Pattern Review: 5 out of 4 Ninja Leggings

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REVIEW POST!!

(so if I could do better or I missed something, let me know)

5 out of 4 (affiliate link throughout) Ninja leggings are AWESOME!

Honestly, they are so easy. Cut. Leg seams. Gusset/font and back seams. DONE. An entire pair of leggings completed in no time!

On our recent trip to San Diego, California.

Sewing in the gusset is the hardest part, but the wonderful people at 5oo4 save the day and have created a video to help us all out.

Sorry, my leggings aren’t actually different lengths, my legs are (real story) – I forgot to adjust the bottoms before I took the photo.

I sewed up a size M without any modifications. The only thing I did a little differently than typical was to make my own bottom ankle line between the regular and the long – I like my leggings a little bit longer on me.

When your leggings match the statue…

This pattern would be so easy if you had to grade between sizes or something.

Cost: $9.95 from the website without a code. However, if you join their Facebook group you can get a code for a SUPER discount (one that you cannot refuse)! Hint Hint!

On our recent trip to San Diego, California.

I hemmed up the bottom of my leggings per the pattern. I know that there are lots of people who don’t bother – I might not for the next pair(s).

Let’s see – I think that might be it. If you have questions let me know!

On our recent trip to San Diego, California.

Aspen Fleece Vest

So the last few weeks have been bonkers. After this, I’m pretty sure I could take on almost anything.

A while back, Mr. Canada and I had jokingly gone to a Sunday afternoon real estate open house. Fast forward to a few Saturdays later – we now own a fixer upper house. Not the house we looked through that sunny Sunday, but another very promising house nearby to our current home. While all of that is for another post, it was all happening WHILE testing this vest pattern.

I just accidentally stumbled upon the 5 out of 4 website and Facebook group one day sometime back. I’m so glad I did. One day Jessica posted that she needed volunteers to test a new fleece vest pattern she was creating. I thought “I’ve never sewn from a pattern in my adult sewing life, I’ve never sewn a zipper (let alone 4), and I’ve definitely never sewn a binding (if we’re honest, I didn’t even know what a binding was).”

Without thinking much more, “let’s do it!” Nothing like jumping straight in the deep end to learn some new skills.

So I took Mr. Canada to the craft store for some really soft fleece. He’s so much better at color matching and knowing which prints would be nice.

Photo by EWP

I got to work on my vest. First came the muslin. Two actually. Because when you test patterns sometimes the pattern needs tweaking for the best fit on the most people.

Photo by EWP

On to the final. Time to learn how to put in zippers, bindings, and the like. And it totally worked. The final product is wonderful. Most of the fleece vests sold in stores are boring colors and plain prints, if any. But with this, I could choose different pocket options, different color blocking options and of course, I could choose what color and print was most fun.

Photo by EWP

Photo by EWP

The pattern instructions were SO easy to follow – even for me as a very beginner as far as clothing was concerned. I got through the zips and bindings in a cinch.

Photo by EWP

I can’t wait to try out the other 5 out of 4 patterns I have! Stay tuned for those!

How Do I Use My Rotary Cutter?

So in my posts about making napkins and coasters I mentioned that types of projects like those would be a lot easier if you had a rotary cutter and self-healing mat. Then I put something to the effect of “dear Santa” as a joke.

Since it was never something I had specifically told Mr. Canada that I wanted for Christmas, I didn’t think anything about those tools when I was eyeing my wrapped presents and brainstorming what they could be.

But to my surprise and great joy (I might have squealed little bit), there was a rotary cutter and self-healing mat under the tree for me from Mr. Canada!

What to make first!? And maybe more importantly, how do I use this thing!?

It seemed pretty simple, based on what I had read, but it seemed too good to be true.

IT WASN’T. It was wonderful.

And really, it’s just as easy as it seems.

Lay your mat out on a hard surface. I use the dining room table (who am I kidding… It’s a craft table now).

Lay your fabric out flat lining it up at the corner where the ruler starts (be careful to set the corner of the fabric at 0 and not 1 – I seem to have that problem).

Decide what your fabric measurements need to be, find that number on the ruler of the mat. Line your straight edge up on those lines being careful to get it straight.

Use the hand that isn’t holding the cutter to hold the straight edge VERY still. Roll your rotary cutter along the straight edge, moving your “holding” hand as you go so that your edge doesn’t accidentally get tilted.

Turn fabric, lining it up as before, in order to cut the other side.

This will be all you need to cut a square/rectangle.

I have also used the rotary cutter to cut around a pattern. Basically use the pattern in leiu of a straight edge that we used above. You can either use a fabric pencil to trace the pattern then cut, or just hold the pattern while you cut.

Depending on the size of the pattern, you may want to have someone help hold it still – especially if you have a Moose that thinks he wants to help you with your sewing.

The rotary cutter isn’t the best on curves, but in my experience, it does the job. Ultimately, it’s your sewing project – you decide.

I think the rotary cutter was one of the best investments as far as sewing tools is concerned.

Note: please know that rotary cutters are VERY sharp. It seems like an obvious reminder, but one that I think needs to be emphasized. This is even more important it you have children or pets who may not be able to  understand what you are doing.

Be careful, also, because some mats have certain storage instructions. The particular one I have says not to roll it or get it wet.

Happy Sewing!

For My Students

I love my job.

That’s all there is to it. Of course there are quirks – what job doesn’t have at least a couple of things that you’d change. But overall, I think I finally found what I love to do.

This week’s project is something I am going to take to school and work on with my students.

It turns out that so many of the students I work with have a LOT of trouble folding paper. Give them a line to fold on and boom – you have a fold that is not anywhere near the line. So I decided to do something about it. However, folding plain paper gets old quick, so I’ve been trying to think of new things to do. You may have seen my post on Facebook a little while back about wanting hand towels and washcloths (would still take them, btw) – this project is what they are for.

Step 1: Make a line indicating halfway on the towel or washcloth. Do this twice so that there are perpendicular lines across your towel.

Step 2: Sew a zigzag stitch where you have marked your lines. I used a wide width but short length to get my desired thickness.

Step 3: Voila! You can now practice folding.

Switcheroo: To make the activity more challenging, make the perpendicular lines so that they are not cutting the fabric in half and have your kids try to fold exactly on that line.

Can’t wait to hear all about the different ways you have tried this activity! Comment below to share!