Monday, November 21, 2016

{Whistler Sweater & Hoodie} from Love Notions

GIRLS...stop what you are doing right NOW! Tami from Love Notions Patterns released her Whistler Sweater & Hoodie today and is HANDS DOWN my top pick for fall and winter this year. I tend to fall in love with most new patterns that I have tested, but this is seriously such a beautiful pattern.

 


As most of you know, Tami's patterns are chock FULL of options. For the Whistler, here are a list of the options that are available:

  • Ladies XS-XXXL
  • Sweater-Shawl Collar
  • Hoodie
  • Gathered or Flat Front
  • In-Seam Pockets
  • Banded Bottom, Curved & Straight Hem
  • Shirt or Tunic Length
  • Maternity & Nursing Friendly

The version that I tested was the hoodie with a banded bottom...and y'all, I cannot stress this enough, but Tami really takes such pride in her work and getting a final product with the perfect fit. I cannot tell you how many times that I have tested for her and made one version with thoughts that it fit me perfectly with no need for adjustments...then she comes back with a final version that fits, looks and works even BETTER on my body. I don't know HOW she does it, but she always yields such amazing designs! I encourage you to stop by the Love Notions Pattern Support Group where you can find a few FREE patterns to see for yourself just how great her patterns are.




Ok...back to the pattern ;) For my final version, I used the Pink and Grey Floral Grey French Terry and Grey Stripes French Terry from Knitpop...and boy are they some of the YUMMIEST fabrics EVER! They are a french terry/rayon/spandex blend, so great drape and stretch combined with a buttery soft hand!!!! Because these fabrics had a nice drape to them, I decided to opt for the gathered front and I think that it was such a nice touch. At first I wasn't quite sure how to use the fabrics in coordination, but I knew that I wanted to use the stripe for the cuffs and band. After seeing someone else color-block, I knew that the placement of the stripe for the front of the bodice would be perfect for breaking up the floral a little. I just adore how this turned out and I have barely taken it off for the past 2 days!!! I added two wooden buttons that I found at Walmart to the front, and although they are a bit larger than suggested for the pattern, I just love the touch.



Although the construction may seem a bit daunting at first, it really is a breeze to put together. Tami also has a great video to explain the tricky parts and that is linked in the pattern...SCORE!!!! From print to completion, you can easily get this pattern done in about 2-3 hours.

You can get the Whistler on sale now for $7...no coupon needed!!!

I also wanted to mention that I am wearing another of Tami's patterns, the Sabrina Slims!!! La Finch Fabrics was kind enough to send me a few yards of their French Terry Knit to test out....thank you SO MUCH ladies! I scoped out a few different patterns, but in the end I just had to go for the Sabrina Sims. The French Terry Knit had 25% stretch, which is what the S.S. called for, so I knew that it was a match made in heaven. I knew that I wanted to do more of a jegging/skinny type pant, but the S.S. have a straight leg from the knee down...so I made one small alteration and got a perfect "skinny jean" out of it! I cut the pattern as is, making the adjustments for my body as usual. Once I had them sewn together to where I could try them on, I turned them inside out and put them on. By doing this, you can make super quick adjustments. I pinned from my calf down tapering in as desired, to get the "skinny" look. I marked that with my water soluble pen and added seam allowance...sew those babies up and you have a custom fitted pair of skinnies!!!! WHOOP! I plan on wearing these throughout the winter because the weight of them are just perfect for skinnies.



If you are looking for some HIGH quality designer fabrics, make sure to check out La Finch Fabrics. I have purchased from them a few times, and I tell you what...their attention to packing and the over the top service is just exceptional. One thing that really stood out to me was when I ordered two fabrics that almost looked identical, but had different fabric contents...they actually hand-wrote a note for each letting me know which was which. Those small things are what make me go back to a shop again and again. Their prices are also exceptional...I mean these are fabrics that are leftover from designs that are out on shelves in designer brands...heck yeah!



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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

{Plaid and Boots} Tour

My sewing has not been as active recently as it has been in the past, and I have really been missing it. I just LOVE taking inspiration images and gorgeous fabrics and turning them into a wardrobe that fits me perfectly!!!! Laela Jayne Patterns invited me to join them on their Plaid and Boots Tour, and I was much obliged...especially since I love Fall...and plaid...and my boots of course ;) It was a great excuse for me to get my butt in gear and create some new clothing for the impending cooler weather...hopefully!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

{Love Notions Celebration Week} Tour--LBD & LDT Smash

Hey y'all! I am so excited to be here today! First of all...it has been FOREVER since I have posted on here, and I am so sorry. We started back into our home-school routine for the fall semester and have been at it...getting it done! I have been super thankful for that, however, my blog has suffered. I am here now though, so let's CELEBRATE!!!!


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

{Canyon Cardigan} From Love Notions

Let me get a show of hands...who is ready for Fall?!?! Well, I know that I am. We had about a month of weather that was incredibly hot, however expected for Texas. In the grand scheme of things though, I would consider this summer quite mild. We had gotten a LOT of rain this year, which I believe has contributed to that. As, I am sure it is for a big group of people, fall is my absolute FAVORITE time of this year. Not only the weather, but the clothing. Pretty scarves, jeans, boots....and now, thanks to Tami from Love Notions, I have THE PERFECT cardigan to wear as well!


Monday, August 22, 2016

{Back to School 2016} Tour


Hey guys! It's been a little while since I have last posted, and I have honestly missed it. I desperately needed a break from everything while we were on our own summer vacation from school though. Ironically today is the day that public schools are back in session in my parts of the country, and let me say...I am SO glad too!


Monday, July 18, 2016

{Sew 20- Desert Island Sew} Tour

"Just pretend that you will be spending a few weeks alone on a desert island. You will only be allowed ONE sewing pattern but no limits on project supplies. What pattern would you take?"

Friday, July 1, 2016

{Tidal Tank} from Love Notions

It's FRIDAY y'all...who is ready for a long weekend?!? I know that I sure am. Fourth of July is quickly becoming one of my favorite times to celebrate with friends, and our neighborhood typically has a block party of sorts and it is just amazing! Great food, fun and fireworks make for a fun celebration of our independence <3