Love Notions – Fraser Cardigan

I am so happy with my latest make. This is the Love Notions Fraser Cardigan and it is everything I didn’t know I needed.

The Fraser Cardigan is so awesome! I love a cocoon style cardi that hugs my booty. The fact that it has gigantic pockets is a bonus! I didn’t have a single other cocoon style pattern, in my extensive collection, that had pockets like this or even pockets actually. I love that Love Notions figured out how to make this one and make it awesome. It is fairly quick to sew and fit is on point as usual. I used an bold black and white striped Jersey blend for my cardigan. This fabric was hanging out in my stash for months and it was time to start using it. I was digging in my stash for a lovely black and white print to use when I spotted this one. I knew the black and white would work with so many other garments I had so it was a easy decision. I wear a ton of colorful prints and I wanted a black and white cardigan for layering and this is so perfect. I have already worn it three times. I am also working on a navy and brown floral print Fraser and it is almost finished.

Let’s talk about all the details of the pattern. Per Love Notions standard, this one comes in sizing through 5x with an included FBA.

  • Meant for knit fabrics
  • 2 views: plain banded & hooded
  • Hemmed or cuffed sleeves
  • Pockets
  • Full bust option

I am wearing the plain banded version here. I sewed the 3x FBA graded to a 4x waist and hip. I added a band to the top of my pockets and turned my print the opposite direction so my stripes would run vertically and pop from the main fabric stripes. Since my fabric had slightly less stretch in this direction, I measured the width of the pocket opening and subtracted one inch to determine the length of my band. I used solid black DBP for my pockets and cuffs. I love that they stand out and break of the busy print. I didn’t want to add in another solid color and I certainly didn’t want white pockets. 🙂

This cardigan only required a 25% fabric stretch so it is perfect for the majority of knits. I mentioned I used Jersey, but French Terry, Cotton Lyrca, Brushed Poly, or even sweater knits would work well with this. I love that it is so versatile.

Since this is a newly released pattern, it is on sale!! The sale will get you $3 off and with code SEQUOIA10 You can save an extra 10% off!! Just type in my code at checkout. Afflink

https://www.lovenotions.com/product/fraser-cardigan/?affiliates=429

George and Ginger – Batwing Tunic

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na Batwing! For those keeping track that is the second time I have began a post here by saying that. I hope that is now stuck in your head because it has been stuck in mine for a few days now.

Bat Wings!!

I think it’s time to kick off Fall sewing season! I love fall and I love layers. I have written about that so many times here on the blog. Plus, this fall I am planning a geocaching road trip so that warrants a new wardrobe right? Even though it is still August and nearly 100* F outside, I am already wearing long sleeves to work so I don’t freeze to death!

This is the George and Ginger Batwing tunic. While this tunic is pretty awesome on its own, it also has a cardigan included in the pattern. It is like a 2 for 1 deal! This time, I only sewed the straight hem tunic version, but that cardigan is coming up soon so stay tuned! You could also make the included hi lo hem option! I really love pattern options!!

I have to admit, I have only sewn a few Batwing tops, but I feel like this one is my favorite. I really love that it has an overly slouchy fit and I already want another one. As I was figuring out which pattern I planned to use for this fabric, I knew I wanted something I could wear with jeans or dress pants, a skirt or even over a dress to mix up the look a little bit! I have been mentally thinking of garments which will be more versatile in my wardrobe. I have a lot of single purpose garments that don’t mix and match well with what I already have and I need to fix that. Which patterns are your favorites? LMK.

I used this midweight Black French Terry from Stitchin’ Pretties. It is fantastic, Friends! I love the weight and feel of it. I kinda need it in all the colors. I had a two yard cut of this and even though the Batwing Tunic directions said I would need 2.5 yards, it worked with my 2 yard cut! Success!!! In case you have been out of the loop for a long long time, SP still has their buy 2 continuous yards and get a surprise yard of fabric free! BONUS!

I made a few minor tweaks to my pattern. I am at the tippy top of George and Ginger’s “Old School” size chart so I added a little additional width across the belly and hip area. I didn’t want it to be fitted here since that was not the intended fit. For my next one, I will also add about .5 inch additional width around the cuff so it is slightly less snug on my forearms. The best part of sewing my own clothing is that I can made these adjustments and then the fit is spot on!

