Breaking Ground Tour Wrap Up & Sneak Peeks

Thanks for following along this week with the Breaking Ground Blog tour.

There has been a lot of firsts and taking on challenges by the bloggers. The full list of tour participants is below. I hope you’ll take a look at today’s bloggers and go back and catch any that you’ve missed.

Today’s bloggers are:

 Anne-Mari Sews, Tales of a TesterSewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Harper + Lu,  Sewing A La Carte, Sprouting Jube Jube, Lulu & Celeste

How about a few teasers.

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The Full Tour:

Monday March 20- Anne-Mari Sews, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Tenille’s Thread, Couturious, Embrace Everyday, Sewing A La Carte

Tuesday March 21- mahlicadesigns,  Kaleidothought,  Ronda B Handmade, Elizabeth Made This

Wednesday March 22- Rainy Day SewingAnne-Mari Sews, Sprouting Jube JubeSewing A La CarteTales of a Tester

Thursday March 23- mahlicadesigns, Lulu & Celeste, Very BlissfulSprouting Jube Jube, Ronda B Handmade, Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday March 24- Anne-Mari Sews, Tales of a TesterSewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Harper + Lu,  Sewing A La Carte

If all these posts have you inspired, I’ve recently added an Indie Pattern List to my blog as a resource to help you find more designers.

As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Breaking Ground with Designer Stitch

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The Gypsy Tunic Dress from Designer Stitch was an easy choice for the Breaking Ground Tour. I loved the kimono sleeve style and the maxi length option the first time I saw it. The tester photo gallery is full of great examples and the patterns in her shop show some skillful drafting, so I knew this was a designer I needed to try.

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I look at the Gypsy as the perfect summer dress for me. The kimono sleeve and loose fit are good for letting the body breath in warm weather, the elastic waistband gives the dress shape while still being comfortable, and the maxi length is ideal for when I want to cover my legs.

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The Gypsy also comes with a crossover front, hi-lo hem, and tunic options.

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It seems like I’m constantly learning about new indie pattern designers and it can seem overwhelming to keep track of it all. I’ve recently added an Indie Pattern List to my blog to catalogue them all. I hope this will be a helpful resource for you.

As always, thanks for joining me today. Please visit my fellow bloggers on today’s Breaking Ground blog tour:

Very Blissful, Ronda B Handmade, Adventures with Bubba and Bugmahlicadesigns

Here’s a little sneak peak.

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Breaking Ground Tour Sneak Peeks for Wednesday

Thanks for following along with the Breaking Ground Blog tour.

Today’s bloggers are:

Rainy Day Sewing,   Anne-Mari Sews,   Sprouting Jube Jube,

Sewing A La Carte,    Tales of a Tester

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Today’s sneak peaks are some beautiful inside finishes and oh that darling face!

If all these posts have you inspired, I’ve recently added an Indie Pattern List to my blog to catalogue them all. I hope this will be a helpful resource for you.

As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Breaking Ground with Laela Jeyne

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I put new pajamas on my sewing wishlist for 2017, because my current pj situation is comprised of mismatched super stretched out pieces with a long list of other problems. The Breaking Ground challenge was just the kick in the pants I needed to get this wadrobe hole taken care of.

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I chose the Laela Jeyne Comfy Cozy Pjs for it’s classic style and it’s many options. With this pattern I can sew with knits or wovens, I can make long sleeves and long pants for winter, short sleeves and shorts for summer, and I can choose a low or regular rise. Bases covered.

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Since I’m all about stashbusting this year and I had over 5 yards of plaid and some matching check print to use up, I decided to go big and make myself a summer and winter set of the Comfy Cozy PJs. I’ve never sewn with plaid so, that was going to be Breaking Ground too. I thought this was a great idea until about hour three of plaid matching and cutting pattern pieces. Ugh!

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Plaid matching aside, the construction of the pjs went together very smoothly. The step by step instructions with photos made it super easy. I’m also thankful for the sleeve and pant cuffs that saved me from a ton of hemming.

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Now I’d like to find some nice double knit to make another set for next winter.

Thanks for reading about my Breaking Ground project today.

Please visit todays other bloggers in the Breaking Ground Blog Tour:

mahlicadesigns,  Kaleidothought,  Ronda B Handmade, Elizabeth Made This

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As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Breaking Ground Blog Tour from mahlicadesigns

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour. This week almost 20 bloggers have joined me to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, with a focus on smaller indie designers. I also threw out an extra challenge to see who would break ground with new tecniques, styles, or whatever way they wanted to push themselves.

I’ll be posting here daily with teasers and links to each days bloggers and showing some of my Breaking Ground makes too.

