Don’t mind me, I am just over here celebrating another great Love Notions pattern being updated to more inclusive sizing. The Resolution bottoms come with several style options so you can have the proper comfy pants for all occasions. Sizing now includes thru 59.5 inch hip. Thank you Love Notions for working on being more inclusive!
I didn’t think I needed another knit pant pattern, but it turns out I was wrong. *GASP* I really love the fit of these. I made a mock up prior to cutting my Liverpool fabric. I needed to make a bit of a length adjustment which is not unusual for me. Otherwise, my pants are exactly as drafted. My inseam is 27 inches which means I always have to adjust the length of pants. This pattern includes 5 different fit options. So now your toughest choice will be which one to make first.
Bootcut yoga pants
Straight cut yoga pants
I started with making the straight leg yoga pant with the contoured waistband. Plus the large pockets because why wouldn’t you add pockets? I wanted some comfy black pants which looked dressy, but are super comfortable. I am a huge fan of secret pajamas and this is 100% on point! My fabric is a solid black Liverpool that I picked up at Hobby Lobby not too long ago. I lucked out and there was just over two yard of fabric on the bolt which is perfect for a pair of pants with large pockets.
As I am typing this up, I am washing fabric from my next pair. I have a glorious Brushed Jacquard print from Stitchin’ Pretties in the washer. I am about to sew up the coziest joggers ever and can’t wait to put them on. This will be my first time working with Jacquard and I can’t wait to tell you all about it and show them off.
Have you all seen the excitement over at Love Notions? The entire website (with the exception of the Arlington) is 40% off! This is a HUGE sale folks! This will be their last sitewide sale of the year and a rare sale at that! I hope you have a few minutes to go check out the site, but let me show you a few favorites.
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.
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!
Summer is winding down, but I still need all the dresses. Dresses will transition to fall if you add layers, correct? Yes! Tights, jacket, cardigan, long sleeve crop, boots… so many options my friends. It is currently too hot for layers, so you are going to have to trust me. I decided to sew up my first ever Lively dress and I am happy I did for several reasons.
I adore the gathering at the shoulder and yoke detailing.
I love a flirty twirly skirt.
Stripes and Floral colorblocking potentional.
The pattern has both a tunic and a dress option.
Today it is on sale!
Let’s talk about the pattern.
This is the Lively from George and Ginger. It is a great pattern and on their old school size chart. The pattern is sized through 5x which is a 55.5 inch bust and a 59 inch hip. I did a 1 inch full bust adjustment so I could have a little extra room in the bust and belly. Yes, a bust adjustment will add room in the belly which I need in GG patterns. As it turned out, I didn’t need the additional room in the bust, but I am so pleased with my first Lively.
I chose to leave out the lining because I am way too hot for lined shirts. LOL I just added a simple neckband by smoothing the curves at the neckline a bit and moved on with my less overheated life. I also left off the sleeve ruffle because I want to wear a denim jacket over this dress come fall. Plus my fabric isn’t navy on the inside and I hate seeing white fabric inside a sleeve when it billows around.
I believe my floral fabric came from The Fab Fabric Clique and the stripes were from an online auction. I adore them both separately, but they worked so well together because the navy blue is consistent and the scale is different. Yes, folks you should totally wear your stipes and your florals together!!! This pattern has a lot of gathering at the back and a=near the front shoulders. I use my serger to gather and I have a video on my YT channel to teach you how. Stop by and check it out. Gathering Video
Like I mentioned above today is the LAST DAY for the Lively being on sale. I know, I know, the month got away from me.
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.
I was playing on Pinterest looking for some inspiration when I stumbled across this pretty little thing. This was a dress for sale, but when I clicked the link it took me to about 912 other dresses. Dumb! Anyhow, I knew whatever the price I wasn’t buying it because I could make it myself!
