Welcome to my stop on the My Favorite (Sewing) Things Blog Tour!
Disclaimer:(this will be the only spot in this post that you will see the American spelling of favorite!!!)
Ti from Simply by Ti fabrics is hosting another great blog tour this month. The idea is to share either an old or new project that has become a favourite and to share a favourite sewing tool. I don’t typically have “favourites”, as I can usually find something great in so many things but one thing that has stood out as a favourite for me this summer has been the newest fashion trend – JUMPSUITS!!!
In April, Itch to Stitch came out with the Anza Jumpsuit and Dress(affiliate links). This pdf pattern is designed for woven fabrics and has a shirt-tail dress option, as the name suggests. I did mine in a rayon twill and this was my start of a summer of sewing jumpsuits.
My second jumpsuit came along in June with Designer Stitch‘s Rachel Playsuit(affiliate links). This pdf pattern is also designed for woven fabrics and can be made in a shorts version or long pants, both with pockets. I ended up making mine in the shorts style but I did make the legs longer than what the pattern cutlines were marked at. There are also 3 sleeves-a long bell sleeve, which I totally would have made if this weren’t for summer!, and 2 shorter sleeve lengths. I am just on the borderline of the size 3 in Designer Stitch bodice’s and because of the loose nature of this garment, I will size down to a 2 in my next one. I made this jumpsuit in a lovely rayon that has this interesting design that gives the garment a neat look!
My third jumpsuit is the Studio Jumpsuit and Dress from Sew Straight and Gather and this one is designed with knit fabric in mind. This jumpsuit has a dress version and also has another bodice option. And of course, the pants can be made in shorts or pants versions. I ended up making two pants versions because I had the urge to play around with some other fabrics I had in my stash. My first one was in this lightweight knit. I don’t know the fabric content of this find from the mystery bin at the fabric store but the flowy nature is perfect for the palazzo style pants on this jumpsuit.
The second version is also a flowy lightweight knit but has a bit of rayon in it and has a nice sheen to it. I paired it with an animal print knit and I played around with the straps on this version. Instead of a single strap, I made 2 of the plain fabric and one of the print. It may look like they are sewn in one piece but they are three individual straps. It ties the two fabrics together and also helps to cover up bra straps.
Ti wanted us to include a favourite sewing tool. I have many favourites but if I had to choose one item that makes a huge impact on my garment sewing it is my Oliso Smart Iron. An iron, in general, is a tool that can make the difference between a good looking garment and a great looking one. About a year ago I picked up the Oliso and it makes pressing seams a breeze. It has an automatic shut-off which is a lifesaver. We were heading out on a road-trip shortly before I bought this and had to turn back 20 minutes into the trip because I couldn’t remember if I had turned off my iron. I also love the auto-raising feet for pressing long, finicky seams. No more scorched fabrics or having to keep setting the iron on its base. This feature can be turned on and off but mine stays on most of the time. I have included an affiliate link to the Amazon Canada site that has a version that is similar to mine but not exact. I have the 1800 watt version but mine is a funky orange colour that was a limited edition.
Thank you for joining me on my stop of the tour. Be sure to check out the other great blog posts, as well.
2nd: Stitching At Night
3rd: Sewing By Ti
4th: Needles To Say
5th: Very Blissful
Sunday, August 6th: The Fairy Dust Bin
7th: Anne-Mari Sews
8th: Sewing With Sarah
9th: Thats Sew Lily
10th: Stitching at Night
12th: Sew Sew Ilse
Sunday, August 13th: Lulu & Celeste
14th: Seams Sew Lo
16th: Stitching and Making
17th: Creative Counselor
18th: Ma Moose
19th: Kainara Stitches
Sunday, August 20th: Embrace Everyday
21st: She Who Sews
22nd: Idle Sunshine
23rd: My Heart Will Sew On
24th: Lovely For Life
25th: Margarita On the Ross
26th: Anne-Mari Sews
Sunday, August 27th: Made By Melli
29th: Auschick Sews
30th: Me Made
31st: Living in Twinado Alley
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