Thursday, January 12, 2017

How to Turn a Dress into a Skirt / DIY Dress to New Skirt

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 How to Turn a Dress into a Skirt + Crop Top
Yesterday I was cleaning out my closet and came across a knit dress that I loved wearing the past 2 years, but had not worn in a while and was going to donate it or give it to a friend. But as the bag grew fuller, I realized there was so much fabric in there that I could play with first! So I took that dress and made it into a skirt and a crop top...

Monday, January 9, 2017

Sewing Project Weekly Planner Free Printable

Free Sewing Project Weekly Planner - Free Printable

This week I asked our facebook sewing group members how many sewing patterns they owned and which was their favorite. Some ladies had a few patterns while others had 20 to 40 of our patterns which made me so happy! I love knowing that people are using our patterns to create and that they love them enough to come back for more when we have new releases! 
But, a few of them said they have many patterns that they had not sewn yet and it sounded like they needed some help staying focused and organizing their projects this year so I thought I could share with you all what I have done to try to become more efficient on a daily basis!
 When you write out your goals and your daily to-do's on paper, not just typed into our phone calendar, we are more likely to do them! I have kept a daily notebook filled with things to do for the past few years and I love checking things off when I'm done! For my business/work calendar I have been drawing out this calendar for the past few months on my white board in the sewing room and it has become something I cannot live without as a planning tool! 
I thought you all could use it, too, and hopefully we can all get more done each day this year!
Enjoy!


Friday, October 7, 2016

Sazerac Shift Dress SEW ALONG Day 5 - adding elastic to the waist and sharing what you made!

Sazerac Shift Dress Sew Along
Day 5

I am so glad you all are joining me this week to make yourself a Sazerac Shift Dress (get the pattern here)! I cannot wait to see pictures of your dresses that you either finished yesterday, or are finishing today if you want to add the elastic at the waist!

Please share your photos so everyone can see!! You can tag us on instagram #sazeracdress #seaminglysmitten or share it in our facebook group HERE!



Here's the plan:
Monday -  CLICK HERE - DAY 1 print your pattern, choose your size, cut out fabric pieces
Tuesday - CLICK HERE - DAY 2 sew dress at side seams and shoulders
Wednesday - CLICK HERE - DAY 3 sew sleeve seams and inset sleeves
Thursday -CLICK HERE - DAY 4 hem sleeves, neckline and dress hem
Friday - finish, wear it and share it!!


Let's Get Started

1. Adding an Elastic Waist OPTIONAL: Turn your dress inside out and try it on. Mark your natural waist or where you want the dress to be gathered by placing a pin on each side seam. OR Turn your dress inside out and measure from the bottom of each armhole down the side seam _____ inches and place a pin.

*If you typically wear “tall” clothing, add 3 inches to the measurement below. If you typically wear “petite” clothing, subtract 1 inch from the measurements below.

XS – 12 inches below top edge
Small – 12.5 inches below top edge
Medium – 13 inches below top edge
Large – 13.5 inches below top edge
X-Large – 14 inches below top edge.

*shown below -Marking 12 inches


2. Cut the elastic. Cut a piece of ¼ inch or 3/8 inch elastic according to your size in chart below OR *for the best fit, wrap the elastic snugly around your waist, add an inch and cut it to that size.

XS – 24 inches
Small – 25 inches
Medium – 27 inches
Large – 30 inches
X-Large – 33 inches
XX-Large – 37 inches
XXXLarge – 40 inches

3. Sew the elastic into a loop. Sew the ends of your elastic together to make a loop. Place 4 marks (with a marker or chalk) on your elastic loop to show the left side, right side and front and back
middle of the loop.


4. Mark four equally spaced sections. Mark the center front and center back of the dress parallel with the side seam marks you made.

5. Attach elastic. Insert the dress into the elastic loop. Pin the elastic around the dress by matching the four marks. This will evenly space the elastic. *Make sure you are pinning it to the inside of
the dress/ the wrong side of the dress fabric. Sew on the elastic using a zig zag stich and stretching the elastic gently as you go, making sure the dots meet up as you sew. Trim threads. *You need to stretch the elastic so it will gather the fabric back up when you let go of it.


Congratulations!!
You did it!!
You just made yourself a Sazerac Shift Dress!!

