Stella Jean Inspired Skirt

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Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!

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Photo c/o Pinterest

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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Until Next Time,
Sewloveable ☺

Easy Gathering Technique

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Welcome To Thread It Thursday!!!

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Today I just wanted to share the sewing technique I used to make this skirt I recently made for my mother.

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I find that this technique is much easier than using a basting stitch.  There is no need to worry or deal with threads breaking as you gather…..especial if you’re using a fabric heavier in weight.

You can check out a previous post called the Designer Look For Less, where I used the same technique here.

My goal with this post is to share a tidbit that I have found useful and makes sewing a bit easier!

 

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

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

Navy Blue Dreams Come True

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Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!

Today, I wanted to share my latest project.

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I have been dreaming of making a skirt like this and I finally overcame my curved hem fear and made it happen.

If you’re curious as to how I made this skirt. Please, pop on over to the guest post, I had the pleasure of doing on the Freckled Fashionista’s blog here.

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Skirt ~DIY here
Necklace ~DIY here
Top ~Target

A big thank you to Abigail of the Freckled Fashionista for putting together such a great guest post.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, it is truly appreciated.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,
Sewloveable 🙂

DIY Midi Length Tulle Skirt

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Welcome  to Thread It Thursday!!!!!

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I am excited about this Sewing DIY.  I’ve been talking to my daughter’s for months about making these skirts.  So a couple of weeks back we headed to a specialty fabric store in our area, to get what we needed. We arrive and head to the section of tulle and organza to see what we could find.
 
One picked a vibrant purple organza and the other picked a fuchsia organza. Now we needed a lining fabric.  Which didn’t take long…..they ended up picking a fuchsia polyester lining and purple silk charmeuse.  Both choices will look great underneath their organza selections.

They both requested elastic waist skirts.  I knew that I wanted to surprise them with something a little more elegant than traditional elastic.  So a few day’s later I decided to check my local Joann’s and see if they had what I had in minds.  They just happened to have this great “Gold Sparkling” elastic. Now that I had everything I needed, it was time to start sewing.
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To make this Tulle Skirt…….I followed one of my previous tutorials here. This tutorial will tell you all you need to know to make the skirt.

We had fun snapping a few quick shot’s of my girl’s running around in the snow. A big thanks to them for agreeing to do this!!!
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Thank you so much for stopping by. I truly appreciate it.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable 🙂

The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life

Pull Bear black faux leather skirt
$38 – pullandbear.com

Dark green skirt
$16 – newlook.com

MSGM flared skirt
farfetch.com

Calf length skirt
$155 – whistles.co.uk

Kookai red mini skirt
$210 – zalando.co.uk

Alice Olivia navy skirt
$760 – austique.co.uk

Forever New blue pleated skirt
$64 – forevernew.com.au

Brian Atwood suede ankle boots
saksfifthavenue.com

DIY Lined Gathered Skirt with Side Seam Pockets

Hello Readers

I was online looking for a simple tutorial to explain how to make a skirt that is lined and has side seam pockets. I couldn’t find what I was looking for, so……..I decided to wing it and see how it would turn out.  It was actually very simple and here is how it turned out…….

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So let’s jump right in.

Supplies:

1 yard of your main fabric
1 yard of lining fabric
1″ wide elastic
Coordinating thread

For this project/ tutorial I worked with 45″ wide cotton for the main fabric as well as the lining. This works perfect if you wear anywhere from X SMALL- LARGE. For larger sizes you will need a 1 1/2 yards of fabric.

To make this skirt you will essentially make two of the same skirts and connect them at the waist.

Step 1:

Decide how long you want your skirt to be. (mine 18″) to this we are going to add 2″ for the waistband and 2″ for the hem. For a total length of 22″. Your lining fabric will be cut 1″shorter for me that would be 21″

Step 2:

Time to cut….with your fabric folded in half (pretty side of fabric touching) (wrong side facing you)…measure down to your desired length and cut.

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Put your left over fabric a side…we will use this to make the pockets in a few.

Now take the fabric we just cut and cut in down the center of the fold…..you will now have 2 pieces a front and a back.

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Now repeat those steps to your lining fabric.

