Watcha Wearing January


Tibeca at Sewing By Ti is hosting a fun tour filled with tons of inspiration to help you beat those winter blues.  Watcha Wearing January is all about your style this month and of course there’s two HUGE giveaways to go along with it.  Read on until the end for all the glorious details.

This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through them gives me a small commission that inevitably ends up as more fabric for me 😉


My winter wardrobe is pretty basic.  I either wear joggers and a flannel or jeans and a cardigan.  Really- every single day you will find me in some combination of that uniform.  I’m trying to branch out and throw some leggings in there too every now and then.  I’m fancy like that…


For this tour I want to highlight my newest Love Notions makes.


I’ve paired a Laundry Day Tee (free if you join the Facebook Group) with a Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan.  The Boyfriend Cardigan was my very first test for Tami at Love Notions and the start of something amazing!  I hadn’t made one since then and I’d been dying to pull out the pattern again.  For more pics of my Laundry Day Tee you can hop over here and find my dress hack here.


For this version I used my favorite fabric in the whole entire universe- seriously!  It’s charcoal french terry from the lovely Raspberry Creek Fabric.  (It’s out of stock currently but she gets new stuff in constantly!)  It’s amazingly soft, sews up so easy, comes out of the wash even better each time, never fades or pills- trust me, it’s the best!


I made a few slight mods to this version.  I sized up from my usual small to a medium- I wanted it oversized and cozy!  I left off the side vents also- mostly because I’m lazy.  Finally my ‘shawl’ part of the binding is a tad skinnier at the neck because I was short on fabric.


I added a tiny leather tag to my pocket just to class it up a tad.


Confession- after making this I wore it three full days in a row and at least twice a week since then.  It’s just the ultimate in comfort and goes with everything.


My second look features another boyfriend cardigan, paired with a La Bella Donna this time.


The La Bella Donna is one of my favorite top patterns.  I used a olive green modal jersey from Cali Fabrics for this version.  It’s silky soft and drapey but yet sewed up wonderfully.


I love the shape of this top!  Loose in all the right places and so comfortable.


It’s one of those ‘must-have’ patterns in my book.  It has a ton of options too which makes it a pattern you’ll use over and over.


This cardigan also is a medium with the side vents skipped.  I was also short on fabric for this one and had to get a little creative with my band.  I simply made my own band 6″x the width of fabric, folded it in half, sewed the short ends then attached it to the cardigan.  I did a three inch hem to get the band to fit.  I really like how this turned out and will use this method in the future too.


This one is currently sans pockets since I can’t make up my mind.  I’d love a little bigger, taller pocket but couldn’t get it quite right.  I’m not giving up though- after wearing this all day I realized that pockets are a must!


I love that this pattern is two separate back pieces.  The extra shaping really brings in the waist line and keeps it from looking sloppy.


This fabric was a gift but I believe it’s from Joann’s.  It’s a lovely navy on the inside and is such a great medium weight.

K- ready for the good stuff!  You can check out the other bloggers this week here:

Sunday, January 8th: Sewing By Ti, Embrace Everyday, Doodle Number 5

Monday, January 9th: Sewing By TiTenille’s Thread

Tuesday, January 10th: Robynne and the BobbinHarper+Lu

Wednesday, January 11th: 5 out of 4 Patterns, Sewingly Michelle

Thursday, January 12th: Crafty Like A RoxSewSophieLynn

Friday, January 13th: Creative Counselor, Sewing By Ti

Saturday, January 14th: Wild & Wanderful

Now for the giveaways!  There are TWO big prize packs this tour.  For more details and to enter to win all the loot head over to Ti’s blog.  There’s a Rafflecopter giveaway and also a linky party to join in.

Prize pack one includes patterns and fabric from these amazing sponsors:


Prize pack two includes fabric and patterns from all of these great sponsors:


You don’t want to miss it!  I’ll be bringing you one more post on this tour featuring children’s looks.  You can check the hashtag #watchawearinjanuary for more inspiration too!



