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Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

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Welcome back friends!

I'm really excited to share with you the holiday outfits I made for my daughter and myself this year! We will be wearing these every chance we get, but especially to the Christmas service at our church!

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

I LOVE that my 8 year old thinks it's cool to match with me. I'll ride that train for as long as I can. 😊

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

The matching fabric I used for our skirts is from Minerva, John Kaldor Floral Print Slinky Satin Dress Fabric. This is a really gorgeous print, and I'm so happy with how our outfits turned out!

When I finally got this fabric in my hands, my original idea went out the door because it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I ended up pondering long and hard about what to make before settling on this outcome! I've shared the whole story in the Minerva post, so you'll have to stay tuned for that in the new year! 😊

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

The fabric is really lightweight and is perfect for gathers, like on both of our skirts! It's also pretty sheer to wear on the bottom, so I lined both Olivia's dress and my skirt with Posh Lining Fabric in Black from JOANN.

The patterns I used are the Caroline Party Dress for Olivia; the Sheridan Sweater by Hey June Handmade for my top, and the Cleo Skirt for my skirt.

I made this Sheridan Sweater before the pattern was completely done testing, so the "hacks" that I did to it are actually now pattern options. YAY!!!! for having all the work already done for you!

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

For this version, I sized down one from my original tester version and since the fabric I used doesn't have as much stretch, the fit it a lot more slim and for this outfit it's perfect!

I decided to crop the sweater so that I could tuck the band into my skirt waistband and I just love how it all turned out!

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

The fabric for my Sheridan Sweater was rescued from my stash, but originally came from JOANN as well. I held onto it for several years just waiting for the right holiday make to come along, and I'm so glad it finally did!

I love the bit of sparkle in the fabric, and the base color couldn't have been more perfect to pair with my Cleo Skirt!

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

I made a size small in the Cleo Skirt with no alterations at all. I chose the midi-length and inseam pockets. To line the skirt, I simply made a second skirt using the skirt panel pattern pieces, shortening at the bottom a few inches, then gathered and attached both the main and the lining skirt pieces to the waistband and hemmed both skirts individually.

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

The fabric for the bodice of Olivia's dress is from JOANN, Casa Collection Super Shine Metallic Fabric in Gold. It was such a good match to bring just the right amount of sparkle to her Christmas dress!

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

This is the second Caroline Party Dress I've made for her and we both love the pattern so much! The full lining makes it feel very luxurious, both to look at and according to her, to wear!

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

Her measurements put her exactly in a size 8, but I sized up to a 10 for longer wear. I made a size 8 for her last year Christmas and it fits like a glove this year, so I wanted her to be able to wear it for more than just a month out of this year!

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

LINKS:

Caroline Party Dress
Cleo Skirt
Sheridan Sweater - Hey June Handmade

Floral skirt fabric - MINERVA
Sweater fabric - JOANN (no longer available)
Dress bodice fabric - JOANN
Lining fabric - JOANN

Mommy + Me Holiday Outfits // Cleo Skirt + Caroline Party Dress

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Sheridan Sweater // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Sheridan Sweater // Sewing For Women

Happy, happy, Tuesday, friends!!

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I am so thrilled to finally be sharing my Sheridan Sweater with you! I tested this pattern and it's instantly true love.

Sheridan Sweater // Sewing For Women

Because who doesn't love cozy sweaters to wear in the winter!??? Bonus because it's cute as can be and has some really cute details!!

Sheridan Sweater // Sewing For Women

(From the listing) The sweater includes two views with several options.
View A has a crew neck, and view B features a built-up bateau neckline, similar to a wide mock turtleneck. Both views have the option for a regular banded length, cropped banded length, or cropped hem length. Sleeve styles include a cuffed bishop sleeve or an elasticated bishop sleeve, or a simple wide bell sleeve.
Sheridan Sweater // Sewing For Women

I made View A in the regular banded length with cuffed bishop sleeves. I made a straight size 8 with no adjustments, based on my measurements of B:36, W:29, H:38; 5'3" tall. To wear with jeans, I would shorten the bodice length next time, but this works really well with leggings as is!

