🎵Oh I want to take ya to Brooklyn, Bahamas…🎵 on a fitting experiment

In this installment of the Fitting Experiment, we are all sewing up versions of Sonia Estep Designs’ Bahama Bottoms pdf pattern (aff) and most are also pairing it with the Brooklyn top pdf pattern (aff).

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We all started with the Bahama Bottoms, which offer so many options that it was hard to choose which I wanted to sew up.

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Since it is still scorching hot outside, I went with the 5″ inseam elastic waistband with front and back pockets in rayon challis. These shorts proved to be lightweight, but not see-through, thanks to the fabric that I chose. They are breezy and so comfortable in these summer days.

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The pockets are just the right length to throw my cell phone in, and not have to worry about it popping out when I go to sit down. (That’s a HUGE plus in my book! LOL) There are also back pockets and flaps that can be used, but since I am in the “I hate ironing camp”, I chose to leave the flaps off this particular pair of shorts. If I had done a solid color pair or a denim pair, I would have placed the flap on to level up the chic factor for myself.

These are a US size 16, and they fit me beautifully!! I love that they included plus sizes in their full range at Sonia Estep Designs! My Brooklyn Top is also a US size 16, and I love the comfort of it, and well as the extra cute features that make it feel so luxe for a knit top!

To show a variety, I chose to do the straight hem with dolman short sleeves (as I knew that some of my fellow bloggers were doing the tie and the tank/sleeveless versions). As you can see, there are SO many lovely options that make this pdf pattern SO worth grabbing a copy for yourself!!

I used Dark Teal solid double brushed poly from Knitpop (aff) for my Brooklyn top, and buttons from HobbyLobby.com. With this pandemic, I source most of my supplies online. It is SO soft and lush!! One tiny change that I made was the placing of the buttons. I decided that since I intended to wear this as my top, as opposed to a layering piece, I wanted extra coverage higher in the top. I moved the top 2 buttons closer to each other so that I don’t have to worry about any gaping or accidental “wardrobe malfunctions”. Then, I measured the remaining length on the neckband/placket and divided that by the 4 remaining buttons to get them spaced evenly.

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Since these patterns are available in sizes 00-30, so many people would be able to enjoy these patterns. Not only that, but the options are mind-blowing! With this additional versatility, you could dress this pattern up or down and create different looks for every day of the week with just these 2 patterns!

(But Sonia Estep Designs also has other amazing patterns, while you are shopping there. #Enabler!! hahaha But seriously, they have freebies!! Join their Facebook group to learn more!

Thank you to Sonia Estep Designs for sponsoring The Fitting Experiment creators with patterns. Please check out others’ makes:

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The Fitting Experiment: Sabrina Slims Edition

Hello, and welcome to 2020!!! I am excited to start the year off with a new series that I am working on in conjunction with a small group of blogging makers, like myself. We are calling this new adventure The Fitting Experiment, where we take a pattern, and we all sew one up, to show how each of us looks different in the pattern, and we all explain what modifications we had to make for our particular body’s many curves.

The first edition of this experiment involved Love Notions’ Sabrina Slims (aff), a slim fit cigarette pant that comes with all sorts of wonderful options. It has recently been updated to include a wider range of sizes.

I sewed up Love Notions’ Tabitha Top (aff) to go with these amazing pants. The Tabitha Top also comes with so many options to choose from, but I went with the boatneck collar and optional lace shirttail.

With pants, I worry about fit, and am well-prepared with my lists of tailoring options, but with the latest Sabrina Slims pattern, they fit me so well, straight as a muslin/toile; so I was able to head straight into my “good fabric” and cut out my plaid Ponte fabric that I had been hoarding for over a year.

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I made the Tabitha Top out of red stretch crushed velvet from Knitpop (aff) and the lace mesh that I used for the shirttail (that can be tucked in to give you another completely different look) was from Stitchin’ Pretties.

I chose the size 18 straight leg with front pockets option for my Sabrina Slims. I chose not to interrupt the back lines with the optional welt pockets. I think that next time, I will do the paneled version of the Sabrina Slims, to add an almost piped look to the front seams of the pants. Like I said, I was lucky, and they fit me well, but for additional tailoring for next time, I might decrease my pocket bag and hip by 1/4″ on each side and take about 1/4 out of the knee area, but that is just in Ponte and just for my specific curves. Everyone’s body is different, so we will all wear the pattern differently, as well.  

