Polka Dot Organza Overlay Skirt

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!

Looking for a quick and simple sewing project…..well give this DIY Skirt a try.

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Materials:

1 yard of a woven fabric 50″-60″ wide

1 yard of organza that’s 50″-60″ wide or 1 1/2 if it’s 44″/45″

2″ wide elastic

Instructions:

Decide how long you want the skirt to be. Then add 1″ (hem) + 1/2″ (waistband).

Start by folding your fabric in half. Right sides touching.

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Measure down to the calculated length measurement. Cut across.
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Repeat above steps to your Organza.

Using a 5/8″ straight stitch sew main fabric and the repeat to your Organza.

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Finish your seam(s) as desired. Now give both seams a good press.

Turn both skirts right side out. Place your solid fabric inside the Organza making sure to align the seam’s. Now serge or zig-zag the top edge which will join the skirts together at the waist.

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Time to measure and cut your elastic. Which will be your waist measurement minus 1″.

Serge or Zig-zag the ends of your elastic.

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Now sew your elastic together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Using a zig-zag stitch go back and forth a few times to secure your stitching.

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Flatten out your seam allowance and sew down each side using a straight stitch going back and forth a few times to secure, like so.

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Next take your skirt which should be right side out and your elastic waistband (right touching skirt) an align the seam of the skirt with the seam of the waistband. (The bottom of the waistband is aligned with the top of the skirt.)
You are going to pull/stretch the waistband as you sew. Using a 3/8″ seam allowance and zig-zag stitch sew around.

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It will look something like this.

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Now hem the solid fabric by folding over an 1″ and then again 1″. Press and sew. Fold the organza over 1/4″ and then again 1/4″ press (on the appropriate heat setting) and sew.

All done……please feel free to ask any questions.

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Thank you for stopping by.

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable :mrgreen:

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DIY Easy to Sew Raglan Sleeve Dress

Hello everyone,

Is there anyone else who finds sewing pattern’s challenging???? I have a few half completed projects.  Simply because I have no idea what the pattern requires.  I have to confess some times I am just too ambitious for my sewing skill level. I see a cute pattern and say “oh I have to try and make that”…… only for it to end disastrously…..lol. So instead of taking a negative approach(banning patterns for life)….I decided to ease my way into thing’s.

I will say, that this approach is working well. I didn’t have any angry outburst nor did I feel like a failure. I completed the garment and even made a few small modifications to suit my needs.

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For this dress I used New Look Pattern 6298 View D.

I used a jersey knit with a prism square design from GirlCharlee.com for front and sleeve’s similar here and a solid black double knit for my back piece from my local Hancock Fabric’s.

I made the following alterations.

• Used a contrasting fabric for the back.

• I did not add the hem band.

• Had to take in a total of 2″. 1″ at each side seam ( I suggest cutting a size smaller, which should help you avoid dealing with fitting adjustments.)

Skill gained:

Sewed with a twin needle for the first time. Which was very easy and now I wonder…..why have I not been sewing knits this way all along????….lol.

The pattern was very easy to follow and my garment looked as pictured.

Thank you for stopping by.

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable :mrgreen:

Easy Step by Step DIY Organza Panel Skirt

Hello everyone,

Here’s a quick and easy tutorial for a Organza Panel Skirt.

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Since I just finished up a sewing project for myself. I thought I would make a little something for my oldest. I showed her some pictures and my idea with a tiny twist and she was all in. After her consultation……she decided that she would like to skirt to fall just below the knee and that she would prefer an elastic waist. Which, I thought was great. I don’t have to put in a zipper and making the skirt will take less time than I had originally anticipated.

So let’s get started.

Supplies:

(*This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive compensation if you make a purchase using the links.)

1 yard of a woven fabric 50″-60″ ( If using a 44/45″ you will need 1.5 yards.)

1/2 yard organza (that is as wide as your main fabric.)

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1″ Wide Elastic (no-roll elastic)

Instructions:

This skirt will be a finished length of 25″ ( you can make yours to your desired length.)

