Friday, July 3, 2015

The Great Pattern Hack :: Melissa Quaal!

My Great Pattern Hack co-host, Melissa, from a happy stitch has done it... again, and again and again! :) Three looks! Woo hoo! 
Melissa hacked the Marigold Dress from Melly Sews...
...into a shirt. 
*Cotton Couture is featured above

...into a dress
Such a cute dress! It features Sashiko with Cotton Couture details.
For the look above, Melissa hacked the Alder Skirt from Imagine Gnats together with the Marigold pattern 

...and, into another shirt! 
This third look features MMF's Indigo collection
 
For more amazing photos and details about Melissa's hacks, visit her blog--

*A special thank you to Melissa for making the Great Pattern Hack materialize. I've had tons of fun plotting and planning. This has been such a special experience and I've enjoyed all of the hacks so far and I'm looking forward to seeing the next 10 from our super talented bloggers and makers!
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  Stay tuned for Monday's hack with Rachael Gander of Imagine Gnats!

Monday 6/29- Kick off with Jessica Abbott: Me Sew Crazy
 Tuesday 6/30- Kait Witte: Making it Fun
Wednesday 7/1- FLASH GIVEAWAY!!
Thursday 7/2- Jane Kohlenstein: Buzzmills 
Friday 7/3- Melissa Quaal: A Happy Stitch 
Monday 7/6- Rachael Gander: Imagine Gnats 
Tuesday 7/7- Tamara Serrao: Kaya Joy 
Wednesday 7/8- Betsy Blodgett: Indygo Junction 
Thursday 7/9- Laura Titchener: Craftstorming 
Friday 7/10- Kristin Timm: Skirt as Top 
Saturday 7/11- Jessica & Ericka: Violette Field Threads 
Monday 7/13- Celina Bailey: Petit a Petit and Family 
Tuesday 7/14- Sanae Ishida: Sanae Ishida 
Wednesday 7/15- Erin Sundet: Sewbon 
Thursday 7/16- Delia Randall: Delia Creates 
Friday 7/17- wrap up! Surprise give-away!!
Do YOU want to get involved?
If you'd like to join the Great Pattern Hack, grab some Michael Miller fabric and show us your skills! Hack a pattern (any pattern) and share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you- @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags- #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch 
There will be lots of fabric and pattern giveaways throughout the hop so stay tuned!
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Great Pattern Hack :: Jane Kohlenstein!!

LOOK  AT ALL OF THIS HANDMADE!! Jane (of Buzzmills) went above and beyond for the Great Pattern Hack... She hacked not one, not two, not three, but FOUR PATTERNS to create the three looks above!! 
...And, how perfect are these photos for the 4th of July?!


 **Featured MMF Collections--
On the Town
Indigo
For more details about Jane's hacks and a ton of great photos, visit her blog: Buzzmills
Thanks so much to Jane and family for participating in the Great Pattern Hack!! 
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  My co-host, Melissa, is being featured tomorrow-- You're going to love her hacks!

Monday 6/29- Kick off with Jessica Abbott: Me Sew Crazy
 Tuesday 6/30- Kait Witte: Making it Fun
Wednesday 7/1- FLASH GIVEAWAY!!
Thursday 7/2- Jane Kohlenstein: Buzzmills 
Friday 7/3- Melissa Quaal: A Happy Stitch 
Monday 7/6- Rachael Gander: Imagine Gnats 
Tuesday 7/7- Tamara Serrao: Kaya Joy 
Wednesday 7/8- Betsy Blodgett: Indygo Junction 
Thursday 7/9- Laura Titchener: Craftstorming 
Friday 7/10- Kristin Timm: Skirt as Top 
Saturday 7/11- Jessica & Ericka: Violette Field Threads 
Monday 7/13- Celina Bailey: Petit a Petit and Family 
Tuesday 7/14- Sanae Ishida: Sanae Ishida 
Wednesday 7/15- Erin Sundet: Sewbon 
Thursday 7/16- Delia Randall: Delia Creates 
Friday 7/17- wrap up! Surprise give-away!!
Do YOU want to get involved?
If you'd like to join the Great Pattern Hack, grab some Michael Miller fabric and show us your skills! Hack a pattern (any pattern) and share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you- @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags- #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch 
There will be lots of fabric and pattern giveaways throughout the hop so stay tuned!
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Michael Miller Fabrics FLASH GIVEAWAY!

Win five yards of Michael Miller Fabric... all you need to do is let us know which collection you like- Seedling by Thomas Paul or Glitz Garden!
To view the entire Seedling collection, click on the link below...
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To view the entire Glitz Garden collection, click below...

COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED!
We'll announce THREE winners today at 2pm
I'll email  you for your shipping info.

Our three winners are-
  • Sophie who said, "Seedling! So classic yet fresh and current." ~comment from the blog
  •  Kimberly Osborne ~comment from Facebook
  • Nicole (Sewnomadic) ~comment from Instagram



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Great Pattern Hack :: Kait Witte

It's my turn to post and this was quite the challenge for me! I'm used to being on the other side of the camera :)
For my hack, I chose the Anna Blouse by Charise Creates. It's perfect as is... but in the spirit of the Great Pattern Hack, I made it into something a little bit different...
I've been really into tea length dresses so I made the Anna Blouse into an Anna Dress! I kept the keyhole neckline and the tucks, lengthened the blouse, added an elastic waistband and used bias tape around the armscye to make it sleeveless.
For the bodice, I used Clipdot in White and for the skirt, I used Glitz Garden.
To alter the pattern, follow the diagrams and instructions below--
 As you can see on the diagram above, I cut the pattern apart on the "lengthen here" line. Then, I taped the bottom part of the bodice to some craft paper and lengthened the "fold line" to 35". I drew a perpendicular line out 16" to create some extra width in the hem of the skirt. Finally, I drew a diagonal line from the outer bottom corner to the waist. I repeated the same process for the back. Note that the bottom hem has a slight curve and the fold line is 34" long.
For the bodice, follow the Anna Blouse instructions. For the amrscye, follow E, F and G (if you'd like to go with the sleeveless option) but I think the cap sleeve would be pretty too!
Skirt Sewing Instructions:
  • Sew the skirt front to the skirt back (with right sides together) on both sides. Finish these seams with pinked edges or with a serger.Press open.
  • Sew the skirt to the bodice with right sides together using a 5/8" seam allowance making sure to match your side seams.
  • Finish the edges of this waist seam with pinking shears or with a serger and then press up towards the bodice.
  • The above seam allowance will become your elastic casing- stitch the seam allowance to the bodice using a straight stitch... or just stitch the seam allowance like the demo in this video. Make sure that you leave a 1" opening for your elastic.
  • Hem the bottom edge of the skirt (**my hem ended up being a little bit uneven... due to some faulty math on my part :) so I just evened it up before hemming.)
  • Measure your waist and cut a piece of elastic that is about an inch or two shorter than your waist measurement and insert it into the waist casing through the opening. Stitch the two ends together making sure that your elastic isn't twisted. Sew up the 1" opening in your casing. 
  • And, voilĂ , you're done! 
Supply List:
Fabric- 1/2 yard for the bodice
1 3/4 yards for the skirt
Sewing Machine
Sewing Machine Needle
Scissors
Matching Cotton Thread
Pins
1 1/2 yards of 1/2" bias tape
Craft Paper and Tape

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Delia Randall is up tomorrow... Can't wait to see her hack!

Monday 6/29- Kick off with Jessica Abbott: Me Sew Crazy
 Tuesday 6/30- Kait Witte: Making it Fun
Wednesday 7/1- FLASH GIVEAWAY!!
Thursday 7/2- Jane Kohlenstein: Buzz Mills 
Friday 7/3- Melissa Quaal: A Happy Stitch 
Monday 7/6- Rachael Gander: Imagine Gnats 
Tuesday 7/7- Tamara Serrao: Kaya Joy 
Wednesday 7/8- Betsy Blodgett: Indygo Junction 
Thursday 7/9- Laura Titchener: Craftstorming 
Friday 7/10- Kristin Timm: Skirt as Top 
Saturday 7/11- Jessica & Ericka: Violette Field Threads 
Monday 7/13- Celina Bailey: Petit a Petit and Family 
Tuesday 7/14- Sanae Ishida: Sanae Ishida 
Wednesday 7/15- Erin Sundet: Sewbon 
Thursday 7/16- Delia Randall: Delia Creates 
Friday 7/17- wrap up! Surprise give-away!!
Do YOU want to get involved?
If you'd like to join the Great Pattern Hack, grab some Michael Miller fabric and show us your skills! Hack a pattern (any pattern) and share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you- @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags- #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch 
There will be lots of fabric and pattern giveaways throughout the hop so stay tuned!
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The Great Pattern Hack :: Jess Abbott Part 2!

All about that dress!
**Jess used Growl by Thomas Paul for Michael Miller Fabrics

For more details and to make this look, visit Me Sew Crazy.

