Thursday, November 24, 2016

Halloween 2016


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, I thought it was time to post about Halloween, lol!  Our church usually puts on a Trunk or Treat in the parking lot but they didn't plan one this year.  I wasn't planning to 'costume' on Halloween because #1 We had nowhere to go #2 We were going on vacation on November 1st and #3 I have been dealing with serious fatigue for months which makes me not want to make a costume for reason #1 and #2.  A week before Halloween, a bunch of the parents at church decided to put on a Trunk or Treat, and it was nice and impromptu and simple.  So....we needed costumes, STAT! I decided to recycle mine and Scott's Doctor Who costumes from 3 years ago, which basically is dressing up in Sunday clothes.  Easy! (That get up and go feeling that makes you want to do stuff is underrated. Seriously!)  


Serenity went as the Supreme Dalek.  (Don't know what a Dalek is? Think racist robot who will kill anything that is not a Dalek on site.)  I based her dress off of a pattern that I tested for in September. It has still not released, so I'm not allowed to mention it or pics of the actual pattern, but this dress is different enough from the original no one should mind.


All of the squares and dots are fused to the red fabric and the skirt is pleated.  The red is a cotton/lycra from Purpleseamstress.  She has wicked fast shipping, guys!  I love this little dress.  I really only tacked the dots down in a couple of places so I should rip them off and make this into some sort of Christmas dress.

I love my little family!  It really is wonderful to have a little person to sew for!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tutorial ~ DIY Cell Phone Pocket: Part 2

Last month, I shared a tutorial on how to draft your very own cell phone pocket from a basic leggings pattern.  As promised, I will now show you how to assemble all of the pieces you cut out.

DIY Cell Phone Pocket For Leggings

First, we will add the bound edge to your pocket.  Take the curved part of the over pocket piece and match it up with your pocket band piece, right sides together.  In the picture below the edges of the fabric line up (where my index finger is), but in reality it works better if the binding hangs over about 1/2".

How to draft a cell phone pocket for leggings

Are you confused yet?  I drew over the first picture so you can see how the top fabric will extend past the solid blue fabric.  Sorry about that!  Sew a seam 3/8" from the edge using a stretch stitch.  

How to draft a cell phone pocket for leggings

Now, flip your binding fabric over so that the right side of the seam is showing.  Press the seam open.  Fold the binding fabric to the wrong side and pin/clip in place.  Ensure that the binding is 1/2" wide across the entire pocket.

How to draft a cell phone pocket for leggings

  Topstitch or coverstitch the binding in place.  Here I have used a wide coverstitch and the wrong side of the stitch is showing.  It provides a fun, decorative accent!

How to draft a cell phone pocket for leggings

Line up your over pocket with your under pocket piece and baste them together at the bound edge. That area tends to slip around while being sewn (due to all of the bulk) and we want it to stay nice in place!

How to draft a cell phone pocket for leggings

Now, stitch the Back Upper Leg Piece to the left pocket side, right sides together.  All of the seams from here on out will be at 1/2".  (As I stated in the first part of the tutorial, I recommend a 1/2" seam allowance so that you have plenty of room to coverstitch/topstitch.)  You will do the same with the Front Upper Leg Piece, sewing it to the right pocket side.  When you are done, press the seams to one side.  The seams are pressed AWAY from the pocket in this example.

How to draft a cell phone pocket for leggings

When you are done, don't forget to topstitch!  

How to draft a cell phone pocket for leggings

Now it is time to assemble the last piece.  Place the assembled upper leg piece and the lower leg piece, right sides together at the curve.  When you stitch on the curve, go SLOWLY.  It will ensure that the curve is smooth, without any puckers.

How to draft a cell phone pocket for leggings

Press your seam to one side (down) and topstitch.  I decided to use the right side of my coverstitch for this seam, so I have a double row of stitching.

How to draft a cell phone pocket for leggings

I hope you've found this tutorial helpful! If you decide to make your own cell phone pocket, provide your blog link below, I would love to see it!

Noelle Dress ~ Made for Mermaids

This past week I pattern tested for Made for Mermaids for the first time.  The pattern is the Noelle Dress* and is part of their Dreamy Winter Collection.  It is available to purchase TODAY and is on sale for $7 through 11/29!  As you can see, it works perfectly for a holiday dress! I love the dress on the left with the red velvet.


However, when I went to order red velvet it was out of stock...so I'm still waiting to make something for Christmas.  But that's okay, this pattern works really well as an informal dress or as a peplum blouse.  We live in subtropical Charleston, so we have little opportunity to wear winter dresses.


I did the version of the dress without the peplum or pettiskirt.  The fabric I used is a Made Whimsy 12 oz cotton/lycra knit from youmadesomething.com.  In case you were wondering, the quality is amazing and affordable, and this lady ships fast!  

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I sewed up a size 1/2, which ended up being too big because I didn't realize my daughter had lost a 1/2 inch in her chest size, whoops! That's okay, my skinny Minnie will grow eventually.  This pattern goes from a 1/2 all the way to a 14.


With a stiffer fabric, the collar will stand up more than it did here.  You may want to interface the collar for a better stand.  Make sure you use lightweight knit interfacing, though.  The midweight one I tried didn't provide any stretch and made it impossible for me to get it around the neckline so I ripped it out and sewed the collar un-interfaced.


I love the drama of this skirt, and with the circle skirt it's so easy to achieve.  You don't even have to hem your knit like I did, many of the testers didn't.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sweet Tee by Patterns for Pirates



Even though I posted another Sweet Tee* (by Patterns for Pirates) on this blog, this is the first one I ever made.  If you compare with my first blog post you will notice the original fit is a bit more relaxed. (I took the second one in a bit more on the sides.) I seriously love this shirt!

It took me 2.5 hours to make.  (I'm sure some of you can whip one up much quicker than that.) This shirt is so comfy!  The print is Idle Wild by Riley Blake that I had been eyeing for way too long and finally brought home with me.  The trim is some bamboo rayon I had in my stash.

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I originally made this shirt with the curved hemline, but I really wasn't a fan of the way it dipped down low past my hips.  Sometimes things look great on a model and when you put it on your petite body you have to adjust.  I ended up cutting it a little higher with a little bit less of a dramatic curve.  I think it looks more proportional.  Don't ever be afraid of changing a pattern to fit your body or your style.  It's what being a maker is all about!