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

George and Ginger – Batwing Tunic

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na Batwing! For those keeping track that is the second time I have began a post here by saying that. I hope that is now stuck in your head because it has been stuck in mine for a few days now.

Bat Wings!!

I think it’s time to kick off Fall sewing season! I love fall and I love layers. I have written about that so many times here on the blog. Plus, this fall I am planning a geocaching road trip so that warrants a new wardrobe right? Even though it is still August and nearly 100* F outside, I am already wearing long sleeves to work so I don’t freeze to death!

This is the George and Ginger Batwing tunic. While this tunic is pretty awesome on its own, it also has a cardigan included in the pattern. It is like a 2 for 1 deal! This time, I only sewed the straight hem tunic version, but that cardigan is coming up soon so stay tuned! You could also make the included hi lo hem option! I really love pattern options!!

I have to admit, I have only sewn a few Batwing tops, but I feel like this one is my favorite. I really love that it has an overly slouchy fit and I already want another one. As I was figuring out which pattern I planned to use for this fabric, I knew I wanted something I could wear with jeans or dress pants, a skirt or even over a dress to mix up the look a little bit! I have been mentally thinking of garments which will be more versatile in my wardrobe. I have a lot of single purpose garments that don’t mix and match well with what I already have and I need to fix that. Which patterns are your favorites? LMK.

I used this midweight Black French Terry from Stitchin’ Pretties. It is fantastic, Friends! I love the weight and feel of it. I kinda need it in all the colors. I had a two yard cut of this and even though the Batwing Tunic directions said I would need 2.5 yards, it worked with my 2 yard cut! Success!!! In case you have been out of the loop for a long long time, SP still has their buy 2 continuous yards and get a surprise yard of fabric free! BONUS!

I made a few minor tweaks to my pattern. I am at the tippy top of George and Ginger’s “Old School” size chart so I added a little additional width across the belly and hip area. I didn’t want it to be fitted here since that was not the intended fit. For my next one, I will also add about .5 inch additional width around the cuff so it is slightly less snug on my forearms. The best part of sewing my own clothing is that I can made these adjustments and then the fit is spot on!

When I first became a tester at George and Ginger, I know I was going to have to expand my closet colors and prints because I am a floral girl at all times, so here we go…black. LOL I think the Batwing pairs perfectly with my Snakeskin pants! I made the pants too and they were actually the first episode of Refashion your Closet on my Youtube channel. You can watch as I make them here. (Please go show me some love, Friends!) That was a really fun make and I love the concept of the series. My plans for that series has been derailed by medical issues, but stay tuned! It is back in September!

With Spooky Season approaching now (It is Septemeber 1st, after all) is the time to get your fall sewing underway. I do suggest the George and Ginger Batwing pattern for you! Are you interested in a video on assembling this top or cardigan? I think that could be fun plus some plus size styling tips all in one video. Let me know as always. You can pick up the pattern here using my affiliate link. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Batwing Tunic and Cardigan

George and Ginger – Lively Dress

Summer is winding down, but I still need all the dresses. Dresses will transition to fall if you add layers, correct? Yes! Tights, jacket, cardigan, long sleeve crop, boots… so many options my friends. It is currently too hot for layers, so you are going to have to trust me. I decided to sew up my first ever Lively dress and I am happy I did for several reasons.

  1. I adore the gathering at the shoulder and yoke detailing.
  2. I love a flirty twirly skirt.
  3. Stripes and Floral colorblocking potentional.
  4. The pattern has both a tunic and a dress option.
  5. Today it is on sale!
Yesss, I love full skirts so much.

Let’s talk about the pattern.

This is the Lively from George and Ginger. It is a great pattern and on their old school size chart. The pattern is sized through 5x which is a 55.5 inch bust and a 59 inch hip. I did a 1 inch full bust adjustment so I could have a little extra room in the bust and belly. Yes, a bust adjustment will add room in the belly which I need in GG patterns. As it turned out, I didn’t need the additional room in the bust, but I am so pleased with my first Lively.

I chose to leave out the lining because I am way too hot for lined shirts. LOL I just added a simple neckband by smoothing the curves at the neckline a bit and moved on with my less overheated life. I also left off the sleeve ruffle because I want to wear a denim jacket over this dress come fall. Plus my fabric isn’t navy on the inside and I hate seeing white fabric inside a sleeve when it billows around.

Back yoke in contract fabric really makes the gathering stand out!

I believe my floral fabric came from The Fab Fabric Clique and the stripes were from an online auction. I adore them both separately, but they worked so well together because the navy blue is consistent and the scale is different. Yes, folks you should totally wear your stipes and your florals together!!! This pattern has a lot of gathering at the back and a=near the front shoulders. I use my serger to gather and I have a video on my YT channel to teach you how. Stop by and check it out. Gathering Video

Like I mentioned above today is the LAST DAY for the Lively being on sale. I know, I know, the month got away from me.

Today only it is $7.50 and you can click here to get it. I thank you for clicking my afflink. This costs you nothing, but gives me a small commission from the designer.

