Itch to Stitch Holiday Tour

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It is finally my day to share a creation on the Itch to Stitch Holiday Blog Tour!  I was excited to get the invite to join in.  Itch to Stitch (and awesome helpers) along with Stylemaker Fabrics have helped to put together a great tour.  This post does contain affliate links, but as always my opinions are my own.

So far we have seen an array of different looks on the tour.  Some are classy and elegant while others are comfortable yet stylish.  I stitched up the Idyllwild Top and Dress which I love. You can see a short sleeved version I did here on the Itch to Stitch Blog. Idyllwild is a t-shirt pattern that includes so many fun extras.  There are 2 necklines, 7 sleeve options, and 3 length options.  That is a total of 42 different combinations.  I’m a math teacher, so I can confirm that 42 is a correct number and Kennis did a good job on her math when she wrote the listing. 🙂  I used some fabulous French Terry supplied by StyleMakers Fabric.  I love how warm and cozy this dress was in French Terry.  It has a 4 way stretch too!  You can find the fabric HERE. I really hadn’t gotten into the French Terry craze that has hit all the sewing groups I belong to.  I had bought some, but used it for items for my kids so I hadn’t really figured out what the craze is all about. I get it now.

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The only adjustment I did to this dress was to shorten the length.  I did this using the shorten and lengthen lines provided within the pattern. I don’t know about you but I’m short, so basically all my dresses have to be adjusted for a flattering length.  Due to the heavier nature of this fabric I probably could have shortened a tad more, but since it cool here in Indiana I kept it as is.

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I’ve been wanting a tee-shirt dress for a while.  I’ve been talking about it with teacher friends about how comfy they would be for our long days at school, so this was easy to pick for the tour.  I added a scarf for styling for a touch of holiday spirit.  You may also see a belt in a few photos. I’ve recently discovered that belting your scarf give a fun look that is slightly out of the norm of what we usually see with scarves.  Belting it makes me feel like there is a part of me that is fashion forward.

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When I chose this neckline for this dress I opted for the larger neckline. I’ve made both necklines with this pattern now and think they are great.  Sometimes I like a higher neckline for comfort and easy of dealing with children without fear of flashing my goods.  I think the larger neckline works pretty well for this too.  It is still modest, but does allow for you to wear pop on a necklace and look great.

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I’ve sewn up several Itch to Stitch patterns and I must say they are top notch.  I love the clear concise illustrations and how there are detailed measurement charts to help you select exactly what size you need for your perfect fit. Some patterns even include cup size options so you don’t have to do bust adjustments. That is huge!

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Well that raps up my feature for the Itch to Stitch Holiday Tour.  I hope you liked my make and take the time to look over all the patterns offered at Itch to Stitch.  There is a special discount code during the tour. Use code holiday16 for 16% off your entire cart. StyleMakers fabric is offering a great deal too! $5 shipping on all fabric from Style Makers, no code needed. There’s a discount for international shipping as well!

Don’t forget to pop in on the other posts! There are so many lovely creations featuring StyleMakers Fabrics and Itch to Stitch Patterns.

ITCH TO STITCH HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR 2016
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One Thimble #13 {Orbis Pants}

You know when you have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for that one special day? When that day finally arrives you almost don’t know what to do with yourself because you are so excited you act like a goon instead of an intelligent person… That is probably how I would describe myself with the Orbis Pants and the release of One Thimble #13. *This post does contain affiliate links.

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The Orbis Skinny Harems from Sofilantjes for One Thimble are such a fun and hip make.  I tested these quite a long time ago, but to preserve the magic of One Thimble, we had to hold off on all our excitement and sharing until the release.  This was a test of strength and commitment. I am happy to say I made it….Barely!

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The Orbis Skinny Harems can be purchased as a stand alone pattern here,  or as part of the One Thimble 13 Issue.  There are a lot of great patterns in this issue.  I’m sewing up two more and showing them off next week as part of the Pattern Revolution Tour.  Be ready for that post. It is going to be a cute one. (Well, aren’t they all really?)  Orbis may or may not be making another appearance there.

