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!!
I’ve been eyeing this one for a while. A cute, simple top for cooler months. Easy to sew and a few options to keep it spiced up. Heck yes. Now that I’ve made it for Virginia, I don’t think she can wait for another one!
She chose the straight tunic, with slim, extra long sleeves. She didn’t want to add the hood or cowl neck, which are wonderful options. You can also choose short sleeve, regular long sleeve, or a non-slim sleeve. So really, this one can be just about anything you need!
Virginia picked this absolutely gorgeous sweater ribbed knit in Spiced Rum from Sly Fox Fabrics and it is so damn cozy!! We might have ordered this fabric in just about every color, and totally regret the ones we missed! (Remind me to order this Licorice before it sells out. I just LOVE it!!) It is soft and luxurious inside and out.
5 Out of 4 put this lovely top on sale for just $5 this weekend!! You should definitely grab your own Weekender Tunic if it is one you’ve had your eye one, or if you’re just seeing it for the first time. 🙂
Have you ever really wanted to test a pattern, but just didn’t have the time. Then completely failed to buy it or sew it when it released? Yeah, that’s Jenny for me. What a fun pattern!! Super cute, looks comfy, desperately mad I couldn’t make time to test it when 5oo4 was ready. (Why can’t they work on my schedule?!)
Now Jenny is available on 5 Out of 4’s $5 pattern weekend!!! So if you missed out as well, you can grab the pattern now!
I have to tell you, I really thought this one would be a bit complicated to sew. It looks a bit fancy! But it was so, so easy!! This one took under 2 hours from start to finish, with some clear distractions. Definitely one I’ll be making a few more times!
Since Virginia is the lovely model, she is so damn lucky, I’ll pass on her comments on Jenny. “Sooo. This shirt is one of the most comfortable I have EVER worn. It drapes and clings perfectly. How you ask? Amazing design of a perfect shirt. I will definitely need a few more in more fabrics.”
The instructions for this one are very specific about which fabrics give the best results and this gorgeous deep red knub jersey from Sly Fox Fabrics is exactly the perfect choice! It is drapey and lightweight. Cool and comfortable. Easy to wear. Good thing we bought all the colors, because I think I need this in plum!
Grab your copy of Jenny, and hit the 5oo4 Facebook page this weekend to enter to win a free pattern!
It has been a crazy month or two. I’m working hella too much. I’ve gotten to see an old friend and have a fun visit. I’ve been planning a trip back home for my 10 year college reunion (how has it been 10 years?!). I’ve been quiet on here and not sewing or posting as much as I’d like. My family and friends have been super supportive while I’m overbooked. Reminding me to take breaks and making sure the downtime I do take is delightful!
So when my sister told me she wanted to start working out again and needed some new workout pants, I knew she wouldn’t be asking if she didn’t really need them. I am all about the support and all three of us are now having fun with sharing and comparing our steps and workouts. Counting calories and jumping right into exactly the encouragement we all appreciate in making healthy choices.
I know she heard the begrudging agreement in my voice (probably because she called while I was working and my brain was focused on upcoming tasks and timelines) and I sincerely hope she knows I am so excited to give the support she needs, especially from afar.
The conversation was very entertaining to me. I asked how many pairs she was looking for. She said 5, but 2 extras would be ideal so she could do laundry and still workout every day. (I have to say, she has really stuck to that schedule and worked out 30 of the first 33 days of this new undertaking! I am impressed!!). I asked if she needed workout tops too. She honestly told me no, though she always prefers me made to store bought and would love some.
Of course I said yes, hopefully not with a sigh. And chatted with Virginia about when we could fabric shop and if she wanted to help pick out fabrics for Vicki. We made a plan and went to the fabric store. While we were there, of course we grabbed some gorgeous swim knits for ourselves (I already used some in a pattern test), and actually picked up some fabric for Christmas presents and other projects we already knew were coming up.
My favorite part about shopping for Vicki is that she is super open to ANYTHING. She isn’t a huge fan of orange, but otherwise, almost everything is on the table. Solids are ok. Prints are a huge win. Colorful, fun, variety. Those are the key points. So we are sending her photos and trying to get her opinion on what she wants. All of them. She likes every fabric we show her and is completely useless at making decisions.
We decided we would choose for her. She didn’t get to see any of the fabrics chosen ahead of time. She has no idea that we made sure to buy some overlap in what we wanted. We did this because we like sister matching, especially if it isn’t the same piece. But, also, it means buying a little less fabric, since we can share a little yardage. So, she got fabric for 8 workout bottoms instead of 5-7!!!
She asked for a nice mix of leggings and more yoga pant style. Thankfully, I have made both the Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs and the Rebecca Page Pippa pants for her before. So I already have patterns made up and graded to her size. She prefers “shorts”, which I’d call knee length, which also helped us reach those 8 pairs.
Now the fabric is bought and washed and just sitting there mocking me. Not being sewn up or cut out. Looking all pretty and touchable. So I quit work a little early on a Sunday and cut out ALL EIGHT PAIRS in just a couple hours. I paired and clipped the seams that needed sewing as soon as I finished cutting, because batch sewing is my jam.
Then, they sat. And sat. And sat. Dang. What am I doing that I can’t just sew these damn pants?! I made Virginia help me choose which ones could be sewn with which serger thread colors. (I’m cool with coordination, but not outright looking bad together.) I stacked them in these piles and just waited until I had a free hour.
BOOM!! Eight pairs all sewed together and ready for hemming! I bet you can guess what happened next. Yeah. They sat. They moved in a pile from my cutting table, to my ironing board, to a chair. They were a cat bed for a bit after a tough vet visit. This was going to take a few more thread colors than I used on the serger and I just didn’t have the motivation for that many thread changes. Even though I knew four of them would be hemmed with the color that was ACTIVELY ON MY MACHINE! How lazy am I?!
It wasn’t until I was prepping to do another project that was a tight deadline (2 days!!), and needed to change the color that I stopped and hemmed those four pair. I wasn’t going to change colors and have to change back!! It took maybe 20 minutes. Seriously. Why was I just putting this off?!
Now, I have finished all 8 pairs. I’m packed and flying home. This blog will go live as soon as she sees them and I can’t wait to see her thoughts on all these beautiful fabrics!! I also can’t wait to see how she puts them to work and we all continue to encourage and support each other through workouts and smart, healthy choices.