Lilah Top & Dress (Knit & Woven)

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Size Chart:

This pattern is designed to fit children of the sizes given in the chart below. Please measure your child to find their current size for a perfect fit. Lilah Top & Dress - By Sansahash for sizes 6m through 12Y Girls - I just love The Fit and The racer back of this dress. Must have for Summer!

Materials Required:

Recommended Fabrics: For woven version: – Light to medium weight woven fabrics e.g cotton lawn, quilter’s cotton, voile, gingham, swiss dots, eyelet, rayon, to name a few. – Lightweight to medium fusible interfacing for the button placket. – 3 (3/8” (1 cm)) buttons. For the knit version: – 4-way stretch knit fabric with at least a 50% stretch but no more than 75% stretch- Recommended is a blend of at least 5% spandex/ lycra for good recovery. Avoid lightweight spandex/lycra and loose knits (they tend to stretch and sag and do not have a good recovery). – Clear elastic to stabilize the waistline. – 3/8” strips of four-way stretch interfacing to stabilize the facing neckline (OPTIONAL).

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Description

Lilah Top & Dress is a simple but gorgeous low neckline design that can be made in both knit and woven fabric.  The woven version has a front button down bodice with placket to aid in slipping over your child’s head easily.  The back bodice of both versions feature a racerback that is perfect for hot weather.  The sewing pattern also contains a top designed to hit just above the hips and a dress designed to hit just above the knee. Sewing Level: Confident Beginner Sizes: 6M – 12Y Use #sansahash or #lilahdress and #lilahtop when sharing your creations on social media. Follow us on Instagram for more inspirations @sansahash Please join our Facebook group to see more creations and get more inspired….and share yours! Sansahash Group

Pattern Features:

~Computer drafted with graded sizes 6m-12y

~Layered sizes, so you can print only what you need

~At home print features

~Step by step tutorial with illustrations

~Size chart

~How to Blend section to help you customize the fit for your child

~Imperial and metric measurements

~Print Shop file

INSTANT DOWNLOAD:

You are purchasing a DIGITAL PDF sewing pattern. You are NOT purchasing the finished garment shown in the photos. Once your payment has cleared, you will receive a download email to be able to download. Your download  is found under “MY ACCOUNT” heading in the “Download” section for registered users. 

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REFUNDS:

Due to the digital nature of PDF patterns/tutorials, we cannot issue a refund for any reason. If you are having trouble locating your file or downloading, please email us at patternhelp@sansahash.com. We will be happy to assist you.

TERMS OF USE:

You are welcome to sell garments made by Sansahash pattern on a home base setting. Please give pattern credit to Sansahash. We strictly prohibit copying and/or redistributing this pattern in any way. Let the night beauty be on your girl Happy Sewing xxx

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  1. Mgeni

    Tester Round Up Lana Top DressA HUGE thank you to all of our Lana Top & Dress testers.  They were amazing, and we are excited to show you some of their creations.  Some even made three versions during testing ;).

    Please take some time to check out their IG, Facebook or blog pages when you can.

    Tester Round Up Lana Top Dress


    6m -Meg Fleshman


    Gorgeous top version.

    Love for Lana

    12m - Chloe Chew


    Love the stripes.

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    Top version.

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    12m - Erin Grogan


    How gorgeous is this fabric? and the girl of course ;)

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    18m - Indu Ankareddi


    Love the back detail of this top

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    And the dress version is so amazing too!

    must have this dress by sansahash

    18m - Stephanie Farais


    Love this dress <3.

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    2 - Rachel Reece


    Top version.


    2 - Zoe Lawson


    Love the stretch lace ruffle <3

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    3 - Jess Mullens


    Look at that twirl factor!

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    And they are ready for Christmas!

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    4- Feyza Mcfadyen


    The sleeveless version is amazing too.

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    4- Julie Beveridge


    The 3/4 sleeves are perfect for cold weather!

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    5- Fleur van Haaster-Sebregts


    Love those puff sleeves with the top!


    5- Dagbjört L. Sigurðardóttir


    How colourful and playful is this in this cold weather?! Love it!

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    5- Mimi Nguyen


    Gorgeous dress and those sleeves are perfect together!


    5 - Daisy Molemans


    Love this print!

    must have this dress by sansahash

    6- Lesley De Winter


    Another twirl factor and how cute is that ruffle! Long sleeves for cold weather! What more do you need?!

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    Love for Lana

    7 - Liesel Engelbrecht


    Look at that back detail!


    7 - Florence Taylor


    Love this <3.

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    8 - Kara Fuller Sullivan


    Love this dress!

    Love for Lana

    9 - Florence Taylor


    How perfect with a gathered skirt!

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    Sister's love!

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    9 - Liesel Engelbrecht


    When you want elegant simple you get it with a gathered skirt!

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    10 - Jessica vert


    Love the sleeveless version.

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!

    Amazing Right! P.S. You can still get your copy of Lana Top & Dress here for just $6 through Tuesday, November 28th. All our patterns are on 40% discount!! Sale ends tonight!

    Happy sewing!

    Please be sure to share your creations on IG or Facebook and tag us, so we can see.

  2. Mgeni

    TUTORIAL: How To Turn The Back Ties Right Side OutToday we are going to show you an easy and super neat way of turning your back ties right side out. To make it super easy, we've included step-by-step photo tutorial as well as a video link. Fun right!

    Let's get started shall we?

    How To Turn The Back Ties Right Side Out


    Step 1: What You'll need:

    1. 2 pieces of strip (We are using Lana Top & Dress Pattern for this tutorial)

    2. A safety pin

    3. Sewing machine

    4. Scissors


    How to turn Lana back ties right side out by Sansahash

    Step 2: Insert The Safety Pin.

    Place your strip right side up. Insert the safety pin about 1" (2.54 cm) away from the short edge and make sure it is centered so doesn’t caught up while sewing.

    How to turn Lana back ties right side out by Sansahash

    How to turn Lana back ties right side out by Sansahash

    Take your strip and fold the right sides together lengthwise.  Beginning sewing at the short end where the safety pin is attached (your pin will be sandwiched inside), pivot, and continue down the long end of the strip.  Trim seam allowance to 1/4” (0.6 cm).


    How to turn Lana back ties right side out by Sansahash

    How to turn Lana back ties right side out by Sansahash

    Start pushing the safety pin through the tube of the fabric towards the open end. You'll want to hold onto the safety pin with one hand and scrunch with the other.  Keep scrunching and sliding until the fabric is right sides out. Pull and take out the pin.  Give it a good press.


    How to turn Lana back ties right side out by Sansahash

    How to turn Lana back ties right side out by Sansahash

    And there you have it.

    How to turn Lana back ties right side out by Sansahash

    Would you like to watch a video. Click here. Video by Rachel Reece. Many Thanks to her!

    Must have tutorial by Sansahash

    Please be sure to post your creations in our Facebook Group. Also don't forget to use the hashtag #nala #sansahash. We will love to see what your version look like.

    Don’t forget to tag us with hashtag #nala #sansahash  also in our Instagram @sansahash. That way we can all find each other’s posts and admire your Nala dresses and tops. I am looking forward to it.

    Happy sewing xxx

    PS: Let me know in the comment what you think about the tutorial!

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  3. Mgeni

    Tutorial: Using a Narrow Rolled Hem & Attaching the Ruffle to Lana Top & DressEver wonder how to do a narrow rolled hem using your serger?  Well, hopefully this post makes it a little less intimidating.  I will also be giving some tips on how to attach the ruffle to Lana.

    If you haven't grabbed your copy of Lana Top & Dress, you can purchase the English version here and Dutch version here.

    Preparing Your Machine for a Narrow Rolled Hem


    I own a Brother 1034D; however, most 4 thread sergers are similar.  I am going to give you tips and settings that I used to do my narrow rolled hem, but you may need to play around with yours some.

    First thing I did was remove my right needle.  You will only need the left in to do a narrow rolled hem.


    Next, you will need to remove the "stitch finger" located inside, under the pressure foot.  (part with orange arrow)


    The great thing about the Brother 1034D is that there is even a little compartment for you to store the stitch finger when you are not using it.  I am not sure about other sergers, so check out your manual.



    Once those two things are completed, we are ready to thread the machine. We will be using the upper looper, lower looper and right needle thread.  Have fun here!  I chose to use a purple thread so it would "pop" on my fabric.


    The settings for your machine may be different; however, this will give you a guide as to where to begin.  I had to play around with a scrap piece of fabric to get my setting just right for my fabric.  I used a double brushed poly, so it is a little thicker.  You will need to adjust according to your fabric choice.  As you can see, I used a 4, 4.5, and 7.


    You will also need to adjust your settings to "R" for rolled hem in both places before beginning your narrow rolled hem.



    Test on a scrap piece of fabric until you have the settings where you want them.  Then, have fun!  The rolled hem may take awhile.  I went slow to avoid my fabric from breaking.



    *Tip: When going over the seam allowance, pull slightly on the other side, but be careful not to stretch your fabric.

    Attaching the Ruffle


    Once your ruffle is hemmed, top and bottom, you are ready to attach it to the circle skirt.  Yay!


    Here I used a hem gauge mentioned in Step 14 of the tutorial.  There are two other methods mentioned that will also work great!  Make sure you place the top of the ruffle 7/8" from the bottom of the circle skirt. (see tutorial for specific details)


    It was easier if I laid my circle skirt out open on the table before gathering and pinning my ruffle.  Then, I laid attached the ruffle quarter marks to the skirt quarter marks.  Go slow & gather away!  Enjoy some wine or a nice latte while you do this.  I am not going to lie, but this part will take some time.  But the results are SOOOO worth it!



    Some testers mentioned that they attached the ruffle to the skirt before attaching the skirt to the bodice.  Try both and see what works for you!

    After you have the ruffle gathered and pinned, take it to your machine and sew.


    I promise, you are almost done!  Grab your seam ripper and take out the top and bottom gathering stitches.  Again, this will take time, but the look of the ruffle on this dress is AMAZING!  So many testers commented on the work it was, but how their little girls loved the ruffle & twirl!


    You did it!  Please share your amazing creations in our Facebook or on IG.  Use #sansahash #lanatop #lanadress

  4. Mgeni

    New Release: Lana Top & Dress & GIVEAWAYLooking for a dress that is perfect for any occasion?  Lana Top & Dress is a perfect and unique dress for your little one.

    New Release: Lana Top & Dress


    The design features a fitted bodice, drop back with ties, and the option of the full circle skirt with ruffle or gathered skirt. The bottom ruffle adds a beautiful detail to the full circle skirt option. There is a sleeveless, short, regular 3/4 and long sleeve option, which makes this the perfect dress to make year round. The short sleeves features elasticized sleeves which gives a delicate puff look. Whatever option you choose, your girl will be twirling with delight.

    must have this dress by sansahash


     

    Interested in learning more about how to do a narrow rolled hem or attach the ruffle?


    Lana features a gathered ruffle around the circle skirt.  The key to this gorgeous ruffle is to go slow, pin, and be patient.  Please visit our blog post with a picture tutorial here.

    must have this dress by sansahash


     

    Sleeveless Version


    The sleeveless version features neck and arm binding.  Perfect for warm summer months.

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!




    Short Sleeve Option


    The "puff" sleeve adds a cute detail to this dress.

    must have this dress by sansahash



    The 3/4 and long sleeve option


    This pattern is full of options!  The 3/4 and long sleeve option allow this dress to be made and worn throughout cooler months.





    Simple Gathered Skirt for Lana


    The circle skirt with ruffle makes Lana unique; however, this pattern also includes the option to do a simple gathered skirt.  If you are short on time or just want to make something different, this is your go to option.

    Must have Dress by Sansahash!



    On Sale!


    You can grab a copy of the English version here and Dutch version here for just $6.00 through Tuesday, November 28th.  There is a coupon code in our Facebook group to purchase Lana for only $5.50 for the first 24 hours after release.  Please be sure to share your creations on IG or Facebook.  Use #sansashash #lanatop #lanadress

    Happy Sewing!

     

    Giveaway


    Would you like to win it before you buy it? or win your money back after you bought it? It is simple:

    1. Like this post

    2. Comment below

    3. Tell us which version you will sew first!

    4. Like the post in Facebook group about this post

    5. Tag a friend!


     

  5. Mgeni

    Nilah Dress: Sew Along Day 4~Bodice ConstructionWelcome back to Day 4 of the Nilah Sew Along.  I forgot to post this yesterday. Right!! But here it is!

    If you missed our previous sew along posts, please click here for Day 3.  Today we are going to talk about how to construct the bodice!

    If you still haven’t purchased Nilah, you can still get the English or Dutch version on sale for $5.95.

    First of all, you need to remember that you will use a stretch stitch (zigzag stitch) throughout!

