Friday, February 22, 2019

A Quick Update

Hello all!

Just a super brief post for today - I know... completely unusual for me and my usual long-windedness.  LOL

I wanted to share some exciting news in my crafting life though and let you know that I'm now part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.  I'm so honoured to be part of the network amongst all the very talented crafters there.  Minerva Crafts has been one of my go to shops for quite a while now - I love their customer service and the selection of products is top notch, so when they put out a call for crafters for their Blogger Network I sent them an email right away.  I was thrilled to be accepted and this week I had my first ever post featured on there!!!!

I hope you'll take a minute to go check out all the details in my post and while you're there take a look at all the other amazing projects on the site as well! It's truly inspiring to see all of them!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Envigado Vest

Time keeps slipping by faster than I can keep track of.  I've had approximately eleventy billion different blog posts in my head that want to be written, but somehow they haven't actually got from my head onto the screen.  Life's been crazy busy as usual and blogging always tends to take a back seat whether I plan on it or not.  The hockey schedule has kept us hopping every weekend - this weekend from Friday through Sunday we had a total of six games to be at.  We actually ended up going to only four out of the six as the weather kicked up a huge fuss and got really lousy for highway driving with blowing snow and very poor visibility and because we were going to have to drive from one town to another and then back to the first town and then drive home after dark, we made the decision to not risk it.  I'm getting way too old to navigate nearly zero visibility in the dark.  But generally, if you're looking for me at all in the winter, just check the local arenas... You're bound to find me in one of them - in the stands, freezing despite wearing ALL the layers, tea in my travel mug in hand and cheering loudly for our Novice and Atom Redwings!

I also started a new job on January 7th.  I've taken a term position at a local school as their librarian and it feels great to be back in the library!  It's been a long while since I've done library work - since I went on Maternity leave to have Baby Boy in 2010 and an even longer while since I've been in a school.  I left that back in 2006 for cataloging at the university.  Thankfully its come back quickly and I'm loving it.  The students delight me with their enthusiasm and the schedule is busy so that the days fly by.  I feel like work wise, I've come home.

I have been puttering away at crafty pursuits - my knitting mojo is coming back slowly with the excitement of a new project to help, but sewing is still my go to, which brings me to the reason for this post!  I have a new project to share with you all.

Let me introduce the Envigado Vest* from Itch to Stitch (really, who else these days! LOL I'm pretty sure soon my entire wardrobe will consist of the Itch to Stitch pattern library.)

I've been really wanting to try my hand at proper outwear for a while now, so of course jumped on the chance to give the pattern a whirl in testing. Sometime it's nice to branch out from the quick/easy projects to work on something that is more involved and this was a great starting out point for that and a good way to dip my toe in the outerwear waters as well.  Since the Envigado Vest is unlined, there are no sleeves, and the pattern features princess seams I thought it would be much easier for fitting as well.  Sized from the usual 00-20 with cup sizes A-DD, there are lots of options for sizing that don't require masses of alterations, which is all a big win in my books especially with my limited time for sewing these days.

As I mentioned it was a bit more involved with the facings, collar and pockets as well a zip and there's hardware to install for the snaps and drawstrings.  I had a beast of a time with my snaps having purchased apparently the cheapest quality snaps on earth (not that they were cheaply priced - they were ridiculously expensive).  The first set I installed I had to uninstall and buy another set. The second set didn't fair much better and I actually already have several that need replacing, which makes me incredibly grouchy that I threw good money after bad.  If anyone has any fantastic suggestions for snaps that can live up to the expectations of a) functioning properly and b) not breaking upon installation please send them my way!

Kennis had shown us her version of the vest when we began testing and she had done a gorgeous Hong Kong finish treatment on all her seams allowances and I think most testers jumped on the band wagon in a big hurry.  It adds quite a bit of time to the process, but so worth it to have the beautifully finished edges and a fun pop of colour.

The fabric world is your oyster if you choose to make your own bias binding, which I did.  I paired a fun quilt cotton with my twill fabric and used the half a meter I had for both the lining pieces and all my bias binding!  If you need a quick tutorial on making bias tape or how to do a Hong Kong finish, head over to the Itch to Stitch blog.  She's got you covered here and here!

I really love how this vest came together and I'm hoping Kennis will do an add on at some point down the road for sleeves and/or a lining.  I'd love to make this vest into a jacket one day!!  As a vest, I know I will get lots of wear out of it as soon as the weather co-operates (you'll notice there's no standing out in the snow pics for me now - we've been under "extreme cold warnings" since I finished sewing and there's no way in h-e-double hockey sticks that I'm standing outside for photos... or anything else at the moment.  It's amazing I leave the house at all these days! LOL).  Also... don't mind the wrinkles - should've probably given my vest a bit of time with the iron before taking photos!  Ooops!

