Stella Jean Inspired Skirt

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Several months ago I saw a picture on Instagram of Beyonce’ wearing a spectacular pencil skirt that tied in the front. So I did a little research and found out that it was a Stella Jean Design.  I have an obsession with this designer.  She uses a lot of waxed African prints in her designs….which I love because they are soooooo vibrant and colorful. It excites the senses. My kid’s come in to chat a bit and see what I am looking at.  My youngest said it’s not my style and my oldest say’s ooohhhh I love that skirt. It would look great on me….lol……gotta love her self-confidence. I told her I would add it to the list, she said great and oh can you make sure you add a split in the back…I’ve never had a skirt with a split before. I agree and let her know a modest split and her reply but of course……I’m a lady…lol. This kid cracks me up.

With a few other sewing projects out of the way, I was ready to get prepared to make the Stella Jean skirt or as my daughter calls it…..her Beyonce’ skirt.  We head to a specialty fabric shop that’s about 30 minutes away. In the area, we live in the shop carries a large variety of African prints along with some really other beautiful fabric’s. The store has been around for about 20 years or so.  If you are ever in the Washington, D.C./ Maryland / Northern Virginia area check out Paradise Fabric’s if you want specialty type fabric’s.

Ok onto the making of the skirt.

Essentially it’s just a pencil skirt with ties.  So I figured it would be pretty easy to make.  I’ve made a pencil skirt before and a skirt with ties…..now all I had to do was put the two together.  You can check out those previous post here and here.

I used New Look Pattern 6843 View C to make the pencil skirt with a few modifications.

  • Added a facing to the waist instead of a waistband.  I did this by copying the skirt front and back pieces including the darts and measuring down a few inches.  I sewed the darts in just as I did on the skirt pieces and then interfaced those facing pieces.  Next I used my serger/overlock machine to finish the bottom edges.  Attached to each section of the skirt and did some understitching to keep the facing held in place.
  • Installed the zip into the back pieces, then finished sewing the back together stopping where I wanted my split to begin.
  • The ties are 45″ long by 11″ wide. I cut an angle at the end of each tie. Sewed them using and 5/8″ sew allowance, leaving the top unsewn. Finished off all the sewn edges using a serger/overlock machine.  Turned right side out and gave them a good pressing.  I then layed the back of the skirt right side up, place the ties 1/2″ below the waistline, place front skirt section on top and sew using a 5/8″ seam allowance and finish your seams accordingly.
  • The only thing left to finish the split and hem.

Here are some behind the scenes pic’s of the construction of the skirt.

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The finished look……

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I really enjoyed working on this project. Best of all I loved the stunned look on my daughter’s face. We were both really happy with the end result.

I really enjoy the challenge of recreating designer-inspired looks. Sometimes thing’s are simpler than one may think and my sewing knowledge grows with each project.

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Learning To Sew

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Welcome to Thread It Thursday!

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Today I wanted to do something a little different than my usual reveal of my latest sewing project.  I wanted to share a bit of my story on how I got into sewing in the first place.

Let me start off by introducing myself.  I am Timeka the mother to two wonderful daughter’s Taylor & Taryn. We are the 3 musketeer’s.  Their father and I ended our relationship many years ago, as a result I have been raising our girls as a single parent.  I have contemplated writing this many times. I often think about how much to share and not share. I am such a private person……but a part of me wants to open up and share a bit more.  So now that I’ve gotten that out of the way I can exhale and smile once again.

For years and years, I used to say that I wanted to learn to sew but never really had the time.  Then one day my girls said…..”hey mom do you think that we can take a sewing, class?” So in September of 2010 I enrolled them in their first class at Joann Fabric’s.  We were all excited the first project was a pillowcase.  They enjoyed picking out the fabric’s and supplies they needed.  The teacher of the class was so nice and the class ended up with a total of 4 girls.

As the class was about to begin and I headed out, I saw that the teacher was looking a little flustered with trying to give direction to all 4 at once.  So, I briefly interrupted and offered to assist her in any way I could. Now my only prior sewing experience had been 1 semester in high school. Which was a loooonnnngggg time ago…lol….and the only thing I remember about sewing class….is that I made a pillow….lol.

The class ended up going really well and I was able to assist far more than I thought I would. Each of the girl’s completed a really cute pillowcase.  I didn’t realize it at the time…..but this day would be my first step back into sewing.

