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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Reef Camisole pattern by Megan Nielsen

I got to test the Reef Camisole & Shorts pattern back in April. I knew that the top wouldn’t work without adjustments, but I applied for testing because I wanted to make the shorts. I added a note in my application that woven tops don’t generally work for me without major overhaul, and didn’t expect to be chosen.

Reef Camisole by Megan Nielson patterns (without full bust adjustment)

I typically fall off the grid in the bust on size charts. I’m kind of a pro at dressing to minimize, but almost zero patterns work for me out of the box. As a result I’m passed over for pattern testing fairly often, for good reason really. Kudos to Megan for choosing a diverse group of testers.

Reef Camisole by Megan Nielsen Patterns

So this is my Reef Camisole. I used mystery stash, some sort of synthetic blend with a bit of sheerness. I cut a size large and there are no adjustments for pattern testing purposes.

Reef Camisole by Megan Nielsen Patterns

You can see I could use a little more room in the bust, and some more length in the front. The fabric is a bit crisp and doesn’t drape as nicely as I’d like. I’m debating a traditional FBA, or maybe just different fabric and add some length.  It actually fits better than most top patterns pre-adjustment.

Note: The armcye is designed to be a bit lower and wider for sleep/lounge purposes. There are instructions to bring it up if you prefer. I don’t make pajamas for myself, I aim for multi-purpose garments. My future Reef Camisoles will be intended for day wear. I like where the armcye sits, but will probably bring it up to cover more of my bra.

Reef Camisole by Megan Nielsen Patterns

I’d like to note that the pattern is true to size and professionally graded. The instructions are great, and I love the design aesthetic. I definitely reccomend the Reef Camisole & Shorts pattern and plan to make more. Check out my Reef Shorts if you’d like to see the rest of the pattern.

Check out the Reef Camisole & Shorts pattern at Megan Nielsen

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Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

We have to talk about Megan Nielsen’s new pattern; the Reef Camisole and Shorts set. Today I’m going to show you the Reef Shorts, and we’ll look at the cami next week.

Read about it below, or skip to the bottom for the pattern link.

Megan Nielsen Patterns, Reef Camisole & Shorts Pattern.

The reef shorts pattern feature an elastic waist, fabulous pockets, and hemline options.

Choose from a straight or curved hemline and a waistband that sits on your natural waist or a lower rise.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

I made the curved hem version with the higher rise. I love the 70’s vibe of these shorts! I used mystery stash from one of the big stores. (JoAnns?) It looks and feels like silk but I’m sure it’s a synthetic blend.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

These photos are from pattern testing back in April. I’ve been living in them. Do you know how much it killed me not to post them on Instagram during Me Made May?

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

I loved the construction techniques for finishing. The insides look as good as the outside. The hem is folded over so there’s no “wrong side” of the fabric showing.

Megan Nielsen patterns: Reef Shorts

The leg fit is awesome. My thighs don’t squish out like a Play-Do Factory when I sit down; and the shorts don’t flap around and hang my cheeks out either. Plus, the pockets are just right for my phone and don’t bulk out when I’m carrying it.

It’s perfection.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

This pattern is in the tnt category for me, like joggers and raglan tees. I havent seen them in a fabric I didn’t like yet. I want a chambray pair and some sweatshirt knit drawstring versions. I predict lots of Reef Shorts being born at my house.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

The Reef shorts were designed for casual or sleep wear. I think they dress up well too, depending on fabric choice.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

Anyhow, nothing but good things to say about Megan Nielsen’s Reef Shorts pattern. You should probably all stampede to buy it.

Pattern: Reef Camisole & Shorts Set by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Fabric: leopard mystery stash (silk blend?)

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