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How to make a draped t-shirt This cowl neck top is quite easy to make. It has only four seams and you can create the pattern yourself. The cowl neck comes from making the neckline of the shirt wider at the front than the back – this extra fabric hangs down creating the drapey neckline. The folds in the sleeves come from extra fabric as well, which is added by angling the shoulder seam upward. You will need: Measuring tape ⅔ yard stretchy fabric (I used a cotton/lycra jersey) Matching thread Sewing machine Chalk (or pencil and large paper to make a pattern) Pins (optional) The first step in making this top is to measure yourself. 1. Before you start, wash your fabric the way you want to wash the finished top. I like to draw the pattern directly on the fabric with chalk, but if you prefer to make a paper pattern the steps are just the same. Drawing the pattern for the front: Beginning about 4 inches from the top of your fabric and 6 inches from the right side, draw a line 4 inches longer than your shoulder measurement.

CAFTAN Featured: Oscar de la Renta Caftan Oscar de la Renta shows us how to relax with this 2009 caftan style. The sheer striped silk print is so feminine and the flat braid trim makes this style ultra luxe. Can you just imagine lounging around in this? (You’ll definitely want to sew one up as no pattern is required.) This is a classic piece that belongs in any collection of beautiful, fine clothing. You will need: Fashion fabric, 45″ [114cm] wideFlat braid trim, 2″ [5cm] wideCoordinating thread12 half-ball buttons, line 20 [12.5 mm dia.] Measure from the nape of your neck down to the desired length: purchase twice this amount of 45″ [114cm] wide fashion fabric and four and a half times this amount of 2″ [50mm] wide flat braid trim . Cut the fabric into two equal lengths. Reduce the width of both pieces to 35″ [89cm]. From the excess cut-away material, cut two rectangles, each measuring 10″ wide x 40″ long [25.5cm x 102cm]. Choose one length of fabric to be the front of the caftan. Like this:

The Red Dress "You're crazy!" Was what my mother said to me when we passed this red dress at a St. Vincent's on my vacay in Wyoming. Yes, I even thrift store shop on vacation... "Just wait mom, this baby has major potential," I replied simply and promptly paid $2.75 for it. And I was right. How to turn a 70s shirt dress into a retro-chic piece any fashionista would want. Let's Get Started: Measure down the length of the arm to determine where to cut. Try to flatten your sleeve out as much as possible to get an even cut. Make your cut I cut about an inch and a half below my pin to allow for creating a cuff Made a 5/8 inch cuff by folding over once And folding over again and pinning Finished the edge using a quarter inch presser foot and aligning the left folded edge with the inside left side of the presser foot Created a pleat in my sleeves by folding the center in a 1/2 inch and sewing over that area again Created a ruffle by folding the long strip up onto itself and sewing down the middle.

40+ Free Apron Patterns & Tutorials [Updated 2012] Whether you’re looking for something frilly, fancy or just plain practical, this apron collection has you covered! I’ve handpicked dozens of free patterns from around the web and organized them here in one handy spot for you to browse through. You’ll find simple, easy designs that are ideal for beginner sewers as well as more advanced projects suitable for those with more experience. I’ve separated them into three groups so you can find what you’re looking for quick as a wink (Full, Half & Assorted). I’ll be adding more to this page over time so you may want to bookmark it for future reference. Enjoy! PS: Don’t miss the free ebooks I put together that are packed full of vintage tutorials, you’ll find them on this page (mainly for women but there are a few for men and children as well). Full Kitschy: 1 yard is used for the main body then three complimentary fabrics and trim are used for the rest. Half

