Blair Maternity Tee

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Hey everyone! I recently sewed up the Blair Maternity Tee by SeeKateSew  from Indiesew as a gift for my younger sister who is expecting her first baby, and I wanted to share it with you too. It’s suuuper quick to sew up, and comes with a scooped neckline variation plus two other sleeve options (3/4 and long sleeve).

As I was making this top, it was really hard to see how the fit would be, but I’m really happy with it. The pattern has you pick a size according to your pre-pregnancy measurements, and it worked out great. I used a pink french terry from Style Maker Fabrics. My sister is 28 weeks in these photos, and she had just a little bit of room left in this top to grow into, so that being said I think a thinner knit with more stretch/drape might have been a better choice for this top. BUTTTT I do love the structure and added warmth the french terry gives to this top.

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I sewed it up in about an hour using my serger. I’m not so sure about the length of this top, but my sister was really happy with it. I think if a knit with more stretch is used, it wouldn’t hang so loosely along the hemline.

This is a great maternity top pattern and I’ll definitely be keeping it in my files for future use! (And no, this is not an announcement!). 😉

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Geodesic

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Introducing my new favorite winter top, Geodesic by Blueprints for Sewing. This pattern is so interesting, the shirt front and back bodice are made entirely of triangles. (Perfect for all my quilter friends out there!!). It is so fun to put together! I picked up my pattern over at Indie Sew, and used a thick maroon ponte knit from a local shop here in Salt Lake City, specifically Sugar House area called Tissu Fine Fabrics. (It’s a charming little shop with some really great quality garment specific fabrics, and they are always so kind to my kids too.)

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I made a size A/B, closest to my measurements. I really struggled with deciding what size to make. The pattern instructions advise to size up one size for a looser fit and I didn’t want it to be too fitted. I ended up NOT sizing up and I’m so happy I didn’t. I love the fit of the size closest to my measurements. It’s not too fitted at all, just right.

The pattern isn’t too difficult to put together. Just make sure to pay close attention to the grainline of your triangles as you are sewing them together. The pattern instructions are easy to understand and follow. I ended up using my regular sewing machine over my serger, I just felt like I had more control keeping my points lined up with my sewing machine, but a serger would work great too.

Back to my points! So like I already mentioned, I used a pretty thick ponte knit fabric. I love how thick it is to wear, it’s so cozy. BUT it does make getting perfect points a little tricky, so don’t look too closely! 😉 If you do end up using a thicker fabric, just make sure to trim your seam allowances really well!

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Over all, I’m thrilled with this top. I’ve worn it out “in the wild” a few times and always get compliments on it. I love how unique this design is. And yeah, I’ve totally been keeping track of who I where it around because I wear this top so often. It’s really great for three seasons out the year here in Utah, so it’s a really great addition to my wardrobe, and I’m sure there will be more in my future!

Now, go grab one for yourself! Happy Sewing!

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Project Sew My Style January: Toaster Sweater

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Happy Toaster Sweater month! I’m so excited for my first Project Sew My Style post. This month was all about the Toaster Sweater #2 by Sew House Seven. I love this pattern, and it holds so many possibilities depending on the type of fabric you use. This toaster sweater is a mash-up of Toaster Sweater #1 and #2, and I’m excited to show you how I combined the two.

If you are just hearing about Project Sew My Style, it’s not too late to join in. Simply fill out this form. What is Project Sew My Style? It’s a month to month sew along using one particular pattern per month, so that by the end of 2017 you have 12 gorgeous handmade items you’ve added to your wardrobe. Above all, #SewMyStyle is all about raising awareness about the slow fashion movement and about encouraging young women to take up sewing. We want to show you that sewing your own wardrobe isn’t an unachievable dream.

The patterns are fabulous, check out the schedule:

PROJECT #SEWMYSTYLE — SEWING SCHEDULE

January- Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater 2

February – Named Clothing Saunio Cardigan

March- Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings

April- Sew House 7 Bridgetown Dress

May- Califaye Collection Pocket Skirt

June- Megan Nielsen Briar Tee and Sweater

July- Cali Faye Collection Valley Blouse

August- Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges Dress

September- Named Clothing Yona Wrap Coat

October- Cali Faye Hampshire Trouser

November- By Hand London Anna Dress

December- Named Clothing AW17 New Collection (TBC)

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For my toaster sweater, I used this hacci oatmeal sweater knit from Stylish Fabric. It’s a lighter weight fabric than what’s meant to be used for the pattern, but I love the slouchy fit as a result. Also, Stylish Fabric is offering a 20% OFF coupon code: “SARA” to all of my readers. (This fabric just went on sale for $5.90, so cheap!). There’s lots of other great sweater knits on sale too. Take a look!

