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Work It: 12 Months of Stash Busting

If you are a sewist, you might also work with the understanding that sewing and fabric shopping are two separate hobbies. Since buying a house, my fabric shopping habit has grown. Significantly. If you aren’t reading me here, a bit more bluntly – damn, I have a lot of fabric. Some of it I am saving for just the right project. Some is stuff I ordered online that wasn’t quite what I thought it would be. Some I’m holding for projects for other people (projects they are either waiting on me to have time for, or haven’t decided on actual details so I can sew). But there is sure a lot of fabric in my house. So this year, instead of using one pattern for 12 different pieces, I’m going to be sewing my heart out, using only the stuff I have in my possession already. (This is most of the fabric in my stash, but…not all. Clearly my organization is sometimes strong and sometimes terrible. Judge away.)

I’m sure I’ll be buying other fabric throughout the year, but for this series, I want to focus on clearing out some of the beautiful fabrics I already have. Bundles my sister and I are sharing. Loved pieces that deserve to reach their potential. Weird fabrics that I didn’t know what to do with. Every month I’ll choose something and give it a purpose. I might be breaking down a bundle to share with my sister or sewing something for other people entirely. I’ll be using patterns from across designers and sharing all the details so you can recreate any looks spark inspiration in you! I hope you enjoy this year’s version of Work It as much as I know I’ll enjoy sewing for it!

We are starting strong this month with a bundle we bought one of (why oh why do we always do this?) that we are both completely in love with. We had two yards of this sheer white with grey flowers (rayon jersey) and two yards of the lovely grey bamboo. This bundle is from So Sew English Fabrics and is so damn lovely. Both fabrics are soft and feel luxurious. I have to say the reason we were sitting on this for so long is that splitting two, 2-yards cuts between us was HARD! We bought this way back in April of 2017. Almost three years ago! Back when we were buying one or two yard cuts for most things. We have changed to buying two or three yard cuts so we have enough for whatever the fabric tells us it should be. (Sometimes it whispers, sometimes it shouts. You just never know until it is ready.)

Virginia and I pulled this bundle out, again (you can’t imagine how many times we’ve pulled this off the shelf to try to find what it wanted to be) and gave some real thought to what we could make with one yard each. Brainstorming was actually faster than I expected. Since it was an overlay bundle, I knew I wanted a tank out of the grey. My favorite tank pattern is the Strappy Cami from Rebecca Page Sewing. (Peeps! This one is a freebie for all subscribers!) It is the perfect basic tank for layering. Just fitted enough that it works under all my tops, but not so fitted it would double as shapewear. Basically, it is comfy AF. It is also super easy and quick to cut and sew. I love those quick sews! The bamboo is just so lovely to wear. And despite not loving sewing knit binding, it went so fast with this bamboo! Thankfully, Virginia picked the same tank, so it was a nice quick batch sew to make them both at the same time.

This leaves the overlay. What patterns do we love that I can get out of one yard each? Well, I had just finished sewing Virginia’s Camilla when we were chatting about this and it is one of my favorite 5oo4 patterns. Plus, if I go sleeveless and top length, I can sneak it out of a yard!! Decision made! I just love the drape with this sheer fabric. Camilla definitely highlights that drape. So, what does Virginia need with her yard? Well, her favorite shirt is the 5oo4 Jessie. Jessie has a sleeveless option that only takes a yard! BOOM!! All the decisions are made. We both have two new pieces that we can mix and match into our wardrobes.

Super excited to be starting another year of Work It and I hope you’ll join me to see this stash getting smaller all year!

Stephanie xx

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5oo4 Camilla Cowl – Again

How many Camilla tops is too many? I don’t know, because I haven’t reached that number yet. But since I have a couple of them already, I figured Virginia needed one too. She has some important stuff coming up (cough, cough, grad school interviews, cough, cough) and this is the PERFECT top for looking professional and being comfortable. I think she’ll pair it with a little jacket or cardi, but however she decides to style Camilla, she won’t have to worry about looking the part!

This cowl neck is by far one of my favorite features on a shirt. It is cute and flattering on everyone. It takes a shirt up several notches from the a basic tee without taking a ton more fabric. And this one comes with some fantastic options! Shirt length, this tunic length, or even a dress option! Plus, Virginia chose sleeveless so she doesn’t get too warm with the layers, but add some sleeves you boom! A ton of variations to the same shirt.

This one is made of this gorgeous double brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics. I love the lightness and drape of it. Super easy to wear and she won’t be worrying about wrinkles! Plus, just look at how lovely these colors are. I am never disappointed when we order from Sly Fox. Except of course if I don’t order enough yards.

I’ve already blogged about Camilla in a solid DBP, and a lovely sweater knit. So far, I haven’t found a fabric I don’t like for this pattern! Grab your copy here, and have some fun adding this fun top to your closet!

Stephanie xx

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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!  

What do you think of this month’s Work It outfit?  Do you want to make your own?  The wonderful team at 5 Out Of 4 Patterns wants to help you do that!  Enter to win a $10 gift card below.

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Stephanie xx

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5oo4 Camilla Cowl

Some days, I’m reminded just how lucky I am. I have fallen into this amazing world of PDF sewing where I’ve found passion, friendships, a job, an outlet. Basically everything I could want. Part of that is sewing up some promos for different designers. Whether I’ve applied for a position or the designer (or their team) reaches out to ask me to be a part of something, it gives me all the warm fuzzies to be chosen.

I get to try new things and recommend them to people. I do my best to write up my honest opinion of every test, promo, fabric, plain old sew, whatever it is I’m working on. And I have to say, this top does NOT get enough love!!! I don’t see it a lot on the 5oo4 fan page. I don’t see it in the PDF sewing groups. WHY?! I finally tried it and am COMPLETELY IN LOVE!!!

Cowl tops are one of my favorite styles. They are easy to wear. They don’t choke me with high necks while still allowing me some modesty. (These girls can be hard to hide!) So, I was super excited to try this Camilla Cowl. But to add to this lovely style, there are SO MANY OPTIONS!!! There are four lengths, 6 sleeve lengths with extra cuff options, pockets, ruching, and maternity options!! To go with that maternity option, I feel like it would be super easy for nursing!

With all of these options, it is also a really simple sew and so fast!! Once I picked out fabric and thread (thanks Vicki and Mom), it was finished in about an hour. Which is my favorite kind of project!

I chose to do a tunic length, with cuffed elbow sleeves (my favorite length for work!).  Then I added super light ruching.  Just enough to pull up the hem a bit and add a little, tiny, itsy bit of blousing over the tummy.

So, I’m highly recommending this one to every person! Pick up your copy and let me know how it goes!!

Take a moment for you today.
Stephanie xx

I was given this pattern for free to sew up for promotion.  The thoughts and evaluations are my own opinions.  I always appreciate free patterns, but I’m no liar.  🙂 

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