Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sew Preppy!

Simply cut a 7" long piece of ribbon sew two 1" d-rings to one side. Then place your napkin in the center and secure the belt loop.
This looks super easy and fun! Cut the end of a shirt sleeve approximately from the elbow to the cuff. Turn inside out and sew the elbow side closed. Finally, flip ride side out and put the cliff links on. Tie a
ribbon around the top for a party favor. 
I love this sash! This bow is so full and beautiful but my favorite part is the monogramming on the end. It really makes a personal statement. These would make great gifts for braids maids. Maybe have the sash be part of their dresses for the wedding but then after they could wear it like this with another casual outfit.
Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 2012 Sundress Giveaway!

This months giveaway is a little different and new! 
I am going to make one sundress for the winner! 
It will be a commissioned dress (just one). Which means the winner will get to shop at Fabric Shoppe, pick out one fabric print (tell me the print and I will order it) and I will make a special beautiful sundress! The available dress sizes are 2T-8. All you have to do is follow my blog and tell us about your favorite family summer adventure! Have you ever gone on vacation with the family and something unexpected happened? Share with us a funny summer vacation story.
Giveaway Rules!
+Our Giveaway will run May 29-June 1, 2012, with the winner being announced June 2, 2012!
+The winner will be selected by Random.org
+The package will be shipped to the winner by June 15, 2012.
+ To enter to win follow Sew Spoiled and post a comment on this blog post tell us about your favorite family summer adventure. Maybe you you went on vacation and something unexpected happened. :0)
+Only one comment please per person.

+This giveaway is open to US residents.

+Leave your EMAIL ADDRESS, you can leave it as: leah(dot)sewspoiled(at)gamil(dot)com
+This giveaway ends June 1, 2012 at 10PM Eastern Standard Time.
Thanks!

Spring Wrap Dresses!

These dresses were made for my sister. She chose the fabrics and I put them together. She needed something that was adjustable and easy to wear after having surgery.
 This was the first time I used the twin needle function on my new sewing machine. I love how easy it is to use. I will be using the twin needle more often, now that I know exactly how to set it up.
Here is the finished sleeveless wrap dress in hot pink. She has these hot pink sandals that look amazing with this dress.
 More twin needle fun! It amazes me that the thread doesn't get tangled. 
 Here is the green print fabric wrap dress.
 Here is a better shot of the print on the green fabric.
I think I am going to make a few for me. The only adjustments I would make are the ties could be thicker and add pockets. This pattern was from the Sew It All Magazine pattern, Spring Wrap Dress.
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wrap Dress Obsession!

Have you ever seen a garment, quilt or bag you wanted to make more than anything else? That is exactly what has happened to me with DVF wrap dress. The wrap dress was first designed by Diane Von Furstenberg in 1974. Just two years later she had sold over a million dresses! These are some super tutorials and they are all free!
This is my favorite wrap dress tutorial! It only has 2 template pieces, if you do not include the ties. The instructions are in the magazine, Sew It All. I love, Sew It All Magazine and I am excited to announce that the next Sew It All Magazine will hit the news stands June 19th and I have a girly shirred nightgown tutorial in it. So pick up the new Sew It All magazine June 19th.  
Hope Wrap Dress Pattern « Confessions of a Fabricaholic
This tutorial is only available in one size 34". 
Winter Wrap Dress « I Heart Jenny's Art
This tutorial shows you how to make your own pattern by using your measurements.
schwurlie: Tutorial: wrap dress
Another great tutorial with a twist.
icandy handmade: fun in the sun(dress) Kimono
Ok, this is not exactly a wrap dress but it looks simple and comfortable to wear. Can't wait to make s few of these!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top 5 Accessories for Your Spring Handmade Wardrobe

Here are some ideas for your spring handmade wardrobe. These are simple wardrobe items that will make any handmade garment look great!
White tennis shoes are a must! When I am choosing crazy colorful prints I want to wear something simple on my feet. I can always count on my white tennis shoes. They look great with anything; capris, shorts, casual skirts and dresses. 
White, black and brown sandals are great with any handmade dress or skirt.
Thin or thick leather belts in brown or black will give any handmade dress or tunic more shape.
Tie it around your waist for a finished look.
Jewelry of very color from the color wheel! If you love color as much as I do you will want to accessorize all of your handmade garments. Choose jewelry pieces that pick up a coordinating color in you fabric.
I carry my jean jacket with me everywhere! Most restaurants and shops run the AC so high in the spring/summer, I freeze, so I wear my jean jacket. I have also noticed that it can pull an outfit together. Roll the sleeves up and wear your jean jacket with a handmade dress or tunic. I did not list any bags because I love making handmade bags that match my outfits. No matter what project I am sewing there is always a scrap piece from it, use it to make a wristlet, handbag or shoulder bag for your new outfit!
Enjoy sewing and shopping for your handmade items! 

