Sewing with friends; Liana Jeans and Lisbon Cardigan for ITS Love Tour + Giveaway

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My friend Diane of Sewing with D and I decided to work together to sew up two items on our project list, the Lisbon Cardigan and Liana Stretch Jeans from Itch to Stitch (ITS). We had already completed our Lisbons and were about to start on our Lianas when the opportunity to participate in a blog tour in support of Kennis from Itch to Stitch came to the forefront. (See why here)

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Diane and I quickly decided to open up our plans to sew together to the entire Itch to Stitch facebook group so others could join in with us and let’s just say some sewing got done. Hoorah!

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For my stop on the ITS Love tour, I’d like to present my Lisbon and Liana outfit.

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I made up the Lisbon in an interlock knit that’s been in my stash for over five years. The Lisbon is super easy and fast to make, especially if you skip the buttons. I think I finished this project in less than 2 hours cut to finish.

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Being on a bit of a pant making stretch, the Lianas came together easily for me too. All the time I’ve invested into working out my fitting needs and having more practice making pants is really starting to pay off.

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Special thanks to Diane and all the sewists that joined us to make our Liana jeans. I’ve been needing the extra motivation lately.

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As always, please visit my fellow bloggers today.

Replicate Then Deviate, mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, The Petite Sewist,  kreamino

These ITS Love tour sponsors have generously provided wonderful prizes for you to win. See my post here for all the details about the FIVE prize packs we have to Giveaway and how to enter.

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ITS Love Blog Tour

My sewing friends today is the launch of the ITS (Itch To Stitch) Love blog tour.

Recently, Kennis Wong the designer behind Itch to Stitch Patterns returned to find her house thoroughly burglarized. While her fans were going bananas purchasing her patterns to help in her effort to raise funds, several of us thought it would be fun to do a blog tour to continue to support her. And hence the ITS Love Tour was born.

This week we’re showing our Love for ITS patterns and for Kennis by showcasing our favorite patterns new and old. We have tour sponsors that are showing their love and support for Kennis by donating a great collection of prizes for us to giveaway.

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My hope is that you’ll follow along with the tour and if you’d like to lend your support you can do that by purchasing your favorite Itch to Stitch patterns from the shop.

Your ITS Love bloggers are

Monday: Sew Sophie Lynn, Merritts Makes, Sewing with Sarah, Sewing with D

Tuesday:   Shalini’s Blog, Auschicksews, Rebel and Malice, Sewing Vortex

Wednesday:  Replicate Then Deviate, mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, The Petite Sewist,  kreamino

Thursday: Sewing Curves, Creative Counselor, Sew MariefleurFairies, Bubbles & Co, Sewing by Ti

Friday: Harper+Lu, MeMade, On Wednesdays We Sew, Heather Handmade, Bellevi,  and please visit by mooglii on IG

The ITS Love Tour sponsors have been so generous in support of Kennis of Itch to Stitch that we’ve been able to put together several prize packages to share with you.

First, you may enter our giveaway to win one of three prize packs:

Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

$25GC to Simply By Ti  

$50 Raspberry Creek Gift Card

$50 Bella Sunshine gift card

Prize Pack #2 includes:

$50 Knit Pop GC

$25 Designer Stitch GC

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

3 patterns of choice from Coffee And Thread

2 patterns of choice from Hey June Handmade

Prize Pack #3 Includes:

$15 Thread & Grain store credit

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$40 So Sew English GC

3 patterns from Halla Patterns 

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

Your second way to win is to share with us your recent Itch to Stitch creations (made between October and November 2017). Add your creations to our Link Up Party before Nov. 20th for a chance to win one of two prize packs.

LinkUp Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

 A $40 value PFRE Sly Fox Fabrics.

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$50 Love Notions GC

LinkUp Prize Pack #2 includes:

$25 Stylish Fabric GC & sewing box kit

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

5 patterns from Rad Patterns

Pattern of choice from DG Patterns

 

 

Giveaway and Linkup prize winners will be announced on or abou

As always, love.

 

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I’m Thankful For… (Thankful Sewing blog tour)

We’re begining the second week of the Thankful Sewing blog tour and another giveaway. Today, it’s my turn to share what I’ve made to show my thankfulness.

One of the blessings we’ve experienced this year is the addition of two nieces to our family. I’m so thankful for these two girls and the joy they have brought to their parents and the rest of us. I’m especially thankful that I have gained the skills to create something special for them that only their auntie can provide.

My first sewing project for little girls is to make them a set of pajamas for Christmas Eve, a family tradition I began with my son.

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After a search, I found a Raglan Sleeve Dress pattern to pair with the Maxi pants in my pattern stash. The dress pattern was perfect for it’s simplicity to sew and alter.

