#TFCMAYFLOWERS and a sale!

Long time, no sew! My sew-jo has been so low lately. However, I did go on a fun vacation and now I am back with a few new sewing projects on deck! First off, This Dress! I feel like I write this line a lot * This wasn’t what I had planned when I was working on this pattern, but I really love how it turned out* but here we are. 🙂 Keep reading, we are going to talk about it.

The Pattern Details

This is Melanie from 5 out of 4. Melanie isn’t a new pattern, but it is less than a year old and deserves some love. I didn’t even have the pleasure of testing it because I was recovering from knee surgery and sewing was pretty limited. Since I am catching up on all the things the cool kids do, I tackled Melanie!

The pattern has several options

Sizing XXS-5XL * Crew or Scoop Necklines * Sleeveless, Short, 3/4, or long sleeved * Top, Knee, or Tea Length * Side Ruching * Designed for Knits

What I Made

I made size 3x with the included FBA and graded to a 4x from the waist down. I did the scoop neck with short sleeves. Here is the part about things not turning out as intended. 🙂 I removed a couple of inches length from the knee length option because I thought I would wear this as a tunic length top over leggings, but ended up loving it as a shorter dress!  Since the side ruching is just drawstring style ties, I can easily shorten the dress to a different length by pulling the drawstrings tighter on the sides. I just used a coordinating fabric scrap to make my ties. You all know how I love to mix prints. In the situation, I didn’t have any scraps from my dress fabric that were long enough to make the ties, so polka dots scraps for the win! I also made the back opening slightly shorter since I didn’t want to have a visible bra band. I wish I would have brought it up an additional .75 inches. That is a tricky measurement on yourself. 🙂 So this is a note for me, the next time I make this dress and I promise, there will be another one!

Back slit. I don’t own cute bras I would want to display. 🙂

My Fabric Choice

This lovely poly rayon spandex fabric is from The Fab Clique and as soon as I opened my mystery package I was thrilled! This print is called Penelope’s Garden. These are my colors! While I do love girlie prints, I don’t like froo froo colors! This print is lovely and I adore the colorway. I don’t order many mystery packs of fabric, but this is my second one from TFC and they have both been exceptional.  This was a two yard cut and I was able to Jenga the pattern a bit to make it work. Thank goodness for back seams! My leftover scraps were too small to even bother saving and trust me, I don’t throw away usable fabrics!  I am so glad I was able to make this dress work with the fabric I had!

Notice my cute little polka dot side ties!

#TFCMAYFLOWERS

Remember the hashtag I mentioned? #TFCMAYFLOWERS ?? Want to join the fun? All you need to do is 1. Use fabric from The Fab Clique. 2. Make something lovely related to flowers- (floral print, pattern named after a flower, umm photo staged in a flower garden -ok, I made this one up, but TFC is pretty open to interpretations so it may work, ETC. ) 3. Share your make on all your socials using the #TFCMAYFLOWERS. I can’t wait to see what you come up it!

I do love when I can wear normal shoes with my dresses!

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Penelope’s Garden – Gorgeous Rayon Spandex blend knit fabric from The Fab Clique

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.

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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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OK Time to Shop!

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

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Agility Tank and Dress

Did you know that one of 5 out of 4’s most popular patterns is the Agility Tank? Did you know the Agility tank just expanded its size range? Yep, now it comes in sizes up to 5x which matches the size range of newer 5 out of 4 designs.

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For testing, I made my first ever sports bra. I have only purchased one sports bra in my entire adult life and that was because I needed a racer back to wear with a shirt on my blog. I hated it BTW. I don’t like sports bras for general everyday wear because I require a lot of support in the bust area. I ordered some mesh to sew into my bra, but as it turns out all mesh is not created equal. The mesh I received was more of a mesh overlay compared to a supportive mesh even though it was labeled power mesh. If you order mesh for sports bra use, please make sure it is the sturdy stuff.

