I’ve been dreaming of a breezy skirt with the easy functionality of shorts. I recently made the Flint pants and loved them so much I decided to try the Tania culottes. They are the most amazing secret shorts! They look put together, but they are so comfortable and so breezy. I want a different pair to wear every day of the week, and anytime someone compliments my skirt I proudly show them the inseam and that it’s really shorts. I love that I can sit on the floor and I can ride a bike without worries of flashing anyone. I altered mine to have an elastic waist back instead of a zipper and side seam pockets to make them a little more comfortable and functional. These are the best “shorts” I have ever worn! Whenever I get a compliment on this “skirt”, I have to show them that it’s actually shorts!
Oh buttonholes! It’s amazing how something so small can cause so much stress. When i first started sewing, it was on a vintage Elna Lotus that had a very basic buttonhole method outlined in the manual that I used for many years before I upgraded to a machine with an automatic function. So today I am going to show you how you can sew buttonholes on your machine without an automatic function, using only the zig zag stitch. Yes you can!
This method is really handy if you have a sewing machine without a buttonhole function, or one that has a buttonhole function that results in really bad buttonholes (i’ve been there!). It’s also really handy to know how to do this incase you are in a situation where your automatic function can’t cope. My Bernina has an excellent automatic buttonhole function, but it simply can’t sew a good buttonhole using topstitch thread. Nope, not going to happen. Disaster. So times I have really wanted to sew buttonholes with topstitch thread i still use this method.
The key to sewing a buttonhole using on a zig zag stitch is tweaking until you figure out what settings work on your machine to acheive the buttonhole you would like. This is not a first time wins method, you will need to tweak and try different settings till you get what you like.
Time to add the sleeve bands to your Matilda dress! I really love sleeve bands, i find they are just so satisfying to insert, and result in completely different look than a regular sleeve which is nice for a change.
Since inserting your sleeve bands is quite straight forward, i’ll also show you how to hem your dress (also super easy!) and after that all you need to do is add buttons and button holes and you can wear your dress! I am so excited to finish and wear my dress!
Ok lets get sewing!
One of my favorite things about Megan’s patterns is the endless possibilities they each have. Matilda has so many different options within the pattern itself and with a little bit of simple drafting there are even more possibilities. I’ve had this black rayon twill for over 6 months and I knew I wanted to create some kind of short sleeved top that could be worn with anything and everything. Something that could be worn out on a date night, but also worn chasing my toddlers around in jeans. I absolutely love the lines of the Matilda and the front flap pockets are perfection.
In this tutorial I will walk you through how to add sleeves to the Matilda using the sleeve and the armsyce from the Dove blouse. The Dove and Matilda were drafted using the same block, so this will actually be quite an easy change. A tutorial on how to create a top using the Matilda pattern will come in the near future.
Time to attach the collar and stand to your Matilda dress! Sewing a shirt collar and stand can seem a bit intimidating, but as long as you do it carefully and methodically, it will go really well! I know i’m always going on about the importance of preparation and this is another step when good prep work well help you out with your sewing.
For my Matilda collar and stand, i am using a contrasting fabric for my internal stand and my main fabric for both collar pieces and my outer stand.
Ok lets get started!