Friday, June 29, 2012

Simple Tank Dress

While I was in Boston a few months ago, I picked up some cute red, white and blue fabric on sale at a fabric store.  I thought I could make something super cute for the 4th of July with it.  I decided to follow this tutorial at A Small Snippet blog and make a tank dress with one teensy modification....I added pockets!

Here's what I needed....
tank
elastic thread and regular thread
material (you can use the same or contrasting, I used a contrasting material for my pockets)



I made this simple pocket pattern by tracing a pocket from one of my skirts.  Here's a link with a basic pattern. I then cut 4 pockets from the sailboat material. 



Following the tutorial for the dress, I measured around twice where I wanted the top of the skirt of my dress to hit, then I cut this in half, so I had two equal lengths of the red,white and blue bird material for the skirt.  Next I pinned the pockets 4 inches down from the top of each piece of bird material.  This measurement will vary, you will need to hold the skirt up to you and figure out where you want your pockets to hit.  Pin the pockets on each side right sides together and sew on.  Each half of the skirt should have 'pocket' patterns on it, one on each side.




This is what you will end up with....


Next pin the skirt halves together matching up the pockets.  Also pin around the pockets.


Sew the sides of the skirt together, when you get to the pocket just sew around it and then back to the seam of the skirt.  After you are done and you turn the skirt right side out, you will have pockets in the seam.


Next, I just followed the tutorial and used elastic thread to sew along the top of the skirt.  Be sure to set you sewing length on long or it will not gather properly.


Continuing to follow the tutorial, I cut my tank to the desired length and pinned it to the skirt.  This is the tricky part and the part you DO NOT want to forget.  Match the side seams of the skirt up to the side seams of the tank, else your pockets will not end up on the sides of your dress.  Then just sew the tank on as described in the tutorial. 


Then I made a sash out of the bird material.  I had to sew a few pieces of material together to get the length I wanted because I was almost out of material!!



And here's the final product...




This dress took me an hour to make, NO LIE!  It was so simple, I am sure I will be making more of these.

Happy 4th of July, it's almost here (can you believe it!)!!




Friday, June 22, 2012

Rosette Necklace

It seems recently that most of my posts have been sewing projects.  I don't know what it is, but I have been sewing A LOT recently.  But, today's project is completely NO sew!!

Here's what you need:
scrap fabric
felt
glue gun


For this necklace, I ripped strips of material that were 24 inches long and 3 inches wide.  You will need 5 strips of material.




Start by folding a strip in half and tying a loose knot at one end.


Then just start twisting and wrapping the material around.  At the end you just glue the two flaps to the back of the rosette.





Continue making your rosette's until you have 5 of them.



Next lay them on a piece of felt and carefully trace around them with a vanishing fabric marker.




Cut out the felt shape.


Next, just hot glue the first 3 rosettes to the felt.




On the ends, hot glue two strips of material.  I just ripped some pieces that were about 1 inch wide by 24 inches long.


Then glue the last two rosettes on.


If any of the rosettes are not staying together nicely, just stick your glue gun in the material and put a little glue to hold them together.


That's it!  I get TONS of compliments on this necklace when I wear and it was so easy to make!








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Friday, June 15, 2012

Saturday Afternoon Skirt

I call this my Saturday Afternoon skirt because you can literally make it in a Saturday afternoon.

You will need:
1 inch wide elastic enough to go around your waist (pull it a little tight when measuring)
Strip of material approx. 3 times as long as waist size (you can also go with 2.5 times as long for a less full skirt); width of you material should be the length you want your skirt plus 4 inches

For this example, I did a coordinating navy dot fabric as trim on the bottom and top. If you would like to do the same, you will need...
Two strips of contrasting material the length of the skirt material
   One strip should be 4 inches wide
   One strip should be 6 inches wide

For my skirt, I used 1 yard of the green fabric and a quarter of a yard of the navy dot.

In order to get a strip of the green 3 times the width of my waist, I cut the yard of green material in half, then cut the two halves so they equaled the amount needed.  I then sewed them together to get one long piece and then sewed the two ends together so I ended up with a loop of the green material, like this.

One one side of the loop, fold the edge down two inches and iron. This is going to be the waist of the skirt.  (If you weren't going to use the contrasting material, you could sew this up right now to thread the elastic through for the waist of the skirt.)

Take the strip of 4 inch wide blue dot material, fold in half and iron.  Pin this along the top of the skirt with about 1/8 inch of the blue dot sticking out over the top of the green material (you can see what I mean in the sewing machine picture at the bottom, sorry I didn't get a better shot of this).  Sew it on along the edge of the green material at the top and then again at the bottom, 1/2 inch in.  You will end up with a channel to thread your elastic through.  Because you are sewing this channel, you will have an opening where the ends the navy material meet that will be easy to slide the elastic into. Slide the elastic around by putting a safety pin at one end and pushing it through.  Once all the way through, sew the two ends together.











Here is the top edge after the elastic is in, you can see the bit of navy dot material peaking out.

Next fold the bottom of the skirt up 2 inches and iron.  Take the six inch wide piece of navy material fold and iron in half.  Pin this to the bottom of the skirt, depending on how long you want your skirt to be you can have more or less showing.  I have two inches showing on mine.





Here is the finished skirt!  My only regret is not putting pockets in it, oh well, next time!



P.S. This also makes a great skirt for a little girl too!