Summer Sewing Plans

Summer Sewing Plans


As a teacher, summers are the best time for sewing. It is so nice to wake up and be able to sew with no distractions or time constraints. Each summer I usually set a goal for a number of pieces or items I would like to sew. I am officially done with school May 25, and then I can really focus in on June and July on my sewing plans. (YES, teachers do not get 3 months off for summer, only 2, but 2 of those 8 weeks will be professional development)

This summer is a little different though. As  I grow Seen and Sewn patterns, that plays a roll in my sewing plans. I also will be starting a Master’s Program. This will be the first summer in 10 years that I will not be working a part time job. Most importantly though, I want to sew and create purposely! I want to work toward more work basics for a capsule wardrobe but also check off some items from my sewing bucket list.

Here are my sewing goals for the summer:

  1. Release Aspen Tank by June 6th!
  2. Finish, Test, and Release Unnamed Romper Pattern in July.
  3. Sew MY OWN JEANS- Ginger Jeans and some Lander Pants by True Bias
  4. Make a swimsuit- I am really eyeballing the Friday Pattern Company Vernazza Two Piece
  5. Make a pair of shoes- Still researching that one!
  6. Finish the red Collette Dress I cut out months ago!
  7. Finish the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo that’s cut out
  8. Sew up some basic t-shirts!
  9. Make my husband a couple work button ups in fun fabrics!
  10. Nita Wrap Skirt
  11.  Moji Pants from Seam Work Magazine
  12. Bess Top by Imagine Gnats
  13. A FREAKING FANNY PACK!!! THis should really be #1 (Fennel Fanny pack)
  14. Peppermint Mag’s Jumpsuit
  15.  Some type of winter coat – Need to research more. Any suggestions?


Well there you have it, my “plan” for sewing fun this summer. I am sure it will change a little but I am going to try to stick to it!  #summersewing  What do you guys have on your list for summer sewing?

Aspen Tank Testers Wanted!

Aspen Tank Testers Wanted!

PrintIts that time again for a call for Pattern Testers! The Aspen Tank is a flowy sleeveless tank pattern with the option to add a fun gathered cap sleeve.

Overall this is an easy pattern. Skills needed for this pattern include, gathering and applying bias tape. This pattern is designed for wovens. Any lightweight quilting cotton, voile, rayon, or polyester will work great!

Supplies Needed: 1 7/8 th yards fabric, matching thread, and  Single Fold Bias Tape.

Testing will take place from May 16th-May 30th.  Patterns will be sent out no later than Sunday, May 13th!

The rules for testing are as follow:

1. Request to join the Seen and Sewn Pattern Testers group on Facebook. This is a private group so only other testers can see your pics. This is also the quickest way for me to answer questions. It also helps because sometimes you will have similar questions as other testers
2. Please do not share this pattern with ANYONE! It is a work in progress and I do not want others who have not agreed to test to have access till it is completed.
3. Please tag me  @seenandsewnpatterns on instagram or Facebook if you post pictures and use the hashtag #AspenTank. Posting pictures of your process is completely ok.  If you have negative feedback, that is also ok, but since this is a testing process, know that there will most likely be some issues. This is why we test, to make the best possible pattern possible.
4. Give feedback! If you think it would fit better with a certain adjustment, please let me know. I want to make patterns that people love! None of us need to purchase another pattern that fits horribly.
5. Please post a picture of your finished garment on a hanger and on a body.  On the body images, please post one from the front, back and a side view.
6. If you do not want me to post your pictures online, please let me know, otherwise I will assume you are fine with it.

If interested or have questions, please email me at

If you know you would like to test this pattern. Please complete the Tester application here! Please reference the size chart  below so you know which size is best for you.

I look forward to seeing your creations!




Me Made May 2018

Me Made May 2018


#MMMay18logolarge.jpg          What in the world is Me Made May? Well it’s just a month to celebrate all that we have made for ourselves and integrate handmade items into our everyday wardrobe!  Zoey from So, Zoe Blog created this challenge and you can find more out about it here on her blog.

