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November Blog Tour-Day 6 Featuring Heidi Handmade Frenzy

Tammy Lee
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Hello everyone! My name is Heidi and I blog at Handmade Frenzy. I can be found most frequently hanging out on my IG page @heidi_handmadefrenzy. I am so thrilled to be here today and participate in the very first D&H Fabrics Co Blog Tour!

A little bit about me; I am a wife, mom to three, and sew constantly. Or at least squeeze in as much sewing as my life allows! I started out sewing for my kiddos, but since my third child was born (who is now 3 1/2), the sewing has become mostly selfish. I never in my life dreamed I’d be sewing my own jeans and jackets, but here I am! In today’s project I stocked up big time on knit basics, because really, I just love sewing it ALL.

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When Tammy offered to send fabrics of choice for the tour, I was seriously stumped. I mean, have you seen her shop!? How on earth was I supposed to choose!? The more I pondered it, the more I realized that I was really in need of striped basic tops. The ones in my closet have literally all seen better days, so I asked for 3 yards of her, stripe jersey black/white, with intentions of making 2 long-sleeved shirts from it.

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I had never worked with a poly/rayon/spandex blend jersey before, but having ordered from her shop before, I trusted that the quality would be impeccable. I certainly wasn’t disappointed!!! This fabric is buttery soft with a really good weight and drape, and the stretch is good with awesome recovery. It is not nearly as stretchy as a rayon/spandex without the poly, and in my book, that is a huge improvement! I love that these tops don’t “grow” throughout the day as I wear them. They remain crisp and fit just as perfectly at the end of a long day as when I first put them on in the morning.

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I am also happy to report that with a pre-wash and dry, as well as a whole day of hard wearing, there is no pilling at all. This IS HUGE. All rayon/spandex fabrics that I’ve come across have pilled at least a little in the pre-wash or the first wear.

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I really can’t speak highly enough of the quality and feel of this fabric. And besides that, it sewed so well. The fabric didn’t shift as it went through the machines. I didn’t even use pins to line up all those stripes! And there were A LOT of stripes to match up. :)

Over the next week, I’ll be breaking down each top with it’s own detailed post on my blog Handmade Frenzy, but for now, I’ll go over the quick details of all the tops I made! For size reference below; my measurements are, B=35.5, W=28, H=37.25, I am 5’3” tall.

I had only planned to make 2 long-sleeved tops from the yardage Tammy sent, but when it arrived, I realized that it was super wide (63 inches!) and I had plenty of fabric to work with! So to work I went, and managed to cut out these 4 tops (all with stripes matching, I might add)!

The first top on my list was a classic tee. I used the Panama Tee pattern by Alina Design Co. This top is an absolute necessity in a basic wardrobe. It’s great on it’s own, but is also perfect for layering because it is fitted enough to wear under a wide array of layering pieces.

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I made a size 6, shortened 1/2”.

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I paired it here with a Hampton Jean Jacket turned vest. I blogged all about this on my blog today! Post HERE. The vest is also made with D&H Fabric, I used this amazing Italian slub denim in light indigo. It was everything I hoped for this project, I’m in love!

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Next I cut out a Lane Raglan with a kangaroo pocket in the front for some fun stripe play. I used a plain white cotton/spandex from my stash for the neckband and cuffs. This worked in my favor, because if I had used the stripes, I’m not sure it would have worked out so perfectly! You guys, I had strings left of the yardage when I finished cutting, lol!

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I love how I feel in this outfit. Sporty and fun, but I felt a little Pinteresty, so a pumpkin felt like the right prop. LOL.

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I made a size med, shortened the length 1.5” and used the shirttail hem option I used the kangaroo pocket pattern piece from the Halifax Hoodie and just eyeballed where I wanted it to be on the shirt front pattern piece, marked, and then transferred those markings to the fabric before sewing.

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The third top I couldn’t get out of my head was a Mandy Boat Tee. FREE PATTERN, y’all!! I’ve been meaning to make one for ages, but was super motivated after I saw this fabric and since the pattern was recently graded to include additional sizes, it was meant to be!

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Plus, Tammy has it listed as a pattern possibility in the fabric description. She totally nailed it. It couldn’t be better suited to the pattern! I made a straight size 2, and the fit is perfection. I did a 5/8” hem on the bottom and the sleeves.

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I am finding this top to be so versatile!! It looks super cute left untucked and with a cozy blanket scarf. I love mixing some prints, especially in the fall!

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I also love it with a little tuck at the waist, or my go-to, which is tying in a knot at the waist. This top is going to be worn all. the. time.

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Lastly, I knew I could just squeeze a Nikko Top from what I had left!

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I made a pair of Nikko Tops last fall/winter, but since I had just the right amount of fabric left, I figured I needed another one. Haha. One can never have too many Nikkos!

