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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LowPriceFabric.com’s May Sales Calendar

Just a quick post to inform all of our blog followers about our monthly online sales calendar for May!!! Discounts on sequins, polyester shantung, bridal satin and rosettes, lining, Chinese brocade, batiks, Christmas cotton prints, and polyester charmeuse are on the horizon… Click on the image to visit our online store!

Liberty of London Spring Sale at Michael Levine’s & LowPriceFabric.com!

The temperate spring months leading into summer are a perfect time to adorn oneself in the high quality wares of the famous London design house, Liberty. Synonymous with the ideals of British design, this brand has become famous for its detailed prints on exquisitely woven cottons and silks that have lead to numerous licensing deals and collaborations with the world’s most renown luxury brands. Ever since Liberty’s collaborations with Target, Nike, and MAC Cosmetics, to name a few, their brand recognition stateside has skyrocketed. Now opened up to a whole new market of home sewers and designers, the Liberty print fabric collections are highly coveted. We love Liberty of London here at Michael Levine, and to say we make fuss about any new Liberty shipments would be an understatement! This week, we celebrate Liberty of London and make way for the new collection with a clearance sale of 20% OFF all in-stock Liberty of London cotton & tana lawn prints; sale starts Monday April 2nd, 2012 and ends Wednesday April 4th at midnight EST.

A Nike sneaker featuring Umbel print, available in cotton lawn at LowPriceFabric.com!

If you’d like to read a fantastic little post about Liberty’s rich history and brand, click here:

If you’d like to shop our current stock of Liberty art prints, click here.
  
And if you’re interested in the Rowan by Kaffe Fassett quilting cotton collection of vintage Liberty prints revisited, click here. (These are not Liberty branded, however they are authorized reproductions of archived Liberty designs in new color stories.)
  
Either way, there’s plenty of Liberty to go round and now’s a great time to indulge if you’ve been holding out! Sale ends Wednesday at midnight EST.

Spring has Sprung! Celebrate with Luxurious Cotton Shirting from Michael Levine and LowPriceFabric.com!

Spring is a great time of year to take advantage of our great shirting selection, most of them being of super fine quality from Italy’s finest luxury textile manufacturers. The regular price is unbeatable at $5 to $7 per yard, so with our additional 20% off during this week’s Shirting Sale, this is definitely a CAN’T MISS opportunity. I know you’re probably thinking, “At such a low price, how luxurious can it be?” But trust me, this is one of THE deals of our store!
Taking a hint from current menswear-inspired trends, high-quality shirting is now a very affordable luxury!

Gingham at the Gap:

Chambray at Anthropolgie:

Our Shirtings are a lightweight, finely woven material with a high thread count, and they are 100% cotton or close to it (a few have a tiny bit of spandex in them for added comfort and mobility). They are so beautiful and soft, the quality really is asstounding. I often refer customers in our store to the shirting section, because the prices are better than a lot of the quilting cottons, and the fabric is of such high quality. To check out our entire shirting selection, click here. And to persuade you to take advantage of this great sale, I figured I’d show you a handfull of my favorite spring home sewing patterns (all of them available in our store – with an everyday low price of 20% OFF MSRP!). This dress pattern by McCalls (#6350) is great. The body of our shirting fabrics would really lend itself well to the pleating and draping of this design. And imagine it in this vibrant bubblegum stripe! You could also do a tailored shirt or bodysuit for a very classic look, hence the material’s namesake. Here, Burda Patterns 2561 & 7353:

 

I love this acid lime green with orange:Or try one of our double-face gauzes; it’s like having a contrast lining without the work of lining the garment; double-face gauze is two-ply, having two usable faces. Imagine a rolled up sleeve!For younger girls, I like the idea of a romper. You’d want to line the shorts or bottom part of this style if using shirting, but the results would be so unique! It’d be just the perfect dose of a bold plaid in this short jumpsuit from Simplicity (#2222): Lastly, I touch on the spring Easter holiday and the kiddies who love that special reason to dress up. With this adorable pattern from McCall’s (#6304), Easter fashion is a walk in the park! Just check out some of our gingham shirting! So how about it? We’ve got so many choices in this beautiful, soft, high-end fabric, and now’s the perfect time of year to get comfortable in it! Shop our entire selection of shirting here, now 20% OFF for a limited time only. Sale ends Wednesday March 28th at midnight, EST.

