Laura Sanner Rain Coats with Land of Oh

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Happy almost spring everyone! I was recently introduced to Lara Sanner’s coat pattern for children, and I knew I had to make two for my  littles. I decided to use a laminated cotton fabric to make the coats water proof (also an option recommended in the pattern). I love the result, and my kids love them too.

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This coat pattern comes in a great range of sizes: 0-3 years & 3-12 years. I love the front patch pocket detailing (so do my kids, my son is reaching in for his sucker in the above photo). I love the exposed zipper, hood and cuffs rolled to show of the inner lining. This pattern also comes with a collar option too.

My kids are 3 and 2, I made a size 3 for both of them, but used the size 4 length for my 3 year old. The sizing is spot on! They are pretty quick to sew up, I made each one in about 4 hours. Maybe a little less than that even. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

I also wanted to add that I used craft clips to “pin” my pieces together as I sewed. You don’t want to use regular pins because any holes you make will be permanent. BUT I just wanted to add, most “wonder clips” are like 10 clips for $8. I recently got some from Evergreen Art Supply; 100 clips (75 regular size and 25 jumbo size) for $14.95. Such a great deal. So if you’re looking for clips, check out Evergreen Art Supply.

I got the zippers from zipperstop! The pink zipper actually matches up better in real life. It looks a little darker in these photos than it really is.

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For fabric, I actually searched around for quite a while. I had a hard time finding something that I really loved. Then I came across Landofoh and dipped into laminated cotton heaven! You guys! I want all the prints!!

Their online shop is out of Korea. I really love the fun, and unique prints they have available in their shop. I also love that their fabrics have a slightly matte finish to them. They are not sticky and shiny like most laminated cottons you would find. This feature also made these little coats very easy to sew.

Speaking of sewing, laminated cottons/fabrics can be a little tricky to work with. I wrote up a whole post full of tips to walk you through everything you need to know before you get started. You can find it on BERNINA USA’s blog: Weallsew.com.

I decided to line my little coats with a polar fleece lining to add a cozy factor to them. (My kids are all about cozy!). I picked up both colors from stylishfabric.com. (They are so cheap, just 4.90 a yard!). The lining worked great, but I would add that polar fleece has some stretch to it, so I did have to take in some wedges to get the lining to match up to outer coat. I was nervous it was going to make the inside look a little wonky but you can’t even tell!

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So you guys, I think I found the solution to a major problem in my life. I have this 2 year old little boy who is obsessed with water. I took my kids to the zoo today, and both of them wore their new coats. My son of course found some water dripping from the roof and stood directly underneath it, while it dripped alllll over him. Usually this would be a big issue (he usually ends up sopping wet when we leave.. well… anywhere), but his coat kept him completely dry. So, I decided I should probably make all of his clothes out of laminated cotton/ waterproof fabric haha. Problem. Solved.

At least he’s cute, right?

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Thanks for reading along! This is such a cute pattern for kids, and perfect for spring weather! Now I just need one in my size. Happy sewing!

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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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!

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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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