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Jalie Life

Oh! What a Jalie life! I know many of you are looking forward to Jalie’s new collection. Well, long wait is over! Yes, they are already here.. Yay! There are 14 sewing patterns  included in this collecion and I’m sure you will love them. May I present to you, ladies and gentlemen, the Jalie Patterns’ newest collection.

 

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A versatile pattern that can be used as underwear, for swimtrunks and as leggings / thermal layer. Three length options: briefs (A), mid-thigh shorts (B) and long johns / leggings (C). It has two contoured pouch options (with opening or sleek front) and clever seam placement for fit and comfort.
FABRIC: Knit with stretch in the width AND length and good recovery
(cotton spandex, nylon/spandex, stretch fleece for the long johns).

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Rounded-V neck dolman top with unique cropped-tank-like facing that keeps the neckline against the body and hides the bra at all times.
No more layering, no more unwanted “reveals”, even when you bend over to pick up something on the ground or hail a cab!

Fabric: Light/medium weight knit (jersey, ITY) with nice drape and heft.

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Button-down shirt with collar, relaxed fit through waist and hips, bust dart (adult sizes only), rounded hem, back yoke, forward shoulder seam and box pleat at the back. A: sleeveless, bound armhole with chest pockets. B: Partially bound armhole with ruffle sleeve and removable tie.

FABRIC: Light/medium-weight fabrics like linen, linen blends, chambray, broadcloth, rayon challis, crepe de chine, poplin, tencel lyocell.

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Mock wrap neck scrub top with princess seaming that makes it very easy to achieve a perfect fit. Short sleeves, yokes, elastic in the small of the back and side vents for a shaped, but comfortable top. Two double patches pockets big enough for your hands and everything you need to carry.

FABRIC: Lightweight woven fabric like broadcloth, poly/cotton, chambray.

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Slim-fitting, high-waist pull-on pencil skirt that sits at the navel with two length options: mini or knee length.
A: Skirt with elasticized waist B: Skirt with elasticized waist and flattering angled seaming, perfect for color blocking. C: Skirt with wide waistband. A super quick sewing project, perfect for beginners, an easy way to create a chic and sophisticated look in no time!
FABRIC: Medium to heavy-weight knit with good recovery:
jersey or interlock knit, ponte, quilted knit, scuba

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Full-zip hoodie with set-in sleeve, lined hood and ribbed cuffs and hem. The angled zippered front pockets, with the zipper tape visible inside the pocket, and the horizontal seam allow for fun color blocking and is a great fleece stash buster!

FABRIC: Main fabric:
Sweatshirt fleece, stable knit
Hood lining: light-weight jersey
Cuffs + hem bands: Ribbing

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A: Swing camisole with rounded v-neck and racer back. B: Racerback, pull on lined bralette with wide under-bust band. Lined with self-fabric or power net, depending on your desired level of support. The cami and bralette are both finished with fold over elastic.
C/D: Panties with crossover illusion, fold over elastic finish and choice of high (C) or low waist (D).
FABRIC: A: Knit with stretch in the length and width, with a nice fluid drape
B/C/D: Knit with stretch in the length and width, with good recovery

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We revisited a classic and updated it with ingenious seaming (no center front seam!) and a gusset.
View A has a wide contoured waistband. View B is finished with an elastic at the waist. Three length options: mid-thigh shorts, capri, ankle.
FABRIC: Stretch knit with stretch in the width AND length and a nice recovery (cotton spandex, nylon/spandex).

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Relaxed-fit blouse with adjustable tie at the waist, with round neck. Trendy flutter sleeve, side panel and straight hem that flatters many silhouettes. View A hits just above the hips and view B is a tunic length with optional pocket at the side panel.

FABRIC: Light-weight fabrics with a soft hand and nice drape: linen, linen blends, chambray, rayon challis, crepe de chine, tencel lyocell.

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Kimono inspired by the traditional garment, with sash, generous patch pockets and three-quarter sleeves. Knee-length and loose-fitting design that can be used as loungewear or over garments, as a jacket or cardigan in a heavier fabric.FABRIC: Woven fabric with soft hand like crepe, rayon challis, silk, satin, chambray, velvet.

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Relaxed fit t-shirt with curved hem, banded scoop neckline, optional chest pocket and choice of sleeve.
A: Regular sleeve (short or longue, with or without flutter add-on) B: Short self-tie short sleeve.
FABRIC: Light/medium-weight knit with nice drape (e.g. rayon or bamboo blends, ITY). For the flounce option, choose a lighter weight fabric that looks good on the wrong side too!

