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Maternity Blanc Tshirt

Sew an easy Maternity Tshirt - adapt a free pattern for maternity wear by adding ruching - pattern and tutorial available from Melly SewsHey y’all, as promised on Tuesday today I’ve got the post about how to make this maternity t-shirt, which is adapted from my free Blanc T-shirt pattern. You can see Tuesday’s post about how to make these maternity shorts. You know you hear about the glow of pregnancy? Well I didn’t feel like I glowed Read the Rest…

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How to Make a Diaper Bouquet

How to Make a Diaper Bouquet - What a Cute Alternative to a Diaper Cake - and it could be nursery decor while being used! Tutorial and video from Melly SewsHow many of you have been involved in a group hosting a baby shower? If you have, you know how things get divided up. I’m a go with the flow kind of girl in those situations, which means I take on whatever no one else wants to do. And in the case of my sister Read the Rest…

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LODO DRESS SEWALONG DAY 3

Welcome back for Day 3 of the Lodo Dress Sewalong. I am super excited to tackle the neckline today. You can put aside your woven arm facing pieces and just grab your woven neckline facings along with your knit dress. For all of the steps in todays sewalong you will be using a regular, non stretch stitch on your sewing machine. And just a reminder that all seam allowances are 3/8″ unless otherwise stated.   Step 5 – With right sides touching, sew the shoulder seams of the front and back woven neck facings together. Press the seams open. No need to finish these seam allowances as they will not be exposed. Turn the outside edges of the facing towards the wrong side by about 1/4″ all around and press well. Steam helps a lot. One tip that I sometimes use is to run a line of stitching at 1/4″ around the outside edge of the facing first. Then press along the stitching line. It just makes it a bit easier to get a crisp and even edge.   Step 6 – With right sides touching, line up the necklines of the dress and facing and pin generously.   Step 7 […]

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LODO DRESS SEWALONG DAY 2

Welcome back to day 2 of the Lodo Dress Sewalong. I am excited to get sewing. Today we are going to be tackling the back seam, back slit for View A and sewing up the shoulder seams. Super easy. Let’s get started. Step 1 – (This Step is for View A Only. View B starts at Step 3 so go ahead and skip on down to Step 3 if you are sewing the shorter version without a back slit.)  Remember that all seam allowances are 3/8″ unless otherwise stated in the instructions. If you want to finish the seams with a serger you will want to do that now. You can serge each back seam independently before sewing them together. Since knits do not fray this is not necessary. I am going to opt out on serging View A (but will serge View B so that you can see both). You will be sewing this step using a stretch stitch. If your machine has a stretch stitch it will look something like a lightning bolt. No. 9 on my machine. If you don’t have one of those stitches on your machine you can also use a zigzag stitch and just […]

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Maternity Shorts with Free Pattern

Lace trimmed chambray maternity shorts - free pattern and tutorial from Melly SewsIf there is one thing I’m grateful for from my pregnancies, it’s that I was not hugely pregnant during the summer. Hats off to anyone who was or is going to be! Hopefully the outfit I’m sharing today will help keep you as cool and comfortable as possible if you got a summer due date. So Read the Rest…

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LODO DRESS SEWALONG DAY 1

Welcome to the first day of the Lodo Dress Sewalong. The Lodo is a very fast and easy dress to sew up so this sewalong will be much simpler than my others. That being said, I hope that the extra pictures and tips will still help those of you who need a little extra hand holding so that everyone can get the best results possible when sewing a version of their own. Today I will simply be sharing the schedule for the sewalong (below), talking about the best fabrics for this pattern (including some links), and giving a few tips. Expect to spend less than an hour each day this week and you will have a finished Lodo dress of your own by Friday.   Schedule: Here is the schedule for the sewalong. We are really only sewing 3 of the 5 days. As I have mentioned, this is a beginner friendly pattern so I hope the tips and photos that I share this week will make the dress accessible to sewists of all levels. Day 1 / Monday April 24th – Fabrics and Prep Day 2 / Tuesday April 25th – Back, Slit, and Shoulders Day 3 / Wednesday April 26th – […]

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Sloper Series – How to Start

Ever look at a pattern and think, “I wish that came in my size!”? Or maybe you’ve made several muslins of a pattern only to find it still doesn’t work for your body? Want to design your own patterns? These are all situations where using a sloper could be the answer to achieving a better fit with less frustration! Today,…

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super easy DIY Jean pants to Jean skirt refashion video

Shoes: forever21 // top: similar, similar // skirt: DIY, or similar, similar, similar // sunglasses: Ray ban  JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.

