New Horizons Portlander Pants and Shorts: Monochrome Fashion Classics

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I tend to sew florals or bright colors. I love pink. But this year I’ve been drawn to blues and neutrals like no other and decided to press into that monochrome pull for this sewing feature of the Portlander Pants by New Horizons Designs.

The Portlander Pants is a pant pattern that runs sizes xxs-3XL and is fitted up top and looser toward the bottom. I feel elegant, yet ready for the beach, in this style.

Creating a monochrome wardrobe (or at least a few staples) definitely has its perks. The neutral coordinating colors will be so easy to pair with other items in my closet. Plus, I’m absolutely, helplessly in love with this black+white jersey print from Love Adore .

The second version of the Portlander (same pattern, different look) that I created was shorts. I simply cut at my desired inseam and tried them on to adjust the length before hemming. For a looser fit, simply grade out in the legs (you can also angle outward); I chose to keep the sizing/fit as-is for a fitted style.

Portlander Shorts and Daphne Top 1

This was a fun way for me to use my black lace overlay material from Knitpop. Since I used a sheer stretch crochet lace material, I lined them with mauve double brushed poly (Pretty Posh Prints). The mauve was on the verge of being a bit too nude–but paired with the right top, I ended up loving it as a quick way to feel classy and comfy.

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The off-the-shoulder top that I chose as an elegant accent to my Portlander Pants was the Mama Daphne top by Made for Mermaids. I used a solid black double brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints. Many seamstresses grab the solids and then wonder what to do with them; using them to line lace garments (like under the shorts) and for elegant accent tops like the Daphne is perfect year-round.

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You can find the PORTLANDER PANTS here at New Horizons Designs. If you sew up this pattern, be sure to share your creations in the New Horizons FB Group!

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Bitty Bee Summertime Fabric Pre-Order: Round 13

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Bitty Bee Fabrics currently has Round 13 open for pre-order, and I absolutely love every part of it — pineapples, lemons, confetti (in all different colors), sea life! I was thrilled to sew up three of the designs: solid pink confetti, striped pink confetti, and yellow lemons. My little girls have been begging to have a lemonade stand this summer, so lemons it was!

The verdict: They couldn’t be sweeter! Everything washed great, and the fabric has a durable structure, and it’s a great weight.

We decided to have a little fun with our picture time and made it into a smoothie party!

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Since the confetti and lemons are so darling together, so I made myself a dress to match. Nothing overflows my mama-cup more than matching my littles!

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I used the Constance Top/Tunic/Dress in dress length for me and tunic length for my little (she’s a shorty). These are both part of the Meaningfully Made collection where 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and the patterns are only $4! These are two of my favorites that I go back to for my family constantly!

For my littlest’s dress, I used the Petite Stitchery Mistletoe dress skirt and the Sapphire layering top for the top; the two were very simple to mash, and I wanted to use a neckband for a quick+quite sew (the Mistletoe is typically lined with a lower back).

 

You can find the Pre-Order link for the Bitty Bee fabric HERE; and be sure to share your creations on their FB page HERE.

 

 

The Fitted Men’s Raglan: Top Pic, Jalie’s Nico

This is one of the few posts where I’m 1. not testing a garment or 2. not an affiliate for the company. I just needed a good, fitted men’s raglan. Probably every shirt my husband’s tried on in American stores has been baggy for his Asian-Indian physique. I’m so thankful I came across the Nico Pattern by Jalie.

My hubby ended up being U in the chest, V waist, and V/W hip, so I graded accordingly. The fit is terrific, and when he put the first one on (before I hemmed), he asked, “Ohhh, can I wear it to work tomorrow?!!” This guy would love 365 of these, hands down.

Here’s a look at the sleeve lengths:

LONG SLEEVE

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3/4 SLEEVE

Hebie Nico Raglan 34 sleeve Jalie 2

SHORT SLEEVE

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I even got some fun poses and smiles from him (without me asking) — he’s the best!

With Father’s Day right around the corner, grab your man’s measurements and grab the Jalie NICO Pattern, and you’ll make his day (and add some heart flutters to yours)!

For current Jalie promotions, visit HERE

Bayside Romper for Women: Easy Mom Wear

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So let’s face it… there are some days that I just don’t have the mental capacity to think about a coordinating outfit. I might wear a mismatched bottom and top to run my daughter to preschool, covered by a long coat (praise Michigan for that never-ending cold!). But in the summertime, my wardrobe becomes much simpler. I’m often found wearing dresses; I love how they feel in the breeze, and nothing beats just ONE piece that completes an outfit.

