DIY CLOTHES! From Design to Finished Garment |  GTWM #16

DIY CLOTHES! From Design to Finished Garment | GTWM #16

[Intro piano music plays] Welcome to Get Thready With Me! This is
the YouTube show where I try and sew a piece of clothing..
or two from scratch and I take you all along
with me for the ride. Lately I’ve been learning how to draw my
fashion ideas down onto physical pieces of paper, so that they’re not just forever stuck up
in my imagination and then .. forgotten. Because I think that I’m not very good
at drawing – well, cause I’m not – but because of this drawing down my
fashion designs is something that I’ve avoided
doing for years. However something that really helped out
in that regard were these free fashion templates from
Pret-A-Template. All I gotta do is trace over the figure and then I can draw my clothing designs
down onto that figure. This isn’t sponsored, by the way I’ve just been finding it a super useful
way to teach myself how to draw fashion designs. So in today’s video, I’m going to be
trying to bring these two particular designs of mine to life, which is 1: This
cute ruffly blouse and 2: this dress. To make both of them, I’m going to use
second-hand fabric. The dress’ fabric is from a large bolt
of second-hand fabric that I inherited from my uncle, whereas
I found the pink fabric for the blouse at a thrift shop just a few weeks ago actually I think this “fabric” was
originally a baby’s quilt cover… so, I’m sorry if I’m ruining someone’s
precious childhood blanket… No, but I’m actually using this because
the fabric actually looks like it’s in pretty good condition, it doesn’t look
like it’s been used at all and I really liked the design on both
sides of the blanket – one side has a pink gingham, and the other, these cute
botanical graphics on pink. So what I first did was to rip out the
stitches holding the two squares of fabric together, through the opening here. And I’m going to use this piece of
fabric to make my blouse, and I’ll leave that pink gingham aside
for another project. So in this video I’m going to go through
the process of how I make the blouse but I made the dress in exactly the same way,
the only thing that is different is the length of the fabric that is used for the
skirt compared to the ruffle but I’ll go through the difference between
them when I get up to it in the tutorial. So, let’s get started! The inspiration for this top came from a
t-shirt that I recently thrifted, two of them, in fact. I managed to find this white and black
t-shirt both in the same size and style at my local Vinnies – I really like the
loose-fitting top with this ruffly sleeve design. It’s also a sleeve style that I’ve
recently been seeing all over the place. So I used all of these as inspiration for
both a dress and a blouse that will both fit me and that are both going to be
constructed using identical sleeve and bodice shapes. So the first thing that I need to do is to
turn this design into a paper pattern, that I can use to cut out my fabric! I used THIS slightly large, loose-fitting
t-shirt as the base for my pattern design. Using a basic piece of clothing whose
style and fit you really like on you can be a good first step in creating
patterns for your own designs and from there you can change and
manipulate the pattern and fabric type to create your own individual
piece of clothing. It’s a technique that even professional
fashion designers will often use! To make the pattern, first I folded this
basic t-shirt in half, like this, and placed it down onto some
pattern paper. Then, using two taped-together pencils –
this is a neat trick to quickly add seam allowance to your pattern piece – I traced
around the main bodice part of the t-shirt ignoring the sleeves. So I traced around
the outsides of the t-shirt, and when I got to the arm-hole seam, I placed my
finger on top of this seam and I drew some marks underneath, at the point where my
finger was, which I then joined up into one continuous line. Also, I wanted to make the bodice-pattern
high-waisted, or cropped, so I alson shortened the length of the
pattern here as well. And after cutting it out of the paper,
this is what this basic block pattern looks like. Now that I have my basic bodice piece,
which I know will fit me well because it’s based off a nice, loose-fitting
t-shirt, I am going to change certain parts of it to give me the fit
and style that I want. So, compared to the original t-shirt, I
wanted a design with a slightly wider and lower neckline on both the front and
back, a drop-shoulder, I also wanted it to flare out a bit at the bottom of the
bodice, and also to curve up slightly towards the sides. So, I taped the basic bodice pattern onto
another piece of butcher’s paper and I made these adjustments onto
the new paper. So, I’m going to put two points here and
here to make a wider, deeper neckline; Down the side here is going to stay the
same, because I want it to remain about the same width or loose-ness as the
t-shirt, I’m just making sure that the line is totally straight so that this edge
of the pattern can be placed on the fold of my fabric. For the drop-shoulder, I extended the
shoulder seam line down to here, which also means that I’m going to have
to change the shape of the armhole; I actually made the armhole completely
straight, because I’m going to be attaching a straight rectangle piece
(the gathered sleeve) to this armhole. But because I don’t want to change the
overall width of the bodice, I brought that armhole line back towards where the
side-seam is going to be, and I also then curved this line, just to make it more
like an armhole and improve the fit a bit. I also wanted the bodice to flare out a
little bit at the bottom, so I made the side-seam line flare out a bit from the
original pattern, AND finally I wanted a slightly curved
