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Big Comfort! Big Impact Using A Cricut Maker 3 In Your Sewing

I will admit I am not a big paper or vinyl crafter. I have lofty ideas I will be one when I see great ideas and then they stay an idea! Lol 

Oh well I still get good use out of my Cricut machine by using it in various ways in my sewing. I first used it for this costume I made for a clients Halloween costume. You will find it on the leg wrap and the medallion on the skirt.

I also have also used the Cricut Maker for bag making. You can check out two of my free bag patterns in my Freebie Library that can be cut with an Cricut or electronic cutting machine. I just release the SImon Bucket Bag Pattern and you can find that for free in my library as well. Here is the blog post about it.

If you want to get this free bag pattern check out the Library at the top of the page, “Lovely’s Sewing Freebies”

If you have seen my embroidered skirt you know that I love a bold look! It makes a bold statement and it is just fun. So here is another one using my Cricut Maker 3. If you have not heard the Cricut Maker 3 can cut without a mat using their Smart Matierial and one is a Smart Iron on Vinyl. You can cut in long lengths, up to 12 Feet!!! Yup 12 feet!!!! If you want to learn more click on the picture of the Maker 3 below.


So of course large wall vinyl is probably what most people think of but I went straight to what clothing item I could make. I wanted something elegant with very little detail that gave me large blank canvas. I noticed this cute Caftan pattern from Simplicity. Did I just say a cute Caftan? Lol yup…. I am sure at some point my generation said we would never wear these and here we are. I think it is perfect for lounging around the house and they can still be very cute and presentable. Throw on some oversized earrings and a large bag and you can go run some errands while looking chic.

SImplicity 8911


So let’s talk about some things to keep in mind. One would be the limitations on the width, so you should think of something narrow or you could also do something that would cut separately that you can place all over the item but would still cut quickly. I wanted something to make an impact and this snake on a vine was it but here is where you can let your imagination run wild. I have a few more ideas in mind. So let’s think outside centering a design on a shirt. What are you going to make an incorporate large iron on vinyl onto?


I have a full review of Simplicity 8911 here on my patternreview.com profile but the short answer is that I love it and it is super easy to make.

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In Time For Christmas Gifts! Free PDF Purse Pattern-With SVG and Cricut DS File

Have you started sewing for Christmas yet? It’s right around the corner!

This sweet little bag will be a great gift for the stylish ladies and the fun teens on your list! This bag has so many options for customizing. The top and bottom and even the pleathers of handbag ring options.

I found some cute ones on Amazon I will post some links to a few and one of my testers used an adorable cat shaped ring. Your imagination is your limit as long as it is sized appropriate for the bag!!

This bag pattern also can be cut three ways!! I have included the tradition pdf pattern that you can print and cut on your home computer and tape together, an SVG file you can upload to any electronic cutting machine and a Cricut Design Space Project link that will open it directly in Design Space!!!

You can watch this quick video to help on putting it together but it is so easy and quick that you can make one for everyone on their list!

I have partnered with The Fabric Snob and used quilting cottons from their shop! They have a wide array!!! This was the Bosage Collection- Lush Rainforest and Shifting Fonds. You can grab a Snob Surprise Bag for some quilting cotton! Show your makes using hashtag #snobsurprise to be entered to win 💲500 in snob cash!https://www.thefabricsnob.com/products/snob-surprise-bags… Use code: Leah10 for 10% off your quilting cottons!

Also check back on my blog post about making clothing with Quilting Cotton and my tip sheet in my Freebie Library. You can find that post here.

See below on how to get my Lovely’s Freebies Library password so you can get this pattern and previous freebies and freebies to come! If you are on your cell phone the way to see it is to click on the title of this post and then it will be at the bottom of the blog post.

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SEWN Magazine Feature

SEWN Magazine April 2021 Issue COver

I work hard at most everything I do but sometimes great things just happen and I don’t know how I am so blessed. Earlier this year I was reached out to by SEWN Magazine! If you haven’t seen them then check them out. They have a modern take on a sewing magazine and every issue is packed with great sewing information and features talented makers showing of their skills. So when I was asked to make something for them I jumped at it. The prompt was a shirt dress! I love dresses so this was great. I often use shirt dresses as dusters as you can see here in my Southwestern girl post about my southwestern style duster. However shirt dresses can also be glammed up so I decided to show both sides. The first version was this large floral print quilting cotton sure to wow as a casual day piece and the second was this sext black stretch chiffon that I didn’t even put bottoms on and cinched in with a belt I made and added sexy gladiator sandals. This is the version that is perfect for date night.

