Maxi dress hack

Today I like to show you another hack that you can easily make using your favourite top pattern.

As the temperature in London finally is bearable again I have decided to make myself a simple maxi dress from a jersey fabric that I had in my stash. I had purchased this fabric a while ago and had 2 meters, which considering that I’m only 150cm I knew it was a perfect amount.

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I have used once again my trusted Agnes top pattern by Tilly and the buttons and marked the waist line. I like to have a separate pattern for each project to save time in the future, and copied the existing front and back bodice pattern pieces with all necessary notches and grain line marking, up to the waist line and included a 1.5 cm seam allowance.

When you are ready cut and sew the bodice as usual including side and shoulder seams, neck band and sleeves.

Measure the length of the skirt you require starting from waistline and add seam allowance. This is optional and it depends on your style,  but I took the entire width of the fabric to get as much volume while gathering. Stitch together along the salvage. This gives you one seam so it is up to you where you want to place it. Most desired placement would be centre back, however I opted to use it as style feature and created a slit in the front.

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Gathering jersey fabric can be a bit tricky so to make the process easier I recommend using an elastic. First measure your waist and take away about 2 cm, this is the length of the elastic you need to cut. Sew together the ends and divide it in 4 sections. Skirt part also needs to be divided in 4 equal sections. Now pin together the elastic to the skirt part matching each quarter. Using zigzag stitch sew it within seam allowance stretching the elastic to accommodate the excess of the fabric, but do not stretch the fabric.

Now all that needs to be done is attach it to the bodice and finish the hem as normal.

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You can make it sleeveless, play with variety of neck styles or lengths of the dress to create a different garment each time.

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~Enjoy your new maxi dress~

Monika xxx

Easy cropped-top hack

Hi all, hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather.

With Spring (or should I say Summer?) weather finally finding its way to London I realised that I am in need of some basic tops. A while ago I have purchased a Tilly & The Buttons Agnes Top pattern, so I thought it would be a nice idea to hack this pattern to differentiate my tops a little bit. Who wants the same boring tee in the closet, right?

For my first Agnes, I decided to go with a slightly cropped version, straight low-high hem and a little slit on the side.

Pattern alternation

As you trace the front and the back pattern pieces ensure you also copy all necessary markings.

 

 

It is up to you now how cropped you want your Agnes to be, but for me I decided to shorten the hem by 7cm on the front and 6 cm on the back. This 1 cm difference creates a high-low step hem. It is important that your newly drafted hem lines are 90 degrees from the centre back and front. This will ensure a nice straight hem line.

If like me, you want your cropped top to be more loose then you can re-draw the side seams curve. How much you do this depends on your preferences and taste. If you like more boxy look, just draw a straight line from armhole to hem.

 

 

The last step is to mark the point where the side slit starts. As it is a cropped top I chose a small slit of around 2 cm. Keep in mind the hem seam allowance when you mark you opening.

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Once you are happy with the final design go ahead and make your hacked Agnes top.

This is how it turned out…

 

 

 

High -low hem is looking good. Hmmmmm maybe I should make it more dramatic next time… What do you think?

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I took it for a spin on my recent visit to Disneyland in Paris and it was perfect!

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Hope this simple hack inspires you to re-use your old patterns.

~till next time~

Monika