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.
A pair of Shorts that fit you well (preferably not made from a knit fabric.)
1-2 yards of fabric depending on your size.
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.
You will end up with 4 pieces like this.
Next lay two pieces with right sides of the fabric touching like so
Now let’s head to the sewing machine. Pin the following area as shown below.
And sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance like so
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.
Next open the shorts up and press the seam nice and flat and smooth.
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
Finish off the seam edges like you did previously and press.
Next sew the crotch area like so
And finish and press the seam edges.
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
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.
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.)
Feed the elastic into the opening
All the way through the casing
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
Close up the opening and your all done.
Here’s another pair I made which are in a great orange, yellow and navy blue African Print with an attached sash belt.
Enjoy & Happy Sewing and please feel free to ask question.
About 3 years ago my daughters an I went Natural and we did the big chop together. My girls were tired of perms…….so I said let’s go natural…..no more chemicals. Such a wonderful choice. So before I had us dive in I did my research.
After reading lots of material and watching many YouTube videos. I was ready but not sure if my girls were up for the big chop. Shockingly they were game and we did it together, which made it a even greater experience.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago…..while on YouTube looking simple and quick protective styles. I stumbled upon African Threading. I have been eagerly wanting to give it a try. So last night I set aside the time. I absolutely LOVE THIS TECHNIQUE.
It’s a great way to stretch the hair and a wonderful way to do protective styling. I like it better than a twist out. I look forward to trying this again. For my first time it turned out pretty well.
Oh before I forget you can buy the thread at your local beauty supply store. It’s the same thread used to sew in weaves, which is also the same thread used on Serger Sewing Machine. I discovered this when I went to buy it at the beauty supply. So if you can’t find it at the beauty supply, check your local craft stores. Your craft stores will have more color options which will allow you to better match your hair color. The beauty supply only had black. Be sure that the thread is 100% polyester. You can get 3000 yards for around $3.00 give or take. It looks like this.
Here is the quick protective style
To learn this technique check out the following video tutorial’s by GirlsLoveYourCurls
This video will show you how to remove the African Threading
I love POLKA DOTS……..and one day while on pinterest I came across a super easy DIY Tutorial for making a POLKA DOT T-SHIRT.
The best part I already had all the supplies I needed on hand. So lets get started.
* Fabric Paint ( I used Tulip brand)
* Solid Color T-SHIRT
* Circular Sponge paint brushes (I purchased the Martha Stewart Sponges from Jo-ann Fabric’s…..remember to use your coupon on this item. I believe her assortment pack was $9.99 and with my coupon I paid $6.00.)
* paper plate
Next I open my shirt and pulled it across my ironing board sliding my cardboard underneath. You will need to work on one layer of the fabric at a time, this includes the sleeve if you choose to do them.
Pour a portion of the paint onto the paper plate and dip your brush into the paint and press your dots onto the T-SHIRT. Repeat this all over the shirt. Always making sure you have cardboard under the surface your working on. I gave each section I worked on 5 minutes to dry before working on the next. Once your done and the paint is 100% dry. Throw it in the dryer to set the paint for 20-30 minutes. Then it’s ready to wear.
To wash turn inside out and wash as usual. Line dry or toss in the dryer.
A big thank you to Merrick’s Art Blog for the inspiration and tutorial. If you have not checked out her blog please do. She is sensational at re-fashioning and diy sewing tutorials.
Enjoy and Happy Diy(ing)
Now for the Giveaway…….
This is my first giveaway an I am very excited. This Giveaway is for 1 yard of Amy Butler’s Fabric from her “Lark” Collection Called Souvenir Mineral. It is 100% Cotton in Aqua and Yellow 44/45″ wide.
To enter to win just leave a comment that you would like to be entered. The giveaway will run from June 25, 2013- June 28, 2013. The winner will be announced on June 29, 2013. Congratulations in advance to the wonderful winner to be.