HOC #Breakallthedamrules Week 2

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First off, Congrats to Laurie Roberts! She was the winner of the $20 credit to Stitchin’ Pretties and has already contacted me. Thank you again, Stitchin’ Pretties for donating our first prize!


$25 Store Credit to Ellie and Mac! 

Ellie and Mac

You will find the raffle at the bottom of this post, but first, enjoy my third post from the #breakallthedamrules series! Are you joining in? What have you made??

5oo4 gloria and rp circle cardigan (2)

How fun is this combo? This is one of those outfits where my mom said, “It looks ok, for you.” 🙂 So first off, this shirt! This gorgeous peplum is my absolute fabric pattern when I make it in Liverpool! I love the structured look of it. This Liverpool print is from Stitchin’ Pretties! There big sale is still going on for about one more week. I have made several other Gloria Tops and you can see them here.

This is Gloria from 5oo4. You can pick up the pattern here! 

This is loaded with options!

  • Regular Bodice and 1″ FBA Bodice pieces.
  • Peplum, Short or Long Skater Skirt Lengths
  • Peplum, Short or Long Hi Lo Skirt Lengths (with instructions on how to combine for a more dramatic Hi Lo effect)
  • Traditional Sleeve with 5 Lengths: Sleeveless, Short, Elbow, 3/4 and Long
  • Split Sleeve with 4 Lengths: Short, Elbow, 3/4 and Long
  • 2 Neckline Options: High or Low Scoop
  • Full Bust Adjustment Tutorial section
  • Instructions on making the Gloria skirts without the bodice or adding a Circle Skirt to the Gloria bodice

5oo4 gloria and rp circle cardigan (3)

This amazing cardigan is the Ladies Circle Cardi from Rebecca Page. Here is the link. First off, don’t let the looks of this pattern laid out on paper freak you out when you see it. It looks a little weird, but it works out. Because I sew in the largest size offered, I wasn’t able to cut my pattern on the fold. If you look super close, you can see I have a seam down the back. I worked hard to match it up! Anyhow, I love this. I actually wore it twice in the last couple days. This fabric is a Hacci from Fabric Mart. I picked it up months ago at a super discount price! I have made the short length, hemmed, and 3/4 sleeves. Here are all the pattern options:

  • 2 length options (short or long),
  • 3 hem options (plain, band or ruffle)
  • 3 sleeve options (sleeveless, ¾ and full length).

5oo4 gloria and rp circle cardigan

So let’s talk about why the prints work:

They are both super fun prints. Even though the both have crazy zig-zag stripes they are just different enough to stand apart. The common color between them, Black, helps pull them together. Imagine if the blue and black remained the same color, but the cardigan changes to white and green. This would give it a totally different look and throws off the color balance. Three’s company, Four’s a crowd. 🙂

So give it a try folks!

Don’t forget to to share your makes on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #Breakallthedamnrules


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HOC + SP + 5oo4= Happy Momma Mia

This is the second post for the House of Curves #Breakallthedamnrules series! Are you partaking? Have you joined in the fun at the Facebook group? I started a post for everyone to share their makes!! Join us! HOC Blogger Black

Today Momma Mia is up! I will admit to you guys, she doesn’t mix prints, she doesn’t do bold, and she will admit that I dress a little ‘loud.’ She will often remark, “That will look fine for you.” I don’t know if that is a good thing. I just laugh. 🙂 On the flip side, she likes when I make her clothes. I told her if she wants clothing this month, she is mixing it up. Obviously, she agreed.

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AND….She is smiling!!!

So this is the Easy Tee from 5outof4. I have made 3 of them for myself! You can see them here. I also used Stitchin’ Pretties fabric for all of those tops! So this top is just slightly different than the orginal pattern. I would like to say that the striped color blocking was well planned out, but I messed up. I cut the pattern on the wrong lines, the sleeveless version lines. They are clearly marked, but I was sleep cutting, I guess. So ooops Momma Mia, you are getting some stripes. She was actually ok with it. I had already talked her into stripes in her hood anyhow.

5oo4 Easy Tee XL (3)

So here she is wearing the hooded version with 3/4 sleeves. If you have never sewn a 5oo4 pattern you may not know they have loads of options. Probably more options per pattern than anyone I Have sewn up. Here is the list for this one.

