Turning the Seaside Dress into a Top

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I originally bought this sweet denim to make a skirt for one of my girls. But the moment my husband saw it, he said, “Oh!–you should make a fitted top for yourself!” I don’t know when I started listening to my hubby for fashion advice, but it didn’t take me much convincing to steal away this fabric because it’s incredibly gorgeous. And soft. And lightweight. And stretchy 😍

So I decided to use one of my fav. woven/knit patterns–the Seaside Dress–to create this top!

 

The Pattern

The Seamingly Smitten Seaside Dress was one of my favorite patterns from the summer. You can see my summer post here. I love the dropped-shoulder style sleeves and the faced neckline. And I also adore that I can make it in woven or knit.

To achieve a more fitted style, I cut the pattern on the “petite” width line and measured from my armpit down to see where I’d like the hem to fall.

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The Verdict

I love it!! This will be a spring and summer staple for sure. It just feels…perfect.

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Styling Particulars

Fabric: This stretch denim has horizontal stretch and is lightweight (a huge+happy surprise!) and soft! I’m obsessed that I found a fabric that doesn’t wrinkle and has all of the elements that I love in a woven!

Earrings: Whenever I style with these earrings, I love sharing them. My friend Emily has a heart of gold and works with Trades of Hope, empowering women around the world. Here is her group.

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The Flirt Dress Adds Extraordinary Class to My “Ordinary” Days

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That feeling…

Of being a mom.

Or a rockstar at the office.

And being comfortable.

And having class.

When I see the fitted skirt of my sweater dress peeking out of my coat during ordinary errands, I feel so put together. –No one may even guess that I work at home every day. Or that I feel so comfy I could go to bed in the same dress.
So when I find a pattern like this, I blog about it!

The Flirt

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My Version

The “Flirt” released today at Petite Stitchery by designer Kelly Stevens; and from the top, it may look like a comfy, elegant sweater. But there’s more… the dress includes a fitted or flowy skirt in mini/knee/or maxi lengths.

 

I chose to make the fitted knee-length version. And this is likely the style that I’ll stick with.

 

 

 

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The Fit: The top is blousy with semi-fitted sleeves; and paired with the slim skirt, it creates a flattering silhouette.

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This will be a timeless pattern in my book!

“The Flirt” is on sale Feb. 1 – Monday Feb. 5th for $7 (regular $8.50). And we still have time to sew up a super cute Valentine’s version!

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Style Particulars:

FABRIC: I chose a gorgeous brushed sweater knit for my dress. It’s “dusty rose” brushed sweater knit from Knitpop

EARRINGS: I also often get asked about my earrings. They are from my Trades of Hope, which empowers women who have been part of horrific situations including sex trafficking. Here is a link to my friend Emily’s group; she has a heart of gold.

NECKLACE: Vintage from my late grandma’s collection ❤

SHOES: Booties from American Eagle

PS&Co Bliss Cold Shoulder + Sundance Skirt … & India Travel Sewing Pattern 2

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Ask me for $100, and today would be your lucky day!
The sun is out during a Michigan winter; and that makes for one happy girl!

Also, I used foam rollers in my hair last night, and I woke up in the ’80s! After having a belly-busting laugh, I embraced it! I’m a curly girl at heart!

So…you want to know more about two of my new favorite patterns?!!

 

The Sundance Skirt has been on my “must make” list for a while now! It released around Christmas, and I was all-a-flutter with my holiday shenanigans. So I finally said, “I can’t wait any longer!!” I wanted to modify the longer style to be a bit more like this slim-fit Pinspiration:

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…but I made a couple of errors and still ended up with something that I love!

What I Did

In my mind, this Pinterest skirt was shorter, so I cut knee-length. I should have cut more of a mid-length. Then, I folded the back skirt pattern in half and cut down on a diagonal, essentially cutting a large wedge from each side. Each wedge/triangle was 9” at the bottom (so 9” from each side and then angling back up to the top). Then I sewed everything together as instructed.

The next hiccup came when I realized that I’d need faux buttons or snaps with the tightness of the skirt. Otherwise, the fabric between would likely bulge open, and that made me nervous. So…I thought, “Welp–I did use knit! I could just sew the two button plackets together!” And that’s just what I did. It was definitely a “Save this beautiful skirt!” tactic; and I love everything about the way it turned out!

The lines Kelly (the designer from PS&Co) created in this pattern are simply phenomenal. They add so much character and drew me to the pattern right away. And there are cute little darts at the bum. I’m just in love…

 

And that top?? That’s the Bliss Cold Shoulder Top. Those open shoulders paired with the full coverage of the top just give me all the flutters! This is my perfect Valentine’s Day top that I’ll be able to wear all day and feel “sweet” in when my hubby gets home. I LOVE when functional meets cute!

