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!!

Fourth of July Home Dec/ Beach Pillow

Hi Everyone!!

I am so excited to share with you our first tutorial VIDEO for you guys to follow along with. Soon, you will be able to purchase everything needed for these videos in a simple kit, but until then, ill be linking up everything that we used.

We started with this AMAZING pillow, I personally can’t wait to throw it on my towel at the beach and snuggle up and tan with it! But you can definitely use it as a home dec/lounge chair pillow as well!

pillow.jpgHere is what you will need to complete this project:

Pillow form We are using a 20″x 20″

Silver City Stripe Fabric We used 1yrd of this

Pompoms We used 6.5 yards

We also highly recommend these fabrics for this pillow:

Serape Stripe & Sunbrella Astoria Stripe

In this video we will walk you through all the steps to creating this gem! We hope you enjoy the beach vibes music and cannot wait to see what you create!!!

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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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

New romper…

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

using sew through double sided tape to make matching stripes a breeze

marking lines for ruching

applying cording for ruching

And off to work I go.

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Enjoy!

We’re getting ready for Halloween…

October is here and that means Halloween. Here are a few projects that we have up in the store. Hopefully they will inspire you to get sewing. Also our entire Halloween section is 20% off until this Sunday. Don’t miss out.

Halloween costumes…

This flapper dress is simple and fun.

Pattern: Simplicity 1770
Dress:  white brocade/white fringe/metallic trim on dress/stretch headband trim/metallic flower/

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This GI Jane meets glam look is great for your Halloween party, yet easily transitions to your regular wardrobe. I tried the pants
on and they are really comfortable and perfect with a black t-shirt.

Pant fabric:  ML256115
Camo Sequin top fabric: ML256130
Star studs for the hat: ML256155
Pant pattern: ML256145
Top pattern: ML256140

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Here are a few easy aprons that work perfect with all of our Halloween cotton prints.
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Lastly I love this fun table runner our cotton buyer made. She used the Moda Pumpkin Party charm pack, a fun print for the back, and some ric-rac.
Super easy & great for your Halloween parties.

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Happy haunting! Don’t forget if you live in the LA area our employees will be dressed up in the costumes they made Saturday, Oct. 19th. This is always a fun day to come down and shop. Also don’t forget to tag us if you make a costume from our fabrics. We would love to feature you in our monthly newsletter.

Enjoy!

The Fall Trends are everywhere….

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As my kids get ready to go back to school and there are no more vacations on the horizon, I find myself starting to look forward to fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer and the easiness of it, sundresses and flip-flops never get old, but I also like when the weather cools down and I can get back into a great trouser and a comfy sweater. Tonight I decided to take a look and see what Fall 2013 holds for me. While I don’t redo my wardrobe every season, I do update and add a few new fun pieces. Take a look at what the “experts” are saying. While not every trend works for every body, there is definitely something for everyone this Fall. I am really excited about some of the trends this Fall and can’t wait to bring them to you in our projects coming soon.

  • Here are the colors that we will be seeing this Fall. Everyone is still talking green. From emerald to olive, green is hanging around a bit longer. Beside green, head-to-toe black knocked prints off the runway, while pink, orange, and red really warmed things up. Cream and camel provided palette cleansers, while moody moss-green and inky sapphire brought sophistication.

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  • Outerwear is in. Try it in houndstooth, plaid, velvet, fur or leather. All these fabrics made an appearance on the Fall 2013 runway.

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  • Leather never goes out, but this Fall try it in a deep blue, moss green, or burgundy.

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  • Embrace a classic print. From plaid to houndstooth, these classic prints are out in force. Like leopard, houndstooth, as well as other classic prints, pretty much go with everything. They really are a neutral. I love what Glamour says, “An old school menswear pattern in a 2013 cut is a recipe for chic if you ask me. Look for a houndstooth blazer for the office, which you can also wear with skinny jeans on the weekend.” I definitely think this is one trend I will jump on.03-nyfw-tommy-hilfiger-houndstooth-trend-w724-1

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  • BCBG, as well as others, say layering in going to show up this Fall. While some of the runway combinations were a bit unconventional for my taste, I did like that they did keep the print and color to a minimum. Also since none of the pieces were bulky, the effect was still very streamlined. This trend may be one I have to think about.

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  • Dare to wear white. According to the runway, winter white will make a huge presents this Fall. Remember, as long as the fabric is appropriate, leave your lighter textiles, such as cotton, linen, and seersucker in the closet, and think more wool, cashmere, flannel, silk, and leather, you will be right on trend. Try a chic coat for the office, a chunky sweater, or a wool dress.

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  • High slits and skirts below the knee.Altuzarra - Runway - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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  • Fur, I say go faux, was hot on the runway. From a vest, to a hoodie, to a full jacket, fur is making a comeback.

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Wow, there are lots of great ideas to take away. I will be spending some time over the next few weeks talking to Robin and figuring out what new fabrics we have coming in for Fall and what projects we want to show you. Should be fun!

Enjoy!