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Swapping Bands for a Facing, a Finishing Technique Tutorial

Swapping Bands for a Facing, a Finishing Technique Tutorial

Hey y’all!! It’s Lakeisha from Sincerely, Shantelle, again. Today I’m sharing with 
you a technique to help transform the neckline of ANY Ellie and Mac 
pattern. Many of them come with neckbands. While neckbands are a quick 
and neat way to finish a knit garment, I find that sometimes I desire a 
different look for the finish. This was the case when I made my first Breezy top
I decided I wanted to omit the neckband, but I did not want the bodice 
lined either, because I was using French Terry. A facing was the perfect 
compromise, and I have used this technique in various other patterns 
since.
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High Hopes Lucky Girl Mash Up

High Hopes Lucky Girl Mash Up

Pinspiration, ever heard of? Pinterest, so many ideas, and so little time …
These days I keep quite a few screenshots of items of clothing that I like. I keep them as inspiration. I recently took these screenshots:

I came across these while testing for the High Hopes Dolman Top by Ellie & Mac. 
Immediately I was reminded of one of the previous tests I participated in, that of the Lucky Girl Top by Ellie & Mac. 
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How To Attach Labels

How To Attach Labels

Sewing clothing is a lot of fun, and it gets better if you can make labels for your designs. Having a pretty label with your name or the cloth’s description will give your handmade clothing an authentic feel. You can choose to use ready-made labels or make your own.

Ready-made labels come in different designs, colors, shapes, and sizes. You may also decide to buy a tag from a store that custom makes them so that you can have something that resonates with your style.

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True Beauty Band Hack

True Beauty Band Hack

I’m sharing how I modified the True Beauty I posted to the Ellie and Mac group page a few weeks ago. I wasn’t expecting the attention it got, but I had several people in various groups asking how I made it. I figured I’d make another one and share my process! Let’s begin…
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How To Make a Fancy Dress Using the School Cool Dress

How To Make a Fancy Dress Using the School Cool Dress

One of my favorite things about sewing is being able to see something on the internet or in a magazine and figuring out which pattern I can use to replicate it. I can sit for hours looking thought Pinterest and taking screenshots of outfits I want to make. I saw one a while back that I thought would make a great “Last Day of School” dress. Considering school is over in May and we are now in March, I figured I better get cracking. So I pulled up the picture on my phone again. 
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Printed Patterns Storage for Small Spaces

Printed Patterns Storage for Small Spaces

Here’s Livia from LIVIALITY.COM and am here today to share with you my method of assembling and storing my printed patterns.

This has been one of the biggest challenges for me since I started sewing.
I would love to be able to use the hanging method, but my storage space is very limited and with the number of patterns I print, it would, unfortunately, not be viable.

The best solution I found was to use plastic sleeves and ring binders.
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Sunny Day Dress: simple hacks

Sunny Day Dress: simple hacks

Hello there! It’s Melissa again and I have a few modifications for the Sunny Day dress I would like to share with you. This is one of my most favorite Ellie and Mac patterns for myself. I wear one at least once a week. 

I decided I wanted to try making a version that didn’t have a lined bodice, with a hemmed neck and sleeves. I know those sound like a lot of changes, but I knew it would turn out okay. 

First to adjust the bodice, I mashed the Sunny Day Dress with the Watch and See Dress. 
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How to make a Nursing Around The Block Hoodie

How to make a Nursing Around The Block Hoodie

Every clothing sewist knows how important it is to make the most out of any great pattern. The Ellie and & Mac Around the Block Hoodie is no exception. Its fun and unique colour blocking allows for endless creative opportunities in itself. 

But, I wanted to take it a step further. I wanted a nursing hoodie pattern without buying a nursing hoodie pattern. The Around the Block just seemed to scream it from the rooftops – “UHM, HELLO! HACK ME!” 

So I did. And now you can, too! 

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Ruffle Sleeve Kimono: How To Hack The Free Spirit Kimono

Ruffle Sleeve Kimono: How To Hack The Free Spirit Kimono

Hey everyone! I'm Stephanie, here to show you today how to turn the Free Spirit Kimono up a notch by adding a ruffle to the sleeve! & Just in time for Kimono Season! I keep seeing all these cute kimonos with ruffle sleeves. I sent it to Lindsey and she said, “I bet you can totally do that with our kimono!” and she was RIGHT! This was such an easy hack that keeps up with the trends!
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Sewing Workflow: Process & Organizing Tips for making the most of your sewing time

Sewing Workflow: Process & Organizing Tips for making the most of your sewing time

Hi, there!  Kim, again!  I’m so excited to be guest blogging here at Ellie and Mac again!  We’ve had a few changes this year in our household routine with one of the biggest things being me going back to work full time.  Exciting? Yes!  Scary?  Yes!  Totally cutting into my sewing time?  Absolutely completely yes!  So, now that I get a grand total of maaaayyyybee one or two good sewing days a month, I realized that I really need to get my act together and get organized.  Now, I realize that there are a bajillion ways to organize projects, and I know that everyone has a way that works for them.  BUT, I found that this is what works best for me so I figured I’d share what I do to put my sewing projects together into mini-kits so that I can grab and go when I get a moment here or there to sew. My very own sewing kits.

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Hacking the Fall in Love Sweater

Hacking the Fall in Love Sweater

Hello dear blog readers, Annick here from Flaxfield Sewing.  

I want to tell you about my love for the "Fall in love sweater", a super comfy sweater, beautiful in its simplicity.  The fit ans shape are just perfect for every woman.

Although I find the simplicity beautiful, I still wanted to add something special to the pattern.  After a search on my favorite source of inspiration "Pinterest", I fell for this sweater:

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Pattern Mashup: the Be Captivating with the Breezy Dress

Pattern Mashup: the Be Captivating with the Breezy Dress

Hi there, this is Manda from SewingAmbi again! This time I bring you one of my favorite sews of last year: a mashup of the Be Captivating Dress and the Breezy Dress

So lets start this project together! We begin with measuring our chest, waist and hipsize to determine the right size. For the best fit, you do this every time you start a new sewing project. That way you will never be surprised with the fit after you are done sewing. Then we print the bodice and sleeves of the Be Captivating Dress and the skirt of the Breezy Dress. Let's cut and paste the pattern pieces really quick (thankfull this can be done in a breeze!)

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