Sew Fancy Pants Lounge Wear Style

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When my cute sewing buddy Nicole of Merritts Makes shared her fun idea for Sew Fancy Pants month, I knew I wanted to join in the fun.  She’s joined by Katie Kortman, Loni of Havin Sew Much Fun, and Jennifer of A Maker Heart for a month-long party full of inspiration, fitting tips, and tons of great discounts.

My handmade pants consist of mainly joggers- ALL the joggers really.  I’ve tried a half-dozen patterns and sewn them up in everything from classic french terry to flannel.  I do have plans to tackle my first ‘real’ pair of pants this month but I thought it was only fitting that I join in this month with some ‘fancy’ cozy joggers first.

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I turned to my favorite tried and true jogger pattern, the Brassie Joggers from Greenstyle Creations.  I sew up a small, mid-rise, ankle length and am always super happy with the fit.  I do modify the waistband and do a single casing with 2″ elastic to really suck in the gut 😉  I also add a strip of fabric as a binding to the pocket opening instead of flipping and hemming the edge.  Simple modifications that make this pattern one of my favorites ever!

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I used a gorgeous bright floral double brushed polyester from Knitpop.  I fell in love with this botanical print and was originally planning a dress for one of my girls.  I’m super glad I claimed this for myself though.  It’s full of all my favorite colors and already have a ton of tees that look great with it.  It’s got mustard, olive, burgundy, and magenta meaning the pairing options are limitless.

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I have one other pair of DPB Brassies that I wear to death.  They’re perfect for traveling since they aren’t too hot and they’re lightweight and oh so soft.  After wearing mine constantly the last month I knew I needed another pair for an upcoming trip.

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Are you joining in Sew Fancy Pants?  I hope you do!  I’m so inspired by the creative makes out there.  Check out #sewfancypants on Instagram to see everyone’s take on this fun challenge.  If you’re a little more conservative like me you can still join in the fun!  I love the diversity of this great sewing community and so grateful for everyone’s unique style.  So inspiring and just fuels my creative juices! I can’t wait to sew up more!

2018 Year in Review

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I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of another year.  It seems like as my kids get older that time is speeding up.  We reached some major milestones this year in our family as my oldest turned 16 (and got his driver license!), my second oldest started high school,  and my youngest started first grade and is gone at school all day now.   They continue to keep me busy and my happy place is definitely watching them do the things they love.  This picture kills me and I love that my youngest three and I are all wearing handmades.

I love to look back each year on all that I’ve sewn and reflect on the big winners (and losers) that have come off my sewing machines.  One of my goals this year was to be a little more deliberate in my sewing, to avoid testing things that I didn’t see fitting in with our wardrobes, and to pick fabrics that could hold up to our lifestyle.

This year I sewed 130 garments for my kids and 51 for myself and just a handful for gifts.  Those numbers kind of amaze me.  I’ve cut my sewing time way down, sewing just a couple of days a week and trying not to sew at night or on weekends when the family is all home.  I tend to gravitate to quick knit sews so those numbers are a big reflection of that.  I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from this year and a couple that have already been passed along.

DRESSES

 

I could sew up dresses all day, every day.  They are my favorite thing to make for both me and my girls and I know they’ll get worn.  It’s so nice to look in our closets each Sunday and have so many great choices to pick from.  I’m still not a dress during the week gal so I’ve tried my best to only sew up church appropriate dresses for myself.  Sewing dresses for my girls is so rewarding because I can make them long enough for their long legs!  It’s so great being able to blend sizes, creating dresses that fit like a glove.

Patterns and blog post links clockwise from upper left corner: Waterfall Raglan, Larkspur, Modified Blake Dress, Upton Dress, Fringe Dress, Orchid Midi Dress, Manhattan Dress, and Starlight City Dress

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Between my little man refusing to wear anything besides knit pants and my affinity to joggers, our everyday clothes tend to focus on comfort.  Luckily I think our comfy clothes don’t sacrifice style.  This winter I’ve made my little man a handful of joggers in my hunt to find the perfect pattern for his long legs and tiny waist.  I’m still searching and it’s a challenge I’m happy to continue on as they whip up in no time.

My most used pattern this year was the free Love Notions Leggings pattern.  My oldest daughter can sew them up herself and we’ve made a dozen between the two of us this year.  They pick tunic and leggings outfits almost everyday and I’m all for it.

I reach for my joggers almost every day as well.  I love that they are so comfy for working around the house but I can also run to the store and not feel grossly under dressed.  Brassie Joggers from Greenstyle have become my go-to jogger pattern.  I love the slim but not tight fit and I don’t get the weird crotch bunching I’ve experienced with other patterns.

