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Sewing Tutorial For the Belt Portion of the Butterfly Abaya

How to Sew the Belt part of the Butterfly Abaya

Hey everyone,

This post is loooonngg overdue and I sincerely apologize for the delay. >__< So without further ado, here is the followup tutorial for the Butterfly Abaya:

This following step 7 in the Butterfly Abaya tutorial:

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* Open up your butterfly abaya so that the front (with the deeper neckline) is facing you. Now measure from the shoulder down 15″ -16″ (where your waist is). Make a 3 inch line. Divide your waist measurement by 2.  Let’s say this is also 15″. So measure from the center of your 3″ line across 15″ to your other side where you will again mark 3″. These 3″ lines will be your belt holes.

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*Make a square on another piece of fabric. This square should be bigger than 3″ all around since you will be hemming the edges of this. After doing this, make a narrow rectangle 3″ long like the one above. Do this again to get 2 of these pieces in total.

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*For your front belt cut a 6″ wide piece that is 15″(or ur half wasit msrmt) long. We will be folding this in half and sewing it.

**For your back belt, cut a 6″ wide piece that is around 4 inches wider than your half waist msrmt. This is for comfort.

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**Hem all the sides of the square pieces you cut out earlier. Then align the square pieces to the 3″ line on your main fabric.

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It should look like this aligned. Use pins to secure into place.

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**Start sewing from one line all the way down. Stop, raise your needle and pivot your fabric around. Sew 2 stitches, stop, raise your needle and pivot your fabric around and sew back up. Then you stop, raise needle, pivot and sew to the beginning stitch.  You will get a beautiful rectangle this way.

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**This is what it should look like at the end. Do this to the other square/side as well.

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**Now pinch the fabric, and snip a little bit.

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**Lay the fabric flat, and continue snipping until you reach the edge.

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**This is what it should look like. Yours will be much neater, I’m sure. ;)

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**Now stuff the square into the hole. Press/iron into place and then top stitch for neat finish.

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**Now sew the front belt piece together. Then turn it right side out. You will have a long tube so press/iron in place.

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**For your back belt portion: Sew the pieces together. Turn it right side out. Then take the elastic and thread it through the entire piece. Then sew into place by stretching the elastic as you go.

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**Sew ONLY ONE side of your front and back belt together.

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**This is what it will look like.

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**Thread the sewn portion into one of the belt holes.

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**Now sew the other 2 belt sides together.

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**And you are done with the belt! This is what the front will look like. The back is with the elastic side.

I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions.

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Here is a link to my other sewing tutorials.

I hope you have an awesome day! Until next time =]

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Pettiskirt Goodness

Wow, it’s been a while since I last posted. What can I say other than…~”It’s summer time and the livin’ is easy”~

:) For the past two weeks I’ve been in a bit of a sewing stump. (This is partly due to the fact that I’ve been too busy playing ff13 again, and also cuz it’s sooo hot) Anyways, excuses aside I finally got to finishing my niece’s pettiskirt. I started like two weeks ago, and stopped since it was super annoying to make (even more than mine was!) and I’ve been procrastinating ever since. But, I finally decided enough was enough and I finished sewing the pettiskirt today. Boy, did it feel great looking at all its ruffly glory. I also learned a lesson today, procrastination=very bad.

Here are some pictures of the pettiskirt:

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My niece absolutely loved it! And I was soo happy to see her being happy. =]

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I love the purple and lilac/pink combo :)

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(I love this pic)

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Pretty ruffles!

For this skirt, I bought 3 yards of purple nylon chiffon, and 2 yards of lilac nylon chiffon. Then I cut the purple into long strips that were 6″ wide, and the lilac into strips 2″ wide. Then came loads of ruffling and sewing, and ruffling and some more sewing. I followed this tutorial.

The annoying part was sewing the ruffles onto the purple chiffon. Why? because of this:

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The ruffles went a little  really crazy and kept folding upon itself(themselves?) It was a p.a.i.n to unfold the ruffle, then sew, stop sewing, unfold the ruffle, sew etc. >_<

Annoyingness aside, I’m really glad I made this skirt. My niece is happy with it and so am I :)

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(She also made me wear my skirt and then we spun in circles together)

:)


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The Frilltastic Pettiskirt

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For the past few days I have been obsessing over pettiskirts. I l-o-v-e them, and their fluffiness. They are so girly, frilly, and awesome. So, ofcourse I just had to make myself one…following this awesome tutorial. ;)

I used 7 yards of very soft tulle (my store didn’t have nylon chiffon -.-) for the dark blue and cut them into super long strips that were 9 inches wide. This is a looottt of fabric, I mean a lot. So you’re going to have to cut some  a lot of time out for this project. I suggest cutting the 7 yards in half first ‘cuz 7 yards is a lot of fabric to cut all of once, and my floor wasn’t big enough. -le sigh-

Now for the fluffy frillyness I got 4 yards of the same type of tulle and cut ’em into long strips 2.5″ wide. I also got some satin for the belt. I made mine around 12″ wide…which means in turned out to be around 6″ in the end. All together my skirt is around 24″ long.

