All About the Outerwear Blog Tour

I love fall! It’s absolutely one of my favorite times of year. The unfortunate thing is that I am always cold. Especially since I live in New England. I virtually live in cardigans and wool socks from October until March each year. Which is why I was very excited about a blog tour all about outerwear.

I love Suzanne over at Winter Wear Designs and I love discovering how each pattern that I make for both Sweet Pea and me turns out to be a good fit for us. This time I decided to go with the Twin Peaks Cardigan for me for the tour instead of something for Sweet Pea.

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The pattern has a semi fitted drafting being fitted in the bust and flowing out over the hips. Sizing goes from 00-24 and the sleeve is not cut on the fold so the armscye fits really nicely. It has the option for several different blocking back styles which means I get a pattern with multiple looks- that’s a huge win.

I also decided it was the perfect time to use some brand new hacci sweater knit I got from Honeydew Kisses Custom Fabric . I love buffalo plaid and while I have never sewn hacci knit before I was excited to receive this just in time for the tour.

I opted for the pointed back color blocking detail in stretch leather that I picked up in a destash. While Suzanne’s instructions are fabulous as always, I struggled with the point on the back detail but even though its not as pointy as it should be, it was still a pretty quick sew. I even decided to pull out my recently purchased coverstitch and have it join in on the fun.

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I love how my kids have picked out rainbow thread this last time I got thread because now I have hidden rainbows in all my seams. But even more I love that this is a cardigan made from a fabric print, I have always wanted to own and that even better it has pockets.20181024_0857154872038959980941867.jpg

Working with hacci is like working with any other knit fabric. It was lighter in hand than I expected and has a beautiful drape, however my serger did need a cleaning afterward because it had lots of fuzz. The stretch leather had nice movement but is a bit stiffer and why I opted for only using it for blocking (I had originally planned on using it for the neckband as well.) I really love that the two fabrics together give you just a bit of edginess while still being school errand friendly.

My husband is out of town this week and there goes my usual photographer but I am so happy with how this turned out I have a feeling I will have a ton of photos to update this post with once he gets home next week.

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I love, love, love this so much and am going to get so much use out of this new cardigan and already have a second out on the cutting table (I am thinking about hacking it with cuffs because I love thumbhole cuffs too)! Check in with the rest of the bloggers and see all their awesome outdoor makes below!

 

Fall in love with every stop on the tour:

October 22
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
October 23
October 24
October 25
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Jessica of Jot Designs USA
October 26
Livia of Liviality

Week 22: Sew a Bathing Suit

Here we are one week past the halfway point and it’s time to start thinking about bathing suits since we will spend half the day several days a week enjoying our local public pool!

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So Sweet Pea asked for a Doc McStuffins inspired suit and I knew the Princess Power Suit would make the cutest suit for her and would meet the additional requirement of a tutu on it. This post will focus on how I made the striped bodice insert for the Princess Power Suit to create the striped shirt effect of a Doc McStuffins suit.

Gather your supplies (for this part I am using the white and purple):

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There are a couple of different ways to do this next part. I am going to walk you through how I did it (there may be a better method) and I wish I took more photos so you can really see exactly what I did step by step, but I don’t think its all that confusing. If you have a question feel free to ask. I cut 2 pieces of fabric then cut each into 2 inch strips. Then sewed the 2  inch pieces together alternating the colors when sewing so you have a striped panel. From there you can continue the pattern construction from there.

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If you really want to see Sweet Pea’s suit, come back next week for the second half of this swimsuit!

 

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Week 19: Sew a Shirt

This week’s challenge fit handily into sewing another strike off from Kimmy Snabric also part of the Supernatural round. This time I am working with a panel also titled Family business but is on an amazing cushy bamboo lycra. 20180607_0852171.jpg

I was off to figure out what I wanted to make with it. I went with a designer I am very familiar and have had great success with her patterns, Winter Wear Designs Trendy Tank It’s a lovely body skimming top that is flowy and perfect for the Vermont summer (even though its black) because we don’t have an AC up here y’all.

I struggle with finding things for me to sew and love but I absolutely love this tank! I love the coverage on the shoulders and the v-neck as well as the high low hemline option. I did realize I need to work on getting my V better, I am sure its a practice thing but that little pucker isn’t going to bother me enough to make it worth picking the neckband apart-lol.20180607_085223[1]

Since I made this top it ends up making it into my weekly rotation, so I am assuming I probably need to make waaaaayyyyy more.

Feature Designer: Winter Wear Designs Romp-along Tour

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It has been a stressful month or so and I decided to step back from sewing and having such an active presence in the testing community because of illness in the family, sometimes it feels like its a constant battle trying to keep everyone well and on task. And lets be honest, as we round out the end of the school year, I am just exhausted from running in 20 different directions. But I digress.
This post is all about the Romper Love. I must admit, I have not owned one as an adult but I love the look and ease of them for the summer time. I was super tickled to see that as I ended my sewing hiatus, Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs was hosting a blog tour focusing on just that! Lucky me. I typically tend to sew for Sweet Pea because its easier and I am not sure if I ever really, really love what I make for me. Wellllll I got so lucky because I not only love mine but I also love the one I made for Sweet Pea.

I first had to figure out which Romper I wanted to use and for simplicity and ease decided that perhaps we needed Mommy and Me semi-matching rompers for some fun when we are out and about, so I ended up selecting the Boho Breeze Romper bundle started out with sewing Sweet Pea’s first because I had some beautiful linen pants that no longer fit me plus had some wearing in the thighs.

 

I knew I wanted to use them because of the beautiful detailing on the sides of them. So that required me to carefully separate the seams so that I could get the most out of the pants that I can. I did have to modify the pattern just a bit to allow for me to make use of the detailing on the linen. I essentially removed my seam allowance from the front and back pieces by drawing a line then attached them so that instead of the 4 pieces, I only had 2.

Then I was off to figure out what to pair it with. I decided that classic stripes would look amazing with the khaki linen and I was not disappointed because as I was constructing this romper my excitement grew and grew.

 

I think one of my very favorite things about sewing is that I get to see my vision come to life and sometimes its the details of an outfit that truly make it fun and unique.
I did use a tubular knit for the neckband elastic rather than using the striped knit but that was because I was selfishly saving the rest of these stripes for my romper. I also did not use elastic in the sleeves so that the sleeve would have more of a flutter to it. Unfortunately due to rain I haven’t had a chance to get photos of the both of us together so my bathroom selfie will have to do until I can update this post (perhaps tomorrow since the rain is finally supposed to break when I have someone home that can take photos of me).
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I have to say this and I never say anything like this when it comes to clothing but I am in love. I love the off the shoulder fit (although because I am larger busted, I did end up adding the shoulder straps so that my bra could be covered and I am not forced into wearing a strapless). And I am extremely happy with the drape over the hips which seems to be the area I struggle with my happiness when it comes to a pattern. I cannot wait for the weather to clear up so I can have some nice photos for a fun mommy and me!
Even though its the last day of the tour, go check out the other great blog posts and run and get your 20%off discount while you can using the code ROMPON at checkout.
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Don’t miss any of the spectacular rompers
on the Romp On Tour!!!
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