I have made plenty of dusters so I wanted to use pattern I had not used before. I decided quickly on Designer Stitch’s Sedona. Funny thing is the last time I was in a magazine it was in a Designer Stitch pattern. You can check that out here! I used to test her patterns and they are great so I had high hopes and they did not disappoint. Excellent drafting and instructions. She does the placket different than I have ever seen it done but when you take your time it comes out so nice and is easier than the other ways I have done it. You can find her patterns here and her Facebook group is here.

The print floral fabric is from one of my favorite fabric stores The Fabric Snob but it was a pre order a while ago so it is no longer available. Sorry but do check out their fabric because they have a lot of great stuff. I used their fabric for my floral suit I made earlier this year. You can see that here.

Vogue 1716
Vogue 1716

Next I want to highlight my wonderful photographer that I work with on a lot of my photo shoots including the SEWN Magazine shoot. You can find her on Instagram here and here. I will add a gallery of some other shoots she has helped me with. Check her out if you are looking for a photographer in the Fort Worth Texas area.

  • Simplicity 8526 Sewing Pattern
  • Vogue 1716 Sewing Pattern
  • Greenstyle Creations Patterns Sewing Patterns

If you want more info and a full review on the Designer Stitch Sedona Pattern you can find my Sewing Pattern Review here.

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Clear Stadium Bag with Free Pattern and SVG

Three Clear Stadium Bags

So COVID is coming to an end! Well, at least that is what I am hoping for. I think we all are hoping the world gets back to normal soon. That means concerts and sporting events. Some of the sports venues now require only clear bags so I thought in preparation I would make a cute clear stadium bag pattern for you. No, you don’t have to just use it for stadium events. The free clear stadium bag pattern will be perfect for so many events this summer. It is so fun!

Don’t let how cute this bag is fool you. It is so easy to make and I have made a video to walk you through the process. You can check out the video on how to make the bag here.

You can readily find the PVC plastic and other materials I used and I will link some that I used.

Another reason I love working with PVC vinyl is to use vinyl cut on my cutting machine to add monograms or other personalization.I have also provided you some details on what materials I used. Enter your email below to get access to this and all my other free files.

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Floral Explosion: Vogue 1716

Vogue 1716 Sewing Pattern

If you have been into fashion in the last few years you may have seen a gorgeous Instagram influencer, Victoria Fox. Check her out here. She showcases some stunning outfits. Very classy looks that I can’t get enough of. Before I knew who she was a saw this picture on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make something like this. I later found two other looks of hers that were very similar.

I love the traditional suit in such a bold feminine print. So I decided to make my version. I wanted mine a little more subtle but still have a big impact. When I saw this large floral Mega Garden After Nightfall from the Fabric Snob on a black field I knew it was what I wanted.

I mean I am a sucker for large florals! Can you tell? Here is a slideshow of some of my floral creations!

Now I just needed the perfect suit pattern. I wanted something traditional with not too many seams or embellishments. I also wanted a fitted pant and a jacket that would look similar to my inspiration with a belt. After reviewing line drawing after line drawing of suit patterns Vogue 1716 was it. It had the silhouette I was looking for and no embellishments. 

Oddly I can’t say I was all that enthusiastic about this suit when I saw the cover picture on the pattern.


I liked the sparkle but just was not sure about the fit. Unfortunately, sometimes the pictures deceive you. One of the reasons I do blog posts on patterns is so others that are thinking about making a pattern can see it in another way to see if they may want to make it. I also review them on PatternReview.com so check out my profile over there. Pattern Review Profile

Overall this pattern was so nice and easy to make. My last suit was not as successful so you are always shy to jump back on the horse after a project does not go as great as you hoped. I am glad I jumped back on with this one.

There were no big hiccups and it went together quickly. If you are looking for your first suit pattern, this may be it. I am planning to make more suits with this pattern. The pants are a quick make and feature a side zip which I love. Side zips keep your tummy area smoother. These pants fit just perfectly. The only change I made was my normal lengthening for my 6′ height.

Here are some details from my Pattern Review on www.patternreview.com

Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, double breasted blazer with matching tie belt, two-piece sleeve with working vent, welt pockets with flap. Fitted, contoured, waist cropped pants have invisible side zipper.


Pattern Sizing:Semi-fitted it fits true to size
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? Yes!


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Very easy quick sew for a blazer.


Fabric Used: Cotton


Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Only lengthened the pants and the sleeves.


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes and I plan to!


Conclusion: I really love this pattern! If you need a suit with this shape, make it!

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New Year, New Me…..yeah right!

It is probably cliche that I launch this year’s blog posts with a workout clothing make! Honestly, I made these last year if that helps! In 2020 I started a weight loss journey which resulted in me losing 46 pounds and meeting my weight goal. People love to tell me how I did not need to lose weight but they also don’t take into consideration how I feel more healthy and full of energy. Also because I am tall and know how to dress to hide a few pounds most don’t realize how much I can weigh and still look thin.

I also got back into working out. I worked out mostly with an app called Sweat by Kayla Itsines. I am hooked on their Fierce workout by Chontel Duncan but there are a ton of other workouts. During the pandemic, all the gym workouts were converted to home workouts. But don’t worry they are still just as effective. If you are interested in checking it out here is my referral link.

Ok on to what brought you here…. the clothes.


Workout clothes…good workout clothes are very important and for me at 6′ it becomes difficult to find some that fit me. Also, I like more support for a sports bra and those usually are not the prettiest sports bras. For a long time, I work old workout clothes but something about working out in something cute is motivational.


These two pieces are from Greenstyle Creations Patterns and I love them. Yes, the pants are a tad on the wild side but I went for it. After all, I am just working out at home.


Super G Tights
For workout pants, there is a balance on the style of too many seams and detailing and not enough. I feel like these are perfect and I pushed the envelope with an experiment by putting a netting panel on the sides. WOW, it fun…. sexy but fun. And like I said a bit on the wild side but if you have been around my blog for a while I like a bit of edge.


The fit of the tights was perfect. I was a little nervous about how the netting would work with the tights but it worked out fine. You may want to check your stretch gauge before doing this. I only had to lengthen them like I do for all my makes to fit my 6′ size. If I make them again I will probably raise the waist a bit, especially in the back but that is not about the fit but my preference for having them higher.



Making them was super easy. I used my serger and cover stitch and machine it might have taken me 30 minutes to make them after cutting the fabric. A quick sew that you can work out in the next morning. I plan on making more of these for sure.


The POWER Bra
And on to this BRA!!!!!! Can I just say upfront I love it!!! It is so supportive yet still cute. I don’t feel like I am wearing a straight jacket when I am working out in it.


Make sure to follow the fit/sizing guide that Greenstyle Creations provides. I had initially questioned this but the size is perfect.


Normally I would tell you exactly where I got the fabric but I honestly am not sure. I know the netting was from Joanne’s but not sure about the main fabric. It may also be from Joanne’s but can’t confirm it.

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Elevated Basics: Using Simplicity 8300 and Butterick 5526

I purchased my embroidery machine earlier this year. I had been wanting one and had a million ideas for it. When I got it I was excited but then it fizzled out because all I saw was people using it for children’s items and things that just were not my style but mostly home decor items. Don’t get me wrong they are some lovely things but I wanted to make something that was more my style…. yes a bit over the top.

I saw my inspiration on Pinterest and had to recreate it. Now I see more fashion applications for my embroidery and am truly having fun. Stay tuned for more items coming up. 


For the skirt I used Simplicity 8300 View A in size 12 but should have sized down to 10 because I had to take a bit of the side seams especially at the hips. This is such a simple sew so the time consuming hard part was putting all the embroidery together.

I found a floral motif with several variations that would work. I laid them out several ways to find the best placement using print outs of the design. Then I marked the center of each design on my skirt. I knew I wanted some flowers to go over the side seam so I put the back on at the side seams. If you try this be sure to give your designs enough room to hem it.


And then it was time to embroidery. It took about 3 or 4 weeks doing a stitch out here and there between work and other projects. I love how it turned out. Almost better than I imagined. While it is still a bit of a playful floral I think the short skirt took it up a few notches. 


For the top I wanted to get a similar look to another Pinterest inspiration with a very flowly black button down blouse.

I used Tencel fabric from Joanne’s and it was a dream to work with. The pattern is Butterick 5526 View B. I made a size 14 to get the oversized look I was going for and it was perfect.

For a bonus in this look is the Boronia Bowler bag by Blue Calla and is available here.

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