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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.  😀  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. 😀  (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. 😉  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

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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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Turning the Page: Sewing Fall Layers + GIVEAWAYS!!!!!

I know it is cliched and I could not possibly care less.  FALL IS MY FAVORITE SEASON!!!!  The colors.  The crispness in the air.  Football.  Apples.  Hot cocoa.  Everything about this season makes me happy (except the overabundance of pumpkin spice).  One of the best parts of fall is dressing in layers.  Wearing layers means I’m prepared for everything.  A bit chilly, oh, here’s my jacket.  Warmer than expected, take off the sweater.  Plus all the cuddly, coziness.  Which is exactly what I’m talking about for the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Seasons blog tour.  This theme really gave me the opportunity to make some things I’ve wanted to sew for some time now.  AND to ask Virginia what things she wanted (rather than needed) and add some beautiful pieces to her closet.  Virginia asked for back to school clothes!  How fun is that?!

She has wanted a true wrap top for quite some time.  These are typically quite difficult to find with enough coverage for her preference.  Meghan Wrap for the win!  The gorgeous details and beautiful finishes bring me so much happiness!  This was a surprisingly quick sew and I could not be happier with how it sewed up in this beautiful Roosevelt SBP from Sincerely Rylee.  (If this fabric looks familiar, it might be because we loved it so much we accidentally bought it from two companies, so I used my cut from Sly Fox Fabrics and blogged about it here.)  Since she wanted a top, not a dress, I just measured how long she wanted her shirt and cut it there (with hem allowance).  This makes another sew I can squeak out of two yards!!  Who doesn’t want a gorgeous top, perfect for everyday wear, from a two yard cut of fabric?  But, if it is a dress you’re after, the Meghan Wrap Dress is on sale this month!!  It is a seriously amazing deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, she obviously needs some comfy pants for sitting in classrooms, learning all sorts of things.  Maybe doodling.  Hopefully not texting.  But, she doesn’t want to look like she’s wearing jim-jams.  Why don’t we make some Pippa Pants in ponte?  We can use the Ultimate Patch Pockets because pockets.  We found this gorgeous chocolate ponte from Fine Fabrics.  It is a lovely weight and so soft.  Perfect for sitting behind a desk all night.

Great!  She’s comfy.  She’s cute.  Only one problem…her classrooms get cold as hell!!  So, I think she needs a jacket.  I gave her a few options and was thrilled she chose the Kingston Jacket!!  I’ve been wanting to make one since it came out!!  AND since the Kingston Add-on pack released, I can make my welt pocket dreams come true!  Yes, I said my dreams.  We typically fall into the same size range for most patterns.  So, if I’m making Virginia a denim jacket, I get to borrow it!!  I’m prepared to fight anyone who wants to argue about that.  We found a great mid-heavy weight denim at, you guessed it, Fine Fabrics and I was ready to go!!

Virginia has the best taste.  Have I mentioned that?  When I told her there were spots for personalization, she immediately said “WONDER WOMAN!!”.  She might have added to my to do list, and we had to run out and grab some amazing fabric from Joann Fabrics to really complete the look.  But, LOOK AT THIS COLLAR!!  How fun?!  Totally worth the extra step!  I love these little personal touches (ask me about my pants pockets).  They just really take an already amazing garment over the edge!  Plus, subtle nerdiness is my jam!!

The details of this pattern really make my heart swoon!  I chose to do the flat-lock seams for the very traditional look I think it was worth the effort.  Plus, I convinced Virginia to help a bit with the trimming seams and ironing bits.  I so appreciate when she has time to jump in and assist.  The final result is definitely worth the effort.

Virginia has a new amazing, comfy outfit for fall.  Plus, they are versatile pieces that coordinate with so much of her wardrobe!  I’m super jealous.  Just kidding!!! Because I still have me to sew for!!  I have been wanting to hack the Cerena Romper into pants since I made one for a friend (post coming soon.  Just need pics!).  Now, I was planning on moving the zipper to the front and adding a button with a waistband.  But, I was chatting with a coworker about her new RTW pants that had a flat front and elastic back for the waist and realized that would be hella comfortable!  I’m not a shirt tucker, so the look of elastic back doesn’t bother me at all.  AND I knew of a technique to do this without too much work on my end.  I assembled the pant legs as in the pattern, omitting the back darts, then measured the top front and back pieces.  I cut pieces for my waistband at those lengths (plus seam allowance) and used the instructions from the Arabella Maxi Skirt to have a flat front and add elastic to the back!  They slip over my hips and rest comfortably, without gaps.  The ease is perfectly comfortable to sit at my desk all day.  Plus, they aren’t too thick, as I found this great fabric (might be crepe actually) from Fine Fabrics!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I need a shirt to go with these pants.  Rebecca Page has so many gorgeous patterns for tops, I didn’t even know where to start!  I ADORE my Madison blouse (who doesn’t love a button down top that actually fits?!).  But, I had to stick with comfort and go with the Comfy Cowl Hoodie!  This top is cozy and comfy and the perfect pallet to make a couple small changes to really make it my own!  I don’t need an actual hood for work, but I still wanted the cowl!  So, I shortened it and cut it on a double fold, so I didn’t have a seam at the top of the cowl.  I also cut the sleeves to be just above elbow and added a band.  Plus, I added the cute faux bow to the cuffs and I LOVE them!!!  I was so happy to have this lovely sparkly sweater knit in my stash that I ordered forever ago from Fabric Mart.  It was the perfect fabric for the Comfy Cowl.  Drapey and comfy!!!  Plus, I always need more solids in my closet.  Double win here!

