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NYEESTHappy New Year’s Eve!! Welcome to #Sewinthenewyear! Thanks for staying up late to celebrate with me! I have some great prizes to give away so click below to enter! Also visit my Eastern Standard Time Co-hosts. We all have different raffles going on, but they all end at Midnight EST so hurry up!!

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Padding a Dress Form

Dress forms are expensive and honestly, a little difficult to find especially in plus sizes. However, sometimes you cross paths with one at a flea market or an antique shop oMeet Dixie Padding Dress Form Step 1r under your Christmas tree! Mine was under the tree this year!

My sister in law found this beauty on Facebook Market and thought of me. It had a little damage and was missing a stand so my brother and SIL worked on cleaning her up and here she is! It is easy to see she is much smaller than me and that is ok. I have a larger bodice at home for me, but this one is closer to Momma Mia’s size.

This one isn’t quite the right size, which is very common when you find one second hand, but we are going to fill her out and make her work. I typically only sew for myself and Momma Mia so this tutorial will work perfectly for her body. My brother did note that I had asked him to make me a stand for my other mannequin and I reminded him I have a Birthday next month! Cross your fingers!

So the first thing we need to do is take a lot of measurements. I measure her frequently anyhow for garments so this wasn’t an issue. The difference in working on padding a dress form and taking measurements for fit, is you want to try to be accurate as far as front curves compared to back curves. If you look at your body you are most likely more curvy in the front than the back. In this case, she was 20 inches from side seam to side seam across her back and 24.5 inches across the front. Keep this in mind when doing your own mannequin. Also keep in mind, I sew 99% knits. They are slightly more forgiving than wovens, so this doesn’t have to be 100% spot on, but it will be very close.

Supplies Needs:

**Dress Form                                                   **Measuring tape

**Batting Scraps or PolyFil                            **Current measurements

**Cling Wrap                                                    **A helping hand is well… helpful 🙂

**Bra that fits your body properly

Step 1: Compare your bodice measurements to your dress form. I began filling out from the middle since this is where I needed to build up the most. I needed to gain about 14.5 inches total. I used quilt batting scraps here. These pieces were between 6-9 inches wide and I wrapped them around the mid section of the bodice. This has eliminated the hour glass appearance which was my goal. I used small flat head pins to hold the layers in place as I wrapped.


Step 2: Measure your dress form and compare to your measurements. Next, I covered the entire bodice with a layer of batting. I used small pins to contour around the shoulders and underarm areas. I only needed to add an inch to hip area of the bodice. This quilt batting, in an all over, layer gave me an almost perfect measurement in the hip area. I then used cling wrap over the entire bodice. This helps hold everything in place since it sticks to itself. You can also use it to tighten areas you may have padded slightly too much. Measure Again!

Step 3: Building up the bust. Make sure you have the under bust area close to where it needs to be and put on the bra. Adjust the straps as needed so that it sits at the proper height. I used ziplock baggies filled with quilting scraps to fill out the bra cups. You can use whatever you have. Again, measure often and make sure the cups are smooth. They should look similar to the model you are basing your bodice off of.


Step 4: Round out the midsection as needed. If you don’t need to increase the back measurement anymore just wrap your batting scraps back and forth across the front section. I used the small pins to attach the batting down at the side seams before folding it across the midsection again. When I got within about an inch of my final number I cut the batting into round shapes in graduating sizes to round the belly a bit. I pinned these down and then did another round of cling wrap to hold everything in place. I also used the cling wrap to wrap the loose bottom edges tightly to the dress form. 🙂  Congrats! You now have a body double and I have Dixie! Momma Mia’s new twin!

I hope this tutorial will help you pad out those dress forms you see at yard sales and flea markets and help you realize you don’t have to spend $300.00 to have a usable dress form!


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Quiltville Mystery Link up #5

Five clues are in the basket! Finally, both Momma Mia and I are caught up. This is a first since the mystery began. We are both learning new things as well as improving our accuracy. We are using some of the same tools and some not, but in the end we have both worked on our own quilts and both helped each other. We are building memories.

She finished her clue 5 first because with about 20 to go, I needed to sleep. She used Bonnie’s colors and they are looking great!


After she finished all her blocks and I was working on mine, she counted all her pieces and parts and determined she was on track save for a few half square bonus triangles. She used the Strip Tube Ruler and knocked them out fairly quickly.

I finished my Clue 5 and then began my counting. I needed 15 more half Chevrons and 31 bonus HST’s. I put them both in my picture because “Why not?” I am using Purple in place of the Blue and used Aqua in place of Bonnie’s Green.


Are any of my readers following along with the Quiltville Mystery? We are having so much fun. Here is a link back to Quiltville where you can get all the details!

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Quiltville Mystery Link Up

Did anyone join in on the fun this week? Momma Mia did over my way. I think she is determined to get caught up with me. I need to hide her fabric or something. 🙂

So today I am sharing two pics. I am almost done with the first three clues. I need to fill in for a few random half square triangles that were out of range for ‘fudging it” to make them work and also some half chevron units. For the record, all of my chevrons tilt the wrong directions. Oops!

I switched the dark blues for purples and the greens for aqua.


Momma Mia wrapped up her four patches including a pile of extras for me because I was had some wonky ones. we forced ourselves to stay up a few nights ago to push through as we were so close. 🙂 She is sticking to the original color plan. She has done a ton of cutting for clues 2 and 3.


Today, I forced her to take a break and clean up. I was on quilting overload as it was taking over ever flat surface. 🙂 We are back in business now. Who else is sewing along? Here is a link back to Bonnie Hunter and Quiltville where you can find all the info.

Stay tuned for a few other sewing projects including more Dino Shirts, a new dress for Momma Mia, and someone is getting a quilt for Christmas too!


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Quiltville Mystery Link Up

In the quilt world, I am obsessed with all things scrappy. This means I am 100% obsessed with all things, Bonnie Hunter. I am partaking the my second Quiltville mystery and am almost done with clue 2. Shhh, I am only 1 clue behind. Anyhow, today is the link up party so I am sharing my pics! I switched my colors just a little bit from the original suggestion so we will see how it goes.

Here is the link back to Bonnie’s website so you can join in on the mystery fun! 





Guest Blogger – Full Bicep Adjustment

If you are a regular reader of the Ellie and Mac blog, you already know I was today’s guest blogger. If you aren’t a regular reader, why the heck not? There is a lot of good info there from pattern hacks to personal adjustments to Pinspirations!

Today, I walked you through, step by step, how to do a full bicep adjustment. I do this adjustment on 99% of the tops I sew for myself. Here is the link to check out my blog post.  

Also use code EAM15DEC when you spend $25.00 to save an extra 15% off already discounted prices!! Here is my aff link to use! EAM Sitting Pretty Top and Wrap Skirt 2

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