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

Petite Stitchery and Co Mama Adelyn Giveaway and Simply by Ti $20 shop credit (click below)

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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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Rory Dress – New Release! Sleek Turtleneck Peplum and Dress

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Is it Rory or Rawwwry? 

I didn’t realize the pun until after I sewed, so this is pretty much a match made in heaven.

The Rory Peplum, Skirt, and Dress is Kelly Stevens’s Petite Stitchery debut and such a way to come in hot.

With a very fitted bodice and turtleneck, I find this style sleek, romantic, and something that I want to sew in sparkles for Christmas (that creation is definitely coming!).

And yes–there are options for a peplum and skirt too 

 

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For my version, I used brushed poly from Knitpop: solid black for the top of the dress and olive with tigers for the skirt. With my husband’s full family in India and our love for wild cats, this was a creation that needed to happen.

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You can get the Rory Dress at release sale price at Petite Stitchery. Be sure to share your creations to the Petite Stitchery Facebook Fan Group and use hashtag #PSRory so we can see all of the gorgeous creations!

The Lulu Dolman Sweater – Gorgeous Way To Use Those Sweater Knits

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Sweater knits. They are glorious, soft, and we can’t keep our credit cards from them. If you’re like me, you’ve hoarded a good number of them and have wondered, “Now…what do I make?”

Here it is. A great use of sweater knits aside from our awesome cardigans:

The Lulu Dolman Sweater

 

I couldn’t just make “1”–so I have quite a few versions to share.

 

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The Lulu features a dramatic hi-low hem and long dolman sleeves. My first is made from a lightweight sweater knit (recommended for this pattern) that I won in a Knitpop box auction.

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My second version is from gorgeous French Terry slub from Sly Fox Fabrics, paired with charcoal French terry sleeves.

I love the front cut-line of the dolman. It’s an on-trend cut that’s not meant to be long but can easily be lengthened. Shown here is the natural cut-line of the pattern.

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The pattern also features binding for both the hemline and the neckline. If using a thicker fabric, a regular hem is recommended. For the thinner fabrics, though, the binding is such a nice detail. DSC_0843

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My third version is made with a plaid from Pretty Posh Prints that I fell in love with last year. I used a traditional hem on this version and love both the traditional method and binding!

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My final version is made with premium cable knit from Sly Fox Fabrics. I had been searching for cable knit to make a sweater like this for years; I was so thrilled that SFF offered it at the perfect timing.

For this type of fabric (open weave), I highly recommend serging all edges (or finishing with a zigzag stitch) before sewing. With an open weave, the edges aren’t all even, so serging offers a consistent edge (and sturdiness) to add the binding.

For my cuffs and binding I used a lightweight soft (brushed) sweater knit. I love the cream paired with the white.

 

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And eep–I had to make one more in a custom cotton spandex from Nina Zabal’s Line

The trick with cotton spandex is using a regular hem instead of hem binding since the fabric is thicker. I used brushed poly for the cuffs and neck binding.

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You can grab your Lulu Dolman Sweater Pattern HERE (plus a release sale). Be sure to use hashtag #PSLuluDolman so we can find all of your beautiful creations!

 

FREE Tank Pattern at Petite Stitchery

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Petite Stitchery just turned 1 year, and they are celebrating with free patterns, big sales, and huge giveaways!!

This is the Swanky Tank, a flattering racerfront tank with loads of possibility. It’s racerback-bra friendly, and I added a piece of stretch lace trim down the center of the back (prior to adding facing or hemming) for a feminine touch. My fabric is a brushed poly (nice flow!) from Knitpop.

 

 

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You can grab your code in the Petite Stitchery FB Fan Group and then add it to your order on the Petite Stitchery website.

Thank you, Petite Stitchery, and happy 1 year!

Mama Adelyn @ Sly Fox Fabric Sew-Along

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The Mama Adelyn Tunic & Dress will be on sale (25% off!) for those participating in the Sly Fox Fabrics SewAlong, which begins Monday, 11/6.

 

Participants will receive both fabric and pattern discounts and will be eligible to win fantastic prizes throughout the sewalong!

 

If you missed the Mama Adelyn during release or need the extra push to get more holiday or fall/winter clothing made, come join us! It’ll be sure to be a blast within the sewing community!

