Nancy Raglan – Again!

This is one of Momma Mia’s favorite patterns. This pattern is the Nancy Raglan and it has loads of options! She has several already, I have a couple and now I am adding two more to her closet.

Today I am sharing a dress and another tunic with you. She is super excited about these as she “needed” some more pretty things in the closet.

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (9)

Let’s start with the dress. I used double brushed poly for this one and these colors are so her. She wanted longer sleeves and a longer length. She frequently tells me how often she wears her dresses and I am 100% certain she is dropping hints for more. I am just glad she likes them. I ordered this fabric from fabric.com before Mother’s Day. I am not sure where the brown is from, it was just in my stash and a perfect match.

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (10)

I sewed up a 1x graded to a 2x and then back to a 1x. I used 3/4 sleeves and the crew neck option. I think she is going to get a ton of wear out of this dress!

Because she is a little spoiled, I also made her a new tunic. This time I made the split side hem, long sleeves, and a crew neck. She needs to be covered up from the sun so this one is perfect for that!

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This fabric is cotton lycra from Stitchin’ Pretties.  The reason I love CL is that it doesn’t make me feel hot. I wear it year round and it is just comfortable. I love it.

You can totally find this print in the clearance tab! CL for $5.99 a yard is a steal, just saying! 

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (8)

Hope you have enjoyed my most recent 5oo4 Nancy Raglans!This tops really are quick to make, perfect for using up scraps and mixing prints!

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Love Notions – Ravinia Skirt Updated

Hi Friends! Can you believe I have managed three blog posts this week? Seems excessive after being MIA for a bit, huh? The truth is, I have been making some super cool things! This skirt is no exception. I sewed it up a few weeks ago and finally it has rereleased and it is the Feature Friday pattern which means it is ONLY $5!! Yep, $7 bucks work of savings on this deal! Today only though, don’t waste time.

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This is the Ravinia from Love Notions and it was just updated in their new, more inclusive sizing. The size chart now includes a 59.5 inch hip measurement. I made a 5x waist band, added an encased elastic in the contour waistband, and graded down to a 4x hip. I then height adjusted for my 5’1 self. Then I sewed up the Maxi length and added an extra band of color at the bottom. I did this because my fabric was JUST short of the needed length and it is really easy. If you need details, just let me know in the comments and I would be happy to make you a step by step tutorial of it.

Rivinia Skirt 5x maxi with pockets (2)

This pattern is rated for confident beginners.

  • 3 lengths: maxi, calf & knee
  • Gathered pockets
  • 3 waistband options: yoga, contoured & maternity
  • Print at home
  • Large format file for copy shop printing
  • No-trim pages + layers

Do you know what my favorite part of this pattern is? These pockets? How amazing are they especially when assembled with contrasting fabric! I adore them! They really take this basic skirt to the next level! I love the binding on the pocket edge and am strongly thinking about how fab it would be in a striped fabric.

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My beautiful fabric is double brushed poly and is from Stitchin’ Pretties, but sadly this colorway was such a hot seller, it is already gone. Zoe, is the same print in a darker colorway and is gorgeous as well!  There are tons of great options at Stitchin’ Pretties, and you can still take advantage of the buy 2 continuous yards, get a bonus cut free” deal.

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Here is the Ravinia updated pattern for only $5 today only!

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Bella Sunshine Designs – Hazel with a Hack

Remember when the Hazel first went live and I made 2 of them? I love them both and wear them frequently. If you don’t remember them, just click the link above. I sewed up my most recent version for vacation last month, and am finally getting it blogged.

So here is my THIRD Hazel! I made it in tunic length again and added a color blocked section for the back shoulder area. I would love to say that I did this because I planned it, but the reality is, I didn’t have quite enough fabric to cut the front and back bodices in my desired length. I actually really love how the solid panel breaks up all the plaid.  I used my solid fabric scraps to make my sleeve drawstrings and to make the neckband.

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This awesome plaid is called Tara and it is more of a watermelon color than a true red and I absolutely love it!! Tara is a double brushed poly which is a lovely weight and perfect for this pattern! I knew when I was picking patterns, I wanted a Dolman sleeve so that the plaid wouldn’t get too messy looking with added seams of a set in sleeve.

You can order this print by using this link. Don’t forget the sale! Buy 2 yards of any regular priced fabric and Laura will send a bonus yard of fabric your way!

