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Pattern Hack – Simplicity 8135 Review



I have a co-workers that is ALWAYS making me think outside the box when it comes to designing.
Every time I design something for her – It’s a chance to learn a new technique or play with new fabric. Β She has such an amazing , creative style – so it’s always an adventure trying to figure out how to make HER vision come to life!

This is the inspiration photo she showed me:



This is my rendition :



In order to get this look – I only used the Back Yoke and the bottom portion of the bodice. Β If i used the side piece that came with it – it would have been too much frill on the sides.

I made a test top in a similar fabric – and i’m So glad that I did! I intended on using the “side piece” but because I made a “muslin” this time – I realized that it wasn’t needed. Saved myself a lot of time and sewing!!

The Trimming came from

I normally hate doing muslins but when it comes to sewing for others – its almost ALWAYS a MUST – Specifically when working on a new style or with new fabric.Β Styles can look drastically different depending upon the fabric that you use- so it’s always good to use a fabric that is the same or very similar to the fabric you plan to use for your project.


The shorts review is coming up next πŸ™‚ I used a NewLook pattern. Stay tuned!


Pattern Description:

I made view A for a client.

These super Easy-to-Sew pieces sized XS to XL feature a tunic with contrast yoke and side bands and skirt with trim hem or contrast band in three lengths

Pattern Sizing:


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

I think had I made it according to their instructions it would have looked exactly like the photo.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Extremely easy pattern. Very few pieces.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

There wasn’t anything that I disliked. I did like the fact that it had so few pieces and was so simple.

Fabric Used:

100 % Polyester from — Link to fabric Here

Similar Trim from found HERE

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I only used the back yoke and the main bodice piece (that is both for the front and back). Β I did NOT use the side piece, because for the look I was going for – it wasn’t needed.

I also made the front lower piece shorter than the back lower piece for a High – Low hem effect.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

If this style is requested again. Surely!


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Bell Bottom Sleeve Pictorial

Hello! It’s been a while since I updated my blog , but please bare with my just a little while longer and that will change ! I have tons of great video tutorial, pictorials and pattern reviews to share ! I’ve really been taking my time preparing blog posts so that I’m providing content that interests my readers ☺️
On to today’s tutorial !

I found the CUTEST bell bottom sleeve top on Pinterest and I knew I had to recreate it !


I decided to use remnant fabric to “practice” on lol. I’ve wasted so much fabric “trying” to attempt different design elements , so please make sure for your first try that you use test fabric ! 

The amount of “flare” that the sleeve has is totally up to you! It’s based on how much you flare out your sleeve pattern. The pattern that I made tonight for this tutorial is way more dramatic than the actual pattern I originally made and sewed up!
This is why I say to try on practice fabric first so you can judge how much you want your flare to be ! I want a lot of DRAMA so I decided to make the second pattern I made LONGER and More Flared !
  STEP 1: 

Choose your pattern ! You can use ANY pattern you want for this tutorial! As long as it has sleeves of course lol. 

I’m using Mccalls 6886 because it’s super easy and first pretty good!

 You need to first trace the armscye and make sure to mark your notches! 

  STEP 3:
This is where you need to choose how much DRAMA you want your sleeves to have ! Decide what length you want your sleeve and draw a straight line from the tip of the armscye ending at whatever length you choose for the sleeve. The more you flare this out (away from the center) the more flare your sleeve will have ! Once you do this, draw a line from one end of the armscye to the other end of the opposite armscye. This will be the line you use to draw the rest of your length.
 STEP 4: The length I chose is 30inches. I took my measuring tape and marked 30 inches from the line I made between the armscye. Because I’m lazy, I didn’t do this for the whole sleeve. I only did it for half as you see above. And then connected those dots to get the bottom curve.
  STEP 5:
You can choose to mark your length for the whole sleeve and THEN connect the dots. But I chose to do half and THEN I finished the other half by tracing the first half that I drafted. Simple.
  STEP 6: this is what it looked like after I traced the other half.
  All done !!!!!! Very very simple !

  I will update this post once I finish my dress. ^^ This is the practice dress I made. I really like how it came out and plan to finish this one too !

Thanks for reading 😊😊😊 Please follow my blog for future tutorials ! 

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Summer Maxi Dress Mccalls 6744

Quick post, this maxi was so easy and effortless to make !



