DIY Bandeau Top (Easy Tank Top Reconstruction)

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Here is an easy way to make a perfectly fitting bandeau top from an old tank top. I used the bottom half of the tank top I used for the crop top DIY so you can easily get two tops from one tank top!

Supplies you will need for this project:
-The bottom half of a tank top
-Elastic that is 3/8″ wide or less
-Safety pin
-Seam ripper
-Fabric Scissors
-Sewing Machine
-Fabric pins
-Sewing needle
-Matching Thread
-Ruler
-Fabric Marker or Chalk

Step 1: Figure out how long you would like your bandeau to be. If you would like it to be closer to a bandeau bra, measure on your body what the shortest possible length would be and then add two times the width of your elastic. Draw a line and then cut there one layer at a time.

Step 2: Take your elastic and wrap it around the top of your bust. When you feel like it is the tightness that you want, pinch the spot where you would like to cut and cut it with your fabric scissors. Measure the length of your elastic and set aside the measurement for later.

Step 3: Bring together both ends of the elastic you just cut, ensuring that the elastic has not twisted, and sew across so they are firmly attached. Set this aside.

Step 4: Use the measurement you wrote down earlier and cut another piece of elastic at that length. Take one end of this elastic and attach a safety pin.

Step 5: Take your seam ripper and open up the side seam inside the hem allowance just enough for the elastic to fit inside the hem allowance that is already there. Push the elastic through the casing and full the fabric over top of the elastic as you go. Once the elastic has been fully threaded through the casing, remove the safety pin and sew both ends of the elastic together.

Step 6: Close the casing by whip stitching the spot where you seam ripped open with a thread and needle.

Step 7: Take the elastic that you set aside and mark 4 times equally around the elastic the same way as the DIY crop top tutorial. Pin one marking to the side seam on the inside of the raw edge of the bandeau. Pin the exact opposite marking to the other side seam. Mark the centre front and centre back of the bandeau at the raw edge. Pin the other two markings on the elastic to the centre front and centre back markings.

Step 8: Sew along the raw edge with a zig zag ztitch, stretching the elastic to match the raw edge as you go.

Step 9: Fold over the raw edge towards the inside of the bandeau. Sew with a wider zigzag stitch with the fold touching the 1/4″ mark on the sewing machine. Stretch as you go. This will be the top of the bandeau.

Step 10: Put the bandeau on yourself or a dress form and pinch the top of the centre front about an inch and secure with a safety pin.

Step 11: Take your needle and thread and hand stitch up the centre of the gathered portion. Continue to go through the gathers several times, pulling it tight, until you get the look that you desire. Be sure to knot on the inside of the garment and you’re done!

DIY Crop Top From Tank Top with Alternate Hem

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This tutorial came about because it was requested on youtube to teach a finish for stretched fabrics. You can use this technique on intimates and swimwear! Let’s get started!

Supplies you will need to complete this project:

Plain Tank Top

Matching Thread

Sewing Machine

Elastic

Measuring Tape

Ruler

Marking Tool (Fabric Chalk or Water Soluble Marker)

Seam Ripper (for mistakes!)

Fabric Scissors

Step 1: Mark on the tank top (on yourself or on a dress form) where you would like to crop it to.

Step 2: Draw a straight line across the tank top where you marked it, making sure to do it on both sides so that it matches back to front.

Step 3: Measure the width of your elastic and make a marking that measurement away from the original line. Ex: my measurement was 3/8″ so I marked 3/8″ away from the original crop line I made.

Step 4: Draw a straight line parallel to the original line at the marking you just made. Repeat step 3 from this line. Make sure to copy the lines on the back of the garment.

Step 5: You should now have 3 straight lines across your garment, matching at the side seam with front and back. Using fabric scissors, cut at the lowest line one layer at a time.

Step 6: Putting the bottom half of the garment aside for another project (stay tuned for our next video for this one!), ensure that the elastic is the right measurement around. Make sure that the elastic is tight enough for you at the waist and cut the length.

Step 7: Take both ends of the elastic and bring them together. Ensure that the rest of the elastic is not twisted and sew both ends together using your sewing machine or a needle and thread if you’d prefer.

Step 8: Folding at the stitch you just made, mark the exact opposite end of the elastic with a pin (see video for visuals). Fold the elastic the exact opposite way so that the pin you just made and the stitch are in the middle and mark either side of the elastic with a pin or fabric chalk.

Step 9: Fold the crop top in half length wise and mark at the hem on the fold. Unfold it and then fold it in half lengthwise in the opposite direction and mark on the fold at the hem again.

Step 10: Take the elastic where you stitched it closed and pin it to one of the side seams of the crop top on the wrong side (or the inside) of the garment.

Step 11: Take the first marking you made on the elastic (which should be exactly opposite to the stitching) and pin it to the other side seam, making sure not to twist the elastic.

Step 12: Pin each of the side markings on the elastic to the centre front and centre back markings on the crop top at the hem.

