12.21.14Sunday Sew: A Christmas Dress

Each Sunday I am taking turns sewing up something for one of us Crawford girls to wear to church. If you or your company have a pattern you would like us to try out please email us at sewingingnomansland {at} gmail {dot} com


Today I am sharing Evie’s Christmas dress. Usually I pair or triple the pictures up together so as not to bombard you but to bad, I loved all of them so they ALLLLL get their own spot ha!


To make her dress I again used the Franklin Pattern by Brooklyn Pattern Company. Just FYI I do not get anything kicked back aside from kind words from the lovely owner for sewing up this pattern so many times. I just love altering it and playing around with different versions.


This time I again removed the button placket in the front and used the front facing pattern piece for both the main and the lining, cutting it on the fold. I then cut three layers of tulle lengthening out the center length SIGNIFICANTLY so I could gather it all back up to the original size.


I also added hand made gold piping around the neck and waist lines.



Used the same short sleeve as I did on the previous dresses but this time added two layers of tulle. I also finished the arm holes with double fold gold bias tape.


I decided to put the zipper in the back because of the tulle layers though if I could do it over again I would just reverse the dress and have the button placket in the back.


The tulle I used had gold glitter in it but it wasn’t attached very well and it looked like I had taken a bath in it by the time I was done ha! I had to warn people at church before she would climb up onto their lap that they were about to be glitter bombed.

2014-12-21_0002 OKay so I have to say something about her crazy hair (which I love). We went to go see my very talented niece Ally’s cheer performance and they all had these AWESOME faux hawks. I loved how messy and rocker they were with an elegant twist.


I figured since the rest of her dress was over the top glamour she could rock a punk hair do. I had her sleep in curlers so that the pieces that stuck out would be softer and more feminine. Pretty sure I am going to make her do this once a week now ha!
2014-12-21_0010 Chloe totally got the shaft this year in the Christmas dress dept. I just couldn’t find the time. BUT I pulled the Marakech dress out and had her wear it and not only did she love it but the coloring was stunning on her. So in the end it all worked out. I still have everything to make her the same dress in a dusty pink so it will happen eventually… maybe after the new year ha! It’s my turn for a dress!



12.16.14Sunday Sew: The Franklin Dress


This weeks Sunday sew is a few days late (obviously ha!) This weekend was a doozy for me Sunday in particular. Nothing bad just busy busy busy. I know that is how most people are right now. Man the holidays are nuts! Wonderful, but crazy! The lateness should in no way reflect my excitement about what I got to sew up this week. Erin from Brooklyn Pattern company emailed me asking if I wanted to give her Franklin Dress a try! I am always up for a new pattern!


The first time I sewed it up it was with very different fabric (I will eventually get pictures and post this). I did a poor job cutting the pattern and didn’t measure Evie first.


It ended up being way too big and resembled more a nightgown (which this would be SUCH a cute pattern to use for that as well in a soft flannel! Ding! Idea!). This trial run though ended up being the perfect inspiration though for what I REALLY wanted to make.


I have been gaga over THIS shop on etsy for a while and decided to see if I could use the Franklin Dress to Mimic my favorite little top of theirs.


The Black strip and solid cotton are all from Hobby Lobby. The triangle print is from Spoonflower and I kid you not I had only little scraps that I had saved and saved. I just need to break down and order some more ha!


Chloe’s dress is the exact Franklin pattern only I shortened it a good chunk and I downsized her to a size two, and I made a flutter sleeve instead of the 3/4 length it comes with.


I only did two buttons instead of three because they are GINORMOUS. I also removed the pleats and black double fold bias tape to finish the neckline and underarms.


On Evie’s I also removed the pleats because I didn’t want the triangle pattern to get lost in the pleating (otherwise I think the pleating looks gorgeous and I did it in the first dress I made). I used the front yolk facing on the outside as well (so I cut four pieces of it instead of two and none of the front yolk).


I also did the same flutter sleeves as on Chloe’s and again down sized her from a size five to a size three in some areas and four in length. I think I am going to go back and put a little elastic in the outside edge of those sleeves so they don’t look so pokey outy.



You guys I am just soooooo in love with how it turned out! I kept telling the girls how cute they looked until Evie finally said: “Mom we know they are your favorites its okay” ha!


The patterns instructions were very clear and it was easy to sew. I love all the details. I would be sure to measure your cutie before sewing and think about the ultimate look you are going for. The other dress I made is much flowier and roomier.


I wanted a more tailored look with this particular fabric hence the downsizing. But this wouldn’t always be the case.


Also make sure you are in the correct viewing mode when you print out the pattern. The first two times I printed it out it did not print the squares and letters/numbers to line everything up. I finally figured out I was in the wrong viewing mode.


The girls were super good while taking pictures for me and their requested reward was to eat all the mini marshmallows out of a jar of hot chocolate mix a neighbor had brought by.

I happily obliged. Easiest reward ever! And no, none of the chocolate powder ended up on my rug! It was a christmas miracle ha!

