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Work It: Edition 10

Here we go again! It is October, I’ve already argued that it is the best month over on the Sly Fox Fabrics guest blog and I’m still not taking arguments about this. There is a crispness to the air, leaves crunching beneath my feet, and I can finally wear sweaters without sweating. Plus, my birthday, so best month of the year. Anyway, rant over, let’s talk about this month’s sews for Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats!

I needed some yoga pants. Not for actual yoga, but for curling up and having comfy, stretchy pants, that are a little bit too long, and easy to take a quick nap in. So I’m sticking a little bit closer to the intended design of the 5 Out of 4 Diane Joggers and just adding some small tweaks to get exactly the pants I’m want!

This is an extra easy hack! Starting with the full length, I added a little bit of width to the outseam of both the front and back leg pieces, 1 1/4″ each, and eased that extra width up to nothing about the knee. The inseam on these is a bit long for me and I did not take that out. I wanted these to be just a tiny bit too long, so when I curl up, I’ve got some extra cozy coverage. That’s it. That’s the hack. I used the same pocket hack I always use (here, here, here, and here), and chose the fold over yoga waistband. Now, I rarely, if ever fold over this style waistband, but I like the option. I also like the extra coverage if I do actually wear these for yoga.

For such a simple hack, I had to have just the right fabric. The Cotton Spandex from Sly Fox Fabrics is PERFECT!! It is exactly the right weight to be comfortable but not stifling when I get toasty. They carry it in some absolutely gorgeous colors, tool, like the Jewel I used on these pants! My notes on working with this fabric are that it is well worth it in the end. But, as with all cotton lycra/spandex blends I’ve worked with, it does stick to itself and curls like mad. It can be a bit frustrating at times. Next time I break it out, I’ll have a glass of wine handy, for sure! The end result is totally worth the extra effort though! Just give yourself a little extra fabric time.

I do have to say, the perks of the Cotton Spandex are that gathering it is super easy! It is stable enough and not at all slippery, so the small gathering I needed to do for this super cute Taylor Tank was quick and painless! The rest of this tank was equally worth the effort!! This is my first Taylor Tank, but sure won’t be my last!! I love the fit, the widths of the bands, the aforementioned gathers in the back. Basically, I love it all! And this Dark Grey CS is the perfect neutral tank to add to my closet. It will look lovely with all the crazy workout pants I already have, too!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Work It hacks, as well as all the gorgeous patterns over at 5oo4, and fabric at Sly Fox Fabrics. And, of course, enter to win the monthly giveaway of 5oo4 pattern credit here.

What do you think of this month’s hack?

Stephanie xx

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Work It: Edition 9

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.

Stephanie xx

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Work It: Edition 8

Summer is winding down, though it doesn’t always feel that way here in very warm Atlanta. The sister and I just spent a wonderful weekend in South Georgia and Florida. We visited friends and explored some lovely beaches and islands. And we played with some cute ass puppies!! But, it was also the perfect opportunity to try out this month’s edition of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats!

These lovely shorts are such a simple hack, I can’t believe I haven’t tried it sooner. I really wanted to hit that luxury cruise look, but be super easy to wear! I just knew that this great jogger pattern would be so, so comfy in a woven. But they aren’t drafted for wovens!! So, break out the measuring tape and go to town!

I checked the finished measurements of the hips (that’s my widest) and compared it to my measurements. I wanted an inch and a half of ease, so I split the difference between the four leg pieces and added it in. I also adjusted the waistband the same amount. Since I added elastic to the waistband, it didn’t need to be fitted to my waist.

This Sly Fox Fabric Bubble Crepe was the perfect choice for this hack! It is breezy and comfortable. Light, but not see thru. And these colors are so vibrant. I was blown away when I saw it!!

Now, I couldn’t just do a woven hack, so I wanted to punch them up a bit more. Once they were sewn together except the waistband, but not hemmed, I laid the legs flat, and curved the hem up to toward the side seam. Then, I serged the edges of the hem, flipped up the serged edge and topstitched. But, of course, I had to add some gorgeous trim to this!

I just love the look of lace trim, but I almost always forget this is a fun option to add a little extra to my pieces! I started at the top of the side seam on the front side, and topstitched close to the edge of the wide lace I chose. I followed the curve along the side, then all the way around the hem. Once I made it back to the side seam, I trimmed the lace so it would just slip underneath the front layer. Then I finished topstitching the back of the side seam, making sure to catch the unfinished end underneath. Boom! Done and fancy!

