Yearly Archives: 2017

(Butch) Cassidy and the Sundance Skirt!

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The Cassidy Sweater and Sundance Skirt are HERE! YAY!

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I love the simplicity of the Sundance, the classic lines, and vintage vibe. It is easy to wear, to dress up or down, and it’s COMFY!

Also, it’s a woven pattern…my first woven pattern! I can’t wait for  you to see all of the tester photos! Here are a few more of mine:

The Cassidy Sweater is an awesome stable for your wardrobe because it is REVERSIBLE on top of having tunic and top lengths and two sleeve lengths. It is so flattering on all the testers! While we wait to see theirs, here are mine:

I can’t wait for you guys to get your hands on these patterns and see what you come up with!!! You can pick them up at Petite Stitchery!

Happy Sewing!

-Kelly <3

Second Chances and All the Thankfulness

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So a few months back, I received the second chance of a life time!

I applied for a social media marketing position posted by Petite Stitchery

I thought it would be a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a newer pattern company. What was to come is the stuff dreams are made of!

Shortly after I applied, I received a message asking me to join their team as a designer instead. WHAT?!?!?!?!

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I was jumping for joy in the park on one of the last warm days of August before fall set in.

Since then, we have released FOUR free patterns and two women’s patterns. We even put out some SUPER CUTE (!!) batty bows  for halloween!

The Rory Dress and Skirt was my very first pattern (and I’m working on the girls version now!) and it was such an incredible experience.

The Lulu released with Rory and is a killer cozy sweater.

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Then there was the Swanky Tank (women’s) and the girls and babies Sweetie Leggings and Snuggle Top! I only have snuggle wear pictures because my daughter was having a rough night and the pictures all had MAJOR RBF…..like death-stare level. I will be making more soon, though, because the tank is BOMB!

 

There is sooooo much more coming too! I just finished designing my next two patterns and we have some fun Christmas freebies come also.

I truly never thought I would have an opportunity to be on a team…to work with seriously amazing ladies on creating patterns to help women feel beautiful in clothes they made themselves, clothes perfectly fitted to their bodies! It is a seriously amazing opportunity and I pinch myself daily when I realize I get to do work I love so fiercely. I am sooooo lucky. and I am endlessly thankful!

What are you thankful for?

Happy Sewing!

<3

-Kelly

Maybe My Favorite Dress EVER!

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I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t hack my own pattern. It just feels natural to take something I love and turn it in to something I love even more….even if I don’t actually have anywhere to wear it yet. 😛

So I hacked The Rory.

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Now I have to give a major shout out to this seriously hard working fabric because my I-cups are contained by nothing underneath there! Now, it was a thicker Ponte, so my serger did give me some major eye rolls a few time. We sang cumbayah, I apologized for making her work so dang hard and then explained my vision and she realized how important it was to do the work even though she didn’t want to.

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So you want to know how to make it, right?! Let me show you!

Step One:

Cut out all pieces of The Rory pattern except cut only one sleeve instead of two.

Step Two:

Lay both bodice pieces out right sides together and use a straight edge to mark a straight diagonal line from the shoulder to the bottom of the armscye.

Step Three:

Cut along the line you just drew while holding your breath and praying you don’t screw this up because you only have enough of this fabric to create one version of your vision and the vision is VERY specific and you won’t be able to stop thinking about it until it comes to life.

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Step Four:

Measure the length of the new edge you just created. To create the binding, you need to double the measurement and then multiply this measurement by .85 and cut a band to your desired thickness (I used 1.5 inches). To create the ruffle you will need to cut a strip of fabric four times the length of your measurement.

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Step Five:

Sew a basting stitch (one or two rows) and gather the ruffle to be the size of the new neckline. Finish the bottom of the ruffle as desired. I used a rolled hem to add a little bit of extra curling to the bottom of the ruffle.

Step Six:

Sew the bodice pieces together at the rides with the pieces right sides together. Add the sleeve according to pattern directions as well.

Step Seven:

Baste the ruffle to the neckline.

Step Eight:

Fold the binding in half just as you would a neck band. Pin it to the inside on the new neck line. and stitch or serge in place. Topstitch the binding.

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Step Nine:

Finish the dress according to the pattern instructions.

Step Ten:

Put the dress on and look in the mirror and look at how gorgeous you are!

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I would love to see all of your hacks, this or another version! Use #PSRory when you share so I can keep an eye out!

Happy Sewing!

