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!!
Everyone loves a hoodie. They are cozy and cute AF. What’s not to love? There are so many options they can come with! Banded and curved hems. Oversized hoods, v-neck hoods, crossover hoods. Tops and tunics. And y’all know I’ve been loving the crops lately. Basically, a person can find a hoodie no matter what their style!
The 5oo4 Josephine came up for testing and I IMMEDIATELY loved it! It is the perfect not too tight, not slouchy fit. I adore a crossover hood. What more do I need? Apparently a crop hoodie. Peeps – I had NO IDEA I needed this. I sewed up a muslin and left the bottom band off and it was complete love. (Pic of this one included here because I love it! It is just a quick shot and I hadn’t pressed it yet. Also, this isn’t an actual option in the pattern. Also, if you like it, just hem instead of banding the crop length. It is like a secret extra option they didn’t plan to include in the pattern.)
Side note here, grommets are something I had never braved before. It was one of those things that seemed scary and weird. But I’ve been exploring different hardware and ways to add fun accents. NOTE – I used to just sew an eyelet on my machine to add holes for drawstrings. This was also awesome and super easy. Add what you want/can. Seriously. These are SO easy though! I grabbed a multi-metal kit from Amazon and went to town. I am ready to add grommets to EVERYTHING!!! I might go a little nuts. Someone restrain me.
After finishing my muslin (test garment), I was ready to not only dive into another one (or ten), but to cut into some very coveted fabric! I grabbed this heavy ponte in Natural Ash on pre-order from Sly Fox Fabrics and have been hoarding it for a while. But this was the PERFECT project to break it out. I added a pop of color with the cording for my ties and have worn this more times than I care to admit since it was finished. Which reminds me, I need to do some laundry so I can wear it again!
There are many ways to style a cropped hoodie, if you haven’t worn one. My favorite is clearly over a t-shirt dress. This was the perfect opportunity to make another Pamela, this time in dress length. I used triblend from Sly Fox Fabrics and, oh boy, do I love it! If you didn’t grab Pamela during release, what are you waiting for?!
Since the crop turned out to be a hella fast sew, Virginia wanted in on the hoodie action. She isn’t as adventurous as I am, so she picked top length and another Sly Fox Fabrics pre-order from our stash! This one a GORGEOUS Hunter Green French Terry. (I used this same color, from a different order, in one of my Work It posts and she fell in love. So we grabbed her some next time it was available. It is sold out right now, but you never know when they’ll bring it back!) I used wonder tape to sew her pocket and it is so much easier to do it this way! I use it for making sure my turns and topstitches are the right width and more stable so they don’t get wavy and for holding the pocket in place so nothing gets distorted with pins. A couple more grommets and a scrap of cording and Virginia has a fabulous new hoodie!
This one is fun, quick, and super comfy. Grab yours while it is on sale!
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!!
Fall is here, y’all! I am here for it!! This month’s edition of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats has me ready for anything, while being cute and comfortable!!
The 5 Out of 4 Patterns Diane Joggers are now my absolute go to jeans!! I’m down for a pull on, elastic waist jean, and I have been so excited to share them with you!
Let’s start with the bits of the pattern I used. I started with the mid-rise and elastic waistband. I used the same pocket hack for the front from March, (and April, and May. Clearly I really like these pockets), as well as adding the back pocket from February. I cut them out with the leg width in the pattern, then decided to slim them down to a more skinny fit. I really liked them as designed, so if you’re making them and want a straight leg, they are perfect. But I really needed a new skinny jean. And these are great!! I hemmed them just a tiny bit longer than ankle bone, so they’ll be extra cute with sandals. (Georgia is hot, y’all. Sandal season lasts forever. It was 95 degrees this week.)
This fabric though. Oh my goodness. <3 <3 <3 <3 It is freaking perfect!! Sly Fox Fabrics crushes it again. If you need stretch denim, and you do, grab this stuff. It is the perfect thickness. Not so thick that I’m immediately sweaty. But not so thin that it feels like it will wear through the thighs after a month. Plus, the stretch and recovery are AMAZING!!! It seriously just bounces back. They didn’t stretch out and start falling down at the end of the day. WHICH IS CRAZY!!! By the end of the day, my jeans are always falling down. I can’t be the only one with this problem. Well, problem no longer!!
So, as I was sewing this gorgeous, rich blue denim, I had to decide on topstitching. For those that haven’t made jeans before, topstitching is really what gives that classic jean look. When I started sewing, I wasn’t sure if I wanted the classic golden yellow, or a more subtle navy blue. The navy on navy look gives a gorgeous, fancy look to them and this fabric is PERFECT for those sleek date night jeans. The yellow is really classic and simple. As you can see, I chose yellow. I also decided to do a single row of stitching, rather than double (though I am considering adding a double row to the faux fly and back pockets).
I topstitched the top edge of the front pockets, the back yoke, the inseam, just past the pockets on the outside seam, and of course, added the faux fly. Then, added topstitching below the waistband and at the top of the waistband, which also serves to hold the elastic in place so it doesn’t twist or shift while I’m wearing them!
Now I have the perfect jeans that are SUPER comfy and need an equally comfy shirt to wear with them!! (On top of ALL the shirts in my closet, because, jeans.) I went back to my trusty baby french terry! I seriously love the Sly Fox BFT. It is so soft and has just the right stability and flow. This is the gorgeous two tone hunter green, which is currently sold out, but was part of the recent pre-order!! So, I’m hoping it restocks. (I definitely ordered more. They are cutting orders already!!!)
The BFT was the perfect fabric for me to try out the Nancy Raglan. How had I not bought this pattern before the sale last month?! It is exactly the fit I want in a raglan. Perfectly fitted in the bust, and just enough room through the hips that I’m not showing off the tummy, or drowning in fabric. I am right in between the elbow and 3/4 length on this sleeve and it is so damn easy to wear!! Definitely going to be exploring the options included in the pattern, and of course, seeing what I can hack from it!
Overall, this month, the fabric really brought my vision to life. They were exactly what I needed to really create this look and I could not be happier!! As always, 5oo4 is fantastically giving away pattern credit!! Enter to win here! And be sure to check out all the gorgeous new fabrics for fall from Sly Fox Fabrics.
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!!
Are you sewing some Diane Joggers yourself? I’d love to see! If you hashtag #workit2019 wherever you share, I can find them!