Today we have:

Anne-Mari Sews,  Sewing By Ti,  Musings of A Seamstress,  Tenille’s Thread,  Couturious, Embrace Everyday,  Sewing A La Carte

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The Full Tour:

Monday March 20- Anne-Mari Sews, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Tenille’s Thread, Couturious, Embrace Everyday, Sewing A La Carte

Tuesday March 21- mahlicadesigns,  Kaleidothought,  Ronda B Handmade, Elizabeth Made This

Wednesday March 22- Rainy Day SewingAnne-Mari Sews, Sprouting Jube JubeSewing A La CarteTales of a Tester

Thursday March 23- mahlicadesigns, Lulu & Celeste, Very BlissfulSprouting Jube Jube, Ronda B Handmade, Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday March 24- Anne-Mari Sews, Tales of a TesterSewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Harper + Lu,  Sewing A La Carte

It seems like I’m constantly learning about new indie pattern designers and it can seem overwhelming to keep track of it all. I’ve recently added an Indie Pattern List to my blog to catalogue them all. I hope this will be a helpful resource for you.

As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Stripey Boatneck featuring Simply By Ti

I’d like to thank Marta of doguincho for posting her beautiful Miss Marlene top and fueling the flames of inspiration for today’s Stripey Boatneck top. Inspiration often languishes on my pinterest boards for lack of pattern or just the right fabric. Not this time though. I have my tnt boatneck pattern (Butterick 6084 oop) at the ready and Simply by Ti Fabrics let me pick this wonderful rayon in ivory and black stripes to feature in a blog post.

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The Fabric: Rayon Spandex in ivory and black stripes from Simply by Ti. I love the drape of rayon, but it comes with the drawback of being a little clingy, a bear to sew, and I’ve been burned by instantly piling fabric. What I like most about the rayon from Simply by Ti is that it is a little heavier than the other rayon spandex blends I’ve used. The heavier rayon knit is a just a smidge easier to sew and press, is not as clingy, has the opacity I want in a light color, and still drapes nicely. I think with every rayon I’ve used before, the fibers start to lift or pill right away- very annoying. The surface of Ti’s rayon is still perfect after washing and manipulating- I’m very pleased.

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The inserts are a super stretchy, shiny cotton blend that I saved from shortening some rtw pants. I thought they looked like faux leather, so I kept them for a time such as this.

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A very simple pattern hack, some scrap busting, and viola; I have a modern twist on a very classic look.

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The Pattern: Butterick 6084 oop. To make space for an insert, I dropped the shoulder seam point by 1/2in on the front and back bodice pieces and smoothed out the neck lines on the pattern pieces.

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I folded over the hems for front and back necklines stabilizing with knit-n-stable from Pellon. Next I positioned my shoulder inserts, leaving 1 inch between the front and back bodice at the shoulder and pinned in place. I then stitched my necklines through all layers and proceeded to finish the tee according to the directions.

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Next time, I would sew the inserts in differently, as the neckline tends to stand up and roll forward along the inserts, but I can live with it.

 

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As always, thanks for stopping by today, and join me next week for the Breaking Ground Blog Tour.

*Simply by Ti provided the fabric for today’s creation. These are my honest thoughts on the fabric.

Lightning Tee for Petitboo Blog Tour

I’ve been doing a little better about spreading out the sewing love and sewing for my little guy. I’d like to share about the Lightning Tee from Petitboo Patterns (formerly E+M) that I made up recently for the PetitBoo Blog Tour to help promote their rebranding. (Discount code below)

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The lightning tee was an easy pick for me because the lightning shape is so graphic and gives a superhero look; and there are all kinds of color blocking options in this shirt. The puppy heros fabric in my stash was just right to play off the graphic shape.

I’m so pleased with how it came out and can see using this pattern over and over again.

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At first I was a little concerned that I picked a tough pattern with all those angles to sew in, but the bodice pieces are layered over each other and topstitched together instead. So easy.

To make sure I lined things up evenly, I used my chalk marker to mark the 1/2in seam allowance on one side and then lined up the raw edge of the other piece along the chalk line to get a perfect 1/2in overlap. I did just fine pinning and sewing along the topstitching lines of this seam, but I could see how something like Wonder Tape would work great here too.

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I made a size 5/6 for my almost 5 year old and he has plenty of growing room as planned.

The hardest part of this pattern was picking out which colors to use where.

I have my eye on the Hemlock tee for boys too- another a colorblock tee with a nice buttoned shoulder and side split at the hem.

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The Fabric: I paired my stashed print with a turquoise cotton lycra from Simply by Ti*. The cotton lycra from Simply by Ti worked perfectly for this project; it has good recovery, doesn’t curl up after being cut, and was easy to sew.  The front piece is topstitched together along the lightning zigzag and there was no problem with stretching or rippling of the cotton lycra. I had 1in of shrinkage in my one yard cut after washing cold drying low/med heat. There was some edge curling after washing but I find that to be normal.

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I have a discount code for you from Petitboo etsy shop!

Use code: petitboo50 for 50% off in the etsy store.
Good from Monday (March 6th) 12:00 am to Friday 11:59 pm (March 10th).

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Please join my blogging friends for more from the Petitboo Pattern tour this week:

 

 

As always, thanks for visiting today!

 

Petitboo Patterns provided me a complimentary copy of the Lightning Tee pattern to use in the Petitboo Blog Tour.
Simply by Ti provided me a sample of her cotton lycra in exchange for a review. These are my honest observations of the fabric.