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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Floral Tank Dress | Simplicity 1358

A floral tank dress is just what I needed to survive this heat. I’ve been too busy to sew much, and Simplicity 1358 is a fast make.

Simplicity 1358 floral tank dress

The fabric is from Girl Charlee, and there was just enough sheerness to require a nude lining. I made the dress and lining separately, then basted the neckline and armcyes together before attaching the binding. Even with the extra steps, it still took longer to cut than it did to sew.

Simplicity 1358

I made a striped high-low version of Simplicity 1358 a couple years ago. I complained about what a workout it is to cut women’s garments on the floor in that post.

I’m in a new sewing room now, but I’m still cutting on the floor and crawling around like a maniac. However, it’s very clear from comparing these photos to the previous post that the extra floor space has caused my fitness to suffer. I will have to pick up the slack by lifting pattern weights, pumping the iron, and speed sewing. I might even set up my knee lift pressor foot to tone my legs.

#fitnessgoals

Simplicity 1358 floral tank dress

Here’s the back of my dress. Maybe the way I was standing made the hem rise a bit in this picture; either that or I need to curve the back hem down a bit.

Simplicity 1358 floral tank dress

I really tried for great photos because it’s such a simple project. The remote battery went out and my fabulous baby girl helped out. (Not a bad job but I think she price gouged me.)

In my imagination I was tractor-chic, but in real life I just need to mow. I made lots of weird faces and crazy eyes, probably because the rain last week turned my place into a jungle. I was afraid some type of creature would attack at any moment. I spent this whole week getting half of my acreage mowed, and just this morning I got my Cub Cadet bottomed out on a ledge. I may have to lift and drag a tractor today, but hey…I do it in style.

Until next time!

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Luna Loungewear for Ladies by Love Notions

Let’s talk about Luna Loungewear for ladies, friends.  I don’t buy many sewing patterns or do pattern testing often; but I needed this pattern in my stash. I knew the women’s and girls version would both get a lot of use in my house.

Luna Loungewear for ladies by Love Notions patterns

I’m an affiliate for Love Notions patterns, wanna know why? I can choose my bust size and sew them right out of the box. There are only a few women’s pattern designers I really trust, and Love Notions is at the top of the list. I signed up for testing right away when I saw Luna Loungewear. Who doesn’t need lounge shorts and tanks?

Luna Loungewear for ladies, by Love Notions patterns

Luna Loungewear

There’s a built in shelf bra option for the tank and nightie, and the bralette can be sewn on its own too.

Luna Loungewear set by Love Notions Patterns

The tank straps can be made with fold over elastic or self binding. I used f.o.e. for this version, but I prefer the self binding I used for my daughters set.

Side note: I thought the teeny straps would be really tricky, but they were pie with Tami’s instructions. I’ll use that method a lot from now on.

 

Luna Loungewear for ladies, pattern by Love Notions

The shorts can be made with knit or wovens. And there are pockets because the world ends without pockets. They have an elastisized waist and faux fly with optional drawstring.

The shorts are great. The front and back pieces are graded perfectly. I notice issues with the rise in some indie brands, but none of that here. In fact, these shorts seem to be universally flattering.

Luna Loungewear for ladies by Love Notions patterns

So it’s confession time. I really don’t intend to wear my Luna Loungewear as pajamas. I wear camisoles or tanks under everything, so they go all year. You’ll see more of this pattern from me, in girls and women’s sizes.

Luna Loungewear by Love Notions patterns

For reference, this is a size large with the built in bralette. The fabric is from Girl Charlee, purchased last year during their holiday sale.

You can purchase the Luna Loungewear for ladies pattern here. If you sew for littles, I highly reccomend the ladies & girls bundle.  I’ll show you Bella’s set soon!

 

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Liola Patterns Ella Top

Almost a year ago to date, I finished my first Ella Top. It never made the blog, but I do have photographic proof via my Instagram

Liola Patterns Ella Top

 

Ella Top from Liola Patterns in peach skin fabric from Girl Charlee, 2015

I brightened the photo above for clarity. The fit was almost perfect without modifications (except length)…almost. I ended up giving it away because it was a little tight across the bust. I have wanted a simple woven tank forever but I always feel like my girls will break the shirt. 

Liola Patterns Ella Top

I recently made another Ella Top but sadly, I’ve forgotten what adjustments I made. I remember that I added some swing to the side seams and changed the hem a bit. 

Liola Patterns Ella Top with knit back

Using a knit fabric for the back alleviated the need for an FBA. I didn’t use the dart placements, mostly because I forgot to mark them. I pinned myself in the mirror and sewed. The busy print makes it difficult to see the dart, but it’s doing what it’s supposed to, like a good little dart should. I think the print placement on this top is even sort of minimizing, in a good way.

Liola Patterns Ella Top

I love the fit, although I wish I hadn’t swung the side seams out. It might have caused some fabric pooling in back. I think I’ll make another Ella Top with no adjustments. The knit fabric in back seems to cure the snug bust. 

Liola Patterns Ella Top

 

Coincidentally, my second Ella Top was also made with peach skin fabric from Girl Charlee. I love the lightweight drape and the opaqueness of this fabric. It’s perfect for sweaty summers. 

Liola Patterns Ella Top

I barely eeked out enough bias to finish the neckline and armcyes. This pattern is a quick sew, making the bias tape took longer than making the top.

Liola Patterns Ella Top

I love the contrasting back yoke and pleats. Had to get a shot of my favorite part!

Liola Patterns Ella Top

 

Liola Patterns Ella Top in peach skin fabric from Girl Charlee 

 

 

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