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That’s half of the ruffled tulle for the project. It get’s a bit overwhelming, so take your time while doing this.

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Ruffly goodness!

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Pretty ruffles…they kind of look like the ends on jellyfishes :)

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My lovely niece’s birthday is coming up, so I’m defo going to be making her one (and many more). I did, however, make her a “practice” one:

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It’s poofy, but not as poofy as I’d like it to be…well I only had less 3 yards of fabric to work with..(my mom’s dupatta) And since it was the type of chiffon that frayed, I needed to fold over the edges. This was a p.a.i.n. I’m super glad I ordered some non-fray chiffon(aka nylon chiffon) for her birthday.

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She still had/is having loads of fun spinning in it though :)

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That’s all for now, have an awesome day everyone! :)


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Butterfly Abaya: A Sewing Tutorial

Butterfly Abaya

I loovvee this abaya a lot, so I thought why not share the love? :) It’s one of the easiest abayas to make, but because of how awesome it looks at the end, people assume it’s hard. The only tough part is that there is a lot of fabric…and I mean a lot of fabric, so that get’s overwhelming a bit a lot. But don’t worry, take deep breaths, be confident, and begin making your butterfly abaya =]

Now as you can see from the pictures I’ve made two different types of abayas(even though there’s 3 pics). The first two are the belted butterfly abayas and the last is the regular/plain one. All of ’em are pretty awesome so I’ll be showing you guys how to do both inshaAllah.

There’s a bit of math before we start, so here goes:

The amount of fabric you’ll need will be based on your height. Have someone measure you from middle of your shoulder to your feet. If you are for example, 5 ft 4″ the length you’ll need is around 54″. The amount of fabric you’ll need is 54inches x 2=108″ or 3yards. (I suggest getting 3 and 1/4 yards or more.) So the formula is: your full length x two divided by 36 inches. (36 inches =1 yard)

Materials:

-Around 3-4 yards of fabric depending on your height. The width of the fabric must be atleast 58″ or 60″ so remember to ask for this width when buying fabric.

-1/4 yard contrasting fabric, only if you are making the belted abaya.

– 1 inch/2 inch Elastic

-Bias tape or you can also use left over fabric to make your own

-sewing machine and sewing stuff

Measurements:

-Have someone measure you from wrist to wrist, add an inch and a half to this and write this down.

-Have someone measure your full length from middle of your shoulder, over your bust down till your toes.

Let’s get started:

**Click the pics to make them bigger**

**Read everything through before making this**

Since there’s a lot of fabric involved I thought it’d be better to show you all how to make this abaya through paper instead of actual fabric.

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1) This is just a reference to your fabric when it is laid flat.

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2) Fold your fabric length wise. Use pins to secure the ends so that they do not move.

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3) Fold your fabric width wise and secure all loose ends with pins. Now you should have two folded sides and two loose end sides.

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4) Draw a shape like this on your fabric. (click the pic to make bigger) The width on top is half of your wrist-wrist measurement. Your arm opening should be around 7-8″. (For two of the belted abayas I had to extend the arm since my fabric wasn’t long enough, that’s why you see a different color on the arms.) Don’t worry if isn’t exactly like mine, it’s okay, the awesomeness of this abaya is that it gives you leeway for mistakes (and my abayas are far from perfect)

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5) Now make the neckline. The width is 3″ and the depth is 1″. After this, say bismillah and start cutting. If you didn’t leave allowance for your sewing while you drew the shape, it’s okay, because you can just cut 0.5″ outside the lines and it’ll be okay.

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6) Open up your entire abaya…it should look like this

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7) Fold this in half now, make sure your arms match up. Use pins to stop the fabric from moving. Now measure out a 5.5″ deep neckline and cut away. This will be the front of your abaya.

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Now if you are making a plain/regular butterfly abaya, pat yourself on the back, you are basically done cutting, move on to step 16.  :) If you are making a belted one move on to the next step.

