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11.19.2015

A New Look Blog Tour + Giveaway



I'm honored to be participating in the Gracious Threads A New Look Blog Tour (read to the very end for the giveaway). I have been looking forward to sewing the Rainbow Tee and Cirrus Skirt ever since they were released. My challenge was to sew up "a new look" in some way, shape, or form. I chose to sew the garments as suggested with no modifications. But I chose to sew them in camo colors for my girlie here. This is my girl who prefers to wear jeans and a t-shirt, so the new look for her is wearing a skirt and wearing camo. She generally chooses bright colors to wear, which look fantastic on her, but it was time to try something different. She wasn't too thrilled about the fabric choices at first, but once she tried them on, she commented about how comfortable they were and decided that she really did like wearing them. I can imagine this skirt would be super comfy sewn up in some sweatshirt knit and layered with leggings for the winter.

The Cirrus skirt is an elastic waist skirt with pockets. There is an option to sew a faux drawstring at the center front, but I left that option off. I really like the wide waistband with 1.5 inch elastic. It makes for a snug and comfy fit. For my daughter, I made the size according to her waist measurements, which for her was a size 6. I then added about an inch to the bottom of the skirt to get a bit extra length. She was pleased with the length.
This shirt has an option for sewing a rainbow version with all of the different pieces made from different colors of fabrics. Each piece in the pattern is labeled with what strip to place where on the shirt. But there is also an option to just sew a shirt from one fabric. While I like the look of the multi-colored shirt, for this fabric I just chose to keep things simple and use the entire pattern piece for a solid shirt instead of the strips. Both options are included in the pattern. 
This shirt is an excellent fit and I can see myself making several more for her. It's excellent for layering and would also be a fantastic summer shirt as well.

I love, love, love the finishing details on the shirt--around the neckline and then again at the sleeve edges. It really makes the shirt come together very quickly with a professional finish. I enjoy working with specialty elastics and am always looking for a unique way to use them.  I was not disappointed with the instructions for how to use specialty elastics. It isn't hard, but you do want to practice first on some scraps.


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