Monday, December 31, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
So I wanted to make a dress for missy with Safari Sweet Fabrics ( By Alyssa Thomas for Clothworks) I just received. Before I could take a good look, missy found the green animals print fabric and decided that it was going to be her dress. But then I looked at all the fabrics and found that I loved Coral Shrubs print the most. Since I hate having to choose between cute and cute, I decided to use both and make the dress reversible. Problem solved!
Here's how I made it.
2 coordinating fabrics half yard each
Ric Rac - 1 yard
1/4 inch wide elastic - half yard
Button - 1
4 page Jungle dress pdf pattern ( size 2T-3T) is here. Print the pages on 8.5 X 11 inch papers with no margin. Tape the pages together by overlapping the overlap margins as indicated on the pattern pieces.
3/8 inch unless otherwise specified
Actually, I didn't have the half yard of coral print so I decided to piece it with two prints. You see the top piece here but I sewed in another print during the construction. However, you don't really need to use two different prints. Just cut the whole pattern twice ( once in F1 and again in F2)
Set the stitch length to max and sew a seam along one longer edge of the strip, Pull the bobbin threads to gather. You will need to make them about half of their original length by gathering. Once you have gathered both the straps, sew zig-zag stitch over the gathers to keep them from unraveling.
These will be the flutter sleeves (shoulder straps) of the dress.
Note: You could also insert 1/4 inch elastic and get the same effect. In fact, if I were to sew this dress again, that is what I would do because elastic also helps in getting a more comfortable fit.
Place the shorter edge of the sleeve flush with the armhole of the dress on F1 about 3/8 inch away from the corner. Make sure the gathered edge of the sleeve lies inwards.
Now in the front, Pull apart F1 and F2 and insert narrow elastic between the two layers, right below the neckline. Push it all the way into the corner with your finger.
When you get close to the end of front neckline, gather the neckline with elastic ( 2.5 - 3 inch) and sew it down at the other end with zig-zag stitch. Cut off the remaining elastic.
Repeat on the other side.
Finishing the hemline:
Fold both F1 and F2 half an inch inside. Make sure one side is not peeking out of the other side. Iron to form a crease.
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Monday, December 24, 2012
My cake pincushion tutorial is now live on Pellon Projects page. This is my first project for Pellon, so I'm pretty excited. I hope you will like it too.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Today I am sharing this tutorial for a snazzy pair of kids pants. Double ruffle leggings are all the rage in kids clothing nowadays. In the boutiques they sell for a pretty penny, but they are not at all difficult to sew at home. Today I will show you how to sew and embellish these boutique style leggings.
Main fabric - three quarters of yard
Coordinating fabric - 5.5 inches
Ribbon - 1 small scrap
For 12 month size:
Here is the 4 page pdf pattern for double ruffle leggings in 12 months size. Print with no-scaling on 8.5x11 inch paper. Set no margin.
You will need to tape pages 1 and 2 together to get the front piece of the pants. Tape pages 3 and 4 together to get the back. Cut 2 pieces from each.
For other sizes:
Draft a basic leggings pattern using a well fitting pair of leggings.
Here's a detailed tutorial on how to sew basic leggings from MADE.
For ruffled leggings the legs of the pattern need to be shortened by about 5 inches. So leave out bottom 5 inches of the pattern.
Also keep in mind that these leggings may not work well for crawling kids as all the ruffles will get in their way and they will have trouble crawling.
Sewing Margins: 3/8 inch unless otherwise specified
Sew together outer seams of both the legs.
Turn one leg inside out. Slip the turned out leg inside the other one.
Sew along the crotch.
Since leggings are made of knits I didn't bother serging any of the seams. You could serge them if you like.
To make double ruffles, I cut two strips of 3.5 X 2w and two strips of 5.5X2w
Sew the shorter ends together( right sides together) of each strip to make wide tubes.
Once they are equal, sew them on the pants cuff. Keep the raw edges outside because the knits don't fray. I have also tried sewing the ruffles to the pants with right sides together to hide the raw edges but I feel that it adds too much bulk to the seam. But you could try it and see if you like it better.
great tutorial on sewing rolled hems.
To finish the waistband. Cut a piece of non-roll elastic, about 3 inch shorter than the width of waist. Sew the ends together.
The ruffled leggings are done but since I can never have too much fluff, I decided to embellish them with some fabric flowers:
Monday, December 17, 2012
I guest posted this tutorial on Clothworks blog a couple of months ago. Reposting it here in case you missed it earlier.
I have a love-hate relationship with the peasant dresses. I love how easy they are to sew and I absolutely love how they look on my daughter. However, I hate that the pattern is so difficult to get just right, I mean I can get it to look decent, but getting it perfect is another story...and I'm not really crazy about the elastic at the neckline that seems to be the classic feature of a peasant dress. So there, that is the dilemma I have with peasant dresses. They are too cute and easy to leave them alone and too difficult to sew them all the time. I took them up again recently with some hesitation but also with the resolve to draft the perfect peasant dress pattern. I did something like this earlier also, but at that time I dealt only with knits which are much more forgiving. Here are my earlier versions of peasant dresses for your viewing pleasure.
But this time I got the pattern right at the first go. I can't tell you how cute this simple dress looks on my little one. Maybe my sewing/drafting skills did improve after all...
Anyhow, here's the skinny on how to sew a peasant dress in 12 mos - 18 months size
- Half yard main fabric( I chose Picnic Pals Organic cotton collection by Alyssa Thomas SKU Y 1002-27)
- Half yard coordinating fabric ( I chose Picnic Pals Organic cotton collection by Alyssa Thomas SKU Y 0999-30)
- Elastic thread ( optional)
Pattern: Download the 4 pages free pattern for peasant dress here( 12-18 months). Print on 8.5 x 11 inch paper with Margins set to 0.
Approximate time: 1 hour
Sewing Margin : 3/8 inch on internal seams
1/4 inch on hemlines and neckline
At this point it will be a great idea to try the dress on the child if she is available. For my daughter, the neck was big enough to slip through her head and small enough that it didn't slip off her shoulders. So I just folded the neckline twice on itself and sew a seam along the neckline ( quarter inch margin). But if you find the neckline too big on your child, you could sew a couple of rows of shirring or an elastic to make it just right.
Now sew narrow hems on sleeves and the dress.
Make a pair of matching bloomers (coming soon), or not. The dress is cute either way. A full sleeved stylish dress for the fall!
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