Friday, May 11, 2012

New Shorts and Bag

I recently made myself this cute little Charlie Bag from Very Purple Person's tutorial. You can make it reversible but I didn't I installed a magnet clasp and placed leather on the bottom so the white would not get dirty. I needed a slouchy market bag to go thrifting with. I usually stay away from white but I like the fact that it matches everything. I also made the white shorts. They are from Colette's Iris shorts pattern.  I love this pattern and I like the way they fit on me.
Back to sewing! 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New Dress Sewing Patterns!

Look at these cute dresses! I can't wait to make them! I am so excited about making my own wardrobe this season. I am tried of wearing the same thing t-shirts and pants or jeans. I want to work on wearing a variety of beautiful handmade clothes. 
The Chelsea and Derby dress patterns were designed by Christine Haynes. 
She has the patterns on preorder right now! 
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I love the keyhole and peter pan collar on the Mis Mozelle Dress designed by Jamie Christina. You can find this dress and more at her Etsy shop.
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This pattern is the Maxi dress by Pat Bravo. This looks like the perfect graduation dress. You could change the length and have a different style of dress too, short sundress.
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Look you can find Pippa's Dress pattern here at Style Arc. Style Arc is based in Australia and looks like a fun place to find new modern sewing patterns.
What are you sewing? Do you have anything on your sewing table?
What would you like to make for yourself?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Wiksten Tank Top Review

Was this project easy to make? YES! This is one of the easiest tops you will ever make yourself.
How long did it take you? 1 hour tops.
Where can I find this project? Sewing Patterns by Wiksten
Sizing, was the chart correct did you have to adjust the project? Yes, the sizing chart was correct and it was easy to read. The top is cut a little low for me because I am petite. I have found out that I am not just short in the legs depart but in the torso as well.
Other options:
I did not follow the directions exactly. I did not add the front pocket to my tanks. I also used my serger to finish the edges instead of using the french seam technique in the pattern. I have made 3 Wiksten tanks already.
I used navy binding on the last tank, to accent the navy in the print. The possibilities are endless. I want to make a long tank top and wear leggings with it. 
I would also love to make this dress! I got this picture from Wiksten Made's Flickr. Maybe she will make the pattern available soon. You could add pockets to the side seams in this dress. 
Hmmmm, I think I can use the tank pattern to make this dress. I think I might try it (Smiles!)
What are your thoughts???


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sweet Coin Purse Tutorial for Teacher Gifts


This time of year is so special to me because I get to show my gratitude for all of the hard work that goes into teaching my daughters. I love to make handmade gifts and this year is no exception. Since money does not grow on trees around here, I looked at my stash (I keep my scraps in hat boxes) and tried to see what I had a lot of; small zippers, trims, Peltex strips (from making iPad cases), fabric scraps and some hardware for key fobs. So I set to work. 
Materials:
Plastic multipurpose 5" Zipper 
Fabric Scraps
Lightweight interfacing 808 Pellon
Trims
(We clipped key fobs with 1.5" swivel hooks onto our coin purses. There are tons of tutorials on making key fobs.)
Step 1: Print out the Coin Purse Template PDF. 
Cut 2 main fabric, cut 2 lining and 2 interfacing using the template. 
Optional: Cut a 2"X2" square of your choice main fabric or lining. This is so you can clip a key fob to your coin purse later. We used a 1.5" swivel hook.
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Step 2: Iron interfacing onto main fabric use manufactures instructions.
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Step 3: Layer the main fabric up, zipper down and lining face down. Place your zipper foot on your sewing machine and sew along the zipper, as close to the zipper foot as possible.
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Step 4: Iron the zipper teeth away from the fabrics and layer the fabrics again. 
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Step 5: Main fabric facing up, zipper (with the first piece sewn on) facing down and the lining facing down. Sew along the zipper, as close to the zipper foot as possible. 
Iron the fabrics away from the teeth of the zipper and topstitch main fabric panels. Optional: If you are using trims add them now. We added ribbon 1.5" from the bottom of the purse. This is were you can get really creative!
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Step 6: Open the zipper, place the two main fabric panels together and pin. (Optional: Iron the 2"X2" loop in half and then iron the raw edges toward the creased center line and fold again and press loop. Sew down the open side. Place the looper at the top of the main fabric panel, close to the zipper.)  Place the lining fabrics together and pin.
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Step 7: Put the standard foot back on your machine. Sew around the coin purse. Start at the lining side first (Keep in mind that you will need a 3" opening to turn the bag right side out.) and sew around to the main fabric side. You will sew over the zipper, that is why we are using a plastic, multipurpose zipper. 
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Step 8: Flip the bag right side out, use a chopstick to poke the bag into shape and press it flat. Also, press the lining opening closed.
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Step 9: Sew the lining opening closed and stuff the lining back into the coin purse.
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We attached a key fob with a 1.5" swivel hook to finish our Coin Purse! I think I am going to put a 100 Grand Candy bar in each purse with a note that says, "You are worth more than 100 Grand to Emily."
Best wishes and tons of stitches!