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“Fake Shirring” with Cathie from Sew Darn Ezy

Picture Shirring . . . love it or loathe it there’s times when you need an alternative that gives the same look.

Cathie from Sew Darn Ezy has done us a tute on using regular elastic in place of shirring, with the Bells Beach Dress from Issue 5 in mind, but you could do this same thing for other shirred dresses.

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Elastic Panel Back.

To make your Beach Dress with an elastic panel insert, instead of the shirring, you can follow these easy steps.
You will need to cut your Centre Back Bodice Piece as per the pattern piece provided but instead of cutting one on the fold you will need two on the fold.  This gives you a lining and a main. Stitch them together along this top seam giving you one full piece.
If you are confident enough you can cut these two pieces minus the top seam allowance of 3/8”, on both the liner and the main and cut one large piece on the fold, which is what I have done. (See step 1 pic)

Step 1.
Attach your Centre Back Bodice piece to your Centre Back Skirt Panel and iron seam up towards the Bodice. Fold your Centre Back Bodice Piece over at the unattached edge by 3/8” and iron.

Step 2.
Fold the Centre Back Bodice Piece in half, having your fold just overlapping your seam when you attached the skirt panel. Press and pin in place.

Step 3.
Starting at the top of the Centre Back Bodice piece fold, sew a top stitch line 1/8”  down from the fold. Now sew a straight line across your Panel at the waist , your bottom line of stitching needs to catch the inside liner that you ironed down previously. At roughly ½” intervals down your panel towards the waist line, sew straight lines to form a casing to hold your elastic. You need an uneven amount of casings because we are only inserting elastic in every second casing section. Pictured here in step 3, I have 8 rows of stitching (Including the top stitch at the top of the panel) and this gives me 7 casing openings.

Step 4.
Beginning at the top ½” opening, insert your elastic (as per elastic requirement guide)  and make sure you place a pin at the edge so you don’t pull it right through. See here I like to put mine about 1 – 1 ½” in from the edge. This gives me a nice flat edge to place my seam and stitch in place. Now do the other end the same. Continue down your panel making sure you have elastic in the top and bottom casings.

Step 5.
Sew along the two ends to make sure you have your elastic secure and so it wont pull out once you are finished your garment.

Now complete your garment as per main instructions.

Bells Beach Dress Cover If you haven’t already be sure to pick up your copy of the Bells Beach Dress.
* as a Single PDF HERE 
* or as part of Issue 5 HERE
and check out more Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns HERE 
and more from Cathie from Sew Darn Ezy HERE
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Chunkster Pencil Pencil Case Pattern Hack

The Pencil Pencil Case has been a popular teacher gift but if you’re like me and running out of time before the end of the school year you might have been dreaming of a simpler option . . .
Kate from Horris & Deedle has come to the rescue with a Pattern hack that changes the 3 skinny pencils to a one chunky pencil pencil case.

Pencil Pencil Case by Horris and Deedle From this …

Horris and Deedle Chunkster Pencil Case Hack … To this

Check out the “how to” for the Chunkster Hack HERE on the Horris & Deedle blog 

Picture If you haven’t already be sure to pick up your copy of the Pencil Pencil Case
* as a Single PDF HERE 
* or as part of Issue 5 HERE
and check out more Horris & Deddle Goodness  HERE 
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Jess from Gracious Threads who contributed the Traveller Tee to Issue 4 has been sewing along with Project Run and Play.

This weeks theme was 80’s cartoon and Jess made an awesome Road Runner Inspired Traveller Tee with long sleeves.  How cute is her little lad!


even more exciting she’s made the pattern piece for the long sleeve available for FREE through her blog! How wonderful is that!

Click here to visit Jess’s Blog and get hold of the long sleeve for your Traveller Tee!

Picture You can purchase Jess’s pattern for the Traveller Tee as a single pattern HERE 
or visit Jess’s website to find out more about her other patterns HERE
or Purchase Issue 4 which contains this pattern HERE

To read my interview with Jess check out the blog post HERE.

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“Pimped”Firefly -Horris & Deedle

This is the final of our “Pimped”Firefly series, we’re wrapping things up with Marnie from Horris & Deedle’s version of the firefly.  You can visit the previous posts in this series here, here & here 

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Now it’s over to Marnie to find out how she did it!

I kept the pimping really simple.

1. Replaced ruffles with piping. The piping needs to be sewn all the way down to the bottom of the bodice, not like the ruffles which end a little above the bodice.

2. I added a square shaped shoulder ruffle which I sewed on the main piece before I joined the bodice and the lining together. It is basically just a long rectangle, folded in half with the short ends and one long side sewn together, leaving an opening for turning. The non sewn side was then gathered to the desired size before I sewed it onto the bodice.

3. I wanted the bodice to be a little more firm fitting than the previous dress I made, so I took it in at the side seams on both the outside and lining pieces to make it a firmer fit.

4. I added a ruffled border to the bottom of the dress, and whilst I wish I had some sort of formula for calculating the exact length you need, I don’t because I just made it up as I went along. I used a ruffler foot to make neat pleats for the border.

And that is it.

To see more about the other Firefly dresses Marnie has made please visit her blog and check out her review of the Firefly dress here.

Picture If you haven’t already be sure to pick up your copy of the Firefly dress
* as a Single PDF HERE 
* or as part of Issue 4 HERE
and check out more BOO! Designs patterns  HERE 
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“Pimped”Firefly Sutures & Sandpaper

I’m really enjoying checking out the fabulous ways people have infused their own style into their Firefly Dresses.

So far we’ve been visited by Tina from Damsels & Dragons (you can find that blog post HERE) and Steph from Owl&I (you can find that blog post HERE) and today we’re off on a blog visit to check out Kerry from Sutures & Sandpaper’s “Pimped”Firefly and her blog posts talking you through making those fabulous buttons from her first Firefly!


Here’s a brief rundown on the changes Kerry made to the Firefly pattern to make this sweet number!

For my “pimped” firefly I made the bodice as per the pattern and then changed the skirt from the gathered skirt in the pattern to a circle style skirt using the Boo! Skater Skirt as a starting point. I then hemmed it using the hidden bias method which gave a bit of structure to the hemline and helped it sit nicely when worn.

For the full blog post (including lots more pictures!) visit HERE.


Kerry’s first Firefly (see <-) was as per the pattern, but not having the hot pink buttons she was searching for sent her off on an adventure to learn how make her own!

To read Kerry’s Blog about making this dress visit HERE.


If you’re keen to have a go at making your own Polymer Clay Buttons be sure to visit HERE.

Next time Marnie from Horris & Deedle will talk us through her “Pimped”Firefly!

Picture If you haven’t already be sure to pick up your copy of the Firefly dress
* as a Single PDF HERE 
* or as part of Issue 4 HERE
and check out more BOO! Designs patterns or buy some of this awesome fabric HERE 
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