Peppermint Ruffle Sleeve Top + Indy Bindy

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Hey guys! I’m officially ready for spring, and it’s all thanks to this fabric! Isn’t it gorgeous!? It makes me so happy. My recent collaboration with Indy Bindy Fabric resulted in this fun top, using a free sewing pattern called the Ruffle Sleeve Top from Peppermint Magazine.

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Amy Watts, owner of Indy Bindy, is an Australian currently living in Japan with her husband and two little boys. She started her fabric business one year ago and loves supporting the independent designers found in her shop.

The fabric I chose to use for this top is this stunning design called FLORAL. Believe me when I say it’s even better in person.

A little bit about the designer: Kayo Aoyama. Her atelier is right in the heart of Tokyo. However, she spent years studying and working in Sweden. And her experience translates into a beautifully unique and fresh style all of her own.

Aoyama-san describe’s her aesthetic: “My design is inspired by organic shapes, like plants and stones. I draw by hand, because the uneven lines or trace of brush makes reminds me the most of nature. My wish is that my design will brighten up your everyday life the same way a fresh bouquet of flowers will add that extra sparkle to your home.”

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The Garden print was hand painted in watercolor before being transferred digitally onto the fabric. I love Aoyama-san’s description of the design process behind the plump yellow and pink blooms:
“I love looking at large flower buds, like ranculus and peony, that are round like a ball. I drew this pattern steadily and with momentum, allowing me to capture the succulent round bud that doesn’t usually last long.” – Kayo Aoyama

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The Peppermint Ruffle Sleeve Top is a free download, and a great quick project! I made the size between A and B; I found my measurements to be right in the middle of the two sizes. Instead of using the facing, I used bias tape to finish my neckline. I used Amy Nicole’s Youtube video that walks you through how to finish a v-neck top with bias tape, it’s excellent! I don’t sew a lot of v-necks and needed a little guidance!

I also cut off 1 1/2″ from the sleeve length before attaching the ruffle pieces. I wanted a slightly shorter sleeve, and I love this finished result.

I was nervous about making this shirt in 100% cotton, but the drape is still good and it totally works. The sleeves aren’t too stiff looking and lay nicely (another concern I had). Overall, I’m thrilled with this top and had a fun time wearing it around LA in 70 degree weather this past week. Now I’m back in Utah and waiting for warmer temps so I can pull this cutie back out! It’s such a great pattern/fabric combo!!

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Amy is hosting a giveaway, so you can win some of this gorgeous fabric for yourself, plus other amazing prizes such as:

 

  • 2m of the fabric of the winners choice
  • 1x Kayo Aoyama Tote Bag
  • 1x Collette sewing planner
  • 1x In The Folds pattern of the winners choice
  • 12 month digital subscription to Peppermint Magazine!

To enter the giveaway: follow @indybindyco on Instagram,  and leave a comment tagging a friend. (Each comment/tag counts for an extra entry!). Three extra entries for signing up for Amy’s newsletter, too! One winner will be chosen at random. Head over to her Instagram for more details.

 

Indy Bindy has so many other gorgeous cotton prints, make sure to check them all out, you won’t regret it!

Fabric for this post was provided by Indy Bindy Co, but all opinions are my own.

Pants Trends 2019: Fancy Pants

 

Hey everyone! Happy New Year!

In honor of the Fancy Pants Sewing Challenge, I’m here to chat and provide inspiration as well as inspire you with some patterns that would work great for this fun new sewing contest!

Right now I’m really into the wide leg + high waisted pant trend. I’m loving overalls and jumpsuits as well. This year I dove deep into pant making and tried my hand at 6 different pants patterns. I’m excited to share some of my makes as well as current pant trends happening now and on into 2019. I’ve provided you with store bought pants for examples of trending styles and paired each one with sewing pattern options to recreate the look for yourself. Let’s begin!

Wide Leg Pants

I love the loose fit in the leg and slightly cropped hemline. I love pairing mine with cropped tops (I’m all about that front tuck) and mules or slides for a super easy yet cool look.

