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INTRODUCING THE MAVE SKIRT SEWING PATTERN!

April 14, 2021

I am so excited to be sharing our spring pattern, the Mave Skirt, with you. The Mave is an elastic waist skirt with a drawstring, inseam pockets and an optional lining. The skirt can be made with or without ruffles and in different lengths to create numerous options including mini, midi and maxi lengths depending on your preference.

The Mave may be our most beginner friendly pattern to date. We will be doing a full sewalong in a couple of weeks too, so even the most newbie sewist should be able to handle it.

The Mave skirt currently is offered in PDF only (Although we hope to print it soon.). It comes in two size ranges. You can choose between sizes 0-18 and sizes 14-30. Check out our listings to see both body and finished measurements to choose your size.

We like light to medium weight fabrics for this pattern. This could include rayon challis, linen, voile, lawn, chiffon and georgette to name a few. If your fabric is on the sheer side we recommend sewing up the optional lining. We will be talking more about fabrics and notions next week as we prepare for the sewalong so be sure to check back for that information.

One of our favorite things about the Mave skirt is that we used options instead of views. This means that there are tons of different versions of this skirt you can sew up by cutting at different lines on the pattern pieces or lengthening, shortening or simply omitting the ruffles. The instructions clearly show you where and what to cut for each option. It gives a lot of versatility to an otherwise simple pattern.

If you would like to purchase the Mave Skirt sewing pattern, you can do so here in my shop. Use the code MAVESKIRT for 20% off of the pattern through Friday, April 23rd.

MAKES OUR PATTERNS SEWING FOR ADULTS STYLING

TRANSITIONAL SHELBY

February 4, 2021

I decided to sew up a long version of the Shelby dress to layer in fall / winter and still get to wear in spring / summer. Most of the Shelbys in my closet are the short versions so I figured it was about time to give it a go.

For the fabric, I wanted something very 90s. I finally settled on this rayon crepe with a dark background and ditsy print. I love that it has that Laura Ashley vibe that I remember my mom wearing years ago. I bought it from Cloth Story Fabrics and it’s beautiful. Rayon crepe is one of my favorite fabrics to sew with. It has such a nice drape and weight to it.

I like styling this dress with my Doc Martens and leather jacket for now. This is how I wore it for a stay-at-home date with my husband. It was nice to get dressed up even though it’s not necessary these days due to Covid. I always feel better though when I put on real clothes.

I am excited to style this again come spring. I am thinking I will keep it simple with sandals. Pretty sure this will get a lot of wear year round.

OUR PATTERNS SEWING FOR ADULTS

IMPROVED SIZING FOR THE NIKKO PATTERN

January 22, 2021

We are so excited to be offering the Nikko top and dress pattern in a new extended size range. You can now purchase the pattern in sizes 0-18 ( C cup) and sizes 14-30 (D cup).

The Nikko pattern includes four views, all with a simple and stylish mock turtleneck. Views A and B are tops with a fitted silhouette.

Views C and D are straighter through the waist and hip, extending to the ankle, with knee-length side slits to complete the dress. Views A and C are both sleeveless, cut to resemble a racerback, but with enough coverage to wear a regular bra. Views B and D have long fitted sleeves that reach the wrist.

We like to call the Nikko pattern the t-shirt of winter. We wear ours all of the time. It’s great with a pair of simple jeans or used as a layering piece under a Marlo sweater. However you choose to wear it, we hope you find yours as versatile and comfy as we have.

To celebrate the update, both size ranges of the Nikko pdf pattern will be on sale thru next Friday, January 29th – no code needed.

Click on over to our shop to learn more.

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INTRODUCING THE MARLO SWEATER!

January 13, 2021

I am so excited to be sharing our most recent pattern with you – the Marlo Sweater.

The Marlo sewing pattern is an oversized sweater with a dropped shoulder, deep V-neck, wide bands and large buttons (think your favorite grandpa sweater).

View A is cropped length, hitting around the waist.

View B on the other hand ends around mid thigh and has patch pockets.

The Marlo is currently offered as PDF only. It comes in two size ranges – sizes 0 – 18 and a C cup and 14 – 30 and a D cup. You can access both size ranges from my site here.

We will talk more about fabric in later posts, but for now just know that this pattern works best in medium weight fabrics such as sweater knit, french terry, sweatshirting, polar fleece, rib knit and boucle. The main sweater can be sewn up in a stretch or nonstretch fabric, but the bands require at least 20% stretch. You can use the same fabric for both or use a contrasting fabric for the bands.

There will be a full sewalong coming for the Marlo in a couple of weeks. You can purchase the Marlo pattern here at 20% off (no code needed) through Tuesday.

We are also offering a very limited amount of fabric yardage and notions kits for the Marlo release. If you buy the pattern, fabric and kit you can get an EXTRA 10% off with the code MARLOLOVE at checkout.

You can find out more about the fabric and kits by checking out the details in our shop here.

We hope you love the Marlo as much as we do! Please sewalong with us as we make the Marlo Sweater from Jan. 25th – Jan. 29th.

MAKES OUR PATTERNS SEWING FOR ADULTS TUTORIALS

PAGE AND HUDSON SWEATSUIT

December 21, 2020

Gabriela of Chalk and Notch and I decided to collaborate and each make our own versions of the Page Hoodie and Hudson pants for a matching sweatsuit to lounge around in this holiday season.

I used the high rise tutorial for my Hudson pattern that you can find here. For the Page Hoodie, I used the cropped view and her free crew neckband tutorial and pattern piece that you can find here. I love how the high rise Hudsons go with the cropped Page sweatshirt. Perfect combo.

For my sweatsuit I decided to try a bleaching technique that I had been wanting to try. I love how it turned out. Very easy and fun to do. I definitely want to try it again on some nicer fabric for another project. Here is how you can do it yourself.

You will need fabric. I used black french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and some ribbing from Etsy. You also will need bleach (100%, not diluted) a spray bottle, a ground covering so you don’t kill your grass, and you may also want some plastic gloves, an apron, and a plastic bin to transport the fabric once it’s been bleached.

Fill your spray bottle with bleach. Turn the nozzle so it is on stream, not spritz. You want the drops to be thicker. I recommend practicing on a scrap of fabric first. Here is my trial. I sprayed the front side of one (right) and the back side of the other (left). I like the way it looks better when you spray the back side. The bleach sinks through but leaves softer edges that way.

Here is my spraying setup. I ended up using the garage since there was so much snow on the ground, but you could do it outside as well.

I put my fabric right side down on the plastic sheeting and just started spraying (remember it should be on stream). I walked around the fabric so the sprays came from all angles.

After spraying I let it sit for about 15 minutes and the color quickly started to appear. Now, check the front of the fabric and see if you like the look. You can always spray some more and check again.

I found that the ribbing needed to be sprayed right side up so I turned the ribbing over and sprayed it again.

Once you are happy with the look, wash immediately. This stops the bleach from doing any more damage to the fabric.

Here is how it looked washed and dried.

And now that it is all sewn up, I love it. Pretty sure I will be wearing this for the next two weeks straight. I ordered a couple of fun colors to make some plain colored sweatsuits as well.

Make sure you check out Chalk and Notch to see Gabriela’s Page and Hudson combo too.