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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

It's Getting Hot in Here - The Rebecca Page Vintage Savannah Bathing Suit Sewing Pattern Review

Surround yourself with inspiring things. 

Like the Rebecca Page Patterns Savannah Swimsuit!




With a sultry Vintage feel, the Savannah swim suit is flattering and form fitting.  Options include:

- Fully Lined
- One Piece
- Optional Back Straps
- Optional Skirt






I learnt the hard way (aka trusty seam ripper) to use 4 way stretch for both the exterior and lining fabrics. 

A 2 way stretch leads to an ill fitted suit that doesn't let you inside it easily. 

My fabric is the same inside and out - a cute Gingham Swim Suit fabric from Fabricville that was on sale a month or so ago. 

The waistline sits at my natural waist, and I wasn't sure how good my big thighs would look, but the rise of the bottoms is perfect coverage - not too high or too low. 

I LOVE the cut of the front bodice and bust - there are detailed instructions on how to modify the bust to fit yours properly.  If you normally do a bust adjustment on clothing, there is an extra full bust adjustment tutorial that you can download to help you get that perfect bust fit. 

For elastic (there's lots of it), I scored a great deal on amazon, making it about $0.50 a yard for a 75 foot roll vs the normal $4-5 for 2 yards!

Honestly, I'm using this elastic for non-swim garments too, as it's only about $0.05 more expensive than the non-swim elastic. 

Just remember to hold the elastic taut - don't pull it around the bodice or strap areas, as the suit won't fit quite right. 

And DO measure your low bust to natural waist to ensure you don't have to lengthen the front bodice pieces. 





I find the side even flattering - even with my little migraine-induced ponch. It hides the rolls in all the right places!  




The leg holes are the areas where you actually pull the elastic a bit more, as it's measured there. 

But only a little bit!  Too much pull will lead to weirdness. 

Next time I would make the back straps a bit longer so they sit higher up and are spaced out more evenly. They don't dig in, they just have a tendency to move towards the bodice band. 

Overall, it's a great swim suit that brings me back to a simpler time.  

And as per my first photo - it doubles as a bodysuit!  

Sew your swim up with Savannah today!







Bring out your Inner Ballerina - The Rebecca Page Tulle Skirt Sewing Pattern Review

"I will never be the woman with the perfect hair, who can wear white and not spill on it"

- Carrie Bradshaw

That's Me!



Go twirly and glam with this gorgeous Sex & the City Reminiscent skirt - you know the one. The one in the opening credits worn by The Carrie Bradshaw. 

Options include:
- Full or super full (I went super full)
- Invisible zipper fastening 
- Tea length skirt (you can shorten/lengthen it if desired)
- Woven lining
- Lightweight outer fabric

 


I went with 3 layers of tulle purchased for a steal off Amazon.ca. I have so much tulle leftover, I can make ALL the skirts. And costumes. And everything tulle. 

I used a normal cotton fabric waistband purchased somewhere unknown. But it has a cute old fashioned sewing machine pattern throughout it. 

The lining is some sort of normal dress lining gifted to me by my aunt-in-law a few summers ago. 


 


Each tulle layer is sewn onto the waistband separately - this is the most time consuming part of the sewing with lots of gathers and pinning..but SO worth the pretty factor. 


 


The back zipper never seems to stay centred for me, but that's okay - it looks awesome regardless. 

The zipper was actually easy to sew in following the instructions.  I stays up, and the skirt sits at my natural waistline. 

I paired my Tulle Skirt with my Savannah Swimsuit - so I sense the Savannah being a great bodysuit too!  

So be a fashionista at home on the couch, out with the Ladies, attending your friends next wedding, or as a costume.  

Bring the Ballerina from within out with the Tulle Skirt!


Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Unicorns, Unicorns, EVERYWHERE! Rebecca Page Patterns Unicorn Doll Sewing Pattern

Always be yourself, unless you can be a Unicorn.  

Then always be a Unicorn. 

Rebecca Page Patterns has a lovely new handsewn Unicorn Doll Pattern.  

