September 29, 2014

Giveaway Winners!

Thank you all for entering the Smuggler's Daughter giveaway! Here are the two winners:

I'll email you two ladies right away about your $25 shop credit.

And don't forget! Even if you didn't win you can still like Smuggler's Daughter on Facebook to get a coupon code good for $10 off your next order!

September 24, 2014

Pattern Anthology's 8 Days a Week Collection

Marigold Peplum Top by Blank Slate PatternsMcCartney Jacket by Shwin Designs

Oooh, two garments in one post! I was lucky enough to participate in Pattern Anthology's last womens-wear collection blog tour earlier this year and now they're back with a new collection of mix and match garments that will become staples in your wardrobe.

In case you're unfamiliar with the Pattern Anthology concept here are the deets: 8 Days a Week Collection is a new collection of women's sewing patterns by Pattern Anthology. This collection includes:
  1. The Neptune Tee: A casual tee with optional triangle cutouts at the front and back neckline as well as the sleeves.
  2. The Marigold Dress: A button down dress with elastic waist, long or cap sleeve options and even a peplum option.
  3. Go To Knit Pants: 3 styles of knit pants including leggings, straight leg pants and relaxed fit pants options.
  4. McCartney Jacket: A zip up jacket with fun options and lots of style.
Pattern Anthology sells their collections for a limited time at a 40%+ discount. You can purchase this collection now through October 6th. Get more details HERE.

  8 Days a Week sewing patterns  

So, which designs did I make? Let's start with the Marigold Peplum Top from Blank Slate Patterns:

Marigold Peplum Top by Blank Slate Patterns

The Pattern: Melissa, the designer behind Blank Slate, is also from Austin so I got a sneak peek at an early version of this pattern at sewing meet up and was immediately like, "YES PLEASE." The Marigold is quite versatile. You can make a dress, skirt, or a straight or hi-low peplum shirt.

Marigold Peplum Top by Blank Slate Patterns

The Fabric: I used a silk/cotton blend from Form and Fabric in Austin. It has this pretty, abstract, brushstroke style print. I bought this fabric before I knew about this pattern so I didn't have enough yardage for a dress so I made the top with short sleeves.

Marigold Peplum Top by Blank Slate Patterns
(I wore this top two days in a row so needless to say it's pretty wrinkled...)

The clear crystal-like buttons are from my stash.

Marigold Peplum Top by Blank Slate Patterns

The Changes: None, really. With no darts and a blouse-y shape fitting is easy peasy.

Marigold Peplum Top by Blank Slate Patterns
(My friend Susan was nice enough to take pics of me outside of The Common Thread at our last sewing party. The store is next door to a bridal salon. Wedding dresses for a backdrop? Why not!)

The Results: Loving it! I can definitely see this being a TNT pattern with all the variations available.

And next: The McCartney Jacket from Shwin Designs

McCartney Jacket by Shwin Designs

The Pattern: A nice bomber-style jacket with rib knit cuffs and hem band (love rib knit details like that!).

McCartney Jacket by Shwin Designs

And it's got sweet welt pockets, too!

McCartney Jacket by Shwin Designs
(I'm calling this my "It's way too hot to be wearing a jacket in Texas in September" face)

The Fabric: Ok, so this pattern is drafted for wovens but I had this gray panda print sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee I had bought ages ago and I really wanted to use it. It was very stable and hardly stretched at all so I felt safe using it.

McCartney Jacket by Shwin Designs

The lining is a woven, however. It's a purple rayon lining fabric that I starched within an inch of its life because that stuff is slippery!

McCartney Jacket by Shwin Designs
(I realized later that I didn't take any pictures of the back of the jacket, oops. So here's a random picture instead!)

The Changes: The pattern calls for self and lining fabric for the collar but I wanted to use some more rib knit so, yeah... I used that instead. :p

McCartney Jacket by Shwin Designs

The Results: As hard as I tried matching my panda-stripes they're a little off when I zip the jacket up (shhh... if you won't tell anyone I won't...). And I think I could have sewn one size smaller for a tighter fit but I don't mind the size.

Besides - PANDAS! Pandas win everything. This is going to be such a fun jacket later in the year when I can actually wear it, lol!

Now go check out what all these lovely ladies made from the collection then go and pick up the patterns for yourself at

Sabra from sew a straight line 
Rachel from House of Pinheiro 
Melissa from Melly Sews 
Stacy from Stacy Sews 
Kate from see kate sew
Abbey from Sew Charleston

September 22, 2014

Smuggler's Daughter Giveaway!

***This giveaway is now closed***

Hey readers, today I'm excited to introduce my lovely sponsor Smugger's Daughter and announce a giveaway!

Smuggler's Daughter offers a great curated selection of high quality designer fabric; knits and wovens; organic, sustainable and recycled fabrics; beads; buttons; patterns, and even decorator weight fabric.

AND... Smuggler's Daughter is offering two lucky winners each a $25 credit to their online shop!

Here are a few ideas of what you could sew with some of Smuggler's Daughter's lovely fabrics:

This gray rayon blend ponte from Eileen Fisher would make a stylish and comfy pair of True Bias Hudson Pants.

You could make a By Hand London Charlotte Skirt out of this beautiful big floral print by Sara Campbell and pair it with a plain black crop top and then rock that crop top+pencil skirt combo that's so on trend right now.

How about a cute Closet Case Patterns Nettie bodysuit made with this awesome Betsey Johnson floral knit with a circle skirt?

This print from Theory is a silk and cotton blend. How soft would that be to wear? I'd make a Grainline Archer shirt and wear it all the time.

You can combine this beautiful teal sweater knit with the "Yucatan Nights" knit to make the Meridian cardigan from Imagine Gnats.

My fave is probably this cotton with a soft gray brushstroke pattern. It would make a lovely blouse I think.

And I have no idea what I'd sew with this vintage tattoo inspired print but it's just too cool not to mention - and it's 100% silk!

How to Enter

1. Follow Smuggler's Daughter on Facebook (or alternatively you can follow them on Pinterest, Twitter or Google+)
2. Visit the Smuggler's Daughter online store and in the comments below tell me your favorite fabric.
3. Be sure to include in your comment a method to contact you if you win! Disqus profiles don't list email addresses unfortunately. Thanks!

I'll pick two winners at 12pm CST on September 29th. Good luck!

And as a bonus - if you like Smuggler's Daughter on Facebook you can get a coupon code for $10 off your next order!