Kyoto Sweatshirt with Stylish Fabric

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I found my new favorite fall sweater! I don’t know about you, but lately, all I want to wear is sweatshirts and sweaters. They are so cozy for the colder weather, and look great thrown on with jeans. I’m quickly running out of clothing options as my waistline grows by the day, so I decided to make two versions of the Kyoto Sweater/Tee by Papercut Patterns, and I couldn’t love them more. I’ve had my eye on this pattern ever since the day it released a few weeks ago. I used two different fabrics from Stylish Fabric, and I love how they each make the top slightly different. This pattern was super easy to make it work for maternity without having to widen the pattern at all. These tops will work great post maternity too. I love the added feminine touch of the ruffle on the sleeve, but also the loose, comfy fit.

Let’s talk about ‘my’ first version:

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First of all, this fabric! I’ve always loved waffle knits and this one had an added surprise factor that I wasn’t expecting. The waffle pattern was a bit bigger than I pictured it to be online (which I love), and the back has a slight brushed fleece like layer giving it extra coziness and warmth. It’s a thin weave but not sheer. Air flows through it keeping you cool and yet warm with the brushed backing. I always get so hot when I have to layer coats over sweaters, and this sweater is the perfect thickness for a added warmth without being too warm. I need to order all to the other colors!! I picked the mauve colorway for my first Kyoto Sweater.

Now on to the pattern. This pattern fits big! I would definitely size down. My measurements matched up to a size XS, and I ended up taking in the sides and sleeves to an XXS. To make this maternity appropriate, I added 4″ in length to the bodice front and back. That’s it! I also omitted the sleeve bands and hem bands for this version, and rolled the sleeves twice and tacked them to a 3/4 sleeve length. The only thing I don’t love about this first version is the neckline. It’s a little too wide for what I prefer. Over all, I love the fit and look of this version, and I’m planning on wearing it ALLLLLL fall and winter. This color is so good too.

Okay on to version two. I loved version one sooo much that I wanted to make another one, but slightly different.

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For my second Kyoto Sweater, I used this navy and red floral printed on french terry. This fabric is a thinner french terry, but not too thin or sheer. It’s super soft and quite honestly perfect for this pattern. You definitely want to use a drapier knit so your ruffles aren’t sticking out too much.

I changed up a few things to perfect the pattern and added a few changes on this version. First of all I sized down to the XXS size. I only added 2″ in length to the front and back bodice pattern pieces because I added the hem band which added another 2″. (4″ total like version one). I also raised the neckline for a closer fit. I brought it in 1/2″ at the shoulder seams and graded down to 1/4″ at the center front seams. I also widened the neckband by about 1/2″. I added the sleeve and hem band to finish it all off. This one feels better fit wise.

This pattern is a fast make! I made each one in a single night. The fit is awesome, and I love that the sleeve details make it a little more interesting than a basic sweatshirt pattern. I spotted a woman wearing an almost exact sweater the other day with a big MK logo on it. I’m guessing Michael Kors? I felt pretty cool wearing my VERY OWN handmade version that looked almost exactly like hers, and I liked mine better. Everyone needs one for fall!

I love both versions and I’ve already worn them both (and only finished them yesterday). Thanks for reading along, and happy fall sewing!!

 

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Kochi Kimono + Piper Top

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Hey everyone! I’m excited to share my Stylish Fabric make for this month: a lengthened Kochi Kimono by Papercut Patterns paired with the Piper Top by Christine Haynes.

I want all the sweaters and easy layering pieces for fall. Kimono’s are not part of my wardrobe and I thought it would be a fun garment piece to try out, paired with sweaters and jeans. I’ve also had my eye on the Piper Top, and thought it would work well for maternity.

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First, this Kimono! I sewed it up using this gorgeous wine floral chiffon from Stylish Fabric. It’s your typical chiffon fabric, and wasn’t too complicated to work with. I made Variation 3 of the pattern and added 16″ in length to the front, back and front band pieces. I really like the long “duster” cardigan look, and I thought it would be really pretty in a light weight kimono style variation.

The pattern was simple to make. I actually constructed both the kimono and piper top in one day. (One during nap time and the other at night). I’m really happy with the kimono overall, and I’m excited to try pairing other tops with it for different looks.

