Beautifully elegant ‘Kingston Jacket’

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The ‘Kingston jacket’ is available in sizes doll (yes dolly) NB – 12 and ladies XXS – 5XL and wait it is perfect for boys too so they don’t miss out on the perfect coolest jacket around.

I do like to get dressed up every now and then as l am sure other ladies do, not only is it a bit of fun but it is nice to feel a little elegant and special.  This is exactly how l felt when l finished my ‘Kingston jacket’ designed by ‘Mummykins and Me’ by Rebecca Page.  The original design posted for testing was for a denim jacket, well l don’t wear jeans a lot so was unsure how l could create the jacket to my style.

With options for added sleeves to the jacket this certainly changed the options immensely.  This is a win for me as it gave me the opportunity to create something special more to my style and that l can wear for a more formal occasion or match up to my jeans when l want a something a little more casual.

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I love my angel sleeve option, this enabled me to create a more formal jacket which is so comfy.  The instructions do allow you to create a genuine denim jacket style with top stitching on all those seams, long sleeves with cuffs and the waistband with tabs and pockets of course.  For my more formal jacket l didn’t put on the pockets but l did put on some sparkly buttons just because l could.  The stylish paneled jacket creates a lovely stylish fit for any lady.

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The back of the jacket whoo hoo l love it, sits beautifully on the booty.   The ‘Kingston jacket’ may sound and look complex but it truly isn’t.  You can completely choose all the options or a more simplified version to suit your style.  There were a few ladies testing this pattern that chose all the options and created some amazing jackets and they initially thought that creating this jacket was well and truly out of their comfort zone.  The instructions and pics in the tutorial for the pattern are typical ‘Mummykins and Me’ style, easy to understand instructions enabling all seamstresses to create something beautiful.

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For my more casual style l can still wear my formal jacket with jeans and still feel pretty darn cool at the same time.

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Head to the ‘Mummykins and Me’ by Rebecca Page website to get your ‘Kingston Jacket’ pdf pattern.    http://rebecca-page.com/product/ladies-denim-jacket-pattern/

You can get lots of help in a superbly supportive and friendly group here,  https://www.facebook.com/groups/mummykinsandme/

You can even get some codes to some lovely free patterns by joining the group.

I hope that you will try the ‘Kingston Jacket’ please do not be daunted it is much easier than you think, maybe a little time consuming initially but honestly the effort is well and truly worth it and you will be sewing up a storm for every member of the family.

Happy crafting.

Leanne.

MRT (Miss Ruby Tuesday) ADD-ON

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I love my MRT and when there was an Add-On for SO many more options to create some stylish dresses/ tops for my cruise l was quite excited to be able to test the Add-On.

This test was not rushed at all and Ann Martin  from 1Puddle Lane honestly takes a lot of time and care ensuring that the pattern was top notch before she was happy to release it to the many seamstresses who would be wanting this pattern. The Add-On is a lovely compliment to the original MRT, the options to mix and match the bodices, skirts and sleeves enables you to create something to suit your style and occasion.  You may even find that a bodice or skirt that you thought is not  you is actually very much perfect for you.  This is exactly what l found during the testing process, I decided l would make the pleated crossover bodice because l knew that l would feel comfortable with that style, the skirt was another matter.  The straight skirt is not usually my chosen style and in testing l do like to go out of my comfort zone and try something a little different, to stretch my skills or styles.  I was so pleasantly surprised that this style actually made me feel quite comfortable in my own skin and l also came away with a new perfect dress for formal night on our cruise.

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With 5 bodice options and 6 skirt options there is a dress to suit everyone. I was heading for a rare visit to the beach and l wanted a new dress for my stroll along the beach. I chose bodice A and skirt C from the MRT Add-On to the rescue.  With so many options with sleeves and bodices and skirts the Add-On alone enabled me to create my ideal cool summer dress.

