I have what I call crafters ADD. I can be a bit all over the place with my crafting/DIY love affair. My crafting journey began with jewelry making. I decided that I wanted to make beaded jewelry and went out and purchased a TON of beads and anything related to beading. Then I purchased a Silhouette Cameo and all bets were off. I can make ANYTHING with this machine. Well then came my real true..
Can you feel it? Spring is in the air!!! Here’s the deal, in South Florida there really is no Spring. It goes from “winter” straight to summer. Well, I’m ready in my quick and easy DIY Tent Dress which is another Ogden Cami Pattern Hack.
Did you happen to read my last blog post? It was all about an Odgen Cami pattern hack where I made a cute flowy cami. You can read all about it here. For my DIY Tent Dress, all I did was make the center front as long as I wanted the dress to be and rounded off the botton and that’s it!
You can use my YouTube video below to achive the same look. Do me a favor and comment, like and subscribe to my channel pleeease. This is my very 1st video! (Well I posted one 2 years ago on how to take your measurements for a skirt, but that doesn’t count).
DIY OGDEN CAMI PATTERN HACK - HOW TO MAKE A FLOWY CAMI TOP PATTERN - YouTube
I made this dress using this beautiful Ankara fabric. The print is so pretty and I love the different shades of purple. Styling my dress was pretty easy. For my “head wrap” I simply took a piece of left over fabric and tied it around my head! Sunnies are Old Navy (old), shoes Vince Camuto from
Happy Easter Weekend All! Today I wanted to bring you all my memade garments for the first quarter of 2019. I’ve always wanted to do a recap of all the things I’ve sewn just so I can see all the progress I have made. I plan on doing these moving forward and sharing them all with you!
I’ve had the Odgen Cami pattern by True Bias for a while now and just never got around to making it. I recently receive an inquiry for a flowy tank top. I immediately accepted and the search began for the pattern I would use. Little did I know I wouldn’t have to search far.
This was the inspiration photo below on the left. I started to think about how I was going to construct this top since I hadn’t found a pattern in my stash that fit the bill. Then I remembered that I had the Ogden Cami by True Bias.
I decided that I could achieve the same look with the slash and spread method using the Ogden Cami pattern.
How to Achieve the Look
To hack the pattern you will need the following:
Odgen Cami pattern or any other cami or tank top pattern you might have.
Tape (if using the PDF version)
Decide which pattern size you will need based on you bust measurement.
Put the pattern together and cut it out.
Trace the front bodice and front lining pieces if you plan to keep them, if not skip this step.
Next draw vertical lines across your pattern from top to bottom about 2 inches apart. (note that I have all sizes shown).
5. Next you will cut the pattern along the lines just drawn all the way up to the top of the pattern without cutting through it.
6. Place the just cut pattern on top of a piece of paper large enough to trace the pattern on top of.
7. Next tape down the center front of the pattern and spread out your other pieces of paper about 2 inches apart and tape those down.
8. Next you will trace around the pattern making sure you mark all your markings from the pattern. I chose to raise the neck line because I wanted a round neck and not a v-neck.
9. Cut all pattern pieces out and now you have your pattern for a flowy tank top.
This is what the final pattern will look like.
To create the lining pattern piece, I measured down about 6 inches from the neckline and used the existing lining pattern piece to make the new one. Simply extend the side and you can free hand the bottom half or trace with the existing lining piece. Place the lining pattern piece on top of the new bodice piece and the sides, arm and neck should match.
Now follow the pattern instructions to complete your top! Pretty painless if you ask me.
I can’t even believe that it is really about to be 2019. I’ve come to look forward to the Instagram #2018BestNine line up. It’s pretty cool to be able to look back at my followers favorites. So, lets get started.
1. McCall’s 7833 – I made this dress for Diner en Blanc Miami this year. I made view C and obviously you guys like to see me in dresses! This was the first fitted dress I’ve made in a long time. This year I got serious about my fitness again and have lost 28 lbs and counting! You can read my write up about my white dress HERE.