Belted Butterfly Abaya:

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This is the back of the belted abaya. As you can see the back is super loose and you can’t see any belt. Now how do we do this?

**Here is the followup tutorial for the belt portion**

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8) Measure your waist and divide this by two. This will be the part of the belt that actually shows, the elastic part will be hidden. Now, where you’ve marked your front neckline open your abaya and measure down 15″ from the fold, mark this down by drawing a line all the way across the fabric. Since we want the belt to be centered, find the center of this line, mark that down. Now take your half waist measurement and divide this in half. From the center of the line we just drew, mark your half-half waist measurements on each side. Take a min to decide how wide you want your belt to be. Let’s say 2.75″, so just draw a line 2.75″ on each side.

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9) Take scrap fabric, and turn em into squares/rectangles. They should be around 4″ (if you used 2.75″ for your belt)

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10) Turn the edges of squares over twice to hem each side. Press/iron in place. Then sew the square pieces to ensure there is no loose threads.

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11) Mark 2.75″ on your sewn squares and draw a box. so like 2.75″ x 0.25″.

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12) Match the boxes on each of your belt “openings”. pin to place and sew the 2.75″x0.25″ onto the abaya. After sewing it, cut the center, without cutting through the seams. fold your boxes to the inside of the abaya, press into place. Now top stitch to hold everything together. Now you have two holes for your belt!

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13) To make the actual belt we need the contrasting fabric. Cut out a front belt half the size of your waist and make it 6″ wide. Then cut out a back belt a few inches more than your actual half waist measurement and make it 6″ wide. Fold each of these pieces so that they are now 3″ wide. Then sew the rough edges together to create two tubes. Turn them right side out and iron in place. Now take some elastic and put in inside the back belt. Sew a little bit, and then start stretching the elastic as you sew until you get to the end of the back belt.

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14) Sew one side of the front and back belt pieces together.

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15) Put it the belt through one of the holes you’ve made, so that the elastic part is on the inside. Now put the other part of the front belt through the other hole. Sew it onto the other side of the back belt piece. wohoo your belt piece is done!

*16) Sorry I don’t have any pictures for the actual sewing since I can’t sew paper ;) But trust me this part is super easy. You have the option of making the arm not so big…To do this you can take some elastic and make a casing as you hem the arm openings. Here is a tutorial on elastic casings. Just use a thin elastic piece. Or you can go the simpler route, just hem the arm openings w/o an elastic. Done! After this match up the arms together and sew each of the sides down. Then hem the bottom, by turning over the fabric twice. Lastly for your neckline do this with bias tape.

***Overlock/zigzag all the rough edges. Press everything in place.

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the black belted butterfly abaya needs some ironing…i was a bit lazy to do so in the heat ;)

You are done! :)

~Few tips: Since there is a lot of fabric, to keep your stitches from stretching don’t let the fabric drag as you sew. When you wear the belted abaya, put the belt of the abaya on first and then the sleeves.

I hope you guys find this tutorial to be helpful. If you have any questions do let me know.

Here is a link to my other sewing tutorials.

As always, hit the like/follow/share button if you enjoyed this. Have an awesome day everyone! :)


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Tutorial: Men’s Shirt to Reversible Baby Waist Coat

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It’s been a while since my last tutorial, so I thought why not make something for my new nephew + make it a DIY.

I used my dad’s old shirt for this and -cough- I didn’t really use “accurate” measurements…let’s say I kind of winged it. In my defense, this is for a newborn so it’s hard to actually measure one.  But, you guys should probably measure your little one to ensure best fit. Measure their shoulders, armhole, neckline, chest, and length. Mine came out pretty good w/o measuring tho. – What can I say, I’m really good at winging stuff ;)

Okay since mine is for a newborn, I only had to use the front laps of the shirt. If you are making this for a larger size, you’ll probably need the whole shirt.

**Click pics to make them bigger**

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For the front laps click the pics to see the measurements I used. But this is the basic shape you’ll need.

These are the over all pieces you need:

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-2 identical back pieces

-4 front pieces

-2 fake pocket pieces

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Sew on your fake pocket pieces first. Mine is about 2″ above the bottom edge

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Sew the shoulder seams and the side seams of the pieces together so you should have:

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-Woah wt’s that horse doing there??

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Anyways, overlap your pieces together so that right side meets right side, and wrong side is out. Sew the pieces together. **Do not sew the armholes together, and leave a 2″ space on the bottom edge of the coat so you can squeeze out your fabric.**

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So now squeeze your fabric from the bottom hole and press into place.

