TAMI Revolution hoodie revised

The TAMI hoodie from New Horizons Designs was updated just recently.  Extended sizes were added, there’s a long and standard cut line for the length, a lower neckline, and a slimmer fit.  I was lucky enough to test both the original and the new revised version.  I have several (5!!) different TAMI hoodies in my closet.  I wanted to do a comparison post of both the original and the revised side by side.  In the photos, you can tell, as well as when I wear them, that the neckline is lower.  The left is the original and the right is the revised.

 

Another thing that changed during testing was the size of the hood.  Several testers found the hood to be a little too big.  On the left is the original, then the first draft of the revised, and then the final draft.  You can also see the lower neckline in the photos below too.

 

And finally, the slimmer fit.  I personally haven’t noticed a huge difference in the fit from the original to the revised version.  There was 2″ removed from the width on the size Medium, with less being removed from the smaller sizes and more removed from the bigger sizes.  I’ve actually been wearing all of my TAMI hoodies this week.  Fall has started here and it’s been rainy and cold all week.

 

 

I hope that this helps give some perspective on the difference in fit from the original to the new updated version of the pattern.  If you bought the original, you can download the new revised version from your account.  If you haven’t gotten the pattern yet, it’s still on sale until tomorrow 9/25 for $7.

Patterns for Pirates Bitty Brunch and Brunch Blouse

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The new Bitty Brunch and Brunch Blouse from Patterns for pirates is rounding out the summer of wovens.  It’s a dolman style sleeve, with also a tank cutline too.  Judy didn’t disappoint with options on this pattern.  There’s a henley placket neckline, dress lengths, waist ties, sleeve cuffs with button tabs, and so much more.  bruch25

I made our matching versions in the cap sleeve length.  Her dress was done in the dolman sleeve length with the waist ties.  The pattern is best with a woven that has drape.  I used a woven that I found at Hobby Lobby for our matching shirts.  Her dress is in a Tencel denim that I got from Cali Fabrics earlier this summer.  brunch21

The girl’s version does have a top button closure, whereas the women’s doesn’t.  Both patterns have two back pieces that give the back a more fitted look.  Both patterns are on sale individually or bundled through Sunday, 9/17/17.  brunch12brunch5brunch13brunch8

Made for Mermaids Ainsley Dress

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This dress is everything! I just love this cute look! The Ainsley dress has tons of options and can pair easily with a few of the other Made for Mermaids dresses (Brooklyn, Riley, and Cassie).ainsley2

The top of the dress requires a knit fabric.  I used a cotton lycra. The skirt is made using a woven fabric.  I used a chambray fabric.  Both of the fabrics I purchased from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  ainsley9

The Ainsley features a gathered sleeve, with flutter, short, elbow, and long lengths.  The skirt has and elastic waist back.  It can have waist sash ties, pockets, and as shown a faux button placket front.  I’m absolutely in love with the cute look of this dress!  It’s so adorable, and I love that it can mash with other bodices or skirts. The Ainsley is on sale until through Sunday, 9/17/17.  You can bundle it with the baby pattern for $10, or get the girls or baby for $7 each. ainsley8ainsley10ainsley6

Patterns for Pirates Sweet Bow Update

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My mom used to make dresses and clothes for me all the time, up until I didn’t want clothes made for me anymore.  I can see now why she loved doing it so much.  I love seeing my vision come together and see how adorable all of these patterns come out looking on my kids.  I love the look of the sweet bow dress from Patterns for Pirates.  The sweetheart neckline is such a cute look.  The back straps can either be crossover or easy on off (the bow is required to keep them together).  sweetbow6

There’s the option of making it into a top, dress, or maxi lengths.  It can either have a small bow, mega bow (pictured above), or no bow at all.  It’s such a cute and simple sew!sweetbow

The good news is if you already own the pattern, you can re download the new pattern and get the update from your P4P account.  The Sweet Bow pattern is on sale right now fro $7.50 through Sunday 9/10/17! sweetbow9sweetbow10sweetbow5

Sew Like My Mom Tulipa Top and Dress

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The curve and unique look of this top is just so cute!  And with the most appropriate name, Tulipa top and dress.  Color blocking and dolmans go together so well.  When Melissa from Sew Like My Mom posted this top for testing, it was too cute to pass up on.  The front and back curve near the neck just gives a really cute finished look.  I also love that most, if not all, of her patterns are great for all my Cotton Lycra that I’ve got from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  tulipia

The pattern has short, and long sleeve options.  There’s also a gathered front option.  With 3 different lengths, top, tunic, and dress, it’s sure to have whatever length that you might need.  The size range goes from 12m to girls 16.  I made a top length, because she’s starting to grow out of all of her tops and the girl has so many dresses already.  The pattern is on sale for $6 for sizes 12m-8 or 6-16, or bundled for $10 for all sizes through Thursday, August 31.  tulipia5

My Favorite Things

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I’m on the Sewing by Ti blog today showing a few of my favorite sewing things.  I love a simple wardrobe.  I don’t have to dress professionally for anything in my life right now.  I  mostly wear jeans or shorts, and a t-shirt.  I’m very plain and simple, since I stay at home with my kids mostly.  I’m usually running around feeding people and cleaning up after others.  Although I make dresses and skirts for some pattern tests that I do, I don’t wear them on a daily basis.

A loose fitting t-shirt is my go-to.  I recently started sewing some of Hey June Handmade’s patterns.  They are the most comfortable t-shirt patterns!  I love the loose fit in the waist and hips, but more fitted bust.  They are a fitted pattern, but they aren’t tight in the lower areas which is perfect for my not-so-perfect body.

I love the Lane Raglan is a great fitting raglan.  I usually have extra bulk under my arms, which is usually where raglan patterns have issues.  This sleeve is not the typical boxy pattern piece and is more fitted.  It fits snuggly under my arm instead of hanging down. (vinyl cut file can be found here too Peek-a-boo digital designsmessybun

I used a grey jersey fabric that I had in my stash from LDG Textiles and the floral was from the Raspberry Creek Fabrics spring CLUB line.

The Union St Tee is another one of Hey June’s patterns that is a set in sleeve pattern, but is also a nice loose around the hips and waist pattern.  rcffall17-6rcffall17-5

This is another fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and is part of their current fall CLUB line.  There is one thing that I noticed about both patterns, and that is the neckbands on both tended to be a little tall for my taste.  I made a shorter neckband on my Union St Tee and plan to do the same on any of the Lane Raglans that I make in the future.

One of my favorite sewing gadgets has to be my Purple Thang.  I use it a lot!  It’s perfect to help turn corners, push fabrics that are being stubborn under the presser foot (so I don’t get my finger), and anything else that I can think of.  It’s a fairly cheap tool, but it’s come in handy way more that I thought. 41nmjpRahkL._SX450_

(Image taken from google).

Tuesday, August 1st: Intro ***You are here. 😀, Tenille’s Thread
2nd: Stitching At Night
3rd: Sewing By Ti
4th: Needles To Say
5th: Very Blissful

Sunday, August 6th: The Fairy Dust Bin
7th: Anne-Mari Sews
8th: Sewing With Sarah
9th: Thats Sew Lily
10th: Stitching at Night
11th: EYMM
12th: Sew Sew Ilse

Sunday, August 13th: Lulu & Celeste
14th: Seams Sew Lo
15th: Tales From a Southern Stitching Mom
16th: Stitching and Making
17th: Creative Counselor
18th: Ma Moose
19th: Kainara Stitches

Sunday, August 20th: Embrace Everyday
21st: She Who Sews
22nd: Idle Sunshine
23rd: My Heart Will Sew On
24th: Lovely For Life
25th: Margarita On the Ross
26th: Anne-Mari Sews

Sunday, August 27th: Made By Melli
28th: Adventures with Bubba and Bug
29th: Auschick Sews
30th: Me Made
31st: Living in Twinado Alley

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Fall 2017 CLUB line

I was so honored to be asked to sew up some of the new RCF fall 2017 prints.  I thought I would write up a quick post showing the ones that I sewed up all in one place.  Her CLUB jersey fabric is really nice.  She has her CLUB fabric milled exclusively for her.  It’s a nice weight and I’ve never had any issues with it being see through.  I would easily use it for a dress without worry of my undergarments showing through.  rcffall17-21rcffall17-20

This print is the moody triangles designed by Kim Henrie.  I made a Jolly Roger Raglan by Patterns for Pirates with this fabric.  I paired it with the solid mustard from RCF. rcffall17-10rcffall17-9rcffall17-8

I made some Movie Night PJs from Sew a Little Seam (which is a free pattern if you join her Facebook group and use the code in the pinned post) with this arrow fabric.  I paired this with the solid salmon from the shop.  This was another design by Kim Henrie. rcffall17rcffall17-2

The Peony leggings from Sew Like My Mom work great for my tall and skinny kid.  This abstract stripe is so cute for leggings.  I paired in with the solid teal from the shop.  Kim Henrie also designed this print.