hem for the top, so I made this line end a little bit shorter than in the original
pattern on this side and I drew a curved line from the other side up to this point. Importantly, I also made sure that both
these angles were as close to 90-degree right-angles as possible. So I drew down all the straight lines
and then removed that old paper pattern to add the new curved lines,
onto my new pattern. To create some of those curved lines on
my new pattern, I used a French-ruler, which is this curvy ruler here. For some of the less curvy-curves, I just
kinda eyeballed them when I drew them. So this is going to be my final bodice
pattern piece; and finally, I’m going to add important pattern markers onto it –
this is the double-headed arrow that shows you how to place the pattern along
the grainline of a woven fabric, or along a stretch if you’re using a stretchy
fabric. This line here shows you where the pattern
needs to be placed on the fold of the fabric, and I also drew the seam-allowance
back in onto the pattern, using that double-pencil trick, (although this time,
I drew the seam allowance onto the inside of that outer line I had already drawn on,
because we already included the seam allowance in the previous, older pattern) This is just going to show me where I
will need to stitch. I made a couple of adjustments here and
there, just because I thought I could improve the fit a little bit… And finally, I wrote down the label for
this pattern piece, which is going to be called the front and back bodice. I’m going to cut 2 of these out of the
fabric, on the fabrics fold, (both the front and back will be identical) and they
will make up the entire bodice piece. Okay, so onto the sleeve ruffle
pattern – this is a lot simpler! I wanted the sleeve ruffle to be around 1
and a half times the width of the sleeve opening, to allow for some nice
gathers in the sleeve fabric. So I simply drew down a rectangle that was
1.5 times the width of the sleeve opening, so, the width of the sleeve opening on my
pattern was about 7 inches and 3 quarters so I made the sleeve pattern about
11 inches, 3 quarters wide. (that makes it 1.5 times the width
of the armhole opening) And I wanted the sleeve on the final
garment to be about 4 inches long, so I made the rectangle 5 inches long,
across here, because that will include hemming and seam-allowance on both
sides of the rectangle as well. So, I drew out a rectangle that was 11
inches, 3 quarters wide and 5 inches long. Because the actual top is going to be
3-dimensional and the sleeve is going to be attached to an armhole
circumference made out of TWO of these bodice armhole openings, the sleeve
rectangles that I need cut out will need to be doubled in width; so I placed a
marker down HERE, where the fabric will be cut on the fold, to make this
rectangle DOUBLE this width. And because I have 2 arms, I need 2 sleeve
ruffles, so I’m going to cut it out twice so I added a X2 marker along with the
label, reminding me that I need to cut it out twice. These are the two pattern pieces that I
essentially need to get this started– I’m also going to have to cut out some
bias binding for the neckline and also a rectangle that will create the ruffle on
the top, or skirt on the dress; but I won’t be needing pattern pieces
for these because they’re very simple, they’re just going to be rectangles, and
I can just cut them out from the fabric later on. Now it’s time to use these pattern
pieces to cut out the fabric! I folded my fabric in half, and I set my
bodice pattern piece on top, lined up the straight edge with the fold of the fabric,
and then cut around the pattern using my rotary cutter. Unfolded, I have this piece of fabric. I repeated this, exactly the same to give
myself 2 identical pieces of fabric, and these 2 pieces will make up the FRONT
and BACK of the bodice. Then I cut out the sleeve ruffles, in the
exact same way, giving me these 2 matching
rectangle pieces. I’m going to be using bias binding to
finish off the raw edges of the neckline, and I’m going to make my own bias tape
using the same fabric! You’ll notice that the bottom edge of the
fabric already has some creases in it But I’m going to use this already-creased
fabric to my advantage, because bias binding is, essentially, a long thin
strip of fabric that has a crease down the middle. So I cut off this bottom piece of the
fabric in a long thin strip to use as bias binding for the neckline! Bias tape is USUALLY cut on the diagonal
of a woven fabric to give it maximum stretch… however I’ve cut mine along the grain of
the fabric, because I don’t have enough fabric to cut it on the bias. I think I cut it along the weft… but I
always get warp and weft confused – whichever is the direction that gives you
the most stretch on a woven (that is, non-stretchy fabric), well,
that’s the direction in how I’ve cut my bias tape – and I usually find that
this works out just fine! For the ruffle on the very bottom of
the blouse (or for the skirt on the dress) I’m going to cut that out after I’ve
already constructed the basic top part, because the width of that piece is
going to depend on how wide my top is. To sew the top together, first I placed
the front piece down, right-side up, and then placed the back piece on top,
right side down. So, the two pieces are sandwiched
right-sides-together. Then I sewed them together at the
shoulder seams. Next step is attaching the bias binding
around the neck hole that I just created. So you’ll remember that my bias tape
already had a crease down the centre. I made sure this crease would stay by
giving it another iron. I ironed that lonnng strip in half lengthways, again. Then, because I wanted the bias binding
to be hidden on my neckline, I folded one of the halves of this bias tape in half
again, and I ironed another crease into this. So I now have two creases in the bias tape
