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Floral Anna Maximus

I’m so excited to share this post! I’ve been wanting to make an Anna dress from By Hand London since I first laid eyes on it. I never really had a good reason to make such a dress though until last year. I was working on the Sew My Style challenge from Bluebird Fabrics. Anna dress was one of the patterns towards the end of the year. That was good enough reason for me. Unfortunately it never came to fruition. Me and Hubby bought a house. That ended up taking so much time that all the rest of the patterns for the challenge went kaput.

Until now! Me and Hubby were invited to a wedding. What more perfect reason to make a great dress!?! I decided to do the v-neck and the thigh high split. I was not thrilled with the sleeves on the dress. The bodice is all one piece that includes the sleeves. I reworked it to have a regular shoulder seam and include flutter sleeves.

I bought a pink floral rayon from CaliFabrics. I went back and forth on this fabric for awhile. I was afraid the light pink would wash me out. Finally, after encouraging words from others I purchased it. It’s so lovely and rayon is one of my favorite fabrics.

With a dress like this I knew the bodice was going to make or break it, so I had to make a muslin. I made three total. I had to take it in near the bust and let it out at my waist. Plus I had to make all the adjustments for the sleeve change. Oh, and my shoulder width is kinda small so I usually take out at least an inch vertically from the center of the pattern. Otherwise the neckline is way too wide on me.

I was terrified to cut my nice fabric and went super slow sewing it all, worried I was going to ruin it. I did use cotton for the facing to keep the neckline nice and crisp. I had a cream color that wouldn’t show through the fabric. I think it worked out well. I could have used the floral rayon for the facing but then I could have had a chance of the flower pattern showing through.

The skirt went so fast after that. I did not French seam anything but the seam of the split. Also didn’t hand stitch that shit. No way, nuh uh. That was not going to happen. I hate hand stitching anything.

I did learn a new skill on this dress. I put in my first invisible zip! It really is something to behold. It’s so much easier than I thought it would be! I even got the waist seam to match up. I put this guy in once and there it stayed. I’ve never had that with a zipper.

The flutter sleeves were a dream that I had for this dress. It was meant to have flutter sleeves. It makes such a romantic dress. When I add an element that I’ve never done before, I research the crap out of it. There was a long tutorial about taking your sleeve piece and slicing it into a big arc. Well I didn’t have a sleeve piece so I take a few measurements on what I had and crafted a test piece. It didn’t work out too bad. I needed to lengthen the underside to get the hem to even out all around.

The dress came out amazing! I felt super fancy and that thigh high split makes the dress move! This is a pic from the wedding venue. We had a great time!

I took wayyy too many pictures of this dress. I love it so much! I was good and condensed my amount of photos here. I probably took about 30 though! I feel so late getting in on the Anna dress madness. Totally worth the wait though!

Navy Florla

I’ve been wanting to revisit this pattern for a while now. The free pattern Orla by French Navy. I made a maxi in grey jersey. I love that dress but I always envisioned the pattern in a great floral.

I bought a navy floral fabric from Cali Fabrics. The right side has a crepe texture to make it interesting. This ain’t your plain Jane jersey fabric people!

I made this dead-on like my grey version so of course that means changes to the original pattern. The neckline is higher, I added pockets, made the sleeves longer and the dress is full length. Everything even looks super profesh with the double stitching from my twin needle. I added that around the neck and sleeves.


The dress fits so well. There’s two darts in the front and two in back of the bodice. All these darts help to suck the dress in to fit your bod. Plus the waist hits right at your natural waist so it flatters my shape and hides a big ole booty.


I left a healthy amount of fabric at the bottom to fold under so there’s a good weight at the hem. I think it helps to hang better and move well when I walk. The pockets I stole from another pattern. They’re super deep and they’re pockets…in my dress! That’s enough for me to be uber happy!


I love this dress! It’s comfortable, doesn’t require shaved legs, and looks fabulous on. It’s everything I hoped it would be.

Creepy McCreeper

Some of my best makes start off with a story. This is me warning you I’m about to tell you a story.

