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Basically Jalie Blog Tour - Day 2

(This post has been sponsored by Jalie Patterns. There is  a sewalong, rafflecopter, and amazing prizes to win so keep reading! ) 

Majority of what I wear are work/business casual outfits and hence that is majority of what I sew. I am always looking for cute woven tops to add to my rotation. I love making tunic tops especially now that I've learned to fit them. I never liked any store bought ill fitting and stiff feeling tops especially button-downs but now that I can make them and make them to fit, it is a whole different story!

This blog-tour is for basics and I consider woven tops to be part of my daily basic wardrobe so that is what I made for this blog tour.


This is the Rose blouse (Jalie 3881) in a woven crepe fabric I got recently from Sincerely Rylee. The fabric is gorgeous and so easy to work with. 
I chose this top because of the bow. Let's be honest, we love blouses with bows! I have never been able to find a perfect blouse with a f…
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It's October and that means it is time to make your little ones (or big ones!) Halloween costumes! Growing up in India we did not celebrate Halloween so when I first moved to the US and was living in an apartment, I was amazed at all the dress up and trick or treating concept. I made sure to buy tons and tons of candy because we got so many kids coming to our doorstep. While I didn't get into making costumes for me, I love making them for my kids :) My oldest is turning 14 tomorrow(already?!) and is no longer interested in Halloween and that made me a little sad. He says trick or treating is for little kids and I respect his choice in the matter. My 8 year old, however, wanted to dress up as a cat - a cute and cuddly one. She got one!



She made an easy choice this year and was very involved in the designing of her costume. She is getting more and more interested in making her doll clothes and comes up with interesting shapes and experiments mainly wi…

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Let's review for a second what I had originally envisioned to be making -


Item #1 - Suede and sherpa vest = DONE
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Itch to Stitch blog tour 2018

It's time to sew Itch to Stitch
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One of the wonderful sponsors D&H fabrics sent me this beautiful Moonstone in blue (Atelier Brunette) fabric that I absolutely love! More info on the fabric below - 



Before I go on with the construction details, I want to mention that both the Crystal Cove Cami and Angelia Shorts are on a FLASH SALE for 24 hours only! TODAY ONLY (9/20), you can get Crystal Cove Cami for $8 and and Angelia Shorts

Piper Boho Tunic

Piper Boho Tunic

It feels good to be blogging regularly again. I have been sewing as usual but not blogging my makes for the last couple months. I had some issues with the image hosting server and it took some time to iron those out. I have a backlog of images to go through.

Today, I am posting my Piper Boho tunic - an update to an existing design by Wardrobe by me. She has expanded the sizing and added more options. I have always loved Christina's designs especially the tunics. I wear them year round with shorts, leggings, jeans, skirts! They are the perfect capsule piece in any wardrobe. 


This pattern comes with different body styles, sleeve styles and necklines! I love this sort of mix and match type pattern because I can make my own 'view' depending on the fabric. I made the rolled sleeve with tab, curved hem bodice with the tie neck. The curved hem bodice has gathered front shoulder which is such a cute detail! I made a sleeveless muslin in green rayon that came out s…