Show your flair with the Northwest Flare

I can not believe I haven’t blogged about these amazing pants.  Also, a half-hearted apology is being extended for my silly title.  Anyway, before the sew along ends, I really want to share these pants.DSC_2295.JPG

 

So, how do you know that your kid loves the pants that you made them?  Answer: when they dig through their dirty laundry to retrieve them for another day!

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Can you blame me?  These pants are comfy!

I’d scold her, but I really should just make her more of these.  And who among us can claim they have never done the same for their favorite jeans?

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I’m looking at you …

The truth is, while I think skinny jeans are adorable on her, she HATES them.  Really really hates them.  She’ll argue with me for upwards of 30 minutes to get out of wearing them, tears and everything.  But no one can wear leggings everyday.  Especially when they make holes in the knees after 4 wears.

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Other than the leg lengthening silhouette (her legs looks miles long), there are some beautiful details on these pants.  For one, flat felled seams for durability, and style of course.  It features slash pockets deep enough to store big treasures.

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The cutest little welt pockets for the tiny treasures.

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The thicker cuffs add a nice finishing touch to it all.

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I forgot to mention the best part of all!  Elastic waist and no zipper/buttons needed.  WHAT?!?!  And that is exactly why these are her most comfortable jeans to date!  Come join the sew along and make the comfiest and stylish jeans in her wardrobe.

Psst…  there’s a sale on the Northwest Flares going on right now!

 

 

 

 

 

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Lil Luxe Dress

Now that you’ve seen the OTT (over-the-top) version of the Lil Luxe Dress, it’s time to see it in all it’s classic splendor!  As a special Christmas celebration, we went to see the San Francisco Ballet perform the Nutcracker Ballet at the War Memorial Opera House.  Clearly, this meant that B would need a fancy dress that was worthy of the occasion.  Luckily, the test of the Luxe Dress coincided perfectly.  This dress is truly the epitome of elegance and style.

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In retrospect I should not have given B the little nutcracker and mouse until after we took photos because she would not let go of them.  Still, it’s a great memory of when we took the photos.

It was also very special to be able to spend the time with my side of the family!

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That gorgeous woman in the middle is my lovely mother.  She didn’t know that this would be going into the blog.  Hi, Ma-Ma!

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This dress was made with a royal navy satin with a subtle sheen.  The fabric was a bit heavy but the skirt was able to handle the weight in spectacular twirl fashion.  I chose to hand-stitch the horse hair braid since the blind stitch still showed more than I wanted it to.  I think that part took about 45 minutes, but was well worth the effort.  Feel free to look closely.  😉

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The bodice is inspired by the original Alley Cat Romper.  The cap sleeves are so chic and adorable on her little frame.

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I thought that the red of the poinsettia plants made the blue of the dress really stand out.  Check out the hint of tulle, too.  To be honest, you don’t need to tulle for the skirt to have this amazing shape.  This is a very different look of the dress than C’s NYE dress.  Just goes to show how versatile the pattern is!

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But it sure adds a feeling of grandeur.  B felt like a princess in this dress.  We got lots of compliments and a ton of attention as she walked by.  Little girls in princess dresses stopped to gawk at B’s dress.  I wish I could have gotten some photos outside the beautiful Opera House but it was just way too cold for our Southern California blood.  I know Grandma and Grandpa will be chuckling about this in their subzero weather.

And now for the most stunning view of the dress in my opinion!

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The scoop back!  You can add buttons for added glamour.  I even had these perfect pearlesent flower buttons.  However, since we were going to be sitting for a couple of hours, I knew that sitting against buttons would irritate B.  Speaking of comfort, the bodice is fully lined!  I hand-stitched the bodice lining to sandwich the skirt so there were no seams to bug B.  It’s not something you have to do, but it’s a great option if your child doesn’t like the rubbing of seams.

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The Lil Luxe Dress is on SALE for a limited time!  The next time Jessica is going to have a site wide sale won’t be until spring.

(Thanks for lending us the necklace Xiao-Yi!)

 

Level UP! Pea Coat

If sewing were a video game, I’d like you to imagine me as a the little character bounding into the next level.  If you ever played mario bros, feel free to imagine the level up tune.  Now that is probably stuck in your head for the rest of the day, you’re welcome.  😉

Anyway, back to why I deserve some sort of badge of achievement.  I made a coat.  Not just a shrug, or a cover, but a proper freaking coat.  A fully lined, collared, double breasted, individually tailored pea coat.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to test for the new to me, Winter Wear Designer, Suzanne Winter.  Psst, there is an awesome Black Friday sale going on.  When Suzanne posted the tester call for the Pea Coat, I signed up, crossed my fingers and toes, and stalked the posting.  I have been sewing for my girls for years, but haven’t really made that much for myself so I didn’t really think I’d make the cut.  Anyway, long story short, I was beyond thrilled to get picked.  Who doesn’t need a nice tailored coat?!

