Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse + Ginger Jeans

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Hi friends! I’m so excited to tell you all about this outfit. It feels so summery and fresh. I made the Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse (from their new spring collection) using a red gingham shirting fabric from Indiesew. I also made my second pair of Ginger Jeans in this really cool light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics. Let’s dive right in!

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First up is this gorgeous shirt: the Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse. My initial thoughts about this pattern were a little unsure. It’s definitely too low cut for me to wear without a little tank underneath, and I wasn’t sure if it would look as cool worn this way. After finishing this top, I have to say I really love it! I don’t mind the look of the layered tank, either. I love the little lapel details, and the mock wrap lined front bodice.

This top came together in one night, cutting and all. It’s a super quick sew with easy to follow instructions. I like that it was quick, but also interesting to sew up. It’s totally different from any other top I’ve ever sewn before, and I really like trying different things. I sewed up the size 36, with no alterations. I really enjoyed putting this little top together. It’s a great spring/summer wardrobe addition!

When looking for fabrics to consider for this top, I tried to find something that would look okay with a white (or whatever colored) tank paired underneath it. I remembered Indiesew had just added some really fun gingham fabrics to their site and headed there. I really love the look of gingham for spring and summer, so it was an easy decision. You can find a small white and navy gingham shirting + this large white and red gingham shirting I used in the Indiesew shop.

To switch up the gingham pattern a little, I decided to cut out all my pattern pieces on the bias. I love the finished result! Make sure to buy a little extra fabric if you decide to cut along the bias too.

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Okay, on to my jeans! These are the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files. So first, a little disclaimer. This is my second pair of ginger jeans, but the first pair I’ve blogged about. The first pair ended up being more of a wearable muslin because the fabric I used didn’t have much stretch to it. But, I learned a few things from the first go around that helped in perfecting my “real” pair.

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This pattern comes in two rises: low rise and a high-waisted. If you prefer more of a mid-rise, Closet Case Files has recently added a mid-rise pattern you can purchase as well. I sewed up the high-waisted version, and I love them!

I sewed up the size 4, and didn’t really need to adjust the side seams at all! I did take in the bottom hem at about a 1/2″, grading into the side seam. The pant hems were a little loose around my ankle, and I wanted a slightly closer fit. I also left my hems raw. I really like this trend right now, and it also gets you one step closer to finished jeans, faster! Haha. Give them one wash/dry and you’ll have the perfect frayed hem.

I also raised my back pockets up 1″ from the original markings. I definitely recommend playing around with your back pocket placement before top stitching. Everyone’s back side is a little different, and you definitely want your back pockets to be in the right spot for your body.

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You guys, jeans are not hard! They just have more steps to follow. The instructions are very clear, and the pictures are really helpful too. I totally recommend this pattern.

I picked up my hardware kit from Threadbare Fabrics. I love that you can get your zipper, button and rivets all in one order. I’ve struggled in the past with installation of the button and rivets, but these ones went in really smoothly. I do have two rivets installed in my front pockets that you can’t see. I found I was successful thanks to Allie’s tutorial on Indiesew. She recommends buying a solid steel jewelry bench to use as your surface for hammering the hardware pieces into your jeans. I bought one and I totally recommend it! You can watch her whole tutorial here!

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Okay let’s talk about this fabric!! I have been searching FOREVER for light blue STRETCH denim, and I’ve had the hardest time finding it, until now! I found this stretch denim in cornflower blue at Style Maker Fabrics. All of my light blue denim dreams have come true! It has the perfect amount of stretch for this pattern, and sewed up really beautifully. This is how they fit me straight out of the wash, but they do loosen up a little with wear, so keep this in mind as you are fitting them to your body; this fabric will stretch out a little.

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A get a lot of questions about my favorite jeans patterns. I have tried three different patterns so far and I really love them all for different reasons. I’m planning on doing a separate post this month comparing them all. Stay tuned!

I’m so happy with this outfit! I love the bold pop of red, classic print and fun style lines of my Hoya Top, and even better paired with the springiest of skinny jeans. Thanks for reading along and happy sewing!

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Style Maker Fabrics Spring Blog Tour

 

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Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be invited to another Style Maker Fabrics blog tour. Michelle always does such a great job curating fabrics that are perfect for the trending colors and styles for each season, and I’m totally loving everything she has picked for spring 2017!

I decided to sew up a top and skirt for my post. I fell in love with this stunning tropical leaf stretch sateen (sadly, sold out now), and paired it with a crisp white striped seersucker for the top.

