Saturday, February 25, 2017

Megan Skirt Sew-A-Long

I am excited to announce our first Sew-A-Long at Designer Stitch!
We are going to make the newly released Megan Skirt, currently on sale for $8.00  

This pattern is a quick and easy pattern designed for a variety of mid-weight fabrics, and a center panel offering even more options. It is a multi-sized pattern perfect for any climate. Currently in my winter months I am pairing this with a great sweater and boots, but come warmer weather I will have many more options. The pockets are amazing, I might add.

I was thrilled to be able to test this skirt, as I have very few in my wardrobe. I chose a nice green striped fabric, also something I do not have in my closet. I love how it turned out and was about to make another when I thought it would be fun to give others the opportunity to sew one with me.

starting 3-5-2017 AU (3-4-2017 US). I will have an event all set up for us with post for each day to share our progress. I look forward to seeing everyone's beautiful Megan Skirts! At the end of the SAL we will draw one winner who will be able to pick a pattern of their choice from DesignerStitch.

SAL Schedule:
Day 1: Print Pattern, Measurements, and Fabric Selection
Day 2: Front of Skirt
Day 3: Back of Skirt
Day 4: Zipper and Yoke Facing
Day 5: Catch up Day
Day 6: Finish Hem
Day 7: Final Photos

Make sure to pick up your pattern while its on sale here.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love in Venice

It is Valentine's Day, the day to celebrate the love of and for the special people in our lives. In my house the kids typically are the ones that get spoiled with gifts and candy, but I wanted to spoil myself this year.

I only recently began sewing my own clothes, well it's been a year, but it still seems new with all that I have learned, and still learn. I wanted something special to wear for my Valentine's date night and remembered this amazing dress I had the honor of testing last year. The Venice Dress from New Horizons. These are from last year and I have certainly come a long way since then.

I love this pattern and the options available with length and sleeve type including split long and short sleeves, standard long and short sleeves, sleeveless, mini, maxi and a high-low hemline. The pattern is for sizes 00-26. As for fabric, I have used a lightweight knit on all three I have made, but would also be perfect in a Lightweight Woven, Rayon Challis, Voille, Georgette, and more, You just want to use something with a drape.

I wanted my dress for Valentine's Day to amazing so I went with the split long sleeve option in the mini. Fabric was the challenge for me. I wanted so bad to make this in a micro-suede kit, but there was not enough fabric available and it could not be ordered. I was devastated, until stumbling up a stunning floral at Joann's that was screaming to be made into this dress.

I was fearful the split sleeve would far exceed my skills to date, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy this was to stitch together. While I love pockets, I chose to leave them out this time around since it was more formal than the two prior versions I made,but the option is there.

I did need a little extra so I added the strap across the back which is included in the pattern. Since this was a knit I actually used double fold bias tape instead to avoid it stretching out.

It is still quite chilly out here so I was able to pair this with some fleece legging and boots for date night. When it warms up I can pair this with a great pair of heels. I received nothing but compliments all night long on date night no matter where we went. I have already decided for this summer to make the split sleeve maxi and cannot wait to show that Venice off too.


I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day and hope you not just celebrate love today, 
but every single day!

 Photos are provided by I just Love My Photos

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