Natalie Top by Liola Patterns

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Happy Wednesday everyone! I have a great spring top to share with you this evening. I actually made this top for selfish sewing week, photographed it, wore it a couple of times, but have yet to blog it!

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This pretty dotted top is the Natalie Top by Liola Patterns, purchased from Indie Sew. This was my first time sewing with Liola Patterns. I found the directions thorough and the top came together easily. I sewed up a straight size small, made no adjustments, and am very happy with the fit!

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My favorite detail of this pattern is the rolled up sleeves with a button tab. I knew I would only be wearing this top with the sleeves rolled up, so I didn’t even bother with the button hole. This does make the rolled up sleeves a little harder to adjust and iron after I wash it, since they are permanently rolled up, but no biggie!

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I purchased this fabric from Jones and Vandermeer a year ago, but just hadn’t found the perfect project for it. It feels similar to a cotton lawn, but maybe a little less crisp. I love this fabric and it’s perfect for this top, but boy does it wrinkle like crazy!

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I will definitely be wearing this top again very soon for Me Made May. Are you guys in? I’m so excited! I’m planning on wearing one handmade item every day! I’ve got lots of new projects that I’ve been waiting to share with you for the month of May. I’ve also just been really lazy about taking pictures. I’m hoping once May hits I’ll be inspired to get my finished projects photographed. See you in May!

Disclosure: I was provided a pattern of my choosing as part of the Indie Sew Blogger Team. As always, all opinions are my own!

Etno Blog Tour

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Yay, it’s finally my turn to share my project for the Etno Blog Tour! I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour and so excited to share my completed project with you! I was lucky enough to receive my favorite design from the collection, Shore Remains Trinkets, and even better, it’s a knit. I’m obsessed with Art Gallery knits!

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I had originally planned on making a tunic length flowy top with my fabric, but that was back at the beginning of March when it was still cold and dreary outside. Well, as you can tell by blooming Azaleas in my pictures, spring has definitely arrived in Charleston. It’s been here for the past few weeks with temperatures already in the 70s, 80s, and even 90 for a couple days! I just couldn’t bring myself to make a top that I couldn’t wear until next fall/winter. This change of plans really threw me for a loop and I spent way too long deciding what to make instead. What you are seeing is actually a pattern mash-up of two Tessuti patterns, the Brigitte Top and the Lisa Dress. I recently sewed up both of these patterns and they both have design details I really love about them. I love the bateau neckline and fit of the Brigitte, so I used that pattern for the upper bodice. I then took what I love about the Lisa, the contoured high waist, and I’m in love with the combo! The top was supposed to be quite a bit longer, but the back ended up way shorter than the front for some reason, so I had to even up the front. I was pretty bummed at first, but the shorter length has really grown on me. I need to figure out what I did wrong, because I’ll definitely be making another “Brilisa”. I love how this mustardy yellow color looks with my fatigue pants. I really could not be happier with how this top turned out and am so thankful for the opportunity to sew up this beautiful fabric as part of the Etno Blog Tour!

Did you see the amazing pillow Lori shared as part of the tour yesterday? So awesome! I can’t wait to see what AikaMaku has to share with us tomorrow! Head to Pat Bravo’s blog to check out all the posts!

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Deer and Doe Bruyere

Well I’m stuck at home on the couch with the flu, so I guess now would be a good time to catch up on my blogging! You might have caught a picture of my Bruyere a couple of months ago on Instagram. I promptly took pictures of it, have worn it quite a few times, but never got around to blogging it!

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Delia Creates Pleated Pencil Skirt

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m not experiencing the usual Sunday evening blues, since it’s a 3 day weekend AND I have an awesome new completed sewing project to share with you!

 

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Meet my new metallic plaid pencil skirt! Eeek….I love it!

