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Work It: Edition 12

This is it! This is the last one of the year!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH! Ok, I’m too excited about the entire outfit to wait to share. This month is all about the party! Whether it is a Holiday party, a New Year’s party, or an “I don’t have to work all week” party, December is a month of celebrations! I wanted to go full bold for this one.

Since this GORGEOUS scuba from Sly Fox Fabrics is so, so bold, I wanted to break it up a little bit by adding a side stripe, but also keep it pretty simple. But first, let’s talk about these fabrics. I used leftover modal from Edition 11 for this stripe. I cut so the more stable direction is running the length of my leg to prevent the less stable fabric from sagging in between the scuba. So far, it is holding up very well! The scuba is vibrant and just lovely to work with and wear. I could not be happier with how the finished pants wear.

On to the hacks. As always, I started with the 5 Out of 4 Diane Joggers. For these, I cut 1/2 inch off each outside edge, so I could have a 1 inch stripe. I cut the stripe at 1.75 inches and just did width of fabric, then cut off the excess after attaching. I also cut the regular, hemmed pants length, and the high rise. The knit band is still my favorite, and I added 2 inches to the cutting height, so it is 1 inch taller than intended in the pattern. When sewing, I did slim the leg slightly on the inseam side. The only other change is the pocket. This isn’t my usual pocket hack! I wanted more of a slanted slat pocket. So, I redrew the shape and deepened the pocket slightly. Because the opening goes further down my leg, I wanted to make sure my phone wouldn’t fall out while I was walking.

That’s it. This one was a SUPER simple hack. I adore the stripe and chose to do the pocket facing in black as well, which I think adds another lovely touch. The pocket lining is out of the scuba, since I wasn’t sure if the black would show through or not. These are comfortable and fun. Plus, I can see so much fun with a solid fabric and a lace stripe or a faux leather stripe. Just so much fun to be had!

So let’s talk about this top. Oh boy! This is the 5oo4 Stella and she is a beaut!! The flounce is what drew me in and adds that party vibe. I chose not to add the optional straps because I have cute bralettes to show off but love the bare shoulder if I feel like donning the strapless bra. This pattern is super versatile though! It has a plain tank, a strappy tank, and shorts! Plus, all of those can mix and match to make a romper! Definitely a great pattern to fill different needs in your wardrobe! Plus, it was a really quick sew.

I considered doing the bra length option only (forgot to list that one!), but opted for the more versatile tank. Mostly because this tank has just enough ease to tie it up and wear it a couple different ways!! If you want to do this, make sure to choose a fabric with great recovery! Something like rayon spandex is going to show that knot after it is untied until you wash it again.

I adore Stella in this SFF DBP. I picked one of the coordinates listed on the scuba. This magenta is currently sold out, but the orchid was my next choice and is still in stock! I can’t wait to make Stella in other colors and dive into some beautiful prints. I think this would be lovely in a lace or mesh as a swim cover!

That’s the whole outfit! It was simple and easy to make and wear! So comfortable and lovely. It also makes me think of spring, while everything around me is brown and a little sad, so double happy! I hope you enjoyed this month’s edition of Work It and be sure to share if you try it!!

Don’t forget to enter to win 5oo4 pattern credit right here (click this link! Really!! Prizes!!! Who doesn’t love winning prizes?!)

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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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Work It: Edition 8

Summer is winding down, though it doesn’t always feel that way here in very warm Atlanta. The sister and I just spent a wonderful weekend in South Georgia and Florida. We visited friends and explored some lovely beaches and islands. And we played with some cute ass puppies!! But, it was also the perfect opportunity to try out this month’s edition of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats!

These lovely shorts are such a simple hack, I can’t believe I haven’t tried it sooner. I really wanted to hit that luxury cruise look, but be super easy to wear! I just knew that this great jogger pattern would be so, so comfy in a woven. But they aren’t drafted for wovens!! So, break out the measuring tape and go to town!

I checked the finished measurements of the hips (that’s my widest) and compared it to my measurements. I wanted an inch and a half of ease, so I split the difference between the four leg pieces and added it in. I also adjusted the waistband the same amount. Since I added elastic to the waistband, it didn’t need to be fitted to my waist.

This Sly Fox Fabric Bubble Crepe was the perfect choice for this hack! It is breezy and comfortable. Light, but not see thru. And these colors are so vibrant. I was blown away when I saw it!!

Now, I couldn’t just do a woven hack, so I wanted to punch them up a bit more. Once they were sewn together except the waistband, but not hemmed, I laid the legs flat, and curved the hem up to toward the side seam. Then, I serged the edges of the hem, flipped up the serged edge and topstitched. But, of course, I had to add some gorgeous trim to this!

I just love the look of lace trim, but I almost always forget this is a fun option to add a little extra to my pieces! I started at the top of the side seam on the front side, and topstitched close to the edge of the wide lace I chose. I followed the curve along the side, then all the way around the hem. Once I made it back to the side seam, I trimmed the lace so it would just slip underneath the front layer. Then I finished topstitching the back of the side seam, making sure to catch the unfinished end underneath. Boom! Done and fancy!

But of course, I need a tank to walk the beach and be fabulous! The Virginia tank is just perfect!! Simple, easy, and cute. It doesn’t detract or distract in any way from the lovely shorts. And this Blue DBP is PERFECT!!! It is absolutely stunning. I’ve already blogged about it once and I’m so happy both Virginia and I got a cute new tank out of this one.

