2015 Fall Eyewear Collection

Hello Everyone,

Today I am collaborating with Warby Parker an American eyewear company that designs eyewear with a vintage-inspired feel.

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Let me dive right in and share a bit about the company.  What it impress me the most is that for each pair of glasses sold a pair is given to a person in need. It’s a program called “Buy a pair, Give a pair. To date, they have donated over 1,000,000 pairs of glasses. I love companies that use their resources to help those who need it.

They have a fantastic in-home try-on service. Here’s how it works….you visit WarbyParker.com select the frames you would like to try on up to 5 pairs for 5 days. The shipping is free and once you are done trying out the glasses simply return them with the box they arrived in, using the provided return shipping label that is provided. Next go online and order the glasses you love.  That’s terrific in my opinion. My only issue is I wish they would extend the try-on time for a few more day’s.

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The great thing is you get “superior quality glasses” and your purchase benefits someone in need.  I don’t know how you feel about that, but I think it’s fantastic.imageThank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.imageOh, don’t forget to follow me on social media……I follow back!

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Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

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Valentino Gold Lame’ Inspired DIY Look

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread it Thursday!!!

Valentino Gold Lame'

I saw this Valentino look on Polyvore and I remembered, that I made a skirt similar a couple of year’s back. So I decided to pull it out and somewhat recreate the look.

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Skirt/DIY

Clutch/ DIY

Shoes/ Forever 21

Sweater/ Banana Republic

Pearl Necklace/ Francesca’s Closet

The fabric is 1 yard of pleated gold lame’. Which I bought at my local Hancock Fabric’s. I simply did an elastic casing at the waist and no hemming required. Very quick and easy to make. For step by step directions you can check out previous tutorials here, here and here, which will show you waistband techniques. For the clutch click here and to add a tassel click here for that tutorial.

Thank you for stopping by.

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable 🙂

Easy 1 Seam DIY Pencil Skirt

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday….

This skirt is truly easy sewing!!!

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One by one I am going through my fabric stash and completing projects that I have been meaning to get to, since I started sewing a few years back. So next up was a Navy Blue Faux Snake Skin. I always envisioned it being a pencil skirt. So, I stuck with that and within 30 minutes I had the pencil skirt that had once been just folded fabric in my stash.

This is a super simple and quick project. Which is great for me “the impatient sewer”. I am starting to think I will always be that way when it comes to sewing. There are so many thing’s I want to make…so my projects have to be quick and well sewn. I’m getting impatient now so let’s get to this pencil skirt….lol.

Materials:

1 yard of a stretch faux snake skin fabric.

1 yard of 2″ Wide Elastic

Coordinating Thread

How to:

Take your waist measurement and decide on the length.

Now let’s add the seam allowances. For a fitted skirt cut at your waist measurement. For a not as fitted skirt it will be your waist measurement +1″. For the length…it will be length measurement+ 1″ (hem) + 2.5″ (waistband). For me my waist is 34″. For the length 23″+ 1″ (hem) + 2.5″ = 34″(wide) by 26.5″(length)

With our measurements taken it’s time to cut our fabric. Fold your fabric in half with right sides touching. The wrong side will be facing you. Since we are cutting on the fold. You will cutting as follows…..waist measurement ÷ 2 ( for me that is 34″÷2= 17″) Cutting measurements will be as follows 17″ by 26.5″

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Now cut according to your measurements.

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Now it’s time to sew using a small zig-zag or stretch stitch with a 5/8″ seam allowance. Finish your seam as desired (i.e. serger, regular zig-zag stitch or pinking shear’s).

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Let’s work on the waistband. Fold over the waistband 1/4″ and fold over again 2 1/4″ and pin to hold in place. Starting at the seam sew around the edge of the waist with a stretch or small zig-zag stitch, making sure to leave a 3″opening for your elastic to go through later.

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Next it’s time to fit your elastic. Pull the elastic comfortable around your waist, overlapping the ends and cut. Be sure it comfy and not to tight.

Now using a safety pin and straight pin, feed your elastic through the opening .

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Pull the elastic through the opening and sew the elastic together. Then sew the 3″ opening closed.

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It’s time for the last step. The hem. Fold the hem 1/2″ and then again 1/2″ pin to hold into place. Sew around close to the edge with a stretch or small zig-zag stitch.

