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Romper Mash Up

Romper Mash Up

Hey! Catherine here for my first post! I’m here to show you how you can easily mash 2 of my favorite romper patterns, the Vacation Romper and Hip Hop Romper, to get a whole new look.

 

 
I loved the bottom of the Hip Hop Romper, but knew my 2 year old would be untying that halter all day! I looked at the Vacation Romper and thought the binding was a great solution for us. These two patterns came together perfectly giving me the functional and trendy look I was aiming for.




To start, I printed and assembled the whole front piece and the arm and neck binding pieces of the Hip Hop Romper and the top of the Vacation Romper in the size I needed.


I laid the top of the Vacation Romper over the Hip Hop Romper, matching up the center seam and bottom of the neckline and drew a line across the Hip Hop Romper marking where I would cut off the top of the Hip Hop piece, removed it, then taped the top of the Vacation Romper in its place.


 
From there I cut 2 identical pieces out of my fabric as well as arm and neck binding pieces from the Vacation Romper and 2 elastic leg band pieces according to the measurements in the Hip Hop Romper pattern. I followed the tutorial from the Hip Hop Romper to sew the side seams, inseam and leg elastics and then the Vacation Romper tutorial for attaching the neck and underarm binding. 


Voila! It’s done! I can’t wait to see your mash ups, don’t forget to post in the Ellie and Mac Facebook Group!

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Sewing Space Organization

Sewing Space Organization

Hello everyone! My name is Aimee – also known as the Sewing Scientist. I just moved and finished setting up my new sewing space. I’m really excited about it and wanted to share it with you and show how I organized everything. In my move I lost having a closed off dedicated sewing room. In my new home, I am occupying an open area that will also double as my photo editing area. I had a dedicated office in my old house and needed to combine it and my sewing room into one space.  The space I am using is 8 feet wide by 23 feet long.

One side of the space is open to a large bank of windows. These windows provide me a great view and some wonderful natural light. My neighborhood is heavily treed and strong sunlight comes in only about 3 feet – as can be seen by how light the floor is in that area. So no worries – my fabric is a safe distance away.

My original office had 2 desks. One was for my photography and one was for when I worked from home. My sewing room also had a desk. Needless to say, I did not have room for three desks. I went furniture shopping and found a lovely dining room table at a consignment shop that I knew would be perfect. My husband wall mounted my monitor (which is a TV) and set up a switch so that both my sewing computer and photography computer are both connected to it. The large table gives me a lot of space to spread out and work on my sewing blog or editing photos. I have cute boxes on my table to store things in like memory cards, lens wipes, notebooks, etc. On the wall next to my desk is a spool rack to hold my smaller spools of thread.

Since my space is open and we have 3 naughty cats, I need to keep my sewing machines safely stored away when not in use. My machines each has a cubby slot in the shelves. The shelves I have are from Ikea and are perfect for storing all of my things. You can see I have my serger out as I was about to use it. Each of my machines has a dust cover that I use to keep my kitties from messing with the thread on my machines. The cabinet under my desk hold my serger thread. I have another cabinet on the opposite side with my embroidery thread. 

Most of my fabric is folded using a 12.5” square ruler and then placed on a shelf. Some fabrics are harder to store that way. Swim knits are a perfect example. They are so slippery that it is hard to keep them neatly folded. I use my ruler to fold them and then roll the square and stand them upright in a bin. This makes it easy for me to see what I have. 

My biggest mess in my old sewing room was my patterns. I tried so many storage solutions and always came back to using 6 inch by 9 inch envelopes. But how to store all those envelopes? I had them everywhere and it would take me forever to find the pattern that I wanted. I searched online to find a vintage sewing pattern cabinet that would have been used by a retail store. I finally found the style I wanted and paid $65. It was well worth it as now all my patterns are stored neatly in alphabetical order by designer. My pdf patterns take up 2 drawers and 1 drawer is for my big 4 paper patterns. The top and bottom drawers are currently used as storage, but will allow me room to grow my pattern collection.

I’m only 5 foot tall. One of the most practical items for me to have in my sewing space is a step stool. I keep this one tucked away in a corner and get it out routinely to reach things in the top shelves and on top of my shelves. Above the shelving units I store boxes with zippers, buttons, woven fabrics, and items I don’t need regularly. The stool makes it so much easier to access fabric on the upper shelves.

I am all about organizing my stuff. I have these storage drawers next to my pattern cabinet. The drawer you see open contain elastic. The one above it has binding – mostly premade regular and bias cut binding. Another holds fold over elastic and picot elastic. One hold trim – zigzag and decorative stuff. 

I am a sentimental person and have a few things that I will never let go of. This vintage sewing machine is one of them. It was given to me by a dear friend and I cherish it greatly. I’m unlikely to ever use it, but I think it’s beautiful and I keep things stored in its drawers. I come from a Hispanic family and you might notice that I have a few Dia de los Muertos figurines in my room. I also have two molita dolls made by my grandmother when she was in her 90’s. My grandmother loved to sew and as she lost her sight, she would make these dolls and give them to everyone she knew. The skirt lifts up to hold needles and safety pins. 


This side of my “cutting table” has my Brother Scan n Cut and my Easy Press for when I do HTV. I also have bins that hold tools like a hem guide and French curve – just to name a few.

