Women’s Camilla Cowl Neck Top & Dress with Maternity Options too!

5 Out of 4 Patterns is such a great pattern company.

I love that their patterns have so many options, as well as a very wide range of sizes to choose from.

Recently, I got another wonderful gift of being able to test for their new pattern!

The Camilla Cowl Top & Dress is a perfect addition to my new favorite thing;

The Capsule Wardrobe.

My capsule wardrobe is in the works, as I am recently pregnant! I want to keep the maternity items I own to a relatively small number of versatile tops, skirts, dresses, and bottoms.

During testing I was able to sew up THREE tops and ONE dress for myself! These are such a surprisingly quick sew.

Here are some photos of my two favorite sews from the test.

For this maternity top, I used luscious French Terry from So Sew English Fabrics. They currently have it in some other colorways and they are all like wearing a cloud. I did side ruching and since I am in early pregnancy I have lots of room in this top for my belly to grow! I did the long sleeve option and opted for a bottom hem. There are options for sleeve and bottom banding as well.

For this dress I did the Swing version, there is also an A-line and tunic length. I made a little waist tie to bring in the waist for pregnancy as I had extra room from the maternity belly I included in this along with ruching. This is ITY fabric from Hobby Lobby in the mainland. Thanks to my friend for sending this one to me, you know who you are ;). This dress will even work after pregnancy as it is so comfy and with the tie it isn’t obviously maternity.

I cannot say enough how much I love this pattern, the self binding neckline and options for sleeveless etc. make this a must have!

I am totally about getting as many options as possible out of a pattern and this certainly delivers!

Checkout this, and their other amazing patterns here!

Skorts for everyone…

Not only did I get to test for the Adult Women’s version of The Shenanigans Skort but I also was so lucky to test for the children’s version as well!

Meet The Girls Shenanigans Skort!

I absolutely love the ease at with which these come together and they are so comfortable and stylish for all the busy activities my daughter loves to do.

Seriously she will be getting like a dozen more of these!! There is even an option with a flounce and a full legging for when it is cooler outside (though here it is for the air conditioned places we go.)

Thank you again 5 Out Of 4 Patterns for including me in this pattern test! It was such a pleasure.

To grab your Shenanigan Skorts click on the image here and go to the kids section:


Also, don’t miss their other great patterns like the famous Agility Tank!

The Most Comfortable Skort…

The sewing world has seen so many new patterns released lately and one of the most straightforward, easy to understand, fashionable, versatile, and comfortable patterns released this week is The Shenanigans Skort from 5 Out of 4 Patterns!

That couldn’t all be true could it? Seriously, it is. I own many sewing patterns and this was by far a breeze and so satisfying to whip up. I had the pleasure of pattern testing and made 4 Shenanigan Skorts! Yeah… 4 in 4 days! And that is with a 3 yr old running around and college starting back up. PHEW! I am so glad I did too.

The ease with which these went together was astounding! Their pdf laid out everything so nicely making it a breeze from start to finish – even for beginners, and even had layers (my new requirement for pdf pattern purchasing!)

Here are The Shenanigan Skorts I made this week.

This pattern has so many options including a low rise, high rise, maternity, various skirt and inseams. Here is the info as listed on the product page:

The Shenanigans Skort is intended for knit fabrics and includes a skirt with knit shorts underneath as well as:
  • 3 rise heights, including a maternity option
  • 3 lengths for the skirt – Sporty Spice, Safe, and Prudent
  • Gusseted shorts
  • Optional flounce
  • Optional tennis pocket and credit card pocket
  • 4 lengths for the knit shorts
  • Can be worn as standalone skirt or workout shorts

So grab this pattern now because 5 Out of 4 Patterns is having a sale for 20% off with the code BTS2016 now through midnight EDT on the 28th!

Purchase HERE(In the women’s section.)

Thanks for stopping by!!! Happy Sewing!

Thrift Store Sewing Goodies

I want to post some lovely finds I have made at the local Navy Relief Thrift Shop.

Isn’t it all beautiful! I love looking at some sewing history!

Pile of goodies

These are the goodies I got, sewing tutorial books, and gorgeous old handkerchiefs.

You can really find some amazing things at the thrift store! There is so much history here.