We Gather Here Today in Thanksgiving…a gathering tutorial

As we get ever-nearer to the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, I am frantically trying to juggle all that has to get done, including my outfit. I have decided that I NEED to sew up a pattern that I own which requires gathering…a LOT of gathering, so I was thinking that maybe others would like to follow along as I give some hints and methods for gathering woven and knits.

Just so that everyone is on the same page, I am going to be demonstrating the techniques with a sewing machine, a serger, and explaining how one could even gather your fabric by hand sewing it. *gasp* Hand stitching isn’t everyone’s favorite method, but it works, if you are away from your machines or just prefer the analog life.

I am going to demonstrate these techniques with scrap fabric, so that the stitches can be clearly seen. With wovens and a home sewing machine, I recommend the two rows of parallel long straight stitches/basting stitches method. First, you sew 2 parallel rows of elongated (like a 4-5 length stitch) straight stitches (almost a basting stitch). **Don’t do a backstitch/locking stitch to start or end these rows of stitches.

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When you are done choose ONE ROW (I usually choose the top row) and make sure that you can gently pull the thread form BOTH ends. What you want to do is to gently pull from one side, predominantly, but will need to end pulling from the opposite side of the SAME thread/row (if you try to pull entirely from one side only, it could end with you pulling that thread completely out). Another choice that you have is to gather a little bit from the opposite side and tie a securing knot to keep it in place (or you could wait until the end, or live dangerously, if you know that you are going to sew over and secure both sides of the gather with your machine as it attaches to another pattern piece.

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Slowly inch from one side to the other, keeping in mind the gathering needs for that pattern (sometimes, it is only a few inches that have to be gathered at 50%, and sometimes it can be more or less of either of these measurements).

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When you are done gathering the entire piece, it can look as tightly gathered as this.

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This method can also be used on knits, but I recommend just gathering on your serger, if you have one, as it is a lot faster.

For gathering your fabric with a serger, there does exist a gathering foot for most sergers, but since a lot of people that I know do not own this, I am going to demonstrate this with a standard presser foot.

First, you want to adjust your serger settings. I choose to move my differential feed to 2.0 (from N) and stitch length to 4.0 (from 2). This allows for the machine to do all of the hard work for you.

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Next, I assist the gather by bunching up my fabric in an orderly manner so that it feeds through the serger at an enhanced gather rate. If you only need a 25% gather, you don’t need to do this.

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When it is done, it will look like this.

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Finally, I will demonstrate how easy it is to gather by hand. You have a lot more control with this method, but it can take longer, depending on the length of your gather (for the Emma, it is a very long gather, and about 3 tiers of it (meaning 3 different gathers around the entire circumference of the dress). Hand sewing is not going to be my go-to here for this project (but that’s a personal preference).

First, you will make sure that your thread is knotted and start your gathering stitch from the wrong side of the fabric.

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Next, you will sew your stitches and either stitch and pull gently to gather to your desired gathering percentage,

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…or gather the fabric on your needle to gather it as you go.

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When you are done, you just knot off the end on the wrong side, and you are done!

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If anyone has any questions about any of these techniques, please feel free to leave me a comment or find me on Facebook.com/JotDesigns and ask all the questions that you have. Thanks!! And I hope that your holiday gatherings are relaxing, peaceful, and filled with lots of love!

WWD’s Fashionista Jacket Will Make You Want To Strike a Pose

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It’s time for fall, and you know what that means: Falling leaves, falling apples, and falling temperatures!!! It’s the PERFECT time to sew up some outerwear inspired by this Winter Wear Designs Outerwear Blog Tour!!

I decided that I NEEDED to sew up Winter Wear Designs’ newest pattern, the
Fashionista Jean Jacket. It has a great clean scooped neckline, a gorgeous placket, and a banded bottom, meant to look great with any number of layered garments!!

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I used a brocade woven fabric from http://www.Seweird.com to sew up my Fashionista, and chose the welt pocket option. There is also a side pocket option for this awesome jacket.

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With awesome touches like having a front and back yoke and cuffed sleeves, the Fashionista will be your go-to for seasonal transition pieces and miles of style!

