Dutch Label Shop + Customized Clothing Labels

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Hey everyone! I just received my new custom labels from The Dutch Label Shop and I wanted to share my experience with you! I’m so excited to finally have something to add a personal touch to all of my handmade garments.

The Dutch Label Shop offers some really great products. They have basic woven labels you can design using their fonts, or woven logo labels where you can upload a photo of your logo for a more personalized look. They also offer hang tags, size tags, care labels, and so much more.

I chose to go with the woven logo labels. I uploaded my image and chose the colors I wanted for my label. I really love the gold metallic option I used for my font. It’s not listed on their website, so just choose any shade of yellow and ask for metallic gold in the notes when you’re checking out. I wasn’t sure how my font would turn out but it’s perfect, I love it so much!! If you decide to choose gold for your font, make sure to choose a darker color for your label color so the font stands out. For my label color, I chose Red 199C.

I also chose the standard label type (no fold) and the standard size and shape (2.5″ X 0.6″). I also opted for the sew on label.

When you’re checking out, make sure to select the option to review your label before they are all made and shipped. They make one label for you and send a photo of what the finished label looks like. I didn’t like the first option I went with, and they kindly made me a new sample using a different color.

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They are quick to answer any questions you may have, I had a few! Haha. The quality is fabulous. I’m so so excited to add these to all my clothing made by me.

 Dutch Label Shop is kindly offering 15% all orders until February 16th using the code “saraproject” at check out. Happy sewing!! 

 

Marshmallow Dress

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Hey guys! I’m soo excited to share this next project with you. It’s called the Marshmallow Dress by Ana Valls of Cocowawa Crafts. (Available in both English & Spanish!). This dress is as sweet as it’s name. This is Ana’s first ever pattern, and she did a great job! I love the fit of this dress, and the fun details like the button band going down the back, and the feminine ruffle along the bottom hem. I wasn’t quite sure how this dress would suit me going into this project, and I couldn’t be happier! I love it so so much.

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The fabric I used is called Window Dressing in Ocean/Fuchsia also from Cocowawa Crafts, by Cloud 9. I love this fabric! I want to buy all the other colors this fabric comes in. I love that it works for winter, but I can’t wait to wear it in the spring and summer too. It’s a really versatile pattern, and the fabric too! For my buttons, I used these super cool wooden buttons from Arrow Mountain.

Every time I choose a fabric in a pattern or plaid I always get a little nervous to cut it out. I spend double the amount of time cutting out each piece, trying to get the pattern to match as best I can. This dress was a success! Yay for perfect matching! I don’t know if my next patterned project will be so lucky!

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I did make a few adjustments to the original pattern. I brought the neckline/shoulder pieces in at 1/2″on the front dress pattern piece, and matched it up to the back piece so the should seams would be the same length across. I like a closer fitting neckline, just a personal preference. I brought in the shoulder/armscye edge by 1/4″. I also cut out one size smaller than what my measurements were according the pattern. I noticed that the dress has a really loose fit, and I wanted mine to have a slightly closer fit. You’ll notice in comparison to the original pattern, that mine is a bit longer too, I added 2 1/2″ in length to the dress front and back pieces. It couldn’t be more perfect!

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Thank you for creating such a fun pattern Ana! You can get your Marshmallow dress pattern here! Happy sewing!

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Women’s Waterfall Raglan Top

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The Womens Waterfall Raglan is finally here!! This pattern is a relaxed knit top or dress with a bottom ruffle hem and three sleeve options: short, 3/4 or long sleeved. This is my second top I’ve made using pattern, and I love it. In fact, I’m wearing it right now (and I wore it yesterday too.. shhh).

I was lucky enough to be a tester for this pattern. (Thanks Gabriela!). This is a project you could put together in one sitting. I sewed this top up in one night. The instructions are excellent, and the fit is spot on. I can’t wait to make a short sleeve version for summer.

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I really love the side details and how the ruffle runs up a little at the side seams.

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I sewed mine up in a size 2 using this gorgeous blush thermal knit from Stylish Fabric. The fabric is so soft, and has a looser relaxed drape. I really like the color too. I’m already thinking spring and I know this will be a great versatile piece in my wardrobe as the weather slowwwly gets warmer. I did remove about an inch from neckband to make this fabric work with the pattern, just make sure to baste in your neckband first, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble if it’s not quite right.

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I also LOVE this pattern because there’s a girls version too. So, for my first version I made one for myself and a matching one for my daughter. I used a magenta knit I had in my fabric stash purchased a while back. Every time she sees me wearing mine she runs to her room and pull hers out too.

You can also see the difference in the fit between the two fabrics I used with the same size pattern pieces for both tops.

