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RAD patterns Fireside Cardigan: Pinterest hack.

Hey everyone! Can you believe we are almost done with October? Is time flying by or what? But thats ok because we are about to start my favorite month of the year, November! It’s my favorite month. See, thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday. Not only do I host thanksgiving every year but I absolutely love cooking the turkey and pumpkin spice cake and pies from scratch. I also look forward to the moment we all eat dessert and strategize our black friday shopping plans. But mostly, my favorite part is the colors! I love the colors of fall. I also love dressing up in semi warm clothes. It’s Texas, it doesnt get that cold. Regardless, we southern girls like our sweaters and boots too. So for us, I guess you can say sweater weather last a little longer than most because we dont ever really need coats. We need layers because it can be 50 degrees in the morning and then 85 by noon. So we own lots of sweaters.

There is this sweater you have probably seen. I originally saw it on Facebook but it’s also saved on my Pinterest. Its a mother daughter sweater ad and I fell in love. I attempted on remaking it and Not to brag but I think my version is far better. But now I have to work on 3 more for my girls!

I started out by finding a sweater pattern similar to the one I needed. RAD patterns had the perfect cardigan. Even the name fireside cardigan sounds lovely. (I’ve been getting this incredible urge to start the fireplace in my living room but I usually wait until November.) Well, the pattern is great! Super easy to make and Ill be making at least a dozen more without this hack but this particular sweater I wanted to try at least once. So let me show you what I did. For this hack you will need everything the pattern says PLUS flannel fabric for the front pieces. They don’t have to stretch. But try to find something that drapes a little and has the same print on both sides.

Lets start by printing the pattern as the instructions explain. If you are using layers just print your size. I personally print out all of them so I can make them in different sizes for gifts or holiday weight gain. Hey! I’m realistic. But this means I have to trace my size with pattern paper.

There are not many alterations to this hack so dont get scared. Just start by following the instructions to get all your pieces cut. We will be adding 2 inches to the neckband depending on how heavy your flannel is. That is the only alteration to the original pattern pieces. If you feel safer just add a couple more inches and you can trim off what you don’t use before hemming.

After you get all the pieces cut you will now cut out 2 front pieces once again but in flannel. * If you dont want the flannel to be longer than the knit than I would cut 1 inch off the bottom of it. Read on to see what I’m talking about.* I chose a flannel from joanns that I love. Its called perfectly plaid acrylic. You will find it with the rest of the flannel but its noticibly softer. The print and color is the same on both sides as well. Its a good idea to find one that is similar on both sides because both sides will be seen.

After your pattern pieces and your flannel pieces have been cut we are going to hem the flannel pieces. I didnt do this and learned it would have been much easier had I thought of it prior. So im going to save you the time. I chose to do a rolled hem because it was easy and I had already changed my serger thread to black for this sweater and I didnt want to rethread my coverstitch to black. I actually love the way it turned out though.

After you hem the flannel pieces we can begin assemply. You will need lots of pins or clips for this project because you need to make sure 3 layers are in place. Just as the instructions explain we begin by stitching the shoulder seams. You will be sewing through 3 layers. The flannel will be on top, followed by the front pannel then the back. Take special care to ensure all fabrics are facing the correct way. Baste stitch if necessary so as your not seaming ripping later. The knit will most likely be a bit longer than the flannel when sewn because it stretches and the flannel will not. We want to make sure that the extra length is towards the neck. We will use that extra length for the neckband. So start your shoulder seam at the arm arm band side.

Your sweater should look like this when flipped right side out.

Next will be the sleeves as the instructions explain, only the front pannel will have an extra layer. Be sure to pin pin PIN!

Remember, I hemmed after which was harder so the picture below has frayed seams. You can also see that the bottom of the flannel is longer than the knit fabric. I believe this can be prevented if you cut an inch from the original pattern piece before hemming. But I do like the way it was a little longer than the sweater knit.

Next, we will be sewing the side seams and arm. This is where you’ll see your sweater come to life! We are sewing through 3 layers on the side of the sweater and just the 2 layers on the arms.

Now the neckband goes on. Only we are NOT attaching it to the flannel. Just the outer part of the sweater. Be sure your neckband has an extra 2 inches because the weight of the flannel will stretch the sweater a bit in the back.

 Finish the sweater by hemming the bottom and sleeves.


That’s It!!

