Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Panama Tee & Dress // Sewing For Women

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

Hey everyone!! Today I'm celebrating the release of the amazing Alina of Alina Sewing + Design Co's second pattern! It is the Panama Tee & Dress Pattern, which includes 2 dress length options, a tee and 3 sleeve lengths.

And by celebrating I mean, jumping for joy that this pattern is in existence. Both the Chi-Town Chinos and now this dress pattern, are exactly what I wear all day, every day. Having patterns that match what I already wear anyway, is basically just the best thing ever. Not just having the patterns, but having well drafted, high quality and simple to use patterns is everything.

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

I was thrilled to be able to test this pattern and made 2 dresses during the process.

The first dress I made was this striped number. The fabric is a ponte from Imagine Gnats that I've had for a while and I'm pretty sure I bought what was left at the time. She does have some other amazing options at the moment!

I made view B with long sleeves. There were a few minor changes made during testing, but what you see here is pretty much a size 6, with no changes whatsoever. The pattern is drafted for a B cup, height 5'2" - 5'7". I am a B cup, 5'3"

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

The shoulders were narrowed slightly in the final version, and you can see that as well in the second dress I made. Having not made one single change to the pattern with this dress, I knew I had found a sweet spot for myself. My bust and hip measurement fell exactly in a size 6, my waist is slightly bigger (thanks babies and chocolate), but there is the perfect amount of ease there so that no grading between sizes was needed for me.

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

I should mention that I didn't hem the sleeves on this one. I liked the wide black stripe at the bottom of the sleeve and didn't want to lose it, so I left it! I also love the slightly-too-long sleeve length on this one. I love a little scrunch at the end of my long sleeves.

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

Alina includes instructions on how to stabilize the shoulder seams in the pattern. This is something that I have been meaning to start doing on all my t-shirt makes anyway, so the reminder included was awesome! Plus she suggests a few ways to do it, some I certainly hadn't thought of, but now I'm excited to find creative ways to add some fun to the inside of my tees!

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

I love that something as comfy as a knit t-shirt dress, made in the right fabric can become a dressy enough outfit for a casual holiday party! Check that off my list...

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

For the second dress, I made the same view B with long sleeves, but with a few tweaks. I again made the size 6, but sewed it in a yummy classic heathered gray from LA Finch Fabrics. Because the french terry has a little less stretch than the ponte does, it produced a little closer fit.

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

I also shortened things a bit. I shortened the waist by 1/2", because the hip curve was hitting me just slightly too low. I took another 2 1/2" out of the hem length, and 3" from the sleeves.

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

There is a chest patch pocket piece included in the pattern. I felt like the gray needed just a little something to break it up, but wanted hip pockets rather than a chest pocket, so I just took the rectangular pocket patten and upsized it to fit my hand and then played around with the placement until I found what felt right to me and stitched them on!

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

I loooooove this paired with a scarf and boots. If I'm just at home, I'll ditch the boots for some leggings and cozy socks. This is my spirit animal pattern. For reals.

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

I made the scarf from a yard and a half of 100% rayon that I found at Joann's!! I followed the ever so timely tutorial posted on Indie Sew's blog. Unraveling those edges to create the fringe was mesmerizingly relaxing :)

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

Panama Tee & Dress Pattern // Sewing For Women // Handmade Frenzy

I only have about 4 more versions of this pattern that I plan to sew up ASAP, so I'm sure you'll be seeing more of it from me!

Go here to grab your own copy!

If you want some more inspiration on things to do with this pattern, Alina has an awesome Pinterest board worth checking out!

Monday, November 14, 2016

TIP Top Dress // Petit A Petit Block Party // Sewing For Girls

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

Happy Monday, all! I'm excited to be a part of the Petit A Petit Block Party today! All through the month of November, 31 fabulous bloggers from all over the world are showing off the patterns available in the Petit A Petit Pattern Shop. There is also a giveaway and coupon code good for the whole month. Scroll through to the end for the info!

I chose to sew up the TIP Top Dress & Tunic pattern for my stop around the block. It's one of those patterns that I have admired since the moment it was released. I'm so happy I finally got the chance/reason to sew it up! 

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

My daughter's chest measurements fell between the 3/4 & 5/6 sizes. Since the pattern is meant to be quite loose fitting I decided to go with the 3/4 size in width and lengthened to 5/6. It's perfection!! 

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

I chose to sew view C, with the separate front, back and side panels, faux welt pocket accents, hem facings and elasticized neck.

The only slight change I made to the pattern was to finish the sleeve hems with the same bias as used for the neckline instead of the rolled hem as suggested.

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

I absolutely adore the way the bias finish peeks out from the bottom of the flutter sleeves and reveals a pop of color!

