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Is it considered knocking off a sewing pattern, if you used a different sewing pattern from the same company? I initially was going to purchase this boyfriend cardigan sewing pattern from BurdaStyle when I noticed I basically already own the same pattern! Back in 2012, I sewed up this faux fur coat by BurdaStyle. Here is a link to that sewing pattern. Now, this worked because the faux fur pattern is a loose fit, which is how I was able to use it as a boyfriend cardigan pattern. A few modifications I made...


1. Create a facing for the back neckline 
2. Create a facing for the front neckline, continuing down the front of the cardigan
3. Create sleeve cuff

Creating a facing was quite easy. The method is the same for the back neck line piece as well, just smaller because it only has to go around the back of your neck. To make the facing, take your pattern piece and trace around the outer edge. I made a little illustration to show you what it looks like. The black line is the original pattern piece, and the pink dotted line is the new facing I drafted. The facing needs to be wide enough to have a neatly finished edge (I just serged mine) as well as be top stitched down. Without the topstitching, the facing will not lay flat and flip outwards. This is also why the facing should be neatly finished in a matching thread. Since this cardigan has no closure, you want to make sure that if an edge peaks out, it is not noticeable.




The cuffs are simple as well. You can finish the edges and just turn and stitch like I did, or create a cuff. I also cut out a large square and added a pocket. And there you have it. Those are the changes I made to this pattern to make this simple boyfriend cardigan!





modifying a faux fur sewing pattern to a boyfriend cardigan

Saturday, February 17, 2018









Is it considered knocking off a sewing pattern, if you used a different sewing pattern from the same company? I initially was going to purchase this boyfriend cardigan sewing pattern from BurdaStyle when I noticed I basically already own the same pattern! Back in 2012, I sewed up this faux fur coat by BurdaStyle. Here is a link to that sewing pattern. Now, this worked because the faux fur pattern is a loose fit, which is how I was able to use it as a boyfriend cardigan pattern. A few modifications I made...


1. Create a facing for the back neckline 
2. Create a facing for the front neckline, continuing down the front of the cardigan
3. Create sleeve cuff

Creating a facing was quite easy. The method is the same for the back neck line piece as well, just smaller because it only has to go around the back of your neck. To make the facing, take your pattern piece and trace around the outer edge. I made a little illustration to show you what it looks like. The black line is the original pattern piece, and the pink dotted line is the new facing I drafted. The facing needs to be wide enough to have a neatly finished edge (I just serged mine) as well as be top stitched down. Without the topstitching, the facing will not lay flat and flip outwards. This is also why the facing should be neatly finished in a matching thread. Since this cardigan has no closure, you want to make sure that if an edge peaks out, it is not noticeable.




The cuffs are simple as well. You can finish the edges and just turn and stitch like I did, or create a cuff. I also cut out a large square and added a pocket. And there you have it. Those are the changes I made to this pattern to make this simple boyfriend cardigan!






You all know that I don't attend many blogging events, but the Neiman Marcus event is one that I don't miss. I'll take any excuse to look at expensive clothes up close. Why? Because I love to see the construction details, and I also admire the amount of work that goes into some of these garments. Think of it as some serious inspiration, reminding me to spend just as much time on the inside of an item as the outside.

As we all know, fashion is cyclical, but it feels like not much has changed this time around. Looks like a few of my most recent sewing projects fit this bill! Bright colors, florals, and statement sleeves still ring in high on the list. Thankfully, these Balenciaga platforms were nowhere in sight. 

neiman marcus trend preview

Saturday, February 10, 2018


You all know that I don't attend many blogging events, but the Neiman Marcus event is one that I don't miss. I'll take any excuse to look at expensive clothes up close. Why? Because I love to see the construction details, and I also admire the amount of work that goes into some of these garments. Think of it as some serious inspiration, reminding me to spend just as much time on the inside of an item as the outside.

As we all know, fashion is cyclical, but it feels like not much has changed this time around. Looks like a few of my most recent sewing projects fit this bill! Bright colors, florals, and statement sleeves still ring in high on the list. Thankfully, these Balenciaga platforms were nowhere in sight. 

Branched out of my comfort zone and picked up this beautiful silky print from Joanns. We all know how difficult prints can be, and I am very picky when it comes to them. Unfortunately I can't seem to find it on their site. This Sew Over It 1940's Tea Dress is very similar to the RĂ©alisation dresses that I have been lusting over for sometime. There are a few changes that need to occur to make those dreams come true.

1. Omit sleeve cuff and make shorter
2. Hem the dress much shorter
3. Modify the neckline to be sexier

I didn't mess around with the neckline since it was the first time making this dress. I have already sewn up a pink version that I made a bit smaller. I think it's worth noting that this dress pattern seems to run bigger than expected. I first made a size 10 and took the sides in a bit. In my second version I cut the size 8 and it was still too big in the bodice. I tend to have a smaller ribcage but I rarely cut the smallest size available in a sewing pattern. At a whopping 52 pages long, I recommend getting this one printed or just buying the already printed version.

For the sewist:



For the shopper:






sew over it london 1940s floral dress

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Branched out of my comfort zone and picked up this beautiful silky print from Joanns. We all know how difficult prints can be, and I am very picky when it comes to them. Unfortunately I can't seem to find it on their site. This Sew Over It 1940's Tea Dress is very similar to the RĂ©alisation dresses that I have been lusting over for sometime. There are a few changes that need to occur to make those dreams come true.