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And speaking of functional…I’m still sewing for India! So…I decided to cut an Adelyn pointed Tunic cut line, still with the slim figure of the Bliss, so that I could wear this in India as a tunic. India is quite hot (often 100+ degrees F), yet women wear quite a bit of coverage. The flowy style and open shoulder will give me a bit of breathing room. And I used single brushed poly so that the inside is silky. Dark colors were not a smart move, but I’m okay with it –it’s too gorgeous. Moonstruck from Sly Fox is one of my all-time fav. prints. 😍

 

 

Happy sewing today! Now…I’ll just sit here and wait for all of those $100 requests to roll in 🤣 Enjoy this sunny day, sewing friends!

 

Elevate Your Style with The New PS&Co “Rose” Pullover

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I’m not extremely adventurous with my fashion. So flared sleeves and a velvety fabric combination surprised even me! But wow–am I in love with the new Rose Pullover! And I’ve worn this an unspeakable number of days already 😆

When I ordered the vintage olive (a luxurious terry) and Parisian gray (crushed velvet) fabrics from Sly Fox, I had very different things in mind. But when I saw them together in my box, I neeeeded to keep them together. The color-blocking on the new PS&Co pullover allows for a split front/back or solid versions (or solid/split combo). I chose split color-blocking on both front and back to showcase the fabrics together.

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One of my “minis” is a fashion diva, so it was super exciting to make a matching set for the two of us. She loves everything velvety and sparkly.

 

 

 

The Cowl Hoodie

The hoodie also has an amazingly large cowl hood. It’s one of my favorite features (the others are the color-blocking and the sleeves…so basically, the entire garment!!)

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And worn down, the cowl hood is a gorgeous “cowl.” Lined in crushed velvet, this gives me all the heart eyes!

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You can grab your Petite Stitchery & Co. exclusive pull over on sale for $7 during release (ends midnight on Monday, Jan 22nd). I’m already picturing this hoodie as my travel (airline) hoodie; and I plan to make another one for a beach/swimsuit cover-up!

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Enjoy! And be sure to share your creations on the Petite Stitchery & Co. Facebook Fan Group Page.

“CC Top” Mod to Dress and Tester Link Up

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Tomorrow is the last chance to grab the “CC Off-The-Shoulder Top” at the $7 release sale price!

Today I’m excited to share with you a simple inspiration–lengthening to a CC Dress!

The idea came from one of my shorter testers who forgot to adjust length (don’t you just love those happy accidents?!).

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For New Years, I wanted a comfy CC but also wanted to be a bit dressier–even though I was staying home with hubs and the kids. There’s something about brining in the new year in any way you choose–and I chose a dress!

For the main dress, I used a navy French terry from my stash. To add a bit of glitz/glam, I used a sparkle metallic knit from Sly Fox. It has gorgeous drape.

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You can imagine that the process is extremely simple. I lengthened mine 7” and viola! The top is already long enough to fit over the bum, so you don’t need to worry about widening it at all–just lengthen. I added the band to the bottom of mine. For a short dress, I could have lengthened just 4”.

 

I hope you enjoy the little bit of inspiration! And now… for a whole lot of inspiration from testers of both the CC Top and the Fusion Leggings. Here is a full link-up to read about their creations:

CC Off-The-Shoulder Top & Fusion Leggings Tester Bloggers

Erin Bradley (CC) – So You Think You Can Sew

Chris Shapiro (Both) – Sew Journs

Kelsey Jean (Both) – 52 Week Sewing Challenge

Hayley Kirkham (CC) – Margaret Ann’s Creations

Mari Willeman (Fusions) – MNW Sews

CC Off-The-Shoulder Top and Fusion Leggings Release!

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In case you missed the news, around October I became a women’s designer for Petite Stitchery & Co. (website HERE). As a way to continue honing my skill, I keep…well…designing! My first pattern was the women’s Adelyn point dress (design concept by Ashley Hermann for the girls’ line; and I knew we needed a mama version!). Then came my baby, the Lulu Dolman Sweater, which encompassed my love for hi-lows and non-batwing dolmans (and long sleeve cuffs!). And now–we have my 3rd and 4th patterns releasing: The CC Off-The-Shoulder Top and the Fusion Leggings. With these 4 patterns, you can get a sense of my style; I love a good fit while being super cozy!

CC Off-The-Shoulder Top

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The new CC Top has both large cowl and small cowl options. The large cowl can be worn 4 ways: off-the-shoulder, front-facing cowl, and high-shoulder cowl. The version shown above was made with a premium sweater knit from Sly Fox Fabrics. It’s heavy in weight (truly the warmest sweater I’ve made!) and has a great stretch as well.

