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
This is an exciting pattern for several reasons! This is the latest pattern from George & Ginger and the first pattern on their “New School” size chart! Yes!! <Insert Happy Dance> Let’s all take a moment to celebrate that. While some of my measurements were on the previous chart, I needed to do several adjustments to make the clothing fit my entire body. With the new size chart, my entire body is on the chart without adjustments, and the new size range extends beyond me!! We all know G&G is known for making unique and interesting patterns and have their own style so this is awesome for all of us admirers who can now fit their patterns! The new chart aka “New Age” on the website is drafted in an inch by inch style so you can pick exactly the numbers you need and grade between sizes. Don’t worry there is a step-by-step Adjustment Guide to show you how. One more exciting thing, these patterns now come in height options – petite, average, and tall!! I told you this is exciting stuff! So much good stuff!
This is the Vista pattern and this neckline is so cool! The twists wrap together to give your chest some fancy coverage, but also this is a great area to throw in a pop of color! Hello Scrap busting!! The step by step directions will make this easy to do and in no time, you will have this super stylish top in your wardrobe! You can add the Vista to your George & Ginger collection today and show the world how excited you are to celebrate a more inclusive size chart!
Testers literally used all types of fabric for this top with a twist. I saw tops in Rib Knit, Cotton Lycra, Cotton Jersey, Ponte, Stretch Velvet, Stretch Lace and I used Brushed Poly. My fabric is from Sitchin’ Pretties. This print is called Pam and you can check out the link by hitting the name. Pam is currently on sale for $5.50 yard and I love the vivid colors! My red accent is also a leftover from Stitchin’ Pretties.
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I am back with another pattern update! I really love seeing so many designers updating their pattern sizing to be more inclusive. The Adventure Skort has been around awhile, but it now on their updated size chart which is thru a 5x! In addition to the size update, the Skort also has more than a shorts option now. You can run thru the lengthy list of EIGHT length options! Additionally, there are 3 options for your preferred gusset. There are also 2 skirt lengths and 4 waistband options!
Here is the listed rundown of all the *need to know* details.
Women’s sizes XXS-5XL
Two lengths – a short athletic length and a knee-length
The leggings include options for no gusset, triangle gusset, or full diamond gusset
The leggings have 8 length options: 1.25″, 3″, 5″ and 7″ inseams, pedal pusher, capri, ankle, and long
4 Rise options – extra low/maternity, low, mid, and high
Waistband options include a knit band, band with 2″ elastic, yoga band, or a contour band
An in-depth skirt fitting guide
Check out these awesome YouTube videos of our testers’ creations for the adult version!
I decided to make the knee length skirt option over capri length pants. I wanted the cute look of ‘sorta sporty’ but also “super comfy.” I used Liverpool for my skirt with the elastic band. My hot pink capris are double brushed poly. I used the full gusset option. I did a full belly adjustment on the pants and used the 5x waist and graded to the 4x for the hips.
This pattern sews so so quickly! After printing and cutting, I would say assembly for the entire thing was around an hour. Perfect when you don’t want to spend long hours on a project and you would rather get to the fun of just wearing it.
I knew I was going to need a new top to wear with my Adventure Skort! I had one issue though, if you can believe it, I had NO fabric to match this colors of the skirt. I thought I would wear it with my hot pink Virginia Tank Top, but I looked like I was channeling my inner elf. As the release deadline was approaching, I headed off to Joanns where I found this bold green color. I used the newly updated Easy Tee pattern. The Easy Tee is hands down my most used Tee Shirt pattern and that is because it has a TON of options. Top, Tunic Dress, pockets, hood, curved hem, bands, SO MANY CHOICES!! My green Tee is the curved hem in a 4x FBA.
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Can I tell you a secret? I love a good cardigan! I love wearing my clothing in layers. Part of this is because I feel more put together and part of it is my body doesn’t know if it wants to be hot or cold…Life. lol
I made this cardigan awhile ago for Momma Mia. It even made my Fall Favorites list! I used a loose weave sweater knit for hers. She wears it frequently and I think now she is going to want another one! Not so fast, Momma Mia! This one is all mine. I loved this pattern and was so happy when LN announced this one was joining the extended size chart. Now inclusive thru size 5x with an included full bust adjustment. Not only did the size range increase, but there is now a duster length included and a flat even collar. Seriously, I am so happy about this update! I used a really great plaid sweater knit.
Let’s begin by talking about the options I went with. I am wearing the mid thigh length version with the shawl collar. This is my go-to length for most things and it is perfect over my new Vivace Dress which is also by Love Notions. Worth noting here: This is my original test version and at the last minute additional length was added to the center front to give this pattern a more even look across the front hem. **The current pattern will be more even along the bottom hem.** You are welcome. Spoiler Alert: I already have big plans for a teal blue one using a honeycomb fabric and a flat band!