Enter rompers…

New Horizons Designs just released the Bayside Women’s Romper with shorts, pants, mini dress, and maxi options. When the trend emerged, I loved it right away…but I hadn’t sewn any until now. When I saw the design for this pattern with the crossed back, I needed in!

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I love how easy the pattern is to assemble with bands around the arm and neck holes and a center casing for either elastic or a drawstring. These elements (as well as the pockets) are the golden opportunity to add a pop of color.

For my tester sew, I used CLUB Line striped floral cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and chose the “shorts” style with drawstring. I love how it came together and will have to try the dress style soon too. But first…maybe one or two more shorts rompers 😉

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Get the Bayside Romper HERE (and on sale for a limited time)

George & Ginger Swim Sew-Along: Edgy Suit Results #GGSWIM

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George & Ginger Pattern Group just concluded its Swim sew-along utilizing a few key top patterns from Kristi’s collection, and I’m here to show you my results!

I chose the Edgy Top as my top base pattern. I had recently made it with coachella shorts (below) and loved how it felt. I was both comfortable, stylish, and well-supported.

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For the sew-along, I chose the Norma Jean Shorties (see discount code below) as my bottom piece for a few reasons:

  1. I wanted a retro look
  2. I recently tried the Norma Jean shorties for underwear, and they are a perfect fit and don’t budge
  3. My grandpa went on a double date with Norma Jean before she became “Marilyn Monroe,” –so it was totally in my cards!

** Use code SBPPAffiliate001 at Sew by Pattern Pieces for 10% off your total order (including the Norma Jean Shorties)!

After mashing the Edgy Top + Norma Jean Shorties, I got my perfect-coverage retro-styled swimsuit, with strawberry polka dot swim fabric from Love Adore Knits:

Edgy Swimsuit

But….trying something for the first time is never (or hardly ever…) without complications. To mash the pieces, I simply took the Norma Jean shorts off of the fold, drawing out the full front and back pieces. I figured out the extra length that I wanted (with room to add gathered sides) and drew out 3 pieces: 1 front swimsuit with Edgy top and Norma Jean shorties’ bottom front, 1 back with mirror image of Edgy top and Norma Jean shorties’ bottom back, and the gusset piece.

I attached lining to the full front and back pieces using a baste stitch, and I added a Bandeau/shelf-bra with built-in cups using This Tutorial that I created earlier for the Edgy Top. I attached the gusset piece and lining using the Norma Jean underwear tutorial.

**My complications arose from two factors: 1. I graded the bottom of the Edgy top in to about size xxxxs to match the tops of my bottoms. I should have graded out just slightly to allow more room for my body to fit through the suit. My fix? Triple Stitch all seams so they won’t pop as I wiggle through! 😀 2. I originally fully gathered my sides. As I serged my suit together, my gathers mostly fell out, leaving me a very long suit. My fix? Put on the very long suit!…it naturally gathers on the body since the bottoms fit so well! Thank God…or I probably would have cried if I couldn’t wear my new suit.

Here are some more pictures we grabbed this morning. This will definitely be my most-worn suit this coming summer!

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Sew Like My Mom’s Plum Dolman–Perfect Scrap-Buster!

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The mama version of the Apricot Dolman just released from Sew Like My Mom, and I’m loving it for all of those (gazillion) little scraps I have!

The name: PLUM DOLMAN

Styles: Contrast insert on sleeve, plain sleeve, dolman long sleeve, curved hem, straight hem, flawy hem… there are plenty of options!

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I used the Pool color of Mod Basics from Phat Quarters Fabric Shop and love how it paired with an oldie (but goodie!) cotton spandex from So Sew English fabric shop. I can envision many more with contrasting solids, floral inserts, and lace inserts!

Be sure to share your creations on the Sew Like My Mom Facebook Page.

 

Petite Stitchery & Co. Greenhouse-Inspired Photo Shoot and Giveaway: Fabric, Patterns, & Leather Accessories

Since pattern testers within Petite Stitchery & Co. are from around the world, the chances that three of us would be within 30 minutes of one another…in Michigan…was quite rare. Sofia Henderson (@esmeadelebowtique), Anna Durocher (@bizzy_bean_clothing), and I (Kutti Couture) decided to team up for a fun and colorful greenhouse photo shoot!

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Our sponsors included: Phat Quarters Fabrics (our fabric), Ali Jane & Co. (our accessories), and Petite Stitchery & Co. (our patterns)

**Read on to learn how you can WIN items from these three companies during our GIVEAWAY!!

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We were so happy to have Ali Jane join us as part of the photo shoot with their Michigan-handmade leather children’s accessories. The necklaces and little ankle cuffs were the girls’ favorite conversation piece!

