A Wilder Gown for Fall

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Ever since The Wilder Gown was first released, it has been at the top of my to-make list. JOANN recently released this seriously gorgeous textured dark green crane fabric that is perfect for this pattern. I love the dark, moody colors with the bright contrasting cranes for a very chic, fall look.

This fabric is 100% polyester, and while I usually don’t prefer polyester fabric (like most of us), this print and texture was just too good to pass up. My only complaint is the static cling polyester fabric tends to have- but I used some static guard spray and I was good to go. Just spray some on your finished garment before wearing to eliminate any clinging.

This fabric was great to work with and has a really great thickness and weight to it. I didn’t need to line my dress, (I do have a nude skirt slip on underneath though). I personally like to wear slips under most of my dresses- hot tip to avoid lining dresses that might tend to be a little sheer in certain lighting.

Okay, now on to the wilder gown pattern. I love this dress!! It was a quick and straight forward sew. I personally enjoy using the gathering technique so overall it was an enjoyable make for me. I made the size XS and added 1″ to my bodice length and removed 1/2″ from the bottom skirt tier.

Although this dress is very voluminous, it still looks very flattering. I love the gathered neck detail with the added tie, and give me all the tiered dresses all day, everyday. This dress is a big win for my wardrobe.

The evening I took these pictures, I was headed to a Gala and the attire was black tie. I don’t really consider this to be black tie but throw on some heels and some pretty hair pins and this dress looks more formal. I’m excited to dress it down a little for church or a girls night out as well.

This is a great pattern overall, and I can’t wait to make another one. Thanks for reading along, and happy sewing!!

JOANN Hemet Store Grand Opening

JOANN recently invited me to help celebrate their brand new store grand opening in Hemet, California. This store was implemented with JOANN’s new store design and it is beautiful! Everything is displayed and organized in such a way that you instantly feel inspired to make something. This store isn’t quite so close to home for me but it was definitely worth the visit!

I was asked to teach a class while I was visiting the store and had the pleasure to work with the Hemet store’s creator studio team (a few employees not pictured). They were so warm and welcoming, showed me around and explained some of the new features of the store. I had a lot of fun getting to know them. What a great team they have there!

Okay, first let’s talk about this stunning fabric display. Isn’t it so pretty!? I also love that they have added a mirror so you can see how the fabric looks against your skin. Genius! So necessary and helpful.

I know a lot of people feel frustrated when searching for interfacing, so I was so happy when I saw a whole aisle section devoted to just interfacing. It’s so organized and very easy to look through.

Is this the most beautiful cut bar you ever did see? It’s so sleek! Check out the updated shopping carts, too! You can also see the new Creator’s Studio in the background.

In the fabric section I noticed this fixture advertising and showcasing all of the solid linen fabric. I love how they show the fabric sewn up into a garment, and also how all of the colors are beautifully displayed. It truly makes me want to sew something up out of linen and “dress to chill”. I really like the idea of the fabric feature fixture.

I never thought a bunch of displayed zippers could make me feel so happy. How clean and fresh does this look!? It’s stocked, color coordinated and so easy to navigate. The thread and other sewing notions are also organized similarly, and it looks so nice.

Okay, so thats my quick tour of just a piece of the store and the things that really stood out to me! Like I mentioned earlier, while I was there I had the opportunity to meet with customers and teach a class. I demonstrated how to make pattern weights using washers and ribbon, and it was a hit.

(Notice how the extension cords come out of the ceiling! So handy for crafting!).

It seemed like most of the class attendees were unfamiliar with using pattern weights instead of pins, and they were excited to make some for themselves. I really enjoyed getting to know everyone that joined us for the class, asking them about their sewing backgrounds and what they enjoy making.

How fun are these!? The navy and gold star ribbon was a class favorite.

I really enjoyed talking with this woman about her sewing background. She told me all about her BERNINA sewing machine, and how she enjoys sewing for some of the young girls in her life. I also got to take some time to help her find a specific sewing pattern she was looking for. How cute is her top, too!?

I felt an excited energy there as customers explored the new store design. I noticed a lot of the customers seemed to know each other from the previous store that closed right before the new one opened. What a neat community of makers in Hemet, CA.