Sheridan Sweater // Sewing For Women

The fabric I used is tri-blend stretch french terry from Imagine Gnats. The color is rose-brown, but currently only in stock in green mist. I also used the matching ribbing for the neckband and cuffs.

Sheridan Sweater // Sewing For Women

This sweater is so impossibly cozy, I know I'll be sewing quite a few more using more fabric from my giant stash soon! I don't know about you, but the sleeves are what sell me on this pattern. And they are so comfy to wear, as well!

Sheridan Sweater // Sewing For Women

I made another immediately after this one, with some hacks, so stay tuned for that post tomorrow!

In the mean-time, I'll be wearing this constantly. When it's not in the wash! πŸ˜‰ (It is today, and I'm sad...)

Sheridan Sweater // Sewing For Women

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*My earrings are old and I couldn't find anything the same size, but linked to a very similar pair with a smaller circumference*

Paloma Pants + Monroe Turtleneck // Sewing For Women

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Paloma Pants + Monroe Turtleneck // Sewing For Women

Hi friends!! I have missed this space!

Life is a little crazy busy, in a good way, lately. I haven't had as much time to work on blog posts, but the sewing hasn't stopped. There is a backlog waiting to be shared!

Paloma Pants + Monroe Turtleneck // Sewing For Women

But first in the queue, and one that I'm excited to share with you, is this new pattern by a new-to-me pattern designer! Coralie Bijasson is a French pattern designer and also translates her instructions into English. She reached out to see if I'd like to sew the new pattern, the Paloma Pants, that released in October and I definitely said yes!

I have been on a wide-leg pants kick lately, if you remember these Crew Trousers I made a couple of months ago...

Paloma Pants + Monroe Turtleneck // Sewing For Women

This pattern is pretty similar in a lot of ways, but ends up looking quite different!

Since I was working with a brand new-to-me designer, I decided to first sew up a muslin, but to use a fabric that I could finish if things turned out well. Things definitely turned out well!! So I present to you, my muslin, turned completely wearable garment!

Since the sizing is in centimeters, I had to do some google conversions to choose which size to make. I ended up making a straight size 40, based on my measurements of W:29", H:38".

Paloma Pants + Monroe Turtleneck // Sewing For Women

Before cutting into any fabric, I made a quick muslin of the waistband, since this is typically the place I have the most trouble fitting since my waist is normally a size larger than my hips. The waistband fit pretty well! I ended up taking just a slightly smaller seam allowance on my final version and the fit is absolutely perfect.

Paloma Pants + Monroe Turtleneck // Sewing For Women

As with most pants patterns, I made some adjustments to these to fit my body. I preemptively shortened the rise 1/2" on the front only. It is very common for me to have to shorten the front rise and not the back. Secondly, I adjusted the length of the pants to be between the full length version and the cropped version. Since the pants are straight below the knee this is super easy to make them whatever length you'd like!

Paloma Pants + Monroe Turtleneck // Sewing For Women

I sewed everything together with those few changes and tried them on! I had to baste the waistband on and sew in the zipper to assess the rise properly. After trying them on it was obvious I definitely needed to take out quite a bit more in the rise.

Paloma Pants + Monroe Turtleneck // Sewing For Women

Since my pants were already cut and assembled, and everything else fit really well, I simply made this adjustment by removing length from the top of the pants and reattaching it to the waistband.

However, the changes I made to the pattern for the next time are: Removed 3/8" of length through the back rise and side seams, gradually increasing to remove a total of 3/4" from the center front rise.

Other than that, there were no changes made and I'm super pleased with my swishy pants!

Paloma Pants + Monroe Turtleneck // Sewing For Women

The fabric is from Joann's and is from their linen-look selection. I believe the contents are majority polyester blended with some rayon.

My top is a Monroe Turtleneck (a FREE pattern!!). It was another first time sew for me, and it will definitely not be the last!! I could seriously fill up my closet with these for winter!

Paloma Pants + Monroe Turtleneck // Sewing For Women

The fabric for my Monroe is the most delicious and drapey modal rib knit from Imagine Gnats Shop. It's so dreamy to wear! I did struggle with hemming it though! It was my own fault, because I was trying really hard to maintain it's extreme stretch for my sleeve hems since I like to pull my sleeves up on my arms a lot.