So here it is, me posing with a tree in my fabulous coat.

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I really need to work on my modeling skills.  But check out the curve on that front hem line.

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So what do I love about this coat?  EVERYTHING.  Check out those back details; curved back yoke, belt, and the slimming side panels.

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But wait, there is still more.

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Welt Pockets!  Also lined :).

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I’m actually really proud of my top stitching here.  Suzanne has a really clever way of putting the lining into the jacket that is really well explained as well as photo documented.

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The sleeves and a few inches along the bottom hem are the only places where you will need to hand stitch.  I can’t stand hand stitching, but it is so worth it in this case.

The double breasted front is both snappy and functional.  It certainly keeps me warm and I got a lot of compliments.

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Even friends and family who know I sew were surprised that I made this jacket by myself.

The bonus that will really sell this pattern is the tutorial that Suzanne has included on how to fit the pattern to your body.  She has detailed instructions on how to alter the sleeves even.  Seriously, even if you don’t plan on making the coat right away, you can use the knowledge to adjust any sleeve.  That being said, for those wary of having to make adjustments,  I didn’t really need to make the adjustments for me.  The coat would have been just as lovely, but I prefer having the shoulders of my coat to fit perfectly so that the rest of the coat will drape well.  So, what did I change?  I took in the shoulders about 0.5″ and lowered the armsyce about 0.25″, and that’s it.

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I wore my pea coat to a weekend away with my mommy group friends to Paso Robles and felt warm and stylish.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos with me in the jacket, doh!  Let’s just say I had too much during the tasting and spent a good part of it sleeping it off in the car.  Still, a nap without kids bugging you is pure bliss.

Because a post would not be complete without the said kids.  Here they are trying to get into the pea coat action.

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Suzanne hinted that a kid’s pea coat may be in the pipeline :).  How adorable would that be!

Link to the pattern!

Black Friday-Cyber Monday Sales on Pattern Revolution.

Definitely join Suzanne’s FB group for other sales and inspiration.

 

 

Mini Patterns: Max Details

I know, super cheesy title right?  Sometimes a little cheese is needed on an overcast day.  I’m actually really enjoying this cool down we are experiencing.  After all, Fall is my favorite season.  Sweaters, apple cider, boots, the list goes on and one.  Which also means, pants!  I love pants, I really do.  They protect little knees from scrapes and keep little legs clean.  Kids grow so fast so sewing their own pants is actually pretty cost-effective.  Good pants patterns are hard to find.  Especially ones with great details and style.

That is why I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share my Mini Moto pants.  The pattern was designed by the talented Jessica Bustos of Lil Luxe Collection.

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I’d have to say that is one of my top 5 projects; Those amazingly unique and professional pieces that blow you away.  B is not as fond of pants as I am, so I decided to do all the top stitching in pink.  It was a success and I was even able to send her to school in them!

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Jessica has a fabulous method of making and adding the belt loops.  My first experience with belt loops made me so angry I threw the shorts away.  This pattern and method by contrast made it a breeze.  Also, a zipper fly!  I’ve been avoiding them, but the instructions and the photos make the process really pain-free.  Jess also had a tip that I’ve honestly never tried before.  Want a hint?  Tape.  Yup, just regular ol’ scotch tape.

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Check out the awesome pintucking details at the knees.  It’s well worth the effort!  If you are lazy like me, you don’t really even have to press in between each tuck.  Even C got in on the Mini Moto action.  Or, because the fit of these pants is so amazing, Jess even has a section on how to combine all the front panels to bring the pants to the basics.

 

I can’t believe how big she is getting!!  And now she also has proper pants.

 

Next up is the Mini Button Up!  You’ll absolutely love the details on this pattern too.

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Let me list all the things I adore about this shirt.

  1. Gorgeous full collar
  2. Gathered shoulders
  3. Cutest little pleat at the sleeve
  4. Gentle shirt curve (finished with bias trim, how easy!)
  5. Box pleat in the back
  6. Separate back yoke so you can play with fabrics (cue next photo)

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I was going for a country cowgirl theme.  Now I just need to find little cowboy boots for her!  Grandma and Grandpa over in cow country, can this be a birthday present request? *wink wink*

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Daddy says she gets spoiled, but how can I say no to this face!

 

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The best news for you?  LLC’s sale is still going on, check out the rest of the amazing patterns too!  Use code “sewnstyle” until this Friday 10/9/2015.