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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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#comfytown

My goal in life is to be comfortable always.  Comfortable with who I am.  Comfortable with who I give my time to.  Comfortable with my choices.  But, most importantly, comfortable in my clothes.  😀  If I could work in jim jams, I would.  They frown on that at my work.  You might have noticed that I do my best to make clothes that are comfortable, while still being work appropriate.  My lounge clothes are no different!  So this Rebecca Page Comfy Town Blog Tour is the PERFECT topic for me!!

Nothing is more comfortable than well-fitted, soft, cozy clothes.  Turning over the theme for this blog tour sparks so many options for living in #comfytown.  When I think of Rebecca Page Sewing, the patterns that pop in my head first are beautiful, classic, well-fitted pieces.  Mostly just work appropriate sews.  But, there are soooooo many choices for ridiculously comfortable clothes to be made from these patterns!

Now, I can’t make comfy outfits without including Virginia.  It is a goal in my life to help her feel the true college experience.  This includes studying for hours in your jammies.  You can’t focus on psychology without soft fabrics, cozy tops, and warmth!  So we started with Pippa Pants.  We both LOVE Pippa pants.  I used them to make our Christmas jams last year and I wear mine all the time!!  (I hacked them to shorts, so they’re perfect all year!)  We picked up the ever-coveted Harry Potter Fabric at Joann Fabrics when it finally hit our store (and our sister’s store).  It is the perfect weight cotton lycra for these pants!!  Plus, I made them a little long, so when she curls up with her textbooks, her feet have a bit of extra coverage!

We are doing our best to avoid buying fabric, so we were stash shopping for something for the top.  I found this great burgundy/maroon ish waffle knit that I ordered a while back from Fabric Mart.  Since I picked it up for me, I hope Virginia appreciates my sacrifice. 😀  (I really am kidding.  We have lots of fabric!  I much prefer using it for the perfect project, rather than having it sit around.)  This waffle knit is PERFECT for the Paris Party Top!  I cut the neckline a bit wide, then took no care not to stretch it out a bit while working with it.  The off-the-shoulder coziness was this delightful end result.  I did bind the neckline, rather than the traditional t-shirt neckband, and love the end result!

But, with an off the shoulder look, we couldn’t not use the Strappy Cami to make a coordinating tank!  Bonus – this black double brushed poly is a scrap from a bundle from So Sew English, that we already used to make a shirt!  That’s right y’all, a quick sew that also uses a tiny bit of fabric!  Crazy.

Virginia is now comfy and ready to study.  Or help decorate for the holidays.  You know, whichever is most important. 😉  Now for me!!  I also want Pippas.  Obviously.  But, I’m not much for pants, and we’re in the stage of our house where we are desperately trying to not turn on the furnace, so it is a bit too cold for shorts.  The 3/4 length is exactly what I need!  This french terry has gotten a lot of use in the last month, after sitting in the stash for at least a year.  I’m 90% sure we found it at Fine Fabrics.  (That’s how long it has been in our stash!  I just don’t remember.)

I knew I wanted to try the Strappy Cami with the ruched option.  So I dived into my stash and found this great black mystery knit from a scrap box I ordered FOREVER ago from So Sew English.  I’ve been meaning to make a tank out of it since the box arrived.  I am so very glad I waited!   This tank is PERFECTION!  It fits perfectly.  It is comfy.  It is more than just a layering tank.  With the ruching, I am more than happy to wear it out and about with a cute cardi!

So, obviously I need a new cardi.  I’ve had my eye on the Cora since it released.  So simple, but so beautiful.  The Moms bought this oatmeal sweater knit from her first visit to Fine Fabrics, the remnant section, which I didn’t know existed.  I was so excited about it and KNEW it needed to be a Cora.  I just hadn’t taken the time to print and glue the pattern.  Turns out it was less than an hour from a stack of pages to wearing this ridiculously comfortable cardigan.  I almost immediately made a second one.  And text all my friends to tell they everyone needed this cardi.  I knew it would be comfy, but had no idea that it would be cozy and warm, but cute and easy to wear.  Everyone really needs at least half a dozen of these.  EVERYONE.

Outfits complete, Virginia and I are ridiculously comfortable, but so cute, and ready to tackle anything.  Christmas decorating.  Target runs.  Movie marathons.  Plus we’ve added a few staple pieces that can mix into our regular work wardrobes as well.