I decided to try to forgo any stabilizer and I definitely do not recommend that idea. ;) I did end up using HeatnBond SoftStretch Lite {aff link} and it worked really well, and did keep most of the stretch intact!

I have a full post about hemming knits HERE, and I followed the same steps, but altered a bit for my fabric. Since serging the raw edges tends to restrict the stretch, I actually lightly stretched out my fabric as I serged. It did ripple a lot while doing this, but I was able to steam it back into shape. Then I applied the stabilizer and hemmed using a triple zig-zag stitch with stretch thread in the bobbin.

I'm loving my new outfit so much!!

Paloma Pants + Monroe Turtleneck // Sewing For Women

Leopard Print Union St. Sweater // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Leopard Print Union St. Sweater // Sewing For Women

Hello friends!!

I am in love with my new Hey June pattern-mashup! The Union St Tee is a definite staple pattern in my stash. I love using it to make regular tees of all kinds, but it's so easy to hack as well!! Click HERE to see all the versions I've blogged in the past!

{For a full link list - scroll to the bottom of the post}

Leopard Print Union St. Sweater // Sewing For Women

Today I'm showing you only one of four Union St. Tees that I have made in the past few weeks. You saw my DIY Ciao Tee on the blog a couple of weeks ago, now here is one of the three versions I hacked/mashed with other Hey June Patterns!

This sweater was of course inspired, #sewrtwstyle, and I was mimicking a J.Crew version. Which is now sold out of course, but not for those of us who sew! πŸ˜‰


This hack is so simple! I used my size medium tee pattern, crew-neck, long-sleeve options. Then I printed out a size medium hem band and sleeve cuffs from the Halifax Hoodie pattern.

Leopard Print Union St. Sweater // Sewing For Women

To mash the patterns together, I simply shortened the shirt and sleeve hems to account for the added hem bands.

I would make a couple of small changes next time, one is to keep the sleeves a bit longer. 1 - 1 1/2 inches would be good, since when moving my arms around they tend to creep up on my wrists a bit. I guess I like my sleeves to be a little extra long. 😊

Leopard Print Union St. Sweater // Sewing For Women

The other thing I would do is to narrow the hem band a little more. I didn't compare the measurements of the hoodie bodice to the tee bodice, and I'm guessing if I would have the tee would be narrower.

Leopard Print Union St. Sweater // Sewing For Women

I also used a very lightweight rib knit for the hem band, which contributed to it being looser than I would have liked. Yes, I could probably unpick it and resew, but... 😏 If it bothers me enough, I will fix it, don't worry! But for now, I'm okay with it!

Leopard Print Union St. Sweater // Sewing For Women

I can see, however, if I decide to layer shirts under, that I would like for it to be more fitted. So now, I think I'm talking myself into fixing it! πŸ˜† Stay tuned. Lol.

Leopard Print Union St. Sweater // Sewing For Women

The fabric I used is from fabric.com {Telio Knit Knack Sweater Knit - affiliate link}. I just absolutely loved the print!! It's so good in person. It has decent stretch and really great recovery. I pre-washed and dried the fabric and it held up great! I've worn it for an entire day and I see no signs of pilling, especially under the arms, where things tend to pill the quickest.

I definitely grabbed enough to make at least one more thing with it, and I can't wait to get it sewn up soon!

Leopard Print Union St. Sweater // Sewing For Women

The rib knit is from Walmart, and was on one of the 5yds for $5 bolts, so expect to see more of this too! πŸ˜ƒ

I think I've covered all the details, but be sure to contact me if you have any more questions!

Leopard Print Union St. Sweater // Sewing For Women
LINKS:
*Thank you for using my affiliate links! It allows the wheels to keep turning on this blog!*

Patterns:

Sweater Fabric:
  • Telio Knit Knack Brushed Sweater Knit Animal Print Brown - fabric.com
  • This particular fabric is also available in quite a few solid colors as well as a grey version of this print and a gray snake print which I love too!! Click HERE to view them all!
  • And if your order is not enough to get you to free shipping and you hate to pay shipping like I do πŸ˜‰, here it is on Amazon!
Shoes: No longer available, but linked similar options below: *Can we talk about the leopard accent keds??? 😍*



Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

Happy Thursday, friends!

