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Flamingo-ing to the Beach

2021 has officially begun and I am already behind! No surprise there. Despite my lateness with everything, I am ridiculously excited to share this quilt with you!! Two of my favorite humans bought their first house together in 2019 and I really wanted to make them a quilt. I asked first, letting them know there was likely to be a delay. That statement was laughable! But here we are, finally ready to give them this beauty!

I specifically wanted something beachy but fun. Relaxing and beautiful. Something that coordinates with their lovely home and life. Who doesn’t love a flamingo?! And the relaxation of waves on a beach. Sigh. Perfectly relaxing. I also really wanted something they could both cuddle under, preferably with at least one of their gorgeous puppies. So this thing is HUGE. 😀

Quilting is not my favorite sewing project, mostly because they are time intensive! The end result is always so, so satisfying though!! And my favorite part is always giving them away! I love sharing these beauties with loved ones. (Note to self, 2021 should be the year you make yourself a quilt.)

The timing of people able to finally make this was perfect! It aligned with the RP Learn Quilting Summit! So not only do I get to give this wonderful quilt away, I get to show people how to make it!! If you’re interested in the pattern, or construction options, check out the summit. It is completely free for the week it is live, or you can grab the All Access Pass, and watch all year long! Plus, there are some great bonus classes that are for Passholders only! (Secret: One of them is mine too!!)

Be sure to check out all the amazing speakers at the summit and join the RP Learn Facebook group to share your own projects! My kitten, Gus Gus, sure approves of this one! (Don’t worry, my friend has been warned she participated in the photo shoot.)

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RP Serenity Infinity Dress

Holy balls, y’all. It is DECEMBER. December. How the hell did that happen? With December comes all kinds of things. Decorations (ok, we did that in November), wrapping gifts, frantic sewing of presents I planned months ago and failed to work on. Add in a leaky roof and sneezing cats, and it has been quite a month already!!

Of course, something I always look forward to in December is the RP Christmas Dress. There is always a free version and some sort of add on or bonus that is a paid pattern but packs a punch!! This year is no different!

The free version is beautiful, drapey, and has a faux scarf, so you can’t set it down and lose it! (Is that just a me thing?). And the infinity version is just dreamy. Same great drape, of course! But with length options from shirt to maxi. And this magic neckline.

Not only is the neckline lower, which I prefer anyway, but it has a ton of different ways to move it around, shift the sleeves, all kinds of craziness, to have completely different looks!!

I went for the mid-calf (or midi) version, but it is totally scrunchable to knee length as well!! I tried out a few different options and can’t wait to wear this to something fabulous (maybe the target order drive-up spots) and try a different look altogether!!

I’m so not done yet. Not only is the infinity version just a gorgeous dress with options out the ass. RP put together a bundle with two different fabric choices to go along with it!! The Ivory Ponte is the same that the gorgeous model’s used for the free dress cover photos. And this Burgundy Brushed Sweater is the other option. Plus, you can grab additional yards of either fabric (ivory and burgundy) if you want more than the bundle!

I am obsessed with this sweater knit. It is brushed on the right side, so the softness is insane. The color is kind of a cranberry with black specks, so it reads burgundy from a few feet away. I just love it!!

I’ll definitely add a few shirts and at least one more dress to my closet. And I hope you do as well (wanna be twinsies?) Have an amazing holiday season. Celebrate hard but safe. Sending virtual hugs to each of you!

Stephanie xx

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EAM – Around the Block Hoodie

Are you often the last person to discover something? Maybe you even picked it up, or saved a video, or whatever, forever ago, and finally get around to trying it YEARS later? Yeah. That’s me. Often. I see the thing that intrigues me. I make a note, mental or otherwise, to try/do/watch it. Then it slips lower and lower down the list, until I either forget about it, or so many other people are talking about it that I remember it and dive in.

That’s what happened here. I picked up the Around the Block Hoodie forever ago, when Ellie and Mac offered it on their Wacky Wednesday $1 sale. Because, it is a dollar. If the pattern is terrible, who cares? But if it is good, woohoo! They do these deals every week. Different patterns. Always $1. It is really a great way to try them out! And I am here to tell you, I’m mad I didn’t sew this one up sooner!!

This takes the guesswork and math out of colorblocking. The hoodie fits great! Was easy to cut and sew. And I love the faux strings! The way they are off to the side is different and fun. Using only partial strings here is a great way to not worry about them coming out in the wash. And less wasted string! Plus, I never have to worry about the strings not being the right length! One super long and hanging to the hem, while the other is all scrunched up in the hood. I might never do real strings again… At least for myself! The only thing that isn’t love about the pattern is the 1/4 inch seam allowance. I don’t know why that 1/8 inch makes such a huge difference for me, but when I’m serging, I just really want that 3/8 inch.

