Scarlett Moto Skinnies by Laela Jeyne

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A year or two ago, I started eyeing moto jeans that were advertised around the web. I was so tempted to buy but never love the fit of ready-made jeans. When Marisa posted the tester call for her skinnies with a moto option, my eyes about popped out of my head! This was it! This was also my first time sewing jeans. Another sewing goal accomplished¬†ūüôĆ …and this pattern makes it simple!

In addition to the pleated moto section (regular skinny jeans are also an option), the pattern provides instructions for the flat-felled method of concealing seams. This makes the inside of the pants very professional and comfortable.

And did I mention the optional knit waistband?!! I jumped on that! I mean…I hardly have time to pee these days much less unzip my pants!¬†

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I had to use a floral scuba for my knit waistband–it just makes me smile every time I see it. I mean…floral.

The recommended stretch for these jeans is 10% or less to ensure a good fit. I found my denim from LDG Textiles.

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Tips and tricks:

  1. Use the correct threads (jean) and needles (jean/heavy weight)
  2. Be sure your moto piece is in the correct direction when creating your pleats. I had mine upside down initially (I wasn’t paying attention), so my neater thread (the top thread) is on the wrong side of the pleat. No biggie–but something to look out for.
  3. Go slowly as you sew through layers. I was pretty simple as long as I took my time and used the correct needle.
  4. Before adding your waistband, throw your skinnies on, and have your hubby or someone near mark the pocket placement with chalk. This helps ensure great placement!
  5. Use a glue stick on your back pockets! This helped my pockets lay very flat while I sewed them on.

 

Ultimately, the fit of these skinnies is by far my favorite in my wardrobe. They feel great, and even the banded waistband stays put perfectly and holds up the jeans (it’s double-banded for reinforcement). I couldn’t love these babies more!

Buy the Scarlett Moto Skinnies HERE

“Get the Look” Materials

Floral Scuba from Pretty Posh Prints

Stretch Denim from LDG Textiles

Top is the Lesely Flutter Sleeve Top by Seamingly Smitten

Thread is gold jean thread from Jo-Anns.

Baby Canyon Romper by Striped Swallow Designs

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There’s something just too perfect about seeing a baby in a romper–the exposed leg rolls and arm dimples…or their little backs ready to soak in the sun.

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Striped Swallow Designs has just released this precious boho-vibed romper that comes in size newborn to 2T, called the Canyon Romper. The bloomer-style bottom and the crossed back straps just take my mama breath away.

Seams in the pattern are fully enclosed, giving the garment a beautiful, professional finish. The top bodice and bloomer piece are sewn together, allowing for fringe, poms, or other detailing along that “v.” I even separated the top bodice into three sections in order to use one of my letters from the Art Gallery¬†Joyeux Alphabet fabric (part of the¬†Joie de Vivre line by Bari J.) as a panel and paired it with¬†Stitched Diamant Verve purple diamond fabric from the same Art Gallery line. To accent the bodice and bloomer sections and to give the romper a modern boho feel, I used a brown suede fringe trim.

I chose the crossed-back button style for this romper, and the pattern also includes a halter neck-tie option. Both fit and look beautiful on the testers.

I mean, I could stare at these little backs and bloomers all summer long!!

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But they’ll see us looking ūüėČ

Canyon Romper NB-2T Pattern Link¬†<——– Pattern Here

Men’s Elevation Hoodie by New Horizons Designs

There are many hoodie patterns out there, but one always catches my attention: The New Horizons Designs Elevation Hoodie! I watched in awe at all of the amazing¬†Women and Child Elevation Hoodies¬†— and finally the time has come to add our dear men to the list!

Men’s Elevation Hoodie Pattern

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The pattern’s most striking feature is that modern zig-zag design that goes through both the bodice and sleeves. It’s an amazing way to color-block and add a pop of color to our men’s sometimes neutral wardrobes.

The welt pockets are fairly simple to create and produce a polished look; inside is a full kangaroo pocket, great in size to keep hands warm or hold phones, keys, and other gear.

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The hood is a wrap/crossover style, nice and large with a great modern feel.

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The drawstrings for the hoodie are yet another way to add color and add functionality to the hood.

