Whether I’m actually planning to sweat through a workout, or looking for more an athleisure look, nothing gets me more motivated than a cute AF outfit. When I feel amazing, I feel like I can accomplish anything! That HIIT class I’ve been scared of. ALL the errands that need to be tackled. Even just a massive sewing day. Wherever I feel like wearing leggings and a cute top, new and fun will help me get shit done!
Rebecca Page has been adding some super cute options to their workout line. I’m obsessed with all the new stuff. But, I have been wanting to make the Lily Leggings since they came out last year and just haven’t had time! This was the perfect opportunity to throw one of the not-new patterns into the blog tour, and for me to finally make them!! (Bonus, I had the pattern printed and prepped already! Time saver right there!)
Lily has some really beautiful options. Chevron front or back, with a side stripe. Plus some kick ass booty shaping pieces! And a POCKET!! I went pretty simple because I only had 1.5 meters of this STUNNING fabric (I’ll talk about that in a minute). I didn’t want to risk cutting multiple pieces and messing up, so I went basic. But, I couldn’t resist adding the pocket!
This fabric though. WOW!!! This fabric is the yoga stretch from Discovery Fabrics. IT IS AMAZING!! I’ve worked with some pretty kick ass athletic fabrics and this one wins hands down. It is a bit pricier than I usually shell out for fabric, because I’m cheap, but this is worth EVERY PENNY!!! Seriously. If you’re looking to make leggings that you can feel comfortable in as pants, while sweating, chasing kids, having brunch; whatever you do in leggings, this is the fabric from which to make them. I need to order a bunch of black, so I can live in black leggings to match all my crazy shirts. But then I need all the colors, because hell yes!! Look at all those colors!!! This fabric matched with the Lily Leggings are the perfect legging. They don’t move anywhere, I can mix and match some super cute options for non-basic pairs, and never wear any other pants again!!
Now, I made up this Josephine last year, shortly after it released and have been meaning to share it with you because I adore it. It is so damn comfy and I feel really cute in it. The mint/teal color is one of my favorites and it looks amazing with leggings, jeans, even a pencil skirt! Plus, it really is the perfect shirt to throw on over a strappy yoga bra/tank before and after class (or at the grocery store). Next I need to make up a really cute bralette with all kinds of cute straps showing in the front!! This one is made from some sort of mystery knit from Fine Fabrics. It is like a sweater crossed with liverpool. So I’m just going to say a double knit and call it a day. Whatever someone might call it, it is comfy, cute, and easy to wear!
This entire week all these talented bloggers will be sharing all kinds of different patterns and ideas from Rebecca Page. I am SUPER excited to see what everyone came up with, and I hope you are too! Plus, Rebecca Page is giving away prizes, of course! So read all the way to the bottom to link to the giveaway and be sure to check out every blogger all week to see what kind of inspiration comes your way!
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Even though winter is winding down (for us here in Atlanta. I know y’all still have snow north of us. I’m a tiny bit jealous.), I still want all the cozy stuff. Yoga pants (hint hint, coming soon), cardigans, slipper socks, and sweaters!! We have stores of french terry that I am ready to sew up and this is the perfect pattern for it!!!
The Roxanne sweater from 5 Out of 4 Patterns has a few fancy back options to choose from. Virginia and I both chose the lace up back because 1. Matching sister sweaters when you’re in your 30s are necessary and 2. I just learned how to do grommets and am obsessed. But, you can also choose a loop lace up back, a button up back, or, if you don’t want your back showing, a faux button up back. Add in a couple sleeve and hem options and you’ve got all you need to create your perfect sweater!
We picked up this fabric from So Sew English a while ago and it is DREAMY!! It is so damn soft. Plus it is a really lightweight FT, so it will be wearable for at least another month!! We grabbed the cording from Fine Fabrics and it matches PERFECTLY!! The grommets we ordered on Amazon and I have to say, once more, why did I wait this long to add grommets? I have been missing out!!!
One of my favorite things about this lace up is being able to choose how open the back is. Tie it a little tighter to have almost no skin visible. Nice and loose if you want to show off a little more. I love that it spreads and shows more with my curves too. And if you like the open back but don’t want to show skin, the sweater is loose fitting enough to comfortably wear a tank under!
Basically, this top is fun, unique, and was REALLY easy to make! Plus, it is $5 this weekend only (2/21/20-2/23/20)!! Grab your copy while it is on sale!!
I love a knit dress. They are comfy, easy to wear, and so much easier to fit than woven. A good woven dress is worth the time to fit, but we don’t all always have that extra time.
The new Meg Dress from 5 Out of 4 Patterns is a wonderful balance between the ease of knit and the fit of woven! Meg can be made out of so many different types of knits, which will give different looks and fits. Virginia was looking for something a little more structured, we chose a ponte knit in this gorgeous teal color! (We picked this up locally at Fine Fabrics.)