Store bought: Madewell Emmett Wide Leg Crop Pants

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SEW IT:

Persephone Pants:

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Dawn Jeans:

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Lander Pants with Zipper Expansion Pack

 

Cargo Pants

I haven’t ventured into this style yet but these guys are going to make a come back this year according to many online sources.

SEW IT: Check out the Bryce Cargo Pants ,

SEW IT: Sew Liberated Arenite Pants

 

Exposed Button Fly

I’ve made a few concealed button fly pants this year but I’m really loving the exposed button fly, this would be a fun trend to try making!

SEW IT: Dawn Jeans with Exposed Button Fly optionLander Pants

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Animal Print Pants

What says fancy more than a pair of leopard print pants? Another fun trend coming our way. I had a hard time sourcing animal print bottom weight fabrics but I’m sure they are out there somewhere!

SEW IT: This look is all about the fabric! Try using a fun twill or denim animal pant!

 

Overalls

I’ve made three variations of overalls in 2018, and I love them all! Try sewing them up in a fun color or pattern for a “fancy pants” look.

Store Bought: Madewell Corduroy Overalls

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SEW IT:

Jenny Overalls:

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Burnside Bibs:

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Kendrick Overalls:

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There are so many great pants patterns out there, and this just barely scrapes the surface but hopefully it offered a few ideas for your fancy pants sewing. I’m excited to see everyone’s entries! Don’t forget to check out all of the details, giveaways and schedule of the Sew Fancy Pants challenge!! Happy Sewing!

 

Cheyenne with Pussy Bow Collar Hack

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Hey guys! Okay, if you’re part of the sewing community chances are you have heard of the Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June; your classic button up collared shirt pattern. (It also comes in a tunic version too). Recently while browsing through the mall a few weeks ago I saw a white and black window pane flannel button up shirt with a pussy bow collar. I loved the look and catalogued it in my mind under “things to make”. A week later, Allie from Indiesew added thee exact fabric to her shop. (Okay, I don’t know if it’s the EXACT fabric but it might as well be). I purchased the yardage needed, and got to work. (The fabric is currently sold out). In this post I’m going to walk you through how to take your cheyenne sewing pattern and add a pussy bow collar. I love how this version of the cheyenne pattern looks tucked into jeans, overalls, skirts, or even underneath dresses. There are a lot of wardrobe options with this top!

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Let’s get started!

Ookay bear with me, I kind of figured this out as I went along, but it turned out great.

For your collar pieces, you will need one rectangle that measures 22″ long by 5″ wide (the collar) and two rectangles cut on the BIAS measuring 25″ long by 5″ wide (the ties).

So first we need to attach the center front placket. Instead of leaving the top of the placket unfinished at the neckline, we need to finish it. Make sure to add a 1/2″ to the top of your placket pieces to allow us to do this. Before topstitching the collar on, fold the top of the placket right sides together and sew along the top at 1/2″ to enclose. Now you can topstitch around the whole placket. Unfortunately I didn’t take photos of this step, but this is how it should look:

*your neckline should be 1/2″ higher than your placket in order to sew the collar on. (Mine doesn’t look very good here, again I was figuring it out as I went along, don’t judge!).

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Continue along to step 25.

Next we need to prep the collar. Sew the tie pieces to either edge of the collar, right sides together at 1/2″. Press the seam open.

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Now, fold the tie in half, right sides together. I finished my ends with a slight slant. I used a marking pen to draw the slant on the wrong side of the fabric.

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Sew along the the edges at 1/2″, and along the slant at the ends. Obviously, you’ll want to end your slant about 1/2″ from the bottom point, don’t do what I did. Trim your seam, and clip into the neckline seam right before where your stitching started. Turn the ties right sides out. Press.

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Pin the outside of the collar piece to the right side of the neckline, and sew at 5/8″. (the inside collar edge should be free of the seam. Press the seam allowance towards the collar. Now, iron the inside collar raw edge in at 5/8″, and pin in place covering the stitches along the inside of the neckline.

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Now, flip the shirt back to the right side, and top stitch along the collar edge, removing pins as you go.

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There you have it! Not so bad, right?

