Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tutorial: Basic Circle Skirt Pattern

I get emails all the time about circle skirts and how to make them, and as always FIRST I am going to show you how I make my pattern for one. 

Measure around your waist (where you want your circle skirt to sit), add 2" and divide by 4. (30+2/4=8)

 

Take a piece of paper, starting in the corner measure out 8" and mark it like so.

 

Basically you are creating a 1/4 circle.

 

Cut out, and trace to make another one.

 

Tape together to create a 1/2 circle.Your pattern is done! I will show you how to use it in an upcoming tutorial :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tutorial: Winter Cape

I love Audrey Hepburn, and if you like her even remotely then you have seen her classic cape. If not, there is a picture below. I love this look, so I decided to recreate it, and put my own twist on it, by adding sleeves.


 

All you need is fabric (I used tweed because I want to be able to wear it in the winter. However any fabric will work, although you may have to line it.), a few buttons, and bias tape (This is optional, I ended up leaving my edges raw).

 

Fold your fabric is quarters (You will need 1 yard), then in the corner measure 4 inches and cut a semi circle with that radius. This is the same method we use to make a circle skirt.

 

Measure from the neck hole down (This measurement should be the measurement from your neck to your wrist + 2").

 

Cut around with the radius of your neck to wrist measurement.

 
Open up your circle but keep it folded in half. This step is optional but I wanted mine to have sleeves. I pinned across and just estimated. Make sure you don't pin too close on the chest, these sleeves are just to give it some form. Sew a line from the raw edges, inward.

Cut the center to open it up to the neck. 


See the sleeve opening?
 

Sew two buttons on one side, and cut button holes on the other.

 

You are done! If you do it out of any other fabric you will want to use bias tape on your edges and probably line it, but using a heavy fabric like I did, I didn't have to worry about it. 



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tutorial: Sweaters to Beanies

For any of you who know me in real life, you know that in the winter, I am obsessed with beanies. If you don't know me in real life, well there is a tid bit about myself. You will pretty much never catch me without a beanie on November-January. It got me to thinking about how to re-purpose old clothing to make them. As I was getting out my winter clothes for the year, I started tossing old sweaters into a box to donate. Then I thought, can't I use these to make beanies? A light bulb moment. 

I feel it is pointless for me to walk you through the steps when the pictures are self explanatory. So enjoy!

 

SERGE the edges. Do NOT sew them.