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Fox Trot Tutorial Part 2

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This part of the tutorial is for the bolero. To find the tutorial for the gauchos and tank click here.


What I Used-

1/2 yard of main fabric (I used the fox flannel print)

1/2 yard of lining (I used hot pink flannel)

2 ft of pink ribbon


For the bolero I sort of drafted my own pattern. It was very simple to do, I just used the tank I made as template for the arm holes and trimmed the pattern until I had the fit I wanted. This involved holding the pattern up to Cailey several times! LOL



Step 1 –


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As you can see, the pattern is not pretty but it worked! LOL

I wanted the front of the bolero to curve and be slightly longer than the back.

I cut 1 left side of the main and one right side of the main. Make sure you flip it so you have one right side and one left side OR you can fold the fabric over but don’t place the edge on the fold.



Step 2 –


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Now for the back of the bolero. This is the piece you want to cut on the fold. ;)



Step 3 –


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For the sleeve, I wanted it to bell out like the gauchos. I used a front piece of the bolero to cut where the sleeve meets the armhole to make sure it would fit properly.

Cut 2 on the fold.



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Now for the lining. Cut it the same way you did the main, 2 pieces for the front and flip if you have right and wrong sides, that way you will have left and right pieces.



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Now, cut the back piece, once again on the fold.



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Pin your ribbon to the front bolero pieces with a bit hanging over the edge.



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Pin the front bolero lining and main with right sides together, making sure the ribbon is still poking out a bit.

Sew the pieces together leaving the shoulders and the bottom open.

Do this to both of the front sides of the bolero.



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Turn right side out and press. Cut a V into the end of the ribbon to help keep it from fraying.



Step 9-


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Pin the back boleros pieces with right sides together. Sew the pieces together leaving the shoulders and bottom open.

Turn right side out and press.



Step 10-


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Pin the front pieces to the back piece with right sides together. Sew the shoulders and the side seams.



Step 11-


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Pin the underside of the sleeve and sew the seam.

Here is where the cats started to get interested in what I was doing! LOL



Step 12-


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Fold over the bottom of the sleeve by 1/2″ and press. Fold over again by another 1/2″, press, pin and sew the hem.



Step 13-


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Turn the sleeve right side out and slip it into the arm hole with the right side of the sleeve touching the right side of the bolero.  Pin and sew in place.



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SIGH… Remove the cats so you can continue!!!! LOL



Step 14-


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Turn in the edges of the bottom of the bolero and press. Pin the bottom together and top stitch.

Press and you are all done!!! :D



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I hope you try this out. It was so much fun to make!!! :)

As always, if you have any questions just use the Contact Me button at the top of the page and shoot me an email!

Let me know if anything is unclear!



Fox Trot Tutorial Part 1

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Flannel! It’s not just for PJs. LOL

I had soooooo much fun with this outfit!! I really pushed myself, I think. I drafted my first pattern for the bolero. YAY!!!! I wanted to be sure I got it juuuuust right. ;)

The tutorial for this outfit will be in 2 parts. The first part will be the gauchos and the tank. Tomorrow I will be posting the bolero.


What I Used for the Gauchos and Tank

1 yard of fox flannel

1/4 yard of pink knit

1″ wide elastic


Step 1 –

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First I took a pair of pants that fit Cailey well and used them to cut the waist and crotch. Then instead of continuing down straight from that curve I took it way out. WAY out!!! LOL

These are basically like any other pants that I make except in leg length and leg width.



Step 2 –


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Pin and sew up the inseam. Go to where the curve of the crotch starts and stop.



Step 3 –


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Turn one leg right side out and slide into the other leg. Pin and sew the seam in one continuous stretch.



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Turn the gauchos inside out. Turn over and press 3/4 ” and then 1 “, press and pin.

Now, sew the elastic casing making sure to leave a space to insert the elastic. ;)



Step 5-


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Measure the elastic to your child’s waist and subtract 1″. Then safety pin the ends of the elastic and either pin one end to yourself or hold tightly. Insert the elastic into the opening!

They also make really cool elastic threaders but safety pins work just as well. ;)



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Now, sew the ends of the elastic together using a zigzag stitch.

Then sew the elastic casing closed!



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Take a moment and get your cat out of the cabinets!!!! Good grief!!!



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Fold over and press the bottom of the legs by 1/2″. Fold up another 3/4″, press and pin. Now sew the hem! :)

Press your hem and you are all done!



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Now on to the tank!!


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Step 1 –


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Using a top that fits your child well, cut the arm holes, sides and length, while on the fold.

Then use the piece you just cut as a guide for the other side of the tank.


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Next, cut in the neck lines. You can make the shoulders as narrow or as wide as you like.



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Pin and sew the shoulders together. If using a print make sure right sides are together.



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Pin and sew up the side seams!



Turn right side out and press. Now you are done!!

You can finish the neck and arms and hem the bottom if you like but I always prefer the natural look of unfinished knits. They get that soft curl after a couple of washings. ;)


Let me know what you think!! And PLEASE, if you try this out let me know!!

If you have any questions feel free to use the Contact Me button at the top of the page. :)


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