When I first became a tester at George and Ginger, I know I was going to have to expand my closet colors and prints because I am a floral girl at all times, so here we go…black. LOL I think the Batwing pairs perfectly with my Snakeskin pants! I made the pants too and they were actually the first episode of Refashion your Closet on my Youtube channel. You can watch as I make them here. (Please go show me some love, Friends!) That was a really fun make and I love the concept of the series. My plans for that series has been derailed by medical issues, but stay tuned! It is back in September!

With Spooky Season approaching now (It is Septemeber 1st, after all) is the time to get your fall sewing underway. I do suggest the George and Ginger Batwing pattern for you! Are you interested in a video on assembling this top or cardigan? I think that could be fun plus some plus size styling tips all in one video. Let me know as always. You can pick up the pattern here using my affiliate link. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Batwing Tunic and Cardigan

LN – Boyfriend Cardigan Update and Sale

Can I tell you a secret? I love a good cardigan! I love wearing my clothing in layers. Part of this is because I feel more put together and part of it is my body doesn’t know if it wants to be hot or cold…Life. lol

I made this cardigan awhile ago for Momma Mia. It even made my Fall Favorites list! I used a loose weave sweater knit for hers. She wears it frequently and I think now she is going to want another one! Not so fast, Momma Mia! This one is all mine. I loved this pattern and was so happy when LN announced this one was joining the extended size chart. Now inclusive thru size 5x with an included full bust adjustment. Not only did the size range increase, but there is now a duster length included and a flat even collar. Seriously, I am so happy about this update! I used a really great plaid sweater knit.

I love the split hem detail!! This is 100% the nicest my split hem has ever looked!

Let’s begin by talking about the options I went with. I am wearing the mid thigh length version with the shawl collar. This is my go-to length for most things and it is perfect over my new Vivace Dress which is also by Love Notions. Worth noting here: This is my original test version and at the last minute additional length was added to the center front to give this pattern a more even look across the front hem. **The current pattern will be more even along the bottom hem.** You are welcome. Spoiler Alert: I already have big plans for a teal blue one using a honeycomb fabric and a flat band!

Included Options/Features

  • Meant for knit fabrics
  • Mid thigh length, Duster length
  • Shawl or Flat collar or hood
  • Drop shoulder
  • Side vents
  • Drop pockets

I am wearing my brand new Boyfriend Cardigan over the Love Notions Vivace dress made in a woven fabric. If you can remember back, I have made myself and Momma Mia this dress in lovely knits so this time I switched it up. This pattern is drafted for either woven or knit fabric. The pattern has separate bodices for these options so you have to pay attention to the print chart before printing. I decided to add three extra inches to the length so that I was certain my dress would be longer than my cardigan and I wanted this to be wearable for work.

This amazing red fabric is called CEY Air Flow . It is textured but light weight and has a wonderful drape. I was happy that it sewed up easily too. Many times I have said I am not great with woven fabrics and this year I have really been putting effort into doing better with them. I highly recommend giving this fabric a try! You can pick it up at Sly Fox Fabrics here . I should also tell you that this comes in a lovely mustard/yellow toned fabric as well. If you haven’t looked lately, Sly Fox Fabrics has some really pretty woven prints. There are some Bubble Crepe fabrics that I have my eye on. I love this Tropical Paradise print it may have just jumped into my cart when I was going there to get this photo for you.

I never knew how much I needed a red dress until now! I am so happy with this and have already wore it twice! Trust me, you will love it as much as I do. This would also make a gorgeous Lyric dress with the button front placket or a flowy Rhapsody.

Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan

Currently on sale for $5.00 on 3/26 only. Then it will be $9 through Sunday. The regular price will be $12. Now is the time to shop!!

Love Notions Vivace Pattern

Sly Fox Fabrics CEY Air Flow in Red

EAM – Go Exploring Cardigan

Hi Friends! I have been lazy about blogging lately. I sewed this one up months ago actually. Ugg I have been a bum, but trying to motivate myself. I have several really great things to share actually. So with this first picture, you will see that I am not the one wearing my lovely new cardigan…Momma Mia is. Huummm….Keep Reading.

I received this amazing stretch velvet from Stitchin’ Pretties for my monthly promo fabric and then used some pretty SP scraps I had in my bin for the accents. Floral and Stripes will always be amazing together, you will never convince me otherwise. You can find this lovely fabric listed as Jocelyn here. I thought it would make a beautiful cardigan and I wasn’t wrong. Let’s start with talking about velvet a bit.

