Okay, who else is dying in this heat? Because I know I sure am!
With that being said, it’s OFFICIALLY summer. So what’s easier to just throw on and go other than a romper? They are my go-to & we are so ready to share this one with you, just in time for the 4th of July!
What you will need:
This ITY print
Cynthia Rowley Pattern 8124
You can even jazz it up with this necklace!
For measurements, reference the back of the pattern:
We also highly recommend these fabrics for this cozy romper:
In order: Shibori Bamboo Knit in Red, Shibori Bamboo Knit in Indigo, Robin Crepe, Pebble Crepe, Andrea Eyelet & Liberty of London Anderson
Here you will find a video that walks you through the whole process of creating this garment (hope the music puts you in the summer mood!) If you are a beginner, don’t worry, we have provided a simple walk through! If you are more advanced, we have accommodated you through the use of using your serger!
We want to see your final product!!! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook and hashtag #MLEVINECREATION for a chance to win some goodies!!
Okay, so I’m sharing a secret with you guys. This dress I’m about to show you, is my life.
Before I go any further just know you don’t have to be an experienced sewer to do this! Sewing comes with time and patience. But if you are an experienced sewer and would like to finish this dress off (the hem, neckline and sleeves then be my guest, but show me pics!)
I chose not to finish the edges, which sounds crazy- I know, but with the ITY that I used and the knits that I have used, its not necessary and I like it a little rough. And you heard right, I’ve done this DIY with Knits and ITY.. AKA I’ve made a TON, they are my absolute GO TO.
I’ve even thrown one together minutes before work… that’s actually how this all started. With that said, lets get started!
Step 1: Pick out a fabric. I LOVE my ITY (which I’m giving 2yrds away to a random special someone) I used 1.5 yards, but bought 2yrds to be safe.
These are the two knits I have also used before (pictures with the dresses below)
Step 2: Gather your tools
Step 3: Pin the sleeve to your shirt IN, like so…
Step 4: Lay your fabric out, make sure you are “minding the grain” as my teacher has always told me (so that it stretches the correct way). I personally, lay my fabric out flat, then fold in each side according to how much fabric I need so that I have a solid middle piece remnant. You will then lay your shirt on top of the fabric down the center front. You can pin this down if your ITY is moving around too much.
Step 5: Use your ruler to measure from your shoulder to the ground, this will be how long you want to cut your dress continually extending it as your t-shirt follows.
** I wanted this dress to be formfitting and a little bit edgy, so I followed the cut of my shirt, if you want it loose and non formfitting, add 2-3 inches as shown below, when doing this, you may want to add a piece of elastic to the back, if you don’t know how to do this, please comment and ill add the steps **
Repeat steps 4 & 5: This will be your back, you should end up with TWO cuts that look the same, like this…
Step 6: Who loves french seams?! Because I know I do!! To those who are unfamiliar, we are going to start by sewing the dress together as if you are actually wearing it. That means pattern print goes OUTWARD. Starting with the shoulders, we pin, then sew (I used a stretch stitch)
Sew the shoulders and the sides
Step 7: Trim your garment to 1/4″ from the seam like so
Step 8: Now the magic happens! Flip the dress inside out and sew 1/2″ stitch
Sew the shoulders and the sides
AND THAT’S IT! I can’t stop making these nor do people stop giving me compliments on them. This in total takes me about 20 minutes (if that) to make.
Here’s how I wore (wear) it!
I need YOUR input!!
Im new over here at Michael Levine and want to really connect with you guys in new ways.
One way I am thinking is offering DIY kits for purchase on our site. That being said, whenever we do a tutorial for something, we would offer all the contents needed in one kit, just for you!
For example, this cheetah print DIY that I have planned for you guys this week, if a kit were put together for you to reproduce it, would you be interested in purchasing it?!
LET ME KNOW! I would love to get involved with your input in any way, shape or form!
We had a little off-time on here but now we are back in action! We have TONS of new stuff firing up and I can’t wait to share with you! In the meantime, I have a super fun and SUPER EASY DIY in store for you this week. This is the scrumptious fabric I will be using. (Giveaway of this fabric will happen to recreate my final product, comment below if you would like to be apart of the giveaway!)
The project takes a whole 25 minutes, unless you are using a fabric that frays, they you will need to finish your edges. If you would like to prep for this project, you will need:
2 yrds fabric
6″ of 1/2″ elastic
Your favorite t-shirt 🙂
I’m sure you see where this is going…. Lets just say I made one last week and the next day went out and bought fabric to make FIVE more… IM OBSESSED.
A few months ago I saw this reversible stripped knit fabric on one of my warehouse walks. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make something out of it for the blog. I loved the feel of it and the fact that it was reversible was an added bonus. Robin found this pattern and we both liked the ease and flow of it. I also like that as it cools down I can put on a pair of tights and knee-high boots and have another look. Sorry it took a few months to get it sewn & posted, but better late than never. Here are a few pics of the process and the links to the materials we used.
Pattern: Vogue 8813 Fabric: Stripped knit Buttons: Grey/brown swirl Notions: Wonder Tape
And off to work I go.
I love these new cotton corduroy prints we just got in. They are perfect for fall. This 21 Wale Cool Cords Corduroy is designed by Rebekah Ginda for Robert Kaufman. It is ultra soft and has 21 cords per inch. I see some great skirts, dresses, and maybe even a few blazers coming our way. Don’t forget to tag us. We love featuring our customers in our monthly newsletter. Enjoy!