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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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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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Twist it Up Hack: how to move the knot

Twist it Up Hack: how to move the knot

Well hello my fellow sewing enthusiasts! I’m Sam and am excited to share a fun little hack with you today. 

The Twist it Up Top came out recently and, while it’s really cute, we’ve had several requests for how to move the knot to the side of the shirt. Have no fear….it’s actually easier than you’d expect.

First, you’ll cut your back bodice piece out like normal. For the front bodice piece you’ll just cut it straight across. Do not cut out the knot section of the pattern. 
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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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Moto Patch Hack: How to Add a Moto Effect to the Kids Joggers

Moto Patch Hack: How to Add a Moto Effect to the Kids Joggers

Hi crafty friends!! Today I want to show you how to get this awesome moto look on your kid’s joggers! Lucky for us, there are already sweet color-blocking pattern pieces included, so we just have to create the moto look on the fabric. Here is how I created mine!
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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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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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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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How to add dimension with applique

How to add dimension with applique

Bonjour! It's me again, Lo, from Seams Sew Lo! Almost two years ago, I made my Baby Girl a 3D Butterfly dress, you may see it here. Then I mader her a Ellie and Mac Unisex raglan with a another 3D Butterfly, here. She has since outgrown her gorgeous butterfly dress, so I decided to create her a new one and share with you on how you may make your own 3D Butterfly dress. Here is how to make your own!

First thing you need is an excellent free standing lace (fsl) embroidery design. I purchased the fsl butterfly embroidery in this tutorial from artapli on Etsy. Once you have it downloaded to your machine, the next thing you need is water soluble stabilizer. The quality of the stabilizer truly matters with free standing lace. I prefer to use Vilene Water Soluble Stabilizer. I cut two pieces slightly larger than your hoop of the water soluble stabilizer and double them up inside the hoop. I always double up my stabilizer for my free standing lace projects.
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Holiday Ready With This Pattern Hack!

Holiday Ready With This Pattern Hack!

That’s how the Be Amazing and Sitting Pretty Top mash up came to be.  However, she wanted “a fancy something” at the neck so I finagled a little bit of a change on the collar to accommodate the fancy that she was looking for. 

The first thing I did was take a look at the bodice on the Be Amazing, and I shortened the Sitting Pretty so that it was the same length.  I did do some merging at the side seams so that the waist was the same width as the original Be Amazing bodice.  Nothing too fancy.  With the top being knit and the bottom being woven, I decided to add a little extra support by adding some clear elastic  around the waist.

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