OMP! Sinclair Patterns’ Penny Classic Leggings are pure perfection!

This week, I had the pleasure of testing a pattern for Sinclair Patterns (https://goo.gl/S7LKWK): the Penny Classic Leggings pattern. It is a pattern for either cropped/below-the-knee (capri) length or full-length leggings. The waistband is available either in a classic waistband or a comfort (wide/yoga) waistband. As with most of Sinclair Pattern’s offerings, this pattern comes in 3 size categories: petite (5’1″-5’3″), regular (5’4″-5’6″), and tall (5’7″-5’9″), in US sizes 0-22. The Australian-based pattern company hints at an expanded range of plus-sized offerings in the near future, which is an exciting possibility!

As usual with Sinclair Patterns, the fit was spot on for my body shape and size. It is an instant classic for me! I actually cut and sewed up both length options for the leggings (cropped and full length). I stuck with the classic waistband, as I am not a fan of the comfort waistband style, and there were so many others who were in the testing group.


These leggings are better than any others on the market that I have tried so far. I am a plus-sized woman, and my size 16 (in Sinclair Pattern’s sizing) fit without any need to try to adjust the seat, rise, or length. I didn’t even have to grade my pattern for the perfect fit, as I was pretty spot on with the dimensions for my size. I didn’t even have a problem with the legs turning on my calves, as some patterns require you to adjust and make sure that your front and back are cut out at a perfect 180* from each other.  This wasn’t necessary on the Penny, as the legs are cut out as a whole, which is AMAZING.  As many of you who have tried to make leggings before know, these are common issues, and sources of hours of tailoring that must be done to muslins/toiles/trial runs on cheaper fabric. With the Penny, I, personally, could have cut straight into my $16/yard athletic knit fabric with no looking back (but I took the cautious route, just in case, and did a muslin pair out of plain DBP. hahaha). I loved that I didn’t need to spend 3 hours tailoring them to my seat, to avoid the pitfalls of too much or too little fabric in delicate areas. THANK YOU, SINCLAIR PATTERNS!!! These are Pure Perfection!!

I chose to do the full leggings in double brushed polyester (DBP) from Southern Belle Fabrics (https://goo.gl/c5Uw6F) and the cropped length in a gorgeous athletic knit from Mily Mae Fabrics (https://goo.gl/mmpKpu), which made the best workout capris that I have ever owned.

The pattern suggests using your hips measurement to establish you size, but that grading might be needed for your waist, knees, and legs to get the fit that you are looking for. I went with the hip measurement which was 1/2″ below my actual measurement, assuming correctly that the negative ease found in the stretch amounts of my fabric choices would offset the difference in pattern size, when compared with my actual measurements.

The pattern calls for 1-1.25 yards of fabric for the cropped length, and 1.50-1.75 yards for the full length version. Both DBP and athletic knit/supplex worked beautifully and rivaled any off-the-rack activewear. Cotton lycra or any mid-weight fabric with 50% stretch that has good recovery would be lovely to make into your own personalized pair of perfect leggings, too. If one was wanting a higher rise in the leggings, the comfort waistband offers a slightly higher rise than the classic waistband does.

These were an incredibly easy sew, and you could be done with your leggings in under an hour, especially if you had the pattern already cut (as I had with my second pair). It is rated as 2/10 in difficulty, placing it firmly in the “easy” category.
The pattern comes with  Letter, A4, and A0 version files, meeting almost any printing need.

I did not have to trim off any excess fabric from the bottom, which was a first for me, when leggings are concerned, which was a pleasant surprise.

Don’t wait to pick up your copy today! There is an introductory sale on this pattern, making it only $6.99 now through February 28, 2018 at (https://goo.gl/S7LKWK).

Petra Taylor Tees Are My Happy Place

A few months ago, I was selected to test the Petra Taylor Tee for knit fabrics from Pickle Toes Patterns (https://goo.gl/qmkpPk), and I fell in love. Since that time, a few changes were made, and the Petra Taylor Tee pattern now comes with the option to have the length as a top, tunic, or dress. This EXCITED me!! I couldn’t wait to buy the pattern and try out the new dress option, as the top option had fit me like the world’s comfiest glove. I was not disappointed!

The Petra Taylor Tee/Tunic/Dress pattern is still in its finishing stages, as the layering is still being polished on the non-blocked front pattern, but that is my only critique, if you can even call it that. Despite that, the lines were easy to follow in the pattern to get Just the size that I needed, and making it super easy to grade or blend sizes, if you needed to. The included instructions were easy to follow, and were very jam-packed with information and options. The Petra Taylor comes in a jewel neck or scoop neck, with FIVE arm length options! You can choose cap, short, elbow, 3/4, or long sleeves.  There is even a hoodie option!! In addition, there is a thumbhole option for the long-sleeved version, which is AMAZING! As a bonus, you can take the sleeve cuff and follow the arm warmers pattern to step up your fashion game a notch while keeping warm this year.

