Category Archives: Sewing & Crafting

Travel Roll Organizers with Detachable Pouches

These are my new favorite non-clothing sewn items of all time.

I made these travel roll ups for my sister-in-law’s and her husband’s birthdays in December.

I hadn’t made either of them anything yet over the past several years, so I knew I wanted to make them something this year. My sister-in-law travels a lot for work, but they travel together fairly often, as well. Hence, the idea for a travel organizer.

I am very pleased with how they turned out. The design is pretty similar to a toiletry and cosmetic roll up my mom always used from Mary Kay, except the Mary Kay one is boring clear vinyl with black and pink trim. ;P

I knew the organizer could be made more “hip” with the right materials. So, I found some nice imitation leathers and medium weight cotton blends for the linings. Continue reading

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Christmas Selfless Sewing & End of 2016 Road Trip

I’m popping in to share some selfless sewing that I did last month in preparation for our Christmas trip to visit my family. I will also share about our end of 2016 roadtrip at the bottom of the post.

I made my sisters and my mom different infinity scarves, as well as one garment each.

For my mom and my sister Heather, I made hi-low tops. A couple years back, I made a Deer & Doe Plantain, which I altered to have a hi-low hem (unblogged). So, I used that pattern as a basis for grading up and creating the patterns for their shirts. I made sure they were 3.5 inches longer than my pattern, but I should have lengthened them a couple more inches, as both my mom and Heather have very long torsos. However, I think they look fine with a shirt under them (which is actually how I used to wear mine).

For Laurie, I finally made the dress that I told her I would make over three years ago, that I mentioned in this post. The saddest part is that it was cut out in my UFO pile for at least two years. 😮

For Brittany I made a slouchy cowl top based on a top that she had on her wishlist. I used one of my self-drafted basic v-neck patterns as a starting point and graded to create a pattern for her size.

I technically re-gifted a handmade item to my dad, but it was literally only worn once by my husband. The fit was just too slim for his taste. It fits my dad pretty well, and I know he’ll wear it.

I was so blessed to have the opportunity to drive out and visit with my family at Christmas. We had THE BEST time. Continue reading

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Three Verity Hacks: Maxi Skirt, Crop Top & Button Tab Cowl

Looking for more ways to get use out of the Verity pattern? Well, I have a few extra ideas for you today.

I have been really into high-waisted skirts and crop tops over the past year, and I particularly like midi and maxi length skirts with crop tops. Why? They make me look tall and long-legged! Something this 5’0″ gal with a long lower torso usually only dreams about. I have to laugh, because conventional fashion advice that I always received told me that as a short woman, I should avoid these skirt lengths. Good thing I don’t care about arbitrary fashion rules anymore. ;P

The first hack is for a turning the Verity skirt into a midi or maxi length.

One crop top features omitted sleevebands and a waistband that is simply hemmed along the bottom.

The second crop top features a cowl with a fun little button tab feature, and the waistband is folded and elasticated. You could also choose to simply fold the waistband and half and omit the elastic. I added it to this top for an extra-fitted waistline. Continue reading

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Maker Versions of Verity – Round 1

photogrid_1480354709234If you follow the Moxie Patterns Instagram account (@moxiepatterns) then you’ve already seen this first round of a few sewist versions of the Verity pattern. Each of them is unique and absolutely lovely. Below each photo is a link to the blog post or Instagram post associated with the maker.

The Verity pattern is on sale for Cyber Monday in my Etsy shop. Use coupon code “cyber16” for 15% off. Continue reading

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Floral Micro Cord Alder Shirtdress

img_6102-1This dress jumped the blogging cue because it’s my new favorite, and I finally took some decent blog photos this time around.

The fabric was a gift that has been in my stash for years. It’s a beautiful floral micro cord. After I made my first Grainline Alder shirtdress (still unblogged, but I did share a photo on Instagram a while back), I knew it would be a great pattern to pair with this fabric for a fall dress.

I started with the size 2 this time, based on my high bust measurement, and did an FBA to add 3″ to the pattern piece at full bust. I did a swayback adjustment on the back bodice, and removed some of the height from the back armscye. I also shortened the bodice portion by about 1.5″, and added the length back in the skirt.

I knew that the style wouldn’t lend itself well to a fitted waist, but I did take the waist in a tad for a little more shape. I don’t mind the ease in the waist, since my adjustments made it fit quite well in the arms, shoulders and bust.

I have a very high waist, and recently discovered that my sister who is 5’7″ has the same waist to knee measurement as me. Our upper legs are even the same length. This lead to an interesting observation among family members that I am essentially a similar shape to several of my sisters (who are all 5’7″ or taller, while I come in at a whopping 5’0″), but I’m just smooshed from my shoulders to my waist, and from my knees to my ankles. Ha! I’m also the oldest of my five sisters, but people rarely thought that I was the oldest when we were growing up because I was so height challenged. Too bad people don’t equate height with youth once you’re out of childhood. I don’t think there’s any mistaking that I’m the oldest now. (>_<) Continue reading

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SBA for Verity Bodice (or Any Gathered Bodice)

sba-process-for-verityToday, I have a step-by-step for performing an SBA (small bust adjustment) for a gathered bodice, such as the one on the Verity pattern. I have also included a sheet with step-by-step illustrations for quick reference.

For the sake of example, let’s say we have a high bust measurement of 32″ and a full bust measurement of 33″.