    Sew Along Day 4~Bodice Construction


    Follow step 1-2 of the pattern tutorial to sew the shoulder seams together. If you prefer step by step photo tutorial for this step please visit this link.

    IMPORTANT: If you are working with sleeveless version or prefer lining over neckband, go to this link for step by step photo tutorial. If you are working with sleeve version and prefer neckband over lining, go to this link.

    Next you want to sew around the armhole.  For sleeveless version, visit this link for step by step photo tutorial on how to sew a fully lined sleeveless bodice. For sleeve version, follow step 5 of the pattern tutorial to prepare and attach sleeves.

    Love this print! must have dress by Sansahash

    You are almost done! To finish the bodice you would want to sew the side seams. For sleeveless version, visit this link for step by step photo tutorial on how to sew the side seams. For sleeve version, follow step 6 of the pattern tutorial to close the side seams.

    There you done!

    Don't forget to post and share your creations in the Sansahash Facebook group.  We love seeing this, and it helps to inspire others!  If you haven’t, invite a friend to join you this week.  There is still plenty of time to catch up and sew one…..or maybe three Nilah’s!

    Please don’t forget to tag us on Instagram using #sansahash #nilahsewalong.

    Happy Sewing!

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  6. Mgeni

    Nilah Dress: Sew Along Day 5~Hemming Skirt & AttachingWhew!  You are almost there.  Welcome to Day 5. Today, you will need to attach the skirt to the bodice and hem Nilah.

    Gathering & Attaching the Skirt:


    Let's get started by gathering Nilah's skirt.  Follow step 7-9 of the pattern tutorial to attach and hem the skirt.

    TIPS: I have always found it helpful to use two rows of gathering stitches; however, you can use a gathering or ruffler foot if you have one.   I have also found that using the two rows of gathering stitches tends to get even gathers all the way around.  Another tip is that I like to begin and stop my stitching at each of the side seams.  This allows me to have more control over the gathers and prevent my threads from breaking.

    Pressing the gathers with an iron once the skirt is gathered equally attached to the bodice with pins helps to keep the gathers in place while attaching the skirt.  Now, you have a beautifully gathered skirt!

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash



    Hemming the Skirt:


    If you haven't checked out our previous post about hemming the skirt of Nilah, check it out here.  There is a step by step tutorial with pictures included in the post.

    Just remember, while hemming, it is important to go slow and use a lot of pins. Trust us, the high~low hem is AMAZING! And just like anything in life, the more you practice, the easier it will get.

    Tutorial how to hem the Nilah by Sansahash curved hem


    Be sure to share and check out all of the beautiful creations in the Sansahash FB group!  Or use #sansahash #nilahsewalong on Instagram.

    If you haven't purchased your copy of Nilah, you can still get the English version here or the Dutch version here.  And, it is on sale for $5.95 until November 2oth!

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  7. Mgeni

    Tutorial: How To Finish The Neckline With BandI love the clean finish look of Nilah Dress with lined bodice. However, I also love the look of the neckband around the neckline. Also when you are out of fabric, the neckband look is preferable when doing sleeved-version ;).

    Today we are going to  show you how to finish your Nilah neckline using neckline band. You will need Nilah Dress pattern for this tutorial here (English version) or here (Dutch version) . If you do not have your copy yet, you can get it  for just $5.95 till Monday, November, 20th.

    Are you ready to make one?

    You can use rib knit or self fabric knit (if you want your neck band to have the same print as your dress like me).

    IMPORTANT: If you choose to use self fabric knit make sure a) your fabric has 50% more stretch than the original length and b) you cut your band on bias to avoid neckline gaping! I'll show you next how.

    Tutorial: How To Finish The Neckline With Band


    What you will need.

    1. Nilah Bodice

    2. Knit jersey or knit rib band

    3. Pins

    4. Stetch stitch & twin needle


     

    STEP 1: Use the table below to choose your neck band WIDTH for your child. The LENGTH of the neckband is 1.5" (3.81 cm) for all sizes. The measurements include the seam allowance!



     

    STEP 2: Cut your neckband on bias so it's stretchable to fit into a rounded neckline and avoid gaping!! The photo below shows the WS up. For example, my daughter neckline is 5 length so I cut (14.5"WX1.5"H).

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

     

    STEP 3: Place the strip, RS together, short edges matching and sew. Fold in half lengthwise, WS facing. Mark quarter points.

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

    Put your neckband aside. Next we are going to take our bodice.

    STEP 4: Lay your bodice front and back right side up.

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

    STEP 5: Mark quarter points on the neckline.

    1. First fold it right sides together and mark front and back center.


    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

     

    2. Then align the front and back center pins and mark the other two points. Note: These points will not be exactly on the shoulder seams.

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

     

    STEP 6: Pin the neck band on the neckline, right sides together, quarter points and raw edges matching. Pin and sew with a zig zag stitch or serger. Stretch the neckband ONLY as you sew. NOT the neckline.

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

     

    STEP 7: Press the neckline seams you just created in STEP 6 towards the wrong side of the bodice and topstitch with a stretch stitch just under the neckline.

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

     

    You did it!

    Nilah Dress with Neckline Hack!


    This is a French terry knit by So Sew English. It is such a breeze to sew with it and the stretch amount is perfect!

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

    Sansahash Nilah Dress: Neckband Hack!!

     

    Please be sure to post your creations in our Facebook Group. Also don't forget to use the hashtag #nilahdress #sansahash. We will love to see what your version look like.

    Don’t forget to tag us with hashtag #nilahdress #sansahash  also in our Instagram @sansahash. That way we can all find each other’s posts and admire your nilah dresses. I am looking forward to it.

    Happy sewing xxx

    PS: Let me know in the comment what you think about the tutorial!

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  8. Mgeni

    Nilah Dress: Sew Along Day 3~Cutting Out FabricWelcome back to Day 3 of the Nilah Sew Along.  If you missed our previous sew along posts, please click here for Day 2.  This post is going to be short and sweet!  Most of you all know how to cut out pattern pieces, but I'll give you a few things to think about.

    If you still haven't purchased Nilah, you can still get the English or Dutch version on sale for $5.95.

    First of all, you need to remember that knit is different than woven.  If you haven't prewashed your knit fabric, I highly suggest doing so before cutting out your pieces, as knit tends to shrink.

    Tips for cutting knit fabric:

    ~Pay close attention to the direction of your stretch.

    ~Straighten out fabric as much as possible, but be careful not to stretch

    ~Use a rotary cutter

    ~Weights are helpful, but not necessary.  I actually like to use heavy objects I have laying around my sewing room, like this tape dispenser.  I also put a few pins around the corner edges to help it from shifting.


     

    If you haven't done so, please share your fabric choices in the Sansahash Facebook group.  We love seeing this, and it helps to inspire others!  If you haven't, invite a friend to join you this week.  There is still plenty of time to catch up and sew one.....or maybe three Nilah's!

    Please don't forget to tag us on Instagram using #sansahash #nilahsewalong.

    Happy Sewing!

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  9. Mgeni

    Nilah Dress: Sew Along~Day 2 Blending & Cutting Out Pattern PiecesWelcome to Day 2 of the Nilah Sew Along!

    If you missed our previous posts, click here & here.  And if you haven’t grabbed your copy of Nilah, you can get the English version here or the Dutch version here.  It is on sale for $5.95 until Monday, November 20th.

    Day 2 Blending & Cutting Out Pattern Pieces


    Today, you need to blend & cutting out your pattern pieces.  You only need to BLEND SIZES if your child falls into two or more different sizes in our size chart, which is mostly the case! On page 8, there is a great section about how to blend sizes.  For this design, you will need to blend for CHEST, WAIST & HEIGHT.  For example my daughter is a 3 chest, 4 waist but a 5 length. To get a perfect fit, I select the size of the chest & waist measurements along with the size of the needed length measurement. I am going to show you how with my daughter's measurements!

    Blending


    Size 3 CHEST (black line), size 4 WAIST (green line)  & 5 HEIGHT (purple line).

    I adjust the top shoulder and neckline FOLD to the desired length by extending/reducing a new line (RED LINE) to the other pattern piece (I went to 5  length -purple line). For the armscye, I follow the line to the pattern size of the chest 3- black. I continued blending down to the desired length. The I blended for waist as indicated by the red line. I draw a diagonal line from the chest point (size 3 (black line) towards the waist point (size 4 - green line).

    Nilah sew along day 2 sansahash

    Since I altered the armscye, the sleeve must be altered as well. I blended the underarm point of the sleeve to the size used for the chest on the bodice. Then I blend the top of the sleeve cap to the size used for the length at the top of the shoulder of the bodice (In my daughter's case size 5  (purple line)). NOTE: You will start to blend for chest where sleeve cap curve ends. I then make a new line to create a new sleeve cap (RED LINE). I also extend the sleeve length to be the same length as the size I used for the length.

     

    Nilah sew along day 2 sansahashFor the skirt, I select the same size for both bodice and the skirt waist. In my daughter's case I choose size 4 waist and adjusted for size 5 length. To add length to your skirt pieces, please refer to page 9 of the pattern tutorial.

    Next we are going to cut our pieces.

    Cutting Out Pattern Pieces


    Page 12 of the pattern tutorial will guide you on how to cut your pieces.

    When you finished you will have the following pieces:

    Nilah sew along day 2 sansahash

    You did it!!  You’re done with Day 2.  Please don't share full pattern pieces in the Sansahash FB group  but your cutting fabric pieces and inspire others.  Please feel free to share on Insagram using #sansahash #nilahsewalong.

    We cannot wait to see what you create.

    Happy Sewing!

    P.S. Let me know how you think of this post.

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  10. Mgeni

    Nilah Dress: Sew Along Day 1~Choosing Fabric & Printing/Taping Pattern

    Nilah Dress: Sew Along Day 1~Choosing Fabric & Printing/Taping Pattern


    Thank so much for joining us!  Nilah is such a great pattern.  The different sleeve options and unique hemline make this a great dress for year round.  I am going to make a short sleeve Nilah during the Sew Along.  What about you?

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash


    If you missed our first post on how to join us, click here.  And ff you haven't grabbed your copy of Nilah, you can get the English version here or the Dutch version here.  It will be on sale for $5.95 until Monday, November 20th.

     

    Today, you need to choose your fabric.  On page 9, there is a great section about knits.  Just make sure you choose a knit with good recovery or the garment will be a pain to sew and won't  fit the best.  I have a pretty french terry from So Sew English Fabrics that I am going to use.


     

    Now, let's talk about the pattern.  To get the best fit, we recommend blending different sizes to achieve this.    First, you will need to measure your child.  I always double check my daughter's measurements before sewing anything because she tends to grow overnight!   Now, take a look at page 5 and determine what sizes you will need to print.  I am going to be using size 4 chest, 2 waist, and 5 height.


    Sansahash Nilah sew along day 1 choose fabric


     

    One convenient feature of our patterns is the use of layers!  This will help you save on ink when printing.  And, it also allows you to only see the sizes you need.  Yay!  Page 5 of the pattern details how to print with layers if you've never used this feature before.  Be sure to check it out.  Trust me, you will never want to use another pattern without layers again!

    Sansahash Nilah sew along day 1 choose fabric


     

    Now, look at the printing guide and print off the pages that you will need for your size and options you chose and print.  You will need to use the Pattern Pieces Layout as a guide to help you put together the pattern.  I like to only trim off one side and one edge and tape this way.  Don't forget to check your 1" (4 cm) square before taping together to make sure it printed correctly.

     


     


     

    Whew!  You're almost done with Day 1.  Snap a picture of your fabric and upload it to the Sansahash FB group and inspire others.  Please feel free to share on Insagram using #sansahash #nilahsewalong.

    We cannot wait to see what you create.  Happy Sewing!

  11. Mgeni

    NILAH DRESS SEW-ALONG: JOIN US

    NILAH DRESS SEW-ALONG


    Nilah is a stylish and modern dress that can be worn throughout the seasons. The pattern features a fitted, fully lined bodice with the option of sleeveless, short, 3/4, or long sleeves. The beautiful high-low curved hem adds just the perfect amount of detail to this dress. Are you looking to make one soon? Here is the opportunity!

    We are inviting you to join us in Nilah Dress sew-along, starting, Monday, November 13th. Yay!!!

    NILAH DRESS PATTERN


    Hopefully by now you have purchased your own copy of the pattern because you do need it for this sew-along, but if not, no worries because both versions Nilah Dress  (English) &Nilah Dress  (Dutch) pattern are on sale through Monday, November 20th for just $5.95. And that is not all! There will be a prize to win at the end of the sew-along! Exciting right!

