That’s a Wrap: Finding the Perfect New Dress Pattern in the Petaluma from Itch to Stitch

If you are looking for the sweetest new fun, yet classy dress pdf pattern, look no further than Itch to Stitch Sewing Pattern Shop’s  Petaluma Faux Wrap Dress!  It is a pdf pattern for sizes 00-20, in customizable cup sizes A-DD, and not only has the cutest faux wrap style, but also has in-seam pockets, an invisible zipper closure, an optional sash, and 3 sleeve options. I chose the double petal option over the short and butterfly option for my first version, and I LOVE it!!
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I sewed up my Petaluma in Knitpop’s Olive Crepe Georgette woven fabric. I love this fabric SO much that I played crazy pattern Tetris to make sure that I was able to make this dress out of my large scraps that I had left. It worked out, but just barely. Hahaha

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While sewing this up, I didn’t run into any major difficulties, as the instructions were very clear and had great illustrations. I will say that you should Stop and TRY ON your cross-front bodice after pinning it to the skirt BEFORE sewing it on to make sure that you have a perfect fit.

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Get your copy of the Petaluma Faux Wrap Dress at the introductory sale price of only $9.60 for this week only! It’s SUCH a crazy, beautiful pattern to make your closet happy, from church wear to a little black dress for date night!

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Falling in love with Rebecca Page, a stop on the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Seasons Blog Tour

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Welcome to one of the final stops on Rebecca Page’s Turning the Page: Sewing for the Seasons Blog Tour! Just because we are wrapping up our week of amazing fun, doesn’t mean that it stops here!! You, too, can enhance your wardrobe by being inspired by or recreating one of the many sophisticated, fun, flirty, and classic styles that you have seen along the way!!

When I was looking in my closet this past weekend, I realized just how low it was on comfortable and season-transitional pieces that I had. I have Plenty of summer looks, as I live in the southern US, but I needed to work on my fall transitional pieces and winter looks.

I immediately thought of Rebecca Page’s FANTASTIC outerwear, especially their cardigans. Cardies allow SO much freedom, as you can layer them on and remove them during the day, as temperatures fluctuate during our seasonal changes. I decided to sew up a The Circle Cardie – A Ladies Cardie Pattern (aff) for this exact reason!

The Circle Cardie allows for endless possibilities with regards to which knit to use. I chose a crushed velvet in Metal Crush (that I purchased from Mily Mae Fabrics), a sort of charcoal shade, which would drape me in softness and warmth and help ease my wardrobe’s transition into the colder months. It is just the first of many that I am going to sew up. I plan on at least 7: one for every day of the week! Since there are so many options on lengths, bands, ruffles, and sleeves, as well as the vast number of fabric options, my choices are nearly endless!

Next, I had to decide what should go under this cardigan. I decided on the The Emma Top and Dress – Ladies High Neck Dress Pattern (aff). Not only does the high neck on this top and dress block the cold winds of autumn, but also is stylish and a source of additional warmth, and it is currently in a sale bundle, the Summer Maxi Bundle. This pdf pattern really does allow for SO many options with the fabric choices and the lining options. Really, if it is super cold where you live, line it with a silk lining for a lightweight and VERY warm option. You could even opt for a superfine wool lining, as well. In the southern US, most of us just need cotton or maybe polyester, or as I chose: a gorgeous rayon (that I purchased from Mily Mae Fabrics), that has amazing drape and beautiful coverage, without being bulky or heavy.

I finally decided to sew up the top version of the Emma, and it was love!! It’s just long enough to cover everything that I want hidden, but also loose enough to keep me cool with a nice breeze! I paired it with capri leggings, so I know that leggings in late fall would also be perfection! One thing that I LOVE doing with stripes is to either cant them and wear them on the bias or create chevron patterns by having two angled stripes meet at a center point. This allows me to not have horizontal stripes which might not be the most flattering on my plus-sized figure, but also it is fresh, fun, and fashionable (and so easy to do!).

Please visit all the stops on the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Changing Seasons Blog Tour with Rebecca Page. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win some fantastic prizes from our fabric sponsors!

  1. August 20: Rebecca Page (Intro), Sewjourns, Soul fed on Thread
  2. August 21: Sarcastic Sewist, PatchWitch, Flaxfield Sewing by Anca
  3. August 22: Princesse et Tresors, Bellephant, The Scatty Sewer
  4. August 23: BigFlyNotions, Stitched by Jennie, Millie’s Place Handmade
  5. August 24: Sweet Sprocket, Australian Sewing, Advice & Inspiration, The Sewing Unicorn
  6. August 25: LIVIALITY, Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing, Simply Kyra
  7. August 26: Seams So Lo, Middle River Studio, Jot Designs

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Craving a Closetful of Crystal Cove Camis

Crystal Cove Cami is another AMAZING hit for Itch to Stitch!! (Itch to Stitch Sewing Pattern Shop) This cami pattern is meant for woven fabrics, and can be dressed up or down, depending on which fabric you choose to make it in. It comes in sizes 00-20, and I sewed up a 16, graded to a 20 hip.  It took me only about 45 minutes to tape, cut, and sew up this cami top. It was easy and turned out great. I needed another few minutes to press this top, but it was well worth it.

