Groove Dress

Groove Dress

I recently tested for my first European designer. Her size range on this dress just expanded to a UK size 28 which happens to be what I sewed up. I made a straight 28 bodice with an adjustment to accommodate my biceps and a few inches of extra length added to the short sleeves. I height adjusted as well as it is drafted for 5’6 and I am 5’1. I only took out a few inches. If you are unsure of doing a bicep adjustment you can check out my video hereMade It, Groove hi lo dress, size 28 11I love that this swing dress comes with tons of options! I made the hi-lo hem, but you could choose to make a straight hem. I teamed it up with capri leggings and sandals here because I am ready for spring to stick around.

This swing dress features 2 back darts which give it some shape to the otherwise swingy shape. The darts went in very easily and the entire dress sewed quickly. I used the scoop collar, but there are many other options. You can do round, scoop, slash, hooded or cowl neck options. I am thinking long sleeved, hooded, straight hem for fall. 🙂

Let’s talk fabric now. SLY. FOX. FABRICS…. ’nuff said right? OK, well too bad, I have more to say. This is a double brushed poly and it feels amazing. The print is called Obsession, which is pretty appropriate, if you ask me how I feel about it. The colorway is wine, but it also comes in black. Here is the link to the Obsession in Wine if you want a pretty color like mine. 🙂

This was the perfect day to spend some time taking pictures in the park. 🙂 This fun little mural has been added to the start of the Bike Train at North Lake Park.

Made It, Groove hi lo dress, size 28 14

So my feelings…

Super fast to sew, well drafted and easy even for the beginner sewist. Large size range from teen to UK 28. No trim pages, just tape and go. I like this is any pattern! I will certainly sew a few more of these in the other options. 🙂 If you need a great swing dress in your closet, I suggest giving The Groove Dress a try. Be sure to let me know what you think of it! That’s all for today!

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MeMadeMay 2018

Me Made May starts tomorrow!! Prepare to be overloaded with selfies because this girl wants to win some prizes! Everyone keep me going ok! My Pledge is

I, Sequoia from Sequoialynnsews.wordpress.com and @Sequoialynnsews, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’18. I endeavor to wear a Made by Me item daily for the entire month of May 2018.

Not too hard right? LOL We will see. That is 31 days in a row and on the weekend I could live in Pjs. 🙂

Filling my spring closet with Maggie

Since I just got serious about sewing back in late fall, my closet is in obvious need of things to wear as the weather improves and I can no longer hide under cardigans everyday. Last weekend I went on a marathon sewing spree and that consisted of two new Maggies. A few days later and pattern still out, I made another one with some small scraps I couldn’t bare tossing under the table.

 

First up, Short sleeve with a 1 inch bicep adjustment, Top length, low scoop neck

I made the size 24 with the included Full Bust Adjustment pieces, graded to a 28 at the waist and hip. This fabric is a super soft bushed poly from I am so blessed.

Next up

 

Tunic Length with the full bust adjusted pieces, Size 24 graded to a 28, Short sleeves with a 1 inch bicep adjustment, low neckline. This fabric is Liverpool from I am sew blessed also.

Lastly, A Maggie Dress! My first Maggie Dress. This dress came about because I had some leftover Gallery DBP fabric from Sly Fox Fabric that I literally couldn’t toss in the scrap bin because I loved it too much so it became sleeves and a neckband.

Again size 24 graded to a 28. I used the included full bust adjustment pieces again. I adjusted the bicep 1 inch and made short sleeves. This is the dress length.

  • Ladies pattern. Sizes 0-30. Click here 
  • Bundle includes ladies and women’s pattern. Click here
  • Girls pattern. Sizes 6m – 12. Click here.

 

If you want to see some of my other Maggies click here and another here.

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Momma gets a Jessie Dress

I have blogged about my own Jessie tops on two other occasions. You can read those  here and the here and it includes some hacking. This time I made a dress version. This dress is made from the same Sly Fox Fabric as the Pippa Pants I shared on Friday. See I told you, versatile and cool!

5 out of 4 Jessie XL 3 Momma liked this pattern when she saw my shirts so she requested that I make her one. I started with a different fabric and totally messed it up and then couldn’t locate any more of the fabric even though I was nearly certain I had 2 more yards. After I finished this one,  I found those 2 yards…of course. Her only request was that the length be below her knee. OK, I can handle that.

5 out of 4 Jessie XL 2
Criss Cross

 This one comes in Top, Tunic, Short and Long Dress lengths as well as 5 different sleeve lengths. Don’t forget I added 4 inches to the long dress length to get this length below the knee. It also incudes options for the back and they are High, Low Ballerina, Racerback Insert, and Strappy Back. The strappy back will allow you to make your own pattern as I did above. Also these thin little straps are super easy to make and turn if you use tube turners. I picked up a multisize pack years ago at Joann’s and have used them quite a bit. They are well worth the few bucks they cost.

The Women’s Jessie comes in sizes ranging from XXS-5X. This is an XL graded to a XXL.

The pattern can be purchased here.

5 out of 4 Jessie XL

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Pippa Pants

I am back finally!! It may seem like I have been missing in action, but actually I have been sewing again. Prepare yourself for several posts over the next few days. I am sharing this one first because the Pippa Pants are currently on sale, but for only a few more days. Rebecca Page has several other deals going on as well!

RP Pippa 5
Feeling Sharp!

Initially, I was just going to make shorts as a test with this fabric because I was scared the pants wouldn’t fit. I was worried I would need a bunch of adjusting to make the pattern work with my round belly, but I jumped into the deep end because I had exactly enough fabric for a pattern. So glad I made full length pants! I should clarify full length for me, about 6 inches shorter than the pants pattern.  I am only 5’1. I also choose the regular width legs. You can follow the pattern to make the following options.

