Holiday Sewing with Itch to Stitch

All this week we have been following along with the Itch to Stitch Holiday Blog Tour! A month or so ago Leslie (Threadbear Garments) and Fleurine (Sew Mariefleur) reached out to us to see if we wanted to participate in a special holiday themed sewing tour. The answer was “Yes, of course!” and after talking thru some ideas we decided to sponsor the event along side Itch to Stitch patterns! We were getting ready to launch our holiday fabric collection and this partnership was not only perfect timing but also a great fit!

After helping some of the participants find fabrics for their holiday looks, it was time for me to pick something for my own look. One of my favorite new trends this fall is all of the amazing brocades! Elegant and sophisticated, it is amazing to see this traditional fabric show up in everything from dresses and skirts to pants and jackets. Looking through Kennis’ patterns I thought the Salamanca Cropped Jacket would be a great choice to pair with one of the brocades we have in ths shop. I went with a more modern choice, the triangle mosaic brocade— I love the colors, texture and design on this one and it is incredibly light weight!

My first hurdle with this jacket was the sizing. In looking at my measurements and the finished garment measurements I settled on making a size 6B. I first printed out a size 8B (my typical size) but the finished measurements just seemed too large so I stuck to my true measurements and went with the smaller size.

Cutting all the pieces out and getting everything ready to sew went really quickly. I settled on a soft rayon challis for the lining— solid black, something that wouldn’t compete with the brocade. I know it probably won’t be seen but just in case… Construction was also really straight forward with Kennis’ easy to follow instructions. I love how it all came together— beautifully faced and it didn’t require some of those fussy steps that a lined jacket can call for. Probably the most time consuming step was tacking the hem and sleeve facings in place, but this was a great project to finish up on the couch watching TV.

Salamanaca Jacket in Geometric Brocade

I really like how these two fabrics paired together for this jacket. Both are nice and light weight making the finished jackets not too bulky, heavy or warm. The brocade also played beautifully with the pleats and gathers, giving the jacket a wonderful shape and body. The fit is great, the sleeves could be a little wider at the elbow (a normal problem for me), but over all this was a great size choice. I also really like the length but for another version I might make it hip length.

Closer Look at Salamanaca Sleeves and Front

For styling I headed to Pinterest for a few ideas. This jacket rides that line where it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Most of my holiday get togethers are more casual so I settled on pairing it with a pair of dark skinny jeans, a grey tank and fun necklace. I can definitely see pairing this jacket with black pants and maybe a sequin top for a little bit dressier look. Lots of options!

Pinterest Inspiration for Holiday Style

Hopefully you have enjoyed following along with us this week! If you missed one of the stops, links to each one are included at the bottom of this post for easy reference. There are so many great looks perfect for your next holiday party you are sure to find one that suits your style! I know I added a few more projects to my ever growing list…

Styled Brocade Salamanaca Jacket

To help get you started on your own look Itch to Stitch is offering 16% off all patterns with code HOLIDAY16, valid only thru December 12th! As a special holiday treat we are offering $5 shipping on all US orders and discounted international shipping. Any order, any size ships for just $5! Shop this week and have your fabric in time to sew for Christmas!

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Cozy Holiday Pajamas to Sew, Give and Enjoy

One of my favorite holiday traditions is spending all day Christmas day in my pajamas! For many years Christmas Day at our house has been off limits to visitors— is all about enjoying the day, munching/snacking and lounging in our pj’s watching movies or playing games that were under the tree. Since cozy lounge wear and pajamas plays such a key role this time of year, between Christmas and the cold winter days, I thought I would share one of my favorite patterns and a few tips for sewing your own this holiday season.