    JOIN IN THE FUN


    Please join in the fun in our Facebook Pattern Group under Events where you can see our prize, schedule and interact and see other Nilah sew-along participants’s progress and finish garments. We’ll be there sewing with you and share our creations too.

    To help you get started, here are a couple of things that are helpful:

    • You need your child’s recent measurements for a perfect fit.

    • Choose the version you want to sew.

    • Choose the right fabric. Page 9-10 of the pattern tutorial will help you choose the right knit!

    • Choose the right size (s).

    • BLEND. (For example: My daughter is a 3 chest, 4 waist but a 5 length. To get a perfect fit, I blended the size of the chest and waist measurement along with the size of the needed length measurement). Check Page 8 of the pattern tutorial to learn how to blend!

    • Print your pattern pieces. Be sure to use the Adobe “Layers” functionality to print out only the size (s) you need.  Page 5 of the pattern tutorial shows you how to do this. Also be sure to check the “Actual Size” or “Scale to 100%” option on your Print dialog before printing the pattern.

    • There is also instructions on how to arrange the tiles so you can tape the paper together in the right order. This can be found in Page 7.

    • No need to print the instructions.  I always just read using my computer or iPad.


    OPTIONS


    We've got one dress and lots of sleeve options. We plan to cover all and more in this sew-along.

    Recommended Fabrics:

    - 4-way stretch knit fabric with at least a 50% stretch but no more than 75% stretch. Recommended is a blend of at least 5% spandex/ lycra for good recovery. Avoid lightweight spandex/lycra and loose knits (they tend to stretch and sag and do not have a good recovery).

    - If you are looking for more dramatic high/low effect, please choose thicker knit fabric for the skirt portion and stay away from thinner knit like rayon spandex.

    - Clear elastic to stabilize the waistline (OPTIONAL).

    - 3/8” strips of four-way stretch interfacing to stabilize the facing neckline (OPTIONAL).

    That is all for now.

    Hope to see you there! On November 13th we are taking off on the Nilah Dress Sew-Along! Be sure to use the hashtag #nilahsewalong  #sansahash . Don’t forget to tag us if using Instagram @sansahash. That way we can all find each other’s posts.

    Happy sewing xxx

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    TUTORIAL: High-Low Hem Circle SkirtI love the look of the High-Low Hem Circle Skirt. I decided to make one for my daughter using Zahara! If you don’t have your copy yet you can purchase it  here (English version) or here (Dutch version).

    High low Circle skirt hack Sahara by Sansahash

    I just love the dramatic back look.  Don't you?

    High low Circle skirt hack Sahara by Sansahash

    I created a tutorial just in case you would like to make one too.

    What you need?

    Material required:


    -Main Fabric (you will find the yardage requirement in page 11 of the pattern tutorial). You will just need to add to that the extra amount you will need to lengthen the back skirt.

    - Zahara Peplum & Dress Pattern

    - Serger

    -Matching thread

    Ready to make one ?

    High-Low Hem Circle Skirt


    The STEP 1: Print and tape 2 separate pattern pieces of your skirt. One for the front and one for the back. I am working with size 4 waist and 5 length.

    High low Circle skirt hack Sahara by Sansahash

    STEP 2: Take one of your main skirt piece and look for the side labeled “Fold: zipper seam” and cut off the ⅝” (1.5 cm) zipper seam allowance from the waistline to the bottom of the skirt. This will be your front skirt.

    High low Circle skirt hack Sahara by Sansahash

    STEP 3: Locate your front skirt piece with the side labeled “Fold: zipper seam” but without the zipper seam allowance. Tape it on to the side labeled "FOLD" from the back skirt. You will now have a semi-folded circle.

    High low Circle skirt hack Sahara by Sansahash

    STEP 4: Now determine how much length you want from your back hem. I added 7" (18 cm) extra to the 5 length. How to do this? On your semi-folded circle you will have one side labelled "fold" and one side labeled “Fold: zipper seam”.  We are going to add length to the side that is labeled “Fold: zipper seam”. To add length simply cut in the middle of the back skirt piece.

    High low Circle skirt hack Sahara by Sansahash

    Place a piece of paper behind the top portion of your pattern piece (gray border). Tape the top skirt pattern piece to the sheet of paper.

    High low Circle skirt hack Sahara by Sansahash

    Add the amount you need to lengthen the back skirt. To our back piece (Size 5 length) we added  7” (18 cm). Redraw the seam line and the bottom curve.

    Add the amount you need to lengthen the back skirt. To our back piece (Size 5 length) we added  7” (18 cm). Redraw the seam line and the bottom curve.

    You did it!


    After cutting you should have something like this.

    High low Circle skirt hack Sahara by Sansahash

    If your fabric is not wide enough to cut one semi-folded circle skirt, you can cut and separate the two circles of the semi-folded circle where you taped them together (Step 3).  Don't forget to add seam allowance when you do before sewing. Check out this post on how to add tulle to your dress! If you want to make an unlined version. Check out this post.

    Now cut the back of your skirt as instructed in Step 1 of the pattern tutorial and continue with tutorial Step 7:Assembling the Skirt (All Versions). Check out this post on how to add invisible zipper to your Zahara Dress.

    High low Circle skirt hack Sahara by Sansahash

    High low Circle skirt hack Sahara by Sansahash

    High low Circle skirt hack Sahara by Sansahash

     

    Don’t forget to share your Zahara Peplum & Dress with us! Tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #zahara and on Facebook you can join us here!

    Happy Sewing!

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    Zahara: Unlined Skirt Tutorial

    Zahara Peplum & Dress


    Looking for the perfect dress to make? First of all, Zahara is beautiful made with special occasion fabric but, it also makes a classic everyday dress when made with quilter's cotton, lawn, etc.  Secondly, if you are running low on fabric or doing the high/low version, this is the perfect option.  Here is a simple way to leave out the lining on the skirt.

    First of all, follow the Zahara Peplum & Dress tutorial until you finish Step 7.

    After completing Step 7: Assembling the Skirt, press the bottom of the bodice lining only up 3/8"".

    Zahara Peplum & Dress: Unlined Skirt tutorial by Sansahash


    Continue with Step 8: Attaching the Invisible Zipper

    **You will need to make sure the bottom of the lining should still be tucked up 3/8", so you catch it when sewing later.

    Zahara Peplum & Dress: Unlined Skirt tutorial by Sansahash


    After pressing, pin all the way around the waistline on the right side making sure to catch your lining underneath.

    [caption id="attachment_3361" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Zahara Peplum & Dress: Unlined Skirt tutorial by Sansahash Zahara Peplum & Dress: Unlined Skirt tutorial by Sansahash[/caption]

    Zahara Peplum & Dress: Unlined Skirt tutorial by Sansahash


     

    Stitch in the ditch around the waistline.  Check to make sure you are catching the lining as you sew.

    Zahara Peplum & Dress: Unlined Skirt tutorial by Sansahash


     

    Finally, you should have a nice and neat, fully enclosed waistline seam.  On the outside, your stitching should barely be visible.  You can opt to topstitch if you prefer.

    Zahara Peplum & Dress: Unlined Skirt tutorial by Sansahash


    Decorative piping was added to the princess seam for an additional detail.  Feel free to also embellish your Zahara because this will make it unique! Want to make it into High-low hem? Click here!

    Don't forget that you can grab your copy of Zahara here.  It is perfect as a special occasion or everyday dress!

    Please don't forget to share your creations in our FB group or on IG using #sansahash #zahara

     

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    Nieuw patroon: Zahara Peplum en jurk & GiveawayBen je op zoek naar een perfecte jurk voor een speciale gelegenheid? Wil je alvast beginnen naaien voor de volgende grote vakantie? Dan is de Zahare Peplum & jurk perfect voor jou!

    Zahara Peplum en jurk


    De Zahara top & Jurk heeft een zeer mooi bovenstuk met aan de voorkant prinsessennaden, een unieke achterkant en een onzichtbare rits zodat de jurk een naadloos effect krijgt. De volledige cirkelrok is perfect om je kleine meid haar “zwier ”technieken te laten oefenen . Dit zal haar zeker niet ontgoochelen. Maak de Zahara in een speciaal stofje voor een verjaardag, een trouw of eender welke andere feestelijke dag. De Zahara is ook zeker geschikt voor een alledaags jurkje.

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    Wil je Tule toevoegen aan de Zahara?


    De Zahara heeft een bovenstuk dat helemaal gevoerd is, op deze manier is alles mooi afgewerkt en zijn de naden en de blinde rits mooi weggewerkt, bovendien kunnen ze dus ook niet storen bij het dragen. We hebben een blogpost gemaakt met een tutorial hoe je Tule kunt toevoegen om een rok met meer volume te krijgen. Als je hier meer over wilt weten, kijk zeker eens naar onze blogpost.

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    Je kan je pdf-patroon hier nu kopen voor slechts €5.20 en dat tot woensdag, November 1. Er is een coupon code in onze Facebook groep waarmee je Zahara kan aankopen voor slechts €4.70. Deze code geldt enkel de eerste 24 uur na lancering van het patroon. We vinden het heel fijn als jullie je ceaties delen op IG of Facebook en ons taggen, zodat we ze kunnen zien!

    GIVEAWAY!!!


    Wil je graag je kans wagen om een gratis patroon te winnen? Klik dan hier!

    Veel naaiplezier xxx

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    Tutorial: tule rok toevoegen aan zahara peplum & jurkIk hou van de look van de Zahara met een tule rok eronder. Om deze tule rok te maken heb je dit nodig:


    • Tule per meter (1m40 of breder)


    We raden aan dat je 3-5 lagen tule gebruikt. Hoe meer tule je gebruikt, hoe voller de rok eruit zal zien. Om te berekenen hoeveel tule je moet kopen, neem je de hoeveelheid die nodig is voor de rok en vermenigvuldig je dit met het aantal lagen tule die je wil gebruiken.

    Voorbeeld: Ik maakte de 5 jaar. Volgens de stoffentabel in de tutorial heb ik 1m40 stof nodig. Ik wil 4 lagen tule.

    1m40 per rok x 4 lagen tule = 5m60

    • Voor deze tutorial gebruiken we de patroondelen van de Zahara Peplum & jurk. Als je het patroon nog niet hebt kan je het hier aankopen.


    Stap 1. Het patroondeel voorbereiden



    • Plaats het patroondeel van de rok op de kniptafel. Zoek de kant waar “vouw: rits”  op staat en knip 1,5 cm van je patroon af. Je knipt van de taille tot aan de onderkant van de rits.


    Nota: Als je wilt dat de tule onderaan uitsteekt, voeg dan 1 à 2,5cm toe aan het rokdeel, afhankelijk van hoeveel je het wilt laten uitsteken.

    Stap 2. De tule knippen



    1. Neem de tule en plooi deze zoals je deed voor de buitenstof en de voering.

    2. Plaats het aangepaste patroon van de rok (zonder de naadwaarde voor de rits) tegen de twee vouwen.

    3. Speld en knip

    4. Je zou nu een volledige cirkel moeten hebben.

    5. Herhaal deze stappen tot je het gewenste aantal lagen tule hebt.


    We gaan nu de tule vaststikken tussen te buitenstof en de voering. Volg stap 1 tot 8 van het patroon en stop voor stap 9. Dan doe je het volgende:

    STAP 3. De tule vaststikken



    1. Leg de lagen tule op elkaar. Zorg ervoor dat de taille overal gelijk ligt en speld vast.


    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    2. Meet vanaf de taille van de jurk tot het einde van de blinde rits in de rok.

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    3. Knip een split even lang als de lengte die je in stap 2 gemeten hebt. Voeg nog 1 cm toe voor de naadwaarde van bovenstuk en rok. Knip vanaf de taille door alle lagen tule. De split helpt om de tule gemakkelijk tussen de twee lagen te schuiven zodat dat de rits in de weg zit.

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    4. Leg de jurk op je werkoppervlak met de voorkant naar onder en de rug naar boven. Zorg ervoor dat je blinde rits gesloten is.

    5. Til de achterkant van de rok (uit buitenstof) op en leg deze naar boven. Je ziet nu de taillenaad van de buitenstof en de voering.

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara! I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    6. Schuif de voering in de taille van de tule. Zorg ervoor dat de split die je geknipt hebt gelijk valt met de rits.

    Nota: De tule zit nu tussen de rok uit buitenstof en de voering.

    7. Begin aan één zijde van de blinde rits en speld alle lagen tule vast aan de voering. Doe dit zo dicht mogelijk tegen de rits. Speld goed vast met meerdere spelden en herhaal voor de andere kant van de rits.

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    8. Ga verder met spelden tot aan de voorkant.

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    9. Naai de tule vast aan de taillenaad van de voering. De tule zit nu vast aan de voering, tussen de goede stof en de voering.

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    Je hebt het gedaan!

