Birch Homestead Fabric Giveaway!

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One of the coolest parts about where I live is that it's perfectly in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It's around 3-4 hours to LA and 4 hours to SF. Do you know what's even cooler than that? The fact that I live 45 minutes from Birch Fabrics.

When I was younger, and before I knew how to sew, I remember my mom pointing out Birch to me and saying, "that's the place with the nice fabric." That has always stuck with me and when I started sewing I began frequenting the store. I'm glad to report that their fabrics have held up to my mom's claims and all the girls working there are great. Arleen and Andrea are my favorites, but shhh, don't tell the others ;)

When Birch reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying out something from their new line of Homestead Fabrics I replied with a "YESSSS" so quickly that I probably should have been kind of embarrassed. Yes, this fabric was given to me in exchange for taking part in the Blog Hop, however, I can honestly say that this is something I would buy for myself, as I currently do purchase from Birch on a regular basis.

Serious face paired with a Jennifer Lauren Cressida skirt. I blogged about making it here.

So, the Homestead line is designed by Emily Isabella for Birch Fabrics. There are quite a few different designs to choose from and best of all, there are knit options in addition to the organic cotton poplin options. Yeahhhhh!!! I'm a huge fan of sewing knits, as you can probably tell from my blog and Instagram, so when I found out that Daisy Bed Storm came in knit my mind was made up. However, that's not to say that the other seven options aren't super adorable.

Love my pup! Even when she rolls on dead things and stinks. This photo was taken before the stinkyness happened FYI.

Before feeling or seeing the fabric in person I decided to make the Seamwork Astoria cropped sweater and luckily the fabric choice was perfect. The 100% organic cotton interlock knit is super soft to the touch and was great to sew with. It's not technically sweatshirt material and it's not a thin knit, it's somewhere in between which is perfect for Astoria.

The pattern was a breeze to sew up, although it did take me longer than the one hour time estimate given. The only modifications I made were to shorten the long sleeve version by one inch which is a common adjustment for me and my T-Rex arms and adding twill tape to the shoulder seams to keep them from stretching out. There is a little gaping along the back neckline as you can see in the photo above, but that can be easily fixed on the next version. Straight forward, confusion free, and quick are all qualities I like for a fast weekend project. Thumbs up!

If you're stoked on Homestead like I am, don't worry, there is an awesome giveaway going on with twenty two ways to enter. The winner will get twelve yards of fabric (one of each print) and I'm already pretty jealous of that person. Enter below and check out the other blogs on the blog tour:

9/30: Craft Buds

Win 1 yard of each print from Homestead by Emily Isabella!

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