Fabric.com Pleated Sleeve Tutorial

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I shared a recent post on Fabric.com’s blog all about how to make this pleated bell sleeve. A sister-in -law of mine was wearing a shirt with knife pleats all around the sleeve that stopped mid-sleeve creating a bell shape along the bottom edge. I was instantly intrigued and set out to make my own.

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I used this gorgeous french designer aztec collage rayon challis for my fabric, and paired it with the Key Largo top by Hey June Patterns. I used the Key Largo sleeve and altered it into my pleated sleeve.

I love the feminine touch the sleeve adds to this top. I also like that it’s different from a typical bell sleeve. I love re-creating inspiration found in ready to wear stores and making into my own. There’s so much satisfaction that comes with making your own clothes! Head on over to fabric.com’s blog for the full sew-along and tutorial!

I’m wearing my Safran Jeans by Deer and Doe Patterns in these photos.

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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

 

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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.

 

 

Ojos Flame + Highlands Wrap Dress

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I’m back with my last post for April Rhodes Heritage + Arizona After Blog Tour! This post is all about Arizona After’s Ojo’s Flame print in Rayon. It’s a stunner! (And there’s a giveaway!).

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The Arizona After fabric collection contains some really cool aztec prints that would work really well for several different kinds of projects that include cotton, canvas, knits and one rayon print. I fell in love the the Ojos Flame print in rayon. It has a really cool vibe and I lovvvee the burnt orange color.

This fabric is so soft and drapey. It was really great to work with, but has the basic characteristics of a rayon: the hardest part is getting the pattern cut out without letting your fabric shift too much. I like to turn the pattern piece over after cutting, unpin the front and move the pins to the back to help re-lay the fabric smoothly, then trimming off any fabric that might have not been cut out perfectly.

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I instantly pictured the Highlands Wrap dress by Allie Olsen of Indiesew paired with this fabric. This is my second Highlands Wrap dress; you can read about my first one here where I talk about all the adjustments I made to make it a little more modest. It’s pretty rare for me to sew something up twice, so you know this pattern is a good one!!! I think this version will wear really nicely into the fall as well.

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I originally made this dress to help showcase this gorgeous fabric in April Rhodes booth at Quilt Market this past Spring. April is one of my most favorite fabric designers and it was soooo cool to be able to work with her in this way. How gorgeous is her booth!?

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Okay, now for the giveaway! Head on over to my Instagram account (look for this dress in the post) to read all the rules about how to enter April’s mini loop contest. Good luck!

Fabric was provided to me for this post, but all opinions are my own.

Briar Tee + Ninni Culottes

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Hey guys! I’m back with another fun post for April Rhodes Heritage + Arizona After blog tour. For this post I chose to put together an outfit that is a little out of my comfort zone, turned closet staple! I’m so excited to share it with you.

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For the top I used Megan Nielsen’s Briar Tee (part of the Project Sew My Style line up for the month of June) using a knit from the Heritage Collection called Father Totem. I love how soft Art Gallery Fabric knits are! This print has a really cool vibe; it’s neutral but still has a slight pattern to it. I quickly and easily pictured it as an easy t-shirt paired with jeans (or culottes in this case!).

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The Briar Tee is quick to sew up, I shortened mine slightly. It does have the high low hem but you can’t see it because it’s tucked in. (See photo above for hemline). I really like the look of this hemline because it adds a little bit of drama to an otherwise basic tee. I omitted the pocket on my version, but technically sewed version 3 of this pattern. I really love it!

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Okay, now for these culottes! This is one of the new Named Clothing patterns: the Ninni Culottes. This is the part of my outfit that is a little outside of my fashion comfort zone, but there was something about them that drew me right in. I love the easy elastic waist, and the chicness of culottes in general. I decided to give them a go, and was pleasantly surprised.

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I used a super soft rayon chambray I picked up at a local Joann’s store, and I think it’s a perfect match. I love that these pants pair well with most tops in my wardrobe too. Just make sure you don’t ask my husband what his opinion is of these culottes! For the most part, my rule of thumb goes like this: if my husband is not a fan of an item I’ve made, it means I did something right. (He’s my toughest critic).

They too are a quick sew, and easy to put together. I love how cool they are to wear in the heat of summer, plus the elastic waist band for optimal comfort. (Secret pajamas!).

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Thanks for reading along! Stay tuned for one more project coming at you next week for this tour. Meanwhile, make sure to keep up with the rest of the tour:

June 28th – The Sara Project

June 30th – I Love You Sew!

July 5th – A mini Instagram loop all about Arizona After, with 5 surprise makers! Head to my IG feed around 5pm EST on this day to find the kick off post and follow all 5 makers for a chance to win fabric!!!!

July 7th – TBA – Surprise blog! 😉

July 10th – The Sara Project

July 12th – Sew To Speak

July 13th – A mini Instagram loop, this time all about Heritage, with 5 surprise makers! Head to my IG feed around 5pm EST for another chance to win fabric!!!!

July 17th – Threadbear Garments

July 19th – A second mini Instagram loop featuring Arizona After. Head to my IG feed around 5pm EST on this date for a chance to win fabric!

