Boho Stretch Velvet Dress Pattern tutorial + Sew-along.

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Hey guys! I recently shared a full tutorial to make your own pattern plus a sew-a-long for this boho stretch velvet dress on Fabric.com’s blog, and I want to share it here too. I walk you through the steps of how to work with stretch velvet, how to draft your own pattern using Deer and Doe’s Plantain Tee (free pattern) as a starting point, and then how to sew it all together.

I fell in love with the current velvet trend, and immediately went on the search for what kind of garment I should make with it. I found velvet everything, which didn’t make my search any easier. I also noticed stretch velvet all over Nordstrom the other day, this trend is huge! I came upon this designer dress while searching around online, and I fell in love with it!

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I love the prairie style of the skirt, the gathered waist and yoke. After looking at it for a few minutes I realized it wouldn’t be too hard to re-create. So, this is my spin on the Paulina Dress by Ulla Johnson. (Just a side note, Rachel Zoe posted this dress on her Instagram Stories a few weeks ago too, so you know it’s good!). Hope you love it as much as I do.

Did you know stretch velvet is a dream to wear!? So comfy!I used this dark gold stretch velvet from Fabric.com. I absolutely love it, the color is so rich and yet a little different too.

You can find the whole tutorial here! Enjoy!

Waterfall Raglan Dress

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I recently got to test the waterfall raglan pattern by Chalk and Notch. It comes with two options: a top and dress. I sewed up the dress version, and I’m planning on making many more once time allows!

The pattern is for the advanced beginner, and it’s super quick to sew up! The directions are excellent too. Best of all, my daughter absolutely loves it! This dress usually doesn’t make it back into her dresser because she finds it while I’m folding the laundry. It’s a big hit! (Especially because she wears it all day, opposed to the usual three outfit changes we go through on a normal day). Knocked it out of the park Gabriela!

Gabriela of Chalk and Notch made a few beautiful versions in stretch velvet and I can’t wait to try the top version in some velvet scraps I have left over from another project. You’ve got to check it out!

I’m so thrilled with this pattern. I love the raglan sleeve and the offset ruffle along the bottom, it’s so fun. This is such a great versatile pattern, and I know I’ll be using it for years to come! Thanks Gabriela!

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(It’s also great for twirling!)

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Head over to Gabriela’s blog for a big giveaway going on right now, you won’t want to miss it!

 

The Friday Dress

 

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Hey guys! I’m the second stop of the exciting and most epic Sewing Block Party blog tour, happening all through November! 31 bloggers from all over the world get to share their take on their favorite Petit A Petit patterns. For my post, I introduce to you the Friday dress by Petit A Petit + Family! I was also able to test this lovely pattern, and let me tell yah- we are hooked over here! (This pattern will be released very soon, I’ll make sure to update the link right here!).

The Friday Dress has so many fun options within the pattern. I went with option A and long sleeves. I also sized my daughter up a little according to her measurements to the size 3-4 so she would have a little room to grow. (She’s 3 years old). I’m really happy with the final fit, I didn’t make any pattern adjustments.

(* Just a note: My back pleat is an error due to testing, it should be flipped the other way, it’s since been corrected in the pattern!).

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My fabric is from Hancock’s fabric, which is currently rebuilding their company into an online only based fabric store. This fabric was actually left over from a dress I made for myself last year. I’m so glad I had enough to make my daughter a matching dress!

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I love all the details of this dress: the adorable collar, pocket, waistband, elastic sleeve cuff, and the gathered skirt. There are too many good combination options within this pattern. Now I need to try it in a few other versions!

This was my first ever Petit A Petit make, and I’m obsessed, why have I waited so long!? Now I just have to try the new Loveralls pattern, released just yesterday. Don’t forget to take a look at all of the other fabulous patterns they offer in their shop!

