George and Ginger Edgy Top

George and Ginger Pattern Co is easily one of my favorite pattern groups.  I love that these are not your run-of-the-mill patterns. These are designs that stand out and get noticed . . . or, to use a phrase that my husband has used sarcastically ever since I introduced him to it: they're the perfect "pop piece".  And the new Edgy Top is no different!

Check out the three I made over the course of testing. Whenever I test a pattern, I obviously have to make at least one . . . if I have enough time, I always make two . . . but to make three?! That's how you know I really love it! 

This is the first one I made. Three-quarter sleeve option, with no flounce, from brushed poly. The Edgy top comes with four sleeve options-- sleeveless, short, 3/4 and long. And since you only need one sleeve, this is a great fabric saver! I was actually able to get both of my blue floral tops out of some bigger, awkwardly shaped scraps that I had leftover. 

I was so excited about the flounce option on this top. I think it's so fun! You can use the flounce with or without sleeves. Here, I did the sleeveless option with the flounce, in a light-weight cotton lycra.  Instead of hemming the flounce, I added a lace trim. 

I don't even want to tell you what my two boys and I went through to buy that trim. Going on President's Day with two toddlers in tow was not a good idea.  It's going to take at least a year for me to get over my embarrassment and show my face in our local Jo-Ann's.  Toddlers and Jo-Ann's. Not a good mix. 

ANY WAY! I love the addition of trim on this one. You could also use FOE in a fun color to add a pop of something bright.  Or, if you're using a fabric like brushed poly, you could easily leave the trim unhemmed. 

Finally, I made one more from this GORGEOUS strike off from Smoogie Fabric and Design. Honestly, I feel like I BEGGED the fabric host to let me sew this round-- I was desperate to get my hands on these. I LOVED all the florals she was offering, but especially the fun stripes and polka dots she designed to go with them.  For this one, I hemmed the flounce and added a strap on the bare side. I wanted to change it up a little and make it easier to wear a normal bra. I cut a strip of fabric about 2.25 inches by 12 inches (I wanted it plenty long enough), and sewed it, right side's together, down the long side. I turned it rights sides out, and then put my shirt on, while wearing a bra that I'm likely to wear with this top. I pinned the strap to the shirt exactly where it needed to be to cover my bra strap. Then I turned the shirt around and pinned it again, making sure the strap wasn't twisted. I cut off the excess and sewed the strap to the seam allowance. Voila! I think it still looks super cute, and is perhaps a little bit easier to wear if you're nervous about special bras. 

This pattern is an absolute winner! And let me tell you, it is a FAST sew! Having only one sleeve really cuts down your time, plus the top band goes on easier than a neckband, so I'd definitely call this beginner-friendly. I love fast and easy sews that have a high-impact look!  I plan on making a dress version very soon. 
Speaking of . . . if you have a little girl to sew for, G&G collaborated with Ellie & Mac on this one! G&G offers the women's version, while Ellie & Mac has a super sweet girls' version, that includes a dress option. Check it out here.
Get your G&G Edgy top here and make sure you follow along on the George and Ginger Facebook page to stay up to date on current sales and freebies!  

Pattern: Edgy Top
Fabric Sources: So Sew English (dark blue floral), Sincerely Rylee (light blue floral), and Smoogie Fabric and Design (pink floral with polka dots)

Peglegs Hack: Keyhole Bows

I'm so excited to be sharing this hack with you . . . because this will be my first official blog post! I have a lot of content created, but haven't yet felt ready to hit that big ole PUBLISH button and make this site live. After the excitement and comments over some pictures I shared on Patterns for Pirates Facebook page today, I decided it would be easiest to share my hack on here. Not to mention, it would be the perfect push I needed to start publishing my blog posts and utilizing this site the way I intended. So here we go! 

Yesterday afternoon, I got this beautiful blue mesh strike off in the mail from RP Custom Fabrics. For those of you who don't purchase custom print fabrics, strike-offs are the small amounts of yardage that custom groups have printed before putting in their big order-- to test quality, check scale of the design, and have seamstresses sew up to use as an example and advertise the fabric. RP was the first group to invite me to be on their strike-off team, so they are near and dear to my heart.  They have a whole round of gorgeous-colored mesh prints available for preorder right now (join their facebook page or order here)! 

I knew I wanted to make leggings out of this fabric--because how perfect is this mesh design for leggings?! Peglegs from Patterns for Pirates are my go-to for leggings (get your FREE copy by joining their Facebook page for the coupon code and buying the pattern on their website).  I wanted to do a little something different though. I looked at some pricey work out leggings and found a lot of fun options. When I settled on the keyhole/bow, I cut out my Pegleg pieces as usual, per the instructions (don't forget to mirror!). A couple things to keep in mind as we go through the next few pictures:

  • The bottom 1.5 inches are cut off of my pattern pieces, because I'm a shorty. Keep in mind your pieces are a little longer than mine. 
  • I took all these pictures after the fact! I didn't realize so many people would as how I did it, or I would have taken pictures as I went along!
  • This was my first attempt at this-- it isn't perfect, but it's a good starting point if you want to try something similar :)

First, I folded each leg in half and made a cutout on the fold at the bottom of each leg. See the black dome-topped shape at the bottom? That's what the cutout looked like. Mine was about 7.5 inches high. 

Next, I made a second piece to line the bottom of each leg. Obviously, I didn't want to line the entire leg, but I did want the keyhole to be lined so that that edge would be finished, plus I wanted the tails to done so that the wrong side of the fabric wasn't showing. So, each piece was about 1.5 inches higher than the top of that dome cut out. See the red? That's the shape of each cut out. 

Next, I placed each lining piece on top of the leg pieces, right sides together and sewed them together (both the outsides and the dome-shaped inside) This strike off was double brushed poly, so I used wooly nylon in my loopers. Then I followed the rest of the directions for "normal" Pegelegs. Here's what the inside looks like (I would have finished the raw edge of my lining piece, had I known this was going to work out) and what the leg looks like when it's not knotted: 

When you put them on, make sure your lining is tucked nice and straight so it doesn't show. Double knot the ties so they look like little bows, and off you go! I wore them all last night with out having to adjust them, retie them, or tug and pull them down. Next time, I may play around a little with the shape or the length, but I love how they turned out like bows! Thanks for checking out my FIRST blog post! I'll be at it for real now that I've gotten over this first hurdle, haha! Join my facebook page to keep up with all the crafty-goodness! <3/Molly