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#comfytown

My goal in life is to be comfortable always.  Comfortable with who I am.  Comfortable with who I give my time to.  Comfortable with my choices.  But, most importantly, comfortable in my clothes.  πŸ˜€  If I could work in jim jams, I would.  They frown on that at my work.  You might have noticed that I do my best to make clothes that are comfortable, while still being work appropriate.  My lounge clothes are no different!  So this Rebecca Page Comfy Town Blog Tour is the PERFECT topic for me!!

Nothing is more comfortable than well-fitted, soft, cozy clothes.  Turning over the theme for this blog tour sparks so many options for living in #comfytown.  When I think of Rebecca Page Sewing, the patterns that pop in my head first are beautiful, classic, well-fitted pieces.  Mostly just work appropriate sews.  But, there are soooooo many choices for ridiculously comfortable clothes to be made from these patterns!

Now, I can’t make comfy outfits without including Virginia.  It is a goal in my life to help her feel the true college experience.  This includes studying for hours in your jammies.  You can’t focus on psychology without soft fabrics, cozy tops, and warmth!  So we started with Pippa Pants.  We both LOVE Pippa pants.  I used them to make our Christmas jams last year and I wear mine all the time!!  (I hacked them to shorts, so they’re perfect all year!)  We picked up the ever-coveted Harry Potter Fabric at Joann Fabrics when it finally hit our store (and our sister’s store).  It is the perfect weight cotton lycra for these pants!!  Plus, I made them a little long, so when she curls up with her textbooks, her feet have a bit of extra coverage!

We are doing our best to avoid buying fabric, so we were stash shopping for something for the top.  I found this great burgundy/maroon ish waffle knit that I ordered a while back from Fabric Mart.  Since I picked it up for me, I hope Virginia appreciates my sacrifice. πŸ˜€  (I really am kidding.  We have lots of fabric!  I much prefer using it for the perfect project, rather than having it sit around.)  This waffle knit is PERFECT for the Paris Party Top!  I cut the neckline a bit wide, then took no care not to stretch it out a bit while working with it.  The off-the-shoulder coziness was this delightful end result.  I did bind the neckline, rather than the traditional t-shirt neckband, and love the end result!

But, with an off the shoulder look, we couldn’t not use the Strappy Cami to make a coordinating tank!  Bonus – this black double brushed poly is a scrap from a bundle from So Sew English, that we already used to make a shirt!  That’s right y’all, a quick sew that also uses a tiny bit of fabric!  Crazy.

Virginia is now comfy and ready to study.  Or help decorate for the holidays.  You know, whichever is most important. πŸ˜‰  Now for me!!  I also want Pippas.  Obviously.  But, I’m not much for pants, and we’re in the stage of our house where we are desperately trying to not turn on the furnace, so it is a bit too cold for shorts.  The 3/4 length is exactly what I need!  This french terry has gotten a lot of use in the last month, after sitting in the stash for at least a year.  I’m 90% sure we found it at Fine Fabrics.  (That’s how long it has been in our stash!  I just don’t remember.)

I knew I wanted to try the Strappy Cami with the ruched option.  So I dived into my stash and found this great black mystery knit from a scrap box I ordered FOREVER ago from So Sew English.  I’ve been meaning to make a tank out of it since the box arrived.  I am so very glad I waited!   This tank is PERFECTION!  It fits perfectly.  It is comfy.  It is more than just a layering tank.  With the ruching, I am more than happy to wear it out and about with a cute cardi!

So, obviously I need a new cardi.  I’ve had my eye on the Cora since it released.  So simple, but so beautiful.  The Moms bought this oatmeal sweater knit from her first visit to Fine Fabrics, the remnant section, which I didn’t know existed.  I was so excited about it and KNEW it needed to be a Cora.  I just hadn’t taken the time to print and glue the pattern.  Turns out it was less than an hour from a stack of pages to wearing this ridiculously comfortable cardigan.  I almost immediately made a second one.  And text all my friends to tell they everyone needed this cardi.  I knew it would be comfy, but had no idea that it would be cozy and warm, but cute and easy to wear.  Everyone really needs at least half a dozen of these.  EVERYONE.

