Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Clipper Shorts by Jennuine Designs

Hello! (side note- Lisbon just learned how to type "hello").

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I had the privilege of testing the Clipper Shorts by Jennuine Designs. They are designed for boys and girls (hooray!) with multiple waist band options, optional pockets (slant and/or welt), color blocking options and two lengths (Bermuda- just above the knee and Jamaica- mid thigh (which I didn't know had a name until this test). I LOVE dressing my girls in longer shorts because the provide a little protection on the playground slides and swings and are much more age appropriate. These shorts come in sizes newborn through size 12.

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I chose to sew the regular waistband (which has elastic in the back. There are also instructions for using buttonhole elastic to make them adjustable. I would've done that if I had buttonhole elastic at home). All the finishes in the pattern are tidy and I love the attention to detail Jenn puts in her patterns from including how to finish seams, which way to press them, which seams to topstitch, etc.

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jennuine designs clipper shorts by replicate then deviate

My girls love pockets! These came together beautifully with notches to line everything up properly and instructions to use basting to make sure all pieces stay together. The pockets might be the only reason I can convince Lisbon to wear shorts (because they aren't twirly and pink or purple). They are generously sized so I'll have to remember to check them when doing the laundry.

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The day the pictures were due it was 50F and raining. They were freezing. Lest you feel too bad for us it's 90F today. HAHA. The girls were good sports and I bribed them with this giant umbrella.

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Ansley measures a size 7 hips and 10 waist. I made a straight size 8. Next time I'll grade according to the fitting guide in the (clickable!) instructions. Lisbon measures a size 4 in hips and waist so I made her a 4. It's a little loose in the waist (hence my comment about buttonhole elastic) but it's just right for her to pull her pants up and down by herself. (She is working on asserting her independence). I think I might try sewing up a pants length pair this fall.

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Ansley is also wearing her Schooner Tee, pattern also by Jennuine Designs, and blogged here. Lisbon is wearing a jacket I blogged here.

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jennuine designs clipper shorts by replicate then deviate

jennuine designs clipper shorts by replicate then deviate

jennuine designs clipper shorts by replicate then deviate

Jenn is going to be holding a sew along that starts next Monday. And it looks like the Clipper Shorts are still on sale here! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hey June Handmade's Key Largo Top

Happy Hey June June! I've fan-girled over Adrianna and you must know that nothing has changed! She is awesome sauce! I love how well her patterns are drafted and designed. And she helps me stay a little more modern than my college wardrobe.

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The Key Largo Top is a casual top for lightweight wovens and includes two views (view A has a tie front and view B has a straight hem). The front can be cut on the bias or straight and there are instructions to add a dart if you need one. The sides are slightly shaped and the hem is slightly cropped to balance the relaxed fit of the bodice. There are options for an exposed or hidden binding at the neckline.

My first test version is in a voile from Sew Organic Fabric. This is the original length though the neckline has since been lowered by 1/4 inch. I cut the front on the fold (not on the bias) according to the optional instructions. This is the exposed binding and I tried styling it with a few different skirts. I have read that boxier tops should be paired with closer fitting bottoms but I like how it looks with this tulle circle skirt.

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hey june key largo top by replicate then deviate

I also tried it with a thrifted jean skirt. I'm not sure which styling I like better.

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hey june key largo top by replicate then deviate

This second version is made with seersucker (from The Stash via Hancock Fabrics I think) and is cut on the bias. I lined up the original side of the Key Largo Top with the curved hem of the Willamette Shirt. I used french seams for the sides after hemming the curved hem. I paired this one with a simple knit pencil skirt sewn using Made Everyday's instructions. I also scooped out the front neckline an additional 3/4 inch and used the hidden binding though after the fact I thought the bias binding would've looked nice on the outside.

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hey june key largo top by replicate then deviate

hey june key largo top by replicate then deviate

After further scrutiny I wondered if I should add (the world's smallest) fba. After muslining I got the darts to where I wanted them to be. Then just for fun I added length and turned it into a dress. I cut the front on the bias and on the fold (because another tester did and I couldn't wrap my head around how the fabric would look until I did it). I basically just added as much length as I could and kept the curved hem. I am also stubborn and insisted on adding pockets (which are still too low but not worth unpicking haha) but they are usable and my serger didn't eat my dress this time so I'm happy. This is Gertie Chambray from Joanns (that has also been languishing in The Stash). I sewed a 3/4 inch strip of elastic to the back to account for my sway back and because it's drafted as a shirt, not a dress. (I also just barely had these pics taken, hence the change in hair length haha. This is my ninth or tenth time donating my hair and if I'm ever on Jeopardy I will submit as one of my conversational facts that I've donated more than my height in hair). (All pics by Ansley, who is getting quite good!!)

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hey june key largo top by replicate then deviate

hey june key largo top by replicate then deviate

hey june key largo top by replicate then deviate

So after the fba muslins and the dress I tried on my original blouses with different bras and they are fine so I can wear my more comfy bras and have little or no puckering in the chest. I remembered this beautiful green textured fabric in The Stash (that I used for a dress for Lisbon when we last had professional family pictures taken) and made a fourth Key Largo Top. This one has the front scooped out 3/4 inch and the curved hem of the Willamette. Oh I neglected to mention earlier that I made a size 12 for all of these according to the measurement chart. Anyway, this is basically the same as the blue and white seersucker and I love it. Paired with an old circle skirt.