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Tuck the armhole pieces inward towards each other to hide the frays. Then sew the armhole in place. Be careful not to stretch the armhole while sewing…it’ll look really wonky.

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Top stitch everything in place, and you are done! :) You little one can wear it like this….or like this:

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Yeah…I shudda ironed it for the picture ;) Oh well… laziness got to me.

Well there you have it folks :) Your very own reversible baby/toddler waistcoat. I hope you all found this tutorial to be helpful, even though I’m sure there are better tutorials out there. Let me know if you have any questions. Have an awesome day everyone!

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Here is a link to my other tutorials if you are interested. =]


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Sewing, Cleaning, and some German Chocolate

First off, I made shorts for my niece! I don’t have a tutorial for this yet since it was my first time making shorts + I did so w/o any pattern. Hence…they were a bit loose for my niece. I will probably add elastic in the back instead of just using interfacing.

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Next, I made a double layered abaya/jilbab for my friend.  It was my first time making this style, so I’m quite pleased with the results. :)

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Check out the sleeves:

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Next, I realized it was time to clean my machine. Can you tell why?

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Before

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After

Pretty and clean, yeah?

That’s all for now, have an awesome day everyone! :)

P.S. How was your week?


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Fall Into Spring Dress: A Sewing Tutorial

 IMG_20130426_115017_838  IMG_20130426_115141_531 Don’t you just hate it when you have so much fabric but don’t know what to do with it? Sadly, I had a creative-block this entire week. But then finally, the other day I thought up a design and I created the Fall into Spring Dress! :)

This is suppperrr easy to make. No, really it is.

Here is what you’ll need:

-Around 1.5 yards of fabric or more. The width of the fabric should be 58″ (This will make the dress and the tights/churidar)
-Elastic Thread
-Bias Tape
-2 buttons
-Press buttons/snap buttons

***Click the pics to make ’em bigger***

The Steps:

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This is a draft of the pattern I created for this dress. You could just use this to make the dress, but I’ll show you the steps too.

Cutting:

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This is the bodice piece. You fold the fabric in half, so the width is 17″ and the full length is 13″ (this can be different depending on the size of your child. My niece wears clothes for 4-5 year olds.) You create a slant so that you should have a 6″ neckline and 3″ armholes. Cut the pieces.

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The two skirt pieces should be 18″x36″. These are box pleat markings for the skirt. I did .5″ regular seam, and then 2″ for the first half of the box pleat and another 2″ for the second half. You repeat this pattern till the end of the skirt. (So its, .5″ mark, 2″ mark, 2″mark)

Sewing:

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Shirr/Smock the two bodice pieces and then sew them together. An awesome tutorial on how to shirr/smock can be found here.

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Using bias tape, we are going to make the straps. My straps were 15″ long. I left a bit on the ends to sew a clean edge. You start attaching from the back armhole and then go to the front and keep sewing until to the end of your strap.

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I tried to create an actual button hole, but alas my bias tape was too strong for my machine. So, I decided to make faux buttons…that actually work. ;) so basically you attach the press button to the edges of the bias tape. Then to the front you sew a regular button.

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Hem the skirt pieces and then make the box pleats. Join the skirt pieces together and attach this to your bodice portion.

Now follow this tutorial to make the churidar/tights with the rest of your fabric.

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P.S Don’t forget to hit the like/follow button :)

 


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Cute Summer Dress

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Okay so since my new sewing tutorial is WIP, I decided to post up this dress I made for my niece a few weeks ago. I found a tutorial for this cute dress on this amazing  website: Sewing in No Man’s Land

I only made one significant change: I gathered the skirt. :)

Any who, it was a really fun and easy dress to make + it didn’t require too much fabric. (I  just used the scraps I had left over from an abaya I made myself a while ago)

Well that’s all for now, and I’m hoping to post up my new tutorial soon, so stay in tune.

Have a great day everyone! :)


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Inspired by ModCloth

Firstly, I just made a body form/ mannequin out of duct tape! It was an…interesting experience. You see, I ran out of duct tape while doing the second layer and it ended up looking pretty…ugly. Even though it isn’t very appealing to the eyes, the body form still works perfectly! So, I decided to test it out on a recent outfit I made for my sister.

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My take on the design

This design was inspired by an old design from Modcloth. I didn’t use a pattern, I just sort of drew up how I thought the dress was made and then sewed the dress myself. Truthfully this was an annoying outfit to make. 1) Because I’ve never done anything like it. 2) The neckline was a pain to do.