The back is what sets this cami apart from its competitors. The petals that overlap allow for so much movement and air to circulate around your back during the warm summer months, and I LOVE this detail so much!

I used Boho Fabrics‘ rayon woven fabric for this more casual, but still fresh and pretty cami look.

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I used Mily Mae Fabrics‘ silky feeling poly blend Aster fabric for my dressier take on the Crystal Cove Cami. It’s perfect for date night or to pop under a blazer for work (or even better, a work to play top).

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And if you act now, you can get the Crystal Cove Cami at its introductory special sale price of only $8.00 through Monday, June the 18th! Get your copy today!

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

OMeGa! Bring on the Blouse Blog Tour presents: A Tale of Two Pretties

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This week, I have the honor of being part of the Bring on the Blouse Blog Tour for Winter Wear Designs, an indie pdf pattern designer who quickly has become one of my faves, when I tested her Banded Tee (https://jotdesignsusa.com/2018/02/08/banded-hem-for-nearly-every-occasion-yes-please/) and Classic Shell (https://jotdesignsusa.com/2018/02/08/this-shell-is-truly-a-classic/) patterns.

It is being sponsored by BOHO fabrics (http://rwrd.io/z6denjk), which is a fabric vendor with Great prices, Amazing coupons and sales, and out of this world selection of the most amazing fabrics and TONS of laces, trims, and other notions. Boho curates bundles for purchase that are surprising, gorgeous, and ridiculously reasonably priced. I highly recommend Boho for your knits needs, as well are your woven, specialty fabric, and notions needs, as well. I used their lace in 2 colors and 3 different sizes, as well as their woven fabric for my Omega blouse for this review.

I decided to take you on a tour of the Omega in a Tale of Two Pretties: I sewed up the Omega in a woven fabric, as suggested, as well as contrasting it, when the Omega is sewn up as a knit. The Omega blouse has SO many options available with the purchase of the pdf pattern from Winter Wear Designs (https://goo.gl/ZhZPMK). As a special offer during this blog tour, the Omega is on sale for the low price of just $7.95 all week long! That’s 20% off of a pattern that can give you chic blouse looks in woven and knit fabric bases, as well as being customizable into being either a blouse (with or without a shirttail hem) or tunic, with many sleeve options (Sleeveless, flutter, gathered cap sleeves, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeve, or long sleeves), as well as many different yoke options (pleated, lace front, lace accent, or plain front), and the option of having a keyhole in the back for a beautiful accent!

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First, I followed the woven instructions that are part of the tutorial that comes with the pdf pattern download. I had picked a delicious floral rayon woven fabric from Boho Fabrics; as well as a 5.5″ lace trim, which I used to embellish my yoke piece; and a 1″ lace trim, which I used as my binding for my neckline and armscye areas (armhole areas), since I decided to go with a sleeveless option, as the temperatures are already in the 80’s where I live. I sewed up a size XL, which was the closest to my ready to wear size 16-18 body’s measurements, and it fit Beautifully! I had a hidden fear that it would be too tight on my hips, as woven fabrics offer no stretch and no forgiveness, but I shouldn’t have at all! It was gorgeous! I went with the regular hem at the bottom, and the curves and ease built into this pattern are SO flattering and make this blouse SO comfortable to wear. It felt breezy, and was such an easy pattern to sew up.

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Typically, when I hack a woven pattern in a knit, I have to size down, but this was not the case with the Omega, which made it even Easier of a sew! I was able to use the same pattern that I had already assembled and cut out to make Both the knit and the woven versions. There are minor changes needed for the armscye binding measurements, but other than that, the change is pretty straightforward and easy to do. Winter Wear Designs lays out this entire hack’s tutorial in the Day 1 post for the Bring on the Blouse Blog Tour on their site (https://goo.gl/bjb7Wo). I was able to quickly sew up my new Omega blouse in double brushed polyester (DBP), and I chose to do the flutter sleeve, and  the regular hem. I also chose to use Boho Fabrics’ lace trim for the neckline binding in ivory this time, to add a bit of cohesion between my two looks. It attached with equal ease as the woven Omega’s did. When I tried this look on, I didn’t want to take it off. It was just (if not more) comfy as the extremely comfortable Omega is in the woven fabric!

