5 out of 4 Sews
Updated: Jan 23
I wanted to share a little more of my sewing journey. One of the pattern makers that I like to sew for is 5 out of 4 patterns. I absolutely love their tagline: "Never Stop Sewing, Never Stop Growing." They draft for everyday clothing for the whole family, and their patterns typically have a ton of options. So you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Just before Christmas I sewed up a number of "Halftime Hoodies" for my kiddos. Here are a few pictures. This is a great pattern, because it has very inclusive sizing from size 2 to size 18 (All my kiddos in one pattern, at least for this year...probably by next year they won't). It also has options for a hood/crew neck, kangaroo pocket, and thumbhole cuffs or regular cuffs, and an optional drawstring. I had a lot of fun mix-and-matching fabrics colors and patterns. The instructions are very well done, and each sweatshirt takes about 2 hours cut-to-done.
I first started sewing for 5 out of 4 in the spring of 2019 (a little less than a year ago, turns out). My first pattern was the Men's Swim Trunks, which I made for a couple of my big kids. I played around some on this one, trying to add zippers to the pockets, and was somewhat successful (i.e. I got the pockets done, but wouldn't really recommend the way I did the hack to anyone else...) Shortly after that, I participated in my first 5 out of 4 pattern test: the Ruth swim bottoms. I sewed up a number of those for my daughter, some paired with the Stella top (pictured above) and some paired with the Agility Tank. Shortly after that, I applied to be a part of 5 out of 4's promo team, where I have sewn up one of their patterns every month and promoted them in various sewing facebook groups and other social media platforms. Here are some of the things that I have made:
Here are the patterns that I sewed, top-to-bottom, left-to-right: Women's and Girls' Taylor Tank Dress, Girls' Nora Bolero, Women's Zen Pants, Women's and Girls' Sydney Dress, Women's Shiela Tee, Girls' Shenanigans' Skort (and a Nora Bolero), Easy Tee Tanks paired with Rachel Pant shorts for 4 of the kids, Nancy Raglan (I made three different ones of these...probably my favorite pattern so far), Men's Rocky Tee, Kids' Hayden Henley, Women's Calypso Top, and Women's Annabeth Sweatshirt. I found all of these patterns to be well-drafted with easy to follow tutorials. These are regular, everyday clothes that my family wears all the time. In fact, whenever I make something new, whoever it is for proceeds to wear it almost constantly for a few days (until I pry it off of them) and then it goes into their regular rotation :)
So much love for 5 out of 4. I look forward to sewing up everything they draft :)
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