<3

-Kelly

High-Fashion Hvar!

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I didn’t even know I wanted a fur coat! Here I am, though, thoroughly loving my brand new fur Hvar!

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I mean, sure, there is fur in my lungs, I had to lint-roll myself, and it looks like it snowed and a tiny white animal exploded in my sewing room, but I don’t care! When I put this Hvar on, I care about NOTHING except how seriously cozy (and CUTE!) I feel!

The Hvar is Itch to Stitch’s latest pattern and it is amazing!

Just a short while ago, the designer behind Itch to Stitch’s home was burglarized while she and her husband were on vacation. Everything was rummaged through, and her computer, camera, and so many other valuable items were stolen from their home. While her customers immediately rushed to help her via purchasing patterns, a few of us bloggers thought it would be fun to show our love for her and her designs through a blog tour, so here we are! There are some seriously incredible sponsors also, for instance, Stylish Fabric supplied many of the bloggers with their fabric for this tour, including this fur and the gorgeous silk for my skirt!

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I knew that making a major statement piece on top meant I should stick with something a tad more subtle on the bottom. Now subtle isn’t exactly my style, so I threw that out the window and went with a gorgeous royal blue Seville with an exposed silver zipper. That’s just how I roll. No, this is not the “proper” zipper application, but if I am going to have a silver zipper, I want to see all of it…..also….zippers are my nemesis and I broke the first one I installed when trying to shorten it to the proper length. There are AWESOME instructions for zipper installation in the pattern and Kennis walks you through so carefully. I will conquer them one day….this was NOT that day.

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I now immediately need to find a reason to wear this coat every wear because it is SO warm, especially here in Ohio as the cold is setting in. The fit is killer and I can even wear it over a sweatshirt! In these pictures I was only wearing a tank top underneath and I was totally comfortable despite it being less than 40 degrees out! Yes PLEASE!

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Not only is this coat warm and cozy, fur is majorly on trend right now. Seriously, if you saw me in fourth grade in my hand-me-down 80’s aerobics wear from my neighbor, you would never associate me with the word trendy. Obviously, I am a WAY late bloomer!

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One seriously great thing about pairing fur with bright blue and a silver zipper? You need almost no accessories because you already have so much going on! As somebody who is still learning to accessorize, this is major for me! I plopped on some black suede wedge heels (SWOON) and painted on a bright red lip and called it good.

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So if you haven’t checked out Itch to Stitch before, I highly suggest you do! I know these won’t be the last patterns I buy from Kennis!

While you’re on the internet and browsing around, don’t forget to check out the rest of the ladies who TOTALLY rocked this tour and don’t forget to enter to win the awesome prize packages from our sponsors!

Your ITS Love bloggers are

Monday: Sew Sophie Lynn, Merritts Makes, Sewing with Sarah, Sewing with D

Tuesday: Shalini’s Blog, Auschicksews, Rebel and Malice, Sewing Vortex

Wednesday: Replicate Then Deviate, mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, The Petite Sewist, kreamino

Thursday: Sewing Curves, Creative Counselor, Sew Mariefleur, Fairies, Bubbles & Co, Sewing by Ti

Friday: Harper+Lu, MeMade, On Wednesdays We Sew, Heather Handmade, Bellevi, and visit by mooglii on IG

The ITS Love Tour sponsors have been so generous in support of Kennis of Itch to Stitch that we’ve been able to put together several prize packages to share with you.

First, you may enter our giveaway to win one of three prize packs:

Prize Pack #1 includes:

5 Itch to Stitch patterns

$25GC to Simply By Ti

$50 Raspberry Creek Gift Card

$50 Bella Sunshine gift card

Prize Pack #2 includes:

$50 Knit Pop GC

$25 Designer Stitch GC

$25 Chalk and Notch GC

3 patterns of choice from Coffee And Thread

2 patterns of choice from Hey June Handmade

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$15 Thread & Grain store credit

$25 Maker Mountain Fabrics GC

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Happy Sewing!

<3

-Kelly

Rory and Lulu, Embarking on a New Journey

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It’s today! It’s today!!!

Why am I so dang excited about some random Tuesday in November? Well I’m about to tell you. <3

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The Lulu Dolman was designed by Jennifer Jeremiah and The Rory Dress and Peplum is my first pattern. Together they are the first women’s mini collection releasing TODAY (!!!) at Petite Stitchery.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to share my love of sewing and style (thankfully I progresses past my fourth grade phase of 80’s aerobics wear) with all of you, now through actual patterns instead of just hacks!

