Oceanside Dress: Itch to Stitch Patterns

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It’s been quite a long time since I’ve written any posts over on the Itch to Stitch Blog, but I’m always following what new designs and creations Kennis is coming up with.  I happened across her testing call for a knit dress pattern.  I was so drawn to it that I applied before I realized it was right smack in the middle of the Summer Collection Tour I am hosting.  I’ve been really good about not doing that lately, but I suppose I was just sucked in too quickly. This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing from a link on this page supports my hobby and clothes my kids.  Thanks for you support.  I would hate to have naked people running around my house.

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The Oceanside Dress has a raglan style sleeve with a figure flattering waistband.  I love how some testers made this dress look ready for a ball game while others were able to make it quite formal looking with great fabric selection.  My fabric selection was based on three concepts.  I needed to use what was in my stash, I needed to be able to wear it without needing a slip (because I don’t think I own one), and it needed to be comfortable enough I could wear it to school or church.  If I can’t wear it there, it won’t be worn. Enter floral double brushed poly from Love Adore Knit Fabrics.  I purchased this back in the Spring and it is absolutely lovely.  So soft to the touch, yet easy to work with. For some reason the colors just work for me in this dress.  I also had a pale mint green floral I was considering and I’m glad I went with the navy.  I feel like the flowers just pop right out of the fabric.

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The pattern also includes this front triangle inset and features to allow you to get a little creative and include an accent fabric to give your dress a little bit of pop. I used a striped Cotton Lycra for my accent fabric on the sleeves and the inset.  I personally struggled a bit with the inset, but I think it came out nicely.  I won’t mention the tiny buckle just below the point.  It just did not want to lay completely flat and parallel to the ground. It was totally user error and selecting a striped fabric that shows very quickly if it isn’t level was probably not a choice I would make again.

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For me the best part about this dress was the ease of size selection.  I used my bust and waist and easily chose what size I needed to make and I had a perfect fit.  I often have issues with dresses because they are too long for my shorter legs.  The circle skirt was very easy to shorten and I ended up with a flattering length for my personal body.

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The Oceanside Dress Pattern is currently on sale for $8, but you can get an extra discount with a coupon code in the Itch to Stitch Designs Group.  Don’t miss that!

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Laela Jeyne Patterns Summer Collection

 

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Summer is in full swing at my house and I’m struggling to stay above water with all the exciting things going on so far.  One bit of exciting news in my sewing world is the Summer Collection release from Laela Jeyne Patterns.  I’ve been following the testing process and just love how everything has come together.  I’m so pumped to be co-hosting this tour along with Marisa (Designer for Laela Jeyne Patterns).  I’m telling you, there are some great creations ahead this week. Also, each day has a rafflecopter, so be sure to click over to the blog and enter for a chance at some of the new collection.

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For my Summer Collection Tour post I decided to make the Vivi Swimsuit.  It was a great choice for us, as my little people have been living in swimwear nearly everyday.  If they aren’t in the sprinkler, it’s water balloons. If the balloons have popped, its a dip in the lake. There is no keeping my girls dry.   I made two suits earlier this swim season, but one suit each isn’t enough.  I made a mistake and grabbed a few cheapie suits from Wal-mart just to have some extras in rotation.  It was totally not worth it.  The fit on them is so poor.  I’m surprised they stay on their bodies, and really they kinda don’t.  I’ve seen a lot more crack lately than is called for.   Anyway, let’s talk about a good fitting swimsuit for little ladies. Vivi is a faux cross over suit.  It has options for side cut outs, neckline ruffle, and two different back cut lines.  I love the look of this suit with the neckline ruffle, but I purchased this swim fabric and have been dying to use it.  Let’s be honest… it doesn’t scream, “Add a ruffle please.”  This print carries the suit all on its own.  No extras needed.

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The coverage on this suit is quite good. We had no breaks for adjustments while snapping these photos and I call that a win! #wedgiefreeisthewaytobe  This suit is going to be a staple in our summer wear selection simply for this one point.