July 21st – Bad Nana’s Bandanas

July 24th – Willow And Stitch

July 26th – Mister Domestic

July 28th – Last mini Instagram loop featuring Heritage, with 5 surprise makers! Head to my IG feed, 5pm EST  and follow all 5 makers for the last chance to win fabric!

July 31st – Recap of all the amazingness!

Heritage Tour + Anza Jumpsuit

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I’m so excited to kick off the blog tour for April Rhodes’ new fabric collections: Heritage & Arizona After.  Both collections include stunning prints in different fabrications, such as: rayon, knit, cotton and canvas. My favorite of the two is definitely Heritage, and this specific collection was created for garment sewing. The prints are so bold and yet neutral at the same time. For today’s post, I chose to work with a rayon from the Heritage collection called Treasured Kermes. It is simply STUNNING. This fabric is hands down one of my most favorite prints to date.

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The Art Gallery rayon fabrics are so soft and drapey. The quality is there! It was great to work with, and the finished product is amazing. These fabrics are really great for any summer project because they are so light and airy to wear. It’s what dreams are made of.

Ever since laying eyes on Nicole’s Anza Jumpsuit, I knew I had to make one too. THEN I saw this fabric and the rest was history. I love this jumpsuit so so much. The Anza Jumpsuit by Itch to Stitch is a great addition to any wardrobe.

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This pattern has some really cool features I want to share. First of all, I love that Kennis (designer of Itch to Stitch) has added different cup size options to her patterns. No bust adjustments needed. I also love that this pattern comes with a dress option.

I sewed up a size 2 with no alterations.

It took me a straight week to put this one together. There’s a lot of steps but the instructions are very clear and easy to understand. It fits so comfortably, and I’m really just so excited about it. I wear it as often as I can!

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This is just Day 1 of the Arizona After + Heritage Tour. Follow along to see all of the other amazing bloggers and their creations. I also have a few more posts I will be sharing as well. Up next is: Cristy from Love You Sew. 

Special thanks to April Rhodes and Kennis from Itch to Stitch for supplying me with the fabric and pattern for this post. I would also like to point out that this post contains an affiliate link.

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Thank for hanging out with me, and as always: happy sewing! Photos by: Hello Little Fish

Chalk and Notch Summer Farrah Tour

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Hey everyone! I recently connected with Gabriela from Chalk and Notch Patterns while she was in town visiting a few months ago. We met up for lunch and did a little fabric shopping (along with Leslie too!). We had the best time! She is super talented and the nicest gal you’ll ever meet. When she invited me to be part of the Farrah Summer Tour, I just had to say yes! Kim of Sweet Red Poppy was so kind to take these amazing photos for me, and as great as they are, I just have to say that this dress is even more stunning in real life! You just have to see this fabric in person. I’m so excited to tell you all about it and this dress. Let’s jump right in!

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So the Farrah pattern by Chalk and Notch comes with a shirt and dress option, both equally cute! I decided to go with the dress option for this post. I sewed up the size 4, and added 4″ in length from the shirt lengthen/shorten line on the pattern. Gabriela recommends lengthening from underneath the bottom side slits, but I didn’t want my slits to be longer. This worked just as I wanted.

I also decided to add a sleeve to my version. It started out as a flutter sleeve but ended up having too much volume so I shortened each sleeve about an inch. I love how the sleeves blend in with the ruffles giving me a little extra coverage, but not too much. I took a basic sleeve pattern and re-drafted it into a flutter sleeve. There are tons of tutorials online if you need help! I used this tutorial for mine!

Overall, the pattern instructions are easy to follow. The hardest part for me was inserting the gussets. It’s just a little tricky to get your points exactly right.

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I used this GORGEOUS Nani Iro double gauze fabric from Miss Matatabi. I was a little nervous choosing a double gauze for this pattern. I wasn’t sure how the ruffles would lay, and I was worried the dress would be too stiff looking. I’m actually really obsessed with how the double gauze looks on this dress! It’s so soft and comfortable to wear, and I really like the added volume it gives to the ruffles and sleeves. Plus this print and color!! So good. (Like you have to see it in person, so good!).

I decided not to line my ruffles because the fabric is a little thicker and has less drape than a rayon, but next time around I would probably try lining them.

I used the border of this fabric for my two top yoke pieces and sleeves, and I love how it breaks up the dress a little bit. This was a really fun fabric to work with.

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I really love the overall look of this dress. The ruffles are so on trend, and add a really fun feminine touch to this dress. I love the style of the dress itself with the yokes and gathered back, and mitered hem! It’s a winner in my book!

Comfort level is a big one for me, and I could wear this dress all day long!

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Sooo, as I mentioned before Miss Matatabi generously provided the fabric for this tour, and she is also giving away a $50 gift card to her shop! You can enter the contest here!

You can grab a copy of the Farrah pattern for yourself at 15% off this week using the code “sara” at checkout! 

Make sure to check out all of the other gorgeous versions of Farrah made by the other bloggers of this tour. These ladies are all so talented, and I’m obsessed with all of their versions!

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CHALK AND NOTCH FARRAH SUMMER TOUR

JUNE 20: ME SEW CRAZY
Please note: the pattern and fabric were provided for this post. This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.