SOS Pants from Patterns for Pirates

Patterns for Pirates revamped and re-released the SOS Pants a little over year ago and after nearly a year in maternity clothes (plus post partum) I felt really ready for real pants. Or at least pull-on pants with a little stretchy forgiveness.

I made 3 pairs in stretch twill and one pair in stretch french terry.

I’m really happy with the fit straight out of the package, my only alteration here is for height, I can see that I probably need to remove more, but I am trying to be less nit-picky with my makes.

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The white pair was my first muslin and the orange was maybe my second? This was during testing, so the fit is improving from the changes to the pattern itself and also to me taking height out more accurately.

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I decided after this pair to try using stretch mesh to line the pockets to prevent lines showing from the pockets.

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The stretch mesh pocket lining was a success, as you can see the pocket lines are much less visible on this stretch French Terry pair.

Speaking of French Terry, I usually shop in Fashion District in LA. If you are a local or are heading to the area, you definitely want to check the tips for navigating the district. If you are ordering fabric you are going to need: as little as 1 1/2 yards to as much 2 5/8 (depending on options you choose and your size)

P4P is always great at beautiful, quick construction patterns and I love that! It really helps for boosting your handmade wardrobe quickly.

The SOS Pants are an intermediate sewing pattern in knit with skinny and straight leg option! Skinny leg option is fitted throughout leg to ankle. Straight leg option is fitted through hip/booty, then loose/straight through leg for a flattering and dressier option. Both options include knit/enclosed elastic waistband, back yokes, front and back pocket options. Suggested fabrics are ponte roma and medium/heavy weight jegging denim knit.

For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I determined my size using the pattern chart, I am an XL waist graded to L in the hips and M in the legs (My current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips). I did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–5″.

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion so that we can share our sewing projects, tips and tricks with each other.

And please join the community and be inspired by all the Patterns for Pirates creations over in the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group.

THE NITTY-GRITTY:

Pattern Description: Pattern for Pirates SOS Pants
Pattern sizing: XXS-3X
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes.
Fabric used: Stretch Twill and French Terry
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes
Did you alter the pattern in any way? I am 5′-2 and took my standard height adjustment
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No.
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner Pants Pattern, especially as it does not require any zip or fly construction.
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/2

RagDoll Raglan from Patterns for Pirates

Patterns for Pirates  has got us covered with the changing seasons and the cooler weather. The new RagDoll Raglan is just MADE for cozy coffee drinking, and book reading. But I also love a slouchy tee or tunic to get me through basically EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

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I’m in the stage of life where I am a mom of 3 little ones, so I can use any extra ease a pattern will give me.

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If you love pattern mixing, you are going to LOVE this pattern for showcasing beautiful fabrics and unexpected pairings.  This new pattern is described as “straight through the body and loose fit throughout, besides being fitted at the lower arms. It has a wide, low neckline … with a thicker than average neckband. If you use a very stretchy fabric you can pull the wide neckline off one shoulder…” and it is perfect for styling with slim fit pants, leggings, or pencil skirts.

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I am unashamedly in LOVE with rayon spandex fabric and the RagDoll is perfect for it! When I started getting serious about sewing my own clothes, I checked the tags on all my favorite store bought items and basically everything was a Rayon Spandex blend. So I started stocking up.  I usually shop in Fashion District in LA. f you are a local or are heading to the area, you definitely want to check the tips for navigating the district. If you are ordering fabric you are going to need: as little as 1 1/2 yards to as much 2 5/8 (depending on options you choose and your size)

P4P is always great at beautiful, quick construction patterns and I love that! It really helps for boosting your handmade wardrobe quickly and the RagDoll is also Capsule Wardrobe friendly. It is a great go-to that you will wear all the time.

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The RagDoll has lots of options so that you can stock your closet without looking like you are on repeat.  Half sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, long sleeve with or without cuffs. Shirt and tunic length come with a curve and there is also a banded top length (that hits between a shirt and tunic length). Lastly there is dress length for a casual t-shirt dress look. The open back option is a really nice way to take my mom uniform (a black or grey tunic) up a notch and I really like how it finishes.

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For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I determined my size using the pattern chart, I am an XL graded to L in the hips (My current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips). I did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–5″. 

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Hurry and checkout all the RagDoll Raglan sale and view photos of all the options available. Don’t forget to checkout the mods, that will give you even more options for this cozy top at Patterns for Pirates

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion so that we can share our sewing projects, tips and tricks with each other.

And please join the community and be inspired by all the Patterns for Pirates creations over in the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group.

