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Work It: 12 Months of Stash Busting

If you are a sewist, you might also work with the understanding that sewing and fabric shopping are two separate hobbies. Since buying a house, my fabric shopping habit has grown. Significantly. If you aren’t reading me here, a bit more bluntly – damn, I have a lot of fabric. Some of it I am saving for just the right project. Some is stuff I ordered online that wasn’t quite what I thought it would be. Some I’m holding for projects for other people (projects they are either waiting on me to have time for, or haven’t decided on actual details so I can sew). But there is sure a lot of fabric in my house. So this year, instead of using one pattern for 12 different pieces, I’m going to be sewing my heart out, using only the stuff I have in my possession already. (This is most of the fabric in my stash, but…not all. Clearly my organization is sometimes strong and sometimes terrible. Judge away.)

I’m sure I’ll be buying other fabric throughout the year, but for this series, I want to focus on clearing out some of the beautiful fabrics I already have. Bundles my sister and I are sharing. Loved pieces that deserve to reach their potential. Weird fabrics that I didn’t know what to do with. Every month I’ll choose something and give it a purpose. I might be breaking down a bundle to share with my sister or sewing something for other people entirely. I’ll be using patterns from across designers and sharing all the details so you can recreate any looks spark inspiration in you! I hope you enjoy this year’s version of Work It as much as I know I’ll enjoy sewing for it!

We are starting strong this month with a bundle we bought one of (why oh why do we always do this?) that we are both completely in love with. We had two yards of this sheer white with grey flowers (rayon jersey) and two yards of the lovely grey bamboo. This bundle is from So Sew English Fabrics and is so damn lovely. Both fabrics are soft and feel luxurious. I have to say the reason we were sitting on this for so long is that splitting two, 2-yards cuts between us was HARD! We bought this way back in April of 2017. Almost three years ago! Back when we were buying one or two yard cuts for most things. We have changed to buying two or three yard cuts so we have enough for whatever the fabric tells us it should be. (Sometimes it whispers, sometimes it shouts. You just never know until it is ready.)

Virginia and I pulled this bundle out, again (you can’t imagine how many times we’ve pulled this off the shelf to try to find what it wanted to be) and gave some real thought to what we could make with one yard each. Brainstorming was actually faster than I expected. Since it was an overlay bundle, I knew I wanted a tank out of the grey. My favorite tank pattern is the Strappy Cami from Rebecca Page Sewing. (Peeps! This one is a freebie for all subscribers!) It is the perfect basic tank for layering. Just fitted enough that it works under all my tops, but not so fitted it would double as shapewear. Basically, it is comfy AF. It is also super easy and quick to cut and sew. I love those quick sews! The bamboo is just so lovely to wear. And despite not loving sewing knit binding, it went so fast with this bamboo! Thankfully, Virginia picked the same tank, so it was a nice quick batch sew to make them both at the same time.

This leaves the overlay. What patterns do we love that I can get out of one yard each? Well, I had just finished sewing Virginia’s Camilla when we were chatting about this and it is one of my favorite 5oo4 patterns. Plus, if I go sleeveless and top length, I can sneak it out of a yard!! Decision made! I just love the drape with this sheer fabric. Camilla definitely highlights that drape. So, what does Virginia need with her yard? Well, her favorite shirt is the 5oo4 Jessie. Jessie has a sleeveless option that only takes a yard! BOOM!! All the decisions are made. We both have two new pieces that we can mix and match into our wardrobes.

Super excited to be starting another year of Work It and I hope you’ll join me to see this stash getting smaller all year!

Stephanie xx

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5oo4 Pamela

I am loving the cold weather we are finally seeing! Cold for Atlanta, not cold-cold. But I am thinking ahead to those hot summer days and my more casual outfit needs. So when Pamela popped up, I just had to make one. Or two.

One of my favorite things about sewing is having a basic piece that is just a little bit more. A fun sleeve. An interesting neckline. Just something that takes it beyond the basic. Pamela is PERFECT for this. Just look at this sweetheart neckline. It is so cute. A little feminine. Super easy wear. Plus, so many options!!!

I’m rocking the crop (I just couldn’t resist making two!) that I have been wanting to add to my closet for a while! This sweetheart neckline is everything. I’m so glad it is a band, rather than a facing or lining. It takes an extra minute to sew, but is so worth it for not having that extra layer or a facing flapping out all damn day. If you’ve ever installed a classic v-neck band, this is just three of them. Really. A little patience and basting first, you’ll be good to go. (I’m serious about the patience. You might notice a slight pleat on my red one. This was my first attempt and I rushed it. Didn’t give it enough of my attention.)