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Let’s talk about the skirt first! I fell in love with this skirt I found on pinterest last year, and it was definitely my inspiration for this skirt. I’m loving all things tropical for spring/summer this year, so when I laid eyes on this stretch sateen I just KNEW I had to make something with it. I remembered the skirt I had pinned a while back and the rest was history. So again, this fabric is now sold out but Style Maker Fabrics has so many beautiful stretch sateens this year that would also be perfect for a full gathered skirt like this one. You should also check out all the fabulous tropical prints too!!

I used a self drafted pattern (super easy) for my skirt; I’ll walk you through how I made it:

Supplies: Fabric, fusible interfacing, matching invisible zipper (7-9″), hand sewing needle and matching thread.

We’ll need to make two pattern pieces.

  1. Waistband: Measure your true waist. Mine is 27″, and I added another inch for a 1/2″ seam allowance on either side, so 28″ in total. I made the length 3″ to equal 1″ in length when finished. So I had a rectangle that was 28″ x 3″. Cut 1 on the fold of your fabric, cut 1 on the fold of the fusible interfacing.
  2. Skirt: Measure your waist again and multiply it by 5. So mine came out to be 140″ (slightly rounded up). Now divide this number by 2, which gives us 70″. Decide how long you would like your skirt to be, I decided on 29″. So now you’ll have another rectangle that measures 70″x 29″. Make sure to mark on one side to cut on the fold. Cut 2 on the fold.
  3. Putting the skirt together is really simple. There are lots of tutorials out there on pinterest too if you need a visual!
    1. Sew your side skirt panels right sides together. Finish seam alowances.
    2. Sew three rows of gathering stitched along the top of your skirt at 1/4″, 1/2″ and 5/8″.
    3. Interface your waistband using fusible interfacing. Iron one long end of the waistband in at 1/2″.
    4. Line up the center of your waistband (the edge not folded in) and top of the skirt, right sides together, and pin. Pin the edges of the skirt to the edges of the waistband, and gather the skirt evenly to the waistband, pinning as you go. Sew at 1/2″. Remove basting stitches.
    5. I really love this tutorial for sewing in an invisible zipper into a skirt with a waistband. Follow these steps.
    6. Hem your skirt, and done! (I hand hemmed mine).

It’s really super simple.

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Now let’s chat about this top!! I am OBSESSED with all things ruffles for spring this year. I’ve had my eye on the Suzon Blouse by Republique Du Chiffon for a while now, and I thought it would be really pretty paired with this skirt in white. Again, I used this crisp white cotton striped seersucker fabric. I just love white for spring and summer.

A few things about this pattern! It was easy to put together. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. This pattern comes in French and English but unfortunately is only in print format currently. It also has a downloadable long sleeve add-on you can find at the bottom of the page of the pattern in the shop. I used this sleeve pattern to make my short sleeves by cutting it off at 9″ from the center top of the sleeve. This pattern does not include seam allowances, and I totally forgot!! Yikes! So I cut out my whole pattern without added seam allowance. Luckily, I had enough fabric to re-cut the collar and button bands. So, you’ll notice my darts are slightly higher than they should be, but other than that it turned out okay. There isn’t a set button hole guide for this pattern, and I’m not so sure about my button hole placement on this one. It works but the second button is kind of bugging me, it should be a little lower I think. Just some things to keep in mind when you go to sew up your own!! I don’t usually have enough time to sew up a muslin for most things I make, so sometimes it’s about trial and error! This top is still very wearable and I really love it. I also really love the structure this cotton seersucker gives to this top, it’s exactly how I envisioned it. Next time I want to try it in a rayon challis, or crepe, something with a little more drape.

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I’m so happy with these fabrics and patterns I’ve paired them with. Make sure to check out the rest of the tour! There are so many amazing outfits and fabrics!! Be prepared to be inspired! Thanks for having me Michelle!!

 

Blair Maternity Tee

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Hey everyone! I recently sewed up the Blair Maternity Tee by SeeKateSew  from Indiesew as a gift for my younger sister who is expecting her first baby, and I wanted to share it with you too. It’s suuuper quick to sew up, and comes with a scooped neckline variation plus two other sleeve options (3/4 and long sleeve).

As I was making this top, it was really hard to see how the fit would be, but I’m really happy with it. The pattern has you pick a size according to your pre-pregnancy measurements, and it worked out great. I used a pink french terry from Style Maker Fabrics. My sister is 28 weeks in these photos, and she had just a little bit of room left in this top to grow into, so that being said I think a thinner knit with more stretch/drape might have been a better choice for this top. BUTTTT I do love the structure and added warmth the french terry gives to this top.

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I sewed it up in about an hour using my serger. I’m not so sure about the length of this top, but my sister was really happy with it. I think if a knit with more stretch is used, it wouldn’t hang so loosely along the hemline.

