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How to sew: Rib Knit Dress with Flounce Detail (Video Tutorial)

Flavia Giuzio

Video tutorial of how to sew this super cute RIB KNIT DRESS with a FLOUNCE detail.

For more information on how to make this DRESS go to my BLOG:
https://www.alchimistihandmade.com/blog/2017/11/13/how-to-sew-workout-short-video-tutorial

Materials needed to sew RIB KNIT DRESS with a FLOUNCE :
-2 yard of rib knit
- Piece of paper
- Matching thread
- Pins
- Scissors 

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Pattern Review: Mccall's 2149 (Easy Men's Shirt)

Flavia Giuzio

Hi everyone!!

I recently sewn a Hawaiian shirt as a birthday gift for my husband!! We went to Hawaii for vacation in September and I (obviously) dragged my hubby to the Fabric Mart in Maui. While at the store he picked the fabric that I used for this shirt. This is my first time sewing a shirt and it was SUCH easier than I expected and I also learned a new technique (notched collar). My husband also loved the skirt and said it reminds him of the beautiful island of Maui. So here is my PATTERN REVIEW:

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Pattern Description: 
 Shirt has front patch pocket, side seam slits and button-down closure. A, B, C: Notched collar. A, D, F: Long sleeves with buttoned cuffs. B, C, E, G: Short sleeves. D, E: Stand-up collar. F, G: Collarless. C: Contrast collar and patch pocket. SEWING LEVEL: Advanced beginner. 

Pattern Sizing: I bought pattern size Large but ended up having to adjust the side seams and sleeves a couple of inches.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes! I chose view B (with notched collar) and I loved the result. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Overall the instructions were pretty clear. I had never done a notched collar before but the instructions where very clear.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really liked the pattern. No problems!


Fabric Used: For this shirt I used a cotton with a Hawaiian print that I got at FabricMart in Maui for less than $2 dollars a yard. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took in a couple of inches from the side seams and sleeves to create a slimmer cut, which is what my husband preferes. I also had to adjust the size of the notched collar. 

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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! I will definitely be making another version of this shirt. It was a quick project and my husband really loved this handmade gift!!

Hope you enjoyed the pattern review, the post and the pics!!

Please comment and let me know what you think!

See you next time my loves!


DISCLAIMER: This description contains affiliate links (which means that if you click on one of the product links, Alchimisti will receive a small commission) This helps support this channel and allows me to continue to make videos tutorials like this one. Thank you for the support!

Pattern Review: Mccall's 7100 Bomber Jacket

Flavia Giuzio

Hi everyone!!

I have been making some improvements to my Youtube channel and so I decided to do a couple of pattern reviews in the mean time. I am always trying to improve Alchimisti and have been learning SO MUCH about this whole blogging/ youtube world. There is so much to learn!!! From editing to improving the video quality and audio of my tutorials, these couple of months have been a course on doing it all (and having a great time doing it)!! 

This bomber jacket was actually one of my very few dreaded Unfinished Projects! I started making it in January but sort of gave up on it after a VERY questionable fabric choice for the contrasting sleeves made my life much much harder. Now 10 months later, after much learning (and probably equal amount of failing) I have decided to finish making this fully lined denim bomber jacket. I switched the fabric of the sleeves for a double knit and actually had a great time making it. I also have some pics of the first version I have made of this jacket, which I made last year. So here is my pattern review...

PATTERN REVIEW:

Denim and double knit bomber jacker. Fully lined jacket using yarn dyed rayon fabric and with sleeve detail. 

Denim and double knit bomber jacker. Fully lined jacket using yarn dyed rayon fabric and with sleeve detail. 

Pattern Description: 
Semi-fitted, unlined jackets have collar, side front seams, bands, exposed front zipper and sleeves with shoulder dart. A and B: welts. A, B, C: side front pockets. D: front pocket. Designed for medium-weight wovens and stable knits.

Pattern Sizing:
I used size Small for both jackets.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes! I chose view D but used contrasting fabric for the sleeves for the denim jacket and used view A with contrasting fabric for the sleeves for the first jacket I made (photos below).

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Overall the instructions were pretty clear. I only wish they would give instructions for lining as well. But the pattern clearly states "unlined" jacket so I created my own lining pattern and it worked well. 

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What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The one thing I didn't particularly liked from this pattern is the sleeve shoulder dart. I am not sure if it really helps the fit of the sleeve and I'm probably going to test removing the dart. Apart from that I really like this pattern especially because of the raglan sleeves. 

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Fabric Used: For the denim bomber I used a dark blue denim, a textured heather double knit for contrasting sleeves and yarn dyed rayon for the lining all from Michael Levine in downtown Los Angeles. I also added a trim for the sleeves that I got from Joann. For the pink bomber I used this amazing fabric from Peru and pre quilted faux suede fabric from Joann. I used black rib knit from Michael Levine for the cuffs and colar of both bombers. 

 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made the sleeves a bit longer (about 3 inches) on the second bomber (denim) since the sleeves were a bit too short on the first bomber (pink). Also, if you are making sizes L- XXL you might have to alter the sleeve according to Mccall's blog (For post click here)

Unlined bomber jacket made using fabric from Peru and quilted faux suede sleeves. 

Unlined bomber jacket made using fabric from Peru and quilted faux suede sleeves. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend this bomber jacket for people who have some experience in sewing. Mainly because of the number of different techniques used (like darts and zippers) and the amount of hand sewing if you are going a lined bomber. That being said, I love both my jackets and feel like practice makes perfect so maybe bomber #3 will be perfect!!

Hope you enjoyed the pattern review, the post and the pics!!

Please comment and let me know what you think!

See you next time my loves!


DISCLAIMER: This description contains affiliate links (which means that if you click on one of the product links, Alchimisti will receive a small commission) This helps support this channel and allows me to continue to make videos tutorials like this one. Thank you for the support!