New Year, New Sews: I Can Try New Things!

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Hello there! Thanks for stopping by the Sewing By Ti Blog Tour: New Sews for the New Year. We’ve got lots of great bloggers sharing their creations with you this month. Make sure to check them all out! (Full list at the bottom of the page.)

Well the title says New Sews for the New Year, so that meant I had to do something different. And new. Eek.

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I have been stuck in a sewing rut. I don’t know…does it really count as a rut if you’re happy in it? No, let’s not say rut. Let’s say pattern. I’m in a sewing pattern (ha! I didn’t get that until I wrote it out – what a goofball). Outside of testing – I tend to reach for the same patterns over and over. And, hey, it’s okay to have your favorites! But you gotta try to branch out a little sometimes…and I don’t. Well, that’s what sewing resolutions are for! I have a few my friends, but trying new patterns is probably my number one. (I’m also trying to be more active on instagram. You can follow me and the chaos I don’t blog about @sewlikeasloth 🙂)

For this blog tour I decided to really push myself and I tried TWO new patterns! TWO new (to me) designers! And fabric that was a little outside my comfort zone! I was pushing all kind of boundaries with these creations, folks…and I love it!

Make one: Mama’s shirt

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Hey June Union St Tee (original version), featuring unicorn panel from Moon Beam Textile Co (affil link).

Up first, my very own unicorn shirt! (Sorrynotsorry about the ear worm. 😉) I used a cotton lycra panel and a light french terry to create this long-sleeved Hey June Union St Tee. (P.S. another first! I mixed fabrics. I never do that.) People have been telling me for ages to try this tee. I don’t know why I haven’t. Now I want a closet full of them.

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Fun fact! It was less than 20 degrees when this picture was taken. Brrrrrrrrr!

If you’ve been waffling on this pattern, stop. Go get it now. The fit is fantastic. I need to hurry up and learn to do a forward shoulder adjustment, which shows more in this top because of the material. But the pattern itself is on point. This shirt has quickly moved up to being at the top of my clothing rotation list. Right up there with my cozy grey Love Notions Sloane. I’ve worn it out several times and received multiple compliments on it. That’s always exciting! 🙂 I didn’t realize that the pattern had been updated until after I made it. I was perfectly happy with this version, which is the original, but I’m excited to give the updated version a whirl too. It’s just so good, people. So. Good.

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I won’t lie. I am ridiculously proud of this little appliqué detail. Leave no fabric scraps behind!

Make Two: Baby outfit!
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Apple Tree Grow Fonder and Opulent Monsters Basic Monster Bunz, also featuring Moon Beam Textile Co (affil) unicorn panel and coordinate.

So, this is point blank the cutest thing I’ve ever made. The end. That’s it. There’s nowhere to go from here but down. The Grow Fonder was the new pattern, so that’s the one I’m going to focus on here. (I do recommend the Monster Bunz though.) I heard good things about this pattern and was curious. I hate the idea of using custom fabric for a baby who will outgrow it in 2 seconds. Let’s face it, though I love it, custom fabric ain’t cheap. If a shirt can last her for more than a month, I’m willing to give it a try! I must say I’m super impressed with the Grow Fonder. This one is a bit big for my baby. I went off of her chest measurements, and it put her at the bottom of the 1-3 yr size. (She’s 8-months-old.) I figured it would be a little long, which I don’t mind that at all. The neck opening is a bit big though. She’ll grow into it in no time. Next time, for a better fit, I’ll try the 3-12 month size. Others reported the it continued to fit their little one long after they passed the 12-month mark. Help was quickly offered when I posted a question in the Facebook group. I’m really happy with this top. I don’t usually do colors this bright. I’m boring. 😂 But I don’t think I could love it more. The panel as an appliqué brings me great joy. I hadn’t done that before, and I am quite tickled with the result. I admit it! It’s not often I feel so happy with something I made. But how could I be anything but happy with this adorableness?!?!?!
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The best part? Mommy & Me!!! ❤️

 

Whew. This was a long post, but I was just so excited to share with you all. 😂 What a successful way to start the year! Try out something new in 2018 and see what awesome creations you can discover!
Do you have sewing resolutions this year? What are they? 🙂
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Crazy hair, silly baby face, but lots of love.

