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Rebecca Page Talia

I know you saw that fun summer set in every group on Facebook a few weeks ago. People asking for a pattern recommendation. People hacking it. So cute!!

Well, now you don’t have to hack it! Rebecca Page Sewing has the perfect patterns for you!! The Talia bundle is two patterns that are fantastic on their own. But together. Together, they are perfect. Let’s start with the tank.

The Talia Tunic and Dress is a lovely tank or above knee dress. Just enough gathers at center front and back to give some swish and flow around the hips, but still just perfectly fitted across the bust. The tutorial shows you how to use binding or fold over elastic to finish the top edges and create the straps. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t have any on hand. But I did have this gorgeous stretch lace from Sincerely Riley. It is the perfect width and so, so soft. And it gives this tank and extra beautiful touch!

Another admission…I only had one yard of this lovely black fabric in my bundle. So, I didn’t grade for my hips or adjust for height. Which means this tunic is really just top length, and it is slightly less flowy than intended. Slightly. I also added a seam down the back. (It’s such a good thing I wasn’t actually testing. Breaking rules right and left!)

As designed, or with my limited fabric changes, this is a fantastic piece alone or layered. I’m definitely going to wear it with my Peggy Pencil skirts!! Obvs I love it with the Talia Twist, but it will be great under all my sweaters, cardigans, and jackets!

Now on to the Talia Twist. This tutorial is so fun because most the seams are completely hidden and it comes together so fast. Like, surprisingly fast. I did add height to this one! And I’m right on the cusp of *needing* a FBA, but I didn’t do it. (There is already a tutorial for it though!) The shoulders would def fit a bit better if I sized down and did one. Next time. But I adore this.

I went for 3/4 sleeves and in this Ponte from So Sew English, it is comfy as hell. Not too warm. Perfect stretch. And the sparkly gold in this makes me happy. It is perfect over the Talia Tunic, obvs. But it will also be a lovely layering pieces with so many other things in my closet!! And perfect for adding a bit of warmth to dresses so they are more wearable earlier in spring and later into autumn.

Overall, this entire set is fun and adds two very versatile pieces to my closet. Definitely need to make a few more!!

Stephanie xx

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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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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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Fabric

Buying fabric might be one of my favorite things. It is so fun to wander a warehouse or a website and find beautiful, unique, hopefully soft fabrics of all sorts. I love the unfettered possibilities at hand!

I’d like to say that most of my fabric comes from a local place that has an amazing selection and better prices, but alas, I often succumb to the gorgeousness filling my Facebook feed. The trouble there is that is can be scary buying from a new fabric company! I’ve seen so many people scammed and cheated out of their money over fabric.

So, I’m going to break down where I spend way too much money and share some of my favorite fabric sources!

One of my new favorite places, is Love Adore Knits (loveadoreco.com). They are such a sweet company, have gorgeous fabrics and amazing prices. They have frequent sales and super fast turnaround time for shipping. I am obsessed with checking out their website and planning an entire closet full of gorgeous pieces. Their website is available Wednesday 5 pm to Saturday 5pm. Then they close down, clear out and ship all those orders. If you order multiple times, they do combine and refund overages, which is always nice. Also, from what I can tell, they do sales A LOT!! So their already low prices are even better!

All three of these gorgeous fabrics are from Love Adore Knits.  I am always impressed when the color matches so spot on when I actually receive fabrics.  Photos are hard, man.

Talking about new obsessions, Sly Fox Fabrics (slyfoxfabrics.com)is killing it with beautiful prints, bold colors (if you haven’t noticed, these speak to me), a wide selection of types of fabric, and wonderful prices. Plus, Katy does a reveal video of new fabrics every week and gives them away!! Now, I never win anything (like, in life, I’m just not the lucky one), but it is fun to connect with the shop owner, see all the fabrics and pairings and chat with other fabric lovers. And she often does a Sly Buy!! The Sly Buy is one fabric, offered at $5 a yard for just one day, or until is sells out. Pro-tip – IT ALWAYS SELLS OUT!! Because it is always gorgeous.

A very small selection of fabrics from a recent order from Sly Fox Fabrics.  I haven’t sewn any up yet, because, time, but I can’t wait to start cutting!

Another place I recently started shopping is Knitpop (knitpop.com – this one is an affiliate link – if you buy something after clicking it, they send me a small portion of the sale – it adds nothing to your total, but is appreciated on my end!). Talk about inexpensive fabric!! Wow! They have a wonderful selection and low, low prices. I was thrilled when we loosened the purse-strings a little earlier this year because they still had the snowflakes I had been dying for all winter!! Now that I have a few yards in hand, no idea what to make!! But in general, gorgeous prints, fun custom fabrics and great quality. Also, damn, the turnaround time is ridiculous.