About 5 ish years ago, maybe less, I came across a a me made may post on Instagram! At this time, I was making clothes and costumes but not really much everyday clothing. I was so inspired by everyone making everyday clothing that I immediately started to come up with Me Made May posts.

I have always been obsessed with clothing. Always wanting the next new trend and hating to wear the same thing in a certain amount of time and if I was photographed wearing it, I would either not wear it again for a year or find a new way to wear the garment so it looked new and fresh. I have waaaaaay too many clothes because I feel like I need options. When I started working as a teenager, all my money went straight to my wardrobe and that continued on into my 20s. I would spend every last penny of my extra money on clothes and my closet was always busting at the seams.  Focusing on handmade garments has really helped to curb my shopping habits and buy more focused garments that are wearable more than once and hold up to quality. Fast fashion has ruined us all and brainwashed us to think we need more than we actually do. Now don’t get me wrong, I still buy fast fashion, but only when I have to or when I am supporting local business.  Or when I see something I am absolutely in love with.   I still have a long way to go in my obsession with clothes but at least now I have lots of me mades that are taking over my wardrobe. I also go shopping and examine the garments and go home and recreate them!  When this whole journey started I had maybe 5 me made garments consisting of my wedding dress, some pj pants, and maybe a skirt.  Now I have a ton of dresses, overalls, pants, tank tops, and even my own panties!  I have a free pattern here if you want to make those panties!

So, this May, I pledge to wear at least 3 me made garments per week! And post my outfits on instagram! I also would like to make a couple other garments for summer!  I am also offering a 30% discount on my other patterns by using the coupon code memademay18!

I can’t wait to see everyone’s creations and get a little fomo from not making enough handmade garments!


Cozy Cardigan pattern hack

Cozy Cardigan pattern hack

If you are anything like me, you like easy and fast! Obviously I can make my own patterns from scratch but I just have a million other things I want to do and not enough time! I honestly think we should have 36 hour days! I’d be so much more productive! Using pattern pieces you already have you can create new original looks!

I’m super into deep v neck tops right now, and I find them super cute for a summer cover up!

To create this look you’ll need the following:

1.5 yards knit fabric

1 package of coordinating bias tape

Marking pencil of frixion pen

Cozy cardigan pattern

Alrighty here we go!

I used only the front pattern piece because I wanted the straight bottom but you could most certainly use the back and create the rounded hem! You’ll also need the cuff pattern piece.

Place the bodice front directly onto the fold of your fabric. Cut 2. You’ll need one front and one back!

With right sides together serge your shoulder seams and underarm seams!

Because we used the front piece it’s going to give you a weird pointed neck line. You’ll need to cut this by rounding it out.

Mark your center front with a frixion pen or other erasable marking utensil.

Decide how deep a v-neck you want! I went super low and cut my down 11.5 inches! Mark your line and Cut on the line. As shown below.

Measure 2 inches from your center front and make a mark! We will then connect the marking to the bottom of your front slit. Draw a line.

Cut the piece off and repeat on the opposite side! Then your top will look like this:

Using your bias tape, add it to the neckline. Follow the direction on packaging when applying the bias tape.

Attach the cuffs per the cozy cardigan directions. Hem the bottom using your desired method! I just serged and folded up a half inch to create a basic hem. I also created a little slit in each side to give it more openness! And way laaaah! You are done!

Ps- I love how the trees match my hair!! 😍

Creating my 2nd pattern- the Cozy Cardigan

Creating my 2nd pattern- the Cozy Cardigan

Woohoo! I’ve now released my second pdf pattern into the sewing universe! I have so many feels about this experience and I’m excited to share my latest pattern with you guys!

