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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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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Observer Fabrics Blog Tour with April Rhodes

I am thrilled to be the next stop of the Observer Fabric Tour, designed by April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics. I really love April’s style, and have been a big fan for a while now. Side note, because of her I want to learn how to knit now too. She’s very, very talented! I love ALL of the fabrics in April’s new collection, but I knew right away I wanted to work with this voile indigo window crystal print. It’s even more gorgeous in person! The voile is so soft to the touch, and sews up beautifully. I’m always impressed with the amazing quality fabrics Art Gallery provides. Simply stunning!

I had this vision of a faux jumpsuit in my mind for this print. I wanted something simple to show off the print, but more than just a shirt. I needed a whole outfit made of this beautiful stuff. The best thing about my faux jumpsuit is that it creates so many outfit options. (The shirt is just tucked into my pants). I’ve worn these two pieces together as shown, and also separately. I’m really happy with the results!

For my top, I decided to go with the Onyx Shirt by Paprika Patterns from indiesew.com. I picked this top because of it’s simplicity, but what really sold me was the fun cuff and epaulet detail on the sleeve. I sewed up a size 2, and didn’t make any modifications to the pattern. It’s a super quick and easy pattern to sew up.

For the pants, I decided to go with the Alexandria Trousers by Named Clothing. (Also from indiesew.com). I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while now, and this was the perfect excuse to try it out. I thought they would pair well with a matching shirt tucked into them. Again, these were easy to put together. I was mindful of matching the pattern on each of the front and back leg pieces, so it took a little more time cutting these out, but so worth it, they turned out just how I imagined. I sewed up the size 34/2, and again I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern, except for slightly cropping the hemline. I made my waist tie out of the Observer voile as well to match the whole look. For my next go, I really want to try this pattern with a twill for fall/winter.

I’m so happy with this whole look. I think it translates well from end of summer to fall. I’m excited to pull it back out for spring too once the snow has passed here in Utah. The best part of it all? It’s so comfortable! I honestly feel like I’m walking around in my pajamas all day long. Does it get better than that!? I don’t think so.

Special thanks to April for having me on this amazing tour. I’m blown away by all the other creations sewn up with this gorgeous collection. Check out April Rhodes Observer Fabric Tour blog post to see all the other great stops of the tour! Up next: mysweetsunshine!

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The Fen Dress with Indie Sew

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Hey Everyone! I’m back with another great pattern to add to your fall sewing list. I was recently invited to become a member of the Indie Sew Blogger Team. If you don’t already know, Indie Sew is a fabulous website with a great selection of indie patterns and fabric! Their website is such a great resource when looking for inspiration. I was provided with a pattern and fabric of my choice, and I chose to sew up the Fen Dress by Fancy Tiger Crafts with this beautiful bold floral crepe de chine fabric.

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I’ve had my eye on the Fen Dress ever since it came out. It’s a loose fitting dress, with a drop sleeve. I love the simplicity of it. It’s a really great garment to take your wardrobe from end of summer through winter. I’m excited to layer this dress with cardigans and tights as it’s gets cooler out. I also want to make some kind of a black choker, bow tie type thing to go around my neck paired with this dress and black tights. I think that could be a really fun look.

The pattern was easy to put together, I was finished after just two nights of sewing. (That’s how I plan out my projects, by calculating how many nights its going to take to finish because that’s usually my only time to sew).  I made the size 2, and I did make a few alterations to the original pattern. I added 4 1/2″ in length to the front skirt pattern piece, and straightened out the hemline. For the back skirt pattern piece, I added 3 1/2″ to the length, and kept the original hemline. (These are the measurements that lined up the side seams for me, so just make sure your side seams line up with added length because they aren’t the same for both front and back).

Here’s how I straightened my front hem:

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Something I would do differently for the next time around is change the neckline. The neckline is great, but I would probably bring it in a little from the shoulders. My hair is kind of covering it up, but it’s a bit wider than I would like. Just a personal preference.

All in all, I really love how my Fen Dress turned out. I know this dress will be worn a lot though the coming months. I want to try making a linen short sleeve version for the spring on my next go with this pattern. Really lovely!

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Okay, now can I talk about how much I love this fabric!? The color! The print! Too many good things to say. I noticed Allie posted this print in her Instagram story and I instantly knew that this was the fabric I wanted to sew my Fen Dress with. It’s even more gorgeous in person!  I just love it. *(I’m sorry to say this fabric is now sold out). 