– one crease that divides the strip into two, and one that divides
it into quarters. And a little note: I would have found this
whole process a bit easier if I’d used a slightly WIDER piece of fabric
than this as my bias tape. But that’s something I can learn
from to do in the future. Anyway, to attach the bias tape
to the neckline, I placed it along the neckline’s raw edge like this,
right-sides together, and next I’m going to sew it on, sewing
directly ON the middle crease, like this. And you’ll notice that while I’m
actually sewing it on here, I actually didn’t use any clips or sewing pins to
hold the tape in place onto the neckline- I actually find it easier to place the
binding with my fingers as I go. When I got back around to where I started,
I held the two ends of the bias tape together like this, and I carefully sewed
up to juuust about where the two ends met. Then, I sewed these two ends
together with a straight stitch like THIS… And I realised that I had JUST managed to
not line the seam of the bias tape up with the shoulder seam. Damn it. Oh well, practise makes perfect – next
time I’ll get closer, I’m sure! Anyway, then I clipped off the extra bit
of bias tape that was outside that seam. I pressed the seam open, and then sewed over
the top of that open seam until I got back to my first stitch, to finish
sewing the tape into place. So next, I’m going to understitch the bias
tape. To do that, I folded it up, making sure
all the fabric of the tape was folded UP, and then I’m going to go around the
neckline again like THIS, trying to stitch on top of the bias tape
AS CLOSE to the seam as possible. Then, the final step, is to fold the
bias tape inside the top so it can no longer be seen when it’s
flipped the right way around, so it’ll look something like this. This is easier to see if I do it while the
shirt is inside out, so, I turned the shirt inside out, and folded
the bias tape down inside the neckline, on its middle crease, and then I also
turned over the quarter crease, to ensure there’s no raw edges
on the inside of the garment. NOW you can see how tiny this is, and why
I wish I’d started with a wider bias tape. But, this will still work – the last step
is to stitch all the way around the inside of the neckline, stitching the
bias tape in place, like this. Again, I haven’t pinned or clipped the
bias tape in place because I find that it’s easier to fold the bias tape down
onto the neckline as I go. There’s a lot more tips and tricks to
attaching a bias binding that you can find specifc tutorials on so I’ll link some of
my favourites down in the description box below, but I just wanted
to show you what works for me. OKAY – now we have a pretty,
finished neckline! Next, I flipped the shirt inside-out again
and then attached the front and back bodice pieces at the sides, here and here. Now to finish off all the raw edges and
seams on the inside of the garment, I’m going to either overlock these
raw edges, or, on the curvy bits, because I’m not good at overlocking on
curves, I’m going to use a zig-zag stitch over these raw edges. So, if you don’t have an overlocker,
you can finish off your raw seams and fabric edges by zig-zagging over them
on a very short zig-zag stitch setting. This is what zig-zagging over the
edges looks like. Next, I tried the top on to make sure it
was all fitting okay – and it’s all good! Note that I haven’t had to add a zipper
or buttons, and that’s because I’ve intentionally made this garment
quite loose-fitting! Neither my finished blouse, or my dress, has a zipper. So next we’re going to add the ruffles
around the sleeves and the bottom. So, I’m going to put the top
aside for a moment… And for each sleeve ruffle piece,
I’m going to follow the exact same steps. So I’ll just show you what I did for one of them. First, I’m going to gather this top edge,
by doing a long basting stitch along here. To do this, I set my machine to
its longest straight-stitch setting. I made sure that the threads on the
machine (before sewing) were left lonnng, and then I placed the fabric underneath,
and started sewing. Now, when making gathers, you DON’T want
to do any back stitch at the start or the end of your stitching. So, after I sewed a line of long straight
stitches down that edge, when I got to the end, I pulled the top
and bottom threads out a little bit further, like this, and then I cut them about 5 inches
away from the fabric. So I left the threads nice and long. Then to gather the fabric, I pulled gently
on the TOP thread like this… and doing this creates gathers in
the fabric. So I pushed the gathers along the fabric
like this, and then I repeated this. And I did it on both ends to keep the
gathers fairly even along the fabric. I kept gathering the fabric more and more,
until this rectangle piece was reduced in length so that when it’s folded
in half, it’s about the same length as the bodice armhole, plus about 1 inch. After spacing the gathers out roughly
evenly along the sleeve piece, I placed the gathered rectangle folded in
half, so the two ends were pointing DOWN. And then I sewed the gathered sleeve into
a loop, by sewing a straight line HERE. I finished off the raw edges by cutting
off the excess fabric from the seam and then overlocking this edge. Then, to actually attach this piece, I first
turned the shirt the right way around, then – watch carefully because this
can be a little confusing – turned the sleeve around so the raw bottom
edge was pointing towards the shirt, and the seam of the sleeve
was facing down. Then I opened up the sleeve ruffle and
placed it around the armhole opening, like this. Basically, I wanted to match up the
ruffled edge and the raw edge of the armhole opening, while also making sure
that the seams on both pieces matched up as well. And then I used sewing clips to pin the sleeve
