Maggie changed my sewing game

So Maggie is another Bella Sunshine Design Pattern and if you girls don’t know about them, you should. The Maggie was the first pattern I made from this designer and have since made several more. I think I am up to 9 now.  🙂 My first Maggie came after seeing it modeled at Diskordia’s. I picked my own sizes based on the largest size will fit motto. Ummm ok so that was wrong and mine was too big. I was swimming in in. Humm what’s the deal folks? This never has happened before. I will spare you those picture as it won’t be fun for either of us. Anyhow I redid the cutting with a smaller bodice, only one size though, for safety sake.  🙂 I cut the longest tunic length which basically made it a “viewer friendly” over leggings. My first Maggie was made with Grandma’s Polyester fabric…you know the slightly itchy stuff that no one wants to wear for very long. I can’t be using  my good stuff while test running on clothes I don’t expect to fit, right?!?!  At least it is pretty! This version is wearable but still slightly too big in the sleeves and arm synth.


Maggie comes in a large size range from sizes 0-30. Bonus points for the designer adding in a Full Bust Adjustment for us *lucky* girls. We can now cover our *girls* without wearing potato sacks. 🙂 Are you convinced you need this one yet?


Maggie comes with three length options, three sleeve lengths, and three neckline options.

I decided to make a second Maggie with Sly Fox Fabrics Mocha Stripes. Oh Holy Softness! Much better than Grandma’s Polyester. PS I worked hard matching those stripes please tell me I did awesome! In hindsight I should have used a more contrasting fabric on the neck band. This time I compared my actual measurements to the size chart and cut 3 sizes smaller than my original version. How about that? It actually fits!


I also may have dug really deep into my closet and found some shockingly WHITE pull on denim leggings. Well this girl isn’t going to be wearing white anytime soon, sooo into the hot tub they go. I added some Mauve, Midnight blue and then some Tangerine dyes until they came out in a sort of matching color. It’s like a science experiment in art class. Don’t be scared.


These pants need to take a trip into the sewing machine to cinch in the baggy knees and to hem them as they are all bunched up at the  bottoms but they match! Score one for the thrifty girl!


So this is Maggie, the perfect T-shirt/ dress pattern and you need in your stash! You can get it here. Let me know if you make one!!

Author: SequoiaLynnSews

I am a single dog mom of two and we happily reside in a small house in Ohio. We spend our days playing fetch, digging holes in the garden, and sewing, lots of sewing. We have high hopes of moving to the mountains someday. The dogs don’t really know that yet, but they will understand. I shamelessly hoard fabric and feel slightly sorry for whoever has to sort my stash when I am gone. I am employed full time in a industry that requires little of my creativity, but basically lets me wear whatever I want. So it works out. I can usually be found behind one of my sewing machine avoiding human contact. I test a lot of clothing patterns and therefore always have a new outfit to share. You have most likely found my blog through some sort of sewing outlet and will quickly realize that I am sewing for a plus size body. For reference, I am 5'1 and wear a range from a 2-5x. Sizes change with every designer and you can't trust ready to wear sizing when you are making your own clothing. Your tape measure will become one of your most used tools and if you misplace them like I do, you should pick up several. I will be sharing the good, the bad, and the A-MA-ZING with you… So stay tuned. I will also try to teach you a few of my tricks along the way. People always tells me they want to learn how to sew. My best advice is you have to start. Just do it! You are going to mess up, you will break needles, you will ruin the pretty fabric, you will stab your fingers, but you will learn. You will make something and you will wear it. Someone will say, “I like your shirt.” and you will smile and say, “Thanks, I made it.” You will race home and make something else. Pretty soon you have made more good things than bad and you will feel proud of yourself and you should. I will be proud of you too. :) Ok, that is enough rambling, I have sewing to do. :) SequoiaLynn

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