Penelope Pants

Hi friends! Life has been crazy and I have been gone for way too long! But I am here today to share my new favorite pattern with you! Sonia Estep Designs just released the Penelope Pants and they are just amazing! Options include joggers, yoga pants, pockets and drawstring. They are based on the fit of the Iris shorts pattern and are every bit as awesome!

The thing I love most about SED patterns (besides the fit) is the instructions…they can make even the beginner sewist feel very confident! The tutorials are all very detailed, have very clear photos and teach you how to adjust for your body. If you look at tester photos, the garments look great on everyone because we all know how to personalize them!

FT from Purple Dragon Fabrics

The first pair I have to show you is made from a custom cotton french terry from Purple Dragon Fabrics https://purpledragonfabrics.com/. This french terry is thick, warm, soft and stretchy…making it the perfect fabric for joggers! I have also used the cotton spandex from this shop (just no picture proof) and it is amazing as well!!!

Pair #2 is the most dreamy lounge pants! I used Oakley sweater knit from So Sew English Fabrics and I could just live in them! What’s Oakley, you ask? Oakley is a sweater knit that is tightly knit, breathable, easy to sew, ridiculously soft and does not pill…you really need to try some! https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/products/copy-of-silver-pink-blush-lilly-floral-oakley-brushed-sweater-knit-by-the-yard-1?_pos=85&_sid=06ec9664a&_ss=r

Oakley from So Sew English

Pair # 3 is the yoga pants version and pair #4 is the jogger version, both in a jacquard double knit from Surge Fabric Shop https://surgefabricshop.com/. I love that the same lounge pants pattern can also be used for “real” pants!

And the last two might be my favorite!!! I mean, look at how cute my baby girl is! I made us both joggers using this beautiful tie dye french terry from So Sew English fabrics https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/products/navy-blush-tie-dye-french-terry-by-the-yard?_pos=4&_sid=efa4e2d4d&_ss=r. I just love it that she actually wanted to twin with me and now we both have an amazingly comfy outfit for movie time!

I hope you love all of my versions of Penelope but mostly I hope you make your own and love them just as much as we do! If you are interested in supporting my sewing, feel free to use my affiliate link to purchase any patterns https://sonia-estep-designs.myshopify.com?aff=8. My link doesn’t cost you anything extra but I do receive a small commission every time it is used…so thank you for your support!

Happy Sewing! ~Christy~

Hannah just got even better!

Sonia Estep Designs Hannah was already perfect as a quarter zip hoodie! Then Sonia gave us the neckband option for the perfect basic top that is super quick to sew! Then there was a kids version for the mommy and me outfits! But this week she really outdid herself with the hood add on…for women and kids!!!!

The new add on is separate from the original pattern, so if you don’t already own Hannah you will need to purchase it. But not to worry, because there is a sitewide sale and all patterns are 40% off! Well, except for the hood add on..it is 50% off or you can get it free with purchase using a code in the Facebook group!!! The add on includes a standard hood and a crossover hood.

First, I will show you the Hannah’s I made for my son. This is the standard hood version using a triblend french terry.

The next two are the crossover hood. He was so excited to have new hoodies (mom has really dropped the ball lately)!!! He told me ~and I quote~ “This is amazing…I have so many hoodies with pockets now!” LOL

Now for mine! I LOVE the crossover hood, so I have not made myself a standard version yet. My first one is using a coral quilted knit from Surge Fabric Shop https://surgefabricshop.com/.

#2 is in a charcoal hearts quilted knit from So Sew English https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/

My last one is lighter weight and may possibly be my favorite…I think…but just by a tiny margin! They really are all so good!!! Oakley sweater knit from So Sew English Fabrics is my favorite fabric ever and how cute are the gnomes and dots?!!! Oakley is ridiculously soft sweater knit, but it’s also breathable without being too thin! https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/

I hope you love all of these but mostly I hope you make your own and love them just as much! Here is my Sonia Estep Designs affiliate link if you would like to help me out. Affiliate links don’t cost you anything extra, but I do receive a small commission anytime someone clicks through it…which just helps me buy more fabric!http://sonia-estep-designs.myshopify.com?aff=8

Happy Sewing! ~Christy~

Danielle Cozy Cardigan…and a sale!!!

Do you just love being snuggled up in a cozy blanket? That is exactly the feeling you get with the newest release from Sonia Estep Designs!!! Danielle is a cocoon style cardigan that is flattering on everyone! It is a very quick sew and takes less than 2 yards of fabric! I’m serious about it being quick…I can make it in about half an hour-cut to finish!!! You choose your size based on either your upper bust or hips (whichever is larger) and it has plenty of wiggle room! So what this all means is that it’s perfect for gift-giving! I mean, who wouldn’t want to get one of these for Christmas?!!!