When working with any sort of velvet you have to keep in mind it has a nap. This just means that the fabric lays one way and and you want it to all match. Usually if you brush your hand down the garment it will be smooth, if you pull your hand up along the fabric it will be rougher. Another thing with velvet, it you won’t iron it like normal cotton fabric. Again this is because of the nap. If you lay it on your ironing board and press the heck out of it, you will crush your pretty nap. If you have to iron it, you can use a velvet board or have two besties help you hold your fabric up in the iron and iron the back side. Note to readers, I didn’t iron this at all. 🙂 Also check your stretch percentage when making a a garment. This is should be a given, but sometimes I don’t do it. This is why Momma Mia now has a pretty new cardigan and I don’t. I sewed the 5x to give myself some extra wiggle room, but it was still too tight. Momma Mia is 3 sizes smaller and it fits her well. She is so happy with it.

I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to use this lush fabric for a cardigan. After looking at several, I decided to try out the Go Exploring Cardigan from Ellie and Mac. I had not made this one yet, but really liked the look of it. All of the models on the website looked super stylish. So I quickly printed and assembled my pattern. I really like that EAM patterns are pretty straight forward and I have made enough of them to have the routine down.

My pockets flapped open a bit more than I liked, so I dug into my button stash and produced these lovelies. Momma Mia sewed them on herself! Another change I would have made was actually adjusting for height. I normally don’t height adjust on anything that is shirt or cardigan because my side waist measurement is normal even though I am short. This cardigan is on the longer length so was too long for my taste. Note to self for the next time.

The Go Exploring Cardigan is now on sale for $4. Here is my afflink. Using my link doesn’t change anything for you, but I receive a small commission from the designer as a thank you.

Beautiful Stretch Velvet fabric is here.

The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe – Guest Sewist

Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe

I was recently picked to be a guest sewist for Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe. The deal is I receive a bundle of mystery fabric, I make a quick video of opening the package and then sew up a garment of my choice…sounds easy, Right? When I opened my fabric, I was excited to find Rib Knit…Brushed Poly Rib Knit actually.  Super Soft, Super Stretchy, Super Springy! These colors are beautiful and so cheery!

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I immediately thought about sewing a tank and cardigan, but knew it would be a stretch to make a cardigan from 2 yards of fabric. I toyed around with the idea of a cozy long sleeve shirt, maybe some color blocking, but in the end a color blocked cardigan won out. I decided to start with the Ellie and Mac Chapman Cardigan as a base. I have sewn it before and it is a nice cardigan. I felt comfortable making another one with a few hacks.

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I knew I wanted to make the cardigan a little fancy. I decided I wanted to add pockets and add some color blocking. I used a scrap of my fabric and added some piping details. Yeah! Fancy Pockets! Stitching piping to two layers of rib knit it not for the faint of heart, but it worked and it looks so fun! I love these big pockets!

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I also used the white rib knit for all the bands and I added a contrast stripe all the way around the bodice. In theory, it sounds pretty simple. In reality I had finished my garment before I decided to add that band around the middle. I can confidently say this fabric will hold up to tons of seam ripping. No where did it stretch out or turn wonky!

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Even though rib knit is new to me, it sewed nicely. I used my serger and my sewing machine and both were fine. This fabric really is perfect for a light weight layer added over a top or tank in spring or summer. I paired my new modern vibe Ellie and Mac Chapman Cardi with the Bella Sunshine Designs Clementine Maxi Dress. I loved that the colors played so well together.

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Here are the links you need to recreate my look or create your own style!

The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe

Ellie and Mac Chapman Cardigan

Bella Sunshine Designs Clementine Maxi

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Just for fun, I will add my unboxing video here for you all to watch!

