DIY Gathered Skirt

Hello dearies!  I found this lovely lavender jersey a while back but I hadn’t found the time to do anything with it until this week.  Since I’m on spring break, I’ve had plenty of time to work a bunch of little projects I’ve wanted to do.  I decided to make an adorable high waisted ruched skirt out of this fabric, and it turned out absolutely lovely!Image

This is the light jersey fabric I got.  I bought about a metre.

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So I started out by making a pattern for the skirt part.  I just used a bristol board, and then traced it onto some tissue paper, which I pinned to the fabric when I cut.  It was easy enough.  So first I had to take my measurements, which I’ve displayed on the picture below.  (It’s length is 25″.)ImageSo after I cut two of this piece, I basted the edges together.  I did it by hand, but it’s definitely possible to do it using the machine as well.  In fact, it’s probably easier to baste on the machine, but mine doesn’t do it very well, so I just chose to save myself the hassle and do it by hand.  After I basted the edges, I pulled the ends of the threads to create the ruched effect.  I kept going until my skirt was about half the length it originally was.  After this came the tricky part.  I had to sew the edges and keep the ruffles in place.  I’ll admit it took me a couple tries and a LOT of tweaking before it finally looked right.  So my suggestion to you is really push those folds together and push them right into the needle.  I found that if I didn’t keep holding the folds together until they were literally right under the needle, they flattened out and then I had to go over them again.  ImageThis is what the skirt looked like after I pulled the threads to create the gathers.

So, see where the fabric folds and gathers along the edges?  Just hold those together and push them right through the machine to keep them from flattening out when sewing the edges together.

Anyway, after sewing the two sides, I turned the skirt right side out and it was time to sew the waistband in place.  For the waist band, I cut a long rectangle that was the width of my waist and 6″ in length.  I then folded it in half so it was 3″ x 27″ and then I folded it again so it was half the width and I had a big circle.  I sewed the two 3″ sides together so I had my waistband.  I then sewed the bottom of the waist band to the top of my skirt.Image

Sewing the waistband on.

This way when I flip up the waist band, everything is the right side out and it all looks nice and neat.

ImageI really like this skirt, because it’s going to be perfect for springtime.  The colour is absolutely lovely, and it’s one of those skirts that hides all those unwanted bumps and lumps thanks to the gathers in the fabric.  It really smooths everything out, but defines all the right places, due to the stretchy fabric.  And it’s great because I can adjust the gathers make it longer or shorter depending on where I’m going.  I’m very happy with my little project.

Hope this inspires more fashionistas out there to start sewing and be creative!

xxoo

Kate

Portfolio Coat

Salut chéries!  I am submitting my portfolio tomorrow and I finished my coat the other day.  It doesn’t have a lining in it yet and also I haven’t added the belt yet.  It’s a little different from my original design, a little smoother but I love it!  My mom is modelling it here.

Coat Front View

Front View

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Closeup of cuff and chest

 

As I said before I used a Vogue pattern and I found it was pretty good, but a little confusing at times.  However it was altogether pretty easy to follow.  The reason it’s not as full around the bottom as I had imagined is because I found that anytime I tried to adjust it too much from the pattern it started to not look right.  I think it’s because there are so many panels and seams that everything just starts to bunch and not look right.  So I’ll have to keep playing with it and working on it to get the fit just right.  I’m not giving up on my original design just yet so I will keep you updated!

xxoo

Kate

Halter Dress

Happy end of exams darlings!  I can finally relax and breathe!  And tell you about this dress..I made myself a new dress awhile ago when I found this gorgeous fabric but I haven’t gotten around to posting it because I had to take the pictures and I’ve just been so busy with exams that I haven’t had time!  Of course now that exams are all finished I have finally found the time to show you all mycute little sundress.  I just have to say that this pattern was extremely difficult to follow and the material was sometimes a little difficult to work with, but mostly it was the pattern.

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The fabric

 

The pattern is New Look 6902 (2009) with several different elements to mix and match and make a lot of different dress including maxis and short dresses.  There’s a lot of different bodice and necklines to choose front and even pockets.  I think I’d like to try a different dress, but a maxi this time and made of a jersey knit.  Maybe it will turn out even nicer now that I know the pattern a little better, and what I should and shouldn’t do!  I can learn from my mistakes!

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Front view of the dress

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Back view of the dress

 

Hope you like my new dress! And has anyone else tried this pattern?  If so I’d love to hear your opinions about it!

xxoo

Kate

Infinity Scarf DIY

Salut chéries!  I decided to make a couple scarves for my mum.  I found some leftover fabric from who knows what, but I just knew that the print was so her.  I looked up several tutorials online and tried two different ways to make them.  Now one did not turn out at all but I will get to that later.

This first one I made was 30 inches by 60 inches and I started out by folding it in half so it was 12inches by 60inches.  I then sewed it to make it a long tube and turned it the right side out.  I then somehow managed (And it is still beyond me how I managed to do this) to flip the edges of the tube so the right sides were together and sewed all the way around until there were several inches left un-sewed.  I then flipped the edges back to the right side out and sewed that last little hole closed.  I know, I know it is super confusing and I really don’t know how to explain it any better.  I am so sorry for that.  I followed this tutorial here and maybe their instructions are a tad more clear than my own.  I also found those instructions a little confusing so I don’t even know if I took them the right way.  The way I described it is the way that I took it.  Anyway, I am rambling on and probably just making everyone even more confused so I will just show you a picture of the finished scarf.