Ellie and Mac – Tres Belle and Wrapped in Love Dress Hack

Hi Friends! Long time no chat, no blog, no sewing. Sorry life has been a little busy this summer, but I have several fun things coming up including a new Youtube video. I hope you have been enjoying summer (or winter) and have been doing a lot of fun sewing or enjoying life. I haven’t sewn much recently to be honest. I am working on a quilt block swap and I made a small zipper pouch for a swap, which reminds me I should share that. I took lots of pics while putting it together. Anyhow back to our regularly scheduled sharing.

My newest dress is amazing and I am in love with it already. I bet it won’t even shock you that it is a pattern hack from Ellie and Mac. I used the two patterns to create this look. I have used each of the patterns several times, but apparently not together. I am so glad that I was able to remedy that situation because I am thrilled with the outcome. I used the Tres Belle bodice which I have used multiple times. Most recently, I used it on a guest blog post for Ellie and Mac. This is one of the few cross front patterns that I really love which is why I keep coming back to it. This one has enough coverage without having “too much” coverage. It is all about balance and I am trying to understand the rules. 🙂 The only adjustment I made was my typical bicep adjustment. 

For my skirt portion, I used the Wrapped in Love pattern and only cut the skirt. I have used this pattern a few times as well. I love that the maxi length isn’t overly wide and I can wear it without tripping up the stairs. This is criteria for what makes the perfect skirt in my book. 


I normally don’t go for fabric that has a lot of white areas, but there was no way I could resist this print though! If you have read this blog much at all, you know I wer all the florals! This fabric is available from Stitchin’ Pretties and it is called Lydia. Here is the link.  I really love ITY because it feels cool even when it is hot outside. It seems like it is becoming my favorite choice for warm weather. Don’t forget when you shop at Stitchin’ Pretties all the regular priced fabrics are buy two yards get a bonus coordinate for free. So choose wisely and buy all the pretty things!

Here are my affiliate links my friends!

Tres Belle Pattern

Wrapped in Love Dress

Lydia ITY Fabric

5oo4 – Maria Tank and Dress

Hi Friends! Another last minute post about a great pattern! This is the Maria Tank for 5oo4. Such a fun Cross Over Tank top pattern. I have several tank tops I love, but this twisty style is something new and interesting! This is the perfect summer top and it is easy to dress up or down. I paired my new tank with comfy black capris and heels and was all about beating the summer heat.

The Maria Tank and Dress includes:

  • Sizing is based on our women’s size chart from XXS-5XL
  • Knit fabric with at least 25% horizontal stretch
  • Regular or FBA (full bust adjustment) front bodice.
  • High or Low Scoop necklines
  • Top, tunic, dress or maxi lengths
  • Unique gathered twist cross back

I am wearing the low scoop neck in tunic length. I decided to use bands instead of binding on this version. I actually am not awesome at sewing bindings so anytime I have the option of bands, I am on it. My bands are made from brushed poly so I took about 2 inches off the total length of them to account for the stretch. Don’t worry, there is a formula in the directions walking you through this personal adjustment. Just Do It! It will make such a huge difference in the total look of your cross back!

This adorable panda print has been hanging out in my stash for at least a year. I picked it up at Stitchin’ Pretties. It is so soft, cool to the touch and smooth textured. Don’t forget about their buy two yards, get one free deal! Load your cart up!! Maria is designed for light weight knit fabrics with at least 25% horizontal stretch.

Tonight is your last chance to take advantage of the Maria release sale pricing! It is currently on sale for $9.60.

Maria Top and Dress

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LN – Boyfriend Cardigan Update and Sale

Can I tell you a secret? I love a good cardigan! I love wearing my clothing in layers. Part of this is because I feel more put together and part of it is my body doesn’t know if it wants to be hot or cold…Life. lol

I made this cardigan awhile ago for Momma Mia. It even made my Fall Favorites list! I used a loose weave sweater knit for hers. She wears it frequently and I think now she is going to want another one! Not so fast, Momma Mia! This one is all mine. I loved this pattern and was so happy when LN announced this one was joining the extended size chart. Now inclusive thru size 5x with an included full bust adjustment. Not only did the size range increase, but there is now a duster length included and a flat even collar. Seriously, I am so happy about this update! I used a really great plaid sweater knit.

I love the split hem detail!! This is 100% the nicest my split hem has ever looked!

Let’s begin by talking about the options I went with. I am wearing the mid thigh length version with the shawl collar. This is my go-to length for most things and it is perfect over my new Vivace Dress which is also by Love Notions. Worth noting here: This is my original test version and at the last minute additional length was added to the center front to give this pattern a more even look across the front hem. **The current pattern will be more even along the bottom hem.** You are welcome. Spoiler Alert: I already have big plans for a teal blue one using a honeycomb fabric and a flat band!

