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Make It Mine // Waterfall Tour // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

Hi everyone! Welcome to Day 1 of the Make It Mine Women's Waterfall Tour!


  1. There is a seriously awesome prize to be won for following the tour, so be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter the rafflecopter!
  2. There is also a link up with a great fabric & sewing kit prize. All you have to do is sew up a Women's or Girl's Waterfall and link up to THIS post. Who doesn't want free fabric & notions!?
Today's Tour Theme is "Day Look". Being a mom to 3 littles, my day looks require loads of comfort and hopefully a little style. Enter soft, drapey, french terry & lightweight sweater knit. Swoon. Add a fedora, jeans + tennies and I'm ready to head to the zoo, the museum, anywhere really, with my crew.

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

To achieve this somewhat different look to the Women's Waterfall, I ended up with a bit of a pattern hack. But a very simple one! 

Oh, I also need to note that I sized down one size in the bodice for this version. I kept the sleeves my regular size, because, chubby arms. But for me personally, this fit is fantastic and I'll be repeating this size combo in the future!

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

To start off, I lengthened the bodice by 2 inches. For reference I am 5'3". Then I shortened the ruffle by 6 (yes, six) inches and took out the ruffle part. To do this, I walked the ruffle pattern piece along the bottom edge of the bodice pattern piece to determine how much to take off. Then, using my clear ruler, measured up from the bottom of the ruffle, 6 inches, making marks every so often and then redrawing the curve. I then cut this out and had my new pattern piece. Next, I cut out 4 (instead of 2 as per pattern) of the new band pieces, sewed the bottom edges together with a 1/4" SA, flipped them right sides out and sewed with raw edges aligned to the bottom of the bodice pieces. Easy peasy!

Here is a look at what my new pattern piece looks like:

I am seriously, maybe just a little ridiculously, in love with my new top.

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

I absolutely love how the hem curves with this top and I love the clean lines it creates without the ruffle.

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

So let's dish about the fabric I used for this. It is a super soft, lightweight french terry from LA Finch Fabrics. The drape and soft feel of this fabric is for real amazing. I know I will be wearing this top so much in the coming months, and I'm considering ordering some more for a spring dress for myself. I'm also planning a matching dress for my daughter with the scraps from this project. That's really how much I love it!!

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

Cardigans are a huge staple in my wardrobe and I love the Waterfall paired with one, so I had to make a new one to specifically coordinate with it! It was serendipitous. I had these 2 fabrics in my stash, the french terry only a month or two, but the sweater knit for nearly a year, they were definitely meant to be together! 

Do you see how those pinks match up!? Sorry guys, I haven't been this thrilled with a me-made outfit in a while, I can't help it. Lol!

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

I used the Eleanor Cardigan pattern for this sweater. It's a lovely, oversized, simple cardigan with 2 length options. I went with the hip length and took 2 inches off, because, short. The sleeves are still plenty long, I took an inch off and hemmed an inch, but I may go back and chop off some more. I also sized down one size from the size chart because I knew this fabric would "grow" some. I really loved the simplicity of the pattern and how quickly and easily it came together. I'm sure there will be more in my future!

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

The fabric for the cardigan is from Girl Charlee, I bought it about a year ago, but they still have it available (here) on their website, it is on their slightly flawed list, but at a fantastic price! The only word of caution I have for you is to be very careful with your iron temperature! I had mine at about half temp and had a slight melting incident! Thankfully it was on the inside and very minor, but, just a tip to be cautious with the iron :)

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

Thanks so much for reading! I'll leave you with a few more pics and then don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom and link up to this post (HERE) for more prizes!

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour

Women's Waterfall Raglan Pattern // Make It Mine Tour


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Patterns:
  • Size Sewn: 
    • Top - 4 bodice, 6 sleeves
    • Cardigan - XSmall
  • Changes Made:
    • Top: Lengthened bodice 2 inches. Created new band at the bottom, instead of ruffle (see post for details and pic)
    • Cardigan: Hip length - shortened 2 inches, sized down one size because of very drapey open weave fabric.
Fabric:
Jeans: Target (similar)
Fedora: Target
Shoes: cheap, but these are on their way as replacements!

Project Sew It // Toaster Sweater // Sewing For Women

Friday, February 3, 2017

Toaster Sweater // Sewing For Women

Have you heard of #projectsewit? It's a fun movement started by the fabulous Celina of Petit A Petit + Family, challenging sewists everywhere to sew at least one garment a month. Whether it be for ourselves or our kids. This year she made the challenge even more fun with a theme to go with each month. January's theme was SWEATERS. 

