4th of July off the shoulder ROMPER!

 

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!

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What you will need:

This ITY print

 Cynthia Rowley Pattern 8124

Elastic

You can even jazz it up with this necklace!

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For measurements, reference the back of the pattern:

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We also highly recommend these fabrics for this cozy romper:

In order: Shibori Bamboo Knit in RedShibori Bamboo Knit in Indigo, Robin Crepe, Pebble Crepe, Andrea Eyelet Liberty of London Anderson

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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!!

Cheetah Dress DIY

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.CHeetah.png

These are the two knits I have also used before (pictures with the dresses below)
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Step 2: Gather your tools

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Step 3: Pin the sleeve to your shirt IN, like so…unnamed-1.jpg

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.

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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 **

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Repeat steps 4 & 5: This will be your back, you should end up with TWO cuts that look the same, like this…

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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)unnamed-8.jpg

Sew the shoulders and the sides

Step 7: Trim your garment to 1/4″ from the seam like so

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Step 8: Now the magic happens! Flip the dress inside out and sew 1/2″ stitch unnamed-10.jpg

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!

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Need Feedback :)

Hey everyone,

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!

xo,

Jackie

We’re Backkkkk

HEY EVERYONE!!

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!)

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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

Matching thread

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.

STAY TUNED

Announcement time…

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We are very excited to share this news with you.  Mimi, from MimiG Style, has come on board as Michael Levine’s Star Blogger. Mimi has been blogging about fashion, sewing, and more for over 5 years. Her sense of fashion and style, combined with her amazing sewing tutorials, has brought her loyal followers from all around the world. She started sewing at twelve while spending her summers visiting her aunt. It was on that sewing room floor that her passion for sewing and creating took hold. We can not wait to collaborate with her! Starting in September she will be bringing monthly projects and tutorials to our followers. From apparel to crafts and everything thing in between.  We’re excited to start this new partnership. With our fabric and Mimi’s style we think our viewers should be in for a real treat. Stay tuned for our first DYI tutorial mid September. We will be bringing you one of this Fall’s hottest fashion trends.

Enjoy!

Proud sponsor of The Alphabet Collection…

The Alphabet Collection 

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Lowpricefabric.com is proud to be a sponsor of Pattern Anthology’s newest patterns, The Alphabet Collection.  It is available for purchase for a limited time only!  Pattern Anthology is a collaboration of four pattern designers, Andrea, from Go to Patterns & The Train to Crazy,  Kate, from See Kate Sew, Melissa from Melly Sews, and Shauna from Shwin and Shwin.  A few months ago I was lucky enough to connect with Andrea and we hosted a group of bloggers for her event, Fabric Weekend 2013. You can read more about the day here.  Andrea connected me with Kate and before I knew it we were part of this amazing pattern collection. The tour started last week and it has been great watching each blogger do their own interpretation of the Alphabet collection. I love that it is unisex and still so fun and interesting.  It is just perfect for back to school. There are so many possibilities. By mixing and matching fabrics and textures you can create looks that go on for days and it looks like these bloggers did just that!

Our fabrics have been very popular with the Study Hall Jacket and the vest. Here are a few pictures.

This yellow wool really adds that wow factor. Great pop of color! Also the suiting for the vest is a cute play on mens apparel.
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The Echino Bonnetbus is so cool! He looks ready to start learning!
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This warm & cozy sherpa vest is perfect for Fall. It’s almost like wearing your favorite blanket.
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I love what Shwin & Shwin did with this orange boucle. The texture is great and that gold zipper just takes it over the edge into perfection.
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This vest from our Ikat is lovely. Just as Elsie says, it is just the right amount of grown up, yet still young at the same time. I love the racer back detail as well.
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And lastly, what girl doesn’t want this jacket? This faux fur adds a look of sophistication that any pre-teen would love.
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 I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the outfits. Every morning I go to work and look to see the newest creation. It’s a nice surprise. If you buy the pattern and make something with our fabrics please tag us or post it on our Facebook page. We love to see what you guys are making out there. Can you believe it is almost time for school to start?!? Enjoy the last few weeks of summer & get sewing!
Enjoy!

One pattern, two fabrics…

I feel like I have been talking about these rompers for a while.  Sorry it has taken us so long to post this blog.  We’re in the process of making changes to the site, as well as adding shelving for our growing inventory. Both exciting changes, but time-consuming!  Without future ado, here are both the rompers….

Both rompers were made from McCall’s M6083. The first romper Robin put together is made from a stretch denim. It has a casual look and is great for day. Since we used a dark denim, with a little bling, this could go from day to evening very easily. Here are a few pictures as it went together.

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Getting started!

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Pinning the two pocket pieces together.

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The pockets assembled.

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Contrasting stitching adds a little fun to this simple and classic look.

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Serging the elastic on before you roll the fabric over.

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Folded over and stitched.

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Added top stitching

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A little styling for the front entry.

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Contrasting stitch color on the shorts.

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Here is the finished project. It ended up going right to the front mannequin. Perfect summer piece.

For the second romper we choose a beautiful silk zebra print. The champaign color of the background gives this
animal print a sophisticated feel. I absolutely love it! When I do get to Hawaii this will be great for a night out.

Here are a few pics as this one went together.

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Putting the front & back bottom crotch together

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Putting the front & back bottom together

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Pinning the pockets

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Finishing the top.

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This is a great piece. It can be dressed up or down. I didn’t have time to accessorize my model, but just the little gold belt and heels are a good start.

This could be made with any of our silks or printed charmuese.

While I really like the romper both ways, this pattern needed some adjusting. We made a size 8 and had to lengthen the top portion to fit my bodice and go up one size in the bottom for my hips. Just a bit of advice so you don’t learn the hard way, like we did.  Always better to think about these sort of issues before you cut into your fabric. If you’re built like I am you may want to make one size top and another size bottom.

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy!