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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Top Sewing Trends for Fall/Winter + Style Maker Podcast Part 2!

Hey guys! Maker Style has another great podcast episode lined up for you. In this episode I share my top favorite trends for Fall/Winter, and some really great patterns I’ve matched with each trend. Some I’ve already experimented with, and some are still on my to do list.

Disclaimer: I’ve since added a few more trends that I didn’t talk about on the podcast. Take a listen, and below I’ve included a visual reference and direct links to go along with it. Enjoy!

My Top Trend Picks + Patterns for Fall /Winter 2016:

  1. Jeans: The first thing I think of when planning my fall wardrobe is a good pair of jeans, am I right? I’m loving everything raw, distressed and high waisted! My go to is always a dark wash skinny jean, but I’ve decided to mix it up a little this year. I recently sewed up a pair of high waisted Safran Pants by Deer & Doe  and added a staggered hem, a current trend I’m obsessed with. I also love the distressed denim look, and I want to try sewing up a distressed boyfriend jean, using the Morgan Jeans Pattern by Closet Case Files, (we’ll see if I’m brave enough to distress them!!). Boyfriend style jeans are a little outside my fashion comfort zone, but I think they will be a really great wardrobe staple for me, and I’ll be able to get the fit just right by making them myself.

(Nordstrom Inspo)

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(Safran Jeans)

2. Fur: It’s everywhere this season. I always think of fur as a more dressy wardrobe piece, but I’m excited to try this trend as a more casual, everyday look too. I sewed a faux fur coat using  M7257, and I’m so happy with it. Don’t be intimidated by fur! You can read my recent post all about how to work with faux fur on fabric.com’s new blog!

(Nordstrom Faux Fur Inspiration)

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3. Plaid: Let’s be honest, every fall I really just want plaid everything. My go to is always a classic plaid button down, try the: Archer Shirt by Grainline Studio. For a classic button down with a twist, try:  McCall’s M7472 (pictured below). Another fun pattern I haven’t tried yet that I think would be fabulous in a plaid is the: Sarah Shirt by By Hand London.  If you want to go plaid crazy, take it a step further and sew up a coat or even a pair of trousers, try: Tyyni Cigarette Trousers by Named Clothing. When it comes to plaids, be careful about matching your pattern, and make sure to order a little extra fabric so you have enough to be able to match your pattern pieces when cutting.

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(Archer Shirt)

4. Bold Florals: I’m just LOVING the bold floral trend going on right now, there’s too many great examples of this to share too. I’ve already tried my hand at this trend, and I feel like it’s really all about the fabric. I sewed up the Fen Dress with a really beautiful floral from Indie Sew, but sadly it’s sold out. I also sewed up V9201 in the gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs fabric. I absolutely love both looks, and wear them all the time.


(Fen Dress // V9201)

5. Turtlenecks with everything! My go to turtleneck pattern is: (Paola Turtleneck Tee by Named Clothing) and I want to try pairing it with the Lottie dress by Christine Haynes going along with the look pictured below or maybe a denim button down skirt, try: The Erin Skirt, or a lengthened Chi-Town Chino Skirt.


6. Jackets and Coats:  Another must for fall/winter! I’m seeing Bomber Jackets, try McCall’s: (M7100) (For a fun twist try adding a shearling lining!). I’m also loving utility jackets, and I’m currently sewing one up, I’ll be posting about it towards the end of this month. Try:  (Allie Olsen’s new pattern the Lonetree Jacket, I can’t wait to share this one with you!).


7. Bell Sleeves: Bell sleeves are also everywhere, and they are one of my favorite trends right now. I love the flowy, feminine, 70’s vibe they give off. I’ve been making bell sleeve tops since last fall, and I LOVE them. I haven’t sewn this one up yet, but it’s on my do to list for this season. You can see Megan Nielsen’s Dove Blouse vs. Nordstrom Blouse, so so similar! Can’t wait to have a moment to sew this one up!

Here’s my knit top version from last fall, I still wear this top all the time:

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8. Velvet: It’s everywhere!! I’m seeing blazers, skirts, tops, dresses, shoes, you can’t go wrong! I think you could really sew up anything in velvet, just make sure it’s the right weight for your project. I have a really fun collaboration/tutorial I’m currently working on for next month, and I can’t wait to share it with you. For now, here’s some velvet inspiration for you:

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I hope this helped get you inspired for some fab fall/winter sewing and I hope you enjoyed the podcast! Thanks for stopping by!

Hemlock Tee Pattern (It’s Free!)

Hey guys! I’ve taken the last few weeks off from sewing to catch up on life.. and sleep. BUT, I  just had to squeeze in a quick hemlock tee, it’s hard to stay away! I’d been wanting to try this pattern for a while now, so I was excited to finally sew one up.

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Did I mention the hemlock tee is a FREE pattern!? Yes! All you need to do is register for Grainline Studio’s newsletter, and the pattern is yours.

It’s soooo quick to sew up. I sewed mine in a light weight knit I had on hand, and one yard was just perfect. I bought this fabric a few years ago on sale at a fabric store for like $2.

I did take in the neckline slightly on my pattern, I like my tops to fit a little closer around my neckline and shoulders.

I really love this top! It’s something I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of this fall/winter. I’m always looking for easy things to throw on with jeans when running out for the day with my kids, and this is one of them. I think I need to make a few more… Enjoy!

(I paired my hemlock tee with my Safran Jeans and favorite lipstick). 

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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