Sewing Tips: Practicing your Sewing Stitches (including the back-stitch) Ooooh, okay, so many more of you told me that you received a new sewing machine for Christmas. Or a serger. Or some new sewing supplies. Yay!! Many of you are very new to this crazy sewing thing so let me give you a really quick pep talk. Okay. One more thing, if you think something is too hard to try, then yep, it’ll always be too hard to try. It surprises me. Okay, enough pep-talking. I know this first tip is so lame and you already know it……but practice. You may not be perfect your first time revving up your machine……but you will get better, I promise. Okay, first real lesson: the Back-Stitch A back-stitch is how you secure the beginning and end of your stitch. Now, sew a few stitches forward, stop, push your back-stitch button (it will be some sort of knob/button/lever) and hold it down and then start sewing again. Now, continue sewing right over that row of stitches and continue on the path that you were wanting to sew. Why Back-Stitch???? Next up? Sewing Around Curves and Corners
3 Stitch Summer Dress Yet another Kitty dress tutorial! You know if I was able to do it, then it is super easy! Only 3 stitches needed, and minimal measuring! If you can sew a pillow- you can sew this :) First I found this fabric at Goodwill. Here are the very basic instructions. Yeah, not super detailed but there really isnt much to it! Extra tips: I guessed on the amount of fabric. The hem for the elastic- I folded over twice to make sure it would be secure and not unravel. Make sure your elastic is tight around your chest. You may not even need to hem the bottom. Of course I've got to give GmaV alot of the credit- she is the sewing master around here. Thanks to my new years resolution not to purchase clothes- I've been learning all kinds of dress tips and tricks! How to make my Chalk Lines Skirt This is one of my favorite skirts (and my sister’s favorite to borrow). It’s not the quickest sewing project, since you have to sew each seam twice – once to put in the piping and again to actually make the seam – but it’s worth the extra effort. These are the pattern pieces: To add piping to a seam, first sew the piping to one side, placing it on the right side of the fabric with the decorative bit facing in. First sew together the bottom and middle pieces of the side panel. To add the pockets, sew the piping to the top of the pocket, then add the top of the lining. fold the lining back and top stitch so this edge lies flat. To add an exposed zipper, finish the edges of the fabric so they won’t unravel by running a zigzag stitch along the edge. The piping stiffens the fabric so you need to add a facing to hem.
The Upcycled ruffles dress tutorial So this past week was pretty bad blog-wise, my blog and website got attacked with malware. My feed was having issues and subscribers seemed to banish. Happily most of it is fixed now and I am happy to be able to blog again (I didn’t wanted to post anything until I was 100% sure the malware was completely cleaned) And if you saw my site down, that was the reason =] I had this post saved from weeks! so finally here it is! A few weeks a go I showed you all how this dress turn out (I previously asked for color advice) and it’s finally time for a tutorial so you can also try it out! To make this dress I used Ken’s old sleeveless T-shirts and some fabric leftovers from a project I did years a go – Actually I was researching if those kind of shirts had a special name here because in Chile they are call “musculosas” because guys wear them to showoff their arms. Anyways, you will need either one long sleeveless T-shirt or 2 short ones. [Click on images to enlarge]
sew la vie: My super cute purple camisole dress I went to a party in this dress this Friday. I started sewing it this Wednesday. This dress is from a Burda 2005 magazine. I wanted to make a dress with boning from an expensive brocade fabric that I bought, but then I got the idea to use this fabric as a trial dress - kind of scary to cut into my expensive fabric without even trying the pattern! It was lots of fun to make and easier than I thought. Originally it was a strapless dress, but I was afraid it would keep slipping down so I added the straps. So conclusions and thoughts: I still need to learn how to add boning and how to properly fit a strapless dress.Attaching the shoulder straps when there aren't two layers to put them in (dress + facing) means you need to attach them by hand - a lot of work and a poorer result.Overlock (or zig zag finish) your edges at the right time.
michael ann made.: men's shirt to dress refashion the mr and i spent most of the weekend being busy and getting ready for our road trip down to california later this week, and i was able to finish up a men's shirt refashion that i've had on my project list for too long! before: giant chambray men's shirt thrifted for $2 after: simple summer dress! don't you love it when an idea turns out even better in real life than you imagined? i cut off the sleeves and the collar, leaving just the collar band. i also took off the pocket because it looked a little funny down near my waist... then i slimmed down the sides to fit loose so it would gather cute with a belt. when i tried it on, the shoulders turned out to be long enough to be little cap sleeves! the shirt itself wasn't quite long enough to be a dress, so i used the fabric from the sleeves to make a band at the bottom of the dress, adding the sleeve's placket as a little detail on the side.
wiksten tank with sleeves « tidytipsy.photography I’m back from a 2-day trip to Belgium, where a friend and I spent a day at the beach and visited the beautiful city of Bruges. I will have the pictures up in a big travel post soon, but first a little sewing to show off as promised (the first of a few posts, I hope to get the other stuff photographed this week). I’ve been dabbling with quite a few patterns lately but I keep coming back to the Wiksten Tova and Tank Top patterns. The tank pattern especially fits me really well and is so simple and yet versatile. I decided to add cap sleeves to make it suitable to wear at work as well. I did raise the neckline a bit (only 1/2″ I think). I know I keep repeating myself, but this pattern really is a joy to work with, it’s simple and quick, has super nice french seams and fits great without any adjustments. Like this: Like Loading...
How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) Two facts about me: I'm cheap. I love dresses. I wear dresses probably 6 days out of the week. It's not that I one day just decided to wear dresses to feel cute and girly. Far from it. Back in November when I really started Talk2thetrees I kinda just wore pajama pants and sweat pants. Dresses are so comfortable, I can sit around the house and feel comfortable and cute. The only problem.. they are expensive! Here is a tutorial on a High Waisted Dress: For under 6 bucks! First you will need a ribbed tank top. I got mine from Walmart for 2.50 You could also use a t-shirt 3 yards of matching fabric. Clearance section is my favorite. Cut the tank top almost in half. (I cut mine a little too short.. oops!) For the bottom part of your dress take the fabric and wrap it around your waist about 1 and a half times, and cut in a straight line. I never measure, I never use patterns... Next you fold your fabric in half. You have kind of a big blocky rectangle skirt. We are going to create a ruffle.
20 Minute Simple Skirt Tutorial AND GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED. Did you ever have a piece of fabric you loved but didn't have any idea how to use it? Any leftovers from a previous project? Bought too much of a bolt you just had to have but never found a use for? If you're anything like me you either buy too much or too little. First thing's first, DON'T GO OUT AND BUY A SKIRT PATTERN. Most of them are just rectangles! The tutorial will teach you how to make each of these skirts which are included in the giveaway as well. I'm all about sewing the quick and dirty way! The key is to have all your materials in front of you before you begin. Once you have all those things you can begin. First take your material and fold it in half so that the two sealed sides meet. Second. Third. Fourth. In my photo I sealed the raw edge with my serger. Fifth. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Turn right side out. AND YOU'RE DONE! Optional. And if any of you were interested the dress I'm wearing is from Forever 21 and it was only $13.80!!!!