Box Pleated Skirt Math !

Hey Hunnies!!!!

I know its been a few weeks since I made a post but im back !!!
Work and Life has been crazy but I am adjusting ...
However I didn't forget my hunnies and I am back with a very sought after DIY
( at least in my opinion)
I have searched the web through and through for a ACCURATE tutorial on how to do ...
BOX PLEATS !! ......But no luck!.



 So I decided I would not only provide you with the math BUT I'm going to do you one better .....

I'm going to SHOW YOU how I made mine .... :)





MATH 

1ST CALCULATION :

Find your waist measurement total : measure your natural waist + 1.5 inches (FOR EASE OF WEAR AND SEAM ALLOWANCE )
33 + 1.5 =34.5   FOR ME



2ND CALCULATION :
Find the amount of fabric you need 
Formula
Waist + inch of pleats (3) × number of pleats = total inches of fabric you Need
34.5 + 3 (6) = 52.50 inches of fabric

NOTE: IF YOU WANT POCKETS YOU NEED TO ADD ANOTHER 1.5 (FOR EASE AND SEAM ALLOWANCE ) THEN CUT FABRIC DOWN THE MIDDLE


3RD CALCULATION : 
Now you need to know how far apart each pleat will be
Formula:
Waist measurement total ÷ number of pleats = distance between pleats

34.5 ÷6 = 5.75 inches


Numbers Needed
Waist measurement total : 34.5
Amount of fabric : 52.5 
Distance between pleats : 5.75 inches 

* Note: One thing I discovered while making this skirt is that an easier way to do the zipper area is to account for seam allowance in one of your side pleats, instead of doing it in the back 
(like I do in this video  ) .
If you make that adjustment you can just add the zipper on the side with no fuss of putting it in a pleat.*. 

Here is where you adjust the Math :

Waist measurement total ÷ number of pleats = distance between pleats

34.5 ÷6 = 5.75 inches

INSTEAD OF ADDING YOUR ENTIRE WAIST TOTAL YOU NEED TO JUST ADD YOUR NATURAL WAIST AND THEN CALCULATE YOUR SEAM ALLOWANCE INTO ONE PLEAT ON THE SIDE 

EXAMPLE :
33 ÷ 6 =   5.5 INCH SPACES 

ONE SPACE WILL BE 7" 
( 5.5 SPACE + 1.5 SEAM ALLOWANCE  =  7 "INCHES ) 


I HOPE ALL THIS MAKES SENSE .. I WOULD SUGGEST PRACTICING ON MUSLIN FIRST ... THE GOOD THING ABOUT THESE FORMULAS IS THAT YOU CAN ADJUST THEM TO YOUR LIKING ...

IF YOU WANT THE DRESS FULLER AT THE BOTTOM YOU CAN ADD INCHES TO YOUR PLEAT 
( ALL THIS IS EXPLAINED IN THE VIDEO) 





I hope you enjoy the Video !! 
If you have any questions please leave comments and I will be glad to explain as best as I can :) 




Until Next Time !!
XOXOXOX 






Easy DIY Jumpsuit!! / #MCCDIY

OK ladies and gents :)
LET'S MAKE YOUR OWN!!!


I wont go into great detail with this post because I have provided a DIY for you guys to follow along and make you very own !!  But I will give you a few details . 

 I used Mcall 6964 for the top portion of the jumpsuit : 


I used Butterick 5893 for the bottom portion of the jumpsuit :



Both patterns where much easier than the first to use and I had to do very little cutting off the top of the pants. I did have to adjust the pants on the sides by the shirt running in s, m and large sizes and the pants running in number sizes. This adjustment was really easy and I show how I make it in the video ! I'll post some pictures of the outfit for you guys and then the link to the video !! I hope you enjoy and dont forget to tag #MCCDIY so i can see all my Crafty Doll photos !!!!












Until Next Time XOXOXO



Coral Comfort Jumpsuit / M6964 S1668

Oh !! I love this one for so many reasons !!

 

Comfort, Color, and Convenience !!!

This jumpsuit is sooo Comfortable the fabric is soft and extremely manageable !

I love the Color, the pictures just don't do it justice ...it has this beautiful sheen to it !

And the Convenience of it being one slip on slip off piece is just perfect !!

 

I used two patterns for this jumpsuit

 

Simplicity 1668 for the Pants

 

 

And McCall 6964 for the top

Now ,originally I didn't have a completed idea of how I wanted the jumper to look I just knew that I wanted a full jumper with flared legs and I wanted to do something different with the top .
I searched through a few top patterns before I found what I THOUGHT was the perfect one ,but two things ended up being wrong ... It was discontinued and as I did more research I discovered that it was more of a open wrap shirt than a full shirt that could be connected to pants ...
The look on the pattern was VERY deceiving so it was back to the drawing board once I made that discovery ...
 
What I ultimately ended up choosing was a McCall pattern I already had for the top and purchasing a pants pattern ....
 