I started Seen and Sewn Patterns in December of 2015. I went in thinking, I know all this stuff, I can totally do thisand it will only take a minute! Ha! 😂 yes I totally can and am,but dang it has been hard. I’ve always designed what I wanted and never really thought about what others thought but when you have a business that isn’t always the best way. Since the indie sewing community is so awesome, I wanted to include them and crowd source my designs. There are so many VERY similar patterns out there I wanted to design something fresh that isn’t just a variation of something already available. So I started with these 3 ideas and had my followers vote!

I ended up making version b which turned into the Tracy Bee top named after a good friend who was my fit model. It seemed so easy in my head but the triangle inserts proved to be a task. I went through several different techniques before I got it right. I also had to think about how others would complete the task. Then came all the technical stuff, digitizing, grading, and the worst of all directions. I’ve been sewing since I was 12 and I forget that others don’t think like me. I also went to design school where you learn how garments are sewn in manufacturing. Many of my sewing techniques are more industry based rather than home sewing based. So my first run of directions was rather confusing for the average home sewist. Needless to say I learned a ton. Between work and life, it took my a good 6 months to launch the finalized tracy bee pattern. I’m so proud of it but in hind sight I think the design was a little too difficult to launch as my first pattern. So that’s when I landed on the Cozy cardigan design.

As a teacher I layer everyday. I’m always moving around and my temperature fluctuates often. I also am always pushing my sleeves up. So this design was rather selfish. I was clearly designing for myself in mind. I’ve also been obsessed with loose flowy kimono type pieces. Here is my first version!

I ended up adding a rounded back to create a high low hem and widening the neck band. Then came the digitizing and all that jazz. This go was bounds easier than the tracy bee! I didn’t have to launch a website and reintroduce myself to indesign. This one only took me about a month once I devoted time to getting it out there. I also had some really great testers, and even some repeats from the first pattern test group.

Here are some tester pics.

Overall the testing went amazingly better. I hardly had to make changes other than to the directions piece. But I feel like that is the whole point of testing to get feedback and make the best pattern possible! So very thankful for testers!

Here’s some of my pics! My friend Cassie was super awesome to model for me!

I hope you guys will give it a try! It’s a super easy pattern and definitely the perfect layering piece! Happy sewing everyone!!

Where’s my sewjo?

Where’s my sewjo?

This past week I’ve been some kind of something. Pms at an all time high, plans for sewing were gonna put all my moodiness to ease! I mean what isn’t better than sewing time alone!! My hubs has been obsessed with the latest call of duty, and that’s perfect because it means minimal interruptions! 😂😂😂 Well despite the perfect set up for interruption free sewing, my sewjo must have also been pmsing, because well it fought me every step of the way.

I had originally planned to finish up some red pants I started a week or so ago but remember the @sewcialists of instagram had challenged followers to share sewing stripes. I conveniently had a Ballard Top by Straight Stitch designs already cut out and it was a lovely lightweight sweater knit in a brown and black stripe! Already cut out waiting for me to sew it up! Yes please! Perfect Friday night! Dun dun duuuuun…. or so I thought.

I chose the one piece back without the band option. I got the whole thing sewn up except the neckband. I was so excited about the hand of the fabric and how I changed up the stripe direction on the sleeve! New shirt coming up in 5 ya’ll! Now on to the neckband, super easy right? I’ve done a ton of knit neckbands in the past. I definitely got over confident.

Well first I didn’t cut my neckband in the direction of most stretch so that didn’t work. Follow directions, my teacher voice told me. Seam ripper, or as I like to call it, my BFF needed to spend some time. I recut and tried again. This time I totally screwed myself on the serger. I was going way too fast. This made my neckband width all different measurements . It did not look good. So me and my BFF were hanging again.