This also coordinates with another challenge that took Instagram by storm; #sewmystyle. Each month there is a featured pattern and the idea is that if you make each one, you will have a small capsule wardrobe at the end of the year.

I've jumped in to play along with each challenge! I'm not sure I'll be sewing every pattern included in Sew My Style, but I'm hoping to be able to sew the same type of garment each month. For example: February's pattern is a cardigan, I'm not planning to make that exact pattern, but I'm planning to sew a different cardigan pattern.

All that explaining, brings me to the sweater I'm here to talk about today! It is one piece that ticked the box for both of the challenges. Yay!

Toaster Sweater // Sewing For Women

Having made the Toaster Sweater #2 before, I knew that I wanted to make it again in a different type of fabric. This time I chose a lightweight sweater knit with a fun sparkly stripe from Stylish Fabric

Toaster Sweater // Sewing For Women

I sewed the same size as my previous version, which is one size down from where the size chart put me. I also lengthened the pattern by 2 inches. It is perfection. I'm totally in love with this version!!

Toaster Sweater // Sewing For Women

I can definitely see myself sewing even more of this pattern. Not to mention I still have to sew up version #1! Also the mash-ups between the 2 that are showing up are amazeballs. I have many more Toaster Sweaters to sew up, that is for sure!

Toaster Sweater // Sewing For Women

This sweater knit is very thin and lightweight (I may have been a little cold during this shoot :)), I think it will be a perfect early spring piece! I can't wait to pair it with shorts or capris. I will say though that it snags very easily. I didn't have any problems while sewing it, but just wearing it for the shoot and then carrying my tripod into the house, under my arm, it snagged in a couple places. I'll have to be careful when wearing it!

Toaster Sweater // Sewing For Women

The sparkle of the sweater was hard to photograph, but it's there! It has some metallic gold threads woven in with some blue as well. Totally pretty. Totally up my alley!

Toaster Sweater // Sewing For Women

Toaster Sweater // Sewing For Women

Toaster Sweater // Sewing For Women


Toaster Sweater // Sewing For Women

So there is my completed January challenge piece! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll probably know January was a rough one, with sickness and winter blues. February is already feeling much better, and I'm praying the crazy sickness bugs leave us alone for the rest of the season! :) I've got fun plans for February and already a good jump on the projects, yay!!!

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Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

If you saw my post last week about the original Waterfall Raglan pattern for girls, it should come as no surprise that the women's version of this pattern is just as fabulous!! And it is now available for purchase! You can find it at UpCraft Club, or in the Chalk and Notch shop.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

The women's pattern comes with the same options as the girl's version. It includes 3 sleeve lengths, an optional chest pocket, and a top or dress option.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

The pattern is designed to cover the front rise, and dips slightly lower in the back to cover the bum as well.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

It is semi-fitted through the bust and fitted in the sleeves.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

The construction is straightforward, and as always, Gabriela's instructions and illustrations in the pattern are top-notch. She suggested putting elastic into the sleeve seams and I opted to do just that, because the fabric I chose is super stretchy, and in past experience I have found rayon-spandex to stretch out if kept on a hanger. This was the only tricky bit to the whole thing, but with just a little practice, that will be no problem. (As in, don't stretch the elastic as you're sewing it in! I didn't realize I was doing this until I finished. Oops.) 

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

I really wasn't quite sure how I was going to like this design on my frame, but turns out, I love it! In fact, every one I have seen is very flattering to the wearer. To be honest, I have never found a truly flowy top that I found flattering on me, but something about this top is different. I think the weight of the ruffle pulling the top portion down helps to keep it from seeming so overwhelming. Plus, I need more tops to wear with skinnier jeans. I can't wait to sew up my next version with just a few tweaks!

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

The fabric, as I've mentioned is a very drapey and stretchy rayon-spandex, and because of this I took 1.5" out of the length to get the intended fit. I'm 5'3" for reference. In a less stretchy fabric I would probably leave the pattern as is.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

This lovely fabric is Rayon Spandex Luxe Teal from LA Finch Fabrics. It's some of the yummiest rayon-spandex I have used! It's sooooo soft! And it sews like butter. Despite being super stretchy, it has amazing recovery! It does not get stretched out when sewing, and the neckband is perfection, no stretching there either.