2. Kyrzayda Rodriguez – I started following Kyrzayda on Instagram a few years ago. Her style and aura was and still is captivating. I enjoyed watching her IG stories and reading her blog posts. I felt like I knew her personally. I could relate to her because she was an amazing fashion influencer and she was a beautiful Dominican woman. She shared with all of us selflessly and my heart stopped when she revealed that she was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She shared her good days and bad and fought like I’ve never seen anyone fight before. She was upbeat and full of faith that God would take care of her. I was heartbroken when she passed and cried like I had lost a sister. I miss her dearly. You can see one of her last and still ever inspiring IG stories HERE . I was able to save this post from @mikahmiller on Instagram. This photo of her is perfect. She’s our angel.
Make sure you enjoy the ones you love. That is the best gift you can get. – Kyrzayda Rodriguez
3. Bruges Bomber Jacket – pattern by Kommatia Patterns – Can I tell you how much I love this jacket and I’m so glad you all did too. This was my very first jacket and it won’t be my last. This amazing fabric was purchased in Paris by my very good friend Stephanie. I saved it up for something special and I’m so glad I did. You can read all about my Bruges Bomber Jacket HERE.
4. Double Sided Sparkle Sequins – This gorgeous double sided black and silver sequins fabric can be purchased at Michael Levine HERE and IT’S ON SALE!! OMG. I didn’t need to know that. Apparently their sequins is currently 30% off. (I might need to order some. shhh) I made Simplicity 8394 as part of my fashion 3rd place winning look at the Mimi G’s 6th Annual Fashion, Sewing and Style Conference. (Unfortunately, that was the last conference) You can read all about it HERE.
5. McCall’s 7632 – This sweet little number was a franken pattern dress I made using McCall’s 7632 view D bodice and a self drafted skirt. I made this dress to attend my brother-in-law’s wedding this summer in Virginia. It was absolutely perfect. You can read all about it HERE.
6. McCall’s 7833 – Here I am again in my amazing white dress. So, #7833 was part of October’s Sew Your View pattern for October of this year. You can find a monthly sew along hosted by @thatssomonica over at @sewyourview. Sew, my goal for 2019 is to participate in more sew alongs. I always love the patterns chosen for the month, but life always gets in the way. If you’re looking for another sew along, you can also follow @prettygirlssew .
7. The night I met my husband – Who says you can’t find love in the club? I did! I met my husband at a club on 1/22/05, which was his birthday. I saw him walk in and I just new I had to meet him. I was 29 at the time and had been in a 10 year failed relationship and had done my fair share of online dating. By this point in my life I had been done with kissing frogs and getting duds. I was done looking for love and he walked right into my life. He looked so sharp in his blazer and jeans and Timberland boots. I just knew he wasn’t from Florida. I told my girls “You see him, I’m going to meet him tonight!” This was totally not me, but I was not going to let him pass me by. I made sure to make my way over to him and it worked! We ended up talking and dancing all night long. He waited the standard “3 day rule” and finally called me. We’ve been inseparable since and just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary on 12/27/18! Check out my IG post HERE where you can check out more photos of our love story.
8. Self drafted gown – Do you have a friend who thinks that you can make anything? Well, I do. My friend Stephanie, along with my Husband, is one of my biggest supporters. She showed me a picture of her vision for a gown and I went to work with less then two week so make this. I self drafted the bodice using one of her tank tops and I used McCall’s 7683 for the skirt portion. Her dress was a hit at the Gala she attended in Boston and she looked stunning! You can see more photo’s HERE.
9. Self drafted flutter top dress – I actually made this dress in 2/17 but reposted this year as part of a #tbt post. You guys loved it! I used Mimi G’s Flutter Top FREE tutorial and I made it into a dress. As I mentioned on my Instagram post, I need to make another one because I gave this one away. I actually have one almost done. Just need to attach the flutter top. Stand by for more of that in 2019 because you know, life gets in the way.
So, these were my IG #2018bestinnine. I was actually holding off on getting my best in nine results because I was really trying to make something else before the year ended, but you know….life! 2018 was an amazing sewing year for me. I’ve really stepped out of my comfort zone and created more garments this year than I ever have before. I was featured in 3 magazine publications and I’m already working on 2019.
