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Book Review: More Sewing To Sell

Thursday, February 21, 2019


Hey friends! I'm so happy to be here and sharing a project from my friend Virginia's new sewing book; More Sewing To Sell, a follow-up to her original book Sewing To Sell, which I also reviewed HERE.


This book includes 16 copyright free sewing patterns that you are free to make and sell. The projects are simple and useful, but also seriously cute and there are many ways you can dream up to customize them to your liking!

Now while the title of the book may lead you to think you must be a craft shop owner to appreciate it, I can tell you that from a non-seller, I love each of the projects in this book and find them to be useful and relevant to my lifestyle!


That being said, there are loads of tips and interviews in the book from craft entrepreneurs that are very helpful should you want to start or improve your hand made shop! And I will never say never, maybe someday there will be some sewing to sell in my life again.

Below are a few more sample pages from the book, the projects are so beautiful!




After browsing the book, I had a really hard time making up my mind on what project to tackle first! I finally settled on The Big Trendy Tote, and not after changing my mind a few times! I always find myself in need of another tote and handmade versions are my very favorite. I'm glad this is the one I chose to make first!


Like the book encourages, I changed things up a little bit to make it exactly what I wanted!


First of all, I used heavier fabrics than what is suggested in the book, because I wanted an active, hardworking bag for summer activities. I also added some inside pockets and a clip for hanging my keys, etc., from so they don't get lost in the depths of the bag. Because, y'all, this bag is ROOMY!


My plan is to use this bag for outings with my kiddos that most likely require beach towels and water bottles. This bag can easily carry 2 full sized beach towels plus the accessories needed to go along with that! Now, I do have 3 kids, and I could fit 3 towels, just fewer other items, but the pockets would allow me to pack a few snacks and bottle of sunscreen.


In reality, I hope to be mostly using this bag for myself in my backyard this summer! I'd love to have it stocked with my favorite book, magazine, sunglasses, a knitting project, and my water bottle for lifeguard duty. :)


With the size of this bag, the uses are endless. I can see myself making it in lighter fabrics and using it as a shopping tote!

I had so much fun mixing and matching fabrics for this project, the end product just makes me so happy because it reminds me of sunshine and warm days. Which I miss so much this time of the year!!

In celebration of the book release, Virginia is giving away a copy of the book to five lucky readers! Just enter in the rafflecopter below, and be sure to check out the other ladies on the tour for more chances to enter! The giveaway is open internationally, US winners will receive a physical copy of the book, and international winners will receive an ebook. Good luck!!


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Cone Mills Chambray Emerson Crop Pants & Shorts // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Hi friends! I'm over at Imagine Gnats today with not one, but TWO versions of the Emerson Crop Pants and Shorts! I am absolutely in love with both of these.

Of all the versions I've made, and there have been a lot, this is the first time I used real chambray and they are perfection!!

Head on over to the Imagine Gnats blog and read the post with all the details and changes I made HERE.





Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Happy Day, my friends!!

I am bursting with excitement over my latest Taos Top! As you remember, this is a newly released pattern by debut pattern designer Leslie of Threadbear Garments. A couple of week ago, I posted about my tester versions of this pattern, see them HERE if you'd like!

My tester versions were both sewn in the exact same fabric (modal/poly jersey) and the same view. Time ran short and I didn't have a chance to sew my dream version of this top until last week, and oh boy...

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

My dream version turned out like, well, a dream!!!

I used the most amazing, warm, cozy, comfy, and deliciously textured waffle knit from D&H Fabrics Co. Tammy has some of the most amazing fabrics available in her shop! One of my favorites, hands down. This Ochre color is currently sold out, but there is an amazing Cream option still available! And hopefully the Ochre will restock. ;)

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

As for the Taos Top pattern, I was so excited to try View B this time around. That cowl neck had me swooning! Not to mention the glorious split hem and side vent.

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

I sewed this top in the exact same size (sz 8) and with same slight mod (shortened 3/4") as my tester versions. Even though this waffle knit had quite a bit less stretch than the other versions I made, the fit turned out absolutely perfect.

*My measurements are: B:36, W:28.5, H:37, 5'3" tall*

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

I also made no modifications to the length of the arm bands and the finish there is superb.

Basically, I just made the top of my dreams, even though I didn't know it was! :) I have been a life-long mustard/ochre/yellow color avoider. I always thought that it made me look like death, lol. Either things have changed, or maybe it was all in my head! I do still avoid bright yellow, that's just a nope...

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

But this sophisticated and stunning ochre/gold color has my heart. I will be on the hunt from now on for ways to incorporate this into my closet!

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

As for the Taos Top pattern, well, I already have another sweater version of View B cut out and just begging to be sewn! My collection is growing, and not all that slowly. :)

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Ochre Waffle Knit Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Outfit Details:

Top - Taos Top
       - Fabric: D&H Fabrics Co.
Jeans - Old Navy
Mules - Old Navy

Flannel Linden and Hatteras Sweatshirts // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Thursday, January 31, 2019


Hey everyone! Just popping in here to let you know that I'm over at Imagine Gnats today with a post all about flannel sweatshirts!

