The Fitting Experiment – Brooklyn Top and Bahama Bottoms

The Fitting Experiment

Episode 3

Brooklyn Top and Bahama Bottoms

Hi Readers! We are back with two patterns today! Sonia Estep Designs was generous enough to offer The Fitting Experiment two patterns so we could make outfits this round! This is the first time I have sewn a pattern from Sonia so I was looking forward to trying them out. I am embarrassed to admit, I didn’t realize that SED was so size inclusive.  I SED Brooklyn and Bahama FE (4)was impressed with the generous size range and I am happy to report all of my measurements were on the chart! Thank You. I was also pleasantly shocked that my upper and full bust were actually in the same size. This means I didn’t need to do a full bust adjustment before I began. 🙂

Let me also take a minute to point out that both of these patterns included multi formats for printing included overlap or edge to edge trimless pages and project files! The pattern tutorials included step by step photos that were easy to read and understand.

Let’s talk about the Brooklyn Top first.

My Adjustments: I added 2.5 inches for length. This shirt comes in top length, which means it ends at the high hip area. This is my “problem” area. I like it covered. I wear everything at tunic length because I  feel better about things at this length. I also adjusted the bicep of the Dolman sleeve by 1.5 inches. This is normal for me. Keep in mind that if you adjust the sleeve portion of the bodice, you will also need to adjust the “Long Sleeve” pattern piece so that they fit. I ended up shortening the sleeve 3/4 of an inch, but really could have done about 1 1/4 inches. I made note of this one my pattern piece for the SED Brooklyn and Bahama FE (1)future. I also added an extra button. I usually have issues with shirts gaping open when the front has buttons, so this was me being proactive. No gaping issues! 

When I cut and sewed this top, I made it with the knot. I wanted it to work, I wanted it to be cute, but the fact is, my body doesn’t need a knot standing out on my belly. I ended up cutting the knot tails off and hemming it straight across. Much better. Overall I really like the style of this top. It is cute and fun. I would totally make another one. I think I need a floral version! I sewed a 30/30/28.

Brooklyn Top- Details

Sizes included are Women’s 00-30 (sizing & measurement chart are included in the listing).

Options included:

  • Tank
  • Short Sleeve
  • Long Sleeve
  • Straight No Tie Hem
  • Tie Front
  • Curved Back Hem
  • Straight Back Hem

Now let’s talk about the Bahama Bottoms

This pattern also is drafted for both knit or a lightweight woven fabric. I selected a knit, possibly a cotton jersey, but I really am not sure. I don’t even know where this fabric came from. 🙂

My Adjustment: I made the shorts version because I like to wear shorts around the house. This pattern includes 3 lengths of shorts as well as pants. I picked the longest SED Brooklyn and Bahama FE (2)shorts length (8 inches) then shortened it by one inch. I also did a full belly adjustment before cutting the pattern. From experience I know if I go by my hip measurement, my bottoms will be way to big in the hips and booty. This happens because my weight is carried mostly in my belly area so I need to make adjustment to a correct this. I did a 1.5 inch adjustment and sized down 2 sizes. This type of shorts isn’t super flattering on my body, but these are definitely lounge around the house worthy. In the future, I would need to either lengthen to rise a bit or not do the double turn down like the pattern instructs. Also my fabric is a little thick which caused the elastic waist band to get a little bulky. Lesson learned! I sewed a 26 waist with a full belly adjustment graded to a 22 hip.  SED Brooklyn and Bahama FE (3)

As a bonus, the website includes this download for getting a great fit on pants. You will want to check it out.

Sizes included are Women’s 00-30 (sizing & measurement chart are included in the listing).

Options include drawstring

Four inseam lengths

Front patch pockets and back patch pockets with flap.

 

 

Formats included are Edge to Edge 8.5 x 11, Edge to Edge A4, Overlap 8.5 x 11, Overlap A4, A0, and Projector File.

All formats come with the layers feature, allowing you to print only the size(s) you need. Need help printing or assembling your pattern? Click HERE to see how to do both!

Overall these were both easy sews that were drafted nicely. If you would like to give either of of this patterns a go, here are your links!

The Brooklyn Top

The Bahama Bottoms

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The Fitting Experiment – Hourglass Dress

The Fitting Experiment

Episode 2- The Hourglass Dress

Background: I am hanging out with some new bloggers friends and we are calling our adventure, The Fitting Experiment. Our goal is to test out patterns that are drafted with a large size range to determine if the pattern has a great fit across the board. We are looking at comparing the fit across the size chart, construction techniques and directions, included options, and anything else the bloggers want to chat about. After this episode, we are adding more friends and not all of them are actual bloggers. Some use other platforms of social media and some make videos. We are mixing things up and expanding our game!

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The Fitting Experiment is back from quarantine and ready to share our latest project. This is the Hourglass Dress from Made by Runi. Yup, You read that right… DRESS! Psst: I know I am wearing a shirt! I made it into a shirt length because my closet is stuffed to the max with dresses. 🙂 Let’s start with the details of the pattern.

The pattern includes sizes 34-58 (European sizes).
Options included are: slim fit or flared skirt

Hourglass silhouette or solid front and back bodices.

Colorblock shoulder detailing

Two neckline options

Three sleeve lengths

I went with the flared fit, lower neckline, solid bodices and colorblocked short sleeves.

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Adjustments: I am just outside of the waist measurement for this pattern, but I straightened out the hourglass shape of the pattern (since I don’t have one) and blended from the bust to the hip and now it fits wonderfully. I also did a full bust adjustment and a bicep adjustment for this pattern. These are both adjustments I make on nearly all patterns I wear. This pattern called for binding the neckline, but I made bands. I am honestly terrible at binding, it looks like rubbish always. So I measured the opening, did the match, banded the neck. 🙂 I hemmed the sleeves and bottom.

New to me- I had to add seam allowances to the pattern. Apparently, this is a normal thing with European patterns…I had no idea. While this did take a little bit of extra time, it allowed me to pick the SA I wanted to use. The pattern pages also needed to be trimmed before assembling. So this pattern required a good bit of prep work before I could get down to sewing. Another thing that was a bit odd to me, the directions for assembling are on the website instead of with the pattern. While all these things are typical for the companies I usually sew, it wasn’t a deal breaker for me to sew. I only wish the size range included more sizes so I wouldn’t have to adjust so many things to get a great fit.

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Overall, I am happy with the fit after adjustments and will likely make the colorblocked version as well. This is a comfy top and I am wearing it to work today. I like that this top has a few different options to change up the look of it. This one will get a lot of use this summer!

If you would like to check out this, and other patterns from Runi, here is the link.

My fabric is from The Material Girls.

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A special thank you to Made by Runi for sponsoring The Fitting Experiment makers with patterns so that we can share our thoughts with you.

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