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Leotard (A) with long sleeve, V-waist and optional inset for a V-neck illusion that totally transforms this staple design.
Add the circle skirt for a skating dress (B) that is quick and easy to sew. It is the perfect project if you are tackling skatewear sewing for the first time!
FABRIC: Knit with spandex with stretch across the width AND in the length (nylon+spandex, polyester+spandex, stretch velvet)

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Half-zip mock neck leotard with lined bodice front. A: sleeveless, with racer back B: cap sleeve with open back

FABRIC: Knit (nylon or polyester/spandex or cotton/spandex) with stretch in the length AND width.
Swimwear lining.

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Scoop front one-piece swimsuit with keyhole back that holds the straps in place and a fun inset that makes adjustments a breeze! Instructions to sew in supportive soft cups are included. The front is fully lined and lining in the back is optional (recommended for adults, not needed for kids). The optional mesh sash can be tied in the front or back for a feminine look.

FABRIC: Swimwear fabric (nylon or polyester/spandex) with stretch in the length AND width. Soft, stretch mesh for the waist tie.

Wheew! Those are magnificent sewing patterns!

I am one of the lucky ambassadors who sewed up these lovelies before they were being released by Jalie Patterns. Let me show you what I made few weeks ago. I sewed up Vanessa fluid (an old pattern) to match my Bobbie top, Clara leggings and Mimosa and those cute underwear.

— JULIA UNDERWEAR

Fabric: From The Fab Clique.

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—CLARA LEGGINGS & MIMOSA

Fabric: From Fabric Mart

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—VANESSA FLUID & BOBBIE

Fabric: From local fabric Store and The Fab Clique

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I’m telling you, guys, these patterns are great. You should grab them and enjoy those professionally drafted patterns. You need these in your lives.

Thank you for your time reading this blog..

Happy sewing!!!

 

 

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BSD · Simply By Ti · Sinclair Pattern

White Aqua Dot Ponte by Simply By Ti

Are you ready for Easter Sunday? This is the time of the year when you see those cute colors everywhere– pink , yellow, purple, green and blue. Who could forget the bunnies, eggs, candies and polka dot prints? Not me! As a matter of fact I will tell you about this cute fabric from Simply By Ti. It has nice stretch from selvage to selvage but no stretch along the grainline.  You will fall inlove with the gorgeous color of the polka dots! Believe it or not, this White Aqua Dot Ponte is also $4.85 just like the coral sweater knit which I told you on my other post.

So let’s begin.  Here are the details about this fabric.

White Aqua Dot Ponte 

Bleeding test: I soaked it in room temperature water for an hour. Just like the coral sweater knit, there’s no bleeding occured.

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Washing settings: Speed wash 29minutes, wash and rinse in cold water, low spin and light soil. Dried 45minutes in normal setting and freshen up.

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Shrinkage/Expansion:
Selvage to selvage measurement before washing:  60″
Selvage to selvage measurement after washing:     61″
Grainline measurement before washing :                 38.5″
Grainline measurement after washing:                     38.5″
–Selvage to selvage expanded to an inch
–Grainline has 0 expansion/shrinkage
Price per yard: $4.85

 

Can you believe that? The price is really affordable isn’t it? Oh! How I love those cheap fabrics at Simply By Ti! This polka dot fabric is perfect for Easter Sunday!

I made a cute outfit using Violet dress pattern by BSD and Elle Panel Pencil skirt pattern by Sinclair Patterns.  Both were hacked by yours truly. I do love hacking!

Here is my Easter Sunday outfit.

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What do you think? Can you tell that I am wearing under $5 outfit? It may be a cheap fabric but the quality is still great. What matters most is how you carry it. Walk with confidence and your outfit will look like the most expensive one.

That’s all folks! Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simply By Ti · Wardrobe By Me Patterns

Coral Sweater Knit by Simply By Ti

Hello there, beautiful sewing people! I still don’t feel going outside since the weather is still cold.  This tropical momma wants to stay inside the house, keep herself warm and sew all day long. What else will I do? Blog! Yep, blog about this lovely coral sweater knit that I have from Simply By Ti.

Here is a close up photo with the bright sunlight coming in  my window. Look at those tiny blings, aren’t they tantalizing? This fabric is going to capture everybody’s attention for sure. Let’s go ahead talk more about this fabric.

