Linky Thursday

In case you missed the announcement yesterday, I have a new tutorial up at WeAllSew for copying your favorite tee-shirt (plus tips on working with knit fabrics).

Emmaline Bags released a new, free pattern yesterday – Miss Maggie’s Handbag.  A great way to showcase bold prints and fancy hardware!

Maxi cardigans\vests are a hot look this season. Learn how to make this trendy coverup with this easy tutorial (I love the sheer back to this one too).

These clear vinyl pouches are perfect for stashing makeup, tools, and school supplies and allow you to see what’s inside.

It’s officially fall, which means it’s time to start decorating for the new season. Why not whip up a few of these fun pumpkin stacks?

I don’t have a piano, but I love how pretty this patchwork cushion brightens up a room.

If you’re not making your own jeans, chances are you may have gap-osis in the waist…. learn how to fix this problem so you have the perfect fitting jeans.

The Christopher Bag is a cute look for fall and I love the ‘rain slicker latch’ closures.

Tired of waiting for potatoes to cook in the oven? Make a few of these microwave potato bags and you’ll have your spuds in minutes.

Join the iThinkSew website and get the Yoana Clutch for free.

Could this stubby squid be any cuter?




Copy Your Favorite Tee

You didn’t have to wait long…. the teaser I showed you on Monday is LIVE today on WeAllSew! Now you can learn how to copy your favorite tee to make a whole wardrobe of your favorite shirt.


Not only will you learn how to trace a pattern without taking the original shirt apart, but there’s lots of knit tips included too. It’s easier than you think! Plus you can get started by using items you have around the house (skip the tracing cloth, wax paper is the way to go). Have fun and be sure to show me pictures of your new tees!

My Image & B Trendy

09-myimageIt’s been quite some time since I’ve worked with a pattern magazine, but I recently received the Fall\Winter 16\17 issue of My Image magazine in the mail and may just have to get started using them again! This issue included 16 different styles ranging is size from xs-3xl (plus the link to 3 different, digital PDF patterns for a dress, trousers, and purse): 5 dresses (including one that can also be made into a top and a shirt style blouse dress), 2 skirts, 3 Jackets\coats\cardigans, 4 tops\sweaters, and 2 pairs of pants. You can scroll through all the designs included in the issue with this link. All the pattern pieces are included in the magazine and need to be traced off before cutting into your fabric – it’s important to note that, like other pattern magazines, seam allowances are not included! The instructions are straightforward and come in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish and there are very few illustrations included – something to keep in mind if you’re a new seamstress.  Although they aren’t rated, patterns look to range in difficulty of beginner to more advanced.

09-btrendyThe company was also nice enough to ship me a copy of their latest B Trendy issue as well – a magazine devoted to kids sewing. Included in this issue are 20 different looks for boys, girls and teens and are sized for 9\12month olds to around 13 (there are also 3 digital patterns that you can pick up for free for a vest, tunic, and purse). I may have to give this one a try as well – there were several things that were sized for Easton that I think he might like.

If you plan on picking up either of these issues (or both) be sure to use the coupon code STACYSEWS at checkout to get 25% off your order! In the mean time, keep an eye out for my version of a few of these patterns in the coming months – eventually it will be fall and I need some new looks!

Behind the Scenes Look At…

This weekend I spent the bulk of my time putting the finishing touches on another behind the scenes project – this one for BERNINA’s WeAllSew website.


This project was a bit more time consuming to work on since it required lots of photos (and lots of ‘editing’) and is definitely more detailed than some of my other recent tutorials….. but I think you’re going to love it! The hardest part of this project? Narrowing down my fabric choices! In the end, I decided to use something less conventional – this fun headphone print that I’ve been stashing for quite some time.

Linky Thursday on a Friday

Sew Sweetness bags are always so well designed and now you can try out one for free with this Kennedy Bag pattern. Speaking of Sew Sweetness, did you notice Sara’s awesome new Tula tattoo?

Homecoming is right around the corner which means it’s time for MUMS (while they aren’t popular here, I lived in Texas and they are a big deal). Learn how to make your own (or just check out how big they really are) here.

Create a different kind of kimono with this knotted front design.

Everyone needs a great basic shirt pattern like this v-neck version from Melly Sews.

This convertible bodysuit starts with a purchased pair of underwear and 2 yards of fabric. Clever!

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back and I feel an (occasional) chill in the air. So why not whip up a new fall skirt?

A sweet little dress for girls that’s perfect for charity sewing. Not only is the Play All Day dress quick to sew, it doesn’t use much fabric either.

Stop buying clip-on purse handles from retailers. Learn how to make your own, instead. If you buy a few extra swivel clips when your shopping for your handle hardware, you can use them to make matching luggage tags as well.

Taking the clutter off your desk, learn how to organize your office or sewing room with this handy wall pocket organizer tutorial by Nancy Zieman.