Wallet-to-Tote On the Go ~ Tutorial Lorraine from ikat bag is a favorite around here… She has tons of fun tutorials on her blog and she’s joined us before with this wonderful Back to School Pencil Case tutorial. Today Lorraine shares a tutorial for a new summer essential, the On the Go Wallet-to-Tote! Construction includes three main parts: Assembling the Wallet, Assembling the Outer Bag and Making the Lining. The tote zips into a convenient wallet in this unique and handy design. From Lorraine: Hello, Everyone. These little bags have been around for as long as I can remember, and I thought they’d be a useful addition to the arsenal of summer gear I stash in my car and/or purse. I have three little girls, aged 3,4 and 6, and we’ve found that summer always takes us on adventures we hadn’t planned for– detours to farmer’s markets, dancing in the rain or treasure hunting en route to the park. We always appreciate an extra bag or two for our loot (and wet clothes)! Part One: Assemble the Wallet:You will need: Fold it up… Bags

renske’s minimalist tote bag A talented seamstress with a mission, Renske Solkesz decided to create her own wardrobe after finding herself frustrated with high fashion prices. When we saw her chic and modern wardrobe creations, we asked if she’d be willing to create and share a fun accessory tutorial with us. I’m super excited about what she’s come up with: an amazing self-closing utilitarian tote! I’m a huge fan of the graphic contrast and the leather and rivet details. Like her fashion designs, this tote is made from inexpensive materials, yet looks totally luxe. CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! When I designed this bag, I wanted to integrate the grip/straps in a more functional way with the rest of the bag. A friend of mine called it a “yin yang bag,” which is pretty accurate, I think. Materials Tools HammerSewing machineScissorsPinsChalkMeasuring tapeIronPattern template Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Finished!

Women's Clothing married to a bmw Free Sewing Patterns: Women’s Clothing 06. February 2009 · 18 comments · Categories: Sewing Back to Free Sewing Patterns The 5 minute skirt by angry chickenRuffle Skirt by EmuShirt into Skirt with Yoga Style Waistband by Make It and Love ItThe Shirt Skirt by Sew Like My MomWomen's Skirt with Yoga Style Waistband by Make It and Love ItHow to Make a Skirt out of Scraps by craftstylishThree Tiered Skirt by Weekend designer20 Minute Simple Skirt by GrosgrainReversible Wrap Skirt by Weekend designerRuffled Linen Skirt by amazing maeYoga Skirt by Patty Young for Sew, Mama, Sew! Share this: More Connect Search Categories Archives © 2011 married to a bmw. Design by picomol.

All Free Sewing - Free Sewing Patterns, Sewing Projects, Tips, Video, How-To Sew and More ★ Clothes Sewing Tutorials | Learn How To Sew Clothing | Best Free Patterns & Dressmaking Websites ★ I’m just going to list the options you have for some important clothing parts here, plus information on different terms. I hope it’s useful. - Neckline options: Sweetheart, V-neck, square, scoop, U-neck, keyhole, bandeau, cowl, high-neck, halter, jewel, crew, asymmetrical, one-shouldered, off-the-shoulder or boat. Necklines sometimes are created with thin straps such as spaghetti straps rather than solid areas of fabric, or the clothing can even be strapless. On the back of the top, you can cut out shapes like hearts, use a neckline listed above, use cross-over straps, a racer back design, add lace or other embellishments, or just have it plain. Click here for a useful guide to necklines, dress shapes, collars and sleeves. - Sleeve options: Cap, pleated, puff, butterfly, different lengths (1/2, long, short, 3/4), fluted, raglan, batwing, set-in, pleated, bell and kimono. - Fastenings: Zippers, buttons, hook-and-eye, Velcro and snap fasteners. Useful Definitions & Info:

Simple Shoemaking 413.259.1748 There are all kinds of knit, crochet, fabric and felt boots and clogs available in stores. As a craftsperson, do you ever look at them and think, "I could make those boots, or much more beautiful ones, if only I knew how to attach soles to them"? Soles with an Edge solve that problem - they are outdoor soles with a suede or non-leather strip standing up around the edge. There are perforations along the top of the strip, so you can place your handmade boot or clog inside the suede edge, stitch your footwear to the soling - then go for a walk outside! NOTE: The "bellows-tongue" boot to the right was made from handmade felt by Jill Lynn. Your footwear can be made of handmade felt, knit/felt, crochet/felt, felted recycled wool coats, hooked material and heavy-duty fabric. FOLLOWING ARE THE PROCESSES FOR MAKING BOOTS or CLOGS FROM VARIOUS MATERIALS: RECYCLED AND FELTED WOOL COATS AND BLANKETS: Skip the knitting, crocheting, and hand felt-making,