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Sunshine Day Tunic and Clam Diggers – Tutorial

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Well, the name is Sunshine Day BUT the pictures for this were taken on the COLDEST day we have had since moving here!!!!! LOL There was no way I was going to make Cailey stand outside in 40 degrees…..


For some reason this outfit (or maybe just the striped fabric) reminds me of…….



Y’all remember that, right??? LOL I loved watching Brady Bunch reruns after school when I was a kid.



ANYWAY…. Here is the tutorial.



What I used –Β 

3/4 yard of the stripes (very silky and flowy)

1/4 yard of the gold cotton for the yoke at the top

1 yard of heavier, stretchier cotton for the clam diggers

1″ elastic





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I had this idea… I was going to make the front and back yoke one piece…. with lining….. Yeah… I even cut a muslin (above).

It took me a bit to figure out the problem. LOL

One I realized that I wouldn’t be able to turn it right side out after sewing the lining, I resigned myself to 4 pieces instead of 2.


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So, then I made a pattern piece after much measuring and figuring. LOL




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Pin the lining pieces to the main pieces and sew all around, leaving the bottom open.



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Clip the corners, turn right side out and press.



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Cut the pieces for the bottom of the tunic. I cut the top of it about a 1/4″ wider than the bottom of the yoke.

Make it as long as you like, widening as you go and curving the bottom.



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Pin the bottom of the yoke to the top of the bottom piece, with right sides together. Sew then press your seams.




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Now, pin the front to the back, with right sides together. Sew the shoulder and the sides.


Next, fold up and press 1/2″ on the bottom. Then fold up and press 3/4″. Sew the hem.



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Remove the cat from your work space.



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Grab a pair of your child’s pants to use as a cutting guide for the clam diggers. Turn up the leg bottoms to your desired length.




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If you have a right side/wrong side fabric, you will want to flip the pants guide over to cut the second leg.



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Sew up the inseam from the bottom to the start of the crotch curve.

(If your child is very small, you will want to hem them first.)



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Turn one leg right side out and slide it into the other leg. Pin and sew.



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Now for the elastic casing. Fold over 1/4″ and press. Fold over again by just over 1″, press and sew the casing, making sure to leave a section open to insert the elastic.



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Pin the ends of the elastic and insert into the opening.

Then pull both ends out and secure with zigzag stitches.

Sew the opening closed.



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Fold up and press the bottom of the legs by 1/2″. Fold up and press another 1/2″ and sew the hem!



Turn right side out and press!




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As always, let me know if you have any questions. You can always use the Contact Me button at the top of the page.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!





Holiday Crushed Velvet Top Tutorial

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Here’s a tutorial for a top to match the Pink Fig Designs Market Day Gauchos! πŸ™‚ Well, at least MY version of the Market Day Gauchos! LOL

I used the same colors of crushed panne (crushed velvet) for the top AND I made a little matching hair bow. For the bow I just tied scraps of the crushed velvet onto a ponytail holder. πŸ˜‰


On to the tutorial!

You will need-

1/2 yard of main fabric

Scraps in the coordinating colors for the sleeve ruffles

A shirt that fits your child well to use as a cutting guide



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Yes, yes.. I know… A Justin Bieber shirt but she’s only 8, cut her some slack! LOL

Fold the t-shirt and place it on the folded fabric. Cut around the shirt leaving space on the side for seam allowance.



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Here is what it will look like.




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Place the shirt part that you just cut on the folded fabric and cut around it for the other piece.



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Cut one of the necklines a little lower for the front of the top. Make sure not to take any off the shoulders. πŸ˜‰



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To cut the sleeves, place the shoulder even with the fold in the fabric and cut around the armhole. Then drop down a bit below the armhole and cut the rest of the sleeve.

At this point I was thinking long sleeves…. LOL I usually just fly by the seat of my pants when I start sewing. πŸ˜‰



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Here is where I decided to cut the black part of the sleeve shorter so that I could add the ruffles. I measured Cailey’s arm from shoulder to wrist and then cut the sleeve at 8″ . Her arm measured 15″ but I knew some of the length of the sleeve would become seam allowance. πŸ˜‰



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Now, to cut the strips for the ruffles! I cut them 3″ in width and 15″ long. I cut 3 for each sleeve.



