International Sanctuary + Purpose Handcrafted Jewelry

Hey guys! This post is a little different then my usual sewing posts. Today I want to share a company with you that I’v been working with the last few months, and you might have noticed some of their product in my photos.

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Purpose Jewelry is a non-profit handcrafted jewelry company, but not just any jewelry company. Also known as International Sanctuary, Purpose Jewelry sells beautiful bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings handmade by women who have been rescued from human trafficking and are given professional opportunities, job training, education and medical care through this non profit group. 100% of the proceeds support these women in form of employment, paychecks and job training.

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International Sanctuary empowers survivors with true freedom”. They have a few sanctuaries all over the world: Mumbai, India and Orange County, CA (my hometown).

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Every piece of jewelry is handmade by survivors, and tagged with the individual’s handwritten name that made each piece.

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It’s so special to wear this jewelry and know not only the name of the woman or girl who made it, but that I’m helping her, among others in a small way. And you guys, this jewelry is gorgeous!

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By purchasing Isanctuary jewelry, we are giving hope and dignity to the survivors. This is such a beautiful cause and I wanted to share it with all of you, I’ve linked direct links under each image of where you can purchase the jewelry, among lots of other beautiful pieces found on their website: purposejewelry.org

 

 

“Purchase with PURPOSE and join the movement to end slavery, and spread hope to women and girls around the world.”

Helga Shirt Pattern with Digital Fabrics


Hey guys! I have a really fun post in store for you. This week I got to work with two fabulous companies out of Australia.

The first company is called Digital Fabrics. Known for their unique and beautiful fabrics, Digital Fabrics sells beautiful and unique product. The best part is that you can order a print you like in many different types of fabrics, from linens to knits. (They have it all).

They also provide the option to print your own designs by uploading your own image. The fabric I chose to work with was previously listed on their website under fashion fabrics; Ethnic in Cornflower in micro (and now that I look at it, I think i need it in lycra too for a swimsuit!).

You can also order a sample pack of all the different fabric types they offer to get a better feel for each one before you order your fabric. Digital Fabrics is such a cool company, and I really enjoyed working with them. I received my fabric super fast; their shipping is awesome. The fabric is so soft, and the print is bright and bold; really great quality! I love how unique my top feels in this fresh print.



And exciting news!! I’m giving away 2 yards of this gorgeous fabric to one winner. (Scroll to the bottom for more info).

The other company I had the chance to work with is Tessuti Fabrics. I’ve had my eye on this company for a few months now. Tessuti Fabrics currently own three shops, two in Sydney and one in Melbourne, and they have their online shop as well. I really like the style of their clothing patterns they design and sell. (They also have some great fabric options as well, what they are more commonly known for). They also offer some fun sewing classes in their shops if you’re local.



I have had the Helga Shirt pattern on my to-make list for a little while, and I thought it would be fun to sew it up using my new fabric from Digital Fabrics.

The pattern calls for linen, cotton, lightweight wool, wool crepe and firmer silks fabrics. My fabric is more of a crepe-like texture so it was a little tricky to work with. I made a few changes to make the fabric more manageable: I interfaced the front facing pieces, and top stitched around the two front edges for a crisper look around the corners. I made a size XS following along with the pattern measurements, but I’m thinking I could have gone down one more size. When choosing your size keep in mind that it’s a big, loose fitting shirt. No adjustments were made to my shirt except for bringing in the shoulder + sleeve about 1/4″ along the top shoulder seam.



Other than the fabric being a little tricky, the pattern is great! I would definitely say it’s more intermediate than beginner. It was really fun to put together, and came together pretty quickly too. (I’ve been binge watching ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ while putting my Helga Shirt together. It motivated me to sew as perfectly as possible, almost as if I were in school again. I’m obsessed!). This pattern would be really cute in a plaid print for fall too.. hmm….


**GIVEAWAY**

I’m so excited to host one of my first big giveaways this week. One winner will receive two yards of the fabric I used from Digital Fabrics, as well as a hard copy of the Helga Shirt Pattern from Tessuti Fabrics. *To enter, head over to my Instagram account (@thesaraproject_) for more instructions. I will announce the winner in the original Instagram post of this shirt in one week from today. (7/25/16). Good luck!

Also, head over to @lovewinniejames for a chance to snag my cute Greta Clogs! (Another great giveaway!).

What I’m wearing: Chevron Necklace/Jeans/Shoes

 

 

 

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


The Dress Shirt by Merchant & Mills with Michael Levine

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First of all, let’s talk about this fabric. This Genuine Handwoven Ikat is what my summer dreams are made of. It’s from Michael Levine fabrics, and it is simply breath taking. I also have another print in blue because one is definitely not enough! You can find this print, and many other on their website.

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The pattern I used is by Merchant and Mills, called, The Dress Shirt. I bought this pattern quite a while ago, but have been holding onto it for safe keeping until the right fabric came along. AND IT DID! These beautiful Michael Levine wovens are just what this pattern needs.

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I added length to my dress, but then I ended up taking it up a little. (I wanted the side seam length to hit just right above my knee). I also took it in on the sides just a bit. It’s a boxy, loose fit, and honestly what could be more perfect for those warm summer days that are quickly approaching? I’m going to be wearing this dress ALL summer. 

My jewelry is all from Purpose JewelryNecklace // Bracelet // Earings

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