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Women's Be the Leader Top

I am actually wearing a crop top and showing off my mommy belly!! I have faced my body fears and now I can conquer the world! When I got the assignment to test the Women's Be the Leader Top by Ellie and Mac I had a total moment of panic. I wasn't sure that I could pull this off. But the name of the pattern is Be the Leader so how can I not stand up to this challenge? Can you see my mommy belly? It's not too bad, is it?



The Women's Be the Leader Top is an off the shoulder top with a beautiful flounce accent. This versatile top comes in several different lengths; crop, shirt, and tunic length. The flounce comes in two lengths. I made the longer flounce and of course, the cropped length. I still can't get over the fact that I am actually wearing a cropped top!! The available sleeve lengths are; short, 3/4th, and long. I chose to make the 3/4th length sleeve. It's totally my favorite length sleeve for this top. 




I paired the pink floral cotton/spandex fabric from
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Gloria Peplum

I have this weird obsession with showing off my shoulders. They are my best features, to me.  I always favor sleeveless, off the shoulder or cold shoulder tops. The split sleeves of the new Gloria Peplum by 5 out of 4 Patterns are such a unique feature to such a great pattern. I was extremely excited to test the Gloria Peplum pattern. This awesome high/low peplum top presented a fashionable reason to show off my shoulders.



The Gloria pattern has so many length options; peplum, short and long skater skirt, peplum, short and long high/low skirt. I was impressed with all of the options that come with the Gloria pattern. There is something for everyone. I decided that I would test the Peplum high/low option. The flattering fitted waist really complements the high/low peplum. This gives the silhouette of a super dainty figure on all body types.


There are so many sleeve options to choose from. The sleeves can be made in the traditional option or there is a split sleeve option.  Sleeveless…

Jessie Tunic

A couple of months ago, I would have totally shied away from wearing any type of fitted top.  I've recently lost almost 20 pounds, so I've gotten a bit of a confidence boost. The Jessie Tunic/Dress by 5 out of 4 Patterns is the perfect fitted tunic to make my debut of my new level of self love. This tunic accentuates my curves that I've worked hard for.  I feel as good as I look!!



The Jessie pattern features top, tunic, short dress length and knee dress length. I will usually chose the tunic length of a pattern when I test it. I love the fact that tunics are long enough to cover my 'mom butt' when I decide to pair it with leggings.  I paired this tunic with a pair of my favorite skinny jeans and girly heels. I think that this outfit is sheer perfection. (Mom butts are beautiful but our kids don't think so:)


I think that I need to make more of the racer back version of this pattern.  The racer back insert is such a beautiful feature to this tunic.  If racer bac…

Going Home Sweater

When I was asked to sew up a Floral Heroes custom panel for KNITorious Fabric, I contemplated which pattern that I wanted to use.  When I got the 30x36 panel I definitely knew that I needed to make the Going Home Sweater by Ellie and Mac.  I had to do the Floral Heroes justice by using the whole panel.

The Going Home Sweater can be shirt, tunic, or dress length.  I chose to make the tunic length.  I had no problem cutting the tunic length from this panel.  There are three different sleeve lengths short, 3/4th, and long sleeve.  The long sleeves can be made with cuffs, which I love.  I'm also a fan of the hem band, anytime that I don't have to hem is a plus.

How much do you love Storm from X-men?  She just happens to be my favorite X-man and overall hero.  There weren't very many heroes of color when I was growing up so when I saw Storm, I was  in love.  Her awesome powers and beauty were really inspiring to me as a pre-teen.  I wanted to be her. This panel was perfect for…

RuLo Top and Tunic

I'm not always comfortable with wearing a crop top. My belly is a secret that I would like to keep to myself. When I was approached with the challenge of making a crop top, I wasn't thrilled, but I took it as an opportunity to shine.

I decided that the new George + Ginger RuLo Crop Top would be great with a pair of mid waist Chelsea Pants by Greenstyle Creations. The RuLo's full bell sleeves with ties really compliments the flair of the Chelsea pants. This ensemble is sheer perfection in my eyes. 



Not only is the RuLo an awesome crop top, it can also be a regular length, tunic, dress and an over-sized dolman. These fabulous sleeves has the options to be a full bell, with or without ties, single, double, triple bell, or a basic sleeve. But wait there's more.  There is even an option for shoulder ruffles.


The RuLo top can be made with a two-way stretch sweater knit. You will need about 2 + yards of fabric.  I got my sweater knit from the clearance fabric section at Walmart…

Men's Emmett T-shirt

In all the years that I've been sewing, I've never made anything for Phillip. Now I can no longer say that sentence. I recently tested the Emmet T-Shirt by Laela Jeyne patterns. Not only did he love it he kept complimenting the softness of the shirt. I used double brushed poly knit fabric that I recieved from Knitpop

 The Emmett Tee has lots of options: henley style, polo, or plain t-shirt. There are even different sleeve length options. The sizes range from XS-3X. I chose to make the plain tee in a size L with short sleeves.


I think the shirt fits him very well. he liked the fact that there is actually a shirt that is custom made for his height (6'3). I added 1 inch to the length of the shirt just for his comfort. 

If you've never made a shirt or anything for your significant other, now is the time. This shirt only takes 1.75 yards of fabric to make. The instructions are clearly written with lots of photos to follow. The pattern also features no trim pages, which I…