Outfits complete, Virginia and I are ridiculously comfortable, but so cute, and ready to tackle anything.  Christmas decorating.  Target runs.  Movie marathons.  Plus we’ve added a few staple pieces that can mix into our regular work wardrobes as well.

If you want to be as comfy as we are, check out the other bloggers on the tour!

Please visit all the stops on the Rebecca Page Comfy Town Blog Tour. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter the giveaway posts in our Facebook group for a chance to win some prizes from Rebecca Page.

  1. Monday, November 26: Rebecca Page (Intro), bigflynotions, Stitched by Jennie
  2. Tuesday, November 27: Ropp OriginalsFlaxfield Sewing
  3. Wednesday, November 28: Simply KyraSeams Sew Lo
  4. Thursday, November 29: Seams Like StyleJot DesignsSixth Snow
  5. Friday, November 30: The Sewing UnicornPatchWitch
  6. Saturday, December 1: Sarcastic SewistBellephantPrincesse et Tresors
  7. Sunday, December 2: Liviality, Soul Fed on Thread, The Scatty Sewer

Make yourself comfortable today.

stephanie xx

PS – Even the cats wanted in on this photo shoot.  Keep scrolling for adorableness. <3

This post contains various affiliate links.  Purchasing patterns using these links does not cost my readers more, but the designer does provide me with a small commission from any sales.  This commission helps to fund my fabric addiction and is greatly appreciated.

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Grief and Beautiful Fabrics

Sewing is my stress relief. I can’t count the number of times I’ve said this. Even when I’m stressed about the sewing (because deadlines and overbooking my time), it relieves stress in other areas of my life. But, when my Grandma was lost to us earlier this month, I wasn’t sure how to start the grieving process. My go-to is the craft room. But the first project I tackled, a super cute wallet for my sister, took forever! Every step was a reminder of the calm patience she wore like perfume while teaching me how to sew.

Checking my grainlines reminds me of her explanation of the importance of truing them so nothing twists while wearing. Picking up my good scissors (thanks family!) amazes me at how free she was with any of the scissors in her sewing space. At least for me. She never told me to use a different pair or not to cut this or that with the beautiful shears. Should I use binding on the inside of the wallet, or just finish the edges with my serger? Vicki goes through these wallets so fast, I’ll just serge them. But, oh, I have this bin of bindings that Grandma gave me when she couldn’t sew anymore. Now I need to sit for a bit and have a good cry.

The first sew took forever, and wasn’t easy to focus on. So glad I picked a project I’ve sewn a million times. But, as I worked through the first wallet, then the two others, with matching key fobs, I had planned. It got easier and I was able to find the joy in sewing once again.

Then I had to tackle the project with a real deadline. This beautiful Sly Fox Fabrics Heavy Ponte de Roma, in dark rose needs to become something beautiful. This was Grandma’s favorite color. Ok, had a good cry about that as well. Plus Mom telling me she feels Grandma is with me while I’m sewing. Yeah, that helped. I want something I can wear regularly, not a special occasion piece. I was thinking pants, but I adore the new Made for Mermaids Dione Jacket. Grandma would have loved seeing me in this! She would have touched the sleeve and told me it was beautiful. Decision made! But, this two yard cut shrank. Significantly! Now I can’t quite squeeze this out!

Instead of moving forward and picking something else, I blanked and reached out to a friend. Becky suggested a color blocked jacket! I’d been meaning to make one with black on shiny black, so let’s see what I have on hand. Oh look! I have this great charcoal Ponte de Roma, also from Sly Fox, that I already made a Dione out of for Virginia!!! Just enough scraps for the facings and some sleeve color blocking. Plus, a bonus skirt!!

