Panama Tee Dress with Télio

This fabric was gifted to me from Telio, and the pattern was gifted to me from Indiesew. All opinions are my own.

Say hello to my summer staple dress. The moment I laid eyes on this fun Melody Knit fabric from Telio, I instantly pictured the Panama Tee Dress by Aline Design Co. I love the zig zag pattern and also texture of this fabric. It comes in so many great colors too, but this royal blue screamed summer and there was no going back.

Telio invited me to sew something up for Me Made May using their fabric. I also picked up a few other amazing fabrics you’ll see popping up in the very near future.

I’ve had the Panama Tee Dress pattern for a long time, (picked it up from Indiesew forever ago), but this one is my very first. I sewed up a size 2, view B body with my personal measurements being:

bust: 33″, waist: 27″ and hips: 35″

So the size 2 waist measurement was smaller than mine, but the fit is perfect. I could have graded out slightly at the waist but I decided not to. No mods made. Fit is fabulous. The sleeves are fitted just right, the neckline went in with one try. The whole dress was finished in about an hour. This fabric has great stretch and was easy to work with.

If you are wondering, no, I’m not expecting. Just the result of three giant babies. (Suck it in!). I’m a little self conscious of my middle area and for this reason I don’t normally go for more fitted dresses like this. Although, while wearing this dress I felt so comfortable that II decided I’m just going to wear it all the time anyways. This dress is going to be a summer staple for me. There is just enough ease that this pattern doesn’t fit too close to the body, but just enough that it’s still flattering. I’m really so happy with it with this project.

*GIVEAWAY* Telio has generously offered to giveaway 3 meters of this fabric in your personal color choice. Head over to my Instagram for all of the details, just look for this dress in my grid. Giveaway ends Saturday May 25th at 10 am MST.

So if you’re on the hunt for a simple, easy and quick make for summer that you’ll want wear over and over again, this is it. Go check out all of the other color options this knit fabric comes in! Happy sewing!

My FIRST Swimsuit: Cottesloe Swimsuit

I made a swimsuit. WHAT!? Megan Nielsen recently launched her newest sewing pattern and asked me if I would be willing to review it. My instant reaction was YES. I had never sewn a swimsuit before and I really loved the design of the Cottesloe Swimsuit. I actually been in hot pursuit of a new swimsuit for this season but haven’t really found anything I loved. I need something that’s modest (for chasing three kids around), comfortable but also cute!! THIS IS IT.

I love everything about this swimsuit. I love the great coverage, and the low scoop back. The best part? It was so easy to make! Megan’s instructions are fabulous and very easy to follow along. I feel totally confident in swimsuit making now.

I sewed up the size closest to my measurements and found I needed to size up a bit. I think it’s mostly due to the fabric I used but I would definitely recommend making a muslin first (and using similar fabric if not the same fabric too!). I sized up to a 4 and added 1/4″ in length. It’s perfect.

I used this really fun seersucker gingham black and white swim fabric I found at JOANN. I’ve got my eye on some great swim fabric over at Blackbird Fabrics too. I found my swimsuit lining at JOANN as well, and fully lined my swimsuit. I also found some power mesh at JOANN that I used for the shelf bra.

I sourced my 1/4″ swim elastic from JOANN, and cut some 1/2″ elastic out of an old swimsuit I literally wore once, as well as the cups.

Now you’re wondering, well how does it perform!? I wore it today while taking my three kids 5 and under to the pool ALONE and everything stayed tied and in place. This fabric also worked well when wet. Everything was a win, even the running back and forth from the spa to the pool with the 13 month old and the three kids hanging on me in the pool.

I can’t say enough good things about this swimsuit! Thank you to Megan for pushing me out of my comfort zone! I’m so glad I did and I can’t wait to make another!!!

Spring Sewing with JOANN

This post is sponsored by JOANN. It may contain affiliate links but all words, reviews and opinions are my own.

Hello friends!

I’ve recently joined the JOANN blogger team and I’m thrilled to be sharing my first post with you today. While planning this project I knew I really wanted to make an outfit that shouted “SPRING!”. I had so much fun walking through JOANN and browsing through all of their new spring fabrics. There are so many reallllllyy good ones right now!

I decided that I wanted to make a two piece outfit that included a pair of jeans and a feminine top. I was initially planning on blue denim jeans but then I saw the 10 oz. white bull denim (what shouts spring more than white jeans?), and it jumped into my cart. Next I had a puff sleeve blouse in mind using Simplicity S8839 and I was on the hunt for the perfect fabric. I turned the corner and there it was: a blush peachskin puckered windowpane rayon poly fabric named Spring Garden. It was a perfect match and I felt giddy inside about it!

First, let’s talk about the top.

This pattern is really as EASY as they say it is on the envelope. I love the bias binding casing and elastic to create the gathered hem.

I really love the long sleeve design of Simplicity S8839 but I knew it wouldn’t be very practical for my current lifestyle. We also recently moved our family from SLC Utah to Orange County, CA and I really need some warm weather tops. I’m all about the puff sleeve trend happening right now! I love the cropped style bodice with an ultra feminine sleeve detail, so I went with view B.

For the fabric, I used Spring Garden HM Peachskin Puckered Windowpane Rayon Poly #164-3404. It’s currently not available to purchase online but could possibly still be available in stores. The whole Spring Garden collection is gorgeous and totally worth checking out!

For my top, I sewed up a size 10 which was one size down from what my measurements were on the chart. I made a few fit alterations to my top. First, I noticed the sleeve caps were hanging off my shoulders and didn’t lay on top of my shoulder notches as they should. (You can see this issue on the front of the pattern envelope, so I wasn’t surprised). I altered the shoulders by taking off a bit of the bodice shoulder and tapered to the underarm side seam. I also raised the sleeve hem by a 3/4″ for a smaller ruffle at the hem. I love how the fabric has a bit of structure but also some drape to it. It was a great fabric + pattern matchup.

Now let’s talk about these pants. I used the Dawn Jeans pattern by Megan Nielsen, and chose the straight leg view. A year ago I bought some straight leg Levi’s and I am obsessed with them. After making the wide leg version in the Dawn Jeans, I instantly loved how they fit me high on the waist and snug at the hips. With this pair, I was hoping to recreate something similar to my beloved Levi’s. I went with a zip fly this go around (this pattern offers a few different fly options), and you guys!!!!! The fit is so good!!!!

I sewed a size 4 in the waist and tapered to a size 0 in the hips. I ended up slightly taking in the waist a little more from here, as well as taking about a 1/4″ off of the center back yoke and tapering to the end. The finished fit is fabulous. I was nervous about sewing white jeans but with the proper undergarments, the pants aren’t too see through and are totally wearable. JOANN’s 10 oz. bull denim works really well for this pattern.

I had a really big birthday this month and I desperately wanted to wear my new spring outfit while celebrating but I couldn’t get my photos done in time for the big day. I have been dying to wear these pants but have had so much anxiety that I would get something on them if I didn’t wait to photograph them first. The other night I had a dream that I spilled something all over them and spent the rest of the dream planning how I would try to clean them up for the photoshoot. You guys, these pants are really that good haha! I’m so excited that I can now add them to the daily rotation.

I decided to go with a sand colored Gutermann topstitching thread (Col. #30) to add a little contrast to my jeans and I really love how they turned out.

I bought all of my supplies (besides the Dawn Jeans pattern) from JOANN stores including the jeans zipper, jeans button, jeans needle, topstitching thread, interfacing, etc. You can find everything you need for jeans sewing at JOANN! Since moving, my new JOANN store has been totally revamped and it’s gorgeous inside. I can’t wait to go back and browse all the fabrics again.

I hope this post leaves you feeling inspired for spring sewing! Thanks for reading along and come back soon because you won’t want to miss what I have planned for April! Happy sewing!

Cheyenne with Pussy Bow Collar Hack

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Hey guys! Okay, if you’re part of the sewing community chances are you have heard of the Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June; your classic button up collared shirt pattern. (It also comes in a tunic version too). Recently while browsing through the mall a few weeks ago I saw a white and black window pane flannel button up shirt with a pussy bow collar. I loved the look and catalogued it in my mind under “things to make”. A week later, Allie from Indiesew added thee exact fabric to her shop. (Okay, I don’t know if it’s the EXACT fabric but it might as well be). I purchased the yardage needed, and got to work. (The fabric is currently sold out). In this post I’m going to walk you through how to take your cheyenne sewing pattern and add a pussy bow collar. I love how this version of the cheyenne pattern looks tucked into jeans, overalls, skirts, or even underneath dresses. There are a lot of wardrobe options with this top!

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Let’s get started!

Ookay bear with me, I kind of figured this out as I went along, but it turned out great.

For your collar pieces, you will need one rectangle that measures 22″ long by 5″ wide (the collar) and two rectangles cut on the BIAS measuring 25″ long by 5″ wide (the ties).

