Cardigan Tour: Which cardi will I sew?

I really wanted to actually sew a cardigan for this tour. I had the hardest time actually finding the right pattern that I wanted though.

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Which I guess was kind of the whole point of this tour.

I did some searching on Old Navy’s website trying to find the style of cardigan that I was looking for. These two were the ones that caught my eye the most.

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Source: Old Navy Canada

 

 

 

Old Navy long open front cardi
Source: Old Navy Canada

I really like the long length of the second cardigan but not sure if that length suits me. I don’t really want to look like a big shapeless blob from the back, but it looks comfy. I also prefer the neckline on the second one. It’s more straight up-and-down, I find the v-neck ones tend to hook on to my chest and just emphasize them more than I want them to be emphasized.

But I do like the first one as well. Especially in that teal, ha and that length. (Teal and aqua are my favourite colours. I made my first cardi in a pretty teal sweater knit).

So after writing that all out, I’ve decided that my ultimate cardigan pattern would have the neckline of the second in the length of the first. With dropped shoulders like the first, although I do like the very slightly dropped shoulder of the second cardigan. 3/4 length sleeves are preferable. Buttons not necessary (I never button up my cardigans).

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Contender #1: Canyon Cardigan by Love Notions
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The version on the bottom right fits the neckline I’m looking for and includes different body styles (a-line, gathered and waterfall). The pocket is a little silly though, it’s kind of high and small but I guess it’s useful for stashing your cellphone and maybe a couple tissues. Has 3/4 length sleeves but no dropped-shoulder.

Contender #2: The Grandpa Cardi from Patterns for Pirates*
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The length is right. The neckline is good (it’s supposed to be a v-neck but the shawl collar versions look less v-neck, which is a plus for me). Pockets look useable (although a little awkward-looking). Front and back pieces are all one piece (as opposed to the Canyon Cardigan above, meaning it’s a faster sew). Has 3/4 length sleeves but no dropped shoulder.

Contender #3: Cambridge Cardigan from Peek-a-boo Patterns*PAB Cambridge Cardigan

Not really a contender but I included it anyway. It doesn’t have the 3/4 length sleeves option, and they’re not dropped shoulder either. It’s similar in style to the teal cardigan from Old Navy but it looks to be a lot slimmer fit and a little shorter than I wanted.

Contender #4: Jalie 3248 Drop Pocket CardiganJalie 3248
I really like this one even though it’s not that super similar to the Old Navy cardigans. I like the length and the neckline of this one, and the pockets. The shoulder looks similar to the second Old Navy cardigan though, slightly dropped. It doesn’t have the 3/4 length sleeves option although that’s probably an easyish mod to do.

Contender #5: Boyfriend Cardigan by Love Notions
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This one is pretty much exactly the second cardigan from Old Navy. It has the dropped shoulders and the length is the same. Again it doesn’t have the 3/4 length sleeves, and I don’t want it quite that long. On some of the testers in the photos on the website the cardigans look really baggy, which I don’t want. Something loose, yes, but baggy, no.

Which one to choose?? Oh decisions, decisions.

The Jalie is on my to-sew list, and has been for awhile, so I will be sewing this one up for sure. But in terms of finding the one that best fits my ‘look’ criteria, I think I have to go with the Boyfriend Cardigan from Love Notions. Unfortunately I don’t own this one but do own a couple of the other ones I listed so I may sew one of those ones up first, ha. Eventually I will sew my ultimate cardigan. 😉

Cardigan Blog Tour September 26-30
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EYMM Tour: The Asymmetrical Drape Top

Asymmetrical Drape Top sewn by Lulu & Celeste

 

Hey I made myself something! It doesn’t happen too often which is why I decided to take part in the EYMM Back to School Tour: Mom’s Edition!

I’ve been so tired though, I’ve had to pick up extra shifts because of coworkers being ill that I’m currently working fulltime hours. Unfortunately though, I still work weekends so I don’t really get to see my oldest too much as my days off fall during the middle of the week. Luckily this is a pretty quick sew so it didn’t take away from spending any time with my girls. I woke up extra early one morning and managed to cut, sew and take pics in under 2 hours.

