Chalk and Notch Summer Farrah Tour

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Hey everyone! I recently connected with Gabriela from Chalk and Notch Patterns while she was in town visiting a few months ago. We met up for lunch and did a little fabric shopping (along with Leslie too!). We had the best time! She is super talented and the nicest gal you’ll ever meet. When she invited me to be part of the Farrah Summer Tour, I just had to say yes! Kim of Sweet Red Poppy was so kind to take these amazing photos for me, and as great as they are, I just have to say that this dress is even more stunning in real life! You just have to see this fabric in person. I’m so excited to tell you all about it and this dress. Let’s jump right in!

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So the Farrah pattern by Chalk and Notch comes with a shirt and dress option, both equally cute! I decided to go with the dress option for this post. I sewed up the size 4, and added 4″ in length from the shirt lengthen/shorten line on the pattern. Gabriela recommends lengthening from underneath the bottom side slits, but I didn’t want my slits to be longer. This worked just as I wanted.

I also decided to add a sleeve to my version. It started out as a flutter sleeve but ended up having too much volume so I shortened each sleeve about an inch. I love how the sleeves blend in with the ruffles giving me a little extra coverage, but not too much. I took a basic sleeve pattern and re-drafted it into a flutter sleeve. There are tons of tutorials online if you need help! I used this tutorial for mine!

Overall, the pattern instructions are easy to follow. The hardest part for me was inserting the gussets. It’s just a little tricky to get your points exactly right.

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I used this GORGEOUS Nani Iro double gauze fabric from Miss Matatabi. I was a little nervous choosing a double gauze for this pattern. I wasn’t sure how the ruffles would lay, and I was worried the dress would be too stiff looking. I’m actually really obsessed with how the double gauze looks on this dress! It’s so soft and comfortable to wear, and I really like the added volume it gives to the ruffles and sleeves. Plus this print and color!! So good. (Like you have to see it in person, so good!).

I decided not to line my ruffles because the fabric is a little thicker and has less drape than a rayon, but next time around I would probably try lining them.

I used the border of this fabric for my two top yoke pieces and sleeves, and I love how it breaks up the dress a little bit. This was a really fun fabric to work with.

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I really love the overall look of this dress. The ruffles are so on trend, and add a really fun feminine touch to this dress. I love the style of the dress itself with the yokes and gathered back, and mitered hem! It’s a winner in my book!

Comfort level is a big one for me, and I could wear this dress all day long!

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Sooo, as I mentioned before Miss Matatabi generously provided the fabric for this tour, and she is also giving away a $50 gift card to her shop! You can enter the contest here!

You can grab a copy of the Farrah pattern for yourself at 15% off this week using the code “sara” at checkout! 

Make sure to check out all of the other gorgeous versions of Farrah made by the other bloggers of this tour. These ladies are all so talented, and I’m obsessed with all of their versions!

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CHALK AND NOTCH FARRAH SUMMER TOUR

JUNE 20: ME SEW CRAZY
Please note: the pattern and fabric were provided for this post. This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own. 

 

Key Largo Top with Stylish Fabric

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I’m back with yet another PERFECT summer top: the Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns. It’s a basic t-shirt pattern with a seam down the two bias cut front pieces, finishing the hemline with a tie front. I lovvvvve it.

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I made a size 2, and added 1″ in length. I’m not sure if I’m happy with adding an inch, I probably would have been fine leaving the pattern length as it is. I top-stitched down either side of the front seam for a little added detail (this option is presented in the pattern). The bottom hemline is finished with a facing, giving this little top a clean and professional finish.

This top came together in 2 hours, I actually started and finished it before my kids woke up for their nap… win! The instructions are very clear, and I learned how to finish a neckline with a self made binding out of the same fabric as my top. (I usually cheat and use store bought bias binding).

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Okay now this fabric!! It’s a sand-washed rayon challis in sage from Stylish Fabric. It has a great thickness to it, it’s totally opaque, and has a really pretty matte finish. I’m convinced I need some in every color now. It washes up really well, and was a little more sturdy to work with compared to most rayon fabrics, but still has really great drape. I totally recommend this fabric!! I’m loving this sage color for summer.

This is another knock-out top that I’ll be wearing all summer long, and into the fall! Thanks for reading along, and happy sewing!

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This post contains affiliate links. The fabric for this post was provided by Stylish Fabric, all opinions are my own.

Ebony Tee + Stylish Fabric

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I have officially made my new favorite, go-to t-shirt. I’m so happy with this shirt! I love a good blue and white combo for all things summer, so this rib knit fabric from Stylish Fabric was a must have. I like the idea of a loose tee, and the Ebony top came to mind. I love this fabric + pattern combination together, and I’m excited to tell you all about it.

