pattern drafting You need 1 18″ reversible nylon closed zipper2.5 yds. of shell fabric, 60″ wide1.5 yds. of liner fabric, 60″ wideCoordinating thread1 roll of kraft paper or pattern-making papper1 tracing wheel On a sheet of kraft paper, draw a straight line about 2″ from the edge along the length. In the middle of this line, mark point 1. 2 from 1 = 29″ 3 from 1 = 29″ 4 from 1 = 29″ Connect points 2, 3, 4 with an arc radiating from 1 as shown. 5 from 1 = 1 ½” 6 from 1 = 3 ½” 7 from 1 = 4 “ Connect points 5 and 7 with a shallow curve. Join points 6 and 7 with a deep curve as shown. 8 is located midway between point 6 and 3. Square down from 7 and across from 8 to locate point 9. 10 from 5 = 1 ½” 11 from 7 = 1 ½” Connect 10 to 11 with a curved line parallel to line 5-7. Draw a tangent line from 11 passing through point 9 and continue to locate 12 at the intersection. With a tracing wheel, trace out onto a new sheet of paper the following from this draft: For the shell: trace points 6-7-5-2-4-12-3-8-6.
A 3-Seam Caftan Tutorial. We still have a lot to tell you about our whirlwind “Lucy and Ethel take on the LA Fashion District” trip (Liz shared part I yesterday) and I will be back with another round of that (including fabric pics) on Thursday….but in the meantime I have one of the easiest dresses on the planet to make—3 seams and NO hemming. Yes! Seriously, the perfect for summer. At the end of our pattern drafting class, both Liz and I got obsessed with caftans. She made the Endora top using the caftan principle, and I decided to make summer maxi dresses for me and for Hannah. The best part about a caftan is….it’s basically two rectangles! They also can be made in any length! Do you want to make one (or 5) for summer? Here’s what you need. Supplies: For mine I used 2 yards of knit. Elastic Thread (optional–I used this to pull the waist in on Hannah’s; but didn’t on mine.I will always wear it with a belt) Hannah’s was a scrap so I am not sure how long it was….but I am guessing a yard would do most girls. ~Elizabeth
Thursday DIY | Summer kaftan DIY - Trending story | Creators of Desire - Fashion trends and style inspiration by leading fashion bloggers [NEWS] Trend Alert Posted on An easy breezy summer DIY: from scarf to kaftan in less than 5 minutes. Find a large scarf, preferably more-or-less seethrough and 2x1,5 meter. By Suzanne Stal paper crafts: make a panda gift candy box tutorial Paper crafts: make a Panda Gift Candy Box tutorial Paper crafts: make a Panda Gift Candy Box tutorial In the summer times, let your kids make a special candy box, this crafts only needs paper Christmas craft ideas: paper snowflake flower tutorialChristmas craft ideas: paper snowflake flower tutorial Snowflake flower tutorial This snowflake is easy to do with the children. Will need: Paper, A4 or A5, scissors, glue and Paper craft: mother’s day card and canvas Paper craft: mother's day card and canvas Whoa. Mother's Day is definitely creeping up on us. Here are a few ideas. It's next Sunday people!!! Last year, Recycling socks: Sewing doll tutorial Make a doll is not difficult, need an hour - a half.
make your own 6-pocket mini pocketbook and stay organized — insatiable need I’m sure that many of you, like me, are on an eternal quest for organization. I know I’m not alone in finding the Container Store’s promise of a perfect, organized life utterly seductive. But here’s the thing…I don’t really like purging, I love my stuff. This tutorial is about helping you stay organized, in a quick, easy, and super-cute way. the pattern …is only four rectangles. the body is 7.25″ tall.the large pocket is 5.5″ tallthe medium pocket is 4.25″ tallthe small pocket is 3″ tall materials needed I chose a vintage cotton canvas for the body in a bright retro floral, and quilting weight cotton in a matching color for the interior. You’ll also need a button and a bit of elastic for the closure, and a bit of ribbon for the pen. I used two layers of mid-weight interfacing on the body to give it some heft. cutting your fabric You’ll be cutting the body in a single layer and the pockets on the fold. preparing your fabric The first step is ironing your fabrics. 2. the closure 3. 4. 6.
9 Pillowcases and 1 easy Tutorial The deadline for Craft Hope Project 9: Pillowcases is just a couple weeks away. So I figured it was time to get sewing. Especially since some of the moms in Lucy’s preschool were grouping together to send a big package of Pillowcases to ConKerr Cancer. I cleaned out my fabric stash and bought a few new colorful prints (stuff I might not normally use but they seemed very kid friendly. So, with these colorful fabrics….I made pillowcases! When I was done, I bagged them up and handed them off to another preschool mom who will contact our local ConKerr Cancer rep for shipping info. Would you like to make some too? I referenced the ConKerr Cancer pattern but like many of you, I’m very visual. So I created a very simple tutorial for making Pillowcases.You’ll find all the info HERE (and in the TUTORIALS tab at the top): So get together with your craft group, church friends, as a family, or by yourself and try it out! Thank you Craft Hope.
