April 23, 2018
In our Instagram feed, we sometimes share RTW (ready-to-wear) looks that we come across that would be easy to recreate with Blank Slate Patterns. Here are a few recent ones:
I know I said last time that the Shoreline/Blanc mashup was our most popular "Sew This Look" post ever, but that was before this one! This dress from Anthro is not hard at all to recreate with the Valetta pattern.
First, you'll need to figure out the adjusted length. It will be helpful if you've already made a Valetta Top that you can reference to see the length on you personally, but if you haven't, you can just estimate extra and trim off as needed after trying it on.
The bottom of the side seam hits about mid-hip for most people (see the photos in the listing to get an idea). Measure how much longer you would want your dress to be; the inspiration garment hits a couple of inches above the knee. Now, add 4" more to that.
Add this total length to the side seams of the front and back pattern pieces, marking straight down, parallel to the center fold. Make sure your side edges are still the same length on both pieces.
After straightening the hemline, your adjusted pattern pieces will look something like the below (though this one is not to scale).
Proceed with constructing the Valetta as shown in the instructions through page 12. (Here's where you will want to try it on, if you aren't sure about the length. Pin the bottom edge up 4.5" and see if you like where it hits. Adjust as necessary.)
Press the lower edge 8" to the inside, being careful to measure evenly all around as you crease. If it's easier, you can mark a line 8" up from the bottom edge and then use that as a guide for your crease. Be sure to use a marking tool that will wash out -- test first! Pin around so that it doesn't shift.
Sew a line of stitching 1" in from the folded edge. Press towards the bottom.
Press the lower edge 4" to the inside, just as you did before. Pin, then stitch again at 1" from this folded edge. Press towards the bottom.
Hem as directed in the pattern (1/2" hem allowance).
Here's another Valetta variation! Only a couple of very simple modifications are needed to get this look:
On the front yoke piece, remove the center seam allowance and cut it on the fold (like in this version). You can leave the back piece as it is, or you can add a center back seam allowance and construct it like the front in the instructions. Instead of the tassels, use a button and loop.
Just draw a straight line across the sleeve piece to create a short sleeve the length you want. (This one looks like it has about a 2" long underarm seam.)
Great hack for Blanc! You'll need the long sleeves and cuffs in the hack pack.
Shorten the front and back pieces about 4" for this cropped look. Then for the split hem band, you'll draft your own pieces like this...
First, measure the lower edge of your front pattern piece. Cut a piece of your fabric that long and 6" tall. Repeat for the back lower edge and hem band piece.
Fold one of your hem band pieces in half (bringing long edges together), right sides together. Sew the short ends using a 1/2" seam allowance. Turn right side out and press. Repeat with the other hem band piece.
After your tee is constructed, attach your hem bands. Pin the front band to the right side of the tee front, and the back to the right side of the back, raw edges aligned. Be sure the two hem band pieces abut each other at the side seams. Stitch, using a stretch stitch.
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