We love sharing some simple hacks to help extend the versatility of our patterns even more! Here are two for the new Notch Top & Dress we hope you enjoy.
ADDING LENGTH TO CROP::
Loving the new Notch Top & Dress, but which the crop option was just a bit longer? I got ya 😉 Here is a super quick and easy hack to make more of a top length than a shorter crop.
I only added about 1″ to mine, but you can add however much you’d prefer. Remember though is it fitted to the natural waist where you are your smallest, so if you’re lengthening quite a bit you might also want to grade out to a bigger size at the bottom where you’re adding. This way it wont be too tight on your high hips (if you’re going that long).
You’ll cut out the bodice just as you would normally. I did the tank top option here, so no sleeves…but you would cut those and sew them the same as normal as well.
We will start making our hack changing by cutting out JUST the main fabric waistband pieces– adding the length you’d like.
Sew up the bodice per the tutorial as normal. When you get to the waistband we will just be stitching on the one layer. Still add in that underbust elastic for adults.
Last, just hem up the bottom edge of the waistband.
Ta-da… so quick and simple! I love this everyday top and know it will be in high rotation! I can’t wait to see yours!
Want to see this hack being sewn up in action? Here is a quick video of it too!
It can be somewhat challenging to find a great dress that works for maternity, but we’re here to show you a super simple change to the Notch Top & Dress that will give you a lovely maternity friendly dress.
Simple skip the waistband completely (don’t skip the elastic in that seam though) and add the missing length to your skirt pieces. Attach the skirt straight to the bodice pieces for an empire style dress perfect for a bump.