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!

Rugby Dress with Harmony

 

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You guys, this is my new go to winter dress. It. Is. Everything.

I recently visited one of my MOST favorite fabric shops here in Utah. It’s called Harmony and it’s located at 315 E Center Street, Provo. You can also find them on Instagram @harmonyprovo. It is the most charming fabric store I’ve ever been to. Aside from their stunning fabric collection, they also sell yarn, gifts and offer some really fun classes year round.

How cute is this store!?

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They just started carrying some great Merchant and Mills garment sewing patterns. Sometimes these can be a little hard to get a hold of in the U.S (for a decent price). These are currently going for $13.50 each at Harmony.

I chose the Rugby Dress pattern because I love the simple silhouette, but also the structure that the collar and cuffs add to the design. It’s a loose fit but just perfectly so. I sewed up a size 10, and didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern. I ended up chopping a few inches of the hemline, it’s quite long. The directions are great, easy to follow, and I’m so so happy with this dress.

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Let’s talk fabric. I was originally thinking linen for this dress but then I found this gorgeous plaid wool at Harmony and it was all over for me. (And there’s still some left!). It’s thick, warm and so so cozy. Throw on some tights and boots and you’re ready to go. I’m thinking I need to make a spring/summer version of this dress in linen too. This is hands down one of my most favorite makes.

I also found these awesome vintage buttons there. If you need buttons or trim… Harmony has the coolest selection guys.

If you’re ever in town make sure to stop in!! Happy sewing!

 

A Stylish New Year

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Happy New Year my friends! As each year closes I find myself thinking of all my resolutions and goals I want to make for the coming new year, as we all do. Last year I was only a few months into sewing my own wardrobe, and I wasn’t quite sure where it was going yet, or what goals I wanted to set for myself. This year I’m all in with big plans for a stylish, handmade wardrobe. I hardly ever buy myself any store bought clothing anymore, and I’m hoping to make enough items during this year to forgo buying completely. We’ll see if I can resist. It’s going to be a fun year!

My favorite part of the whole sewing process is finding my inspiration, pattern & fabrics. To kick off the New Year, I’ve teamed up with Stylish Fabric to plan my first outfit of 2017, and also to help you start planning your 2017 handmade wardrobe!

Stylish Fabric provides beautiful and affordable apparel fabric, and I had so much fun combing through their online fabric shop as I was planning out this outfit.

I recently fell in love with Anthropolie’s Velvet Joggers (currently sold out). I instantly thought of the Alexandria Trousers by Named Clothing pattern I picked up from Indie Sew paired with a stretch velvet. Yessss. Match made in heaven. I chose this gorgeous olive green stretch velvet from Stylish Fabric. I used a ball point needle and stretch stitch and they came together beautifully. I also used a 3/8″ wide natural colored grosgrain ribbon for the waist draw string. Guys, it’s like wearing your pajamas all day long, while also being socially acceptable. I love these pants!

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Now for the top. If you haven’t already seen the Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven, you need to! This pattern comes in two versions, and from the very first time I laid eyes on them both, I knew I would have to combine my favorite features of both sweaters into one. I used the top half of #1 and combined it with the bottom half of #2. I sewed up a size small and added 4″ in length. I’ll be sharing a full tutorial all about how I did this hack for Sew My Style later on this month. Stay tuned!

The Toaster Sweater pattern calls for medium weight fabrics like french terry, boiled wool, and sweatshirt fleece. I took a big chance and sewed mine up using this lightweight oatmeal sweater knit also from Stylish Fabric. I was a little nervous about the fabric weight, but it was no problem at all. It sewed up very easily, and I love the finished look. This fabric drapes quite beautifully too. I wasn’t sure how  would like the slouchy turtle neck, but I really love it. It just feels like a big cozy sweater. I have another one planned for later this month. Seriously guys, you can’t have too many Toaster Sweaters.

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Okay now to the good stuff. Stylish Fabric and I have teamed up and planned a super fun contest to help you start planning your 2017 handmade wardrobe and I’m sooo excited to see what you all come up with.

It’s simple to enter:

          1. Plan an outfit you would like to sew for yourself this year using fabric from Stylishfabric.com. (It can be a single garment piece or many)

       2. Create a picture collage of the fabrics & patterns you would use to create your outfit (I like to use the free app called “Layout”).

Here’s an example of what mine would look like:

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       3. Post it on Instagram using the hashtag #stylishnewyear17, and tag me @thesaraproject_

That’s it! The contest will run from January 2nd to January 16th. I will choose my top two favorite looks, and announce two winners on January 17th on Instagram in the original post. Guys, check out these prizes generously offered by Stylish Fabric!