Be sure to get RAD patterns Fireside Sweater while its on sale for $7. That’s it! I can’t wait to make more sweaters.

Please let me know if you have questions on this hack in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more crafty ideas, hacks, sewing, etc.

HAPPY FALL Y’ALL!

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Greenstyle Creations: The Chelsea Pants Blog Tour

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Two for one special here guys! Sierra and I both were fortunate to test for Greenstyle Creations’ newest pattern, the Chelsea pants! Thats not all! We are also participating in the Chelsea Pants Blog Tour! Keep reading for the give away! The Chelsea pants are a fitted pair with a big flare. Its Fall Y’all, this means we need to get workingon our fall wardrobe and these pants are just in time. These pants are insanely comfortable and yet they can be casual, dressy, fun and wild.

Sierra was born in the late 80’s and myself in the early 90’s so, back in our day bell bottoms were a thing of the past and it was about the flare(which is a smaller bell bottom) and then bootcut! Haha. Now I’m a short chick, a whole 5 nothing and, Sierra isn’t much taller 😜 but if you ask me, with the guidance from Greenstyles designer Angelyn, we rocked them!5logo

(Check out that cute baby, even she wants a pair!)

For this pattern, you will need a “stable” knit. Think Ponte, Scuba, Stretch Denim etc. Fabric that has AT LEAST 25%, 2 way stretch for most knit fabrics and 35% for stretch denim or other stretch woven fabrics. For Sierra, This was the first using stretch denim. This was my first time with Ponte.

Sierra here guys! So you guys need a pair of Chelsea pants in denim. Seriously the most comfortable jeans I have now. I Love that the designers show you how to get the perfect fit. They do this by adjusting that flare to YOUR height. If you plan on wearing heels you may want to add that to your height. As you can tell they are a little short for these wedges but they are perfect for flats. 

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There are 3 different rise options for the waistband. That’s right,3! During testing, I tried all 3. Hehehe. My favorite is the mid rise. I found it the most comfortable rise. There is also the optional back pockets, they have a unique and flattering shape to them too. I have never sewn a pair of pants like these and now I’m hooked! I definitely recommend you use a muslin to get the perfect fit and for you. This way you don’t waste all your pretties.

Would you like to win a pair of the Chelsea pants (or another Greenstyle pattern, if you’ve already purchased the Chelsea’s) for FREE? How about some awesome stretch denim from Aurora Fabrics to complete the package? Enter the giveaway below, and check out all the other bloggers on the tour!
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Happy sewing!

-Seam Ripper aka Danielle

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Huckleberry Kid Hoodie

Hey everyone, Danielle the “Seam Ripper” here! Something very excited happened to me! I was recently given the opportunity to test for Peek-a-boo Patterns. I tested the Huckleberry Hoodie pattern, which I will get into more soon.. but what makes this so so so so exciting is the fact that this was my first time to ever test! Actually with this pattern, I had a lot more “firsts” than I expected. It has been one of my goals (to test) since I started using PDF patterns about two years ago. Absolutely epic!

Okay, now that I may be done squealing, let’s talk about the pattern. The kid’s hoodie fits sizes 3 months to size 12! I love it when patterns have multiple sizes, getting the best bang for your buck from a pattern you already dig! I suggest reading thru it all a time or two, just to familiarize yourself with it. There are also layers! Which means you can print only the size you want to use!

Anywhoo, this pattern’s fit size is determined by the chest size. This pattern is a semi-fitted pattern. It is fitted in the chest and loose on the belly, with a wide crossover hood.

For this pattern, you will need:

Main Fabric: sweatshirt fleece, French terry, velour, fleece, etc. with at least 25% stretch

•Accent Fabric (hood lining, pockets, band & cuffs): interlock, jersey, cotton lycra, french terry, etc.

•1/4″ twill tape

•1 large button

•Small scrap of leather or faux leather for pocket accents

•1 yards piping (optional)

•Scrap of fusible interfacing for reinforcing pockets (optional)

I used French terry for my main fabric and cotton lycra for my hood lining. I chose not to add pockets because, I just envisioned it without. See this main fabric I used, this lovely Mauve French Terry was purchased for me but I gave it to my baby girl. I got it from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

To cut my fabric, I used my Rotary Cutter as well as my handy dandy Gingher Scissors. This pattern includes cuffs and a waistband, those 3 pieces alone scream for my rotary cutter. I can cut longer straight lines with a rotary cutter. Just like any other clothing pattern, there are small notches ( you know those random looking triangles that you thing you can live without but actually cant because they play an important role in pattern piecing. Ya.. once upon a time I thought I could skip them too. Lesson learned!) I find it much easier to cut those areas with my scissors. Having both cutting tools is NOT a must. It is all about personal preference and if you haven’t found your groove yet, you will. Below you will see a pic of my notch before I busted out the scissors.

