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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Cheers

Kelly

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).

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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!

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cheers

Kelly

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!

Cheers!

Kelly

12.01.14Cyber Monday $1 Patterns

With all the moving in the last 6 months, having a house built and getting ready for Chris to go to a war zone, I have not done much with my patterns. That will change soon. I have only been posting one project a week because I have been working feverishly behind the scenes. I have a few patterns that will be coming soon; some new, and some updated and improved favorites. Until those are ready to be released I thought I would put all of my patterns on sale for cyber Monday for only $1. Many of my patterns are already $1 but some, like the Tuileries Dress (normally $8), Half Moon Bay Dress and Romper (normally $6) and Mini Mod Dress (Normally $5), will be brought down to $1 for the next few days only.

Click HERE for patterns

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Several of my other patterns that will be improved upon will have a significant price increase when they are available in the new size ranges. So if you have been thinking about getting one now is the time! I am SURE Craftsy is also having some fantastic sales on classes. So if you wanted to become a master of zippers or a better, faster sewer, be sure to check out there classes while over there! Happy Cyber Monday!

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Click HERE for patterns

Cheers!

Kelly

11.24.14Sunday Morning Sew: C’est Dimanche Glitter Dress

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

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It was Chloe’s turn this week for a new dress and she was sooooo excited.

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I redecorated, or more of decorated because it was just a pit of despair before, my sewing room and while I had all my fabrics out I gave her a bunch of choices.

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She chose a soft pink and this awesome armor looking material. Both of which I bought at Marche Saint Pierre in the fabric district in France. I thought I would be so happy to have the ease and accessibility of Joann’s and Hobby Lobby. No more 45 min metro ride and horrifically expensive fabric, but I of course was wrong. I miss it terribly. All the funky costume shops and coupon (small remnants of fabric) shops that had great finds and prices if you just had the time to dig. The MASSIVE selection of organic cotton. The odd little men who walk around with their sticks to cut your fabric. The security guard who always intimidated me and made me feel like I was steeling even though I of course never did. Ahhhh the fabric district, you are missed sorely.

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Anyways, I had intended to make myself a skirt out of the sparkly material but thought it was high time it actually get used.

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This girl! It is a little embarrassing how much she rules our family. She says (more like shrieks) jump and boy do we jump. 

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^^^^^ The face that says “I will probably be sent to boarding school when I am 13″ ^^^^

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As if we could ever live without her!

2014-11-23_0007 The pattern is one of my favorites from C’est Dimanche.

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It is completely in French but I did a step by step HERE so that if you decide to purchase the pattern you can just cut out all your pieces and then follow the steps, hopefully easily, in english.
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Photo shoots take a lot out of us! Just FYI Chloe’s shoes are from H&M and oh my gosh I am in love with those sparkly little Mary Janes. I had actually saved my euros to buy Evie the sparkly Start Rite Mary Janes made for Bonton but in the end I just couldn’t do it. 
 
While the glitter isn’t nearly as chunky the ones from H&M are still pretty cute and at 1/8th the cost I just couldn’t say no!
I am hoping to hop on again with a post about the dinning room table I built for Thanksgiving but just in case I don’t get to it until AFTER Thanksgiving I hope you and your family have an absolutely lovely one filled with food family and fun!
Cheers!
Kelly