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Video Tutorial: Eye Mask 3 way!

Flavia Giuzio

Hi everyone!!

I am so excited to share my first EVER Youtube video tutorial on how to sew an Eye Mask 3 easy ways!


Do you want to learn how to make a SUPER cute eye mask for yourself or as a gift? Then come with me and let's get sewing!!

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Elastic measurement: Measure the back of your head (from temple to temple) and ADD 2'' (5cm).

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Here is a list of some of the materials I used in the tutorial:

Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece 

Singer 8-Inch Professional Series Scissors Sewing 

Fiskars Cutting Mat 

Brother cs6000i

Dritz Braided Elastic 1/4in  
 

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DIY Espadrilles

Flavia Giuzio

Hi Everyone!

     I am so glad that I finally got around to writing a new blog post! I have been incredibly busy with the classes I am taking at Otis College of Arts and Design and working on new patterns for Alchimisti (Can't wait to share them with everyone soon!)

     For my first blog post after my hiatus of sorts I decided to share my experience making my first EVER pair of shoes!! A couple of months ago I saw some DIY espadrilles around the internet and started playing with the idea of making myself a pair. So I became slightly obsessed with the idea of making them! I looked up MANY references on Pinterest and started hunting for the perfect fabrics. Then one day while visiting Michael Levine in downtown LA I found a gold animal print fabric brocade that stole my heart. I mean it was love at first sight and I knew I had to use this fabric for my first espadrilles!

     As so I bought the fabric (even though I could only afford a yard and a half of it haha) and some black leather scraps. After that I also got found some extra soft (and extra hard to cut as it turns out) black knit to use as the lining from Joann.

     So here is what you will need to make your own DIY espadrilles the way I made mine:

- 1 pair of Dritz Espadrilles Adult Sole on your size 

- 0.6  yard (0,5 meter) of fashion fabric (outer fabric) 

- 0.6 yard (0,5 meter) of lining 

- Medium weight fusing interfacing

- Leather scraps

Dritz Espadrilles Yarn, 10 yd ( or any other yarn that is the same weight as this one) 

- E6000 Permanent Craft Adhesive

I also recommend getting these items since they were very helpful when I was making the espadrilles:

Dritz 6 Count Espadrilles Needles, Assorted

Dritz Espadrilles Needle Puller

- Beeswax 

DIY ESPADRILLES

1) Cut 2 fashion fabric, 2 lining fabric and 4 medium fusible interfacing using pattern piece for TOE. 

Cut 2 fashion fabric, 2 lining fabric and 4 medium fusible interfacing using pattern piece for HEEL.

Cut 2 medium fusible interfacing using pattern piece TOE STABILIZER and 2 medium fusible interfacing using pattern piece using HEEL STABILIZER

Note: I decided to use double fusing + heel and toe stabilizers because both of my fabrics were not as stable as I needed them to be and wanted to give my fabrics some extra support. 

I also decided to add black leather details in the toes and heel. For the toe detail I cut 2 piece of leather that is 2.5'' long (6cm) using the given TOE pattern as a guide.

For the heel detail I cut 2 pieces of leather that were each 1/2'' wide (1,5 cm) and 7'' long (9cm).

I also added a leather detail in the soles buy placing the leather wrong side up and tracing the soles using a china marker. 

2) Fuse the interfacing to each of the fabric pieces fusing the stabilizer pieces first.

Pin fashion fabric to lining with the right sides together. 

Using the E6000, glue the leather piece to the jute soles. Fold the leather heel detail in half lengthwise and glue leaving about 1' of the folded end unglued.

3) Sew HEEL and TOE pieces using a 3/8'' (0,95 cm) seam allowance around the edge leaving an 2" (5 cm) opening so you can flip the pieces. 

Trim corners and excess fabric so the seam allowance is 1/8'' (0.3cm).

Turn pieces right sides out. Fold opening allowance inside, press and topstitch opening and curve of heel for better finished look. 

Glue leather Heel and Toe details. Topstitch at edge of toe detail and around heel detail.

4) Create an overlapping guideline by making a line 2'' (5cm) long in the lining of the toe, 5/8'' from the inner curve. Align ends of heel and pin as shown. 

5) With the right sides up, topstitch edge of toe. You can reinforce it by sewing a small triangle over the overlapping heel part like I did.

Pin fabric to jute soles starting from the back heel working your way to toe.

6) Cut a piece of yarn 90'' long (229 cm) and pull trough Beeswax. Using the Dritz needles stitch along edge of shoe using a blanket stitch using a 1/4'' seam allowance (0.6 cm). 

And that's it!!! 

I hope you enjoy this tutorial!! Please leave your comments and questions below and share your makes with me!

 

     

Pattern Review: Mccall Pattern M7242

Flavia Giuzio

Hi everyone!!

Last week I was so busy with work, school and my client orders for Alchimisti that I didn't have time to post on the blog =(.  But this week I finally found some time to take pictures of this lovely dress that I made using the pattern M7242 from The Mccall Pattern Company. 

I bought this pattern on sale during a recent trip to my local Joann. The dress featured in the pattern envelope is so cute that I decided to look for a fabric with a similar look to it. I found this cool rayon fabric in downtown Los Angeles and cut into it as soon as I got home! As a good beginner sewer that I am, I did not realize that rayon can be tricky to work with, especially if you plan on pattern matching (which I clearly did attempt to). The fabric also has very distinct striped motifs and lining them up perfectly was no easy task. 

To make matters worst, this was the first time I EVER attempted to sew buttonholes (and buttons). I was always scared of trying to sew anything that required buttons, but I loved this dress so much that I decided it was time to try!! But I guess slippery rayon with a tricky striped motif might have been a bad choice of fabric for my first go with buttons. After much frustration (and a good dose of anger followed by dismay and self-pity) I decided to accept this dress the way it is and wear it proud! At least until I decide to redo the buttons for the third time haha!

PATTERN REVIEW:

Pattern Description: 
Loose-fitting dresses have mandarin collar, blouson bodice, back pleated into self-lined yoke, elastic waist, side pockets, and narrow hem. A: Bust pockets, short sleeves and side slits. B: Hemline ruffle. B, D: Elasticized lower edge of long sleeves. C: Sleeveless and bias armhole facings.

Pattern Sizing:
6-14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes! I chose view B since I didn't have enough fabric to make view D (haha)

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Overall the instructions were pretty clear. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved how the dress looked in the pattern envelope. So much that I looked for a fabric that was (somewhat) similar to the one in the envelope! 


Fabric Used: I used this super cute Rayon Challis that I got at Michael Levine in downtown Los Angeles. The main issue I had with this fabric is that it really has a mind of its own, which made pattern matching extremely challenging. I changed the placement of the buttons two times in a attempt to make the stripes match perfectly and in the end I gave up! 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I decided not to add the colar because I liked how the neckline looked without it. I also decided to make the ruffle part shorter than recommended in the pattern (because I am only 5'2''). The ruffles on the dress I made are about 7 inches long instead of 12 inches. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend this dress to more advanced sewers. Mainly because of the number of different techniques used and the amount of hand sewing. That being said, this dress is really beautiful and I will definitely be making another version of this super cute and comfortable dress. 
 

Hope you enjoyed the pattern review and the post.

Please comment and let me know what you think!

See you next time!!