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twig and tale upcycle blog tour

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:14
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For my upcycle challenge I used the totally adorable Pathfinder vest pattern from Twig and Tale patterns (referal link – I think it gets you a discount… #justsaying)! 
There is also a rafflecopter and link up for this blog tour – so read to the end of the post!
My job was to upcycle an old ‘something or other’ into something brand new and exciting! 

The Upcyle Original:
My mom used to work at a bank – which means she had several old suits in her closet that she hates and will never wear again.  I chose this grey suit out oh her pile, the fabric is LOVELY. soft and a good quality suit – which means all those princess seams and darts should hold up well to being cut apart (and I was NOT dissapointed! The interior of this suit – beautifully finished!) 
I also found this soft fuzzy blanket on her donate pile and grabbed that as well!

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Pattern: The Pathfinder Vest
I’ve had my eye on this Twig+Tale pattern since it came out! I looove all the options. Pixie hood, no hood, rounded hood. extended length or regular length, curved back or not,etc. Ther are really so many options you caould make a dozen that all looked like a different pattern used! 
Plus of course in the climate we live in – a good vest gets used 3/4 seasons (which means 9months of the year!)
I choose the pixie hood, regular length but curved drop back. As you can see I used my blazer to do the main upcycle – the pockets are functional!!! The cute princess seams and just that extra bit of character and a bit of dainty to the front too and I just love it! 

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A little cold but still smiling to earn her gummy bear for taking blog pictures!
For the closure I went a little off script and I used the button tab placket from the sleeve of the blazer – just cut it off and finished that one end that was open from cutting it off the blazer. The buttons are also from the sleeve button placket.

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The pattern sewed up in a preschool morning even with all my little fiddling with button plackets and upcycling cut arounds (preschool is 2hrs) and all I had left to do after preschool was sew on the buttons! I made my 4yr old a straight size 4, as she measures exactly for, and the fit is perfection!

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I love the dropped curved back – I think it just looks adorable with skinnyjeans!

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The soft white blanket being used on the inside adds a little extra warmth – but not so much she won;lt be able to wear this well into springtime!

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Conclusion:
I honestly cannot believe how little I upcycle!!!  After making this sew I am now looking at all the old clothes in the closet from a different viewpoint!  I feel like when I began sewing I always was upcycling because I was cheap and didnt want to waste $$ buying fabric on a project that wouldn’t turn out – then my sewing improved and I started just using fabric by the meter. I feel like I need to reset that balance! While I was at my mom’s I also picked up a twin bedcover made from lovely eyelet fabric… so I do plan to upcycle again in the near future! Upcycling is more than not “wasting” fabric – it is a whole different creative process, and I love it! The challenge and the final product – it all just feels sooooo good! Very satisfying!
Now head on over and pick up this pattern! The  Pathfinder vest pattern from Twig and Tale patterns is a MUST sew!!!! and the size range and directions are FAB! 
The GIVEAWAY + the other tour stops (which you should check out!):

Blog tour overview page: http://www.twigandtale.com/blogs/twig-and-tale-blog/upcycle-blog-tour-it-is-all-in-the-details 

Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Source: http://thecraftingfiend.blogspot.com/2017/02/twig-and-tale-upcycle-blog-tour.html

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