My Raglan Top With Pink Sparkly Sleeves

This top was made as I wanted to follow along with the Fabricista Fashion Challenge, the challenge for this week was sweater knits. Now when I was looking for my stash I found only one fabric that would qualify, this sparkly pink sweater knit. (I also had a sweater dress in my refashion pile that would have qualified, but I couldn’t make it work.)

I wanted to use this sparkly pink sweater knit but was worried about it being too immature. So I only made the sleeves pink and did the body gray. To see more pictures of my raglan top and others things I made, click though.

I like the fabric but thought it would be too immature to make an entire top out of it. So I thought what could I do to make it more grown up,  The solution I thought of was making just the sleeves in that fabric. If I were going to make the sleeves a different material, the best pattern would be a raglan top.

 I wanted to use this sparkly pink sweater knit but was worried about it being too immature. So I only made the sleeves pink and did the body gray. To see more pictures of my raglan top and others things I made, click though.

 

The Pattern I Used

I look for women raglan top pattern online and finally found this great pattern. To keep things simple I just followed the pattern instructions, and it went together really quickly. All the instructions were clear and very easy to follow. I don’t have anything else to say just because it was so easy.

 I wanted to use this sparkly pink sweater knit but was worried about it being too immature. So I only made the sleeves pink and did the body gray. To see more pictures of my raglan top and others things I made, click though.

 I wanted to use this sparkly pink sweater knit but was worried about it being too immature. So I only made the sleeves pink and did the body gray. To see more pictures of my raglan top and others things I made, click though.

 I wanted to use this sparkly pink sweater knit but was worried about it being too immature. So I only made the sleeves pink and did the body gray. To see more pictures of my raglan top and others things I made, click though.

What I Changed

A few things I changed was omitting the sleeves cuff and waistband.I only hemmed them instead. The neckband took me a while to pin and then sew in place but again it was still easy. Another thing I did was taking it in an inch as the pattern only went to small/medium, and I’m smaller than that.

 I wanted to use this sparkly pink sweater knit but was worried about it being too immature. So I only made the sleeves pink and did the body gray. To see more pictures of my raglan top and others things I made, click though.

 I wanted to use this sparkly pink sweater knit but was worried about it being too immature. So I only made the sleeves pink and did the body gray. To see more pictures of my raglan top and others things I made, click though.

I love this top and foresee it getting a lot of wear this winter. It was so easy to make I would quickly make another. Overall this is a lovely top and worth a try. Also, this pattern is free. So what holding you back? Sew one already.

My Crazy Colourful Sorbetto Top With Sleeves

It is starting to be fall here and I been looking at my winter/fall clothes. Most of my clothes are still good, but I am suffering from a lack of colourful clothing. I didn’t realise this before  so it made me change my sewing plans.

I needed more colourful clothes for my fall wardrobe, so I started looking at fabrics. Nothing really appealed until I saw this one. It sprouted an idea for a loose woven shirt. It would need sleeves and I wanted it to be semi fitted. And that the story of the idea behind my colourful sorbetto top. Just click though to see more.

Initially, when I started looking at fabrics for sewing fall clothes, I found this excellent grey knit and was going to make a shirt out of it. It would have been a nice shirt. A bit boring and completely unremarkable. When I make my clothes, I do not want to make everyday things that I can easily buy. I decided to ditch the grey shirt and make something more colourful.

The Fabric

I had this fabric for a long time, and though I like it, I never use it. It never seems appropriate. The colour and the fringe bits, as well as the fact it was a woven, made it a hard fabric to use. It always seems to weird to use for clothing. I did anyhow; I need colourful, and this certainly was the best.

 I needed more colourful clothes for my fall wardrobe, so I started looking at fabrics. Nothing really appealed until I saw this one. It sprouted an idea for a loose woven shirt. It would need sleeves and I wanted it to be semi fitted. And that the story of the idea behind my colourful sorbetto top. Just click though to see more.

The Pattern

Once I had the fabric, I decided what to make with it. I do not need another dress, and it did not seem to appreciate for a skirt. So I though a shirt. I like more shirt more fitted but this was a woven, and I was having a hard time finding a pattern. Then I thought of the sorbetto tank top. Now this was not exactly what I was looking for, but I could eliminate the pleat and add sleeves and then it would be perfect. That exactly what I did.

I needed more colourful clothes for my fall wardrobe, so I started looking at fabrics. Nothing really appealed until I saw this one. It sprouted an idea for a loose woven shirt. It would need sleeves and I wanted it to be semi fitted. And that the story of the idea behind my colourful sorbetto top. Just click though to see more.

The stripes are not at all straight so when cutting them out I did not bother to match them. I only picked a spot that I like and started there. For the sleeve, I had found a pattern online.

