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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Sew Long Summer, Hello Astoria and Pirate Pencil

I say Sew Long Summer by sewing up new fall outfits. My newest outfit is the Astoria Sweater from Seamwork Magazine and the Pirate Pencil Skirt from Patterns 4 Pirates.

I knew they would make a colorful fall outfit that I can also leverage for my business casual office. (Oh hey, keep reading to learn about the Sew Long Summer blog tour)

The Astoria

This is my first time trying a pattern from Seamwork magazine. My first impression of the Astoria was it’s overkill of information except for an accurate description of the two versions. I had to dig to find that the versions are long sleeve and 3/4 sleeve. (The 3/4 sleeve descriptor is actually on the pattern piece inventory- nowhere else) I made a straight size Med per my measurements and I’d say it’s a good fit.

The Pirate Pencil Skirt

The Pirate Pencil is a free pattern, but is not lacking in the time and effort put into regular quality patterns. My only critique is that the print instructions don’t have you print pages 18 & 23 for the above knee version. You will need them. The only thing I’d change is adding a little length for next time.

I used stash fabrics to make both pieces; a striped ponte knit to make up the Pirate Pencil and a textured double knit for the Astoria.

Thanks for reading today.

 

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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Sew Long Summer blog tour 2019

Welcome to Sew Long Summer blog tour 2019, my annual tour to to say goodbye to all things summer and get ready for fall and winter.

We’re going to have a fun one this year.

A nice group of sewing bloggers are going to share with you how we say “Sew Long Summer” (read on for details)

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

Today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers are:

  Sewing A La Carte,  mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing With Sarah

Please stop by their blogs and share what you think of their efforts by leaving them a comment!

The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along 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

As always, thanks for reading along with me.

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Sew Long Summer, Hello Michelle & Robinson

I say Sew Long Summer by sewing up new fall outfits. My newest outfit is the Michelle Cardigan from DG Patterns* and the Robinson Trousers from Ensemble Patterns. Both of these hit my sewing list way back in the spring when I first saw the Michelle pattern at its release and then I won the Robinson Trouser pattern in a facebook group. I knew they would be a perfect fall outfit. (Oh hey, keep reading to learn about the blog tour and GIVEAWAY!)

The Michelle

I chose a sweater knit from The Fab Clique to make my Michelle cozy for fall. I’m really liking this reddish color on me.

I started with a size 10, per the sizing chart, but ended up sizing it down to an 8 from the waist up. It’s a roomy fitting top so you may want to choose your size with that in mind.

 

I do have a little tip on the Michelle construction. When you fold up the front curved hem there is a slight gap (shown in blue) between the hem allowance and the side seam. In most knits this probably isn’t a problem, but in the sweater knit it created a weak point between the side seam and the upturned hem. To avoid this you can stretch the fabric in the hem allowance to be caught in the side seam or you can include an extra tab of fabric when cutting to make sure the hem allowance reaches the side seam.

The Robinson Trousers

I used a lightweight (6-7oz) stretch denim from deep in my stash for the Robinsons and boy do I wish I could photograph black better so you could really see them.

The designer has combined comfort and style in the Robinsons. The elastic waistband and easy fit are paired with a faux fly, nice sized front slash pockets, optional patch pockets for the back, and several finishing options at the ankle to make these more than a simple pair of pull on pants.

I chose to make the exposed zipper and tab closure at the ankle ’cause that’s just my style. I think they look pretty cool.

 

All week we have sewing bloggers sharing how they say Sew Long Summer. The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along.

Sept. 10th   Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Manning the Machine, mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Crafting Fiend

Sept. 12th Auschick Sews, Aurora Design Fabrics, My Heart Will Sew On, Vicky Myers Creations

Sept. 13th Flaxfield Sewing, Sewing with D, Musings of a SeamstressMake it Sew with the Bear and Pea AtelierPetite Font

Sept. 14th Sewing à la CarteSewing by Ti, Stitches by Laura, Sewing with Sarah, My Sewing Roots  

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer” to be entered into our random drawing. (Full details here)

Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments on the mahlicadesigns intro post. Please limit your entries to items you’ve sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

We can’t wait to see what you’re making.

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

Sew Long Summer blog tour 2018 #SewLongSewcial18

Welcome back to the annual Sew Long Summer blog tour. We’re going to have an extra fun one this year.

