Sally Skirt – 5oo4 Basics Line

~~~Another Basics Line pattern~~~
A few weeks ago, I was part of testing the Sally Skirt from 5 out of 4. Somehow in the chaos of my life, I forgot to write up my  blog post and share. So here I am, sharing both skirts I made! Today is a two for one day! Both Momma Mia and I got new skirts!
The Sally skirt is a seriously fast sew! You can use knit or woven fabric for the skirt. It comes with a yoga style waistband and an optional knotted band as well. The pattern includes large pocket because…well, pockets are life! I made both of these skirts at knee length, but the pattern comes in maxi length also. As always, 5 out of 4 comes with inclusive sizing up to 5x.
5oo4 Sally Skirt 5x and Virginia Tank 4xFBA (1)
First up, I sewed myself a skirt. I made the 5x skirt. I choose the knee length skirt this time which is unusual for me! I was feeling brave this day. I also was thinking the knee length would be super cute with my brown boots this fall!
5oo4 Sally Skirt 5x and Virginia Tank 4xFBA (1)
I chose this fabric because it looks like fall. The colors are a little rustic looking, but the hints of blue warm it up a bit. This print is a double brushed poly that I got from Sew Blessed Fabrics.
Momma Mia also got a skirt too! I tried out a knot waistband for her because I hadn’t made one yet and it was a fun option. It sewed fairly easily even as my first time. If you are nervous about it, don’t worry… 5oo4 Sewing School has a video!   Laura always does a great job explaining and showing how to do things! She also got pockets!
5oo4 Sally 2x, Michelle Xl-2xl (1)
This awesome swim fabric came from Stitchin’ Pretties. Yep, you read that right! I used swim fabric for this skirt! Swim sews up so neatly and quickly. It even has a nice weight for a skirt. The neon green polka dot print is super fun especially since Momma Mia likes neon and green is her favorite color. I was able to make her skirt from a 1 yard cut I had originally ordered for making under roos! I changed my mind when this skirt pattern went into testing! Now I need to make her a neon green top to wear with her new Sally!
5oo4 Sally 2x, Michelle Xl-2xl (3)
Since this pattern is part of the basics line it includes line drawings, photos and videos where needed. It is intended to be a great starter project, but also a great base for making things your own. I can see adding a wider flare, adding a ruffle, or even a lacey trim to this pattern very easily to change the look. Even a high low hem would be a fun hack and easy to achieve. Jessica shared on the 5oo4 blog, how to turn it into a skort, which I plan to try as I wear shorts under all my skirts anyhow!
Women's Sally Skirt 2xl
If you wan to add Sally to your closet here are the links!
or

Women's Sally Skirt 5XL

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Love Notions Classic Tee

I am editing this post to add how you can get a free coupon code for this weekend only!!!

 

Did you see that the amazing Classic Tee is free for EVERYONE this weekend only to celebrate the addition of the 4x/5x sizing?!

So, to get your FREE Cassic Tee, just visit Instagram.com/Lovenotions. There you will find the code and link to the pattern. Easy, peasy. (And you DO NOT have to be an Instagram user to access it.)

Love Notions is working on updating some of their older patterns into a larger size range. Do you know what that means? It means, I am hopefully going to be sharing some good stuff with you! The first test I did with them was the Classic Tee. This test was basically a test run of the new block and to see how it all comes together. There were very few adjustments made during testing which is a true measure of a good fit with great drafting!
LV Classic Tee 4x,5x (5)
I sewed up this version during testing. I sewed a 5X with the included full bust adjustment piece. I did a 1.5 inch bicep adjustment for this pattern. This semi relaxed fit tee has the option of 3 necklines and 4 sleeve lengths so you can pick your favorite combo or make all of them!
LV Classic Tee 4x,5x (8)
I made the short sleeves and used the V-neck option. It sewed easily and quickly. I prefer my shirts to be a bit longer than what is considered a “tee” length and would also add a bit of length to this top in the future as well. I look forward to seeing what else LN will be adding to the collection in the new sizes.
LV Classic Tee 4x,5x (6)
My fabric is probably a thin ITY which has beautiful colors. It is so bold and bright which makes it feel super happy! I ordered this fabric from Sew Blessed, but it has been living on my shelf for months! It was a perfect choice to sew this shirt from.