Women's Waterfall Raglan // NEW Pattern Release // Sewing For Women

Summary:

Top Pattern: Women's Waterfall Raglan
  • Size sewn: 6
  • Did you sew the size recommended in the pattern based on your measurements? Yes
  • Changes made? Shortened length 1.5" - my height is 5'3"
  • Options: Long Sleeve, Top version,
Fabric: Rayon Spandex Luxe Teal (from LA Finch Fabrics)

Necklace: DIYed with supplies from Hobby Lobby
Jeans: Target
Booties: Target

Cuff Pants & Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Friday, January 13, 2017

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Welcome to the blog, Little Buddy!! 

I just organized a bunch of my photo mess collection on my computer and was devastated to realize that I had almost no video of this little man from the past year! Then it dawned on me that they are all on my phone. Whew. In fact he is the star of the show on my phone's sd card. BUT. I made it another 2017 goal to get out my big camera more and take photos and videos of my kiddos, because I just like having better lit photos than my phone can produce. Especially of this little one, who as of late, seems to be growing right before my eyes!!

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Turns out, I just so happened to finish up a little outfit for him last night, so I took advantage of our little photo shoot to benefit the blog as well ;)

What he is wearing is a pair of Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants and a Titchy Threads Rowan Tee.

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

I finally sized him up to the next size in the Cuff Pants from the first time I made him several pairs, over a year ago! This pattern gets a lot of mileage, Woo! But really, so does the Rowan Tee. This is actually the first Rowan I've made for him, but he's been in the same size Safari Raglan (also a TT pattern, and the sizing is the same) for over a year as well and the sizing is still great for him. 

Both patterns are made in size 12-18 month. For the next Rowan Tee, I will narrow the neckline. I'm not sure if it's because of the fabrics I chose, but it is plenty wide on him.

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Both fabrics I used are from LA Finch Fabrics. The pants are a french terry remnant that I built an order for, just so I could snatch it up! The shirt fabric is an absolutely scrumptious baby rib knit. It is seriously so thick and soft, I just want to snuggle up with him in it! And smoosh his cheeks. But that's every day anyway, so...

The neckband ribbing is one I've had in my stash for ages. I love the pop of color against the near neutrals so much!

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

Brindille & Twig Cuff Pants + Titchy Threads Rowan Tee // Sewing For Boys

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Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

I fell in love with the Waterfall Raglan pattern by Chalk and Notch right from the start. I fell **Head.Over.Heels** with the stretch velvet versions popping up everywhere. Since I don't have 2 girls of my own to sew matching things for, I took advantage of the opportunity to sew matching cousin dresses instead!

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

Oh my goodness, I just about can't handle the cute!!

The Waterfall Raglan is another fantastic pattern from Gabriela. It has a gathered ruffle hem, 3 sleeve options (short, 3/4, long), and top or dress length.

For my 12 month old niece (who wears 18-24mo RTW), I made the pattern size 12-18 month. The fit of both dresses is spot on.

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

O's dress is a size 4 with size 5 length based on her measurements. The fit is perfection.

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

I just really love the easy comfortable design of this pattern. That ruffle hem gives it just the right amount of special, and because it can be sewn in such a huge variety of knits and prints it is extremely versatile! Not to mention all the options, it's perfect for every season and every occasion.

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

The fabric I used for the dresses is Eggplant Stretch Velvet from Stylish Fabrics. This was my first time sewing with this type of fabric and it was a great experience! I struggled a little bit getting my fabric lined up for cutting until I discovered if folded right sides together, the nap "grabs" against itself and stays put! From there it was easy going. Here is a fabulous post on sewing with velvet that I would recommend reading. It is a little bit delicate, especially if using an iron. But as far as washing, I prewashed in cold water and tumble dried. Since sewing, I machine wash the dress in cold water and air dry flat. Just to preserve the life of the fabric. Don't shy away from this substrate! It is absolutely lovely.

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

Waterfall Raglan Dresses // Sewing For Girls

Just because the glitz of the holidays is over, doesn't mean this dress is getting stashed away. It's perfect for winter Sundays! However, I can't wait to sew a bunch more of these, especially tops, to wear with leggings and jeans!

**I made this little set, also for my niece, for her 1st birthday. Eep! Just fuels the fire for making a ton more of these!**

Waterfall Raglan Top, Go To Leggings // Sewing For Girls


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