#5oo4 Alpha Bra, Tank, Dress On sale

Let’s make an outfit this week! Day one – Alpha Bra!

Hi friends! You know that saying “New Year, New Me”? Well it is a new year and I did set a few new rules for myself this year. One of the biggest ones I added to my list was to step out of my comfort zone. This top has me right there! Let’s talk about it! The Alpha Dress is a really great pattern from 5oo4 and it is only $6 today!

I have been sewing 5 out of 4 patterns for 5 years and I truly love them. I tend to lean towards the more modest looks, but today I am stepping out of my comfort zone with the Alpha bra. My biggest concern was how can I make this sports bra hold everything in place. A little jog in place and jump test confirmed I achieved the impossible!

DDD, IYKYK. 😉

Let’s talk about it. The first thing I did was use a heavier weight athletic fabric. This is how to get a better compression. I have used athletic fabrics in the past that haven’t held anything in place so just splurge for the good stuff! I also added a layer of power net between my main fabric and lining. I just serged the mesh layer to my lining and rolled with it. Plus understand power mesh/net is NOT the same as swim suit lining mesh. I also sewed clear elastic in all my seams like the directions say. 🙂 The Alpha bra comes with excellent directions and I was able to easily follow along. I used wide (thick) fold over elastic for my bands. This isn’t the same stuff we make hair bands out of. I got it at Joann’s and it is about 16 bucks for a couple yards. Use a coupon, it is worth it for this project. I had some scrap ends left over from another project which worked out perfectly. I just ran a zig zag stich down the side when it was folded over to hold the layers together. This worked out really well. I think I will even make the dress option this spring/summer. It has the built in bra which will be nice since it would be impossible to find a cute bra to wear with these straps!

The Alpha Bra, Tank, and Dress includes:

  • Women’s sizes XXS – 5XL
  • No binding finish – hidden seams for less chafing
  • Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) front bodice piece
  • High or low neckline
  • Bra, tank, and a knee-length dress in either an A-line or swing silhouette
  • Optional pockets on the swing dress
  • Tank and dress have built-in shelf bra
  • Check out this YouTube video of all of our testers’ versions! (Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel while you’re there!)

I made the size XL with the included FBA. I decided on the lower neckline in the front. I would have liked to have an extra 1.5 inches of length in the under bust because my elastic seemed a like too big, but it was what I had one hand so I rolled with it. 🙂 I really liked the fit of this bra otherwise and plan to give it a trial run at the gym this week. What do you think?

This pattern is on sale today only for half price which is only $6. I can assure you, this bra fit better than the $40 one I recently bought! This sale ends at midnight! Don’t miss out! Tomorrow, we will talk about my pants. Go ahead click on my afflink and check out the 5004 Alpha Bra!

T-Shirt Super Sale at Sly Fox Fabrics

Stop by Sly Fox Fabrics and take advantage of the 20% off sale on all T-shirt fabrics.

Hi Friends, Welcome back! Two days in a row on my blog is sorta crazy, isn’t it? Make sure you hit subscribe and stop back daily because I am about to hit you with 7 days of fun!

The Deets

I want to start by giving you a quick intro into what will be happening over the next few days. Sly Fox Fabrics is having a huge sale on all their “T-shirt” fabrics. This 40% off sale includes DTY, Modal, Double Brushed Poly, Triblend, French Terry and Knub Jersey. This sale will happen now through next Friday. You have an entire week to pick all your favorites. My blog posts will reflect the DTY fabrics as this was the base I was given to sew. All of these fabrics are perfect for T shirts and can help you achieve whatever look you are going for. DTY fabric, to me, feels and looks a little more dressier than a Triblend and French Terry feels more snuggly than DBP.  The best part of sewing is being able to create whatever look you want through pattern and fabric selections. Even though I am sharing these fabrics as T-shirts, please realize you can use them for so much more. You can make everything from skirts, pants, and dresses to cardigans and so much more. My favorite joggers are made from French Terry and my DBP leggings are so perfect for “pajama day” in public.

Today I am going to show you each of my fabrics and hook you up with the links to get those fabrics. One of my fabrics (The Zebra print) has already sold out, but there are a total of 9 different prints on the website in DTY alone! Over the next few days I will focus on each pattern with the specific fabric. After our 4th day pattern review, I have a bonus refashion for you using a SFF DTY dress I made a few years ago! I am really excited about sharing my new garment. I really do love it, even more than my original maxi. I have already worn it at least 4 times.

What is DTY?

Glad you asked. 🙂 DTY is a polyester knit fabric that has been drawn and twisted with heat. It is brushed on both sides to give it the smooth silky texture that feels and wears so nicely. I personally love that it doesn’t wrinkle much and I can leave it in the dryer for days and not need to fluff it. I also love that it feels cool to the touch when I am wearing it.

The Rules

For the fabric comparisons, each sewist was asked to select one each Fitted, Classic, and Relaxed style t shirt patterns. Then we were given the option to sew anything else we wanted. 🙂 Each of my tops turned out great and I wear them often. They are easy to dress up or down depending on my days activities. I have paired all three of my tops with basic jeans so as to not distract from the lovely fabrics.

Floral Glen Plaid – Used for my classic pattern.

Vibrant in Navy – Used for my relaxed pattern.

Daisy Dots – Used for my fitted pattern.

Zebra Print – Used for my bonus make. Fabric has sold out.

