Sew Long Summer, Hello Astoria and Pirate Pencil

I say Sew Long Summer by sewing up new fall outfits. My newest outfit is the Astoria Sweater from Seamwork Magazine and the Pirate Pencil Skirt from Patterns 4 Pirates.

I knew they would make a colorful fall outfit that I can also leverage for my business casual office. (Oh hey, keep reading to learn about the Sew Long Summer blog tour)

The Astoria

This is my first time trying a pattern from Seamwork magazine. My first impression of the Astoria was it’s overkill of information except for an accurate description of the two versions. I had to dig to find that the versions are long sleeve and 3/4 sleeve. (The 3/4 sleeve descriptor is actually on the pattern piece inventory- nowhere else) I made a straight size Med per my measurements and I’d say it’s a good fit.

The Pirate Pencil Skirt

The Pirate Pencil is a free pattern, but is not lacking in the time and effort put into regular quality patterns. My only critique is that the print instructions don’t have you print pages 18 & 23 for the above knee version. You will need them. The only thing I’d change is adding a little length for next time.

I used stash fabrics to make both pieces; a striped ponte knit to make up the Pirate Pencil and a textured double knit for the Astoria.

Thanks for reading today.

 

The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along and comment on their posts this week.

Sept. 9th   Sewing A La Carte,  mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing With Sarah

Sept. 10th The Bear and Pea Atelier, Auschick Sews, Stitched by Jennie, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, A Rose Tinted World, mahlicadesigns

Sept. 12th Little Heart Threads, Lulu and Celeste, The Crafting Fiend, Fils Anddraps

Sept. 13th  Petite Font, Sew 4 Five, The Sewing Scientist, Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Kitty Makes It

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Sew Long Summer blog tour 2019

Welcome to Sew Long Summer blog tour 2019, my annual tour to to say goodbye to all things summer and get ready for fall and winter.

We’re going to have a fun one this year.

A nice group of sewing bloggers are going to share with you how we say “Sew Long Summer” (read on for details)

Sew Long Summer is all about getting those transitional wardrobe pieces ready, finishing up all those things we meant to make this summer, and basically whatever Sew Long Summer means to you.

Today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers are:

  Sewing A La Carte,  mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing With Sarah

Please stop by their blogs and share what you think of their efforts by leaving them a comment!

The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

Sept. 9th   Sewing A La Carte,  mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing With Sarah

Sept. 10th The Bear and Pea Atelier, Auschick Sews, Stitched by Jennie, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, A Rose Tinted World, mahlicadesigns

Sept. 12th Little Heart Threads, Lulu and Celeste, The Crafting Fiend, Fils Anddraps

Sept. 13th  Petite Font, Sew 4 Five, The Sewing Scientist, Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Kitty Makes It

As always, thanks for reading along with me.

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Sew Long Summer, Hello Michelle & Robinson

I say Sew Long Summer by sewing up new fall outfits. My newest outfit is the Michelle Cardigan from DG Patterns* and the Robinson Trousers from Ensemble Patterns. Both of these hit my sewing list way back in the spring when I first saw the Michelle pattern at its release and then I won the Robinson Trouser pattern in a facebook group. I knew they would be a perfect fall outfit. (Oh hey, keep reading to learn about the blog tour and GIVEAWAY!)

The Michelle

I chose a sweater knit from The Fab Clique to make my Michelle cozy for fall. I’m really liking this reddish color on me.

I started with a size 10, per the sizing chart, but ended up sizing it down to an 8 from the waist up. It’s a roomy fitting top so you may want to choose your size with that in mind.

 

I do have a little tip on the Michelle construction. When you fold up the front curved hem there is a slight gap (shown in blue) between the hem allowance and the side seam. In most knits this probably isn’t a problem, but in the sweater knit it created a weak point between the side seam and the upturned hem. To avoid this you can stretch the fabric in the hem allowance to be caught in the side seam or you can include an extra tab of fabric when cutting to make sure the hem allowance reaches the side seam.

The Robinson Trousers

I used a lightweight (6-7oz) stretch denim from deep in my stash for the Robinsons and boy do I wish I could photograph black better so you could really see them.

The designer has combined comfort and style in the Robinsons. The elastic waistband and easy fit are paired with a faux fly, nice sized front slash pockets, optional patch pockets for the back, and several finishing options at the ankle to make these more than a simple pair of pull on pants.

I chose to make the exposed zipper and tab closure at the ankle ’cause that’s just my style. I think they look pretty cool.

 

All week we have sewing bloggers sharing how they say Sew Long Summer. The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along.

Sept. 10th   Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Manning the Machine, mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Crafting Fiend

Sept. 12th Auschick Sews, Aurora Design Fabrics, My Heart Will Sew On, Vicky Myers Creations

Sept. 13th Flaxfield Sewing, Sewing with D, Musings of a SeamstressMake it Sew with the Bear and Pea AtelierPetite Font

Sept. 14th Sewing à la CarteSewing by Ti, Stitches by Laura, Sewing with Sarah, My Sewing Roots  

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer” to be entered into our random drawing. (Full details here)

Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments on the mahlicadesigns intro post. Please limit your entries to items you’ve sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

We can’t wait to see what you’re making.

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Sew Long Summer blog tour 2018 #SewLongSewcial18

Welcome back to the annual Sew Long Summer blog tour. We’re going to have an extra fun one this year.

A nice group of sewing bloggers are going to share with you how we say “Sew Long Summer” and we’ll be asking you to join in with a Social Sew too (read on for details and prizes)

Sew Long Summer is all about getting those transitional wardrobe pieces ready, finishing up all those things we meant to make this summer, and basically whatever Sew Long Summer means to you.

Today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers are:

 Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

Please stop by their blogs and share what you think of their efforts by leaving them a comment!

The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

Sept. 10th   Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Manning the Machine, mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Crafting Fiend

Sept. 12th Auschick Sews, Aurora Design Fabrics, My Heart Will Sew On, Vicky Myers Creations

Sept. 13th Flaxfield Sewing, Sewing with D, Musings of a SeamstressMake it Sew with the Bear and Pea AtelierPetite Font

Sept. 14th Sewing à la CarteSewing by Ti, Stitches by Laura, Sewing with Sarah, My Sewing Roots  

 

Now, let’s talk about you and what you’re sewing.

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer”to be entered into a random drawing for a prize.

Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments below with your entry. Please limit your entries to items you’ve sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

I can’t wait to see what you’re making.

As always, thanks for reading along with me.

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Sew Long Summer 2017, Final Day

Today is our final day of the Sew Long Summer blog tour for 2017.

Thank you for following along and visiting all the bloggers on the tour so far that have shared their creativity with all of us.

Today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers are a great line up:

Little Heart Threads, Idlesunshine, Ronda B. Handmade, Tales of a Tester, Sewing à la Carte, Tales From A Southern Mom, Sew Haute Blog

Friday collage

Please stop by their blogs and show them some love.

Oh, and if you’d like to share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer”, please use #sewlongsummer17 on Instagram or leave me a link in the comments below. I’d love to see what your making.

The full tour includes these lovely bloggers; thanks again for visiting their blogs to see what they have made.

Sept. 11th Sewing by Ti, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Very Blissful

Sept. 12th mahlicadesigns, My Heart Will So On, CouturiousAdventures With Bubba and Bug

Sept. 13th Tenilles Thread, Sewing with D, mahlicadesigns

Sept. 14th Indulging Mom, MeMade, Sewing with D

Sept. 15th Little Heart Threads, Idlesunshine, Ronda B. Handmade, Tales of a Tester, Sewing à la Carte, Tales From A Southern Mom, Sew Haute Blog

 

As always, thanks for following along with the Sew Long Summer blog tour.

Are you sewcial? Would you like to join in on the annual Sew Long Summer or Breaking Ground blog tours that I host? I’d be happy to have you. Join the facebook groups or contact me at mahlicadesigns@gmail.com

Sew Long Summer 2017, Day 4

We’re in day 4 of the Sew Long Summer blog tour.

Let’s go see what today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers have made:

Indulging MomMeMade, Sewing with D

Thursday collage

Please stop by their blogs and share what you think of their efforts by leaving them a comment!

Oh, and if you’d like to share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer”, please use #sewlongsummer17 on Instagram or leave me a link in the comments below. I’d love to see what your making.

The full tour includes these lovely bloggers, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

Sept. 11th Sewing by Ti, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Very Blissful

Sept. 12th mahlicadesigns, My Heart Will So On, Couturious, Anne-Mari Sews, Adventures With Bubba and Bug

Sept. 13th Tenilles Thread, Sewing with D, mahlicadesigns

Sept. 14th Indulging Mom, MeMade, Sewing with D

Sept. 15th Little Heart Threads, Idlesunshine, Ronda B. Handmade, Tales of a Tester, Sewing à la Carte, Tales From A Southern Mom, Sew Haute Blog

Sew Long Summer 2017, Day 3

We’re mid week in the Sew Long Summer blog tour.

Today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers are:

 Tenilles ThreadSewing with D, mahlicadesigns

Wednesday collage label

Please stop by our blogs to see what we’ve made today!

Oh, and if you’d like to share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer”, please use #sewlongsummer17 on Instagram or leave me a link in the comments below. I’d love to see what your making.

The full tour includes these lovely bloggers, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

Sept. 11th Sewing by Ti, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Very Blissful

Sept. 12th mahlicadesigns, My Heart Will So On, CouturiousAdventures With Bubba and Bug

Sept. 13th Tenilles Thread, Sewing with D, mahlicadesigns

Sept. 14th Indulging Mom, MeMade, Anne-Mari Sews,

Sept. 15th Little Heart Threads, Idlesunshine, Ronda B. Handmade, Tales of a Tester, Sewing à la Carte, Tales From A Southern Mom, Sew Haute Blog