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

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Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Super Easy Homemade Biscuits

Hello everyone and welcome!
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I’ve been searching for the best and simplest biscuit recipe, one that wasn’t overly fattening. The problem was every recipe I found required a stick or 2 of butter. Which was just way too much for my liking.

So I decided to take a few ideas from some of the recipes I like and make it my own. I’ve tried countless different recipes.  Kneading and without kneading. The recipes were pretty good but just not everything I needed them to be. Until “finally” I got it just right.

I let my little biscuit lover sample one. Then I hear the words that every mother longs to hear, especially when you have been working away in the kitchen for who knows how long…..Mom these are the best biscuits I’ve “EVER” eaten. The shock of those words nearly caused me to faint….lol. I quickly pull myself together because she wanted another. Next, she says you should definitely put this recipe on your blog.

So here it is………

Ingredients:

2 C Organic Spelt or AP Flour

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan salt

1  1/4 C organic Milk ( dairy or non-dairy)

1 Tbsp organic vinegar (white or apple cider)

4 Tbsp butter (frozen cut into pea size pieces) + 1 tsp( room temp or straight from the refrigerator, you can also use vegan butter for this recipe)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°
  2. In a large bowl add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar & salt mix to even combine.
  3. Next measure out the milk and add vinegar to your milk (this is a substitute for buttermilk). You can use buttermilk and no vinegar is needed.
  4. Add the 4 Tbsp of frozen pea size cut butter into the dry ingredients and stir to evenly distribute.
  5. Add the milk mixture and stir to bring everything together. Don’t over mix we don’t want a tough biscuit.
  6. In an 8-inch square pan spread the 1 tsp of butter around your pan.
  7. Now spread the mixture into your buttered 8″ baking dish.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.

Allow them to cool for a few minutes then cut and enjoy!!!

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Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

Easy to Sew Kimono Jacket Using a Structured Fabric

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!!

I am “OBSESSED” with kimono jackets. I saw a tutorial a few months back and I just had to make one.

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The tutorial was very easy to follow and I was very happy with the end product.

To make this great jacket click here for the tutorial.

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

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

DIY No Sew Tassels

Hello everyone,

It’s Thread It Thursday!!!!!!!!

Do you like DIY’s but perhaps you don’t sew ?????

Do you enjoy DIY’s but you don’t have a ton of time to spend on one???

Do you like the idea of a DIY until you see it requires a lot of  supplies or that it’s going to be really expensive?????

Then this is a great DIY for you.

It’s a quick and easy No Sew project.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/8 of a yard of Suede, Faux or Genuine Leather

Permanent Fabric Glue (I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion)

Jump Ring

Lobster Claw Closure

A large binder clip

Method:

Cut your fabric

7.5″ × 4″ (or what ever you desire)

From that piece of cut fabric cut a strip that is 1/2″ wide. Fold that strip in half length wise and glue together. Next fold in half again and glue the ends together.
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On the wrong side of your fabric, measure down 1″ and draw a line across.
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Starting from the bottom cut/strips that are 1/4″ apart. Being sure not to cut pass the line drawn.

It will look like this. Next your ready to apply fabric glue as shown. The place the strip we cut and glued earlier as shown. Then tightly roll and use a binder clip to hold securely until dry.

Next place your lobster closure on to the jump ring and attach the jump ring to the tassel.

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Now you can use your tassel on a handbag or as a keychain.

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Happy Crafting & Thank you for stopping by.

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable 🙂

Soft & Chewy Triple Chocolate Cookies

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to share a sweet treat with a tiny bit of a healthier alternative.
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Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon of vegetable shortening ( such a spectrum organic shortening)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar (DIY recipe here)
6 tablespoons chocolate almond milk (vanilla or plain will work as well)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Line a cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, sift and whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the vegetable shortening and both sugars until light and creamy, (2-3 minutes).

Mix in 1/3 of flour + 2 tbs of almond milk and vanilla, extract.  Add another 1/3 of flour + 2 tbs of  almond milk and mix. Add the remain flour +2 tbs of almond milk and mix. Next fold in the chocolate chips.