I've made the Linden sweatshirt using flannel for the front and back several times before, and this time I had fun incorporating the same idea into a sweatshirt for my daughter!

She loves it, I love it, it's a win-win! And she's especially happy because there were plenty of scraps left from my sleeves to make a sweatshirt for her new doll. Tripleting? I suppose! :)

Click through HERE to read all about them!





Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

I am so, so thrilled for my lovely friend, Leslie of Threadbear Garments. Today is release day for her very first pattern, and y'all. It is impeccable!!!

Let me introduce you to the Taos Top, View A. It features a mock neck, curved hem, sleeveless tank style, and the most beautiful princess seams that allow for so many color/fabric-blocking possibilities, or if you decide to sew it in a solid color, it adds the perfect amount of interesting detail!

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

I'm in love with the scrap busting possibilites this pattern provides!! You literally only need the smallest of pieces for the side panels. The front and back pieces really don't take much fabric either, so dig through your scraps, friends! The perfect pattern for them has landed in town!

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

The color-blocked version, was the first version of the pattern in testing. It is pretty stellar as is, but we're talking perfection here guys, and round 2 (the solid version) is true perfection.

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

If you scrutinize very closely, you can tell there was a teeny bit of ease removed through the bust, and the armhole was adjusted to have a slightly closer fit.

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

I'm so very happy with both of these tops and will be wearing them constantly!! They layer perfectly under cardigans and stand up perfectly on their own for either transitional weather pieces, or pair them with shorts for a summer hike!

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

The mock neckband is also true perfection. I have been wearing mine all day and literally never once remembered that I was wearing a half turtleneck. Normally I am totally aware of a higher neckband at all times.

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Talking about versatility, just during testing, many of the testers were hacking up a storm already!! This pattern is perfect for athleisure wear for sure! Not to mention all the different types of fabric you can use. Drapey knits, structured knits like ponte or double knit, sweater knits, athletic fabrics. So many types of knit can be used, and I haven't even touched on the fact that you may be able to mix a woven fabric in there as well. Whaaat... You guys. So many options.

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

And I haven't even mentioned View B!! View B features a cowl neck and a hi-low hem with side slits. So cozy and classy. I can't wait to sew one up in the most delicious waffle knit from D&H Fabrics.

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

I'm so excited about this pattern that I've forgotten to even give you the fit details up until now... For this tester version I sewed a straight size 8, and shortened the length at the lengthen/shorten line 3/4". For size reference, I am 5'3" tall, my current measurements are B:36, W:28-29, H:37.

The fabric I used for both of these tops is poly/modal jersey from Cali Fabrics. I purchased all 3 colors about a year or so ago, and they are no longer available. But from what I can tell, they have lots of colors in knit that is likely the same or very similar, I linked them HERE. The price is fantastic at $5.99/yd.

This fabric has 40% stretch, and the pattern is designed for knits with 30-60% stretch percentage, so it's a perfect pick! The drape also makes for a dreamy fit.

I also feel it is important to mention the quality of the instructions that are included in the pattern. Leslie went into great detail with descriptions, illustrations, and pattern markings. The hard work put into this pattern seriously shows. It's a work of art to open this PDF. During testing everything was looked over with a fine-tooth comb and Leslie was absolutely meticulous about getting everything just right. It's good. That is all.

Head on over to the intro post on Leslie's Instagram for a discount code and then grab a copy of your own!

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Taos Top // Sewing For Women

Happy Sewing!!

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Outfit Details:

Top: Taos Top Pattern
       ~Fabric: Modal/Poly from Cali Fabrics

Jeans: Old Navy Perfect Straight

Boots: American Eagle - Cognac color sold out





Atelier Brunette Cheyenne with Pussy Bow Collar // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Atelier Brunette Cheyenne with Pussy Bow Collar // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Hi friends!!

Today I'm over at Imagine Gnats, sharing my second (consecutive) Cheyenne Tunic! I LOVE this pattern, and I used the most fun hack on this one!!

You guys MUST go and find out about this amazing fabric and where to find the tutorial for this gorgeous hack!

It's so so good, so RUN HERE and check out the post. 💖

Atelier Brunette Cheyenne with Pussy Bow Collar // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Atelier Brunette Cheyenne with Pussy Bow Collar // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Atelier Brunette Cheyenne with Pussy Bow Collar // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

Hi all!

Today I present to you, my very first collared button up shirt! Complete with sleeve plackets and beautiful cuffs. Having already chatted with many of you on Instagram, I know it may come as a bit of a surprise that I haven't sewn a proper "shirt" up until this point!

