Saturday, February 7, 2015

Shake It Off With a Pattern Review

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I agree with Karly in that 2014 is a year I could just shake it off and start was kind of a tough year for me.
But that's not the point...the point is this awesome dance outfit that Sophia really wanted.

The shorts are made from the newly released women's yoga pants pattern by Peek-a-Boo Pattern (affiliate link). I made the xxsmall and did a 1 inch seam allowance to make them fit.  The leopard print is a nod to the video. The fabric came from this huge box of knit/stretchy stuff my sister sent me from her fabric stash (she's a quilter so didn't need her knit).
Sophia says they fit great and can't wait to wear them to dance.

For the shirt I used an Old Navy shirt as the template. She wears the shirt to dance a lot because it's comfortable and moves easily. It's just a front and back piece with the arm and waist bands. Very easy to put together and she loves it.

Sophia takes ballet, tap and lyrical. For ballet she wears a black skirt over her leotard. For tap they can wear shorts over the leotard and then for lyrical they can wear things like shirts and yoga pants.  Now she's covered.

The skirt is one that we already had planned, but it went so well with the 'theme' that we had to include it with the outfit.  There is so much 'leather look' in the video this pleather skirt was perfect for it. It is made from Simplicity Project Runway Collection #1548.  It's a great pattern and I have plans to do a more thorough review of not only the skirt but the shirt as well for a different post.

As for the yoga pants/'s a great, simple pattern. You just need the recommended amount of fabric and if desired, a zipper for a phone pouch.
The Good: Simple, FAST and very comfortable. Instructions are easy to follow and they go together so fast...seriously think the taping of the pattern takes longer than the sewing of the pants.
The Bad: Most tweens are going to fall in between the 2 sizes of patterns, girl's/women's and you might be buying the size up in just a few months. Girl's goes up to size 12 with a 26 inch waist and the women's starts off at xxsmall with a 33 inch waist.  My using a 1 inch seam, seemed to do the trick. Sophia has a 26 1/2 inch waist and our fabric wasn't super stretchy.
The Ugly: Nothing really...
Just another look at the shirt
And another look at the skirt, with a review coming next week.

So go ahead and go watch 'Shake It Off' and see if it doesn't get stuck in your head!
And then check out the other creations over at Paisly Roots.


  1. This is adorable. She could easily walk around the mall in this after dance and be adorable and unique. :)

  2. So perfect for her dance! I can't wait to hear more about that skirt!


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