Pattern Hack with Phee

I am back again with another pattern hack, this time is the Tammy from Annelaine Patterns! I decide to make W a cropped dance top and add a little something extra with the wrap around ties. For the bottoms I used the Deux Leggings from Lil Luxe Collection, I didn’t make any changes on those


For this set I used Pinkalicious and Black Tricot from Phee Fabrics. I used tricot for a more of an athletic feel to her outfit, since she is only 5 they don’t dance too hard, but it is perfect for anything of the athletic nature, its moisture wicking, anti microbial, and has 4 way stretch. Tricot is a great choice for those older girls needing a cropped Tammy for dance!

Ok, on to hacking the Tammy! You are going to construct your Tammy bodice the same way from the tutorial, just skip cutting or attaching a skirt.


We are now going to measure the bottom of the top.


This is where we have to do some math. We are essentially making a band for the bottom of our top. If you know how to do this you can skip ahead, just for reference I make my band 5 inches wide so my finished band would be 2 inches wide.

The bottom of my top laying flat is 12 inches. So from there you want to double that measurement, which makes it 24 inches. From there we want to make the band slightly smaller than the bottom of our top so we will multiply that 24 by 85% or .85

24 * .85 = 20.4

We still need to add in the seam allowance. Which means a 1/4″ on each side of the band or a total of 1/2″

20.4 + .5 = 20.9

When I have an odd measurement like 20.9 I will just round up to 21 to make cutting my band easier. So for the band on my size 5 Tammy I will cut a 5″ by 21″.


We will also cut our ties. How long the ties are, is up to you. I found that between 30 and 35 inches for W. Her waist is 22 inches and this allowed for them to be wrapped around and tied. You will need to cut 2 ties. So for me I cut 2 ties 5″ by 35″.


Now we are going to sew our ties. You will fold long edges, right sides together and then sew (with a stretch stitch) the long edge and one of the short edges. I used contrasting thread for the purposes of this tutorial. You will end with one of the short ends left open.


Turn your straps right side out.

Grab your bottom band and find the middle of the short end and mark with a clip/pin.


Place your ties on the right side of your bottom band with the seams of the ties towards the middle mark you made on your band.


Now bring the other short edge of your band and match up the edges, right sides together.


Your ties should not go all the way to the bottom of the band, this is the seam allowance of where you will be attaching it to your bodice.


Sew your band and ties, making them one piece. Then fold the band wrong sides together. You should now have a circle with the ties coming out of one end.DO9A2666

Now we are going to quarter your bottom band and your Tammy bodice. The side seams are quarter points so you don’t need to mark those if you don’t want to.


Match your quarter points on your bodice and band, making sure the ties are in the back.


Sew the band to the bodice stretching slightly between your quarter points.

All done! With your cropped tie Tammy from Annelaine Patterns!




Cold Shoulder Hack

Posted by Emily Merkel

I am here today showing you how to make a cold shoulder top out of a dolman top you may already have. I am using a super soft and drapey rayon spandex from Phee Fabrics, this is by far my favorite rayon spandex I have ever used. It is such a great feeling fabric with a good weight and drape, perfect for a top that looks a little dressy, but is still super comfy and easy for me to chase the 3 littles around in. I plan on making several more in lots of different colors, its such a great fabric to sew! I may or may not have slept in my top it is so comfy! This being a dolman top it is also super fast to sew, even with the few extra steps to make it a cold shoulder top, meaning it is a double winner in my house!DO9A0889.jpgI am using the Tamara Top by Annelaine, it is one of my most made patterns, it comes with so many options but I just had to make it even better with a simple cold shoulder hack It does need to have dolman sleeves for this method to work.

Ok, let’s get started on making our top into a cold shoulder. Lay your front and back bodice pieces right sides together.DO9A0862

Now we will make the marks on our sleeves. I wanted my hole in the shoulder to start 1.5″ from the neckline, so the first mark I made was 1.75″ from the neckline. I added .25″ to account for the seam allowance of the neckband.


I then measured from the end of the sleeve 2″ in. This is where the hole will end. I used 2″ since I knew that my hem was going to be 1″. Repeat on the other sleeveDO9A0865

We will now go to the sewing machine and sew just from the neckline to our first mark and the from the second mark to the edge of the sleeve. Leave the middle between the 2 marks unsewn, this is what is going to make our hole for the cold shoulder. Remember to use a stretch stitch here! It can be a zig zag or lightening bolt stitch. Do this to both sleeves.DO9A0866-Edit

Now we want to press the seam down. Also press you seam allowance (mine is 1/4″) down where you left it unsewn, we will topstitch that down to complete our cold shoulder hole. Repeat on all sides.


It should now look like this.DO9A0870DO9A0869

Now turn over so right side is facing up and topstitch your cold shoulder hole catching that portion you pressed under. I used a coverstitch, but a sewing maching using a stretch stitch or double needle would work great too!

Tip: I like to use tissue paper when I am sewing hems that are close to the fabric edge to help make sure that the sewing machine doesn’t eat my fabric. After you are done sewing you can just tear away the tissue paper.DO9A0872-Edit

You can now finish you top like normal, with the side seams, neckband and hemming! All done and you have this fun cold shoulder top out of any dolman sleeved top!