The pattern includes:
- A whimsical and magical unicorn pattern

- No machine required - can be stitched completely by hand (hello, camping project!) 

- Beautiful mane (with as few or many hair wisps as you'd like!)

- Button or doll joints for the legs



I am a bit of a Unicorn fan, so jumped at the chance to create my very own Unicorn!  

Hand Cutting out all of the pieces deems a netflix episode (or  two) - and I know a few testers used their Cricut machines to cut out their pieces even quicker (don't ask me how  - I don't own such Wizardry!). 

Then the stitching begins. 



The tail is first - and can be plain, fully stuffed, or partially stuffed and embroidered.  I opted to match my felt fabric colours with some embroidery thread.  

Make sure to stuff the tail VERY lightly in order for this to work.  




The horn is super cute - and you can be as creative or basic as you like.  I glued some pink string beads onto it in a circular motion for a blast of colour. 

And look at those eyes!  I used iron on fabric for the eye, and embroidery thread for the lashes.



And THAT MANE.

It's pretty gorgeous! I think I used about 40 pieces of hair wisp to create this, and I love the way it looks. 



I did just sew the legs on - no buttons, no doll joints...just plain. Sure they don't move, but he's okay not moving. 

Why move when people will move you instead? 

Sparkle Fancy Feet is smart. 


Play with Fairies. 

Ride a Unicorn.

Swim with Mermaids. 

Chase Rainbows. 

Give your try at creating this gorgeous Unicorn toy - and give old-fashioned hand sewing a go. 

You and any kiddos you can safely round up will enjoy this as a great summer project!



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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Vintage Swim Wear - The Rebecca Page Bondi Bikini Sewing Pattern Review



Summer Lovin' Having a Blast!  

Get your Bikini Sew Jo on with the Rebecca Page Bondi Bikini.

With several options, you'll sew up this suit in no time. 
- Fully Lined
- Totally Flattering
- Halter Neck
- Diamond Shaped cut out and Front Bow detailing
- Optional Tankini or Bikini Length Tops
- Optional Regular or High Waisted Shorts


 

 

It's a fun suit, and stays on while you play in the water!

 

I especially like the shorts on it - just enough to cover up my big hips and thighs, making me feel my best. 

The back is one piece, and ties up at the neck into a comfortable halter style top

 


The front was actually pretty simple to sew up - but be warned, it does require a lot of swim elastic!  I found a huge roll of 1/4" swim elastic on Amazon for about 80% less than I'd spend on swim elastic by the 2-3 yards in store (at $0.50 a yard!), so it will do me some time for suits and even non-swim suits. 

The fabric was a special from Fabricland (sorry - it's sold out clearance now!), and sewed up amazingly. 



From the side, it's flattering with the high waisted bottoms and normal banded bikini top - the tankini version brings the top band down to meet the shorts 

If you haven't sewn swim fabric before, this is a lovely first time sew - and very forgiving.  

Just remember to use the proper stretch stitch, and take your time.  Don't actively pull the elastic (hold it tight - but don't tug) and the suit will sit on your body properly. 

Grab your Bondi Bikini Pattern Here, and start your summer right!

Monday, 24 June 2019

Be Yourself - 5 out of 4's Taylor Racerback Tank Top, Tunic, and Dress Sewing Pattern Review

Just be yourself.  

There is no one better. 

What better way to express yourself thank sewing your own clothing?  

The 5 out of 4 Taylor Racerback Tank Top, Tunic, and Dress Sewing Pattern definitely helps me sew up some flattering tops in a jiffy, so I can feel free to be me!

 

This top comes with a few options:
- One piece back
- Gathered back option
- Top, Tunic, or Dress Lengths

I LOVE the look of the gathered back, and will definitely be adding more to my summer wardrobe!



I graded as normal, from Small to Large with 5 out of 4 Patterns, and the fit is perfect. 

I am always concerned about racerbacks, as they tend to pull on my neck and shoulders, causing more than my normal daily pain. 

With this racerback, I can wear it all day long and honestly not know I'm wearing it. The armcycle is comfortable and doesn't dig in, and the tunic length is perfect for pairing with leggings. 

