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It’s been about 2 years since I’ve made a top that has the cute back like this one here. When I first made them, I swore my brain was broken! I couldn’t figure out the knot part at all. Needless to say, I’ve practiced a lot and can now whip these up pretty quickly.
Patterns for Pirates Twist Back Top
When I made my top years ago, my kids wanted one but there was no youth pattern. I was super excited that this new release from P4P included both youth and adult sizing. In addition to the different sizing, there’s the option for both tank and sleeved options.
Youth Twist Back Top
I made both of my girls the tops because of quickly these come together. My youngest is wearing a 5T and my oldest is wearing a size 12–I’m crying at how big they’ve both gotten!!! My oldest wore hers all day and then put it back on the next one so I’m thinking this is definitely a winner.
Adult Twist Back Top
So I’m fairly certain that I’m going to be making a thousand of these for the fall and winter. I love how low the knot is in the back. The different sleeve options make it really versatile for styling and seasons. I have a light black sweater knit that I plan on making and wearing it backward for a plunge v-neck style to wear on a date with my husband!
Styling & Fabric
The tank option I totally will wear once I get off my butt and start working out again. The blue fabric is like a lightweight burnout fabric and is so perfect for working out. The rest of them are a delicious French terry that has a 4-way stretch and is incredibly soft. I can totally see this being made in all fabrics really. I can’t wait to do one in a sweater!
I’ve been sitting on the Rachel Jumpsuit from AK Patterns for over 2 months. I was so nervous to make it because not only is it super cute, but it’s everything that I’d been looking for in a jumpsuit for the summer. I started testing with AK Patterns earlier this year and really love Athina’s patterns so I shouldn’t have been nervous at all.
The Rachel Jumpsuit
This pattern is a wide leg pant drafted for woven fabrics. It features a pleat in the front with a dart in the back offering a beautifully tailored look. There is the option to just have it as pants with an invisible zipper in the back to close it in or to create a jumpsuit. Athina has photos of herself in the Rachel Jumpsuit wearing denim and that’s my inspiration behind this make here!
Naturally, I did have to make some mods. I chose to use stretch denim from Joann’s so I needed to make sure that I adjusted the waist area for that. I ended up making my pleats 2inches in the front and doubled the size of the darts in the back to accommodate this. I also took the waistband in about 4 inches to make sure that it didn’t fall off me.
I also did a full butt adjustment that increased my rise in the back to accommodate this booty that doesn’t quit *wink wink*. The last adjustment I made was in adding 2 inches to the length of the bodice part. After wearing it all day, I think I could have gotten away without adding any additional length because the fabric was stretchy.
Changes I Would Make
Because I waited until the last minute to make this jumper before heading out of town, I was really just freestyling it. I did something wrong with one of the pockets that caused the front leg to be longer than the back on one side so I had to cut the legs down making it shorter than I wanted. I plan on creating cuffs to give it some length. Next time I’ll legit use a woven fabric that doesn’t stretch to see how that feels too!
Overall I love this pattern and can’t wait to make another one!
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Friends. I have been a busy body sewing all the things that I haven’t had time to share BUT I just HAVE to share this hack that I did on the inaugural pattern from Sew Altered Style. I tested the Misty Cami which already comes with some really great options. And then I hacked it!
The Misty Cami
This pattern is the pinnacle slip cami and dress. The pattern comes with two options for the straps (straight or crisscrossed) and two lengths (top and dress with belt). I tested the top length with the straight, basic straps.
I love how this fits me. Sew Altered Style is really on to something with their pattern grading, sizing, and style. But I expect this as the designers themselves have such beautiful, tailored styles. My original test was graded from a 16 upper bust out to a 30 in the hips.
Something that I’m learning about sewing for my body is that while my hip measurement falls into the higher sizing, it’s not really because of my hips, but my booty. This is important to note for proper fit–especially with woven fabrics.
The Hack: Widen Straps + Gathered Peplum
I have a love-hate relationship with gathering–I absolutely love the look. But the way my laziness is set up, I prefer not to do the extra step. These simple differences made a big difference.
Widening the straps:
This was simple–instead of cutting 2 of the straps which is what the pattern says to do, I cut 4 of them and sewed two of them together with right sides together. I turned them creating a strap that was double in width.
This was super easy too.
I measured 8inches up from the bottom of the pattern and this was my guide. You can either cut or fold the pattern to the new length. For the gathered piece, I cut 3 strips of the width of fabric at 9 inches (to account for hemming and attaching to the bodice). Generally speaking you either want to double the width of the total measurement for the piece you’ll be attaching it to or do it 1.5 greater–mine was about this.
Using the serger, I attached the 3 strips together and then gathered it along the longest side. Pulling the strings, you gather the fabric and then space it out evenly and attach it to the bodice that has been completed via the normal instructions.
The last step is to hem your Misty Cami and boom! Hacked it!
Which version do you love more: the original Misty Cami or the hack?
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I’ve been studying capsule wardrobes for at least 3 years now and have wanted to have them for all of the people in my house. The idea of them is so cool and they supposedly help to decrease the amount of laundry and confusion regarding clothes for everyone. Three years after studying, I’ve finally taken my first attempt at a preschool girl capsule wardrobe for my 4.5 year old.
DIY Preschool Girl Capsule Wardrobe
My middle child is affectionately known as abc. Like most women, she loves wearing clothes with pockets (to collect endless amounts of rocks and to hold her supply of LOL dolls), dresses and yellow. She swears that her favorite color is pink but she’s always drawn to yellows, which honestly works for me because she looks beautiful in the color.
Decision making for this was hardest for me. I figured that I would start out by choosing a designer whose patterns I knew I loved. For this go round I chose Petite Stitchery. They have really fun patterns that work for the style of both abc and I. When it comes to my kids, I’m pretty conservative with what I put them in.
I knew she needed at least 3 pairs of pants, 4 tops, and 1 dress–this is her base wardrobe that can will likely be expanded. My kids tend to grow straight up like bean poles so I knew I needed styles that would last this.
Here are the patterns I chose (clicking the name will take you to the pattern page):
My name is Aaronica and I'm the sewist behind The Needle and the Belle. I started sewing when I was 13 and then fell back in love with sewing through PDF patterns. I now document my pieces I make here!