Itch to Stitch Blog Tour

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The sewing community is amazing folks.  When word got out that Kennis Wong, the designer behind Itch to Stitch, had her home burglarized the community quickly rallied.  Her sewing machines, computers, and cameras were all gone and we knew we could help get her back on her feet.  So many incredible bloggers, fabric companies, and other pattern designers have joined together for a blog tour and giveaway to help in the best way we know how!  Buy her patterns, sew them up and share… spread the word and let’s show Kennis how much we love her and her designs!

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I’d been dying to try the Tierras Woven Joggers since their release so this was the perfect opportunity.  Since we’re headed into colder weather I wanted to try a thicker, warmer fabric than was recommended.  I used a gorgeous cranberry red Robert Kaufman Tahoe Flannel from Raspberry Creek Fabric (a sponsor of the tour).  It’s so soft and warm!

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I love that there are lengthen/shorten lines for both the crotch and legs.  I easily lengthened the rise 1.5″ since I prefer a mid-rise pant.  Because my fabric was so thick and had little drape, I took in the back thighs a bit too.  The pattern is easy to customize to your measurements and preferences.  I threw on leather patches and grommets instead of buttonholes for the drawstring.  I love a little bit of detail to spice things up a bit.

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I paired them with the Hepburn Turtleneck to dress them up a touch.  I used a beautiful hacci sweater knit, also from Raspberry Creek.  I honestly steer clear of turtlenecks usually but all the lovely pictures I saw convinced me to give it a try.  I’m so, so glad I did!

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I went up two sizes for a looser fit and added 1.5″ to the length (a standard adjustment for my height).  I love that it’s a super quick sew and I can get so many different looks depending on fabric choice.  This sweater knit version will be worn all winter long!

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I can’t wait to wear my new outfit on those cold snowy winter days!  It’s the perfect casual mom-i-form.  Comfortable for folding laundry, running errands, and all those other everyday things.

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Ready for all the great tour details?!  Read on to meet all the incredible bloggers and sponsors and how you can win some amazing prize packs!

Your ITS Love bloggers are

Monday: Sew Sophie Lynn, Merritts Makes, Sewing with Sarah, Sewing with D

Tuesday: Shalini’s Blog, Auschicksews, Rebel and Malice, Sewing Vortex

Wednesday: Replicate Then Deviate, mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, The Petite Sewist, kreamino

Thursday: Sewing Curves, Creative Counselor, Sew Mariefleur, Fairies, Bubbles & Co, Sewing by Ti

Friday: Harper+Lu, MeMade, On Wednesdays We Sew, Heather Handmade, Bellevi, and visit by mooglii on IG

The ITS Love Tour sponsors have been so generous in support of Kennis of Itch to Stitch that we’ve been able to put together several prize packages to share with you.

First, you may enter our giveaway to win one of three prize packs:

Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

$25GC to Simply By Ti

$50 Raspberry Creek Gift Card

$50 Bella Sunshine gift card

Prize Pack #2 includes:

$50 Knit Pop GC

$25 Designer Stitch GC

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

3 patterns of choice from Coffee And Thread

2 patterns of choice from Hey June Handmade

Prize Pack #3 Includes:

$15 Thread & Grain store credit

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$40 So Sew English GC

3 patterns from Halla Patterns

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

Your second way to win is to share with us your recent Itch to Stitch creations (made between October and November 2017). Add your creations to our Link Up Party before Nov. 20th for a chance to win one of two prize packs.

LinkUp Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

A $40 value PFRE Sly Fox Fabrics.

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$50 Love Notions GC

LinkUp Prize Pack #2 includes:

$25 Stylish Fabric GC & sewing box kit

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

5 patterns from Rad Patterns

Pattern of choice from DG Patterns

 

 

Giveaway and Linkup prize winners will be announced on or about November 21st.

 

Love Notions Sloane Blog Tour Day Four

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Today’s post is a little sentimental.  This pretty lady right here is my mom.  She is absolutely the most selfless, kind, genuine person you’ll ever meet.  She actually taught me how to sew when I was young.  She sewed a ton of my clothes when I was little but then life with five kids kept her away from her machines.  She was busy driving us to school, practices, jobs and always had a side job going too.  As a mom of five myself, I don’t know how she did it (and our house was ALWAYS clean- super woman, I tell you!).

As my sister and I have gotten more into sewing she’s been wanting to get back into it too.  She was super nervous to sew for herself and scared of the new PDF world.  We knew that Love Notions Patterns (affiliate link) would be a great match for her.  They are classic styles with great instructions that come together easily and there are tons of beginner friendly patterns too!