Included Options/Features

  • Meant for knit fabrics
  • Mid thigh length, Duster length
  • Shawl or Flat collar or hood
  • Drop shoulder
  • Side vents
  • Drop pockets

I am wearing my brand new Boyfriend Cardigan over the Love Notions Vivace dress made in a woven fabric. If you can remember back, I have made myself and Momma Mia this dress in lovely knits so this time I switched it up. This pattern is drafted for either woven or knit fabric. The pattern has separate bodices for these options so you have to pay attention to the print chart before printing. I decided to add three extra inches to the length so that I was certain my dress would be longer than my cardigan and I wanted this to be wearable for work.

This amazing red fabric is called CEY Air Flow . It is textured but light weight and has a wonderful drape. I was happy that it sewed up easily too. Many times I have said I am not great with woven fabrics and this year I have really been putting effort into doing better with them. I highly recommend giving this fabric a try! You can pick it up at Sly Fox Fabrics here . I should also tell you that this comes in a lovely mustard/yellow toned fabric as well. If you haven’t looked lately, Sly Fox Fabrics has some really pretty woven prints. There are some Bubble Crepe fabrics that I have my eye on. I love this Tropical Paradise print it may have just jumped into my cart when I was going there to get this photo for you.

I never knew how much I needed a red dress until now! I am so happy with this and have already wore it twice! Trust me, you will love it as much as I do. This would also make a gorgeous Lyric dress with the button front placket or a flowy Rhapsody.

Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan

Currently on sale for $5.00 on 3/26 only. Then it will be $9 through Sunday. The regular price will be $12. Now is the time to shop!!

Love Notions Vivace Pattern

Sly Fox Fabrics CEY Air Flow in Red

Love Notions -Whistler Updated

The Whistler Pattern is the coolest kid on the block and now I have two! First off, this isn’t a new pattern, but it is now available in the full size range offered from Love Notions. This pattern is XXS through 5X and includes a FBA. I have been admiring this one from on far, just waiting for it to come in the new size range! This pattern is intended for stable knits. This means heavier knits like Sweatshirt knits, Ponte, and Liverpool are perfect!! The Whistler was just re-released and you need it!  I love that this pattern has the option to either use a hood or have a shawl style detail at the neckline! I absolutely love that the pockets are placed vertically in the front of the bodice instead of the sides. I think this will be really nice when I am outside hiking because nothing will fall out of my pockets. (Spoiler Alert- IT IS PERFECT! I have now tried it out! Nothing falls out.)

First let’s talk about the design. This is a pull over style in the top, tunic or dress lengths. I love the versatility. I made 2 tunic lengths as I knew I would be wearing this when I am geocaching and hiking. I have now tried it out on two adventures and it is perfection! You can elect to make the pattern with a hood or the beautiful shawl option. Both designs have a button accent. You can make this functional or not. Mine is just sewn on, why make a buttonhole when you don’t need to? Dig deep into your button stash because you only need 1 large or 2 medium buttons for this look!

I made a new pair of Sabrina Slims in solid black ponte to wear with my new Whistlers. This time I made the seamed trousers since I didn’t have a pair of them yet. These pants are comfy as heck and I love them with boots and my pull over! Such an easy outfit. I have made several pair of Sabrina Slims at this point. You can check them out here.

The interested pocket design is really neat from the drafting process. There is an included video on how to put it together and makes it look so simple! I love the videos that show how to assemble potentially confusing steps! The link is in the pattern and you can just click to be taken right to it!

Whistler Sweater and Hoodie Features:

Fabrics

Purple Camo Ponte – Stitchin’ Pretties

Solid Black Ponte (Pants) – Stitchin’ Pretties

Black and White Print- Zincks

Black Crepe (Shawl and Hood)- Walmart

If you love this pattern too and want to take advantage of the re release sale, here is my afflink. You can save $3 by shopping today!

The Sabrina Slims are also available here.

Lucy – Perfect Scrap Buster

I have been looking for some projects that would be perfect for using up some of my large fabric scraps. Today I am using the Lucy pattern from 5oo4 patterns. I picked this pattern because I have an assortment of long semi narrow lengths of fabric which should work well for anything with princes seams. Next photo… the scrap pile! These scraps were left over from this dress hack. I added a solid burgundy 1 yard cut to the pile.

This lovely pattern features princess seams in top, tunic, and 2 dress lengths. I sewed the scoop neck version of the tunic. I didn’t adjust for height which worked out well since I couldn’t locate any comfy pants to wear with and actually match this tunic. I made the 4x FBA graded to the 5x pattern.

All the options included with the Lucy Pattern.

The Women’s Lucy Top and Dress includes:

  • Women’s sizes XXS – 5XL
  • Princess seams
  • Jewel or scoop neck options
  • Sleeveless, cap sleeve, short sleeve, elbow sleeve, three-quarter length sleeve, or long sleeves.
  • Top, Tunic, Mini Dress and Knee Dress length options
  • Optional Lace Up back

This pattern came together super easily. I used my serger for everything but the hemming which is always nice. You can always use a zig zag stitch in your regular machine though. My sewing machine is out of the shop and I am not sure it is completely fixed. Still fighting with it at times. Ugg

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