While some of my sewing friends have these aggressive goals for sewing this year like making jeans, my focus is on plus size loungewear that fits my body and makes me feel beautiful. Yes, I have my fair share of leggings and t-shirts which is definitely part of my mom-uniform, but sometimes I just want to look pretty as I’m lounging around the house–I know I’m not the only one!
Plus Size Loungewear
Full Disclosure: I’m half naked most of the time that I’m home. Pants are rarely worn by anyone in the house and comfort is key. But who says that you have to sacrifice style for comfort? Not here we don’t!
I’ve never used Jalie Patterns but being plus size, not all designers have sizing that fits my hips. This is soooo frustrating when trying to make panties. Yes, I could grade out but I’d rather do less think work since I homeschool with three kids.
I chose the kimono style robe with the camisole and panties. Now I’m no stranger to making panties but this was my first time making any like this and guys, they are as comfortable as they are beautiful!!! These are high waisted briefs that don’t role down courtesy of this here FUPA.
The camisole is beautiful and everything I’ve been looking for in a camisole. I can’t wait to make another one out of fabric to wear out. And my kimono is pure perfection!
I mixed the nude power mesh with this black mesh fabric because I loved the contrast it created and I think it’s super sexy looking. I was thinking about doing all black but the nude just added a perfect elemental pop to me and I went with it. I ordered a bunch of this lacy elastic from Boho Fabrics when it was on sale and it made for perfect detail on both the camisole and the panties.
Ankara print is some of my fave. I wanted something bold for my kimono and I fully committed with this print here. Plus, it’s Black History Month so why not?
Jalie Blog Tour
I was excited to be part of such a talented group of women who are out here sewing up beautiful garments.
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Do you remember that song? I’m dating myself here but Adina Howard is basically who I channel whenever I put something sexier on. Back in the 90s and early 00s, she was turning heads and popping eyes with they lyrics of her songs and I loved it! I digress…
I made this super cute crop top and thong set that I just HAD to share since Valentine’s day is coming up. This is an easy project that takes next to no time to create.
My Crop Top
The crop top is the new Patterns for Pirates Basic Tee. I made zero modifications to it. This took about 15 minutes to make.
These are the new Greta Thongs from Made for Mermaids. I DID modify these by taking about an inch off the string part in the back. That was it! I banded this to give me a more sporty look–which is what I was going for.
Ribbed stripes are basically my jam right now. I LOVE them. I’ve made a bodysuit and some jammies from other styles. Now if you’re looking to make a super sexy but comfy Valentine’s Day outfit, you could recreate this in mesh or stretch lace easily and get some nice looks from the object of your desire!
What I love about this outfit here is I can be sexy for my man and where this as is OR I can throw some jeans or leggings on and head out–so versatile!
So tell me–do you do crop tops or are you into more covered up looks?
Basics. They are SO necessary but they can also be really hard to find too–especially when you’re looking for a certain color, style, etc. In the sewing world, we will normally have patterns for all the complicated things that you could think of but when it comes down to it, basics matter too! This is why I HAD to jump on the Pattern for Pirates test for the Basic Tee pattern for the entire family.
Patterns For Pirates Basic Tee Pattern Collection
Ok. Let’s get into it! The pattern collection includes:
Men’s (crew, v-neck, regular, long, short and long sleeves)
So yeah, everyone you know and could sew for is covered!
These patterns are easy, breezy to put together. And they take about 30 min tops to make. During testing when my son would run out of clothes, I would just make him new shirts from this pattern because they were so quick and easy!
One of the questions that came up is the difference between this pattern and the Favorite TShirt pattern that they have as well. The Favorite Tee is looser from the under bust down. This one is like a cross between the Favorite Tee and the Layer Me Up. I have the Layer Me Up and I want to love it but the way my belly is set up post children, I don’t like the way it fits. This one? Talk about dreamy!
Fabric Choice & Styling
You’ll want something that has four-way stretch and good recovery–unless you like misshapen clothes! For Beau’s and Denvor’s shirts I used the Doodles fabric. It did pretty well with the neckband and holding its shape. Kalima and I’s is a lightweight double-brushed polyester. Depending on your fabric choice, this pattern can be dressed up or down which I love. I wore my dress recently to a dinner with my husband styled the way I have it here.
