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!!

 

A Stylish New Year

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Happy New Year my friends! As each year closes I find myself thinking of all my resolutions and goals I want to make for the coming new year, as we all do. Last year I was only a few months into sewing my own wardrobe, and I wasn’t quite sure where it was going yet, or what goals I wanted to set for myself. This year I’m all in with big plans for a stylish, handmade wardrobe. I hardly ever buy myself any store bought clothing anymore, and I’m hoping to make enough items during this year to forgo buying completely. We’ll see if I can resist. It’s going to be a fun year!

My favorite part of the whole sewing process is finding my inspiration, pattern & fabrics. To kick off the New Year, I’ve teamed up with Stylish Fabric to plan my first outfit of 2017, and also to help you start planning your 2017 handmade wardrobe!

Stylish Fabric provides beautiful and affordable apparel fabric, and I had so much fun combing through their online fabric shop as I was planning out this outfit.

I recently fell in love with Anthropolie’s Velvet Joggers (currently sold out). I instantly thought of the Alexandria Trousers by Named Clothing pattern I picked up from Indie Sew paired with a stretch velvet. Yessss. Match made in heaven. I chose this gorgeous olive green stretch velvet from Stylish Fabric. I used a ball point needle and stretch stitch and they came together beautifully. I also used a 3/8″ wide natural colored grosgrain ribbon for the waist draw string. Guys, it’s like wearing your pajamas all day long, while also being socially acceptable. I love these pants!

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Now for the top. If you haven’t already seen the Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven, you need to! This pattern comes in two versions, and from the very first time I laid eyes on them both, I knew I would have to combine my favorite features of both sweaters into one. I used the top half of #1 and combined it with the bottom half of #2. I sewed up a size small and added 4″ in length. I’ll be sharing a full tutorial all about how I did this hack for Sew My Style later on this month. Stay tuned!

The Toaster Sweater pattern calls for medium weight fabrics like french terry, boiled wool, and sweatshirt fleece. I took a big chance and sewed mine up using this lightweight oatmeal sweater knit also from Stylish Fabric. I was a little nervous about the fabric weight, but it was no problem at all. It sewed up very easily, and I love the finished look. This fabric drapes quite beautifully too. I wasn’t sure how  would like the slouchy turtle neck, but I really love it. It just feels like a big cozy sweater. I have another one planned for later this month. Seriously guys, you can’t have too many Toaster Sweaters.

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Okay now to the good stuff. Stylish Fabric and I have teamed up and planned a super fun contest to help you start planning your 2017 handmade wardrobe and I’m sooo excited to see what you all come up with.

It’s simple to enter:

          1. Plan an outfit you would like to sew for yourself this year using fabric from Stylishfabric.com. (It can be a single garment piece or many)

       2. Create a picture collage of the fabrics & patterns you would use to create your outfit (I like to use the free app called “Layout”).

Here’s an example of what mine would look like:

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       3. Post it on Instagram using the hashtag #stylishnewyear17, and tag me @thesaraproject_

That’s it! The contest will run from January 2nd to January 16th. I will choose my top two favorite looks, and announce two winners on January 17th on Instagram in the original post. Guys, check out these prizes generously offered by Stylish Fabric!

FIRST PLACE: 

-$50 Gift card to Stylish Fabric!

-A scarf of your choice from Life Scarf !

-A sewing kit!

SECOND PLACE:

-$25 Gift card to Madison Home Company!

-A scarf of your choice from Life Scarf !

-A sewing kit!

This is going to be so fun, and I seriously can’t wait to see what you all put together. Good luck!

Here’s to a Stylish 2017 my friends. Happy New Year!

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Sequin Marthe Blouse

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Last year I really wanted to make an all sequined top for New Years, but didn’t find it very practical. I try to make things I know I will wear all the time! This year once again, I really want a sparkly top for the holidays and New Year, and to make it a little more practical I tried combining the sequins with a sweater knit. I’m really happy with the results!

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I just love the Marthe Blouse by Republique Du Chiffon, and thought it would be a great fit for what I had in mind. I decided to use the sequined fabric for the bodice front and back, and the sweater knit fabric for the sleeves and peplum. I got all of my fabric from fabric.com using this glitz sequin & mesh champagne paired with this baby hatchi lightweight sweater knit.

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I’ve made the Marthe Blouse once before, and I found the the back zipper isn’t really necessary. This top is really easy to slip on and off over your head. I decided not to add it this time around, especially because it meant eliminating trying to sew an invisible zipper to sequined fabric. It worked out really well.

