Plaid Trousers for Fall

I’ve finally added a pair of plaid pants to my fall wardrobe.

My inspiration was the newly released McCalls 8006 pattern with a pair of plaid trousers featured on the front. The plaid plus the trending high waist and sash belt looks like a perfect pairing. When I found the plaid viscose from The Fabric Guys, it was all settled, or so I thought.

Read about what actually happened on the Sewcial Network blog featuring the plaid tartan from The Fabric Guys. You can read the full details here.

As always, thanks for reading today.

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You might also like my Corduroy Chi Town Skirt

Padded Headphone Case for Sew Long Summer

I’ve made a padded headphone case to say Sew Long Summer and hello to back to school. This is my second post this week for the Sew Long Summer blog tour I’m hosting (read on to see more about the tour).

Headphones are a required school supply, so after the little guy broke two sets of headphones last year, I’m hoping a padded case will keep the newest set in one piece.

I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, so I used the Taco Zipper Pouch tutorial and template (printed at 125%) that I wrote for On The Cutting Floor last year. I added a lining and batting to all my layers and cut my base and zipper strip to 3 3/4in width to account for the depth of the headphones. The little guy wanted “just one” handle, so I added that in too.

The little guy likes the Minions, but I think he couldn’t care less about the case. Oh well. My fingers are crossed that these headphones will survive the year.

Thanks for reading today. Now about the tour.

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

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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Underwood Tank and Dress

Last summer we had a week of 100 degree temps, the upper level of our home was in the 90s, and my husband was trying so hard to get our evaporation cooler working. It was one of those weeks where we have serious discussions about if it is worth the big money to install air conditioning.

So when Peggy of Sew House Seven put out a call to test her new Underwood Tank and Dress pattern and mentioned that she had those hot summer days in mind when she designed it, a chord was struck in my mind. A barely there dress- yes, yes please!

My first version (the test version) I made up in a floral rayon spandex that I received in a prize box from Simply By Ti. I’m not big on florals or pink but I thought this would make a great nightgown and it does.

My second version was the tank option (final pattern) made up in the Bordeaux Organic Bamboo jersey from DG Patterns*. This final version of the pattern has the straps shifted slightly outward toward the shoulder. I honestly can’t tell the difference between the final and the beta version. Both cover bra straps so I’m good. The pattern includes options for a single fold hem finish at the neckline and armscyes or a facing. I really like the low bulk option of the single fold. I think it works really nicely to make this a light weight dress and top.

So far, this summer in Colorado hasn’t been a scorcher, but I’m ready none the less. What do you sew to cope with the summer heat?

The Pattern: The Underwood Tank and Dress. Knee length dress and tank versions made in size 10 with no alterations. I usually have to shorten everything, but I liked where this dress and tank falls. Keep an eye out for expanded sizes in the future for this pattern.

The Fabric: Organic bamboo jersey in Bordeaux from DG Patterns shop and Floral rayon spandex from Simply by Ti.

As always, thanks for reading today.

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Crossback Tracey Bee for Seen & Sewn Together blog tour & giveaway

I made a cropped Tracey Bee top earlier this year and mentioned that I ought to make a sleeveless version for summer too. Well looky looky, I actually did it. Not only that, but I took a creative spin with the pattern for the Seen & Sewn Together blog tour this week. (Keep reading for giveaway and blog tour details)

I wanted to make two modifications to the Tracey Bee.

First off making it sleeveless and a little less cropped. This was no effort at all, I simply bound the existing arm hole opening with a bias tape turned to the inside and lengthened the cropped version by 2.5in at the hem line.

The second modification I wanted was to make a crossover with triangular points near the center back. I traced off the back pattern piece to make my adjustments and drew and redrew the angle several times. I was trying so hard to make it an equilateral triangle, but I just couldn’t make it work out. I don’t think anyone will notice.

