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Sew Long Summer, I Can't Wait For Fall!

It's that time again, Readers!! 

Welcome to the Sew Long Summer blog tour!

Every year a great group of bloggers come together to say SEW LONG SUMMER with some really inspiring projects. Keep reading to find links to all the stops on this year's tour, as well as details on how you can share how YOU say Sew Long Summer. Plus, enter to win a fun prize to feed your sewing habits!

I Can't Wait For Fall

I love sewing for fall! Warm colors, textured fabrics, dressing in layers without sweating like a sinner in church...I can't wait to tell you about what I made for my 3rd Sew Long Summer tour!

The Skirt

Possibly my favorite garment this summer has been the knit pencil skirt. I really feel like it's a great silhouette for fall too, with just a little tweaking. I traded in the ocean blues and light weight jegging versions for this slightly longer one in matte black stretch faux leather from Simply By Ti, one of this year's tour sponsors.
The fabric is a lightweight knit with a surface treatment that gives it a leather-look. 
With 3% lycra, your garment won't get stretched out and saggy, even after a long day of wearing.
It also has 4-way stretch (approx 50% horizontal and 25% vertical) making it a great choice for many fall projects. Because of the vertical stretch, you can get down on the ground with the important creatures in your life and not expose yourself.
I used the Autumn Skirt from Rad Patterns because I thought ruched black leather would be cool.  I probably could have done a better job of pulling the elastic more evenly, but serging with clear elastic isn't my best skill. 
My favorite part of this pattern, even more so than the ruching, is how the lining is constructed. The hem edges are surged together and because the lining is shorter than the fashion fabric, when you bring the waist edges even, the fashion fabric rolls under. This is brilliant for fabrics like faux stretch leather, where hem stitches can mar the lovely flow of fabric.

The Top

This is the Mirri Wrap Dress from Wardrobe By Me. I nearly made a tropical print dress with this pattern for my Sew Long Summer Blog Tour project, but in the end, I decided to wait as it wouldn't get any wear this late in the year. Instead, I used the top option that came with the pattern and a remnant of olive DBP from my stash to create this fabulous knit top!
I made a muslin, like the good little sewist that I am.... But, I needn't have bothered because it was perfect right out of the printer! I expect I'll be finishing my muslin as a second top after things calm down around here. I think this one would pair nicely with my black faux stretch leather Autumn Skirt for a night out!
Seriously, I can't be sad about a wrap top that stays in place when I lean over with my generously sized lady-parts!

The Whole Package

I'm loving my new fall outfit. It's easy to wear, machine washable, great with boots (and tights and a cardi when it gets cold) plus it's super flattering!

Sew Long Social '18

Share what you've been making to say "Sew Long Summer" to be entered into our random drawing.

Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or Facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments on the mahlicadesigns intro post. Please limit your entries to items you've sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.
We can't wait to see what you're making!

The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you'll follow along this week. 

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  1. Wow, wow, wow!! This is so pretty Crystal. You did an amazing job with this outfit!

    1. Thank you, it's definitely a favorite of mine. I've already worn the pieces a couple times....

  2. Love your outfit! Ruched skirts are my favourite - I'm eyeing that pattern!

    1. Thank you so much! I'm planning another in a grey jegging knit. I think that will also be versatile for fall/winter.

  3. Beautiful outfit. That skirt- WOW!!

    1. Thank you! I am always amazed at how a few details really make an otherwise basic garment special.

  4. Well, I think you nailed it with this one Crystal. You already know I'm envious of the skirt and a wrap top that isn't a peep show is a small miracle.

    1. You are so right about the non peep-show miracle. And one that fits right off the printer? It's a keeper! Can't wait to see YOUR leather skirts!

  5. O wow that skirt: so perfect and the match with the top is a good choice.

    1. Thank you! It's so comfortable to wear. I'm definitely going to make more.

  6. Love the whole look, and I need the skirt! Beautiful work.


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