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The skirt option also gave me another option that l had not really worn so l added the Hi-Lo hem skirt to my list of ‘okay lets try this list’.  Pleasantly surprised AGAIN is an understatement,  l am in love with this style, another out to dinner dress for me.

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Sleeves of course, you can add the sleeves from the original MRT to any bodice from the MRT Add-On.  Ann has also added a flutter sleeve to the Add-On and you can easily mix the flutter sleeve to the original MRT.  The original sleeves added to the crossover bodice was very easy, perfect match.

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I have only sewn a few of the many styles available, next on my list is a maxi length dress,  what are you going to sew.  The bodice Add-On and the skirt Add-On to the original MRT are available, you will want them all, available for purchase on the website.   http://www.1puddlelane.com.au/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

You can join the facebook group for 1Puddle Lane here,

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1PLSewingandPatternStudio/

for some great support, come along and post your MRT’s we would love to see what you create.

l do hope that you will give the MRT and the Add-On a try they really are lovely patterns, reasonably quick to sew as well, the longest part is deciding which style and fabric to use.

If you have read this far, thank you.

Happy crafting.

Leanne.

 

Peplum Tank

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I was always envious of the lovely fabric that fellow seamstresses would share in the many sewing groups to which l was a member.  Finally l would be able to touch and sew something for myself, however my first experience was in a group that sent out mystery fabrics, you were able to choose which selection group and l chose the ‘wild’.  I received something that l would not normally choose and a co-ordinate fabric was also chosen for us.  Well it sat there in my stash of fabric until l could decide what to make.  Little did l know that those fabrics were the ideal choice for the ‘Woman’s Peplum Tank’ a pattern by ‘Snuggle my Baby Patterns’ a recent test for designer Jennifer Gunn.

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How lovely are those fabrics, perfect combination for the Peplum Tank, the fabric is a heavy cotton lycra and l was quite surprised how well it draped.  The Peplum Tank is available in sizes 2-32 so it is surely suitable for everyone.   The pattern is very user friendly and comes with layers so you are able to print the size you want without having to worry about all those other sizes and lines every where, a super saver in time.  A bonus is that the Peplum Tank is a super quick sew you can sew one up in nap time.

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The Peplum Tank is available in 2 styles so it is possible to create something for any occasion. The simple bodice is super quick with only 5 seams and some added bindings and hem and you are ready to wear, how fast is that.  I am like many other seamstresses and want value for money so its necessary to have more than one option in a pattern.  The stylish insert shaped bodice enables you to create something not only a little more stylish but its a great stash buster.

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With quite a few combinations of fabric and with just some smaller pieces in my stash of fabric l was able to create another Peplum Tank.

The Peplum Tank will be on sale Wednesday 22/03/2017 until 28/03/2017 for $6, (regular price will be $12)  so now is a great time to pop over and grab the ‘Woman’s Peplum Tank’.  Link to the pattern,  https://snugglemybaby.com/product/womens-peplum-tank-sizes-2-32/

Link to the pattern group for lots of support and fun   https://www.facebook.com/groups/SnuggleMyBabyPatterns/

Happy crafting,

Leanne.

Asta dress

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Ok so here l am again after testing for designer  Christina Albeck of Wardrobe by Me.

I do not always blog after every test but the ‘Asta’ earns the accolades that it deserves.  The style and options available enable all shapes and sizes of women to feel good.  With two neckline options the boat neck and turtle neck option of low or high neck, five sleeve options including sleeveless and optional pockets.

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As it has been super hot down here in Australia l chose to make the boat neck sleeveless version.  I was quite undecided about the pockets but am so glad that l chose to add them to my dress as they add another dimension that other skater style dresses do not offer, super handy as well.

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No zips or buttons and a perfect fit that looks and feels quite delish to wear.  I made according to the pattern with only decreasing the length of the skirt according to my height of 5’2″.  Perfect for casual to a more formal outing dependent on your fabric choice.  My chosen fabric is a cotton lycra, l love the bold striking spots.

