DIY 3/4″ Sleeve Sheath Dress

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Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!

I have been taking full advantage of my motivation to sew. I must admit there are moments when I suffer from sewing burn out….even though I love it so. Having great fabric really helps to pull me out of my sewing slump rather quickly, though.

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So let’s jump right into this sewing tutorial.

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Supplies:
About 1 -2 yards of knit fabric
A t-shirt (slightly loose fitting)
Coordinating Thread
Ball Points Needle

Instructions:

1. Lay your fabric as shown below. Cut 1″ away from your t-shirt and down to the desired length.

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2. Now fold your fabric so you can cut out your second piece. Lay the 1st piece you cut out on top and cut around. No extra seam allowance needed.

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You will end up with 2 identical pieces

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3. Now it’s time to trace a sleeve. I forgot to take a picture of this step so I had to improvise. Trace the sleeve of the shirt you’re using adding a 2″ seam allowance all around onto pattern paper or whatever type of large paper you have on hand. Remember that you will need to extend the length of the sleeve to the desired length if using a short sleeve shirt or reduce the length if using a long sleeve shirt as your sleeve pattern. Fold your fabric in half with right sides facing and the wrong side facing you. Place pattern on the fold and cut out the sleeve. Repeat for the second sleeve.

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4. Now take your dress and lay it with right sides facing and pin along the shoulder. Sew the shoulder’s using stretch or small zig-zag stitch and a 1/2″ seam allowance. Finish your seams with a serger, pinking shears, or regular zig-zag stitch.

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Now cut your neckline to the desired measurements. You’re only cutting through one layer. So decided which will be the front and cut your neckline

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6. Now it’s time to attach the sleeves. Open the dress up like so.

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Attach your sleeve like so.
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And sew using a stretch stitch or small zig-zag with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

It will look like this.

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Finish the seams.
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7. Now fold the dress with right sides facing. Sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance with a stretch stitch or small zig-zag stitch and finish the seams.

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8. Hem the neckline by folding over 1/4″ and then 1/2″. Stitch with a stretch stitch or small zig-zag stitch. Hem the bottom of the dress by folding over 1/2″ and fold over again 1/2″ sew using the stretch or zig-zag stitch.

Now you’re ready to wear and style. I purchased the Ponte De Roma hounds tooth fabric from GirlCharlee.com. This particular fabric is sold out but is is available in brown, coral & forest green.

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Sewloveable ☺

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DIY Vest Transitioning Into Fall With Simplicity Pattern 1284

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday & the 1st day of “Fall”!!

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Lately, I have been into watching 1950’s & 1960’s classic movies. Of course, when you watch movies from those era’s you fall in love with the fashion.

Inspiration from those movies…eventually led me to find a great 1960’s vintage pattern.

Seeing the pattern….I immediately knew what I was going to make View D (the vest) of this pattern first.

I had leftover fabric from a previous sewing project which you can see here. Which I thought would be great. I get to mix vintage and modern.

With everything falling into place. Off to my sewing room, I go to bring my vision to life.

When I am sewing I put on a great movie or music I really love and just enjoy myself. The kids pop in and out….just to see how things are going and chit-chat a bit. When I’m in my sewing room my creativity just flows…..and I just enjoy the process.

This pattern was easy to follow. My only issue is I wish the pattern offered the option of adding a lining. Which gives the vest more ease with putting it on and taking off.

I made this pattern with the following alterations….

~ added a satin lining
~ omitted the facing on the arm holes

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All in all, this was a great project, that I really enjoyed making this vintage pattern with a modern twist with my choice of textile.

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Stella Jean Inspired Skirt

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Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!

