Showing posts from 2018

Natures Fabrics Cotton Rib Knits

Nature's Fabrics has a huge selection of fabrics. This month, I'm sewing up their cotton rib knit. They have all kinds of rib knit and I used a few different ones for my newest Duck Butt DesignsBack to Fall (BTF) Hoodie.

I received the Crimson Organic Cotton Spandex Rib Knit. This Organic Cotton/Spandex Rib Knit is 96% Organic Cotton and 4% Spandex. It is 49" wide, tubular and weighs 250 GSM. It's amazing and perfect for cuffs and bands.

The printed rib knit is called "As it Is Written". The print is on a 100% cotton white rib knit. It's a nice weight and best used for loose fitting items as it does not contain any spandex to recover as it is stretched. 

I also used the Black Cotton Spandex Rib Knit. This Cotton/Spandex Rib Knit is 95% Cotton and 5% Spandex. It is 60" wide and weighs 200 GSM. This is not as hefty as the Crimson Organic Cotton Spandex Rib Knit, but it would also work amazing as bands and cuffs.

I'm not a fan of hoods, so I made t…

The Sewciety Monthly Subscription Box

The Sewciety is a new monthly subscription box for sewists. I was sent the October box to review. The Sewciety subscription boxes would be a great gift for the sewist on your shopping list. Each month the box will include fabric, notions, and a sewing pattern for a main project and a smaller bonus project, plus a few other little goodies. The October project included the Winter Wear Designs Classic Shell pattern, Bonus Project instructions for a zippered pouch, 2 yards of Art Gallery cotton woven by Leah Duncan (this is perfect for the Classic Shell), two 1/8 yard cuts of Leah Duncan organic cotton fabric (these are perfect for the bonus project), Pattern tracing material, an enamel pin, Guttermann thread (it matches the fabric sent for the classic shell), zipper (for the zippered pouch - it matches the two 1/8 cuts), silicone thread peel, bobbin pin, seam ripper, tape measure, and pins. You can subscribe at Enter the code SEWSCIBONUS to get an extra cut o…

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Made Whimsy Backstage Pass

I love the new round open at Made Whimsy! It features some amazing musicians, hipster animals, and an amazing brick wall print.

I couldn't resist taking photos at the Wylie City Hall.

I match the wall!

These bricks are amazing. As soon as I finished my short I knew I had to come here for photos.

If you are wondering about my top - this is the George + GingerSoTa. The bricks are cotton lycra and my godets are a rayon spandex jersey. This combination makes the godets hang behind the bodice panels. I think it looks kinda cool.

Here's a closer look at the bricks.

It was super windy when I took photos and I'm including this one because my hair looks cool blowing all around.

I love how these photos came out. Don't be surprised if I go there for more photos in the future.

Mandy also sent me an Adam Levine adult panel and a kids panel. I love Maroon 5 and was totally jealous when she went to the concert.

I knew I wasn't likely to wear a t-shirt out and about with Adam on i…

George + Ginger SoTa Tunic and Dress

George + Ginger has a new top & dress that will knock your socks off - the SoTa Tunic and Dress! This fun pattern is on sale through October 7th for $6.75. I made the tunic version with short sleeves and I'm dying to make one in sweater knit for fall.

If you are looking at my photo and thinking to yourself that this SoTa tunic takes a ton of fabric, you are wrong! I had a very wonky cut of this watercolor wildflower athletic brushed poly from Zenith and Quasar in my stash. I've made several things from this fabric, so the piece I had left wouldn't have worked for many projects.

But this tunic has 4 panels on the front and 4 on the back, plus 8 godets. So, if you take your time and cut each panel individually, you can get them all in on what amounts to be less than a yard.

The short sleeves needed a wider space than the body panels, so I made sure to plot out where I would cut them first, but cut them last. I figured I could cut them from my godet fabric if I ran out of…

Zenith & Quasar Winter Preorder

Zenith and Quasar has some super cute prints at preorder that are perfect for fall, winter, and the upcoming holidays. The round is open through October 5th and features previously run prints.

One of my all time favorite prints is Branches & Berries. I just love this foliage print. The colors are beautiful and I love that it's a nature print that fits perfectly into a fall & winter wardrobe. I paired the print with Eggplant Supplex, but I could have easily paired it with a dozen other colors. I also made a pair of leggings with this print, but didn't get around to taking photos of them. But I wear them frequently in the fall & winter with various tops.

This is the Itch to StitchIrena Top and it's one of my most worn items. When I decided to run outside to get some photos - I forgot to grab a tank to wear under this. So I had to be very careful posing to prevent myself from flashing the camera.

Here I am with my husband on a cruise we took to New England & C…

Ellie & Mac Fireside Top

It's Wacky Wednesday at Ellie & Mac! That means there are 6 fabulous patterns on sale for only $1!

This week include the Fireside Top and the Cold Shoulder Top. You can read my blog on the Cold Shoulder TopHERE!

This week, I want to show you the Fireside Top that I made.

What makes the Fireside Top stand out from other tops, is the low back with a shoulder strap. The Fireside Top is perfect for layering over a bralette or tank, or bare your back. The back scoop ends just above my bra. I used a really slinky sweater knit that also gew as I sewed it. If you use a more stable knit, the scoop will be higher. I also goofed and cut my back piece on the fold - so my back piece is wider than intended.

The Fireside Top is a relaxed dolman sleeve top. The front has a v-neck that is very flattering.

I love that the Fireside Top has side vents. You could make the Fireside Top without them, but I think they add a bit of style and it's an element you see frequently in ready to wear fas…

ITS Time to Sew Itch to Stitch Blog Tour 2018

I'm so excited to be a part of the ITS Time to Sew Blog Tour! For the Blog Tour, I decided to make a new to me pattern and an old favorite. Thanks to Simply by Ti and Sly Fox Fabrics for supplying me with fabric for the tour.

I love doing blog tours. They force me to commit to sew something on a deadline. For some reason, I do better with a looming deadline. I bought the Mountain View Pull-on Jeans when they released it big plans to make a million pairs as they looked just like my beloved Jag Jeans. I live in pull-on pants! But life and other commitments (pattern tests and blog tours) kept me from making a pair. I even bought stretch denim months ago to make some with. So when I signed up for this blog tour - I knew I had to finally make the Mountain View Pull-on Jeans! Nothing like a deadline to make it happen! And I was working on a shorter timeline as I'm on vacation somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico on a cruise to the Panama Canal as you read this! So if you leave me any co…