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New Fabrics from a New Friend: Simply By Ti Fabrics

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blue plaid DBP and black french terry mommy and me outfits by mermaid mama designs for simply by ti fabric ambassador program

This post is going to be a fun one! Out of all the posts and videos I make, fabric related posts are my favorites.


I was recently accepted into the Simply By Ti Ambassador program and am very excited to share about it. I’m going to share about my first experience with both the ambassador program AND the Simply By Ti fabric shop. If you don’t know Tibeca Yao from Facebook, I would strongly suggest checking her out. She runs a blog, where she host several sewing-related blog tours (at least once a month). She’s a fabric shop owner, and she also does weekly “Sewing Thursday” videos where she teaches sewing related tips, tricks and discusses useful tools. Those are shared live in her Facebook group (and a few other sewing-related groups as well). I will put all the links here and once again at the bottom, so that you can find all her sites. She’s one of the sweetest ladies I know, and one busy mama! I don’t know how she does it all, but she does!

You can find Ti’s fabric shop here: Simply By Ti Fabrics

Her blog is here: Sewing By Ti Blog

The Facebook Group is here: Simply By Ti Fabric Group

*I will embed the video of us unboxing the fabrics at the end of the post*

mermaid mama designs in a halla slim dolman and greenstyle creations chelsea pants, made from sweater knits from Simply by ti fabrics

 This is my first month in the Simply By Ti ambassador program and I love that it’s a bit different than a typical strike off seamstress position! Ti lets me choose my own fabrics, for one. I can choose from anything on the site, except open pre-orders (just because I wouldn’t be able to get it and sew it up in time). I love that I can pick things that I know will work for me, and I can pick things to bring my visions to life! Ti has been a pattern tester and strike off sewer/sewist/seamstress in the past, so she understands how it all works and is more than generous with us, as she understands the process implicitly. I have already seen such a great support system at work in the group. It makes me excited to be part of it and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

mermaid mama designs in a halla slim dolman and greenstyle creations chelsea pants, made from sweater knits from Simply by ti fabrics

Now, choosing my own fabrics is amazing….but also a bit intimidating (for like, a half second. lol) as I was worried I wouldn’t be able to choose! There are tons of fun, beautiful things on the Simply By Ti site. I’ve been addicted to all the sweater knits lately, as we are experiencing an abnormally cold month here in Tennessee. But since I recently made a bunch of things in thicker sweater knits, I tried to choose different types of fabrics for these projects. For the first project, I decided fairly quickly on this gorgeous coral sweater knit. It has glitter threads sewn into the fabric, and as a result, it’s sparkly and shimmers, even in low light situations. I love that it adds a touch of glam to even the most basic patterns! To coordinate with the coral, I wanted something light colored and soft, so this white french terry was the perfect choice. Both fabrics were budget priced, so I was cautiously optimistic. I eagerly waited for the mailman (darn Holidays slowing down the mail!) and was beyond pleasantly surprised when I got them! Is there anything better than fabric that is well priced AND stands the test of time?

mermaid mama designs in a halla slim dolman and greenstyle creations chelsea pants, made from sweater knits from Simply by ti fabrics

I used the Slim Dolman pattern from Halla Patterns for my top.  The pattern instructions come with a trick to make the shirt a different underarm or bodice style, so I used those instructions to make it more of a “batwing” style underarm. I then made it banded, regular length, with long sleeves. I typically add length to the sleeves, but I completely forgot (oops). The lace came in perfectly handy for this! I would include more info about this pattern, but I’ve been on a halla dolman making binge lately and am making one for every post, it seems.  If you haven’t been by before and want more info, you can read this postthis post or this post, which are ALL about the Slim Dolman pattern. 🙂 It is a free pattern, so be sure to join the Halla Patterns Facebook group to snag the coupon code! You can find the PDF Slim Dolman pattern on the Halla Pattern website.

mermaid mama designs in a halla slim dolman and greenstyle creations chelsea pants, made from sweater knits from Simply by ti fabrics

When ordering, I spent more than a few moments looking around the trims and lace section. It took me forever to decide (I wanted the bubble and geometric trims as well!), but I ended up snagging a yard of this Venice Lace Trim in ivory. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make when I ordered it, but I wanted to add some detail to whatever it was. I figured there was a chance that the lace wouldn’t match exactly, since it was an ivory color, instead of white. But I think it looks great, added to the ends of my sleeves. Hopefully, it’s far enough away from the white pants that you can’t see the shade difference. 🙂

mermaid mama designs in a halla slim dolman and greenstyle creations chelsea pants, made from sweater knits from Simply by ti fabrics

Now…#momlife, right? I have no clue why I made white pants. I am probably never going to get to wear them., as I’m never flying solo and I have a spill-prone toddler and preschooler. But aren’t they pretty? They will come in handy one of these days, perhaps for a date night or something. I used the Chelsea pants pattern from Greenstyle Creations . This is, hands down, my favorite pants pattern. I will get brave one of these days and use them to make a jean style pant, but in the meantime, it works perfectly for these super soft, lush white pants! The hem of the Chelsea pants flares out a bit at the end, to give you a wide leg look, which I love. I had to situate my pattern piece going against the grain to have the stretch going the right way(pretty standard for french terry or ponte, at least in my experience), and the pattern piece was just a little too big to fit across the fabric. If you have an inseam that is 30″ (what the pattern is drafted for) or less, this should work just fine for you. It requires a bit of careful piecing, but was so worth it at the end! These pants are super soft and comfortable!


