip hem, back darts for shaping, front slash pockets and back pocket with optional drawstring waist.

I sewed up a size 6 in this set and I love the fit. I skipped the back pocket and drawstring on my shorts as I knew these will solely be cover-up shorts for me. Those back darts are magic for getting a great fit and make the back waistline less bulky. The tulip hem gives me all the retro vibes and I’m thrilled to have a pattern for myself like the ones my daughters love to much. Speaking of daughters, my oldest is in line for her own set and I’m hoping we can make the smallest size work for her tiny frame. I think these shorts in particular would be too cute on her. This length works well universally and I think she could easily wear them to school even with their strict dress code. For me personally they are just too short for everyday wear. I usually wear lightweight pants or knee length shorts in summer. I had to laugh at my bermuda short tan lines in these pics. It’s a bit obvious we haven’t been hanging out by the pool this summer and my legs are paying for it.

For these shorts I used this perfect chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love that I can make a whole rainbow of shorts!

Back when I tested the Hey June Hatteras I hacked the pattern to create a baja hoodie for my oldest girl. I’ve been dreaming of my own version ever since. Adrianna is always fantastic at making my dreams come true and I literally gasped when I saw the tester call for this top. It has such a beachy feel and with each new tester version my list of fabrics to use grew. It looks great in a lightweight solid, a bold stripe, and wait until you see Abbey’s bold floral version. For my version I used a polka dot double gauze I got from Alyssa May Designs (it’s sold out but she has so many great wovens that would work lovely for this pattern).

My favorite is the little hidden Rifle Paper Co. bias that just makes me happy! I have to jump at any chance to squeeze a little Rifle Paper Co. in.

Well, I’m ready to hit the beach. Who’s with me?! Make sure to check out the Hey June Blog for all the tester looks and then pick up your own copy of the pattern.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Favorite Things Blog Tour

I’m thrilled to be here sharing a few of my favorite things- yummy fabric, my go-to patterns, and a couple of sewing notions I can’t live without.

As our days at home stretch on and on, I have found I reach for the same comfy pieces over and over. I have been living in my Love Notions Allegros and Classic Tees (affiliate links), sometimes paired together and sometimes with favorite ready-to-wear items. You can see some of my past Allegros here and here and here. I’ve also made my share of Classic Tees as you can see here and here. These are definitely two of my most used patterns EVER!

I’m loving the faux jumpsuit look, two easy to wear pieces that can be paired perfectly together for a cute one-piece look but I can use the bathroom with ease AND wear them separately too. Win, win, win!

I’d been dying to get my hands on some of the scrumptious new shades of modal at Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it is just as heavenly as I hoped. I wanted something classic and not too bright and was tempted by the charcoal grey or black but decided to go a little crazy and picked the olive green. I gravitate towards green often and this shade is perfect.

This is easily the most comfortable outfit I’ve ever worn! If you’ve never tried modal you are totally missing out. It’s got the drape of rayon spandex but is a little more plush and silky feeling. It really feels like heaven in fabric form. And head to toe modal? AMAZING!

When sewing up these pieces I reached for two of my favorite sewing notions. I usually avoid actual drawstrings as much as possible (if I had a dollar for every time they came out in the wash!). When I do add them, this handy drawstring threader is amazing! It makes rethreading those pesky loose drawstrings a breeze too. Simply thread one end of the drawstring in the plastic loop and thread it through the casing. The long plastic handle makes it soooo easy to thread it through the casing in mere seconds. I also can’t live without my Soft Stretch Lite Hem Tape. I use it for almost all of my knit hems but especially for lightweight fabrics. It adds a bit of stability and makes it easier to sew with a twin needle on my regular sewing machine. I usually stock up with a few packages every few months and kinda start to panic once I open my last package. It’s my secret weapon!

I love being a part of the Raspberry Creek team and feel so privileged to work with these incredible women. Make sure you head to the Facebook group for daily giveaways all week long.

Head to all the stops on this week’s tour:

Monday: Sewjourns, Sewing and Things, and Sew Mary Mac

Tuesday: Life Sew Savory, Made By Kates, and SewSophieLynn

Wednesday: Sweet Mama Life, Replicate Then Deviate, and Stitching and Making

Thursday: Handcrafted By RED, My Sew Bliss, and Kainara Stitches

Friday: It’s Liesel, Tessa Does for Love Notions, and Margarita on the Ross

Love Notions Rhapsody Re-release

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Love Notions is re-releasing the Rhapsody Blouse and you’re going to flip for all the options!  It’s on sale today only for just $5 as part of the Feature Friday or you can grab it for $9 through Thursday April 29th.  Such a steal for such a versatile, option packed pattern!

