Dress before Hem

Hemming Stretchy Jersey Knit Fabric

Have you ever had that one technique or fabric that just intimidated you or maybe you had a bad experience and ever since you’ve avoided it like the plague? Well for me it was hemming stretchy jersey knit fabrics and now I can proudly say that I have conquered my fear! Yay!

Have you ever noticed when you’re sewing knit fabric that it some times gets caught up in your machine or when you’re all done sewing it doesn’t lay flat and it looks kind of wavy? Well I’m going to share with you four things I did/used to combat this issue.

Materials Needed for Hemming:

  • Pins (ball point for knit fabric if you have them)
  • Iron
  • Even Feed/Walking Foot
  • Twin Needle

Pinning 

When you are ready to begin hemming, after you have either serged or zig zag stitched the rare edges, you will need to fold the hemming and pin it in place. Now in the case of my skirt, yes it took me, what it felt like, forever to pin this never ending circle skirt all the way around. But I did it anyway because this is a necessary step. Also, keep in mind that the stretchier the fabric, the closer the pins should be placed, to ensure that you are able to achieve that flat, nice looking hem.

Iron

After you have all your pins in place you will need to iron your hem. This will help achieve that flat, even, clean look and is so helpful when its time for sewing, so do not skip this step.

Even Feed/Walking Foot

Now lets get to the sewing. Sewing stretchy knit fabric can be a pain in the neck. Especially when the machine starts to eat it and it gets all caught up under the needle. I combat this little pesky issue by using an even feed/walking foot. This little baby is my new BFF. I used it all the time! The walking foot is so helpful because it adds less pressure to the fabric and helps move it through the machine with less stretching. I bought mines from Amazon and it was cool because it came with a kit that including a double needle!

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Twin Needle

And finally we come to the twin needle. I love this needle because combined with the pinning, ironing, and use of the walking foot, the twin needle gives that polished professional look to your finished garment. You will find that the twin needle comes in different sizes and there is even one that’s called a Stretch Twin Needle. I used the one that came in the kit which was a regular one, size 4.0. Double Needle

Using a twin needle will require two threads at the top and some machines (like mine) only has room for one. To fix that I just wound some thread in a bobbin and loaded it through like I would normally do when threading my machine.

Be sure to use a regular stitch. Also, you will need to top stitch when sewing with this needle because the bobbin side make the zig zag stitch on the bottom. Also, be sure you know where your fabric ends underneath to make sure the needle is catching right and is not skipping over some of the fabric.

Double Threading

Here is what my finished hem looked like after I was done sewing. Keep in mind that before I hemmed I had finished the rare edges using my serger. But technically, what happens is the twin needle gives you the even double stitch on the top and a zig zag stitch underneath.

Finished Hem

Here you can see how the hem is laying nicely, with a neat, clean flow of the fabric at the bottom. I love how it makes my hand made garments have that professional finish!!

Finished Hem Dress

Dress After Hem

I hope you find this information helpful!! To see how I had this dress click here.

Happy Sewing!!

XOXO

 

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Cool Whites for a Hot Summer – Inspiration Board

Summer White Inspiration

 

Lately, I’ve been really feeling the white mesh and laser cut look for the summer. The white fabric with cutout style just makes it look so cool which is exactly what I need in this desert heat. I recently bought some white fabric that kind of has the box cutout look to it and I’m thinking of making a cute summer dress with it. Wish me luck and stay tuned to see how it turns out!

 

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60′s Inspired Outfit

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“Free your mind and your clothes will follow!” I just had to share this cute little crop top and high wasted pants outfit inspired by 60′s fashion. I made this for my friend who also picked out the fabric. The fabric is 100% cotton, purchased from Fabric.com, and is called Amy Butler Hapi Heart Bloom Rose. The crop top pattern was created by me and I used the same Simplicity 1887 pattern that used here for the pants.

I love how the pants turned out and the pockets are awesome. I went with a serged finish around the neck and bottom hem just for the look. Can’t wait to see how this outfit looks on her. :D

XOXO

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Anime Cosplay – Yoruichi Shihōin (Bleach)

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For the past couple of months, I had been racking my brain trying to decide on which character to be for Phoenix Comicon 2014. I finally decided to go with Yoruichi Shihoin from the anime series called Bleach. Yoruichi can be vaguely described as the strong female character who sometimes likes to hang out in a form of a black cat. I love her wittiness; and the level of intelligence and power that she possesses is admiring, to say the least. Plus, I just looooooveee that she has purple hair! LOL

The whole costume was machine sewn, except for the white tube top that goes under the jumper, the wig, and the shoes of course. I purchased the shoes and the white tube top from Amazon and the wig was designed by my friend. :D

I had so much fun cosplaying as Yoruichi! The best part was running into other Bleach characters while I was there! Check it out!  XOXO

Materials Used: 

Off-white muslin

White cotton fabric

Orange cotton fabric

Black Cotton Spandex fabric

White Velcro and elastic bands for the arm, leg, neck, and waist bands

Purple ribbon for arm bands

Avery T-Shirt Transfer Printer Paper for Inkjet printers

Patterns: To make the jacket I used McCalls M6083 pattern view E or D as a guide but made a few alterations to create the right look . For the jumpsuit I drafted a pattern for the halter top look and for the pants part of the jumper I used Simplicity 1887 view A just a guide. You can use any pants pattern that you have to make pants and make alterations where needed. That’s what I did.