Check out these awesome bloggers for more sewing inspiration this month!
Monday, January 1st: Introduction- Sewing by Ti


Sunday, January 7th: Minn’s Things
8th Lilla Gumma
9th Threadistry
10th Very Blissful
11th Margarita on the Ross
12th Stitched by Jennie
13th Mermaid Mama Designs

Sunday, January 14th: Sew Like a Sloth *** You are here. 😀
Sunday January 21st: Flaxfield Sewing
Sunday January 28th: Sew Haute Blog

 

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Celebrate the Holidays: Sewing with Good Intentions

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Hello there friends! This post is part of the Celebrate the Holidays: December Sewing by Ti Blog Tour. Say that 5 times fast! 😉 I’m so happy to be a part of another Sewing by Ti Blog Tour and hope you’ll enjoy reading this and all the other posts this month. See the bottom of this page for a full listing of all the awesome blogs on this tour.

I had this vision. I wanted to make special family Christmas PJs. We’d be all adorable and matchy and my hair would be perfect and we’d have a picture with all of us looking at the camera and smiling – like a Pinterest Christmas card! Now if this were Pinterest, I’d have lovely pictures for you of a charming, happy, smiling family in pajamas made of organic wool that I harvested and spun myself, and then sewed together in my immaculate and organized sewing room on my machine that never skips a stitch.

I had such good intentions, but this is Sew Like a Sloth, you know that’s not how it goes! 😂 Here’s how it worked in real life:

*pause to comfort my crying baby who just fell on her face for the millionth time because she has decided at not-quite-8-months-old, crawling is for chumps and she wants to walk*

 

Look at us. Totally Pinterest worthy, right? (Incidentally, I am wearing my first ever Greenstyle (affil link) tester creation – when I was just a little baby brand new sewist and tester – the one button cardigan. I wear this fleece cardigan All. The. Time. around the house when I’m cold. Which is all the time right now in Michigan.)

Confession: Last year I also had grand plans of sewing for the holidays. Last year I was pretty darn pregnant, and having complications, and totally burned out. Last year I gave my husband a bag of fabric and called it the gift of good intentions. 

My internship ended December 15th. I planned to work furiously on the PJs after that to be ready for Pinterest perfection December 25th. Great. Good plan.

…But I didn’t have the fabric I wanted…and I couldn’t get it in time. Bad planning and indecisiveness on my part.

…also, my family wanted to enjoy this unique opportunity to spend time with me.

…and, to be honest, I had a case of the Christmas blues. 2017 has been such a hard year. Money is really tight and I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do for my family. I know the holiday isn’t about presents, but I love my family so much, I just wanted to do some nice things for them. I couldn’t do that this year.

…and then this strange thing happened, my body gave up on me. I was exhausted. I had been pushing and pushing myself and telling myself that I just had to make it until break. Apparently, my body took me at my word. I just could not get the gumption to sit down and sew a family’s worth of pajamas.

What to do with all these good intentions and no energy to conjure them into actual creations? I did not want to give another bag of fabric! I did not want to give up on my cute PJ pictures!

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They’re plotting something here, right?

I took Tim Gunn’s advice. We could still have handmade touches to our holiday! The kids could still look cute in Christmas PJs together. I could “make it work”.

I made Wholiday tops for the kids earlier in the year because I’m a nerd and I’m raising my kids right. And, because sometimes I’m smart, I sized up for the baby in the hope that the shirt would fit her properly at Christmas. It did! Go me! I used the Brindille & Twig free ringer tee pattern for the baby. It’s a good, quick and dirty sew. I wouldn’t say it’s amazing, but it’s free and it does the job.

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I used the Duck Butt Designs Treasure Pocket Tee (sans pocket) for my son. I really like DBD for panels and kid patterns. The fit on this is very slim, be aware. He’s a bean pole and it’s definitely snug on him, and I sized up. I find that with DBD patterns, it’s best to just go with the RTW (ready-to-wear) size for your kid.

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The fabric from Moon Beam Textile Company (affil link) is glorious (solids from Purple Seamstress). I particularly love the panels. (I probably have a couple stashed away in Caroline size for next year.) I’m not sure that there is any left for retail, but if you’re a Who fan, it’s worth checking when the shop reopens!

