DIY Wrap Dress from a No-Instructions Pattern! ๐Ÿ™ˆ


– This is what I get for
going against democracy. (light music) This video is supported
in part by Skillshare. Today I’m gonna be making
something out of this book, which has the very catchy title, “Collection of Fresh Summer Dresses, “Easiest to Make With Some Fashion Tips.” I think it’ll work, especially as, yeah, they’re real baggy styles. – [Luciano] But look at your arm. – Ooohhhh. This is not natural. (camera shutter clicking) What do you think? Should I make more out of this book? If you enjoyed this video and
wanna see more let me know. I wanna make the stuff
that you wanna watch. So what I’m hearing is
this was a really bad idea and I shouldn’t bother making
any more from this book. So thanks for watching and
I’ll see you all next time. Kidding, obviously. I am so glad you all wanted to see more out of this book because I had so much fun making that last pattern
and video out of this. And I’m finally finished
with my uni mid-terms. My head doesn’t feel like it’s exploding every single moment of the day anymore. I am so ready to make another one. This time I wanna tackle the now infamous I feel public gaze on my back wrap dress. The pattern, of course, has
some great little tips on it. We have I feel public gaze on my back, but also, the blue sky is
too much for my naked eyes and idea is your weapon. There’s two pieces to the pattern, which I need to translate
onto some pattern paper. So let’s get right into it. (upbeat music) I copied the pattern from the book down onto pieces of taped
together butchers paper, which I did first in pencil, because you have to draw
a lot of straight lines to square everything up and
then draw curves between them, and then I went around the lines
making up the final pattern in permanent marker so you
can see it and cut it out. Okay, took a few hours and a few rests, but I did it. We’ve got the front piece,
the back piece, and pocket. In the last one some
people were like, Annika, you know you can just copy the pattern straight down onto the
fabric and then you don’t, you can skip this whole step. But I want to be able to have a pattern. Firstly, I don’t think I would take very accurate measurements on the fabric. Like this gets pretty tricky. So I feel like doing it
down in pencil and on paper and then having this piece
is a lot easier for that. And secondly, now I have the pattern. If I really like how it turns out I can make many in different fabrics. (upbeat music) And now I have to choose some fabric. The reason I’m so hunched over is because this little fabric room that I have, I can’t actually stand up in it. It’s not very big, but it’s pretty awesome that I have a fabric room at all. All right, fabrics. Coming up for summer for us
here in the southern hemisphere, so I do want something light and breezy. The pattern says that I
need 2.8 meters of fabric. And a lot of my fabric
bits are smaller than that. So that is going to limit me a little. And look, I know we did
gingham on the last one, but I love gingham and
this is such a nice print, plus I’ve got three meters of the stuff. I feel like this could
look really nice as well, but I am worried it would look a little bit like a school pinafore in this particular plaid. A really interesting one to do it in would be this islet fabric, but it’s quite shear and
this pattern doesn’t include a lining and I can’t
be bothered adding one. What I wish I could do it in is this, but I don’t have enough of the dang stuff. I’m gonna save that for a blouse one day. Hmmmm, this is a tough
decision for tricky choices. Oh and by the way, if you didn’t see it on my Facebook or Instagram pages, this here is the fabric
for my wedding dress. I got it for $4 a meter from a
place called Reverse Garbage. I know, $4 a meter. It’s gonna be like the cheapest
wedding dress at all time. If you wanna see the pattern
that I’m gonna be using, I’ll put a link to the Instagram posts. I’m also gonna try and film it too, so. (upbeat music) I can’t decide. All right, it’s come down to these two. They’re the top contenders. This one’s like a satin or a rayon, basically it’s not gonna get creases, which would be nice because
I hate ironing things. But I just really, just love gingham. Is this even technically gingham? Maybe it’s plaid, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll just sleep on it. All right, I’m posting this on Instagram so that people can decide for me, ’cause what’s the point of
even being a hashtag influencer if I can’t defer all decision
making to a collective to make all my hard choices for me? Also, I figure if one of them wins and I’m not happy about it that’ll show me which one
I really wanted it to be. So, I’m not gonna honor this vote, but hopefully it’ll help me figure out which fabric I actually wanna use. Anyway, it’s late, I’m
gonna sleep on this, see what the poll says tomorrow. It’s like basically a tie. You know what, I think
I wanted floral to win. Look, I know a lot of my
audience is from the U.S. and I know you’re used to election results where someone who doesn’t win
the majority wins the vote. I don’t wanna shake things up. I think floral can win on 46%. Plus, I don’t even wear
orange all that much anyway. I usually don’t, I promise. These last two days have been unusual. All right, stuff it, I’m
going with the floral. And then I use the patterns I made to cut the fabric out. I put the front piece on the