A special thank you to Love Notions for sponsoring The Fitting Experiment bloggers with patterns so that we can share our thoughts with you. Love Notions has kindly provided a 20% off shop discount code for all our readers. Please use this code at checkout: FittingEXPSabrinas

In addition, Love Notions has given us TWO copies of Sabrina Slims to giveaway. For a chance to win, comment below. For more chances to win, comment on the other blogs too! You can check out their posts below:

 

Heading Back To School in Winter Wear Designs, a Stop on the B2S Blog Tour

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It’s that time of year again! It’s time to head back to school. Whether you are a student, educator, or administrator, you always want to look your best doing it! Luckily, Winter Wear Designs (aff) has got your back!! Their amazing patterns will have you looking stylish, no matter your age!

I was lucky enough to join in the Back 2 School Blog Tour with some AMAZING bloggers, who are talented sewists as well! We each set out with the goal of creating a mini capsule for differing back to school needs, so please make sure to visit all of the stops along this blog tour to be able to get inspired by the great and beautiful creations that have been made using Winter Wear Designs’ pdf patterns!

I sewed up the Aviator Pants for Women in Sizes XXS-XXXL (aff) and the Hepburn Henley for Women in Sizes 00-22 (aff) from the Back to School Bundle for Teens and Women (aff). I also sewed up the Trendy Tank (aff), a pattern that is free with coupon code, and the Read Deal Jeans for Women, in Sizes XXS-XXL (aff) in the capri length for this change of season, as we head into autumn.

Real Deal Capri length Jeans with Hepburn Henley with short sleeves…

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As I was trying to create a capsule for back to school looks, I chose pieces that were versatile so that you can mix and match and never have your wardrobe go stale or to be unprepared for a situation. I made the Aviator pants with a faux snakeskin velvet (from Mily Mae Fabrics) so that students or faculty could go to class in them or throw them on for dinner and a night on the town. I chose to have front pockets, but not the optional cargo pockets or back welt pockets, as I was going for a more trouser/dress pants kind of feel. I also went with a waistband hack for them, as I had this gorgeous glittery waistband elastic from Knitpop (aff). This glitter allows me to not only feel pretty, but also SO comfy all day long.

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With the Hepburn Henleys, I sewed one up with longer sleeves in DBP and RS (the white and yellow one with daisies from Love Adore Knits), and my other one in Rose Baroque crushed velvet from Mily Mae Fabrics.

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As you can see with a couple of accessories and changing from the Real Deal Jeans to the Aviators sewn up in a luxe fabric like velvet or suede, and the Hepburn Henley sewn up in fabrics like velvet, suede, silk, brushed hacci, or satin, you look can go from classroom to date night in a flash.

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I also sewed up a Trendy Tank (aff) in Twinkle Teal velvet from Mily Mae Fabrics and finished my edges with silver fold over elastic (FOE) for a fun look under a blazer (Phresh blazer anyone?) or cardi (Twin Peaks Cardi perfection!) or on its own for a fun night on the town.

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As you can see, the options are endless and are limited only by your imagination (OK OK, and maybe the available budget. hahaha) Grabbing the Back to School Bundle for Teens and Women (aff) will have you set with SO many possible looks for your own back to school capsule for one low price.

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For this blog tour, the Phresh Jeggings for Girls in sizes 1-14 (aff) and the Perfect Panel Tee for Boys and Girls in Sizes 1-14 (aff) are on sale for ONLY $5!! Run and get your copy today!!

Don’t miss out on any of the stops on the

Back 2 School Blog Tour 2018
 
Monday 8/27
Intro from Winter Wear Designs

Tuesday 8/28

Larissa of Connected by a Thread

Wednesday 8/29
Carrie of BeriBee Designs
Livia of  Liviality
Thursday 8/30
Diane of Sewing With D
Jackie of
Friday 8/31
Jessica of Jot Designs
Patricia of Sew Far North