Assembling My Sorbetto Top

I had printed off my sorbetto tank top a pattern a long time ago and lost the instructions. Being too lazy to print it off again I just assembled how I thought it should go. (Writing that I am surprised at how well it went.) I sewed the shoulder seams and stay stitch the neckline. (I had made up the muslin when I printed off the pattern, and it had that so I did the same.)

I needed more colourful clothes for my fall wardrobe, so I started looking at fabrics. Nothing really appealed until I saw this one. It sprouted an idea for a loose woven shirt. It would need sleeves and I wanted it to be semi fitted. And that the story of the idea behind my colourful sorbetto top. Just click though to see more.

I needed more colourful clothes for my fall wardrobe, so I started looking at fabrics. Nothing really appealed until I saw this one. It sprouted an idea for a loose woven shirt. It would need sleeves and I wanted it to be semi fitted. And that the story of the idea behind my colourful sorbetto top. Just click though to see more.

Next, I inserted the sleeves; then I sewed one long side seam going up and closing off the sleeves. After that, I just bias bound the neckline following grainline tutorial. It’s not entirely flat, but I didn’t do the clipping and grading which probably cause that problem.  Once I was done the neckline I just finished off the seams on the inside and hemmed it. I “hem” it by zigzagging around the bottom and making it fray a bit.

I needed more colourful clothes for my fall wardrobe, so I started looking at fabrics. Nothing really appealed until I saw this one. It sprouted an idea for a loose woven shirt. It would need sleeves and I wanted it to be semi fitted. And that the story of the idea behind my colourful sorbetto top. Just click though to see more.

I needed more colourful clothes for my fall wardrobe, so I started looking at fabrics. Nothing really appealed until I saw this one. It sprouted an idea for a loose woven shirt. It would need sleeves and I wanted it to be semi fitted. And that the story of the idea behind my colourful sorbetto top. Just click though to see more.

Something I would do differently, I would make it an inch or so longer. With the length, it at I wouldn’t be comfortable putting my hands over my head. Other than that I don’t have any complaints.

I needed more colourful clothes for my fall wardrobe, so I started looking at fabrics. Nothing really appealed until I saw this one. It sprouted an idea for a loose woven shirt. It would need sleeves and I wanted it to be semi fitted. And that the story of the idea behind my colourful sorbetto top. Just click though to see more.

I needed more colourful clothes for my fall wardrobe, so I started looking at fabrics. Nothing really appealed until I saw this one. It sprouted an idea for a loose woven shirt. It would need sleeves and I wanted it to be semi fitted. And that the story of the idea behind my colourful sorbetto top. Just click though to see more.

I like my crazy colourful sorbetto top. Have you ever made a sorbetto top or do you having any plans for doing so?

Sew These 5 Awesome Bags With These Free Tutorials

Ever since I made myself a backpack last week, I been thinking about bags. It started before I made my backpack and was on Pinterest looking for ideas for bags. Let me tell you there are some pretty awesome bags out there. I wanted to share some of them with you so here are five awesome and free bags pattern.These are just some bags I would like to make one day. I have not made any of them yet.

 Sewing a bag is often seen as a very complex project. This is true to a certain extent; not all bags are complex. Some are simple. So motive you to sew a bag I found five free bags patterns. To see them just click, though.

Buttercup Bag

The first bag is made in a purse style. (Not quite sure if that how you would describe.)

 Sewing a bag is often seen as a very complex project. This is true to a certain extent; not all bags are complex. Some are simple. So motive you to sew a bag I found five free bags patterns. To see them just click, though.
Photo used with permission. Photo credit goes to Made By Rae

 

This is not a fancy pattern, which I like. To me, sewing bags is an advanced thing to do, but this pattern makes it seems doable. Some other reason on why I like this bag, it has pockets on the inside which every bag needs. You could also make lots of different looking bags but play with fabric and so. (It seems like there should be a word for that but I cannot think of it.) If you want to make this bag now just click here

Malibu Satchel

Sometimes purse just isn’t big enough to haul everything. That when you get something bigger.

 Sewing a bag is often seen as a very complex project. This is true to a certain extent; not all bags are complex. Some are simple. So motive you to sew a bag I found five free bags patterns. To see them just click, though.
Photo used with permission. All photo credit goes to Fabric Mutt

My favourite part about this bag is how practical it is; I could haul books in there or my laptop. It would be the bag I use while travelling. Moreover, it looks good while doing this. It also has a pocket on the inside because that is essential. The straps are nice as it crosses body which will keep your hands free, and it also has a top handle to carry it with in case you get tired of the cross body. After all, a girl has to have options. Practical is not usually pretty, but this bag sure is.Wanting to make it now just click here to get the tutorial.The only problem I have with this bag is it would not be big enough for carrying my books.

Canvas Book Bag

I am an avid reader who gets most of her book from the library. This means I need a good book bag, and right now most of my bags are quite ratty.

 Sewing a bag is often seen as a very complex project. This is true to a certain extent; not all bags are complex. Some are simple. So motive you to sew a bag I found five free bags patterns. To see them just click, though.
Photo used with permission. All photo credit goes to Sew Can She

I want to make this bag it heavy duty and has a pocket. (Can you tell yet how much I like my pockets.) Moreover, it still looks nice. I just really want this bag, it would make such a good library bag. It enormous and it seems like it would be sturdy. This is critical in library bags as books can get heavy in a quick hurry I once broke a handle of a bag after overfilling it with books. If you are someone who has, the same problems click here to get the tutorial.

Trio Zippered Bag

Another purse, this one is smaller which I like. In general, I prefer my book bags big and my purses small.

 Sewing a bag is often seen as a very complex project. This is true to a certain extent; not all bags are complex. Some are simple. So motive you to sew a bag I found five free bags patterns. To see them just click, though.
Photo used with permission. All photo credit goes to OHOH blog.

I would make this bag just because of how expense and fancy it looks. Also, it would be so handy having three separate compartments. I lose things in my small purse all the time. Or I put way too many things in until when I need something out I have to empty my whole bag. This bag would fix both of their problems. One last thing it a brilliant idea and would make a great small purse.

The Curvy Clutch

Despite having a relatively small purse I sometimes find it too be too big. This is when a clutch would come in handy.

 Sewing a bag is often seen as a very complex project. This is true to a certain extent; not all bags are complex. Some are simple. So motive you to sew a bag I found five free bags patterns. To see them just click, though.
Photo used with permission. All photo credit goes to Pink Door Fabrics.

I like this clutch it so cute. It would be just big enough to hold my wallet and phone on those doors when I do not feel like taking a purse. Also, you have options; this would be another pattern where mixing different fabrics will give you some different looks. It would also be the perfect size pouch for organising things. If you want one, the pattern is free, but the generous folks at Pink Door Fabrics have given me a  15% discount code to share with my readers. The discount code is NATERJANE and will be valid until the end of September.

Just writing this post has made me want to sew all these bags right now. I am already thinking of how I can use them in my daily life and I did not even make anyone of them yet. Do you feel like making a bag?

 

The First Backpack I Sewed + What I DId Wrong

I have a great winter backpack that made with leather and some material that reminds me of wool. It took me a while to find this backpack; I looked for a backpack, but nothing appealed until one day I was in a shoe store and saw these man backpacks. I was like those are the backpacks I want, where can I buy them, duh just purchase a men bag.That what I did and am still happy with the purchase. So why am I blabbing about this backpack when it obvious that I didn’t sew it? It was a great winter bag, but it felt odd to use during the summer. I wanted a summer backpack in addition to my winter one.

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my first backpack, click though.

 

How I Got The Idea

Despite always wanting a summer backpack I never really look for one. It seemed a bit ridiculous to buy a backpack when you already have a good one. Nothing would have been done except for one day when I was looking for something to sew. I started pulling random fabrics out and found this lovely blue and white striped fabric. It was amazing fabric it just seemed wrong to use it for clothes. So what could I make that wasn’t clothes that I would still use. A backpack of course. And that how I got the idea

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my first backpack, click though.
The instructions I wrote out.

Finding A Pattern

Once I had the idea, I started googling backpack patterns. I couldn’t find a pattern I wanted to use so it was decided to make one basing it off the backpack I already had.  To make the pattern pieces, I simply measured a piece of the bag and drew it on paper. The pattern was easy to make as most of the pieces of a backpack are rectangles. After making the pattern, I wrote down some instructions. (If I’m making a pattern I always write some instructions because otherwise, I do stupid things, like forgetting to put lace on a lace sweater.)

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my first backpack, click though.
All my pieces cut out.

The  Outside Pocket

After the pattern was made and the pieces were cut out. The backpack went together in about two days. I start sewing the backpack with the outside pocket. This was harder then I expect mainly due to the fact I want it lined and with no raw edges showing. To make that happen, I ended up inserting the zipper and at the same time enclosing the lining. (Sorry if it sounds odd that was the least confusing way to put it.) Once my zipper was inserted all I had to do was sew it on. I sewed it to the front by topstitching it down.

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my first backpack, click though.
Choosing a zipper
I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my first backpack, click though.
Mine finished zipper

Straps And Handle

The next thing I sewed was the straps and handle. They were quite easy to sew, and I attached them to the back piece. To figure out where exactly to attach them, I would pin the straps in place then try it on. I wanted them to withhold a certain amount of abuse, so when attaching them, I kept sewing back and forth.

