Cardigan Blog tour week

Several bloggers are sharing about their favorite cardigan patterns this week. I’ll talk about mine on Thursday, but in the meantime take a look at what these sewists have to say. You may find the perfect cardigan for you this fall.

Cardigan blog tour

Cardigan Blog Tour September 26-30
Wednesday 28 Doodle Number 5

Thank you and Sew Long Summer

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Thank you again for following along as 25 bloggers shared, in great variety, how we can say Sew Long Summer. Some of you have shared how you used the sponsor discounts, and we had lots of entries in the giveaway (winner announced below). I hope you found inspiration in all that we shared and are ready for the cooler months to come.  I’d really like to see how you’ve been inspired to say Sew Long Summer. Use #sewlongsummer16 or tag @mahlicadesigns on Instagram.

If you missed a day, please link through and leave a comment on what we’ve made.

Sept. 12th Sewing By Ti, Cindy Parrett, Sewing Vortex, Couturious, Nina Makes

Monday Teaser collage

Sept. 13th mahlicadesigns, Musings of a Seamstress, Rainy Day Sewing, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte, Anne-Mari Sews

Tuesday teaser collage

Sept. 14th AppleGreen Cottage, mahlicadesigns, Kaleidothought, PrettiModesti, Olive Ashby, Sewing Bee Fabrics

Wednesday Teaser collage

Sept. 15th  Lulu & Celeste, Diane Cullum of Two Chicklets, Adventures With Bubba and BugThe Pumpkin Room, Sewing A La Carte, Anne-Mari Sews

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Sept. 16th Sewing by Ti, Musings of a Seamstress, Tales of a Tester, Almost a hippy, At Margareta’s Haus, Sewing A La Carte, Wining Wife, and Birds Of A Kettle

Friday teaser collage

And now…..We have a winner!

Damjana has won a pattern of her choice from On the Cutting Floor.

Congratulations! I’ll be in contact with you shortly and happy sewing.

Sew Long Summer inspiration from our sponsors

I’m very thankful to On the Cutting Floor, Blue Dot Patterns, and Zierstoff Patterns for partnering with me to make Sew Long Summer extra fun for you.

On the Cutting Floor is going to give away a pattern of choice to one lucky winner.

The giveaway ends soon so click through here to enter: GIVEAWAY

I already have the Santiago Jacket and the Megan Blouse on my fall sewing list.

 

How great would the Adeline Dress in denim or the long sleeve Sarah Dress in a double knit be for fall?

Use Code: SEWLONG for 50% off patterns from On the Cutting Floor   (Ends 9/17/16)

From Blue Dot Patterns I’m wanting another Ally Skirt in red. I love cotton sateen, but a fine corduroy would be cool weather appropriate.

May I suggest the Georgia Top in a cuddly french terry or following Diane’s tutorial for hacking her Dover Jacket into a car coat length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use Code: SewLongSummer for 25% off patterns from Blue Dot Patterns (Ends 9/17/16)

I’ve already used the discount to buy the SVEA pants from Zierstoff Patterns, but keep finding more that I want to make on every visit to their site.

The ALIZIA is speaking my colorblocking language and the KAREN has a great fit and cowl to keep you warm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use Code: zierstoffpatterns20 for 20% off patterns at Zierstoff Patterns  (Ends 9/17/16)

There’s just a few more hours to take advantage of these discounts, so get going.

Thank you so very much for reading along with the Sew Long Summer tour and leaving comments for the participating bloggers.

 

 

**I have an affiliate relationship with On the Cutting Floor, meaning if you make a purchase through my links to her site, I’ll receive a small portion of the sale.

Sew Long Summer, its Fri-yay!

I start planning SLS in July (yeah, I’m an over-planner), so I personally feel like I’ve been waiting a long time to see how people are inspired by Sew Long Summer, so I’m a little sad that today is the last day that I get to share what the bloggers in the SLS blog tour have created for us all to see.

Please take a visit to Sewing by TiMusings of a SeamstressTales of a TesterAlmost a hippyAt Margareta’s HausSewing A La Carte, Wining Wife, and Birds Of A Kettle today and thank them for sharing their creations with us.

Friday teaser collage

Have you entered the GIVEAWAY!

The blog tour sponsors are sharing discounts with you for a couple more days, so don’t miss out.

Zierstoff Patterns 20% off patterns   Code: zierstoffpatterns20  Ends 9/17/16

Blue Dot Patterns       25% off patterns    Code: SewLongSummer  Ends 9/17/16

On the Cutting Floor   50% off patterns   Code: SEWLONG   Ends 9/17/16

Sponsor Collage Final

Would you like to share how you say “Sew Long Summer”?  Use #sewlongsummer16 on Instagram and facebook and I’ll feature you in a wrap up post at the end of the blog tour.