I'm looking forward to wearing this with my Busan as pictured or a Uvita with the new add on variation of cuffs and hood.  I think it'll also be perfect for over my old Beach in the Winter pullover that I knit back in 2015!

If you'd like to get your own copy of the Envigado Vest hop on over to the Itch to Stitch website and make sure to grab it while it's on sale for the release week!

Friday, December 14, 2018

A Basic Top Gets Kicked Up a Notch!

BusanA few weeks ago I tested another pattern for Itch to Stitch Designs* and like all the other patterns I've been lucky enough to test this year, the Busan top is a total winner for me!  I haven't been interested in anything with any sort of statement sleeve until this pattern came along and then I was completely obsessed with the idea of them.

As with all of the Itch to Stitch patterns it is sized from 00-20.  The pattern goes together easily and other than the few pleats at the sleeve cap, this is absolutely no more difficult than sewing a regular long sleeve t-shirt with a cuff.  Add a few minutes (maybe ten or 15 minutes more) onto to your normal sewing time for a basic tee and you've got a garment that takes the t-shirt shape and kicks it up a notch or two!

You can make it out of so many  fabric too - sweater knits, sweatshirt knits, french terry, jersey... the list goes on and on.  As long as your fabric has the recommended stretch, you're pretty much good to go.

I made my first and second one out of sweater knit.  I followed the pattern as drafted (with the usual extra length I always add) and it was perfect.  I love wearing it with jeans and boots, but I think it could be just as great with a skirt or dress pants - it's got that "just toss it on and go, but feel dressed and well put together" thing going on even though it's so easy to sew up.

As I mentioned the sleeves get their "oomph" from four pleats - two on either side of the center of the sleeve cap and then they cinch in by sewing the wide bottom of the sleeve piece into the narrow long cuffs.  I have a quick tip here for the cuffs - it'll make it a whole lot less cuss word inducing if you baste the two layers of cuff together first, especially if you're using a knit that persists on curling the minute it is stretched.  (Do the same for the neck band and you'll probably not need your stitch ripper as much as I did... unfortunately both my sweater knits were super light weight and super curly along the cut edges so until it dawned on me to baste layers my seam ripper and I were enjoying quite a bit of one on one time together and the air was getting a bit blue with all the bad language being used.)

But check out that sleeve cap...  I love those pleats so much!!


A few of the testers opted to use festive fabrics for theirs and of course I had fancy fabric envy so had to make a sparkly one for myself too.  Can I tell you what is impossible to photograph in the winter?  Sparkly silver fabric - no matter what light I take the photos in it comes across as plain old grey.  It also turns out too that my thin lightweight sparkly silver jersey is see through.  Oooops!  Cartagena to the rescue!! I'm planning to make a light grey one specifically for under this Busan, but for now the black will have to do.

These tops are perfect for lunch out with the girls, or getting your festive, but super comfy vibe on for the holidays.  I've been dreaming of a stretch velvet one with lace cuffs.  Why yes, I'm totally ripping off a hack one of the testers did on her Busan...  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?  I'm not just being a complete copy cat.  (Ok.  I am, but whatever.  LOL)

So, if you want to give it a try for yourself, head on over to the Itch to Stitch website and grab yourself a copy of Busan while it's on sale for the release week!  Give yourself an hour or two off from whatever holiday prep you're madly working on and treat yourself to a new top that will make you feel like a million bucks!

If I don't pop in before Christmas, I'll be back shortly after!  (I've been meaning to write a post for a few weeks but it just didn't happen because life got in the way as it sometimes will) I hope that whatever festivities you partake in during this time find you in good health and good spirits!  For us we're very much looking forward to celebrating Christmas - although this year will not be quite the same as all my "big kids" are going on a trip south for the entire holiday break and because they leave bright and earlier Christmas morning, they won't be tiptoe-ing, bleary-eyed, but giggling into the house at the crack of dawn.  I'm really going to miss having all ten of us under the same roof for the morning!  It'll be such a quiet affair with just the four of us instead - but hopefully just as Merry!

Now, you'll have to excuse me while I get back to the approximately eleventy billion things I meant to get done before the weekend but clearly didn't...

