Love Notions – Sabrina Slims Gets Updated

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.

Sabrina Slims LN size 24.28 belly adjustment (3)

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.

Sabrina Slims LN size 24.28 belly adjustment (2)

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!

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.

Sabrina Slims LN size 24.28 belly adjustment (1)

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.
  • Troubleshooting guide.

Sabrina Slims LN size 24.28 belly adjustment (4)

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!

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Copy Cat: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats – March

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (3)

I am back with month 3 of my Copy Cat Series based off of month 3 of sewing along with the Sarcastic Sewist, Stephanie! I tell her at last once every couple of week that I hope she does this again next year so I can copy her again! 🙂 Do you think 12 months worth of nagging with convince her? Make sure you hop over to her blog and show her some love as well! Stephanie decided to make her joggers more work appropriate by using Ponte for her pants. I have sewed a few items with ponte before and my favorite RTW pants are ponte. If you have never sewn with ponte, here are a few details.

Ponte knit is a combination of rayon, polyester and spandex. The thick, double-knit fabric provides a two-way stretch; it molds to your body shape while providing a smooth and streamlined silhouette.

Everything about that statement sounds great to me! I love that it has a heavier weight which means it won’t cling to everything and kinda smooths out the lumps and bumps.  Also, it doesn’t wrinkle! So my Teal Ponte arrived in perfect timing for a 20% off new release sale over at Amelia Lane Designs! Let me just link you to all the new arrivals which are on sale!  This fabric was so lovely when it arrived. The color is bold and it is so soft. I knew it was going to be perfect for my pants! Since this month we were making full length pants, I ordered 3 yards. I have some nice sized pieces leftover and I am thinking of putting them to use as a panel skirt or some nice shorts. This is a fabric I don’t intend to let it make it to the scrap pile.

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (1)

OK back to my Copy Cat. The Diane Joggers turned work wear! I prepared my pattern pieces as usual and cut things out quickly. I used the high rise this time for my rise option. This time the pocket is sewn on the inside which makes the overall look a little dressier. Stephanie did a quick step by step with the directions and I plan to take photos of my next pair so I can remember how to do them. She walked me through step by step of making my pockets because my brain wasn’t working.

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (7)
Pocket Hack!

Since I now have made 4 pair of these pants, it is getting quicker and easier to assemble! I don’t even need the directions anymore! I feel like a pro! I graded the 5x waist to a 4x thinking it would be a little more snug of a fit compared to DBP and the FT we used previously but it was fine. I ended up slimming the pants down. Here is a side by side. The first photo is the 4x leg, the 2nd photo is a 3x. As you can see, major photo quality issues. Ugg First pics are from a cell phone because I forgot my memory card for my camera and the second one I bought a new memory card and it didn’t work!!! So is was taken with a tablet.

In true Copy Cat form, I needed her shirt also! I love the red fabric she used, but I wanted to share another new release fabric from Amelia Lane Designs. This is Winston, a super sexy cheetah print that I kinda fell in love with when I saw it! This is Rayon Spandex fabric. It is light and flowy and perfect for Camilla. Camilla is a beautiful cowl neck pattern, also from 5oo4, which comes as a top or a dress. There are a couple of other options included:

  • Sleeveless, Short, Elbow, 3/4, Long, and Extra Long Sleeves;
  • Shirt, Tunic, A-line Dress, and Swing Dress;
  • Maternity option;
  • Band option for each sleeve length, including thumbhole cuffs;
  • Hem Band Option;
  • Optional Pockets for Swing Dress; and
  • Optional ruched sides of bodice.

I feel like 5oo4 patterns is known for the endless options with each pattern! It is one of the things I love about the 5 out of 4 pattern company! I also love that they are size inclusive up to 5x and helpful when you need tips.

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (6)

Here is the pattern link for The Diane Joggers  

Women’s Sizes XXS – 5X plus all these options

  • 3 rise heights (low/maternity, mid, and high)
  • Shorts, Capri, and Long cut lengths
  • 4 leg finishes – cuffed, hemmed, drawstring, or elastic
  • Information for both hemming and using bands (hello no hemming!)
  • 6 waistband options – Encased elastic, drawstring, Knit, Yoga Foldover, Contour, Maternity (underbelly)

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (5)

The Camilla Pattern is available here.

Sequoia ALD Camilla and Diane Joggers 5oo4 (4)Both of these fabrics and soooo many more are available for 20% off for one more day!! Don’t miss it! Here is a direct link to Amelia Lane Designs.

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