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

I used the same wine color for all the inside facings. It's a Kona cotton that I picked up a long time ago at Mary Jo's, I'm sorry, I have no idea what the color is anymore! But now I'm thinking it's definitely time for another Mary Jo's trip...

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

I debated about using different color threads in my machine to match the inside and outside fabrics when sewing on my facings, but decided that the contrasting thread on the outside was a fun look! I'm really happy with the outcome.

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

The fabric for the dress is Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I have wanted to sew something for Olivia in this fabric for.EVER. It did not disappoint! And neither does the selection at Raspberry Creek Fabrics!

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

This dress will be her Thanksgiving Day dress and is just holiday-ish enough to work all through the season, but not so much that she can't continue wearing it until it's outgrown. Another great thing about it is that, even though it is short sleeved, it can easily be layered and then be completely appropriate for warm weather as well. If you can't tell, I'm a huge fan of clothing that can work year round for my kids. 

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

I asked her what her favorite thing about the dress was and she pulled up the hem and said "this purple inside it!"

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

TIP Top Dress & Tunic Pattern // Handmade Frenzy // Sewing For Girls

I hope you've enjoyed the stop here today! Don't forget to check out all the other greatness happening this month!


Nov. 1st - Sweetkm | Nov. 2nd - The Sara Project | Nov. 3rd - La Folie | Nov. 4th - Hello Holli | Nov. 5th - Chalk and Notch | Nov. 6th - Sewing Like Mad | Nov. 7th - Beatnik Kids | Nov. 8th - Stitched Together | Nov. 9th - Coffee and Thread | Nov. 10th - Made by Toya | Nov. 11th - Stahlarbeit | Nov. 12th - Lily en Woody | Nov. 13th - My Petite Sophie | Nov. 14th - Handmade Frenzy | Nov. 15th - Paisley Roots | Nov. 16th - While she was sleeping | Nov. 17th - My Cozy co | Nov. 18th - A Jennuine Life | Nov. 19th - Knee Socks and Goldilocks | Nov. 20th - Sanae Ishida | Nov. 21st - Little Cumquat | Nov. 22nd - Gaafmachine | Nov. 23rd - Craftstorming | Nov. 24th - Made by Sara | Nov. 25th - Buzzmills | Nov. 26th - Bartacks and Singletrack | Nov. 27th - Moineau & Petit Pois | Nov. 28th - Naii | Nov. 29th - Just Add Fabric | Nov. 30th - Mie Made Memories | Enjoyful Makes | Dec. 1st - Petit a Petit and Family

GET 20% OFF ON ALL PATTERNS IN THE PETIT A PETIT SHOP ALL MONTH! PROMO CODE: BLOCKPARTY

Monday, October 31, 2016

GIVEAWAY *closed* // 4 Yards Brushed Poly Solids


How about starting off the week right with a GIVEAWAY!?!!

I'm so excited for you all! Josie at Finch Fabrics has generously offered 4 yards of Brushed Poly Solids, in your choice of colors, to one lucky reader!

Entering could not be easier! Just leave a comment on this post, telling me which color is your favorite!

The giveaway is open to US and international readers as well. How awesome is that!? You have until Tuesday, 11:59pm EST to enter.

To see what I made with this awesome fabric, check out this post.

Can't wait to hear what you all would make!

EDIT: The winner is REBECCA, who said: I'm normally a blues and green type person, but there's something about that shade of red that I really love. Congrats!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Canyon Cardigan & Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

Happy Tuesday friends!

I can't believe it's almost November. It just hit me today. I'm so not ready for the holidays! But at least I'm working on getting my wardrobe stylishly ready for it. Haha ;)

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

So if you've been around the knit fabric world lately, you probably have heard things here and there about brushed poly. It's the latest thing, and I had to find out why, for myself! 

I used this double brushed poly in olive, from Finch Fabrics. (It's on sale for a STEAL through the end of the month!)

I'm here to tell you, this stuff is super, deliciously soft. It washes well, doesn't wrinkle, and has amazing stretch and recovery. It's well suited for leggings and form fitting dresses, because it is completely opaque, even when stretched. But it also has a lovely drape. I'm not much of a leggings or wrap dress wearer, but I was really curious about how it would perform as a drapey cardigan, so I gave it a go! 

I am very happy with the outcome! The drape in the front is exactly what I was after. 