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I’ve been sewing PDF patterns for so long now that I forget about how different they are from how I learned to sew in Home Ec.  The printing and taping are new not to mention the trend towards cutting pieces with pattern weights and a rotary cutter instead of pins and scissors.  I find it so much easier but that rotary cutter can be a little intimidating for a first timer.   We started with the LDT pattern this summer.  I think it’s a great pattern for a beginner (although the fabric recommendations can be a little trickier to sew with).  She made two gorgeous dresses and wore them all summer!  Once fall hit she kept mentioning she’d love to try a hoodie.  The new Sloane Sweater was perfect!

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Our first stop was Raspberry Creek Fabric for some pretty french terry.  She had a hard time deciding and grabbed fabric for two versions!  I knew this cotton spandex french terry would be much easier for her to sew than the rayon spandex she’d been struggling with.  It’s nice and thick, doesn’t curl or fray, and sews up so great on the serger.  I highly recommend it for a newbie to sewing knits- it’s a dream!

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We washed the fabric, printed and cut the pieces, and sewed this up all in an afternoon! This is her ‘I can’t believe I made this!’ face!  She was so excited to have a cute finished garment in no time.  It’s the best feeling to see someone’s confidence grow and their love of sewing ignite again.  Doesn’t she look amazing?!  I think she did an awesome job too!  I love her fabric pairing and how she used the dots.  It suits her so well!  I think that’s one of my favorite things about Tami’s patterns- if you look through her tester photos you will see real women, all shapes, sizes, and ages, and everyone looks fantastic!  Her patterns are easy to wear for women of all walks of life- you can make them dressy for the office or casual for the stay-at-home mom and everyone in between.  They’re just so, so good!

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And here she is doing the signature blogger ‘look at the ground as naturally as possible’ pose.  Nailed it!  This was simply the best afternoon and I’m so glad I got to share a piece of it with y’all.

You can catch all the other stops on the tour here:

 

Love Notions Sloane Blog Tour Day Three- free Cut File

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Here we are on day three and I’ve got another women’s Sloane for you.  This is inspired by a J. Crew sweatshirt I found on Pinterest

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It’s no longer available and I guarantee that I would cringe at the price.  Basic sweatshirts with a little embellishment are an easy DIY and usually carry a hefty price tag off the rack.

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For this version I sized up to a medium.  The inspiration pic looks really roomy and I wanted to keep that look.  I used one of my go-to fabrics- this light heather grey french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabric.  It’s a cotton spandex blend that’s medium weight with great stretch and recovery.  I did a basic view B without any of the bells and whistles.

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For my floral embellishments, I used my Cricut.  I knew I could achieve the look of the velvet flowers on the original with a black flocked heat transfer vinyl.  I love flocked vinyl and use it all the time.  It lends a retro vibe to graphic tees and holds up so well in the wash.  It mimicked the velvet so perfectly for this project too!

I’m not a graphics girl by any means so my flowers were done with a little trial and error.  I found a few free floral clip arts online and traced them in Design Space.  I copy and pasted them to get multiple sizes to get a good variety to play with.  I had fun laying them out on my top and playing around with placement.  You really can’t go wrong.  Use as few or as many flowers as you’d like.

You can make your own with these free files using your cutting machine:

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I think they’d look great in a metallic or a subtle monocramatic color on color too!

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I love this quick embellishment project!  So easy and adds so much to a boring old sweatshirt.

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You can check out all the other stops on the Sloane Tour this week here and stick around for my official post tomorrow!

Monday: Sew Shelly Sew, The Wholesome Mama, Ruby Rue Creations

Tuesday: Third Shift Creations, Sew Like a Sloth, Four Seasons and a Roadtrip

 

Love Notions Sloane Tour Day Two

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If you’ve followed me for very long you know I’m all about comfort.  Even in my fanciest dresses, I love to feel like I’m in my pajamas.   So it’s no surprise I now have a closetful of variations on the Love Notions Sloane (affl. link).  Sloane season also coincides with french terry season which means I will be living in comfort (and style!) for months!

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Raspberry Creek Fabric carries my favorite french terry, a thick cozy cotton spandex blend, in tons of gorgeous prints in their in house CLUB fabric line.  Diana at Raspberry Creek is a dear friend and has graciously sponsored most of my Sloane fabric posts.  You definitely need to head over to check out her huge selection at amazing prices (not to mention lightning fast shipping!).

This newest line is something dreams are made of.  I’m such a fan of olive and plum and this fabric is just beautiful!  I used the floral on oatmeal base and plum dots for this version.

