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Double Gauze Sew Off

Skirt Fixation outtake

Many of you know that I’ve joined up with Becca (of the Free Notion blog) on the Sewing Stadium website.  There we host sewing competitions, Top Stitchers being our main gig.  (But if you have an idea for a sewing contest, approach us, we’ll help you develop and execute!)

Season 3 of Top Stitchers has just concluded, and today, Becca and I are holding the Grand Finale via a double gauze sew off!  I’ll be showing you some outtakes here and sharing some behind the scenes secrets, but be sure to click through to the Sewing Stadium website to see Becca’s double gauze creation and rate our sewing and vote for your favorite.  It’s all in good fun.

Skirt Fixation outtake

The photos you see on the Top Stitchers post today are actually the second photo shoot  we did for this outfit.  The first photoshoot ended up totally unusable.  The photos were hazy, blurry, and the humidiy had wreaked havoc with my hair.  But the above photo is the only one that shows the waistband of the skirt I made.  I used the Flirting the Issue free pattern from Anna Maria Horner and if it looks familiar, it’s because it’s the second time I’ve used this pattern.  The first time was with Nani Iro fabric.  This time I used Alison Glass Hand Dye Batiks Bouquet Jade Fabric for my skirt fabric.  It’s gorgeous fabric.

Skirt Fixation outtake

A little behind the scenes factoid: the older one of these two boys was sick and had fallen asleep when it was time to take these photos.  All he wanted to do was sleep, and then the younger boy decided he should be asleep too, so most of the photos show one or both boys with their eyes closed!  (I did manage to get two good ones, and they are over at Top Stitchers.)  In this photo you can see where I used my double gauze for our double gauze sew off.  My shirt is made of Cotton & Steel BeSpoke Cotton Double Gauze Solid Indigo Fabric.   The pattern is the Granville by Sewaholic Patterns.  (You can see the version Aria made here.)  I made a muslin first, so the fit is spot on.  The only change to the pattern I made (other than fit adjustments) was to make all the interior seams french seams.

Skirt Fixation outtake

You’ll have to visit Top Stitchers to find out why I was posing with animals, but in this outtake, the animals were doing a better job of posing that I was!  But in all fairness, a ladybug had just landed on my face…  Here’s another behind the scenes secret; my Halifax Hoodie isn’t finished!  Back story: the local big box store that has some sewing supplies stuffed in a back corner didn’t have any twill tape, much less 1” black twill tape I needed behind the zipper to support it.  So I used my Amazon Prime super fast shipping to get some fast.  My package arrived yesterday, but they sent 1/4” twill tape, the wrong size.  (Insert all the crying emoji’s here!)  So the zipper is just basted in place until I can make a trip to the Big City and get the right size twill tape.  The fabric though was perfect; it’s black french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It has a subtle sheen to it, and I don’t think I’ll be taking this hoodie off until spring arrives.  That is after I finish the zipper!

Skirt Fixation outtake

The final piece of my outfit is this clutch, the Fairport Purse and Pouch which I reviewed last week.  The camera was having a hard time focusing on the clutch, not my face!  Speaking of camera, you may have heard us say before that all our photos are taken with my iPhone6.  That’s significant because Becca is a professional photographer and all her photos are gorgeous.  (So we could probably use your help in the voting area on “Presentation.”  Just saying!)

Skirt Fixation outtake

Becca and I decided for the grand finale we would recap all of the contestants’ entries in some way.  Long story short, that involved me posing in a very s*xy manner. But I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to get a decent photo!  Click on through to Top Stitchers to find out if I was successful.