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First Infinity Scarf (30×60 inches)

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Close-up of the print

My second scarf was a little longer: 30 inches by 80 inches.  I decided to try it a different way so I started out by sewing the fabric into one large circle, so the two ends together.  I then went around and sewed the 80 inch side until there was about 6 inches left open.  I thought that it would be easier to sew but when I turned it the right side out it was not an infinity scarf!  It was one long tube the length of my arm!  I still have no idea how or why this happened so if somebody could please tell I would be so grateful! (Please help!) I ripped out all my seams and did the same process as I had done for the fist scarf and it turned out great again.

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Second scarf (30×80 inches)

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Close-up of the print

I hope you attempt this project and I hope you understood my process.  If you have any additional questions or need clarification on something, I don’t mind if you ask.  In fact I would be happy to help.  By the way, my mum loves them and wears them both a lot.

xxoo

Kate

Birthday Present

Happy (very) belated New Year!  I know, I know it has been a long time since I’ve posted anything new, I’ve just been swamped with all this work I’ve been putting into my portfolio, among other things.  Anyway, since today is my birthday I decided that as a birthday present to me, I would make myself a wool skirt.  I’ve seen them floating around the internet lately and I just really like the idea of a winter skirt.  So I found this really warm wool sweater from Whistler and I decided to make a skirt out of it.  It only took me about a half hour and all I needed was a sweater, an elastic band, pins and of course my sewing machine.  First I cut the sweater at the armpits and cross stitched the edges to keep it from fraying.  You could also use fabric glue to get the same effect, but I decided to just use a simple cross stitch instead.  I then measure the width of my elastic band and made the tube to insert it.  I used a safety pin to pull it through and then I just stitched the tube closed.  And voila! Done and I have a new skirt to wear this winter.

Final product, Happy Birthday to Me!

Final product, Happy Birthday to Me!

It was very warm when I wore it to dinner tonight.  Definitely comfortable and looks great with an oversized sweater and scarf.  I would definitely recommend nylons or tights to keep warm though!

Hope you enjoyed my little project.

xxoo

Kate

Christmas Skirt DIY

Season’s Greetings! In honour of the holiday cheer and Christmas spirit I decided to make a lovely Christmas Skirt to wear today.  I had that familiar itch that just makes me want to sew and create.  I started rooting around in our fabric bin and I came across this leftover Christmas patterned fabric.

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The Christmas Fabric

I proceeded to cut one piece that was the width of my waist plus several inches for gathering and seam allowances. I then sewed a tube along the top to fit my elastic through, which I measure to fit snugly at my hips.  After feeding the elastic through my tube I sewed it in place and sewed the tube closed.  I then sewed the the skirt together and made the seam down the side.  I decided to try a blind hem stitch.  If you have never used it, I highly recommend it, because it’s easy and looks amazing!  It does take some practice though so I would suggest trying it out on some scraps before attempting it on the hem.

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The finished skirt

As you can see it looks great, and no stitches visible!

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My Christmas outfit!

I wore it with a gold silk top tucked in and a black cardigan and a black belt to my family’s Christmas Eve dinner last night and I must admit I got many compliments.

However I made some miscalculations and my skirt ended up being a little too big around my hips therefore I needed to wear a belt with it.  But the only belt I had fit around my waist so I ended up having to pull the skirt up higher than where it was meant to be.  Fortunately I can easily take it in and fix the mistake!

Merry Christmas darlings!

xxoo

Kate

Upcycle Jeans to Skirt

Afternoon all!  I just finished this little project, which I found on Pinterest.  I really liked the idea and thought I would try it out for myself.  I followed this tutorial.  It was certainly easy enough to do, but a little time consuming.  First, I took an old pair of jeans and cut them to the length I wanted plus a couple extra inches for hemming.  I had to rip out the crotch, and side seams, which definitely took awhile.  They sew those jeans to last!  After I had finally finished that, I followed the tutorial and folded the edged and sewed in an extra patch on the back to make a skirt.  That part was difficult because I kept making it too big and it didn’t look right at all.  My suggestion is baste the seams first, try it on, and adjust as necessary.  When I finally got it right, I sewed it together then hemmed the skirt.  (This is also a great tutorial for making a jean mini skirt, just leave out the straps.)  The next part was what took so long, braiding the straps.  I had to keep adding more pieces in because I didn’t have three strips long enough for the whole thing.  I suggest sewing the separate strips together at the ends, it makes it so much easier to braid together.  I sewed the two braids to the front of my skirt first in order to measure where to start braiding them into one and how long I needed it to be.  Then I sewed it in the back and added a bow.  I ended up just tying the bow onto the suspenders with a strip of denim instead of attempting to sew it there.  It was just too thick to fit into my machine or do it by hand.  Here’s the final product!

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The only thing I think I would change is the placement of the suspenders in the front.  I find they’re too close together, which I can easily fix.

I hope you enjoyed this!

xxoo

Kate