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Photo c/o Pinterest

Several months ago I saw a picture on Instagram of Beyonce’ wearing a spectacular pencil skirt that tied in the front. So I did a little research and found out that it was a Stella Jean Design.  I have an obsession with this designer.  She uses a lot of waxed African prints in her designs….which I love because they are soooooo vibrant and colorful. It excites the senses. My kid’s come in to chat a bit and see what I am looking at.  My youngest said it’s not my style and my oldest say’s ooohhhh I love that skirt. It would look great on me….lol……gotta love her self-confidence. I told her I would add it to the list, she said great and oh can you make sure you add a split in the back…I’ve never had a skirt with a split before. I agree and let her know a modest split and her reply but of course……I’m a lady…lol. This kid cracks me up.

With a few other sewing projects out of the way, I was ready to get prepared to make the Stella Jean skirt or as my daughter calls it…..her Beyonce’ skirt.  We head to a specialty fabric shop that’s about 30 minutes away. In the area, we live in the shop carries a large variety of African prints along with some really other beautiful fabric’s. The store has been around for about 20 years or so.  If you are ever in the Washington, D.C./ Maryland / Northern Virginia area check out Paradise Fabric’s if you want specialty type fabric’s.

Ok onto the making of the skirt.

Essentially it’s just a pencil skirt with ties.  So I figured it would be pretty easy to make.  I’ve made a pencil skirt before and a skirt with ties…..now all I had to do was put the two together.  You can check out those previous post here and here.

I used New Look Pattern 6843 View C to make the pencil skirt with a few modifications.

  • Added a facing to the waist instead of a waistband.  I did this by copying the skirt front and back pieces including the darts and measuring down a few inches.  I sewed the darts in just as I did on the skirt pieces and then interfaced those facing pieces.  Next I used my serger/overlock machine to finish the bottom edges.  Attached to each section of the skirt and did some understitching to keep the facing held in place.
  • Installed the zip into the back pieces, then finished sewing the back together stopping where I wanted my split to begin.
  • The ties are 45″ long by 11″ wide. I cut an angle at the end of each tie. Sewed them using and 5/8″ sew allowance, leaving the top unsewn. Finished off all the sewn edges using a serger/overlock machine.  Turned right side out and gave them a good pressing.  I then layed the back of the skirt right side up, place the ties 1/2″ below the waistline, place front skirt section on top and sew using a 5/8″ seam allowance and finish your seams accordingly.
  • The only thing left to finish the split and hem.

Here are some behind the scenes pic’s of the construction of the skirt.

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The finished look……

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I really enjoyed working on this project. Best of all I loved the stunned look on my daughter’s face. We were both really happy with the end result.

I really enjoy the challenge of recreating designer-inspired looks. Sometimes thing’s are simpler than one may think and my sewing knowledge grows with each project.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I greatly appreciate it.

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Sewloveable ☺

Learning To Sew

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Welcome to Thread It Thursday!

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Today I wanted to do something a little different than my usual reveal of my latest sewing project.  I wanted to share a bit of my story on how I got into sewing in the first place.

Let me start off by introducing myself.  I am Timeka the mother to two wonderful daughter’s Taylor & Taryn. We are the 3 musketeer’s.  Their father and I ended our relationship many years ago, as a result I have been raising our girls as a single parent.  I have contemplated writing this many times. I often think about how much to share and not share. I am such a private person……but a part of me wants to open up and share a bit more.  So now that I’ve gotten that out of the way I can exhale and smile once again.

For years and years, I used to say that I wanted to learn to sew but never really had the time.  Then one day my girls said…..”hey mom do you think that we can take a sewing, class?” So in September of 2010 I enrolled them in their first class at Joann Fabric’s.  We were all excited the first project was a pillowcase.  They enjoyed picking out the fabric’s and supplies they needed.  The teacher of the class was so nice and the class ended up with a total of 4 girls.

As the class was about to begin and I headed out, I saw that the teacher was looking a little flustered with trying to give direction to all 4 at once.  So, I briefly interrupted and offered to assist her in any way I could. Now my only prior sewing experience had been 1 semester in high school. Which was a loooonnnngggg time ago…lol….and the only thing I remember about sewing class….is that I made a pillow….lol.