Pattern Description:
Pullover dresses have bodice variations, elasticized (seamed) waist, and narrow hem. A and B: fitted bodice. C and D: mock wrap, very loose-fitting bodice with elasticized shoulders.
Pattern Sizing:
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Absolutely!! I used the top from view B and the skirt from view C.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were very easy to follow!!! And very QUICK!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved how there wasn’t many pieces included in this pattern, so it made for a really quick and easy project. Instant gratification with this pattern.
Fabric Used:
I used a polyester blend that had some stretch.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Instead of hemming, I simply lined the bodice of the pattern. Of course this added additional time to a “quick” project but it was so worth it to me. I love linings!! I even love understitching lol. It looks so much more professional than a narrow hem to me.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely! I plan to sew it again in a beautiful cheetah print and a couple of solid colors as well!

If you are looking for a really easy to follow BEGINNER pattern , THIS is definitely the pattern for you!!

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What Would YOU Make ?Β 

I have a horrible habit of purchasing fabric without having any idea of what I want to make most times ! 

There are times I may know what type of garment I want to make (I.e. Lighterweight Jersey I love for maxis , Scuba I love for fitted dresses) . The type , rarity and cost all factor in how many yards I will buy πŸ˜‚

This fabric I purchased locally in Atlanta . It’s a beautiful floral Ponte . I have two yards and can not decide what to make with it 😳

Romper maybe ? I even thought of making a pair of fitted pants and matching top. 

I’m so confused , help please, what would you make ?


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Closet Case Files : The Nettie Pattern

I have finally decided to review one of the many PDFS patterns I have purchased in my short time sewing ! I must say I am beginning to love them a lot more than than commercial patterns ! (You know Mccalls, Simplicity Butterick etc). 

I love that I have the ability to print them out at FedEx, which means sturdier paper ! I love that many of the styles are up to date and the pattern sizing is usually aligned with RTW(ready to wear) unlike the previously mentioned companies.


This pattern is pretty quick and easy to make. I really enjoyed designing this style dress. I decided to go with the low back and the Scoop neck. I plan on making this dress again as well as the body suit version 😍😍 I’m so excited about spring !

Pattern purchased here Closet Case Files

Pattern Description:  The Nettie is a quick and easy to make wardrobe staple. Close fitting with high cut arms, she can be made into a knit dress OR a bodysuit. This pattern is infinitely customizable with a choice of 3 sleeve lengths, 2 neckline and 3 back variations

Pattern Sizing: 

2-18 (size chart)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Absolutely !

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy to follow. i made the body suit when I first began sewing over a year ago. So it is definitely great for a newbie(which I still am lol) 😊

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved everything about this pattern!! I really love the fact that one pattern can give you so many different looks ! 

Fabric Used: Scuba Knit from 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: It fit perfectly. I didn’t need to adjust a thing πŸ˜πŸ™Œ I plan to make quite a few of these in different styles.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely πŸ˜€

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Made to measure patterns- #MINDBLOWN

BOOTSTRAP FASHION 56959    Scuba Knit Crop Top
Scuba Knit Crop Top

I’m not sure WHY i’m so late to hop on to this bandwagon, but i’m here and i’m not going anywhere!! Made to measure patterns are truly the way to go whenever possible!  The company I decided to go with is called BOOTSTRAP FASHION

The way it works:

(Per their website

Step 1: Select A Pattern
Choose a pattern design from our collection. Our pattern collection is runway inspired and designs vary from vintage to contemporary to couture.
Step 2: Measure
Measure yourself, your fit model or your client.
Step 3: Submit Your Measurements
Enter your measurements for each pattern, or create an account and save your measurements to use on multiple patterns.
Step 4: Print Pattern
After you complete your purchase, the pattern will arrive to your email box within 15-30 minutes. Print and assemble patterns; or import into Pattern Making CAD or Adobe Illustrator for further customization.

They have a ton of designs to choose from and they have them categorized by fabric type and Women(includes tops, blouses, bottoms, lingerie etc)

One thing that I love about their many many patterns is that you can add your own style to them. You can take them and design them as you like, but many you will love just the way they are πŸ™‚ !

I printed out the 36″ PDF format so that I could take it to Fedex and have them print it out on their Plotter (a really big printer).  You can print it out at home, you will just need to assemble the pattern together. Which is fine and thats what I normally do.  But I honestly prefer to just have it printed out lol. I email it to fedex and tell them how many i want and pick them up ! They’re ready when I get there πŸ™‚ I printed out two patterns yesterday and it cost 10.00 πŸ™‚ It’s .75 per square foot I think, so the price will vary depending on the size of your project. I printed out tops yesterday so they didn’t take up a lot of room πŸ™‚

BOOTSTRAP FASHION 56959 ,                       Pattern Printed at FEDEX

Below is my review of their lovely 56959 Which is a crop top.




Continue reading Made to measure patterns- #MINDBLOWN