Be Confident Tunic/Dress

So Ellie and Mac has done a little update on the Be Confident Dress.2018-08-17 23.20.19This is the first time I have sewn this pattern as it wasn’t in my size range before. I love when something is updated for plus sizes!

2018-08-17 23.01.59In typical EAM style, this one sewed up very quickly and looks lovely. It comes with 7 different skirt length options so you can choose your style. I made two of them to share with you. The Pink Camo print is the tunic length hi-lo top and the floral is the petite length hi-lo skirt.

Here is a side by side. The Petite dress length comes almost to my knees at the shortest point so I can wear it with or without bottoms. The bodice is nicely fitted without being too snug and the banded tank sleeves gives it a nice quick finish! Below is the side by side back view.

So in the update the size range was expanded. It is now ranged XXS to 4x. The fit has been adjusted for a better fit as well. The pattern pages are now trimless and available in A0 format. Also the instructions are in a better format keeping up with the new EAM standard.

So let’s talk amazing fabric! Both are from Sly Fox Fabrics and both are wonderful to sew with. The Camo in Blush is a lovely Spun Poly. This is the first time I have sewn with it and it sewed up like a dream. It has wonderful drape and excellent twirl qualities! Here is the link to all things camo over at Sly Fox Fabrics. I also linked to the Camo in blush just above. The floral print is Monet in Olive. The muted tone of Poly Rayon Spandex is perfect for fall and is going to look perfect under a cardigan this fall.  The Monet is no longer available as I have been hoarding this one for months. Here is the link to all the the Poly Rayon Spandex at Sly Fox Fabrics. If you have been reading my blog long, you know I have used several of them.

Since this pattern is a rerelease if you already have it, you can download the update to your account. If you now see what you’ve been missing, you can purchase it here.

Women’s Be Confident Pattern is available here. It is currently on sale for $3.85. Also the Back to School sale is still on and everything is 40% off on the site!

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Virginia Tank & Dress

Meet Virginia, the latest release from 5oo4 patterns. I plan to sing to you guys today..are you ready???

She doesn’t own a dress, her hair is always a mess
If you catch her stealin’, she won’t confess
She’s beautiful, she smokes a pack a day, wait that’s me, but anyway
She doesn’t care a thing about that, hey
She thinks I’m beautiful. Meet Virginia

5004 Virginia hi front low back 4x & hi front and hi back XL 22

That is the exact reason I love 5oo4 patterns. Loaded. With. Options.

She never compromises, loves babies and surprises
Wears hi-heels when she exercises
Ain’t that beautiful
Meet Virginia

I am so in love with this pattern right now it isn’t even funny. During testing I made 2 tanks for myself, extended the tank into a dress for my mom and then made us Momma and Me matching maxi dresses. So I have now made 5 different garments and there are still options I haven’t made.

Well she wants to be the Queen
Then she thinks about her scene
Pulls her hair back as she screams
I don’t really wanna be the queen

I am saving my tank  top sharing for a future post about tank tops, but I give you a quick summary. 1) Your bra straps will be covered. 2) You can choose 4 different neckline combos. 3) You can choose with or without a built in bra. 4) Your bra straps are covered, oh wait I said that already.

5004 Virginia hi front hi back XL 5

So one the dresses. First off I have already hacked the tank top into a dress for my mom. I really did plan to make a regular tank as a test fit for the maxi dresses. I used a large scrap of fabric left over from Rosanna. When I laid the fabric out, I noticed I had a large enough block of fabric to add about 10 inches tot he front and back pieces. So instead of leaving myself with a small wasted piece of fabric I asked Momma if she was interested in a tank dress. She was fine with it. She is petty flexible. 🙂 So her is Momma in the tank top extended to a dress. She wanted the hi front and back neckline and I was happy to make them for her!

