Floral Tank Dress | Simplicity 1358

A floral tank dress is just what I needed to survive this heat. I’ve been too busy to sew much, and Simplicity 1358 is a fast make.

Simplicity 1358 floral tank dress

The fabric is from Girl Charlee, and there was just enough sheerness to require a nude lining. I made the dress and lining separately, then basted the neckline and armcyes together before attaching the binding. Even with the extra steps, it still took longer to cut than it did to sew.

Simplicity 1358

I made a striped high-low version of Simplicity 1358 a couple years ago. I complained about what a workout it is to cut women’s garments on the floor in that post.

I’m in a new sewing room now, but I’m still cutting on the floor and crawling around like a maniac. However, it’s very clear from comparing these photos to the previous post that the extra floor space has caused my fitness to suffer. I will have to pick up the slack by lifting pattern weights, pumping the iron, and speed sewing. I might even set up my knee lift pressor foot to tone my legs.


Simplicity 1358 floral tank dress

Here’s the back of my dress. Maybe the way I was standing made the hem rise a bit in this picture; either that or I need to curve the back hem down a bit.

Simplicity 1358 floral tank dress

I really tried for great photos because it’s such a simple project. The remote battery went out and my fabulous baby girl helped out. (Not a bad job but I think she price gouged me.)

In my imagination I was tractor-chic, but in real life I just need to mow. I made lots of weird faces and crazy eyes, probably because the rain last week turned my place into a jungle. I was afraid some type of creature would attack at any moment. I spent this whole week getting half of my acreage mowed, and just this morning I got my Cub Cadet bottomed out on a ledge. I may have to lift and drag a tractor today, but hey…I do it in style.

Until next time!

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Sew Fashionable 08/01/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

I visited family this weekend. I saw my half-brother and introduced him to my half-sister. (I don’t acknowledge siblings by percentage, but this is for narrative purposes.) Anyhow, my brother brought his half-sister, and it turns out my brothers’ sister lives across the street from my sister. These are the things that happen when your family is out of control huge. I had the best weekend ever, check out the receipts on Instagram!

Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

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Heathers caftan

Ping’s off shoulder ruffle tops

Basically Ada Spragg’s whole outfit is impeccable.

Devon’s Boylston bra in the prettiest fabric ever

OonaBaloona shat flowers and I LOVE IT.

This shibori wrap scarf at Sewbon.

Elena’s Emerson Shorts & Ogden Cami


Free bralette pattern from Sew So Easy

Emerson Crop Pant pattern from True Bias

All projects and links are pinned on my Pinterest boards.

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Just Keep Swimming: Summer Swimwear Tour 2016



Welcome to my stop on the Summer Swimwear Tour! This tour showcases patterns from Jess of Gracious Threads, Ajaire from Call Ajaire, and Saskia of The Wolf and the Tree. Sponsoring the tour is Rachel from Imagine Gnats, who generously provided fabric for the bloggers on tour.

Just Keep Swimming rashguard pattern from The Wold and the Tree

I sewed the Just Keep Swimming rashguard and shorties pattern. The rashguard includes 3 sleeve lengths or sleeveless options, a solid or color blocked variation, and 3 bodice lengths. The bottoms include high waisted or regular briefs, and high waisted or regular shorts in 3 lengths. That’s over 160 combinations!

Just Keep Swimming rashguard pattern from The Wold and the Tree

I made 2 pairs of the short-length shorts to match Bella’s cropped rashguard. I love mix and match sets; I have at least 2 swimsuits in every load of laundry.

Just Keep Swimming rashguard pattern from The Wold and the Tree

These are great for cheer and gymnastics too. I plan to make solid black pairs for the girls to wear under their cheerleading uniforms next month. They have the perfect length and butt coverage for spanky pants.

Just Keep Swimming rashguard pattern by The Wold and the Tree

It’s worth a mention that the colorblocking option is perfect for older girls who may need fit adjustments up top. Princess seams practically do the job for you. This rashguard is sewn with no adjustments (and fits great) for reference. Rest assured it will be cake to add some more room later if needed.