In creating The Rory, I really wanted to create a style that would be effortless and classy enough for work, but could be spiced up a little for a fun night out….in the cold months (if you have them where you live) without having to hide what you’re wearing with a sweater or coat.

Enter the turtleneck….my childhood nemesis…the tops my mom loved so much she had multiple drawers (I’m NOT joking here) dedicated to them, owned them in every color and justified this by demonstrating their varying fabric weights when we begged her to thin out her collection. I actively avoided turtlenecks because, in my childhood, the crazy cat lady wasn’t a thing…..I didn’t want to turn in to my mom, the turtleneck hoarder.

And here I am today…releasing it as my first pattern….an homage to the woman who has taught me, fought for me (and with me too), and loved me despite endless “wrong” decisions…despite my constant (totally constructive) criticism of her choice of wardrobe staple.

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Not only do I get to create something fun, sassy, and modest (my husband snickers when I swear this pattern is modest), but it apparently has some sort of magic boob juice. I’m totally not joking. Nobody’s boobs look bad in this top.

When I was creating and fitting the pattern, before testers, before anything….I drafted the pattern and sewed up my first trial. I was telling the other amazing Petite Stitchery designers that I was just about to take pictures to show them the dress and prepare for testing….and my husband walked in the door.

“Hang on guys…this might take a minute…my husband just got home and he REALLY likes this dress.”

He walked back to my sewing room where I was standing hoping he somehow wouldn’t see what I was wearing, but he did and his eyes got all googly, a sly smile spread across his face.

“I just need to take a few pictures first.” 😉

I got my pictures…..and this pattern will forever be known to him as “the one with the good boobs.” 😛

I can hardly wait to see you all sewing it up for yourselves!

Happy Sewing!

<3

-Kelly

 

The Rory Dress; MY Rory Dress

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So a loooong time ago, when my daughter was three weeks old, I traveled to Maryland from Ohio for a doctors appointment at the military hospital there, and visited my friend Joyce while I was at it. I had my three-week-old daughter in tow and Joyce was giving me heaps of clothing, a swing, and anything else she could unload because she didn’t have a baby and had just unpacked long term storage after having been in Japan. Also because she’s amazing.

The biggest thing Joyce gave me on that trip, though, was a spark…a teeny tiny spark. She showed me her sewing space. She showed me a skirt she was working on for a friend’s daughter.

Then a year and a half later, I was visiting her again. This time we met in a hotel. I was again in Maryland for an appointment at the hospital. She was cloth diapering her newish baby. I had a different new baby now, a 3-month-old. More sparks went flying surrounding the cloth diapers.

A few months prior to that trip I had purchased a sewing machine, a very basic (read: piece of crap) machine, but it had yet to be removed from the box. It still wouldn’t be for at least five months.

It wasn’t until I couldn’t fathom paying somebody else to sew straight lines for me (cloth wipes) that I finally opened the dang box and made something ( cloth wipes…not with straight lines).

Fast forward to today. My son will turn five in March. There have been few days since that first that I haven’t found something to sew, read about sewing, etc. Today I finalized the details of my very first PDF sewing pattern and am preparing to release it VERY SOON with Petite Stitchery! EEK!

Meet Rory (here she is made with fabric all from Mily Mae Fabric minus the lace bodice):

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She has become my favorite dress for work and just about anything else. This week, as the testers start sneaking, you will see that she is also a peplum, long-sleeved, and sleeveless.

And because you know I can’t resist a hack, I’ve already hacked her. DUH! But, you’ll have to stay tuned for that! It may be my favorite hack to date and I swear it is not just because it is a hack for my own pattern. 😛

I really cannot thank the ladies who helped me test Rory enough! I feel so lucky to be have this opportunity and you all seriously rocked it! <3

Happy Sewing!

<3

-Kelly

You the Mama!

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You know when you meet people who just amaze the crap out of you?!?! I have met a few of them lately. One of them designed her very first PDF pattern and has just knocked my socks off with her talent, her grace, and her determination. Have you met Jennifer? She’s the beautiful, kind Mama behind the Mama Adelyn, the very first women’s pattern from Petite Stitchery!

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I could not think of a more perfect dress for the transitional seasons, both fall and spring! With a great flow and drape, it can be cozy and breezy!

I love the pointed hem of this pattern and this is just one of many I have made! Keep an eye out for the dress-length mommy and me I’ll be showing you later this week!

