International Sanctuary + Purpose Handcrafted Jewelry

Hey guys! This post is a little different then my usual sewing posts. Today I want to share a company with you that I’v been working with the last few months, and you might have noticed some of their product in my photos.

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Purpose Jewelry is a non-profit handcrafted jewelry company, but not just any jewelry company. Also known as International Sanctuary, Purpose Jewelry sells beautiful bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings handmade by women who have been rescued from human trafficking and are given professional opportunities, job training, education and medical care through this non profit group. 100% of the proceeds support these women in form of employment, paychecks and job training.

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Horizon Earrings

International Sanctuary empowers survivors with true freedom”. They have a few sanctuaries all over the world: Mumbai, India and Orange County, CA (my hometown).

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Every piece of jewelry is handmade by survivors, and tagged with the individual’s handwritten name that made each piece.

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It’s so special to wear this jewelry and know not only the name of the woman or girl who made it, but that I’m helping her, among others in a small way. And you guys, this jewelry is gorgeous!

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By purchasing Isanctuary jewelry, we are giving hope and dignity to the survivors. This is such a beautiful cause and I wanted to share it with all of you, I’ve linked direct links under each image of where you can purchase the jewelry, among lots of other beautiful pieces found on their website: purposejewelry.org

 

 

“Purchase with PURPOSE and join the movement to end slavery, and spread hope to women and girls around the world.”

Helga Shirt Pattern with Digital Fabrics


Hey guys! I have a really fun post in store for you. This week I got to work with two fabulous companies out of Australia.

The first company is called Digital Fabrics. Known for their unique and beautiful fabrics, Digital Fabrics sells beautiful and unique product. The best part is that you can order a print you like in many different types of fabrics, from linens to knits. (They have it all).

They also provide the option to print your own designs by uploading your own image. The fabric I chose to work with was previously listed on their website under fashion fabrics; Ethnic in Cornflower in micro (and now that I look at it, I think i need it in lycra too for a swimsuit!).

You can also order a sample pack of all the different fabric types they offer to get a better feel for each one before you order your fabric. Digital Fabrics is such a cool company, and I really enjoyed working with them. I received my fabric super fast; their shipping is awesome. The fabric is so soft, and the print is bright and bold; really great quality! I love how unique my top feels in this fresh print.



And exciting news!! I’m giving away 2 yards of this gorgeous fabric to one winner. (Scroll to the bottom for more info).

The other company I had the chance to work with is Tessuti Fabrics. I’ve had my eye on this company for a few months now. Tessuti Fabrics currently own three shops, two in Sydney and one in Melbourne, and they have their online shop as well. I really like the style of their clothing patterns they design and sell. (They also have some great fabric options as well, what they are more commonly known for). They also offer some fun sewing classes in their shops if you’re local.



I have had the Helga Shirt pattern on my to-make list for a little while, and I thought it would be fun to sew it up using my new fabric from Digital Fabrics.

The pattern calls for linen, cotton, lightweight wool, wool crepe and firmer silks fabrics. My fabric is more of a crepe-like texture so it was a little tricky to work with. I made a few changes to make the fabric more manageable: I interfaced the front facing pieces, and top stitched around the two front edges for a crisper look around the corners. I made a size XS following along with the pattern measurements, but I’m thinking I could have gone down one more size. When choosing your size keep in mind that it’s a big, loose fitting shirt. No adjustments were made to my shirt except for bringing in the shoulder + sleeve about 1/4″ along the top shoulder seam.



Other than the fabric being a little tricky, the pattern is great! I would definitely say it’s more intermediate than beginner. It was really fun to put together, and came together pretty quickly too. (I’ve been binge watching ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ while putting my Helga Shirt together. It motivated me to sew as perfectly as possible, almost as if I were in school again. I’m obsessed!). This pattern would be really cute in a plaid print for fall too.. hmm….


