38 Trips Around the Sun

Instead of being like a thousand other bloggers, I decided to write my New Years Blog Post for my Birthday! Yep, today I am 38. I am not usually one who gets crazy about turning a year older, except when I turned 25…”It was dark times Harry, Dark Times…” That was a rough one! When I think about the things I have done in the last year, I am pretty happy. I switched positions at my job, I bought my first brand new car, I realized it is ok to do fun things alone, upgraded to a new DSLR camera, took my first photography class and I even had time to sew some awesome clothes. I rediscovered my love for geocaching and hiking as well. Overall it was a good year, but I want to make this year even better.
I have spent several weeks/months really thinking of the direction I want to take my blog. I am just like every other blogger, I want to grow my audience and reach more people. I have noticed a lot of new faces following my social media accounts and for that, I am so grateful. It feels good to be noticed. I don’t know if the average person realizes how much work goes into being a sewing blogger. Pick a pattern, sew it up at least once (typically more), photos, photo edits, write blog posts, then share. 🙂 I do enjoy it though. I like knowing there is a record of my progress. I often look back at blog posts to remind myself of the changes I made to a garment and if I liked the fit or not. I love that other people will randomly find a blog post and leave me a message or pick up a pattern I haven’t mentioned in months. It makes me feel good knowing someone saw the joy in my blog. It also makes makes me feel good when I see kind comments from someone I don’t know.
Being a sewing blogger isn’t all sunshine and flowers though. Every single post is a risk. That seems a little odd, but it is true. Every post we make, every share we do, puts us up for being judged. Readers, I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t feel good to me. The comments people make shock me sometimes. For the dozens of good comments, there are always some bad ones. “Your shirt is too tight.” “You would look better with heels.” “You would look slimmer if…” “That color was a bold choice.” “Prints make you look bigger.” “Plus size can’t wear stripes.” and the list goes on…it is a long list. Note to crabby readers…your comments about me will never be harsher than my own thoughts. Why do people do this? Golden Rule, Folks. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. As a sewing blogger, I have gained some confidence though. Sometime,s I even dare to say my outfit looks cute or nice. Baby Steps.
So let’s talk about goals for the next 365 days.
*Do more quality sewing. I do a lot of quick sews, well in the past I did a lot. I have greatly reduced the number of tests I am doing. I want to sew things on my schedule for what I want to sew.
*Learn new things. Master my fit issues ehm… pants, bras, etc. Somethings scare me to sew…Bras…tried it once and quit! Pants are a work in progress. For me, I need to realize my body isn’t a normal feminine shape. Most patterns account for hips and booty and I lack in both. But I am making huge strides in preparing to sew my own jeans!!
*Write at least 5 blog posts for designers or for blog tours. Always on the look out for blog tours!! Tag me if you start one. I want in!
*Test less, Upcycle more. I have seen several mentions lately that plus size upcycling isn’t as popular as smaller sizes. I do agree with this in a way, but I have been upcycling for YEARS! When I began sewing, I started by thrifting for anything with great fabrics! I made some cool stuff, now I have more sewing skills I should be putting to use! As a bonus, we are saving a little space in the landfills!
*Continue to be a positive influence online. I shouldn’t need to explain this one.
*Learn to say No!
If I haven’t lost ya yet, thanks for sticking around! This is going to be an awesome year and I can’t wait to update this post on my next Birthday.  Don’t forget to give my blog a follow and leave me a comment! 🙂
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A little bit of Tina is what I see

Day Four – Mambo No. 4.
Today I am sharing skirt No. four of my Mambo Collection. This is Tina and she is uber cute and flirty! Does it even get better than polka dots and ruffles?? Seriously, that combo isn’t one I wear frequently because it has been reserved for overly girlie folks and I am not that by any means. However, the dark navy background color saved it from being too much. Like all the others, this skirt is made with a structured knit and features a high waist band.
5oo4 Tina 5x (1)
This is the most blue I have seen this fabric look. Must be the natural light bringing it out!

