Gloria is Glorious!

I *think* I have sewn 7 Gloria tops! One of my favorite ones is missing from the college below. I can’t locate a picture of it. 😦 This is one of my most loved patterns. I love that it is loaded with options on its own, but it is super hackable!

Today I am sharing a new hack and it is for Momma Mia! You will notice she isn’t in lock down and was able to be in the pictures. I took this photos a few weeks ago before house arrest! So let’s talk about what I did…

Gloria Hack (1)

First off, this isn’t your typical Gloria bodice. I added 3 inches to the length of the bodice as Momma Mia requested it to attach to the skirt closer to her hips. That was easy to do by just lengthening the bodice. For the skirt, I used the long hi lo skirt option. I love that the hi lo shows off her stylish boots while still swaying as the wind blows. She wanted long sleeves and the higher neck line. I was able to make her dress exactly how she wanted it and she was so pleased with it.

Gloria Hack (2)

My fabric is a Liverpool base and these flowers are so pretty. I picked it up at Zinck’s Fabric Warehouse just before Christmas. What you can’t see from these pictures is when I got the fabric home, there was a large section of fabric that the ink had been smeared/discolored so I had to do some fancy cutting. I ended up having to put a seam down the back of the skirt in order to get this skirt length. It all worked out in the end, though it was super annoying at the time.

Gloria Hack (5)

Options Include:

  • 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

If you would like to make a Gloria yourself here is my Aff. Link for your shopping pleasure.

Gloria Hack (4)
Hacked!

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5oo4 Calypso – Hacked

A few weeks ago, I made Momma Mia a beautiful green Calypso dress and I was a little jealous and wanted my own. I have a lot of dresses in my closet so I knew this time I wanted a tunic. The Calypso actually comes as a top or a dress which means I was going to have to make a few adjustments to get exactly what I wanted.
Calypso Hack 5oo4 (3)
I printed my pattern as usual. I used the 4x FBA for the shoulders and bust then graded out to the 5x. Since I wasn’t going for the dress version I planned to not use the bottom layer. In order for my top to be a tunic, I need to lengthen the second ruffled layer. I split the pattern piece in half near the middle. I added paper to the opening  and expanded the pattern by 10 inches. This will give me an appropriate tunic length. I regraded the sides so they were even. Now it is business as usual. Cut the fabric, change serger threads and get to work.
Calypso Hack 5oo4 (4)
My fabric is from Stitchin’ Pretties and it is a pretty Navy background with a mix of golds, tans, creams and white floral print. The base is double brushed poly. This fabric is called Hailey and it is currently in stock so you can order yourself some! I knew I wanted to wear this top with dark skinny jeans and felt this fabric was a perfect accompaniment.  Also it sewed up sooo nicely!
Calypso Hack 5oo4 (1)
I mentioned on Momma Mia’s Calypso, I was making a video of how I quickly gathered all the layers of this tunic/dress. As promised, here it is! Be sure to give it a like and hit subscribe to keep up to date on all my videos.
So I am sure you already know that 5 out of 4 has tons of options with all their patterns. So here is the list of included awesomeness with the Calypso. I used the 3/4 length sleeves with the key hole cut out.
  • Short, 3/4, or long sleeves with a cute bow detail.
  • Top or Knee-length skirt length for the dress
  • Sizes XXS – 5X (see the last image for yardage and size chart)

Calypso Hack 5oo4 (2)

If you like my version or you like the original, here is the pattern link for you.
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Jessica @ 5oo4 has a Birthday and saving you some cash!

Half Price SALE!!! 

50% off of everything!!! 

except the Candy Pants

Here is a little collage of some of my 5oo4 makes in the last year.

5oo4 is without a doubt my most used patterns! You will not be disappointed!

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Candy Pants

Psst I am sharing pants again…Candy Pants!!! I told you, I am on a mission for the perfect fit. These pants are pretty much awesome sauce out of the gate! For both pairs I made, I used the yoga pants pattern which is a little wider in the leg than the leggings options. Oh wait! Did I say options?!?! How about we switch things up here and start with all the options. We know 5oo4 always loads up on the options!
Women's Candy Pants 5oo4 4x (1)
The Candy Yoga Pants and Leggings is a PDF sewing pattern that includes:
  • Women’s sizes XXS – 5XL
  • Yoga Pants or Leggings
  • Solid or Colorblocked versions for both yoga pants and leggings
  • Optional side pockets (to be used with the colorblocked version)
  • 7 Lengths: 2″, 5″ and 7″ shorts, pedal pusher, capri, ankle and long
  • 4 rises: High, Mid, Low and Extra Low/Maternity
  • Regular waistband options include exposed elastic, regular knit, foldover yoga band and contour
  • Maternity waistband options include full overbelly panel, contour, regular knit and foldover yoga band
  • Full, half or no gusset options
  • Check out this YouTube video of all of our testers’ versions!
For my fit test pants, I made the 4x waist with the legs graded down to the 3x. I found the legs a little snug for a yoga pant. I think in testing I told Rachelle that “they gets stuck on my legs.” LOL meaning the were a little clingy at my knee and calf. You can see in the side by side photos that the black with rust floral print is a bit weird at my knee and calf compared to the navy with colorful floral print. Ahh improving my pants fitting game. This is why we do a muslin, so we know what works, what needs improved, and how to best good our good fabric.
I chose to use the full gusset for both pair of pants. A gusset in pants is added for a little extra room in the crotch. Usually a full gusset is used in athletic pants so there is a little more room for doing squats and stuff. 🙂 I just don’t like tight fitting anything! This pattern can be made with a full, without the gusset or with a half gusset. The first time I botched a gusset was another 5oo4 pattern. The Rip Tide Shorts. They worked out fine, but after watching the video in the pattern, I did it right the first time!
Women's Candy Pants 5oo4 4x (8)
These pants turned out super comfy and I will need to add a bunch of them to my closet as well as some shorts for wearing under all my dresses. By the way, did I tell you how quickly these came together. No outside leg seam makes them super speedy and one less annoyance for folks with sensory issues.
Women's Candy Pants 5oo4 4x (3)
I *Think* the black with rust flower print is from Sew Blessed and the Navy with colorful ones is from Ksews. Both companies have loads of great deals, quick shipments and are lovely with customer service.
You can pick up the Candy pants here.
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5oo4 – Calypso Dress for Momma Mia

Calypso may be a sea goddess in the Pirates of the Caribbean, but it is also turns out to be a pretty fantastic pattern from 5 out of 4. I didn’t test this one, I was taking some time off of my crazy testing schedule when it came out and initially it wasn’t a pattern “I had to have!” Honestly, I HATE gathering. HATE HATE HATE it! My machine doesn’t like sewing single layers of double brushed poly or any lightweight knits actually. It can be so frustrating. So I knew this dress would stress me the heck out!! Only it didn’t! Guess who mastered gathering with her serger…This Girl! Psst: I have a video coming for you.
5oo4 Calypso xl-3x-l (2)
So let’s get to talking about Calypso.
This pattern actually has a lot of pieces. Each front piece also has a back piece, plus the sleeves, sleeve binding, sleeve ties and the neckband. Even with all those piece it was worth it. This is a great pattern and Momma Mia is beyond happy with it. She tried it on and didn’t take if off the entire time I was at her house. So back to all those bodice pieces, I am rather glad they did this. The first reason is that it breaks the length that needs gathered in half. When was the last time you needed to gather a 60 inch piece of fabric?? Trust me, it would be rubbish! Impossible to make even, you’d break gathering threads, you’d cry out of frustration, maybe end up in a fetal position. It could get ugly.  I also felt that the staggered layers made it fairly easy to grade between sections of the body. Either way, I like it!
5oo4 Calypso xl-3x-l (4)
In addition to the girly silhouette of the dress, there are these epic sleeves. How pretty are the bound edges and the ties? Better than your basic sleeve, not a ton of extra work. I will be slapping these babies on some other garments! They are also giving me some hacking ideas…heck yea! I think I will make the ties slightly longer next time, as I have trouble tying neat little bows. I did knot the ends because my stitching wasn’t perfection on the tails.
5oo4 Calypso xl-3x-l (1)

