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 I originally made a pair out of a stretch faux leather in black, but they were not very flattering.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!

The Indiesew Spring/Summer Collection Blog Tour

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You guys!! Indiesew has done it again! Another fabulous Spring/Summer Collection has been launched, and it is so, so good. There are five patterns within the collection + 5 amazing fabrics to go with them. (They are selling out fast!).

I’m so excited to be part of another Indiesew blog tour. I fell in love with Allie’s new pattern, the Highlands Wrap Dress, and I’m excited to share my version of it with you!

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Isn’t it great!? So, first of all, let’s talk fabric. I went back and forth between a few fabrics for this dress (one of them being this amazing nani IRO that Leslie used! She showed me her fabric after I had chosen something different and I couldn’t believe we almost had twinning dresses for the tour, so funny). I finally made a decision and went with this amazing rayon chambray shirting dot fabric I picked up from Indiesew. (Sadly, it is now sold out, but this stripe rayon chambray shirting is another great alternative!).

This fabric is so soft, and drapey. I really love the look it gives to this dress. I really wanted to go for a Madewell inspired look, and I had a denim chambray pictured in my mind for this dress. It turned out better than I imagined.

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Let’s talk about this pattern: the Highlands Wrap dress. I sewed up a size 4 in the midi length, with just a few minor alterations. I did NOT make a muslin, which is recommended for this pattern. I did cheat a little and asked Leslie what alterations she had to make from her muslin, and paid close attention to them while making mine. Thanks Leslie!!

Here’s what I changed:

  1. I lowered the bust dart just under 1″. Here’s a great tutorial if you need some help figuring this out! Don’t pay attention to my cheater method in my photos below. It’s not the correct way to adjust a dart, but it did work, just saying.
  2. I lowered the front armsyce by about 1/2″.
  3. I added 1/2″ to the neckline on my front upper bodice to slightly raise the neckline a little. I graded at 1/2″ from the side seam and tapered off towards the neckline as you can see below.

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4. I extended the side seams by 4 1/2″, so the side slit wouldn’t be quite so high. My pointer finger is showing where the original slit began.

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I also ended up pinning the front together with a safety pin in these photos. I need to sew in a snap or hook and eye eventually. Because the fabric is so drapey, it does slouch a little. Others that have sewn it up in a less drapey fabrics have said that they didn’t have this problem. (It’s not really a problem, I think it’s supposed to do this but I need the extra coverage). That’s it! These were simple and quick alterations to customize this dress exactly how I wanted it to be. ANNNDDD that’s why I love sewing! Everything else fits great! I just love it!

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The directions are very clear and simple to follow. I love the mitered finish on the hem, and the facing finish around the neckline and front of the dress.

I’m always a little nervous to make a wrap-anything because they can be a little tricky to wear around kids. This dress is NOT a problem! It keeps you well covered in any situation. Also, it’s so comfortable to wear. I wore it all day for Easter this year, and it was totally kid proof. I’ll be wearing this dress for years to come!

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Congratulations to Indiesew for another incredible Collection launch! Make sure to check out all of the other amazing patterns included in their Spring/Summer collection. I’m planning on sewing up the Minttu Top this week for another post I’ll be sharing next week.

Also, don’t forget to follow along with the other CRAZY talented seamstresses who are also part of this blog tour!

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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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Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet

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Introducing a brand new pattern release, the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet. I was lucky enough to be a tester for this “staple” pattern, and I wear my cardigan alllll the time. Pictured, I paired mine with a rtw turtleneck tucked into my high waisted jeans and booties.

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The Blackwood Cardigan comes in two lengths: one hits at the hips, and the longer version hits mid thigh. It’s a great layering piece for every season. I love the narrow front panels that compliment and show off whatever you are layering underneath.

This pattern is super quick to make. I used my serger and finished the whole thing in an evening. I sewed up a size small in the longer length.

This pattern has a fun feature that I really like: the sleeves are made to be longer than your arms so they kind of bunch up around your wrist. It makes this cardi super cozy, I love to pull my long sleeves over my hands when I’m cold.

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I used a sandwashed jersey modal knit from Stylish Fabrics. It’s super soft, and mid-light weight, perfect for layering. Stylish Fabric is offering 20% off all orders using code “SARA” at checkout. Rumor has it that they will be restocking the blush color very soon, and I can’t wait to grab some!

Helen is offering 20% off the Blackwood Cardigan Pattern until March 6th. Congrats on another fabulous pattern Helen!

Happy sewing, friends!

 

 

Project Sew My Style February: Saunio Cardigan

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How is it already the end of February!? Happy Saunio month! Confession: I really struggled with this pattern! It’s not really something I would choose to make on my own, and I’m also not a big layering person. I also struggled with finding the perfect fabric for this pattern. But that is why I love Project Sew My Style so much, it get’s me out of my fashion comfort zone…

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While searching through nearly EVERY online fabric shop, I struggled with finding something that would transition well into spring. BUT I prevailed! While scrolling through Fabric Godmother’s website, I laid eyes on just what I was looking for. A beautiful aloe colored boiled wool; a perfect color for spring and the perfect weight and warmth for the seasonal shift. The color is just gorgeous. ANNNNDDD good news: Fabric Godmother is kindly offering 10% of all orders until March 25th using code “SARAPROJECT10”.

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Back to this pattern. So I wasn’t sure about how I would like it… that is until I finished it. I LOVE this cardigan. The shape is super fun, it’s so cozy to wear, and the color brightens up every outfit.

I made up the size that worked closest with my measurements, and I love the fit. I sewed it all up in a single night, it’s super quick (and if you use a boiled wool, no seam finishing is needed!). I didn’t use interfacing because the wool is pretty thick, and it holds it’s shape well without it. I’m so excited to see everyone else’s version!

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If you’re feeling inspired to sew up a Saunio of your own, Named Clothing is offering 20% off the Saunio Cardigan Pattern using code “Sauniorocks”.

Up next for March: Megan Nielsen’s Virginia Leggings!! I’ve already got my fabric ready to go for this one and I can’t wait to show you! Happy Sewing!

Blair Maternity Tee

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Hey everyone! I recently sewed up the Blair Maternity Tee by SeeKateSew  from Indiesew as a gift for my younger sister who is expecting her first baby, and I wanted to share it with you too. It’s suuuper quick to sew up, and comes with a scooped neckline variation plus two other sleeve options (3/4 and long sleeve).

As I was making this top, it was really hard to see how the fit would be, but I’m really happy with it. The pattern has you pick a size according to your pre-pregnancy measurements, and it worked out great. I used a pink french terry from Style Maker Fabrics. My sister is 28 weeks in these photos, and she had just a little bit of room left in this top to grow into, so that being said I think a thinner knit with more stretch/drape might have been a better choice for this top. BUTTTT I do love the structure and added warmth the french terry gives to this top.

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I sewed it up in about an hour using my serger. I’m not so sure about the length of this top, but my sister was really happy with it. I think if a knit with more stretch is used, it wouldn’t hang so loosely along the hemline.

This is a great maternity top pattern and I’ll definitely be keeping it in my files for future use! (And no, this is not an announcement!). 😉

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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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