Monday, August 21, 2017

Little Roots Fabrics Round 6

There's so much to love about Little Roots Fabrics.

They print in the US on domestically produced cotton lycra with organic inks.
For every order placed a tree is planted in Colorado!
They run amazing prints!

It's hard to believe - but they are on their 6th preorder round!

Round 6 is all things fall. It's all done in a beautiful fall color palette. I received some of the Teal Dots in both sizes Mega and Mini. As soon as I got them, I noticed they went perfectly with the People of the World print from a previous round.

I just knew I had to make something with them together. Then Wild & Wanderful  happen to release this very timely cutting file. With everything going on in the world - I had to use it and the message goes so well with the People of the World print.

I love how my shirt came out!

The Mega dots are amazing! I just love the color.

 Here's a closer view of the HTV design. It can be a little hard to read on this print, but I love it.

Another view of Mega dots. I think I should wear mega dots all the time - they are so slimming.

When I was scouring my shelves to see what all matched the teal dots, I found this Anna Maria Horner knit in my stash. When I saw this knit, I loved it and ... well I ended up with 5 yards and I had yet to use any.

The teal mini dots were a perfect match not only in color - but size! I had not used my AMH knit yet because - nothing would match it! At least not to my liking.

But I seriously love this combination.

This is the Duck Butt Designs Carol's Favorite Tee. It's one of my favorites too.

This print has to be my favorite though - Golden Harvest. And it's paired with the Fall Harvest dots!

These colors are gorgeous! But something about the pears, flowers, and birds - just really appeals to me. It's such a great fall print, but one that I could see wearing in the spring too.

My top is the Sew Liberated Stasia dress made really short to make it like a peplum style top.

The preorder closes on September 1st! These prints are amazing and you will find so many uses for the dots! Place your order at https://little-roots-fabrics.myshopify.com/collections/pre-orders

Zenith & Quasar Winter Round

Zenith & Quasar has amazing athletic brushed poly. They also always have amazing prints. The winter round is no different.

This print may look familiar. This is Forest Floor. Last year another version was offered called Branches & Berries. I LOVE this version.

This is my favorite kind of winter print - it can be worn from now until spring.  My top is a modified Agnes from Halla Patterns. I mainly did the bodice color blocking and added tall cuffs to the sleeves.

Everyone knows I'm a certified Crazy Cat lady, so I had to have this Cool Cats print and panel when I saw the strike off. When I saw the digital image, I'll admit, I wasn't sold. But seriously - LOOK HOW CUTE!

Look at this panel up close - Are those cats not adorable? I just love the cat wearing a bowtie with the headphones,

This is the Elle Puls Bethouia  - which I LOVE. I love a raglan shirt - but sometimes think they look so plain from the back. Not the Bethouia - I just love how the sleeves extend and connect at the back of the neck.

Since this was a "Cat" print - I had to make my kitty a shirt too. Doesn't Garfield look cute?

Don't let these picture fool you - Garfield is a small cat at 9 pounds. He looks enormous in these photos. I think it's all his fluffy hair.

This preorder closes on August 31st. Garfield says to make sure you order or you'll be sad. Order at https://www.zenithandquasar.com/

Monday, August 7, 2017

Itch to Stitch Chai Shirt and Dress

I love testing for Kennis Wong at Itch to Stitch. Her patterns are great and always flattering on me. What I love the most about testing for Kennis, is that I always learn something new. While testing the Chai Shirt & Dress, I broadened my sewing skills learning to make a collar with a stand. I've done mandarin style collars before, and I tested the Zamora and it had a collar that tied. The Mila shirt has been on my - "to-make" list for awhile and I was slightly intimidated by the collar. Now, I'll be ready to tackle it next.

According to the website - The Chai Shirt and Dress is a classic fit-and-flare style that flatters everyone.

I will have to agree. The pattern is on sale for a limited time.

