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
WarmCrochet: Pair of scissors

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

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September 19th
September 20th 
September 21st

***Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win awesome prizes!!***
Rafflecopter giveaway link

🎵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!

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

Welcome from Pickle Toes Patterns ****You are here

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

***a Rafflecopter giveaway***

Guess What? It’s Gonna Be May (Blog Tour with PS&Co)

I loved being chosen to be a part of the It’s Gonna Be May Blog Tour by Petite Stitchery and Company (Click here for PS&CO) along with such talent sewists!! This blog tour was sponsored by Southern Belle Fabrics (Click here for Southern Belle Fabrics), who have not only the most AMAZING fabrics, but they have killer sales, so join their Facebook group today!! There is a GIVEAWAY towards the end of the post as well!!

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I started off this Blog Tour singing a little JT/NSync in my head, and then I had the HARDEST time deciding what to sew up. The Petite Stitchery and Company have SO many awesome offerings, that I was just so unsure how to narrow my choices down…. Sew, I decided to make a mini spring capsule from just 2 patterns: the Women’s Fusion Leggings and the Women’s Runway Raglan. Being plus-sized, I LOVED that their size range goes from XS-3XL. I also LOVED the versatility in each of the patterns. I decided that I needed to make myself outfits that range from work to play, all while being super comfortable and sew fashionable.

I made the Fusion Leggings in Southern Belle’s Extreme Stretch Denim in black (https://bit.ly/2HYwwxX), and I also used their Leanne Floral in black (double brushed poly. https://bit.ly/2JlaF3p) for my business casual Runway Raglan look.
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I used Southern Belle’s faux lace to make this Runway Raglan and teal DBP for an accent color, making this my go-to 3/4 sleeve top for running errands, being comfy at home, or even running out for quick date night. I LOVE multipurpose patterns and clothes!! The Women’s Runway Raglan comes in 4 sleeve lengths and 3 bodice lengths. It’s Amazing!

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And what’s life without a little whimsy?? I sewed up a variation of the Runway Raglan with a custom panel, and I paired it with the Fusion Leggings in the Extreme Stretch Denim to highlight this pair’s versatility. I am ready for my next movie break, shopping, or to sit down and mend a few socks in my gorgeous new outfit.

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As you can see, with just a few yards of fabric, you, too could have many different outfit combinations if you run and get a copy of a pdf pattern or 2 like I did with the Women’s Fusion Leggings and the Women’s Runway Raglan from Petite Stitchery and Company (Click here for PS&CO)

AND…There’s a GIVEAWAY!!! Please enter to win a $50 shop credit at Souther Belle Fabrics by clicking the link below
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c04b4e2f1/

Don’t forget to visit the other stops on the  It’s Gonna Be May Blog Tour by Petite Stitchery and Company, sponsored by Southern Belle Fabrics!
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April 22nd:

Sewjourns

Kathy’s Kwilts

Naadjesendraadjes

Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Sewing Adventures in the Attick

Sewing Southern Belle

April 23rd:

Margarita on the Ross

Our Play Palace

The Scatty Sewer

Rebel and Malice

My Heart Will Sew On

Sewing With D

April 24th:

Sea of Estrogen

Seams Like Style

That’s Sew Amy

Mahlica Designs

Leslie J’s Sewing Shack

Miss Marah Sewn

April 25th:

Liviality

Lime Leaves

My Sewing Roots

Tales From a Southern Mom

Jot Designs USA

Seams Sew Lo

The Needle and The Belle

April 26th:

Candi Couture Designs

Momma Sew Savvy

Blooming Skies

Stitched By Jennie

House of Estrela

Sewing Ambi

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

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)

The Dreaded Twin Needle (duh duh duuuuhn)

Really, the twin needle is your best ally for sewing up knits on a traditional sewing machine! Don’t be afraid! There are a few things that I can show you to help you on your way to twin-needle rockstar status… Here is a link to a video where I explain different kinds of twin needles, how to thread up your sewing machine for twin needle sewing, a bit of troubleshooting advice, and lastly, comparing and contrasting with a coverstitch machine.
I realized that although I had said in my head that the numbers for the twin needle sizes (eg- 2.5, 4.0, 6.0, etc) are the distances in mm between the needles, those words never actually were said in my actual tutorial. Oops!
I had the honor of sharing this snippet of advice on Facebook’s Sly Fox Fabrics Sew Along group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SlyFoxFabricsSAL/), so please give them some love! They have great fabrics and great sew alongs!!

#twinneedletutorial #theSpaceInBetween #KnitSewingHero #Twinning #TwinNeedleNinja #NotTwinemies