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    Summer Tank Dress

    Hello there! Sorry I have been a little MIA lately. The combination of summer with two small kiddos and other projects has put the blog on my back burner for a bit. But I am back with a quick mash tutorial this week! I got this gorgeous double brushed poly from SewVagabond a while back and wanted to make a dress with it. I decided to combine the Essential Tank and the Cross My Heart Cami. *links are affiliate links* Combining the Patterns Start by tracing the Essential Tank pattern onto a piece of wax paper or tracing paper. Then overlay your traced Essential Tank onto the Cross My Heart…

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    Father’s Day Boxer Bouquet Tutorial

    Anyone else out there have a husband that is impossible to find a great gift for?! I never know what to get for my husband, but this Father’s Day he made it easy for me by dropping lots of hints of what he wanted. Recently he mentioned that he wanted me to make him more boxer briefs because the double brushed poly ones I have made him in the past are by far his favorite boxers. He didn’t care what was on the fabric as long as I used double brushed poly to make them. Most of my brushed poly scraps are floral so I decided to make him a bouquet of…

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    The Babe Hoodie

    When I started sewing about a year ago I challenged myself to try new techniques and learn new skills. There were a couple things that I was too scared to try though. Zippers and welt pockets, they totally freaked me out! So when I was selected to test the new Babe hoodie/jacket pattern by the DIBY club I figured now was the perfect time to get over my fears. The pattern instructions are very clear and made it easy to tackle both of these with ease. I am a little obsessed with welt pockets now and will probably be adding them to just about everything now! My biggest tip if…

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    Boheme Maxi and Fenix Romper

    I have admired Jessica Hooley and her blog the Do It Better Yourself Club for quite some time, it seems like there isn’t much she can’t do. Case in point she recently partnered with Sly Fox Fabrics to create a collection of custom prints called Bohemian Soul. I was asked to sew up a couple of the strike offs and these fabrics are absolutely gorgeous. The prints I received were the Mirage on Rayon Viscose Jersey and the Oasis in Onyx printed on ITY. Both prints are vibrant and the fabric is excellent quality. I washed them both together with a color catcher and the color catcher came out with no…

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    Spring Mini Capsule

    A few weeks ago Patterns for Pirates and Made for Mermaids had a spring mini capsule contest. I was inspired by the contest and got as far as cutting out all my projects and then became extremely ill. I spent about two weeks in bed and was unable to get any of my projects sewn. Fast forward to today and I am feeling much better and finally was able to complete my mini capsule! I figured I would share it with you guys since I am really happy with how it turned out! For my mini capsule I wanted all the pieces to coordinate and be able to be mixed…

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    Boheme Drift

    Today is the last day of Mashup March for Striped Swallow Designs. I have enjoyed seeing everyone’s creative and gorgeous creations. For my #ssdmashupmarch creation I knew I wanted to try something with the Boheme Sky as I have loved the pattern for a while but hadn’t bought it yet. I decided to experiment with mashing it with the Driftwood Hoodie. My goal was to keep the fitted bodice of the Boheme Sky and then attach the Driftwood hood with the front cowl. I’ve been slowly working my way through my fabric stash, due to a ban imposed by a husband who doesn’t understand there is really no such thing as too…

  • Pattern Review

    Harbor Knot Tee Review

    One of my favorite pattern designers is Striped Swallow Designs so I jumped on the opportunity to test the new Harbor Knot Tee. As usual Mandalynn did not disappoint! The Harbor Knot instantly became my favorite shirt for the spring. The fun knot detail makes it such a flattering silhouette as it drapes nicely in the front and is slightly fitted in the back. The pattern was just released today and is currently on sale for $2 off now through Friday at 11:59PM CST. (Use coupon code harborknot) There is a children’s version coming soon too! Pattern Details: Difficulty: This is a great beginner pattern, it takes longer to cut…

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    Athena

    We spent last week in Florida with my husband’s family as his step sister was getting married. The wedding was gorgeous and we got to take the kiddos to the beach and a couple of the theme parks. We had a blast and I was sad to leave, but I am happy to be back home so I can sew again! While we were in Florida I had the idea for this dress and spent the whole trip obsessing over how to make it happen. This mashup is the easiest I have shared so far and is a combination of two Made for Mermaids patterns, the Mama Joy and Megan Romper. Then…

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    The Summer Dress

    The weather here has been unseasonably warm the last couple weeks which has had me thinking ahead to summer. I love wearing dresses all summer long. Most of the everyday dresses I have made so far have been maxi dresses so when I saw someone posted a picture of a short sleeveless raglan dress the other day I figured I would mix it up and try it out. I’ve been hoarding some gorgeous Iva brushed poly from Knitpop and decided it was the perfect fabric for this dress. I am obsessed with all things floral right now and just love how summery this print feels. In case you haven’t figured it…

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    Bombshell Dress

    Have you ever had an idea you just couldn’t get out of your head? Back in architecture school that meant many late nights at the studio slaving away on my latest design. Lately it means slaving away in my sewing room. I love that I am starting to get comfortable enough in my sewing that I can branch out from the original patterns and start adding my own ideas. In the case of the bombshell dress I combined two patterns from Patterns for Pirates and then altered the back and neckline. If you are like me the thought of combining and altering a pattern probably freaks you out. I promise…