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my first backpack, click though.
My straps ready to be attached.

Putting It All Together

I decided not to bag the lining on the inside for two reasons; I wanted the lining to stay flat against the bag and bagging the lining would be harder. That meant the lining was installed at the same time as the other pieces. I started with sewing on the bottom of the backpack. Before I sewed on the top piece, I inserted the zipper. This meant I had one piece to work with instead of having two that I would have to try to keep the aligned. I pinned the top piece in place, but it didn’t reach the bottom section. I added about 4 inches to the bottom piece on both sides to make it connect. Once I had the extra bottom pieces in place, it was a simple to sew on the top piece.

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about this backpack, click though.

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my first backpack, click though.
My top zipper

Finishing The Seams

Yay, I’m done well not quite. The backpack was together, and all I had to do was finish off the seams inside. It took a lot longer than I thought it would. I bias bound the first seam and while I was careful with sewing it on it stilled looked messy. I wanted all the stitching cover and not just raw edges enclosed. So I did the second seam with ribbon. If I were an excellent sewer, I would have taken the first seam bias binding out and redid it. However, I wasn’t sure if a ribbon would look better then the bias binding especially since I had been so careful with that. I sewed the ribbon on making sure to cover all the stitches. The ribbon looks great mostly due to the fact it was wider than the bias binding.

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my fist backpack, click though.
My messy bias bound seam.

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my first backpack, click though.

Final Thoughts On My First Backpack

I enjoy making this backpack and have ideas to make more. There some things I would like to do differently next time. I would make sure not to sew on the lining while inserting the top zipper; this will make it look cleaner on the inside and could be easily done. Another thing I would have done differently is made the outside pocket in a contrasting colour or a least make the stripes go a different direction. Right now it’s a bit overwhelming. But enough with all this, I should have done. It was my first backpack, and I’m quite proud of it.

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my fist backpack, click though.

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my first backpack, click though.

I always wanted a summer backpack but couldn't justify buying one so I made a backpack instead. I based the pattern off a backpack I already owned, I made pattern pieces, cut out my fabric and started sewing it together. I first worked on the outside pocket.... If you would like to hear more about my first backpack, click though.

I now have a backpack for summer as well as winter and love them both. Have you ever sewed a backpack?

How I Take A Picture And Turn It Into A Garment

I use Pinterest a lot when looking for sewing projects. You can search for women sewing pattern and get hundreds of results. Somedays, as your scrolling through the results you find exactly what you want, the only problem is when you click through it’s a store, not a sewing pattern. So how can you use a picture instead of a sewing pattern?

Fell in love with a picture instead of a sewing pattern. No worries in this post I take you though using pattern hacking to get your dream garment. So are you ready to turn your picture into a sewing pattern.

Why Do You Love It

The first thing to do is to figure out what makes you love it so much. Is it the fabric and the styling, or is it the shape and the structure of the item. Once you know what makes you love it, you can work on recreating it. If it’s the colours and the styling it can be very easy to recreate with the right fabric or accessories. But if it’s the shape things can get a bit trickier.

Pattern Hacking

Your first step to recreating it would be figure out what the very basic form is, so let’s say it wrap pencil skirt. The basic shape would be the pencil skirt. The thing that makes it more than just a pencil skirt is the fact it wraps around.Once you know that all you have to do is find a pattern for a basic shape and add the unique feature.

That sounds confusing so let me explain it better. Using the example of the wrap pencil skirt again, you would need to find a pencil skirt pattern. This pattern can be bought or made of clothes you already have as long as you get a pattern Now you can hack the pattern to fit your needs. Want to make the pencil skirt a wrap skirt maybe you should instead of making it as wide as the waist make it one and half times as wide as the waist.

Planning Out The Pattern

Since your pattern hacking the instructions you have might not work now. So you have to plan. Think through your pattern and the instructions you might have. Then think what will I have to do differently here. After thinking it through, write it down step by step. First I’ll sew the side seams then I sew the darts, etc. Don’t forget to write a rough outline of your instruction out.

Sew The Pattern

The next part is what you been waiting for sewing.  All that left to do is sew the pattern. ( That made it sounds easy it not always that way) When sewing the pattern try to stick with the plan you made but don’t be completely rigid. Sometimes when sewing you might see a better way to do something, there is nothing wrong with adjusting your plan as you sew.

So the next time you fall in love with a picture instead of a  sewing pattern remember, you can take a picture and turn it into a sewing pattern.  So test your skills and challenge yourself to some pattern hacking. If you hacked a pattern lately, I would love to hear how it went. Share in the comments below.

