Hayley

Another lovely skirt pattern from Rebecca Page. This one features a hi lo hem line in the front, optional pocket, and a decorative sash. The skirt is made up of 5 fabric panels which give it some extra ooommph!

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I sewed my Hayley from a vintage sheet! I picked this one up at a thrift store some time ago. I actually really like using old sheets for full skirts because they have already been washed to softness, come in great prints and patterns that you aren’t likely to see someone else wearing and they tend be to cheap! This sheet has a tag in it labeled 100% muslin. Full skirts like this often take 4-5 yards of fabric in my size depending on how wide the fabric is even though I am short. That would make for 30-50 bucks worth of fabric. If I spend that on fabric, it better be on something super special that I plan to wear for a long time. Like a coat or boots or bras.

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These sheets can be picked up for usually less than 5 bucks each at yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores. My aunt recently replenished my sheet stash when she cleaned out her closet! There are some fantastic prints in there and I can’t wait to show you!

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Since not all height requirements are created the same, Rebecca Page doesn’t include a line marked on the pattern for this. Thankfully, there are full details for height adjusting in every Rebecca Page pattern. This one suggests splitting your pattern and the ¼ mark from the top then overlapping and redrawing the line to go shorter. J This worked well for me as I had to remove a few inches. Be sure to do this to all of the panel pieces in the pattern.

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I used my serger to sew nearly my entire skirt. The serger makes it difficult to turn the corners for the pockets so I did return to my sewing machine for this. I also top stitched with my sewing machine. Even though the serger provides a neat and clean finish, I really to miss the French Seams from my Arabella. I think, in the future, I will stick to that technique.

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Rebecca Page patterns are always sized to Women’s 5x which makes them inclusive to many sewists. Hayley includes a sash and pockets but they are both optional. Adding them is easy with the well written directions, but without them this sews up quickly. After cutting my fabric, I spent about 3-4 hours completing my skirt.

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Women’s Pattern Link

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If you are loving all the Rebecca Page Skirts, How about a bundle?

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Here are 3 of the 5 included patterns!

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Discoverer Tee – Rediscovered

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Women’s Discoverer Tee has gotten an update and a few new options. Ellie and Mac has been working through updating some of her older patterns to expand their size range, the format, improve fit and typically adds an option or two. If you haven’t sewn this top, give it a go! I love that it can be easily color blocked and that I was able to use scraps to assemble my top! Ellie and Mac currently has a sale on all patterns. Buy one, Get one FREE!
I sewed the 4x graded to a 5x at the waist. I added 2.5 inches to length and added 2.5 inches to the bicep as this pattern is very slim fitting. I chose to sew the long sleeve option with the newly added sleeve cuff.  This pattern now comes with 3 sleeve lengths an included sleeve bands. There is also an included waistband option. Discoverer Tee now comes in sizes up to 5x.
My fabric for this top is left overs from a few other sews, but it is all from Stitchin’ Pretties. Both fabrics are double brushed poly. I love the softness and the comfort level of this type of knit. Stitchin’ Pretties currently has a big sale happening and you probably shouldn’t miss it. Here is the link. Stitchin’ Pretties.
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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. 

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

You can pick up your own Bristol print fabric here/ It is currently on sale for 15% off, but only until Monday! Hurry up!

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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Delicious Dress

The Delicious Dress is kinda Delicious actually. This is the first dress released from Red Apple Sewing and is the follow up to the Apple Core Tee. This is a custom Made to Measurements Pattern!

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So what makes this dress special? It is drafted to your exact measurements.

Do you typically make a full bust adjustment? Not with this pattern! Do you need a bicep adjustment? Not with this pattern! Are you shorter or taller? This pattern will be made to your exact numbers. I save precious time since it is drafted just for me!

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So let’s talk about the pattern. Bust darts have been places to cinch in your curves just enough. I whine about sewing darts on any pattern, but honestly they go in quickly and easily and there are only 2 so it doesn’t take long at all. It is worth it in the end when they perfectly hug my curves. The back bodice and A line skirt features a seam down the back for additional contouring. You can choose to sew without the seam if you like.

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This fabric is Double Brushed Poly that I think I got from Sew Blessed Fabrics. Last year I got this exact print and made another garment. I loved it so much, I needed more! I used about 2 yards for this dress.

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In the spirit of #Breakallthedamnrules I added a multi colored scarf. Have you played along with me? I am really having a lot of fun mixing up my closet to make some great stuff! I stole this scarf from Momma Mia’s. Accessories are a great way to add some color and interest to any outfit. Make sure you tag me on Facebook and Instagram so I can see your makes! #Sequoialynnsews and #Breakallthedamnrules. Did you see my current raffle? Here is the link to join!

So if you love this pattern, want a perfect custom fit, or need and easy to sew girlie dress- head over to Red Apple Sewing and pick it up while it is on sale for $5.00. This is half price folks!!

Here is the link

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Easy Tee

Happy Sunday!

Here I am again with amazing fabric, my new favorite tank top, and a Hot Air Balloon ride?!?!

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My second sew from my first order from Stitchin’ Pretties is this very patriotic FLORAL print. Red, White, and Blue Floral. Can you even believe it? I know you will love it as much as I do. It is called Beth. It is the super soft double brushed poly that I love. You can get your own here. You will love it trust me.

I think this is perfect for wearing at July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Tuesdays and again on Fridays. I kinda love it! It also matches my capris perfectly!

I had originally planned a peplum tank top, but then the Easy Tee by 5 out of 4 patterns went on sale. I was sure I would make a Tee Dress, but then I saw the tank top. If you can’t tell by these pics, I am rocking a pretty intense sunburn and basically wanted nothing to touch my skin so tank tops to the rescue!