My options for Tina are a little different that all my other skirts! This time I went long. I decided to make the Midi length and add the hem ruffle. I had 3 yards of this fabric that I have been saving and wanted to use as much of it as I could! Typically, I would add a ruffle so I didn’t have to hem a finished edge, but this fabric stitched so nicely I hemmed my ruffle! I added patch pockets to the front of my skirt as well. Funny Story… I am short and height adjusted my pattern at the proper line, but I didn’t account for my shortness when adding from my pockets.  When I FULLY ASSEMBLED my skirt and tried it on, I could barely reach my pockets! Only my fingers tips could reach them. Oops! Seam Ripper to the rescue! I removed the waist band and then 1.5 inches from the top of my skirt, reattached the band and all is good now! So don’t be like Sequoia, double check the pocket placement sooner rather than later! I also mixed up the waist band on Tina, this is the cross front band. It is cute! I think it looks nice over my light colored tank with my cardigan. Don’t forget all the options for Tina and the rest of Mambo are interchangeable!

5oo4 Tina 5x (4)
Handing fitting properly into my pockets. 🙂

Here is the complete list of options for Tina

The Women’s Tina A-line Skirt pattern includes the following:

  • Three Hem Lengths: Mini, Knee and Midi
  • Options include a Hem Ruffle, Patch Pockets and Suspenders
  • Three Waistbands: Scooped, Cross Front and Slim
  • Tutorial includes a link to an extensive Skirt Fitting Guide to get your best fit!
  • Women’s Sizes XXS-5XL (see the last image for yardage and size chart)

5oo4 Tina 5x (3)

Surprise! Another Liverpool fabric!!! This amazing navy with white dot pattern came from Amelia Lane Designs! I feel that navy and white is a classic combo and looks great with “all the things.” This fabric sewed up nicely and is of great quality. ALD ships quickly and and offers great customer service.
5oo4 Tina 5x (5)
Do you recognize this tank top? Yes! Virginia! The Virginia tank is 100% my go to when I need a tank top! You have seen it a dozen times on my blog. You can read about this version here.
5oo4 Tina 5x (2)
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South Shore Romper and Be Breezy Mash Up – Take 2

Hey gang! I know so many of you have commented and shared heart eyes over the Ellie and Mac South Shore Romper and Be Breezy mash up I recently did. I loved it too, but every time I sat down the cross front style of the top exposed a bit more than I preferred to the world, if you know what I mean. I loved the style so much, I planned to make it a little more modest AKA work place appropriate.  If you are worried about the same thing just follow along with my directions below to create a more modest look.

Modest South Shore Romper and Breezy hack (7)

First, Print your pattern pieces according to your size. You will need the front and back bodice pieces, sleeves, and neckband of the South Shore Romper and the Be Breezy skirt cut at the length of your preference.

Modest South Shore Romper and Breezy hack (1)

Next, we need to adjust your bodice at the front diagonal slope.  I added 1.5 inches to my bodice about midway through the pattern slope all the way to the side seam. I was careful not to change the width of the shoulder as that would create some issues with the front and back bodice shoulders matching up and sleeve fitting. Just redraw a line allowing for more coverage. Blend to give it a nice slope. The next modification I made to the bodice was the band. I cut the band at 6 inches wide instead of the narrow width in the pattern. I didn’t change the length at all. I used my 24 inch quilting ruler to make this easier.

Modest South Shore Romper and Breezy hack (6)

I made no other adjustments to the bodice top, so cut your remaining pieces. You need 1 back, 2 newly adjusted mirrored fronts, 2 sleeves and the newly widened band. You will also need a skirt of your choosing.