on evenly around the armhole, and sewed it on all the way around the armhole like THIS. Here’s a closer up look at where my
stitches are going to go – I am going to stitch the sleeve on just on
the inside of the line of stitching that created the ruffles, so that the long
gathered stitch will get caught up inside the seam and won’t be seen
on the outside of the garment. Take your time sewing this, because
it can be a little bit tricky! And then when it’s all turned the right
way out…. It should look like this! And then finally, I’m going to create a
small hem around the bottom of the sleeve. So, first I overlocked this raw edge – if
you don’t have an overlocker, you can zig-zag stitch the edge, using basting
scissors on the edge, or you can do a rolled hem instead – and then I flipped
the edge up about 1 inch inside the sleeve, and sewed along here,
all the way around the sleeve opening. Also I don’t really bother to pin when I’m
hemming a fabric, I just eyeball it and place it in the right spot as I go along. Now, finally, we’re up to the last step! So this is where the top and the dress
deviate – but the difference between them is simply in the length of fabric that
you add to the blouse part. Both the ruffle on the top, and the
skirt on the dress, use simple rectangles that are 3 times the width of the top,
when it’s laid flat. So the dress uses a rectangle
piece of fabric that is 3 times the top part’s width,
and 18 inches long for my dress; Whereas the top uses a rectangle
piece of fabric that is 3 times the top part’s width,
but only 3.5 inches long. So I’m just going to show you how
I attached the ruffle onto the pink top, but the process is exactly the same for attaching
the skirt onto the dress. So, I had this amount of
pink fabric left over. Which I chopped in half, making each
half 3.5 inches along here and then I measured out the width of the
fabric that I wanted by just measuring it along the bottom edge of the
top part while it’s laid flat. So once, twice and I had to add
another third part because I was working with reminants… so… 3! I simply attached these 2 rectangle pieces
together by placing one on top of the other, right sides together,
and sewing a straight stitch down here. So now I have a long, thin rectangle,
that’s 3.5 inches long and approximately 1… 2… 3 times the width of the
bottom of the shirt. And this is attached in essentially,
the exact same way as how we attached the sleeve,
so I’ll run through it really quickly. The only thing I did different was that
I hemmed the rectangle of fabric first – but it doesn’t really matter
what order you do it in, unless the ruffle is really, really tiny, then you
might want to hem it first. So after I hemmed I then I gathered the
opposite edge of the fabric, reducing it down in size to
2 times the width of the shirt… OR, when folded over,
it’s about the same width! I did a straight stitch down the two
ends of the rectangle, to attach them together and make the
gathered fabric into a loop… And then I turned the top the right way
around, making sure the gathered piece of fabric was turned the wrong way around,
and I placed the gathered piece around the bottom edge of the top like this, so that
the raw edge and the gathered edge met up. And then I clipped the gathered piece on
evenly all the way around, and sewed it on just like I did for the sleeves. And then I finished off the raw edges
of the seam with an overlocker, and turned it all the right way around…
and it looks like this! So now let’s have another look at the
finished pieces, and I’m also going to show you how I like to style them! [music plays] The pastel pink colour of the top look
really nice when paired with a darker colour, like these jeans. The jeans also stop my outfit from looking totally like a 5 year old at a
birthday party. Which, is a fine aesthetic to have, for
sure, but it’s not what I was going for. At the moment I’m really enjoying styling
this dress with a very loose fitting shirt that’s the same length as the dress. It gives the dress an outfit a kinda 80’s
feel and it’s VERY comfortable – seriously, aside from like, just wearing
my pyjamas, this dress is the comfiest piece of clothing that I own. So, I really hope you enjoyed this video,
and enjoyed watching my process from inspiration, to design, to pattern,
to construction, to finished garment. And these two pieces are actually
something I’ve been wearing ALL the time, particularly the dress. The dress is a perfect everyday piece. However I would like to make the dress out
of these fabric patterns as well, I might just order some custom fabric to
make another dress with. And if you would like to see the process
of me ordering some custom fabric to make a design out of, let me know! Or also if you would like a more in depth
tutorial of how I draw down and digitise my patterns, let me know if you’d like to
see that as well. So this was a MASSIVE video to complete,
it involved many, many, MANY hours of sewing and filming and editing so if
you’re actually seeing this, WE DID IT! Thank you for all being patient with me
when there’s gaps of a few weeks between uploads – I’m actually doing pretty well
with my health and chronic illness management right now… I know some people
start to worry when I haven’t uploaded for a while – I’ve had some worried comments
and messages, which is so dang sweet – but it’s actually the fact that I’m doing
so well right now that is actually the most time consuming thing. The amount of
physio, and rehabilitation that I’ve been doing right now to maintain an ok level of
health and minimise my chronic pain just… it’s a lot, and it’s super, SUPER
exhausting! Shout out to all my other chronic illness
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100 thoughts on “DIY CLOTHES! From Design to Finished Garment | GTWM #16

