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5 out of 4 Ninja Pants

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5 out of 4 Patterns is known well for their amazing patterns that are versatile and can go to workout to everyday wear - and for the entire family. Plus most of the women's patterns (if not all) have maternity and/or nursing options.

I was a tester for the Ninja Pants. These are not your average leggings either.

They have so many options and the size range is amazing going from XXS to 5X!

3 rises - Extra Low (Maternity), Low, Mid, and High. The high rise goes to the natural waist.

7 lengths - Everything from 2" inseam to long (30" inseam).

Waistband can be made without elastic, with exposed elastic, or enclosed elastic.

A gusset - to ensure you don't split seams with any ninja moves!

And an optional waistband pocket.

The best part if they are FREE! Just join the Facebook Group to get the code.

These leggings are also pretty easy to sew and they go together pretty quick.

These are all my pieces.


First we make the waistband pocket. Hem the flap for the pocket.


Now sand…

MLM Fabric - DIY Resources

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I hope you have enjoyed my Sew it Yourself Posts. Below are links to each one I have done - so far.

Sew it Yourself Piko

Sew Yourself a Perfect Top

Sew it Yourself MLM - My Compilation of patterns for most MLM items for ladies


Now that you know how to make your own items, I'll let you know where to find their fabric and similar fabrics.

The best and most reliable place to find the real deal - fabric is LDG Textiles. Check out their Facebook group and join to take advantage of flash stockings and sales.

You can also find it on eBay and Etsy from time to time. But LDG always has a good inventory.

Several custom knit groups are beginning to offer brushed poly similar to what MLM company makes their leggings out of.  The fabric content for MLM company leggings is 92% Polyester and 8% Spandex. I'll list the fiber content that each group runs, if available.

Zenith and Quasar has offered brushed poly the longest and I think their's is the best. They carry a brushed poly lycra in heat…

Itch to Stitch Arenal Top

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I'm always thrilled at the chance to test a pattern for Kennis Wong from Itch to Stitch. Her style is impeccable and the patterns are always very well drafted and go together so well. She puts so much thought into exactly how the garment is sewn that the construction is just beautiful inside and out.

This is the Arenal Top. The top is designed for knits with 100% horizontal stretch and are light to medium weight.  The pattern is  $10 and on sale for 20% off - making it only $8. If you buy 2 or more patterns, get an additional 15% off your cart. Use the code "lakearenal".
The Arenal top has a yoke detail that can be made in a contrasting fabric. I made this version in a cotton lycra 4-way stretch knit. I purchased it from a custom knit group that has since closed shop. 


There are 2 versions in the Arenal top pattern. I made the swing version with a hi-low hem. The other version is a more fitted top with a straight hem.  

I love the slightly curved v-neck. If you follow…