This designer transformed some famous Disney character’s costumes into Haute Couture garments.
If you’re planning on traveling soon, don’t miss this quick and easy tutorial for a flat-iron case (and a handy cord wrap to keep everything neat).
Let’s face it, sewing bags can be time consuming. However, the Arabesque promises to stitch up in 3 hours and has only 1 pattern piece!
A perfect guy gift this Valentine’s day: a Denim Growler Tote (filled with you guy’s favorite brew, of course).
Bring a little Valentine’s into your kitchen with this adorable heart shaped pot holder. Looking for something you can use year-round? Check out this tutorial from Moda’s Bakeshop.
Create a beautiful, drapey top perfect for a night out (or when spring returns).
Banish chapped lips with this tri-color DIY lip balm. These look so good, they would make wonderful gifts!
Learn how to make a fabric canvas (perfect for creating matching decorative art pieces for bedroom).
Add a little texture to a room with this fun, Shag Pillow.
Make a cute coin purse or clutch out of any frame with this handy tutorial. Of course, if you’re looking for templates, this is a great resource for a number of cute purse frame shapes.
Everyone could use a little more organization. This wallet could help you with all your cards.
Looking for a show-stopping bag you can carry on Valentine’s day? Check out this beautiful floral clutch.
Still on the fence about joining the Ziggi Sew Along? How about we ‘sweeten the deal’ by adding prizes? That’s right Style ARC will be awarding patterns for their favorite jacket styles and Fabric.com will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky participant who submits a completed entry! It’s not too late to order your pattern and join in all the fun!
If you’re not after the ‘classic black’ with this style and are in need of some inspiration here’s a few looks you might be interested in:
If you love working with leather or after a modern take on the classic look, consider mixing and matching your tones for a unique style. Or skip the leather and go for a luxe suede, instead!
Mix and match your fabrics for a unique and trendy style. Consider using wool, boucle, denim, and\or leather combinations for your one-of-a-kind look.
Fabrics such as wool and denim are a bit easier (and much more forgiving than leather) to work with and give a lot more variety of colors to work with. Using lighter weight material can also mean that you have a great jacket that can transition you into spring, too!
Don’t skip the prints! Don’t be afraid to use a great animal print, floral, or even a brocade to create your new jacket.
It’s always ‘iffy’ when the weatherman predicts large amounts of snow for our area days in advance – it seems as if the weather system shifts and we just get a dusting. This time, I decided to take them a bit more seriously and loaded up on a few items for ‘spring sewing’ – wicking material for shirts and skorts (at some point the heat will hit and we’ll be sweating again. Sadly, I also had to buy Jalie 2682 again as well…. After scouring my sewing room for hours, I never could find my pattern). It’s a good think I went shopping, too – it’s predicted we’ll be getting 6-9″ today…. can you say “Snow Day”?
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for a big announcement regarding out Ziggi sew-along and check out some ‘inspirational’ photos to help you design your next jacket!
Oh Monday, sometimes you just get here too quickly. I had such great plans this weekend to work on a number of projects, but the most I accomplished (in the sewing realm) was fabric shopping at Needle Nook, cutting out my Lolita top (which took a lot longer than what I anticipated), and helping Taylor mummify a Barbie for part of a class project… yes, that’s right we mummified her (I helped her coffee stain the fabric to make it look old – I dried the material in the microwave and got a really interesting ‘textures’ on the material)! I’m going to chalk this up as the weirdest thing I’ve had to (help) make in 2014.
Today, I’m making sure I have all my materials, notions, etc. ready for a big snow in\sew in…. they’re anticipating ‘significant snowfall’ so I’m guessing we’ll have at least one snow day and hopefully a chance to work on and complete one project since we won’t be going anywhere. What did everyone else work on this weekend?
It’s still January which means it’s not too late to start another “Jungle January” project, right? As I was sifting through my fabric stash last night, I stumbled across a fun, animal print ITY that I had purchased last year. My intention was to make a maxi dress out of it last spring, but never got around to sewing it up… so instead, it’s going to become a Lolita top! I still have all the cutting to do on this one, but am hoping to finish this one up over the weekend. My only fear? That the design of the top will get lost in the fabric print. I guess we’ll just have to see when it’s all said and done. Here’s the details of this project:
Pattern: Style ARC Lolita Knit top
Fabric: Animal print montage from Needle Nook Fabric
Groundhog Day is just a few days away. Celebrate it (or just create your own enactment) by stitching up a Punxsutawney Phil plush. I’m guessing most of us are going to skip him seeing his shadow!
Is it time to start carrying a new handbag? This slouch bag is super cute and easy to make!
