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Work It: Edition 7

This month is all about fitness! If you read my last post, you know my sisters and I are on a fitness kick!! I am loving it! So, for this month’s edition of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats, I had to make some workout clothes!

New workout clothes are one of the best ways for me to refresh my motivation to continue working out.  They’re exciting and I want to wear them.  Since they’re for working out, I am usually pretty good about not wearing them for, say, lounging around the house.  At least while they are new! 😉

Now, I hear you, this is the Diane jogger pattern, what hacking would I need to do to make workout bottoms?  None, if I wanted to stick with a simple jogger or short for working out.  But, I played tennis when I was younger, and I love a good tennis skirt!  The shorts attached and everything all comfy!  My problem is many patterns or RTW tennis skirts aren’t the combo I’m looking for.  The skirt is too big, or the shorts too short, or the waistband just being weird.  So this was the perfect opportunity to make exactly what I wanted for a workout skirt!  (I’d call it a running skirt, but after three knee surgeries, running isn’t my favorite activity.)

This was a SUPER easy hack!  I cut shorts at the hemmed shorts cutting line, and used the knit waistband.  For the skirt pieces, I laid my leg piece along the fold of the fabric, and drew an a-line skirt 2 inches longer than I cut the shorts.  I didn’t want a super long, or super short skirt, but I also wanted the shorts to be long enough to not just bunch up and be weird with these mermaid thighs!  I cut a second set of the yoke, and used that on the skirt as well, which I think is a cute addition to the skirt!

I constructed the skirt and shorts as usual.  Then just matched them up and added the waistband all together.  They turned out exactly as I was hoping!  Not too wide of a skirt, so it doesn’t feel like a tent.  But not so fitted that it rides up on this hourglass.  Plus super comfy and energized!  With these, I am almost ready for some circuit training!

Obviously, I need a top!  The x-factor tank is super similar to my favorite RTW tank, so I figured I’d give it a try.  I chose the gathered tank version, but instead of gathering, I wanted box pleats!  Unfortunately, 5oo4 hasn’t updated this one with their full sizing yet, so some adjustments were needed to the skirt.  (My bust and waist fall on the old size chart, it is just these hips of mine that don’t.)  Instead of altering the shape of the a-line skirt (as if I was grading), I decided to just widen the entire skirt and deepen the box pleats so the top of the skirt matched the bottom of the bra.

Super simple alterations and I ADORE this tank!!  I want to live in it.  Seriously.  Part of that is because, for the second month in a row, I use Sly Fox Fabric swim knit.  This stuff is insane.  Seriously.  It is so comfortable and supportive.  The crisp, contrast between the black and white is just so lovely, I wish I’d ordered more of this floral print so I could make a date night dress.

I used some scraps from the black swim knit of the skirt to do binding, and I think it is the perfect contrast to finish off this gorgeous tank.  Sly Fox has a sale going on RIGHT NOW (ends July 21st), so snag some of the remaining swim knit while you can.  It is absolutely my favorite fabric right now.

Of course, 5 Out of 4 is giving away a $10 pattern credit so you can try an amazing pattern for yourself!  Enter to win and be sure to let me know what you think of this workout outfit and the entire Work It series!

Stephanie xx

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Work It: Edition 6

Here we go again!! It is full on summer here in Atlanta and it isn’t just heating up, it is hot. This makes me long for a warm beach, a cool breeze, and gentle waves to play in! How does this pertain to another edition of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats, you ask? I can’t go playing in the ocean without some great swim pieces, can I?!

That’s right, I took the 5 Out Of 4 Diane Joggers pattern that I’ve been using and hacked them into swim shorts!! This was actually a really fast sew and turned out so cute and versatile!! Here are the pattern details…

I chose shorts length, but shortened to have a 2.5 inch inseam. I wanted short, but not too short. Don’t forget seam/hem allowance when measuring a new inseam!! I chose the yoga waistband, so I could wear it unfolded, and pulled all the way up. This gives me some coverage when I’m actually swimming, if my tank flies up. (This is the one thing I really hate about tankinis. Great for the sand, annoying in the water.)

The real fun comes in with the hack! I cut two sets of front legs and two sets of back legs, and two sets of back yokes. I sewed them up as if they were two separate shorts. Instead of using swim lining, I cut them both out of this AMAZING solid navy swim fabric from Sly Fox Fabrics. (I’ll talk more about that in a minute.) I usually use swim lining for suits, but with shorts, I just wanted that extra thick layer. Plus, the rest of the hack means it is great for the inside to match the outside!

After I sewed the shorts together along the bottom hem of each leg, I added elastic to the hem as well, to make sure they didn’t stretch out and show off more than I wanted to. Ok, if I’m being completely honest, I sewed the elastic at the same time as sewing that seam. I’m super lazy and hate sewing twice, if I can finish it once. Then I flipped them wrong sides together and stitched the side seams together (stitch in the ditch style!). I just used a long straight stitch and haven’t had a problem, but you could use a stretch stitch if you like. Then I sewed another line of stitching 1/2 inch on either side of the side seam. This created the casing for these fun ruching ties!

To create the ties, I just cut 4 pieces of 2 inches wide by 24 inches long, then sewed each one together along one short edge and the long edge, right sides together. Flip them right sides out and boom! Four lovely ties that I can slide into those channels. I did just slice small holes at the end of the channels, as far to the back as possible, but still on top of the seam and elastic, so my ties can come out the bottom. Tie them in a knot and done!

These ruching ties give me the option to wear them as shorts, reducing chafing and giving a bit more coverage/comfort while walking out and about or playing on the beach. But, I can squish the shorts up those ties (or ruche them, if you will), and I have some kick ass booty shorts (pun intended). I can swim without them shifting and add a cute feature that, I think, shows off my assets quite nicely. I have a comparison here to show how they really wear at both lengths. They both have the fun knot feature. It is a bit more pronounced with more of the ties showing when ruched. And my booty is rocking however I wear them!

I did mention this top a bit above, but this is the 5oo4 Rosanna. I LOVE this as a dress, so when I knew I was going to hack some swim bottoms, I knew I wanted this as a swim top. The straps are wide without being too wide. There is a built in shelf bra, with instructions to add foam cups, and it is just dang cute. This was my first time adding foam cups. They are a little wide, and I’ll probably move them over when I have some spare time (HAH!), but I love them! They definitely offer a bit of extra support and coverage and were surprisingly easy to put in. (To be fair, I stole cup pieces from a bra pattern, so they are actually a good size for me, and not just nipple covers.)

I was extra thrilled I could cut those front panels from scraps after cutting out my shorts! Such a fun pop to add to this delightful plaid, and a great use of scraps, of course. So, let’s talk about this fabric. This is the shit. I have made quite a few swimsuits, and I have used everything from thin and oh, I hope my stuff doesn’t show through when this is wet, to holy thick and beautiful and easy to use, batman. Sly Fox brought it, hard, and tops out on the awesomeness chart for swim fabric!! Seriously. It is thick and lovely to work with. The colors are GORGEOUS!!! I can’t wait to see how it holds up in the sun and surf. (Amanda, I clearly need to come down to test this out.)

I can’t wait to try more of their swim fabric, since I am obsessed with sewing swimsuits. But beyond that, they have such lovely options. Beautiful prints and fun solids! Great for mix and match options (I definitely want to make some pieces that coordinate so I can mix it up with these two!) So be sure to check out and find a new favorite swimsuit on your sewing table before they sell out!!

As always, 5 Out Of 4 Patterns is giving away a $10 pattern credit that you can enter to win here and be sure to let me know what you think of this month’s sews!

Stephanie xx

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Work It: Edition 5

It is time again for another edition of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats! This month is particularly exciting for me and I have been impatiently waiting to share! I’ve got front pockets, of course, a new fabric for me, and not one, but two new hacks to share!!!

