The Continental Blouse

We’re visiting family later this fall, so I have a few things I want to make to wear for the trip. We’re traveling to Florida, so I think a few pieces that I can layer and are comfortable enough to chase Lo on the beach will be perfect. I am looking forward to this vacation!

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While organizing my patterns last week, I stumbled on this Lisette 2059 pattern by Liesl and Co for Simplicity and decided to make the top. After participating in Me Made May this spring, I realized I need to make more staple pieces for my wardrobe. I like that this shirt is pretty basic, but has a subtle ruffle on the back to make it special on its own.

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I lengthened the top about two inches to make it a tunic so I could wear it with leggings or skinny jeans. I accidentally made it a size bigger (size 12), but took it in a bit before adding the sleeves. After seeing how much more ease there is than it stated on the pattern piece, I’ll probably size down to an 8 the next time I make this. The envelope and pattern give different measurements for final measurement with ease; go with the envelope because it’s more accurate.

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Another one issue I found while making the top is that the neckline rested uncomfortably high on me. I lowered the neckline an inch and added six pleats. The pleats gave the front a bit of shape, pulled in the shoulders (since I made it too big) and kept it loose. Other than that, this was a quick sew and took about two hours (with the modifications and cutting the fabric) for me to make.

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I think this will get a good amount of wear this fall and possibly spring if it’s breezy. This fabric has been in my stash for about a year, and I can’t recall who gave it to me; it’s a poly cotton blend. I crocheted the infinity scarf and will be posting more about that in the next couple of weeks.

So, are you sewing for fall? Are there any trends you’re loving? I’d love to see what’s inspiring you!

 

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September 2014 Giveaways

I came across a few giveaways this week and wanted to share the news. Good luck!

Check out the giveaway over at StraightGrain? An’s sponsor, Modes4u, is giving away 3 meters of Japanese fabric on her blog.

SewCanShe.com is also hosting a giveaway for fabric. Enter here to win a half-yard cut bundle from Maigo.

The Spoonflower Blog is giving away a copy of We Love to Sew Bedrooms and 3 yards of faux suede. Go here to enter.

Lastly, head over to Thread Riding Hood to win patterns from various designers. See the newly released Secret Garden Dress and enter while you’re there.

Pleated Simplicity

Have you heard it is Selfish Sewing Week? Rachael is also having a giveaway, so make sure you go enter for your chance to win a pattern from one of forty indie designers. She also has posts from various bloggers reviewing the pattern they were given.

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I didn’t realize it was Selfish Sewing Week, but I had already planned on making a few things for myself- including a women’s pants pattern! They’re in testing at the moment, but once the designer gives the okay to share, I’ll let you guys know what I think. For now, I’m sharing my version of Lisette 1419 by Liesl and Co for Simplicity.

 

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I found this fabric on sale at Joann this summer, and I knew I wanted to make a classic, simple dress with it; it’s a linen blend with great drape. I tried searching for it online, but it appears it’s sold out. I bought this pattern awhile ago, but never made anything from it.

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This was such a quick and easy dress to sew, I am planning on making a few more. There are so many things I love about the dress, but I think my favorite detail are the pleats! I generally don’t care for pleats, but with the drape of this fabric, I can’t get enough of them on this dress. I also love the waist and princess darts on the front and back bodice, and of course, the pockets! I omitted the keyhole, but will add it to the next one, and I may shorten the length, so that it’s above the knee. I made narrow hems for both the sleeves and skirt, but you could also do a rolled hem on the skirt.

The most challenging part of making this dress is the zipper, so I think an advanced beginner could make this dress without any trouble.

So, what are you working on this week? Did you make yourself something? I’d love to see!

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Pixie and Bears

 

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I crocheted Lo several hats  while I was pregnant, and my favorite hat is this coral bear beanie she wore all last winter. She looked so cute in it, her cousin wanted one too! Sadly, it must have been intercepted through the mail because he never received it, so I made him another this week. I omitted the braids, but left the ear flaps for his.

I made Lo’s hat with Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Cotton, and Declan’s hat is made with Bernat’s Roving yarn. The Bernat yarn has 20% wool and is much thicker than the Cascade yarn, but I wanted to make sure it would keep him warm in the middle of a Maryland winter. I don’t have a pattern to share since I made it up as I went along, but there are tons of tutorials out there for both.

