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!

Sienna Makers Jacket

Holy Smokes! I made a coat! A jacket, actually, but it is like a coat! This jacket is a first for me for a few reasons.
  • Reason 1. Umm It is a jacket… sewing game leveled up!
  • Reason 2. A new to me designer.
  • Reason 3. Said Designer is expanding their size range deeper into the plus size market.
  • Reason 4. My first time sewing Flat Fell seams.
  • Reason 5. This is the first time I’ve sewn for a designer when I didn’t see pictures from any other testers during the process.
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Did I mention that I made a coat err.. jacket!!
Let’s talk about the Sienna! The Sienna has just released from Closet Case Patterns. The design was inspired by vintage French workwear. This jacket is super comfy and I am really happy with the outcome. That being said, there were a few adjustments made to the pattern after my test. The shoulders were moved in slightly and the sleeves were slimmed down a bit. The center back seam was shaped a bit to reduce the bulk in the back. These adjustments have improved the overall fit and feel of the Sienna and I can’t wait to sew up a new one!
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The Sienna comes in 3 different lengths and several options for each of them! I sewed up the mid length. I loved the drop shoulder style of this jacked with the notched out collar detailing. I think that collar really adds a professional look to the garment. Can we also take a minute and talk about the pockets, huge roomy pockets and lots of them! I sewed two giant pockets on the outside and one on the inside! I added a front chest pocket on the outside too! There is even an option for sleeve pockets!
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I sewed up View B with the non-pocketed sleeves. Overall, the pattern sewed up neatly. The directions with photos were well written and easy to follow. Like I said before, this was my first go with Flat fell seams and I am happy to report that aren’t difficult at all. They are a little time consuming, yet, so…worth…it! Flat Fell seams are a neat and tidy way to finish seams and are perfect for this unlined jacket. If you aren’t aware, flat fell seams are the seams you see on your jeans.   
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The jacket is held closed with an attached belt. It, too, was easily constructed with only fabric, interfacing, and a set of D rings.
Here is the pattern info from the website:

Sewing level: Intermediate

Sizes: 0-20 and 14-30  (see our sizing chart here)

Finished measurements: Sizes 0-20 here and Sizes 14-30 here

Instructions: English & French

Print at Home File (Letter & A4): Sizes 0-20 (36-46 pages), Sizes 14-30 (46-56 pages)

Copyshop file (36×48 / A0): View A & B (3 pages), View C (2 pages)

If you are interested in sewing up your own Sienna Maker Jacket here is the link.

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Agility Tank and Dress

Did you know that one of 5 out of 4’s most popular patterns is the Agility Tank? Did you know the Agility tank just expanded its size range? Yep, now it comes in sizes up to 5x which matches the size range of newer 5 out of 4 designs.

5004 Agility 4x graded to 5x dress (1)

For testing, I made my first ever sports bra. I have only purchased one sports bra in my entire adult life and that was because I needed a racer back to wear with a shirt on my blog. I hated it BTW. I don’t like sports bras for general everyday wear because I require a lot of support in the bust area. I ordered some mesh to sew into my bra, but as it turns out all mesh is not created equal. The mesh I received was more of a mesh overlay compared to a supportive mesh even though it was labeled power mesh. If you order mesh for sports bra use, please make sure it is the sturdy stuff.

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So let’s talk about my tank dress with built in bra. I used a heavier cotton lycra for the bra portion and added the clear elastic through the straps and neckband as the pattern recommended. This did help somewhat with support, but again a strong power mesh would have helped more. I also did a little height adjusting. I removed 1 inch from the back racer before attaching the back T to the back bra strap. I also removed 1 inch from the front straps to help hold things up and in. My overlay dress fabric it a rayon spandex, I believe. I picked this up on a garage sale table at my quilt guild meeting last month, but I know it is from Joann’s because I have used it before! I loved it then and now. It is super soft, like the softest fabric ever and the colors are so vibrant! Loving that my cone flowers and phlox are blooming!

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I made the 4x graded to a 5x as usual with 5 out of 4 patterns. I chose to make the Racer T back style but you could make the strappy option if you prefer. I also choose to make a dress, but you could do just a bra option or a top length. I removed 2 inches from the skirt to adjust for my height. It is still a little longer than the designer intended as it should hit mid knee. I just did a regular hem, but you could choose bands or drawstrings. So many options. I always say that is why I love 5 out of 4.

