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Itch to Stitch Nottingham Top

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I love testing for Kennis Wong of Itch to Stitch, but it's been awhile since I've tested for her since her tests kept conflicting with my travel schedule. I was so happy that I was free to test the newest pattern, the Nottingham Top

The Nottingham Top is perfect for a wardrobe staple. It can be dressed up to wear with slacks and skirts, but also can be worn with jeans for a casual look.


There are 3 sleeve options in the Nottingham Top pdf pattern. I made the butterfly sleeve, but there's also a long sleeve and an elbow length short sleeve.


 The knot on the Nottingham Top is offset. The top has a relaxed fit and a crew neck.


 The knot is super easy - but make sure you pay attention to what you are doing. When done correctly, it looks great!


 My sewing BFF Sharon (Sweet Mama) was also a tester for the Nottingham Top. Be sure to check out her blog to see both of her tops. 


 Sharon went for a casual look with her Nottingham Top pairing it with distressed jeans and converse.…

Sinclair Patterns Lily Classic Cami

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Sinclair Patterns next Sew Along is for the Lily Classic Cami.



The Lily Classic Cami has two options - fashion and classic. I decided to make the fashion version.


I really did not expect to love the Lily Classic Cami, but now that I made one - I need more! I love the high back of the Fashion version.


The Fashion version of the Lily Classic Cami has a slightly lower and wider scoop neckline. It's very feminine and flattering.


The Lily Classic Cami can be made lined or with a facing. My rayon crepe (at least I think that's what this is) is lightweight and slightly sheer, so I made the lined version and used a white poly lining.


It's hard to see in this photo, but the back of the Lily Classic Cami is slightly longer than the front.


The Lily Classic Cami has bust darts to give a great fit. 


 Determining the perfect strap length is the hardest part of the construction process. It just involves pinning in place and trying it on and readjusting the straps until you get a perfect …

Ellie & Mac Memphis Top

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Ellie & Mac have a $1 sale every Wednesday. About a month ago, I grabbed the Memphis Top during the Wacky Wednesday Sale. I'll admit I didn't read the directions or follow the pattern exactly. But - I'm definitely making another one.


The bodice is a cotton lycra from Elephant House FabricsHappily Hogwarts Round at preorder now through May 16. This is the Sky Coordinate and it's just gorgeous!


I lined the bodice with a navy cotton lycra. I think that made the bodice a little to stiff for my liking. The skirt and sleeve ruffle are a black rayon spandex.


The back piece said to cut two mirrored, but there was no shaping to the piece. Instead, I cut the piece on the fold. I hate unnecessary seams.


The skirt back was also supposed to have a seam down the middle. I eliminated it as well.


The sleeve ruffle I cut on the longer line. I then folded the piece in half lengthwise and gathered the edges as one to give the ruffle a folded bottom. I also hemmed the skirt 1". T…

The Fabric Geeks Coffee

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I'm a coffee fanatic. I typically have coffee every morning. Sometimes several cups. And, I do love coffee in the evening with dessert. This Magic Beans print from The Fabric Geeks was perfect for me!


This Magic Beans print and the other fun coffee print and panels, and those gorgeous unicorns are at preorder through May 18 in the Magical Round!


I mashed together two of my favorite patterns to make this top. I used the neckline and shoulders of the Love Notions Laundry Day Tee and the body of the Halla Agnes. I really love how it came out.


Here's a close look at the fabric. It has coffee stains on it - so I don't have to stress about dribbling coffee on myself. It also has large coffee beans and miniature cups.



We have kittens for the first time in many, many years, and it's been quite the adjustment. This is my son's kittten Nia. She's a bit of a pest. I called her Nia the Nut. She's constantly in my business and tries to drink my coffee!


Too bad - I alrea…

Arthritis Awareness Month and I'm Walking for a Cure!

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May is Arthritis Awareness Month! As you may know from previous blog posts, I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. But, don't feel sorry for me! I'm not letting it slow me down and I'm determined to live life by #RedefiningRA ! I've signed up for the 2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis -North Texas on May 19. I've set a goal of $250 and have raised $85 so far between a Facebook fundraiser and on my event page.
One way I'm not letting RA slow me down, is by keeping it under control. One was I can do this, is by working with my Rheumatologist to make sure my treatment plan is right for me and is working to make me as pain free as possible. One of the tools my doctor uses is a blood test called VectraDA. See my T-shirt they gave me to wear?

T-shirts never fit me right! First off I'm short and they are always too long. Second, my hips are a size (or two) bigger than my bust. While this fits me a little loose in the hips, the shoulders are falling down making the sleeves e…

Elephant House Fabrics Sinclair Shelby Tunic

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Elephant House Fabrics has the most amazing Harry Potter inspired round open now through May 16. It's called Happily Hogwarts.


When I got my strike offs in, I knew immediately that I wanted to make a swingy style tank top with the panel and coordinate. I'm in Texas and it's going to be HOT very very soon. The Shelby Tunic and Dress was the perfect pattern to use.


First - look at the Sky Panel! The background is just GORGEOUS! The seven horcruxes of Voldemort are a faux glittery gold.


The Shelby Tunic is the perfect basic pattern to do a little color blocking. I decided to use a scrap of my black mesh from Zenith & Quasar to offset the gorgeous Sky Coordinate. I still have a bit of the Sky Coordinate and have big plans for it.


I used the adult Sky Panel and it was the perfect size for a size 10 graded to 14 width Shelby Tunic.


I seriously can't get over this Sky Coordinate. The pattern practically makes my side seam disappear - like some Hogwarts Magic!


I absolutely…

Simply by Ti Fabrics - Making Pants!

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At the beginning of the year, I had decided that I needed to make a point to sew more bottoms. Specifically - I needed more pants. More specifically, pants suitable for work in the office.

In January I decided to get some stretch twill and french terry from Simply by Ti to make some pants. I ordered 1 yard cuts and asked if I could get a generous cut yard. I'm short at 5' tall, and can typically get full length pants out of a yard of fabric. Since I wasn't sure how much the stretch twill or french terry would shrink - I asked Tibeca to please cut me a generous yard - and she did!

Shown here is an olive stretch twill. This color is no longer available, but there are other colors in stock HERE.


I made the Stitch Upon a Time Goldilegs. I love this pattern for a pull on pant with a skinny or bootcut leg. I did the skinny legs.


 I use my coverstitch to topstitch the side seam of the legs. I feel like this give a nice finish.


I also made a pair of Stitch Upon a Time Goldilegs in…