Friday, November 14, 2014

Tutorial: Hooded Towel (For Adults too!)


Call me a child but I have wanted a hooded towel for a long time. However they don't sell them in adult sizes, for whatever reason. So I am going to show you how to make one! 

I got 3 yards of terry cloth but only ended up using about 2.5. Also if you want to accessorize yours like I did with the spikes, just grab some sheets of felt. 

Start with your two hood pieces. This is all about eyeballing. Just estimate it in this shape. 

I added my spikes between the two layers of the curve. 

Serge around the curve to secure the hood and spikes. 

Once you turn it inside out your spikes should stand up. 

I trimmed my hood down so it wouldn't be so big, try it on!

Make sure you serge or hem the edges. I made sure I did both so it wouldn't fray!

For the towel part it is just a rectangle in your desired size. Hem all the edges. 

Fold your towel in half so you can see where the middle of your long side is. Pin. Place the middle of the hood to that pin. Right sides together (Wrong sides facing you.)

Make sure to add two pleats like so. (Trust me, it will help the hood be more secure, and stable.)

Pin the rest of the hood flat. 

Sew to secure. 

That's it! Embrace your inner child

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tutorial: Jogger Pants with Pop Crotch

I am a ready-wear designer, so I try to make things that anyone can wear. If you have been watching street style you see jogger pants all over. Right now, I am challenging myself to get rid of my entire wardrobe so everything will end up being home made. It will definitely take a bit, but I am always up for a challenge. All that being said, here is how to make drop-crotch jogger pants with this pop color crotch. The crotch is totally optional but I thought it would be a nice touch. 
*The pop crotch would look AMAZING in leather!

Trace a NON-STRETCHY pair of pants and trace them with about a 3 inch border around. (The thicker the border, the looser the pant.) Make sure to trace around it with the butt side facing out, this will ensure the loose fit all over. You should end up with 4 pieces, 2 front and 2 back. 

Pockets are totally optional but I chose to put only one patch pocket. I left the edges serged to give it a rough look. 

Sew both sides of the crotch. (NOT the pant legs, JUST the curves)

For the crotch there is no pattern, it is kind of just eye-balling. You are going to cut out a semi-circle like so. *Make sure the pants are folded in half so you are cutting through FOUR layers of fabric. Also make sure you are cutting through the crotch not the side seam.)

Keep the semi-circle pieces.

Trace around your semi-circle piece onto your pop color or pattern. Cut 2 of these. 

See how it fits?

Open up the pant and pin right sides together like so. This is not an easy process, and you NEED to pin. Trial and error is your friend. 

Repeat on the other side. 

Sew up the crotch seam and down the legs. (Just like we do on shorts, now just legs of a pant.)

For the cuffs I just did elastic measured around my ankle. I stretched it as I sewed. 

Flip up and repeat to hide the elastic. 

Hem the top making sure to make it wide enough to fit a ribbon in (or elastic). 

Cut two little holes for your ribbon to feed through (If you would like to use eyelets or make button holes that would work too.)

I sewed on my label. 

That's it!