Welcome readers! I am so honored to be a part of the Itch to Stitch Holiday Blog Tour. Have you seen the list of bloggers on this tour?! They are all so amazing, so I really hope you take a look at each one of their posts. Keep reading for a complete list further down. I hadn’t sewn up any Itch to Stitch patterns before this tour, but I think I may have discovered one of my favorite designers in this. As a girl with not a lot going up top, I’m especially appreciative that Kennis creates patterns for different cup sizes. All fabric in this tour was sponsored by Style Maker Fabrics and they are offering a great deal on shipping during the tour. Keep reading for more details.
This year will be our first Christmas in Northern Virginia. If you haven’t been following my blog, we are originally from the Northwest, but have spent the last 8 years in sunny Southern California. My favorite seasons are fall and winter, so those 8 years were like torture every year, especially during the Christmas season. In July we moved across the country and are now living just south of DC. The weather is starting to get chilly here, I’ve even been able to wear my favorite wool coat several times that’s been trapped in a closet the past 8 years. The leaves are almost all fallen and we wake up to frost covered grass almost every morning. I keep informing the kids one day soon that frost will be replaced with snow and they get soo excited.
For me, the Christmas season brings a lot of fun family outings and a few gatherings with friends. I enjoy getting dressed up when I’m not chasing after 3 kids, but most of my Christmas activities involve the kids. Think Christmas tree cutting, trip to see Santa, looking at Christmas lights, etc. I wanted my make for this tour to be something I could bend down in and chase after running toddlers, but still feel cute.
I had a super hard time deciding on which Itch to Stitch pattern to use for this tour. The Lisbon Cardigan is a staple I really need in my wardrobe and I would love to do a fit and flare hack with the Hepburn Turtleneck pattern. But, I’ve been eyeing the Bonn Shirt and Dress pattern for awhile now and it was the perfect pattern to create an Anthropologie shirt I had pinned quite awhile ago. Adding a peplum bottom to the shirt adds an element of fun and I went ahead and did a high/low hem as well (although I may have done it a bit too extreme).
I have pretty wide shoulders and I’ve always avoided making adjustments to the shoulder seams, although I really do need to do them. This was the first time I brought out the shoulder seam and moved the armsyce down about 3/8″ since I’m taller and need the extra space. I thought for sure I would have to adjust the sleeve pattern, but the original sleeve fit perfectly in my new armsyce. I think I could have moved the shoulder seam out another 3/16″, but the shoulders on this shirt fit me so much better than any other garment I’ve ever made. I’ll definitly be taking the extra time for this adjustment from now on.
As far as the adjustments I needed to make for the gathered peplum, it was pretty simple. I cut the front pattern piece right at the 3rd button mark down with a rise of 1/2″ from the outer edge. Remember your sides will rise up from the dart, so consider that. My center seam is pretty much a straight line after the darts raised up the sides.
For the back pattern piece, I wanted the seam to dip a bit in the center, so I used a 1.5″ dip from the outer edge to the center. To get the outer side point to match the front, make sure to measure from the mark on the pattern, not from the armsyce, since the dart will move the front side up.
My gathered pattern pieces are 1.7x wider than the upper shirt and I used the technique I used in this tutorial to create the curve to fit properly. My front pattern pieces were 13″ long including seam allowances at the center and my back pattern pieces were 17″ long at the center. The front has a 5″ drop for the curve and the back has an 8.5″ drop. Having put the shirt together, I think I will have the back curve 2″ shorter if I make another. I really like a high/low hem, but I think I may have gone a bit too extreme. I might go back and make the change on this shirt, but it really doesn’t bother me that much.
For the back, I added a V in this great tencel chambray. This is a super simple hack. You just need to draw out the V on the original pattern piece, cut and then make sure to add seam allowances above and below your cut lines. I wasn’t originally going for a Western feel, but as soon as I saw the chambray fabric in person, I knew that’s the feel this shirt would have. I have an awesome pair of cowboy boots I got 7 years ago, but I have worn those things to death and have yet to replace them.
Both the tencel chambray and the plaid fabric were provided to me for this tour from Style Maker Fabrics. I love buying from smaller fabric companies and I will defintely be purchasing from this store in the future. She has such a great eye for fabric and our tastes must be similar because I think I love almost every fabric in her shop. I had a super hard time choosing fabric for this shirt. I think I had like 20 fabrics in my cart when I was trying to decide. I considered using the Double Gauze Chambray Dobby in Marine for this shirt and then using the “wrong” side for the V. I just might need to make another in the spring with the double gauze. The plaid fabric is a lighter weight shirting fabric and is filled with so many beautiful rich colors. My skin tone loves brighter colors and brown hues, so this fabric was the perfect fit for me. Style Maker Fabrics will be offering $5 shipping on all orders, as well as a discount for International orders during the tour. No code needed, so fill your cart with all the fabric goodness!
Pattern: Itch to Stitch Bonn Shirt and Dress
Itch to Stitch will also be offering 16% off all her patterns until midnight CST on December 11th. Use the code “holiday16” at checkout.
I hope you will continue to follow along throughout the tour. There are some really amazing bloggers that I truly admire. You can follow along on Instagram with #itsholidayblogtour as well as through the links below: