Have you all seen the excitement over at Love Notions? The entire website (with the exception of the Arlington) is 40% off! This is a HUGE sale folks! This will be their last sitewide sale of the year and a rare sale at that! I hope you have a few minutes to go check out the site, but let me show you a few favorites.
So not too long ago I posted that I had participated in a September Swap at Made with Love Fabrics. We swapped zipper bags and it was really fun. When I posted my blog I received a comment from a reader who also is a blogger. Cara, is the blogger at SewingSociety.com, who reached out to me to see if I was interested in doing a blogger collab and swapping a handmade Fall item. I had some free time in my schedule so I agreed and was excited about finding a fun project. I hopped into the rabbit hole that is Pinterest and wasted a lot of hours collecting tons of ideas.
I decided to make some patchwork pumpkin placemats (Mug Rugs, actually) because hot chocolate and cookies are so much better off a pumpkin placemat! I knew I would need to cut about 2,735,184 small squares of various orange prints to make my pumpkins and I was a little stressed out about that, but then I remembered I had a small bin of 2 inch orange strips that would easily cut into 2 inch squares! YES!! I love using my precuts to make products quick and easy. These strips were leftovers from the Bonnie Hunter Punkin Patch quilt that I haven’t finished yet. 🙂
Step 1. Cut or Collect your 2 inch strips. Remember this is scrappy and all the orange shades work!
Step 2. Subcut your strips into 2 inch squares. I used a rotary cutter and a quilting ruler to make fast work of them.
Step 3. Sew your squares into rows. I went 5 wide because I wanted an odd number so I could add my stem to the middle. Press your seams in opposites directions so your rows will neatly nest together. Repeat for 4 rows.
Step 4. Turn those rows into one patchwork rectangle with a 5 by 4 configuration.
Step 5. Now cut a piece of batting and a backing piece. You can make them slightly larger and trim them down like I did. In this photo I have already stitched my top patchwork and batting piece together. I was sure to do this inside my final seam allowance. Next free hand yourself a little leaf and stem pattern. You could also print one out and make a template if needed. Sew them wrong sides together and turn them right side out to hide the seams.
Step 6. Baste your leaf and stem in place. Be aware that your stem will flip up and your leaf will stay down. Your leaf needs to be on top of the pumpkin sandwich before sewing. 🙂
Step 7. Add your backing fabric, right sides together to your pumpkin sandwich and stitch around the outer edge. Leave yourself about a 2.5 inch opening to turn your pumpkin right sides out. I marked my opening so I would not forget and sew it closed.
Step 8. Turn your pumpkin and top stitch for a finished look. The topstitching will also close the opening you left for turning. I made a set of 4, added a little handwritten note and got them in the mail and off towards Cara’s house!
Two days after I mailed her package, I received mail from her! Cara thought she was going to make a doorknob hanger, but you never really know with swap items what will arrive. I opened up her padded envelope and was shocked!
It WAS a door hanger, but it was such a fun Halloween BOO themed one! It was put together with beautiful embroidery and covered in spooky things and stitched eyeballs! I loved the bright bold colors and couldn’t wait to hang it up! I have a doggo who loves to jump, so for safety sake I hung it higher than the doorknob. This is not a chew toy!
It looks awesome! Thank you again Cara for your fun swapping idea! I hope all my readers pop over to sewsociety.com to read all the wonderful posts from her. Her blog is filled with helpful hints, tricks, and tips plus pattern reviews and sewalongs. See ya next time for some more spooky fun!
Hi Friends! It sure feels good to be back in some pattern tests and sewing up some wonderful clothing. I knew the minute I saw Tami post her idea for the Arlington Sweater, I needed it in my life. So let me show you why.
This pattern features three neckline options. With the choice between mock, turtle, and cowl you can pick your favorite or give in and make all three. You could also just calculate your own regular neckband and be good to go! I do love options. There are three length options as well ranging from high hip to just above knee length dress. While this pattern doesn’t include a tunic cut line, I plan to make one by just adding a few inches to the length of the top cut line. Honestly, it is a super quick fix if you are like me and prefer tunic length things. Here is the entire options chart.