HOWEVER .....
Even though I ended up taking the cheap way out by using a pattern I already had ,I had to adjust the pants because they where in sizes S,M,L and the top was In standard US sizes ...bummer...
I should have considered that
In the end I completed the top and then adjusted the pants to fit the waist of the top ...it was a constant try on and off process
 
 

I ended up having to trim about two inches off the top of the pants to get them to fall where I wanted ...I also added a attached belt that I made extra long so I could wrap it different ways



In the end I decided that I wanted the belt to be the main focal point of the jumper and I absolutely love how it turned out ...

I used a ITY knit from my local Joann's..

Oh! I also cut thumb holds in the sleeves just to give it a more sporty look

I plan to make one of these in black for a more dressy look, I've already spotted the fabric I plan on using ... Now it's just a matter if casing the joint until it goes on sale :)

 

Another beautiful addition to my fall collection !!!

Until next time lovelies XOXOXO !

 

Chocolate Oldie But Goodie ! / Vogue 8921

This will be a quick post gals because I just received my Janome Serger  in the mail today and I cant WAIT to go play with it :)  This week is my birthday and my husband decided to surprise me with my very own!! I have been wanting one for sometime now and since I just recently opened my own store this was the PERFECT gift !!! IM SO EXCITED ...

Ok , so I'll take a minute to talk about this beautiful chocolate pieces that I made over a year ago ... I got started on it honestly .... a year ago .. but never finished it ....

I know..... that's pitiful but I am a recovering procrastinator so bear with me :)





                                                         I used Vogue 8921 for this one





http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8921-products-47548.php?page_id=857&search_control=display&list=search


I've made this dress twice and I absolutely love it because it can be dressed up or down ...
Add a belt and wear it to work or take the belt away for a more dressy look to wear on date night or out to dinner with your girlfriends ! 


I love versatile pieces !!


This is a great piece for my fall collection so I am  so glad that i finally finished it .. 
This dress is SUPER easy to make and took me MAYBE 2 hours to make !!




I will be wearing it more this fall , the color is perfect and absolutely YUMMY. 
I used a ponte matte brown fabric .. I purchased it a year ago from Joann Fabrics 



Now off to play with my new toy!!!
 Until next time XOXOXOXO


Victorian Garden Skirt

 

"Gardening is how I relax.

It's another form of creating and playing with colors."

~ Oscar de la Renta

Meet Victorian Garden....

Midi Skirts are the epitome of Southern Style .. that would explain why I have fallen completely in love with them . Being born and raised in Alabama pretty much makes you a poster child in the"Southern Belle" category :)

These skirts effortlessly capture the femininity of a woman which is why I am so in love!!

The wonderful thing about the midi skirt is it can be created in so many diffrent styles...

I decided with this design to add pleats and of course a set of satin lined pockets ....

I don't have to tell you how handy pockets are in a skirt!!! So I added them !

 

 

 

This skirt screams CHIC... it shows off just enough leg to keep it classy but leave them wondering :)

 

 

 

 

I decided to use this beautiful double sided brocade that Icame across at my local Joanns... I knew the minute that I saw it what I was going to do with it !! I mean it literally jumped out at me in the store ...

 

The fabric is beautiful !


It has just enough fullness to stand out on its own with no petticoat or horse braid!!!

 

 

I paired the skirt with a beautiful gold top that I found at my local thrift store for $1.99
#Winning

 

 

Oh yeah! the shoes are also thrifted ( $4.99)

 

 

I decided to add this one to my store!!

If your interested in having one for your very on Visit MCC Schatzi !!

This skirt also comes in a light version that is just as BEAUTIFUL!!

 

Until Next Time XOXO

 

Don't forget to visit MCC Schatzi for other Handmade Creations ;)

 

 

 

 

Gaudy Girl !

Gaudy Girl

She's that girl that LOVES to be seen ... She is extremely outgoing and passionate about her style.. 
Meet Gaudy Girl ... 

She is in a class all by herself


This beautiful high low skirt is made from a luxurious stretch taffeta, this fabric has a moderate stretch but a beautiful sheen that will catch the eye of anyone when you walk into a room. 
The skirt has a 2 inch waistband and a 18-24 inch drop(including waistband) . 

 












Available NOW in a variety of Beautiful Colors!!!


www.mccschatzi.bigcartel.com



NEW STORE OPENING!!!

Today I am so proud to announce the opening of my new store!!!.. I've been working over the last few months coming up with the design concept and exactly how I want my vision to be portrayed in my pieces!!
I really had to sit down and think about everything that embodies a woman ...
Sophistication , Style , and of course Sexyness !!!


Thats what this line will embody .. EVERY QUALITY of a Woman 


Introducing ...*Drum Rolls* :-) 




"Schatzi"
Pronounced "Shatzy" is a German word for endearment or treasure... Its the most commonly used word by couples to show there love and affection for one another. A woman is a treasure and should always dress as such , thats the woman I m targeting.. the woman who has confidence and wants that to exude through her apparel... 



This line has definitely been a labor of love ...
The collection is just beginning and I hope that you all will enjoy my pieces because everyone of them  is a little piece of me ... I want woman to feel beautiful when wearing my designs . 

Please visit the Store at 


I hope you love the designs !!!!








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