I’m so excited to be here to share two projects from Sew Caroline’s new book Sew Caroline Weekend Style as part of her blog tour. Plus if you read through to the end, you might find a giveaway!! Weekend Style features 15 easy to sew patterns that be easily made in a weekend – from cute shorts to knit tees to woven tees to skirts and accessories it has so many fun patterns that are quick and easy to sew. While flipping through it, I thought it would also be really fun as a vacation capsule wardrobe! All in coordinating mix and match fabrics could make for a very awesome me-made vacation wardrobe!
Here’s a quick look at all the patterns in the book:
top row: Tilly Tee, Colonials Cover up, Larchmont Tee
next row: Afternoon Skirt, Boardwalk Shorts, Date Night Skirt,
next row: Button Up Shirt, Saturday Morning Shorts, Darling Shift Dress
next row: Pool Tote, Uptown Crossbody Bag, Traveler’s Tote/Backpack
bottom row: Tie Belt, Turban Twist Headband, Slingback Flip Flops
The book also features so many helpful tips and tricks for those new to sewing or those needing a refresher. The tutorials include how to sew a knit neckband, how to sew bias binding, different types of stitches for different projects and so many more. It really is a great resource to have in your sewing library if you’re new to sewing!
I chose to sew up the Tilly Tee and the Boardwalk Shorts. The Tilly Tee is a scoop neck knit t-shirt with short sleeves. In my quest for the perfect t-shirt, I thought it would be a good one to take for a spin! I love how it is fitted through the shoulders and then straight towards your hips. I sewed it up on Saturday morning and didn’t take it off – I went outside and wore it for pictures, wore it the rest of the day and then slept in it! So I would say I thought it was pretty comfy!
I sewed it up in one of Sew Caroline’s Art Gallery knits. I’ve not worked a lot with their knits before, but I really liked them! They were so stable and easy to sew with!
I hemmed the bottom of the tee with a double needle and decided not to hem the sleeves. After wearing it all day though, I do want to hem the sleeves as the knit is curling a lot.
In a bunch of different colors, you could sew up a nice basic staple for your wardrobe!
I also sewed up the Boardwalk Shorts + tie belt. I am always looking for a good pair of shorts for the summer. I sewed up the Parkside Shorts last month and really loved them so I decided to give the boardwalk shorts a go too! The tie belt was just too cute to pass up.
I used a really fun quilting cotton from Caroline’s Here Comes the Fun fabric line from Art Gallery. How cute are those spots? I thought originally that the tee and the shorts didn’t go together, but after putting them on I think they’re cute together!
My favorite part of the shorts is the tie belt. Another pattern in the book, it is a super easy sew and easy to add to a variety of garments. The only thing I will caution is to make sure to use 60″ wide fabric for the tie as the pattern piece is close to 30″ long. If your fabric isn’t that wide, you can piece it – like I did here! I actually think I would make the belt longer in the future so I would have to piece it no matter what.
The book is filled with so much inspiration for fun comfy looks that are easy to mix and match. Next on my list? Those Saturday Morning Shorts and Slingback Flip Flops!
Make sure to check out all the other posts in the blog tour on Caroline’s blog here.
Caroline was so kind to provide the fabric and the book for this blog tour, but I had already ordered the book. I thought it would be fun to host a Giveaway with the copy she sent! Enter below in the Rafflecopter for your chance to win a copy of Caroline’s book – you can enter by following me on Instagram, following me on Pinterest, telling me what your favorite pattern was from the book or all three for more chances to win!! The giveaway will close next Wednesday, June 13th!
Thank you Caroline for the amazing patterns, adorable fabric and for allowing me to be part of the blog tour!
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