This is the Rebecca Page Peggy with just a few changes. I obviously color blocked due to fabric limitations. The waistband is the gorgeous rose, then I couldn’t quite get the bottom front and back pieces cut on the fold. So, instead of adding just a bit of seam at the back, I made it a focal point! I cut at an angle across where the center fold would be, hemmed that edge, then aligned the center back on both rose pieces as well as the main skirt piece before attaching. I LOVE how this turned out. It is a bit sassy and super fun. Plus, way easier than most vent construction, so if you’re scared of vents, this is a great alternative.

The only problem with this project? Other than the tears and distracting memories, of course. I ended up hemming everything by hand. I didn’t want the smoothness of these pieces to be interrupted but hem lines and my machine blind hem stitch just did not like this fabric. I think it was totally worth the effort!! YAY! I’m done!!

Now, what the hell do I wear this with? I had planned on a solid jacket that matched a few of my other Sly Fox Fabrics floral tops. But, with the color blocking, I’m not in love with the pairing anymore. So, back to the fabric cabinet to see what matches. Low and behold, I have this great glittery black knit from the same order as the charcoal ponte! What?! And I know just what pattern will be great with this!

I’ve been wanting to make a Rebecca Page Chloe Cami since I first saw Becky wearing one in testing. I was scared of it until then. SHE IS STUNNING IN HERS!! And I already had it printed and handy. This pattern is drafted for wovens, but, this sparkly stuff (ok, so it is black and silver metallic jersey.  Sly Fox has black and gold right now!) doesn’t have vertical stretch, so as long as I cut my straps with no stretch, I won’t have to stabilize them.

I am so pleased with the entire outfit. And how easy it is to mix and match with other pieces (like the DIBY jeans above). The whole process was rather cathartic and really helped me keep moving while waiting for our flight home. While I was initially nervous that the reminders would be too much, jumping right into the sewing room really helped me feel connected and loved.

Hold tight to the ones you love.
Stephanie <3

DISCLAIMER – The dark rose ponte was sent to me for free. The sewing, opinions, and recommendation that this fabric is amazing, come completely from me. This post also contains some affiliate links. These don’t change the price for you, but the designer does give me a small percent if you buy something. I use this to buy more fabric.

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House of Curves – Personal Stories – GIVEAWAY

I hope you’ve been reading from the other House of Curves bloggers this week!  It is always interesting to see how others got started and move about in this crazy sewing world we are a part of!!  (Plus, there’s a giveaway!!  Read to the bottom!!!)

How did I get started, you ask?  Ok, you didn’t ask, but I’m going to tell you anyway!  πŸ˜€  Way back in the way back, my grandma taught me to sew.  I vaguely recall her explaining how paper patterns work.  What all the markings mean.  How to measure for sizing and fit.  All the good stuff that formed a solid base for me jumping all in to the sewing world!  She helped me make this simple dress and I loved it!  We jumped back in a few times throughout the years.  Plus there’s always home ec in school.  But I didn’t really jump into sewing as a hobby until college!

I decided I HAD to make a quilt while sharing a 12 square foot room with a great friend.  Mom helped me with starter supplies and stuff for my birthday and I sewed by hand.  It was exhilarating!  Being able to take a design from paper to fabric was exciting and oh, so satisfying!!  The downside…I decided it had to be HUGE!  Bigger than king size.  Why?  No clue.  But, I went all in.  Ended up commandeering a common room for an evening, pushing all the couches to the edges of the room, just to pin the layers together!!  Thousands of french knots later (it seemed like the prettiest quilting option at the time), and I was hooked.  Though I might never do a french knot again.  Then there were all the lap quilts and pillows for friends and family.

I’m sure everyone in my family has a shitty project from my early days and I so appreciate the support and excitement for the crap I just had to make.  <3  (I also appreciate that they constantly ask for more, even when I’m ridiculously slow to deliver.  Sorry guys!!)