I didn’t before use eyelets, and now I’m wondering why I waited so long; they add such a professional finish. I’m pretty sure I’ll be eyelet-obsessed henceforth!

I used great quality French Terry fabric for my full hoodie, including the drawstrings. The top variegated blue terry is from Urban Rag Trader on Etsy, and the purple and grey is from an end-of-the-season bundle I snagged from NR Fabrics on Facebook. Both have a good stretch and weight.

Here’s the direct link to the Men’s Elevation Hoodie¬†<————-

and Here is the link to the men’s and kids’ bundle¬†<————–

On sale through 3/14/2017.

 

 

The Petite Stitchery & Co. Boho Collection Day 3 Sneak: The Clover Dress

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It’s the #BohoCollection release day over at¬†Petite Stitchery & Co., and my final pattern to share is the sweet Clover Tunic and Dress.

When I saw “Woven,” I ran at the opportunity to use my gorgeous new stock of¬†Art Gallery Fabrics. The bodice is fully lined and is very easy to assemble; the long sleeve detail is similar to the Hazel¬†Boho Blouse, which I adore. That little bottom arm “puff” is the sweetest touch.

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When I look for styles to sew for my family, I keep an eye out for personality and functionality. I love that this dress is closure-free, looks very “put together,” and at the same time is something she can run to the park and play in!

An element that I adore about Ashley Hermann’s work (from Petite Stitchery & Co.) is that every detail is polished. The precision and topstitching bring the pattern to life each time, allowing for quick yet professional garments!

If you haven’t joined the Petite Stitchery and Co. Facebook group, you can do so¬†HERE¬†for sewing inspiration and to stay updated on sales and upcoming pattern collections.

To check out the #BohoCollection, go to the website HERE.

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The Petite Stitchery & Co. Boho Collection Day 2 Sneak: The Laurel Dress

I typically like to test a pattern every week; but with this collection, I was waving my hands in the air to test every couple of days. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out each new beauty! The sneak for today is the Laurel Dress by¬†Petite Stitchery & Co.

The official release is Thursday, February 23rd at 3 p.m. CST. The pattern will be available HERE on the Petite Stitchery & Co. Website.

The pattern is for a knit dress or tunic style¬†with a “v” or round neckband, cuffed sleeves, and cascading ruffle detail. The front-curved bodice is nicely fitted with a skirted bottom. I sewed the “v” neck with short sleeves and used woven pima cotton for my ruffle (knit is also an option).

Everything about this screamed¬†“free!”

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I love how versatile the patterns in this collection are; they can be made true “Boho” or elegant with lace fabrics. There are so many styles; be sure to check out other sneak peeks from the¬†Petite Stitchery & Co. Facebook Group HERE.

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Front winter till spring, dance free, sweet child!

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The Petite Stitchery & Co. Boho Collection Day 1 Sneak: The Hazel Blouse and Tansy Ruffle Pants

It was impossible for me to blog about the full Petite Stitchery & Co. new boho line in just one write; each pattern is just too breathtaking! So I will share over the course of 3 days to introduce:

  1. The Hazel Boho Blouse & Tansy Ruffle Pants
  2. The Laurel Dress, and
  3. The Clover Tunic and Dress

There is even more to this Boho Collection than the patterns above, so be sure to check The Petite Stitchery & Co. Facebook Group for more sneak peeks of each pattern! The official release is Thursday at 3 p.m. CST.

Now, swoon…welcome Hazel.

When I think of “Boho,” I think of this…big dropped,¬†puffed sleeves, gathered tunic skirt–an overall carefree tunic with style and “earth.” I used a double brushed poly knit from¬†Love Adore Knits, and it was just the graceful drape I was looking for.

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I love the simple facing for the neckline (easy to sew with such a polished look); and since the full bodice isn’t lined, Hazel can be in my girls’ closet¬†year-round.

And those stunning pants, you ask?? Meet Tansy.

These ruffled pants can be made with both woven or knit; I chose a medium-weight poly jegging knit and added a lace accent.

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I love that the Tansy Ruffle pants can look stunning with a simple tank or several of the tunics from the Boho Collection.

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Be sure to come back tomorrow for a sneak peek at the Laurel Dress ‚̧ It’s almost time for release!!