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Tada……. All done and ready to wear. In 30 minutes or less.

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Thank you for stopping by and feel free to check out another pencil skirt tutorial here.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Custom Little Black Dress

Hello everyone,

Recently, I had the opportunity to partner with a company called eShakti.  This company offers women the ability to get custom or off the rack clothing at a great price point.  I can honestly say that I am very impressed with this company. From the quality and price point of the clothing to the wide variety of sizes that they cater too. It is nice to work with a company who’s thinking of ALL women.

So I went online and found the dress I wanted.  This was not an easy choice as I liked so many items.  Now with my dress chosen it was off to take the necessary measurements.  With all my measurements taken, I ordered my customized dress.  I love that they have made customizing simple and affordable.  This is great for me as I am bustier on top and smaller on the bottom.  Which means when I am shopping off the rack I must go up a size to accommodate my bust.   Especially if it doesn’t have stretch.  The only problem with that is I am going to need it tailored to have a proper fit.  So, I have two options take it to be tailored (pricey) or do the alterations myself.  Well, I will say this I prefer to sew from scratch more so than I care to do alterations. Alterations can be a bit tedious for me. So I was extremely excited about the custom options.

When my dress arrived……the first thing I did was examine it.  To see if it looked as pictured and how the fabric felt.  The dress looked just as pictured and the quality was great. I then turned the dress to the inside I had to see the quality of the stitching, which is crucial in a garment.  I was so impressed….great quality stitching, which means this dress will last for many years.  Now it was time for the moment of truth…..the fit.  I tried the dress on and OMGGGGGGG. It fit like perfection….I was screaming with excitement.  Which sent my daughter’s rushing in to see……what in the world was happening.  When they saw me in the dress and smiling they knew it was screams of excitement. I can not give this company enough praise.  This was truly a great partnership worth sharing.

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eShakti.com is offering new customers $25.00 off your first order. And for all my lovely reader eShakti is offering an additional 10% off your order on top of the $25.00 off using the code “sewloveable”. The additional 10% is valid from 9/23/14 – 10/23/14.

A big thank you, eShakti.com for the additional discount….because this woman here LOVES a savings!!!

I would love to know, how important is fit to you? Do you have any off the rack struggles?

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

DIY Stella McCartney Inspired Sweatshirt

Hello all

It’s sharing time.  I have seen this sweatshirt online and in magazine and I just love, love, love it.  Since the sweatshirt is over $700……I thought it would be a great idea to do a more affordable DIY Version of it.

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This was a very easy project. So let’s get started…..

Supplies:

Sweatshirt
Felt or 1/4 yard of red, black, yellow, and white ponte roma knit fabric
Gold, Silver or White Glitter
White Beads
Rhinestones
Mod Podge
E 600 glue
Aleene’s fabric glue
Fray Check
Clear Gloss Acrylic Sealer

Directions:

Start by printing out the heart and lip shape. Links below to one’s I used.

(Note I cut 2 yellow hearts because I cover 1 with gold glitter.)

Heart template

Lip template

Use your heart and lip cut out as a pattern for your felt or fabric. Cut out all 6 shapes.

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(Note I folded the paper shape in half and cut out the shape on the fold because it’s just simpler. )

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(Note I cut 2 yellow hearts because 1 of them will be decorated with gold glitter.)

Now that all your shapes are
cut out use fray check on the edges if you use fabric. (If you use felt this step is not required.)

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Now let’s start “glittering”
Take a heart a cover it in Mod Podge
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Now cover with glitter
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Shake off excess glitter
Spray with glossy finishing spray let this dry.

Repeat the same process with the white lips.
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Now lay out your sweatshirt on a flat surface, placing magazines in between the sweatshirt. This will help prevent glue from seaping through to the other side.

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Now that everything is dry glue all the fabric pieces using fabric glue to the sweatshirt

Now use E 600 to apply the jewels and beads.

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Let everything dry overnight and enjoy wearing your shirt.
I really enjoyed this DIY. I had all the supplies on hand except for the sweatshirt. In total I spent $8.00 on this DIY Project. If I had to purchase all the supplies this DIY would have cost me around $30 or $40. Which is great in comparisons to spending over $700. I hope you give it a try, please let me know if you do. Happy crafting and creating.

Enjoy & Until Next Time,
Sewloveable