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Friday, October 31, 2014

Fashion Friday Inspiration - 5


Track pants, jogger pants are on-trend right now and here is a pair from Shop Bop
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I am debating on these, might be too old but I do admire the above photo's plaid matching, nice job.

I have two patterns for the look, first the Hudson Pant
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Over at Ginger Makes, she has made both and has information comparing the two pants and their fit.


I saw this coat on a fashion blogger's instagram  and take a look at it on this Instagram, much cuter than on the retailer's page, Madewell Plaid Estate Coat
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I like Burda 7072 for a close option.
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Either a dress or tunic with this RTW look Sail to Sable - Steeplechase Sweater Dress
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Lengthening to a dress if desired


I love colorblocking, what about you?  Long or shorter dress this one is beautiful at Nordstrom's
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This Vogue  9017 is perfect
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I guess this post has a dress theme going on and here is the last one, from Nordstrom again. look closely or click on the link to see the button placket.
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I think this Vogue  9048 would get you a very close look-a-like.  You could do a faux placket and add sleeves.
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That is it for now, enjoy and do you have a favorite?  I have ordered fabric for the coat in last week's post Vogue 9037


Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Twins - Super Quilters

Meredith and Kaitlyn were busy over the summer making quilts, doing an amazing job.  My job?  First to space them out heading to the long arm quilter so the budget didn't get hit  hard with multiple quits getting finished at the same time!

Then my official job - The Binder - description - cut, machine sew one side of the binding and then hand sew the other side of the binding.  I am getting quite good at this with all the quilts they have done.  I also have learned to have a quilt to bind in the car, a good use of time!

The first quilt is Kaitlyn's and it is a big one, just over queen size.  Her favorite color is red, so she went with the red and added some yellowy-golds.  This is such a pretty quilt


The pattern is from the book
Easy Weekend Quilts which might seem familiar - Meredith made this exact pattern.


I think it looks very different, as Kaitlyn used the same fabric throughout the "background" of the quilt.

Here is a close-up of the quilting. This is Kailtyn's second big quilt and she is doing such an amazing job.  


Now to Meredith's Friendship Quilt.  She taught this class at out local quilt shop this summer.  The pattern is one Meredith found via Pinterest.


This one is made with a layer cake and some yardage



One more picture.


and here is one she made using a charm pack

I couldn't be more proud of their sewing accomplishments.  I hope you don't mind me sharing the girls' projects, I think the quilts are just too beautiful not to share.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cut Out + Keep


Have you heard of this site?  


Cut Out + Keep is the online community to make and share step-by-step craft tutorials. Be inspired, start new projects, learn how-to, discover crafts, make friends and share your creations.

I received an email to participate in the Technique Tuesday for sewing tutorials.  The idea is to teach us one basic craft technique and then show us a tutorial to make a project 

using that technique to try out our new skills.

My first technique over at Cut Out+ Keep is rotary cutting  and using this knowledge to expand on the cutting and some basic patchwork to make a potholder


You can check out over the 14000 projects in the sewing category

and look at the sub-category of sewing that is clothing

Another great resource that is available to us on the internet.  What did we do before all these wonderful online resources?

I will be posting these Technique Tuesdays about once a month.  Any sugguestions?

I hope you enjoy the potholder tutorial, I plan on making more of these for gifts and some for myself.  My potholders are in terrible shape!

Oh and by the way only 57 days until Christmas.  I better get busy on potholders!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Itch To Stitch - Marbella Dress

Another wonderful opportunity has come my way, an opportunity to sew a dress from
 Itch to Stitch.

This is a new pdf pattern company and I was delighted to be able to sew this new dress, the Marbella Dress. (which is on sale for $12)


MARBELLA DRESS design features:
  • A wide boat neckline that dips a bit lower than the traditional boat neck
  • Front and back yokes allow for color blocking
  • Feminine princess lines that allow for a close fit in the bodice
  • Roomy, slightly-above-knee tulip skirt
  • Functional in-seam pockets to fit your cell phone, keys, lipstick and even a slim wallet
  • Invisible back zipper as closure
MARBELLA DRESS pattern features:
  • Twelve sizes from 00 to 20
  • A/B/C/D cups (no more bust adjustments!)
  • Lined and unlined options
  • Lengthen/shorten guideline on bodice and skirt
  • Instructions for high-quality finish
  • Print only the size(s) you need with “layers” feature (no more mingled lines!)
Let's talk about the last feature.  It is fabulous and easy to use, On the left side when you have Adobe, you just select the size(s) you want.  Also, the instructions tell you which pages you need to print for which cup size.

I printed a size 10 with a cup size C, I did have to do some adjusting in the waist to get a nice fit.  I would recommend making a muslin or sewing your lining first to adjust. When I make this again, I will go down to a size 6 or 8 in the waist, so double check the pattern measurements.

My main change was to lengthen the bodice 1", my usual change.