There will be a sew a long in the support group,  you can join the support group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1618036351750483/

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So l could not stop at making just one ‘Asta’, l had to make the turtle neck option.  After making the Trudy turtle neck T also available from Wardrobe by Me l knew that l would like this version.  I shortened my bodice on this version and colour blocked for an entire different effect, great for more casual wear this time and is lovely worn with a belt.

With the endless possibilities in the pattern, shortening the skirt to make a peplum, yes you could do that, others in testing did and they look lovely.

The ‘Asta’ is on sale until Feb 1 2017 for USD 9 or AUS $11.96.  You can get you pattern here

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I am sure you will not be disappointed in your ‘Asta’

happy crafting

Leanne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies Paris Party, oh so gloriously feminine.

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I am quite excited about this pattern, the Paris Party dress is really not just a dress.  You see it is actually a top and a skirt but you can make it as a dress as well.  The pattern is available from Mummykins and Me by Rebecca Page.

I do love Rebecca Page’s patterns but she has really out shined herself this time.  There are so many options with this pattern and to also have add ons to create some truly gorgeous outfits, enough to create a new wardrobe is WOW.  To provide the FREE PATTERN  by using the code  when joining the pattern support group is very generous indeed.  The patterns are available in sizes NB to 5XL so every one has certainly been catered for.

http://rebecca-page.com/product/mommy-and-me-pleated-skirt-set/?affiliates=3

The basic patterns comprise of a top in knit fabric and a skirt in woven fabric.  The top has 2 necklines and several sleeve options, 2 lengths.  The skirt is box pleated with a zipper, it offers 2 waistband heights and 3 skirt lengths.

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I chose the boat neckline and short sleeves, regular length in a bonded lace knit for my top and some gorgeous Jennifer Paganelli fabric for my skirt to create a classic outfit perfectly suited for a casual outing or for a more formal occasion.  For my skirt l chose the regular width waistband and above knee length but as l am a little shorter than the height the pattern is designed for it sat exactly where l wanted it to at the knee.

The instructions  are very easy to follow and the tip for placing the pattern to construct the skirt without the seam in the front was ideal for my skirt as l was able to make my skirt without disrupting the pattern of my fabric, yeah l was so happy about that.

Don’t be too daunted about making these pleats, the instructions make it super simple to create.

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The add on options are a great investment to create the dress and add on some gorgeous options to add to the wardrobe.   Options include a T shirt neckline, puff and gathered sleeves, lace top overlay, elastic back waistband, lining the skirt, tulle petticoat, ribbon hemline and attaching the top to create the dress, all this for an amazing low cost.

http://rebecca-page.com/product/add-on-elastic-waist-pattern/

The patterns are suitable for all ages and sizes, uniquely fitted to hide the mum tum and for those of us who are a little older (my grandaughter tells me she still loves me even though l am old) you have to love 5 yr olds. So yes we can all wear this and feel awesome because l know l simply fell in love with this especially when l got so many lovely complimentary comments when l attended a party a few nights ago.  So wearing the Paris Party was perfect attire to wear to the party.

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To get these gorgeous patterns for free pop over to Mummykins and Me PDF pattern group for the code to start your wardrobe of Paris Party dresses and remember in sizes NB – 5Xl.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/mummykinsandme/

Don’t forget to get the add ons for $6.50 now.

I hope you enjoy making and creating your Paris Party dresses as l did.

Happy crafting.

Leanne.

1 Puddle Lane Miss Isabella.

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Perfect for all seasons this asymmetrical top, tunic/dress is ideal for all body shapes and having lots of options avails itself to such versatility. There are 3 length and 3 sleeve options.  I love options this just makes a pattern great value and Ann has made this available to EVERYBODY.

Yes everyone can look super swish with sizes available from 6AU/2US  – 20AU/16US. Ann will be releasing the  ‘Curvaceous Goddess’ range and the lovely Miss Isabella will be available in sizes 20/28 AU -16/24US how thoughtful is that.