Here are my pictures! I paired it with neutral heels and some Kendra Scott earrings and a lapis necklace and then I paired it with a faux suede cardigan from Article and Thread Boutique.








Sazerac Shift Dress SEW ALONG Day 4 - hemming the sleeves, neckline and dress

Sazerac Shift Dress Sew Along
Day 4

I am so glad you all are joining me this week to make yourself a Sazerac Shift Dress (get the pattern here)! We will do a few steps each day of the pattern and by Friday you can wear it, share it and show it off! I cannot wait to see pictures of your dresses! You can tag us on instagram #sazeracdress #seaminglysmitten or share it in our facebook group HERE!

Here's the plan:
Monday -  CLICK HERE - DAY 1 print your pattern, choose your size, cut out fabric pieces
Tuesday - CLICK HERE - DAY 2 sew dress at side seams and shoulders
Wednesday - CLICK HERE - DAY 3 sew sleeve seams and inset sleeves
Thursday - hem sleeves, neckline and dress hem
Friday - finish, wear it and share it!!


How is your dress coming along? What about those sleeves? I know they take lots of pins, but when they are done, doesn't it always feel so good when you turn that sleeve right side out and see what you did!! I remember the first time I did a sleeve and it must have taken me an hour and of course it was far from perfect, but I remember thinking, this opens new doors for my sewing! I loved learning that new skill. It's so easy to shy away from new skills because you think they are too hard or take too much time, but when you finally tackle it you usually think that wasn't too bad after all!

Let's get started!

1. Adding Cuffs - optional If you want to add cuffs, continue here on step 14 in the pattern. If not go to the next step  - hemming!

Cut out your cuff strips: If you want to add long sleeve cuffs, cut out two strips according to size:

XS: 4 inches long x 8.25 inches wide
Small: 4 inches long x 8.5 inches wide
Medium: 4 inches long x 9 inches wide
Large: 4 inches long x 9.5 inches wide
XLarge: 4 inches long x 10 inches wide
XXLarge: 4 inches long x 10.5 inches wide
XXLarge: 4 inches long x 11 inches wide

Sew your cuff into a loop and fold in half: Lay each cuff right sides together so the 4 inch edges meet, pin and sew using a ¼ inch seam allowance. Press seams open. Now make the long, raw edges meet wrong sides together and press with an iron so you have two cuffs that are 2 inch wide each. **TRY IT ON - Slip it onto your wrist to make sure it fits! If not, make another one, adding width - leave the 4 inch length but widen it as needed.







Sew a basting stitch around each sleeve edge: Sew a basting stitch around the hem of each sleeve using a ¼ inch seam allowance. Leave a 6 inch tail of thread at the beginning and ending of your basting thread.

Gather and attach each cuff: Gather each sleeve by pulling on the basting stitches. Place one cuff around each sleeve edge and pin, matching the raw edges. Sew around each cuff using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Serge or zig zag stitch raw edges. Press cuff out and flip seam allowance to the inside of the dress.







2. Hem the neckline Time to hem the neckline: Turn under a ¼ inch then another ¼ inch neckline hem. Iron and pin. Sew around your neckline using a ¼ inch seam allowance OR serge the entire neckline then turn under a ½ inch hem and pin. Sew. OR use double fold bias tape to enclose the neckline.


3. Hem the sleeves:  Hem the sleeves if you did not add a cuff: Fold up a ¼ inch hem on each sleeve and then another ¼ inch. Pin and sew each sleeve hem. **HINT: For the BEST FIT try your dress on
and see where you want the edge of the sleeve to hit on your arm. Place a pin at that spot. Then hem both sleeves.

4. Hem the dress: Hem the dress: Fold up a ¼ inch hem around the entire bottom of your dress,
press with an iron and fold up another ¼ inch hem. Press with an iron and pin all
around the dress’ hem.
OR
Serge around the bottom of the dress, turn up a ½ inch and pin. **HINT: For the BEST FIT try your dress on, mark the desired hem then pin and sew the hem. Remember if you are wearing a belt or
sash or adding elastic this will shorten the dress about 3 inches since the dress will billow over the gathering.

Tomorrow you can add elastic if desired and you can take some pictures and share them! I am so glad we are doing this together! I cannot wait to see what you made!!