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Here is the Orbis Scoop

Unisex Skinny Harem

Size 1-14

3/4 or full length

Optional Pocket

Faux Fly

Home Printing and A0 File

Personally I love the over-sized pockets on these pants.  The pocket is a great way to use up your scrap of fabric fabrics that you may not have a lot of.  The construction also provides for some stitching that adds to the detail of the design.

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The design is perfect for my sporty girl.  I think she really rocks this pants and the fabric for this pair is quite fun.  I grabbed the geometric print at JoAnn Fabrics right before I was selected to test this pattern.  I think it was a perfect marriage of pattern to fabric.

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If you love original creations with style, Sofilantjes is a great designer to check out.  I shared a top creation from this designer in this post.  If you haven’t seen the Hibernis Cowl Shirt pattern, it is awesome.  Definitely a great pattern to add to your collection.  Shop around for some new patterns and come back next week to see a few more makes from the most recent issue of One Thimble.

For more pleasure reading.  You can read other One Thimble Magazine features I’ve written here, here, and here.

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One Thimble 11
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One Thimble 10

Chalk and Notch Anniversary and Waterfall Release

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Such an exciting post today! I love getting to be part of the creation process with pattern designers.  Today I’m sharing about a new pattern release from Chalk and Notch as well as celebrating the Chalk and Notch patterns one year anniversary.  Excitement is floating around everywhere with the Waterfall Raglan release and the awesome giveaway is going on is amazing too.  Be sure to read to the bottom to enter the raffle copter.  Your are going to want to have some entries into this one.

To help celebrate some lovely blogger people are joining in with a little tour.  Check out the schedule! I’ve become blogging sisters with so many of these ladies.  It is so fun to support each other through our little adventures.  I love seeing how we all have different takes on patterns and fabric.  It’s amazing how one pattern can look so different in every make.

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Chalk and Notch Tour

Emi – Just Add Fabric | Melissa – Rebel & Malice | Brooke – Idle Sunshine | Nicky – Mix it Make it | Nelleke – gaafmachine | Sylvia – Lily & Woody | Sophie – Moineau & Petit Pois | Monica – Ma, me, mi… mo | Cassy – Pear Berry Lane | Thao – Little Cumquat | Toya – Made by Toya | Tami – Sew Sophie Lynn | Maria – Fairies, Bubbles & Co. | Indu – Kaleidothought | Julia – trendedero | Eveline – frölein tilia | Catherine – Mespetitstissus

Do you know Gabriela from Chalk and Notch? I’ve “known” her for a little over a year when she participated in a contest that I too joined in on.  I can remember her amazing collection and photos.  I loved the colors, the makes, the accessories that went with the collection.  I could tell she had it together.  I continued to follow her on Instagram and later discovered she was designing.  It’s so fun to see the development of someone’s dream and business and I’ve enjoyed watching Chalk and Notch grow throughout the year.

If you aren’t a member of the Chalk and Notch Facebook group, you must join!  You can see all the upcoming patterns and tester calls.  The group is full of such sweet ladies.  It’s a positive encouraging place.  Join here.

Now for the Waterfall Raglan Release!

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I’ve been sharing my photos all around because I just love this top and I have to say, my little model was working our photo shoot. There were too many cute ones to narrow it down.

The Waterfall Raglan is a relaxed fitting raglan with both top and dress views.  It features a feminine ruffle at the hemline.  There are multiple sleeve lengths and my very favorite thing about this pattern is the larger hem allowance on the sleeves.  I have found that larger seam allowances with knits makes for smooth washing, non-curling hems.  This is something I love!

Get the pattern at the UpCraft Club

Get the pattern at Chalk and Notch

The Waterfall Raglan pairs great with jeans or leggings.  It’s a great everyday top, but can be dressed up easily with some good fabric choice.

The dress version is just as adorable. I haven’t made it yet, but you will see some on this tour, so don’t miss those stops.

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I’ll leave you here With the rafflecopter. Be sure to enter and check out the rest of the stops on the tour.

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