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How to sew a high waisted maxi skirt + twisted bandeau bikini top (EASY)

Flavia Giuzio

Learn how to make this SUPER EASY and cute summer look!

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- 2 yards of Swimwear knit or similar

- Bra cups

- Ballpoint needle

- Pins

- Scissors

Here is a list of some of the other MATERIALS used in the tutorial:

Fiskars Cutting Mat 
Brother cs6000i

The fabric I used is from Michael Levine Loft (but I don’t think they sell it online)

But here are some other cool swimwear fabrics I found:


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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 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:

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.

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See you next time!!