 

Stay tuned and catch the rest of this amazing tour continuing on through the whole month of November! You can find the whole line up below:

Nov. 1st – Sweetkm | Nov. 2nd – The Sara Project | Nov. 3rd – La Folie | Nov. 4th – Hello Holli | Nov. 5th – Chalk and Notch | Nov. 6th – Sewing Like Mad | Nov. 7th – Beatnik Kids | Nov. 8th – Stitched Together | Nov. 9th – Coffee and Thread | Nov. 10th – Made by Toya | Nov. 11th – Stahlarbeit | Nov. 12th – Lily en Woody | Nov. 13th – My Petite Sophie | Nov. 14th – Handmade Frenzy | Nov. 15th – Paisley Roots | Nov. 16th – While she was sleeping | Nov. 17th – My Cozy co | Nov. 18th – A Jennuine Life | Nov. 19th – Knee Socks and Goldilocks | Nov. 20th – Sanae Ishida | Nov. 21st – Little Cumquat | Nov. 22nd – Gaafmachine | Nov. 23rd – Craftstorming | Nov. 24th – Made by Sara | Nov. 25th – Buzzmills | Nov. 26th – Bartacks and Singletrack | Nov. 27th – Moineau & Petit Pois | Nov. 28th – Naii | Nov. 29th – Just Add Fabric | Nov. 30th – Mie Made Memories | Enjoyful Makes | Dec. 1st – Petit a Petit and Family

… and one more thing!

GET 20% OFF ON ALL PATTERNS IN THE PETIT A PETIT SHOP ALL MONTH! PROMO CODE: BLOCKPARTY

 

Lonetree Jacket + Toaster Sweater

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I’m thrilled to be apart of  the Indiesew Fall/Winter 2016 Blog Tour this year! It is soo good! The pattern line up includes so many great pieces that you can mix and match into several different outfit options. Indiesew has taken it one step further with a hand picked fabric collection to go along with these fabulous patterns.

I got to pick my favorite patterns and fabric to sew up a few pieces from the new Fall / Winter collection. I chose the Lonetree Jacket by Allie Olsen and the Toaster Sweater #2 by Sew House Seven.

Let’s chat about this jacket first, shall we?

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Utility jackets are a wardrobe staple for me. In fact, I have an army green one I bought like 7 years ago and still wear all time… until the Lonetree Jacket came along! (It was about time for an update!). I was instantly drawn to this sienna stretch twill for it’s reddish brown color. It reads 70’s to me, and I like that it’s a little different too. It was an absolute dream to work with, really stable, and so perfect for this jacket.

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This pattern! The Lonetree Jacket pattern is Allie Olsen’s (co-founder of Indiesew) first pattern, and she knocked it out of the park. The whole jacket was really so seamless to put together. Nothing was confusing or hard to understand. Allie really walks you through each step and detail, I was really impressed with her directions and technique.

The fit is fabulous. I made a size small and didn’t make any alterations to the original pattern. I really love the length too, hitting just right at my hips. My other utility jacket I purchased a few years ago is a little loose and bulky, and I really like how this pattern has a closer fit, and you can adjust how fitted you want your jacket to be by adjusting the cording in the waist casing. (This probably comes with sewing though too, everything always fits better when you make it yourself!). Indiesew has also provided a great blog post all about how to fit this jacket if you’re interested!

This pattern has a few different options: the jacket as shown, a vest and an optional hood. (I need a vest next!).

I sewed this up in three nights, plus an extra night for cutting. I really like to break up cutting and sewing into separate nights for bigger projects. I was impressed at how quickly it came together.

*I have my cuffs rolled once in every picture.

If you’re thinking about making a coat or jacket for this season, this needs to be at the top of your list! I’m so happy with my new utility jacket.

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I purchased all my notions (snaps, cording, cord stop, and thread) at Joann. I purchased my zipper from thezipperlady.com. Zipperstop is a good source too.

If you don’t want to go through the trouble to find all these supplies, and make sure they match, Indiesew is also selling Lonetree jacket kits with army green twill fabric, zipper, snaps, cord stops and twill tape needed for this pattern.

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I also got to sew up the Toaster Sweater #2 by Sew House Seven.

I used a really nice Heather Grey French Terry, and I’ve worn it several times since making it. This top is definitely going to be a staple item for me this fall and winter.

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I didn’t make any adjustments to the original pattern. The length is a little short, but I’ve come to really love it. Most of the jeans I own are high waisted and this top works really well paired with them. I also love wearing it layered over a button down shirt. I have a few plaid shirts I’ve been wearing lately with my toaster on top, and I love the look. I want to try tucking it into a skirt too, so many great options!

