Coffee House Pant from Blue Dot Patterns

Diane from Blue Dot Patterns has created another pattern with a modern look that has become a closet staple for me. The Coffee House Pant is a loose fitting cropped pant with an elastic waist and “notched” pocket detail.

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Being on the short side (almost 5’4″) I just stear clear of cropped pants and capris. I just can’t seem to find that magic length that looks right. So when I saw Diane’s new pattern was a cropped pant, I was happy to make up a pair as a tester, but didn’t imagine I’d end up with something that would actually work for me.

But looky here:

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One of the chararteristics that appeals to me is that while these are so very comfortable to wear, they look neat and classic.

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Coffee House pocket detail

The Pattern: Coffee House Pant from Blue Dot Patterns in size 8 with no alterations.

The Coffee House Pant is on sale until Jan 14th to celebrate it’s release.

As with all the other Blue Dot patterns that I’ve made, the pattern is well drafted and the instructions professional and easy to follow. I think you would be happy with any of her patterns.

The Fabric: A natural woven that my mother picked up from an estate sale. The original sale tag was dated 1954. It drapes wonderfully and doesn’t wrinkle all that much.

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Burda’s Sergeant Pepper Jacket 06/2016 #120

It’s been quite a while since I’ve taken on a Burdastyle pattern; long enough that the memory had faded of how I hate adding in seam allowances and how frustrating their instructions are . Argh.

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Argh indeed, but I pushed through with the end goal in mind of having this cool jacket to wear.

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Emily from Boho Fabrics* sent me some of the Paige Stretch Denim to use in a project as part of her Boho Tribe (more about the Boho Tribe at the end of this post). I had lots of ideas about what I did not want to make with it. No to jeans- I just made some, jean jacket-I never wear the one I own, denim skirt- not interested, and so on. My Pinterest boards held the answer of course. Burdastyle’s Sergeant Pepper Jacket would do the trick. The denim would look great with some silver buttons and I love cropped jackets.

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From past experience with Burda I went up one size and worked up a muslin. I was pleased with the overall fit excepting for the armscye depth hit very low under the arm. So low I couldn’t raise my arms much above 45 degrees with out the whole jacket lifting up with me.

I’ve never had to make this kind of pattern alteration before, so I used this tutorial from The Daily Sew to walk me through adjusting the armscye and making the corresponding sleeve cap adjustment.

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Being able to move your arms is something you take for granted until you meet a too deep armscye.

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This time I was able to make it quite a way through Burdastyle’s instructions before getting totally confused. I was able to construct the entire bodice and sleeves, but they lost me with the zipper installation and the facing instructions. No worries, I simply installed my zipper as I have with many projects, attached the facings and done.

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The Pattern: Burdastyle 06/2016 #120 in size 80 with armscye and sleeve cap alterations. Armscye raised 1.25in under the arm and sleeve cap reduced about 1in.

The Fabric: Paige Stretch Denim from Boho Fabrics*. 1 3/4 yards used.

Next time: I don’t see myself making this pattern again as the style is pretty distinctive, but I’d reshape my sleeve cap as it looks a little flattened. I’m also not too thrilled on my effort on those rounded tabs, so I’d make the button tabs with pointed ends instead.

 

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As a member of the Boho Tribe, when I make a qualifying purchase from Boho Fabrics I am sent complemetary additional fabrics to use in a project in exchange for sharing that project with you.

Boho Fabrics is having a flash sale today to help you stock up before the Holidays.

 

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Christmas Countdown Sachets for Celebrate the Holidays blog tour

I’m joining the Celebrate the Holidays blog tour hosted by my friend Sewing by Ti. More details about the other great blogs on the tour are at the end of the post.

I have a dream count down calendar in mind for my family. In my imagination I see village store fronts decked out in holiday cheer; handmade out of wood with little drawers and doors to place all my count down goodies and messages. That dream is yet to be realized, so in the mean time I’ve created my own version in my handmade wheelhouse, fabric.

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I used the Advent Calendar pattern from Zierstoff Patterns. There are options for little mittens, stockings, or sachets included in the pattern. I thought the sachets would be the most versatile and I like that I can close them up to keep the goodies hidden from peeking little boys.

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I had just enough of the Michael Miller fabric left from my Sewing Portfolios Ambassador project to make up the Advent calendar. I like that all the fabrics go together and to be honest, I really needed that kind of easy.

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Having an Advent calendar has been a missing part of our Christmas celebration, so I’m thankful to finally have one after putting it off for so many years.

You’ll really want to see all the inspiration this month from so many of my sewing friends.