1. Omit sleeve cuff and make shorter
2. Hem the dress much shorter
3. Modify the neckline to be sexier

I didn't mess around with the neckline since it was the first time making this dress. I have already sewn up a pink version that I made a bit smaller. I think it's worth noting that this dress pattern seems to run bigger than expected. I first made a size 10 and took the sides in a bit. In my second version I cut the size 8 and it was still too big in the bodice. I tend to have a smaller ribcage but I rarely cut the smallest size available in a sewing pattern. At a whopping 52 pages long, I recommend getting this one printed or just buying the already printed version.

For the sewist:



For the shopper:







Surprise! I made another turtleneck. I'm sorry, I can't stop. I've always found turtlenecks very chic and I understand why Steve Jobs lived in them. Only downside for me is that the weather is often too warm to wear them. When this ribbed knit from Fabric.com came in the mail I was worried it was a little bit too sheer for a one layer turtleneck. Thankfully you can't see too much through it (nude bra works best) but is lightweight enough to wear on slightly non-chilly days. It's also quite soft!

I'm pretty sure you know my thoughts on this pattern -- I'm obsessed. This baby sews up so quickly, so it's easy to churn out multiple versions!

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ribbed knit rise turtleneck

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Surprise! I made another turtleneck. I'm sorry, I can't stop. I've always found turtlenecks very chic and I understand why Steve Jobs lived in them. Only downside for me is that the weather is often too warm to wear them. When this ribbed knit from Fabric.com came in the mail I was worried it was a little bit too sheer for a one layer turtleneck. Thankfully you can't see too much through it (nude bra works best) but is lightweight enough to wear on slightly non-chilly days. It's also quite soft!

I'm pretty sure you know my thoughts on this pattern -- I'm obsessed. This baby sews up so quickly, so it's easy to churn out multiple versions!

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Hope everyone had a great Christmas! Usually I opt for a fancier look on holidays but this time around just felt like being comfortable. So these earrings have been a staple the last few days to add just a little holiday cheer. They are from H&M but I can't seem to find them online anywhere. Anyways, see you all next year ;)





green puffer + denim

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Hope everyone had a great Christmas! Usually I opt for a fancier look on holidays but this time around just felt like being comfortable. So these earrings have been a staple the last few days to add just a little holiday cheer. They are from H&M but I can't seem to find them online anywhere. Anyways, see you all next year ;)






A couple weeks ago I made up another Hagen Skirt! I grabbed this fabric from Joanns. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to make with this plaid fabric. I initially had something longer in mind but then decided a skirt of that length would be too busy for my taste.

Last time I made this skirt I omitted the pocket (wow how long my hair was!!) but I'm glad I left it this time. It is perfect iPhone 7 size so that is pretty convenient!  This project is rather simple, I would say the most difficult part is attaching a lining to the zipper, which if you don't know how to do YouTube is a great resource! I also left out all the facings because I'm a rebel and just attached the lining to the fashion fabric and flipped it to finish the top edge. 

 I was a little worried about putting off such school girl vibes that I decided to pair with a sweater & boots. So I guess I will avoid collared shirts and loafers with this skirt!




plaid hagen skirt

Saturday, December 16, 2017


A couple weeks ago I made up another Hagen Skirt! I grabbed this fabric from Joanns. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to make with this plaid fabric. I initially had something longer in mind but then decided a skirt of that length would be too busy for my taste.

Last time I made this skirt I omitted the pocket (wow how long my hair was!!) but I'm glad I left it this time. It is perfect iPhone 7 size so that is pretty convenient!  This project is rather simple, I would say the most difficult part is attaching a lining to the zipper, which if you don't know how to do YouTube is a great resource! I also left out all the facings because I'm a rebel and just attached the lining to the fashion fabric and flipped it to finish the top edge. 

 I was a little worried about putting off such school girl vibes that I decided to pair with a sweater & boots. So I guess I will avoid collared shirts and loafers with this skirt!





Decided it was time for my wardrobe to have a skirt of a longer length. I often gravitate to shorter hems but as of late I've been wanting to mix it up. I can't remember the fabric name, I try to take a photo of the end of the bolt at the store but forgot this time. I snagged it from Joanns. 

This is the same dress pattern that I drafted, I just sewed up a new facing for the top band of the skirt. Iron on some interfacing and you are good to go!! I bought some plaid fabric to make another but I'm thinking that might be too busy of a print so I'll have to figure something else out. Our days may be warm but it has started to cool off a bit in the evening so I was able to wear my favorite H&M casual sweater. They also make it in a bunch of colors, so if you are looking for a cute sweater this is it!!





midi skirt

Monday, November 27, 2017


Decided it was time for my wardrobe to have a skirt of a longer length. I often gravitate to shorter hems but as of late I've been wanting to mix it up. I can't remember the fabric name, I try to take a photo of the end of the bolt at the store but forgot this time. I snagged it from Joanns. 

This is the same dress pattern that I drafted, I just sewed up a new facing for the top band of the skirt. Iron on some interfacing and you are good to go!! I bought some plaid fabric to make another but I'm thinking that might be too busy of a print so I'll have to figure something else out. Our days may be warm but it has started to cool off a bit in the evening so I was able to wear my favorite H&M casual sweater. They also make it in a bunch of colors, so if you are looking for a cute sweater this is it!!





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