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Evans Blazer Style Session // Fashion For Women

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

This post may contain affiliate links. All reviews and opinions are my own.



Happy Tuesday, friends!!

I am so excited to be here with a slightly different kind of post today! Over on Instagram, my good friend Teri and I are teaming up to bring you each a style session showcasing our newly finished Evans Blazers.

You can check out our videos on IGTV by clicking HERE! We each styled the blazer 6 different ways, so you have a huge selection of styles to glean ideas from!

I decided to write this post to provide you with sources for everything from all 6 of my looks! Happy reading and clicking!

LOOK #1:

It sure is hard to pick, but I think Look #1 might be my favorite! I love the pairing of a graphic tee with heels. Maybe not super practical for my mom-life, but for girls' night or date night, I'm all in!! :)

LOOK #2:
Nikko Top // Scarf (similar) // Bag (similar) // Ash Jeans - Fabric: Stretch Modal Denim from Joann (no longer available) // Booties

LOOK #3:
Portia Woven Top (Blogged HERE) // Round Woven Bag (similar) // Cali Demi Boot Jeans (Mine are sold out - linked to current styles) // Sock Booties (similar) (similar)

Again with the favorites! But Look #3 is in the Top 3, for me. I love simple, and this outfit has all those simple pieces that are elevated by little details. My fave.

LOOK #4:

Union St Tee (hacked - blog coming soon!) // High Rise Skinny Jeans (similar) (similar) // Crossbody Bag (Similar Black) (Gray) // Suede Block Heels (similar)

Well, here's the third favorite in my personal Top 3. What can I say? Animal print has my heart right now! And in a bold black & white it is just perfect paired with the navy blazer.

LOOK #5:
Lightweight Ribbed Sweater Tee (sold out) // High Rise Skinny Jeans (similar) (similar) // Pink Crossbody Bag (similar) (similar) // Leopard Print Loafers

LOOK #6:
Trevi Top (Mash-up; blogged HERE) // Scarf (similar) // Crossbody Bag (Similar Black) (Gray) // High Rise Slim Boy Jean (Mine are sold out - linked to current in stock styles) // Woven Mules - Black sold out (similar) (similar)

There you have it! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and for shopping my links. I appreciate you so much!!




Evans Blazer // Sewing For Women

Friday, September 20, 2019

This post may contain affiliate links. All reviews and opinions are my own.


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

Links: 

Sewing: 
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)
Pattern Suggestions to recreate my outfit:

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’•
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