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Also, wondering why I’m so HUGE at almost 16 weeks. Third pregnancy probs or monster baby? Send help! I do have to say that I’m loving these maternity jeans from H&M. (I cut a few inches off the hemline).

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Now, for the Piper Top. I sewed it up in this rib knit hacci fabric also from Stylish Fabric. This fabric is light weight but still cozy. It’s the same material I used for my toaster sweater last winter, but in a different color-way. The Piper Top was super fast to make and the fit is pretty good. I made a size 6 compared against my current bust measurement, 3/4 length sleeve option and added 1″ in length. Next time around I think I would try it in a thicker knit, and add a little more length. I’m growing at a much faster rate than I expected!

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I really love both of these pieces, and love that I can wear them as maternity as well non-maternity come next fall. I can’t wait to show you what I have planned for my next Stylish Fabric post next month. Stay tuned!

Dove Blouse in Windowpane Plaid

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Introducing my windowpane plaid dove blouse! I’m in love with this shirt. It’s light and airy and perfect for warm fall days. I LOVE the bell sleeves, and v-neck details. My plaid matching skills could have been better on this one. Allie from Indiesew suggested using starch to help add more stability to the fabric, I’m planning on trying that next time. The pattern is from Indiesew and you can find the last of this fabric at Fancy Tiger Crafts.

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The pattern was a pretty quick sew with great instructions. The fit is great based off of my measurements. This pattern comes with three sleeve options: 3/4, flare sleeves and bell sleeves. The fabric is a rayon crepe, and a little tricky to work with, at least for matching plaids. I probably tried 4-5 different times and ways to make it match up, with no luck. Sometimes you just have to walk away, and walk away I did.

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Annnnnnd surprise! I have a little secret I’ve been hiding…

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We’re expecting baby #3 in March, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. I feel a bit like I’ve been dragging to get things done these past few months, but hopefully the exhaustion and 8:00 o’clock bedtime will soon let up. Get ready for lots of maternity hacks!

For this top, all I did was grade out one size from just under the dart to the hem and I also added 1″ in length. I raised the v-neck by 1″ for added modesty, it was a little too low for me. There’s definitely room to grow into this top and I’m hoping it lasts through winter. We’ll see!

Also, fall! It’s finally fall and I couldn’t be happier. The weather is so perfect right now, and I want to make all the cozy things. I’m loving all my makes from last fall/winter that kind of still fit, for now. Ahhhh I just love fall, and I may or may not be watching Gilmore Girls right now…

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Thanks for reading along, friends! I’ll be back soon with some more fall sewing inspo!

Velvet Ebony Dress with Stylish Fabric

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I’m in full blown fall sewing mode over here, anyone else? I’m trying to add pieces I can wear now while it’s still pretty warm and on through the fall as it starts to cool down. I can feel fall in the air! Velvet is a HUGE trend for fall this year and Stylish Fabric has just what you need! They have so many colors in this gorgeous, drapey stretch velvet. I saw this Old Rose color and instantly pictured a easy swing dress, specifically the Ebony Dress by Closet Case Files.

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I’ve used this pattern before for the t-shirt option. I wear it all the time, and was eager to try out the dress variation. I love it! It has just the right amount of volume without being too much. It’s super comfortable to wear and easy to dress up or down. I will be living in this dress! I made one alteration by adding 4″ in length, which ended up being perfect. I also chose the 3/4 sleeves length and added another 1″. Next time I think I would go up one sleeve size, and add a little more length. The armscye also feels a little high, so I would need to lower it a little on my next go. Other than that this dress is a hit!

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A few tips for sewing with stretch velvet!

  1. Pay attention to the way the light hits the fabric. It’s different from different directions depending on the nap. Decide what you like best!
  2. Treat stretch velvet just like a knit. Use a ball point needle or serger to sew. Finish hems just as you would a knit. (I used a stretch twin needle).
  3. I washed mine on delicate in warm water in my washing machine, and then dried it on delicate as well. It washes up great!

It’s really quite easy to use, and the results are stunning. It’s a perfect fabric choice for fall and winter! (and pretty much every season it seems!).

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Thanks so much for reading along. Now go grab some stretch velvet for yourself! It’s only $7.65 a yard and you cant beat that! Happy sewing friends!

This is a collaboration between Stylish Fabric and myself. All opinions are my own. 