Modest South Shore Romper and Breezy hack (3)

Attach the shoulder seams per the original directions. I did NOT gather the side seams between the circles on the pattern. I left them straight on my dress. I think it would have been fine to gather them to create more interesting detail at the sides. Next, I attached the neckband. It should be folded in half, wrong sides together and just under 3 inches wide. I clipped at the middle, and both ends. I then added several clips between the ends and middle. This will help things line up neatly and prevent any slipping from happening while sewing down. Sew the band on. I didn’t top stitch because it fits snug enough to the body to not require it and I knew as the fabric stretched across by bust, the top stitching would likely pop. Next, I sewed in my sleeves. I like to sew sleeves in flat. I find it so much easier. Now it is time to sew your bodice. I clipped everything together. I began with the side seams and was careful to line up all three layers of fabric neatly. I sewed along the sleeve and down the side seam to the bottom of the bodice. Do this for both sides. You will assemble you skirt as directed in the pattern and attach it to the bodice. If you are using a longer length or heavier fabric, consider using clear elastic for additional support.  Now you can do your hemming and you are ready to wear your pretty new dress!

Modest South Shore Romper and Breezy hack (2)

I love the new neckline of my dress. I can wear it without revealing too much and still feel pretty nice. If you decide to make a dress following my hack, I would love to see it. You can always find me on Facebook or tag me on Instagram!

Modest South Shore Romper and Breezy hack (4)

This fabric is called Paradise and I picked it up from Amelia Lane Designs.

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South Shore Romper

Be Breezy

Modest South Shore Romper and Breezy hack (5)

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Sewing a Wardrobe Capsule

So I am finally ready to start sharing the Business Causal Wardrobe Capsule I have been working on. Both of these items were made as part of the #GetawaywithALD capsule challenge. The object was to create several items of clothing that work together as part of a closet capsule collection for a summer getaway. I have no plans to get away this summer, so I am sewing for a business casual work setting. Typically, a capsule is for a minimalist. If you follow my blog you probably can assume I have an overly full closet…several closets, dressers, and a random clothing rack in the basement. It is a safe bet, I am not a minimalist by any means, but I really do like when I can mix and match outfits to extend my clothing options. My work wardrobe is always lacking in interchangeable garments. So let’s start with these two pieces.

ALD Capsule 2

My love for the Diane Joggers continues! This time, they aren’t part of my Copy Cat series. This time, I just wanted some fun floral print pants. I am so happy that I have finally dialed in my fit for these pants. Now I can just grab the pattern and start cutting. It takes me less than 2 hours to cut and sew these pants. Perfect for last minute wardrobe needs and instant gratification sewing! I think these get a little faster with each pair I make.

ALD Capsule 5

 

Again, I chose to make a 4x waist and graded down to a 3x leg. I love that now these pants stay up without elastic sewn into them. Properly fitting pants are so comfortable. It is pretty amazing what a difference proper fit makes in overall comfort of any clothing. I typically hate wearing dress pants, but these pants are so wearable. If you are wondering, I do consider amazing floral print pants to be dress pants! This Liverpool fabric called Blythe, is available here.

ALD Capsule

I decided to sew up a new tank top to wear with my floral pants. I used a light blue solid double brushed poly and the Virginia Tank pattern to make it happen. I have used this pattern a dozen times at this point. I am nearly certain I could sew it with my eyes clothes. It takes me about 40 minutes to cut, sew and finish. The most time consuming part is clipping and sewing the neck and arm bands in place. I love this pale blue color and it will pair up with so many things in my closet. I very rarely sew anything in solids, but sometimes they are necessary. I have now made several solid tanks! I love having tanks that fit me properly and in every color I need. As a plus size person, store bought tanks tend to be wider in the body, but the same length as smaller sizes. Let’s be real for a minute, “This girl” doesn’t wear crop tops. Honestly, I rarely wearing a shirt that is considered ‘top length.” I hate my stomach, I especially hate how it looks peeking out of the bottom of a shirt. We all have body issues and this is BY FAR my biggest one. When I make a tank top, I can customize the length for my exact preferences.

ALD Capsule 4

I ordered both of these fabric from Amelia Lane Designs. This floral print is called Blythe and it is Liverpool and so pretty. I love that Liverpool is a knit, but has some structure. By structure, I mean that it won’t hang limply over my body. I continue to be obsessed with floral print and I just don’t know if that will ever end! You can pick up this one or a lot of other Liverpool prints here.

