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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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Sew Organized: How to Find More Time to Sew

Sew Organized: How to Find More Time to Sew

We all have an activity or a hobby we enjoy doing, whether to relax or just have fun, or maybe improve ourselves. Unfortunately, we all have responsibilities and duties as well, and more often than not, they tend to come in the way and prevent us from doing the stuff we love.

Finding more time for these hobbies of ours is a difficult task indeed. And when the mentioned hobby is sewing, a craft which requires a fair amount of time from anyone practicing it, that task is even more difficult.

If only there was a way, a method, a trick that will help us find enough time for sewing. Well actually, that kind of thing exists. More than one in fact. And we're here to show them to you, right now. So, let's not waste any more time and start listing them one by one.

Tip #1: Keep everything prepared and ready to sew

Sometimes, you have about half an hour of free time and you wish you could use that time for sewing, but the machine set up and fabric preparation on its own would take you longer than that, so you just give up and surf the internet instead, even though you really wanted to sew. 

If you want to avoid this and be able to have short but productive sewing sessions during the day, you should have everything ready and on standby at all times. The change that will make the biggest difference, according to Hellosewing, is to claim a spot for your sewing machine so you can use the little chunks of free time during the day.

Just find yourself a corner in one room, set your machine up there, prepare your sewing patterns and designs, and leave it be. When you find a couple of minutes of free time, get in there and sew. When the time's up, don't pack things up, just wait for the next window to appear.


Tip #2: Organize your time

If you do your chores in random order, you're most likely wasting a lot of time on mundane things like walking from one place to the other, deciding what to do first, or just forgetting something and remembering it when it's almost too late, forcing you to work at max speed in order to catch up.

But if you create a schedule for each day and stick to it, you'll be able to find yourself some free time more easily. Organize your tasks in a way that allows you to complete everything in one area before moving on to the other area. This will eliminate all unnecessary walking and save up some time.


Tip #3: Break projects down in bite-sized chunks

Splitting your sewing project into smaller pieces will allow you to work in an inductive or a deductive manner. In other words, you'll be able to split your tasks into two main groups, one consisting of very simple and quick to finish tasks, and the other consisting of more complex and time-consuming ones.

You can then choose to first complete the easier work first and be done with it quickly, or deal with the more demanding job first and then wrap things up with the simple things that remained. Obviously, since we're talking about sewing here, you can't exactly do things in any order, but you can still organize them so that they can help you save some time.



Tip #4: Have your friend help you out

Two pairs of heads and two pairs of hands complete tasks twice as fast, that much is clear as day. If you know in advance that you'll have a free afternoon or an entire day, ask your friend who also sews if they want to help you with your project. They can bring their sewing machine over and then you'll be finished in no time. Explain your ideas to them and then split the work between yourselves so that each does the tasks they're most skilled at. This will guarantee high efficiency and fast progress.

If they say yes, don't forget to return the favor afterwards and lend them a hand with a project of their own when they ask you for your help.


Tip #5: Focus and avoid distractions

Annoying telephone marketing, surveys, television, snacks, internet surfing and similar all waste your free time considerably. Try to avoid them if possible so that you can dedicate more time to sewing, or your chores that keep you away from sewing and have to be dealt with first and foremost.

Wearing headphones and listening to music can be very helpful when you don't want to be interrupted so do try that out.

Now you know that it's possible for you to find yourself some free time for sewing. But what's more important, is the fact that you know how to do just that. From here on out you won't have to wait for days or weeks until you can finally start sewing.

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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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