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RP Roxy: A Beginner’s Guide

Y’all have definitely seen the Roxy before, but I am here with a brand new perspective. Virginia’s.

Well…I am not the sewist in the family but I am also not completely inexperienced. Sewing up the Roxy was different from what I normally help Stephanie with. I usually get roped into sewing clothes (typically last minute finishing up of gifts). I also have little experience with woven fabrics, knits are so much easier. The Roxy Wristlet is not something I would have chosen. A Purse?!?! This seemed way to complicated and with too many parts which I could royally screw up. Zippers, card slots, key rings, soooo many different things I have never, ever done before.

To start, I had to pick fabric, which apparently requires more than just a single fabric. I do not understand why bacon fabric throughout is unacceptable. I mean, bacon! Stephanie found some great matching fabric for liners. Stephanie did not use a pattern, me however, I would need a pattern and maybe even a backup pattern. You never know what can happen to the first one (at least with me). At least Stephanie was there to walk me through everything because I may have ended up with a dress instead of a purse. (Note from Stephanie – If Virginia ever tries to sew a purse on her own, I will film it, just in case it becomes a dress.)

Have you ever seen the magic of how a purse comes together? We did not follow the steps of the pattern. Well at least according to Stephanie since there was no pattern for me to read (not that I could have read it anyways, but was she hiding it from me? I’ll never know). She knows how I like to see results. We started with the wristlet part. By the way, I will be using very technical terms throughout the blog so if you get confused I do apologize. So, the wristlet part. Basically you have a piece of fabric put a bunch of thread into, and then add a clip thingy so you can attach it to the purse part.

I am absolutely sure I am missing a few steps, but hey! There is a video so you can see what I missed. We then got to create the card slots. Interesting concept, which I completely made uneven. Have I mentioned I do not sew on the regular? It is impossible to tell since the slots are on the inside of the Roxy. I just hope when you put cards in they actually fit.

There was a bunch of ironing, so naturally I burned myself multiple times. Stupid steam. Note to all beginners, intermediate, and experienced sewists: Watch out for the iron. (Also, the cord. It gets tangled around legs and stuff.)

When you are sewing a purse (wristlet), you have to sew everything inside out. So the magic (I mentioned earlier) is after you are done sewing. You turn it inside out, you are going to want to remember to leave a spot do to this part, and VOILA a purse!!! I have a tendency to watch Stephanie sew because it is so fascinating to see how a piece of fabric becomes a something.

I am still not a sewist, but this was kinda fun. And hey! A BACON purse! Hope everyone enjoyed the video!!

-Virginia

So that is sewing up the Roxy Wristlet from the perspective of a reluctant sewist. We definitely did follow the pattern (which I would have given to her if I thought she would even pretend to read it) (note from Virginia-totally true!), just not in the same order. But really, you can watch how we sewed it up with the Sewing Summit! Our video is free for 24 hours, along with a whole lot of other wonderfully talented people. Or you can buy the All-Access pass to watch it whenever you want!

If you want to see more from Virginia, and make her step out of her comfort zone more often, comment nice things here. She is a sucker for nice comments.

Stephanie xx

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5oo4 Candy

The perfect yoga pants do exist! When I’m doing yoga, I hate when the legs up the pants ride up super far. When I’m curled up on the couch in my yoga pants, I hate when the legs get all twisted and bunched. So, while I love the comfort of a nice, wide leg yoga pant, I have been meaning to hack a more slim fit one. Now I don’t have to!!!

So, if you’re looking for a slim leg, yoga pant with a leggings option, and a pocket, we’ll you’re looking for something very specific, but you have found it in 5 Out of 4 Candy!! Plus, there are multiple waistband options to choose from!! So you really can pick and choose to create your favorite pant!

For myself, I chose the full length yoga pant, with the side stripe and pocket (POCKET!!!), and the contour waistband. I like that the pattern includes so many different lengths, so you never have to guess where something should sit! I also really like that the long length is actually long enough for me (even though I’m 5’8″) because I know the fabric requirements will cover my needs!