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Medellin and Cartagena

Remember my little "tease" photo from my last post?  I'm back today to tell you all about it!

Once again Kennis Wong of Itch to Stitch* has knocked it right out of the park with her newest pattern releases, Medellin and the Cartagena Cami. I was so happy to have the opportunity to be on the testing team for both of these two patterns.

Medellin is a great faux wrap top, perfect for those gorgeous snuggly French terries, sweater knits or double brushed poly. It's a quick and easy sew and figure flattering.  Throw in the comfort of a snuggly knit fabric and it's a definite win for the wardrobe.

I made my Medellin from a lightweight French terry that I purchased as last year (I think from Blended Threads) - it's so snuggly and soft I'm going to be on the hunt for more like it... Bring on ALL the floral French terry!  For my pattern I sewed up a straight size 18.  Other than adding 1 1/2" of length, this was sewn straight out of the envelope.  Like most of the Itch to Stitch patterns, no other alterations were needed for me.  (I like to pretend that Kennis is designing for me personally! Ha ha!  But honestly, they really do fit my body really well as drafted.)

The Cartagena Cami is an absolute wardrobe staple and perfect for pairing with Medellin or a cardi.  Made from very little yardage of knit fabric allows you to pick from your leftover scraps in your stash or treat yourself to some new fabulous fabric - you can afford to splurge because this pattern really takes next to no fabric at all.  The neckline, armholes and shoulder straps are all constructed with FOE (fold over elastic).

I had got rid of almost all my camis recently because they were either too old and tattered or too small, so I've been on the hunt for, at the very least, a black one since. They're harder to find than you'd expect though, especially in the larger sizes.  Add that to the fact I have a long torso so everything is always to short and my search for a ready to wear one has been completely fruitless.  To heck with RTW!!  My closet is going to be re-stocked with Cartagenas instead.  Beware though.  Do not fall victim to over priced FOE (Fabricland here on the prairies is selling it for $4.50/metre which is ludicrous.  I normally pay between $0.80 - $1.00 online so check around for a good price)

My first cami is made with a bamboo jersey left over from the Super Red Panda costume.  It's soft and a bit drapey thanks to the bamboo but was super easy to sew up; I had no problems with shifting or slipping fabric at all!  My only change from the pattern for this one was once again to add 1 1/2" of length.

I've paired it with my brand new, fresh off the machine, Aviero Cardi here, which by the way is my entry for this year's #CosyCardiChallenge hosted by the Stitch Sisters and Amanda from @amanda_isewalot.  The cardi is the regular length version with 1 1/2" of length added and made from a super soft drapey sweater knit I bought at Marshalls Northwest Fabric in the city - it was on the bargain wall and I'm pretty sure I paid no more than about $4/meter for it at most.  My only conundrum is whether or not I want to leave it open or add snaps just for "looks".  I almost never wear my cardigans closed.  Decisions. Decisions.  LOL (PS: You can grab the Aveiro, Lisbon or Paro cardi patterns for a discount using "ITSCOZY" until  November 17th - you have up until the 30th to enter the Cozy Cardi Challenge so why not treat yourself to a new pattern for your entry!)

For my second cami I grabbed some double brushed poly fabric I had left over from my dress I made in the summer.  I did have to add a center back seam because the pieces I had left were two narrow to do the back on the fold, but I was happy to find a purpose for this pretty floral that I wasn't sure what to do with!  This pattern is so quick!  I actually timed my second one I made and with changing the serger thread, running out of bobbin thread and having to wind a new one, plus rethread the machine as well as change presser feet it took me a grand total of 39 minutes.  The FOE is so simple - Kennis has taken out all the guess work and gives you all the measurements you need.  Easy Peasy.  I'm going to make about a million more of these! I'm pairing it here with my first Aveiro Cardi.

If you want to grab your own copy of Medellin and Cartagena, head over to the Itch to Stitch Website right now!!  For the release week only you can get Medellin on sale for $8.00 USD and Cartagena for $5.00 (no codes needed for the sale prices), but if you want both, which I think you will, pop them both in your cart and Cartagena will be discounted 100%.  WHAT?!?! If  you hurry you can get both these awesome wardrobe favourites for the price of the Medellin.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

A Crafty Catch Up

I'm back... hope all is well out there and apologies for the radio silence as of late.  I've been posting a fair amount of my crafty pursuits on Instagram lately, but haven't had the chance to sit down and properly write a blog post.  The whole new job thing didn't work out unfortunately - it just wasn't a good fit at all for our life right now, so I'm back to pounding the pavement so to speak and looking for something new.  I'm hoping to be back to work somewhere soon - and hey!  If you know anyone looking for a library technician/parts person/purchaser let me know!!