I want to thank all my followers who follow me and allow me to share all of my DIY creations. As my sewfriend Tabitha Sewer said, from www.tabithasewer.com, “We are gonna ELEVATE you in 2019!” Here is to total elevation and leveling up in 2019!
Hi Guys! Can you feel it? Spring is in the air. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started my spring sewing. I kicked off the spring season with a retro polka dot dress using Butterick 6318. This amazing dress has a full skirt and sash. I’ll be honest, this wasn’t my 1st attempt at a spring garment. This was actually my second attempt and I’m so much happier with this dress then my first.
Sewn Magazine Feature
Michelle from Sewn Magazine hit me up asking if I wanted to be featured in the next issue of Sewn Magazine. Duh, of course I did! For this feature I needed to make a spring dress and it needed to be in polka dot fabric. I quickly started looking through all my patterns and decided on Vogue 9318. This pattern has a ruffled one shoulder top and a wrap skirt. Easy enough right?
I saw this very pretty Keepsake Calico Cotton Fabric -Polka Dots in yellow with white polka dots which I purchased at JOANN. For contrast I made the bodice of the top in white and the flounce was in the same yellow and white polka dot fabric. After I made the top, I thought it was a little large but figured it would be OK on once I tucked it in the skirt. This was made in a large. Well, it was not OK. The skirt was a tad too large also which I made in an XL. I should have sized down in both. I had a deadline to meet and proceeded to take my photos and I prayed for the best. My photos came out beautiful, but I did not feel beautiful. I felt like I was drowning in fabric and the silhouette was not flattering at all. I sent my photos to Michelle and explained the situation and she also agreed that the top and skirt were not flattering and also felt that the small polka dots were getting lost in the sauce and suggested larger polka dots.
Back to The Drawing Board
Although I was a week ahead of my original deadline, Michelle graciously extended my deadline. Back to the drawing board I went. I was explaining what happened to my sewfriend Marica from @overdriveafter30 and she suggested Butterick 6318. I thought it would be perfect! She had an extra pattern and even came to bring it to me. Marica also suggested a petticoat to add extra volume to the skirt which you can get HERE. Boy was she right! What a good friend I have.
I then went on a hunt for the perfect fabric. I recalled this pretty white and black polka dot Ankara fabric making it’s rounds on Instagram. I started sending DMs to all the Ankara fabric vendors I knew on Instagram. No one had the fabric I wanted except House of Mamiwata. I sent her a DM at about 9 PM and she responded right away telling me that she did have the fabric and sent me the link to her Etsy shop so I could see the fabric. I saw it, I loved it, and I brought it! She had my fabric shipped the next day and I received it a few days later. I can’t say enough about the quality of this fabric and her customer service is second to none! This will definitely not be my last purchase.
How to Modify a Pattern Bodice
Based on my body measurements I cut a size 18 bodice and graded out to a size 20 at the waist. After I tried it on I felt it was a little too large so I went with a size 16 bodice graded to a size 18 at the waist. During my fitting, I also realized I had bunching in the back. I measured my neck to waist and then measured the pattern’s neck to waist and realized I had to remove 2″ from the pattern for a proper fit. Apparently, I have a short torso. See below how I modified the bodice at the waist. It’s not as hard as you think. Trust me.
How I Shortened the Pattern and Graded at the Waistline
Starting from the back of the nape of your neck measure to your waist line.
Measure the pattern from the neckline of the size you’re going to cut to waist line indicated on the pattern.
Subtract the difference and fold the pattern up by that measurement at the waist line indicated on the pattern.
Using the waist measurement, you’re going to cut for your dart, finish connecting your dart lines.
From the waist line, grade out to the size your need for your waist measurement.
Mark your new dart on your fabric and cut out according to your new cut lines.
