Sew Long Summer Wrap Up & Contest winners

Sew Long Summer sew along has concluded. It was fun to see all the creations you made and it’s hard to say goodbye to seeing what everyone has been sharing in the link ups, facebook, flickr, and Instagram.

I’m thankful for my co-hosts who have put in a lot of work behind the scenes to make the sew along happen, including offering some of the prizes for our contests.

Cindy Parrett

Cindy Parrett collage 15

Elizabeth Made This

Elizabeth collage 15

Sewn by Ashley

Ashley collage 15

Musings of a Seamstress

Sarah collage 15

mahlicadesigns (that’s me!)

mahlicadesigns collage 15


A special thanks to Striped Swallow Designs for offering a pattern of choice to the winner of Summer Crush contest and Paprika Patterns for offering the Jasper Sweater pattern as a prize in our Fabulous Fall contest.

Now, it’s time to give away those prizes.

The winner of the Sewists’ Package giveaway is Melissa S. of Thread and Scissors. Take a look at what Melissa made for the sew along and send her your congratulations on the box of sewing goodies coming her way.

Sewist Package winner collage

The winner of the Summer Crush contest for a $25 Wawak gift card & a Striped Swallow Designs pattern is Diane at Gatorbunny Sews.

Summer Crush 15 winner collage

We especially liked how well the jumpsuit fit and that big smile reveals how happy her daughter is with it.

The winner of the Jasper Sweater pattern for our Fabulous Fall Contest is Maartje from huisje boompje boefjes.

We especially liked the color combination, and creative piecing to make this dress a great fall piece.

Winners, watch your inbox so we can get you those prizes.


Thank you all for following along and participating in Sew Long Summer.

Fabulous Fall Wrap Up

Fabulous Fall week has passed by and we are officially into fall. It was fun to see all the creations you shared.

Some of my favorites are:

Cappuccino Dress by Huisje Boompje Boefjes

Love Notions Cardigan by Sweet Red Poppy

See more in the Fabulous Fall party and be sure you tell your favorite that you appreciate what they made.

Holi-Daze Wrap Up

Holi-Daze week has come to an end. It was fun to see the variety in what we’re making.

Some of my favorites are:

Ashley’s Crepe dress

Cindy’s cape

And now for a reminder, we have just a few more days to enter your items for the Fabulous Fall week contest.

Get Fall Fabulous with the Jasper Sweater Dress

Are you excited for a chance to win the Jasper Sweater pattern from Paprika Patterns? Be sure to link up your Fabulous Fall creation for your chance to win.

Jasper Dress

I love the Jasper Sweater pattern. I’m a sucker for a cowl neck, the hoody version has an interesting asymmetry at the neckline, princess seams are for everybody, and welt pockets make you look like a sewing super star. Now, I rarely make a pattern twice and this is my third Jasper, so you know I’m a true fan.

Jasper Dress

For my dress version, I picked up this quilted knit jacquard in a royal blue from Fabric Mart. The fabric did not have as much body as I was hoping for in my fall/winter dress, so my solution was to underline the bodice with an interlock knit from my stash. The jacquard doesn’t hold a press, so I omitted the welt pockets.

Jasper Dress

The underlining worked perfectly to give me the warmth I was wanting. This Jasper dress is going to work nicely for fall’s cool days and easily worn through the winter with tights or leggings.

Japser Dress

Meet our Fabulous Fall sponsor Paprika Patterns

Our favorite submission for Fabulous Fall week will win a copy of the Jasper Sweater from Paprika Patterns. Simply add your project to the LinkUp and you’re in.

Paprika Patterns designs clean and clever sewing patterns.

The Jasper comes in a top and dress version, hooded or cowl neck.

Cowl neck Jasper Sweater

The Onyx is right on trend with it’s boxy shape, cropped option, and a colorblocking tutorial.

The Onyx top

The Jade Skirt comes in a mini and midi length, features origami inspired front folds, and includes an exposed zipper option.

The Jade Skirt

Paprika Patterns includes everything you need to make one of their patterns; clear and well though out patterns and instructions, guides for picking your size and the right fabrics, and tutorials to walk you through techniques.

Fabulous Fall week begins

Fabulous Fall week begins today.

If you need a reminder, here’s what Fabulous Fall week is about:

Fabulous Fall is Monday September 14th – Tuesday September 22 (last day of summer)

Time to look ahead to fall by sewing up some transitional clothing.

Paprika Patterns is generously sponsoring our Fabulous Fall Contest. Our favorite submission for Fabulous Fall with receive a copy of Paprika Patterns’ Jasper Sweater pattern.

I have a Fabulous Fall Party page set up were you will find all the details for this weeks theme, the contest details, and the Fabulous Fall Linkup party.

Holi-Daze week begins

Holi-Daze week begins today.

If you need a reminder, here’s what Holi-Daze is about:

Holi-Daze is Monday September 7th – Sunday September 13th

It’s Labor Day, time to show off your holiday wear (summer or upcoming holidays) and those special things you make with some extra time the holiday weekends provide.

I have a Holi-Daze Party page set up were you will find all the details for this weeks theme and the Holi-Daze Linkup party.

Summer Crush Wrap Up

Summer Crush Party has come to an end. It was fun to see all the creations you shared.

A few of my favorites are the romper from gatorbunnysews , the border print tunic from Thread & Scissors, and Ashley’s Lonsdale.

Be sure to look through the Summer Crush party and give some feedback to our participants on what they’ve made.

Stay tuned for our announcement of the Summer Crush contest winner on September 25th.

Never Ending Summer week begins

Never Ending Summer week begins today.

If you need a reminder, here’s what Never Ending Summer is about:

Never Ending Summer is Monday August 31st – Sunday September 6th.

Love summer? Me too. This week’s focus is making items that keep you thinking sunny thoughts all year round.

I’m really looking forward to see what you’ll create.

I have a Never Ending Summer Party page set up were you will find all the details for this weeks theme and the Never Ending Summer Linkup party. Look for it under the Sew Long Summer tab in the upper menu.

Jade Skirt from Paprika Patterns for Summer Crush week

Meet my Summer Crush, the Jade Skirt from Paprika Patterns. (LinkUp your Summer Crush here)

Jade Skirt by mahlicadesigns

My interest was piqued last fall when the Jade came out, but it wasn’t until spring that I decided what fabric to use. Thanks to #sewlongsummer the Jade is finally taking up residence in my closet. I can really see this being a key part of my Core Wardrobe. The length is good for summer and paired with some colorful tights will be cute in fall and winter too.

Jade skirt by mahlicadesigns

I used a  Maggy London ponte from Fabric Mart for the shell and a cotton jersey from Girl Charlee for the lining. I’m very pleased with both fabrics for this project. The ponte is a good quality and the jersey has the right stability needed to support the folds on the Jade. The color is not as saturated on the jersey as I would like, so it may only be used in supporting rolls in other garments.

Jade skirt by mahlicadesigns

The pattern is not as difficult as those front folds make it look. There’s a tutorial video and a practice sheet to make sure you can do the folds correctly. I watched the video a couple of times and followed the tip to use colored pins and had no trouble with the folds. In fact, I got it on the first try.

Jade skirt by mahlicadesigns

Once you tack down those folds, the rest of the construction is elegant in its simplicity. The instructions include options to add an exposed zipper or an elastic waistband. I didn’t need to do either.

Jade Skirt by mahlicadesigns

The Jade Skirt should take you about 3.75 hours cut to finish.

Pattern: $7      Fabric: $9    Total: $16