Fall in love with every stop on the tour:
October 22
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
October 23
October 24
October 25
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Jessica of Jot Designs USA
October 26
Livia of Liviality

OMeGa!! Nailed it! A Stop on the Winter Wear Designs Hack-a-Thon Blog Tour

September is a month of fresh starts for so many at school and a time of renewal as we head into another fall season. What a perfect time to make what we have “new” again by hacking our available pattern resources into all new garments?

I love scouring Pinterest for new ideas, and I found a tank top that I Really liked the look of. I loved the lace yoke to add that special little something.

Here is my inspo pic:
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I mean, how cute is that?! Plus, it’s casual enough that I can wear it almost anywhere. I looked through my patterns, and found my Winter Wear Designs (aff) Omega Top and Tunic For Women Sizes xxs-XXXL. I decided to use some 5″ black lace that I had, which provided a nice overlay for the yoke. I am super in love with my jacked Omega!

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What kind of hacks are you planning for your wardrobe? I know that I can’t wait to have more time to hack even more outfits from my inspo boards on Pinterest!

Don’t miss out on the daily giveaway posts in the WWDFUN FB group!!!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/918196014871086/

Don’t miss out on any of the stops along the tour!!!!
9/24
Jess of Jot Designs
9/25
9/26
Livia of Liviality
9/27
9/28
Patricia of Sew Far North

That’s a Wrap: Finding the Perfect New Dress Pattern in the Petaluma from Itch to Stitch

If you are looking for the sweetest new fun, yet classy dress pdf pattern, look no further than Itch to Stitch Sewing Pattern Shop’s  Petaluma Faux Wrap Dress!  It is a pdf pattern for sizes 00-20, in customizable cup sizes A-DD, and not only has the cutest faux wrap style, but also has in-seam pockets, an invisible zipper closure, an optional sash, and 3 sleeve options. I chose the double petal option over the short and butterfly option for my first version, and I LOVE it!!
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I sewed up my Petaluma in Knitpop’s Olive Crepe Georgette woven fabric. I love this fabric SO much that I played crazy pattern Tetris to make sure that I was able to make this dress out of my large scraps that I had left. It worked out, but just barely. Hahaha

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While sewing this up, I didn’t run into any major difficulties, as the instructions were very clear and had great illustrations. I will say that you should Stop and TRY ON your cross-front bodice after pinning it to the skirt BEFORE sewing it on to make sure that you have a perfect fit.

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Get your copy of the Petaluma Faux Wrap Dress at the introductory sale price of only $9.60 for this week only! It’s SUCH a crazy, beautiful pattern to make your closet happy, from church wear to a little black dress for date night!

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Heading Back To School in Winter Wear Designs, a Stop on the B2S Blog Tour

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It’s that time of year again! It’s time to head back to school. Whether you are a student, educator, or administrator, you always want to look your best doing it! Luckily, Winter Wear Designs (aff) has got your back!! Their amazing patterns will have you looking stylish, no matter your age!

I was lucky enough to join in the Back 2 School Blog Tour with some AMAZING bloggers, who are talented sewists as well! We each set out with the goal of creating a mini capsule for differing back to school needs, so please make sure to visit all of the stops along this blog tour to be able to get inspired by the great and beautiful creations that have been made using Winter Wear Designs’ pdf patterns!

I sewed up the Aviator Pants for Women in Sizes XXS-XXXL (aff) and the Hepburn Henley for Women in Sizes 00-22 (aff) from the Back to School Bundle for Teens and Women (aff). I also sewed up the Trendy Tank (aff), a pattern that is free with coupon code, and the Read Deal Jeans for Women, in Sizes XXS-XXL (aff) in the capri length for this change of season, as we head into autumn.

Real Deal Capri length Jeans with Hepburn Henley with short sleeves…

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As I was trying to create a capsule for back to school looks, I chose pieces that were versatile so that you can mix and match and never have your wardrobe go stale or to be unprepared for a situation. I made the Aviator pants with a faux snakeskin velvet (from Mily Mae Fabrics) so that students or faculty could go to class in them or throw them on for dinner and a night on the town. I chose to have front pockets, but not the optional cargo pockets or back welt pockets, as I was going for a more trouser/dress pants kind of feel. I also went with a waistband hack for them, as I had this gorgeous glittery waistband elastic from Knitpop (aff). This glitter allows me to not only feel pretty, but also SO comfy all day long.