So first we need to attach the center front placket. Instead of leaving the top of the placket unfinished at the neckline, we need to finish it. Make sure to add a 1/2″ to the top of your placket pieces to allow us to do this. Before topstitching the collar on, fold the top of the placket right sides together and sew along the top at 1/2″ to enclose. Now you can topstitch around the whole placket. Unfortunately I didn’t take photos of this step, but this is how it should look:

*your neckline should be 1/2″ higher than your placket in order to sew the collar on. (Mine doesn’t look very good here, again I was figuring it out as I went along, don’t judge!).

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Continue along to step 25.

Next we need to prep the collar. Sew the tie pieces to either edge of the collar, right sides together at 1/2″. Press the seam open.

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Now, fold the tie in half, right sides together. I finished my ends with a slight slant. I used a marking pen to draw the slant on the wrong side of the fabric.

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Sew along the the edges at 1/2″, and along the slant at the ends. Obviously, you’ll want to end your slant about 1/2″ from the bottom point, don’t do what I did. Trim your seam, and clip into the neckline seam right before where your stitching started. Turn the ties right sides out. Press.

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Pin the outside of the collar piece to the right side of the neckline, and sew at 5/8″. (the inside collar edge should be free of the seam. Press the seam allowance towards the collar. Now, iron the inside collar raw edge in at 5/8″, and pin in place covering the stitches along the inside of the neckline.

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Now, flip the shirt back to the right side, and top stitch along the collar edge, removing pins as you go.

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There you have it! Not so bad, right?

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From there, finish the shirt as the pattern instructs. I shortened my shirt by 2″ so it would be easier to tuck the shirt in to my high waisted jeans. I noticed the Madewell top was also shorter too. I omitted the pockets as well. I usually cut my plackets and pockets on the bias (because it’s so much easier than pattern matching!), but this time I cut everything along the grain and pattern matched everything. Oh, one more thing. Don’t do what I did, and make sure to sew your sleeves onto the right sides. Oops. It’s not the first time either.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and found it helpful! Thanks for reading along, and happy sewing! I would love to see your cheyenne pussy bow collar hacks, make sure to tag me on Instagram @thesaraproject_ if you share!

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Jarrah Sweatshirt and Dawn Jeans with Stylish Fabrics and D & H Fabric Co.

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Hello, friends! I’m back with another fantastic pattern and fabric mash-up. This is a pretty loaded post involving three awesome companies, and I’m so excited to tell you about them all!

I was lucky enough to be asked by Megan Nielsen to review her new pattern collection and of course I instantly said yes. Tammy of D & H Fabric Co also invited me to be part of her first ever blog tour and the non-stretch chino twill in pumpkin from her shop was a perfect match for Megan’s new Dawn Jeans pattern. I’ve paired her other new pattern, the Jarrah Sweater, with my pants that I’ll talk about a bit further down; I used this buttery soft french terry knit from Stylish Fabrics

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The chino twill fabric is awesome! It has really great structure, and was really satisfying to work with throughout the course of making my Dawn Jeans. I love the pumpkin color too, it’s so fun for fall. This fabric also washes up really nicely and the weight works really well with the Dawn Jean pattern. It also comes in three other great color ways, including this red brick option!

As far as the Dawn Jeans pattern goes, I sewed up a size 4 in the waist and graded down to a size 0 in the hips. I took in the side seams  and inseam about another ¼”. The fit is fantastic! I love the wide leg, and super high waist. This look is so my vibe right now! Next time around (and yes, there will be a next time!!) I will opt for the zip fly and shorten the back yoke by ¼-½”. I don’t know what it is about button flys but they just don’t seem to hold me in as well as a zip fly. Other than that, these pants are perfect!! I can’t wait to try the straight leg option as well.

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I’ve been wearing these pants a lot lately and this chino twill really holds up well. The pants haven’t stretched out and hold their structure. This fabric is so good! Check out Meg’s post for some more pumpkin chino twill goodness!

Now, let’s talk about my Jarrah Sweatshirt! This pattern comes in 4 different views, and I really love them all! I opted for view A because I really love the simplicity of a basic sweatshirt pattern. This top is the kind of thing I live in during the winter! I sewed up a size 2 with no other modifications. It is fabbbbbbbb!

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For the fabric, I used this super soft french terry knit fabric from Stylish Fabrics. This fabric contains 87% Polyester, 9% Rayon, 4% Spandex but don’t let the poly throw you off! The weight is lighter than a traditional french terry and also so much softer. It washes up great, and is a dream to sew with. Best part? It’s $5.90 a yard. You can’t beat that! I also picked up some of this magical stuff in the blush color way for yet another Jarrah sweatshirt. It’s seriously so good. It comes in lots of other great prints and colors too.

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I especially love this fabric because it is great for layering. It’s not too heavy or thick and works great with a cardigan or jacket on top for an extra layer of warmth without looking too bulky. It pretty much feels like wearing a cloud, seriously! Head on over to my stories on Instagram today for a live view of this fabric.

