Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse + Ginger Jeans

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Hi friends! I’m so excited to tell you all about this outfit. It feels so summery and fresh. I made the Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse (from their new spring collection) using a red gingham shirting fabric from Indiesew. I also made my second pair of Ginger Jeans in this really cool light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics. Let’s dive right in!

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First up is this gorgeous shirt: the Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse. My initial thoughts about this pattern were a little unsure. It’s definitely too low cut for me to wear without a little tank underneath, and I wasn’t sure if it would look as cool worn this way. After finishing this top, I have to say I really love it! I don’t mind the look of the layered tank, either. I love the little lapel details, and the mock wrap lined front bodice.

This top came together in one night, cutting and all. It’s a super quick sew with easy to follow instructions. I like that it was quick, but also interesting to sew up. It’s totally different from any other top I’ve ever sewn before, and I really like trying different things. I sewed up the size 36, with no alterations. I really enjoyed putting this little top together. It’s a great spring/summer wardrobe addition!

When looking for fabrics to consider for this top, I tried to find something that would look okay with a white (or whatever colored) tank paired underneath it. I remembered Indiesew had just added some really fun gingham fabrics to their site and headed there. I really love the look of gingham for spring and summer, so it was an easy decision. You can find a small white and navy gingham shirting + this large white and red gingham shirting I used in the Indiesew shop.

To switch up the gingham pattern a little, I decided to cut out all my pattern pieces on the bias. I love the finished result! Make sure to buy a little extra fabric if you decide to cut along the bias too.

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Okay, on to my jeans! These are the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files. So first, a little disclaimer. This is my second pair of ginger jeans, but the first pair I’ve blogged about. The first pair ended up being more of a wearable muslin because the fabric I used didn’t have much stretch to it. But, I learned a few things from the first go around that helped in perfecting my “real” pair.

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This pattern comes in two rises: low rise and a high-waisted. If you prefer more of a mid-rise, Closet Case Files has recently added a mid-rise pattern you can purchase as well. I sewed up the high-waisted version, and I love them!

I sewed up the size 4, and didn’t really need to adjust the side seams at all! I did take in the bottom hem at about a 1/2″, grading into the side seam. The pant hems were a little loose around my ankle, and I wanted a slightly closer fit. I also left my hems raw. I really like this trend right now, and it also gets you one step closer to finished jeans, faster! Haha. Give them one wash/dry and you’ll have the perfect frayed hem.

I also raised my back pockets up 1″ from the original markings. I definitely recommend playing around with your back pocket placement before top stitching. Everyone’s back side is a little different, and you definitely want your back pockets to be in the right spot for your body.

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You guys, jeans are not hard! They just have more steps to follow. The instructions are very clear, and the pictures are really helpful too. I totally recommend this pattern.

I picked up my hardware kit from Threadbare Fabrics. I love that you can get your zipper, button and rivets all in one order. I’ve struggled in the past with installation of the button and rivets, but these ones went in really smoothly. I do have two rivets installed in my front pockets that you can’t see. I found I was successful thanks to Allie’s tutorial on Indiesew. She recommends buying a solid steel jewelry bench to use as your surface for hammering the hardware pieces into your jeans. I bought one and I totally recommend it! You can watch her whole tutorial here!

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Okay let’s talk about this fabric!! I have been searching FOREVER for light blue STRETCH denim, and I’ve had the hardest time finding it, until now! I found this stretch denim in cornflower blue at Style Maker Fabrics. All of my light blue denim dreams have come true! It has the perfect amount of stretch for this pattern, and sewed up really beautifully. This is how they fit me straight out of the wash, but they do loosen up a little with wear, so keep this in mind as you are fitting them to your body; this fabric will stretch out a little.

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A get a lot of questions about my favorite jeans patterns. I have tried three different patterns so far and I really love them all for different reasons. I’m planning on doing a separate post this month comparing them all. Stay tuned!

I’m so happy with this outfit! I love the bold pop of red, classic print and fun style lines of my Hoya Top, and even better paired with the springiest of skinny jeans. Thanks for reading along and happy sewing!

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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!!

Style Maker Fabrics Fall Tour: M7472 + Safran Jeans


Happy Fall friends! I am super excited to be a part of the Style Maker Fabrics Fall/Winter Blog Tour. It was so fun to be a stop for their Spring Tour, and I’m thrilled to be back. I’m always impressed with Michelle’s fabric picks for each new season. I know she spends a lot of time researching upcoming trends and colors, so I always feel confident in anything I pick from her website.

Michelle is so awesome, and let’s us bloggers of the tour pick our fabric of choice from her new inventory, and sew up anything we want to with it. I chose two fabrics, this yummy pumpkin/mustard/slate plaid and this dark navy stretch denim.