I’m so excited to have been featured in the MAR/APR issue of Sewn Magazine. It is always an honor to be featured with other amazing creatives. You can read about my other Sewn Magazine features HERE and HERE. I really enjoyed sharing my sewing journey about this project with all of you. I want to be transparent and let you all know that not all projects are going fabulous and amazing. Not everything you make will be a perfect fit, although that’s kind of the point of making your own clothes, right? There will always be bumps in the road, but as long as you learn how to maneuver around those bumps, then you’ll be just fine. Whenever you hit a wall, just dust yourself off and try again. Thanks Aaliyah. You get a gold star of you caught my reference. LOL
Let me know in the comments below if you found my instructions on how to modify a bodice helpful and I’ll be sure to include more of these sewing tips in the future.
Happy Friday!!!! I’m kicking off this Friday in my Crew Bodycon Dress by Kommatia Patterns that I recently got to pattern test. The Crew bodycon dress is your basic bodycon dress style that you can dress up or dress down. It features long sleeves with a crew neck and can be made in three lenghts – mini, knee and midi. If you’ve lost your sewjo or looking for a stash buster pattern, then this is the pattern for you. It only took me a few hours to make this dress and less then two yards of fabric.
Crew the Bodycon Dress
I love projects like this one because making the Crew Bodycon Dress was super easy to make. There are only 4 pieces to this pattern, the front, back, neck and sleeves – that’s it! You can literally make this pattern in an hour. It took me a little longer because I made a muslin first because I don’t normally make such fitted clothes and the largest size was a little smaller then my actual measurements. I made a size XL and it came out perfect. The fabric requirements state that you need use a knit that has 40% stretch and the pattern instructions help you determine how much stretch your fabric has, just incase you aren’t sure. I used a knit fabric that I purchased from Walmart in a 2 yard pre-packaged bundle for $5! Unfortunately, you don’t get fabric specifications. It is a 4 ways stretch knit fabric and I’m sure it has some spandex in it. Sorry, but I don’t have a link and I haven’t seen this fabric anywhere else.
I chose to keep it simple and style my dress with these knee high boots that I purchased at Target during Black Friday last year which I love and I threw on my fav Ray-Ban Sunnies.
I really enjoy the fit of this dress because it’s not too big and it’s not too tight either. I chose to make the knee lengh because I didn’t want it to be a mini dress and I didn’t want it too long either. I think the lenghth is perfect for me.
The Crew is perfect because you can dress it up for date night or you can throw on a pair of sneakers and run errands. Either way, this dress is super comfortable and easy to wear.
The Crew Bodycon Dress by Kommatia Patterns has now been released and you can pick up the PDF pattern HERE. I really enjoy testing Kommatia Patterns because they are usually easy to make, on trend patterns. Remember my Bruges Bomber Jacket? You guessed it, it’s a Kommatia Pattern. That’s another winner in my book. If you’re all about quick, self gratifying projects, then the Crew Bodycon Dress is the pattern for you. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.
Let me know in the comments below what you think of my dress.
Hi Guys! Today I’m bringing you this awesome bomber jacket from Beaute’ J’Adore. Beaute’ J’Adore has the most amazinng patterns with MCall’s pattern company. I think I own all of them at this point, but this is the first opportunity I’ve had to sew one up. After it was all said and done, this pattern really wasn’t that bad to work with.
Now I know what you might be thinking, “I’ve seen this fabric before”. Well, yes you have. I made my Bruges Bomber Jacket with the same fabric which you can read all about HERE. I had more of this fabric left and decided to use it for McCall’s 7636. I got my inspiration from Mimi G’s version which you can check out HERE. She used a buffalo plaid fabric with heather grey double knit for the cuffs and collar. Now, this fabric was purchased in a store called Toto in Paris France by my good friend. The grey double knit I purchased from JOANN Fabrics.
I went casual with this look. I paired it with a pair of glasses I purchased on PoshMark. You can sign up using my LINK and receive $5 off your 1st purchase. Make sure you download the app. I also wore a T-Shirt I made which says I’m Sew Fly. Love my t-shirt. I wore a pair of black jeans from Old Navy and a pair of black thigh high boots I got on sale at Payless Shoes. Did you know they’re going out of business? You should check out your local Payless and get some deals.