Hazel Tunic (3)

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. Mine is a tunic, not height adjusted. As I have worn this several times now, I think I will take a few inches off the length. It will still be leggings friendly, but not as long. 🙂

Hazel Tunic (2)

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

Going Home Sweater for Momma Mia

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I haven’t been blogging much or even sewing. I have been mostly just hanging out, geocaching and keeping a low profile. I have made Momma Mia several clothing items though. She has requested some long sleeve shirts for summer as she needs to avoid the sun. No problem, I can do that. Before I even began sewing, I wanted to look at the best fabric for the job. I ordered her a few cotton lycra fabrics and this beautiful CVC Jersey fabric. CVC is an antimicrobial fabric. This means the fabric offers protection against bacteria, mold, mildew, and other yucky microbes. This fabric is a cotton poly blend, but it is cool like cotton. This fabric/color is called Suzanne.

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I decided to make Momma a Going Home Sweater from Ellie and Mac. A super quick raglan sleeve pattern. It comes with these options.

Three sleeve options

Cowl or neckband option

Shirt, tunic or dress length options

I made her the tunic length, neckband option, and long sleeves. I used thumb hole cuffs from another pattern to create this top.

Momma Mia Going Home sweater (1)

If you like this pattern it is available in sizes through 4x plus is it ON SALE 50% off!!

Here is the link.

While you are at it, go check out this fabric and so many other great ones. Stitchin’ Pretties still has their “Buy 2 continuous yards of fabric, get a bonus yard of something else free.” Momma Mia likes this fabric because it is lightweight and not too hot. We have already ordered the other two colors that were in stock.

Momma Mia Going Home sweater (4)

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Love Notions – Summer Basics Maxi Dress

LN Summer Basic Maxi (2) - CopyThe Summer Basic tank and dress pattern has just released in sizing inclusive through 5x. This pattern includes a tank top and 2 dress length dress options PLUS a shelf bra and a FBA option. I have written several times about my love of quick sewing garments with opportunities for hacking them to create different looks. I can already picture several options for new looks/styles and can’t wait to give them a try. Don’t worry, you will be the first to know.

LN Summer Basic Maxi (5) - Copy

From start to finish this dress was only took about 2 hours of work. I sewed it up as soon as I returned home from vacation. I quickly wished I would have had a suitcase stuffed full of the Summer Basics! This one would be perfect for site seeing, long hours of car riding, a wedding, and lounging at the hotel.

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I decided to make the maxi length in this awesome DBP from Stitchin’ Pretties. I would love to encourage you to go buy it for yourself, but I have been hoarding it for at least a year because I knew I wanted a summer dress from this bright, fun print! This color combo is one of my faves!

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I made a 4x FBA graded to a 5x at the belly. I extended the length of the bodice by 1 inch. I cut and assembled the bodice and tested the fit/length before adding the skirt. I was a wee bit worried that my empire waist was going to ride a bit too high, but the weight of the dress pulled it into the perfect place! I actually really LOVE this pattern! I love that it is maxi length, but didn’t take miles of fabric because it isn’t overly full. I can 100% see myself making several as they are easy to make, fun to wear, and uber comfy! Throw on a cardigan and it has you covered for fall and winter!

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This pattern is currently on sale for $9.00 (reg. $12.00) and you can pick up the pattern here using my afflink.

 

Me Made May Days 8, 9, 10 – Vivace Dress for Momma Mia, transplanting succulents, and wonky quilt blocks

Weekend Catch up Party!

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Remember a few weeks ago when I shared my version of Vivace? I also shared that Momma Mia wanted one. I even shared pictures of her dress on a mannequin due to Covid Isolating. Good News! I have seen Momma Mia and few times and snapped pics of  her wearing Vivace! So here we go with some modeled pics! Much better than a mannequin!

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  • XS-5X
  • Knit and woven versions
  • Full Bust pattern pieces if needed
  • Dolman style sleeve
  • Three lengths- shirt, tunic & dress
  • Trimless pattern format
  • Layers
  • Print at home
  • In addition to the print-at-home
  • file is a large format file for copy shop printing is included for both standard and full busts. These files will print on six A0 (33″ x 46″) size sheets. Be sure to instruct your printer to print actual size in black and white on their cheapest paper. We recommend PDFPlotting for printing the large format files.
  • A projector file is also included for those using projector technology

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I used my left over fabric from my hacked Calypso. It was still laying on my cutting table and it matched the white and gold stripes I used for my Vivace. Win-Win! Two scraps off my table! You can pick up the Hailey DBP I used from Stitchin’ Pretties with this link!

