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 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!

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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

Sponsor Collage Final

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.

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.