The Styled Magnolia Custom Fabric

Christmas is still a few months away, I know. But when you’re a crafter, you know that Christmas preparation is important. How else would you be able to finish all those DIY projects on time? You can’t sew for Christmas without Christmasy fabric right? So let’s talk custom fabric shops and why I love this one. The Styled Magnolia is new custom shop just outside of Houston. That is pretty local to me and I love to support my local small businesses. But I never would have guessed that the quality of these Cotton Lycras would be so amazing!

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With any custom fabric shop you have to get your order in before the fabric is printed. This means that the wait is a little longer than most of us are willing to try out. I know that I wasn’t really into the idea of waiting so long for fabric I wanted. But let me tell you. The wait is WORTH it! These cotton lycras are so durable, so gorgeous in color and oh so soft!

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Right now the perfectly plaid round is up for grabs. Some retail is available for this round so if you are wanting it fast now is the time, only fabric is extremely limited. Otherwise put your orders in and prepare to fall in love. I also used the rainbow stripes on my Annelaine Bubby and Bee hoodie a few weeks ago. This round however, has tons of gorgeous plaid and coordinates. Preorder is from now to October 7th at The Styled Magnolia website.

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Don’t forget to check out The Styled Magnolia Facebook group for more fun inspiration pictures….also, I hear there may be a contest going on *wink wink*

If you’ve ordered from the styled magnolia let me know what you think in the comments!

Dress is Coral from Ckc fabrics and pajama is the new released Lights Out Lounge from Annelaine. Read about it HERE and get your pattern while its on sale HERE

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Annelaine- Lights Out Lounge

I told you I have been going a little crazy with all the stuff I’ve been working on over here. Just a couple days ago I shared the first Halloween costume (Read it here) that I made and today I’m going to show you the newest pattern from Annelaine. My girls are thrilled with this one!

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The Lights Out Lounge is so great! I made a few sets for my two younger girls. The pattern goes up to size 20 in kids which is chest size of 35 inches. This pattern is an all you need type of Pajama pattern. It comes with a very large size range so that you don’t need to keep purchasing bigger size patterns as your babies grow. It has short and long pant legs and sleeves as well as a sleeveless option. It also has a pretty cool color blocking option in the actual pattern. No separate add on. That’s why I love Annelaine, she included so many options in her patterns.

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The pattern is a perfect for boys and girls, make it your own by adding vinyl, panels, and great fabrics. I’m also thinking this is going to be our Christmas pajama set for my girls this year! I KNOW IT’S ONLY SEPTEMBER! But these months are flying by! So I’m trying to get a head start!

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Here is a good look at how amazing this pattern will be for Christmas! And check out this custom print panel and fabric sent to me from The Styled Magnolia. Read my blog post (HERE) on this amazing new Custom fabric shop near me!. Also don’t forget to purchase the new Lights Out Lounge Pattern from Annelaine while it is on sale for 40% off!

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Rad-Cosplay 2.0

Hey everyone!

 It’s been crazy! Can you believe it’s mid September already? Sounds like a lot of time before Halloween that is, unless your making all the costumes. Than you’re going crazy counting down the days before your next project. But I have some great stuff for you all. First, I tested the new Cosplay 2.0 from Rad Patterns. It was exactly what I needed for my youngest’s Halloween costume.  Also, my oldest says she wants to be a black cat. So I may be using the first version of the Cosplay pattern for that one. It’s pretty much the same as the 2.0 but more fitted. Here is costume number one though!

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What do you guys think? Is she not adorable? It’s almost like I have the real live Pooh Bear! The whole family took turns squeezing her because she was just so cuddly. Can you blame us? She adores it as well. She spent a while just walking around and hugging herself and looking in the mirror.

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I used a faux fur I got from Joann’s and a scrap sweater knit from Sincerely Rylee. If you haven’t already tried one of her famous sweater boxes you need to! She has amazing taste. All I did for the shirt was use the existing cosplay pattern and cut the sleeves and bottom half. Pretty basic stuff. It fit perfectly over the suit. The pattern is amazing. It has so many additions to make it so different. Including wings and different animal ears for the hood. The cool part is you can just use flannel and buttons and make a pajama. Plus you can do this for EVERYONE because the pattern comes in adult sizes as well.

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I have more posts coming up soon. So stick around. I just wanted to share with you what we have been doing so far. I’ll be showing off Christmas pajamas all week next week! I’m so excited about those! New Patterns and new Custom fabric prints are next!

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Annelaine Bubby & Bee Hoodie& The Styled Magnolia Custom Fabrics

I know it’s still summer, but I have Autumn fever over here. With my shop opening up I’ve had little time to sew for myself. I’ve had more orders than I anticipated and am finishing up with the last of them before I take a little break to work on some sweaters for my girls and I. However, I couldn’t resist trying this pattern first.