If you saw my Last Game Day Jersey top from Love Notions, you already know it doesn’t come with the button placket. Let’s get to hacking. I already knew the Game Day Jersey Dress would have the right lines for the the basic style of my inspo, but I needed to add a button placket. No worries gang, it is a faux placket on my dress!! No one in their right mind is willingly sewing all those button holes for no reason other than to look at. So a faux placket for me. Let’s talk about how you can get this same look. : First- Measure the exact middle of your dress. When I was cutting my dress I was conscious of lining up my Center Front Bodice on a middle line in the pattern repeat. You can do the same if your plaid is straight. If your pattern is on the diagonal, fold your bodice in half and mark with pins.
Next– Decide how long you want your placket. I went with 13 inches as I didn’t want my placket to finish at the fullest part of my belly. 🙂 To determine the width of your placket, select buttons and measure them. Mine were about .5 inches, now double that number (1 inch in my case) and this will be the width of my placket when finished. We know
that we want clean edges for the finish, so let’s double the number again (1 x 1 = 2) and add 1/2 inch for seam allowance since I am serging my edges. (2 + .5 = 2.5 inches). Now you can cut your placket fabric. Mine is 13 inches by 2.5 inches. Optional: You can add a piece of interfacing to your placket to make sewing your button easier. I ironed on a piece 1 inch by 13 inches. Sew this together like a tube. One short end and along the long side. Then turn it. If you need help turning a tube, I have a video here. There are a number of ways to do it. Pick your fave!
Almost done! – Lay your placket in place and pin it so it won’t shift. Leave about .5 inches to hang out over the top edge so you won’t have to worry about finishing it. (It will be sewn in place when your add the Front Yoke.) I stitched along the long sides and the bottom. I added the X at the bottom for some extra detail. You can use your walking foot here to make things a little easier or use a contrasting thread for some extra color.
Finally- Now lay out your buttons how you wish. I placed mine 1.5 inches apart. I used my sewing machine to sew them in place with a semi matching thread. This would also be fun using shaped buttons especially on a kid’s dress. Once you have your buttons sewn in place, finish your dress according to the directions. This placket will be the slowest part of the dress I promise! So what do you all think about my pinspired look??
Now that you know how to make your own faux placket, let me show you my entire dress!
I received another fantastic plaid print from Stitchin’ Pretties this month! Seriously, Fall is filled with all things plaid and you better get some in your closet ASAP! Here are two of my recent makes.
Hazel by Bella Sunshine Designs
Laundry Day Tee by Love Notions
Ok Back to the Game Day Dress. This time I made the Dress length which is actually pretty fabulous! I was in the market for some longer comfy dresses to lounge around the house in and this fits the bill perfectly. I am so stoked to wear my fancy new frock!
Something else you may not know, I just did a little write up about Stitchin’ Pretties Fabric for Love Notions. Did you see it? Here is a link. My write up is number 12. Go Show SP some LOVE!
I still haven’t caught up with blogging about all the Christmas sewing projects I made. So here is the next one! I sewed up the Keeley Cardigan for my cousin, Heather. Each year for Christmas my dad’s side of the family does a family gift exchange. We draw names around Halloween and then spend a few months finding a great gift. Around that time, I had just tested the Keeley Cardigan and I loved it. I knew my cousin Heather would also.
I ordered this pretty mint green and gray sweater knit fabric from Ksews AKA The Material Girls on Facebook. I knew that Heather would love the pale green color and the softness of this fabric. If I am being honest I had to force myself not to keep it for myself and green isn’t even “my” color. It was just lovely.
I decided to make hers a midi length which is half way between both the included pattern lengths. She frequently wears her clothes in layers so it really was an easy choice. To get this length, I just printed the full length pattern and added 10 inches to the shorter length. Cut your pattern (and fabric) at this length. You will also adjust your front band length the same way. Patterns are really very easy to customize. Just think about what you want it to look like in the end, and go for it. Sometimes you will mess up, but
just move on. Why didn’t it work? How can you save it? Don’t quit!
This pattern comes together very quickly when sewn in a more basic version. I decided
to not add front pockets since this sweater knit is a lighter weight. If you are using a lighter weight knit, you could always interface at the corners of the pockets to give more support to your stitches. This pattern has an option to add buttons to the front as well.
