Friday, March 27, 2020

Suit up for Summer 2020 with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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Hi! I'm delighted to be part of the Suit Up for Summer Tour with Raspberry Creek Fabrics. There has been so much fun swimwear this week and so many fun patterns and fabrics!

Use code SUNSHINE through midnight Sunday night MDT to save 15% on swim!

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THE QUICK STUFF
patterns- Jalie Diane with Add On, Evie Reversible One Piece by Caramiya
fabrics- floral, navy with white polka dots, pink with white polka dots, yellow, lining

(Thank you to Jalie for gifting me the pattern and Raspberry Creek Fabrics for gifting me the floral, navy, and lining!)

THE LONGER VERSION IF YOU HAVE EXTRA QUARANTINE TIME
(I simultaneously have more and less time than before!)

I picked the Jalie Diane Swimsuit with Add On for Ansley and Lisbon. I gave them some minimal direction (ie the bottoms of the front and back had to match) and let them pick their own designs. The floral ended up being a happy little mistake when I accidentally cut Ansley's facing the opposite direction I had intended. I sewed a size Q for Ansley and a size K for Lisbon. I actually made a practice one for Ansley out of fabric from The Stash and she liked it but thought it was too low to wear with her (gigantic) sports bra (that is pretty much a crop top haha). Anyway, I used the elastic measurement for the size P for the top of her suit and think it's just right. I was hoping Lisbon's would be bigger on her (I always size up so they can get more wear unless I'm pattern testing) but it is also very possible that she grew between the time I printed the pattern and sewed it up.

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raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

This was my first time sewing with the swim lining from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and we were all delighted with how soft it is. It has a warm hand compared to lining from a big box store and was easy to sew. The Jalie Diane called for each individual piece (there are about six) to be lined so it was a lot of cutting and basting but I think it was totally worth it!

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raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

(and let's maybe not talk about how grown up Ansley looks in these pics. I should've taken modelling lessons from her!)

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raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate


I chose to sew the Reversible Evie One Piece swimsuit by Caramiya. This was my third and a half time sewing it (I made a practice one to check my sizing and adjustments) and I love how it all comes together. There are so many options and I picked the low back, medium front, narrow straps, shortened straps, with bra with cups, size L top graded to size M hips, small butt adjustment, and the lowest leg options (I think). It is exceptionally comfortable! I opted to sew elastic in the legs (like all of my other ones) but this time I chose to topstitch (with a zigzag) so the white lining doesn't peek out. I'm never going to wear this on the reverse because I love the floral so much!!!

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raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate


Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Sew Family Jammies Tour

Hi friends!

I have loved watching Mac sew family pajamas for her family over the last few years and was excited when she and Katie opened it up for anyone who wanted to sew pajamas! Get your free ticket here (so you can get discount codes and be eligible for prizes)! And read all about Sew Family Jammies with Sew Altered Style (Mac and Katie) and Maker Mountain Fabrics (Grace) and Blog Tour Coordinator Extraordinaire (Teri aka FaSewLa) here.


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Today I am sharing matching sister jammies featuring Lisbon's favorite animal. If you've been following her for the last five years this comes as no surprise. This wonderful fabric was graciously gifted by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. Thank you Diana, Brittney, and team for literally making Lisbon's dreams come true (she used to dream about snuggling baby penguins every night) and getting my package here so quickly!

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The fabric I used is the cotton lycra CLUB Black on Heathered Grey Geometric Penguins designed by Brittney Laidlaw. This was my first time sewing the grey base and it was so easy because my ball point needle sewed without skipping stitches (unlike my black pants later in this post) and the fabric can hold a press. I used the Hey June Camden Raglan for the tops and the Jalie Clara Leggings for the bottoms. Lisbon's set is a little long in the sleeves and in the length but too long is way better than too short and she will definitely enjoy being able to wear them longer. I picked the top sizes based on their chest measurments. (Lisbon was between two sizes so I sized up). I picked the leggings size that are two sizes bigger than their measurements because these are pajamas and I didn't want them to be as snug as workout leggings.


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As life goes and we are still approaching the darkest days of the year I was not able to get pics of all of us together, well without pulling them out of school. Haha. But I did manage to get some phone pics of mine so you can see the cuteness. The top is the Hey June Union St Tee and the bottoms are a sized up Jalie Clara Leggings.

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Printing all of our tops and all of our bottoms and sewing all of the penguin fabric took the same amount of time as sewing the black leggings. This isn't a pattern issue since I've made close to ten pairs of the same pattern- it's the fabric. Ugh. I had initially planned to make penguin leggings for myself too but I didn't take into account that the penguins are directional so I didn't have quite enough for leggings for me. Lisbon is totally fine that I now have extra penguin fabric for her. What should I make her?

