Hello there, I have been away and I have missed all the fun. Seriously, its just so cool to have my own special corner in the world wide web, where I can talk endlessly about sewing, and have some friends who care enough to lend their ear.
I have been around and I have been sewing, but I haven't been able to blog about it. To much sewing = too little blogging. Actually its sewing = no blogging, because my brain is just not wired for multi-tasking. There, I said it - I CAN'T multitask.
Anyhow, I have been working on some very fun projects and I can't wait to share them with you. In fact, I took pics of some of those just today and I will share them as soon as I'm done uploading those. I have a feeling that you will love them - I certainly do.
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So when she asked me to join her for her 'Handmade Confessions" series, I had to say yes. Read the details in the post, but basically every week one blogger shares a dark secret from her sewing adventures. Fun!
A couple of weeks ago I shared the Free Sewing Pattern for Knit A-Line Dress here. The dress I made turned out so comfy that my daughter chose to wear if often. So I used the pattern to make a different version of the same pattern.
This version was inspired by the T-Shirt Loop Dress that I saw a couple of years back on Me Sew Crazy. I loved how novel and stylish this design element was. Particularly, in knit dresses these loops eliminate the waist belts ( that keep coming undone ever so often) and still lend some degree of fit. I had been wanting to try this in one of my projects and finally did.
I love how this dress turned out.
Here is how I did it. Knit Loops Dress Level: Confident Beginner Time: 2 Hours Pattern:
Set the margins to 0. Print both pages on 8.5X11 inch paper and join with tape at the overlap area on page 1. Print 2 copies of each page and tape page 1 and 2 together on both of them. Cut the upper neckline on the first one. This will become the back of the dress. Cut the lower neckline on the second set. This will become the front of the dress. Seam Allowance: 3/8 inch unless otherwise specified Material: Half yard base fabric, half yard coordinating fabric Construction: Refer the Knit A-line dress for the initial construction. Cut the pieces according to the pattern and join the front and back at shoulders. Here I will just highlight where this dress is made differently from the knit A-line Dress
Instead of sewing the whole length along the sides, just sew about two inches below the armholes to join the front and back.
Binding the neck:
In this dress I reverted to the easier way of just sewing a doubled strip knit fabric at the neckline and armholes to bind them, but I added a little twist to make it interesting. Here is how I did it:
Measure the length of armhole/neckline that needs to be bound. Cut a strip of about 3/4 of this length X 4 inches wide. Fold it width-wise and sew diagonally near both ends as shown in the pic above. Cut along the diagonal seam and turn out.
Repeat the same process for the armholes - pin the overlapped ends at the top, right along the shoulder seam and sew same as the neckline.
Making the loops at the back
Cut out a strip of 12 inch X 30 inch. fold in half and sew along the 30 inch edge ( right sides together). Turn out to get a wide tube.
Cut the tube into two 15 inches long pieces.
I forgot to take pics of the next steps, but they are very simple really. just places the tubes such that they look like to inter-looped 'U'. Pin them on the right side of the back piece such that they are about 2 inches below the armholes. Cover with the wrong side of the front piece and sew along the sides. Make sure to catch the ends of the loops in the seams.
Note: You can also refer to the original tutorial on Me Sew Crazy if you are not sure on how to sew and attach these knit loops.
I left the hemline unfinished, but you could finish it if you like.
Cut the pattern pieces and sew the inseams on both the legs. Serge both the seams.
Turn one of the legs inside out and slip it inside the other leg. Align the crotch area on both legs and sew a seam. Serge along the seam.
Turn inside out.
Cut a strip 2.5 inches wide X twice the circumference of each leg opening. Sew the smaller ends, right sides together.
Fold twice along one of the raw edges and sew.
Set the machine on highest speed, longest stitch length and high tension and sew a seam along the other raw edge, leave a long thread tail after sewing. This will ruffle the fabric. Now spread the ruffles evenly by hand such that the ruffled strip becomes equal to the leg opening of the bloomers.
Line up raw edges of the ruffle and bloomers ( right sides together) and sew a seam to join them. Repeat for the other leg.
I don't have pictures of finishing the waist-band, but its quite easy to do. Fold the top of the bloomers quarter inch on the inside, iron and sew a seam. Now fold it again 1.5 inch on the inside, iron and sew but leave an opening of 2 inches. Now use a safety pin to thread a half inch to one inch wide elastic through this opening. The rule of thumb I use for the elastic length is 2.5 inches lesser than the waist of the child. Once you have threaded the elastic, sew the ends together and sew the opening shut.