But of course, I need a tank to walk the beach and be fabulous! The Virginia tank is just perfect!! Simple, easy, and cute. It doesn’t detract or distract in any way from the lovely shorts. And this Blue DBP is PERFECT!!! It is absolutely stunning. I’ve already blogged about it once and I’m so happy both Virginia and I got a cute new tank out of this one.

This is the first month where Virginia not only had to have something out of the same fabric, but wouldn’t let me wait to make her to monthly hack! So, bonus! I did the same hack for her!! She looks so dang cute in this combo! She was also really comfy while we wondered a lovely shopping area on the island after enjoying a few hours in the sun and sand.

Every month is my favorite month for this series, but these shorts are so fun and easy, we both definitely need a few more in our closets. Check out the rest of my favorites and let me know which one hits the high notes for you! And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a fabulous pattern from 5 Out of 4 Patterns!!

Stephanie <3

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Work It: Edition 7

This month is all about fitness! If you read my last post, you know my sisters and I are on a fitness kick!! I am loving it! So, for this month’s edition of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats, I had to make some workout clothes!

New workout clothes are one of the best ways for me to refresh my motivation to continue working out.  They’re exciting and I want to wear them.  Since they’re for working out, I am usually pretty good about not wearing them for, say, lounging around the house.  At least while they are new! 😉

Now, I hear you, this is the Diane jogger pattern, what hacking would I need to do to make workout bottoms?  None, if I wanted to stick with a simple jogger or short for working out.  But, I played tennis when I was younger, and I love a good tennis skirt!  The shorts attached and everything all comfy!  My problem is many patterns or RTW tennis skirts aren’t the combo I’m looking for.  The skirt is too big, or the shorts too short, or the waistband just being weird.  So this was the perfect opportunity to make exactly what I wanted for a workout skirt!  (I’d call it a running skirt, but after three knee surgeries, running isn’t my favorite activity.)

This was a SUPER easy hack!  I cut shorts at the hemmed shorts cutting line, and used the knit waistband.  For the skirt pieces, I laid my leg piece along the fold of the fabric, and drew an a-line skirt 2 inches longer than I cut the shorts.  I didn’t want a super long, or super short skirt, but I also wanted the shorts to be long enough to not just bunch up and be weird with these mermaid thighs!  I cut a second set of the yoke, and used that on the skirt as well, which I think is a cute addition to the skirt!

I constructed the skirt and shorts as usual.  Then just matched them up and added the waistband all together.  They turned out exactly as I was hoping!  Not too wide of a skirt, so it doesn’t feel like a tent.  But not so fitted that it rides up on this hourglass.  Plus super comfy and energized!  With these, I am almost ready for some circuit training!

Obviously, I need a top!  The x-factor tank is super similar to my favorite RTW tank, so I figured I’d give it a try.  I chose the gathered tank version, but instead of gathering, I wanted box pleats!  Unfortunately, 5oo4 hasn’t updated this one with their full sizing yet, so some adjustments were needed to the skirt.  (My bust and waist fall on the old size chart, it is just these hips of mine that don’t.)  Instead of altering the shape of the a-line skirt (as if I was grading), I decided to just widen the entire skirt and deepen the box pleats so the top of the skirt matched the bottom of the bra.

Super simple alterations and I ADORE this tank!!  I want to live in it.  Seriously.  Part of that is because, for the second month in a row, I use Sly Fox Fabric swim knit.  This stuff is insane.  Seriously.  It is so comfortable and supportive.  The crisp, contrast between the black and white is just so lovely, I wish I’d ordered more of this floral print so I could make a date night dress.

I used some scraps from the black swim knit of the skirt to do binding, and I think it is the perfect contrast to finish off this gorgeous tank.  Sly Fox has a sale going on RIGHT NOW (ends July 21st), so snag some of the remaining swim knit while you can.  It is absolutely my favorite fabric right now.

Of course, 5 Out of 4 is giving away a $10 pattern credit so you can try an amazing pattern for yourself!  Enter to win and be sure to let me know what you think of this workout outfit and the entire Work It series!

Stephanie xx

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Work It: Edition 6

Here we go again!! It is full on summer here in Atlanta and it isn’t just heating up, it is hot. This makes me long for a warm beach, a cool breeze, and gentle waves to play in! How does this pertain to another edition of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats, you ask? I can’t go playing in the ocean without some great swim pieces, can I?!

