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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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

New foam tuffet…

Happy hump day. Robin & I want to show you this new product we received. These foam tuffets are perfect next to a bed or chair or as a foot rest. There are so many ways you can go with it. From juvenile, to retro, to funky and so much in between. Really, your imagination is the only thing that will limit you. Have fun and please, if you make one, tag us so we can see it.

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Supplies:

2 yards of fabric, pictured here ML247495

1/4  yard of solid fabric of your choice for piping

3 1/3 yards of cotton cording (enough to go around tuffet twice) or use pre made piping, trim, or fringe

1 piece of batting, size of top of tuffet (optional)

1 foam tuffet (18″ diameter/15″ tall)

1 quick pleater. I used the 2 inch pleater

Pattern:

Cut top piece 19″ diameter circle. (to allow for seam allowance)

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Cut 4″ band circumference of the tuffet.

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Cut 3 widths of fabric at 15″ long each.

The piping was made with 1/4″ cotton cording & a solid fabric.  (you could also use a pre-made piping or use a fringe)

Make sure there is enough to go around the tuffet twice.

Stitch piping to the circle top piece.

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Attach 4″ band to piped top piece.

Attach 2nd piece of piping to the bottom of the band. Set aside.

Now, sew the 3 large pieces together to make a loop. (In this case the 3 pieces equalled 3 times the circumference)

Get out your quick pleater & start pleating. I like to pin the pleats in place.

We decided to go with a box pleat, but a knife pleat would also work well.

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Hem the bottom. I used the Sealah double sided tape to make is super quick & easy.

Iron the pleats down.

Attach pleated skirt to bottom of band.

Place the batting on top of the tuffet. This is optional, but it will give it a softer look.

Put your slip cover on your tuffet.

Now you have this perfect foot stool or side table that coordinates perfectly with your space.

Here is our finished product…

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There are so many fabrics that would work well with this project. Here are a few others we suggest…

ML247510 is one of my favorite fabrics. You can’t go wrong with this beautiful embroidered indigo.

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A Shaby Chic linen would be great as well.

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I love this Moroccan Ikat print.  The colors are great. I can see this in a tweens room.

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Also take a look at the pouf that Lisa Tilse made with the fabric she designed for Robert Kaufman. We should have this fabric in next week. It is really a bold pop of fun.

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Enjoy!

Mimi G For Michael Levine DIY Top Tutorial!

Hi Darlings!

It’s so strange to be somewhere other than on my blog posting, but I’m very excited to share something awesome with you.  Over the next few months, I will be posting amazing, FREE tutorials for all of you to enjoy, thanks to the wonderful folks at Michael Levine Inc. We are going to have so much fun together, but I urge you not to miss any postings or announcements. So please, make sure to follow this blog by clicking “FOLLOW” in the sidebar and signing up for the newsletter HERE.

If you are not familiar with my blog, Mimi G Style, or my tutorials, let me share how it works. I film step by step, and easy to follow video tutorials that anyone can sew along to. Not only are my tutorials fun and easy to understand, but they are all fashion-sewing based, and great for any skill level.

Now lets get to the tutorial! We will be drafting and sewing from start to finish, a top that is flattering for almost anyone, and then we will be adding some great leather patch pockets, or a cool leather exclamation point. There is also an adjustment for those who prefer an off the shoulder look. Enjoy!

 FABRIC & SUPPLIES NEEDED: 1.5 -2 Yards of Purple Double Knit HERE, Black HERE  / 1 Leather Hide  HERE / Optional: Trim HERE

 DOWNLOAD the pocket and exclamation point template (other supplies covered in the video)

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