Her daddy wrestles alligators, Mama works on carburetors
Her brother is a fine mediator for the President
Well here she is again on the phone
Just like me hates to be alone
We just like to sit at home, and rip on the President

So then I made Momma and Me dresses. I know most of you think of making matching your kiddo when they are like 5 or 6,  but I make my mom dress like me now! 🙂 She doesn’t complain to loudly thankfully. Just kidding, I asked if she wanted to match me and she agreed willingly. This beautiful fabric is called Tropical Oasis and it is from Sly Fox Fabrics. It is a double brushed poly and comes in a blue colorway too. Here is the link to both.

5004 Virginia hi front low back 4x & hi front and hi back XL 7

As soon as this pattern entered testing this fabric became available at Stitchin Pretties. It is called Harper and it was screaming for me to buy it! I crossed my fingers and sent my mom a picture of it. I wasn’t sure she would go for it because it is a bit flashy for her taste, but she agreed and I ordered 5 yards. This is double brushed poly and it is my favorite fabric!

So let’s talk options. My mom’s above tank is high front and back. My tank dress is low front and high back. This is the maxi dress with the elastic casing.

Meet Virginia
Well she

All the options 🙂

  • Tank top with optional built-in bra
  • Separate full bust adjustment (FBA) pattern pieces for the tank and bra
  • Knee length or Maxi length skirt
  • Skirt can be made from woven or knit fabric
  • Tank top has two neckline options in the front and two neckline options in the back
  • Dress can be made with knit waistband or elastic casing
  • Maternity option
  • Pockets!
  • Sizes XXS-5XL (see last image for size chart)
  • Matching girls’ option! Check out the Girls’ Virginia Tank & Maxi and get 10% off when you buy both patterns at once!

 5004 Virginia hi front low back 4x & hi front and hi back XL 18

OK Here is the link to the Women’s pattern.

Here is the link to the Girl’s pattern.

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This blog post contains Affiliate Links. This means that when you make a purchase from one of my  affiliate links, I receive a small commission. That helps me to buy more fabric to show you new and upcoming patterns. 🙂 So thank you!!

The Rosa Dress

The DIBY club has released yet another great dress this summer! This is the Rosa and she is a pretty lady!

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This dress comes with several options and gives you several looks to wear as the seasons transition from Summer into Fall. I made the knee length dress, but looking back I wish I would have height adjusted the bodice a bit. The majority of the other testers dresses weren’t as baggie as mine. I choose to make a scoop neck with elbow length sleeves.  This dress has a dolman style sleeve and during testing Jessica, the designer, talked me through a bicep adjustment for these sleeves. Before testing wrapped up she adjusted the pattern and it fit me without issues. Since I have done several dolman style tops lately be on the look out for a short video to teach you how to adjust the sleeves for your own fit!

 

PATTERN OPTIONS

  • Necklines: Crew // Scoop
  • Sleeve Lengths: Short Sleeve Cuffed // Elbow Length // 3/4 Sleeve // Long Sleeves
  • Skirt Lengths: Shirt // Knee Length // Maxi
  • Size range 00-36

Ok Let’s talk about this amazingly soft, super cozy, Tri-blend Jersey fabric. It came from Sly Fox Fabrics. I have linked you to the Tri-Blend section on the Sly fox Website.

Sometimes you just have to have a little fun to make it through hot weather and blazing sunshine!

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The Rosa is currently on sale for $7.99. You can pick it up here.

You can shop Sly Fox Fabrics here.

A huge thank you for those who are following my blog, Instagram, and my Facebook! If you haven’t done so yet, here are some links!

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An even bigger thank you to those who are  supporting me by buying patterns using my affiliate links! There is a good deal of expense in fabric, paper, ink and tape for tests and time in blogging. I get so excitied each time I get am email saying someone got the pattern!

This blog post contains Affiliate Links. This means that when you make a purchase from one of my  affiliate links, I receive a small commission. That helps me to buy more fabric to show you new and upcoming patterns. 🙂 So thank you!!

Givin’ you the Cold Shoulder

So I pushed my comfort zone a wee bit with this one! I can’t say I have ever worn a cold shoulder top like this, but I feel so petty in it.

Introducing The Cold Shoulder Top from Ellie and Mac.

