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I was honored to be able to test another Just an E pattern– the Presentation Pin Pouch! Abbe’s pattern released this weekend, and you can find it in her Etsy shop.

This pouch is such a cute way to display your pins! I love that you can show them off and keep them safe!

I made the smaller size, which measures 5″x5″ when finished; the pattern also includes pieces for a larger pouch with a finished size of 7″x7″. The pouch has a clear vinyl window in the front so that you can see the padded pin insert inside.

The pattern is so easy to follow, with tips for working with vinyl, which makes it a great one for beginners working with vinyl, leather and cork.

The zipper at the top opens so that you can pull out the padded pin display insert:

With one pouch, you can make multiple inserts to show off pretty fabrics and different sets of pins. The instructions include a wristlet strap so you can either clip your Presentation Pin Pouch to a larger bag or use it on its own.

Abbe’s patterns are always so clear and well-written. Go check out her shop and get sewing!

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Look at this cute new shorts pattern just released by Blank Slate Patterns! (affiliate links used where available, at no cost to you, but I may earn a small commission!)

The pattern features button-up sides…

And of course, everyone’s favorite: pockets!

I made my version from denim and used a fun green cotton batik as the facing of the waistband.

On this inside-out view, you can see that the shorts are hemmed with bias binding, and I chose a green to coordinate with my facing. The pattern offers options to have the binding on the inside like I did, or use it as an accent on the outside. (You can’t see them, but my pocket facings are also made from the green cotton batik.)

On the outside, I added some green topstitching to hint at the inside details.

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Just an E has released another fantastic PDF pattern, the Transcendence Makeup set, including this Palette Palace bag.



This large zippered pouch (12″ wide at top, 10″ wide at bottom, 7″ tall) has an angled zippered pocket on the outside front, which I made in vinyl, but could also be made with mesh:


And a smaller pocket (vinyl or mesh) on the outside back:


Inside are slip pockets on each side; one is divided:


and the other is left as one large opening (but you could decide to divide it if you want!).


The Transcendence Makeup set also includes a pattern for a cute little Lip Color Caddy, which is a small divided pouch for organizing lipsticks– but the pattern also contains modifications and dimensions for the pouch to hold items like epi-pens and inhalers!

Not only is the end result great, but the instructions are superb.  Definitely go check it out in the Just an E Etsy shop!

Since I realized at the very last-minute that I was able to test this bag for Abbe, I was limited to what I had on hand… I used zippers from my stash, and the top zipper was 14″, so I lengthened it by attaching coordinating fabric ends.

I didn’t have enough woven interfacing, so I instead used some Pellon 931TD Fusible Midweight Nonwoven interfacing that I had on hand. My bag sides are probably stiffer than normal, but I love how stable it is!  Because I didn’t have enough (and because it’s so stiff), I only interfaced one of each of the interior pocket pieces and the exterior flap piece.

I also don’t have any transparent/translucent vinyl! I remembered that I save all the zippered bags that things like blankets, sheets, and pillows come in, and so I cut my vinyl panels from one of them that seemed to be of nice quality.

I love how the bag turned out, and I’m pretty chuffed (haha, been watching some British shows lately) that the entire thing is made from stash/scrap/repurposed materials!

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I got to try my hand with sewing vinyl for the first time with this great pattern set: The Decisions Desk and Drawing Set, newly released from Just an E!

Abbe's Decisions Desk set

This set contains five patterns, and I tested four of them– the journal cover, the checkbook cover, the wall pocket, and the pencil wrap.

The JOURNAL CASE AND NOTEBOOK COVER has several size options: I made the composition notebook size.


It has a slip pocket and a zipper pocket on the outside of the cover (I chose to put mine on the front), and a slip pocket for a pen/pencil on the inside.  I’ve been using mine already as a D&D campaign notebook and love how handy it is to keep my particular pens and pencils for notes and marking my character sheet.


The CHECKBOOK COVER is making my checkbook look all fancy!  This pattern is only included within the PATTERN BUNDLE!



The WALL POCKET is a cute circular design.  The pattern comes with several sizes to use as templates, but they can be made in any size you want!  I made a 4.125″ teeny tiny wall pocket so that I have a home for my USB/SD card connector/converter thingy for my computer.  My pocket hangs on the bulletin board above my desk, and I’m so happy that I won’t lose my connector among my clutter now that I have a perfect little home for it.



The PENCIL WRAP comes in two sizes, and I tested both of them!  The smaller size is just right for holding my small set of watercolor pencils:

and I was able to fit 16 fabric markers into the 6″-wide size!


There is also a super-cute FOLDOVER WALLET pattern for a little case that snaps closed.  I didn’t have a chance to make this one, but you should look it up!

These patterns are such a fantastic way of getting your feet wet with sewing vinyl, cork, leather, or other similar materials.  They are really satisfying makes! Check out the whole set HERE!



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I mentioned in a recent blog post that I’ve been on the lookout for a better women’s pajama pants pattern.  Well, I think I’ve found one!

The Blank Slate Peppermint Pajamas are fantastic.  I had the opportunity to test the pajama shorts pattern** right before my ankle surgery, and I absolutely love how they turned out.

**The pattern includes a pants-length version (with a cuff!) and a great, comfy knit shirt with two raglan sleeve lengths!  I just didn’t have the opportunity to sew it all before being of commission for several weeks.


The shorts are comfortable and super straightforward to sew.  And I only needed a yard of fabric to whip them up!

They have an elastic waist and pockets.  What more could you want from a pair of PJ shorts?


You can be sure that I will be making more of these as soon as I’m back in the game.  I am certainly enjoying the ones I already have!  I think this is going to become one of my tried-and-true favorite patterns.



