Love Notions – Tessa Dress

Love Notions has tons of great patterns. They are currently increasing the size range of some of their older patterns, but the Tessa Dress in still in the smaller size range. Lucky for Momma Mia, she fits on that chart! I decided to make this dress, because I had these fantastic prints and wanted to make a color block dress.
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Let’s start with the fabric! These are my strike off prints from Stitchin’ Pretties. They came with a lovely hand written note saying they would love to become a dress. 🙂 Sneaky hints, yanno. So I decided I would see if I could fill that request. At first, I though I would make a Willow Cross front dress, but was a wee bit nervous because these two fabrics are a notably different weight which made me a bit nervous. I thought I would do one half of the bodice in each color, but talked myself out of it. I decided Momma Mia would get a new dress. I ended up choosing the Tessa because I loved that it was already perfect for some colorblocking. 
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I knew I would put the heavier weighted fabric at the top and use the rest for the body. That was 100% my plan until I forgot to cut the body as a mirrored pair. Ugg. I could have screamed or cried!! I have talked several times on my blog about how Momma Mia doesn’t like crazy prints. I knew color blocking the back of the dress was going to be a risk, but you can’t uncut fabric!  Here we go! Snip Snip, Snip! I have a new back dress panel! This dress actually sewed  quickly, as it is just typical sewing, no fancy techniques even though it looks awesome!
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So these trendy prints are from Stitchin’ Pretties. I love love love the quality of the fabric I get there. Laura ships within a day and offers great pricing with exceptional customer service. There is almost always great deals to be found in the clearance tab as well. Today I used Jane and Martha. Jane is the brown and blue striped fabric. It is a poly lycra blend which means it has great recovery. Martha is the name of the dots!! This print is a mid weight ITY and sewed up nicely. I love this print because “Who doesn’t love dots??” You can shop here.
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Let’s talk more about Tessa. This is a knit sheath dress with loads of options. You can choose from 2 necklines, scoop and boat neck. This is the scoop. There are 5 sleeve length options including this one, which is 3/4. There are two hem length options as well. I choose the long, but there is a knee length dress option too! The back seam allows for some contouring (or colorblocking.) You can also mash the Tessa with the Sybil skirt collection for even more options!

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. 

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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…

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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.

 

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  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. 

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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!

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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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Laundry Day Tee – Updated

The Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions has re-released and it is even more fantastic than the original. First off, it includes sizes 4x and 5x now. The rereleased pattern was redrafted in Love Notions newer design software. Additionally, the arm/sleeve was adjusted for a better overall fit. As a bonus, assembly directions were simplified!

During the retest, I made two versions of the Laundry Day Tee. I made the tunic version first. I have been holding on to the pastel stripes for way too long because I wanted them to be something awesome. I also only had two yards of the print and this fabric was thin, which basically meant I could make a shirt. I used nearly all of the usable fabric for this top. The design has a lot of swing to it, which I actually love. I used the short sleeve option with the scoop neckline…spring will be here soon!

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My second top I made sleeveless! I did this for two reasons. I wanted to show another option for this pattern and I wanted to compared the tank to another pattern I really love. I actually like the first of both patterns, but appreciate that this under arm area is higher than the other. So this is a 100% win in my book! I have wore this silky ITY version over leggings a few times since making it. I threw a cardigan over it to make in winter work appropriate. Again, this pattern sewed up quickly and easily.

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The Laundry Day Tee has been around for a good while, so I knew when the test popped up, I was on board with it! The top comes together quickly and has several of options to achieve your favorite fit!

Pattern pieces for 3 neckline styles: scoop, v-neck & cowl.

Three hem lengths: shirt, tunic & knee length dress.

Five sleeve lengths

Hi lo hem for the tunic and dress lengths

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Both of garments are made from fabric I ordered from Sew Blessed.

The Laundry Day Tee is on sale for $5.00, but you can use the coupon code from the Love Notions Facebook group to get it for free!!!

Here is your link to pick up this great pattern. 

Don’t forget the entire Love Notions site is on sale for the New Year! All patterns are 30% off!! PLUS if you order multiple patterns, you save even more. Just add items to your cart and watch your discount rise! 

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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!

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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!!!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Luna Twirl Skirt

If your bank account is looking a little thin after all the holiday shopping, I have a great deal for you! FREE!! Totally FREE! In addition, to the Luna Circle skirt being free it is also a super fast sew! Like start to finish in an hour or so. I made this skirt for the first time a few months ago with the Mambo collection release and then I hacked it as an add on to another pattern I will share very soon with you.