Now, in case you didn’t notice, the title of this blog post also mentions a sale!!! Sonia Estep Designs is starting Black Friday early, so all of the other patterns are 40% off! Danielle is 50% off for the release. But let’s say you want Danielle and want to take advantage of the 40% off of other patterns too…You can get Danielle for free!!! Yes, I did say free. If you join the SED Facebook group and look in the announcement post, there is a code only for group members!

And since all of the patterns are on sale, I should tell you about the rest of my outfit. All of the fabric I used came from Surge Fabric Shop https://surgefabricshop.com/. My Danielle is in a coral/white marled hacci sweater knit and it is dreamy! I NEEDED a new top to wear underneath so I pulled out a charcoal french terry and whipped up a basic Mandy! Then for the pants…pants are hard to get a good fit, so once you find one you stick with it!!! I used the Iris shorts pattern because I love the fit on my thighs and backside! LOL. I used another pants pattern to determine the length I liked and lengthened my shorts, tapering in to the ankle. I made these in a knit denim so it looks like real pants but feels like pajamas!!!

Head to Sonia Estep Designs and take advantage of this very generous sale…trust me, you need all of the patterns!!! http://sonia-estep-designs.myshopify.com?aff=8 . This is my affiliate link, which does not cost you anything extra but it does give me a small commission that helps me to support my love of fabric! Thank you for being here and supporting my sewing journey!

Happy Sewing! ~Christy~

Composition Book Zipper pocket add on tutorial

I used the Composition book cover pattern from Spencer Ogg and it is a really great pattern but I thought it would be handy to have a zipper pocket on the front to hold my pens, so I hacked the pattern a bit and this is what I came up with! I will show you here how I did it.

The first thing you need to do is buy the pattern https://www.spencerogg.com/product/composition-notebook-cover-sewing-pattern/. I will not give any dimensions for the original pattern pieces because those are someone else’s hard work. For the pocket add on you will need a zipper at least 10″ long and scrap pieces of fabric. I also like to use wash away hem tape to hold my pocket in place for sewing!

*Cut out all pieces according to the pattern.

Additionally you will cut:

  • 4 pieces that are 2.5″ x the length of the main piece plus interfacing for all 4
  • 2 pieces that are 2″ x length of main piece-no interfacing for these
  • 4 zipper tabs 1.5″ x 2″-no interfacing

*Work from the pattern tutorial until you have the outside and lining pieces prepared (edges hemmed, etc)

Now we will start on the pocket! Attach your zipper tabs to one end. Lining piece facing up, zipper facing up and main facing down. Sew across the end then flip so right sides are out and topstitch. Trim your zipper end.

For the other zipper end, lay it on top of your main piece and mark where you should cut your tape. I attach the zipper tabs before I cut anything just in case I need to adjust it! Tip: I make a tiny snip in the zipper tape so I know where I want the tab. Sew it the same way you did the first one. Trim up both sides of your tabs.

Now you will lay one lining piece face up, zipper on top facing up, then the main piece face down. Stitch down the side (making sure all your edges stay lined up). Tip: a zipper foot is a great investment. Flip them out so that the pieces are wrong sides together and topstitch. Repeat with the other side.

Your pocket should be about 5″ right now, but that is a little too big and will hide all your pretty fabric on the front of your cover! We want to trim it down to 4″, so cut half an inch off of each side.

It’s time to make the binding to conceal the raw edges! Fold your 2″ strip in half and crease to find the center. Open it up and fold both sides into the center, then fold the entire piece in half. Easy peasy!

Slide a binding piece over the raw edges on each side and clip in place. You will topstitch only the open edge of the binding for now. Leave the outside edge un sewn.

Take your main piece that has already been hemmed and fold it in half to find the center. Make a small mark on the front side that is 2″ over from the center mark. This is your pocket placement mark!

I like to use 1/4″ wash away hem tape on the edges of the wrong side of the pocket. Stick the pocket down with the left side lined up with the mark you just made. Start at the top and topstitch down the right side, across the bottom, back up the left side and across the top.

Trim up your ends and finish according to the pattern!!!

Here are a few others I made!!!

Happy Sewing!