McCall’s 7636 Pattern Review
Misses’ Bomber-Style Jacket
6-22 Based on my body measurements I made a straight size 18 with no modifications.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it looked exactly like it.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were fairly easy to follow. I did run into a few issues. I’m not sure why I didn’t understand the zipper instillation instructions, but I didn’t. My next project is going to be Simplicity #8702 which is a Mimi G pattern that comes with a sewalong. I watched her zipper installing for her jacket and I did the samething with mine. I also could not figure out the back facing. There were no markings and I could not undertstand the instructions at all. Once again, I watched how Mimi installed her facing and I did what she did.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Besides the few instuctions I couldn’t follow, I thought the pattern was fine. Nothing that I particularly like or dislike.
Honestly, not sure. It’s a satin but it’s a heavy weight. I think this may be an upholstery fabric. My friend purchased this fabric for me in Paris.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did not shorten the zipper as instructed in the instuctions. I just sewed it up in the collar seam and it was fine. For the back facing I placed it wrong sides together at the shoulder seams and matched it up with the front lining at the shoulder seams to make sure they matched up and pinned it. Before attaching the facing, I serged the bottom edge and pressed it under. Once the facing was attached, I top stitched it down. I also decided not to use the piping detail for the arms and front of jacket.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would make this again. Although it’s a nice detail to have, I think I could have done without the pleated sleeves.
This is a great pattern for a bomber jacket. Depending on how you like your clothes to fit, you might find it a little large. This was the look I was going for, so it worked out. Also, if you have a short torso, you might want to shorten it also.
Hi Guys! Today I’m so happy to share with you my DIY Mother and Son Academie Cardigans from The Eli Monster. I’ve been wanting to make something for my son and I for the longest time. As soon as I saw the Academie Cardigan, I knew this would be the perfect project for us. There are so many different mommy and me looks for moms and little girls, bit it’s difficult to find something that mommy and son can wear. If you find yourself in the same predicament, then look no more!
As you might know, I am a brand ambasador for The Eli Monster and each month I get to make something with their awesome patterns. This month I selected to make the Academie Cardigan and was super excited to see that it also comes in adult sizes. As I stated above, this is the perfect pattern to make for yourself and your mini. What is even more awesome is that the Academie Cardigam is unisex so you can make it for a boy or a girl.
The Academie Cardigan has two different options that you can make. You can choose to make a v-neck cardigan or you can make the classic letterman sweater with stripes on 1 arm, pockets and a varsity letter. The pattern comes with all 26 letters. For the children’s pattern the sizing starts at 12 months all the way to up to 12 years old. I decided to go with the letterman option because I thought it would be cute to personalize them. I made my son the size 12 based on his height and waist measurements, althogh he’s only 8. For mine I went with the size G based on my body measurements. I think the fit for both was perfect. I purchased the fabric I used from JOANN and it’s a green knit fabric. Sorry, I couldn’t find the link. I also went with snaps instead of buttons. Word to the wise – Don’t use heavy duty snaps with a knit fabric. I would go with something that does not say heavy duty or just go with the buttons.
This pattern was super easy to put together. I used my serger to sew it up and I made both cardigans in 1 day. The pattern comes with detailed instructions as well as great illustrations to follow along with. The adult and childrens size Academie Cardigan is now on sale and you can pick them up HERE and HERE. If you’ve been wanting to make something for you and your mini then this is the pattern for you!
Hi Guys! Have you ever made a garment using french seams? Well, today, I’m going to show you how I made my Weekendje Kimono from The Eli Monster using french seams. As part of my The Eli Monster brand ambassasorship post for the month, I selected the Weekendje Kimono pattern. Kimonos are very much on trend and is such a vercitle piece to own. A kimono is something you can defininitely dress up or down, so I was excited to add this piece to my warbdrobe.
