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SUPER EASY WRAP! for the ladies and the little ladies!!

SUPER EASY WRAP! for the ladies and the little ladies!!

Good morning!!  So I have made several of these wrap thing a ma jigs from this blog spot below- it is soo super easy!

http://theseams.blogspot.com/2010/02/diy-wrap-turned-scarf.html

This is the most easiest DIY ever! A very fun and simple DIY wrap-turned-scarf project that takes less than a minute to create and requires only one piece of fabric!

materials: scissors, measuring tape, and a rectangular piece of fabric (approximately 60 inches long).

Step 1: Fold the fabric in half from left to right.

Step 2: With the measuring tape, measure six inches down and six inches over from the folded side. Then cut an eight inch vertical slit.

Step 3: Open up the fabric and there should be two openings for your arms to go through.

 

So I have made these wraps and then thought how can I spruce them up a bit to add more ruffle or pizazz??  It was my sisters birthday and I needed to get her something.  I know she likes the things that I create and sew, so I decided to make her one.  I followed the simple directions for the main piece of the wrap.  Then I found some scraps of fabric that I had in my sewing closet- and I gathered and sewed on the extra piece.


This next picture is of my sister trying on her new wrap- by the look on her face, I think she LOVES it :))

 

 

 

THEN! I thought how can I make this super easy design for my little girl and use them as presents for her friends!! I printed out a heart design I liked on card stock, and used that to cut out perfect shaped hearts- then I sewed them onto the wraps 🙂 I had apple print material as well, so I used a few apples too.  You could add so many different ideas to these super simple wraps.

I hope you like and will get inspired!!

 

DIY – Stretchy Tank Dress- only 30 min to make

DIY – Stretchy Tank Dress- only 30 min to make

For this project you will need some nice stretchy fabric that would be cute as a dress- depending on your dress size would depend on the amount of fabric that you will need.

I am attempting to make something similar to this dress:

 

 

First get a dress from your closet that fits your body really well- and use it to make the basis of your pattern.  If you dont have a dress that you love- take measurements of your hips, bottom and chest and make the markings on your material and draw how you will like your dress to look.

If you are tracing an old dress-  you can change up the look once you get your hips and waist and sleeves drawn up.  I use a disappearing fabric pen to make the markings on my material.  It disappears with in 72 hours completely, sometimes sooner.  I wanted my neck to be lower than the black dress- so I made my own neck line.  Start cutting the dress fabric.  I folded over one side that was already cut to make the dress as symmetrical as possible.  Then cut the other side.

 

I initially wanted the back neck of the dress to be a lot lower than the front so I only cut out the front- if you want the front and back to look exactly the same- you can cut them both out at the same time to save time.  Just fold your fabric in half and you can cut two pieces at once.  If you are using stripes it is very important to make sure they are lined up exactly the same- or it is going to look weird while you are wearing it.

The dress is now cut.  Time to pin.  You need to pin right sides together.  Right side to right side.  Pin the shoulder straps together first- then sew.  Then pin the sides of the dress together. And then sew- again make very sure that the stripes are lined up.  That is if you are using a striped material.

I did not hem the neck line or the arm holes or the bottom of the dress.  I like the frayed look- although this fabric will not fray, I still like the unfinished look.  I am hoping to get a serger soon and I may have hemmed the bottom if I had a serger, but I like it this way for now-  That is the wonderful thing about making your own clothes- you can make them however you want!!

 

I hope you like the dress and will show me yours!!

 

This tutorial is for the ladies! DIY Pants, Leggings, Jeans… or whatever you want to call them!

Okay this tutorial is for the ladies!  I have extremely LONG legs- we are talking 36″ inseam.  So I have to spend the BIG bucks to find a pair of jeans, pants or leggings that are long enough for my liking.  Or I can constantly wear skinny pants that are regular length- but CAPRI length on me.  As you know, I am a stay at home mom and I don’t have TONS of money to be spending on designer jeans or LULU Lemon work out apparel.  So I decided I will make my own darn pants- just the way I want.

