🎵Oh I want to take ya to Brooklyn, Bahamas…🎵 on a fitting experiment

In this installment of the Fitting Experiment, we are all sewing up versions of Sonia Estep Designs’ Bahama Bottoms pdf pattern (aff) and most are also pairing it with the Brooklyn top pdf pattern (aff).

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We all started with the Bahama Bottoms, which offer so many options that it was hard to choose which I wanted to sew up.

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Since it is still scorching hot outside, I went with the 5″ inseam elastic waistband with front and back pockets in rayon challis. These shorts proved to be lightweight, but not see-through, thanks to the fabric that I chose. They are breezy and so comfortable in these summer days.

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The pockets are just the right length to throw my cell phone in, and not have to worry about it popping out when I go to sit down. (That’s a HUGE plus in my book! LOL) There are also back pockets and flaps that can be used, but since I am in the “I hate ironing camp”, I chose to leave the flaps off this particular pair of shorts. If I had done a solid color pair or a denim pair, I would have placed the flap on to level up the chic factor for myself.

These are a US size 16, and they fit me beautifully!! I love that they included plus sizes in their full range at Sonia Estep Designs! My Brooklyn Top is also a US size 16, and I love the comfort of it, and well as the extra cute features that make it feel so luxe for a knit top!

To show a variety, I chose to do the straight hem with dolman short sleeves (as I knew that some of my fellow bloggers were doing the tie and the tank/sleeveless versions). As you can see, there are SO many lovely options that make this pdf pattern SO worth grabbing a copy for yourself!!

I used Dark Teal solid double brushed poly from Knitpop (aff) for my Brooklyn top, and buttons from HobbyLobby.com. With this pandemic, I source most of my supplies online. It is SO soft and lush!! One tiny change that I made was the placing of the buttons. I decided that since I intended to wear this as my top, as opposed to a layering piece, I wanted extra coverage higher in the top. I moved the top 2 buttons closer to each other so that I don’t have to worry about any gaping or accidental “wardrobe malfunctions”. Then, I measured the remaining length on the neckband/placket and divided that by the 4 remaining buttons to get them spaced evenly.

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Since these patterns are available in sizes 00-30, so many people would be able to enjoy these patterns. Not only that, but the options are mind-blowing! With this additional versatility, you could dress this pattern up or down and create different looks for every day of the week with just these 2 patterns!

(But Sonia Estep Designs also has other amazing patterns, while you are shopping there. #Enabler!! hahaha But seriously, they have freebies!! Join their Facebook group to learn more!

Thank you to Sonia Estep Designs for sponsoring The Fitting Experiment creators with patterns. Please check out others’ makes:

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It’s Time for Sew Fab Patterns’ Summer Blog Tour!!

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How exciting is it to learn about the Sew Fab Patterns Summer Blog Tour?? This week, there will be an amazing offer on 12 patterns for $26.95 (retail value of $113)!

I had to try out a couple of the adult patterns in the sale, and I was blown away at their versatility, ease of sewing, and stylishness!!

First, I sewed up Tie Dye Diva’s Mermaid Maxi. I chose the flared version, as I wanted that full mermaid look. I chose a metallic jersey knit fabric that would go from day to date night in a flash. It turned out so beautifully, and it made me so happy to twirl for the camera.

I sewed up a size 18 in the flared maxi version.

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This skirt is not only lovely, but also so much fun to bust out in a little dance to move the skirt. And, it wasn’t tight nor confining as some other mermaid maxis can be.
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The wind and my twirling really allowed this skirt to sing and swirl for the camera.
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This Mermaid Maxi is PERFECT for your back to school wardrobe or your next date night. Don’t hesitate to grab up this amazing offer today!!

Next, I sewed up Cucicucicoo’s Simple Leggings, and although the sew was simple, the possibilities are ENDLESS, making them far from simple!

I grabbed the cutest swim fabric that I had and sewed up a brand new pair of workout leggings in the 3/4 or capri length in a size 18.
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Not only are the Simple Leggings great for workout capri leggings, they will be great for full length or shorts length leggings for athletic wear, for underneath skirts for modesty, dress codes, or fun fashion ensembles. You can also sew up fun base layers for the colder weather months, or a pair with a trendy tunic for back to school looks.

No matter how you style your sews, they will be amazing because these patterns are great! Don’t forget to get your Summer Bundle before the sale ends on August 26, 2019!!

Visit Sew Fab Patterns Summer Blog Tour to buy your bundle today!! And don’t forget to visit and share the love with all of the other stops on this awesome Summer Bundle Blog Tour!!
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Pockets…for Snacks!!!!