I'm so excited to share with you my brand new Crew Trousers!! This is the latest pattern by Chalk & Notch, just released this week. The pattern is on sale through Tuesday, 10/15, no code needed!

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

The pattern comes in two variations, a tapered trouser length, and a loose fitting short.

Features of the pattern include:

  • Front pleats
  • Back Darts
  • Optional belt-loops and waist tie
  • Front Slant Pockets
  • Side Lapped Zipper with waistband closure; choose between hook & eye and buttons
  • Lengthen and Shorten lines included on the pattern in several places
Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

The instructions for this pattern are exceptional, like we know from all of Gabriela's patterns. Her interactive pdf is great for jumping from section to section if you need to find something specific in the instructions. She has also created a few very helpful videos for some of the trickier steps in the construction, such as the lapped zipper, but I have to say, the written instructions and illustrations are wonderful as well! 

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

She also has a very helpful fitting post on her blog HERE.

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

I was privileged to be one of the testers for this pattern, but even if I wasn't testing I would have taken the time to muslin a pattern like this. I'm so, SO glad I muslined it first. 

According to the size chart I am a size 6 hip, and 8 waist. So for my muslin, I graded between the two sizes, and kept the length as is so I could determine exactly how much length I needed to remove.

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

The muslin fit very well from the beginning. The hips fit well, and the waist fit well, but I discovered I needed a little bit more room in the high hip area just below my waist. I also needed to remove 1/2" of length from the front rise, but not the back. This is typical for me.

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

I also needed to remove 1 1/2" in length from the legs to get the hem to hit me at the intended length, which is cropped just above the ankle.

I'm so glad I have this data from my muslin, because when I made it up in my fashion fabric, it ended a completely different size! 

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

I used the most delicious Caramel Silky Viscose/Linen Noil from Imagine Gnats. I purchased this fabric with this exact style of pants in mind, and in the end it is exactly what I was hoping for!

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

However, this fabric grows exponentially when sewing it into a pair of pants! Even with all of my adjustments to my pattern before cutting, I ended up taking in the hips, and removing a HUGE amount of length from the crotch. It was so low, it was comical. For some reason I didn't take any pictures at that stage, but I really wish I would have!

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

After these photos, I actually decided to remove another 1/2" from the crotch and I also took in each leg 1/2" through the inseam all the way down to the hem. Like I said, this fabric grew and grew! I even washed them in the washer and dryer just to make sure it wouldn't shrink and that I wasn't removing too much.

Even after removing all of that length from the crotch, the hem still ended up being too long. So rather than cutting off from the bottom of the pant, I decided to hem and then cuff.

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

Y'all. This is a hack I was planning to make on a future version, but I've gotta say. I'm so happy it worked out with this pair, because it's one of my favorite details!! Next time I will construct it a bit differently, but this is the overall look I was after, and I love it.

But I've gotta say, all of the details on this pair of pants are pretty great!! I mean, just look at that lapped zipper and tiny buttons on the waistband! Swoon.

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

So as I'm sure you can tell. I'm over the moon about my Crew Trousers. This style of pants is new to me, but I can't wait to wear them all fall! I've got so many ideas of ways I want to style them. And you can't beat the comfort.

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

You may be asking based on my thoughts above, would you make them again in this fabric? The answer is YES. I'm absolutely thrilled with the outcome. That COLOR. 😍 Next time though, I would definitely size down my pattern before cutting into it. The waistband even turned out a little large, even though I had block fused my interfacing to it before cutting. It just grew. The waist tie helps with keeping it in place, but I would size down at least one size for the whole pattern if I used this fabric again.

Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review

I hope these tips are all helpful, and be sure to check out the Chalk & Notch blog for more fitting tips and inspiration!

Pattern & Fabric:


Crew Trousers // Sewing For Women // Sewing Pattern Review



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