I highly recommend this pattern in its many forms and lengths. It sewed up well in DBP and rayon (woven), and can handle beautiful embellishments and trims to further enhance your looks. It is feminine, flattering, and comfortable, without being too fussy.  Your closet Needs you to pick up this pattern and make a few for yourself. After you do, share a pic or two on the Winter Wear Designs’ Facebook Group Page (https://goo.gl/WH2nDT).

In addition to ALL of this fabulousness, there is also a drawing for a prize bundle from Boho Fabrics and Winter Wear Designs. Full information is available on the Winter Wear Designs’ Bring On the Blouse Tour page, located at https://goo.gl/bjb7Wo.

Check out each stop on the tour:

2/26  Winter Wear Designs
2/27 With Love in Every Stitch
2/27 Sewing With D
2/27 Kate Will Knit
2/28 Sew With Ilse
2/28 Custom Made by Laura
2/28 So Today I Did A Thing
3/1 Mabey She Made It
3/1 Connected By A Thread
3/2 MNW Sews
3/2 Jot Designs
3/2 Lisa Dawson at Winter Wear Designs

#bringontheblouse #stitchmyfix #sewwhatyoulove #wearwhatyousew #omega #classicshell

OMP! Sinclair Patterns’ Penny Classic Leggings are pure perfection!

This week, I had the pleasure of testing a pattern for Sinclair Patterns (https://goo.gl/S7LKWK): the Penny Classic Leggings pattern. It is a pattern for either cropped/below-the-knee (capri) length or full-length leggings. The waistband is available either in a classic waistband or a comfort (wide/yoga) waistband. As with most of Sinclair Pattern’s offerings, this pattern comes in 3 size categories: petite (5’1″-5’3″), regular (5’4″-5’6″), and tall (5’7″-5’9″), in US sizes 0-22. The Australian-based pattern company hints at an expanded range of plus-sized offerings in the near future, which is an exciting possibility!

As usual with Sinclair Patterns, the fit was spot on for my body shape and size. It is an instant classic for me! I actually cut and sewed up both length options for the leggings (cropped and full length). I stuck with the classic waistband, as I am not a fan of the comfort waistband style, and there were so many others who were in the testing group.


These leggings are better than any others on the market that I have tried so far. I am a plus-sized woman, and my size 16 (in Sinclair Pattern’s sizing) fit without any need to try to adjust the seat, rise, or length. I didn’t even have to grade my pattern for the perfect fit, as I was pretty spot on with the dimensions for my size. I didn’t even have a problem with the legs turning on my calves, as some patterns require you to adjust and make sure that your front and back are cut out at a perfect 180* from each other.  This wasn’t necessary on the Penny, as the legs are cut out as a whole, which is AMAZING.  As many of you who have tried to make leggings before know, these are common issues, and sources of hours of tailoring that must be done to muslins/toiles/trial runs on cheaper fabric. With the Penny, I, personally, could have cut straight into my $16/yard athletic knit fabric with no looking back (but I took the cautious route, just in case, and did a muslin pair out of plain DBP. hahaha). I loved that I didn’t need to spend 3 hours tailoring them to my seat, to avoid the pitfalls of too much or too little fabric in delicate areas. THANK YOU, SINCLAIR PATTERNS!!! These are Pure Perfection!!

I chose to do the full leggings in double brushed polyester (DBP) from Southern Belle Fabrics (https://goo.gl/c5Uw6F) and the cropped length in a gorgeous athletic knit from Mily Mae Fabrics (https://goo.gl/mmpKpu), which made the best workout capris that I have ever owned.

The pattern suggests using your hips measurement to establish you size, but that grading might be needed for your waist, knees, and legs to get the fit that you are looking for. I went with the hip measurement which was 1/2″ below my actual measurement, assuming correctly that the negative ease found in the stretch amounts of my fabric choices would offset the difference in pattern size, when compared with my actual measurements.

The pattern calls for 1-1.25 yards of fabric for the cropped length, and 1.50-1.75 yards for the full length version. Both DBP and athletic knit/supplex worked beautifully and rivaled any off-the-rack activewear. Cotton lycra or any mid-weight fabric with 50% stretch that has good recovery would be lovely to make into your own personalized pair of perfect leggings, too. If one was wanting a higher rise in the leggings, the comfort waistband offers a slightly higher rise than the classic waistband does.

These were an incredibly easy sew, and you could be done with your leggings in under an hour, especially if you had the pattern already cut (as I had with my second pair). It is rated as 2/10 in difficulty, placing it firmly in the “easy” category.
The pattern comes with  Letter, A4, and A0 version files, meeting almost any printing need.

I did not have to trim off any excess fabric from the bottom, which was a first for me, when leggings are concerned, which was a pleasant surprise.

Don’t wait to pick up your copy today! There is an introductory sale on this pattern, making it only $6.99 now through February 28, 2018 at (https://goo.gl/S7LKWK).