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Please excuse my “just out of the shower” hair, lol

I sewed up the Asymmetrical Drape top* for this tour. You can either leave all the edges raw, add neck/arm bands, or fold the edges over and hem. Since I was a little short on time I decided to leave the edges raw and see how it went.

According to the included measurement charts my chest and waist fell into the XL range and my hips in the L range. I decided to sew the large all the way through as normally dolman style tops have lots of extra ease in the top part, and if I sew the size based on the chest measurements there is just way too much fabric through the hip area.

There are two views in this pattern. One has a more fitted torso while the other is looser. I sewed the looser fit, but I find I there’s just too much fabric in the waist/hip area and makes me look a little bulkier than I like so I think I’ll go back and fix that. Since it’s the same pattern piece with an area cut out of it, all I need to do is lay the fitted view piece on top and trim the excess fabric off and resew that seam. [Although I tried the shirt with a pair of skinny pants and I find it looks better with it than with the jeans, so I might leave it be after all].

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I cut my head off in this pic as I was talking when hubby took the pic. He’s a get ‘er done kind of photographer and only takes like two pics and he’s done.

 

I’m also planning on adding the neckband as well, I find the neckline is too open on me. I might also shorten the sleeves slightly and then add the armbands. I have a RTW dolman style top with much shorter sleeves that I think suit me better so I will base the length on that top.

All in all as is it’s a good pattern. It’s a quick sew, and after I do my few tweaks to get it to fit my preferences it will be the perfect top.

Check out the other stops here:

September 7
Sewing by Ti and Sprouting JubeJube and Call Ajaire

September 8
Inspinration and Idlesunshine

September 9
Boutique Birdie and Needles to Say

September 10
Capture, Craft, and Cook and Kelly’s Sewing Creations and Lulu & Celeste

September 11
Adventures with Bubba and Bug and Pretty & Precious and MeMade

September 12
Five Blessings and House of Estrela and Rebel & Malice

September 13
Recap at EYMM

The kids are back in school and parents and caregivers everywhere are excited to catch up after summer break! Use coupon code PARENTSROCK to save 50% off any adult-size patterns for men* and women* now through 11:59pm PST Tuesday 9/13/2016. This offer may NOT be combined with other offers including bundles.

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Back to School Tour: Coming soon!

The Back to School Tour is coming up really soon! Just 5 more days!

The tour is running from August 22nd to August 27th and will be featuring 30+ bloggers!!

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Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parret Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star

Like the rest of the tours there will be daily giveaways, as well as a sew along prize and a Grand Prize just for following along with the tour! Continue reading “Back to School Tour: Coming soon!”

Free Motion Applique using a Digital Stamp

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When I saw the digital stamp that Deb‘s friend Elena of Just Me Prints created especially for our tour, I fell in love. It’s so cute! So I just had to buy it!

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Problem is though that I don’t really make cards.

So I decided to attempt to turn it into a free motion appliqué!

As you can see I forgot to flip the image before printing it out so my flamingo is pointing in the opposite direction.. Oops #1!

Oops #2: I can’t find the picture I took of how I traced out all the pieces. Basically though I traced out each item separately and extended the edges slightly so that pieces would overlap. I traced the outer edge of the flamingo and girl as one piece on a white fabric (helps with placement) and then traced the flamingo separately onto the floral, and did the same with the rest of the parts of the girl. (In case you’ve never done FMA before, you trace the shapes onto a fusible adhesive like Heat n Bond).

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Just doing all the tracing, fusing and cutting out of pieces took me an hour!

Oops #3: Normally you’re supposed to stitch down each element before fusing on a piece over top of it. So I did all my stitching at the end when at the very least I should have stitched the flamingo body onto the background before adding the water and other elements over top.

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Before I decided it needed a few extra touches

Oops #5: I forgot that her face would be tiny and impossible to stitch on machine. I think I will take out the stitches and try my luck at handstitching her face.

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Miss V was super excited about the flamingo. AND have to say I like the extra detail stitches I added.

Well, I really like how she turned out! (Other than the face…) I’ve been debating the last few days about what I was going to do with her and my husband had a great idea! Make a quilt!! I have to make a lot more appliqué pieces now though and when I have enough I will put it together.

It’ll be awhile…. But I didn’t want to applique it to a dress for one of my girls and have them outgrow the dress in a week.

