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5oo4 Laura Swim

Hell yeah! Swim!! I love sewing swim!! It astounds me every damn time just how simple the techniques are. To be fair, it also astounds me to have a suit that actually fits! One that isn’t too short so it pulls down for more cleavage than I expected or ride up for the terrible beach wedgie. Nobody wants that. So when this beauty came up for testing, it was irresistible!!

This pink version on me was an early version, so a few things changed before Virginia’s polka dot one. (That’s why the backs are slightly different.) I love the coverage this one provides. The ladies aren’t on display, though if you want them to be, there is an option for a lower neckline! The back also has two options! I didn’t have any clasps on hand, so went for the tie option. Plus there is a cute little button option if you want to add it!

I truly expected to be uncomfortable with such an open back. I almost always pick swim patterns with higher, less strappy backs. I’m pretty squishy and don’t typically feel comfortable with that squishiness strapped down and…well…squishing places. But some combination of this one having all the straps hit all the right places and finding myself surrounded by amazing, supportive, body positive people, has given me the confidence to just rock this!!

So glad there weren’t many changes to this one in testing (Rachelle just rocks), so I could make my final for Virginia!! She picked the same options in this lovely dot fabric! We used the reverse for the band and tie to give it a bit of contrast and fun pop of pink!

This was a surprisingly quick swim sew, especially the second one. I already have another one (or three) planned and can’t wait for some pool time!! Plus, as a bonus, when we were being tourists, we knew there was some fountain time in our day, so I wore this like a bodysuit with a circle skirt and was ready to get wet!! I was comfortable all day (even with the confetti) and my suit dried so conveniently quick after splashing in the fountain and having fun!

Grab your copy here and don’t forget to share in the 5oo4 fan group on facebook!!

Stephanie xx

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TCCF Navy Daydreams

I already mentioned this fabric showing up by surprise. Can you say best surprise ever? Because this is right up there!!

Threaded Candy Customs cotton lycra base fabric is absolutely delightful. It is soft, has great recovery. They blow me away with the creativity in every round. And you know I love to nerd out with every new round announced! Right now, though, they have the summer round open. Every damn fabric is just so pretty. Happy and ready to take to the beach. If you’re looking for fun swim fabrics, check these out!!

This print is the Navy Daydreams. It is bright and happy and I completely love it. Such a vibrant, happy print that I plan to wear all summer long!!! (And probably pretty far into autumn.) Since it is perfect for summer, this clearly needed to be turned into tanks! One for me and one for the sister! Let’s talk mine first.

I am completely in love with the tie front tops right now. I want to fill my closet with them. Knit, woven. Fancy, casual. Don’t care. This tank is the Made for Mermaids Mama Ella. This is a great basic tank. Just fitted enough for funsies, without me feeling like a sausage. It has some super cute options included. A super low back that I haven’t been brave enough to try. Some fun ruffles and strappiness. And, most importantly, this adorable tie front!!

This cotton lycra is the PERFECT weight for this. Stable enough to hold up to the stretching and pulling of the tie without being boxy everywhere else. I feel great wearing it! I’m totally ready for beer gardens, chilling outside, and enjoying the summer sun.

On to Virginia’s tank. She adores the 5oo4 Jessie. It is one of her favorite shirts. She already has a couple and it is one of her most requested patterns. So I figured surprising her with a fun tank would make her happy. (Spoiler alert…it did!) I chose the low back option so I could add some fun strappiness!!

This particular option isn’t included in the pattern (though it does tell you to go nuts!) I took two straps, cut per the pattern and looped them through each other in the center of the scoop. So simple and so fun. Perfect for me to steal out of Virginia’s closet in a few weeks. 😀

Both of these tanks are exactly perfect out of this beautiful summer fabric. Is there one in this summer collection that strikes your fancy?

Stephanie xx

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Rebecca Page Talia

I know you saw that fun summer set in every group on Facebook a few weeks ago. People asking for a pattern recommendation. People hacking it. So cute!!

Well, now you don’t have to hack it! Rebecca Page Sewing has the perfect patterns for you!! The Talia bundle is two patterns that are fantastic on their own. But together. Together, they are perfect. Let’s start with the tank.

The Talia Tunic and Dress is a lovely tank or above knee dress. Just enough gathers at center front and back to give some swish and flow around the hips, but still just perfectly fitted across the bust. The tutorial shows you how to use binding or fold over elastic to finish the top edges and create the straps. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t have any on hand. But I did have this gorgeous stretch lace from Sincerely Riley. It is the perfect width and so, so soft. And it gives this tank and extra beautiful touch!

Another admission…I only had one yard of this lovely black fabric in my bundle. So, I didn’t grade for my hips or adjust for height. Which means this tunic is really just top length, and it is slightly less flowy than intended. Slightly. I also added a seam down the back. (It’s such a good thing I wasn’t actually testing. Breaking rules right and left!)

As designed, or with my limited fabric changes, this is a fantastic piece alone or layered. I’m definitely going to wear it with my Peggy Pencil skirts!! Obvs I love it with the Talia Twist, but it will be great under all my sweaters, cardigans, and jackets!

Now on to the Talia Twist. This tutorial is so fun because most the seams are completely hidden and it comes together so fast. Like, surprisingly fast. I did add height to this one! And I’m right on the cusp of *needing* a FBA, but I didn’t do it. (There is already a tutorial for it though!) The shoulders would def fit a bit better if I sized down and did one. Next time. But I adore this.

I went for 3/4 sleeves and in this Ponte from So Sew English, it is comfy as hell. Not too warm. Perfect stretch. And the sparkly gold in this makes me happy. It is perfect over the Talia Tunic, obvs. But it will also be a lovely layering pieces with so many other things in my closet!! And perfect for adding a bit of warmth to dresses so they are more wearable earlier in spring and later into autumn.

Overall, this entire set is fun and adds two very versatile pieces to my closet. Definitely need to make a few more!!

Stephanie xx

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Coming Home (and Sneak Peeks)

I am definitely not getting enough sewing time lately. This failure falls on me having too much on my plate and not prioritizing sewing projects over other stuff. Life, right? But I had some deadlines approaching, and some pretty hard excitement about an upcoming pattern, which means sewing finally made it to the top of my to do list!! (This is where Gus Gus has decided she needs to sleep in the sewing studio. The guilty face is because she KNOWS she isn’t allowed on the table. She was promptly removed. From the table, not the room.)

This means I got to spend Friday evening and ALL AFTERNOON Saturday with my sewing machines. Just me, the cats, and the beautiful things that surround this hobby/life/skill. It was seriously amazing!! I had my priority list, a bunch of glue, patterns, and clean fabric, and I was ready to go to town. I gotta say, I made it to town. And really lived it up while I was there. 😀

I know I mentioned the priority list…I’ve got a lot of stuff coming up and I’m honestly really excited about all of it!! I’ve joined up with a couple ladies to sew up the Halla Agnes in our own ways (coming at you this week!) And I freaking love how mine turned out! A little sneak peek for you. I’m going to share how I created a quilted yoke!

Then a surprise delivery of some gorgeous strike fabric from Threaded Candy Customs! I had no idea this was on it’s way until I got the shipping email and, obviously had made no plans for what to sew with it! I am always blown away when I open packages from Threaded Candy. The fabric is inevitably more vibrant, lovely, and soft than I expected or remembered. This was no exception. The preorder round is open now and you need it!! This one is called Navy Daydreams, in cotton lycra. It is dreamy. I managed to make one really beautiful tank for me and one equally lovely tank for Virginia out of a two yard cut!! I’ll share the whole process and the patterns soon, but here’s a preview!!

I always want to sew up every Rebecca Page pattern that goes into testing. I rarely have (ok…make) time for this. But, I couldn’t wait for this! Now, I’m definitely going to blog about it, so you’ll see the whole thing (it is totally already written and waiting for photos and release). It finally inspired me to use this bundle from So Sew English that has been in my stash forever. (Virginia held onto her bundle of this stuff for a long time too! When we finally used it, it turned out sooooo pretty!!) This pattern is releasing this week, so I can’t sneak it for reals. But look at this fabric!!!

But wait, I’m not even done!! It was only 6:30 on Saturday. I paused for a shower and some food. But then dove into my outfit for this month’s Work It post!!! You’ll see the entire thing later this month, but look how gorgeous this Sly Fox Fabrics DBP is!!!! It is such a fun print and oh so soft to work with!! I’m completely in love with this shirt and can’t wait to share!! (Can you guess what it is? As always, it is something from a 5oo4 pattern.)

Sharing all the sneaks is really just my way of remembering how much I love these afternoons. (One of my Me Made May goals, if you remember.) The kind that stretch unrealized into evening and night. It feels like coming home after a long trip. The trip was great, but this is where I belong.

Can’t wait to share all the details of these lovely sews! So keep an eye out. And I hope you’re making time for your coming home moments as well.

Stephanie xx

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TCCF Spring

Do you ever find yourself in an uninspired slump? Nothing is jumping out and inspiring you. Deadlines are maybe getting you down a bit. That’s where I was last month. Just doing what absolutely had to be done. For me, it was a combo of too much on my plate (working overtime usually ends up killing my creativity, and energy), lack of time (again, with the overtime), and the priority projects not exciting me.

When I signed up for this fabric, it was so pretty!! I thought I’d make a cute little clutch, a wallet, maybe a key fob. Just a happy spring set of fun! But, this beauty arrived and it just had to be something I can wear!! That spark of creativity and motivation was reignited. This cotton from Threaded Candy Custom Fabrics is perfect! Not too stiff. Quite soft. Plus, it didn’t shrink AT ALL!!! Not even half an inch!!

I scoured my pattern collection to narrow down options. Then I bugged the crap out of some of my favorite sewists (Becky, over at Big Fly Notions, and Sequoia, from Sequoia Lynn Sews) to help me narrow it down further. They were super helpful! We decided that with the yard that I had, and this white star fabric from my stash, I clearly needed to hack the Patterns for Pirates So Classic Sundress into a shirt!

I adore the fit of the top of this dress. I wanted the button placket, but left it non-functional. (I really dislike functional button plackets with elastic backs. It just feels like asking for a problem!) I just measured how long I wanted the shirt from my natural waist, then added seam and hem allowance. And I got to use this really cool button placement tool that was an amazing Christmas present! I just adore it!! Super helps me visual where I want buttons placed without having to transfer any marks!

I’m so happy with this fun, springy top! It is perfect for date night, or with a cardigan just about anywhere else! Plus, I had just enough fabric left for a cute little bow clutch! Super simple, but so fun!

You should definitely check out this collection and let me know if you’re as inspired by this Spring Love line as I was!

Stephanie xx

DISCLAIMER – This Spring Love fabric was sent to me for free. The sewing, opinions, and recommendation that this fabric is amazing, come completely from me.