This is a great maternity top pattern and I’ll definitely be keeping it in my files for future use! (And no, this is not an announcement!). 😉

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Itch To Stitch Holiday Blog Tour

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Happy Holidays everyone! I’m excited to be part of the Itch to Stitch Holiday blog tour! We got to choose an Itch to Stitch pattern along with fabric sponsored by Style Maker Fabrics to create a garment for the Holidays. I decided to make a dress, using the Sirena Dress pattern.

My husband’s family is Norwegian, and every year we have a big dinner on December 24th with lots of traditional Norwegian dishes. I’m not even going to try to explain/spell them for you, but they are delicious.. at least most of them! My kids will wear their traditional bunads, but I myself do not own one, so I really needed a dress for the occasion. And so I give you my version of the Sirena Dress:

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This season I’ve been really into trying different fabrications and textures, and suede was next on my list. Style Maker Fabrics just started carrying this super cool lightweight faux suede, they call it suede shirting. I laid eyes on the wine color and the rest was history. I picked the Sirena Dress because the silhouette was a little different for me, more fitted and sophisticated looking, and I especially loved the top-stitching all over the front of the dress.

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I graded between a size 2-4 for my dress. I ended up taking about 1″ off both back seams before putting my zipper in to get the perfect fit. This dress was really fun to put together! The directions were great, and I really appreciated how different cup sizes were added to the pattern. This usually isn’t an issue for me (I’m pretty standard) but I wanted to point out this feature to you. I also went with the cuffed sleeve, but there’s also a really pretty flared sleeve option in this pattern.

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On to the fabric! I have never worked with faux suede, or suede in general before. I did a little research before beginning. I found a lot of great advice in Michelle’s post using the same fabric. I was careful to iron on a low setting or with a press cloth on a slightly higher setting. I found more success with a press cloth and higher heat setting. This fabric also has a satiny finish on the backside making it feel really silky on the inside when worn, and for this reason I did not line my dress. It was pretty straight forward to work with, no hiccups along the way!

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I really love the look of this dress in suede, it gives it a cool, boho vibe while still looking polished. It’s going to be perfect for Christmas Eve!

Guys, Kennis is offering everyone 16% off on all  Itch to Stitch patterns until December 11th, midnight CST, using the code “holiday16”. Style Maker Fabrics is also offering shipping for $5 in the US and discounted international shipping, so get shopping!

Check out the rest of the tour for some great holiday sewing inspiration!

ITCH TO STITCH HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR 2016
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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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Style Maker Fabrics Spring Canvas Blog Tour-Rebublique Du Chiffon Marthe Blouse + Named Clothing Inari Tee

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I am thrilled to be a part of Style Maker Fabrics Spring Canvas blog tour. I had a little peek at all of their new spring inventory, and I had such a hard time choosing my fabric. It was all so stunning and fresh for spring.

I ended up choosing two great fabrics that I felt would be a good fit for my spring wardrobe.

First up I chose this beautiful Crinkle Rayon Challis Shibori Dyed Indigo fabric. I’ve been a little obsessed with the shibori dye trend I’ve seen around on Instagram lately. I quickly pictured it as a light, breezy top for the upcoming warm weather, paired with white skinny jeans and brown clogs. I’ve been wanting to make the Marthe Blouse by Republique Du Chiffon. It turned out just as I imagined it would. The pattern was fast and simple to construct, and the fabric was dreamy to work with. I’m so so happy with this top! (Like, I’ve worn it a few days in a row happy!).

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For my second look, I chose this textured double knit palm tree royal  fabric. I love the pattern, and didn’t want to break it up too much, and the Inari Tee Dress by Named Clothing came to mind. (Another pattern I’ve been wanting to try). I have so much to say about this pattern! It was a quick sew, and the fit was spot on. (I did add extra length to my dress). I love how it fits when being worn: loose, with a slight cocoon shape. And the sleeves! I will probably incorporate this sleeve in lots of upcoming projects, I love the added cuff. Now let me talk about this fabric. IT IS SO SOFT! I’m going to live in this dress now until the end of summer. It is so comfy, and perfect for my lifestyle right now with two littles. The pattern is so bold and the palm trees are so fun. I love how I can wear this dress super casual with sandals, or dress it up with wedges and some jewelry. So so perfect, this won’t be my last.




Special thanks to Style Maker Fabrics for including me in their Spring Canvas Blog Tour! I love my two new makes so much! They have some really great fabric options for your spring wardrobe. Check them out!

Next up on the Spring Canvas Blog tour is Sew Charleston, don’t forget to check out her post tomorrow!

AAaannnd don’t forget to keep up with the rest of tour! Schedule below:

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                   3/21 – 3/223/233/243/253/263/273/283/293/303/314/1