Like most of us, I find a lot of activewear to be pricey and often ill-fitting, or perhaps not passing the squat test. Even though I am plus-sized and disabled, I do work out to maintain my fitness levels and live my healthiest life. And like many, I use monitoring apps on my phone for fitness tracking, and also for providing distraction by listening to music, podcasts, or audiobooks.  I love nothing more than a good fitting pair of squat-proof workout leggings with pockets to hold my phone.  Also, pockets can carry very important items: SNACKS!!

Unfortunately, these days, I am left with only one alternative in order to get my unicorn leggings with the bells and whistles that I want: I make my own. This way, they fit all of my plentiful curves, even in a grand pliĂ© or deep squat…and hold all of my necessary things.

My favorite-fitting leggings have been the Penny Leggings (aff) by Sinclair Patterns. Unfortunately, these awesome leggings do not come with pockets. So, I decided to hack them in.

Before the hack, the Penny Leggings fit me perfectly and work for so many different occasions and fabrics.

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Since it is SO hot here in the summer, I decided to hack the shorts and capri length of the Penny Leggings. I started by printing and assembling the pattern as it is. The Penny Leggings are written so that they are a single seam legging pattern with a waistband. Next, I label the front and back areas of the pattern, to make sure that I don’t lose my place, nor sew up the wrong areas together.

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Next, I measure on my body where the sides of my hip are compared with the layout of the pattern and mark that. I want this point to be the center-point of my newly created Side Stripe that will double as the back of the pocket. If this is a bit difficult for you to do, you can always do a muslin with a rough guess as to where you want the pocket to be. My measurements fell with it almost being directly in the middle of the pattern, but slightly a bit to the front (but every body and pocket placement preference is different). You can also choose to make your Side Stripe wider than the 4″ that I chose. Whatever size you choose, you need to then add 1/4″ seam allowances to each of the parts that are cut and next to the newly created Side Stripe (so that when you sew the Side Stripe in, you aren’t losing 1/2″ on the width of your leggings with the 2 new seams that have been created on the sides of the new Side Stripe).

Here are my markings and cutting of the Side Stripes:

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Now, I made a pocket template that would be the same width of the newly created Side Stripe and approximately 7″ long. You can choose to make this pocket as long as you wish, but I chose my length, based on the size of my phone.

Next, I cut out a pocket that I will sew Right Side to Right Side with a cover stitch/zig zag/twin needle/stretch stitch to lock the pocket onto the Side Stripe piece (it might feel weird sewing the pocket in a way that feels upside down, but this it forming the bottom of your pocket, so when you flip it up, it actually forms the pocket area).  I chose for the pocket to sit on my mid-thigh area, but you can choose how high or low to seat your pocket.

Then, fold the pocket back so that the Wrong Side of the Pocket is facing the Right Side of the Side Stripe. Topstitch it in place to add more structure to your pocket and also to keep the pocket anchored while you sew.
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Then, fold down the top of the pocket and topstitch the very top to that your pocket has a finished top edge (Wrong Side to Wrong Side of the Pocket piece…to/from itself), making sure that you are not sewing your pocket shut by sewing the pocket to anything other than itself (NOT the Side Stripe).

Next, pin or clip the Side Stripe with the anchored pocket to each of the pieces of the pattern (Front and Back pieces with their newly added 1/4″ seam allowances), Right Side to Right Side. Then, sew each, sandwiching the new Pocket in between the Side Stripe and the Back or Front Piece, and then the other).
This is what it will look like when one side is completed. Then, complete the other side.
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Since the Penny leggings require one panel per leg, you will need to do this process twice, but they will be mirror images of each other.

When you are done, you are ready to move back to the tutorial for the Penny Leggings and follow the instructions for assembly. When completed, they will look like these:

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Please feel free to ask any questions, and I will do may best to answer them.

Thanks for joining me in my snack pocket hack of the Penny Leggings (aff) by Sinclair Patterns.

🎵’Cause I’m Free Fallin’🎵 in LOVE with RP’s Toronto Tee

 

I am SO excited to be a part of the Sew Free for Summer, Rebecca Page Blog Tour!!! This Blog Tour is all about fun, fresh, and free Rebecca Page patterns; as well as tips, tricks, and hacks to help inspire you to make your own amazing creations!

I chose Rebecca Page’s Toronto Tee, and I decided to hack it to be able to color block the top and add a pop of lace in the yoke and the pocket for funsies. I started off by assembling all of my pattern pieces. Then, I knew that I wanted to create a yoke appearance, so I measured where I wanted the yoke to end on the front piece. I decided on 1/4″ above the pocket position. 