***You will find some affiliate links in this post. Click them before you purchase your patterns if you would like to see more reviews at Clothed in Vermillion. Affiliate links will help me pay for more patterns and fabric, of course. ***

THE NITTY-GRITTY:

Pattern Description: Pattern for Pirates RagDoll Raglan
Pattern sizing: XXS-3X
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes, I especially like the finish for the open back option.
Fabric used: ITY (the plaid sleeves only) and Rayon Spandex (everything else)
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes
Did you alter the pattern in any way?  I am 5′-2 and took my standard height adjustment from the midriff.
Was there anything you disliked or would change? For my personal shape and preference, I might take it in more from waist to hip in the future. Thankfully this is a personal alteration that can be done post-construction.
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/2″

Here is how I am styling them in my everyday life. haha! I am also wearing a pair of Hey June Mountain Pose pants in stretch French Terry, learn how to get this pattern free here on the Hey June Handmade blog.

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Wiggle Dress: Full Length Gown

When you need something extra special in a hurry, the Patterns for Pirates Wiggle Dress PDF Pattern is going to be your best friend.

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I knew I wanted to give the full length option a try because it just looked incredible on every single person that had already sewn it! I opted for the 3/4 Sleeve as it is my personal favorite length for my body shape and of course went off-the-shoulder because…I cannot stop sewing the off-the-shoulder option.

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I checked my stash from my last trip to the Fashion District in Downtown LA  and when I couldn’t decide which fabric to pick, I asked some of the ladies from the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group to pick for me. Someone picked this plaid Liverpool from Angel Textiles and the result is pretty awesome. It’s just perfect for the coming Holiday season. Fabric choices are everything and this plaid dressed it down a little. If you are going someplace extra special check out the more formal fabric options that have been sewn up.

And I’ve got to say, that neckline DOES NOT BUDGE.  I can promise you, you will not need to adjust all day/night long! Don’t worry about sewing it either, it finishes beautifully and quite easily.

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The Wiggle, in all it’s forms, is also incredibly comfortable.  Like, seriously, The days I wear one, I do not find the need to change when I get home to relax, because I am already THAT comfortable. I know you want to roll your eyes at that…because we all have clothes that we wear the second we come home. But seriously, I am finding myself wearing the Wiggle from morning to night.

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…and can we take a minute to talk about the back shaping again? It is going to do you ALL KINDS of favors. The pattern comes with a built in sway back adjustment so it will hug your curves.

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…and in my case make me feel like some kind of Christmas Tree Farm Model. LOL!

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For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I used XL graded to L in the hips (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–5″. 

Checkout all the Wiggle release festivities, view photos of all the options available, checkout the mods and snag the pattern by Novemeber 1st to get the sale price at Patterns for Pirates).

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Wiggles I have sewn for my closet!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the Wiggle Dress creations over in the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group. I hope to see you in there and sew along with you!

***Update: 10-28-17 I have added affiliate links to this post. Click them before you purchase your patterns if you would like to see more reviews at Clothed in Vermillion. Affiliate links will help me pay for more patterns and fabric, of course. ***

Made for Mermaids Ava: Scuba Dress

Made for Mermaids Ava and the Mama Ava  Patterns have been favorites in our home since their release last year. It is just the perfect bodice for my daughter and fits well according to her measurements. Here is my baby girl last fall in the mid-length sleeve, curved tunic option.

 

Ava comes together so quickly and finishes beautifully. It is also a work horse in our house. I know it well and often use it when I need to sew something up quick for my babe.

She loves beautiful florals and when she saw this scuba come home from Angel Textiles after a trip to the Downtown LA Fashion District, I knew I wanted to sew it up quick. So I grabbed Ava and got to work to make this beautiful little dress.

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I used the bodice as is, with those mid-length sleeves again, because I love the length on her. And when cutting, I cropped the bodice about 3 inches below the armsyce. Then just cut 2 rectangles of leftover fabric for the front and back of the skirt. Each rectangle is cut to correspond with the front and back bodice pieces at approx. 1.75 times the width (and as long as desired). Sew up the side seams. Pin bodice and skirt side seams, pin center front and center back and serge the skirt to the bodice pulling the bodice to fit the skirt piece (I highly recommend adding clear elastic while serging to help support the weight of the skirt and to gather it in).

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Instead of fighting with a scuba neckband, I opted to finished with Fold Over Elastic. (I find the best deals for FOE on Ebay). I like to baste it on with a zig-zag stitch to the wrong side of the fabric, then fold over and triple zig–zag top stitch.

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Hem and you are done!  It’s perfect for special occasions or dress up and comfortable enough for playtime.

 

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I know she will get a lot of use out of this dress and that we will get even more use out of the Ava pattern. (And stay tuned to see how I used this fabric to sew something awesome for myself from the newest Patterns for Pirates Pattern about to drop!)

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