Made for Mermaid Chambray Mama Daphne, Including Fall Mods

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Some patterns just make you feel at pace in your own skin … this is mine.

I was no new creature to the Mama Daphne. I had oogled it several times, drooled over the beautiful creations, and I even sewed a double brushed poly version as my “solid staple” top for the summer. But I needed a dress.

I was so devoted to finding the correct chambray that I contacted Art Gallery Fabrics for swatches. I wanted to see the beautiful colors in person, to feel the breathability, the softness. I decided on the Cool Foliage for this dress; the greenish hue spoke to me for both summer and the upcoming fall. A little mint pompom trim was my perfect accent.

What I Did Differently

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Flounce + Sleeve Combo

I knew I wanted flounce, but I also wanted sleeves. I didn’t want my underarm to be free to the air, especially since I couldn’t part with this dress come fall. I cut all pieces out and realized that the flounce is designed much larger than the neckline. To make this work, I simply cut down my flounce to be the same width as the neck opening.

  1. I sewed the top of the dress together without the flounce.
  2. I narrowed my flounce pieces to be the same width as the neck opening and then sewed them (the flounce pieces) together.
  3. I laid the flounce over the neck opening just as you see it (with the wrong side of the flounce against the right side of the dress). I serged the flounce to the neck opening at the raw edges so that this would now function as one piece. If you don’t own a serger, you could simply use a zigzag stitch over the raw edge.
  4. I created my neck casing by folding down that serged edge just once (to decrease bulk) and stitching just above the serged line.

Waistband Elastic

The next modification I made was the size of my waistband elastic. When I cut according to the measurement chart, I could feel that the elastic would be very snug against my skin. I wanted a slightly looser fit so that I’d be very comfortable in this dress. So,

I simply wrapped my elastic around my waist where it felt comfortable, and snipped there.

The end result? Love! I just want to curl up, read a good magazine out on the porch, and soak in this beautiful weather!


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Ellie and Mac “Be Smart” Jumper Suspender Skirt: 4th of July Edition

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The “Be Smart” Jumper suspender skirt just released from Ellie and Mac  and is on sale today only for $3 (price in cart). When I saw this pattern tester call, I immediately pictured sweet back-to-school styles — but there was something BIG we needed to celebrate first: 4th of July! My daughter had recently seen a red/white/blue romper in the store and begged for a parade outfit. I had the perfect Girl Charlee fabric in my stash, so it was time to use them!

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I used the Island Getaway Tunic/Dress to create off-the-shoulder shirts as well; I simply lengthened the bodice of the dress to top length. I have to say–they’ve lived in these red tops ever since our photoshoot! I also created a simple dress for my littlest by adding a gathered, fringed skirt to the Island Getaway bodice; this pattern is 35% off as well through June (price in cart):

Too darling, right?

So let’s get back to the suspender skirt! It’s purely knit and an incredibly easy sew. There’s no elastic–just bands and topstitching for reinforcement. The pattern features both a higher version (what I sewed) and a lower suspender skirt option as well. I’ll surely be sewing more of these in plaids and solids for the school year!

I really can’t get enough! And they’re totally ready for the parade!

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Grab your Ellie and Mac patterns HERE; and remember that all patterns are 35% off through June!


Disclaimer: The pattern links in this post are affiliate links. I am affiliated with most of the pattern companies I test for, and this in no way shapes my response or promotion. I only test for companies I respect and only share patterns I adore!

A New Horizons Lisse Hack: Transforming a Hoodie to Summer Style

When I saw the Lisse Hoodie from New Horizons, I fell in love with that tulip hem! Actually…every little detail–the pleats, the cowl, the drawstring, the hem…screamed “my style.” The nice thing about fall/winter patterns, though, is that with just a few tweaks–we can create a whole new style for other seasons! So let’s take this gorgeous hoodie and create a staple for our summer wardrobe capsule!

*Hoodie pic from New Horizons Designs

Lisse Cowl Hoodie    ———————–>    Lisse Tee New Horizons 3

The first step is to print and assemble the pattern. You’ll only need the bodice pieces and sleeves; you can leave out the hood/cowl/cuffs for this version (but hey…you might as well print them to have them ready for fall!).