 

The flowier the fabric, the happier you will be with this top - a denser or stiffer fabric definitely won't have the same flow and would look quite boxy.  So avoid liverpools, medium density Cotton Lycra, and similar feeling fabrics. 

Sewing wise,  the instructions are easy to follow, and perfect for beginners. 

I've worn both my workout bra and regular fancy bras underneath, and they haven't shown outside of the racerback straps, so you shouldn't have to wear a special bra to prevent it from showing underneath the top. 


I'd definitely add this to your wardrobe and sew it up immediately - you won't regret the Taylor Racerback!

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Dragons, Dragons, Everywhere! The Rebecca Page Dino Dragon Stuffed Toy Sewing Pattern







Always be yourself.
 Unless you can be a dragon.

Then always be a dragon!

I love whimsy and magic – dragons, fairies, and unicorns.

Rebecca Page brought out the whimsy in me with her Dragon(and Dinosaur) sewing pattern – and gave me a great way to use all this felt I was gifted by my aunt-in-law a few years ago.


Included in the pattern are options for:



  • Making a dinosaur or dragon
  • Spine horns
  • Feathered Wings
  • Head horns
  • A mix of Hand sewing and glue gun, or machine and hand sewing – whichever way you want to create your creature with!


 


These dragons are SO adorable - and worth the time and effort they take to make.  I love that it's the perfect lazy-day sew - with my trusty glue gun, little scissors, felt, glitter, and embroidery thread. 

My blue dragon was 100% to the pattern with respect to making the dragon.

I love the different colours I used, and the end result.











Now, this pattern is time consuming, so get ready to Netflix and Chill!

 

Cutting out all the separate felt pieces, ironing double sided interfacing for each piece, and a mix of glue gun work and hand sewing.

 

But the end results are rather magical!
 






I doubled up my feathers on my 2nd & 3rd dragons, for a more dramatic wing effect - and added glitter, because GLITTER!  




I did find that stuffing the tail in small sections after every 6 stitches helped me stuff the 2nd & 3rd dragon tails a LOT easier than sewing it all up, and THEN stuffing the tail. I did the same with the body - a little bit of sewing, a little bit of stuffing - and there were no stretched stitches or uneven stuffing doing it in this manner. 





Overall, it would be a great summer project for the kids, fantasy lover, or someone like me who is working on their eye-brain co-ordination and keeping track of the little detailed things in life again. 


Grab yourself some dinosaur and dragon magic here.


All my Rebecca Page Stuffies!

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Let's Go! The Rebecca Page Tote Bag Sewing Pattern Review

I love reusable bags - just not the quality of the ones at the grocery store check out. 

The Rebecca Page Tote Bag Sewing Pattern has provided me with a useful grocery, travel, and tote bag that not only looks cute, but has many POCKET options. 

You all know how much I love pockets. 



The options the bag includes are:
- Plain with just straps
- Front and back pocket options
- Plain inside
- Interior zippered pocket (one or two)
- Interfaced, thus stands on its own


My first bag uses scrap cottons for the strap, lining, and pockets; and the exterior is a cute Unicorn/Llamacorn fabric I found at Walmart. 


It can hold my Rebecca Page Unicorn Pillow - so you can see it's a pretty decent size both in height and width. 


My second Tote is made from an old cotton sheet (the floral orange), scraps for pockets, and a cute sleepy Llama/Bear/Sloth fabric, also found at Walmart. 


I love the pocket placements and sizes, and the whole sewing process is relatively simple and pain free. 

It's well worth the extra touches to include the zippered interior pocket, exterior pocket(s), and topstitch both the top of the bag and handles. 



My final bag is made from a baby fleece and cotton fabrics - I didn't use interfacing in this version, so you can see how it droops (like a normal grocery tote), especially the interior. 

There's nothing wrong with that either - just be aware the lining won't be taut as it is with interfacing.









 Overall, it's a recently quick sew, and the instructions are easy to follow for the novice to advanced sewists. 

Grab your Tote Bag pattern here, and sew away!