How To Turn An Old Shirt Into A New Tank Top

I have been wanting to do more refashioning lately so last week I went to a couple of thrift stores. I only bought a few things of which this was one. Now when shopping for refashioning items you have to keep a couple things in mind. The fabric should be good quality with no funny stains or smells. To make sure you have enough material for your refashion try to always buy at least one size up from your size. This shirt fit all those requirements so I bought it.

 I had a very big shirt and I want a tank top. what to do? Turn the shirt into a tank top. Come see how to turn your own shirt to tank top.

Before Turning The Shirt To Tank Top

It was nice fabric and it was a 1x so I had plenty of fabric to work with.  The colour is a nice bright red which I really like. I want to make something more every day (so not a dress) and I thought tank top. I wear a lot of tank tops in the summer so I could see this one getting lots of use. So here how I turn the shirt to tank top.

 I had a very big shirt and I want a tank top. what to do? Turn the shirt into a tank top. Come see how to turn your own shirt to tank top.

First Thing Take Off Sleeves

If you want to make a shirt into a tank top the obvious first step is to take the sleeves off. And that is what I started with. I carefully cut off the sleeves by cutting away the serge seam part. If you were to do it on a woven I would leave the serging on. But this shirt was knit and wouldn’t fray. Once your sleeves are off it time for the next step.

 I had a very big shirt and I want a tank top. what to do? Turn the shirt into a tank top. Come see how to turn your own shirt to tank top.

Next Take In Side Seams

If your shirt too big this is the faster way to fix that. When you take in your side seams remember to match your armholes and your hem. You want them to look even. Depending on how big your shirt is you might have to take in a lot. I took in approximately 3 inches on each side.Since this shirt was really big it requires me to take an extra step.

 I had a very big shirt and I want a tank top. what to do? Turn the shirt into a tank top. Come see how to turn your own shirt to tank top.

Take In The Shoulders

I had to take on the shoulders because the neckline was really low. My shirt was long enough for me to easily take in the shoulders without making it too short. When taking in shoulders the most important thing to do is to make sure it matches at the neckline . Since I match it with the neckline my armholes ended up a bit off. I simply cut them back into the right shape.

 I had a very big shirt and I want a tank top. what to do? Turn the shirt into a tank top. Come see how to turn your own shirt to tank top.

And Finally Finished Armholes

I had tried to keep all the edges finish and it paid off. All I had to finish was the armholes. I knew this knit didn’t fray and last week when I try to bias bind a knit armhole it was a lot of work for a shoddy armhole. This week I didn’t want to go through all that trouble. Instead, I folded the armhole under and stitch it with a twin needle. Quick and it looks good. It these things that make me love knits.

 I had a very big shirt and I want a tank top. what to do? Turn the shirt into a tank top. Come see how to turn your own shirt to tank top.

This tank top was an enjoyable make as I didn’t run into any real problems. Everything went together smoothly and looks good. No regrets about not taking more time to finish it properly. And I have a new tank top how cool is that.

 I had a very big shirt and I want a tank top. what to do? Turn the shirt into a tank top. Come see how to turn your own shirt to tank top.

I had a very big shirt and I want a tank top. what to do? Turn the shirt into a tank top. Come see how to turn your own shirt to tank top.

 I had a very big shirt and I want a tank top. what to do? Turn the shirt into a tank top. Come see how to turn your own shirt to tank top.

Did you ever turn a shirt to tank top? If you did I would love to hear about it.

My Very Stripey Black And White Stripe Dress

This stripe dress was the first piece of clothing that I made completely in under two weeks. (Yes I’m a slow sewer and becoming a sewing blogger didn’t really change that.) It was also the first thing I made using my dress form. I based this striped dress off a piece of fabric.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

The Fabric I Used

I used a thick black and white stripe knit. I had only one piece which I was worry that it wasn’t big enough. Since the skirt would use the most fabric I cut it out first. After cutting out the skirt I cut the remainder of the fabric into 3 strips and a rectangle with a few scraps.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

 

Coming Up With The Design

Once I had the fabric cut I just played with it on my dress form. I drape 4 different tops taking pictures of each one. Looking at the pictures I knew which design I prefer the only problem was I hadn’t managed to make a back on that design . I then played with the design until the back was covered. Now I did had a design to work off but I had no idea I how to sew my stripe dress. To make things easier I decide to sew it all onto a base layer.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

Sewing The Top Of My Stripe Dress

I had some cheap white knit so I trace a tank top and use it as the pattern for the base layer of my stripe dress. Once I had that I could start sewing the stripes together.The first thing I sewed was the square piece of fabric on the top front. This piece of my fabric would provide  normal neckline and make sure I had straps. After I had the first piece I just sewed the others strips on at an angle.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

 

