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Evans Blazer // Sewing For Women

Friday, September 20, 2019

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Evans Blazer Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

I had the exciting privilege to test the newest pattern from Hey June Handmade! Please welcome the Evans Blazer!

So many of Adrianna's patterns are staples in my wardrobe, and this classic blazer pattern for knit fabrics is joining those ranks as well!

Evans Blazer Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

The Evans Blazer pattern includes two views, View A as you can see here, is a very classic blazer style with darts, welt pockets, and a front button closure. This view is intended for sturdy and structured knits, such as ponte, sweatshirt fleece, and double knits.

Evans Blazer Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

View B is more of a cardigan style blazer, with a cascading front lapel, no button closure, and is intended for much more drapey knits.

The sewing went really well during this make. Adrianna's instructions are clear and easy to follow, as always. She guides you through each step and you just need to follow along with confidence to produce a lovely end product!

Evans Blazer Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

The only time I needed to pull out my trusty seam ripper was during the under-stitching of the collar facing. I just got myself turned around, since you have to switch sides at the break point where the collar folds back onto itself. Totally my fault, and not the instructions!

For sizing, I graded between 3 sizes. My upper bust put me in a size 10, my bust and waist in size 8, and my hips a size 6. Hello, inverted triangle. 😏

Evans Blazer Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

I decided to grade between all of these sizes for the best possible fit. I made the size 10 in the shoulders and sleeves, since I was most concerned about it being too snug in those areas. In the end, I could have definitely gone with a straight size 8 down to the hips as the shoulders are a bit wide and the sleeves have plenty of room. Overall, though, I am super super happy with the fit! I can't believe how tailored a knit blazer can look!

I did the tiniest sway back adjustment using the center back seam. A center back seam is so nice for this reason!

Evans Blazer Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

This fabric is Mini Diamond Quilted Jacquard Knit that I purchased from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I don't know the exact contents, but I'm pretty sure it's 100% polyester, which makes this a very warm blazer that will be perfect for this winter!

Evans Blazer Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

The fabric was quite easy to sew and pressed surprisingly well. I was a little worried about how the welt pockets would turn out with such a lofty knit, but they turned out absolutely perfect! I did edge-stitch the top of the pocket to keep it from falling down onto itself, but otherwise it was not a problem at all.

Evans Blazer Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

I also was undecided about adding a button since I will probably wear it open most of time. However, in the end I decided to add it, and chose a very fun herringbone patterned, faux wood button.

I did manage to sew the buttonhole to the wrong side of the jacket, but I'm hoping no one will notice! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†

Evans Blazer Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

Sweater blazers are a hot item in fashion right now, and I love that I have the option to make my own with this pattern! I would love to make a menswear inspired blazer next!

Evans Blazer Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

Between this and the Fulton Sweater Blazer pattern, all of my fashion dreams are coming true! πŸ˜„

Have you sewn a sweater blazer yet? I definitely recommend! It's not as tricky as you might think.

Evans Blazer Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

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Outfit: all items are from my closet and older pieces, I have linked to similar items.
  • Shirt - Old Navy (similar HERE and HERE)
  • Necklace - Target
  • Pants - Target
  • Boots - Zulily (linked to similar from Amazon - HERE)
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Victory Tank // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Victory Tank Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

Hello, friends!

I am over at Imagine Gnats today, talking all about my new Victory Tank! It is such a good one, and I'm absolutely smitten with the fabric and the color.

Victory Tank Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

The tank is fully lined, and I also used lining fabric from the shop as well. You don't want to miss this one! I cannot recommend this pattern and all fabrics I used enough!

Victory Tank Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

Click HERE to read the full post and I forgot to mention the best part... The back detail is everything. 😍

Victory Tank Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

Victory Tank Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

Victory Tank Pattern Review // Sewing For Women

*The materials for this post were sponsored by Imagine Gnats, all opinions expressed are my own*

MNMini Eucalypt // Sewing For Girls

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

Hi friends!  Megan Nielsen has just released a pair of Mini patterns, and I was a tester for the Mini Eucalypt Tank.

MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

I love the mini-me versions of Megan's grown-up patterns! It provides for some seriously fun opportunities for mom-and-me matching!

MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

I had already sewn a Eucalypt Tank of my own when Megan asked if I'd like to test the Mini version, so of course I had to take advantage and sew us both one because I knew I already loved the pattern!

MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

And as luck would have it, I had a piece of fabric hiding in my stash JUST big enough for me to squeeze both of these tanks out of it. I had to use some contrast bias binding on Olivia's tank to make it work, but it was so worth it!

MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

The Mini Eucalypt Tank is exactly a shrunken down version of the adult pattern. It includes all the same features, including a curved hemline, bias bound neckline and armholes, an option for center front and/or back seam, and the options of a tank or dress length. The seam allowances are also generous enough to allow for french seams, which is such a nice touch on children's garments!

MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

For both of our Eucalypt Tanks, I sewed the center front and back seams. This allowed me to get both tanks from the same piece of fabric. So it is a great stash buster!!

MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

I sewed a straight size 8 for my mini-me, in correspondence to her chest measurement. I think the fit is really great on her! For the final pattern, the neckline was raised slightly for more coverage. But even in the tester version, this tank offers more coverage than the few she has from rtw, so this pattern is a wonderful option to have on hand!


MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

The other pattern Megan just released is the Mini Cottesloe Swimsuit. EEK!! Stay tuned for that post soon! It is the tail end of summer here, but my girl is definitely going to get a new suit anyway! πŸ˜„

MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

I sewed the tank at the very beginning of summer, and it has gotten a ton of wear! I can see making this up in some fun fall/winter fabrics to layer under cardigans or over turtlenecks, wouldn't that be so cute! And of course she'll need a dress version too. πŸ˜‰

MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

The fabric is a cotton shirting that I purchased from JoAnn, YEARS ago. I made myself a top from it then, and I'm thanking past me for having bought enough for this project as well!

MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

   My tank is blogged HERE.

MNMini Eucalypt Tank/Dress Pattern // Sewing For Girls

Thanks for stopping by! We are loving our twinning looks! And I'll keep making them as for as long as she thinks they are still cool. πŸ’•

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style

Friday, August 23, 2019



Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

Hello friends!!

I am so happy to be sharing my #sewcialmashup make with you today!!

The full tutorial for mashing the Trevi Top & Taos Top patterns together is over on Imagine Gnats today, so hop over there to READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

**Sources and Links are included at the bottom of the post**

I wanted to share a bit more over here about why I love this top so much, and just a few simple ways to style a base outfit by switching out accessories and layering so that this one piece can be taken from #seasontoseason.

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

Season-to-season is a fun hashtag that my new IG friend, @BudgetandBrunch started using recently. She also happens to live in NC, and I love following her for outfit inspiration that relates a lot to the way I dress for the seasons here! The idea behind that hashtag is that you don't always need to SHOP or MAKE for each and every season. Instead, lets make/shop and build our closets with pieces that can be transitioned throughout the year. LOVE IT!

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

This Trevi/Taos Top is also #sewrtwstyle inspired... I mean... How many hashtags can I cover with one make? Lol. Not that I was trying, but it sure checks a lot of boxes!!



Now if I'm being honest; just seeing these images online would not have sparked any ideas or inspiration, but I saw it in person in store and just KNEW I had to make my own version using two of my favorite TNT patterns! Psst; I like my version better. πŸ˜‰

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

I also chose to make it in a beautiful creamy white, because I'm still building up my workhorse staple pieces in my wardrobe. I will always be doing this. Having a closet full of well-made, quality basics that work well together is a constant process. And that's just one reason why I love this craft so much!

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

Moving on to how I styled the top in this post. I kept the base outfit super simple. A pair of wide leg crop pants in a season-less color, and of course, the Trevi/Taos Top which also works as a season-less staple!

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

During these super hot, dog days, of summer, I keep things really simple with minimal accessories, like this woven circle bag and a pair of woven mules to pull the outfit together.

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

Transitioning into a little more fall appropriate look, I swapped out the circle bag for my Kelly Waist Bag (blogged HERE), a pair of heeled faux-suede mules, and added a hat for warmth and more depth to the outfit.

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

This outfit is absolutely perfect for fall days in NC. In the mornings it's cool and crisp, but in the afternoon we heat up into the 80s, so LOOKING like fall, but keeping the outfit cool enough so I'm not completely melting is key. πŸ˜‰

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

For those cool mornings, it super easy to throw on another layering piece to keep things cozy! And of course, easy to remove when it get warm again later in the day.

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

Chunky cardigans are my absolute favorite thing in cooler weather! I love layering them over tanks and shirts, and even layering under jackets for optimum warmth.

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

It's just as easy to throw on a denim jacket with this outfit as it is a cozy cardigan. I put on my Hampton Jean Jacket with this ensemble and was struck with just how "worth it" it is to put time and effort into making somewhat "boring" pieces!

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

It feels insanely good to wear the three pieces on top proudly, knowing that I worked on them with my own two hands and that they'll be with me for years to come!

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

I hope you enjoyed another styling session with me today!! Leave some feedback in the comments if you have a moment, I'd love to hear your thoughts! ~xoxo

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

Trevi/Taos #sewcialmashup // Summer to Fall Style // Sewing For Women // Style Session

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Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

Hello friends!!

Today I'm sharing a super fun project with you that is making my heart sing!! Belt bags, aka; a fancy new version of the fanny pack, are all the rage at the moment!

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

At first I was really unsure about them, but they've definitely grown on me and for the last few months I was really feeling a burning desire to have one of my own!

