RP Dino Pillow

Sometimes, I like a easy simple sew! This is totally it! This is the second stuffed animal from Rebecca Page pattern group! I followed the pattern almost completely! I made a solid pieces of dino scales for mine! I used a button for the eye and painted on a mouth. Here are some photos!

This is a FREE pattern download! You can pick it up here! 

Tomorrow I will be back with another Freebie from Rebecca Page as part of the Free Summer Blog Tour.

Talia Twist Top

Talia Twist Top by Rebecca Page is a great addition to any closet. This is one of the newer patterns from Rebecca Page. It is a very good play off those dresses that keep popping up in my newsfeed from Zulily and other fast fashion sites. The reason this is better…You custom fit your body. Nothing makes me feel better than great fitting clothing! As a bonus, no one will be wearing the exact same item as you! You pick the prints, colors, and options!!

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This was a super easy sew and not at all a fabric hog. I created my top with just over a yard of fabric. The front bodice is a double layer to enclose the seams.  I used the 5x pattern and did a full bust adjustment. The FBA directions were a FREE download from the website and are easy to follow and give great results. I added 2 inches to my bust and actually wish I would have added just a bit of length as well. When I raise my arms, my top tends to drift upwards just a little. This also may be because I used French Terry instead of a more stretchy knit like Double Brushed Poly. I think I will try this top in a less stable knit before adding length. Another thing I love about this top, all of the seams are enclosed. I feel like that is something Rebecca Page is very mindful of. Neat finishes are always a bonus and the more I sew her patterns, the more I appreciate them!

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Speaking of French Terry, I picked this one up from Stitchin’ Pretties! When I ordered it, I thought I would be making a pair of shorts, but this is where I ended up and I am not at all mad about it. I love that French Terry is a little bit muted or softer in its tones. I am usually all bright and bold colors, but sometimes, I just want to be calm.  French Terry is calm. This is more of a dark charcoal gray then a black because of the way French terry looks. The name of this FT is Delilah. Here is the link. I love the great selection at Stitchin’ Pretties, but especially love their lightning fast shipping! Today actually marks the one-year anniversary of SP so join the Facebook group to follow all of the fun!

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The Talia comes with a partner pattern. That means you can bundle it with a dress or tank as the bottom layer. This dress was drafted to be a perfect complement to the twist top. It features two length options and thin straps that can be made easily with Fold Over Elastic. It would also make the perfect night dress or tunic to layer when the weather is cold. I love when I can use a pattern a little different than its actual purpose because it allows more bang for my buck!

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The Talia Twist Top Options include three sleeve lengths – short, three-quarter, and long

I am wearing the short sleeves here.

Talia Tunic and Dress Options include – Tunic and Dress Lengths

I am wearing a tank top I already had on hand.

These patterns are sizes up to 5x.

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Here are all the links you need to pick up the pattern or fabric! Feel free to give one of my Rebecca Page Links a click. This helps support me as a sewist and blogger. I earn a small commission on sales that happen via my links. It doesn’t change the cost for you at all.

Talia Twist Top Only

Talia Tunic and Dress Only

Talia Twist Top, Tunic and Dress Bundle

Delilah Print French Terry

This is a little sneak peek of another share I have coming up soon. “Hello, Mr. Dino. So nice to meet you, finally.”

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Easy Tee #6

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I am backkkk! Here is my third use of the Easy Tee pattern in the last week! Can you believe it is also my 6th use of the pattern and I haven’t repeated the same finished garment twice? That is why I LOVE 5oo4 patterns. Everything they draft has tons of options! Believe it or not, there are still some options I haven’t even made yet! This is an older pattern from 5oo4 so it doesn’t include the full bust adjustment which their newer ones include.

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So for today’s share:

This one is another dress. This is the shorter length option of the dress lengths included with this pattern. I am only 5’1, but this one is a bit short even though it is drafted for a height of 5’6 I believe. I don’t really wear short anything, skirts, dresses, shorts, tops…I like to keep all my parts covered. I didn’t height adjust at all. I always feel like  clothing ends up shorter on my plus size body. I know this is a personal preference and some people have different comfort levels then others. Perhaps if I had done a FBA on this pattern it would have been a wee bit longer in the front.