The Chai shirt has a vintage flair. It inspired me to use this retro swiss dot fabric I've had on my shelf for nearly 10 years. It's a summery woven with a print of red flowers in vertical rows.

I have to say, I was quite pleased with myself at how great my collar looked. If you look close, you can see that I used red buttons shaped as flowers.

The pattern comes with cup sizes ensuring you can get the perfect fit. This sleeveless version will be getting a lot of wear this summer.

For my second Chai Shirt, I decided to use a purple pima cotton.  I bought this fabric about a year ago from Golden D'or during one of their clearance sales for 99 cents a yard. It was such a lovely color and so silky soft, that I bought the whole bolt.

I love the sleeves on the Chai. It has gathers to give just a little fullness and plenty of room for movement.

The waistband is such a nice detail. On this version I took 0.5" out of the band's height. I'm 5' tall and I felt that the slightly thinner band would work better with my proportions.

The shirt looks great with slacks and will get worn to work regularly.

Even though this fabric was more difficult to sew with, I'm pretty happy with the finished shirt. I ran into a few problems with the collar on this one, but I don't think it's too noticeable. I think if I had used a heavier interfacing or maybe added interfacing to the upper collar, then it probably would have gone together smoother.

I used purple flower shaped buttons on this shirt. When I bought the red ones, I noticed that the purple version matched this top.

Be sure to check out the photos from the other testers on the Itch to Stitch blog. The dress version is really pretty. Kennis didn't mention it until, after the testing was done, that the dress could be made maxi length. I love maxi dresses and will have to try a Chai maxi dress.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cuddle Muffins Heavenly Collection

Cuddle Muffins is known for using Bloomsical art for their fabric designs. The Heavenly collection is a gorgeous set of Christmas night designs.

The print I sewed is We are Made of Stars. It features a landscape of famous landmarks - The Chrysler and Empire buildings of New York City, the Eiffel Tower in Paris,  and Flinders Street Station in Melbourne.

The buildings are shown in hues of tan. They range from a light cram color to a rich dark gold. The Khaki cotton lycra from Made Whimsy was the perfect match.

The background is a rich purple color with varying shades of violet making the clouds in the sky. I made the Elle Puls Bethouia and added a henley placket. I'm still debating if I want to add any buttons.

This print may be part of a Christmas theme, but it really could be worn at anytime.

I found a gorgeous heathered purple jersey in my fabric stash that matched the We are Made of Stars print beautifully. When I saw them together, I just had to make a dress.

I made the Stasia Dress by Sew Liberated. I love this dress and think it was perfect for showcasing this gorgeous print with the heathered purple. I can't wait to wear this for a night on the town.

The preorder for the Heavenly Collection closes on August 12th. All the designs are offered on Cotton Lycra and French Terry. Order HERE.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Fabric Geeks Nautical Dream

I just love the new round at The Fabric Geeks. I love to cruise and have one coming up in September. So I was so excited to get to sew up one of the panels - The Deep Blue Sea.

The Nautical Dream pre-order closes on August 11th. There are panels, prints, solids, and a gorgeous watercolor stripe.

The Deep Blue Sea panel is simply gorgeous! I love the watercolor effect.

I also love the "never stop exploring"! I love to travel, especially by sea, and I hope it never comes to an end.

The graphic on the panel is quite big and I wanted to show off as much of it as I could. I made the BLAST from Duck Butt Designs.

I paired the panel with this wave print from Wanderlust.

I'm ready to set sail!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sew Liberated Stasia Dress

I only recently learned about Sew Liberated patterns when I purchased a few at a fabric store that is closing near where I live. I loved the style of every pattern and wished I could have bought them all. When I got home, I had to see if there was a Sew Liberated group or page on Facebook. There was a Sew Liberated Page and the first thing I saw was a tester call for a dress & top. I'm in love with wearing Maxi Dresses this summer and put in my application to test. I was thrilled beyond words when I was selected.