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Blog Tour: Working out with Rebecca Page

Hi! Welcome to my stop on the Working Out with Rebecca Page Blog Tour. If you are a regular reader here at SequoiaLynn Sews, “Howdy!” If this is your first visit, “Welcome!”
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You may be thinking I don’t look like the typical person who shares clothing geared towards “Working Out,” and that is ok. Exercise comes in all styles and at all levels. Some people run marathons and some people may park farther from the store  to gain a few steps as they walk inside. No matter where you are in your level of fitness, you deserve super comfy clothing!  Some people find yoga pants and a tank to be their happy place, while I love sweat pants and comfy shirts. Don’t worry, all week long you will see some great clothing on the blog tour! So make sure you click all the links and see what Rebecca Page has to offer you! Oh yeah, there are also prizes!!! Keep on reading, Folks!
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I picked a couple patterns that you may not even associate with any type of exercise, but they are perfect for it. Outside of sewing, I am obsessed with Geocaching and I love being in the woods so these two hobbies go great together. I made an ultra comfy cozy outfit for a walk in the woods. Let’s start with the Celine Trousers.
The Celine Trousers can be made from knit or woven fabrics which is kinda awesome! In case you didn’t know, there are a lot of Rebecca Page pattern that are drafted for both.  I knew I wanted to use this super soft and cozy French terry to make my pants. I had not made these pants before, but I jumped right in anyhow. I always suggest making a muslin before you cut your “good fabric,” but I didn’t have time because I am a procrastinator. If you have been a regular reader at my blog, you know that this year one of my goals is to master pants fit issues. These pants bring me one step closer. I can see a few adjustments that I want to make on my next pair, but am overall pleased with how these pants turned. I did a full belly adjustment because that seems to be one of my issues with pants fitting properly. I should have used a smaller size for the legs and used the belly adjustment to correct the fit. Next time, I will have these babies perfect! Another option that comes with the Celine Trouser is the stripe down the outer leg seams. With a lot of patterns, I am guilty of skipping the “options” because I am sometimes lazy and usually wait until the last minute to sew. I used a coordinating French Terry for this feature. I cut the stripe slightly wider than the original pattern suggestion because I wanted to be sure to have solid white stripes on the outside of my strip. I folded it in half wrong sides together (because the seam will be hidden and I didn’t want to turn the tube.) then serged the long sides together. I adjusted my tube so that there was white on stripes on the outside edges and pinned it in place covering the side seam of the pants. I stitched it in place using a lightening bolt stitch being careful not to pull or stretch my fabrics to prevent waves. These pants took me about 2 hours to make from start to finish. Not a bad evening project and so so comfy!
This plush French Terry is from Ksews AKA The Material Girls on Facebook! Honestly, Kailynn is awesome! I contacted her in a pinch last week because I was behind and I needed fabric ASAP! She shipped same day! I suggest you look her up on Facebook!!
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My Paris top has already made an appearance on my blog, but it has been awhile and in a totally different context! Last time I paired the Paris Party top with the beautiful Arabella Skirt and was super adorable and dressy. Now I am wearing the SAME shirt with French Terry pants and looking oh so casual and cool! I love adding versatile pieces to my closet! I love that I can pair these two pieces together and look great, but it is still winter in Ohio and it can be cold so I always pack my Circle Cardigan in case it gets chilly!
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The Circle Cardigan alone has tons of options, but as a core piece in my closet is an all purpose cardigan! I wear it with jeans and tees, over sleeveless dresses, layered over tunics and leggings. I made this one more than 2 years ago and still wear it at least once a week because it is so comfy.
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I have one last staple that I need anytime I am heading out. I need a cute bag to carry all my stuff in. Extra chapstick, a bottle of water, and my hairbrush are always on board and fit perfectly into the Toiletry Bag that recently released. It is actually still on sale!! This bag was quick to make, easily customized by endless options of quilting cotton prints, and just flat out fun! This pattern also comes in a 2 larger sizes which would make room for a change of clothes and sneakers!
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Be sure to check out all the bloggers Working Out with Rebecca Page:

Monday 24 – Sarcastic Sewist

Tuesday 25 – Sew Much Charm, Sequoia Lynn Sews, Modestly Dolled Up

Wednesday 26 – The Graham Crafter, La Casa Cactus

Thursday 27 – Sewing and the Trivium, Patchwitch

Friday 28 – Blooming Skies

Saturday 29 – Let’s Go Hobby, Just Sew Something

Sunday 1 – D’coudre, Patchwork and Pastry

Plus, enter to win a prize! Daily drawings and one big winner at the end of the week!! Enter HERE ❤

 

I encourage you to take a few minutes to explore the Rebecca Page Website! I would love it if you clicked this afflink to get you there.

