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This week, I decided to tackle some projects that I’ve been wanting to work on for awhile, but were put aside because something new caught my eye. Up first, Ellie & Mac’s Off-Shoulder Romper. For this project, I had decided on a French Terry from So Sew English, but discovered after starting cutting that it had very limited stretch (and wasn’t going to work with this pattern). So I searched my stash and decided to brave it and cut into my Serenity Stretch French Terry from Jumping June Textiles. This was a splurge purchase, but I couldn’t resist it – I just loved the print and colors.

So, for the good news on this project… I eeked out this design with only 1 yard of fabric (I did have to use a solid for the pocket lining)! The bad news? I accidentally cut out several pieces upside down as this is a directional print. I’m hoping that it won’t be too obvious, this is a pretty busy print and I’m hoping it’ll just blend it. I’m just telling myself that it happens in ready to wear and not to pay too much attention to it.

I’ve started stitching this one up, but hope to have it finished in time for the weekend. I’ve got to take advantage of these warm days!

Linky Thursday

This little kitty applique basket is simply adorable. While you’re there checking out the tutorial, be sure to enter to win a copy of the Zakka book it appears in!

These linen shorts will not only keep you cool, but looks good doing it, too.

While it’s not a free tutorial, this blog post is very helpful in learning how to blend pattern sizes.

With more mask mandates happening throughout the country, chances are you’re on the hunt for some new patterns. Style Arc released their own version for adults and children, Patterns for Pirates has a gaiter style with optional ear loops in a wide range of sizes, and Heather Handmade has one just for kids with a neck strap so they do lose it.

If you’re spending more time taking your dog for a walk, then you’ll want to check out this tutorial for a matching collar and leash.

If lockdown had you starting your own garden, then chances are you’re ready for harvest right about now. Be sure to check out this cute harvesting apron to wear to collect your bounty.

When I first started sewing, one of my first gift projects were quillows for my grandparents. Here’s a tutorial to make your own!

Fiesta Stripe

It’s about ready to rain so the color is off, but hot off the sewing machine is my latest make, a second Sage (this one I’m keeping, you can see my previous version here).

I’ve been hoarding this fiesta stripe double brushed poly from Knitpop for ages (2 years at least) in search for “just the right pattern” and I’m pretty sure that the Sage fits the bill. I made this one in the same size as the last, but I did make the side slit higher, which I love. Surprisingly, I could have even made it larger for a more dramatic effect and it still not be too revealing – I’ll have to remember that if I need a dress like this in the future.

Now I just need someplace to wear it – in a pinch I may just dress up and head to the grocery store in it anyway. This dress has got to make it out of the closet soon!

Tie Dye Crop

After 8 long months (thanks, Covid), our oldest finally had a chance to come visit us. Besides bringing hemming for me to do, she told me how much she enjoyed the previous cropped hoodie I made her (it’s cropped, but not too short)…. which means I had to make more, right?

I let her sift through my fabrics and she picked out a lime\purple\pink tie dye French terry that I had recently bought from SoSewEnglish (the photo doesn’t do the colors justice, they are even brighter in person) to use with George & Ginger’s Teen Spirit Top. The results are adorable… and now I wish I could keep this one for myself… or at least get more of this material! Since I’ve made this one before, I am confident this will fit perfectly and she’s already itching for me to send it to her so she can wear it ASAP.

Linky Thursday

This Bottega Veneta Twist Bag retails for $2,200, but you can make your own version with this free pattern. Have a Cricut Maker? Then be sure to check out this pattern for the same style bag!

Beat the heat and look great doing it with this easy Graffiti dress.

You can make a pair of toddler pjs from an upcycled tee!

Headed for a dip in the pool? Check out this strapless, one piece pattern.

Back to school is rapidly approaching. Whether you’re doing fulling online or in part, chances are you’re looking for a way to set up your child’s workspace – these hanging organizers are a good place to start.

Making a kimono is so easy… and you don’t even need a pattern to do it!

Some day, we’ll be able to travel again and when we do, I want to be able to take this overnight bag with me.

Not only are these loose knit shorts a great pattern for boys, but they have a huge range of sizes (5-18 years).

It doesn’t have to be the 4th of July to show off this interesting Stars and Stripes Quilt.

Box pouches are one of my favorite styles of bags to sew up (they make such great gifts). This version comes in 2 different sizes.

I must be daydreaming about days on the beach because I keep finding great tutorials for Beach Towel (convertible) bags.

Mystery Revealed

Early this week my SoSewEnglish mystery bundle arrived, so I figured it was time for a big reveal as to what was inside!

For starters, I don’t wear a lot of red, it’s not generally the best color for my hair/skintone so at least this bundle isn’t something that I already have in my stash, but this also isn’t my favorite bundle either because of that. With that said, I did get some nice pieces, the top is a stripe (it reminds me of the stripe from my last bundle – similar vibe, but different colorway) that I think would make a great dress (or top, but it really does scream dress). The second is a double brushed poly paisley style print – the colors are great and so is the print, but my daughter kept gushing over this one so I’m guessing I’ll eventually have to make something for her with this. Lastly is a French terry plaid (also very similar in feel to the one in the last bundle). I’m not really sure what to do with this one because, again, the print is pretty large – it may make a good cardigan this fall if I can find a coordinating solid.

