DIY 3/4″ Sleeve Sheath Dress

Hello everyone,

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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Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Super Easy Diy Infinity Scarf

Hello all,

A while back I found some fabric that I just loved. I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it……it was just making time to get it done.

What, I love about this project is that it’s great for beginners. It only takes 30 minutes. I love a project with instant gratification that looks like it took all day.

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To make this quick and easy Infinity Scarf click here.

I would love to know, what sewing projects have you been able to make and use/wear the same day.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

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.