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For my fabric this time, I used another Double Brushed Poly. I told you, I love it! This print is called Portland and I picked it up recently at Amelia Lane Designs. I actually ordered an entire shipment of purple prints. Apparently, I think purple is taking a starring role in my closet this summer. I think I am 100% ok with that! I do love purple.

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I actually made this short dress for use in my summer business casual capsule. The idea of a capsule is to create a few basic pieces of clothing that you are able to mix and match and get more bang for your wardrobe buck so to speak. I have now made 4 items for my capsule.  Typically I don’t create items with a capsule collection in mind but Amelia Lane has gotten sponsors for some very cool prizes over the next few weeks. If you haven’t joined them on Facebook, you probably should.

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The Easy Tee comes packed with options and here is the run down.

  • 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! 

    And here are your links

    To the Pattern: Women’s Easy Tee

    To the fabric: Portland from Amelia Lane Designs

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Easy Tee V. 5.0

I’m back with my second Easy Tee of the Week. Easy Tee 5.0 This time we are doing the regular tunic version and I am using this amazing Double Brushed Poly from Sly Fox Fabrics! Do you see a trend here? I love DBP!! I love to sew with it. I love how it feels. I love the vibrant colors and prints. It really is one of my favorite fabric bases to sew with. As it warms up, people often say they get too hot while wearing it. I am so lucky that doesn’t happen to me. I love how soft and how it easily flows when I move about.

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This fabric is brand spanking new at Sly Fox. The named it Liberty Belle which is super appropriate for the upcoming season! It released yesterday and is perfectly timed for all the Memorial and Independence Day festivities! I am basically crazy about floral anything and this print is no exception! You can see my picture under the photos of Liberty Belle by clicking here. I have already ordered 4 more yards of this print for a customer wanting a summer maxi dress!

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I never really felt like I was into such girlie prints until I began making my clothing. It turns out, cute clothes just weren’t made with plus sized gals in mind. Sure there are some things out there, but overall it is difficult to shop ready to wear for my body.

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This time I am wearing the regular tunic length without a band. I like the easy of making this garment and the comfort level of all things drafts at 5oo4. They sure know what they are going. I used the scoop neck collar again, but actually scooped it out a bit more than the pattern does. Summer is coming, It is going to be hot. I made a shorter sleeve, but not the shortest sleeve length in the pattern. This put the sleeve length at just above the elbow. Again, I have done a full bicep adjustment of 1.5 inches. This is typical for me to do in all patterns.

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The Easy Tee comes packed with options and here is the run down.

  • 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!

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And here are your links

To the Pattern: Women’s Easy Tee

To the fabric: Liberty Belle from Sly Fox Fabrics

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Easy Tee V. 4

I am back with Easy Tee V. 4.0 😊Remember my previous uses of this pattern? Feel free to check them out here. This spring I needed some cute dresses and tops to wear for warmer temps so I pulled out the Easy Tee pattern. I love that it fits without loads of adjusting. I only do the basic grading between my bust and waist sizes which is simple and always helps me get a great fit. If you don’t know how to blend sizes, 5oo4 includes great fit advice with all of their patterns and their drafting is really top notch. I also did a 1.5 inch bicep adjustment to give my arms room to move.  OK back to this specific dress.

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I really want to take a minute to talk about this fabric first. This print is GORGEOUS! I love the bright vivid colors of the floral print. I received this fabric for my April promotion from Stitchin’ Pretties. Sometimes, I really don’t know what I want and this was one of those times. I asked Laura to just send me something. I asked for either 2 yards of 2 fabrics or a 3 yard and 1 yard coordinating bundle. I received 3 yards of the amazingly beautiful Double Brushed Poly and an additional 1 yard cut of a coordinating mauve heavy Rayon Spandex. Stay tuned, that is coming up! If you haven’t checked out Stitchin’ Pretties, you really are missing out. They have wonderful quality as well as super fast shipping. Currently, they have a great Clearance section that you should also take advantage of!!