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First off, let’s chat about this fabric! I used an off white and blue 4×2 striped rib knit, 95% rayon and 5% spandex. Its a good medium weight fabric, and ever so slightly non-opaque, but still thick enough to not have to layer a tank over your undergarments. It’s a good weight. It drapes really nicely. I totally recommend it. Plus, you can’t really beat $6.90 a yard!

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I have had my eye on the Ebony tee by Closet Case Files ever since it was released. I’m participating in Me Made May this month (a month long challenge of wearing only handmade clothing), and I’ve found I really need easy t-shirts to throw on with jeans. I tend to like to dress up more than dress down, so I don’t really like just wearing a plain t-shirt with jeans. The Ebony T-shirt is NOT your average tee. I love the swing silhouette + fluidity of this top. It’s super comfortable to wear but a little nicer than just a regular t-shirt. (But just as easy to make!!). I love this pattern! I sewed up the size 4, and subtracted 1″ from both bodice pieces to shorten. This fabric is super drapey, and the weight of it does pull the shirt down a little longer than the pattern is, so keep this in mind. I’m glad I took out an inch as I didn’t want it to be too long.

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I’m really happy with this top, and I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of it all summer long.

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I’m really excited to be sewing for Stylish Fabric’s once a month, and in addition to each post I will be doing a little fabric review of some fabric they choose to send me.

This month Stylish Fabric’s sent me this super fun white stretch knit fabric with gold metallic stripes.

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It’s a medium- heavy weight knit fabric, with little holes within the thicker stripes. The ends are finished off with some ribbing which is really nice for a cuff or hem. With each review I want to offer some pattern ideas for the fabric I’m reviewing, that I would actually make for myself.

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So for this one, I’m thinking a cardigan or a pull- over sweathshirt! I like the idea of these options because you won’t have to deal with lining anything.

Some cardigan options I have in mind are the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet. I have one I have made previously and I wear it all the time. I think this fabric would be great for a more summery Blackwood Cardigan; perfect for layering over dresses and tanks when it’s a little chilly at night.

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I also love the idea of a pull-over sweatshirt made out of this fabric. I love the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio for this. You could use the ribbing along the edge for the cuffs, neckband and hem for a really pretty finish. I picture this worn over a white tank and shorts, again really easy to throw on for a night out at the beach to keep you warm.

One more idea, it could be fun as a swim wear cover-up as a loose or form fitting dress. So many fun ideas for this fabric!

Hope you feel a little more inspired! Thanks for reading along and happy sewing, friends!

I paired my Ebony T-Shirt with my Ginger Jeans.

Amazing photo cred goes to Rachel of Hello Little Fish.

All fabric was provided by Stylish Fabric.

Virginia Leggings + Minttu Swing Top

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I’m a little late, but I’m finally sharing my Megan Nielsen Virginia leggings for Sew My Style. I really struggled with finding the perfect fabric for this pattern. I originally made a pair out of a stretch faux leather in black, but they were not very flattering. I’m not a big leggings wearer, unless I’m lounging around my house.

After searching and searching, I finally found THEE perfect fabric for this pattern. A new addition to Stylish Fabrics, this Maxi-Dri & Micro Blok Neoprene Fabric is perfection. Its thick, but just the right thickness for leggings, super stretchy (4 way stretch) and super soft. There are also so many cool colors to choose from, I bet you won’t be able to pick just one.

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For my leggings, I chose the Avatar Rain color way. I like that it’s multi-colored for optimal top matching. I also like that there’s some black blended in it too, you know, to match my black Nike’s. Also, these pants blend into EVERY wall. I tried to find a way to get these babies to pop, but I failed, and I apologize! I really love this color way; I promise it’s much better in person.

Let’s talk about the Virginia Leggings pattern. I sewed up a size XS using the high waist option. This is the fastest project you will ever make. INSTANT GRATIFICATION! I used my Brother 1034D Serger to sew these up, and it was so fast. In about 5 steps you have some brand new leggings. The instructions are awesome, and easy to follow. I need to make like 5 more. Love them! Perfect fabric and pattern combo.

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Okay, now the Minttu Swing Top pattern! It’s brand new, and just released by Named Clothing. It’s also part of the Indiesew Spring/Summer pattern collection. I don’t wear sleeveless tops unless I’m working out and I thought this one would be great to pair with my new leggings. I really don’t like wearing tops that are fitted in my torso area (I had two huge babies guys), so I really love the loose swing hem on this one.