Fold your main fabric in half with the right sides of the fabric touching (wrong side facing you).

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Measure down 22.5″ mark and cut across. Then take the left over piece of your main fabric which is still folded in half and measure down 3″ and cut across.

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Next let’s cut the organza. With the fabric folded in half (Just like our main fabric.) Measure down 4″ and cut across.

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With your fabric pieces all cut out, you should have the following pieces.

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Open up the largest piece of fabric. The right side facing you take your organza and place it right side down(wrong side facing you) on the bottom edge of your fabric.

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Sew across using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Finished the seam( with a serger or zig-zag stitch.)

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Now press the seam upward toward the main fabric.

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With the right side of your fabric facing you top stitch along the seam allowance (this will keep the seam allowance in place and prevent it from showing through your organza.

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It will look something like this.

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Now with the main fabric right side up. Place the last cut piece of fabric right side down along the bottom edge of the organza and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Finish the seam as desired and them press the seam down toward the hem. Top stitch just as we did before to keep the seam allowance hidden and in place.

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Now fold the skirt in half (right side touching) and sew with a 5/8″ seam allowance. Finish the seam as desired.

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The only thing left to do is finish the waistband and hem the skirt. Hem the skirt by folding over 1/2″ and another 1/2″. Press and sew. For the waistband fold over a 1/2″ and then 1 1/4″. Press and sew around leaving a 2 ” opening to insert the elastic through. Once you have your elastic inserted and sewn in place, close the opening and give the skirt a good press for a nice crisp and professional finish.

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*Just a tip…..check the holiday isle of your local Fabric Store for your organza. I got the polka dot organza in the Halloween section ( after Halloween) for $1.99 a yard at Joann’s and for my main fabric I used the wrong side of Satin fabric because it had the texture I was looking for and I had a plenty left over in my stash.

I would love to hear some of your creative and useful sewing tips????? One can never have enough tips in their sewing arsenal.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Easy DIY A-Line Dress

Hello everyone,

I’ve been taking full advantage of my want to sew. My daughter’s are loving it as well because that means they can request what they would like to have made. I love it that they love and appreciate my handmade garments. I feel so good inside when they wear the thing’s I make for them. So next on the list was this simple A-line dress. Lately, my youngest has become obsessed with houndstooth. Which thrills me…..because I am too!!! So I found a great teal and black jersey knit houndstooth on DenverFabrics.com. The week that I was online fabric shopping they were having a great sale on knits. So I ordered quite a bit of fabric. So I will have more projects coming up soon. Once my order arrived I got to work right away.

I followed this very easy tutorial here.

The dress requires 1 yard of a stretch fabric.

I made the following adjustments.

• I added inset sleeve’s instead of the dolman sleeve (click here for a how to tutorial.)

• 3/4″ loose sleeve’s (my daughter’s preference.)

• Added length to hemline.

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Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Easy Homemade Ramen

Hello everyone,

When I think of Ramen…..it always takes me back to my college day’s. So today I decided to put a bit of a healthier spin on Ramen. Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

Recipe serves 4

Broth

4 Cups of Chicken Stock
1 Tbs of Amino acid (or low sodium soy sauce)
1 tsp of sesame oil
1 Tbs garlic powder
1 Tbs onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp freshly grated ginger

(1) Pack of Curly Soba Noodles (Found in the grocery aisle with the Asian products)

 

Direction:

In a small pot add all your ingredients for the broth. Stir to evenly mix. Place on medium-high heat until it comes to a boil and then reduce to low for 20-30 minutes.

Cook the noodles according to package directions.

Strain the broth.

Ladle broth into a bowl then add the noodle and whatever you desire (cooked chicken, shrimp, beef, green onions, carrots or spinach just to name a few)

Get as creative as you wish.

 

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Enjoy & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Homemade Organic Brown Sugar Only 2 Ingredients

Hello all,

This recipe is so simple. It all came about because I was out of Brown Sugar. Since I had all the ingredients…….why not make my own. This way it’s always fresh and organic.  Here’s all you need….