My favorite versions have been by Madewell, but Target also came out with a cute, and more affordable option which I happened to try on in the store. After trying it on, it was a done deal. I NEEDED one!

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

Enter in the Kelly Waist Bag pattern by Cristy of Love You Sew blog and Boutique. And best of all, my friends; it's a FREE PATTERN!!!

How generous of her, right!? Once I had my head spinning in the direction of fall sewing (see more about that HERE in my stories highlights), I made some hard and fast plans to make my own version of the Madewell belt bags, using this pattern, some leather from my stash, and just a few additional supplies.

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review
If you want a real life play-by-play on the making of this bag, you can check out the Belt Bag highlight in my saved stories on Instagram, HERE. There was some sweat, I don't cry about my sewing, but if I did, there may have been some tears, lol. And thankfully no blood.

The bag instructions are really great, and the sewing is truly a straightforward process, but working with leather can be a little tricky. Especially a heavier, thicker leather like I used here.

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

The leather is from The Leather Hide Store. I snagged a remnant piece from there many years ago (at least 5), after having been lucky enough to win a gift card that covered part of the cost. I will absolutely vouch for the quality of this leather (I've used it on quite a few projects over the years), and am considering purchasing another remnant piece soon!

When I bought my Bernina 350, also about 5 years ago, I had heard of a magical roller foot that was a must when sewing leather. So when I made my machine purchase, I also purchased this additional foot with the discount they offered.

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

The first step to making the belt bag is to assemble the inside pocket. So I diligently clipped the two pieces together with wonder clips as one does, and placed it under the #51 roller foot and started sewing. I was totally dismayed when I got halfway through the sewing and realized that the pieces had shifted terribly and my pocket was unacceptably crooked!

I'll just jump ahead in my story here and say that between the walking foot and the roller foot, the roller foot is indeed the better option, you just need to make sure the leather is well secured before trying to sew the pieces together.

Enter in this leathercraft cement. I picked this up because Cristy mentioned in the instructions that I would need a drop of leather glue at some point so I went ahead and bought this before I began my project.

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

This stuff was a true lifesaver! I found that when I ran a drop of glue along each seamline and then sewed on top, there was no shifting, and my stitching became a dream when paired with the roller foot!

I found this particular bottle at Hobby Lobby, it's also available on Amazon (HERE ~ affiliate), but if you can go to the store, and use a coupon, HL is your better deal!

Backing up a bit, I unfortunately decided that I would power through this project practically to the end using my walking foot, the glue, and top stitching thread. I made it work, as I pride myself in doing, ha! But there are places where the stitching skipped and it was just extremely difficult to get things to work out as they should have!

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

Am I disappointed in my work? No. I believe with this project I learned an incredible amount about what my machine can do, how to best work with thick leather, and the best tools that I need to accomplish it!

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

I have plans to make more Kelly Waist Bags in the future, and I anticipate the sewing to go much more smoothly the next time. I'm actually really, really excited to give it another go!

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

I took a few design liberties with my own belt bag. Probably most obviously, I sewed the bag with the raw edges of the seams on the outside of the bag rather than the inside. This was partly because I had a feeling my leather was too thick to handle turning right side out, but mainly because it's the look I was after.

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

I also stitched two small loops to the back rather than a long sleeve for a belt to pass through. Just some super simple changes, but that's the beauty of sewing for yourself. You can customize all you want!

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

I absolutely love this belt bag! It functions really well for my needs. I'm really surprised at how much it holds! I can easily fit my sun glasses, a pack of wipes (because; kids), my small card wallet (actually more than one will fit really well), and my phone! There's even enough space for a pack of fruit snacks, because; kids. πŸ˜‰

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

The inside pocket is such a great detail. I looooove me some pockets!!

I used a 10mm button post (bought on Amazon HERE -affiliate), which I think is slightly larger than the ones Cristy recommended. I couldn't find a leather hole punch that big, but I did find an 8mm one at Hobby Lobby. I tested it out on a scrap first to make sure the button would fit through the hole and it's perfect. I wouldn't change a thing!

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

There is a slight resistance, but the leather stretches over it nicely. I like that it doesn't slide over the button too easily, as I think it could potentially flop open on it's own if the hole were bigger.

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

Here is a final look at the inside of the pouch. I'll be sharing a post all about the small card wallet you see in the background as well, so stay tuned! It's another one of Cristy's patterns, and it's such a goodie!!

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

In summary, I made my bag using thick leather, topstitching thread in the top, regular thread in the bobbin, a leather needle, changing it about halfway through because I felt is was starting to dull, a walking foot (okay for 2 flat layers - such as the interior pocket, but not great over any more than that!), a roller foot, leathercraft cement (leather glue), leather hole punch, and a button stud.

Leather Belt Bag // Kelly Waist Bag Sewing Pattern Review

I think that covers it all!! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any more questions! Feel free to shoot me an email, or reach out on Instagram. I'm always hanging out over there! 

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