Get ‘Sew Pinspired’

Did you see the announcement about our ‘Sew Pinspired’ contest? Did you see there is a site-wide SALE? Did you know you have a chance to WIN a COVERSTITCH machine, FABRIC, and PATTERNS?

To help you get started here are the answers to a few questions you might have.

Is there a sale on patterns?  YES!  There is a site-wide sale of 20% off with the code: sewpinspired.  Use it to purchase any and all patterns you need to recreate your look(s). www.5outof4.com

Do I have to use fabric from a prize sponsor? No not at all.  You can use fabric from anywhere to recreate your look.

What 5 out of 4 patterns can I use?  ANY.  Womens, Kids, Mens, Nursing or Maternity, if it’s from 5 out of 4 PDF Patterns, then it is fair game to be used to recreate a look.

Can I modify a pattern?  Certainly.  If the look you are creating has a curved hem but the pattern you are using doesn’t include one, then feel free to modify it.  We just want to still be able to recognize the pattern that you used.

How many times can I enter? As many as you would like.  The more inspirations that you recreate and share across social media, the more chances you have to win.  Each ‘share’ across social media counts as an entry in the contest.

How do I enter?  Be sure you have joined the 5 out of 4 Facebook group.  We will have weekly participation threads that may also include some prizes.  That is also where you will find the official entry thread.  Once it is open, you will need to comment with a screenshot of each ‘share’ across social media.  At the end of the contest, each comment will receive a number and we will use that to draw for prizes.

Where can I share my ‘Sew Pinspired’ creations?  In the 5 out of 4 Facebook group, other sewing groups on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and any other social media site that you might use.  Just be sure to use the official contest hashtag of #5oo4SewPinspired

How will the winner be selected?   The grand prize winner will be chosen at random using random dot org.

How long does the contest run?  October 16-November 17, 2017

What are the prizes?  The grand prize will be a Brother 2340cv Coverstitch machine.  Other winners will receive store credits from our sponsors and patterns from 5 out of 4.

*You can find the first CHECK-IN post here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5outof4PatternsGroup/permalink/1824078774550918/  Post your inspiration for a chance to win an early prize.

Sew Pinspired

I’m sure we’ve all browsed the internet, store racks, magazines, etc. and seen an outfit or two that we love.  Then we see the price tag and go ‘No thanks!’ or better yet, ‘I can make it myself!’  Well the 5 out of 4 Team has been working hard behind the scenes to bring you a fun sewing contest called “Sew Pinspired” that we hope will inspire and motivate you to turn those “Pins” into sewing reality.

Well we are challenging you scroll through your pinned outfits (or pick some new ones) for inspiration, choose patterns from 5 out of 4 to recreate the look, sew up your creation, and share!  It’s that easy!  For some motivation we have some amazing prizes including a coverstitch machine as well store credits from our sponsors EBS Fabrics, Jaded Threads, Sahara Fabrics, Zenith & Quasar, So Sew English, and a few other surprises throughout the contest!

To help you get started, there is a site-wide sale at www.5outof4.com of 20% off with code ‘sewpinspired’.  The contest will run from October 16 – November 17, 2017 so time to sew up several looks for more chances to win.  Once you have your creations sewn up, be sure to share across social media and use the hashtag #5oo4SewPinspired.  The more you share, the more chances you have to win a prize.

Throughout the contest, the 5 out of 4 Team will be posting our “Sew Pinspired” looks, sharing some sewing tips, as well as some of our go-to places for fabric and notions.  So be sure to join in the fun in the 5 out of 4 Facebook group.  That’s where you will see the official entry thread and be eligible to win prizes.

Is there a sale on patterns?  YES!  There is a site-wide sale of 20% off with the code: sewpinspired.  Use it to purchase any and all patterns you need to recreate your look(s). www.5outof4.com

Do I have to use fabric from a prize sponsor? No not at all.  You can use fabric from anywhere to recreate your look.

What 5 out of 4 patterns can I use?  ANY.  Womens, Kids, Mens, Nursing or Maternity, if it’s from 5 out of 4 PDF Patterns, then it is fair game to be used to recreate a look.

Can I modify a pattern?  Certainly.  If the look you are creating has a curved hem but the pattern you are using doesn’t include one, then feel free to modify it.  We just want to still be able to recognize the pattern that you used.

How many times can I enter? As many as you would like.  The more inspirations that you recreate and share across social media, the more chances you have to win.  Each ‘share’ across social media counts as an entry in the contest.

How do I enter?  Be sure you have joined the 5 out of 4 Facebook group.  We will have weekly participation threads that may also include some prizes.  That is also where you will find the official entry thread.  Once it is open, you will need to comment with a screenshot of each ‘share’ across social media.  At the end of the contest, each comment will receive a number and we will use that to draw for prizes.