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hey june key largo top by replicate then deviate

hey june key largo top by replicate then deviate

It is probably apparent I love this pattern! It's on sale through the weekend! Check out the awesomeness in Hey June Handmade's Affiliate link>shop. Thanks for stopping by! And stay tuned to find out if I catch up on the rest of the blog.



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Coffee and Thread Blog Tour- The Polina Dress

Hello Friends!

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I'm ecstatic/elated/slightly intimidated to be joining the Coffee and Thread Blog tour. Thanks for the invite Emi and Olga! I love Olga's aesthetic and kindness and strong work ethic and the blogger line up is phenomenal!! Make sure you enter the giveaway below and there's a discount code at the end of this post. :)

April 3

Enjoyful Makes || Idle Sunshine || ZowieZo Handmade || Angie Burgett



April 4

Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co



April 5

Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line



April 6

Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills ||



April 7

Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi 



April 10

Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn 



April 11

Mouse House Creations || While She was Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort 



April 12

Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams



April 13

Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated 



April 14

Stitched Together || S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony ||

With Love By Eva  /div>


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We decided to make the lovely Polina Dress with the flared sash and circle skirt and flutter sleeves. I used this tutorial though Audrey used the frills from the pattern, which is pretty smart. You could also use the flutters from the Eleena Dress. I am counting this dress as her Easter/birthday/baptism dress!

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coffee and thread polina dress by replicate then deviate

We determined we should make a size eight even though Ansley's chest measures a size seven so she can wear it longer. She has requested another just like it!

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This fabric is a 100% lyocell from Joann. The listing calls it chambray but then the description says it's a chambray alternative. It feels just like the Nicole Miller tencel I picked up last fall. There was just enough left on the bolt for this dress- totally meant to be! The lyocell/tencel is so soft and has a slight sheen and a pretty drape but it still has some substance. It cut much nicer than my (unblogged) dress because I got my scissors sharpened! I used a new needle and my walking foot for most of the sewing and it worked well.

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This pattern calls for interfacing the neckline and the armholes and where the sash attaches so I had to be careful cutting my interfacing since the fabric is so light and it is slightly visible through the fabric. I made sure to make pattern pieces of the interfacing so the process will go faster the next time I make this dress.

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I chose to make the lined bodice and I french seamed the skirt. This dress is beautiful inside and out! And this is the prettiest bow I have ever sewn.

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We used these special storm trooper KAM snaps instead of buttons because my machine hates making button holes and we had just the right amount of storm trooper snaps for this dress.

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All of these pictures are taken on the property of a friend's new home. They bought a one hundred year old school house! Hair by curlformers.

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Examining the little house in the forest.

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All Coffee and Thread patterns are 20% off during the tour with the code "coffeeandthreadtour". Be sure to enter the giveaway!!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Schooner Tee (and Dress) by Jennuine Designs

When I saw the line drawing for the Schooner Tee and Dress I was really excited and slightly stumped by how the flutter sleeves are created. I was fortunate to be selected for pattern testing this clever design! I have sewn a few (unblogged but you can see pictures on instagram @replicatethendeviate) of Jennifer's patterns before (the Verona Dress and the Dressage Leggings) and appreciate the fit and thoughtful construction.

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(as per usual these poses are all Ansley!)

I tested a size seven based on Ansley's measurements. This first version is sewn with rayon spandex (I'm like 99% sure) from LA Finch Fabrics, part of what I ordered last year with the winnings from a giveaway by the lovely Fleurine. It came together easily and fits really well. I used my regular sewing machine for this version, including the hems.

jennuine designs' schooner tee by replicate then deviate

jennuine designs' schooner tee by replicate then deviate

jennuine designs' schooner tee by replicate then deviate

jennuine designs' schooner tee by replicate then deviate

(enviable hair. curls by curlformers after a few days' sleep)

jennuine designs' schooner tee by replicate then deviate

jennuine designs' schooner tee by replicate then deviate

The second version is the final version, also in a size seven. (Modeled with the dressage leggings, with fabric from Joanns) I used french terry from Joanns (not the nicest stuff but it was in The Stash). It doesn't have the best stretch or recovery so I used a scrap of sparkly swim knit for the neckband. Construction was easy and I used my serger for the sides and neckband (after basting because I'm a serger newbie) and the arm "hem." The instructions include a link for a lettuce hem but I just used a regular one because I haven't messed around with the tension or removing needles (though I did manage to rethread it several times!). I serged the bottom too but it kept curling so I pressed it under once and then hemmed it on my sewing machine. This particular french terry tends to shred/lint at the seams.

jennuine designs' schooner tee by replicate then deviate

jennuine designs' schooner tee by replicate then deviate

jennuinedesigns' schooner tee by replicate then deviate

jennuine designs' schooner tee by replicate then deviate

jennuine designs' schooner tee by replicate then deviate

There is a dress version included with this pattern and it has pockets(!) as well as a high low option for the tee (mine are both regular length). This pattern comes with the layers option, which I love for its ease of tracing and because it takes less ink. The Schooner Tee is only $5 to celebrate, no code needed. ($8 regular price). The rest of the shop is also on sale for 25% off with code SCHOONERRELEASE through Sunday midnight EST. Thanks for reading!

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