Wow was l so happy to be able to test one of Ann Martin’s patterns  from 1 Puddle Lane, having a few of her patterns already l was sure that l would be happy with the result and indeed l was.  Ann certainly ensures that her patterns are tried and tested to the upmost of standard to make us ladies look fabulous.

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Miss Isabella available in a woven fabric has the versatility to be able to use quite a few different types of fabric but for the best drape a soft flowing fabric is perfect.  Rayon gives a lovely drape but for one of my sleeveless version tops as it is Summer here l chose a chiffon to be worn for a more formal occasion and l could not be happier with the result perfect for a party last evening.

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Miss Isabella is also perfect for a casual Summer day and in a crepe fabric provides a lovely drape but still remains cool and stylish.

The sleeved versions are going to be ideal for the cooler weather as well and remember there are several sleeved versions you will want.

To get the Miss Isabella with the 20% discount code for 48hrs only pop over to

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1PLSewingandPatternStudio/

to not only get the code but great support from 1Puddle Lane sewing and pattern studio.

The link to  the Miss Isabella is http://www.1puddlelane.com.au/store/p33/Miss_Isabella_Dress

Remember l said that Ann from 1 Puddle Lane has the ‘Curvaceous Goddess’ range well here is the link to the Miss Isabella for all you lovely ladies.  http://www.1puddlelane.com.au/store/p34/Miss_Isabella_Dress_Curvaceous_Goddess

Do your self a favour and pop over grab the pattern now while it is discounted and you can you have your new top/tunic or dress ready to wear tonight and feel fabulous it’s that quick sew.

Happy crafting

Leanne.

Monte Carlo summer

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I design tested for Rebecca Page and Mummykins & Me patterns again, l do love her patterns.  I love surprises and l certainly loved this one, the surprise being l was absolutely amazed how much l actually truly loved this top.  The Monte Carlo is a top, tunic and maxi dress, lots of options in length and also in the type of bodice that you choose.

I chose to sew the wide strap bodice, that was more suiting to my style and l have to say my age, l did not feel the thin strap was too becoming on me.  Thankfully Rebecca is very kind and allowed her testers to choose which ever bodice and length to make.

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Having made the wide strap bodice and the top length l was able to allow the crossover to sit modestly on the bust.  I also chose to decrease the width of the skirt so as to be more flattering on my figure,  the full gather skirt did look wonderful on the ladies that made the maxi dress.

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The options for the Monte Carlo allow you to make in knit or woven or a combination of both,  great for using up smaller pieces of fabric for the bodice.  I chose a knit jersey for the bodice with a good recovery which allowed me to make with out the elastic in the bodice neckline.  l have not had any problems doing so and my top has had a lot of wear.  The skirt is a rayon which is so soft and feminine and super comfy.

I truly feel feminine in the Monte Carlo and honestly l don’t usually wear styles that show cleavage but it was so easy to get the placement of the bodice just right with a little stitch in the right spot.  Another great top for some summer wear, secretly getting a little wardrobe sorted for next holiday with a maxi dress.

Shh a little secret, my husband LOVES this and he usually does not comment much about my sewing, oh he does tell me when he likes something but he totally RAVED about this top said l should have made some thing like this a long time ago, says it is really lady like with out being too ‘showy’ so yes l am making more.

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The back of the top has options for shirring or elastic casing so its easy for all levels of sewing.  Like all of Mummykins & Me patterns there is a girls pattern as well, perfect for summer.  Link to the Monte Carlo pattern  http://rebecca-page.com/product/monte-carlo-maxi-ladies/

Happy crafting,

Leanne.

 

 

Upcycle to perfection.

