Eleni, is one of my favorite patterns in pdf world. I can’t get enough of this sweet style garment that I reinterpret it in so many different ways. One of my versions is making the flounce circle and using drawstrings on neckline/waist..
This is how it looks like and I wear it in three different ways.
How to achieve the looks? First of all, you should have an Eleni pdf sewing pattern and materials needed for this project.
My fabric is really interesting. It looks like the stripes are not printed properly. But if you take a closer look and stretch the fabric, it’s not. Love it so much. Very stretchy and bouncy.
The fabric recommendation on this project is woven, silk, silk-like and drapey fabric. The fabric I am using is kind of crepe, crinkled woven fabric. This may sound funny but I do what I want to do when I’m reinterpreting a pattern.
So what, if you hemmed the bodice before sewing the flounce and neckline together? Who cares if you hem it before installing the drawstring casings/elastic casings? I don’t .. I’m the boss of my own sewing room . Whichever is convenient, that’s fine. No restrictions, as long as you can achieve the looks you want for your project, go for it.
Here is what I did.
1. Cut the front bodice, back bodice and short sleeve pattern pieces. (See those green and red pins? They are my color codings. Green means front and red means back.)
2. Pin the pattern pieces together and sew.
3.a. (The tweak parts) I made a circle flounce pattern. Measure the neckline circumference of the garment ÷ 3.14 ÷ 2=N. (The neckline circumference of my project is 41″.)
3.b. Get a tracing paper, freezer paper, newspaper or whatever is available to make a full circle flounce pattern (I used paper bags.). From one corner, draw a right angle with 6.5″ arms.
3.c. Make more lines like these.
3.d. Cut that corner like this and discard it. (That is not the pattern yet.)
3.d. Decide on how long your flounce pattern piece will be ( My flounce is 10″ long.). Draw lines like so.
3.e. Cut it like this and that is the flounce pattern.
3.f. Get the fabric and fold it crosswise.
3.g. Fold it again lengthwise.
3.h. Place the paper pattern and cut it.
3.i. You should have a circle flounce as shown below.
14. Pin the right side flounce with wrong side neckline of bodice then sew them together.
15.a. Create a neckline drawstring casing. Turn the wrong side flounce with right side bodice and make a drawstring casing.
15.b. When you’re done with the drawstring casing , mark the center front neckline and create a tiny, sort of button hole on it (I hand stitch it.). This will be the passage way for the string.
16.a. Making the drawstring. It is easy. Cut out two (for waist and neck drawstring) long strips of the same fabric, fold it in half lengthwise with right sides together, pin,sew and trim the excess fabric on side seam.
16.b. Turn the right side out of the strings using a safety pin.
17. Slide the first string inside the drawstring casing at neckline with a safety pin.
18. Hand stitch the ends of drawstring to avoid fraying.
19. I like to make cute little knots like these.
20. Okay, let’s do a fast forward.. Make the elastic casing for the sleeves, slide the elastic using a safety pin, hem the flounce and hem bodice.
21. To make the drawstring casing for the waist, you need a long strip of fabric and decide how low or high it will be. (Mine is 8″ above the hem.)
Fold in 1/4″ of each short ends twice and sew to avoid fraying.
Fold in 1/8″ of both raw edges twice, pin on the right side of bodice and sew.
22. Get the other string and slide it in waist drawstring casing with a safety pin.
23. And here she is…
Thank you so much for the interest and taking your time reading.
Always remember, in our own sewing room, there’s no restrictions and no rules.
God bless us !