Fishy Fishy Appliqué Baby Bibs

Lately, I’ve been accepting the fact that having a knitting project not work out is a lot more frustrating than having a small sewing project go south. Maybe it is the time commitment or maybe it is that I accept…

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Hologram Dot Manicure 

I love pretty nails in general, but what I love the most are manicures that are easy to execute…

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How to Make Custom Fabric – Stamp Fabric

How to Stamp Fabric - How to Make Custom Print Fabric - Melly SewsHey y’all, today I’m going to talk about making your own prints; specifically using fabric stamps to create a print. This is how I created the custom fabric used in the dress on the cover of my book, Sundressing. Years ago, I took a class from the super sweet and talented Miriam about how to carve Read the Rest…

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Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern Review

Yesterday when I showed you my new Simple Knit Pencil Skirt and Union St. Tee, I forgot to tell you the back story.  Originally I had planned a much different outfit for the Skirt-A-Thon!  So today I’m sharing what really happened. My first plan was to sew the pencil skirt and pair it with a […]

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Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern Review

Yesterday when I showed you my new Simple Knit Pencil Skirt and Union St. Tee, I forgot to tell you the back story.  Originally I had planned a much different outfit for the Skirt-A-Thon!  So today I’m sharing what really happened. My first plan was to sew the pencil skirt and pair it with a […]

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Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern Review

Yesterday when I showed you my new Simple Knit Pencil Skirt and Union St. Tee, I forgot to tell you the back story.  Originally I had planned a much different outfit for the Skirt-A-Thon!  So today I’m sharing what really happened. My first plan was to sew the pencil skirt and pair it with a […]

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Knit dress: Pauline Alice patterns Aldaia dress

September means vacation to me, and I just returned from a glorious and relaxing time in Hawaii. With quite minimal time on-line – and that might have been the best part. While I love keeping up to date it does feel that sometimes looking at screens has overtaken actually doing things – whether for work or leisure. I didn’t bring my laptop – and decided not do much else, not even take many pictures. Which left me free to watch other people taking pictures  – with the reward of seeing a lot of other people have some “oops” moments. Is that mean to say? It is funny to see someone walk into a pole because they are too focused on their selfie stick. Of course at the beach there is the possibility of seeing a phone go dunk in the ocean. Ok, call me cruel but it was funny…

Anyway,  I will admit that having an iPad loaded with books does have it’s advantages. Years ago my dad would just shake his head at the quantity and weight of books that I would pack, but what can you do? a three week vacation sitting on the beach, reading, swimming and breaking for ice cream is just about heaven to me but it does require bringing plenty of books. So e-books do have that advantage. Although I do miss the days of buying $1 used books at the library and saving them up for travel.  
With teaching classes at Hello Stitch, doing private lessons and sewing for a couple of people I really needed to step away from the sewing machine but now I’m rested and have plenty of posts to catch up on. I will be teaching a class on Knit dresses starting Oct 21 so I wanted to sew this up and see how it goes together. My verdict – super cute and I am about to cut out another one, a winter version. Note that for the class another option is the Turner dress by Cashmerette patterns.

This photo is kind of blurry and has a strange exposure – I took it with the timer on my iPad. I also think I took some of these pictures on a day when it was over 100˚F so they were of the quick dash outside for photos and be done with it variety.

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It looks much better on the dress form. You can see that it is a true red and bright white print. I actually made this as a test version, the piece of fabric has been sitting in the closet for at least 2 years. I ordered it from Girl Charlee and when it arrived I thought it was a bit too busy – even for me. Also I just couldn’t picture it as anything. However the weight of it was perfect for this pattern so I decided to give it a go.

red white dress front view
red white knit dress back view

Once I saw it on the dress form I really like the fabric – although it still is a bit wild.

Here’s the pattern, it is shown on the envelope with these three variations but in actuality you can mix and match all the skirt, bodice and sleeve combinations to come up with a lot of different looks.

Aldaia dress pattern envelope

Aldaia dress options

I copied this image from Pauline’s blog to show the mix and match options  – and it also would work well for color blocking.

I sewed size 40 which is what I have used in her patterns before and the fit was really good. The neckband fit perfectly which is a nice feature. I also can see using this pattern as the starting point for a knit tee shirt.
red white knit dress side view

My fabric was a slightly strange width, it had a big white unprinted section on either selvedge so the actual usable part was nearing to 50″ wide. Because of this and only having 2 yards I had to reduce the width of the skirt, so I just pinched out about 2 inches from each skirt piece at the hem and then tapered that pinch to zero at the waist. And I don’t even miss the fullness, in fact it seems right to me so I am not going to add it back for the next one.