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A few weeks later the girls had another class this time they made a cute little bag’s out of bandana’s and this time….the teacher asked me…..do you want to help out again.  Of course I agreed….it was a good thing I did because the instructor accidentally burned her hand on the iron. Fortunately, I happened to have some aloe vera gel in my purse and the instructor was able to finish the class. For all those who wonder why women carry so many thing’s in their purses……here’s a great example……someone may be in need of the 1 million and 1 items we carry inside…..lol.

Here is the completed project from that class.

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My daughter’s were really enjoying the classes.  They liked going home and putting to use the things they were making. So I enrolled them in the next level class. Making pajama pants. They were really excited.

The day of the class we were out of town visiting my brother and his family.  Fortunately, he is just a few hours away, so we would be back in time for the class.  I got a phone call as we were heading back home saying that the class was canceled. There were not enough kids enrolled in the class for it to be held.  The next class would be a month away so, I decided to see if I could make the pants myself.

I did a little research and found a sewing machine that met my checklist.  I ended up going with Brother’s Project Runway edition machine.  It was affordable and said to be a great beginner machine.  Before I could start on the pants I had to get acclimated with this machine.  Thankfully that part came pretty easy.

Now I needed to understand the pattern.  This part would be harder than I thought. I was totally confused when it came to understanding the pattern….so I got online and found a great blog, that gave great step by step guidance on how to make pajama pants.  It took me 2 days but the girls had pajama pants.  They were excited…..I was excited.  It was great, they were a little on the long side but they fit and I made them.  From there…..there has been no looking back.  I am learning and sewing every chance I get and I love it.  I may not love those moments of frustration, when I mess up or I am trying to understand something new but in the end pushing through and finishing each project is exciting every single time, just like it was the 1st time!

Sewing has been such a great outlet for my creativity and I truly enjoy it. I love that blogging has given me a place to share my love of sewing and be inspired by so many other’s. This blog is also a great way for me to track my progress and let my creativity flow.

I would love to know…..how did you get into sewing?

Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me share a bit of my story with you, I greatly appreciate it!

Until Next Time,

Sewlovable

Easy to Sew Kimono Jacket Using a Structured Fabric

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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

Polka-Dot & Floral Designer Inspired Fabric

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Today’s post is inspired by Oscar de la Renta and Dolce & Gabbana. I am in love with their use of Polka-Dot & Floral Print fabric.

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Oscar de la Renta

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Dolce & Gabbana

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So I had to add this print into my wardrobe in some way. I found the perfect fabric online. Which let me know that this was meant to be.

I knew that I wanted a maxi dress…..or so I thought…lol.

For this project, I used Simplicity Pattern 2638 for the skirt and for the bodice I use a YouTube video with a few alterations.  I will get more into that in a minute.

For the fabric, I used 3 yards of Challis.  It is rayon, lightweight and flowy, which works perfectly for a maxi.

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I ended up making separates instead of a maxi dress. This option allows me to wear the top with other thing’s and pair the skirt with other tops.

Now let’s get into the how to’s…..

As mentioned prior for the skirt I used Simplicity Pattern 2638 with the following adjustments.

Cut out 4 skirt panel pieces instead of 3 so that it would be very flowy.

Next I did a simple elastic casing at the waist.

For the top/bodice portion, I used the following YouTube video with a few adjustments. (* This video will also show you how to make this into a maxi dress)

Measured from shoulder to belly +2.5″

Next measure your bust + 3.5″ ÷ 4

I omitted the gathering at the shoulder’s

Finally, I finished the hem with by folding over 1/2″ and then again 1/2″ and sewing around.

I really enjoyed this project and happy that I was able to find and polka-dot and floral print that I love.

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

Until Next Time,

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

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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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.

Davy College

Such a fantastic idea for the self-taught sewer.

Penrose and Seams

When I started my adventure in sewing, like hunkered down really started this past January, I had no specific plans except to sew as much as I possibly could. As the months progressed I realized I wanted more, I wanted to gain knowledge/skill in sewing and in design. The past six months I’ve definitely had moments where I’ve been frustrated I’m not in a place physically or financially to go back to school. I’ve also had moments where I’ve been frustrated I didn’t major in art or fashion design while I was in college. I still think 18 is too young to ask a kid what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Sometimes I fear I missed my “prime”. I try to tell myself it’s never to late to have new dreams or try new things. And not trying isn’t an option… that would be worse…

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All About Sports

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Today’s post is about  tackling…..”The Sport’s Bra”. This little project was a great way for me to use up my knit scrap pieces all the while making something I’ve never made before.