Step 3:

Now it’s time to cut out your pocket pieces. You can simply draft a pocket pattern similar to the one below…..  Or to make things easier for anyone making this skirt…….I found a free pocket pattern thanks to handmadebymrsh.blogspot.com  Click Here to download the pocket pattern piece.
With your fabric folded (right sides touching) wrong side facing you.  Lay the pattern on the fabric and cut out the pockets and then repeat.  You will have a total of 4 pocket pieces.  Now repeatedly those steps to your lining fabric.  You will end up with a total of 8 pocket pieces 4 for your main fabric and 4 for your lining fabric.

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Step 4:

Take your front and back pieces, measure down 6″ from the top and pin the pocket pieces on like so.

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Repeat to lining like so

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With 1/2″ seam allowance sew the pockets on.

Repeat to lining fabric

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Next press pockets open on front and back pieces and repeat to the lining

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Now pin you front and back pieces together with the right sides touching and wrong sides facing you.

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Sew together with a 5/8″ inseam like so

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Repeat to lining fabric

Now finish your seams as desired. Pinking shears, serger or zigzag stitch.

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Press pockets and side seams of print fabric and lining

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Turn fabric right side out and place lining fabric inside the main fabric. Aligning side seams.

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Push designed fabric pocket into lining fabric. It will end up like this.

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Let’s work on the waistband. Fold down 1/2 and press

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Now fold over 1 1/2″ press

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Now it’s time to sew around the waistband, leaving a 2″ opening to feed your elastic into.

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Cut your elastic which is your waist measurement minus 3.5″. Put a safety pin through one end of the elastic and feed in through the opening an all yhe way around the waistband casing. Pull both end of the elastic, so that they over lap and zigzag back and forth to secure.

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Tug on skirt waist so that the elastic is all tucked inside and sew the 2″ opening closed.

Final steps hem the lining. Fold over 1″ and press. Fold it over again 1″ press and sew. Now repeat those steps to your main fabric. Tada you’re all done.

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Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

…in that leopard top!!

...in that leopard top!!

P A R O S H sweater
farfetch.com

Valentino wool knee length skirt
$755 – theoutnet.com

Pumps
gojane.com

Hermès clutch
farfetch.com

Chloé bracelet
$270 – monnierfreres.co.uk

The Row sunglasses
marissacollections.com

Cynthia Rowley Pattern Giveaway Winner Announced & My latest easy to make creation

Its time to announce the winner  

of the Cynthia Rowley

Pattern…..and the winner is……. 

 

“Chuichoy”

Congratulations and Thank You 

For Entering

To claim your prize please visit my contact page.  So that I can get the pattern to you as soon as possible.  Please claim your gift within 4 days or another winner will be chosen.  Thank you again to all for entering.

Onto my latest project:

 

A super easy to make elastic waist skirt with a sash.  For my youngest daughter.  This skirt is very similar to a tutorial I have on the paper bag waist skirt.  The only difference is the waist line.  The skirt requires 1 yard of 60″ width fabric or 1 1/2 yards of 44-45″ width fabric.   Fabric used is polyester peachskin but you can use almost any fabric cotton, knit, shantung, silk etc.

 

Red skirt with a sash

To learn how to make this skirt click here

The only adjustment that I made was at the skirt waist.  It is folded over 1/4″ and then 1″.  Sew close the edge and insert elastic like the following tutorial.

 

Enjoy & Happy Sewing!!! 😀

 

 

 

Happy Sewing!!!!!

Multi Color African Print Skirt and a giveaway for 2 See & Sew Patterns

Hello all today I wanted to share my latest creation.  I have recently become obsessed with African Prints.  I just love how colorful and geometrical they can be.  So I decided to make a simple lined gathered skirt out of a wonderful fabric from my stash.

To see how to make this skirtl check out my tutorial titled

Chervron Gathered and Pleated Skirt Tutorials

On to the giveaway, this giveaway is for 2  easy to sew dress patterns by See & Sew

The first pattern is B5307

B5307

Size 16-24  Waist 30″-39″

The second pattern is B5592

B5592

Girls Sizes 7-16  Waist 23″-27.5″

This giveaway will run from August 5, 2013-August  12, 2013.  With the winner being announced on August 13, 2013 @ 1 p.m. est.  To enter just leave a comment choosing the pattern that you would like.  Congratulations in advance to the  2 wonderful winner’s to be.  Please feel free to share this giveaway across all the social media sites  and blogs.  Thank you for entering.

Enjoy & Happy Sewing!!!