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 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!

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (6)

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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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.

Hazel Tunic (1)

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

Momma Mia Going Home sweater (3)

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.

Momma Mia Going Home sweater (2)

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

Weekend Catch up Party!

Me Made Made Day 8

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!


  • 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


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 🙂


Me Made May Day 10

More wonky blocks just starting out!



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Love Notions – Forte View D Dress

Me Made May Day 4

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.

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!

4xfba-5x Rhapsody (4)

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.

4xfba-5x Rhapsody (6)

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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Guest Blogging – Love Notions Forte Top and Fabric Comparisons

Hi Friends!! Here is a warning, You are going to be overloaded with blog posts from me this weekend! I have been sewing up some AMAZINGLY AWESOME things and I need to share! Plus there are some sales and I don’t want you to miss out! First up, I am guest blogging for Love Notions today for the Featured Friday pattern!

The Forte Top/Dress pattern is on sale for only $5 FOR TODAY ONLY! I sewed up the Forte with 4 different fabric based and explained a bit about them. You are NOT going to want to miss out. Also this is my first blog post for Love Notions so come by and show me some love!! Here is the link, just click my photo below.


Fabric Sponsored by Stitchin’ Pretties and Surge Fabric Shop.

Catalina Dress – Phat Quarters

Phat Quarters is working its way into adult patterns and out of the gate they were size inclusive through a 66 inch hip. I love this so much! The most recent pattern is called Catalina! Catalina is a lovely Raglan pattern that comes with various length options and a variety of sleeves and collar heights. I sewed up the dress length with the elbow bishop sleeves and a slouchy collar. I really adore the sleeves and this fabric makes them feel super lux.
PQ Catalina 4xD-5x (8)
The Catalina comes with two bust options – B and D sewing cups. This is like the Full Bust Adjustment included option that several other designers have. The pattern is drafted with a little extra room depending on which sewing cup you choose.  I really love that both options are included as it means I don’t have to do my own full bust adjustment. I did adjust for my larger than life biceps though! The Bishop sleeves have a lot of ease built into them, but I still adjusted so they had the proper amount of fullness. I LOVE them! I mean, I LOVE THEM! I want these sleeves on everything! You can choose Bishop sleeves for the elbow or long sleeve lengths.
PQ Catalina 4xD-5x (3)
I styled my long dress in two ways to show you just how versatile this pattern is. You can wear it as a dress or belted and pulled out for a great tunic! I love when I am able to style garments in different ways to expand their use. I really adore this over jeans with sandals. I am so ready for warmer days to arrive.
PQ Catalina 4xD-5x (6)
Let’s talk about this amazing fabric! Roxy!!!  I feel like only super foxy folks should wear fabric called Roxy, so I have been saving this fabric for something special! This fabric is from Stitchin’ Pretties! Laura is still packing and shipping at warp speed, so keep her busy during the madness that is our world right now! She will continue to do her “Buy 2 yards and I will send you a surprise coordinate”sale, until things settle down!
PQ Catalina 4xD-5x (2)
Please pay attention to the sizes at check out. This link has the higher size range. There is a separate pattern for the lower end, bundles, and kiddo options. 🙂 This way you only buy what you need! Shop soon while the new release sale pricing is in effect! 
PQ Catalina 4xD-5x (7)

Spring Fling Blog Hop

If you are stopping by today, 3/27/20, this pattern is on sale for $5!!!

Half price, Baby!

Welcome to the Spring Fling Blog Hop!

Be sure to check each day by 6 am (Central Standard Time)! Each day there will be a blogger (or more) doing a giveaway! So be sure to check each blog post & just comment on their blog post from this blog hop and you are entered to win!
Monday Sew Much Charm & Vlogger Sewing From Scratch
Tuesday TPtheModestDoll22 & That’s Sew Venice
WednesdaySewGr8ful & Sequoia Lynn Sews
ThursdayLet’s Go Hobby! & The Sarcastic Sewist
FridayThe Bear & the Pea Atelier & Wildflowers & Whimsey

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you are having a good week so far, getting some sewing time in and most importantly, I hope you are healthy! Welcome to my stop on the Spring Fling Blog Tour! The theme of this blog tour is my favorite spring or summer sewing patterns. We could pick anything we wanted to share. I decided I wanted to make a dress from this adorable light plum and white mini dot printed double brushed poly fabric. I picked it up from Surge Fabrics a few weeks ago, but now it has sold out. Don’t worry, there are still tons of fabric options over at Surge!

