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Linky Thursday

Stay cool and look fashionable with this pretty swing tee.

This travel case is small enough to hold a toothbrush and paste and stands upright too! Have leftover fabric? Make a matching makeup case – this one only takes 20 minutes.

These waterproof seat covers are perfect for keeping your seats clean and dry after a day at the pool.

There are only 172 days until Christmas, so it’s never too early to start sewing those decorations – like new stockings.

If you have a Cricut then you’ll definitely want to download this “Sewers Gonna Sew” SVG cut file.

Have an embroidery machine? Enter to win this an All Access Club book and Anita Goodesigns CD.

Pom-poms are a hot notion in sewing this summer. So why not whip up this fun poncho that’s perfect for the beach or pool. Then make an easy towel wrap for the kids.

Who needs sleeves when you can make tanks & muscle shirts for boys this summer.

Have a denim top that’s just hanging in your closet collecting dust? Then learn how to transform it into a cute summer dress.

Protect your device with a new laptop sleeve (it’s applique too).

The Sincerely Rylee Dress

The past few weeks I had the opportunity to test out another fun George & Ginger pattern – The Sincerely Rylee Dress….. and this pattern can be yours for FREE! Just visit the George & Ginger and Sincerely Rylee Facebook fan pages and grab your codes to enter during checkout (HINT: the codes can be found in the pinned post at the top of each page).

A little about this dress: it’s a boho style top or dress (which comes in a maxi and dress length) with an absolutely adorable keyhole back. Unlike most of the dresses I have made recently, this one is designed for wovens. When picking out material for this one, keep in mind that there are several tiers to this dress so it’s important to select a fabric that is lightweight and has great drape (I made mine in Sincerely Rylee’s Brooklyn).

Sewing this up was easy. However, don’t expect to whip this up quickly – there is a lot of gathering to do and if you’re doing this by hand it does take awhile…. but the results are worth it. In fact, Taylor loved the finished look so much she “volunteered” to model for this one…. and never returned the dress.

4th Tee

Happy 4th to everyone in the US! I’m not one to make a lot of clothing for the holiday, but aftering seeing this “patriotic lip” image online, I couldn’t help but by some sparkle heat transfer vinyl and make one myself!

While this wasn’t a terribly difficult shirt to layer, I definitely wished I had a heat press – I did notice that the shirt stretched\shrunk slightly so the layers don’t quite match up the way they were intended. Overall, it looks fine, but not perfect.

And now, it’s time to shoot off some fireworks and enjoy the day! Happy holidays, everyone!

Hot Pants

I have come to the conclusion that I am not good about blogging in the summer. Apparently, I need to get myself more organized and blog the night before so posts are ready to go in the morning. So, starting next week, I’m hoping to be back on a more regular schedule and do just that!

With that said, I did head into the sewing room and make not one, but two pairs of Heat Wave Hot Pants.  This was slightly unintentional as I just planned on making a pair for myself, but Taylor saw them and wanted some too:

Somehow I managed to eeek out 2 pairs of shorts from 1 yard of fabric (the pattern matching looks much better with the first pair, though) – only because I made my first pair without pockets and used the thinner waistband.

But what I’m sure you’re most interested in is how did they sew up. This was a surprisingly easy pattern to sew and went together quickly. The fit was great for both of us too, especially in the thigh area (which I was afraid would be too tight because we both have thicker thighs)…. I am guessing that most people will have good results because they are made with a stretch, though. I also like that these shorts are higher waisted as well – it definitely makes for a more flattering pant – the downside? You will probably want a more fitting top to go with it.

Consequently, I am thinking of making a bodysuit to go with this one… I am super hesitant to do this because I haven’t worn one since I was in college and ugh, who wants to see me in that? However, I have seen lots of people with that combination and it looks great so I may break down and do it….. if I chicken out, I have decided that I’ll make the Cross my Heart Cami instead….. or do both. Either way, look for final fit photos once I am done!

Rivets

I love bag hardware. They’re shiny and can really elevate the overall look of your finished purse. So why did it take me so long to finally use rivets?

This is the second time I’ve used them in a project and am in love. It saves me from having to sew closely to D-rings and add an extra design element to my bag. While I can’t show you the final project, here’s a sneak peek of how those rivets look with a lobster claw clasp.

I purchased mine from Emmaline bags, which has a huge variety of colors and sizes. If you don’t already have one, I would also suggest getting a punch tool as well – it makes it a lot easier to install the rivets, especially if you’re working with heavy layers or thick fabrics.