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From there, finish the shirt as the pattern instructs. I shortened my shirt by 2″ so it would be easier to tuck the shirt in to my high waisted jeans. I noticed the Madewell top was also shorter too. I omitted the pockets as well. I usually cut my plackets and pockets on the bias (because it’s so much easier than pattern matching!), but this time I cut everything along the grain and pattern matched everything. Oh, one more thing. Don’t do what I did, and make sure to sew your sleeves onto the right sides. Oops. It’s not the first time either.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and found it helpful! Thanks for reading along, and happy sewing! I would love to see your cheyenne pussy bow collar hacks, make sure to tag me on Instagram @thesaraproject_ if you share!

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Jarrah Sweatshirt and Dawn Jeans with Stylish Fabrics and D & H Fabric Co.

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Hello, friends! I’m back with another fantastic pattern and fabric mash-up. This is a pretty loaded post involving three awesome companies, and I’m so excited to tell you about them all!

I was lucky enough to be asked by Megan Nielsen to review her new pattern collection and of course I instantly said yes. Tammy of D & H Fabric Co also invited me to be part of her first ever blog tour and the non-stretch chino twill in pumpkin from her shop was a perfect match for Megan’s new Dawn Jeans pattern. I’ve paired her other new pattern, the Jarrah Sweater, with my pants that I’ll talk about a bit further down; I used this buttery soft french terry knit from Stylish Fabrics

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The chino twill fabric is awesome! It has really great structure, and was really satisfying to work with throughout the course of making my Dawn Jeans. I love the pumpkin color too, it’s so fun for fall. This fabric also washes up really nicely and the weight works really well with the Dawn Jean pattern. It also comes in three other great color ways, including this red brick option!

As far as the Dawn Jeans pattern goes, I sewed up a size 4 in the waist and graded down to a size 0 in the hips. I took in the side seams  and inseam about another ¼”. The fit is fantastic! I love the wide leg, and super high waist. This look is so my vibe right now! Next time around (and yes, there will be a next time!!) I will opt for the zip fly and shorten the back yoke by ¼-½”. I don’t know what it is about button flys but they just don’t seem to hold me in as well as a zip fly. Other than that, these pants are perfect!! I can’t wait to try the straight leg option as well.

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I’ve been wearing these pants a lot lately and this chino twill really holds up well. The pants haven’t stretched out and hold their structure. This fabric is so good! Check out Meg’s post for some more pumpkin chino twill goodness!

Now, let’s talk about my Jarrah Sweatshirt! This pattern comes in 4 different views, and I really love them all! I opted for view A because I really love the simplicity of a basic sweatshirt pattern. This top is the kind of thing I live in during the winter! I sewed up a size 2 with no other modifications. It is fabbbbbbbb!

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For the fabric, I used this super soft french terry knit fabric from Stylish Fabrics. This fabric contains 87% Polyester, 9% Rayon, 4% Spandex but don’t let the poly throw you off! The weight is lighter than a traditional french terry and also so much softer. It washes up great, and is a dream to sew with. Best part? It’s $5.90 a yard. You can’t beat that! I also picked up some of this magical stuff in the blush color way for yet another Jarrah sweatshirt. It’s seriously so good. It comes in lots of other great prints and colors too.

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I especially love this fabric because it is great for layering. It’s not too heavy or thick and works great with a cardigan or jacket on top for an extra layer of warmth without looking too bulky. It pretty much feels like wearing a cloud, seriously! Head on over to my stories on Instagram today for a live view of this fabric.

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I can’t wait to get my second Jarrah in blush french terry spandex sewn up, and also another pair of Dawn jeans in denim! I can’t decide between the straight leg or wide leg maybe with an unfinished hem. Decision, decisions….

Thanks for reading along and happy sewing!!

Indiesew x Dan Lehman x Spoonflower Blog Tour

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I have a really fun post for you all today! I was invited to be part of Indiesew’s newest fabric collaboration with artist Dan Lehman and Spoonflower! Together they created Fool’s Paradise, a fabric collection featuring carnivorous plants that comes in two color ways and two types of fabric substrates: a flowy poly crepe and a more structured cotton poplin. You can find them all exclusively on Indiesew’s online shop.

Head on over to Spoonflower for an insider’s look into how this collaboration came to be, including a really fun video interview with Allie and Dan. You won’t want to miss it!