Other sewing details, I just sew knits on the regular sewing machine, with straight stitch. However – this dress has a very fitted waist, and after I basted it together I realized that I couldn’t get it over my shoulders unless I used some type of stretch stitch. So I sewed the waist seam and the side seams with a small zig-zag and that was just right. I think I lengthened it about 2 inches so as designed it is kind of short.

Another not so great photo – and the sky was really that color on the day when the fires in N. California were making very smoky and grey all over. Glad that has cleared up.

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Last weekend was my knit t-shirt class at Hello Stitch and it was full with some people on the waitlist so we are scheduling another session sometime in November. And coming up soon is the one I am really excited about – the weekend Jacket Essentials workshop. I am planning lots of demos of techniques and hands-on practice to making the perfect tailored jacket. For some of the other classes, like the Button-front shirt, knit tee, skirt, dress and Fit Lab, these will be regularly on the calendar so check the Hello Stitch website. We are usually scheduling about 2-3 months out.

Next up is my birthday dress – my personal tradition to make a summer sundress type item to wear on vacation (nice how that all fits together, huh?) and then some giveaways, plus the Pattern Whisperer returns!

Summer is gone next week, right? on the 22nd autumn begins….and I am always sad. Fall sewing – not a thrill, as you know by now that perpetual summer would be fine with me. However I do have some beautiful wools that I am ready to get working on, so I guess I will allow this change of season and temperature (like it is up to me, ha!) For now I will enjoy the fact that it is still shorts and tee-shirts weather 🙂

So for those of you who are excited for fall sewing and wearing boots, scarves, sweaters, layers etc, I say…what is wrong with you?  Well, to each her own sewing style and season. I look forward to seeing whatever you make!

Happy September Sewing,
Beth

What better post to use this two-tone dahlia than with this two-tone dress? I have been waiting to post this one. This was a great year for my dahlias and I have plans for even more next year.

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What I Made: Emma

A bra and underwear combo in one, the bodysuit is my heat reserve once summer’s humidity leaves and the blistering cold barrels in. A onesie underneath an outfit makes a big difference, warmth-wise, IMHO. Even when I wear a chunky sweater and jeans, a cold breeze always sneaks in. Always. That doesn’t happen if I’m…

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What I Made: Emma

A bra and underwear combo in one, the bodysuit is my heat reserve once summer’s humidity leaves and the blistering cold barrels in. A onesie underneath an outfit makes a big difference, warmth-wise, IMHO. Even when I wear a chunky sweater and jeans, a cold breeze always sneaks in. Always. That doesn’t happen if I’m…

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25 The Nightmare Before Christmas Ideas

Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without Jack Skellington. He is the Pumpkin King after all (I will wait while you Hail to  him). So while you might be thinking of decorating your home with ghosts, zombies, or something cutesy, I am brewing up a master plan containing  25 The Nightmare Before Christmas Ideas  that…

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A 1930’s Floral Caped Dress

Hello lovelies! I am thrilled to share this dress with you that I made to wear to the Gatsby Summer Afternoon this year.  This is actually the first 1930’s dress that I’ve made!  I did make a 1930’s skirt two years ago, but that’s it for my 30’s sewing.  It seems quite odd that I’ve […]

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A Quick Tutorial: How to put your Instagram pics on a blog post

I’m back today with a quick tutorial to show you how I get my Instagram posts onto my blog. It’s WordPress hosted, and won’t allow me to use the embed code, I just get a grey box, besides, you may not want it to look like you just pulled it off Instagram, with the frame […]

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Pumpkin and Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I’ve come to realize that I like simple desserts. Don’t get me wrong, I love to spend a…

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Feliz Blog Tour: Day #5

Today is already day 5 of the blog tour of the Feliz pattern. And I think you’ll love what three fantastic bloggers from three different countries have made! Let’s start with Courtney from Sweeter Than Cupcakes. She’s based in Texas, and creates beautiful garments for her two daughters. I think I first came across her […]

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Essential Oils for Tummy Troubles

Are you suffering from tummy troubles? If so, you may be wondering if there are any natural ways you can cope with them. Essential oils can be a good option. While you won’t want to consume essential oils for your stomach problems, you can use essential oils for tummy troubles by applying a diluted solution…