 

 

 

 

 

I have wanted to make the Taylor Trench since…well, FOREVER!!!!!  It is a classic trench coat, with all the detailing and gorgeous techniques that I expect from Rebecca Page.  I was expecting this to be quite a time commitment but I was SO EXCITED!!!  I picked up this amazing camel, water resistant canvas fabric from Fine Fabrics.  It is lightweight and soft!  Perfect for so much of the year here in Atlanta, but particularly perfect for layering in the fall!!  The thing is, I didn’t want to add an extra layer to this beautifully lightweight fabric.  So, I didn’t!!  I followed most of the instructions in the pattern, but since I didn’t want to line it, I made just a few changes.

 

 

 

 

 

I used the instructions from the Kingston Jacket for the collar, and tucked the facing up along the edge and into the collar to finish it off.  All seams are finished in contrasting thread on the serger for a pop of color and a more finished look.  The sleeves and hemline are tacked in place at all the cross seams.  I have used this technique successfully before, so I am hopeful it will hold up over time on this jacket.  If not, I’ll just hem in the matching thread and have visible stitches.  For now, I’m enjoying the light, clean lines of minimal visible stitches.  I lined the bits that needed lining with the same fabric from my Cerena pants.  AND I LOVE THIS COAT!!!!!!  It is comfy, cute, light, had ginormous pockets, and matches everything!!!  Also, I still can’t believe I made it.  What?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, both the sister and I are prepped with super cute new outfits, plus a versatile staple piece for fall.  They will last us well past the change of the season and I could not be happier with the end result!  If you are also prepping to sew for a new season, or you just like reading from interesting, talented seamstresses, check out the rest of the blog tour!!

 

Now that you’ve made it this far, you’re probably wondering why my title says giveaways and I haven’t mentioned those yet.  Obviously, I was saving it for the end!  So, we are trying out the ever-awesome rafflecopter!  You know how it works.  Lots of clicks to enter.  Some seriously amazing prizes to win!  Plus, we always appreciate comments, follows, and feedback!  Read on below for all the other blogs and the link for this wonderful giveaway.

stephanie <3 <3

Please visit all the stops on the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Changing Seasons Blog Tour with Rebecca Page. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win some fantastic prizes from our fabric sponsors!

  1. August 20: Rebecca Page (Intro), Sewjourns, Soul fed on Thread
  2. August 21: Sarcastic Sewist, PatchWitch, Flaxfield Sewing by Anca
  3. August 22: Princesse et Tresors, Bellephant, The Scatty Sewer
  4. August 23: BigFlyNotions, Stitched by Jennie, Millie’s Place Handmade
  5. August 24: Sweet Sprocket, Australian Sewing, Advice & Inspiration, The Sewing Unicorn
  6. August 25: LIVIALITY, Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing, Simply Kyra
  7. August 26: Seams So Lo, Middle River Studio, Jot Designs

 

 

 

 


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Romper Mashup

Confession time. I love rompers! For serious. They are so cute and fun!! But, for both practical reasons and because I haven’t found one I think will flatter me, this is one sewing project I have not tackled. Until now!!

My very gorgeous friend asked me for a romper to wear to a celebration and I could not have been happier to tackle it!! We discussed what she wanted, v-neck, pants, maybe elastic at the ankle? I was so happy to say I have great patterns to use as a base here!!

We settled on the Rebecca Page Cerena for the bottoms with the Made for Mermaids Mama Quinn on top. This combo had all the features she was looking for and I knew it would come together beautifully because both of these pattern companies are ones that ALWAYS work for me. Win. Win.

Fabric shopping was also easier than expected! She was looking for a specific green, solid woven fabric. We hit up Fine Fabrics and stumbled on exactly the right shade so quickly! (I also scored a gorgeous blue chambray for a DIBY Julianne on the same trip!)

On to alterations! My friend is basically an amazon. She is tall and athletic. Did I mention gorgeous? Thankfully, she fell in one size for the Cerena!! And since I wanted to add width to the bottom of the Quinn for more flounciness (that’s totes a word), I just needed it to fit her bust. More winning!! The biggest change was the back piece. She needed a button placket (like the original Cerena) so she could get in and out of this thing. Instead of cutting on the fold, I cut two mirror image back pieces, 1 1/4″ from the foldline. Then of course grading out at the hip line for more body.

Construction was ridiculously easy, especially considering I was mashing two patterns from two companies. No changes at all to put together the pants. I used the Quinn instructions for the first bit of the top. Then, switched to the Cerena instructions for the button placket and attaching it to the pants.

A few fit checks along the way and she is ready to go!! Let me know what you think!!

Stephanie xx

PS – This is the project I referenced in this post for the Cerena pants hack inspo!  Who wouldn’t be inspired by how amazing this lovely woman looks in these pants? <3 <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.