3 lengths: banded shirt, hip length shirt and above knee dress
3 necklines: turtleneck, mock-neck and cowl
5 sleeve options: short & long puff sleeves, long sleeve, bishop and elbow length sleeve
Full bust option
Sizing through 5x
Sway back stitch line included
I made two different dresses during test, but both are made from brushed poly. This pattern is designed to work with a variety of knit fabrics, so dig deep into those totes and find something lovely. You can use knits with 40% stretch so that can be a French Terry, Jersey blend, or sweater knits. Keep in mind a drapier fabric will create a lovely cowl or turtle neck, but a mock collar won’t stand up really well.
For my color blocked dress, I used a random 1 yard cut to make the cowl and the puff sleeves. This used almost the entire 1 yard cut so keep that in mind for when you have small cuts. I personally shop at Stitchin’ Pretties where you always get a bonus 1 yard coordinate if you order two consecutive yards. I believe that is where my polka dots came from. My black with the small floral print was from an auction destash box. My navy with the large red floral print is from The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe and here is the link. I picked it up during one of their $4 Friday sales because I love a navy background!
Today I am doing a little experiment. I recently had the opportunity to sew up my first rapport, which happened to be from George and Ginger. I wanted to know if they were usable for a garment for a plus size body and I am now here to share it with you.
Additionally my video will show you exactly how to install the twist neck detail and facing! Trust me, it is very easy.
I put together a video to give you the deets and show you what I came up with.
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na Batwing! For those keeping track that is the second time I have began a post here by saying that. I hope that is now stuck in your head because it has been stuck in mine for a few days now.
I think it’s time to kick off Fall sewing season! I love fall and I love layers. I have written about that so many times here on the blog. Plus, this fall I am planning a geocaching road trip so that warrants a new wardrobe right? Even though it is still August and nearly 100* F outside, I am already wearing long sleeves to work so I don’t freeze to death!
This is the George and Ginger Batwing tunic. While this tunic is pretty awesome on its own, it also has a cardigan included in the pattern. It is like a 2 for 1 deal! This time, I only sewed the straight hem tunic version, but that cardigan is coming up soon so stay tuned! You could also make the included hi lo hem option! I really love pattern options!!
I have to admit, I have only sewn a few Batwing tops, but I feel like this one is my favorite. I really love that it has an overly slouchy fit and I already want another one. As I was figuring out which pattern I planned to use for this fabric, I knew I wanted something I could wear with jeans or dress pants, a skirt or even over a dress to mix up the look a little bit! I have been mentally thinking of garments which will be more versatile in my wardrobe. I have a lot of single purpose garments that don’t mix and match well with what I already have and I need to fix that. Which patterns are your favorites? LMK.
I used this midweight Black French Terry from Stitchin’ Pretties. It is fantastic, Friends! I love the weight and feel of it. I kinda need it in all the colors. I had a two yard cut of this and even though the Batwing Tunic directions said I would need 2.5 yards, it worked with my 2 yard cut! Success!!! In case you have been out of the loop for a long long time, SP still has their buy 2 continuous yards and get a surprise yard of fabric free! BONUS!
I made a few minor tweaks to my pattern. I am at the tippy top of George and Ginger’s “Old School” size chart so I added a little additional width across the belly and hip area. I didn’t want it to be fitted here since that was not the intended fit. For my next one, I will also add about .5 inch additional width around the cuff so it is slightly less snug on my forearms. The best part of sewing my own clothing is that I can made these adjustments and then the fit is spot on!
When I first became a tester at George and Ginger, I know I was going to have to expand my closet colors and prints because I am a floral girl at all times, so here we go…black. LOL I think the Batwing pairs perfectly with my Snakeskin pants! I made the pants too and they were actually the first episode of Refashion your Closet on my Youtube channel. You can watch as I make them here. (Please go show me some love, Friends!) That was a really fun make and I love the concept of the series. My plans for that series has been derailed by medical issues, but stay tuned! It is back in September!
