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The Sis Boom Devon gets a Spring in her Step!

I have a new tutorial for you all using the AMAZING Sugar Beach fabric line from Jennifer Paganelli and Free Spirit Fabrics and the Sis Boom Devon Pattern.

Before we start I want to mention that any tutorial for Devon works for the Leighanna and vice versa. So whether you sew for ladies or kids - this tutorial will work!

If you need the patterns you can head over to the Sis Boom Etsy here :

Now let's get started with a fun spring update!

For the Devon Tail and side slit tutorial you will need to trace your back piece and then add a few inches and a rounded bottom like shown below:

Sew the sleeves to the fronts and backs, but then when you get to sewing the sides together - DON'T!

I want you to serge/finish the edges of all 4 sides. 

After the edges have been finished you will mark the bottom with a pin (about 3 fingers up (more if you want a longer slit) and then starting at the pin (yellow head) sew the both sides together.

After your sides are sewn I want you to fold over the seam allowance and get out a glue stick to hold those in place. You do not need to fold them over all the way up - just an inch above where you started sewing is fine.

Now sew your side slits by going up and around as seen below.

Now you will finish sewing the top as per the pattern! 

How cute won't this be with some shorts and heart shaped aviators?! 

Faux Tie-Top Tutorial

Today I have a simple tutorial for you using the Sis Boom Leighanna and gorgeous fabric from the new Jennifer Paganelli Sugar Beach fabric line by Free Spirit fabrics.
This tutorial will work with both the Sis Boom Leighanna pattern and the Sis Boom Devon Pattern.

When you cut out the fabric for this tutorial use a slightly longer length than you might otherwise since we want this to come up a bit in the front.

Then we are going to make a bias strip. it will be folded in half at the end for the faux tie up look. so how long you make it will depend on how gathered you want the front/how much up you want the front to come.

I made my bias starting with a 5"x1.5" piece of fabric. Then try on the shirt inside out and do a little test run with your bias strip to see where you want it to fold up to and mark it with a pencil. 

If you want a buttonhole on your strap so it can be worn without the tie up now is the time for that. Then place the bias strip down and sew on to the inside of the shirt along the top.

Turn the shirt right side out and fold up and add your button, making sure to cover the spot where you sewed it  to the inside so everything looks nice and tidy.

and all done!

Darcy Dress gets BETTER!

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Gosh I just LOOOVE the Bubby and Me Darcy dress! It is so perfect for using small pieces of fabric for a fun accent on the front bodice piece (or for using panels like I did HERE)

and now the pattern is even BETTER! WHAT?!?!?! I know, crazy right?! But the designer has added a long sleeve option!! and it is free if you own the pattern - and all new buys will just have it in!

My crazy kids both just love this pattern, it is a comfortable slight dolman style sleeve - not loose and baggy but you also don;t have a separate sleeve piece

The circle skirt is just perfect for play (and no gathering means it is oh so perfect for quick sewing!)
The pattern has a tee option with the diagonal hemline too!

The best fabric I find to make this in is a nice weight cotton lycra blend, I won;t lie - the custom cotton lycra blends I find to be a GREAT quality weight and feel.

I find this pattern to be about an hour to cut and sew the dress, about 30mins for just the tee version.

 If you are looking for the perfect all season dress you need look no further! and it comes in a good size range: 1(18m), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10!

and if you want to see more cute Darcy dress pics check out THIS post for my youngest 5th birthday party where she chose the darcy dress in kitty fabric!

Selfish Sewing: Named Patterns Knot Tee

FINALLY - I am sewing something for myself again!!! It feels like it has been nothing but kids this and kids that lately on this blog - and while kids stuff is cute and all.... I really am my favourite person to sew for! 

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