It's been so busy around there. Life with two little ones is catching up with me! There will be lots of changes happening around here in the next month so forgive me if I'm not updating as much as I usually do! But don't worry I will be back full force with new patterns, better tutorials and some fantastic ideas for summer sewing! 

With that being said, here is something that I promised weeks ago! Finally I managed to edit these photos and write up the instructions. I'm so excited with how this skirt turned out! I love how grownup and elegant it is and feel that this is a very "Pinterest-y" feel to it! 

 
 
Amazing for festival season. Crop tops are everywhere!! They are super trendy and this tutorial shows you how it's soo easy.  I think it took me 1/2 hour in total to make this and it totally looks Instagram worthy.  You could wear this with pants or shorts for a casual look or pair it up with a matching pencil skirt for a classy yet fun look! 
This would look incredible in a lace or floral fabric, and I'm drooling over the idea of a suede fringe trim!

 
 
I've had this idea for a bow or a tie detail on a pencil skirt. I originally wanted to add a full bow but it turned out to be chunky and overpowering. I fiddled around until I found the perfect way to create the same effect with this tutorial. Instead of an actual bow, this technique adds the elegance of a bow without the bulk!
This skirt is feminine but not to girly. And it's soooo easy to achieve. You can make this in any colour you like, I do recommend a solid colour rather than a print so that the bow detail can stand out!

 
 

Hey Everyone! 

One of my goals with the Basic Knit Bodice was to create a collection of pattern pieces that you can mix and match with each other! My first official addition is 3 styles of knit sleeves! It is available for purchase here, and it such a fantastic addition to any pattern collection. Believe me when I say that this pattern is incredibly useful and I can't wait to feature it in lots of amazing dress tutorials in the future! 

Now about this tutorial:
My new found fabric love is scuba knit! So soft and REALLY comfortable to wear. It's thick enough that it smooths over an lumps and bumps you might want to hide which is always a bonus ;) You can make this dress with any medium weight knit (stretch) fabric and it really does flatter any body type! 

Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!!!!

Melanie
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To me linen just screams spring and summer. I love this simple layered skirt style. It is perfect for any age. You could make this skirt in any woven fabric and any length you want. I'm convinced a maxi version of this style would be amazing! 

Happy Sewing! 

Melanie oxoxox

 
 
Love the look of the this pleated makeup bag. I find projects like this to be instance gratification, you spend a few minutes are your sewing machine and suddenly you have created something beautiful.You can use really an medium weight fabric such canvas, linen, satin even. The fusible interfacing adds a professional feel to the whole bag. It's really one of my favourite projects to make and it's so perfect for Mother's Day. It is currently for sale on my Craftsy Pattern Store.  

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I enjoyed making it!

Happy Sewing 

Melanie oxoxox

 
 
The paper bag waist detail is very on trend right now. This is such a easy going skirt, style it with a white tee, add a some gladiator sandals and your good to go :) 

This skirt can be made it lots of different types of fabric. Also you can make this is any size following the formula :) This would be so cute for a little girly. 

Happy Sewing 

Melanie oxoxox

 
 
Have you ever noticed that most sewing tools are boring? Industrial plastic that comes in only in one or two colours. With this DIY I'm going to show you how to take it from boring to GLAM! If we are going to be using this tools every day, might as well make them to our taste. I hope you enjoy this fun little DIY and thank so much for reading!! 

Happy DIY'ing :) 

Melanie oxoxoxo


 
 
All of this snow has me looking forward to warm weather and bright colours.  I've been living in a neutral world and I want to play around with some colourful shades!!

If you are looking for a quick and easy project, this infinity scarf is for you! It can be made in about 10 minutes and it's a great way to spruce up your wardrobe. I used a stretch lace but this tutorial is fine for any fabric.

Happy Sewing! 

Melanie

 
 
Once you get the hang of making these zippered bags you won't be able to resist recreating these a hundred times! The creative possibilities are practically endless. 
I used a metallic linen for the outside of the bag, which helps amp up the glam. Adding the interfacing to the outer fabric helps give this bag some stability. You can also use a fun print or a canvas for some other options :) Also try adding a contrasting lining for some extra style points. 

Happy Sewing! 

Melanie oxoxox