Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts For Lounging

I accidentally made some yoga waist pleated shorts. Sometimes the best sewing projects are unplanned and improvised.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

I had an odd half yard left from my floral tank dress, and it was exactly the shape of a shorts block. It was begging to become a pair of lounge shorts.

Since lounging is my sport, I always try to be prepared with appropriate gear.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts | SewsNBows

I made a very narrow rolled hem, and love how it looks like a lettuce edge. This was another happy accident, yay:)

The “waist” on my fabric remnant wasn’t defined; so rather than reshaping it or using gathers, I opted for pleats. The finished shorts almost look like culottes or a skirt.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

I gotta mention though: There are some drag lines pointing to my business. I think I should’ve moved the pleats away from the center front seam, and maybe scooped out the crotch curve a bit. The fabric is fluid enough that it’s not noticeable to me.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

I used the selvedge to eek out a yoga waistband. Here’s my tutorial if you want to see the steps: How To Make a Knit Waistband

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts
No pattern used
Fabric from Girl Charlee

Writing this post is easing myself back into blogging. I had such a busy, fun summer that there wasn’t much time leftover for my blog. I’ve missed it though!

My daughter finally went back to school this week and (I’m slightly ashamed to admit) I’m enjoying a little quiet time to sew and catch up on my blog reading.

I have to pick up a little slack though, because I fell behind on household things and farm chores while the kids were out. So…easing my way back into writing. I’ll be back Monday with my Sew Fashionable series, and hopefully have some fun makes to show you soon.

Until next time!

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Sewing Patterns For Back To School

Here are this year’s top ten sewing patterns for back to school clothes. I chose great basics that layer well to transition easily to fall. A larger size range was a criteria as well, because I want to get lots of use for my money. These patterns are designed for comfort, fit, and style. This post contains affiliate links for brands I trust and use. Read on!

Top Ten Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Sew your kids stylish in these casual basics with a larger size range

Top Ten Sewing Patterns For Back To School

Morrison Tee by Hey June

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Morrison Tee from Hey June

Description:  A casual boxy fit dolman tee. Options include banded sleeves, cap sleeves, or long sleeves. Choose a hi-low hem, a straight hem, or either version with a front tie hem. Sizes 6-16

Star Top from Blaverry

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School : Star Top by Blaverry

Description:  Classic knit boat neck tee with 3 different sleeve options. Beautiful construction method. Sizes 2T-16

*see my Star Top here

Four Seasons Cardigan from EYMM

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School : Four Seasons Duster from EYMM

Description: Open-front draped cardigan witch 2 length variations, 5 sleeve options and an optional integrated hood. Size newborn-18 tween

Jalie 3462 Cora Running Tights & Shorts  

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Cora Running Tights from Jalie

 

Description: Ankle length leggings or mid-thigh length shorts with wide waistband and practical pocket at the back. Seamless between the legs. Girls sizes 2-13 and women’s sizes 4-22.

Luna Loungewear by Love Notions

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Luna Loungewear from Love Notions

Cami tank, knee-length nighty, bralette, capris and shorts. The bralette can be worn on its own or paired with the cami and nighty as a shelf bra. The capris and shorts feature an elasticated waistband with optional drawstring, faux fly and side-seam pockets. The capris and shorts can be made from woven or knit fabrics while the cami and nighty are meant for knits. Sizes 2-16 and 8-16 in plus sizes.

My tester version is shown above. Click here to read more about this pattern.

Cartwheel Collection by Love Notions

Top 10 Sewing Pattern For Back To School Clothes: The Cartwheel Collection by Love Notions

This collection contains six separate patterns for knit fabrics: shirt, dress, shorts, capris, tunic and skirt. The shirt, tunic & dress have a sweet peek-a-boo back that’s just the right amount of fun. The double layer circle skirt has a pick-up detail to add even more fun as well as the ability to attach shorts or capris. Sizes 2-14.

