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A Femme’s Guide to Improvement: Make a Blouse!

A Femme’s Guide to Improvement: Make a Blouse!
So I got an email from Jane last week, linking to this top: “The one I tried on was shorter and not sheer. Can you show us how to make it? It looks SO beautiful on and it's a fucking square with a hole in it, that's it. A square folded in half, a neck hole cut out, and two short seams on the sides to hold it in place. Does that make sense? UGH! It is three hundred dollars because they say it is! Dolce and Gabbana probably charged even more when they did this a decade ago for their S/S 2002 collection, which was when, as a freshman in college, I saw it and decided I had to have it. You’ll need: A yard and a halfish of standard 45" wide fabric with nice drape. So, how much fabric to buy? Machine or hand-sew the two folded edges on both pieces of fabric before proceeding, as close to the inner folds as possible. Headhole: 13” Scye: 9.5” Very loose hip: 39” Place your rectangles together, right sides facing each other, and use two pins to mark your headhole opening. You’re done! Related:  sewing

tutorial: how to sew a simple maxi dress The Plan. Fabric. You will be making a maxi dress so buy fabric accordingly. I stand 5′ tall (I know, I know, I am tiny) and I needed 2.5 meters of fabric with a 45-inch width. Preparation and Cutting. Sewing. Don’t forget the banana. Instructions for making the rosettes are HERE. Watermark Tee Tutorial by Sweet Verbana Hello U-Create readers! I am so excited to be guest posting here today. It just so happens to be my first guest post and I'm still a little shocked that it's here at Ucreate, one of my favorite blogs! A little bit about me.. I'm from a little town called Keller, Texas. I'm a junior at Texas A&M University (whoop!). I'm working on my education degree and expect to be an elementary school teacher in just two short years. When I'm not busy studying for classes, I love to sew. I just started blogging in May and have already met all kinds of wonderful women, I hope you'll stop by and say hi too! Watermark Tee Tutorial What I love about this project is that it's completely customizable. Materials: Elmer's Blue Gel Glue (it must be the blue gel, white won't work) Fabric Dye (RIT is my tried and true brand) A white cotton Tee, Tank, Dress etc. Tutorial: If you're unfamiliar with Batiking, it's a method of dyeing fabric in which you create a design with a dye- resist. Step 1: Prepare Step 2: Design

Your Guide to Dining Tables for Small Spaces | Small Furnish Flip-Flop Refashion: Part 1 (Braided Straps Summer is great. And warm. And full of outdoor activities and trips to the pool and random walks around the neighborhood. I love it. And my shoe of choice for these warmer months?? So, I saw a tutorial for this flip-flop makeover (great work Mother Huddle), floating around the web…….and the wheels started turning. I decided to just string all of the ideas together and create a whole series. First up? A quick and easy flip flop…….made with some braided knit fabric scraps, using the 5 strand braiding technique, shown here. These soft braided straps streeeeeetch the perfect amount, right around the back of my heel……..keeping the flip-flop snug and in place. I added little loops of fabric to the sides, to keep the braided straps in place. These little sandals are so light, they’re soft and stretchy, and my favorite part……..they’re inexpensive. ($2.50 to be exact) These flip-flops make me think of the beach……and make me miss GA. I guess I better find a sandy spot at the lake. And that’s it. Enjoy.

The Socialite Skirt I promise this will be my last time using blue and white striped fabric for a while. I just had enough left over from my Nautical Dress to whip this baby out. I decided to make the waistband on this skirt stretchy. It is just nice to be able to pull it on with a shirt and go. Want to make one? You will need: Approx 1 yard of a knit fabric, or something with a little stretch already in it. * Note: Keep in mind that all of the measurements I have listed are my own, so make sure you measure your own waist, skirt length, etc accordingly. Step 1: Cut out 2 waistbands that measure 4"w x 36"l (I wanted a thicker waistband). Cut 2 sections for the skirt front and back. Step 2: I think the skirt looks better with a tiny bit of flare at the bottom. Step 3: Take your front piece of the skirt and make a mark at the middle. Step 4: Now you are going to create 2 knife pleats on either side of the middle box pleat. My smaller knife pleats are even spaced out, 1 1/2" apart. Iron all pleats nice and flat.

Sandpaper Printed T-shirt Kids Craft This is a super simple sandpaper printing technique that will keep your kids busy and make one cute shirt! The best part about this fun little craft is that the supplies were bought at the Dollar Store, even the T-shirt! We used crayons we already had so we only spent $2.00 on our new T-shirt. Supplies for Sandpaper Prints good quality crayons, a t-shirt, iron and fine sandpaper. Our package of sandpaper had a selection and we used the finest. Directions for Making a Sandpaper Printed T-shirt Color a fun design on the sandpaper. Place a piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt to keep the design from bleeding through to the back of the shirt. Place a piece of parchment paper or paper towel on top of the sandpaper to protect the iron. Remove the sandpaper. To set the color, place a couple of paper towels on top of the design and iron.

