Today is going to be a lot of fun as we are talking all about ways you can customize your Roksi Trio! Not only does this pattern have the fun mix-and-match layering aspect, there’s also a lot you can do with various hacks to make a new garment entirely.
There are a lot of ways you can make Roksi your own without making any changes to the construction of the pattern. I encourage you to revisit day two when we talked about inspiration. Using a graphic print? Think about changing print direction on each layer. Use all solid but complimentary colors. Or… even crazier… sew every layer in one. single. color. Mind blown right?
MAKE AN ALL-IN-ONE ROKSI
Maybe the whole layering, mixing and matching thing isn’t for you – but you still like the tiered look. In this case why not try an all-in-one Roksi? In this method each tier cut in only one layer and sewn together at the neckline & armhole. Keep in mind that this method is not reversible, and your tiers will be permanently sewn together, so you won’t be able to wear them separately. But maybe separate is too plain-jane for you. If thats the case.. this hack is for you. Examples of this hack are below – watch the video for the full how-to.
BIAS FINISHED ROKSI
The bias finish is great for folks who don’t particularly care about reversibility and just want to sew a straight crop/tank/dress. In this version the hem will be a simple turned hem, and the neckline and armholes will be finished with bias binding. Sounds easy enough but that V neck can be really tricky to get a nice clean point on the bias tape so I’ve created a little video tutorial for you.
A QUICK NOTE ABOUT CUTTING
If you are familiar with my patterns, you know I don’t include cutting diagrams. There are so many widths of fabric and size/view variations when creating a cutting diagram that I choose not to include them. Also I’ve never once looked at one in my life and most people I surveyed didn’t use them either. Since this pattern is pretty basic (only three pattern pieces per view) I fully trust you can handle it! As usual, be sure that the grainiline marked on your pattern piece is parallel with the selvedge/folded edge of your fabric. I recommend using weights (or soup cans), not pins.
A note particular to this pattern: You will notice there are two options for straps. You will be using EITHER the two sided strap OR the folded strap, not both. The two sided strap is provided for folks making the reversible version who want the strap to match their Roksi on each side. If thats not you, the fold-over strap will be much easier to work with.
And that wraps up our last info-packed day of the Roksi Trio Sewalong!! You have all weekend to plan, prep, & cut your Roksi Trio. Next week we start the fun part… construction!!
Happy Roksi Sewing!