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Rebecca Page Beach Bag

The beach is my happy place. Well, the beach or a fabric store. But, the beach!! Virginia and I try to go somewhere beachy at least once per year. We don’t care if it is summer beach, winter beach, or somewhere in between. As long as we can walk along the shore and let the sound of waves wash away our stress. We are hella lucky to have some of our favorite humans living near Jacksonville, FL, quite literally 20 minutes from a beach. A gorgeous beach. One of our favorite beaches. So we get the advantage of visiting friends, and having sand and ocean nearby! Win-win!!

But we also love the pool. Since we’re too far from the beach for it to be a weekend, or daily, activity, our best alternative is the local pool. Again, we’re lucky to have a wonderful city pool. Reasonable price, not too crowded (even pre-covid), comfortable, and lovely. Eight minutes down the road means we can go almost daily, unless the weather doesn’t cooperate! That’s a life choice I am not mad at.

I tell you all of these because we ALWAYS end up carrying 2-3 bags each. Every. Damn. Time. It is exhausting. Making sure we’ve loaded each of them into the car. Then carried them to the pool or chosen spot in the sand. It is the only part of spending time near the water that sucks. Well, and having to leave. But now. This beach bag exists! This beach bag that can hold literally everything we need for an afternoon at the pool.

Right now, this bag has six beach towels, a 1 liter water bottle, two bags of snacks, a book, wallet, keys, sunscreen, two beers, three empty inside pockets, AND room for more. What else do I need at the pool? No really, tell me! I’ll pack it and take it with me.

While I KNOW Virginia is going to make me carry everything from now on, I’ll make her carry the fancy fold-up chairs (which are the one thing that doesn’t actually fit), and she can open doors and whatnot. And drive. Don’t tell her I said that. 😀

So, maybe you’re not as extra as I am. Maybe you only want to bring a towel or two, a book, and some water. I have good news. This pattern comes with a more reasonable size option. It’ll still hold all your needs. And be adorable. And so damn useful. I need to make one in that size just to have. For other uses. For when I go to the pool alone! That’s it. Now I have a reason to make it.

Either option will let you add inside pockets. 7 or 14 on the large, 4 or 8 for the small. I only put pockets on one side of this one because I ran out of the adorable flamingo fabric. But they are the perfect size for really holding everything. Stuff doesn’t tip out! And I’m pretty sure I could get a wine bottle in those pockets…

So what I’m saying here is…this pattern makes me happy. I can’t wait for some time by the water. (Goodness, any water.) And I hope y’all love it too!

Stephanie xx

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RP Serenity Infinity Dress

Holy balls, y’all. It is DECEMBER. December. How the hell did that happen? With December comes all kinds of things. Decorations (ok, we did that in November), wrapping gifts, frantic sewing of presents I planned months ago and failed to work on. Add in a leaky roof and sneezing cats, and it has been quite a month already!!

Of course, something I always look forward to in December is the RP Christmas Dress. There is always a free version and some sort of add on or bonus that is a paid pattern but packs a punch!! This year is no different!

The free version is beautiful, drapey, and has a faux scarf, so you can’t set it down and lose it! (Is that just a me thing?). And the infinity version is just dreamy. Same great drape, of course! But with length options from shirt to maxi. And this magic neckline.

Not only is the neckline lower, which I prefer anyway, but it has a ton of different ways to move it around, shift the sleeves, all kinds of craziness, to have completely different looks!!

I went for the mid-calf (or midi) version, but it is totally scrunchable to knee length as well!! I tried out a few different options and can’t wait to wear this to something fabulous (maybe the target order drive-up spots) and try a different look altogether!!

I’m so not done yet. Not only is the infinity version just a gorgeous dress with options out the ass. RP put together a bundle with two different fabric choices to go along with it!! The Ivory Ponte is the same that the gorgeous model’s used for the free dress cover photos. And this Burgundy Brushed Sweater is the other option. Plus, you can grab additional yards of either fabric (ivory and burgundy) if you want more than the bundle!

I am obsessed with this sweater knit. It is brushed on the right side, so the softness is insane. The color is kind of a cranberry with black specks, so it reads burgundy from a few feet away. I just love it!!

I’ll definitely add a few shirts and at least one more dress to my closet. And I hope you do as well (wanna be twinsies?) Have an amazing holiday season. Celebrate hard but safe. Sending virtual hugs to each of you!

Stephanie xx

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RP Classic Belts

Well, here is one more thing I won’t have to buy at the store. Win! Virginia wears a belt almost every day. At least every day that she works. And she HATES them! They are bulky and the buckles sometimes rub on her belly when she is bending over and doing physical work. But, without them, she is constantly pulling her pants up. PLUS, she is starting to wear a lot of dresses and the best accessory to change up how they look, and dress them up, is to add a belt.

The new Rebecca Page Classic Belt is intended to sit at the waist. BUT, it does tell you to measure where you want to wear it to maximize functionality. So that’s convenient. There are two width options in this pattern and both are wonderful! The Standard width just fits in her belt loops, so it is perfect for every day use, and adds a dramatic flair to dresses!

The Narrow width is a fantastic way to add some sass, pizzazz, flair, whatever you like to call it, by adding a pop of color or pattern without being too dramatic (unless you used sequin fabric, or something, that would be dramatic and amazing).

Since I didn’t tack down the belt loops, I was also able to put the black loop at center back (or you can take them off entirely) where it looks like part of the dress and adds a little something extra to the look! Love the versatility.

