Monthly Archives: June 2020

It’s a Mystery, Again

Hello. My name is Stacy and I’m addicted to Mystery Bundles.

I probably should stop looking at fabric store posts, because I always seem to catch them at “the right time” and see sales, new fabrics, and bundles posted. As SoSewEnglish is going through their warehouse inventory, they’ve been posting a lot of bundles, especially mystery packages. Since I’ve had pretty good experiences with them, I couldn’t resist getting one more.

I’m pretty sure that So Sew English is inside my brain because I was ECSTATIC about the white French Terry that I received! I’ve been on the hunt for some for a few weeks now, after I decided that I needed to make Taylor another Teen Spirit (she LOVES the black one I made awhile ago). I had a difficult time sourcing some, so I just gave up… and then this arrived!

Also in my bundle was OMBRE! I was also extremely excited about this fabric as it always seems to sell out by the time I’m ready to make a “regular” order. I have no set plans for this, but I’ll have to sift through patterns to see what pops out.

Next up, a rayon stripe. I like this one a lot as it seems like it will be the perfect colors for fall sewing. I’m not usually a brown\orange person, but the teal make this print pop.

Lastly, I received a rayon plaid print. It’s a rather large design so I’m not sure how I’ll wind up using it – it seems too large scale for tops, but maybe if I play with placement, it will work out. I’m not going to think to hard about this one as it also feels very “fallish”, so I have plenty of time to find something that might work.

And there you go. Another winning bundle in my book… which means I’ll probably place another order for a mystery bundle in the future. I probably should get to sewing down my stash a bit more before I do, though.

Tennessee Tee

When the Iris shorts went on sale several weeks ago, the Tennessee Tee was marked at $4. I initially resisted (because I have a lot of tee patterns as it is), but started seeing a bunch of different versions and decided I needed a flutter tee. And that’s exactly what I got in my new make!

I used a coordinating double brushed poly that went with my latest Iris (the brown matches the branches in the print). I opted for the V-neck, flutter design and am very happy that I picked this up as it’s very different that what I have in my wardrobe. However, this style is a little more relaxed that what I expected and I think if I make this again in the future, I’ll size down so I can have a slightly more fitted look.

As for construction, this pattern went together very well and the instructions were easy to follow. I somehow managed to squeeze this out with 1 yard of fabric, but I had to cut the sleeves against the grainline to do it (since this fabric has plenty of stretch in both directions and already has good drape, it really didn’t make a difference).

The Green Tee

Taylor’s birthday is coming up soon and I wanted to be able to add some “Mom made” goodies to her package. I’ve been talking about making shirts from my avocado print for awhile now, and gift making finally motivated me to do it.

I sifted through my patterns and decided to try something different – Greenstyle’s Green Tee (you can try this pattern out for free if you are a member of their Facebook page). I went with the scoop neck version for starters.

Overall this was pretty straightforward to sew – if you’ve made tees before you can probably get away with not even reading the directions. As for the fit, I think it feels a bit snug on me but should fit Taylor perfectly (I should also note that we don’t necessarily wear the same size, I tend to be a bit larger AND I may have used an unrevised\older version of this pattern as well). I’ll give this another go, making sure I use the correct sizing for myself and see how this goes in the future. In the mean time, this print makes for an adorable tee.

Linky Thursday

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching and if you’re struggling what you can make dad, why not try a tie?

Enter to win a 20 piece fat quarter bundle and a copy of popup zipper pouches video course.

Keep your fur baby cool this summer with DIY Dog Cooling Mat.

This hanging sewing caddy keeps all your essentials in plain view.

These unisex pajamas are a great project for everyone in the family. (part 1 of 2)

This cute Bloom pillow is a great way to showcase your favorite fabrics and show a little spring in your decor.

Even if you’re not into one piece suits, this Sherwood pattern is a fun version that may change your mind.

Not sure what to do with some novelty knit scraps? Why not turn them into socks!

When elastic because hard to source, many of us turned to bias tape. So here’s a time saving tutorial on making your own.

Snap Tabs

Clearly I’m on a snap tab making kick. I made this round, but I have to admit, I’m not as excited about these as the taco set I posted last week.

I’m guessing that the vinyl made a lot of difference in making the tacos pop, while these look underwhelming in comparison because the color is so uniform (and admittedly, not very colorful in general). I also found that these designs didn’t stitch quite as nicely (these are from a different designer) and I even had a bit of tearing around some of the smaller embroidered lines. I have a few more fobs that I want to make, but I may go for an eyelet fob as opposed to a snap tab so that I can use them in different ways.

More Iris

With my fabric finally arriving, I dug in and decided to make another Iris:

This time around I used a Cherry Blossom Liverpool knit that I picked up from Knitpop. I went with the 3.5″ inseam with a low waist and front pockets. Its definitely love.

I’m not normally a fan of Liverpool – it has a texture that I’m not necessarily a fan of and it can get bulky to work with, but this print was too adorable to pass up… and I’m so glad I got it. The texture is still weird, but it did sew up quite nicely – even the topstitching did well. As for the fit? This version is spot on. I think that the cotton fabric I used in the waistband of my original version was just too much stretch for the pattern.