That’s right, I took the 5 Out Of 4 Diane Joggers pattern that I’ve been using and hacked them into swim shorts!! This was actually a really fast sew and turned out so cute and versatile!! Here are the pattern details…

I chose shorts length, but shortened to have a 2.5 inch inseam. I wanted short, but not too short. Don’t forget seam/hem allowance when measuring a new inseam!! I chose the yoga waistband, so I could wear it unfolded, and pulled all the way up. This gives me some coverage when I’m actually swimming, if my tank flies up. (This is the one thing I really hate about tankinis. Great for the sand, annoying in the water.)

The real fun comes in with the hack! I cut two sets of front legs and two sets of back legs, and two sets of back yokes. I sewed them up as if they were two separate shorts. Instead of using swim lining, I cut them both out of this AMAZING solid navy swim fabric from Sly Fox Fabrics. (I’ll talk more about that in a minute.) I usually use swim lining for suits, but with shorts, I just wanted that extra thick layer. Plus, the rest of the hack means it is great for the inside to match the outside!

After I sewed the shorts together along the bottom hem of each leg, I added elastic to the hem as well, to make sure they didn’t stretch out and show off more than I wanted to. Ok, if I’m being completely honest, I sewed the elastic at the same time as sewing that seam. I’m super lazy and hate sewing twice, if I can finish it once. Then I flipped them wrong sides together and stitched the side seams together (stitch in the ditch style!). I just used a long straight stitch and haven’t had a problem, but you could use a stretch stitch if you like. Then I sewed another line of stitching 1/2 inch on either side of the side seam. This created the casing for these fun ruching ties!

To create the ties, I just cut 4 pieces of 2 inches wide by 24 inches long, then sewed each one together along one short edge and the long edge, right sides together. Flip them right sides out and boom! Four lovely ties that I can slide into those channels. I did just slice small holes at the end of the channels, as far to the back as possible, but still on top of the seam and elastic, so my ties can come out the bottom. Tie them in a knot and done!

These ruching ties give me the option to wear them as shorts, reducing chafing and giving a bit more coverage/comfort while walking out and about or playing on the beach. But, I can squish the shorts up those ties (or ruche them, if you will), and I have some kick ass booty shorts (pun intended). I can swim without them shifting and add a cute feature that, I think, shows off my assets quite nicely. I have a comparison here to show how they really wear at both lengths. They both have the fun knot feature. It is a bit more pronounced with more of the ties showing when ruched. And my booty is rocking however I wear them!

I did mention this top a bit above, but this is the 5oo4 Rosanna. I LOVE this as a dress, so when I knew I was going to hack some swim bottoms, I knew I wanted this as a swim top. The straps are wide without being too wide. There is a built in shelf bra, with instructions to add foam cups, and it is just dang cute. This was my first time adding foam cups. They are a little wide, and I’ll probably move them over when I have some spare time (HAH!), but I love them! They definitely offer a bit of extra support and coverage and were surprisingly easy to put in. (To be fair, I stole cup pieces from a bra pattern, so they are actually a good size for me, and not just nipple covers.)

I was extra thrilled I could cut those front panels from scraps after cutting out my shorts! Such a fun pop to add to this delightful plaid, and a great use of scraps, of course. So, let’s talk about this fabric. This is the shit. I have made quite a few swimsuits, and I have used everything from thin and oh, I hope my stuff doesn’t show through when this is wet, to holy thick and beautiful and easy to use, batman. Sly Fox brought it, hard, and tops out on the awesomeness chart for swim fabric!! Seriously. It is thick and lovely to work with. The colors are GORGEOUS!!! I can’t wait to see how it holds up in the sun and surf. (Amanda, I clearly need to come down to test this out.)

I can’t wait to try more of their swim fabric, since I am obsessed with sewing swimsuits. But beyond that, they have such lovely options. Beautiful prints and fun solids! Great for mix and match options (I definitely want to make some pieces that coordinate so I can mix it up with these two!) So be sure to check out and find a new favorite swimsuit on your sewing table before they sell out!!

As always, 5 Out Of 4 Patterns is giving away a $10 pattern credit that you can enter to win here and be sure to let me know what you think of this month’s sews!

Stephanie xx