Many of these cute fabrics come in several color ways.  Check out all of the new and lovely fall fabrics that Raspberry Creek Fabrics has to offer.  They’re on sale for $1 off per yard until Sunday, August 20 making them some of the cheapest custom prints that I know of.

 

Rebecca Page’s Arabella skirt pattern

I think I’ve sewn more with woven fabrics this summer than I have with knit.  It seems like a lot of patterns lately have been for woven fabrics.  I do love the feel of the wovens that have lots of drape.  I’ve mostly sewn with rayon challis, georgette, and chiffon.    aribella3

The new Arabella skirt from Rebecca Page looks so lovely in the rayon challis that I used. The pattern has 4 different lengths (above knee, knee, midi, and maxi lengths), and two different height waistbands (regular and tall).  I made her skirt a knee length with regular waistband.  There’s also an optional sash and optional side seam pockets.  A women’s pattern is available too, and also a bundle to grab both of them.  The patterns are on sale until Thursday, August 17. aribellaarabella6arabella3

New Horizons Deer Creek Tunic

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I feel like I blinked and summer went by.  I’ve started to think about cooler weather already.  My son and I are both starting school in just a couple of weeks.  I love wearing leggings, cardigans, tunics, and boots during winter.  I can never have enough tunics to go with my leggings.  I have several different types, but I’m always drawn to ones that have a true waist.  The Deer Creek Tunic from New Horizons Designs has an elastic casing waist with a dolman sleeve.  deercreek2

One other thing that makes me giddy about this pattern is that there are different options for finishing the neckline.  I’m sure for some that might not be a big deal, but I really like having a polished looking neckline.  I love having the ease of doing a neckband sometimes, but the professional look of a binding is something that I really like.  The pattern has the option of doing either, but I’ll almost always choose doing a binding over a neckband whenever possible.

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I used a rayon spandex french terry from So Sew English Fabrics.  I wanted something that would still have drape, yet be warmer for the cooler upcoming weather.  The pattern states the fabric needs to have at least 35% stretch, but light/medium weight knits with good drape work best.  I like that it’s long enough to cover my bum to wear with leggings.  I made mine in 3/4 sleeves, but the pattern also has long and short sleeves too.  There’s also a curved and straight dress length too.  It’s also the last day for the New Horizons Designs 30% off sale. Use the code BACKTOSCHOOL to get the pattern for even less. deercreek6deercreek

Love Notions Hip-Hop Tank and Top

School is starting back for me here sooner than I’d like.  I still have a few weeks left, but I’m definitely already thinking about fall and sewing for cooler weather.  I was lucky enough to join the Hip Hop Tank tour for Love Notions.  As I looked through the pattern, I had no idea that you could make one in woven fabric.  I envisioned making a woven sleeveless top to wear under cardigans or even a blazer for my upcoming school year.  I love when I can use a top both casually and professionally.  This pattern can be made in so many different styles and ways that it can easily be used to make it work for different purposes, and be a capsule pattern. hiphop

The pattern includes the cut chart for the neck and arm bands, if you’re doing knit.  Since I did woven, I made my own bias tape cutting 2″ wide strips on the bias.  I then folded and ironed to make the bias tape.  Since I didn’t have the measurements for the woven bindings, I simply clipped my binding on openings and clipped all the way around.  When I came to the end, I folded the bottom in 3/8″ so that I had a clean finish before I sewed them on.   hiphop5

This pattern has 4 different views with color blocking and two unique backs.  One back can be a button up back, and the other a tulip back.  Most of the views require knit for the bodice.  There’s a sleeveless cut line and both a tank cut line at the armscyes.  Cap sleeve pattern pieces are also included, if you’d like to make a short sleeve version.  There’s a hi-low hem cut line, as well as a straight cut line.  hiphop4

Overall, the pattern instructions are written very well and each view has it’s own set of instructions.  Both the front and back have separate pattern pieces.  The pattern states that you can do either knit bands or bindings, if you make a knit version, but the preferred method is binding.  The bindings don’t have pattern pieces, but a cut chart is given.  I really enjoyed sewing up this Hip-Hop tank!  It was really quick and easy!

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