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Do you sometimes look at something you bought and thought what ever possessed you to buy it, what were you thinking?  Well l have, it was cheap, you were on holiday and it was nice at the time, BUT you never wore it.  Why oh why and what do you do with it?  Well mine hung in the wardrobe for too long UNTIL  that soft flowing top to designer test came along and l realised l had the perfect fabric in that top that had sat there too long and had never and would never be worn.

Testing again for Rebecca Page of ‘Mummykins & Me’ the St Tropez was perfect for that fabric that l had no idea what on earth l was going to do with it.  Soft and flowing the chiffon was perfect for the St Tropez.

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I chose the sleeveless version as it was perfect for this fabric and for our Spring and approaching Summer & it would be perfect for my next cruise.  Oh l love something that l can just pack away, wash & wear so perfect for a bit of casual fun or dressed up for a bit of glam.

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Looks a simple little top, ok but look at the back, that stylish cut out back adds simplistic styling and comfort.

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It is a reasonably quick sew and the instructions are very easy to follow that beginners would easily complete with satisfaction,  that is what l do like about Mummykins & Me patterns. As with all Mummykins & Me patterns they are available in childrens and ladies patterns so you can have matching outfits.

Link to the St Tropez  http://rebecca-page.com/product/st-tropez-swing-ladies/

I would love for you to try the pattern, it really is very satisfying to sew something  for yourself.

Happy crafting,

Leanne.

Awesome Pants, l made pants by ‘Wardrobe by Me’.

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Ok so it has been a while since l have blogged, that doesn’t mean l have not been sewing because l do all the time and love it, sometimes though l make something that really inspires me.

I simply have to blog about these awesome pants that l was fortunate to test for Christina from Wardrobe by Me.

Ok so l applied to test the ‘Slim fit flat front pants‘    link:   https://wardrobebyme.com/products/slim-fit-flat-front-pants    because l truly trust Christina’s patterns and instructions. These pants though were going to put me out of my comfort zone where l would need to stretch myself in trying new techniques and to say l was a bit daunted was beyond belief but this allowed me to improve and learn new techniques.  So l got accepted to test, awesome but then a ‘hope l can do this moment’.  I should not have been so doubtful because the instructions to get the right fit and for those techniques that l have not used before got me through to creating the  first pair of pants l have made.

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To say that l was overwhelmed with pride that l actually made these awesome pants l cannot describe.  These pants look just as professional on the inside as they do on the outside, slant pockets, wow and that fly zip is awesome.  I am a bit on the short side so to get the correct fit l had a bit of adjusting on the length but instructions are very straight forward to get the pants fitting great.

If you are a little daunted to take the plunge don’t be give it a try you will amaze yourself how easy they are to make.  Still unsure, well if you are not a member of the Wardrobe by Me group join up Christina and some really lovely ladies (that’s why it is called a support group) are there to help you along the way to get a great fitting pair of pants that you just cannot get with RTW pants.  Join here for support and inspiration.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1618036351750483/

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Wardrobe by Me has some unique patterns that allow you to create your own stylish wardrobe.  I was able to create some tops that enabled me to wear my Slim fit flat front pants from casual wear to a night out on the town.  The ‘Daisy top’ (above pic) great for casual wear gives lots of options with sewing with woven or knit,  l combined my Daisy top with a crepe front and knit back with knit bands and it is SO comfy.  For a night out l chose my favourite of Christina’s patterns the ‘Mirri’ top/dress, very versatile.

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I am looking forward to making a few more of Wardrobe by Me patterns to create my unique stylish wardrobe.  Patterns are available here   https://wardrobebyme.com/   yes that  gorgeous swimsuit on the home page is on my list for when summer comes, the pattern is tucked away in my summer pattern pile, yes l couldn’t resist because the little ones cannot have all the swimsuits.  Patterns also available on  https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/Wardrobebyme?ref=unav_listing-r

Happy sewing and crafting,

Leanne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A cool summer top.