The Petra Taylor is a very quick and easy sew, which will make it your go-to for everyday wear, or that cute little black knit dress for a comfortable, yet cute, date night look.

I love to feel the DBP (double brushed poly) hug that I get when wearing a Petra Taylor garment made in my favorite fabric: double brushed poly! Today, I am wearing one of the 4 tops that I made. The dress that I made is waiting for the weekend, as bare legs and temps in the 40’s aren’t the best mix when you have the flu already. heehee. The top had the ability to be a plain front or a slanted color-blocked front for any of the lengths. The relaxed fit and flare look of this pattern is so flattering on so many body types, and is a favorite of mine!

I used so many different fabrics in my 5 looks, so I will give you a glimpse into where to get some, too. In the color-blocked long-sleeved tee, I chose a velvet embossed DBP and faux leather look french terry from Mily Mae Fabrics (https://milymaefabricshop.com). In my cream with roses long-sleeved top, I used double brushed poly (DBP) from Mily Mae, as well.  For the dress, I chose Knitpop Fabric‘s (https://knitpop.com) Olive Holland DBP. For the purple floral, I used Southern Belle Fabrics‘ (https://goo.gl/TrCGSw) Elizabeth Floral Print Teal Roses on Plum in DBP (https://goo.gl/jSMeUo) and the Amazing Realtree camo top was also from Southern Belle Fabrics‘ poly spandex (https://goo.gl/FS3WDv).

****Pickle Toes Patterns (https://goo.gl/qmkpPk) is running a sale on the Petra Taylor Tee/Tunic/Dress starting this Friday, February 9th, 2018 at midnight through Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2018 at 11:59pm CST. Save 20% on a copy of the truly Amazing pdf pattern, using the code Love18.****
**Hint for the significant others in your life: THIS would make an Awesome gift to show your love and support of their love of sewing!!**

Make sure that you join and follow Pickle Toes Patterns’ group on Facebook to stay in the loop on sales and the latest releases from this awesome designer!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PickleToesPatterns/

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Be sure to check out Southern Belle Fabrics‘ (https://goo.gl/TrCGSw) sale that is happening now, and join their group on Facebook to learn about all of their specials and promotions! Southern Belle Fabrics are also one of this week’s sponsors of the 52 Week Sewing Challenge (a sewing challenge on Facebook to keep myself and others motivated to keep on sewing throughout the entire year).

Knitpop is currently having a moving sale, as well.

Make sure to catch Mily Mae Fabrics’ Tightwad Tuesdays for great specials on awesome fabrics! Mily Mae Fabrics also just got in some AMAZING athletic fabrics, but quantities
are limited, so get yours today!

Onto a sewing a new beginning… Hello! and it’s #SewSofia

Sometimes life gets us all wrapped up in chaos. It’s the little things that help me step out of the entropy cyclone/cycle, depending on what it is. Like so many others, I have a hard time stepping away from any unfinished project or task. Sometimes, this habit is a helpful.  At other times, it can lead to my downfall in another arena (like, say starting my blog, for example). haha Today, I put my little foot down and say ,”Hi! My name is Jess, and I have a problem with procrastinating and focusing too much on a single task.”
BUT, I can remember to make lists and lists and have the best of intentions, and HOPE that I force myself not to neglect this journey.

Most of my blog entries will be sewing-related. It’s my life-blood. It brings me the best feelings, especially when I can share my finished projects with others.

Fair warning: I help a pattern maker with her sewing circle, so there will be a lot of shout outs to Oxana and her awesome patterns, BUT I do love a good pattern and some awesome fabric, so my love gets spread around to a large group that has come to feel like my family.

This week, I am leading a sew-along (SAL) of the Sofia Knit Sweater patter by Sinclair Patterns (available at sinclairpatterns.com for only $5.99 with the promo code SewSofia until the end of January 2018  #SewSofia) starting on Friday, January 12 at https://m.facebook.com/groups/203137420235033. There will be great fun, shenanigans, prizes, and most importantly SEWING of the most beautiful knit sweater! Doesn’t that make you want to join in on the fun??? Even more exciting is that Southernbellefabrics.com has generously agreed to sponsor the SAL, and so now, there will be one grand prize awarded to the winner of a $25 shop credit. Isn’t that even more enticing?? You just need your copy of the pdf pattern, a couple of yards of knit fabric, a few notions, and a device on which to join in on the fun!

I tested this pattern before its release, and I can say without hesitation that it is a flattering and well-made pattern (the Sofia Knit Sweater pdf pattern by Sinclair Patterns). The plus sizes are made with a plus-sized body’s curves in mind, not just a gradation from a size 6. Her detail-oriented patterns are truly works of art.

This fun sewing time will also help me in my quest to sew one item per week for 52 weeks straight. (you can join our quest at https://www.facebook.com/groups/192544541303173/).

So, for today, I wish you the best that this new year has to offer, and welcome you in my journey to help spread good cheer, sewing advice, and honest pattern and fabric reviews.