LV Classic Tee 4x,5x (4)

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5oo4 is at the top of my favorite pattern companies list because everything comes with loads of options and sizes up to 5x!! Here is my 5oo4 wall of fame.

5oo4 had this epic blow out sale back in March, so here we go again!! For reference, this is how many 5oo4 makes I have had since March!!! 27 outfits I believe! Are they my most used pattern company? YES! Do I love them?? YES!! Should you go shop my aff link??? YES!!!

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St. Tropez Hack and a 30% off sale!

Here is another outfit that got lost before it got blogged. I shared with you the first time I sewed up the St. Tropez Swing pattern for Momma Mia here. She loved that one and wears it frequently. Her one complaint was that her hair would get tangled in the button at the back. I can relate and my hair is only half as long as hers. She asked if I would make her another one without a button. Actually, if I remember correctly, she asked if I could make her another one before the weekend, removing the button, so she could wear it to West Virginia in 3 days. She really is good at sneaking in rush orders. So of course, I agreed, because #Whatmommawantsmommagets.

St. Tropez and Molly Pjs (1)

So really the only pattern piece I needed to adjust is the back yoke. I needed to make this one solid piece of fabric thus removing the need for a button and loop closure. I took my pattern piece and added 1/2 inch to only the part that extends to the center back. Next, I used my newly altered pattern piece to cut the back yoke on the fold…TA-DA one solid piece of fabric – no need for buttons! Now you can sew your St. Tropez Swing as usual skipping all steps involved in the button closure process.

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Look Ma, No buttons!

I am happy to confess that this dress took much less time than the first one I made. I think that one took like 8 hours. This one came together much quicker because I had a better idea of what I was doing and I am way more comfortable with knits. I even made my own binding tape to match this time! I sized down to a XL Bust, XXL Waist and an L hip. This made her dress a little less flowy and not as full. I wasn’t concerned about downsizing since I had already sewn this pattern once and it was a bit too big. Plus this time, I used a brushed poly knit which is more forgiving than woven.

St. Tropez and Molly Pjs (4)

I couldn’t let Momma Mia go on vacation without pants so I sewed up a quick pair of Molly pants from 5oo4. Remember our matching Puppy PJs? Yep! That was Molly! By changing the fabric and slimming down the legs, they no longer look like pajamas! We have really worked on dialing in a perfect fit for these and finally nailed it. She likes them fitted, but not tight. She wants them to ride high on her belly, but not have a baggy crotch. Elastic to keep them in place, but not tight elastic. Pockets because all pants should have pockets. #Whatmommawantsmommagets

St. Tropez and Molly Pjs (2)

 Don’t forget there are children’s as well as men’s patterns, so the entire family can have new jammies! Christmas morning anyone? These are the options included with the Women’s Molly PJs.

  • Short or Long Sleeve Top lengths
  • Optional Long Sleeve Cuffs
  • Shorts or Pants Lengths
  • Knit Waistband or Elastic Waistband
  • Optional Pants Cuffs
  • Optional Bum Panel to show off your creativeness

St. Tropez and Molly Pjs (3)

Here is my aff link to the women’s Molly PJ set!

Here is my aff link to the St. Tropez Swing top. This pattern is currently on sale 30% off with the code SALE-ABRATION. RP is celebrating the launch of their brand new website! Everything except the brand new Bra Set is on sale with this code!

St. Tropez and Molly Pjs (6)

The green Brushed Poly print is from Zinck’s in Berlin Ohio.

The blue solid Brushed Poly is from Sly Fox Fabrics.

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Jessie gets an upgrade

Jessie UPDATED 4xl fba

Surprise! Jessie got an upgrade! By upgrade I mean, it now comes with a full bust bodice included with the pattern! Jessie was my first pattern test with 5 out of 4 patterns and I keep on testing for them. I love the fit of their items and all the options they give us!
Jessie is a slim fit pattern with several fun options. Those options include several hem and sleeves lengths, multiple neckline combinations, and fun options for jazzing up the back neckline.
Let’s take a look at the new and improved Jessie! I love that the FBA is included and I don’t have to do it myself any longer! That means Jessie is a little bit faster to sew and I can immediately wear it! Don’t tell anyone, but sometimes I am a last minute sewist and quick patterns really help me arrive to events fully dressed!!
5oo4 Jessie 4xFBA and Diane Joggers
I paired this Jessie with hacked Diane Joggers which you can read about here.
