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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Boho Valentine with Petite Stitchery & Sly Fox Fabrics

DSC_0752 I became a seamstress for my girls–so that I could make them sweet creations and they could eventually choose their fashion styles and fabrics. Otherwise, we were strictly clearance-rack shoppers and had no desire for anything different. Y’all are laughing at me now, thinking how I spend way more in fabric alone than clearance prices–but my seamstress community will know the joyful art of creation. 😀 It’s something special.

My sewing machine geared up when this little gal was in the womb. I knew we’d get there one day–where she would have her own fashion aspirations…and we’ve arrived! She loves choosing fabric and styles, and today she chose a sweet pairing from Petite Stitchery patterns and Sly Fox Fabrics!

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The Pattern

I actually chose a woven pattern for this creation. My sweet girl loves the boho style, so a couple of our go-tos are the Hazel and Clover from Petite Stitchery & Co. The Clover has an incredible hi-low option, so we chose to make it in knit with a neckband. It was just what she was hoping for!

The Fabric

The winner for our boho Valentine style was this incredible floral from Sly Fox Fabrics. It’s a soft brushed poly, which gives the ruffles great drape and is buttery soft against the skin.

 

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Needless to say… we’re in love with this style.

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Styling Particulars

Shoes: Handmade sandals from The Humble Soles

Wrap Bracelet: Handmade by Weave Tassy (Use code RJENNIFER15 for 15% off)

Succulents (they have a true place in my heart!): Our local greenhouse

Instagram-Style Easter with Bitty Bee Fabrics and Petite Stitchery

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“Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart.”

-Winnie the Pooh

 

 

 

 

 

With plans to be in India for Easter but lagging travel documents from the consulate, we decided to we’d better not wait to sew our Easter dresses…especially if we have a plane to board at the last minute! And as all the beauty in the world would have it, this most perfect carrot fabric came in the mail, just waiting and ready for the celebration!

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Fabric: The moment I saw these sweet carrots, my mind was overjoyed with Instagramy/vintagey inspiration. This print is on pre-order at Bitty Bee Fabrics, and it is unlike any Easter/spring fabric I’ve come across. The orange carrots fall softly against the watercolored grey hues in the background. It’s perfectly sweet and simple. And the custom brushed poly base is even more buttery soft than other brushed polys I’ve sewn–making me so happy that it could be hugging my little bunny’s skin.

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Patterns: The patterns I used for this dress are the Petite Stitchery Juliet Leotard for the bodice (with facing rather than lined) and Hazel Boho Blouse for the sleeves and skirt (lengthened to a dress). This mash allowed for a fitted, scooped-back bodice with the added charm of the boho collection.

If you’re not part of their Facebook groups, you can find Bitty Bee Here and Petite Stitchery Here.

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Styling Particulars

We love all of our details and accessories that help moments come alive. In these photos, there are a few key pieces that we thought you might like to know more about:
Shoes: We love our #HumbleSoles. These are the Lucas Sandals.

Purse: This is a genuine piece passed down from my childhood. I simply adore it.

Faux Fur Bench: You can see all about my recovering project Here; I grabbed this faux fur from Sly Fox Fabrics; and it’s been the sweetest addition to our home and our photo shoots.

On Instagram? Come follow along @kutti_couture

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.

The Juliet Leotard – Where Have You Been All Our Lives?

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Grace. Unconfined Joy. “Happy Dances.” … These all lead to our need for leotards 😉

My girls may not be in formal dance or gymnastics classes–but they are dancers and gymnasts daily.

One of my daughters has worn a swimsuit or leotard throughout our entire Michigan winters (indoor, of course).

So the new Juliet leo will be in constant rotation in our little-girl household. We absolutely love it.

 

 

 

The Fit:

The graceful back scoop and fit that stays up on the shoulders is perfect for my girls’ house twirling and for full-day outfit wear. I made the longsleeve version with ruffle sleeve detail. The fit through the bodice and crotch were great (including diaper), and I chose the band option for the legs because my girls prefer that to elastic.

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This was my little one’s Christmas outfit this year!

I made the leo from a brushed poly floral from Knitpop; and the skirt is the free Petite Stitchery Sassy Skirt (code in their fan group), made with stretch velvet from Sly Fox Fabrics. Whew–those were a lot of details…but the little details sure helped everything come together!

Now let’s get a glimpse of just the Leo:

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She just loves having a leo like her big sisters!

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The pattern is on sale during release week for $7 (regularly $8.50) at Petite Stitchery. And it comes in both BABY and GIRL sizes.

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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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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

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

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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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!

 

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