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Step-by-step Tutorial and FREE PATTERN: Button-up Skirt

Flavia Giuzio

Hi Everyone!!

I am so excited to be able to finally share this FREE pattern for a BUTTON-UP SKIRT in size SMALL! Between three classes, internship and Alchimisti I have had no time to post this lately. But it is finally here!!

FOR THE PATTERN CLICK HERE!!

Here are some pictures of the skirt I made using this awesome pattern:

For this tutorial I decided to try something a little different and turn the instructions into a little illustration !! Hopefully it will be a more compact and cuter version of the regular tutorials I have been doing. Let me know what you guys think of the new format!

Hope you guys like this tutorial and the pattern!! Thank you for visiting the blog. If you like this post please leave a like!

See you next time =)

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!!

 

Step-by-Step Tutorial and Free Pattern: Workout Shorts Two Lengths

Flavia Giuzio

Hi everyone!

I was so surprised (and thankful) with how many downloaded by first pattern that I decided to try posting new tutorial every TUESDAY!! This week I will be showing you guys how to make some super cute (and useful) workout shorts in two different lengths. This free pattern is available only in my size (MEDIUM) since it was created for my own personal use. If you guys are interested in other sizes let me how and I will make them available in my pattern store!! 

The finished garment measurements are: 

  • Waist: 29 inches/ 73,66 cm
  • Hip: 40 inches/ 101,6 cm
  • Length: Long version (15 inches/ 38,1 cm), Shorter version (13 inches/ 33cm)

This pattern is one of my favorite self drafted patterns and I have made 4 versions of it already. Two of them I made as a gift to my lovely (and badass) mother-in-law who loves to work out! For this tutorial I will be making the longer version of the shorts. 

So here is what you need:

- 2/3 yard (about 24 in/ 61 cm) of either two-way stretch or four-way stretch knit. I used this cool galaxy fabric from Joann, but I think that thicker knits works best since they have more "body" to it. 

- Elastic (waist measurement minus 1 in). I used a 1cm wide elastic because that is what I had in my house, but any size up to 1 inch wide should work. 

- My PDF pattern.


Here are some things to remember before we start the step-by-step tutorial:

- The seam allowance for this pattern is 1/2 in (1,27 cm). I used a serger but if you don't have one you can use a zigzag stitch. 

- If you are using a two-way stretch knit make sure that the grainline is parallel to the way with the greatest stretch.


STEP 1- Cut FRONT, BACK and WAISTBAND.

Fold the fabric with selvages meeting. Cut two FRONT (1), two BACK (2) and two WAISTBAND (4). 

STEP 2- Cut BOTTOM (3)

STEP 3- SEW FRONT (1) and BACK (2).

Pin FRONT pieces with RIGHT sides together and sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

Pin BACK pieces with RIGHT sides together and sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

STEP 4- Sew BOTTOM (3) to FRONT (1).

Fold BOTTOM (3) in half and mark midpoint. Pin midpoint of BOTTOM to FRONT seam with RIGHT sides together as shown. Sew with 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

STEP 5- Sew BOTTOM to BACK (2).

Pin BOTTOM + FRONT that we have just sewn to BACK. Pin midpoint to BACK seam with RIGHT sides together as shown. Sew with 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

STEP 6- Sew legs. 

Pin FRONT to BACK with right sides together as shown. Sew with 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

STEP 7- Sew WAISTBAND.

Sew the ends of the two WAISTBAND (4) pieces together with the RIGHT sides together. Fold the waistband in half lengthwise with the WRONG sides together. Pin Waistband to shorts with RIGHT sides together. Sew waistband to shorts leaving a small opening in the back to insert elastic. 

STEP 8- Inserting ELASTIC into waistband.

Cut the elastic (waist measurement minus 1 INCH). Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic. Slide the safety pin into opening in the waistband. Using the safety pin work your way through the waistband. Pin the opposite end of the elastic into the shorts so it won't go into the waistband. Now pin the two ends of the elastic together and sew using a zigzag stitch. Close the opening in the waistband using an 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

STEP 9- HEM the shorts.

Fold the hem 1/2 inch and pin, then fold it again as shown. Sew the hem using a zigzag stitch. 

And that's it!! Now you have brand new workout shorts made by YOU!

Here are some pictures of my galaxy workout shorts:

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please leave a comment and let me know what you guys think and if you are interested in me making other sizes available in my pattern shop.

See you next time!!