I try to keep my pattern weights and wonder clips in containers. If I don’t put everything back where it goes when I am done, I tend to lose things. Plus this keeps my sewing space looking a bit neater. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my sewing space and find some of my organization techniques useful for your own sewing space. Thanks for readin

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How to Add a Ruffle to the Monday Morning Dress

How to Add a Ruffle to the Monday Morning Dress

Hello everybody, Ilse here from @Sewsewilse. I’m glad to be back on the EAM Blog! These days I can’t have enough dresses! Summer is in full swing and nothing is so wonderful to wear loose and flowy dresses.
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South Shore Romper & Wrap Skirt Pattern MashUp

South Shore Romper & Wrap Skirt Pattern MashUp

I’m not really much into rompers, but after seeing all of the lovely South Shore Rompers in the Ellie and Mac FB group, I had to get this pattern.  I decided, though, that I want to add a skirt to it because I saw something similar at the store a few months ago and was so disappointed when I tried it on.  It was a definite no go.  For my make, I modified the wrap skirt and added it to the shorts version.
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Be Active Shorts Pocket Tutorial

Be Active Shorts Pocket Tutorial

Hi everybody! It’s Heather Fletcher from @Fletchersewing. I’m going to show you how easy it is to add inseam pockets to the Be Active shorts pattern. 

First, find a pocket pattern piece that you like. I’m using this one from the women’s Zip It Hoodie pattern. Make sure that the wearer’s hand will fit into the pocket nicely. If you don’t have a pocket pattern piece, you can draft your own by drawing around the wearer’s hand and leaving a little bit of room and a flat edge to attach the pocket to the side of the shorts. Don’t forget to add 1/4” seam allowance if you are making your own.

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South Shore Romper + Breezy Mashup

South Shore Romper + Breezy Mashup

Hi gang! This mashup happened because I recently sewed up the South Shore Romper for a client and she absolutely loved it. I am personally not a romper kinda girl mostly because I don’t look forward to stripping down in public restrooms should the need arise. I figured since I had purchased the pattern for her and I loved the cross front style of the bodice, so I decided to turn it into a dress! Here is how I made that happen.
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Neckband Perfection

Neckband Perfection

Hi friends! This is Lakeisha from @Sincerely, Shantelle and today we are going to chat about neckbands. All Ellie and Mac patterns come with a pattern piece for the neckbands, but oftentimes we see comments or posts in the Facebook group of members who are less than happy with how their neckbands look after attaching. This happens for a host of reasons. Sometimes, the member is a new sewist, and not familiar with band attachment. Other times, it’s all in the fabric choice. I’m going to attempt to help with both!
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Discoverer Tee Hack: Adding a ruffle

Discoverer Tee Hack: Adding a ruffle

Hi everyone, here is Lesley alias Frullemieke from the blog https://frullemieke.blogspot.be again.
Today I’m gonna show you a little hack on the Discoverer Tee Pattern, I’ve added a ruffle to it.

Here we go:
1. Print and tape the pattern and cut out the pieces.
2. Take the front piece and measure on the top line to see how long you gonna make your ruffle.

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Oasis Swimsuit Hack

Oasis Swimsuit Hack

Cut your pattern and fabric according to instructions from E & M’s Oasis swimsuit pattern, except for pattern piece “Front Bodice”. This piece will no longer be cut on the fold because it will be modified. You will need to cut 2 mirrored pieces of Outer fabric & Liner Fabric.
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Adjusting your neckline

Adjusting your neckline

Hi! This is Marieke again. How often do you look at shirts and dresses in a store or at Pinterest and you think: I can make that too! And you can! That’s so cool about sewing, to make what you love yourself. But sometimes your shirt just needs a little bit of extra. At least I want that. Last month I was looking at a shirt with a special binding and I thought: how to…… I discovered and now I have to share it with you!
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Top 5 Sewing Must Haves

Top 5 Sewing Must Haves

There’s something about the fresh spring air and the promise of warm weather that always seems to bring new sewists about and I just love that! There is so much to learn when it comes to sewing and there are many questions that come with the territory. Additionally, even the most seasoned of sewists look for new ideas, tips and tricks to add to their arsenal. One of my favorite questions which is often asked is “What are your sewing must haves?” Every time I see this question, I learn something new and I can’t wait to share my current top 5 list with you.
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How to adjust the length of the Beach Crop Top

How to adjust the length of the Beach Crop Top

Hello there! It’s Melissa again and I have a modification for the kids Beach Dreaming Crop Top pattern (affiliate link) I wanted to share with you. This is one of my most favorite Ellie and Mac patterns for my daughter. I feel like I sew at least one up each week. 

My daughter enjoys having crop tops of various lengths so I frequently modify the crop top to different lengths based on what she’s feeling like that day. 

I typically have three different lengths I go to for my daughter. She currently wears the size 7/8. These lengths are the normal drafted length, shortened by 2.5 inches, and shortened by 5 inches. I use the same piece, I just fold it to remove the length. 

Here are the three different lengths cut out with the front and back bodice pieces. The lemonade is the standard length according to the pattern, the watermelon is 2.5 inches removed and the be kind print has 5 inches of length removed. 
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