Itch to Stitch September Spotlight

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Welcome to Day 4 on the Itch to Stitch September Spotlight! Not long after I decided it was time to learn to sew for me, I stumbled upon Itch to Stitch patterns...what a find! I totally credit Kennis, the designer behind Itch to Stitch, with teaching me to sew knits. Her patterns are so well written they are great for beginner and advanced seamstress alike! I have so many Itch to Stitch sews in my wardrobe! As I started thinking about holes in my closet for this fall, I realized how much I need a navy tee! For years I had a RTW v-neck navy tee made of 100% cotton that stretched out all day long as you wore it. I finally sent it to the thrift store last year! But I miss having a navy tee in my closet!

Enter the Idyllwild Top & Dress. It has a crazy amount of options…so many that you can make 42 garments with different looks!

Sleeve Options

  • Sleeveless with bands

  • Cap sleeves

  • Short sleeves

  • Medium short sleeves

  • Three-quarter sleeves

  • Long sleeves

  • Ruched long sleeves

Neckline Options

  • Small neckline

  • Large neckline

Length Options

  • T-shirt length

  • Ruched T-shirt length

  • Dress length


I chose to go with the large neckline, ruched sides, t-shirt length in a fabulous navy dbp from Simply by Ti (one of our sponsors!). It has since come to my attention that many sewists don’t care for ruched sides except for maternity wear…but I have always loved them! I absolutely love a good tee with a little character that can be dressed up or down. Here I chose to pair my Idyllwild with my Mountain View Pull-On Jeans. Throw on a statement necklace and you’re ready for a night on the town…dress it down with a simple skirt or pair of shorts, and you’re ready to run errands but still look put together!

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Somehow for the past year I’ve managed to sew mostly sleeveless tops…and while those are great in the summer…a short sleeve t-shirt is so much more practical for the rest of the year. I love that I can layer it and wear it year round! While it’s not flashy, this piece will definitely be a great transition for the coming months! And for my next sew, I am totally torn between the t-shirt dress length and a long sleeve tee with ruched sleeves…decisions, decisions!

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And while fall is still but a hint on the horizon here in SC, another part of my wardrobe I’d like to beef up heading into the next season is the cozy sweatshirt department. When Kennis released the Orono earlier this year, I was totally bummed that I didn’t have time to test it. I had recently purchased a RTW jacket that had similar shoulder darts on a raglan sleeve and I loved them so much…the Orono has been on my mind ever since!

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The unique petal front and built in pockets make this a unique twist on a sweatshirt. I used a chenille style french terry for the bodice and it will be so cozy heading into cooler weather…that is hopefully right around the corner! And I absolutely loved the pocket construction…it was completely different from anything I’d ever seen, but the instructions were excellent and they turned out marvelously. Such a fun feature!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! To add to the tour festivities…Itch to Stitch has decided to offer a special 25% discount on BOTH the Idyllwild &Orono tops (as well as all of the the other patterns on the tour today) for TODAY ONLY (from 8am Eastern time on September 19th, 2019 to 8 am Eastern on the 20th) using the code: “919itsblogtour25“. This is such a great reason to grab your copies of these AMAZING patterns today!! And spoiler alert - one of the patterns on the docket for tomorrow is the Mountain View Pull On Jeans - so if those caught your eye…set an alarm and make sure to grab them on sale on Friday the 20th!! You can find other bloggers on the tour below :)


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Disclaimer - I received the Idyllwild and Orono patterns at no charge to use as part of this blog tour. All opinions are honest and completely my own. This blog post also uses affiliate links, which if used, at no cost to you provides a few pennies to help fund my love of fabric and sewing. Thank you!

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