And the small cowl is a tubular design. I’ll share with you my tester Shelley Presley: 26114242_10100371087764558_649443666035584762_n She used a cable-type knit from Jo-Anns for this version.

Fabric with a good stretch is needed for off-the-shoulder versions; but if you know you’ll mostly wear a high-cowl (raises my hand!), front-facing, or small cowl, you can also use fabrics with less stretch. The version below is made with a fleece-lined sweater knit from Jo-Anns with hardly any stretch. And yes–those are microsuede ponte Fusion leggings I have on!

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I also found that French Terry worked beautifully for all CC Top versions (shown above). For this version, I didn’t add the banded bottom and instead hemmed.

Fusion Leggings

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I designed the Fusion Leggings to be more of a pant-style legging with fabric combos such as thick cotton lycra/spandex and stretch corduroy (shown), yoga knit and stretch velvets. However, they also make for a stunning athletic legging. I’ve loved every version I’ve seen of these. They have a slash, two-tone leg and a curved “v” back waistband.

One of the points of feedback I loved most from my testers was how great the fit was for their body shapes and how flattering they found the back waistband. I love making designs we feel good in!

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The above left version is cotton spandex (thick quality, probably 14 oz–source unknown) with stretch corduroy from Surge Fabrics. The pair on the right is dreamy yoga fabric (main leg) from Knitpop and stretch faux leather from So Sew English. I love the endless combination with these!

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I also made a set for a sweet friend. Her top was a gorgeous boho sweater knit from Jo-Anns paired with Fusion leggings in black yoga knit from Knitpop and black stretch corduroy from Surge Fabrics.

And…it’s nursing friendly!!

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Enjoy the release sale! Both patterns are on sale for $7 each (reg. $8.50). Please be sure to share your creations in the Petite Stitchery Facebook Group and use hashtags #PScctop and #PSfusionleggings whenever you share your creations on social media!

Happy sewing! – Jennifer

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Deer Creek Dress + Snowflakes = Little Girl Winter Princess Attire

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Christmas may be over, but winter is in full bloom in our little haven within Michigan. The problem is, my girls have been wearing sleeveless “princess’ dresses and tutus for the last 1-2 months. Thank goodness for a warm fireplace!

To satisfy my girls’ princess spirits, I’ve been on a mission to marry fabric and patterns that work perfectly together. This one is a Frozen-inspired snowflake dress!

Pattern: I used the girls’ Deer Creek dress from New Horizons Designs. This was a no-brainer since I loved my women’s version of the Deer Creek so much and had been itching to make my girls some.

Fabric: Custom snowflake brushed poly from Knitpop. The design works perfectly all winter long and emits such a cozy and glorious joyfulness that winter brings.

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The pattern comes in tunic and dress length, and I chose “dress.” My girls lack long-sleeve dresses, so I will be working ahead for next year to make sure we overcome that shortage! The pattern also has a straight or curved hem; and I have all the heart eyes for curves–so curved it is!

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There’s even a slight hi-low, which just makes me super happy! Especially with tunic length, the extra length in the back is not only stylish but also modest–which I love! And for this creation, I just love how the snowflakes cascade down the dress ❤

The sleeve is also a dolman or dropped shoulder, which adds another fun element. For those who haven’t sewn dolmans, they are easy to color-block, front + back.DSC_0373

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finally, my two favorite elements of this dress: the elastic waist and the pockets!

The elastic waist helps add definition and showcase correct “fit” even with a looser style.

…And the pockets… well..pockets!!! They’re perfect for keeping cold hands warm AND for collecting all of the treasures a little one could possibly find. You know…the important things like scraps of fabric, pebbles, pieces of receipts… Is anything not a treasure to a little one??

 

I sure love this “marriage” of the Deer Creek pattern and Knitpop snowflake fabric. I’ve already had several requests for more; so I better end this post and get sewing!

Enjoy such a lovely day!!

Jennifer

Piano Bench Transformation with Faux Fur – Budget Friendly

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My heart is so full now that I have a budget-friendly faux fur piano cover and my succulents nearby! This was a sweet little transformation for my home that cost next to nothing.

I’ve swooned over the Instagram faux fur benches shared, typically with faux fur rugs on top. Those rugs can be quite $$$. So when I came across luxurious (seriously!) faux fur from Sly Fox Fabrics, I had to grab a yard and see what it could do.

And you want to know the best part? 1/2 yard would have been plenty! And it’s only $8.85. But trust me…grab a full yard…because you’ll suddenly get 10 other ideas once you’ve created one!