I also added about  1″ to the sleeve hem to make them slightly longer than the pattern. I did not line my top, but it might be a good idea to try it with a lining (if using sequined fabric). I’m just wearing a white undershirt underneath because the sequined mesh fabric is a little sheer.

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I love it paired with a sweater knit, it’s so cozy! I’m going to start calling my holiday style “cozy glam”. And you guys, I sewed up this whole top in a single night. It’s suppper quick to make. Perfect for any last minute parties that might come up.

If you’re not sure if you are up for the challenge of sewing with sequins, don’t worry! I’ve written a whole tutorial full of lots of tips for sewing with sequins and you can find it on BERNINA’s blog, weallsew.com. It’s really not too complicated, I promise!

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I paired my new Marthe Blouse with my Safran Jeans by Deer and Doe from a few posts back. I wear them allll the time.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

Itch To Stitch Holiday Blog Tour

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Happy Holidays everyone! I’m excited to be part of the Itch to Stitch Holiday blog tour! We got to choose an Itch to Stitch pattern along with fabric sponsored by Style Maker Fabrics to create a garment for the Holidays. I decided to make a dress, using the Sirena Dress pattern.

My husband’s family is Norwegian, and every year we have a big dinner on December 24th with lots of traditional Norwegian dishes. I’m not even going to try to explain/spell them for you, but they are delicious.. at least most of them! My kids will wear their traditional bunads, but I myself do not own one, so I really needed a dress for the occasion. And so I give you my version of the Sirena Dress:

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This season I’ve been really into trying different fabrications and textures, and suede was next on my list. Style Maker Fabrics just started carrying this super cool lightweight faux suede, they call it suede shirting. I laid eyes on the wine color and the rest was history. I picked the Sirena Dress because the silhouette was a little different for me, more fitted and sophisticated looking, and I especially loved the top-stitching all over the front of the dress.

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I graded between a size 2-4 for my dress. I ended up taking about 1″ off both back seams before putting my zipper in to get the perfect fit. This dress was really fun to put together! The directions were great, and I really appreciated how different cup sizes were added to the pattern. This usually isn’t an issue for me (I’m pretty standard) but I wanted to point out this feature to you. I also went with the cuffed sleeve, but there’s also a really pretty flared sleeve option in this pattern.

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On to the fabric! I have never worked with faux suede, or suede in general before. I did a little research before beginning. I found a lot of great advice in Michelle’s post using the same fabric. I was careful to iron on a low setting or with a press cloth on a slightly higher setting. I found more success with a press cloth and higher heat setting. This fabric also has a satiny finish on the backside making it feel really silky on the inside when worn, and for this reason I did not line my dress. It was pretty straight forward to work with, no hiccups along the way!

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I really love the look of this dress in suede, it gives it a cool, boho vibe while still looking polished. It’s going to be perfect for Christmas Eve!

Guys, Kennis is offering everyone 16% off on all  Itch to Stitch patterns until December 11th, midnight CST, using the code “holiday16”. Style Maker Fabrics is also offering shipping for $5 in the US and discounted international shipping, so get shopping!

Check out the rest of the tour for some great holiday sewing inspiration!

ITCH TO STITCH HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR 2016
DECEMBER 6th
DECEMBER 9th
DECEMBER 10th

 

 

Boho Stretch Velvet Dress Pattern tutorial + Sew-along.

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Hey guys! I recently shared a full tutorial to make your own pattern plus a sew-a-long for this boho stretch velvet dress on Fabric.com’s blog, and I want to share it here too. I walk you through the steps of how to work with stretch velvet, how to draft your own pattern using Deer and Doe’s Plantain Tee (free pattern) as a starting point, and then how to sew it all together.

I fell in love with the current velvet trend, and immediately went on the search for what kind of garment I should make with it. I found velvet everything, which didn’t make my search any easier. I also noticed stretch velvet all over Nordstrom the other day, this trend is huge! I came upon this designer dress while searching around online, and I fell in love with it!

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I love the prairie style of the skirt, the gathered waist and yoke. After looking at it for a few minutes I realized it wouldn’t be too hard to re-create. So, this is my spin on the Paulina Dress by Ulla Johnson. (Just a side note, Rachel Zoe posted this dress on her Instagram Stories a few weeks ago too, so you know it’s good!). Hope you love it as much as I do.

Did you know stretch velvet is a dream to wear!? So comfy!I used this dark gold stretch velvet from Fabric.com. I absolutely love it, the color is so rich and yet a little different too.

