Alley Cat Crop Hack

Friday, June 12, 2015

Good morning readers! In lieu of Jessica's City Girl Romper Sew-a-Long, I am bringing a quick tutorial on how to make the Alley Cat Romper into a crop top to replicate the look I made for Stylo 4.  If you still need to purchase the Alley Cat Romper, you can click the link here :) Also, Jessica has a tutorial on adding neck ribbing over on her blog, and you can read that great post here!!! It is super duper simple!  But first, here is what you will need to do before cutting your fabric: 

Since we are making a crop, we will need to lengthen our front and back bodice. I added about .5" to my bodices, but you can add more length depending on how much belly you would like showing. I personally wouldn't add over 2", as we are going to be adding a band to the bottom of the bodice. 

Once you lengthen your pattern pieces, we are ready to cut fabric. In addition to the pattern pieces, you will need to cut a strip of ribbing 2" x 3.5" less than your child's chest. For instance, Madison's chest is 21.5", so I will cut a strip of ribbing 2" x 18". Remember, ribbing is VERY stretchy, so we want the band to hug closely to the body. You can always play around with the length of your ribbing, but I found that these measurements worked best. If you do not have ribbing, you can use knit that has 35%-50% stretch recovery. 

Follow steps 1-5 in the Alley Cat Romper instructions. (same goes for sleeveless version)

Next, fold your ribbing in half. Press.

With RST (right sides together) sew the ends of the band together to create a loop. Press seams flat, then fold back over. 

Next, find the center of your band and mark with a pin. 

Join the seam of your band to the bodice; by having the bodice Right Side Out, place the ribbing OVER the bodice, and join the seam of your ribbing to one of the side seams. 

Next, repeat with the other side. 

Now stretch the ribbing to fit the bodice, and add two more clips/pins to hold it together. 

Onto the sewing! FIRST SEW THE RIBBING AND BODICE WITH YOUR SEWING MACHINE TO MAKE SURE THE RIBBING IS TIGHT ENOUGH. If not, you can now go back and take off some length of your band, and repin, re-sew ect. Once you have everything correct, finish your seams with a serger, pinking shears or zig-zag stitch :) 

And there you have it! These come together so quickly, and the possibilities are endless! 

Stylo: Pink Gingham Blake Dress

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's been a week since Stylo was released, and I can say that I am still on cloud nine... WOW! If you haven't had a chance to read the latest version, you must check the mass amounts of talent and art flooded within the pages of this summer's Stylo. Again, I am honored to have been placed in such a high caliber of sewing and DIY bloggers. To know that Celina and Jessica trusted my artistic and sewing abilities is so amazing. Thank you again for having me contribute to Issue 4! With that, I have dedicated the next 4 days to each outfit I put together for the magazine. First up is the stunning lace and gingham Blake dress from Mingo and Grace. 

I honestly am in love with this pattern. Though Stylo was my first time using it, I am anticipating making a couple more for the girls, and adding a style or two into the shop (deets coming later!). When I was approached with making a "fruit inspired spread", I knew that pink had to be included. I also knew that Madison would want her dress to be fluffy, pink and oh so girly. So I figured I could get away with a "pink picnic" dress, and Blake was the first pattern on my list. Farrah was super helpful when suggesting what fabrics I should used to get the "body" I was looking for, and she was spot on. Thank you! The pattern is aesthetically pleasing, and the instructions were awesome. I have a fear of zippers (silly I know, but I loathe them) but Farrah included a great link to another site that guided me through the whole process. Super kudos for that :) In all Blake is a great pattern, and I cannot wait to make more.  

That necklace ya'll!?!? Doesn't it just scream "summer", "icecream" and "fun"? A fruit inspired outfit wouldn't be complete without a one of a kind, handmade necklace from the lovely Therese at Ena&Albert. When I was browsing her Etsy shop (if you haven't, you must check out all the handmade goodness and lovely colors of her beads) I had moused over the watermelon inspired  necklace and knew it had to be the center piece for the dress. I think it amounted to everything I imagined, and then some!!! Thank you again so much Therese for contributing! 

Size: 2T with 5T length

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