With spring and summer upon us, it’s time for skirts! And making cotton skirts for girls (or yourself) is so very simple. The concept is nothing new. We’re making a simple gathered skirt, with an elastic waistband. If you’ve made a gathered skirt before then you know how easy it is. It’s lightweight and bouncy. for sharing ice cream, and sharing secrets. It’s a skirt that’s just, you. Make it a single or double layer. Make it as detailed or as simple as you’d like. Ready to sew? FABRIC:* Fabrics to use - lightweight cottons (such as broadcloth, batiste, chambray, seersucker, voile) - lightweight knits (such as jersey. The diagram below shows what your pattern piece looks like. Let’s define it a bit more. * Skirt Width: Measure around the entire waist and then double it. * Skirt Length: Measure from the waist down to where you’d like the skirt to end (usually right above the knee for little girls). If your fabric allows, you may want to incorporate the selvage as part of your hem. Voila!
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skirt measurementsFree Front Or Back Tie Pillowcase Dress Pattern & TutorialHello friends! Today I have a front tie or back tie option that I am excited to add to the Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress collection. Using a front tie is a great way to make a pillowcase dress look a little more formal, and a back tie is a great option for keeping little fingers from untying the bow. You could of course use this idea for any pillowcase dress pattern, and I will explain how to do that as well. I made this dress to fit a size 4T so I made a big sash, to make a big bow – but you could make that sash any size you want. Use the Sizing Chart and Cutting Guide that includes measurements for 3 months on up to 6T (or even older) to determine the fabric cuts, and the Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress Tutorial as a supplement to this tutorial. After you have made your fabric cuts, follow the directions of the original tutorial, assembling one front/back piece using 4 panels and finishing seams as instructed. Place the two sides together, right sides together. ~Destri
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how to make a big bowNot this kind of big. More floppy ’80s big. In Jr. High school my sisters and I were obsessed with with making fabric hair bows for ourselves and our friends. If I was at my mom’s house right now, I’d scrounge up the photos for you. But I’m sure you have similar shots of ratted bangs, a pony tail, and a huge bow (topped off with a perm). I love that big bows have had a comeback the past couple of years. If you need added flair for your next project, here’s how to make a very simple big bow without exposed seams! Cut two rectangles of fabric. Use any dimensions you like.I used 20.5 x 7.5 inches and 5.5 inches x 4 inches. Start with the large rectangle. Fold under one of the ends of the bow and iron (there’s an even simpler method below if you want the fast and quick). It looks like this on the back (the front does not have a seam) Now let’s make the middle of the bow. Sew down the side and iron the seam to the middle back, like we did with the other rectangle above. Now grab your bow “tube”.
Top-Toberfest: Peter Pan Collar Tutorial with Erin of Sutton GraceIt surprises me how many people I know that have craft blogs. I know people from high school, people from college, and people from church. Our guest poster today is someone that I know through family, but didn't meet in person until after I'd found her blog. Hi! I loved it so much I added peter pan collars to matching store bought dresses for my daughters. Peter Pan Collar Tutorial supplies: scoop neck t-shirt (I got mine at Wal-mart for $4) or dress. coordinating fabric about a 1/4 to 2/3 of a yard depending on the size of collar you are making. matching or contrasting bias tape- make your own or use store bought basic sewing supplies 1- Trace the curve of the back neckline. 2- Place a piece of paper inside the shirt and trace the curve of the front neckline. 3- Draw a second line 2.5" from the original lines. 4- Cut on the lines leaving a few inches of excess paper on each end. 5- Find the center of the front piece. 12- Find the center front of your shirt. Finished!
Nancy Zieman/How to repair zippers/Sewing With NancyI recently interviewed Mary Kolb, known as the zipper lady, during a Sewing With Nancy program. Mary was recently acknowledged by the volunteer organization Clothes for Kids for her dedication to keeping children warm during the winter by mending zippers in coats—1300 and counting! Replacing or fixing zippers in coats is no easy task. I was inspired by this story and would like to share the tips that Mary uses to replace the glider or slider on zippers. How to replace a glider on a broken zipper Many times, people will say, “I need a new zipper,” and they don’t really need a new zipper, states Mary. Look for the female side of the zipper. Work on a padded surface. Look online for zipper repair or rescue supplies. Slide the original or a new glider on the zipper teeth. Pinch on a new zipper stop. Watch my interview with Mary Kolb online. There are 52 programs and interviews to watch online, or on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Bye for now,
Sewing a wardrobe for TwinklesAbout a year ago I found this pretty gold makeup/toiletries bag while thrift shopping. It was so sparkly and looked like a mini suitcase (with a mirror inside). I had to buy it. I thought it would make the perfect special Christmas gift for Lucy! So I stashed it away in the closet all year, thinking of a special something to tuck inside. Then on the last day of school before Christmas break Lucy came home with a present from her teacher….a cute little bear she named Twinkles (courtesy of IKEA). Then for the next 2 days she toted that thing around the house, grabbing scraps of fabric and taping it around the bear’s body to create dresses, tying ribbons around her waist etc. And then it all clicked. First a little dress with….yep…1/4 inch bias tape. Then I thought jammies were in order. She’d probably need some blankets and a pillow… And soon I’d drafted a small collection of patterns so I could make the same items over and over with variations. I stuck with simple clothing construction.
Free PDF Sewing Pattern – Boy’s Vest Size 4-5TI so wanted to have this vest pattern up before Easter, but I ended up testing for my little guy up until the night before. Although, who needs a holiday to get dressed up, right? I so love this style, it’s polished with a little formal thrown in, but depending on the fabric and shirt worn with it can be very fun and playful. It’s a free download PDF pattern for sizes 4-5 and I have included a photo for every step in the tutorial making it perfect for a beginner. I wanted a summery feel for this vest so I used linen for most of it, and opted not to add buttons for a super casual feel. I designed this to be a very tailored fit for my 5 year old who wears a 5T. Supplies: all your sewing stuffhot iron and boardthread and fabricbuttons if you want Suggested Fabrics And Requirements: You will need ¾ of a yard for the outer and lining, so 1 1/2 yards of fabric total. Pattern Printing and Assembly: Click here to download and print the pattern pieces Fabric Cuts: From the patterns you will cut:
Finishing Curved Edges - Victory PatternsIf you’ve ever had to hem a curved edge, you’ll know how tricky it is to turn, press and stitch it so that it looks neat and tidy. Curved edges are tricky for a few reasons. They involve a bias grainline, which causes the fabric to stretch out. Also, depending on the kind of curve you are working with, whether it be concave or convex, the fabric edge will be longer or shorter in length compared to the area it is being folded to, indicated by the red dashed line in the following diagram... In the instance of a concave curve where the fabric edge is shorter than the area it is folded to, the bias grainline will stretch, allowing you to manipulate the fabric. In the instance of a convex curve, the length of the fabric edge is longer than the area it is folding to, so you have to manipulate the fabric to make the lengths equal. Here’s a little tip for finishing curved edges... Single Fold Hem (I recommend that you finish the edge with a serge or zig zag before starting. Double Fold Hem