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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.

Cut out all your pieces for the shorts as instructed in the pattern and then cut out four mirrored pocket pieces for two pockets. Two mirrored pocket pieces are shown below.

Determine where you want to place the pockets. I did this by taking a pair of shorts I had already made using this pattern and having my son try them on and put his hand where a pocket would go. By doing this, I determined that placement would be approximately 1.25 inches below the top of the shorts pattern piece. 

Next, take one piece of the front shorts and one piece of the back shorts and lay them next to each other as shown below. Place your pockets on top of the shorts pieces Right Sides Together. The straight raw edge of the pockets will align with the shorts outseam.   

By placing the shorts next to each other you can make sure that the pockets will be exactly in the same place on the front shorts and the back shorts piece so that they will line up perfectly when you sew them together. Now sew the pockets to the shorts pieces using your favorite stretch stitch.

Fold the pocket pieces away from the shorts pieces and press.

If you desire, you can understitch the pocket to better keep it tucked in place. To do this, press the seam allowance toward the pocket (away from the shorts) and stitch the seam allowance down to the pocket along the edge. You can use a long narrow zig zag to understitch. I skipped understitching on these since they were just going to be play shorts for my son. 

Lay the shorts pieces right sides together matching the outseam and pocket raw edges. Pin or clip together.

Now sew all the way down the outseam and around the pocket using your preferred stretch stitch. I like to use my triple stretch stitch on my sewing machine and then my serger to make sure that the pocket is secure since it can be a high stress area. Make sure that your seams are pressed toward the pockets and that you catch all corners as you sew around the pocket

Close up of sewn pocket below

Repeat all steps with your other pocket pieces and shorts side. Then sew the rest of the shorts together by following the pattern tutorial. 

Yay! The shorts now have pockets that I’m sure the wearer will appreciate. I think I’ll be finding some Legos in the pockets of these!

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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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How To: Make and Add Fringe

How To: Make and Add Fringe

Hi everyone! I am Manda and I love to share a hack on the Kid's Discoverer Tee with you that I did a while ago. 

I love the look of some fringe, especially for summer. It has that kind of a summer vibe to it. So I thought about it and searched my favorite Ellie & Mac patterns, to find that one pattern that screamed "hack me"! And I found the Kid's Discoverer Tee. A great shirt, that is easy to make and yet gives you plenty of opportunities to add your own creativity. This is the vision that I had in mind: 
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Be Dreamy Open Sleeve Hack

Be Dreamy Open Sleeve Hack

Hello Everyone! 
I'm so excited to be able to share with you my Open Sleeve mod for the Be Dreamy dress! You know, the dress with endless possibilities, that looks so good on every body type! :D

As soon as it came out, I knew I had to have it. And I had the perfect fabric for it.
Except. That I only had 3 yards- just shy of the recommended yardage- and being 5'10”, I was going to need every bit of it. 
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Sleeve Fit 101: Types, Wrinkles, Directions and More

Sleeve Fit 101: Types, Wrinkles, Directions and More

Have you ever made a shirt and thought it was just about the most perfect thing ever! And you put it on and feel super good about yourself because it fits and the color is pretty much perfect and your top stitching was on point and it just really feels good! Then you go to take a selfie and look in the mirror and find wrinkles? And not the kind on your face, because those are totally different and I'm not going to tell you any great secrets to prevent that, because that's just part of life. But sleeve wrinkles, when you aren't expecting them, those can almost be worse! Only because you know there was probably something you could have done about them, but what?
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Autumn Spice Nursing Hack

Autumn Spice Nursing Hack

Easy? Putting a zipper in? If you’re like me…… zippers freak you out and they do not seem ‘easy’.

But I’ll let you into a little secret. They are SUPER easy! And I’m going to show you exactly how to do that using the Autumn Spice as a base. Here’s the one I created…. My friend didn’t even notice the zip until I pointed it out to her!!!
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