Meant for knit fabrics
Mid thigh length, Duster length
Shawl or Flat collar or hood
I am wearing my brand new Boyfriend Cardigan over the Love Notions Vivace dress made in a woven fabric. If you can remember back, I have made myself and Momma Mia this dress in lovely knits so this time I switched it up. This pattern is drafted for either woven or knit fabric. The pattern has separate bodices for these options so you have to pay attention to the print chart before printing. I decided to add three extra inches to the length so that I was certain my dress would be longer than my cardigan and I wanted this to be wearable for work.
This amazing red fabric is called CEY Air Flow . It is textured but light weight and has a wonderful drape. I was happy that it sewed up easily too. Many times I have said I am not great with woven fabrics and this year I have really been putting effort into doing better with them. I highly recommend giving this fabric a try! You can pick it up at Sly Fox Fabrics here . I should also tell you that this comes in a lovely mustard/yellow toned fabric as well. If you haven’t looked lately, Sly Fox Fabrics has some really pretty woven prints. There are some Bubble Crepe fabrics that I have my eye on. I love this Tropical Paradise print it may have just jumped into my cart when I was going there to get this photo for you.
I never knew how much I needed a red dress until now! I am so happy with this and have already wore it twice! Trust me, you will love it as much as I do. This would also make a gorgeous Lyric dress with the button front placket or a flowy Rhapsody.
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I started the day with wanting to make my mom a new Gloria top. She has a few Gloria dresses already, so a top would make a nice change up. I added 1.5 inches to the length of the peplum top to make it a wee bit longer. It is an easy adjustment. You can either measure down the desired length from the bottom of your pattern piece or split the pattern thru the middle and add your length there. Either way works. Adding to the bottom will make your skirt slightly wider at the bottom and adding to the middle will maintain the same angle at the sides because you will just reblend the side seam to smooth out the extra length.
I love the Gloria peplum myself and I have several in my own wardrobe. This pattern is well drafted and comes together easily. It is very straight forward! Actually, I think it took longer to cut the pattern and fabric than to make the top! I certainly call that a win! Momma Mia is wearing the FBA bodice with peplum skirt. Her sleeves are elbow length, and this is the high scoop neck. Like so many other patterns from 5oo4, this pattern has several options. Here is the list.
Regular Bodice and 1″ FBA Bodice pieces.
Peplum, Short or Long Skater Skirt Lengths
Peplum, Short or Long Hi Lo Skirt Lengths (with instructions on how to combine for a more dramatic Hi Lo effect)
Traditional Sleeve with 5 Lengths: Sleeveless, Short, Elbow, 3/4 and Long
Split Sleeve with 4 Lengths: Short, Elbow, 3/4 and Long
2 Neckline Options: High or Low Scoop
Full Bust Adjustment Tutorial section
Instructions on making the Gloria skirts without the bodice or adding a Circle Skirt to the Gloria bodice
Since the Gloria top is such a quick sew, Momma Mia needed a pair of pants! She gets an entire outfit this time. I made her the Diane joggers in a red scuba fabric. Everyone needs bold red statement pants, rights? The Diane Joggers were one of the first pants I ever sewed for myself so I was pretty familiar with the construction and knew these pants would be a good choice for the fabric. We wanted the straight hemmed legs as it would be the dressier option to look nice with the Gloria peplum. I also used the encased elastic waistband.
Here are all the options for the Diane joggers.
3 rise heights (low/maternity, mid, and high)
Shorts, Capri, and Long cut lengths
4 leg finishes – cuffed, hemmed, drawstring, or elastic
Information for both hemming and using bands (hello no hemming!)
Ummm Pockets are essential, correct? This pattern has patch pockets which I love! I used my regular sewing machine and a zig zag stitch to sew them in place. As you can see, I use zig zag stitching for all my finishes. Also thrilled to FINALLY have my sewing machine sewing correctly!!
Momma Mia picked both of these fabrics up at Zinck’s in Berlin Ohio. The print is Liverpool and the red solid is Scuba. For her top I sewed an XL graded to a 2X and her pants are a Small Back/ Medium Front waist graded to a small in the legs. We have found this really gives her the best fit! If you love these patterns, considering picking them up through my afflinks. This costs nothing for you to use, but I receive a small commission from the designer for sharing my love of their product.
The Whistler Pattern is the coolest kid on the block and now I have two! First off, this isn’t a new pattern, but it is now available in the full size range offered from Love Notions. This pattern is XXS through 5X and includes a FBA. I have been admiring this one from on far, just waiting for it to come in the new size range! This pattern is intended for stable knits. This means heavier knits like Sweatshirt knits, Ponte, and Liverpool are perfect!! The Whistler was just re-released and you need it! I love that this pattern has the option to either use a hood or have a shawl style detail at the neckline! I absolutely love that the pockets are placed vertically in the front of the bodice instead of the sides. I think this will be really nice when I am outside hiking because nothing will fall out of my pockets. (Spoiler Alert- IT IS PERFECT! I have now tried it out! Nothing falls out.)