Sew Long Summer featuring Diane of Two Chicklets

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Please welcome Diane from Two Chicklets to mahlicadesigns today. It’s a delight to be acquainted with Diane through sewing groups on facebook; she’s a prime example of the wonderful people in the sewing community with her good sense of humor and helpful spirit.

Thank you, Melissa, for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. When I saw the Sew Long Summer group on FB, I remembered it from last year and thought I was signing up to see the blog posts. Little did I know what I was getting myself in for! Some day or year I’ll figure out blogging for myself. Actually it’s been fun though, and I hope you hang around to see what Sew Long Summer means to everyone else on the tour!

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There were many patterns that I didn’t get sewn before leaving for our vacation this summer, so it took lots of mulling before I decided what I wanted to sew. I ended up deciding on Lady Topas since I’ve had the pattern for quite a while (probably more than a year). I found it at Mialuna24.com and it’s a free one to try. Yay, bonus! It comes in sizes XS-XXL with fabric requirements of 60cm-105cm of 140cm wide. This top from my closet is one I love and is almost the same style. So why not have another to love!

Diane's closet sample

Choosing fabric was easy, I knew I wanted to use this happy stripe that I bought at Joann’s last summer, and decided it needed a solid for the curved pieces.

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But then…oh no, the pattern (and the instructions) are in German! My teen son is taking German at school this year as his language choice, but school just started. He probably won’t be learning sewing terms anyway, lol. During open house, when I met his teacher, she encouraged all of the parents to learn German along with their child so we could quiz them before tests, etc. She gave us a website to go to and I started the next day. Wellll, needless to say I haven’t learned enough German to read the instructions, and the translator app my son downloaded for me didn’t help much either. Hallo, Ich bin Diane (hello, I am Diane) and I am in trouble!

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Good thing the top is pretty basic with few pieces. I measured the bodice piece to help decide which size to make after looking at the chart.

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I was able to figure out most of the directions by looking at the pictures (yay for great pics)! There were a couple of times when I wasn’t sure and was able to use the app. One thing I didn’t know, at least until it was too late, is that the seam allowance is not included. Oops! At least there is enough ease that my top still fits!

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Even with the language barrier, I cut and sewed up my top in an afternoon. And wow, was it ever worth the hassles I had! I love this top! It is a relaxed fit, comfortable to wear, and the thin straps are perfectly placed to cover my bra straps. I even love the way my soft knit drapes just right. I love the dress version in the inspiration photos so I may just have to make another. After all, living in Phoenix means that our summer goes on long after school starts! Sew Long and so long!

You can learn more about Diane and Two Chicklets through her facebook page and her etsy store.

Stop by today’s bloggers for more inspiration.

 Lulu & Celeste, Diane Cullum of Two ChickletsAdventures With Bubba and BugWining WifeThe Pumpkin RoomSewing A La CarteAnne-Mari Sews

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And…enter our giveaway for a pattern from On the Cutting Floor.

How about some fun discounts and coupon codes from our sponsors:

Zeirstoff Patterns 20% off patterns   Code: zierstoffpatterns20  Ends 9/17/16

Blue Dot Patterns       25% off patterns    Code: SewLongSummer  Ends 9/17/16

On the Cutting Floor   50% off patterns   Code: SEWLONG   Ends 9/17/16

Sponsor Collage Final

Zircon Sweater for Sew Long Summer

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I’m saying Sew Long Summer by dusting off my fall sewing wish list and making it happen.

One of the projects on the top of my list was to make another Zircon Sweater from Paprika Patterns. The inserts on the Zircon let me have two of my favorite things; geometric shapes and high contrast colors.

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I’ve made the Zircon before, so I knew no alterations were needed. Take note that the Zircon sleeve is supposed to be bracelet length, but hits my shorty self right at the wrist were I prefer it.

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Those inserts might look scarey to make correctly, but if you follow the directions and take your time to line up the stitching lines, you’ll be good to go.

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Zircon Sweater #2

 

Stop by today’s bloggers for more inspiration.

AppleGreenCottagemahlicadesignsKaleidothought, PrettiModesti, Olive Ashby, Sewing Bee Fabrics

Wednesday Teaser collage

And…enter our giveaway for a pattern from On the Cutting Floor.

How about some fun discounts and coupon codes from our sponsors:

Zeirstoff Patterns 20% off patterns   Code: zierstoffpatterns20  Ends 9/17/16

Blue Dot Patterns       25% off patterns    Code: SewLongSummer  Ends 9/17/16

On the Cutting Floor   50% off patterns   Code: SEWLONG   Ends 9/17/16

Sponsor Collage Final