I was having a creepy day at work. No one was giving me side eye or following me around. No no, it was me! Complimenting co-workers on their amazing biceps in a way you think is not creepy but after it escapes your mouth everyone else thinks you’re creepy.


Yup, that’s me! *waives hand* Hiiiiiii, I’m creepy. One of the fun things about being a sewist is creeping on what people wear. When you see someone wearing something you like, sometimes you want to copy it. Even if she’s located in the cube right next to you and there’s a possibility that you may end up twinning one day. Yay twins!

What does this story mean for you? It means a new make from me! The inspiration shirt was a raglan shirt with  floral sleeves and a rounded hem. The body of the shirt was charcoal grey. My immediate thought was of my leftover floral fabric I have from my first toaster sweater.


I purchased grey hacci fabric from Stylish Fabric that was supposed to be a thick sweater knit that I wanted to make into an awesome pullover sweater comfy sweatshirt kind of thing. Again, I was misled by an online fabric store. Seriously, I need to start ordering swatches!

How am I replicating this shirt? Sew House 7’s Toaster Sweater pattern of course! I usedthe pattern piece that I created when I made my first Toaster Sweater. Which incorporated the raglan sleeves and split hem.

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This one has the raglan sleeves, crew neck and longer length. Which is a mix of sweater 1 and 2. I shortened the length of the sleeves to 3/4 and created a round hem by using a pattern piece from B5526.

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The grey fabric loves to curl at the ends. I tried to get the fabric to lay flat. I serged the edge and turned it over and stitched. I did it once more and the edge looks nice but still wants to turn.

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I did a couple different colors when I was topstitching. The grey areas, I used a black thread. For the floral areas, I used cream. You can see it the best along the neck line.

I did go a size down to a small. It’s still roomy and comfy.  You can tell when I stand scarecrow style. It looks fine when I stand normal though. The grey is a bit see through. When I wear this to work it does require another shirt beneath it.

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It turned out so similar to her RTW shirt. Hers is a tunic length but everything else is a match. I don’t have a pic of her shirt but what do you need that for? Mine is awesome enough for the both of us! I have named it my Lyndy Shirt in her honor.

Giant Man-Eating Flowers

Rayon, the soft, super drapey fabric that for some reason I can’t resist. I can find you blindly in the large remnant bin at Jo-Ann’s. “Oh, this fabric feels nice”. Guess what it is? Rayon. Will I buy it? Yup. Even if it has giant man-eating flowers all over it? Yup! I didn’t even like the floral pattern on this fabric but it was enough to squeeze out a shirt and I paid just over a dollar for it. That’s reason enough to buy it. Did I mention it was rayon and I might slightly have a fetish for it? One pattern I’ve been meaning to get back to was Simone by Victory Patterns. I’ve made it twice now. The first time the bust was a bit tight and the second the armholes were a bit stretchy but that was my own fault in my choice of fabric for bias tape.

The more I looked at my bit of fabric, the more I thought I could squeeze out a dress if I added a plain chunk of another fabric at the bottom for length. I rummaged through my odds and ends I have hidden in a basket. I found yellow piping.  There was quite a length of it so I thought I would give it a go and add it to my dress. The pattern gives an option of this adornment so even though it was my first time using piping I had instructions to guide me through.


I find the bib the most difficult part of this pattern. The little tab, the amount of pleats and the pivot point at the bottom are my painful spots. I started with the back pieces first. *insert big goofy grin here* I added the bit of piping on the main back piece. I used my zipper foot to attach it. The stitching was not close enough to the piping so I had to move the needle over a smidge and do it again. That was the only issue. Dude piping is easy! *new sewing technique unlocked*  If you ever compare my version of Simone to the pattern, I do make the center wider. I want to make sure my bra is covered.


I took my time doing the front. Only because last time I sewed the placket in wrong and it’s a pain to fix. Check out my lovely yellow piping!


Actually, the hardest part was sewing in the small pleats that line the bottom of the bib. Rayon is shifty. When I stitched in a few of the pleats they went at a diagonal instead of north and south. I pulled them out and judged based on its neighboring pleats how it should go back in.


