Favorite Sewing Patterns

Cleo Skirt from a quilt top / fabric by Carrie Bloomston / sewing pattern by MadebyRae / zipper case is my Easy Stand up Zipper Case pattern available here

Hey Honeys! I am up at weird-o-clock tonight to bring you my list of FAVE Sewing Patterns. I'm asked so often that I figure from now on I will hand over my name card with a link to this post, or one of those crazy Q scanner thingys that nobody has time for! BAHAHA    
Image result for scanner codesI do feel it would make a cool quilt though.

This post will be my top 5 clothing patterns, that I've tested and used a gajillion times. I'm not paid or endorsed or whatever you wanna call it-nobody knows I'm writing this except you and me. 


My Go-To list of 
Sewing Patterns for Clothing

Probably my most used pattern EVER. I wear this constantly... As a  top, cropped, dress, tunic, with or without pockets, just YES. I know what you're thinking-- "It won't look good on me, I have big boobs, or a muffin, or blah blah blah"...Well that's what I thought too- but alas, Rae knows her shiz ok?! Trust in the process. Get the right fabric. I would recommend a flowy Rayon if you're well endowed, or if you're worried that cotton won't drape right on you. (It will.) I have made at least 12 versions that I can think of right in this instant, and each one works.  There are more here and here. I added a pocket download here if you like those. Side pockets can be added as another option. Have a browse through Rae's Flickr group- I stalked that for two days before I bought this pattern. I had to build the confidence ya know?  I have used Washi, Cleo, Ruby, & Isla countless times. You will LOVE Rae's patterns.

I really love all Meg's patterns, but if I had to pick ONE it would be Stasia. Stasia seems to flatter everyone, as every body type ends up looking great in this dress. Make it short, long, fitted, or looser - just make it. I taught this at Stitch Supply Co last weekend and the JOY on everyone's faces really struck me. It's beyond cool to see people pleased with their own work. 

 I don't know why my blog is being weird with photos tonight. Now I have to hire someone who's smart in computer code and pay them to fix it for me. I tell my daughter all the time (she's smart in computer-y stuff) "pay attention in math and computer science so you can help your Mama one day)... She gives me "the look".  One time I fixed it myself and half my stuff disapeared until I cried and my Husband fixed it for me. Bhahahaa NEVER again.

Here's my mom wearing hers in gorgeous Art Gallery knit:

And Deby in her stunning fuchsia make! It was so fun seeing this dress come alive. Stasia is FAST you guys. No joke.

Louise decided to make a LBD version and it's done so well! She was so inspired she bought a couple more patterns and fabric to begin sewing a wardrobe. 
To the right Leslie is looking cute in her modified version. Love that crosshatch knit! 

Other students made the Linden Sweatshirt, I'll post about that for my jammies roundup really soon. ;)

This is more of a challenge than the previous two, but by no means difficult at all. More time, more steps, and more pieces--but worth it! I love wearing this dress so much- especially the super deep pockets and funky style. 

I adore this blouse for it's sophistication without being a difficult sew. It's pretty fast, and very easily customized with three sleeve options plus you can alter the front with a zipper, cut on the fold, or add whatever bells and whistles you desire because of the basic great shape of the pattern. 

5. Leggings for my kids- Jamie Sanders of 

I followed this (FREE) tutorial a few years ago and now I whip leggings out by the dozen, just drafting the leg shape from current leggings but following her method. Easy peasy. SO fast.

Whew! Those are my favorites, but I have more to talk about! Stop back later this week for fave bags, fave quilt tops, and fave finds

I'm secretly jelly of Oprah's Favorite Things list, so I'm making my own-- Sewist Style.  

Bahahaha LOL

I'm too tired to write more. Bye. 


New pattern : how to sew Easy Zipper Cases in three sizes

It's ready! The printed pattern for Easy Zipper Cases in three sizes with perfect corners. No saggy bottoms. No pinched edges. 

Combine fabrics or make them all in one- your choice! These are fast and satisfying makes- great for gift giving or to sell at craft fairs.

This pattern has been tested by varying levels of sewing experienced people. I make my patterns for the beginner-ish sewing person, with diagrams and photos for every step. It's my mission to show you that YES, no matter what- you can sew! You can make things that YOU like.

 If I can do it, you can too for realz! 

The printed pattern is in my shop H E R E .

Do you run or work in a local fabric or quilt shop? 
Wholesale inquiries are welcome.
Email me at hungryhippie(at)live(dot)com

As always, THANK YOU for supporting my business. 
I appreciate every single one of you.

I'm teaching this new pattern and the Essentials Tote at Stitch Supply Co in November!

I'll also be instructing sewing with knits for the Stasia Dress-- (possibly my favorite garment in all the Universe) flattering every body type. It's a wonderful pattern by Sew Liberated. 

Sign up before it's closed. It's gonna be F U N!



Santorini Bag sewing pattern variation tutorial

Here are some new bags I made yesterday using the Santorini tote sewing pattern as a base. I down sized it a bit and added a few things. I love making patterns work FOR me. 

Listed below are the changes to the pattern, which you can find in my Etsy Shop.  You will need the pattern to make the bag, I'm outlining the changes only.

(It's the Santorini tote PDF download.)

Thanks for supporting MAKERS! 

Cut the main panels at 20" wide x 17" tall
Box the corners at 2 1.5"
Main bag zipper total length is 19" (with the tabs included)

Interior security pocket with zipper cut one piece 13" x 17" 

Webbing straps instead of handles 53" total length / cut 2

Place straps 4" from each raw side edge and flush with raw edge of bottom of bag. Top stitch in place.

To add the optional zipper pocket inside the bag, cut a piece of coordinating fabric 13" W x 17" L. See graphic for sewing. The zipper length will be determined by how wide you make the rectangular box. Mine ends 1" from each raw edge of fabric, so about 11". 

It's a useful and easy-to-sew large bag. Feel free to add pockets for more organizing- that's the fun with sewing--you make it YOUR way.  ;)  Kinda like Burger King but healthier. 

These are approx 19" x 13" x 4" 

I love adding charms to my bags- I find a lot of them at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and Joann Fabrics.

Make a matching cosmetic case too-- instructions for a large case are included in the pattern. 

The original Santorini Tote:

Pretty hugenormous at 21" x 14" x 6" deep

I use my white faux leather one for work and travel ALL THE TIME. I love it because nothing falls out, it's big enough to hold everything I need in an apocolypse, and it doesn't look like a roller suitcase. 

If you use a roller no worries-- just don't act like we know each other if I run into you at the airport. LOL!!


I think...

OH MY GAWSH have you seen this?
 It's crowd funded! bahahahahaha


While you're sewing bags, why not make a few of these see-through ones for your toiletries, panties, socks, you name it. Tutorial here.

By the way-- I'm teaching bag making, sewing with knits, and "no-fail" zipper cases on
Nov 2,3,4 at Stitch Supply Co

I'd love to see you there too! 

Sign up for one class or three, spend the night or don't. 
It's super versatile and adjustable.