Sew Ready for Fall: Camilla Cowl Neck Top and Dress by 5 out of 4 Patterns and

Today in our Sew Ready for Fall post we are featuring tunic length tops from 5 out of 4 Patterns and Patterns for Pirates  The great thing about these two patterns are not only do they feature 3/4 length sleeves, both patterns have dress length options and tons of styling variations.  Make sure you check back tomorrow to see our final installment of our Sew Ready for Fall Feature.  

Camilla Cowl Neck Top sewn by Teronia:

Hey ladies, it’s Teronia and I just wanted to share my first Fall make with you. Fall is my absolute favorite season - the beautiful leaves change colors, there’s a crispness in the air, getting to wear boots and sweaters. I lust love it all so much...but, I live in Florida so, Fall doesn’t actually happen here. Usually, I pick a day, in August, and just start pretending that it’s Fall. I bake apple flavored pastries and wear boots to work i the temperature is anywhere below 80 degrees. So, how do I get Sew Ready for Fall? By lengthening my tops to tunics and adding ¾ length sleeves to everything that I make.

This fall I have a new challenge to add to my sewing - a baby bump! The new Camilla Dress and Top from 5 out of 4 Patterns just released has option on top of option. There is literally every sleeve length from sleeveless to extra long plus, shirt, tunic, a-line dress, swing dress and  maternity options! I think I just found my fall staple pattern, plus the cowl is nice and comfortable. It totally covers up the tan lines that I just got at the waterpark yesterday.

I ended up making a ruched maternity tunic with ¾ sleeves and sleeve bands. I threw a belt on top for a little more definition between my bust and waist, but I will soon be filling in that belly area quite well on my own. Any hope of having a shape will be thrown out along with these boots that are tighter than I remember them being last year. Hmm...curious. I paired my tunic with maternity jeans, but I’m on the lookout for some cute maternity friendly leggings so let me know if you have a recommendation.

Ok, so don’t judge my stripe (mis)matching I had it all lined up, but I graded the pattern out too far, ended up having to take it in and messed up my beautifully matched side stripes. I’m still trying to figure out my “maternity” size; survey says: I’m currently a s/medium. The sleeves matching, on the other hand, were just not going to happen. Who do you think I am, Kari Steiger? Speaking of beautiful, my lovely rayon spandex was generously donated by Simply by Ti Fabrics. The fabric that I used can be found here. This was my first time sewing with rayon spandex and when I first got it I was a little nervous. It was slinkier than I was thinking, but sewing with it wasn’t any more difficult than any other knit that I have used. I probably have had a harder time with some others.The fabric was nice and light enough for me not to pass out in our distinctly Fall-less weather, but not too sheer and totally wearable IF Florida decides to participate this year. The pattern called for stretch fabrics with lycra content to help it hold shape. The amount of drape on your final garment will depend on the recovery and amount of stretch in your fabric. If I made this in cotton lycra it would be a totally different top and I like those possibilities.

Well, even though I’m Sew Ready for Fall I still have time to sew for Fall. Who knows when it will arrive, but I know I’ll be ready. Has Fall started in your neck of the woods? What do your wardrobes look like there? I’d love to know so drop me a comment on the post.                                                               Talk to you later, Teronia


Everyday Elegance sewn by Ellen:

It’s Ellen again from ellzabelle and I’m so excited to bring you my second fall sewing pattern.  And it’s another one for ME!!!  I think I might be getting spoiled…..and getting used to it!!!!  I really am loving getting some new items in my wardrobe.

I chose the beautiful Patterns for Pirates Everyday Elegance for a flowy top that fits my relaxed, bohemian/artsy style.  It recently got some great updates and also some pattern hacks that really caught my eye.  I made a top, using some lightweight JoAnn’s fabric from my stash, with ¾ length sleeves and button tabs.  I did use the hack of no gathering at the shoulders for the sleeves and love how it turned out!

The pattern was very easy to follow and the pattern goes from XS - Plus 3X.  I made a Large and the fit is great.  I think I could get away with a Medium next time.  I’m 5’9” and didn’t adjust for length and think it is perfect.  There are so many options with this pattern-a dress, belted option, ties on the collar, and short/long sleeves, and elastic cuffs to choose from in addition to the ones I did.  

I’m so excited to wear this top to work and also out for a night of BUNCO with my girls or a date night with my hubby.  It’s a versatile pattern that I will definitely be adding many new items to my closet.  Happy Fall from Colorado and sew something for YOU!!