You own (or are eying) the Vanessa Fluid Pants pattern and think "pants can wait, it will be summer soon (at least in Canada)"? We've got news for you! After reading this hack you will be able to wear this pattern year round as you will have anything you need to make great pants AND stylish, comfortable shorts!
First off, sizing. I go back to the Jalie Measurement Charteach time I make a garment, even if I made something the week before. Our measurements change all the time and my kids sizes change even more quickly.
Juju's measurements (as of today) are 28" waist, 37 1/2'' hips. Her waist corresponds to size S and hips are between sizes S and T. The hips measurements is the most important when picking a size for pants.
I would normally go with size T, but I will use S for this project because:
Today's hack will add ease I will use a knit that stretches across the grain
Pattern Preparation Print / Trace the pattern (I am using the PDF pattern for this…
You will find many t-shirt options in our catalog. You have never sewn one and wonder which one would be the best option for you? This post will help you pick the right pattern and also compare our top 5 t-shirt patterns, showing the tops in the same fabric and size so you can compare apples with apples.
First off, let's have fun with a little quiz helping you pinpoint what you are looking for in a t-shirt pattern: WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A GREAT T-SHIRT PATTERN?
FIT / EASE I prefer when t-shirts are fitted, with slim sleeves that you can wear as a base layer. ⬤I feel more comfortable in semi-fitted tops ⬤⬤I am really into the new boxy trend, still looking for a loose-fitting top that is not boxy ⬤⬤
LENGTH I am tall and longer t-shirts look better on me ⬤⬤⬤I am petite and I don't want the hem to go lower than my hips ⬤⬤
NECKLINE FINISH I prefer bands over binding because it is easier to sew. No fuss. ⬤⬤I think bindings make a more professional finish ⬤⬤A t-shirt without band or b…
Many garments are designed with an encased elastic because the technique is quick and easy. Also, it hides the plain elastic. Did you know that you can totally change the look of the garment by applying an exposed elastic instead? Here is how to do it!
The trend is getting more and more popular and goes far beyond the men's underwear world! You can use a wide exposed elastic on pretty much anything: shorts, top, leggings... Have fun!
INSPIRATION / COMPATIBLE PATTERNS
The exposed elastic is flatter than the casing on fleece sweatpants. 3355 would be the perfect pattern for that and can be used for boys, girls, men and women because of it's straight shape.