Tutorials

How to Sew a Keyhole Opening

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This tutorial shows a keyhole in the front neckline of a top, but you can use the same technique for the front or back of a top or dress. You can also use it on bags, pockets, and more!

top by SmarmyClothes.com

Difficulty:

04difficult


Step 1

I’m starting with a top that is almost completed. I’ve sewn the front and back together, and added the sleeves.

As you can see, I’ve cut a hole where I want the keyhole to be. You can add a keyhole to the front or the back, like I said, in this case I’m putting it in front. You can do a pretty large keyhole in the back of a top, but keep in mind how much skin will be showing if you’re putting it in front. A more modest hole for the front is probably best. šŸ™‚

As always, start the hole small if you’re not sure. You can always cut it bigger, but you can’t make it smaller.

 

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How to Make a Contour Bust or Ruffle Bust top or dress

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This is a tube top style top with a contoured bust section that makes a little more form fitting than a plain old tube top.

contour bust top
contour bust top by SmarmyClothes.com


At the end of the tutorial, there’s a variation for a ruffle bust, which looks like this:


ruffle bust dress
ruffle bust dress by SmarmyClothes.com

Difficulty:

05expert

 

Step 1

You will need 4 pieces for this one.

The back is pretty much a standard tube top back.

The front is 3 pieces: 2 contoured bust pieces (they kind of look like sunglasses), and the bottom. It’s kind of like a tube top, too, but with the boobs cut out. šŸ˜‰

 


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How to Make a Pixie Skirt and Other Circle Skirt Variations

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If you don’t know how to make a circle skirt yet, check out the Circle Skirt tutorial first, because all of these skirts build on the basic premise of a circle skirt.

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layered pixie skirt

Ā Difficulty:

03moderate

 

Variation 1 – double full circle skirt

Instead of cutting 1 donut with a center cirumference of 36″ (the number we used in our examples), cut 2 donuts with a center circumference that is half your desired waistband measurement. In this example, each hole should measure 18″. The desired length (16″ from our example) should stay the same.

Cut the donuts open (red line).

Variation 1

 

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