Definitely a 5 out of 5 needles for ease and the amount of use this pattern will be getting!
I swear… 2018 I was a sewing fool! I just couldn’t say no to all the tests and new techniques to try out. It caught up with me and I couldn’t keep my blog up-to-date with all of them! 2018 was a year of epic pattern releases and I can’t wait to share my favorites with you!
My Favorite 2018 Pattern Releases
It was hard to choose but these are some of my faves!
Going Home Sweater by Ellie and Mac
I loved how this raglan fit. I’m actually a huge fan of raglans that don’t make me look like I’m a baseball reject. I made this one in a tunic version in a double brushed polyester plaid and it was all love!
Juliette Body Suit by Petite Stitchery
I’m an 80s baby and a 90s girl so this pattern took me back to my childhood when bodysuits were super in. I was super nervous about making one but it was really easy and now I’ve made 3 of this pattern and a couple of another body suit pattern.
The Family Go-To Jacket by Patterns for Pirates
Yes, I made my entire family jackets. This was one of my harder sews because it used techniques I wasn’t familiar with but the face that I MADE US ALL JACKETS was really big to me!
The Women’s Adeline from Made for Mermaids
I made two versions–long and short. The long is by far my favorite. I feel like a goddess whenever I wear it. I hacked it to create a suuuuuper low v-neck for my vow renewal as well as made my girls matching ones. It’s such an easy pattern to work with.
The Sierra Pattern from Made for Mermaids
This is a pattern I can’t wait to make more of. I made the original in some suuuuper short shorts which I loved. I also hacked it into a pants romper with a zipper for nursing. I feel like a functional milk maid in this!
The Clueless Collection from Made for Mermaids
This was THE cutest collection ever!!!! I made some really quality skirts for my oldest and I. But this collection has socks, a blazer, bodysuit, skirt, sweater vest, and cardigan. It’s a huge and really functional collection!
Harmony Harems by Petite Stitchery
I can’t stop making these. When I left the corporate world, I actually used to make and sell Ankara print harem pants for babies. And now I’ve made them in French Terry, Cotton Lycra, and DBP. It’s love.
Women’s Serenity Top & Dress by Petite Stitchery
I saw a sweatshirt on Pinterest that said “Wifey” and I knew I had to have it. This pattern allowed me to essentially recreate it easily. It’s soooo comfortable and was such an easy to make piece!
Yes, I realize that I have put up zero posts in between this week and the last Sunday Lately. I’m using Katy from Wild and Wanderful’s prompts weekly as the reminder that this site exists for a reason. Sewing and creating is my passion. While this site does generate some income, that’s not the sole purpose of it, unless some awesome brand wants to sponsor some things and then I’m all like, heeeeeeeey!!!
Sunday Lately .::. Embarking
This week I’m back into pattern testing full force which means I’ve been embarking on some new patterns! This is always exciting for me because I love the pattern companies I’m testing for this year. My word for the year is INTENTION. The way that this manifests in my sewing life–more specifically in my testing life–is that I’m no longer testing patterns because I’ve been chosen. Rather, I’m more intentional about ME doing the choosing for what’s going to be worn in my closet.
**Spoiler Alert: One of the new patterns is so great that I wore one that I made last weekend AND yesterday–same pattern, different fabric.
Sunday Lately .::. Enjoying
This is going to sound crazy but I’ve really been enjoying hugs from all of my kids. Before you hop into your throne of judgment, hear me out. When you have a baby, you are literally touched all.the.damn.time. While I love him and our snuggles, by the time I put him down for naps, I was touched out! Now that he’s getting older and more independent, this makes space for my two older ones to get some mommy loving which I’m not able to really enjoy for myself. Yes, I would hug them but it’s just not something I was enjoying. But now? Bring on the snuggles girls!
Sunday Lately .::. Experimenting
I’m a maker, a creator, a lover of taking nothing and turning it into something beautiful. And now I’m experimenting with this as an income generator doing something I never thought of until a friend asked me to make her one. So cryptic since I haven’t named it, right? The obvious (and something I AM working on) is sewing classes/lessons but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about customized bullet journals! Yep! I am making her a year long custom bullet journal and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been bullet journaling since 2015 and it’s made a huge impact in my productivity, planning and organization. So I’m trying it out with her to see if it’s something that will be joining my business model!
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!