Itch to Stitch 2019 Blog Tour

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It’s one of my favorite times of the year again: Itch to Stitch Blog Tour!!!! (aff.) This year, I had the privilege of sewing up my copy of ITS North Point Trousers (aff) and Irena Knit Top (aff).

I have owned both of these patterns for quite some time, and I love how easily they are to sew up, and how clear each set of instructions in the tutorials are.  I decided that since we are quickly heading into fall, that I would sew up a warmer version of each of these very versatile patterns.

I used floral French Terry for my Irena Knit Top, with my bands in double brushed polyester in a nice wine color.

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Then, I focused on what kind of pants that I wanted to sew up. The North Point Trousers are amazingly versatile, and I had a hard time deciding on which of my stretch woven fabrics that I wanted to use for them. I decided that I wanted another pair of jeans, but as trousers this time. When I was done and slipped these pants on, I was immediately struck by how comfortable they are and how ready I would be to head to work, to a date, or just to run errands. I am very pleased with how well they fit and look on me!

This pattern was easy to follow, as well!

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And Itch to Stitch’s generous designer has decided to offer a special 25% discount on BOTH of these awesome patterns for TODAY ONLY (from 8am Eastern time on September 18th, 2019 to 8 am Eastern on the 19th) using the code: “918itsblogtour25“. This is Such a great reason to grab your copies of these AMAZING patterns today!!

Don’t forget to visit the other stops on the blog tour, enter into the rafflecopter giveaway below, and take advantage of the daily super deals during this blog tour!


Here are the Bloggers for the ITS September Spotlight Itch to Stitch Blog Tour

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And a special thanks to all of this year’s blog tour’s sponsors!!

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Itch to Stitch: 3 PDF patterns of choice

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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 plié 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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In this pic, I am also marking where I would like my pocket placement to begin and end.4w9E+nHyQxe22KG%sS4EmQ

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!

🎵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!