Monthly Archives: June 2015

Fast & Fabulous

06-teeAs I look in my closet, one thing my wardrobe is lacking is solid colored shirts. So when Hot Pattern’s released their Fast & Fabulous Shirt Tail T’s, I knew that I would have to make several for a summer staple shirt.

For my first version, I made a shirt in a heathered jersey with a solid (non-pieced) front (this pattern is designed for wovens as well, but couldn’t find a material that I liked enough to start with that). I have to admit, my printer had issues with this PDF (the registration marks didn’t even show up on my paper), but after several conversations with Trudy, several trial\errors, we couldn’t figure out what was going on other than my printer just didn’t like the PDF. I was still able to put the pattern together, I just skipped overlapping the pages together).

Putting this shirt together was very easy – in fact it probably took me longer to tape the pattern and cut the fabric than what it did to sew this one up! The fit is very loose, however, it still manages to look fitted along the bust which looks very flattering…. just be sure to stitch this up in a lightweight or fluid fabric, otherwise this top will look very bulky. Overall an easy top to wear for summer… If I get to wear it, I noticed Taylor had her eye on this one!

Pattern: Hot Pattern’s‘s Fast & Fabulous Shirt Tail’s Ts

Fabric: Heather Blue Rayon Jersey

Total Cost:

Pattern….. $10.35
Fabric……. $5.24
Notions…. stash

Total Cost $15.59

The Anne

As long time readers know, I’m a huge fan of Jalie’s sewing patterns. So I was very excited when I found out that they were naming one of their upcoming patterns (you can see a new preview each day on their blog and Facebook page) after one of their “favorite cheerleaders”, my daughter Taylor Anne (Taylor seems to be a popular name for patterns, so not to confuse anyone, it’s just, Anne)! That’s right – Jalie has a cool, new competition level cheer uniform that will be released soon (it also can be mixed and matched with the Carmen skating dress)… plus check out the awesome Wonder Woman themed version (and I was told that this would totally work for Power Rangers too).



Not only am I super pumped about the upcoming releases, I’m honored that they included us in the naming!

More Summer Lovin’

06-shorts3After a pretty perfect pair (say that 5 times real fast) of Summer Lovin’ shorts, I was anxious to give this pattern a second try – this time in a (stretch) woven…. I think I can say, this pair was also a success!

However, there are a few noticeable differences with using a woven. First, it definitely has a snugger fit – I would suggest reducing the seam allowances to 1/4″ to give it a bit more room (or going up a size, if needed). I also noticed that the crotch curve just isn’t quite the right shape for me either – there is a ‘y-shaped’ line at the crotch that I don’t typically get in other patterns (it’s not overly noticeable, but I know it’s there!). I am also painfully aware that gravity\age has finally taken it’s toll on my backside and I now have a sagging\flat-bottomed tush. This isn’t a problem with the pattern, this is just an adjustment that I’m going to have to start taking into account with future patterns.

As for sewing, this version was just as easy! I did make a few changes to this from my first pair. First off, I added back pockets – I probably will never use them, but they definitely make this short look more ready-to-wear. Secondly, because I thought that this short looked ‘dressier’, I opted to give them a blind hem.

In news not related to sewing – Happy 18th Birthday Taylor!


Linky Thursday

Don’t need a big bag this summer? Step out with a cute mini messenger – this one looks great for little girls too.

This baby doll dress (for women) is easy to wear and even easier to sew.

Stitch up a pretty summer sundress for a little girl in your life.

Get cozy with a new pair of patchwork slippers! (you’ll probably need to translate this site).

Never worry about money (or your phone) sliding out of your wallet again – not when you make this zippered wallet.

Need a new suit for the pool or beach? Here’s a free bikini pattern to help get you in the water faster! When you’re done, you can sew up a towel poncho for yourself or the kids!

Create a pretty summer look the easy way – use a purchased top for the base of your dress.

I keep telling myself I’m going to make up some of these microwave bowl potholders – what a great way to be able to hold your bowl right after heating!

I have a soft spot for cute little monsters – this little stuffy definitely fits in that category!

Whether you’re heading out of town for the weekend or just visiting the gym, this Bon Voyage Duffle will hold all your clothes in style.

These flatware pockets aren’t just a pretty way to dress up your next picnic our outdoor dining, but it’s a great way to use up scraps too!

Check out this Boho Maxi Dress sew along, then enter to win a copy of Just For You.

Ever do a bit of stitching while watching your favorite show? Then you’ll definitely want to stitch up one of these great armchair sewing caddies – great for holding all your important notions while on the couch!


06-knitfixFor the past 6 months, Girl Charlee has been running a fun ‘grab bag’ called a ‘Knit Fix’: 6 different, 2 yard cuts (not otherwise sold on the site) loaded up into a cute tote. Somehow, I’ve resisted the urge to put one into my shopping cart, until this month – after seeing all the (potential) summer prints I could get, I had to give it a try.