Next, you’ll want to determine your preferred neckline. To do this, I simply used a pattern that I love the neckline; you could grab a raglan pattern or another tee–as long as the neckline uses a neckband. Align your shoulder seams, and draw the new neckline right on the Front Bodice piece.

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Next, we’ll make the short-sleeve modification to our sleeve piece. I ended up cutting my sleeve 4.75”-5” down on the sleeve line. I did not taper the sleeves out, so if you want a looser style, you can draw a new line that slants slightly outward (away from the pattern). For my finished sleeve, I used a double-fold hem (folded 0.5” and 0.5” again and hemmed with my double needle).

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Okay, let’s talk Fabric. For my summer version, I chose a super sweet navy polka dot brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics. Because of the drape on the Lisse pattern, the brushed poly doesn’t feel too hot (I’ve tested it during our 80/90-degree days). Other great fabrics to use would be stretch rayon terry blends, stretch triblends/jersey, stretch modal and bamboo–anything that is thick/sturdy enough to hold the pleats and still have a nice drape for that tulip hem.

Constructing the bodice will be the same as the rest of the pattern, except you won’t attach the cowl/hoodie early on in the instructions. Instead, follow all instructions, and leave the neck opening untouched; we’ll add a simple neckband next.

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When creating my own neckbands, I cut a piece of fabric that is 2” x 25” (or 2” x 12.5” on the fold). Then, I align my neckband to the opening and visually see how much excess is there. I cut/serge off the excess neckband length to ensure that it’s small enough for me to tug it as I sew the neck opening. Stretching the neckband properly ensures a good fit and that it’ll lay flat when sewn. Another method (easier for some) is to simply calculate 80% of the neck opening. Measure your neck opening and multiply it by 0.8, and that will be the length of your neckband. Again, though, you’ll want to ensure that it’s small enough for you to stretch it slightly to fit the opening.

Another tip for a straight neckline is to double stitch (or use your coverstitch if you have one) around the neckline after sewing it on. This gives a polished look and helps it lay flat.

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And voilà! You have another staple from the gorgeous Lisse pattern!


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Free Shorts Update: New Horizons Portlander Pattern

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At the end of May, I presented my Portlander pants and shorts version on my blog (HERE). Below is a glimpse of my lace version.

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The pattern wasn’t yet official, and now it’s here! If you already bought the Portlander Pants pattern from New Horizons Designs, this update will be added to your pattern…for FREE. If you haven’t bought the pant pattern, you’ll now have pants (that I LIVE in) and shorts on sale for $7 through 6/17. Both the pants and shorts have options for pockets and drawstrings; and the shorts use a simple and comfortable yoga-style waistband. It couldn’t get better!

The Look

If you want the super slim look (like my above lace version), you can follow the line drawn for the pants. I prefer no pockets on the slim versions and pockets on the looser styles. For the looser fit, like my newest version, grade the bottom of the shorts out one size. I measured XS and sewed a S at the bottom of the shorts to get this look:


The fabric I used for my newest version is listed as stretch denim from Love Adore Knits and is really a rayon spandex terry blend, which makes it perfect for comfort. These are the kind of shorts you can wear all day and then refuse to take off at night 😉


That top? This is also a New Horizons Design pattern called the Bali Blouse. The front has that gorgeous curved yoke, and the back is an open inverted “V,” which I adore. What I love even more is that you can’t even tell that it’s open if I tuck it in. So, while you’re grabbing the Portlanders update, you might as well add this gem to your capsule as well!

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Disclaimer: The pattern links in this post are affiliate links. I am affiliated with most of the pattern companies I test for, and this in no way shapes my response or promotion. I only test for companies I respect and only share patterns I adore!


Ellie and Mac New Release: Sunset Dreams Dress for Women and Teens

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The sun is about to set, but the night is still young for Ellie and Mac. This sweet pattern company is always full of surprises, and here is yet another: the Sunset Dreams Dress for women and teens. Wildly, this pattern is only $3 (price shown in cart) during release and always a steal thereafter. Insane.

