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


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


Something for the bottom?

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.

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Summer sewing plans on mahlicadesigns

I usually plan out my sewing schedule ahead in three month bursts. It helps me to prioritize what I want to make for the next season and keeps me on track in many ways. Instead of my typically well planned out and detailed sewing schedule, the last months I have really struggled to put my sewing plan together.

I’ve just accepted that my typical method is not going to happen right now and I should give this just winging it thing a try. I do have some very loose ideas to use my pattern and fabric stash for summer. Maybe you’ll see these this summer maybe you won’t.

Summer Tops & Blouses:

I’m most excited to sew up Simplicity 8386 that I just picked up. I have a cute jersey with zebras that would make it fun or maybe I’ll keep it more sophisticated in a solid color.


A few woven tanks would be great and I have several stash patterns to try.

McCalls 6751 but not sure how to pull this off with a bra. I think I’ll need to make a bandeau to wear with it.

The Tate Top from Workroom Social

or the Tortola from Sis Boom Patterns

Summer Bottoms:

I’m in need of shorts in some basic colors. The Chi Town Chinos are my favorite shorts pattern right now. I’ve already made up a pair in mustard and oat this month, but want a few more pairs.

What’s on your sewing plan for summer?

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Ch- Ch- ChiTowns for the Ch-Ch-Changes blog tour

Ch- Ch- Changes blog tour graphic

The  Ch-Ch-Changes tour (hosted by Sewing by Ti) is all May long and my fellow bloggers and I are talking about changes to our sewing. Whether the change is a transition for the season, getting more organized, trying new things, reconsidering old things, or styling things.

At the begining of April my sewing plans and schedule reached their end and I’ve really struggled with putting together my next three month plan. It’s mid-May now and I still have almost nothing planned and find myself in a new place; finishing a project and then deciding what to do next. For this very organized and it’s fair to say regimented sewer, this is very strange and unsettling territory.

So I’ve been addressing the immediate. I’ve been filling wardrobe holes by sewing up some additional shorts for spring and summer. Sewing for the transitioning seasons isn’t a noteable change for me, but being less organized about it is a big change for me.

Yellow Chi Towns by mahlicadesigns 4

Yellow Chi Towns by mahlicadesigns1

On  a whim, I joined the tour and decided to make up another pair of Chi Towns to go with the Onyx shirt I made last year. I’ve had this mustard yellow linen I received from Sew Vagabond Shop in my stash waiting to make these. I sized down and made a few fitting tweeks to the pattern and viola. I’m thankful for another summer outfit and think I can use these mustard shorts with a lot of my existing tops.

Yellow Chi Towns by mahlicadesigns 14

With a trip coming up to warmer weather, I very quickly decided to make another pair of Chi Towns using a putty colored linen/blend from my stash. Other than having to fix the same spot on my topstitching 4 times, the second pair went together very quickly. I can see the benefit of sewing multiples of a pattern in succession. Perhaps I need to consider this when I get back to my normal routine.

Chi Town Chinos by mahlicadesigns label 2

Chi Town Chinos by mahlicadesigns 7

Chi Town Chinos by mahlicadesigns 2

Do you have any Ch- Ch- Changes going on this spring?

You can see what other bloggers on the tour have been talking about on the Ch- Ch- Changes themes. Please pay a visit and join the conversation.

Monday, May 8- Sewing By Ti
May 9th- Sewing By Ti
May 10th- Sewing By Ti
May 11th- Lilliepawillie
May 12th- Sewing By Ti

May 15th- Anne Mari Sews
May 16th- Mahlica Designs
May 17th- Ma Moose
May 18th- The Fairy Dust Bin
May 19th- Harper + Lu

Monday, May 22nd- Margarita on the Ross
May 23rd- Very Blissful
May 24th- Creative Counselor
May 25th- Doodle Number 5
May 26th- Ade Says

Sunday, May 28th- Sew Like a Sloth
May 29th- Anne Mari Sews
May 30th- Stitching and Making

As always, Melissa

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Finding your inspiration– Sew Your Zierstoff

I’ve been spending a lot of time looking around the Zierstoff Patterns website while getting the Fun with Zierstoff events ready for this month and I keep finding more and more patterns I want to try.

Since I can’t barricade myself in my sewing room and shirk all responsibilities for two weeks to sew all I want. I’m going to share what I’m thinking about and some fabric inspiration. Maybe you’ll make one of these and I can live vicariously through you.

The biggest surprise to me is the HENRIKE. I always imagine jumpsuits working best for the tall and lanky and therefore NOT me, but I cannot stop looking at this one.

Dare I try it in some black brushed poly or this Navy & Pink Chevron?

I already have some leggings in this chevron, so I know it is awesome.
I already have some leggings in this chevron, so I know it is awesome.

I’m a big fan of hoodies, though I rarely pull the hood up. The EMIL hoody has a snap/button front opening for extra room and opportunities for added color.


Go classic with the Nautical Stripe French Terry paired with the Pearl Rayon knit as lining from Sew Vagabond.

EMIL fabrics 1

Go feminine with the Vintage Aviary French Terry paired with the Coral Pink rayon jersey as lining.