 

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The most difficult part about the construction of this suit is the faux cross over.  That said, I’m very proud of the stitching at the neckline.  Sometimes we can rock our skills and sometimes we fail ourselves.  For this suit, I think I was rocking the skills.  If you don’t have a twin needle, get one.

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So, what are you thinking about swimwear?  Do you sew it or are you needing some help crossing over?  I’ll tell you that it really can be quite quick.  If you don’t have a little lady to sew for, you can actually make a suit with this same style just for you! The Violet Swimsuit  is the Women’s version of the Vivi. I fun surprise with Violet is that you get a bonus pattern when you purchase it.  The Isla Kimono is a great pattern for making a cover-up to go with your swimwear.  I would totally have made a suit for myself, except I’m a teacher and just got a new job.  I’m just feeling like I didn’t need to be posting myself online in swimwear as I’m in the transition phase and don’t want to be fired before I start.

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I hope you have enjoyed my sassy girl in her new suit.  For more fun photos of this make, don’t forget to follow me over on Instagram.  Sometimes I sneak stuff on IG that never hits the blog.  Also, be sure to click over to the Laela Jeyne Patterns post each day because there is a different rafflecopter for each day of the tour!  Don’t miss out!

Monday

Anna’s Heirloom BoutiqueSwimming in a Sea of EstrogenOlive Ashby

Tuesday

Mahlica Designs – Pear Berry Lane  – Sewing with Sarah

Wednesday

Sewn at SeamsNini and Ash – The Crafting Fiend – Sew a Piece of Joy

Thursday

I am Mami de SofionaSew and Tell Project – My Heart Will Sew On

Friday

Love ThingsIdle SunshineLovely for LifeNeva Couture

Chalk and Notch {Pony Tank}

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This is two posts for adult sewing in a row! Wow, I’m growing up these days.  I definitely don’t sew for myself enough, but I’m trying to do better about this.  One way to do better about this is to do some testing for designers that I know and trust.  So, today I’m sharing my Pony Tank and Dress from Chalk and Notch.  Gabriela is a fantastic person and designer too.  She really knows her stuff and I’m proud to call her a friend.  If you haven’t tried any Chalk and Notch patterns, you definitely need to!  You won’t regret it.  This pattern was offered for free to people that signed up for the Chalk and Notch newsletter, but if you missed the sign up you can still grab it on the site on sale for $9.00 during release (Ends June 16) and $12.00 after that.  By the way, if you would like to get the Pony pattern free, leave me a comment here and hop over to my Instagram account and tag a friend in my Pony Giveway Post.  I’m giving one away complements of Gabriela!

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Pardon the boob shot here, but I have to show you how this V-neck turned out.  I’ve only done v-necks that cross over the band in the front, not the real deal thing.  Oh my! If you have been putting off V-necklines… wait no more.  It really isn’t that difficult and this pattern included clear concise directions for how to make it look great.   It also included markings on the pattern and band pieces for lining up quarters! Praise the Lord.  Why don’t more people do this?! It really does speed up sewing time and reassures you that you aren’t going to get any weird puckering on your bands.  What do you think? Not too shabby, huh?

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This tank has a great shape.  It hugs in just the right places at the bust and breaks out into a swing style hiding all the things I don’t need to show.  The recommended fabrics are Rayon Jersey, Bamboo Jersey, Modal Jersey – with 70% stretch and good recovery.  I have to say that Gabriela put together an amazing resource on her blog for fabric suggestions and recommendations. Totally worth checking out.

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I think this about wraps up all the excitement from me.  Don’t forget to hop over and read about the release on the Chalk and Notch Blog, then leave a comment below and swing over to Instagram to enter the giveaway.  Happy sewing!

