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
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Sly Fox Fabrics: $25GC
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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
September 18th
September 19th
September 20th 
September 21st

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

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

My New Whataburger Jeans

When I started sewing up my Itch To Stitch Mountain View Pull on Jeans (https://goo.gl/3dNThz), I loved how well the pdf pattern taped together, and the lines that were painstakingly and professionally drafted from the very talented designer of Itch To Stitch design house.

These jeans were unlike any other pull on pant or jean that I had ever made or even tried on (RTW). They were like a yoga pant had a baby with a pair of your favorite jeans. Everything stayed in place so nicely and these looked like any pair of jeans that you would find in any high-end department store. They didn’t have a scrunchy elastic waistband. Instead, it’s a smooth extension of the pants that curves up and is tall and flat against the body, much as a yoga pants waistband.

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It was during one of the steps that the pattern called for back pocket designs topstitched into the pockets. Since my embroidery machine is in a different city from where I am now, I painstaking drew what I thought would be a classy and Wonder Woman inspired pocket design. I finished them, and was proud of my work….and I attached them to the pants. I then wore them for the day, and when my family came home, my sister said, “Nice Whataburger pants!” I hadn’t realized that I had subliminally sewed up the logo of my favorite burger place in the pocket designs that you will see below. I will attach a screenshot of the Whataburger.com logo.

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So, my new favorite jeans have teamed up with my favorite fast food burger place to bring my a laugh every time that I put them on.
But seriously, if you are in a place with a Whataburger, try them! They are SO much better than the other burger drive-thrus.
And above all, you NEEEEEED Itch To Stitch’s (https://goo.gl/Gq38mw) newest addition: The Mountain View Pull-On Jeans pattern, available in Sizes 0-22.
I used Sly Fox Fabrics’ (https://slyfoxfabrics.com, and they are offering a 25% off special for your first order!!) Stretch Denim to make these AMAZING Whataburger pants

#ITS #Whataburger #MtViewPullOnJeans #JeansPattern #NewFave
#SFF #SlyFoxFabrics

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!