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EAM – Around the Block Hoodie

Are you often the last person to discover something? Maybe you even picked it up, or saved a video, or whatever, forever ago, and finally get around to trying it YEARS later? Yeah. That’s me. Often. I see the thing that intrigues me. I make a note, mental or otherwise, to try/do/watch it. Then it slips lower and lower down the list, until I either forget about it, or so many other people are talking about it that I remember it and dive in.

That’s what happened here. I picked up the Around the Block Hoodie forever ago, when Ellie and Mac offered it on their Wacky Wednesday $1 sale. Because, it is a dollar. If the pattern is terrible, who cares? But if it is good, woohoo! They do these deals every week. Different patterns. Always $1. It is really a great way to try them out! And I am here to tell you, I’m mad I didn’t sew this one up sooner!!

This takes the guesswork and math out of colorblocking. The hoodie fits great! Was easy to cut and sew. And I love the faux strings! The way they are off to the side is different and fun. Using only partial strings here is a great way to not worry about them coming out in the wash. And less wasted string! Plus, I never have to worry about the strings not being the right length! One super long and hanging to the hem, while the other is all scrunched up in the hood. I might never do real strings again… At least for myself! The only thing that isn’t love about the pattern is the 1/4 inch seam allowance. I don’t know why that 1/8 inch makes such a huge difference for me, but when I’m serging, I just really want that 3/8 inch.

So let’s talk about this fabric! This is one of the Winter Temptation bundles available right now over at Sly Fox! It comes with two yards of the DBP print, one yard of the DBP ivory, and one yard of the red cotton spandex! Which was PLENTY to make this hoodie and have enough leftover for another project. Pretty sure Virginia is going to ask for the same hoodie…

This seems like the perfect cozy, comfy option for my holiday family zooms! I’ll be festive and comfy!! And if I announce that now, Virginia can choose to be matchy or not with her hoodie. That I already know I have to make. 😀

Go grab this pattern and your very own bundle (or make your own bundle!) and share your beautiful makes!!!

Stephanie xx

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5oo4 Sydney

Y’all know I LOVE a half circle skirt. So pretty, just a little swish. Perfect! I just keep making them! I was so excited to add a dress with a half circle skirt to my closet. It is clearly something my closet is lacking. Ok, lacking a knit version, I have a woven one. That’s not the point.

Then, Virginia and I were talking about this gorgeous 5oo4 Sydney and she just claimed it!! Picked out fabric, and sent me off to sew it up. I can’t even complain because she totally cleaned up my studio while I worked!!! Like, sorted my scrap pile and everything!!! WHAT!? She is basically the best. I should sew more stuff for her.

We picked up this bundle from Sly Fox Fabrics almost two years ago, which is crazy talk! Definitely happy to be sewing up some of our lovely stash fabrics!! She hadn’t decided what to make out of it, wobbled between a few things, but never gave the go ahead. But Sydney was the perfect project!!

We went for sleeveless, because the bundle only had 1 yard of this gorgeous blue, and a knee length skirt to round it out! So perfect and another dress in Virginia’s closet!! I’m so excited she is wearing more dresses. They’re just so quick! This one took less than two hours from print to hem. Now I need to make Sydney for myself!!!

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5oo4 Sheila

Y’all know I’ve been just loving t-shirt dresses. They are so damn easy to wear and convenient and comfortable and really just a never ending list of positive things. I’m really excited that this love might be rubbing off on Virginia! When we were choosing something to make with this gorgeous Sly Fox Fabrics double brushed poly, I assumed she would choose a v-neck top or a maxi skirt to show off the print.

Then she saw Sheila and said, oh, what about a dress. Y’all, my mind was BLOWN! And I was just so dang excited to make her first one from a pattern I knew would fit well and look lovely on her! Plus, I always appreciate when she picks patterns that are so quick to sew!!!

She has worn this one so many times since it was finished. I think I’ve seen her in this more than anything else since it warmed up here and we have the windows open. Pretty sure she’ll be rocking it as a swim cover-up. She has definitely already asked for more!

Since this one comes with the option of the built in full bust adjustment, it saves me time in giving Virginia a fit she is more comfortable with! Plus, this one comes with top or dress length, and a variety of sleeve lengths, no calculations or guesswork needed!

I hope you enjoy Sheila as much as Virginia does!

Stephanie xx

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5oo4 Josephine

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!

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