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Why didn’t I think of this sooner????

They are easy to make and don’t require much time at all.

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The best part is…..when I hear my girl’s say…..thanks, mom….these are really cute. I can’t wait to wear them.

((Faint))

Lol…now that I’ve recovered from those kind words.

My reply was….thank you with the biggest smile!!!

They really know how to make my day.

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

Before you go….

I would love to know, what do you make with your scrap fabric pieces??

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

DIY Dolman Sleeve Dress

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A few weeks back I was shopping with my daughter’s. My oldest is a breeze to shop with. She loves shopping and always finds thing’s she loves. My youngest hates shopping for long durations and rarely finds thing’s she really likes……. the struggle. Thankfully on this outing she finds a dress in store # 2. She tries the dress on and the fit is perfect.  She loves loose and flowy clothing…..in her words I don’t like to be squeezed.  Meaning nothing that hugs her to tightly. She is all about cute and comfortable.  So both girls get what they want and wear the dresses they picked to an upcoming event, we were attending.

A few weeks later, I was cleaning out my fabric stash and find a yard and a half of Fuschia Peachskin fabric and it hit me…. why not make my youngest a dress like the one she recently got. So that’s exactly what I did and here’s how.

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Materials :

1 .5 Yards of 58-60″ wide fabric
A dolman sleeve dress or  a regular t-shirt
1/4″ elastic (optional)
Coordinating Thread

Instructions:

Fold your fabric in half right sides facing.

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Lay your dress or t-shirt on top.

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Cut out 1″ away from your dress or t-shirt all the way around. (Feel free to add more length at the bottom. I added an additional 2″ because my daughter wanted it bit longer than the original.)

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Now pin and sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Finish you seam with a serger, zig-zag stitch or pinking shears.
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Try your dress on and mark where your would like your neckline. Remove the dress and now mark 1″ above your desired neckline mark.

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Cut the neckline only on the fabric that will be the front of your dress. At the 1″ mark, that’s above your desired neckline.

Now hem the neckline by folding over 1/2″ and fold over again 1/2″ and sew close to the edge. Do this to your bottom hemline and sleeves. (For the sleeves I folded over 1/4″ and then again 1/4″ and sewed close to the edge)

Now give all your seams a good press.

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With your leftover fabric, cut 2 strips of fabric 3″ width x 37″ length. ( Feel free to add more to the length if needed. This is going to be the sash/belt for your dress).

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Lay the strips on top of each other with right sides of the fabric touching and sew 1/2″ seam on one short edge and finish the seam as desired.

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Now you will have one long strip. Press out the strip and fold it in half lengthwise. Sew 1/2″ seam down the long strip.

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Turn your long sash/belt right side out and give it a good press. Turn in the edges 1/4″ and topstitch close to the edge.

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Set the sash / belt aside for now.

Cut out a 5″×5″ piece of fabric.

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Fold in half lengthwise right sides facing and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Turn the fabric right sides out and press with the seam in the center. Fold the short edges 1/4″ and top stitch on the edge.

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Set this piece aside for now.

Now with your dress turned to the wrong side and the back facing you. Measure down 15″ and across 4″ and draw a line. Then make a line 1″ above this mark like so.

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Cut (2) 1/4″ elastic pieces 3″ in length.
Attach to your dress on each of the lines with a zig-zag stitch making sure to stretch the elastic as you sew. Be mindful that your only sewing the elastic on the back of your dress.

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We are almost done.

Now turn your dress right sides out. The back facing you. You will see a little gathering affect from where the elastic was sewn.
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Now get the small tube we sewed earlier and pin it over the gathering like so.

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Sew across the top and bottom long edges only.

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When done it will look like this.

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Now pull your sash/ belt through.

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Now you’re ready to wear your dress. Great all year around. Add a cardigan and boots/booties, ballet flats, heels for the fall/winter months and of course for summer and spring great sandals.

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Please feel free to message me with any questions you may have.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