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Holiday Edition: Bristol Dress with a Straight Vintage Hem

Niina Kivelä


Blogger: Amira Miles

Bristol Dress with a Straight Vintage Hem

Bristol is one of my most favorite patterns.  I love all of the skirt options and those sweet little sleeve ties get me every time!!!!  Since its release I've been dying to try a version with a straight vintage hem.  The dramatic curve of the bodice is amazing, so I definitely wanted to leave that alone.  Achieving a straight hem Bristol is actually super easy and this blog post will show you how to do it!!! 

The measurements given in the blog post will result in the following final lengths measured from shoulder to hem.

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When cutting the skirt pieces use the following two charts.  The first chart includes the measurements for the front skirt piece.  This will seem a little long, but don’t worry, it will be adjusted in future steps.  The second chart is the back skirt piece.

You will now have two skirt pieces.  The front skirt piece will be taller than the back skirt piece.


With both skirt pieces folded in half width wise, place them next to each other. Place the front piece on the left and the back piece on the right.  The raw edges of the front skirt piece will be next to the back skirt piece.  Make a 1/2" horizontal mark on the front skirt piece.  The mark will be made on the raw edge side of the skirt....NOT the folded side.  It will be made at the same height of the back skirt piece.  

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Draw a rainbow from the top folded edge of the front skirt piece to the inner edge of the 1/2” horizontal line you just drew.  


Cut along the lines you drew to create your new front skirt piece.


At this point, if you open the front skirt piece it will look like this.

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Construct the bodice and sleeves as instructed in the pattern.  You will also construct the skirt as described in the pattern.  The front and back skirt pieces will be the same height at the short sides even though the front piece has the rainbow.  Attach the skirt as normal  When you gather the skirt and attach it to the bodice the front rainbow will fill in the extra space where the Bristol bodice is curved, therefore creating a straight hem on the final product!

Fabrics from Michael Miller Fabrics, Nutcracker Act 1 line by Sarah Jane

The Enchanted Collection: Special Occasion Dress

Niina Kivelä


Blogger: Molly Cauble 

Special Occasion Dress

I have always wanted to make an over the top dress for my daughter.  I knew what I wanted for the skirt, but I have been putting it off for months because I just couldn’t decide how I wanted the bodice to look.  When I saw the Misthaven I knew immediately that I had finally found the one!  I know this looks difficult, but trust me, it’s not as bad as you think. 


Supplies needed:

Tulle – lots of tulle!  I had to go back for more, but I think I ended up using around 50 yards of the tulle on the bolt from Hobby Lobby for a size 6.

Horsehair Braid - You can use any width you prefer, but I recommend 2”.  I ordered mine here for dirt cheap.  This is a 100 yard lot and I used the full 100 yards.       

Little Lizard King Misthaven and Arendelle Patterns. 


To get the cascading effect on the top layer, you will need to cut circles of different sizes.  To determine how many circles to cut, measure your child’s waist.  You will need 1 circle for every inch.  Example:  Tara’s waist is 21.25” so I rounded up and cut 22 circles.  You can use the simple circle from the Arendelle pattern for these. DO NOT CUT the middle/waist portion of the circle.  You want a full circle without the hole in the middle.  I recommend cutting 3-4 different sizes.  Start with the size you would make according to her measurements and then move up two sizes for each circle.  You will end up with 5-10 of each size circle. 

After you get all your circles cut, you need to sew the horsehair braid around the edges of all of them.  I sewed at 3/8”.  Make sure you do not stretch the horsehair braid or the tulle as you sew.  When you get to the end, overlap 1/2” and sew to secure.  There is no need to finish the edges because neither the tulle nor the horsehair braid will ravel.


Measure from your child’s waist to the floor.  Pinch each circle together in the center and arrange it so that your circle is that measurement.  I needed 31.5” so I laid my ruler at that point and gathered my circles on my cutting mat to make sure they were all the same length.  The bigger the circle, the less cascading effect you will have.  The first picture is a smaller circle so it has more cascade than the bigger circle in the second picture.


When you bring the center of the circle together at the top, make sure each one measures 1” wide.  Alternating the different size circles, line them up next to each other and baste them together.


Open up your bodice and attach the string of circles to the right side of the bodice.  Remember, pins are your friend.  Don’t be afraid to you tons of them!


To finish the dress, continue with the steps starting on page 39 in the Misthaven tutorial entitled Constructing the Tulle Skirt.  Because the skirt is so heavy when finished, I recommend adding a snap and/or hook to help give it a little more support.  


It will be a little awkward when you attach it all together, but take your time, go slow and you will be so proud of yourself with you are finished!  This method creates a pretty full skirt, but if you want it even bigger, just add to the number of circles and baste them closer together. 

I can’t wait to see your creations! 


Animazing Sew-A-Long: DAY 4

Niina Kivelä

Blogger: Heidi Geren

Animazing Sew-A-Long Day 4

Happy Thursday! If you are on track with the sew along, today is your final day. If not, no worries because tomorrow is a catch up day!

Are you loving your elastic waistband? Yesterday I made 6 Animazings, and they are so quick when I use elastic instead of buttons!

Today your only task is to sew up the skirt. If you are not adding a ruffle hem, go ahead and follow the pattern to the end. If you are doing a ruffle hem, you will want to place your ruffle strips right sides together and sew along the short side. Repeat until all four strips are connected in a loop.

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Next, fold your strip in half, bringing the bottom of the strip to meet the top, wrong sides together. Press. Sew a gathering stitch around the top of the ruffle strip and gather to be the same size as your skirt piece. Attach and topstitch. Now follow the pattern to the end!


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Congrats! You have completed the Animazing skirt! Don’t forget to post a progress pic as well as a final pic in the albums in the Facebook group to be entered to win the giveaway. I can’t wait to share my final photos with you!