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I can’t wait to get my second Jarrah in blush french terry spandex sewn up, and also another pair of Dawn jeans in denim! I can’t decide between the straight leg or wide leg maybe with an unfinished hem. Decision, decisions….

Thanks for reading along and happy sewing!!

Hinterland Dress with Blackbird Fabrics + Arrow Mountain

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Hello everyone! We’re about half way into the #hinterlandsewoff and I’m finished with Hinterland Dress #2! (See one post back for all the Sew-Off details!). This pattern is designed by the amazingly talented Meg of Sew Liberated. This Hinterland Dress was made with Raw Silk Noil from Blackbird Fabrics.  (Unfortunately this fabric is sold out, but they have lots of other great options for this dress). The handmade wooden buttons are from Arrow Mountain, and they are so fun! I’m very happy with this dress! The spruce green silk noil is amazing, and the buttons really add some charm to this dress.

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I sewed up the size 4 with added length to the neckline and waistline. I cut the neckline out along the size 14 cut line, and added 1.5″ in length to the bodice. I think 1″ would have been better, but the waistline hits right above my natural waist, and that’s what I was going for. The darts don’t fit quite right on me. My last Hinterland had about 1″ taken out of the bodice by omitting the front placket, and it fits really well. Add the placket and the fit is a little off. I took in the side seams about 1/4″ on each side, and I was hoping that the waist ties would take care of the rest. I think I need to tie it slightly tighter next time. I also added one extra button to my half placket because of all the added length.

I added 2″ to the sleeve length for a slightly longer 3/4 sleeve.

I also added 3″ in length to the skirt (already cut at the longer version). I did a thick hem of 1/2″ and then 1.5″. I might redo it for a smaller hem so it lays a little nicer. (Sometimes you don’t notice these things until you are reviewing your photos!).

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Other than these adjustments, everything else fits pretty well. I love how easy this dress is to wear. It will go great with some tights and a cardigan thrown over when the weather gets colder in the coming weeks.

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Now, don’t forget to post your Hinterland Dress to enter the contest! Also, make sure to check out all of the great discounts many of our sponsors are offering during the duration of the Sew-Off. I can’t wait to see all of your gorgeous dresses!!

If you’re interested, I made a sew-along for the Hinterland Dress saved to my highlights on Instagram if you need any help figuring out how to sew this dress together. Good luck and happy sewing!

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Hinterland Sew-Off!!

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It’s finally here! I am so excited to finally announce this fun project Tori of The Doing Things Blog and I have been working on for the past few months. We give you… The Hinterland Sew-Off! We thought it would be fun to bring the community together and host a month long sew-off. We have so many amazing sponsors and prizes. Head down to the bottom of this post for all the details about this fun event!

Tori and I decided to sew up the Hinterland Dress to launch our event. Blackbird Fabrics very generously agreed to be our fabric sponsor! The fabric I chose to use (this amazzzzing raw silk noil in spruce… no brainer, right?) is literally in the mail on it’s way to me as we speak, and couldn’t be here in time for our big launch day. (Today). So, I decided to sew up a different Hinterland Dress, and I had actually been planning this one before we even started thinking about doing the Sew-Off, so it worked out really well.

My fabric should be getting here any day, and I’m so excited to sew a Hinterland Dress right along with you during the Sew-Off. I’m also planning on doing a super casual sew-along too. Head to Instagram for all details on that, see my Hinterland Sew-Off highlights for all and any info.

So, let’s get to it!

How I hacked my Hinterland:

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Bishop sleeves are where it’s at. You can find them everywhere right now and I decided to add them to this version of the Hinterland Dress. I really love how it turned out. My next Hinterland will have a slightly lengthened bodice and a longer skirt. I ran out of fabric with this one, and I’m sad the skirt didn’t end up being a few inches longer to really give this dress that “pioneer look” I was truly going for.

I used exactly 3 yards of a rayon/linen blend fabric I found at Joann’s. It’s heavenly and now I need it in every color. I made the size 4, and the fit is really good for me.

These are the main adjustments I made to the pattern:

-I decided to make this version of the Hinterland without the button placket. I simply cut the front bodice pattern piece on the fold line of my fabric, without adding any extra seam allowances.

-I cut two of the back bodice pieces instead of cutting one on the fold.

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-I sewed in a 20-22″ invisible zipper into the back of the dress. Make sure to cut the back skirt piece in half, and add seam allowances. I also added 4″ in width to my skirt piece for added fullness.