I have done quite a bit of craftiness in my blogging absence, albeit most of it Halloween related.  I made the boys halloween costumes this year again and of course they had very distinct ideas of what they wanted to be.  Little Man wanted to be Harry Potter wearing his Quidditch uniform and Baby Boy wanted to be a Red Panda, which happens to be his very favourite animal.  But he didn't want to be any ordinary Red Panda.  He wanted to be one that had super powers.  And Red Pandas with super powers have wings.  Not capes. And the wings had to be very specifically shaped and attach to his costume in a very concise manner. Fair enough. Who am I to argue on the finer points of the elusive Super Red Panda?  Little Man's costume even included a very exclusive "Nimbus 2009" model made by his dad.  The boys got to go Trick or Treating at the zoo again this year on the weekend before Halloween and the highlight of course was getting to see mama, papa and baby red panda very active in their outdoor enclosure!

Super Red Panda set to save the world!

Trick or Treating at the Zoo!

Harry Potter's favourite animal is also the Red Panda...

Super Red Panda meets up with his ordinary counterparts

I also decided to put my Silhouette Cameo and some glow in the dark heat transfer vinyl to good use and make them some skeleton tees for Halloween.  I went the easy route and just purchased the plain tees at Old Navy rather than sew them up, so it was a quick afternoon project that I surprised them with when they got home from school one day!

In the un-halloween related realm of craftiness, I finally met our newest little great nephew last week and was finally able to give him his baby gift.  I went with an owl theme - I love owls, so figure everyone else should too - I had got a little book and owl stuffy and had a tiny little owl toque I'd knit ready to go, but I wanted one more little something to go with it, so decorated a little onesie with vinyl.  I was really happy how it worked out!

I also sewed up the Elliot Sweater, which is the newest release from Helen's Closet.  I snapped up the pattern and printed it out instantly when the notification hit my email inbox that it was up on her site, but then had to wait a bit to have the time to sew it up.  I had bought the fabric from Blended Threads last fall or early winter, and when it arrived I had no hot clue what I was going to make with it.  It's a bit bulkier than I wanted for a cardigan and I wasn't sure how it would handle any sort of bands because of the bulk. I thought of a waterfall type cardi, but that wasn't really speaking to me much as something I wanted in my wardrobe, but as soon as I saw the Elliot I knew that was the pattern the fabric was waiting for!  It's a super quick sew.  I had it done in an afternoon, except for the sleeve hems.  I wasn't sure what route to take because they felt just a bit too short for such a bulky knit and because I'd only had 1 1/2 meters to start with, there was no way to cut longer sleeves but I had just enough left over to make nice wide cuffs to create somewhere between a 3/4 and bracelet length sleeve.  I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out and may actually live in this for the rest of the fall and winter.

Lately my knitting and spinning has really take a back seat in my crafting time.  I am not sure why, but I still haven't located my missing knitting mojo.  I want to be knitting, but am finding it hard to find the energy or mental space for it somehow in life right now.  So because of that I am still working on my latest Untangling Knots knit along Populuxe cardi (the deadline was November 1st, but my cardi is, as of yet, still sleeveless.  Ooops!)  so I thought I'd try to jump start my motivation and shift gears with a little colour work project, but sadly even that is not going anywhere quickly.

I have taken some time to do a bit more sewing though this week and I'll leave you with a bit of a teaser of that one.  I was outside in the snow this morning trying to take pictures of it, which was a bit silly, but the light was better out there than in here.  LOL!

I'll be back next week to tell you all about this one, so until next time, happy crafting everyone!

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Aveiro Cardigan

I'm back this week and once again talking about another new Itch to Stitch pattern.  I'm starting to feel a bit crazy fan girl with all my posts about them these days, but I really do apparently sew them up the most compared to other companies.

Today is the release of the Aveiro Cardigan and given how I live in cardi's all the time I thought it would be a great opportunity to finally branch out from my tried and true Blackwoods.  While the Blackwood is awesome, I have been wanting a cardi that has an option to close for the longest time.  Last year (or was it the year before?) I tried another pattern for a v-neck, button up cardi and it was an unmitigated disaster.  Everything about it was awful and completely unwearable for me.  It ended up being cut up for use in another pattern because there was just no way to selvedge it.  Because it was such a disaster, I've literally avoided so much as looking at any other patterns in that style since.  Then Kennis posted a tester call for the Aveiro Cardi and I was definitely game for trying it...