Here’s what I ended up with. Mark the point 3in out from center back and 11in down from the High Shoulder Point. Then draw the angled lines connecting to the existing shoulder point and 1/2in in from the hem line at the side seam. (1/2in in from the side seam to account for the seam allowance)

You’ll also want to make facing pieces for your new crossover edges. Cut them about 2 1/4in wide (match the width of the front facing) and as long as you need for your new back edges. I attached my front and back facings to the top and then made sure I caught the back facing with the side seams. Finally, when I turned up my hem I made sure it covered the side seam allowance neatly. I did find my facing tended to flip outward along the bottom portion, so I used about a 10in strip of fusible interfacing to tack it down. (I cut my facing about 1.5in wide. This is fine if you don’t mind a mismatch of the facings at the shoulder.)

 

The last step was adding the back buttons. I made sure that centerback was lined up on both pieces and then eyeballed the button placement. My buttons are tacked through both layers to keep everything in place. The Tacey Bee can slip over my head so no need to make button holes.

About the Tracey Bee**: I made a size Large per my bust measurement and made the above modifications. I used a cotton floral print shirting with a solid purple cotton(?) both from stash.

What do you think of my Tracey Bee? I’m wondering if the back buttons need to be larger.

Thanks for reading today, please read on about the blog tour & giveaway.

 

Welcome to the Seen & Sewn Together blog tour.

Arielle from Seen & Sewn Patterns is creating patterns with a focus on encouraging people to join the #handmaderevolution by sewing their own handmade wardrobe.

A nice group of sewing bloggers have joined together to share with you how we’ve taken the Seen & Sewn Patterns and let our creativity loose with them. We want to inspire you whether you’re just starting or well on your way to building your handmade wardrobe.

The extra fun part for you is that we have a prize pack giveaway from Seen & Sewn Patterns that you can enter below. The prize pack for US residents includes 1 pattern of choice, a Slow Fashion Tee, and a Slow Fashion Pin. For our international readers the prize pack includes a copy of all Seen & Sewn PDF Patterns. Bonus! All entrants will receive a coupon code for a $1 pattern of choice -so make sure your email is up to date in your profile when entering.

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

Monday June 17th

Sew 4 Five, Sewing A la Carte, Aurora Designs

Tuesday June 18th

Idle Sunshine, That’s Sew Lily, House of Estrella

Wednesday June 19th

Mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, Fee Bricolo, Aurora Designs

Thursday June 20th

Let’s Go Hobby, Sewing from Scratch, Craftstyle Living, Mama You Can Make It

Friday June 21st

Claire Cruse, Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

Enter to win something good here!

 

 

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Seen & Sewn Together blog tour begins

Welcome to the Seen & Sewn Together blog tour.

Arielle from Seen & Sewn Patterns is creating patterns with a focus on encouraging people to join the #handmaderevolution by sewing their own handmade wardrobe.

A nice group of sewing bloggers have joined together to share with you how we’ve taken the Seen & Sewn Patterns and let our creativity loose with them. We want to inspire you whether you’re just starting or well on your way to building your handmade wardrobe.

The extra fun part for you is that we have a prize pack giveaway from Seen & Sewn Patterns that you can enter below. The prize pack for US residents includes 1 pattern of choice, a Slow Fashion Tee, and a Slow Fashion Pin. For our international readers the prize pack would include a copy of all Seen & Sewn PDF Patterns. Bonus! All readers will receive a coupon code for up to two patterns of choice for $1 each (expires 6/30/19)

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

Monday June 17th

Sew 4 Five, Sewing A la Carte, Aurora Designs

Tuesday June 18th

Idle Sunshine, That’s Sew Lily, House of Estrella

Wednesday June 19th

Mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, Fee Bricolo, Aurora Designs

Thursday June 20th

Let’s Go Hobby, Sewing from Scratch, Craftstyle Living, Mama You Can Make It

Friday June 21st

Claire Cruse, Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

 

Enter to win something good here!

Breaking Ground blog tour 2019- Kick Off!