I chose to make Virginia the size in between her waist and high hip measurement (where she wears her pants) so it would be as versatile as possible. I might add some extra grommets as well (but I need to order more) to make sure if she fluctuates in size at all, or I want to borrow one, they will still work!

All six of these belts were made with scraps I had on hand. Thankfully, the pattern recommends using the height of fabric, rather than width, so those long skinny bits I have leftover from projects were perfect!! I only ended up piecing the black belt because I had a small cut of that left. I used a classic binding technique on that to reduce bulk. Overlapped the square ends at a 90 degree angle, and sewed the diagonal. It really created a seamless look and was quick and easy!

So check out the new Classic Belt, and the Reversible Wrap Around Belt that I haven’t had a chance to sew up, while you’re at it! If you love both, you can find the bundle here.

Stephanie xx

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5oo4 Candy

The perfect yoga pants do exist! When I’m doing yoga, I hate when the legs up the pants ride up super far. When I’m curled up on the couch in my yoga pants, I hate when the legs get all twisted and bunched. So, while I love the comfort of a nice, wide leg yoga pant, I have been meaning to hack a more slim fit one. Now I don’t have to!!!

So, if you’re looking for a slim leg, yoga pant with a leggings option, and a pocket, we’ll you’re looking for something very specific, but you have found it in 5 Out of 4 Candy!! Plus, there are multiple waistband options to choose from!! So you really can pick and choose to create your favorite pant!

For myself, I chose the full length yoga pant, with the side stripe and pocket (POCKET!!!), and the contour waistband. I like that the pattern includes so many different lengths, so you never have to guess where something should sit! I also really like that the long length is actually long enough for me (even though I’m 5’8″) because I know the fabric requirements will cover my needs!

When I make my next one, I think I’ll try capri length! It is hot here way to often to live in pants all year, even though I want to live in these. I’m pretty sure Virginia is going to want a pair first though. And Vicki will probably request one. Especially with the pocket option. Guess we’ll have to see who I decide to make time for. 😀

Let’s talk about fabric! This HP print is from Joann Fabrics and is so dang soft!!! I am completely in love with it. So soft and lovely to touch. Decent recovery, so I don’t end up with droopy knees and booty at the end of the day. I paired it with this killer cotton lycra from Fine Fabrics. It has hella recovery! And it is ridiculously soft!! Like, curl up in some yardage and die a happy human, soft! Hah! So, I also used it to make a top that matches! I used the X-Factor tank from 5 Out of 4 for this top and am completely in love! This one only goes up to 3x, so I hack it by using two of the gathered front pieces. This gives me the room this booty needs, while still fitting perfectly at the waist.

This outfit is definitely one of the first I’m reaching for after laundry day. I hope you enjoy the new 5oo4 Candy as much as I do! Be sure to grab it during the release sale!

Stephanie xx

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5oo4 Josephine

Everyone loves a hoodie. They are cozy and cute AF. What’s not to love? There are so many options they can come with! Banded and curved hems. Oversized hoods, v-neck hoods, crossover hoods. Tops and tunics. And y’all know I’ve been loving the crops lately. Basically, a person can find a hoodie no matter what their style!

The 5oo4 Josephine came up for testing and I IMMEDIATELY loved it! It is the perfect not too tight, not slouchy fit. I adore a crossover hood. What more do I need? Apparently a crop hoodie. Peeps – I had NO IDEA I needed this. I sewed up a muslin and left the bottom band off and it was complete love. (Pic of this one included here because I love it! It is just a quick shot and I hadn’t pressed it yet. Also, this isn’t an actual option in the pattern. Also, if you like it, just hem instead of banding the crop length. It is like a secret extra option they didn’t plan to include in the pattern.)

Side note here, grommets are something I had never braved before. It was one of those things that seemed scary and weird. But I’ve been exploring different hardware and ways to add fun accents. NOTE – I used to just sew an eyelet on my machine to add holes for drawstrings. This was also awesome and super easy. Add what you want/can. Seriously. These are SO easy though! I grabbed a multi-metal kit from Amazon and went to town. I am ready to add grommets to EVERYTHING!!! I might go a little nuts. Someone restrain me.

After finishing my muslin (test garment), I was ready to not only dive into another one (or ten), but to cut into some very coveted fabric! I grabbed this heavy ponte in Natural Ash on pre-order from Sly Fox Fabrics and have been hoarding it for a while. But this was the PERFECT project to break it out. I added a pop of color with the cording for my ties and have worn this more times than I care to admit since it was finished. Which reminds me, I need to do some laundry so I can wear it again!

There are many ways to style a cropped hoodie, if you haven’t worn one. My favorite is clearly over a t-shirt dress. This was the perfect opportunity to make another Pamela, this time in dress length. I used triblend from Sly Fox Fabrics and, oh boy, do I love it! If you didn’t grab Pamela during release, what are you waiting for?!

Since the crop turned out to be a hella fast sew, Virginia wanted in on the hoodie action. She isn’t as adventurous as I am, so she picked top length and another Sly Fox Fabrics pre-order from our stash! This one a GORGEOUS Hunter Green French Terry. (I used this same color, from a different order, in one of my Work It posts and she fell in love. So we grabbed her some next time it was available. It is sold out right now, but you never know when they’ll bring it back!) I used wonder tape to sew her pocket and it is so much easier to do it this way! I use it for making sure my turns and topstitches are the right width and more stable so they don’t get wavy and for holding the pocket in place so nothing gets distorted with pins. A couple more grommets and a scrap of cording and Virginia has a fabulous new hoodie!

This one is fun, quick, and super comfy. Grab yours while it is on sale!

Stephanie xx