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I did view B with the yoke and hood options.  I did a size small and like the boxy fit of this pattern.  The wider fit sets this apart from my other hoodie patterns and feels very fresh and trendy that way.  It’s still classic and not too slouchy though too!  This pattern can be made almost entirely on your serger making it sew up in a flash.  I did a french seam on the hood and a little topstitching on my machine but even then this was easily a quick afternoon project.  Am I speaking your language too?!  I don’t think anyone ever has ‘too much’ sewing time!

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I had to quickly throw this on hot off the machines so I could get quick pics.  I was dying to wear this out trick-or-treating with my crew.  It was perfect for our slightly crisp fall evening!

You can check out more fantastic Sloanes this week by following the blog tour- so much cuteness!

 

 

Winter Adelyn with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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The newest line from Raspberry Creek Fabric has hit the shop and it’s simply perfect!  Corrine Wells Design really nailed this winter fabric line.  It’s classic, simple, and so versatile.  I was lucky enough to get to play with this gorgeous cardinal print.  I chose the cotton jersey and paired it with this Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham.  I love the retro feel of this combo!

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I used Adelyn’s Scoop Back Dress from Simple Life Pattern Co.  It’s a favorite with my girls!

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I did a couple of easy modifications.  She wanted 3/4 sleeves so I simply cut the long sleeves a bit shorter.  I also changed up the skirt because this girl can’t get enough maxi dresses!  I used the width of the fabric but cut it in half to add pockets (almost a necessity now!).  I used a pocket piece from the M4M Joy since I had it handy but any side inseam pocket would work.   I measured from where the bodice hit her waist to the floor and added a hem allowance.  I love to do them floor length to begin with because kids grow soooo fast and then they can possibly get a couple years wear out of them.  I added clear elastic at the waist seam to help with the weight of the skirt.  I did the higher scoop and it still works lovely with the bow.

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Our favorite feature with this pattern is the darling bow back!  Seriously a showstopper!

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I’m excited to have a holiday dress done for her (don’t worry- I can never make just one!).  I love that this fabric is not too Christmas-y and will work great all winter long.  It reminds me so much of my sweet Grandma Lola and her love of birds.  I get especially sentimental during the holidays and it just makes me so happy to see my little miss in this.

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You can grab this fabric (and the rest of the line!) on sale through Thursday, October 19th for $1 off a yard.  It will stick around in the shop until Christmas.

Love Notions Sloane Sweater

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Fall is here and that means sweaters and sweatshirts are taking over our closets!  The newest Love Notions patterns are perfect!  The Women’s Sloane got a revamp and while she was at it she added a girls version too! (affl. links)

This post contains affiliate links.  I became a Love Notions Affiliate AFTER falling in love with her patterns, testing process, and attention to details.  Purchasing through the links provides me with a little kick back that of course gets spent on more fabric 😉

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There are two different views- view A is a relaxed fit, curved hem top and view B is a boxy fit with bands (similar to your favorite sweatshirt).  There are tons of options too!  You can add a contrast yoke, elbow patches, kangaroo pocket and a hood.  You’ll want to sew up a handful just to try them all!

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I sewed up this version pre-revision and blogged about it over on the CaliFabrics blog.  This super soft french terry version is one of my favorite makes!  The fit didn’t change much during testing but many of the options are new including extended sizing and a FBA piece (so nice to have the work done for you!).  This is a simple view B with lace added to the yoke seams.

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I had just enough left of the rose french terry for this fun top for my girl.  She picked some camo french terry (from LA) as a coordinate and I love this combo sooooo much.  Pink and camo is just a sweet little match!

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I love that these tops coordinate but aren’t exact copies.  I’m sure we won’t wear them at the same time but it was pretty fun to get pics with my mini me!

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Of course lil sis needed one too!  Are you scrambling to fill in all the gaps in your kids cold weather wardrobe?  I was shocked to see this girly had outgrown most of her long sleeved tops.  A plain view B was a quick and easy solution!  This is a quilted knit from Hobby Lobby last year.  It’s a bit thicker than the recommended fabric but I love the boxier fit.  The perfect loose fitting sweatshirt without being sloppy!

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The grey and flannel version was an early tester version.  The final pattern is a bit more slim but we still love this one!  I can’t get enough of plaid flannel and french terry together- especially this mustard and grey combo.  You might recognize it from this rad Halifax of mine 🙂

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That yoke and those elbow patches are pretty fantastic!

This will be such a staple pattern for us.  There are so many possibilities, such a great basic pattern that can be hacked to fit your needs.

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I’ve got a little sneak peek of an easy hack that I’ll be sharing with you on the CaliFabrics blog real soon.  I’ll link it here when it’s up!