The Verity pattern is drafted for a C cup (or up to a D cup due to the use of knit material). So, the pattern is drafted for at least a 3″ difference between high and full bust. So, we need to choose a size which best matches our actual high bust measurement to the corresponding assumed high bust measurement. That means we would start with a size S. Since the full bust measurement is 35″ for this size, the assumed high bust measurement 32″ (35-3 = 32), which matches our actual high bust measurement. Since our actual full bust measurement is 33″ and not 35″, we need to remove 2″ across the front bodice by performing a small bust adjustment on the front bodice pattern piece.

Since the 2″ must be removed across the entire bodice, and the front bodice is cut on the fold, we will be removing 1″ from our pattern piece at the full bust.

Step 1: Hold the pattern piece up and mark the apex of the bust. Once we have the apex marked, we can draw our lines for slashing and folding.

-Draw the first line from the bottom of the bodice piece up to the apex, parallel to the center fold line

-Draw the second line from the apex up to the armscye (about 1/3 of the way up the armscye, below the notch).

-Draw a third line from the side seam out to the apex

-Draw a fourth line across the bodice piece, about 2″ up from and parallel to the bottom of the bodice piece.
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Verity Plus Size Range XL-8X Now Available

verity-xl-8x-announcementThe plus size range of the Verity pattern is now available! I received some wonderful feedback from testers, and I made some improvements that I hope will make this a pattern that people love to use and reuse. I will have a post with pictures from some lovely testers soon.

This pattern can be used to make a dress or a shirt, with sleeves or without, and it has several collar options: split cowl, regular cowl, neckband, and now a Peter Pan collar add-on. The Peter Pan collar add-on is included for free with every purchase of this pattern for a limited time. For more details and photos of the pattern variations, please see this page.

Some notes about the pattern:

– All sizes are graded out from a sample block (size 4X) that was drafted specifically for a plus size figure.

– The pattern is drafted for C-D pattern cup size (3″-4″ difference between high bust and full bust) and a height of 5’6″.

– If you are between sizes, I would suggest going with the smaller size if you prefer a more fitted look.

-If you are shorter than or taller than 5’6″, you may need to shorten or lengthen the pattern pieces accordingly. However, everyone’s body is different, so you might be 5’6″ but have a short torso, for example, or 5’4″ with a long torso. There is a detailed pattern piece measurement chart included in the instructions. This should help you know what adjustments will need to be made for your height, etc. The measurement chart also includes armhole and bicep measurements. I include those measurements for ease of pattern adjustments.
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Purple Plaid Archer Button Up Shirt

img_5259The fall(ish) weather means I can finally wear this Grainline Archer shirt comfortably again. I say fall weather, but I use that term so loosely….It’s seriously still been fluctuating into the high 80s here! My Morning Glories literally just started blooming yesterday morning. Last year they were blooming at the beginning of September. :o)

Anyway, I made this shirt last fall, using some thrifted material that I found several years ago.

This shirt was a labor of love.

When I first sewed it up, I basically had to take the shirt apart and re-cut every piece, particularly in the armhole and shoulder area. I also had to take the side seams in a lot because the shirt ended up way too loose for my figure. I can handle a little bit of a relaxed fit nowadays, but I looked like I was wearing a shirt meant for my husband (who is 6′ and wears a men’s L-XL) when i first finished this one.

I chose my size between my high and full bust measurement (size 4), knowing I would want it to be slightly more fitted at the top. Then, I went down to a 2 at the waist, and faded out into a size 12 at the hips (since my hips measure around 43″ and the finished garment hip measurement for size 12 is listed at 44″. I figured I probably should have done an FBA before cutting into the fabric, but this was a muslin and I was feeling lazy. Surprisingly, it was still super loose and way too big in the armhole and shoulders (yes, that shoulder seam was sitting even further down my arm (>_<). Continue reading

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Two Plaid Shirts From Thrifted Dress

IMG_5245I’m back again with some another “catch-up” post from my hiatus. Here are two shirts that I made from a thrifted dress two Autumns ago.

I cannot find the “before” picture of the dress that I used to make these two tops. It had a massive collar and a tie under the collar. I guess it was meant for those times when you can’t decide which neckline you like best.

It was like this dress with the sailor collar and tie, but the drop-waist pleated skirt was floor-length. There were also buttons down the back of the bodice.
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Verity Re-launch & Peter Pan Collar Add-on

ig-pp-collar-announcement-2Hey everyone! I am re-launching my Verity pattern, to include an extended size range (XL-8X), a girl’s size range (1-8), and a new collar option. I am also offering a new A0 sheet format for those outside of the US who would like to print at a copyshop. Both of the new size ranges will be released within the coming weeks, so keep a lookout.

When I first released the pattern, it was somewhat premature, and it ended up being at a somewhat inopportune time in my life. But hey, live and learn, right? Anyway, I am excited to re-launch the pattern and I hope you enjoy it. The dress has been a staple in my wardrobe for many years now.

I will have some versions made by other sewists to share with you soon. If you have made a version of Verity over the past couple of years, I would love to see it. Please send pictures (moxiepatterns at gmail dot com) or a link to your blog, so I can feature you here. Or, if you are on Instagram, tag @moxiepatterns, and use #veritypattern.

So, let’s talk about the new collar option. The Peter Pan collar is my favorite collar option to add to this dress, and it would look great with the shirt, as well. For a limited time, this add-on collar option will be included with every Verity purchase. This offer is also available to anyone who has previously purchased the pattern (just drop me a line, and I’ll send you the collar and instructions).

As I said, I will be sharing some versions of Verity made by others soon, but in the meantime, here are a couple of examples of the dress with the peter pan collar option. Continue reading

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