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5oo4 Escapade

So, I tested this pattern way back in the way back and I just adored it. Super cute and a surprisingly quick, considering it looks complicated. I just love the two tanks I made. I’ve worn them dozens of times and I’m a little disappointed in myself for not going back to make more (isn’t that always the way).

A few weeks ago, Virginia and I were powering through some new swimwear before we went on vacation and I suggested the 5 Out of 4 Escapade as a swim tank for her. It comes with full bust adjustment options, provides really great support, even without adding all the extra foam cups and whatnot, and has the thinner straps she has been asking for. Perfect!! She freaking loved it!! Plus, we got to use this kick ass “cereal” fabric I found at Fine Fabrics.

Now that she loves it, what a perfect pattern to pair with this gorgeous fabric!! We picked it up from So Sew English, and it has been in her stash forever. This print is just exactly right for this dress!! I hadn’t made the dress and now I’m a little jelly! Doesn’t she look stunning in this?

The halter ties, the ruched front, the subtle flare. *sigh* Perfect for fall, as it is still too hot to exist outside here, and as it cools down, will be wonderful under a jean jacket!

Is it my turn for another Escapade yet? 😀
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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THE DEAL!

I’m baaaackkk!!!!!!!

So, a while ago (months and months and months ago) I made a deal with Stephanie for an entire outfit.  I am talking, bra, underwear, pants, shirt, cardigan, an ENTIRE outfit.  In order to get this outfit, I just had to do one itty bitty teeny tiny little thing.  So, a little back story just to drag out the suspense.  Stephanie and I bought a house four years ago.  When we purchased the house, we looked for one specifically with a room dedicated for crafts.  Hence, a part of the reason we choose the house we did.  Like all new homeowners we learn new things every freaking day about house repairs and whatnot.  One of those things, which is what led to our DEAL is, we learned where the placement of our water shut off valve is.  We discovered, much to our dismay, that the valve was located in our crawl space in a horrible place almost impossible to get to.  Especially if we needed to turn off the water in a hurry, which while we never want to happen, is always a chance.  Sooooo, Stephanie and I made a deal that if I worked with our dad to move the water shut off valve, I would get this entire outfit.  This involved crawling into the crawl space to turn off the water so the valve could be moved. 

I beyond earned this entire outfit.  I spent a great deal of time sitting in a tiny area in a crawl space while moving the shut off valve.  Now, here I must give fair kudos to our dad, because without his expertise we never would have been able to move the valve.  I won’t share the horrors I lived through, oh wait, yes I will because I EARNED that damn outfit.  There were bugs, spiders, dead and alive, cockroaches (my absolute worst), and even a dead rat in a trap.  I highly recommend a pest and rodent service to every single person in the world.  I would never want to deal with any of them on my own.  I firmly believe our service is worth Every.  Single.  Penny.  I had to sit in the smallest space, where I had to wiggle on my stomach to get to.  There were issues cutting the pipe, so I had to wait while dad found our pipe cutter.  Let me tell you, I am extremely glad to never have to do that again. 

Rafiki and I posing for another picture!

Now, I made this deal a while ago with Stephanie.  Our dad came down in March, so this is when we were able to move the water valve.  And today, January 15, 2019, I have my full outfit.  FINALLY!!!!!!! 

I have the most beautiful cardigan, an amazing shirt, and pants, the most comfortable underwear, and a bralette if I was a little braver, I would share while wearing it on this post.  I guess this means I am not able to nag her about the outfit anymore.  I am sure she is happy to be done with it.  As always, the pieces she made are absolutely gorgeous.  She always does an amazing job and I never have a single issue with what she makes me.  The clothes fit perfectly (you have to love how well custom made clothes fit), and the fabric is exactly what I want.  Anyone else hate some of the fabric chooses companies make on the clothes they sell?  I have not bought a single ready to wear clothes for myself in an extremely long time.  Not that I did it a lot previously.  I hate clothes shopping, partly because of how crappy the clothes always fit from the store.  Stephanie is usually the one who buys my clothes when we actually buy ready to wear.  I am so not a standard size, in any shape or size.  Clothes never seem to fit me comfortably or properly. 