My solid navy Jessie is a tunic length with elbow sleeves. I used a low front and back necklines and added the criss cross straps for fun! Both of these fabrics are from Sly Fox Fabrics.
Jessie UPDATED 4xl fba tunic
Jessie number two today! I wanted this one to be a little more “fall ready” so I choose to use the low front and high back option. I do not like the wind blowing on my neck when it is cool. This is a guaranteed migraine trigger for me, so I used the high back and now I have an adorable slim fitting tunic! I added the 3/4 sleeve option here as well. Seriously, fall has arrived in Ohio guys!
5oo4 Jessie 4x FBA-5x (6)
How fun is this print? I mean why wouldn’t someone want a swan print shirt? This fabric is some sort of knit blend from Sew Blessed Fabrics. I would say it is a light to mid weight, but has nice recovery. The first time I wore it was while out geocaching in the woods. It wore well all day! Sew Blessed has great pricing and an ever changing selection of prints! She sells out quickly though, so be sure to stalk the website on the weekends!
Here is an assortment of the other Jessie’s I have made. You can also type “Jessie” in my blog search bar if you would like to read about them!
Here are the new option list for Jessie!
  • 3 bodices: Regular, FBA and Maternity
  • 4 hem lengths: Top, Tunic, Short Dress, and Knee Length Dress Lengths
  • 5 Sleeve Lengths: Sleeveless, Short, Elbow, 3/4, and Long
  • Multiple Back Options: High, Low Ballerina, Racerback Insert, and Strappy Back where your imagination is your only limitation!

5oo4 Jessie 4x FBA and Diane Joggers 2

The Women’s Jessie comes in sizes ranging from XXS-5X.

The pattern can be purchased here while it is on new release sale for $7.95.

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Eleanor Cardigan is the $5 weekend feature!

It is $5 weekend at 5 out of 4 and this week the Eleanor Cardigan is on sale!
Eleanor Cardigan 4x,5x (1) - Copy
Another Eleanor Cardigan is in the books err…closet for me! I am getting some good use out of this pattern. I think this is number 5 for me. I made the mid-thigh length, but didn’t adjust for height so it falls a little lower. This pattern comes in 3 different lengths. Mid-thigh, knee and duster length are all included options. There are also multiple sleeve lengths, a pocket option, and the option of adding a hood.
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I used this wonderfully soft Hacci sweater knit to make this Eleanor cardigan. This fabric is available from Stitchin’ Pretties. I love the pink and black combo and the fact that is it plaid is super cool! Here is the link to pick up some Gina for yourself!   If you don’t love pink and black plaid, there are 13 other Hacci sweater knits at Stitchin’ Pretties. Literally, something for everyone! I used some leftover black Liverpool scraps to line my hood and make the band.
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This pattern sewed up quickly using my serger for the entire project up to the point of hemming.
I used a simple zig zag stitch to hem the sleeves and bottom. I used the 4x for the bust and graded to a 5x. I also used the 5x for the sleeves so I didn’t have to adjust the sleeves to fit my bicep. That is a bonus in my book! I choose to use the looser fitting sleeve option of the pattern as well.
I paired my new Hacci Eleanor with the 5oo4 Virginia Tank. I used double brushed poly for that tank. I have shown so many versions of the Virginia Tank on my blog. It is my favorite!!Again here are all the options for Virginia. 🙂

  • Tank top with optional built-in bra
  • Separate full bust adjustment (FBA) pattern pieces for the tank and bra
  • Knee length or Maxi length skirt
  • Skirt can be made from woven or knit fabric
  • Tank top has two neckline options in the front and two neckline options in the back
  • Dress can be made with knit waistband or elastic casing
  • Maternity option
  • Pockets!
  • Sizes XXS-5XL
  • Matching girls’ option! Check out the Girls’ Virginia Tank & Maxi and get 10% off when you buy both patterns at once!

Pattern Links for Virginia

Here is the link to the Women’s pattern.

Here is the link to the Girl’s pattern.

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Here are the options for Eleanor!

3 lengths- Tunic, Knee, and Duster

  • Regular long sleeves and “extra” long sleeve cut lines. Whether you’re like me and have long arms or you just like your sleeves to cover your hands, Eleanor literally has you covered.
  • Pockets big enough for your phone!
