Saturday, June 29, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Confessions of a sewing addict




I'm giving you a sneak peek of my thinking process, how the actual projects differ from the vision and why over at Make It Handmade. Palak has been a gracious host of the series Handmade ConfessionsI have found the whole series very liberating so far because it shows that most of the sewers/crafters struggle with the same challenges as us and its ok to not have a perfect outcome all the time.
You could read about my challenges this week.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Free Dress Pattern : Stars and Stripes Dress


Here is a great news that I have been dying to share with you all. I'm over at Sew Mama Sew today, sharing a free pattern (5T) and tutorial to sew this Stars and Stripes Dress.
Hop on over to check it out and tell me how you liked it in comments.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Tulip Hem Dress Sewing Pattern

Dress Free Pattern: Kimono Wrap dress with Tulip Hem
Tulip Hem Wrap Dress Free Sewing Pattern

Sometime back I shared with you how to sew a Tulip Hem. Now I'm back with the complete tutorial and free pattern for sewing the wrap dress with tulip hem.


Its a great and easy sew project if you are comfortable sewing with bias tape. If you are not...well..then its a great project to make you comfortable with bias tape :)


Pattern:
Tulip Hem Dress Sewing Pattern

Supplies:
Half yard for skirt
2 fat quarters for bodice
Ric-rac
Bias Tape - 2 yards

Time:
2-3 hours

Skill Level:
Confident Beginner

Techniques Used:
Sewing with Bias Tape
Sewing Ric-Racs
Sewing Tulip Hems


cut out the pattern pieces
Step 1: Cut out the pattern pieces

sew the shoulder seams together
Step 2: Sew the bodice pieces along the shoulders ( right sides together), such that each front piece is attached to one shoulder of the back piece.

sew the sides seams
Step 3: Also sew along the sides. Here is how the bodice will look at this point.

finish neckline with bias tape
Step 4: Sew bias tape along the edge of neckline.

the finished bodice
Step 5. Here is how it will look once you are done.

sewing the tulip hem to teh bodice
Step 6: Prepare the Tulip Hem Skirt according to the tutorial here. Attach it to the bodice by sewing right sides together.

finishing armholes, sewing buttons
Step 7: Finish the armholes by sewing 1/4 inch bias tape.
Step8. Sew buttonholes on the sides at the front of the part that is going to come in front. Sew buttons on the inner part of the front.

Tulip dress sewing tutorial
Put the dress on your cutie! Admire!


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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Patriotic Nautical Sewing Patterns Roundup

Sewing Patterns roundup: Patriotic Clothes Tutorials
Betsy Ross Dress Sewing Tutorial
Betsy Ross Dress Sewing Tutorial by Melly Sews

I kind of had this in the back of my mind but I just realized that July 4th is just 20 days away. To get my creative juices flowing I rounded up these patriotic/nautical sewing patterns and tutorials. Check out and get to work.


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Friday, June 14, 2013

Etsy Finds Friday: Felt foods and toys by Its The Small Things

Etsy Seller: Felt goods by Its the Small Things
Welcome to my new semi-random series - Etsy Finds Friday. In this series I will introduce you to some etsy sellers who are selling amazing goods at amazing prices. I receive no money, goods anything from these sellers...heck...they don't even know they are going to be featured here. I'm just doing it to support handmade business and etsy sellers and maybe some good karma.

Here is the first part of the series: Crocheted items by EMJ Creations

Today I'm going to introduce you to Its The Small Things - A felt play food and party favors store run by Diane.

Felt Play Food - $9.78, Its the small Things
Her offerings are delectable

Stuffed Elephants - $7.65, Its the small Things
Stuffed Elephants - $7.65, Its the small Things
and her prices irresistible

Crayon Rolls (set of 7) - $23.21, Its the small things
Crayon Rolls (set of 7) - $23.21, Its the small things

with goods to suit every age and stage.

Owls - $6.59, Its the Small Things
Owls - $6.59, Its the Small Things

These cuties are killing me...

Newborn Gift Set - $15.73, Its the small things
Newborn Gift Set - $15.73, Its the small things
and this totally cracked me up.

One thing is for sure, now I know where to turn to for the next party or baby shower.

You could also follow Diane on her blog, Facebook or Pinterest.

Do you know of any etsy store that is delivering great value? Don't keep the treasures to yourself, share it girl! Give a shout out to your favorite seller in comments or drop me an email for possible feature in coming editions.



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Friday, June 7, 2013

Etsy Finds Friday: Treasures from EMJcreations

Etsy Finds Friday: Crochet Clothing by EMJ Creations
sweater dress, bloomers set $30
Over The Rainbow Newborn Dress Set - $30, EMJ Creations

Welcome to my new semi-random series - Etsy Finds Friday. In this series I will introduce you to some etsy sellers who are selling amazing goods at amazing prices. I receive no money, goods anything from these sellers...heck...they don't even know they are going to be featured here. I'm just doing it to support handmade business and etsy sellers and maybe some good karma.

First up: Crochet Baby Clothing from EMJ Creations

I don't know how she does it...but these items are incredibly reasonably priced. EMJ calls her items treasures and the reason is obvious once you take a look at her etsy store.

ocean-waves-dress-set $28
Ocean Waves Dress Set - $28
I mean who could resist this ocean waves dress set.

romper set for newborn
Lil Bear Romper Set $30

Or this Little Bear Newborn Romper Set ?

She is also open to custom orders and is pretty easy to work with.
So if you have a little one who needs any crochet items, now you know where to go.

Do you know of any etsy store that is delivering great value? Don't keep the treasures to yourself, share it girl! Give a shout out to your favorite seller in comments or drop me an email for possible feature in coming editions.


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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Collar Dress

Sewing Project: Collar Dress For Toddlers
collar dress DIY

I had a really hard time getting this baby right, but isn't it worth it? I just can't get over how good turquoise and yellow look together.



I love this dress! How about you?



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