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Pajamas and pillow cases are two of my favorite things to sew! Not only are they relatively easy, they also get used ALL the time and then normal wardrobe rules don’t apply. There are so many fun designs and colors that I would never wear out of the house but put them on an adorable set of pajama or a cute pillow case and I am in! Last Christmas I shared my go-to pillow case tutorial, so this year I thought I would sew up a couple new pajamas sets to help get you inspired. Since it’s release a couple of years ago, my favorite pj pattern is Closet Case’s Carolyn Pajamas— a modern take on a classic button-up pajama set. I love the fit and the kind of retro look and Heather makes construction a delight with her clear, detailed instructions. I sewed up my first set a while back in a soft cotton lawn and they are so comfy and cool, I wear them all the time! For this season’s set I decided to try a thick cotton jersey. I know the pattern doesn’t call for a knit but we recently got some left over fabrics from the Bedhead (RTW designer) so I thought I would create my own (less expensive) version of their adorable pajamas.

Finished Carolyn Pajamas in Bedhead Jersey Floral

Finished Carolyn Pajamas in Bedhead Jersey Floral

Even though I was using a knit, I decided to keep everything the same on the pattern. I didn’t size down or make any changes, I merely swapped out the fabric type. This plan worked perfectly! Construction I think may have been even easier as knits are a bit more forgiving with easing. My pajamas are the perfect fit, loose but still stylish and over the top comfortable! I highly recommend it! Oh my gosh it is like being wrapped in those cozy t-shirt sheets but even warmer!

Cozy Knit Carolyn Pajamas with the Official Blog Dog, Toby

Cozy Knit Carolyn Pajamas with the Official Blog Dog, Toby

I decided to pipe this set in a fun emerald rayon jersey to bring out the pop of color in the butterfly wings. Although I did cheat a little bit— I cut 1-1/2″ strips, folded them in half and included this in each seam. So much faster and didn’t add all the bulk the traditional piping can add. I questioned the color choice as first but it turned out to be the perfect complement.

Floral Jersey Carolyn Pajama Set

Floral Jersey Carolyn Pajama Set

I couldn’t stop at one new set of pajamas so I added another pair of Carolyn pants to my sewing list along with a matching jersey knit top. For this set I was mostly inspired by the fabric— these fun metallic starts were just too cute to pass up. I used some silver metallic for the piping accent as well as on the neckline on a basic black Hemlock tee. To tie things together I used the pocket pattern from the Carolyn top and added that to my black tee for an extra pop of the fun print. A really quick sew and almost as cute as my jersey floral Carolyn set!

Star Carolyn Pajama Pants and Matching Knit Top

Star Carolyn Pajama Pants and Matching Knit Top

Hopefully both of these have inspired you to sew your own pajamas this season, and not just for yourself! Pajamas and lounge wear make amazing gifts for the holidays. They are typically very forgiving with their relaxed fit and let’s face it, the comfier the better, right! You can also make each piece unique to the person you are gifting them to or make matching pjs for the whole family. The options are endless— with fun prints, bright colors and different fabrics types to choose from you can’t go wrong! For my next pair I’m thinking flannel

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Other Pajama Fabric Ideas – Find more HERE

There is still plenty of time to sew up a few pieces for the holidays and here are a couple of tips to make it fast and painless.

  • Assembly line sewing is your friend! Get everything cut out and then put the machines to work. This will save time reading directions between steps and let you get everything done in about the same amount of time it would have taken to sew one set.
  • Pick a neutral thread. Save yourself from changing threads by picking something neutral for both the machine and serger. Lucky for me black was a perfect choice!
  • Be sure to label all of your pieces with the size or who it is for. That way if you are sewing multiple garments in the same fabric you won’t get mixed up.
  • Want another time saver? Skip the piping and just hem the pants. This will save you a couple more fussy steps and they still look great!

In the shop we put together a fun collection of fabrics and patterns perfect for holiday lounge wear sewing! Be sure to check it out— lots of unusual knits, cozy French terry, sweatshirt fleece and a few other surprises. Take a look HERE.

Now time to get sewing! The holidays will be here before you know it!

~Michelle