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Anyway the black fabric is a double brushed poly athletic fabric I found at Joann. I tried several ball point and stretch needles and the stitching was atrocious on the first pass. And on the second pass. And on the the third pass. You're probably surmised that I didn't hem these! I also omitted the elastic in the waist because I was so grumpy with the fabric. And in all honesty I will probably be wearing these in real life more than as pajama bottoms because they aren't as loose as I'd pictured after seeing the girls' leggings. And because the fabric really is soft and warm and it's my least favorite season.

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Sew Family Pajamas by replicate then deviate

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you're spending time doing things you love and staying healthy during this busy season. If you're looking for pajama inspiration be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

December 2 Teri // Fa Sew La
December 4 Sierra // Seams Like Sierra
December 6 Emily // Replicate then Deviate
December 10 Heidi // Handmade Frenzy
December 11 Sharon // Sweet Mama Life
December 12 Carrie // Beri Bee Designs
December 13 Katie // KatieKortman.com
December 16 Melissa // A HAPPY STITCH
December 17 Taish // Blooming Skies
December 18 Leanne // Thready For It
December 19 Laurie // Make It Sew with The Bear And Pea Atelier
December 20 Brooke // Idle Sunshine
December 21 Marissa // Sew Help Me
December 23 Lara // Handmade by Lara Liz
December 24 Kelly // Petite Stitchery
December 25 Jess // Broad In The Seams
December 26 Victoria // Victoria Beppler
December 27 Heather // Heather Handmade
December 28 Sylvia // The Ravel Out
December 30 Victoria // Victoria Lucille Anne
December 31 Teronia // Sew Haute Blog

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Itch to Stitch Blog Tour Anza Top

Hi! I'm delighted to participate in the September Spotlight, this year's Itch to Stitch Blog Tour. Thanks to Crystal for her outstanding organization skills and the fun theme! Bloggers were given the opportunity to select an Itch to Stitch pattern to highlight and share. We were encouraged to choose a pattern that could use a little bit of extra attention (anyone else find that your most recent makes are the new favorites?!) or to look at a pattern in a different way.

Kennis, the designer extraordinaire of Itch to Stitch Patterns, has graciously offered a 25% off discount code for all of the patterns highlighted each day. Today's code is 917itsblogtour25. The code will be valid for 24 hours 8am-8am Eastern Time. If a code is used outside the 24 hour period, it will reflect a $0 discount on the order. Today's featured patterns are Busan, Anza, Emily, Jacqueline, Liana, Nottingham, Sequoia, Medellin. Be sure to follow along to see the beautiful makes of the other bloggers on tour: (the sneak peeks I've seen are swoon worthy!)


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I chose the Anza Jumpsuit and Dress pattern to highlight. I remember when this pattern was first released and I feel like it was ahead of the jumpsuit/romper popularity. I really loved the design (and the cup sizes!) but hadn't ventured into jumpsuit/romper territory since second and third grade and then got distracted by new patterns. When I was perusing the Itch to Stitch website, I suddenly realized this was exactly what I was looking for/exactly what had been missing in my wardrobe all these years- a button down woven top with a v neck! It turns out I'm not the only one with such a genius idea (check out the #anzajumpsuit and #anzadress and #itchtostitchanza hashtags on instagram or search in the Facebook group) so I'm not claiming originality or anything like that but I am extremely pleased the Anza fills a hole in my wardrobe!

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I sewed a quick bedsheet muslin of size 10D. The instructions say to use your normal cup size and I wasn't sure if it meant sewing cup size or bra size so I split the difference and sewed a muslin. The fit of my muslin was exactly what I hoped for! I arbitrarily added about 5.5 inches to my muslin and straightened out the side seam near the waist. After sewing the muslin I decided to add a curved hem to the bottom of my final version. I also omitted the cuffs when making my muslin and decided I liked the slim sleeve and that it would be less fussy under layers in the cold seasons. I chose to raise the dot under the arm 1/2 inch since the cuff wouldn't be there and so the bottom of the sleeve fit closer to my arm. In hindsight I probably could've raised it only 1/4 inch but it the sleeve is still very comfortable and doesn't restrict any arm movement. I also chose to omit the chest pockets because I wanted a slimmer silhouette/slightly dressier look. Sewing is the best because we can customize endlessly for our preferences!

My serger is still broken so I used french seams for the shoulders and on the side seams I sewed them with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, pressed them open, and folded and pressed the raw edges towards the center seam then topstitched along each side. I feel like this type of seam finishing has a proper name but it escapes me at the moment. The sewn down facing is my current very favorite way of finishing a neckline! I love how everything stays in place and the facing that stays put! I also made some single fold bias tape from the scraps to finish the curved hem. I chose to use black kam snaps because they matched and were handy from other projects.

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I used some cotton sateen from the Gertie line at Joanns a few years ago. I had been saving it for the perfect project and I am thrilled with the results! It was easy to sew and press! And it is lovely to wear! I styled my Anza Blouse with a ready to wear wrap skirt from The Limited that is over a decade old. (And maybe the skirt shrunk over the years....) I think I prefer the tucked in look or the knotted look at the bottom. I had my daughters take a few pics of the blouse untucked so you could see the split hem but my oldest said it "looks weird" and I don't disagree. I have worn my Anza Blouse untucked with jeans and it looks better with a bottom that is slimmer through the hips. Which one is your favorite?