EAM Cold Shoulder 4x-5x 1

So installing bands is sort of my nemesis. I 100% hands down prefer the banded look over hemming because with some top stitching it looks so much neater and professional. But this top has a lot of banding. 🙂

Fold, Press, Quarter, Pin, Repeat X’s 3

EAM Cold Shoulder 4x-5x 11
This would be such a pretty photo if I didn’t have a boob necklace….This is life!

My top is one of three bodice options. I have the mini dress length on over my jeans because it feels more like a tunic to me. Measure the length before you slice into your treasured fabrics for a dress. There are lines to adjust for height included. Keep in mind, I am only 5’1. I used a 3/4 length sleeve which doesn’t feel too hot for summer with the open shoulder styling. Also to note:  I almost always do a bicep adjustment on EAM patterns, but this one didn’t need it due to open concept design. My fabric is from Ms. Rosa over at Sew Blessed Fabrics. My amazing tan lines are courtesy of wearing The Sunny Day Dress.

 

So let’s talk about features for this one…

Three sleeve options – Short, 3/4 (like mine), and Long sleeves

Sizes XXS – 5X

Banded top, cinched tunic or mini dress length options

No trim pattern pages for quick and easy assembly. Watch a video here.

Layers printing feature is included for this pattern for your convenience.


OK! Are you ready to give the world The Cold Shoulder? Here you go!

The Women’s Pattern It is on sale for $3.85.

Do you guys remembered when I mentioned the Back to School SALE the other day? Everything is still 40% off at Ellie and Mac.

Here is also the link to check out the Sunny Day if you want sexy tan lines like mine.

Sunny Day it is on sale for $5.37

 

A huge thank you for those who are following my blog, Instagram, and my Facebook! If you haven’t done so yet, here are some links!

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An even bigger thank you to those who are  supporting me by buying patterns using my affiliate links! There is a good deal of expense in fabric, paper, ink and tape for tests and time in blogging. I get so excitied each time I get am email saying someone got the pattern!

This blog post contains Affiliate Links. This means that when you make a purchase from one of my  affiliate links, I receive a small commission. That helps me to buy more fabric to show you new and upcoming patterns. 🙂 So thank you!!

Beautiful Day

Today is a beautiful day and it’s perfect for The Beautiful Day Top!! Again Ellie and Mac is on it with this one! Sizes ranging from XXS to 5x and it is loaded with options.

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I feel like this top, in this fabric, is screaming SUMMER!! This top is so cute with it’s flouncy sleeves and twirly hem!

I love the hi lo style of the skirt which is why I have been making quite a few of them lately. This top came together so easily, but plan ahead so you have enough room to cut the larger back skirt piece. A little blog reader insider info…I didn’t hem a single stitch on either of them tops!

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I have seen around the sewing groups that some people are over floral prints, but I am just not there yet. The navy and white gingham print with small floral clusters is so cheery. I got this fabric at Sew Blessed Fabric.

 

And because one is never enough…I have a second top to share.

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This Beautiful Day Top has the added sash, tied backwards. Had I noticed the “white out” spot, I wouldn’t have turned it. However, this is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t leave fabric in a window for 10 days. Sun bleached spots. Thankfully only on the sash, the top was safe!

So the pattern features:

Three sleeve options

Hi-low full twirl skirt

Tie belt

No trim pattern pages for quick assembly

Layers printing feature is included for this pattern for your convenience.

 

OK Time to Shop ~~ Currently on Sale for $3.85

Beautiful Day Women’s Top Pattern here

Also don’t forget the Ellie and Mac back to School Sale where everything is 40% off !!!

Print Fabrics from Sew Blessed

Solid Pink DBP from Sly Fox Fabrics

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Easy Tee V. 3

I am back again folks! I warned you in my last post to be on the look out! So today I am sharing my THIRD Easy Tee top from 5oo4 patterns. Just a recap of V. 1 & V. 2.

You can go back to V. 1 with this link and you can go back to V. 2 with this link.

However, today we are talking about V.3.

Different options, different look, same amazing Stitchin’ Pretties Fabrics!