  • Full length or ¾ length pants
  • A flat waistband, or a folded over waistband with ties and ruching at the side
  • Regular or wide width legs

 

Since I had the great boarder print I also used it to make my waistband. I chose the yoga style band because it is quick and easy and that is totally my style. The waist band rises high enough that they stay up while wearing. That is important to me as I hate when pants slip down while walking.

RP Pippa Pants
Covering the belly and a stylish yoga style band.

 

The Pippa Pants are currently on sale for 23% off so here is the shopping links.

Ladies Pattern XXS-5X   on sale $6.90

Childs Pattern 2-12 years on sale for $6.90

Ladies and Kiddo Bundle on sale for $11.70

 

This amazing border print is available at Sly Fox Fabrics. It is a single brushed poly, Boho Print. I am linking it for you because it is lovely and you need it! Stay tuned you will be seeing it again in the next few days in a dress version on Momma Mia.

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Sly Fox Fabrics and a New Jessie Tunic

When you are given the chance to sew anything with Sly Fox Fabric… you politely say thank you and grin…ear to ear…Cheshire cat style.  This was the fabric I was given. Spring Fling in Chambray and by luck I had the Dark Mauve Stripes in my stash. 🙂 Rayon Spandex and Double Brushed Poly.

#COORDINATES_TEMPLATE

I spent several days deciding which pattern I was going to use. I finally settled on Jessie by 5 out of 4 Patterns. I knew I wanted to do something a little different with the straps.  So here is Jessie Version 4.0. When a pattern is this fun, you keep making them. I already blogged about my first two here.

 

This time I wanted a looser version that my previous shirts. I already knew that I loved the fit of the shoulders and bust area, but could easily add some flow by pivoting out the

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lower half of the pattern. Cutting the pattern this way would give me an extra 4 inches at the lower hem.  This would give me plenty of extra room. I added 2 inches on the fold when cutting the front and back bodice. See in the photo how the underarm point is at the fold of the fabric and then the slant begins. That’s how I gained the extra inches. So I cut all the required pieces for my tunic, but I knew instead of the straps I was going to make bo20180413_102325.jpgws. 🙂

 

I know I am not really a bow kinda girl but it will be fun!So for my bow I cut  a 20 inch x 5 inch piece of fabric. I used the  lines of the fabric and just free cut it. I then serged the long edges together with right sides facing and turned the long tube right side out. I then cut it in half. I pinned in my wide strips at the point, test fit and did a bit if adjusting where needed. Now just follow the patterns instructions for  basting and then sewing down the wide strips. I then cut 2 small strips of fabric 1 inch by 3 inches. Fold right sides together and  stitch along the 3 inch side. Turn your tubes and press flat. Use these pieces to gather your “bows.” Hand stitch closed and trim extra edges. Turn small strip inside out so the stitch doesn’20180414_071204.jpgt show when wore. This photo is the inside of shirt. You can now see my little bows!!! So are you ready for the big reveal???

 

 

 

 

 

 

This fabric sewed up beautifully. I used my serger for the basic construction and my regular sewing machine for all the basting and hemming. It is soft, lightweight, and a beautiful print and a lovely spring shade of blue. This fabric is a new release from Sly Fox Fabrics and currently available on their website. New customers get 25% off their first order and everyone can join the serger giveaway on the website!

Emmaline Maxi, Dress, & Top

Bella Sunshine Designs is back!!!

AND

EMMALINE IS HERE!!

Oh Hello, Gorgeous Emmaline.

 

This amazing pattern comes in 3 different lengths, PLUS two different skirt designs. Did you add that up? SIX OPTIONS! You can make the simple skirt or the chevron! I made one of each both in dress length. You can also choose the shorter top length or the beautiful Maxi dress. I needed a couple spring dresses and these are perfect!

 

Sleeve options range from sleeveless to long, but I am wearing the short length. Again summer is coming and it gets kinda hot in Ohio.

 

My fabric both came in bundles from SewSoEnglish. The hot pink, aqua, and the galaxy print are brushed poly and the pink polka dots is rayon spandex. I honestly can’t pick which one I like best!

Emmaline BSD Simple Skirt 5
Waiting for the flower to pop up!

I stitched up the 24 bodice with the INCLUDED full bust adjustment pattern pieces and graded to a 28 at the waist! I removed 2 inches from the bottom of the bodice as I am only 5’1. That brought my skirt up to where my natural waist is and gives a better overall look. I didn’t add to the bicep area as was loose enough to fit. I like the fluttery fit of these sleeves.

Size range from kiddos to 30 women’s. Dont forget the full bust adjusted pieces included. So make yourself one, your kiddo one, and the next door neighbor lady! This is great for everyone!!

 

You can pick up your copy at the below links while they are on sale and get started sewing TODAY!

Ladies
Release Sale Price $7.00
Regular Price $11.00

Girls
Release Sale Price $6.00
Regular Price $10.00

Bundle (ladies and girls)
Release Sale Price $12.
Regular Price $18.00

My thoughts:

I love this design so much! It feels good, it fits great! I like that it isn’t lined, both because it will be cooler in summer and less fabric usage. Yep! I am cheap like that. 🙂 Also since getting a serger my neckbands look way better! I have worn my dresses and do not pull and tug at them because the fit correctly. I love that the pattern comes with a FBA already done for me. I swear every designer should do this! Why wouldn’t they do this? This is loaded with options plus it will mix and match all the options of both The Sahara and The Clementine. BONUS!! So basically that is a closet full right there! Oh yeah, #Idontsewforothersbutformommaiwill aka Momma Mia is already asking questions about this one….she has her eyes on one I think.

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