With the plaid fabric, I decided to make a collared button down shirt, with a twist. I used McCall’s new pattern just out for fall: M7472. This pattern comes with a few different options (I love them all), but I really fell in love with view F for it’s long panels and side vents. So I sewed up view F, but note that I shortened each panel by 4″. I also omitted the breast pocket option.


My shirt was pretty standard for typical button down shirt construction. Although, I did learn a new tip that I wish I would have known about earlier. McCall’s suggests first basting with a longer stitch length along the raw hemline of the bottom of the shirt at 1/4″ (leaving long tails), and then when ironing the hem up, slightly pulling the threads to get the curved edge to ease all the extra fullness into place, giving a really beautiful rounded edge when finished. I will be doing this on all my curved/rounded hems from now on! Thanks McCall’s!

The length of the panels really add a cool tunic like vibe to this shirt. I also love the raglan sleeves on this pattern, giving it a more casual look. I cut my button band pieces on the bias, and everything else on grain.


I really love the muted colors in this fabric, and also the corded texture. It’s thick without being too thick or too thin. It’s a really great weight fabric for fall weather.

Living in Utah, I just HAD to take advantage of the gorgeous fall colors in our mountains right now. I thought the bright yellows, greens and oranges would be the perfect back drop for this fabric. So, I bribed my sister (with McDonald’s, of course) to drive me up the famous Alpine Loop (along with everyone else in Utah). But I have to say, I didn’t mind the cat calls. (Or maybe they were just making fun of me… probably). If you ever find yourself in Utah around this time of year, put the Alpine Loop on your to-do list… stunning views for miles!!

(Don’t mind the awkward button/necklace placement in this next photo:)

Now this brings me to my new favroite jeans. Michelle recommended this stretch denim for the pattern I wanted to use: Deer and Doe’s newest release, the Safran Pants. A good dark wash skinny jeans is essential to my fall wardrobe, and when I saw this new pattern, I fell in love. High waist: check, skinny leg: check, cool pockets: check = sold.

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Style Maker Fabrics is becoming a one stop shop, they now carry both fabric and patterns! You can purchase this pattern on their website too, along with other great pattern options.

I just have to put in a quick plug here. I love Style Maker Fabrics AND Michelle because I can go to her and say, “I want to make this pattern, with this kind of look in mind, what fabric would you recommend?”. Right away she answers back with a couple of perfect options. She really knows her inventory, and what fabrics work well with specific patterns. She’s really great.

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Back to the pants! (Note: I am wearing these jeans in every picture, but I chose to photograph them specifically with a different top to show off the front waist and back side details. You can read more about this shirt here).

It took me all of three nights to make these. (A night being about 2-4 hours, this is including cut time). Really simple to cut, really easy to sew. The directions are great. I only had a hard time with the front pockets, the diagram picture is a little confusing for this step, but I figured it out and they sewed up beautifully. This is a great pattern to begin with if you are a little nervous about making jeans.

Fit wise, I had to grade between two sizes from my waist to my hips. I cut a size 38 for my waist, and graded down to a 36 from my hips on down to the hem. I was a little nervous about the (what seemed like) curvy nature of these pants, but this was not an issue at all for my hip-less figure. For a closer fit, I took in my side seams about a 1/2″ on each side before sewing on my waistband. I’m really happy with the results. The fit is fabulous!

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When this pattern was released, I read through a few of Deer and Doe’s pattern reviewers blog posts for this pattern. Katie of What Katie Sews did a really cool staggered raw hem on her jeans, and being obsessed with this trend, I knew I would try this too and I really love the results. For a more subtle but still trendy look, I think you could also do a slightly cropped straight raw hem too.

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That’s a wrap! Thanks for having me Michelle!! Stick around and catch the last few stops of the tour! Up next: the super talented Beth of Sewdiy.com!

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Deer & Doe Plantain T- Shirt + Free Pattern

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I came across this Free Pattern by Deer and Doe last week. I thought it looked easy, and cute for fall, so I whipped one up. It took me just a few hours, I put the whole thing together over the course of one day. (Please forgive my strange, bulgy back pocket- I forgot to take my car keys out- fail).

To all my friends who have a fear of knits: this is a great pattern to learn how to work with knits! The instructions are very clear, and simple to follow. She even illustrates what stitches to use with knits, and other great details. I edited the neckline very slightly to be a little higher than the pattern allowed. I blindly followed the pattern, and my arms must be freakishly long because my elbow patches were up a little too high for my elbows, so make note to double check placement! I also made my pattern even longer than the biggest size in length, and it still ended up being shorter than I would like. Other than those two issues, I’m really happy with this pattern.

I just used cotton jersey knit fabric I had on hand. Check out Girl Charlee for all of your knit needs!

Enjoy!

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