Patterns and Blog posts clockwise from top left corner: Movie Night Pj’s, Panama Tee and Brassie Joggers, Brassie Joggers and Green Tee, Samson Sweater and LN Leggins, Sloane Sweater and Leggins, Lexi and Lou Loungers and #121 Ringer Raglan, and Mini Hudson Joggers

SWEATSHIRTS

Living in Utah we have sweater weather a good 9 months of the year.  Sewing hoodies and sweatshirts just make sense and they get worn to death!  Everyone in the family got one this year, including my first sews for my dad and my husband.  Nothing beats a cozy top on a cold snowy day!

Patterns and Blog Posts clockwise from top left corner: Pixie Tee, Metro Pullover, Hudson Hoodie, Toaster Sweater from Sew House 7, Jolly Roger Raglan, Sloane Sweater, Brunswick Pullover, Constance Sweater, North Star Pullover

SWIMSUITS

Swimsuits just might be the most rewarding things to sew.  We all hate trying them on in stores and they rarely ever fit me and my girls.  We’ve got long torsos and modest tastes which makes it super difficult to find suits in ready-to-wear.  This summer I didn’t sew nearly as many as in 2017 but I did manage to sew a few new favorites.

Patterns and Blog Posts: Mama Camila, Calypso, School’s Out Shorts and Jolly Roger RaglanCamila Suit and Catalina Swimsuit, and Linden Shorts

MISSES

You’ll notice most of these misses are for me with the exception of the tie for my cute boy.  Sewing for my kids is so rewarding because there are rarely ever fit issues and I know what types of fabrics they’ll wear.  The tie was more of a pattern issue and was a sad waste of fabric.  I’m super grateful for the cute pictures I got of my handsome kid and that all makes up for the lost time and fabric.

Now on to my misses.  This year was a bit of an awakening for me.  After a long winter of not taking care of myself, I’d slowly gained more weight than I did my last pregnancy.  I felt tired all the time and hated sewing for myself as I had to size up all my favorite patterns.  Taking pictures and seeing the unhappiness show through to the pictures was too much.  In May I finally decided to do something about it and started a simple fitness and counting calories routine.  I feel a hundred times better, my anxiety is easier to handle, and I look forward to sewing for me again.

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These misses all came early in the year.  My Phoenix Blouse sat in my closet unworn until I passed it on to my sister.  I love the pattern and would like to give it another go in a different fabric.  This crepe was super drapey and so difficult to work with that by the time I was finished sewing it I was so angry at it!  I added the Amalfi sleeves and realized that I’m not a huge fan of them.

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The Sonata Dress testing was the wake-up call for me.  I was at my heaviest and this dress just felt so unflattering.  I planned to wear it as a cover-up this summer but didn’t really have the opportunity.  It will come with me on our beach vacation coming up and I’m hopeful it will get worn a bit this coming summer as well.

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The Driftwood Top was simply a matter of poor fabric choice for this pattern.  I love the feel of this fabric but it was far too structured for this boho-feel blouse.  This one never got worn but I do hope to make another version in something lightweight this spring.

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I had high hopes for this eyelet Harmony Top.  I’ve been searching for a great woven tee pattern and the Harmony is pretty close.  I altered the neckline to be more crewneck since I don’t really like scoop necks.  The biggest issue with this particular top is that I made it too big to begin with.  I sewed up a medium but I’m happily back to my Love Notions small.   Since the eyelet is lacking drape, it’s very easy to see that it’s just too large.

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The Joy Jacket is my saddest miss this year.  I absolutely adore this pattern and hope I will have the time to make another one this year.  I felt so accomplished after I finished this one and I marvel at the beauty of it. BUT, my fabric choice makes it so unpractical.  I’ve yet to wear it for fear of getting it dirty.  C’mon, if it’s cold enough for a jacket there’s a pretty good chance it might get dirty.  The fabric is a tad sheer and with the seams being unfinished (it’s lined so you wouldn’t normally see them) I’m scared that a spin in the washer will leave me with shredded edges that will show through.  It looks beautiful hanging in my closet and I will never get rid of it for pure sentimentality but it was a big lesson learned for me.

I had so much fun looking back on this year and reflecting on all that I was able to accomplish.  As I look forward to the new year I’m not sure if I’ll make any goals or join any challenges.  I’m hoping to continue my journey to find what works for my wardrobe and what’s worth my time and effort to sew.  I realize that I don’t have to sew everything and I’m ok with not wearing handmades all the time.  I want to continue to sew for my kids since they are the ones that really struggle finding ready-to-wear clothing that fits.  I’m so excited for a new year full of possibilities!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Valentine Line

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics introduced their Valentine Line last week and I loved sewing some of it up!  We were lucky enough to meet up with Anna and her darling kiddos for a quick photo shoot to really highlight this collection.  I feel so lucky to have such great sewing friends so close and Anna is so incredibly talented!

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This argyle print is such a classic and was instantly a favorite.  It’s great for the holidays but will also work well year round.  It’s printed on the CLUB grey base which is my absolute fav, especially for boys.

