McCalls 7688 – Ruffled Sweatshirt

Hi loves!!! I’m alive. LOL I have been crazy busy between work, AAU basketball for one son and band for the other. HOLD UP – why didn’t you guys tell me that band life is INSANE. Besides all of the practice, the performance schedule is rigorous, like almost weekly and between reporting at the school sometimes as early as 4:00am, wait times, etc. the performance days are usually 10-12 hours, and the WEEKLY FEES gee whiz! But my little guy is AMAZEBALLS and I’ll do anything I can to keep a smile on that face.

Anyway, I digress.  I love this sweatshirt and I can’t wait to make more.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Loose fitting tops and dresses have sleeve variations. A, B, D: Sleeve and hem bands. C: Hood, hem band, pocket, sleeve casings with purchased ties. E: Sleeve bands, front casing with purchased ties.

Pattern Sizing: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? YES!!!

Were the instructions easy to follow: The instructions for this were super easy, however, like most of the folks that I know who’ve made it, I attached the flounces with the raw edges under the flounce rather than on top of the flounce as instructed. I get the look they were going for and my daughter actually has a sweatshirt with that very look but it would need to be a bit gathered to look right, plus my fabric was just too thick for that.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I’m in love with anything that fits my beloved athleisure aesthetic. It’s functional and frilly all at the same time.

Fabric Used:  I used a sweatshirt fleece from Denver Fabric. This must have been some type of “premium” sweatshirt fleece because it was super thick. When wearing it, I kept thinking I had on a jacket because it was super cozy, I’m thinking of adding inseam pockets to a future version.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:</b> I didn’t make any design changes but I did make a 1″ pivot and slide FBA that I won’t make when I make this again. This pattern is really oversized which I do like but I will probably size down for my next one. I also added two inches to the hem which I did because I’m often sitting in bleachers somewhere and I wanted to avoid constantly checking to be sure I’m not flashing someone and it worked perfectly.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I absolutely plan to sew this and other views of this pattern, so much so, that I bought two copies of the pattern.

Conclusion:  This is a great, stylish sweatshirt pattern with lots of options. It works up quickly (even though it took me a month but that’s a story for another time). I’d recommend this to sewers of all levels.


I gave up fighting the wind and trying to get the flounces to lay flat during the photos.


Love the way the wind is hitting the ruffles.


A view from the back.


When people don’t let you know they are still taking your picture. LOL


They’re Here!

As you may know, a little while back I started a new Facebook Sewing group The SEWciety by Kelly H where you can show off your beautiful garments, ask sewing questions, get great sewing tips, participate in Sew Alongs and be a part of a wonderful world wide community of pretty dope people.  Well now we also have group swag  which you can find at The SEWciety Swag Shoppe where you can find The SEWciety T-Shirts and Mugs to purchase. The shirts come in a variety of colors just click through in the shoppe to see which colors suit your fancy.

There’s nothing worse than buying a t-shirt that you can’t fit so I’ve worked hard to source shirts that come in extended sizes for my curvier lovlies. The v-neck shirts are available in sizes XS-2X and the round neck shirts are available in sizes S-5X! New items will be added to The Shoppe from time to time so if there’s something you’d like to see added,(i.e., long sleeve tees, more colors, etc.) feel free to email me and let me know. SUPER EXCITED!

My Swing Dress turned Tunic S8383

I thought this pattern was so cute when it came out, specifically View D.  I’d envisioned it as a cute, casual black run around town dress for  the summer.  Seeing all of the cute versions online convinced me to take the plunge.  This really is a super easy sew even though it took me a couple of weeks with all of my starts and stops.


Now let me call your attention to the length of the dress on the model but hey, models are tall right?  Me? not so much but I went ahead and added two inches to the length anyway just to be safe.  I made this dress as we were headed out for a weekend get away and of course I finished it just in time to pack it.  I threw it in the suitcase and was ready to go.  Imagine my surprise when I put the dress on and baby, it was not thick thigh ready, let alone safe for bending over.  I was sure I’d be arrested if a gust of wind came through.  Luckily I always overpack come prepared so I just wore something else that day.  I didn’t want to let this cutie go to waste thought so I wore it as a tunic and it works.  I do still want the dress I envisioned so I will eventually make it again but for now, I’m happy.

