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Breaking Ground {Unofficially}: Mademoiselle Gus By P&M Patterns

Bonjour, Mademoiselle Gus! I am thrilled to be part of the Pm-Patterns Blog Tour this week, sharing my introduction to this lovely French designer with you! Karine, the woman who is Pm-Patterns, has been hard at work expanding her line of French language paper patterns into PDFs with English language options. Her currently line of patterns includes 18 children's styles and 6 for ladies. Rumor is that 2018 will be devoted to not only adding new ladies designs, but expanding the size range as well. 
My invitation to this tour came at just the right time. Winter is finally starting to break and my inspiration is turning to cute tops that can be worn with skirts and jeans for the next several months.
I was given my choice of pattern for free in exchange for today's post. I knew at first sight that Mademoiselle Gus was the one for me. I was really drawn to the tabbed sleeves, and the fact that it was drafted for a woven fabric.  Additional Design Features -Casual cuffed sleeves -Fo…

Meet My New BFFF: Breaking Ground With Mountain View Pull On Jeans From Itch-To-Stitch

Finding perfect jeans is like finding a unicorn....  Do YOU have unicorn in your back yard?  Yeah. Me either.

What I DO have is the newest Itch-To-Stitch Designs pattern release: Mountain View Pull On Jeans, and they are my new BFFF! They MIGHT even be unicorn jeans... Breaking Ground is mostly about trying new-to-you designers, but you can also twist it to be a new-to-you technique, style or other such personal challenge. Obviously, Itch-to-Stitch is NOT new to me, but the concept of pull on pants as everyday wear is, and it's a trend I've tried to avoid for a long time! Pull on pants are for yoga and sleeping, right? My personal rule is no lounge pants outside the house, unless I'm ACTUALLY going somewhere to exercise. (SNORT) 
Wearing pull on pants or leggings as real pants (that look terrific) is how I'm Breaking Ground for myself! Pattern Details
Mountain View Pull On Jeans gives you just about everything you find in a traditional jeans pattern but without the bothe…

Breaking Ground Blog Tour: Kingston Jacket By Rebecca Page Patterns

Welcome to my stop on the Breaking Ground Blog Tour! I finally made the olive denim jacket I've been daydreaming about. Read on for ALL the details and find links at the end to all my fellow Breaking Ground bloggers! Project Origins: Fabric My project for this year's Breaking Ground Blog Tour was inspired by the fabric! I knew as soon as I saw the olive stretch twill from Simply By Ti ages ago, it needed to become a "denim" jacket... someday.   Someday when I found the perfect jacket pattern....  Someday when I had time in my sewing schedule....  Someday when I had the room in my fabric budget.... Someday turned out to be January 24, 2018!
On that day, a notice had gone out that thanks to a distributor issue, the twill would be discontinued! Naturally, I panicked and ordered 5 yards on the spot... you know, for someday.
I can't really say why I was so drawn to the olive color. I had worked with the twill in the burgundy color-way in November, and found it to be a…