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Sew a Baby Tshirt – With Free Pattern

Sew a baby tshirt - super cute free pattern - would be an adorable baby gift! Tutorial and video from Melly SewsHey y’all, today I’m sharing the pattern and tutorial to sew a baby tshirt. You may be beginning to suspect at this point that the whole reason I decided on this month’s theme was to be able to take and share pictures of my new niece, and you’d be right. But she’s such an adorable little Read the Rest…

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Pocket time! Add pockets to the Cashmerette Turner Dress

We sewists have many advantages over poor Ready-to-Wear buying ladies, and surely one of the mightiest is: the pocket! Yep, pockets are scarce in women’s clothes in stores; I do not know why (a handbag industry conspiracy?!). But, you can add them into almost any garment when you sew. So it was only natural to {…Continue Reading}

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How to Modify Patterns for Maternity Use

How to modify sewing patterns for maternity - maternity pattern alteration - Melly SewsHey y’all, today we’re going to talk about how to modify patterns for maternity wear. I know when I was pregnant, I hated having to buy a whole new wardrobe for a few months. And I couldn’t sew things for myself because I didn’t quite understand how to alter my normal patterns for maternity wear Read the Rest…

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Sew a Mermaid Sleep Sack for Babies

Sew a Mermaid Sleep Sack - a Mermaid blanket for babies! Get the sewing pattern and tutorial including video on Melly SewsHey y’all – today I’ve got a fun post – how to sew a mermaid sleep sack! Ever since I found out that my sister-in-law was expecting a girl, I’ve been planning things I wanted to sew for the new baby in our family, and this was at the top of my list. I even Read the Rest…

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How to Turn a Crew Neck T-Shirt Into a V-Neck: A Fun One Minute Sewing Video

For those group shirts you get from school/company/race/sport etc. that come with a high crew neck that seems to choke you and you’d like to feel like you had a little more breathing room…. Many women also choose a V-neck … Continue reading

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DIY Star-embroidered sneakers//no-sew video

Inspiration taken from the runway….stars, stars, stars! Gold, silver, on your clothes and my favorite…. on sneakers! Famous Footwear is challenging everyone to stepforward by championing their confidence to be their best self. For me, everyday is a mini stepforward towards a career and being a better mother. Honestly, the second I hit 30, aka when

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butterfly blouse dress

Learn how to turn the Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse into a dress with this tutorial. It would make the perfect dress for Easter.

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a shirt gusset tutorial

Liesl shows you how to create and sew a shirt gusset. Download the free shirt gusset pattern piece and use this tutorial to strengthen and add a pop of color or a print to the side of your shirt.

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RUFFLE SLEEVE PEPLUM BLOUSES

I love that this year is all about the sleeve. So fun to play around with something new and experiment with more volume in the sleeve – something I’ve never really done much with. I love the romantic trend right now of loose, flowing ruffles and wanted to give this boho blouse a try for myself. As far as a pattern goes, I was leaning towards the Marthe blouse since it already has a loose structure and peplum, but then I remembered that raglan sleeves arn’t my fav on my frame so I went another direction. In the end I landed on Simplicity 1366 which is a Cynthia Rowley pattern that is very popular in the sewing community. I had already sewn this blouse up multiple times so I knew that I liked the fit and I also knew that the drop sleeve was what I was going for. Of coarse I made a lot of changes. First of all I lowered the neckline a bit for my liking into more of a scoop. The pattern calls for a bias finished neckline, but instead I faced them for a more upscale finish. For the ivory version I actually just drafted a […]

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Sew a Bunny Hat

Sew a bunny hat - such a cute gift to sew for a baby! Tutorial from Melly SewsHey y’all, welcome to a month of sewing for babies and mamas! Today we’re going to be sewing a bunny hat. And though I’m showing it on my new baby niece, this can be made in any size from newborn to adult. Isn’t she just the sweetest? I think this is a great stage of life Read the Rest…

