Itch to Stitch Time to Sew Blog Tour

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I love a good blog tour and the ITS Time to Sew Itch to Stitch Blog Tour promises to be pretty spectacular.  It’s five days full of amazing inspiration from 26 bloggers and incredible sponsors and prizes.  I just HAD to get in on this party!

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For my stop, I knew I wanted to sew up the Anza Jumpsuit and Dress.  If you’ve been eyeing this pattern too you can grab it today only on sale!  Make sure to check out the other posts today to see what else you can get for a steal today only.

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I’ve had my eye on this pattern since it was released.  All of the tester versions had me drooling and then seeing Nicole’s version in person just had me wanting it even more.  I’ve never worn a jumpsuit before and was hesitant if the style would suit me.  I’m pretty conservative and am definitely not as hip and cool as my cute sewing pal so here it is a year and a half later and I finally pulled the trigger.  Let me just tell you, it’s LOVE!

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My cute husband met me to take pictures and hadn’t seen this before I stepped out of the car.  His reaction was priceless!  He said, “Whoa!  That’s really cute.  You said ‘jumper’ and I was picturing something the girls would wear but this is really pretty!”  That’s a winner in my book!

Can we talk about this fabric for a minute?! My go-to fabric shop Raspberry Creek Fabrics is a generous sponsor of this tour and I had my eye on a couple different fabrics for this look.  I finally settled on this dreamy Navy Blue Tencel Twill.  I knew I wanted a solid and scoured the shop for something suitable.  There were a ton of pretty rayon challis’s and chambray’s to choose from but I settled on this amazing fabric for multiple reasons.  This tencel is so soft and the weight was perfect for this.  It’s also a little heavier weight than a rayon challis which will make it a great transition piece.  The navy color is so versatile and can be worn everyday with sandals or dressed up with pretty jewelry for a night out.

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I’m excited to be able to wear this jumpsuit year-round.  It’s perfect for fall with a sweater and booties!

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I sewed a size 4 and made a few adjustments to the pattern.  I eliminated the drawstring casing and did a simple waist casing for the elastic.  I used 1/2″ elastic and a faux drawstring that I just safety pinned in place.  I love that I can remove it and wear it belted too!  I left off the chest pockets as well, mostly for simplicity and to speed up the sewing process.  I added an inch to the bodice for my height but next time will add in extra height to the rise as well.   I added an extra button to the placket to add a little more detail to the bodice. Lastly, I turned up the sleeve cuff and tacked it in place.

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Are you ready for the good stuff?!  Make sure to check out all the other stops this week.  You’re going to be ‘itching’ to sew it all up for yourself too!

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Striped Swallow Apres Ski

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In planning my fall sewing, I’m really leaning towards basics in solids, stripes, and easy to wear prints.  One of the first pieces I tackled for myself is a top that I know will get tons of wear- the Apres Ski from Striped Swallow Designs.

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I was immediately drawn to those sleeves (you might remember I used the girl’s version for yesterdays post).  The full bishop sleeve is so on trend and I love the detail it gives an otherwise simple design.  I scoured the internet and looked at many different versions and was really hooked on the solid versions that really let those sleeves stand out.

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I headed to my favorite fabric shop, Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and picked up this beautiful Dana Cotton Modal in Huckleberry.  The color was just perfect for fall.  This knit is lightweight and has amazing drape which really suited this style.  I love the feel of this fabric- so soft and heavenly!

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I made a small with the banded hem.  The only adjustment I made was to make my bottom band a couple inches smaller to really cinch in the bottom.  I’m such a fan of raglan tees and sweatshirts and know this pattern will become a new go-to.  I love that those sleeves give it a little more personality but are not over the top.  I think this top really embodies my classic, comfortable style.

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I’ve got a few more things on my selfish sewing list this fall.  I’m really hoping to conquer some woven bottoms (I think I’ve got the jogger thing down, lol).  What’s on your sewing list heading into fall?

