🎵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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The Fitting Experiment: Sabrina Slims Edition

Hello, and welcome to 2020!!! I am excited to start the year off with a new series that I am working on in conjunction with a small group of blogging makers, like myself. We are calling this new adventure The Fitting Experiment, where we take a pattern, and we all sew one up, to show how each of us looks different in the pattern, and we all explain what modifications we had to make for our particular body’s many curves.

The first edition of this experiment involved Love Notions’ Sabrina Slims (aff), a slim fit cigarette pant that comes with all sorts of wonderful options. It has recently been updated to include a wider range of sizes.

I sewed up Love Notions’ Tabitha Top (aff) to go with these amazing pants. The Tabitha Top also comes with so many options to choose from, but I went with the boatneck collar and optional lace shirttail.

With pants, I worry about fit, and am well-prepared with my lists of tailoring options, but with the latest Sabrina Slims pattern, they fit me so well, straight as a muslin/toile; so I was able to head straight into my “good fabric” and cut out my plaid Ponte fabric that I had been hoarding for over a year.

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I made the Tabitha Top out of red stretch crushed velvet from Knitpop (aff) and the lace mesh that I used for the shirttail (that can be tucked in to give you another completely different look) was from Stitchin’ Pretties.

I chose the size 18 straight leg with front pockets option for my Sabrina Slims. I chose not to interrupt the back lines with the optional welt pockets. I think that next time, I will do the paneled version of the Sabrina Slims, to add an almost piped look to the front seams of the pants. Like I said, I was lucky, and they fit me well, but for additional tailoring for next time, I might decrease my pocket bag and hip by 1/4″ on each side and take about 1/4 out of the knee area, but that is just in Ponte and just for my specific curves. Everyone’s body is different, so we will all wear the pattern differently, as well.  

A special thank you to Love Notions for sponsoring The Fitting Experiment bloggers with patterns so that we can share our thoughts with you. Love Notions has kindly provided a 20% off shop discount code for all our readers. Please use this code at checkout: FittingEXPSabrinas

In addition, Love Notions has given us TWO copies of Sabrina Slims to giveaway. For a chance to win, comment below. For more chances to win, comment on the other blogs too! You can check out their posts below:

 

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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Visit our Sponsors and enter our
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Prize # 1

Itch to Stitch: 3 PDF patterns of choice

Raspberry Creek Fabrics: $100 Store Credit

D&H Fabrics Co: $50 Store Credit

Simply By Ti: Prize of $20 Store Credit

So Sew English Fabrics: Prize of $40 Store Credit

Sly Fox Fabrics: $25 Store Credit

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Itch to Stitch: 3 PDF patterns of choice

Beautiful Textiles: $100 Store Credit

D&H Fabrics Co: $50 Store Credit

Surge Fabric Shop: $20 Store Credit

Knitpop: $50 Knitcoin Credit

Rafflecopter begins Monday September 16th and will close at 11:59pm ET Sunday, September 22nd. 2 winners (1 per prize package) will be drawn and announced Monday, September 23rd.

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🎵’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!

🎵I’ve Got a Placket, Got a Placket Full of Sunshine🎵

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I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the ReSEWlutions: Plackets Blog Tour from Winter Wear Designs (WWD) (aff), alongside a number of other very talented sewists and bloggers. This first blog tour of 2019 focused on the placket, one of many sewing techniques that can often feel daunting to a new sewist. *SPOILER ALERT* It’s actually much easier than most assume that it is!

I chose the lovely Hepburn Henley from WWD to sew up in a couple of different fabric bases. I wanted to compare and contrast what the fabric influences the finished look of a placket (and really, of any project).

First, I chose a lightweight double brushed poly (DBP) from Love Adore Knit Fabrics (the daisy and polka dotted fabric), and yellow bamboo lycra for the sleeves and the back.

To achieve this look, I followed the instructions in the tutorial, which led me to folding the placket  and sewing in the placket on top of the mostly-finished bodice. Topstitching the x onto the bottom of the placket helps add stability and allow for easier buttoning and unbuttoning of the top.