Where can I share my ‘Sew Pinspired’ creations?  In the 5 out of 4 Facebook group, other sewing groups on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and any other social media site that you might use.  Just be sure to use the official contest hashtag of #5oo4SewPinspired

How will the winner be selected?   The grand prize winner will be chosen at random using random dot org.

How long does the contest run?  October 16-November 17, 2017

What are the prizes?  The grand prize will be a Brother 2340cv Coverstitch machine.  Other winners will receive store credits from our sponsors and patterns from 5 out of 4.

SALE for Hurricane Harvey Relief

5 out of 4 Patterns is having a sale on Thursday, 8/31.  With the code, HARVEY, you can get 35% off all your purchases.  I will be donating 50% of the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

There is a large community of sewists who will be having sales on Thursday, 8/31.  I’ve linked to their websites below.  They will have more information in their Facebook groups as well.

Not sure what to buy?  Personally, I’m ready for fall.  I’ve put together a few collages, but I realized that I left off the Zen Pants for women!  Don’t forget your pants! 😉 (Cue everyone in my family saying, “Honey, where are my paaaaaaants?”)

 

Here are a few of my favorites (from left to right): Kids’ K2 Fleece Pullover, Kids’ Halftime Hoodie, Women’s Aspen Fleece Vest and Men’s Redwood Fleece Vest, Men’s Sierra Fleece Pullover, Men’s Halftime Hoodie.

 

Here are a few of my favorite options for women: Camilla Top and Dress (both A-line and Swing!), Knot Your Average Shirt and Dress, Weekender Tunic, Nancy Raglan (with A-line and Swing dress!), and the Women’s Ascent Fleece Pullover.

Like I mentioned above, there are several PDF sewing companies having sales today (and some for longer than one day!) with proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey Relief.  In order to find the sale info, you can search the main PDF Patterns and Promotions group and Instagram with the hashtag #patternsfortexas and #harveyrelief.

Here are the other companies that are also having sales with proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey relief:

Thank you for helping us make a difference!  I can’t wait to find out the total amount I’m able to donate.  Don’t forget, the code for the 5oo4 shop is HARVEY and it will give you 35% off all purchases for 8/31 only!

Back To School 5oo4 Style

My daughter LOVES school and is eager to get back to her friends; and that means tons of back-to-school sewing!

Last year I made her mostly dresses and skorts (most of which still fit), so my plan is to round out her elementary school wardrobe with some basic staples: tees, tunics, and leggings!

5oo4 leggings are the best! So the pattern choice was easy: the Shenanigans Skort. Yes! I used the skort pattern to make leggings!

What I love about the Shenanigans:

  • Quick, easy sew (with or without the skirt)
  • Tons of options:
    • three skirt lengths
    • three waist rises
    • six inseam lengths for shorts/leggings
    • a flounce option
    • separate skirt option
    • separate leggings/shorts option
    • skort = skirt + shorts
    • two pocket choices
  • Gusset piece (for comfort, structure, and breathability) and video tutorial for assembly (so, so easy)
  •  Super cute AND functional.

 

Since floral leggings seem to be EVERYWHERE, I ordered 2 yards of “Malibu,” which is a lovely brushed poly from Sincerely Rylee. When the shipment arrived my daughter wrapped herself in the fabric,”it’s sooooo soft! Can I have it?” Yes, love; it’s ALL yours! I immediately pulled out my swatch card and ordered a coordinating Ballet Pink cotton Lycra from Peek A Boo Fabric Shop to create the perfect top.

I decided to try a new-to-me 5oo4 pattern for the coordinating top: the Kids’ Easy Tee, Tunic and Dress. Talk about options!? Wow! It truly is a ‘one and done’ pattern (which saves time and money).

What I love about the Kids’ ‘Easy’ pattern:

  • Unisex – it’s a great choice for boys and girls
  • Quick, easy sew (I didn’t even need the tutorial to assemble the basic tee)
  • Tons of options (I really wasn’t kidding – one and done):
    • Five bodice styles
    • Three neckline options (crew, v-neck, and hoodie)
    • Five sleeve lengths
    • Three sleeve finishes (hemmed, cuffed, and thumbhole cuffs)
    • Pocket options
    • Waist tie
  • Super cute and functional

The tee-leggings combo is simply perfect for back to school wear – trendy yet functional!

Easy Tee: Size 7, curved hem option, crew neck, with hemmed short sleeves – perfect length for wearing with leggings!

Leggings: Size 7 (with 6 3/4″ added in length – she’s a tall one – although she does have a bit of growing room), full length leggings.