Annelaine’s Bubby & Bee Hoodie pattern is a super easy sew with a ton of options! This is my first hoodie. I’m not really sure why but I’ve been intimidated by hoodies for a while. This one I was able to cut out and put together in about an hour. So naturally, I want 10 more for each of us! The heart pocket was the cutest touch and I’m so glad I chose that option. What do you think about those rainbow stripes?

If you follow me on Instagram you saw I just got these gorgeous fabrics from my local custom fabric shop The Styled Magnolia. I am a big supporter of local small businesses so here is my shout out to them. This fabric is gorgeous! The quality is so amazing and the color is bright and beautiful! It is thick and warm but breathable and the moment I felt it, I immediately thought of a hoodie. Thats where the Bubby & Bee Hoodie came into play.

My middle little was the first to see the fabric out of the box. She loves rainbows and Minnie Mouse. So she was pretty excited about seeing those stripes. If you know of any custom Minnie Mouse knits leave me a comment and your affiliate link if you got one! 🙂

If you’re interested in these stripes and florals check out The Styled Magnolia website for the preorder, open now! They are also holding a giveaway for a Serger on their facebook group! So be sure to check that out too!

Annelaine is also doing a sew along and sale for the Bubby & Bee Hoodie, 30% off runs through August 11th (no code needed.) The sew Along starts August 8th. Join the Annelaine facebook group for more details. You can get your pattern HERE! You know I love sales and giveaway!

Happy Sewing!

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Sew Many Girls Opens Shop!

Hey everyone!

If you haven’t already seen on Instagram Sew Many Girls opened up shop last week! Custom orders for baby and girls are now available. My available ready ship items are the Walnut baby gowns from Annelaine Patterns. They are super adorable and giving me some serious baby fever. With a little love and French Terry fabric these nightgowns will make your baby oh so cozy! Here is the scoop on the pattern.

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I own multiple baby gown patterns. I love features of each one I have and I will probably make different gowns for my shop but there is something about this gown that I really love and that is that it is wider than most other patterns I have. I know I have girls but a couple of my babies were pretty big babies. My biggest being over 9 pounds!!! YIKES! seeing that most baby gown patterns only come with a few different sizes, having that extra room really makes these gowns last longer and fit more comfortable on a bigger baby.

The pattern is similar to many of the other gowns I have in assembly. Which is a great novice sewing project. I found the instructions on the neckband to be a tad bit more difficult so I ran the neckband though my serger and then top stitched for a finished look. It comes with a beanie for the cute little bald heads to keep warm. My middle little was my only bald baby and she ended up growing out blonde curls! It also includes a cute little tie headband. Which I sadly took no pictures of. (I will try to get some up on my next batch.) IMG_0538_instagram

I do think this will be my go to pattern for baby gowns mainly because of the extra room. I do like when my kids can get more time out of certain outfits. Especially the adorable ones.  Check out Annelaine.com for more great patterns.

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Flag Dress

Independence day is over but I hope everyone had a great holiday! My girls, husband and I had a great day. We got to show off our flag dresses I was telling you about! They were a hit just like last year. Only this time I got to join in on the fun! I felt like a little girl with the constant urge to spin in circles to show how swirly and cool my dress was. I did it a few times too! This is definitely not the every occasion type of dress but it is fabulous for special days!  I posted a few pictures on Instagram right away so if you’re not already following Sew Many Girls definitely check us out! This week however on the blog I am hoping to answer some questions about the dresses.

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This skirt pattern is from Candy Castle patterns and it is called the Peppermint swirl dress. It comes with the pattern for an entirely woven dress. There is also a pattern for women sold separately. While the original pattern is lovely and I have made it many times, I wanted something to compliment the tie front I made for mine. So I purchased a couple of woven girl pattern from LilLuxe Patterns with tie front/back options.

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The pattern I used for my dress is a knit top and a mash between the Lucky Lingerie and Aphrodite patterns from RAD Patterns. Attaching this bodice to the gathered woven skirt was pretty simple so I don’t believe a tutorial is needed. Just gather the skirt to match up to the bodice and attach. Almost any gathered woven skirt can go with a knit bodice. Well I have never had any issues doing so.

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The bodice is done entirely from the pattern instructions as well as the skirt. The only thing I did was add elastic to the skirt to all 3 of my girls’ dresses. There are a couple of steps I took to do this. Follow my tutorial HERE!