Museum Tunic + instructions Well I'm not sure what you were expecting. When I read my comments from the last post at dinner last night, I cracked up at the notion that some of you assumed that the flier image I showed in the post was the dress I was going for! SO funny! I guess you might think that at a glance. But come on, I only had about an hour! Anyway, I've had the thought to make this ultra simple tunic from the Square Dance fabric for a while, and decided at the last minute last night to give it a quick whirl. A few notes: I used what's considered a panel and a half of the Square Dance fabric (45" length). The front is exactly the same as the back, and equally flattering from the front and the back too! The style could not be more simple, and it felt really appropriate to enter the amazing Golden Age of Couture show in something very simple. Thanks for your enthusiasm yesterday about the dressmaking madness, and hope you try one too!
Draped Jersey Circle Top Tutorial (yep, my sister's wearing pajama pants... i advise that you don't wear it like this, haha) You may have noticed that I like really, simple shaped clothing. Like, 1-3 pieces total. This is no exception. A total of 2 seams (3 if you add a neckband) and 2 pieces (or 1, if you don't add a neckband). I've seen these EVERYWHERE, and they retail for around $20-$40, sometimes more and sometimes less. To me, that's crazy! Materials: 1.5 yds of jersey of 60" jersey 60" x 54" [it doesn't have to be 60"] (i used 1 yd, but i turned it the other way so that it was 36" at the top and bottom and 60" at the sides, but since it was 4 way stretch it was stretchy in all directions so it didn't really matter. if you have not-very-stretchy jersey i'd get 1.5 yds), thread, scissors, tape measure, sewing machine, an existing t-shirt that fits 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. (red: cut, blue: sew, purple: fabric) 10. OPTIONAL: If you're like me, and made the neck hole too big, you can fix it easily. P.S. P.P.S.
Pearls & Scissors: DIY Romantic Lace T-shirt (and pattern) DIY Romantic Lace T-shirt (and pattern) I think no-one would argue with the fact that t-shirts are a staple in any wardrobe, especially during the warmer months. I was doing a little spring cleaning in my closet the other day, putting away my winter wardrobe, and organizing for spring, when I realized I had only a few basic t-shirt, and half of them were black. Gasp! So, as soon as I got some sewing time I whipped up this pretty little thing. Since the process of making this t-shirt was so simple, I thought I’d share it so you could give it a try yourself if you fancy. Be sure to click “read more” below to see the full tutorial, including how to make the pattern! First, you’ll need one of your favorite t-shirt as the basis for your pattern. Fold your t-shirt (I recommend t-shirts with very short sleeves) in half and put it onto a sheet of paper. Newt up, draw a straight line just under the armpit, if you’d like the shirt to have two blocks of different fabric like mine has.
Rick Rack Rosettes - StumbleUpon A friend gave me this flower ring and necklace, when she handed them to me I thought they were porcelain–there’s a very vintage feel to them. From a distance you really can’t tell that they’re made out of rick rack! Yes, rick rack! She shared how to make them with me, and now I’m sharing with all of you readers! First, cut 2 strips of rick rack. Then twist the two pieces of rick rack together, like this. And then run a stitch down one side to hold it all together. Like so. And to make the flower, you just start from one end and roll it up. Keep rolling. Until you have this–and then tuck the little tail under and hot glue it down. You’ll notice all of the petals are closed, so to open them up you just peel them back one by one. And here it is on my finger. Awesome. (Please excuse my hands, my hand model moved to Indiana, so I’m left using what I’ve got
Organize Your Fabric I love looking at my fabric! But it didn’t used to be that way… Does any one else’s fabric collection look like this? When I would look for one piece of fabric, I usually had to dig through a few boxes and make a mess in the process. For my sanity, I needed better organization and found this wonderful idea using foam posterboards. Now I can view all of my fabric easily and take out the one that I need without disturbing the organization. - Supplies – Fabric Foam Posterboard Xacto Knife Pencil Ruler/Cutting Mat (for measurement) Pins Iron The first step is to cut out the foam posterboard. Using your pencil or pen, trace where you will be cutting on the posterboard. Using your Xacto knife, carve the first layer (the paper) along your traced lines. Then bend the posterboard along your carved line. After the last step, you will have some nice creases in the back of the posterboard. Using these lines, carve with your Xacto knife through the paper. And you’re done! Have fun organizing!
How to Decorate Chairs with Scarves! Revamp your chair backs in two minutes or less! All you need is a scarf. No-sew tutorial :-). Remember when pashmina scarves were all the rage? And Oprah was showing everyone how they should be tied? Loosely fold the scarf in half lengthwise. Grasp the long length on the left side of the chair with your RIGHT hand. Push the length of scarf in your right hand under the other length. Pull the right side of the scarf straight UP while pulling the left side of the scarf straight down. Place the length that was in your right hand directly over the tied area. It'll look like this! Ready to party?
DIY pillowcase lounger Sofa space can be at a premium for families on movie night. Keep the couch clear for Mom and Dad to enjoy while each kid gets comfortable on their own personal pillowcase lounger. Movie night has never been so comfortable. Supplies: 4-5 pillowcases4-5 pillowsSewing machineThreadScissorsFusible VelcroIron Directions: Start by cutting out 2 (2-inch) sections of fusible Velcro for each pillowcase. Line up the long sides of 2 of the pillowcases. I sewed 4 pillowcases together total, which was the perfect size with room to spare for my preschooler. Stuff each of the pillowcases with a pillow, then seal the Velcro ends to keep the pillows from coming out. Fold the top 2 pillows up to create the headrest for your pillowcase lounger. Love this?