I took a few pictures of this pattern on a mannequin before the wrapping it, and a few quick pics after gifting. I think she liked it and hope she has enjoyed wearing in all winter long!
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.
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!
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.
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)
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!
Remember a few days ago when I said I wanted to sort out some fit issues I have when making pants during the new year? Well I made a huge move in that direction with these pants! These are the Sabrina Slims from Love Notions and they are so comfortable! It is totally acceptable to feel like you are wearing pajamas at work when the pants look this good. This slim fit pattern has just released in the larger plus size range which is becoming the LN standard! The pattern fits up to size 32 and is loaded with options.
Let’s talk about getting a great fit. First off, Tami has worked really hard to put together a pants fitting guide to help. This comes automatically when you purchase the pattern. The fitting guide helps you to sort out issues and improve your fit. So let’s talk about my pants. By the measurement chart (hip measurement), I should be wearing a size 32. From experience I know this isn’t going to work for my body. You can look at me and see that I have next to no curves for hips or booty. I have all belly. So we are about to get really awkward and I am going to talk to you about some personal issues. I retook my measurements this time I went under my belly. Surprise! My measurement is 6 inches less! So let’s start there. I am now in size 24, but I need some belly room. First, I graded from the crotch point (size 24 line) up to the waist at size 28. I compared the measurement chart to my numbers to determine how many inches I needed to account for to fit my waist. I added a 1.5 inch full belly adjustment to the front of pattern piece only. Keep in mind that whatever number you use will get doubled. This is because you have one pattern piece for the front, but you will cut two of them. J So I added 1.5 inches to each side. Now I have gained about 4.5 inches in the front belly. I graded the back pant from the crotch point (size 24) to the waist (size 28). Now we have gained another inch! This will be plenty of room for my belly to fit comfortably.
The next issue I needed to address was extra fabric pooling at my knees on my fit muslin pants. This was a much easier fix. I needed to remove some height. This isn’t as direct as cutting fabric off the bottom of the pant legs. I removed 1 ½ inches from the thigh area of the pattern front and back pieces. I then removed 1 inch from just above the knee on both the front and back of the pattern. That pattern has notch marks to indicate where your hip and knees should be. Next I removed 1 inch from the 26 inch inseam cut line. Lastly, I removed 1.5 inches from the rise to get the waist band resting over my belly button. The fit is much better now! I know this seems like a lot of adjustment for a pattern that is so wonderful, but trust me. My body isn’t typical and well worth all these little adjustments to get a great fit. It is worth it. Plus once you get the fit nailed down, you are golden!
Better Knees – After
Ok let’s talk about fabric! Simply by Ti sponsored my fabric and shipping for this size increase. The pattern requires a stable knit or stretch woven with 20% stretch. Think “bottom weight fabrics.” I picked this great ponte print! It is a lighter weight ponte that I used for my muslin, but it is still nice. It is so comfortable and feels like I am wearing pajamas! Go check out SBT for some fun prints and great solids. Ti also keeps tons of bra making supplies available and has a great deal on needles for sewing machines and sergers. I think I ordered 4 packs of 10 needles! They were only $2 and $3 each! Thank you, Ti, for the beautiful fabric for my finals.
The Sabrina Slims Pants instant downloadable pdf pattern contains:
Cigarette slims pants pattern
Pattern pieces for 2 different pant styles: solid front and back or seamed front and back as well as 2 maternity waistband options and three hem styles: plain, zippered and split hem
2 pages of slims pants inspiration photos from pattern testers.
Cutting guide and the ability to print just your desired size(s) with the Adobe layers feature and a print chart to print the needed pattern pieces.
14 pages of bright and clear step by step color illustrations and photos.
Downloadable fitting workbook designed specifically for the Sabrina Slims
Large format file for copy shop printing
Projector file for those using a projector in their sewing
Glossary of needed sewing terms.
So what do you think about my Sabrina Slims? I can’t wait to sew up some of the other options! I need the pockets and the zipper ankles! Please give my blog a follow for something really awesome coming to my blog a little later this month!
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.
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)
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.
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!