Remember when I said the sweater knit was thin and super soft? Well that ended up making the process worse. I cut a few tiny holes in the fabric and had to trim it down. As a result the neck opening became much larger than designed so I had to recut yet another neckband. This 3rd time was a charm! I was finally gonna finish this shirt! Got the 3rd neckband on where I was happy with it, only to notice that with all the removing and adding of 3 neckbands, my center neck gathers had shifted to the right. Once again I had to remove the neckband. By this point I had been sewing for 4 plus hours on a shirt that was already cut out and should have taken me an hour to sew. 😕 My sewjo must have been taking a nap. I chose to put it down and go to bed. But then I couldn’t even sleep, this shirt was haunting me and my sewjo in my dreams. Have you ever dreamt about a project? I was tossing and turning dreaming about that stupid shirt and it’s 3 neckbands. Saturday I didn’t sew at all. Sunday I woke up refreshed and wanted to sew so I said, screw the Ballard top, let’s make something different. I cut out 2 different shirts to sew.

After I got the shirts cut and ready to go, I sat down at my machine and that dern Ballard shirt kept taunting me. I have a really hard time starting new projects when others are not finished. So I picked it up to finally finished it. I ended up creating a much thicker neckband so I had more room for error, and because the neck opening was so much wider now, I ended up tweaking it a bit so it would lay flat. None the less, I finally finished it! I was ready to move on! Well Sunday afternoon and Monday evening sewing were also not cooperative. I’ve just been making the silliest mistakes sewing, tucks here, tucks there, me and my BFF have been spending too much time together. Just like in any relationship, sometimes you need a break. So maybe next week my sewjo will wake up and let me sew up some clothes the way I normally do! Hope everyone has a great week! Here’s my finished Ballard Top!

Fabric Store Review: Textile Fabrics, Nashville, Tn

Fabric Store Review: Textile Fabrics, Nashville, Tn

Man on Man do I love Fabric!! There is something about how it really speaks to me! The touch, the smell, the eye candy! Ahhhhh! I need to go fabric shopping like right now. In December, I went to Nashville for a work conference and I had a little time left on the last day,  so I did a little research and found “Textile Fabrics”- 471 Craighead St, Nashville, TN 37204.



When looking up reviews, the main complaint was that it was really expensive but everyone said it was perfect for special occasions and the staff was fabulous. I figured I’d check it out anyway because I love to support local businesses and I’m sure my stash could use some more company in the closet!

Upon arriving I was just in ah! So much beauty before my eyes. I wanted to touch everything.


But the reviews were correct, it was really expensive. Especially since I need more fabric like I need a hole in my head. I so wished I had been there shopping for something special because I am sure I would have found the perfect thing.


They had all kinds of fabrics for clothing!! Thad stretch knits, they had corduroy, sequins, swim suit material, and the most gorgeous silks!  They also had a great selection of sewing notions! I absolutely loved the button selection!



But Best of ALL~ the staff was truly AHMAAAAZINGG!!! They were helpful, friendly, and you could tell they really love their jobs and SEWING! It’s no wonder they have been in business for 40 years! It was such a treat to talk with them while I was there. OH and I almost missed a secret remnant room.  In the very back they had remnants of all kinds of fabrics and they were very affordable! I ended up leaving with one light weight toile fabric, 2 medium weight printed knits, and some fabulous emerald green Velveteen fabric that I can’t wait to use to make a winter skirt.


Bottom Line: Great Fabric Shop, Great Service! Just go with a little extra money to spend!


Here’s me with the staff after we chatted for 30 minutes! Happy Fabric Shopping Ya’ll!

Pattern Hack: Gathered Belle Sleeve Top

Pattern Hack: Gathered Belle Sleeve Top

Hey ALL! Happy New Year! I have been keeping to myself lately, and working on a new pattern but also doing some selfish sewing when my day job has allowed me. My Winter break was very refreshing, I got my closet cleaned out, did some deep cleaning, watched a lot of netflix, and got some selfish sewing in. What have you guys been up to?