The solid light blue is double brushed poly. I love DBP and make the majority of my clothes from it. It is nearly perfect for everything except waist bands and things that need structure! Amelia Lane Designs stocks several solid DBP’s and you can view them here.

ALD Capsule 3

Pattern Details Below

Here is the pattern link for The Diane Joggers  

Women’s Sizes XXS – 5X plus all these options

  • 3 rise heights (low/maternity, mid, and high)
  • Shorts, Capri, and Long cut lengths
  • 4 leg finishes – cuffed, hemmed, drawstring, or elastic
  • Information for both hemming and using bands (hello no hemming!)
  • 6 waistband options – Encased elastic, drawstring, Knit, Yoga Foldover, Contour, Maternity (underbelly)

 

Virginia Tank Pattern

  • Tank top with optional built-in bra
  • Separate full bust adjustment (FBA) pattern pieces for the tank and bra
  • Knee length or Maxi length skirt
  • Skirt can be made from woven or knit fabric
  • Tank top has two neckline options in the front and two neckline options in the back
  • Dress can be made with knit waistband or elastic casing
  • Maternity option
  • Pockets!
  • Sizes XXS-5XL
  • Matching girls’ option! Check out the Girls’ Virginia Tank & Maxiand get 10% off when you buy both patterns at once!

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Guest Blogging and an amazing hack!

I occasionally write blog posts for a designer or a fabric companies. Today is one of those days. I wrote a blog post for Ellie and Mac this week. It was suppose to go live on Monday, but it came out early!
I hacked the South Shore Romper with my favorite dress pattern, Be Breezy Top from Ellie and Mac.

Sourth Shore Breezy Mashup (5)

I did a Rolled Hem on the bottom of my new dress and it only adds to the fluttery style of my dress. Have you checked out my video on doing a rolled hem with a sewing machine? You can view it here.

Sourth Shore Breezy Mashup (6)

I used this beautiful ITY (Interlock Twist Yarn) fabric that is newly released from Amelia Lane Designs. It is also on new release sale through Monday! This print is perfect for wearing to all summer events! The Red, White, and Blue floral is called Liberty and will look amazing for July Fourth picnics in the park! I was a little concerned when my fabric first arrived. I thought it would be too see thru to wear alone, but it is fine! It isn’t sheer when worn! If you have never worked with ITY, it is slinky and slick, but lightweight and cool. It has amazing drape as well! I find it kind of fiddly to work with and I use a load of clips to keep things together, but it was worth it because I love my new dress.

Check out this picture featuring Momma Mia’s latest quilt top. She finished it just in time for my photos! She did a great job and can’t wait to get it quilted.

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If you would like to read my blog post on actually hacking just click the graphic below. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Easy Tee #6

5oo4 Easy Tee Dress Short ALD (1)

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.

5oo4 Easy Tee Dress Short ALD (6)

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.

5oo4 Easy Tee Dress Short ALD (4)

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.

5oo4 Easy Tee Dress Short ALD (2)
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.

5oo4 Easy Tee Dress Short ALD (5)

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

5oo4 Easy Tee Dress Short ALD (3)

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Copy Cat: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats – March

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (3)

I am back with month 3 of my Copy Cat Series based off of month 3 of sewing along with the Sarcastic Sewist, Stephanie! I tell her at last once every couple of week that I hope she does this again next year so I can copy her again! 🙂 Do you think 12 months worth of nagging with convince her? Make sure you hop over to her blog and show her some love as well! Stephanie decided to make her joggers more work appropriate by using Ponte for her pants. I have sewed a few items with ponte before and my favorite RTW pants are ponte. If you have never sewn with ponte, here are a few details.

Ponte knit is a combination of rayon, polyester and spandex. The thick, double-knit fabric provides a two-way stretch; it molds to your body shape while providing a smooth and streamlined silhouette.