There’s another great box tutorial out this week that will help keep you organized. This one stands nice and tall when using, but folds flat when you’re not.
Outgrown your favorite shirt? Does it have a stain and you just can’t wear it any more? Don’t hide it, transform it into an apron! This tutorial is perfect for t-shirts, while this one is made for button-downs.
This may be my favorite Valentine’s Day project that I’ve seen – If my kids didn’t already have a ton of pillows\stuffed animals, I’d make them these fabulous Ladybug Pillow Pals.
This winter has been freezing for most of the country, so how about a snuggie like blanket that’s made for two?
Chances are if you’re traveling, you’re taking several electronic devices with you. Keep all those cords, attachments, and plugs organized with this pocket tutorial.
If winter weather has you stuck at home, looking for a project you can whip up and wear tomorrow – this kimono jacket is a great place to start!
Creatively giving gift cards is tough. If you’re planning on giving away some this Valentine’s, why not whip up a few of these Heart-to-Heart pouches to stash them in?
I have to admit, turtlenecks for boys isn’t something that you see that often in patterns. That’s why I love this tutorial and their take on embellishing it (elbow patches) for little guys!
I was really serious when I said that 2014 will be the year of underwear…. I just can’t seem to stop making them! Yesterday I decided to modify Kwik Sew 3881 so that I could add a contrasting band along the front (perfect for when you just don’t have quite enough fabric, want to add a hint of lace, or just change up the look). I’m fairly pleased with the finished design, but I really think that the contrast needs to be larger so for the next pair, I’ll be adjusting that area some.
Care to do this modification for yourself? The steps are easy:
- Trace the front panty design in your desired size. Decide how long you want your contrasting side to be and draw a line (I drew my line at an angle because I liked the way it looked).
- Add a 1/4″ seam allowance to the contrast and underwear front at the line you just drew (you may want to re-trace your pattern pieces being sure to indicate where the contrast attaches to the panty front and back so they don’t get confused!).
- Sew the contrasting sides to the underwear front, then follow the directions included in your pattern for the panty construction.
Apparently, 2014 is the “year of the underwear” because I’m still sewing them! This time I bought the Gia Thong Panties from OhhhLulu. I liked this pair, not so much because it’s a thong, but because I love the contrasting sides (why I never thought to modify a pair to look this way is beyond me). The great thing about thongs is that is takes tiny, tiny pieces of fabric to make them – so for my first version I used a Hello Kitty jersey scrap that had been stashed because it was too cute to throw out (I barely had enough to eeek this pair out, too). Overall the fit is good and is mostly comfortable, although you could shave just a hair off the back and it would be perfect. Now I’m anxious to modify some patterns and give the contrasting sides a shot with those!
This Christmas I purchased a pair of funky, tribal print leggings for Taylor – unfortunately they wound up running too small and other sizes were back ordered until February. After some some searching I was thrilled to find an Navajo print from Girl Charlee that had the same vibe as the Victoria Secret pair and snagged up some yardage. Once again, I used Jalie’s legging pattern, but opted to go up one size from my previous version since I found my original pair were a bit snug in the upper thighs. Additionally, I added an 1″ to the length to the pattern since I felt like the lengthwise stretch (this material has 4-way stretch) just wasn’t quite enough and was afraid it would wind up being too short\cropped. The end result? Absolutely perfect!
I was looking forward to making a second pair this week using a black\gray cheetah print that I picked up at the same time as the Navajo. Sadly, after washing the material I found my yard shrunk to a measly 33″ – way too short to cut another pair. Boo, there goes my next “Jungle January” project.
After mulling over my new patterns and sorting though my stash, I finally decided to sew up StyleARC’s Sunny Top. I settled on drapey gray (possibly rayon) jersey that had just a hit of sheen to it. Unfortunately, I never marked down where I purchased it from (or how much I paid), but I am fairly certain that it came from Fabric.com because I found a yard of the same material elsewhere that was labeled from 3 years ago!
After cutting everything out, I was able to sew this one up in a morning – there’s nothing better than an instant gratification project! The instructions were good, except that the back is in two pieces and I found that the step that joined them together (it probably should have been #1) was omitted. Otherwise, everything came together very well! The fit is looser than what I had expected, so I’m glad that I chose such a thin, drapey material to start with – anything bulkier and it would have pulled away from my body too much – giving a really frumpy appearance (I’m afraid that I wouldn’t like the end result as much that way either). I do find that the drop shoulder sleeves are a big tight on me at the seam so if I make this again, I’ll have to make a slight adjustment there.
The Bottom Line: Easy to sew, trendy top that would look great with leggings or skinny pants, but stick with thin, drapey fabrics for best results.