When I cut the pieces, I didn’t realize the fabric wasn’t perfectly lined up so the bottom was all kinds of crazy. Trying to even it up on the floor was not easy! I think this is one of those times I wish I had a dress form. I didn’t have a lot of the black fabric left. I used it on my last Simone too. I was able to squeeze out a band of just over 3″. I wanted to use the piping again and I knew I didn’t have enough. I had to make about 8″ worth. I have yellow bias tape just a shade or two off. If I center it on the back, no one should notice. I do not have the proper cording for the guts, so I used four strands of what cording I do have and twisted it while I sewed it into the tape. The join between the two pieces doesn’t look the best up close but from a normal distance it isn’t noticeable. I can’t even find it in the pic above!


You’ll notice the bottom of the dress has a bit of volume. The black fabric is not as light and floaty as the rayon. It’s ok with me because it is symmetrical on the sides. It gives it nice movement when I swish around. On a side note, when I originally tried my dress on, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong and why my arm holes were so big. I forgot to put in the bust darts. I’m a dork.

I feel the dress turned out a little mod. It’s a smidge short but not uncomfortably so. The yellow piping was a nice pop of color.

This dress helps complete one of my #2017makenine. 8 more squares to complete!

Jamie’s Jammies

In the distant past, I mentioned that I was crocheting some lace edging for some pajamas. I had made a Colette Sorbetto sometime ago, even though I tried to be lazy and wear it as a shirt, which it honestly matches with nothing but itself so it was always meant to be jammies. I was going to make super wide legged comfy pants to go along with the shirt but changed my mind. I wanted shorts. I’m a bit indecisive sometimes and my projects kinda evolve.


I came across a pattern for boudoir shorts a while ago. It’s a free pattern (yay free!).  The legs have a crossover split so it’s a really free pattern. Get it? Free money wise and free feeling thighs. Anyhoo, one of the pictures show a pom-pom edging so I figured why not lace?  A thing you might not know about me, because it only randomly pops up here on the blog, is that I’m a crocheting machine. I crochet like a river runs. Knitting, not so much. When I thought of doing the lace I figured I could knock it out in a month. I don’t crochet a lot much anymore so it does make my hands sore and I’m not known to work on 1 thing at a time so this seemed feasible. I mentioned the idea in another post on September 2. I finished the lace in early December. Let’s just say my goal was not met and let’s not calculate how long it actually took me. 


I cut out the pattern for the shorts based on my measurements and then I would be able to calculate how much lace I needed.  The only parts I was able to sew together was the side seam and crotch. Other than that, I needed the lace to complete piecing it together.


Please excuse the black bra throughout the pics. After “trying on” what I had, it was quickly evident that these were very soggy diaper crotch sitters. I took 2″ off the top to bring them up to the proper height and another 1- 1 1/2″ off the side seams because the panel that crossed on the front didn’t sit on the front but instead was creeping ever so closely to my lady bits. Not exactly where you want flaps flying in the wind.


I crocheted my lace, which we all now know took me forever. I had Hubby save a week’s worth of used coffee grounds. It’s not a whole lot in the end because he’s the only one that drinks it and I didn’t want to waste fresh grounds. I boiled some water and threw the grounds wrapped in a coffee filter in the water. Once it looked like all the coffe had seeped out, I threw in the wet lace.  I needed just a hint of color. White was too light but cream/natural thread was too dark.


With that done, I could now finish my shorts. I made pink cotton bias tape and finished the legs. I zigzagged the lace onto the shirt and shorts. I figured it would be the quickest and most secure stitch. I would have liked something decorative but all the little stitches would have jerked the fabric around too much and then the lace wouldn’t look clean around the edge.


I used 1/2″ elastic and left over bias tape to create my little waistband.


As if crocheted lace, a Sorbetto top and boudoir shorts wasn’t enough, I made an eye mask. I wasn’t going to but I had leftovers and I saw the cute holiday pressie that Self Assembly Required was making. Sometimes you can’t help yourself. The pattern is from Tilly and the Buttons. Guess what? This pattern is free too.  This post is made of three free patterns!


I’m feeling fancy and me and moose are ready for bed! This fabric was meant for jammies, Jamie’s jammies.