DIY Sleeveless Dress in 6 Easy Steps

Hello everyone,

Welcome To Thread It Thursday!!!

Today I wanted to share a very easy to make sewing project.  So that if you are new to sewing you will not feel overwhelmed.

For this project, I used a Black with White Polka Dot Knit Ponte De Roma. If you are new to sewing, working with knit fabric can be a bit tricky at first. So start with a Ponte Knit.  It sews very easily and has a great weight to it and has a nice amount of stretch.

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Materials:
About 1 -2 yards of knit fabric (I love Ponte De Roma)
A t-shirt (slightly loose fitting)
Sewing Machine
Coordinating Thread
Ball Points Needle ( This is essential for working with knit fabric’s)

Instructions:

Lay your fabric as shown below. Cut 1″ away from your t-shirt.

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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 two identical pieces

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Next pin the pieces with the right sides facing (polka-dot touching).

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Sew across the shoulders with a stretch stitch or zig-zag using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Sew down the sides with the same type of stitch but with a 5/8″ seam allowance. Try on your dress and make any needed adjustments. Once you have the right fit, finish the shoulder seams with a serger, zig-zag stitch or pinking shears.

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Next hem the neck, sleeves(using a straight stitch). Next hem the bottom( using a stretch stitch or zig-zag). By turning your fabric under 1/2″ and then turn again 1/2″ and sew using 1/2″ seam allowance.

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You’re all done. The only thing left to do is to style it and wear it as you desire. To make this dress with sleeves check out my detailed tutorial here.

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

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Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

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DIY EASY TO MAKE HANDBAG ORGANIZER

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!!

I love a sewing project that takes minimal time and has an immediate use. So my latest project is a handbag, organizer. I switch handbags often to compliment the outfit that I am wearing.  To make this transition simple and to ensure I always have what I need in my handbag at all times. Most importantly it helps me to keep my handbag “ORGANIZED.”  I don’t have to worry about my handbag feeling like a bottomless pit……digging around like a crazy woman…..trying to find what I’m looking for…..lol.

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To make this handbag organizer simply check out the video below. You can also change the dimension to make it larger or smaller.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, it is greatly appreciated. Please don’t hesitate to comment I love hearing from you!!!

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time

Sewloveable

Easy DIY 1 Seam Circle Skirt

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday and the New Year !!! I’m happy to share my first post of “2015”.

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I am literally going in circles…lol. Over the past 2 day’s I was able to whip up 7 circle skirts. I have attempted to make a circle skirt so many times and failed. It just never turned out right. I just chalked it up to being a beginner at the time. Who had only taken a few classes at Joann’s Fabric and looked at a lot of blog’s and YouTube. So one day while on YouTube I see one of my favorite sewing blogger’s/vlogger’s made a really simple tutorial. So I thought I would give making circle skirts another try.

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I made a few adjustments:

• Removed 1.5″ from waist
• Removed 1.5″ from waistband
• Added a yoga style waistband
• Elastic waistband (on one skirt)

Fabric :

Jersey Knit

Ponte De Roma Knit

Double Knit

1- 1.5 Yards of fabric

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Also made the circle/skater skirt in the following fabric’s for my daughter’s.

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I purchased my fabric from DenverFabrics.com. They have great quality fabric at great prices. I will link all the fabric’s that I used below.

Blue/Green Chevron here

Pink Chevron click here

Blue Leopard here

Fuschia Leopard here

Butterfly here

Black & White Heart Knit sold out

Tan Leopard sold out but similar in Jersey Knit here

This tutorial was very easy to follow. Which is how I was able to churn out so many skirts.

Circle Skirt Tutorial w/ Mimi G

Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

Crepe De Chine

Hello everyone,

So last week I was in a sewing mood.  For me when I feel inspired I have to roll with it and when I am not….just embrace the fact that I’m not. It’s ok for the inspiration to come and go. Ok, so back to feeling inspired…..I thought fall will be here before I know it…..so why not start sewing for the fall. My only dilemma,  when sewing is finding fabric that meets my inspirational needs. My local fabric stores just don’t have what I have in mind. I love to touch and feel the fabric, it helps the process of creating. 

So, then it hits me…..a blog that I love called Merrick’s Art mentioned a great site. Now I just have to find the post with the name of the website.  After 20 minutes I find it. It’s called Girl Charlee. It was love at first sight. Bold and Colorful Prints!!!!!! Just what I have been looking for with great prices!!!

I saw this colorful Crepe De Chine and immediately I knew what I wanted to do with it.  Can I just say I had the biggest smile. Finally no settling…..I can find prints that sing to me….lol. This was my 1st time working with Crepe De Chine. I really like this fabric and it was pretty easy to work with. It worked great for my quick and easy project.

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Simple Infinity Scarf in a nice bright Crepe De Chine. I can wear this with so many things. It will get great use. To make this scarf click here and to get this fabric click here.

What online fabric stores meet your inspirational needs????

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

DIY A-line Lace Skirt

Hello all,

In my efforts to improve my novice sewing skills…..I decided to work with lace and satin for the 1st time. I also decided to NOT be intimidated by the 2 fabrics.  Now with that mind set, here is what I achieved with some moments of frustration and lots of patience.

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To make a lace skirt of your own click here.

I would love to know….what fabric once intimidated you and how did you overcome????

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

DIY Easy To Sew Pencil Skirt

Hello all,

I love a simple quick and easy tutorial. I found a great tutorial on something I love…..the pencil skirt. It’s classicly timeless.

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To make this skirt click here for the tutorial. Thank you to Elena Rosa Brown for a such a fantastic and easy to follow tutorial.

Enjoy & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

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

DIY Cartoon Character Sweatshirt Tutorial

I am always looking on Pinterest or Youtube for Great DIY and Crafting Projects to do with my kids.  Well I found a great one and now it’s time to share.

So the character for this tutorial is BADTZ-MARU (from Hello Kitty)

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Here are the supplies

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You can sew on the felt pieces or use glue.  We sewed the pieces onto the sweatshirt to ensure that the pieces will hold up well  after being washed.

A sweatshirt ( I purchased this item from Walmart for $6.00) If they don’t have the color or size you want in women’s or girl’s…….check the men’s & boy’s section.   My daughter wanted black but it was not available in her size…..so we headed to the men’s section and found just what she needed.

Felt in (white, black, yellow or orange) I purchased 5 pieces of felt for $1.00 @ Hancock Fabric’s.

Coordinating thread to match the color of the felt if sewing on.

Now for step by step directions check out this video below.

My kid’s really enjoyed this project and wore them the next day.  They already have the next shirt in mind.  So all in all this was a really fun and simple project.

Enjoy & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

DIY Fishtail Peplum Dress Tutorial

So this was my weekend to get some sewing projects completed.  I can officially remove one from the list.  I also noticed that my daughter’s keep finding things for me to make for them. I have to do something about that….lol. Onto the fishtail peplum dress.  It took me 3 hours to complete……..because I was doing, laundry, cleaning and cooking dinner in between.

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My model bailed on me aka my 13-year-old….so I had to use my mannequin.

The tutorial was pretty easy to follow. It allows you to add your personal touches. I will certainly try this again.

To make this dress check out the video below. Thank you c/o of DIYMeesha for the video.

Happy sewing and until next time,

Sewloveable 😀

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!!!