You Only Turn 38 Once

Hey! It's my birthday!

I'm 38.

Thanks!

Now you only turn 38 once, so I asked my favorite fabric enabler if she might like to make my birthday extra special this year. Boy, oh boy, did she deliver! So just because it's my birthday, we're having a fabric party. There's no cake, just fabric.

(Fun fact: I don't even like frosting.)

If you already know and love LA Finch Fabrics, you may skip to the bottom to collect your party favors. If need to join the Finch Addicts Club, read on. 

Now, there should be no doubt that LA Finch Fabrics is my favorite fabric source. I've been ordering from them since 2015 and practically all my apparel fabric comes from Josie and The Finch Team. Josie scoops up some really great overstock from the LA Fashion District. This means she's rescuing unused fabric from suffering the sad fate of languishing in giant warehouses of orphan textiles. It also means that you get an incredible price because often overstock fabric is sold off by commercial designers at very low prices since they have no use for their overage (think commercial destash). Ultimately, it means every time you buy from LA Finch Fabrics you're doing a good deed and adopting such fabric is on par with rescuing kittens and puppies from shelters. If you rescue enough fabric, you become an actual saint.* La Finch Fabrics also offers fabric from major manufacturers, namely Robert Kaufman and Telio (aka seriously good stuff).

*maybe I'm stretching here, but I'm not taking any chances that buying fabric might get me brownie points in heaven

Big stack of LA Finch. I might have a lot of such stacks in my fabric library.

Big stack of LA Finch. I might have a lot of such stacks in my fabric library.

Some favorite LA Finch makes from the past year-

And some yummy stuff I'm currently lusting after. 

Rayon twill in beige, navy, and bordeaux. These would be great for the Chalk and Notch  Joy Jacket currently in testing .

Rayon twill in beige, navy, and bordeaux. These would be great for the Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket currently in testing.

Black stretch denim. I'm thinking  Ginger Jeans .

Black stretch denim. I'm thinking Ginger Jeans.

Black and grey striped rayon spandex. Great basic tee such as the  Union .

Black and grey striped rayon spandex. Great basic tee such as the Union.

Charcoal melange double knit. It also comes in mustard. This fabric wants to grow up to be some cozy sweaters, maybe the new  Sunday Everyday Sweater .

Charcoal melange double knit. It also comes in mustard. This fabric wants to grow up to be some cozy sweaters, maybe the new Sunday Everyday Sweater.

Vintage floral crepe de chine. I'm gonna be honest. I'm not sure I can cut this one.

Vintage floral crepe de chine. I'm gonna be honest. I'm not sure I can cut this one.

I have mixed feelings about highlighting the end of bolts section of the site. These are my absolute favorite. Generous and very usable cuts (often 2-3 yards) of last chance goodies at really, really great prices.

 

Without any further ado, here's your party favor-

*  Everybody must buy their own fabric    **Oprah does not sponsor or endorse this post.

*Everybody must buy their own fabric

**Oprah does not sponsor or endorse this post.

30% off at La Finch Fabrics!

It's only good for my birthday, today, January 30th, 2018.  

CODE: HAPPYBDAYLONI

(Code is single use per account.)

You know you get free shipping if you spend $75, right?

And because Josie is the most generous fabric peddler around, she's offering one $25 gift card too! This is the kind of frosting I can get behind. To enter the gift card giveaway, use the rafflecopter below, leaving a comment on this post telling us which LA Finch Fabrics you've got the heart eyes for. Giveaway runs now until midnight (Eastern) on February 5th, 2018.

Thanks for celebrating my birthday with an LA Finch Fabrics party!

Cosmo Tour

I couldn't pass up the opportunity when Suz of sewpony put a call out for folks looking to contribute to a blog tour for her new girls' dress pattern, Cosmo. While I didn't test the pattern, it's currently August and Cosmo suddenly spoke to me as being a great option for school uniforms. Lucky for me (as I discussed here), our school has a somewhat relaxed uniform policy. 

I had to reign in my initial enthusiasm a tad when I started thinking about how I was going to pull off the pattern matching of our school plaid with those lovely pockets and side panels.

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Possibly the best approach to difficult-to-match patterns is simply to throw the idea of matching across seams out the window completely. I decided to go with the most simple silhouette (the third view above) and cut the side panels on the bias.

Now, maybe you noticed that view doesn't have the awesome pockets that are one of the main design features. I know. I know. ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY LEAVE OFF THE POCKETS. But since I'm a plaid-matching wimp, I opted to do inseam pockets instead. I just borrowed the pockets from another sewpony pattern, Juliette. Actually, this is one of the awesome features of the Cosmo pattern- many of the options (sleeves, collars) from other sewpony patterns will fit. Suddenly Cosmo has even more design options.

 

I could not be happier with how it all came together! I mean, is it even possible to be in love with a school uniform?! Well, I'm in love with this one.

She found a little slug in the grass. I tried to get his mug shot.

I loved sneaking some little bird silhouette fabric in with the lining on the flutter sleeves and inside the pockets. It's a sweet touch for a little girl whose mum loves birds and a detail you wouldn't get on a store bought uniform. I also used the same accent fabric to finish the armscyes and neckline with bias. The Cosmo pattern comes with facings for a quick, clean finish. 

Inseam pockets

Inseam pockets

The piping detail is one of the things that initially turned me on to sewpony patterns. Sure, you could always add this detail to any pattern you're working with, but Suz's designs incorporate piping beautifully and her instructions will help you achieve the look if you haven't done it before.

Back features an exposed zipper with optional zip guard.

Back features an exposed zipper with optional zip guard.

I think the flutter sleeves are charming and will work with a long sleeve tee layered under as we head in to the colder months. 

We've got the first day of school outfit nailed, don't you think? Thanks for another splendid pattern, Suz!

Suz is offering a 15% off the Cosmo Dress PDF pattern with code- COSMOTOUR. (Valid now through midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday, September 1st.)

Sofie (WenSJewat) and Alex (giddyants) also have posts for the tour today and you can see the full line up of participants below. Thanks for stopping by.