So let’s talk about this fabric! This is one of the Winter Temptation bundles available right now over at Sly Fox! It comes with two yards of the DBP print, one yard of the DBP ivory, and one yard of the red cotton spandex! Which was PLENTY to make this hoodie and have enough leftover for another project. Pretty sure Virginia is going to ask for the same hoodie…

This seems like the perfect cozy, comfy option for my holiday family zooms! I’ll be festive and comfy!! And if I announce that now, Virginia can choose to be matchy or not with her hoodie. That I already know I have to make. 😀

Go grab this pattern and your very own bundle (or make your own bundle!) and share your beautiful makes!!!

Stephanie xx

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The Weekend T-Shirt Blanket

You might have noticed I’ve slowed down a bit on the blogging. While I’m setting up Sly Fox Fabrics, I’ve been a bit busy and not sewing as much. But I have fit a few things in! If you’d like to follow that journey, check out my summary blog over on the Sly Fox Blog. Plus, I made a dress out of one of the new fabrics that I’m completely obsessed with! I used the Summer Haze in Navy on the 5 Out of 4 Patterns Lucy and just love the combo!! On top of that, I also filmed a new class for this month’s Sewing Summit, which is all about upcycling!!! So if you like salvaging, upcycling, and generally limiting some of environmental impact, be sure to check out the entire week of classes!

When Virginia and I were chatting about this Summit and what I might want to contribute, the one thing that jumped into focus was the BOXES of t-shirts we have stored. T-shirts from trips, from school, from activities. Just memories like crazy. I’ve been meaning to make some t-shirt quilts for a while, but the process is just so time consuming and I am severely lacking in time. Instead, I decided to tackle a much quicker project while using not only Virginia’s stored t-shirts, but also some scraps of her favorite fabrics! (Also entertainingly, she totally matched the blanket while we were working on it! I think she is in a color rut.)

This project was so, so fast. Even with filming, it only took a couple hours. Most time was spent on cutting out those squares. This makes it PERFECT for beginners. All straight seams. Simple techniques. And, thought slightly longer than a couple hours, it is definitely doable in a weekend. So there is low risk of starting, getting distracted, and walking away to let it gather dust in a corner. (Anyone else do this sometimes? No? Just me?)

Check out my class on the Sewing Summit for how to make this fun, cozy blanket. Plus, I couldn’t resist a few bonus options! Pillow covers are one of my favorite things because they’re quick, fun, and hella easy. Also, the envelope style cover makes it so easy to wash and change out the covers regularly! Making these out of knit fabrics made them even faster! Which was great! And, to add a little flair, I also show how to make these adorable knit tassels. This are great for pillows, keychains, cat toys, or even a festive string of garland!

Be sure to sign up for the FREE WEEK of classes starting 24 August 2020. And if you like the classes, or just want to be able to watch them after the week is up, you can grab an All Access Pass and watch them at your leisure. Plus keep an eye out here as I have more free time to keep rambling on while sharing my projects!

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RP Classic Belts

Well, here is one more thing I won’t have to buy at the store. Win! Virginia wears a belt almost every day. At least every day that she works. And she HATES them! They are bulky and the buckles sometimes rub on her belly when she is bending over and doing physical work. But, without them, she is constantly pulling her pants up. PLUS, she is starting to wear a lot of dresses and the best accessory to change up how they look, and dress them up, is to add a belt.

The new Rebecca Page Classic Belt is intended to sit at the waist. BUT, it does tell you to measure where you want to wear it to maximize functionality. So that’s convenient. There are two width options in this pattern and both are wonderful! The Standard width just fits in her belt loops, so it is perfect for every day use, and adds a dramatic flair to dresses!

The Narrow width is a fantastic way to add some sass, pizzazz, flair, whatever you like to call it, by adding a pop of color or pattern without being too dramatic (unless you used sequin fabric, or something, that would be dramatic and amazing).

Since I didn’t tack down the belt loops, I was also able to put the black loop at center back (or you can take them off entirely) where it looks like part of the dress and adds a little something extra to the look! Love the versatility.

I chose to make Virginia the size in between her waist and high hip measurement (where she wears her pants) so it would be as versatile as possible. I might add some extra grommets as well (but I need to order more) to make sure if she fluctuates in size at all, or I want to borrow one, they will still work!

All six of these belts were made with scraps I had on hand. Thankfully, the pattern recommends using the height of fabric, rather than width, so those long skinny bits I have leftover from projects were perfect!! I only ended up piecing the black belt because I had a small cut of that left. I used a classic binding technique on that to reduce bulk. Overlapped the square ends at a 90 degree angle, and sewed the diagonal. It really created a seamless look and was quick and easy!

So check out the new Classic Belt, and the Reversible Wrap Around Belt that I haven’t had a chance to sew up, while you’re at it! If you love both, you can find the bundle here.

Stephanie xx