Lucy – Perfect Scrap Buster

I have been looking for some projects that would be perfect for using up some of my large fabric scraps. Today I am using the Lucy pattern from 5oo4 patterns. I picked this pattern because I have an assortment of long semi narrow lengths of fabric which should work well for anything with princes seams. Next photo… the scrap pile! These scraps were left over from this dress hack. I added a solid burgundy 1 yard cut to the pile.

This lovely pattern features princess seams in top, tunic, and 2 dress lengths. I sewed the scoop neck version of the tunic. I didn’t adjust for height which worked out well since I couldn’t locate any comfy pants to wear with and actually match this tunic. I made the 4x FBA graded to the 5x pattern.

All the options included with the Lucy Pattern.

The Women’s Lucy Top and Dress includes:

  • Women’s sizes XXS – 5XL
  • Princess seams
  • Jewel or scoop neck options
  • Sleeveless, cap sleeve, short sleeve, elbow sleeve, three-quarter length sleeve, or long sleeves.
  • Top, Tunic, Mini Dress and Knee Dress length options
  • Optional Lace Up back

This pattern came together super easily. I used my serger for everything but the hemming which is always nice. You can always use a zig zag stitch in your regular machine though. My sewing machine is out of the shop and I am not sure it is completely fixed. Still fighting with it at times. Ugg

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Sydney Dress Surprise!

So the Sydney dress isn’t really a surprise, but this is the first time I have made one for myself!! Momma Mia has a dress or two from this pattern. There is also another one floating around my house – it is in pieces though, if I am truly honest with you. Anyhow, this time I was self sewing and I am thrilled that I did. Let’s just check out the end result.

Well, Hello There my friend!

So the first thing I want to say about this dress is that is it literally jam packed with options. I feel like 5oo4 is second to none in loading their patterns with options. I sewed the 4x FBA graded to the 5x with 3/4 sleeves. I did a 1.5 inch bicep adjustment. I used the knee length half circle skirt pattern shorted by 2 inches. I only removed length from the skirt and not the bodice. I find that even though I am shorter than the pattern is drafted for my side waist is the correct length. Apparently, I just have shorter than average legs. I should have shortened the dress a bit more for true knee length, but I am ok with this length. I, of course, added pockets to my skirt. When given a choice, always add the pockets. This pattern is drafted to have a lined bodice, but I get too hot for that so I used some pretty picot elastic to trim out my scoop neckline. Just measure your neckline opening, multiple that by 87% and that is your length to cut the elastic. I ordered said Picot from LaceandTrims on Etsy. I ordered 2 grab bags of pretty elastics. So many great colors and all were exceptional quality and usable lengths. My order even arrived 2 days before the tracking said it would so I was super thrilled. 5/5 stars – highly recommend.

Oh Picot, you look so pretty!

Speaking of options, here is the list from the website.

  • 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

I am completely in love with this print. I gushed about it when I did an unboxing video on my business Facebook page. This is a beautiful print on Double Brushed Poly. It reminds me of an apron smock that my granny wore washing dishes. I don’t know why since they aren’t the same, but it makes me think of that. Lindy is from Stitchin’ Pretties and not only is it a beautiful fabric, but the Buy 2 yards, Get One Free sale is still on! PS – Laura, I need this is more colorways!

I bought this denim jacket RTW at Target. I can’t believe it actually fits and even buttons!

In case you didn’t know, this dress along with everything on the 5oo4 website is Buy one, Get one free!!! I picked up a few patterns I needed in my collection. What will you be grabbing? The sale ends in 2 days!! Don’t wait any longer! Afflink below!

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The Sydney Pattern

The Lindy Fabric

The Picot Elastic

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Love Notions – Breckenridge Dress

Sometimes I immediately know I am going to L-O-V-E a pattern and I felt L-O-V-E as soon as I saw this one in the design phase. I have never been able to walk into a store and buy a shirt like this. Typically, this style doesn’t fit the way my body curves, so I can finally make my own!

When I was debating on my fabric choices, I knew that I wanted a dress length with long sleeves so I could layer it with quilted gray Oakley vest I had recently made. This fabric was delivered recently from Sly Fox Fabrics and I adored it as soon as I saw it on the website. I love the navy and aqua combo. I wanted to highlight the little pops of aqua by making the sleeves and band in that color. My stash filed me this time and I had to make a trip to Joann’s to grab this fabric, but I was happy they had it and matching buttons in store.

Website Deets-

The Breckenridge Henley is an easy to wear top, tunic or dress. Meant for knit fabrics, this style will take you through all seasons. The neckline is an unconventional henley style that is easy to sew. No buttonholes required! Three body lengths are included: shirt, tunic and dress. Sew up this versatile style with short sleeves, roll tabbed long sleeve, or cuffed long sleeve.

  • XS-5X
  • Meant for knit fabrics
  • Three lengths: shirt, tunic and dress
  • V-neck henley collar
  • 3 sleeve styles: short, long with cuff and long with rolled tab
  • Full bust option
  • Subtle curved hem
  • 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 5 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

This dress is so comfortable, just enough fit in the upper half and just enough flare at the hem. I love that is swishes when I walk, but doesn’t blow up in the wind. I finished my dress on Sunday and wore it to work on Monday! It is that good, folks!

