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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 …

Hey Look At What I Made: Upcycling A Worn Tee Into My New Favorite Hoodie

Sometimes we need a little nudge to kick-start the inspiration. For me, that was the October Hoodie Along Challenge in the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests group.  I've been hanging on to an old tee shirt for a long time now. I'd worn it so often that it was soft and faded. Sadly, it sprouted a hole in an unfixable spot. Usually, these garments of mine end up in the donate bin, but this tee has a bit of sentimental value for me. So, I tucked it away, as any sewer worth her salt would do, telling myself that one day, I will find a way to wear it again. Project Pieces I was important to me to use quality materials for my Lufisto tee shirt upcycle. If I were going to take the time to turn it into a whole new garment, I wanted to make one that will last. Luckily, I already had the perfect things in my stash.  The Fabric  I bought 3 yards of black French Terry from Simply By Ti fabrics at their Birthday Sale last April. It's one of those fabrics that you have to smell before y…