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The next Hepburn Henley that I did, I selected to do the faux placket option. I sewed it up with a bodice out of ombré hacci knit and DBP sleeves, faux placket, and neckband all from Seweird Fabrics. I doubt that I will ever do a henley out of hacci again, as it was a bit looser of a knit that I was wanting, but it was very warm, comfortable, and stylish. Regardless, I still love the finished look. The scoop neckline gives the Hepburn Henley that little something special, and having the option to have functional buttons on a placket or having a faux placket was lovely.

Make sure to pick up your copy of the Hepburn Henley either by itself or in the incredible Back to School for Teens and Women Bundle!

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Make sure to visit all of the other stops on this blog tour!!
January 29
Aurelie of Maglice&So (guest posting at WWD)
January 30
Kristen  (guest posting at WWD)
January 31
Jessica of Jot Designs USA
Feb 1
Livia of Liviality
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IT’S Time to Sew with ITS (Itch to Stitch) Blog Tour

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Life is so crazy, sometimes, that I just need to make time to sew to clear my thoughts, get out of my head, and be productive, rather than to stress over the little things. This Time to Sew with Itch to Stitch blog tour was the Perfect opportunity for me to do just that, and the timing couldn’t have been more ideal.

It’s late September, and that means that autumn is here, complete with Pumpkin Spice Lattes, changing leaves, and changing temperatures… unless you live in Texas like I do, and then the high temperatures just lower into the upper 80’s to mid 90’s. hahaha For Southerners, the fall means a time of curious temperatures and the need for truly transitional pieces like 3/4 length tops and longer skirt and shorts, or capris. It is often a bit too chilly to wear tank tops now when the sun is down.

Because of this, I sewed up the WONDERFUL Newport Top PDF Sewing Pattern and Emily Culottes PDF Sewing Pattern from Itch to Stitch Sewing Pattern Shop. I decided to really highlight the versatility of the Newport Top by sewing it up not only in a gorgeous DBP (double brushed poly) from Sly Fox Fabrics, but also the softest brushed hacci sweater knot from Love Adore Knit Fabrics. I am over the moon and so glad that I finally sewed up a top that I have been meaning to sew up for months! It did not disappoint! The shoulder details are my favorite bits on this garment. They add a touch of the “something special” without being too over the top. It is a very flattering and feminine silhouette, even in my size 16. This top can carry me from season to season, and the sweater knit will keep me warm all winter long!

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I also sewed up the Emily Culottes in denim from Knitpop. Not only are they comfortable, but they can be styled for work or play, and I can probably wear them for 10 months out of the year down here, with a bit of styling differences. In the summer, a pair of flip-flops are what I need, and in the winter, a pair of tights will add a bit of warmth and style to my outfit.

There is an optional pleated front look to the pattern, as well as a flat front. Both have an attached sash belt. If you do choose to do the non-pleated version, PLEASE read the tutorial’s directions first, before cutting your fabric (because the pattern need to be adjusted prior to cutting).

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I want to thank the amazing designer at Itch to Stitch, Kennis Wong, for making these amazing pdf patterns from which I was able to relax, unwind, and add to my wardrobe. I would also like to thank Sly Fox Fabrics for sponsoring some of the most amazing fabrics across this entire Blog Tour. Be sure to read and enjoy the other breathtaking creations from the other bloggers who had stops on this blog tour, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

The best news is that for all day today (September 21, 2018), the Newport Top PDF Sewing Pattern is on sale for only $7 and the Emily Culottes PDF Sewing Pattern is only $9! How awesome is that?!

Please visit the awesome sponsors of this Blog Tour and see the awesome and reasonably-priced offerings that each has!
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Visit our sponsors and enter our Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win this unbelievable prize package:

Itch to Stitch: 2 PDF patterns of choice
Simply By Ti: Prize of $20 GC

So Sew English Fabrics: Prize of $30 GC
Mabel Madison Modern Makers: Prize of 3 yard coordinated bundle
Sly Fox Fabrics: $25GC
Raspberry Creek Fabrics: $50 GC
Surge Fabric Shop: $20 GC
Organic Cotton Plus: $25 GC
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And make sure to visit the other stops on the blog tour!