When I make my next one, I think I’ll try capri length! It is hot here way to often to live in pants all year, even though I want to live in these. I’m pretty sure Virginia is going to want a pair first though. And Vicki will probably request one. Especially with the pocket option. Guess we’ll have to see who I decide to make time for. 😀

Let’s talk about fabric! This HP print is from Joann Fabrics and is so dang soft!!! I am completely in love with it. So soft and lovely to touch. Decent recovery, so I don’t end up with droopy knees and booty at the end of the day. I paired it with this killer cotton lycra from Fine Fabrics. It has hella recovery! And it is ridiculously soft!! Like, curl up in some yardage and die a happy human, soft! Hah! So, I also used it to make a top that matches! I used the X-Factor tank from 5 Out of 4 for this top and am completely in love! This one only goes up to 3x, so I hack it by using two of the gathered front pieces. This gives me the room this booty needs, while still fitting perfectly at the waist.

This outfit is definitely one of the first I’m reaching for after laundry day. I hope you enjoy the new 5oo4 Candy as much as I do! Be sure to grab it during the release sale!

Stephanie xx

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Rebecca Page Zoe Zip Pouch

Do you love a pattern that is super quick, super cute, super easy, and also makes a great gift? I know I do!! I still haven’t made one of these cuties for me, but have just loved giving them away! These gorgeous little zip pouches are beautifully finished! Ranging from tiny and perfect for headphones or change, all the way up to huge and perfect for a shoe bag while traveling or slipping your ipad into, this set has you covered!

Let me tell you about how quick these are. From cut to done, One of these takes me about 30 minutes. That’s nuts!! If you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift, this is a great idea!! It is easy to fit in between all the hustle and bustle that comes with this lovely season!

Part of that quickness is that it is a really simple pattern. Five cut pieces of fabric, some interfacing, and a zipper. I am a big fan of batch sewing, so I prep each available step of the pattern all at once, then sew, press, and prep for the next step! This helps me power through all my sewing a bit faster, and helps with that impatience I fight with for just wanting to see the finished product!

Now, this lovely set of 5 bags is a gift for my sister. She is forever asking for zipper bags. Always. She has asked me to make them, then gave up and asked me what pattern I use. I didn’t really have one I completely loved, so now I can recommend this one!!! She has no idea these are hers, so I’m excited to see what she thinks. 🙂 (Vicki, you can open that box.)

Then I had to make two for a couple friends. Just little, I’m thinking of you, gifts. They’re so quick and such great scrap busters, that I’m pretty sure everyone I know is going to end up with a Zoe Zip Pouch. Eventually!

I used quilting cottons for all of these pouches. I really like that i can grab leftovers from other projects, fat quarters, and end of bolt sale fabrics and have plenty to make most of these. My preference is for a mid-weight interfacing with quilting cotton. It gives enough stability to stand by itself without being a pain to turn right sides out. You really can make these out of almost any woven, just pair it with the right weight interfacing for the right level of stability and ease of sewing.

Let’s talk a little bit about versatility. These are so easy to hack! From simple colorblocking, to adding a strap or even pockets, this little zip pattern is here for all your needs! If you’re interested in some hacks, check out the Rebecca Page Sewalong group on Facebook. I’m going live to show how to sew this up, then to show a few fun hacks to give even more options!!

Grab your copy of the Zoe Zip Pouches and let me know who you’re sewing them for!! (Hopefully at least one for you!)

Stephanie xx

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January Roundup

There are sews I don’t talk about here. Sometimes there is a solid reason for that. (Guys, my mom reads this blog. She doesn’t need to see some of the lacy bits I definitely don’t make.) Sometimes it is just lack of time. Even small pieces are fun to share and talk about. I could ramble about the simplest sew for way longer than I care to admit. There are just so many fun details to sewing!! Writing about them though, means taking photos, which I also like doing! But these things take time. Time I sometimes just don’t have.

Instead of just enjoying these beautiful sews for myself, or whoever I’ve made them for (hopefully) enjoying them, I’m going to share them! At the end of each month, I”ll gather up quick photos of each of the sews I haven’t shared yet, and combine them into one roundup post! I’m really excited, because, if we’re being honest, I tend to forget what I sewed even just three weeks ago. It just lives in the owner’s closet as if it were always there, and I move on to the next sew.

If we are trying for chronological order, then I’m going to start with the few things I managed to sew for my other sister while she was in town visiting. We had epic plans for ALL THE SEWS while she was here. Unfortunately, she picked up a bug at the airport and shared it with me. So the two of us spent the time she was here feeling terrible. On her last full day in Atlanta, we managed to make three pieces!