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When Allie first showed me the two prints, I had a really hard time deciding which one to use! I loved them both! I decided to go with the lighter color way: Fool’s Paradise Light in Poly Crepe. I immediately pictured a flowy, boho style blouse and of course, my mind went straight to the Roscoe Blouse by True Bias. I’ve sewn this shirt up once before, also in Indie Sew fabric. I wear it all the time, and knew I needed another one in this fun, whimsy botanical print.

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For my second Roscoe Blouse, I decided to size down one size, and shorten the bodice by about 2″. I also raised the neckline by 1 1/2″ for extra coverage. I love styling this top tucked into a pair of high waisted jeans, and boots. I’m wearing my FAVORITE madewell jeans in a size 25, the fit is so so good. For colder days, I plan to throw a camel colored cardigan over it.

This fabric is slightly sheer, I am wearing a white tank underneath my top. If you decide to make a dress with this, you might want to consider lining it.

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I just really love the colors chosen for this print! The design of the carnivorous plants are so unique, and fun to look at. I can totally picture this blouse in Anthropologie. (Does anyone else try to imagine their future handmade garments in their favorite shops when project planning? If I can see them in certain shops, I feel like I’m on the right track. Pairing fabrics with patterns is an art all in it’s own!).

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Go check out this unique and one of kind fabric line! The options for these fabrics are endless. I’m especially loving Allie’s idea of using it as a lining for a jacket! So fun! Special thanks to Allie, Dan Lehman and Indiesew for having me on this fun tour!

Fabric for this post post was provided by Indiesew, but all opinions are my own. 

 

Toaster Sweater with Measure Fabric

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Hello hello!

I’m in the thick of fall sewing this month with lots of fun things going on. First up is my third Toaster Sweater, pattern by Sew House Seven from Indiesew. You can see my other versions here and here.

The story behind this Toaster Sweater is, well not very interesting actually but goes like this. I picked this really pretty Matelasse Honeycomb Pattern from Measure Fabric thinking it was a knit. My plan was to make a cozy sweatshirt with it. When it came in the mail I noticed it had zero stretch. Not a knit. I kind of started to panic, I ONLY order fabric if I have a pretty immediate plan for it. This fabric is heavier, structured, and 100% cotton. I mulled it over for a week or so and could not wrap my mind around this fabric not being a knit, and what to make with it. So many of you offered some really great ideas, but after a weeks worth of mulling I decided a Toaster Sweater would be the safest bet. No bands, wide neckline, the only problem I saw was the sleeves being too tight/stiff.

3-4 weeks later I finnnallly get around to sewing it up. To my credit I had other deadlines to meet so I wasn’t technically putting it off. Does anyone else put things off they aren’t entirely sure about? So anyways, literally two days ago I sat down to sew it up. (The whole thing came together in a day, super fast sew). I basted the sleeves first to check the fit and they were perfect.

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Yesterday I put it on with some skinny jeans, and the matelasse became softer and less stiff with wear. I was quite comfortable in it too! It’s saying a lot if I kept it on all day, I’m usually in my lounge wear/pjs by 4 pm. (I wish I could wear lounge wear/athleisure wear during the day but I just can’t, what is wrong with me?). Anyways.

As I was walking out the door yesterday morning with my kids on our way to preschool and ballet, I had the genius idea to grab my camera. In my brain I pictured backing my car up to an old wall, opening the back hatch and propping my 5 year old there to snap some photos for me. It totally worked and she did a pretty awesome job.

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I love the look of this structured top! Its warm, comfortable, and lavender! I don’t have anything lavender in my wardrobe, and I’m loving this feminine color. Sadly, this color is currently sold out, but the light green color is still available. I added 1″ in length to this version, with no other alterations.

I think this fabric would work great for an overcoat type pattern, maybe like the Berlin Jacket by Tessuti or even a structured Inari Tee Dress? It’s a really unique, and equally gorgeous fabric. Just keep in mind it is a bit stiff (think structured) and heavy.

I’m wearing my FAVORITE madewell jeans in a size 25, the fit is so so good.

Thanks for reading along, and stay tuned for many more things in the near future! Happy sewing!