Azalea in Navy – Used in my bonus refashion.

DON’T FORGET TO USE CODE PERFECTT TO SAVE 40%

Tomorrow

I will be back here tomorrow on the blog sharing my first T-shirt pattern. I hope you stick around to see all the pattern info! Be sure to subscribe to SequoiaLynn Sews on my social medias so you don’t miss out!

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5oo4 – Valerie Top

Colorblocking makes me so dang happy! I love it because I love playing the mix and match game when it comes to my clothing. I toned it down for this top though and even used a solid…not my style at all!

I sewed the banded hem, short hemmed sleeves, and a regular neckband. I am sewing for spring….we are not close yet, but I am hoping for an easy winter. Here are all the options.

2 Bodice Options:
Regular or Full Bust (FBA)
Optional Pockets
Banded Hem
2 Sleeve Lengths: Short, Long
3 Sleeve Finishes: Hemmed, Cuffed, or Thumbhole Cuffs
4 Neckline Finishes: Neckband, Scuba Hood, Funnel Neck, Ruched Funnel Neck

I sewed up two of basically the exact same top during testing. The first one needed a little extra length for my body, so Momma Mia got one for herself! Twinning is winning right? Hers is a bit oversized for her body as she is a few sizes smaller than I am.

I paired my Valeria top with my favorite pair of Diane Joggers. You can click the link to view my blog post! This is such a perfectly comfy set now! I highly suggest it! Oh btw The Diane Joggers are currently 30% off, but only for a few day.

The Valerie Top is on new release sale and you won’t want to miss out. It won’t be on sale again for a good while. Don’t worry about your other half and kiddos, they have patterns as well. Don’t forget to bundle and sale!

Remember when I mentioned the 30% off Diane Joggers?? What I meant to say was the entire 5 out of 4 site is 30% off!! Yep! HUGE DEALS are happening for their 6th anniversary!

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Here is a small portion of my 5oo4 makes! Don’t miss out on their sale!!

Guest Blogging – Love Notions Forte Top and Fabric Comparisons

Hi Friends!! Here is a warning, You are going to be overloaded with blog posts from me this weekend! I have been sewing up some AMAZINGLY AWESOME things and I need to share! Plus there are some sales and I don’t want you to miss out! First up, I am guest blogging for Love Notions today for the Featured Friday pattern!

The Forte Top/Dress pattern is on sale for only $5 FOR TODAY ONLY! I sewed up the Forte with 4 different fabric based and explained a bit about them. You are NOT going to want to miss out. Also this is my first blog post for Love Notions so come by and show me some love!! Here is the link, just click my photo below.

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Fabric Sponsored by Stitchin’ Pretties and Surge Fabric Shop.

Jessica @ 5oo4 has a Birthday and saving you some cash!

Half Price SALE!!! 

50% off of everything!!! 

except the Candy Pants

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

5oo4 is without a doubt my most used patterns! You will not be disappointed!

Here is a link for you to save!

Ascent Pull Over – On Sale

The background of these photos are the exact reason this pull over is awesome! The snow means it is cold in Ohio! Not fun! Momma Mia really doesn’t like the cold or the snow, but she loves warm fuzzy clothes! I decided to make the Ascent pull over for her because I hadn’t made the pattern yet, it hasn’t been released in the larger size range, and I knew she would wear it.
5oo4 Ascent XL-3x-XL (4)
I picked out this super fun print while at Joanns. This is Blizzard Fleece and is frequently on sale. Fleece has a bit of stretch for comfort when wearing and turned out to be a perfect fabric for this jacket. The pattern absolutely said to use a thinner knit fabric for the zipper plackets and pockets… I didn’t….I should have. They were difficult to sew because of the thickness of the layers of fleece. Please follow directions…they are written for a reason. I decided to do the solid bodice instead of the color blocked version. Usually when I haven’t sewn a pattern before I go with the most simple version of the pattern. That way I have the least amount of time invested in the project in case it needs some adjustment.
5oo4 Ascent XL-3x-XL (3)
If I make this pattern again I will make a few changes. I will either raise the side pockets up another inch or lengthen the bodice by 2 inches. When the pockets are weighted down, they hang a little below the hem line. I am not sure if this was an error on my part or something else. I guess if I would have top stitched them in place, this wouldn’t have happened. Either way, I am able to remove some of the length from the pocket bag to make them smaller which in turns means they won’t show. Win-Win! The pattern includes a color block options with side panels on the bodice and the sleeves. I choose to add the optional side pockets because all jackets need pocket! Actually, all clothing needs pockets! PS. I used regular zips because I didn’t have invisible zippers on hand in a color that matched.
5oo4 Ascent XL-3x-XL (1)

Included in the pattern are:

  • -Sizes XS-XXXL
  • -Solid Pullover
  • -Optional contrast panels and sleeves
    -Two zipper lengths (9″ or 12″) – 9″ is traditional length, but the 12″ can give you a little bit more room!
    -Optional on-seam pockets with invisible zippers.
    -Breastfeeding option!!! Invisible zippers in the seams for the contrast panels make breastfeeding access quick and easy.

5oo4 Ascent XL-3x-XL (2)

If you like this pattern, you can pick it up while it is on sale for 30% off for 5 out of 4’s anniversary sale! Here is the pattern link for you. 

5oo4 Ascent XL-3x-XL (5)
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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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