5004 Agility 4x graded to 5x dress (4)

So here are all the options…


  • T-back sports bra
  • Strappy back sports bra
  • T-back or strappy back overlay tank with a drawstring or banded hem
  • T-back or strappy back tankini overlay (lower cut sides, so skin shows beneath bra)
  • T-back or strappy back overlay dress
  • Every option can be made with nursing access!
  • Maternity pattern pieces

While putting together this tank, I made a video for my readers. This time I am showing you how to use the Stitch in the Ditch foot to neatly hide top stitching lines. Since I am doing this on a sports bra, there isn’t a lot of room to do top stitching so I decided I wanted to hide my stitches. I used a straight stitch slightly lengthen to do this. Here is the embedded clip.

Thanks for watching!

Do you want to give the Agility tank a try? This is the link to the pattern so you can pick it up while it is on sale!!!

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Agility size 4X

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Sleeve Hack Series #1 – Gathered Sleeves

BSD Maggie Sleeve Hack Series 1 (2)
Maggie has gotten a lot of love on my blog, but Melissa, the designer has been off living her best life for awhile. Good news though, she is back and drafting up a storm. I pulled out one of my most used Bella Sunshine Designs patterns for this series. A few months ago, I discovered that I really like tops with interesting sleeve details. I am working on putting together a series of shirt sleeve hacks to run right here, on my blog. Today, I am introducing you to my first one.
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Let’s start with a reminder of the Maggie pattern. Maggie comes in a top, tunic, and dress lengths. I typically cut the tunic length as I prefer my shirts a little big longer. It comes with an included Full Bust Adjustment. There are 3 neckline options as well as 3 sleeve lengths! This version is a tunic, adjusted sleeves with a scoop neckline and pairs perfectly with leggings. I sewed a 24 bust graded to a 28 waist. Bella Sunshine Designs includes sizing up to 30.
BSD Maggie Sleeve Hack Series 1 (1)
Here are some of my previous Maggies.
BSD Maggie Sleeve Hack Series 1 (5)
This fabric is a beautiful new release from Amelia Lane Designs. It is called Dulce and is on new sale as it debuts. It is a double brushed poly and the colors are absolutely beautiful. You can pick the fabric up here. ALD has great quality fabrics and a wide variety of fabric bases. Also, super fast shipping, which is what is very important to me as a customer.
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Maggie sews up quickly, but since this is the kick off to my Sleeve Hack Series, we are switching it up a bit. For starters, we are creating a gathered sleeve. Basically, I am going to show you how to use elastic to draw your sleeve up and create a new look. Sometimes, even simple changes make for a big impact.  For this top, I printed the 3/4 sleeve length even though I only planned to do about an elbow length sleeve. The reason I went ahead and printed the extra length is so I didn’t have to redraft any of the arm even though I wanted a longer than short length. I measured about 2.5 inches down from the length of the short sleeve. I knew that adding the elastic would draw the sleeve up a bit and I didn’t want the sleeves to be too short.  As always with Bella Sunshine Designs, I needed a Full Bicep Adjustment. I have talked about them many times on my blog and have a little video here if you aren’t sure how to do them.
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Another new thing I am trying for my blog is more videos!! I am by no means a professional, but I think this gives you a better idea of what you should do. I think a lot of the time just seeing what is happening is helpful. I have recently created a Youtube Channel for my sewing stuff so feel free to like and follow it so you don’t miss any uploads.
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Here is the embedded video from my YouTube Channel. Please feel free to give me a follow and a share!


Easy enough, correct? I love the slightly gathered sleeve and hope you do also!

Do you need to add the Maggie top to your collection? Here are some links for ya!

  • Ladies pattern. Sizes 0-30. Click here 
  • Bundle includes ladies and women’s pattern. Click here
  • Girls pattern. Sizes 6m – 12. Click here.

BSD Maggie Sleeve Hack Series 1 (4)

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Layla Dress – 5oo4

The Layla Dress, The Everything Dress, The Perfect Dress

5oo4 Women's Layla Dress Size 24 (3)

Yep, That basically sums it up. This dress has everything you need. I feel that 5 out of 4 really does a stellar job of covering all the possible options and I never feel like there is something that is missing.

