George and Ginger – Batwing Tunic

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na Batwing! For those keeping track that is the second time I have began a post here by saying that. I hope that is now stuck in your head because it has been stuck in mine for a few days now.

Bat Wings!!

I think it’s time to kick off Fall sewing season! I love fall and I love layers. I have written about that so many times here on the blog. Plus, this fall I am planning a geocaching road trip so that warrants a new wardrobe right? Even though it is still August and nearly 100* F outside, I am already wearing long sleeves to work so I don’t freeze to death!

This is the George and Ginger Batwing tunic. While this tunic is pretty awesome on its own, it also has a cardigan included in the pattern. It is like a 2 for 1 deal! This time, I only sewed the straight hem tunic version, but that cardigan is coming up soon so stay tuned! You could also make the included hi lo hem option! I really love pattern options!!

I have to admit, I have only sewn a few Batwing tops, but I feel like this one is my favorite. I really love that it has an overly slouchy fit and I already want another one. As I was figuring out which pattern I planned to use for this fabric, I knew I wanted something I could wear with jeans or dress pants, a skirt or even over a dress to mix up the look a little bit! I have been mentally thinking of garments which will be more versatile in my wardrobe. I have a lot of single purpose garments that don’t mix and match well with what I already have and I need to fix that. Which patterns are your favorites? LMK.

I used this midweight Black French Terry from Stitchin’ Pretties. It is fantastic, Friends! I love the weight and feel of it. I kinda need it in all the colors. I had a two yard cut of this and even though the Batwing Tunic directions said I would need 2.5 yards, it worked with my 2 yard cut! Success!!! In case you have been out of the loop for a long long time, SP still has their buy 2 continuous yards and get a surprise yard of fabric free! BONUS!

I made a few minor tweaks to my pattern. I am at the tippy top of George and Ginger’s “Old School” size chart so I added a little additional width across the belly and hip area. I didn’t want it to be fitted here since that was not the intended fit. For my next one, I will also add about .5 inch additional width around the cuff so it is slightly less snug on my forearms. The best part of sewing my own clothing is that I can made these adjustments and then the fit is spot on!

When I first became a tester at George and Ginger, I know I was going to have to expand my closet colors and prints because I am a floral girl at all times, so here we go…black. LOL I think the Batwing pairs perfectly with my Snakeskin pants! I made the pants too and they were actually the first episode of Refashion your Closet on my Youtube channel. You can watch as I make them here. (Please go show me some love, Friends!) That was a really fun make and I love the concept of the series. My plans for that series has been derailed by medical issues, but stay tuned! It is back in September!

With Spooky Season approaching now (It is Septemeber 1st, after all) is the time to get your fall sewing underway. I do suggest the George and Ginger Batwing pattern for you! Are you interested in a video on assembling this top or cardigan? I think that could be fun plus some plus size styling tips all in one video. Let me know as always. You can pick up the pattern here using my affiliate link. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Batwing Tunic and Cardigan

5oo4 – Maria Tank and Dress

Hi Friends! Another last minute post about a great pattern! This is the Maria Tank for 5oo4. Such a fun Cross Over Tank top pattern. I have several tank tops I love, but this twisty style is something new and interesting! This is the perfect summer top and it is easy to dress up or down. I paired my new tank with comfy black capris and heels and was all about beating the summer heat.

The Maria Tank and Dress includes:

  • Sizing is based on our women’s size chart from XXS-5XL
  • Knit fabric with at least 25% horizontal stretch
  • Regular or FBA (full bust adjustment) front bodice.
  • High or Low Scoop necklines
  • Top, tunic, dress or maxi lengths
  • Unique gathered twist cross back

I am wearing the low scoop neck in tunic length. I decided to use bands instead of binding on this version. I actually am not awesome at sewing bindings so anytime I have the option of bands, I am on it. My bands are made from brushed poly so I took about 2 inches off the total length of them to account for the stretch. Don’t worry, there is a formula in the directions walking you through this personal adjustment. Just Do It! It will make such a huge difference in the total look of your cross back!

This adorable panda print has been hanging out in my stash for at least a year. I picked it up at Stitchin’ Pretties. It is so soft, cool to the touch and smooth textured. Don’t forget about their buy two yards, get one free deal! Load your cart up!! Maria is designed for light weight knit fabrics with at least 25% horizontal stretch.

Tonight is your last chance to take advantage of the Maria release sale pricing! It is currently on sale for $9.60.

Maria Top and Dress

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5oo4 Adventure Skort- An Update

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.

The Adventure Skort is on sale currently for $9.60 for its Update Salebration! I thank you for using my affiliate link to shop. This costs nothing for you to use, but helps me to receive a small commission from the designer.

Patterns I have mentioned above that I have blogged about A LOT!

Virginia Tank Pattern

All my Love for the Easy Tee

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5oo4 Outfit – Gloria & Diane

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!)
  • 6 waistband options – Encased elastic, drawstring, Knit, Yoga Foldover, Contour, Maternity (underbelly)

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.

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Refashion Your Closet – Jan. 2021

Hi Sewing Friends!

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

Lola Pants Link

Candy Pants Link

Here is the Video Link – Refashion My Closet Jan. 21

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The Results- Candy Pants

5oo4 – Jessie Dress and SALE

Yep, I am making Momma Mia stand outside in the snow to take dress pics! Covid- I hate you!

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.

Sewing picot on a skirt.

Sewing picot on panties.

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.

OPTIONS INCLUDE:

  • 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?

If you want to shop the sale, here is my afflink which I think you for clicking.

5oo4 Head to Toe

This outfit began because Laura at Stitchin’ Pretties shared a flat photo of this gorgeous rib knit and then tempted me by saying the plaid DBP is the free coordinate if you buy two yards of the rib knit. I swooped in on that deal.

I knew I wanted a tunic length sweater and comfy pants so I set my sights on the Annabeth and the Candy pants. I have made both of these patterns multiple times and knew they were quick sews, are comfortable to wear and look great.

  • 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

Tess is the name of the mustard rib knit. The texture is lovely as it has both smaller and wider ribs. I actually like this more than the solid narrow ribs as it adds interest. I appreciate that it is more gold than bold. The weight and texture of this fabric really is perfect. It sewed up so easily and really looks lovely. I am planning to spend a lot of time in this one during winter!

I was sure to get an extra yard of the plaid because I needed pants! Has anyone else noticed how many great plaids I have sewn from Stitchin’ Pretties? Let me remind you really quick!

OK Back to my new Candy Pants! This is the yoga style pants in the pattern with an encased elastic band. I shortened the overall length by 2 inches and will most likely hem this one more inch. I removed length from the thigh as well and the calf area. I even made a fair effort line up my plaid prints to avoid the dreaded “Ready to Wear” look. Since I have been sewing I can’t stand to have my plaids and stripes super off alignment.

  • 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

I even used my scraps to make a matching pair of RAD lucky undies! Did you check out my video on how to make them? Just click on the photo below to check it out!!

Fabric Links –

Tess Rib Knit

Brystol Plaid Print

Afflinks for Patterns

Annabeth Tunic

Candy Pants

Sydney Dress Surprise!

So the Sydney dress isn’t really a surprise, but this is the first time I have made one for myself!! Momma Mia has a dress or two from this pattern. There is also another one floating around my house – it is in pieces though, if I am truly honest with you. Anyhow, this time I was self sewing and I am thrilled that I did. Let’s just check out the end result.

Well, Hello There my friend!

So the first thing I want to say about this dress is that is it literally jam packed with options. I feel like 5oo4 is second to none in loading their patterns with options. I sewed the 4x FBA graded to the 5x with 3/4 sleeves. I did a 1.5 inch bicep adjustment. I used the knee length half circle skirt pattern shorted by 2 inches. I only removed length from the skirt and not the bodice. I find that even though I am shorter than the pattern is drafted for my side waist is the correct length. Apparently, I just have shorter than average legs. I should have shortened the dress a bit more for true knee length, but I am ok with this length. I, of course, added pockets to my skirt. When given a choice, always add the pockets. This pattern is drafted to have a lined bodice, but I get too hot for that so I used some pretty picot elastic to trim out my scoop neckline. Just measure your neckline opening, multiple that by 87% and that is your length to cut the elastic. I ordered said Picot from LaceandTrims on Etsy. I ordered 2 grab bags of pretty elastics. So many great colors and all were exceptional quality and usable lengths. My order even arrived 2 days before the tracking said it would so I was super thrilled. 5/5 stars – highly recommend.

Oh Picot, you look so pretty!

