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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Project Sew My Style January: Toaster Sweater

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Happy Toaster Sweater month! I’m so excited for my first Project Sew My Style post. This month was all about the Toaster Sweater #2 by Sew House Seven. I love this pattern, and it holds so many possibilities depending on the type of fabric you use. This toaster sweater is a mash-up of Toaster Sweater #1 and #2, and I’m excited to show you how I combined the two.

If you are just hearing about Project Sew My Style, it’s not too late to join in. Simply fill out this form. What is Project Sew My Style? It’s a month to month sew along using one particular pattern per month, so that by the end of 2017 you have 12 gorgeous handmade items you’ve added to your wardrobe. Above all, #SewMyStyle is all about raising awareness about the slow fashion movement and about encouraging young women to take up sewing. We want to show you that sewing your own wardrobe isn’t an unachievable dream.

The patterns are fabulous, check out the schedule:

PROJECT #SEWMYSTYLE — SEWING SCHEDULE

January- Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater 2

February – Named Clothing Saunio Cardigan

March- Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings

April- Sew House 7 Bridgetown Dress

May- Califaye Collection Pocket Skirt

June- Megan Nielsen Briar Tee and Sweater

July- Cali Faye Collection Valley Blouse

August- Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges Dress

September- Named Clothing Yona Wrap Coat

October- Cali Faye Hampshire Trouser

November- By Hand London Anna Dress

December- Named Clothing AW17 New Collection (TBC)

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For my toaster sweater, I used this hacci oatmeal sweater knit from Stylish Fabric. It’s a lighter weight fabric than what’s meant to be used for the pattern, but I love the slouchy fit as a result. Also, Stylish Fabric is offering a 20% OFF coupon code: “SARA” to all of my readers. (This fabric just went on sale for $5.90, so cheap!). There’s lots of other great sweater knits on sale too. Take a look!

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When I first saw this pattern, I loved different aspects of both options, and I knew I would combine them into one. I used the top of the Toaster Sweater #1 and combined it with the bottom of Toaster Sweater #2. I literally laid the toaster #1 bodice on top of the toaster #2 bodice aligning the underarm corners. Then, I folded the top of the #2 bodice down behind #1 so I can just peel the pattern pieces apart if I decide to make them how they were originally designed to be made.

I also added 2″ in length to both the front and back bodice pieces.

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You can see how I folded #2 behind #1 and taped it down:

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I followed the directions for toaster #1 until it was time to sew up the side seams, then I switched over to the sewing instructions for toaster #2.

It’s a simple hack, and I’m excited to try it again in a heavier weighted knit. Love love love this sweater!! It’s been so fun to see all of your toasters popping up all month too. So much inspiration!

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Next month is the Saunio Cardigan by Named Clothing! Still narrowing down fabrics but I can’t wait to sew it up. It’s not something I would typically wear and I’m excited to be pushed outside of my comfort zone a little and try something new. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Happy sewing everyone!

 

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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