The darts on this thing are the real killer. Even with how well endowed she is, I only made small changes to the darts between our muslin and final dresses. I shortened her front waist darts slightly. I think the next one I’ll shorten another cm or so.
For her bust darts, I moved them down slightly and shortened them. But I also sewed them slightly curved rather than straight. This gives just a little more room where we found she needed it.
Those are all the changes! Zipper installation was straightforward and the beautiful metal zip gives it such a polished look. Add some statement jewelry and her favorite heels and she is ready to tackle grad school interviews or a boardroom!
There are some super cute sleeve options included too! Virginia just wanted to keep it simple. Grab your copy of Meg while the pattern is on sale and share how beautiful you feel in this pattern!
Every time I see a new test and desperately want to join in, I say, no…I don’t have time right now. I’m super swamped. Especially with holiday sewing upon me. But every time I tell the amazing women of 5oo4 this, I feel terrible and usually cave. I’m SO GLAD I did this time too!!!
This new pattern is lovely! It is a quick sew and absolutely perfect for the chilly weather so many of us are enjoying right now. (I am aware that not everyone enjoys it, but it is cold whether you like it or not, might as well enjoy it while it is here, then be even more excited when it leaves.) Plus, it comes in dress length too! So if you want a cozy holiday dress, this is a fantastic choice!!
Due to the aforementioned time crunch, I decided to sew for Virginia on this test. She is a straight size, no grading, in 5oo4 patterns, so prep takes less time! And she is always so happy to have me sew her something new, so why not? We dove into fabric and assessed the stash. I should really write a post about the stash. It is a bit ridiculous… Maybe in January, after the holiday madness. Anyway, back on track… She wanted something warm, and was leaning toward mixing fabrics. Since it is a tunic and she wanted long sleeves, it is a good thing she wanted to mix it up a little! We usually buy 2 yard cuts and this one takes a little more than that for the hood and the sleeves.
Thankfully, we had this lovely floral french terry from Fine Fabrics leftover from a shirt for our sister and it matched perfectly with some of the french terry we picked up when Sly Fox Fabrics had a bunch available for preorder! This is the magenta, and it is available for retail right now!!!
Virginia loves a v-neck. And I can’t blame her, as it is a really great shape on her. She also loves a hood, so this pattern really brought the features for her!! I absolutely adore this hood/v-neck combo. I love that it is a good depth, so it isn’t all up in the choking area, even with the hood!! The construction is fun, and it is a beautiful finished look.
That, in combination with the split hem, really move this top into a top spot on my to sew list. The other options we didn’t use, include dress length, v-neck with no hood, scoop neck, scoop neck with hood, crew neck, slim sleeve, and short sleeve! Little options that make a big difference in getting just the tunic you want!
Be sure to grab your pattern here during the sale and share all the beautiful Sandra tunics and dresses you sew up! Now I’m off to make another!!
When I heard Frocktails was coming to Atlanta, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to meet some local sewing people! Bought my ticket, gave a little thought to what I had in my closet that would be cute. Just let that sit in the back of my mind and start to get excited. Then, I got an update email from them that there would be a straight up red carpet and professional photographers. What?! This obviously means I need a sparkly dress. I don’t know why, but that’s what my brain tells me.
Now I’m on the lookout for a fancy dress that isn’t too fancy, so I can wear it again if I want. Something that won’t take too long to make, but is not something I already have in my closet. I polled a few friends and got suggestions on styles they’d put me in and ended up in a style I’ve worn on a few locations. Definitely didn’t step outside my comfort zone here, as suggested, but I am just a sucker for classic, vintage vibes!!
Off to Fine Fabrics to find something inexpensive but fabulous! A few more annoying texts sent to friends to help me decide. Turns out they have so many pretty, sparkly fabrics to choose from!! And I rarely explore the fancy fabrics aisles. (That’s the official name.)
Home again to start hacking the pattern! I started with the vintage, gorgeous, ridiculously fabulous Patsy Party Dress from Rebecca Page Sewing. This has been on my “wish I had a reason to wear it” list since I saw the first line drawing. NOW I DO!!! I used the free version, but the add-on pack is amazing. Seriously gives you every fancy look you could need for a strapless dress.
This pattern also includes all the info to give structure and support so if you want to go braless and still feel supported, you can. There is info on interlining and how to add boning. There’s a blog post on adding a waist stay for even more support. (Peeps! I wrote this one! You should check it out.) In my desire to just sew quickly, I wanted to totally skipped most of this. I did interline the entire thing only because the sparkles are a little sheer. I would have added the waist stay, but ran out of time. More on that later.