  1. Some tips/updates/corrections for this video!
    1. I did a silly thing and added seam allowance to the centre fold of the pattern, when there shouldn't have been any. (Luckily, it still worked out for me). Don't add seam allowance to the straight edge that goes along the fold of the pattern on the bodice! It might make your pattern too wide at the neck.
    2. Sewing the ruffles onto the sleeves BEFORE you sew the side seams on is actually a bit easier, if you wanna give it a try! Here's a photo of how it should look:
    3. You can add pockets by doing this!
    4. Gathering is apparently easier if you pull the BOBBIN thread as opposed to the top thread. Also, you can add two rows of stitching before gathering to make it even more gather-y 😛
    5. I didn't technically make "bias tape" because it wasn't cut on the bias 😛 I just made binding. Haha. Also, apparently, you can make bias binding out of a small amount of fabric/a square of fabric! So that's something you can look up 😀 The bias binding tutorials in the description box will also help as well.

    Hope these tips help; thank you to all the people who left tips in the comments! they help a lot!
    Leave any more tips you have as a reply to this comment! 😀 💖

  2. Annika: your videos are helping me learn to make videos that fit my body! It's very hard to find plus sized clothes because they are so expensive (I'm talking like 88USD for a crop top and skirt combo) so thank you so much! Fabric, jersey especially (which is super comfy in 90 degree FL weather) is much cheaper than buying ready made clothing.

