Zahara

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I have been so ecstatic with the styles that have been released lately, and this gorgeous pattern is no exception. This is the Zahara peplum and dress from Sansahash. I love the bodice design, and after going through a couple of versions in testing, I can say the fit is perfection.

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This is another sew I was excited to have done, but not looking forward to actually sewing. Woven bodice, princess seams, slippery fabric, lace, so I can’t use a serger to finish seams, invisible zipper. It all sounds horrible, right? Hahaha! But I had an afternoon, and look what happened again! This was done while working with the girls on math, reading history and science to them, working with my preschooler on his school, cooking supper, etc… And just like that, it was finished, and photographed in one afternoon! (The pictures came after supper, waiting for the good light).

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I love everything Mgeni designs. I’m sounding like a broken record, but I don’t care. Now that I know how easy this is to sew, I might make another version for my oldest. The fancy fabric ideas are swirling.

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My daughter is IN. LOVE. with this dress. She felt like a princess, and told me that she is going to wear this exact outfit when we go see the production of White Christmas in a few weeks. I might have to make her a velvet jacket to go over it.

You can get this on sale for release week! I hope you will love it as much as I do.

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Zahara

Fabric sources:

lace and lining from Joann

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Rushbrook Top

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I was so honored to be asked to participate in this blog tour for the Rushbrook pattern! I have owned Titchy Threads patterns for quite a while now, but have never sewn one. So I was eager to see what all the fuss was about. I bought my first pattern from them because it came highly recommended, and I have heard only more praise in the years since. The Rushbrook top and dress pattern did not disappoint. This is a well drafted and graded pattern with every little thing exactly detailed. The bindings fit perfectly, the notches lined up perfectly, it is a beautiful thing to sew. The inside is finished with french seams, though she gives directions on how to go about skipping them if you prefer a quicker sew. I chose to do the french seams, because when you’re sewing a high quality pattern, it just feels wrong to skimp 🙂

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There are multiple options included. You can choose top or dress length, optional hem facing or hem ruffle, and then you can add sweet, curved patch pockets, or shoulder flutters.

I also used metal snaps for the first time on this project. I love my plastic snaps, but they didn’t feel quite right to me with this fabric+pattern. I picked up a little package from Joann, and used my hammer, and a couple of the kid’s blocks. It was pretty simple. The snaps were a little harder to line up than my usual method I have for plastic snaps, so if anyone has any tips on that, I’d love them!

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The back has a beautiful racerback, one of my favorite tank designs. This will be perfect for spring or summer, but it’s just as cute under a cardigan for fall or winter! I am so happy with this make, and I think my daughter is too. She wore it all day after taking these pictures.

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The fabric is indigo dot chambray from Robert Kaufman. I bought it from Raspberry Creek Fabrics last year, and I think she stocks it, or very similar fabric regularly. I bought a yard of it, just because it was gorgeous, and then the right project never presented itself until now. I was easily able to fit this top on the one yard. This is a size 8, for reference.

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Please check out the other stops on this tour. I’ve seen some fun versions, and go check out the rest of the patterns from Titchy Threads too. Thank you for reading!

Rushbrook Dress and Top Blog Tour

 10th – my cozy co / while she was sleeping

11th – Made by Sara / Pear Berry Lane

12th – Buzzmills / Fairies, Bubbles & Co

17th – Sew Many Adventures / it’s Liesel

18th – Spools + Oodles of Fun / S is for Sewing

19th – Giddy Ants / La Folie sewing booth

Brunch Blouse

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Who loves woven more than knit? I can’t ever decide. Every time I sew woven after I’ve been sewing a lot of knit, I think how wonderful it is, and then when I go back to knit after sewing woven for a while, I am like, why did I ever leave you? Ha. Anyway. I also can’t decide which I prefer to wear. Knit is the most comfortable, but then I put on a woven top like this, and think how it doesn’t cling to anything, and it’s actually pretty much as comfortable as my knits! Now you know a lot about me. #cantcommit #indecisive

So, this is the Brunch Blouse from Patterns for Pirates. It includes tank, cap sleeve, or short sleeve. It’s a dolman sleeve, so #fast and the back includes a seam down the middle for great shape, and easy swayback adjustments. It also includes optional waist ties, a henley placket, and dress lengths, so you really can make almost any look you imagine. There are a few great hacks on the blog for this as well!