Ingredients:

1 Cup Organic Cane Sugar

1 TBS Organic Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses

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Instructions:

In a food processor and your ingredients.  Pulse on high for 2-3 minutes.

Label and store in an air- tight container.

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Now you will always have Brown Sugar at your fingertips in no time at all. It can be used immediately. The day I made the Brown Sugar I used it in my Cinnamon Roll recipe.

Enjoy & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Quick & Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Hello all,

Lately I have been on a mission…….to revamp things that my family and I love. The store bought versions have far to many additives.  So I do the only logical thing……make my own.  So now it’s time to share the recipe.  This is a very simple recipe.  The dough only has to rise once.  My goal is homemade made easy. So let’s get started……………

 

Ingredients:

4 Cups of Flour ( 2 Cups All Purpose & 2 Cups Whole Wheat) or 4 Cups of All Purpose

1 Cup of Original Unsweetened Almond Milk  (warmed)

1 TBS Cane Sugar

1/2 tsp Sea Salt

2 Eggs

3 Table Spoons of Organic Vegetable Shortening ( such as Spectrum brand which is non hydrogenated palm oil)

2 1/4 tsp of Yeast

 

Filling:

2 TBS of Brown Sugar + 2 tsp

2 1/2 TBS of Cinnamon

1 TBS of All Purpose Flour

2 tsp of Vegetable Shortening

 

Icing: 

1/2 Cup of Powdered Sugar

1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 TBS of Original Unsweetened Almond Milk

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Instructions:

1.  Add yeast and sugar to your warm milk and set aside.

2.  In a food processor, bowl or stand mixer add, flour, salt and mix to incorporate

3. Next add eggs, vegetable shortening, milk mixture. Mix until if forms a ball of dough. Takes less than 5 minutes.

4.  Remove the dough and knead 6 times on a lightly floured surface.  Place in a large greased bowl and let rise for 1 hour.

5. Now prepare your filling in a small bowl stir sugar, cinnamon and flour well using a fork and get out and large pieces.

6. Once your dough has risen, grease a 9″ Circular Baking Pan set aside

7. Pre-Heat oven to 375°

8. Punch dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Roll out until it is  21 inches long by 16 inches wide. It should be 1/4″ thick.

9. Spread the 2 tsp of vegetable shortening onto the dough and sprinkle your filling on top.

10. From the long edge of dough roll carefully, making sure to not rip your dough.

11.  Place dough seam side down. Cut into 1″ portions and place in your greased circular baking dish.

12.  Bake for 20-25 minutes

13. Remove and let cool for about 5 minutes.  While it cooling make your glaze/icing. Mix your powdered sugar and almond milk. Stir well to get out any lumps. Pour over your Cinnamon Roll.

14.  Now it’s time for the best part……..to enjoy!!!  Keep in an air tight container for freshness.

These are so great…….just the right amount of sweetness and and cinnamon. Perfect to enjoy anytime.

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Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick & Easy Homemade Pancake Mix

Hello everyone,

Who needs store bought, when you can do it better in the same amount of time?   Here’s a quick and easy pancake recipe.  Let’s get started……..

Ingredients:

Dry mix:
Mix all ingredients to evenly incorporate. Store in an air tight container and use when ready to make pancakes.

4 Cup flour
2 TBS baking powder
3 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Making pancakes:

1 Cup pancake mix
1 TBS vinegar
1 cup almond milk ( or milk of choice)
1 egg
1 TBS butter, melted or oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Combine milk with vinegar in a measuring cup. Set aside for about 5 minutes.

2. Add 1 Cup of your pancake mix,
butter, egg, milk mixture, cinnamon, vanilla into the bowl. Mix until nice and smooth.

3.Spray skillet with non stick cooking spray or use oil or butter. Heat skillet on med-high heat. Pour pancake batter into skillet in 1/4 cup increments or use a ice cream scoop.