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LANDER SEWALONG DAY 1 – PRINTING & ASSEMBLING YOUR PATTERN

Hands down the most frequent email I get is about printing pdf patterns. I know that for some of you this is redundant, but indie sewing has come a long way in the four years I have been doing this, so I figured it was time for a refresher. Download and Unzip The first thing to remember when downloading your pattern is to do so on a computer and not a phone or ipad. I know that you may have been able to do so with other pattern designers, but all True Bias patterns are zipped and ipads and phones are not able to open zipped files. And if you try you will likely run out of your downloads. Once you are at a computer, download the pattern to a safe place (I like dropbox myself). If you don’t know where the file downloaded to you can always search your computer for “True Bias” and you should be able to find it. Next you need to unzip or extract the file. Once you do you will have a folder with all of the files in it. Making Sense of the Files Now that you have all of the files in […]

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October Workshops

Come learn with me in October! I’ll be teaching a bunch of workshops and I’d like to invite you to join me, hang out, and talk craft and business together. Wellesley, Ma Workshops On Thursday, October 5 from 6-8pm I’ll be teaching a class all about Etsy at the Wellesley Free Library. This class is… 

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Placket

Not all plackets are created equally. Which side goes on top of the other? Male and female snaps? There was even an entire article on ‘The Curious Case of Men and Women’s Buttons’, which according to the write up, “the button differential is a relic of an old tradition that we have ported into the…

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Placket

Not all plackets are created equally. Which side goes on top of the other? Male and female snaps? There was even an entire article on ‘The Curious Case of Men and Women’s Buttons’, which according to the write up, “the button differential is a relic of an old tradition that we have ported into the…

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Milestones and Moments

We hit a pretty big milestone last month: Lucia turned 4. But amidst all the celebrations with family and friends, presents and sweet treats, it was easy to forget that it was a meaningful moment for me personally too. Just 4 years ago I was still pregnant, worried about labor and completely unaware of what it truly […]

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Free Quilting Pattern – GO! Counting Gumballs Quilt Pattern

Free Quilting Pattern – GO! Counting Gumballs Quilt Pattern

Once you add item to shopping cart and checkout, you’ll be able to download your Pattern from your Account page. You can download a pattern sample to by clicking on the sample link Download Now

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Maria Pinto Shapes

Around this time of the year, I begin to look at my summer wardrobe and feel quite bored and tired of it, I’m ready for a change. Although it’s not quite cool enough to change over to my fall wardrobe, it’s a nice time to begin looking around for a few…

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Free Sewing Pattern – Bag with Zipper

Free Sewing Pattern – Bag with Zipper

Description This bag is so convenient for long bike rides or even a quick ride around the block. Dimensions 7″ x 7.5″ Materials To Cut Interfacing, 12″ x 24″ (for interlining) Light blue fabric, 5/8 yd. of 45″ (for lining) Dark blue fabric, 5/8 yd. of 45″ (for bag) Everything Else Cricut® 12 x 24 […]

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Free Project – Butterfly Halloween Costume

Free Project – Butterfly Halloween Costume

PATTERN DETAILS Supplies: Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Sashay (super bulky 6) – 8 skeins (30yards/ball = 240yards) (27m/ball=216m) Yarn: Zoomba by Loops & Threads (super bulky 6) – 1 skein (114yards/104m per ball) Crochet hook size M (9 mm) Crochet hook size Q (16mm) Pink and white tulle 90 strips x 25” each total 187.5feet […]

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Can a Bargello Line Be a Darning Pattern?

Last week as I was looking at darning patterns, I had a revelation — many stitches we use if stitched in a different order can be darning patterns. This may not be startling to you. But I’ve been using darning patterns since the mid-80’s. I love them. I’ve studied them. I’ve thought about them. When […]

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Completed: The Kalle Shirtdress

I’ve still got a few more summer projects that I haven’t shared yet, so bear with me here! Although, to be fair – we should be well within the throes of summer heat for at least the next month here (yes, it did warm up again!). I made this dress a couple of months ago, […]

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oliver + s diseño y confección de vestido de niñas

We’re happy to announce that Oliver + S Building Block Dress is now available in a Spanish translation.

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DIY Modern Hood Vent Cover

I’ve longed for the day when more than just a microwave would go above my stove. I love the…

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Hadley Sew-Along: Assembling the Backs

Today we’re assembling the backs of our Hadley Tops. If you’re making view B there’s nothing new for you here. Simply follow the instructions for the front shown here to sew your back pieces together. If you’re making view A, skip past these two photos of view B for your instructions! For view A follow […]

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My ultimate “fancy” dress: navy overlay Turner Dress

When I was about 28, everyone got married. I mean, it felt like everyone at least. (OK fine, everyone I know, maybe not EVERYONE). So it’s been a while since I was on the wedding circuit, but this summer it perked back up again, and I had the pleasure of popping back to the UK {…Continue Reading}

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