With Spooky Season approaching now (It is Septemeber 1st, after all) is the time to get your fall sewing underway. I do suggest the George and Ginger Batwing pattern for you! Are you interested in a video on assembling this top or cardigan? I think that could be fun plus some plus size styling tips all in one video. Let me know as always. You can pick up the pattern here using my affiliate link. I can’t wait to see what you make!
Summer is winding down, but I still need all the dresses. Dresses will transition to fall if you add layers, correct? Yes! Tights, jacket, cardigan, long sleeve crop, boots… so many options my friends. It is currently too hot for layers, so you are going to have to trust me. I decided to sew up my first ever Lively dress and I am happy I did for several reasons.
I adore the gathering at the shoulder and yoke detailing.
I love a flirty twirly skirt.
Stripes and Floral colorblocking potentional.
The pattern has both a tunic and a dress option.
Today it is on sale!
Let’s talk about the pattern.
This is the Lively from George and Ginger. It is a great pattern and on their old school size chart. The pattern is sized through 5x which is a 55.5 inch bust and a 59 inch hip. I did a 1 inch full bust adjustment so I could have a little extra room in the bust and belly. Yes, a bust adjustment will add room in the belly which I need in GG patterns. As it turned out, I didn’t need the additional room in the bust, but I am so pleased with my first Lively.
I chose to leave out the lining because I am way too hot for lined shirts. LOL I just added a simple neckband by smoothing the curves at the neckline a bit and moved on with my less overheated life. I also left off the sleeve ruffle because I want to wear a denim jacket over this dress come fall. Plus my fabric isn’t navy on the inside and I hate seeing white fabric inside a sleeve when it billows around.
I believe my floral fabric came from The Fab Fabric Clique and the stripes were from an online auction. I adore them both separately, but they worked so well together because the navy blue is consistent and the scale is different. Yes, folks you should totally wear your stipes and your florals together!!! This pattern has a lot of gathering at the back and a=near the front shoulders. I use my serger to gather and I have a video on my YT channel to teach you how. Stop by and check it out. Gathering Video
Like I mentioned above today is the LAST DAY for the Lively being on sale. I know, I know, the month got away from me.
This is a little bit of a change of pace for me and my blog. This make isn’t an outfit, but I did make it and it is sewn, so I say it counts! I haven’t had a ton of time to make clothing lately, but I did get a little machine time in to create this little double zipper pouch. I should start by saying this was for a swap which I joined through a Facebook group called Made with Love by Mollie fabrics. This is actually a fabric group, but we did a swap! We were each assigned a partner and needed to make a zipper pouch for someone else and mail them within two weeks. Those were the only rules.
This was my first ever double zipper bag so I knew it would be a challenge to myself, but I wanted be able to send a nice item to my partner. I knew how to make a basic zipper pouch so I did a little research into adding a second zipper on the back panel! In my mind, this was much more difficult than it actually was. So here we go. This is the short version.
Create front panel- Major scrappy goodness here my friends!
2. Create Back Panel – Less scrappy, still as cool.
3. Add zippers and connect panels. It is all coming together now!
4. Finish your corners and Tada! You have a bag. I added jewelry charms to the zippers for a little more whimsy. It really is all about the details, correct? They are super cute and took about 14 seconds to install. Trust me when I say it took me waaayyyy longer to decide which bee charms I should use.
Bzzzzzzz goes the little bees!
I think I need one of these myself, maybe a little larger.
Would anyone be interested in a Youtube video with more detailed directions for completing a bag similar to this? I think that could be fun! Let me know in the comments!
Do you think this would be a nice gift? Christmas gifts anyone??
Hi Friends! Long time no chat, no blog, no sewing. Sorry life has been a little busy this summer, but I have several fun things coming up including a new Youtube video. I hope you have been enjoying summer (or winter) and have been doing a lot of fun sewing or enjoying life. I haven’t sewn much recently to be honest. I am working on a quilt block swap and I made a small zipper pouch for a swap, which reminds me I should share that. I took lots of pics while putting it together. Anyhow back to our regularly scheduled sharing.