The class ended up going really well and I was able to assist far more than I thought I would. Each of the girl’s completed a really cute pillowcase.  I didn’t realize it at the time…..but this day would be my first step back into sewing.

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A few weeks later the girls had another class this time they made a cute little bag’s out of bandana’s and this time….the teacher asked me…..do you want to help out again.  Of course I agreed….it was a good thing I did because the instructor accidentally burned her hand on the iron. Fortunately, I happened to have some aloe vera gel in my purse and the instructor was able to finish the class. For all those who wonder why women carry so many thing’s in their purses……here’s a great example……someone may be in need of the 1 million and 1 items we carry inside…..lol.

Here is the completed project from that class.

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My daughter’s were really enjoying the classes.  They liked going home and putting to use the things they were making. So I enrolled them in the next level class. Making pajama pants. They were really excited.

The day of the class we were out of town visiting my brother and his family.  Fortunately, he is just a few hours away, so we would be back in time for the class.  I got a phone call as we were heading back home saying that the class was canceled. There were not enough kids enrolled in the class for it to be held.  The next class would be a month away so, I decided to see if I could make the pants myself.

I did a little research and found a sewing machine that met my checklist.  I ended up going with Brother’s Project Runway edition machine.  It was affordable and said to be a great beginner machine.  Before I could start on the pants I had to get acclimated with this machine.  Thankfully that part came pretty easy.

Now I needed to understand the pattern.  This part would be harder than I thought. I was totally confused when it came to understanding the pattern….so I got online and found a great blog, that gave great step by step guidance on how to make pajama pants.  It took me 2 days but the girls had pajama pants.  They were excited…..I was excited.  It was great, they were a little on the long side but they fit and I made them.  From there…..there has been no looking back.  I am learning and sewing every chance I get and I love it.  I may not love those moments of frustration, when I mess up or I am trying to understand something new but in the end pushing through and finishing each project is exciting every single time, just like it was the 1st time!

Sewing has been such a great outlet for my creativity and I truly enjoy it. I love that blogging has given me a place to share my love of sewing and be inspired by so many other’s. This blog is also a great way for me to track my progress and let my creativity flow.

I would love to know…..how did you get into sewing?

Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me share a bit of my story with you, I greatly appreciate it!

Until Next Time,

Sewlovable

Easy to Sew Kimono Jacket Using a Structured Fabric

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Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!!

I am “OBSESSED” with kimono jackets. I saw a tutorial a few months back and I just had to make one.

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The tutorial was very easy to follow and I was very happy with the end product.

To make this great jacket click here for the tutorial.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

Polka-Dot & Floral Designer Inspired Fabric

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Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!

Today’s post is inspired by Oscar de la Renta and Dolce & Gabbana. I am in love with their use of Polka-Dot & Floral Print fabric.

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Oscar de la Renta

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Dolce & Gabbana

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So I had to add this print into my wardrobe in some way. I found the perfect fabric online. Which let me know that this was meant to be.

I knew that I wanted a maxi dress…..or so I thought…lol.

For this project, I used Simplicity Pattern 2638 for the skirt and for the bodice I use a YouTube video with a few alterations.  I will get more into that in a minute.

For the fabric, I used 3 yards of Challis.  It is rayon, lightweight and flowy, which works perfectly for a maxi.

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I ended up making separates instead of a maxi dress. This option allows me to wear the top with other thing’s and pair the skirt with other tops.

Now let’s get into the how to’s…..

As mentioned prior for the skirt I used Simplicity Pattern 2638 with the following adjustments.

Cut out 4 skirt panel pieces instead of 3 so that it would be very flowy.

Next I did a simple elastic casing at the waist.

For the top/bodice portion, I used the following YouTube video with a few adjustments. (* This video will also show you how to make this into a maxi dress)

Measured from shoulder to belly +2.5″

Next measure your bust + 3.5″ ÷ 4

I omitted the gathering at the shoulder’s

Finally, I finished the hem with by folding over 1/2″ and then again 1/2″ and sewing around.

