Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Faux Leather high waist Cover Up Skirt (no machine required)

Great Afternoon!
On last night I created a cover up/all skirt in preparation of my much needed vacation.  I have had the image of this skirt in my head for the longest time and finally set aside some bandwidth to create it.  This is a quick and easy project to complete and can be accomplished on all sewing levels.
Supplies Needed for this Project:
Faux Leather (1 Yard 60" can be cut on the fold for this project and used to make 2)
Rotary Cutter
Black thread
(1) Hook and Eye
Time to complete: 1 hour
I purchased this awesomesauce fabric from JoAnns it is normally $8.99 per yard.  With my 50% off coupon, I paid $4.50 for a yard of this fabric.  I couldnt find it on their website but it has to be new.  I often check out the faux leather section and I can honestly say, this leather is very soft and the wrong side has a nice sheen to it.  It is simply beautiful unlike some of the harder styles they have had in the past.
So the first thing I did was create (2) 2" straps the lenght of my waist pluse 1 inch.
Next I seamed these two pcs on one side and trimmed the excess seam allowance.  I then placed folded muslin on top of the leather and pressed it carefully.

I then folded and pined the wrong sides together and pressed again.
Next, I cut out a piece of leather the length of my waist plus one inch by the lengh I wanted which was about 30 inches.  Using my grid ruler I began making 1/2 inch slits from the bottom of my fabric to an inch from the top edge.  It is important that you do this with a rotary cutter.  Using scissors will create uneven lines.
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
All done!!
Up Next, insert your skirt (top 1 inch) into your waistband and pin....

Next... and this is the most important part... HAND sew your waistband to the skirt.  Do NOT attempt to sew this with your machine, the leather stretches and sewing with your machine will without a doubt ruin the fabric (be there, done that, took a picture)
Attached your Hook and Eye.....
and that is it!!! I am in LOVE with this skirt and cant wait to wear it on my vacation in June.
Happy Sewing




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DIY Pencil Top Circle Skirt and Revamped Triangle Top

Back again!

I created this skirt freehand the other night, I didnt have enough fabric to do what I REALLY wanted to do with the circle part, but I love it just the same.

So the concept with this skirt is to create the top as you would a pencil skirt and add the botton cut as a long circle skirt.  I had way too little of this beautiful fabric from Mood here 

The top I drafted on an earlier post and made a few changes.  I changed the enclosure to the front using a seperating zipper and and create cross straps for the back. You can access the earlier post for the triangle top here

I hope you all like :)  happy sewing!

DIY Square Shirt (super easy) and Jean-ius Jeans!!!

Good Morning Lovely People!!!!!!

On last week, I created a simple square top that is very simple and effortless to make as well as jeans constructed from my very first Craftsy class you can find here.  While the entire process took me a total of 10 hours, I am very pleased with the outcome. 

I purchased a groupon for craftsy class that you can access here.  I was given the link to the groupon deal from a member of my FB group AFTER I purchased Jean-ius for $39.99 on sale (the price is back up to $49.99 now).  SO USE THE GROUPON WHILE IT LASTS!!!! I have a variety of other classes I need to watch when time allows.

I purchased the stretch twill (denim like) fabric from mood here.  I love bold prints and this caught my eye immediately.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the fabric!

I created a Youtube Video for the tutorial and hope you all enjoy!

Tutorial Link  Here

Disclaimer (LOL):  After I created the top I inserted (2) 3 inch darts at the bust.  The shirt was a little TOO square in the end :)

- J

Below is the finish product.  I wore it out with my sew sister Donna.  Check out her blog


Thursday, March 27, 2014

DIY Hand Painted Jeans

There was an inspiration picture of some jeans that was posted on my sewing group that I fell absolutely IN LOVE with.  I decided to create them on my own using fabric paint and frog tape from JoAnns...

I used the same jeans that I used to create my wide leg white pants then placed a skinny pair on top for draft the legs to make a skinny version without any back pockets and a side zipper.


After cutting the front and back pieces, it was time to taper the legs

The back..

