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Altering Jeans: Shorter (with Identical Hem)

Altering Jeans: Shorter (with Identical Hem)
Can anyone on this planet find the perfect pair of jeans? There are so many things to look for in a perfect pair of jeans. First, there’s the waist. And then the fit in the legs. And then the fabric stretch. And ah man, now you have to choose from boot cut, skinny jeans, trouser cut, straight leg, blah, blah, blah. I’m tall. I usually have to lengthen our pants. But then my brother came over one day…….and showed me some pants he found. Okay, so I stewed and stewed over how to shorten them…….trying to figure out how to make them look like the original hem. So I looked online. Check out those newly shortened jeans: You can’t even tell that they have been shortened. And I think it’s my hemmed jeans that make my brother look smokin’…….totally not him. (And yeah, he’s single. Thanks Greg. I was at a loss as to how I was going to shorten your crazy long jeans. And it looks like we need to hem your daughter’s pants too. Anyone else need to hem some pants? Ready to hem some jeans? Let’s get started.

Circular Vest One circle of fabric makes a vest that highlights both sides of a special fabric. Choose a fabric that looks good on both sides. Jack Deutsch Sloan Howard Photo: Jack Deutsch To create this vest in less than an hour, you use two measurements to draft a circle and then just cut fabric and the armholes and bind the edges. For a super-comfy version, choose a thick fabric such as fleece. Whether you make it in a lightweight fabric or in a cozy knit, this vest is the perfect addition to any wardrobe regardless of the season. Draft and sew the vestStart with your measurements to draft the vest pattern, and bind the edges with a coordinating rib knit. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. excerpted from Threads magazine Issue #146, p. 69

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. 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. (You are sewing the raw edges, not the bubble hem)

Upcycle: T-shirts to Summer vest tutorial I love to spice up dresses and jeans with long summer vest. In my last visit to Target I found a few very cool and super cheap items, I already showed you what I did with this dress. So now I wanted to show what I did with two T-shirts, I also used a little piece of lace for the back, but you don’t need to use it if you don’t like lace. I really liked that the T-shirts were very soft and a thin material, thinner than normal cotton T-shirts. Do you like it? This was a very cool and not so complicated project, I recommend you to measure your back because in my case I ended up liking the back a little bit more tight than the full width of the back shirt, that is why I gather the extra material in the lace, as you can see on the pictures of the back, so before you finalize the back try it on and make sure you are comfortable with the width. I love how it looks with a belt on, it’s almost like a very thin cardigan =] * This tutorial is provided for personal, non-commercial use only.

How to Make a Simple Bow These little bows are so simple and fun-- I make them all the time. They are so versatile-- you can wear them as shoe clips, hair clips, broaches, whatever you want! I've also attached them to headbands. (Photo from last year when I was obsessively watching Mad Men and attempting the bee hive hairdo. Looks a bit like Marge Simpson if you ask me. ;) ) How to Make Simple Bows: Step 1: First you need to cut a rectangle of fabric with a little sliver of fabric to set off to the side. Step 2: Next you need to fold the fabric onto itself, lengthwise. Step 3: Now fold the fabric in the other way to to middle. Step 4: Stitch those bad boys together. Step 5: With a curling iron, straightener, or iron, press the sides of the little sliver of fabric together. Step 6: All done!

A New Top For Me, Plus Tips on Drafting a Pattern From a T-Shirt I've had this t-shirt/top project on the back burner for a while. It's a project that I think about all the time, but have been to timid/hesitant to try. (I even have a nice little collection of solid knits just for me.) I don't have any problem making patterns up for my daughter. She would look cute in a paper bag. Fitting me is a bit more challenging and I dislike wasting time, effort and fabric on creating something for myself and then it not be flattering. The Made by Rae Spring Top Challenge finally motivated me to get going on a top for myself. Since I couldn't make the Burda top, I decided to bite the bullet and make a pattern for myself. I slightly regret my fabric choice because this fabric tends to pucker along the stripes after washing and I am not much for ironing. I think it came out really cute, and I predict several variations of this shirt in my future. If you want to try making your own pattern, here are a few tips: 1. 2. 3. A matching dress for my daughter!

the Circle Skirt I used to think that a gathered skirt was the easiest skirt to sew. But I may have changed my tune. A circle skirt is possibly even easier!….especially if you leave the elastic exposed. If you’ve ever made a poodle skirt before, it’s the same concept. Once you’ve created your pattern, you can whip up 4 skirts in an hour! Okay, let’s get started. What you need (for a little girl’s skirt): * about 1 yard of fabric* appx 3/4 yard of 2-inch wide elastic FABRICS to use:* Rayon* Polyester Charmuese* Simple Cotton* Thin Corduroy* Lightweight WoolMany fabrics will work for this project. ELASTIC:Wide elastic from fabric stores typically comes 2 inches or 3 inches wide; white or black in color. If you’d like to add a colorful twist to your skirt, check out our easy Tutorial for Dyeing Elastic HERE. Measure around your waist. PATTERN:This requires a bit of geometry but don’t worry, we’ll break it down for you. You need to figure out the radius so you can easily draw a circle. draw another 1/4 circle:

..IVIR ZIVIR KUTUSU.. MY JUNKY BOX: Flowered Blouse / Çiçekli bluz Herkese merhaba, Her sabah yaşadığım "bugün işe ne giysem" krizlerinin ardından, dikiş işlerine biraz ağırlık vermeye karar verdim ve bu şirin ve sade çiçekli bluzu diktim =) Hi everyone!!My ordinary morning crisis of "what should I wear to work today" made me to focus more on sewing these days. Yakasını biraz bol bırakıp, el yapımı broş ile tutturdum. I left the collar part loose and attached a handmade brooch. Umarım bluzumu beğenirsiniz =) Sevgiler... I hope you like my new shirt =)Love...

Little Red Infinity Dress Tutorial February 14, 2011 I’m always searching for a beautiful, well-fitting, versatile dress, and I finally found it. In fact, I MADE it. The infinity dress has got it all! You can wear this amazing dress basically any way you feel comfortable–and it can look like a new dress each time! I made my infinity dress in about 3 hours and for under $20! I found these infinity dresses on Craftster years ago and have always loved them. First, you need to do some measuring. So, 30/6.28 = 4.7. Then I decided on length of skirt and came up with 18″. To make your straps, you need to decide how wide to make them. To determine strap length, you need to make them 1.5 times your height. So, got that? To make your pattern, get packing paper, freezer paper, or a bunch of pieces of computer paper taped together. Then I measured 18″ down from that and made another line for my skirt length. Cut out on your lines. Next, cut a waistband 10″ tall and the length of your waist you measured. Now for construction. Related

Quilt Block: Scrappy Appliqued House The traditional Schoolhouse block is one of my all-time favorites. I've made many pieced house blocks but the idea occurred to me that this humble quilt block could be easily be appliqued. Struck by inspiration, out came my containers of fabric scraps to puzzle over which fabrics to use in my scrappy, appliqued blocks. Reducing the pattern to a 6 inch size, I decided nine blocks would make a nice small quilt to hang in my sewing room. I glue basted (my tutorial here) the house pieces on a 6.5" background square, then sewed them down using the applique stitch on my machine. A lightweight tear-away stabilizer was used behind the block to prevent fabric puckers while sewing. After putting the blocks together, the little quilt needed "something". If you'd like to try your own appliqued house quilt block, my .pdf pattern can be Downloaded Here. Thanks for stoppin' by! 

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