5oo4 Easy Tee 5x 6

I think this one will be well worn all year long!! I wore it yesterday to work and received many compliments. I honestly feel like I can’t say enough about this pattern or this fabric!

5oo4 Easy Tee 5x 3

 

5oo4 Easy Tee 5x 4

First off this fabric brings me so much happiness; it is kinda embarrassing to keep telling you about it. I am officially declaring myself a double brushed poly junkie. I am sure there is a support group somewhere. As spring was passing, I saw so many people in my sewing groups talking about it being too hot to wear in the summer. I wear it nearly every. single. day. It is hot in Ohio, but I haven’t melted yet. Trust me, I hate the heat of summer, so I would tell you is I was dying. This print, Jessie, is all things I am obsessed with.

Floral print. Check!

Red accents. Check!

Black with white polka dots. Check!

Red Poppy Floral Print! CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!

You can order your very own Jessie fabric from Stitchin’ Pretties.  Trust me you will love it as much as I do!

OK back to the pattern. This is part three of my “How to get the most bang for your buck from the 5oo4 Easy Tee Pattern.” LOL Just kidding, well actually I am not. This is in fact my third top from this pattern and it is different from the others.

This time I choose the curved hem. I was really torn between just the straight hemmed tunic length and the curved. Mainly the curved won because it is a little extra girlie touch! I used the scoop neck option for this top. I made sleeved this time and added about 2 inches to the short sleeve pattern that was included.

I did this for two reasons.

1. I have a black vest I want to wear this winter over this shirt.

2. I have a red vest I want to wear over this top this winter.

Here is a list of all the options that are included in this ONE pattern!

Options include:

  • Shirt, Tunic, Short dress, and Knee Length Dress options
  • Hemmed or Band options for the shirt and tunic
  • Curved hem option that is in between the shirt and tunic lengths
  • Pockets for the dress options
  • Maternity pattern piece
  • Optional waist tie and breast pocket
  • Crew neck, scoop neck, or v-neck
  • Hoods for both the crew and the scoop neck versions
  • Cuffs for all sleeve lengths (sleeveless, short, 3/4, long, and extra long), including thumbhole cuffs if you want them!

As you can see by the list, my Easy Tee series is far from completed! If I have inspired you, hope over to 5oo4 patterns and pick this one up for yourself!

Easy Tee from 5 out of 4 patterns. XXS-5X. More options that you will ever need. 🙂 Stay turned I plan to do a show and tell with some of the other options in the next few weeks!!!

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Easy Tee #deux

So remember a few weeks ago when I used the Easy Tee pattern  from 5oo4 and the gorgeous Beth print from Stitchin’ Pretties, to make my amazing 4th of July party top?

Yes, you do! Here let me show you…

5oo4 4X Easy Tee 11
I also LOVE popsicles!

Told ya sew…

Here is the link to Easy Tee #One

I used that same pattern to make a totally different top!

You know how that happens? Easy! It is because the Easy Tee is loaded with options! 5oo4 stuffed this pattern with all sorts of good things and today I am sharing my second version of this top with you…

5oo4 4x Easy Tee 31

Looks like a completely different top doesn’t it? Ok, here is the run down…

So this time I used a selection of different options. I choose to use 3/4 length sleeves and added the bands instead of hemming them. I banded the tunic length top as well. I even used the over-sized slouchy hood option to prepare for the upcoming fall season!!

This shade of lilac is perfect for fall. Not too pastel, not too dark, jusssst right!

This fabric is from Stitchin’ Pretties and it is called Callie. It is an amazing double brushed poly. I also know you are all shocked by that fact! I honestly can’t help it! It is the softest fabric ever! I bet you are also shocked there are very few flowers in the print! Purple paisley is pretty close on the girlie meter though, right?!

 

Fabric information:

Here is a direct link to Callie.

Also join Stitchin’ Pretties Facebook group to stay on top of all the sales as well as the new fabric releases.

Pattern information:

Easy Tee from 5 out of 4 patterns. XXS-5X.

More options that you will ever need. 🙂 Stay turned tomorrow because I have another reveal happening.

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