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Today, I am sharing my latest Luna, which was a Christmas gift for Momma Mia. Momma Mia likes skirts and loves to wear clothes that don’t look like any of her friends. I can understand that, I feel the exact same way. My biggest nightmare would be showing up somewhere and someone is wearing the same shirt as me…no thanks! She also recently mentioned, she likes showing up wearing a new garment when she sees them. Ok, Momma, hint taken!

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The included options:

  • 2 lengths – “mini” (mid-thigh) and knee length
  • Fabric waistband that can be made with or without elastic.
  • Option for exposed elastic waistband
  • 3 cutting options – double fold, single fold (give two side seams), single layer (perfect for colorblocking!)
  • Finishing options – hem, bias tape, or FOE
  • sizes XXS-5X

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I chose the knee length hemmed version again and it fits perfectly on the 2 yard cut of fabric. This Liverpool floral print was picked up at Zink’s in Berlin with the intention of the Luna Skirt. I used the fold over waistband and slid an elastic through to help hold it in place. I love how Liverpool fabric has enough structure to create the perfect twirl effect! While taking these photos, the wind kept catching the fabric and creating a lovely look. I am sad my pictures had the weird shadow, lesson learned…Camera is still fairly new and I am still learning so bear with me.

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I couldn’t sew Momma Mia this pretty floral skirt without a matching shirt, especially when she has been asking for solid tops. This is the Jessie top and Momma Mia’s favorite. You have seen it many times here so I won’t talk you to death about it. This is the tunic length so she can also wear it was jeans or leggings. I love versatile clothing.  This fabric is double brushed poly from my stash. I am pretty sure it came from Sly Fox Fabrics.

Merry Christmas Momma Mia, I hope you love it!

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You can download the Luna pattern here

You can purchase the Jessie top/Dress here.

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Another Annabeth

Holy Moly Readers, I have been SICK! Like lock me up and throw away the key sick. Yesterday, Christmas, was the first day I really got to hang out with Momma Mia in about 5 weeks. Yep, I was quarantined since before Thanksgiving. I honestly didn’t do a lot of sewing in that time because I was mostly in bed, but I had a few items ready for photos and did a mad rush on sewing the week before Christmas! So prepare yourself, I have some sharing to do! Here we go… This was a November Sew!

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Surprise! I made myself another Annabeth. This really does make the perfect sweatshirt. I adored my original in animal print, but I can only wear it so many days in a row before people start to worry about me. I didn’t shorten this shirt like I did the first Annabeth. I should have removed about 3 inches according to my height. With its longer length, Annabeth becomes the perfect sweatshirt dress. I have worn this one already several times. I *may* be wearing it as I type this. It is perfect for wearing over leggings or skinny jeans. I have worn it at the office, out geocaching and at my sewing table. By now you guys know I love comfy clothing. There really isn’t much better in life then being comfortable. Except brownies…brownies *might* be better!

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I used this hot pink and black printed Cotton Lycra from Stitchin’ Pretties. This print is called Riva! I really like geometric prints and these funky little triangles are only made more awesome by the fact they are flipped on their sides and run sorta vertically and staggered. It wears nicely, washes and dries fine, and even pulled from a laundry basket, it is ready to wear. 🙂 I am on the promo team for Stitchin’ Pretties, but I am also a customer! I actually was invited to the promo team because I was a customer first. I order a large percentage of my fabrics from SP. I adore the shop owner, Laura. She is super friendly and helpful. She ships orders within 1-2 business days. (Typically one.) I suggest you give them a try. I bet you will love them as well. This piece of fabric was my monthly promo for November, but as soon as I sewed this piece up, I ordered more of it! Why the heck not?! It is a fun color and a great geometric print! I plan to sew up a summer tank and a few pair of my favorite undies from it also! Riva is currently on sale for $5.99 a yard and worth every single penny.

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Since we know 5oo4 is famous for giving us all the options, here is the list for this pattern. 

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!

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If you love this pattern and need a great sweatshirt or hoodie, here is your link.

Riva Print Cotton Lycra from Stitchin’ Pretties. 

