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:

 

It’s Time for Sew Fab Patterns’ Summer Blog Tour!!

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How exciting is it to learn about the Sew Fab Patterns Summer Blog Tour?? This week, there will be an amazing offer on 12 patterns for $26.95 (retail value of $113)!

I had to try out a couple of the adult patterns in the sale, and I was blown away at their versatility, ease of sewing, and stylishness!!

First, I sewed up Tie Dye Diva’s Mermaid Maxi. I chose the flared version, as I wanted that full mermaid look. I chose a metallic jersey knit fabric that would go from day to date night in a flash. It turned out so beautifully, and it made me so happy to twirl for the camera.

I sewed up a size 18 in the flared maxi version.

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This skirt is not only lovely, but also so much fun to bust out in a little dance to move the skirt. And, it wasn’t tight nor confining as some other mermaid maxis can be.
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The wind and my twirling really allowed this skirt to sing and swirl for the camera.
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This Mermaid Maxi is PERFECT for your back to school wardrobe or your next date night. Don’t hesitate to grab up this amazing offer today!!

Next, I sewed up Cucicucicoo’s Simple Leggings, and although the sew was simple, the possibilities are ENDLESS, making them far from simple!

I grabbed the cutest swim fabric that I had and sewed up a brand new pair of workout leggings in the 3/4 or capri length in a size 18.
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They were so comfy that I didn’t want to take them off! fullsizeoutput_4a62

Not only are the Simple Leggings great for workout capri leggings, they will be great for full length or shorts length leggings for athletic wear, for underneath skirts for modesty, dress codes, or fun fashion ensembles. You can also sew up fun base layers for the colder weather months, or a pair with a trendy tunic for back to school looks.

No matter how you style your sews, they will be amazing because these patterns are great! Don’t forget to get your Summer Bundle before the sale ends on August 26, 2019!!

Visit Sew Fab Patterns Summer Blog Tour to buy your bundle today!! And don’t forget to visit and share the love with all of the other stops on this awesome Summer Bundle Blog Tour!!
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🎵’Cause I’m Free Fallin’🎵 in LOVE with RP’s Toronto Tee

 

I am SO excited to be a part of the Sew Free for Summer, Rebecca Page Blog Tour!!! This Blog Tour is all about fun, fresh, and free Rebecca Page patterns; as well as tips, tricks, and hacks to help inspire you to make your own amazing creations!

I chose Rebecca Page’s Toronto Tee, and I decided to hack it to be able to color block the top and add a pop of lace in the yoke and the pocket for funsies. I started off by assembling all of my pattern pieces. Then, I knew that I wanted to create a yoke appearance, so I measured where I wanted the yoke to end on the front piece. I decided on 1/4″ above the pocket position. 

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I marked this on the pattern piece before I cut it on the marked line.

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Next, I marked where I wanted the yoke to end on the back piece, marked it, and cut along the marked line, just like I did with the front pattern piece.

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Then, since I knew that I was about to create another seam, I added in a 1/4″ seam allowance. I added it in by slicing a piece to match and taped it straight on, but an easier way is to use tracing paper and just add the seam allowance on your tracing at the bottom of the new yoke pieces and at the top of the new bottom back and bottom front pieces. 

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This was where I was adding the seam allowance to my newly created hacked front bottom bodice and front yoke pattern pieces. 

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I decided to line the lace with solid RS (from Amelia Lane Designs), both in the yoke, and in the pocket for a touch of modesty, but you can color block with whatever knit fabric, and create your color blocks wherever you choose to draw your new seams in the pattern. You can even choose to only color block the front, or just the back.

The Toronto Tee is a more relaxed-fit top, meant to be comfy and cool while you wear it. So, if you are looking to create a more form-fitting top, try sizing down a size or 2.

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More Inspiration

Please visit all the stops on the Rebecca Page Sew Free for Summer Blog Tour for more great inspiration:

Prizes

We will be giving away a pattern bundle of choice each day PLUS an overall grand prize of a $50 pattern credit. To stand a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on each blog, each day so stay tuned to the Rebecca Page Sewing group for updates from our bloggers!

Breaking Ground with Phat Quarters Patterns


I was so lucky to be a part of the Breaking Ground Blog Tour this year, hosted Mahlica Designs and sponsored by Phat Quarters Patterns!

Inspired by Phat Quarters’ adorable patterns, I decided to break ground by hacking two of their patterns into adult sizes, as they currently only carry children’s sizes and patterns.

The first that I took from children’s sizes to an adult size was the Alderwood. It’s an amazing and unique pattern that has a cowl or hood option and lots of scrap-busting color blocking and piping opportunities.

Here is my finished plus-sized Women’s Alderwood:
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I used a brushed waffle knit for the majority of the bodice, and accented with quilted faux leather.

The process involves a few moments of math and resizing of each pattern piece, while taking into account things like women’s bust, waist, and hip differences from a child’s typical shape. Then, the fun begins!!

A note to all that seek to upsize a hack on a children’s pattern, remember that bodice adjustments need corresponding sleeve adjustments for shoulder width and armscye changes. Also, not every difference is a giant one. The piping on the Alderwood, for example, was almost the same size as the children’s pattern piece…but almost was still a change.

Next, I worked on the Camas, an AMAZING knit top that only seems like a basic T, until you see the opportunity for all of the bells and whistles that come with the pattern. I chose to mock one up with DBP from Amelia Lane Designs, and the fit was lovey and relaxed. I am going to do many more to cover all of the variations of the pattern, as each makes me giddy with anticipation.

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I can’t wait to break ground and sew up the rest of the Phat Quarters’ catalog in my size!!! (and to finally reveal a project that I’ve been working on for a few weeks! I am so excited! Stay tuned for exciting news and a giveaway!!)

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019 hosted by mahlicadesigns. This year over 25 bloggers from around the world are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. (Read on for Giveaway info)

The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 11That’s Sew Lily, Sewing A La Carte, Mijn 11jes & ik

Tuesday March 12mahlicadesigns, Embrace Everyday, Jot Designs, auschick sews, Raising Stripling Warriors

Wednesday March 13Musings of A Seamstress, Very Blissful, Sew4Five, Just Sew Something, Hazelnut Handmade, Crafting Through Time, Tales From A Southern Mom

Thursday March 14Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Ronda B Handmade, SequioaLynn Sews, Sewing with D, The Sewing Goatherd, OOYAmade, My Golden Thimble, Custom Made by Laura

Friday March 15Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Sewing Novice, Ronda B Handmade, Momma Bear Sews, MeMade, My Golden Thimble, Lulu & Celeste

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!

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We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

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