  • Optional belt loops and tie belt
  • 2 sleeve widths – relaxed or slim fitting
  • Optional hood
  • Elbow button or snap cuff for rolling up your sleeves to 3/4 length
  • Don’t forget that you can bundle the Women’s and Girls’ Eleanor Cardigans for an extra $2 off!
Eleanor Cardigan 4x,5x (5) - Copy
Giant Grass Hopper

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Guest Blogging – How to make sashes and belts to match any outfit.

Hi Gang! Today

I am guest blogging over at Ellie and Mac. I wrote a easy tutorial for DIY sashes as belts. These can become the quickest and best matching accessories you can ad to your wardrobe.

Here is the link to my latest guest blog.

Game Day Jersey – A Love Notions Sew

Recently, I was contacted by Tami from Love Notions. She was letting me know that they were looking to expand their brand sizing and asked if I was interested. Yes! I am all about companies who are trying to expand sizes and am typically willing to help! I also know that some of my FB friends sew tons of LN stuff and the end products look great! Now it is my turn!

LV Jersey 4xFBA 5x (5)

First off the new size range is below. I stole the picture for you. 🙂

Love Notions

Did you notice there is a line there that says there is a full bust bodice piece included!! Yes!! One less adjustment I have to make myself! I added 1.5 inches to the bicep of this shirt.

If you are in the United States then you know it is officially Football season. The NFL kicked off on Thursday night, High school and college season is also going. This is the perfect time to sew up The Game Time Jersey from Love Notions! You could use this pattern to stitch up your teams colors and show your support while being the best dressed at the ball field. Take it up a notch and use vinyl to add names to your jersey. I don’t watch a ton of sports, but I do love a comfy shirt especially when it lends itself so well to color blocking.

LV Jersey 4xFBA 5x (4)

Jersey Details:

*Very cool V neck style neckline. I love that it is not your typical V neck and it has this neat little overlap. In my opinion, it was way easier to sew that a regular one!*

  • Scooped neck option and V neck options.
  • Split bottom hem line. The back is slightly longer than the front
  • Jersey Top and Dress lengths included.
  • 2 sleeve lengths Short and 3/4 length. I am wearing the short one!
  • Optional striped bands for sleeve details. I didn’t use them since I used a striped print
  • sizes XS to 5X
  • Included Full Bust Adjustment

LV Jersey 4xFBA 5x (1)

I auditioned several fabrics for this top before finally settling on floral and stripes. I know this is a big shocker. I love this combo, I use it a lot. I used a scrap of the stripes, which is a DBP, that I used for sleeves on another shirt last year! This time I flipped it so the stripes ran vertical and got a new look.  Those stripes are from Sly Fox Fabrics and I believe they were called Mauve. My floral print has also been deep in my stash for awhile. I was saving it for something I loved. It was perfect for this jersey! I picked it up from Sew Blessed Fabrics.

LV Jersey 4xFBA 5x (3)

Overall, I LOVE this style! It is something different than anything in my closet right now! I would feel comfortable wearing it to work or just out and about. It is clearly “Jersey” styled, but is perfect when paired with florals!

You can pick up The Game Day Jersey here while it is on sale for $2.00 off!

LV Jersey 4xFBA 5x (2)
The pose you get when it starts raining in the middle of your photo shoot!

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Eleanor Cardigan Hacked to a Jacket

Eleanor Cardigan to Jacket Hack

I am not the least bit sad to see Fall coming to Ohio. The temperature is bouncing between the 70’s and 80’s.  I have been hiking and geocaching mostly every weekend and enjoying the weather. It has felt wonderful to get outside and enjoy nature. The cooler temps in the mornings and evenings are already hinting towards the need for a jacket. When I was picked to sew up and share this amazing fabric I thought I wanted a fitted blazer/cardigan that I could throw on when it got cooler out, but as I got to working on it, it turned into a zip up jacket. So let me share all the info with you.

Fabric first-SFF Abstract Floral Liverpool Eleanor hack (2)

This print is called Supernova and the base is Liverpool. Liverpool is a semi structured knit that is perfect for blazers, cardigans, pants, jackets, skirts, dresses and even tops! I have used Liverpool for every single one of the garments and have loved every single one of them! I like that it has a “bumpy” texture and people always want to touch it. It is considered a structured knit which makes it perfect for beginner sewists. It cuts and sews easily with either a sewing machines or a serger. I love that it doesn’t roll up or shift around when stitching it. So Supernova is from Sly Fox Fabrics. Sly Fox has a great selection of all sorts of fabrics and they ship typically within 1 business day which is hard to beat, but important to me. I love that in every single order I have placed with them, they have included a color catcher sheet for washing, a print out of exactly what I ordered, washing instructions and it’s packed neatly when I open it. Customer Service is uber important!