Bob’s Burgers

Much of last week was spent working on deadline projects so all my selfish sewing ideas have been put on the back burner until they are finished. I couldn’t think of a better reward for completing the largest one, than to have some pre-order fabric arrive:

I am a big fan of Bob’s Burgers so I couldn’t resist ordering these prints from Silver Fox Fabrics. While I could have bought them all, I wound up getting two “panty panels” (Tina & Linda), a Beefsquatch adult tee panel, “Erotic Friend Fiction” print in a woven and cotton lycra, and Kuchi Kopi night light print in a cotton lycra. Besides the tee panel, I have no idea what my plans are for most of them, but right now I’m enjoying just looking at them…..

In the mean time, I plan on getting back to those personal projects that I’ve had sitting on my table. Up first…. George & Ginger’s Hot Pants.

Linky Thursday

Yesterday was the first official day of summer in the states. Get ready for the heat wave with this breezy racer back tank.

If you’ve been hunting for a beach bag that’s easy to sew but still looks impressive to wear, stop by Sew4Home’s latest tutorial for a beach duffel backpack.

Add more seating to your patio space with this pretty outdoor poof.

This top combines two of the biggest trends in sewing: flutter sleeve and off the shoulder.

Looking for a great way to keep the kids entertained during your 4th celebration? Check out this fun star bean bag toss game.

This fantail kimono makes a beautiful evening top to wear out or would make a wonderful gift to someone this summer.

Traveling soon? This perfect luggage tag tutorial is a great way to mark your bag.

This spring poncho tutorial makes sewing a new top for girls a snap!

A 10 minute toiletry bag? I’m in!

The hand towel that never falls off the rack.

Sign up for the Melly Sews newsletter and you’ll receive the pattern to make this pretty sundress.

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? Try Kool-aid dying. This handy chart will help you find your perfect colors to combine for unique shades.

Wales Soccer

This week, Easton is participating in a British Soccer Camp. When I picked him up, he started off saying he needed a red shirt for tomorrow for his team color….. but I needed to use my “machine” (Cricut) to put Wales on it….. and his name…. and his number (from his spring\fall club)….. “Just make it look like a jersey”.

After a quick trip to the craft store to pick up a shirt and vinyl, I came home and made Easton a “jersey” for today. The image is from the internet (it is the actual Wales soccer logo) while the banner and lettering is from the Design Space Studio.

For a quick tee, I’m fairly pleased with the results…. especially because I was able to weld the banner and Wales lettering fairly quickly and without needing to look up how to do it on a tutorial!

 

Glitter Vinyl Embroidery

Once again, I’m working on some projects that I can’t reveal yet…. however, it’s probably alright to give you a sneak peek, right?

I’ve had glitter vinyl sitting in my stash for quite some time (I have a strong desire to make cool purses with this fabric), but still haven’t taken the plunge. Last week, I decided that I needed to stop eyeing the vinyl and just work with it….. so I started by embroidering it. I attempted to do some research on how to stitch it up, but really didn’t find much so I went with a heavy weight cutaway stabilizer, a new needle, a lightly stitched design, and the ‘hoopless method’ – basically treating it like a (real) leather.

The results? Awesome! I honestly think this is the way the way to go if you decide to work with glitter vinyl. Definitely use a lightly stitched design because I can see anything too heavy will eventually rip up the material (even the design that I used has a lot of running stitches that continually stitched over and over may be a bit much in some areas). Now that I’ve tackled this, I definitely will try it again…. I have 3 more colors in my stash to play with!

Picnic Dress

I can finally show you some pattern testing that I’ve been involved in now that it’s live! George & Ginger released their Picnic Dress pattern today (you can grab one for $4 until midnight tonight 6/16) – I loved mine so much that I made it twice!

This pattern for stretch knits (I made mine in a double knit from Needle Nook Fabrics) and features 3 sleeve lengths (as well as a sleeveless version) as well as a gather bodice and skirt – so it’s very flattering for all figures.

Sewing this one went quickly and came together beautifully. I do suggest that you sew slowly  and carefully when you reach the gathers, as it is very bulky and many people noted that theirs seemed to struggle with this part (my machine didn’t have any issues, though). It was definitely a fun sew – which is why I made it twice (plus I really, really wanted a sleeveless dress in this print for summer).