Spoonflower Gauze + McCall’s 7544

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Hey friends! I recently did a really fun collaboration with Spoonflower to help launch their gauze fabric! This fabric is typically used to make baby blankets, but it works great for garments too! I love the soft texture of gauze after it’s washed, and the laid back vibe it gives to any garment. I picked the French Linen Sedona print, and I love the boho vibe it gives paired with this pattern. It’s a great match! Plus anything in white is perfect for summer.

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I sewed up this top using McCall’s 7544, with a few adjustments! I lengthened the front and back yokes, and added a bell sleeve to my version. Check out my post over on Spoonflower’s blog for a full sew-along and pattern adjustment tutorial!

I really love the loose shape of this top. It’s so comfy to wear and dresses up really nicely.

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Thanks for reading along and as always, happy sewing!

Shop my look: 

-necklace

-shoes (on sale!)

-pants (with a few inches cut off).

 

Spoonflower provided me the fabric for this post. 

Sewing with Cricut!

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This post is sponsored by Cricut. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included.

I have a such a fun post planned for you today in collaboration with Cricut! I’ve been eyeing all the fun graphic tees in ready to wear stores right now. I love the minimalist fonts, and hilarious sayings. So when I was thinking of what I would like to make with my new Cricut Explore Air 2, I instantly pictured a cool t-shirt or sweatshirt with a creative saying on it.

I chose to sew up the Linden Sweatshirt for this project, paired with a the saying “I’m sew busy.”. I chose this phrase because it rings pretty true for my life right now, and it’s something I would totally throw on with jeans and wear out. I picked up my grey knit fabric from my local Joann Fabrics shop.

Keep reading below to enter a giveaway to win your very own Cricut Explore Air 2!

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The Linden Sweatshirt is a pattern stash MUST HAVE. It’s your classic raglan sleeve sweatshirt pattern. It’s an easy 1 hour project, and a necessary wardrobe staple. This happens to be my first ever Linden, and I’m seriously questioning why I waited so long to sew one up. I just love it. This pattern does tend to run a size bigger, so keep that in mind when deciding on which size to sew! I made the size small that matched my measurements, but I probably should have made the xs.

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This is also my first time working with a Cricut machine, so I wanted to start out with something simple and easy to figure out. Now my mind is spinning with the endless possibilities this little machine holds within!

Creating a vinyl iron-on is very easy to figure out, and I’m excited to walk you through the process today! You can also watch this video for everything you need to know about ironing on a vinyl iron-on image to a garment.

First of all, sew up your t-shirt or sweatshirt (or use an already sewn top) and set it aside.

Next, decide on what color vinyl iron-on(s) you want to use for your project. You can layer different colors on top of each other for a really cool look. I decided to go with one color for my sweatshirt, and I chose white.

Next, you’ll need to go into the “Cricut Design Space” and click on “New Project”. Select the text button, and type out your saying. Here’s a direct link to this project if you choose the same saying and font that I used.

Now we get to choose a font. Cricut has tons of font options, but I opted to download a free font from the internet. To add an outside font to your cricut design space, you need to first download the font onto your computer and save it within your font files. Then open or reopen Cricut Design Space, and look under the systems tab within the font option, and you can find all the fonts saved to your computer. It’s super easy to figure out. I used this font called Bebas Neue Bold; it’s free! I did move the letters slightly closer together too.

Now we need to prep the mat so our vinyl is ready to be cut. My phrase was only two inches tall so I cut a small strip about 4″ tall of my white vinyl, and then smoothly placed it along the top of my mat.

Next you will click on “make it” on the top right corner, and remember to mirror the image before you send it to your machine to be cut. Set the dial to “Iron-On”, load your mat, and press the blinking button on your machine to begin the cutting process.

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Once your phrase or image is finished being cut, unload the mat and pull it out of the machine. Slowly peel away the vinyl from the mat to reveal your image.

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Next, using a Cricut Tool, remove the small pieces within the letters so the image is all cleaned up. This is called weeding.

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You’ll notice there’s clear plastic behind your image, attached to the mat. Slowly pull it away from the mat. Decide on where you want to position the saying on your shirt. I used a ruler and water soluble marking pen to get just the right spot.

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Now remove your image from the sweatshirt, and run a warm iron set to the hottest setting over the spot where you are going to place your image. Put the image back in place with a cloth over it, (I used some cotton fabric) and iron over each section for about 25 seconds.