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I made this one out of voile, so it’s perfectly light, and comfortable. It’s a little easier to sew than rayon too, which is also one of my top fabrics of choice for apparel woven, so the dart was super easy to sew. This one is the cap sleeve option.

There is a mini version too, the Bitty Brunch Blouse, which I love! Also #alliterationismyfavorite 🙂 The style is so easy to wear, and perfect for all seasons. I think the dolman sleeve wears well under a layering piece like a cardigan. I did not make the final version of the Bitty Brunch Blouse, so I don’t have photos to share.

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Grab the patterns on sale through the weekend, or bundled for even more savings!

Brunch Blouse

Bitty Brunch Blouse

Brunch Blouse Bundle

Fabric sources:

Hobby Lobby

 

Sweet Bow Dress

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This is another installment in the Summer of Woven from Patterns for Pirates! This one is an update to one of their older patterns, the Sweet Bow Dress. And the mega bow is everything!!! I made 2 versions. One dress length, and one maxi. There is also a top length included, and a small bow, or the mega bow. I did mega, OF course.

This pattern had a few fit issues tweaked, and I am so happy with the fit that they achieved. The blue dress is one of the earlier versions.

This blue version was fun to make because it was another piece of fabric I got from my friend that I shared about a few weeks ago. It’s fun to have fresh fabric in your stash, and I hope it’s fun for my friends to see their fabric having a new life!

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The maxi version was added towards the end of testing, and it is perfect for this style! I used georgette for my skirt, which my daughter loves. She wore this maxi dress to church the Sunday after I made it!

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The pattern will be on sale for the re-release for $7.50. You can find many more photos on larger and smaller sizes in the listing. You will love this! It is a quick sew too, even though I didn’t think it would be. It’s straightforward, and there are only TWO pages to print for all sizes!! #YES

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This sweet dress will is a favorite in my house for sure!!

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Sweet Bow Dress

Fabric sources:

Blue cotton woven: friend’s stash

Gingham bow: vintage from a garage sale

Black floral bodice: woven from Hancock

Georgette: Hobby Lobby

 

 

Cat’s Cradle

 

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I have been following the Sewing Portfolios website since it began, and I am eager to share this post about it! The name is self-explanatory. You can create a portfolio of your sewing work, with a profile, photos of your projects, and lots of information about what you sew! There is a detailed form to fill out, and it is completely free! You can also be a business member if you have a fabric or pattern or some other sewing related business, and it is also free! The beauty comes in the opportunity to collaborate. Businesses can search for seamstresses to participate in the projects they are planning. Once you’re in the system, you can join the Facebook group for Sewing Portfolios members. A lot of opportunities are posted there also. That’s where I was able to apply to be a Sewing Portfolios ambassador, and feature this fabric on my blog! There are lots of features you should check out for yourself, but it has been very handy using my Sewing Portfolios link when applying for a tester call. I know all my information is in one place! I would encourage you to sign up if you haven’t. Who knows what opportunities will come from it!

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I was sent some fabric from the new Cat’s Cradle line from Michael Miller. The choice of what to make was completely mine, and I will say I went through about 36249872635 options before I finalized my vision 🙂 #normal But I am in awe of this stunning outfit that is half due to the gorgeous patterns, and half due to the amazing fabric I was working with.

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The fabric quality is top notch, and the prints are crisp and gorgeous. I love that the gold is metallic.

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The top is the new Symi Blouse from Lil Luxe Collection in the white Starbrite print. This pattern is designed for apparel woven, with good drape, or knits. If you cut it out of woven, the front of the blouse will be cut on the bias so that the cowl neck drapes correctly. This fabric was probably not quite perfect for this style, but I am very happy with how it lays anyway. The racerback, and flutters equal all the heart eyes for me. And my daughter loves the knot in the front.

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The star of the show is this Cat’s Cradle print. I made the Gigi Skirt from Mingo & Grace. This pattern comes with a top, so it’s a fantastic deal! I cut the skirt the width of fabric to make it as full as possible, it was just a little more than the pattern called for, so it’s not much different than designed. And when my daughter put her hands in the pockets she said, “these are huge!” Well designed pockets 🙂 I made this skirt from 1 yard, not including the pockets, and had just a tiny scrap left. This is size 10, for reference.

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Making bows is one of my favorite quick projects, and I had a fresh pattern that I wanted to try. Duchess & Hare just shared a free pattern for fabric bows, and it is perfectly sweet! I made this (and the pockets on the skirt) from the navy Night Lights print. It coordinates perfectly with the outfit!