Be sure to check out the pattern— not only are there shorts and pants options, but there’s a coordinating raglan-sleeve shirt pattern included for knit fabric!

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I’ve mentioned before that my cousin Abbe is an extraordinary bag-maker, and now, she is a pattern-designer, too!

Introducing: the Clarity wallet!

I had the wonderful privilege of testing this pattern for Abbe, and I’ll tell you, it was so much fun and straightforward to sew!  I used a lovely light purple cork…it was my first time sewing with this material, and–WOW–I need to have some more in my life!

The pattern is designed for materials such as vinyl, cork, and leather– materials that don’t fray if the edges are left raw.


The Clarity wallet is sleek and a great size: large enough to hold everything you need, but small enough to fit comfortably into my purse.  I used a magnetic snap on the closure flap, and so it’s easy to open, but closes securely.

Inside, there are SO many pockets for organization!  I made the original “incarnation”, but in the pattern instructions, there are other options for configuring the pockets.



I made six card slots plus a clear vinyl (with glitter!!) slot for my ID.

There’s a zippered pocket for change:


The large pockets can hold bills, a passport, a notepad, and/or even a cell phone!



I am loving using my new wallet, and I especially appreciate how organized I can be with all of the pockets.


Get your copy of the pattern here: justane.etsy.com!  Abbe is offering the pattern at 25% off through Sunday 9/1/2019 in her Etsy shop!


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Melissa has re-released another fantastic top pattern at Blank Slate Patterns– the Rose top (and dress!).  This knit shirt is so flattering and comfortable, and with the contrast woven neckline, the fabric combinations are seemingly endless!

For my final version in the testing process, I decided to go with a blue and white double brushed poly for the main body of the top, and I added plain white cotton at the neckline.  I chose to end my sleeve just above my elbow, but there are short- and long-sleeve options, too!





I liked my first test version so much that I finished it, as well– this is a lighter weight “mystery” knit paired with a bright patterned cotton at the neckline.  (do you recognize that grey-purple fabric? ::wink::)




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I have a new favorite tee shirt pattern!  I absolutely love this new Blank Slate Abrazo Tee pattern (affiliate link).  It has a great fit, and it is a super quick sew.  For the test of this pattern, I sewed up a round neck, short-sleeved top…



This is a very soft, very stretchy, and very thin polyester blend knit that I got very inexpensively. It was a wonky cut and only 52″ wide (I realized later), so I am proud of myself for matching the stripes! It was quite the puzzle.

The pattern is so versatile with V-neck and long sleeved variations, as well!  I am really looking forward to making many more Abrazo tees!

In fact…I literally have another one out on my cutting table right now… I can’t wait to show it to you!

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This past weekend, I went on a girls’ getaway with two of my cousins.  Besides getting to spend quality time with these quality ladies, the point of our weekend was to be able to craft non-stop.  We rented the same AirBnB (<–referral link…) as last year, brought all of our gear, and dove right into our work.

Unlike last year, when I prepped a number of projects ahead of time, I had nothing ready.  As in, the Thursday afternoon before I left on Friday, I was still making lists of potential projects to work on (and let me tell you, the list is a long one!).  One of the items on my list was a new purse (I’ve been using THIS ONE nonstop ever since I made it–for over 2 years!–, and while it has served me well, it was definitely time for a fresh one), but as of Thursday morning, I didn’t know what I would make.

Enter my cousin Abbe, who is a bag-maker extraordinaire (seriously, check out her work– she makes gorgeous bags and takes custom orders!), who texted me to ask if I was interested in testing a great-looking bag pattern for a new pattern-maker she’s working with– Nosy Pepper Patterns.  YES!  Of course!

She generously offered to supply some fabric for the outside, since I didn’t have what I wanted on hand (thankyouthankyouthankyou, Abbe!).  I hurried out to the store on Friday morning to purchase interfacing, zippers, and hardware (and snacks for the weekend!) before heading out for the weekend getaway.

Not only was it a *great* weekend, but I completed my new bag!  Here it is– the North Shore Hobo, by Nosy Pepper Patterns— all the glamour shots!


The front of the bag is a showstopper, with two zipper pockets along the central panel.  I chose to make this central panel feature this enchanting snail pattern, but I’ve seen some stunning bags made with all one material.





Each zipper opens to its own pocket– the pockets are layered on top of each other!

I also made the back of the purse with the “feature” fabric:


The top is open,  simply closing with a magnetic snap, which is exactly how I like my bags– not too fiddly when I’m in a hurry and with my hands full with my kids!


The pattern includes instructions for a slip pocket and a zipper pocket inside, but I chose to do two zipper pockets, one with a pink zipper, just for fun!


The pattern also gives options for straps: a shorter handle, and a longer adjustable strap.  I’m glad that my cousin suggested that I make both– this bag is a perfect shape for wearing cross-body!


The hardware really makes this bag look fantastic, and Abbe let me use her industrial strength rivet press to add these final touches.  Oooh, don’t they look nice?!


I loved the opportunity to test this pattern from Nosy Pepper!  It is set to be released this weekend, so check it out!

P.S. Check out all the tester bags in THIS POST from Cyndi!

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Melissa is re-releasing the Marigold dress with an extended size range over at Blank Slate Patterns!

I participated in the testing for the re-release, and I decided to go for a color block effect, making the bodice from a tone-on-tone cream stripe and the skirt from a solid blue.


The Marigold pattern has a number of sleeve options (split-sleeve, cap sleeve, and long sleeve) and can also be made as a peplum top instead of a full dress.  I also made the sash that is included with the pattern to go with my dress.




I also styled my dress with a wide black belt I had in my closet for a different look:




I think the color block look gives the dress a retro/vintage looking vibe, which I really like!

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