Sewing for my favorite season

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The kids are back in school AND Raspberry Creek Fabrics released their new fall line.  You know what that means, right?!  Let the fall sewing begin!

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I started off my sewing binge with a little something for me.  The Greenstyle Brassie Joggers are a staple in my wardrobe.  I wear them any chance I get.  I have a handful now and whether I know my day will be filled with running errands or spent at my sewing machines, my Brassies are what I reach for.  Comfort in all things.  This pair was made using this floral french terry (I love the prints on the grey base in the new line!).  I paired it with a teal Panama Tee, my favorite pattern for more stable fabrics like cotton lycra.

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Another staple in our house is the Camden Tee. Do I sound like a broken record here? If you can believe it I’d never done the sleeve stripes before and I knew they’d be perfect for this version.  This retro stripe is just perfect for fall.

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This Windowpane Plaid is such a great transitional fabric.  I love the bright colors and it’s so cute with jeans.  I used the Willow Raglan from Striped Swallow Designs.  I love all the options with this pattern.  I hacked it just a bit into a hi-low peplum (a straight peplum top is included in the pattern).  I used the 10 top length for the front peplum piece and then blended the back piece from the top to the dress length.

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The keyhole back neckline is super fun.  I love playing with plaids and stripes on the bias and this bodice just makes me happy!

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My little guy got a couple new tees too!  This one is the Helter Skelter Tee from Shwin Designs.  I love colorblocked tees and especially love when a pattern does all the work for me.  And how cute are these little buddies?!  He loves when photo shoots include friends (the one on the left is my darling nephew and on the right is the amazing Anna from Kainara Stiches son).

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The Skiff Tee from Jennuine Designs is another fun color blocked tee.  It has the cutest hidden pocket in the bodice seam too.  He was a super fan of that pocket!

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I’m dying over this amazing quilted knit!  It’s so cozy and that color is just stunning in real life.  I love it paired with the blush and burgundy floral (my secret favorite from the whole fall line, shhhh, don’t tell the other fabrics!).  I used the Ebony Sweater from Shwin Designs.  The relaxed fit just makes it so much cozier don’t you think!

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The leggings are Love Notions free Leggins’ pattern.  It’s the leggings pattern I use the most for my girls.  I love the yoga waistband and the slim fit just works so well on my girls.  I’m going to need to sew a big batch of them for fall.

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One last look to get our fall sewing started.  The Hey Juniors line from Hey June Handmade is something I couldn’t live without.  I used the Morrison Tee here and it was great to break out a pattern I hadn’t sewn in awhile and realize I’d been missing out.  We were hoping for a boxy sweatshirt look and this pattern was just what we wanted.

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This Floral French Terry just needed to shine on it’s own and I think this simple silhouette really helps it out.  It’s bright and bold and paired so well with her new jeggings.

It felt so good to churn out some much needed fall wardrobe pieces.  I love sewing with CLUB knits and the quick cute projects I can do with them!

Summer Day Top by Made

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All summer long I’ve been dying to make me a few new woven tops.  As soon as I saw the Summer Day top from Made Everyday, I knew it’d be perfect!  Stay tuned to the end of this post to see how you can win your own copy, too.  You know you totally want to be twinners 😉

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I love all the options with this top.  I struggled picking which option to do and actually think it took me more time to decide than it did to sew up.  Anyone else get paralyzed with indecision when given so many cute choices?!  Lucky for all of us, these sew up so quick we can make them all!

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I’m lucky enough to get my hands on the newest Raspberry Creek Fabrics goodies and this pretty rayon challis print  just needed to be this top.  I think woven tees are the best  to really let a print shine and this pattern just sings.  Can you hear it?!!

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I chose the cuff sleeve version because I can’t get enough of this look.  I really love a good cuff and this one is super cute.

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I did a size 4 and didn’t make any other adjustments.  I sometimes like to add length since I’m 5’7″ with a longer torso but I’m really happy with were this hits.