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Chapman Cardigan – An Update

The Ellie and Mac Chapman Cardigan just got an update! I have admired this pattern for well over a year, disappointed that it wasn’t in my size. When I saw the tester call pop up for the size increase, I signed up immediately. During the test, a few extra options were added including sleeveless, pockets, and an additional tunic length option. It was also updated to a trimless format with a more streamlined directions written! If you have previously purchased this pattern, don’t worry, you can download it for free!
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The new size range now goes up to 6x (67 inch hip) as this is the new size range being offered by Ellie and Mac. I sewed a 4x bust with a 5x waist which is my usual size! I love that so many designers are working towards more inclusion!. Ellie and Mac has added 2-3 sizes to their pattern range in the time I have sewn for them, it is still nice to see. Aside from grading between sizes, the only change I made to this pattern was shortening the sleeve length by 1 inch. I could have removed another inch and still been ok on length. I worked hard to match up my stripes for this pattern so I am pointing it out for you to look at them. 🙂 In typical EAM fashion, this cardigan comes together fast and you will be wearing it within a few hours. Sometimes, I really just need something fast to get me going. I am confident I am not the only one who feels that way.
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My fabric choice is a French Terry that I recently got from Sew Blessed Fabrics! I adore the colors in the rainbow striped print fabric! If you don’t know what French Terry is, let me try to explain. It is a super soft, comfy fabric which is perfect for sweaters, cardigans, and joggers. Think about comfy sweat pants. FT is easy to  identify because the “wrong side” of the fabric looks like loops of thread. Note: There is also a reversed French Terry where the loops are on the “right side.” I used a dark gray solid double brushed poly for the bottom and front bodice bands. I love the contrast of the gray with the rainbow stripes. Plus I didn’t have a single color that was a spot on match for my stripes in my cardigan.
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 I have already worn my Chapman Cardigan out in the wild several times and have received several compliments. I bet you will also! This photos were taken while geocaching in Medina County, Ohio. It was such a perfect fall day. I wore my cardigan the entire day, even though I had only planned to wear it for pictures. On another side note, this should be my last blurry, dark, slightly out of focus photos as I have upgraded!! Prime example of what should have been a beautiful photo, but the camera ruined it below! I finally decided to get a Canon Rebel T1. The Dslr will be new to me and I am sure there is a huge learning curve, but I plan to fill a seat in a photography class next month! I can’t wait! I have really be dragging my feet on sewing and blogging because my photos continue to get worse and worse. I should now be able to take beautiful photos and better videos! Wish me luck!
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Do you need a cozy cardigan for the cooler weather? Come check out the Chapman Cardigan while it is on sale for new release!

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Eleanor Cardigan is the $5 weekend feature!

It is $5 weekend at 5 out of 4 and this week the Eleanor Cardigan is on sale!
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Another Eleanor Cardigan is in the books err…closet for me! I am getting some good use out of this pattern. I think this is number 5 for me. I made the mid-thigh length, but didn’t adjust for height so it falls a little lower. This pattern comes in 3 different lengths. Mid-thigh, knee and duster length are all included options. There are also multiple sleeve lengths, a pocket option, and the option of adding a hood.
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I used this wonderfully soft Hacci sweater knit to make this Eleanor cardigan. This fabric is available from Stitchin’ Pretties. I love the pink and black combo and the fact that is it plaid is super cool! Here is the link to pick up some Gina for yourself!   If you don’t love pink and black plaid, there are 13 other Hacci sweater knits at Stitchin’ Pretties. Literally, something for everyone! I used some leftover black Liverpool scraps to line my hood and make the band.
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This pattern sewed up quickly using my serger for the entire project up to the point of hemming.
I used a simple zig zag stitch to hem the sleeves and bottom. I used the 4x for the bust and graded to a 5x. I also used the 5x for the sleeves so I didn’t have to adjust the sleeves to fit my bicep. That is a bonus in my book! I choose to use the looser fitting sleeve option of the pattern as well.
I paired my new Hacci Eleanor with the 5oo4 Virginia Tank. I used double brushed poly for that tank. I have shown so many versions of the Virginia Tank on my blog. It is my favorite!!Again here are all the options for Virginia. 🙂

  • Tank top with optional built-in bra
  • Separate full bust adjustment (FBA) pattern pieces for the tank and bra
  • Knee length or Maxi length skirt
  • Skirt can be made from woven or knit fabric
  • Tank top has two neckline options in the front and two neckline options in the back
  • Dress can be made with knit waistband or elastic casing
  • Maternity option
  • Pockets!
  • Sizes XXS-5XL
  • Matching girls’ option! Check out the Girls’ Virginia Tank & Maxi and get 10% off when you buy both patterns at once!

Pattern Links for Virginia

Here is the link to the Women’s pattern.

Here is the link to the Girl’s pattern.

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Here are the options for Eleanor!

3 lengths- Tunic, Knee, and Duster

  • Regular long sleeves and “extra” long sleeve cut lines. Whether you’re like me and have long arms or you just like your sleeves to cover your hands, Eleanor literally has you covered.
  • Pockets big enough for your phone!
  • Optional belt loops and tie belt
  • 2 sleeve widths – relaxed or slim fitting
  • Optional hood
  • Elbow button or snap cuff for rolling up your sleeves to 3/4 length
  • Don’t forget that you can bundle the Women’s and Girls’ Eleanor Cardigans for an extra $2 off!

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Be Mine Cardigan Take 3

You read that right! Take 3! That means I have made this cardigan 3 times now. I feel like sometimes I can’t get enough of a good thing! This cardigan is a good thing for sure!

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The first time (Here) I made it with some junkie Walmart fabric with terrible recovery. It grew and grew and it wasn’t pretty. The second time (Here) I used beautiful double brushed poly and hacked it as a guest blogger on EAM. So that brings us up to Take 3 and I am using Liverpool.

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So my cardigan came about because I needed to share some major Liverpool love with you guys! I love Liverpool fabric first off. I love the slightly textured, semi structured look of it. I really like the way it doesn’t cling in places I don’t wish to show off also! It comes in tons of colors and prints also. I have Liverpool T-shirts, peplums, pencil skirt, and now a cardigan. So let’s get down to it, Shall we?

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This is the first time I have used Amelia Lane Designs fabric! I was happy to be invited to their promo team recently and I was given my choice between several types of fabrics to promote and then again several print options as well. I chose to use two different Liverpool prints! I am going to share one of them today and the second one tomorrow! So get ready!!! This fabric is a New Release and is 15% off, but only until Monday.

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This print is called Cheyenne. I loved it immediately when I saw it. I love the vintage feel of the floral print and I loved that it is on a navy background. So many florals on are black backgrounds so this one really called to me and I was thrilled when I was picked for it. Amelia Lane has a few other Liverpool prints that are on sale for 15% off too!

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While waiting for my fabric to arrive, I tested a few different patterns out. I am always nervous when trying a pattern with a fabric that isn’t recommended. Liverpool doesn’t have near the stretch as a knit like Double Brushed Poly so sometimes, you may have to bump the size up one for a perfect fit. I had a few fails,  but literally couldn’t wait to sew it up when it arrived. After a quick wash and dry, I begin cutting the pieces out for the Be Mine Cardigan. I knew I wanted to reduce the amount of gathering in the seam that attaches the bodice to the skirt. The reason I wanted to do this is because Liverpool is a thicker fabric and a little heavier in weight. I was worried this could make that seam appear more bunched up. I reduced the skirt width by about 10 inches overall. I spread that distance evenly between the three skirt pieces. I needed a Full Bicep Adjustment. I added 1.5 inches. I wish I would have added 2.5 inches looking back. My sleeve is a little snug. This is caused by the stretch percentage of the fabric. I cut the sleeve length based on the amount of fabric I had left. Turns out, I love this length. Perfect for wearing down and lovely when pushed up just a bit. My tip when doing this pattern or any pattern with a long facing, cut that piece first. Sometimes after everything else is cut, it is impossible to win at Fabric Tetris when you need a long facing or binding and you don’t cut it out first. I frequently end up cutting mine in several  pieces. I don’t mind a seam at the back of the neck, but this one also ended up with an extra seam on each side near the bottom front. On a print this isn’t horribly noticeable, but on a solid it will be.

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Let’s talk details:

Fabric: Liverpool called Cheyenne from Amelia Lane Designs. Here is your direct link and it is currently on sale for  15% off but only until Monday!

Cardigan Pattern: Be Mine from Ellie and Mac 

Tank Top Pattern: Virginia from 5oo4 Patterns

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Double Duty Blog Tour: The Circle Cardigan

Double Duty Blog Tour Square-10Thanks for visiting my stop of the Rebecca Page Double Duty blog tour! All of the bloggers have been sharing some great hacks to help you get more bang for your pattern bucks! I am kinda a thrifty gal, so when this tour came up, I couldn’t wait to join! Then folks started talking about their ideas and I thought I was probably in over my head. I kept several ideas in mind, but I knew I wanted to hack the Circle Cardigan into a garment I could wear in more than just winter.

