Magnolia Breeze in ITY knit

Magnolia Breeze in ITY knit

I had to take a break from working on my Magnolia Breeze wide-leg pant pattern for the Sew Fab sale and now I’m trying to get myself motivated to pick the pattern back up again. Sometimes it’s easier to motivate myself to sew than it is to motivate myself to sit at the computer and make edits.
So I thought, why not try these in knit and see what happens?

I learned that I had to take them in quite a lot and that going down two sizes from what you use for woven isn’t a bad idea. I also slimmed down the leg for these, so I just had a slight flare.

They are extremely comfortable and venturing dangerously into pajama zone. I think I can get away with wearing them during the day as long as I dress them up with cute shoes and jewelry.

Alright, unless I can find some more excuses, I guess I’d better get back to pattern editing so you can start making your own Magnolias.

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Lexi by ModKid

Only two more days of Sew Fab, you fabulous sewists!

Today, I’m sharing with you the fun I had with the Lexi pattern by ModKid.  I was so not into the upcycle look just a short 6-8 months ago.  My girls don’t have a lot of character tees in the first place, so that could have something to do with it.  Now, in patterns designed for knits, I find myself seeing the possibilities for piecing together pieces of knit leftover from other projects or another opportunity to use that clearance t-shirt I just saw that is so cute, but too small.

That is the very situation I found myself in with this Lexi dress.  I had the Lexi pattern printed out, but didn’t have a vision for what I wanted to do with it.  Then we went to Old Navy and saw the t-shirts on clearance.

“Look, Mommy! It’s Sully and Mike Wazowski!”

Darn.  It’s an 18 month size and there aren’t any more.

*ding*  light bulb moment!

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This is no ordinary upcycled t-shirt dress though, there’s a fun surprise in the back.

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I had never tried a knit binding before this dress, but it worked out way better than I had supposed it would.

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Think she likes it?  I think so too.

The Sew Fab sale ends on the 13th.  You can buy Lexi, and all the patterns in the sale individually at the designers’ own shops, but in the bundle, each pattern is only a dollar and change.  A heck of a deal.

If you are ready to grab the deal, you can use my direct affiliate link to BUY NOW.

Piko – Possibly the Perfect Top

You may or may not know that I enjoy sewing for myself almost as much as I enjoy sewing for my girls.

After many makes that ended up not really being useful in my wardrobe or just weren’t the right shape for me, I am much more commited to carefully considering fabric and style of the garments I sew.  I try to see what attracts me in a shopping mall and then sew based off of those observations about myself.  Yes, I want to sew something unique, but not so unique that I never feel comfortable taking it off the hanger to wear.

I was happy to find that the Piko Top from Everything Your Mama Made was included in the Sew Fab pattern bundle this Spring because it is exactly the kind of pattern I need.  I like to buy specialty patterns.. the kinds of things I can usually only justify sewing once because having five of them would be weird.

A shirt like the Piko can be made in several different fabrics, with and without sleeves and provide a range of different looks.

The pattern calls for a knit, but I changed it around, as usual (more about my propensity to alter patterns in this post), and chose a silky rayon print for the front and short sleeves and knit for the back.

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I compared the pattern pieces to a similar style knit shirt I already had and decided to take in the side seams several inches based on the fit of my other shirt.  I still left plenty of ease, though, since I wasn’t using a stretch fabric for the front.

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I didn’t have enough of either of these two fabrics to make a whole garment, so the fabric mixing idea allowed me to use some fabrics from my stash that I loved and didn’t know what to do with.

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It would be hard to find an easier sew than this top.  This will be a great addition to my Summer wardrobe, but imagine it made in a yummy thick french terry or sweatshirt fleece and layered over a long-sleeved shirt in winter.  Ooooohhhh!  I totally need to do that!!

This shirt had it’s first outing yesterday when I took my girls to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

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Recognize my bag?  Heck yeah, it’s my Handmade Therapy Satchel.  I was rockin’ the Sew Fab bundle yesterday.

Haven’t heard of the Sew Fab Sale?  Want to know more?  Read this post for details.

Have you been following along and finally decided you need the bundle too?  Purchase here. (affiliate link)

Satchel Bag – Leather Handle and Zip Insertion

Hi everyone!  It’s stil Sew Fab week here at Molly Blossom and we are exploring the patterns included in the bundle (only available for the discounted rate until  May 13th, 2014).  Yesterday, I showed you my Satchel Bag, pattern by Handmade Therapy.  Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about the particulars that made my bag unique.

Let me begin by reiterating that the pattern is fabulous as is.  It includes a great slouchy shape with an interior patch pocket, removeable short straps and adjustable long strap.

I’ve been making bags for several years and have learned what I like and what I don’t.  I like a bag that will not totally slouch over when I set it down.  What your bag feels like and how it behaves when you set it down is totally dependent on the interfacing you choose.  I like to use either two layers of sew-in interfacing or fusible fleece.  For this bag, I used fusible fleece on the outer pieces and a lightweight fusible interfacing for the bottom of the interior and nothing on the interior sides because I used home decor-weight fabric.