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One small thing to note, I found the armhole to be a tad low and wore a cap sleeve half shirt under just for my own comfort.  It’s tricky to try to play with an armscyce because you want to keep the arm mobility.  I think the comfort and ease wins out here and I’ll probably just keep making these without modifications.

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I really love how this top pairs with jeans but think it’ll be cute dressed up with a pencil skirt too.  I’m all about versatility and this pattern has it in spades.

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Ready to win your own copy?  I’m going to make it super easy on you.  Just leave a comment on this post and tell me what version you’d make up first and I’ll pick a winner on Friday August 17th.  Make sure to check out the Summer Day Top on Instagram to be blown away with inspiration.  I can’t decide if I do a peplum version or a simple short sleeve version next (I may be counting down the days til my kids start school simply so I can whip up another one of these!).

 

Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee and Dress

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Gabriela at Chalk and Notch does such a great job at making me feel like a million bucks!  Her patterns are always on trend with classic lines and great details.  The new Pixie Tee is no exception.

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The best part- This pattern is free for a limited time for Chalk and Notch newsletter subscribers, just make sure you sign up before Sunday, June 24th.  Hurry over here and click the little Newsletter sign up in the left top corner.  Easy Peasy!  Do it now so you don’t forget, you will not want to miss out on this one!

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This pattern is super versatile and so cute.  There are hem band and hem tie options and multiple sleeve lengths.  There are also top and dress lengths.  You can make a comfy knit tee dress, chic date night top, and cozy sweatshirt all from the same pattern.  I chose to do the hem tie, short sleeve, top version and love, love, love it!

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I used a beautiful double brushed polyester from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (this print is currently not available but there are a ton of other cute options!).  I love the weight and drape of it for this pattern.  There are pattern pieces and instructions for making your own woven ties but there is also an option for ribbon ties.  I used a pretty velvet ribbon for mine and love the texture it adds.

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My plan as I sewed this top was to wear it styled exactly like this.  Who doesn’t love a good jeans and tee combo?  I love that this feels a little elevated than my basic momiform and would love to make a couple more.

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I tried this tee on right before heading out the door for church and just really didn’t want to take it off!  I threw on a skirt and loved that I was able to easily dress it up too.

I can’t wait for you to see all the tester versions.  There was a huge variety and each one was so cute!  Cozy french terry versions, pretty dresses, and fun fabric combos.

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So did you get all signed up?!! Make sure you head to Chalk and Notch so you can grab this as soon as it’s released.  Such a fun new pattern!

Watch my Instagram feed for a chance to win a Chalk and Notch pattern of your choice too!

Movie Night Pj’s and a Lesson Learned

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Is there anything better than new pajamas?!! I don’t think so!  I love my kids in fresh pj’s but chances are you’ll catch them sleeping in old tees and thread bare bottoms (if they even manage to change out of their clothes they wore that day).  New pajamas are almost irresistible and I can guarantee they’ll reach for them any chance they’re clean.

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This kiddo was especially in need of summer sleepwear as he’s had a major growth spurt and none of his fit from last year.  The free Movie Night Pajamas from Sew A Little Seam (grab the code in the Facebook Group) were exactly what I was looking for.  I decided to sew up a batch all at once and knew I could count on Kelly’s pattern to come together great.  Here’s where I learned my lesson…

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I have been sewing PDF patterns for about 5 years now and it’s about time I made this mistake.  As the school year was coming close to an end I wanted to pack in as many projects as I could into my last few afternoons alone.  I printed off about 8 patterns and assembled a handful to be ready for some serious sewing time.  I cut and sewed two sets of pajamas and couldn’t figure out why they were so big!  He tried on the yoga waistband mid-sew and it was huge.  I naively thought it was just his little waist and took in the band a couple of inches.  I completed both sets and just thought the pattern must run a little on the loose side.