Of course, I am sharing another version of the 5 Out of 4 Patterns Diane Joggers. Check out all the previous editions (and of course, keep an eye out for the rest!) to see just how versatile this pattern really is! And once again, some FABULOUS Sly Fox Fabrics are just bringing this entire outfit together. This was my first time using techno crepe and I am completely in love with it! It is the perfect fabric for work wear. Cool, skims over the bits we don’t want to show off in the office, wrinkle free, plus, it is super easy to work with!! I went for the red, which is on sale right now, and just perfect for a bright happy day for the office!!

Since I’m rocking another work pant this month, of course I included the front pockets from Edition 3, because pockets. But I also slimmed down the legs on the version to create more of a cigarette pant! I love it!! All I did was increase seam allowance slowly from just below the hips to the ankle. I kept that 3/8 inch seam allowance through the hips because the fit through the hips is perfect for me, but hit 5/8 inch seam allowance about mid thigh and the rest the way down. My ideal slim fit pant!!

But wait, there’s more!! (Sorry, I just can’t resist!). I also added welt pockets to the back!! Seriously, every pant needs more pockets. I rarely use back pockets at work, but having the options to throw a wrench in the back pocket while working on an instrument is just so convenient! Plus, I find welt pockets to be beautifully magical when they come together!

All I needed were two extra rectangles for this one! One to create the welt piece and one for the pocket bag. I used similar placement as the top of the pocket bag in Edition 2 to determine where to place the welt. Then I added featherweight iron-on interfacing over where I’ll sew. This is enough stabilization for the light use I intend for my back pockets. If you’re going to use your pocket a lot, I recommend at least lightweight interfacing.

This is a great summary of how to install a welt pocket with details and photos of each step. But you can use any tutorial you like! It is totally worth the effort to add these. Just take your time in marking placement. It will be super obvious if they are crooked or at different heights. Add these first, then follow the rest the steps as usual to get some kick-ass work pants!

Of course I needed an equally kick-ass shirt to go with it! One of my favorite patterns is the Gloria. I fell completely in love with the dress version and have wanted a simple peplum every since. This was the perfect opportunity for that! I used this fantastic DBP that matches these pants perfectly!! It is perfectly flowy and delightful! I love it!! The only pattern changes I made were adjusting for height. Super easy and a sassy, fun shirt for work, or date night!

Check out all the amazing offerings from Sly Fox and 5oo4. And enter right here to win a free 5oo4 pattern!! Be sure to share your own versions of Gloria and Diane! I love seeing what you make!

Stephanie xx

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Work It: Edition 4

It is jogger time again and I am pumped to be sharing this outfit!!  It is warming up here in Atlanta.  Actually, that is misleading.  It was never *cold* here.  But, it is not quite chilly anymore.  So, this means shorts and more time outside and general seasonal glee.  So this month’s Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats brings some rolled cuff shorts and a great tee!!

If you’re keeping up with this series, you know in last month’s Work It I showed how I turn patch pockets into inside pockets. Inside pockets are my favorite pockets. All pants should have inside pockets. Basically, I am a big fan of pockets. Have I made that clear? So, of course I used this method to add pockets to these 5oo4 Diane Jogger shorts to make them even better!!

Then, I wanted to casual, fun look of a rolled cuff. But, I didn’t want to lose any length in my shorts by just…rolling the hem. Pattern testing has definitely pushed me into a comfort zone with my legs, but not all the way up to short shorts! I knew I wanted about a 1 inch cuff, double rolled. So, I just added two inches to the shorts length before cutting. I did the same waistband as the first edition of Work It, as well as the same drawstring so it matched my fabric!! I do think it would be fun to sew the drawstring wrong side out, to match the rolled cuff and now I’m pretty mad I didn’t think of it sooner. Might have to see what kind of scraps I have left.