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There’s nothing in there holding it up, folks.  That’s the interfacing at work. Slouchy and shapely all at the same time.  🙂

Alright, now for the handles.  The pattern instructs you to make these cool removeable short handles and shows you how to make a long adjustable strap as well.  I know I do not carry bags cross-body style and prefer a short handle to tuck it under my upper arm, so I opted for permanent short handles.  I have experimented with using a belt for a purse handle in the past and wanted to try it again, so I scoured my closet for options.  You probably have a great selection at your local Goodwill if you don’t have any in your closet you want to chop up.

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Here is how far I got before the belt came into play.  Looking back, it might have been easier to assemble the straps to the rings and the rings through the loops and then basted the loops to the outside of the bag before I sewed the inside to the outside.  Then I wouldn’t have had to deal with handling the whole bag while sewing the straps on.

Here is what I did.  I made four more of the same strips that hold the rings to the bag.  Cut the ends off my belt and cut it in half.  Then I sandwiched the a belt end in between the folded-over unnfinished edges of a strip that I had already looped through a ring.

See?

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The unfinished edges are just folded in and I sewed two rows of stitching just to be safe and make the straps secure.  I have to confess that I did not use a leather needle for this project.  I had an old, used jersey (of all things) needle in my machine, but I was ready if it broke with a leather needle standing by.  So don’t you know that’s why my needle never broke?  If I hadn’t had a leather needle ready, it would have snapped in a second.  Another tip when sewing through many layers or sewing leather is to hand crank your needle through and not use the foot pedal.

Have you ever sewn an interior zip pouch on a bag before?  I find them absolutely essential now for keeping my lipgloss and hairbands and other small things I might not want to dig for.

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You are scared of zippers, you say?  You don’t need to be.  You just need some practice and the best tutorial I know of to help you out.    See how beautiful mine is?  I owe it all to Lisa Lam and her awesome skills.

Here is the link to the interior zip pouch tutorial.  Her blog is really a wealth of handbag information.

So now you have some new things to try.

Haven’t bought the Sew Fab bundle?  Click here to purchase.

Need to know what other patterns are in the bundle?  Click here to read all about it.

Want to see more of the patterns sewn to be inspired to make your own?  I’ll be posting about more of the patterns all the way through the last day of the sale on the 13th.  I’ve been sewing up a storm and I’ve got lots to show you.

The Satchel Bag by Handmade Therapy

Here is the first installment of Sew Fab posts where I show you how I have experienced, first hand, the fabulousness of the patterns in the Sew Fab sale.  Today, let’s take a look at The Satchel Bag by Handmade Therapy.

First of all, can we just take a moment to recognize the awesomeness of the name of this shop?  Making handmade is SO theraputic for me.  Perfect name for a pattern shop.  Hilda, the owner, sells not only patterns for bags, but also some lovely bags made from her patterns, as well as scarves, chapstick and more. You can see everything in her shop here.

Now on to the particular bag pattern included in the Sew Fab package, the Satchel Bag.  Here’s mine.

 

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Y’all… Mother’s Day is Sunday and how cool would this bag be as a Mother’s Day gift?  It’s a great basic, but very stylish bag.  I love the examples from the etsy store in solid colors.

You might want to go ahead and buy the bundle and get started. (I get a portion of each sale made through the links I post.  Thanks in advance!)

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As I have progressed in my sewing journey, not unlike what most people experience as they get more familiar with something, I have come to know what I prefer.  A sewing pattern, for me, is now usually a framework for me to use.  I am usually going to change something about the pattern or add or omit something based on my preferences.  So, as you notice this week that I keep doing things differently than these patterns, know that it is not a reflection on the pattern, but just me using my sewing knowledge to get exactly what I want.

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This bag was no exception.  I made all the pattern pieces larger by about an inch.  I added an inseam pocket to the outside.  I added an interior zip pocket and ommited the patch pocket.  I chose not to add the long, adjustable strap and just have two shorter straps, but didn’t make them removeable as the pattern calls for.  You can also see that I didn’t use fabric for my straps.

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In the next couple of days, I’ll share with you how I did the straps and the exterior pocket and the interior zip pocket, just in case you like the same things I do.

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If this is your first time seeing a post about the Sew Fab Sale, you can go here to learn more and see what other patterns are included. And if you haven’t entered the giveaway, you need to visit the page I just linked to make sure you are in the running for the awesome prizes!

The Sew Fab Spring Sale is HERE!

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The Sew Fab Pattern Sale Spring 2014

 

It’s the Spring 2014 Sew Fab Pattern Sale!

 

It’s that time of year again… time for the original pattern bundle sale, The Sew Fab Pattern Sale! I’m so excited to announce this season’s pattern bundle to you today. The excitement has been building over the last few weeks, and today it’s finally available. Nineteen incredibly talented pattern designers, some who are very well known in their field and some who are quickly making a name for themselves, have come together to bring you a great bundle of patterns that will take you through the spring and summer.

For one week only, you can have nineteen patterns (plus a fun bonus pattern), chosen specifically for this sale, for only $29.95! That’s over 80% off the retail value of the bundle! Plus you can enter to win one of two amazing sewing themed giveaways!

