Jessica Sews | Made Again Patterns Joey Tank

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First things first - you guys are the best. Thanks for the encouragement on the launch of Made Again Patterns. I’m soaking in loads of good vibes and putting them to use on the creation on the first clothing pattern. And this is it!

Introducing the Joey Tank! Inspired by summers from the late 90s - a time when days were spent at the neighborhood pool, with tan shoulders and daisies in our hair, cruising around with way too many people in the backseat of the one guy who had his license, 11 pm curfews, the sound of dial up internet and managing 26 different conversations… and finally… cue the Dawson’s Creek theme song.

To me, this tank captures all of that! It’s upcycled from a men’s button down (check out that pocket in back) and so easy to throw on with a part of shorts (which do not pass the regulation finger tip length circa 1999).

So here’s where I’m at in the development phase - I have the digital base pattern created plus the written and illustrated instructions drafted. What you see here is version one. I’ve made a few updates like continuous straps and binding which will be in the final version. Plus there’s a straight hem cropped version as well! I’ll be grading it and sending out to my testers in the next week with a hope to debut in July! (if you’d like to volunteer to stitch a sample and make notes in exchange for a free pattern, you can do that here) You can also follow Made Again Patterns on Instagram and Facebook for release updates. I’m also doing some behind-the-scenes of the process there too. Until then… happy summering, sewing and spending your time doing what you love doing most!

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Springtime Romper for Beatrix

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Occasionally I find myself out and about with a little time to kill before picking Felix up from school and inevitably end up either thrifting or at a fabric/craft/home improvement store, dreaming up what project to take on next. If you've been with me for a while you know mama loves a project. I probably have at least a dozen things in motion at once and it's rare I can whip something up without starting something new. I realize that might not be an excellent habit, but I'm working on it! 

Case in point - yesterday I was taking a spin through the fabric aisles and thought - I've never made an outfit for Bea! I've been wanting to sew her something special for so long, so yesterday afternoon, I designed and constructed this sweet little romper!

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I started with a rough idea in my mind and bought a yellow floral body fabric (which feels a little retro, yea?), an off white and gold polka dot to contrast on the front and under ruffles and the most darling little flower trim.  I took it home and laid it out and got sketching. I usually start with a sketch but this time it was nice to have the materials right in front of me for inspiration.  I took little Beatrix's measurements and started with the parts I thought I could wing - the front bib, straps and ruffles. The bottoms weren't that hard to pattern out - I just sort of drew a panty shape, cut it out and held it up to her and adjusted from there. Small things sew up so quickly - so this project was complete in under a day with kids playing at my feet. I think if I had alone time it might have gone even faster! 

I had SO much fun pulling this one together - from selecting the fabric to sketching and sewing. You will be seeing little Bea modeling many more mama made creations in the near future. In fact, I might stitch up a little dress for her this afternoon. Heaven knows I have way too much fabric in my stash and should be pulling from there instead of buying anything new. (But OMG there are so many sweet little cotton prints available these days! And so little yardage for a tiny peanut like Bea Bea! And I just got my JoAnn's coupon in the mail!!!!!) 

I would definitely make this same style again and at this point I'm just going to have to give myself some limits on how many variations I make. I've been sketching away this afternoon (I think getting these photos to upload took more time than sewing the damn thing!) Next up will be a little dress and I also think I could incorporate some sweet little embroidery on a little pinafore style. The options are endless! 

All that said,  I think it's easy to say, the cutest part of these photos is my darling Bea herself! 

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