I knew being an Itch to Stitch pattern I could forget about any concerns regarding fit that I'd have with other patterns, and it was exactly what I was looking for all this time.  It did not disappoint.  It went into immediate rotation in my wardrobe as soon as I snipped the last threads from the machine.

It's an easy pattern and quick to sew (unless you're me - more on that later) which of course gives it big points in my books.  There are four different length options for the body - long, regular, short and bolero.  Then there are three sleeve options - long, 3/4 and short.  Add to that two cuff options - regular and long cuffs.  Use buttons or snaps or leave your cardi plain, the choice is yours.  With all these options you've got plenty of ways to mix and match for completely different looks every time.

In the spirit of keeping things real here at chez Prairie Girl Knits though, I have to tell you I had THE WORST time sewing this one up. Not because of the design.  Not because of the pattern.  Not because of the fabric.  Not because of any of those reasons.  The design is great.  The pattern is great.  The rayon, spandex, poly blend fabric, whilst drapier than perhaps needed, is just fine.

However, my serger tension kept going out of whack and I apparently forgot every single thing I knew about sewing.  Honestly.  If there was a possibility of making a mistake I did it.  I must have sewed on and ripped out the neckband at least three times and in the process I manhandled the fabric so much that it was all rippled and warped on one side.  Thankfully I was able to steam the neckband pieces back into shape and finally re-attached it like I actually knew what I was doing.  I was really happy to have finally sorted out all that and went to apply the snaps.

I must have applied hundreds of KAM snaps at this point in my life.  After all the diapers, swim diapers, diaper covers, and other miscellaneous projects that I've used snaps on you would think it would be a task I could do with my eyes shut.  But no.  Not so much.  I managed to get all the way to the last snap and then I put it in backwards.  WHY?!?!  HOW?!?!  It took several attempts with various tools, implements and bad language before my husband gently took it from me, and got the snap out without damaging my poor much abused neckband fabric any more.  New snap set, my cardi was good to go.  Something that should have taken me an hour to sew at most, took me the better part of three days, but in the end it was worth it.  And next one I sew up will definitely go easier.  At least so long as I don't take complete leave of my senses again.   Just goes to show that it doesn't matter how long you've been at it, sewing is not always rainbows and unicorns and projects that go together without a hitch.

I plan on making a few more Aveiros over the next few weeks - I definitely want the long version, and one in the short version and if time permits, I'll be making another in the same length as this one.  I'd like to play with the longer cuff option too.  If you'd like to grab your own copy of the Aveiro Cardigan , head on over to the Itch to Stitch website!  The pattern is on sale for the release week (no code necessary) and to optimize your savings, Kennis offers a "buy more, save more" style discount that is still in effect with the sale price - check out the shop for all the details on that.

I'm not sure how often I'll be blogging in the next few weeks.  After being off work since mid-June when my term position finished, I'm about to head back to working full time next week, so crafting and blogging may be put on the back burner for a week or two as I wrap my head around my new job, and we launch headlong into hockey season the same week.  This year the boys are on different teams - one has aged up and the other has not - so the two practice schedules are going to be a bit nuts.  I hope to pop in soon though because I do have some other fall sewing projects that I'm eager to show off!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time to Sew - Itch to Stitch Blog Tour

I was so excited when I found out about the blog tour for Itch to Stitch*! I feel so honoured to be amongst some amazing bloggers to be part of it! If you've read my blog before you know that I'm a huge fan of Kennis Wong's designing.  I've done loads of pattern tests for her over the last few years as well as sewn plenty of her patterns I haven't tested.  I know how much attention she pays to details and fit, so if I want a pattern I don't have to worry about fussing a lot with I often choose an Itch to Stitch one.

This fall's blog tour theme was sewing up something we'd been meaning to make, but hadn't got around to yet.  Itch to Stitch has so many options to choose from, and although I've made several of the patterns, there were still a few I've not had the chance to do yet.

Because we're well into football season here (man those evening practices are getting chilly to watch - brrrrrrr) and hockey season will be well underway in a few weeks (and I'll be shivering in the stands of the local arenas on a regular basis), I decided that cozy and comfy should be my go to.  I want to wear all the warm and soft fabrics! With that in mind, I chose to sew both the Newport Top and Tierras Woven Joggers.  To be honest, I hadn't thought that I'd be at all interested in the Tierras.  I'm not a joggers person... I'm definitely not a jogger either!  LOL)  But once I started seeing the tester versions, and then they popped up a few times randomly on my Facebook feed I was definitely feeling my interest piqued.

