HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!
Hi guys this is Tonia coming to you with another photo sew along. I do these photo sew alongs because I want to give back to you guys because I know the struggle is real when it comes to these patterns. When I begin a pattern, I do an automatic internet search to see if someone has a tutorial or some enlightenment of their experience of sewing this pattern. It helps me. If i get confused on the pattern instructions and it is difficult to figure out, someone who has already sewn the pattern is definitely a great help to me. Or, if you are like me and HATE reading the pattern, seeing a tutorial is ALWAYS great and makes it easier. Whenever I sew from a pattern I will always review it and take pictures of my every step and if you have questions, you can always email me. I will certainly help if you get stumped . Overall, I really liked doing this pattern. I was pretty easy to follow. I give it a B+. I would make it again if I saw a need to.
Only 5 pattern pieces. Make sure they are all cut out and make sure you have your notions… 22inch zipper and double fold bias tape.
Take your upper front piece #4 and sew your darts. Mare sure you do darts on both sides. I marked mine first. Cut them after you have sewn them and press open. (see pics below)
Grab your pattern piece #5. This is the back of your top. Also, pin your darts on both pieces and sew.
These are you two back pieces with the darts.
Now put both sides together. Right sides facing.
Stitch your shoulders and sides.
Now grab your pattern piece #6, lower back.
Right here you are going to sew only the bottom. (look at instructions as needed as a guide as well). There should be a notch you marked so that you will know where to stop. Go Stitch that and stop at the point. DONOT go all the way up. Your zipper will go in the remaining open space.
Grab Lower front pattern piece #7. No put them right sides together and stitch the sides together.
This is what your skirt will look like. Remember the back is open for the 22 inch zipper.
Now take your top and bottom and sew together. Put right sides together. I inserted my top in the skirt. I matched up notches and pinned. Then I stitched.
ok. grab your belt piece. Pattern piece #8. I chose navy blue because of my red white and blue theme and all. 🤣
Fold in half and stitched. You will close one end up. You will be turning it inside out and pressing flat. I noticed that one of mine was a little bigger than other but it was too later. I had already attached it. You will see once I get the zipper in. So make sure they are about the same size.
FYI – Before I closed my end. I inserted a large safety pin below the stitched end, on the inside. It allowed me to work the pin down to be able to turn the band inside out. If you have a better method. Please feel free to do it your way.
Next your gonna pin your ens to the back of your shirt in middle where the bottom and top meet. Stitch down. Stitch one on each side. Stitch 1/4 th of an inch.
Should look like this.
Grab your zipper foot and stitch in your zipper on each side. I know we hate zippers but they are necessary.
See this is where I was talking about my bands being a little different in sizes.
Grab your bias tape and start pinning. Pin both armholes and then your neck line.
I cut this pattern wayyy to big for me. So, I had to go back and add darts at my neckline and take in my should area about another inch and half.
Boom. Your shirt is done.
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