I used some rayon jersey knit in black from Stylish Fabrics. It’s a lightweight fabric, and not completely opaque when you hold it up to the light. I like this thinness factor for a workout top. It was easy to sew with and I’m really happy with the result.

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The Minttu pattern itself put my brain through a loop a bit. I usually don’t have a hard time figuring out pattern steps, but the enclosed facing took me about 5 tries to figure it out. A tip would be to pinch the inside of the top and facing (like illustrated in the pattern instructions) as you would if they were sewn together. Hope that makes sense and helps a little! It’s a really innovative design, which I love! Other than the facing, everything else was super easy to understand, and it’s a really cool little tank top.

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Now I have no excuses for not working out. I used to be a big runner (many years ago), so maybe it’s time to get back to it. We’ll see!

That’s it for today! Happy sewing, friends!

Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse + Ginger Jeans

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Hi friends! I’m so excited to tell you all about this outfit. It feels so summery and fresh. I made the Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse (from their new spring collection) using a red gingham shirting fabric from Indiesew. I also made my second pair of Ginger Jeans in this really cool light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics. Let’s dive right in!

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First up is this gorgeous shirt: the Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse. My initial thoughts about this pattern were a little unsure. It’s definitely too low cut for me to wear without a little tank underneath, and I wasn’t sure if it would look as cool worn this way. After finishing this top, I have to say I really love it! I don’t mind the look of the layered tank, either. I love the little lapel details, and the mock wrap lined front bodice.

This top came together in one night, cutting and all. It’s a super quick sew with easy to follow instructions. I like that it was quick, but also interesting to sew up. It’s totally different from any other top I’ve ever sewn before, and I really like trying different things. I sewed up the size 36, with no alterations. I really enjoyed putting this little top together. It’s a great spring/summer wardrobe addition!

When looking for fabrics to consider for this top, I tried to find something that would look okay with a white (or whatever colored) tank paired underneath it. I remembered Indiesew had just added some really fun gingham fabrics to their site and headed there. I really love the look of gingham for spring and summer, so it was an easy decision. You can find a small white and navy gingham shirting + this large white and red gingham shirting I used in the Indiesew shop.

To switch up the gingham pattern a little, I decided to cut out all my pattern pieces on the bias. I love the finished result! Make sure to buy a little extra fabric if you decide to cut along the bias too.

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Okay, on to my jeans! These are the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files. So first, a little disclaimer. This is my second pair of ginger jeans, but the first pair I’ve blogged about. The first pair ended up being more of a wearable muslin because the fabric I used didn’t have much stretch to it. But, I learned a few things from the first go around that helped in perfecting my “real” pair.

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This pattern comes in two rises: low rise and a high-waisted. If you prefer more of a mid-rise, Closet Case Files has recently added a mid-rise pattern you can purchase as well. I sewed up the high-waisted version, and I love them!

I sewed up the size 4, and didn’t really need to adjust the side seams at all! I did take in the bottom hem at about a 1/2″, grading into the side seam. The pant hems were a little loose around my ankle, and I wanted a slightly closer fit. I also left my hems raw. I really like this trend right now, and it also gets you one step closer to finished jeans, faster! Haha. Give them one wash/dry and you’ll have the perfect frayed hem.

I also raised my back pockets up 1″ from the original markings. I definitely recommend playing around with your back pocket placement before top stitching. Everyone’s back side is a little different, and you definitely want your back pockets to be in the right spot for your body.

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You guys, jeans are not hard! They just have more steps to follow. The instructions are very clear, and the pictures are really helpful too. I totally recommend this pattern.

I picked up my hardware kit from Threadbare Fabrics. I love that you can get your zipper, button and rivets all in one order. I’ve struggled in the past with installation of the button and rivets, but these ones went in really smoothly. I do have two rivets installed in my front pockets that you can’t see. I found I was successful thanks to Allie’s tutorial on Indiesew. She recommends buying a solid steel jewelry bench to use as your surface for hammering the hardware pieces into your jeans. I bought one and I totally recommend it! You can watch her whole tutorial here!

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Okay let’s talk about this fabric!! I have been searching FOREVER for light blue STRETCH denim, and I’ve had the hardest time finding it, until now! I found this stretch denim in cornflower blue at Style Maker Fabrics. All of my light blue denim dreams have come true! It has the perfect amount of stretch for this pattern, and sewed up really beautifully. This is how they fit me straight out of the wash, but they do loosen up a little with wear, so keep this in mind as you are fitting them to your body; this fabric will stretch out a little.

