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Candy Floss Amsterdam Dress

Niina Kivelä

Blogger: Natasha Christmas

Candy Floss Amsterdam

Hi! Tash here – I’m going to show you how to apply tulle to the Amsterdam Dress in a fun and easy way to create this look. It really is simple, and you can change the look dramatically by how much tulle you use and the size of the pieces.

Complete the bodice as per the tutorial and set aside. Follow the tutorial to complete the skirt.  It is much easier to start with a hemmed skirt with gathering stitches in (use two rows of gathering stitches around the top of your skirt).

Cut your tulle into squares – for this dress I decided to keep it super simple and used 6” square pieces for the entire skirt. I used 2 x 100 yard rolls of 6” soft tulle.

The next step is to take your skirt and work out how many rows of tulle you want to do, and how far apart you want your tulle.  I decided to do 8 rows of tulle 2” apart. Using a removeable pen or pencil, draw you guide lines onto the fabric.

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Take one piece of tulle and pinch it in the middle as per the pic. It does not need to be super perfect, just create the pinch and then lay it on your bottom guideline. Sew to attach through the pinch about 1/2’’ from the top.

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Continually add pieces of tulle every 2’’ around in a loop until you have attached the tulle all the way around the first guideline. Move up to the next guideline and repeat until you have completed all rows.

Gather the skirt and attach to your bodice as you would in the pattern.

You may now wish to add another row of the tulle around the top of the skirt and stitch in place by stitching in the ditch around the seam where the bodice meets the skirt, or fill in any areas you think need more tulle

You can really get super creative using this method and use varying size pieces of tulle and experiment with how far apart you do your rows etc!

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Happy Sewing!

Perfect Ten: The Perfect Valentine's Day Top

Cassie Banks

Blogger: Cassie Banks

The Perfect Valentine´s Day Top

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, many of you are looking for a quick Valentine's themed sew.  I found the perfect quick sew for my oldest daughter in the Perfect Ten top with a small heart shaped accent pocket!

This particular top is perfect for my finicky 8 year old who really is only interested in wearing something comfortable that meets her definition of stylish.  The Perfect Ten also pairs well with the Cambridge Skinnies as shown here! 


Here are a few of the many options available for the Perfect Ten top!

  • Hem: basic hem or hem band
  • Neckline Embellishment: Peter Pan Collar or Ruffled Neckline
  • Sleeve Lengths: sleeveless, short, long or 3/4 length
  • Sleeve Embellishment: Button Tab, Bubble Sleeve, Double Ruffle or Ruched Hem
  • Other Embellishments: Heart Pocket, Bodice Bow, Ruffled Shoulder or Button Placket with Ruffle

Not only are there loads of options available to make the Perfect Ten perfectly suited to whatever style you choose, there are a few other pattern features that should be mentioned.

Sizes: Available in size 12m-14

Best Materials: Cotton Lycra, Brushed Polyester, Jersey Knit, Woven cotton (for some options)

The Perfect Ten top sews up super quickly.  We used the Heart Pocket embellishment to give this top a festive feel for Valentine's Day.  Woven cotton was used for the pocket in a color that coordinated with the red floral brushed polyester used for the top. 


The pocket was Perfect finishing touch for our Valentine's themed Perfect Ten!  I look forward to seeing many of you sewing up a festive Perfect Ten for the upcoming holiday!


Arendelle Heart Back Valentine Sew ALong Day 5

Jane REuter


Blogger: Jessica Dukes

Arendelle Sew Along Day 5

Today we are finishing our valentine Arendelle and I am so excited to see what you all have created.  And, it's perfect timing for Valentine's Day,  Our little sweeties will look so cute in their heart back Arendelle's.  All we have to do is add the buttonholes and buttons.  The top closure now has the loops so all you have to do is sew on your two buttons.  The bottom closure below the heart will require 2 small buttonholes.  You may want to put your buttonholes horizontal if the space is small.  

If you have any sons you can make them a coordinating bow tie with our bow tie pattern!!!!!!   I hope you enjoyed the sew-a-long!  Thanks for letting me be your host! Don't forget to upload a final photo of your Arendelle to the photo album in our facebook group.