5 out of 4 – Mingo Capris

Mad about Mingo

Yep, I am a little mad. Mad, that I didn’t make these pants a while ago. Why didn’t I realize how comfy and perfect these pants would be. Honestly, they really are perfection during the hot weather we are currently having. The Mingo pattern is perfect for all those flowy knits you have been stashing. 

My Fabric

My fabric is lightweight stretch crepe-possibly. I picked it up recently at Hobby Lobby, on clearance, and bought all 6 yards that were left on the bolt. I am going to make a super cute dress out of this fabric too. I do love black and white and the random dot pattern is a bonus. I hope I am not the only one who takes advantage of a good deal when they stumble upon it. I think that is how we start fabric stashes which every seamstress needs…

I decided to go with the capri length option and knew I would need to adjust the height of these pants. Most pant patterns are much too long for me since I am only 5’1. I removed 4 inches from the length of the capris so now they fit as they should. I removed the length from 3 spots to avoid a large adjustment when re-blending the side seams. I elected to go with the higher side slit because why not. 🙂 I am feeling brave and bold in my old age. I used an elastic to make the wasitband for a super fast finish!  I already have fabric laying out for a second pair. This is the perfect pants for looking dressy, but not wearing a dress! 

5 out of 4 has so many excellent pant patterns and I have made nearly all of them. I made the size 2X for the back and a 3x for the front belly area because… bellies are real folks! 🙂 This fabric is slightly less stretchy than my usual DBP, but still has good stretch. I adore this fabric, have I mentioned that?

My Top

I sewed this top specifically for these pants. I have a very limited number of solid tops and all of them are in darker shades. I needed something light and airy to go with these pants. I didn’t find what I wanted in my stash because I am very limited on fabrics what aren’t DBP. I wanted something that would breathe!! I scored this tri-blend (?) at Walmart as a $4/2 yard roll. YESSS Please! I love when I luck out in those bins. I used my much loved Easy Tee pattern with the neckline from the Jessie Dress to make my look! I adore it so much! This is a perfect blend of my favorite things and I need more!

The Patterns contains Afflinks

Mingo Shorts, Capris, and Pants

The Easy Tee, Tunic, and Dress

The Jessie Top, Tunic, and Dress

#TFCMAYFLOWERS and a sale!

Long time, no sew! My sew-jo has been so low lately. However, I did go on a fun vacation and now I am back with a few new sewing projects on deck! First off, This Dress! I feel like I write this line a lot * This wasn’t what I had planned when I was working on this pattern, but I really love how it turned out* but here we are. 🙂 Keep reading, we are going to talk about it.

The Pattern Details

This is Melanie from 5 out of 4. Melanie isn’t a new pattern, but it is less than a year old and deserves some love. I didn’t even have the pleasure of testing it because I was recovering from knee surgery and sewing was pretty limited. Since I am catching up on all the things the cool kids do, I tackled Melanie!

The pattern has several options

Sizing XXS-5XL * Crew or Scoop Necklines * Sleeveless, Short, 3/4, or long sleeved * Top, Knee, or Tea Length * Side Ruching * Designed for Knits

What I Made

I made size 3x with the included FBA and graded to a 4x from the waist down. I did the scoop neck with short sleeves. Here is the part about things not turning out as intended. 🙂 I removed a couple of inches length from the knee length option because I thought I would wear this as a tunic length top over leggings, but ended up loving it as a shorter dress!  Since the side ruching is just drawstring style ties, I can easily shorten the dress to a different length by pulling the drawstrings tighter on the sides. I just used a coordinating fabric scrap to make my ties. You all know how I love to mix prints. In the situation, I didn’t have any scraps from my dress fabric that were long enough to make the ties, so polka dots scraps for the win! I also made the back opening slightly shorter since I didn’t want to have a visible bra band. I wish I would have brought it up an additional .75 inches. That is a tricky measurement on yourself. 🙂 So this is a note for me, the next time I make this dress and I promise, there will be another one!

