So Indecisive

Hello everyone,

Welcome to……

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This week I am showing a little something that I made for my mom. She has been eyeing this fabric since I made a skirt for my daughter. Which you can check out here.

So she decides she wants a gathered skirt. She loves a gathered skirt. I believe this is the 3rd one that I have made for her so far. I love a gathered skirt as well, they are so ladylike.

Now here is where the indecisiveness comes in……she can’t decide which side of the fabric she wants the skirt to be made from. She goes back and forth for a while….then I say let’s incorporate both sides into the skirt. You will get the best of both worlds.

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She agrees and I am off and sewing. Within an hour and a half, the skirt is done.

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Here is the end result………….

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To make this skirt click here. I have a step by step tutorial that you can follow.

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

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

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Sewloveable ☺

DIY Matching Set Crop Top & Box Pleated Skirt

Hello everyone,

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

DIY Spring Time African Print Gathered Skirt

Hello everyone,

Welcome To Thread It Thursday!!!!

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When I saw this fabric…..I just had to bring it home. It screams “Spring” and I knew it would make a cute skirt for my daughter.  Plus it has her favorite color in it purple.

Elastic waist gathered skirts are sooooo easy to make. You can make one in an hour or less.

To make this skirt check out a previous post here and you can also check out this skirt in another African Print here and here.

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Thank you for taking the time to stop by, it’s truly appreciated.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Multi Color African Print Skirt and a giveaway for 2 See & Sew Patterns

Hello all today I wanted to share my latest creation.  I have recently become obsessed with African Prints.  I just love how colorful and geometrical they can be.  So I decided to make a simple lined gathered skirt out of a wonderful fabric from my stash.

To see how to make this skirtl check out my tutorial titled

Chervron Gathered and Pleated Skirt Tutorials

On to the giveaway, this giveaway is for 2  easy to sew dress patterns by See & Sew

The first pattern is B5307

B5307

Size 16-24  Waist 30″-39″

The second pattern is B5592

B5592

Girls Sizes 7-16  Waist 23″-27.5″

This giveaway will run from August 5, 2013-August  12, 2013.  With the winner being announced on August 13, 2013 @ 1 p.m. est.  To enter just leave a comment choosing the pattern that you would like.  Congratulations in advance to the  2 wonderful winner’s to be.  Please feel free to share this giveaway across all the social media sites  and blogs.  Thank you for entering.

Enjoy & Happy Sewing!!!

Easy DIY Elastic Waist Shorts using your own clothes as a pattern

I love taking things that I already own and use them as my pattern. Doing this let’s me invest more money into my fabric choice, since I am not buying a pattern.  Working with clothes in your closet also gives you the opportunity to understand garment construction.

Ok so let’s get started.

Supplies:

A pair of Shorts that fit you well (preferably not made from a knit fabric.)

1-2 yards of fabric depending on your size.

1″ Elastic

Coordinating Thread

So first fold your fabric in half with right sides touching and the wrong side facing you.

Lay your shorts on top like so cut out. I usually cut my fabric about 1″ bigger than my pattern(shorts). Except for the top of the shorts add an extra 2″ (this will be your waist portion) Feel free to add or reduce the seam allowance at the bottom (leg area) to make the shorts the desired length.

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You will end up with 4 pieces like this.

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Next lay two pieces with right sides of the fabric touching like so

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Now let’s head to the sewing machine.  Pin the following area as shown below.

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And sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance like so

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It is very important to STOP at the crotch……DO NOT GO ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM.  (Sidenote: I use single prong hair clips that I purchased just for sewing from the beauty supply.  I like them better than pins and it’s a lot cheaper than the clover clips. You can purchase 80 hair clips for $5.00.  I use pins mostly when draping fabric on my mannequin.)

Repeat those steps with the other 2 pieces. Then finish off your seam edge by serging, zig-zag or using pinking sheers. To prevent your edges from fraying.  I used my serger but any of the above methods will work when finishing your seam edges.

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Next open the shorts up and press the seam nice and flat and smooth.

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Ok so now with your shorts opened up, your going to lay them with right sides of the fabric touching and sew the side seams with a 1/2″ seam allowance like so

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Finish off the seam edges like you did previously and press.

Next sew the crotch area like so

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And finish and press the seam edges.

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Ok so let’s hem the top and bottom of the shorts by folding by folding over 1/4″ and 1″ and press. It will look something like this

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I add a ribbon at the back as a tag which is totally optional.

It’s time to sew the bottom hem of each leg staying close to THE edge. When sewing the waist remember to leave a 2″ opening to feed your elastic through.

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Next up measure the elastic around your waist and cut. Put a large safety pin in one end of the elastic an a large straight pin on the other end like so  (sidenote:  The safety pin helps you feed the elastic through while the straight pin keeps the other end of elastic from getting lost in the casing.)
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Feed the elastic into the opening

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All the way through the casing

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Now it’s time to sew the elastic together by over lapping an using a zig-zag stitch. Go back and forth a few times to ensure it’s secure

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Close up the opening and your all done.

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Here’s another pair I made which are in a great orange, yellow and navy blue African Print with an attached sash belt.

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Enjoy & Happy Sewing and please feel free to ask question.