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Make A Statement with Itch to Stitch Busan Top!

I've had to keep this fabulous top a secret for a month now!  It was so hard, cause look at how pretty it is! Even though statement sleeves are all the rage these days, I haven't made anything that follows the trend. I kind of hate sleeves most of the time. They are in my way when I'm sewing, they get wet when I do the dishes, they get tangled when I take my coat on and off... But then Busan Top hit my radar and I had to have one! Thoughtful Pattern DetailsBusan Top from Itch to Stitch is as easy to wear as a knit tee, but looks like you tried so much harder. As sewers, we can easily turn out a top in every color of the rainbow, but listen, they don't have to be boring. The design of Busan Top includes some thoughtful elements which provide a flattering look on so many people.  Design Features 1. Narrowed Shoulders, plus a sleeve cap with just the right amount of volume can disguise both wide and narrow shoulders, bringing balance to your frame. 2. Pleated Sleeve Cap …
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Coat Cravings: The Opium Coat From Deer and Doe

I try to make a coat each winter, but this year I had a difficult time getting in the mood for a large, complicated project. The thought of muslins and fit adjustments was making me feel like I should maybe skip the project.  But then 2 things happened: First, my home-base Facebook sewing group, Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests, announced that they were running a Coat Along from November 1st - December 15th. Second, I saw the email announcement of Deer and Doe's new coat pattern, Opium, and it was instant love!  The Pattern The Opium is a lined, raglan sleeve, swing-style coat with beautiful origami welt pockets. There are two closure options: center front snaps for a true swing silhouette or a tie belt for a wrap silhouette. Opium Coat is available as both a printed paper pattern, or a PDF download in French and English languages. The paper pattern only includes through size 46 (41 inch bust) where the PDF download includes through size 52 (45.5 inch bust). Also, the PDF has lay…

New From Itch to Stitch: Medellin and Cartagena, Two Peas In a Pod

When I love a new pattern, I will wear it for a week straight before I give in and add it to the dirty laundry pile. Fortunately, I made two Medellin Tops and THREE Cartagena Camis, so I could switch up between wearing and washing.  It's a well known fact that I love wrap style tops. I feel like the open neck and figure skimming lines are flattering to my curvy hourglass shape. I've been able to add a few different wrap-style patterns to my repertoire this year, but new-comer Medellin Top is definitely at the top of my Love List. Medellin Top This knit fabric, wrap style top is gathered slightly along the left side and finished with bands along the neck and hip. I made both my versions from double brushed poly, but if you check out the tester versions HERE, you'll see it's suitable for a variety of knit fabrics from jersey to sweater knit and even micro fleece! Medellin Fit Notes I didn't really make a true muslin for this top. I measured myself (size 12) printed …