4. Cook pancakes until bubbles begin to appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula and cook for another 1-2 minutes until golden on the bottom.

This mix is very versatile. You can add fruit, chocolate chips or whatever you desire as you drop the 1/4 cupfuls into the skillet. Get as creative as you would like. Enjoy!

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Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Crepe De Chine

Hello everyone,

So last week I was in a sewing mood.  For me when I feel inspired I have to roll with it and when I am not….just embrace the fact that I’m not. It’s ok for the inspiration to come and go. Ok, so back to feeling inspired…..I thought fall will be here before I know it…..so why not start sewing for the fall. My only dilemma,  when sewing is finding fabric that meets my inspirational needs. My local fabric stores just don’t have what I have in mind. I love to touch and feel the fabric, it helps the process of creating. 

So, then it hits me…..a blog that I love called Merrick’s Art mentioned a great site. Now I just have to find the post with the name of the website.  After 20 minutes I find it. It’s called Girl Charlee. It was love at first sight. Bold and Colorful Prints!!!!!! Just what I have been looking for with great prices!!!

I saw this colorful Crepe De Chine and immediately I knew what I wanted to do with it.  Can I just say I had the biggest smile. Finally no settling…..I can find prints that sing to me….lol. This was my 1st time working with Crepe De Chine. I really like this fabric and it was pretty easy to work with. It worked great for my quick and easy project.

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Simple Infinity Scarf in a nice bright Crepe De Chine. I can wear this with so many things. It will get great use. To make this scarf click here and to get this fabric click here.

What online fabric stores meet your inspirational needs????

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Homemade Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

Hello everyone,

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This recipe has me sooooooooooo excited.  First, because I’ve really been wanting to try to make a deep dish pizza.  Secondly, because it turned out sooooooooooo well. It’s nice to surprise yourself with your own cooking.  I must admit that I was a bit nervous as to how  the family would like it. All I have to say is by the time I went to get more…..it was all gone. Which was great because it was a hit and sad because I really wanted another piece.😯  Oh well at least I have a recipe now…..that is easy to replicate and allows for tons of creativity, tailored to your needs.

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So let’s get started.

Ingredients for making the dough

2 C. Organic All Purpose Flour
1 C.Organic Whole Grain or Wheat Flour ( you can also just use 3 Cups of All Purpose)
1 C. warm water
2  1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 TBS. Olive oil

Instructions:

In a measuring cup add your water, yeast, and sugar. Mix well and set aside for 5 minutes.

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In a food processor or large bowl add the water mixture and 1 Cup of Flour and mix, add another cup of Flour and mix, add the last cup of Flour, oil, salt and seasoning and mix until you have a ball of dough.

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Knead your dough…..no need to add flour to the counter. Drizzle a large bowl with olive oil place your dough inside and drizzle a little olive oil on top.
Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm spot for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to overnight in the refrigerator.

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Grease a 9×2 inch baking pan with olive oil.

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Start prepping your toppings of choice. I decided on Mozzarella cheese, Turkey Bacon, Spinach, Turkey, Marinara, dried Basil, Cracked Black Pepper, and Onion.

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Pre-heat oven to 450°

Once your dough has risen. Lay your dough on your counter. Cut off 1/3 of the dough and set aside. (This will be your top layer)

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With a rolling pin roll out your dough, larger than your baking pan.

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Lay your dough into your pan, making sure to get out any air bubbles.

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Add your topping in the order you choose. (I added cheese, basil, black pepper, spinach, Turkey bacon, onion, and turkey)

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Roll out the dough you set aside lay it into your pan again making sure to get out the air bubbles. Tear a few hole into the dough to allow the steam to escape while cooking. Spoon on 4 tablespoons of marinara sauce.

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Roll the dough so that it overhang onto the pan.

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Place on the bottom rack and bake on 450° for 20 minutes. If you like you can top with Parmesan cheese or cheese of choice after 15 minutes.

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Once done…..let it cool for 10-15 minutes.

Now it’s time to enjoy.

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Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