Monday, October 23, 2017

Claire Cardigan Sew Along Day 1

Claire Cardigan Sew Along Day 1
Choosing Your Fabric

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Welcome to our Claire Cardigan Sew Along!! (PATTERN HERE!) Use coupon: SAVE40 at checkout to save 40% OFF your entire purchase! Hundreds of you have bought the pattern and I am thrilled to be sharing this sew along with you! Need some inspiration??

 Guess what? We have some FABULOUS prizes from some AMAZING Sponsors!! Starting this Friday, October 27th, you will be able to start sharing photos of your Claire Cardigan for 1 week! Next Friday, November 3rd, 3 winners will be chosen! Want to hear about them?

First Place Winner will receive:
 1 MRFB of Sly Fox Fabrics (up to $95 VALUE) 
and a $25 Seamingly Smitten store credit!

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Second Place Winner will receive 

a $20 store credit to So Sew English Fabrics
and a $25 Seamingly Smitten store credit

Thank you so much to Chey Ferris for donating this! AND she is offering everyone $5 OFF your $30+ purchase using code 5OFFSAL at checkout (Texas Fundraising Fabric not included). Check out her bundles, too, here at So Sew English Fabrics!

Third Place Winner will receive 

$20 Amazon Gift Card
and a $25 Seamingly Smitten store credit 

Let's get started!

Day 1 Choose your fabric
Day 2 Cut your fabric
Day 3 Pin and Sew
Day 4 Hem 
Day 5 Share a pic to WIN a prize!!

Day 1: Time to choose your fabric! Friday in this BLOG POST  I talked about all the different types of knit fabric that you can use to make your cardigan. I have made one in 2 different fabrics so far, like this jersey sweater knit (below). It is a medium weight knit that draped very nicely and has just the right amount of stretch to retain its shape throughout the day! My mom loved it so much I actually gave it to her and she's worn it at least 3 times last week, so I think it's a winner!
The second one is made from a jersey knit fabric that does not have as much stretch as the blue cardigan above. It is the perfect cardigan weight to keep you warm, but not too warm during those fall months!

For this week's cardigan I am going to use this hacci sweater knit. I draped it over my mannequin to see how it will fall and I am already excited about this one! It is an open weave knit so air flows more freely through it, but I am loving the color and texture of it. I am going to use a larger seam allowance when I sew, because I know this fabric stretches while worn and I do not want it to come out too large :) 

 Make sure you wash and dry your fabric today per the directions on the bolt! Pre-washing is very important when sewing with knits, because knits tend to shrink. I always wash my knits on cold water, gentle cycle and I tumble dry them on low. Once you sew your cardigan, this gives you the option of washing and drying it each time you wear it, or even simply washing and then hanging or laying flat to dry. But if you start sewing with a knit before pre-washing and shrinking, your cardigan will not fit the same way once it is washed and dried. That's why it is important to pre-wash! :) 

What fabric are you using today??

Share a pic on fb or comment below! 

Go ahead and print and assemble your pattern today or you can wait until tomorrow! Tomorrow we will cut out the pattern with your fabric and I hope you come back to join us!
Thanks for sewing along!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Choosing Your Knit Fabric to make the Claire Cardigan Sewing Pattern for Women

Come join our SEW ALONG next week and have yours sewn by Friday!! Grab your pattern HERE and use code: SAVE40 at checkout! Join us MONDAY to get started!

Day 1 Choose your fabric
Day 2 Cut your fabric
Day 3 Pin and Sew
Day 4 Hem 
Day 5 Share a pic to WIN a prize!!

Types of Knit Fabrics for your Claire Cardigan
With our newest debut of the Claire Cardigan pdf sewing pattern, many of you have been asking what types of fabric to use to sew it! So, let's talk knit fabrics!
For the Claire Cardigan we suggest a double brushed poly, jersey knit, cotton/lycra, sweater knit or hacci sweater knit. 
Knit fabric has varying degrees of stretch, does not unravel or fray and does not wrinkle as much as a woven material. That's why we love it! Let's talk types...

Double Brushed Poly is a 4-way stretch knit made of 96% polyester/4% spandex. It has also undergone a process where both sides of the fabric are brushed, creating that characteristic suede like feel on both sides. ( Here are some faves!

Jersey knit does not have a lot of stretch to it depending on it's fiber content, unless it includes spandex and it works well as tops, cardigans and dresses like these:

Sweater Knit is a wool knit formed when the hair is spun into yarn and then interlooped with other yarns, which creates a breathable and usually lightweight fabric which is great for sweaters or cardigans. 

Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric which is also known as Hacci, has a more loopy, open-knit texture than regular cotton knits and are usually made of blends of cotton and wool, polyester, or spandex. They are wrinkle resistant.  

I hope you find a fabric you love and come join our SEW ALONG next week!! 

Day 1 Choose your fabric
Day 2 Cut your fabric
Day 3 Pin and Sew
Day 4 Hem 
Day 5 Share a pic to WIN a prize!!

See you Monday!!

