These Jeans are the Real Deal, and So is This Outer Banks Boatneck Top

I am lucky to count myself as a part of the Just Jeans Blog Tour by Winter Wear Designs (https://bit.ly/2F2mqJG), along with other very talented sewists.

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If you are needing the perfect pair of jeans, capris, shorts, or a jean skirt, look no further than Winter Wear Designs. The designs are flawless, and the tutorial for the pdf patterns are sew easy to follow! If you ever had a fear of setting a zipper, you NEED a copy of their Real Deal Jeans for Women in sizes 00-24 (https://bit.ly/2JZeTPs) or their Staple Skirt for Women in sizes 00-24 (https://bit.ly/2qY0OZS). Being a plus-sized woman, I LOVE being able to find patterns that fit me that are reasonably priced and offer options within each pattern! The best part about their Real Deal Jeans is that not only is it available with many lengths, is versatile and flattering, BUT it is on sale for ONLY $5!! I felt that I couldn’t afford to Not pick up a copy of this pdf pattern.

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I decided to sew up capris and paired it with Winter Wear Design’s new Outer Banks Boatneck (https://bit.ly/2EYuriB), as the temperature is already rising, as we inch ever-closer to summer. They fit me like $100 capris from famous makers in the mall. No. Strike that. They fit me Better then those high end capris because I was able to tailor them to my exact measurements. And don’t worry about jeans taking too long or being too difficult! The tutorial and I made these capris in only 3 hours; complete with a button, buttonhole, zipper, fly shield, topstitching, and faced waistband! And you can, too!! Isn’t it the best feeling in the world when you pull on your favorite and flattering pair of jeans, capris, or shorts?

And how about jean skirts? I loved Winter Wear Designs Staple Skirt, which sewed up as easily as the Real Deal Jeans! It is Super cute, and versatile for the transition months, and even into summer! I paired it with the Outer Banks Boatneck and the reversible La Croix. It really does go with nearly every occasion!

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Head on over to Winter Wear Designs (https://bit.ly/2F2mqJG) to take advantage of the sale and create a mini capsule like I did with the BEST fitting and looking jeans that you’ve ever owned! And don’t forget to visit the other stops of the Just Jeans Blog Tour to check out what they sewed up!! It’s bound to be an inspirational journey!!

#Just Jeans #stitchmyfix #wearwhatyousew #reSEWlution

Don’t miss any stops on the Just Jeans Blog Tour
Monday 4/23
Tuesday 4/24
Wednesday 4/25
Thursday 4/26
Friday 4/27
Lisa Dawson for Winter Wear Design

Beri Bee Designs

Friday 4/27
Lisa Dawson for Winter Wear Design

 

Your Baby Always Looked Good In Blue

I am honored to be a part of the Simply By Ti Gifts Blog Tour with many other talented sewists. The theme of this blog tour was gift that can be made.

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This was an unseasonably long winter, and perhaps this is one of many reasons why I am so fortunate to be invited to so many baby showers for late summer babies. heeheehee

One of my friends had a gender reveal last week, so I Knew that she was expecting a son, but this outfit is cute and chic enough for either sex, due largely in part to the awesome cotton lycra options that are available at SimplyByTi.com. I used cobalt and black solids to create the cutest little top and beanie to keep her 3 month old warm in the late fall of this year.

I Loved having a reason to sew up a beanie with little ears! I had forgotten just how tiny infant clothes were. It felt like I put my presser foot down, and made 2 stitches, and the seam was done. I can’t wait for pics this coming late-fall/early winter!

This adorable pattern came from Patterns for Pirates, and the amazing and great quality Cotton Lycra fabric came from Simply By Ti.

Now, I just have to figure out what I am making for the other 4 baby showers in the next couple of months. LOL

Any suggestions?

 

Please visit all of the stops in the Gifts to Sew Blog Tour, hosted by Simply By Ti

Sunday, April 22nd: Sewing By Ti (intro), With Love In Every Stitch, Sewing With D

23rd: Stitched By Jennie, Tales from a Southern Mom, Aurora Design Fabrics

24th: Sewjourns, Big Fly Notions, Sewing Blue, JOT Designs USA

25th: Sewing By Ti, Auschick Sews, Hazelnut Handmade

26th: Sewing With D, EYMM, Middle River Studio, Aurora Design Fabrics

27th: Our Play Palace, My Sewing Roots, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea, Seams Sew Lo

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:

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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

In the Boardwalk, We’ll Be Having Some Fun…

Testing for Little Kiwis Closet (https://goo.gl/EFuiNZ) for the first time was fun and exciting. They allowed me to test their Women’s Boardwalk Dress (https://goo.gl/nNaKUs), which comes in sizes XS-5XL. It is an adorable pdf dress pattern from a talented Kiwi (New Zealander) designer that comes with 19 options….that was Not a typo…19 options!! For the bodice front, you can choose from a princess paneled front, a plain front, or a cap sleeve. For the back of the bodice, you can choose plain, low, racer, or open back. For the skirt, you are given the options of paneled, 1/2 circle, 3/4 circle, full circle, or hi-low skirt with or without lining, circle waist, or gathered waist, mini, knee, maxi, or curved skirt. Talk about more bang for your buck!!