 

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Designer Stitch Tour {Jenny Dress}

black-for-pattern-revolution.gifIt’s the Designer Stitch Anniversary Tour  and I’m joining in to help celebrate.  Nearly all my bestie blog friends that sew for themselves sew Designer Stitch patterns, so I thought it was time for me to put my big girl pants on and give it a go.  I recently received a store credit from Ann (the A-mazing designer of Designer Stitch) while at the SNAP! conference about a month ago, so when the tour opportunity came up I thought it would be a perfect excuse to give myself a deadline to get at least one done.  Sometimes deadlines really help to motivate me. *This post contains affiliate links because a girl’s gotta try to justify to her husband why all those packages of fabric keep showing up at the door.

So, you should notice that “Jenny Dress” is included in the title of my post… Bless it. Jenny and I are still trying to work things out, so I’m actually going to be sharing the Kat Top today.  I didn’t change the title because that would change my perma link, and if you are a blogger, you know you don’t want to mess up that perma schedule HTML if you can at all prevent it. If you aren’t a blogger, just know that you don’t want to be the person that screws all the links up for the tour.  I will tell you that I am learning a lot about fitting and my body shape while working on the Jenny Dress and Ann has been so amazing and providing support to help me get the perfect fit.  I just want to show it to you when I have it “just right” so to speak.  On a side note… The Jenny Dress has an invisible zipper and I totally killed that zipper.  I mean it looks freaking amazing, so I may sneak you a peek of that on Instagram so you can be in awe with me.  It’s my first ever invisible zipper.  While I was doing some fittings, my 8 year old zipped it up and said, “Man mom, that really is invisible.” #nailedit

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Okay, Okay… How about the Kat Top?  The Kat Top is a super amazing shell top.  I feel it must be said that even with it’s classic design, this look is definitely on trend right now. Woven shirts in general are on fire, but this relaxed fit is something I’m seeing everywhere.

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This top comes with two version, called the Weekday and Weekend Top.  The Weekday Top has an easy fit with set in sleeves, while the Weekend Top has a slightly more relaxed shell with a Kimono sleeve.  I stitched up the Weekend Top for this post.  And I’m probably going to be wearing it quite a bit.  It pops on without any closures and the relaxed fit makes for comfortable wear.  It is a fantastic pattern for beginners.

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I’m just kicking off my summer here, so I felt gingham was the perfect fabric selection for this make.  Is there anything that screams summer more? Maybe seersucker???  Still, I think it is perfect for the vibe I wanted.

 

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To help celebrate the Designer Stitch Birthday, you will find that all patterns are 50% off right now.  It’s a perfect time to try some of these patterns that you’ve been eyeing in your newsfeed.  You will not be disappointed with the quality and knowledge you are getting when you open a Designer Stitch Pattern.  They are the real deal.

Be sure to check out the makes from all the other bloggers.  There are seriously some amazing makes.  I’m always in awe of women that sew for themselves.  I personally don’t do it much because boobs and butts are just so hard to deal with sometimes.  But these ladies show you just how possible it is to do and how you can make things look so great.

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INblue Wrap Up and Winner!

The InBlue tour has come to an end.  I really hope that you enjoyed clicking through the tour and seeing all the fun creations in Art Gallery Fabrics InBlue line by Katarina Roccella!  I know I got quite a bit of inspiration from the makes.  If you missed any of the posts, be sure to check the links below!

Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

I’m sure that several of you are curious about that multi-designer rafflecopter, right?!

The winner is…. Koko K.

Congratulations!!! So much awesomeness in this bundle!!  We’ll be contacting you via email, so be on the lookout.

 

INblue Tour Day 5

We are wrapping up this fun adventure through InBlue today.  I hope you have enjoyed us featuring different fabrics in Art Gallery Fabrics the line.  I know I’ve loved seeing makes for women, girls, and boys!

Wrapping up the week we have two more bloggers to share some creations.  Tiahna from Ammon Lane is up first.  She made some adorable pieces for her little blonde beauty that you will want to see.  Check out Tiahna’s post here.

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And wrapping of the tour is Eleri for the Sew and Tell Project.  Eleri stitched up a lovely knit top for herself for the tour, but I have to share another bit of exciting business about what else she has made for the InBlue fabric line.  Yesterday, the Look Book for InBlue was released and you will see some creations Elerie stitched up there as well.  I mean, I kinda feel like she’s famous. 🙂 The look book is full of Amazing creations with this line which include quilting, bags, apparel, etc.  You get a glimpse into the entire line.  Be sure to check that out here.

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Don’t forget that we have an awesome pattern bundle up for grabs, so be sure to enter the rafflecopter for a chance at all of those.

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Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

inBlue Fabric Blog Tour

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It’s finally here, it’s my day to show off some of the fabrics I played with featuring one of Art Gallery fabric’s new lines from Katarina Roccella, InBlue!  I’m kinda geeking out here a little bit.  I’ve hardly been able to wait. How about all the lovely creations so far this week?  I loved Becca’s sibling set over at Sunflower Seams and Kelly’s son at Handmade Boy was just fantastic.  I loved the creek they visited for their photos!

As a reminder, don’t forget the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the tour posts!  The prize package is legit.  I mean, you could make nearly every creation on the tour if you win.  I love that the pattern designers support us bloggers so much!

Before I get to my fun post, there is another post live on the tour today too! Sherri of Thread Riding Hood has sewn up some lovely dresses for her girls.  She did a dress length and a maxi with the same pattern for her girls.  It makes them coordinate so well. Be sure to notice the fabrics here because Sherri used wovens and I used knits for our posts today, but of the some of the same designs.  I love how changing the fabric type opens up new doors.

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Let’s Get Started!!

So, let me tell you a little about this my adventure in hosting this tour.  I was so excited to be able to host because this line was love at first sight. Thanks to Art Gallery Fabrics for sponsoring this tour and allowing me to host it! As a reminder, even though this is a sponsored tour, my love for this fabric completely genuine and my own.  I think it was probably the florals that snagged me at first.  If you follow me, you may already know that nearly everything I sew is a floral… I just can’t help myself.

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But there are a few other reasons I love this line.  It’s the blues and the designs that make me think of delicate china. Have you ever seen the movie, The Great and Powerful Oz? For our family, it was a long time favorite… I mean we watched it a LOT.  By far my favorite parts included the little China Girl.  The little China town she is from is amazing.  I snagged a photo from here to give you an idea if you haven’t seen it.  There is just something magical about the designs and the feelings you get looking at all the details.   Along with these designs I love the hot air balloons and dutch inspired themes.  All together, it just makes a fun collection.

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For my first look I sewed up the Fly Away Laat and the Dalaroze in Cotton/Spandex.  This knit fabric was fantastic to work with.  Both of these prints have soft pastel colors with designs in darker hues of blue and pinks to brighten the print. The Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan is a favorite of my first model, so I knew it would be a great pattern for this post.  Along with the Waterfall, I used my go-to legging pattern, the Deluxe Charlotte Leggings from Laela Jeyne Patterns.  The fit is spot on every time.

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The intricate details in the balloons are amazing in Fly Away Laat.  You really have to take a moment to check them out.   The Dalaroze print was a favorite because my model called it her horse fabric.  I’m always excited when they think I pick something just for them.  She is a total horse lover. (Does every little girl go through a horse phase?)

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For my second look I just had to use the Bloesem Dark because it stole my heart from the beginning.  The colors…the details in the florals… it’s all there. I used the Calabria Dress pattern from Lil Luxe Collection for this.  I thought the “puffed sleeves” would go perfectly with the dainty-ness of the floral. I think it was a perfect marriage of fabric and pattern.

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Would you believe it took me three attempts to get photos of this girl in this this dress?! Man, she gave me a run for my money…LITERALLY.  In the end, I can’t believe some of the beautiful shots we got of this dress.

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So what do you think? Are you ready to take off and snag some of these fabrics?  I know we have been showing you all these fabrics, but maybe you need a place to grab them for yourself.

Shops to find INBlue Art Gallery Fabric. (This is just a few I use.)

