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!

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Back to School Blog Tour: Kinder Style

Welcome to Day 1 of the Lulu & Celeste and Sprouting JuJube back-to-school blog tour! I’m grateful to be part of the tour and have chosen some wonderful shops to highlight as part of our preschool and kindergarten wardrobe gear-up!

All designers mentioned in this post donated my choice of patterns for this feature, so a big round of thanks goes to them! Now, let’s check out some of this Kinder (and Pre-Kinder) fashion!

Phat Quarters: Willow

When I selected my patterns, I wanted to highlight both a knit pattern and woven. “Willow” from Gemia of Phat Quarters was my woven of choice. The pattern might not yet appear on her website, but she is working to get them up soon (previously of Petite Stitchery). This gorgeous boho-styled top was just calling for chambray, so I decided to use my daughter’s two favorite colors: green and blue.

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I modified the front of the top to exclude the tie. It’s actually one of the most darling features of the top, but my daughter is sometimes picky about ties. So I slightly widened the neckline to ensure it’d fit over her head. In the end, I could have likely left it as-is because she has plenty of room. For the front of the top, I chose “Cool Foliage” chambray by Art Gallery Fabrics.

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The most striking feature of the Willow is the curved back yoke. I chose soft hand-dyed Shibori fabric from Seamingly Smitten as a modern, stylish accent. This style perfectly compliments my daughter’s free, explorative personality.

Jalie: Drop Pocket Cardigan

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One of the most-used garments in our fall/winter wardrobe are cardigans. It helps with that transition between fall and spring, especially in Michigan. I throw a tank or tee under, and the cardigan is the perfect top layer. When I saw the gorgeous low pockets with the Jalie, the Drop Pocket Cardigan was my pattern of choice; and bonus that Jalie patterns go from girls to women’s! That means mama gets a cardi for bus/school runs.

I used soft French Terry for this piece, floral from Pretty Posh Prints for the main outer, and solid burgundy from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the pocket accent. The cardigan is made by using double front pieces and folding them back to form a pocket; I loved the construction idea and end appearance. This is one of our favorite cardigans to-date.

Phat Quarters: School Bus Fabric
Sew By Pattern Pieces: Sunshine Tunic

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As part of the back-to-school tour, I was eager to use my amazing school bus knit fabric from Phat Quarters. My girls were gaga over it from the moment they saw it.

And although Sew By Pattern Pieces isn’t an official sponsor of the tour, I knew the Sunshine Tunic would be the perfect pattern to use to make this a staple in her Kinder closet. The pattern released only recently, and we have 3 of these tunics already in the closet. It has a beautiful hi-low, fantastic fit through the arms and bodice, and on-point neckline. And it also comes with color-blocking pieces to actually make the shirt look like a sunshine if desired. I might need to do that for my other daughter with the rest of the school bus fabric and mustard stripes!

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I hope you enjoyed a peek into just a TINY bit of my back-to-school sewing. There is a great number of seamstresses taking part in the tour, so be sure to make your way through the list below throughout the week!

Happy new school year!!

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, September 25, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

Sewing by Ti * mahlicadesigns * Momma You Can Make It * Kutti Couture * MoonStar – Wondermirakel * Call Ajaire

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Sew and Tell Project * From-a-Box * Ronda B. Handmade * MeMade * House of Estrela * My Heart Will Sew On * Tales From A Southern Mom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

mahlicadesigns * Gracious Threads * Adventures With Bubba and Bug * Elli & Nels * Bellevi * Little Heart Threads * Sewing By Ti * Lulu & Celeste

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Paisley Roots * The Crafting Fiend * Sewstarly * It’s Liesel * Tales of a Tester * Kaleidothought * auschick sews

Friday, September 29, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

SewSophieLynn * Sew Haute Blog * mahlicadesigns * Sew and Tell Project * RP Custom Fabrics Blog * FABulous Home Sewn * Sewing By Ti * Phat Quarters

 

Fall Wardrobe Prep: The Seamingly Smitten Cowl Tunic

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As I gear up for my fall wardrobe capsule (well, let’s be honest…early fall has already snuck up on me here in Michigan!), I’ve been contemplating what I wear the most in the colder months. Looking at my closet from last year, my longer tunics, hoodies, and dresses got the most wear…paired with leggings or sweater tights. When I saw the unique cowl on the Seamingly Smitten Cowl Tunic (also a top), I had to give it a try.

You can probably guess that the result was sweet adoration. I lined my cowl with an olive green, added olive drawstrings for another unexpected pop of color, paired with striped mustard cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabric and solid mustard pocket and leggings.

I added accent binding to my pocket, and I also used eyelets for my cowl. I’ll share the steps here in case you want a similar look.

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Creating Pocket Binding Pieces

I used 1.75” width and cut my length just longer than the side slant on the pocket. It’s easy to trim the excess after sewing. Shown below is one side sewn and the other side prepped. You’ll lay the binding face-down (right sides together) on your pocket piece, matching raw edges.

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You’ll then sew on the binding; I sew 3/8” from the raw edge. I use a triple stitch (3 dashed lines) to allow for stretch on the stretch knits. If you have another stretch stitch (looks like a lightening bolt), you can use that. A zigzag stitch also works on knits.

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You’ll then want to tuck the fabric over to the wrong side of the pocket, covering the seam allowance.

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Then, stitch the binding in place. I stitched about 1/8” from where the binding is attached to the pocket. This catches the backside of the binding as well.

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And voilà! You now have binding on your pocket and will continue the instructions as written with the pattern.

Adding Eyelets to Your Cowl

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The other modification I made was using eyelets instead of buttonholes on my cowl. I love the finished look of eyelets, and they’re incredibly easy. I won’t include step-by-step instructions here, but this is the tool I use and really like:

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I picked mine up at Jo-Ann’s, and the easy-to-use instructions are on the back of the package.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have some serious love for my my new fall capsule addition! You can grab your own cowl pattern HERE, and you can receive 40% off now through Tuesday 9/5 with code SAVE40. Be sure to use hashtag #sscowlhoodie when you share your creations; I’d love to see them!

 

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)

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)!

 

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