And 5oo4 back to school style doesn’t stop with tees and leggings! There are so many options, especially for the teens in your life!

T-shirt dress for your fashionista teen? Try a Nancy Raglan dress or top paired with a fun Aspen Vest in a trendy, quilted fabric.

Here’s a pretty spring/summer version of the Nancy Raglan I created in the Navy Chey Triblend from So Sew English; and even though I am a few decades past my teen years, I LOVE IT!

Looking for an outer layer for your son? Try a Sierra Fleece Pullover or Redwood Fleece Vest.

There are so many choices and options available; I encourage you to revisit all the patterns at 5outof4 to fill those back to school capsules!

And be sure to leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite back-to-school or fall pattern for an opportunity to WIN a FREE pattern of choice. Giveaway will close and a winner chosen on Friday, August 11, 2017. 

Happy back-to-school sewing!

Melissa

Girls’ Tie Bottom Shenanigans Leggings Modification

My daughter has been begging for tie bottom leggings ever since she saw a classmate at her dance studio wearing a pair.  I looked at them and realized it was a pretty easy modification.  Don’t you just love being able to look at something and think, “Hey, I can make that!”?!  The leggings part of the Girls’ Shenanigans Skort pattern is my go-to for my daughter.  I’ve used them to make booty shorts, capri leggings, full leggings, and, of course, as shorts or leggings under the Shenanigans skirt.  You can get the Girls’ Shenanigans Skort 20% off through 7/31 with the code ICANDOTHAT. 🙂

Here is the pair I made for my daughter.  She likes to wear them with her Girls’ Agility Sports Bra and it works perfectly for her hip hop and contemporary dance classes!  She’s already requested many more pairs!

If you would like to add tie bottoms to your leggings, follow on!

  1. The first step is to determine how long to make the ties.  I used a highly scientific process, which involved wrapping a tape measure around my daughter’s calf/ankle.  For reference, my daughter is 7 years old and a size 5 in 5oo4 patterns.  I determined that the ties need to be approximately 20” long on each side or 40” total length.  I also decided that I would like them to have a final width of 1”.  They will be folded in half and I need to add seam allowances; so I made them 2.5” wide.

Final measurement for size 5 ties: 2.5” x 40” (be sure you cut 2)

  1. The next step is to modify the pattern slightly to create a semi-circle cut out at the bottom of the leggings.  I used the capri cut line so that ties will wrap around the calf and tie at the ankles.  I just eye-balled what would look good and determined that a 4” diameter circle would work well for this size.  I just so happen to have a lid that size sitting around…amazing!  As you can see by the picture, I placed it directly in the middle of my pattern and cut out the half-circle.

  1. Cut all pieces out according to the pattern.  You should have two legs (mirror images) with the half-circle cut out at the bottom, a waistband, a gusset, and two ties cut to the dimensions from Step 1.

  1. I decided to hem my half-circle cutouts but you can skip this step if you would like since knits don’t normally fray.

  1. Next, sew up your leggings per the directions, adding the gusset and waistband (and elastic if used). Don’t forget about the Gusset Tutorial on YouTube if you need help sewing the gusset onto your leggings!
  2. Once sewn, I measured how wide the bottom of my leggings were: 3.5” for this size.  This tells me how much of an opening I will leave in the ties when I sew them up.  In this case, I will leave 4” open to make sure I have room when I go to attach them.

  1. Next, I marked the middle point of both ties.  Make this marking on the wrong side of the fabric.

  1. Now, since I want to leave a 4” opening, I measured to each side of the center by 2” and marked that location.

  1. Fold each tie in half the long way (like a hot dog) with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and pin or clip.

  1. I decided that I would like to have each end of the tie taper in to a point.  To do that I just drew a curved line at each end.

  1. Now to sew up the ties!  I started at each of my “2” away from center” marks and sewed to the end following my taper line at the end.  This will leave an opening in the middle for us to insert the bottom of our leggings.

  1. Once sewn, turn each tie right side out, using something with a point to poke out the end points.  I have this fantastic Dritz turner contraption (aff link) that works beautifully.

  1. We are now left with the opening in the middle of the ties where we will insert the bottom of the leggings.

  1. Now, we want to insert the bottom of the leggings into the opening while folding back the seam allowance of the tie fabric (this way the raw edges are enclosed inside).  Pin and/or clip the opening closed.

  1. Using a stretch stitch, sew this opening up by sewing on the tie fabric using a 1/8” seam allowance.

  1. I choose to go ahead and top stitch the entire length of both sides of the ties.  I feel it gives a slightly more finished look.

  1. Your tie bottom leggings are now complete!  I can’t wait to see what you create!