~Christy~

Rio Raglan

I love a raglan top because you can use up those odd cuts you have hanging around for a fun and colorful shirt or you can make it solid for a cute basic tee! The problem I have with them is that I have tried out so many and none were perfect. They were always too relaxed, not relaxed enough, the neckline was too wide, too high, too low, the hem wasn’t to my liking, the length wasn’t right, the sleeves were too tight…and the list goes on and on! So when I tested the Rio raglan from So Sew English, I was fully prepared to make adjustments after my first tester version. But to my surprise, the only adjustment I had to do was grading out one size for my hips (which I always have to do anyway, no matter the pattern)!!! This pattern has all the options you would need~ crop, tee and tunic length~ v neck or crewneck~ short, 3/4 and long sleeves

For the pattern test I was assigned tunic length, short sleeve, crew neck version. I made a size xl graded to 1x hips but no other adjustments whatsoever, not even for height. I used a gray and white striped french terry for the bodice and raided my scrap bin for the sleeves!!! I didn’t think I would like the tunic length and planned to cut it down to tee length after testing…but I kind of love it and am going to keep it long!

My second one was tee length, crew neck with 3/4 sleeves made in the buffalo plaid dbp for the bodice and black/white stripe dbp sleeves…I am in love with this one and have had several people try to steal it already!!!!

And my newest one was supposed to have different options BUT I loved the plaid one so much that I wanted more with those same options! So I pulled out the coral striped dbp for the bodice and sewing machine dbp for the sleeves…I am in love with this one too!

Raglans truly are about the easiest thing you can make, so they are perfect for beginners…and those of us that just don’t have much time but we want to make something! LOL You can grab your copy of Rio here : https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/products/rio-raglan?_pos=1&_sid=732747f7f&_ss=r

Thank you for being here and if you have anything you would like me to talk about in a future post, send me an email or leave a comment!

Callie~ the cutest cardigan around!

Sonia Estep Designs Callie cardigan has been around for a while, but she just got an update! A longer length and bishop sleeves were added plus it’s also now available in projector format! I have also made the vest version of this adorable waterfall cardigan but today I am just going to talk about this one.

I used red/blue Aspen stripe double brushed poly from So Sew English https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/products/red-blue-aspen-stripe-floral-double-brushed-poly-spandex-by-the-yard?_pos=3&_sid=5167c4590&_ss=r. I tried the long length and because I love bishop sleeves, I had to have those!!! Can we please just take a moment to appreciate the sleeves!

I wasn’t sure if I would like the longer length…but I do and will be making so many more in that length!!! It always amazes me that something this beautiful can also be a really quick sew! I made this in just a little over an hour…it could be even quicker if you don’t hem it, but I love the clean look of a hem! And because you can’t just have a new cardigan, I also made a new Maggie tank in this beautiful royal blue poly cotton jersey! Dreamy, right?!!! Maggie is also from Sonia Estep Designs and is free with a code in the facebook group!!! In less than 2 hours I was able to make both of these…and wore them the same night! I highly recommend all patterns from Sonia Estep Designs because the tutorials are so well written and easy to follow, but also because the fit is always spot on…as long as you take your measurements properly!

Thank you for being here! And if you would like to purchase any patterns from Sonia Estep Designs using my affiliate link I would appreciate the support so very much! http://sonia-estep-designs.myshopify.com?aff=8 My link doesn’t cost you anything extra, but it does give me a small bonus.

Carissa Clutch

I love Christmas…no seriously, I keep one tree up year round! I was so excited when I was asked to sew up a bag featuring an adorable Grinch zipper pull but I did not know what I wanted to make. I asked in a fb group and someone asked me to try out the Carissa Clutch from Huff n Cuffs patterns…it’s a free pattern so I thought why not!!! https://www.huffncuffs.com/products/carissa-clutch

Let me tell you, this pattern is awesome! The tutorial is very easy to follow and it went together exactly like it was supposed to! It has 6 card slots and a zipper pocket inside, plus the fun vinyl accent outside gives it a very unique look. I highly recommend this pattern…even if you are new to bag making!

Now onto the zipper pull I am supposed to feature! This (and lots of others) are in a current preorder from Zip A DeeDooDah Hardware https://zip-a-deedoodah-hardware.myshopify.com/

Super cute, right?!!! But it is also very nice quality. I knew that I had to pair it with the perfect fabric to make the most Christmas-y wristlet I possibly could…so I pulled out my Who’s Jelly from Backstitch Fabrics! A perfect match!!! And since I love Christmas, the ornaments had to come out for a photoshoot! I mean, if we are doing this we have to do it right!!!

This was such a fun wristlet to make! Go grab the pattern and order some zippers…have fun sewing!

Fabric Basket Tutorial

Today I am going to show you how I make these adorable fabric baskets! They can easily be made in different sizes, but for the sake of simplicity I am just going to give you the measurements for my most used size and style…medium size with vinyl bottom! A huge bonus to these (besides being cute) is that they have a stiff base but they are also completely washable!