We enjoy presents in our own way – opening them or eating them!

The baby also loved the taggie blanket that her brother made her (fabric also from Moon Beam Textile Company). She tried to eat all the wrapping paper anyway, alas. Not quite as distracting as I’d hoped.

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It wasn’t family PJs and the pictures may not be Pinterest worthy, but the kids had a fun Christmas. And I did get some pictures of my babies together, in their matching geeky tops, that I will treasure…and that I can embarrass them with when they’re older. 🙂 Let’s be honest, the best Christmas present for me wasn’t under the tree. It was the present arrived in May, that completes our family, that made me a mom again, and made my son a big brother. Seeing my children together this Christmas was the best gift I could have hoped for. And I technically made them, so…I’m putting this holiday down as a win in the handmade holiday column. 😉

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Check out the rest of the amazing bloggers in this tour!

December 1st Sewing By Ti (intro), Octaves of Color

Sunday December 3rd, Me Made
4th: Sew Sophie Lynn
5th: Hazelnut Handmade
6th: Tales from a Southern Mom

Monday December 11th, Tenille’s Thread
12th: MNW Sews
13th: Mahlica Designs
14th: Very Blissful
15th: Stitched by Jennie

Monday December 18th, Kate Will Knit
19th: Sewing by Ti
20th: Vicky Myers Creations
21st: Margarita on the Ross
22nd: Auschick Sews
23rd: Shalini’s Blog

Tuesday December 26th: Seams Sew Low
27th: EYMM
28th: Sew Like a Sloth
29th: Sewing By Ti
30th: Kathys Kwilts and More
31st: Embrace Everyday

 

 

Sunday Everyday!: Greenstyle Sunday Cardigan

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Who’s ready for a White Christmas? Me! I’m a regular Rosemary Clooney in this pic!

Look. I love a duster cardigan. I mean, LOVE. Cozy, sheik, elegant – a duster cardigan is all of these things. I can pretend I know something about fashion when I wear one and be wrapped in a cocoon of warm happiness. WIN. So, when I had the opportunity to test the new (affil link) Greenstyle Sunday Cardigan, I jumped at it! Lucky me! I was selected to test. Unlucky me: I did it again somehow, friends. I chose devil fabric. Lucky me again: It looks awesome, so nobody has to know how evil it was to work with. 😂

You know me, folks. It’s just not a sewing project without some kind of failure. I hate to let you down! 😂 I had this fabric in my stash for a bit – in fact, I was about to destash it. I ordered it with one idea, and when it arrived, I realized it wouldn’t work for the project I had planned (story of online fabric purchasing life, amiright?), so I put it into the hoard collection and it sat there for a long time. As you know if you’ve been reading for a bit, we have a (relatively) new baby in the house. And, as you also know if you’ve ever spent any time with babies, they have a knack for making everything a giant mess. I originally signed up to test thinking of a certain sweater knit I have. Well, I couldn’t find it. 😂 #Realmomlife #fabrichoardingproblems #babiesmakeeverythingchaotic Then I found this mystery sweater knit and thought, “this is perfect!” And it is! But it was not perfect to sew. Oh no. Sewing it was like wrangling an angry badger. It also attracts hair like a magnet, which is super convenient since I have a chihuahua that sheds approximately his body weight in hair everyday. It’s an actual scientific mystery how he is not bald. Anyhoo, I used this sweater knit to make a duster length, split hem, standard sleeve version of the Sunday Cardigan. Size large. Because I like donuts and I had two babies who wrecked the place and I’m not apologizing for it.

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My head is cropped out of this for a reason. It was super bright out and my face is equivalent to a shrieking raisin shriveling in the sun. 😂 Sweater looks good though!

The amazing thing about this pattern is that it is so good, it made the evil fabric transform from demon into angel. When I put it on, a ray of light shines down and I can hear singing. True story. It’s amazing and cozy and the PERFECT color and I will love it as soon as I stop being mad at it for being so darn stubborn to sew.