First let’s talk about the design. This is a pull over style in the top, tunic or dress lengths. I love the versatility. I made 2 tunic lengths as I knew I would be wearing this when I am geocaching and hiking. I have now tried it out on two adventures and it is perfection! You can elect to make the pattern with a hood or the beautiful shawl option. Both designs have a button accent. You can make this functional or not. Mine is just sewn on, why make a buttonhole when you don’t need to? Dig deep into your button stash because you only need 1 large or 2 medium buttons for this look!
I made a new pair of Sabrina Slims in solid black ponte to wear with my new Whistlers. This time I made the seamed trousers since I didn’t have a pair of them yet. These pants are comfy as heck and I love them with boots and my pull over! Such an easy outfit. I have made several pair of Sabrina Slims at this point. You can check them out here.
The interested pocket design is really neat from the drafting process. There is an included video on how to put it together and makes it look so simple! I love the videos that show how to assemble potentially confusing steps! The link is in the pattern and you can just click to be taken right to it!
I am kicking off a new series on my Youtube channel today. My goal for 2021 is to upcycle more and to use more scraps! This month I am refashioning a pair of Lola Bottoms from 5 out of 4. While these pants were exactly as expected, turns out that they really just weren’t my style. I tripped over the wide legs because I am not cool enough to walk in them! So time to drag them out of the closet and give them a make over!
The Original Pant – Lola
I am slimming these pants wayyyy down and making them into Candy pants! I have made several pair of the 5oo4 Candy Pants at this point. They are really comfy and I want them in all the prints! As an added bonus I can walk in them!
These pant patterns are both included in the 30% off sale at 5oo4. This sale is RARE so take advantage!!! Afflinks below
Jessie Dress – Momma Mia’s Favorite Dress pattern. Sigh. How many Jessie’s do we have… Let’s take a look!
I actually think Momma Mia has a few others 🙂
AND NOW — TWO MORE
Momma Mia got two new Jessie Dresses for Christmas. Both of these fabrics are double brushed poly from Zinck’s in Berlin that she had previously picked out. Since it is clearly winter, I knew we were going with longer lengths. Long Dress- Long sleeves. For fun I used different back bodice cut lines. The blue dress features a high neckline and the green is the low line with the racerback cutout. On the green dress, I finished all of the edges with picot elastic for some pretty detailing.
If you aren’t sure how to sew picot, I have done it in a few of my Youtube videos.
You may notice this green version is longer than the longest length of the pattern skirt, I did a small hack of coarse! I added a 6 inch ruffle to the bottom length. It was easy to do! Cut 2 strip of fabric the entire width of the fabric by 6 inches (or however long you want your ruffle.) I gathered both pieces separately and then sewed the short sides together. Pull the basting threads to make the ruffle the same length as the bottom of your dress. Next just quarter the ruffle, quarter the skirt and match up the points. Sew and you are all set! I did a rolled hem on the bottom of the ruffle to finish the edge. Folded hems would be ok, but would likely change the lovely drape of the ruffle.
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!
This pattern plus the rest of the 5oo4 line up is on sale for 30% off. The only exclusion in the new Valerie/Val patterns that came out yesterday. Did you catch my blog post?
Colorblocking makes me so dang happy! I love it because I love playing the mix and match game when it comes to my clothing. I toned it down for this top though and even used a solid…not my style at all!
I sewed the banded hem, short hemmed sleeves, and a regular neckband. I am sewing for spring….we are not close yet, but I am hoping for an easy winter. Here are all the options.
2 Bodice Options: Regular or Full Bust (FBA) Optional Pockets Banded Hem 2 Sleeve Lengths: Short, Long 3 Sleeve Finishes: Hemmed, Cuffed, or Thumbhole Cuffs 4 Neckline Finishes: Neckband, Scuba Hood, Funnel Neck, Ruched Funnel Neck
I sewed up two of basically the exact same top during testing. The first one needed a little extra length for my body, so Momma Mia got one for herself! Twinning is winning right? Hers is a bit oversized for her body as she is a few sizes smaller than I am.
I paired my Valeria top with my favorite pair of Diane Joggers. You can click the link to view my blog post! This is such a perfectly comfy set now! I highly suggest it! Oh btw The Diane Joggers are currently 30% off, but only for a few day.
The Valerie Top is on new release sale and you won’t want to miss out. It won’t be on sale again for a good while. Don’t worry about your other half and kiddos, they have patterns as well. Don’t forget to bundle and sale!
Remember when I mentioned the 30% off Diane Joggers?? What I meant to say was the entire 5 out of 4 site is 30% off!! Yep! HUGE DEALS are happening for their 6th anniversary!
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