fabric with the straight edge matching up with the fold of the fabric, put a bunch of heavy items on top. Will Annika ever get pattern weights? I don’t think she will. She’ll just rather complain
about not having them. And then I cut around the edge of the pattern with my rotary cutter. (upbeat music) ♪ Give me the beat ♪ (jazzy music) Then I cut out the pockets from
the scrappy bits of fabric. (jazzy music) And then the back pattern piece, oh well, I started having problems there. This is my penance for my hubris of defying the will of the people. I need to cut out two of these, and I just can’t fit it onto this fabric. Gosh darnit. Okay, it’s totally fine. I’ll be able to get one full piece. And then here, fabric ends there. So we’ve got a little bit extra that I’m just gonna have to
grab another bit of fabric for and sew it on. It’s gonna be a bit
patchwork, but it’s fine. I stick with and support my
decision to use this fabric. So I lay the back pattern piece down on top of a folded bit of fabric. And from this I’m able to cut out one completely intact back piece, and then this second back piece is missing part of the skirt, which I just added by sewing on another piece of fabric here then laying the pattern back down and cutting out the
remaining part of the skirt. All righty, we’ve got a front piece. We’ve got two back pieces
that are the same size and two pockets. Now I’ve just gotta figure out how the heck it all goes together because this literally, this
is the sewing instruction. To finish the raw edge with bias cloth. How we get from here to here, though, it does not explain. Nor did it tell me to cut
out a belt or belt loops, so let’s try and figure it out. Hi, I messed up. So I’m sure some of you
have been screaming this at your screen for the last few minutes, but I was just editing on
the footage I have so far, and I realized I haven’t added a seam allowance at any point. You’re supposed to add your own seam allowance to this pattern. Be that to the pattern itself or while you’re cutting out the fabric, and I forgot at both points. And if you already know
from the last episode, I’m already on the larger end of the one size fits most
sizing from this book. So I needed that extra seam allowance. And I’ve already cut out my fabric. (sighing) Yeah, this is what I get
for going against democracy. Anyway, I’m hoping that if I use a really small seam allowance while sewing it up it will still fit because it’s a wrap dress. So I guess technically
it’s got a little bit of extra fabric in there
to wrap it ’round yourself. Hopefully I won’t end up with like a hospital gown type garment where it barely just meets up at the back. I’m gonna continue anyway. Wish me luck. The first step of sewing it together is placing this front piece
down right sides up, placing the two back
pieces on right sides down, and then sewing them together
at the shoulder seams. Wow, okay, I thought this was gonna be really difficult fabric to sew
’cause it’s quite slippery. But my trusty Bernina is
handling it like a champ. So at least thing is going
right for this project. All right, now I can kind of try it on. And I am definitely going to
have to make these armholes bigger if I want any
chance of this fitting. But apart from that it
actually looks like it might, hopefully, probably,
fingers crossed, fit me. To make the armholes
that little bit bigger I am going to cut them
a little bit more open while it’s laid out flat like this. I measured around the armholes so that I was cutting the
same amount off each side, so it wouldn’t join up wonky, and then I used the tiny little bits I cut off the armholes on one side as a template for the second armhole so that they’re matching (laughing). Every time I see this I laugh. Now it appears that we need to add a belt to the back pieces. I’m a little confused as to how, but I think that the belt gets attached at both sides at this point. And then on one of the back pieces there’s a little slit so the
belt can come through it. We’ve not been told exactly
how long to make the belt, but from the information here
we have about the string inlet I can only assume that it’s
three centimeters wide, so at least we know that. I’m just gonna make two rectangles that are way longer than I need them to be just in case ’cause I can always chop ’em shorter if need be. (upbeat music) So this one is 35 inches long, and this one is almost 40 inches. I think from roughly
measuring around my waist with the measuring tape
and then imagining a tie that each of these belt pieces only needs to be about 30 inches long. But I might as well make them longer than they need to be just in case. Also, they are both two
and three quarter inches, which is seven centimeters, tall. Now I’m going to make little tubes. Actually, oh, I should do
interfacing if this is a belt. So flipping so the wrong side is facing up I’m going to now fuse strips of interfacing onto both of them. Next, I laid both of these long rectangles so they were right sides up. And then I folded them length
ways down their middles, holding the edges together with clips. And then I sewed each one like this, down the long open edge of the fabric with a one centimeter, AKA, three eighths of an inch, seam allowance. Then I popped a safety
pin into one open end of the long tube and used
it to turn it inside out, AKA right way around. Next I ironed both tubes flat and topstitched down the
