Modkid Steffi for Disney

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

When I posted Tandy's Ariel inspired Modkid Yvette dress, I mentioned I might sew a few items for us to wear on our trip to the Disney World in September. Joann Fabrics has some pretty cute Disney prints on knit fabrics, and the Modkid Steffi would be the perfect use for it. 

Why Steffi? It's suitably casual and quick to sew. 

With the built in shorts underneath, Avery will be able to run and play throughout the magical grounds without fear of immodesty. The circle skirt view of the Modkid Steffi certainly has the twirl factor!!

 Be sure to use a non-directional print when cutting the circle skirt or you may want to add side seams to keep your prints running the right directions.

My sister helped create the perfect matching tee with vinyl.

Shoreline Boatneck Dress with Tie Sleeves

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Just shy of one year ago I posted a tutorial for a fun bow sleeve tutorial over on the Melly Sews blog. For that version I sewed up a top in a dainty floral print. This striped dress version is more my style! I love the bold casual style of a striped knit tee dress. Highlighting a different look is the perfect way to bring the bow sleeve tutorial home at the end of this post.

The dress pattern is a slightly modified Shoreline Boatneck dress by Blank Slate Patterns. I mostly slimmed the pattern a bit in addition to adding the bow sleeve hack.

During a recent trip to Louisiana, we stopped on a walk to snap some photos next to this pretty magnolia.

During hot summers, dresses are in heavy rotation in my wardrobe.

Ready to add a bow to just about any t-shirt sleeve?!?

Bow Cuff Tutorial

To create the bow cuffs, cut 2 strips of knit fabric 4" x 42" with the stretch in the long direction. Sew up your tee according to the pattern instructions except do not hem the sleeves. Remember, we are adding the finishing touch here! All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.

Next, measure the circumference of the sleeve (mine measured 14"). Mark the sleeve at the center opposite the underarm seam. Then, mark 1" to either side of the center. This section will remain unstitched when we add the cuff.

On the cuff, measure half of the sleeve circumference from the center fold and cut a 1/2" notch into the seam allowance top and bottom. For my example, I measured 7" from the center fold of the cuff to my notches.

Fold the cuff right sides together and cut each end at a 45 degree angle.

Stitch from the notch to the angled point at each end of the strip. Trim the seam allowances. The center length that will attach to the sleeve should be unstitched.

Turn the cuff right sides out and push out the points. Press well.

Pin the cuff right sides together with the sleeve starting with the center of the cuff at the underarm seam. Continue to pin around the sleeve. The notches should fall at the marks you made 1" from the top of the sleeve. Stitch the cuff to the sleeve from notch to notch with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Press the seam allowance toward the sleeve. Also, press the unstitched section between the notches to the wrong side. Topstitch the seam allowance all the way around the sleeve to secure. Tie a bow and you are good to go!

If you've made it this far, which version is your favorite, floral or stripe?
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Bexley in Pink

Friday, May 31, 2019

You knew I couldn't stop with just one Bexley Dress, right?!? We had a pink vibe going when Melissa and I were sewing up final samples of the Bexley Dress released by Blank Slate Patterns. I showed up to the photo shoot in a pink floral with a bright pink sample for our cover model, and Melissa showed up in a pretty pale pink. There's proof over on Instagram

I didn't show off the back in my last Bexley post, so here's a peek at those back darts that end just at the waist to give that nice fitted look up top and comfortable room below. We've included a center back seam to allow for easy fit adjustments too. 

This pretty floral fabric is brushed poly from Joann Fabrics. It's perfect for a sweet summer dress, and the print isn't so bold that you loose the dress details. 

Not only did I have the privilege of sewing up the model's sample; I also took the pattern cover photos. Melissa reached out to Arianne via Instagram to be a cover model. I don't think I had one bad photo of her which made narrowing down options pretty touch. She has amazing style!!

I'm hoping she gets lots of wear out of this pink dress, because the color is oh so good on her. The fabric is Telio Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey in Rapture Rose. The weight and stretch of this jersey are perfect for the Bexley Dress.

Now is the perfect time to add the Bexley Dress to your pattern stash! Blank Slate Patterns is currently running a summer sale. Buy one pattern, get one 50% off with code SUMMER19.
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Bexley Dress

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Meet the Bexley Dress by Blank Slate Patterns. I was just posting the other day about finding a perfect t-shirt pattern, and now I have a perfect t-shirt dress pattern. The Bexley sewing pattern takes a simple swing dress design up a notch with darts for shaping that open into pleats at the waist for an easy to wear style. Basically the dress is fitted just where it needs to be and loose where it doesn't!

I will share more about my role in the collaborative effort to bring this pattern together, but for now, let me tell you how you benefit. The pattern listing includes a full video add-on option that walks you through each step of the sewing process all on a standard sewing machine. The videos also detail fitting techniques and tips for sewing with slinky knits. 

Speaking of slinky knits. The Bexley Dress calls for fabrics with at least 30% stretch in both directions and nice drape. The stretch and drape are important factors in getting those darts to hang nicely. Rayon spandex is an excellent choice. This navy came from Joann Fabrics. I look for medium weight fabric to avoid any see through.

Bexley includes two cut lines for length. Keep in mind I am tall for the pattern. I've added 1/2" in length above the darts and cut between the above-the-knee and knee length for the dress. I may prefer to show a little more leg than you do, so know other length options are available as well as instructions to lengthen as needed. 

Through Wednesday May 22nd, when you buy Bexley, you can get 10% off the pattern or 15% off the pattern + video. No code needed, the prices are already discounted for you! 

The best thing about a knit dress are the endless styling opportunities! Since three sleeve lengths are included in the pattern, Bexley can work year round. I'm looking forward to making one in the fall to pair with tall boots and a scarf! 

Tabor V-neck

Friday, May 10, 2019

This Tabor V-neck is one of those makes, that I've hesitated to post. I don't really think there is anything particularly wrong with it, but I just don't find it all that flattering. That's a tough thing to admit when you sew. After investing time and fabric in a thing, I want to love it. If I were trying it on in a store, I would easily walk away, but it's not so simple with a handmade item. 

I don't feel like it is a pattern issue at all. Maybe it is more of a fabric and pattern version issue. The Tabor V-neck by Sew House Seven comes with 5 versions, but most of the details are interchangeable. I've sewn up version #2 with more of the cropped length of version #3. I'm really wanting to give version #4 a try in sweater knit for cooler weather. 

I've had this striped knit left over from a top I created for Avery in my stash for ages. The Tabor V-neck pattern includes 3 widths and styles for creating the v-neck. Who doesn't like options like those?!? This is the middle size neck band. 

So, what do you do with your not so favorite makes? I'll probably just relegate this make to one of those many stay-at-home summer days we are about to enjoy.
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