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In addition to testing for the first time, I have never (in my 7 years of machine sewing) used any type of piping or twill tape. Honestly, I had never heard of twill tape before this testing. I was not able to obtain twill tape so, I used a piece of extra piping I had. You could easily use cording or a small piece of elastic as well. I found this pattern easy to follow, if you have made a shirt or hoodie before, it is a similar concept. The piping is super easy to sew, just make sure you have the front and back piping laying the same direction. However, I do know the welt pockets can look very intimidating, they do to me too. Read about them once, breathe, then read it again. Power thru, you got this!

 

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Piping has been added to the front and back

Example of my cut piping:

 

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Cut piping for button holder instead of twill tape

The piping seemed a little snug on my front and back pieces however, this pattern was made for it, and it all worked out just fine.
My thoughts when dressing my model:

So my model is almost 16 months old but, she is small. My little bit has always been on the smaller size. Seriously! Her waist lines up perfectly for a 9 month old! Lol She measured on spot (chest size) for the 12 month size, as I expected. Fit is important but more importantly, fit in the neck/head/hood area is what I focus on as well. My kiddos freak out if something is snug going on. I did not make an altercation to my pattern and it fit great! She has room to grow from Fall to Winter. It was very easy to get on. The button is not only a cute embellishment but, it also helped open up the crossover hood as well. I was really impressed by how easy it was to put on over m baby’s head. Many babies rightfully get scared when hoodies are going over there head but, the ease was very cautious of that and went on in a flash!

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Marjorie Dress Release Blog Tour

 

It’s finally here! The Marjorie Swing Dress pattern by Hazel and Gather, exclusively at DIBY Club!!  I am so excited to be apart of the Marjorie Swing Dress Release Tour! If that isn’t exciting enough, the pattern is on SALE right now for 7.99 (normally 10.99), AND get 20% off your next purchase of Milly Mae Fabrics!

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If you haven’t heard about the Marjorie Swing dress definitely check out my review post on the dress Here. The Marjorie is an incredibly versatile dress. It has different length options, Sleeve options and neck band options. Mix and match for a totally new dress every time. But today I’m going to show you how I transformed the Marjorie swing dress into the Marjorie Swing Tee for even MORE options!! Keep in mind there are many ways to this but this is how I found to be the easiest for me.

As if the Dress wasn’t already gorgeous I wanted something a little shorter to go with some matching leggings and boots. So I decided to put together a little Step by step hack for all of you lovely seamstresses.

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What you will need for my hack

  • scissors or rotary cutter
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • pattern paper
  • glue stick

LET’S GET STARTED!!!

First, Put your pattern together as the instructions tell you on the pattern. DO NOT  adjust for height yet. We will do this together.20170913_212530_HDR

Once you have your pattern all ready we will take the pattern paper and place over it so you don’t need to reprint for your size if you’re wanting to make another version later. I print out all of the sizes just in case I lose weight (I’m hopeful) or if I want to make a special someone a gift, This doesn’t happen often for me because I have a fabric problem, where I don’t want to use it on anyone else besides me and by babies.

We will be tracing the pattern where the knee length version is.

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Trace your pattern making sure to trace the adjustment lines as well. We will be adjusting these lines for the long tee version.

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We are now going to calculate our adjustment. The pattern will show you how much you will be adding or subtracting from the pattern. We are going to make this adjustment now if you are shortening. If you are lengthening you will instead ONLY lengthen the top adjustment line. Again refer to the pattern for the adjustment calculations.

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My pattern must be shortened so All 3 are shortened in accordance to pattern. But this is where we are going to shorten to make it a tee length. To clarify, we are adjusting AGAIN for the tee hack.  To do this we are adjusting only the BOTTOM 2 lines. The top adjustment line will not be touched. This is to ensure the bust fits as it should.

We are going to pinch the adjustments we made prior and once again take away the calculated measurement from only the BOTTOM 2 lines You can Also cut them and glue again to be more precise but I “Ain’t got time for that.”

