Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sew Americana: Day 3

It's Sew Americana time again, hosted by Katy at Wild + Wanderful! Last year I sewed up matching outfits for my boys - they still wear them! - but this year Katy from Sly Fox Fabrics offered fabric from their Sew Americana collection, and I couldn't pass up the chance to pick out a fabric for myself!

I recently picked up the Tabor V Neck (Sew House Seven) and sewed myself the curved hem version with an overlapped neck binding. I think the overlap gives it a slightly more casual feel than a mitered neckband, as well as the cuffed sleeves. I lengthened it by a few inches; long tops are a personal preference. Sly Fox has a beautiful triblend jersey, and I'm in love with this "Tabasco". Red is my favorite, favorite color (perfect for this time of year!!) and I have a weird recent love for orange/rust tones - this color is the best of both worlds.

The shorts are the Tess Tulip Shorts by Bella Sunshine Designs. I just have to point out something here. I have not worn a pair of shorts in YEARS. Not even when I lived in Phoenix. I don't know what happened, but when I started thinking of what to sew, I suddenly had to make myself a pair of shorts! And - I love them. I'm still working on "the perfect fit", but these are darn good, and I have actually worn them - on purpose - in public twice now! So yay me! And yay Melissa from BSD, because you accomplished the impossible and now I won't be spending another whole summer in jeans. Thank you!

I'm really loving having such great summer clothes in my wardrobe. The fact that I make them myself is such a bonus! What's your favorite thing to sew for summer? I am not stopping at one pair of shorts! I got this star print stretch twill from Denver Fabrics, and I've made SO much with the 4 yards I started with. I'm only sorry it was a clearance fabric and I may not be able to find it again!

There's so much Americana inspiration celebrating our red, white, and blue with handmade beauties - links below! Don't miss a stop on the tour!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sewing Blue Blog Tours: Guys and Patriotic Vibes

Guys and Patriotic Vibes Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents

I'm loving the Guys & Patriotic Vibes Blog Tour! Hosted by Made for Little Gents, with 11 bloggers, this tour celebrates America with fun inspired looks. And what's more American than a little football, while we're at it? ;)

Today I'm sharing my "patriotic vibes" with my best little model! He was so excited to have a new outfit, and I am so pleased with how it turned out. Just what I envisioned! This is my first reverse applique, and I don't know what took me so long. So quick and easy, and a great way to add detail.

My kids all need summer clothes (somehow they grew over the winter!) I created a coordinating outfit, but the pieces can stand alone as well. The striped French terry is one of my favorite fabrics ever (from Koshtex) - soft and cozy, perfect for comfy play shorts. The pattern is a modified Sprinkle Shorts from Puperita (I extended the outseam to make a straight hem rather than curved). A false drawstring adds the perfect touch.

For the Misusu Rowan Tee (and the contrast on the shorts) I used a denim cotton spandex from Purple Seamstress. I folded the sleeve hems and stitched them in place only on the shoulder, so they would twist to the armscye. The striped terry is the perfect applique detail. All together, it's a nod to our stars and stripes, without being overt holiday wear.

Celebrate America with the rest of us! Follow along with the Guys and Patriotic Vibes Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents by viewing each blog contributor below. 

Mon. June 4 | Family of Makers 
Tues. June 5 | Made for Little Gents 
Wed. June 6 | Paisley Roots 
Thurs. June 7 | My Sewing Roots 
Fri. June 8 | EYMM 
Mon. June 11 | Elli & Nels in Stitches 
Tues. June 12 | Custom Made by Laura 
Wed. June 13 | Our Play Palace 
Thurs. June 14 | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy