Sheila Top

5 out of 4 has continued with their basics line. The next pattern is Sheila. Sheila is a top or dress depending on which you prefer. I sewed the dress version which turned out lovely. I love that even though this is a basic pattern it still has a few options, one of which is a full bust adjustment. Trust me, if you need one, it really is a game changer in the look and fit of your clothing. 
Sheila Everday Tee and Dress Size 4xl FBA.jpg
So let’s run through the options first. 
  • Regular front bodice OR FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) front bodice
  • Two Hem lengths: top or dress
  • Three Sleeve Lengths: short, 3/4 or long
  • Sizes XXS – 5XL

5oo4 Sheila Everyday Fitted Tee.Dress 4x FBA-5x (3)

I sewed up the dress length with a height adjustment for my 5’1 self. I used the 4x bust with the included FBA. I graded out to the 5x waist and hips. I used the 3/4 sleeves for my dress as this fabric is heavier in weight and these colors are putting me in a Fall frame of mine.
5oo4 Sheila Everyday Fitted Tee.Dress 4x FBA-5x (5)
So let’s talk about my fabric. I dug deep into my stash to get this fabric. This is a heavier weight knit, possibly an ITY. I ordered it last year from I am Sew Blessed. I love that this fabric is heavy enough that it doesn’t blow up in the wind, it isn’t see through, and is smooths things out a bit. All 3 things are good to have when making a more fitted dress.
  • Check out this great highlight VIDEO of all of the Sheila testers!

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Author: SequoiaLynnSews

I am a single dog mom of two and we happily reside in a small house in Ohio. We spend our days playing fetch, digging holes in the garden, and sewing, lots of sewing. We have high hopes of moving to the mountains someday. The dogs don’t really know that yet, but they will understand. I shamelessly hoard fabric and feel slightly sorry for whoever has to sort my stash when I am gone. I am employed full time in a industry that requires little of my creativity, but basically lets me wear whatever I want. So it works out. I can usually be found behind one of my sewing machine avoiding human contact. I test a lot of clothing patterns and therefore always have a new outfit to share. You have most likely found my blog through some sort of sewing outlet and will quickly realize that I am sewing for a plus size body. For reference, I am 5'1 and wear a range from a 2-5x. Sizes change with every designer and you can't trust ready to wear sizing when you are making your own clothing. Your tape measure will become one of your most used tools and if you misplace them like I do, you should pick up several. I will be sharing the good, the bad, and the A-MA-ZING with you… So stay tuned. I will also try to teach you a few of my tricks along the way. People always tells me they want to learn how to sew. My best advice is you have to start. Just do it! You are going to mess up, you will break needles, you will ruin the pretty fabric, you will stab your fingers, but you will learn. You will make something and you will wear it. Someone will say, “I like your shirt.” and you will smile and say, “Thanks, I made it.” You will race home and make something else. Pretty soon you have made more good things than bad and you will feel proud of yourself and you should. I will be proud of you too. :) Ok, that is enough rambling, I have sewing to do. :) SequoiaLynn

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