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5oo4 Escapade

So, I tested this pattern way back in the way back and I just adored it. Super cute and a surprisingly quick, considering it looks complicated. I just love the two tanks I made. I’ve worn them dozens of times and I’m a little disappointed in myself for not going back to make more (isn’t that always the way).

A few weeks ago, Virginia and I were powering through some new swimwear before we went on vacation and I suggested the 5 Out of 4 Escapade as a swim tank for her. It comes with full bust adjustment options, provides really great support, even without adding all the extra foam cups and whatnot, and has the thinner straps she has been asking for. Perfect!! She freaking loved it!! Plus, we got to use this kick ass “cereal” fabric I found at Fine Fabrics.

Now that she loves it, what a perfect pattern to pair with this gorgeous fabric!! We picked it up from So Sew English, and it has been in her stash forever. This print is just exactly right for this dress!! I hadn’t made the dress and now I’m a little jelly! Doesn’t she look stunning in this?

The halter ties, the ruched front, the subtle flare. *sigh* Perfect for fall, as it is still too hot to exist outside here, and as it cools down, will be wonderful under a jean jacket!

Is it my turn for another Escapade yet? 😀
Stephanie xx

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5oo4 Lakeshore Tank

Tank tops, as a general term, are probably my most common sewn item. Both Virginia and I love wearing them. They’re easy for all weather, especially as a layering piece. So we can be work/event appropriate as needed, then lose some layers to get into sweltering cars or walk through that palpable humidity. Also, we are both about 5’8″ and blessed in the chest. All of this means tanks tend to be closer to a crop top than either of us prefer. This means making them is one of my favorite things because RTW tanks tend to be too short. Plus, they use such a small amount of fabric!

This means I’m always looking for fun, unique tanks to add to our closets! Oh boy is this a fun one!! It has a built in shelf, which is super easy to adjust for bust sizes if you need it. This constructions gives a really beautiful, clean finish to the front, which I completely love! There is extra elastic to help keep the shape and support. Plus, you have a couple options for height on the front, strap placement, and bottom finishes! I love options.

Overall, I’m pretty jealous of Virginia’s new tank and I’ll definitely need to make one for myself. We used this absolutely gorgeous blue double brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics and it is a stunning color. The DBP was super easy to work with and makes such lovely binding and straps, every dang time! Paired with some RTW shorts, I think she looks ready for just about any situation.

The entire ensemble was just perfect for wandering around Jekyll Island and looking good doing it! We had some overcast skies and drizzles throughout the day, then a complete downpour, but that came later. For our quick wade in the surf and exploration of the dunes (we found a protected turtle nest!!!), she was comfortable, cool, and looked damn good.

Basically, this is a wonderful edition to her closet, I’m going to steal it soon. Don’t tell. Grab your copy of the Lakeshore Tank and sew up ALL THE TANKS. Before summer ends.

Stephanie xx

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Sisters and Support

It has been a crazy month or two. I’m working hella too much. I’ve gotten to see an old friend and have a fun visit. I’ve been planning a trip back home for my 10 year college reunion (how has it been 10 years?!). I’ve been quiet on here and not sewing or posting as much as I’d like. My family and friends have been super supportive while I’m overbooked. Reminding me to take breaks and making sure the downtime I do take is delightful!

So when my sister told me she wanted to start working out again and needed some new workout pants, I knew she wouldn’t be asking if she didn’t really need them. I am all about the support and all three of us are now having fun with sharing and comparing our steps and workouts. Counting calories and jumping right into exactly the encouragement we all appreciate in making healthy choices.

I know she heard the begrudging agreement in my voice (probably because she called while I was working and my brain was focused on upcoming tasks and timelines) and I sincerely hope she knows I am so excited to give the support she needs, especially from afar.

The conversation was very entertaining to me. I asked how many pairs she was looking for. She said 5, but 2 extras would be ideal so she could do laundry and still workout every day. (I have to say, she has really stuck to that schedule and worked out 30 of the first 33 days of this new undertaking! I am impressed!!). I asked if she needed workout tops too. She honestly told me no, though she always prefers me made to store bought and would love some.

Of course I said yes, hopefully not with a sigh. And chatted with Virginia about when we could fabric shop and if she wanted to help pick out fabrics for Vicki. We made a plan and went to the fabric store. While we were there, of course we grabbed some gorgeous swim knits for ourselves (I already used some in a pattern test), and actually picked up some fabric for Christmas presents and other projects we already knew were coming up.

My favorite part about shopping for Vicki is that she is super open to ANYTHING. She isn’t a huge fan of orange, but otherwise, almost everything is on the table. Solids are ok. Prints are a huge win. Colorful, fun, variety. Those are the key points. So we are sending her photos and trying to get her opinion on what she wants. All of them. She likes every fabric we show her and is completely useless at making decisions.

We decided we would choose for her. She didn’t get to see any of the fabrics chosen ahead of time. She has no idea that we made sure to buy some overlap in what we wanted. We did this because we like sister matching, especially if it isn’t the same piece. But, also, it means buying a little less fabric, since we can share a little yardage. So, she got fabric for 8 workout bottoms instead of 5-7!!!

She asked for a nice mix of leggings and more yoga pant style. Thankfully, I have made both the Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs and the Rebecca Page Pippa pants for her before. So I already have patterns made up and graded to her size. She prefers “shorts”, which I’d call knee length, which also helped us reach those 8 pairs.

Now the fabric is bought and washed and just sitting there mocking me. Not being sewn up or cut out. Looking all pretty and touchable. So I quit work a little early on a Sunday and cut out ALL EIGHT PAIRS in just a couple hours. I paired and clipped the seams that needed sewing as soon as I finished cutting, because batch sewing is my jam.

Then, they sat. And sat. And sat. Dang. What am I doing that I can’t just sew these damn pants?! I made Virginia help me choose which ones could be sewn with which serger thread colors. (I’m cool with coordination, but not outright looking bad together.) I stacked them in these piles and just waited until I had a free hour.

BOOM!! Eight pairs all sewed together and ready for hemming! I bet you can guess what happened next. Yeah. They sat. They moved in a pile from my cutting table, to my ironing board, to a chair. They were a cat bed for a bit after a tough vet visit. This was going to take a few more thread colors than I used on the serger and I just didn’t have the motivation for that many thread changes. Even though I knew four of them would be hemmed with the color that was ACTIVELY ON MY MACHINE! How lazy am I?!

It wasn’t until I was prepping to do another project that was a tight deadline (2 days!!), and needed to change the color that I stopped and hemmed those four pair. I wasn’t going to change colors and have to change back!! It took maybe 20 minutes. Seriously. Why was I just putting this off?!

Now, I have finished all 8 pairs. I’m packed and flying home. This blog will go live as soon as she sees them and I can’t wait to see her thoughts on all these beautiful fabrics!! I also can’t wait to see how she puts them to work and we all continue to encourage and support each other through workouts and smart, healthy choices.

Sisters really are the best.
Stephanie <3

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Coming Home (and Sneak Peeks)

I am definitely not getting enough sewing time lately. This failure falls on me having too much on my plate and not prioritizing sewing projects over other stuff. Life, right? But I had some deadlines approaching, and some pretty hard excitement about an upcoming pattern, which means sewing finally made it to the top of my to do list!! (This is where Gus Gus has decided she needs to sleep in the sewing studio. The guilty face is because she KNOWS she isn’t allowed on the table. She was promptly removed. From the table, not the room.)

This means I got to spend Friday evening and ALL AFTERNOON Saturday with my sewing machines. Just me, the cats, and the beautiful things that surround this hobby/life/skill. It was seriously amazing!! I had my priority list, a bunch of glue, patterns, and clean fabric, and I was ready to go to town. I gotta say, I made it to town. And really lived it up while I was there. 😀

I know I mentioned the priority list…I’ve got a lot of stuff coming up and I’m honestly really excited about all of it!! I’ve joined up with a couple ladies to sew up the Halla Agnes in our own ways (coming at you this week!) And I freaking love how mine turned out! A little sneak peek for you. I’m going to share how I created a quilted yoke!

