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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Ally Skirt and Onyx Shirt for the Knock It Off tour

Today I’m sharing an outfit I made for the Knock It Off blog tour hosted by Lulu & Celeste and Sprouting Jube Jube. The mission: Knock Off a look from a designer or rtw.

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The challenging part of the tour parameters was finding my inspiration. I hadn’t followed designers or Ready To Wear (rtw) companies at all, but this was the perfect push to broaden my view.

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Since I didn’t even know where to start, I had to work backwards. I knew I wanted to make a red skirt for summer, so I started looking at companies I’d heard people talking about- Anthropologie, Mod Cloth, and Urban Outfitters. I searched for red skirts and pinned the outfits I liked. Success! I found this outfit on Anthropologie that I wanted.

Photo from Anthropologie

 

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Putting together the Knock Off was super easy from my pattern stash. The Ally Skirt and Onyx Shirt had the right silhouettes and I quickly hashed a plan to hack the Ally to get the look.

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I made the Onyx in a size 4 using a cotton woven (an IKEA sheet from their clearance bin). Simple enough since I’ve made the Onyx before (here).

For the Ally I made a size small again (first Ally here) using a cotton sateen from Joann Fabrics, drafted an angled pocket, added 1.5in in height to the waistband, and added a zip fly and clasp closure.

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I’m very pleased with how my outfit came out. It harkens to the inspiration photo and it’s my style and color scheme. I’m gettting better and better at hacking the patterns I own to get a look I want. It’s a learning process and of course there are goof ups like this one:

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I forgot to extend the waistband to account for the zipper fly extension. Whoopsie. I made it work by tappering it a bit.

I was a little short on fabric after drafting my hacks, so I was able to stashbust a little more of my quilting cotton stash for the waistband facing and fly shield.

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I’m really happy with my outfit and that I can make myself a look instead of shelling out the $150 it would have taken for the Anthropologie version. Yikes!

My cost: Total: $13   Fabrics $9    Notions $4  Patterns: $0 Stash

If you’d like me to write up a tutorial on my Ally Skirt hack, let me know in the comments.

 

Now I’d like you to pay a visit the my fellow bloggers to see how they Knock It Off 

Monday, April 24  Lulu & CelesteCall AjairePaisley RootsAdventures with Bubba and Bug

Tuesday, April 25  Sprouting JubeJube mahlicadesignsSew and Tell Project

Wednesday, April 26  Lulu & CelesteSewSophieLynnNini and AshLittle Heart Threads

Thursday, April 27  Sprouting JubeJubesewingbytiInspinrationHouse of Estrela

Friday, April 28  Lulu & CelesteDuchess & HareCreative CounselorFAM

As always, thanks for reading today.

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ALENA and NICKI Show Your Stoff

Welcome to day two and my stop on the Show Your Stoff blog tour. We’re featuring  Zierstoff Patterns throughout the tour and I have a discount code for you below.

I’m really excited to Show My Stoff today, but before I jump in, please be sure to stop by today’s other Show Your Stoff bloggers.

Musings of A Seamstressmahlicadesigns, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique, FABulous Home Sewn

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Now, back to me. 😉

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The ALENA top was an easy pick for me with its slight kimono sleeve and high and wide neckline, both of which work really well to deemphasize my round shoulders and balance out my pear shape.

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Finding a match for ALENA did take some thought and I finally settled on trying the NICKI capris. My one try with rtw capris in the past looked pretty awful on me;  I know there’s some magic formula for where cropped bottoms should land, but I didn’t use it. I took a chance with what felt comfortable and am super pleased that the NICKIS look good on me.

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I made the ALENA in size 40 using 3/4yd of a very lightweight jersey knit from Finch Fabrics. The fit is perfect and the construction was quick and easy. My sewing machine is no fan of tissue weight knits, so I stabilized my sleeve opening with Pellon Knit-n-Stable before folding it over to hem.

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I made the NICKI capris in size 36 using about 1 yd of a brushed poly from Sew Vagabond. Using the brushed poly was a bit of an experiment. I knew the fabric would give me some nice stretch but wasn’t sure how it would work for the pocket and fly details on the pant. It sewed up wonderfully. The faux fly and front slash pockets look neat and tidy and the stretch makes these oh so comfy. Take care pressing multiple layers though, it took a couple washings for the press mark to come out.

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I did make some of my usual adjustments for pants: adding a full seat adjusment and shortening the legs for my 5″3′ frame. I also topstitched the pockets closed and cut out the pocket bags. In the brushed poly I was getting pocket seams showing through.

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The ALENA is going to be a Tried and True pattern going forward and I have a plan in the back of my mind to do a pattern hack with the NICKI capris. In the mean time, I’m going to get good use out of this outfit for an upcoming trip to New Orleans and any other time I want to look smart this spring and summer (and secretly be really comfortable).