In between sewing each piece I would put the top back on the dress form and pin the piece in place. I made sure to pin it so there would be enough fabric to go around the back. Once I had it pin I would flip it up and draw a line along the bottom of it. I then would make two notches on both pieces so was I took it off the dress form I could match it up again. Then I took it off the dress form, match up the lines and pin it in place. When it was pinned for the second time I could sew it in place. This process would then repeat.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

The back was harder than the front as I didn’t know what I wanted. I ended up basing my design off a strip that cuts across the centre. I had planned to have a strip of fabric wrapping around the top where it met the skirt. So after deciding on those two pieces it was easy to fill in the rest.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

Attaching The Skirt Of My Stripe Dress

At first, I gather the skirt and attach it to the top. It looked awful. It wasn’t gathered enough so there was flat spots and fit was awkward. I show it to my mum and she noticed a  tiny little pleat that I made by accident and suggested pleating it instead of gathering.So, I took it apart and pleat the skirt on the sides. I really like that look so I hemmed it with a twin needle. It turns out really nice and you can barely see the stitches because they are on top of a black stripe.
I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

Finishing The Neckline Of My Stripe Dress

After hemming it all I had to do was finish the neckline and armholes. This part was extremely frustrating. I ended up stitch picking the neckline twice and even now it’s not really flat. If anyone knows how to make a flat knit neckline I would love to know. The armholes were easier as I just copy the neckline. The inside of my stripe dress is a mess. It has lots of seams and stitches and messing up the neckline didn’t really help with keeping it neat.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.
I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.

I had one long piece of stripe fabric and wanted to make a striped dress. To make my stripe dress unique I ran the stripes in different directions.
My dress and the left over fabric scraps.

I do like the garment and can see myself wearing it lots this summer and into fall. If I did it again there are things I would do different like have the pleats pointing the right way. And maybe using a thinner bias binding as to not add too much bulk. What are your thoughts on my stripe dress? Have you ever created something that you made up as you went along?

How I Increased My Sewing Confidence With A Pillow

This week I started to panic about what I would post. I want to post something sewing related as I feel I haven’t been doing enough of it lately. The problem with that was I wasn’t near done on the refashion I was working on. (Since I wrote that a day ago I also quit that project). And though I have been working on multiple projects I also quit most of them. I wanted something that would come together quick and I would actually enjoy. So I made a pillow.  Not because you can never have too many pillows, but because I had one on my do to list forever.

 Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.

Let me give you a bit of backstory, about a month ago I made two pillows for the couch in my attic – they were great pillows. I probably wouldn’t have considered making another one except I already own an ugly one. So this pillow had a feather form which is the best as they never get flattened out. I like the size it was, so all I had to do was copy the cover. Easy-Peasy right, well it would be except for the zipper. This  pillow had a lapped zipper and side panels so it would be more complicated than my usual four-seam pillow. So what did I do? I kept putting off making a new cover for that pillow.  So when I need a simple project,  not only would this pillow qualify but it would also be knocking another thing off my to-do list.

Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
The pieces of the old pillow taken apart.

I first stitch picked the pillow apart. It didn’t take as long as I was expecting due in part to the ability to just rip the seams. There were a few places I had to stitch pick but I was expecting to stitch pick the whole pillow, so it did go faster than I expected. Once it was all nicely taken apart I used the pieces as a pattern and cut out my new fabric. Everything was squarish so this part also went faster than I expected.

Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
Cutting out the pillow in my new fabric.

Since I stitch picked it apart I did have a pretty good idea of how it went together. So I started with the lapped zipper. This zipper was the reason behind me putting off the project. Funny thing is it wasn’t hard, in fact, it was the easiest zipper I ever did. Since the zipper I had wasn’t it long enough I put it in the middle and lapped it like you normally would. I had thought to get all complicated and sew the ends together underneath until I had a brilliant idea. I would continue with the lap onto a piece of fabric. So instead of trying to sew the ends together, I added strips of fabric to the ends of the zipper then treated it as one long zipper. You can see the  fabric if you open up the zipper but that shouldn’t happen too often.

Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
My lapped zipper.
Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
The finished zipper, you can see the fabric peeking through

The next thing I did was sew all the sides together leaving me with one long strip of side and a front and back panel. I then sewed the long strip of side to a front panel, made the strip and continuous loop and sewed the other panel on. All I had left to do was serge it so I serged those two seams and voila, I was done.

Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
The inside seams serged
Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
The finished corner. I think it works out quite well.

Now I ‘m going to be one of those annoying people and say I sewed it in an afternoon. And I really did and it was just the perfect project for a quick win. I am really glad and now all the pillows on the couch go together. It was great and I did clean up the attic so now I feel more ready to get back to my other sewing projects. So do you ever do that? Sew something simple for a quick win?