If you’ve made it this far, I also wanted to say Thanks to everyone for their support and comments about my mom. As for an update on how she is doing: She had surgery on Monday and it went well. She is currently at a post acute care section of her facility so that she can work with the PT staff there and to quarantine (Her facility is still not accepting outside visitors in an effort to limit Covid exposure. Since she left the facility, they want to be sure she wasn’t exposed in the hospital.). Recovery and therapy has been a challenge, but the past day or two has been much better as staff figure out how to best work with her.

Pause

Just as I was getting some sewjo back, I’m finding that I have to take a brief pause this week from sewing and blogging.

In short, my mom broke her hip this weekend which has created a lot of chaos around here. On the positive side, she is living in a memory care unit so staff witnessed the fall and was able to help immediately (I couldn’t imagine if something like this happened and she was living independently), she had surgery yesterday and did well, and PT will get her up and walking today. The down side, of course, is that all of this happened during a pandemic\epidemic – the hospital and nursing home are closed to visitors (not to mention the fact I’m in a completely different state) so everything is done remotely… plus she’ll have to quarantine before she can go back to her room.

In light of the fact I’m just not focused, I thought it would be best to take the week off and get myself together. I figure by Monday I’ll be back at it and rearing to go – plus I may have bought another mystery bundle at SoSewEnglish and that should arrive by then too…. you know I have no self control with those!

Carlton Crop Hoodie

It may be hot outside, but I’ve been in a hoodie making mood. So, I channeled the tropics and used some fun floral fabrics to make this cropped hoodie – it seems perfect to wear after going for a swim or chilly nights by a bonfire.

The details: I used Sew New’s Carton Cropped Hoodie (found in the Athleisure Pattern Collection) and several textured knits (a tropical reverse French Terry, coral slub jersey, and a white quilted knit) from So Sew English to make this project. There are lots of opportunities for color blocking on this pattern, but I wanted the floral to be the stand out piece on this top.

As for sewing, this pattern comes together really well. The only thing I should point out is that the side panel says to “cut 1 on the fold” and you really should be cutting out 2 (not on the fold). The fabrics were also really easy to work with – the reverse French terry has a bulkier feel to it and seems like it should give you problems, but both my serger and my machine breezed through it.

As for sizing: I made this top in a small. It’s supposed to be loose fitting and cropped and fit exactly as I expected. The hood is very generous – while you could wear it over your head, I’m pretty sure it’s just for show because it really does look better down.

Overall, a really cute little pattern with lots of color blocking options that I adore. I’d love to make more of these, but I can’t see wearing a lot of cropped styles (and I think that this one would be difficult to lengthen to a “standard” size)… so I’ll just love the one I’ve made!

Linky Thursday

Beat the heat with these reusable water balloons.

It’s hot out, so you want to stay cool, but still want to have a look that’s appropriate to go out it…. then definitely check out these Dressy Shorts.

Whether your sending someone off to college or just need more storage, these extra-large laundry baskets are perfect to hold your dirties until wash day.

Love books? These library book bags are perfect for little ones to carry home their haul.

Enter to win 3 DIY Fluffies patterns.

These peek-a-boo pouches are perfect for organizing items – from sewing to those first aid kits. Plus they easily fit inside a purse or bag for on the go travels.

Back to school isn’t that far away. Have your little girl stay comfortable and still be fashionable with this easy legging pattern.

Last week I pointed out this gaiter style face mask (with filter) and this week I find another (plus 12 different ways to style it)! The same website also has a face mask pattern that draws the mask away from your face – perfect for people who are feeling slightly claustrophobic wearing standard ones.

If you’ve been sewing We All Sew’s Busy book, it’s time to go check out page 5 – Bear & Honey Pot. I really like this one as it has the child threading beads through loops over a maze. Very fun!

Whip up this unicorn plush with fabric scraps you have on hand.

Headed back to work? Learn how to make your own pretty lunch bag.

The perfect pattern for beginners: this maxi skirt.

Yes, More Masks

With so many cities and states requiring masks, I’ve found myself making more. My former sister in law was looking for some My Little Pony prints for her daughter and I volunteered to make some for her – I mean, if that’s all it takes to get a little one to wear a mask for a period of time, I’m all for it! While I was at it, I decided to go ahead an make more for us because I’m finding that we’re going through quite a few (our city and many surrounding areas require masks) if all of us are doing a particular activity together. Plus, it sounds as if masks will probably be required during school (at least on the bus, common areas, etc.) so I had better start getting ready now.

For those that are interested, I am still using the Victory Patterns mask template, two layers of high quality cotton, and face mask elastic for these. I did stumble across some filter material (which as been hard to come across) and have contemplated picking some up to add to these too. So now that these are done, I’ve had several friends request a few for their kiddos as they begin to head back to school – I have a feeling I’ll be making another very large batch soon.