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.

TELIO + Peppermint Jumpsuit

Hey everyone! I’m slowly making my way back into the blogging sphere, and I’m kicking it off with a killer jumpsuit I made recently using TELIO’s tencel denim fabric. IT IS GOOD.

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I’ve been wanting to make the Peppermint Jumpsuit by In The Folds for a while now (it’s a free pattern BTW) and instantly pictured it when I saw TELIO’s Tencel Denim fabric. I wanted to use a neutral color for my jumpsuit so I could wear it many different ways and throughout the whole year. The fabric I used is specifically TELIO’s tencel Denim, style 33862-01. (You can find it at Fabric.com). It has a super soft hand, and was easy to handle while sewing and cutting. I love the subtle sheen the face of the fabric has too, it adds a little richness to the look of the outfit.

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As for the Peppermint Jumpsuit pattern, there were a few tweaks I had to make but it had pretty simple construction and was a fun pattern to put together. All of the instructions were super easy to follow and understand and the jumpsuit came together really quickly. Then I tried it on… the crotch was a lot lower than I had anticipated and the legs were super wide and long. I cut off a few inches along the hem (I wanted a slightly cropped look), and slightly took in the the outer and inner legs. As for the crotch, I brought it up as best I could but really should have just made a muslin first. Next time I will need to bring up the waist an inch or two to get the desired fit.

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I don’t think I can pull off this look without the waist tie (like so many of you totally can!!), but I love how it looks with it added. I also love the layering factor. It’s great with an easy white tee underneath, and will work through the fall paired with a button up or thin sweater. I’m excited to try mixing it up with different tops.

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You know I’m all for a good jumpsuit pattern and this one fits the bill. I’m excited to wear this a ton this spring, summer and fall. Thanks for reading along, and as always, happy sewing!

Head over to @teliofashion (on Instagram) to enter their giveaway to win 3 yards of this gorgeous fabric!!

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

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). 

The Alcoy Dress + Free Pattern

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Bonnie asked me to test out this cute raglan sleeve knit dress pattern (a.k.a the Alcoy Dress) she designed, and I love it! It’s a super quick dress to put together, and the fit is right on. I wore it to the park with my two little ones and I was so comfortable running around, pushing swings, picking up kids, etc. I’ll be living in this all summer long.

I went up a size in this pattern. I made a size Medium, and the fit is still pretty close, but not too tight. Just right I would say.

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I used black jersey knit for the main part of the dress, and this palm tree double knit for the sleeves and neckline.

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And no, I’m not wearing white tights. The lighting is a little off, and my legs are just now seeing the light of day (yay for warmer weather!!), so please excuse my pastiness!!

The best part about this pattern is that its FREE. All you have to do is subscribe to Bonnie’s blog via email, and she’ll send you a link to download this pattern. You’ll love it, it’s such a great basic for spring + summer! Thanks Bonnie!!

Deer & Doe Plantain T- Shirt + Free Pattern

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I came across this Free Pattern by Deer and Doe last week. I thought it looked easy, and cute for fall, so I whipped one up. It took me just a few hours, I put the whole thing together over the course of one day. (Please forgive my strange, bulgy back pocket- I forgot to take my car keys out- fail).

To all my friends who have a fear of knits: this is a great pattern to learn how to work with knits! The instructions are very clear, and simple to follow. She even illustrates what stitches to use with knits, and other great details. I edited the neckline very slightly to be a little higher than the pattern allowed. I blindly followed the pattern, and my arms must be freakishly long because my elbow patches were up a little too high for my elbows, so make note to double check placement! I also made my pattern even longer than the biggest size in length, and it still ended up being shorter than I would like. Other than those two issues, I’m really happy with this pattern.

I just used cotton jersey knit fabric I had on hand. Check out Girl Charlee for all of your knit needs!

Enjoy!

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Anthro-Inspired Top + Free Pattern

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A few weeks ago I was getting together with family, and noticed my sister-in-law wearing this gorgeous Comino Top she had recently purchased at Anthropologie. I loved it so much that after a few days I still couldn’t shake it from my thoughts, and recreated it for myself! It has a really fun sleeve that intrigued me. I had a lot of fun piecing it together, and figuring out how the pattern should work. This top has a very blousy fit, but drapes in a lovely, very flattering way.

I am so so excited to be featured on sewmamasew.com! You can find the full sewing tutorial and free pattern here. Enjoy!

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Anthro Inspired Buffalo Check Pleated Midi Skirt Sewing Tutorial + Easy No Mark Pleat Method

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A few months ago I pinned this Anthropologie skirt, and I’ve been on the hunt for a great buffalo check fabric ever since in attempt to recreate it! Last week I came across a great brown + black buffalo check cotton fabric at Hancock fabrics that was just perfect for this project. I decided to make my skirt with pleats instead of gathers because I really like the constructed look pleats add to a garment. I chose to go for a midi length skirt (a big thing for Fall this year), just like the Anthro skirt.

