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    Dauphine Jeans

    If you had told me a year ago that I would be making my own jeans and that they would fit me better than store bought I wouldn’t have believed you. Yet here I am a year and a half into my sewing adventures and that’s exactly what I have done! To say I am happy about it is an understatement. Jeans have always been a struggle for me, prior to kids the issue was length. I could never find any long enough. After kids I added the problem of larger hips and smaller everything else. At the beginning of the year I set a goal for myself to make…

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    Journey Dress Hack

    Spring has officially sprung and I’m heading to Scottsdale this week for spring break with the family. I wanted to make a cute dress that I could use as a swim cover as well for by the pool. My goal was something loose fitting with some sort of fun detail. I have been admiring the Journey Romper pattern from Striped Swallow Designs for a while as I love the open back option with the wrap. This was just the sort of fun detail I was looking for so I decided to mash the Journey into a dress. There are so many fun views in the Journey Romper pattern I couldn’t…

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    Velvet Miss Ruby Tuesday

    Well it is official, I have done something I swore I would never do… I put up the Christmas tree before December 1st! My oldest started begging me last week and we made a deal where he helped me clean the house and then we put the tree up. Secretly I was excited to put it up as I love the holidays. It got me looking forward to the holidays and I decided that I needed to make the perfect holiday dress. I had this gorgeous velvet from Surge Fabric Shop just begging to be turned into something special. This velvet is so soft and using my tips from my…

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    Lace Lulu Dolman

    If there is one thing in life I love it is dolman style sweaters, if there is a second thing in life I love it is lace! So of course the best would be to combine them both which is exactly what I did for this super easy lace color block hack of the brand new Lulu Dolman from Petite Stitchery. Petite Stitchery is having an awesome sale for Black Friday! See the details below. I used an olive rayon spandex french terry and silver eyelash lace for my top, both of which are available at Surge Fabric Shop. (If you register for a rewards account with my link you…

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    Sewing with Velvet

    I fell madly in love with Surge Fabric‘s collection of stretch velvet and had to have them all! (If you use my link and sign up for a rewards account you can get 10% off your first order) I knew right away that I wanted to make the new Hideaway top from Striped Swallow Designs with my Romance velvet. It was the perfect pattern for the velvet. I paired my Hideaway with a pair of Moto Skinnies from Laela Jeyne Patterns. This was my first time sewing “real” pants, instead of leggings and joggers. I really enjoyed all the detail involved with making the flat felled seams. I can’t wait…

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    Split Sleeve Dolman

    Fall has officially arrived here which means pumpkin spice everything! I am one of the few that is not a fan of pumpkin spice in my coffee, or oatmeal, or muffins, or whatever else they have decided to make this year. However, there is one pumpkin spice I can’t get enough of. The Pumpkin Spice Dolman by Patterns for Pirates. It is by far my favorite sewing pattern and makes up the majority of my winter wardrobe. In fact, I have so many PSDs that I decided recently that I need to “spice things up” so to speak. I saw someone at the grocery store with a split sleeved dolman…

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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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    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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    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…