Michael Levine’s Special Kona Cotton Solids Sale for Online Customers Only!

Now is a great time to shed some light on the ever popular Kona Cotton, a staple broadcloth material amongst quilters and crafters for it’s universal appeal and large spectrum of colors. This weekend we’ll be having a sale online on all of our Kona Cotton Solids, so we wanted to share some ideas and pictures.

In case you are unfamiliar with broadcloth, it is characterized by a dense weave, which lends itself to sturdiness and long term durability. So as you can imagine, quilters choose this material for its ability to hold up to many washings and time, as quilts are traditionally handed down through families and generations as long lasting heirlooms. Not to mention the fact that it is 100% Cotton. If you know me well enough by now, you know that I am a huge advocate of natural fibers, especially for worn or slept-in items. I think blankets qualify. Nobody likes waking up clammy or damp. A material like Kona Cotton will give you the vibrant colors and long-term durability, paired with the added benefit of being a breathable, natural fiber that will ensure a comfortable sleep.

There are a ton of online tutorials and quilt patterns if you’d like to try your hand at a Kona Cotton Quilt. The most elaborate designs use analogous colors to create dimensional and gradated patterns.  This one here is an interesting take on a classic chevron. I like the simple instructions drawn out on graph paper, very clear:

Another notable, somewhat retro, design using Kona Cotton can be seen here. Or the Shattered Rainbow,which is here. The possibilities are endless. Just do an online ‘image’ search for “Kona Cotton Quilt” and you’ll be overwhelmed by choices.

But you aren’t only limited to quilts with Kona Cottons, I imagine them working wonderfully in both children’s garments or women’s dresses and skirts. And as the examples show, Kona Cotton works great for making bows and other semi-rigid items. You can also use a Kona Cotton Solid for any of the components in our pillowcase blog or the potato bag blog. Here are a few photos of garments that could easily be replicated using Kona Cotton Solids as the main fabric or contrast:

    

Whatever you decide to do or make with the Kona Cotton, it’s bound to yield pleasing results, and this weekend is a great time to stock up during our Kona Cotton Solids Sale!

Look Who Visited Michael Levine’s – Marcy Tilton!

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of meeting long-time designer and sewing world celebrity Marcy Tilton. Although I didn’t realize at the moment ‘who’ she was, when Marcy handed me her business card the name rang very familiar… I later realized Marcy’s name was famous to me from her work with Vogue Patterns. Aside from designing patterns, Marcy blogs and hosts a variety of workshops, classes, and tours – among them an exciting trip to Paris’ left bank in May 2012, suitably called ‘Paris Tilton!’


What I love about Marcy’s patterns is that they are all any-age appropriate, and if you’ve got an eye for classic styling and cuts, you will appreciate them. We’ve just recently added a nice selection to www.LowPriceFabric.com.  My ‘Top 3’ favorite Marcy Tilton patterns are these:

This asymmetric top/jacket (appropriate for all ages, and would be cute lengthened as a trapeze coat-dress!):

These cropped trousers (suitable for any woven fabric and so easy to pair up – you could dress these up or down, night or day! Plus there are three style variations):

And this asymmetric urban jacket (with so many different fabric options, it’s easy to get excited about it!):

It’s always refreshing to meet creative people who have found success doing what they love and who are just as interested in others’ work as their own. Marcy was very kind and intrigued by our operations and endeavors here. I highly recommend reading Marcy’s dissertation on fabric shopping, full of practical tips, found here. I hope you will pay a visit to our section dedicated to Marcy’s patterns; I’m sure you’ll find one that strikes your fancy. And who knows, maybe one of you will end up meeting Marcy in Paris!