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The results from all three patterns ended in professional, well-fitting garments, and I am happy to recommend all of them! These were all new to me patterns even though I had owned more than one of them for a little while 🙂

I hope you will log into Sewing Portfolios, and set up an account, or update your account with a few more projects. And also check out Michael Miller fabrics, and all of their new lines!

This was an extremely rewarding collaboration for me, and I am so excited to share it with all of you!

I’m also over on the Michael Miller Fabrics blog! Check out my interview and photos there!!

Quinn

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I made the Quinn pattern during testing last year, and it was one of my favorite makes. I ended up loving the style, but as sewing goes, there’s always something new to make, and even favorites get pushed down the list.

Made for Mermaids had a flash back Friday contest a couple of weeks ago to sew the Quinn pattern and share, and all you need to do is offer me a chance at free patterns to make something jump up to the top of my list. Lol! I didn’t win, but the dress I got out of it is worth so much more!

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Story time: My friend messaged me and some other of her friends saying she was purging some of her, and her mom’s fabric, and to come look to see if we wanted any, or it was going to Goodwill shortly. I messaged her back the next day (Friday) saying I could come anytime next week if there was any left. She told me that her other friend had already planned to come pick up whatever was left on Monday, so if I want something, I had to come before then. SO, I left right then. Haha! We had a free afternoon, and she lives on my side of town so it wasn’t time consuming.

I warned the girls that they would not be picking fabric for themselves. Our local fabric store has a scrap bin for the kids, and so they are spoiled thinking they get scraps wherever we go. But when I was done looking, my daughter pulled out this tie dye fabric from a box, with begging in her eyes, and I decided I could get it to make her happy. I would have left this there if she hadn’t asked.

Story time part two: Friday nights are my sew nights. We host company for dinner, and then my husband entertains them (usually playing xbox or brewing beer) and I am left alone in glorious silence. Weekends are full with family time and church, and weekdays are full with kids and house responsibilities, so I make the most of my Friday nights.

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This Quinn contest came up that Friday, and I had nothing else pressing to sew, so I cut out and finished most of it that night. The next morning, I threaded elastic, gathered and attached the skirt, and that was all finished before 8 that Saturday morning, which is also my favorite photo time, so we popped outside to snap these photos. My daughter chose the maxi version of this pattern, and she loves the dress so much. I love it so much because she chose the fabric, and the pattern options.

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Sewing feeds my creative soul. My girls still love wearing hand made. I love that it is mutually beneficial and enjoyable for all of us!

The Quinn pattern comes highly recommended by my daughter and me!

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Quinn

Fabric sources:

Friend’s stash 🙂

 

 

Josephine

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This gorgeous dress pattern was featured in the One Thimble e-zine, issue 15, and it was on the cover!

I want to quickly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the One Thimble issues I have purchased, and am impressed at the quality, and substantialness of the articles, and tutorials included, on top of receiving around 10 full pdf patterns. The price is $25 AUD, which currently makes it quite a bit cheaper if you’re in the US, and even if you only want a handful of patterns in the issue, it’s still a great deal when you break it down to price per pattern!

Ok, so the reason I’m posting about this dress now, is the Issue 16 is almost here, and so the Josephine pattern has gone home to Bella Sunshine Designs! Melissa from BSD designed this dress for One Thimble, and it is now available for purchase individually, on her site!

This is a drop waist top or dress, with cap sleeves, and princess seaming on the bodice. The back is finished with a zipper. Three lengths are included, top length, vintage dress, and knee length dress. The inside is as beautiful as the outside with all seams enclosed, INCLUDING the cap sleeve seams, and the zipper! I made this in one afternoon in spite of the fact that it’s not a quick and dirty sew, and that included making decisions about fabric and trim. 🙂

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It comes in sizes 6mo-12. I think this is a gorgeous style for so many ages. My daughters do not love wearing the woven things I make them all that much, so while I was smitten with this design, I was afraid I was doing a lot of work for nothing, but since I made this a few months ago, I can safely say it has been in frequent rotation, and when she first saw it, she gasped, and told me she loved it!

The best part is that it’s on sale right now for only $5.50!! I think that’s a great deal for a pattern of this quality!

If you love it, go pick it up, and sew a gorgeous dress this week!

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Josephine

Fabric sources:

All mystery woven and trims from a hand-me-down stash