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I marked this on the pattern piece before I cut it on the marked line.

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Next, I marked where I wanted the yoke to end on the back piece, marked it, and cut along the marked line, just like I did with the front pattern piece.

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Then, since I knew that I was about to create another seam, I added in a 1/4″ seam allowance. I added it in by slicing a piece to match and taped it straight on, but an easier way is to use tracing paper and just add the seam allowance on your tracing at the bottom of the new yoke pieces and at the top of the new bottom back and bottom front pieces. 

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This was where I was adding the seam allowance to my newly created hacked front bottom bodice and front yoke pattern pieces. 

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I decided to line the lace with solid RS (from Amelia Lane Designs), both in the yoke, and in the pocket for a touch of modesty, but you can color block with whatever knit fabric, and create your color blocks wherever you choose to draw your new seams in the pattern. You can even choose to only color block the front, or just the back.

The Toronto Tee is a more relaxed-fit top, meant to be comfy and cool while you wear it. So, if you are looking to create a more form-fitting top, try sizing down a size or 2.

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More Inspiration

Please visit all the stops on the Rebecca Page Sew Free for Summer Blog Tour for more great inspiration:

Prizes

We will be giving away a pattern bundle of choice each day PLUS an overall grand prize of a $50 pattern credit. To stand a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on each blog, each day so stay tuned to the Rebecca Page Sewing group for updates from our bloggers!

Breaking Ground with Phat Quarters Patterns


I was so lucky to be a part of the Breaking Ground Blog Tour this year, hosted Mahlica Designs and sponsored by Phat Quarters Patterns!

Inspired by Phat Quarters’ adorable patterns, I decided to break ground by hacking two of their patterns into adult sizes, as they currently only carry children’s sizes and patterns.

The first that I took from children’s sizes to an adult size was the Alderwood. It’s an amazing and unique pattern that has a cowl or hood option and lots of scrap-busting color blocking and piping opportunities.

Here is my finished plus-sized Women’s Alderwood:
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I used a brushed waffle knit for the majority of the bodice, and accented with quilted faux leather.

The process involves a few moments of math and resizing of each pattern piece, while taking into account things like women’s bust, waist, and hip differences from a child’s typical shape. Then, the fun begins!!

A note to all that seek to upsize a hack on a children’s pattern, remember that bodice adjustments need corresponding sleeve adjustments for shoulder width and armscye changes. Also, not every difference is a giant one. The piping on the Alderwood, for example, was almost the same size as the children’s pattern piece…but almost was still a change.

Next, I worked on the Camas, an AMAZING knit top that only seems like a basic T, until you see the opportunity for all of the bells and whistles that come with the pattern. I chose to mock one up with DBP from Amelia Lane Designs, and the fit was lovey and relaxed. I am going to do many more to cover all of the variations of the pattern, as each makes me giddy with anticipation.

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I can’t wait to break ground and sew up the rest of the Phat Quarters’ catalog in my size!!! (and to finally reveal a project that I’ve been working on for a few weeks! I am so excited! Stay tuned for exciting news and a giveaway!!)

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019 hosted by mahlicadesigns. This year over 25 bloggers from around the world are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. (Read on for Giveaway info)

The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 11That’s Sew Lily, Sewing A La Carte, Mijn 11jes & ik

Tuesday March 12mahlicadesigns, Embrace Everyday, Jot Designs, auschick sews, Raising Stripling Warriors

Wednesday March 13Musings of A Seamstress, Very Blissful, Sew4Five, Just Sew Something, Hazelnut Handmade, Crafting Through Time, Tales From A Southern Mom

Thursday March 14Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Ronda B Handmade, SequioaLynn Sews, Sewing with D, The Sewing Goatherd, OOYAmade, My Golden Thimble, Custom Made by Laura

Friday March 15Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Sewing Novice, Ronda B Handmade, Momma Bear Sews, MeMade, My Golden Thimble, Lulu & Celeste

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.

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We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

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This Taylor is a Total Love Story!

If you follow my blog, you know that I have mad love for the Petra Taylor Ladies Tee, Tunic, and Dress (all in one) pattern by Pickle Toes Patterns. This back to school season, I decided to bust my scrap bin, and I found my fabulous fourth of July fabric from So Sew English. I realized that even though I didn’t have enough to make a shirt out of each, I Did have enough for a color blocked Taylor tee for myself!
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You, too, can grab your scrap bin and use as many or as few colors and textures to make this sure-to-please COMFORTABLE top/tunic/dress. One of the best parts is that you have 3 length options and you can also customize your sleeve length and whether or not you want to hem or use bands, all for ONE LOW PRICE!