EMIL fabrics 2 collage

For the boys, I keep coming back to the DAVID.

I think my little guy would like this Black Heathered french terry and Spider Web jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabric.

David fabrics

And oh my, I love this new EVERY DAY bag.

This pink version is so cool, but how about a yellow microsuede paired with tanned leather handle and corners.






That’s what’s been on my mind this week.

Have you started sewing something for the Sew Your Zierstoff sewing contest? Participating will be fun and there’s a prize (details here)

To help you along, Zierstoff Patterns are 40% off with code VALENTINE40 until 2/28/17

As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Fun with Zierstoff -Giveaway Week


Welcome friends, I’ll be your M.C. for fun with Zierstoff Patterns over the next few weeks. We have some giveaways lined up and then a really fun event.



To start things off this week, Zierstoff is giving away two 10 Euro vouchers to Etsy. Oh the the goodies you’d be able to choose from: fabric, patterns, notions, or you know…anything.

One of the giveaway options is to complete a survey. The gals at Zierstoff would really like you to take a look around the Zierstoff site and share what you think, so I’m giving you extra entries for doing so and my sincere thanks too. Don’t be shy, take a good look.

Enter the GIVEAWAY here.

Make sure you’re following the mahlicadesigns blog so you don’t miss out on the fun that’s happening next.

Watcha’ Wearin’ January Layers

Welcome back to Watcha’ Wearin’ January, a blog tour all about inspiring you to get your sewjo back after the holidays. Our host, Sewing by Ti has bloggers lined up for almost everyday this month to help you along.

January is cold here in Colorado and I hate to be cold in general, so I’ve been wearin’ LAYERS.

I’ve been wearing my Melissa Cardigan from Zierstoff Patterns a lot. It’s the perfect fit for me and the collar gives me just a little extra coverage on the back of my neck.


Melissa Cardigan paired with a tee and skinny pants.


Melissa Cardigan paired with my Tonic Tee hack and Liana Jeans.

I’ve worn my new Paro Cardigan from Itch to Stitch four times since I made it a couple weeks ago.


Paro cardigan paired with rtw sweater and my Birkin Flares. This is not my favorite outfit honestly; the flare of the cardigan and the flare of the jeans are just too much.

Paro Cardigan

Much better with skinny jeans.

Last Sunday, I  wore my Capitol Hill dress from Straight Stitch Designs, tights and boots for church. Once we got home I layered on these hand knit slipper socks that I got in Kyrgyzstan years ago and really never worn. I’ve been afraid to mess them up by wearing them, but collecting dust on the shelf is no good either.


Yeah, we still have our Christmas tree. It’s coming down this week.


Typically I just pile on the layers with little care about making an outfit, but the pink flowers on the slipper socks go nicely with the dress so I’m counting this a combo that works.

Want more January inspiration? Please check out what this week’s bloggers have prepared for you.

Oh, and add what you’re wearing this January to the link up for a chance at the big prizes.
Sunday, January 22nd: Sewing By Ti , Embrace Everyday
Monday, January 23rd: Sewing By Ti, Tenille’s Thread
Tuesday, January 24th: Robynne & the Bobbin, Harper + Lu
Wednesday, January 25th: Mahlica Designs
Thursday, January 26th: Sew Sophie Lynn, Creative Counselor, Crafty Like a Rox
Friday, January 27th: Everything Your Mama Made and More
Saturday January 28th: Sewingly Michelle, Sewing By Ti, Wild and Wanderful


As always, thanks for reading.

Wardrobe wishes for Watcha’ Wearin’ January

My wishlist for sewing is so much bigger than I can complete, can you identify? So I’m sharing my winter wardrobe ideas today in hopes that imagining them done and in my closet might trick my brain into being ok with not actually sewing them right this minute.

Let’s start with bottoms, as I am in serious need.

The Ultimate Trousers from Sew Over It.

I have this crazy (for me) stretch denim that would be so fun.

Alina Sewing & Design Company’s Chi-Town Trousers. In this exact blue please…

Blue Dot Patterns’ Ally Skirt in red corduroy. I’ve been looking for the perfect red cord for months.

To wear with all my new bottoms:

The Parisette Blouse from Blousette Rose.

Vogue 9227, I want this one badly.

The TSE pullover from OKI Style.

The Geodesic from Blue Prints for Sewing. Can someone work out a hack to make this into a dress?

And because my winter pjs are ridiculous in so many ways:

Butterick 6428

For the other people that live with me:

The Jedediah Pants from Thread Theory.

The Carl Hat from Zierstoff Patterns.

The Gero Jacket from Zierstoff Patterns.

Now that the Holiday crush has abated, what’s on your sewing list?

I’ll be back next week with Watcha’ Wearin’ January…in the meantime you can see what other bloggers are sharing right now:

Sunday, January 15th: Sewing By Ti, Embrace Everyday
Monday, January 16th: Sewing By Ti
Tuesday, January 17th: Sewing By Ti, Harper + Lu
Wednesday, January 18th: Tenille’s Thread, Mahlica Designs
Thursday, January 19th: Crafty Like a Rox, Sewingly, Michelle
Friday, January 20th: Creative Counselor
Saturday, January 21st: Wild and Wanderful