Thanks so much for having me, JOANN! I can’t wait to see what other new stores pop up next! If you get a chance to see the new store design, it’s definitely worth checking out!

Emerson Crop Pants + Key Largo Top with JOANN

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It’s the season of linen pants and tie front tops. I’m loving all the linen stripes happening right now and what says summer more than a tie front shirt? There are so many great woven fabrics at JOANN, and these two in particular pair so nicely together!

I used JOANN’s 100% cotton Coral Stripes fabric using the Emerson Crop Pants pattern for my pants and Costal Lagoon Sea Light Wash Lyocell (#157505, bar code: 16396442) using the Key Largo Top for my shirt.

For my top, I made my suggested size and shortened the shirt by 1.5″ for a more cropped look. I also used the wrong side of my fabric for an even lighter blue color. I really love how it looks and I can’t wait to style this top in many different ways.

Now let’s talk about the pants. I cut out my fabric against the grainline so the stripes would run vertically down the leg. The original pattern for the Emerson Crop Pants includes front pleats. I used Megan Nielsen’s tutorial for removing pant pleats to achieve a flat front pant. I removed the pleats because I didn’t want to break up the vertical stripes. I sewed up a size 2 in the high waisted version.

This is what my front pant pattern piece looked like after following Megan’s tutorial for a flat front pant (ignore the blue lines):

My honest opinion about these pants? I’m not sure that this pattern works well for my frame. Maybe I need to size down, but they don’t fit quite the same as they seem to for others. There’s just a little too much fabric in the back. That being said I still love how they look in this fabric. I like the beachy, easy vibe they give and I’m still hoping to make them work in my wardrobe.

I’m excited to try styling both of these pieces together and as separates. Also, I might need to go get more of the striped coral fabric too… I keep picturing a gorgeous summer dress. So many things can be made with this fabric and I kind of need them all. I also think reversing the fabric with these patterns would be cute too. Soooo many options guys.

That’s all for now! Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!

Coastal Inspired French Terry Sweatsuit With JOANN

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As we head into summer months, I’ve been getting excited for all of the beach days that lie ahead, especially given that we live in Southern California now. JOANN recently launched this cozy + coastal white and navy stripe french terry fabric. It’s a summer dream! One thing I always like to have in the summer is a great pair of cozy joggers, or an easy sweatshirt to throw on for all of those late summer nights when the temperature cools down near the coastline.

I ordered four yards of this new JOANN fabric addition and pictured a cozy sweatsuit with coastal vibes. Think Free People! To achieve this look I decided to use the wrong side of my french terry fabric, and you guys, it looks so cool!! I love both pieces paired together and apart. Picture a pair of high waisted jeans and this cozy sweatshirt or an easy t-shirt tucked into the pants.

This french terry fabric is sooo good. It’s thick (without being too thick), washes up great, and gives you two look options depending on which side of the fabric you use. I love playing with stripes and had a lot of fun planning how I would use them in this project. I used the stripe horizontally for the sweatshirt with a vertical neckband to match the vertical stripe on the pants.

I used Grainline Studio’s Linden Sweatshirt for the top (with some light pattern hacked pleats I added to give it some flare), and True Bias’ Hudson Pants jogger pattern with the bottom cuffs left off for my pants. I’m going to go in full detail for both plus I have a step by step tutorial to show you how I added the pleats. Let’s jump right in!

First up, let’s talk about the sweatshirt.

I saw a really cool sweatshirt in Nordstrom that had little pleats in it and I loved it so much that I incorporated it into the design of this sweatshirt. I added two pleats on the front of the sweatshirt and one on the back. This is how I added the pleats:

  1. Cut the front sweatshirt bodice in half, I used the line that goes through the center of the pattern.

2. Tape the left side of the front bodice to some tracing paper. Measure 3/4″ from the edge using a ruler and draw a line.

3. Tape the right side of the bodice along the line just drawn.

4. Connect the two pieces along the top and bottom by drawing a line. Cut out the front sweatshirt piece. Fold the pleat in half so original edges match to create center fold of the pleat. Open the pleat up again.

5. Cut the pattern piece out of your fabric. Clip into the three ends/marks of the pleat along the bottom edge of your sweatshirt before unpinning the pattern piece from the fabric. Repeat for the other front pleat.