Now, I love the vintage strapless look of the Patsy, but I needed to add straps. I wanted sparkly, cagey, strappy delight and I wanted that to start from more of the sweetheart neckline. I also needed to do a full bust adjustment (the free princess seam FBA download is super easy to follow and worked PERFECTLY!) A quick muslin of the bodice to check the FBA is the perfect opportunity to start this hack.
I pinned the muslin to my bra (the one I’m wearing under the dress, so everything sits in the same place) and marked how low I want the sweetheart to sit. I didn’t want to lose the vintage feel, so I didn’t go cleavage low. I took off the muslin and used my french curve to ease that point into the side of the center front piece. I didn’t want to lose any bra coverage on the side either, so just drew a nice, smooth curve. Cut off this bit and pinned it back on. It was exactly what I needed!! So a quick transfer to the pattern piece and I’m good to go!! (Keep in mind seam allowance when you do this!! You’ll lose 1/2″ from the top edge.)
The only other change I made was adding the strappy goodness. I wanted straps on straps on straps! Straps for days! Interwoven and heading in unexpected directions. Just straps. I wanted them narrow, but not so narrow that I’d throw them across the room while trying to turn them right sides out. I cut strips 1 1/4″ wide and sewed with a 3/8″ seam allowance. The fabric is super lightweight and it was really easy to turn them. Eight straps later and I’m ready to ask Virginia for help in figuring out where to place them.
This process was…fun. I clipped them to the front where I thought I wanted them. Then asked Virginia to pin me into it (that back is hard to pin myself!). Small tweaks and another check, and they are basted on; then I’m ready to figure out back placement. I tried something I thought I’d like and hated it. Virginia to the rescue! She moved straps around and clipped them where she liked them, with many photos shown to me so she could adjust and tweak. After triple checking that they were interwoven correctly (pro tip, they’re not…don’t look too close), I sewed them in between my main fabric and lining. A really good press and deciding not to understitch, and my bodice is ready to be sewn to the skirt.
Why didn’t I understitch? Well, I find those straps make it difficult to get a smooth line across the entire front of the bodice. My machine tends to bump a bit when I get to that extra thickness, and I don’t want to be sad every time I see it, or take it slow and responsible to get it right. But I still don’t want my lining sneaking out. So what the hell choice is that?! Bad sewist!! I just cheated the lining to the wrong side. When I pressed, I pulled it down a scant quarter inch lower than it is supposed to be. Really, really good press here and pinned the lining lower than the bodice all the way down, and across the bottom. Why? You might ask. Because I’m cheating on the next step too.
The pattern has stunning finishes, inside and out. But, I’m looking for quick and dirty and this is just for me. So, I’m not doing the lining how it is suggested. I’m treating the entire bodice as one at this point. Sewed my skirt on, then attached my zipper, after adjusting the back to take out extra width since my fabric stretched out a bit during construction (this step is included in the pattern and is one of the most important ones to get the right fit. It is worth the extra time. Promise!). Usually the zipper would be sandwiched in between the outer and lining, so there is no way it sneaks out and is seen. But, I’ve got straps RIGHT THERE. They give me some coverage for a little seam allowance sticking up. I can serge the back edge, make sure to get that zipper tape fully secured, then, if needed (and only if needed), it can be tacked to the lining with just a few hand stitches. Then I won’t even need those straps as a just in case. Yeah, I’m lazy. But I just saved myself from hand sewing the bodice lining all the way around the waist. Calling it a win!
That’s it. The dress just needed a hem and it was good to go! I left it hanging to let it stretch out fully. Hemmed it and decided if it needed a waist stay. (Why not? It doesn’t take long.) It turns out I ran out of time for hemming though. The outer fabric needed to be hemmed by hand. It was just the prettiest option and it. Took. Forever. So my lining is currently unhemmed and I didn’t have time to add a waist stay. I finished the outer hem an hour before I needed to leave. Whoops! Still had to pick some shoes, and a hairstyle. Thankfully, I played with some lippie options and watched youtube videos to learn how to put stuff on my face earlier in the week. A little help from the sister and I’m off to Frocktails.
This event was really fun. It was cool to be in a place where everyone had this crazy, common interest. I met some awesome new people. Some from just around the corner, some a bit further away. Some brand new, but oh so impressive, sewists, and some ridiculously experiences sewists!
I did finally get to meet Jessica, from 5 Out of 4 Patterns! She lives not too, too far from me and we’ve never met! That was cool as hell! And the superstar Aaronica, who is as fabulous in person as expected!!
All in, it was a really cool night. My feet and throat hurt (I’m old, but the music was too loud), and I definitely had a slow start this morning, but it was a night I won’t soon forget! If you have a Frocktails event near you, I highly recommend making some time.