Once I made it to the real world and discovered there was this thing called free time (a rarity/non-existent in college), I started to become more and more interested in moving beyond quilts.  I started making up my own patterns, picking up $1 patterns during sales, and discovered Craftsy.  (Amazing classes to learn all kinds of art related things.  Even cooking!)  I ended up testing purse/wallet patterns for a company I don’t remember (and I feel terrible for forgetting.  She was a lovely designer and I so enjoyed working with her) and just LOVED it!!  It was so fun to learn new techniques and have input on instructions.  Plus I got to sew for some of my favorite people in the process.  This is where I learned about PDF sewing patterns and the many, many Facebook pages to support them.

What is this magic?  Patterns that aren’t drafted for the exact same body shape?  Patterns without so much extra ease that fit is just ridiculous?  (I completely know that paper patterns have changed significantly and there are so many options now!  Please don’t judge me for previous opinions of older patterns.  Or do, but keep it to your damn self. πŸ˜‰ )

An entire group of like-minded people to share and be inspired by?  Oh yes!  Found my happy place.  That’s for sure!  I learned that lots of companies used testers.  Since it was something I so enjoyed in the past, I figured if I upped my game and started taking better pics to show off my stuff, maybe I could do that for fun.  And it happened!!  Turns out when you’re at the edges of size ranges, it is hard to find testers.  So, I started with Patterns for Pirates when they needed a fill in.  It was delightful!  Such a fun group of women to work with.  Then they asked me again.  Hell yes!!  Finally got added to the regular testing group and I was in heaven!!

From there, I spiraled.  I started testing for any and every designer who needed/wanted me.  If they asked, no way did I say no.  If I saw a tester call, I applied.  Even if I didn’t like the designer’s style.  Mistakes were made.  Beautiful garments were also made.  It was so fun!

Now, I’m a regular tester for quite a few groups.  Some who asked me, some I applied for.  I always try to test patterns that let me learn something new.  (I’ve ranted about this before…).  Since there are so many sewists who want to test, I try not to test for things just to be testing.  If I’m not in love with the design, why not let someone else enjoy that experience?  If I’m testing for a designer, I love working with them and their team!  The “payment” of the pattern for free at the end isn’t much of a payment (if you want to test just for free patterns, it is cheaper to just buy them!).  So, the experience is what I’m in for.  Great people, fun groups, new techniques.  These are the things that keep me in the testing world.  Plus, I’m a procrastinator.  I need deadlines to accomplish things.  Otherwise, I’m down for sitting on the couch, reading a book or twiddling my thumbs.  Now I keep an excel spreadsheet to keep track of the tests and promos.  All the deadlines.  And I love every minute of it.

Testing has also lead to some amazing people.  Not just designers, but other testers and people asking questions on my promotion posts.  I love when you connect with a stranger and they become someone you can chat with.  Reach out to for questions.  Complain about your shitty day with.  Be there for them, whatever they need.  I’ve been lucky to make friends with people all over the world and I can’t imagine my week without them!!

Overall, my world has improved significantly since finding the PDF sewing community and jumping into testing.  I hope your journey has been just as fun and continues to provide satisfaction and much needed relaxation.  Now, tell me how you made it here!  How did you start sewing?  And don’t forget to check out the other bloggers on this great blog tour!  (And enter to win some great prizes below!!)

stephanie xx

Check out the stories from all the House of Curves bloggers!

Monday, Oct 1: Seams Like Style
Tuesday, Oct 2: Twinkle Toes & Co
Wednesday, Oct 3: Sequoia Lynn Sews
Thursday, Oct 4: cut.sew.make
Friday, Oct 5: Sarcastic Sewist

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5oo4 Eleanor Cardigan

It is FINALLY FALL!!!!!  If the weather would catch up with the calendar, I’d appreciate it.  But, until then, I’m diving into my great stash of sweater knits.  We super stocked up last year and I’ve sewn so little of it!  This test was a great excuse to make some ridiculously comfortable cardigans out of some even more ridiculously comfortable fabric.