 

For less than $30 you get a library of sewing resources that you can use over and over again.

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If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is! After downloading your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will. Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern! At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric, or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tracing paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size. PDF patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!

 

Now for the part you’ve been waiting for… the patterns!

A collection of 19 PDF Patterns from 19 well-known and up and coming designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle. Imagine all of the combinations that you can put together with this bundle of patterns, with many transitioning to fall and winter as well! Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below the collage for more information about each pattern.):

Sew Fab Spring 2014 collage

The Laurel Dress or Tunic by Greenstyle Creations, The Satchel Bag by Handmade Therapy, The Lexi Knit Dress and Top by MODKID, The Piko Top by EYMM, The Bowling Shirt from Scientific Seamstress (unisex), The Seraphic Pant by Figgy’s (unisex), The Tulip Pinafore by Too Sweets Patterns, The Big Tote Bag by Things for Boys, The Doll and Carrier by Patchwork Posse, Poppy and Pip Penguins by Betz White, Leather Accent Foldover Pouch by LBG Studio, The Norah Dress and Tunic by Mouse House Creations, Crayon Art Folio by Gingercake, The Tennis Skort (12M-12Y) by Heidi & Finn, The Ruffled Bustle Top by Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Long Beach Board Shorts (unisex) by Terra’s Treasures, The Cupcake Top (unisex) by Sewing Mama RaeAnna, The Saffron Twirl Dress from Paisley Roots Designs, The Sweet Tea Shorties by Molly Blossom Designs.

New this year is the Sew Fab Pattern Tour! Some of our favorite sewing bloggers will be sharing their versions of the Sew Fab patterns on their blogs this week, so be sure to check in with them throughout the week of the sale to see how versatile these patterns are! Here are the stops on the pattern tour…

Sew Fab Pattern Tour Graphic

This Sew Fab Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again! You can purchase the bundle from May 5th at 8 a.m. EST through May 13th at 11:59 p.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered. Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds. The pattern bundle expires six months from the end of the sale, so please download and save your patterns upon receiving them.

 

You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 20 PDF sewing patterns from 19 of the best designers out there!

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And now for the always exciting Sew Fab Giveaway!

This spring there are two prize packages up for grabs, and both will inspire you in your sewing! I’m so excited about these giveaways! Can’t buy the pattern bundle? It’s okay… purchase is not required to enter. There are lots of chances to win and each entry applies to both of the giveaway packages. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below the prize descriptions to enter as many times as you want, no purchase necessary.

 

Prize Package #1 includes…

Sew Fab giveaway Prize

The Lane Raglan Pattern from Hey June, an organic fat quarter bundle of the yet unreleased Everyday Party Collection by Emily Isabella, from Fabricworm, The Washi Dress Pattern from Made by Rae, a $50 gift certificate to The Delhi Store, a free class from Craftsy.com, a fun gift package from Sew You Studio, a custom made Geranium Dress from Nest Creations, a Sew Happy print from Pen+Paint, and a $15 gift certificate to GYCT Designs!

 

Prize package #2 includes…

Sew Fab Giveaway Prize #2

The #ISEW necklace from Hello Cheeseburger, created especially for the Sew Fab giveaway, a collection of vintage buttons and 20% off your purchase at Anna Mia Clothing, the Playdate Bag pattern from Fishsticks Designs, The Kensington Dress and Tee Pattern from Hey June Handmade, a $30 gift certificate to Casa Crafty, a $40 gift certificate to Girl Charlee, 3 yards of laminate fabric from Anne Kelle, The Essential Sewing Reference Tool by Carla Crim, a “Happiness is Handmade” print from Pen+Paint!

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Sign up for the Sew Fab Newsletter to get the latest Sew Fab News!  Winners will be announced in the newsletter as well as upcoming sales and other news pertaining to the Sew Fab Sale and the world of PDF patterns.

 

The Sew Fab Spring Pattern Sale!

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only $29.95!

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Only A Few Short Days…

Coming soon, for one week only, nineteen pattern designers will be joining together to combine their best PDF sewing patterns and selling them to you for the incredible price of $29.95! That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!

The Sew Fab Pattern Sale Spring 2014

The Sew Fab Pattern Sale is the original pattern bundle sale! Grab the bundle when it goes on sale next week and you’ll be all set for the spring and summer seasons! You have to wait until next week to see which patterns are included in this spring’s bundle, but take a look below to see which designers you’ll find! I think you will be as excited as I am to see some previous favorites as well as several amazing designers that are new to the Sew Fab Sale.

Greenstyle Creations, Handmade Therapy, MODKID, Everything Your Mama Made, The Scientific Seamstress, Figgy’s Patterns, Two Sweets Patterns, Things for Boys, Patchwork Posse, Betz White, LBG Studio, Mouse House Creations, Gingercake, Heidi & Finn, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Terra’s Treasures, Paisley Roots, Molly Blossom Designs, Sewing Mama RaeAnna. Sale sponsored by The Southern Institute.

See you right here, bright and early on Monday morning!