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Sometimes we like the fit and uniqueness in a pattern so much that you just want to keep part of it and use it in another way, this is what l found with Mummykins & Me’s ‘Pretty Party Dress’.  (Lets call it the PPD)

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Now the bodice is that something just a bit different, having a yoke and buttoned at the shoulders, l had not seen many if any before in a ladies pattern.  After testing the (PPD) l knew that l wanted to make something with the bodice because of it’s unique style but also because l  found the fit just right for me, no alterations yeah so l set about thinking how can l keep it and make a top from that pattern.

Not only is the PPD available in ladies sizes you can also get the pattern in girls sizes as well.

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As  the PPD already has lots of options, sash, no sash, tulle overlay, you can see l went the no tulle overlay and this then gives me an all round wearable casual dress perfect for quickly popping out for a quick shop or an outing with the girls for a cup of coffee and a chat or simply for  an evening out, versatility that’s what l like and l got it with this pattern.

Now l decided l needed a top as the weather here in the Australia, at least where l live had been super hot and a top is what l needed.  I decided that it was too hot to have the bodice lined so l would be cheeky and try making the bodice unlined.

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The instructions are very clear in the pattern so there were only a few changes that l needed to make, l only cut out 1 front and back bodice but you still need to have the front and back yokes lined, l then simply followed the instructions for sewing the darts, sew the (R) side seam now before finishing the armsyce.  I then needed to solve how l was going to edge the armsyce as it is unlined, deciding that bias tape was my friend and just for something a little different l would place the bias so that it is visible from the outside, just because l can.

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Placing the bias on the (L) front and (L) back armsyce and the (R) armsyce that you have already sewn,  remember *you need to place the bias where the seam would be and the seam allowance is 5/8″ if not your bodice will not fit correctly.

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Sew along the seam at 5/8″ where you have measured previously, you can see that l have sewn the bias on the wrong side so that when folded it will be visible on the outside of the bodice, you can simply place it sewn on the right side of fabric and flip over and sew and it will not be visible from the outside as you have sewn down on the inside.  Before folding over and top stitching the bias in place trim back the fabric to the bias so that it sits nice and flat.  The (L) side seam where the bias are on the side will be encased when you install the zipper.

It is simple as that, now follow the rest of the instructions to complete the bodice. Attach the bodice yokes as instructed, top stitch encasing the seam from the yokes and the bodice front and back. I like to hand sew my yoke lining by hand sewing it in place then top stitching all around the yokes, l just like to have it a bit neater as l find it a bit difficult at times to get that lining just perfectly placed on the inside while top stitching.

Now l needed to add to the base of the bodice, l decided l wanted a peplum top, not just your regular length peplum.  I have tried them before and the length is not my friend l am just too short so l went with a shortened peplum.  After a busy weekend walking around at our bi-annual festival in my town recently l was pleased to see lots of shortened peplums and decided l needed to try one.  So glad l did as l know l will get lots of wear from this top and super cool for summer and the spring.

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You can see just a peek of that bias on the top on the armsyce, just a peek not too much to detract but just enough for something a bit different.

There are quite a few ways to calculate how to make circle skirts but l found the app by  ‘By Hand London’ very useful, of course you may have other ways to calculate your peplum.  Remember that when you do calculate you will need to measure the bodice width not your waist, you need the peplum to match up with the bodice and you will not need the length stated in the apps as they are generally for circle skirts and you will not need your top that long or you may like to add a circle skirt to the bodice of you PPD to create a circle skirt dress, another great option.

Your imagination and a bit of versatility you can create all sorts of garments with the PPD, there are bound to be more, l know l am working on a couple  more ideas.

If you don’t have the PPD here is the link for the pattern http://rebecca-page.com/

Mummykins & Me has a great support network on facebook for those who need a little help along the way or if you would like to post your dresses for all to see.  Link to Mummykins & Me PDF pattern group.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/mummykinsandme/

Come and join the group and you can get the pattern for free, yes free.

Happy sewing and crafting

Leanne.