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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! 

One Thimble Issue 18 - Hello Moon (pillow) !

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One Thimble Issue 18 is here!!!! It's my favourite sewing magazine by far as each issue contains many patterns with a good variety to them, and the articles are always amazing, and the pictures always inspiring!

For my review today I sewed up the Mrs. Moon pillow! (there is a mister too with a cute mustache in the pattern!)

*I do want to say VERY clearly I added glasses to this - the glasses are NOT a part of the pattern pieces. But my Cheeks wears glasses and as she is just starting to read I thought a reading pillow for her would be great. As you can see in the below picture I simply folded the pattern in half and drew glasses onto the pattern for making my own pattern piece*

Mrs. Moon is a pretty quick sew, she took me about 1.5hrs to cut and applique and sew.  For the applique I applied it free motion applique style. 
The pattern uses wool felt in the directions, I used woven for everything and felt like it worked out perfectly (and saved me a trip to the fabric store). Free motion applique allowed me to use woven for applique pieces and not worry about a lot of fraying thanks to heat n bond lite.

Issue 18 contains the following patterns:

ORIGAMI RAGLAN SWEATER & DRESS (sizes 80-164cm / 9-12mths-13 to 14 years)
SUPER TOUGH JEANS (sizes 3-14)
#120 FOOTLOOSE LEGGINGS (size 2-10)
ABBY’S BALLERINA TIE TOP (sizes 12mths-14)
PICCOLO MOONFACE  (Mr and Mrs Moon template included)


In the e-zine you’ll find the following articles & tutorials (and one of those special features is by me!) and I can tell you that that posture article is AMAZING! and a coverstitch is officially on my to buy list...

Head on over to pick up Issue 18 HERE 








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