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Make sure to grab your copies on sale through Thursday, October 19th!  (bundle, girls, women’s– affl. links)

 

Back to School Tour Capsule Wardrobe

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I love sewing for fall and the Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jube Jube was a great excuse to sew for my oldest daughter.  Make sure to head over to Sprouting Jube Jube to see the amazing list of sponsors- so many great pattern and fabric companies!

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When it came time to plan my sweet girl’s back to school wardrobe we first went through her closet to see any gaps that needed to be filled.  It’s no secret that this girly has quite the closet full of clothes.  In an attempt to keep it from overflowing we decided a capsule wardrobe for fall would work best.  We pulled old items from her closet, added a few new handmades, and then hit a couple stores for a few more pieces.  I think this collection of handmade and store-bought clothes sums up her wardrobe in general.  I love to sew her easy, quick pieces and fill it in with ready-to-wear items that don’t make sense for me to sew-  items that are inexpensive or too time consuming for me to fabricate.  Sometimes it’s even easier for me to purchase things and then alter them to fit her skinny body- a quick taking in of the waist and hips has saved many ready-to-wear pants!  Now on to the fashion show…

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This blush pink bomber jacket, purchased at TJ Maxx, was the starting point for this capsule.  I love it so much and have a serious case of jacket envy!  It’s the perfect weight for fall and has been in heavy rotation here.

Jeans are one thing I’ve yet to attempt so I will gladly keep purchasing them!  It’s hard to find pants that fit this girl and when we do I feel like cheering!  H&M offers a wider range of sizes and their pants run on the skinny side so they are usually our first stop.  Both of the jeans featured are from there.  We also order online for her quite a bit since more stores carry slim sizing only in their online shops (Old Navy, Target, and Crazy 8 are some favorites).

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This girl loves to browse online and fell in love with a few pieces from Children’s Place, including this hoodie and the button-up shirt (no longer available but here’s a similar version).  For under ten dollars each, these pieces were no brainers for me to purchase.  Button plackets, collars, button-holes- eek!  She loves her button-ups and for that price I will gladly save myself the time, stress, and expense of making them.  These hi-top white sneakers are also from Children’s Place.

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The leggings and this tee were found at Ross and were both under $6- easy things to make, yes, but for that price point we were both happy to add them to our cart!  For all you vinyl-lovers like myself, Thread and Grain has a super cute vinyl file with the same saying!  The black and white polka dot Reebox were also a Ross score.

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Onto the handmades!! I’m a huge fan of the Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan (affl. link) and knew she’d love her own french terry version.  I picked up this french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and while it’s currently not available there are PLENTY of other french terry options in the shop!  It’s beyond cozy and a good alternative to the classic hoodie.

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These two tops are oldies but goodies and are still going strong.  The floral is the Andromeda Top from Sew Straight and Gather (you can see more pics of it here).  The striped tee is my go-to t-shirt pattern, the City Park Tee from Hey June Handmade (more pics here).  These are both shirts that she continues to gravitate to so they were no brainers to include in this capsule.

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The Patterns for Pirates Butterfly Cardigan is another tried-and-true pattern for us.  It’s an incredibly quick sew and I love the slouchy-cool look it has.  This thin sweater knit has been in my stash forever and was perfect for this light-weight fall cardigan.

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The last piece I made might be my favorite!  The Lazy Day Lounge Pants from Gracious Threads are the perfect comfy pants!  They’re a relaxed fit but not too baggy and sloppy.  In this gorgeous french terry from Raspberry Creek fabrics (currently out-of-stock), I don’t think I could love them more!

Phew!  You made it to the end- you might deserve a medal for sticking through all those details!  So many pieces but they all add up to one super cute, versatile capsule wardrobe!

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Thanks so much to Deb and Ula for hosting!  Make sure to check out all the amazing inspiration this week.  If you love sewing for kids then this tour is for you!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

Sewing by Ti * mahlicadesigns * Momma You Can Make It * Kutti Couture * MoonStar – Wondermirakel * Call Ajaire

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Sew and Tell Project * From-a-Box * Ronda B. Handmade * MeMade * House of Estrela * My Heart Will Sew On * Tales From A Southern Mom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

mahlicadesigns * Gracious Threads * Adventures With Bubba and Bug * Elli & Nels * Bellevi * Little Heart Threads * Sewing By Ti * Lulu & Celeste

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Paisley Roots * The Crafting Fiend * Sewstarly * It’s Liesel * Tales of a Tester * Kaleidothought * auschick sews

Friday, September 29, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

SewSophieLynn * Sew Haute Blog * mahlicadesigns * Sew and Tell Project * RP Custom Fabrics Blog * FABulous Home Sewn * Sewing By Ti * Phat Quarters