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Summer of Skirts - Waistband Bow Skirt tutorial

Summer of Skirts - Waistband Bow Skirt tutorial
Here it is - finally! A swingy red skirt just in time for the 4th of July. Sorry it took so long to get this tutorial up - moving and internet problems delayed me. As always, if you have any questions at all or if I didn't explain things well enough, leave a comment and I should get back to you within the day. Or, send me an email! Oh, yeah, and I almost forgot - I'll be giving this skirt away to celebrate my 100 followers. What you need:- The measurement of around your waist where you want the skirt to sit. Step 1: Cut your fabric.First, for the waistband and tie: Decide how long you want your ties to be (I made mine the same as my waist measurement for simplicity). For the skirt, we're going to be using the same pieces that we did for the elastic A-Line skirt, so cut your main skirt panels out following steps 1-6. Here are the pieces (including the interfacing, not including the sleeping dog) you should have: Step 3: Next, open the folded strip, wrong side facing you. And all the way: Related:  Free sewing patterns: Women's clothing

Sew a Full, Gathered Skirt , Part One: Make Your Own Pattern! A lot of you went gaga over this taffeta skirt from Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing. Well, do I have a secret for you! This type of skirt is easy to replicate, no scrounging around for a vintage pattern required. This is part one of two in this tutorial. In this installment, you'll learn to make your own simple pattern for this skirt.This is a basic dirndl style skirt. First, you need a big rectangle for the skirt front and back. The skirt pattern piece will be 40" wide. Second, you need a long, skinny rectangle piece for the waistband. You want your waistband length to be your waist measurement plus one inch of ease. Now for the width, which will be 1-1/4" finished. So. Those are your two pattern pieces! My only disclaimer is that the measurements I'm using here were developed on my body. Next up, look for the second part of this tutorial, which will walk you through the construction of the skirt.

Summer of Skirts - Elastic A-Line Tutorial This skirt is great, because it is almost as easy as the 20 minute skirt but is more flattering and versatile. I plan on making many more of these! It's also worth noting that my current giveaway (enter to win if you haven't already!) dress features this type of skirt. What you need:-elastic - enough to fit around your waist; i prefer 3/4 inch for skirts-1 yard of fabric if you normally wear a small/medium, maybe a little more if you are large and up- a yardstick or newspaper or something with a long straight edge Step 1: Cut along the fold of your fabric, so you have two pieces with the cut fold on one end and the selvage on the other. Step 2: Now you have a little bit of math to do. Step 4: Then, put your yardstick/newspaper/whatever at each of these marks, so you have a diagonal across the fabric. Step 5: You should know have four pieces of fabric. Step 6: This part is optional, but it will make hemming a whole lot easier. Step 7: Sew the skirt panels together.

Wire Bow DIY I'm always looking for fun hair accessories to add to my collection. Here's a quick little wire bow DIY project to add a little flair to pony tails, buns, and braids! Supplies needed: pretty fabric (thanks, Alexa!), wire, wire cutters, and scissors Step 1: cut out a length of fabric (mine was 13 inches). You can make it as long or short as you'd like. Step 2: sew around the edges of the fabric (make sure the fabric is turned inside out, or printed side down) leaving a small hole unsewn. Step 3: take a length of wire that is double the size of your fabric (mine was 26 inches). Step 4: flip the fabric right-side-out and slide the wire inside. I love quick DIY projects and this one doesn't disappoint. Happy crafting!

embroidery basics: looking back and instructions for lefties Over the last three months, I've been sharing my Embroidery Basics series. I don't have any more posts planned for this right now, but you never know...I may get some more together down the road. In the meantime, here's a little overview of the posts with links to each! And...someone asked me about instructions for lefties. I wasn't planning on it, and wasn't even sure how that would work.

Paperbag Ensemble Dress - Patterns Archive Please consult our size comparison table, our table of body measurements and the "Patterns" section of our FAQs before you download and print a pattern. Paperbag Ensemble Dress Design by jens / Pattern by Your Style Rocks! Finally, here is the pattern for the design that jens submitted as her winning entry in our "Sunday, lovely sunday" contest - we think it turned out great! The fabric we chose for the dress is rather stiff - if you want the paperbag effect to be more prominent you should look for a smoother, flowing type of fabric. Following jens' design, we combined top and skirt to make this a dress, but if you are an experienced sewer you could always modify the pattern to have separate pieces. Detailed sewing instructions for this pattern are available here. Download the pattern:

no heat, overnight curls. 5 minute no heat curls - it really works! Or so she says...: Almost No Heat Curls (she: Michaela) no heat curls No-heat Soft And Pretty Curls No Heat Curls - From Socks #2 (2) Super easy "No-Heat" Sock Curls! stitch dictionary Created by sarah on 06 Jun 2010 The stitch dictionary is arranged in alphabetical order and will help you to go to a stitch directly. Just click on the alphabet given in the index to go to the stitch beginning with that alphabet. Some stitches are known by multiple names and all names are included here. Tags: edging and border stitch, embroidery, embroidery tutorial, feather stitch, fly stitch, hand embroidery, hand embroidery tutorial, hand embroidery tutorials, herring bone stitch, knot stitch, needlework, palestrina stitch, running stitch, stem stitch, stitch dictionary, stitches 50 Comments »

Dragon dress My Dragon dress!!!! I can't say how much I love this dress. I saw the fabric at the fabric store and knew I had to make a dress. I love the shape of the skirt I wore it to a friends memorial because it reminded me of him and it was a huge hit. It's one of those thing you have in your closet that just makes you feel good when you wear it.<3Edit: Anyone interested the fabric is "Shibuki Dragon" The Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection 2007This rocks! Tute:Fabric: I used three yards and had some left over...I'm 6'0 so most people will need a bit less.Zipper: Whatever length you feel comfortable with. *To start measure from your waist (bellybutton or smallest part of your torso) to about how long you want the skirt of your dress to be and add an inch. Fold in half and snip the parts that are a little uneven so you have a nice looking slope. This is the basic shape you want to cut out for the dress top. Measure the widest part of your bust and cut your piece that long. Close up. Sew across.

How to restore Timber Venetian Blinds | Web Compendium When we moved a few years ago, the new house had a lot of cedar timber venetian blinds. These blinds had been installed new, and added a nice aesthetic to the feel of the house, which also had timber flooring throughout. Imagine my dismay when I saw that the tenants who we had rented the house to had not taken care of any of the fixtures or fittings in the home. Amongst other things, the blinds were dirty, discolored, and water damaged where the tenants had left windows open during rain. Water Damaged & Discolored Timber Blinds At first I thought all the blinds would need replacing, but with so many floor-to-ceiling custom size blinds, this was not going to be a cost effective option. How to Restore Timber Venetian Blinds Sometimes a regular clean is not enough to have timber blinds looking as good as they used to. Even though a lot of people recommend washing ‘timber’ blinds, they are probably referring to the plastic style blinds that look like timber.