Watcha Wearin’ January Week 5

During the final week of the tour, I ended up finishing off two patterns I have been testing. I will be writing a dedicated review for them in the future, but I did want to share them with you. They have been great to wear this last week of January.

5 out of 4 Patterns released their Zen Pants on Thursday. I used the chocolate brown winter jersey that I had in last week’s blog post. It is aptly named because this is a really nice weight for winter and they are quite warm and cozy!

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These pants pair up perfectly with the Bridget Top that I wrote about here, as well as my turtlenecks. The one I am wearing here is the Itch to Stitch Hepburn turtleneck. I love how all of the colours work together. This is a really different look for me, but I kinda like the retro look!img_4225

The other pattern I made is a first for me to make. I made slippers! These are the new Brody Boots for teen & adult sizes. This pair is made with a jersey lining and the outer layer is a bird print cotton with a stretch twill heel.img_4102

We have removed most of the carpeting in our home over the years so having slippers to wear, especially in the middle of winter, is a must. These are great for scrap busting so I foresee a lot more of these in my future!img_4105

I want to thank you for joining in my first time participating in a blog tour and I am so thankful for Tibeca from Sewing with Ti for arranging this tour and all of the fabulous prizes. She did a great job!

If you want to see the other posts I submitted for the tour, here are the links.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

And don’t forget to check out the other bloggers who participated in the tour this week. Their post’s go live on the scheduled day. The posts have been great and it is so fun to see what others wear in their parts of the world in January, so make sure to check them out.

Monday, January 30th: Sewing By Ti, Tenille’s Thread
Tuesday, January 31st: Sewing By Ti
Wednesday, February 1st: WINNERS!

 

And finally, if you haven’t already entered the Rafflecopter draw and the Link up party for the prizes, make sure to do so before the end of the month.  I am so excited to see who the winners will be!!!

I hope you enjoyed my contributions to the blog tour. It was fun and I am looking forward to being part of more blog tours in the future!

***This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase anything from using these links, a small percentage of the sale will go towards helping me further insulate my home with fabric for my stash! Thank you for keeping my home warm!!!***

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Watcha’ Wearin’ January-Week 4

Week 4 of the Watcha Wearin’ January Bog Tour was a slower paced one for me. If you already know a bit about me, you know that I am challenged with a chronic illness that pops into my life now and then and I have to weather the storm and pick up the pieces afterwards. Sewing this week came to a screeching halt for a couple of days, and then I slowly took small bits of time to work on a couple of pattern tests I was finishing up with. So today, I will share some goodies I picked up at the fabric store last weekend and what my plans are for them!

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I was in the market for some heavier bottom weight fabric. I have a lot of fabric in my stash for tops and dresses, but not so much for pants and skirts. I found this fabric called a winter jersey and it is 70% viscose, 25% nylon and 5% elasthane. I am thinking that this would be nice for the Alyse Taper Leg Pant from Designer Stitch or I may use this for an upcoming test I am working on.

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winter jersey

I was thrilled to find this lace that has a bit of stretch, but check out the built in fringe! All I have to do is cut off the bottom band and I have fringe!!! This will make my next Willow Kimono from Designer Stitch a breeze! (Here is the link to the first one I did). I am also thinking I would love to do another Georgia Dress using this and a light denim.

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Gorgeous fringed lace!

This is a really nice caramel coloured light-weight knit. It will be perfect for another Trudy Turtleneck (see my previous ones here) or I would love to try the Wardrobe Builder Tee, both of which come from Wardrobe by Me.

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Light-weight caramel coloured knit.

Now this one is going to be hard to decide where it is going. This is a sheer polyester that feels like silk. The colour and design are so striking! I have been wanting to make the Julie Blouse from Designer Stitch and I think this may be perfect for it! Or maybe another Bridget top so I can try out one of the other sleeve options?!?

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Lovely poly sheer!

This is the same winter jersey that I got in the dark brown. I am not quite sure what I will do with this one. Because I the lighter color, I find it is a bit dressier so I may be looking for a nice skirt pattern. I do have the Sybil Skirt from Love Notions that would probably look quite nice in this.

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Another winter jersey!

I was excited to find a couple of nice denims. Both have a small amount of stretch, around 10%, so I am not quite sure what I can use them for. All of the patterns I currently have require at least 20% so I am open to suggestions. This colour was hard to capture but it is sort of a grayish brown and has some flecks in it.

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Stretch Denim

This denim is a chocolate brown and it has a faint pinstripe through it. I am looking forward to finding something to do with them. I could do up another denim skirt, but I don’t wear those as often as pants. I really liked the Button Up Skirt from Ruffled Stitch so that is a likely contender, though.

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Pin Stripe Stretch Denim.

So you can see, even when I can’t physically do much in my sewing room, that doesn’t stop my mind from creating what I will whip up next! I have had to work around my limitations, but doing so is what keeps life interesting, don’t you agree? And just like this pile of fabric holds within it an unlimited amount of possibilities, so do each and every one of our lives.

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So many possibilities!

Don’t forget to check out what the other ladies have been up to this week on the Watcha Wearin’ January blog tour. And if you haven’t entered the contest for all of the great prizes, you can go to our host, Tibeca’s blog, and get linked up to the linky party and make sure you have entered on the Rafflecopter as well.
Sunday, January 22nd: Sewing By Ti , Embrace Everyday

Monday, January 23rd: Sewing By Ti, Tenille’s Thread

Tuesday, January 24th: Robynne & the Bobbin, Harper + Lu

Wednesday, January 25th: Mahlica Designs

Thursday, January 26th: Sew Sophie Lynn, Creative Counselor, Crafty Like a Rox

Friday, January 27th: Everything Your Mama Made and More

Saturday January 28th: Sewingly Michelle, Sewing By Ti, Wild and Wanderful

Year in Review-2016

One year ago this week, I applied for my first pattern test for Blaverry Children’s patterns. I was so excited but there is no way I could have imagined what that one email would do. I have taken a very keen liking to pattern testing and have done 30 this year!

This is a collage of most of the tests that I took part in, from newest to oldest. It is so cool to even see how far my photography skills have come (hubby’s, too, since he helps with a lot of the shoots now!) I even signed up for a couple of online photography classes after seeing what I could do just on my own with tips from friends who know more than I do!

 

I didn’t blog about a lot of the patterns I tested and sewed but I want to change that in the coming year. And I will kick start that with a blog tour in January. I have never participated in one before but I had set that as a goal in the fall. This one will have give-aways and everything!

Thank you for all of your likes and comments throughout the past year. It is always great to know that someone, somewhere is actually reading what I am sharing on my small little corner of the vast cyber world!

Looking forward to seeing you all in 2017!!!

 

 

Trudy Turtleneck PDF Pattern from Wardrobe by Me-pattern test & review

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  It has been BRUTALLY cold here…-40 degrees Celsius for days on end! So when Christina from Wardrobe by Me hinted at testing a turtleneck pattern, I was all over it! The Trudy Turtleneck has taken over my sewing room! As you can … Continue reading