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These are all cut from fat quarters.
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My dad ordered these for some of his clients.  I think they turned out alright.  =)  They are all made using just five fat quarters.
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They are fun and easy to make.  On the inside there is a slip pocket and magnetic snap closure.  You can also add a zippered pocket on the other side of the slip pocket.  There are so many modifications you can do to personalize!!!!

Primrose Peplum by Sew Caroline

Earlier this month (Feb 2017 – since I’ve been posting makes from a few years back), Caroline from Sew Caroline put out a call for testers for her new pattern. I follow her on Instagram and saw her working on this pattern in the Fall and thought it looked super cute. So when she put a call out for testers, I just had to get in on that!

Before I start into the pictures I want to state that I don’t normally wear blouses/tops like this.  My everyday, most comfortable wear is a knit shirt and loose shorts or leggings.  I don’t like to dress up much, in fact this top is dressy to me.  With that disclaimer I want to say that this pattern has made me want to wear dressier clothes a little more often.  THAT is how easy and how well written this pattern is!

This is my wearable muslin made of a dobby cotton from the now closed Hancock Fabrics.  This is the circle skirt with a hemmed short sleeve. Well, you may be able to see that it’s not actually hemmed, but that’s what this version will be once I finish the hemming.  I was mainly using it for fit purposes.
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After finishing the one for fitting, I cut into this crepe that I got from Joann’s.  This time I cut flare sleeves and the gathered skirt.  This was right after I finished hemming the sleeves and skirt.  It is a bit tight so the next time I make one I’ll have to grade between sizes in the waist area.
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The easiest place for me to take pictures in a jiffy is the mirror in the bathroom, so please excuse the toilet paper, etc.  It was late and I was playing around seeing what pictures I could take to show off the fit.
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I had a friend take some photos for me the next day so you can see the top in all its glory.
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I just absolutely LOVE that flare sleeve!

A little goofing off!
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This was my first time sewing with darts.  I was a little intimidated but Caroline’s instructions make it simple and easy, no fuss.  These are the front darts.
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The back darts with Caroline’s simple yet effective “invisible zipper” insertion.  You don’t have to use an invisible zipper in order to obtain this look, which is super helpful as I probably would’ve taken a lot longer to sew this top.  ps…look at those gathers!  I love them!
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This top was made with the tester pieces and have since been updated so it may look slightly different than the final release.

Go now and get the Primrose Peplum pattern!  You’ll thank yourself after you’ve made a few and have a wardrobe ready for work, or fun, or play!  The pattern is on sale through February 19, no code necessary!

Don’t forget to check out the other testers and the awesomeness that they created with this one pattern!  You can find them at Sew Caroline’s blog.

coachellappi

I made these shorts for myself sometime in 2015.  I think this was the first garment I had made for myself.  I remember thinking that these pieces were just too big.
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See what I mean?
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They are actually a bit too big.  This is the relaxed pair.  There is a pattern for a slim fit so I’m going to try making those sometime soon to compare.  I thought that I would like the relaxed fit better but I’m not so sure.

They fit well enough to stay on.  They’re just too big around my butt and legs.  And they’re too long.  Haha.  I’ve learned a little since I made these about how to adjust for my measurements so hopefully the next pair won’t be so funny fitting..and looking.  But Kerokerokeroppi!!!  The best!!

The pattern is called Cochella Shorts by Striped Swallow Designs.  I purchased this pattern from Indiesew.

Paperwhite Zipper Bag

My mom bought herself an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite a while ago but was just carrying it around without a case.  When she came out to visit us in February 2016, she asked if I could make her a carrying case to protect it.

Since I have a huge fabric stash, I let her pick out a few prints and this is what she came up with.  She enjoys Mary Englebreit designs so when I saw this print at Hobby Lobby I snatched up a few yards.
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This red and white polka dot worked well with the ME print.
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As you can see, her Kindle fits perfectly.
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I used Noodle-Head’s Gathered Clutch tutorial to make this carrying case.  I think the only thing I change is to make the front piece about five inches longer so that there is more gathers.

red hot!

I made a purse and wallet for one of my friends who loves the color green but by this color scheme you would’ve never guessed it!  These colors play so well together!  The print on the right of this photo is named crochetting, which is what my friend likes to do.  So it was only appropriate for her.  Plus I sent her a photo of the prints to make sure she’d like them.
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This is the bag/purse.  Since she crochets I used that print on the outside, which normally I would have put on the inside.  To go along with the color scheme, I used the wavey blocks on the inside with some dream catchers as slip pockets.
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When making the wallet, I found this little face.  The face was made when I was marking where to cut for the magnetic snap.
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A close up of the wallet.  This is the double zip wallet from Anna Graham from Noodlehead.  You can read more about the double zip wallet here.
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I had tons of fun making these items for my friend and she said they worked out well.  One other thing I added in the bag/purse was a covered stiff board so that it kept the bottom from bowing.  I had bought some hard plastic and just cut it to size and then made a cover to slip it into.

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