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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
Do NOT do this (the flutter should be facing the inside)
Once you’ve basted your straps in place, attach the front and back bodice pieces.
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.
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.
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!
Now prepare the romper bottom as instructed in the pattern and attach to your bodice.
Enjoy your beautiful off-the-shoulder masterpiece!