First up is my Newport Top.  I chose a snuggly soft baby french terry from Sly Fox Fabrics, who is one of our blog tour sponsors and very generously sent me the fabric. Let's talk about my fabric for just a second.   It's got just the right amount of stretch for the pattern and the recovery is really good so it's not going to get saggy or baggy with wear but because the Newport is a boxy silhouette I wanted to make sure my fabric had a nice drape to it as well.  The print is on the loop side of the fabric giving it a bit of texture for interest. After looking at a few different choices there was no doubt that this fabric checked all the boxes for me and of course it's a floral so that made it absolutely irresistible to me and when it arrived in the post, I was not disappointed.

As for the pattern?   Comfort - check! Cozy - check! Dress up/Dress down - check!  I love the fact that it has the lapped neckline and while I'm usually definitely not a fan of a high low hem, I really like this one (and the fact that it'll be a bit more warmth when I'm sitting on cold arena benches this year is a definite drawing point!!! Is it just the arenas that my kids play in or do all arenas steadfastly refuse to turn on the heat over the benches in the dead of winter???). Plus it's so quick to make.  There is nothing I enjoy more than a pattern that I can whip up in a short time frame!  All I needed to do was my standard adding length - on this one I didn't add quite enough length and ended up feeling it was going to be too short for my liking if I hemmed it as stated in the pattern, so I just made a facing pattern by tracing around the bottom of the actual pattern pieces, then stitched it on, turned it up and topstitched it down.  I am super particular about the length of my tops and I'm ridiculously long waisted.  While you'd never know if I hadn't told you, it was a quick but necessary rescue.  I've already corrected my pattern for my next one (I'm looking at you blush pink and navy striped french terry sitting in my stash!)

Onto the Tierras!  I had a hard time deciding on fabric - I wanted to stay away from anything that might be construed as pj pants given the elasticated waist and jogger silhouette - but I wanted something with some drape that would also be a bit warmer feeling.  I ended up choosing a rayon blend twill that was just from my local fabric store.  Its super soft with drape, but not so much drape that it feels flimsy.  It's got a bit of weight to it too, which will make it warmer in the cooler months.

For the pattern, I did do a few minor modifications.   The rise on the front of these joggers is pretty low, but the pattern gives detailed instructions how to change that up to give them a higher rise.  I measured both front and back and decided to just adjust the front because I knew if I did both, the rise would then be too high on my back so I slashed and spread the pattern at center front to my desired amount (in my case 2") and then I tapered that to nothing at the side seam.  I had to re-draw the side seam and smooth everything out and re-angle the center front seam back to the proper place, but it all worked out nicely in the end.  I also scooped out the back crotch curve a bit to get a better fit there. (I just followed the instructions on the Itch to Stitch Blog from the Liana Stretch Jeans sew along to figure out exactly what I needed to do!).  Unfortunately with all my concentration on perfecting the fit of the top part of my joggers, I forgot to add some length to the bottom part, so I did the straight hem rather than the elastic one, and unfortunately I feel like these are just on the verge of being a bit too short.  Note to self for next time...

I really like the comfort factor of these pants with the slightly looser fit and elastic waist (I left out the drawstring), but the slash front pockets lend themselves well to making this a pant that is easy to dress up or down too depending on fabric choice.

I'm super pleased with my end results and glad I took the time to finally try out these two patterns!!

Before you head off though,  there's more fun for the tour!  First of all be sure to check out all our incredible sponsors.

Next you'll want to keep tabs on all the tour stops.  Click on the links below for that.

As an added bonus, for today only there is a flash sale on the patterns that have been featured today on the tour!!!!

Anza Jumpsuit and Dress
Chai Shirt and Dress
Chirripo Top
Havar Jacket
Idyllwild Top and Dress
Newport Top
Tierras Woven Joggers

Just click on the pattern names to  check out these great deals today!  You don't want to miss out!!! (*hint* you will want to be checking out all the tour posts as there's some great deals to be had each day.  I know I will be definitely adding to my pattern stash!) 

Last but not least,  remember those sponsors I showed you up above? Not only does Mabel Madison have a fantastic offer for our readers - $10 off a $50 order using the code ITSTOUR until September 30, 2018, we've got a contest going on as well, with lots of great prizes to be had so be sure to enter using the rafflecopter below!

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Good luck and I hope you enjoy today's stop on the tour and get a chance to check out all the other stops as well!