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So let’s talk about my tank dress with built in bra. I used a heavier cotton lycra for the bra portion and added the clear elastic through the straps and neckband as the pattern recommended. This did help somewhat with support, but again a strong power mesh would have helped more. I also did a little height adjusting. I removed 1 inch from the back racer before attaching the back T to the back bra strap. I also removed 1 inch from the front straps to help hold things up and in. My overlay dress fabric it a rayon spandex, I believe. I picked this up on a garage sale table at my quilt guild meeting last month, but I know it is from Joann’s because I have used it before! I loved it then and now. It is super soft, like the softest fabric ever and the colors are so vibrant! Loving that my cone flowers and phlox are blooming!

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I made the 4x graded to a 5x as usual with 5 out of 4 patterns. I chose to make the Racer T back style but you could make the strappy option if you prefer. I also choose to make a dress, but you could do just a bra option or a top length. I removed 2 inches from the skirt to adjust for my height. It is still a little longer than the designer intended as it should hit mid knee. I just did a regular hem, but you could choose bands or drawstrings. So many options. I always say that is why I love 5 out of 4.

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So here are all the options…

THE WOMEN’S AGILITY TANK INCLUDES:

  • T-back sports bra
  • Strappy back sports bra
  • T-back or strappy back overlay tank with a drawstring or banded hem
  • T-back or strappy back tankini overlay (lower cut sides, so skin shows beneath bra)
  • T-back or strappy back overlay dress
  • Every option can be made with nursing access!
  • Maternity pattern pieces

While putting together this tank, I made a video for my readers. This time I am showing you how to use the Stitch in the Ditch foot to neatly hide top stitching lines. Since I am doing this on a sports bra, there isn’t a lot of room to do top stitching so I decided I wanted to hide my stitches. I used a straight stitch slightly lengthen to do this. Here is the embedded clip.

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Agility size 4X

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Michelle- Basic Tee and Tunic

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Back to the Basics with 5oo4. Did you check out the basic tanks a few weeks ago? They are pretty great and here is the second release in the basic top set. This is the Michelle. Michelle can be a top or a tunic length depending on which you prefer. It is has 4 different sleeve length options.
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Some people may be wondering why 5oo4 is creating the basics line when they have so many amazingly detailed and jam packed with option patterns. The reasons are actually pretty great! The basic line is being designed for two reason. First – They are simple and easy to follow patterns designed with the beginner in mind. They include written directions, pictures, and also videos to help you have the best chance at perfect assembly.
Second- Everyone needs basics. Basic tees and tanks are perfect to layer under sweaters and cardigans. Basics are made so quickly you can make them in every color just in case. 🙂 When you are new to sewing, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the options that are included in some pattern. Sometimes, less really is more. Also I love when a pattern is the perfect frame for pattern hacking. You already know the fit will be good, you can use it to put your spin on it.
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The Michelle includes these options.
  • Regular front bodice OR FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) front bodice
  • Three sleeve lengths: short, 3/4 or long.
  • Two hem lengths: top or tunic
  • Sizes XXS – 5XL

I sewed up the 4x FBA graded to a 5x, tunic length with 3/4 sleeves. I picked this fabric up about 2 years ago at a thrift store, but the selvage edge says it is from Joanns. 

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Easy Tee #6

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I am backkkk! Here is my third use of the Easy Tee pattern in the last week! Can you believe it is also my 6th use of the pattern and I haven’t repeated the same finished garment twice? That is why I LOVE 5oo4 patterns. Everything they draft has tons of options! Believe it or not, there are still some options I haven’t even made yet! This is an older pattern from 5oo4 so it doesn’t include the full bust adjustment which their newer ones include.

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So for today’s share:

This one is another dress. This is the shorter length option of the dress lengths included with this pattern. I am only 5’1, but this one is a bit short even though it is drafted for a height of 5’6 I believe. I don’t really wear short anything, skirts, dresses, shorts, tops…I like to keep all my parts covered. I didn’t height adjust at all. I always feel like  clothing ends up shorter on my plus size body. I know this is a personal preference and some people have different comfort levels then others. Perhaps if I had done a FBA on this pattern it would have been a wee bit longer in the front.