Back slit. I don’t own cute bras I would want to display. 🙂

My Fabric Choice

This lovely poly rayon spandex fabric is from The Fab Clique and as soon as I opened my mystery package I was thrilled! This print is called Penelope’s Garden. These are my colors! While I do love girlie prints, I don’t like froo froo colors! This print is lovely and I adore the colorway. I don’t order many mystery packs of fabric, but this is my second one from TFC and they have both been exceptional.  This was a two yard cut and I was able to Jenga the pattern a bit to make it work. Thank goodness for back seams! My leftover scraps were too small to even bother saving and trust me, I don’t throw away usable fabrics!  I am so glad I was able to make this dress work with the fabric I had!

Notice my cute little polka dot side ties!

#TFCMAYFLOWERS

Remember the hashtag I mentioned? #TFCMAYFLOWERS ?? Want to join the fun? All you need to do is 1. Use fabric from The Fab Clique. 2. Make something lovely related to flowers- (floral print, pattern named after a flower, umm photo staged in a flower garden -ok, I made this one up, but TFC is pretty open to interpretations so it may work, ETC. ) 3. Share your make on all your socials using the #TFCMAYFLOWERS. I can’t wait to see what you come up it!

I do love when I can wear normal shoes with my dresses!

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Melanie Pattern from 5 out of 4 is currently on sale for 30% off – Hurry before the sale ends!

Penelope’s Garden – Gorgeous Rayon Spandex blend knit fabric from The Fab Clique

Love Notions – Terra Tunic Updated

I’m happy to report another Love Notions pattern has joined the updated club. <woot> This time, it is the Terra Tunic. This pattern is a surprisingly quick sew and has multiple neckline options. Bonus! It is the $5 Feature Friday pattern!! Use code Sequoia10 to save even more!

I have made two so far. One was during testing and the other was after the test was finished. I also sewed one for Momma Mia will I will share in a day or two. I love when quick patterns offer simple changes yet still look very different.

For this one, I made the basic scoop neck option with 3/4 sleeves. I wanted a lovely top that could be comfy and casual or easily dressed up. Also, I needed to add another top to my solids collection I have been working on so I have more mix and match opportunities in my closet. This pattern is perfect for filling that spot in my wardrobe. Lately, I am more focused on quality makes instead of quantity. I have so many clothes that I need them to be multi purpose.

The options that are included with this pattern are as follows.

  • 6 neckline options: scoop, v-neck, funnel, asymmetrical, boat neck and v-neck hood
  • 4 sleeve lengths: short, elbow, 3/4 & long
  • Deep hem with side vents
  • Optional welt pockets and elbow patches
  • Video tutorials: welt pockets and side vents

Now let’s talk about this fabric. This is the yummiest mint brushed rib knit ever!! Side note: it is currently only $4 a yard!! Here is my afflink to pick some up! I think I have really been sewing a lot of texture so rib knit is another fun one to add to the line up. I think that the texture helps me get over my fear of solid color fabrics. 🙂

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Remember earlier when I said you can dress this one up or down, well let’s check out a few more options. In this photo, I have added my already loved Fraser Cardigan. I am so into this black and white cardigan and I wear it as soon as it comes out of the laundry. I may be wearing it as I write this… 🙂 Sorry, not sorry.

If you are ready to grab the Terra Tunic while on sale for its new update, here is a link! Plus use code Sequoia10 to save an extra 10% off.

If you need all the gorgeous mint green fabric, here is your link to it. While you are there, don’t forget to shop the new releases which includes the beautiful burn out velvet I used yesterday.

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Fancy Like – Sloane Edition

I am sure everyone who lives on this planet knows the Walker Hayes song, Fancy Like. I hear it everywhere these days, sing along with it on the radio, and this top has me feeling fancy too! So let’s talk about it.

I know you will be shocked to see me making another Love Notions pattern, <Insert Eye Roll> but when you find a good thing, you stick with it! 

The Love Notions Sloane has been on the blog a time or two already, but this time I went real fancy like. This fabric is called Tamed on The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe, but I am not feeling very tame wearing it. What is more awesome than brown shimmery animal print fabric?? Brown shimmery animal print burnout velvet fabric! It is so so good, my friends! Don’t forget that when working with fabric like velvet, you have to work with the nap. Just know that you want to cut your fabric so that when brushed downward, it is smooth. I don’t have a ton of experience sewing velvet fabric and never have I sewn any burn out, but it wasn’t painful at all. 🙂 I added a few extra clips when lining up the neckband and the bodice to help with a little bit of rolling and then it was a breeze! Tamed whizzed through my serger like a champ. When it came time to add the bottom band, I actually ran a serger stitch along the bottom to hold my band layers together before serging the band to the bodice. I did this because velvet, by nature, is a little shifty and then the burn out element means that small sections are a sheer fabric.

