Kimono Sundress This is the guest post I wrote for iCandyHandmade last month but I wanted to share it here as well. Enjoy! As a freckled girl with a family history of skin cancer, sundresses are more about sun protection than exposure for me. I wanted something light and breezy enough to handle our not-for-wimps Arizona temps but with enough fabric to cover my delicate shoulders and burn-prone knees. I'm an amateur seamstress so my dress had to be super simple. I spent weeks trying to figure out exactly what I was going to contribute to this fantastic series. I ultimately decided on a project that doesn't require any skill beyond the ability to cut a rectangle and sew a straight stitch. This is in no way the most original project out there. We're going to start with some measurements. My shoulder measurement was 14 inches but, if I were to do it again, I'd use less. These measurements are the dimensions of your rectangle. I spent $5 on a bedsheet at goodwill and cut it on the bias.
DIY jumper blazer *EDITED 2/9/11 with reader suggestions!*So, I made this sweatshirt (slash cardigan slash blazer?) kind of on a whim. Didn't plan it up, improvised and made it up as I went along. Let's hope it makes sense. ALSO - save two of the scraps leftover from this project. Supplies: - Crewneck sweatshirt. *I used a size Medium. 1) Measure the exact halfway point across your sweater. Use some pins if you'd like; you'll be cutting straight down the middle. 2) Choose a point several inches from the bottom; this is where the diagonal fall of the top will start. 3) Cut off the bottom, right above the seam. 4) Place pins in a diagonal line from the point you measured earlier to the bottom left and right corners of the sweater. 5) Cut along the pins. 6) Going back to the vertical slit you made in the middle of the sweater - accordian fold both sides so that there about 3 or 4 folds. Figuring out the folds be a little tricky, as can trying to get the sweater to have a fitted - well - fit to it.
Free Clothes Patterns Posted on | October 9, 2008 | 7 Comments I originally became interested in patternless sewing, many years ago, because I had a hard time finding patterns in my size. Nowadays, patterns in large sizes abound. Nonetheless, I still love my pattern free sewing. These patterns generally of three types. One type requires you to take your measurements and draw up the pattern yourself. Skirts are very easy to make without a pattern. I came across a few patterns that didn’t fit into any other category, so I gave them their own. We normally assume underwear is too complicated or to time consuming to sew ourselves. Aprons can usually be whipped up in less than an hour. Shirts and dresses are much more complicated to make than skirts. Coats can easily be the most expensive piece of clothing in your wardrobe. Click on the first link to get inspiration. Read More : Sewing or Home Comments
& Sleeves, Necklines, Collars, and Dress Types She's in Fashion I’ve recently ventured into drafting patterns starting from my basic bodice and skirt sloper. The fit issues are minimal, since the sloper is made skin tight. Design ease is added as you go along. I found these reference pictures useful for ideas on basic sleeves, necklines, collars, and dress types. These are from Vogue Sewing, circa 1982. Made my own Mod Cloth dress I saw this dress on Mod Cloth months ago, way before it was warm enough to wear, and thought, "Wow, that's a unique design. What a weird combination, actually. But it's cute! I could make that!" So I bought some grey cotton for like $3/yard at JoAnn, used some ivory lace I already had, and added four (weird, in my opinion) two-hole buttons with the metal hole grommets. I did not have the right pattern at all, so I had to modify one (Butterick B4915, now out of print). I've had this problem twice before and both times ended up just sort of modifying this pattern, I think, when cutting. That piece would be the top, gathered into the bottom and neckline, and I also cut a smaller piece for the lining. I added some vertical tucks to my bodice as well as the gathers over the cups. What's funny is, I thought this was a weird color combination, but shortly after I had cut this dress out I saw another, very similar one from Lulu's: How megasimilar is that? Update: seen here in our engagement pics!
Urban Renewal beltmaking 101 Finally–the long-awaited beltmaking tutorial! way I make my fabric-covered belts has been learned from a mix of trial-and-error and vintage manuals. The supplies are simple, and making a simple pass-through belt is quite easy. I have, however, included instructions for how to add a pronged buckle to a belt and add eyelets. Supplies: 1″ wide stiff belting (available at JoAnns), 1/4 yard fabric at least 45″ wide, buckle for 1″ belt (see sources at the end), pattern paper, thread, scissors, ruler, pins. Begin by measuring your waist and adding 6″ to 8″ inches to the length (I tend to err on the side of more, especially for a belt using a pronged buckle). Cut the belting the length of your waist plus the extra. Using the paper pattern, cut one layer of your fabric. Fold the fabric around the belting, wrong sides out. Gently work the seam to the center of the belting width, and press seam open. Remove belting and turn the fabric right side out. Reinsert the belting into the fabric tube.
» DIY: Tank Dress with Pockets! academichic At long last, I present a tutorial for the tank dress I made a few weeks ago before the end of the semester blindsided me. I’ve been seeing these tank+patterned skirt all over the place lately, but frequently they were too short or too short-waisted for my particular proportions. After some googling, and studying the really excellent skirt tutorial and t-shirt dress tutorial at Ruffles and Stuff and the skirt with pockets tutorial at Freshly Picked, I decided that even my fairly rudimentary sewing skills could handle this project. And since I celebrated my height yesterday for Dress Your Best week, it seems appropriate to post a sewing project prompted by my need for a longer-than-in-stores dress. Supplies: a tank top2 yards or so of patterned fabricscraps of a coordinating fabric for pocketsmatching threaddisappearing fabric pen or chalk Steps: 1. 3. 4. Pin and cut out a pair. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. A note of warning. I can imagine so many fun variations on this.
The 30 Minute $6 Dress Tutorial Guest post by Rachael at Talk 2 the Trees. The perfect dress is hard to come by. I like my dresses to be cheap, and long enough. (I’m not a fan of super short dresses!) Cheap and long dresses don’t seem to go hand in hand.. so, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself! Here’s Your Supplies List: 1. Here’s How you Make it: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Here’s the tutorial in pictures… Believe it or not, this dress only took about 30 minutes to make. About the author.
Large T-Shirt to Fitted Tee Tutorial | a.steed's.life I have these two t-shirts that I love. They're soft, comfortable, and have good worn (and sentimental) designs on them. But, I never wear them for anything other than around the house because they are large men's t-shirts and look completely shapeless on me. Then I found this great tutorial on YouTube for how to make a big t-shirt a fitted shirt! - T-Shirt Surgery: How to Make a Shirt Fit So, while I was staying with my mom at her camper this summer (she lives & travels in an RV), I asked her to help me try it out. First, a before & after look at the t-shirt we did. So, here's how it's done. Start with a t-shirt you love that's just too big Turn the shirt inside out and lay a shirt that DOES fit you on top of it, lining up the collars so that you can be sure it is centered over your large t-shirt. Thanks to brianagayle for the video tutorial & tips! No time to make your own?