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Friends. I have been a busy body sewing all the things that I haven’t had time to share BUT I just HAVE to share this hack that I did on the inaugural pattern from Sew Altered Style. I tested the Misty Cami which already comes with some really great options. And then I hacked it!
The Misty Cami
This pattern is the pinnacle slip cami and dress. The pattern comes with two options for the straps (straight or crisscrossed) and two lengths (top and dress with belt). I tested the top length with the straight, basic straps.
I love how this fits me. Sew Altered Style is really on to something with their pattern grading, sizing, and style. But I expect this as the designers themselves have such beautiful, tailored styles. My original test was graded from a 16 upper bust out to a 30 in the hips.
Something that I’m learning about sewing for my body is that while my hip measurement falls into the higher sizing, it’s not really because of my hips, but my booty. This is important to note for proper fit–especially with woven fabrics.
The Hack: Widen Straps + Gathered Peplum
I have a love-hate relationship with gathering–I absolutely love the look. But the way my laziness is set up, I prefer not to do the extra step. These simple differences made a big difference.
Widening the straps:
This was simple–instead of cutting 2 of the straps which is what the pattern says to do, I cut 4 of them and sewed two of them together with right sides together. I turned them creating a strap that was double in width.
This was super easy too.
I measured 8inches up from the bottom of the pattern and this was my guide. You can either cut or fold the pattern to the new length. For the gathered piece, I cut 3 strips of the width of fabric at 9 inches (to account for hemming and attaching to the bodice). Generally speaking you either want to double the width of the total measurement for the piece you’ll be attaching it to or do it 1.5 greater–mine was about this.
Using the serger, I attached the 3 strips together and then gathered it along the longest side. Pulling the strings, you gather the fabric and then space it out evenly and attach it to the bodice that has been completed via the normal instructions.
The last step is to hem your Misty Cami and boom! Hacked it!
Which version do you love more: the original Misty Cami or the hack?
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I’ve been studying capsule wardrobes for at least 3 years now and have wanted to have them for all of the people in my house. The idea of them is so cool and they supposedly help to decrease the amount of laundry and confusion regarding clothes for everyone. Three years after studying, I’ve finally taken my first attempt at a preschool girl capsule wardrobe for my 4.5 year old.
DIY Preschool Girl Capsule Wardrobe
My middle child is affectionately known as abc. Like most women, she loves wearing clothes with pockets (to collect endless amounts of rocks and to hold her supply of LOL dolls), dresses and yellow. She swears that her favorite color is pink but she’s always drawn to yellows, which honestly works for me because she looks beautiful in the color.
Decision making for this was hardest for me. I figured that I would start out by choosing a designer whose patterns I knew I loved. For this go round I chose Petite Stitchery. They have really fun patterns that work for the style of both abc and I. When it comes to my kids, I’m pretty conservative with what I put them in.
I knew she needed at least 3 pairs of pants, 4 tops, and 1 dress–this is her base wardrobe that can will likely be expanded. My kids tend to grow straight up like bean poles so I knew I needed styles that would last this.
Here are the patterns I chose (clicking the name will take you to the pattern page):
Basics. They are SO necessary but they can also be really hard to find too–especially when you’re looking for a certain color, style, etc. In the sewing world, we will normally have patterns for all the complicated things that you could think of but when it comes down to it, basics matter too! This is why I HAD to jump on the Pattern for Pirates test for the Basic Tee pattern for the entire family.
Patterns For Pirates Basic Tee Pattern Collection
Ok. Let’s get into it! The pattern collection includes:
Men’s (crew, v-neck, regular, long, short and long sleeves)
So yeah, everyone you know and could sew for is covered!
These patterns are easy, breezy to put together. And they take about 30 min tops to make. During testing when my son would run out of clothes, I would just make him new shirts from this pattern because they were so quick and easy!
One of the questions that came up is the difference between this pattern and the Favorite TShirt pattern that they have as well. The Favorite Tee is looser from the under bust down. This one is like a cross between the Favorite Tee and the Layer Me Up. I have the Layer Me Up and I want to love it but the way my belly is set up post children, I don’t like the way it fits. This one? Talk about dreamy!
Fabric Choice & Styling
You’ll want something that has four-way stretch and good recovery–unless you like misshapen clothes! For Beau’s and Denvor’s shirts I used the Doodles fabric. It did pretty well with the neckband and holding its shape. Kalima and I’s is a lightweight double-brushed polyester. Depending on your fabric choice, this pattern can be dressed up or down which I love. I wore my dress recently to a dinner with my husband styled the way I have it here.