My newest dress is amazing and I am in love with it already. I bet it won’t even shock you that it is a pattern hack from Ellie and Mac. I used the two patterns to create this look. I have used each of the patterns several times, but apparently not together. I am so glad that I was able to remedy that situation because I am thrilled with the outcome. I used the Tres Belle bodice which I have used multiple times. Most recently, I used it on a guest blog post for Ellie and Mac. This is one of the few cross front patterns that I really love which is why I keep coming back to it. This one has enough coverage without having “too much” coverage. It is all about balance and I am trying to understand the rules. 🙂 The only adjustment I made was my typical bicep adjustment.
For my skirt portion, I used the Wrapped in Love pattern and only cut the skirt. I have used this pattern a few times as well. I love that the maxi length isn’t overly wide and I can wear it without tripping up the stairs. This is criteria for what makes the perfect skirt in my book.
I normally don’t go for fabric that has a lot of white areas, but there was no way I could resist this print though! If you have read this blog much at all, you know I wer all the florals! This fabric is available from Stitchin’ Pretties and it is called Lydia. Here is the link. I really love ITY because it feels cool even when it is hot outside. It seems like it is becoming my favorite choice for warm weather. Don’t forget when you shop at Stitchin’ Pretties all the regular priced fabrics are buy two yards get a bonus coordinate for free. So choose wisely and buy all the pretty things!
Hi Friends! Another last minute post about a great pattern! This is the Maria Tank for 5oo4. Such a fun Cross Over Tank top pattern. I have several tank tops I love, but this twisty style is something new and interesting! This is the perfect summer top and it is easy to dress up or down. I paired my new tank with comfy black capris and heels and was all about beating the summer heat.
The Maria Tank and Dress includes:
Sizing is based on our women’s size chart from XXS-5XL
Knit fabric with at least 25% horizontal stretch
Regular or FBA (full bust adjustment) front bodice.
High or Low Scoop necklines
Top, tunic, dress or maxi lengths
Unique gathered twist cross back
I am wearing the low scoop neck in tunic length. I decided to use bands instead of binding on this version. I actually am not awesome at sewing bindings so anytime I have the option of bands, I am on it. My bands are made from brushed poly so I took about 2 inches off the total length of them to account for the stretch. Don’t worry, there is a formula in the directions walking you through this personal adjustment. Just Do It! It will make such a huge difference in the total look of your cross back!
This adorable panda print has been hanging out in my stash for at least a year. I picked it up at Stitchin’ Pretties. It is so soft, cool to the touch and smooth textured. Don’t forget about their buy two yards, get one free deal! Load your cart up!! Maria is designed for light weight knit fabrics with at least 25% horizontal stretch.
Tonight is your last chance to take advantage of the Maria release sale pricing! It is currently on sale for $9.60.
Hi Friends! Exciting news from the Love Notions team! It is time for another 5 dollar Friday pattern and this time it is the Lyric Peplum and Dress. In case you don’t know, Love Notions has been working hard on updating their older patterns to the current size block and I am loving their progress. The new size chart is inclusive through a 59.5 inch hip and I think their goal is to have standard and full bust size options available on all patterns where applicable.
The Lyric is a lovely woven pattern which comes with three length options. I made the peplum version with short sleeves since it is about to be summer here in Ohio! While we are talking about the options, let me give you the run down.
The Lyrcis is
Meant for woven fabrics
Three lengths: peplum, knee & midi
Four bodice cup sizes
Flared & gathered skirt options for dress lengths
6 sleeve options: sleeveless, short, flutter, bell and two lengths of bishop- elbow and full length
Patch pockets for the gathered skirt
Slash pockets for the flared skirt
Darts for shaping
I have been wanting a button front woven shirt for a while now, so I am really pleased to now have this one in my collection. I know you can’t tell from my photos, but there are multiple buttons and buttonholes on this top. After all my work I am a little sad I didn’t pick a more noticeable button color! Anyhow I do love this fabric which I picked up at Joann’s last year, I think. I think now that I am loving my peplum top, I will absolutely need this is the dress version! Something else that I really liked about this bodice was the neckline finish method. I don’t think I have ever used single fold bias tape to finish a neckline, but I totally love the way it looks.
If you love the look of the newly updated Lyric, Please feel free to use my afflink to pick up the pattern while on sale this weekend!