***This is my own pattern. It took a lot of hours and many failures to get to this point. I am happy to share this tutorial for free but I do ask that you send people to my blog to get this pattern themselves. Feel free to sell and share your baskets, but credit me or my blog whenever it is possible. Thank you so much for your support!

Now that we are through the boring stuff, let’s have fun!!!

  • Gather your supplies:
    • 2 pieces main fabric and 2 pieces interfacing 5.5″ x 12″
    • 2 pieces vinyl 4″ x 12″
    • 2 pieces lining fabric and 2 pieces interfacing 9″ x 12″
    • 1 piece of Peltex 4.75″ x 5.75″ plus interfacing that is cut a little wider (this will make more sense in the picture below)

Cut all of your fabric, vinyl, interfacing and Peltex. Iron your interfacing onto the fabric pieces and set aside. You do not need interfacing on the vinyl. For the Peltex interfacing, I cut a strip that is a little wider than the piece of Peltex, wrap it around and then iron. Cutting it wider allows you to sew it into the seams so it cannot shift.

Take your lining pieces and place them right sides together. You will sew around both sides and the bottom, but make sure to leave a hole at the bottom that’s 4ish inches for turning. I like to draw a line so I don’t accidentally forget.

Next we will make the 5″ box corners. Reach inside and press the corners out to make a triangle. I use a quilting ruler to mark a 5″ line across the triangle. Stitch right over that line. Cut the triangles off, leaving about 1/4″ to the side of your seam. Set the lining aside.

Line your vinyl up with the bottom of your main fabric, right sides together and stitch.

This is the part where I change to a teflon foot. If you don’t have one, tissue paper on top of your vinyl helps with the topstitching too! If you lengthen your stitches when topstitiching on vinyl things will go a lot smoother!

Flip your vinyl down and topstitch. When you are done, remember to change your stitch length back!

Place the outside pieces right sides together and stitch around the 3 sides. When I use vinyl, I like to start by matching up the vinyl on both sides then clip the rest of the way around. Sometimes seams don’t end up perfect and you can trim from the top or bottom if you need to and you will never notice…but you will notice if the vinyl isn’t lined up!

After you have sewn those pieces together we will make the 5″ box corners the same way we did for the lining.

Take your Peltex wrapped in interfacing and clip it onto the bottom of the outside piece you just made. You are going to stitch just to the outside of your seam…don’t go inside your seam or you will notice it once the basket is completed. Trim the ends off.

Flip your main piece right side out but leave your lining inside out. Place the outside piece inside of the lining, so that they are right sides together. Stitch all the way around the top.

Pull the entire basket through the hole you left in the bottom. After you have all of the corners pushed out, close up the hole.

Now you want to push the lining down into the main piece and topstitch around the entire top edge.

And your beautiful yet practical fabric basket is done!

Seam Reaper fabric from Backstitch Fabrics and rose gold glitter vinyl from Glitterbug Fairy

Once you get comfortable with the steps, this pattern is easy to adjust so that it suits your needs…just don’t forget to remeasure for the Peltex!!! I have made larger baskets, smaller baskets, teeny tiny baskets (I don’t recommend that!), added handles, made them with all fabric and even made them taller so you can flip the top down. Here are some of my favorites!

I hope you loved this tutorial! Thank you so much for joining me!

Mandy!

We have all seen the super cute side tie tops and dresses on Pinterest. Well, Sonia Estep Designs has given us her take on the look…but better! The newest SED pattern is Mandy and I am thrilled that I got to test it. This pattern has tie or no tie options, dress or shirt length and short or long sleeves! The options are endless with this one.

My first version was a no tie, short sleeve, shirt length in a black/white polka dot single brushed poly from So Sew English Fabrics https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/ . I love the fit of this top, however I may go back and add a waistband to it. I have an average 8″ sidewaist that patterns are drafted for but I am 5’7″ so sometimes I have to add a little length to the bottom…usually I don’t know if I need to until I make the first one! This is one that I think I would be more comfortable with an extra inch at the hip, but it is super cute so I’m definitely not going to let it sit in my closet unworn!

Now, I don’t know if you can see it or not but this pattern has a seam down the back. What is the benefit of this? #1 is you don’t have to cut the back on the fold which makes it easier to save fabric! I was able to get this one from less than a yard! #2 and the most important is that it gives you a beautiful fit and a little extra shape at the waist!

For my second one I made long sleeve, dress length with the tie in a brushed hacci sweater knit from Surge Fabric Shop https://surgefabricshop.com/. I cannot even begin to tell you how soft and cozy this sweater knit is…you are going to just have to trust me!!! I will say that a sweater dress with leggings and boots in August will make you sweaty while you are trying to get somewhat decent photos! And can we just talk about that adorable knot!

