Sew Long Summer 2017, Day 2

We’re in day 2 of the Sew Long Summer blog tour.

Today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers are:

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

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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, 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

It’s time to say Sew Long Summer 2017

I’m so excited that the Sew Long Summer blog tour starts today.

About 20 bloggers are going to share with you how they say “Sew Long Summer” and I’ll give you a little hint: it’s with awesome handmade wardrobe pieces, so keep watching.

Today’s Sew Long Summer bloggers are:

Sewing by TiSewing VortexSewing A La Carte, Very Blissful

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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 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

As always, thanks for reading along with me.

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Sew Long Summer featuring Diane of Two Chicklets

Please welcome Diane from Two Chicklets to mahlicadesigns today. It’s a delight to be acquainted with Diane through sewing groups on facebook; she’s a prime example of the wonderful people in the sewing community with her good sense of humor and helpful spirit.

Thank you, Melissa, for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. When I saw the Sew Long Summer group on FB, I remembered it from last year and thought I was signing up to see the blog posts. Little did I know what I was getting myself in for! Some day or year I’ll figure out blogging for myself. Actually it’s been fun though, and I hope you hang around to see what Sew Long Summer means to everyone else on the tour!

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There were many patterns that I didn’t get sewn before leaving for our vacation this summer, so it took lots of mulling before I decided what I wanted to sew. I ended up deciding on Lady Topas since I’ve had the pattern for quite a while (probably more than a year). I found it at Mialuna24.com and it’s a free one to try. Yay, bonus! It comes in sizes XS-XXL with fabric requirements of 60cm-105cm of 140cm wide. This top from my closet is one I love and is almost the same style. So why not have another to love!

Diane's closet sample

Choosing fabric was easy, I knew I wanted to use this happy stripe that I bought at Joann’s last summer, and decided it needed a solid for the curved pieces.

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But then…oh no, the pattern (and the instructions) are in German! My teen son is taking German at school this year as his language choice, but school just started. He probably won’t be learning sewing terms anyway, lol. During open house, when I met his teacher, she encouraged all of the parents to learn German along with their child so we could quiz them before tests, etc. She gave us a website to go to and I started the next day. Wellll, needless to say I haven’t learned enough German to read the instructions, and the translator app my son downloaded for me didn’t help much either. Hallo, Ich bin Diane (hello, I am Diane) and I am in trouble!

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Good thing the top is pretty basic with few pieces. I measured the bodice piece to help decide which size to make after looking at the chart.

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I was able to figure out most of the directions by looking at the pictures (yay for great pics)! There were a couple of times when I wasn’t sure and was able to use the app. One thing I didn’t know, at least until it was too late, is that the seam allowance is not included. Oops! At least there is enough ease that my top still fits!

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Even with the language barrier, I cut and sewed up my top in an afternoon. And wow, was it ever worth the hassles I had! I love this top! It is a relaxed fit, comfortable to wear, and the thin straps are perfectly placed to cover my bra straps. I even love the way my soft knit drapes just right. I love the dress version in the inspiration photos so I may just have to make another. After all, living in Phoenix means that our summer goes on long after school starts! Sew Long and so long!

You can learn more about Diane and Two Chicklets through her facebook page and her etsy store.

Stop by today’s bloggers for more inspiration.

 Lulu & Celeste, Diane Cullum of Two ChickletsAdventures With Bubba and BugWining WifeThe Pumpkin RoomSewing A La CarteAnne-Mari Sews

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

How about some fun discounts and coupon codes from our sponsors:

Zeirstoff 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

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Zircon Sweater for Sew Long Summer

I’m saying Sew Long Summer by dusting off my fall sewing wish list and making it happen.

One of the projects on the top of my list was to make another Zircon Sweater from Paprika Patterns. The inserts on the Zircon let me have two of my favorite things; geometric shapes and high contrast colors.

I’ve made the Zircon before, so I knew no alterations were needed. Take note that the Zircon sleeve is supposed to be bracelet length, but hits my shorty self right at the wrist were I prefer it.

Those inserts might look scarey to make correctly, but if you follow the directions and take your time to line up the stitching lines, you’ll be good to go.

 

Stop by today’s bloggers for more inspiration.

AppleGreenCottagemahlicadesignsKaleidothought, PrettiModesti, Olive Ashby, Sewing Bee Fabrics

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

How about some fun discounts and coupon codes from our sponsors:

Zeirstoff 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

It’s time to say Sew Long Summer with a fun blog tour.

