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Halla Elise in Sly Fox Fabrics Spring Gingham

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My absolute favorite thing while sewing is when a fabric tells me exactly what it wants to be! There is no question and no hesitation to cut when it just feels right!!

When I saw the amazing Katy wearing the Spring Gingham in a reveal video a few weeks back I knew I needed it! When I was lucky enough to get two yards, I immediately balked at the thought of messing it up. It arrived and was thrown unceremoniously into the wash to delay the decision making process (have I mentioned I hate making decisions? It is the worst!!)

Well, it came out of the dryer (the one and only time it will be there on purpose) and the time had come. No more delays or excuses. I pulled it out and expected nervousness and apprehension. But something magical happened! As this gorgeous single brushed poly (SBP) is flowing through my hands, I am enjoying the buttery softness and the vintage vibe to the gingham and BAM!!! The Halla Elise pops into my head.

I just tested this top and am COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH IT!!!!! I cannot emphasize enough that I would likely wear an Elise every day if it wouldn’t be weird. It has the great vintage feel to compliment that gorgeous gingham. It is simple, but packs a punch. And I feel amazing wearing it.

Decision. Made.

Now for the fun part. Got my pattern all put together and cut out, I’m now getting nervous that this wonderfully flowy, soft and lovely SBP is going to be a bit of a pain to cut out. Have no fear!!! It is the easiest fabric to work with! It didn’t stick to itself, but also didn’t slide around while I was cutting. The pattern is perfectly on grain, so lining everything up wasn’t fiddly and annoying. Basically, it was a dream to work with.

And now, I have an amazingly comfortable top that makes me feel gorgeous and ready to tackle anything!! If you’re looking for a shirt or dress that looks like you spent forever adding the little details that really pop, but really you made in one interrupted afternoon, the Halla Elise is perfect. And Sly Fox Fabrics really killed it with this perfect Spring Gingham SBP.

xx Stephanie <3

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Check out Sly Fox and be sure to sign up for their serger sweepstakes! They give away a serger every single month AND you only have to enter once to be in it to win it for the rest of 2018!!

If you want to go directly to this gorgeous fabric, I’ve got that link for you as well! Spring Gingham

Also take a peek at Halla Patterns. They have beautiful choices and put so much time and thought into each pattern to really give you what you need in every one. Plus they have a couple freebies. 😉 Halla Elise (This is an affiliate link. If you click through here and end up purchasing something, the designer sends me a small portion as a referral thank you. It costs you nothing, but helps fund my fabric addiction.)

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HALLA – Elise

DSC_0075 (2)So, I am so late with this post and promotion for Halla, which is not the kind of first impression I like to make and this was my very first test with these wonderful ladies!!  But, I am just recovering from surgery.  I had to have my stupid tonsils taken out and man, has it been a terrible week.  Did you know that the best way to recover from this procedure is to drink a ton of water?  Did you also know that every breath and swallow is like being stabbed repeatedly in the throat?  Yeah, great mix.  Then I turned up allergic to the liquid form of the pain meds they prescribed.  Fun times.

But, that’s not what we’re here to talk about!!  Testing for Halla was ridiculously fun!!  The group is funny, sarcastic, full of food and puppy lovers and, well, real.  It was definitely a new approach to testing for me, but I found it exciting and fun.

On to the juicy stuff.  This pattern is gorgeous!!  If you are looking for fun, easy to wear and something I haven’t seen in another pattern, stop right now and look here!!

DSC_0056 (2)The Elise is easy to wear, comfy and beautiful.  Look at those tabs!!  LOOK!!  I love how such a simple addition took this top from a cute faux wrap, to vavavoom!!!  The pattern comes with tons of options too!!  I have to make the non-gathered skirt, since that will be much more me!

Also, did you notice??  There are pockets!!!!!  A shirt that can pull off pockets, you say?! Hell yes!!  They are well hidden in my gorgeous So Sew English floral french terry, but there are slat pockets on my shirt!!

DSC_0012 (2)The pattern also includes no tabs, dress length, a waistband, the ungathered skirt I mentioned above, a banded sleeve, a puffy sleeve and in-seam pocket options!

What are you waiting for?  Go check it out!!  You can even use the code ELISE to save 20% off all PDF orders until March 30th!

Grab your pattern here – Elise Top (affiliate link – a small portion of your purchase will be shared with me directly from the designer if you use this link)

And check out So Sew English Fabrics here – So Sew English

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5oo4 – Jessie Top

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If you are looking for a top that is fitted but not tight and still full of options, check this one out!!  A nice simple sew, with minimal construction fanciness?  Check!

This was seriously the fastest sew, ever.  It look longer to glue the pattern together than to actually cut and sew!  For a shirt where I need to do minimal alterations to make it work correctly (ok, zero alterations), this is a win for me!

Now, if you’re looking for some fun options to spice up your t-shirt, Jessie has you covered as well!!

This nice low back is a great base for whatever strappy delight makes you happy!!  She included instructions for this combo and for a single strap across the back, but always encourages the sewist to have fun with it!!  The binding is fairly simple and quick but really takes a basic tee up a level!!

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I had so much fun making these to add some basic, but fun tops to Virginia’s closet!

<3 <3

My model for this is my gorgeous sister, Virginia.  She is cool with these photos being put on the internets. 🙂 Fabric for the red top is from Fine Fabrics.  Floral and stripe are an amazing bundle from So Sew English and of course, you can pick up your pattern here Jessie Top.  

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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