FIRST PLACE: 

-$50 Gift card to Stylish Fabric!

-A scarf of your choice from Life Scarf !

-A sewing kit!

SECOND PLACE:

-$25 Gift card to Madison Home Company!

-A scarf of your choice from Life Scarf !

-A sewing kit!

This is going to be so fun, and I seriously can’t wait to see what you all put together. Good luck!

Here’s to a Stylish 2017 my friends. Happy New Year!

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Sequin Marthe Blouse

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Last year I really wanted to make an all sequined top for New Years, but didn’t find it very practical. I try to make things I know I will wear all the time! This year once again, I really want a sparkly top for the holidays and New Year, and to make it a little more practical I tried combining the sequins with a sweater knit. I’m really happy with the results!

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I just love the Marthe Blouse by Republique Du Chiffon, and thought it would be a great fit for what I had in mind. I decided to use the sequined fabric for the bodice front and back, and the sweater knit fabric for the sleeves and peplum. I got all of my fabric from fabric.com using this glitz sequin & mesh champagne paired with this baby hatchi lightweight sweater knit.

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I’ve made the Marthe Blouse once before, and I found the the back zipper isn’t really necessary. This top is really easy to slip on and off over your head. I decided not to add it this time around, especially because it meant eliminating trying to sew an invisible zipper to sequined fabric. It worked out really well.

I also added about  1″ to the sleeve hem to make them slightly longer than the pattern. I did not line my top, but it might be a good idea to try it with a lining (if using sequined fabric). I’m just wearing a white undershirt underneath because the sequined mesh fabric is a little sheer.

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I love it paired with a sweater knit, it’s so cozy! I’m going to start calling my holiday style “cozy glam”. And you guys, I sewed up this whole top in a single night. It’s suppper quick to make. Perfect for any last minute parties that might come up.

If you’re not sure if you are up for the challenge of sewing with sequins, don’t worry! I’ve written a whole tutorial full of lots of tips for sewing with sequins and you can find it on BERNINA’s blog, weallsew.com. It’s really not too complicated, I promise!

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I paired my new Marthe Blouse with my Safran Jeans by Deer and Doe from a few posts back. I wear them allll the time.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

Itch To Stitch Holiday Blog Tour

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Happy Holidays everyone! I’m excited to be part of the Itch to Stitch Holiday blog tour! We got to choose an Itch to Stitch pattern along with fabric sponsored by Style Maker Fabrics to create a garment for the Holidays. I decided to make a dress, using the Sirena Dress pattern.

My husband’s family is Norwegian, and every year we have a big dinner on December 24th with lots of traditional Norwegian dishes. I’m not even going to try to explain/spell them for you, but they are delicious.. at least most of them! My kids will wear their traditional bunads, but I myself do not own one, so I really needed a dress for the occasion. And so I give you my version of the Sirena Dress:

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This season I’ve been really into trying different fabrications and textures, and suede was next on my list. Style Maker Fabrics just started carrying this super cool lightweight faux suede, they call it suede shirting. I laid eyes on the wine color and the rest was history. I picked the Sirena Dress because the silhouette was a little different for me, more fitted and sophisticated looking, and I especially loved the top-stitching all over the front of the dress.

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I graded between a size 2-4 for my dress. I ended up taking about 1″ off both back seams before putting my zipper in to get the perfect fit. This dress was really fun to put together! The directions were great, and I really appreciated how different cup sizes were added to the pattern. This usually isn’t an issue for me (I’m pretty standard) but I wanted to point out this feature to you. I also went with the cuffed sleeve, but there’s also a really pretty flared sleeve option in this pattern.

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On to the fabric! I have never worked with faux suede, or suede in general before. I did a little research before beginning. I found a lot of great advice in Michelle’s post using the same fabric. I was careful to iron on a low setting or with a press cloth on a slightly higher setting. I found more success with a press cloth and higher heat setting. This fabric also has a satiny finish on the backside making it feel really silky on the inside when worn, and for this reason I did not line my dress. It was pretty straight forward to work with, no hiccups along the way!

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I really love the look of this dress in suede, it gives it a cool, boho vibe while still looking polished. It’s going to be perfect for Christmas Eve!

Guys, Kennis is offering everyone 16% off on all  Itch to Stitch patterns until December 11th, midnight CST, using the code “holiday16”. Style Maker Fabrics is also offering shipping for $5 in the US and discounted international shipping, so get shopping!

Check out the rest of the tour for some great holiday sewing inspiration!

ITCH TO STITCH HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR 2016
DECEMBER 6th
DECEMBER 9th
DECEMBER 10th

 

 

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!