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-I brought the neckline slightly higher and the shoulder seam slightly over die to personal preference. I think I’ll keep it like this for my next one too, but with the placket.

-I used pre-made single fold bias binding to finish off the neckline to save some time. The pattern walks you through how to make your own bias binding if you prefer.

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-And lastly, I drafted my sleeves into bishop sleeves with an added sleeve ruffle. You can easily do this yourself. Find the whole tutorial for how I did this on BERNINA USA’s blog weallsew.com.

Back to the Contest! Keep reading below for everything you need to know!

Hinterland Sew-Off Contest Rules:

  • What is the Hinterland Sew-Off?

The Hinterland Sew-Off is a 4 week long Instagram sewing event hosted by Sara of The Sara Project and Tori of The Doing Things Blog! Make your own Hinterland Dress and share it for a chance to win a prize. Anyone (US or International!) is welcome to participate and can enter to win!

  • How do I participate?
  1. Make your own Hinterland Dress!
  2. Take a photo of your Hinterland (must show the whole creation, so ask a friend to take it, or there’s always the mirror selfie!).
  3. Post your photo on Instagram before October 22, 2018 at 11:59pm PST.
  4. Use the #hinterlandsewoff hashtag in the caption or comments.
  5. Tag Sara (@thesaraproject) and Tori (@thedoingthingsblog) in the caption or comments to make sure we see it!

 

  • Where can I get the Hinterland Dress pattern?

The Hinterland Dress is by Meg of Sew Liberated. Meg is offering 25% off if you use the code HINTERLANDSEWOFF. Head over to the Sew Liberated website to purchase the pattern!

 

  • Want to win the Hinterland Pattern for free?

Meg of Sew Liberated is giving the Hinterland Dress PAPER pattern away to THREE random winners who share about the Sew-Off! Find out how to enter by visiting our Instagram accounts and clicking on our Hinterland Dress photos (Sara’s & Tori’s)! We will announce the winners on Thursday, September 27.

 

  • Are there any other promotions during the Sew-Off?

Yes! Arrow Mountain is offering 15% off using code: HINTERLAND, and Blackbird Fabrics is offering 10% off using code: HINTERLAND10 off storewide (excluding gift certificates).

 

  • What if I’ve already made the Hinterland? Do I have to sew a new one?

No, you do not have to make a new one. Just make sure to add the hashtag #hinterlandsewoff and tag Sara (@thesaraproject) and Tori (@thedoingthingsblog) in the caption or comments of your photo to make sure we see it.

 

  • What if I make more than one Hinterland?

We are so glad you love the pattern as much as we do! Each Hinterland Dress you decide to make and post a photo of counts as one entry.

 

  • Do I have to sew the Hinterland Dress?

We’re not stopping anyone’s creativity and love to see you inspire others! This is a sew-off for the Hinterland, so it needs to be recognizable as the Hinterland Dress pattern. As long as your creation still looks like you used the Hinterland as a base, it will count. You are more than welcome to hack it!

 

  • What if I don’t have Instagram?

We invite any and all to participate in the Sew-Off, but if you would like to be entered to win any of the prizes, you do need to have an Instagram. Come on over and join in!

 

  • What if my account is private?

We completely understand the need for privacy. If your account is private, both judges will not be able to see your entry. To be entered you must have a public account between September 24 – October 22, 2018 (or whenever you decide to post your photo – until the end of the Sew-Off).

 

  • Why did you choose the Hinterland Dress pattern?

The Hinterland Dress pattern was recently released and it is a popular one in the sewing community. We both wanted to make the pattern and hadn’t yet, so we decided to make it a fun event for everyone to make and share theirs too!

 

  • How are you choosing the winners?

We will be choosing one grand prize winner and two random winners. Anyone (US or International!) is welcome to participate and enter to win.

 

  • What are the prizes?

Grand Prize Winner: (our favorite dress pick!)

$50 gift card to Blackbird Fabrics

Collette Sewing Planner

One pair of LDH Tailoring Shears

OLFA rotary cutter and seam ripper from BERNINA USA

One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Hey June

One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from True BIas

One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Helen’s Closet

 

Random WInner #1:

Collette Sewing Journal

One pair of LDH Tailoring Shears

One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Hey June

One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from True BIas

One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Helen’s Closet

 

Random Winner #2:

One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Hey June

One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from True BIas

One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Helen’s Closet

 

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors for all of their contributions!

Sew Liberated

Blackbird Fabrics

Arrow Mountain

LDH Scissors

BERNINA USA

Hey June Handmade

Helen’s Closet

True Bias

Collette

 

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Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to see all of your amazing Hinterlands!! I’ll be back soon to share my second Hinterland Dress with you all!