Lately, I been quitting every sewing project I started. I want to change this and I though a simple sewing project would help. My project a pillow.
All my pillows together.

Seeing the above picture I think I should jazz up my pillow a bit.  I do like the colour but it is a bit plain. Do you have any ideas of how to make it more interesting?

 

The 6 Things I Draped On My New Dress Form

The other day I show you my new dress form (if you missed it click here). And today I want to show you what I been doing on it. I never had a dress form before so I also never draped before. I just started playing with fabrics so I don’t know if this is how your suppose to drape. I have tried pattern drafting before and heard how draping was a lot more fun to do. And it is, draping is also easier as you can see immediately where the fit off. I’m not planning on making any of theses guys I’ve draped. Also, this dress form isn’t my exact size, more specifically my waist, not that narrow. So what did I end up making?

 I been praticing my draping on my new dress form. I draped some crazy things and others that got me thinking how can I make that in real life. Click though to see them all.
Still a work in progress here.

The first thing I work on was this thing. all I really did here was  the excess fabric at the neck was bothering me so I made little shoulder pleats.And though they were pretty cool but I didn’t know how to drape a garment around them. So I just did that little pleats.

 I been praticing my draping on my new dress form. I draped some crazy things and others that got me thinking how can I make that in real life. Click though to see them all.
A close-up look of those pleats.

The next thing I did was based on my fabric. The fabric was orange and a greenish blue in rough stripes It also had this weird fringe thing going on so I used the wrong side. I ended up pleating the top so all the orange was hidden. They pleat I also used to fit the top. In the ended, it looks rather crazy but I would try something like this again. In better colours and with more regular stripes.

 I been praticing my draping on my new dress form. I draped some crazy things and others that got me thinking how can I make that in real life. Click though to see them all.
I started the pleating at .the neckline
 I been praticing my draping on my new dress form. I draped some crazy things and others that got me thinking how can I make that in real life. Click though to see them all.
Pleating on the bodice.
 I been practicing my draping on my new dress form. I draped some crazy things and others that got me thinking how can I make that in real life. Click though to see them all.
The finished dress, with the orange peeking through on the skirt

The next thing I draped was a very fitted polka dot top. It wasn’t as hard to get the perfect fit as I thought it was. If the fit not perfect you’ll see it and it very easy to correct it with a couple of darts. Another thing that made it easier was the raised side seams. They seem like no big deal at first but they are so handy.

 I been praticing my draping on my new dress form. I draped some crazy things and others that got me thinking how can I make that in real life. Click though to see them all.
The fitted polka dot top with an imperfect fit.

The next thing I did wasn’t really draping as it more just wrapping the fabric around the dress form. It is a knit fabric so I didn’t really have much trouble. I base the design of the amount of fabric I had since it had this long strip off to the side.

 I been praticing my draping on my new dress form. I draped some crazy things and others that got me thinking how can I make that in real life. Click though to see them all.
I used the wrong side as the right side was a bit overwhelming.

The next thing I did was also a knit but I did do a bit more with it. It has black and white stripes. I didn’t really base the design off that I did a bit of gathering from the shoulders to the waist. It does look overwhelming with all those stripes and all the excess fabric I didn’t want to cut it off.

 I been praticing my draping on my new dress form. I draped some crazy things and others that got me thinking how can I make that in real life. Click though to see them all.
These stripes and gathers are so confusing.

The last thing I draped was more gathers and a bit of pleating at the top. It made from a stiffer transparent blue fabric. It is a bit bluer than the pictures show.

 I been praticing my draping on my new dress form. I draped some crazy things and others that got me thinking how can I make that in real life. Click though to see them all.
It funny how you can only see it when it two layers.

That all the pictures I have today. I did be doing some more draping and this time, I will try to make it into actual garments. I also am working on making a cover for my dress form so when I drape it will be more my size. So which one is your favourite? Or do you think their all meh?

My New Awesome Dress Form + Useful Review

Today I was going to write a post about the draping I’ve been doing lately. Then I realise I haven’t told you guys about my dress form. I had it for over two weeks already, so this post is a bit overdue. But as people say better late than never. I started looking at dress forms around Christmas; when I first looked I thought I’ll diy it, then I though an adjustable one and finally a one size professional dress form. So what made me go with a professional dress form?

 Looking at a dress form not sure which one to get? I was there not that long ago.Want to know why I chose what I did and why that one? Just click, though.

DIYing A Dress Form

I look at many options for diying a dress form. At first I though a duct tape dress form, it seemed easy enough to make, all you had to do was to get someone to wrap your torso in tape. When I started digging deeper into duct tape dress forms, I found some negative reviews. That the duck tape would stretch if you stuffed it too full  and that your pins would get sticky.  Another option I consider was to make a plaster mould and then make a polyurethane dress from the mould. I show what I wanted to do to my mom and she told me that if I’m willing to spend a bit of money I should buy an adjustable one.

