Sewing is my passion and I always have a notion to sew, but sometimes I get distracted with other crafty endeavors. I share my creative accomplishments (and sometimes failures) here on my blog. I am a licensed Martha Pullen beginning sewing instructor and serger instructor. For 5 years, I taught new owners how to use their Bernina sewing machines at my local Bernina dealer, and for 2 years I taught serger project classes at my local Baby Lock dealer. These days, my professional time is spent retailing handmade purse and bag making supplies and patterns. I also sell a small selection of fabric as well as my handmade bags and purses.
"The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." Prov. 16:9
Here is what I sewed with the fabric from my #sewhayleyjane subscription box. I needed a blouse to coordinate with my RTW skirt and jacket. I’ve been wearing a simple white tee with this outfit, but I wanted to step it up a notch. This blouse does the trick.
Believe it or not, this is a pullover style blouse! No snap, no zips, no buttons. I sewed the bust darts and the vertical waist darts on the front, but I chose to eliminate the vertical waist darts on the back.
Since the fabric is 100% cotton, I prewashed it in warm water and dried it on medium heat. After I cut all the pattern pieces, I used a three thread narrow overlock to finish the edges of all the except the neck seam and the sleeve edge where the cuff is attached.
The pattern has good instructions and the fit is spot on. This was a satisfying sew and I am so glad to add this blouse to my wardrobe.
Here’s my video with an additional review of this pattern. I am also doing a giveaway. The instructions on how you can enter the drawing are in the video.
Thank you for reading my blog and be sure to enter the giveaway.
Do you subscribe to any sewing or quilting boxes? For my first dive into the subscription sewing box world, I tried the Sew Hayley Jane box. It offers a smattering of goodies for both garment sewing and for quilting.
Here is a video of the unboxing:
If I am honest, my first impression was “okay”. Those were not fabrics I would have chosen, but the whole premise is that the contents are a surprise.
Ater I had time to ponder uses for the fabric, I shared my thoughts (and a new quilt) in a follow up video:
The quilt pattern is from the book titledCharm Schoolby Vanessa Goertzen. It is called “Rock Star” and is 69″ x 81″. I used fabric by Cyndi Walker called Serenade. I still have a few of those fabrics available in my shop, if you are interested.
Thank you for reading my blog today, I appreciate that you take time out of your busy day to take a peek at what I’ve been sewing. I am a bit of an eclectic sewer – I sew a myriad of items depending on what I have A Notion to Sew at any given time. Do you stick to a plan for sewing? Do you generally have one sewing focus (i.e. garments, quilts, toys, home dec, etc)? Or, are you like me, all over the place? LOL
Please drop a note to say hello. I enjoy reading your comments.
The Sewing Workshop offers a year-long series titled Sew Confident. With the series commitment, you receive a monthly digital magazine, 4 exclusive digital patterns, and access to a private Sew Confident Facebook community along with several additional perks. If you are interested in checking out the Sew Confident Tutorial Series, you can find it here.
The digital magazine is worth the price of admission! 🙂 It includes gorgeous photography, helpful sewing and style articles, and the current pattern instructions, changes, and helpful tips.
The Noto Tee is one of the four digital patterns for Series 9. The patterns are added to your account once every three months. The digital magazine give you style and fabric inspiration along with sewing instructions for your pattern. Then, each month between pattern releases, you will get instructions on how to change up the original pattern. The original Noto Tee is a shorter length, no side slits, and it has a crew neckline.
The version I am showing you today is a twist on the original pattern. It has a V neck, is a longer length, and has a slightly modified side seam. I am so very happy with this version of the Noto Tee.
I unashamedly copied the exact fabrics from The Sewing Workshop’s digital magazine. I love them so much!
The side seam is adjusted to gradually come forward as it approaches the stomach and hip area. I added an extra inch to the length on the back of my tee.
And can I just say, I love a good V neck style.
For a closer look at both versions (the original and this new V neck style) head on over to my YouTube channel:
I would really enjoy hearing your thoughts. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you are sewing.