SFF Abstract Floral Liverpool Eleanor hack (3)

Now for the pattern. Eleanor is a great cardigan pattern because it is easy to sew and well drafted so it fits nicely. I planned to use it as a base for a cropped Liverpool Cardigan. I figured I would wear it over a tank top and jeans and it will look nice. I cut the pattern to my size and according to the directions. I knew I wanted a hood and I planned to line it with a solid black Liverpool. Originally, I thought I would wrap my seams with a seam tape to cover my stitches that would connect my hood to my jacket. The pattern calls for a band to finish the entire front edge from the hem to the hood. So initially I sewed my hood on with the plan to add a band. When at the last minute, I decided I was adding a zipper in place of the band, I had to make some adjustments. I seam ripped off the hood and placed both layers right sides together then serged around the front part connecting both layers and hiding the front seam. Now I reattached the hood with black thread to match the lining so it wouldn’t really show when I wear the hood down. Next came the zipper. Now had I planned this better I would have cut the length of my jacket to be a normal length of a zipper. 27 inches isn’t normal. I needed a 27 inch zipper. I did some minor fudging and I made it work while making a mental note for the next time. I added this super cute zipper pull to my jacket because some days you need a little reminder.

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A quick hem of the bottom and the sleeves and some simple top stitching along the zipper and I am calling this beauty finished! I absolutely love it! Now I want to make all the jackets and sew all the zippers! Have you sewn a zipper yet? Let me know.

SFF Abstract Floral Liverpool Eleanor hack (4)
I love the hood lined in black!

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Do you love this pattern too? Here is my my previous two Eleanor shares

My original one in sweater knit.

5oo4 cardigan 4-5x mid thigh (10)

This one in light purple modal.

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Here are your links.

Women’s pattern link

Children’s pattern link

And this amazing fabric is from Sly Fox Fabrics.

SFF Abstract Floral Liverpool Eleanor hack (1)

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Madeleine

I was lucky enough to be a tester for the Rebecca Page Madeleine Maxi Dress. I loved the style as soon as I saw it even though I had no clue where I would actually wear it. I loved that it was a long flowing maxi dress and really loved that it had two different strap options. One of those strap options will even cover real bra straps! Thank you very much!

Rebecca Page Madeleine 5x (6)

Madeleine comes with detailed, step by step directions which includes pictures. This pattern is fairly involved and requires some work, but it is so worth it when finished. I was able to use my serger to assemble most of the dress and it took about 8 hours from printing to hemming. Several of the techniques were new to me, but after doing them, I think it will be faster for the next one. I would really love to hack this to a shorter length for a flowy tunic to wear over leggings. Momma Mia also states she wants one.
Rebecca Page Madeleine 5x (2)
I would rate this pattern as a confident beginner to intermediate level based on techniques that some people may not be familiar with. The directions are super helpful and if you ever need help the Rebecca Page team is always around.

Rebecca Page Madeleine 5x (1)

I used this beautiful Double Brushed Poly that I picked up from Stitchin’ Pretties. This print is called Annella. Aqua and Orange is my favorite color combo so when you add in the pretty floral hints, I become obsessed. I am so glad I had 4 yards of this on hand! Double brushed poly really does have a wonderful drape needed for the full effect of the Grecian look. Be sure to stabilize the neckband and straps though like the instructions say! There is a lot of fabric in this dress so DBP will need the extra support of the interfacing to hold it in place.
Rebecca Page Madeleine 5x (4)
Madeleine comes in sizes XXS to 5X. I sewed up the 5x with only height adjusting the skirt portion. I am only 5’1 so this proves that short girls can wear maxi lengths when they are fitted correctly. I hope you give this beautiful dress a try! It is pretty amazing! I also hope you tag me when you make yours. Here are the links to pick up this fabric and this pattern.

Click here for the Madeleine pattern. It is currently on sale for $10.00.

Love my fabric too? Click here to shop for Annella at Stitchin’ Pretties. 

Rebecca Page Madeleine 5x (5)

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