Women's Cardigan PDF sewing pattern Claire Cardigan

Women's Cardigan PDF sewing pattern
Claire Cardigan by Seamingly Smitten NEW RELEASE
One thing that I love about Fall is layering pieces! I love tossing something over my shoulders when I get a little chilly, just for that extra layer of warmth and comfort! Recently I have been seeing longer cardigans and kimonos all dressed up for fall and decided that would be the next pattern to make. Grab your Claire Cardigan HERE!

I am not a big fan of button down cardigans (maybe it's because I wore too many of those in all the years I was a teacher) so I decided to make the Claire Cardigan sewing pattern a long line, open front cardigan. I added large, patch pockets and side slits. I love the look of a side slit. It makes the cardigan sway a bit when you're walking and just catches your eye. 
For this cardigan I recommend sweater kints, cotton jersey, cotton/lycra and even that soft double brushed poly everyone is raving about this season! Here are some more favorites below!

Whatever fabric you choose, grab your pattern here and get sewing! Share a pic on instagram and tag us #seaminglysmitten and #clairecardigan  Happy Sewing!!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Indigo Shibori Fabric

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25 Indigo Fabric Sewing Project Ideas 

I have a confession! I am completely addicted to dyeing fabric right now! For the past few months I have been trying my hand at shibori dyeing techniques and simply cannot stop! It is such an amazing process to watch unfold (literally)! From the moment I make the indigo vat and watch the changes take place inside my vat, I am awe struck! I begin with white Kona cotton and cut it into fat quarters. Then I choose which technique to use. I can fold them, clamp them, hand stitch patterns, ice dye them or even dye a full yard in a small batch of indigo. Watching the color change from yellow when it comes out of the vat, to a gorgeous and vivid blue, seems like a small miracle every time it happens! And repeating the process after it oxides for 20 minutes only deepens and darkens the blue. I love triple dipping! The blue is phenomenal! I am going to be adding Indigo Shibori 100% cotton Fabric in full yards, fat quarters and scrap bundles to the shop soon! 

Here are 25 ideas on what to do with indigo shibori fat quarters and scraps! I hope you find that inspiration you need to grab some fabric and get sewing!!

25 Indigo Shibori Sewing Project Ideas

1. Couch Pillows  These make a statement! I love that they do not have to match in order to go on your couch. You can use a fat quarter to make a pillow front and another for the back!

2. More Shibori Pillows - These look AMAZING with a fat quarter front and a solid back. You could even use two different patterned fat quarters so you could have two different looks! Flip them around when you want a new style!

3. Tea Towels (love this idea!) One fat quarter would make one hand towel! These would look beautiful in any kitchen!

4. Hand Dyed Indigo Tote Bag This looks beautiful with the leather but would be pretty without it, too! The varying depths of color make it stunning.

5. Zippered Bag or Clutch  You can find the best part on the fat quarter and use it as a statement to your one of a kind zippered bag!

6. Dress This is one of the pictures that first inspired me to start dyeing fabric! Grab a full yard and make a dress for your little one or a skirt for yourself!
7. Shirt  You could mix and match a solid with a patterned print!

8. Patchwork Skirt I love how they contrasted this with a small printed black fabric and fun trim!

9. Purses - So proud of my mom! She actually made and quilted this purse. It even has a few zippers! She did a great job breaking up the patterns and accenting the purse to get just the right look!

10. Embroidery Hoop Decorations  These would look fabulous in a sewing room!

11. Quilts! Any quilt lover would love to use fat quarters or even the scrap bundles to make a one of a kind design! Cut them into strips, make your own binding...the pattern designs are endless and no two quilts will ever be alike!

12. Just loved this inspiration board. 

13. Placemats  Host your next dinner party in style! A fat quarter would be perfect to make a placemat! Guaranteed to be a conversation starter!

15. Skirt  No one else would have one like it!

17. Sundress A flowy sundress in this bright blue indigo is fun!

18. Little Girl's Dress Since this fabric is 100% cotton the possibilities are endless with the clothes you can make! Think dresses, shorts, skirts, bowties and more!

19. Blanket How much fun would this be to take on picnics?

20. Baby Changing Pad Covers  Show up with this at a baby shower and your gift is a hit!

21. Shibori Baby Bandana Bibs Too cute for words!

22. Shibori Quilt / Comforter  Fun baby boy gift!

23. Shibori Indigo Spin Quilt Fun scrap project! Make a pinwheel quilt out of indigo scraps!

24. Indigo Shibori Peplum Top This would be precious for a little girl or boho chic for you!

25. Indigo Shibori Furniture How gorgeous would shibori indigo fabric be as seat cushions??
25. Lampshades DIY lampshade to spruce up a desk or dresser!

26. Table Runner Shibori Table Runner would be a great scrap buster! You could patchwork it or use fat quarters strips along the edges as an accent!

27. Shirt Dress  Love the cuffs on this one! 

Hope you found some inspiration! Shibori Indigo Fabric coming to the SHOP SOON!