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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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TCCF American Spirit

We might all be enjoying extra time at home right now but whether you’re looking at the positive side of things (enjoying the extra time versus stuck), or feeling a little trapped, I think most of us are looking forward. To when we can get out and see our loved ones. Grab a drink. Enjoy places that aren’t our homes. One of the things I’m hoping to find some normal in, are holidays! I LOVE celebrating. The little things. The big. My favorite holiday is the Fourth of July!

We do it up every year!! It was always a BIG day growing up. Now we fly home when we can, or find some cool ass parades, fireworks, festivities here! Either way, we dress to impress!! When Threaded Candy Customs showed off this American Spirit preorder, I had to have some glitter!! It is perfect for all my Memorial Day (staying hopeful) and Fourth of July celebrations!! Plus, I am in LOVE with this top.

TCCF cotton lycra is so lovely to work with. The colors are vibrant and beautiful. The fabric is just the right thickness, with amazing recovery. It curls a little at the edges, as do all CL fabrics. But it isn’t so much that it is annoying to work with, and it is WORTH IT!!!

Let’s talk about this top!! I saw a similar top online and knew I needed it! I also knew exactly what pattern I could use to hack it!! This is the 5oo4 Knot Tee! And I did a YT video showing how to do it!! Check it out here and let me know what you think!! (You might notice my fabric for my tester hack is the scraps from Virginia’s recent dress! I was able to JUST sneak it out and could not be happier to have used a bit more of the gorgeous fabric!)

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TCCF Frozen

One of my favorite things is having a limited amount of fabric and figuring out how to maximize it! That was definitely the task at hand with this piece. With just a short fat half, and dreams of many, many things, what was I to do?! First off the bat, I knew I had a TON of solids in my stash that would coordinate! There are so many colors in this print to match or coordinate with, the options were basically limitless!

The first piece I chose is a twofer! The Roxy Wristlet from Rebecca Page is one of my favorite freebies! (I’ve made this one before, so you might recognize it!) I love the double pocket clutch. It fits everything I need for a grab and go or a date night, including my phone! I like the separate pockets so I can put cards and cash in one and lip stuff or whatever in the other. I don’t have to worry about losing one when I open a zipper to get the other one! I used two different colors for the lining on these. Mostly because I could. This project uses such small amounts of scrap, I had at least a half dozen colors to choose from! Then I added even more colors with the zippers! Love that pop of pink.

What makes this one a wristlet is the wrist strap thing that clips on though! I adore these things because I prefer my hands to be free, and it feels more secure on my wrist. Plus, these are crazy fast to sew! It is one small scrap of fabric with some interfacing and maybe 10 minutes. I can leave this one on the clutch or unclip it and use it on my keys or another bag. So convenient!!

The second project took more time to choose. I knew I wanted something a little bit bigger and something I hadn’t made before! After scrolling Pinterest for far too long, I finally settled on starting with this pattern. I say starting because I love the concept of it, but I did make quite a few changes! The biggest change is definitely the recessed zipper. I didn’t want to do a magnetic snap (partially because I didn’t have one on hand, partially because this size and style purse is perfect for installing a recessed zip). There were also a few changes to cutting and construction that don’t change the bag itself, but are personal preference.

In order to add that recessed zip, I cut my lining just like the back piece, so it would have the contrast pieces at the top, but all in the same color. I wanted this fabric, and that cute ass bow, to shine on this one. Then I cut 4 rectangles a few inches shorter than the finished width of the bag. These were perfect for the zipper and, for my first time, I ain’t mad at the end result!! A bit more security on the bag, and extra structure below that bow!

That bow makes me so happy. It is so simple to make and just dang cute. In the same color, it is a lovely addition, but in a contrast, I can see it being the highlight of the bag. The original pattern made this one really easy to make! Couldn’t be happier at how quick it is to add this style bow to anything! Overall, a super cute, and convenient bag, that my sister is likely to steal.