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For this version, I decided to size up one. I had intended for it to have just a little more ease that way when I cut out the pattern, but knew that with this fabric, the ease wouldn’t transfer. In fact, if you plan to make a close fitting pattern like the Nikko, which is intended for very stretchy fabrics, you will want to size up your pattern if you use this fabric. Sizing up one worked just perfectly!

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The slight fit changes I made, other than sizing, was to shorten by 1 inch and I reduced the height of the mock neck by half. I’ve seen some tops like this in RTW lately, and I really loved the look and wanted to try it for myself. Verdict: I love it!!

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The Nikko is the perfect companion to the Blackwood Cardigan as well.

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So that’s all of it!! I had so much fun creating this little collection of striped basic tops for my closet! I can’t wait to style them a million different ways.

Thanks so much for having me on the tour Tammy! xo

November Blog Tour- Day 6 Featuring April Wearing_Old_Bones

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One chilly morning last month a non-sewing friend of mine turned up wearing the cutest cardigan wrapped and belted in matching sweater knit. “Ooh,” I said excitedly. “I really need to make something like that.” “But could you?” was her skeptical reply. “You can tell the fabric was woven specially to the width of the belt.” “Ha ha ha,” sneered my inner Barney Stinson. Challenge accepted.

A couple of weeks later the perfect opportunity arose to fulfill my vision. I was fortunate enough to be chosen by Tammy to be part of this blog tour (my first, yay!) and she said she had some sweater knit coming back in stock. It seemed perfect for the Peppermint Magazine Slouchy Cardi I had in mind (it’s free and has pockets!), so I ordered a yard and a half in black. I have no problem admitting I’m terrible at laundry so while I “never” put my handmade knits in the dryer as a rule, I always machine dry them once after pre-washing just in case they slip in later by accident. This Cozy Cloud sweater knit is 55% Rayon 25% Nylon 20% Poly and has an insanely soft cashmere-esque hand. If you really want to retain that feel, you will not want to put in the dryer. I’ve used a very similar fabric before, so I knew this and decided to throw it in anyway. It’s definitely not as soft but still very cozy and it was the right choice for me since I know what I’m capable of!

For my cardigan, I chose size B shortened by 4 inches, cut out the pieces with pattern weights & scissors and sewed up the whole thing on my serger. The fabric behaves beautifully with no unraveling or curling and clings together in such a way that requires minimal pinning- always a plus! For the belt I cut a long rectangle to the desired length x double the width and stabilized one half with a fusible knit interfacing. I serged both long sides, turned it out, tucked in the short ends and stitched them closed with a narrow zigzag. In hindsight I may have interfaced the entire belt, as I prefer the look and feel of the stabilized side...live and learn!

I decided to secure the belt with thread chain loops at both side seams so that I can decide on a whim to wear it open if I like. Thread chains are so fun and easy to make and I’m super pleased with the result.

I’m sure you’d agree there’s nothing more satisfying than bringing a vision to life and showing the doubtful that there’s nothing a determined sewist can’t do. Thanks so much to D&H Fabrics Co for collaborating with me on this project!

xo April

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November Blog Tour- Day 5 Featuring Faith St Juliette

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Hi everyone, or as we say in Georgia, hey ya'll! My name is Faith, and I blog about my sewing adventures on faithstjules.com. When Tammy and Nicole chose me as one of the bloggers for the tour, I was ecstatic! I also knew that I wanted to take this opportunity to make something that I've never created before, due to fear of failure. I wanted to make jeans pants.

The Fabric As soon as I entered the D&H website I was so in love with the selection, that I could not just choose one fabric to use for my project. I chose the cone mills slub indigo denim and the cozy cloud sweater knit. If you're going to make jeans, why not make a top to go with it right? The denim fabric is so sturdy and comfortable. I could tell right away that this fabric was made to last. The sweater knit is so soft and cozy (now I understand the name) that I must order more to make jammies.

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The Pattern
I am a big fan of Megan Nielsen's patterns, so of course I had to use her Ash jeans pattern. For my top, I used my go to t-shirt pattern, Jalie pattern, 2805.              

The Jeans
I must admit that I had no idea what I was up for when creating my jeans. Constructing the jeans was not the difficult part, the topstitching would be the Magnito to my Professor X (Marvel comic fan). However, I pushed through, and I must say that I am pretty happy about the outcome, considering that this was my first time making jeans.

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The Top The top was a very easy make, and I love it so much, that I've already washed and worn it three times since I made it a week ago. I must say that the sweater knit fabric is such great quality that even after so many washes in such a short time, it holds its color and texture very well.

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Thank you Tammy and Nicole for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful journey. Through this, I have discovered wonderful sewists and amazing fabrics. I look forward to  creating more projects with your amazing fabrics.