If you want to be as comfy as we are, check out the other bloggers on the tour!

Please visit all the stops on the Rebecca Page Comfy Town Blog Tour. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter the giveaway posts in our Facebook group for a chance to win some prizes from Rebecca Page.

  1. Monday, November 26: Rebecca Page (Intro), bigflynotions, Stitched by Jennie
  2. Tuesday, November 27: Ropp OriginalsFlaxfield Sewing
  3. Wednesday, November 28: Simply KyraSeams Sew Lo
  4. Thursday, November 29: Seams Like StyleJot DesignsSixth Snow
  5. Friday, November 30: The Sewing UnicornPatchWitch
  6. Saturday, December 1: Sarcastic SewistBellephantPrincesse et Tresors
  7. Sunday, December 2: Liviality, Soul Fed on Thread, The Scatty Sewer

Make yourself comfortable today.

stephanie xx

PS – Even the cats wanted in on this photo shoot.  Keep scrolling for adorableness. <3

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Two Yard Cuts

SFF Unforgettable (9)1One of the most common questions I see in so many fabric and pattern groups is, if you don’t have a plan for it, how much of a fabric do you buy?  I’ve also seen answers that run from 1/2 yard if it’s for the kids or 1 yard for me, to, I just buy X yards, just in case.  There are SOOO many answers that can be helpful.  Is the fabric knit or woven?  Are you sewing for an adult or a child?  Is it bottom weight or top weight?  And, honestly, there is no right answer that works for every person for every situation.

SFF Unforgettable (6)1For me personally, I most commonly sew for my self and my sister.  And I most often sew with knits these days.  Unless I’m planning a specific project, I almost always prefer 2 yard cuts.  Now, this is mostly because I sew curvy sizes.  I can’t quite get every top out of 1 yard, so I need a little extra fabric.  (Ok, there are a few fabric companies that I KNOW send generous cuts.  Sometimes I order 1 yard cuts if I know I want a simple top.)

SFF Unforgettable (5)1This is the downside for having a bit extra time in my hourglass. 😉  So, I am always keeping an eye out for patterns that take less than one yard.  Now, one of my absolute favorite basic tee patterns is the Favorite Tee from Patterns for Pirates.  I adore the fit.  It is hella flattering on me.  And is has some great options to fancy it up, if I’m in the mood.  Of course, it is takes just over one yard…

However, I’ve now found a couple of patterns I can sew up out of just UNDER one yard!  Now that is winning!!  AND they aren’t even tops. 🙂 My default was to check if I have enough for a Made for Mermaids Mama Chloe skirt.  I just need enough fabric to get a length I am comfortable with.  Plus, the waistband can always be a different fabric, since I never wear it out anyway.

SFF Unforgettable (10)1Now, though, I am living in Made for Mermaids Mama Lexi shorts.  I LOVE THEM!!!  They are comfortable, super fast to sew, have pockets, and I can get an entire pair out of just about one yard of fabric.  This one also falls in the waistband can be a different fabric category!

So, how in the world does this pertain to the outfit I’m sharing today?  I got this GORGEOUS Sly Fox Fabrics Unforgettable double brushed poly and started weighing my options. I considered quite a few different patterns.  Some that would just squeeze out of the 2 yards.  Some that would comfortably fit and leave me with tiny scraps.  I hemmed and hawed while it was shipping to me.  Then while I was washing it.  Then I sprained my damn ankle and couldn’t sew.  So, more time to consider, I suppose.

I sewed up a practice top to see if it is what I wanted.  While I love it, it wasn’t quite right for this fabric.  Back to the drawing board.  Then, I realized I knew exactly what I wanted.  This DBP was the perfect weight to flatter and be comfy.  I can wear it in this hot Atlanta summer without melting.  Obviously, I needed another (non basic, but fabulous) basic tee.  And I hoped there would be enough to squeeze out a skirt or some shorts.  I need more summer bottoms in my life.

Now, I knew I needed a top that would match these gorgeous new summer bottoms and I had the perfect Sly Fox Fabric in my stash!  The Peach double brushed poly matched perfectly and it meant I got to sew up something from my shelf!  Plus, the Made for Mermaids Mama Ava is another of my favorite go to basic tees.  Win.  Win.

SFF Unforgettable (8)1So, now I have three lovely new pieces in my closet and I can’t wait to start mixing and matching them to everything I already had.

stephanie xx