Today is the last day to take advantage of the great deals offered by the Summer Swimwear Tour hostesses. Designs by Call Ajaire is offering 20% off all patterns in her Etsy shop using the code SWIMTOUR, Gracious Threads is offering 15% off the purchase of 3 or more patterns in her shop (no coupon needed), and The Wolf and the Tree is offering 15% off patterns using the code SWIMTOUR. So take a few minutes to patron these awesome designers!

Summer Swimwear Tour 2016

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Girls Luna Loungewear + My Fabric Designs

Check out the girls version of the Luna Loungewear pattern by Love Notions. Bella likes her set as much as I like mine!

Luna Loungewear pattern for girls, by Love Notions

This is the size 14 tester version, and the straps have now been moved in slightly for a perfect fit. I know the fit is perfect because this girl ^ had me sew a couple more tanks for school. They’re in the laundry basket every time I try to get photos.

The similar RTW tank tops she wears are $10 when I catch them on sale, eek. It’s the built in shelf bra feature that she loves. I’m infinitely relieved I have a new go-to pattern, because her tanks are in heavy rotation.


Luna Loungewear, Love Notions Patterns

I’m an affiliate for Love Notions Patterns. When I showed you my women’s Luna Loungewear set, several of you bought the pattern from my link in the post. I received a commission for those purchases, and I wanted to say thank you. You got a great pattern, and helped me maintain this blog.

I’ll link this pattern at the bottom of the post, in case you want to buy it. (I think you do.)

Luna Loungewear pattern by Love Notions

I used cotton slinky knit from My Fabric Designs. The cotton slinky knit is lighter than their interlock, and has 6% spandex for a lot more stretch. It’s perfect for Luna Loungewear. I love that I can shop prints or design my own fabric; then choose between 26 different types of fabric. If you shop there, I highly recommend getting a swatch book. It makes planning a sewing project so easy.


Luna Loungewear for girls in cotton slinky knit from My Fabric Designs

Since I told you how great this pattern is in a previous post, I really have to show off my coverstitch work. I haven’t tried all the things my machine can do yet, but I’m getting the hang of the basics. It was tricky to cleanly start and stop the stitch work on the faux fly. (I had to rip it out once.)

Luna Loungewear for tweens! Cotton slinky knit from My Fabric Designs

As for the construction, I prefer the self binding straps option on this tank over the fold over elastic I used for mine. It’s nice and clean, wears well, and was easier than I thought.

I used a piece of crochet lace for the drawstring until I find some cording. I attached the two lace ends to a piece of skinny elastic in back. The elastic doesn’t show, but it helps relieve some stress on my button holes for now. The lace looks cute, but it’s not ideal.

The buttonholes use a piece of interfacing to stabilize the button hole, and it’s a great design feature. A fun color drawstring with matching coverstitching is Bella’s latest request.

Luna Loungewear pattern by Love Notions | Cotton slinky knit from My Fabric Designs

Pattern: Luna Loungewear by Love Notions- Buy the girls set or the girls/ladies bundle.

Fabric: Tribal Bands print in cotton slinky knit from My Fabric Designs

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Sew Fashionable 07/25/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

New prints available at My Fabric Designs! Choose from 26 different types of fabric


I’ve got some new prints in fantastic colorways available at My Fabric Designs! We nursed a sick Pygmy goat back to health early this week. Susie’s stomachs had to get used to our pasture.

Yesterday I had so much fun during a pool workout that I forgot it was Monday, this post is a day late! (Thats because “pool workout” is code for beer in the pool with  my friends. )

Here are some of my favorite posts this week.

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This gray denim mini at Sew DIY 

Katie’s Luna Loungewear 

Susannah’s gingham dress 

Lauren’s Lakeside PJs 

Fiona’s Ailakki jumpsuit 

Heather’s Hannah dress 



Cynthia’s tutorial for adding lace inserts to a t-shirt at Made For Mermaids 

The history of the crinoline petticoat at Sew So Easy

Click this map from the Curvy Sewing Collective. Add yourself and see if there are any sewists near you! 


Literally Marilyn Monroe in a bunch of swimsuits 


Sloane Leggings pattern by Hey June 

The Rachel Skirt, a free pattern from On The Cutting Room Floor 


Thanks for reading this post! These projects are pinned on my Pinterest boards

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