Yo Ho Henley from P4P

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Yo Ho Henley from Patterns for Pirates

Unisex tee with  short, 3/4 rolled up, or long hemmed or banded sleeve options. T-shirt or tunic length with traditional t-shirt neckband and open Henley placket neck option. There is also a hood option with the Henley placket and thumb-hole cuffs for the long sleeves. Sizes 3 months-14 years.

Elevation Hoodie by New Horizons Designs

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Elevation Hoodie from New Horizons Designs

 

Codor blocked hoodie with lined or unlined wrap hood  and inset kangaroo pocket. Designed for sweatshirt fleece, fleece, French terry, or medium weight knits with 35% stretch. Sizes 6 months-16 years.

Boheme Skye from Striped Swallow Designs

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Boheme Skye by Striped Swallow Designs

Tunic, midi and dress length with a cascading handkerchief hem.  Sleeve options include tank, short, elbow length, or long. Sizes 2T-14.

Mini Hudson Pants by True Bias

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: True Bias Hudson Pants

Full length or mid-calf skinny sweat pant with an elastic waistband, drawstring, pockets, and cuffs. The fit leaves a bit of extra room around the hips and tapers into a skinny leg.  Size 2-10. (Adult size Hudson Pants fit tweens and teens.)

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I hope this helps you shop sewing patterns for back to school! Do your kids wear uniforms? I’ve got you covered! Check out my list of school uniform sewing patterns. I also have a Pinterest Board filled with all the children’s sewing patterns I love. 

 

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Sew Fashionable 08/30/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Sew Fashionable is late this week- I’ve been pretty MIA on the blog this whole month too! It’s football season and the last week of summer vacation. I have tons of hair bow orders. There’s so much ribbon strewn about that I can’t find my sewing machine!

Back To School Meme

My daughter can’t wait for school. This has been an action packed, but very long summer. Most schools have been back in school for weeks. Stick a fork in us, we’re done:)

Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

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Make

Cute shorts and denim jacket at That Black Chic

Yuzi Coat at Sew Dainty

A Saltspring Tank from Helen’s Closet

Allie’s longline Sophie bikini

Style

Rockin’ a 70’s vibe at Saturday Night Stitch

Gingham inspiration at Handmade Jane

Learn

Using an ease stitch to shape a flared hem from The Last Stitch

Breast Roots Explained at Curvy Kate (very helpful for bra sewing and fitting!)

Shop

The Rumi Tank pattern from Christine Haynes 7ca

The Magnolia Shorts pattern: I love the tester versions!

All projects and links are pinned on my Pinterest boards.

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Sew Fashionable 08/22/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Back To School

We still have 2 whole weeks until school starts, although my niece and nephews started forever ago. I’m not ready to go back to the routine yet, but my kid is done with summer. Bella is ready to show off those new school clothes!

I didn’t have any time to write last week, and this week is kinda crazy too. I did get to read some blogs and keep up with the sewing world though. Here are some of my favorite projects!

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A perforated stretch-suede Inari Dress at Groovy Baby and Mama

Lisa’s Rumi tank dress

Gabrielle’s Donna Karen Drape jacket

Aimee’s Ailakee jumpsuit

Lauren’s Augusta Hoodie
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All projects and links are pinned on my Pinterest boards.

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Sew Fashionable 08/15/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Union Station, Denver Co.

Just got in from our Denver trip; here’s a random camera shot at the Union Station. Isn’t the crown molding pretty? I keep thinking I’ll write about some of the places we saw, but I’m not sure if I’ll get around to it. Lazy blogger problems!

 

Let’s see what everyone was up to last week.

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Make

This gorgeous Tea House top at In A Manner Of Sewing

An interesting Drape Drape dress and Kielo Wrap Dress at Very Purple Person

Teresa’s Texana Tank

Learn

5 tips for sewing swimwear at Emerald Erin

Vintage shoulder tie tutorial from Handmade Jane

Shop

The Boston Boatneck Tee at Peekaboo Patterns

The Marlborough Bra pattern from Orange Lingerie has new extended sizes– up to J cup!

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All projects and links are pinned on my Pinterest boards.

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