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Here is what they look like!

Now, you are going to pin those tops together! Then run a row of gathering stitches across the top.



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Pin the gathered edge to the bottom of the sleeve, right sides together, adjusting the gathers as needed. Β Sew together!



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Here is what it looks like so far! πŸ™‚



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Place the back on the front, right sides together, pin and sew the seam! πŸ™‚




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This is that OTHER way to do sleeves… LOL Place the sleeves to the armholes, right sides together and pin like crazy! LOL Then sew the sleeves to the armholes!



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Here’s what it looks like so far!



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Almost done!!! Pin up the sides of the top and the bottoms of the sleeves. Now, sew the side seams!!!!!


Turn right side out and you are ALLLLLLLL done!!!!! πŸ™‚



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Hope you like this! Let me know if the tutorial is easy to follow! If you have ANY questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a message or use the Contact Me button at the top of the blog and shoot me an e-mail!







There I was……Sitting quietly and contemplating the dress I was about to make for myself… When, BAM!!!!! Inspiration struck again! LOL This time my eyes landed on the pink Hawaiian print cotton gauze that I picked up out of the remnants bin at Hancock’s for $2. Β That’s when it hit me. It would make the cutest caftan for D!!! So I called her downstairs and showed her a sketch of what I had in mind. She seemed to love it! πŸ˜‰ YAY!!!! I got right to work on it!

I had just over 2 yards of the cotton gauze and used almost all of it. I wanted it to be nice and loose just like a caftan ought to be. πŸ˜‰

So here is what you will need-

2 yards of cotton gauze

2 packages of coordinating bias tape

That’s it! That’s all you need! πŸ˜‰

Step 1 –

Remove the cat from the fabric…. It’s started already! LOL

Then measure and while folded, cut to the length you want leaving the selvages for the sides. D liked the thought of the fringy selvages being left on. I agreed. It looks cute that way. πŸ˜‰

Step 2-

While still folded, cut the neck line. I cut this one in a boat neck style.

Step 3-

Remove the cutesy wootsie kitty from the fabric.

Yes, she is new. LOL I found her today at the dump. Someone had dumped HER!!! GRRRRR!!! She is such a sweet little loving thing! I knew we had to bring her home with us. J1 named her Cloud. She does look a little like a cloud leopard…. LOL

Sorry, ANYWAY! πŸ˜‰

At this point slip the caftan over the head of the intended wearer and mark up the sides with pins.

Step 4 –

Now, open up your bias tape and pin it around the neckline. Sew it in place. DISCLAIMER πŸ˜‰ This is not the “right” way to do bias tape but I find it works just as well and takes A LOT less time! πŸ˜‰

Step 5-

Here I took a pencil and drew a straight line where I had pinned the sides. Then I just sewed a straight line down, creating the side seams.

Step 6 –

Time to hem!! This hemming is going to be a bit different…. LOL I SHOULD have hemmed it up before I put in the side seams…… But I didn’t… Sooooo I had to hem it on the right sides. No big deal but not the way it’s “supposed” to be. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, press, pin and hem!

Step 7 –

Mark where you would like the openings for the ties to be.

Step 8 –

Then I used my buttonhole feature on the sewing machine to make the openings for the ties.

My buttonholer and I are still getting to know one another so that is NOT the neatest buttonhole you will ever see…… LOL Β I’m just happy it worked at all! πŸ˜‰

After you have your buttonhole, use your seam ripper to open it up.

Step 9 –

I took a package of bias tape and measured it around D at an empire waist height. Then I sewed the bias tape together to create a thing tie. πŸ™‚

Insert it into the openings and you are DONE!!!

I think it would make a nice pool cover-up or even a pretty blouse with some white linen capris. πŸ˜‰

I hope you like it and give it a try!! πŸ™‚

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