Pattern Review: 5 out of 4 Ninja Leggings

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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!

Easy DIY Skirt

So on one of my trips to the craft store before Christmas I found this great fabric. It has corduroy type fabric for the main section and a strip of elastic on one of the long sides. PERFECT for a skirt.

Even better: it was half-off the day I was there! I bought both colors available. You can’t get 2 skirts for $10 at a clothing store!

The problem was that I just wasn’t getting around to making my great skirts. But today is the day! Here is how I did it:

Step 1: Fabric Preparation

You can find instructions on that here. I chose not the zig zag the edges before washing, thinking it would be fine… I was wrong… Fray city!

Step 2: Cut

Measure around the part of your waist that you want the skirt to sit when it is finished. Divide your waist measurement by two and cut two pieces of fabric (measuring the elastic side) each to the “half” number. After cutting I zig-zagged up the sides to reduce fraying once I start wearing it.

Step 3: The pocket

Grab a piece of paper to trace your pocket “pattern” on. Basically, trace your hand or a pocket that you have in another article of clothing, remembering that pockets are usually angled down and curved at the bottom. Make sure you make the top straight, but on an angle. Here’s how mine were shaped, just for comparison.

Step 4: Cut Out The Pocket

Fold your pocket fabric so that you can cut through two layers, lay the “pattern” on the fabric and cut – leaving a seam allowance (.25 inch is usually the preference). I eyeballed my seam allowance and it worked fine. If you prefer, you can add the seam allowance to the pattern before you cut out your piece of paper. This should give you the back and front of one pocket. Do this again for the other pocket. (Shown above)

Step 5: Pin The Pocket

Decide where you want your pocket to sit. I wanted mine three inches below the elastic. You may want to take the seam allowance of the pockets when doing this – otherwise you may end up with your pockets to far down. Measure accordingly and pin the patterned side on the pocket to the patterned side of each skirt.

Step 6: Attach The Pocket

Sew each side of the pocket to the corresponding side of the skirt. Use the same amount of seam allowance you will use for the side seams. Double check to make sure that your fabric is facing the right direction BEFORE you start sewing.

Step 7: Create Your Skirt!

Fold the pocket flaps out. Each half of your skirt will look like it has wings. I found it helpful to in in this position. Then pin the two sides of the skirt together (pockets too!) with wrong sides out. Sew a 1/4 inch seam up each side, sewing around the pockets as you go.

Make sure the seam that runs up your elastic is secure – go over it again if you think you need to.

Step 8: Finishing Touches

Fold the elastic seam toward the front and sew flat. Iron the rest of the seam going down the skirt.

Voila! A new skirt!

I will post some pictures once Mr. Canada gets a free minute to take some pictures of me wearing the new skirts! So check back on this post in the next few days!

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