Pattern attributes and options, of which there are many:

  • No trim and layers!
  • A0 version available
  • 50% stretch required
  • ~3 yds fabric needed for full-length
  •  Options (so much bang for your buck!):
    • knee length & duster length
    • side splits or no side splits
    • regular sleeve, cuff, or super sassy lace up cuff
    • pockets (I don’t actually consider these optional, because why wouldn’t you want pockets???)
    • hood or no hood (I only didn’t do a hood because I didn’t have quite enough fabric, but obviously I’ll choose hood in the future because I will always choose the most Jedi-like option in a pattern.)
    • Vest or LS cardigan. WHAT?! All the layering possibilities

I love this pattern so much I want to marry it. It is exactly what I have been looking for and fills a necessary hole in my made-by-me wardrobe. You may remember that we briefly had our own LuLaRoe business. We had to close the business for health reasons, unfortunately, and I’m moving more towards a me-made wardrobe anyway (more on that coming soon!). But, friends, I love Sarahs and Joys. Love, love them. They’re a fantastic layering piece! But I just can’t justify the cost. I’m not here to badmouth LLR because that’s not how I roll, but I also know if I make it, it will fit better. Because of course a custom made garment will fit better than a commercial one. Duh. Well, now I can make my own. And I can make them with even more options and tailored to my body. It’s a Christmas miracle! Thank you, Angie!

Bottom line: Why have you even finished reading this? Go get yours. Now! 😉 I’d love for you to use my affiliate link: here.

Note: I would suggest sizing down if you are in between sizes, especially if you’re using really stretchy fabric. My bust is between L and XL and XL was too big on me. L is a much, much better fit. But that’s just my two cents!

P.S. If you’re wondering about the difference between this and the GS Capsule Cardigan, you can check out Sarah’s comparison of them here! I tested both and I will say that it didn’t even occur to me that I didn’t need both. They’re two different sweaters that both have a place in my wardrobe. (But I’m a cardi girl – layering power!)

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Thanks for reading!

 

Love Notions Handmade Holiday Tour: The Gift of Sewing

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Learning to sew. (With my handy dandy reminders taped to my serger in the background – haha!)

I love making handmade gifts. I feel like they have a little extra sprinkle of love and joy in them. Luckily, my family appreciates gifts I make, which certainly makes creating them more enjoyable. 🙂 But I’ll be honest, sometimes the making of the gift defeats the purpose of the gift. I get a little perfectionist about my creations and spend a lot of time making them, maybe stress about them a bit. And then I emerge from the sewing table, with crazy eyes and disheveled hair, fueled by caffeine and over-exhaustion and profanities, and hand the gift over grumpily. “HERE! Enjoy it.” Sprinkled with extra  hatred love.

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You better love this stupid gift!

It’s not always pretty. So, I’m trying something different this year. I’m passing on the gift of frenzied gift making to future generations. I’m teaching my son to sew. I swear this was his idea!

As you may already know, I’m in graduate school. I’m a mom, a wife, a student, a researcher, a clinical intern, a person trying to make her way through life. I’m busy. Lately, my son has been expressing his sadness that I have to go to work and I have to go to class. “I don’t want you to go, mommy,” he exclaims as he clings to me. “I hate that you have to leave.” I hate that I have to leave too, sweetheart.

“Will you be done with school soon?”

He calls the nights I have work and class “stinky Wednesdays”.

He’s over this whole mommy-is-gone all the time thing. And it just so happens that he wants to learn how to sew. So, sewing it is!

He’s been “helping” me sew for a little while. He steps on the pedal while I sew; he helps pick fabric and patterns, etc. I started officially teaching him by having him sew lines and line drawings on paper. He did a fantastic job! I was so impressed. (Pics of his progression below)

Then, we moved on to a simple sew. He made a little softie fish from the DIY Mermaid & Pirate softie kit (affil link) from Peek-A-Boo. This was a GREAT idea for a beginner. The directions are pretty simple, everything is all laid out, and you can still kind of sew by following the lines. He is in love with his fish and has happily added it to his MASSIVE collection of “friends”.