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Coral Sweater Knit 
Bleeding test: I soaked it in room temperature water for an hour. As you can see, I used white bowl to show you that  there’s no fabric bleeding occured.
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Washing settings: Speed wash 29minutes, wash and rinse in cold water, low spin and light soil. Dried 45minutes in normal setting and freshen up.
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Shrinkage/Expansion:
Selvage to selvage measurement before washing: 64″
Selvage to selvage measurement after washing:     65″
Grainline measurement before washing :                41″
Grainline measurement after washing:                     39.5″
–Selvage to selvage expanded to an inch 
–Grainline shrunk around 1.5″ 
Price per yard: $4.85
Yes, it is only $4.85! I was so surprised when I saw how much it costs. Honestly,  I got a little intrigued about this fabric. I was talking to myself, “Why is this fabric so cheap? Maybe it isn’t that great?” But guess what? this fabraic is really great and yet the price is budget-friendly. Take a look at these pictures. I made a hacked Janis from WBM. I added arm band and waist band, skipped the ruffled skirt and added hoodie. Can you tell that my top is under $5 ?
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Look how lovely this sweater knit drapes. This is perfect for cardigans, scarf, lined dress and beach cover-ups..
Next time you need some sweater knits, don’t forget that  Simply By Ti has lovely ones. If you used some fabric from this company, make sure to share it at Simply By Ti Fabrics facebook group.
I hope this post helped you ….. Happy sewing, lovely people!
Wardrobe By Me Patterns

Sew Happy with my New Hoodie

Brrrrr! The weather is still cold and I need to keep myself comfy and warm. So, whatelse will I sew but a new hoodie called, Hope Hooded Sweatshirt  from WBM. I am a big fan of this company. The designer , herself, is really good in drafting the patterns she is offering for all of us.  Yes, I know, there are many good and hardworking designers like her, just to clear that up.  I salute them for doing great job for us and saving us from all the headaches measuring and doing all the Math. Who will put themselves into chaotic steps of drafting a pattern from scratch? Obviously, that’s not me. I can draft my own sewing pattern but, comm’n! I want to live long and sleep peacefully every night. Hahaha! Let’s leave it to the professsionals, sewing is more fun than pattern making, isn’t it?

As I’ve said earlier, I am a big fan of this sewing pattern business. I matched my hoodie to her fellow WBM pattern —- Urban joggers.

Without further ado, let’s move on to the hoodie I am talking about. Here are the important things you need to know about my new Hoodie.

 

Sewing Pattern Name: Hope Hooded Sweatshirt

Style Illustration:

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Sizing Chart:

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Materials Required:                                                                                                                            Medium weight French Terry, Isoli, sweat shirt fabric                                                                  Rib fabric or other jersey with lycra or elastane for the cuff and hem band

Featuring:                                                                                                                                                Dropped shoulder                                                                                                                            Cool cozy Hood                                                                                                                      Kangaroo pocket                                                                                                                                    Rib cuff and hem band                                                                                                                          Optional rib neckline                                                                                                                    Optional sleeveless version

My Finished Projects:

Here are my perfect and match made in heaven outfit from WBM patterns.

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That’s all, folks.. Enjoy sewing!!

 

Please check out the January blog tour participants. Here they are:

 

 

Monday, January 1st: Introduction- Sewing by Ti *** You are here. 😀

 

 

2nd With Love In Every Stitch

 

 

3rd FABulous Home Sewn

 

 

4th Kathys Kwilts and More

 

 

5th The Fairy Dust Bin

 

 

6th The Bear and Pea Atelier

 

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Sunday, January 7th: Minn’s Things

 

 

8th Lilla Gumma

 

 

9th Threadistry

 

 

10th Very Blissful

 

 

11th Margarita on the Ross

 

 

12th Stitched by Jennie

 

 

13th Mermaid Mama Designs

 

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Sunday, January 14th: Sew Like a Sloth

 

 

15th Sewing With Sarah

 

 

16th http://mysewingroots.com/2018/01/16/New-Sews-for-the-New-Year“>My Sewing Roots

 

 

17th Back 40 Life

 

 

18th Sewing With D

 

 

19th Ma Moose

 

 

20th My Heart Will Sew On

 

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Sunday January 21st: Flaxfield Sewing

 

 

22nd Tales from a Southern Mom

 

 

23rd Auschick Sews

 

 

24th Sew Sew Ilse

 

 

25th Seams Sew Lo

 