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For my fabric this time, I used another Double Brushed Poly. I told you, I love it! This print is called Portland and I picked it up recently at Amelia Lane Designs. I actually ordered an entire shipment of purple prints. Apparently, I think purple is taking a starring role in my closet this summer. I think I am 100% ok with that! I do love purple.

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I actually made this short dress for use in my summer business casual capsule. The idea of a capsule is to create a few basic pieces of clothing that you are able to mix and match and get more bang for your wardrobe buck so to speak. I have now made 4 items for my capsule.  Typically I don’t create items with a capsule collection in mind but Amelia Lane has gotten sponsors for some very cool prizes over the next few weeks. If you haven’t joined them on Facebook, you probably should.

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The Easy Tee comes packed with options and here is the run down.

  • 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 thumbhole cuffs if you want them! 

    And here are your links

    To the Pattern: Women’s Easy Tee

    To the fabric: Portland from Amelia Lane Designs

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HOC Virginia Tank

So this is my second show and share from Sly Fox Fabrics week! I purposely ordered 2 different 1 yard cuts with the plan to make some great tank tops! I love wearing tank tops around the house, under shirts when it is freezing cold out, and of course, when I am mixing up my prints! I spent some time recently perusing Pinterest to come up with some trendy fashion ideas for my plus size self. If I am super honest with all of you, I spend a lot of time perusing Pinterest for sewing ideas. I have been making an effort to pin more and screenshot less. Do you follow me on Pinterest? Here is my link. While there, I discovered I really needed a black and white horizontal striped shirt. I wear stripes…a lot of stripes, but I didn’t have one single shirt that was all stripes. I ordered this amazing black and white double brushed poly print from Sly Fox Fabrics. I  knew it would be perfect for my plan!

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I paired my Black and White tank with the super sassy, super girly, super shortie short skirt. I have had this skirt in my drawer for no less than five years. I picked it up at the Goodwill because I loved the print. I have not worn it one time. Not one single time. As a matter of fact, I had to cut that plastic pricing marker off to take pics. Someday, I hope to wear super pretty skirts for more than photos but the truth is, I don’t know how to sit like a lady. 🙂 I also wore this black belt that I have had for years and black suede boots with this outfit.

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Puppy Playtime!

Why it works: Black and White small scale stripes with the graphic print of the skirt which also contains black and white. I love how the black boots and belt don’t compete with the fabrics instead they compliment.virginia tank 7

I used the Virginia pattern from 5 out of 4. I have also made myself and Momma Mia matching Virginia maxis from this pattern. She also has a few knee length tank dresses in her stash from this pattern. You can see those dresses here. It is a great pattern to meet some needs in the ‘basics’ sections of my closet.

virginia tank

All the options for Virginia 🙂

  • 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!

Pattern Links

Here is the link to the Women’s pattern.

Here is the link to the Girl’s pattern.

So since this is a House of Curve #Breakallthedamnrules post I must remind you to hurry and sign up to win a $25 shop credit to Sly Fox Fabrics! You too can wear these amazingly versatile stripes!! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and Facebook!! Use the code #Breakallthedamnrules

Here is the post where you will find the raffle link! 

 

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HOC Week 4- Sly Fox Fabrics

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We have crossed the halfway point gang! I hope you are having as much fun as I am. This post is a little bit different. So last week our winner was LeighAnn!! Congrats and enjoy shopping at Bella Sunshine Designs. Now on to this week’s prize!

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I reached out to Sly Fox Fabrics and begged them to sponsor a giveaway prize for this weeks House of Curves #Breakallthedamnrules series. Just kidding, I didn’t have to beg and they still went above and beyond. First off, they donated a $25 store credit to one lucky winner! That teamed up with $6.99 flat rate shipping…becomes a super amazing prize! And this is where they went “above and beyond.’ The Foxes also let me pick 6 yards of Double Brushed Poly to create my looks with!! This was beyond amazing and I quickly ordered some great prints. Then I placed an additional order as a super “Thank You for hooking me up!” So let’s get started with my first look.

