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Two Yard Cuts

SFF Unforgettable (9)1One of the most common questions I see in so many fabric and pattern groups is, if you don’t have a plan for it, how much of a fabric do you buy?  I’ve also seen answers that run from 1/2 yard if it’s for the kids or 1 yard for me, to, I just buy X yards, just in case.  There are SOOO many answers that can be helpful.  Is the fabric knit or woven?  Are you sewing for an adult or a child?  Is it bottom weight or top weight?  And, honestly, there is no right answer that works for every person for every situation.

SFF Unforgettable (6)1For me personally, I most commonly sew for my self and my sister.  And I most often sew with knits these days.  Unless I’m planning a specific project, I almost always prefer 2 yard cuts.  Now, this is mostly because I sew curvy sizes.  I can’t quite get every top out of 1 yard, so I need a little extra fabric.  (Ok, there are a few fabric companies that I KNOW send generous cuts.  Sometimes I order 1 yard cuts if I know I want a simple top.)

SFF Unforgettable (5)1This is the downside for having a bit extra time in my hourglass. 😉  So, I am always keeping an eye out for patterns that take less than one yard.  Now, one of my absolute favorite basic tee patterns is the Favorite Tee from Patterns for Pirates.  I adore the fit.  It is hella flattering on me.  And is has some great options to fancy it up, if I’m in the mood.  Of course, it is takes just over one yard…

However, I’ve now found a couple of patterns I can sew up out of just UNDER one yard!  Now that is winning!!  AND they aren’t even tops. 🙂 My default was to check if I have enough for a Made for Mermaids Mama Chloe skirt.  I just need enough fabric to get a length I am comfortable with.  Plus, the waistband can always be a different fabric, since I never wear it out anyway.

SFF Unforgettable (10)1Now, though, I am living in Made for Mermaids Mama Lexi shorts.  I LOVE THEM!!!  They are comfortable, super fast to sew, have pockets, and I can get an entire pair out of just about one yard of fabric.  This one also falls in the waistband can be a different fabric category!

So, how in the world does this pertain to the outfit I’m sharing today?  I got this GORGEOUS Sly Fox Fabrics Unforgettable double brushed poly and started weighing my options. I considered quite a few different patterns.  Some that would just squeeze out of the 2 yards.  Some that would comfortably fit and leave me with tiny scraps.  I hemmed and hawed while it was shipping to me.  Then while I was washing it.  Then I sprained my damn ankle and couldn’t sew.  So, more time to consider, I suppose.

I sewed up a practice top to see if it is what I wanted.  While I love it, it wasn’t quite right for this fabric.  Back to the drawing board.  Then, I realized I knew exactly what I wanted.  This DBP was the perfect weight to flatter and be comfy.  I can wear it in this hot Atlanta summer without melting.  Obviously, I needed another (non basic, but fabulous) basic tee.  And I hoped there would be enough to squeeze out a skirt or some shorts.  I need more summer bottoms in my life.

Now, I knew I needed a top that would match these gorgeous new summer bottoms and I had the perfect Sly Fox Fabric in my stash!  The Peach double brushed poly matched perfectly and it meant I got to sew up something from my shelf!  Plus, the Made for Mermaids Mama Ava is another of my favorite go to basic tees.  Win.  Win.

SFF Unforgettable (8)1So, now I have three lovely new pieces in my closet and I can’t wait to start mixing and matching them to everything I already had.

stephanie xx

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Fourth of July

Parades, fireworks, carnivals, Tilt-a-whirl, marching band competitions, sparklers, cookouts, and all things American flag. I have enjoyed some truly memorable Fourth of July Celebrations. My first away from home included a baseball game, a naturalization ceremony, and fireworks over the Mississippi River. All of these amazing events come together to make my absolute favorite holiday.

 

What better way to celebrate any holiday, let alone my favorite, than to make kick ass shirts? I’m the first to admit I would have hated the idea of matching shirts to my big sisters when I was a kid. Gah, mom, I’m not my sister!! Not that I can ever recall the parents trying. But, sisters in their 30s? Hell yes! Let’s match!!!

This year we started early. We kept an eye out for wonderful fabric (thank you So Sew English) and matched it to a bolt I picked up when Hancock was closing.

Then Virginia jumped in and worked the Silhouette while I made the shirts. (Moo Shoo helped me hem). And I think we knocked it out of the park!! These are fun, patriotic, and, if we’re being real with each other, I’ll wear this all damn year!

All three of these are Patterns for Pirates slim fit raglans. It’s a great basic raglan pattern that fits these hourglass ladies well. All three came together in just a few hours and I could not be happier with the result!

Happy Fourth, everyone. Enjoy the freedoms we have and thank the people who fight hard for them every day.

Stephanie <3 <3

PS – Photoshoots with sisters are really effing fun.

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TBT – Patterns for Pirates Sweetheart Hack

This TBT thing… not something I’ve ever participated in. But then I realized, I have years of sewing to share and what better way to keep track than picking random projects every once in a while?

I have to start with my favorite make ever. The Patterns for Pirates Sweetheart Dress is super cute and surprisingly versatile. It was actually one of my first knit sews!

Then I was invited to a wedding and needed a pretty dress! The fun begins here. I decided to make one small change to have a strappy back of my dreams!

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Did I mention it was a twirly dress? Every lady needs a twirly dress!!!!

Some super quick instructions for anyone who would like a similar back…

From the pattern, you need the skirt, the front tank piece and the lower back piece. I then cut twelve 1″ wide strips that were way longer than I needed and a facing for both the front and back pieces. (If you need help with these steps, leave a comment!)

I sewed the strips together to make six tubes, then turned them right side out.

Sew straps to the front tank, as central as possible. Mine are slightly overlapping! Then sew the facing to the front. I sewed over the straps a few extra timesfor extra security.

On the back, I laid out the straps in the pattern I wanted.

I played with placement a bit and what worked for me might not work for you! My first strap was 1/2″ from center, then 2″ between each strap.

Sew the back facing on, making sure to secure the straps! I added elastic to the back to help prevent gaping and support this very heavy jacquard double knit fabric! (How gorgeous is this texture?)

Sew sides seams together, and understitch as far as you can.

From here, you can finish the rest of the pattern as per the tutorial.

Now you can have a twirly, strappy dress as well! Who has a fun event to wear it for and can I come with? 😆

PS: I did get to wear this to the a ridiculously fun wedding! It was perfect!!

Pick up your copy here – Sweetheart Dress 

Virginia is wearing an Essential Tank Dress – Essential Tank 

Both fabrics are from Fabric Mart which is a wonderful company. You should check them out. 😉

Stephanie xx