The Women’s Calypso Top and Dress pattern includes the following:

  • Short, 3/4, or long sleeves with a cute bow detail.
  • Top or Knee-length skirt length for the dress
  • Sizes XXS – 5X (see the last image for yardage and size chart)
  • Check out this awesome YouTube video of our testers’ creations!
This fabric nearly caused a knock down, drag out brawl (internet version BTW) when Laura offered it up to the promo team. Nanner! Nanner! Nanner, I got it first! I knew Momma Mia would love it and I wanted her to have a new dress. She loves the color green. The pretty pops of colors of the flowers was a bonus. This print is called Trixie! Stitchinpretties has this beautiful double brushed poly fabric and it is on sale 25% off (Code is in the Facebook group) right now! Run, Don’t walk and get it into your cart. Laura will get it shipped out to you in no time flat! I live in Ohio, Stitchinpretties is way up there in Maine and my fabric arrives in 2-3 days! That is service and that is why I support small businesses!
5oo4 Calypso xl-3x-l (3)
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5 out of 4 – Pamela

The latest pattern from 5oo4 is making me swoon. I sewed this one up thinking 100% of Valentine’s Day. Not only does it include this pretty sweetheart neckline, but there are also pleated and bell sleeves! I am feeling super girlie in this top. Too bad it was like 20 degrees and snow flurries kept popping up while taking pics! I may retake them on a sunshiny day to better reflect how I am feeling about this top.
5oo4 Pamela 4x tunic with 3.4 pleated sleeves (6)

The Pamela Top, Tunic, and Dress pattern includes the following:

  • 3 Bodice Options: regular, FBA, and maternity
  • 4 Bodice Lengths: crop, top, tunic and dress (short and long)
  • 2 Sleeve Options: pleat or bell/bishop
  • 4 Sleeve Lengths: sleeveless, short, 3/4 or long
  • 3 Neckline Options: scoop, square or sweetheart
  • Sizes XXS – 5X (see the last images for yardage and size chart)
5oo4 Pamela 4x tunic with 3.4 pleated sleeves (1)
I ordered this fabric from Sew Blessed. It is brushed poly and such a pretty shade of pink. I adore the colorful poppies. I adore all poppies. Poppies remind me of my granny. She shared her poppy seeds with me when I moved into my first place as an adult. I planted the poppies around my porch. I lived there for years enjoying the beautiful poppies. My granny passed and a year later, I bought her house. The backyard, just under the windows, is a bed of poppies…my granny’s poppies. I enjoy them every spring.
5oo4 Pamela 4x tunic with 3.4 pleated sleeves (4)
I made the 4x with the included FBA graded to a 5x. This is drafted as a slimmer fitting pattern, but I didn’t find it clingy. I choose to make the 3/4 quarter length pleated sleeves. I immediately said a prayer when I opted to make the Sweetheart neckline. Actually, I cut it first because I knew I wasn’t willing to throw this fabric out and quit on the neckline. I can actually say sewing it wasn’t totally dreadful, but it took a bit of time. You should 100% baste the neckband in place first! My sewing machine eats DBP like it is the best snack ever… yes even with a new needle. I ended up sewing with tissue paper between my needle plate and fabric. It really did help! I had read about that technique before, but hadn’t tried it. So here is proof that it works!

5oo4 Pamela 4x tunic with 3.4 pleated sleeves (5)
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5oo4 Pamela 4x tunic with 3.4 pleated sleeves (3)

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38 Trips Around the Sun

Instead of being like a thousand other bloggers, I decided to write my New Years Blog Post for my Birthday! Yep, today I am 38. I am not usually one who gets crazy about turning a year older, except when I turned 25…”It was dark times Harry, Dark Times…” That was a rough one! When I think about the things I have done in the last year, I am pretty happy. I switched positions at my job, I bought my first brand new car, I realized it is ok to do fun things alone, upgraded to a new DSLR camera, took my first photography class and I even had time to sew some awesome clothes. I rediscovered my love for geocaching and hiking as well. Overall it was a good year, but I want to make this year even better.
I have spent several weeks/months really thinking of the direction I want to take my blog. I am just like every other blogger, I want to grow my audience and reach more people. I have noticed a lot of new faces following my social media accounts and for that, I am so grateful. It feels good to be noticed. I don’t know if the average person realizes how much work goes into being a sewing blogger. Pick a pattern, sew it up at least once (typically more), photos, photo edits, write blog posts, then share. 🙂 I do enjoy it though. I like knowing there is a record of my progress. I often look back at blog posts to remind myself of the changes I made to a garment and if I liked the fit or not. I love that other people will randomly find a blog post and leave me a message or pick up a pattern I haven’t mentioned in months. It makes me feel good knowing someone saw the joy in my blog. It also makes makes me feel good when I see kind comments from someone I don’t know.
Being a sewing blogger isn’t all sunshine and flowers though. Every single post is a risk. That seems a little odd, but it is true. Every post we make, every share we do, puts us up for being judged. Readers, I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t feel good to me. The comments people make shock me sometimes. For the dozens of good comments, there are always some bad ones. “Your shirt is too tight.” “You would look better with heels.” “You would look slimmer if…” “That color was a bold choice.” “Prints make you look bigger.” “Plus size can’t wear stripes.” and the list goes on…it is a long list. Note to crabby readers…your comments about me will never be harsher than my own thoughts. Why do people do this? Golden Rule, Folks. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. As a sewing blogger, I have gained some confidence though. Sometime,s I even dare to say my outfit looks cute or nice. Baby Steps.
So let’s talk about goals for the next 365 days.
*Do more quality sewing. I do a lot of quick sews, well in the past I did a lot. I have greatly reduced the number of tests I am doing. I want to sew things on my schedule for what I want to sew.
*Learn new things. Master my fit issues ehm… pants, bras, etc. Somethings scare me to sew…Bras…tried it once and quit! Pants are a work in progress. For me, I need to realize my body isn’t a normal feminine shape. Most patterns account for hips and booty and I lack in both. But I am making huge strides in preparing to sew my own jeans!!
*Write at least 5 blog posts for designers or for blog tours. Always on the look out for blog tours!! Tag me if you start one. I want in!
*Test less, Upcycle more. I have seen several mentions lately that plus size upcycling isn’t as popular as smaller sizes. I do agree with this in a way, but I have been upcycling for YEARS! When I began sewing, I started by thrifting for anything with great fabrics! I made some cool stuff, now I have more sewing skills I should be putting to use! As a bonus, we are saving a little space in the landfills!
*Continue to be a positive influence online. I shouldn’t need to explain this one.
*Learn to say No!
If I haven’t lost ya yet, thanks for sticking around! This is going to be an awesome year and I can’t wait to update this post on my next Birthday.  Don’t forget to give my blog a follow and leave me a comment! 🙂
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Ascent Pull Over – On Sale