The measurement will be the SAME measurement you had before. Only we are subtracting AGAIN from the bottom 2 lines.

If you had to lengthen for height you should have only adjusted the top line. You are now SUBTRACTING the same adjustment from the bottom 2 lines.

I just Folded over and glued the pattern down. Glue sticks work really well with pattern paper.

 

We will now have a very off lines pattern piece. It will NOT be even on the sides so we are going to fix this. You will now line your ruler to create one straight edge using the top adjustment line as a starting line and lining to the last adjustment line and cut.

REPEAT with back pattern piece

I found this length to be perfect for a long tee with leggings. But before you cut into your fabric lay the front pattern on top of you where it will be when finished. If you feel it needs to be shortened decide by how much and divide that by two. Take that measurement away from each of the bottom lines. Keeping your hem allowance in mind.  We DO NOT want to adjust the bust/Top line. We want to keep that piece fitted the way the pattern was intended.

Continue with the pattern instructions.

 

Thanks for checking my post out! I look forward to seeing everyone’s new creations with Hazel & Gather’s Marjorie Swing Dress! Also, Check out the rest of the Blog Tour!

HAPPY SEWING Y’ALL

The Marjorie Blog Tour Schedule
September 18th – Seams Sew Lo | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

September 19th – Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen | Mama You Can Make It For Me

September 20th – Stitched by Jennie

September 21st – Crafty Momma Drama

September 22nd – The Needle and the Belle

 

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Marjorie Swing Dress

  The past couple of weeks I’ve been working on my fall wardrobe which isn’t really much different than the wardrobe I have all year round except for the colors. I live in the most humid part of Texas and its basically Summer and summer ALL. YEAR. ROUND. So basically I wear T shirts and dresses and add a sweater on the rare occasion it gets colder than 70 degrees. If it gets colder than 60, I just don’t go outside because that’s crazy.

I do change the type of fabric as well. I like to use a thin cool rayon spandex in the summer for both dresses and shirts. But in the “fall/winter” I pull out the double brushed poly which many times is good enough to wear without a sweater. It keeps you so nice and toasty in the cooler months of the year. Check out this beautiful Double Brushed Poly from Pretty Posh Prints.

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       This was my inspiration for the new Marjorie Swing Dress. Yes, it ‘s as comfortable as it sounds. I love my dresses and I love my t-shirts. Why not both? So this dress is great for Rayon, Modal, ITY, Try Blend Jersey, and I used DBP. These fabrics are needed to give it that flowy drape look. It’s fitted bodice and the loose fitted mid section is flattering on all body shapes. It has a wonderful high front and low back hem line in the longer version and a slighter hem in the knee length version. You could easily dramatize this hem line and I will hopefully do this and add some pictures to show you what I mean. OR MAYBE the Seam Ripper (my blogging buddy) will make one and show us .

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What We Love About This Pattern

  • The pattern provides 4 different sleeve options, 3 necklines, 2 back options and 2 lengths.
  • It is quick and easy.
  • Shorten the length to wear with leggings and boots! My kind of dress for fall.
  • Lengthen the dress and pop on some heals and you got a fancy dinner date dress.
  • Extremely comfortable. I actually have 2 for pajamas that I made from $1 knit from Walmart. My husband doesn’t think they are sexy though (I’m sad inside.)
  • Its versatile  and that’s what we love!

Pattern and Supplies

  • Pattern is drafted for women that are 5’5. Being the incredibly short people we are (I’m 5’2′ Danielle is like 4ft hah!) it just doesn’t work. But Hazel and Gather graciously made it easy for shorties like us to adjust the height easily! This makes it to where we don’t look like we are wearing a potato sack. Which believe it or not, has happened.
  • Patten contains layers. We pretty much don’t buy patterns unless it does.
  • Pattern calls for Rayon Spandex, ITY, Modal, Triblend, Jersey, DTY.
  • Basic Sewing supplies include: Rotary cutter, scissors, sewing machine or serger, ballpoint needles, iron and thread. In addition it is recommended to use interfacing depending on the neck band option you chose.
  • size chart below

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From Cut to Sew

  • The total time it took me to make this dress AFTER putting the pattern together was about 32 minutes from cutting the fabric to putting it on. Not too bad if you decide last minute you have nothing to wear and already have your pattern ready to go.
  • There will be 5 pieces to cut minus interfacing. 4 of these pieces are cut on fold so be sure to keep that in mind when using directional fabrics. You will need about 3 yardss I got away with using 2 with non-directional fabric. But again I’m short.
  • Sewing for me is the fastest part and its where everything comes together. Take extra care with the neckband in this pattern. It is a tad confusing with so many options for the neckband but having those options is great too. Just be sure to follow the instructions and you’ll be fine.