I can make them as long or as short as I want.  And it was sooo super easy!  It took me about 20 minutes, once I learned how to sew my crotch right.

You will need the pair of pants that you want to duplicate, scissors, and a sewing machine.  Oh and yeah- the new fabric that you are making your pants out of.  You won’t want to buy cheap fabric for pants- because you don’t want a hold in your butt or crotch.  So pick out some nice quality fabric.

The fabric I chose is really stretchy but very thick- so they look like pants but fit like leggings.

I wanted to duplicate my Victoria Secret Yoga pants- but make them LONGER!!

Fold your pants so you are working with just one leg.  Put the fold of the pant leg on the fold of the fabric.  Remember to use your fabric wisely.  You want to get the most out of the fabric you have.

 

Then you will want to trace your pattern.  Leave yourself enough fabric to create a hem- so give yourself an extra inch if you want to have a 1/2″ seam.  Then cut your material out.  You will then have one leg done.  Do the same for the other leg.

 

After the legs are both cut out- you are going to sew the leg. Right side of fabric to right side of fabric. Pin and then sew from the crotch to the bottom of your pant leg or sew from the pant leg to the top of the crotch- whatever floats your boat.  DOUBLE STITCH the leg seams.  You don’t want any holes while wearing.  DO NOT TOUCH the crotch seam yet.

After both legs are sewn, you are going to sew them together creating the crotch seam.  I did this wrong the first time- so make sure you learn from my mistake.  Take one pant leg- make sure it is still inside out- then take your other pant leg which should be RIGHT side out.  Stick the leg that is RIGHT side out into the pant that is inside out.  REREAD the last sentence if you need to!!  RIGHT SIDES SHOULD BE TOGETHER AT THIS POINT.  And it should look like you have only one leg.  The fabric that I am using is hard to tell what is right from wrong- so make sure you follow the rule!  RIGHT sides together.  Got it?!

 

 

You are then going to sew the crotch seam.  Start at the top of the waist and sew all the way to the other side of the waist.  It is like a U shape- sorta kinda.  Double stitch the crotch seam to make sure you don’t get any holes when bending over!!

I did NOT hem the top of my pants- you are more than welcome to hem the top of your pants- these pants I made are SUPER stretchy and I want to keep them that way- so I didn’t want to hem mine.  I left the bottom of the pants frayed as well.  That is the look that I wanted.  But you can hem the bottom of your pants if you want as well.

 

Clip your threads and put on your new lovely pants!!  These are me in my new pants.  BTW…  It is VERY hard to take a picture of your back side by yourself.   It took 20 or more shots to get it right!!  I hope you like your new pair of pants!!  And I would LOVE to see your pants once you have made yourself some- good luck and happy sewing!

 

 

 

I can’t sit down and JUST watch TV…

so… I have a few projects that need thread clipping… I save them up so I can enjoy a TV show every now and then. Yes, the kids are both asleep- I can’t watch TV when they are awake, so I must use my time wisely.

 

These are my finished projects now- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this little dress, bloomers and pantaloons!  This is a super cute dress for Easter- you can even change the colors up and make a Christmas dress.  I have made this dress several times in different patterns for Clover.  She always looks darling!  The only thing that I would change is making the ruffle on the bloomers more gathered so its extra super ruffly.  I hope you like and will get inspired to make your little darlings something cute to wear on Easter Sunday!

 

Vintage Toddler Overall Part 2

Once dinner was all cleaned up and the kids were tucked into bed- I got to sewing my new overalls!  I am not going to show step by step on the directions because every pattern is different.  You will need to follow directions according to your specific pattern.

I sewed the front and back hems first.  Most of the time you will always sew with right sides together.

Next is the pocket.  The marks that were made on the fabric when cutting the pattern will come in handy when placing the pocket on the overalls.  Pin the pocket and then sew it on the overall.