    10. Ga verder met stap 9 van de tutorial: Afwerken van de rugnaad.

    Tule rok toevoegen aan zahara peplum & jurk


    Vergeet niet om jouw Zahara Peplum en jurk met ons te delen! Tag ons @sansahash en gebruik #sansahash #zahara. Op facebook kan je ons hier volgen.

    Veel naaiplezier!

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    Dutch Translate by Daisy & ondinneke! Thank you so much ladies.

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    Zahara Peplum Dress Tester Round Up 

    A HUGE thank you to all of our Zahara Peplum & Dress testers.  They were amazing, and we are excited to show you some of their creations.  Please take some time to check out their IG, Facebook or blog pages when you can.

    Zahara Peplum Dress Tester Round Up


    Stephanie Brede (FB: piratemompearls)

    Love the color and that white bow is just perfection!

    Zahara Peplum & Dress: Tester Round Up

     

    Erin Grogan

    Love this pink eyelet dress with tulle

    Zahara Peplum & Dress: Tester Round Up

    Zoe Lawson

    This blue sequin is just amazing

    Zahara Peplum & Dress: Tester Round Up

    Mel Selvaratnam

    Beautiful Print

    Zahara Peplum & Dress: Tester Round Up

    Bobbi Wicorek

    Love this peplum version with matching bow

    Zahara Peplum & Dress: Tester Round Up

    Rachel Reece

    This pleather version is to die for!

    Zahara Peplum & Dress: Tester Round Up

    Alexandra Robbe

    This Neoprene is just beautiful. I can't wait to make one for my girl!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Andrea Graham

    Love her facial expression <3.

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Feyza Mcfadyen

    The twirl is amazing

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Ashley Reuss

    Love this peplum version with bright colours.

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Jess Mullens

    How about this black and white version! I love this.

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Julie Beveridge

    The twirl is just amazing!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Angie Kyp

    Love this print!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Kiran Grewal

    She loves it!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Daisy Molemans

    OMG! The zipper is perfection on this one!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Ondinneke van Hoof

    How cute is this little girl in her black dress!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Lesley De Winter

    Love this!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Ashley Mote

    Love the bright colour on this one!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Dawn Schulak

    The Zahara peplum goes well with skirt underneath it.

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Cara Karakasch

    Love this neon pink version and that twirl!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Amanda Zamora

    The neckline detail is just amazing!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Kara Sullivan

    OMG! Perfection <3.

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Delia & Olivia Henderson

    These to lovely sisters look amazing in their Zahara's

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Leah Broadstreet

    How perfect is this peplum on those older girls!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Jessica Washington

    Love this look on Older girls!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Liesel Engelbrecht

    The princess look!

    Sansahash Zahara Tester's Round Up

    Amazing Right! P.S. You can still get your copy of Zahara Peplum & Dress here for just $6 through Friday, October 27th.

    Happy sewing!

    Please be sure to share your creations on IG or Facebook and tag us, so we can see.

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    New Release: Zahara Peplum & DressLooking for the PERFECT special occasion dress?  Do you want to begin sewing for the next big holiday?  Then, our New Release: Zahara Peplum & Dress is for you!

     

    Zahara Party Peplum & Dress


    Zahara has a beautiful front bodice that features princess seams, a unique back shape, and an invisible zipper to give this dress a seamless look.  The full circle skirt is absolutely perfect for your littler girl to test her "twirling" skills.  This pattern will not disappoint!  Create Zahara with special occasion fabrics for a birthday, wedding, or any other special day. However, Zahara is also perfect for an everyday dress made with quilter's cotton, voile, gingham, etc.

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!


    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

     

    Want to add tulle to Zahara?


    Zahara features a fully lined bodice and skirt to hide seams and prevent the zipper from bothering your little one.  We have created a blog post with a tutorial on how to add tulle to create a fuller skirt.  Please see the blog post here to learn more.

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

    You can grab your copy here for just $6.00 through Friday, October 27th~midnight MST.  There is a coupon code in our Facebook group to purchase Zahara for only $5.50 for the first 24 hours after release. Please be sure to share your creations on IG or Facebook and tag us, so we can see!

    Happy Sewing!

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    TUTORIAL: Adding Tulle Skirt to Zahara Peplum & Dress

    Adding Tulle Skirt to Zahara Peplum & Dress


    I love the look of Zahara with a tulle skirt underneath.  To make the tulle skirt  you will need:

    • Tulle by the Yard (54” or wider)


    It is recommended that you use 3-5 layers of tulle.  The more tulle you use, the fuller the skirt will look.  To calculate the amount of tulle you will need to purchase, take the yardage you needed for your skirt and multiply it by the number of layers of tulle you want to use.  

    Example: I made a size 5 length.  The tutorial recommends 1 ½  yards/56” of fabric.  I want to do 4 layers of tulle.  

                        1 ½ yards per skirt x 4 tulle layers= 6 yards of tulle needed




    • For this tutorial, we will be using Zahara Peplum & Dress skirt pattern pieces. If you don’t have your copy yet you can purchase it here.


     

    Step 1. Preparing the Tulle Pattern Piece



    • Place your main/lining skirt pattern piece on the cutting table.  Look for the side labeled “Fold: zipper seam" and cut off the ⅝” zipper seam allowance from the waistline to the bottom of the skirt.


    Note: If you want your tulle to stick out and show, add 1/2"- 1” to the skirt piece depending on how much you want peeking out.  

     

    Step 2. Cutting the Tulle



    1. Take your tulle and fold over just like you did for the main and lining skirt fabric.  

    2. Place the new skirt pattern piece (without the zipper seam allowance) and place the edges on both folds.  

    3. Pin and cut

    4. You should now have one continuous circle.  

    5. Repeat as many times until you have the desired number of tulle layers cut.


    We are going to attach the tulle directly between the main and the lining. You will follow step 1-8 of the pattern tutorial and stop before step 9. Then you will do the following:


    Step 3. Attaching the Tulle



    1. Put the layers of tulle on top of each other.  Make sure you  line up the waistline and pin in place.  


    Adding Tulle Skirt to Zahara Party Dress. Pattern by Sansahash

       

    2. Measure from the waistline of your dress to where the invisible zipper ends on the skirt. 

    Adding Tulle Skirt to Zahara Party Dress. Pattern by Sansahash

    3 .Cut a slit, the length you measured in step 2, plus add ⅜” for the bodice/skirt seam allowance, from the waistline down through ALL layers of tulle.  The slit will be useful when slipping the tulle into the skirt in order to avoid the zipper.  

    Adding Tulle Skirt to Zahara Party Dress. Pattern by Sansahash

    Adding Tulle Skirt to Zahara Party Dress. Pattern by Sansahash

    4. Place your dress on your working surface with the front facing down and the back facing up.  Make sure your invisible zipper is zipped up.  

    5. Lift up the main back skirt piece and fold over to the sides.  You should be able to see the main and lining seam allowance where the bodice and skirts are attached.

    Adding Tulle Skirt to Zahara Party Dress. Pattern by Sansahash

    Adding Tulle Skirt to Zahara Party Dress. Pattern by Sansahash

    6. Slide the lining into the waistline of the tulle.  Make sure the slit you cut is directly in line with the invisible zipper.  

    Note: Your tulle will now be in between the main and lining skirt.

    7.   Beginning on one side of the invisible zipper, pin all the layers of tulle to the lining as close as you can get to the zipper to secure.  Pin a few times and repeat for the other side of the zipper.  

    Adding Tulle Skirt to Zahara Party Dress. Pattern by Sansahash8.  Continue pinning around working your way towards the front.

    Adding Tulle Skirt to Zahara Party Dress. Pattern by Sansahash

    1. Sew tulle just inside of the lining bodice/skirt seam allowance.  The tulle will now be attached to the lining, in between the main and lining. 


    Adding Tulle Skirt to Zahara Party Dress. Pattern by Sansahash

    You did it!

    10.Continue with tutorial Step 9: Finishing the Back Seam and Hemming.  

    Don’t forget to share your Zahara Peplum & Dress with us! Tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #zahara  and on Facebook you can join us here!

    Happy Sewing!

    I need to make one of these for the coming party! Sansahash Zahara!

     

  19. Mgeni

    TUTORIAL: How To Add An Invisible Zipper In Any Lined DressHoliday season is coming up and you probably looking for the perfect dress for a special occasion? Right! Then, Zahara is it!

    Perfect dress for that perfect special occasion. Zahara by Sansahash

    Zahara has a beautiful front bodice that features princess seams, unique back shape, and an invisible zipper to give this dress a seamless look. The full cirlce skirt is absolutely perfect for your little girl to test her “twirling” skills. This one will not disappoint! Create Zahara with special occasion fabric for a birthday, wedding, or any other special day. However, Zahara is also perfect for an everyday dress.

    I can already see the look on your face when you hear Invisible zipper!!! Don't let the invisible zipper scare you! We actually think it is easier than sewing on multiple buttons/button holes. We also prefer the look of an invisible zipper over buttons, especially on a special occasion dresses. So to help you along the way, we decided to make a step by step tutorial with some tips.

    For this tutorial, we will be using Zahara Peplum & Dress pattern. If you don't have your copy yet you can purchase it here. You will use a 5/8″ or 1.5 cm zipper seam allowance which is already included in the pattern pieces.

    let's begin shall we!

    TUTORIAL: How To Add An Invisible Zipper In Any Lined Dress


    Follow Step 1-7 of the pattern tutorial to complete the top/dress assembling steps. After step 7 you will have completed the following before we attached the zipper.

    1. You have attached your main skirt to the main bodice and your skirt lining to the bodice lining.

    2. The back is open from the neck all the way down to the hem.


    STEP 1: Preparing The Zipper


    Unzip the zipper and lay it WS up.  Be sure to use a synthetic setting on your iron, iron the zipper teeth flat. With the help of your fingers uncurl the teeth of the zipper while pressing it flat with the tip of your iron. Keep zipper open at this time.

    Perfect dress for that perfect special occasion. Zahara by Sansahash

    STEP 2: Attaching The Zipper


    Take the zipper and turn it upside down and place it on the left side of the garment, right sides together. Make sure the lining is pushed out of the away. Align the teeth of the zipper with the line you drew earlier 5/8” (1.5 cm) in from the edge. Make sure that the zipper stop is also align with neckline seam, where the main bodice meets the lining so it will zip all the way up. Pin.

    Perfect dress for that perfect special occasion. Zahara by Sansahash

    Using your invisible zipper foot or regular zipper foot, sew the zipper as close to the coils as you can until you reach the end of the zipper.

    TIPS: Go slowly here to prevent the fabric from puckering. Zip the zipper to see if it can easily go up! Unzip again and repeat for the opposite side.

    Perfect dress for that perfect special occasion. Zahara by Sansahash

    IMPORTANT: 

    On the opposite side, pin the zipper to the garment like shown in the photo below. After pinning and before sewing, close the zipper to make sure that you’ve pinned it correctly and the waistline and the neckline seams are aligned. This part can easily go WRONG, so it’s very important to double check before sewing. Once you’ve checked, unzip the zipper and sew.

    Perfect dress for that perfect special occasion. Zahara by Sansahash

    STEP 3: Complete The Installation


    Pull the zipper closed and press. Make sure all seams are lined up.

    Perfect dress for that perfect special occasion. Zahara by Sansahash

    Next we are going to sandwiched the zipper between the lining and the main garment. Using the regular zipper foot, sew close to the zipper seam allowance you created earlier until you reach the end of the zipper. Pull right sides out and press. Repeat on the opposite side.

    Perfect dress for that perfect special occasion. Zahara by Sansahash Perfect dress for that perfect special occasion. Zahara by Sansahash

     

    You did it! Just one more step to go.

    STEP 4: Finishing The Back Seam


    Zip up the zipper and place the two main back skirts right sides together. Make sure the end of the zipper is out of the way, otherwise it’ll get caught in the stitches. Sew the 5/8” (1.5 cm) seam allowance to finish the skirt by sewing from the bottom of the dress to the point where your zipper ends. Remember to stay stitch at the end near the zipper foot. Press open the seam allowance and make sure that the fabric lays flat. Repeat this for the lining.

    **Note: On Zahara Party Peplum & Dress, the zipper will extend into the skirt.  The steps are the same; however, you just continue pinning the lining to the end of the zipper.

    Perfect dress for that perfect special occasion. Zahara by Sansahash

    Now stand back and enjoy the back of your Zahara!

    Perfect dress for that perfect special occasion. Zahara by Sansahash

    Don’t forget to share you creations with us! tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #zahara  and on Facebook you can join us here!

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    New Release: Nilah Dress ReleaseFollow my blog with Bloglovin


    I cannot tell you how excited we are for this release.