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My original cardigan was made from this amazingly soft and snuggle worthy, Hacci Sweater knit. I love it, I wear it often. I will miss it when winter ends and the heat of summer rolls around. BUT just because sweater season will be ending soon, doesn’t mean I should put away The Circle Cardigan pattern. Let’s hack it for warmer weather! Here we go!!

You will need:

The pattern printed in your size. If you need to grade it, now is the time! You just need to print the short length and the Âľ length sleeve. The band is up to you, I just hemmed the circle.

Fabric and matching thread

Tube Turners

Sewing machine, Serger is optional

Marker

Ruler

  1. The first thing we need to do is shorten the overall length of the cardigan. I decided to remove 6 inches from the bottom length. I used my  ruler to mark 6 inches up from the bottom of my current pattern piece. I began at the center back and worked my way towards the side. I knew I wanted to grade inward so it would still be a circle cardigan. I made graduated marks at 5 in, 4 in, 3 in, 2 in, then finally 1 inch.

2. Now use a French curve to connect all of these marks.

Circle Cardigan Hack 1

3. Trim the pattern into your new shorter length and set aside. Get your sleeve piece out.

Circle Cardigan Hack 1

4. I shorted my sleeve to slightly above the 3/4 sleeve option. This is up to you. What length do you prefer? Cut out your fabric. Mark the center of your sleeve. I drew a line down the middle then used my ruler to cut a long 2 inch rectangle out of the center. Again the length depends on you, but leave enough to have room for seam allowances and hemming.

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5. Outline the rectangle with wash away seam tape then folded the edges back. You will have to make small snips at the corners so it lays flat. Just tiny ones will do the trick! I topstitched here to hold it in place as well.

6. Next we need to make tubes. I just cut several long strips from my scraps. They are 1.5 inches wide by whatever length my scrap was. I serged them into long ribbons then used my medium tube turner to quickly flip them.

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7. Now take your sleeve and lay it wrong side up on your ironing board. I used pins to “shape” my opening. I measured to be sure it was mostly square. I then pinned it to the ironing board. Now use a marker to divide your opening into equal sections. I did 2 inches apart vertically and eyeballed it to be level horizontally. I then made a criss cross pattern with my tubes and pinned down the points. Carefully, pull your entire sleeve up and off the ironing board. I stress carefully because I flung pins everywhere the first time. 🙂

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8. Stitch criss cross tubes in place. Sew slowly! Remove the pins are you go! Lengthen your stitch. I went up to 3.0! If your presser foot starts to push your criss crosses, just lift the foot up and set it down on top of them! Breathe! You are in charge here. See how my corners are a bit rounded out? Continue making square corners so it looks neat from the front side! When you have stitched all the way around, cut your threads. I also trimmed the tails of my criss cross tubes. Be careful. One slip and you will be sad.

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Are you ready for the big reveal?!?!

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Criss Cross Sleeve Complete! Perfect vents for warmed temps!

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I am loving my new spring look! I wish the grass was greener in this pic, but in truth it is still 30* with another snow storm heading out way!

Let’s Talk Fabric: Both of these prints are from Sly Fox Fabrics! Sly Fox ships within 24 hours so you could be wearing this combo before next weekend!

Double Brushed Poly Glen Plaid in Mustard Houndstooth is the cardigan print! You can shop here.

The colorful Mandela Print has been sold out for awhile, so feel free to beg the Foxes for its return. I love this print here and think it would look amazing with the houndstooth.

Double Brushed Poly Autumn Camellia in Indigo. You can shop here.

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If you love this Circle Cardigan Hack or the regular one

You may shop here 

The regular pattern comes in sizes up to 5x with these options

  • 2 length options (short or long),
  • 3 hem options (plain, band or ruffle)
  • 3 sleeve options (sleeveless, Âľ and full length)

 

Have you checked out the rest of the tours on the Double Duty Blog Tour?? What are you waiting for?? All the links and a raffle for some free Rebecca Page Goodness are below!

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More Inspiration

Please visit all the stops on the Rebecca Page Double Duty Blog Tour for more great inspiration:

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