The pattern is the Stasia Dress and Tee. You can get it for 20% off with the code "STASIALAUNCH".

When I got the pattern, I initially thought I would make the Tee version as a muslin to test the fit before diving into the dress. The Tee is quite fitted and was not very attractive on me. So I will not be showing you photos of that. You'll just have to trust me.

Now the dress - that's totally different. I feel like a goddess in the Stasia dress.

The Stasia dress has a fitted bodice that ends a little below my bust and goes into a very full skirt. The pattern says the dress takes 4 2/3 yards for the maxi length. The pattern also comes with a short skirt. I'm only 5' tall, so after removing 2 inches from the skirt length, I was able to make my dress with 3 1/2 yards. I played a bit of pattern tetris to get it all to fit.

The back of the Stasia dress and tee has a low back. It's almost equal in the depth of the scoop in the front and the back. I used a 2-way stretch liverpool knit for my dress. Since the skirt is very voluminous and heavy, I think using a 2-way stretch is probably best to prevent sagging as it is worn.

I took my photos the day the grass was cut, but we keep our grass fairly tall and it looks like my skirt must be dragging the ground. But it's not. I went ahead a took a photo of me standing on the walkway. The skirt touches the tops of my feet, but the breeze was blowing and blew my skirt a bit in the photo below.

I've already made a second Stasia dress. I'll be posting photos of it soon. I also took the short skirt pattern and cut it to make a peplum top. As soon as I get one made, I'll be sure to share it. This pattern goes together really quick. I think I spend more time cutting out all the pieces than actually sewing.

This testing experience has me eager to sew the paper patterns by Sew Liberated that I recently bought and to try a few more.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dress up this Town - Blog Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Dress Up This Town Blog tour hosted by Sewing with Ti. 

I was thankful that this Blog Tour Commitment forced me to do something that I've thought about doing for awhile - make myself a dress to wear for formal night on cruises. My husband and I love to cruise and go on at least one cruise a year. Our next one is in September!

I knew I wanted to make my dress in a stretch velvet. Zenith & Quasar has the most amazing stretch velvet I have ever felt. This Navy Blue was just the color I had in mind since I tend to look great in jewel tones and it reminds me of the Ocean.

I also knew I wanted my dress to be Maxi length. I truly do not like showing off my legs.

I picked the George & Ginger Picnic Dress. This dress has a gorgeous bodice, but only a knee length skirt. But that's no problem - it's easy enough to add length to the skirt.

I love the gathers on the skirt front center and back center. I also knew I wanted elbow to 3/4 length sleeves since I get cold in the dining room and the theatre on the cruise ship.

I can't wait to go on my cruise!

I also have to give a shout out to my friend, Thereisa Candle, who made me this fascinator-esque hair clip. I just love it and think it's the perfect accessory for my dress. Contact Tereisa to order one - the quality is great and she does a fantastic job.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out all the great blogs in the list below.

Week 1: July 1st-8th
1- Sewing By Ti (Intro) and Stitching At Night
2- Me Made
3- Tenille's Thread
4- Sewing By Ti
5- Seams Sew Lo
6- Anne Mari Sews
7- Sea of Estrogen
8- Lulu and Celeste

Week 2: July 9th-15th
9- Living in Twinado Valley
10- Ma Moose
11- My Heart Will Sew On
12- Seams Sew Lo
13- Kate Will Knit
14- Creative Counselor
15- Sewing With Sarah

Week 3: July 16th-22nd
16- Stitching and Making
17- That's Sew Lily
18- Sprouting Jube Jube
19- Auschick Sews
20- Anne Mari Sews
21- Lulu and Celeste
22- On Wednesdays We Sew

Week 4: July 23rd-31st
23- Stitching At Night
24- Sewing Curves
25- My Heart Will Sew On
26- Indulging Mum
27- That's Sew Lily
28- Adventures With Bubba and Bug
29- Capture, Craft Cook
30- Sewing By Ti
31- Sew Like a Sloth

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