Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sewing By Ti Blog Tours: Date Night

I got all excited when I first signed up for this tour. Date night! Sounds fun! And then I had time to think about it and went - what the heck would I wear on a date? I don't go on dates, and on the occasion that I get out without the kids it's usually a day date. So eventually I decided on a pencil skirt and top - simple, comfortable, and not overly dressy. Unfortunately for all of us, the shirt I made did not turn out right, and since we ended up with last minute travel plans last week, I didn't have time to re-do. Such is life, right? So the top is a rtw one I happened to have with me. But I have a skirt! A pretty, Patterns for Pirates Pirate Pencil Skirt.

I used some floral ponte that I had in my stash, and it worked really nice for this. It's thicker than the knits I usually work with, and is really nice for a skirt. It keeps it's structure really nicely even though it's still stretchy and comfortable to wear.

I made this one using the mid rise, above knee options. Since I'm somewhat petite, I find I prefer my skirts to either hit above the knee to show off my legs and give more visual length, or to be full length. I usually have to straighten the hip curve on things that are very shaped. I'm pretty straight through the hips, so I end up with some bunching along the sides of my hip. With that slight change, this skirt hangs pretty nicely.

I ended up dressing this down a bit with the boots and top I paired with it, since it was more a daytime lunch date look for me. You could easily switch it up with a fitted and/or tucked in top and heels for a sexier night time look.

It's simple and versatile to style, and a quick sew for a last minute date night or lunch date. Add accessories as desired and go! If you're looking for fabric for your date night sew, Simply By Ti is offering 10% off to all the Date Night February readers! Use coupon code DATENIGHT

If you're like me, you're going to love all of the inspiration my fellow bloggers have for you. Be sure to check back all February long to see what patterns work for us!

Wednesday, February 1st: Sewing By Ti

February 2nd: Crafty Like a Rox

February 3rd: Sewing By Ti

Sunday, February 5th: Embrace Everyday

February 6th: Tenille's Thread

February 7th: Robynne and the Bobbin

February 9th: Sewingly, Michelle

February 10th: Sewing By Ti

Sunday, February 12th: Embrace Every Day

February 13th: A Phoenix Risen

February 14th: Creative Counselor

February 15th: Creamer and Chaos

February 16th: Everything Your Mama Made and More

February 17th: Sewing By Ti

February 18th: Sew Like a Sloth

Sunday, February 19th: Very Blissful

February 20th: Tenille's Thread

February 21st: Mamoose Handmade

February 22nd: Rebel and Malice

February 23rd: Margarita on the Ross

February 24th: Sewing By Ti

February 25th: On Wednesday We Sew

Sunday, February 26th: The Fairy Dust Bin

February 27th: Sewing By Ti

February 28th: Sew Haute

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Boys Can Wear Pink - Galaxy Tee

My boy isn't really all that into pink, but when I asked if he'd be up for doing Handmade Boy's blog tour again this year, he gave me a very enthusiastic yes! He's good like that. Because even though it's not typically his preference, he firmly believes that anyone who wants to can wear pink. Even boys.

When I first asked for his design input he started picking some very pink stuff, which was awesome except that I know he won't wear it again. Well, except as pajamas, but I wanted to make something that both had pink and that he'd really want to wear again. We ended up poking around online and found this amazing galaxy print that happens to have bright pink in the print. As a bonus, it also has amazing pops of orange, which IS his favorite.

I used Patterns for Pirates Jolly Roger Raglan, with the front V accent and elbow patches. He's recently decided that elbow patches are pretty awesome, after I put them on another shirt on a whim. His favorite part about the V is that since I haven't yet found tags he can stand, he doesn't have to come ask me if his shirt is on backwards. Win! It won't be long before I have to give up and buy a men's pattern, though. He only has one size left before he outgrows this one. Where did my sweet little guy go?

Sewing on the elbow patches is not always my favorite, but I used my new favorite sewing tool to make it easier: wash away hem tape. I've been sewing for a lot of years, and finally tried it recently for a curved hem. Now I use it for everything - it worked amazingly in place of pins to place both the elbow pads and the V. In addition to keeping things in place, it stabilizes where I'm putting the seam so knits don't stretch out of place, and it's been the best thing ever.

He's getting so grown up and still sweet, but he'll take on anyone who dares to say anything bad about his shirt. It has pink? Big deal. Also don't bother mentioning that his hair is always in his eyes, because he'll just roll them and tell you he likes it that way. ;)

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