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Lane Raglan Contest Round 2

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

It seems Allegra and I have a Lane Raglan contest every year!  Last year I sewed each of us Lane Raglans and we had an ongoing dual about who had the better one and who could wear which one on what day.  And in the end, she ended up wearing the blue one the most and I ended up wearing the gray one the most often!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

So when Adrianna, the genius behind Hey June Patterns, released an expansion pack for the Lane Raglan pattern it was time for another Lane Raglan contest.  The newly updated Lane Raglan pattern includes a hoodie and thumbholes, so of course we each had to have those.  As a 6 foot tall woman with knuckles that drag on the ground very long arms, I’ve never had thumbholes, much less sleeves long enough!  So needless to say I was pretty excited.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Allegra and I each chose our own fabric and style.  I fell in love with some quilted knit from JoAnns, she wanted eggplant french terry from Imagine Gnats.  I wanted form fitting, she chose slouchy and comfortable.  She got it, that’s for sure.  That french terry from Imagine Gnats is heavenly!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

I tried to convince her to sew her own, but she dragged her feet long enough and I wanted mine desperately enough that I ended up whipping up both of them.  She didn’t complain.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Let me just give a little review of the expanded part of the Lane Raglan pattern.  If you follow us on Instagram, you saw the first thumbhole cuff I made and my pure delight!  Usually when I’m sewing a pattern, I can visualize where the instructions are taking me.  But when making this thumbhole cuff, I was completely blind, just following the instructions, and they came out perfectly!!!  The hood also is fantastic, I love how it overlaps in the front.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

And also a word about Adrianna herself.  She is so friendly and has fantastic custom service.  For example, I emailed her several times about installing the eyelets on the hoodie, and she replied so fast and helpfully.  In the end, it turned out that I was holding my eyelet tool upside down!  Sigh…

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Now for those of you sewing along with Top Stitchers, this would be a perfect entry for the prompt “Thick As Thieves.”  Did you see this week’s dynamic Star Wars duo?  Not only are Allegra and I as thick as thieves in our craziness on this photoshoot, but we could be representing the famous Disney duo Elsa and Anna.  Elsa wears blue, and Anna wears a gorgeous purple cape much of the time.  So you see how easy it is to sew along?  You really want to do this for a chance to win over $600 in prizes!!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

I loooooove my new Lane Raglan hoodie, and so does Allegra, obviously.  Don’t tell Allegra, but if she ever takes hers off I’m going to steal it!  I even caught her sleeping in it, so I think she may be onto me…

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Top Stitchers Sewing Contest Collaboration

You may remember us blogging about Top Stitchers, a sewing competition?  (Hint: we were inspired by Monet!)  Well, we’ve been holding back on some super exciting news; we’ve joined forces with Becca Duval and we’re going to help her run Top Stitchers!!!

You remember Becca, she was part of the dynamic duo who won Challenge Create: Adult Edition!  We’ve become great friends, and now we’re going to collaborate on a sewing competition together!  And season 3 of Top Stitchers is starting up really soon.  In fact, the competitors are probably already at their sewing machines.

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We’ve got the new button on our sidebar.  Those of you waiting for the next edition of Challenge Create, we’d advise you to get involved in Top Stitchers because it’s taking the place of Challenge Create.  Both Becca and I are well aware of the effort it takes to run a sewing competition, so by joining forces, we’re going to divide and conquer and the new sewing contest will be (at least) twice as good!

In the past, Top Stitchers has been held on Becca’s blog, Free Notion, while Challenge Create was held here.  But of course the new collaboration called for something bigger and better, so we’ve created a new website, Sewing Stadium.  Isn’t it gorgeous???

The prompts for the new season of Top Stitchers have just been released, and they are awesome as usual!  To see the new competitor pairings and the prompts, head over to this blog post.

I’m going to be heading up the sew along, and I’m terribly excited about that!  We decided to let everyone sew for any prompt, past or present for the sew along.  That makes 25 total prompts to choose from!  If that sounds overwhelming, here’s a way to help you choose.

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What would your prompt be?  Do you know what it means?  Head over to Sewing Stadium to find out.

Beside sewing competitions, Sewing Stadium has a shop!  Right now in the shop are some t-shirts.  Each one comes in  11 different sizes and 19 different colors.  The one I’m going to be ordering first is this one:

 

made+this+listingTo see the other really fun shirt designs, click over to the Sewing Stadium shop.  There are some really cool other things coming to the shop soon, so stay tuned.

Alright, that’s all for now.  But we’ve given you sewing homework, so get your machines off and running!