Cali Faye Collection Viola Blouse

Happy Sunday everyone! I’ve been sewing up a storm lately, but I can’t share any of it with you yet, because it’s all Christmas presents for my mom. Before all the Christmas sewing started, I did manage to whip up this super cute blouse by Cali Faye Collection.

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The Sew Fab Pattern Sale- Winter Women’s Bundle- Capital Hill Top

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Last week I shared my Margot Tunic from Violet Field Threads as part of the Sew Fab Winter Women’s Bundle. I told you I would be back with another make from the Sew Fab Winter Women’s Bundle, so here I am sharing my Capital Hill by Straight Stitch Designs. Kimberly is a relatively new pattern designer with the Capital Hill being her third pattern release. Although she is new to the block, I am really loving what I am seeing from her and the quality of her patterns are great!

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The Capital Hill pattern is a knit tunic or dress length (I know…mine is neither) pattern with the option of using woven fabric as the skirt portion. It features pretty pleats at the center front of the bodice.

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I have a top from Anthropolgie that is very similar to this pattern (knit bodice with woven skirt), that I have been wanting to try and replicate for a very long time. The Capital Hill seemed like the perfect chance to finally give it a try! I chose this grey knit I purchased from Girl Charlee for the bodice, because it paired perfectly with this leftover AMH voile I have been saving from my Colette Peony dress. I didn’t have enough fabric to make the circle skirt or the gathered skirt, so I decided just to make it A-line. The skirt is also about 2 inches shorter than I would like it due to the small amount of fabric I had leftover. Oh well, I still really love how these 2 fabrics look paired together!

The top came together easily as the directions were great. For some reason, I decided to size up. As you can see, this was a bad decision, because my top is too big. I think this is why my pleats are not laying as nicely as Kimberly’s pleats. I think a heavier knit skirt instead of this the light woven skirt would also help pull the the bodice down making the pleats do what they are supposed to do. I should have done a better job checking my fit as I sewed, but with all the Christmas present sewing I still have to do, I got a little lazy.

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The Sew Fab Bundle sale ends tomorrow, 12/15, so you better hurry up and purchase yours here!

The Sew Fab Pattern Sale- Winter Women’s Bundle

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Have you guys heard of the Sew Fab Pattern Sale before? It’s a special event that happens twice a year where you can buy a bundle of great PDF patterns for super cheap! Well, there is something special about the bundle that was released on December 5th….it’s made up of 10 unreleased women’s patterns! Crazy exciting right?!?!

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For 29.95 you get 10 new PDF patterns, which are mostly made for knits to keep you comfy and cozy during the winter months! Lucky for me, I was asked to participate in showing off some patterns from this bundle! It was a tough choice, but I decided to go with the Margot Dress by Violet Field Threads (3rd from the left on the top row). 025

Yes, my Margot looks quite a bit different than the one in the picture. The ruffle in this pattern is optional, but it wasn’t left off by choice. More on that in a minute. I chose this beautiful, soft, and very drapey bamboo knit that I got at Mood on my fabric shopping girl’s trip to NYC. Speaking of NYC, check out my friends post about our awesome trip. It will pretty much be your go-to reference if your planning a fabric shopping to trip to NYC! Anyways, that beautiful fabric I was talking about…yeah…way too drapey for that heavy ruffle. It looked awful! So sad…I wanted that ruffle so bad! I even had to shorten the length of my sleeves just so I would have enough fabric for the ruffle. After some serious ruffle surgery (I even called my husband in for some emotional support before chopping), I actually really love how my dress turned out. It’s of course on the short side, so leggings are a must, but I’m kinda liking that it’s short because I love how it looks with the leggings and my sweater UGG boots.

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I’m not usually a fan of purple. Now that I think of it, this might be the only purple clothing I own, but there is something about this shade of purple that I just absolutely love!

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Love this hemline, with or without the ruffle that I dreamed of! I’ll be wearing the exact outfit to work tomorrow with the addition of a long chunky black cardigan. Mondays are always a little better when you get to wear a new handmade dress!

So the thing about this bundle is that it’s only available for a very limited time. You only have until December 15th! Check out this link to read all the details and to enter a really awesome giveaway! I’ll be back before the sale ends to share with you another make from the bundle!

Indie Sew

Have you guys heard of Indiesew? I’ve been meaning to fill you in on this fabulous little gem of a website for awhile now. So sorry it took me so long!
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In summary, “Indiesew strives to provide the highest quality sewing patterns created by independent designers to sewing enthusiasts in a manner that fosters creativity and connection among the online sewing community.” Indiesew is not just another place to buy your PDF patterns. They are passionate about supporting independent designers. Their mission is to inspire creativity through collaboration and connect sewists around the globe through their website. How do they do this? You really must go to their website to see for yourself. Just click on a pattern you like and you will be able to see other sewists creations and a link to their blog, sewing tutorials related to that pattern, and reviews. My favorite part is seeing everyone’s creations.  I have been introduced to so many awesome bloggers that  I would have never known about if Indiesew had not provided the connection! Is is so simple to add your own creations. Check mine out! Allie, one of Indiesew’s co founders is also an awesome seamstress and I love receiving their newsletters with tutorials and inspiration.