So now I’m off to check out Just Me Prints‘ shop to see if there’s another digital stamp that I want to try to FMA-ize!

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Recipe: Peach Mango Sorbet

I have a yummy recipe for Peach Mango Sorbet. It’s super simple to make and you don’t need an ice cream maker, you can get away with just a hand blender even!

I made this for the Pool Side Beach Party tour. It’s mostly sewing but maybe you’ll be inspired to make something summery!

I wanted to get some nice pics but things didn’t go as planned, we ate it up too fast! But now I have an excuse to make another batch so I can get some pictures along the way!

Hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think!

Recipe: Peach Mango Sorbet

Recipe: Peach Mango Sorbet

Ingredients

  • 4 peaches
  • 1 large mango
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • For the simple syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup water

Instructions

    Make a simple syrup:
  1. Place water in pot and bring to boil.
  2. Add sugar to pot and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Let boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Make the sorbet:
  5. Peel the peaches and chop. Remove flesh of mango and chop. Avoid adding pieces of the stones.
  6. Place fruit in a blender and blend until smooth
  7. Pour simple syrup into blender and add lime juice. Blend for 30 seconds to combine.
  8. Pour fruit puree into a shallow container and put in freezer. After 2 hours, remove from freezer and blend until smooth. Return to freezer. Repeat after 2 hours and then return to freezer and allow to freeze overnight.
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Peach Mango Sorbet

The Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour GIVEAWAY!

Hello again!

We’ve just barely made it home after our Craftsy escapade all across Canada. We’re unpacking our luggage and finding some great souvenirs from the trip, but it’s just too much to keep for ourselves. And because you’ve been such perfect road trip companions, we’d like to share them with you. Up for grabs are 4 coveted prize packs from our travels, as well as the special gift that Craftsy sent to us while we were gone galavanting.

But first, did you miss my review? You can check out the review I did on the Sewing with Oilcloth class >>HERE<<.

Already read it? You better enter to win the prizes now! Giveaway closes soon…

 


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Great Canadian Craftsy Bag tour

First up is the Craftsy gift:

* Please note: If you entered this giveaway before Friday, April 8, your entry may not have been recorded correctly by Craftsy. Please enter again. This colourful tote bag kit includes the Rowan Three-Quarter Patch Tote* pattern, some stunning Kaffe Fassett fabric, plus all the Pellon Fusible Fleece stabilizer you will need for the project. The only things you would have to add to this are a coordinating button, some thread and your time. Voila! You have a gorgeous tote that will be the envy of tote-al strangers. It’s almost like instant Jello pudding, only better! Follow this link* to enter before midnight April 11, 2016:

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Enter to WIN a tote-bag kit

 

The Souvenir Prizes

Prize A (Canadian, US and International entries accepted)
Prize B (Open to Canadian residents only)
Prize C (Open to Canadian residents only)
Prize D (Canadian, US and International entries accepted)

 

How to Enter

Sign in to Rafflecopter below, or follow this link:

 

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Giveaway Rules:

  • Prizes are awarded “as is”. No substitutions.
  • Deadline for entries is 10 AM PST on Monday, April 11.
  • Winner’s will be notified by email within 3 hours of the contest closing, and will then have 24 hours in which to respond to the organizers.
  • It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure they sign in to Rafflecopter with a valid email address, and also check their email accounts for notification.
  • Entries requiring a blog post comment, social media follow, or trivia answer will be verified using the name provided by the participant.
  • The giveaway is open to anyone worldwide. International or US residents who win a prize designated as for Canadian Residents Only may be required to pay for the additional shipping, or forfeit the prize. If said winner chooses to forfeit the prize, another winner will be chosen from the remaining eligible entries.

Many, many thanks to all the wonderful people who’ve followed us on The Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour. We hope you learned a little about our very large, diverse and beautiful country while you got a peek into some of our favourite Craftsy classes.

And very special thanks to the amazing, supportive people who helped make the giveaway and our graphics just that much better: Celine from Blue Calla Patterns and Elle from Brand UR Shop Graphic Design. Take a bow ladies!

Bag Tour Bloggers

Happy travels until the next time we take you tripping and traipsing!

Marsha, Janelle, Deb, Fiona, Michelle, Reece, Shelaine & Ula