I’m so excited that the Sew Long Summer blog tour starts today.

Over 25 bloggers are going to share with you how they say “Sew Long Summer”. We have discounts from our blog tour sponsors and a Giveaway too!

Today’s bloggers are:

Sewing By Ti, Cindy Parrett, Sewing Vortex, Couturious, and Nina Makes

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Check them out!

Oh, and don’t miss the 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

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a free pattern from On the Cutting Floor.(link takes you to the giveaway widget)

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.

Never Ending Summer with a Pin Peg Mini Skirt hack

When thinking about how to bring a summer feel to clothing that I can wear year round, I kept coming back to the idea of using fabrics with a summery print or colors for a fall/winter garment. The best I was coming up with was a floral lining in a jacket, but it just wasn’t what I was wanting to accomplish for Never Ending Summer.

Thanks to The Monthly Stitch’s August theme of “2 is the magic number” I got to thinking about making something reversible and viola the Reversible Pin Peg Mini idea was born. Summery on one side, wintry on the other.

PinPeg summer 1

PinPeg summer 2

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Just a few details: I used an abstract stretch cotton sateen from Fabrics & Trimmings and a stretch cotton twill called Stingray from Felinus Fabrics (sold out). The Pin Peg Mini is a newer pattern release from Sew This Pattern. I paired fabrics with a similar stretch, weight and opacity.

PinPeg winter 1

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I would resolutely insist that you make a muslin first. I’m glad I did because there was some weirdness with how the pattern printed. (I didn’t see anyone else report problems when researching, I’m sure I goofed it up) The size chart puts me at a size 10, but I sized up to a 12 on my first muslin and it was about 1in too narrow on the back and 3in too narrow at the front. Whhaa? I reprinted on some A4 paper I have, made sure there wasn’t something happening with the scaling, and got no difference in the pattern pieces. Unfortunately there are no finished garment measurements to help out either. I started my second muslin at size 16 and worked down from there. I ended up using size 12 for the back and size 14 pieces for the front and grading one size smaller at the waist. All this too say, measure your pattern pieces for fit and do a muslin.

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Getting the right fit took a little work, but I’m really pleased with my reversible version. I was most excited about the black Stingray fabric, but I’m only meh about the finished look. I think a black zipper would not have distracted from the vertical print, so I’m considering painting over the metal on that side. I’m liking the watercolor side much more.

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I haven’t thought through how I’m going to style it in the cooler months, but I feel good about my Never Ending Summer creation and I’m glad I can share how I made a reversible version.

A brief tutorial on how to make your Pin Peg Mini reversible:

Note: I’m just giving high level instructions so you can make your own. Good sewing practices like marking, trimming seams, and pressing are assumed. Also I’m assuming you know how to install a zipper.
  1. You will need the two front pattern pieces, back piece, two front waist band pieces and back waistband piece. (Set the facings and zipper flap pattern pieces aside)
  2. Determin your new zipper length. Abutt the left front and left front waist band pieces and measure along the zipper edge. Subtract 2.5in to account for seam allowances. Or wait until you’re to ready to insert the zipper and measure.100_4153
  3. Cut your fabrics separately. Cut main fabric right side up with pattern pieces right side up. Cut second fabric right side up and pattern pieces wrong side up.
  4. Sew all darts. Press the main fabric darts out, press the second fabric darts in.
  5. In main fabric, sew front 2 pieces to back piece at side seams. Repeat for second fabric.
  6. In main fabric, sew front waist band pieces to back waist band piece. Repeat for second fabric.
    **Note that the right waistband piece includes extra length for a button closure, I just trimmed the extra off after attaching the waistband to the skirt.
  7. In main fabric, sew the waist band to skirt body. Repeat for second fabric.
  8. Right sides together, line up the main skirt with the second skirt along the waist and hemlines. Sew the two skirts together along the waist band. Press. Sew the hem line together leaving a 10in opening along the back piece. You should now have a tube, open at two ends and a 10in opening at the hemline on the back piece.
  9. Sew in your zipper along the shorter front piece. Turn things right side out if it helps, then line up the other side of the zipper in the opening on the long front piece. Sew the zipper in the other side and the bottom of the longer seam closed at the same time.
  10. Now you’ll need to turn things right side out through the 10in opening in the bottom hem and hand stitch the opening closed.