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:

mahlicadesigns

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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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!

 

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)!

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Wear: Wanderer Tunic by Striped Swallow Designs

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Fall is here, and I’m always on the lookout for gorgeous patterns that can be used in multiple ways within my wardrobe. I chose the Wanderer Tunic by Striped Swallow Designs as my “dress up or dress down” piece, and I’m so glad I did!

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The tunic has a gorgeous yoke in both front and back that allows for lace inserts or colorblocking. And the tunic can be made with wovens or knits, so the possibilities are endless. I decided to use dreamy brushed poly solids (slate and dark olive) from Sly Fox Fabrics and paired with a high-waisted pencil skirt in a floral Liverpool (Moonstruck in Darkest Olive).

I love the way I can dress this blouse up; and I hit the jackpot with my color choice–it’ll fit into my wardrobe in several ways.

 

 

 

The tunic also features an elasticized wrist, which not only is stylish and feminine but also keeps my sleeves out of my crazy mom duties (i.e. water, diapers, you name it).

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And for the many days that I’ll be in stretchy jeans, this tunic offers the perfect loose silhouette with curved hem. It’s just what I need to look put together on my bus stop and school runs.

When you sew up your copy of the Wanderer Tunic, be sure to share in the Striped Swallow Facebook group and use hashtag #wanderertunic so I can find all of your gorgeous creations!

 

 

 

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Petite Stitchery Knit Point Dress Release

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The clouds decided to greet our stars as we geared up for pictures of the new knit Adelyn Point Dress from Petite Stitchery & Co.

Although my camera settings weren’t adjusted for fog and the pics weren’t crystal clear, I had to keep these because of the beautiful greeting the fog gave us that morning.

 

 

 

 

The new Adelyn point dress is a quick and beautiful sew, with a neckband and basic top/dress construction. The bottom of the dress comes together in points at the front and back for a darling feature. This requires only a basic hem, so you won’t need to add an extra hem lining etc. (bonus for this mom!). This has quickly become my daughter’s favorite dress to grab for school.

I used soft brushed poly in blue stars from Sly Fox Fabrics; the scattered star placement aesthetically worked great with the free-flowy style of this dress. This dress would also be gorgeous in a rayon-blend French terry or cotton spandex.

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And even with the points, this dress has major twirl!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Adelyn dress will be available tonight on the Petite Stitchery website along with another knit release, Belle, which can be mashed with the Adelyn.

Grab your patterns, and be sure to share your creations in the Petite Stitchery Facebook group!

 

 

 

Summer Dawn: Striped Swallow Designs’ Wrap Dress

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There’s something simply feminine about wrap dresses. Maybe I think of kimonos or silky nighttime gowns–but I adore them. Oddly, though, I haven’t worn many wrap dresses for fear that they would come untied or be pulled by one of my toddlers. Thankfully, an unwrap-proof (until the right time…wink wink) dress has arrived in my closet: the Summer Dawn.

The new Summer Dawn by Striped Swallow Designs includes breathtaking features like modern flowy sleeves and a beautiful crossover bodice cut. It also includes my favorite–an optional lace skirt for a formal touch.

And the best part is, it’s a pretty simple sew!

 

For my Summer Dawn version, I chose my current favorite colorway of Moonstruck single brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics. There’s a vintage minty color within the floral that captivates me, and the single brushed poly is brushed on the outside and silky on the inside. It’s so sweetly elegant.

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I paired it with this Abstract Lace for the Blog Post version of the dress that Mandalynn offered for the pattern. The added lace is one of my favorite features.

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The Fit

I sewed the size XS, which is where I measured. I did not have to modify the pattern; the fit was right on across the chest, bust, within the armscye, across the hip.

Tips/Tricks

The instructions were very straightforward for this pattern; so really, the only tip I have is to definitely use interfacing when adding your buttonhole. Just cut a small square, and it makes all the difference. To test this, I tried making a buttonhole on a scrap of brushed poly, and it didn’t take. Then I tried creating a buttonhole on plain interfacing, and it was beautiful. I knew, then, that I must use my interfacing.

Options

The Summer Dawn comes in the Blog Post version shown (dress length with added lace skirt), and it also comes in regular dress length and maxi length. There are also options for short sleeves (shown) or slightly longer (around elbow length).

Enjoy all of the Summer Dawn options, and be sure to share your creations in the Striped Swallow Designs FB group!