  3. I'm sorry I study Fashion Design and they always tell us the importance of ironing the fabric through the construction of the piece, from the beginning for cutting the pieces to the seems and so on…just thought you should know 'cause while watching this video I got the feeling you didn't 🙂

  4. My brain can't handle that the music used in the background was also used for the awesome but awful "Ladydoor" song.

  5. This design inspired me to make a change in a long sleeved shirt that needed updating. I cut the sleeves off at elbow length, which gave me about 7" of cut off fabric to play with. I cut that extra fabric in half into two 3.5" strips, and sewed and gathered them to create a ruffle to add to that elbow area. It turned out so cute! I really like this design.

  6. About bias binding I want to say I had great success with using a tiny gingham check that I cut into 1" bias strips. True bias strips, of course, so the checks were going diagonally. And I used that to finish/decorate a neckline of a T-shirt I made, and it was such a frikkin CUTE little detail!!! It gave an otherwise boring shirt a really adorable pop of design! I think I recycled the gingham from an old crib sheet or kitchen curtain or something. Anyway, it was fun. 😀

  7. Just discovered your channel and love it! This is very cute and would love to make it 🙂 Do you ever hire yourself out to design patterns? Please let me know as I have something that I would love to have committed to a downloadable pattern for a tulle skirt. Best wishes, Sarah

  8. what if you did an off the shoulder top with short bell sleeves :0

  9. If you can find a copy, I'd highly recommend the book "9Heads"!
    It was on the recommended reading list for my fashion degree and cost about £30, but it is one of the best things I've purchased. It helped me so much with fashion design and illustration.

    There's everything from templates, proportions, poses, clothing types, and accessories, and fashion through the ages. It's a huge book so there's bound to be something in there to help/inspire you!

  10. I've been sewing for ages, and always wanted to make my own patterns and things, but never really had the courage. Finding your channel, and especially this video, has reawakened my love for creating! You're an incredibly lovely person making amazing videos, and the hard work and effort you put into them is incredible and inspiring! Thank you so much for this channel, your videos, and your incredibleness!

  11. You’ve inspired me to learn to sew! Thank you so much…!

    I’ve got a question: i want to make a pair of pajama pants (using an old flat sheet, using that wide top hem as a faux cuff), and i want to put a yoga style fold over waistband on it. Is that possible, or would it look ridiculous? I imagine i just use the “quarter” method with pins to sew them?

  12. This particular dress might make a great example piece to display how different fabrics will affect the drape/fit/movement of a garment. It seems really suited for very lightweight, flowy fabrics. I think it would behave very differently if it were made from something heavier or stiffer.

  13. Hey, was just wondering if you know how to make a corset? Functional or fashion? I've been trying to figure it out but I can't seem to figure out the best way to put it together…

  14. I love your videos Annika! I am also a self taught seamstress. There is always something new to learn! It’s so much fun watching you, you have such a vibrant personality! My processes are very similar to yours, and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who goes through similar trial and error.
    Also I just purchased one of your patches, keep up the excellent work!

  15. Hi! I want to try this method with a non stretchy fabric, so you know any ways i can make sure I'll still be able to fit it over my head because it's non stretchy?

  16. Annika,
    I just want to say thank you so much for your videos. At 30, I've just learned to use a sewing machine last week. After binge watching your channel, I was able to draft my own pattern & sew my first (tester) dress today.
    So thank you so much for being an amazing resource!
    Much love to you 💜🖤💜🖤💜🖤💜🖤

  17. Took me a while to get to this one but I did it! I love the shirt, and I'm excited to check out your podcast!

  18. I just found your channel and I absolutely LOVE it!! You put so much work into these videos. I've been wanting to get into sewing my own clothing, I may have to start now : )

  19. This video is SO helpful! I usually wouldn't watch 25 min sewing vids, but your's has been worth it.

    Can I ask, what kind of fabric did you make the dress from? It looks like it hangs and moves more freely than the pink fabiric.
    Basically, the dress is a dress I have been hunting for months now. Shops only sell it in polyester (trying to avoid), and finding one secondhand has not been fruitful. Thus, I think I need to make myself one! I basically want it to hang exactly like how your dress hangs, but I don't know what material to look for (been to fabric shops, can't find anything). How would you describe this fabric? Is it viscose?
    Thank you! 🙂

  20. Next time for putting bias tape on your neckline, only sew one shoulder seam, apply the bias, then seam the other shoulder. Where did you find models for pattern drawing. It would be a godsend.