side closest to the seam. And I also closed up one of the ends on both belt pieces while I was there. And now I realized I shouldn’t have sewn it together at the shoulders, ’cause I’ve gotta add the pockets and add the belt and stuff. Look, I’m not doing a great
job at planning with this one. Bad planning aside, I ventured forward. I lay the two different belt pieces down on the back of the dress where the pattern said I should put them, which is at this point here. I’m going to stitch the belt on here. Nope, that’s way too high
up for my natural waist. This is like a boob belt. Luckily I only pinned it on, so I’m gonna move the belt down slightly. Now I’m sewing on for real this time. Maybe it was a good idea that I sewed the shoulders after all so I can try it on and
figure these things out. See, I’m not bad at planning. Turns out I was a genius all along. So I sewed the belt in
place onto the dress. Now I’m gonna leave this little slit that I’m supposed to put in the dress to allow the belt to come through it. I’m gonna leave that ’til last. So the next thing I need
to do is add the pockets and add the belt loops,
which I’ve just noted here I need to move five centimeters down because that’s the amount
I moved the belt down by. To do that I’m just
laying the front pattern back down on the front piece marking out where both the belt loop and the pocket should go, and just shifting them down
five centimeters as I do that and repeating it on both sides. To prepare the pockets I folded each edge of the pockets over twice towards the wrong side of the fabric, and then I use fabric clips
to hold this in place, which has made the pockets
kind of absurdly small. Lucky I have little hands. They’ll still fit. I think I was supposed
to add seam allowance to the pocket pattern as well, which it didn’t tell me to do. I blame the pattern. Stupid pattern. Anyway, as much as these pattern
instructions are useless, I soldiered on and sewed
down all four edges of each of my tiny, tiny pockets. And now I have two honestly
pretty wonky pockets that are not exactly the same size. It’s hard to work with
this slippery fabric, and I didn’t cut them out
exactly accurately to start with. Oh well, ’cause the fabric’s
patterned like this. You probably won’t be able
to tell when it’s finished. See what I mean. I’ve attached the pockets
with pins to the dress, but you can barely even
tell that they’re there. Anyway, now I’m gonna
sew them on like this. Oh boy, I’m tryin’ to
sew one slippery thing onto another slippery thing here, and honestly I’m gonna be pretty surprised if the pockets are sewn on at all evenly. Now that the pockets have been sewn on I’m using more of the scraps to cut out two small rectangles, each four by three centimeters. That’s one and a half by
one and a quarter inches, and these will become the belt loops. To make these into belt loops, first I sewed them in half length ways, right sides together like this. Then I used a pencil to turn this little tube right ways around. I ironed both of them flat then attached them onto
the front of the dress above the pocket by
sewing the top edge first, and then flipping it up so that the part I just sewed is actually the
bottom end of the belt loop, and then I hand sewed the top part of the belt loop to the dress. And now I’ve got nice belt
loops for my belt to go through. Now I can finally sew the side seams. I laid the dress so that the front piece is facing right sides up, then laid the back
pieces down on top of it, side seams matching so that
they’re right sides together. I clipped the sides
together with sewing clips and then I sewed down each side like this. (upbeat music) (gasping) It actually fits (laughing). It’s hard for me to show you
while I’m holding the camera and trying to hold my dress, but plenty to wrap around me. Thank goodness. I’m really excited. So the best place for the
slit for the belt to go is actually on the front piece
just next to the belt loop. It’s gonna go here, which
is different to the pattern which said to put it on the back piece. So I’m glad I waited until
now to put this slit in. And what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna put it in level with the belt loop, and I’m actually gonna do like
a button hole across this. So like I’m making, yeah, I’m basically making a button hole. That’s the same width as the belt, so about three centimeters time tall. Okay, I don’t know if you can see it, but see how there’s like, you can see the light of my sewing machine around the edges of the stitches there. So this fabric I guess is
quite thin and delicate. And it’s like pulled
the weave of the fabric a little bit loose around the stitches. I’m worried that’s not
gonna hold up so well. So I’m gonna slap a bit of interfacing just on the back of it, and then hopefully that
will hold it together and keep my dress from
falling apart into tatters after the first wear. Oh wow, this actually fits extremely well. If I had added a seam allowance this thing would have been too big. I should go back now and
edit it to make it look like that was my plan the whole time. Just a happy sewing accident. Errrr it looks so good. What we’re gonna do now is finish the raw edges of the thing. For the seams inside the
dress that meant first pressing the seams with my iron towards the back of the dress, and then I went over them with an overlocking stitch on my sewing machine just to enclose those raw
edges and stop them fraying. Now we have to bias bind
