the finished garment with button loops

Button loops, also know as rouleau loops, add such a beautiful finishing touch to a garment. The loops aren't hard to make, but if you've never done it before you might be scratching your head. Turning a very narrow piece of fabric right side out can seem tricky!

The Jackie pattern in our collection uses three of these loops at the back neckline. In this pattern, the loops are made of knit fabric; however, you may use this method for woven fabric. Also, if you are making a garment in knit and find that the fabric you've chosen is too dense for a loop, you can always opt to make a woven loop with your knit garment. I'd suggest something light, such as a lining.

In this tutorial, I'll walk you through the steps of how to make these lovely loops. Let's get started!

 

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Victory Patterns - Jackie knit dress Version 1

I'm really excited to introduce our newest pattern, Jackie! 

This style is named after my beautiful mama, who has always been a muse and a source of creative inspiration for me. Of the countless amazing things about her, one thing I've always loved is the pride she takes in the simple act of getting dressed. She manages to be stylish, no matter if it's just to pop out to the grocery. 

I think our moms create the foundation for how we dress. We learn the "rules" from them, and then perhaps we break them but for myself, as I'm older now, I definitely feel like I try to channel my mom circa 1970 when I'm getting dressed. She would probably say that I've completely missed the mark, as she questions most of my outfit choices, but we're talking "inspiration" here!

I've always loved looking at old photos of her in her 20's and imagine what she was like then, what made her laugh, and all the beautiful clothes that she would wear. I get very upset with her that she didn't save them for me so all I can do now is imagine, and design, and sew up something that may have been worthy of being in her wardrobe. So, for this new pattern I kept her in my mind and created a style that has just the right amount of classy vintage lady vibes that one might feel properly primped in, yet comfortable to wear while buying broccoli.

But first, what's a story without a couple of pics of the muse herself!

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It’s hard to believe that 5 years ago this little pattern biz popped into the world! What an incredible journey it’s been! I still feel so incredibly luck and thankful to create products that I care about for such an inspiring, warm-hearted community. YOU guys make this worth it and I have to say a big THANK YOU for being so awesome and supportive. I literally could not do it without you, and your enthusiasm makes this job a dream! I’m really excited for year number 6! I think it’ll be the best one yet!

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For a long time now, I’ve been in a bit of trouble with my sister. She’s given me big lectures about having not named a pattern after her as yet. After all, I’ve named Nicola and Hannah after her two best friends, but not one after her. What kind of sister am I ?!? Well, to tell you the truth, it’s kind of like naming a baby. The pattern has to feel like the person that it’s named after. Then along came this little number.

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I am thrilled to announce that our new pattern will be released on Thursday, September 8th at 10 am, EST.

Sign up to our mailing list to receive an early sneak peek of her on Wednesday morning. You’ll also receive a discount for 20% off the pattern, which you can use on Thursday and will be valid until September 16th.  Sign up for this pattern sneak peek closes on Tuesday at midnight, EST.

If you have already signed up for our mailing list, you’re good to go!

I can’t wait to share this one with you! Have an amazing weekend everyone.

Kristiann x

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A French seam is a clean finishing technique for seams and is used when sewing lighter weight fabrics. When you are looking for a clean finished interior to an un-lined garment, this is a great technique to use. It is sewn easily along straight seams and while it is possible to perform this technique on curved seams, it requires a certain level of experience.

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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to sew a gather stitch, how to take up the gathers and finally, how to attach the gathered edge to a corresponding piece. This gathering method explains how to sew a gather stitch with three rows of basting, which is suitable for larger gathered edges or for full gathers. This tutorial is taken from the pages of Boundless Style. You can find this tutorial and many others in Boundless Style.

Let’s get started!

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Stitch in the ditch

When it comes time to finish the inside edges of a garment, such as the inner edge of a waistband, cuff, collar, binding, etc, you can choose to secure the edge with a hand stitch or a machine stitch technique known as stitching in the ditch. This tidy stitch is fast compared to a hand sewn slip stitch and can save you a good bit of time.

This technique works by stitching through the crack of the stitch on the right side of the garment, while securing the under layer in place on the wrong side. This results in a clean finished edge on the inside while creating an invisible stitch on the outside of the garment

Here’s how it’s done...

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Hannah has an armhole dart, which is an unconventional dart placement that you might more often find in vintage clothing. I know you’re likely scratching your head about this one. Because of this placement, this bust adjustment tutorial may look a bit different to those you’ve seen before. These bust adjustments for the Hannah pattern will allow you to add or reduce fabric at the bust area, adjusting the dart size, all while maintaining the size of the waist and hips.

 

Heres what well cover in this tutorial:

  • Selecting your size
  • Determining your cup size
  • Determining the amount to adjust your pattern
  • Full bust adjustment tutorial
  • Small bust adjustment tutorial
  • Adjusting your apex
  • Truing your adjusted dart
     

Let’s get started!

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