So Long Summer Blog Tour 2018

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Welcome to the Sew Long Summer blog tour. I am joining today to show you what I have been making for my younger daughter as we edge closer to the end of Summer.

Not only are we sewing bloggers are going to share with you how we say “Sew Long Summer” But we’ll be asking you to join in with a Social Sew too (read on to the bottom of the post for details and prizes) How fun is that?! I love sewing along with other people on a general themed topic.

Where we live it is now getting quite cool at night and in the morning but heats up by noon so it is time to make and wear pieces that can be layered into Autumn and Winter. With that in mind I knew I wanted a fairly basic but still cute top pattern to fill her shirt drawer with. And knowing I dislike making repetitive basics I knew it needed options so I could use one pattern and be done for this growth spurt.

When I was looking through the things I pinned to my style board for her on Pinterest she liked This Dress From Persnickety Clothing persnicketydre4ss

It is pretty dang cute right?! I actually bought an orange and pink stripe knit from Fabulace on Etsy and made her these first three for her birthday (the big #3! We skipped terrible twos and are now firmly in threenager mode) to somewhat mimic this dress.

 

 

This third one has little rainbow pastel hearts on white, it was harder then I thought to catch this one on camera.  I will admit though that doing three similar versions in the same fabric can get confusing when she wants to wear them back to back…or hauls a dirty one out to wear again before it hits the washer. This happens more frequently then I would like, but it does show that she loves them. That is always wonderful when you make something for someone else.

I knew she needed tops instead of dresses so I chose the Faux Layer Low Waist Top option of the Sew A Little Seam Blythe Top, Tunic, and Dress Pattern Blythe-Line-Drawings

It came together so smoothly I whipped up the first three for her birthday and when I came across some nice knit ladies shirts a couple days later I grabbed them up to refashion into 3 more Blythe’s for my little. And there is yet one more almost finished on my sewing machine right now…how many is to many? I am never quite sure myself.  I find refashioning quite joyful and love going to thrift stores to pick things out in fun fabrics I couldn’t get in yardage and combining them in fun ways. For example, one of the shirts I refashioned has cuffs that I kept and think look super cute-being able to keep details is great!SALSblytheSewLongSummerTour (6)

For all of the Blythe’s I have made so far I have used the bound neck keyhole option due to my kids being fairly tall and slender and having large heads so having that keyhole closure makes getting her dressed so much easier!

 

For both striped versions I didn’t have enough fabric in the shirts for the gathered skirt so I just added the length of the skirt so they are long enough and made the two A-line tops you see here. Equally as cute and comfortable. I think little adjustments like that really helps you get the most mileage out each of your patterns. So full price this pattern is $7.00, if you consider how many times I have made it already (6) my price per make is $1.16 each for the pattern. I used size 3 this time and it goes to size 12 so there are many more years and sizes left to use. Not to mention that I have two daughters so double the use. If I make any more Blythe’s it just keeps going down. And so on, until that pattern has completely covered it’s purchase price many times over. How many cute shirts can you buy for $7.00? Remember this next time you have a spur of the moment pattern purchase…not that that happens often. Right Ladies? Yes, excellent. We agree to rationalize it away lol impulse pattern buyers unite! Now if only I could clone fabric yardage…

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Are You ready to sew with us? Our theme this month is all about getting those transitional wardrobe pieces ready; finishing up all those things we meant to make this summer; and well, basically whatever Sew Long Summer means to you.

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer” and use the hashtag #SewLongSewcial18  to be entered into our random drawing.

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Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or Facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments on the mahlicadesigns intro post. Please limit your entries to items you’ve sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

Sept. 10th Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Manning the Machine, mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Crafting Fiend

Sept. 12th Auschick Sews, Aurora Design Fabrics, My Heart Will Sew On, Vicky Myers Creations

Sept. 13th Flaxfield Sewing, Sewing with D, Musings of a Seamstress, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Petite Font

Sept. 14th Sewing à la Carte, Sewing by Ti, Stitches by Laura, Sewing with Sarah, My Sewing Roots

 

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It’s Gonna Be May Tour with Petite Stitchery & Co

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Today I am joining in on the Petite Stitchery & Co. spring blog tour.  I know they have beautiful women’s patterns (have you seen the Woman’s Emerson Top? So pretty and on trend!) But today I had to go for the super adorable Tansy Slim Ruffle Pants for my older daughter. This spring isn’t quite yet spring-y weather wise (though I admit today has been so gorgeous it does seem more spring like) and she has grown so much she had no pants! This is quite a problem as you could imagine.

