How to Hack the Discoverer Tee






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5 out of 4 Camilla Cowl Neck Top and Dress

I love tops with a low draped neckline. I've had the 5 out of 4 Patterns Camilla on my "need to sew" list for way too long. As I state previously, I really want to focus on making those patterns that I've had sitting  in my stash and using up the fabric that has also bee sitting in my stash.


I decided to use this rayon spandex tie dye knit that I bought last year. I made  my mother and my mother in law tops with it for Christmas. I had enough left over to make myself three tops.


Rayon spandex has a lot of drape & stretch, but poor recovery. I'll have to wear a tank underneath this Camilla to stay decent. I would definitely flash someone if I bent over. In a more stable knit with better recovery, the cowl will not hang as low.


The Camilla has a top and a dress option. I cut my top at the top cut line, but at the dress width as I wanted a little bit more ease in the hips. I did not remove length for my height as I wanted  it a little longer.


I do love how the Camilla looks with my Palazzo pants. I'll definitely be making another, but will not use rayon spandex for it. I'm  thinking an  ITY  knit or a knit with 2-way stretch would be best for the Camilla.


I had cut my sleeves to be 3/4 length, but  with this fabric, they go almost to my wrist. I will probably shorten  them a few inches.


Here is the back. The back of the neckline is finished with a binding. It gives a clean finish. I was trying to show the ease of the top cut at the dress width. I love the bit of flare it gives the top.



The Camilla is great for any season. I'm thinking it would be perfect for winter in a sweater knit and the  sleeveless version would be so cute in the summer.

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Sewing for my Son

I'm ending the year with one last blog post. It's one I intended to post earlier, but never sat down to do it. My son graduation from college this month and he lives at home. He's looking for a job and I do hope he finds one in the area and will continue to live at home for awhile so he can save up some money before setting out on his own. It makes my heart happy that he is here and that he still allows his momma to make him things. Although he will only wear pajamas and underwear that I make him these days. As I did laundry a while back, I noticed that many of his pajamas were starting to look a bit worn and pilly. I set out to make him some new ones before the end of the year. I wrapped them and jokingly gave them to him on Christmas. 

This is a pajama top I made with fabric from Zenith & Quasar. It is a physics print. I made my son pajamas in this fabric back around 2015 or 2016. He loved them and took them with us on a cruise over Thanksgiving in 2017. He forgot his pajamas on the cruise ship and they were never seen again. He was heartbroken. So when the fabric was offered again, I order a few yards and made him the pajama bottoms right away. I never got around to making the matching top, so I made it a priority this time. Now he has a complete set. 


As I was cutting items out - I cut everything out before I started to sew - I came across many remnants and scrap pieces in my stash. These were cut into boxer briefs. This is a apir made with a cosmic craters print from Zenith & Quasar.


My son received his degree in computer science. So over the years I collected many computer themed prints. He also has a love for astronomy - so I collected lots  of space themed prints as well. This pajama top was made with a binary code print from Wanderlust Fabrics. I made matching solid blue pajama bottoms to go with it. They were not photographed. 


Here is a close up of the print.


This one is made with Hello World fabric from Zenith & Quasar. It has the computer code to display the text "Hello World" in a dozen different computer programming languages.


This top matches bottoms that I made a while back. This is a circuit print from Zenith & Quasar. I had enough left over after the top to make matching undies.


This is the only set that I photographed the whole set. I took this photo and decided it was a big pain trying to fit the pants in the photo. These fabrics are also from Zenith & Quasar.


This final top also matches a pair of pajama bottoms I made a while back. Yes that seemed to happen a lot and I have no idea why! I found the green circuits in my remnant bin. All these fabrics are from Zenith & Quasar.


What is not pictured are the 4 pairs of pajama bottoms I made. 3 pairs are blue (each a different shade) and one pair was black. The black pair was made with Repreve fabric that is made from recycled  plastic bottles. I bought several yards of it and after I make myself something with it, I'll share my thoughts on the fabric. By then, I should see how well it holds up to use by my son.

My plan for the coming year is to slow down a bit on sewing, so my blog posts will be at a much slower pace. I said I was going to slow down in 2019, but that didn't happen. My plan is to try some patterns that have been sitting in my collection  untouched. I also hope to get around to doing some hand and machine embroidery on some makes. I also want to try some Alabama Chanin style reverse/negative applique. I also intend to wear how to knit! So stay tuned to see what I am able to accomplish.

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Minerva Crafts - Dress Like a Scientist

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George + Ginger 4 Year Anniversary Sale - Mix It Up Dress

It is a complete coincidence that I am posting about the George + Ginger sale today. I made this Mix It Up Dress before I even knew of the 4 year anniversary sale happening this week. Today (12/2) all dress patterns are 40% off!


I love to party and helped plan this years festivities at work . We will be celebrating for 13 days at my work with a different event each day. We are kicking things off today (12/03) with a Candy Cane Kickoff. Everyone is to wear red & white and there is a kick off breakfast with Chick-fil-a goodies.


I bought this red, white, and green yard dyed stripe from Made Whimsy. This stripe is so soft and has great 4-way stretch. I bought these stripes as soon as I learned of the Candy Cane Kickoff.


Not only is December 3 our Candy Cane Kickoff, but it's also the day of our Regional Awards Ceremony. I will be getting an award. So I wanted to wear something festive, yet cute. I decided that the Mix It Up Dress was the perfect thing to make with these stripes.


I made the hi-lo tunic long version with a full back and 3/4 length sleeves. I hacked the front bodice to have a scoop neck and added a neckband. The pattern calls for the bodice to be lined, but I was feeling a bit lazy. I also did a rolled hem on my skirt.  I love the twirl factor of the full circle skirt.


I will have so many opportunities to wear my Candy Cane Mix It Up this month and so excited to have a new Holiday themed top for work.


All Dress patterns are on sale for TODAY only at George + Ginger. The Mix It Up has endless options and should be on your list to buy. There is a new sale every day this week to celebrate G+G's 4 year anniversary.





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5 out of 4 Sydney

The 5 out of 4 patterns Sydney Peplum and Dress is so cute in the peplum version and a quick sew.


I made this one with a cotton lycra from my stash. I've made a concerted effort this  past year to sew up fabric that I've bought over the past 5 years.  I did a crazy amount of fabric purchasing form 2014 to 2018.


 I decided earlier this year to quit coloring my hair and let my grays show. When I was taking these photos it was super windy and I accidentally caught this photo. It shows show much my hair has grown and my grays. This is seven months of growth.


This fun print was bought back around 2015. It is based on artwork by Alex Grey. I think it was perfect for this Sydney Peplum.


All 5 out of 4 patterns are on sale for 40% off through Monday, December 2 at midnight!

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Bow Button Fabrics

I absolutely love bamboo french terry. So when I saw Bow Button Fabrics had a sewist call for some, I just had to apply. This bamboo french terry did not disappoint!


I requested the forest green. Green is my favorite color!  The forest green is already sold out, but there are many other great colors available HERE!


I knew before I even got it, what I wanted to make. I wanted the George & Ginger Romy Set in this luscious fabric.


The Romy gathered bolero is the perfect little  sweater for winter. It is so warm in  cozy in this fabric! The Romy has been on my sewing list since I made a few in testing in January. 


Underneath the bolero top is the Romy tank in the flared version. The bamboo french terry has such a nice, soft drape that is perfect for this flared tank, and for the gathers on  the bolero.


The Romy Set is currently the pattern of the month and on sale for $6!


Bow Button Fabrics stocks a wide variety of fabrics. Be sure to check them out - they will be having a lot of sale up to Black Friday.

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