Step 13: Sew the elastic to the hem of the crop top with a zig zag stitch, making sure to stretch the elastic so that the fabric on top is not bunched at all. Your fabric will tend to curl so make sure to straighten it out as you sew. Back tack at the end.

Step 14: Fold the hem over the elastic once so as to hide the elastic. Using a wider zigzag stitch, sew all the way around the hem again on the elastic at 1/4″ on your machine. Back tack at the end and you’re done!

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Redo Your Wardrobe Series: Top Patterns

#1. Sleeveless Collar Blouse

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This top is a fantastic summer must have and the perfect layer for winter under a cardigan. Depending on how it’s styled, this top can be used in so many great ways year round. It’s the perfect wardrobe essential.

#2. Long Sleeve Jersey Top

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I love this top because the shoulder panels are so simple but add the perfect detail. This top is still a basic to have around but it’s definitely not boring. I will be attempting this top as well which is a gorgeous jersey top with a beautiful neckline.

#3. Peplum Top

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When I first laid eyes on this top I was so excited that I knew I had to add it to my wardrobe. The peplum is the perfect simple detail and the collar is a great add-on for a fancier occasion.

#4. Button Up Blouse

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I think that this top is the perfect variation of the plain old button up blouse. Don’t you think so? It’s so cute! It can be worn to work or can be styled for a Christmas party! Another one I plan on trying is this hidden button blouse. It looks so expensive it would add a richness to your wardrobe that it never had before. For any lovely plus size ladies, this gorgeous two-tone tunic is pretty fantastic!

#5. Bustier Style Top

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This one might be a little difficult to achieve for me as I have a lot to alter in the, er, chest area. I’m sure all you busty ladies feel me. However, I am determined to figure it out because I know that there is a way to alter such patterns to make them work for women like us! For those of you who are normal in the bust, enjoy! This pattern will be much easier for you. Along with this style, I will be making this bustier style top which will most likely be a lot easier and is just as pretty in my opinion.

#6. DrawString Blouse

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For those of you who are truly into DIY style I suggest you buy the Burdastyle Handbook. It’s amazing. This project is from that book and I have yet to try my hand at it. Therefore, I will be attempting it as well as my own variation. Another blouse I might try (this one is going in to the “if there’s time” pile) is this lovely tie up blouse.

So those are my DIY wardrobe tops to do! If you would like to see any other tops on this list, please let me know! If you’d like, please tell me what kind of tops you will be sewing in the new year! I’d love to hear about all of your sewing endeavours!

Tumblr Copy-Cat: New Years/ Christmas Eve Dress

Almost exactly a year ago I found this amazing dress on tumblr that I just knew I had to have for New Years. I couldn’t explain it. There was some weird desire that a dress like that just HAD to be mine. As I was a student in my first year of fashion school, money was a serious object. It didn’t help that I couldn’t find the dress anywhere. There were many lovely alternatives (just google “Sequin Dress” and you’ll see what I mean) but none of them were the “one”. Not for the prices they were asking anyways. So I took it upon myself to make it on my own. If you know much about fabric you’ll find that sequin fabric is not particularly cheap so if you ever want to endeavour in a project like this, do yourself a favour and do it early enough to start raiding the discount bins at your local fabric stores. I was lucky enough to find exactly what I needed at exactly the right price (less than $10/M is usually my goal).

As you are probably wondering what this heavenly dress looks like, I will now reveal it:

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Yup! Extremely simple! But just the right amount of sparkle for a special night without going way over the top. SO! This is what I did.

1. Find the right pattern.

This could take some time. You might be able to do some searching at your fabric store for a good dupe of the dress you want however searching online is usually a great deal easier. I found what I needed on Burdastyle.com (the best online sewing resource in the world in my opinion). This is the pattern I used for the top, and this is the pattern I used for the skirt. The top pattern was free and the skirt pattern was $3.00. Not bad if I do say so myself!

So the fabric I bought had a little bit of stretch so I opted for getting rid of the zipper on the back and just cut that edge on the fold of my fabric. When I sewed the top and skirt together, I did a basting stitch down both seam allowances before I sewed them together and I gathered each until they matched and were the width of my waist measurement. Then I sewed them together and voila! A beautiful dress that cost me less than $25 and two hours to make!

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Apologies for the somewhat lacking in quality picture, as it was the only one I took of the dress that day.

So there you have it! My perfectly shameless dupe of a dress I found on Tumblr, the world’s worst website for making you want things you don’t have!

This year it’s a dress I found on modcloth.com that I may or may not share with you when I find the right fabric! Until then, please share with me any dupes you’ve made of outfits you found but just could not afford. I’d love to see them!

Redo Your Wardrobe Series: Skirt Patterns

As an add-on to my list of basic wardrobe essentials, this substantial blogpost’s purpose is to share with you some patterns that I will be working with in the near future to work towards a wardrobe overhaul.

#1. The Pencil Skirt

The one I will be attempting is a simple skirt with a straight waist band because I love that look. I will also like to sew this one because I am sure that both will add dimension to my wardrobe. When I have time, I might even try my hand at this princess seam ditty! If you are reading this and you need the plus size version, well, here it is!

