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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!

 

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Designer Stitch Patterns · Free Pattern · Pattern Reinterpretation · The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe · Wardrobe By Me Patterns

Powell Floral on Double Brushed Poly

Powell Floral DBP is an ultra soft floral knit fabric is brushed on both sides and feels very soft against the skin. It has 4-way stretch for comfort and ease. Perfect for gathered knit dresses, skirts, stylish tops, t-shirts, and even lightweight active wear such as leggings and yoga pants.  It has 96 % polyester 4 % spandex fiber content with the weight of 180 gsm.

DBP fabric from The Fab Clique Shoppe always make me smile.  I never encountered such fabric from the shop that I don’t like. I swear, they are comfy on skin and you wouldn’t want to take them off your hands once you touch and feel how soft they are.

This fabric will make a perfect combo with Solid Dark Raisin DBP / Solid Mauve DBP / Solid Olive DBP / Black and White Thin Stripes DBP .

For this fabric, I used Ella cami from DS. This pattern was designed for woven fabric, so I went ahead downsized my pattern. It is always fun to play with patterns; My Ella cami has tiny pocket and I did a little color blocking to add a little drama on my top.

I also used WBM pattern, Urban Joggers.  One of my favorite patterns !  Yes, I am a joggers person and this pattern made my eyes pop! I told myself that I need this pattern in my life, so here I am enjoying and I don’t get tired of sewing short, capri or long version of these pants..

Take a look at my project using the wonderful products from Designer Stitch, Wardrobe By Me and The Fab Clique Shoppe.

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Whichever your style is, don’t forget to share and as always, enjoy sewing!

Free Pattern · Hack Attack · Wardrobe By Me Patterns

Hera Top by WBM

Hera Top is a pdf sewing pattern by Wardrobe by Me .   It is a sweet feminine (originally) peplum summer top designed with flutter sleeves and an easy elasticated waistline. The neckline is finished with facing and the lower part of the armscye is finished with binding.

Good news!  Hera is releasing as a free pattern.  To get this pattern 100% free, you have to sign up for the newsletter.

Sewing Pattern Name: Hera Top

Style Illustration: FB_IMG_1495642372398

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Materials Required:

  • Fabric (Recommended:  light weight woven fabric ,  light weight woven fabric in a fiber such as cotton, viscose, silk, polyester or a blend.
    The best result is achieved with a nice soft drapey fabric.
    Jersey can be used, but be sure to size down for a nice fit.
  • Narrow elastic 3/8” | 5 mm
  •  Sewing thread
  •  light weight interfacing

My Finished Project:

Match it with Jeggings, skinny pants or leggings.

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or match it with pencil skirt

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I also hacked this  pattern.  I skipped the ruffle/skirt and added strings  like this.IMG_5062.JPG

Here are the ways how I wear it.

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You can wear it as a bolero, too.

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And if you hate to show those strings, no problem.. Here is the solution , tie them at the back.

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There you go, lovely sewing people. Feel free to share or ask questions about your Hera project in WBM group.  That’s where you can grab the add on sleeve for this hack..

Happy sewing!

 

 

 

Free Pattern · Pattern Testing

Lago Tank

At last! the weather is getting warm and I love it so much! How I wish it is summer forever.  How I enjoy the days sitting outside, listening to the birds chirping and watching those cute humming birds at my garden.

This is the time for sunglasses, short pants, top tanks and gigantic hats. And speaking of tanks, I feel so lucky to be one of those testers of this lovely, free Lago tank pdf sewing pattern made by Itch to stitch.  Relaxed fit, comfortable scoop neck and hip length top tank it is.

 

Here are important details about this sewing pattern.

Line drawing:

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Sizing Chart:

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Material Requirements:

Use light to medium-light weight, 2-way or 4-way knit fabric with 50% to 75% stretch and good recovery. Jersey, ITY knit are good choices. Woven fabrics are not recommended.

Look how lovely these are.

 

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