Show everyone your love for fall by sewing this Fall Applique Pillow.

Novelty pillows are always a fun addition to any room, like this giant ice cream cone.

Looking for a quick bag to make to head out this weekend? Be sure to check out this tutorial for a drawstring bag with ribbon (or cording) ties.

Need a maxi dress that isn’t a tank? Be sure to check out this kimono sleeve version instead.

Oakley Button-Up

jeansIt seems like, as of late, Thursdays have been the day designers choose to release the patterns that I have been testing…. Consequently, instead of Linky Thursday (don’t worry, I’m saving that post for tomorrow!), I’m finally able to show you one of my ‘behind the scenes projects’, the Oakley Button Up! This is a great fall wardrobe builder type pattern for a button-up style shirt with some subtle shaping (it’s not a boxy cut and even has bust darts!), long and short sleeves, and two lengths – tunic and ‘regular’.

I recently tested the long sleeve, tunic-length pattern (in a size Medium) and was really pleased at how well it came together (even in the testing phase, I didn’t find that it needed any changes for my size). Since I was going for the longer length, I opted for a thinner material that had some drape to prevent looking ‘bulky’ – a pretty fabric, but it was a booger to work with (not only does it easily slide off grain, but some areas like the pocket required lots of extra interfacing to keep it’s shape). As for the fit, I’m backhappy with the Oakley Button Up looks on me – I have broad shoulders and the medium seems to fit right about where it should without alterations and it has a nice shape so that you know you’re wearing a women’s top, but still has a relaxed feel to it.

Overall, I think that an advanced beginner could probably manage this pattern without too much difficulty so long as they were comfortable with buttonholes and marking their placement themselves. The Oakley Button-up is on sale today only, so snag yours at the discounted price before it’s too late!


Feather Top

09-feathersWhen I selected my Bolt fabrics, I decided to throw in the ‘feather print’ – it seems to be a very popular design and I’ve seen a lot of people transforming them into fun items. So I decided to make myself a new top in time to wear for the weekend using my print and  Jalie’s dolman top….

This is just not working for me. I even let this sit on my dressform for a few days thinking that I would grow to like it. While I’ve made several items from the dolman pattern and love them, I think it’s the print that doesn’t work with this version. I feel very matronly when I put it on and it sort of reminds me of a pajama or scrub top. I may recycle this fabric and turn them into some cute underwear (it has a great 4-way stretch) or something that involves less print.

Coming Soon

09-buttonholeOver the past several weeks, I’ve been working on several projects that have yet to be released. One of them is (another) tester pattern, this time for Peek-a-boo Patterns (if you follow her Facebook page you can probably figure out which one it is). The official release date for this pattern is Thursday (it will also be discounted on release day as well).

In the meantime, here is a glimpse of it in progress. For my version, I opted to use a shirting flannel from Joann – it had a nice drape (I really didn’t want a heavy stiff material) and I fell in love with the color. While the fabric was easy to find, the buttons were not…. what in the heck happened to their button section? I couldn’t even find navy buttons (I really wanted a hot pink or purple that would match, but that, apparently, is asking too much)!

Mini Patchwork Projects

09-patchworkA lot of times when you hear the word “patchwork”, an image of quilts will pop into your head. As much as I love them, I don’t have the time or patience to make many of them…. but I do have time for Mini Patchwork Projects!  This is a new book by British fabric and pattern designer, Beth Studley, tackles 6 adorable patterns that can be easily created in a day.

Included in this book are the instructions to make a fun picture garland, reversible trinket bowls, a great petalled pin cushion, a hexi needlecase, curvy coaster set, and a notebook cover (all are featured on the cover photo). Even if you’re not familiar with the techniques listed, they are described in the back of the book along with all of the templates necessary to complete the projects. This book is a good introduction to a variety of ‘quilting’ styles, but on a smaller, more manageable scale. The projects themselves are cute, functional, and an easy way to use up those fabric scraps! I’m hoping to eventually tackle the pincushion…. because we all know I sort of have a pincushion obsession!

Linky Thursday

Get baby snuggly and dry after bath time with this free hooded towel tutorial.

I need a new wallet! This one was plenty of pockets and seems to be a nice size. Or maybe I just need a good purse organizer.

Show someone some low with a pair of these koi plushies.

Get 25% off your order of My Image & B Trendy pattern magazines by using the coupon code STACYSEWS at checkout!

Keep the everyone’s room organized with this handy bedside pocket organizer and\or a 9 pocket door caddy.

Speaking of organizers, this arm chair remote caddy looks very useful!

Get ready for fall baking by sewing up a new, pretty apron.  Then make a kid-size version for your little helper!

Pajama pants! Enough said.

Transform you favorite tee pattern into an envelope tunic.

This water bottle carrier holds so much more than your workout beverage.

Feeling the urge to start fall crafting. Why not start with this fun, witch hats?