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Mermaid & Pirate DIY Softie Kit from PAB. Picture of kit from Peek-A-Boo’s Fabric Shop. (affil links)

But my boy has a giving heart. He wanted to make something for someone else. It’s almost Christmas after all! He asked to make a gift for his sister. I still wanted it to be semi-simple, so I suggested a taggie blanket. I admit I never saw the point of these things before. My son was not much of a tag chewer. Baby girl, on the other hand…she can’t get enough of those tags. Her favorite snack is the tags on her bibs! He thought the blanket was a great idea. He picked out the fabric, the ribbons, and sewed the blanket together. I did the topstitching. I let him pick minky as the backer, which was of course, stupid of me. If you’ve ever sewn with minky, you know that stuff is a pain. Slippery little devil! But it’s his favorite fabric and he wanted it for his sister, and who am I to say no to that. Oh well! 🙂

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This is a Christmas present and my son was adamant that baby sister couldn’t see her present early. I had to sneak this pic when he wasn’t looking. 😂 I’d say she likes it!

I wasn’t the best teacher. I was sometimes impatient. I sometimes stepped in and took over when I should have let him keep trying. But we had a lot of time together. Unadulterated time. Time when he asked questions and told stories and had my undivided attention. I didn’t have to do homework or go to class or hold his sister. I just had to sew with him. The time goes by so fast – if you’re a parent, you already know how painfully fast it goes. Just yesterday it seems he was the baby in that picture. I blinked and now he’s an eight-year-old boy. I meant to give him the gift of sewing, but it may have been more of a gift for me. The gift of time. Just me and my boy. I’ll take that time as long as I can get it. ❤️

Check in with these other fabulous ladies on the Love Notions Tour for more Handmade Holiday fun!

 

Take that 2017!: Sewing the Love Notions Oakley Vest

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The bottom line is that the Love Notions Oakley (affil link) is a fun and versatile pattern. Like all love Notions patterns, it has a lot of options and a lot of possibilities for more with some simple hacks. The pattern went together well, the directions were clear, and I enjoy the final product. (And check out how well it pairs with my favorite Love Notions Sloane!) But before I talk about that…

I’m gonna throw some truth out there with this post. 2017 has sucked. It’s been full of loss and pain and sadness – with one shining exception, the birth of our daughter (which I do not diminish. She is a wonderful light in our lives and watching her develop a relationship with her brother is one of the greatest things I have ever been privileged to witness). But overall, it’s just been a hard year. One of those years where the hits just keep on coming.

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Recovering from death virus is easier in a pretty vest.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you just wanted to accomplish one little thing? And the challenges to accomplishing that little thing kind of sent you over the edge? Just me? Okay then. Well, I had a moment testing this vest. I made my muslin for the test and was really happy and excited. Ready to sew! I was so excited about my fabric plan, but I had to wait for my quality sewing days to make my final. And then…virus. Evil, energy-sucking, butt-kicking, plague virus. I don’t know what that virus was, but I do believe it was sent by Beelzebub himself. I lost my quality sewing days to laying in bed, feeling like I’d been hit by a truck. And I was devastated. DEVASTATED. Like I’m embarrassed to admit this, but kind of crying all over myself devastated. I just wanted to accomplish this one little thing. I just wanted to execute this cute vest I had planned. And instead I was lying in an abyss of germs.

 

The thing is, my devastation wasn’t really about the vest or the germs. It was about the fact that I have felt helpless this entire year. I have been tossed about in the tumult of 2017 (that jerk) and have felt control over very, very little of it. The sickness was just one more thing, one more challenge to overcome, one more problem to work through. And I was done with it. So I pouted in my plague-induced haze. I felt really sad. I felt angry and frustrated. And then, I came through the other side, carved out some extra time when I felt a little better, and sewed that bugger.

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D’oh!

It isn’t perfect. The first time I sewed on the zipper, the hem ended up out of alignment (even though I basted it on first! Rude!). So, I ripped the rude side out and put the whole thing in time out for a couple hours for misbehaving. Then, after it had learned its lesson, I came back to it and fixed it. The corners on the bias tape aren’t quite as sharp as I’d like (it was my first time doing that technique). I think I could’ve gotten the pockets put on a bit more cleanly.

*shrug* It’s not perfect.

But I love it! For once, the final product was pretty darn close to my vision. And I got to try a new thing! Underlining! I didn’t even know that was a thing until this test. Look at me learning new things in my old age! The lining is a magnificent and thick mustard and grey flannel from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The outer fabric is a soft quilted fabric, with really nice drape (that I think I also got from RCF). The vest is surprisingly warm with these two fabrics paired together.