Speaking of the burnout element here, I know someone will ask if it is see thru. The easy response here is, yes those areas are see thru. There is a sheer ‘net” filling in those gaps. I tried my top on with a teal printed bra and you could totally see that, but when I put on a skin toned bra it wasn’t noticeable. That being said, I didn’t wear a cami under this fabric and felt comfortable wearing it. As always, you do you. 🙂 This was a total win for me in the “solid color” but not solid fabric game I have been playing lately! 

So let’s talk about the pattern now. The Love Notions Sloane top has a few options mainly color blocked parts or not. For this one, I didn’t color block. I used the solid bodice options and the bands. I made body style B which is the boxier fit because I don’t like overly fitted clothing. Fun Fact: I sewed the entire thing with my serger which was awesome since I didn’t want to hunt down some dark brown thread for my sewing machine. I made the 3x with included Full bust adjustment and long sleeves with cuffs. I did a 1 inch bicep adjustment which I have blogged about here. Friends, I love this one!

Here is a list of the pattern details.

Sloane Sweater Features:

  • Meant for knit fabrics
  • 2 body views: A- more fitted with curved hem & hits at mid-hip, B- boxy fit with hem band & hits at high hip.
  • Optional yoke, elbow patches, hood and kangaroo pocket
  • Dropped shoulder, relaxed fit
  • Full Bust option

Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)

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A New Annabeth

One of my favorite sweatshirt patterns is the Annabeth from 5 out of 4. I have made several and I wear one of them nearly every time I go to walk in the woods. Like so many of my favorite tops, they are worn out, colors faded and now just too big. I decided I deserved a new one. Let’s do this!

I have used French Terry for most of the Annabeths I have made myself or for my mom, but this one is Waffle knit. This is a new fabric for me to sew and I have been curious to try it out. This rich chocolate color is called Farrah. The website also calls it Cappuccino, but I think we should call it delicious. It is such a lovely rich brown color and I love it so much already. This will quickly become a closet staple. I seem to be sewing a lot of browns lately, maybe I am in fashion and don’t even know. I just love all the shades of brown right now.

Let’s talk about sewing this waffle knit. It has enough weight to be a nice fabric, it didn’t curl or fray when I cut, and it went through my serger without issues. It is a poly, rayon, lycra blend with 4 way stretch so it will work for loads of knit garments. #sewhappy I even had enough spools of matching threads that my seams are actually brown. 🙂 If you want to grab some for yourself, here is the link.

Let’s get back to my pattern deets. I will give you all the pattern details next, but I have made the tunic length with long sleeves which I shorted by 1 inch. I added regular cuffs and the neckband. I did the solid bodice instead of the color blocked bodice. I sewed the 3x with the included FBA and graded out to a 4x. 

Here are all the pattern details for you. 

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!

If you would like to check out a few of the other Annabeth’s I have made, here are your photos and links.


You can click here to pick up the Annabeth pattern.

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Love Notions – Breckenridge Henley

One of my favorite tops is tie dye printed Breckenridge Henley. I made it during the testing and it wasn’t 100% perfect, but totally wearable. I have worn it to death and now it has gotten a little too big so it just looks sloppy. I have been wearing it mostly to the gym these days because it is so comfy, but it is time to make a new one. So let’s do it!

When I ordered this awesome print from Stitchin’ Pretties was really excited. When it arrived, I immediately tossed it in the wash so it would be ready. If you haven’t worked with double brushed poly before, I encourage you to do it. It is super easy to wash and wear, you won’t need to iron it all the time, it feels like cozy pjs plus it comes in a million prints and colors. This is one of the newest releases from Stitchin’ Pretties and I think you should go get some ordered ASAP! Here is your link to get you directly to Nicole. While I am talking about SP have you followed their new Instagram page? #Stitchinprettiestrendyfabrics Go get them a follow and let’s get their account back on top!