Tucked:

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Untucked:

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Knotted:

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How would you style this Anza Blouse?

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Coffee and Thread Madrid Dress Blog Tour

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Hi! I'm delighted to share my Madrid Dress by Olga of Coffee and Thread Patterns. I have been so inspired and wowed by the beautiful dresses and blouses already on tour! All Coffee and Thread Patterns are 25% off with the code "madridtour" until Friday, June 28th 2019. Some of our favorite patterns are our Lana Tops (women's, girls') blogged here and the Nina Blouse blogged here and here. Thanks to Olga for the lovely patterns and to Claudia (@frl.love on instagram) for organizing! (And did you see her Madrid dress that she also sewed in knit?!)

So background story- my serger broke last week! I think the upper and lower loopers are out of alignment? They worked fine until I brushed them out with a sewing machine brush and they sewed a few nice chains before completely locking up. I haven't had time to disassemble it and figure out exactly what's going on but I'm hoping I won't break it worse than it is already broken. A service call in my area costs nearly as much as my machine did new(!) so I'm motivated to figure it out when I have time to.

Knowing that the serger was out of commission, I was lamenting having to go back to zigzagging all of the lovely tiers of the Madrid Dress. Zigzagging definitely worked fine but now that I'm used to a serger it's hard to go back! I dutifully sewed up my muslin in a size 14, according to my measurements. My sewing room is in the basement and as I was coming upstairs to press my fabric I remembered a cut of blue and white striped fabric in The Stash. It's been in The Stash for so long I can't remember where it came from or when I got it. It is soft and feels like a rayon spandex and had been asking to be sewn into a dress for years but I didn't have the right pattern until this blog tour! (Most of you probably sew knits on your sergers exclusively so I realize this is a little strange to decide to go all knit but the advantage of not having to finish edges plus my love for the color and not having an invisible zipper with a matching pull on hand were very persuasive). I also was reminiscing about visiting Madrid and wearing this knit faux wrap dress! (presewing days)

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I tossed the fabric in the wash to prewash it and pulled out my Lana Top pattern (also in a size 14). Why did I use the Lana Pattern? Because it's drafted for knits and I already knew it fit me well. The Madrid Dress has eight darts for shaping but I didn't want to use them in my knit.
I traced my pattern piece in green and freehanded the cap sleeve, trying to copy Mie (@sewinglikemad) as best as possible. (see how in her highlights!)

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I laid my Madrid muslin (with darts sewn) on top of the Lana bodice and traced it in pink.

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Then I combined the two with purple pencil.

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Same idea with the back (with the cap sleeves and combining the Lana back bodice and the Madrid muslin with darts).

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The other change I made was to add pockets! I had just drafted this pocket piece for a skirt I sewed for myself (and then for Ansley). I held up the pattern piece for Tier 1 from the Madrid Dress to my body and felt the pocket would be best placed like so:

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I was unsure how to add pockets with an invisible zipper but Heidi figured it out and shared on her blog! (which I saw after finishing my dress ;))

Let's talk about this fabric. It's soft and lovely and pretty stretchy. I wanted to play with the stripes on the outside but kind of wanted to stablize (and finish all of the edges of the bodice) so I opted to cut a full lining for the bodice with the stripes horizontal like they are intended to be. I didn't bother to line up stripes on the lining because it's the lining and because I was running out of fabric. I knew I'd be happier if I added clear elastic to the shoulder seams and the waistband but I was surprised how much ease there was in the waistband after trying it on. I did sew a little bit of regular 1/4 inch elastic to the back only but you can't really tell. Haha. I think if I sewed this dress in a more stable fabric like cotton lycra that it would fit closer.

Anyway, here's how I fully lined the bodice.

I sewed the front pieces to the back for the lining and the main.

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Added clear elastic to the shoulder seams on the main bodice.

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Wonder clipped the front (wrap part of the bodice and neckline) and sleeves with main and lining right sides together and sewed. (and I didn't crop out my husband's drink of choice haha).

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Turned right side out and pressed well. (no pic). Opened up the front and back bodices and sewed right sides together (like this post!) (no pic).

Baste the faux wrap and raw edges together.

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Loving the length as basted. I was surprised how heavy the skirt was, as you can see in the pics. (and how cute would it be with a skirt like this one?!)

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Then add the tiers. :)

You'll notice I only added two tiers due to fabric constraints. And I actually used the selvege instead of hemming. I later sewed on a small snap to keep the wrap closed because the fabric has such nice drape.

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Coffee and Thread Madrid Dress in Knit by replicate then deviate

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I am wanting to sew a cotton lycra or french terry version and/or a cotton lycra bodice with a woven skirt (after resuscitating the serger). Or even a skirt like Emi's!

Thanks for stopping by!!