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Now my dress. I chose to make the long version of the Easy Tee Dress. I have also chosen to make the 3/4 length sleeves as well as the scoop neckline. I prefer the scoop neckline in most of my clothing and when given a choice this is what I make. I graded a size 4x shoulders and bust to the 5x belly. I even extended out another 1 inch at the bottom flare of the dress. I used about 2.25 yards of fabric total.

The Easy Tee comes packed with options and here is the run down.

  • 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!

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I think all dresses should come with pockets. Literally, it is only 4 extra stitch lines and a few inches of fabric! Totally worth every second!

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And here are your links

To the Pattern: Women’s Easy Tee

To the fabric: Nikki Double Brushed Poly

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Blog Tour: Halla Agnes Hack

When Kate of  Sewing from Scratch began talking about having a blog tour, I immediately jumped on board. I enjoy blog tours, they motivate me to be semi productive, and there is usually some sort of giveaway involved. Keep reading for that part!

So we decided to focus our tour on the Halla Agnes top/dress. Our plan was that we all use the same pattern, but make it our own and write a blog post about it. If you join Halla’s Facebook group, you can get a code making The Halla Agnes is a free pattern for you. So first off, if you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I don’t typically sew anything from Halla. I fall just outside of their size chart on the bust and waist measurements. As a rule for myself, I don’t sew a designer who isn’t inclusive in my size. That being said, sometimes I like to try new things.

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As part of my hack, I am going to speed walk you through a full bust adjustment and adding some extra room to the waist measurement. Additionally, I will be teaching you how to make a floaty sleeve and scooping out the neckline. Just to throw a little extra fun in the mix, I also did a rolled hem to finish my edges which was new to me! I didn’t realize how much I was doing to this pattern until I am sitting here writing my post. I promise, even with all these adjustments it is a fairly quick sew. Buckle up, Here we go! I want to start by saying, I didn’t full bust or belly adjust anything for cutting the back half of my pattern. So I cut it out first before making these changes.

First – Print and tape your pattern as usual. I have printed the largest size which is 30. I knew I would need to do a FBA or Full bust adjustment before doing any sort of hacking. I have taken a few photos to show you the process as well. I started by cutting this pattern horizontally at the line indicating the waist. This allowed me to work with just the upper portion which is what I wanted to adjust. I then used the slice and spread method to open up the bust portion and add a bit of extra room where I needed it. This first picture is my pattern cut at the waist line and the second is after my slash and spread.

Now that I have created a little extra room at the bust, I taped my top and bottom pattern pieces back together keeping the fold line even. You can see in the photo that the upper portion is kicked out about 1.5 inches from my FBA. I inserted scrap paper to fill in at the waist. I then graded from my new upper edge to the original hemline. This will give me a total of about 3 inches in the front of my dress. This will give me extra room for my belly.  IMG_4051

I also knew I wanted a length between the two included hem options. So I measured 2 inches down from the top hem and followed the curve when trimming the paper. I wanted to wear my top as a tunic over leggings or as a cover up when pool side so this length is perfect.

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Finally, I curved out my neckline a bit by cutting out a J shape from the pattern. I always err on the side of caution so my neck line doesn’t become huge. You can sliver trim to go wider, but once you cut fabric, you can’t put it back. Sorry no pic!

Let’s adjust our sleeves now! I almost always have to adjust the bicep of patterns, but by making this floaty sleeve I won’t be using my typical method! This sleeve includes is a “cut on the fold” pattern meaning you really only see one half of each sleeve. I flipped my pattern over and traced the second half of the sleeve on blank paper. Then tape it together so you have an entire sleeve pattern. Next, I used my rotary to cut some slashed to spread my pattern out. I used scraps of paper to fill in the gaps and now my sleeve pattern looks like this. Looking back, I wouldn’t have be upset if I had opened this up even more!!