Everything about that statement sounds great to me! I love that it has a heavier weight which means it won’t cling to everything and kinda smooths out the lumps and bumps.  Also, it doesn’t wrinkle! So my Teal Ponte arrived in perfect timing for a 20% off new release sale over at Amelia Lane Designs! Let me just link you to all the new arrivals which are on sale!  This fabric was so lovely when it arrived. The color is bold and it is so soft. I knew it was going to be perfect for my pants! Since this month we were making full length pants, I ordered 3 yards. I have some nice sized pieces leftover and I am thinking of putting them to use as a panel skirt or some nice shorts. This is a fabric I don’t intend to let it make it to the scrap pile.

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (1)

OK back to my Copy Cat. The Diane Joggers turned work wear! I prepared my pattern pieces as usual and cut things out quickly. I used the high rise this time for my rise option. This time the pocket is sewn on the inside which makes the overall look a little dressier. Stephanie did a quick step by step with the directions and I plan to take photos of my next pair so I can remember how to do them. She walked me through step by step of making my pockets because my brain wasn’t working.

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (7)
Pocket Hack!

Since I now have made 4 pair of these pants, it is getting quicker and easier to assemble! I don’t even need the directions anymore! I feel like a pro! I graded the 5x waist to a 4x thinking it would be a little more snug of a fit compared to DBP and the FT we used previously but it was fine. I ended up slimming the pants down. Here is a side by side. The first photo is the 4x leg, the 2nd photo is a 3x. As you can see, major photo quality issues. Ugg First pics are from a cell phone because I forgot my memory card for my camera and the second one I bought a new memory card and it didn’t work!!! So is was taken with a tablet.

In true Copy Cat form, I needed her shirt also! I love the red fabric she used, but I wanted to share another new release fabric from Amelia Lane Designs. This is Winston, a super sexy cheetah print that I kinda fell in love with when I saw it! This is Rayon Spandex fabric. It is light and flowy and perfect for Camilla. Camilla is a beautiful cowl neck pattern, also from 5oo4, which comes as a top or a dress. There are a couple of other options included:

  • Sleeveless, Short, Elbow, 3/4, Long, and Extra Long Sleeves;
  • Shirt, Tunic, A-line Dress, and Swing Dress;
  • Maternity option;
  • Band option for each sleeve length, including thumbhole cuffs;
  • Hem Band Option;
  • Optional Pockets for Swing Dress; and
  • Optional ruched sides of bodice.

I feel like 5oo4 patterns is known for the endless options with each pattern! It is one of the things I love about the 5 out of 4 pattern company! I also love that they are size inclusive up to 5x and helpful when you need tips.

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (6)

Here is the pattern link for The Diane Joggers  

Women’s Sizes XXS – 5X plus all these options

  • 3 rise heights (low/maternity, mid, and high)
  • Shorts, Capri, and Long cut lengths
  • 4 leg finishes – cuffed, hemmed, drawstring, or elastic
  • Information for both hemming and using bands (hello no hemming!)
  • 6 waistband options – Encased elastic, drawstring, Knit, Yoga Foldover, Contour, Maternity (underbelly)

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (5)

The Camilla Pattern is available here.

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (4)Both of these fabrics and soooo many more are available for 20% off for one more day!! Don’t miss it! Here is a direct link to Amelia Lane Designs.

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Virginia’s Back, Back Again

I believe this is the 6th time I have used this pattern! If something is this good, you should use it a lot. As I am writing this post, I am wearing this Virginia tank. I truly love 5oo4 patterns and have enjoyed sewing up so many of them in recent months.

Sequoia ALD Cactus DBP Virginia Tank and Maxi (9)When I practically begged (I was prepared to arm wrestle for it) for this cactus print in the promo group, I knew I had to make a maxi length dress. I had high hopes of taking my photos in the cactus house at Kingwood Center. Sadly, they don’t open until April 1st so that didn’t happen. I do plan to go back and take pictures there especially now that Momma Mia has requested a matching outfit. I think I have sold her on this matching outfit thing. 🙂 I ordered her fabric this morning while it is on sale for 15% off. 

