Heading Back To School in Winter Wear Designs, a Stop on the B2S Blog Tour

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It’s that time of year again! It’s time to head back to school. Whether you are a student, educator, or administrator, you always want to look your best doing it! Luckily, Winter Wear Designs (aff) has got your back!! Their amazing patterns will have you looking stylish, no matter your age!

I was lucky enough to join in the Back 2 School Blog Tour with some AMAZING bloggers, who are talented sewists as well! We each set out with the goal of creating a mini capsule for differing back to school needs, so please make sure to visit all of the stops along this blog tour to be able to get inspired by the great and beautiful creations that have been made using Winter Wear Designs’ pdf patterns!

I sewed up the Aviator Pants for Women in Sizes XXS-XXXL (aff) and the Hepburn Henley for Women in Sizes 00-22 (aff) from the Back to School Bundle for Teens and Women (aff). I also sewed up the Trendy Tank (aff), a pattern that is free with coupon code, and the Read Deal Jeans for Women, in Sizes XXS-XXL (aff) in the capri length for this change of season, as we head into autumn.

Real Deal Capri length Jeans with Hepburn Henley with short sleeves…

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As I was trying to create a capsule for back to school looks, I chose pieces that were versatile so that you can mix and match and never have your wardrobe go stale or to be unprepared for a situation. I made the Aviator pants with a faux snakeskin velvet (from Mily Mae Fabrics) so that students or faculty could go to class in them or throw them on for dinner and a night on the town. I chose to have front pockets, but not the optional cargo pockets or back welt pockets, as I was going for a more trouser/dress pants kind of feel. I also went with a waistband hack for them, as I had this gorgeous glittery waistband elastic from Knitpop (aff). This glitter allows me to not only feel pretty, but also SO comfy all day long.

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With the Hepburn Henleys, I sewed one up with longer sleeves in DBP and RS (the white and yellow one with daisies from Love Adore Knits), and my other one in Rose Baroque crushed velvet from Mily Mae Fabrics.

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As you can see with a couple of accessories and changing from the Real Deal Jeans to the Aviators sewn up in a luxe fabric like velvet or suede, and the Hepburn Henley sewn up in fabrics like velvet, suede, silk, brushed hacci, or satin, you look can go from classroom to date night in a flash.

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I also sewed up a Trendy Tank (aff) in Twinkle Teal velvet from Mily Mae Fabrics and finished my edges with silver fold over elastic (FOE) for a fun look under a blazer (Phresh blazer anyone?) or cardi (Twin Peaks Cardi perfection!) or on its own for a fun night on the town.

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As you can see, the options are endless and are limited only by your imagination (OK OK, and maybe the available budget. hahaha) Grabbing the Back to School Bundle for Teens and Women (aff) will have you set with SO many possible looks for your own back to school capsule for one low price.

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For this blog tour, the Phresh Jeggings for Girls in sizes 1-14 (aff) and the Perfect Panel Tee for Boys and Girls in Sizes 1-14 (aff) are on sale for ONLY $5!! Run and get your copy today!!

Don’t miss out on any of the stops on the

Back 2 School Blog Tour 2018
 
Monday 8/27
Intro from Winter Wear Designs

Tuesday 8/28

Larissa of Connected by a Thread

Wednesday 8/29
Carrie of BeriBee Designs
Livia of  Liviality
Thursday 8/30
Diane of Sewing With D
Jackie of
Friday 8/31
Jessica of Jot Designs
Patricia of Sew Far North

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…

Last week, I tested for 4 different designers, for a total of 5 different patterns. This week, I have had the fortune of leading a Sew Along and helping to spread the word about 3 fabric vendors and one pattern designer. February has been a crazy month so far!
First up, I want to talk about Itch to Stitch’s  (https://goo.gl/6SBhov) Sequoia Cargos & Shorts Digital Sewing Pattern. THEY ARE AMAZING!!!

I was selected to help test her great pdf pattern, and the fit, pocket placement, and instructions were all a recipe for success, from the size 0 participants to the size 10’s, to my plus size. Every curve and seam fit my body beautifully. The only adjustment that I had to make was to remove around an inch in the overall length, which is pretty amazing, as anyone who has made themselves a good-fitting pair of pants will tell you.
They were Just the kind of cargo pants that I am always wanting to shop for, but stores rarely carry in my size: convertible cargo/hiking pants. They even have a touch of elastic at the waistband to accommodate more body types and flexibility for different kinds of activities. You can make them out of many different types of woven fabric, but you do need a bit of interfacing for the pockets and rib knit fabric for your waistband.

Admittedly, my desire to have convertible cargo pants is more of a desire to have capris in the warm Texas summers, as well as place for my phone, headphones, keys, and snacks; BUT, they would work for hiking my former back yard: the Appalachian trail.

The only negative that I found myself experiencing while making this pattern was the setting of the 14 sets of metal snaps (which was NOT a problem with the pattern itself, but with my setting tool), which are more secure than plastic snaps and can go through the layers of fabric and interfacing in the pocket flaps. The metal snaps that I had purchased kept unseating themselves in my snap setter tool, so I looked like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman trying to eat the escargot: Slippery little suckers, indeed! Note to self: I need a more consistent setting tool, because I intend to make myself at least 3 more pairs of these pants this month!!

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