Like I said, I really like this pattern. The Oakley (affil link) comes in three different views.  I tried out both view B (pictured) and C (princess seamed version – princess seams are life) in the large, and love both. View A, the fur vest, may be too cool for me. I don’t know…not sure I can pull that one off. I’ll get a lot of use out of the other two though. The instructions are clear. There are lengthen/shorten lines, if needed. I wish the zipper were finished a little bit more cleanly, and not so exposed on the inside, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the pattern. I might try a little hack with the next one to fine tune that a bit. Overall, I give this pattern a solid and enthusiastic thumbs up. I give the virus a big fat thumbs down. (Well, really I give it another finger, but this is a family show, folks! 😉 )

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Sloane Tour: All Sloane All the Time

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Sneaky peeky!

I am so excited for this blog tour, friends. Like legitimately ecstatic. I had eyed the Love Notions Sloane (affil link) for a long time, but never made it. I don’t know why. Recently, Tami gave the pattern an update and I tested it. Ho. Lee. Cow. People. I love this pattern. I love, love, love it. I want to marry it. I want a closet full of Sloanes. I want to wear one everyday.  If you have made some in a large, please send them to me. 😉

Today I want to share two magnificent Sloanes with you to show you the versatility of the pattern. I have more! But, alas, I hurt my back and am headed out of town for a conference, so I don’t have them blog ready yet. Check back next week! I’ll have a fun little hack, a mommy/son Doctor Who set, and my spirit animal Sloane. Now, on to the pretties for this week!

The Sloane comes with lots of options: kangaroo pocket, hood or regular neckband, two body options (view A & B), two hem finishing options (curved hem (A) or banded (B)), and it even includes full bust pieces for those of you who need a FBA! Woot! Both of the Sloanes I am sharing with you today are view B. I made no modifications, except to shorten the sleeve slightly of the grey one. I have short arms. haha!

The first Sloane I made is as simple as they come. I made this one in testing. Just a simple, bang around, perfect for Fall sweatshirt. Made of a french terry/sweatshirt combo fabric. It’s soft. It has amazing drape. I want to cocoon myself in it and hibernate there until winter is over.  Look at my “I’m so happy I made this” face in the first picture. It’s true. I am so happy I made it. Even my husband is jealous of this awesome Sloane. (I told Tami we need a men’s version! haha!)

The next one I made for this tour. It’s the fancy, sassy cousin of my bang around sweatshirt. And I won’t lie to you, it is completely impractical for my life. But I don’t care. It’s glorious. I loves it.

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Those sleeves are gonna get dunked in mac and cheese in about 5 minutes. Still love it.

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Sassy and see-through. Because I have so many places to wear that. You know what? I don’t have anywhere to wear the tiara either. Doesn’t stop me.

I made this version out of a gorgeous open weave sweater knit from Simply by Ti.* It was my first time working with this type of knit and I’ll be honest, I was intimidated. But I had a vision and I was going to make it happen!

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Vision achieved.

This look was pretty simple to achieve. It wasn’t simple to sew, but it was darn simple to create. I just added this fancy trim I found at JoAnn Fabrics to the sleeve hem and the shirt hem. I used black CL for the neckband. Done and done!

I’m going to admit something now. I didn’t intend to make the sleeves fancy. But the serger tried to give one sleeve a thumbhole. That was not helpful. So I had to do something. Mistake crafting (that’s my special name for most-of-Caroline’s-creations-are-the-product-of-fixing-some-error) to the rescue! Fancy trim cuff. Boom.

This sweater knit is so gorgeous and SO SOFT. It’s like wearing a cloud made of bunnies. I won’t lie to you. I’ve gotta be gentle with this top. It’s a little delicate. Not because it’s poor quality – not at all! It’s just the nature of this kind of weave. You don’t want to wear it near a rose bush. haha! But it is absolutely delicious, and really was not as scary to sew with as I anticipated. I do suggest reinforcing the seams and sewing with patience. Play your meditation music. 😉 I’m delighted with how the top came out. And I can’t wait to show you the other Sloanes I am working on! They all make me so happy.

