Wednesday, February 3, 2016

{Sew Yourself Some Love} 2016

If you have been reading my blog for any period of time you KNOW that I like to sew for myself! With the holidays now behind us and the hustle and bustle of making the kiddos their Christmas outfits and PJ's out of the way, it was time for me to make a little something for myself. Suzanne from Pattern Revolution (and WWD designer) invited myself and a few others to participate in the Sew Yourself Some Love blog tour....of course I couldn't not turn it down!


There are some patterns that I have been wanting to sew for myself for quite a few months, and had planned to add to my fall/winter capsule, but just never got around to it. I decided that this was a perfect opportunity to get those sewn up.



First up is the Giverney Blazer by Winter Wear Designs! A blazer....I never thought that I would be one to want to wear a blazer, but the inspiration on Pinterest just looked so promising. I love that the Giverney is cropped! If it was any longer on my frame, I think that it would cut me off. WWD designs her patterns with the hourglass body shape in mind, which works perfect for me. I wavered over whether or not to make it in black, but in the end I figured it was the best choice and I would get good use out of it...perfect layering staple. The fabric is simply a black twill from Joann's, but nice and sturdy and worked great for the job at hand.





Next I tried out the Slim Fit Raglan from Pattern for Pirates. I am a big fan of really all of her Women's patterns, so naturally I had to get this one to try out. I was nervous that it would be a little too slim for my body, so I did taper out the sides an inch just in case. I love that it ended up giving it a little extra flair and worked great underneath my blazer. I am not a super girly girl, but every now and then I love to add a little lace touch to some of my outfits. I constructed the sleeves with stretch lace from Joann's and also added an extra little yoke cutout along the back neckline with the lace. To do this I simply used the back pattern piece to get the shape that I wanted, serged along the edges and zig zagged over the serging...super simple and looks awesome! I am once again impressed with this top and will definitely be making more.




Lastly I made the Aviator Pants from Winter Wear Designs. I have had this pattern for a while now, but kept putting it off because I had not found the perfect fabric for them. I happen to run across some stretch denim at Joann's recently and fell in LOVE!!! Plenty of stretch and amazingly soft to the touch. I also felt the need to add the typical jeans topstitching to them, considering I really needed a new pair of jeans. With the stretch waistband, functional front pockets and welt pockets in the back, these are simply the best "cheater" jeans EVER!!! I did have to make just a few alterations to the pattern including: adding 3" to the length, adding 2" to the back rise and 1" to the front rise. I didn't make a muslin on these, but did take some pretty detailed measurements of myself beforehand resulting in the perfect form-fitting pair of pants. Once again, WWD designs for the hourglass shape so I was golden on the shape, just needed to get the height right. I am so thankful for all of the testing that I do that has given me a great wealth of knowledge in the correct fitting of clothing. It really makes a huge difference when your clothes fit your body correctly. ***I am sorry that I did not get better pics of the pockets. I will try to edit and add as soon as I can.***

I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to use these patterns in my look today. Two of these patterns were given to me but, as always, all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for stopping by. Please make sure to go check out all the other stops along the way, and check back each day!


Join us through the whole blog tour and don't miss a day!!!

Feb 1     Sew Thrifty
Feb 2     Feather's Flights
Feb 3     The Wholesome Mama
Feb 4     Sprouting Jube Jube        
             Sugarplum Cuties
Feb 5     Shaffer Sisters
Feb 8     Mabey She Made It
Feb 9     Rebel and Malice
Feb 11   Sugarplum Cuties
Feb 12   Hibbadoray
Feb 15   Bee Quilted Beauties       
             Mabel Madison
Feb 16   Sew Starly
Feb 17   All Things Katy            
             Handmade Boy
             Lady And The Gents
             Sew Like My Mom

18 comments:

  1. so in love with your whole outfit AND wardrobe!!!! I too LOVE my Aviator jeans, best cheater jeans ever ;o) Thanks for joining in the tour!!!

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  2. Courtney it's a great outfit! It's fits nicely and I love the fabric together. I think the raglan is my favorite. I love lace additions.

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    1. Thank you <3 I too love to add a little lace every now and then ;)

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  3. I have been terrified to try pants for myself! I don't typically see someone with my shape making pants but you have inspired me! I am going to finally take the plunge and make myself some jeans! I have the Winter Wear Real Deal jeans pattern but I might have to do the Aviators first!

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    1. Yes! I would definitely try out the Aviators first! I have the Real Deal and they are not very hard, but if you have never made pants before I think that the Aviators would be a great place to start. You COULD even add a faux zipper placket for even more of a "jeans" feel. Just trace the one from the Real Deal jeans onto the Aviators :D I thought about doing that while making these, but everything was cut out already I might just have to try another pair!

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  4. I will have to try these cheater jeans! You look great!

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  5. All around great sewing as always, Courtney. Adore the stripes and lace on the raglan. And you can go from corporate to cool mum chic in this outfit just by taking off the blazer!

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  6. Ah! Get outta town with the lace on that raglan! The whole outfit is amazing, ladycakes!

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  7. You look fabulous!! Love the outfit, and those shoes are the perfect finishing touch!

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  8. You look fabulous!! Love the outfit, and those shoes are the perfect finishing touch!

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  9. You always look so put together! Love the lace on the raglan tee!

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  10. You always look so put together! Love the lace on the raglan tee!

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  11. You look amazing! Good work on sewing for yourself and getting great fit.

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  12. You look amazing! Good work on sewing for yourself and getting great fit.

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  13. You look beautiful and classy. I also love that lace detail you did in the back. Gorgeous pieces.

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