The Mama Adelyn is a full-coverage tunic (leggings allowed!) and also comes in dress length:

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I’m completely guilty of wearing dresses all too often just to avoid grabbing multiple garments (i.e. top AND bottom)–sigh. I still usually throw tights or leggings underneath just to be warm in our colder Michigan fall/winters, but dresses are definitely on my go-to capsule list.

DSC_0525 And remember, there’s a baby and girls’ version too!

So head on over to the Sly Fox Fabrics SewAlong group for all of the details and discounts! I can’t wait to see your version(s)!

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning A Month of Thanksgiving: Remembering my First PDF Pattern

In February of 2016, I posted a picture of a hoodie on my Facebook page–one that I had made for myself and decided to sell. I can’t even remember the reason–maybe it was because I was excited that it turned out nicely and wanted someone else to enjoy it.  I sold it immediately and had several friends asking for ones in their sizes. It was then that I decided to form my sewing shop, Kutti Couture. There was just one problem–I had drafted the hoodie pattern based on clothing I already had…and it was only my size! If someone were a size larger, I might be able to swing it, but how would I accommodate the array of women who were joining my group–especially since they were likely different sizes in bust/waist/hip? It was then that I ventured to Etsy to search for a raglan hoodie pattern…my first PDF exploration.

And as you can guess, it is then that I found Seamingly Smitten. Their raglan hoodie pattern looked lovely in the posted pictures, and I couldn’t beat the price. I even happened to catch it on a sale.

This pattern became an instant customer favorite! I even hacked it into non-hooded raglans because the fit is so comfortable and loved.

Almost two years later (which really feels like at least 10), I still thoroughly love the fit and have overwhelming gratitude for my first taste of the PDF pattern community. It took me from a world of limited drafting (I started sewing bibs and kids clothes in 2012) to limitless potential! So…as a way to spread thanks for this amazing journey, I of course decided to sew another Hooded Raglan for myself!

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With the upcoming cold weather, I wanted something versatile and fabric that I’d love seeing regularly. I’ve had a major crush on solids and stripes this season, so I chose soft charcoal French terry (from LDG) and CLUB cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

It is so soft, and do you see that length?! I’m 5’7” and didn’t need to lengthen. Now you know why I’m in love! 

I did add one special little detail for the upcoming holiday season…

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So fun right?

My girls are a bit envious.

To get the look and sturdiness to hold the large pom, I angled the hood pattern up to a point. I tried it on my head, and then I pinched the excess top of the hood together and sewed a triple stitch (3 dashed lines) down.

Then I just hand-stitched the big pom to the top. Hand-stitching is definitely not my forte, so if I can do it, you can too!

 

Tis the season!–for so much love, laughter, and gratitude!

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Thanks, Seamingly Smitten, for making affordable, beautiful sewing patterns that encouraged this girl to take the plunge into the PDF pattern community!

Beginner Sewing Series with New Horizons Designs: 10 Tools for the Seamstress Tool Kit

Hey there, and welcome to another edition of the Beginner Sewing Series from New Horizons Designs! Today I’d like to chat about some of our much-used tools. To ensure that I didn’t go overboard (baby registry, anyone??), I went straight to my sewing table and picked up the items that I use each day as I sit down to sew.

Let’s get started!!…

  1. Cutting Tools

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For a seamstress, a good pair of fabric scissors is a must. I don’t have any fancy pairs, but I make sure that mine are sharp and are only used for fabric. I grabbed all three of these with big (50-60% off) coupons from Jo-Anns. So, what are the differences?

  • The orange pair is my main pair for cutting out my garment pieces.
  • The circular blade is a rotary cutter. It is extremely sharp and can be used to also cut out patterns; it curves and produces a nice straight edge. I like how close to my pattern pieces the rotary cutter can get. But since I don’t always keep my cutting mat handy (eep–I forgot a tool–you’ll need that too!), I generally grab my orange Fiskars.
  • The small pink pair is what I use for detail like cutting threads and make precise cuts. When I first started sewing, I wasn’t happy that I could still see threads hanging off of garments a bit. It was hard for me to snip them close to the last stitch; this little guy was the key!