Since there will be 12 new yards coming into the house and my stash is beginning to overtake my sewing room, I’m challenging myself to sew all the fabrics up from my knit fix (without trading – there seems to be a lot of trading for prints people have their heart set on). Hopefully my bag will arrive next week and I’ll do a ‘big reveal’ as to what I get!

One More Try

06-parisAfter yesterday’s shorts success, I decided that I needed to make a second pair. This time around, I’ve decided that I’m using a stretch woven (the same print that I tried to used 2 years ago for a pair of capris) with black accents. I’m crossing my fingers that they turn out because I think they would make a cute “date night” short that I could pair up with a dressier black top and statement jewelry. Now the real decision: keep the same seam allowances (1/2″) or go for something smaller (1/4″) because I’m using a woven (the pattern is supposedly sized for wovens as well)?

Summer Lovin’

06-shortsSummer is finally here and that means one thing – it’s shorts weather! On Thursday Peek-a-boo pattern’s released a new pattern, Summer Lovin’ Shorts, and after seeing several people make them up, I couldn’t resist trying them too.

For my first pair, I used a floral French terry that I received in a Girl Charlie bargain lot sale earlier this year. I will admit, I didn’t initially like this fabric – it reminds me of a print that might be used in an elderly woman’s dressing gown, but I totally think it makes a fun pair of shorts!

As for the pattern – it’s totally easy. Because it doesn’t have a fitted waistband (this makes for a super comfy pair of shorts too), construction goes quickly (around an hour and a half to two hours, tops). In fact, this pattern is so easy, I definitely think a beginner could tackle this one (pockets and all) without any issues. As for the fit, I’m pretty pleased with that as well. I did find the rise a bit higher than what I would normally wear (but still under the belly button), but otherwise, I think it’s perfect.

I should also say that this pattern comes in 3 lengths: 4″, 6″, and 12″ inseam. Originally, I cut a 6″ inseam, but after putting it all together and trying it on, I just didn’t care for that length on me (especially in this print), so I trimmed it back to the 4″ size. I think going forward I’ll probably stick with this length.

And because it’s been awhile since I’ve done this, here’s a breakdown of this project by price:

Pattern: Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop‘s Summer Lovin’ Shorts (for women)

Fabric: Floral French Terry from Girl Charlee

Total Cost:

Pattern….. $8.50
Fabric……. $2.00
Notions…. stash

Total Cost $10.50

Road Tripper Duffle

06-roadtripperI am so excited to reveal my last project on Betz White‘s blog – The Road Tripper Duffle!

Everyone knows my love of bags (and purses), but this one is not for me, it’s for Easton! Not only is this a great size for overnights at Grandma’s house (or a weekend away), but has plenty of storage and room for all his ‘essentials’. Stop by Betz’s blog and check out all the details, including how I used sheets to make this creation and altered the exterior pocket from the original design.

Linky Thursday

Get beach ready: Make a convertible beach bag that transforms into a towel when you’re ready to lay out.

Beautiful backs in dresses and top are a hot look this summer. Learn how to make a tie back dress here.

Stitch up a pretty purse for summer with this Little Betty Bag.

Looking to make a gift for dad? How about this wool iPad case?

Transform a plain tank top into a Downton Abbey stunner.

With just a few measurements, you can whip up your own dolmen sleeved top!

Now your son (or daughter) can carry their money safely without losing their wallet when they carry this cool money cuff.

June is wedding month and if you’re looking to make some quick an easy gifts for the new couple, nothing could be easier than pretty handmade oven mitts. Looking for something a bit larger? Try this double oven glove tutorial instead.

Create a custom maxi skirt with just two cuts into your fabric and two seams.

I’m a sucker for cute bags and this (fully lined) foxy make-up bag is definitely one of them!

Who wouldn’t want one of these sweet elephant plushies?

Freeze pops are a great way to cool off during the summer, but without stick, hands get cold quickly. The best solution? Stitch them up a koozie!

Patterns Galore

Between the ‘burnout’ on finishing up a big project and a family emergency, I haven’t touched my sewing machine in several days (although I’ve daydreamed about projects and fabrics a lot). In fact, it’s been so hectic that I actually forgot we were into a new month! That means Style ARC has released a new round of patterns (I really like the Marlo, I’ll have to remember it for fall), Seamwork Magazine has a new issue (I still need to make the Adelaide from last month), Jalie has promised some sneak peeks this week of their soon-to-be-released patterns (last round I bought them all except for the ice skating designs), and Peek-a-boo patterns has a woman’s short pattern that comes in a variety of lengths and looks super comfy. It looks like a great month for sewing!