Options include:

  • Shirt, Tunic, Short dress, and Knee Length Dress options
  • Hemmed or Band options for the shirt and tunic
  • Curved hem option that is in between the shirt and tunic lengths
  • Pockets for the dress options
  • Maternity pattern piece
  • Optional waist tie and breast pocket
  • Crew neck, scoop neck, or v-neck
  • Hoods for both the crew and the scoop neck versions
  • Cuffs for all sleeve lengths (sleeveless, short, 3/4, long, and extra long), including thumbhole cuffs if you want them!

5oo4 Easy Tee XL (1)

So why does it work? Again, scale and color here. The floral print is mid sized and has hints of blue gray in it. Imagine if I had used an orange or yellow stripe… no good! Also compare the tone of colors. Darker plum with darker gray- here that works. Grays tend to play well with a lot of colors so they are easy to use.

What icolor-palette-2893f I wanted to pair a dark plum with green. I could totally use a darker green or even a mid tone, but neon be a little trickier. Look at the two shades of green here. Now swap one for poison green… eeep! Color paint palettes are awesome for matching colors!

Do you ever do this? Google color schemes? I do it when I want to paint at home, but also when I make clothing!

Next time you go to Lowe’s pick up a few paint swatches! 🙂 I dare you to use them!


Ok pattern and fabric time.

Stitchin’ Pretties fabric. This is Paige a Lovely Double Brushed Poly. It is on sale for only $3.49 a yard right now!! This gray and white stripe was found deep in my stash. I think it is from a destash, but its been lingering a long while!5oo4 Easy Tee XL (5)

The pattern is 5oo4 Easy Tee and it is a great closet filler! Do you remember all of the options I listed? Here is the link to it. 

Also Stitchin’ Pretties has sponsored a $20 shop credit for my HOC #Breakallthedamnrules event! Go to this post and sign up!!!!

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Quiltville Mystery Link Up Clue 6 and 7

Bonnie slipped an extra clue in on New Year’s Day, but that’s all part of the mystery! You just don’t know what is coming! Thankfully, Momma Mia and I had both powered through Clue 6 on Friday. We doubled up our strings and split them between us. Though this didn’t make things any faster at least we have loads of variety!


My Clue 6 Strings


Momma Mia’s Clue 6


Clue 7 and we are starting to assemble some things!

Momma Mia’s





While all this was happening, so did this… Prepping for Gray Strips for Punkin’ Patch!


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HOC and Stitchin’ Pretties giveaway

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Stripes and Puppy Dogs- Yes!!

As soon as I saw these doggos I wanted to wear them! How can you not love fabric that has dogs wearing glasses on it?? I paired the pups with a modern black and white stripe and I ABSOLUTELY love this top!

5oo4 Nancy Raglan 4x-5x(4)

So what makes this actually work? The scale of the prints are totally different. The pups are a large graphic design while the stripes are a small steady print. If I had used the dogs with a large scale strip the overall look would have been totally different and not nearly as exciting.

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Both of my fabrics are Double Brushed Poly from Stitchin’ Pretties! Stitchin’ Pretties sponsored our giveaway prize this week so read to the bottom to enter the rafflecopter. I am on the promo team for them which means I believe in what they are selling. It also helps that Laura ships orders within 24 hours! I mean, how can you beat that?

Pooch can be found here.

Lizzy stripes can be found here.

5oo4 Nancy Raglan 4x-5x(3)

I love a raglan shirt! This is Nancy from 5outof4. I sewed the tunic length with a 3/4 sleeve. I used a 4x graded to a 5x pattern. It came together quickly which I love. The length is fine with jeans, but always totally wearable with leggings! I will have another version of Nancy coming up this week!

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HOC #Breakallthedamnrules Intro

I apologize for blowing up your inboxes and dashboards, but I have a lot of amazing stuff starting tonight with the #sewinthenewyear and then tomorrow begins my month long run of House of Curves #Breakallthedamnrules!


On this post, I will tell you about #breakallthedamnrules. I am a plus size girl, making clothing for my plus size self! Sometimes, the ”Fashion Police” think and say that curvy gals shouldn’t do this or that. (Insert giant side eye emoji) The gang over at House of Curves isn’t buying it, so we are Breaking All The Damn Rules! We have a years worth of rules lined up to break! In addition to the fun, we are giving away some great prizes!

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Each week I will show you a few outfits I have made, mixing and matching, and sometimes clashing, prints! It is going to be so much fun. I want you to join in on the sewing and share with me either here, on my Facebook, in the House of Curves Hangout Facebook group, and/or Instagram!!


In the following weeks, I have all these prizes to give away!






So stay tuned, set your alarm and stop back tomorrow for my first outfit!

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