One of my favorite things about sewing is testing patterns–and then hacking said pattern that I tested. When I was selected to be a tester for my favorite pattern companies (Made for Mermaids/M4M and Patterns for Pirates/P4P) I was so.frickin.excited. As a plus-sized seamstress, trying to find patterns that were made with my curves in mind was near impossible. Sure, I could always just figure out the calculations on how to make them bigger but even that’s hard. And yes, I could always lose weight but let’s be real: that’s even harder! But my girls Megan and Judy always look out with these patterns that I always end up feeling beautiful in!
The Mama Cassie
One of the fashion trends I’m fully committed to this season is the off-the-shoulder look. I was previously hacking patterns to get the off-the-shoulder look that I wanted but when the call for testers went out for this pattern and the designer tagged me in it, I knew I had to be part of it. Mama Cassie was designed by Catherine Muzzatti–one of the designers for M4M and one my virtual sewing besties.
Mama Cassie comes with the off-the-shoulder and cold-shoulder options. I’ll be making one of the cold-shoulder options soon enough.
Sleeves: Short, 3/4, and long–all hemmed.
Length: Both straight and high-low versions of a maxi, mini, and peplum.
I was assigned the short sleeve mini dress with the off-the-shoulder bodice (because Catherine is bae and knows my style!). I also did a high-low peplum and a crop top. Yes, chubby girls rock crop tops!
My Mama Cassie Hack
I’m a WAHM who lives for comfort, ease, coupled with style. When I saw this bodice I knew that I had to pair it with the P4P Mama Bear Joggers to create a jumper that I could both lounge in as well as look cute while out and about. Basically my goal in life is to always feel like I’m wearing PJ’s while looking like a million bucks. Based on my friends’ feedback on Facebook, I would say that I succeeded.
I should have taken pictures but I didn’t–I’ll keep this in mind next time. But it was super easy. I constructed both the Mama Cassie and the Mama Bear Joggers as instructed (ok, not really… I normally freestyle it based on what I feel like doing but following the directions totally works!). Oh, it’s important to note that due to my “lovely lady humps” in the back, I did add 2″ to the rise in the back. And then I attached the waistbands in the same way I would have if the pants were a skirt. I did have to ease the waistband of the bodice so that it could stretch and fit the waistband of the pants. And then boom! It was done!