Now to tell you the best part about this pattern…it is such a quick sew! I made the basic polka dot one in under an hour, cut to finish, and the dress only took me just a hair over an hour!!! I love patterns that look so fancy and complicated but really are just as simple as a basic tee! This is a pattern that I highly recommend…actually I love all SED patterns! The tutorials are so easy to follow and the fit is always spot on!

*If you would like to purchase this pattern or any others (they are all fabulous), I would greatly appreciate your support! My affiliate link doesn’t cost you anything extra but it does give me a little incentive to keep sewing! #affiliate https://soniaestepdesigns.com/?aff=109

Thank you for being here and be sure to sign up for emails!

Let’s sew a car trash bag together!

These adorable little car trash bags are the biggest seller in my shop! I mean, who doesn’t need a beautiful bag to fill with trash! LOL They are lined with vinyl for quick wipe downs, but if they get too gross you can throw them in the washing machine on cold and hang to dry!!! Moms really love these! I have even been told that in a pickle, they can contain vomit from a carsick kid! But please try to avoid that if at all possible.

This is my own pattern, I spent hours and lots of trial and error to get the size that I liked. I am happy to share this pattern with you and don’t even mind if you sell what you have made, but I do ask that you give me credit whenever possible. Link back to this blog when it is allowed, ask people to follow here and if you want to share the pattern with friends…please don’t just give them the pattern, have them come here to check out my blog. I am always happy to share and will likely share more of my patterns soon, but I am just starting here and would appreciate the followers.

Now, let’s sew!

~Materials/Supplies list:

  • 10″ x 11″-2 pcs (front and back) plus interfacing for both
  • 4″x 17″- 1 pc for strap plus interfacing
  • 4″x 2.5″- 1 pc for d ring tab-no interfacing
  • 20″ x 11″- 1 pc lining fabric
  • 20″x 11″- vinyl fuse
  • 1″ swivel clip and d ring
  • marking pen or chalk
  • ruler

1/4″ Seam allowance

Cut all of your fabric, interfacing and vinyl fuse

Fuse your interfacing to each outside piece and the vinyl fuse to the lining piece, according to product instructions.

To make the d ring tab, start by folding it in half and making a crease. Open it back up and press both sides into the center crease. Then fold the entire thing in half. Topstitch, add your d ring and set aside.

For the strap, we start by folding one end over about 1/2″. After you do that, just follow the steps from the d ring tab!

Topstitch and attach your swivel hook…make sure you backstitch a couple times when you are sewing in the hook.

Lay your front and back pieces right sides together and clip in place.

Now you will take your lining piece and fold it in half right sides together, put a couple clips on the fold side to hold it from shifting.

You want to trim the outside and inside pieces so they are the exact same size, otherwise they will not go together and you will end up with puckers. Keep in mind that your outside will be 1/4″ bigger because it will have the seam allowance on the left side and the lining is folded. I like to lay the outside piece on top of the lining, but pull it over to the left 1/4″, then trim the right side so that they match up. I hope this makes sense…it’s easier to do than to explain!

Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance around 3 sides of the outside pieces and just the right side and bottom of the lining.

I guess I forgot to take a picture sewing the lining, but you get the idea! LOL

For the boxed corners, you are going to reach inside and push the corners out to make a triangle. Do this for all 4 corners. Tip: When you are doing the lining piece on the fold side, I like to draw a line right on the fold and snip up to the stitches (that is now your make believe seam)

Take your ruler and mark a 4″ line. Tip: a square quilting ruler makes life so much easier!!! Just place the 2″ line right on top of your seam. Then you will stitch over the line you just marked (remember to backstitch). Trim corners to 1/4″.

You will turn your outside piece so that it is right side out, but leave your lining piece inside out.

This is the part where I remove the accessory tray from my machine so that I can slide the bag around the arm of my machine and sew in a circle!

Fold your outside piece in half to find the center of the back and mark. Measure 1.5″ to each side of your center mark. Place your strap to one side and the d ring tab to the other, so that there is 3″ between them. Baste in place.

Place your outside piece inside of your lining piece, so that they are right sides together. Leaving an opening at the front, stitch around the top with 1/4″ seam allowance…make sure to backstitch at the start and stop or you will be mad at yourself!

Now it’s time to birth this cutie!!! Carefully reach inside the trash bag and pull it through. Tuck the lining down inside the outside. Close your opening and topstitch all the way around.

Now you have the cutest little car trash bag!!!

Thank you so much for sewing with me!