The first is this gorgeous ABB Tee from DIBY. She needed a warm, thermal shirt, so we grabbed this amazing brushed thermal from Mily Mae Fabrics. Goodness, y’all, it is so soft!!! I wish I had a better pic of just how beautiful this grey is. It is rich but soft. Definitely reading a bit more green in the pic she sent me. But, trust me, it is gorgeous. The fit on her shirt is perfect! But, due to the above mentioned illness, we didn’t get any modeled photos. In fact, I completely blanked on grabbing photos at all and had to ask her to grab a couple for me after she was home (and had worn it a few times!). This is a great basic top, and clearly appropriately named. (Also, it is free!!!) 😀

We also made a couple of her favorite tanks out of some lovely ITY we picked up forever ago at Fine Fabrics. She loves the fit of the Patterns for Pirates Free Spirit Tank. We don’t alter it for her hips, so it fits more like the Essential Tank (which is my favorite tank!). This is definitely her most requested sew, so I’m so glad we were able to get two done before I needed a damn nap.

I’ve been meaning (and needing) to make Virginia and I some comfy ass undies for a while. I won a gift card from Surge Fabric Shop a while back. I of course, immediately spent it on some gorgeous undie-worthy fabrics, because I’d heard some amazing things about their fabric for them. They’ve been sitting, waiting for me to actually make time for them. I even picked up FOE forever ago!! I’ve only got a pic of one pair of these comfy Bunzies, because Virginia got hers and I wasn’t going to ask for them back. 😀 (You might recall she got another pair out of this gorgeous navy from THE DEAL. I really need to make even more. They’re so fun!)

Now, I am not always going to be able to talk about each of my sews. I do still pattern test and sometimes, they just don’t release immediately. So, keep an eye out for a post soon about what I used this GORGEOUS Sly Fox Fabrics DBP for. I’m completely in love with it and so excited to share. This colorway, evergreen is currently sold out, though you can sign up for alerts if it comes back in stock. But they also have it in black and plum. (I’m secretly obsessed with the plum.)

After I sewed up that ridiculously soft fabric, I jumped back to some sewing for my other sister. While I was sewing, she was gluing and organizing patterns. She ended up with a great Made for Mermaids Nina that I made during testing and she just loves the fit. So, this is one of the patterns she prepped while I was sewing. She picked out this great french terry from Fine Fabrics. It is soft and lightweight. She doesn’t have this one yet, but I’m excited to see how it looks on her!

She has also been asking for a zip-up vest forever. It is one of the first things she asked for and I just haven’t made it a priority. (Have I mentioned I am a terrible sister?) I printed the 5oo4 Aspen Vest two autumns ago (seriously, 2017) and just hadn’t done the fit alterations she needed, even though I have a full bin of gorgeous fleece she has picked up from Joann Fabrics for a few vests. So, she finally gets one. And I have the pattern ready, after I see how it fits and make any change that might be necessary. I hacked this one to be completely self-enclosed, rather than using elastic to finish the edges. It is so, so soft. And I totally can’t wait to see what she thinks!!

Did I mention that she has no idea these are coming to her as soon as our visiting cousin heads home? If she reads this, it will be a (hopefully happy) surprise!! Love you, Vicki!! 😀

That is my sewing list for this month. It has been a productive, fun month and I can’t wait to see what February brings! What have you been working on?

Stephanie xx

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Sewcation, Mistakes, and Overbooking

This year has been full of ups and downs for me, as I’m sure it has been for most of you.  Between surgery, long weekends, a whole week off for the Fourth of July, and losing my Grandma, I have taken a lot of time away from the office this year.  Which is weird for me.  And to top it off, I’m using a TON of leave around the holidays this year.  Most of this is just for me.  We are flying my sister down after Christmas to spend some sister time and just hang out.  Though, she wants me to sew her an entire new wardrobe while she’s in town, so there will be lots of fabric time too.  But the two weeks I took off in between Veteran’s day and Thanksgiving were mine.  I really wanted a break.  A real break.  Time to sleep in, lounge around the house, sew whatever I wanted.  Hoped to have no deadlines to worry about.  

Yeah.  If you’ve ever met me, you know that was a laughable goal.  If I see a break in my schedule, I immediately fill it.  So, the 17 days away from my day job quickly filled to the brim.  I ended up stressing myself to the max and working tons of hours for my second job.  Does anyone else do this?  I stressed myself so much, I made a TON of sewing mistakes.  Real ones!  I picked up the recommended fabric for one project, plus an extra 1/2 yard, just in case.  Got home, washed it and realized it was 52″ wide instead of 60″ and I was WAY short.  Back to the warehouse for me and hopeful to find the same fabric (which is almost impossible).