Me Made May 9

A non sewing project… I upcycled some spice tins into succulent holders. Just use a drill and bit to punch holes in the bottom for drainage and add succulent/ cacti potting soil and plant way.

PS: Don’t judge me because I go through a lot of pepper 🙂

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Me Made May Day 10

More wonky blocks just starting out!

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Me Made May – Day 7

Hey Gang! welcome back to another Friday Installment of

HACKING THE EAM CURVED HEM TANK!

Same pattern as last week, new hack this week!

Today I am guest blogging over at Ellie and Mac so come visit me!

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Love Notions – Forte View D Dress

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Morning Friends! Welcome Back! I hope you have all taken a few minutes to enter my raffle at the end of my posts the last few days! You can enter all month long.

Forte Dress View D (2)

Today I am sharing my latest dress with you. I know a few weeks ago I sewed up The Forte top from Love Notions, well today I made the dress, the one with the inverted Vneck. This one has been on my list for about two months. I had a chat with another sewist about their concern about the seam line which connects to the skirt on the bust instead of below it. I confirmed with the designer at the time that is in fact suppose to be midbust. So here I, giving it a shot.

Forte Dress View D (5)

I had this large piece of fabric that I had already cut a dress from for Momma Mia. She wears it often and I adore the fabric so I wanted to make myself something pretty. I was lucky enough to have enough for the Dress View D.  My fabric is double brushed poly from Stitchin’ Pretties. Don’t forget Laura is still throwing in a coordinating yard of fabric for each continuous 2 yard cut you order.  Sadly, this print sold out awhile ago, but there are tons of other options on the site.

Forte Dress View D (3)

So back to my dress, Love Notions is rapidly moving to the top of my most sewn patterns list. I love that they are working on expanding their pattern to the inclusive through 5x size chart and they always include a full bust adjustment pattern piece. I sewed up View D of the Forte Dress, it featured a gathered inverted V front neckline. This dress is surprisingly easy to make and after cutting, sewed up in about an hour. I love that! I like quick sewing projects that look like I spent a lot of time one them.

Forte Dress View D (4)

I elected to go with the sleeve length between short and 3/4 because that is exactly how much fabric I had left after cutting the dress. I am all about using the small pieces and getting them out of my stash. I have way too much fabric to begin with and don’t need a mountain of small bits.

Forte Dress View D (5)

So after making the dress and giving it a wear, I kinda love it. It looks nice, the seam placement across the bust isn’t weird and it is comfortable. All of these things add up to a win! You know what else is a win? This pattern along with all of the Love Notions website is currently 40% off for Mother’s Day! This is the largest sale of the year for Love Notions, so take advantage of it!

Even though this is clearly a post about the Forte Dress, I want to remind you of how fab the Forte Top is too!

The Forte Top/Dress Pattern

Love Notions Website 

Stitchin’ Pretties

 

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This pattern is rated for confident beginners. I love that the Love Notions team is great at explaining the options and how to sew your best garment! Here is all that is included with just this one pattern!!

  • Four top views:
    • A- gathered skirt peplum style with scoop neck
    • B- waterfall skirt with v-neck
    • C- classic tee with scoop neck
    • D- gathered inverted with v-neck
  • Two dress views: B & D
  • Six sleeve options to mix and match:
    • short with flounce
    • bell
    • gathered
    • plain short
    • plain mid-length
    • plain long
  • A full bust piece is also included for ladies with a 4-6″ high bust to full bust difference– no need to do a FBA! The Forte is fitted at the bust with plenty of ease in the waist and hips.

Camilla – My Dear Friend

Last week, 5 out of 4 hosted a Sew Along on their website/Facebook group/Youtube Channel for the Camilla Top. I usually don’t get super amped up about Sew Alongs because I don’t like to drag a project out for days. However, if I love the project as much as I love Camilla…Game On!

Camilla 5x top (4)

I have made several Camilla tops and you can view them by clicking the link. Camilla is a fairly quick sew especially when you have made it  few times! Give it a try!!