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Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Misses’ Knit Trapeze Dress with Neckline and Sleeve Variations

Pattern Sizing: Size 6-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It did!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were super easy and it was a very quick sew.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I loved how quickly the dress came together. I’m always short on time so I love simple sews. What I did not like is how short this dress is drafted. I’m only 5’4″ and I added two inches to the dress and it was still so short I wasn’t comfortable wearing it as a dress so I wore it as a tunic over jeans.

Fabric Used:  I used a ponte knit from

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  The only design change I made was to omit the zipper, with the knit fabric I really didn’t need it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?:  I think I might sew it again eventually but I’d add at least 6 inches to it so that I can actually wear it as a dress.

Conclusion:  This is a quick and easy sew, great for beginners but be sure to do a length check with the tissue before cutting your fabric.

Simplicity 1506 – The Graduate

I’ve made this vest before for my older son when he too was in the fifth grade.  This is my go to vest pattern because it is simple enough but also has nice details that make it special.

Here’s my youngest son Tyler who is getting ready to go to middle school.  I knew it was coming but I have to tell you I just was not prepared.

I actually ended up being pretty sick on the day of his graduation so I didn’t take these pictures, in fact I was in bed under the covers by then but it looks like he needed no direction. 

Here’s a close up of ensemble.  


Pattern Description: Husky boy’s and big and tall men’s vest pattern includes button down and zippered vest with pockets. Button down vest has adjustable back buckle. Also includes neck-tie and bow tie with back closure.

Pattern Sizing: Boys S-L Mens 1XL-5XL. I made the boys medium.  

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were great and pretty standard for a lined vest. I used a different pattern for the bow tie.  There’s a great free one here:

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that the vest is fully lined and the front is interfaced. It gave the vest a very nice finish. I also liked that they had the boys and men’s sizes in the same envelope.

Fabric Used: I used a Michael Miller cotton from

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: This pattern is sized for husky but although my son is not husky but I’ve used it before so I just made a muslin to ensure fit. I only made one minor change and used the fashion fabric to both line the vest as well as for the back of the vest.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is now my go to vest pattern so if  my boys have a need for a vest, I would surely use this pattern again.

M7573 Sew Along

I’m so intrigued by this top but I’ve had even less time to sew lately than usual.  Between the boys and their special events and requests they’ve been keeping me pretty busy.  I have a few trips and events of my own coming up and really need to get a few pieces together.  When things get really tight like this I fall back on my fail proof 15 minutes a day method to get things done.  Anyone else finding it hard to find time to sew? You want to sew along with me while I make this top?  If you want to sew along, leave a comment below with your blog address and I’ll stop on by to see how you’re doing.  Starting on Friday, I’ll post on my daily progress on my instagram @kellyhpsyd.  Let’s see just how much you really can get done in 15 minutes a day.

DIY Black and Gray Striped McCalls 6886 

Hi babes!! I have made this dress sooooo many times.  There are several neckline, length and sleeve options and I believe with this one, I’ve finally made them all.  It’s definitely my go to pattern when I need a quick dress I can complete in a few hours.  

This dress is great dressed up or worn as a casual weekend dress.  I think how easy it is to make and its versatility makes it such a popular dress in the sewing community. 

You can see my review here: 

Pattern Description: MISSES’ DRESSES: Close-fitting, pullover dresses have neckline variations, and stitched hems. E and F: neck bands.

Designed for medium-weight moderate stretch knits.

Pattern Sizing: A5(6-8-10-12-14),E5(14-16-18-20-22)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Definitely!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Super, I didn’t need them though because the dress is just that easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the style of the dress but I love the ease of putting it together.

Fabric Used: I used a Ponte knit from Fabric Mart for this version

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I pegged the hem a bit for a better fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Uhhhh Yeah! Not sure when, but this dress will sewn again and again.

Conclusion: This is a great looking and easy dress to make. It has multiple lengths and neckline options so you can make many versions of this dress and have them all look different.

And the WINNER is. . .

I had a DIY post scheduled for today but then remembered today is the day I announce the winner of the pattern giveaway.  So, with no further adieu, the winner of the Mimi G Style pattern is . . . Afton @Aftonmo  Congratulations doll, send me your address so I can mail your pattern!!!

Thanks to all who entered.  Stay tuned, I’ll be doing more giveaways soon.