This is the glorious snowflake french terry we splurged on.  What does it want to be?!?!

We spent a long time eyeing up Sincerely Riley before ordering. Not because she’s shady, but because her gorgeousness sold out before we could get our hands on it!!  Darcey has amazing taste and puts together beautiful mystery boxes.  She often posts an inspiration pic and you get fabrics that coordinate with the photo.  We ordered some of the sweater boxes and let me tell you, they are effing gorgeous. (sincerelyrylee.com/)

This is the first fabric we ever ordered from Sincerely Riley.  It is a gorgeous border print woven that I just don’t know what to make yet!!  I have sewn up a fabric from Sincerely Riley, but the pattern hasn’t released yet, so no sneaks!

A not-new favorite has to be So Sew English Fabrics (sosewenglishfabrics.com). I swear half my stash is from So Sew English. So is half my closet!! 😀 They have fun, trendy prints on ridiculously soft fabrics at reasonable prices. What?! The thing that they ALWAYS get me with (like every effing time) is the gorgeous bundles Chey puts together! Sometimes the fabric isn’t available by the yard, sometimes it is. But every time, I lust and send pictures to my sister hoping she’ll cave and buy more fabric. Plus they are now doing a deal of the day! They reduce the price of one or two fabrics for just one day. I need a third job…

This is Virginia rocking fabric from a bundle from So Sew English.  They just coordinate so well!

Also not-new to me, but damn, have I been ordering from them for quite a while is Fabric Mart (fabricmartfabrics.com). Now, my Facebook feed isn’t filled with them (probably a good thing) and I don’t see a ton of social media in general, but they have AMAZING fabrics and the best prices. Seriously. They do flat shipping, so I always order when I can order too much, to spread out the cost (it is only ten bucks, but still). They have the best sales. Every day, new stuff goes on sale or drops into the various clearance sections and they have a Sue’s Pick deal. Guys – they have an entire section of $1/yard fabric. And it isn’t terrible, gross, ugly, not-usable fabric.  The other half of my stash is from here. They have amazing quality at how-do-they-stay-in-business prices and really fast shipping! If you aren’t buying from them, sign up for their emails and see if they can’t tempt you.

The fabric used in these leggings is one of MANY I’ve gotten an amazing deal on at Fabric Mart.  Plus, if you saw my first TBT post, that gorgeous twirly dress fabric is a Fabric Mart find, in the $1 section, y’all!

Those are my main online shops. I do branch out when I want something specific, or a new shop has something I just can’t pass up (after doing ample research, of course). And I do buy online at Joann and Fabric.com and window shop at Mood.com and a few others.

I also shop at Joann Fabric in person, sometimes. I find they are getting more frustrating to deal with, the more competition they have. Their cuts are often short, most fabrics shrink a lot and they just don’t have the selection or competitive pricing I’m looking for. Sometimes they have something I just can’t get anywhere else in a timely fashion and every once in a while they have something I HAVE TO HAVE!!!! Did anyone score the Harry Potter Maps cotton lycra? I asked about it and was told they haven’t had it since the 70s and it wasn’t orderable. Um, what?! So, their customer service is also leaving me wanting. But, they are still a solid standby and for those not lucky enough to have room to stash fabrics, or have access to the warehouse I’m about to mention, it is a great option for something close and convenient.

This lovely black athletic fabric is from Joann Fabrics. The blindingly bright coral is from Fabric Mart.

Atlanta is a great place to need fabric though. We have tons of shops for anything you could need!! Cute little quilt shops? Check. Small, crazily “organized” apparel fabrics? Check. GIANT WAREHOUSE OF APPAREL FABRIC? More than one option!! My favorite is Fine Fabrics. Its about 15 minutes from my house (with light Atlanta traffic). Most their knit fabric runs 4-6 bucks a yard, they are super generous with their cuts and they have literally any type of apparel fabric I could want. (I’m lusting after some of those flipping sequins that change colors right now to make a bomber jacket. That’s normal, right?) They also have walls and walls of zippers, elastics, stretch lace, and thread cones. All at prices that make me grab stuff, just in case I might need it. Now, it has downsides. They don’t list fabric content on anything. Nothing is organized. It is loud and crowded. Not everything is price tagged. But, the customer service is killer!! They are beyond helpful, friendly and knowledgeable!

Both fabrics, the lace and the elastic are all from Fine Fabrics.  This whole outfit could not have cost more than $25 for the supplies.  And there is leftover of everything.

I hope this small breakdown of just a few options is helpful to at least a few people! If not, it makes me happy. 🙂 HAHA

What are your favorite places to shop?!  I’d love some suggestions for more or to hear your thoughts on these places!