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Now follow the pattern assembly directions and it is business as usual! I remeasured and cut my neckband at 85% to fit my wider scoop.

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Wind Gust showing off the “Swing” of my new tunic.

I picked up this fun floral print from Rosa at Sew Blessed. I love it and it is so perfect for summer!

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I used the rolled hem on my sewing machine to finish all the edges because this ITY is super slick and I felt like it would be a nightmare to hem neatly! Rolled hemming went insanely quick! I plan to use it a lot more for fabrics like this.

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I think I could even belt this and wear it as a short dress! I sure do love options!!

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Thanks for stopping by! Once you’ve entered my drawing, be sure to find the others on the tour for even more chances to win! We’re EACH giving away 1 Halla Pattern code. That means 5 chances to win!! All draws will be made on Saturday, May 11, 2019 so you have time each day to read, enjoy + enter each sewist’s contest.

Monday – Kate from Sewing from Scratch adding a V-Back to the Agnes Dress (for an additional entry, visit her YouTube video, too!)
Tuesday – Gwen from Crafty Curly Couture making the Agnes Tank
Wednesday – Sequoia from SequoiaLynn Sews demonstrating an FBA, floaty sleeves and a scoop neck.
Thursday – Laura from Custom Made by Laura colour blocking the Agnes Tank
Friday – Stephanie from Sarcastic Sewist adding a quilted yoke and slim dress line to the Agnes Shirt.

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Layla Dress – 5oo4

The Layla Dress, The Everything Dress, The Perfect Dress

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Yep, That basically sums it up. This dress has everything you need. I feel that 5 out of 4 really does a stellar job of covering all the possible options and I never feel like there is something that is missing.

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I struggled to decide which fabrics I would use for this dress and had assembled the entire bodice before choosing my skirt fabric. I thought I had actually decided I was using a pink solid woven fabric that had been hanging out on my shelf for years, but then I realized that I didn’t have enough of the solid fabric I wanted to use, so I ran to the store! I ended up choosing a regular quilting cotton. I picked this fun, bright pink and white print that would work well with my bodice. I knew I would be adding a solid pink sash to tie my top and bottom together and I picked up some cute buttons while at the store. My bodice fabric is from Ksews. I thought this was Liverpool, but I think it is actually more of a waffle knit. Whatever it is, I love it for spring and summer! Super bright and cheerful!

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Rachelle from 5oo4 admitted this is her most difficult pattern to date, but trust me she has dialed it in perfectly! I made a size 24 bust graded to 26 at the waist. The pattern comes with Full Bust pattern pieces included which I love! This saves me the work of doing it on my own. I love that! The princess seams are a lovely detail as well.

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The bodice is fully lined. The reason I like this is that it keeps the neckline extra clean and neat looking. Even though I know how to sew a neckband and all that jazz, even just a stitch or two out of line stands out like a sore thumb. With the lined bodice, you will never have that issue. The directions were well written and easy to follow. I didn’t have any difficulty with the actual assembly of my new dress, but it took several hours to do it. This pattern is well drafted with excellent directions, but it isn’t a 2 hour project, so plan accordingly.

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I chose to sew up the scoop neck option with short sleeves and used buttons instead of the snaps. This is the Knee length adjusted for height. I am only 5’1.

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Here are all the options that come with the pattern:

The Women’s Layla Dress PDF sewing pattern includes the following:

  • Fully lined princess seamed knit bodice.
    • Regular or FBA Bodice
    • Two neckline options: scoop or jewel.
    • Four sleeve length options: sleeveless, short, 3/4 or long.
    • Button or snap back placket closure.
  • Inverted A-line Box Pleat skirt in either knit OR woven.
    • Two lengths: knee or maxi.
  • See the last image for the yardage and notions required.
  • Sizes 2-26

The Women’s Pattern is available here

The Girl’s Pattern is available here

The Bundle is here with extra savings

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