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Tutorial: How to Create an Off-The-Shoulder Double Strap

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Tammie Schaefer

An Off-the-Shoulder Double Strap

Malibu is one of my favorite LLK patterns, so I knew I wanted to use it to create my daughter’s first birthday outfit. I wanted something whimsical, so decided to try an off-the-shoulder flutter strap to get the magical look I was going for. I’ve recreated it in the following blog! (Here’s how my daughter’s outfit turned out just in case you’re curious .

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I love working with knits, so for this one, I’m going to do the Malibu front bodice, Capri back bodice, and Bellevue romper bottom to get the look I’m going for. I’m trying to get into fall sewing, so I’m making a pumpkin romper. This technique could be used for other strap patterns like the Capri as well. 

Here’s what I did:

Cut all of your pieces. As I mentioned, I used the Malibu front bodice piece, flutter piece, and straps, the Capri back bodice piece, and the Bellevue front and back romper pieces.

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One thing to note here, the Capri bodice is a little longer than the Malibu, so make sure to cut them the same length so the side seams match up.

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For the straps, you cut the flutter as normal, you’re just going to attach it to the second strap instead of the regular one like the pattern instructions call for. But, you do need a second set of straps! I cut mine about 1” longer than the normal strap.

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Press the folds in all 4 straps per the pattern instructions. Trust me, you do not want to skip this step as tempting as it may be!

This is what they will look like when you’re done.

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Stitch the short 2 straps closed. Add the flutter to the longer straps, making sure that they are mirror image and not the same direction!

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Now is the fun part! We’re going to place the straps. You want the short straps to be placed on the strap marking per the pattern with right sides facing the right side of the bodice. The flutter straps are going to be placed on the outside of the short straps with the wrong side facing the right side of the fabric and the flutters facing inwards. Be very careful here because it’s a little counterintuitive and easy to make a mistake (just ask me how many of these I have seam ripped).

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Do NOT do this (the flutter should be facing the inside)

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Once you’ve basted your straps in place, attach the front and back bodice pieces.

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Now we will baste the back straps in place! The short strap is again going to be basted according to the pattern marking with the right side of the strap facing the right side of the bodice. The flutter strap is then going to be basted right next to the short strap on the side closer to the armscye with the wrong side of the strap facing the right side of the back bodice.

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Sew the front and back bodice lining pieces together.

Next place the bodice and lining pieces right sides facing, matching the side seams and strap placement markers. Sew all the way around. Clip curves as necessary.

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Your bodice should now look like this:

This is a good time to embellish the bodice if you so desire. I added a little sash and lace just for fun!

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Now prepare the romper bottom as instructed in the pattern and attach to your bodice.

Enjoy your beautiful off-the-shoulder masterpiece!

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Romper Fabric: Snowowl Fabrics

Birthday Malibu Dress Fabric: Smoogie Fabrics

Tutorial: How to Add Snaps to the Baby Napa

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Tammie Schaefer

How to add snaps to Baby Napa

I can’t tell you how excited I was when Baby Napa was released! I knew it was a pattern that I just HAD to have. I love it so much and quickly made one for my daughter.

But being the wiggly, on-the-go little lady she is, I decided to make a version with snaps for slightly easier diaper changes! Here are the simple steps I followed if you want to make your next one with a snap crotch opening!

Extra supplies you will need (in addition to those called for in the pattern):

  1. Snaps

  2. Interfacing (optional but highly recommended)

The Steps:

First, cut out all of the pattern pieces as called for in the pattern instructions.

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Take one of the bottom romper pieces and measure the crotch curve. Try to avoid stretching the curve while measuring. For the size 12 month pictured here, the crotch curve measured about 20.5”.

Cut two pieces of fabric 1.75” x crotch curve measurement obtained in the step above + 1” for the snap plackets. I always add a little bit to the measurement just to be on the safe side. The excess will be cut off, so I’d rather be too long than too short!

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At this point, if using interfacing, iron a piece of interfacing to the wrong side of each of the snap placket pieces you cut. Interfacing is highly recommended as many knit fabrics stretch easily and snaps can pull through. I like to use the sew-on Pellon light or medium weight. Once the interfacing is attached, fold the short sides together (wrong sides of the fabric touching) so that the raw edges match up.

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Next, pin the folded snap placket piece to the right side of the crotch curve for each of the bottom pieces.

Sew along the curve to attach the snap panel and you will end up with this.

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A this point, decide which piece will be the front and which piece will be the back. For the back bottom piece, topstitch the snap placket.

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For the front bottom piece, flip the snap placket so it is touching the wrong side of the bottom piece and topstitch it 1/8” from the edge of the snap placket.

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This is what the pieces will look like:

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From this point, follow the instructions in the pattern to construct the bodice and attach the bodice to the bottom. Skip the step where the crotch curve is sewn together and return to this tutorial after the side seams are sewn together and you are ready to hem the legs (see below some tips for doing the cuffed version). Also, make sure to sew the front and back to the correct sides of the bodice! Although it will work if they are backwards, generally for snap plackets the back folds up on top of the front to make it easier to unsnap.

When the side seams are sewn together and you’re ready to hem, here is what your pieces should look like:

Fold up each leg piece and hem all the way across. As mentioned above, attach the snaps so the back folds up over the front. It will look like this:

*Note: If you’re doing a cuffed version, you want to overlap the back over the front similar to the picture above and sew the cuff to the leg instead of hemming.

Enjoy your lovely Napa

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Tutorial: How to Sew Jersey as a Maxi Dress

Jane REuter

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Blogger: Tammie Schaefer

Jersey as a Maxi Dress

There’s nothing better in the summertime than a maxi dress with pockets! I absolutely love the Women’s Jersey pattern and just couldn’t resist sewing it up as maxi dress! It was a very simple process and I will show you the three simple steps in this blog.

1. Determine the Length

Jersey is designed to sit at the natural waist. So, to get the measurement for the maxi skirt, place a tape measure at your natural waist and measure the distance from your natural waist to the floor.


You can see based on the picture, my measurement is 44”. (Note: I like my maxi slightly off the floor, so using my exact waist to floor measurement is perfect for me once it’s hemmed. If you prefer it to sweep the floor, make sure you add in a hem allowance. The skirt will loose a 1/2” at the hem and 3/4” at the top seam allowance when it is attached to the bodice. Take this into account when determining the length.

2. Cut the Skirt

Fold the skirt fabric in half and align the pattern piece on the fold. Place the tape measure at the edge of the waist. Following the curve of the pattern piece, extend the tape measure the same length determined in step 1. I found it to helpful to also mark the bottom with a ruler.


3. Repeat the step above, resulting in two maxi length skirt pieces.


That’s it! Just follow the rest of the Jersey pattern instructions for constructing and attaching the skirt! Don’t forget to add pockets!

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Fabric: Savana from The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe.