Monday, April 29, 2013

Tutorial: Simple Skirt

I have been searching high and low for a basic flowy summer skirt and I could never find one that I was in love with! So here I am...making my own and I do LOVE it. 

Lets start with making our pattern! Pull out your pattern paper or in my case white wrapping paper (MUCH cheaper), your measuring tape and a marker. 

Okay start by measuring your hips (the widest part of your butt) then add 10"! (Mine is 39+10) Now divide by 4 (12.5). If you want your skirt more flowy add more than 10 and more fitted add less than 10! 

Okay do you have your hip measurement? Draw a line that long on your piece of paper! 

Now for the length, start wherever you want your skirt to sit and drop it down to where you want it to end, got it? Mine is 20". Which is knee length for me. Now add 2.5 inches. Now draw that in as your length, all we are doing is creating a rectangle!

Mine is 12.5" x 23.5". Have I lost you yet?

I went ahead and labeled mine because I know I will use this pattern to death. Label one long side "Cut on Fold", The short sides "Waist" and the other long side "Length" if you are saving this pattern :)

Excuse that I keep switching fabrics, I am really not it just looks like that because every time I have made this skirt I have snapped pictures! So lay your pattern on your fabric with the long side on the fold and cut around it, don't worry about seam allowance it has been added in (1/2"). Now do the same thing again and you should have 2 rectangles and when you open them it will be 2 squares!

Now sew up the side seams....which I apparently didn't take a picture of. And now fold up the bottom 1", sew around!

Fold the top down 1.5" and sew around, leaving a 2" gap for elastic! 

Now just use measure your waist and cut a piece of elastic that is your waist measurement +  1"! 
Feed the elastic through with a safety pin and sew the 2 ends together, now sew that gap you left on the hem! Sorry for no pictures, an in depth elastic tutorial is coming soon :)

And now you are finished! A basic flowy skirt! I will do a pockets tutorial soon, you can change up the waist band by stretching the elastic while you are sewing it directly on the skirt and creating a ruffle as you go! I did this on the checkered skirt!

And HERE is the finished product! Easy Huh?


Happy Sewing!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tutorial: Pencil Skirt

This is going to be a brief tutorial on how I made this lovely pencil skirt....The only thing wrong is the pleats in the need to fold them a different way but that's okay I love it exactly how it is!


A: Waist+12" (Mine was 45)
B: Length+1 (21")
Waistband: Waist +2"

First cut out a piece of fabric that is your AxB.

 Then hem one of your A sides, after that fold your fabric in half width wise and sew up the side leaving about a 5 inch space at the top IF YOU ARE USING A ZIPPER! 

Then cut 2 pieces for your waistband and sew all but one short side, inside out it and smooth it out. 

Now attach it to the inside of your skirt, make a few pleats at this time to bring your skirt in to match the waist band, this will take some playing around!

Sew all the way around and flip in inside out, attach the zipper! If not using a zipper you need to sew in some elastic! I used bright thread for demonstration purposes!

Now just accessorize however you want! I attached a little bow in the front!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tutorial: Throw Pillows Part 2

Here is the second throw pillow tutorial and today we are going to learn how to make these little guys!

Ignore the bubbles....

Just like in the last tutorial you are first going to cut 2 16" by 16" squares. This gives us half an inch seam allowance!

If you are making pillow number ONE sew it all the way around until you have just 3 or 4 inches left, leave that for stuffing!

If you are making pillow number TWO, print or draw out the letter you want on your pillow, pin in down and sew around it, either by hand or machine!

Once you sew around it go back to step one, sew this side and your other side together placing the K face DOWN. 

Anywho now we are going to make a bow! Cut 2 rectangles from a contrasting fabric: 8.5"x13.5" and 2"x5".

Hem both of the long sides of the larger rectangle.

Then fold it in half like so...

Sew up the top and then flip in inside out, hiding the seam in the middle back!

Now take the smaller rectangle, fold it in half length wise and sew it. Hide the seam in the back don't worry about flipping it inside out. 

Now wrap your small rectangle around your big rectangle and VOILA! A bow appears! Just sew a few stitches where you see my fingers pinching and trim off the excess!

Now you can sew it or hot glue it wherever you want it to be on your pillow!

Now just stuff!

Now you are going to do the same thing for the letter pillow but a much smaller bow....probably 4"x7". I sewed mine right beside the K, I think that looks the best according to my letter!

And now you have 3 beautiful throw pillows for your bed!

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Converting Patterns

Sometimes you see a knit pattern you fall in love with and then you realize you aren't that great at knitting....or maybe you can't knit at all.

Every other month over at LaughingPurpleGoldfish's group on Ravelry we have a knitting challenge. I can't knit that well so I never participate, however this month I fell head over heels for the adorable sea turtle...I mean just look at her....

Are you falling in love like I did? Well I can't knit it. Period. So I decided to work on a crochet one....

I have a few more rounds on the shell and then I am done but I still have to make the rest of the body. I used 2 colors instead of 3 plus this is crocheted not knitted so it looks a little different but I am in love with the results so far. Converting patterns is NOT just have to know what stitches have which outcome. 

For this certain pattern I started with 17 chains and did a *Sc 1, Ch 1* Pattern with in increase on both sides and when I got to 30 stitches I proceeded without the increase. Then eventually I decreased. It turned out beautiful I am in love with the texture. It is thick and stretchy. 

How hard can it be?