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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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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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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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Pattern Mashup: Ruched Tee + Be Captivating

Pattern Mashup: Ruched Tee + Be Captivating

Hi everyone! I (Sonia) have here today my favorite dress I’ve made to date, a mashup of the Ruched Tee and the Be Captivating Dress! This hack is quite simple, especially if you have already made the ruched tee once or twice, and are familiar with its construction. If not, don’t worry, it is easy! And the Facebook group is always here to help!
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DIY Umbrella: the Ultimate Matching Accessory

DIY Umbrella: the Ultimate Matching Accessory

I already ordered some fabric before I knew about any size chart…Ahem…And I ordered a little more than I needed. I sewed a matching ‘Feel Pretty Short’ and I liked that a lot, but I had the feeling something was missing.

To be honest, I was probably lying in bed already when I thought of the idea of an umbrella and I remember the face from my husband when he saw me the next morning… I still do not know why I thought of an umbrella, it probably has to do with my children and dog who wants to go outside, not matter the weather (and I have to go with them…) But from now on, I can go outside in style!

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Fabric Upcycling: how to dye fabrics

Fabric Upcycling: how to dye fabrics

Hi Guys, Sequoia from Sequoialynnsews here. Today, I am sharing an upcycle with a little bit of a flirty touch to it. First the upcycle part!

I drug out an entire tote of random lace curtains. I have these because someone said, “Since you sew, I bet you can do something with these.” That was at least 5 years ago and they have been hanging out in a bin ever since. In all fairness, I did hang one set on my French Doors in my pantry. My goal this year is to sew up some stuff that I have been hoarding for way too long. Enter stark white lace curtains. Stark white really isn’t a color I wear much and honestly it just screams, “I am a curtain!” So I picked out a few panels because if you are going to use up a bottle of dye you may as well dye several things! I picked this pile of curtains.

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Lucky Girl Lace-up Sleeve Hack

Lucky Girl Lace-up Sleeve Hack

I love a good pattern hack, and one that involves very little actual pattern modifications is even better! This hack is quick and easy, and gives a totally new look to the newly released Lucky Girl Pattern. So let’s get right into it!
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Fairy Jacket: Versatility & Styling

Fairy Jacket: Versatility & Styling

The Women's Fairy Jacket Pattern from Ellie & Mac is the perfect cardigan for every occasion. Dress it up or down, wear it chique or sportive! You can make it lined, unlined or even reversible! Let's see what I did!

For the Holidays I bought a serger for myself (lol) and this would be my first project using this gorgeous old rose sweater knit. As the fabric is the same at both sides I decided not to line it. I was surprised how fast this cardigan was put together and this with a maximum result!

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Style Comparison: the options & differences between three fashionable tops

Style Comparison: the options & differences between three fashionable tops

Today, I want to talk to you about the Be Adventurous TunicI love the 90’s Dress, and Memphis Top. These three patterns are all visually similar as they all have a gathered skirt and bodices that curve upwards. Shown in that order below. Please not that I shortened the skirt on the I love the 90’s Dress, omitted sleeve flounces, cut all sleeves to fit me at a ¾ length (not in any of the patterns), omitted center back seams if included in the pattern, and also made height adjustments to each pattern for my 5’ height.

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Full Bust Adjustments: the when and how

Full Bust Adjustments: the when and how

Hey sewing friends!! It’s Nellie from sewmessy.blogspot.com and today we are going to talk about a very difficult and long adjustment topic. The Full Bust Adjustment. The FBA. It’s almost a dirty word because it’s not a fun adjustment and it’s hard to figure out how much to adjust by and where to adjust, and there is almost no way to know if you’ve gotten it right other than by making another shirt/dress to see if it fixed the problem.
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How to Organize Your Sewing Patterns

How to Organize Your Sewing Patterns

If you are a designer or you love sewing and have been doing this for a long time, you realize that you need a system to organize your sewing patterns. Otherwise, you will experience problems such as a messy pile of pattern pieces and difficulty in retrieving your pieces when you need them. When you start sewing, you do not have many pattern pieces and storing them in boxes seems to suffice. However, as you grow your art, you begin collecting many pattern exceeding a hundred. You now realize your pattern collection is out of control, mixed up and your storage boxes and binders start to bulge and tear. It is time you find an effective system of organizing your sewing pattern.

A good organizing system will help you:

  • Store your patterns better
  • Preserve the quality of the patterns
  • Protect the patterns from damage during handling and retrieval
  • Make it easy for you to search, access and retrieve your patterns
  • Makes it easy for you to grow your patterns as you add new ones
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Adapt any sleeve to any pattern!

Adapt any sleeve to any pattern!

Hey friends! It’s Nellie from sewmessy.blogspot.com. It’s January! And were I live, it’s cold. Like really really cold. And I’ve seen a lot of requests on how to put sleeves on both the Women’s and the Girl’s Be Confident Tunic and I really can’t blame you! They just aren’t the same with shirts underneath and sleeves can’t be that hard to add, right?

You would be correct!!

But, I am going to show you more than just how to add sleeves to a tank top/sleeveless pattern, I am going to show you how to use any sleeve you want on any pattern you want! BOOM!

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