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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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YOU'RE MY OASIS- HACKING THE OASIS BY ELLIE AND MAC

YOU'RE MY OASIS- HACKING THE OASIS BY ELLIE AND MAC

Earlier this month I made the Ellie and Mac oasis swimsuit. It's a totally gorgeous suit, and the top is a knockout. It's comfortable, supportive, and beautiful. 

But do I like sewing binding? 

No. 

No. I don't. 

But for the oasis, it's entirely worthwhile. 

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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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How to add welt pockets to any pattern

How to add welt pockets to any pattern

I’m back with the second installment of pockets. Yep, today we are tackling welt pockets. I used the Dream Big Bubble Dress as my pattern of choice, but any dress will work! For this one, you’ll want some scrap fabric that you can cut into your pocket pieces. How much fabric you need depends on how big you want your pockets to be. I laid my daughter’s hand over the quilting ruler to get a rough estimate of how much room she would need/want and decided to make her pockets about 4.5” wide by 5” deep. 
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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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Learn How To Create This Pinspiration: Using The Strawberry Kisses Romper

Learn How To Create This Pinspiration: Using The Strawberry Kisses Romper

Hey all! If you have seen my Pinspiration Hack from the Spring Challenge. I’m going to share to all y’ all how I did it. 
The pattern sizes I used were a 5 width and 4 height. (So some adjustments may need to be done on your end.)  ***Always make a muslin of your garment when adjusting any pattern***
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