Thank you so much Erin for sending along your gorgeous pattern! Hopefully ya’ll don’t mind me showing off the other versions I made because I have several in mind ha!



12.09.14Sunday Sew: Mint Jersey Glam

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The Sew Fab Winter Bundle is only available for a few more days! You can purchase the entire bundle of ten patterns HERE.


I have had a lot of feedback about the lack of large sizes for this dress and wanted to address this issue as I have a plus size sister/ sister in laws myself and know that they also would love to sew up some fun comfy/ glam dresses themselves. It is not a matter of not wanting to offer additional sizes it is simply my still being new to the pattern grading world. Each time you grade a pattern you have the opportunity to skew the patterns proportions if you do it incorrectly. I have found that my current pattern grading abilities drop off sharply after I have graded it up or down three sizes from the original. All of a sudden hips are ginormous and lengths are too long etc. I am currently re-viewing the pattern grading videos I purchased from Melly Sews in hopes to remedy my poor skills and I am hoping to offer the Jersey Glam dress in three additional sizes eventually. I would kindly ask that the fact that I am working on these projects while being a single mommy to four little kids while their daddy is in Afghanistan please be kept in mind. My pattern sizing in no way reflects my feelings towards peoples personal sizes and to assert such is extremely hurtful.


As with any pattern please refer to the sizing chart included before you purchase the pattern. We made it available for this specific reason. Again the limit to five sizes is due to my limited grading skills which hopefully will be improved with restudying of the process, but it will not be done over night that is for sure.


This particular version was made from Mint Green thick jersey I purchased from Girl Charlee a long time ago and had been hording. I originally planned on pairing it with a fur vest but when I did the cute dress seemed to get lost. So instead I went for a more plan monochrome look. With those white legs I think I could almost be invisible if we had a sudden snow storm ha!




12.06.14Jersey Glam Dress

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You guys! I have been sitting on this pattern for so long my bum is sore. Ha! Just kidding. But I HAVE been DYING to release it. Nothing is worse then having so many people help you test and perfect a pattern only to have to wait for the release date ha!! But it is finally here! Yay! The Jersey Glam Dress is now available for purchase as part of the Sew Fab Winter Sale Bundle. You can purchase the bundle, which contains ten never before release patterns including the Jersey Glam HERE. We weren’t able to release photos before though so over the next few days I am going to be sharing the different versions, myself and my wonderful pattern testers have made. The first is one of my favorite versions though (hence it being the cover shot).


I made these dress from super soft and stretchy jersey that I had hoarded from the fabric district in Paris. But then as I was desperately digging through the jersey section at Joannes looking for ANYTHING even remotely cute (there is a SORE lack of cute jersey at local chains) low and behold there was a bolt of the exact same fabric! I may have (did) bought all that was left (sorry). But it’s okay because I found it at Joann’s online ekkkk!!! You can buy this exact fabric (the same fabric I also used in my last sunday sew) HERE. That is if I don’t buy it all first Moowahahah!


Now back to the pattern. I had gotten so tired I seeing posts with cute jersey dresses that were ALLLL made from “simply using an old tank top of shirt” as a guide. No. There is nothing “simple” about that. And it NEVER worked for me. I wasted so much expensive jersey just trying to get that right that I gave up. I looked and looked for a good jersey pattern I could download and came up empty handed. Apparently I may be the only person in the world who cannot make a jersey dress from a tank top. And if that is the case this pattern is going to sell pretty horribly ha! (Did I mention you can buy it in the bundle here… oh I did? Okay)

PS This is a PERFECT pattern for you serger lovers out there. You can do allllllmost the entire dress on the serger!!


But hopefully there are others of you like me who just want to be able to get a great fitting dress without guestimating how much bigger I should cut it then the tank top. And lets not even go into the fact that none of them have a good sleeve option.


So the Jersey Glam dress was born. Now for the nitty gritty. This dress runs large. I did this because I wanted the jersey to hang a bit not stretch tightly across my bum. It is also SUPER important to note that my gorgeous nieces is 5’9 so as you can see the dress on her is a wee bit in the shorty department. It hits my knee exactly with a nice chunky hem and I am 5’5 (I am! Shhhhhhh! Okay I am just over 5’4). You will get more of a sense of the sizing over the next few days as you see the dress on different body types.


I also made it run a bit large because you can ALWAYS go back and do little adjustments to make it fit perfect if you have extra fabric to work with. You cannot with a super fitted pattern. I’m a safe side kind of gal.


I cannot wait to keep showing you all the other versions I have sewn. This bad boy has been sewn A LOT ha! It is once of those patterns that the actual sewing is wayyy faster then the pattern taping/ cutting so once that part is done subsequent dresses are whipped up! Due to the nature of the bundle and agreements we as pattern makers made when we joined the bundle, this particular pattern will unfortunately not be for sale on its own for a good chunk of time. Sooooo hop on over HERE to see more about the bundle or go straight HERE to purchase it.