the edges of the thing. I thought about just hemming it, but because the fabric’s slippery that would probably be eve more difficult. So I laid it out flat to show you just how much I have to bias bind. All of this, all of, and then the little armholes here, and then all of it and
all of it and all of it. Honestly I’ll probably do the entire hem with bias binding as well. But it’s the last step and once I’ve done that it’ll be finished. So time for a bias binding time lapse. (light classical music) Oh my god. Oh. The bobbin ran out for all of that. (groaning) That dang traitor. Take two. ♪ Welcome to several hours of my life ♪ ♪ Condensed into a minute 25 ♪ ♪ There’s something really
quite existential about it ♪ ♪ And it makes me feel a
little bit freaked out ♪ ♪ If I’m honest ♪ ♪ But you probably
wouldn’t want to watch ♪ ♪ A whole two hour bit
of me bias binding ♪ ♪ The edges of this new fit ♪ ♪ So I guess a time lapse
is the only way to do it ♪ ♪ It’s a time lapse ♪ ♪ Time lapse yeah ♪ I am finished and I’m so
excited to show it to you. So let’s put it on and do
some final fashion shots. Uh uh uh. (upbeat music) It’s midsummer now and the blue sky is too much for my naked eyes. (upbeat music) I feel public gaze on my back. (upbeat music) Idea is your weapon. (upbeat music) Gosh darn it this turned out nicely. So the fabric worked in the end and so did me completely forgetting to add a seam allowance to the pattern because if I had this would
have ended up too big for me. Serendipity. Now let’s see what our favorite
superhero was up to, huh? Now I must be off. I have to defeat the dastardly Rodavnia from completing her evil plans. – Thanks Super Sewist. – Rodavnia, we meet at least. Ha, Super Sewist, awfully
good of you to show up but you’re too late. Everything is already in motion. Soon everyone in the world
will have their clothing burst apart at the seams, and then, because no one knows how to sew anything
for themselves anymore, everyone will turn to fast fashion to buy entire new wardrobes. The world will be in ruins (laughing). Hmmm, good plan, except, you forgot one thing. Ha, no I didn’t. What? People like to learn and you forgot about the online learning
community, Skillshare. Excuse me, what? They’ve got thousands of online classes that cover creative and
entrepreneurial skills including fashion design and sewing. Whatever, why would
anybody take those classes when fast fashion is so cheap? Because Rodavnia,
Skillshare is cheap, too. And while your cheap clothing might last for one or two wears,
knowledge lasts a lifetime, and the people of the
world can get Skillshare for only $10 a month, which gives them unlimited access to all the knowledge on the website. I find that hard to believe. Who wants to learn when
you can go shopping? Believe it Rodavnia. People want to learn. And Skillshare not only has fashion design and sewing classes, but also photography,
illustration, animation, graphic design, app
design, video production, and so much more, which the people of the world can learn from inside their own homes. A great course for those
looking for a new skill is this one by Ryan Booth
called DIY Cinematography, how to make your video
look more like a movie. Wink. Whatever, you know, for a so called goody two-shoes
superhero you sure spend a lot of time doing
advertisements for Skillshare. Ha, who do you think
pays me for going around and saving the world, for ruining
your evil plans, Rodavnia? The government? Ha, not likely. This is my side hustle while
I distract you for long enough so I can diffuse your clothing bomb. What? How did you get a hold of that? Pay attention Rodavnia. You know what, the evil
thing’s gettin’ a bit old. I think you need a new hobby. Why don’t you check out Skillshare? Hey, as a show of good sportsmanship I’ll even give you two months for free if you click the link in
the description box below. Uh, I hate you Super Sewist. I love you, too, Rodavnia. Guess I’ll see you next time
I need to ruin your evil plan. Uhhh. (sighing) Looks like
we saved the day again, right super dog? Huh, so that’s how the
Super Sewist beat Rodavnia. Thank you for watching, everyone. It took a long time to
put this video together, and I’m so happy with how it’s turned out. By the way, if you want
this pattern for yourself I scanned it and I’ve
thrown it up on my website. So I’ll put a link for that
in the description box. Oh, and I mean it kinda looks like this might be turning into a series. While it takes a long time, I do really enjoy making
the patterns from this book and taking you all along for the ride. But if it does become a
series I need some catchy slash pundifle names for the series. If you can think of any, let me know. Huge shout out to all
of my wonderful Patreons and the sponsor Skillshare
because my channel and these videos literally
could not exist without you. So if you enjoy them, consider
supporting me on Patreon. And that’s it. Thank you all for being wonderful and I will see you all in my next video. Bye for now. – [Luciano] (laughing) You
struggle so much with winking. – I can’t wink.
– Why did you put a wink into this thing–
– I don’t know, but look, I was gonna do an eyebrow raise, but you can’t see my eyebrows. – [Luciano] Why don’t you do a big wink and say like, wink? Actually say wink. – Okay, wink. All right I’ll do that (laughing). – [Luciano] (laughing)
Because otherwise people aren’t gonna be able to figure out that’s what you’re doing.
– Is she having a stroke? (laughing)
– You just–

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