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As I mentioned earlier this week, J and I discussed the possibility of a move within the next year, so I am going throughout the house and seeing what we can throw out or donate. While going through old magazines, I came across an old copy of Simply Crochet, Issue 10. I remembered I wanted to make Lo the pixie cap on page 51, so I went through my yarn stash and found this Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky yarn in Spice, and grabbed a hook. It’s an easy pattern to follow , works up quickly, and I definitely plan on making a few more for baby gifts this winter- once I master making the pom pom!

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Now, I’m off to practice my knitting skills and make Lo an ear warmer. I love the look of this yarn! Is there a hat pattern you love to gift to the tots in your life? I’d love to see what you’ve made!

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Ghostly Alba

After J and I discussed a possible move within a year, I decided I needed to start stash busting some of my fabric and yarn. In doing this, I came across this forgotten ribbed Halloween knit I purchased last year from a local fabric store. It was more of a pain to sew with than I expected, but I love how this dress turned out.

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I chose the Alba Cowl Neck Dress by Violette Field Threads because I wanted something that could be layered. Although it’s technically summer, I had to pull out our winter coats last week for a couple of days, so I am planning for whatever weather we are having next month! It’s warmed up again, but it’s cooler now than it was before the rain.

Okay, back to the dress! I made a few revisions and shortened it by two inches. I used interfacing, which wasn’t mentioned in the pattern, for the neckline and cowl. I wanted to make sure the neckline would keep its shape, and I liked the stiffer cowl neck in the cover photo, but I knew my knit needed a little help for more structure. I also modified the keyhole in the back and omitted the pockets and buttons on the back of the cowl.

Overall, it was pretty easy to sew up, and I will definitely make more of these for Lo. I’m considering making the next one with a lightweight corduroy I found awhile back on sale. I have a few other things I’m working on that I’ll be showing you guys soon, along with the culottes I made earlier this summer!

So, have you been sewing any new patterns lately? Where do you go for your patterns? Is there a designer you absolutely love? Please share! I love discovering new designers and seeing others creations.

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Hallow Cricket

Hey there! This summer has flown by for us! Thankfully, we are finally settling into our groove, and I have begun prepping for the holidays! I have my fabric picked out, but I’m still unsure which patterns to use on each. I did, however, decide on a Halloween dress for Lo last night, and I finished it tonight!

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I purchased a couple of yards of Bella Blvd’s Too Cute To Spook awhile back and decided to make Lo a dress using the Cricket pattern by Brownie Goose. I fell in love with the simple A-line shape and curved hem, so I purchased the pattern during a sale last month. To be honest, I had read several bad reviews from various groups and sites, so I was expecting a poorly written pattern with usable pattern pieces.

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With that said, I was pleasantly surprised to see clear instructions and some great tips for sewing this dress. Personally, I didn’t care for the banter in the instructions, but I know there are those who appreciate it. I did change the facing pieces in the pattern and fully lined the inside for this version. Lastly, I modified the sleeves a bit in order to remove some of the volume since I used a quilter’s cotton since it doesn’t have much drape. I also deviated from her instructions by enclosing the gathered sleeves into the band.

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One last note regarding the pattern is, although it states that you can use woven fabric, I think this pattern is best for knit, especially if you make this for a girl without knowing her measurements. I had to go up a size from the usual size I make Lo, and it’s still a bit more snug than I would like. Overall, I think this will be a pattern I use often with the minor tweaks.

So, what have you been sewing up lately? Any holiday sewing on your table? Or any other crafting projects?

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Pleated Pencil Skirt

Hello, there! My, it’s been awhile! Things have been hectic around here, but life is beginning to slow down, thankfully. One of the things I was working on was testing Delia’s (from Delia Creates) Pleated Pencil Skirt pattern. Have you checked out her blog? She has great tutorials, recipes, tips, and her kids are so cute!

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As I mentioned earlier, I tested Delia’s Pleated Pencil Skirt earlier this month, and if you’re in search of a great fitting pencil skirt with a relaxed waist fit, look no further. I absolutely love the look and fit of this skirt! After having Lo, I couldn’t wait to get the weight off. Now that I have, I am noticing that my clothes do not fit the way they did before growing a bump. As a result, I have been sewing for myself more and more since my trips to the mall aren’t as successful as they once were, and I can’t wait to make more of these skirts!