The Process

My process was very much like this bassinet tutorial. Rather than cutting squares out of the corners like a regular fitted sheet tutorial, I decided that this curved edge method would do the trick since I really just needed a very simple cover for my bench. I did the following:

  • flipped my faux fur to the wrong side for easy cutting
  • cut a rectangle larger than my piano bench (taking into consideration the depth of the bench as well)
  • cut curved edges on each corner (really just winged it)
  • serged the outer edges, sewing from the wrong side of the fabric for ease.
  • Rather than creating a casing, I simply zigzag stitched the 1/4” elastic directly to the wrong side of the fabric near the seam, pulling as I sewed. No one will see the underside of my bench, so it worked perfectly!

Here’s the photo in antique-inspired lighting. It gives me all the feels.

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But what’s even better…?

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Adding some sweethearts to enjoy the bench! It became an immediate hit.

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And that hat? Store-bought. But wouldn’t it be so sweet homemade in faux fur? The ideas are endless!

Enjoy creating, and be sure to share with me your new creations!

Jennifer

Thankful Blog Tour: The Mama Adelyn

DSC_0926My first pattern as a designer was the Mama Adelyn tunic and dress for women, and I have so much to be thankful for that got me to that point.

Our insanely amazing online sewing community is top-notch. I didn’t plan to become a designer. I love sewing other designers’ patterns; and you’ll see me doing just that in our online community; I love supporting friends and all of our ventures.

I became a designer when I couldn’t shake the desire to understand the process. Once I paid for all of the tools and workshops, I created a goal to at least make 1 pattern graded to all sizes. And it came much quicker than anticipated. When my friend (co-designer) Ashley Hermann created the girls’ Adelyn, I said, “Mamas need that!” I abandoned the pattern I was working on and drafted the Mama Adelyn.

For this blog tour, I made a tunic length version that I can wear for the holidays in sparkly lightweight sweater knit from Sly Fox Fabrics.

DSC_0931 In this season of thankfulness, I also wanted to offer a little inspiration — 2 Adelyns in one outfit 

The pattern comes with both tunic and dress length, and here’s what I did:

  1. I used dress length for the cardigan
  2. Graded up 2 sizes (I measure xs and sewed a M)
  3. I cut higher necklines–however I wanted the cardigan to look in front/back.
  4. I cut down the center front
  5. Added traditional fabric binding to the full neckline (about 90% of neckline length and 2” wide).
  6. Hemmed down the fronts and back of the cardigan
  7. Added cuffs, maybe 6” so they’d be 3” when folded (cutting the sleeves shorter before attaching).

Note on Binding Methods

I plan to create a step-by-step tutorial for this, but you can make traditional binding by sewing right sides together (raw edges together) of your binding piece to the right side of your garment, folding it in half toward the raw edge, folding it over the raw edge, and stitching down. You can also create nontraditional binding (what I use for the Lulu pattern) by folding the binding in half like a neckband width, attaching to the wrong side of the garment, flipping it over to the right side, and topstitching it down.


I seriously don’t want to take it off. So you’ll probably see me wearing it the rest of the fall and winter. (Fabric is heavenly brushed terry from Sly Fox)

It also pairs well with my second pattern (just released) called the Lulu Dolman Sweater.

I didn’t plan to take pics of this outfit, but when I put it on, it just felt so comfy that I thought I’d share…

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Enjoy the wonderful line-up within the Sewing by Ti Thankful Blog Tour!

Petite Stitchery is a sponsor for this week’s tour, so be sure to enter the giveaway to win your own Adelyn pattern and yummy Simpy by Ti credit to go with it!
Week 3: 11/15-11/21

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 November 1st:

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Sewing with Sarah

Week 1:

Nov 1st: Tenille’s Thread

Nov 2nd: Candace Ayala

Nov 3rd: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 4th: Musing of a Seamstress

Nov 5th: Sewing Portfolios

Monday Nov 6th: mahlicadesigns

Nov 7th: Seams Sew Lo

Week 2:

Nov 8th: Margarita on the Ross

Nov 9th: Stitched by Jennie

Nov 10th: Sewing with D

Monday Nov 13th: 5 outof 4 Patterns

Nov 14th: Tales of a Southern Mom

Week 3:

Nov 15th: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 16th: Octaves of Color

Nov 17th: Kainara Stitches

Nov 18th: Kutti Couture

Nov 19th: The Petite Sewist

Monday Nov 20th: My Heart will Sew On

Nov 21st: Needles to Say

Week 4:

Nov 22nd: Back 40 Life

Nov 23rd: Lovemade Handmade

Nov 24th: Sewing by Ti

Nov 25th: On Wednesdays We Sew

Nov 26th: Paisley Roots

Monday Nov 27th: Mermaid Mama Designs

Nov 28th: Sew Haute Blog

Nov 29th: Ma Moose Handmade

Nov 30th: Everything Your Mama Made & More

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