It wasn’t until a day later as I was assembling another pattern from a different designer that it dawned on me how unusual the pattern had printed, leaving almost nothing to trim off the edges.  I FINALLY got my ruler out to see that everything I’d printed had been printed to fit the page, not actual size like they should be.  Duh!!!  I rarely check to make sure the correct settings are selected because I’m the primary user of our printer.  You better believe I’ll do it every time now.  My 1 inch square was just 1/16th off, not a big deal, right?!!  Well, now I know exactly how much that 1/16th can affect the body of a pattern piece.

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I just had to go back and do another set so I could get a true sense for how it was supposed to fit and to see just how much it had affected the final product.  I’m super happy I caught it before I had assembled the rest of the stack of patterns I’d printed and so glad I made the mistake on pajamas, a garment that is still totally wearable even if it’s a little big.  You will see in this post the difference in fit between the planes and bears, the ‘bad’ versions, and the mustard stripes, the correct fit.

You can see that the fit of the planes isn’t terrible just looser and wider than expected.  The stripe pj’s fit him like his favorite ready-to-wear ones, close but not too snug.

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Don’t you just love them though!  These fabrics from Raspberry Creek and Riley Blake are just so soft, they make the perfect pajamas!  My kids reach for their RCF pj’s over and over and I feel like they never get worn out.  I also love that they can pick cute novelty prints for them that I might not be drawn to for everyday clothes.  This little guy has been wanting that bear fabric ever since it released so he’s one happy camper!

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Please tell me I’m not alone in getting all the way through constructing a garment before figuring out my error.  What has been your biggest “Doh” moment while sewing?  I know we all make mistakes (What would we do without out our handy seam rippers?) and I’d love to hear your stories.  I love that through our mistakes we can learn and turn those ‘What was I thinking?’ instances into ‘I’ll never do that again!’ lessons.

 

LOL Swing Top and Expansion Pack

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Our weather has gone from spring to blazing hot summer this week!  It was the perfect time to sew up the new LOL Swing Expansion pack for the LOL Swing Top from Jennuine Designs.  The fact that this pattern can be sewn up in both knits AND wovens meant the sky was the limit!

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The first version I made was an easy knit version using this darling Lemonade Stand print from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It was the perfect pairing to create the essential summertime top!

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We used the new pinafore option available in the expansion pack for a darling open back look.  She loves the breeziness and didn’t want to take it off after our shoot on this 90+ degree day.

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I think this will get worn mostly on pool days or lazy days around the house.  It’s not up to school dress codes and knowing this little lady we’ll have to be careful because she’s always cartwheeling and flipping any chance she gets!  This top is definitely not ‘tumbling’ proof 😉  I do think the pinafore options looks especially adorable on babies and toddlers!  All that cute baby chub is too darling in this top!

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I did skip the neck gathering on this version (not necessarily a design choice but trying to get it done quicker) and it still turned out so nicely in front.   I seriously love the volume and swing this top has!

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The second version I did was using the dress expansion.  Again, the swing of this pattern is everything!

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I used a large scale buffalo plaid I got from CaliFabrics last year and played with the direction of the print a bit.  I love the bold black and white print with the pop of color from the bias binding.  The pattern calls for narrow bias binding but I really wanted it to pop so I used 1/2″ bias for this version.

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I’m always nervous sewing up tank patterns that the underarm coverage may be lacking.  I love how this pattern fits though!  The racerback style and thick straps keep everything where it should be.

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The knit version can easily slip over the head but the woven version calls for a simple shoulder button.  This makes it easy on and off and keeps the construction clean.

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The dress version includes pockets and I had a hard time deciding whether or not to add them here.  We LOVE pockets but this fabric is slightly sheer so I chose not to do them this go round.

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You can get your copy of the LOL Top here, the Expansion Pack here for just $2 if you already own the LOL Top pattern, or get the bundle here on sale through Sunday June 10th.