Definitely a 5 out of 5 needles for ease and the amount of use this pattern will be getting!
I swear… 2018 I was a sewing fool! I just couldn’t say no to all the tests and new techniques to try out. It caught up with me and I couldn’t keep my blog up-to-date with all of them! 2018 was a year of epic pattern releases and I can’t wait to share my favorites with you!
My Favorite 2018 Pattern Releases
It was hard to choose but these are some of my faves!
Going Home Sweater by Ellie and Mac
I loved how this raglan fit. I’m actually a huge fan of raglans that don’t make me look like I’m a baseball reject. I made this one in a tunic version in a double brushed polyester plaid and it was all love!
Juliette Body Suit by Petite Stitchery
I’m an 80s baby and a 90s girl so this pattern took me back to my childhood when bodysuits were super in. I was super nervous about making one but it was really easy and now I’ve made 3 of this pattern and a couple of another body suit pattern.
The Family Go-To Jacket by Patterns for Pirates
Yes, I made my entire family jackets. This was one of my harder sews because it used techniques I wasn’t familiar with but the face that I MADE US ALL JACKETS was really big to me!
The Women’s Adeline from Made for Mermaids
I made two versions–long and short. The long is by far my favorite. I feel like a goddess whenever I wear it. I hacked it to create a suuuuuper low v-neck for my vow renewal as well as made my girls matching ones. It’s such an easy pattern to work with.
The Sierra Pattern from Made for Mermaids
This is a pattern I can’t wait to make more of. I made the original in some suuuuper short shorts which I loved. I also hacked it into a pants romper with a zipper for nursing. I feel like a functional milk maid in this!
The Clueless Collection from Made for Mermaids
This was THE cutest collection ever!!!! I made some really quality skirts for my oldest and I. But this collection has socks, a blazer, bodysuit, skirt, sweater vest, and cardigan. It’s a huge and really functional collection!
Harmony Harems by Petite Stitchery
I can’t stop making these. When I left the corporate world, I actually used to make and sell Ankara print harem pants for babies. And now I’ve made them in French Terry, Cotton Lycra, and DBP. It’s love.
Women’s Serenity Top & Dress by Petite Stitchery
I saw a sweatshirt on Pinterest that said “Wifey” and I knew I had to have it. This pattern allowed me to essentially recreate it easily. It’s soooo comfortable and was such an easy to make piece!
Yes, I realize that I have put up zero posts in between this week and the last Sunday Lately. I’m using Katy from Wild and Wanderful’s prompts weekly as the reminder that this site exists for a reason. Sewing and creating is my passion. While this site does generate some income, that’s not the sole purpose of it, unless some awesome brand wants to sponsor some things and then I’m all like, heeeeeeeey!!!
Sunday Lately .::. Embarking
This week I’m back into pattern testing full force which means I’ve been embarking on some new patterns! This is always exciting for me because I love the pattern companies I’m testing for this year. My word for the year is INTENTION. The way that this manifests in my sewing life–more specifically in my testing life–is that I’m no longer testing patterns because I’ve been chosen. Rather, I’m more intentional about ME doing the choosing for what’s going to be worn in my closet.
**Spoiler Alert: One of the new patterns is so great that I wore one that I made last weekend AND yesterday–same pattern, different fabric.
Sunday Lately .::. Enjoying
This is going to sound crazy but I’ve really been enjoying hugs from all of my kids. Before you hop into your throne of judgment, hear me out. When you have a baby, you are literally touched all.the.damn.time. While I love him and our snuggles, by the time I put him down for naps, I was touched out! Now that he’s getting older and more independent, this makes space for my two older ones to get some mommy loving which I’m not able to really enjoy for myself. Yes, I would hug them but it’s just not something I was enjoying. But now? Bring on the snuggles girls!
Sunday Lately .::. Experimenting
I’m a maker, a creator, a lover of taking nothing and turning it into something beautiful. And now I’m experimenting with this as an income generator doing something I never thought of until a friend asked me to make her one. So cryptic since I haven’t named it, right? The obvious (and something I AM working on) is sewing classes/lessons but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about customized bullet journals! Yep! I am making her a year long custom bullet journal and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been bullet journaling since 2015 and it’s made a huge impact in my productivity, planning and organization. So I’m trying it out with her to see if it’s something that will be joining my business model!
My name is Aaronica and I'm the sewist behind The Needle and the Belle. I started sewing when I was 13 and then fell back in love with sewing through PDF patterns. I now document my pieces I make here!