 

26th Kate Will Knit

 

 

27th Tenille’s Thread

 

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Sunday January 28th: Sew Haute Blog

 

 

29th Kathy’s Kwilts and More

 

 

30th Sewn By Lone and With Love In Every Stitch

 

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31st It Sew Colorful

 

 

Sinclair Pattern · Uncategorized

Sofia

        Are you familiar with Sinclair Patterns? They are well drafted patterns for men and women. I’m pretty sure that you will fall in love with these Australian patterns. Sofia Pattern is one of them. Oh! What a lovely pattern name! Don’t you think? I do.
So, I had this great opportunity to participate in Sofia sew along and it was really exciting. This is actually my first time to join and complete a sew along. It was nice to watch the facebook live! There were interactions between the host and the sewers, like-  what kind of fabric to use, pattern weights, fabric markers, etc..
Let me tell you about the sew along from day 1 to day 7.
Day1 (Jan. 12th)-Print, cut, tape the pattern and prepare the fabric.
This was the most difficult task of sewing this sweater—- choosing the fabric.. Yes, I have so much fabric in my stash but it is really hard to decide which one whould I grab.sncr1.jpg
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Day2 (Jan. 13th) -Cutting the fabric.
After 2days and 2nights of thinking about what fabric to use, I ended up looking and digging my entire sewing room. My eyes popped when I found this purple and black houndstooth fabric. I purchased this fabric at Joann fabrics not very long ago (It was on sale, of course!).
Cutting fabric is so exciting. It is like playing tetris. Yes, my brain always works hard to make sure my 1.5yard fabric makes it .
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Day3 (Jan. 14th)- Stabilizing shoulder seams and preparing shawl collar.
You don’t want funny-looking shoulder seams. Knit fabrics are soft and if you don’t stabilize them, those bacon waves will show. Really annoying sight.
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Day4-Setting collar in place,finishing and attaching the shawl collar.
Sewing the pattern pieces, hearing the sweet sound of serger, coverstitch and regular sewing machines are like a therapy to me. Take a look at my collar. Isn’t it lovely?
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Day6- Questions, catching up and sharing pictures of sweater.
Oh! man! This day made me smile from ear to ear! My Sofia came out so ammmmmmaaaazing!!
Day7- Voting of Sweaters and announcing of grand prize winner.
There were three sew along-ers who won prizes announced by the host this day. They were so lucky! They deserve it.
 Here is my Sofia.
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     Wheeeewww! That was a fun sew along! And what can I say about the pattern? It fits great, easy to sew, quick to make and looks really cute… My favorite feature is the shawl collar.
 That’s all, lovely people.  Happy sewing !

 

Jalie Patterns

Cutest Footed Pajamas

Who doesn’t like comfy pajamas and slippers? Well, I’m a big fan of pj and slippers; No wonder why I am so inlove with this footed pajamas from Jalie Pattern!

This is my very first time to sew a pattern from Jalie, and believe it or not, I wasn’t sure about their patterns before. I made a little research regarding this pattern company and while I was reading about it, I’ve learnt that it is a mother-daughter company founded in 1983. It made me “wow!”, honestly. I told myself, “Their patterns must be perfected in years” ! And I was right!   Dressmaking and pattern drafting  run in the family’s blood.

Anyway, going back to the footed pj, I am so amazed with how the pattern pieces were made. Instructions are in English and French.  Let me give you more details about this pattern.

Sewing Pattern Name:  Footed Pajamas for Men, Women and Children/ Jalie 3244    Style Illustration: 26195383_1790810920960715_2319224597556832206_n

Sizing Charts: 

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  • A: Footed pajamas
  • B: Pajamas with ribbing ankle cuffs
  • Zipper at center front (and at inseam for babies only)
  • Practical side pocket
  • Ribbing collar
  • Sleeve cuffs
  • Starts at size 12M for the little ones in the family

 My Finished Project: 

I have tons of fleece fabric in my stash, for sure I’ll make more of Jalie pajamas in the future! For my first projct, I have my eyes on Aztec print. One of the cute prints available at Joann Store.

Always remember that this fabric is thick and it has its own brain to slide. I guess we can consider it as one of the slippery fabric. So, you might want to double check the stripes. Yes, I was very careless, didn’t pay attention with the stripes on my fabric. I messed up to that part. Some stripes match but others don’t. But please don’t mind that carelessness of mine. Let’s just focus to the lovely Jalie pj pattern hahaha. pj3.jpg

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So, how can you say no to a pattern like this? Not only comfy to wear in a very cold weather but also cute-looking pajama that will surely love by the whole family. Yes, you can make Mommy-&-Me or Daddy-&-Me or His-&-Hers or family outfit.