I love the wide straps on this one. If covers my bra strap with no chance of it showing. I hate bra straps showing in public! Honestly, I hate it! I chose the length with the curved hem. I also selected the scoop neck option. One of my favorite things about 5oo4 patterns is they  are always loaded with options.

Here is the options list for this pattern:

  • 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 thumb hole cuffs if you want them!

And then this happened…

Hot Air Balloon Ride 1
Up, Up, and Away!

This was almost as amazing as the fireworks display that followed!!

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So here is a recap…

Fabric:

Beth – amazing DBP from Stitchin’ Pretties.  Join their Facebook group to keep up with all sales and contests! Tell them I sent ya! There is a contest happening and I want to win!!!

Pattern:

Easy Tee from 5 out of 4 patterns. XXS-5X. More options that you will ever need. 🙂 Stay turned I plan to do a show and tell with some of the other options in the next few weeks!!!

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Going Swimming with 5oo4 patterns!

So I have never in my life thought I would sew my own swimsuit, but I did it! Momma Mia has a pool and it has been calling my name. Several weeks ago I bought a swim suit, two actually. I brought them home to try on and no surprise, but they didn’t even come close to fitting. Literally, inches of side boob showing while the bottom of the suit didn’t even touch my bottom. 🙂 So when  5oo4 put out a tester call for a swim pattern, I signed up! I made my first ever swim suit and I am showing it online. Eeekk! Last year I didn’t even wear shorts in public. I think I have officially gotten to the age where I just don’t  care anymore. This is me, accept it or not.

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So this swim top is the Rosanna top from 5oo4 patterns. I recently blogged about this version

5oo4 Rosanna Size 4XL FBA

For this swim version, I did make the built in bra. I am pretty busty and it didn’t provide the support I needed so I am also wearing a normal bra under my swim version. Yep, I swam in it too, I just like the girls to be contained. 😉

Options Include:

  • Regular Bodice and 1″ FBA Bodice pieces.
  • Peplum, Swim Dress, Short or Long Full Circle Skirt Lengths.
  • Peplum, Swim Dress, Short or Long Half Circle Skirt Lengths.
  • Finish arms and neckline with binding, bands or elastic.
  • Thin or thick back strap and basic instructions that you can use for infinite creative backs.
  • 2 Neckline Options: High or Low Scoop

I chose to make the high scoop neck, short swim dress with an attached half circle skirt. I also used the INCLUDED full bust adjustments pieces. I finished my edges with binding. I didn’t add any straps to the scoop back, but after a test swim, I think I will add them for a little more support. So since Rosanna is only the top, I needed swim bottoms. I would also like to the lengthen the skirt a few more inches in my next version.

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Pool Time

Lucky for me, I had recently won a free pattern from 5oo4.com. I had chosen the Tidal Waves Swim Shorts. I thought these shorts would be great to wear under my skirts, but  they are the Tidal Waves SWIM SHORTS! I made these shorts in size 4x which is where I normally fall in their patterns. Now the 5004 Team took the time to write a nice little note in the pattern about adjusting the thighs for a perfect fit, but as usual I didn’t follow directions. Are the thighs too loose? YUP! Am I kicked myself? YUP! This is your reminder…READ THE PROVIDED INFORMATION! DO WHAT IT SAY!!!

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The Women’s Tidal Wave Swim Shorts include:

-4 rise heights (high, mid-rise, low, extra low/maternity)
-2 leg lengths (2.5″ and 4.5″ when hemmed)
-Legs can be hemmed or finished with a band
-Solid or color blocked option
-Optional drawstring

I decided for my first test run I would do the most basic version. I did the high-rise with the 4.5 inch length. I banded mine, but I *may* have serged my bands on the wrong side of my shorts. I was too lazy to unpick all that so I just flipped the bands covering the seam allowance and top stitched them down. Shh!! Don’t tell, but that is why you can’t really see my bands here! I also opted to go with the solid option and not do the color blocking for the sake of a test run. 

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Soaking up some sunshine!

If this would have been in the sand this picture would have been perfect! Oh, that and if  my eyes were open, that would have been perfect. Something else that is perfect…these patterns!!!

Something not so perfect…

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Dark clouds are rolling in.

Risking swimming in a storm for these pics. We swam for an hour or so and thankfully no storms. Ok, so are you ready for the pattern info? Here it is!

Rosanna Tank, Tankini, and Dress. Buy the pattern here.

Tidal Waves Swim Shorts. Buy the pattern here.

To shop all of 5oo4. Click here.

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Apple Cardigan and a sneak peek

This quick entry is just to let you know that The Apple Cardigan is on Sunshine Sale today only until midnight. This is my second one and I love it as much as the first one! I will show you both today to remind you how amazing it is!

Ladies size 0-30 with or without an included FBA. I made one with short and one with  long sleeves. These are both the shorter length version but you can make a knee length option.

This burnt orange floral fabric is Liverpool from Iamsewblessed.com. I wasn’t sure how Liverpool would work for a cardigan, but it feels nice and drapes neatly too! I am slowly falling in love with all things Liverpool.

Here is the link to the floral on black version in my past post.

The sale runs until Sunday at midnight EST. Click the link. Use the coupon code “sunshinesale” for ladies at $6 and girls at $5 or “sunshinesalebundle” for the bundle at $10.

Here are the links!!

Ladies 

Girls

Bundle

Remember the Sneak Peek Promise… The green striped brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics! Follow my blog so you don’t miss it!BSD Apple Sophia 24-28 13

 

 

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