Do YOU want to get involved?
If you'd like to join the Great Pattern Hack, grab some Michael Miller fabric and show us your skills! Hack a pattern (any pattern) and share you pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you- @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags- #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch 
There will be lots of fabric and pattern giveaways throughout the hop so stay tuned!
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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Great Pattern Hack :: Jess Abbott!

BurdaStyle Shorts transformed into a date night skort!
Check out Jess's DIY tutorial to make one for yourself! 

Jess used Seedling by Thomas Paul for Michael Miller Fabrics. Click here to view the entire collection.

Click here for the original BurdaStyle Flared Shorts pattern.
For the DIY Skort instructions, please visit Jess' blog, Me Sew Crazy

And, how about the cutie in the summer tiger dress?!
**Madeline in her vintage style sundress also featuring Seedling by Thomas Paul
  Jess is planning to post more about the sundress on her blog tomorrow so be sure to check it out!

Thanks so much to Jess for kicking off the Great Pattern Hack

I'm up tomorrow with the Anna Blouse by Charise Creates. Can't wait to share!
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Monday 6/29- Kick off with Jessica Abbott: Me Sew Crazy
 Tuesday 6/30- Kait Witte: Making it Fun
Wednesday 7/1- FLASH GIVEAWAY!!
Thursday 7/2- Jane Kohlenstein: Buzz Mills 
Friday 7/3- Melissa Quaal: A Happy Stitch 
Monday 7/6- Rachael Gander: Imagine Gnats 
Tuesday 7/7- Tamara Serrao: Kaya Joy 
Wednesday 7/8- Betsy Blodgett: Indygo Junction 
Thursday 7/9- Laura Titchener: Craftstorming 
Friday 7/10- Kristin Timm: Skirt as Top 
Saturday 7/11- Jessica & Ericka: Violette Field Threads 
Monday 7/13- Celina Bailey: Petit a Petit and Family 
Tuesday 7/14- Sanae Ishida: Sanae Ishida 
Wednesday 7/15- Erin Sundet: Sewbon 
Thursday 7/16- Delia Randall: Delia Creates 
Friday 7/17- wrap up! Surprise give-away!!
Do YOU want to get involved?
If you'd like to join the Great Pattern Hack, grab some Michael Miller fabric and show us your skills! Hack a pattern (any pattern) and share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you- @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags- #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch 
There will be lots of fabric and pattern giveaways throughout the hop so stay tuned!
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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Great Pattern Hack!

What is the Great Pattern Hack?
The Great Pattern Hack is a two week celebration of bloggers, fabric, pattern designers and creativity that will run from June 29th to July 16th. Co-hosted by Michael Miller Fabrics and A Happy Stitch, each day of the blog hop, a blogger with "hack" a pattern, using awesome patterns and brand new Michael Miller fabrics. Each blogger is using an existing pattern but making it their very own.

What is wrong with the pattern? Why do you have to hack it? It sounds so mean.
Nothing! Nothing is wrong with the pattern. Not a thing :) We are pattern hacking to mix it up and to have fun. We have invited some of the best, most creative, lively blogging sewists to share how big (or little) tweaks can offer so many versatile options without big (or scary) efforts. Think of us as sewing ninjas armed with fabric, scissors and thread!! :)

How can YOU get involved?
Do you want to join in? Grab some Michael Miller fabric and show us your skills! Hack a pattern (any pattern) and share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you- @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags- #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch 
There will be lots of fabric and pattern giveaways throughout the hop so stay tuned!
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Our dream team of bloggers!!
Monday 6/29- Kick off with Jessica Abbott: Me Sew Crazy
 Tuesday 6/30- Kait Witte: Making it Fun
Wednesday 7/1- FLASH GIVEAWAY!!
Thursday 7/2- Jane Kohlenstein: Buzz Mills 
Friday 7/3- Melissa Quaal: A Happy Stitch 
Monday 7/6- Rachael Gander: Imagine Gnats 
Tuesday 7/7- Tamara Serrao: Kaya Joy 
Wednesday 7/8- Betsy Blodgett: Indygo Junction 
Thursday 7/9- Laura Titchener: Craftstorming 
Friday 7/10- Kristin Timm: Skirt as Top 
Saturday 7/11- Jessica & Ericka: Violette Field Threads 
Monday 7/13- Celina Bailey: Petit a Petit and Family 
Tuesday 7/14- Sanae Ishida: Sanae Ishida 
Wednesday 7/15- Erin Sundet: Sewbon 
Thursday 7/16- Delia Randall: Delia Creates 
Friday 7/17- wrap up! Surprise give-away!!

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