I had very limited amount of fabric (2.5-3 yards). This meant working around the amount of fabric, instead of focusing on the actual design. This can get pretty frustrating, especially when the design is something new too.

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So, I had to make some changes from the original ModCloth outfit. Here is the original=>

Unlike the original, I added less gathers on the top and bottom, and created a box pleated neckline with buttons. I also added a huge belt…which I probably went overboard with. But, I think it works, what say you all?

Here is a close up on the neckline:

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The whole dress:

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I really wanted to make a full pleated dress…but darn I didn’t have enough fabric >__< So it’s not as poofed from the bottom as the original is.

I’d love to make this dress again. There are many hijinks I think I know how to fix now that I’ve made this once. But, I’ll probably have to make this a few times to get it right. Though, I might be willing to do a tutorial on this… let me know if you all would like me to make one.

That’s all for now.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day! =]


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Free Sewing Tutorial: Flouncy Dress + Churidar Salwar (Lots of Pics)

The neckline & arm have elastic

The neckline & arm have elastic

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The wrinkles/gathers at the bottom is what makes this salwar unique

The other day my sister gave me a kameez+salwar that she said she didn’t want anymore, so I decided to turn it into a Flouncy Dress + Churidar Salwar for my niece. The dress was really easy to make and so was the churidar.

Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s get crackin’!

Needed Materials: (Since I was making this outfit from an already made outfit, the yardage I say below is an estimate)

-Around 3/4 yards (you may need less/more depending on your little one’s size) of fabric for the top. (My niece wears clothes for a 4 year old, so this much fabric was good)

-Around 1(1.5)yard (you would need the fabric to be 1(1.5) yards x 54″ or more to have enough…more is always good) for the Chooridar salwar.

-Elastic! (I used the kind that you can find in the 99 cent store & come in 3 sizes) Use the smallest (1/4″) size for the neckline + arms. Use the 1/2″ for the chooridar.

**Click on the pictures to make them bigger**

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Okay so let’s officially start!

The Dress:

  1. Use the widest measurement you have and use this as a guide for how much you should start the folding with. Get your fabric and fold it in half length wise twice. (In this photo I have only folded it once because I’m using one side of the kameez, but since you guys should have the full fabric you can use the real method).
  2. Draw out a wide neckline. For a little kid, around 4.5″ is good.
  3. Draw out the armhole shape. You can use an old shirt for a guide.
  4. Draw the basic shape you want the dress to take. Use what ever length you desire the dress to be. (This one is 20″)

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The Sleeve:

Use your bodice as a guide for cutting the armhole as shown:

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Here is how the sleeve should look like. Make 2

Here is how the sleeve should look like. Make 2

Here is what this all should look like once cut:

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The Churidar:

I think it’ll be best if you guys just see how I folded the fabric. I did one leg at a time.

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I had to switch sides to make sure the chooridar would fit my niece. Sorry bout the switcheroo

I had to switch sides to make sure the chooridar would fit my niece. Sorry bout the switcheroo

 

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Sewing The Dress:

Place the right side of one bodice armhole on top of the right side of one sleeve armhole so that the wrong side is facing up. Sew along the edge of the armhole leaving .5″ seam allowance. Do the this to the rest.

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It should look this this when all sewn up. Now you can over-lock the edges before moving on so that nothing frays.

Now you are going to fold the neckline to create a hem for the elastic. **Make sure to leave a small portion unsewn so you can squeeze in the elastic**:

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Do the same to the sleeve:

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Time to put in some elastic! Get your handy dandy safety pin and do this:

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Now you rinse and repeat. Just kidding. Just do the same for the sleeves. And sew the ends of the elastic together.

Now just sew up the side seams. Don’t forget to over-lock. You are done with the Flouncy Dress!! (Sorry I don’t have pic)

Sewing the Churidar:

Remember the triangle piece we cut up earlier? You are going to:

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I have no clue why I wrote: “Sew the seam to up.” Just ignore that and instead just sew these pieces together on both legs

This is a pic of it sewn together

This is a pic of it sewn together

Now you sew up the crotch seams, follow the pics:

One leg crotch ontop of another leg crotch

One leg crotch ontop of another leg crotch

It should look like this

It should look like this

Sew up the inner leg seams and hem the bottom and you are done!

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I love the wrinkles on the bottom

I love the wrinkles on the bottom!

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You are done! Congrats on making your first Flouncy Dress and Churidar. :) That wasn’t so bad was it?

I hope you have as much fun making it as I did. I would love to see any pictures you take if you make this outfit. Let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great day everyone!