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December Blog takeover with Katie @katiekortmanart

Tammy Lee
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Hi! I am Katie Kortman. When I’m not painting, I’m sewing. When I’m not sewing, I’m dancing (have you heard of #thehandmadehustle on insta yet?) You can find me over on my blog and on instagram 

A Little Story About Burnt Sienna Pants

 Once upon a time in the far off land of Bahrain (it’s a tiny island next to Saudi Arabia), I bought my husband a pair of Levis. They were the most beautiful warm, burnt sienna brown I had ever seen. I actually never knew I needed a pair of pants that color until that moment. I wasn’t sewing my own pants at that point in time and so I just pined after them.

Fast forward 2.5 years. I now sew ALL my own clothes and don’t even bat an eye at making pants! With that in mind I went on a mission to find the same burnt sienna brown, non-stretch twill to make a pair of Persphone pants. I searched HIGH and LOW. Anytime I saw someone post a photo wearing that color brown I’d ask where they bought it, if it was non-stretch, if it were thick enough for pants, etc. I even had Rae WHO DOESN’T EVEN KNOW ME, searching all of the sites looking for it!

Well, one day Tammy and I were talking about fabric. She mentioned she was ordering some twill and I asked if it happened to be burnt sienna? And she showed me a little thumbnail asking if this were the color I was looking for? Well what would you know???? IT WAS!!!!!!! I squealed audibly.  Tammy was about to make all my burnt sienna pant dreams come true! And to think I’d almost settled for a stretch twill (not what I wanted) or a color of brown that wasn’t QUITE right.

So I present to you my most favorite pants ever. The chino twill is the perfect weight for pants. It is buttery soft, yet still sturdy. It holds its shape and doesn’t get stretched out. I’ve now made 5 pairs of Persephone pants (its my most favorite pant silhouette at the moment) and this is for sure my favorite pair. That fabric, because it doesn’t stretch out a ton, really sucks in the tummy on such a high-waisted pant (which is the opposite if you use stretch twill with that pattern—I learned the hard way). I will be wearing these pants every.single.day because they look good with every.single.thing.

And now look what I can do with my husband?!?! I can be his TWIN (Which he really loves)! In fact, he will sometimes secretly twin with me without me noticing until we get somewhere. 

I told him he needed to wear this matching outfit with me so that we could take some very serious and important blog photos in our cool pants. Yeah, we have fun together. 

Every since I mentioned this fantastic fabric find and what I planned to sew with it on Instagram, I’ve seen lots more sewing bloggers grab this fabric and sew up their own high-waisted pants in it. To think a pair of pants in my husband’s closet started all this makes me laugh a little:)

D&H Tour Wrap Up

Tammy Lee

Whew! What a week! If you’ve been following along with this week’s blog tour here’s a quick recap of the inspiring makes shared this week. If you haven’t been following along, be sure to check out each individual post for more details.



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Monday November 12th


Nicole of Merritts Makes made this dreamy Kaste Dress (pattern from Named Clothing Breaking the Pattern book). She used our Tencel Twill in Henna.Read the full post here.


Tuesday November 13th


Michele of WinMichele sewed the perfect transitional outfit using the True Bias Nikko Top pattern and a modified McCall’s pattern. She used our Melange Jersey Rib Knit and Black Jegging Denim. Read the full post here.


Wednesday November 14th


Meg of MEGMADE knocked it out of the park with this Papercut Patterns Waver Jacket. She used our Chino Twill in Pumpkin. Read the full post here.


Emma of The Zipper Foot achieved stunning simplicity with her Grainline Studio Scout Tee. She used our Atelier Brunette Viscose in Tabby Shell. Read the full post here.


Thursday November 15th


Katie of Sew Altered Style sewed a look that is both colorful and classic with her Love Notions Rhapsody Blouse and Robinson Trousers. She used our Atelier Brunette Viscose Tabby Green and Stretch Cotton Twill in Ochre. Read the full post here.


Lara of Handmade by Lara Liz made basics that everyone should have with her Love Notions Classic Tee and DIBY Club Adrianne Open Side Slouchy Sweater. She used our Bamboo Jersey Knit in White and Cozy Cloud Sweater Knit in Blush. Read the full post here.


Friday November 16th


Faith of Faith St Jules tackled her first pair of jeans with the Megan Nielsen Ash Jeans and added a Jalie 2805 top to pair with them. She used our Cone Mills Slub Indigo Denim and Cozy Cloud Sweater Knit in Gray. Read the full post here.


Sara of The Sara Project brought color to a timeless style with her Megan Nielsen Dawn Jeans. She used our Chino Twill in Pumpkin. Read the full post here.


Saturday November 17th


Heidi of Handmade Frenzy earned the title of pattern tetris queen by squeezing a True Bias Nikko Top, Alina Design Co Panama Tee, Hey June Lane Raglan, and a Tessuti Patterns Mandy Boat Tee out of 3 yards of fabric. She used our Stripe Jersey in Black/White. Read the full post here.


April of Wearing Old Bones used the Peppermint Magazine Slouchy Cardi pattern to create the ultimate cozy layering piece. She used our Cozy Cloud Sweater Knit in Black. Read the full post here.



The end of the first ever blog tour and my Woven Fulton Blazer

Tammy Lee
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Hi Everyone,

Yesterday was the final day of the first ever D&H Blog Tour. It was so much fun working with the most amazing and talented ladies. I couldn’t have done this without each and every one of them and their hard work. I hope you all enjoyed the tour as much as I did. I also hope you all got inspired by these awesome makes, cause I know I want to make one of each, FOR REAL!

I want to thank each and every single one of these talented ladies for working with me and helping me make this a success. Never in a million years would I have ever thought I would have received even 1 DM or email from anyone wanting to work with me. I was so humble and appreciative by each and everyone who reached out to me. If you were unable to participate in this tour please keep a look out for more opportunities coming soon!

My Fulton Blazer and its WOVEN

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When Alina Design Co broke the internet with her Fulton Sweater Blazer, I knew I needed one immediately. When her site crashed I started to panic because even though I wasn’t going to sew it that same day it came out, I NEEDED it. I don’t know If any of you get like that with new patterns that you fall in love with, but I do.

I don’t recall exactly when but Heidi from Handmade Frenzy and I were chatting one day and she suggested making a Fulton Sweater Blazer out of a stretch woven. Well that is all it took. I immediately began prepping the fabric and got sewing! I used our Stretch Cotton Twill in Navy, we also have it available in this Ochre color.

I didn’t have to size up, or make any adjustments to fitting by using the stretch woven. I measured between a 14 & 16 which is about normal for me, but If a pattern has a finished size measurement I tend to go by those. My waist and back are wide, and because I knew this pattern was more about my upper measurement, I used the finish measurement for the bust to determine my size. I sewed his one up in a size 12 and it fit perfect. I will be making this in a knit and I will sew a size 12 for that version also.

The only change I made was I sewed the cuff as a facing instead of like a knit cuff. I knew I wanted a pop of color for this blazer. I used the cuff piece on the pattern, and It fit the sleeve perfect with the woven. Before sewing the sides seams, I sewed the cuff and the sleeve right sides together. I then turned the facing/cuff wrongs sides together to the sleeve, folded it under 1/4”, pressed it for a nice clean finish and top stitched it down. It looks great. and when my sleeves are down it looks like a nice cuff.

Look at that pop of color. I used some Cotton and Steel scraps I had laying around

Look at that pop of color. I used some Cotton and Steel scraps I had laying around

I will admit I did have some trouble with the collar. I had to sew it twice, but the second time I used Alinas collar tutorial found HERE and I had no issues after that. If I would have used it the first time, well you know. My collar may not be perfect, but nothing I sew is perfect and that is what makes it ME MADE! This blazer will get a lot of wear in my closet, along side this Ogden cami I am wearing under it.

If you are wanting to sew a Fulton Blazer in woven- What are you waiting for? I recommend any light/med weight stretch woven.

Happy Sewing,

xoxo,

Tammy

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