December 1st Sewing By Ti (intro), Octaves of Color

Sunday December 3rd, Me Made
4th: Sew Sophie Lynn
5th: Hazelnut Handmade
6th: Tales from a Southern Mom

Monday December 11th, Tenille’s Thread
12th: MNW Sews
13th: Mahlica Designs
14th: Very Blissful
15th: Stitched by Jennie

Monday December 18th, Kate Will Knit
19th: Sewing by Ti
20th: Vicky Myers Creations
21st: Margarita on the Ross
22nd: Auschick Sews
23rd: Shalini’s Blog

Tuesday December 26th: Seams Sew Low
27th: EYMM
28th: Sew Like a Sloth
29th: Sewing By Ti
30th: Kathys Kwilts and More
31st: Embrace Everyday

As always, thanks for reading today.

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Georgia Top and Alyse Slim Pant featuring Simply By Ti Fabrics

Ladies and gents, today I get to share my first project as a Simply By Ti Ambassador.

You may be pleasantly surprised to see me wearing color and a bold print. I love my cold weather color pallet of all greys, but when I can’t tell one garment from the other in my drawer, it’s time to add in some color.

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A few months back I made a pair of the Alyse Tapered Leg pants from Designer Stitch* (unblogged) but they were a tad loose and I didn’t love the silhouette on me. I thought the Slim Leg version might suit me better and wanted to try again. I chose the stretch twill in burgundy from Simply by Ti for this go around. The color is so rich I knew it would make a great wardrobe piece.

For my second pair of Alyse pants I pinched out a little from the center front rise but it looks like I need to do a little more work to eliminate some wiskering. Even though I sewed the same size as before, the slims are a bit snug around my curves, but I’m going to roll with it.

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To top off my Alyse Slims, I returned to my TNT Georgia Top from Blue Dot Patterns in a chevron stripe cotton/lycra. I don’t do large prints, so I was worried about if this would overwhelm my frame. I really like how it turned out. The stripe is bold but not overwhelming, makes interesting shapes along the Georgia’s shoulder seam, and gives me a dramatic look.

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The outfit is just what I was hoping for.

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The Patterns: Alyse Slim Fit Pant from Designer Stitch* in size 4. A 1/2in adjustment to the length of the front rise was done. The Georgia Top from Blue Dot Patterns in size small. 2in added to the length of the arms.

The Fabric Stretch twill in burgandy has great stretch and recovery. It’s just perfect for bottoms and jackets. Chevron stripe cotton/lycra jersey has a great wieght to it to minimize curling and clinging.

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As a Simply by Ti Ambassador I receive complementary fabric from the Simply By Ti shop to use for a project in exchange for sharing it with you.

*This post may contain affiliate links, if you purchase through my links I get a small portion to help pay for my sewing hobby.

 

Sewing with friends; Liana Jeans and Lisbon Cardigan for ITS Love Tour + Giveaway

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My friend Diane of Sewing with D and I decided to work together to sew up two items on our project list, the Lisbon Cardigan and Liana Stretch Jeans from Itch to Stitch (ITS). We had already completed our Lisbons and were about to start on our Lianas when the opportunity to participate in a blog tour in support of Kennis from Itch to Stitch came to the forefront. (See why here)

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Diane and I quickly decided to open up our plans to sew together to the entire Itch to Stitch facebook group so others could join in with us and let’s just say some sewing got done. Hoorah!

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For my stop on the ITS Love tour, I’d like to present my Lisbon and Liana outfit.

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I made up the Lisbon in an interlock knit that’s been in my stash for over five years. The Lisbon is super easy and fast to make, especially if you skip the buttons. I think I finished this project in less than 2 hours cut to finish.

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Being on a bit of a pant making stretch, the Lianas came together easily for me too. All the time I’ve invested into working out my fitting needs and having more practice making pants is really starting to pay off.

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Special thanks to Diane and all the sewists that joined us to make our Liana jeans. I’ve been needing the extra motivation lately.

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As always, please visit my fellow bloggers today.

Replicate Then Deviate, mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, The Petite Sewist,  kreamino

These ITS Love tour sponsors have generously provided wonderful prizes for you to win. See my post here for all the details about the FIVE prize packs we have to Giveaway and how to enter.

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ITS Love Blog Tour

My sewing friends today is the launch of the ITS (Itch To Stitch) Love blog tour.

Recently, Kennis Wong the designer behind Itch to Stitch Patterns returned to find her house thoroughly burglarized. While her fans were going bananas purchasing her patterns to help in her effort to raise funds, several of us thought it would be fun to do a blog tour to continue to support her. And hence the ITS Love Tour was born.

This week we’re showing our Love for ITS patterns and for Kennis by showcasing our favorite patterns new and old. We have tour sponsors that are showing their love and support for Kennis by donating a great collection of prizes for us to giveaway.

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My hope is that you’ll follow along with the tour and if you’d like to lend your support you can do that by purchasing your favorite Itch to Stitch patterns from the shop.