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Flip the sweatshirt over and iron the back side of the garment for another 25 seconds on the same area.

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I went over the front with a cloth on top one more time after this step. Now wait for everything to cool off. Once cooled, slowly remove the plastic off of the phrase or image.

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And just like that you have your very own, customized sweatshirt! (And I think this might be a fabulous idea for Christmas presents this year! Yes?). Happy Sewing friends! Keep reading below to enter a giveaway to win your very own Cricut Explore Air 2!

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Enter to Win a Cricut Explore Air 2 HERE

Make sure to follow along with the rest of the tour for lots of Cricut inspiration!

Week One: July 19th

Week Two: July 26th

 

I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.  

This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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The Patricia Dress with Stylish Fabric

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This post is a very special one! I made matching dresses for my (almost) 4 year old daughter and I using the Girls Patricia Pattern by Simple Life Pattern Co.  and the Women’s Patricia Dress pattern by Sew Caroline paired with some really gorgeous crepe chiffon from Stylish Fabric. I collaborated with Kim of Sweet Red Poppy and her daughter by sewing matching dresses (hers are made in a different colorway of the same fabric print).

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First of all, this fabric! It’s simply stunning. I chose to work with the off-white version of this crepe chiffon fabric, one of four different color options. While I was excited about the crepe part I was a little nervous about the chiffon. Typically chiffon is super light weight and sheer, so I didn’t know what to expect. When it arrived I instantly thought it was even prettier in person. It’s light, and partly sheer with really great crepe texture. (The colored versions are not as sheer as the white, Kim didn’t need to line hers). It has a little bit of stretch to it too. I would compare it to working with a rayon. I didn’t have much trouble with it. I washed and dried this fabric on a delicate setting in my washing machine and dryer and it came out great. I also used a really soft off-white rayon crepe to line my whole dress (more on that coming up later in this post). It made a really great lining for this dress.

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Now on to the patterns I used! For my daughters dress, I used the girls Patricia Pattern by Simple Life Pattern Co. It comes in a dress and top option, both equally darling! It has a boho vibe with bell sleeves and a ruffle along the hem. I made a size 3 for my almost 4 year old girl and it fits perfect with a little room for growth; she’s pretty average in size. I made the more moderate skirt option for her dress, and slightly raised the back neckline by a few inches. I also cut her sleeves to be a short sleeve length with the added bell sleeve ruffle, per her request! She loves it and asks to wear it all the time. It’s so cute on her too!

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The Women’s Patricia pattern is still currently in testing, but will be available on SewCaroline.com next week! I made the size small according to my measurements, but probably needed to make a size XS. The top is a little wider than it probably should be for me. (But I still love it!!!). I used the more moderate skirt option and added 6″ in length to make it a midi style. I also just used a single layer of fabric for my bell sleeves and dress hem ruffle. The pattern calls for two layers (one big piece folded in half to automatically finish off the hem edge). I also made the short sleeve option for my bell sleeve, I cut off a little more past the actual short sleeve marking to make it a little shorter. The sleeves are also a little too wide so next time I would narrow them down a bit too.

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For the neckline of the bodice and bodice lining, after sewing them right sides together, I under-stitched the seam allowance to the lining, and skipped the top stitching step.

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Let’s talk about lining this dress! (This is the same for both mine and my daughter’s dress). It’s super easy! The pattern calls for the bodice to be lined, so that’s simple and explained in the instructions. For the skirt, I cut out two skirts, one out of my floral fabric and one out of my lining. I sewed them up the same way, but hemmed the bottom of my lining skirt. (So it ends right where the ruffle starts on the bottom of my dress). To attach the skirt to the bodice, I pinned both skirts together and basted them together while I was putting in my basting stitches to gather the skirt to the bodice. Then I created my gathers at the same time for both the lining and skirt, and pinned them to the bodice, then sew, and finish. It was super easy and looks great.

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It was so fun to do a mommy and me photo shoot and with some great friends too. We absolutely love our new dresses!

Now for the best part, there’s a giveaway! Head over to my Instagram post featuring these dresses to see what you need to do to enter! Good luck!

Photos by the talented Rachel of Little Fish. Fabric was provided by Stylish Fabric, but all opinions are my own.