Then a surprise delivery of some gorgeous strike fabric from Threaded Candy Customs! I had no idea this was on it’s way until I got the shipping email and, obviously had made no plans for what to sew with it! I am always blown away when I open packages from Threaded Candy. The fabric is inevitably more vibrant, lovely, and soft than I expected or remembered. This was no exception. The preorder round is open now and you need it!! This one is called Navy Daydreams, in cotton lycra. It is dreamy. I managed to make one really beautiful tank for me and one equally lovely tank for Virginia out of a two yard cut!! I’ll share the whole process and the patterns soon, but here’s a preview!!

I always want to sew up every Rebecca Page pattern that goes into testing. I rarely have (ok…make) time for this. But, I couldn’t wait for this! Now, I’m definitely going to blog about it, so you’ll see the whole thing (it is totally already written and waiting for photos and release). It finally inspired me to use this bundle from So Sew English that has been in my stash forever. (Virginia held onto her bundle of this stuff for a long time too! When we finally used it, it turned out sooooo pretty!!) This pattern is releasing this week, so I can’t sneak it for reals. But look at this fabric!!!

But wait, I’m not even done!! It was only 6:30 on Saturday. I paused for a shower and some food. But then dove into my outfit for this month’s Work It post!!! You’ll see the entire thing later this month, but look how gorgeous this Sly Fox Fabrics DBP is!!!! It is such a fun print and oh so soft to work with!! I’m completely in love with this shirt and can’t wait to share!! (Can you guess what it is? As always, it is something from a 5oo4 pattern.)

Sharing all the sneaks is really just my way of remembering how much I love these afternoons. (One of my Me Made May goals, if you remember.) The kind that stretch unrealized into evening and night. It feels like coming home after a long trip. The trip was great, but this is where I belong.

Can’t wait to share all the details of these lovely sews! So keep an eye out. And I hope you’re making time for your coming home moments as well.

Stephanie xx

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Me Made May 2019

How we are already back to May? I don’t know. But we are, and I’m already behind on this wonderful adventure. I know I mentioned what this is all about last year, when I had just started blogging. Pretty sure last year’s goal was to wear me made every day. I shared pics on insta more during May than probably the rest of the year combined. It was so fun!

This year, I am taking a slightly different approach. Most of my closet is me made at this point, so I wear it every day without fail. I have maybe three ready to wear pieces in regular ish rotation. One is a favorite shirt. A hangover from before I started really sewing clothes. One piece is some basic black pants, bought earlier this year, when I just didn’t have time to make some damn pants. And one is a pretty button down with cats on it. It was irresistible. CATS!!! (None of this info was necessary to share while explaining my approach to MMM this year, but here we are.)

What I’d like to do this year is simple appreciate what this crazy adventure has given me. To really take time, each day, to acknowledge the comfort and fit of all my pieces. To appreciate how unique my closet really is. (NOTE – Ironically, today, I happen to be wearing this buffalo plaid shirt that exactly matches a friend of mine. Only because the first time I wore it, she asked me to make her a copy of it. We have yet to manage to wear them to work on the same day.) To appreciate the people and opportunities this hobby has brought into my life. It amazes me regularly that I’ve found such amazing, inspiring women that have become a huge part of my day-to-day life.

So, I’ll be sharing on instagram throughout the month, as well as taking time for myself each day, to remember the work and pleasure that went into each piece. To step back from the “I have nothing to wear” attitude that still encroaches, despite the aforementioned work and fun that have gone into my closet. As well as to appreciate the new pieces I’ll add to my closet this month. I’ll also be sharing within groups, reaching out to people directly, and probably waxing poetic here as well, just how much I appreciate the sewing people who have become such a huge part of my life.

I’ll also take a little mental time to appreciate the pieces I’ve made for my loved ones that they wear. Regularly! How much do they love me that they wear the stuff I make?! (Ok, it could just be that I make comfy ass clothes, but whatevs.) It still brings me an abundance of joy to see people wearing something I made. Or asking me to make them something, even when I have no time to tackle their wish lists. (Sorry.)

Whether you participate in MMM, or not. Whether you sew for others, or not. Whether you think you are a terrible sewist, you’re not. Whatever you do, take a moment to remember that you’re awesome. Marvel at yourself, your skills, your sewing community. And know that you amaze me as well.

Stephanie xx