  21. I really like the amount that your sleeves drape. May I ask how far you extended them from the original length?

  22. This is awesome, I'm going to sew something ANYTHING this summer to get acquainted with a sewing machine. Let the love story begin:)

  23. Ciao,ho guardato dei tuoi vecchi video e mi piacevano tanto perché mettevi la traduzione in italiano 🙂,perché non lo fai più 😞! Sei adorabile

  24. I adore your channel and as a hand sew-er I am learning so much on how to sew things easier. And all without the use of a sewing machine☺

    Now I am not so intimidated when it comes to sewing arm attachments.

    And I never knew fold over elastic existed.

  25. Oh ! thank you for this video ! i'm learning to sew and all the tips you gave are just GOLD !! i love what you're doing and i hope you will continue ! hope you're doing ok 😉

  26. Both are fantastic Annika! The pink top looks so good on you, it's just perfection with the ruffles and has a little romantic vibe in a good way! Great with the pop of blue!

  27. I have an old pattern from the 90's that is almost exactly what you made! My grandma sewed these style dresses for me and my mom a lot because it was such an easy pattern to sew. You're right, it's SO comfy to wear!! Thanks for the video tutorial this took me way back. Might try to get the pattern from her and make a few more for myself 🙂

  28. Annika honey, I'm kinda confused. What's your boyfriend's name? You keep calling him Giovanni but I thought he's called Luciano, please, please, please confirm which is his real name.
    All other wise, very much enjoying you videos. Keep on keeping as well as possible & managing your chronic pain. Oh and making fab content 😍

  29. oh my gosh i loooooove this video, i love you and your style, everything! i'm just getting into sewing (beyond basic simple hand stitching/mending) and this is going to be my first project! 🙂 thank you sooo much for this video — i would love to see more videos like these!

  30. Looks amazing Annika 🙂 love how doable and followable your videos are!

    Also enjoy seeing your great thrifted finds!

  31. I think i used a fabric thats a bit too have for my top because the ruffles on the bottom literally go horizontally to the side…

  32. I wish i would have found this BEFORE I sewed the bias tape to my daughter's (2 yrs old) overalls. Overall im.pleased with the outcome (I've got to work on button holes i suck at that)

  33. I always remember the warp/weft thing as "Going right to left? It's the weft!". That stupid little rhyme got me 2 extra points on my year 7 Home Ec. exam

  34. There's so many things that are wrong about this video omggg… please please PLEASE don't think this is how you draft patterns or sew clothes…. I'm sure she means well but you can tell she learned all these things through diy videos and not through school or working in production! The cringe level is REAL

  35. This is the best! Thanks, im so excited to make this dress as im over the shop ones. Im trying it out of a curtain, so heres hoping 🤭

  36. Thank you for the link to the template models I plan on useing them for both sketching out my own fashion ideas and for my own fanart.:-)

  37. I've only just discovered your channel, and I am so happy to find another crafter that MacGyver's patterns as much as I do. Those "whoops" moments are soooo educational. The amount of eyerolls I give myself, I'm surprised I don't have permanent eye strain, lol! But I love your work. You're not only great fun to watch, very relateable with your daily 'normal', but for someone who has been pottering off and on with sewing since I was a kid (a looooong time ago, and less off than on, admittedly), you are also giving good tips that I've learnt a bit off too. Thank you, and PLEASE keep posting!

  38. As someone who lives where there's basically no fabric stores I'd actually be really interested in a guide to buying fabric online.

  39. You should have made the neck line of the back pattern a little less wide so it’s looks more normal. The back line it’s almost never like the from line.
    And also you should have tried a more stretchy fabric for this design

  40. This was so helpful and informative! I just got a sewing machine this weekend and although I'm definitely not ready to take on a project like this quite yet, it is helping me to understand how everything works and is encouraging me to learn more! Thank you!!!!

  41. Loved seeing this! Thank you for sharing! I love the fact that you used repurposed material. That’s my kind of sewing!😎

  42. This is my favorite shirt pattern. I love t shirts and ruffles make them more girlie and also more professional.

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