You can find the whole tutorial here! Enjoy!

Top Sewing Trends for Fall/Winter + Style Maker Podcast Part 2!

Hey guys! Maker Style has another great podcast episode lined up for you. In this episode I share my top favorite trends for Fall/Winter, and some really great patterns I’ve matched with each trend. Some I’ve already experimented with, and some are still on my to do list.

Disclaimer: I’ve since added a few more trends that I didn’t talk about on the podcast. Take a listen, and below I’ve included a visual reference and direct links to go along with it. Enjoy!

My Top Trend Picks + Patterns for Fall /Winter 2016:

  1. Jeans: The first thing I think of when planning my fall wardrobe is a good pair of jeans, am I right? I’m loving everything raw, distressed and high waisted! My go to is always a dark wash skinny jean, but I’ve decided to mix it up a little this year. I recently sewed up a pair of high waisted Safran Pants by Deer & Doe  and added a staggered hem, a current trend I’m obsessed with. I also love the distressed denim look, and I want to try sewing up a distressed boyfriend jean, using the Morgan Jeans Pattern by Closet Case Files, (we’ll see if I’m brave enough to distress them!!). Boyfriend style jeans are a little outside my fashion comfort zone, but I think they will be a really great wardrobe staple for me, and I’ll be able to get the fit just right by making them myself.

(Nordstrom Inspo)

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(Safran Jeans)

2. Fur: It’s everywhere this season. I always think of fur as a more dressy wardrobe piece, but I’m excited to try this trend as a more casual, everyday look too. I sewed a faux fur coat using  M7257, and I’m so happy with it. Don’t be intimidated by fur! You can read my recent post all about how to work with faux fur on fabric.com’s new blog!

(Nordstrom Faux Fur Inspiration)

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3. Plaid: Let’s be honest, every fall I really just want plaid everything. My go to is always a classic plaid button down, try the: Archer Shirt by Grainline Studio. For a classic button down with a twist, try:  McCall’s M7472 (pictured below). Another fun pattern I haven’t tried yet that I think would be fabulous in a plaid is the: Sarah Shirt by By Hand London.  If you want to go plaid crazy, take it a step further and sew up a coat or even a pair of trousers, try: Tyyni Cigarette Trousers by Named Clothing. When it comes to plaids, be careful about matching your pattern, and make sure to order a little extra fabric so you have enough to be able to match your pattern pieces when cutting.

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4. Bold Florals: I’m just LOVING the bold floral trend going on right now, there’s too many great examples of this to share too. I’ve already tried my hand at this trend, and I feel like it’s really all about the fabric. I sewed up the Fen Dress with a really beautiful floral from Indie Sew, but sadly it’s sold out. I also sewed up V9201 in the gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs fabric. I absolutely love both looks, and wear them all the time.


(Fen Dress // V9201)

5. Turtlenecks with everything! My go to turtleneck pattern is: (Paola Turtleneck Tee by Named Clothing) and I want to try pairing it with the Lottie dress by Christine Haynes going along with the look pictured below or maybe a denim button down skirt, try: The Erin Skirt, or a lengthened Chi-Town Chino Skirt.


6. Jackets and Coats:  Another must for fall/winter! I’m seeing Bomber Jackets, try McCall’s: (M7100) (For a fun twist try adding a shearling lining!). I’m also loving utility jackets, and I’m currently sewing one up, I’ll be posting about it towards the end of this month. Try:  (Allie Olsen’s new pattern the Lonetree Jacket, I can’t wait to share this one with you!).


7. Bell Sleeves: Bell sleeves are also everywhere, and they are one of my favorite trends right now. I love the flowy, feminine, 70’s vibe they give off. I’ve been making bell sleeve tops since last fall, and I LOVE them. I haven’t sewn this one up yet, but it’s on my do to list for this season. You can see Megan Nielsen’s Dove Blouse vs. Nordstrom Blouse, so so similar! Can’t wait to have a moment to sew this one up!

Here’s my knit top version from last fall, I still wear this top all the time:

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8. Velvet: It’s everywhere!! I’m seeing blazers, skirts, tops, dresses, shoes, you can’t go wrong! I think you could really sew up anything in velvet, just make sure it’s the right weight for your project. I have a really fun collaboration/tutorial I’m currently working on for next month, and I can’t wait to share it with you. For now, here’s some velvet inspiration for you:

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I hope this helped get you inspired for some fab fall/winter sewing and I hope you enjoyed the podcast! Thanks for stopping by!