I really enjoyed this project and happy that I was able to find and polka-dot and floral print that I love.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

DIY Chevron Jogger’s

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Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!

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With every project, my goal is to improve my sewing skills.  I am a mostly self-taught sewist.  I have taken a few classes, but most of my sewing knowledge comes from books, blogs and youtube.  Which have all been great resources might I add.

Today’s area of focus is pattern matching. In the past I never even gave pattern matching a thought……well except one time prior when I made a plaid pleated skirt for my mom to attend an event.  After making that skirt for her, I never gave pattern matching any further thought.  Until now.

I had been promising to make my oldest daughter a pair of jogger pants for quite some time. She chose a lovely chevron print…..which meant I had to step up my sewing game a bit.  I needed to really make sure everything lined up all around. Now she could care less about the pattern matching, she’s just looking for a great fit.  But…..me….the one who is diligently working to improve my sewing skills has to at least try and make this look as professional as possible.

My pattern matching is not perfect, but I am pretty pleased with the outcome.  The more I practice and try new things the better I will get in time. If you would like to make these pants click here or for a similar pair click here.

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I have to say that I really appreciate seeing all the inspiration and projects from other bloggers.  It motivates me to keep pushing myself to become better in all aspects of sewing, blogging etc.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it!!

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Everything Looks Better With Glitter

Hello everyone,

Today, I want to share a really easy DIY Home Decor Project.

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Supplies

Picture Frame
Mod Podge
Glitter
Sponge Brush
Masking Tape (optional)

Directions

Cover the area you would like glittered with Mod Podge using your sponge brush.

Shake on the glitter to the area with the Mod Podge.  Let it set for a minute. Shake of excess glitter.

Seal the glitter in with more Mod Podge on top of the glitter.  Allow  the frame to dry for about 30 minutes give or take.

Ta da……..you’re all done. Your frame just went from boring to glam in no time at all.

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Happy Crafting & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

DIY EASY TO MAKE HANDBAG ORGANIZER

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Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!!

I love a sewing project that takes minimal time and has an immediate use. So my latest project is a handbag, organizer. I switch handbags often to compliment the outfit that I am wearing.  To make this transition simple and to ensure I always have what I need in my handbag at all times. Most importantly it helps me to keep my handbag “ORGANIZED.”  I don’t have to worry about my handbag feeling like a bottomless pit……digging around like a crazy woman…..trying to find what I’m looking for…..lol.

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To make this handbag organizer simply check out the video below. You can also change the dimension to make it larger or smaller.

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Happy Sewing & Until Next Time

Sewloveable

DIY Matching Set Crop Top & Box Pleated Skirt

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Welcome To Thread It Thursday!!!

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Last weekend we had an event to attend. So I spent the week prior and the week of churning out outfits for my girls and myself.

Can I just say I was truly in a sewing frenzy trying to get everything completed, a few times I just wanted to quit and head to the mall but I am not a quitter, plus I really wanted to see this through to the end and not lose my mind in the process….lol.

This particular project was made for my oldest. Since I couldn’t find the fabric I had in mind for my/her original vision we had to go with another plan. The crop top and box pleated skirt.

For the crop top, I used McCall’s M7080.

I made the following alterations:

~ added 4″ to pattern length
~ did not add facing to front or back of the bodice neckline
~ finished neckline by folding over 1/2″
~ added a 12″ zipper at the back
~ used a 1″seam allowance on side seams
~ used a 1″ seam allowance on sleeve seams
~ finished the hem by folding under 1/4″ and then again 1/4″

To make the skirt I used the following YouTube tutorial.

In the end, my daughter really loved the finished product and we are both totally obsessed with this African Print fabric.

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I will definitely be using this McCall’s pattern in the future. I already have another project in mind.

The pattern was very easy to work with and easy to alter to my specifications. Which I really loved.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

Until Next Time,
Sewloveable