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!

coffee and thread polina dress by replicate then deviate

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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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Greenstyle Creation's Scarlet Swing Dress

(aka the world's most comfortable dress and one that I will surely live in this summer!)

Greenstyle Creation's Swing Dress by replicate then deviate

(all pictures by my seven year old)

Greenstyle Creation's Swing Dress by replicate then deviate

Greenstyle Creation's Swing Dress by replicate then deviate

I feel like I'm winning the pattern testing lottery lately and I'm grateful. I enjoy getting to sew up patterns early and seeing all the work that goes into creating an outstanding PDF pattern. I also enjoy making sewing friends! And pattern testing helps me get through The Stash quicker. (I'm actually 9/9 for items sewn this year that have come solely from The Stash except for the 12 inches I was short on bias tape for a baby blanket).

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The Greenstyle Scarlet Swing Dress is incredibly versatile. It has five sleeve lengths (including a bell sleeve), a cold shoulder option, a tunic length, an above knee length, an above knee length high/low, below knee length, and below knee length high/low.

This is the elbow sleeves and below knee high/low. The lovely drapey fabric is from the Leisureletics line at Joann's. The employees there have commented I have probably bought more from that line than anyone else at the store. It is lighter weight and more prone to snagging than the compression fabric I bought. I had originally planned to make joggers with it but then I was worried it might be a little see through. Anyway, I'm glad the joggers didn't happen because it was perfect for this dress! I like how the shoulders/sleeves/bust are fitted/shaped in contrast to the wide hem and swing style. I almost made the long sleeved option until I thought how nice and breezy it will be in the summer.

Greenstyle Creation's Swing Dress by replicate then deviate

I did shorten the back by 1.5 inches because it fell at the widest part of my calves but that's the beauty of sewing for yourself! You can make adjustments to fit your body and your preferences!

Greenstyle Creation's Swing Dress by replicate then deviate

I think this dress would be cute paired with a moto jacket or blazer or Sundance Jacket for spring/fall/winter and on its own in the summer.

Greenstyle Creation's Swing Dress by replicate then deviate

I also tested the short sleeved/tunic length in cotton lycra. The fabric shop I bought it from sadly closed. The only thing different on this one is the final neckband was increased by 1.5 inches.

Greenstyle Creation's Swing Dress by replicate then deviate

Isn't it interesting how fabric choice changes the overall look? I love both of these for different reasons/purposes.

Greenstyle Creation's Swing Dress by replicate then deviate

The tunic would be so cute paired with Stride Tights or Inspire Tights. I didn't have time to sew a pair before taking these pictures but these leggings are from my friend's shop, Pocket Innerwear. They make layering pieces designed to hold diabetic pumps or cell phones.

Greenstyle Creation's Swing Dress by replicate then deviate

Thanks for stopping by! Check out the goodness at Greenstyle Creations if you want.<-- affl link. The Endurance Bra is calling my name.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sew Like My Mom's Fern Cardigan

sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

The second Ansley saw the line drawing for the Fern Cardigan she was really excited because I have a similar cardigan and she always comments how she wants one just like it. We had just enough orange interlock fabric to squeeze out the short sleeved version and we LOVE it.

sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

The Fern Cardigan is a darling knit cardigan with a sweet peplum and collar. It comes in short, elbow, or long sleeves. It comes in sizes 12m-8 years or 6 years-16 years or a bundle. There is an optional tie with a bow.

sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

This was a really quick sew and one of the easiest pattern tests I've participated in. I love how the peplum looks in a slightly sturdier fabric. I made Ansley a size 8, which is exactly what she measures. Everything fit together easily. The pattern has a layers option, which makes it easy to cut out and gives me less headaches. The instructions are great!

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Ansley is wearing a Hey June Camden Raglan and Sew Like My Mom Boxwood Joggers.

sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate
sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

Lisbon didn't want to be left out. She is also wearing Boxwood Joggers.

sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

I foresee many versions of the Fern Cardigan in the future!! The Fern Cardigan is on sale through the end of Monday. Thanks for stopping by!

sew like my mom fern cardigan and boxwood joggers by replicate then deviate

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hey June Tallinn Sweater!

If you've been reading my (very sporadic) blog posts (or following on instagram @replicatethendeviate) you know I am a HUGE Hey June Patterns fan!! Adrianna is one of my favorite designers because her designs are well drafted, clearly worded and illustrated (and notched), and fun!

I was extremely lucky to test her newest pattern, the Tallinn Sweater. I was immediately drawn to the asymmetric crossover bodice and the cowl option. But I was a turtleneck hater because they make me claustrophobic. Then Tami posted hers and Adrianna said it was a slightly looser turtleneck and I had to give it a try. Then I wore it for four days straight and I was cozy and less mad at the cold winter wind and I actually forgot I was wearing a turtleneck. It is so good.

(all pictures by my 7.5 year old)

(I'm also wearing the world's best leggings- the sloan leggings)

This is the first version. (The final version has a little more ease through the bust and the sleeves are not symmetric). I used a textured liverpool from LA Finch Fabrics that I picked up after winning a blogiversary giveaway from the very talented Fleurine. (Thanks so much Fleurine!!!!) (side note- you can TEXT LA Finch Fabrics! They answered my questions about the recovery of jegging fabric and helped with a shipping code while I was laying in bed cuddling Lisbon. LIFE CHANGING. Not sponsored.) This was my first time sewing with liverpool. It was kind of shifty when cutting so I used a ridiculous amount of wonder clips and my walking foot, which made a huge difference. I bought this fabric before I started culling through my wardrobe and trying to unify my color scheme and maximize my wardrobe's potential, so while it doesn't match my new vision I am using The Stash which is also an admirable goal, right? Anyway, I don't love the texture of it (but I'm weird and it said textured in the description so there's that) but I love the spongy/foamy feel and how it looks in contrast to the snow!

hey june tallinn sweater by replicate then deviate

hey june tallinn sweater by replicate then deviate

hey june tallinn sweater by replicate then deviate

This is the final version, made in a microfleece from Joann Fabric that has been in The Stash for a while. Ansley is really jealous of it. I made a size L for both, according to my measurements. The fit is perfect. The sleeves on this one feel slimmer than the first one but I'm sure that's fabric related.

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This pattern deserves jazz hands.

hey june tallinn sweater by replicate then deviate

hey june tallinn sweater by replicate then deviate

hey june tallinn sweater by replicate then deviate

The Tallinn Sweater is on sale for $8.50 (instead of $10) for a limited time. If you'd like to use my aff link you'd be the first. <-- this is the only affiliate link in this post.

Thanks for stopping by!