After the adjustments for the width of my legs were made, I was ready to cut out the inner part of my jeans there were not to be panted.  I started 4 inches from the side seam of the fron leg and drafted down the the bottom.  I cut this piece out and layed it on top of the other fron leg to duplicate.

Next, I taped off the already I wanted paint.  Below is my first attempt that went horribly wrong.

Frog tape is HIGHLY recommended when painting fabrics.... I learned this the hard way.  I got the right tape and created a new pattern... I used spare cardboard this time to paint as well. 

The instructions for fabric paint calls for (4) hours of drying.  I only waited 1 1/2 with a fan blowing on the fabric before I took the tape off and sewn the pieces together.  Results below.

I had to take the smallest paint brush I had and evened up some of the edges. Other than that I was VERY pleased with the outcome and cant wait to do it again. 
The remainder of the construction of these pants were completed as per normal pants construction.  I did add the front pockets as I did in my other (2) jeans pictorials. 
The next steps are join the front pcs that were cut off.  Attach the front and back pcs, sew the crotch, add the waistband, and lastly the side zipper.  Dont forget to serge your edges!!! I hope you like!!!!

DIY Customer Shorts Overalls

Good morning loves!!!!!

While flipping through my inspirations photos, I came across these overall shorts that I saved well over a month ago from here

First things first.  I decided to draft the short for these overalls from my previous post DIY drafted shorts from an existing pair pictorial
I widened the seams 1inch in the crotch acrea and 1.5 everywhere else.  I also accounted for the waistband because the these shorts will not have a waistband BUT will have a 1inch higher waist than the original shorts.  I cut (4) pcs exact.
Next it was time to draft the overall.  I wanted the bottom portion of my overall to be 6 inches and curve out from there.  I also wanted my straps to be longer than my estimated lenth of 25" to account for any adjustments I needed to make, so I cut them 32 inches (I did this is 2 pieces)
As you can see below I pivetted the angle for my shape because these straps will over over my breast and did not want the portion right over my breast to gape out (this was my oen logic, not any specific technique).  I believe you may be able to achieve the same look with staiaght lines as well. 

My bib is 10 inches wide (desided width plus 1 inch).  Once I drafted my shape (above) I cut the bottom, and drafted side only.  I then folded the pattern in half to duplicate the shape on the other side.
Next its time to cut out the bib to shape.  I grabbed my curved ruler and drafted out the shape on one side. Again, I choose to but this curve in 7 inches above the bottom of my pattern.
When doing this, you want to curve your ruler to eliminate any sharp edges!!
Once drafted, I cut the pattern folded for even duplication.
Next its time to Sew!!!! 
I sewed the seams of all 4 pcs and inserted my side zipper as indicated in my shorts pictorial.
Thenext thing I did was put 4 5/8 inch box darts in the fron of the shorts.  (this is consistant with the shape of MY shorts and may differ with yours.
Next I put 2 standard darts in the back
After this was completed, I ddouble hemmed the bottom of my shorts and single hemmed the top... Done!

Next its time to insert the Bib.  I pinned the bid to the inside of the waist hem and sew'd along the hem line.

Now its time to draft the back bib (if that is what it is called lol).  I pretty much eyeballed this with 2.5 inch width by 9 inchs.

  I drafted the curve with my curved ruler and folder over th duplicate.

Now its time to pin and sew.  The bak bid is sewn exaclty like the front. Ensure you line up the middle of your bibs with your center seams!


And that is it.  I added 2 bottons the back bid and used my sewing machine to create 2 horizontal button holes.




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DIY Jeans Deconstruction for Pattern

Ok, so I took a long hard look in my closet for the one pair of jean I owned that I would not mind sacrificing for the sake of a pattern.  I wanted to create a unique pair of white jeans (my fav) that would fit me like a glove.  Anyone that knows me I live for a great pair of jeans and am a collector of sorts.  So here we go!!!

I cut the front, back, yoke and waist band off all 1 inch from the edge of the fabric.  The pockets I self drafted from another pair.


For construction of jeans please see my DIY floral pants pictorial.  All other steps are the same (some pics below).