I chose to make 2 versions of the dress. My first sew was of a paneled front bodice, which a plain back and a 1/2 circle skirt in double brushed poly (DBP) from Knitpop (https://goo.gl/U1SVfT).

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I loved the movement of this dress. Pockets would have been lovely, but with the construction of a 1/2 circle skirt, pockets are not easily made possible (with the paneled skirt, it’s a whole different story!). The bodice fit incredibly well without me having to do any alterations on my 1XL dress pattern.

My second dress was a plain front, racer back, and maxi skirt option. This time, I used double brushed poly from Seweird.com.

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It is one of the most comfortable maxi dresses that I have ever made. even the “plain front” was a great fit, as was the overall size of the racer back. If I make another, I will widen the intersection point of the racer back by an inch. It did not allow a racer-back undergarment to be worn and not be seen with these dimensions in the size 1X, but that is a super easy fix.

I love these looks, just in time for the beautiful spring days, as well as the dog days of summer down south!

I recommend getting this amazing pattern by Little Kiwis Closet!! With 19 options, the fashion possibilities are ENDLESS!! (Well, actually, it’s 1.22 x 10^17, but who’s counting?!?!? Hahahaha). There is one side note: with 19 options, it is an 80+ page pattern…you need to make sure that you read the tutorial first and jot down the pages that you need to print.  The skirt pages might be a little overwhelming-looking, but they are well-marked, and soon, you will see Just how easy it is to assemble and cut it.  (Buy it!! You won’t regret it the next time that you need to whip up a dress!! https://goo.gl/U1SVfT)

PS&Co’s Maya Skirt Has Me Sacrificing My Favorite Fabric For Fabulousness

Petite Stitchery and Company (goo.gl/4e4EWj) has done it again! They have released 3 new and amazing pdf patterns to their catalog, and I just Had to sew up their boho-inspired gathered Maya Skirt! Not only is this pattern available in size XS-3XL, but it also goes SO well with so many tops (including their new Juliet top/bodysuit)!

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The Maya Skirt comes in 3 different options for length: Mini, knee, and maxi. There are 2 waistband options: a flat waistband or a gathered waistband for more comfort and drama, and the placement of the seams can be changed up, too. Even better: The Maya Skirt has POCKETS!!! I love pockets so much!

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So, do yourself a solid and get this pdf pattern now! It even comes with a paperless option to save trees! (The dimensions are given in the tutorial for you to be able to construct this pattern without printing out the pattern first).

The only challenges that I faced with this pattern (if you can call them that) are that I had to go a size smaller after my muslin/toile was too large on me. But, I was sewing up the Maya in double brushed poly (DBP, my fave), which changes negative ease to every project. I used Knitpop Fabrics (https://goo.gl/U1SVfT) in both of my looks, and they feel SO divine!!! I could Sleep in these skirts! I added clear elastic to the waistbands to allow for the stretch and the gathered skirt to cling to the waistband, but that’s the only change that I made for my third Maya skirt. The pattern is easy and clear to understand and follow, and I have some Very comfortable and beautiful skirts to add to my closet in a Very short amount of time!

BSD Eden Leggings are Truly Heavenly

Bella Sunshine Designs (https://goo.gl/1hS8kh) just celebrated their 3rd anniversary by releasing new patterns, having a great sale, and releasing the Eden Leggings pdf pattern for free! (Please join their group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BellaSunshinePDFLove/ to get the promo code that makes these leggings free at https://goo.gl/1hS8kh).
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With the Eden Leggings, you can dress them up as I did with Mily Mae Fabrics’ flocked double brushed poly (https://milymaefabricshop.com/collections/poly-blends/products/vivian), or down, while you get in a quick workout or lounge about in comfort and style.
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Here, I used Mily Mae Fabrics’ athletic knits in Zen black (https://milymaefabricshop.com/collections/athletic-knit/products/black-zen) and pro-matte bright pink (https://milymaefabricshop.com/collections/athletic-knit/products/pro-matte-bright-pink).

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I used Knitpop.com Jessica fabric for the olive DBP pair (because the fabric’s name was so me! Hahaha), and the Seweird.com for their green damask DBP fabric.

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The Eden leggings can even be done in a capri size, and are available with 3 different rises: Midrise, High Rise, and Super High Rise. I used midrise for most of these leggings, except for the first 2 black pairs (the flocked DBP and the workout pair), in which I used the high rise.

The Eden’s pdf pattern comes layered in sizes 0-30, in 3 rises, 2 lengths, and in A0, paper, and A4 size formats. There is also a matching girls’ Eden pattern!!