The side vent adds a cool touch to the hemline on this version of the Toaster Sweater. It’s my favorite feature of this top.

The neckline is perfect too, it’s like a turtleneck/cowl mashup. It’s so cozy to wear, I really just want to make like 5 more versions of this sweater and live in them until spring. Next time I will definitely try adding a few more inches to my hemline though.

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I sewed this one up in one night, plus one night for cutting. It’s super quick to sew up, and the directions are great too. Really easy. I couldn’t be happier with both of these garments.

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I love the casual, cool vibe this new collection gives off. I really want to try sewing up the Chi-Town Chinos, and the Bonn Shirt too, also part of this new collection. Indiesew has done it again, another fabulous collection my friends!

Booties / Necklace / Lipstick

*(Talking about my lipstick, my friend Madelyn of Lip Sense is so sweet and is offering free shipping on all orders through Monday 10/31, just message her on her FB business page for more info!).

Stay tuned, and follow along for the rest of the tour, you can find the line up and links below! Up next is Allie J!

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Indiesew 2016 Fall/Winter Collection Blog Tour

Snow White + Simplicity 2563


We are ready for Halloween over here! My daughter is princess obsessed so this year she decided she wanted to be Snow White. It’s becoming a tradition to make her a new princess costume every year. I actually made this one for her birthday back in August, and we have gotten a lot of use out of it since then. Making costumes for her is definitely one of my favorite things to sew. In previous years I made her a costume for Cinderella and Tinkerbell.

I used Simplicity 2563, (I purchased mine on eBay), and it includes a pattern for both Cinderella and Snow White, so it was very convenient that my daughter wanted to be Snow White this year since I already had this pattern on hand.

A few notes about this pattern: I took the neckline up and in slightly, you can see on Cinderella how the neckline is a little strange, it’s also been tacked a good inch on top of the shoulders on either side in those Cinderella photos.

Also, this cape. My daughter loves it, but as you can see it fits a little big in the back. It’s just a little too wide for her shoulders so I would adjust that my next go around. Everything else came together really great. I love all of the little details in this costume, and I had a lot of fun picking out the fabrics and putting it all together.

All of my fabrics are from Joann Fabrics: for the bodice and cape back I used a stretch velvet lined with a cotton, this helped give the stretch velvet some stability. For the skirt I used a taffeta, and I really love the crispness of the drape, it really gives the dress a more regal feel and look.

The collar is stuck on with Velcro inside the bodice neckline so it’s easy to wear it with or without. The headband is also included in the pattern.

I couldn’t be happier with the results, and I know my daughter loves it by the way she proudly runs around telling everyone her mom made it for her. I sure love that girl. Happy Halloween everyone!

 

Top Sewing Trends for Fall/Winter + Style Maker Podcast Part 2!

Hey guys! Maker Style has another great podcast episode lined up for you. In this episode I share my top favorite trends for Fall/Winter, and some really great patterns I’ve matched with each trend. Some I’ve already experimented with, and some are still on my to do list.

Disclaimer: I’ve since added a few more trends that I didn’t talk about on the podcast. Take a listen, and below I’ve included a visual reference and direct links to go along with it. Enjoy!

My Top Trend Picks + Patterns for Fall /Winter 2016:

  1. Jeans: The first thing I think of when planning my fall wardrobe is a good pair of jeans, am I right? I’m loving everything raw, distressed and high waisted! My go to is always a dark wash skinny jean, but I’ve decided to mix it up a little this year. I recently sewed up a pair of high waisted Safran Pants by Deer & Doe  and added a staggered hem, a current trend I’m obsessed with. I also love the distressed denim look, and I want to try sewing up a distressed boyfriend jean, using the Morgan Jeans Pattern by Closet Case Files, (we’ll see if I’m brave enough to distress them!!). Boyfriend style jeans are a little outside my fashion comfort zone, but I think they will be a really great wardrobe staple for me, and I’ll be able to get the fit just right by making them myself.