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This skirt features a closed kick pleat in the back and skims over waist and hips without being restrictive. She gives you great pictures and instructions for each step with tips throughout to ensure you will have a  great fitting skirt in the end. Did I mention it’s also lined? This was great considering it became windy halfway through the shoot, and it kept this silk-poly blend fabric from adhering to my skin.

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The last thing I loved about this pattern is that there weren’t a ton of pages to print! It’s also color coordinated to each size, so it’s easy to put together and cut out your size. Get inspired, and see what the other testers did with this pattern.

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Lo’s Big Banner

Lo’s party is in less than two weeks! Eek! My baby is turning one! Jon and I have been reviewing photos over the last year, and are simply amazed at how much she has learned and grown! She’s in the 95th percentile in height and 83rd percentile in weight; not too shabby for a preemie!

With that being said, we settled on a Winnie the Pooh themed party this year. It was surprising how few the options were on party supplies that are available. As a result, Jon and I have been busy making things for the party. First up, is the birthday banner.

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Want to make one? Here’s what I did. First, I gathered my supplies: glue gun, thread (It’s not pictured.), pom-pom trim, ruler, burlap, ribbon, cut letters (I had these, but I ended up using my cutter and made black letters.), scissors, embellishments )I used chip board embellishments.) and a ruler.

SAM_7064Next, I cut up my burlap into identical pieces and added an extra ½ inch in order to sew the ends. Make sure to swap out your sewing needle to a heavy-duty one, and I recommend using tissue paper underneath to make it easier to slide through. I folded the frayed edge in ¼ inch twice and sewed with a stronger stitch length.

SAM_7041The next thing I did was hot glue the embellishments and letters to my burlap flags. Be careful; the burlap is mesh, and you can easily burn yourself.

SAM_7050Once I did this, I decided I wanted to sew my pom-pom trim to my ribbon. You are able to use your hot glue gun if you don’t want (or know how) to sew. Just remember to not burn your fingers. Just take it slow, and make sure it stays aligned. Also, keep in mind how long you want the banner length, and if you want the entire banner to have pom-pom trim or just the flag/bunting portion. I decided to make the ends plain with only the ribbon.

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For the last step, I sewed the ribbon trim to the burlap flags. I spaced them 3 inches apart, pinned them in place, and sewed them on the top edges of the burlap. Make sure to reinforce the ends you just sewed, so it doesn’t unravel. You can hot glue the ribbon to the top edge of the burlap flags, but again, watch those fingers.

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Snip away all the tails, if you sewed. I folded the ends of the ribbon in twice and sewed them. If you didn’t sew, you should just use the Fray Block so the ends of your ribbon don’t fray.

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That’s it. You’re done! Easy peasy.

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Linked Up on Show Me What Ya Got, Your Whims Wednesday, Wonderful Wednesday, We Did It Wednesday, Catch A Glimpse, Artsy Corner, Showcase Your Talent The Party Bunch, Catch As Catch Can, The Inspiration Gallerys and Lovely Ladies Linky.

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Earlier this week I was in need of a few sewing notions, so Jon stayed home with Lo and I was able to slip away to a local fabric store.  While there, I came across a gorgeous, floral jacquard fabric and I knew I needed to bring it home. Since I bought the remainder that was on the bolt, I needed to find a pattern that only required 2 ½ yards of fabric and would be a fairly simple and quick pattern.

My friend Amy was getting married (The wedding was today!), and I knew this is what I wanted to wear. I originally had Simplicity 1585 in mind, but I switched to my Simplicity 1877 at the last second since I already had all the pattern pieces cut out. I love my Easter dress, and I don’t mind having another version. Somehow, I ended up with enough of a remnant to make Lo a Piper dress, and I plan on making her bloomers to match soon.SAM_7027 I kept to the pattern, but made the mistake of not going down a size. This fabric has more stretch than I anticipated, and I don’t want to unpick the seams, so I’ll just belt it. Other than that, I love this dress. Now, I just need to shop for new tan wedges and get a hair cut, and then, I’ll be satisfied with my ensemble! SAM_7025 So, tell me, do you generally plan what you’re about to sew? Or do you stumble upon projects when you find the right fabric or pattern? I think I do a bit of both. What did you work on this week?

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