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Veronica from Hazel and Gather is a relatively new designer. I had the pleasure of working with her on this dress and she is definitely passionate about this and I look forward to many more of her designs.  Join her facebook group for incredibly gorgeous pictures of the Marjorie Tee Dress and hopefully sneak peaks of future patterns to come!

Get your Marjorie Pattern here!

Stay tuned to check out my Marjorie long tee hack for the blog tour! Perfect for leggings and boots!

 

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Mermaid Legs 

Let me start by telling you I’m a proud Texan. I love my state and my home town. I love my house and all it’s country beauty. I love my Texas family and friends and after Harvey I love it all even more.

The day harvey hit and the week following it was one of the most stressful times of my life. I’m both happy and yet guilty to say my house survived with no damage at all. Even my cars were untouched.  At least that we know of. I can’t say the same for many others however.

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That day, my husband thankfully stayed home. I would have been a wreck (even more than I was) had he not been there. I also may not have seen him for days. That day I had to face the fact that my house may very well be under water soon and my babies could possibly be in danger. My local officials made it clear that driving was dangerous. My biggest fear (odd I know) is being trapped in my car with my babies in water. I crindge driving over bridges. I took comfort in the fact that if we had to be in water I would have more control at home.

Why didn’t I leave you may ask?  You first have to understand that living on the coast means you will face hurricanes. Its nothing new. Life doesnt stop when a new hurricane develops. People still need their jobs, people still have bills to pay and companies will remain open through a hurricane. My husband would have went to work had the streets not have been flooded already.  He actually had to work from home. We had the option basically to evacuate when he stopped working, get stuck in traffic trying to get out, and waiting out the storm in a car OR wait it out at home. With 3 kids being strapped in carseats and rushing water in the streets, what would you choose?

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All my kids’ life jackets were out, our emergency bag was ready, my important documents where in sealed bags. Diapers in ziplock bags. Air mattress aired up to throw the kids on to get to higher ground.   We were literally preparing to swim out of our house with 3 kids, 2 pugs and a cat . If that wasn’t enough we had a plan for getting on the roof of our house. I never thought I would ever have to experience this. We were having to prepare for the worst. I think we did the best we could. We spent the day looking out the windows watching the ditches fill, then the street, then the yard, and then we decided to start preparing the house.

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We started unplugging everything except the TVs and cell phones. My husband finished moving up his guitars and amp. Then it was my turn. I walked into my sewing room, I sat at my chair and I cried. I cried thinking of my kids having to experience something like water coming into our home. About them having to fear swimming in black water in the middle of the night. About losing our dream home we worked so hard and waited so long to finally have. It was a horrible feeling. I slowly started putting away my fabric. As I did, I came accross my mermaid scale fabric that took forever to get my hands on. I smiled thinking how excited I was to get this and then I was sad how I never cut into it because I was too scared to ruin it.

I looked at the pretty blue scales and I decided that if we were going to swim out of this house we were going to have mermaid legs. And so I made 4 pairs of mermaid leggings. One for each of my girls and one for myself. I think I needed them the most now looking back.

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My most prized posessions are my children. And even if I lost everything in my home I would be fine if I could bring some comfort to my babies. I knew they were stressed from seeing mommy and daddy stressed. And I knew my 3 little girls (maybe not so much my 6 month old) would love to swim with mermaid legs.

So I cut it. I sewed it up. I watched the water out my window as it got closer and I sewed faster. I stopped to cry a few times but I finished. My babies were going to have mermaid legs if I had to sew until water was at my feet. It never came to that thankfully. I finished. I unplugged my machines and put them up high. I finished moving up my fabric and I brought in my finished leggings.

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The look on their faces when we all put on our mermaid legs took the weight off my shoulders. We discussed having to swim outside and how they would all have life jackets had it came to that. We talked about mermaid legs helping us swim better. We laughed about fishes being outside our door. And suddenly we were ok. We were all ok. We continued the night watching Sofia the First and put sheets on that air mattress we blew up and had a mermaid slumber party.