I really like this pattern and the faux bucket placket. *Not a single button hole was sewn during the making of this tunic.* Basically I sewed the binding on and then overlapped the right and left sides and pinned those layers together. I dropped the feed dogs on my machine and did a quick zig zag over the button to sew it in place. I decided that the stark white buttons was actually a fun pop of color! (They were also in my stash, upstairs, and I didn’t have to search for them.) #Lazy #Makeitwork #Itdoeswork

Here are the options included with the pattern. I made a size 3x with the included FBA in the tunic length and short sleeves. I actually think I will remove another inch or so from the length. Sometimes I get very nervous about removing length from patterns even though I am shorter than the height it is drafted for. I have some insecurities and I like certain parts of me covered up. I am learning to work with what I currently have and as my body is changing I need to learn how to adjust that.

XS-5X

Meant for knit fabrics

Three lengths: shirt, tunic and dress

V-neck henley collar

3 sleeve styles: short, long with cuff and long with rolled tab

Full bust option

Subtle curved hem

Trimless pattern format

Layers

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Breckenridge Top, Tunic, Dress Pattern

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Nicole – Double Brushed Poly

Breckenridge Dress – If you would like a look back at my blog post from October 2020

Easy Tee – Retro vibes!

If I had to pick one pattern to reach for when I need a sewing win, it is the Easy Tee from 5 out of 4. When I need a quick finish, to get out of a sewing funk, or just a super comfy top, I will always use the Easy Tee. I actually a few more version of this pattern coming up in the near future! This pattern is perfect for so many folks and I love it for myself or when I am sewing for Momma Mia. Today is was Momma Mia’s turn! Let’s Go!

This fabric is so GROOVY!

This is the first strike I have sewn for The Fab Clique, but I have used their fabric several times during the last year or two. I am really excited to add more of it into my closet! They have quick turn around times and a great selection!

I am obsessed with the colors of the fabric! So many options for coordinates!

I love the retro feel of this print and so did my mom. She claimed dibs as soon as I showed her. She immediately wanted a new Easy Tee dress which I was happy to make for her. She is totally working that 70’s vibe, complete with the short dress length and stacked bracelets! This pattern is perfect for so many different knits, but I love when its made from double brushed poly. It makes it an easy sew with a serger or sewing machine!

This fabric is called Living Colors and is a new release from The Fab Clique. You can check it out with my afflink here. Yep, an afflink because I am new to TFC team! I can’t wait to show you some fun makes! They have loads of great items including loads of fabric in the clearance tab!!

Pockets are a must-have!

Now let’s take a minute to discuss the pattern details.

Designed for: Light to Medium weight knits

  • Women’s Sizes XXS-5XL
  • Regular, FBA (full bust adjustment) or Maternity bodices
  • Top, Tunic, Short dress, and Knee Length Dress options
  • Hemmed or Band hem options for the shirt and tunic
  • Curved hem option that is in between the shirt and tunic lengths
  • Pockets for the dress options
  • Optional breast pocket
  • Crew neck, scoop neck, or v-neck
  • Hoods for both the crew and the scoop neck versions

I sewed the short dress length with elbow sleeves and a crew neck. Of course, I added the pockets. Momma Mia will be cruising in style in her new dress as we are looking forward to warmer weather!

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The Easy Tee, Tunic, and Dress Pattern

Living Colors fabric from The Fab Clique

Pj Party -5 out of 4 style

Who is still sewing Christmas gifts in the 11th hour? Me! I am so far behind on sewing in general and am just struggling with the motivation to sew at all. I guess sewing with deadlines is a true motivator though because here I am making Momma Mia a new PJ house dress in time to share for the #5oo4pajamaparty. This is also 100% supportive of my motto which is “Pants are dumb.'”

I made Momma Mia a pajama dress so she can feel extra comfy while lounging around this winter. I love wearing new clothing no matter where I am actually wearing them. This is the 5 out of 4 Easy Tee that you have seen me use so many times. This is one of my favorite patterns ever and I have likely sewn it in every combination at this point. Just like almost all of the other 5oo4 patterns, this one comes loaded with options.

