Well dear readers, I am so glad that you asked. A mashup is any time that you take components from two different patterns and combine them to make a new pattern. This is a really fun way to create custom looks and to stretch your sewing abilities and creativity. If you are newer to sewing, it can be very intimidating to Frankenstein pieces of a pattern together - which is why I, and my team of amazing ladies, are here to walk you through the process.
The best first step is to take patterns that both have similar fits in the bodice. For instance, if you try to merge pieces from a relaxed fit drop waist bodice pattern with a fitted empire waist pattern; you might be setting yourself up for a difficult road. That is why the Days Away Mashup is so great, these are two patterns with similar bodices and fit - wohooooo!!!!!
All right - if you don't have the patterns yet, grab the bundle HERE (2 patterns for $10, say WHAT!!!). And if you already have one of the patterns, just use the code DaysAwayMash to save $2.95 off the pattern you want!
Now who is ready for some gorgeous inspiration???
Sandra Schommer decided to Mashup the Squared Away bodice front with the Day by Day tunic gathered skirt. I love the classic elegance of this look in this floral print.
For the BACK, Sandra took the Squared Away back neck line and merged it with the back of the Day by Day to have the button closure and the straight across bottom of the back bodice. Snaps are an awesome way to close up a button back without having to sew any button holes.
A little bit of delicate trip and an easy hack of lengthening the sleeve to a full long sleeve length finish off this adorable number.
Like Sandra, Aurelie lengthened her sleeve from 3/4 to long sleeve length - hmmmm, I think my girls are trying to tell me something, HA! And how cute is that little flower pin that she added to the front of the bodice, sooooo sweet.
Dora went one step further and fully enclosed all the seams on her bodice. Eeeeeeeekkkk, I love when people finish the insides of their garments as beautifully as the outside. I kept the instructions for both of these patterns fairly simple in the construction phase to make sure that they weren't too intimidating for people starting out... but learning to do a fully enclosed bodice is definitely a way to stretch your sewing skills. Be on the lookout for a tutorial on this in the future!