Everyday Blouse

Hey guys! I’m really excited to tell you about this new pattern out TODAY designed by Rachel Pinheiro of House of Pinheiro and UpCraft Club. I’m already in Fall mode when it comes to my current projects, and this pattern is such a great transitional piece. I love the sleeve length for one. There’s also a great side exposed zipper detail, and gathering on top of the shoulder on the neckline.

At first I wasn’t sure how I would like the fit of this top, it looked a little too fitted for me. I was so wrong!!! The fit is right on! Fitted enough, but also loose in all the right places. I feel really good in this shirt, it’s a very flattering fit.

The pattern itself came together quickly. The instructions are easy to follow. It also forced me to do something a little different by using an exposed zipper. (Side note: the hems are supposed to be the same length and not a little off like mine, like I said I could use some practice putting in an exposed zip). I sewed up the size small, and didn’t make any changes to the pattern. You can purchase the Everyday Blouse pattern here through UpCraft Club.

This fabric!! I purchased it WAY back in December when I went on a little fabric shopping trip to LA, and I’ve been holding out for the right pattern. The Everyday Blouse came along and it was like they were meant to be! It’s a woven ikat I purchased at Michael Levine Fabrics. The exact print I used is currently unavailable, but here’s a very similar print, and the same print in grey. Great fabric for this project, and I’m still obsessed with all of their wovens. If you’re ever in LA make sure to stop in, it’s a really fun store.

A little side note, the back neckline was raised a bit higher, mine is the first version of the pattern. It has since been perfected! My shoes are from Love Winnie James. I absolutely love them because they go with EVERYTHING!

You can see the cool shoulder gathering detail here made with elastic. Like I said above, Rachel had her pattern made with the help of UpCraft Club, have you ever heard of them? This company is really cool, and I hope to work with them again, maybe even with my own pattern. They offer a full service starting with design concept, grading, digitizing, etc. using your own design for a sewing pattern (and they  also have specific services if you don’t need help with everything). They will be releasing their pricing sheets soon for all of their services they offer. I’m realizing that a lot of people find help when putting together a pattern, and you don’t have to DO IT ALL yourself. You can find out more about UpCraft Club here, and don’t forget to check out all the fabulous patterns sold on their website!

 

Stylish Fabrics Blog Tour: Sew Ready for Fall!

Who’s ready for fall? I’m always sad to see summer go, but I sure love fall. I was asked to be apart of the Stylish Fabrics Blog Tour “Sew Ready for Fall”. Even though I’ve lived in Utah for 7 years now, the California girl in me still has a hard time transitioning into colder seasons (including my wardrobe!). So, I was excited to jump into this tour, and make something to add to my wardrobe as we get ready for cooler days.

The challenge of this blog tour was to make something you could ear now in summer, but also take into your fall wardrobe. I think this top works great for summer nights, or cooler summer days paired with sandals and will become a staple for my fall wardrobe layered with a scarf, jacket and boots-so many great combos with this one!

So first of all, this fabric! I chose a pink/mauve french terry slub fabric. It’s soft and cozy, but also light and airy. I really love it so much! It washes up beautifully too.

I decided to go with the Halifax Hoodie Pattern I picked up from Indie Sew. It is so good. I made view B in size small, and sewed the whole thing up in about 2 hours. It’s a very easy and quick make, I will definitely be making more. My husband also seemed to be quite impressed with it, saying it looked “store bought”, and that’s always the goal!

I did take out about 1″ out from my neckband. If you use this fabric I would suggest doing this because it is a little bit slinkier; otherwise your neckband will fall over the neckline edge, and not sit up straight as it should.

I wish you could see what’s on the other side of this photo above. My photographer (brother) moved out of the state last week (so sad!!), so I asked Nicole of @nf_merritts on Insta if she would be up for a photo swap sesh. Behind the camera she’s got my 18 month old in one arm (a very hard feat) and our two 3 year old kids corralled behind her somehow, keeping them from jumping in the picture with me. So this photo deserves an award, or Nicole deserves an award! Thanks Nicole!

There’s a HUGE giveaway going on as part of this blog tour, and it’s a good one guys. You can enter here!

Also, don’t forget to keep up with the rest of the tour for more great fabric, pattern and fall inspiration! Thanks Stylish Fabrics!
August 1st
Sewing By Ti and Rebel and Malice
August 2nd
Gray all Day
August 3rd
Wild and Wanderful and The Sara Project
August 4th
Doodle Number 5 and Sweet Red Poppy
August 5th
Paisley Roots and Dos Natural Sistas and My Crafty Little Self

August 8th
Made By Melli and Sew Far North
August 9th
Sew Sophie Lynn and Creative Counselor
August 10th
Frivolous at Last and EYMM
August 11th
Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jubejube
August 12th
Adventures with Bubba and Bug and All Things Katy and Sewing by Ti

 

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.

Chevron Necklace

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.

Isla NecklaceAndiya Peach Bracelet

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).

Heirloom Necklace

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

Stella Necklace

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!

Chevron Necklace

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!