Whit’s Reviews/// 5 out of 4 Patterns

I have my first pattern company review of the year and it’s a good one! A few people recommended I look at 5 out of 4 patterns, and I’m so glad I did. At first glance I thought, ok, lots of basic knit patterns for the whole family. But upon closer inspection I realized that each pattern is full of options and that these basics are fantastic building blocks for your or your kids’ or your partners’ wardrobe.

I decided to sew the Candy leggings (these also can be made into yoga pants) out of this loud tie dye knit I picked up from Fabric.com. I made the size small and the fit is pretty perfect. I decided to make the Taylor Racerback tank to go with the leggings so I could have a little lime green party outfit. This is also the size small and I’m debating on where I want to hem it. At first I thought it was too long, but after wearing it I kind of like it. I’m going to actually work out in it before I make a decision.

What impressed me with making these patterns was the amount of options for each pattern. The leggings have multiple waistband options, options for a gusset or half gusset, as well as two different options for color blocking or not. The tank can have a gathered back piece, can be an aline dress or a swingy dress. The instructions are fantastic and really clear to navigate with all the options (sometimes I think this isn’t done well with companies and all the options can get confusing). They have an active Youtube channel with sew alongs, a Facebook group, and a membership to help support you. All of that to say I think there is a lot of value in these patterns and I loved that I could get bundles of both of these patterns and will be making my daughter both of these patterns soon.

Ok, so I loved so much about my experience sewing these patterns, but what is the company like? I’m so happy to share Jessica’s answers to our community questions and I think you will love her answers as much as I do. Please enjoy!

What is your design background? When and why did you start making your own patterns?

I am self-taught. I started designing patterns in 2015.  At the time, I was breastfeeding twins and there were very few breastfeeding-friendly patterns on the market. So, my first pattern was the Knot Your Average Shirt and Dress.  I also have a few personal fit issues and loathe shopping, so designing my own clothes was a win-win.  I got to design patterns I wanted to see in the world, but the act of sewing helped calm my anxiety. 

Who do you design for? Who is your Target Audience?

I am very much the girl next door and I design for the practical family.  We may not be flashy, but I love being able to make my children comfortable clothes that fit them.  For myself, I really like the sporty-relaxed look, so I aim for crossover pieces that can be anything from a sports bra to swimsuit to a summer dress.  (Those are my favorite!)

What level of sewer do you design for?

5oo4 has patterns for every level of sewist. I am passionate about helping sewists improve their sewing and encouraging them to sew outside of their comfort zone.  We try and create an experience where they are comfortable pushing their skills to the next level.  We do this through a combination of a Basics line that focuses on new sewists and then encouraging them to try new things through sew-alongs, video tutorials, and our membership, the 5oo4 Family, is the ultimate place for growth. 

What is your price point and why?

For the first time in 6 years, we raised our prices this January to $12 per pattern (and $10 for our Basics line).  All of our patterns include projector files and layers, plus TONS of options.  Most of our women’s patterns include FBA bodices (and we’re updating the ones that don’t) and we have a lot of patterns with both maternity and nursing options included.  We do not offer add-on packs, we pack our patterns with tons of options instead!

What is your size range? Why did you pick this range? What is the size, cupsize, and height that you design your block on? Do you have plans on expanding or changing this range anytime soon?

Our women’s size range is XXS – 5XL. Our main block is a size medium and our plus size block is a size 3XL. We use a B-cup for our regular bodices and a D-cup across all sizes for our FBA bodices. As for height- the easy answer is to say 5’7″, but we really push our sewists to understand that one person’s 5’7″ is NOT the same as another person’s, so please don’t focus on height. We have an excellent resource on our blog about why we educate sewists in this area.  Our men’s size range is XS – 6XL.  Our kids’ size range is 0-3months – 14. We aim to be as inclusive as possible and are working to update our older patterns (that stop at 3XL). 

Do you support Black Lives Matter? What are some ways that you are anti-racist and inclusive in your company on a day to day basis?

Yes, I support Black Lives Matter. I am vocal in my support. As a company, we monitor and deal with hate speech and/or racist comments. We have an open dialogue in our groups and encourage education.

Is there anything else you would like people just discovering your company to know?

We are also supportive of the LGBTQ+ community and welcome testers to test any product they would like to wear. We do not aim to exclude any portion of the community. 

We are hoping to diversify our testing pool this year. If you or a loved one would like to be a part of our tester pool, we welcome inquiries at info@5outof4.com.  

Pretty great right? Go check out 5 out of 4 patterns. There are pictures of all their patterns on all types of people, sizes, ages, I just love it. And after sewing two of their patterns, I can honestly say I love this company too! If you are wanting to add some great knits to you or your kids’ or your partners’ closet, start with them. 5 out of 4 patterns gets the Whit Makes seal of approval!