Getting the outfit took more than time.  Stephanie kept getting me to sit down with her to pick out fabrics and what I wanted.  Then…she kept losing the lists!!!  I finally gave up telling her what I wanted and when she sewed everything up, she picked what she thought I would want.  Now she has this handy dandy book she writes everything down in!  I may need to steal the book one day and add a bunch of stuff just for me to it.  With her giant list I am not sure she would even notice if I added anything to it.  Hmmm, I better make sure she doesn’t read this post, too, or she might pay close attention to her to do list. 

For all those who are reading this and are not the sewist in their family, I highly recommend making a deal for a full outfit, but I don’t recommend something as gross as getting into a crawl space.  I now have an amazing outfit, well, I’m sure you can see they won’t actually work as an outfit together, but I have a whole bunch of new articles for my wardrobe.  One day I will show you all the amazing wardrobe I have because of Stephanie.  I don’t have to many outfits that are still ready to wear.  It.  Is.  Awesome!!!!!!!

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Fabric

Buying fabric might be one of my favorite things. It is so fun to wander a warehouse or a website and find beautiful, unique, hopefully soft fabrics of all sorts. I love the unfettered possibilities at hand!

I’d like to say that most of my fabric comes from a local place that has an amazing selection and better prices, but alas, I often succumb to the gorgeousness filling my Facebook feed. The trouble there is that is can be scary buying from a new fabric company! I’ve seen so many people scammed and cheated out of their money over fabric.

So, I’m going to break down where I spend way too much money and share some of my favorite fabric sources!

One of my new favorite places, is Love Adore Knits (loveadoreco.com). They are such a sweet company, have gorgeous fabrics and amazing prices. They have frequent sales and super fast turnaround time for shipping. I am obsessed with checking out their website and planning an entire closet full of gorgeous pieces. Their website is available Wednesday 5 pm to Saturday 5pm. Then they close down, clear out and ship all those orders. If you order multiple times, they do combine and refund overages, which is always nice. Also, from what I can tell, they do sales A LOT!! So their already low prices are even better!

All three of these gorgeous fabrics are from Love Adore Knits.  I am always impressed when the color matches so spot on when I actually receive fabrics.  Photos are hard, man.

Talking about new obsessions, Sly Fox Fabrics (slyfoxfabrics.com)is killing it with beautiful prints, bold colors (if you haven’t noticed, these speak to me), a wide selection of types of fabric, and wonderful prices. Plus, Katy does a reveal video of new fabrics every week and gives them away!! Now, I never win anything (like, in life, I’m just not the lucky one), but it is fun to connect with the shop owner, see all the fabrics and pairings and chat with other fabric lovers. And she often does a Sly Buy!! The Sly Buy is one fabric, offered at $5 a yard for just one day, or until is sells out. Pro-tip – IT ALWAYS SELLS OUT!! Because it is always gorgeous.

A very small selection of fabrics from a recent order from Sly Fox Fabrics.  I haven’t sewn any up yet, because, time, but I can’t wait to start cutting!

Another place I recently started shopping is Knitpop (knitpop.com – this one is an affiliate link – if you buy something after clicking it, they send me a small portion of the sale – it adds nothing to your total, but is appreciated on my end!). Talk about inexpensive fabric!! Wow! They have a wonderful selection and low, low prices. I was thrilled when we loosened the purse-strings a little earlier this year because they still had the snowflakes I had been dying for all winter!! Now that I have a few yards in hand, no idea what to make!! But in general, gorgeous prints, fun custom fabrics and great quality. Also, damn, the turnaround time is ridiculous.

This is the glorious snowflake french terry we splurged on.  What does it want to be?!?!

We spent a long time eyeing up Sincerely Riley before ordering. Not because she’s shady, but because her gorgeousness sold out before we could get our hands on it!!  Darcey has amazing taste and puts together beautiful mystery boxes.  She often posts an inspiration pic and you get fabrics that coordinate with the photo.  We ordered some of the sweater boxes and let me tell you, they are effing gorgeous. (sincerelyrylee.com/)

This is the first fabric we ever ordered from Sincerely Riley.  It is a gorgeous border print woven that I just don’t know what to make yet!!  I have sewn up a fabric from Sincerely Riley, but the pattern hasn’t released yet, so no sneaks!

