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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 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 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: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats

This year is starting off with organization and figuring out priorities.  I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’m bringing it up again!  One of the goals I’m working toward this year is to buy a plotter printer.  My time is scarce, and I spend way too much of it gluing patterns together.  So, I’ll be spending the year saving a bit here and a skosh there until I can order one, with some supplies.  This decision led me to the realization that I, and probably a lot of people in the wonderful sewing community, spend a good bit of time gluing (or taping) patterns, then grading and making alterations for our individual bodies.  Then we just to sew it once or twice!!  Now, don’t get me wrong, even if you sew a pattern once, it is SO WORTH THE TIME to do all of this.  It will fit better, wear better, look better, and feel better.  Better than ready to wear.  Better than a pattern off the block.  But, if I’m spending all that time to get a pattern to fit me just right, why not see how versatile I can make it?  That is how I decided to do Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats

Here is the plan.  I’m going to be using the 5oo4 Diane Joggers pattern as a base.  I tested this pattern and loved the fit right off the pattern.  Made just a couple little tweaks and it is perfect!  Every month, I am going to sew up another pair of Dianes.  Some months will be options in the pattern, while other months are hacks, with some great Sly Fox Fabric changes thrown in to show the difference that can be made with choosing the right fabrics.  But the deal is, I won’t be making two of the same bottoms all year.  You will get to see 12 unique pieces, presented one month at a time.  Some will be small changes, some…well, you’ll see.  I’ll talk about what options I chose or hacked, which fabric I used, and my thoughts on the end result.  I’m also going to be pairing each bottom with a great 5oo4 top, because I don’t typically walk around topless, so why not take advantage of the coordinating fabrics Sly Fox shows on their website and making a matching top?

Since I love my readers, I also reached out to 5oo4 and one of my absolute favorite fabric companies to see if they were interested in sponsoring this series.  So, if you love one of these pieces, you’ll get to enter to win a $10 5oo4 credit every single month.  You can pick up the pattern and make your own!  And, I’ll be able to point you to the exact fabric I use, so you can recreate the pieces for your own closet!!

So, let’s talk about this first pair!  We are starting with the basics so I can get a feel for the fit (since I haven’t made them in a while) and show you guys what the pattern looks like without alterations.  We have the joggers in pants length, cuffed, with pockets.  I went for mid-rise with the enclosed elastic waistband.  I even made my own drawstring, so it would match exactly!  (If you don’t know how to do this, I simply cut a piece of my fabric at 1.5 inches wide and the length of the drawstring in the cut chart.  I serged it and flipped right side out.  Trimmed up the ends and done!) The pattern includes tips to get your pockets just perfect like mine (I’m not tooting my own horn here, because these pockets ARE perfect.) She recommends wonder tape, which is my favorite way to install a patch pocket exactly where you want it, without shifting!!

I used this baby French terry and it feels like I am wearing clouds as pants.  So soft, but thick enough to hide…well, what I’d like to hide. It was super easy to work with and I’m so glad I jumped into the pre-order when this color came out.  But guess what?  There’s another pre-order right now!!!  With some absolutely stunning spring colors!  Check them out here.  (Pre-order open until February 3rd.) Between pre-order prices and flat rate shipping, you can buy ALL THE FABRIC!!!

Back to these pants…It doesn’t get THAT cold in Atlanta, but it isn’t exactly warm right now either.  So, I’m really excited to add some comfy, warm pants that I can wear to bed, or even out and about.  Though, if we’re being completely honest, they will probably be my new sewing pants.  My craft room is on the low level of our split-level house, with tile floors (I assume over cement) and it gets downright cold in there. 

I definitely needed a top to match and since I picked this gorgeous olive, the Packer fan in me needed to pick a beautiful yellow fabric for it!!  I ordered these stars on double brushed poly about a year ago and just couldn’t cut into them.  It was finally time…and it was a WIN!!  I used the top from the Molly Pajamas.  Y’all.  It comes with a FBA front!!!!!!  Seriously.  The shoulders fit perfectly!!!!  I love that 5oo4 often includes these little perks in their patterns.  The DBP is a great fabric for this, so while they don’t have this exact one, there are GORGEOUS options to choose from.  Just a little structure, plus so soft and comfy!!  Absolutely wonderful for lounging around the house, but still cute enough to run to the store, or wear with jeans. 

The only thing I changed about Molly is shortening the sleeves.  I like a super short, short sleeve, so, whenever I’m not in testing, I pretty much always shorten them.  I just measure about 2.5 inches from the underarm seam and draw a line perpendicular to the hem on the pattern piece.  I’m definitely going to add just a bit of length to the Molly, for she is true shirt length, I didn’t read the finished length measurement before starting (terrible…), and I like a bit longer of a shirt, then make a few for every day wear!!  It is so comfy, and the neckline is perfect!

So, let’s make this all about you.  Do you need some comfy ass joggers?  Enter below to win a gift card to pick up the Diane pattern, and head over to Sly Fox for all the best fabrics!!  Then follow along all year and add some beautiful pieces to your closet. 

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Stephanie xx