2. Thread

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Because I go through so much thread, I generally just buy cones; but whether you grab spools or cones, you’ll need thread! 100% Polyester thread is suitable for most sewing projects, especially knit garments. It’s durable, and you can find thread both in most craft stores and online.

3.  Chopstick

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I know, I know. You’re thinking, “There’s something here that doesn’t belong.” But I assure you–I went to my sewing space, and there it was! And I actually use it for loads of projects (not eating-related). Chopsticks are excellent for poking corners of lined garments and other projects (blankets etc.).

4. Basic Needles

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Where would we be without our needles? When sewing your project, you’ll want to first consider your fabric. Woven is typically a non-stretch fabric, and Knit typically has stretch. Each fabric, though, will differ in both weight (i.e. how thick the fabric is or how much it weighs) and how stretchy the fabric is. If you are sewing a non-stretch woven fabric, you can use regular universal needles, and you’ll have to find what “size” of needle based on the thickness of your fabric. We’d use a larger needle for leather, for example, and a smaller needle for lightweight curtains.

In general, the blue size (90/14) works for most of my projects. The pack of needles shown here are called ball-point needles. Unlike universal needles, these are made for knits (stretch) and have a more rounded/ball tip. If you are sewing knits, you will need ball-point needles.

Although you can get these at most shops, my go-to place to order needles is Singer Online. The employees are great to work with, and the shipping is FREE on all orders (umm…yes please!).

5. Double Needle

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If you don’t have a coverstitch machine, a double needle is a great tool. If you look at the bottom hem (or sleeve hem) of the clothes you have on, you will likely see two rows of stitches). These rows are intertwined on the backside of the garment, allowing it to stretch. Double needles are inexpensive and help hemlines look professional while being quite sturdy.

I bought a few named-brand double needles from the face-to-face large craft stores, and I had several break quickly after the first use. So I ventured out and found these ones, and I’ve had very good luck with them. My stitches don’t skip (unless my machine needs a little coconut oil), and I have consistent hemlines. Many complain about hemming brushed poly with a double needle, and I use these ones daily on brushed poly. They do, though, ship from overseas–so you have to be willing to wait.

There are several online videos about how to use a double needle. You really just thread it like your regular needle, using one extra spool of thread. Or in my case, I use a bobbin of thread along with my cone to thread my needle. This brings me to the next tool…

6. Bobbins

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I should probably buy stock in bobbins  I started with a few…and then bought 20 thinking that I was stocked for life…and then 20 more… I love bobbins because it makes stitching the double-needle hem very easy. I take my spool color, fill a bobbin with it, and viola!–I have my thread ready for my hem or topstitching (bobbin + spool). I usually use the same color for my bobbin that creates the stitches beneath, as well but if it’s different and a neutral, sometimes I leave it. But I’ll advise you to be consistent with all three colors 

I also order my bobbins through Singer Online (linked in #4). Their crew was extremely helpful when I was trying to figure out a bobbin issue. Many of the clear bobbins, sold a Singer in the main craft stores had square openings on the bobbin rather than circular. My thread started becoming a crazy, tangled mess, and I couldn’t figure out why. I ordered the “real Singer” (imprinted with Singer) with circular openings, and the issue was resolved immediately. Oh…and they were the same cost as the others–phew!

7. Seam Ripper

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The avid seamstresses reading this will be breathing a big sigh of relief… “Thank God she didn’t forget the seam ripper!!” It’s true…this baby will become your friend. If you accidentally stitch where you shouldn’t, you use this tool to “erase” the dreaded error.

You’ll use your seam ripper with the ball part up, and you’ll guide your stitch to the center curve, which is the sharpest part of the seam ripper.

8. Glue Stick

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I should have included regular scissors in my scissor photo…but never should paper scissors and fabric scissors be together  Paper scissors and glue sticks (or tape) will come in handy when assembling your PDF patterns. This is part of the sewing process that I wish would magically just do itself, but glue sticks does make the job much easier!

Another way I use glue sticks often is for pocket placement or other item that is hard to pin to my fabric accurately. There are actual glue sticks that are fabric safe, but I haven’t had any issues using my regular ole gluesticks. I simply swipe a small amount on the corners of my pocket, press to my garment where it should be, and stitching is much easier!

