Sew Thankful

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This is the time of year when my heart is filled with so much love and happiness, as we all celebrate the holidays. In my family, we try to come together to celebrate as a big, giant group, and usually have around 22 people around the dinner tables at Thanksgiving. I truly have sew much to be thankful for, even during the many, many years that my husband was deployed, and others where we had lost part of our family to cancer or other tragedies.  The love and libations continued to flow and keep me grounded and hopeful.

This year, I am focusing on homemade gifts to express my love and thankfulness for my family members and friends. I decided to blog about one such project that I am working on as a present for my sister. She is always telling us that she is my sistersicle at work because they keep the Texas temperatures near refrigerator temperatures. Because of that (and a REALLY awesome sale that I caught at Simply By Ti Fabrics), I have decided to make her a hoodie. I made myself one before using Sinclair Patterns’ Alexis Hoodie Dress, and my sister borrowed it and loved it, so I decided to make her one exactly the same (but with her dimensions so that it will fit her like a glove).

My sisters have always been there for me, despite our rather significant age differences, but no matter what, they try to be there with love and support. I try to do the same, and also love giving them gifts whenever I can. It’s not everyone who can say that their little sisters took care of them when recovering from a massive stroke, and taught them how to speak English again. My sisters did this for me and so much more. I can’t ever thank them enough or tell them that I love them enough.

I decided to use Navy with Pink and Blue Flowers DBP and Navy Glitter French Terry (which is currently out of stock, but Simply By Ti still has Black, Olive, or White Glitter French Terry in stock).

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You can see the navy color much clearer outside, and also see the fun accents this hoodie has, like the hood lining, sleeves, and pocket linings all being super soft DBP.

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I hope that she will be happy with her gift, and be as thankful as I am to have her in my life (and my other sister, too, in case she reads this. Haha).

Happy holidays to everyone!!

Please be sure to visit the other stops on this awesome Sew Thankful Blog Tour!!
Week of November 6th:

Week of November 11th:
Week of November 18th:
Week of November 25th:

Winter Wear Designs Top It Off Blog Tour Presents: the La Croix Cross-Back Top

I was lucky enough to be able to sew up Winter Wear Designs’ La Croix Cross-Back Top for Ladies (https://goo.gl/3So42k) for their Top It Off Blog Tour, which is sponsored by the always amazing Simply By Ti fabric shop (https://goo.gl/w11eez), and will be popping up on a blog near you March 26-30, 2018! Stop by Winter Wear Designs page for more information on how you can enter to win a $20 store credit to Simply By Ti, or a pattern or 2 from Winter Wear Designs!!
***DURING THE BLOG TOUR, the LA CROIX will be ONLY $6 at https://goo.gl/3So42k***

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I was SUPER excited about trying out this top that is available for knit fabrics in sizes XXS-XXXL. It has so many variations when sewing it, including my absolute favorite: The Reversible La Croix (and for those that aren’t used to pronouncing this, it is like saying “lah kwah”).

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I loved that although the back dipped down, it was still high enough to cover my unmentionables, and it didn’t gape in the front. It is SO hard for me to find a good cross front top that allows me to just live in it, without always having to worry about gaping and accidentally exposing more than I meant to.

When sewing up this pattern, everything was straightforward and went quickly. Even the 60″ of neckband wasn’t a painful install…and wasn’t as long as the year that it takes to hem a maxi dress hemline. Hahaha

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This pattern takes 1.5-2.5 yards of knit fabric, and there are options to use contrasting fabric, which is always fun, as well as the option whether or not to have it be a tank or sleeved top. I live where the sun is always shining, and the a/c is always on, so I chose a lovely short sleeve option, but I will totally be sewing up a 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve version of this in the coming months for wintertime.

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I chose a French Terry and a DTY knit from Mily Mae Fabrics (https://goo.gl/Rf97sm) for this look because I felt like the faux leather look of this french terry was rather fierce, and the pattern of the print on the DTY really spoke to me. I was not disappointed when I was done! And they are SO comfortable!!

What are you waiting for??? GO and grab your copy of this amazing pdf pattern from Winter Wear Designs while it is still on sale for $6!! https://goo.gl/3So42k

I paired the black faux leather-look French Terry La Croix with WWD’s newest amazing pattern: the denim Staple Skirt! Stay tuned for that review shortly.

Check out all the Stops on the Blog Tour:

3/26
Jessica of Jot Designs USA
3/27
3/28
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
Patricia of Sew Far North
3/29
Livia of Liviality
Mari of MNW Sews
3/30
Lisa Dawson guest posting at Winter Wear Designs

 

#LaCroix #WWD #WinterWearDesigns #TopItOff #TopItOffBlogTour #stitchmyfix #wearwhatyousew #reSEWlutions

Petra Taylor Tees Are My Happy Place

A few months ago, I was selected to test the Petra Taylor Tee for knit fabrics from Pickle Toes Patterns (https://goo.gl/qmkpPk), and I fell in love. Since that time, a few changes were made, and the Petra Taylor Tee pattern now comes with the option to have the length as a top, tunic, or dress. This EXCITED me!! I couldn’t wait to buy the pattern and try out the new dress option, as the top option had fit me like the world’s comfiest glove. I was not disappointed!

