Olivia Palermo Inspired DIY

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A few months ago I got a few emails from a few lovely reader’s who asked if I could share a really quick and easy sewing project.

So one day while perusing around on Pinterest. I saw this cute and casual look that Olivia Palermo was wearing and thought my oldest would love a look and this is just the type of DIY my reader’s were emailing me about. I hope you enjoy this really quick and easy DIY Project.

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For this project, I used the following item’s…….

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A sweatshirt (you can also use a sweater any color you desire)
Zippers (2)
Coordinating thread

This is a project that can be done by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine.

At the side seams of your shirt, you are going to place your zipper as pictured below. Cut your shirt a 1/2″ shorter than your zipper. Install your zipper.

Now pair a plaid button down underneath.

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My daughter opted for a blue/grey sweatshirt so that she can wear it with various plaid shirts underneath which will give her more versatility.

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Sewloveable

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Glamming Up Sweatshirt Fabric (DIY)

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It’s wonderful to be back with a new sewing project! In November, I injured some nerves in my neck/shoulder and back. As a result, I was unable to sew and do a lot of my normal day to day thing’s. So when I say I am “Happy” to be back I mean it more than words can say!

My 1st project of “2016”….. is something that I made for my oldest. I purchased this great black and white speckled sweatshirt fabric. Initially, I was going to make her a sweatshirt…….since it is sweatshirt material and all…..but I just wasn’t sold on the idea. FinalIy, I decided on  making a sweatshirt-style dress. That was until I saw an outfit that I thought would work perfectly with this speckled fabric.

 

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To make this inspired look, I used Simplicity pattern 2156 for the top with a few alterations and made a simple 1 seam circle skirt. For a tutorial on making a circle skirt, you can check out my previous post here  to see other ways I’ve used Simplicity 2156 pattern click here and here.

I decided to make a top and a skirt instead of making it into a dress like the inspired look.  I thought that doing so would give my daughter more versatility.  For the skirt, I had it to stop above the knee for more modesty.

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All and all this was a very enjoyable project. It was my first time working with sweatshirt fabric and creating a bejeweled design and I must say the whole process was very therapeutic. My daughter was very happy to see the look come to life. And I was finally able to have a chance to use my new sewing tool which really cut down on my cutting time!

I would love to know…..what sewing tool can you not live without???

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

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Sewloveable

 

DIY Chevron Jogger’s

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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 ☺

DIY Matching Set Crop Top & Box Pleated Skirt

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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

Simplicity Pattern 2061 Jogger Pants Review

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Welcome To Thread It Thursday!!

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Today I wanted to share a pair of floral jogger pants that I made using Simplicity Pattern 2061 View B. I love this style of pants. They are cute, comfy and can be styled in so many ways.

The fabric is a Floral Jersey Knit. I have a love/hate relationship with jersey knit. I love that it’s very forgiving….I hate that it rolls up and gets stuck in your sewing machine. I powered through the up’s and downs and completed the project.

The pattern was very easy to follow. My pants turned out as pictured on the envelope. The fit is true to size. There are not a lot of pattern pieces to cut out….which I Loved!!!!

My only suggestion/alteration would be to not add the additional 3″ to your elastic waist measurement. I would only add 1″. With the 3″ the pants were to big in the waist.

All and all this was a quick and easy sew…..minus the fabric issue’s.

I did gain a new skill. I added cuffs to the bottom of pants for the first time and it was very simple to do.

With each project I am building up my sewing knowledge, skill and confidence. At time’s it can be very frustrating but in the end when I have made a wearable garment it just feels AMAZING!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, it’s greatly appreciated.