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5oo4 Mambo No. 5

Holy skirts, Batman! I love when designers give a little bonus to sewists. This bundle is definitely a fantastic bonus as all the waistbands are interchangeable! What a fun way to completely change the look of each skirt!! I’m going to talk about all the skirts in this bundle, so sit tight and prepare to enjoy!!

All of these skirts are intended to sit at the natural waist, but the joy of sewing means you can really where them wherever you’re comfortable. Just keep in mind that moving up or down will mean changing up where the hem sits too! If you prefer your skirts a little lower rise, and you want a mini length, you’re definitely going to need to take up some height. Super easy, just don’t forget!

There is one skirt in this bundle that isn’t new. Good news! It is a freebie!! Luna is a classic circle skirt. She has a knit or elastic waistband option and a couple of lengths to choose from. I didn’t sew up the Luna in this batch of skirts because I already have a couple circle skirts and really wanted to highlight this new ones. But if you’re in the market for a circle skirt, this freebie is a great choice!!

Let’s start with Monica! Monica is a gorgeous pleated skirt. When we started, I honestly thought this would look terrible on me. Pleated skirts on these hips. Pssshh. I admit I was so wrong. This is one of my new favorite skirts!! I’m loving the wide pleats and the contour waistband. There is also a super cute tie available!! Plus, it can be anywhere from mini to maxi!

My Monica is made from some mystery knit from Fine Fabrics, here in Atlanta. The right side looks like hacci, but the wrong side looks like cotton lycra. So it is probably a cleverly printed sweater-look CL. Either way, it is a lovely mid-weight, with great recovery! I paired it with a basic tee with some flair, that I already blogged about here, and am thrilled with the outcome!

Erica, sweet Erica. I kept it super simple for this one and chose the most basic waistband. If you want less sweet, the lace up option adds a good bit of sass to the skirt! Erica is a classic half circle skirt. She is everything I want in a skirt. A little bit of twirl, the perfect fit, and this knee length is perfect for all things!

I used a wonderful liverpool from Sly Fox Fabrics for this skirt. So fun and happy, plus I love me some liverpool. And I paired it with this top from testing forever ago that apparently I haven’t blogged about. Remind me to do that. Another Sly Fox Fabric though, with more stretch lace instead of neckbands. I’ve already worn this outfit to work and am completely in love with it!

Rita is a fantastic pencil skirt with some great options! Obviously, you can go completely classic, as I did. But she also comes with fun seam lines, which continue on up to the waistband! I went for Regular Rita all the way, with the plain waistband, but decided to try the mini length! I haven’t worn a mini skirt, probably ever. BUT I LOVE THIS!!

Paired with this great tie front top, I feel cute and sassy and ready for anything. I used a wonderful ponte for Rita, and of course, always love ponte for fitted skirts! It is smooth and beautiful, and forever comfortable! Be sure to take care of your ponte, because it can pill pretty bad if you wash or dry it on super hot, or with abrasive stuff like jeans. But with a little care, Rita in ponte will give you a fun skirt that is timeless!

Now Tina. Oh, Tina. I stepped outside of my comfort zone again with Tina and these suspenders. Definitely not a look I’ve ever tried before (maybe as a kid, who knows?) Tina is an a-line skirt and she sure adds some fun waistbands to this collection! I chose the cross front, which gets a little lost in my plaid, but trust me that it is fun! You can also choose a scoop front!! And there is a super cute ruffle you can add to the bottom!!

Tina is made of some sort of double knit, also from Fine Fabrics. It is luxuriously soft, with a wonderful spandex content, so the recovery rocks. I paired it with this great shirt, all tucked in and showing off those suspenders!

Now I think you need a little bit of Monica in your life. A little bit of Erica by your side. A little bit of Rita is all you need. A little bit of Tina is what you see. 😉 (I’d apologize, but the song has been stuck in my head for weeks.) Don’t forget to grab your free Luna and check out the entire bundle here!

Stephanie <3

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Halla Agnes

So, I really love Halla patterns. The team is fun. Their designs are unique and delightful. Plus, they often include lots of options. Agnes is one of their freebie patterns that I downloaded forever ago. And yet…this is my first time sewing the Agnes!

Of course, the entire premise of this blog tour is that we all sew up our own versions. We could hack or change. Do whatevs. I decided to make just a few changes. First, I used the slimmer dress cutline for width, but the top length. I don’t typically love wearing swing tops, as I tend to look like a I’m wearing a tent. This width is the perfect loose fit tee, without being too loose fit. I also shortened the sleeves slightly. (I am always shortening short sleeves on patterns. They are almost always too long.)

But, I couldn’t stop there! I also wanted to add a fun, but subtle, feature. Becky, over at Big Fly Notions, made this great dress a while ago with a quilted accent at the shoulders. It stuck with me and I wanted to do my own version. I wanted kind of the faux raglan sleeve in the front, but a full yoke in the back. And I wanted it quilted!!

I eyeballed the whole thing, but angled the faux raglan about halfway down the armscye curve and drew the yoke straight across the back about 2/3 the way down the armscye. I actually connected the two yoke pieces into one at the shoulder seam. Don’t forget to add seam allowance!!!

I have been talking pretty big about adding more solid colors to my closet and this was the perfect opportunity. So, I grabbed this great Dark Raisin DBP from Sly Fox Fabrics. I cut two yokes, two sleeves, and one each of the front and back. With both yoke pieces, wrong sides together, I started pinning. First the center of the bottom edge. From there, I marked 2 inch increments all the way out to the armscye curve. Then I marked the center of the back neckline. I used a ruler to add additional pins to make my pattern for 2 inch diamonds. The fun of this is that you could use any pattern you wanted!! I used matching thread, but contrast could be fun too!

Then I constructed the top as instructed. Front to yoke. Back to yoke. Sleeves, sides, neckband, and hem. It was really fast, which I always appreciate. And the fit is spot on!! I clearly need to make more of these. And since the sister already tried to steal this one, she’d probably enjoy one or two in her closet as well.

Halla, being the awesome company they are, has given us each a pattern code to give away!! I’m going to choose a random comment on this post, Saturday 11 May as the winner here! Read all the way to the bottom for my fellow bloggers and don’t forget to enter on each blog to maximize your chances of winning!!

What do you think? Need an Agnes in your closet? What other Halla patterns have you been eyeing, that you’ll pick up if you win?

Stephanie xx

Thanks for stopping by! Once you’ve entered my draw, be sure to find the others on the tour for even more chances to win! We’re EACH giving away ONE Halla Pattern code. That means five chances to win!! All draws will be made on Saturday, May 11, 2019 so you have time each day to read, enjoy, and enter each sewist’s contest .

Monday – Kate from Sewing from Scratch adding a V-Back to the Agnes Dress (for an additional entry, visit her YouTube video, too!)
Tuesday – Gwen from Crafty Curly Couture making the Agnes Tank
Wednesday – Sequoia from SequoiaLynn Sews demonstrating an FBA, floaty sleeves and a scoop neck.
Thursday – Laura from Custom Made by Laura colour blocking the Agnes Tank
Friday – Stephanie from Sarcastic Sewist adding a quilted yoke and slim dress line to the Agnes Shirt

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A Deal’s a Deal

Just over four years ago, my sister and I bought a house! A HOUSE!! Super exciting purchase, which is also super scary. We love most things about our house, the kitchen is so much bigger than in any apartment I’ve lived it, there’s a whole room for crafting, we have a fenced in yard, so we can get a puppy, the craft room rocks, no sharing walls with strangers, craft room. You know?  Good stuff. 

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There were also a few things we didn’t love about the house. Some of them we can change, like the faucets in the bathrooms and the hideous, baby diarrhea color on the walls. But, some of them were outside of our wheelhouse. Thankfully, we have a pretty handy dad! He has definitely helped us with a lot of projects around the house. (To be fair, he also taught us how to change out the faucet!)

There was one safety change that we were actually quite concerned about. Our water shutoff valve was way inside the crawlspace, on the outer wall, in a super dark area, with lots of dirt, and through some crazy narrow space. This is definitely not ideal positioning if we need to turn off the water FAST! You know, in emergency type situations…

This is for sure something Dad can help us with!! (Super Dad to the rescue!) He can install a new water shutoff valve near the door to the crawlspace, within easy reach, without any crawling at all. But…someone is going to have to crawl over to the valve, and either crawl back in when he is done, or chill there for half an hour while the Pops installs a new valve.

Here is where the deal comes in. Virginia and I agreed, she would do the dirty work if I sew her one shirt, one bottom, one pair of undies, and one bralette, with an option for one cardigan added in, if I was feeling it.

Since the valve fixing happened in March, while I was napping post-surgery, I have sewn exactly nothing off of this list. Every time the items made it to the top of the list, I either didn’t have the info on what options she wanted (lists got lost, ok?), or something prioritized higher and pushed it down the list.

But dammit, a deal is a deal! She held up her end, she deserves a whole damn outfit. (Yes, I have sewn MANY things for her between March and now. But, this is a special sew. Not a random sew. Not a test. SPECIAL, dammit.) Since I’ve spent the first part of this year getting myself organized and prioritizing my time and energy, I spent the end of last week making sure I had the list of what she patterns wanted and which options and fabrics she wanted used.

Then knocked out all five this weekend!!! BOOM!!! (She definitely deserved the cardi, as interest payment for the delay at the very least.) Now she is enjoying some super comfy new Rebecca Page Pippa Pants, a beautiful Halla Envelope Tee, Stitch Upon a Time Bunzies, Made for Mermaids Bridgette, AND a Rebecca Page Circle Cardi. Now, I think she has great taste, so I assume she doesn’t plan to wear most of these pieces together, but whatevs. She’ll be comfy as hell.

The moral of the story here is if you make a deal with me, it might take a little time, but I’ll come through. Promise. 😉

Stephanie xx