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I have to stop and talk about my lipstick. I love wearing lipstick and I was recently introduced to Lip Sense. If you haven’t heard about it before, it’s a lip color that lasts through out the whole day. Being a mother of two little ones, it’s not always smart to wear lipstick on the daily. It rubs off all over my kids sweet faces from all the kisses I give them, or on their clothes when they sit on my lap, etc. Lip Sense is really great because it doesn’t come off, and it lasts through out my whole day. It’s my new favorite, and I had to share! I’m wearing the color Brick in these photos. Head over to my friend Madeyln’s facebook page and message her for more info. She’s also offering all of my readers 10% off your order using the code ‘sara10’ until Friday September 23rd at 9pm MST. Check it out!

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Thanks again to Indie Sew! I’ll be back soon with more Indie Sew inspiration for you!

Stylish Fabrics Blog Tour: Sew Ready for Fall!

Who’s ready for fall? I’m always sad to see summer go, but I sure love fall. I was asked to be apart of the Stylish Fabrics Blog Tour “Sew Ready for Fall”. Even though I’ve lived in Utah for 7 years now, the California girl in me still has a hard time transitioning into colder seasons (including my wardrobe!). So, I was excited to jump into this tour, and make something to add to my wardrobe as we get ready for cooler days.

The challenge of this blog tour was to make something you could ear now in summer, but also take into your fall wardrobe. I think this top works great for summer nights, or cooler summer days paired with sandals and will become a staple for my fall wardrobe layered with a scarf, jacket and boots-so many great combos with this one!

So first of all, this fabric! I chose a pink/mauve french terry slub fabric. It’s soft and cozy, but also light and airy. I really love it so much! It washes up beautifully too.

I decided to go with the Halifax Hoodie Pattern I picked up from Indie Sew. It is so good. I made view B in size small, and sewed the whole thing up in about 2 hours. It’s a very easy and quick make, I will definitely be making more. My husband also seemed to be quite impressed with it, saying it looked “store bought”, and that’s always the goal!

I did take out about 1″ out from my neckband. If you use this fabric I would suggest doing this because it is a little bit slinkier; otherwise your neckband will fall over the neckline edge, and not sit up straight as it should.

I wish you could see what’s on the other side of this photo above. My photographer (brother) moved out of the state last week (so sad!!), so I asked Nicole of @nf_merritts on Insta if she would be up for a photo swap sesh. Behind the camera she’s got my 18 month old in one arm (a very hard feat) and our two 3 year old kids corralled behind her somehow, keeping them from jumping in the picture with me. So this photo deserves an award, or Nicole deserves an award! Thanks Nicole!

There’s a HUGE giveaway going on as part of this blog tour, and it’s a good one guys. You can enter here!

Also, don’t forget to keep up with the rest of the tour for more great fabric, pattern and fall inspiration! Thanks Stylish Fabrics!
August 1st
Sewing By Ti and Rebel and Malice
August 2nd
Gray all Day
August 3rd
Wild and Wanderful and The Sara Project
August 4th
Doodle Number 5 and Sweet Red Poppy
August 5th
Paisley Roots and Dos Natural Sistas and My Crafty Little Self

August 8th
Made By Melli and Sew Far North
August 9th
Sew Sophie Lynn and Creative Counselor
August 10th
Frivolous at Last and EYMM
August 11th
Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jubejube
August 12th
Adventures with Bubba and Bug and All Things Katy and Sewing by Ti

 

Seamly Tee Dress Hack with BOLT by Girl Charlee



I got to spend a day at Quilt Market a few weeks ago, and while I was there I found this beautiful blue and white large gingham print knit fabric from BOLT by Girl Charlee’s new collection, Modern Reflection. BOLT by Girl Charlee fabrics are exclusively sold wholesale online, but can be found among the following retailers.

When I walked into the Girl Charlee booth, my eyes quickly found this bold and yet fresh gingham print, and I instantly pictured it as an easy, summer dress. This fabric is SOO soft. I was worried about it being a little sheer on top but it’s not, so no extra layering required underneath (besides a skirt slip, I’m old school like that). It’s dreamy!

 


Just when I was a little worried about looking too much like Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, I found this page while flipping through the July People Style Watch. Move over, Dorothy!

 

 

The perfect summer dress is RIGHT here! I’m obsessed with the new Indie Sew 2016 Summer Collection in collaboration with Seamly. I love the Basic Tee. For the dress I pictured a fitted, sleeved bodice with a gathered skirt. I then had the brilliant idea to use my Seamly Basic Tee pattern for the bodice. (You can also use another t-shirt pattern you might have on hand, or you can even trace an RTW tee that fits you well).

This tutorial is based off the Seamly Basic Tee pattern.

