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Seen and Sewn Together Blog Tour

I’m Claire of Claire_Crafted. I’m an avid sewist – but only in the free time I have after my day job (health policy work) and spending time with my husband and toddler.

Arielle from Seen & Sewn Patterns graciously allowed me to participate with the hack I did of the Aspen Tank pattern.

The pattern is super simple, so it left lots of room for creativity – which is exciting but can sometimes be overwhelming at the same time!

Ultimately, I decided that the pink clay linen I bought from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics went perfectly with the adorable cotton raccoon fabric I bought at the Denver quilt show last spring. I also only had one yard of it, so the size of the yoke was perfect.

Once I picked out the fabrics, I had to decide how I wanted to hack the pattern. Again, it’s a very straightforward pattern, so that left a lot of possibilities!

As I contemplated the options, I realized that the popover placket Kalle Shirt pattern from Closet Case was a) perfect for combining with this pattern and b) one of my favorite sews to date (I love topstitching!).

Modifying the two to fit together was a simple process. I cut out the Aspen Tank per the instructions it came with. I still had leftover raccoon fabric, and I felt that would be the best fabric for a contrasting placket. I cut out the full placket, but I figured it might be a bit long so I would adjust later.

From there, I followed the instructions for the Aspen Tank – except I did not apply the bias tape around the collar until the end. After I pieced together the top parts and attached the bottom, that’s where I diverged a bit from the instructions.

I placed the placket cutout onto the top front of the blouse and quickly realized that it was too long. So I cut off about an inch at the top (I more or less eyeballed it to see what would look best bleeding over into the linen). From there, I pulled out the Kalle Shirt instructions for attaching the placket.

Once the placket was attached, I finished off the collar with the bias tape and attached the buttons – which I found at Trim 2000 Plus in the LA fabric district. Hemmed it up and it was finished!

This was also one of the first makes I got to use my adorable Claire_Crafted labels from Dutch Label Shop. The gray with white contrasting thread I chose for the design worked perfectly.

Thanks again, Arielle, for allowing me to participate! 


Welcome to the Seen & Sewn Together blog tour.

A nice group of sewing bloggers have joined together to share with you how we’ve taken the Seen & Sewn Patterns and let our creativity loose with them. We want to inspire you whether you’re just starting or well on your way to building your handmade wardrobe.
The extra fun part for you is that we have a prize pack giveaway from Seen & Sewn Patterns that you can enter below. The prize pack for US residents includes 1 pattern of choice, a Slow Fashion Tee, and a Slow Fashion Pin. For our international readers the prize pack includes a copy of all Seen & Sewn PDF Patterns. Bonus! All entrants will receive a coupon code for a $1 pattern of choice -so make sure your email is up to date in your profile when entering.

Arielle from Seen & Sewn Patterns is creating patterns with a focus on encouraging people to join the #handmaderevolution by sewing their own handmade wardrobe.

The tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.
Enter to win something good here

****Disclaimer I did receive this pattern for free to write this blog post.


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Hi, I'm Claire of Claire_Crafted! I was born and raised in Georgia, but have also called DC and now Denver home. I cannot remember a time in my life when fabric wasn't a part of it. I grew up watching my mother sew our Halloween costumes and cocktail dresses for herself. Her mother, my grandmother, sewed all of her children's clothes and, so far, every wedding dress on our side of the family, including mine.  I started sewing on my mother's Singer when I was very young, but never really got good at it until many years later when I was out of college. Today, I work on a Bernina Activa 240 and a Brother 1034D. I am a very proud owner of not one but two pair of lefty scissors.  You can follow my sewing adventures  @claire_crafted on Instagram. 

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