The Rhapsody has been completely redrafted using Tami’s new pattern block with her new full size range.  A projector file has also been added.

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The Rhapsody is a woven blouse and dress pattern that comes in sizes XS-5XL and includes a full bust piece as well.  The neckline features a front v-split and bias tape ties.  There is gathering at the shoulders and a back yoke and pleat.  The bottom is a beautiful curved hem.  There are nine (yes, nine!) sleeve options.  It looks amazing in drapey wovens and is the perfect warm weather top.

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I can’t believe this was my first Rhapsody.  I’ve been wanting to make it since it was first tested but just never made it a priority.  I even decided to sit this test out as my sewing time is so limited these days and when I am sewing it’s masks, masks, and more masks.  As the tester versions rolled in, I fell more and more in love with this pattern.  All of the testers looked amazing in their new makes and I loved all of the new options that have been added.  I finally decided to take an afternoon and do a little sewing just for me!  Best decision ever!

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I sewed up a size small with the 3/4 bishop sleeve.   I’ve had this yummy Art Gallery Fabrics rayon in my stash for far too long.  I’ve always pictured it as a simple summer top and I love that it finally happened.  I love Art Gallery rayon- so soft and the drape is incredible plus it’s not too shifty and sews up so easy.

 

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If I’m being honest, that bias trimmed neckline had me super nervous!  Tiny bias tape, yikes!  I conquered my fear and can’t believe it had me so worried.  The tutorial is full of tips and hand holding and it went on so smoothly.

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How is it going for you guys?  Are you finding more time to sew?  I just barely remodeled my sewing space earlier this year but it’s in the basement away from my kids and all the action.  Normally that’s a blessing but trying to do home school and entertain my kids all day meant I was NEVER making the trip downstairs.  When we started sewing masks, I moved the production to the family room and the whole family joined in.  It’s been so nice having my machines so central and accessible and makes it easy to sew for a few minutes here and there.  We’ve sewn masks for family, friends, and neighbors as well as helping my husband’s company sew masks too.  So many masks!  It can be wearing though and I definitely need to switch it up every now and then with some fun projects too.  This top was the perfect project!  It was a quick afternoon sew, something fun and summery, and used up a precious stash fabric that I know I’ll love seeing in my closet.  It was also the perfect excuse to do my hair and makeup for the first time in weeks.  Man, it felt good!

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Are you itching for a fun sew too?  Make sure you pick up the pattern today for just $5 or through Thursday for $9!

 

Page and Mini Page Hoodie from Chalk and Notch

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We have been on the hunt all winter for a good boxy hoodie pattern.  My girls are obsessed and have a handful of ready-to-wear pieces in constant rotation.  I’ve tried upsizing our favorite patterns but really struggled to get the fit they were after.  Gabriela to the rescue!  I’m so excited to be sharing all about the new Page and Mini Page Hoodies by Chalk and Notch.  I was lucky enough to test both patterns and can’t wait to share our new favorite hoodies with you.

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The Page is an oversized raglan sweatshirt with multiple sleeve and hem options.  The Page pattern comes in sizes 0-24 and has 2 cup options.  The Mini Page is available in sizes 12 mos.- 12 years.

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I sewed up a size 6 A/B cup bodice for my versions.  I did view A (the banded hem) with the full sleeves.  I’m still hooked on this style of sleeve and waiting for the moment when I get tired of it but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

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This rust french terry version was the first one I sewed up.  It came together so fast that I immediately started planning other versions.  For this version I added an inch to both the bodice and the sleeves since I am 5’7″.  I tend to need to add length to all my long sleeve tops.  This sweatshirt is soooo comfortable.  It’s just loose enough but doesn’t feel sloppy.  I want to wear this one every.single.day!

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I’ve had this gorgeous double knit since our trip to LA last summer and I’ve been waiting for the perfect hoodie pattern.  It was just meant for the Page!  This time I added 2 inches to the bodice to make it a touch longer.

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To really up the lush factor, I used this incredible Shannon minky I got at the first Love Notions retreat.  I’d been saving it to use for a hood lining and it was just perfect for this!  My kids have all requested matching hoods so I’m crossing my fingers I can get a few more linings out of it.  It’s so soft and plush!

