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New Horizons Bali Blouse Full Back Hack

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I loved testing the Bali Blouse for New Horizons. I loved the design and the fit. The open back is a unique feature and great for the summer. But I wanted to wear the Bali in the fall. I thought it would be so cute with a woven top with a knit bottom for the cooler weather - with a solid back.

So I decided to give a full back version a try. It's really easy.

You do everything the same for the top - except change the back piece.

Fold your fabric in half. Place the back piece on the fabric with the opening near the folded edge. I did mine with just a 0.5" gap from the fabric edge. I lined up the top of the piece to the edge of my fabric and made sure the grain line was straight on the pattern piece to the fabric.


This is what it looked like cut out.


I then marked on the fabric the line where the two piece would have overlapped - This would be where I would gather the fabric. This ended up not being a wide enough gathering area and I drew another mark 1" further out on both…

KZJO Studio - Plum

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I always love testing for Kaysie at KZJO Studio. Her patterns are well drafted and go together perfectly. I tested the Plum awhile back and had plans to make another version in July when the Plum was the Pattern of the Month. And before I knew it - it was the last day of July.

Today is the last day to get the Plum on sale for $6.50. This versatile top is great on it's own or perfect to wear under a jacket. The neck line scoops slightly lower in the back. You can make the Plum in 1 piece or 2 (with a seam at the shoulders). The pattern is intended for light weight wovens, but could be made easily with a knit.

I decided to make mine with 2 pieces. The first step was to sew the front and back together across the shoulders with a French seam. You make a French seam by first sewing the two piece together with wrong sides together.


You then iron the seam to one side and turn the top wrong sides out. You then Sew the pieces together again enclosing the raw edge from the first seam.


Now m…

New Horizons Bali Blouse and Sunset Cami

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I recently did a pattern test for New Horizons of the Bali Blouse and Sunset Cami. New Horizons was previously names Terra's Treasures and I posted previously about the Lisse Cowl.

This top is wonderful and has so many options. The pattern can be made in knit or lightweight wovens. There are several sleeve options.

The top is unique in that it has an open tulip style back. The Sunset Cami is perfect to wear under the Bali Blouse.

The Bali Blouse and Sunset Cami are on sale through Monday, August 1st for $8. Buy it HERE.

Here are photos of my Bali Blouse.


This photo shows the open tulips back. I'm wearing a store bought tank top under the Bali Blouse in these photos.



I love the V shaped yoke on this blouse. It adds great detail and you can finished the neckline either by lining the yoke and top stitching or binding the neckline. I lined my yoke.



The blouse also has a slim fit option and a fuller option. I went with the fuller body. The fit is really flattering.


My fabric is a l…

EYMM Christmas in July Blog Tour

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Don't miss any of the stops on the EYMM Christmas in July Tour! (Note: the direct links below will not work until their specified date, but feel free to click through and check out other posts on their blogs at any time.)

July 20 - Capture, Craft, and Cook July 21 - Needles to Say July 22 - Tales of a Tester July 23 - Inspinration and Sewing by Ti July 24 - Adventures With Bubba and Bug and Blessed x Five July 25 - Roundup post at EYMM
There are only 22 weekends left until Christmas. Start your holiday sewing projects now so you can spend more time with your family during the season! Use code 22WEEKEND to save 22% off ALL patterns in the EYMM shop now through 7/25/16 at 11:59pm PST.
Here I am participating in another Blog Tour for Everything Your Mama Made and More. It's Christmas in July! Are there really only 22 weeks until Christmas? Wow!

For this blog tour, I decided to make a pattern that is perfect for gift giving - the Bowl Cozy and Tortilla Warmer. It's perfect f…