5oo4 turns 5 and you get to save some $$!

Congrats on 5 years in the PDF pattern world 5oo4!!! Wallets get ready, they have a sale!

30% off of everything!!! 

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

Here is a link for you to save!

Love Notions – Forte Top

I made the Forte Tunic back in late November when I was down with the cooties. I finally have taken photos of it and am able to share. What I didn’t know was that Love Notions was putting their entire website on sale for the new year. So before we get much farther, this awesome pattern is on sale for 30% off which makes it only $7.00!

Forte 4xfba-5x (4)
I swear this sunset is real, even though it looks too perfectly blended and beautiful.

I sewed up View A. The gathered skirt peplum style is always a favorite of mine as I like to conceal my stomach. I did add 2 inches to the length of the bodice because I prefer a little extra coverage. I also wish I would have add an extra inch to the flounce. I used the 4x with the included FBA and graded out to the 5x.  I picked the short sleeve option with the flounce. This is the scoop neck version. I love it! I love that Love Notions has recently expanded to 5x on their size chart and now I am included!!!

Forte 4xfba-5x (5)

In other exciting news, I was recently invited to become a part of the Love Notions team as a Brand Ambassador. It always feels super amazing to be recognized in a community with literally THOUSANDS of other great options! You will see a whole lotta LN in the upcoming year because I really do like their style!

Forte 4xfba-5x (1)

This pattern is rated for confident beginners. I love that the Love Notions team is great at explaining the options and how to sew your best garment! Here is all that is included with just this one pattern!!

  • Four top views:
    • A- gathered skirt peplum style with scoop neck
    • B- waterfall skirt with v-neck
    • C- classic tee with scoop neck
    • D- gathered inverted with v-neck
  • Two dress views: B & D
  • Six sleeve options to mix and match:
    • short with flounce
    • bell
    • gathered
    • plain short
    • plain mid-length
    • plain long
  • A full bust piece is also included for ladies with a 4-6″ high bust to full bust difference– no need to do a FBA! The Forte is fitted at the bust with plenty of ease in the waist and hips.

Forte 4xfba-5x (2)

So if you love the Forte top as much as I do, please use my affiliate link to take advanatge of this huge 30% off sale! This is my link.

Forte 4xfba-5x (3)

Mambo No. 5 Out of 4 Style

Unless you spent the year 1999 under a rock, you know Mambo #5! Lou Bega shared his love for all the ladies in the song and that is exactly what is happening on my blog this week! A little bit of Mambo love every single day!
So as an intro, I want you to know all of these skirts come loaded with options. All of them should be made with semi structured knit fabrics such as Liverpool, French Terry, or Ponte. I also have an insider tip… All these waistbands and pockets are interchangeable between the skirts! This is where I could make a joke about a Mambo threesome, foursome, or moresome, but Momma Mia reads my blog, so I won’t.

First off, I am showing you all the skirts at one time! These are the patterns I plan to share with you this week. Yes, All Of Them! As a bonus, I am sharing all the shirts also! 4 out of the 5 are brand new!

If that is all you need to see to know you NEED this pattern collection then here is the direction link to the pattern! FYI Momma Mia’s skirt is already a dress pattern on the 5oo4 site, but it rounds out the NO. 5! All of the options work with it!

The Entire Collection is at this link!

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A little bit of Erica is what I see

Tina is the half circle skirt in the collection! First I need to question why have I never worn a skirt like this before? Ummm hello! Dare I say this is pretty cute?! It totally hides my stomach and the suspenders are pretty fun!
I choose the wide waistband option with suspenders and height adjusted the skirt by 2 inches as I am only 5’1. This is the mini length and it is suppose to be at or near knee length. If you prefer a shorter mini, just adjust at the height adjustment line. I always say the best part about sewing, it making items to you exact likes and dislikes! Maybe short skirts and tall boots are about to be my thing!
5oo4 Erica 5x (4)
I want to tell you how easy this skirt was to sew up. I made it from printing to hemming in only a 2 1/2 ish hours. I love sewing with Ponte fabric! I picked up this print recently from Sew Blessed Fabrics. It has a nice weight to it which means my sewing machine doesn’t try to eat it when hemming. It serges neatly as well. My biggest issue was top stitching my suspender straps. For some reason, my tension was a little wonky and caused one to get very wavy. I pressed it the best I could then figured when worn it would pull flat anyhow. I am honestly not one of those perfectionist sewists. I go with the flow. If something looks bad, I will fix it. Otherwise, wear it and love it! If i didn’t tell you, you wouldn’t have known one of my straps was a little wavy. I tell you so that when you are sewing, you will check your tension and make sure yours is laying flat!
5oo4 Erica 5x (5)
This awesome red and black plaid is a ponte knit. It screams with 90’s grunge rocker vibes at me and originally I planned to make some pants. When this pattern test popped up, I knew I was about to channel my inner Avril Lavigne and wear a shortie plaid skirt with suspenders! Yep, I went there. I have no idea where I plan to wear this outfit, but even it it goes to the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon; it will be worn!
5oo4 Erica 5x (3)

The Women’s Erica Half Circle Skirt pattern includes the following:

  • Three Hem Lengths: Mini, Knee and Midi
  • Options include Suspenders, Patch Pockets or Side Seam Pockets
  • Three Waistbands: Tall, Slim, Lace Up Front
  • Tutorial includes a link to an extensive Skirt Fitting Guide to get your best fit!
  • Women’s Sizes XXS-5XL (see the last image for yardage and size chart)
Plus don’t forget Mix and Match with the other Mambo pattern options!
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Surprise, no solid black top in my closet other than a RTW tank that I pull out in a pinch. It isn’t a poor fit, but I now know how to get great fit! So what’s a girl to do??? If you said use your black double brushed poly from your stash, you would be correct. I found this on my Stitchin’ Pretties shelf, so I must have forgotten about it. I hacked a black top to wear with the new Tina! So in my mind, I had great visions of a Camilla, but worn backwards with that amazing cowl swooping down between my shoulders. That isn’t what you see here. Things didn’t go exactly as I planned, but this knot back top is pretty cool also. So let me explain how I got to it!
5oo4 Erica 5x (7)
I used the Easy Tee bodice front and did a Full Bust Adjustment. Next I cut the front bodice from a Camilla top to give myself all that extra fabric for my cowl neck swoop. I graded the armsyces to match the Easy Tee so I could use those sleeves. I assembled the front of my Easy Tee bodice like the back of the Camilla should be assembled. blah blah blah As it turns out this doesn’t work out like I had hoped, but I learned a few things along the way. I plan to revisit this idea so stay tuned. Anyhow, I still needed a pretty awesome black top so I put this top on my mannequin and played around. I ended up cutting straight down the middle of the cowl and serging those edges. Then tied a cut knot! 🙂 Easy Peasy, right?
5oo4 Erica 5x (6)
Anyhow I am loving my first skirt from the Mambo collection, please let me know what you think in the comments! You can pick up your own copy of all these patterns while they are on sale by using my afflink!
Here is the link to only the Tina skirt! On sale for the release party!
Here is the link to all the skirts! On sale for the release party!
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5oo4 Erica 5x (1)

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Chapman Cardigan – An Update

The Ellie and Mac Chapman Cardigan just got an update! I have admired this pattern for well over a year, disappointed that it wasn’t in my size. When I saw the tester call pop up for the size increase, I signed up immediately. During the test, a few extra options were added including sleeveless, pockets, and an additional tunic length option. It was also updated to a trimless format with a more streamlined directions written! If you have previously purchased this pattern, don’t worry, you can download it for free!
EAM Chapman Cardigan 4x-5x (2)
The new size range now goes up to 6x (67 inch hip) as this is the new size range being offered by Ellie and Mac. I sewed a 4x bust with a 5x waist which is my usual size! I love that so many designers are working towards more inclusion!. Ellie and Mac has added 2-3 sizes to their pattern range in the time I have sewn for them, it is still nice to see. Aside from grading between sizes, the only change I made to this pattern was shortening the sleeve length by 1 inch. I could have removed another inch and still been ok on length. I worked hard to match up my stripes for this pattern so I am pointing it out for you to look at them. 🙂 In typical EAM fashion, this cardigan comes together fast and you will be wearing it within a few hours. Sometimes, I really just need something fast to get me going. I am confident I am not the only one who feels that way.
EAM Chapman Cardigan 4x-5x (3)
My fabric choice is a French Terry that I recently got from Sew Blessed Fabrics! I adore the colors in the rainbow striped print fabric! If you don’t know what French Terry is, let me try to explain. It is a super soft, comfy fabric which is perfect for sweaters, cardigans, and joggers. Think about comfy sweat pants. FT is easy to  identify because the “wrong side” of the fabric looks like loops of thread. Note: There is also a reversed French Terry where the loops are on the “right side.” I used a dark gray solid double brushed poly for the bottom and front bodice bands. I love the contrast of the gray with the rainbow stripes. Plus I didn’t have a single color that was a spot on match for my stripes in my cardigan.
EAM Chapman Cardigan 4x-5x (4)
 I have already worn my Chapman Cardigan out in the wild several times and have received several compliments. I bet you will also! This photos were taken while geocaching in Medina County, Ohio. It was such a perfect fall day. I wore my cardigan the entire day, even though I had only planned to wear it for pictures. On another side note, this should be my last blurry, dark, slightly out of focus photos as I have upgraded!! Prime example of what should have been a beautiful photo, but the camera ruined it below! I finally decided to get a Canon Rebel T1. The Dslr will be new to me and I am sure there is a huge learning curve, but I plan to fill a seat in a photography class next month! I can’t wait! I have really be dragging my feet on sewing and blogging because my photos continue to get worse and worse. I should now be able to take beautiful photos and better videos! Wish me luck!
EAM Chapman Cardigan 4x-5x (1)
Do you need a cozy cardigan for the cooler weather? Come check out the Chapman Cardigan while it is on sale for new release!

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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 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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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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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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Sheila Top

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

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

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

Also go check out 5 out of 4’s brand new website! It looks amazing, it is easy to navigate and now has a search feature!

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