A nice group of sewing bloggers are going to share with you how we say “Sew Long Summer” and we’ll be asking you to join in with a Social Sew too (read on for details and prizes)

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

Today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers are:

 Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

Please stop by their blogs and share what you think of their efforts by leaving them a comment!

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

Sept. 10th   Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Manning the Machine, mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Crafting Fiend

Sept. 12th Auschick Sews, Aurora Design Fabrics, My Heart Will Sew On, Vicky Myers Creations

Sept. 13th Flaxfield Sewing, Sewing with D, Musings of a SeamstressMake it Sew with the Bear and Pea AtelierPetite Font

Sept. 14th Sewing à la CarteSewing by Ti, Stitches by Laura, Sewing with Sarah, My Sewing Roots  

 

Now, let’s talk about you and what you’re sewing.

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer”to be entered into a random drawing for a prize.

Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments below with your entry. Please limit your entries to items you’ve sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

I can’t wait to see what you’re making.

As always, thanks for reading along with me.

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Sew Long Summer 2017, Final Day

Today is our final day of the Sew Long Summer blog tour for 2017.

Thank you for following along and visiting all the bloggers on the tour so far that have shared their creativity with all of us.

Today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers are a great line up:

Little Heart Threads, Idlesunshine, Ronda B. Handmade, Tales of a Tester, Sewing à la Carte, Tales From A Southern Mom, Sew Haute Blog

Friday collage

Please stop by their blogs and show them some love.

Oh, and if you’d like to share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer”, please use #sewlongsummer17 on Instagram or leave me a link in the comments below. I’d love to see what your making.

The full tour includes these lovely bloggers; thanks again for visiting their blogs to see what they have made.

Sept. 11th Sewing by Ti, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Very Blissful

Sept. 12th mahlicadesigns, My Heart Will So On, CouturiousAdventures With Bubba and Bug

Sept. 13th Tenilles Thread, Sewing with D, mahlicadesigns

Sept. 14th Indulging Mom, MeMade, Sewing with D

Sept. 15th Little Heart Threads, Idlesunshine, Ronda B. Handmade, Tales of a Tester, Sewing à la Carte, Tales From A Southern Mom, Sew Haute Blog

 

As always, thanks for following along with the Sew Long Summer blog tour.

Are you sewcial? Would you like to join in on the annual Sew Long Summer or Breaking Ground blog tours that I host? I’d be happy to have you. Join the facebook groups or contact me at mahlicadesigns@gmail.com

Sew Long Summer 2017, Day 4

We’re in day 4 of the Sew Long Summer blog tour.

Let’s go see what today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers have made:

Indulging MomMeMade, Sewing with D

Thursday collage

Please stop by their blogs and share what you think of their efforts by leaving them a comment!

Oh, and if you’d like to share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer”, please use #sewlongsummer17 on Instagram or leave me a link in the comments below. I’d love to see what your making.

The full tour includes these lovely bloggers, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

Sept. 11th Sewing by Ti, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Very Blissful

Sept. 12th mahlicadesigns, My Heart Will So On, Couturious, Anne-Mari Sews, Adventures With Bubba and Bug

Sept. 13th Tenilles Thread, Sewing with D, mahlicadesigns

Sept. 14th Indulging Mom, MeMade, Sewing with D

Sept. 15th Little Heart Threads, Idlesunshine, Ronda B. Handmade, Tales of a Tester, Sewing à la Carte, Tales From A Southern Mom, Sew Haute Blog

Sew Long Summer 2017, Day 3

We’re mid week in the Sew Long Summer blog tour.

Today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers are:

 Tenilles ThreadSewing with D, mahlicadesigns

Wednesday collage label

Please stop by our blogs to see what we’ve made today!

Oh, and if you’d like to share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer”, please use #sewlongsummer17 on Instagram or leave me a link in the comments below. I’d love to see what your making.

The full tour includes these lovely bloggers, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

Sept. 11th Sewing by Ti, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Very Blissful

Sept. 12th mahlicadesigns, My Heart Will So On, CouturiousAdventures With Bubba and Bug

Sept. 13th Tenilles Thread, Sewing with D, mahlicadesigns

Sept. 14th Indulging Mom, MeMade, Anne-Mari Sews,

Sept. 15th Little Heart Threads, Idlesunshine, Ronda B. Handmade, Tales of a Tester, Sewing à la Carte, Tales From A Southern Mom, Sew Haute Blog

Sew Long Summer…hello Butterick 6388 sweater dress

I say Sew Long Summer with French terry and cold weather dresses.