When I picked up with gloriously soft sweater knit from Sly Fox Fabrics, I had no idea what to do with it!  The coral was a bit more vibrant than I expected when I ordered it and it is very drapey and soft and I love it.  I’m so glad I bought enough for this tunic length cardigan.  It is a slightly dropped shoulder, making it extra cozy.  Plus, there’s an option for an EXTRA LONG SLEEVE!!!!  WHAT?!  Do you love squishing your hands up into your sleeves?  I know I do.  This sleeve is perfect for cozying up on the porch, on a chilly fall morning, with a cup of coffee and a great book.  (Dammit weather.  Cool down!!)  Plus these pockets are super cute. <3

Virginia also needed a comfy cardigan.  So she picked this great wide ribbed sweater knit from Sincerely Riley!!  In a beautiful grey, it is perfect for matching every outfit, ever.  She also picked tunic length, but I gave her the hooded option and the slimmer fit extra long sleeve, just because I could.

Now, there are lots of other options included in this pattern!  There’s knee and duster length.  Plus a regular sleeve length.  And a belt!!  Do you need a cozy robe cardi for lounging in the house?  This is PERFECT.  I have a couple on my to-do list for comfy cool weather, in house (but cute enough for outside) layers!  And, if you like to match your kiddos, there’s a girls’ version as well!!

Can’t wait to see what you do with these gorgeous patterns!

stephanie <3

 

 

 

 

 

This post contains various affiliate links.  Purchasing patterns using these links does not cost my readers more, but the designer does provide me with a small commission from any sales.  This commission helps to fund my fabric addiction and is greatly appreciated.

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5oo4 Gloria

5 out of 4 Patterns is an amazing company.  I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that before.  They are friendly and kind.  Ridiculously knowledgeable and happy to share their sewing info with anyone who needs it.  They design gorgeous patterns with an amazing range of sizes to be as inclusive as possible.  I count myself lucky to be on their testing team.

I have to say I was damn mad that I missed testing the Gloria.  Rachelle previewed it and it was instant love for me.  But I was having my stupid tonsils taken out and was definitely not going to be up for sewing.  But, I knew she was going to make it into my closet eventually!

Oh boy, was she worth the wait!  I didn’t quite have enough of this gorgeous Sly Fox Fabrics Moonstruck Liverpool for the hi-lo skirt as a dress, which is gorgeously dramatic and I need.  But, I did have enough for a beautiful dress that will be versatile and comfortable.  I wore it out today and already received compliments and doubt that I’d made it!

The split sleeve is so fun and surprisingly easy to sew!  I went for a band instead of binding on the neckline.  The lower neckline is wonderful.  Not too low, that it shows off the girls, but I’m not choking on it either.  And this half circle skirt is everything.  Not as much of a fabric hog as a full circle skirt, while still skimming over my hips beautifully.  Plus, the pattern includes a full bust adjustment built in!  So, if you need one, the work is already done!!  (If you don’t need one, don’t worry!  The regular bodice front is there too. <3)

I will definitely be making more of these.  With all the options.  Peplum tops for work, hell yes!  Hi-lo short dress – perfect for date night.  Long, dramatic split sleeve, mmhmm!  You know it!  The elbow length sleeve really speaks to me.  It is long enough to provide a little warmth in my freezing office, but I don’t drown in sweat when I leave.

Have you made a Gloria?  Because you should.  Just saying. πŸ™‚ (Also, it is also on sale today (9/21/18) only!!)

Stephanie xx

PS – The Moonstruck is sold out in the Liverpool, but they do have it in other fabric bases!  The colors in person are beyond gorgeous!!

 

This post contains various affiliate links.  Purchasing patterns using these links does not cost my readers more, but the designer does provide me with a small commission from any sales.  This commission helps to fund my fabric addiction and is greatly appreciated.