The background of these photos are the exact reason this pull over is awesome! The snow means it is cold in Ohio! Not fun! Momma Mia really doesn’t like the cold or the snow, but she loves warm fuzzy clothes! I decided to make the Ascent pull over for her because I hadn’t made the pattern yet, it hasn’t been released in the larger size range, and I knew she would wear it.
5oo4 Ascent XL-3x-XL (4)
I picked out this super fun print while at Joanns. This is Blizzard Fleece and is frequently on sale. Fleece has a bit of stretch for comfort when wearing and turned out to be a perfect fabric for this jacket. The pattern absolutely said to use a thinner knit fabric for the zipper plackets and pockets… I didn’t….I should have. They were difficult to sew because of the thickness of the layers of fleece. Please follow directions…they are written for a reason. I decided to do the solid bodice instead of the color blocked version. Usually when I haven’t sewn a pattern before I go with the most simple version of the pattern. That way I have the least amount of time invested in the project in case it needs some adjustment.
5oo4 Ascent XL-3x-XL (3)
If I make this pattern again I will make a few changes. I will either raise the side pockets up another inch or lengthen the bodice by 2 inches. When the pockets are weighted down, they hang a little below the hem line. I am not sure if this was an error on my part or something else. I guess if I would have top stitched them in place, this wouldn’t have happened. Either way, I am able to remove some of the length from the pocket bag to make them smaller which in turns means they won’t show. Win-Win! The pattern includes a color block options with side panels on the bodice and the sleeves. I choose to add the optional side pockets because all jackets need pocket! Actually, all clothing needs pockets! PS. I used regular zips because I didn’t have invisible zippers on hand in a color that matched.
5oo4 Ascent XL-3x-XL (1)

Included in the pattern are:

  • -Sizes XS-XXXL
  • -Solid Pullover
  • -Optional contrast panels and sleeves
    -Two zipper lengths (9″ or 12″) – 9″ is traditional length, but the 12″ can give you a little bit more room!
    -Optional on-seam pockets with invisible zippers.
    -Breastfeeding option!!! Invisible zippers in the seams for the contrast panels make breastfeeding access quick and easy.

5oo4 Ascent XL-3x-XL (2)

If you like this pattern, you can pick it up while it is on sale for 30% off for 5 out of 4’s anniversary sale! Here is the pattern link for you. 

5oo4 Ascent XL-3x-XL (5)
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Annabeth – Momma Mia’s Turn

BIG NEWS!!! THIS PATTERN JUST WENT ON SALE FOR 30% OFF!!!

I am still catching up from being sickie… Here we go again!!

Annabeth XL-XXL (5)

I missed Momma Mia’s Birthday and Thanksgiving and work and life…

I was sickkkk. I missed all the fun, but I kept my cooties to myself. For a Birthday surprise, I sewed up a new top for Momma Mia. This is the Annabeth from 5oo4 patterns. She liked my original one so I thought she would enjoy a comfy shirt as well. I even got to dig into my scrap pile for this one! 

Annabeth XL-XXL (2)

Remember this gorgeous French Terry from my Constellation Hoodie? I sewed that project at Momma Mia’s and she mentioned she liked the fabric. Lucky for her, I had enough left overs to make her a shirt! I always feel Raglan tops, with their large wonky sleeves, lend themselves well to scraps because the bodice bodies and sleeves are often similar sized pieces. Typically, when I make a shirt that is cut on the fold, I end up with about a 15 inch offcut at the side and it goes into the scrap pile. Momma Mia needs about 15 inches to make her sleeves 🙂 So I used my left over FT for the bodice and leftover DBP for the sleeves, bands, and cuffs. Score! I used this same tan color recently on her Jessie Dress. I hope she liked the color. I think it’s pretty.

Annabeth XL-XXL (4)

I made the XL FBA bust to a 3x waist back to an XL hip. This way, she can layer it up, wear it over leggings or just lounge around the house and be comfy. She is similar to me in this way and comfort always wins! Momma Mia is wearing a tunic length, not shortened for her height. I banded the sleeves and the bottom shirt hem. She got long sleeves, no pocket. Even though this top looks color blocked, I didn’t use the color blocked pattern option which is actually different panels for the sides.
Here are all of the options for Annabeth.