And we survived Harvey

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The days after, we had many scary moments. Being near the river was our biggest concern. We didn’t flood but if we were going to, it would be when the river crested. But by then we were able to drive out of here on a sunny day and my kids would be fine. I’m happy to say the water is going down and our home is fine. But I’m guilty because that isnt the case for everyone.

If you could have seen these complete strangers helping everyone they could. If you could have seen businesses giving up their beds and their food to people who lost everything. If you could see how an entire community could pull together to make the best out of a horrible situation, you would see why I love Texas.

And if you can make mermaid legs to help you swim better, you should.

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Essential Tank P4P

So we all have that one shirt that we love. The shirt that makes you look good AND feel Comfortable. Its rare to find these shirts so when you do you wear it all the time and look for more in every color. You may also try to wear it a few times before washing because 1. You’re a mom and are tired of washing clothes and 2. you don’t want to ruin it by washing it too much. Well what if I told you I found that shirt and I made it myself? What if I told you that I can also make that shirt into a dress or a tunic and still feel the same way about it? I bet you want to know what shirt I’m talking about now don’t you? Well regardless I’m going to tell you anyway. It’s the Essential Tank from  Patterns for Pirates. Its amazing! Both of us get so excited to make these and send each other pictures of our newest creation (we do this for everything though.)Blog3

What I love about this Pattern

  • This pattern offers 5 different styles in one! Probably the most versatile pattern we have. I have used it so many time already and have plans for many more pieces of clothing.
  • Its easy! This pattern I believe was the first time I made a neckband. It came out far better than expected and I’ve been getting better ever since. But don’t get me wrong, I have had my share of seam ripping and redoing.
  • The instructions are fool proof! The pictures are actual full colored high resolution photos. Not to mention, P4P has great videos and a fantastic Facebook group to help you out. I totally recommend you join.
  • This shirt is fitted on top to give you a curvy look and loose in the mid section which hides any mommy lumps you don’t want showing. I have plenty. It’s extremely flattering to say the least.
  • Nobody suspects you made it yourself! This for me is something I love! Anyone who knows me will know I made it but I always get an “I love your shirt, where did you get it?” from people I don’t know.

 

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Pattern and supplies

  • Sizes provided with this pattern range from xxs-3xl.
    with this pattern you get 5 options. Shirt, Tunic, curved hem shirt, dress and maxi.
  • The pattern contains layers. This means you don’t have to print all the sizes provided.
  • Depending on your size and your desired outfit you will need 7/8 yd- 2 1/8yd.
    Instructions are clear and step by step pictures are included. Pattern for Pirates has some of the best instructions for a pdf pattern we’ve ever seen. We own almost all of their patterns.
  • The pieces for this are front, back, 2 arm bands and neckband.
    You will need a knit fabric with at least 20% stretch. I love Rayon for my summer dress and shirts. And Double Brushed for my wintery clothes, although I personally get pretty hot in double brushed so it would have to be pretty cold for that.
  • Basic sewing supplies, scissors/rotary cutter, pins, stretch needle and thread.
    You can sew all p4p patterns with JUST a sewing machine. To get a more finished look we like to use different stitch options or a serger and coverstitch. We will show you some of these stitches on another post

From cut to sew

  • You will be cutting a front and back on a fold. I find this helps to salvage more pretty fabrics. Just fold the fabric so that the fabric ends at the same place the pattern does. Whatever I don’t use I save to make a matching scrunchy or headband.
  • I personally like to use the same fabric for dresses on the neck and arm bands. In my opinion it gives it a more dressy look. A solid coordinating color band makes it look more casual.
  • You will need sew along both sides, and both shoulders. Then the bands go on which can be incredibly intimidating when you first start. Heck they still intimidate both of us. (We also like to share our mess ups with each other. lol ) received_10214727412165875
  • I like to try the dress on before I hem because oddly I sometimes feel like its shorter and I would rather just clean up the cut than take off an inch with the hem (the dress I posted has no hem)

Overall this pattern is incredibly easy to follow and is definitely worth a try. We love this shirt for workout clothes, fancy shirts, casual shirts, casual AND fancy dresses. My goal is to have a closet filled with these. Still working on it though. My new goal is to make a few of these for workout shirts so I can get myself to do it. It’s easier when you look cute. Just check her out!  She motivates me. Blog5

Click here to get your essential tank pattern