The Petra Taylor Tee/Tunic/Dress pattern is still in its finishing stages, as the layering is still being polished on the non-blocked front pattern, but that is my only critique, if you can even call it that. Despite that, the lines were easy to follow in the pattern to get Just the size that I needed, and making it super easy to grade or blend sizes, if you needed to. The included instructions were easy to follow, and were very jam-packed with information and options. The Petra Taylor comes in a jewel neck or scoop neck, with FIVE arm length options! You can choose cap, short, elbow, 3/4, or long sleeves.  There is even a hoodie option!! In addition, there is a thumbhole option for the long-sleeved version, which is AMAZING! As a bonus, you can take the sleeve cuff and follow the arm warmers pattern to step up your fashion game a notch while keeping warm this year.

The Petra Taylor is a very quick and easy sew, which will make it your go-to for everyday wear, or that cute little black knit dress for a comfortable, yet cute, date night look.

I love to feel the DBP (double brushed poly) hug that I get when wearing a Petra Taylor garment made in my favorite fabric: double brushed poly! Today, I am wearing one of the 4 tops that I made. The dress that I made is waiting for the weekend, as bare legs and temps in the 40’s aren’t the best mix when you have the flu already. heehee. The top had the ability to be a plain front or a slanted color-blocked front for any of the lengths. The relaxed fit and flare look of this pattern is so flattering on so many body types, and is a favorite of mine!

I used so many different fabrics in my 5 looks, so I will give you a glimpse into where to get some, too. In the color-blocked long-sleeved tee, I chose a velvet embossed DBP and faux leather look french terry from Mily Mae Fabrics (https://milymaefabricshop.com). In my cream with roses long-sleeved top, I used double brushed poly (DBP) from Mily Mae, as well.  For the dress, I chose Knitpop Fabric‘s (https://knitpop.com) Olive Holland DBP. For the purple floral, I used Southern Belle Fabrics‘ (https://goo.gl/TrCGSw) Elizabeth Floral Print Teal Roses on Plum in DBP (https://goo.gl/jSMeUo) and the Amazing Realtree camo top was also from Southern Belle Fabrics‘ poly spandex (https://goo.gl/FS3WDv).

****Pickle Toes Patterns (https://goo.gl/qmkpPk) is running a sale on the Petra Taylor Tee/Tunic/Dress starting this Friday, February 9th, 2018 at midnight through Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2018 at 11:59pm CST. Save 20% on a copy of the truly Amazing pdf pattern, using the code Love18.****
**Hint for the significant others in your life: THIS would make an Awesome gift to show your love and support of their love of sewing!!**

Make sure that you join and follow Pickle Toes Patterns’ group on Facebook to stay in the loop on sales and the latest releases from this awesome designer!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PickleToesPatterns/

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Be sure to check out Southern Belle Fabrics‘ (https://goo.gl/TrCGSw) sale that is happening now, and join their group on Facebook to learn about all of their specials and promotions! Southern Belle Fabrics are also one of this week’s sponsors of the 52 Week Sewing Challenge (a sewing challenge on Facebook to keep myself and others motivated to keep on sewing throughout the entire year).

Knitpop is currently having a moving sale, as well.

Make sure to catch Mily Mae Fabrics’ Tightwad Tuesdays for great specials on awesome fabrics! Mily Mae Fabrics also just got in some AMAZING athletic fabrics, but quantities
are limited, so get yours today!

Banded Hem for Nearly Every Occasion? Yes, please!

Winter Wear Designs (https://goo.gl/ZhZPMK) just launched their Banded Hem Tee as part of their Wardrobe Builder Collection. This pattern is one that you NEED as part of your collection for sew many reasons! Not only does it give you the options of a shallow or deep scoop banded neckline, but it also comes complete with the options of a cowl neck or a hood! It even more versatile with the options of 3/4 sleeve or cuffed long sleeve, as well as coming in either top or tunic length. It will quickly become your go-to pattern for knit tops!

When I sewed mine up, I chose the deep neckline with the hood, and I was not let down! The pattern pieces and instructions were clear and easy-to-follow. This pattern suggests starting with your bust measurement as your base size, and then grading up or down from there. Since it uses knits, there is some ease, both in the fabrics and in the pattern. I used So Sew English Fabrics (https://goo.gl/X5nECa) in hunter french terry for my main fabric, and scots plaid for my cuffs, hood lining, and band.

This pattern is easy to sew up, requiring little time before you can be sporting your gorgeous new banded hem tee, tunic, or hoodie! It has loads of helpful hints and tutorials for achieving the proper fit.

Regular price on Wardrobe Builder patterns at Winter Wear Designs is only $5 (but she is running a short-term release special bundle of the Classic Shell and Banded Hem Tee, so go and get yours today (https://goo.gl/ZhZPMK)!

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