    New Release: Nilah Dress


    Nilah is a stylish and modern design.  The dress features a fitted, lined bodice with the option of sleeveless, short, ¾”, or long sleeves.

    SLEEVELESS VERSION:


    My daughter below is wearing the sleeveless version, and she is loving it.  The fabric is french terry from So Sew English fabrics.  They have a great selection of knits.  You can check out their Facebook group and website for available fabrics.

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

     

    SHORT SLEEVES:


    The short sleeved version is as beautiful as the sleeveless version.  This dress can be worn throughout all of the seasons.  I can imagine this paired with a jacket and stylish boots for Fall.

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    3/4 SLEEVES:


    The 3/4 sleeves will be a staple in your child's wardrobe for the Fall, Winter, and Spring months.  It can easily be worn alone or throw a lightweight cardigan or jacket over it on cooler days. Liesel's 3/4 sleeve version is absolutely perfect on her daughter.

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    LONG SLEEVES:


    The long sleeved version can be a stand alone staple in your child's wardrobe.  This little one is just precious in her Nilah, but looks equally as good on older girls!

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    HIGH-LOW HEM:


    The beautiful high-low curved hem adds just the perfect amount of detail to this dress.  Your fabric choice will play a big part in how dramatic your high~low hem will seem when worn.  You should choose thicker fabric such as jersey for a more dramatic look.  Fabric such as rayon spandex, french terry and other lightweight fabrics will work; however, they will drape more and the hem will be subtle.

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

     

    The front skirt hits just above the knee. The dress is perfect for all seasons. Pair it with boots or  a cardigan, either way your little girl will love it!

    Looking for something you can make in an afternoon?  Nilah is it!  This dress will definitely be your child's favourite throughout the year.

    You can get your copy of Nilah Dress here for just $5.5 through Thursday, September 14th.  There will be a coupon code in our Facebook group to purchase it for $5 for the first 24 hours.

    Happy sewing!

    Please be sure to share your creations on IG or Facebook and tag us, so we can see.  ?

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    Nilah Dress: Tester Round Up

    Nilah Dress: Tester Round Up


    Talented Ladies:


    A HUGE thank you to all of our Nilah Dress testers.  They were amazing, and we are excited to show you some of their creations.  Please take some time to check out their IG, Facebook or blog pages when you can.

    Ann Lowrie

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Erin Grogan

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Anjori Halder of House of Lilli

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Runa Pope

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Rebecca Barber of Bex Something Sew Special Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

     

    Tania Vervaeke of Kreatita 

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Alexandra Robbe of by Sawadee

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Rebecca Armitage

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Jen Balliff of Desert Blooms

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Feyza McFadyen

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Davina Briers of Woohoo by Davina

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Sofia Henderson of Esme Adele Bowtique

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Dagbjört L. Sigurðardóttir

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Ondinneke van Hoof

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Daisy Molemans

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Meka Lewis

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Dawn Schulak

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Meriel Johnson Aho of Elli and Nels

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Liesel Engelbrecht of It's Liesel

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

     

    Jessica Vert Simmons

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

    Carrie Collier

    Love the high-low hem of this dress!! Must have by Sansahash

     

    P.S. You can still get your copy of Nilah Dress here for just $5.5 through Thursday, September 14th.

    Happy sewing!

    Please be sure to share your creations on IG or Facebook and tag us, so we can see.  ?

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    TUTORIAL: HEMMING A CURVED HEM

    NILAH DRESS


    We are so excited about our new knit design, Nilah!  Nilah is a stylish and modern dress. The dress is perfect for all the seasons.  It features a fitted, lined bodice with the option of sleeveless, short, 3/4" or long sleeves.  The beautiful high~low curved hem adds just the perfect amount of detail to this dress!

    The bodice is quick and easy to sew.  The biggest challenge is hemming the curved hem, so we decided to make a step by step tutorial with some tips to help you along the way.

    HEMMING A CURVED HEM


    Some people found that it was easier to hem the skirt before attaching to the bodice. Whatever way you decide, the process is the same.

    STEP 1:


    With wrong sides out, start in the middle of either side and press the hem towards the wrong side 1/4". Work your way up to the curved edge where the side seam meets.  If you have a serger, it is very helpful to serge the raw edges of the skirt BEFORE attaching at the side seams.  This will give you a 1/4" guide for turning.

    Tutorial how to hem the Nilah by Sansahash curved hem



    STEP 2:


    When you get to the curved edge, the hem will be a little less.  This is okay.   Your knit fabric should stretch to fit the curved edge while you press.

    Tutorial how to hem the Nilah by Sansahash curved hem



    STEP 3:


    Press up another 3/8" all the way around. Again, beginning in the middle again and working your way up towards the curve.  PIN, PIN, PIN as you press.  This helps the curved hem keep its shape and can be topstitched easily.

    Tutorial how to hem the Nilah by Sansahash curved hem



    Optional:


    You have the option to just press to the wrong side 3/8" (1 cm). Please do not forget to trim the 1/4" off if you are going to do this method.

    Note: Due to the high~low hem, and if you go with this option, your serged edges will show.  We prefer to press twice so the raw/serged edges are concealed making it nice and neat.

    TIP:


    While hemming, it is important to go slow and use a lot of pins.  Trust us, the high~low hem is AMAZING!  And just like anything in life, the more you practice, the easier it will get.

    Yay! Now you have completed your garment and ready to show it off!

    Don’t forget to share you creations with us! tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #nilahdress  and on Facebook you can join us here!

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    Lilah Top & Dress Sew-along: WinnersMore than a week ago, we invited you to join us to our first  Lilah Top & Dress sew-along contest.

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew-along: Winners


    We were amazed by all of the beautiful creations that you submitted and incredibly grateful for those of you who joined us.

    Without further ado, here are our three winners!

    The 1st Place Winner of The 2017 Lilah Sew along is ....


    A hearty congratulations to Erika Nazario for claiming the 1st place prize! Your twin Lilah's  are stunning. We loved the “ice-cream prints” earning you the “most likeable members choice” prize. You will receive $25.00 Paypal credit from us!

    love the ice-cream theme in this cute lilah by Sansahash

    love the ice-cream theme in this cute lilah by Sansahash

    The 2nd Place Winner of The 2017 Lilah Sew along is.....


    We had hard time choosing the winner for this one but Erin Grogan’s Lilah's flatlay  photo caught our eyes and earned the “Admin’s Choice” prize. Congratulations Erin, you will receive $15.00 Paypal credit from us.

    Gorgeous flat lay of Lilah Top & Dress

    The 3rd Place Winner of The 2017 Lilah Sew along is.....


    Congratulations Elise Hilliard, you are our random winner and you will receive $10.00 Paypal credit from us!

    4th of july outfits lilah maxi how gorgeous!

    Thank you again to everyone who participated in this Lilah Top & Dress sew along and for those who stayed with us to the end!

    Here are all the amazing participants photos. Enjoy!! And see you again soon for our next sew along!

    Keshia Lynn


    Love twin's outfit

    back view of Lilah

    Marthe Affo


    Thus outfit scream for summer!!

    Gorgeous Lilah flatlay

    Rochelle Wallace


    Love the rainbow colours

    Rainbow Lilah

    Josie Zepeda


    This cute baby is rocking her Lilah <3

    Baby Lilah! I want one of these <3

    Tee Bee


    Love the dragon print

    Lilah dress

    Veronica Wright


    Perfect Purple

    Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress sew along winner announcement

    Kat Carter


    Love this maxi and the head wrap pair

    Gorgeous maxi lilah <3

    Zoe Lawson


    Unicorns & Lilah, perfect combo

    Low high Lilah just perfect

    Andrea Seidel


    Love this shot. so much twirl in one photo <3

    perfect twirl for perfect dress

    Feyza Mcfadyen


    Lilah in white lace just perfect <3

    perfect white lilah

    Fleur Sebregts


    Amazing !!!!

    Perfect shot of lilah <3

    Danica Hough Reed


    4th of July outfit <3

    Lilah top for 4th of July <3

    Jo Heyer


    Love this <3 .

    perfect lilah flatlay

    Sarah Or


    Perfect border dress

    perfect maxi

     

    PS: All of our patterns are on sale through midnight! Don't miss this sale! No code required.

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    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Adding buttons/buttonholes & hemmingWelcome to Day 6 and the last day of Lilah Sew along.

    By now you have your skirt attached. Next you will want to add buttons to your woven version and hemming (both versions).

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Adding Buttons/buttonholes (woven version)


    Let's get started, shall we?

    To add buttons to your woven version, you will follow Step 13 of the pattern tutorial. You will need 3 - 3/8" (1 cm) buttons for this but I went ahead and add 2 - 1" (2.54 cm) buttons  for my size 4 and I am loving the look!

    Gorgeous buttons detail on Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash

    Psst...If you want to use big buttons please try it on your model first to make sure the overlap stays the same as suggested in the pattern.

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Hemming


    To hem you garment you will follow Step 14 of the pattern tutorial.

    Remember you will need to use straight stitch for woven version and stretch stitch (double needle) for knit version.

    Yay! You did it.

    Final look on my model


    Here is the final look on my model: Woven version

    Front


    How cute are those buttons!

    I love how this cute buttons stand out! Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash

     

    Back


    Lilah back is just gorgeous!

     

    I love how this cute buttons stand out! Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash

    In-seam Pockets detail


     

    In seam pocket hack by Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress. Sew along

    Here is the Maxi look:  Knit version

    The Front look


    The maxi and this fabric is so pretty in person. She loves it!

    I need this maxi in my life! Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash

    The back look


    I need this maxi in my life! Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash

    The twirl!


    I need this maxi in my life! Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash

    I need this maxi in my life! Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash

    Our prizes


    To win our prizes you will have to enter by posting your finished garment (s) either on a model of flatlay in our group using the hashtag #lilahsewalong.

    Deadline is 6th of July. Make sure when you make a post you use the hashtag so we can find it easily.

    There will be three winners:
    1st place winner - $25.00 Paypal credit (The post with more likes)
    2nd place winner - $15.00 Paypal credit (Admin’s choice)
    3rd place winner - $10.00 Paypal credit (Random winner)

    I am so looking forward to see your finals.

    Happy sewing xxx

     

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    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Attaching The SkirtWelcome to Day 5 of Lilah Sew along. By now you have your skirt assembled and in-seam pockets added (this is optional). Next you will want to attach the skirt to your bodice.

    Psst..did you baste the the bottom of the bodices together and do a quick fit check? If not, make sure you do this before attaching the skirt.

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Attaching The Skirt


    Let's get started, shall we?

    Here is how:

    Gathering


    With the skirt turned right side out, baste two rows of stitches along the top raw edge of the skirt and gather. The first row of stitches should be 1/8” (0.3 cm) away from the edge and the second row of stitches should be 1/4” (0.6 cm) away from the edge.

    attaching the skirt sew along by Sansahash

    NOTE: For the woven skirt only, it is recommended to make two rows of gathering stitches on the back panel and then two rows of gathering stitches on the front panel to the left of the placket and repeat to the right of the placket. Do not gather the placket.

    For knit version, this is how it should look like after the gathering process.

    PS: for my knit version, I went with the maxi dress. I did remove 2.5"(6 cm) of width per skirt panel to make sure that the skirt is not so heavy and worked perfectly.

    attaching the skirt sew along by Sansahash

    Attaching the skirt


    You will then follow Step 12 of the pattern tutorial to attach the skirt to both woven and knit versions. For woven version, remember to start and stop sewing at either side of the placket so you do not sew close the placket. Here is the post on how to attach the placket to the front skirt.

    Woven version


    attaching the skirt sew along by Sansahash

    Do not forget to finish the seams and press them towards the bodice.

    Optional: Topstitch the bottom of the bodice to secure the seams underneath it for clean finish.

    attaching the skirt sew along by Sansahash

    Knit version


    attaching the skirt sew along by Sansahash

    Psst...before you sew the bodice to the skirt, you will place 1/4-3/8” clear elastic on top of your wrong side of your skirt seam allowance and sew with a stretch stitch. This will help stabilize the waistline. Refer to this post for clear step-by-step photos tutorial on how to add clear elastic to your waistline seam. Remember this is an option you can do without it! I do recommend it though when doing the Lilah maxi version or if your skirt fabric is heavier than the bodice fabric.

    Do not forget to finish the seams and press them towards the bodice. DO NOT TOPSTITCH the seams on the knit version!

    Yay! You did it. Next up, adding buttons (woven version only) and hemming both versions.

    See you soon.

    Psst...Don’t forget to share your progress photo (s) with us on Facebook group! using #lilahsewalong #myprogressphotos. Also tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #lilahsewalong so we can see your creations.

    Happy sewing xxx

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    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Inseam Pockets hack!Welcome to Day 4 of Lilah Sew along. By now you have your bodice constructed. Next you will want to attach the skirt to your bodice.