Annabeth XL-XXL (3)
The Women’s Annabeth Top and Tunic Sweatshirt includes:

  • Raglan style sleeves
  • Solid or color-blocked options
  • Hidden front pocket or kangaroo pocket
  • Short or long sleeves that can be hemmed or finished with a band
  • Regular sweatshirt top length or tunic length with a lower hem in the back
  • Hem is finished with a band
  • Standard cuffs or a NEW thumbhole cuff option
  • Crewneck or cross over hood
  • Regular bodice or full bust adjustment (FBA) bodice
  • Sizes XXS – 5X (see the last image for yardage and size chart)
  • See the awesome video of all of our tester’s designs here!

The entire 5oo4 website is now 30% off!!! Time to shop, these deals are rare!

5oo4 – Hack Attack is Back!

So I made this dress a few weeks ago, but hadn’t gotten the chance to photograph it. I sewed this dress up because I was going out to dinner and wanted to look nice. I know I am not the only one who decides at the last minute “I have nothing to wear.” The struggle is real, folks! Finally, I have gotten some photos and now I am writing up a blog post to share with you all and tell you how I got my look! It is sorta a hack…Sorta. 

Gloria and Erica mash (4)

 

Do you know what pattern hacking is? Do you do it? Are you scared to try it? Pattern hacking can be a lot of different things. It can be as “basic” as using a pattern as a base for a new garment or as “extra” as mashing several patterns together to be your dream garment. Sometimes I love one part of a garment, but need something different for the rest of it. This is all pattern hacking and this year, I have done a lot of it. I think pattern hacking is the easiest way to fill your wardrobe with well fitting items without trying out tons of different patterns.  I use to be really scared of hacking mostly because sometimes I mess up and waste good fabric. It happens! Move on and try again. Luck was on my side with this hack though…or maybe I had an insider tip…

Gloria and Erica mash (1)

 

Psst: I had an insider tip. I knew that the Gloria top bodice was a perfect fit for the Erica Skirt! The Gloria peplum in its original form is my favorite top. I wear with with leggings and boots a lot, but it is also perfect with jeans and flip flops in the summer. I love that it is fitted through the bust and has a skirt attached with a seam just above the fuller part of my belly. I prefer this look on shirt as I don’t like anything that is tight on my stomach. I love that it comes with tons of options, but I also love that it is versatile with different fabrics. I have used Liverpool, Double Brushed Poly, Interlock Twist Yarn, and even a heavier Rayon Spandex fabric. 

So I printed only the FBA Front Bodice, the Back bodice, Sleeves and Neckband from the Gloria and then printed just the skirt portion of the Erica skirt from the Mambo collection. I chose the lower neckline of the front bodice and the long sleeves with cuffs. I actually wish I would have removed another half inch from these sleeves.  I used a short length for the skirt because I knew I was wearing my dress over leggings or skinny jeans.

 

 Gloria and Erica mash (5)

  This beautiful paisley print fabric is from Sly Fox Fabrics. I ordered it last year, I believe and I held on to it way to long. Sometimes I have a hard time actually cutting into fabric I love. I am certain I am not alone in this, but trust me, the fabric isn’t going to run out. Cut the Fabric! Make the Clothes! Wear the Fabric! This is a single brushed poly. 

Gloria and Erica mash (3)

 

Assembly:

Assemble bodice as usual. Follow the pattern directions if you aren’t sure how to make a basic top. Sew front and back bodices together at the shoulder seams. Sew sleeves in on the flat. Stitch along the sleeves and body of your top. Add neckbands and arm bands. 🙂 Bodice done! Now the Skirt.  Stitch up the skirt side seams. Place the bodice inside the skirt matching right sides together and clip along the bottom of bodice/top of skirt. Stitch together. At this point, I have serged my entire dress. Now you can top stitch around the neck band if you prefer. Hemming your bottom skirt with finish your look nicely!

TA-DA! Time to show off your new look!

Gloria and Erica mash (2)

If you would like to pick up the Gloria bodice for this hack or to use as it was intended… Here is your link. 

Here is the link to the Erica Skirt.

Here are the links to all the skirts that will fit onto the Gloria bodice. AKA the Entire Mambo Collections.

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