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A get a lot of questions about my favorite jeans patterns. I have tried three different patterns so far and I really love them all for different reasons. I’m planning on doing a separate post this month comparing them all. Stay tuned!

I’m so happy with this outfit! I love the bold pop of red, classic print and fun style lines of my Hoya Top, and even better paired with the springiest of skinny jeans. Thanks for reading along and happy sewing!

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Style Maker Fabrics Spring Blog Tour

 

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Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be invited to another Style Maker Fabrics blog tour. Michelle always does such a great job curating fabrics that are perfect for the trending colors and styles for each season, and I’m totally loving everything she has picked for spring 2017!

I decided to sew up a top and skirt for my post. I fell in love with this stunning tropical leaf stretch sateen (sadly, sold out now), and paired it with a crisp white striped seersucker for the top.

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Let’s talk about the skirt first! I fell in love with this skirt I found on pinterest last year, and it was definitely my inspiration for this skirt. I’m loving all things tropical for spring/summer this year, so when I laid eyes on this stretch sateen I just KNEW I had to make something with it. I remembered the skirt I had pinned a while back and the rest was history. So again, this fabric is now sold out but Style Maker Fabrics has so many beautiful stretch sateens this year that would also be perfect for a full gathered skirt like this one. You should also check out all the fabulous tropical prints too!!

I used a self drafted pattern (super easy) for my skirt; I’ll walk you through how I made it:

Supplies: Fabric, fusible interfacing, matching invisible zipper (7-9″), hand sewing needle and matching thread.

We’ll need to make two pattern pieces.

  1. Waistband: Measure your true waist. Mine is 27″, and I added another inch for a 1/2″ seam allowance on either side, so 28″ in total. I made the length 3″ to equal 1″ in length when finished. So I had a rectangle that was 28″ x 3″. Cut 1 on the fold of your fabric, cut 1 on the fold of the fusible interfacing.
  2. Skirt: Measure your waist again and multiply it by 5. So mine came out to be 140″ (slightly rounded up). Now divide this number by 2, which gives us 70″. Decide how long you would like your skirt to be, I decided on 29″. So now you’ll have another rectangle that measures 70″x 29″. Make sure to mark on one side to cut on the fold. Cut 2 on the fold.
  3. Putting the skirt together is really simple. There are lots of tutorials out there on pinterest too if you need a visual!
    1. Sew your side skirt panels right sides together. Finish seam alowances.
    2. Sew three rows of gathering stitched along the top of your skirt at 1/4″, 1/2″ and 5/8″.
    3. Interface your waistband using fusible interfacing. Iron one long end of the waistband in at 1/2″.
    4. Line up the center of your waistband (the edge not folded in) and top of the skirt, right sides together, and pin. Pin the edges of the skirt to the edges of the waistband, and gather the skirt evenly to the waistband, pinning as you go. Sew at 1/2″. Remove basting stitches.
    5. I really love this tutorial for sewing in an invisible zipper into a skirt with a waistband. Follow these steps.
    6. Hem your skirt, and done! (I hand hemmed mine).

It’s really super simple.

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Now let’s chat about this top!! I am OBSESSED with all things ruffles for spring this year. I’ve had my eye on the Suzon Blouse by Republique Du Chiffon for a while now, and I thought it would be really pretty paired with this skirt in white. Again, I used this crisp white cotton striped seersucker fabric. I just love white for spring and summer.

A few things about this pattern! It was easy to put together. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. This pattern comes in French and English but unfortunately is only in print format currently. It also has a downloadable long sleeve add-on you can find at the bottom of the page of the pattern in the shop. I used this sleeve pattern to make my short sleeves by cutting it off at 9″ from the center top of the sleeve. This pattern does not include seam allowances, and I totally forgot!! Yikes! So I cut out my whole pattern without added seam allowance. Luckily, I had enough fabric to re-cut the collar and button bands. So, you’ll notice my darts are slightly higher than they should be, but other than that it turned out okay. There isn’t a set button hole guide for this pattern, and I’m not so sure about my button hole placement on this one. It works but the second button is kind of bugging me, it should be a little lower I think. Just some things to keep in mind when you go to sew up your own!! I don’t usually have enough time to sew up a muslin for most things I make, so sometimes it’s about trial and error! This top is still very wearable and I really love it. I also really love the structure this cotton seersucker gives to this top, it’s exactly how I envisioned it. Next time I want to try it in a rayon challis, or crepe, something with a little more drape.

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I’m so happy with these fabrics and patterns I’ve paired them with. Make sure to check out the rest of the tour! There are so many amazing outfits and fabrics!! Be prepared to be inspired! Thanks for having me Michelle!!

 

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!