Today, I am going to make some adjustments to The Dashing Dress I shared several posts ago. Mostly, I wanted to shorten the bodice so it would hit me at a more flattering spot. So as you know I have already made my dress with Charisma (Rayon Spandex) from Sly Fox Fabrics.

See where the waist and bodice meet…the largest part of my belly which draws attention to my rolls. Not my happy place. Not cute! I wouldn’t wear this in public as is.

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So Step 1:

Cut off the seam between the bodice and skirt. There was so reason to pick out that serged seam and honestly my patience wouldn’t allow it. I found using sharp sewing shears was more accurate than a rotary cutter. As a side note I love my Tula Pink Shears. They match my Tula Pink Rotary cutter that Lindsey from Ellie and Mac sent me! I love them! Did I mention that? Snip Snip, they cut like butta!

step 1

Step 2:

Now you have 2 pieces again.

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Step 3:

To shorten the bodice by 2.5 inches, I laid the bodice out flat being careful not to have any wrinkles and to line the edge up neatly. I used a quilting ruler to cut a long continuous cut. I used a rotary cutter for this.

step 3

Now you will reattach the bodice to skirt in the same manner as the original directions. And you get….

TA- DA So much better. 

OK now Let’s #Breakallthedamnrules with this dress! This is where my NEW Sly Fox Fabric comes into play. I used this gorgeous purple, black and ivory  Double Brushed Poly plaid to make a Sleeveless Knee Length Cardigan.

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So my hunt began for a sleeveless vest as soon as I decided what I wanted to do. I asked for some pattern recommendations on Facebook and Jessica from Red Apple Sewing quickly offered to draft one just for me. In case you don’t know Red Apple Sewing is a newer pattern company that is just starting out making custom patterns. What you don’t know is, they are one of our prize sponsors for next week. 🙂

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My request for Jessica was simple. Sleeveless vest, must hit at knee length and be made from knit fabric. She drafted it to my personal measurements, my personal seam allowance requests, and my fabric type and stretch percentages. Signed, Sealed, and Delivered. I kick myself for not begging for pockets also.

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So why does this combo work? The dress is a very colorful and a fun wild print. The plaid is darker, with a more muted print. The purple helps to tone down the wild print. Both pieces will work well together or separate! I am so happy to have these two pieces in my closet.

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Let’s Talk about the Patterns

 The Dashing Dress you can pick it up here. Currently it is 40% off along with every other pattern at Ellie and Mac.

Red Apple Sewing– This vest pattern is just in the beginning phases, but it will be available soon. Stop by and check out the other Made to Measure patterns!

Here is the link to join this weeks give away for a $25 Shop Credit from Sly Fox Fabrics!

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Jenny Cross Front Tunic

When the tester call came out for a cross front tunic, I was skeptical. I have made several wrap tops, most weren’t wearable. I prefer a little more coverage than most wrap tops provide. So like any good tester, I signed up. 🙂 I believe my response was something like, “I will trust 5oo4. Rachelle won’t let me down.” She didn’t! I love this top. I want to make more!

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The banded cross front panel has clear elastic sewn in the band to keep it in place and held snug. This keeps the band snug against my body. In addition to the banded cross over, the shirt also creates a tulip front bottom hem. Another nice feature is the dolman sleeve in two lengths. I choose to make the curved back hem, but the pattern includes a straight hem options as well.

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Along with this cross front top, this pattern includes a slim fit tank top with two different necklines. I sewed the lower neckline option and it still provides enough coverage to keep my shirt plenty modest. The 5oo4 website describes Jenny with these bullets.