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I’m teaching my son to sew. (He’s doing really well. I’m so impressed!) He wanted to help me with this blog, so he took all the pictures of the sweater knit Sloane. Didn’t he do a great job??? 🙂 I’m a proud mama! But he did insist that I do one picture with a “silly pose”. He told me to be a weeping angel (link for the non-Doctor Who fans out there). I think Tyra Banks would give me the thumbs up on my interpretation. 😉

Make sure you check out the awesome creations coming at you for the rest of the blog tour! And check back here next week for the other Sloanes I have to show you! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
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*I am a fabric ambassador for Simply by Ti and received this fabric at a discount. The opinions expressed about the fabric are honest and are my own.

Monster Mash Tour: Halloween is my favorite!

I’m back for another Sewing By Ti Blog tour and this one is near and tear to my heart because it’s about Halloween!!!!

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I got married on Halloween. This year marks lucky number 13 for us! This is also my 5th year making my son’s Halloween costumes. This year he had a challenge for me. He wanted to be Bane from Lego Batman. In case you don’t have an 8-year-old obsessed with all things Lego or are not familiar with the Lego Batman movie, here are some pictures for reference:

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Craft challenge (backpack)? Check.

Sewing challenge (muscle shirt)? Check.

Logistics challenge (tubes inserting to muscles)? Check.

Well, of course this is what he wanted to be for Halloween. But mama was up for it! Thankfully, the hot glue gun (who was the real hero here) was also up for it. Of course, it all came together at the last minute, after many finger burns and curse words…and what project wouldn’t be complete without a date with the old seam ripper?! Sadly, I did not get any great pictures of the finished project. 😦 The kidlet was too darn excited to trick-or-treat! Sometimes life works out that way. But it really did happen!

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Here’s a breakdown of what I did:

Mask. This was essentially two pieces of black cotton lycra serged together like a balaclava with no opening. Then I put it on him and noted where his eyes and mouth were. Then I freehanded the designs on the Bane’s luchador mask and stitched them on. The red eyes are red tulle. The silver accents are silver athletic cosplay spandex from Joann’s Then I cut out the cotton lycra fabric so he could see and breathe. I also had to add a little strip of silver to the back because my son noted that Bane has a zipper on the back of his mask and felt very attached to the idea. Mama wasn’t adding an actual zipper thankyouverymuch, so the silver fabric would have to do.

Vest. This was the least complicated and least hacked of everything I made. It’s the Twig & Tale pathfinder vest. The fabric is some of that soft faux sheep’s wool stuff that I can never remember the name of, and a faux micro suede. Both were from Joann’s. The thickness was a pain to sew, but the pattern went together beautifully and this vest will be SO COZY for fall and winter. I’m really happy with it and hope he will keep wearing it. He said he would!

Muscle shirt. This is two Patterns for Pirates Jolly Roger Raglans sewn in a cheap, crappy, prone to running devil fabric. Also from Joann’s. I sewed one and hot glued foam on for the muscles. Then sewed another (just slightly bigger) and stitched them together at the neckline. (Same technique as doing a facing or lining.) And voila! Muscle shirt.

Pants. Are RTW from Old Navy. I did have to hack the waist band for my super skinny fabric sensitive kid.

I’ll tell you about crafting the backpack in another post. It involved a cereal box, toilet paper rolls, random items, a lot of glueing, and a rather clever (if I do say so myself) lighting effect. And I’ll try to get better pics of the costume. Until then, here’s our Batman villain family: Poison Ivy and her poison plant and Bane (not pictured: party pooper, I-won’t-dress-up husband).

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October 1st: Sewing By Ti Intro *** You are here.

Monday, October 2nd: Sewing Blue

3rd: That’s Sew Lily

4th: Hazelnut Handmade

5th: Seams Sew Lo

6th: Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 9th: That’s Sew Amy

10th: Stitched By Jennie

11th: Hazelnut Handmade

12th: Seams Sew Lo

Friday the 13th!: Crafty Like a Rox

Sunday, October 15th: Mermaids Den

16th: Very Blissful

17th: Robynne and the Bobbin

18th: Sewing By Ti

19th: Octaves of Color

20th: Tenille’s Thread

Tuesday, October 24th: Adventures with Bubba and Bug

25th: My Heart Will Sew On

26th: Ma Moose Handmade

27th: EYMM

28th: Mermaid Mama Designs

29th: The Fairy Dust Bin

Monday, October 30th: Doctora Botones

Happy Halloween, October 31st: Sew Like a Sloth