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019. This year over 25 bloggers from around the world are joining with me to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. (Read on for Giveaway info)

The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 11That’s Sew Lily, Sewing A La Carte, Mijn 11jes & ik

Tuesday March 12mahlicadesigns, Embrace Everyday, Jot Designs, auschick sews, Raising Stripling Warriors

Wednesday March 13Musings of A Seamstress, Very Blissful, Sew4Five, Just Sew Something, Hazelnut Handmade, Crafting Through Time, Tales From A Southern Mom

Thursday March 14Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Ronda B Handmade, SequioaLynn Sews, Sewing with D, The Sewing Goatherd, OOYAmade, My Golden Thimble, Custom Made by Laura

Friday March 15–  Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Sewing Novice, Ronda B Handmade, Momma Bear Sews, MeMade, My Golden Thimble, Lulu & Celeste

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!

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We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

Double the fun and join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests facebook group to sew along with the Breaking Ground theme for the entire month of March. In the group you’ll find support and encouragement for your projects and fun themed challenges.

As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Change up the Tee blog tour + GiveAway

What makes a tee, the perfect tee? Well, when it comes to sewing for my little guy, perfection comes when I don’t have to think about it too much. That’s what I found in the Primary Tee from GYCT. I just cut it out, sewed it up and bam! Perfect fit.

The Primary Tee comes with short sleeve and long sleeve options (plus a dress version), so I’m feeling pretty good about sewing tees for my guy all season long with this pattern.

To Change Up the Tee for the blog tour I planned a fun ice dyeing project for my little guy and I to do together. Perhaps you’ve seen the beautiful ice dye projects on pinterest too. I tricked myself into thinking this would be super easy, but found myself in a pickle when I didn’t really read the directions too closely ahead of time.

I made up the little guy’s Primary Tee using white cotton/lycra from the Simply By Ti shop and sorta followed this video tutorial using Rit dyes. We were golden up to part where you have to rinse and set the project. The sorta part was I didn’t purchase the fixative (again I didn’t really prepare well by looking at the directions beforehand) and I didn’t rinse for 20 minutes in hot water- more like 5 minutes.

What I did was a short rinse in hot water with Retayne (the only fixative I have on hand), then refreshed my water bucket with hose water several times until it was running a little clearer. I did one last bucket full of water and fixative for a few minutes before bringing the project inside. At this point the tee looked great. The colors were vibrant purple, fuchsia, and yellow with portions of the white cotton/lycra coming through.

Next, I put the tee in the washer, washed on hot with more Retayne, dried on hot, and washed again in warm water with regular detergent. The final result is much more muted.

 

The little guy loves the tee and is proud of what we made together. I would have liked to colors to remain as saturated as they looked before going through the wash. I think another try at this is needed.

If you’d like to try Changing Up the Primary Tee, you can save $2 using code “SEWBLUE” off of the Primary Tee pattern, good from July 2-July 15, 2018

Thank you Made for Little Gents for hosting the tour and Thank you GYCT Designs for providing the Primary Tee as our canvas for creativity.

Kicking Off The Changing Up The Tee Blog Tour

Thanks for reading! Check out what other bloggers are doing and come up with ideas for changing up the tee by following along with the blog tour below:

Fri. June 29
Made for Little Gents (Intro to Tour)
Mon. July 2
Family of Makers
Tues. July 3
Made for Little Gents
Wed. July 4
Frullemieke
Thurs. July 5
Made by Laura!
Fri. July 6
Auschick Sews
Mon. July 9
Kate Will Knit | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy
Tues. July 10
Tenille’s Thread | Mahlica Designs
Wed. July 11
Momma Newey’s Makes | Our Play Place
Thurs. July 12
My Sewing Roots | Elli and Nels
Fri. July 13
Dreams and Stitches | Stylin’ Stacy

Ready for the giveaway to GYCT Designs Shop? Here you go! Good luck!
Follow this link for the Rafflecopter giveaway!