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I use the cotton flannels from Joann Fabrics to make my pjs. Sure the quality isn’t great, but by the time the fabric is about to wear out the pjs have been outgrown anyway. I’ll be rethinking my approach now that there are younger generations elligable for hand me downs.

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Now, waiting the almost two months until Christmas eve just might be too much. I guess this is the drawback to actually getting things done early.

As always, thanks for reading today and please read on about the blog tour and Giveaway.

Our Thankful Sewing Bloggers are creating something special to share with you to celebrate this month of Thanksgivings! As an extra special surprise, we also have a couple giveaways during each week of the tour. Share your thanks with Petite Stitchery who has a new pattern to share with us, a free pattern giveaway from Sew by Pattern Pieces, and a chance to win a shop credit each week from Simply by Ti!

There’s one more day to enter this weeks Giveaway from Simply by Ti.
Come back Wednesday to enter the week two Giveaway from Simply by Ti.

Intro to the tour

November 1st:

mahlicadesigns

Sewing with Sarah

Week 1:

Nov 1st: Tenille’s Thread

Nov 2nd: Candace Ayala

Nov 3rd: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 4th: Musing of a Seamstress

Nov 5th: Sewing Portfolios

Monday Nov 6th: mahlicadesigns – YOU ARE HERE

Nov 7th: Seams Sew Lo

Week 2:

Nov 8th: Margarita on the Ross

Nov 9th: Stitched by Jennie

Nov 10th: Sewing with D

Monday Nov 13th: 5 outof 4 Patterns

Nov 14th: Tales of a Southern Mom

Week 3:

Nov 15th: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 16th: Octaves of Color

Nov 17th: Kainara Stitches

Nov 18th: Kutti Couture

Nov 19th: The Petite Sewist

Monday Nov 20th: My Heart will Sew On

Nov 21st: Needles to Say

Week 4:

Nov 22nd: Back 40 Life

Nov 23rd: Lovemade Handmade

Nov 24th: Sewing by Ti

Nov 25th: On Wednesdays We Sew

Nov 26th: Paisley Roots

Monday Nov 27th: Mermaid Mama Designs

Nov 28th: Sew Haute Blog

Nov 29th: Ma Moose Handmade

Nov 30th: Everything Your Mama Made & More

Thankful Sewing Blog Tour

When November rolls around we all start think about the things we’re thankful for. Of late, I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationships that I’ve been lucky enough to build with fellow sewists and sewing bloggers.

One of those people is Tibeca from Sewing By Ti. This month, as a small way to show our appreciation for our friend Ti and give her a little time to breathe, Sarah from Sewing with Sarah and are I will be co-hosting the Sewing by Ti monthly blog tour. (Remember Sarah from the last WMIB?)

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Our Thankful Sewing Bloggers are creating something special to share with you to celebrate this month of Thanksgivings! As an extra special surprise, we also have a couple giveaways during each week of the tour. Many thanks to Petite Stitchery who has a new pattern to share with us; a free pattern giveaway from Sew by Pattern Pieces; and a chance to win a shop credit each week from Simply by Ti!

Simply by Ti is giving away a $20 shop credit each week!

And this week only … Petite Stitchery & Co will also be giving away the new Mama Adelyn Pattern.

Please enter here to win this week’s giveaways: Giveaway

Intro to the tourmahlicadesigns & Sewing with Sarah

Week 1:

Nov 1st: Tenille’s Thread

Nov 2nd: Candace Ayala

Nov 3rd: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 4th: Musing of a Seamstress

Nov 5th: Sewing Portfolios

Monday Nov 6th: mahlicadesigns

Nov 7th: Seams Sew Lo

Week 2:

Nov 8th: Margarita on the Ross

Nov 9th: Stitched by Jennie

Nov 10th: Sewing with D

Monday Nov 13th: 5 outof 4 Patterns

Nov 14th: Tales of a Southern Mom

Week 3:

Nov 15th: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 16th: Octaves of Color

Nov 17th: Kainara Stitches

Nov 18th: Kutti Couture

Nov 19th: The Petite Sewist

Monday Nov 20th: My Heart will Sew On

Nov 21st: Needles to Say

Week 4:

Nov 22nd: Back 40 Life

Nov 23rd: Lovemade Handmade

Nov 24th: Sewing by Ti

Nov 25th: On Wednesdays We Sew

Nov 26th: Paisley Roots

Monday Nov 27th: Mermaid Mama Designs

Nov 28th: Sew Haute Blog

Nov 29th: Ma Moose Handmade

Nov 30th: Everything Your Mama Made & More

As always, thanks for reading today.

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Chi Town Chinos- Who Made It Best

Welcome back to Who Made It Best, a series on mahlicadesigns.