The dress features a sweetheart bodice and flattering skirt. The pattern includes a strap pattern as well as the go-ahead to use store-bought lace, straps, and other materials.

For my dress test, I used crocheted appliqués for a feminine touch. I lined my appliqués up against the strap cut chart to check length, and I barely had to trim (easy peasy). I found these ones on Ebay, I believe; but a couple of great online sellers to check for appliqués are Sincerely Rylee  and Sew Vegabond,

Pairing the appliqués with a gorgeous solid fuchsia liverpool from Pretty Posh Prints helps to showcase both the color and added strap style without being too distracting. The liverpool is soft and has a great drape. I’ve been loving solids lately, as you’ve likely noticed from my blog!

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Enjoy sewing this sweet creation, and be sure to share your makes!


Disclaimer: The pattern links in this post are affiliate links. I am affiliated with most of the pattern companies I test for, and this in no way shapes my response or promotion. I only test for companies I respect and only share patterns I adore!

Ellie and Mac MOLLY Skirt, No-Closure Summer Staple

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Sometimes the easiest patterns become my wardrobe staples. The Ellie and Mac Molly Skirt just released and will be one of my go-tos this summer…and is $3 (see the price in the cart) during release!! The pattern has no closures, simple side-seams, and a yoga-style waistband. This ups the comfort and makes the pattern one of the quickest your sewing machine will see. The patter is both for teens and women.

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As a mom of three littles, this is a perfect style for heading out shopping. I sewed the “regular” length, and there are mini, mid-thigh, petite, and tall length options as well. I used a fun floral liverpool fabric that I got from Ebay; you can find similar pretties from shops like Pretty Posh PrintsLove Adore KnitsSly Fox FabricsKnitpop, and So Sew English Fabrics.

And did I mention…the twirl…

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So go grab your insanely priced $3 pattern, and let’s create all of the beautiful things!

Ellie and Mac affiliate link HERE.

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The Babe Hoodie Hack: Meet the Side Color-Blocked Easy Summer Tee

What I love about pattern creation is the ability to hack each and create something new–something you may have wanted that your closet was lacking.

Meet the Babe Hoodie from Do It Better Yourself…hacked into a comfortable tee with side color-blocking.

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I’ve been on a monochrome and solid kick lately, and I wanted to continue the trend with a tee that I could wear regularly, so I chose 10 oz cotton spandex paired with stretch lace sides (lace from Knitpop).

To get the look, I made a few changes: 1. used a neckband rather than a hood, 2. modified front and back to include side panels, 3. modified the length, 4. made my waistband slightly tighter.

Let’s get started on how to achieve this look. It’s easy, and you can use the same general guidelines to create the changes you’d like! Just note–I’m sure there are other ways to get the same look; I’m just sharing what I did 🙂

  1. First, you’ll want to cut out your pattern to the desired length. For tee-shirt length, I cut mine in between the lengthen line and the jacket line.
  2. Then, you’ll want to cut your front and pack pattern piece to achieve the side panel look you’d like. I wanted a small, modest stripe since I was using semi-sheer lace, but you could cut much farther in to create a more dramatic look (especially if using a darker color at the side panel).

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3. You’ll then cut out your side panels. You’ll need 2 mirror images. Take your front bodice cut-out, and then flip your back bodice cut-out over so that we’re seeing the wrong side of the pattern. Put these together, and it will create your panel. Fold your fabric in half to cut the 2 mirror images simultaneously. *I did not add extra seam allowance because I wanted a fitted style. If you add seam allowance, just add 1/8-1/4” to each side (not top/bottom) since some seam allowance was already accounted for.

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4. So that we won’t have a seam down the center of the side panel, we assemble the side cut-outs as panels. Make sure that you have the front side of the panel (mine had a longer edge), and sew the panel right sides together (RST) with the front bodice (starting at the armpit down to the waistband line).

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5. Then, (missing from picture), you’ll attach the back bodice the same way. Lay it on top of the front bodice (RST), and sew the the back bodice to the back side of the side panels. I like to start from the bottom of the garment and sew up to the armpit. Also sew the shoulder seams together at this time.

6. Take your arm pieces, and sew down the sleeve RST because we will be inserting the sleeve into the sewn bodice. Since I failed to photograph this process (shame on me!), here’s a tutorial to show the basics of sewing the sleeve and adding a sleeve to a bodice from Tilly and the Buttons. Don’t worry about the gathering technique they include; just use it for a visual on steps 6 and 7 if you haven’t added a sleeve to a bodice that was already sewn together.

7. You’ll use the same link in Step 6 (if you need it) to see how to insert the sleeve into your garment. With your garment Inside/Wrong Side Out, you’ll take the sleeve which is Right Side Out and insert it into the arm opening, matching the bottom of the armpit and the top shoulder seam with the top center of the sleeve piece. Pin around, and sew the full circle. Your sleeve should be INSIDE of the bodice at this point (see the link in Step 6 if you need a visual).

8. To add the neckband, measure the raw neck opening and take 80% of that (your number multiplied by 0.80). This will be the length of your band. The width will be 1.5”-1.75”. Sew/serge your neckband RST on the short ends to create a full circular band. Then, fold your neckband Wrong Sides Together (WST) and iron. To stitch my neckband in place, I always turn my garment inside out and place my neckband inside of the garment, aligning the seam of the neckband at the center back of the garment, and lining up the front of the neckband with the front center of the garment. Pin in place, and stitch/serge. *Sorry again for no pics; I’m not used to taking pics while sewing 😩

9. Lastly, I used 1” less (than the included cut chart) for my waistband to create a snugger bottom style that suited the look I was going for. And voilà, you now have a tee!

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…and some nice cooling vents for summer 😂

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Portlanders Pants Girls’ Release + Mommy/Me Bundle

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Just days after I made my Portlander Pants (find my post HERE), New Horizons announced that the girls’ version was coming (Pattern website HERE)! My daughter had just had a meltdown because I hadn’t sewn a matching outfit for us in a while, so voilà–it had to come to fruition!

The Portlander Pants is a year-round pant that is fitted at the top (with yoga style waistband) and flawy toward the ankle. This style is incredibly comfortable and works for both day-wear and feels heavenly for pajamas. My daughter insisted that she needed to wear her new outfit during the day with me and then to bed (I obliged! I mean…comfort).

I used the same monochrome fabric from Love Adore Knits that I used for my pants, and the top is black double brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints.

I then needed to try the shorts version of the pants (also included in the pattern). I opted for pockets, yoga waistband, and a faux drawstring instead of a full drawstring; I simply sewed my drawstring together, tied it into a bow, and tacked it on. For the polka dot version shown below, I didn’t even sew the drawstring; instead, I just used the fabric selvage that naturally rolls.

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My polka dot knit is part of Raspberry Creek Fabric‘s CLUB line. I paired with a store-bought tank and a long, vintage necklace for a sweet Euro-style look.

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My final version used the same method (shorts, pockets, faux drawstring), and I used a patterned pocket and drawstring for a fun, modern look.

As you sew up your girls’ and women’s Portlanders this summer, be sure to share your creations on the New Horizons Facebook page.


The Ellie & Mac Be Confident Dress: A Beautiful Silhouette For All Sizes

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When I started seeing the Be Confident dress tester pics start rolling in via Ellie & Mac, I was incredibly impressed at how well the top bodice fit each tester. The amazing top fit paired with the hi-low skirt bottom creates a sweet style you can transform with fabric.

For my creation, I chose the Tamera fabric by Sincerely Rylee and styled it with a felt hat for the boho look I had imagined.

I’ve been really loving monochrome styles lately, so I happily added this one to my collection.

The Ellie & Mac Be Confident Dress/Tunic is 35% off (along with all patterns) in May, so be sure to grab it this month and add it to your collection. You will see the discount automatically in your cart.

Enjoy crafting, and be sure to share your creation in the Ellie and Mac’s Facebook group.

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