Monday, June 20, 2016

Salme Buttonless Shirt #149

Salme Buttonless Shirt
I am always on the lookout for new fun patterns that are simple and easy to make. This pattern is from Salme and it is called the Buttonless Shirt, Pattern #149. This is a great sleeveless shirt with a super cute collar.
Salme Buttonless Shirt
After printing the template and taping it together. I realized that the bust dart and the hem were too low for my petite frame. The center opening needed to be stitched up a little higher when piecing the two front panels together. 
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After making those adjustments and adding the seam allowance, I had the correct size and set to work. I adore the collar, as you can see in the picture above, you do need to use interfacing to help create a sturdy collar. I love that there are no buttons, zippers or even elastic to deal with. All you need is fabric and thread. Sometimes that is all I want to deal with. You can make this a shirt or dress with a belt. I love that I can use my favorite cottons to create this cute shirt/ dress pattern. You could use other fabrics but cotton is my favorite.
Salme Buttonless Shirt
After making this pattern I realized you can wear it in many different ways; shirt tale out, shirt out with a belt or tucked in. Can't wait to make more!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Miss Tippy Toes!

Miss Tippy Toes

This is Miss Tippy Toes from Dolls and Daydreams Pattern company. This beautifully designed pattern also demonstrates how to construct a button arm joint, so the arms can move 180 degrees. I started this project back in December, after cutting everything out and embroidering the face
I stopped. 
That is right, this is not a painted face. You can buy the embroidery face design from her shop too! This pretty face is called the Kawaii Doll Face.  IMG_2234
I enjoy making dolls but hand stitching the face can be challenging. Embroidering the face was fast and easy. I decided to embroider one piece of fabric and then go back and cut out the face using the template. That way I did not have to worry about the placement of the embroidery design. 

However once I embroidered the face, I was unsure if the project would work. See the stitch count was a little dense and I was worried she would have a wrinkly face. So I stopped the project, I didn't even want to try it. I put all of the cut out pieces in a ziplock bag and tucked it into my fabric stash. 
It wasn't until yesterday that I came across the ziplock bag. I took out all of the doll pieces and decided to give it try again.  She was worth it, the project turned out great and my daughter loves her. 
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Sewing has so many lessons, usually about technique. This lesson from this project was don't give up so easy. The worst that can happen is that it doesn't work out and even that in itself is learning from your mistakes.  
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I am so glad that I came across this project. She is super cute and I know she will be loved. Can't wait to sew another, so she has a friend to play with.

Monday, May 30, 2016

T-Shirt made from ready wear Dress

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I have been on the hunt for the perfect t-shirt sewing pattern. The closest perfect t-shirt I have found that is almost perfect is the Plantain Shirt from Deer and Doe. I wanted a different look so I tried tracing a ready to wear knit dress. I wanted the fit without buying another apparel pattern and wondering if the fit would be right. I laid the ready to wear dress on a large piece of paper on the floor and traced the front and back of the dress. I traced the whole dress incase later I wanted to make one, then I folded the paper template so I would have the correct size for a t-shirt. I traced the sleeve carefully by using the fold line at the top of the sleeve and drawing the curve. The neck line did not have a collar, so I had to add enough extra fabric to  fold the neck line twice to create a finished edge.
I love the fit and the pattern cost was $0!!! I have a bad habit of buying new patterns when I have the same one just with a slight style change. Of course,  I like to read patterns like some people read recipes.
Happy Sewing!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sew Spoiled Wristlets!

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Every year in the spring I make a ton of these wristlets. They make great gifts for any occasion. The hardest part about creating them is having to give them away. Last spring I created this easy tutorial on how to create a should/ wristlet strap.  It really helps to have the ability to use it both ways.
Sew Spoiled Wristlet construction
The fabric is called Amelia Paisley, "Release it or Bless it." I saw it and fell in love. I bought two yards without knowing how I would put it to use. These are all colors I love to wear in the spring. I bought different colored zippers to install in each wristlet. The lining is Michael Miller's pinhead dots in stone. If you want to make some of these adorable wristlet you can find the pattern here.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Frenchy Shoulder Bag from Amy Butler

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One of the first bags I ever made was the Frenchy Bag from Amy Butler. I love this cute bag and I still have the first one I ever made.
Amy Butler Nigella fabric in her frenchy Handbag design.
Last week was spring break and as I was thumbing through my patterns, I came across the Frenchy Pattern. I couldn't help myself, I had to create another one and this time the larger shoulder bag style. The lower panels and handles are made from dark navy denim. The paisley print is called Bless it or Release it.
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I have started to notice that I love navy. Everything I buy and make is navy.
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Bags are so much fun to make and create. One size fits all and they are make great gifts.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Annie Jr. Costumes!

It's a Hard Knock Life! I happen to be a music teacher and this year we are putting on Annie Jr.. My two girls are in the show too and we have been busy creating costumes for them and the others in the play. My youngest is Pepper, the mean orphan. Here she is on the swing in her bloomers and patched jumper.
Orphan Annie Costume
My oldest daughter is a servant for Mr. Warbucks. She and the other servants have to match, so I sewed 6 aprons for the show. I created a simple apron pattern that uses only 1 yard of fabric.
Orphan Annie Servant Costume
We are having them wear black dresses under the aprons. The aprons tie in the back along the waist and neck. I was hoping they would need my help for the Annie Dress but no luck this time.
Orphan Annie Servant Apron
I love making aprons. We even had the orphans choosing their own patches. So much fun!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Scallop Purse Organizer

Scallop Bag Monogrammed
I am always on the look out for adorable accessories to monogram. Recently, I purchased this faux leather scallop purse for Sew For Less. The monogram font I used is Fish Tail by Herrington Design. I do like it but there is not a closure for the top of the bag, no magnet clasp or zipper. So what do you do, create an organizer with a zipper closure.
Zipped up Organizer
You can do this with any purse, first measure the outside of the purse. Measure the height, width, depth of the purse. Use those measurements for the pieces for your organizer. When you sew them together using a 1/2" seam allowance, this creates a smaller bag that will fit inside the bag comfortably. The organizer will be 1" smaller in height, width and depth. Usually, I do not add a zipper but knowing that I needed a closure for this tote I added it to the top of the organizer.
Purse Organizer
Elastic along the top of the slip pockets help keep the contents inside pockets, along the sides of the bag so I can use the bottom for larger items. I love how an organizer makes your tote more user friendly.