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

It was my deep, dark secret. A silly fear that I hadn't really wanted to face until recently. Recently I have been pining after a GOOD plaid button up shirt!! So much so that I nearly caved and bought one from a store. But I kept telling myself no, because I have several pieces of fabric in my stash that would/will make really great shirts!

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

I don't know how things go for all of you, but sometimes, I have so many ideas crashing around in my head that I feel like I'm running in a thousand directions at once, starting the planning process for one project, and then yelling "squirrel" and running the opposite way!

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

Because of my tendency to do this, I also find myself with a well stocked fabric and pattern stash. Lol! And to be honest, I'm really quite happy with this arrangement. It allows things like this particular Cheyenne Tunic to happen!

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

I should really start my story way back in March of this year. I did attempt a Cheyenne Tunic, View B, the popover version, during a Cheyenne sew-a-long hosted by Grace of Maker Mountain Fabrics. It ended up in a very failed project, unfortunately. It was a big combo of things. Mostly my fabric choice. I was a super inexpensive cut that I bought online years ago and really didn't care about it, so I thought it would be a great "wearable" muslin fabric to use for my first attempt at the pattern.

Turns out, it was a huge reason why my end product wasn't wearable at all. Ha! But let's not purely blame the fabric. There were several other things that made me chuck it into the fail bin. I have really never, ever been a fan of popover style shirts on myself unless they were quite fitted, so that should have been a forethought. But, like I mentioned above, I was scared of the silly collar stand.

Guys. I truly think collar stands are easier than the popover was!! The last reason why I didn't like my first attempt, was sizing. I'm between a size small and medium, and went with the medium. It was just too much fabric, especially around my mid-section and lower back. I also made some pattern adjustments that I recently found out, just didn't work for me.

So let's fast forward 9 months to this project!! I had an upcoming project for Imagine Gnats (that is going live tomorrow!!), the fabric I was to use was amazing, and I needed to choose the exact right pattern for the project. I knew that I really wanted it to be a button-up shirt, and was considering the Cheyenne Tunic and the Montana Shirt. I had settled on the Montana Shirt, actually.

But then... I saw a completed Cheyenne on Instagram, just days before I was going to start working on this project and immediately switched gears! See... Squirrel...

SO. I already had my unwearable muslin project under my belt, and knew what changes I needed to make to "hopefully" make this pattern an absolute win for my body! And with that knowledge I dove in head first.

A month or so ago, I had been chatting with Jen of Desert Blooms about fitting patterns, and she mentioned that she usually removed length in patterns between her waist and hips for a better fit. This was a true light bulb moment for me!!

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

I should mention that having too much fabric in my mid-section and lower back is a VERY common problem for me in all button up shirts I've ever owned. It's also a big reason why I've stayed away from wearing them, almost ever, because I never liked how they fit. I thought it was just because that's how I was shaped and they'd never fit me! I'm shaking my head at myself now at how silly it is to still think that after so many years of sewing for myself.

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

Back to the light bulb moment; I had thought I would need to do a sway back adjustment on my current pattern to remove that excess fabric. It turns out that I was literally just removing length in the wrong place! I almost always have to shorten shirt patterns, especially Hey June Patterns. This time, instead of cutting at the indicated lengthen/shorten line, I cut 3 inches below that and removed my typical 1-1/2". I was super hopeful that this would take care of my issues, but was still ecstatically excited when it worked!!

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women


The other fit adjustments I made were to size down to a small, and remove 1-1/2" of length in the sleeves as well. I tried the shirt on after sewing the first seam in the french seams when assembling the arms and side seams. (how many times can I say "seam" in a sentence???) I decided after trying it on, that I really liked the fit and didn't want it any closer fitting, so I resewed the seam with a 1/4" smaller seam allowance.

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

Honestly, since this shirt has no darts, the fitting adjustments are super simple!

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

The fabric is from Imagine Gnats. It was in the shop last year, and I believe it was a tencel/rayon blend. Whatever it is, it is incredibly soft and dreamy!! I absolutely fell in love with this color-way and had intended to make a simple long sleeved woven tee with it last year for the holidays, and I'm so glad that never happened!!! Lol.

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

I also chose my plaid placements based on the shirt I wanted to buy. I got a lot of questions when sharing the sewing process on Instagram about why I didn't cut the plaid on the bias, for the plackets and the back yoke. The simple answer is, I didn't want to! :)

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

I really like the look of the lined up plaid, and it was worth the bit of extra effort to achieve it!!

Speaking of achieving it... I PROMISE the plaid lines up across the button placket!! I was in a hurry when I got dressed for these photos and forgot to check it. UGH! All it takes is a tiny shift so that the buttons are centered in the button holes and they line up exactly. Haha, that's my Type A coming out!

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

In summary, I'm impossibly proud of my very first Cheyenne Tunic. I've already made a second that I'll show you tomorrow, and I have plans for one more very soon, and who knows how many after that!?

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women

Cheyenne Tunic // Sewing For Women


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