Adjustable Dress Form

That made sense to me so I started looking on at adjustable dress forms. They appealed as I would be able to get my custom shape and still have a fairly good form that was pinnable. The two main issues I had with adjustable dress forms. I’m petite, so most of the women dress forms were too big for me even on the smallest settings. After a bit of searching, I manage to find a couple adjustable dress form that would have work. They were a bit more pricey than I had wanted.

My other issue with adjustable dress form was the quality wasn’t good. People said it was hard to adjust, unstable, that it felt cheap.That they weren’t strong enough to handle draping and it would never be your exact side. All this combined with them being more expensive than I thought at first made me drop the whole dress form thing for a few months.

 A Professional Dress Form

Every now and then while I was sewing I would think wouldn’t a dress form be nice right now. After getting an email which told me get my rear in gear and start draping some clothes (at the beginning of the year I used future me to email myself reminders of my new year resolutions, of which draping a garment was one), I bit the bullet. Last time I look at dress forms I was reading every review out there trying to figure out which one would best.

This time, I thought screw that I’m going to get a good one and I’m not going to worry about it. I read Gretchen review and though that looks like a good dress form I’m getting something like that. Now, I  don’t have the same model as her and I didn’t use the same company but it where I started my search for a good dress form that I could afford. I ended up buying a PGM missy half bottom form.

Dress Form Review

The dress form I order was the  PGM Industry Grade 601 Missy Half Body Dress Form with Hip & Collapsible Shoulder in size 2. This dress form is pinnable but not straight down you do have to go at an angle. It has bumped outside seams and marking for the waist, centre front. And it also has an iron cage and you can  raise and lower it. To see which one my bought click here.

Where I Bought It

I bought it online from onlydressformcanada.com. They do ship from Canada which meant I didn’t have to pay customs duty or tax. All their prices are still the US dollar. The biggest problem I had was their website wouldn’t let me order. I would go and try to order my dress form and it would just say processing endlessly. They do have an option of live chat support and when I clicked on that I was told to wait for a few minutes so I ended up closing that. I found their phone number and called them but nobody answer.Now,  I was getting ticked off as I want to know if my order had gone through or not. Unfortunately, I didn’t have more time to chase it as I had to go to work.

When I came from work I had an email asking if I still had questions since I closed the live chat. I told him the problems I had and he said my order didn’t go through so I tried again. It still didn’t go though so I ended up email him with what I want and he sent me a PayPal money request. This time, it did go though and was shipped. Though I didn’t like how it wasn’t that easy to contact them, once I got in touch they did take care of all my problems.

Looking at a dress form not sure which one to get? I was there not that long ago.Want to know why I chose what I did and why that one? Just click, though.
The pieces of my dress form.

Setting Up My Dress Form

Once I received my dress form I saw it was all pieces in a box and didn’t have a guide with it. A quick google search later and I found a guide on how to set it up. The set up was fairly simple, the hardest thing being putting my dress from on the pole. When I stepped on the pedal I could raise and lower my dress form. I did that about ten times before the fun started to wear off. Another cool feature is the collapsing shoulders they also were really fun to try out.

 Looking at a dress form not sure which one to get? I was there not that long ago.Want to know why I chose what I did and why that one? Just click, though.

The Quality Of The Dress Form

When I was taking the pieces out of the box I was struck by how heavy the metal things were. The dress form itself feels solidly built and is cover in some nice linen. I have tried draping a few things on it and it felt like it could handle what ever I threw at it. The wheels are also really nice not just the having of them but also the quality. Overall I would say this is a well-built dress form that should last for years.

 Looking at a dress form not sure which one to get? I was there not that long ago.Want to know why I chose what I did and why that one? Just click, though.
The inside of the dress form

The Size Of The Dress Form

It’s funny at first having a dress form look exactly like me was a big priority now it doesn’t bother me that it not. Obviously, the dress form isn’t exactly my size, I do think that the bust and bottom is a pretty accurate representation of a real person. I do plan on making a cover for it to make it more my size but for now it doesn’t bother me that much.

 Looking at a dress form not sure which one to get? I was there not that long ago.Want to know why I chose what I did and why that one? Just click, though.

What Dress Form Should You Get?

I do think that spending the money was well worth it.  And for me, it isn’t worth buying an adjustable at half the price when for twice that you could get something like this that in my opinion is way better. I think if you do want to drape that you should invest in a good quality form. If you want a dress form to look exactly like you make your own but even then I don’t think it will completely erase trying things on.

Whew, that was a long post. What dress from do you have and would  you buy it again? Don’t have a dress form which one would you buy or would you make one?