Friday, August 9, 2019

Callie Wrap Dress Separates HACK TUTORIAL

Callie Dress Separates Hack from the Callie Wrap Dress
You can make a Wrap Top and a Circle Skirt to add to your capsule wardrobe! 
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One of my fabulous testers, Brittanie, posted in our facebook group that she turned her Callie Wrap Dress into separates! Separates! Can you believe it? She turned hers into a wrap top with a banded waist and a circle skirt with a banded waist! That way she can sew 2 tops and wear it with her 1 skirt, or sew 2 skirts and 1 top, or 2 and 2...the possibilities are endless! What a fantastic way to start your capsule wardrobe, too!


Take it away, Brittanie!


Callie Dress Separates Hack


Hey everybody! My name is Brittanie and I’m here to show y’all how I hacked the Callie Wrap
Dress into separates! Turning the Callie dress into separates is an easy way to expand your
wardrobe without using up all your pretty fabric. You can make crop tops, or a bunch or circle
skirts! I like making several tops that I can Mix and Match with different skirts.
2 tops+2 skirts=4 outfits!

For my top, I’m using an olive rayon spandex, and for the skirt I’m using a gorgeous floral
techno scuba from Amelia Lane Designs.

1. To begin, cut out all your pattern pieces (bodice back, bodice front (mirror images), sleeves,
skirt, and optional neckband)

2. Follow the pattern directions for assembling the bodice. Refer to the Sew-A-Long videos if
you need any help!

3. For the next step, measure your waist at the spot you want your skirt and top to sit. Take
that measurement and multiply it by .80 or .85 depending on the stretch of your fabric (I
did .80 for this rayon spandex). Example: Waist= 43 inches. 43x.80=34.4. I round up to 35
for seam allowance. 35 will be the length of the band for your top and skirt.

4. Now you need to decide how wide to make your bands. To do this, I like to try on the
bodice and measure the length between the bottom of the bodice, and where I would like
the finished bodice to sit. I wanted my top to be 4 inches longer, so I cut my band 8 inches
wide. So my band will be 35x8.

5. Once your bands are cut, you will fold the band in half length wise, and sew together the
short ends (SHOWN BELOW). Now, fold you band in half width wise and mark the band in quarters.



6. Take your bodice and mark the quarters. With your bodice right side out, place the band on
top of it (right sides together) and match up the quarters you’ve marked.

7. Sew or serge the band to the bodice, carefully stretching the band to fit. Make sure not to
stretch your bodice.


8. Repeat steps 6 and seven for your skirt.





That’s it, you’re done! Make sure to upload all your beautiful pictures in the group so I can
see them!


Friday, July 19, 2019

Callie Wrap Dress Sew Along Day 5 - Seamingly Smitten

Callie Wrap Dress sewing pattern Sew Along Day 

Day 5 - Hemming the armholes OR adding armbands, hemming the skirt, finishing your dress!

Watch our VIDEO HERE and subscribe to our channel for new videos and sew alongs!







I am so excited about our Callie Wrap Dress sewing pattern SEW ALONG! Thank you so much to our fabulous sponsor, Evelyn Lee, of Seweird Fabrics!! She has so graciously sponsored the sew along and is giving away one $25 store credit to her shop! $25 of fabric!! Yes, please!! Go ahead and check out her fabrics to plan out all the beauties you would get if you win!!


Each day we will do a few steps and by Friday you will have a finished dress to wear out next weekend! Can you believe it? Yes!! It's that simple! Instead of worrying about finding all the time to print, cut fabric, sew, hem...we are going to split up all that work so you can do this in just 20 minutes a day!

Here's the plan:

Monday: Print your pattern, assemble pattern, cut your size  (Blog HERE and Video HERE)
Tuesday: Cut out your fabric (Blog HERE / Video HERE)
Wednesday: Sew shoulders, band or hem neckline, attach sleeves if adding them, sew side seams (Blog HERE / Video HERE)
Thursday: finish up bodice if needed, then attach the circle skirt (Blog HERE or Video HERE)
Friday: hem sleeves and circle skirt and you're done!! (Video HERE)






Day 5

1. Hem the armholes by folding under a 1/2 inch hem. Sew with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. 
OR 
Cut sleeve bands to attach to your sleeves. Measure each armhole, multiply by .8 then add 1/2 inch. That is the measurement you need. Cut TWO strips 2 inches tall by that width.
Fold each strip right sides together and sew along the short 2 inch side. Now it is a loop.
Fold each in half with wrong sides together, making each a 1 inch tall loop. 
Pin the raw edges of the armhole band to the dress' armhole. Sew. Flip and press with an iron. 

2. Hem the circle skirt by folding up 1/2 an inch, then sew using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. 
3. Pres well. 