  • Women’s Sizes XXS-5XL
  • Regular, FBA (full bust adjustment) or Maternity bodices
  • Top, Tunic, Short dress, and Knee Length Dress options
  • Hemmed or Band hem options for the shirt and tunic
  • Curved hem option that is in between the shirt and tunic lengths
  • Pockets for the dress options
  • Optional breast pocket
  • Crew neck, scoop neck, or v-neck
  • Hoods for both the crew and the scoop neck versions
  • Cuffs for all sleeve lengths (sleeveless, short, 3/4, and long), including thumbhole cuffs if you want them!

I sewed the knee length dress with a few extra inches added to make it a bit longer. I used the crew neck line and the 3/4 sleeves. Plus we can’t forget the pockets for snacks. She was a bit shocked and asked if I really put pockets in her PJs. I couldn’t come up with a single reason NOT to put pockets in her PJs, so yes she has pockets in her new jams! lol

My fabric is a festive double brushed poly that was sent to me by the lovely Jessica Cee of JOT designs. When I grabbed it off the shelf, I thought it was horizontal stripes, but was kinda excited that they turned out to be vertical. PS: Horizontal stipes can be worn my any BODY!

So who else is still sewing Christmas or Holiday gifts? I know I am not alone!

If you would like to add the Easy Tee to your collection for either yourself or someone else, here is my afflink.

Easy Tee Pattern

Love Notions – Constellation Hoodie

Hi Friends! I have a few things to let ya know about. First off the Constellation Hoodie pattern is the Feature Friday pattern at Love Notions this week and it is Fall Perfection! Since it is on feature it is only $5 and worth every penny!

I made my first one almost 2 years ago and blogged about it here. I used the hood options and the thumb hole cuffs on that version so this time I knew I wanted to show off different options!

Thumb hole cuffs deserve a thumbs up!

This time I used a heavier weight fabric and I love the slight structure of it. My collar stands up nicely which was really important to me! I used the regular cuff with an additional .5 inches of width added since I left the original length was a bit snug and I was unable to push my sleeves up.

Let’s talk about my fabric. Like I said, I used a heavier weight fabric which I picked up at Zinck’s of Berlin. I loved the pale purple background with the purple and red plaid layout. If you notice, the inside of my collar and the background behind my pockets, that fabric is actually my main fabric just the backside of it. 🙂 I couldn’t really find a fabric that contrasted yet matched enough to work so this ended up being the perfect solution. My red accent fabric is a scuba weight fabric and my red zipper were both also from Zinck’s.

Here is a list of the important things that are included with the Constellation Hoodie.

This pdf pattern is rated for confident beginners

  • Three hem options: curved hem, bound curved hem, banded hem
  • Collar & hood options
  • Clean finish techniques
  • Two video clips- zipper installation & binding
  • Cuffs with thumbhole option
  • The half zip makes nursing a breeze
  • A FBA (full bust adjustment) piece is included
  • Trimless pattern format
  • Layers
  • Print at home
  • In addition to the print-at-home file is a large format file for copy shop printing is included. This file will print on two A0 (33″ x 46″) size sheets. Be sure to instruct your printer to print actual size in black and white on their cheapest paper. We recommend PDFPlotting for printing the large format files.

Yeah! Another fall make in the books! I am thrilled and so ready to wear this one out and about. What do you think? A Fall staple? Do you plan to make one? Let me know!

Also something else that is super exciting. Today I am on the Love Notion’s blog writing their Focus on Fit segment. I will walk you through 7 simple steps to do a full bicep adjustment. Please stop by and show me some love and learn this amazingly helpful adjustment!

Love Notions 40% off sale and BabyLock Giveaway!

Have you all seen the excitement over at Love Notions? The entire website (with the exception of the Arlington) is 40% off! This is a HUGE sale folks! This will be their last sitewide sale of the year and a rare sale at that! I hope you have a few minutes to go check out the site, but let me show you a few favorites.

Please consider my afflink to do your shopping. This costs you nothing, but I receive a small commission from the designer.

Now let’s talk about the Babylock giveaway! If you are the winner, you can choose between a Babylock Brillant or a Babylock Victory. All you need to do is comment on THIS Youtube video for an entry from my site!

Here is a link to all the rules.

Afflink here. https://www.lovenotions.com/?affiliates=429

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