    But before you do that;


    1.  Make sure you basted the the bottom of the bodices together

    2. Did a quick fit check If not, make sure you do this before continuing.

    3. For woven version: before you continue, you need to add skirt placket to the front skirt first. This will help to get into your child 's head easily.


    Adding Skirt placket (woven version only)


    You can follow either Step 6 of the pattern tutorial or follow photos tutorial in this post.

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Inseam Pockets hack!


    Next you are going to prepare the skirt but before you do that we got a pocket hack for you! Cool right?!

    In seam pocket hack by Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress. Sew along

    I remember during Lilah Testing, some testers wanted to have option for inseam pockets. I knew it was a great idea so I saved it for later. I think later is now don't you think? Because who doesn't love dresses with pockets?! I know my daughter will be so thrilled to find out that her new Lilah has pockets! She loves to carry her unicorn horse everywhere she goes nowadays. I find it so cute!!

    Here is how.

    First you will need a pocket pattern. Now worries I drafted it for you. You can download the pattern in our Facebook group. under Files. Don't forget to blend your pockets too when blending sizes (You should blend for width and length).

    Cut  4 pieces of pockets (2 pairs mirrored).

    In seam pockets hack by sansahash. My daughter will be so thrilled!

    Finish the raw edges of all your pocket pieces.  I really forgot to do this step earlier and it was a struggle to finish them later after already attached to the skirt ;)

    Mark the pocket placements on your skirt using the numbers given in the table below. You measure from the top of the skirt raw edges. See photo below.

    Sansahash_lilah_pocket_placement

    In seam pockets hack by sansahash. My daughter will be so thrilled!

    With right sides together, align the pocket with the skirt pocket placement. Sew it on the skirt using 3/8" (1cm) seam allowance. Repeat this step to all pocket pieces.

    In seam pockets hack by sansahash. My daughter will be so thrilled!

    Press the seam allowance towards the pockets and topstitch on the right side of the pockets.

    In seam pockets hack by sansahash. My daughter will be so thrilled!

    With right sides together, sew the front skirt to the back skirt. Don't forget to sew around the pockets. Finish edges of the skirt.

    In seam pockets hack by sansahash. My daughter will be so thrilled!

    You did it!

    In seam pocket hack by Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress. Sew along

     

    Next post is attaching the skirt to the bodice.

    See you soon.

    Happy Sewing xx

  27. Mgeni

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Bodice Construction (Knit version only)Welcome back to Day 3 of Lilah Top & Dress sew-along.

    Today we are going to construct the knit bodice version. By now, you have all the things you need to complete this step. If not please refer to this post to see what you will have to do before joining us here. If you prefer working with woven, please refer to this post.

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Bodice Construction (knit version only)


    We are ready to sew.

    Do keep in mind that all seam allowances are 3/8” (1 cm) except where noted and are included in the pattern pieces. Also for the knit version, you will use a stretch stitch.

    Assembling the bodice


    Follow Step 7 of the pattern tutorial to sew the front and back bodices together at the shoulder. Repeat this step with the lining.

    Psst.. it is very important to trim or grade your seam allowances to avoid bulking around this area.

    Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress pattern sew along day 3 knit version

    Sewing the neckline


    You will then follow Step 8 of the pattern tutorial to sew the neckline. Again it is very important to trim or grade your seam allowances to avoid bulking around this area.

    Psst.. When sewing the neckline PLEASE do not stretch the neckline while sewing to avoid gaping.

    Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress pattern sew along day 3 knit version

    Understitching the neckline 


    Please DO NOT SKIP this step! With lining separated from the bodice and while working on the wrong side, press with your fingers the neckline seams you just created towards the wrong side of the lining. Understitch with a stretch stitch or narrow zigzag stitch. Make sure not to stitch on the main bodice and DO NOT STRETCH. To reduce bulk, CLIP the seam allowance, be careful not to cut through the neckline.

    Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress pattern sew along day 3 knit version

    Sewing the armholes


    Follow Step 9 of the pattern tutorial to sew around the armholes using a burrito method. For photo tutorials please refer to this post.

    Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress pattern sew along day 3 knit version

    To finish off the bodice, follow Step 10 of the pattern tutorial to sew up the side seams. Grade the seams, turn and press. This is the woven tutorial  on how to sew the side seams but it should be the same for knit. I find it easier to baste the bottoms of the main bodice and lining together before attaching the bodice to the skirt.

    Yay! We did it! Next up, Assembling the skirt for both versions!

    See you soon.

    Psst...Don’t forget to share your progress photo (s) with us on Facebook group! using hashtag #lilahsewalong #myprogressphotos . Also tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #lilahsewalong so we can see your creations.

    Happy Sewing xxx.

  28. Mgeni

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Bodice Construction (Woven version only)Welcome back to Day 2 of Lilah Top & Dress sew-along.

    Today we are going to construct the woven bodice version. By now, you have all the things you need to complete this step. If not please refer to this post to see what you will have to do before continue.

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Bodice Construction (Woven version only)


    We are ready to sew.

    Do keep in mind that all seam allowances are 3/8” (1 cm) except where noted and are included in the pattern pieces. Also for the woven version, you will use a straight stitch.

    Assembling the bodice


    Follow Step 2 of the pattern tutorial to sew the front and back bodices together at the shoulder. Repeat this step with the lining.

    Psst.. it is very important to trim or grade your seam allowances to avoid bulking around this area and for your garment to lay flat.

    Sansahash_Lilah_Top_Dress_Girls_PDF_Sewing_Patterns day 2 sew along

    Sewing the neckline


    You will then follow Step 3 of the pattern tutorial to sew the neckline.

    Again it is very important to trim or grade your seam allowances to avoid bulking around this area.

    Sansahash_Lilah_Top_Dress_Girls_PDF_Sewing_Patterns day 2 sew along

    Sewing around the armholes


    Follow Step 4 of the pattern tutorial to sew around the armholes.

    Psst...Be careful when you sew around the back curve armhole. You will need to go slowly here and follow the notch when you reach the racer back curve so to get a curved edge. Again.. it is very important to trim or grade your seam allowances to avoid bulking around this area.

    Sansahash_Lilah_Top_Dress_Girls_PDF_Sewing_Patterns day 2 sew along

    Turning the bodice


    With a safety pin attached to the one end of the front bodice, you will then turned the bodice right side out by pulling each front bodice piece through the shoulders to the back of the bodice. Don't forget to press well after turning.

    Sansahash_Lilah_Top_Dress_Girls_PDF_Sewing_Patterns day 2 sew along

    Sewing the side seams


    To finish off the bodice, follow Step 5 of the pattern tutorial to sew up the side seams. Grade the seams, turn and press.

    Sansahash_Lilah_Top_Dress_Girls_PDF_Sewing_Patterns day 2 sew along

    Prepare for later step


    I find it easier to baste the bottoms of the main bodice and lining together before attaching the bodice to the skirt.

    Sansahash_Lilah_Top_Dress_Girls_PDF_Sewing_Patterns day 2 sew along

    Yay! We did it! Next up, Bodice Construction for Knit version!

    See you soon.

    Psst...Don’t forget to share your progress photo (s) with us on Facebook group! using hashtag #lilahsewalong #myprogressphotos . Also tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #lilahsewalong so we can see your creations.

    Happy Sewing xxx.

     

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    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Cutting, Marking & InterfacingWelcome to Day 1 of Lilah Sew-along. Today you are going to prepare everything you need for bodice construction.

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Day 1


    By now, you already decide the following:

    1. The version (s) you want to sew,

    2. The fabric (s) you want to use and

    3. The fabric (s) are washed and dried, right?


    If yes, then let's get started!

    Bodice preparation


    For woven version: You will need three pattern pieces; Front bodice, Back bodice and Front bodice Interfacing.

    For knit version:  You will need two pattern pieces; Front bodice and Back bodice.

    You will then:

    1. Cut your pieces

    2. Transfer the notches

    3. And apply interfacing to wrong sides of main bodice front pieces where buttons and buttonholes will be placed. This step is only necessary if you are going to work with woven!


    Page 12 of the pattern tutorial shows you how to cut your pieces. After cutting you will have the following:

    Woven version


    I went with gingham for the woven version that I bought from the Wednesday market here in the Netherlands. It is very light and so perfect for the Zanzibari hot weather!

    Lilah Sew Along bodice construction - woven version

    Psst....Don't forget to apply interfacing to wrong sides of main bodice front pieces where buttons and buttonholes will be placed.

    Knit version


    With knit version, I am using Poly Rayon Spandex French Terry Knit  by So Sew English. It is so beautiful and easy to work with.

    Lilah Sew Along bodice construction - knit version

     

    That's done! Next post, Bodice Construction for Woven version. See you then.

    Psst....Be sure to post your fabric choices in our Facebook Group. Please use the hashtag #lilahsewalong #myfabricchoice. I will love to see what you are working with and which version. See you there.

    Don’t forget to tag us with hashtag #lilahsewalong #sansahash #lilahdress #lilahtop also in Instagram @sansahash. That way we can all find each other’s posts.

    Happy sewing xxx

     

  30. Mgeni

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew-Along: Join Us

    Lilah Top & Dress Sew-Along


    I am so in love with Lilah. The design is beautiful, comfy and a breeze to sew. If you haven’t sewn yours yet and are itching to make one or two for your little one to wear this summer or for the 4th of July, and need a boost, here’s the opportunity!

    We are inviting you to join us in Lilah Top & Dress sew-along, starting, Wednesday, June 28th. We are very excited because this is our first sew-along. Yay!!!

    Lilah Top & Dress pattern


    Hopefully by now you have purchased your own copy of the pattern because you do need it for this sew-along, but if not, no worries because the Lilah Top & Dress pattern will be on sale through Friday, July 7th. And that is not all! There will be prizes at the end of the sew-along! Exciting right!

    Join in the fun


    Please join in the fun in our Facebook Pattern Group where you can see our prizes, schedule and interact and see other Lilah sew-along participants's progress and finish garments. I’ll be there sewing both woven and knit versions for my daughter so she can wear them during our short vacation to the beautiful, hot island in Zanzibar :).

    To help you get started, here are a couple of things that are helpful:

    • You need your child's recent measurements for a perfect fit.

    • Choose the version you want to sew.

    • Choose the right fabric. Page 9 of the pattern tutorial will help you choose the right knit!

    • Choose the right size (s).

    • BLEND. (For example: My daughter is a 2 chest but a 5 length. To get a perfect fit, I blended the size of the chest measurement along with the size of the needed length measurement). Check Page 8 of the pattern tutorial to learn how to blend!

    • Print your pattern pieces. Be sure to use the Adobe “Layers” functionality to print out only the size (s) you need.  Page 5 of the pattern tutorial shows you how to do this. Also be sure to check the “Actual Size” or “Scale to 100%” option on your Print dialog before printing the pattern.

    • There is also instructions on how to arrange the tiles so you can tape the paper together in the right order. This can be found in Page 7.

    • No need to print the instructions.  I always just read using my computer or iPad.


    Options


    Two options are included in this pattern. Woven and Knit version! I plan to cover both in this sew-along.

    Recommended Fabrics:

    For woven version:

    - Light to medium weight woven fabrics e.g cotton lawn, quilter’s cotton, voile, gingham, swiss dots, eyelet, rayon, to name a few.

    - Lightweight to medium fusible interfacing for the button placket.

    - 3 (3/8” (1 cm)) buttons.

    For the knit version:

    - 4-way stretch knit fabric with at least a 50% stretch but no more than 75% stretch. Recommended is a blend of at least 5% spandex/ lycra for good recovery. Avoid lightweight spandex/lycra and loose knits (they tend to stretch and sag and do not have a good recovery). Also avoid heavyweight knit for the skirt to avoid pulling of the bodice down.

    - Clear elastic to stabilize the waistline.

    - 3/8” strips of four-way stretch interfacing to stabilize the facing neckline (OPTIONAL).

    That is all for now.

    Hope to see you there! On June 28th we are taking off on the Lilah Top & Dress Sew-Along! Be sure to use the hashtag #lilahsewalong #lilahtop #lilahdress #sansahash . Don't forget to tag us if using Instagram @sansahash. That way we can all find each other’s posts.

    Happy sewing xxx

  31. Mgeni

    TUTORIAL: ADDING A SKIRT PLACKETIn our last post, we talked about how to stabilise the waistline seams with clear elastic in lilah knit-version.

    Today we are going to show you how to add a skirt placket to a woven version.

    ADDING A SKIRT PLACKET


    First lets answer the following questions. Why do we need a skirt placket? Where do we add it?