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#2. The Circle Skirt

This one is awesome because it’s free to draft the pattern! It’s always awesome when you can custom make clothing to your own specific measurements. Circle skirts are definitely one of the most easy pieces to draft, and look cute to boot! I’m going to also attempt to alter the drafting to make the infamous asymmetrical design that is so in right now.

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#3. The Maxi Skirt

Another free pattern! Maxi skirts are very easy to construct and the fabric is usually very forgiving. I’ll be posting a simple DIY tutorial when I begin making this amazing basic wardrobe staple so that it’s easy for you! I also came across this plus sized elasticized pattern which could easily be altered for what ever size you are.

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So there you have it! Three basic staples that can be mixed and matched any which way. Any colour you desire. Skirts are the easiest thing to make so whether you’ve been sewing all your life or you just started as a cheaper alternative to your shopping addiction, I’m here to help you out! These skirts are flattering on all figure types and can be changed by accessorizing for different occasions. Different fabrics can be used to alter the design as well as some basic drafting techniques that I’ll share once we cross that bridge.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you look forward to the next blog post on top patterns coming soon!

Collections: Summer 2012, An Evolution

I’ve been terrible because I didn’t stick to my word and update often like I said I would. I do have a good reason, though. On June 9th, my best friends and I debuted our summer 2012 collections! The collections have been covered on a couple of blogs already like this one and this one. Also there are two videos that document the entire show (plus one that has 3 outfits of the night featuring me, my photographer and my amazing friend Becca.)

The official Lavish Nightclub Video:

If that’s not enough, here’s two pictures of the designers with their creations. The first being Sebastian’s amazing collection (did I mention he also designed the performer, Cassandra Moore’s, outfit? Brilliant or what?):

Great summer brights! Photo by Whitney Heard

The second collection being the one I mentioned in my last post! Kali and I worked together on the colour scheme and design and each did our own three pieces. The girls on the right would be my design and the ones of the left would be hers!

Pastels and “kitchy” prints! 😉 Photo by Sylvia Ziętek

With each look staggered rather than separated I think it looks a lot more congruent.

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So instead of simply covering the event, I thought I’d spend some time on the “making of” side of things since that is exactly what I created this blog for! To start off, I’ll share a little bit of what went into the design for this collection. Kali and I decided that we wanted a collection that was fun and flirty with all the lovely colours that brought to mind spring/summer 2012. We chose pink and blue because, well, that’s our favourite! The colour scheme was a little something like this:

After we chose our colours the next thing to do was to find inspiration which we found in various photos. Here’s a look at our inspiration board!

After inspiration comes sketching, sketching and more sketching! This was my final sketch after all was said and done:

From here came colour options, here’s Kali’s final decision:

From this comes hours of pattern-making and problem solving on how to make the patterns so that the clothing fits just right. Sometimes, this can be a very tedious task. Once this has been accomplished to a point where the designer is confident enough to test the fit, the first fitting is cut from the pattern pieces on to muslin! Here’s a photo of what my first fitting looked like:

Once that is done for all the pieces and the fit has been evaluated and the proper changes have been made to the pattern pieces, it’s on to fashion fabric and beyond!

To start off I would like to first show the pieces that Kali made as they are beyond amazing. She is incredibly talented! And while I’m gushing, I’ll just say that you should seriously check out her blog.

Photo by Jason Oncz. Modelled by Anna Kroczek.

Photo by Jason Oncz. Modelled by Sherri Liska.

Photo by Sylvia Ziętek. Modelled by Marissa Elyse.

Each look moving towards the blue! For information on how you can purchase any of these looks post a comment on her blog!

For my half of the collection, I thought I’d share a little more detail in the process. You might notice there were a couple of changes made from the sketch I made. The biggest changes happened to the first outfit. It was made into a dress instead of two pieces because I felt it would work better for the design. It also fit well into the collection to have three dresses instead of two. For fabric I ended up choosing almost all 100% cotton except for the skirt on the blue outfit which was wool crepe (I think!).

All of this is from Fabricland.

From picking out fabric comes the best part (in my opinion!)- watching it all come together as you sew!

The final looks on the dress form:

From here comes the scariest and the most rewarding part…seeing it on the runway!

Photo by Jason Oncz. Modelled by Caitlin Smith

Photo by Sylvia Ziętek. Modelled by Aleksandra Biesek.

Photo by Sylvia Ziętek. Modelled by Faith Chakraburtty.

Hair and Make-Up by:

Sherri Liska

Mel Archambault

Brit Anderson

Sebastian Taborda Guarin

If you’re interested in any of the photos taken stop by:

Sydney McArthur Photography

Whitney Heard

Jason Oncz Photography

Sylvia Ziętek

To find out where to get your hands on any of my custom made designs, like the Kaydance Kloth Facebook Page to get updates on when my designs will be available to purchase on Etsy (you can also check out more pictures from the show!)! ❤

Thanks for watching, reading and loving!