Sew Big Fabrics Mish-Mash Fantasy Stash

Sew Big Fabrics just opened the Mish Mash Fantasy Stash Round. It's full of fun prints for Halloween or really any day. I for one am absolutely in love with the moon phase border prints and the all over print. I was sent a yard of the moon phase double border print on bamboo lycra and a fat half of jet black sparkles on cotton lycra.


I knew these would go great together. And just had to make a peplum top.


I'm a huge Astronomy nerd and moon phase designs always get my attention. The jet black sparkles could go with just about anything and would look amazing all on their own too.


The bamboo lycra has such great drape and the cotton lycra is nice and thick.


Since I only used the border portion of my yard of the moon phase double border print, I just had to use the rest of the yard which is a gorgeous purple galaxy like design with stars.


The purple color in the design match the Grape Purple Tactel from Zenith & Quasar.


I was also sent a fat half of the Bloody Snakeskin. The sample I sewed was printed at the wrong scale.


Here's a photo to show the correct scale.

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Here's a look at all the designs available in the Mish Mash Fantasy Stash Round.

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The preorder closes on July 29th!

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George + Ginger SoTa Tunic & Dress

It's no secret that I LOVE the George + Ginger SoTa Tunic & Dress. I've made several and wear them frequently. I've found that I prefer my godets made with a holey fabric. I don't care for a traditional lace, but a more solid knit with some holes that might make a pattern that is lace like, but not as holey as lace. Got it?


The SoTa is intended to be made with lightweight knits. You can use cotton lycra, but the effect of the godets will be completely different.


The SoTa has amazing twirl factor. I've never made the dress version. That would probably not go over well using the holey fabric that I love.  I really love the tunic length. You can see in this photo that my holey fabric is like a knit eyelet.


I loved how it looked with my Zenith & Quasar Nebulous print athletic brushed poly.


Isn't this print gorgeous? I just love these colors.


The longest part of making a SoTa is cutting all  the pieces out. Sewing a SoTa is actually very quick. I like to make my SoTas in multiples. I feel more efficient sewing them when I can whip through them quickly. I tend to cut my godets out first then the body and sleeves. So of course I had to make this time. If I hadn't been trying to get a few other things done - like unpacking - I probably would have made another.


This one is made with a plush brushed poly from Zenith & Quasar in a blue floral. I happened to have this lace like knit in a seafoam green that matched perfectly. I got this lace like knit from the fabric district and have bought it in a couple of colors. My very first SoTa was made with some in a blue color.


I made both of my SoTas with short sleeves and hemmed both with a rolled hem. On this one I also rolled hem my sleeves because I was almost out of the thread I was using on hem. But I think I'm going to cut it off and hem the sleeves normally.


The one downside to using a holey knit on the godets is hemming. I've decided a like a rolled hem best. But one trick I have learned is to do a narrow serger hem first and then do the rolled hem and go over it twice. I find that gives the cleanest rolled hem on holey knits.

The SoTa is the pattern of the month at George + Ginger. Grab it on sale for only $6.75 through the end of the month!

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Zenith & Quasar Knit Seersucker!

Seersucker has to be the quintessential fabric of summer. I was so excited when Lilly stocked a KNIT seersucker at Zenith & Quasar. Yes - knit! It has the look and texture of a seersucker woven, but has the ease of wear that you get with a knit. It's also an athletic knit. I plan to see if I can sneak a swimsuit out of my scraps - or I may just give in and buy more.


Here's an up close shot so you can see the texture of this turquoise seersucker knit.


I had to make one of my favorite dresses with it - the Ellie & Mac Be Dreamy Dress. This dress just has a summer vibe to it and I can't stop making them.


I do make my Be Dreamy Dress a bit different than the pattern. I know I have quite the behind, so I add some width to the top of the back skirt and gather it slightly. I really don't need it, but I feel better knowing my booty has a little extra wiggle room.


I feel so fancy wearing a maxi dress. I love having my legs covered.


The flutter sleeves are so cute and easy. They are just a circle with a circle right in the middle. On this dress, I decided to offset the armhole so that I had more fabric draping over the top of my arm and less under it. Part of the reason I did this was because I ran out of fabric! I barely had two 15" squares to ge my sleeves out of. So I improvised and LOVE the result. I think all future Be Dreamy Dresses I make will have offset armholes.


My neckline ended up a bit high due to the high recovery in the stretch of this knit. If I thought I had enough fabric left, I would lower the neckline and attach a new neckband.


This gorgeous turquoise seersucker knit is available at Zenith & Quasar for $18/yard. It is 50" wide  and the stripes run horizontally. I cut my dress cross grain because I wanted vertical stripes. The fabric is 55% polyester, 40% nylon, and 5% spandex with 4-way 50% stretch. This fabric is great for so many things. It screamed DRESS to me, but I think it would be so cute as a swimsuit, a crop top with white shorts, or as culottes with a white tank.