Are you still deciding and not fully convince about the beauty of this pattern? You may visit the site and the other projects made by Jalie Pattern Customers here.

That’s all folks. Happy sewing !

 

Free Pattern · Tutorial

Amy Flats

I really love Amy Winehouse! She is my music angel and also my inspiration when it comes to fashion. She carried her wardrobe and wore those ballet flats with confidence. Thosse gorgeous flats with skinny sole look so comfy, I need those  in my life! Look at her flats.

I’ve got no idea where I can buy them here in the USA. Hmnn.. So, I told and promised myself that I will have them by hook or by crook! Call them flats, slippers or shoes; I call my project, Amy flats. Let me share you how I made these Amy-Winehouse-Inspired-Flats.FB_IMG_1506834559146

For this tutorial, I am making size 7-7.5 (US shoe size) Amy flats. I chose ponte knit with contrasting colors of fabric, thread and even red pen for you to see what is happening on pictures below.  There are only two pattern pieces namely, sole and upper part.

The key to get the perfect fit is the kind of fabric you will use.  I used an old t-shirt for my very first flats for testing. For this tutorial, I use fabric for both sole and upper part of my Amy Flats.FB_IMG_1506834452924

You may also use non-slip fabric (Thanks to a friend who gave me some of her non-slip fabric. Bless her heart)  for the sole BUT make sure to use very stretchy fabric for the upper part of the flats. And the seam allowance will become 0.5cm instead of 1cm.IMG_20171006_172740625

If you’re size is around 8 or 8.5 (US shoe size), you will want to use 2way stretch fabric. If your feet are smaller than size 7.5 (US Shoe size), you will want to use less stretchy fabric for this project.

These are my Amy Flats using non-slip fabric and liverpool fabric.

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Please join itsewcolorful fb group to get the pattern of Amy Flats. It will be easier for us to help each other if we are in one group.

Anyway,  enough of the blah blah and let’s get started!

1. Cut the fabric and transfer the markings of the pattern pieces on fabric. You should have 8 pattern pieces, namely:

-2 main upper pattern pieces

-2 lining upper pattern pieces

-2 insole pattern pieces

-2 outer sole pattern pieces

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2. Fold the upper pattern piece and sew the open ends together.  Do the same step for the other upper pattern pieces.

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3. Right sides together, sew the main and lining pattern pieces.

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4. Clip the curve raw edge above the toebox and cut the excess fabric at the back seam.

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5. Turn the right sides out, pin and topstitch the opening of the upper part together.

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6.  Right sides together, pin and sew the outer sole and outer upper part  ( Pin  and sew the lining upper part with them, too) of the flats. Here is the top and bottom view.

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7. Fold and pin the upper part ( Those are lining upper part sides on picture below.) of slippers away from the raw edge of the sole to prevent wonky seams when you sew the slippers with the inner sole.

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8. Go ahead pin the insole right side down on  lining upper part of the slipper partially, like this.

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This is the tricky part of sewing these slippers. You need to pull/push the upper back part of the slippers away from the edge of the sole while sewing them together.

9. Sew from the inseam of toebox very slowly going to the center back seam of the upper part. Once you reached the center back seam of the upper part, lock stitch it and remove the slipper from the machine.Amy14.jpg

10. Try to push the upper part of the slippers inside  as much as you can and secure it with pins just like what you see in the picture below.

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11. Start sewing from the center back seam of the slipper towards the toebox but leave an opening like so.

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12.  Trim the excess fabric except the opening areas.

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13. From the opening, turn the slippers right sides out.

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14. Handstitch the opening at insole.

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14. You now have a pair of reversible Amy flats!

If you want to put ribbons on your flats, you may use ribbonette or store bought Strings.. I made self fabric string for this project.

You may use whichever fabric you love for the cute bows . I cut out 1″x11″ strips, folded, sewed, trim and turned the right sides out using a safety pin. ( You may hand stitch the ends of the strings or simply create a cute knot so they wont fray.)

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Hand stitch the strings on slippers like so.

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That’s it!

Here are my Amy flats!

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Thank you for stopping by and taking your time to read this post.. I will be happy to see your Amy Flats. Happy sewing, everyone!