I loved the instructions for this dress, they were very thorough and helpful.  The construction order was perfect with good sewing direction along the way.  For example, when to understitch, and nice illustrations on how to clip the princess seams.  

The only thing I don't like about my dress is the fabric, a Mood Fabrics' cotton suiting, it wrinkles like crazy and is hard to press.  I will be making this dress again with a fabric I love, the dress deserves a perfect fabric.  

I feel the fabric is making the funny lines in the center front of the bodice.  It was such an issue to press and once I finished one area and moved to another area, wrinkles came back in the fabric.  Grrrr.... look at the features of this dress and not the lines of my fabric.  Also, you get two photos today, hubby took the pictures and he cannot seem to focus the camera. I will be using the tripod from now on!

Here is a link to all the dresses made by the pattern testers., this way you can see several versions of this dress.


 With this opportunity for me, is an opportunity for you..... Kennis Wong, owner and designer of Itch to Stitch has given me the opportunity to give a pdf download of Marbella Dress to a lucky reader.  After you read all this blog post, leave a comment about the feature you like best about this dress.  I will draw the winner and announce the winner on November 3rd

I am also an affiliate with Itch to Stitch, which means if you buy the pattern by clicking the link below, I will receive credit for the purchase 

Just Click here for the purchase





Disclosure - I was provided this pattern for my review of the Marbella Dress

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Winners - Vintage Notecards and Notepads


Remember 2 winners so read the entire post to see if you are one of the TWO winners







and that is



So stinkin' cute! I actually sell vintage patterns on Etsy (sewbettyanddot--shameless promotion, sorry!), and I'd love these...just because!

I'd actually use the notebook to keep a list of all of the patterns I'm looking for for my own use/collection. Thanks so much!



and 6 is
My current sewing journal is nearly full; meaning a new one is needed. These would be so timely and so cute to boot!



Email me with your mailing address and these will be on the way to you.

If you were not the winner you can find these over at Chronicle Books

Thank you Chronicle Books for the generous giveaway.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 4

That time again, I hope everyone still is enjoying this.  I am trying my best to vary the garment types and the pattern companies.  If you know of a pattern company that needs to be featured, let me know.

A trench style dress on your sewing horizon?  Then let this Ann Taylor version be a fabulous inspiration
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This McCall's 6279 is perfect but guess what out-of-print
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Maybe you have it in your pattern collection or kind find it online somewhere.




A fun skirt with some colorblocking?
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If you go to the link you will see a center front exposed zipper.  This is a fun addition, just add seam allowances to the center front and add the zipper.  Which pattern?
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or Butterick 5566
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A new sweater to go with these new skirt, pants, over the dresses or with your favorite jeans?
This one is gorgeous

Armani Collezioni

Cashmere Draped Open Cardigan

It is $895.00

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I think this is a great pattern for us, and it even has the pockets  McCall's 6444 but is out-of-print.  There is one size range available.
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Style Arc has one, Harper Jacket
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or a Butterick  5789 version
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Another fabulous coat?

T Tahari Marla Shawl Collar Wool-Blend Wrap Coat

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Vogue 9037 looks pretty good, you might want to change the front curve and shape.
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A casual top for your wardrobe, 

Vince Camuto Pleat-Shoulder Top

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This Jalie 2682 top is very close
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kwik Sew 3026 - Popover Style Blouse

Lately I have been drawn to these popover shirts at JCrew and JCrew factory
but I have to be careful with this style that they are not too full.


I had the perfect top pattern in my collection, now out-of-print Kwik Sew 3026

Which actually I have made before and no longer have this blouse, check it out here at Pattern Review 2005 -  and pre-blogging.

This pattern was perfect for my needs.  It has nice shape and isn't too full through the body.  I added 1" to the length of the body and the sleeves.



The fabric is a Mood Fabrics' Flannel, available in 4 colorways  The color of my shirt (gray and red) is almost sold out.    This is a great weight of flannel and super soft, plus a nice price.

With plaid, I always like to use the bias. Here on the placket and pockets.  I did learn from my placket on my Chambray Dress and added more buttons

The back yoke, the picture is a bit blurry.  I asked Mike to go out right when the sun was coming up.  Not perfect for pictures but it was the only chance for the day, I knew I wouldn't be home before dark.


















and finally the cuffs



Note on this Kwik Sew pattern the seams are 1/4" which makes the collar and collar band so easy to construct without the extra bulk.

I did use french seams on the sleeves, just looks nicer when I roll up the cuffs.



I love my new top and the fit, it is just right a bit of room but not over sized.

I have been purchasing my buttons at Fashion Sewing Supply, I love the look, the size and the styles.  It is so nice to have an assortment in my collection and not have to wait to finish a shirt because I don't have buttons.

One last picture, telling my husband, get the cuffs, just thought it was funny, I had to share plus it might be the best one of the shirt.  It was toward the end of our 5 minute photo shoot and the sunlight was better.



Don't forget to leave a comment for the notebook and notecard giveaway.









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