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Another Jessie for Momma Mia

I feel like this is about the 7th or 8th time I have sewn up a version of the Jessie Dress from 5 out of 4. Here is another one for Momma Mia…it is her favorite pattern after all. Anytime I ask her what she wants, she says, “Another Jessie.” Big shock here when she wanted a fall version of her beloved Jessie. The joke is on her though because fall has skipped Ohio and the giant pile of leaves in my front yard is buried with about 4 inches of snow.
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This is the long A line skirt option of Jessie with 3/4 sleeves. This time I used the included racer back inset with this dress though. I typically don’t even give her the option of picking this because I don’t like binding fiddly little pieces and this fiddly little piece would require an extra 4 pieces of binding. I sewed a XL with the included FBA graded to a XXL and back to an XL for this dress. I used the high front with the low back options for the neckline. This time I decided to use a solid color for the bands. I rarely do this, but always love when Laura from Kitty Makes It does it.
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This beautiful Double Brushed Poly is from Stitchin’ Pretties. It is currently sold out as I picked this up last fall. I made myself a lovely top from it so Momma Mia needed to order herself some! Stitchin’ Pretties has a ton of great options in stock right now so don’t worry, you will find something great! Currently Stitchin’ Pretties has a huge sale happening of buy 2 yards and get a coordinate for free! Super fast turn around time as always!
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So what you can’t see from these photos is that I actually drug Momma Mia out into the snow and cold. I took these photos after a weird snowstorm had just popped up. There was beautiful snow everywhere. Every single photo was rubbish. I am still learning my new camera and had somehow set the focus to the background instead of the front. Momma Mia was a frozen blurry blob! Not good for showing just how awesome this dress actually is.  Sorry for making you suffer for nothing, Momma Mia! These pictures are a bit better!
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Here are all the options included with 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!

Annabeth Sweatshirt

Do you love cuddly clothing when it starts to get cold outside? Sweatshirts, Hoodies, and all that jazz? Me too! 5oo4 has an answer to that issue for you! This is the AnnaBeth Sweatshirt! I am working on cutting out my second one because I need this in a hoodie version ASAP! First off, I love a Raglan style top! I typically colorblock the sleeves for an added pop of fun, but this fabric was all I needed to make it amazing. Speaking of colorblocking, this shirt can be colorblocked! You can do the side panels as a accent or the sleeves or both! There are no rules when you are sewing for yourself.

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In addition to the colorblocking options, you can add a kangaroo pocket to the front or hidden pockets if you choose to color block the side panels. 5oo4 is never shy when giving us options. Here is the entire list.

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!

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This shirt sewed up quickly and easily. I removed about 3 inches of length from the body of the shirt and 2 from the sleeves. After I made my shirt, the cuffs were sized slightly smaller to give a better fit. However, in my photos, you will notice my cuffs are folded in half compared to the original pattern. I always do this. I actually think it is a habit more than anything. I didn’t do a bicep adjustment as these sleeves are wide enough for me. If I planned to wear the hoodie over a bulkier shirt, I would add some room to the sleeve.

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Fabric time!! OOMMMGGGG Brushed Hacci Sweater knit is everything that makes me happy. Animal print always makes me very happy. Them together and I am sooooo in love! I picked this fabric up online from Ksews. You can find her online at a group called The Material Girls. She shops the fabric markets and resells to people who aren’t near the markets. This fabric has a slight flaw which was a run near the salvage. It is still usable, but it is expected when shopping these groups. They typically will point out flaws. I am happy that I have enough of this fabric left to make either a scarf or try making a beanie hat!

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If you love this pattern and need a great sweatshirt or hoodie, here is your link.

Did you remember that everything at 5oo4 is on sale until Halloween?

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A little bit of Tina is what I see

Day Four – Mambo No. 4.
Today I am sharing skirt No. four of my Mambo Collection. This is Tina and she is uber cute and flirty! Does it even get better than polka dots and ruffles?? Seriously, that combo isn’t one I wear frequently because it has been reserved for overly girlie folks and I am not that by any means. However, the dark navy background color saved it from being too much. Like all the others, this skirt is made with a structured knit and features a high waist band.
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This is the most blue I have seen this fabric look. Must be the natural light bringing it out!

My options for Tina are a little different that all my other skirts! This time I went long. I decided to make the Midi length and add the hem ruffle. I had 3 yards of this fabric that I have been saving and wanted to use as much of it as I could! Typically, I would add a ruffle so I didn’t have to hem a finished edge, but this fabric stitched so nicely I hemmed my ruffle! I added patch pockets to the front of my skirt as well. Funny Story… I am short and height adjusted my pattern at the proper line, but I didn’t account for my shortness when adding from my pockets.  When I FULLY ASSEMBLED my skirt and tried it on, I could barely reach my pockets! Only my fingers tips could reach them. Oops! Seam Ripper to the rescue! I removed the waist band and then 1.5 inches from the top of my skirt, reattached the band and all is good now! So don’t be like Sequoia, double check the pocket placement sooner rather than later! I also mixed up the waist band on Tina, this is the cross front band. It is cute! I think it looks nice over my light colored tank with my cardigan. Don’t forget all the options for Tina and the rest of Mambo are interchangeable!