Without much thought, I knew I was going to make the Willow Wrap Dress from Love Notions. I loved it when I first noticed it and was thrilled it was being offered in LN’s new expanded size chart. I decided to choose the bodice view with more front coverage. A lot of times, cross front bodices expose a bit more of the girls than I wish to share with everyone, so I was happy to see this one offered options for more or less coverage. I used the full bust pattern pieces. I used the gathered side option, elbow length sleeves and the longer skirt. I didn’t not adjust the skirt length for my height as I wanted my skirt to hit just below my knees.

This wasn’t a super quick sew, but it went together nicely and fit well! This pattern has 9 pieces and a mile of hemming, but it is worth it. This dress is pretty, easy to wear, and will have you feeling just a bit dressy for any party! You can sew it with or without the flutter at the cross front or choose one of the shorter length options.

Love Notions Willow Wrap Dress (2)

This dress will be perfect for a spring afternoon, Easter Sunday, or dinner with friends, but we are under lock down here in Ohio. So for the foreseeable future, you will be treated to photos taken without my photographer. 😦 Whomp. Whomp. Anyhow, I figured out how to use the timer on my camera and brought all of you into my sewing space! My happy place! Welcome. This next photo looks like I am dancing!

Love Notions Willow Wrap Dress (5)

So I have some exciting news!! Love Notions has generously offered to donate a pattern to one lucky reader who leaves a comment below! Please leave me a message to be entered to win a free pattern! I will leave comments open until Saturday early morning and then pick a winner through a random number generator! Good Luck!

Love Notions Willow Wrap Dress (1)

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Willow Wrap Dress today!

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5oo4 Calypso – Hacked

A few weeks ago, I made Momma Mia a beautiful green Calypso dress and I was a little jealous and wanted my own. I have a lot of dresses in my closet so I knew this time I wanted a tunic. The Calypso actually comes as a top or a dress which means I was going to have to make a few adjustments to get exactly what I wanted.
Calypso Hack 5oo4 (3)
I printed my pattern as usual. I used the 4x FBA for the shoulders and bust then graded out to the 5x. Since I wasn’t going for the dress version I planned to not use the bottom layer. In order for my top to be a tunic, I need to lengthen the second ruffled layer. I split the pattern piece in half near the middle. I added paper to the opening  and expanded the pattern by 10 inches. This will give me an appropriate tunic length. I regraded the sides so they were even. Now it is business as usual. Cut the fabric, change serger threads and get to work.
Calypso Hack 5oo4 (4)
My fabric is from Stitchin’ Pretties and it is a pretty Navy background with a mix of golds, tans, creams and white floral print. The base is double brushed poly. This fabric is called Hailey and it is currently in stock so you can order yourself some! I knew I wanted to wear this top with dark skinny jeans and felt this fabric was a perfect accompaniment.  Also it sewed up sooo nicely!
Calypso Hack 5oo4 (1)
I mentioned on Momma Mia’s Calypso, I was making a video of how I quickly gathered all the layers of this tunic/dress. As promised, here it is! Be sure to give it a like and hit subscribe to keep up to date on all my videos.
So I am sure you already know that 5 out of 4 has tons of options with all their patterns. So here is the list of included awesomeness with the Calypso. I used the 3/4 length sleeves with the key hole cut out.
  • Short, 3/4, or long sleeves with a cute bow detail.
  • Top or Knee-length skirt length for the dress
  • Sizes XXS – 5X (see the last image for yardage and size chart)

Calypso Hack 5oo4 (2)

If you like my version or you like the original, here is the pattern link for you.
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