Oh! And there is a baby version of the pattern also!!! Petite Stitchery isn’t leaving anybody out! And you can get all three patterns in a bundle to boot! Partaaaay!!!!

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Don’t forget to show Jennifer some love and congratulate her on an amazing first pattern over at the Petite Stitchery Facebook Page!!

Happy Sewing!

<3

-Kelly

Peek-A-BOO!

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During testing for the Chelsea Pants, I fell in love with the classic and sassy look, the slight bell…just perfection.

So when the blog tour was announced, I knew I wanted to do something super fun for my turn. I searched and searched for just the right thing and when I came upon some bell bottoms with cut-outs in the bells and I fell in love. So I present to you, my Chelsea Peek-a-Boo Hack:

I was trying to envision something fancy and velvet, but every time I went to plan them out, my California roots just snuck right back up on me and the hippy denim and fringe just spoke to my soul, so I ended up with these instead and I love them so much.

Want a pair for yourself?

Here is how:

Step 1:

Cut out one pair of main fabric and one pair of lining fabric for the legs of your Chelseas and then Cut the waistband according to the Chelsea pattern instructions.

Step 2:

Sew both main and lining along the front seam and top stitch.

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Decide how large you want your opening to be and cut a uniform shape (or non uniform shape…hey, go crazy!) from the main Fabric, then use that cut as a guide to do the same to the lining fabric.

Step 4:

Lay your trim out and cut strips for the other leg as well.

Step 5:

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Sand which the strin between the lining and the main fabric (not shown) boy flipping the lining fabric from shown position over the clip  and clipping in place and then sewing/serging in place.

Step 6:

Top stitch

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Step 7:

Hem the bottom of the pans that is not cut out.

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Step 8: Finish pants according to the pattern. 🙂

That’s it! Now you have one groovy pair of bell bottoms!

Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter giveaway below to win the Chelsea pattern or free fabric from Aurora Designs! And of course, go check out all the other ladies awesome makes on the tour!

Happy Sewing!

<3

-Kelly

 

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I No Longer Hate Pants

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Way back in yesteryear when I was just a girl of 12, I walked in to Wet Seal during back-to-school shopping searching for a pair of black bell-bottom pants that would actually fit me. I knew it was an impossible mission. I walked out that day and went home to safety-pin my 8-inches too long pair of bell bottoms….AKA tapered leg pants….possibly a boot leg. I wanted them to be bell-bottoms sooooooo badly.

Needless to say, when Greenstyle Creations previewed The Chelsea Pants, I was salivating, thrown back to my 12-year-old self in Wet Seal all over again, except this time I KNEW I was going to leave with exactly the pants I wanted! Heck yes!

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I do not think I could love them more. I just do not.

 

Now this pair is a fun and funky mint corduroy. I feel sassy and like nobody can stop me…. except the ground…. and gravity when I was done taking pictures….

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Needless to say, when I headed out to photograph this awesome pair in black stretch velvet from Sly Fox Fabrics, I wore FLAT sandals.

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So if you ever wanted a pair of bell-bottoms, flare-leg pants, or just super comfy pants with some sass, check The Chelsea Pants out! Make a pair! Let me know what you think!

Happy Sewing!

<3

-Kelly

Shine Bright

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So, if you don’t know me, you might not be aware of my infatuation with fall and all things it entails. Welcome to my love affair 😛

Matching Mommy and Me Movie Night Pj’s from Sew a Little Seam? Heck yes! Thanks Kelly Ballou! You rock and please join me everybody in congratulating Kelly in reaching a huge milestone by surpassing 10K members in her SALS Facebook Group! Head over and join to get the code for the women’s Pj’s! You’re gonna want them. They’re SUPER comfy!

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There will be some for my other kiddo in the future as well, but I needed something for us, fur just us gals. She started Kindergarten and is growing so fast. She is so raw to the word around her and I so badly want her to just stay little. I know matching PJs won’t stop that, but it’s a bandage on my mommy heart for just a little while

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“Shine bright Momma,” she tells me as she bops me on the nose gently with one finger. Oh little girl. How I hope you shine your light for the world to see. She is so vivaciously herself and I encourage that every chance I get. Now she is encouraging me to do the same and I love seeing it come back.

So, head over to Sew a Little Seam, check out the awesome patterns, and don’t forget to shine bright!

Happy Sewing!

<3

Kelly