blue plaid DBP and black french terry mommy and me outfits by mermaid mama designs for simply by ti fabric ambassador program

When I first went to the Simply by Ti site, my eye immediately went to this Custom Blue Plaid Double Brushed Polyester. In high school, I had a pair of blue and green plaid leggings that I wore EVERYWHERE. I loved those things and wore them until they fell apart. I had completely forgotten about those pants until I recently saw someone share a pair of plaid leggings in one of my sewing groups…and with that, my vision was born. As soon as I pulled out the legging pattern, however, I started to feel a little guilty. I usually sew for my littles. I didn’t want to order 4 yards of fabric and not even use a little of it for them, so I decided to use the super soft Black french terry and lush blue plaid DBP for my youngest two, Kalel and Aquila.

blue plaid DBP and black french terry mommy and me outfits by mermaid mama designs for simply by ti fabric ambassador program

I wanted to use the piece I made to count as my week 1 entry for the 52 week sewing challenge group I’m part of on Facebook, so I needed to use the fabrics to make “something warm.” Easy enough, since it’s freezing cold outside right now! Brindille and TwigI pulled out one of my favorite kids’ patterns, the Scuba hood raglan! I love this pattern. It’s a quick and easy sew and fits my kids well. I don’t know about you, but my kids LOVE hoods. Especially Aquila. She gets a kick out of putting it up and down. (which usually turns into her, frustrated because she can’t get it up. Then me putting it up, her pulling it down….then getting frustrated when she can’t put it up again….repeated all day. haha) There is a super cute little shoulder detail for the pattern that I love. I also love the lining & shape of the hood. It comes up and meets in front, which provides a bit of a barrier when it’s windy or super cold.

blue plaid DBP and black french terry mommy and me outfits by mermaid mama designs for simply by ti fabric ambassador program

I used the black french terry for the main bodice and sleeves of their hoodies, then used the plaid for all the accents and the exterior of the hood. I love the way they look! I was sure that between the size 5/6 (which looked huge to me, as it’s a new size for him. Is there a way to make them stop growing?) and the size 2/3, I would use the full yard of both fabrics, but I guess I’m terrible at fabric plotting/planning, because I still had over half a yard of the plaid left at the end! I tried to find a pants pattern that i could make for both of them with that little amount of fabric, but wasn’t able to. I didn’t have any black in my stash (isn’t that a cardinal sin?) and had used all the black french terry for their shirts, so I tried to figure out what to do….

blue plaid DBP and black french terry mommy and me outfits by mermaid mama designs for simply by ti fabric ambassador program

I suppose these plaid leggings were meant to be, after all. I managed to JUST squeeze them out of the fabric piece I had left. For once, it turned out to be a good thing that I have a flat bum! haha   I had to shave a little off the back and crotch curves of the pattern to make the piece fit (essentially making a flat booty adjustment). By very careful cutting, I was able to get 2 leg pieces and a skinny waistband out of the piece I had left! I used the Ellie and Mac Urban Legs pattern, which is my current favorite leggings pattern. I helped test it and we went through a (record breaking) 11 versions before we all finally agreed on them being the perfect fit. They fit me to a T and don’t ride up or down, which I love. I was careful to lay my pieces with the grainline arrow facing the same way as the vertical lines of the plaid, so that I could attempt to match the print as best I could, without having extra fabric to work with. I think I did pretty good, considering! It isn’t perfect, but I don’t think I could ever perfectly match plaid, even if I had an abundance of fabric to work with! I managed to do fairly decent matching on their hoods, as well, simply by being careful about where I pinned things before sewing them up.

blue plaid DBP and black french terry mommy and me outfits by mermaid mama designs for simply by ti fabric ambassador program

blue plaid DBP and black french terry mommy and me outfits by mermaid mama designs for simply by ti fabric ambassador program

I have to say, I was more than just a little nervous about these photos and how they would come out…but I’m really proud of them! I’ve been working on my photography skills daily, but indoors is always a struggle, so if I manage to get indoor or nighttime shots that aren’t super grainy, I’m happy with them! I used a tripod and my snapbridge phone app, which connects to my camera, then I set a timer and snapped the shots. I had a total of 125 photos to go through, but managed to pick out my favorites quickly. (mostly just the ones that aren’t blurry from the kids moving too much. haha)

blue plaid DBP and black french terry mommy and me outfits by mermaid mama designs for simply by ti fabric ambassador program blue plaid DBP and black french terry mommy and me outfits by mermaid mama designs for simply by ti fabric ambassador program

I’m so thrilled to be able to sew and share these projects with you! What do you think? What would you have done differently?

Sorry the post ended up being so long! I wanted to include the details of everything….and I like to talk a lot, apparently. (haha) Hopefully, I didn’t bore you to death and your kids didn’t completely trash your house while you were reading. (that’s what mine like to do when I’m trying to read something) 🙂 Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, comments or feedback! I would love to hear from you and know what you think! I’m in love with my first Simply By Ti projects and can’t wait for my next one(s)! 

blue plaid DBP and black french terry mommy and me outfits by mermaid mama designs for simply by ti fabric ambassador program

blue plaid DBP and black french terry mommy and me outfits by mermaid mama designs for simply by ti fabric ambassador program


Once again:

You can find Ti’s fabric shop here: Simply By Ti Fabrics

Her blog is here: Sewing By Ti Blog

The Facebook Group is here: Simply By Ti Fabric Group

 


Thanks so much for stopping by and for reading! Have a wonderful day!

Until next time,

April Simpson Hunt

 

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