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With the Hepburn Henleys, I sewed one up with longer sleeves in DBP and RS (the white and yellow one with daisies from Love Adore Knits), and my other one in Rose Baroque crushed velvet from Mily Mae Fabrics.

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As you can see with a couple of accessories and changing from the Real Deal Jeans to the Aviators sewn up in a luxe fabric like velvet or suede, and the Hepburn Henley sewn up in fabrics like velvet, suede, silk, brushed hacci, or satin, you look can go from classroom to date night in a flash.

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I also sewed up a Trendy Tank (aff) in Twinkle Teal velvet from Mily Mae Fabrics and finished my edges with silver fold over elastic (FOE) for a fun look under a blazer (Phresh blazer anyone?) or cardi (Twin Peaks Cardi perfection!) or on its own for a fun night on the town.

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As you can see, the options are endless and are limited only by your imagination (OK OK, and maybe the available budget. hahaha) Grabbing the Back to School Bundle for Teens and Women (aff) will have you set with SO many possible looks for your own back to school capsule for one low price.

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For this blog tour, the Phresh Jeggings for Girls in sizes 1-14 (aff) and the Perfect Panel Tee for Boys and Girls in Sizes 1-14 (aff) are on sale for ONLY $5!! Run and get your copy today!!

Don’t miss out on any of the stops on the

Back 2 School Blog Tour 2018
 
Monday 8/27
Intro from Winter Wear Designs

Tuesday 8/28

Larissa of Connected by a Thread

Wednesday 8/29
Carrie of BeriBee Designs
Livia of  Liviality
Thursday 8/30
Diane of Sewing With D
Jackie of
Friday 8/31
Jessica of Jot Designs
Patricia of Sew Far North

Falling in love with Rebecca Page, a stop on the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Seasons Blog Tour

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Welcome to one of the final stops on Rebecca Page’s Turning the Page: Sewing for the Seasons Blog Tour! Just because we are wrapping up our week of amazing fun, doesn’t mean that it stops here!! You, too, can enhance your wardrobe by being inspired by or recreating one of the many sophisticated, fun, flirty, and classic styles that you have seen along the way!!

When I was looking in my closet this past weekend, I realized just how low it was on comfortable and season-transitional pieces that I had. I have Plenty of summer looks, as I live in the southern US, but I needed to work on my fall transitional pieces and winter looks.

I immediately thought of Rebecca Page’s FANTASTIC outerwear, especially their cardigans. Cardies allow SO much freedom, as you can layer them on and remove them during the day, as temperatures fluctuate during our seasonal changes. I decided to sew up a The Circle Cardie – A Ladies Cardie Pattern (aff) for this exact reason!

The Circle Cardie allows for endless possibilities with regards to which knit to use. I chose a crushed velvet in Metal Crush (that I purchased from Mily Mae Fabrics), a sort of charcoal shade, which would drape me in softness and warmth and help ease my wardrobe’s transition into the colder months. It is just the first of many that I am going to sew up. I plan on at least 7: one for every day of the week! Since there are so many options on lengths, bands, ruffles, and sleeves, as well as the vast number of fabric options, my choices are nearly endless!

Next, I had to decide what should go under this cardigan. I decided on the The Emma Top and Dress – Ladies High Neck Dress Pattern (aff). Not only does the high neck on this top and dress block the cold winds of autumn, but also is stylish and a source of additional warmth, and it is currently in a sale bundle, the Summer Maxi Bundle. This pdf pattern really does allow for SO many options with the fabric choices and the lining options. Really, if it is super cold where you live, line it with a silk lining for a lightweight and VERY warm option. You could even opt for a superfine wool lining, as well. In the southern US, most of us just need cotton or maybe polyester, or as I chose: a gorgeous rayon (that I purchased from Mily Mae Fabrics), that has amazing drape and beautiful coverage, without being bulky or heavy.

