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Orono Top

Itch to Stitch has released the new Orono Top and suprise! I was pattern tester. ūüôā This pattern is 20% off for the launch week.

Orono is a raglan sleeved top with a cross over front and a high pocket. There are cleverly crafted pockets included, although I don’t find myself using mine much.

The Orono pattern is drafted for knits with 30% stretch. That means you can make it with cozy fabrics like interlock, sweatshirt or terry. Mine is made from a flecked rayon ponte I found at Joann.

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Aveiro Cardi

Itch to Stitch just released the new Aveiro Cardigan and it’s perfect for Fall!¬† This cardigan has tons of options for bodice lengths and sleeves so its incredibly versatile.¬† There is a 20% off launch sale going on on now, too.

I was a pattern tester for Aveiro and I was holding on to this fabric to make a short Helen’s Closet Blackwood but I dig the neckline on Aveiro so much that I used it to test. This is the regular length with the Long Cuff sleeves.

This was super quick sew! It’s maybe 5 or 6 pattern pieces. The only issue I had with construction is that the front band is interfaced but needs to stretch and my interfacing wasn’t stretching enough!

Pattern: Itch to Stitch Aveiro Cardigan
Fabric: Telio Topaz Hatchi Knit in Sapphire

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Black Black Blackwood Cardigan

I have a huge backlog of projects from 2017 that I never photographed or blogged. Here’s the first one! Early in the fall I made a Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan. The fabric is a rib knit from Joann.

This is a great layering piece that I wear to work ALL THE TIME! I need more. I have some fabric to make the short version and it sews up so quick that I have no excuse for not making it already!

I’m also wearing my Springfield cami hack which I posted to instagram and never blogged. I don’t wear it much because the color is not great for me and I don’t have a bra that works well with it. I’m also noticing in these photos that you can see the facing hem across my bust so I need to lower that next time!

City Lights Turner Dress

Cashmerette is out with another knit dress pattern – the Turner Dress. The Washington dress isn’t really my style so I was glad to see something I would actually wear! ¬†I picked this up at Modern Domestic on Saturday and by Sunday Night I had a new dress.

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Altogether I think this took me under 3 hours to trace, cut, and sew.  I used a rayon/spandex blend which is not the easiest fabric so I spent extra time pinning.  The dress is just 4 pattern pieces.

Speaking of fabric, this is from the Nicole Miller collection at Joann Fabric. All Nicole Miller was 60% off so I finally bought some. This particular print is called Urban Movement. It looks almost like a kaleidoscope of abstract city lights. I had to be careful of my pattern placement with this print.

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If I had one complaint about this pattern it would be that I had to use 3 machines Рsewing, serger, coverstitch.  I prefer to do knits with just my serger and coverstitch, but the v-neckline needed to be sewed and the instructions called for under stitching the neckline.

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I sewed a 18 G/H and I think the fit is good but the waist might be a little big. I think it’s a very flattering style that I could wear without my spanx as it camouflages¬†my tummy.

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This dress is bit fancy looking so I will probably wear it to work. I might make another one out of french terry or some other cozy stretch fabric for more casual wear.

Thumbs up, Cashmerette. This one’s a keeper!

 

Cashmerette Appleton Dress

I was on the fence about purchasing the brand new Appleton dress pattern from the new pattern designer¬†but not new blogger. Cashmerette. I’m not really one for wearing a lot of wrap dresses, but that’s partially because of gaping issues. ¬†However, ¬†this pattern is supposed to solve the gaping and Jenny and I have similar body shapes being top heavy and slim hipped, so if it works for her it might work for me. Also, no FBA? Hell yes!

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I decided to order the print pattern and missed out on the first print run, but mine still came very quickly. ¬†I traced off my size and the E/H front piece. ¬†I searched through my stash and found this cotton jersey I had purchased at Joann last year. I thought it was 100% cotton, but the noxious smells it let of when I ironed it on the cotton setting leads me to believe it’s actually a cotton/poly blend. I was definitely short of the fabric requirements, but since I was going for the 3/4 length sleeve I figured I had some room to fudge. I pretty easily fit this on my fabric.

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Sewing this up was a breeze. The only thing in the directions that slightly confused me was whether or not I needed to reinforce¬†belt holes on both sides. I did it on both, which was wrong but not an issue. The other thing I could have done a better job on was aligning my neckline bands to the bodice fabric. They are just slightly off and that’s Because I wasn’t totally sure how they should meet up. On the next version I will know better and so they will be perfectly aligned.

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Have I mentioned to you that I love my coverstitch machine? It’s definitely a non-essential machine, but it makes hemming knits so fast and easy! This machine easily contributed an extra 25% to the joy I have of sewing knits. I chose not to do any of the extra stitching to tack down the seam allowances around the neckline.

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After I sewed up the sleeves and side of the dress I tried it on over my yoga pants…and I was like “Whoa! This dress was looks awesome!” ¬†I did absolutely no changes to this pattern…I even hemmed exactly at 1.5″ and it was perfect. ¬†I will definitely be sewing this up in a nicer fabric (wool jersey?) than my crappy Joann poly blend.

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The only problem I have with this pattern is that the hem of left side of the dress (the under wrapped side) tends to hang down. I can pull it up higher on my chest to pull the hem up, but I might taper the hemline on that edge up a bit so it’s not an issue.

I wonder what pattern Cashmerette will release next?