    We will answer these questions with our Lilah Top & Dress Pattern. Lilah comes in Knit & Woven. In the woven version it was found out that children and mothers struggled to get the dress over their  children' head  and arms without a placket during pre- testing. So we decided to add one for easy of getting dressed.

    Skirt placket are added at the back of the dress or at side seams. You rarely see a skirt placket at the front of the dress. Since we wanted to keep the design of the back (which is the main feature of our Lilah Top & Dress) the same for both woven & knit version, we decided to add the skirt placket on the front. Also we wanted the children to be able to dress themselves without the help from their parents and therefore we designs the buttons to be at the front as well!

    So how do you add a skirt placket?

    Okay, let’s go ahead and start shall we?

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    YOU NEED:


    Based on Lilah Top & Dress pattern tutorial, you will need:

    – Your front skirt piece

    – your placket piece

    – ruler or tape measure

    – pins

    – scissors

    – marker or pencil

    Let's get started:

    Step 1:


    You will follow the pattern tutorial until Step 6. This is what you will have after Step 6.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

     

    Step 2:


    Take your front skirt piece and place wrong side up. Find the center of the front skirt piece and draw a line 4” (10 cm) down from the top of the skirt.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

    Step 3:


    Cut a slit on the line you just draw.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

    Step 4:


    Take your skirt placket piece and fold one long side toward the wrong side1/4” (0.5cm). Press.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

     

    Step 5:


    Take your skirt piece and open the slit so it forms a wide V shape.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

    Step 6:


    With the wrong side of the skirt and the right side of the placket facing each other, align the raw edge of the placket with the slit and pin.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

     

    Step 7:


    Sew the placket in with a 3/8” (1cm) seam allowance and gradually tapering the seam allowance to 1/8” (0.3 cm) when you get to the bottom of the V. Then bring it back up

    to 3/8” (1cm) to the opposite side of the slit.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

     

    Step 8:


    Fold the folded placket piece to the right side of the skirt, lining up the folded edge you created in Step 4 with the line of stitches you have just

    created. This way all the raw edges will be tucked inside. Pin.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

    Step 9:


    Edgestitch 1/8” (0.3cm) away from the folded edge. Press. Make sure there are no puckers at the bottom of the V before you edgestitch.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

    Step 10:


    Fold your skirt along the placket, so the skirt is right sides together.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

     

    Step 11:


    Sew the placket together at the bottom at an angle, this will help the placket from coming loose while your garment is being worn.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

    Step 12:


    Press the placket to the wrong side of the skirt and baste it so it stays folded under when you attach the skirt to the bodice. Topstitch the fold.

    Note: Press the placket so that the wearer’s right side is on top and is overlapping the wearer’s left side.

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

    You did it! See it wasn’t so hard right!

    How to add skirt placket tutorial by sansahash

     

    Don’t forget to share you creations with us! tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #lilahtop #lilahdress  and on Facebook you can join us here!

     

  32. Mgeni

    IMARI PLEATED SHORTS: TESTER ROUND UP

    Imari Pleated Shorts: Tester Round Up


    We want to say thank you to all of our Imari Pleated Shorts testers.  These ladies were amazing! Some even took the time to sew up 2-3 pair!  We appreciate all of their hard work, feedback, time, and fabric they used.

    Please take a look at the different versions made during testing. Click on their name to see their Facebook, blog or Instagram feed.

     

    Colleen Mills of Itsy Littles


    Too cute!

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

     

    Erin Grogan of Lucky Stitch Co.


    Lilah pairs perfectly with Imari!

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Zoe Lawson of Belles & Bows


    Absolutely adorable.

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Rachel Reece of Violet and Jewels


    Love the styling on this!

    Love the fit of these shorts by Sansahash! Perfect for summer. Must get one!

    Ana Ines Barros of Ponto no i


    Imari Bubble Shorts are perfect on little ones!

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!


    Rebecca Barber of Bex Something Sew Special


    Look at that back yoke and pocket details....PERFECT!

    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!

     

    Sofia Henderson of Esme Adele Bowtique


    Loving that pop of color!

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Feyza Mcfadyen


    OH MY!  Look at the details on those pockets.

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Amy Sio


    Gorgeous paired with tights even.

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Dagbjört L. Sigurðardóttir of by dagbjort


    Such great pocket details....and look at that trim!

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Theresa Phyfer


    Too cute!

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Josie Zepeda of Lil' Zaparoos


    Love the fit of these shorts by Sansahash! Perfect for summer. Must get one!

    Sarah Harris of Little Stitch and Me


    Adorable....so classic.

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Carlie Di Cecco of The Fabric Mamma


    Imari is even perfect for winter and fall!

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Ondinneke van Hoof


    So sweet!

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Daisy Molemans


    Again.....LOVING those pocket details.

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Ashley Mote


    A great pair of classic shorts that will never go out of style.

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Kiran Grewal


    Lilah is perfect with Imari.  The matching details are so pretty.

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Liesel Engelbrect of It's Liesel


    Absolutely adorable!

    Love the fit of these shorts by Sansahash! Perfect for summer. Must get one!

    Kara Fuller Sullivan


    Ready for summer!

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Heather Riggs


    Such a great pair of shorts, even on older girls.

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

     

    Leah Broadstreet of 2 Kids in the Sun


    Who doesn't love FLAMINGOS?!?!  So pretty.

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Valeria Curatolo of NEVA


    A gorgeous Lilah "hack" paired with Imari shorts......those pockets details are perfect!

    Imari shorts by Sansahash are my favourite go to shorts. Must have!

    Amazing right!!! Love all the versions.

    Don’t forget to share you creations with us! tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #imarishorts  and on Facebook you can join us here!

     

    Haven’t got your copy yet? Get it here while still on  sale for just $5 through Thursday, June 8th!

  33. Mgeni

    NEW RELEASE: IMARI PLEATED SHORTS

    NEW RELEASE: IMARI PLEATED SHORTS


    I cannot tell you how excited we are for this new release.

    These simple but gorgeous pleated shorts are my favorite go to shorts. Imari features a button-front closure with mock fly. The back features a V-yoke with patch pockets.

    Here is the front look!


    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!

    And The back look!


    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!

    IMARI comes with two options, bubble or flat front shorts. Whichever you choose to make, these shorts are so comfortable that your child will spend a lot of time in them throughout the summer.



    FLAT-STYLED


    You can choose the flat-styled version with elastic back and hemmed legs for a casual beach look.

    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!


    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!



    BUBBLE-VERSION


    Or go with the bubble look with elastic back and legs for unsurpassed all-day comfort.


    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!


    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!


    You could even style them with a cute cardi and some tights so that they can be worn in the colder months too.




     

    FRONT FEATURES:


    The pleats at the front give these shorts such a sophisticated look!

    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!

    PATCH POCKETS


    The pockets at the back will be your child's favorite place to hide treasures ;)  Don't forget to be creative and add trim, decorative stitches, or embellish them in any way!

    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!

    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!

    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!

    These shorts are relatively quick to sew.

    Are you looking for something you can make in an afternoon or possibly during nap time? Then IMARI is the perfect choice!  You will not be disappointed with this one.

    An added bonus is that these shorts pair perfectly with our LILAH TOP!

    Love these shorts by Sansahash! must have for summer so comfort!


     

    If you haven't done so, please get your copy of IMARI PLEATED SHORTS for just $5.00 through Thursday, June 8th (midnight MST).

    Happy sewing!  Please be sure to share your creations on IG or Facebook and tag us, so we can see.  ?

     

  34. Mgeni

    Tutorial: How to sew with clear elastic with knits!In our last post, we talked about how to sew lined sleeveless bodice with burrito method.

    Today we will answer these questions. What is the use of clear elastic? How do I add it to the seam allowance?  And can I get away with not using it?

    These are the questions I am getting a lot here. In my opinion there is no right or wrong way when it comes to using clear elastic or not.

    First, let me explain to you why we need it. Knit seams like shoulder seams, neckline seams and waist line seams where  there is a lot of pulling, clear elastic can be very handy. Clear elastic can prevent these seams from stretching out. Also can help the garment cling to the body in places that would otherwise sag or gape.

    Second, you can stitch the elastic to the seam allowance using your sewing machine (which I prefer) or a serger. I will show you next how to do this with your sewing machine.

    And last, yes you can get away with not using it but only if your knit skirt is not heavier or stretchier than the bodice. It will not work if you have a heavy knit skirt on and you will see the seam line stretched and won't look professional sewn.

    Okay, let's go ahead and start shall we?

    What Do You Need?


    Based on Lilah Top & Dress pattern tutorial, you will need:

    - Your gathered skirt for top or dress version

    - Clear elastic*

    - You bodice basted at the bottom

    *  1/4" - 3/8" clear elastic will do

    Here is how you will add the clear elastic to the seams when attaching the bodice to the skirt. Liesel, in this post she went ahead and attach the clear elastic to the bodice before attaching it to the skirt! That is possible and easy with all the gathers in the skirt :).  Here is another way.

    Lets get started!

    Step 1: You will follow the pattern tutorial until Step 11. This is what you will have after Step 11.

    Clear elastic tutorial by Sansahash

    Step 2: With right sides together, align the skirt to the basted bottom of the main bodice/lining. Align the raw edges and match the side seams. Make sure all the gathers are evenly distributed and pin.

    Clear elastic tutorial by Sansahash

    Step 3: Now place your 1/4” or 3/8" clear elastic on top of your wrong side of your skirt/ or the right side of the bodice/lining and within the seam allowance and level with the edge of the seam allowance.  Sew with a stretch stitch.  Note: Cut the elastic the same length as the seam you are sewing. The ration is 1:1. And do not stretch it!

    Clear elastic tutorial by Sansahash

     

    Here are the settings I used to sew the elastic in using my sewing machine. And to prevent the elastic sticking out of the foot, I used a Teflon-coated foot! 

    Clear elastic tutorial by Sansahash Clear elastic tutorial by Sansahash

     

    Finish the seams and press them towards the bodice.

    Clear elastic tutorial by Sansahash

     

     

    You did it! See it wasn't so hard right!

     

    Don’t forget to share you creations with us! tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #lilahtop #lilahdress  and on Facebook you can join us here!

     

  35. Mgeni

    New Release: Lilah Top & Dress Tester Round Up

    Lilah Top & Dress: Tester Round Up


    We want to say thank you to all of our Lilah Top & Dress testers.  These ladies were amazing!  Some even took the time to sew up 2 or 3 different versions to try out different styles.  We appreciate all of their hard work, feedback, time, and fabric they used.

    We were also fortunate enough for So Sew English Fabrics to sponsor Lilah testing.  They have some gorgeous fabrics!  You should also check them out on Facebook and on their website.

    Please take a look at the different versions made during testing.  Click on their name to see their Facebook, blog or Instagram feed.

    Knit Top Version by Rachel Reece


    Love the top look
    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Woven Dress version by Leila James~St. Louis


    Love that the woven version has button on the front so it is easy to get into your child head.

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Dress version by Karen Valezquez


    Well look at that fit on our 6m old tester <3.

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Woven Top version by Zoe Lawson


    Zoe's versions always amaze me with all those amazing details <3.

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Dress version by Indu Ankareddi


    Ahhh. Love this knit version.

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Top version by Emily Hendrickson


    How cute is this?!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

     

    Knit Top version by Sofia Henderson


    I just love the whole look!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

     

    Woven Dress version by Rebecca Barber


    My favourite photo <3.

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Top version by Andrea Graham


    Love the colour combo on this one!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Dress version by Stephanie Farias


    How cute is this!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Woven Top version by Rebecca Armitage


    Love the back <3.

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Dress version by Jen Baliff


    ahh this is just beautiful <3.

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Woven Dress version by Celine KHoo


    And what about the twirly factor!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Woven Top version by Adriana Chua


    Love this view.

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Dress version by Lindsay Regling


    Love these colours.

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Woven Top version by Kiran Grewel


    And what about the back!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Top  version by Chelsea Carruthers


    So beautiful

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Top  version by Maria Luisa Santos


    love everything about this one!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Woven Dress  version by Dagbjört L. Sigurðardóttir


    My favourite dress
    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Woven Dress version by Amy Myers


    And what about the back!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Dress version by Kelly Stevens


    And what about the twirly factor!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Dress  version by Liesel Engelbrecht


    Beautiful!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Woven Dress version by Ashley Mote


    Perfect!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Dress version by Anouchka Damen-Jongenelis


    Love the twirly factor in knit too!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Top  version by Jennifer Rodriguez Latourrette


    And the back <3

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Woven Top version by Melissa Malice


    So beautiful

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Dress version by Valeria Curatolo


    so so cute!

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Knit Top  version by Leah Broadstreet


    ahhh love this <3

    Lilah Top & dress by Sansahash Testers Round up

    Woven Dress  version by Gina Espindola


    She is having so much fun with it!

    sansahash Lilah top & dress tester round up

     

    Amazing right!!! Love all the versions.

