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.

5004 Rosanna and Tidal Waves 4x 6

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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Leave me a comment and let me know which pattern you are picking up! I would love to see what you are making!


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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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Shark Bite

Another great knit pattern from Ellie and Mac is now released! Are you ready??

E&M Sharkbite 4-5x 1

The Shark Bite Top features a shark bite hem and 3 different sleeve length options. I sewed the short sleeved version, but you can choose a tank or 3/4 sleeve if you prefer.

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Ellie and Mac patterns feature a size range from XXS to 5X. For reference this is a 4X option. I didn’t adjust for my height when making this top. This one sewed up quickly as it is only 5 pieces. That is one of my favorite things about Ellie and Mac patterns. They all sew so quickly.

E&M Sharkbite 4-5x 4

Another great option this pattern features is color blocked side panels. I used the same fabric for my entire top because I loved the feel of the fabric. I picked it up from Ksews.com.

E&M Sharkbite 4-5x 5

So this newly released pattern is now on sale for $3.85. Get is fast before you miss it the deal!! Here is the link to the women’s sizes. Click HERE

BONUS

While you are over at Ellie and Mac take a look around because THE ENTIRE SHOP IS 50% OFF!!! I have sewed a lot of their patterns and have reviewed them here on my blog.


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Groove Dress

Groove Dress

I recently tested for my first European designer. Her size range on this dress just expanded to a UK size 28 which happens to be what I sewed up. I made a straight 28 bodice with an adjustment to accommodate my biceps and a few inches of extra length added to the short sleeves. I height adjusted as well as it is drafted for 5’6 and I am 5’1. I only took out a few inches. If you are unsure of doing a bicep adjustment you can check out my video hereMade It, Groove hi lo dress, size 28 11I love that this swing dress comes with tons of options! I made the hi-lo hem, but you could choose to make a straight hem. I teamed it up with capri leggings and sandals here because I am ready for spring to stick around.

This swing dress features 2 back darts which give it some shape to the otherwise swingy shape. The darts went in very easily and the entire dress sewed quickly. I used the scoop collar, but there are many other options. You can do round, scoop, slash, hooded or cowl neck options. I am thinking long sleeved, hooded, straight hem for fall. 🙂

Let’s talk fabric now. SLY. FOX. FABRICS…. ’nuff said right? OK, well too bad, I have more to say. This is a double brushed poly and it feels amazing. The print is called Obsession, which is pretty appropriate, if you ask me how I feel about it. The colorway is wine, but it also comes in black. Here is the link to the Obsession in Wine if you want a pretty color like mine. 🙂

This was the perfect day to spend some time taking pictures in the park. 🙂 This fun little mural has been added to the start of the Bike Train at North Lake Park.

Made It, Groove hi lo dress, size 28 14

So my feelings…

Super fast to sew, well drafted and easy even for the beginner sewist. Large size range from teen to UK 28. No trim pages, just tape and go. I like this is any pattern! I will certainly sew a few more of these in the other options. 🙂 If you need a great swing dress in your closet, I suggest giving The Groove Dress a try. Be sure to let me know what you think of it! That’s all for today!

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Momma gets a Jessie Dress

I have blogged about my own Jessie tops on two other occasions. You can read those  here and the here and it includes some hacking. This time I made a dress version. This dress is made from the same Sly Fox Fabric as the Pippa Pants I shared on Friday. See I told you, versatile and cool!

5 out of 4 Jessie XL 3 Momma liked this pattern when she saw my shirts so she requested that I make her one. I started with a different fabric and totally messed it up and then couldn’t locate any more of the fabric even though I was nearly certain I had 2 more yards. After I finished this one,  I found those 2 yards…of course. Her only request was that the length be below her knee. OK, I can handle that.

5 out of 4 Jessie XL 2
Criss Cross

 This one comes in Top, Tunic, Short and Long Dress lengths as well as 5 different sleeve lengths. Don’t forget I added 4 inches to the long dress length to get this length below the knee. It also incudes options for the back and they are High, Low Ballerina, Racerback Insert, and Strappy Back. The strappy back will allow you to make your own pattern as I did above. Also these thin little straps are super easy to make and turn if you use tube turners. I picked up a multisize pack years ago at Joann’s and have used them quite a bit. They are well worth the few bucks they cost.

The Women’s Jessie comes in sizes ranging from XXS-5X. This is an XL graded to a XXL.

The pattern can be purchased here.

5 out of 4 Jessie XL

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Sly Fox Fabrics and a New Jessie Tunic

When you are given the chance to sew anything with Sly Fox Fabric… you politely say thank you and grin…ear to ear…Cheshire cat style.  This was the fabric I was given. Spring Fling in Chambray and by luck I had the Dark Mauve Stripes in my stash. 🙂 Rayon Spandex and Double Brushed Poly.

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I spent several days deciding which pattern I was going to use. I finally settled on Jessie by 5 out of 4 Patterns. I knew I wanted to do something a little different with the straps.  So here is Jessie Version 4.0. When a pattern is this fun, you keep making them. I already blogged about my first two here.

 

This time I wanted a looser version that my previous shirts. I already knew that I loved the fit of the shoulders and bust area, but could easily add some flow by pivoting out the

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lower half of the pattern. Cutting the pattern this way would give me an extra 4 inches at the lower hem.  This would give me plenty of extra room. I added 2 inches on the fold when cutting the front and back bodice. See in the photo how the underarm point is at the fold of the fabric and then the slant begins. That’s how I gained the extra inches. So I cut all the required pieces for my tunic, but I knew instead of the straps I was going to make bo20180413_102325.jpgws. 🙂

 

I know I am not really a bow kinda girl but it will be fun!So for my bow I cut  a 20 inch x 5 inch piece of fabric. I used the  lines of the fabric and just free cut it. I then serged the long edges together with right sides facing and turned the long tube right side out. I then cut it in half. I pinned in my wide strips at the point, test fit and did a bit if adjusting where needed. Now just follow the patterns instructions for  basting and then sewing down the wide strips. I then cut 2 small strips of fabric 1 inch by 3 inches. Fold right sides together and  stitch along the 3 inch side. Turn your tubes and press flat. Use these pieces to gather your “bows.” Hand stitch closed and trim extra edges. Turn small strip inside out so the stitch doesn’20180414_071204.jpgt show when wore. This photo is the inside of shirt. You can now see my little bows!!! So are you ready for the big reveal???

 

 

 

 

 

 

This fabric sewed up beautifully. I used my serger for the basic construction and my regular sewing machine for all the basting and hemming. It is soft, lightweight, and a beautiful print and a lovely spring shade of blue. This fabric is a new release from Sly Fox Fabrics and currently available on their website. New customers get 25% off their first order and everyone can join the serger giveaway on the website!

Sewing Blog Intro

Starting anew. A new sewing blog. I use to blog about paper crafts and altered art, but now I sew. I sew quilts, clothes and occasionally curtains. I am slowly finding out I enjoy sewing for myself for than others, but then again I am selfish that way. 🙂 I have recently started testing sewing patterns before their release so this will give me a platform to include more details than most Facebook groups allow. I also cook and spend time in the woods so you may see bits of those. There are also dogs who occasionally, like always, visit my sewing studio. You will see them as well. So we will see how this goes.

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