6. To sew the pleats, fold the pleat in half towards the side seam, matching the notches and iron in place. If you are using horizontal stripes, make sure to match them up.

7. Pin the pleat in place 5 1/2″ from the bottom of the sweatshirt.

8. Using an edgestitch foot, sew along the pleat starting at the bottom pivoting around the top of the pleat (backstitch a few times along the top) and go back down the bottom along the other side of the pleat. Repeat for the other front pleat.

9. Now for the back piece. I added one pleat that starts at the top of the center back and goes down to about the middle of the sweatshirt. Add 3/4″ along the foldline of your pattern piece using tracing paper. Cut out the sweatshirt back piece on the fold. Iron the pleat to the right side, and pin in place 10 1/2″ in length. Sew just as we did the front bodice pleats.

10. Continue to follow the pattern instructions as directed. Have fun playing around with the direction of the stripes! Here’s what mine looked like once I decided on the placement I wanted.

The top is all done!

For the pants, I used the Hudson Pants jogger pattern by True Bias. I added 1″ to the rise of the front and back pant pieces because I wanted a slightly higher waisted fit. If you wish to do this too, make sure to add 1″ to the two pocket pieces as well. This is what my pattern pieces looked like:

I cut all of the pant pieces against the grain line of the fabric so the stripes on my pants would be vertical directionally.

I sewed up the pants according to the pattern instructions. I didn’t add on the bottom cuff pieces and instead hemmed the bottom of the pants up at 1/2″ using a double needle. I’m about 5′ 5″, and the length was perfect for a slightly cropped pant. I also made the drawstring piece out of the same french terry fabric.

I love this cozy look so much! It’s great for pajamas or throw on some cute slides and its equally acceptable for wearing out. I threw the sweatshirt on with my jeans this past weekend (it was a little chilly out) and it was so comfortable and warm. I know this outfit is going to get a lot of use in my wardrobe!!

French terry in a nautical stripe has so much potential for a great summer garment, and this is my take on it! Thanks so much for reading along, and stay tuned for lots more summer sewing inspo coming your way over here at The Sara Project!

This fabric also comes in a navy with white stripes color way, check it out here!

Taste the Rainbow Linen Kalle Dress with JOANN


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Have you tasted the rainbow?! I’ve spent some time window shopping from low to high end clothing stores, and you know what trend has really stood out to me lately? RAINBOW stripe EVERYTHING! Rainbow is a HUGE trend this season and the moment I saw JOANN’s new rainbow stripe linen for spring/summer I knew I needed some. Shout out to Heidi from Handmade Frenzy who first brought this amazing fabric to my attention on instagram.

This rainbow stripe linen fabric is currently taking the online sewing world by storm, and I’m excited to give you my take on it! I love that the colors in this design have a slight remix from the standard ROYGBIV order, giving this fabric a slightly more sophisticated look.

I used the Kalle Shirt Dress pattern by Closet Case Files because it matched really well with my “ready to wear” inspiration (from Madewell of course). I love wearing easy linen dresses in the summertime and this one is going to be just what I need in my wardrobe.

Madewell Stripe Rainbow Shirt Dress Inspo
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I love my Kalle Shirt I made last summer and still wear it all the time. It worked out that this pattern was a perfect pattern match to re-create the Madewell inspired dress. I sewed up view C in a size 4. I went with the hidden placket, just like the Madewell dress. Quick side note here, do not be intimidated by the hidden placket! I was a little anxious about going with the hidden placket but it was pretty easy to figure out and I love how it looks on this dress. I added 2 1/2″ in length and brought the side hem down a little for a less dramatic hemline.

I cut my pattern out against the grain of the fabric in order to position the stripes vertically. I cut my yoke and sleeve bands on the grainline to add a little bit of contrast with the stripes. I cut my pocket off-grain as well because I wanted it to blend into the shirtdress front. I love the overall look and had a lot of fun sewing up this little dress.

For this post I used: LaMode 5/8″ buttons from JOANN and Pellon Soft Flex Fusible Interfacing(I love this stuff!).

This linen fabric was great to work with. I washed and dried it before cutting my dress out. I really love working with linen fabric in general, it’s a really great beginner friendly fabric but is a little more professional looking than a quilting cotton. It’s easy to work with and hold loads of garment possibilities!

