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Upcycled Kingston Jackets

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Last month, I decided to scrap my sewing plans and go for what my children wanted.  My youngest asked for a jacket she could put patches on.  We found the Kingston Jacket by Rebecca Page Patterns.  The girls wanted the add-on, so they could have fleece sleeves and a hood.  Next up, they went through ONE of the MANY boxes of old jeans I have saved and never used.  Ugh.  The girls picked and embroidery design for the back panel, and I got started.

     

 

Waffle Pants!

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Today, I finished my Sweet Potato Azuki Pants! They took forever...

I went all out.  I put in the zipper pocket, the flap pocket, the tool pocket, and the holster pocket.  It was alot.  I did make a muslin first.  I decided to make a size 40.  They are a bit too big, so next up I will be making a belt.  They are loose enough to be comfortable all the way around.  I used denim for the main fabric and a light canvas for the accents.  I wish I would have done some more embroidery work on them.

 

T-Shirt Week

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This week has been full of t-shirts.  The Sew My Style pattern for May was the Rio Ringer T-Shirt.  I made two of them.  This first one is awful.  The second one is awesome. 

One more Redwood Vest

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I made one more Redwood Vest, and I changed up the pockets. 

 

I grabbed the pocket pieces from my Bella Dress pattern.  I embroidered them and stuck them on the outside of the front pieces of the vest.  I REALLY like the pockets this way.  The dragons are from Urban Threads.

 

 

The other change I made was to use fold over elastic for ALL of the binding even when the pattern says not to do it :)  I like the bindings either way.  I think the FOE was a little more difficult, but not too big of a deal.

 

 

Let's Finish Up Our Redwood Vests!

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Welcome back everyone!  Let's finish up today.

Cut your arm hole binding according to the chart on the pattern.

 

Sew the short ends together.

 

 

Fold in half wrong sides together.  Zig Zag the raw edges together.

 

Redwood Sew-a-Long Day 4!

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Redwood Vest Sew-Long Day 4 - Zipper Shield and Front Zipper

 

When I last left you, we finished putting the collar and collar binding on.  Today we are going to install the front zipper. This is the part I always get nervous about.  However, on each of the vests I’ve made it has turned out fine.  I think I hear the word zipper and get nervous.

 

Take note: During this part of the pattern.  The seam allowance changes.

 

Redwood Sew-a-Long Day 3!

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Color Blocked Yoke

 

First off, I cut my lining quite a bit larger than the pattern piece.  This is because the first time I made this vest, my lining didn’t match up due to stretch and wonkiness.

 

Redwood Sew-a-Long - Hand Pockets!

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Day 2 Redwood Vest Sew-a-long 

 

Today we’re going to work through the hand pockets.

 

Since I last checked in, you found your size, decided on which version to make (color blocked or no), and decided on which pockets you want to add.  Now cut your pieces.  I elected not to cut my bindings yet.  I will cut the bindings as I need them.

 

 

Redwood Sew-a-Long Let's Gather Our Supplies

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Hey everyone, I'm Sarah.  Let's Begin!

 

Don't have your pattern yet?  Check your newsletter from Sew My Style for the discount code for the Redwood Vest from 5 Out of 4 Patterns.

 

Bella by Tessuti Fabrics and More

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Here is my un-ironed Bella Dress by Tessuti.  I really like the Tessuti patterns because they are very simple to sew.

 

 

The pattern itself is very straight forward.  I encountered no confusion or hang-ups at all.  This is a beginner friendly pattern.  When it came time for the neck binding, there is a link in the pattern to take the user to a blog post/tutorial for how to add the binding to the garment and join the ends.  It is a very clear and useful tutorial.

 

 

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