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ITS time to stitch with Itch to Stitch!

I’m so happy to be able to take part in Itch to Stitch’s Blog Tour this year!

The theme is ITS Time to Sew and we got to finally make an ITS pattern that we’ve been meaning to but never got around to it. Such a great idea!
This tour is packed with fun discounts and prizes, so make sure to check all the info at the end of this post! 😉

My first challenge for this blog tour was narrowing down my list of ITS things I want to make because all the patterns are gorgeous and I need all of them in my life. But unfortunately, kids need to be fed, laundry needs to be done and all the other “fun” adulting stuff, so I had to be realistic and choose only two.

My first choice had to be the Beausoleil Top.

It’s such a pretty and feminine pattern.
It’s made for wovens and has a zipper on the back for closure. One of the things I love about ITS patterns is that it comes with different cup sizes, so there’s no need for sba or fba’s. Fantastic, right? I’m all for less work! 😉

The Beausoleil features:

  • A, B, C, D and DD Cups
  • Dress and top options
  • “cold shoulder” short kimono sleeves with cuffs
  • Comfortable scoop neckline
  • Center-back lapped zipper
  • Easy-to-wear A-line skirt
  • Patch pocket with dress option

I chose to make the top because I’ll get more use out of it with fall around the corner.

I made size 12, b cup and added 2″ in length due to my height, in hindsight, it wasn’t really necessary but I actually like the extra fabric there giving a blousy effect to it. It’s cute if I belt it, but dummy me forgot to photograph it with the belt on…

I adore those sleeves!
The top is super comfortable, I used a viscose fabric and it was perfect for it. The pattern is easy to follow and I had no issues making the top, it’s a relatively fast sew.

Polka dots make me happy! 😀

My second choice was the La Paz Jacket, I’ve been dying to give it a go ever since I saw it, but to be honest, have been just a tad intimidated actually make it. This blog tour was just the push I needed to finally do it!

This is a knit pattern, which makes it oh so comfortable to wear while still looking smart and put together. LOVE!

The pattern features:

  • A, B, C, D and DD cups for a great fit
  • two-button front closure
  • Front and back princess seams for a slick look
  • Elegant yet sporty double-welt pockets with flaps
  • Unlined bodice with optional Hong Kong seam finish
  • Two-piece sleeves for great arm fit
  • Back stay for durability
  • Long sleeve with rounded corner vents and button closures
  • Back vent for wearing comfort

I did go a bit off track on this one and made some changes/hacks to it.
I wanted a sportier look that I could wear on a daily basis whenever I need to run some errands but don’t want to look like a hot mess. Something that I could wear with sneakers or pumps with, kwim?

My modifications were:

  • 3/4 sleeves without the button closure;
  • no pockets;
  • topstitched all around the jacket with an 1 1/2 inch seam allowance instead of using invisible stitching
  • no buttons or closures.

I must say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the results!
It’s exactly what I had in mind and I’m sure I’ll wear it all the time.

The fabric I used is a mystery knit I got a looong time ago. It feels like scuba on the inside and the like french terry on the right side. It’s a bit thick, has a nice stretch and recovery and its heaven to wear.

I made a size 12 and followed pattern instructions to widen at the hips to size 14.

I’m happy to say that my fears were not necessary. The jacket came together beautifully, pattern pieces and instructions are great, but I must say that it is a labor of love, lots of steps and ironing and clipping and pivoting (and I didn’t even make the welt pockets! haha), but it’s all worth it at the end! The end product is fantastic!!!

I love it with the collar down, but also with the collar up (it makes me feel cool! haha).


Because Kennis is awesome, these two patterns are on sale today:

You can snag the BEAUSOLEIL TOP & DRESS for $9 and the LA PAZ JACKET for $12!

Also, Mabel Madison is offering $10 off a $50 order with the code ITSTOUR through September 30th

So be sure to check the other blogs and see what ITS pattern they made and find more discounts along the way!

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  1. Florence says:

    Fantastic, both patterns look amazing. I only wish a slight bigger so I could make for myself.
    Fantastic colors and fabric choices.

  2. Christina says:

    Your post about the La Paz jacket convinced me to give it a try! Love love love your mods–very chic.

  3. Your pieces are terrific! But I have to say, the sleeve hack is my favorite! 3/4 sleeves pushed up look sooo good!

  4. Jan Murry says:

    Your polka dots look perfect for this top – and. Your jacket is exactly the one I want – hope you don’t mind if I copy. Awesome job !

  5. This is brilliant. Off to buy yet another ITS pattern. 🙂

  6. Looking so fabulous. I love the Beausoleil.

  7. Sydney says:

    That jacket looks FABULOUS on you! It is really a whole different look, and I love it.

  8. Beausoleil is a favorite here. I love how you styled it with the blazer. And you were courageaoux with that white fabric…I couldn’t (I have a black cat that LOOOOOVES white stuff!).

  9. Oh my gosh, your La Paz jacket is amazing – it looks so good!

  10. Great pieces! I love what you did with your jacket.

  11. Love your modifications and your jacket!

  12. I haven’t made this top and now I think I should! It looks perfect with the jacket!

  13. I LOVE your jacket! I think part of my hesitation with it is that I want to use my stash and I don’t have suitable fabric for the jacket. Who am I kidding though… I’m constantly feeding my stash!!

  14. Whoa!! That jacket is AMAZING. I want to copy it! Love the polka dots too!

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