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Hawthorne Threads

Let’s Sew (This is my local shop, so I feel like I should give them a little support.)

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Don’t forget about the rest of the tour! One more day after today.  You won’t want to miss it the last day.  And be sure to enter the rafflecopter below.  Thank you so much for following along!

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Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

INblue Tour Day 3

We are at our halfway mark for the tour this week!  I hope you have checked out the fabulous creations with the INblue line from Art Gallery Fabrics so far.  I love how everyone has selected a variety of fabrics to give you an idea of what this line includes.  If you have missed any of the posts, you can hop through the schedule below to get caught up.  Be sure to leave someone a comment if you love what they created.

Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

For today, we have some boy creations!  I am so excited to see how this line works for the boys of our bloggers.  Up first is Becca from Sunflower Seams.  She stitched up creations for both her son and daughter for the tour.  I always love to get my kids together in photos, but to be honest I don’t have a lot of luck keeping two kids cooperating in one photo.  Becca must have a magical spell because her kids are looking adorable together. Be sure to hop over and check out her gorgeous makes here.

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For our second boy creation, the fabulous Kelly of Handmade boy has created an amazing look to share.  I just knew she was going to knock this tour out of the park and she did.  You will not want miss out on her post.

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And don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter.  So many awesome patterns up for grabs.

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INblue Tour Day 2

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Did you love Bethany’s post from day one of the INblue tour?  I just adore those little twins and I love how she coordinated the fabrics.  And that Lola dress for her big girl?! To die for.  I just loved it.

Up next is Olga of Coffee + Thread.  She designs sewing patterns that have a classic vibe with a modern feel.  I just love the classic style she evokes with her creations and I’m sure you will see that in her post.   For the tour she stitched up two lovely dresses for her girls.  Olga has also donated a pattern as part of the giveaway in the rafflecopter below, so be sure to get your entries in so you can have a chance to be able to recreate her looks.

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Up after Coffee + Thread is Heidi of Handmade Frenzy.  I’m excited to read Heidi’s post because not only did she stitch up something for her daughter, she made something for herself too! I wish I would spend more time stitching up items for myself.  Heidi also used my favorite floral from the entire line, Bloesem Dark.  I love the hues of blue with pinks and whites sneaking into the floral.  It’s so soft and dainty!

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What is your favorite fabric from the line so far? How much time have you spent scoping out all the INblue options?  Tell us your favorite from the line in the comments.  I love to see how we are all drawn to different looks and styles.

Don’t miss out on entering the rafflecopter below while you are here!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

INblue Tour Kickoff

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The newest line from Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics, INblue, has arrived and this week I’m going to be hosting a tour to show off some of the fabrics from this line with the help of some of my friends in the sewing community.  Be sure to check out the tour schedule so that you won’t miss out on any of the great creations!

This line features quilting cottons, knits, as well as having a voile and canvas option too.  It doesn’t matter if you sew quilts, apparel for yourself, or apparel for your kids, you should be able to find something in this line that works for you.

Kicking off the tour today is Bethany from I Married Superman.  I got to know Bethany a little be this year as she competed in Project Run and Play when I was a competitor. Bethany stitched up creations for three of her little ladies for the tour.  I know I can’t wait to see all her images showing off these fabrics.  Hop on over to her post here to see for yourself.

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Tour Schedule

Monday

I Married Superman

Tuesday

Coffee and ThreadHandmade Frenzy

Wednesday

Sunflower SeamsHandmade Boy

Thursday

Thread Riding HoodPear Berry Lane

Friday

Ammon LaneSew and Tell Project

Check back in tomorrow for more creations featuring INblue by Katarina Roccella. While you are waiting for another day, don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter for a chance at some great patterns to get you rolling.  We thought some of you may be so inspired by the creations you see on the tour that you may want to make something from this line too.  To help you out with that, we’ve had several designers donate patterns to help get you started.  Be sure to check out the rafflecopter to see all the great patterns up for grabs.

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