Sew Fab :: Relaxed Extraordinary Girl Top

I love when I make a shirt and it goes directly from the sewing machine to immediate circulation in my wardrobe.  This top is one of those.  I made it using the Extraordinary Girl pattern from Filles a Maman, one of the ten patterns for women included in the latest Sew Fab Pattern bundle. Today is the last day of the sale and includes a fantastic giveaway!

Extraordinary Girl Top with Knit and Woven | From the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle made by a happy stitchExtraordinary Girl Top with Knit and Woven | From the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle made by a happy stitch

I played around with this pattern a good bit to get it exactly how I wanted it.  The original pattern is designed for a tight fit; I when up one size (to a M) to get a relaxed look.  I also used woven fabric for the front bodice area even though it calls for knit.  And, because my torso is stupidly long, I added four inches to the length.

Extraordinary Girl Top with Knit and Woven | From the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle made by a happy stitch

The adjustments worked out really well.  The pattern itself provides great guidance for making alterations, especially length. I like the longer length and love that the pattern makes it easy.  The woven fabric works really well, too.  I was worried that it wouldn’t fit well because it lacks the stretch of knit fabric but you don’t really need much stretch in that portion of the top.  I’m already planning another top using some vintage lace on the upper portion and a sweater knit on the rest.

The woven fabric is called snap, one of the latest voile fabrics from Lisa Congdon‘s  Revelry line for Cloud 9 fabrics.  I worked on a project for Cloud 9 and had enough fabric left over to match with this top.  I love the whole selection and voile is buttery soft.  The knit fabric is a slubbed, lightweight knit from Jo-Ann Fabrics.   Both fabrics are delicate and I did have to use a needle designed for lightweight fabrics and lots of pins even though I usually hate pins.

For the top binding on the front of the shirt, I also left the raw edge exposed. I wasn’t planning to but I ending up liking how it looked, feel like it added to the delicate nature of the top.

Extraordinary Girl Top with Knit and Woven | From the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle made by a happy stitch

As I mentioned, today is the last day for this sale! It’s $29.95 for ten women’s clothing patterns and when it’s done, it’s done! Get it here and DO NOT FORGET to enter the amazing giveaway.

Winter 2014 Sale Large Collage

Disclosure: I was given the bundle of patterns with the understanding that I would blog about what I make using it.  No other compensation was provided and all of my opinions, as always, are my own.

Sew Fab :: We need to talk about underwear

It’s here! The long-awaited Winter Sew Fab Pattern sale is happening right now.  I don’t want to hold you in suspense so I will come right out with it…I made underwear!

Sew Fab Winter 2014 Header

 

I’m going to be honest one of the first things that excited me about this bundle of patterns was the inclusion of a pattern for panties.  I mean underwear people! It’s essential and yet I’ve never sewn any for myself.  Not for nothing but the fact that I can stitch my own undies kind of makes me WAY more prepared for a life off the grid.  And, they are such a quick sew with this pattern! I was able to use large pieces of scrap fabric to make mine. Meaning they cost next to nothing to make!

Of course, I have been laughing at myself ever since the sale started because ALL THE OTHER LADIES on the pattern tour recognized that the panties pattern was accompanied by a super sexy nighty and they are rocking it, I’ve even seen a Mrs. Clause version. Meanwhile, I’m going all Mockingjay about things.  Typical.

So, to make up for that I’ve labeled my undies to spice things up.

*Rainbow Dash*:

Make your own Underwear! So easy!  Sewn from the Greenstyle Norah Nighty pattern | Part of Sew Fab Pattern Sale | Made by a happy stitch

Anchor’s Away:
Make your own Underwear! So easy!  Sewn from the Greenstyle Norah Nighty pattern | Part of Sew Fab Pattern Sale | Made by a happy stitch

Spring Blossom:

Make your own Underwear! So easy!  Sewn from the Greenstyle Norah Nighty pattern | Part of Sew Fab Pattern Sale | Made by a happy stitch

The Sporty:

Make your own Underwear! So easy!  Sewn from the Greenstyle Norah Nighty pattern | Part of Sew Fab Pattern Sale | Made by a happy stitch

See, so sexy!  Or at least very utilitarian.  This bundle of patterns is pretty exciting because all of the patterns are completely new and you can make an entire outfit out it!  Even the undies (wink).  The whole bundle is $29.95 and ends on December 15th. For good.  There are no late sales!!  There is also a fabulous giveaway, be sure to enter here!

DIY :: Make your own Product Tags for Handmade Items

Hello December! It is getting busy around here.  I’m gearing up for a wonderful artisan market coming up this weekend (it’s here if you are local) and I’m so excited.  People inevitably ask me, at these markets, where I get my product tags and are always surprised when I tell them I make them.  But, it so darn easy!  And, super cheap!

A super cheap and easy way to make your own product tags! Label your lovely stuff!!

Today, I’m sharing how I make them so you can add them to your handmade items.  (Quick public service announcement: Whether you sell things or not, you should label your handmade goods.  They are so special! You made them.)

This is my super cheap, easy and spectacular method for making product tags.  (more…)

Make It Mighty Ugly book review

Have you ever had that thing happen when you pick up a book and you know immediately it is the book you are meant to be reading? You know you will follow every rule that book lays down and you will follow it to the letter.  You are going to devour this book.  You find yourself bringing up the book in totally unrelated conversations with friends and saying, “You should read this book.  It’s amazing.”   I’m there right now and the book is Make it Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When it Ain’t Pretty by Kim Werker.

Make It Mighty Ugly book review | from a happy stitch

You should read it. It’s amazing!  For real, though.  Read it.

It speaks to creative ventures such as sewing and crochet, but the whole framework for thinking about creativity keeps coming to mind when I talk to friends who write for a living or run organizations or problem-solve with toddlers.  Anyone who has convinced a toddler to brush their teeth or wrangled words into exactly what their heart was trying to say understands everything involves creativity.   At the root of so many human endeavors is creativity and this book is here as a guide through the messy, uncomfortable, untidy spectacular mess of it all.

Also, it has helped me draw up a specific definition for the term badass but more on that later.  First, the book. (more…)

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