5oo4 Women's Layla Dress Size 24 (8)

I struggled to decide which fabrics I would use for this dress and had assembled the entire bodice before choosing my skirt fabric. I thought I had actually decided I was using a pink solid woven fabric that had been hanging out on my shelf for years, but then I realized that I didn’t have enough of the solid fabric I wanted to use, so I ran to the store! I ended up choosing a regular quilting cotton. I picked this fun, bright pink and white print that would work well with my bodice. I knew I would be adding a solid pink sash to tie my top and bottom together and I picked up some cute buttons while at the store. My bodice fabric is from Ksews. I thought this was Liverpool, but I think it is actually more of a waffle knit. Whatever it is, I love it for spring and summer! Super bright and cheerful!

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Rachelle from 5oo4 admitted this is her most difficult pattern to date, but trust me she has dialed it in perfectly! I made a size 24 bust graded to 26 at the waist. The pattern comes with Full Bust pattern pieces included which I love! This saves me the work of doing it on my own. I love that! The princess seams are a lovely detail as well.

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The bodice is fully lined. The reason I like this is that it keeps the neckline extra clean and neat looking. Even though I know how to sew a neckband and all that jazz, even just a stitch or two out of line stands out like a sore thumb. With the lined bodice, you will never have that issue. The directions were well written and easy to follow. I didn’t have any difficulty with the actual assembly of my new dress, but it took several hours to do it. This pattern is well drafted with excellent directions, but it isn’t a 2 hour project, so plan accordingly.

5oo4 Women's Layla Dress Size 24 (7)

I chose to sew up the scoop neck option with short sleeves and used buttons instead of the snaps. This is the Knee length adjusted for height. I am only 5’1.

5oo4 Women's Layla Dress Size 24 (5)

Here are all the options that come with the pattern:

The Women’s Layla Dress PDF sewing pattern includes the following:

  • Fully lined princess seamed knit bodice.
    • Regular or FBA Bodice
    • Two neckline options: scoop or jewel.
    • Four sleeve length options: sleeveless, short, 3/4 or long.
    • Button or snap back placket closure.
  • Inverted A-line Box Pleat skirt in either knit OR woven.
    • Two lengths: knee or maxi.
  • See the last image for the yardage and notions required.
  • Sizes 2-26

The Women’s Pattern is available here

The Girl’s Pattern is available here

The Bundle is here with extra savings

5oo4 Women's Layla Dress Size 24 (4)

HOC Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the House of Curves #Breakallthedamnrules series. Have you made yourself something amazing to wear yet? I hope so! Make sure you are tagging me on Facebook and on Instagram. You can use #sequoialynnsews and #Houseofcurves or #Breakallthedamnrules so I can see you amazing outfits!

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OK This week we have another shop credit to give away! This time Bella Sunshine Designs has donated a $20 shop credit!! I wear a lot of great items from Bella Sunshine Designs. Their size range is from doll size through size 30. For reference in BSD patterns, I wear a 24 bust, which is about a 3x in RTW.


One of my favorite color blocked BSD patterns is this Amelia! You can read about my original Amelia here.


I made this dress last spring and I still adore these prints today! The lined bodice keeps everything in place and makes it comfortable to wear anywhere. Plus, I do love anything with an Empire Waist.


So why does this work? The black in the floral and the polka dots bring the two different prints together. Again, we have to look at the scale here. Large random floral design, smaller organized polka dots.

This dress is sized from 00-30 and it comes with an included Full Bust Adjustment!

Get your patterns here!

Ladies Pattern

Another one of my absolute favorite Bella Sunshine Designs patterns is this one…

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The Apple Cardigan. This was actually my second ever blog post! You can read about it here. 

So why does the floral work with the pink stripes? It all comes down to the color and scale. More than a year later I am still wearing it! Sometimes I wear it with my favorite camo slim fit pants “because camo is basically a solid.” 🙂 We will talk about that in a few days. 🙂

Here is another Apple Cardigan I have made. Again, mixing up my prints. 🙂 My original post can be seen here. 

BSD Apple Sophia 24-28 11

 Here is the link to the Women’s Pattern.  

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