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.

 

Sew Your Zierstoff with the ALIZIA Tee

I made a whole outfit!

Sure, that phrase shouldn’t need an exclamation point, but since I am notorious for sewing pieces with barely a thought given to what I’m going to wear it with: I made a whole outfit!

The pieces for my casual outfit are simple enough, but I gave thought to pairing fabrics that would work together and that’s a big step in the right direction.

Firstly, I made the SVEA Pants (see details here)

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My second piece is the ALIZIA Top.

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The Alizia is easily constructed; but if you’ve not inserted a V shape before, I’d recommend watching the V neckband instructions from Hey June as a good guide to successfully making a smooth insertion.

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So, once completed, I put on my Alizia to see my handiwork and realized I made a tunic. How on earth did I do that? I still need to go back and figure out how I made it so long. I did fit checks along the way, but I was focusing on how the sleeves and width of the bodice fit and didn’t even look at the length. Geesh.

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On the positive side my Matilda leggings are a perfect match, since I used remnants from them as the accent pieces on the Alizia. This is not at all the outfit I was aiming for, but it is lemonade out of the lemon of making a way too long shirt. I do like how slimmer I look in this pairing versus the Alizia plus Svea pants combo I originally planned. Loose fitted top plus loose fitted bottoms just doesn’t do it for me.

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So, I made an outfit! It’s not what I planned, but I’m still going to call it a success. I’m pleased with the fabrics I chose, but just need to pair patterns that balance each other better. Lesson noted. Let’s see how long it takes to sink in.

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Are you sewing up anything from Zierstoff Patterns for the Sew Your Zierstoff contest?

There are prizes to be had, plus you get new wardrobe pieces.  (details here)

To help you along, Zierstoff Patterns are 40% off with code VALENTINE40 until 2/28/17

As always, thanks for stopping by today.

 

Scavenger Hunt Day 6 with Zierstoff Patterns

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We’re finishing up our scavenger hunt today, so I hope you had fun finding the objects of the hunt and got your entries in. I’ll be announcing the winners of Giveaway week and Scavenger Hunt week pretty soon- I hope it’s you.

The current hunt ends soon, so get to it!

Visit Zierstoff Patterns to hunt for your answer and come back here to enter for a chance to win one of two 10Euro gift codes for Etsy.com.

What’s you favorite Zierstoff pattern?

Enter Here!

 

So… are you curious about what’s happening next week? I won’t give the surprise away right now, but you may want to start planning your Zierstoff outfits.

As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Scavenger Hunt Day 5 with Zierstoff Patterns

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We’re starting our final hunt today and after making you work on the last clues, I’m taking it easy on you this time.

Visit Zierstoff Patterns to hunt for your answer and come back here to enter for a chance to win one of two 10Euro gift codes for Etsy.com.

What’s you favorite Zierstoff pattern?

Enter Here!

Here’s how the Scavenger Hunt works: Today and tomorrow you have the chance to hunt around the Zierstoff Patterns website to find the answer to the posted question. Enter here with your answer to be entered to win one of two 10 Euro gift codes for Etsy.com.

As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Scavenger Hunt Day 3 with Zierstoff Patterns

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I hope you have your sleuthing hats on because we’re starting a new hunt.

Visit Zierstoff Patterns to hunt for your answer and come back here to enter for a chance to win one of two 10Euro gift codes for Etsy.com.

Here’s the Question of the Day:

In what country do the Zierstoff ladies live, work, and create?

New hunt and added chance for entries begins on Friday. Hope to see you back!

Enter Here!

 

Here’s how the Scavenger Hunt works: Today and tomorrow you have the chance to hunt around the Zierstoff Patterns website to find the answer to the posed trivia question. Enter here with your answer to be entered to win one of two 10 Euro gift codes for Etsy.com. The final hunt and added chance for entries begins on Friday.

As always, Danke Schoen for stopping by today.

Scavenger Hunt Day 2 with Zierstoff Patterns

Are you needing a little help finding where this image snippet belongs?

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Hint: Take a look through the Free Patterns from Zierstoff

New hunts and added chances for entries begin on Wednesday and Friday. Hope to see you back!

Enter Here!

 

Here’s how the Scavenger Hunt works: Today is your last chance to hunt around the Zierstoff Patterns website to find the image this snippet is a part of. Enter here with your answer to be entered to win one of two 10 Euro gift codes for Etsy.com. New hunts and added chances for entries begin on Wednesday and Friday.

As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Scavenger Hunt week with Zierstoff

Thank you to all that entered last week’s giveaway from Zierstoff Patterns. I’ll announce the winners of the giveaway and scavenger hunt early next week.

This week we’re doing scavenger hunts to earn entries for more prizes from Zierstoff Patterns. (Hmmm, I wonder what will be coming next week?)

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Here’s how it will work: Today and tomorrow you have the chance to hunt around the Zierstoff Patterns website to find the image this snippet is a part of. Enter here with your answer to be entered to win one of two 10 Euro gift codes for Etsy.com.

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New hunts and added chances for entries begin on Wednesday and Friday.

Hint: I might be sharing clues to help.

Enter Here!

As always, thanks for stopping by today.