Crop tops were made to be worn with these skirts. The navy is a simple circle skirt. I don’t actually know which pattern I used, but it is one of my favorite skirts. I blogged about the floral one here but it is currently my favorite skirt, hands down. I’m particularly excited about these crop/skirt combos as we get that warm weather. Cool, comfy, and so pretty.

Now Virginia. This woman can wear any damn thing. The sweetheart neckline is exactly what she was missing though. The FBA piece makes it so, so much easier to fit. She also chose the pleated sleeve and I adore it. Just a little pizzazz (yeah, I’m 100, get over it). She is rocking the tunic length. I might add a little elastic to the side seams to give her a ruched shirt, but only if she let’s me have it back for a minute.

Pamela comes with so many options! There is a scoop or square neck. There are short sleeves, long sleeves, bishop sleeves, bell sleeves. Or say fuck it and leave the sleeves off entirely. Crop, top, tunic, or dress. Maternity. This pattern has it all. And I still managed to make two identical shirts. 😀

All three of these tops are made with just amazing DBP from Sly Fox Fabrics. You know I love me some Sly Fox. This DBP was absolutely the right choice for us. I love the comfort and ease, plus it is just so damn easy to work with. There is a little structure to the pleats on the sleeves without being too prominent. I like working with it, particularly for necklines, as I find it doesn’t slip or roll too much.

Basically, I love this damn pattern. I recommend it to everyone who likes wearing tees that are a bit fancier. There will definitely be a few more of these in my future and I can’t wait to share them with you! Don’t forget to check out 5 Out of 4 and grab your copy while it is on sale!!

Stephanie xx

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5oo4 Camilla Cowl – Again

How many Camilla tops is too many? I don’t know, because I haven’t reached that number yet. But since I have a couple of them already, I figured Virginia needed one too. She has some important stuff coming up (cough, cough, grad school interviews, cough, cough) and this is the PERFECT top for looking professional and being comfortable. I think she’ll pair it with a little jacket or cardi, but however she decides to style Camilla, she won’t have to worry about looking the part!

This cowl neck is by far one of my favorite features on a shirt. It is cute and flattering on everyone. It takes a shirt up several notches from the a basic tee without taking a ton more fabric. And this one comes with some fantastic options! Shirt length, this tunic length, or even a dress option! Plus, Virginia chose sleeveless so she doesn’t get too warm with the layers, but add some sleeves you boom! A ton of variations to the same shirt.

This one is made of this gorgeous double brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics. I love the lightness and drape of it. Super easy to wear and she won’t be worrying about wrinkles! Plus, just look at how lovely these colors are. I am never disappointed when we order from Sly Fox. Except of course if I don’t order enough yards.

I’ve already blogged about Camilla in a solid DBP, and a lovely sweater knit. So far, I haven’t found a fabric I don’t like for this pattern! Grab your copy here, and have some fun adding this fun top to your closet!

Stephanie xx

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RP Bun Hat

Y’all, I miss snow. A lot. Not the day-to-day, get up early to shovel, ruins the commute kind of snow. But the pretty, chilly, get to wear scarves, hats, and pretty jackets kind of snow. Don’t at me. This post and pattern is perfect for those that are stuck in the cold weather, weather they like it or not, and still want to be cute AF.

The one thing I hate about scarves and coats is the tangled mess my hair becomes at the base of my neck. All that extra stuff rubbing and moving just makes a knot of my ridiculous hair. The best answer to this is rocking that messy bun! But, it is cold out and headbands just don’t provide enough coverage. I hear you! That’s why the Bun Hat exists.

I did a test run in so many different fabrics, and I have to say, it works in almost all of them. Different fabrics definitely give a different fit, but if you know that going in, you can be successful with any knit fabric that meets the stretch requirements listed in the pattern.

There are two styles included in the pattern, one with the scrunched up front, which is all you’ll see here because I’m obsessed. But, you can leave that bit off and have a little more coverage (for those that want even more warmth), plus it is a tiny bit faster!

I say tiny bit because these are the FASTEST things to sew! And an amazing scrapbuster! Make a cute sweater and you can probably get a Bun Hat out of the scraps! Working on some running tights? Make a Bun Hat out of the scraps to be hella cute and keep those ears warm while you’re outside. Win. Win.

The bonus here is that the pattern is free for subscription members!! Grab your subscription here. If you don’t want to subscribe, you can still pick up the pattern for just a few bucks!! Don’t forget to share how much you love them!

Stephanie xx

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5oo4 Meg

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!

Stephanie xx