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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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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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Be the Leader Romper Hack

Be the Leader Romper Hack

I am a sucker for baby rompers! Now that summer and warmer weather is approaching, I’m all about romper sewing! Today I wanted to share with you a quick hack to turn the Be the Leader into a bummies style romper with an elastic casing waist by mashing it with the Cape Cod.
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How to use the Duchess Pattern for making a Bomberjacket

How to use the Duchess Pattern for making a Bomberjacket

When I was sewing the Romper for my daughter I wanted to make a little jacket too for creating a ‘cool’ look. So I started thinking…. And it was pretty easy to change a couple of things to create something new! Of course I have to share that, because maybe you would like to do the same!
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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 Add Pockets To Any Dress

How To Add Pockets To Any Dress

Kendall here again! 

I’m in love with having pockets on my clothes (who isn’t?) and now, so is my daughter! She’s 22 months, and when I get her dressed in the morning she is searching for “pockee.” Taking this into consideration, I now have to make sure to add pockets to any outfit that I make for her. I have made in seam pockets, welt pockets, and applique pockets without a pattern, and my plan over the next two of my blogs is to teach you the same thing!
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Side Waist Adjustments: How To Adjust For Your Perfect Fit

Side Waist Adjustments: How To Adjust For Your Perfect Fit

So, back to business. I am going to show you:
- how to measure your sidewaist
- how to calculate the adjustments to make to the pattern pieces
- how to adjust the pattern pieces

After reading this blog, you will be able to adjust your romper, and therefore any pattern, to your own sidewaist. And this is really great stuff to learn, because every body has their own measurements. Some of us have a long torso, some of us short one. And when you adjust your pattern pieces to your height, it is very helpfull to know if you need to adjust the bodice, the legs or both for height.
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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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