Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet

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Introducing a brand new pattern release, the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet. I was lucky enough to be a tester for this “staple” pattern, and I wear my cardigan alllll the time. Pictured, I paired mine with a rtw turtleneck tucked into my high waisted jeans and booties.

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The Blackwood Cardigan comes in two lengths: one hits at the hips, and the longer version hits mid thigh. It’s a great layering piece for every season. I love the narrow front panels that compliment and show off whatever you are layering underneath.

This pattern is super quick to make. I used my serger and finished the whole thing in an evening. I sewed up a size small in the longer length.

This pattern has a fun feature that I really like: the sleeves are made to be longer than your arms so they kind of bunch up around your wrist. It makes this cardi super cozy, I love to pull my long sleeves over my hands when I’m cold.

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I used a sandwashed jersey modal knit from Stylish Fabrics. It’s super soft, and mid-light weight, perfect for layering. Stylish Fabric is offering 20% off all orders using code “SARA” at checkout. Rumor has it that they will be restocking the blush color very soon, and I can’t wait to grab some!

Helen is offering 20% off the Blackwood Cardigan Pattern until March 6th. Congrats on another fabulous pattern Helen!

Happy sewing, friends!

 

 

Project Sew My Style January: Toaster Sweater

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Happy Toaster Sweater month! I’m so excited for my first Project Sew My Style post. This month was all about the Toaster Sweater #2 by Sew House Seven. I love this pattern, and it holds so many possibilities depending on the type of fabric you use. This toaster sweater is a mash-up of Toaster Sweater #1 and #2, and I’m excited to show you how I combined the two.

If you are just hearing about Project Sew My Style, it’s not too late to join in. Simply fill out this form. What is Project Sew My Style? It’s a month to month sew along using one particular pattern per month, so that by the end of 2017 you have 12 gorgeous handmade items you’ve added to your wardrobe. Above all, #SewMyStyle is all about raising awareness about the slow fashion movement and about encouraging young women to take up sewing. We want to show you that sewing your own wardrobe isn’t an unachievable dream.

The patterns are fabulous, check out the schedule:

PROJECT #SEWMYSTYLE — SEWING SCHEDULE

January- Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater 2

February – Named Clothing Saunio Cardigan

March- Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings

April- Sew House 7 Bridgetown Dress

May- Califaye Collection Pocket Skirt

June- Megan Nielsen Briar Tee and Sweater

July- Cali Faye Collection Valley Blouse

August- Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges Dress

September- Named Clothing Yona Wrap Coat

October- Cali Faye Hampshire Trouser

November- By Hand London Anna Dress

December- Named Clothing AW17 New Collection (TBC)

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For my toaster sweater, I used this hacci oatmeal sweater knit from Stylish Fabric. It’s a lighter weight fabric than what’s meant to be used for the pattern, but I love the slouchy fit as a result. Also, Stylish Fabric is offering a 20% OFF coupon code: “SARA” to all of my readers. (This fabric just went on sale for $5.90, so cheap!). There’s lots of other great sweater knits on sale too. Take a look!

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When I first saw this pattern, I loved different aspects of both options, and I knew I would combine them into one. I used the top of the Toaster Sweater #1 and combined it with the bottom of Toaster Sweater #2. I literally laid the toaster #1 bodice on top of the toaster #2 bodice aligning the underarm corners. Then, I folded the top of the #2 bodice down behind #1 so I can just peel the pattern pieces apart if I decide to make them how they were originally designed to be made.

I also added 2″ in length to both the front and back bodice pieces.

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You can see how I folded #2 behind #1 and taped it down:

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I followed the directions for toaster #1 until it was time to sew up the side seams, then I switched over to the sewing instructions for toaster #2.

It’s a simple hack, and I’m excited to try it again in a heavier weighted knit. Love love love this sweater!! It’s been so fun to see all of your toasters popping up all month too. So much inspiration!

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Next month is the Saunio Cardigan by Named Clothing! Still narrowing down fabrics but I can’t wait to sew it up. It’s not something I would typically wear and I’m excited to be pushed outside of my comfort zone a little and try something new. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Happy sewing everyone!

 

Women’s Waterfall Raglan Top

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The Womens Waterfall Raglan is finally here!! This pattern is a relaxed knit top or dress with a bottom ruffle hem and three sleeve options: short, 3/4 or long sleeved. This is my second top I’ve made using pattern, and I love it. In fact, I’m wearing it right now (and I wore it yesterday too.. shhh).

I was lucky enough to be a tester for this pattern. (Thanks Gabriela!). This is a project you could put together in one sitting. I sewed this top up in one night. The instructions are excellent, and the fit is spot on. I can’t wait to make a short sleeve version for summer.

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I really love the side details and how the ruffle runs up a little at the side seams.

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I sewed mine up in a size 2 using this gorgeous blush thermal knit from Stylish Fabric. The fabric is so soft, and has a looser relaxed drape. I really like the color too. I’m already thinking spring and I know this will be a great versatile piece in my wardrobe as the weather slowwwly gets warmer. I did remove about an inch from neckband to make this fabric work with the pattern, just make sure to baste in your neckband first, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble if it’s not quite right.

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I also LOVE this pattern because there’s a girls version too. So, for my first version I made one for myself and a matching one for my daughter. I used a magenta knit I had in my fabric stash purchased a while back. Every time she sees me wearing mine she runs to her room and pull hers out too.

You can also see the difference in the fit between the two fabrics I used with the same size pattern pieces for both tops.

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Now, go grab yourself a copy, and if you want to make twinning tops check out Gabriela’s pattern bundle with both the womens and girls Waterfall Raglan included. Also, keep up with Gabriela’s blog Chalk and Notch for lots of Waterfall Raglan goodness and tester round ups! Happy sewing!

 

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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