The last piece I made up from that fat half is a fabric tray. I’ve never made one of these before but they are dang cute! And who doesn’t need more catch -alls in their house? I’m always adding pretty bowls and whatnot to drop stuff in. (Then the cats have to work harder to steal stuff.) This one took 20 minutes total for my first one and I can only see them getting faster with practice! This was another free pattern that you can check out here. The best part about this fun sewing session is that I filmed it!  That’s right, I’m basically youtube famous now.  I kid, I kid.  But you can check out the process of sewing this great fabric tray right here!

Basically this fabric is GORGEOUS and super versatile. Use it for bags and accessories, or even a shirt (like I did with another TCCF woven cotton here). Either way, check out this entire preorder round, and all the beautiful fabrics they have available now!

Stephanie xx

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TCCF Mermaid Glitz

Ok, this post is definitely about this amazing fabric and the equally delightful patterns I used it on. But, if I don’t start off with sharing that this is scary as hell, I’m just not being honest with you. I JUST made my first bikini like a month ago. I loved wearing it on the beach. It was comfortable and cute. But it took having an amazing, reassuring, supportive tribe around me to reach that point. Now, I’ve made a second bikini, that I feel equally amazing and comfortable in, but I’m sharing it on the fucking internet. Way more real than in front of some strangers on a beach with a couple of friends. Please know that it took all my courage, and maybe an adult beverage, to hit publish on this post. I hope others who aren’t always comfortable in their skin, whatever your size, shape, or self image, can take a moment to say, if she can do it, I can certainly wear whatever I want too (whether you post on the internet or not)! Because that shared strength of amazing humans who support each other, that simple, unwavering support, is everything. We can lift each other up and be the strength we all need a little help finding from time to time. Now on to the fun stuff.

HOW FUN IS THIS SWIM FABRIC?!?!?!?! This is the very appropriately named Mermaid Glitz from Threaded Candy Custom Fabrics and I freaking love it!! As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted a bikini out of it. Wearing it makes me feel like a mermaid, or fairy, or some other magical creature of delight. The swim base was a joy to work with! It is a lovely, thick swim that was easy to sew up and the color is so true to computer screen! (Always a fear when ordering online.) It washed up beautifully, losing none of its vibrancy or shimmery look. And I think I saved enough scraps to at least use as accent on another bikini! Interchangeable pieces are my jam.

A fabric this fabulous requires equally gorgeous patterns!! I started with a list of options. I knew I wanted a high waisted bottom. Something simple, and not a fabric hog (since I only had 1 yard). The 5 Out of 4 Patterns Alice Swim Bottoms came to mind immediately and they are PERFECT!!! You might have noticed I sew up a lot of the 5oo4 pattern collection. They are one of the companies that just fit me. I never need weird adjustments, just grade and add height, then boom. Finished and comfy! This was such a fast sew and the instructions so simple, I can’t recommend them enough! There are definitely some fun features to choose from in this pattern, a cute front tie, a peplum, a flounce, and maternity of course, that I’ll definitely be utilizing in future swim bottoms (not the maternity, but the others!). But the plain option was exactly what I needed to let this gorgeous fabric shine!

On to the top, two of the three patterns I was looking at were actually hacks to one of my favorite swim suits. (Don’t you just love when designers include hacks to their patterns after release? It really let’s me see the potential of a pattern, without risking a bombed project and sad, wasted fabric.) I polled my loved ones and they were split down the middle between the two hacks to turn the Patterns for Pirates Take the Plunge swimsuit into a bikini. I didn’t have a fav between them, so I picked the one that looked like less fabric (again, just one yard!), and I’m SO HAPPY! I made my ties extra long, so I could tie it in front. I LOVE being able to tie it around me, so I can choose how tight I want/need it. (Also, I just hate needing to wait for help to get someone else to tie it, then being fussy about getting just the right amount of tightness.) That’s the only change I made to the suggested hack from this blog post.

I feel AMAZING in this bikini. Definitely ready to dive into the water and just enjoy some sunshine. So, even though this is scary as hell, I’m sharing everywhere. Check out the entire collection of fabrics, and be sure to let me know if you love this combo as much as I do!

Stephanie xx