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Seaside Dress: Freshwater Approved! My Woven and Knit Creations with the Seamingly Smitten Pattern

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When Seamingly Smitten invited me to do a summer guest blog, my eyes gravitated immediately to the Seaside Dress. The combination of blouse-looking top with the gathered, pocketed skirt is exactly the style I’ve been oogling this summer. I’m pretty sure I printed the pattern and sewed my first version the same day–and that included making a fabric run for the perfect chambray. I was headed to the lake on vacation, and I needed this dress with me at the beach. 😍

This pattern is suitable for both woven and knits, so let’s get on with it. I’ll share a few tips and what I did to create the best fit for each fabric type. [p.s. if you’re grabbing the pattern now, use code SUMMER20 to save 20%, valid for 48 hours]

Version 1: Woven

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For this style, I chose a striped chambray from Hobby Lobby that I had already seen online and knew would be perfect for this style. The pockets are a polka dot chambray also from Hobby Lobby. In this pattern, I measured XS bust, S waist, and XS hip. For the woven style, I chose to make a straight Small since this was my non-stretch version and the elasticized waist would create a fitted look.

I did not color-block either of my versions. I used the full top for the bodice (no inserts). It was just the look I wanted for these two versions–and I’ll definitely be sewing more to try out the color-blocking.

 

The fit turned out perfect in woven; and I was right–I lived in this at the beach. The style is classy yet modest…and definitely mom-approved!

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Woven Sewing Tip: Because we don’t have the grace of stretch when sewing with wovens, there are a few tricks to get a perfect fit when connecting the bodice to the skirt. My skirt ended up being wider than my bodice, and this could have been for several reasons (my pocket placement, seam allowance etc.). I simply used a basting stitch (longest stitch length on your machine) and slightly gathered my skirt before connecting it to my bodice (and before adding elastic). The gathering was minimal, and it didn’t affect the proceeding steps (creating the casing etc.).

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I also have tips for creating a nice, crisp “v” –and I’ll share those toward the end of the post.

Version 2: Knit

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For my knit version, I used single brushed poly “Herb” from Sly Fox Fabrics for the bodice,  “Joy” in sage single brushed poly for the skirt, and single brushed “Moss” for the pockets. Again, I didn’t use fabric from my stash. I had a vision, and I went with it!

For my knit version, I sewed a straight XS (measurements were XS bust, S waist, XS hip). I knew I had more leeway with knits; and I’d recommend this to others sewing the pattern as well: if you’re between sizes, choose larger for woven and smaller for knit.

 

I can’t say enough how awesome these pockets are with the gathered skirt style! I’m not even a big pocket user, but I want them for looks. I’m all about the pockets this season 🙌

 

Waistband Elastic Tip: As with any pattern, I recommend taking your elastic and circling it right around your waist. I do this every time to see what length is most comfortable (depending on where I’d like the elastic to sit). I ended up cutting my elastic about 1” shorter than the pattern recommendations.

“V” Neckline Tips: Lastly, I want to leave you with a few tips to get that crisp “V” neckline. This is another feature that I love about the pattern. I don’t sew enough v-necks, and they can be intimidating for many. This style uses a facing, so once we sew the facing, we flip it to the wrong side of the garment. If you’re new to v-styles, you’ll love this.

Step 1: Start stitching 1.5-2” from your “V”

Anytime I sew a “v,” I want my concentration to be on the most integral part–that center “v.” To ensure that I get the “v” right, I start stitching just before the “v” and then continue around the rest of the neckline. You can see where my presser foot is; this is where I’m beginning to stitch the facing.

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Next, per the tip in the pattern, when you get down to the “v” point, keep your presser foot down, pivot your needle to stitch straight forward, and use your hand-crank to crank two stitches forward. Then, with needle down, pivot again to face the other edge of your “v” and continue stitching the remainder of the neckline. Those couple stitches in the middle of the “v” allow the fabric to turn more easily with less bulge.

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Here is what the inside of my neckline looks like with the facing, before I’ve flipped it to the other side.

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Then, snip as close to that “v” as you can, without going through the stitches. I also snip one on each side as well. This eliminates bulge.

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Once we flip the facing to the wrong-side of the fabric, it’s time to topstitch. Again, I start near my “v” to keep my concentration on that center point. Otherwise, I can easily get lost in my sewing and might be careless by the time I get to the “v.”

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Once you’ve completed your Seaside Dresses, I want to see them! Be sure to share them in the Seamingly Smitten Facebook Group and use the hashtag #SeasideDress so we can easily find them!

Happy sewing!

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