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I sewed up a Greenpoint Cardigan from Hey June Handmade.  I can’t believe this was my first time using this pattern.  It sewed up quickly and looks so cute on.  I left off the snaps and buttons for now but I’m still debating whether or not to add them.  We’ve struggled with snaps in the past so I’m leaning towards some sleek black buttons…

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I’ve been dying to sew up the new Modkid Brooklyn.  I love Modkid’s Tween line (Sophie is still just under the size chart chest/hip wise but is a 14 height!).  I think this pattern is similar to the True Bias Niko pattern and since I like to try out new styles on my little mini me first she got to be my guinea pig.  The mock neck, slim fitting silhouette is so cute on her!

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I thought the modern lines of this print were just too perfect for this look!  Windowpane prints are having such a moment and the addition of hearts just make this fabric so sweet.

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This little girl is all about purple right now.  She loved the pretty watercolor stripe and I knew pairing it with the CLUB lilac dots would be a win.

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I used the Jolly Roger Raglan from Patterns for Pirates with the funnel neck add-on.  I extended the funnel neck height and cropped the bottom hem a couple of inches as well.  It’s a cozy closet staple that will get worn often.

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I had to get in on the fun!  I love the simplicity of these tiny hearts on grey.  It’s cute without being too young.  It’s a print I can wear year-round and will pull out this sweatshirt often.  I used my latest go-to pattern, the Pixie Tee from Chalk and Notch.  I cropped the hem about two inches since I plan on wearing this as a layering piece and I love a bit of shirttail sticking out.

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I also sewed up a New Horizons Manhattan Dress in the XO double brushed polyester.  I love what a quick sew this pattern is and that boat neck is super cute!  The drape of the double brushed poly is dreamy as a circle skirt and she loves how soft this dress is.

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You can grab these prints on sale through Wednesday, December 19th for $1 off per yard.  They’re available on CLUB cotton jersey and french terry with the bottom two prints on double brushed polyester.  They’ll stay available in the shop through Valentine’s Day.

Love Notions Namaste Pajamas

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This post contains affiliate links.  In return for purchasing through my links I get a small commission (that I use to buy ALL the fabric to sew up ALL the patterns, lol!).

The Namaste Nightwear Collections are the newest patterns from Love Notions Patterns.   Available for both women and girls, you can sew for your little ones and sneak in a set for yourself too.   They’re just in time for your holiday pj sewing but perfect for year round too!

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Are you ready for all the options?  There are long and short sleeves, shorts and pants length, AND a nightgown!  They truly are so versatile and perfect no matter what the weather is in your neck of the woods.

I’m a weirdo and can’t sleep with long sleeves no matter what the weather is so these options are fantastic for me!  I tend to wear cute pajama bottoms with a ratty old tee (the more it’s been washed the better, lol) because of this but I’m so excited to have a cute matching set now.  My husband thanks you, Tami!

namaste2.1Can you see that gorgeous front detail?!  The front features a faux crossover and the long sleeve and long pants also have the same cute crossover detail.  You can use picot trim (perfect for that giant roll I grabbed in LA ages ago!), fold-over elastic, or binding to finish the edge making it quick and easy too!

namaste1When I finished my top, I immediately asked my husband if I could wear it with jeans!  I love the neckline so much and think it’d be so cute as a tee come spring.namaste8For my daughter’s set, she requested shorts and short sleeves since her drawers are full of cozy sleepers.  I love that these sewed up so quickly!  I think I’ll use the shorts as our go-to casual shorts too as the fit is so good.

My favorite feature of Love Notions kids patterns is the HUGE size range- 2t all the way to 16 means my kids can still fit into them for awhile.  As this little miss is sizing out of so many pattern companies, I’m so grateful for this!

namaste4namaste7The fabric I used has been in my stash waiting for the perfect project.  The mustard polka dots are double brushed polyester and are from Sly Fox Fabrics. They are no longer available but they do have a HUGE selection of polka dot dbp.  My floral is a rayon spandex from Stylish Fabrics and is still available in Off White.  I love the drape of both of these fabrics and would highly recommend using something with a little less structure for this pattern.namaste3namaste9

Grab yours on sale now and get your cozy sewing on!  I can’t wait to spend my Christmas holidays lounging in style!

 

Sewing for ME!

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You guys!  I did it!  I sewed for myself with absolutely no deadline!  These two tops were pieces I’d been dying to make but they were constantly being put on the back burner for silly things like soccer games, dance recitals, laundry, dinner, and pattern tests and such, lol!  I’m so glad I finally sat down and sewed just for fun (and to remember when that’s the only reason I sewed).