Next is the suspender strap.  You are going to sew the strap right sides together.  And then trim the hem to about 1/4 inch, leaving the slanted end open so you can pull the strap through so the nice side is on the outside.

After turning the strap right side out- press.  Pressing is very important, it makes the edges crisp and look neat.

THIS IS THE WRONG way to pin.  I made the mistake and I will show you why it is wrong in the next picture.  The raw edges should be matching.

if you look closely, you will see the frayed part of the suspender peaking through- that is a NO NO!  When that happens, you need your handy dandy seam ripper- I wish I didn’t have to use it as often as I do- keep one handy when you sew!

Now this is the right way to have sewn on the suspender strap 🙂

When you come across a point- you must have something that will help the point get pointy.  It makes the piece look much neater, nicer and well just better.  This is a dress making edge.  If you don’t have one of these- you can use anything pointy and small, but not too pointy because you do not want to make a hole in the fabric. ( which I have done too many times until I got my Grandma’s dress making pointer thing).

Please DO NOT look at my nasty ironing board cover- I need to make myself one!  So we are now hemming the shorts.  So folding over 1/4 inch and pressing, and folding over another 1/4 inch and pressing again. Then sew the hem is the drill. PRESSING the hem is a MUST!!  It makes the hem crisp and beautiful.

My wonderful mother gave me this little mini ruler- it totally helps with knowing how big your hem is.  It is nice to have to know when you are going overboard.  We want 1/4 inch hem, not 1″.  And that is easy to do- believe me.  So use a nifty ruler and keep your hem even!

Now we have completed the overall for the most part.  I need to add a few buttons and a zipper for the back and that is it!!

This is the back. SOO CUTE!

Now all I need is a cute, chunky, hunky baby to put in it!!

Vintage toddler overall

Both my kids are asleep- so that means ME time! I am expecting Valor to wake up any minute, so I must hurry!

This is my first little boy outfit that I am making- its a super cute overall. I usually make little girl clothes because I love lace and ruffles… but I have a little boy now and I need to show him some love 🙂 The pattern is totally Vintage-50’s I think.  I like Simplicity patterns- because they are simple and because my super sewing mom said they are great!

I am using a really soft cotton/knit blend and it has two sides to it.

First things first- you need to look at the instructions and see what pieces you need for the project you are making.  Patterns have several different patterns in one packet.  This one in particular has short sleeve shirt, long sleeve shirt, long overall and short overall.  I am making the short overall- so I only need, I think 5 pieces.

So you need to cut out those pieces and lay them out on the fabric.  Making the most out of the fabric that you have.  You don’t want to have a lot of wasted fabric.  Once laid out on the fabric, you need to pin the pattern to the fabric.  You pin the fabric to the pattern so the fabric doesn’t move.  You need to be sure to cut accurately or you will have trouble matching sides and your overalls may not be perfectly even.

Once pinned, you cut out the pieces.  Don’t let all the markings on the pattern get your discouraged or frustrated.  They are actually pretty simple and if you have questions about a pattern, let me know and I will do what I can to assist you 🙂  The markings are important, so make sure you mark them once cut.

Because I had a 3 year old helping me… sometimes you will get a ripped pattern piece such as this. Just tape it back together as best as you can.

Before removing the pattern piece from the fabric, you need to mark the dots that are on the pattern piece to the fabric.  I use a fabric pen for my markings.  I used to use the spikey roller with the colored paper- but I just don’t like that, so I just recently bought this new fabric pen. I like it so far. It has disappearing ink and a rub off ink, so it won’t ruin or stain your fabric.  Like I said before, the markings are important- they tell you where to put pockets, and where sleeves should be placed so they are centered and lots of other things.  I have skipped making the marks before, and it just is easier to do them while you have the pattern piece out. Makes for an easier sewing project.

Cutting, pinning and marking this pattern took me about 45 minutes.  Not too bad.  I will be posting soon about how to sew the fabric together and eventually get a hopefully super cute, original pair of overalls!