Join BSD’s facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BellaSunshinePDFLove/) for the coupon code which makes these free, and to keep up with all of the latest pattern release info, coupons, and specials!

Also, don’t forget to shop the anniversary sale, where existing patterns are available at a 30% discount until March 11th at https://goo.gl/1hS8kh! (excludes new releases)

#BSDEden #bellasunshinedesigns #MilyMaeFabrics #MilyMaeAllDay #MilyMaeMade #Seweird #Knitpop

Day 2 of the SewLaura SAL: Construction Zone!

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No need to bust out a hard hat, but it is Construction Day!! Day 2 of the Sinclair Patterns’ #SewLaura Sew Along (SAL), hosted/sponsored by Sly Fox Fabrics will cover all of the construction steps of the pattern’s tutorial. I have provided a video that covers every step, and is available at Sly Fox Fabrics Sew Along Group on Facebook.
Items to highlight (as to not give away all of Sinclair Patterns’ trade secrets of awesome construction) are:
1) When stabilizing shoulder seams, you should leave some lead and lag bits to your stabilizer as it goes through the machine. You never was clear elastic to come into contact with the feed dogs or to be reused. You want to make sure that it is facing up at all times.
2) When attaching the pockets to the bottom panel, you want to make sure that you attach the interfacing to the Wrong side of your bottom panel and the pocket gets sewing to the Right side of the bottom panel in the same location.
3) When you are attaching your bottom panel to the bodice, you want to make sure that you Outline the pockets when you are sewing and not straight across the top.
4) If you decide to construct ties or use closure hardware, make sure to include the interfacing Inside of the collar (Wrong side of the fabric would have the Piece #8 interfacing being ironed to it). You want to ensure that you iron it where your placement will be. Everyone feels a little differently about where they want that closure, but it is suggested to have it placed 1-2 inched from the waist. In this case, you would need to reinforce this particular area on the Inside of the collar by ironing on that interfacing there. If you prepare and place ties, you would sandwich them in between the shawl collar and the edge of the bodice that you are attaching the collar to.
5) In this pattern, you will see how important the ironing really is to be able to have things like your interfacing adhere, but also to keep your collar laying flat, as well as having the hem marker for your sleeve hems.

I chose to go ahead and include the sleeve hemming discussion on Day 2’s video because it was the last step, and it would give you more time to work at your own pace and to ask any questions. (Also, I was SUPER excited to finish, if I’m honest. Hahaha)

Day 3, will be catchup day and questions, but you can TOTALLY hold off on the hemming until whenever you are ready. Pics Must be in the Pic thread by Friday in order to be considered to win a prize in Sly Fox Fabrics Sew Along Group.

Can’t wait to see your Laura Cardigans!!

#Day1 of the Sinclair Patterns’ Laura Cardigan SAL, hosted/sponsored by Sly Fox Fabrics

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Today, we will all print out and prepare our patterns, prepare our fabrics and cut out our pattern pieces in our prepared fabric.
In case you haven’t done a Sew Along (SAL) before (or never worked with a PDF pattern, or are new to sewing), I will try to take these blog posts slowly and with lots of explanations.
For the Laura Knit Cardigan pattern from Sinclair Fabrics, you want to use between 2.25-2.5 yards of light to midweight knits that are easy to manipulate, such as double knit, ponte, sweater knit, or interlock.  We all need to wash our fabric before we start anything, as it takes a minute for the dryer to be done with our precious fabrics. It is important to launder prior to cutting and sewing up your pattern to avoid any issues with puckering or shrinkage later on.
All of you should have purchased your copy of the Laura cardigan pattern from SinclairPatterns.com. Now, you need to log into the Sinclair Patterns website, download, and print the Memo, Tutorial (optional), and your size range (petite is 5’1″-5’3″; regular is 5’4″-5’6″; and tall is 5’7″-5’9″).  You will want to choose the size closest to your full bust measurement to print out.  You want to print page one of your pattern first in “Actual Size”, so you can test the printed page key to make sure that your ruler and key match at the 1 inch by 1 inch markers.
Once you have printed your pattern as “Actual Size”, you will trim your pages. The tutorial suggests top and left to be trimmed, but I have always trimmed bottom and right for years, and that works on this pattern, too. Next, you will tape your patterns together, and then cut out the pattern pieces.
There is a suggested layout (located in the tutorial) for the pattern pieces onto the fabric that will help you in maximizing the usage of your fabric. I use pattern weights to help me keep the pattern piece down as I use my rotary cutter. Others use chalk to outline before cutting with scissors. Please note on the pattern piece, it mentions which fabric to cut, which direction, if on a fold or not, and how many of that piece you will need.
Once you have cut out your fabric, you are done with Day 1! Yay!! Buckle your seatbelts! Tomorrow is going to be the Construction of the Laura Cardi day!