This lining makes my heart happy.  🙂 

On the SAME PROJECT, I cut directional fabric upside down for half the damn pieces.  What am I even doing with my life?  Off I go, to a weird Joann’s, since I already cleaned out my Joann of this fabric.  I mean, the end result was WAY worth it.  This is the SUAT Riding Hood for a friend to keep her baby bump warm during the cold Philly winter.  I quilted the kick-ass Wonder Woman liner with some batting for more warmth, and it is so very soft.  A few extra minutes to add that layer really took this from comfy, cute to a cozy, effective winter jacket.  I love the designer’s self-welting pockets and the little sleeve ties.  Just a really nice layering piece with super cute little details.  Plus I made a cute little key fob to match!  (Which I forgot to take a pic of.)

Then I was working on some Christmas jammies and cut two left legs.  What am I even doing here?  I had just enough fabric left to cut a right leg and have the scraps left for the little projects we wanted to do.  But, damn.  I did use the Patterns for Pirates Walk the Plank pattern.  It is free and quite the quick sew.  Perfect for very beginners!  I’ll share pics laters. 🙂 

This isn’t to say I didn’t have great successes while I was on my sewcation.  I sewed all the pieces for the #comfytown blog tour early on.  Then lived in those pieces as soon as we took photos.  After making that super comfy Cora, I immediately made a second one.  (You’re getting craft room, jim-jam, 2 AM pics of this one!)  That’s definitely my new fav cardi pattern!!  Everyone needs a Cora in their life.  I also finished off a couple of pattern tests and a pre-test.  I forgot to blog about them, but you might have seen me sharing my Made for Mermaids Jamie Poncho and Hudson Hoodie.  If you need some comfy, warm, cute pieces, these are lovely choices!

A few Christmas presents were also sewn, which I obviously can’t share yet, as well as a few more pieces for my Philly friend (with another cutting mistake, ugh), including a little set of Cora cardis for her and her two little girls.  Totes can’t wait to see how she likes her box of goodies!  And I really need to figure out some cute guy gifts I can make.  I always feel bad leaving Dads out of these little matching sets.  Maybe I’ll ask Bruce what he would want.

Look at this TINY Cora!!!  It’s just so small.  <3 

I also managed to CLEAN the craft room.  Reorganize everything.  As well as finally tackling the scrap pile.  It was INSANE.  And now it is so neat and easy to find what I need and what is useful.  The only downside is that Gus Gus really liked sleeping on the pile.  Now she feels she has nowhere to be comfortable.  Despite the multiple cat beds and comfy places I’ve set up to keep the kittens happy.  They are too expected for this little mischievous bugger.  She’s been awkwardly moving about, trying new, ridiculous places to sleep.  Then STARING at me with disappointment in her eyes, clearly blaming me for her missing comfy spot.  

The to-do list didn’t really get any shorter, so I’m hoping to not pick up any other deadlines before the end of the year.  We’ll see how successful I can be with that goal.  But, I’ll try!  Even without a shortened to-do list, I am working through the projects.  Virginia is helping where she can.  A few more Christmas presents to sew first.  Gotta get those in the mail.  Then, a few promo patterns to sew up that I’m just really excited about!  I love trying new patterns and these should be fun, so I’m hoping to write up my experiences with them as well!  Keep an eye out! <3

Now we’ve made it to December.  I have a few weeks to prep some patterns for the sister, so we can power through some beautiful pieces while she’s in town.  She always gets the short end of the stick when it comes to my sewing time.  She doesn’t live with me, so it is harder to fit anything that isn’t knit and forgiving.  Plus, I haven’t found a designer that drafts just so, that matches her shape, like I have for Virginia and I.  This means a good bit of altering before I start cutting.  Which is a much bigger time commitment and since she isn’t sitting there with the sad eyes, making me feel guilty, her projects end up near the bottom of the to-do list.  I’m truly a terrible sister.  (LOVE YOU, VICKI! <3 <3)

Virginia helping.  Not being sarcastic.  She hung out even though she was tired. <3 

Here’s hoping the next few weeks can be a little calmer and a little more productive.  I really, really, REALLY want to have patterns prepped and ready to go, so as soon as Vicki walks in, she can just pick a project and we’ll start cutting!!!  Anyone want to come help? 😀

As the year wraps up (seriously, how is it December?!), it is great to look back at what we’ve done and what is still to come.  I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, but, I do like to evaluate goals and priorities moving forward.  So, I’d like to blog a little more, celebrate little things a little more, and sew a little bit more in the coming months.

Focus on you today.

stephanie xx

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