Your ITS Love bloggers are

Monday: Sew Sophie Lynn, Merritts Makes, Sewing with Sarah, Sewing with D

Tuesday:   Shalini’s Blog, Auschicksews, Rebel and Malice, Sewing Vortex

Wednesday:  Replicate Then Deviate, mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, The Petite Sewist,  kreamino

Thursday: Sewing Curves, Creative Counselor, Sew MariefleurFairies, Bubbles & Co, Sewing by Ti

Friday: Harper+Lu, MeMade, On Wednesdays We Sew, Heather Handmade, Bellevi,  and please visit by mooglii on IG

The ITS Love Tour sponsors have been so generous in support of Kennis of Itch to Stitch that we’ve been able to put together several prize packages to share with you.

First, you may enter our giveaway to win one of three prize packs:

Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

$25GC to Simply By Ti  

$50 Raspberry Creek Gift Card

$50 Bella Sunshine gift card

Prize Pack #2 includes:

$50 Knit Pop GC

$25 Designer Stitch GC

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

3 patterns of choice from Coffee And Thread

2 patterns of choice from Hey June Handmade

Prize Pack #3 Includes:

$15 Thread & Grain store credit

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$40 So Sew English GC

3 patterns from Halla Patterns 

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

Your second way to win is to share with us your recent Itch to Stitch creations (made between October and November 2017). Add your creations to our Link Up Party before Nov. 20th for a chance to win one of two prize packs.

LinkUp Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

 A $40 value PFRE Sly Fox Fabrics.

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

$50 Love Notions GC

LinkUp Prize Pack #2 includes:

$25 Stylish Fabric GC & sewing box kit

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

5 patterns from Rad Patterns

Pattern of choice from DG Patterns

 

 

Giveaway and Linkup prize winners will be announced on or abou

As always, love.

 

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I’m Thankful For… (Thankful Sewing blog tour)

We’re begining the second week of the Thankful Sewing blog tour and another giveaway. Today, it’s my turn to share what I’ve made to show my thankfulness.

One of the blessings we’ve experienced this year is the addition of two nieces to our family. I’m so thankful for these two girls and the joy they have brought to their parents and the rest of us. I’m especially thankful that I have gained the skills to create something special for them that only their auntie can provide.

My first sewing project for little girls is to make them a set of pajamas for Christmas Eve, a family tradition I began with my son.

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After a search, I found a Raglan Sleeve Dress pattern to pair with the Maxi pants in my pattern stash. The dress pattern was perfect for it’s simplicity to sew and alter.

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I use the cotton flannels from Joann Fabrics to make my pjs. Sure the quality isn’t great, but by the time the fabric is about to wear out the pjs have been outgrown anyway. I’ll be rethinking my approach now that there are younger generations elligable for hand me downs.

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Now, waiting the almost two months until Christmas eve just might be too much. I guess this is the drawback to actually getting things done early.

As always, thanks for reading today and please read on about the blog tour and Giveaway.

Our Thankful Sewing Bloggers are creating something special to share with you to celebrate this month of Thanksgivings! As an extra special surprise, we also have a couple giveaways during each week of the tour. Share your thanks with Petite Stitchery who has a new pattern to share with us, a free pattern giveaway from Sew by Pattern Pieces, and a chance to win a shop credit each week from Simply by Ti!

There’s one more day to enter this weeks Giveaway from Simply by Ti.
Come back Wednesday to enter the week two Giveaway from Simply by Ti.

Intro to the tour

November 1st:

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Sewing with Sarah

Week 1:

Nov 1st: Tenille’s Thread

Nov 2nd: Candace Ayala

Nov 3rd: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 4th: Musing of a Seamstress

Nov 5th: Sewing Portfolios

Monday Nov 6th: mahlicadesigns – YOU ARE HERE

Nov 7th: Seams Sew Lo

Week 2:

Nov 8th: Margarita on the Ross

Nov 9th: Stitched by Jennie

Nov 10th: Sewing with D

Monday Nov 13th: 5 outof 4 Patterns

Nov 14th: Tales of a Southern Mom

Week 3:

Nov 15th: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 16th: Octaves of Color

Nov 17th: Kainara Stitches

Nov 18th: Kutti Couture

Nov 19th: The Petite Sewist

Monday Nov 20th: My Heart will Sew On

Nov 21st: Needles to Say

Week 4:

Nov 22nd: Back 40 Life

Nov 23rd: Lovemade Handmade

Nov 24th: Sewing by Ti

Nov 25th: On Wednesdays We Sew

Nov 26th: Paisley Roots

Monday Nov 27th: Mermaid Mama Designs

Nov 28th: Sew Haute Blog

Nov 29th: Ma Moose Handmade

Nov 30th: Everything Your Mama Made & More