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When I first saw this pattern, I loved different aspects of both options, and I knew I would combine them into one. I used the top of the Toaster Sweater #1 and combined it with the bottom of Toaster Sweater #2. I literally laid the toaster #1 bodice on top of the toaster #2 bodice aligning the underarm corners. Then, I folded the top of the #2 bodice down behind #1 so I can just peel the pattern pieces apart if I decide to make them how they were originally designed to be made.

I also added 2″ in length to both the front and back bodice pieces.

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You can see how I folded #2 behind #1 and taped it down:

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I followed the directions for toaster #1 until it was time to sew up the side seams, then I switched over to the sewing instructions for toaster #2.

It’s a simple hack, and I’m excited to try it again in a heavier weighted knit. Love love love this sweater!! It’s been so fun to see all of your toasters popping up all month too. So much inspiration!

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Next month is the Saunio Cardigan by Named Clothing! Still narrowing down fabrics but I can’t wait to sew it up. It’s not something I would typically wear and I’m excited to be pushed outside of my comfort zone a little and try something new. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Happy sewing everyone!

 

Dutch Label Shop + Customized Clothing Labels

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Hey everyone! I just received my new custom labels from The Dutch Label Shop and I wanted to share my experience with you! I’m so excited to finally have something to add a personal touch to all of my handmade garments.

The Dutch Label Shop offers some really great products. They have basic woven labels you can design using their fonts, or woven logo labels where you can upload a photo of your logo for a more personalized look. They also offer hang tags, size tags, care labels, and so much more.

I chose to go with the woven logo labels. I uploaded my image and chose the colors I wanted for my label. I really love the gold metallic option I used for my font. It’s not listed on their website, so just choose any shade of yellow and ask for metallic gold in the notes when you’re checking out. I wasn’t sure how my font would turn out but it’s perfect, I love it so much!! If you decide to choose gold for your font, make sure to choose a darker color for your label color so the font stands out. For my label color, I chose Red 199C.

I also chose the standard label type (no fold) and the standard size and shape (2.5″ X 0.6″). I also opted for the sew on label.

When you’re checking out, make sure to select the option to review your label before they are all made and shipped. They make one label for you and send a photo of what the finished label looks like. I didn’t like the first option I went with, and they kindly made me a new sample using a different color.

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They are quick to answer any questions you may have, I had a few! Haha. The quality is fabulous. I’m so so excited to add these to all my clothing made by me.

 Dutch Label Shop is kindly offering 15% all orders until February 16th using the code “saraproject” at check out. Happy sewing!! 

 

Marshmallow Dress

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Hey guys! I’m soo excited to share this next project with you. It’s called the Marshmallow Dress by Ana Valls of Cocowawa Crafts. (Available in both English & Spanish!). This dress is as sweet as it’s name. This is Ana’s first ever pattern, and she did a great job! I love the fit of this dress, and the fun details like the button band going down the back, and the feminine ruffle along the bottom hem. I wasn’t quite sure how this dress would suit me going into this project, and I couldn’t be happier! I love it so so much.

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The fabric I used is called Window Dressing in Ocean/Fuchsia also from Cocowawa Crafts, by Cloud 9. I love this fabric! I want to buy all the other colors this fabric comes in. I love that it works for winter, but I can’t wait to wear it in the spring and summer too. It’s a really versatile pattern, and the fabric too! For my buttons, I used these super cool wooden buttons from Arrow Mountain.

Every time I choose a fabric in a pattern or plaid I always get a little nervous to cut it out. I spend double the amount of time cutting out each piece, trying to get the pattern to match as best I can. This dress was a success! Yay for perfect matching! I don’t know if my next patterned project will be so lucky!

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I did make a few adjustments to the original pattern. I brought the neckline/shoulder pieces in at 1/2″on the front dress pattern piece, and matched it up to the back piece so the should seams would be the same length across. I like a closer fitting neckline, just a personal preference. I brought in the shoulder/armscye edge by 1/4″. I also cut out one size smaller than what my measurements were according the pattern. I noticed that the dress has a really loose fit, and I wanted mine to have a slightly closer fit. You’ll notice in comparison to the original pattern, that mine is a bit longer too, I added 2 1/2″ in length to the dress front and back pieces. It couldn’t be more perfect!

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Thank you for creating such a fun pattern Ana! You can get your Marshmallow dress pattern here! Happy sewing!