Tansy is a super cute elastic waist, pull on, slim ruffle pant with a capri option. Three ruffle styles are offered in the pattern with sizes 2T-12 included. Good news to everyone with growing kids! The pattern will cover you in the cute ruffle pant department for quite a while.

I chose to do a size 6 for my daughter, that is a little big on her intentionally, she is in a growth spurt and I wanted room for her to grow. so the ruffles on these may look a little short-that is because they are practically halved in length with a quite deep hem to let out as she grows. That being said, I love the proportions on these pants and how quick and easy they sew up! Quick sews are always good in my book when it comes to my kidlets.

I made this pair out of a rather vibrant vintage polyester that I knew my daughter would love (and would be busy enough to help hide the dirt and mud she likes to play in) Most of her knit tops are solids in pinks, purples and blue greens so they should go with anything. Such a huge plus when they are independent and want to dress themselves but you want them to look more put together! I really loved her choice of this faux band graphic tee so we went with it for this mini photo-shoot. Can you tell she has an attitude as vibrant as the pants?

I have another pair cut out and ready to sew up as I write this; this pair is another vintage polyester. This time a more subdued tan tweed print with little rainbow flecks and some very pretty vintage cream lace. They were actually a muslin for my StyleArc Barb’s Pull On Pants that didn’t work out and I loved the fabric enough I had to use it somewhere-the Tansy’s are perfect for projects like this! They will have lace on the ruffle and on the square patch pockets I want to put on the back. I think Tansy’s are a great pant to add pockets of all varieties and ALL THE TRIM. Seriously. Lace, ric rac, piping, appliques, if you can imagine it; Tansy’s are a great base to embellish! Have a dramatic print like this pair? Well they look fabulous in a print too!

Be sure to check out the other stops on this spring’s blog tour!

 

 

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5 Out Of 4 Patterns 20K Blog Tour

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Today I am joining the 5 Out Of 4 Patterns 20k Blog Tour. I am here to show you my Knot Your Average Shirt. I chose to make the sleeveless tank version in a lovely eggplant purple cotton Lycra I had in my fabric stash. You can find almost identical, much higher quality fabric at Simply By Ti Fabrics .   missmarahsewnknotyouraveragetop22020182K5OO4Blogtour (2)  I thought this fabric would be a great color match to my favorite Ready To Wear Cardigan and was thrilled that it did indeed match so well! That being said, it languished in my fabric stash waiting for the right shirt pattern to come along.

I wanted something that would be an easy to wear basic, but had enough detail to add that little bit of extra that takes an outfit up a notch. The knot front detail certainly did that for me. I wanted to make this pattern but every time I went to buy it I looked at that knot and thought “I’m not there yet skill wise” it wasn’t until recently when I followed along with the Knot Your Average Top and Dress Sew-a-long that I decided I could totally do it! (Really, it is easier then it looks) And it looks so dressy! I have been on the job hunt lately and wanted something I could wear through the year with various weight cardigans. I have to admit taking pictures was quite chilly and the photographer literally ran back in the house as soon as she knew she had some good photos. I wasn’t far behind to tell the truth! I do love that the snow in the background made me look less ghostly.

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I agree with the pattern suggestion that you use fabric that the front and back are similar enough not to be noticeable in the knot where the front pattern pieces twist. Though I may try the Leopard Print Rayon Spandex I grabbed last year from Simply By Ti Fabrics intending to make a tank out of it. I can’t recall what the back of the fabric looks like without getting it out of my stash. I think it will work-how fabulous would that look with some nice jeans?! To bad I am not dating, that would make a great summer date night outfit. I will wear them anyways 🙂

 

I love how the straps are the perfect proportion for my body and hide my bra straps quite neatly, I had to include this back view to show it is indeed a full coverage back.

I forsee many more Knot Your Average Tees and maybe a dress or two in my future if I can get appropriate fabric that sing to me. There are no local fabric shops where I live that carry apparel fabrics, so it all has to be shipped in. I am curious, where do you shop for fabric online?

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5 out of 4 Patterns 20k Blog Tour Schedule

April 2 – Tales from a Southern Mom | Miss Marah Sewn

April 3 – Dragons Flames Designs | Poppy Monroe Collection

April 4 – Pear Berry Lane | Candi Couture Designs

April 5 – Sewing with D | Kathy Kwilts and More

April 6 – The Sassy Seamripper | My Heart Will Sew On

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