However, full disclosure here. I think my choice of cardigan pattern and the brushed poly aren't *quite* the perfect marriage. I am totally pleased with both separately, and am happy with the outcome of this project. In fact, I haven't taken it off since making it! But, the Canyon Cardigan pattern that I used has quite a few seams in the body and it affects the drape of the fabric somewhat. I would definitely use the fabric again for a cardigan, but I would probably opt for a Laurelhurst Wrap or the Wrapped Cardigan by Seamly. They both feature full front and back pieces without seams, and the drape of the brushed poly would be amazing in either of those patterns. It would also look great with a close fitted sleeve. 

I think I just talked myself into making another cardi. Lol. One can never have too many of those anyway!!

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

So now let's talk about why I DID choose the Canyon Cardigan!

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

I wanted a sleeveless drape-front cardigan. The things that appealed to me with this pattern were that the neckband wasn't overly thick and bulky. I needed something to wear in the wishy-washy fall weather we have here and didn't want something that would leave me feeling like I'm wearing a scarf all day. I wanted that part to be optional, hence the scarf ;) The Wrapped & Laurelhurst patterns are more for winter wear for me personally. I also liked that the back of the pattern was more fitted like a regular cardigan, with the drape only in the front.

I did make one change to the pattern, I eliminated the pleat in the center back of the "skirt" part. In doing this, I could have easily cut the skirt on the fold since my fabric was plenty wide enough, but didn't, because, mom-brain. But, high-fiving myself for the seam intersection at least!

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

When I received my latest box of happy mail from Finch Fabrics this month, I couldn't get the pairing of the black tie-dye rayon spandex and the olive brushed poly out of my head. I just loved how they worked together! I had already planned to make the cardigan, so it only seemed natural to use the super soft rayon spandex to make a scarf.

I'm so happy I did! I love this outfit so much and I will be wearing it at least once a week through the fall and probably into the winter, too! I mean I've worn it twice in the last 3 days already...

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

I had 1 yard of the rayon spandex to work with, if you have 60 inch wide fabric, this is perfect for a simple infinity scarf. Simply straighten up the raw edges and sew those right sides together, then flip it so the open ends of the tube meet up, also right sides together and sew around, but leave a small opening to turn the whole thing right side out. Then either hand stitch or use your machine to close up the hole. Easy as can be! I think it took me 15 minutes total to sew it up.

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

It was windy ;) A true fall day. It was glorious! 

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

But also very sunny... I had a hard time with finding a spot to shoot this day. Oh the drama we bloggers have. :)

Canyon Cardigan & 1 yard knit Infinity Scarf // Sewing For Women

All the pertinent info:

Fabrics:

Patterns: 
                Size sewn: S // Changes made: Eliminated center back pleat on the skirt
Scarf: No pattern - here is a simple tutorial

Friday, October 14, 2016

Union St. Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women


I am subconsciously on a Union St. kick! The last 2 posts on the blog will prove that :) 

I made these Chi-Town Chinos (which you can read all about HERE!) and decided they definitely needed a new shirt to pair with them. It is finally feeling like fall around here and I get to wear my fave combo of shorts and sweatshirts again! 



I basically wanted an oversized super cozy long sleeved tee. So I grabbed these 2 fabrics from my stash and went to work. 


Both fabrics are from Imagine Gnats from over the summer. While the stripes are sold-out, there are still some other offerings of the same stretch French Terry I used. The sleeves are a lightweight jersey from the bargain yards section, and apparently those are all sold out, sorry!

I decided to go with the tried-n-true Union St Tee pattern. The only thing I did for starters was to size up to a size L. For reference, I usually make a S with stretchy fabrics like this.


I cut the main part from the stretch french terry and loved the look of the wider stripe for the sleeves so I went for it. The lightweight jersey, however, was quite a bit lighter than the french terry and also sheer, so not super warm and I wanted cozy. So my genius solution to this was to simply cut 2 sets of sleeves and double them up! Also, a fun outcome to this is that I put the sleeve fabric wrong sides together when attaching to the armsyces, so no wrong side of the fabric is visible from the inside or outside. Only a thing that another sewist would appreciate! ;)

I looooooove how the sleeves turned out! They are so soft and comfy and the perfectly just-a-tad-too-long length.



I debated about taking up the hem length by 2 inches when I cut out my pattern, but decided against it. In the end, it was really wide at the bottom, so I cut off 3 inches and added a band to make it more sweatshirt-like. I used the band pattern from the Halifax Hoodie for this, but ended up taking that in by 1 1/2" as well.


This was a really quick and super satisfying sew. Because sewing something that feels like a hug on a cold rainy day is very satisfying.

Pattern: Union St Tee

Size Sewn: L (Normally would make a S)

Changes made: Cut 3 inches off of the bottom and added a sweatshirt band, using the band pattern
                          from the Halifax Hoodie.

Fabrics used: Stretch French Terry & Lightweight Jersey from Imagine Gnats
                      White ribbing from Joann's