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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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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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Assemble PDF Patterns with Contact Paper

IMG_9087Today I’d like to share a trick for making PDF pattern assembly easier. Two words: contact paper. Instead of laying out pages and taping them together, worrying that you’ve made the pieces crooked, try lining up and sticking your pieces to contact paper.

I’m sure there are some of you out there who already use this method, but I thought I’d share it anyway.

Something I really like about this method is that you can peel and re-stick if you make a mistake. An added bonus to the use of contact paper is that your patterns are more durable. I would advise using pattern weights when cutting fabric out, as putting pins through the contact paper will cause them to be sticky.

Here are some ways that you can go about assembling a PDF pattern with contact paper. Continue reading

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Verity Pattern Coming Soon

envelopefrontVerityfinalI know it’s been quiet around these parts recently, but I hope you’ll forgive me when I tell you why. I have some exciting news! Next week, I plan to offer a PDF pattern of my own design. Verity will be the first pattern from Moxie Patterns.

This is one of the super secret projects (which I referenced in my beginning of the year goals post) I’ve been working on this year. This summer I’ve shared several dress variations of my favorite self-drafted design. The reason you’ve seen so many variations of this pattern (see this post for the different variations that I’ve made over the years) is because I’ve been in the process of making Verity a combination dress-shirt pattern, with several different neckline and sleeve options. I tried to hold out until the pattern was completed to make this announcement, but I can’t keep it in anymore. I was hoping to have it ready to release on my birthday (this past Thursday), but I didn’t quite finish in time. I plan to release the PDF pattern within the next week. Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway Winners

100_2992Friday evening was the deadline for entries in the Spring Cleaning Giveaway. Thank you to everyone who was interested in the patterns and dresses! Today, I’m announcing the winners. I’ll make this short and sweet.

The winner of the bell-skirted evening dress pattern is… Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway

100_3334To start off my first Me-Made-May I’ve got a giveaway for ya’, and it’s a big un’! This giveaway has something for sewers and non-sewers alike.

First, I have some patterns to give away. I will mail these to fellow sewers anywhere around the world…

As I was going through my wardrobe and making my plans for Me-Made-May, I realized that there are several items that I made over the past few years and rarely wore or only wore once or twice. These dresses deserve to be worn and loved. I can’t bear to give them to a thrift shop, so I thought I’d see if anyone out there might be interested in them… Continue reading

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Self-Drafted Sweater Shirt and Skirt

When I was in California, I didn’t have any of my pattern drafting tools with me but I decided to try to draft a few patterns anyway.

When I found the sweater material above in my $2 bag from Loft, I wanted to make a shirt to go with the skirt I bought while at the thrift store with my sister. . . . Continue reading

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Recent adventures in thriftiness

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite, recent finds…Vintage Lounge Chairs…Free Sewing Patterns…Free Bushel Basket…Estate Sale Sewing Goodies…Vintage spice cabinet… Continue reading

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Two Retro Swimsuits

The past few weeks have been busier than I expected. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am teaching a few classes at a community college. This is my first time teaching, and preparations have been taking up most of my time.

Before the craziness ensued, I did make a few things. So, I’m going to start sharing pictures of some of those items with you.

Today’s post is about two swimsuits that I made in August. Continue reading

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A Wall of Vintage Patterns

While thrifting in Idaho, I found an unbelievable amount of vintage patterns. Continue reading

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