Who Made It Best is a friendly challenge where one of my blogger friends joins me in making up the same pattern to see Who Made It Best. The challenge rules are simple: 1. We agree on a pattern to use 2. sew it up to suit our personal styles 3. share it with you and ask you to vote. (Oh, and we keep what we’re up to a secret from each other)

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Sewing with Sarah has joined me in making up the Chi Town Chinos for this week’s challenge. The Chi Town Chinos are a relaxed fit short and skirt pattern with optional expansion packs for a fitted trouser or fitted longer short. Alina Sewing & Design was so kind to provide Sarah with a complimentary copy of the original pattern plus expansion pack for our challenge.  Please check out Sarah’s blog here to see what she made.

I’ve had the inspiration for todays Chi Town jean hack waiting on a Pinterest board until my pant making chops were a little more practiced and for the right boyfriend cut jean pattern to come my way. I had been waiting for the Morgan boyfriend jean pattern to go on sale, when a facebook friend pointed out that I could use my Chi Town pattern instead. Bingo!

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To get the boyfriend cut look, I added 1/2in at the hem line to both the inseam and outseam of the front and back pieces, then graded that increase down to zero just above the knee point. Next, I added width to the pocket pattern piece so I could add a couple tucks to the pocket detail.

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My final pattern modification was to shift the location of the side seams. I wanted the woven striped panel to cover part of the front and back side while still being able to encase the raw edge of my striped woven. I trimmed away 1in from the side seam of the front piece and added 1in to the side seam of the back piece.

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After my pattern alterations I was able to follow the pattern instructions like usual to construct the pants, with one additional step. Before sewing up the side seams, I basted the woven panel to the side seam edge of the back piece and also topstitched the selvage edge of the woven down.

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Details for my enjoyment: 1. Hong Kong finished side seams 2. bound waistband facing 3. label on the fly shield 4. tuck detail on the pocket.

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Blooper reel: 1. button-hole is wonky and a smidge tight 2. I made the front pockets effectively useless by shifting the side seam.

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The Pattern: Chi Town Chino Expansion pack #2 made in size 6 and altered as described.

The Fabric: Grey stretch denim(sold out)  from Finch Fabrics and what I think is a Guatemalan striped woven from inherited stash. The stretch in my denim is a big player in accomplishing the boyfriend fit.

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So, who do you think made their Chi Town’s best? Please visit Sewing with Sarah for more pictures and details on her version, then place your vote for Who Made It Best. The poll will be on both blogs, so you can see both versions before you choose your favorite. Voting open for one week and results will be posted on Instagram.

VOTE HERE

You can also take a look at the Bronte Tee, Shoreline Boatneck, Sorbetto Top,  Greenwood Tank and Cheyenne Tunic that were part of past Who Made It Best challenges.

Are you interested in a challenge? Contact me at mahlicadesigns@gmail.com to join in the WMIB fun for 2018.

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As always, thanks for visiting and voting today.

Fall Favorites 2017

Let’s dream big, shall we,

and pretend we can sew up all that our hearts desire this fall.

You’ve seen that I’ve already started my fall sewing, but there are still quite a few patterns I’m dreaming about for this fall.

Some interesting necklines please.

Isabella Jacket from DG patterns
McCalls 7628

Do I need more knit dresses for winter? YES

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I think I can modify my Toaster Sweater pattern to achieve this look.

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Something for the bottom?

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Lander pants from True Bias

Finally something to top it all off.

Kerry Capelet from Designer Stitch

 

Please share with me what you’re dreaming of making this fall.

As always, thanks for stopping by the blog today.

 

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Brasov Wrap Top

Kennis of Itch to Stitch has created the Holy Grail in the Brasov Wrap Top: a wrap top with a modest neckline. I didn’t think it was possible, but look at how she did it.

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There’s so much to like in this top. The high back neck that smoothly transitions into the front neckline, pleats at the shoulders and side to create nicely draping folds across the bodice, and a curving hem line to reflect the feminine lines of the wrap and draping.

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The Brasov fits very comfortably, but I find myself fiddling with the crossover so it won’t lay too high across my chest.  I’ll resolve this by lowering the front neckline just a bit next time.

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The Pattern: Brasov Wrap Top from Itch to Stitch in a size 6 graded to size 8 at the hips with no other alterations. I did not have to shorten the sleeves as usual for me, Kennis did lengthen the sleeves in the final pattern. (I sewed my Brasov as part of the pattern testing group )

The Fabric: Tomato red cotton/lycra jersey from Simply by Ti. Ti’s cotton/lycra is a little heavier weight which I like for most of my sewing.

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*I received the Brasov for free as a pattern tester. I have included Itch to Stitch affiliate links.