Thank you so much for all the support and especially thank you to all my fabulous testers!!! They were so patient as I worked out all the kinks and tried to make this into a “go to” pattern.



12.05.14The Sew Fab Pattern Sale

This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase the Sew Fab Bundle through those links I earn a percentage of the sale. Thank you so much for supporting the Sew Fab Sale! We all appreciate your business! Sew Fab Winter 2014 Pattern Sale at www.thesoutherninstitute.com I can’t believe it’s time again for another Sew Fab Pattern Sale, can you? It feels like the time in between sales just gets shorter and shorter! I know that many of you have been keeping up with sale updates through the Sew Fab newsletter, and have been eagerly awaiting this bundle… I think you’re going to be really excited! This time around things are a bit different. In the past the Sew Fab bundles have covered a wide range of patterns, from beautiful girls’ dresses to unisex children’s pants. We’ve seen women’s patterns, stuffed animals, and messenger bags. Each bundle has been amazing, but what we found is that some of you already had several of the patterns in the bundle. A lot of you said that you would only use a few of the patterns, because the range of patterns was so broad, which didn’t make buying it worth it for you. The Sew Fab Team had to think long and hard about how to give you all a bundle that you could really use, so they decided to go back to the drawing board and create brand new designs for this sale! Did you hear that???

This bundle is completely made up of unreleased patterns!

The Sew Fab Winter Bundle includes ten brand new women’s patterns from indie pattern designers that you already know and love! They have been working tirelessly, comparing ideas and notes and creating an amazing bundle of patterns that will help you create an entire wardrobe for yourself! This bundle is so versatile. It will enable you to create endless combinations.

Now for the exciting part…the new patterns! Ten never-before-seen, gorgeous patterns. Here they are!

Sew Fab Winter 2014 Bundle From Top Left, clockwise: The Parisian Palazzo Pants by E-Beth Designs, The Omega Angel Jacket by Golden Rippy, The Margot Dress by Violette Field Threads, The Extraordinary Girl by Filles a Maman, The Vintage Inspired Train Case by Gingercake, The Norah Nightgown and Panties by Greenstyle Creations, The Off the Shoulder Dress and Peplum Top by EYMM, The Capitol Hill by Straight Stitch Designs, The Jersey Glam Dress by Kelly Crawford (Sewing in No Man’s Land), The Wander Skirt by One Girl Circus. Because they are new, these patterns are not listed anywhere on the internet right now, so for your reference, we have listed all of the pattern descriptions and size charts for you on this page. Hop on over and take a look. You’ll see that there are so many options for every woman! Buy It Now As you can see, this is a really amazing bundle! Each pattern was designed for this sale (FOR YOU!) and the bundle is available only through the Sew Fab Winter Sale. You will not find these patterns sold together anywhere else, and certainly not for this price! At $29.95, this is the perfect budget friendly gift for a BFF, family member, or yourself, because 10 brand new patterns at less than $3 each cannot be beat! (Bundles cannot be shared. Please purchase additional bundles if gifting them.) If you have purchased a Sew Fab Pattern Bundle in the past you know how it works, but just in case you are new to Sew Fab here’s what you need to know… The Sew Fab Pattern Bundle is a bundle of PDF patterns. If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me explain briefly how they work. Upon purchasing the bundle you will be sent links to the individual pattern files. After downloading each pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles. Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern! At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern that you have pieced together directly to your fabric, or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tracing paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size. PDF patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need and they’re stored on your laptop! This Sew Fab Pattern Bundle is only available for a very limited time and will never be available again! You can purchase the bundle from December 5th at 8 a.m. EST through December 15th at 11:59 p.m. EST. There will be no late sales offered. Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds. The pattern bundle expires six months from the end of the sale, so please download and save your patterns upon receiving them.

You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready-made collection of 10 brand new PDF sewing patterns for only $29.95!

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The Sew Fab Giveaway!

As always we have a great Sew Fab Giveaway for you to enter! One lucky winner is going to win a whole bunch of gift certificate goodness, plus an extra little gift from Funnybone Toys and Jenny (the creator of the Sew Fab Sale)! Here’s what the winner will receive… Winter Sew Fab Giveaway graphic Four gift certificates totaling $225 from Finch Sewing Studio, Imagine gnats, Online Fabric Store, and Fat Quarter Shop!!! And the winner will also get a Needles, Threads, and Buttons Rolli stamp from Funnybone Toys and one yard of twill tape to make custom fabric tags! To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below, and be sure to leave the required information when asked. Facebook will not allow us to require you to “like” a page in exchange for an entry, but if you visit the page and feel led to “like” it I know the designers and giveaway sponsors would greatly appreciate it. The giveaway is open to all! a Rafflecopter giveawaySign up for the Sew Fab Newsletter to get the latest Sew Fab News! Winners will be announced in the newsletter as well as upcoming sales and other news pertaining to the Sew Fab Sale and the world of PDF patterns. **For answers concerning sale terms and customer service questions, please see the FAQ page. I will be back later today with a full post about my personal pattern. Ekk! I am so excited about it!