**GIVEAWAY**

I’m so excited to host one of my first big giveaways this week. One winner will receive two yards of the fabric I used from Digital Fabrics, as well as a hard copy of the Helga Shirt Pattern from Tessuti Fabrics. *To enter, head over to my Instagram account (@thesaraproject_) for more instructions. I will announce the winner in the original Instagram post of this shirt in one week from today. (7/25/16). Good luck!

Also, head over to @lovewinniejames for a chance to snag my cute Greta Clogs! (Another great giveaway!).

What I’m wearing: Chevron Necklace/Jeans/Shoes

 

 

 

Manchester Metallics Tote with Sew Mama Sew


Have you seen the Manchester Metallic by Robert Kaufman yet? They are DREAMY. While at Quilt Market, I took a peak at these beauties, and walked away with some sample. So, when Sew Mama Sew asked me to be apart of the Manchester Metallic Summer Bag Challenge, is was a perfect fit.

I chose two of the fabrics from the collection: Midnight & Rafia.

They are a lightweight, woven fabric with metallic threads woven throughout.

For my bag, I decided to make a simple summer tote. I’m always looking for an easy bag to throw snacks, and a few essentials when heading to the pool or park with my littles. I followed the Railroad Tote Tutorial by Purl Soho. I’m a sucker for a good tote.

Because this fabric is so lightweight, I used a heavy fusible interfacing and ironed it on to the backside of the back. To hide the interfacing I made a lining to insert into my tote. I also skipped the first step of finishing the top edge of the tote, I finished it at the end with a lining. I also left 1/2″ seam allowance from the cotton webbing (I picked mine up at Joann’s) and the top raw edge of my tote, in order to have enough room to sew the lining on.

I used this lining tutorial as a guide. I basically cut out two bag fronts and backs. I sewed the lining together just the same as the bag front & back pieces, but I left a 3″ hole in the bottom. Pinned the lining to the bag RST, with the lining on the outside of the bag. Sew the two top pieces together around the top of the bag at 1/2″. Pull the pieces right sides out, pushing the lining into the bag, and iron the lining down around the top edge. Sew the opening at the bottom of the lining closed, and top stitch around the top of your tote. All done!

See how pretty it is in the sun!?

 

Now, go sew yourself a pretty tote for all your summer adventures!

Follow along with the challenge for more Manchester Metallic inspiration:

Mo Bedell
Sandy Whitelaw of UpStairs Hobby Room
Michelle Morris of That Black Chic
Kathy Green of Designs by KTGreen
Carrie Federer of carrie bee
Anne Zeitler of AnneZPlace
Sanchia Gair of Red Brolly
Natalie Strand of Vegetablog
Devida Bushrod of The Driftwood Thimble
Sara Johansen of The Sara Project
Sarah Sharp of No Hats in the House
Michelle Webster of michellepatterns
Marni Weaver of Haberdashery Fun
Jenny of My Handmade Home

Coo Coo for Culottes

I made culottes! When I first saw that Helen was looking for testers for this pattern, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the culotte trend. I’m a skinny jeans kind of girl. BUT, I started imagining them in different fabrics, and then I was hooked. I needed to make these.

I made mine out of a Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Blend Chambray Blue. I was worried it would be too light blue, but it’s perfect. The linen drapes beautifully as well. These two make a great pairing of fabric and pattern.

The Winslow Culottes call for a lot of fabric, but I feel it was reasonable and necessary. You can see how much fabric goes into each leg below.

I sewed up view C of this pattern (the midi length, 1 of 4 views!). I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern. (I’m 5’5″). I sewed up a size 4, and the fit is great!

I love the details of the pleats to the front and back of the pants. These are SO quick and easy to make. There’s an invisible zipper closure in the center back. They really look so chic, and these culottes are just what I need for the current warm weather. I’m really happy with how they turned out. Also, it’s pretty hilarious walking around in them, and getting comments like “Wait, are those pants!?”. The Winslow Culottes almost give the illusion of wearing a skirt. And probably even more so if sewn up in a more drapey rayon.