Back in the beginning of December I kept seeing so many cute belle sleeve tops! I really wanted one but I also hate shopping so I was not really willing to go out and look for one. Plus, I feel like everytime I go out shopping for a specific thing I can never find anything. Does that ever happen to anyone else?  So in true #handmaderevolution fashion, I made my own. Here is how you can also make your own. It is really simple and I am sure there are other people out there who have blogged about this too if you go looking.  Also, I made this with only 1.5 yards of fabric!

Materials needed:

  •  any shirt pattern you love!
  • 1.5 Yards fabric of your choice- I used Cotton+Steel Raindrop Fabric
  • Bias tape
  1. Choose a shirt pattern that you really love! Make sure it is one you have made before so you know you like the fit.  I chose the Laurel Top by Colette Patterns.  This pattern actually has a little sleeve a variation but It was not exactly what I wanted.Image result for laurel shirt colette pattern
  2.  I wanted to make my sleeve longer so I added  4 inches by extending the sleeve pattern. I just use printer paper or old magazines when I am altering a pattern.  I usually tape it but this time I was super lazy so I pinned it this time. IMG_3570
  3.  Next, I cut out all my pattern pieces, So front, back, and sleeve. After cutting them out, I was left with this! This remaining fabric is what I used to make my flownsy sleeve!IMG_3571
  4. After cutting out all pieces, I sewed up the shirt per the provided sewing directions.
  5. After the shirt was sewn up, I worked on the flownsy cuff. I took the left over fabric which was about 10 inches wide and 36 inches long.  Matching the right sides together sew the short side together making a circle.  I then serged my seam allowance to finish the edges.IMG_3572
  6.  Now it’s time to sew your gathering stitches. Change your stitch length on your sewing machine to the highest length. Mine goes to 5! Line up the  raw edge of the fabric with the edge of your fabric and sew all the way around. Do not back stitch and make sure sure to leave tails at each end. Check out the above picture. IMG_3573
  7. Slightly pull one side of both of the strings to gather the sleeve.  You will gather the sleeve until it is the same measurement as the opening of the sleeve bottom. IMG_3574
  8. Now sew the sleeve right sides together to the opening of the main sleeve. IMG_3575
  9. After you have attached the sleeve cuff, all you need to do is hem it to your desired length. Then you are done!! Woo Hoo! Now you have a fun flownsy sleeve top. IMG_3613

Easy baby shower gift!

Easy baby shower gift!

I love it when people have babies because it gives me the chance to make cute little things!! I’m almost always excited because it’s hard for the stuff to not turn out so dern cute!

School has been crazy lately and having the holidays right around the corner I’ve been going nonstop. And guys, I’m exhausted! So time is lacking. I needed a quick cute baby shower gift for some friends and I decided to whip up some burp clothes! I’ve made these for some other folks and they always tell me they love these burp cloths the most! So since they are super easy and a crowd pleaser I decided to share with you guys in case you needed a quick gift! I think these burp cloths could be modified to be kitchen or enemy bathroom towels for the home as well. maybe even a great stocking stuffer!!


1/4 yard of chosen cotton fabric- makes 2 clothes

1/4 yard cotton terry cloth- makes atleast 2 clothes


1/2 yard coordinating ribbon

Rotary cutter


I chose to make 4 burp clothes so I just doubled all the above measurements. Isn’t this narwhal fabric absolutely adorable?

1. Cut your terry cloth and cotton fabric. They will both need to measure 9×19 inches for a finished measurement of 8×18 inches.

2. Cut your ribbon! I went with 6 inch long pieces. It’s a good length to hang on things and it adds a little more cuteness!

3. Fold your ribbon pieces in half. Make sure the raw edges are matched up with raw edges of the fabric and the loop is face down. Pin to one layer in your chosen location. Match one piece of terry cloth to one cotton printed fabric. We want to line them up with right sides together and pin them together. They aren’t super big so you don’t need too many pins. However, the terry cloth stretches so pins help keep it from shifting too much!