Let’s talk about fabric. I want to start by saying I am 100% in love with the feel of this fabric! Hello cool drapy goodness…I need you in my life! This fabric is Cameron ITY and it is from Stitchin’ Pretties. I love ITY. This one was easy to sew, cool to the touch, and has the best drape EVER! The Camilla top really needs a fabric with amazing drape to make the best of the front cowl neckline.

Camilla 5x top (1)

I just ordered another ITY print from Stitchin’ Pretties. Don’t forget that during this whole Covid Crisis, Stitchin’ Pretties is offering to throw in an extra 1 yard of fabric for each 2 yard cut you order! Psst… for the record, a medium box will hold 12 yards…. that may or may not  be just what I ordered. I should have my fabric in hand by Saturday! Laura is a shipping ninja! #SupportSmallBusiness

Camilla 5x top (3)

The Camilla pattern

OPTIONS INCLUDE:

  • 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

This time I decided to do a straight 5x to have a little more room through the bust area. Since this is an older 5oo4 pattern, it doesn’t include the FBA which is now included with their patterns. I also graded out to the A-line dress lines, but cut it at a tunic length. This allowed me to have a little more room overall. My sleeves are elbow length.

Camilla 5x top (2)Are you ready to start shopping now?

Here is the Cameron Fabric.  Don’t forget, order 2 yards, Laura will throw in a bonus yard of her choice!

Here is the Camilla Pattern.

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Sydney Peplum and how to piece a lining

Welcome to the 5 dollar weekend deal at 5 out of 4!! Today is Easter Sunday and we are still in quarantine due to Covid 19. Please stay in, maybe video chat with friends and family, hug your pets, wash your hands…and go buy this pattern!!

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I have shared the Sydney, one other time, and it was for Momma Mia. This time, I needed a new spring shirt and thought the Sydney would be a great choice. I knew I was making a top length, but you can choose from 5 other skirts!!

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I also knew I only had 2 yards of this lovely fabric from Stitchin’ Pretties. This print is called Jade and it is Double Brushed Poly. INSIDER TIP: This fabric is only $4.50 a yard in the clearance section!! Don’t wait, you need it now! I really do think this fabric is so pretty and the huge floral print is A-MAZ-ING! This print would be so lovely in a maxi dress! I would I had more yardage for sure!

Sydney 4x FBA (2)

So speaking of not enough fabric for a maxi, I also didn’t really have enough for for a peplum. I am a thrifty gal, so let’s hope for the best!

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As the pattern says, 2 yards is not enough…. unless you get creative! So here we go. Let’s piecing the lining fabric.

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Now you have a piece large enough to cut the back bodice. 🙂 Since it is the lining, no one will even know. 🙂 SO the reason for having a lining is so that you have a clean neckline without a band. Notice in the next photo. 🙂

5oo4 Sydney

So here is all the pattern info 🙂

The Women’s Sydney Peplum and Dress PDF sewing pattern includes the following:

  • Regular and Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) pattern pieces are both included
  • Lift Up nursing option included
  • Multiple neckline options!
    • The front neckline can be Jewel, Scoop, or V-neck.
    • The back neckline can be High, Low scoop, or V-neck.
  • Fully Lined Bodice
  • Short, Elbow, Three-quarter, and Long sleeves
  • Multiple Skirt Options!
    • Half Circle – Peplum, Knee, Tea, and Maxi Lengths
    • Full Circle – Peplum and Knee Lengths
  • Sizes XXS-5XL
  • See the last image for yardage and notions required.  This pattern requires clear elastic in the neckline.

So don’t forget the sales!

The Sydney Peplum and Dress is only $5.00, but the sale ends tonight!!!

The beautiful Jade fabric is only $4.50 until it is gone, so DO NOT WAIT!

 

 

 

Regular and Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) pattern pieces are both included

  • Lift Up nursing option included
  • Multiple neckline options!
    • The front neckline can be Jewel, Scoop, or V-neck.
    • The back neckline can be High, Low scoop, or V-neck.
  • Fully Lined Bodice
  • Short, Elbow, Three-quarter, and Long sleeves
  • Multiple Skirt Options!
    • Half Circle – Peplum, Knee, Tea, and Maxi Lengths
    • Full Circle – Peplum and Knee Lengths
  • Sizes XXS-5XL