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I bought the Elliot Sweater when it released and have wanting to sew it up since.  I even brought all of this along to the Love Notions Sewing Retreat and just didn’t get to it then.  I really wanted to wear this through the holidays so last weekend I just had to make the time to do it.  It’s amazing what a couple hours with my machines can do for my soul.  I came out with a cute top and renewed spirits- a win for the whole family 😉

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The raglan sleeve and big cowl neck make this a pretty quick and easy sew.

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That split hem is such a pretty detail that takes a few more minutes but the result is so good!

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I will say that I will probably sew the slit together a couple more inches in the future.  It looks great with high-waisted pants and leggings but I just don’t have enough of them in my wardrobe to make it super practical.  I wore a layering tank under this one and it worked great and kept me covered just fine.

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This fun bold stripe french terry was one of my few Black Friday purchases.  I’m always on the hunt for cool retro stripes and couldn’t pass up this cuteness.

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I wanted a nice, relaxed sweatshirt and grabbed my Pixie Tee pattern again.  I did view B for the first time with a banded hem.  All those band finishes make this sew up in no time at all.  I think I need a few more to get me through our cold winter months.

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Hooray for a little selfish sewing!  Are you sneaking in a few projects for yourself?  Up to your neck in gift sewing?  Whatever’s on your sewing table, enjoy yourself and soak up that creative energy!

Art Gallery Fabrics Stripe Tour

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I’m thrilled to be joining Karly from Paisley Roots for the Art Gallery Fabrics Stripe Tour.  Karly and I very first bonded over our shared love of all things striped so this was a definite treat for both of us.  I’m happy to be joining a great group of sewists to share these amazing fabrics with you.  Make sure you check out their posts this week as well!

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Stripes are a favorite of mine and these looks were so much fun to create.  I had the hardest time picking which fabrics to use.  Just take a look at all the killer stripes here.  You want them all too, right?!  The colors are just divine and there are so many to choose from.  They are yarn-dyed meaning they’ll stay just as pretty after a million washes as they look today.  Such a dream fabric!
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In the end I just couldn’t get this classic black and white combo out of my head.  I used the Striped Bold Caviar and Striped Alike Caviar.  I love the creamy white with the bold black.  I think I already have five black and white stripe tees in my own closet but I’m so drawn to the combo.  There’s no such thing as too many black and white stripes in your wardrobe!
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For my top I used the Pixie Tee and Dress from Chalk and Notch.  I love the optional side ties and knew it was the perfect place for a fun pop of fabric.  I used scraps from these pretty Art Gallery dresses and I love the combination.
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A bold peacock print is such a fun touch!
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I couldn’t bear to waste any of the leftovers so my little guy just had to have a tee too!  I used my go-to Jolly Roger Raglan pattern.  This bold stripe paired with a solid AGF knit in Sahara Sun is just checking all my boxes.  Stripes- check, mustard- check, cute boy- check 😉
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This fun dress is the piece de resistance!  I used the Upton pattern from Blaverry (so sad it is no longer available!).  It’s one of my favorite patterns for combining fabrics and I’m always so happy with the results.
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That back detail just makes me flip!
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Add in that pretty contrast yoke and I’m head over heels!
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We are so in love with our new pieces.  I can’t get over the quality of this fabric.  It was so nice to work with and is so soft and smooth.  I almost felt guilty using this amazing stuff on my kids.  I can tell it will hold up to all that they throw at it though making these a great addition to their closets.  Now to get my hands on all the colors…
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Thanks for joining us on our stop!  We hope you treat yourself to some of this amazing fabric soon!

 

Brunswick Pullover from Hey June

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The newly released Brunswick Pullover is just about as cozy as it gets!  I’m head over heels for my version and I know you’ll love it too!

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I used AMAZING Lyocell Organic Cotton Sweatshirt Fleece from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and I never want to take it off!  It’s the ultimate in warmth and feels like I’m wearing a little piece of heaven.

True story- as I was sewing mine up I tried it on before sewing on the sleeve cuffs to check for length.  I was so smitten with it’s coziness that I couldn’t bear to take it off so I literally finished sewing on the cuffs while it was still on my body!  I then preceded to wear it for two days straight because the thought of taking it off was too traumatizing, lol!  It’s just that good people!

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I made a size 6, view B with a cowl adding a tiny scrap of leather for a tag on the kangaroo pocket.  Since this version is all banded it comes together in a flash!  I’m so anxious to sew up more!

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My favorite feature is the big, chunky cowl.  When I’m cold I love to snuggle into a scarf and I love that this acts like a built in one.  It’s warm without being constricting.

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It also features a slight dip in the back for a little extra toosh coverage (perfect for throwing on with your workout gear!).

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You can grab the pattern during Hey June’s Black Friday sale through Monday to save 20% with code HJ2018BF.  Don’t blame me when you suddenly have a cart full of patterns!  Hey June is definitely a favorite in our house (don’t forget to grab a Hey Juniors pattern or two while you’re at it!).