{Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry} Tour

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I have the hardest time getting laundry done...it is the bane of my existence. I can get it washed no problem, but it is getting it moved over to the dryer, dried, folded and then put away in the proper place that I struggle with. Why is it so hard to do? I ask myself that question constantly, and I have come to the conclusion that if I had a counter in the laundry room, I could immediately pull them out of the dryer and put them away. It sounds like a great idea in my head, but ultimately I am sure that would just result in having a pile of clothes on the counter rather than on the floor of the living room. Who is with me here?

Karly, Jeanine and Cassandra came together to brainstorm the idea for sharing our "laundry day picks" that are quicker to just SEW than it is to do a load of laundry. I would be lying if I said that I have never whipped up a top to wear because I didn't have anything clean.....so this is right up my alley. Follow along all this week for some great inspiration for sewing MORE and doing LESS laundry ;) Who could ask for more?!?

I have a continuously growing wardrobe due to all the pattern testing that I have done over the years, but it has really been a blessing in disguise for me. I now have a LARGE library of patterns to choose from, varying in experience level/construction time, that I can make more laundry with.

While preparing, I took a good look at the patterns that I have as well as what I owned in my closet already. I was able to narrow it down two patterns that are my all-time favorite quick sews...and since it's pretty much already summer here in Texas, I chose my favorite two tanks. The Free Spirit Tank from Patterns for Pirates and the newly released Tidal Tank from Love Notions.

The The Free Spirit Tank came out last summer and I quickly made many of them to add to my wardrobe. I my favorite part is the flared silhouette. I feel that it is flattering to those that have a little extra in the hip area because the fabric just flows right over them without creating too much bulk, but also hiding the mum tum. It comes in four lengths [cropped, shirt, tunic, dress] two backs [full, razorback] and FIVE hemming options [straight, side dipped, high low, hankerchief, curved]. I am tall, so I my favorite option is the full back tunic length...and I have been boring and only done the straight hem so far. Perhaps this summer I will add a few more to my wardrobe!!!

The Tidal Tank was just released last week, but I had the opportunity to help in the testing process. I made a few different versions in testing, but the silhouette stayed the same. I used a cotton lycra for my color-blocked versions and I find them to have more of a fun "sporty" look, however my floral version is a rayon spandex and it is more fluid and drapes better over the body. It comes in three different lengths [shirt, knee length dress, maxi] and princess seams, creating a nice shape. If you choose to do so, the Tidal Tank has a front panel that is great for color-blocking or leave it solid for a totally different look.

I LOVE the options that you are given for both of these patterns. You can create a nice range of looks with either of them, so even if you are like me and make a handful of the same pattern, it will not look like you are wearing the same thing every day.

Check out the rest of those on the tour as well, and make sure to enter the giveaway....and a HUGE thanks to the sponsors!!!


I want to thank all of our amazing sponsors for being a part of this tour.
A few of the designers are having sales for the duration of the tour, so here's the codes!

George & Ginger use code MAKELAUNDRY25 for 25% off her patterns
Blaverry use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off her patterns
Stitch Art use code MAKELAUNDRY for 30% off patterns
Paisley Roots use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off patterns
These codes are good through June 12th!
Then Laela Jeyne's Emily Womens T-shirt & the Deluxe Charlotte Kids Leggings are on sale through the 11th! No code needed!

I know everyone loves a good giveaway so here's the prize packages: 

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  1. I do love all of these, but I think the floral is my favorite. I've seen some really lovely makes with the Tidal Tank pattern! I may need to put it on my list. Thanks so much for joining the tour.

  2. I need to check out the free spirit tank as it looks like a great pattern! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. love that tank!!! I need to check out the pattern ...

  4. I love it! I love my tidal dress but you have inspired me to make some Tidal Tees!

  5. Love those tanks! The princess seams are wonderful on the Tidal Tank, now I think I need that one!

  6. 45 minutes! That's awesome! I'd definitely make more of those then do laundry! As it is, I have two full baskets of clean washing to put away, a bag of dirties to do, and a half a dozen shirts and a full basket of ironing. I'd much rather sew :)

  7. The tanks looks amazing on you! I really need to get those patterns, they look perfect for summer!

  8. Great job on the tanks! I love a pattern that sews up quickly and fits great!

  9. I have a million FSTs in my closet! And now I'm starting to have an obnoxious amount of Essential Tanks to go along with them. Once I find a pattern I can make quickly, it's all I make. Whoops! ;)


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