The fabric used for the Peppermint Swirl skirt is plain solid red and white from Walmart. The navy woven stars is from Walmart also. My navy knit was from Girl Charlee. But it was purchase a year ago so I’m not sure if it was available this year. I had to use the cheapest option available to me because the pattern calls for 10 yards of fabric for my dress alone! YIKES!!! I promise it is so worth it.

The swirl skirt pattern is super easy to follow. The instructions are great also. The cutting took me the longest to do and I always manage to sew one flounce backwards. So take your time and think about each flounce as you sew it on. Also, Start these dresses early if you’re making as many as I did.

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The bottom of all the Peppermint Swirl dresses are a rolled hem. There are measurements on the pattern however, for Bias tape as well.

I hope this answers all your questions about the dresses. Don’t forget to check out the short tutorial on how I added the elastic to the back of the dresses. Adding Elastic to the Swirl Dress

Happy Sewing!

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Adding Elastic to the Swirl Dress

I hope I answered all your questions on my Flag dress post about all four of the dresses I made for Independence day on my Flag Dress post. If you’re reading this you’re probably interested about how I attached the bodice with the open back. If you chose a bodice with no open back you can just attach the skirt to it the way you would in the pattern. As wonderful as the Peppermint Swirl dress is on its own, I wanted to change the dress a bit. This is after all my 10th peppermint swirl dress now. So here is an example of the back of the dress below.

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I’m so happy with the way it came out (My youngest got one just like it) AND BONUS, she fit in it two years in a row. I only had to remake my youngest’s dress along with mine this year. So hopefully you are able to make this dress last for a few years this way.

First, you will want to have your bodice and skirt finished according to the instructions. I have my bodice laying out to on my mat so I can see how long it is. This helps me to figure out how much elastic I want and how much to gather my skirt. *Be sure to finish the edges of your skirt before beginning.

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Second, I will clip or pin my skirt half way on each side as  you can see below. I personally prefer using clips because I’m less likely to sew over one on accident and doing that on a serger is BAD news. Ask me how I know. Plus I am less likely to use a bandaid every time I Sew something. I’m a walking accident.

These specific clips are form Amazon. Get yours here! 


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Next, you will make a one inch cut on both sides of your skirt where the clips are. Do not cut a seam. This may cause your flounce to detach. Fold down the back side of the skirt down 1 inch and clip along the fold. This will be our elastic casing.

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Create your casing by sewing a straight line on the back of the skirt where you folded . Depending on the size of the elastic you are using you will want to sew with enough room for your elastic to fit smoothly.

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Next cut your elastic. I cut my elastic 3 inches from the length of the bodice. Below you can see my bodice is 11.5 inches in length so I cut 3 inches smaller than that making the elastic 8.5 inches. You can adjust it accordingly.

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Next pin a safety pin to your elastic on one end and pull through your casing. Stitch only ONE Side of the elastic down in the casing and leave the pin on the other end.

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You will now baste the front of the bodice by setting your machine at the longest stitch length you can.

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Next you will take those handy clips and with right side of bodice on top of right side of skirt you will clip the bodice to the skirt and attach with your machine. If you want a hidden seam you will only sew it to the bodice and not the lining. Fold the lining in and top stitch. I unfortunately don’t have pictures of this at the moment but will get some on my next project.

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After the bodice is attached to the skirt you will check fit and adjust the elastic as needed. Attach the elastic on the other side and close up the casing as you did the other side.

And that’s it!

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RAD Patterns CYOD Featuring Sly Fox

**Congratulations to Maria Monaco!! **

Hey Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a great summer so far! I can’t believe the 4th of July is in a week! I finally got to make a flag dress for me and I’m so excited to share it with you but I’ll wait, because this week I want to share my newest creation. It is the CYOD from Rad Patterns.

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I have been hooked on RAD patterns this month. My husband and I went on a weekend getaway for the first time in a few years to Palm Beach! My goodness it was amazing! Before I left I set a goal to have a me made outfit and nightgown for every day I was there! I DID IT! And I used all RAD patterns. If you haven’t seen the Aphrodite dress, you need to check it out! It was love for me! I love the front tie so much I mashed it with RAD’s Lucky Lingerie pattern and it was super easy! My featured dress for the CYOD is made with a gorgeous Double Brushed poly floral bodice with a woven Crepon high low gathered skirt. Both fabrics are from Sly Fox Fabrics.

Speaking of Sly Fox Fabrics. If you haven’t heard of them, they are a wonderful little fabric shop that I have been getting most of my fabric from lately. My Aphrodite/Lucky mash up is with their DBP and Woven as well. SlyFox Fabrics also has a Monthly Serger Sweepstakes so be sure to check them out and sign up for that giveaway!

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The CYOD pattern will be available at the end of the week! It will include tunic and several dress lengths, several neckline options, and various sleeve lengths. It comes with a gathered skirt (with optional pockets!) With all the different options, the new CYOD will give you about 360 different options NOT including the maternity options! Awesome right? RAD is also releasing a skirt add on pack which will include a gathered tulip skirt and an A-line skirt, both with a different style of pockets and lengths. This means you can get up to 1,710 different styles from this dress.

I know this already sounds awesome but lets keep going! The skirt add-on ALSO pairs perfectly with the date night, leia, aphrodite, and harvest dress patterns!!! That’s right. My favorite dress the Aphrodite will go seamlessly with the skirt pack! Check out mine below!

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Can this get any better?

YES! IT CAN!

This week all of SewManyGirls subscribers will get the chance to win RAD Pattern’s NEW CYOD pattern, the skirt add on pack AND the sleeve pack! SlyFoxFabrics also wants to share the love by offering the lucky winner a $25 gift card! To Enter, click on the link Below and enter up to 6 times by subscribing to Sew Many Girls and following SMG, RAD patterns and Sly Fox Fabrics on Facebook and Instagram. ONE Lucky winner will get ALL THREE patterns and a $25 GIFT CARD to SlyFoxFabrics.

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Annelaine Firecracker

Hello Everyone

Its Day 7 of Me Made May! I hope everyone is getting the chance to sew all the things! I had this gorgeous Rayon knit floral from Pretty Posh Fabrics that I had no idea what to do with. That’s what I do. I buy fabric that I love without purpose until it reveals it’s purpose on it’s own time. Fabric is magical in that way.  This magical wonder, decided it wanted to wrap it’s lovely self around my kids. So this weekend I decided to make new outfits for all 3 of my girls. They all got a little something different but all using the SAME pattern. Let’s talk about the Firecracker dress from Annelaine patterns.

I LOVE THIS PATTERN!

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This dress is so easy to make. I made the short dress and the romper yesterday and the maxi length on Saturday. All within about 3 hours total. They got easier of course after the first one. The Firecracker dress comes with Maxi length, above knee length, and tunic length. You can also purchase the Romper add on pattern. Which I highly recommend. It’s super cute and even has a snap option for the adorable little diaper wearers. If you cloth diaper, go up a size though. Trust me.

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The cross back makes this dress very unique to my pattern collection. I don’t have another maxi dress pattern like it. I’m hoping Jennifer releases a firecracker dress for Mom soon! WINK WINK. 

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Jennifer at Annelaine patterns is an incredibly talented designer and I’m so excited to try out some of her newer patterns coming out. Also check out my Sunshine Dress Post and Tammy Dress post. All from Annelaine.

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Sly Fox Fabrics #MeMadeMay Contest

Hey Everyone!

I cant believe it’s May already! I’ve been really busy the last few weeks. We went on an amazing spring break vacation. We had a beach house for the week in Galveston with friends and family and it was so much fun. We went crab hunting at night and swam all day. We had lots of great food and amazing company. I wish I could go back and live it again.

Unfortunately we are back to our regular routine which isn’t all that bad. I’ve been working on some great stuff lately. Swimsuits, shorts, I have some dresses cut up. I will hopefully get some posts on individual pieces soon. I did however share on Instagram.

But let’s talk about May! There are some great contests going on for ME MADE MAY! So exciting! Pattern companies AND fabric companies are giving away tons of stuff all month long! I cant wait to see what everyone makes!

Sly Fox Fabrics is just one of the fabric companies doing giveaways this month but I want to talk about them because I was given the incredible opportunity to be a seamstress for them.

My first assignment was this gorgeous single brushed poly Reminisce.

It’s a navy blue and copper red color and went great with my hair 😂. Ever since I went Red I find myself constantly trying to match it. Hopefully that need goes away soon or I’ll have to switch colors. It’s a fabulous boho style fabric and I still have a bit left so I’m hopefully going to find something else to make with it.

While being a seamstress for them is great the contest is even better! Sly Fox will be giving away a $20 Sly Fox Fabrics gift cards every day! And, if you participate all week, they will be giving away a $75 SFF gift card every Saturday. Thats not all though! If you participate the entire month, they will be giving away YOUR CHOICE of a serger, coverstitch, or vinyl machine. All you have to do is post a selfie of your Me Made Clothes ANYWHERE, just add the hashtags #MMMaySFF from 5/1/18 and going through 5/31/18. But be sure to check out Sly Fox Fabrics Instagram and Facebook groupfor official rules and details.

I have 2 projects planned this month using Sly Fox Fabrics and I cant wait to get started! I could use a new machine!

Good luck!!!