These little ladies had so much fun together, forming instant bonds.

Pretty flowers and fabric does that to girls!

Dying to know what patterns we used in our shoot??? Let’s take a look!

#1: Laurel Knit Tunic & Dress (dress length with a cascading ruffle offers a trendy boho style; band for a neckline makes this pattern beginner-friendly, and cuffed sleeves add a pop of detail)

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#2: Ruby Romper (shorts length adds a sweet bubble look; paired with the crossover buttoned-strap back, this pattern is perfect for warm summer days and to show off those baby legs–or pair with the Sapphire layering top and long-pants option, the pattern works year-round)

#3: Mistletoe Dress (the short-sleeve option transforms this circle-skirt dress into the perfect summer style! There are no closures; the bodice is fully lined with a low-scoop back neckline).

#4: Poppy Skirt & Sapphire Layering Top (A Petite Stitchery favorite pair–the poppy pleated skirt and sapphire layering top make a sweet match indeed. Here, the Sapphire is sewn in tank style with flutters sewn as the sleeves, not gathered)

#5: Hazel Boho Blouse & Fawn Tuxedo Leggings (Another boho trend, the Hazel can be sewn with elastic to form a bubble sleeve or hemmed for a larger bell look, shown. Added pom detail offers another colorful and stylish element. Fawn tuxedo leggings include a stripe detail down the side; this gave me a chance to showcase little flamingos down the leg)

#6: Willow Tunic (this woven pattern includes a hi-low option with gathered back and sweet bias detail. It’s a perfect opportunity to use those gorgeous wovens and coordinates!)

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“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.” – Unknown

The variety of fabrics from Phat Quarters enabled us to choose high-quality prints to match these little explorers’ styles!

**For a chance to WIN fabric from Phat Quarters, scroll on!

Oh, to be little girls!!!

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And they of course found treasures…

I’d say this is a good motto for us! “Plant Smiles, Grow Laughter, Harvest Love.”

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#Sisters

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Ready for the GIVEAWAY????

Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win from our 3 incredible sponsors!

CLICK THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY HERE!!!

Our location: Van Atta’s Greenhouse in Haslett, MI.

Featured Seamstresses: Jennifer Jeremiah, Anna Durocher, and Sofia Henderson

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Petite Stitchery Feature Friday: Clover Boho Tunic and Dress

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FEATURE FRIDAY!!!

Petite Stitchery & Co. is kicking off their first Feature Friday (+sale!) with one of my favorite Boho patterns: the Clover Tunic and Dress.

I sewed this sweet long-sleeve version of the Clover in February when it released and knew I’d be revisiting it soon to make the hi-low! The pattern comes in both dress and tunic version with tiers (below) or ruffled hi-low construction (above). The sleeves can be made with elastic for a bubble look (shown below) or left hemmed for more flow (shown above). I love how different the looks are with the same pattern!

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Now…back to my spring version. Swoon.

As my daughter rounded age 4, I knew leggings and little shirts just wouldn’t cut it any longer. Her body was moving from the baby stage to a little girl. I’ve since been sewing more dresses and longer tunics for her wardrobe (baby girl’s almost 5!). I love that this tunic option has a high front and low back. Not only is it stylish, but it adds ample coverage–even when the wind is whirling its pipes!

For 48 hours only the Clover will be on sale for $5 — so grab this boho beauty HERE.

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FABRICS

For both styles in this post, I used premium cotton from Art Gallery Fabrics (collections: Utopia by Frances Newcombe, Sage by Bari, J, and Emmy Grace by Bari J). You can find a limited selection (I sew it way more than I sell it!) in my Etsy shop. For a wider selection, you can visit Phat Quarters who carries a fantastic array of wovens and knits.

TASSEL NECKLACE – The gorgeous boho leather necklace is from Michigan crafters at AliJane and Company! I simply adore their style.

Now…go have fun and SEW your Clover!!! 😀

Be sure to share in the Petite Stitchery & Co. Facebook group!

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Summer Wear: Maxi Dresses, Coachella Shorts, Pleated Dresses, and Sleep Sets

I’ve been slower to post than usual because I’ve been gearing up to showcase FOUR new styles that are hot on my summer wear list for 2017!

Let’s start off with that classic date-night, evening beach strolling dress: the maxi!

1. Pattern for Pirates Sunshine Dress

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The cross-over version of the maxi dress has been in my Pinterest inspiration catalogs, but I hadn’t found the right pattern until this year. With a strapless, halter, and cross-over tank options, the pattern allows you to create several dresses with different looks.