This fall’s dress is Butterick 6388. It was a hit with me the first time I saw the pattern. The top and dress views are packed with the details I like: a collar to keep me warm, interesting design lines in the bodice, and a slight dolman sleeve.

The pattern is very easy to make and went together in less than 2 hours cut to finish. The dress is so comfortable and I see it working very well as a wardrobe piece that will work in the fall with flats and with tights and boots in the winter.  I have a top version planned in another french terry in my stash, but I might keep my eyes open for an interesting sweater knit to use.

As always, thanks for reading today.

I hope you’ll visit todays bloggers in the Sew Long Summer Blog tour:

Tenilles Thread,  Sewing with D,  mahlicadesigns

Sew Long Summer blog tour 2017

Yay! Sew Long Summer is back and starts next Monday.

This year I have about 20 bloggers joining me to share how we say “Sew Long” to summer. Here’s the line up:

Sept. 11th Sewing by TiSewing VortexSewing A La Carte, Very Blissful

Sept. 12th mahlicadesigns, My Heart Will So On, CouturiousAnne-Mari SewsAdventures With Bubba and Bug

Sept. 13th Tenilles ThreadTales From A Southern MomSew Haute BlogSewing with D

Sept. 14th Indulging Mom, MeMade, Anne-Mari Sews, mahlicadesigns

Sept. 15th Little Heart ThreadsIdlesunshineRonda B. HandmadeTales of a TesterSewing à la Carte

Stay tuned for the fun.

 

Want to show off how you say “Sew Long Summer”?  Use #sewlongsummer17 on Instagram and facebook.

Sew Long Summer inspiration from our sponsors

I’m very thankful to On the Cutting Floor, Blue Dot Patterns, and Zierstoff Patterns for partnering with me to make Sew Long Summer extra fun for you.

On the Cutting Floor is going to give away a pattern of choice to one lucky winner.

The giveaway ends soon so click through here to enter: GIVEAWAY

I already have the Santiago Jacket and the Megan Blouse on my fall sewing list.

 

How great would the Adeline Dress in denim or the long sleeve Sarah Dress in a double knit be for fall?

Use Code: SEWLONG for 50% off patterns from On the Cutting Floor   (Ends 9/17/16)

From Blue Dot Patterns I’m wanting another Ally Skirt in red. I love cotton sateen, but a fine corduroy would be cool weather appropriate.

May I suggest the Georgia Top in a cuddly french terry or following Diane’s tutorial for hacking her Dover Jacket into a car coat length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use Code: SewLongSummer for 25% off patterns from Blue Dot Patterns (Ends 9/17/16)

I’ve already used the discount to buy the SVEA pants from Zierstoff Patterns, but keep finding more that I want to make on every visit to their site.

The ALIZIA is speaking my colorblocking language and the KAREN has a great fit and cowl to keep you warm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use Code: zierstoffpatterns20 for 20% off patterns at Zierstoff Patterns  (Ends 9/17/16)

There’s just a few more hours to take advantage of these discounts, so get going.

Thank you so very much for reading along with the Sew Long Summer tour and leaving comments for the participating bloggers.

 

 

**I have an affiliate relationship with On the Cutting Floor, meaning if you make a purchase through my links to her site, I’ll receive a small portion of the sale.

Melissa Cardigan for Sew Long Summer

I say Sew Long Summer by getting my cool weather clothes ready.  For me, staying warm as it cools down is all about layers. I used to wear fleece vests around the house, but I’m replacing them with cardigans for a more put together look that I can wear out of the house too.

I dig a dolman sleeve because they don’t bunch up under my arms and an open front cardigan because I don’t have to fiddle with buttons. I’m not a big fan of the drappy front cardigans though, they just look a little too sloppy.

It’s almost like Zeirstoff Patterns made the Melissa Cardigan pattern for me. (We even share a name, just sayin’) I get a roomy cardigan that doesn’t look sloppy and feels great to wear.

I just love how this fits me. The only alteration needed was to shorten the sleeve by 3in, pretty typical for me. Since this is a pieced dolman, I removed 1.5in from the outer edge of the dolman and 1.5in from the top edge of the sleeve portion to keep the seam just below my elbow.

