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!!
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!
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!
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!
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!