As you can see the leaves are dropping here, the rain has been falling for two days and it is cold already. I snapped my pics between the very cold sprinkles. I added the Oakley for warmth and my favorite gray boots. I feel put together in this outfit. I love “layering” seasons!

This pattern includes a tunic and a top length and 3 different style of sleeves so it really will fit all of your needs. I have a tunic to share in a day or two with you. Breaking News – The Henley style neckline is a fake. 🙂 Yep, not a single button hole was made so it is super fast. Tami even shot an amazing video to show you have to achieve this look and it is so easy! You can absolutely do it! You need to do it!

If you want to take advantage of the new release sale here are my afflinks!

A quick word about afflinks- I make a small commission on each pattern sale that is from my links. It is a small thank you from the designer!

Breckenridge Top, Tunic, Dress on sale for $9.00

Oakley Vest 3 different vests included in one pattern.

Maggie Dress means Comfy Dress

When a real need for comfy dresses arose, I knew I needed to get sewing. I love being able to sew exactly what I want or need.  So today’s challenge is comfy clothing to lounge around basically being a bum in.  Maggie from Bella Sunshine Design is a perfect pattern for this. I have sewn about 8 Maggie’s in the last few years for either myself and my mom. Today I made no hacks to this pattern aside from my usual grading between sizes and a bicep adjustment. I sewed the 24 bust with the included full bust adjustment to the 28. I didn’t adjust this pattern for height as I wanted some extra length. 

Maggie Dress (1)

Options for the Maggie Pattern

  • 2 Sleeve Options: Short, 3/4 & Long
  • 3 Garment Lengths: Top, Tunic, & Dress
  • 3 Neckline Lengths for Different Looks
  • Sewing Level: Confident Beginner
  • Sizes: Ladies 0-30 with Optional Full Bust Adjustment
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Can we talk about this fabric? I love these fun little ice cream cones with sprinkles on the background! This is a double brushed poly base which I picked up at Zinck’s in Berlin, Ohio. I got it last year at the end of summer so I was saving it. Saving it until now!! I want to wear it all the dang time! Momma Mia ordered a bundle of cotton lycra a few weeks weeks ago and it included these pink and white stripes. They were perfectly fun to add to my ice cream cones.

This pattern is available at Bella Sunshine Designs. You can pick it up using my afflink below.

  • Ladies pattern. Sizes 0-30. Click here 
  • Bundle includes ladies and women’s pattern. Click here
  • Girls pattern. Sizes 6m – 12. Click here.

I found this blog post hanging out in my drafts folder. I began it back in September and my blog was being moved to a new format and I was having a difficult time learning it. Now it has gotten better so I wanted to share! 🙂

Love Notions – Rhapsody Updated

The Love Notions Rhapsody has just gotten updated to the current size chart and the option to be a dress is included with the pattern!! Let’s check it out!

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I don’t have a lot of success stories when it comes to woven patterns, but I am pretty impressed with this dress. I am happy to report all of me fits in it without any tight or loose areas. This is the bonus of clothing being made to fit a person’s body. I was able to customize the pattern to fit my body, grade between sizes and make the needed adjustments to fit properly. I sewed up the 4x bust with the included FBA and graded out to the 5x at the waist and thru the hip. There are 9 sleeve options included with this pattern, but I chose the flutter sleeve. Actually my fabric chose it, because I didn’t have enough to make the full flowy sleeves I wanted. I did a 1 inch bicep adjustment to keep the pattern fit as intended.

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I love the drafting of this pattern because all of the edges are either sewn as French seams, enclosed inside the yoke, or finished with the serger, so it looks nice and neat on the inside too. I hemmed my sleeves as usual and did a rolled hem around the bottom hem. Remember the video I made on how to make a rolled hem? Speaking of the hemline, after I finished my dress, the hem line was smoothed out slightly so it doesn’t have such a hi lo effect.  I actually really like the line of the hem, so I haven’t smoothed mine out.

4xfba-5x Rhapsody (3)

What I really love about this dress is the details like the gathering of the yoke at the shoulders and the pleat in the back. I created my own bias tape to finish the neck binding and the strings and I am very happy with the finished look.

4xfba-5x Rhapsody (2)

I used a lightweight mystery woven fabric for this one. I honestly don’t even know where it came from, but I strongly feel it was the Joann dot clearance section a year ago. It has the texture of a swiss dot fabric, but no idea what it is actually it other than light weight and comfy!

4xfba-5x Rhapsody (5)

Here is the entire run down from the website.

The Rhapsody is the perfect top & dress for your summer wardrobe. This blouse & dress is meant for lightweight and drapey wovens. It features nine sleeve options, a flattering curved hem, gathering at the yoke and french seams so the inside looks as nice as the outside! The v-neck line is bound with self-made bias tape and can include ties to give it a beachy feel.

  • XS-5X
  • Meant for apparel woven fabrics
  • Full Bust option
  • Blouse & Dress views
  • Nine sleeve options:
    • Sleeveless
    • Cap
    • Short
    • Flutter
    • 3/4 length with cuff
    • 3/4 length with flare
    • 3/4 length bishop
    • Trumpet
    • Full length bishop

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