Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sew Spoiled iPad Case

I have had a selfish week of sewing. First I created a  jersey knit dress and then this iPad case. I am trying to read and write more using my iPad as much as possible. I thought by making a lovely case, I would use it more. This fabric is called Type by Julia Rothman from Windham Fabrics. It quickly caught my eye and I thought it would look great as a Sew Spoiled iPad folding case.  
I used the typewriter fabrics for the outside and the clipboard and glasses fabric for the lining. 
I remember typing on a typewriter. Ours was nice because it had the white ribbon to make corrections with. However sometimes it would not line up and you would have to type with the white out ribbon a few times. I love this fabric and I love my iPad Case. I use my iPad more when it is inside a pretty case.
Happy Sewing!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Jersey Dress Happiness

I royally Sew Spoiled myself this weekend. Here is one of the many projects I completed. It is a purple jersey knit Washi Dress from Made By Rae's sewing pattern. There are so many beautiful jersey knit fabrics out there that I wanted to give it a try. I bought this fabric from Fabric Bros Etsy shop. It was $4.90 by the yard, I purchased two yards at $14.80 including shipping! Sometimes it is scary to buy knits online because you can not tell the weight or stretch of the fabric. Fabric Bros will send you a sample card of their fabric to choose from. (So Smart!)
Here is a picture of the shirring on the back of the dress and the pockets. 
Got to have pockets!
The best part of this type of fabric is the bounce, drape and flow of the dress. I will never have to iron it!! Just take it out of the dryer and put on! It is so soft and relaxing to wear. Everyone at work looks forward to jean days at school (when teachers can wear jeans) but I look forward to Jersey Dress days. 
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Polka Dot Skirt

I am so excited about my new black with white polka dots skirt. I first saw this type of skirt walking around the outlet mall. This skirt was in the window of J.Crew calling to me. Right away, I could see the potential of it in my wardrobe. I wanted it!!! I knew I could recreate it so I didn't even look at the J.Crew price. Since then, I have learned that is was $85. Wow! I am so glad that I decided to make my own. I used this free online Skirt Pattern and bought the fabric at JoAnn's for $6 per yard. The pattern does not come with pockets so I borrowed the pocket template from the Iris Shorts pattern by Colette Patterns. I cut 4 pocket pieces out and stitched each one 3" from the top of the skirt. There is an invisible zipper to install on the back of the skirt. There are also 4 darts, 2 in the front and 2 in the back. If you are unsure how to sew darts here is an excellent dart video tutorial. Overall, I am happy with my results. I saved money, it is tailored just for me and I have a little extra fabric left over for a cute Sew Spoiled Wristlet! Love it when a plan comes together.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chiffon Sheer Scarf Tutorial

Chiffon Sheer fabric measuring 18"X45" 
I bought the Mint Sail Boat fabric at JoAnn's.
Rotary Cuter and Mat
Sewing Machine
  • Step 1: Fold the fabric in half right sides facing long ways. Sew .25" seam allowance along the long raw edges.
  • Step 2: Flip right side out. 
  • Step 3: Fold the shorter edges inward and stitch across the open edge. Repeat for the opposite side.

These super easy scarves would make great quick gifts for teacher appreciation, brides maids, graduation gifts, or birthdays.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

May 2013 Giveaway!

This Month's Giveaway is part of Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day
This giveaway is for a  Sew Spoiled 4 epattern bundle package! It will run through midnight on May 10, 2013 with the winner being announced on May 11, 2013. We will send all four ePatterns through email by May 13, 2013!
All friends are welcome! What do you have to do to enter to win?? Follow the directions above.
~Best Wishes!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Ribbon Zipper Pull Tutorial

This school year I created zipper pulls for teacher gifts. They are simple to make, cost is low and they are personalized gifts! 
Sewing Machine
Silhouette or vinyl cutter
1" swivel hook
Lighter or fray check
Step 1: Using your computer program for your vinyl cutter. Set the font to 1" heigh by 4.5" long. I use cooper font for all of my zipper pulls. After you have the vinyl cutter cut out the name, weed away the excess. 
Step 2: Cut the ribbon at an angle. 
Step 3: Thread through the 1"swivel hook.
Step 4: Sew across the ribbon as closes as possible to the 1" swivel hook.
Step 5: Iron on the heat vinyl to the ribbon.
Ta Da! Clip onto your favorite zipper bag! You have a personalized Zipper Pull!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dress Review and Blog Tour!

If you are looking for a fun sewing book to read and create with this spring/summer Sew Pretty T-shirt Dresses is the book for you. Inside you will find beautiful pictures and easy to read instructions, with more than 25 different dresses to create. Since the bodice is done (t-shirt), you can spend your time decorating the bodice and making the skirt. 
I have made tons of t-shirt dresses, even one for myself and more recently a shirred night gownIn this book I noticed right away, the t-shirt disappears. The authors give you ways to embellish the bodice as well as the skirt of each dress, this makes the t-shirt disappear! The end result is a beautiful dress that you make in half the time because you could spend more time embellishing and creating an amazing skirt.
There are no templates inside this book because most are rectangle or square shapes. This means easy cutting, I do recommend a rotary cutter and mat.
Here is a tip to making your t-shirt dresses last even longer. Fused a strip of interfacing (.5" wide) around the edge of the t-shirt before sewing it to the cotton fabric. When you sew the knit fabric to the cotton, the knit will not shift or move. Over time the t-shirt fabric can become stretched out or develop holes from the weight of the cotton. This gives the knit fabric stability. Also, there are no yucky puckers in the dress seam!
Here is the blog tour schedule. You won't want to miss it!

Blog Tour!

May 5  
Nouveau Stitch will feature a finished project, “Flirty Shirt”  
Just Pure Lovely will host a giveaway  
The Crafty Princess Diaries  will host a giveaway

May 6
Crafting A Green Worldwill feature a finished project, “Cool Water”  
Stitched by Crystal  will feature a project for her 9-month-old  

May 7
Prudent Baby will review and host a giveaway (71,674 UV)
House of 34 will host a giveaway

May 8
Smashed Peas and Carrots will feature a finished project, “Bubble Tea”  
Simply Modern Mom will review and might do a project

May 9
Marsha’s Spot will feature a finished project, “Patchwork of Art” and host a giveaway
Sew Spoiled will review the book  

May 10
Dollar Store Crafts will review the book
Only From Scratch will feature a project

May 11
Wild Olive will feature a finished project  
Positively Splendid will feature a finished project   

May 12
On the Laundry Line  will feature a  finished project  
Elegance and Elephants will feature a finished project

May 13
Luvinthemommyhood will review and host a giveaway
My Little Gems  will host a giveaway
Images from Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses by Sweet Seams Studiopublished by Sixth&Spring Books. Photography by Dan Howell and dress design and instructions copyright © 2013 by Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sew Spoiled Wardrobe Find

I am always looking for cute ways to add fun pieces to my wardrobe. 
Here is a cute group of ideas I hope you will enjoy. 
This fabric would look adorable as a pencil skirt using Simplicity's 2258 pattern below.
Match the skirt up with these adorable flats and you have the perfect outfit for the beach! I think I would wear a raspberry colored tshirt. 
So cute!
Let me know your thoughts!