A not-new favorite has to be So Sew English Fabrics (sosewenglishfabrics.com). I swear half my stash is from So Sew English. So is half my closet!! 😀 They have fun, trendy prints on ridiculously soft fabrics at reasonable prices. What?! The thing that they ALWAYS get me with (like every effing time) is the gorgeous bundles Chey puts together! Sometimes the fabric isn’t available by the yard, sometimes it is. But every time, I lust and send pictures to my sister hoping she’ll cave and buy more fabric. Plus they are now doing a deal of the day! They reduce the price of one or two fabrics for just one day. I need a third job…

This is Virginia rocking fabric from a bundle from So Sew English.  They just coordinate so well!

Also not-new to me, but damn, have I been ordering from them for quite a while is Fabric Mart (fabricmartfabrics.com). Now, my Facebook feed isn’t filled with them (probably a good thing) and I don’t see a ton of social media in general, but they have AMAZING fabrics and the best prices. Seriously. They do flat shipping, so I always order when I can order too much, to spread out the cost (it is only ten bucks, but still). They have the best sales. Every day, new stuff goes on sale or drops into the various clearance sections and they have a Sue’s Pick deal. Guys – they have an entire section of $1/yard fabric. And it isn’t terrible, gross, ugly, not-usable fabric.  The other half of my stash is from here. They have amazing quality at how-do-they-stay-in-business prices and really fast shipping! If you aren’t buying from them, sign up for their emails and see if they can’t tempt you.

The fabric used in these leggings is one of MANY I’ve gotten an amazing deal on at Fabric Mart.  Plus, if you saw my first TBT post, that gorgeous twirly dress fabric is a Fabric Mart find, in the $1 section, y’all!

Those are my main online shops. I do branch out when I want something specific, or a new shop has something I just can’t pass up (after doing ample research, of course). And I do buy online at Joann and Fabric.com and window shop at Mood.com and a few others.

I also shop at Joann Fabric in person, sometimes. I find they are getting more frustrating to deal with, the more competition they have. Their cuts are often short, most fabrics shrink a lot and they just don’t have the selection or competitive pricing I’m looking for. Sometimes they have something I just can’t get anywhere else in a timely fashion and every once in a while they have something I HAVE TO HAVE!!!! Did anyone score the Harry Potter Maps cotton lycra? I asked about it and was told they haven’t had it since the 70s and it wasn’t orderable. Um, what?! So, their customer service is also leaving me wanting. But, they are still a solid standby and for those not lucky enough to have room to stash fabrics, or have access to the warehouse I’m about to mention, it is a great option for something close and convenient.

This lovely black athletic fabric is from Joann Fabrics. The blindingly bright coral is from Fabric Mart.

Atlanta is a great place to need fabric though. We have tons of shops for anything you could need!! Cute little quilt shops? Check. Small, crazily “organized” apparel fabrics? Check. GIANT WAREHOUSE OF APPAREL FABRIC? More than one option!! My favorite is Fine Fabrics. Its about 15 minutes from my house (with light Atlanta traffic). Most their knit fabric runs 4-6 bucks a yard, they are super generous with their cuts and they have literally any type of apparel fabric I could want. (I’m lusting after some of those flipping sequins that change colors right now to make a bomber jacket. That’s normal, right?) They also have walls and walls of zippers, elastics, stretch lace, and thread cones. All at prices that make me grab stuff, just in case I might need it. Now, it has downsides. They don’t list fabric content on anything. Nothing is organized. It is loud and crowded. Not everything is price tagged. But, the customer service is killer!! They are beyond helpful, friendly and knowledgeable!

Both fabrics, the lace and the elastic are all from Fine Fabrics.  This whole outfit could not have cost more than $25 for the supplies.  And there is leftover of everything.

I hope this small breakdown of just a few options is helpful to at least a few people! If not, it makes me happy. 🙂 HAHA

What are your favorite places to shop?!  I’d love some suggestions for more or to hear your thoughts on these places!