Guest Blogging – How to make sashes and belts to match any outfit.

Hi Gang! Today

I am guest blogging over at Ellie and Mac. I wrote a easy tutorial for DIY sashes as belts. These can become the quickest and best matching accessories you can ad to your wardrobe.

Here is the link to my latest guest blog.

Hazel Top, Tunic, and Dress

BSD Hazel 24 FBA

Bella Sunshine Designs is back and this pattern is exceptional. I love it so much! I made two during testing and they are both perfect! I love when that happens. I made my dress version first because I wanted to wear it to a quilt show the next day. I didn’t quite make that dead line, but I finished that afternoon. I then immediately began a second one.

As always Bella Sunshine Designs is size inclusive. This means her sizes go up to a Women’s size 30 which is an upper bust and hip of 59.75 inches. This pattern comes in top, tunic, and knee length dress options to fit all of your needs. There are also multiple sleeve lengths available.

Typically, with most patterns I require a bicep adjustment, but not this pattern. This is a very roomy Dolman, even after the drawstrings are added, I still have a great flutter effect. Bonus for me because now it is even quicker to make! Dolmans always sew up sew quickly since the sleeves are cut out with the bodice. Perfect for the last minutes sewist!

First up: The Dress.

I used this stunning floral print from Sly Fox Fabrics to make my Hazel dress. They have a 30% off sale happening right now! This fabric is a very lightweight Rayon Spandex. With my height adjustment, I was able to squeeze this out of a two yard cut of fabric. I did the lower cut neckline which is pretty, but I little wider than I love. Perhaps, if I used something a little sturdier for the band it would have pulled in a bit. I used the matching fabric for the drawstrings. These I sewed narrow tubes, and turned them with a tube turner to make them easy. A bodkin made threading the tubes through the channels easy as well.

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Next up: The Shirt.

I have been hoarding this stars and stripes, named Becky, print from Stitchin’ Pretties since early summer I believe. This is also a Rayon Spandex, but a heavier one than the floral print. I would compare the weight and feel to a jersey. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to make with it, until now! I know this would be perfect for a Hazel tunic. I planned to pair this tunic with dark washed jeans for a neater look.

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You can pick up a copy of Hazel here Bella Sunshine Designs.

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Also today only is the $5 Sunday Sale on the Emmaline Dress from Bella Sunshine! Here is my orginal blog post review for the Emmaline Dress.

Here is the Aff. Link for you to pick it up while on super sale!

Before I wrap this up, let me guide you over to the House of Curves. We now have a blog that is up and running. Myself and Becky, another curvy sewist, did a review for the BSD Hazel pattern and for some extra fun, We are giving away a copy of the pattern. So go check it out here!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Link Up, Guest Blogging, and a Sale

I have a lot to cram into this post! So consider this your warning.

Quiltville Link Up

Good Fortune is the latest mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter and today begins the last link up! Momma Mia has finished her Good Fortune quilt top and has finally decided on a blue print for the backing. It will be sent to the long arm quilter soon. My quilt is still in 3,417,037 pieces, but they are beginning to get sewn into actual blocks. I am sew proud of Momma Mia for her hard work on her quilt top! I love this pattern!

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Here is the link back to the Quiltville blog so you can see what else is happening in Bonnie’s world.

Guest Blogging

I was recently the guest blogger over at Ellie and Mac and I have shared another upcycle. This time I used lace curtains to make a top! I have also written a tutorial on dying fabric in your washing machine. Stop by the blog and let me know what you think. Here is the link. My_Post_2_large

New Release Pattern Sale

Red Apple Sewing has a new website which is much easier to navigate and now has some adorable graphics! This week the Apple Cider top is featured! Use code NEWRELEASE to get the discount.  It is a high lo tunic designed to use with your favorite knits. Don’t forget these are custom drafted patterns and will fit your exact measurements. Here is the link.

 

What are you working on today? It is cold and raining in Ohio this morning and I wish I could stay in and sew, but work will always call. 🙂

I have a few 5outof4 sharings coming up and a tutorial on sewing button holes as well. 🙂 Stay tuned!!

Dashing Dress

I sewed this up a few months ago, then took a brief hiatus from blogville. I am back and feeling rejuvenated! This is the Dashing Dress from Ellie and Mac and it updated when I was taking pics! It has now expanded into the 5x size range which is wonderful! I sewed the 4x bust graded to a 5x waist. I did a full bicep adjustment as well. You can view my recent blog post at Ellie and Mac blog to see a Step by Step tutorial of how to do this or watch my video here.

 

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I am wearing the square collar, knee length dress with long sleeves. This is the circle skirt option, not the gathered option. The next time I make this dress, I will raise my waistline up a bit so that it hits at a more flattering spot. I am only 5’1 so this would be a typical height adjustment to make. Ellie and Mac drafts for 5’5′, I believe. This dress has a major twirl factor if you are a twirling kind of gal!

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This pattern features:

**Fitted Bodice ** Two Collar Styles ** Two Sleeve Options Sleeveless Option ** Circle Skirt or Gathered Skirt Options ** Tunic, Mid-Thigh, or Knee Length Options**

EAM Dashing Dress

I picked this print up at Sly Fox Fabrics and I love the wild funky color and print combo. This print is called Charisma and it is Rayon Spandex. This print is no longer listed, but they have a ton of other amazing prints! I love that they ship within 24 hours! Not too many companies have that short of a turn around time. Also flat rate shipping!!! $6.99 for any order in the US!!

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You can pick up your copy of the Dashing Dress via my link here. Don’t forget it comes in sizes XXS-5X!

 

Also did you sign up for the House of Curves #Breakallthedamnrules raffle??? Click here the scroll to the bottom of my post to join!! There is a $25.00 shop credit to Ellie and Mac on the line!

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Stay tuned right here, I am about to hack this dress and mix it up with another print!!! SAY WHAT?

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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

Guest Blogging and Pattern Hacking

Tonight, I am being featured on the Ellie and Mac Sewing Blog. I hacked the Be Greater Dress into a super awesome cardigan! Here is the before….

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and this is my hack finish…

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Here is the link to the blog post so you can check it out! Show me some love while you are there!

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