Welcome to the final day of the Itch to Stitch Love Blogtour. Like many others when the news hit that Kennis, the designer behind Itch to Stitch had been burgled whilst away on holiday, I was deeply saddened and felt like I needed to do something to help. I am always in awe of how the sewing community and bloggers pull together in times of need and this was no exception, before very long a blog tour was arranged and here it is, I'm so glad to be involved in this tour and do my part to help, as such this post contains NO AFFILIATE LINKS.
When considering what to make for my post of the tour, I was torn between sewing one of the few ITS patterns I hadn't yet sewn or going back to my ever faithful, favourite pattern of all time, the Marbella. Guess what won?!
I'm really enjoying taking part in blog tours this year, they are pushing me to create and try sewing some things I probably wouldn't have thought about before.
Today I'm excited to be included in the Lulu & Celeste, Sprouting JubeJube Productions Back to School Tour now I hear you saying, "but don't you home educate?!" and yes, yes I do but we still have several groups which take a break over the summer and restart in Autumn time along with the need to change wardrobes for the new seasons weather.
Here in the UK, the Autumnal weather is wind, intermittent and unpredictable rain and temperatures. We spend a LOT of time outdoors so waterproofs and layers feature heavily for us.
I'm super excited by this outfit, It's just perfect for going to his forest group, walking through the countryside or even just playing out in the garden and I can't hide it from you any longer so here it is!
Welcome to my stop on the Sew Long Summer Blogtour hosted by Melissa of mahlicadesigns, it couldn't have come at a better time for us here in the UK as we've definitely seen a change in the seasons in the past week or two!
As we say SewLong to Summer, my thoughts are turned to Autumnal sews and keeping the cold, wind and rain at bay whilst being able to remove layers on those days where the weather can't make it's mind up! (Yesterday we had everything from 23°C bright sunshine to 11°C with thunderstorms and gale force winds!)
Whilst I've been keeping up to date sewing cardigans, sweaters and hoodies throughout the Summer, I now need to think about heavier, warmer and drier functionality garments so where better to start sewing for Autumn than a coat!?
Ever since I made my boys their first Elevation Hoodies (click for original blogpost) almost 18 months ago, my Husband has been pestering for one too! In the beginning I had the excuse that the pattern only came in ages 6-12 months to 16 years, however a few of months ago, the mens version was released which took the available sizes right up to 3XL (up to 57" chest!) so I could no longer use that one! Then I had the excuse of it being Summertime soon so there wouldn't be any need for hoodies for a few months which seemed to pacify him a few more months, THEN, a couple of weeks ago, he saw me looking at this blogpost for a zipper front hack and I really couldn't think of any more excuses so figured it was about time I just made it for him, and what's a good outfit without matching mini versions for the boys? After all, they have both grown significantly since their original ones and could do with some bigger, warmer clothes too.
In my opinion, everybody needs a pair of classic tailored formal occasion or work appropriate pair of trousers in their wardrobe. There isn't always time to make or buy a pair when needed so having them there, ready in case, seems logical to me! With that, I introduce you to my newest pair! A pinstripe version make with the new North Point Trousers pattern from Itch to Stitch. Complete with all the necessary features including, single welt back pockets, slanted front pockets, zipper fly and hooks, belt loops and blind hems, they're the perfect pattern in my opinion for the job!
I'm not going to lie, these took a while to make! There are 29 pages to print and assemble (although they're trim pages and line up so well, that it's really not a chore at all!) and then the cutting of the fabric before embarking on a 79 step construction BUT I believe it is totally worth it for the quality, finish and fit of the final trousers.
This Summer one of my sons broke his arm and needed it cast almost to his shoulder, this made getting tees on and off very tricky. Inspired by the port access placket of the Pickle Toes Pattern Hope, I added a snap up placket to the shoulders of some of his tees. I hope you never need it but I've put together a little tutorial for you just in case! A snap placket can either be done on ready made tees or as you are making a new one, this tutorial covers adding one to a new tee and I used the Pickle Toes Patterns Fried Pickles which is FREE with the code from their Facebook Group
Thank you all for joining me on my stop of the Love Notions Hip Hop Tank Tour!
I really enjoy being part of these tours, they're always packed full of inspiration from so many talented bloggers showing such an amazing variety of styles so be sure to check out all the other stops along the way too!
ALSO!! Don't miss out on the giveaway at the bottom for your chance to win $50 Love Notions store credit!!
I've made myself a top for this tour but The Hip Hop tank is available in both girls and ladies sizes (as well as a bundle!) and has 4 different back views and then tank, sleeveless or cap sleeves all included in the single pattern!
When I saw this pattern, I was immediately drawn to the petal back option and the leftover rayon lycra & stretch lace fabric from my recent Oceanside dress called me asking to be put to use too. I chose to make the sleeveless option although there is also a tank width if you prefer less shoulder coverage and cap sleeves if you prefer those. I made the size XS as per my measurements but perhaps with the fabric being drapey rayon I could have got away with sizing down and using the largest girls 14 instead, if using cotton lycra, the sizing would have been perfect.
Because I chose to use lace for the back petals, I decided not to line each one and leave the raw edge raw as I didn't want to weigh the lace down or change the drape of it. Everything else is as per the pattern.
The Hip Hop Tank pattern is layered so you print only the size or sizes you need and the construction of pages is trimless. It can be printed on A4 or letter sized paper (just select the right borders in the layers section) and includes a cut chart for the pieces needed for the neck and arm bands. The petal option was a really quick sew for me, taking no longer than a couple hours from printing to finished.
I'm actually on holiday this week (Wales, UK) so couldn't help but bring it with me int he hope I could get some photos with a little of the pretty and very different scenery in!
I hope you enjoyed my stop, please do check out all the other talented bloggers and don't forget to enter the giveaway!
You can get the Ladies Hip Hop Tank Pattern HERE, the Girls HERE and the bundle HERE!
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I've been using a lot of prints in my sewing for me and recently even pushing my comfort zone to using prints for trousers as well. It's been great for my wardrobe in livening and brightening it all up but it created a problem I'd never had before when on several occasions now I realised I was pretty bad at print matching and didn't have many plain coloured or simple styled tops to pair with them and give me multiple ways of wearing each.
So I'm working on a bit of a 'basics' project to fill the gaps whilst keeping a capsule idea in mind. Looking at my wardrobe, most of my clothes are in the pink to purple colour range so I need to look at co-ordinating and contrasting colours which fit with those so that each 'basic' I make can be teamed with as many things I've already made as possible.
With that in mind, I went looking for patterns full of options, patterns which I could make lots from but all be different and very quickly came across the Dublin Dolman pattern by New Horizons. Literally PACKED with options, it was the perfect start!
Hi! I'm Sarah and I live with my 2 boys and my Husband in East Anglia, UK. I enjoy sewing for my family and it is my aim to have a completely MeMade wardrobe for us all!