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Now, go grab yourself a copy, and if you want to make twinning tops check out Gabriela’s pattern bundle with both the womens and girls Waterfall Raglan included. Also, keep up with Gabriela’s blog Chalk and Notch for lots of Waterfall Raglan goodness and tester round ups! Happy sewing!

 

Front Yard Blog Hop

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I am so excited about this post! Sandra Clemons of Make it Blossom invited me to be part of her blog hop for the release of her new fabric line ‘Front Yard’ with Michael Miller Fabrics. There are so many cute prints! I love the bright colors inspired by flowers and views from Sandra’s own front yard.

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I don’t share a whole lot about my kids on my blog, and I’m excited to share a little more about them today. First of all, taking photos of my kids together is impossible. I envisioned a really sweet picture of them holding hands and smiling, but that did not happen. Also, I haven’t made anything for my little boy in a lonnng time, so I was super excited to finally sew something for him.

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For my daughter’s dress, I used Sandra’s print called Long Triangles. I usually don’t like sewing clothing in cotton quilting fabrics, but guys, this fabric is so soft! It drapes beautifully! For the dress I used the Millie Dress pattern by Mix It and Make It. (It’s a free pattern!!). A note about this dress pattern, it is made for knit fabrics. I made a few little adjustments to make it work for wovens: I sized up one pattern size, cut 2 of the back bodice instead of cutting on the fold, added seam allowances to the bodice edges (1/2″), I added a 1/2″ seam allowance to both edges of the sleeve pattern piece and for the closure I added a 7-9″ invisible zipper to the dress back. I also finished the neckline edge with single fold bias tape. I love it so much!!! My daughter loves wearing it too.

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For my little guy’s shirt, I used Sandra’s print called Grass Shaper in blue, and Long Triangles for the little bow tie. Again, the fabric is soft, and I’m thrilled with how the project turned out. For his shirt, I used the Sketchbook Shirt pattern by Oliver and S. I am obsessed with this pattern. I can’t wait to make him a million more. It’s the perfect button down shirt pattern for little guys. The instructions are very clear, and the measurements are spot on. My little guy is almost 2, and his chest measurement was exactly lined up for Size 3, and for length I went with a size 4. (I guess he’s not so little). It’s perfect, and so cute on him!! He also likes wearing it. He keeps bringing it to me and asking to put it on. I think he feels special to finally have a handmade garment. (My daughter always goes for her handmade items first).

I wasn’t super into sewing for my kids last year; they grow so fast and go through their clothes so quickly I didn’t think is was really worth it. After this project (and a few from recent months), I’m kind of obsessed. It’s so fun to involve them in the projects, and my daughter loves to sneak out of bed at night and sit next to me when I’m working on something for her.

For his little bow tie, I found this tutorial on Pinterest. It’s super quick and easy, and surprisingly survived being worn by him, it wasn’t pulled off once. So a big thumbs up from me!

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Annnnd I just had to share. My kids are 3 1/2 and almost 2, and I was not prepared for this little photoshoot. Next time I will have better resources (a.k.a candy). (Hence the bottle and chap stick). Here’s some funny out takes.

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Thank you to Sandra for having me along on the tour! Make sure to take a peek at this gorgeous new fabric line: Front Yard!

Rugby Dress with Harmony

 

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You guys, this is my new go to winter dress. It. Is. Everything.

I recently visited one of my MOST favorite fabric shops here in Utah. It’s called Harmony and it’s located at 315 E Center Street, Provo. You can also find them on Instagram @harmonyprovo. It is the most charming fabric store I’ve ever been to. Aside from their stunning fabric collection, they also sell yarn, gifts and offer some really fun classes year round.

How cute is this store!?

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They just started carrying some great Merchant and Mills garment sewing patterns. Sometimes these can be a little hard to get a hold of in the U.S (for a decent price). These are currently going for $13.50 each at Harmony.

I chose the Rugby Dress pattern because I love the simple silhouette, but also the structure that the collar and cuffs add to the design. It’s a loose fit but just perfectly so. I sewed up a size 10, and didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern. I ended up chopping a few inches of the hemline, it’s quite long. The directions are great, easy to follow, and I’m so so happy with this dress.

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Let’s talk fabric. I was originally thinking linen for this dress but then I found this gorgeous plaid wool at Harmony and it was all over for me. (And there’s still some left!). It’s thick, warm and so so cozy. Throw on some tights and boots and you’re ready to go. I’m thinking I need to make a spring/summer version of this dress in linen too. This is hands down one of my most favorite makes.

I also found these awesome vintage buttons there. If you need buttons or trim… Harmony has the coolest selection guys.

If you’re ever in town make sure to stop in!! Happy sewing!

 

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!!