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Zenith & Quasar Constellations

Are you tired of my Zenith & Quasar reprint posts yet? I hope not - I have a few more possibly planned. It depends on how well my move goes...


This is the Constellations print. This print was the first ever strike off I did for Zenith & Quasar! Below is a photo of the back of the top I made February 2015!

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And here is the Greenstyle Creations Lille Racerback Tank I made May 2019!


The Lille Racerback Tank is great for working out in or for casual wear. I used a white supplex for the bands.


I did not wear a racerback bra for my photos - so no photos of the back.


I have also made leggings with this Constellations print before. I probably made these in 2017.


As you can see from the photos above, the more recent print of the Constellations is slightly more purple.


I love it regardless of the color. Be sure to check out all the prints at preorder through June 29th! Check them out at https://www.zenithandquasar.com/product-category/preorder-r34-reprints/

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Zenith & Quasar Butterflies

I have already shown this top before, but now that this Butterfly print is at Preorder at Zenith & Quasar, I decided to show it off again.


I used the Sinclair Patterns Shelby Tunic. It's one of my favorite patterns. I love that it comes in petite sizing and that it's a loose fit and covers my behind.


These Butterflies are just gorgeous and I love the subtle watercolor background. My Grandmother loved butterflies and I think of her everytime I wear this top.


I love the athletic brushed poly from Zenith & Quasar. It's the perfect fabric year round, but I love how it keeps me cool & dry in the Texas heat. It wicks away moisture so fast leaving me dry and cool.


The preorder also has Yoga Swim Spandex (YSS) as an option and I love it as well. The preorder closes on June 29th! See all the prints at preorder at https://www.zenithandquasar.com/product-category/preorder-r34-reprints/

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Zenith & Quasar Plaid Hybrid Knit

I'll give you a break from my Zenith & Quasar Reprint posts to show you a "new" fabric that is at preorder. As I write this - there are only 2 yards left! Hybrid Athletic Knit in PLAID!


I've posted about my undying love for the Hybrid Athletic Knit before. I've made an amazing Hoodie with it and Pants.


The Hybrid Athletic Knit feel like supplex, is a heavy weight (250 gsm) and it's only $10 per yard (at preorder)!


So when Lilly showed me this fun plaid - I HAD TO HAVE IT! She sent me a sample of it and I sewed it up before I packed up my sewing room. I've been so busy packing, that I have not had time to blog about it.


I am closing on my "new" home today and will be moving in very soon. I can't wait to get my new sewing space set up and to be back to creating.


I made the Sinclair Patterns Bianca Shrug with my sample yard and ordered 2 more yards to make a coordinating dress. I think this will be perfect to wear to the office.


The Hybrid Athletic Knit is available in this cool plaid and in Berry Pink, Electric Purple, and Grass Green. My Hoodie I made below is the Grass Green. It is lined with the Secret Garden print - which happens to be at preorder.


Here are my pants I made with the Grass Green Hybrid Athletic Knit. They were a test of a pair of pants. They ended up a bit too roomy in the crotch on my first go - hence all that bagginess. I still wear these pants a lot though as they are so comfortable. I really need to sit down and seam rip them, fix them, and put them back together.


You can't go wrong with the Hybrid Athletic Knit. At $10 a yard it is a bargain. It's a great weight for leggings, pants, jackets, and I think it will be amazing as a dress, It's too heavy for a loose fit top, but would be great for a fitted top or even a sports bra. It's at preorder through the end of the month.

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Zenith & Quasar Hello World

I love the Hello World print from Zenith & Quasar Fabric! It's one of the 24 designs in the Reprint Round at peorder through June 29th.


This print features the code to display "hello world" in multiple programming languages. My cousin is a programmer and I decided to make her a Sinclair Patterns Bianca Shrug with some Hello World from my stash. I figured it was better to sew it up than to pack it up.


Here's a close look at the design.


So, I tried to write down all the different programming languages on the print - here is my list: HTML, BASIC, Python, Java, Purl, Ruby, Turing, Fortran, C#, ALGOL, and Logo. I might have missed some.


I really struggled with picking a fabric for the bands on this Bianca Shrug. Initially I wanted to use a stripe, but didn't want to worry about matching stripes. In my mind it would be really obvious if I did not get them perfect.


I then decided to use some white supplex. After I cut out the bands, I decided the white supplex was just too white against this print. I used the white supplex for the back side of the bands and cut the right side bands from the Hello World print.


I really think this was the perfect option. I really hope my cousin loves the shrug.


Be sure to check out all the great prints in the reprint round.

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