I finally decided to sew up the top version of the Emma, and it was love!! It’s just long enough to cover everything that I want hidden, but also loose enough to keep me cool with a nice breeze! I paired it with capri leggings, so I know that leggings in late fall would also be perfection! One thing that I LOVE doing with stripes is to either cant them and wear them on the bias or create chevron patterns by having two angled stripes meet at a center point. This allows me to not have horizontal stripes which might not be the most flattering on my plus-sized figure, but also it is fresh, fun, and fashionable (and so easy to do!).

Please visit all the stops on the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Changing Seasons Blog Tour with Rebecca Page. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win some fantastic prizes from our fabric sponsors!

  1. August 20: Rebecca Page (Intro), Sewjourns, Soul fed on Thread
  2. August 21: Sarcastic Sewist, PatchWitch, Flaxfield Sewing by Anca
  3. August 22: Princesse et Tresors, Bellephant, The Scatty Sewer
  4. August 23: BigFlyNotions, Stitched by Jennie, Millie’s Place Handmade
  5. August 24: Sweet Sprocket, Australian Sewing, Advice & Inspiration, The Sewing Unicorn
  6. August 25: LIVIALITY, Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing, Simply Kyra
  7. August 26: Seams So Lo, Middle River Studio, Jot Designs

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Craving a Closetful of Crystal Cove Camis

Crystal Cove Cami is another AMAZING hit for Itch to Stitch!! (Itch to Stitch Sewing Pattern Shop) This cami pattern is meant for woven fabrics, and can be dressed up or down, depending on which fabric you choose to make it in. It comes in sizes 00-20, and I sewed up a 16, graded to a 20 hip.  It took me only about 45 minutes to tape, cut, and sew up this cami top. It was easy and turned out great. I needed another few minutes to press this top, but it was well worth it.

The back is what sets this cami apart from its competitors. The petals that overlap allow for so much movement and air to circulate around your back during the warm summer months, and I LOVE this detail so much!

I used Boho Fabrics‘ rayon woven fabric for this more casual, but still fresh and pretty cami look.

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I used Mily Mae Fabrics‘ silky feeling poly blend Aster fabric for my dressier take on the Crystal Cove Cami. It’s perfect for date night or to pop under a blazer for work (or even better, a work to play top).

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And if you act now, you can get the Crystal Cove Cami at its introductory special sale price of only $8.00 through Monday, June the 18th! Get your copy today!

My New Whataburger Jeans

When I started sewing up my Itch To Stitch Mountain View Pull on Jeans (https://goo.gl/3dNThz), I loved how well the pdf pattern taped together, and the lines that were painstakingly and professionally drafted from the very talented designer of Itch To Stitch design house.

These jeans were unlike any other pull on pant or jean that I had ever made or even tried on (RTW). They were like a yoga pant had a baby with a pair of your favorite jeans. Everything stayed in place so nicely and these looked like any pair of jeans that you would find in any high-end department store. They didn’t have a scrunchy elastic waistband. Instead, it’s a smooth extension of the pants that curves up and is tall and flat against the body, much as a yoga pants waistband.

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It was during one of the steps that the pattern called for back pocket designs topstitched into the pockets. Since my embroidery machine is in a different city from where I am now, I painstaking drew what I thought would be a classy and Wonder Woman inspired pocket design. I finished them, and was proud of my work….and I attached them to the pants. I then wore them for the day, and when my family came home, my sister said, “Nice Whataburger pants!” I hadn’t realized that I had subliminally sewed up the logo of my favorite burger place in the pocket designs that you will see below. I will attach a screenshot of the Whataburger.com logo.

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So, my new favorite jeans have teamed up with my favorite fast food burger place to bring my a laugh every time that I put them on.
But seriously, if you are in a place with a Whataburger, try them! They are SO much better than the other burger drive-thrus.
And above all, you NEEEEEED Itch To Stitch’s (https://goo.gl/Gq38mw) newest addition: The Mountain View Pull-On Jeans pattern, available in Sizes 0-22.
I used Sly Fox Fabrics’ (https://slyfoxfabrics.com, and they are offering a 25% off special for your first order!!) Stretch Denim to make these AMAZING Whataburger pants

#ITS #Whataburger #MtViewPullOnJeans #JeansPattern #NewFave
#SFF #SlyFoxFabrics