Again, in July’s People Style Watch 2016, I found this page. Chambray culottes!! Helen also shows a few ways you could hack the pattern, making it into a culotte jumpsuit, or another option- gathering the pants to the waistband like these ones in People Style Watch. Lot’s of great ideas for this pattern!

Thanks for this beautiful pattern Helen! You can purchase the Winslow Culottes here.


Seamly Tee Dress Hack with BOLT by Girl Charlee



I got to spend a day at Quilt Market a few weeks ago, and while I was there I found this beautiful blue and white large gingham print knit fabric from BOLT by Girl Charlee’s new collection, Modern Reflection. BOLT by Girl Charlee fabrics are exclusively sold wholesale online, but can be found among the following retailers.

When I walked into the Girl Charlee booth, my eyes quickly found this bold and yet fresh gingham print, and I instantly pictured it as an easy, summer dress. This fabric is SOO soft. I was worried about it being a little sheer on top but it’s not, so no extra layering required underneath (besides a skirt slip, I’m old school like that). It’s dreamy!

 


Just when I was a little worried about looking too much like Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, I found this page while flipping through the July People Style Watch. Move over, Dorothy!

 

 

The perfect summer dress is RIGHT here! I’m obsessed with the new Indie Sew 2016 Summer Collection in collaboration with Seamly. I love the Basic Tee. For the dress I pictured a fitted, sleeved bodice with a gathered skirt. I then had the brilliant idea to use my Seamly Basic Tee pattern for the bodice. (You can also use another t-shirt pattern you might have on hand, or you can even trace an RTW tee that fits you well).

This tutorial is based off the Seamly Basic Tee pattern.

Matierials:

-Fabric (about 2 1/2 yards of 60″ width fabric or 3 yards of 45″)

-Matching thread

-T-shirt pattern

Step 1: First we need to alter our basic tee pattern just slightly. First, trace your pattern off of your original in your preferred size, closest to your measurements. Second, measure from your underarm to your side waist straight down. Add 1/2″ for seam allowance. (Just 1/2″ because the weight of the fabric pulls the waist seam down farther than you intended). Next, mark this measurement on your front and back bodice patterns, and draw a straight line across.

Next, using tracing paper, trace your pattern, (the bottom edge will be this new line we just drew).


On your traced pattern piece, slightly straighten out the side seams for a more form fitting look, I would recommend doing this, otherwise your side seams stick out a little at the waist. You can see where I straightened mine between the ruler and my pen. (You can also see this in the above picture on both bodice pieces).

Now we are ready to cut out our pattern!

You’ll need your basic tee front and back bodice, neckband, pocket and sleeves.

For the skirt piece, measure your waist, times it by 2 1/2-3, (I did 3) and that is your width. Decide on how long you would like your dress to be plus a 1″ seam allowance for your hem. Mine ended up being 81″ in width x 26 1/2″ in length. You will then need to divide your width in half, because we will be cutting out two pieces. So your pattern will be a rectangle, and you will cut two with your fabric folded in half, but NOT cut on the fold line. Cut two, a skirt front and a skirt back.

*I cut my pocket on the bias.

Once you have everything cut, sew up your basic tee bodice as directed in the pattern instructions.

Once, your bodice is done, it’s time to prep the skirt. Also while at quilt market, I was introduced to this amazing stuff.

You simply iron it on around the top edge of your fabric, and you’re ready to gather your skirt! There’s also no unpicking involved because the Fuse and Gather is ironed on the backside of your fabric. It’s fab. I like to pin the skirt and bodice pieces right sides together, matching up center front and back, and side seams for both, and then gather the skirt to fit. Evenly spread your gathers, and pin. Sew at 1/2″ around the whole waist edge. This is mine finished:

At this point, flip your dress right side out, and make sure all your gathers look good. I like to lightly iron the waist seam, with the seam allowance pressed up towards the bodice.

All that’s left is the hem. I just folded my hem 1/2″ to the wrong side and sewed along the edge to finish. (I ended up cutting off two inches in length off my hemline). Yay! We’re all done!

Shout out to my sweet sister-in-law for playing with my daughter while my brother photographed this dress for me! We sure love you Hannah!

Seamly 2016 Summer Collection Blog Tour

 

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I’m so excited to be apart of another Blog Tour, this time for Indie Sew, in collaboration with Seamly! Each season, Indie Sew comes out with a great fabric bundle. For their summer collection, they’ve teamed up with Seamly and created patterns based off of their ready wear items. There’s three great basics in the collection: the Vallynne Tank, Basic Tee, and the Wrapped Cardigan

For the tour, I made a Basic Tee in a light grey knit and the Wrapped Cardigan in an AGF knit by April Rhodes. Indie Sew has a whole blog post about which fabrics to use for these patterns.

First up, my Wrapped Cardigan:

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You guys, I’m obsessed. Along with my Wrapped Cardigan, I’m wearing my Basic Tee and Birkin Flares. My tassel necklace is from Purpose Jewelry.

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The Wrapped Cardigan is a quick make, and it’s so fun to wear! I just love it. I’m excited to bring it along all summer for those late nights outside, and I’ll be wearing this well into the Fall and Winter too. There’s also a sleeveless version that is adorable layered over a tee or tank. It’s such a versatile pattern, great for every season.

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Next, the Basic Tee:

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My tassel bracelet is also from Purpose Jewelry.

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Again, I’m obsessed. This is my favorite knit tee I’ve made so far. I usually stay away from sewing basics, but now I’m realizing that they are a great addition to my wardrobe. I’ve worn this tee dressed up with a skirt for church, and dressed down with skinny jeans and sandals for running errands. Sometimes I even sleep in it. It’s the best. I’m planning on making more when I can find some time. I think it would be cool with two different colors: one for the shirt, and one for the sleeves, pocket and neck band…

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So good.

Make sure to follow along with the blog tour to get some great ideas for using this new pattern collection!

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June 8: Inside the Hem

June 9: The Doing Things Blog

June 10: Dandelion Drift

June 13: The Sara Project

June 14: Fa Sew La

June 15: Sew Mariefleur

June 16: Right Sides Together

June 17: Allie J.

June 18: Cut Cut Sew


Jacob by Ready To Sew

Meet Jacob! The newest pattern addition to Ready To Sew!

I was recently introduced to Ready To Sew, and I’m excited to tell you all a little more about this cool company. Raphaelle is the designer behind this beautiful french pattern company, just recently opened. Her patterns are now both in French and English. I have a few other patterns from Ready To Sew, and I’m excited to get working on them.

This pattern! Raphaelle asked if I would test this pattern for her, and I’m so glad she did.  How cool are those godets! Raphaelle’s instructions are fabulous. It’s a really fun shirt to sew up, and pretty quick too. I put mine together in two nights.

I made a few alterations on my pattern. I added 1″ in length to the hem and godets. I also added the two back godets. The original pattern has 4 front godets and no godets in the back. Scroll down to the bottom and I’ll show you how I added mine.

For the shirt, I used a lightweight cotton lawn I scored at Hancock Fabrics for $2 a yard. For my godets, I used a light blue chambray linen I had left over from my pillows I made a few posts back.

I sewed up a size 38, but I probably should have gone with a 36 (where my measurements are). My shirt fits a little looser than it should, but I’m actually really happy with it. (Especially since it’s so hot here right now!!). It’s very light and flowy.

To add the back godets (I used the bigger godet for my back godets), slightly alter your two back pieces where they would join when sewn together. Take your godet pattern (mine is folded in half) and line it up to the two edges, and draw your new line:

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Cut off the excess on both pattern pieces, and sew your godets in just as you did the others, following Raphaelle’s instructions. Super easy. Hope you love Jacob as much as I do!