TGIF! I know it seems like lately I’ve been releasing new posts on Fridays (and that’s true), but I hope all of you understand! 🙂
If you’re on Instagram then you know that @Sewalteredstyle released their first pattern, the Misty cami and well, since I love camis and tank tops I was drawn to this like a moth to a flame.
Mac (@macsmakespace), who is one half of @Sewalteredstyle, asked me if I would join in making a cami hack and without hesitation I jumped at the opportunity. I mean, it’s a beautiful pattern, I love what the company and Mac represent and, hello it’s still hot as ever, so gimme all the camis!
First, I have to say upon receiving the PDF for the pattern I was impressed (but also not surprised) at how detailed and thorough the pattern directions were. If you watch Mac’s stories and her process then you know that she leaves no stone uncovered and that she pays attention to detail – A LOT. So when I saw that the pattern directions had diagrams, a quick reference, FBA instructions and quick tips (and the why behind quick tips) I knew I was in the right place. Honestly, I would rate this pattern as a advanced beginner pattern, but with so many notes, references and support, this can be easily, someone’s first garment pattern.
My second favorite part of the cami is that it’s named after Misty Copeland, the ballerina. That nearly knocked me off my feet when I made the connection. I’m a former dancer, and I studied ballet for so long that it would be a crime against everything I love and stand for not to make this pattern.
So, without further ado…and I’m sure I’ll be making this a few more times… here’s my Misty Cami hack!
- 2-3 yards of fabric
- Sewing machine
- Serger (optional)
- Tape and cute all of your pattern pieces.
- On a personal note, I’m a D cup so I cut C/D cups for all of my pieces.
- For the pattern lining pieces: (optional) Extend the bottom of the bodice and back pieces by 2 inches for additional coverage.
- For the pattern main pieces cut the front bodice and back pieces at the waistline.
- Draft (or use another skirt pattern piece) for the skirt bottom. Measure your waist. Whatever your waist measurement is, divide it by 2. For example, my waist measures at 36, so my number would be 18. If you’re drafting a pattern piece then draw a line that is 18 inches long at the top and the bottom of your paper. Then measure down your leg from your natural waist and determine how long you would like your dress to be. My number was 19. Now you should have a complete square. Cut this piece out of your pattern paper.
- Cut your fashion fabric using your pattern pieces. Be sure to follow the cutting directions for the bodice from the pattern directions. It’s important to be mindful of matching your print design while cutting.
- For your skirt you will cut 2 pieces on the fold. Your skirt will look really wide, but that’s okay because we’re making gathers.
- Once you have cut your pieces follow the pattern directions for the bodice.
- Serge/finish the side seams of your skirt panels then sew them together using 3/8 seam allowance. Press the seams open.
- Serge/finish the bottom and the top of your skirt.
- Make 2 rows of basting at the top of the skirt. Add your gathers.
- Once the gathers are completed, add the bottom of your bodice to the top of the skirt, right sides together.
- Sew together.
- Finish the skirt with a narrow hem.