I recently graded my popular Taylor pattern to adult size, Mama Taylor! When I decided to do it, I opted not to do the skirt as I didn’t think that the skirt on the original would be flattering on all body types. So in my tester group one tester opted to take the challenge and make her own. It looked fab! So many people have asked since then about the skirt portion that I asked my sweet tester Faith, of Stitch of Faith, to guest host a tutorial. She did such an impressive job on not only her FIRST tutorial but in keeping the details of the original safe guarded. I am so impressed! So here is her tutorial!
“The Taylor” Tailored!Let me first begin by saying a huge thank you to Meagan for allowing me the privilege to share this tutorial with you today. I am such a fan of her patterns and I absolutely love how she rights her patterns. This is my very first tutorial, so please bear with me and I promise I’ll try not to ramble too badly!
So first and foremost for this to make any sense to you, grab the Taylor pattern by none other than The Mean Princess. If you don’t have it, what are you waiting for??? Go and get it here. Now that that’s taken care of, we have to cut out our pieces. Well, I guess before that, we need our material and other stuff, right? OK, this is what I used and I made a skirt for a woman’s size 16, I know, I know, you plus size gals out there are jumping for joy because there’s actually a tutorial that’s written in double digits! But before the rest of you stop reading, don’t worry, the beauty of this is it’s really suited for all shapes and sizes. If you’re smaller in size, then it would yield a fuller skirt, if you’re larger in size it would yield a skirt that’s not as full. As always, feel free to improvise… if you’re afraid that it may be too full for you… take a few inches off of the width measurements that are provided below.
MATERIALS: 2 yards of fabric for the skirt (now there is a band option on the bottom of this skirt. If you would like to make that contrast, then I would reduce this by ½ yard and either add that to the fabric for the sash or add a ½ yard of another contrasting color)1/2 yard fabric for sash 1 in elastic (you’ll need 3 pieces cut 2 inches smaller than your waste size) So, back to our pieces. The beauty of this is its all straight cuts, no pattern pieces and even better than that… no hemming. Doesn’t get much better than that!
CUT THESE PIECES: 2 strips of your main fabric 12 in by the whole width of the fabric 2 strips of your main fabric 14 in by the whole width of the fabric 2 strips of your main fabric 8 in by the whole width of the fabric (or use your third contrasting fabric instead of the main fabric if using, this will be the bottom band) 4 strips of your contrasting fabric 4.5 in by the whole width of the fabric – this works out very nicely, not only does it make a nice full sash, but it uses exactly a ½ yd (4.5 x 4 = 18!)
I know this sounds like a bunch of material, let me break it down for you so you can adjust as needed to suit the length that you desire. I needed a skirt that was a total length of 23 in, the skirt is worn very high on the waste to cover all those muffin tops, tummy troubles, or anything else that may be lingering there in one’s midline. Being 5 ft 7 in, this skirt falls about an inch or so above the knee. So if you need it shorter or longer, you can adjust as needed. I would suggest reducing from either the main skirt piece or the band if you need to make any adjustments. If adding length, add it to the main skirt, as the band is pretty wide already.
OK, let’s get sewing already… This is where all of the great step by step pictures are provided along with wonderful pictures to guide you. Remember, this is based off of the Taylor, so get to sewing. All of the steps are right there waiting for you! You will want to go to page 4 of the pattern and follow to the end. The only adjustment from the directions is to remember we’ll need 3 rows of casing for our elastic instead of 2.
What I will provide is my method for making the sash. I like all the shortcuts I can get when it comes to sewing and this is the method I like the best (for now anyway, until someone else wows me)
• Sew all directions below with a ¼ in seam allowance.
• Take your 4 sash pieces and sew 2 pieces of your sash fabric right sides together at the short ends to make a long strip; then do the same with the other 2 pieces. You should now have 2 long strips.
• Pin together your 2 sash pieces with right sides together.
• This is where the fun begins, and I’ll do my best to be as visual as possible
• Starting at one end of your sash, place on the sewing machine and lower the needle into the fabric.
• Pivot the sash to a 45 degree angle (or if you’re like me and never like geometry, just turn it diagonally)
• Sew on the diagonal until you are about ¼ in from the edge of the other side.
• Place the needle in to the fabric again and pivot this time to begin sewing in a straight line.
• Sew all the way down the side of the sash until about 3 in from the end.
• Place the needle in to the fabric again and we’re going to pivot again. This time we’re going to make the other diagonal.
• Once you’ve sewn to about ¼ in from the edge, place the needle in to the fabric again and straighten out the sash for the downhill stretch!
• But wait, don’t go too fast… about half way down the last side stop, do a couple of back stitches, raise the needle and shift your sash up about 2 inches.
Say what?! Just work with me here. Start sewing again, but please remember to backstitch.
• Finish sewing to the end of your sash
• You’ll want to cut the extra fabric at the ends of your sash and make a clip on both corners; this will help you get nice tight edges.
• Now we’re going to turn the sash right side out. We’re going to push our 2 end pieces through that little gap we left on the one side.
So that when it’s turned right side out your end pieces are not only done, but they have a nice angle going on.
• Now, following the same pivoting technique as above, topstitch over the sash; this will close up that gap on the one side and give a nice professional look to the sash.
And there you have it, The Taylor has been tailored!!!!
Special thanks again to Faith from Stitches by Faith! What a great job! XOXOXtmp
So as I was re writings and grading the Taylor I thought I would add Taylor as a top. To my surprise Niki of HootyCutie designs was a set a head of me. So I asked her to do a guest spot on the blog and she did! Hope you enjoy!
Hello. I am Niki with HootyCutie Designs. First I want to give Meagan a very big thank you for inviting me. I am so excited to share my mini-tutorial on how I converted the Talyor dress bodice into a top. Lets dive on in!
Cut out the bodice pieces according to pattern.
Also cut a 4” X SW (salvage width) piece. This will become your waist band.
Next construct the bodice according to Meagan’s awesome instruction! You should end up with something similar to the photo bellow. I added a button loop during construction instead of the elastic, other than that all the same.
Now on to the modifications. First we are going to cut the 4″ x SW strip down to size. I do this by laying it out on my cutting mat, but a simple tape measure will do. I then lay out my 4″ x SW strip. You want to cut it 1.5″ to 2″ shorter than the total bodice length (picture 2). I was making a size 2/3 bodice, so I cut my strip to 4″ x 24.5″.
Take your now cut to size waist band over to your machine. Fold it in half “hot dog ways” (length wise) and sew up the short ends (photo 1). Turn right side out (photo 2) and iron flat (photo 3).
Next run a gather stitch (if you don’t know what that is, refer to the end of the Taylor pattern. Meagan gives a description there) along the bottom of your bodice (NOT the strip you just made – see green arrow in photo 1). You will only gather very slightly. Now pin the bodice to your waist band strip. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART: Starting pinning 1″ from the end of your waist band strip (photo 2). This will give you room to add buttons. Pin all the way to the other end of the waist band strip. You are only leaving the 1″ over hang on the first end, not both ends. See red arrow in photo 3).
Not go to your machine and attach the waist band strip. Finish your edge and head to the iron. Iron in the direction of the magenta arrows (I was having way to much fun with my colors… haha). Top stitch. The bottom picture shows you the 1″ overhang I was talking about in the pinning step. See one side only.
Almost done here ladies. Now for my favorite part… Buttons!
And there you have it! Taylor Dress turned top!
I just love the retro feel of this adorable pattern!
Thanks so much again to Meagan for letting me share this fun modification with you. I hope you all enjoyed it!
Now here is a cutie in the Taylor top…….and I do believe my sister’s sailor shorts (BG).