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Women’s Waterfall Raglan Top

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The Womens Waterfall Raglan is finally here!! This pattern is a relaxed knit top or dress with a bottom ruffle hem and three sleeve options: short, 3/4 or long sleeved. This is my second top I’ve made using pattern, and I love it. In fact, I’m wearing it right now (and I wore it yesterday too.. shhh).

I was lucky enough to be a tester for this pattern. (Thanks Gabriela!). This is a project you could put together in one sitting. I sewed this top up in one night. The instructions are excellent, and the fit is spot on. I can’t wait to make a short sleeve version for summer.

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I really love the side details and how the ruffle runs up a little at the side seams.

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I sewed mine up in a size 2 using this gorgeous blush thermal knit from Stylish Fabric. The fabric is so soft, and has a looser relaxed drape. I really like the color too. I’m already thinking spring and I know this will be a great versatile piece in my wardrobe as the weather slowwwly gets warmer. I did remove about an inch from neckband to make this fabric work with the pattern, just make sure to baste in your neckband first, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble if it’s not quite right.

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I also LOVE this pattern because there’s a girls version too. So, for my first version I made one for myself and a matching one for my daughter. I used a magenta knit I had in my fabric stash purchased a while back. Every time she sees me wearing mine she runs to her room and pull hers out too.

You can also see the difference in the fit between the two fabrics I used with the same size pattern pieces for both tops.

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Now, go grab yourself a copy, and if you want to make twinning tops check out Gabriela’s pattern bundle with both the womens and girls Waterfall Raglan included. Also, keep up with Gabriela’s blog Chalk and Notch for lots of Waterfall Raglan goodness and tester round ups! Happy sewing!

 

Front Yard Blog Hop

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I am so excited about this post! Sandra Clemons of Make it Blossom invited me to be part of her blog hop for the release of her new fabric line ‘Front Yard’ with Michael Miller Fabrics. There are so many cute prints! I love the bright colors inspired by flowers and views from Sandra’s own front yard.

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I don’t share a whole lot about my kids on my blog, and I’m excited to share a little more about them today. First of all, taking photos of my kids together is impossible. I envisioned a really sweet picture of them holding hands and smiling, but that did not happen. Also, I haven’t made anything for my little boy in a lonnng time, so I was super excited to finally sew something for him.

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For my daughter’s dress, I used Sandra’s print called Long Triangles. I usually don’t like sewing clothing in cotton quilting fabrics, but guys, this fabric is so soft! It drapes beautifully! For the dress I used the Millie Dress pattern by Mix It and Make It. (It’s a free pattern!!). A note about this dress pattern, it is made for knit fabrics. I made a few little adjustments to make it work for wovens: I sized up one pattern size, cut 2 of the back bodice instead of cutting on the fold, added seam allowances to the bodice edges (1/2″), I added a 1/2″ seam allowance to both edges of the sleeve pattern piece and for the closure I added a 7-9″ invisible zipper to the dress back. I also finished the neckline edge with single fold bias tape. I love it so much!!! My daughter loves wearing it too.

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For my little guy’s shirt, I used Sandra’s print called Grass Shaper in blue, and Long Triangles for the little bow tie. Again, the fabric is soft, and I’m thrilled with how the project turned out. For his shirt, I used the Sketchbook Shirt pattern by Oliver and S. I am obsessed with this pattern. I can’t wait to make him a million more. It’s the perfect button down shirt pattern for little guys. The instructions are very clear, and the measurements are spot on. My little guy is almost 2, and his chest measurement was exactly lined up for Size 3, and for length I went with a size 4. (I guess he’s not so little). It’s perfect, and so cute on him!! He also likes wearing it. He keeps bringing it to me and asking to put it on. I think he feels special to finally have a handmade garment. (My daughter always goes for her handmade items first).

I wasn’t super into sewing for my kids last year; they grow so fast and go through their clothes so quickly I didn’t think is was really worth it. After this project (and a few from recent months), I’m kind of obsessed. It’s so fun to involve them in the projects, and my daughter loves to sneak out of bed at night and sit next to me when I’m working on something for her.

For his little bow tie, I found this tutorial on Pinterest. It’s super quick and easy, and surprisingly survived being worn by him, it wasn’t pulled off once. So a big thumbs up from me!

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Annnnd I just had to share. My kids are 3 1/2 and almost 2, and I was not prepared for this little photoshoot. Next time I will have better resources (a.k.a candy). (Hence the bottle and chap stick). Here’s some funny out takes.

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Thank you to Sandra for having me along on the tour! Make sure to take a peek at this gorgeous new fabric line: Front Yard!