Thanks to the ladies at Zierstoff for supplying the patterns to enable me to make todays outfit, gving you a discount code,  and thank you for stopping by today.

Use code MahlicaDesigns30 to save 30% through the end of April.

Did you miss yesterday’s bloggers? Here’s the full tour.

Monday April 10- Anne-Mari Sews,  InspinrationTenille’s Thread, Sew Cucio, Embrace Everyday
Tuesday April 11- Musings of A Seamstressmahlicadesigns, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique, FABulous Home Sewn
Wednesday April 12-  Thread and ScissorsKaleidothought, Idle Sunshine, mahlicadesigns
Thursday April 13- Very Blissful, Sew A Piece of Joy, Zowie Zo, Nina MakesThread and Scissors.
Friday April 14- Tales of a TesterBless, by Tone; Life Sew Savory; Needles to Say, Adventures with Bubba and Bug
Saturday April 15- Musings of A Seamstress,  Anna’s Heirloom Boutique, Ronda B HandmadeGlitter in my CoffeeAnne-Mari SewsStitches by Laura; Tea, Dust and Stitches

As always, thanks for visiting the bloggers on the tour.

 

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.

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Melissa Cardigan paired with a tee and skinny pants.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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:

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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

Day & Night Dress Challenge from mahlicadesigns

Have you been enjoying all the dresses on the Day and Night Dress Challenge blog tour this week? Here’s where to look if you’ve missed anyone.

Sunday, Jan 8th: Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This, Brittany of Brittany J Jones
Monday, Jan 9th: Maria of How Good is That?, Tonya of Sew So Petite
Tuesday, Jan 10th: Je’Tua of Robertswife, Meg of Cookin’ and Craftin’, Melanie of Its Melanie Darling
Wednesday, Jan 11th: Linda of Elle Gee Makes, Tee of Maggie Elaine
Thursday, Jan 12th: Bianca of Thanks I Made Them, Daniela of On the Cutting Floor
Friday, Jan 13th: Melissa of Mahlicadesigns, Rachel of Sew Redy, Renata of Runnningnstyle, Sonja of Sewing ala Carte
Saturday, Jan 14th: Doja of Elewa blog, Judith of Judith Dee’s World, Tanya of Mrs. Hughes

When initially presented with the Day & Night Dress Challenge my plan was to not only have Day and Night looks but also have dresses with uses that were day and night too. A breezy colorful dress for summer and a reserved black dress for winter. Alas sewing room failures have led in a different direction. Instead I’m showing how to make a Day look and a Night look from one pattern.

My Night look took a little consideration. I very infrequently (read: once a year) go to events that call for a dressy look. My criteria in choosing the Capitol Hill Dress from Straight Stitch Designs was that 1. it is a long sleeve dress, of which I have none 2. made from knits offering versatility of use and 3. front pleat to add detail, but not too fussy for fabrics with visual interest.

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I choose a sequined jersey from Colorado Fabrics to give the Capitol Hill it’s evening look.

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I can wear this to the annual holiday party or a date night with my husband.

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For my Day look, my plan was to make something breezy and colorful to take along to Cancun and I thought the Carkeek Dress from Straight Stitch Designs fit perfectly. Unfortunately the cotton batiste I chose just does not have the drape needed for the look. Fail, but I have a plan to save the fabric.

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So I turned to my stash to make a Capitol Hill in a day look using this space dyed jersey I purchased from Finch Fabrics. The color really warms up my monochromatic winter wardrobe.

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You can enter your Day and Night looks in the challenge here to win one of the prizes that Elizabeth has lined up.

THE 1ST PLACE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

THE 2ND PLACE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

The random drawing winner will receive:

Day & Night Dress Challenge blog tour

The Day and Night Dress Challenge blog tour kicks off today. A diverse group of bloggers, including myself, are showing off what we did with the challenge all this week.

Here’s the DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE blog tour line up:

Sunday, Jan 8th: Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This, Brittany of Brittany J Jones

Monday, Jan 9th:  Maria of How Good is That?,  Tonya of Sew So Petite

Tuesday, Jan 10th: Je’Tua of Robertswife, Meg of Cookin’ and Craftin’, Melanie of Its Melanie Darling

Wednesday, Jan 11th:  Linda of Elle Gee Makes, Tee of Maggie Elaine

Thursday, Jan 12th: Bianca of Thanks I Made Them, Daniela of On the Cutting Floor

Friday, Jan 13th:  Melissa of Mahlicadesigns, Rachel of Sew Redy, Renata of Runnningnstyle, Sonja of Sewing ala Carte

Saturday, Jan 14th: Doja of Elewa blog, Judith of Judith Dee’s World, Tanya of Mrs. Hughes

Don’t forget to enter your day and night looks into the community challenge for a chance to win prizes from these wonderful sponsors:

I really hope you will sew along with us in the challenge and stop by to see what the lineup of bloggers has put together to inspire you.