(Nordstrom Inspo)

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(Safran Jeans)

2. Fur: It’s everywhere this season. I always think of fur as a more dressy wardrobe piece, but I’m excited to try this trend as a more casual, everyday look too. I sewed a faux fur coat using  M7257, and I’m so happy with it. Don’t be intimidated by fur! You can read my recent post all about how to work with faux fur on fabric.com’s new blog!

(Nordstrom Faux Fur Inspiration)

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3. Plaid: Let’s be honest, every fall I really just want plaid everything. My go to is always a classic plaid button down, try the: Archer Shirt by Grainline Studio. For a classic button down with a twist, try:  McCall’s M7472 (pictured below). Another fun pattern I haven’t tried yet that I think would be fabulous in a plaid is the: Sarah Shirt by By Hand London.  If you want to go plaid crazy, take it a step further and sew up a coat or even a pair of trousers, try: Tyyni Cigarette Trousers by Named Clothing. When it comes to plaids, be careful about matching your pattern, and make sure to order a little extra fabric so you have enough to be able to match your pattern pieces when cutting.

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(M7472)

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(Archer Shirt)

4. Bold Florals: I’m just LOVING the bold floral trend going on right now, there’s too many great examples of this to share too. I’ve already tried my hand at this trend, and I feel like it’s really all about the fabric. I sewed up the Fen Dress with a really beautiful floral from Indie Sew, but sadly it’s sold out. I also sewed up V9201 in the gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs fabric. I absolutely love both looks, and wear them all the time.


(Fen Dress // V9201)

5. Turtlenecks with everything! My go to turtleneck pattern is: (Paola Turtleneck Tee by Named Clothing) and I want to try pairing it with the Lottie dress by Christine Haynes going along with the look pictured below or maybe a denim button down skirt, try: The Erin Skirt, or a lengthened Chi-Town Chino Skirt.


6. Jackets and Coats:  Another must for fall/winter! I’m seeing Bomber Jackets, try McCall’s: (M7100) (For a fun twist try adding a shearling lining!). I’m also loving utility jackets, and I’m currently sewing one up, I’ll be posting about it towards the end of this month. Try:  (Allie Olsen’s new pattern the Lonetree Jacket, I can’t wait to share this one with you!).


7. Bell Sleeves: Bell sleeves are also everywhere, and they are one of my favorite trends right now. I love the flowy, feminine, 70’s vibe they give off. I’ve been making bell sleeve tops since last fall, and I LOVE them. I haven’t sewn this one up yet, but it’s on my do to list for this season. You can see Megan Nielsen’s Dove Blouse vs. Nordstrom Blouse, so so similar! Can’t wait to have a moment to sew this one up!

Here’s my knit top version from last fall, I still wear this top all the time:

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8. Velvet: It’s everywhere!! I’m seeing blazers, skirts, tops, dresses, shoes, you can’t go wrong! I think you could really sew up anything in velvet, just make sure it’s the right weight for your project. I have a really fun collaboration/tutorial I’m currently working on for next month, and I can’t wait to share it with you. For now, here’s some velvet inspiration for you:

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I hope this helped get you inspired for some fab fall/winter sewing and I hope you enjoyed the podcast! Thanks for stopping by!

Hemlock Tee Pattern (It’s Free!)

Hey guys! I’ve taken the last few weeks off from sewing to catch up on life.. and sleep. BUT, I  just had to squeeze in a quick hemlock tee, it’s hard to stay away! I’d been wanting to try this pattern for a while now, so I was excited to finally sew one up.

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Did I mention the hemlock tee is a FREE pattern!? Yes! All you need to do is register for Grainline Studio’s newsletter, and the pattern is yours.

It’s soooo quick to sew up. I sewed mine in a light weight knit I had on hand, and one yard was just perfect. I bought this fabric a few years ago on sale at a fabric store for like $2.

I did take in the neckline slightly on my pattern, I like my tops to fit a little closer around my neckline and shoulders.

I really love this top! It’s something I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of this fall/winter. I’m always looking for easy things to throw on with jeans when running out for the day with my kids, and this is one of them. I think I need to make a few more… Enjoy!

(I paired my hemlock tee with my Safran Jeans and favorite lipstick).