The gals at Zierstoff Patterns gave me a copy of the Melissa Cardigan last February to try out, but I had to put it aside until this fall. I liked it so much I asked them to be a Sew Long Summer sponsor. You can pick up a copy of the Melissa or another pattern from our sponsors using one of the discount codes below.

Fun discounts and coupon codes from our sponsors:

Zierstoff Patterns 20% off patterns   Code: zierstoffpatterns20  Ends 9/17/16

Blue Dot Patterns       25% off patterns    Code: SewLongSummer  Ends 9/17/16

On the Cutting Floor   50% off patterns   Code: SEWLONG   Ends 9/17/16

Sponsor Collage Final

Want more?…of course you do!    Stop by today’s bloggers for more inspiration.

Musings of a SeamstressRainy Day SewingSprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La CarteAnne-Mari Sews

And…enter our giveaway for a pattern from On the Cutting Floor.

Sew Long Summer is back!

Yay! Sew Long Summer is back and starts next Monday.

This year I have over 25 bloggers joining me to share how we say “Sew Long” to summer. Here’s the line up:

Sept. 12th Sewing by Ti,  Cindy Parrett,  Sewing Vortex, Renata Laura, Couturious, Nina Makes

Sept. 13th mahlicadesignsMusings of a SeamstressRainy Day SewingSprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La CarteAnne-Mari Sews

Sept. 14th AppleGreen CottagemahlicadesignsKaleidothought, PrettiModesti, Olive Ashby, Sewing Bee Fabrics

Sept. 15th Lulu & Celeste, Diane Cullum of Two ChickletsAdventures With Bubba and BugWining WifeThe Pumpkin RoomSewing A La CarteAnne-Mari sews

Sept. 16th Sewing by TiMusings of a SeamstressTales of a TesterAlmost a hippyAt Margareta’s HausSewing A La CarteBirds Of A Kettle

We’re also joined by Blue Dot Patterns, Zierstoff Patterns, and On the Cutting Floor who will be offering our readers discounts during the tour.

Sponsor Collage Final

Want to show off how you say “Sew Long Summer”?  Use #sewlongsummer16 on Instagram and facebook and I’ll feature you in a wrap up post at the end of the blog tour.

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.

4 Tips for sewing Big Time for Holi-Daze week.

Every now and then we are blessed with an extra long holiday weekend, so I’d like to share my strategies to help maximize your sewing time.

Tip #1 Make your plan

I peruse my Pinterest boards and my “to list” to focus in on what I want to work on. I try to pick items that are similar enough that I can work through them quickly without having to think too much about what I’m doing. Be realistic about how much time you have and how much you can get done.

Tip #2 Be Prepared

Get your patterns traced & cut, fabrics washed, & make sure you have the notions required. Get organized. Put your patterns together with their fabric and notions.

Tip #3 Batch your processes

Do all your cutting at once. If you’re making multiples of one pattern, layer the fabrics and cut them at the same time. Sew similar seams at the same time. If you’re making a pile of tees for example, sew all the shoulder seams in your stack then sew in all the sleeves in your stack and so on.

Tip #4 Be Speedy

Chain stitch and skip the pins if you can. If you can stand to, don’t trim your threads as you go, instead have a trimming session as the last step. Avoid re-threading your machines, instead use neutral thread colors that can work on most or all of your projects. I use gray thread by the cone-full. (Check out Sarah‘s tips for Speedy Sewing)

Bonus Tip:  Say No To UFOs

To make my sewing room UFO free has been a give and take process. A couple years ago I committed to making one project at a time, from cut to finish, and have almost entirely eliminated new UFOs. I do not pre-cut multiple projects (unless I know I’m absolutely committed to making them) knowing that I give up some efficiency in my sewing time, but I gain the freedom to change my mind about the next project on my list.

The only hitch in my “No To UFOs” plan is occasionally running into an issue that I cannot solve without some input. I give myself the freedom to start and finish another project while getting help on the problem and then I finish it off.

So,

Are you wondering what I made over the holiday weekend? Well to be honest, not very much. Weekends are family time and rarely do I get to sewing, but I did finish a Jalie Drop Pocket Cardigan for my Core Wardrobe.

Drop Pocket Cardigan 1
Drop Pocket Cardigan from Jalie patterns