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!

A Mini Capsule for Tweens

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As we were preparing for the cooler weather we found a few holes in this girls closet.  She loves to wear tunics and leggings and needed more to work into her wardrobe.  We loved this mustard dot (surprise, surprise) french terry from Knitpop and built a mini capsule around it.

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While back to school shopping she fell in love with these GapKids leggings.  We know that rtw leggings rarely fit so we set to find fabric to recreate them.   This wildflower print (also from Knitpop) was perfect!

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She got two more leggings out of fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This tropical floral print made a cute pair of capris.

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I used two tried and true patterns for these looks.  The Sloane Sweater from Love Notions is so full of options that she can have a closet full and no one will know they’re all the same pattern!  This is the simple classic tunic version but we love the yoke version too.  Our go-to leggings pattern is the FREE Love Notions Leggins’.  With a yoga waistband these sew up in a flash!

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We love these classic, everyday looks and know they’re going to get worn all fall and winter!

Fall Mini Hudson Joggers

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This little guy is always asking for me to sew him up new clothes.  He loves wearing mama-made but I think he’s really in it for the photo shoot bribes!  I’ll take it though because there’s nothing I love more than looking at that smiling face!

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He has a severe hatred of ‘hard pants’ aka jeans.  To satisfy both of us, I’ll happily sew up some slim fitting joggers.  They’re a quick sew and I love how they look on him!

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I have several jogger patterns I like and for these I used the Mini Hudson Pants from True Bias.  I love the fit of these and it was a great twist of fate that I already had a size 7 traced and ready to go.   He’s growing like a weed and I can’t keep up with those long legs so none of my patterns from the spring would work for him.

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I did modify the waistband for multiple reasons.  One, I’m lazy!  Two, actual drawstrings always come out in the wash. And three, again, I’m lazy, lol!  The pattern calls for wider elastic than I had on hand and then you create a casing for a drawstring.  I simplified the heck out of it by doing one big casing and attaching a faux drawstring to the front.  These joggers were done from cut to finish in less than an hour.

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I used this cotton modal french terry from Knitpop for these.  I had originally ordered this luscious stuff for myself but when it arrived the color was a bit more brown than I wanted.  I knew it’d be perfect for my boys though.  It’s seriously some of the softest stuff I’ve worked with and I’m slightly jealous of these beauties.

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Another easy peasy project in the books!  I think my family might just hold the world record for most joggers in one household.  If not, I think I better keep it up because that’s a title I’d proudly take!

Orchid Midi Dress from Chalk and Notch

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The Orchid Midi Dress from Chalk and Notch patterns is here!  Gabriela’s patterns are always much anticipated and there’s good reason.  The Orchid Dress is no exception.  I’m excited to be able to give a copy to one of my readers too!

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The Orchid Dress is a woven faux wrap dress and features two different views.  I sewed up the long sleeve version as we are quickly moving into fall here.  The pattern comes in sizes 0-18 and I sewed up a size 6 without any modifications for reference.

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I used a lovely mustard floral bubble crepe from Knitpop and am absolutely in love with how it turned out.  This fabric is ever so slightly sheer but the drape and weight were too perfect.  Wearing a slip easily solved the opacity problem and that color just gets me every time (be prepared for LOTS of mustard around these parts).

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There is an optional step in the pattern to add a snap to the bodice to keep it closed.  I chose to hand tack my bodice shut and I love that I could pick just how high I wanted it to be.  I prefer more coverage and it was so easy to achieve with a quick little tack.  After our initial photo shoot I was also able to easily hand sew my slit closed about 4″.  This picture is just as the pattern calls for but it was a bit too high for me.  As a pattern tester, I usually try to make my version as the designer intended and make my own alterations afterwards.  In the future it will be an easy modification to make the slit hit at my knee as I prefer.

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I have so many favorite parts about this pattern!  One of them is that bodice gathering.  I love it in the back and at the shoulders- such a great detail.

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I’ve always steered clear of any kind of puff sleeve, thinking that they just accentuate my already broad shoulders.  This pattern has totally converted me!  I love the full sleeve and the slight gather at the top of the sleeve just adds to the dress’s femininity.

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And you can’t forget about the pockets!  I can’t live without them and these are the perfect size- big enough for your cell phone, a chapstick, and whatever you need handy.

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I’ve already worn this dress multiple times so I feel like a real testimonial is in order.  This dress just makes me feel pretty and like my best self.  I think that Gabriela’s patterns have a way of bringing out the best in the wearer and this dress truly exemplifies that.  I loved watching the testers dresses roll in and to see how lovely they looked on everyone.  I can’t wait to wear this dress any chance I get (if you happen to see me at church in this every Sunday pretend you don’t notice, mmkay?!).  The last piece that I sewed that made me feel this fantastic was my Cotton + Steel Fringe Dress that I’ve lovingly nicknamed my “pick-me-up” dress because I feel like I can conquer the world in it!

The Orchid Pattern is meant to pair and mix beautifully with the Parasol Jumpsuit from Ensemble Patterns as well.  You can grab these patterns at a discount in a bundle and individually for a limited time!  Do yourself a favor and sew yourself up a pretty new outfit.  You’ll feel like a rockstar, promise!

Want to win your own copy of the Orchid Midi Dress? Simply comment on this blog post with your favorite thing you’ve sewn that makes you feel like a sewing goddess.  I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!  Winner will picked Monday October 8th.