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Pattern hacking is about changing up a basic pattern and making it into a new style. Find pattern hack ideas from simple changes like sleeve hacks to more advanced.

Sew a lace back sweater

This lace back sweater was calling my name!  It was one of those moments when I saw something and had to make it immediately.  And I’m going to walk you through how you can make your own lace back sweater.  A little background… It all started with my mailbox.  For an unknown odd reason, the…

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Rose Tyler jacket cosplay

Ever since my husband and I started watching Doctor Who 3 years back, we’ve kicked around the idea of cosplay.  Though we’ve enjoyed all the Doctors and companions, Rose and the 10th Doctor have easily been our favorites.  Maybe it’s the fact that we both have similarish coloring to Billie Piper and David Tennant that…

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Cutout t-shirt refashions: summer trio

Summer still lingers here so I’m catching up on writing up the last of my summer projects before I move on into my fall makes.  Earlier in the summer, I picked up a few t-shirts at the thrift store for refashions.  One of them, you already saw me re-make in my Split Flutter Sleeve hack…

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Sleeveless Shoulder Frill tops x4

Have you ever found yourself inspired by childrens’ clothing? I’ve been on a bit a spree lately sewing these sleeveless shoulder frill tops for my daughter.  This particular one is Ottobre 3-2017-2.  Ottobre must love the little shoulder frills too because there’s a variant of the same style in every size range in this issue….

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Winter Street Geometric Dress mash up

Of course I was going to make something for The Monthly Stitch’s Pattern Hack week for Indie Pattern Month.  Pattern hacking is quickly becoming a favorite sport. The particular dress that I had in mind for this challenge I’ve had on my must make now docket for 2 years.  It’s inspired by Boden’s Alice dress…

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Zipper Ruffle Tank for Who Made it Best

Recently, Melissa challenged me to a round of Who Made It Best.  For this challenge, I’m making this zippered ruffle hack of Straight Stitch Design’s Greenwood Tank. Who Made It Best is a friendly challenge hosted by Melissa of mahlicadesigns where she pairs up with a fellow blogger and they sew the same pattern to…

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Colors of Flags Challenge: One shoulder ruffle neck dress

When Renata announced the Colors of Flags Challenge, I knew I wanted to participate.  Not only do I really admire Renata and want to support her, the 4th of July is probably my favorite non-religious holiday.  How can you not love a holiday that combines fireworks with BBQs and drippy ice cream sandwiches?  Plus Rachel’s…

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Linen Split Flutter Sleeve Tee

All of my t-shirts have been slowly wearing out, so at the moment, I have t-shirts on the brain.  You know what that means, right?  It’s time to dust off my Pinterest boards and get to hacking.  This linen split flutter sleeve tee started as a search for something to do with linen knit, and…

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Kommatia Patterns bodysuit and Donna Karan Wrap Top

I managed to eek out 2 more tops before the April 30th deadline for Faye’s Pops That Top sewalong.  Here’s my Kommatia Patterns bodysuit and Donna Karan Wrap Top. Old vs. new The Donna Karan wrap top (Vogue 2064) is an old pattern.  There’s 32 reviews on Patternreview written from 2004-2014.  I’ve meant to make…

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Lace bodysuit from Jalie’s Bella Dress

It was 4th grade and my friend Paola was the height of cool.  Not only was she from Mexico and a gymnast who trained with Bela Karoyli, but she wore leotards nearly everyday to school.  She always looked so strong as she was back handspringing her way around the playground.  Better yet, those leotards never…

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Jeanius Pastel Denim Trench Coat

When Portia Lawrie of Makery announced that this years #Refashioners2016 challenge was denim, I couldn’t not participate in the community challenge.  Between my catalog of my own jeans I’ve made and the wide variety of details collected on my Altered Denim board, it should be clear that when in comes to denim, I’m very serious…

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Lace mixed media tank

This lace mixed media tank is one of the projects I’ve made in the past couple months post baby that I haven’t got around to writing about.  It’s part refashion, part working with available materials, and a whole lotta pattern hacking in between.  The inspiration for this one was this Anthropologie tank: I love how…

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