Anyways, I thought now would be a good time to share the awesomeness that is Indiesew, because all patterns will be 20% off on Cyber Monday! Woohoo! I already own a ton of the patterns, but I’ll be adding the Josephine by Made by Rae and Natalie Top by Liola Patterns to my pattern stash! What is on your Cyber Monday wishlist?

Introducing a New Fabric Designer + Giveaway!

Happy Monday everyone! I am so super excited to be sharing this post with you today! My absolute favorite online fabric shop has been keeping a sweet little secret…they have been working on designing 2 of their own fabric collections and they have asked me to be part of this exciting new venture!

So without further ado….I introduce to you their first collection…Bengal!

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Since Christmas is less than 2 months away, I wanted to pick a project that would be great to give as a gift. I also wanted to pick a project that would allow me to play with a bunch of different prints in the collection, especially that beautiful tiger head! After perusing Hawthorne Threads’ pattern section (yes, they sell patterns too!), I decided on this awesome little jewelry roll by Modkid.

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How perfect would this be as a stocking stuffer for those hard to please ladies in your family? You could of course also make this for yourself, because who doesn’t need a better wear to store your jewelry while traveling! What I really love about this jewelry roll is all the storage for my necklaces. The tabs are supposed to have buttons so you can slide your rings off of it, but I am more of a necklace kinda girl so I decided to sew my tabs into the seam allowance and use them for more necklaces. By tucking your necklaces into the pouches you are bound to arrive at your destination without a tangled mess!

I love how my jewelry roll turned out with the Bengal collection! The front panel of the roll was perfect to display those tigers! I wish I would have used a tiger head as the zipper pouch, that way I would be able to see one when the pouch is open too. I can’t wait for more designs to come from Hawthorne Threads! If you haven’t checked out their online shop yet they are pretty much a one stop shop for all your fabric needs. They have the largest selection of fabric I have ever come across, especially Art Gallery Fabric (my fav). The shipping is super fast, I typically receive my fabric within 3 days of ordering it. You can even sign up to receive notice when new fabric arrives or when an out of stock item becomes available again. They are also nice enough to offer one of you the chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Bengal! Enter by using the rafflecopter link below. The giveaway will end on 11/10 at midnight! Thanks Hawthorne Threads!

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Pattern Parcel #6- Syrah Skirt

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Yay! Pattern Parcel #6 is here and it is AWESOME!!!! In case you have forgotten all the good purchasing Pattern Parcel does for charity, indie designers, your pattern stash, and your wallet…let me refresh your memory…

“Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need!”

Just like last time, choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette it had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!

For this pattern parcel, I planned on showing the Syrah skirt with the Bronte Top and Julia Cardigan. Well, a weekend in NYC fabric shopping and then another weekend visiting my parents in WV limited my sewing time and I only have the fabulous Syrah skirt to show you. The Bronte Top and Julia Cardigan are actually patterns I have on my Christmas wish list, so merry early Christmas to me! I will definitely be sewing these two up as soon as I get a chance and I promise I will share them with you!

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I love my Syrah skirt! It’s a quick and easy sew and just like all of Lauren’s patterns, the directions are fabulous! I purchased a fabric to make another one while I was in NYC and I can’t wait to sew it up. I am so thankful to be part of another Pattern Parcel and excited to try the rest of the patterns in the parcel!

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Make It Perfect Skippy

After blogging my Coastal Breeze Dress for the Make It Perfect Pattern Parade, Toni emailed me asking me if I would also like to try her newest pattern, the Skippy Dress. Since I loved how my Coastal Breeze Dress turned out I quickly agreed! Make It Perfect Skippy 002 Make It Perfect Skippy 004 Make It Perfect Skippy 006Make It Perfect Skippy 005 Make It Perfect Skippy 008

Well you might have noticed that my Skippy Dress is not quite a dress. After receiving the pattern, I really started thinking how I would love to make the Skippy as a sweatshirt instead of a dress. My handmade dresses are really outnumbering my handmade tops in my closet and my life lately lends itself more to jeans and a comfy top (when I’m not at my real job). I ran my idea by Toni first and she was all for me making a Skippy sweatshirt. Thanks Toni!

You also might have noticed that this fabric combo is a repeat from my Colette Moneta Dress. I only started with 1 1/2 yards of each of these fabrics and I still have more of each left over even after also making myself a Briar top with it (something else I need to share). It’s the knit fabric that just keeps giving!

To make the Skippy a top instead of a dress, the only change I needed to make was to widen the band a couple of inches and then fold it in half lengthways to attach it. The band is a little too snug to pull it down to where I would really like it to sit, so I would add a little more width in this area next time. I was also feeling a little lazy and didn’t bother adding the neck band. I just turned the raw edge over 1/2 inch and it looks just fine.

I really love how my sweatshirt turned out and it was such an easy sew. I’m especially in love with the fun kangaroo pocket that allowed me to play with pattern mixing, which is my favorite thing to do. It would be super cute as a dress as well. The pattern includes short, 3/4, and long sleeves all finished with a band, which I was also too lazy to add. I was so tempted to add the cowl neck to mine as I am a huge fan of a cowl, but it won’t be cowl weather here in Charleston until maybe late November and I want to wear my sweatshirt now! For those of you that are Mamas, there is also a mini me Skippy called the Joey….too cute!

Thanks to Toni of Make It Perfect for providing me with this great new pattern. Although this pattern was given to me, all of my opinions are of course my own!