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Soi Fong Butterfly Mark: To create the mark on the top I found the image on the internet and printed it out on the Avery T-Shirt Transfer paper. I then cut that image out and ironed it on white fabric. Then I cut the fabric to the butterfly shape and sewed it on to the jumper top. Be sure to read the instructions carefully because you don’t want to mess this up.

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Spring 2014 DIY Look Book

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Special thanks to everyone who helped bring this photo shoot together. I am so grateful to have some amazing and talented people in my life! <3 XOXO

Credits:

DIY Outfits by: ME :D Lip Gloss and Thread

Wearing: Lip Gloss and Thread T-Shirt and “Real” Boyfriend Jeans, Retro Rumper, Floral Skater Dress with Mesh Cutouts, Floral Peplum Jacket and High Waisted Shorts

Jewelry by: Vida V Jewelry

Hair: Priscilla Urrutia with Palabra Hair.Art.Collective

Makeup: Trish Bray

Location and Photography Skills: D. Larremore

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Retro Jumper – DIY

Love me some bright colors! Especially for spring and summer! This jumper, rumper, onsie, whatchamacallit was pretty simple. I used the McCall’s Easy Cut-to-Fit M6083 to create this cutie. The fabric is polyester and was purchased from Joann’s Fabric. The only alterations made to this pattern was shortening the shorts by an inch or two.

Polyester is so not the fabric for summer but I just loved the colors so much that I had to play around with it some how. I think this baby is only going to be brought out for spring. Anyways, check it out and let me know what you think! :D

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Check out how I styled it in the Spring 2014 DIY Look Book. ;)

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Word! – DIY Word/Phrase T-Shirt

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Word and phrase shirts are everywhere I look right now; with just about any word or funny, smart, and outrageous phrase or comment you can think of. So, of course you know I just had to make my own, right!

Materials Needed:

  • Plain t-shirt
  • Iron-on felt letters
  • Scissors
  • Iron/Iron board
  • Clever word or phrase ;)

I bought my plain t-shirt from target from the men’s section and the iron-on felt letters are from the craft section of Joann Fabrics (see picture below). Once I thought of what I wanted to say, I then cut the letters out, carefully planned out the spacing and then went to ironing. This is such a quick and easy DIY! I love it!

When doing this one just make sure you plan it out, read the instructions on the packaging, space the letters out to your liking, and make sure that the letters are all facing the right way before you iron them on. LOL I did make that mistake with two of the “e’s” and had to pill them off and start over on them. LOL

Once all done, I cut the t-shirt to be a crop top!:D

 

Check out how I styled it in the Spring 2014 DIY Look Book. ;)

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Sewing Tip Tuesday – Pattern Prepping

I’ve been using a lot of patterns lately and it can be quite a tedious process; cutting them out, pinning them to the fabric, then cutting out the fabric, etc…

However, there is one more helpful step to include in this process; ironing your pattern pieces once they have all been cut out, prior to pinning them to the fabric.

*Be sure to set your iron to a very low setting.*

By ironing the pattern pieces, not only will it make the pieces smoother with less folds and wrinkles, but it creates a static cling affect. This static will help the pattern pieces stay in place in addition to the pins.  :D

Hope you find this quick tip helpful!

Happy Sewing!

XOXO

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DIY Floral Skater Dress with Mesh Cut Outs

Okay I swear this is that last floral print I will be making something with (fingers crossed behind my back). lol I just had to create a simple and comfortable dress that was hitting on the current trends: floral, mesh, and cut outs.

To make this look I used the top of another dress as a pattern to create my own pattern. For the bottom, I just created a regular circle skirt. I did add a lining to the top of the dress for more support but didn’t feel like I needed it for the bottom.

I got the floral fabric from Joann Fabrics and the black lining from a local fabric store called SAS.  Check out the process and finished look!

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Lining for the sleeve and bodice part of dress

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Mesh Side Cut outs on Mesh fabric

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Here’s what the finished top looks like

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Here’s the inside of the top. I used my serger to get that nice clean finished look.

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Circle skirt for the bottom of the dress

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And here’s the finished look! What do you think?!

Check out how I styled it in the Spring 2014 DIY Look Book. ;)

XOXO

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Sewing Tip Tuesday – Press as You Go

If you are anything like me, when you have an idea for a project, you are excited to get started and can’t wait to see the finished product.  I will admit that sometimes I am so eager to finish that I may skip a few small but important steps, and later regret that I did that. LOL. One step being, pressing your garment as you are working on it.

Even though it is not the most exciting step of the creation process, it is quite important to ensuring that the final product looks nice, neat, and has that professional finish.

I recently learned that pressing your garment blends and sets your stitches, helps reduces bulk in some areas, and also helps make sure that the garment lies flat or falls the way you want it to fall when you wear it.

I also did not know that “ironing” and “pressing” are two different actions! Simplicity.com states that “pressing” is when you move the iron across the fabric by lifting it up and putting it back down in an overlapping pattern; whereas, “ironing” is when you slide the iron across the fabric with a back-and-forth motion. Ironing may stretch or distort the fabric; pressing won’t.

Remember to press as you go, to ensure a well-made garment. I will definitely work hard to stick to these tips and look forward to seeing the difference it makes in my future projects!

For more information about pressing your garments, check out Simplicity.com.

Happy Sewing!

XOXO

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