Sequoia ALD Cactus DBP Virginia Tank and Maxi (6)

Again, I am loving the navy blue in the background of this print. It really makes the lighter greens and white pop in the little cacti. This fabric is double brushed poly. I love double brushed poly and sew everything from dresses to leggings from it. DBP washes well, dries quickly and doesn’t wrinkle. Amelia Lane Designs ships quickly and sometimes includes hand written notes. 🙂

Sequoia ALD Cactus DBP Virginia Tank and Maxi (4)

The only adjustments I made to this pattern was adding a backseam to the back of the tank because I wanted to make the most of this fabric and since it is directional it is sometimes harder to Jenga the pattern pieces together. I also added 3 inches to the length of the tank. I also shortened the skirt about 5 inches.

All the options 🙂

  • Tank top with optional built-in bra
  • Separate full bust adjustment (FBA) pattern pieces for the tank and bra
  • Knee length or Maxi length skirt
  • Skirt can be made from woven or knit fabric
  • Tank top has two neckline options in the front and two neckline options in the back
  • Dress can be made with knit waistband or elastic casing
  • Maternity option
  • Pockets!
  • Sizes XXS-5XL
  • Matching girls’ option! Check out the Girls’ Virginia Tank & Maxi and get 10% off when you buy both patterns at once!

Sequoia ALD Cactus DBP Virginia Tank and Maxi (8)

The cool thing about this pattern is you can make a dress or you can make a tank and skirt. I made a tank and a skirt. I think I will get much more wear out of the tank than the dress. Life doesn’t give me loads of days to wear dresses. 🙂

Sequoia ALD Cactus DBP Virginia Tank and Maxi (2)

Do you still need this pattern?

Here is the link to the Women’s pattern.

Here is the link to the Girl’s pattern.

 

And here is the fabric link. Don’t forget the 15% off sale that ends tomorrow night. 🙂

Amelia Lane Designs

To The Point Tunic

Finally, I sewed myself a little spring number!  This dress was 100% brought on by the need to sew for Spring! The current stocking at Amelia Lane Designs is Springy prints and all Double Brushed Poly. DBP fabric is a drapey knit that comes in a huge range of colors and prints. The first one I am sharing has beautiful flowers on a lovely plum background. It is called Bristol. The design and colors are perfect for warmer weather. When my package arrived, it included a note stating that this fabric was the softest brushed poly ever and after working with it, I actually have to agree. It is amazingly soft. I knew I wanted a pretty dress for spring, but also knew I only had 2 yards to work with. Let Fabric Jenga Happen!!

Sequoia DBP Promo To the point EAM 4x (2)

I perused my pattern collection looking for something new and fun. I wanted to sew up something I hadn’t made yet, so I turned to some Ellie and Mac patterns that I missed during my testing break. I choose to make the To The Point. This pattern comes in 3 length options. Here I am wearing the long tunic length. This is the middle length of the options included in the pattern. I also am wearing a mid length sleeve.

Sequoia DBP Promo To The Point 4x (8)

Like most Ellie and Mac patterns this one comes in sizes up to 5x. You can choose a slim fit or a loose one. I am honestly not sure how I missed that when I printed the pattern, but I made the slim option. I am not a slim fit kinda gal so I wish I would have realized this before making it.

Sequoia DBP Promo To the point EAM 4x (6)

A few other things to note

Three sleeve options
Two neckline options

Tunic, long tunic or dress length options

Fitted or relaxed version options

The pattern also included directions for color blocking.

Sequoia DBP Promo To The Point 4x (10)

This pattern came together very quickly. For some reason, I always feel like garments finish much faster when I do the hemming first. Since this pattern has the point for the hem, I did it first. I also hemmed the sleeves while they were still flat. Super speedy!

I paired my To The Point Slim fitting top with a pair of random pink pants I dyed like 2 years ago and haven’t moved from my closet since. I think they look great with my top and so springy.

Sequoia DBP Promo To the point EAM 4x (5)

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To The Point tunic is available here. It has been on sale for 40% off this month, but as luck would have it, this pattern is on FLASH sale! I thought for only Thusday, but it is still marked down! Hurry and get it! No code needed. $3.00 🙂

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