    Don’t forget to share you creations with us! tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #lilahtop #lilahdress  and on Facebook you can join us here!

     

    Haven't got your copy yet? Get it here while still on Memorial sale through Monday

     

  36. Mgeni

    Guest Post: Lilah Top & Dress Maxi Hack

    Lilah Top & Dress;  Maxi Hack!


    It is always a pleasure to share posts with like-minded people.  Today I give you our first Guest Post: Lilah Top & Dress;  Maxi Hack! by the amazing Liesel.  I love and admire Liesel work! So when she suggested a maxi hack during Lilah Top & Dress testing, I was so thrilled. I knew this will be amazing!

    Okay now I am going to turn the post over to Liesel.

    Hi I am Liesel from ItsLiesel. I’m absolutely in love with the design of the new Lilah Top & Dress pattern! I love the lines of the racerback, and the fullness of the skirt. It fits exceptionally well too. I knew right away I wanted to make a maxi version of this pattern. My girls both love long skirts and dresses, they feel extra fancy, and I thought this style would look perfect as a maxi dress! I used some double brushed poly from So Sew English with vertical stripes. 

     

    Guest Post: Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash the Maxi Hack! This dress is perfect for beach wedding and those warm summer


    Since I had already made another version, I measured from the bottom of the bodice to the top of her feet, to make a custom length for the skirt.  The weight of the maxi will pull the bodice and skirt down a little, so if you’re using your own measurements, don’t measure all the way to the floor.

    What you need to do:


    If you’re measuring yourself, remember to account for the seam allowance at the top  where it will attach to the bodice, and the hem allowance. I second guessed my measurements, since my daughter had gone to bed when I was actually sewing, and cut it 2” longer than I had measured, and sure enough, I had to hem it 2,” but I know I can take out the hem when she grows and it will fit a little longer.

    I love her face expression here ;)

     

    Guest Post: Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash the Maxi Hack! This dress is perfect for beach wedding and those warm summer


    Or you can use the estimated lengths provided below to cut your skirt if you don’t have access to your model, or just want to sew without stopping :). These measurements included seam and hem allowance. 

    Estimated Maxi length

     

    Remember the width measurements given here are for full skirt! I decided to use half of the width of my fabric for the width of the skirt pieces. This helps to save some fabric, and since the maxi is longer and heavier, less width helps not weigh the dress down. My fabric was 60” wide. You can decide how full you want your skirt to be by leaving the width as it is or taking out some! It's up to you :).

    Adding clear elastic


    Don’t forget to sew in the clear elastic. It’s a quick step that really helps your bodice hold it’s shape. I pick up 5 or 10 yards at a time at my local knit store, it’s really inexpensive, and it’s good to have on hand for projects like this. There are many ways to add the clear elastic to your seam line. Check Mgeni's method here.

    What I did here was to sew the elastic in the bodice/lining before attaching the skirt. Do not stretch your elastic. it needs to be 1:1 ration with the width of the bodice/lining.

    Guest Post: Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash the Maxi Hack! This dress is perfect for beach wedding and those warm summer


    Here is how it looks like after sewing the elastic with stretch stitch.

    Guest Post: Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash the Maxi Hack! This dress is perfect for beach wedding and those warm summer


     

    Now construct your dress as per the Lilah Top & Dress tutorial! Nothing will change, except that your skirt will be longer.

    Back View


    How gorgeous is the back!

    Guest Post: Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash the Maxi Hack! This dress is perfect for beach wedding and those warm summer



    Side View


    Guest Post: Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash the Maxi Hack! This dress is perfect for beach wedding and those warm summer



    Closer look of the back!


    Guest Post: Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash the Maxi Hack! This dress is perfect for beach wedding and those warm summer



    Front View


    Guest Post: Lilah Top & Dress by Sansahash the Maxi Hack! This dress is perfect for beach wedding and those warm summer


     

    I hope you love this version as much as I do! It will be perfect all summer long, and looks equally perfect on vacation at the beach, or for a recital, or a party!

    About The Author


    Liesel enjoys thrifting, cold coffee, and sewing. She homeschools her four children when she’s not creating new clothes! Her sewing ventures are shared at ItsLiesel.

    Happy sewing xx

    If you haven't gotten your copy yet, you can find it here!

    Would you like to growth hacking & guest post for us?! We would love to. Please contact us and we will be happy to add your post and hack using our patterns in our blog.

  37. Mgeni

    Tutorial: How to sew a fully lined sleeveless bodice: Burrito methodSewing a fully lined sleeveless bodice around the armholes with a Burrito method is super easy and the results are just amazing in the end. Don't forget the professional look you get! I really love to use this method a lot and sometimes i must confess I tried to find reasons to use just this method. So let me tell you how:

    What you need:

    - You will need your bodice and lining pieces cut
    - Sewing machine
    - Pins/clips
    - Scissors

    Let's start!

    This tutorial is based on our new release Lilah Top & dress pattern. You will follow the instructions until you reach Step 9 of the pattern tutorial. In the pattern tutorial you have illustrations but if you prefer step by step photos tutorial you are in the right place.

    Sewing Armholes with Burrito Method:


    -First  you will lay the main bodice front and main bodice back right side up. Your right side of the lining will be facing down. Here is the photo.

    Sansahash_lilah_Top_Dress_Girls_PDF_Sewing_Patterns: sewing lined sleeveless bodice wit burrito method

    - Next, you will roll one side of the main bodice/lining towards the middle.

    Sansahash_lilah_Top_Dress_Girls_PDF_Sewing_Patterns: sewing lined sleeveless bodice wit burrito method

     

    - Next, we are going to make a sandwich. Flip the main bodice to the right, do not touch the lining yet.

    Sansahash_lilah_Top_Dress_Girls_PDF_Sewing_Patterns: sewing lined sleeveless bodice wit burrito method

     

    - Then pull the lining from underneath to the right. Your main bodice and your lining will now be right sides together sandwiching the roll you made previously.  Then you will align the armholes, making sure that the shoulder seams are perfectly matched. Pin and sew. Be careful when you sew around the back curve armhole. Go slowly and follow the notch provided in the pattern piece when you reach the racer back curve.

    Sansahash_lilah_Top_Dress_Girls_PDF_Sewing_Patterns: sewing lined sleeveless bodice wit burrito method

    Here is the closer look of the sewn armhole.

    Sansahash_lilah_Top_Dress_Girls_PDF_Sewing_Patterns: sewing lined sleeveless bodice wit burrito method

     

    You did it! Now repeat these steps with the other armhole. Don't forget to press well when you're done.

    Don't forget to share you creations with us! tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #lilahtop #lilahdress  and on Facebook you can join us here!

     

     

  38. Mgeni

    New Release: Kamaria Top, Dress & SunsuitIt’s here!  We are thrilled to introduce to you the KAMARIA Top, Dress, and Sunsuit.

    New Release: Kamaria Ruffled Top, Dress & Sunsuit


    Originally, this pattern began with an idea for a ruffled dress with an inverted pleated bodice; however, this pattern evolved into much more.  Mgeni and I LOVE rompers for our little ones still, so we just had to add that option to this pattern.  As we began testing, we had some of the tester request a top version, and well, Mgeni cannot say no.   I definitely need to work on that or our patterns will take forever to test and get to you.  In the end, I am so happy with the way each of these versions turned out.

    Top Version:


    Here is the KAMARIA top that I made.  This pattern is written with a variety of fabrics in mind; however, for this top, you must use a fabric with drape…..think rayon challis, voile, lawn, etc.  I used a lawn that I had purchased from Joann Fabric and Craft store last year on clearance.  The top is designed to hit at the hips, so I chose to pair it with a pair of jeans while we still have somewhat cooler weather here in the Southwest.  

     

    I just love this top from Sansahash designs! it is perfect for sunny weather! Must buy the pdf pattern!


     

    Sunsuit Version:


    The KAMARIA sunsuit is absolutely adorable!  There are optional pockets that you can add to both the ruffle and non ruffle version.  My daughter loves pockets for some reason and always gets excited.  The contrasting pockets just add something more to it as well.....at least for me. Both the sunsuit and dress have a ruffle and non ruffle option.  

    I just love this sunsuit from Sansahash designs! it is perfect for sunny weather! Must buy the pdf pattern!

     

    Dress Version:


    Last but not least, KAMARIA can also be made into a dress with or without a ruffled waist.  I just love the sweet look the ruffled waist gives this dress.  My daughter said she felt like a ballerina in a tutu.  

     

    I just love this Dress from Sansahash designs! it is perfect for holidays! That ruffled skirt is to die for! Must buy the pdf pattern!


     

    KAMARIA is a fairly quick sew.  The bodice comes together easily, as well as the skirt.  The most challenging part of the process is attaching the skirt.  The PDF has a detailed tutorial, along with illustrations.  We have also included some tips to help you attach.  By my third KAMARIA, it was a breeze!  I used a black crepe for the bodice and two layers of different crepes for the skirt with no issues.  Just take it slow, and you will be a pro in no time!

     

    Happy sewing!  Please be sure to share your creations on IG or Facebook group and tag us, so we can see.  :)

     

    All of our PDF patterns include:

    ~Computer drafted with graded sizes 6m-12y

    ~Layered sizes, so you can print only what you need

    ~At home print features

    ~Step by step tutorial with illustrations

    ~Size chart

    ~How to Blend section to help you customize the fit for your child

    ~Imperial and metric measurements

    ~Print Shop file

     

    Be sure to pick up your copy here  shop if you haven't already! You will love it!

  39. Mgeni

    New Release: Lilah Top & Dress ReleaseI cannot tell you how excited we are for our second pattern release.  

    New Release: Lilah Top & Dress


    LILAH is a timeless racerback top or dress that can be made in knit or woven.  This style is perfect for spring and summer!  Like KAMARIA, this pattern is drafted in sizes 6m-12Y.  With such a large size range, you will be sure to use this throughout the years.

    KNIT VERSION:


    LILAH has the option to make a knit top or dress.  The design features a full skirt for both knit and woven; however, you can always take out some of the width if you desire.  My daughter said that this dress is so comfy!  I used a french terry from So Sew English fabrics.  They have a great selection of knits.  You can check out their Facebook group and website for available fabrics.  

     

    Sansahash_Lilah_Top_Dress. This cute racer-back dress in knit is just perfect for warm weather! Must have!


     

    WOVEN VERSION:


    LILAH can also be made in woven.  To accommodate getting over your child’s head easily, there is a button down bodice and skirt placket in front.  The full skirt on this is AMAZING!  Talk about “twirl factor!”  I would rate this very high.  My daughter always has to take her new skirts or dresses for a spin, and LILAH was no exception.  

     

    Sansahash_Lilah_Top_Dress. This cute racer-back dress in WOVEN is just perfect for warm weather! Must have!


     

    RACERBACK FEATURE:


    How gorgeous is that back detail!

     

    Sansahash_Lilah_Top_Dress. This cute racer-back dress in knit is just perfect for warm weather! Must have!


    Sansahash_Lilah_Top_Dress. This cute racer-back dress in knit is just perfect for warm weather! Must have!


     

    This dress is a relatively quick sew. From print to finish, it took me about two hours to make the knit.  The woven took a little longer because I had to add a placket and buttonholes.  If you are looking for something you can make in an afternoon or possibly during nap time, then LILAH is it!  You will not be disappointed with this one.

    You can get your copy of Lilah Top & Dress here for just $6.5 through Tuesday, 9th May.

    Happy sewing!  Please be sure to share your creations on IG or Facebook and tag us, so we can see.  :)

     

  40. Mgeni

    Welcome to Sansahash

    Welcome to Sansahash


    Welcome to Sansahash. I cannot express to you how excited Mgeni and I are to open up Sansahash’s line of modern designs & PDF patterns.  About three years ago, Mgeni and I met while pattern testing for some very talented designers.  We have continued our friendship, shared ideas, and kept in touch. Mgeni always expressed her desire to draft patterns, and I continued to encourage he to follow her dream.  Fast forward a few years…..and here we are.

    I am so thankful for this opportunity to work alongside Mgeni to create stylish, modern patterns for your children. We hope that you love them as much as we do!

    Every PDF pattern we offer includes the following:
    ~Computer drafted with graded sizes 6m-12y
    ~Layered sizes, so you can print only what you need
    ~At home print features
    ~Step by step tutorial with illustrations
    ~Size chart
    ~Yardage requirements
    ~How to Blend section to help you customize the fit for your child
    ~Imperial and metric measurements
    ~Print Shop file

    We wish you a lot of sewing fun with our patterns and would love to see your creations.
    Tag us on Instagram @sansahash or join our Facebook group.

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