I also decided to do these ridiculously comfy shorts out of the same type of baby French terry I used in edition one. It is so warm as pants, but so breathable and cool as shorts. Really a versatile fabric!! This is the two tone denim, but Sly Fox has SOOOO many colors to choose from. You can definitely find something to match or coordinate whatever look you want!

Of course I needed a shirt to match!! And browsing the site, I felt like I really needed something lightweight and a bit less…loud than I usually go for. Basically, I need some solid shirts in colors that aren’t ridiculously bright. I have a few colors of this triblend jersey already holding court in my stash, but this red was irresistible. The red is gorgeous in person and so, so soft.

I decided to go for the Easy Tee to complete this outfit. It is just the right level of fitted through the shoulders and bust, but the perfect ease below the bust for hiding all the food babies without feeling like I’m wearing a tent. Plus, how cute is that tiny pocket!!!

The only change I made to the Tee, was to slightly shorten the short sleeves. I find most t-shirt patterns at my size have sleeves longer than I prefer. So, unless I’m testing, this is a standard adjustment for me. And, since I was making a quick tee for me, I made one for Virginia too!

As always, the fabulous team over at 5 Out of 4 Patterns is giving away a $10 gift card!! Don’t forget to enter to win here!! Also, if you aren’t already a member, check out Sly Fox Fabrics Facebook group! Katy goes live every Wednesday and gives away some absolutely gorgeous fabrics!!

Stephanie xx

Are you sewing some Diane Joggers yourself? I’d love to see! If you hashtag #workit2019 wherever you share, I can find them!

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Work It: Edition 3

Another month, another pair of joggers!  This month’s Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats is one I am very excited to share!!  Not only is this my favorite style of pocket, but these 5oo4 Diane Joggers just got upgrade to WORK PANTS!!!! 

You heard me.  I’m wearing these babies to work!  And looking good!!  Not to mention feeling comfy as hell!   This styling all comes down to fabric choice.  The heavy ponte from Sly Fox Fabrics is the absolute perfect fabric for a work pant.  It is thick, soft, and has ridiculously amazing recovery.   (Seriously.  I was actively surprised at the recovery.)  

Once you have the right fabric, moving that pocket to the inside is going to up your game from comfy, cute, but still looks like sweatpants, to work wear!  So how do you go from a patch pocket to internal pocket?  Ridiculously easy.  If you haven’t done this with pants yet, I highly recommend it!  I find internal pockets faster to sew than patch (way less topstitching, which is always my least favorite part).  

To start, you need to make one extra piece.  You need a pocket piece that matches the inside edge of the current pocket piece, and the outside edge (and most importantly, upper corner) of the pants front.  These two pocket pieces will create your pocket bag.  The only other pattern change I made is, once the front pieces are cut out (because I’m too lazy to do it before), align the patch pocket piece with your front piece and cut out the same corner as the pocket.  

From here, construction is super easy.  Right sides together, sew the patch pocket piece to the front pant piece, along that curved edge.  Also right sides together, so the patch pocket piece to your new pocket piece, along the outside curved edge.  Turn everything out and baste your pocket along the open edges to your pant front.  Then continue constructing these bad boys per instructions.  

I did pants length, no cuffs, mid-rise, with a knit waistband.  They are absolutely perfect!  I wore this whole outfit to work on Friday and was so comfy, but cute all day.  My pants weren’t falling down (that amazing recovery) or shifting weirdly like RTW often does on me.  Great work outfit.  

Speaking of outfits, let’s talk about this shirt.  I’ve made the Camilla top for me once before and fell completely in love.  (I wear it constantly!!)  So I knew I needed another one (or 8).  I’ve also been in love with the Lipstick Red DBP that Katy has been talking about in her videos FOREVER!!!  This was the perfect time (and excuse) to use it.  

I changed nothing about this top (except adding a seam to the back because it was faster than refolding my fabric).  Graded for my measurements, cut tunic length, and adding elastic for ruching.  I seriously need to make a bunch more of these.  In solids, and fun patterns.  In DBP, modal, even some beautiful rayon spandex!  

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Stephanie xx