Here is the line up of Bloggers for the ITS Time to Sew Itch to Stitch Blog

September 17th
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September 19th
September 20th 
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***Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win awesome prizes!!***
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Heading Back to School in Ellie and Mac

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Now that we’re past Labor Day, almost everyone is headed back to school, and that means that students, teachers, administrators, school staff, and mamas everywhere will need to dress to impress, whether it be for the lunch line, running across campus, or the drop off line! Luckily, Ellie and Mac have you covered!

I decided on a transitioning-seasons look with the Ellie and Mac Women’s Halter Maxi Top/Dress Pattern (aff). Not only does this pattern come with a top and dress version, but it comes with SO many different options!! I chose to do a full maxi dress with the non-halter version because with the changing weather, I wanted to allow for the extra bit of coverage (and let’s face it: school time means bra time. Hahaha).

I sewed up the maxi with Mily Mae Fabrics’ faux snakeskin velvet for the bodice and sash, and I used Pretty Posh Prints’ (aff) double brushed poly for the skirt. Both are so decadent and comfortable, while still be so stylish.

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By changing up the fabrics, I made the Halter Maxi a little bit warmer in the bodice area, and added coverage with the maxi length to keep my legs warmer in the windy colder air that’s about to head our way! Popping on a cardi, and I am set into the winter months! Plus, you can dress this look up or down. With this unique and exotic velvet, I could turn this look into a date night look or a Homeroom Teacher look. It’s SO versatile and comfortable at the same time.

The best bits about Ellie and Mac patterns are their great sales and unbeatable prices for such cute and relevant looks! Right now, not only can you enter to win the giveaway during this blog tour, but the Women’s Halter Maxi Top/Dress Pattern (aff) is 25% off! Don’t wait! Your closet needs this look that can go from the hottest summer day to crisp fall mornings!

Visit all the bloggers on the Back To School Sewing Patterns Blog Tour Featuring Ellie and Mac and enter the giveaway to win a $50 store credit below!

  1. August 20th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. August 21st: Seams Sew Lo
  3. August 22nd: Momma Newey’s Makes
  4. August 23rd: Mama You Can Make It
  5. August 24th: DIYDanielle
  6. August 27th: Mijn11jes&ik
  7. August 28th: Tenille’s Thread
  8. August 29th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier
  9. August 30th: My Sewing Roots
  10. August 31st: SequioaLynn Sews
  11. September 1st: Mijn11jes&ik
  12. September 2nd: Crafty Curly Couture
  13. September 3rd: Sew 4 Five
  14. September 4th: Our Play Place
  15. September 5th: Fée bricolo
  16. September 6th: Jot Designs (USA)

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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!

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!

Having a Romp in My Boho Breeze RompHer

After all of the attention on rompHims lately, I was excited to sew up one of my favorite romHers, the Boho Breeze by Winter Wear Designs for their RompOn Blog Tour!!

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I decided to do a little hack on the Boho Breeze romper by finishing the top and bottom so that they Look attached, but are, in fact, not; making it easier for me to run to the ladies’ room and back all day. That’s how my fromper (fake romper) evolved! It is perfect and lightweight for summer fun and shenanigans!

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I sewed my Boho Breeze fromper in Liverpool knit fabric, which is perfect and easy and breezy for hot summer days. The beauty of the Boho Breeze is that it can be sewn up with knits OR wovens! AMAZING!! It can be dressed up with sleek and luxe fabrics and accessories like strappy high-healed sandals, or way down for the most comfy pair of pajamas that you’ve ever owned, and everything in between.

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The beautiful Boho Breeze pdf pattern is available on sale for a limited time for 20% off with coupon code: ROMPON (20% off romper patterns, so that means that the Riviera Romper is also 20% off! Amazing!) at Winter Wear Designs.

It comes in sizes XXS-XXXL. It comes in this off-the-shoulder version, but also has a shoulder strap option, short or 3/4 sleeves, and an option for pockets. For the bottom, not only can you do shorts like I did, but also a knee or maxi length gathered skirt. You can also shorten the neckline elastic to create a peasant style effect for the neckline. The Boho Breeze romper is SO versatile!! This pattern is one of my new go-to’s for summer and festival wear! Get yours today!!

Don’t miss any of the spectacular rompers

 on the Romp On Tour!!!
 
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