Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sewing tutorial roundup: Sew For Boys

Sewing for boys: Tutorials Roundup
It is no news that the blogosphere has a specific shortage of sewing/diy tutorials for boyish clothes. However, time to time, bloggers come up with some uber cool boy projects and their tutorials. 
Here is a compilation of some awesome boy sewing tutorials that I have found in the blogosphere.
If that is not enough, I had also dedicated the whole February to Boy Sewing Projects on my other blog Sew Pretty Sew Free.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Sewing with Patterns: Yaay! or Nay

Sewing Poll: Sewing with Patterns
Pumpkin Pie Dress Free Pattern
Pumpkin Pie Dress Free Pattern
During the three years I have been sewing in US, I have tried a lot of methods...sewing with paper patterns from big companies like Simplicity and Ottobre, sewing with E-Patterns, sewing with free e-patterns, sewing without a pattern and drafting and publishing my own sewing patterns. Of course I have my own preferences but first I am curious to know what you think.

How do you like to sew?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Free Sewing Tutorial: Tshirt Neck Binding

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to bind Tshirt Neck
sew with knits

If you are following my blog for some time, you would know that I have been trying to learn how to bind a Tshirt/knit garment neck for a while. I have gotten better and better with each effort. Now I have reached a point where I feel fairly confident sharing this technique with you. Here is how I do it.

Knit fabric for the garment
Knit fabric for the binding

I use a different fabric for binding just to get some contrast but if you want to use the same fabric for garment body and binding then that is fine too.

binding tshirt neck
1. Cut the garment in your desired Tshirt or Top pattern. Sew along the shoulders and the sides.

cutting out the binding

2. In this tutorial I have used the armhole to show how I bound it, but the neckline is done pretty much the same way. So first you measure all around the curve ( neck or armhole) that needs to be bound. Lets call this measurment L. Now cut a strip of binding fabric 3 inches long and 2/3L+0.75 inch wide.

tshirt sewing tutorial

3. Sew the 3 inch ends of the strip ( right sides together). Now you have a tube, now mark every quarter of this tube by placing pins there.

easy sew tshirts

4. Align the joint in this tube with the lower joint of the armhole such that the joint of the tube is about 1 cm away from the armhole joint. This will ensure that all the layers are not being sewing together at the joint of armhole.

5. Pin the rest of the tube to the armhole such that every quarter point of the strip falls at every quarter point of armhole. Since we have taken the strip to be 2/3 of armhole length, its quarter will be naturally bigger than the quarter of binding. It is intentional, we want the binding to stretch a bit when we sew so that it holds the shape of the armhole.
armhole binding tutorial

6. Sew along the raw edge of armhole and binding. You will have to stretch the binding a bit to ensure that their are no gathers when you attach the armhole.

Tshirt sewing tutorial

7. Fold the binding in half on itself and then fold it on the inside. Use pins to hold it in place. Be generous with pins, you don't want any part of binding to slip when you sew it in next step.

8. Sew a seam right below the binding, making sure you are catching the binding at the back. Go slow and steady.

9. Here is how it looks on the inside.

sewing with knits
And done! If you feel that the neckline or armhole binding looks wonky, just steam iron it, that should help it get back into shape.
Do share the pics with me if you decide to give it a spin!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

DIY Flower Tutorials

Fabric Flower Sewing Tutorials
felt Dahlia DIY
Photo Source: Its the Little Things

Last week I was looking for ideas to make fabric flowers for an upcoming project. Oh boy! there are so many way to make these pretties.
I had to compile a roundup of fabric flower diy.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Hearts Tee for the little Diva

Sewing project: Lace Back Tshirt
There was some more V-day sewing that I did but couldn't share with you earlier.

I made this lace back tee which is just so popular these days. It just makes me so happy that it turned out beautiful.
The hearts at the front were added a little later. The Little Fashionista was ho-hum about the Tshirt at first. But when I added the hearts at the front and showed it her, she said ( and I quote):
Me: See your Tshirt? Do you like it?
She: "I like it Mommy. It looks much better now!"
Whew! When did my baby become such a diva?

PS: Working on the tutorial now...

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sewing Tutorials for Baby Clothes

Baby Clothes sewing tutorials
reversible Baby Dress tutorial

Sewing baby clothes is so rewarding, not only you could sew for your children but baby clothes also make a great baby shower gift.
Here is a roundup of great baby clothes sewing tutorials that I found in the blogosphere. Enjoy!

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Top ten scarf sewing tutorials

Scarf sewing tutorials roundup

Are you on hubpages yet? They are a great way to find capsules of relevant information. I have been compiling hubpages for a while now, and you can find all my sewing related hubs here:

My latest hub is for making scarves. I fell in love with this versatile accessory last year and have made and bought a bunch of them since.
Here is my compilation ten favorite scarf making tutorials.

Top ten Scarf Sewing Tutorials
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