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Hey Look At What I Made: Mermaid Maxi From Tie Dye Diva Featuring Simply By Ti Fabrics

It can be really easy to fall into a sewing rut, creating safe pieces that you know will always turn out. There's definitely a time for that, but every once in a while, it's important to shake up your sewing world and push yourself outside your Comfort Zone. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean you need to make a complicated multi-week project with all new techniques. Sometimes all you need to do to push yourself is to try a new silhouette or color. That's what I've done here with my Mermaid Maxi from Tie Dye Diva!  My First Maxi Skirt! Yup. I've gone 41 years without a maxi skirt or dress (bridesmaid gowns and prom dresses don't count). Being so short, I've never felt comfortable in a skirt that sweeps the floor. RTW maxis are always far too long, of course, making me feel stubby.  There's also the whole nightgown vibe... 
But then, back at the end of May, my sewing friend, Ti, wrote about her new maxi skirts for a blog tour. I clicked through ever…

And Now For Something A Little Sexy... Introducing Crystal Cove Cami, New From Itch-To-Stitch

I'm not going to lie. Sewing can be brutal for your body image.
Sometimes the fitting process puts your No Body Shaming rule through the ringer.

I was feeling out of sorts the week we tested Crystal Cove Cami. But, as always, it's so worth it to stick things through to the end.

Keep reading, learn from my lessons, and your experience sewing Crystal Cove Cami will go much more smoothly!
Pattern Details This latest release from Itch-To-Stitch Designs, Crystal Cove Cami, is the perfect spotlight pattern for all your light silky woven fabrics. The fit is relaxed, draping off the bust, but with side and back shaping to give you some sexy curves.
The curved pieces of the overlapped back are breezy, yet still don't show too much skin when the wind blows. It feels so good in the heat!

There are endless ways you can get creative with a pattern like this from decorative trims at the hem to fancy ribbons at the straps. On my first version, I used an organza ribbon to trim my hem.

Hey, Look At What I Made: Out To Brunch, Featuring Simply By Ti Fabrics and Itch-To-Stitch Designs

Today, I am sharing my first "Official" Simply By Ti Fabric Ambassador project!
The Event:Bridal Brunch for my soon-to-be sister-in-law. The Patterns:  Nottingham Top and Lindy Petal Skirt, both from Itch-To-Stitch Designs. I've sewn the free Lindy Petal Skirt a few times over the last couple years, refining the fit and length to be just right for me. This is a really quick and easy project that looks great. It has an elastic waistband for comfort and the faux wrap, curved fronts make a perfect feminine detail which doesn't expose too much leg. Nottingham Top is a really new addition to the ITS Shop. I made 3 versions during testing a few weeks ago, and blogged about them HERE. I was so inspired by the floral versions that came out during the test that I decided I needed to make one of my own.
The Fabric:  Black Denim Jegging and Ivory With Pink And Blue Flowers Double Brushed Poly, both from Simply By Ti Fabrics. A denim jegging version of the Lindy Petal Skirt has be…

Nottingham Top, New From Itch-To-Stitch

After the advanced sewing work of my Giverny Dress and the fitting puzzle of my Danube Jean Skirt, the quick and satisfying Nottingham Top from Itch-To-Stitch was just what I needed! Pattern DetailsNottingham Top is a relaxed fit knit t-shirt style with an off center front twist.  It is, of course, available in the full Itch-To-Stitch size range, with layered PDF options and detailed instructions from start to finish. You can choose one of 3 sleeve lengths: Long, elbow or butterfly. Guess which I chose...  Yeah, you got me. I made one of each!  Tips For Success There is a reason why most testers made at least 2 versions: This is not a difficult project. In fact, you've probably seen a zillion samples already! If not, check out the launch post HERE.
To get the best results, here are my tips for success: 1. Choose a fabric with fantastic drape: Slinky bamboo knits and rayon spandex are good choices. The Nottingham Top has a relaxed fit, plus the knot provides a little volume so thes…