You guys, this skirt is SOOO easy! I discovered a new method for pleating with just pins (no chalk, pens, etc.), and it’s so fast- I whipped this skirt up in one night. Let’s get started!

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR PLEATED SKIRT:

  1. Measure your waist. Mine is 28.5″
  2. Waist/# of desired pleats= pleat width (28.5 waist/10 pleats=2.85″ pleats)
  3. Waist X 3 (box pleats need 3x the width of pleat to make)= fabric needed
  4. My equation looked like this: 28.5 x 3 = 87.5″
  5. add 2″ for seam allowance
  6. total fabric needed 87.5″ + 2″ = 89.5″ of fabric
  7. I added 1/4 yd. more for my waistband so all together I needed 2 1/2 yards. (I ended up with 3 yards, I always play it safe a grab a little extra).

HOW TO MAKE YOUR PATTERN:

(I’m apologizing for my tutorial photos in advance, unfortunately I am only able to sew at night which makes for bad lighting).

-Measure out a piece of pattern paper that measures HALF of your needed width. This will give you a front and back piece, so you will cut 2 of these out of your fabric.  (You can buy this pattern paper at the Doctors office, its the same paper they lay on the exam table!). So my needed width was 89.5″ then divided by 2 came out to 44.75″. After you measure out your width,  draw out your pleats. On each end of the paper, mark your 1/2″ seam allowance. For each pleat you will need your pleat length to the right and left of it. I drew dotted lines to represent the fold lines. You fold every line to the left of the pleat to the right, and every line to the right of the pleat to the left.

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When you’re done it will look like this:

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Next you need to cut out your fabric. Lay your pattern out on the WRONG SIDE of the fabric. Place a pin on EVERY line drawn on your pattern (but not the dotted lines). Your pattern will not reach your needed length, so make sure to cut your fabric to your desired skirt length (adding 2″ for seam allowance on the hem). You will need 2 of these. Mine looked like this when I was done:

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While keeping your pattern pinned to your fabric, flip the whole rectangle over so you are now looking at the RIGHT SIDE of your fabric. It should look like this:

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Now for the fun part! Before you start pleating, don’t forget the added 1/2″ on each end for your seam allowance. Simply match each pin to pin, remembering that the left side of the pleat face folds to the right, and the right side of the pleat face folds to the left. As you match your pins, make sure to repin pleats in place. As you do each pleat, gently slide your pattern paper out of place -eventually it will be completely unpinned from your fabric once you have pleated the entire piece of fabric.

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When you have finished this step on BOTH front and back pieces, it will look like this:

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(NOT PICTURED: Baste 1/2″ on each waistline edge on both your pleated front and back skirt pieces).

(NOT PICTURED: Sew side seams together at 1/2″, decide which side you would like your zipper to be on and make sure to stop about 5-6″ from the top to leave room for where your zipper will go, back stitch. Iron and finish your seam allowances (I just used a zig zag stitch).

Now you need to create your waistband: I didn’t create a pattern for this piece, its just a rectangle so it’s super easy to cut out just by measuring. To figure out how your waistband should measure start by taking your waist measurement (this will be your width), and decide how thick you would like your waist band to be, multiply it by 2 and add 1″ for seam allowance. So all together my waistband length measured 5 1/2″ in length. Cut your rectangle. (Mine was 29″ X 5 1/2″).  Iron in half, WST.

Once your waistband is cut out, pin ONE edge RST to your skirt waistline, leaving a loose edge. Make sure to line up and pin centers and edges first. Sew at 1/2″.

Next Iron the loose side of your waistband at 1/2″. It will look like this:

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Flip the waistband over to the inside of your skirt, and pin in place. It should just barely cover the unfinished seam allowance.

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Now, grab a needle and matching thread. Whip stitch along the edge of your waist band end to end. (You can also stitch in the ditch). I always prefer to hand stitch. Once you are finished, iron waistband.

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Now you need to insert your invisible zipper. You will need a 7-9″ invisible zipper in a coordinating color. I just followed the instructions included with my zipper, very simple. I finished the top of my zipper/ seam allowance edge with a zig zag stitch. It will look like this:

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Finish off your zipper edge by pinning your loose zipper tape sticking over the top of your skirt to the back of the seam allowance.

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Fold your seam allowance back over, and hand tack along the edges of your zipper edge.

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Once you have done this, it will look like this:

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And lastly, finish by hemming your skirt. I folded and ironed the bottom edge at 1/2″, and then folded and ironed again at 1 1/2″. Pin in place, and hand tack your hemline in place using a blind hem stitch. You can also do this on your machine, I just really enjoy doing it by hand. Thats all there is to it!

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