Aside being maxi length (on my “top-sew” list), the cross-over dress also has gathered sides and a a modest cross-over that is both flattering and functional.

I’m most looking forward to wearing this style:

  1. On date nights
  2. Evening strolls at the beach
  3. Anytime I want to feel a bit “fancy” and on our visits to India

Featured “Sunshine Dress” Pattern HERE / Featured brushed poly Fabric from “Pretty Posh Prints” HERE

2. Striped Swallow Designs’ Coachella Shorts + George & Ginger’s Edgy Tank

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If I’m not in dresses, I’m likely in skirts or shorts in the summer. Store-bought shorts, though, don’t compliment my body; they either have too short of an inseam for my 5’7.5” height, are too baggy in the crotch, or sit too low at the back. Needless to say, shorts were on my sewing list, and the Coachella Shorts pattern from Striped Swallow Designs was hands-down my fav.!

I paired it with the Edgy Top by George & Ginger and added cups to the top so that I wouldn’t need to wear a bra. (You can find the tutorial on how to add cups here.)

For the coachella shorts, I used a soft chambray with black pom trim The pom trim was through AliExpress. I’m not sure where I grabbed my chambray, but I’ve purchased soft chambray in the past from Phat Quarters, and I know that Punkin Head Threads has some too.

The pattern includes both loose and fitted styles with various inseams, and finding your fit is something you’ll want to think about before cutting. I sewed the looser style with a 4” inseam (for my height) with a mid rise. I measured XS but S in the waist, so I used the XS pattern and cut the elastic the length of the S (the waistband piece is large enough already).

For the Edgy Tank, I used CLUB line stripes from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love the quality of the CLUB line; it’s a cotton spandex with great weight, stretch, and recovery. The Edgy Tank is a very quick sew; I love the style (it could, of course, be “edgy” or even quite classy), and the pattern includes a flounce that can drape across the front for an additional look.

I’m most looking forward to wearing this style:

  1. During my daily summer routine
  2. To events like art + craft fairs
  3. On the beach (outfit as shown) and as swimwear (the tank, with swim fabric)

Find the Coachella Short Pattern HERE

Find the Edgy Tank Pattern HERE

3. Made for Mermaids Mama Joy

I’m definitely a dress wearer. If I had my choice, I’d wear a dress pretty much every day; after all, dresses are one piece (easy!), help me feel put-together, and are comfortable. There are so many styles of dresses, though, for every personality. One that speaks my language is the Mama Joy from Made for Mermaids.

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I knew that the first version I’d sew of this dress would be in French Terry. This particular floral terry is from Love Adore Knits. It’s soft, and I wanted to combine comfort with class.

In the Mama Joy pattern, we create the pleats, baste them into place, combine the skirt and bodice, and then take out the baste stitches. The pleats should, then, begin up where the skirt and bodice meet. To create a slender/softer look, I stitched my pleat lines in (rather than basting) and left them in. The pleats begin lower, and I also like how they drape.

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You can find the Mama Joy dress pattern HERE

I’m most looking forward to wearing this style:

  1. To church, the farmer’s market, and other local functions
  2. Summer family gatherings
  3. For work presentations (I sometimes travel and train instructors)

3. The Sew by Pattern Pieces Norma Jean Shorties + the Key West Crop Tank Sleep Set

Underwear has been on my to-sew list for years–but not just any underwear–WELL-fitted underwear. One of my favorite summer sleep sets came from two designers: the Norma Jean Shorties from Sew by Pattern Pieces (see discount code below) and the Key West Tank from New Horizons Designs.

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Because these are sleep sets, I will just share one modeled pic, but wow–the fit could not be better. These don’t hug in the wrong spots and they don’t move around, sag, or fall down. I will be living in these sweet sets.

The Key West Tank by New Horizons comes in a slim or swing style; I chose the cropped version of the swing style to pair with my shorties.

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For a 10% discount on the Norma Jean shorties for my blog readers, use code SBPPAffiliate001 on the Sew by Pattern Pieces Etsy website HERE

Also, join the New Horizons Facebook group to get a code on the Key West tank. You can then add the tank to your cart at New Horizon HERE and it will be FREE.

The floral French terry fabric (very soft) is from Knitpop.

I’m most looking forward to wearing this style:

  1. To sleep during warm summer months (set as shown)
  2. Around the house (crop top)
  3. As swim bottoms (bottoms, with swim fabric)

 

I hope you’ve found a few styles to inspire your summer wardrobe! Happy sewing!

 

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