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This sweatshirt is quite possibly the prettiest hoodie I’ve ever made and is right up there with my favorite things to come off my machines.

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This cutie has been patiently waiting for me to sew up this Hobby Lobby fabric she picked out early this fall.  She specifically wanted an oversized hoodie and I kept putting it off, hoping the perfect pattern would pop up.  She squealed when I showed her Gabriela’s mini version and we both knew it was the perfect match!

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This is a size 10, early tester version.  The hood and length changed a bit since this but we love the fit!  I can’t wait to sew up a few more come next fall.  Big sis and little bro are waiting in line for theirs too!

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Make sure you grab your patterns on sale through Tuesday, March 17th!  I’m sure you’ll be as hooked as we are!

Hey June Handmade Amherst Shirt

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I always jump at the chance to test for Adrianna of Hey June (or else I spend months regretting it- I’m looking at you Evans Blazer!).  A pattern test is just the push I need to try a more difficult project or to learn a new skill.  Hey June patterns are my favorite for great finishes, new techniques, and on-trend style.  The Amherst Shirt is no exception.

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I’ve hesitated to sew up the popular Cheyenne Tunic.  It scares me slightly with all the plackets, buttons, and fancy collar.  I’d love to try it when I can set aside the time but until then the Amherst was perfect for getting my toes wet.  I love the Love Notions Melody Top as a beginner button-front shirt and I feel like the Amherst is the next step on my way to the Cheyenne.

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The Amherst is a button-down shirt with a loose, relaxed fit.  It comes in sizes 0-24 and features a separate full-bust pattern piece.  The coolest feature is the mind-blowing integrated cuff that’s built right into the sleeve piece.  No funny seams showing for a nice clean finish!

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The back has a yoke and a pleat for ease in wearing.

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I sewed mine up in a linen blend I picked up in LA.  I grabbed yards and yards of this fabric because I loved it so much!  I have some pants planned with it for spring too.  It’s so comfortable to wear and I love the feel against my skin.  It has enough body that it was easy to work with but still drapes beautifully.

 

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There are multiple pocket options with this pattern.  I was so torn with mine and finally settled on a single pocket.  Sometimes the little details take longer to decide on than to actually sew!

I was able to sew this up in an afternoon which I think is fantastic.  You know I like to start and finish projects in one sitting or my mind can’t think of anything else.  Between the beautiful finishes on the inside and the great tutorial, I learned a few new things and was able to come away from this project feeling like I’d accomplished something grand.  I love a quick knit sew but nothing can beat the satisfaction of a gorgeous woven project.

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I think this top will pair great with a bright colored pair of jeans for spring.  I pulled out my favorite old khakis for this shoot for an easy look that I felt cool and pulled together in all day.

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We grabbed these pics after my daughters soccer game one morning and this is what happens when you realize your backdrop is an active wedding reception.  I tried to act like it’s totally normal to take pictures with strangers walking in and out behind you!  Anything for a good pic!

Styling the Newly Updated Sabrina Slims from Love Notions Patterns featuring Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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The Love Notions Sabrina Slims are new and improved and on sale for just $9!  Tami is working tirelessly to add more inclusive sizing to her pattern collection which means the Sabrina’s are now available in sizes 0-32! Hooray!

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The Sabrina’s are a slim-fit elastic waist pant meant for sturdy knits or stretch wovens with at least 20% stretch.  There are loads of optional details that can take your pants from plain Jane to wowzers in no time!  You can do back welt or patch pockets or add front pockets (featuring a total unique construction that can act as a control panel) too.  Pockets are always a smart choice!  There are multiple inseam options and you can add a split hem or ankle zips.  Want to add a little more detail?  There’s front and back center seam versions that can be mixed and matched with the plain pant choices too.  There’s even a maternity option!  What I would’ve given for comfy and cute pants during my pregnancies!

Also added during this update was a projector file for all you lucky peeps with that cool time-saving technology.  For the rest of us, there are A0 files and trimless files too!

If you’ve already purchased the pattern, you can re-download the new file from your Love Notions account.  No need to purchase it again!

They are meant to hit at your natural waist.  I love the higher-rise fit and think it’s so flattering!  Included with the pattern is an amazing fitting workbook to help you get the best fit possible.  It’s an incredible resource and I know I’ll turn to it often.  I still feel so new to sewing pants (besides my trusty joggers) so I need all the help I can get!  I know for future woven pairs I’ll continue to tweak the fit until I get it just right.  This pair feels great but I think they can be even better with a little work.

The pattern includes measurements for your waist, hip, thigh, and calf when choosing sizing.  There are finished measurements for all of the above as well as the front and back rise.  This makes it easy to grade your patterns according to your own body.  My measurements meant I went with a 6 waist graded to a 4 through the hip and thigh and out to a 10 for the calf (I always have tight calves in RTW and this explains so much!). I also used a size 10 for my rise- a measurement that didn’t shock me either considering my long torso.  I took out a small v-shaped chunk from the center back as well (also not surprising considering most of my RTW pants have the lovely gaping at the back waistband).  I LOVE that I was able to easily customize these pants to fit my body.  It’s the beauty of sewing at it’s finest!

I sewed up two pair and used Raspberry Creek Fabrics for both of them.  The first pair is this fantastic black medium weight Cone Mills tencel stretch denim.   It’s soft and lighter weight than my store bought denim jeans.  The stretch and feel make them so much more comfortable than my RTW jeans too.  I love the color and think it works to be dressed up or dressed down.  I’ve been looking for pants that work for those events that jeans and a tee are not totally appropriate for and I think both of these will work well.

The second pair is made up in RCF CLUB ponteThis print just released as part of their spring line.  My last pair of Sabrina’s was also in CLUB ponte and it is just PERFECT for this pattern!  CLUB ponte is a little more stable than other pontes that I’ve tried.  This makes for a little more substantial pant that is still soft and easy to wear.  This pair feels like my most comfy pj’s but looks WAY nicer, lol!

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When trying on tops to pair with my new pants I was so surprised by the options I had in my closet.  These pants are incredibly versatile and I couldn’t narrow down my choices for the perfect outfits.  Hence, you get a full-blown styling your Sabrina Slims post!  Looking for something springy and bright, I’ve got you covered.  Maybe you’re more casual than fancy, I hope I’ve got some ideas for you too.

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This first look is featuring my favorite Love Notions Melody Top.   I wore this top so much last summer and it’s been great for layering through the winter too.  This outfit will be perfect for spring days.  Paired with a fun flat shoe (similar here) I like that this look feels put together but great for everyday mom life.

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This is my ‘business casual’ look.  It works for meetings, lunch dates or anything where you need to look like you’ve got your ‘stuff’ together.  I paired my Sabrina’s with a leopard print Terra Tunic (from ages ago!), a white button-up, and classic oxfords (similar).   This outfit really did make me feel like I could conquer the world and look cute while I was at it!

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This is the outfit I stayed in after the shoot for our date night out (you better believe that after all these pics my husband earned that date night!).  This is probably how I’ll be styling these pants for the next couple of months.  I love a good oversized sweater and this outfit was soooo cozy!  I also love the Sabrina’s paired with ankle boots.  It just feels so on point (even better if you can do a little heel but heels and I aren’t really friends).  I love H&M for sweaters (this one is from a local shop and not available) and the boots are my new favorites (they were super comfortable right from the get-go and you can’t beat a slip-on!).

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This outfit is how I’ve always pictured styling the Sabrina’s- just like the beautiful Audrey Hepburn.  A sleek turtleneck sweater, ballet flats, and a scarf in her hair.  She was such a style icon and her look would still be in the fashion magazines of today.   This outfit made me feel similar to the leopard print sweater look.  Casual and comfortable but a little powerful and on-top of life too.  This sweater is classic (and a steal).  A similar scarf and shoes complete this simple outfit.

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These last two looks have me dreaming of spring.  I just love this bright pop of color paired with these pants.  It’s so fun and happy.  I think a casual woven top is a wardrobe staple and the Love Notions Harmony would pair great with the Sabrina’s.  This is an old ready-to-wear top (similar), paired with even older kicks (similar sneakers here).  It feels good to find new looks for old standbys.

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This is a slightly dressier look that is great for everyday.  A cute little cardigan is always a good idea!  This one is from Downeast and I love their basic cardigan in ALL the colors to coordinate with everything in my closet.

I hope these looks give you a few ideas to use with what is already in your closet.  I know I get stuck in my jeans and tee (or even better jogger and hoodie) wardrobe and the Sabrina’s really up my wardrobe game.  They’re just as easy-to-wear and look so much more pulled together.

Make sure to grab your Sabrina pattern here while it’s on sale through next Monday, February 10th.