I hope you feel inspired to try this colorful trend! Thanks for reading along!

 

Spring Sewing with JOANN

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Hello friends!

I’ve recently joined the JOANN blogger team and I’m thrilled to be sharing my first post with you today. While planning this project I knew I really wanted to make an outfit that shouted “SPRING!”. I had so much fun walking through JOANN and browsing through all of their new spring fabrics. There are so many reallllllyy good ones right now!

I decided that I wanted to make a two piece outfit that included a pair of jeans and a feminine top. I was initially planning on blue denim jeans but then I saw the 10 oz. white bull denim (what shouts spring more than white jeans?), and it jumped into my cart. Next I had a puff sleeve blouse in mind using Simplicity S8839 and I was on the hunt for the perfect fabric. I turned the corner and there it was: a blush peachskin puckered windowpane rayon poly fabric named Spring Garden. It was a perfect match and I felt giddy inside about it!

First, let’s talk about the top.

This pattern is really as EASY as they say it is on the envelope. I love the bias binding casing and elastic to create the gathered hem.

I really love the long sleeve design of Simplicity S8839 but I knew it wouldn’t be very practical for my current lifestyle. We also recently moved our family from SLC Utah to Orange County, CA and I really need some warm weather tops. I’m all about the puff sleeve trend happening right now! I love the cropped style bodice with an ultra feminine sleeve detail, so I went with view B.

For the fabric, I used Spring Garden HM Peachskin Puckered Windowpane Rayon Poly #164-3404. It’s currently not available to purchase online but could possibly still be available in stores. The whole Spring Garden collection is gorgeous and totally worth checking out!

For my top, I sewed up a size 10 which was one size down from what my measurements were on the chart. I made a few fit alterations to my top. First, I noticed the sleeve caps were hanging off my shoulders and didn’t lay on top of my shoulder notches as they should. (You can see this issue on the front of the pattern envelope, so I wasn’t surprised). I altered the shoulders by taking off a bit of the bodice shoulder and tapered to the underarm side seam. I also raised the sleeve hem by a 3/4″ for a smaller ruffle at the hem. I love how the fabric has a bit of structure but also some drape to it. It was a great fabric + pattern matchup.

Now let’s talk about these pants. I used the Dawn Jeans pattern by Megan Nielsen, and chose the straight leg view. A year ago I bought some straight leg Levi’s and I am obsessed with them. After making the wide leg version in the Dawn Jeans, I instantly loved how they fit me high on the waist and snug at the hips. With this pair, I was hoping to recreate something similar to my beloved Levi’s. I went with a zip fly this go around (this pattern offers a few different fly options), and you guys!!!!! The fit is so good!!!!

I sewed a size 4 in the waist and tapered to a size 0 in the hips. I ended up slightly taking in the waist a little more from here, as well as taking about a 1/4″ off of the center back yoke and tapering to the end. The finished fit is fabulous. I was nervous about sewing white jeans but with the proper undergarments, the pants aren’t too see through and are totally wearable. JOANN’s 10 oz. bull denim works really well for this pattern.

I had a really big birthday this month and I desperately wanted to wear my new spring outfit while celebrating but I couldn’t get my photos done in time for the big day. I have been dying to wear these pants but have had so much anxiety that I would get something on them if I didn’t wait to photograph them first. The other night I had a dream that I spilled something all over them and spent the rest of the dream planning how I would try to clean them up for the photoshoot. You guys, these pants are really that good haha! I’m so excited that I can now add them to the daily rotation.

I decided to go with a sand colored Gutermann topstitching thread (Col. #30) to add a little contrast to my jeans and I really love how they turned out.

I bought all of my supplies (besides the Dawn Jeans pattern) from JOANN stores including the jeans zipper, jeans button, jeans needle, topstitching thread, interfacing, etc. You can find everything you need for jeans sewing at JOANN! Since moving, my new JOANN store has been totally revamped and it’s gorgeous inside. I can’t wait to go back and browse all the fabrics again.

I hope this post leaves you feeling inspired for spring sewing! Thanks for reading along and come back soon because you won’t want to miss what I have planned for April! Happy sewing!