August 3, 2017
Pleats are one of those things that could turn a look up a few notches. Nevertheless, pleats can be cumbersome and difficult without the right tools.
November 2, 2015
I am not ashamed to admit that I have avoided making my own denim jeans. There were several reasons why I did not want to make my own jeans. My biggest fear was making jeans that looked home sewn. Secondly, I thought “why would I waste time sewing my own when jeans are so readily available in the market place. Also, appropriately adjusting the tension on my machine get the best, neatest stitches. When the ladies in the ThReD and Needles sewing group wanted to make Denim for October, this was the perfect opportunity to get over this fear.
For the past four months my blog had been solely focused on the Pretty Girls Sew Rippin Ain’t Easy sewing competition. I am a few months behind on my summer sewing projects, but I have some great sewing plans and DIYs that I can’t wait to share!
Nevertheless, there is one more round left and voting for that round is this Saturday, June 13th. I will post voting information on that day.
YAY! I made it to Round 4 of the Rippin’ Ain’t Easy Sewing competition with the help of your votes. The challenge for this round was any pattern of your choice in GINGHAM fabric. Hey, isn’t this tree forming a “V”? Could it be that the “V” is for VOTE for RUQAYYAH! ha…ha…ha…but seriously…please take a few minutes to vote for me so that I can move to the next round.
The time is finally here for show and tell of our wrap dresses! I am so overjoyed with this opportunity to co-host for the McCall Pattern Company wrap dress sewalong with Meg Carter (McCall’s) and Lucinda Campbell (sew-wrong.com). For six weeks, we have been posting tips on making our versions of a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress using Vogue, Butterick, McCall’s, or Kwik Sew patterns. (I used Vogue V8379.)
A muslin (or toile) is a test garment or rough draft of your final sewing project. I often use the pattern pieces to do a paper fitting on either my mannequin or myself (using the pattern pieces pinned together to test the fit). Nevertheless, the fact is that paper does not stretch so a paper fit test will not work when treating the fit for knits! In comparison to woven fabrics, knits are much easier to fit and normally I would not recommend this step. However, I am going to explain a few reasons that I would recommend making a muslin for your wrap dress.
One more thing, keep reading and there is a nice treat for you at the end!
I am so excited to talk about this topic of fabric for The McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong. Fabric choice is essential to the ultimate execution of your garment. Once you have selected your sewing pattern, please consider your fabric choice as your most important step in the process. For this sew-along, I will be using Vogue Pattern V8379 HERE.
(The style board is inspiration for my fabric choice and mix of the solid with the print. The skirt portion of the DVF dress is made of a structured woven, but I think that I can emulate a similar look with the floral knit jersey.)