I can’t wait until I have another 20 minutes to make myself another one of these awesome tops!

🎵Just Me and BSD Down by the Schoolyard🎵 (A Stop on the Bella Sunshine Designs’ Back to School Blog Tour)

38600522_10157689127553858_1283947071178539008_oIt’s August, and you know what that means: It’s time for a whole lot of people to head back to school. Whether you are sending your preschooler or high schooler or teaching the next generation, you can always look your best in stylish and comfortable looks from pdf patterns from Bella Sunshine Designs (aff).

Nearly my all of my family members are or were educators in the past, and this BTS season, I focused on them for inspiration as I made my BTS looks. I chose to sew up the Sansa Flare Pants, and to pair them up with a cute little peplum top, the Sahara top (also has a tunic And a dress option. What a steal! It’s like 3 patterns for the price of 1). I focused on a look that can go from high school student to faculty (or even a little, if you went with the girls’ versions of these patterns, which are totally available!!).

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As you can see, the Sahara and the Sansa Flares can be dressed up or down. I chose to use Stitchin’ Pretties’ Tie Dye Double Brushed Poly, and a gorgeous Rayon Spandex from Pretty Posh Prints (aff). You can use most knits, as long as they have the required stretch and recovery listed in the individual pattern. Friends of mine had used stretch denim to make their Sansa Flares, and I have used stretch velvet before. The sky is the limit for your wardrobe with these patterns!!

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The back of the Sahara dress is just as elegant and stylish as the front, and will be a great way to kick of a new school year’s wardrobe for your special student or faculty member!!
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And for this Back to School Blog Tour, Bella Sunshine Designs (aff) is having an amazing sale, beginning on August 6th and running until Sunday, the 12th at midnight Eastern!! All girls patterns will be $6; all ladies patterns will be $7; and all bundles will be $12. No coupon code will be needed. How GREAT is this SALE??? You definitely Don’t want to miss it!!

Also, you definitely don’t want to miss the other 2 stops on the Back to School Blog Tour for Bella Sunshine Designs today (or any of the others from this week-long tour)!! Make sure to visit Taish Bruton at http://www.bloomingskies.com for her Josephine Dress blog, and Nathalie Van den Bossche at http://nathaliesneedle.blogspot.be for her Sahara Dress blog!

I have an Itch to Stitch Another Nottingham Tee

Itch to Stitch’s designer has created the cutest top in the Nottingham Tee.  I had the pleasure of testing this new tee with a twist. It comes in sizes 0-20, and has 3 sleeve options.

I sewed up the some luxurious double brushed poly (DBP)  that I got at an AMAZING price from Love Adore Knits (Loveadoreco.com) for my long sleeved version of this adorable top in a size 16.

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I used Sly Fox Fabic’s (slyfoxfabrics.com) wonderful and vibrant DBP for my short-sleeved version.

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This pattern is another that you can dress up or down, and is a super quick and easy sew. The only thing to watch for is the sleeve attachment, as the designer had decided to slightly offset the sleeve for a better drape/ attachment to the bodice of this tee.

Don’t wait to make your first Nottingham Tee. You won’t regret it!

🎵Vacation [Romper] All I Ever Wanted…Had to Get [It Right Away]🎵

What fun it has been not only testing for Ellie and Mac, but being able to join in on their amazing Get Ready for Summer Blog Tour!!

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I decided what says “getting ready for summer” like sewing up Ellie and Mac’s new Vacation Romper? It is SO comfortable and cute and screams summer vacation!!

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I made one change to the instruction on the pattern to be able to achieve my chevron effect from the striped double brushed poly from Mily Mae Fabrics that I chose to use: instead of following the instructions of cutting one Front and one Back piece on the fold, I cut 2 pieces on the bias to create one Front piece and the same for the Back piece. I added in 1/4″ seam allowance to the cut line area to be able to accommodate the new center seam for the newly constructed Front and Back pieces. Then, I had my matched up stripes, forming new chevron-eque patterns for my romper. After that, I followed the tutorial, and voila! A comfy and fun outfit for vacations, or any time.

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To be perfectly honest, I didn’t want to be in vertical “prison stripes” nor to have horizontal stripes, so this chevron saved my fabric and my vanity. Haha AND it was so comfy that when I tried it on, I didn’t want to take it off, and I slept in it. It is Beyond comfortable and snuggly! Plus, as a higher bonus: I have the optional pockets sewn in!!!