Whit’s Reviews/// Greenstyle Creations

Every month I choose an indie sewing pattern company, buy one (or more!) of their patterns, sew it up, and review it for you. Along with my thoughts on the actual pattern, I reach out to the company and ask them a few questions that all of you have helped me come up with. My goal is to help us all find smaller companies that are doing the work to promote sustainability, inclusivity, and allyship within the day to day runnings of their companies.

Today I’m happy to talk about Greenstyle Creations. I found this company over the summer and was so happy to find a source for activewear and performance wear patterns. I shared everything I made to build up my workout clothes Monday if you want to check out that post here!

I decided to make two of their patterns as well as buy some of their fabric (yes they sell fabric!!) I made the Power Sports Bra and Cavallo leggings, and not just once! I made multiple sets to all mix and match! To see all my thoughts on these patterns, check out this video! In short, I love them and have been wearing them non stop. So many great options and details and the instructions take all of the scariness out of making your own activewear.

I reached out to Greenstyle on a Thursday afternoon and by that evening I had their full reply and a discount code. I would say that I can definitely recommend them for customer service after that experience!

To find out more about Greenstyle, please read their answers to our questions below. I highly recommend this company and if you want to go support them, you can use discount code GS15WM to get 15 % off all sewing patterns from now until October 31st. Happy sewing everyone!!

What is your design background? When and why did you start making your own patterns?

I actually have a degree in mechanical engineering. I have been sewing since I was about 5 years old and always love creating my own clothes.  I started making patterns about 8 years ago when the PDF patterns were just getting started. 

Who do you design for? Who is your Target Audience?

I design mostly adult patterns with a few kids patterns here and there.  I love to design athleisure and technical performance patterns.  

What level of sewer do you design for?

We have everything from beginner friendly patterns to intermediate.

What is your price point and why?

our patterns range from $6 to $14.  The prices reflect the options and size ranges available

What is your size range? Why did you pick this range? What is the size, cupsize, and height that you design your block on?

Our older patterns are from XS to 3XL but our new patterns (starting 1 1/2 years ago) are different and sized alphabetically  from B to M so from a 32″ hip to a 62″ hip

Do you support Black Lives Matter? What are some ways that you are anti racist and inclusive in your company on a day to day basis?

At Greenstyle we support sewists of all abilities, backgrounds, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, races, religious beliefs, and nationalities. We stand behind our message of inclusively, and during these difficult times, we stand with our Black sewists and all others in the Black community.

Is there anything else you would like people just discovering your company to know?

we have a very active and supportive FB group and we would love to have your viewers and listeners join our group.

Thank you Greenstyle Creations for taking the time to be a part of this series!

Workout Collection Reveal

As I’ve been diving deep into my closet, I’ve noticed a pretty big hole, my workout clothes! Everything I own is at least a couple of years old and it was time to get some more leggings and sports bras. I decided to spend the past two weeks making my own!

I chose 5 fabrics that could all mix and match in various ways and got to work sourcing patterns. I wanted to make clothes for actually working out but also things that were comfortable for lounging around in and things that could work for hikes and walks.

My first two makes are these Seamwork Mel joggers and this Greenstyle Creations Power Sports Bra. I’ve made these joggers before and they are a quick, cozy make. They are perfect in this light weight mustard cotton spandex french terry I picked up from Surge Fabrics. I loved the color and thought they would be warm enough for fall and to layer up in winter, but not so warm that I could actually sweat in them when we do our at home workouts.

I knew this fabric wouldn’t be the most supportive so I thought this racerback version of the bra would be a fun option, and it is! Perfect for lounging or walks and again, you know I love this color.

My next set is another version of the Power Sports Bra paired with the Cavallo Leggings. This green poly/lycra fabric is also from Surge fabrics and I didn’t have quite enough for all the details I wanted, so I dug in my stash for this gray performance wear fabric. I’m so happy because I ended up loving the color blocking even more than if it were all green! This bra is the strappy u back option with an 1 inch band. The leggings have the slanted pocket option and the ultra high rise waist band.

My final set is another Power Sports Bra and Cavallo Legging, this time in this beautiful fabric I bought from Greenstyle Fabrics. I loved the colors and the play on an animal print. The only difference in this set and the last one is that the bra has a 2 inch elastic band and the straight back.

I wanted a couple of layers to throw over the sports bras or tank tops and t-shirts and I decided on one light weight and one thicker. This pink heathered baby french terry is from Surge and I sewed the Uvita top from Itch to Stitch using the add on pattern. I added the hood, cuffs with thumbholes, kangaroo pocket, and bottom band. This pattern sewed up really quickly and it’s a great weight for layering in Colorado weather.

My final top is made out of this gray cable quilted knit from Surge and it is warm and cozy. The pattern is M7874 and I love the seam lines on this top. Another easy one to sew up but I think the details on this make it look ready to wear.

I loved sewing this little module and I know I will get a lot of use from these items. I was intimidated to try activewear, but honestly it was all fairly simple to make! I will have a more detailed review of Greenstyle Creations to share with you Wednesday, but if you’re interested in trying some of their patterns, they have offered my readers a 15% discount on any of their patterns! Just use the code GS15WM at checkout!