4. Sew around the rectangle with 1/4 seam allowances. You want to leave an opening that’s at least 2 inches wide.

5. Clip your corners off to minimize the bulkiness of the fabric. The terry cloth is just really thick and bulky. Flip your burp cloth inside out and press!

6. Oh em gee! They are already so cute! Now we need to do some top stitching, and then we will be done! I do an edge stitch all the way around the outside. You want to make sure that you close up the opening that you left when sewing the two pieces together.

7. Wa-laaaaah! You are all done!

My Cheeky Revolution!

My Cheeky Revolution!

So, a couple years ago, I discovered that I could make my own panties! I got a free pattern from online, and man, i was super excited. I carried them around in my purse to show everyone.

I mean I know how to make the craziest of things, why had I never thought to make my own underoos! It takes like 15 minutes! Everyone can do it! So now,  I created my own pattern to share with the world for FREEEEEEE! Why shouldn’t everyone be allowed  to make their own panties?  NO excuses … is my free panty pattern.  Click on the link to download the pdf pattern!

These were intended to be a more cheeky bikini pattern, but the back is a little more full coverage. I am updating the back side to be a little  more cheeky and will update that when I have a chance.

For now, Here is the tutorial for the first run!

  1.  Print out your pdf pattern. I suggest stacking them up and cutting the right side and the bottom off with your rotary cutter.  Then tape them together as shown below. IMG-3401
  2.  Cut out which size you  need. I didn’t include a size chart. These are based off of a favorite Victoria Secret Pattern that I deconstructed. So  I wear Large in VS, so that’s what I cut out.
  3. Pin down your pattern pieces to fabric. You want to make sure you line your pattern pieces up with the grainline going in the direction of the most stretch. I used about a 1/4 a yard of some left over Cotton and Steel knit fabric. IM such a fan. of cotton and steel knits! If you havn’t tried them yet, please do. My only complaint is they are printed so the insides are white, depending on what you make, the white can be annoying.IMG-3402
  4. Once you have your pieces cut out,  We are going to take the back piece and two crotch inserts. Match at the center. One insert should be right sides together, the other, wrong sides together. You are creating a sandwich with  the inserts being the bread and the back piece being the meat!

5. I serged the whole pair of panties, but if you don’t have a serger, then you can zigzag with a wider zig zag.  Once you have sewn the inserts to the back piece, you want to fold them down like so:




6. Now for the tricky part!  We are gonna add the front piece to the inserts. You want to pin the front piece to the front of the right side of the fabric. We are then going to burrito it by wrapping the other insert around the other pieces so that we have all 3 layers together again.  Then Serge!


7.  Now you can pull it all out and it will look like this:


8. We are almost done! See I told you these were so quick!  I decided to serge my leg openings, but since these are knit, they won’t ravel, so you can save even more time and skip this.  After you serge we want to match right side together at seams and serge!


9.  Now comes the waist. There isn’t a waist band included in the pattern.  There are a couple different options. 1st- add your own stretchy lace waist band! This is what I did with my first pair.  If you don’t have any on hand, we are gonna create our own using the left over knit. You will want to use a tape measure and measure the circumference of  you panty opening. I chose to do a 1.5 inch wide band to attach. Once you have the circumference (A), you will need to  cut out a strip measuring  A x 1.5 inches. You can totally make this wider if you like.  Then serge the 2 ends together making  it a circle.

10. Fold the circle in half length wise, with wrong sides together and iron. This helps to keep in it place.  Now attach it to the panty bottoms with the fold facing down. Serge or sew all the way around connecting the waist band to the bottoms.


11. Last step guys! You are almost done! Woohoo. We just need to finish the leg holes!  I chose to use a double needle for the leg holes. If you don’t have one on hand,  you can always use your handy dandy zig zag again. But be sure to use a stretch stitch. I folded the edges of the leg holes in by 1/4 inch then stitched all around! Wa– LAH! Here are my finished Cheeky Revolution Panties! Hope you enjoy!