Vogue 1821 Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving.. The Scrunchie Tote Pattern

*Hello everyone and HAPPY Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful day! Today is the kickoff for the new series that I am hosting titled: The MeMade Holiday Fashion Show! Every Sunday through December 26th, myself and a collaborator will post a holiday fashion look based on a winter holiday theme and on Thursday Dec 23rd, a theme will be posted in conjunction with the little dress project so please stay tuned because you don't want to miss out and you can also follow the hashtag #mmholidayfashionshow ! So today’s theme is Friendsgiving AND Thanksgiving! These themes are in collaboration with Crystal of Crystalsewsandstuff (you can find her video here) and Heather of Textiled Tailored Thoughts (you can find her video here), and all three of us made a garment. Crystal’s garment focuses on only Friendsgiving, Heather’s garment focuses on only Thanksgiving and my garment focuses on both Thanksgiving AND Friendsgiving and as you watch our videos, you will understand more how we incorporated our makes into the themes! I also made a tote with the remaining fabric from my dress! This tote is called the Scrunchie Tote and it was designed by Cool Stitches! When I came across this pattern I feel in love with it and I had to make it!! This pattern is a FREE pattern and you can find that pattern by clicking here! In order to get the pattern for free, you will need to change the 5 pounds in the check out box to zero and it will be available for immediate download. However, please feel free to keep it at 5 pounds if you would like to pay the designer for her time! If you don't have time to watch the video, you can look at the pattern reviews and pictures below to find out more about my experience while making this dress and tote! The pattern reviews will be below the pictures! Video for series - Below

Pictures of Dress Dress and tote below - Side View

Front View - Below

Front View with Pockets - Below

Back View - Below

Front View with tote - Below

Close up of front view - Below

Close up of tote and cuff - below

Inside of tote - Below

Inside of tote - Below

Front side view - Below

Pattern Used - Below

Collaborators for this theme - Below


Pattern Review

Pattern Number: Vogue 1821 Pattern Description: Misses’ very loose-fitting, unlined dress that has a bias neck binding, dropped shoulders, three-quarter length sleeves ending in button cuffs with a continuous lap opening, side pockets, topstitching and a frayed hem. View: There is only one view for this dress. FABRIC Recommendations: Corduroy, which is what I made, Light weight denim and linen blends. Sewing Skill Level: Easy Pattern Pieces: I used eight pattern pieces to make this dress. The pattern pieces that I used were the front, back, pockets, pocket facing, sleeves, cuff, continuous lap and the neck binding! Notions Needed: Thread, and two ½ buttons for the cuff.

Pattern Sizing: XS-XXL

Size that I Cut: Medium

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Mostly. The only issue I had was with the construction of the pockets. The pockets are not constructed as usual. This is a different technique. What did you particularly like about the pattern? I like the shape of this dress, I like that it is loose fitting, I like that it is unlined LOL, I like the bias neck binding, I love the cuffs, I like the gathers in the back and I love the pockets.

What did you particularly dislike about the pattern? The technique for constructing the pockets. Did I learn any new Techniques: I would have learned a new technique with the pocket feature but it wasn’t 100% clear so I partially learned something new. I also learned how to make a fringe hem but I opted out. Did I have a first time experience: Yes, this was my fist time sewing with corduroy and this was my first time attaching a pocket facing to a pocket! Fabric Used: For my main fabric, I used this olive-green corduroy fabric and the fabric that I used for the pockets is 100% cotton!

Purchased: I purchased this corduroy fabric from JoAnne Fabrics andI purchased the pocket lining fabric from Hobby Lobby back in the Summer to make a top that I never made. Buttons Used: Joan Fabrics

Alterations or changes: Yes, I did not topstitch the pockets because I didn’t construct them as noted in the instructions and I didn’t want them to be weird looking so I just left them as is because it did look ok. I also didn’t topstitch the back seam and that is only because I forgot to do it. The other change that I made is on the pattern it shows a fringed hem and the directions actually show you how to make that happen. I started making the fridge hem, which I actually preferred, but it was taking too long so I made a narrow hem. Any modification recommendations: No Would you recommend it to others? Yes!

Availability: This pattern was just released this Fall so it is definitely available for you to purchase and sew!

The Scrunchie Tote (Pictures above)

Pattern: The Scrunchie Tote by Cool-Stitches!

I thought it was sooo cute and the thing that caught my eye even more is the one that I saw was the exact same color and fabric as my bag!

I went to the computer and downloaded the PDF pattern, cut it out, taped it together and sewed it up!!

I took a few hours to do from printing it to putting it all together but I absolutely Love it!

I used the remainder of the corduroy fabric from my dress as my main fabric and the same fabric that I used for my pockets, I used to line the tote.

The feature that sold me on this tote in addition to the fabric was the square style and the scrunchies!!!!!!

This is actually a FREE pattern! When you go to purchase it, it does have 5 pounds in the cart next to it but all you have to do is change it to zero and that is how you can get it for free. However, if you want to or can pay the designer for her time, I am sure she will be very appreciative of it and you can donate whatever you would like. You can find that pattern here!

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