9. Pins and Clips

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Many seamstresses have strong opinions about whether they like clips or pins better for their projects; although I like them both for different projects, pins are my go-to. Either way, these tools help assure accuracy when we’re sewing. We first pin the shoulder seams of our garment or pin down the sides of a dress or the sides of a legging, making sure that they evenly meet at both top and bottom. We pin our neckbands to the neck opening. We use these beloved tools daily! In fact, maybe I should print the picture above and frame it near my sewing space; those little guys deserve it!

10. Iron (preferably with steam)

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You’ll of course need your ironing board too, but keep an iron right next to your sewing machine. This will become your best friend after each row of stitches. It might seam like a hassle to jump up and press everything nicely before continuing to the next step–but take it from me (who learned the hard way)–it’s a must!…and so worth it!

  • Have a bunched or wavy neckband? Steam and press that baby!
  • Have a bottom band of a sweatshirt that went on tight and created some puckers? Steam and press that baby!
  • Have a sleeve opening (armscye) that isn’t lying flat? Steam and press that baby!

An iron is a magical tool.

That wraps up our 10 must-have tools! Thanks so much for hanging out with me today to learn about some of these great tools. Happy shopping as you gather your supplies, and be sure to reach out to the New Horizons team with your tool questions; we have a great crowd that can surely help. And be sure to check out the rest of the Beginners’ Series posts on the New Horizons Designs Blog.

Happy tool hunting!

 

 

Adelyn Point Dress + A Sneak At The Mama Adelyn Coming Soon!

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The girls’ Adelyn Point Dress has quickly become my girls’ favorite dress and tunic–the one they ask to wear daily and choose for school pictures. I’m still in awe that I needed to sew a size 6 length for this gal; she’s growing up too quickly!

 

 

 

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That point is one of my favorite features.

In fact, after sewing my first Adelyn, I knew this would be an essential dress in my closet as well…so the Mama Adelyn Tunic & Dress was born! That’s right, I dove into the designing world [insert happy dance/exhausted dance/elated dance here].

That’s right….Mama/Me bundle is coming soon! (like…the beginning of the week!)

See it back there? Are you ask excited as I am?

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…okay, let’s get a little closer…

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…and closer yet…

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I used Art Gallery Fabrics’ Floret Honeydew by Dana Willard and Willow Blooms Spices by Pat Bravo because I love how beautiful they look together.

Be sure to head over to the Petite Stitchery & Co. Facebook group for a chance to win the Mama Adelyn before it releases and for all of the details on the upcoming Mama/Me bundle! And while you wait, you can go swoon over (or buy!) the girls’ Adelyn pattern and get started on your creations!

Be sure to use hashtag #PSAdeline for all of the girls’ creations and #PSMamaAdeline for the mama version. We don’t want to miss a thing!

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Men’s Wear: The Emmett Tee Tester Round Up

Laela Jeyne released the Emmett Tee on Friday as part of their fall collection, adding another men’s staple to the mix! If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a glimpse:

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I love sewing for my hubby; and aside from hoodies, I’ve stuck with raglans for his wife-made wardrobe. I’m glad that Laela Jeyne designed a well-fitted tee that we can now add as a staple!

The Details

The Emmett is a basic tee (with various sleeve lengths) but also includes polo and henley finishing neck options. My husband measured with a small chest and the low end of medium for waist and hips. He is a very slender guy, so he doesn’t like tees that are too loose. He has nice shoulders and muscles for his build, and the Emmett was a great fit without any alterations (just blending sizes according to the size chart). The tee has a comfortable hang without being too loose or too narrow.

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Fabric Choices

This tee works best with cotton spandex, jersey with a bit of stretch, modal blends –anything your guy would love the feel of that has a good stretch and recovery. I used Art Gallery Fabrics’ solid cotton spandex (color “aloe mist”). I had just received a shipment and was surprised at how soft the AGF solids are; so I had to pamper my hubby! He absolutely loved the color, softness, and fit. It’s already in high rotation within his closet.

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Round-Up Conclusion

Definitely a keeper! …both the pattern and the husband 😉 I’ll be sewing many more of these. I can’t wait to get rid of the ill-fitting store-bought clothes and slowly (or quickly!…this took me like 30 minutes!) replace his wardrobe with a custom-fitted collection.

 

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