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How to transform the Upton Dress into an Upton Skirt

Hey, chaps and chapesses! For my recent trip to LA, I decided I needed to whip up a skirt with some amazing burnt orange and purple “painted” Liberty lawn I got at the mysterious cheap Liberty shop. I’m not much one for a ditzy print, but these chunky tulips called my name from the back of {…Continue Reading}

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DIY men’s top to bell sleeve button up refashion

Here’s a cute way to repurpose a men’s top by simply taking it in and adding some fun bell sleeves! -Take a men’s top and lay your top over it. Cut off the shirt’s arms and the bottom. -Cut out the top how you want it to fit, including the armholes by using your shirt

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machine bartack tutorial

Here’s an easy tutorial that will show you how to add a fun bartack detail to your shirts using your sewing machine.

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how to finish a shirt with faux flat-felled seams

Here’s a quick tutorial that will show you how to finish your shirts beautifully by using faux flat-felled seams.

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How to Sew a Circle Skirt

How to Sew a Circle Skirt - DIY Circle Skirt with a Waistband - Melly SewsHey y’all, today we’re going to talk about how to sew a circle skirt! I’m going to show you how to make one with a waistband and invisible zipper. Did you know that for 3 years – kindergarten through first grade – I refused to wear pants? Dresses and skirts only, and the twirlier the Read the Rest…

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How to Sew an Invisible Zipper

To start inserting an invisible zipper, the first step is to unzip the zipper and iron the coils flat. If your zipper is longer than you need, sew a wide, very short stitch length zig-zag over the zipper teeth to create a new zipper stop as shown above…

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DIY Ruffle Wrap Skirt Refashion

top:hm // shoes: target // sunglasses: old navy Here is a fun Ruffle skirt refashion to make your wardrobe more fun and flirty for this upcoming season. All you need is a skirt or dress that fits you well or is just a little big and some extra supplement fabric. Instructions: 1. Grab a dress

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MINI ODGEN DRESS HACK

The Ogden Cami is a great template for hacks, and I am especially loving the idea of dress hacks right now for summer. I did a babydoll hack last year that you can find here. Today I am going to show you how to create a super simple elastic waist dress using the Mini Ogden cami. You can of coarse use basically the same steps to create a version in the women’s size as well. I ended up making two of these dresses in order to get the steps right. The top one is made from a thrifted table cloth and the bottom one is some really pretty cotton that I ordered from My Fabric Designs (I didn’t design it though). I love the handpainted design so much. Both dresses are lined with some cheap light pink gingham from JoAnns. For this project you are going to need your main dress fabric, lining fabric, and extra elastic (in addition to the elastic for the back of the cami) for the waistline. First print off your pattern and assemble pattern pieces 1 (front cami), 2 (back cami), 4 (strap), and the elastic cutting guide. You will not be needing the pattern piece […]

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Button Front Maxi Skirt – Sew a Side Slit

Skirt and Converse - Button Front Maxi Skirt Tutorial - Make a maxi skirt with a side slit - Melly SewsHey y’all – today I’m going to show you how to sew a side slit. So I ordered this linen fabric a while back that was described as gray…a description I don’t think it fits, and I did not use it for my original intent while ordering (which was the Forsythe Trousers in this post). Read the Rest…

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DIY 5 minute lace top

Here’s a super easy Lace top that you can make in 5 minutes. Literally you can make it any length and you can make it tighter or looser! Instructions: 1. Grab a yard of lace and Boxy top. Using your shirt as a guide, cut the lace front and back piece out – always cut

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how to hem everything: knit fabrics

With this Oliver + S How to Hem Everything, Knit Fabrics Edition, Guide you’ll learn eight different ways to hem knit fabrics.

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Adjustable Length Skirt – Sew Ruching

Sew an adjustable length skirt - make a skirt with ruching - a tutorial by Melly SewsIf you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? Though I love my home and city, the beach calls to me, and if the other logistics ever work out I want to live within site of the ocean. But in the meantime, this skirt feels like living at the beach, complete with Read the Rest…

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