It is a quick and easy sew, so if you don’t have this pattern, you should go and grab a copy at https://bit.ly/2rwazyz! And pick up 3-4 yards of delicious fabric at Mily Mae Fabrics!

Please visit all the wonderful bloggers on the Get Ready for Summer Sewing Patterns Blog Tour for some incredible inspirations.

  1. May 7th: Seams Sew Lo
  2. May 8th: Tenille’s Thread
  3. May 9th: Seams Sew Lo
  4. May 10th: The Sewing Goatherd
  5. May 11th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
  6. May 14th: Our Play Place
  7. May 15th: Momma Can Make It
  8. May 16th: Aurora Designs Fabric
  9. May 17th: QuiltsbyJoann
  10. May 18th: Liviality
  11. May 19th: Momma You Can Make It
  12. May 21st: Margarita on the Ross
  13. May 22nd: Sewing Blue
  14. May 23rd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  15. May 24th: Momma Newey’s Makes
  16. May 25th: Jot Designs USA
  17. May 28th: The Scatty Sewer
  18. May 29th: Granma Texas Sews
  19. May 30th: Fee Bricolo
  20. May 31st: My Sewing Roots

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Wore My All Seasons (turn, turn, turn)…

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I am excited to be a part of the Sew into Spring Blog Tour with Pickle Toes Patterns, which is happening from April 16-20, 2018!! Please make sure to enter the GIVEAWAY (the link is at the bottom of this blog entry).

I don’t know about you, but I love multifunctional things. I love to save time, money, and energy every way that I can. Pickle Toes Patterns (https://bit.ly/2qfY2Pj) has been enabling my habit but making fabulous multi-option patterns, and their latest hit is the All Seasons Top, Tunic, and Dress (Click here). The name also got me singing the classic The Byrds song, “To everything turn! Turn! Turn! There is a season, turn! Turn! Turn…”

This pattern has 3 very distinctive lengths, 6 sleeve lengths, and 2 neckband options. I love that I can make a comfortable and flirty top:

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Or a easy, breezy tunic or dress:

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And there are multiple neckline options and sleeve options as well. There are 6 total sleeve options included this pattern: Sleeveless, Cap, Short, Elbow, 3/4, or Long Sleeve. I chose to keep it short with my sews because down here, it is already in the upper 80’s in the springtime. I will sew up the cap soon, and the elbow, 3/4, and long sleeved versions as the seasons change around here, I am sure!

There is also a v-neck option, which is amazing! I love not having to buy 3-4 patterns when one purchase will do from summer to winter!

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You, too, can pick up a copy of this awesome pdf pattern at https://bit.ly/2qEXmDc, and grab around 2 yards of your favorite knit fabric with at least 30% stretch. I used amazing double brushed poly from The Fab Clique (https://www.thefabclique.com) and Mily Mae Fabrics (https://bit.ly/2Ju3IxH) for these 3 looks. Our sponsor for the Sew Into Spring Blog Tour is Seweird Fabrics (www.seweird.com), and I love their high quality, low priced offerings. I have used their fabrics in a number of my other blog posts, such as https://jotdesignsusa.com/2018/02/07/flirting-with-fashion/ and at least two other blog posts here in my newish blog. Make sure to show them lots of love, and you can find great specials if you join their Facebook groups.

Welcome to Sew into Spring with Pickle Toes Patterns. Join us for 5 days of sewing our patterns as we prep for the transition from winter to spring. We were lucky enough to have 10 bloggers join us sewing up lovely creations and to have Evelyn at Seweird Fabric sponsor our bloggers and offer us a store credit for one of our lovely readers. You can find Evelyn on Facebook here. At the end of the tour join us for a rafflecopter giveaway featuring a $20 credit from Seweird and a $20 shop credit from us.

Monday

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Liza Azman Miinomastudio, Night Night Gown

Tuesday

Brittni Harris PBJ* Boutique, Pickled Tink

Chelsea Newey Momma Newey’s Makes, Pickled Tink and All Seasons Top and Dress

Wednesday

Kathy Bruckman Kathy’s Kwilts and more, Capsule Wardrobe

Thursday

Kelly Keith Kelly’s Sewing Creations, Spring Mini Capsule

Jessica Cotriss Jot Designs, All Seasons Top and Dress

Nadine Lazy Days Shorts

Friday

Laurie Roberts Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, GiGi’s Bowtiful Top with Skirt Add On

Becca Olsen, Turtle Trax Too, All Seasons Top and Dress

Tee Bee, Fairytale B&T, Safari Tank

As a thank you for joining us for our Sew into Spring with PTP, make sure to enter the Giveaway

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