  • Semi-fitted dolman style sleeves WITHOUT the big batwing!  This drop shoulder style is comfortable and stylish!
  • Both regular and full bust adjustment (FBA) pattern piece included
  • Short sleeves or long sleeves
  • Back hem can be curved or straight
  • Modesty tank with two necklines included

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Since we are still celebrating #Breakallthedamnrules around here, I threw on my plaid jacket in perfect complimenting colors! Color and pattern scale make this look work here. I choose matching boots and earrings as well. Tonight is the last night to sign up for the week 3 drawing for a $20 shop credit to Bella Sunshine Designs! Did you sign up yet? What are you waiting for? Here is the link to the give away.

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This fun print is from Sly Fox Fabrics. It is a double brushed poly called Saucy. Here is the link. It is currently on sale for 20% off, but only until midnight tonight EST! Also don’t forget Sly Fox Fabrics has flat rate shipping for $6.99 on any order in the US.

Sly Fox Fabric is sponsoring the next week here at my blog and Trust me, you don’t want to miss a minute of the fun!

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Pick up the Jenny Crop Front Tunic with included Modesty Tank pattern here.

It is currently on sale for $6.95 for the Women’s Version. Size range from XXS-5X.

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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

Did you join in on the $20 shop credit from Bella Sunshine Designs yet? Don’t forget to go back to this post and click the raffle!

 

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Autumn Spice — HOC style

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Sometimes when mixing prints, you will have to get a little creative on how you will split up a pattern for perfect colorblocking and sometimes a pattern is already perfect for it. That is 100% the case with the Autumn Spice top. This pattern already comes split for 3 different colors.

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This is the Autumn Spice with the above the bust color blocking. You also get a pattern for the color blocking to begin below the bust. It’s a 2 for 1 pattern. 🙂 I knew right away I wanted to use stripes across my shoulders and work my way down. Another awesome thing about color blocking is you can usually use scraps!! All 3 of my pieces of fabric were scraps that wouldn’t be large enough for a garment itself. Plus it feels good to have 3 more scraps out of my stash.

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I love that this top wears comfortably like a regular T-shirt, but is a little fancier. Curved hi lo hemming is a nice detail on any top, and I prefer the hi lo at my hips. Even though I didn’t test this pattern for Ellie and Mac, I didn’t hesitant to purchase it.

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I love that this top definitely meets the requirements for #Breakallthedamnrules. But Why does it work?

This combo is working mostly off of the color. Black is in the stripes and the flowers, red is in the floral print and the bottom solid. Also in my book, stripes and floral will always look good when the scale is right. The small stripes with mid size flowers looks good. What if I had used a large stripe? I feel they would overpower the mid size floral print and create a different look all together. Are you playing along with the House of Curves #Breakallthedamnrules series? Are you tagging me on Instagram and in Facebook? I would LOVE to see what you’re making! Also did you join in the raffle to win a store credit of $25 dollars at Ellie and Mac? The raffle is on the post. Hurry!! Today is the last day on this one!

eam autumn spice 4x-5x (2)

Let’s Talk about the fabrics!

The top stripe and the bottom red are both DBP. The black and white stripes are from Stitchin’ Pretties. Stitchin’ Pretties donated a prize to my week 1 giveaway as well as my New Year’s Eve party! Only 2 more days are left in the huge blowout sale over there so get to moving! The red solid is from Sly Fox Fabrics. They are our week four giveaway sponsor and are running an awesome deal of $6.99 flat rate shipping in the US! My middle floral print is a rayon spandex that I picked up from Sew Blessed. They sponsored a give away for my New Year’s Eve party and always has great deals. These are the 3 companies I shop at. I would say 95% of my garment fabrics come from one of them.

Let’s Talk about the Pattern!

Here are your options:

Curved hem

Above and below bust color block bodice options

Relaxed fit

Three sleeve length options

No trim pattern pages for quick and easy assembly

Layers printing feature is included for this pattern for your convenience.

Here is the link!

Women’s Autumn Spice It is currently 40% off along with all the patterns at Ellie and Mac in celebration of the New Year!! 

So go get the pattern, go enter my drawing for a store credit, and GO GET TO SEWING!

Ellie and Mac

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