The Ficus Cardigan + Sybil Skirt = Peplum Spring

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The women’s¬†Ficus Cardigan¬†from Sew Like My Mom is now live!

After sewing the child version (Fern, shown below), I knew the women’s version would be a perfect spring sew!

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The back of the cardigan is a beautiful peplum; I used a burgundy/wine French Terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for my mama Ficus. The medium weight and soft drape of the fabric was a great combo. for this style:

The pattern is on sale for $8 through Wednesday, February 22nd (normally $10) and is also available in a Mommy/Me Bundle. Find the patterns HERE.

I paired the Ficus with the Love Notions’ incredible Sybil Illusion Skirt with a dropped yoke. The single skirt pattern comes with seven (7) completely different variations! This dropped yoke is my new favorite; the banded top (no closures!) is so comfortable, and the low sing adds the perfect silhouette!

I used the new Acqua Di Rose Boho fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics, available at Kutti Couture on Etsy.

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With these gorgeous patterns, I’m well on my way to a fashionable and comfortable spring (and a bold Easter)!

 

Women’s Constance Dress by Sew A Little Seam: Tester Round Up

In the tester world, it’s a pretty rare occurrence when the pattern creator pretty much nails the pattern¬†with the first version. Kelly Ballou from Sew A Little Seam¬†sure delivered the goods with this pattern!

The¬†new women’s Constance¬†is the mama version of this wonderful child pattern:

both are part of the Meaningfully Made collection, which means 100% of the proceeds are going to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation РMMRF.

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I knew with spring around the corner that I wanted to sew a short-sleeve dress version and a go-to hooded dress version.

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For my short-sleeved version, I used my new favorite Art Gallery Fabric on the front called “Philosopher’s Thoughts.” It exemplifies our connection to nature, that “Simplicity is the greatest sophistication;” I hang on every word and could read this daily as my mantra. So, I wrapped myself in it along with grey double brushed poly as the back and bands from¬†Knitpop. It’s heavenly cozy and won’t be in my closet often (because it will be on ME).

For the test, I measured at size 0/2 and sewed between 0/2 and 4/6 to get the slightly looser look throughout the body here.

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For my second version, I used Knitpop’s striped brushed poly and floral French Terry¬†along with a¬†beautiful solid pink French Terry fabric from¬†NR Fabrics. I accented the pocket and hood lining with stripes for a modern flair.

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For this version, I sewed the more fitted 0/2, and I love this style as well!

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It was perfect for this breezy (and still snowy) day and will be perfect for our spring and summer nights!

This pattern comes in top, tunic, or dress length; and each has it’s own look.¬†The dress style will definitely be my go-to for spring and summer, and I’ll be heading toward tunics and tops come fall.

The pattern is available for just $4 (no code needed!) HERE.

Find the Sew A Little Seam Facebook group HERE.

Shop for Art Gallery knits and premium cottons on my Etsy shop Kutti Couture.

Greenstyle Creations Scarlet Swing Dress – Tester Round Up

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When I geared up to test the new swing dress from Greenstyle Creations, the only option I didn’t foresee me trying was the cold-shoulder look. But lo-and-behold, I decided¬†I must try this sweet boho trend. The verdict? I love it…and so does hubby!

Many in our testing team have compared the fit and style to the popular Lularoe Carly dress; the bust and arms are more fitted, and the dress has an elegant swing. With sizes XXS to 3XL, I’d definitely recommend sewists to go with the bust measurement and size¬†down when unsure.¬†The style already provides plenty of extra room throughout the¬†lower torso. I measured XXS in the bust, and it was the proper fit.

For my test, I used a brushed polyester spandex from Love Adore Knit Fabrics called Geo Rose. Brushed poly and regular poly spandex offers a beautiful drape for the swing dress.

You can find the Scarlet Swing Dress and full tester pics HERE. The cold shoulder is just one option; the dress comes with several arm lengths (including a bell sleeve!), with or without cold shoulder, different necklines, different lengths (shirt/tunic/dress), and different hemlines (straight or curved) to best suit various figures and styles.

The pattern is on sale for $8.50 (reg. $10) for just 24 hours, until Wednesday, 7 a.m. CST.

Scarlet Swing Dress Affiliate Pattern Link

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