Laundry Day Dress (and tutorial)


I have the pleasure of testing for Tami at Love Notions.  She was one of those designers I kinda liked before I started testing for her but my adoration has grown as I’ve followed her through the testing process multiple times.


She is a super woman- sewing right alongside the testers, perfecting her patterns until they are absolutely amazing.  She put in that same time and effort to her free pattern, the Laundry Day Tee.  (For my full review on that tee you can go here.)

Since I made my first version I’d been really wanting to hack it into a cute knee-length swing dress.  I picked up this gorgeous floral spandex jersey from Joann’s and it sat and waited for me…


The stars aligned (sick kids and a lazy day) and this dress was born.


I shared it in the Love Notions Facebook Group and there were requests for a tutorial.  So here goes…

Disclaimer- This is my first tutorial.  I do not claim that this is the only way to do this or that I am doing anything new and exciting.  It is a simple hack and I am sharing the way that worked for me.  I tried to make it as simplistic as possible since I think this pattern is a perfect beginner project.  If you have attempted this and would like to share what worked for you, please do! (Also, we received our first snowfall today so the lighting is indoor and fabulous 😉


I grabbed my main pattern piece, tracing paper, a ruler, a pen, scissors, and a glue stick or tape.

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Next, glue (or tape) your pattern piece to your tracing paper.  This helps to keep it in place from the get go.

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I lengthened my pattern from the tunic length line by 8 inches.  I got this measurement by measuring from my shoulder seam to where I wanted the dress to end on my leg.  I then measured my pattern piece and added the appropriate length plus seam allowance.  (I am 5’7″ as a reference.)

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I started by lengthening the center fold line first.  I lined my ruler up the length to the fold line and measured down 8 inches and drew a line.

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To lengthen the flared side, I lined my ruler up the length of the dress and marked 8 inches from the bottom.  Draw a line.


You should have two lines like this.  Now the tricky part is connecting them.  I just did the best I could at recreating the curve of the original piece.


I am adding in a suggestion here that I didn’t do on my first dress.  I will add an extra 1/2 inch to the front of my dress to take into account my bust.  I noticed on my dress that the front hem was a tad shorter because of the extra, uh-um, fullness in front.  If you are more well endowed than me you may want to play with how much extra length is needed in front.

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I used a dotted line to make my front markings.


Ready to cut!


Your final piece should look something like this.

The construction of the dress is exactly like you would do the shirt or tunic.  Such a quick, easy hack for such a fun, versatile pattern.


I can’t wait to make a closetful.  How perfect would these be come Spring too, with sandals and sunshine?  Can you tell I’m already dreaming of warmer, sunny days?!!

I hope this helps and feel free to message me with any questions.  Make sure you share your dresses in the FB group or on Instagram and hashtag #laundrydaytee.

I am a new affiliate for Love Notions.  I decided to join the program since I love the patterns so much that I can’t help spreading the word.  You can check out her patterns here and make sure to check back on Friday for the release of her newest skirt pattern.  You won’t want to miss it!

Love Notions Laundry Day Tee


I love me a quick and easy sew.  A t-shirt you can whip up faster than you can do a load of laundry?  I’m all over that!


When Tami at Love Notions (affiliate link) came up with this breezy, easy tee I was so excited to sew one up.


I’d love to live in leggings but I need LONG shirts to be able to cover my rear. I’m not one for the leggings as regular pants thing.  A tunic or long sweater is a MUST! This tee is perfect!


This tee has seriously been missing in my life.  There are two different lengths- regular and tunic, and three sleeve lengths- short, 3/4, and long.  This is the 3/4 sleeve length that I added bands to.


Are you ready for the best part?  She’s offering this for FREE!  You heard that right, FREE, just join her Facebook Group for the code.   Then head over to her shop to pick up the pattern.  You might get distracted while you’re there and end up with a few more cute patterns in your cart 😉