Sewing videos


With school getting started here, I’m slowly easing back into my regular posting schedule.  Today I’m sharing the San Francisco chapter of my California Fabric Haul videos.  In it, I discuss my fabric purchases in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.  When I was there, I went to Fabric Outlet (Cali Fabrics’ brick and mortar) and Fabrix.  Santa Cruz, of course is home to Hart’s Fabric, which is a veritable fabric candy shop.

San Francisco Fabric Haul

Fun morning ahead @califabrics store in SF! ❤️❤️#isew #sewcialists #fabricshopping #fabricaddict

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LA Fashion District Fabric Haul

In case you missed it last week, here’s my tips for shopping the LA Fashion District and what I bought there as well.  Besides finding leather at the FIDM Scholarship store and a bevy of nice metal zippers, I came home with 5 yards of Italian pinstripe wool purchased for a song destined to become a 10th Doctor suit for my husband.  No doubt, that’s a good thing given that the pattern is going to be a fortune.  Plus, on Deepika‘s recommendation, I checked out The Fabric Store and found some lovely linen and Liberty in my color palette.

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Bad Wolf Costumes on Etsy


Seamstress Tag

As I note in my Seamstress Tag video, my favorite place to go fabric shopping is on vacation.  There’s only a couple of local fabric stores where I live, and they are often hard for me to get to.  To combat this problem, I usually either shop online or stock up when I’m traveling.  So this was a stock up trip for sure!

Do you stock up on fabrics or are you more of a shop for the project kind of sewist?

Happy fabric shopping,

Here’s all of my videos for the zipper ruffle tank. I explained a bit how I made mine in my last post, but here you can see my whole process.

DIY Zipper Ruffle Tank videos

In the first video, I’ll show you how to alter your pattern. Part 2 shows you how to construct the zipper unit, and in part 3 we’ll sew it all together.  I’m using Straight Stitch Designs’ Greenwood Tank for this hack, but there’s other options.  You can start with any tank top pattern as a base, but here are some ones that are a good choice and won’t require you to alter the shoulder width as I show you in the video: McCalls 6964, KwikSew 3232, Butterick 5948, NewLook 6285


New Look Pattern 6285 Misses' Knit Tank Tops

Don’t forget to vote for my zipper ruffle tank below.  Melissa has challenged me to a friendly round of Who Made It Best.  Check out her version of the Greenwood Tank.





Dress Week at Indie Pattern Month

Hey, in other news, my Overdyed Fringed Charlie Dress made it into the finals of dress week for Indie Pattern Month at The Monthly Stitch.  The voting is over, and I’m curious to see how it all went down, but do check out all the lovely finalists.

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Now that you’ve read about my Colors of Flags Challenge makes, check out Episode #2 of Pattern Hacker.  You can see my full process for this DIY One Shoulder Ruffle Dress.  I’m slowly working the kinks out of my videos and looking forward to more of these types of videos.  I’ve really enjoyed producing all of these for everyone!  The teacher in me is jumping around!

If you’re looking to make your own version of this dress and you don’t have the two Burdastyle patterns I used (5-2010-130, and 2-2013-109), here’s some ideas: Substitute any pencil skirt pattern made with stretch woven fabrics for the bottom.

For the top part OOP Simplicity 5508 would be a great substitute.  All it needs is a strap and the ruffle!

Vogue 1452 could also be a good substitute for the top part.  Actually, Vogue 1452 is a great substitute because the pattern has a strap, and the sloping neckline already goes all the way around the front and back.  All you’d have to do is add the neck ruffle and possibly change the construction for the strap.

Let me know what kinds of pattern hacks are the most interesting to you!

Now go watch some fireworks!

No doubt I’m the last person in the sewing world to have bought anything from LA Finch Fabrics!  I’m sharing a quick video today on my recent purchases with them.  I have some thoughts about what to do with all of them too.


LA Finch Fabrics June 2017 Mini Haul

Here’s what I bought:

White Jegging Denim

9 oz sky blue stretch denim

Chartreuse/white print rayon challis

Have you ordered from LA Finch Fabrics?  What’s been your favorite purchase from them?

Speaking of ordering, you still have time to use my coupon code for a round of labels from Dutch Label Shop.   Enter the code “elizabethmadethis15” (all lowercase)when you go to checkout for the 10% discount.



I went and done it.  I took my first plunge down the deep rabbit hole of Elizabeth Made This’ YouTube channel.  Producing took way longer than I expected it to, but my first official video is now up!  I hope you enjoy this split flutter sleeve tee pattern hack tutorial.

For the sharp ears, you can enjoy my kids’ laughter in the background!


I’d love to see your own versions of this top!  If you follow this tutorial through, please show it off!  Drop me a line here or you can tag me on Instagram @elizabethmadethis or on my Elizabeth Made This Facebook page.


Happy hacking!