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Papercut Patterns Saiph Tunic

It’s Sunday evening and my holiday break has sadly come to an end. It’s back to work tomorrow for me. At least I’m going back to work feeling very satisfied with the sewing projects I have completed over break. I was even able to fit in some much needed relaxation and quality time spent with my family, along with some serious organization/cleaning projects I have been putting off for way to long. Before I go to bed early for the first time in 2 weeks, I wanted to share another one of my completed projects with you, the Papercut Patterns Saiph Tunic.

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This was not a planned project at all. I was organizing my patterns and found myself reading the suggested fabrics for the Saiph. I bought the Saiph Tunic because I really liked the style, but had yet to find a fabric that inspired me to make it. I knew the Saiph Tunic is meant to be sewn with woven fabrics, but I had never noticed that thick/stable knits are also listed as one of recommended fabrics. I immediately began to envision the Saiph with this floral ponte from Girl Charlee that I’ve had in my stash for awhile. This fabric almost became another pair of floral Hudson pants and if I would not have organized my patterns it probably would have by the end of the week!

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I love the keyhole back! This ponte knit makes the tunic so comfy. I love it paired with leggings and my new booties. The model on the pattern is wearing her tunic without leggings and it is very short. She looks fantastic in it, but this just isn’t a look I feel comfortable trying to pull off. I’m only 5’4 and the tunic is the perfect length for me when I’m wanting to pair something with leggings. If you’re much taller than me you might want to consider adding some length to the pattern. You could really alter the length of the tunic to achieve many different looks. I could lengthen it and wear it without leggings or shorten it and wear it as a top with jeans. Lots of possibilities!

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The tunic came together easily and quickly. From my past experience with Papercut Patterns they run a little on the big side. I ended up sewing an XS in the bodice and graded out to a small through the waist and hips. I’m very happy with the fit!

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The Saiph Tunic includes two different hem options, a flounce hem (mine) or a straight hem with interesting hidden front pockets. I will definitely be sewing anther one with this other hem option. I want to make it with a knit again, so I will be keeping my eyes open for the perfect fabric. I’m thinking a heather gray sweatshirt knit. Let me know if you come across any online!

Seamwork Oslo Cardigan

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! My family came to visit us here in Charleston for Christmas. I was so excited to give my mom her presents this Christmas! I did good this year! I made her some infinity scarves, a pair of True Bias Hudson Pants (check them out on instagram), and a beautiful teal Colette Moneta Dress. Sadly I forgot to snap a picture of her in her Moneta, but she loved it! I also surprised her with the Bengal jewelry clutch that she hinted she would love to have, some Alex and Ani bangles, and a few other goodies!

Now that Christmas is over, my Etsy business has slowed down from holiday orders, and I have a whole week off work, I finally have a chance to do some much needed sewing for myself! So far I have made floral Hudson Pants, floral Margot Pajamas (from Love at First Stitch), and now a floral cardigan. Do you think I have an obsession with floral fabric?

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The Oslo Cardigan is everything I dreamed it would be. The pattern is from Colette Patterns brand new and super awesome sewing magazine called Seamwork. For $6 a month you get 3 sewing patterns along with the free online magazine. I’m pretty sure I signed up for Seamwork within seconds of its release after seeing this cardigan in the issue.

 

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I purchased this floral sweater knit from Wanderlust Fabrics forever ago and I’m so glad I waited for the perfect project for it. The Oslo was so worth the wait! This was my first time sewing with a sweater knit and this one was not much different then sewing with any other knit fabric. I wouldn’t want to sew with it without my serger though. I constructed the entire cardigan on my serger except for hemming with my twin needle. My measurements fell in the XS range, but I decided too size up since I like my cardigans loose. For the next one (more like 5), I will go down to the XS. I’ve been looking for the perfect cardigan pattern forever, since I’m always cold and therefore pretty much wear a cardigan to work every day. This cardigan came together so easily and was such a satisfying sew! I have some mustard knit in my stash right now that I’m really hoping I bought enough of to make another one.

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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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