You're done!!
Try it on and come share a picture in our facebook group!! We have 2 giveaways going on!! Come check it out and enter to win!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Callie Wrap Dress sewing pattern Sew Along Day 4

Callie Wrap Dress sewing pattern Sew Along Day 

Day 4 - Attaching the circle skirt to the bodice

Watch our VIDEO HERE and subscribe to our channel for new videos and sew alongs!







I am so excited about our Callie Wrap Dress sewing pattern SEW ALONG! Thank you so much to our fabulous sponsor, Evelyn Lee, of Seweird Fabrics!! She has so graciously sponsored the sew along and is giving away one $25 store credit to her shop! $25 of fabric!! Yes, please!! Go ahead and check out her fabrics to plan out all the beauties you would get if you win!!


Each day we will do a few steps and by Friday you will have a finished dress to wear out next weekend! Can you believe it? Yes!! It's that simple! Instead of worrying about finding all the time to print, cut fabric, sew, hem...we are going to split up all that work so you can do this in just 20 minutes a day!

Here's the plan:

Monday: Print your pattern, assemble pattern, cut your size  (Blog HERE and Video HERE)
Tuesday: Cut out your fabric (Blog HERE / Video HERE)
Wednesday: Sew shoulders, band or hem neckline, attach sleeves if adding them, sew side seams (Blog HERE / Video HERE)
Thursday: finish up bodice if needed, then attach the circle skirt
Friday: hem sleeves and circle skirt and you're done!!




Day 4


1. Find the center front, back and sides of your bodice and place a pin at each of these spots. Do the same for your skirt. 
2. Turn your bodice right side up. Turn your skirt inside out and upside down. 
3. Insert the bodice into the skirt, matching the bottom edge of the bodice to the skirt's waist. Match up the pins evenly to pin the skirt evenly around the bodice.
4. Sew around your bodice using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. 
5. To add elastic at the waist: wrap a piece of 3/8 inch elastic around your waist snugly. Trim to that length. Overlap the edges 1/4 inch and zig-zag the ends to secure in a loop.
6. Quarter the elastic loop into 4 equal sections and place a pin at each place. Repeat for the seam of the bodice/skirt waist where you attached them.
7. Match up the pins of the elastic to the pins of the skirt and pin the elastic loop to the seam allowance of the bodice/skirt waist. 
8. Sew around the seam allowance / on top of the elastic to attach the elastic.

Turn right side out and check your work! Try it on and see how it fits! 

See you back here tomorrow for hemming the sleeves and the circle skirt. If you left it sleeveless you can hem the armhole or band the sleeves. 


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Callie Wrap Dress pattern Sew Along Day 3

Callie Wrap Dress sewing pattern Sew Along Day 

Day 3 - Assembling the bodice of the wrap dress
(attaching sleeves, neckband and sewing side seams)

Watch our VIDEO HERE and subscribe to our channel for new videos and sew alongs!



I am so excited about our Callie Wrap Dress sewing pattern SEW ALONG! Thank you so much to our fabulous sponsor, Evelyn Lee, of Seweird Fabrics!! She has so graciously sponsored the sew along and is giving away one $25 store credit to her shop! $25 of fabric!! Yes, please!! Go ahead and check out her fabrics to plan out all the beauties you would get if you win!!
Want to join the sew along?


Each day we will do a few steps and by Friday you will have a finished dress to wear out next weekend! Can you believe it? Yes!! It's that simple! Instead of worrying about finding all the time to print, cut fabric, sew, hem...we are going to split up all that work so you can do this in just 20 minutes a day!

Here's the plan:

Monday: Print your pattern, assemble pattern, cut your size  (Blog HERE and Video HERE)
Tuesday: Cut out your fabric (Blog HERE / Video HERE)
Wednesday: Sew shoulders, band or hem neckline, attach sleeves if adding them, sew side seams (Blog HERE and Video HERE)
Thursday: finish up bodice if needed, then attach the circle skirt (Blog HERE and Video HERE)
Friday: hem sleeves and circle skirt and you're done!!

Day 3

1. Lay your back bodice right sides up. 
2. Lay your front bodices right sides together on your back bodice, matching the bottom edges, side edges and shoulders. If you are adding sleeves pin along the shoulder edges only. If you are NOT adding sleeves, pin along the shoulder and side seams. Sew.
3. Find the center of each sleeve, pin center of sleeve to the shoulder seam with right sides together. Continue pinning each sleeve along the armhole, pin, then sew.
4. Iron your neckband in half with WRONG sides together. Spread out the neckline and lay the neckband right sides together along your neckline, with raw edges matching. Pin. Sew.
5. Press neckband with an iron and press seam allowances under. Topstitch using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. Press again with iron.
6. Lay bodice right sides together. Pin from your sleeve's edge down the side edges. Sew.
7. You are done for today!