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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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!!

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!

Faux Fur Coat with Fabric.com

Happy National Sewing Month! Recently, I participated in a really fun collab with fabric.com! I’ve noticed fur coats everywhere for Fall 2016, and so naturally, I wanted to make my own. Faux fur is so easy to work with, and it’s a whole lot more affordable to make your own coat!

*The faux fur I used from fabric.com is now restocked on the website! You can find it here!

For my lining I used this fabric, also from fabric.com. It looks like a dark green online but it’s really a slate grey.

Before you get started, head over to fabric.com to read my tips for sewing with faux fur. Don’t fear the fur! These tips will have you sewing up your own fur coat like a pro. At the bottom of my post (on fabric.com), you’ll find all of the fabulous faux fur options they have to get you inspired and started!

I made this coat using McCall’s Pattern M7257. I strictly followed the pattern, but I did shorten my coat a few inches. I only used about 2 yards of fabric total, costing about $60. I was really inspired by this coat I found on Nordstrom.com, and it’s going for $348. See guys, it may be a little pricey, but it’s totally worth it to make your own!

I’m really excited to pair this coat with skinny jeans and boots for a casual vibe as shown, but also style it with dresses and heels for all those fun holiday parties coming up on the horizon. I really love my new coat!

Coo Coo for Culottes

I made culottes! When I first saw that Helen was looking for testers for this pattern, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the culotte trend. I’m a skinny jeans kind of girl. BUT, I started imagining them in different fabrics, and then I was hooked. I needed to make these.

I made mine out of a Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Blend Chambray Blue. I was worried it would be too light blue, but it’s perfect. The linen drapes beautifully as well. These two make a great pairing of fabric and pattern.

The Winslow Culottes call for a lot of fabric, but I feel it was reasonable and necessary. You can see how much fabric goes into each leg below.

I sewed up view C of this pattern (the midi length, 1 of 4 views!). I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern. (I’m 5’5″). I sewed up a size 4, and the fit is great!

I love the details of the pleats to the front and back of the pants. These are SO quick and easy to make. There’s an invisible zipper closure in the center back. They really look so chic, and these culottes are just what I need for the current warm weather. I’m really happy with how they turned out. Also, it’s pretty hilarious walking around in them, and getting comments like “Wait, are those pants!?”. The Winslow Culottes almost give the illusion of wearing a skirt. And probably even more so if sewn up in a more drapey rayon.

Again, in July’s People Style Watch 2016, I found this page. Chambray culottes!! Helen also shows a few ways you could hack the pattern, making it into a culotte jumpsuit, or another option- gathering the pants to the waistband like these ones in People Style Watch. Lot’s of great ideas for this pattern!

Thanks for this beautiful pattern Helen! You can purchase the Winslow Culottes here.