Matierials:

-Fabric (about 2 1/2 yards of 60″ width fabric or 3 yards of 45″)

-Matching thread

-T-shirt pattern

Step 1: First we need to alter our basic tee pattern just slightly. First, trace your pattern off of your original in your preferred size, closest to your measurements. Second, measure from your underarm to your side waist straight down. Add 1/2″ for seam allowance. (Just 1/2″ because the weight of the fabric pulls the waist seam down farther than you intended). Next, mark this measurement on your front and back bodice patterns, and draw a straight line across.

Next, using tracing paper, trace your pattern, (the bottom edge will be this new line we just drew).


On your traced pattern piece, slightly straighten out the side seams for a more form fitting look, I would recommend doing this, otherwise your side seams stick out a little at the waist. You can see where I straightened mine between the ruler and my pen. (You can also see this in the above picture on both bodice pieces).

Now we are ready to cut out our pattern!

You’ll need your basic tee front and back bodice, neckband, pocket and sleeves.

For the skirt piece, measure your waist, times it by 2 1/2-3, (I did 3) and that is your width. Decide on how long you would like your dress to be plus a 1″ seam allowance for your hem. Mine ended up being 81″ in width x 26 1/2″ in length. You will then need to divide your width in half, because we will be cutting out two pieces. So your pattern will be a rectangle, and you will cut two with your fabric folded in half, but NOT cut on the fold line. Cut two, a skirt front and a skirt back.

*I cut my pocket on the bias.

Once you have everything cut, sew up your basic tee bodice as directed in the pattern instructions.

Once, your bodice is done, it’s time to prep the skirt. Also while at quilt market, I was introduced to this amazing stuff.

You simply iron it on around the top edge of your fabric, and you’re ready to gather your skirt! There’s also no unpicking involved because the Fuse and Gather is ironed on the backside of your fabric. It’s fab. I like to pin the skirt and bodice pieces right sides together, matching up center front and back, and side seams for both, and then gather the skirt to fit. Evenly spread your gathers, and pin. Sew at 1/2″ around the whole waist edge. This is mine finished:

At this point, flip your dress right side out, and make sure all your gathers look good. I like to lightly iron the waist seam, with the seam allowance pressed up towards the bodice.

All that’s left is the hem. I just folded my hem 1/2″ to the wrong side and sewed along the edge to finish. (I ended up cutting off two inches in length off my hemline). Yay! We’re all done!

Shout out to my sweet sister-in-law for playing with my daughter while my brother photographed this dress for me! We sure love you Hannah!

Seamly 2016 Summer Collection Blog Tour

 

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I’m so excited to be apart of another Blog Tour, this time for Indie Sew, in collaboration with Seamly! Each season, Indie Sew comes out with a great fabric bundle. For their summer collection, they’ve teamed up with Seamly and created patterns based off of their ready wear items. There’s three great basics in the collection: the Vallynne Tank, Basic Tee, and the Wrapped Cardigan

For the tour, I made a Basic Tee in a light grey knit and the Wrapped Cardigan in an AGF knit by April Rhodes. Indie Sew has a whole blog post about which fabrics to use for these patterns.

First up, my Wrapped Cardigan:

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You guys, I’m obsessed. Along with my Wrapped Cardigan, I’m wearing my Basic Tee and Birkin Flares. My tassel necklace is from Purpose Jewelry.

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The Wrapped Cardigan is a quick make, and it’s so fun to wear! I just love it. I’m excited to bring it along all summer for those late nights outside, and I’ll be wearing this well into the Fall and Winter too. There’s also a sleeveless version that is adorable layered over a tee or tank. It’s such a versatile pattern, great for every season.

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Next, the Basic Tee:

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My tassel bracelet is also from Purpose Jewelry.

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Again, I’m obsessed. This is my favorite knit tee I’ve made so far. I usually stay away from sewing basics, but now I’m realizing that they are a great addition to my wardrobe. I’ve worn this tee dressed up with a skirt for church, and dressed down with skinny jeans and sandals for running errands. Sometimes I even sleep in it. It’s the best. I’m planning on making more when I can find some time. I think it would be cool with two different colors: one for the shirt, and one for the sleeves, pocket and neck band…

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So good.

Make sure to follow along with the blog tour to get some great ideas for using this new pattern collection!

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June 8: Inside the Hem

June 9: The Doing Things Blog

June 10: Dandelion Drift

June 13: The Sara Project

June 14: Fa Sew La

June 15: Sew Mariefleur

June 16: Right Sides Together

June 17: Allie J.

June 18: Cut Cut Sew