Using a 1″ scoop place cookie dough onto cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm.  Cool for 5 minutes then carefully remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

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Enjoy & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

 

Easy Semi Homemade Spinach & Cheese Ravioli

Recently, I was at Whole Foods Market picking up a few thing’s. On my list was frozen ravioli. Initially I was just going to get cheese ravioli to make oven fried ravioli, click here for that recipe. But just as I was getting ready to close the freezer door I saw Organic Spinach and Cheese Whole Wheat Ravioli. I knew that I could use this to make a quick semi-homemade dish. So let’s get started. …

Ingredients:

1 Bag of Spinach and Cheese Ravioli (or whatever type you desire)
Pan Seared, Boiled or Grilled Chicken
Marinara Sauce
Parmesan Cheese
Dried Oregano
Dried Basil

Directions:

Cook Ravioli according to package directions.
Cook chicken tenderloins as desired and cut into cubes
Warm your Marinara Sauce

Now it’s time to plate……..
Add ravioli, place chicken on top, spoon on marinara sauce, sprinkle on parmesan cheese, oregano and basil.

This is a quick and very easy semi-homemade meal.

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Enjoy & 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 ☺

Easy Homemade Lemon Cookies

Hello everyone,

I have been craving something sweet…..so I decided to try out lemon cookies for the 1st time. When they were all done…..I called my super tasters to try them out. They gave the recipe a thumbs up…..so that means it’s time to share.

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Ingredients :

6 tsp butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup Squash Puree
1 teaspoon lemon zest*
3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice*
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a food  processor or large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add squash, lemon juice and lemon zest. Beat until well combined. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until they are combined. Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

Scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie dough  and roll into a ball. Repeat with the rest of the dough, press dough with your fingers to flatten a little. Bake for about 10 minutes, or just until the bottoms of the cookies begin to brown and the cookies are no longer shiny. Remove from the oven and let rest for a minute or two. Next transfer cookies to a wire rack to completely cook. Store cookies in an airtight container.

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Enjoy & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joe’s

Hello all,
Recently, I discovered that my kid’s have never had a Sloppy Joe. I couldn’t believe that I had never made this simple dish for them. When I was a kid my brother and I always look forward to Sloppy Joe’s.
When my mom sat that Manwich can on the counter, we knew dinner was going to be delicious. Well Sloppy Joe’s were on the menu last night but No Manwich needed. My kid’s absolutely loved it. Now let’s jump right into this very easy and delicious recipe.

Ingredients:

2 lbs of Ground Turkey (or Chicken or Beef)
1/2 Cup of diced onion
1/2 Cup of diced red, yellow and green peppers
2 cloves of garlic crushed
1 Cup of strained tomatoes
3/4 Cup of Ketchup
2 Tbs of Braggs Amino Acid or Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp of  smoked paprika,garlic powder, onion, powder, garlic, cumin, basil and black pepper
2 Tbs of Grapeseed Oil or oil of choice

Directions:

In a small bowl mix together all your dry herbs and spices

In a pan on medium-high heat  add your oil and brown your ground turkey.

Once completely browned reduce the heat to low an add your herbs and spices, amino acid, green pepper onion, garlic. Mix to incorporate everything together.

Now add your strained tomatoes and ketchup. Stir to evenly incorporate ingredients. 

Let everything cook on low for about 5 minutes and your done.

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I served this with oven fried herb potato wedges and salad. Super easy meal and no can sauce necessary.

Enjoy & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

Chocolate Chip Tortilla Grilled Cheese

Hello all,

Over the weekend my youngest couldn’t decide what she wanted for lunch. So I had an idea, to make a similar sandwich to something Giada De Laurentiis from the Food Network made. Giada made a Panini with chocolate and brie cheese. My daughter suggested tortilla instead of bread. We used Muenster instead of Brie because it’s her favorite and semi-sweet chocolate chips like the original recipe. She loved it, my guess is because all her favorite thing’s taste great together. Nothing like a little salty and sweet all in one. So here’s to trying new things and it actually turning out successfully!!!!!

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Ingredients:
Flour Tortilla
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Muenster Cheese
1/2 tsp of unsalted butter

Directions:
In a pan on medium heat add your butter. Lay your tortilla in the pan, next lay your cheese and handful of chocolate chips, lay your other tortilla on top.

Cook until golden brown and then flip to get the other side golden.

Cut, let cool a little and enjoy.

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable