Here’s a fun little tutorial on how to use the Shirtzie bodice to make a reversible wrap swim top! You can use basically the same method to make a similar wrap top using the Brazi bodice pieces. Patterns can be found at Stitch Upon a Time Patterns.
Fabric is from Christy’s Cute Designs
You will need:
Here’s an example of a similar one I made awhile back using the Brazi pattern instead:
I am a mom of 4 that has always worked full time. The effectiveness and efficiency of my breast pump makes a huge difference in my life the first 6-12 month post baby. Over the course of the last 7 years, I have used a Medela Pump In Style, Medela Freestyle, and Freemie Liberty. I have used all of them in the past few weeks. I should also note that I have a cup size that ranges from DD-G depending on proximity to birth, so others with a different build may not have the same experience!
As I was sitting in my hotel room last week pumping, I decided to jot down some thoughts I had about each of the 3 I have in case it might be helpful for someone else. So…here’s what I think:
Medela Pump In Style
With each pregnancy, my Medela Pump In Style has been a staple…I keep coming back to it for my everyday, dependable pump. The other two I have used for their portability features, but don’t like to depend on them. I get slightly less milk, but I think the Freestyle could work as my everyday pump as well. I would not recommend the Freemie despite all of the awards it touts (that’s what sold me!).
These are just my opinions and experiences, of course, so take from it what you will! 😊 And happy pumping!
I am a serial pattern hacker. I get a pattern and I see it’s untapped potential! Here’s a little hack that works well with a few rompers I have…more specifically, these are Ellie & Mac Beatbox Romper and the Ellie & Mac Good Baby Romper. I used fabric from Snowy Owl Custom Fabric and Christy’s Cute Designs.
The best news…it’s really easy!
Here’s what I did:
Who doesn’t love free stuff?! There are SO many awesome free sewing patterns out there (beware there are also lots of not so great ones!) I thought it would be fun to review some of the ones I’ve tried, so…here’s my first go at it! I’m going to try to do a new one every couple of weeks, so follow my blog if you want to see more free patterns!
For this first review, I tried a pattern and designer that are new to me. This was my first attempt at a Purl Soho pattern. You can get the pattern here: Purl Soho City Gym Shorts. I used custom cotton lycra knit to make these from here: Smoogie Fabric.
I made a couple of modifications, but overall I was very happy with pattern. It also comes in kids sizes, so it would be a fun pattern to use for Mommy & Me outfits!
The modifications I made:
What I liked about the pattern:
Room for improvement:
Here are some more pictures of my shorts (I’ll confess I took these before I gave them a good press, so don’t judge, there is a little waviness on my bindings :)):
This is a really easy hack to give your dress or top just a little extra interest! I used the Excalibur Dress/Tank pattern from Stitch Upon A Time, but you could do this to other tank patterns with similar types of adjustments.
I used custom weight cotton Lycra from Smoogie, but have also used DBP and will probably try a good quality French terry for another.
How to do it:
The first step is getting all of the right pieces for your dress (or top). One of the things I love about the Excalibur is that I’ve found I can wear it with either side facing the front if I use two back pieces instead of a back and a front. So I cut two normal back pieces plus an extra piece to go over top to create the peek-a-boo hole.
To make the extra piece, trace around the top part of the back piece (on the fold), stopping about 1.5” into the armscye. Then to create the hole, make a cutout on the folded side, blending it into the other side. I started my cutout 2” up, but…I forgot to take into account hemming so next time I’ll make a slightly less dramatic hole and do 1.5”!
This is what it looked like:
Next, take the piece that is going to be the front of the dress and lower the neckline however much you want (I lowered mine about 2”). Remember to make it a little higher than you want the finished product because we will be hemming it at 3/8”.
Hem the neckline of the full piece and the bottom where you made the cutout on the top piece. Here’s what the full front piece looks like:
And here’s our top front piece:
Now place the top piece on top of the full piece, lining them up at the armscye. Baste them together at the armscye.
Now you have a front front and a back piece and can finish construction as directed in the pattern. Sew together at the shoulder, then at the side seams, measure your new neck and arm openings (I do my bands at 85% of the opening and these were 1” thick), add bands, hem the bottom, and voila – you’re done!
This was my final product!