Speaking of options, here is the list from the website.

  • Regular and Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) pattern pieces are both included
  • Lift Up nursing option included
  • Multiple neckline options!
    • The front neckline can be Jewel, Scoop, or V-neck.
    • The back neckline can be High, Low scoop, or V-neck.
  • Fully Lined Bodice
  • Short, Elbow, Three-quarter, and Long sleeves
  • Multiple Skirt Options!
    • Half Circle – Peplum, Knee, Tea, and Maxi Lengths
    • Full Circle – Peplum and Knee Lengths
  • Sizes XXS-5XL

I am completely in love with this print. I gushed about it when I did an unboxing video on my business Facebook page. This is a beautiful print on Double Brushed Poly. It reminds me of an apron smock that my granny wore washing dishes. I don’t know why since they aren’t the same, but it makes me think of that. Lindy is from Stitchin’ Pretties and not only is it a beautiful fabric, but the Buy 2 yards, Get One Free sale is still on! PS – Laura, I need this is more colorways!

I bought this denim jacket RTW at Target. I can’t believe it actually fits and even buttons!

In case you didn’t know, this dress along with everything on the 5oo4 website is Buy one, Get one free!!! I picked up a few patterns I needed in my collection. What will you be grabbing? The sale ends in 2 days!! Don’t wait any longer! Afflink below!

All the Links for all the things

The Sydney Pattern

The Lindy Fabric

The Picot Elastic

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Nancy Raglan – Again!

This is one of Momma Mia’s favorite patterns. This pattern is the Nancy Raglan and it has loads of options! She has several already, I have a couple and now I am adding two more to her closet.

Today I am sharing a dress and another tunic with you. She is super excited about these as she “needed” some more pretty things in the closet.

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (9)

Let’s start with the dress. I used double brushed poly for this one and these colors are so her. She wanted longer sleeves and a longer length. She frequently tells me how often she wears her dresses and I am 100% certain she is dropping hints for more. I am just glad she likes them. I ordered this fabric from fabric.com before Mother’s Day. I am not sure where the brown is from, it was just in my stash and a perfect match.

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (10)

I sewed up a 1x graded to a 2x and then back to a 1x. I used 3/4 sleeves and the crew neck option. I think she is going to get a ton of wear out of this dress!

Because she is a little spoiled, I also made her a new tunic. This time I made the split side hem, long sleeves, and a crew neck. She needs to be covered up from the sun so this one is perfect for that!

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (6)

This fabric is cotton lycra from Stitchin’ Pretties.  The reason I love CL is that it doesn’t make me feel hot. I wear it year round and it is just comfortable. I love it.

You can totally find this print in the clearance tab! CL for $5.99 a yard is a steal, just saying! 

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (8)

Hope you have enjoyed my most recent 5oo4 Nancy Raglans!This tops really are quick to make, perfect for using up scraps and mixing prints!

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Taylor Tank Tunic

I am finally starting my summer wardrobe and knew I wanted to add a few new pieces to the line up. I sewed up the 5oo4 Taylor tank. The Taylor features a wide racer back and can be made with your choice of a flat or gathered back bodice. I choose to do the gathered option because why not? 🙂 It didn’t take much longer. It is only running a gathering stitch a few inches and it adds a cute little detail.

5oo4 Taylor (3)

I sewed up a straight 5x since this pattern doesn’t include the usual FBA that 5oo4 has. I should have just done it myself as it is a little larger in the arms and back than I need. It is still a super cute tunic that I will wear all summer long. I appreciate that the racer back is wider than most, but still doesn’t cover my regular bra straps. Also worth noting, this pattern doesn’t have a back bodice seam, but due to using a fabric scrap I had to add one to make it work. 🙂

5oo4 Taylor (2)

The Taylor Racerback pattern includes the following options:

  • 4 bodice styles: Tank, Tunic, A-line Dress, and Swing Dress
  • Maternity option with ruched sides
  • Traditional Racerback
  • Gathered Racerback
  • Optional pockets for the swing dress bodice

5oo4 Taylor (4)

This one will be easy to dress up or down depending on your accessories and fabric choices. Wear it to the park, pair it over a swim suit, or lounge around in the back yard. This is a super versatile top!

If you are looking for a new Racer back top or dress, you can check this one out here.

5oo4 Taylor (1)

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