This is the first month where Virginia not only had to have something out of the same fabric, but wouldn’t let me wait to make her to monthly hack! So, bonus! I did the same hack for her!! She looks so dang cute in this combo! She was also really comfy while we wondered a lovely shopping area on the island after enjoying a few hours in the sun and sand.

Every month is my favorite month for this series, but these shorts are so fun and easy, we both definitely need a few more in our closets. Check out the rest of my favorites and let me know which one hits the high notes for you! And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a fabulous pattern from 5 Out of 4 Patterns!!

Stephanie <3

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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 2

It is just the second month of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats, and I am so excited for this outfit!!  Hopefully you’ve already checked out the 5oo4 Diane Joggers and are familiar with all the amazing options that come with the pattern.  (If you haven’t, why?!)  This month, I wanted to ease into the  hacks and craziness with something just slightly off pattern. I am going to share all my tips and tricks for stripe matching like a damn boss. And making a gorgeous top to match, of course!

These are the capri length joggers, hemmed. Still mid-rise, since that’s my personal preference, with a knit waistband. I sure kept those front pockets and the hack this time around is back pockets!!! Since I picked this absolutely gorgeous Sly Fox Fabrics double brushed poly, these are definitely a slightly more casual pant. As always, the DBP from Sly Fox is buttery soft and super easy to work with! This plaid is back in stock, but there are so many DBP fabrics to choose from, you can pick your fave and make capris that fit exactly what works for your closet!

Since I chose a plaid, and I despise mismatched stripes, I had to fussy cut these babies. And they were work every damn minute!! When I want to stripe match, I cut out the first piece, say a front leg. Then I use that as my pattern piece to cut the mirror image. Flip it over and start matching lines. Be sure to not manipulate it out of shape, or you’ll end up with a distorted piece.

This plaid doesn’t mirror, so I just did my best to make sure major stripes were similar, and that the hem, crotch point, and waist line all match between the two pieces. I repeat this for every mirrored cut, but didn’t cut out my pockets yet!! So, now I have the best base for successful stripe matching. But it doesn’t end there!! When I’m prepping seams for sewing, I actually use excessive clips, which is super rare for me. (I’m lazy.) I clip as many major lines as I feel like, sometimes all of them, but no more than about 5 inches apart. This really helps me make sure my fabric isn’t shifting at all while I serge. It is also a visual reminder of where my stripes are so I pay more attention. (Did I mention the lazy?) If you’d like to take an extra precaution, or you’re a bit more hesitant on the serger, you can totally baste first!

Now that you’re ready to put your seams together smooth and matched, before you start actually sewing, let’s talk about cutting out pockets that disappear after sewn. Lay out your front fabric face up, then place the appropriate pocket pattern piece on top. I used clips to mark where my major lines crossed. Then found a fabric scrap that matched, lined up my clips with those major lines and cut! This is where I break out the wonder tape once again. Why go through all the effort above and risk having the pockets shift while you’re adding them? I use two sets of wonder tape here. The first to fold back and secure the seam allowance. The second to attach it to the pants before sewing. Gorgeous, hard to see front pockets accomplished!

I’m ready to sew the pants except the back pockets. Add your front pockets all pretty, sew per the pattern. My additional tip here is for the knit waistband. This is my favorite way to sew bands of all sizes, waist, neck, arm. Anything you need to sew into a circle, then fold in half, matching raw edges, before attaching to your garment. First match your short edges, as the pattern instructs. Then fold that sucker in half. This will result in a seam with the necessary fold already started, making it easier to fold and quarter before attaching. It also ensures that seam doesn’t twist and shift while you’re wearing it, which I hate! Win, win.

Back pockets are trickier. For back pockets, placement and size are key to highlighting your assets as well as possible. This is a great read for how to best tweak your pockets for your best booty. I played with back pockets from other patterns to find the right size for this pant. Then I pinned them to my butt (in the mostly finished pants of course) and took super awkward pictures until I found the ideal placement. Then I used the same method of clipping major lines and finding fabric that matched placement. I folded down the top 3/4 inch and topstitched, then I also used wonder tape here to fold back the seam allowance on the other four sides and again, to ensure they stayed put while sewing. Be sure to reinforce the top corners, since that’s where most the pulling will happen.

Done! Let’s talk about this gorgeous top. I picked up this mustard modal jersey during the pre-order last year and it is so soft and drapey, the recovery is ridiculous, and the color is stunning! I made this Knot top for my sister last year and have been jealous ever since. The pattern only goes up to 3x and these hips don’t cooperate for that. So I graded out and adjusted for my height. But, the thing is…I didn’t reread these instructions before I started. (And I am always telling people to read, read, and read again. Fail.) I remembered the knot being the hardest part and forgot a crucial step. If I had read them, I wouldn’t have assumed I made a mistake when adding length, as I would have know the front SHOULD be longer than the back. So, instead of matching the hemlines up to the underbust seam, then gathering the front bust to match the back, I did the opposite. I knew the fabric had great recovery, so this would give me some beautiful ruching on the front only, and would solve my length problem. Turns out to be a super happy mistake! I LOVE how the bust fits, even though it isn’t gathered, and I was planning on ruching with elastic anyway. Mission accomplished.

So, I hope you’ll join me in sewing this months pair, or get ready for next month! And to help with that, 5oo4 is giving away another $10 gift card!! But, before we get to that, congrats to last month’s winner, Priscilla Shamulailatpam!!! Enter this month’s giveaway here! And don’t forget to check out all of the beautiful patterns from 5oo4 and the ridiculously gorgeous fabrics from Sly Fox Fabrics!

Stephanie xx