Fun with Foam Printing - Easy Tutorial I loved this idea because not only can you recycle these horrid polystyrene containers, but the process is really simple. You could even use tracing paper and trace your design so you don't even need to be able to draw. You could make a whole series of cards like this or just a colorful print to hang on your wall and cheer up the place. Materials needed: Foam or polystyrene container pencil paint or ink small roller 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Happy printing! Original image courtesy of themetapicture Revamp old T-shirt into Cute Bra Strap! Yay! I saw a lot of T-shirt yarn projects in the blog land recently, So, Why not? T-shirt yarn for bracelet and necklace are some really cute projects, But I prefer something more useful that I can wear everyday! So, this is what I made them into... A cute bra strap...So, fun especially during summer time! Jojo helps me with the photo shooting session... Screen down for the tutorial... Ooops...more photos...can't help it Jojo take more than 50 shots... This is a really easy DIY, just simple 4 steps... Step one : Use 3 strand of the T-shirt yarn to create this strap Slot in the bra clip ... Cut and tidy up the end of the strap, and secure them with few stitches or run a stitch using the sewing machine Tie a knot at the other end Make two piece of these and you are done!!! Visit again later... I'm going to show you how to make another sweet easy bra strap it's only in super simple 2 steps!!! Love PC * Jojo I'm featured!!!

How To Make A Dart You may be familiar with darts as those pointy things you throw at a dartboard on the wall of your favorite pub. Although they don't fly, darts in sewing are still vital components of the overall sewn project. For the most part, sewing darts look quite similar to their gaming counterpart. They are wide on one end and pointy on the other. All fabric is flat, but you already knew that part. When a garment is initially designed, it starts as a two-dimensional drawing. The pieces of fabric are cut to the measurements of the mannequin, with seam allowance and ease (room between the body and garment) added in, to create the overall style of the garment. One interesting fact is that although nearly all garment designs have darts in the draping process, those darts may not be part of the final design. But in the majority of situations, darts are part of the garment, and are sewn as mirror images to one another on either side of the garment. Waist darts This kind of dart speaks for itself.

DIY Fashion: Screen Print Tee The life of a college student involves attending many events, from parties, to football games, to concerts on campus. And what better way to celebrate these monumental events – and show off your school spirit – than with a custom screenprinted shirt? Using an old shirt and some fabric paint, you can create a custom screenprinted shirt proclaiming your love for your school, your football team, or whatever suits your fancy. What you’ll need: Shirt, hoodie, or whatever else you want to screen printFabric paintFreezer paperIronExacto knifeRulerCardboardSpongePencilMarkerPrinter paperPlastic plate How to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. This DIY is something that can be easily translated for almost any event – the possibilities are endless! What do you think? Will you be making your own screen print tee? Posted on on August 9, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: DIY, DIY fashion, Do-it-yourself, fabric paint, Featured, How To, Screenprint, T Shirt, Tutorials

The Energetics of Psychopathy Picture: Anna Bal (CC) Do you remember the scene in The Green Mile when death row inmate John Coffee is touched by murderer “Wild Bill”? After feeling some powerful negative energy, he says, “You a bad man.” Are you like John Coffee? Would you know it if you brushed up against a cold-blooded killer? You might if you’re what Dr. I began to sense energy emanating from people when I was around 20 or 21 years old. People have energy emanating from them and this energy circulates around. Some people may start out hostile at first but then warm up. A conversation is an exchange of energy. This exchange of energy between two normal people having a friendly conversation is for the most part unconscious. Suddenly you feel energized. Psychopaths are a tribe of one. The unease that most people feel when talking with a psychopath is mostly unconscious, but one thing some people often pick up is that their smile does not match their eyes. Our exchange felt like vampirism: I was drained of my energy.

Green...Easy Knit Produce Bag Green…can mean more than one thing. There is green the color. And green, as in environmentally friendly. Today I am combining those two meanings into one with the: I made my reusable produce bag out of an old knit T-shirt. And then I went crazy! It is really easy and requires very little sewing. So let’s get started shall we? 1.)You just take an old T-shirt and turn it inside out. I made some small, some large. Some using the existing T-shirt hem and some not. 2.)Sew with a straight stitch or a narrow zig zag all the way around. Or you can finish the edge with: A French seam. A zig-zag stitch or serged edge - my favorite way. Make the seam allowance much smaller - like 1/8 of an inch. Or fold the seam allowance over to one side and stitch all the way around. 3. )You can do this next part 2 ways: Option 1: Draw lines to help guide you when you cut slits. and snip, snip, snip…with the tips of your scissors. You want to stagger the cuts like so… Option 2: Using your rotary cutter… 4.) 5.) That’s it!

Super Easy Dress We had our third annual family Simple Portrait this weekend (last year's, 2 years ago). I love that I'm pregnant in this year's photo and that next year there will be 5 of us! As soon as we showed up for the shoot, Jude decided he was a dog -- crawling around the studio floor and barking. Classic. It took a lot of convincing to get him to be a boy in at least some of the shots : ) I spent the morning of the photo shoot making this super easy dress out of comfy, maternity-friendly knit more thing I can cross off my Pinterest "Things I Want To Make" list. I paired it with another easy DIY find from Pinterest, the hipster scarf made from one of Daniel's old shirts. Happy Thanksgiving week! Arian : )

DIY Bleach Tie Dye Last summer, we were obsessed with shibori indigo tie dying. No, really . . . we just about dyed anything white in sight. So when Free People asked us to include a DIY in their guest blogger series, we knew a new tie dye project was absolutely in order. And as the weather is beginning to warm up, what better time than now to start experimenting with reverse tie dye using bleach! Black tees and tops: watch out! To make a grid-like pattern, fold the shirt like an accordion and bind it between two pieces of wood or other flat shaped objects. Before you start bleaching, make sure you are wearing gloves and working outdoors or in a well ventilated area. The rusty brown color will slowly fade into a beautiful lighter shade as it begins to set. Your reverse bleach tie dye shirt is ready to wear! (top image from here, rest of images by HonestlyWTF)