DIY Weekendje Kimono
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Let me start of by saying that this is a fairly simple project to make since it only has 3 pieces. Yes, only 3 pieces! Now, I say fairly easy because it all depends on what type of fabric you choose. You can pretty much use whatever kind of fabric you like, as long as it has a nice drape. I used a satin charmeuse fabric I picked up in LA at the Michael Levine Loft. First of all, this fabric frayed like a mutha and is pretty slippery! Once the 3 pieces are sown together, the pattern instructions call for the edge to be hemmed using a rolled hem foot, which I did not have. I figured I would finish my seams off with my serger and fold over twice and sew down my seams. Well, that plan was not working out because the fabric was being pulled while serging and ruining my fabric! Good thing I used a test scrap first. After days of trying to figure what to do, I got the bright idea of changing out my serger needles with microtex needles and it worked like a charm! I was able to serge my kimono without ruinning my fabric!
How To Sew Using French Seams
Since I didn’t want my serged seams to show, I decided to use french seams to make my kimono. I made a kimono a while ago using french seams as well and I thought it worked out perfectly. You can read all about my Willow Kimono HERE. French seams are a great way to finish a garment because the raw edge is encased and no one will be able to see them. Below is a quick and painless way of sewing french seams.
Once I figured out my serger issue, it took me no time to finish my Kimono. I decided to go casual with my look and paired my Kimono with a pair of jeans and a white tank top. I pulled out this beautiful leather purse my Mom brought back for me from her trip to Italy. You can purchase your very own Weekendje Kimono HERE.
Hi Guys! Today I’m bringing you my version of this amazing tracksuit I made using Mimi G Style x Simplicity 8702. The pattern comes with a track jacket that has endless color blocking possibilities, leggings and a drop crotch pants with slim legs option. I’m so excited because I’ve teamed up with Mari from SincerelyMars on this awesome make.
Mimi G Style X Simplicity 8702
Can I tell you that I am SO in love with my tracksuit?! Why, you say? Because I finally made pants! Making a pair of pants is on my #MakeNine2019 list of things to sew this year. Technically, I knocked out 2 of my make nine because I also have making a jacket on my list. I’m feeling real accomplished.
Based on my body measurements, I decided to make a size 18 for the jacket and a size 20 for the pants. I didn’t make any fit alterations to either garment. I propably could have gone down a size for both, but they fit exactly how I wanted them to. I like my jackets big and I didn’t want the pants to be too fitted. I think the fit is just right.
I started with the pants because I figured that would be the easiest to make out of the two, and they were. I was preatty nervous because this was first pair of pants I’ve made. I did make a jumper, but those were very loose pants. You can read about my jumper HERE. I went with view c, which is the regular legging pant. I made the size 18 based on the finished garment measurements. These pants are very straight forward and come together very quickly.
I would suggest you pack your patience. This pattern has alot of pieces to it and that means a hole lot of cutting. Having said that, you are able to customize your jacket and pants in endless ways. The hardest part was deciding on what colors to use. This scuba knit fabric comes from a local fabric shop called A to Z Fabrics. Unfortunately, you are not able to shop online, but you can find similar fabric here. I went with this gorgeous royal blue scuba knit and added red sports mesh. I also added black and white scuba knit and I used a Light Grey Heathered 4X8 Ribbed Knit from JOANN Fabrics and you can find it here.
Lastly, if you’re using different colors, I would suggest you plan it out before you start cutting your fabric. I sat down for about 20 minutes trying to decide which color each section should be. As you can see below, I used the pattern cover to decide the color placement and that seemed to work for me.
Mari from @sewsincerely_mars and I decided to team up and decided to make Simplicity 8702. If you recall, Mari and I did a collaboration last September and made Simplicity 8694 which you can read here.
Isn’t Mari the cutest?! I love her version. She chose a navy activeware knit and colored blocked it with a baby blue and navy chevron activeware knit. Make sure you head on over to Mari’s blog HERE and read all about her experience sewing up her tracksuit. Also make sure you follow her on Instagram at @sewsincerely_mars.
In conclusion I would say that this is an awesome pattern to make. I love all of the different ways you can color block your tracksuit. It really is easy to put together once you get all the pattern pieces and fabric cut out and you decide on your color combination. The best part of it all is that Mimi G has a sew – along tutorial for both the JACKET and PANTS. You can follow along step by step and rewind as many times as you need. Having the video makes it pretty much fool proof.