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Handing fitting properly into my pockets. 🙂

Here is the complete list of options for Tina

The Women’s Tina A-line Skirt pattern includes the following:

  • Three Hem Lengths: Mini, Knee and Midi
  • Options include a Hem Ruffle, Patch Pockets and Suspenders
  • Three Waistbands: Scooped, Cross Front and Slim
  • 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)

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Surprise! Another Liverpool fabric!!! This amazing navy with white dot pattern came from Amelia Lane Designs! I feel that navy and white is a classic combo and looks great with “all the things.” This fabric sewed up nicely and is of great quality. ALD ships quickly and and offers great customer service.
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Do you recognize this tank top? Yes! Virginia! The Virginia tank is 100% my go to when I need a tank top! You have seen it a dozen times on my blog. You can read about this version here.
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A little Bit of Rita is all I need…

Mambo No. 5 out of 4 style is back and today is RITA!
Rita was the first skirt in the Mambo Collection that I was able to sew up! Pencil skirts are hard for my shape and I had high hopes that Rachelle was going to get my fit right! If this happens to be your first time finding my blog, you may not know that I complain endlessly about my  lack of hips and booty and that my stomach has been my fit nemesis forever. My body makes zero hints at having an hourglass shape! These issues tend to make pencil skirts fit oddly, but it worked out in the end. Upon printing my pattern, I knew there was a bit more “hip curve” drafted into the pattern than I would need. My “hip curve” is straight.  I sewed up the skirt as is. As I expected, this pattern had a little extra fabric which was very easy to ‘pinch out’ to get a perfect fit. I am happy to report that by simply smoothing the curve of the hip, my fit is great! I love the fit and look of Rita. I love that it isn’t body con fitted, and that there is an optional walking vent.
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Options for Rita

The Women’s Rita Fitted Skirt pattern includes the following:

  • Three Hem Lengths: Mini, Knee and Midi
  • Solid or Seamed Color Block Skirt (solid version has an optional back seam)
  • Three Waistbands: Seamed, Encased Elastic, Basic Knit
  • Tutorial includes an extensive Skirt Fitting Guide to get your best fit!
  • Women’s Sizes XXS-5XL (see the last image for yardage and size chart)

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Rita comes with 3 length options and I choose to make the knee length with the walking vent. I suggest that if making either the knee or midi length skirts, you add the walking vent. Otherwise, you will have trouble walking…think penguin shuffling down the sidewalk.  I choose to do the basic elastic encased waist band for Rita. My fabric is a semi structured knit with a texture similar to Liverpool, but not exactly. It also has less stretch. It is slightly slippery and a mid weight. I am pretty sure it either came from a yard sale or a give away table. I love the pretty pops of purple in these tulips!
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Speaking up those “pretty pops of purple,” I did not have a single solid purple shirt in my stash. Actually, I have very few solid colored garments at all in my closet. I decided to sew up an Easy Tee top just to wear with my new Pencil skirt!
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I have made the Easy Tee several times. I always sew a 4X bust graded to a 5x waist and hip. This time I did a FBA as I didn’t want my fit to be too snug. I also did a 1 inch bicep adjustment on the sleeves. I don’t feel super confident wearing solid colors. I feel like it draws attention to my curvier parts. I opted to make the tunic length top with a curved hem. My sleeves are a little closer to 3/4 length which I did specifically because it is fall here and it will be cold soon.
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If you are familiar with the Easy Tee pattern,  you will know that it doesn’t come with a center back seam. I had to add one in because I was short on fabric! I had used this pretty Double Brushed Poly for another 5oo4 top, Rosanna, so it was shy of the 2 yards I needed. By adding a center back seam, I was able to use 2 larger pieces of fabric that would have been added to my scrap pile. Just cut them as a mirrored set. I was careful to cut the front bodice first so I wouldn’t need to have a seam here. Before cutting my back bodice pieces, I added a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I chose this amount because I planned to serge the two back bodices together at the center back seam and pretend it was actually one bodice piece. If I had changed the bodice width, I would have needed to also slightly adjust the neckband. Once the bodice halves became one whole, I continued with assembly as usual! This tunic sews up quickly and easily. I am happy with my Easy Tee and the way it looks with my new Rita Skirt! It will looks awesome with jeans as well!
5oo4 Rita 5x (6)
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