EAM Back to School Blog Tour- Sitting Pretty Top and Wrap Skirt

Today it is my turn on the Ellie and Mac Back to School Blog Tour! I hope you are following along and getting some great new ideas for yourself and your kiddos!

I am sharing an outfit that will be absolutely perfect for mommas, teachers, librarians, or anyone who just loves new outfits!

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I sewed up the Wrap Skirt first and right away I knew I wanted to new shirt to share along with it. I searched the Ellie and Mac website for something I hadn’t sewn yet and decided on the Sitting Pretty top! The Peter Pan style collar screamed ‘school teacher’ to me!

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Let’s start with the Women’s Wrap Skirt! This is the ultimate in girlie! All those ruffles are amazing! The skirt comes in a short version as well as the longer version I am wearing. The size range is XXS-5X. I made a 5x.  It is held closed with an inside button closure as well as the adorable side ties! Don’t let all the ruffles worry you! You can quickly sew them on your sewing machine or serger! This was the first time I used my serger to gather and trust me it was so worth it! I finished my bottom edge with a rolled hem also done on my serger, but you can easily do it on your sewing machine! This skirt did take a few hours to make mostly because of the endless amount of ruffle! In my size the skirt required 11 sections of fabric! Don’t get me wrong it was worth every stitch!

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When I signed up to be apart of the blog tour, I knew I wanted to take my pictures at the library. As we were heading out the door, I got a call that my new glasses were in so I decided to take my photos in the next town over as the library is close to my eye doctor. Who would have known they had the children’s section decorated like Hogwarts!! Lucky me! BTW how do you guys like my new spectacles? Are they ‘teacher-ly’?

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Now let’s talk about the Sitting Pretty top! The size range is from XXS-4X. I am wearing a 4x. I added about 1.5 inches to both the front and back bodice pieces to get a little extra room in the belly. I also added about 1/2 inch to the fitted sleeve option. This is more of a slim fit pattern so bare that in mind and adjust according to your preference. This top features 4 options for the sleeves and I am wearing the 3/4 length fitted sleeve. The attached peter pan style collar was much easier than I had expected! Literally, it too about 5 minute to sew it together. I think it is an adorable finish in the contrasting black fabric. I used a scrap of ponte roma I had left over from my pants last week (or was it the week before) for the collar.  Yes, it was still lying here. No judging! This top came together in about 40 minutes and I was able to use my serger on the entire thing!

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Let’s talk fabric now! This is called Small Rose Dots in Black and it is from Sly Fox Fabrics! I picked up in late spring, I think, on a Sly Buy. I am so glad I got 4 yards because this skirt took about 3.5 of them! It is a double brushed poly and black in sadly sold out! I am linking you too the same print on a denim colored background though. 🙂 My main fabric for my shirt is also from Sly Fox Fabrics. It is a Tri-blend Jersey and I am not sure what the exact color is, but it feel likes the softest PJs in your dresser! Trust me! Here is a link to the current Tri-Blend options. While over at Sly Fox, sign up to win a serger! Here is that link! The Ebony Ponte Roma is from Stitchin’ Pretties. Have you stopped by and checked out their sale? 45% off 27 fabrics!!! I think that makes them under 4 bucks.

Today is the last day to take advantage of the 40% off everything sale at Ellie and Mac!!!

Pattern Links

Women’s Wrap Skirt- Click Here Sale Price $5.37

Sitting Pretty Top – Click Here Sale Price $4.77

I hope you have enjoyed this stop on the Ellie and Mac Blog Tour! Please check out these other blogs and sign up to win!!

Visit all the bloggers on the Back To School Sewing Patterns Blog Tour Featuring Ellie and Mac and enter the giveaway to win a $50 store credit below!

  1. August 20th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. August 21st: Seams Sew Lo
  3. August 22nd: Momma Newey’s Makes
  4. August 23rd: Mama You Can Make It
  5. August 24th: DIYDanielle
  6. August 27th: Mijn11jes&ik
  7. August 28th: Tenille’s Thread
  8. August 29th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier
  9. August 30th: My Sewing Roots
  10. August 31st: SequioaLynn Sews
  11. September 1st: Mijn11jes&ik
  12. September 2nd: Crafty Curly Couture
  13. September 3rd: Sew 4 Five
  14. September 4th: Our Play Place
  15. September 5th: Fée bricolo
  16. September 6th: Jot Designs (USA)

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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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