Friday, April 29, 2011

Family Fashion Week Day 5 - Wardrobe Roundup

Well I hope you have enjoyed this week, and I hope you have lots of ideas for sprucing up your family's summer wardrobe.  Today I have a great roundup of links for you - lots of great tutorials for clothing for the whole family.  Enjoy!

Ever thought about making a tie?  It's easier than you think. 
 Here's the tute.

Make this gorgeous tank for yourself!

These adorable bandana pants are super easy to make. 
Check them out!

Make this adorable twirly skirt with
House on Hill Road.

Lastly, check out the tute for this great canvas beach bag!
I hope you have a great weekend!  We are getting ready to party big - graduation today and graduation party tomorrow.  I'll have all the details for you next week.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Family Fashion Week Day 4: Tank Top Ruffle Dress

Happy Thursday everyone! Are you enjoying Family Fashion Week so far?  Today I have a tutorial for a child's tank top dress, similar to the one I made a few weeks ago.  I made this dress for Charlotte to wear to Ryan's graduation (which is tomorrow!).  I wanted something orange and blue (go Gators), but not tacky.

I was inspired by this dress at Janie and Jack:
I liked that it was tiered, but that the layers were connected.  Obviously I changed it some - I added the ruffle to the neckline, and made 4 tiers instead of 3. 
Here are the supplies you will need to make one:

1 Tank Top in your child's size
1/2 yard of each color of fabric (I chose voile because it ruffles and hangs nicely.)
Sewing machine/thread
scissors/yard stick

Step 1:  Cut off the bottom of the tank top.  Try the tank on your child and determine where you would like the first tier to start.  Add 1/2" to that and make a mark.  Take it off your little one and draw a line across at the mark and cut along that line.
Save the bottom portion of the tank top, because that is what you will use to make the ruffle at the neckline.  

Step 2: Cut 4 strips - two of each color - 5" x the width of the fabric.  Press under both long sides of the first tier about 1/2".  On the other three strips you only need to press one long side.  

Step 3:  Gather the first strip.  The easiest way to do this is to set your machine tension the highest it will go (mine is 9) and lengthen your stitch to the basting stitch.  Then while you are sewing, place a finger behind the presser foot and as you sew, the fabric will bunch up as it runs into your finger.  When you are done, you will have a nicely ruffled strip.  Be sure to leave nice long tails of thread on both ends so that you can adjust your ruffles.

Step 4:  Pin it right on top of the tank top and topstitch it on - if you have a knit stitch on your machine it would be best to use it.

Step 5:  Pin the next strip(unruffled) to the bottom of the first tier.  

Top stitch the first tier to the second tier.
When you sew all the way around the strip, the side seam will be open. Just tuck under the raw edges lay one edge on top of the other and topstitch it closed like this:

Continue this method until you have all the tiers sewn on.

Step 6:  Using the left over knit from the tank, cut two strips 1 1/2" x the width of the tank.

Sew them end to end to create one long strip, then ruffle it using the method in Step 3.
Pin it to the edge of the neckline.  You don't have to worry about raw edges because it's jersey knit!!

Top stitch the ruffle on the entire neckline.

Step 7:  Lastly try the dress on your little one and mark the hem.  Press it under 1/4", then 1/4" more and stitch all the way around the hem.

That's it!  A sweet little summer dress without the trouble of making a bodice.  I love it you guys.  Seriously.  I made another tank top dress for myself to wear to Ryan's graduation.  I'll show you pics later.  
Happy sewing!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Family Fashion Week Day 3 - Anthropologie Bracelet for Mommy

Welcome to day 3 of Family Fashion Week!  
Today we are making an Anthropologie copycat bracelet for you.

 I was inspired by the Tres Flores bracelet at Anthropologie.

I know theirs is a brassy color, but I could not find any beads in that color that were pretty. 
So I went with silver. 
Anthro's version cost $158.00. 
Mine cost about $15.00.  A savings of  $143.00 - woo hoo!!

Here's what you'll need to make your own!

Lobster claw clasp
Jump rings

Filigree Beads

Scrap pieces of blue fabric, orange tulle, pink yarn
Jewelry Pin with head
Pearl bead
Small pliers

Step 1:  Connect your beads. You will be making 3 rows of beads - I ended up linking two jump rings in between each bead because I liked the movement it gave the bracelet.  If you buy oval jump rings, you probably will not need to do this. 

Step 2:  Once you have completed all 3 rows,
 you will need to connect them to the spacers.

Start with the middle row and connect one jump ring to the last bead and the middle hole of the spacer.

Repeat this with the other two rows, and then again on the other end with another spacer.

Step 3:  Using a jump ring, connect the lobster clasp to the middle ring in the spacer.
On the other side, simply connect a jump ring to the middle ring in the spacer.

Step 4:  Make the flowers.  Cut a small flower out of blue fabric.  Insert the pin through the pearl bead, then push it through the center of the fabric flower.

Make two pom poms.  One out of orange tulle and one out of pink yarn.  Just wrap the yarn/fabric around one finger a few times.  Slide it off your finger and tie a piece across the center of the loops.  Snip the loops so they poof out, making a pom pom.  Wrap wire around the center of each, and twist the wire securely.

Step 5:  Attach the flowers to the bracelet.  The blue flower connects to two beads on two different strands - the center strand and the right strand.  Insert the pin into one bead and then through a second one.  Twist the pin into a loop to secure it.
The orange flower then goes onto a bead on the left strand - a little below the blue flower.  Insert the wire into the holes on a bead and twist it on the back to secure it.

Repeat with the pink pom pom - but it goes on a bead on the center strand.  Once they are all attached it should look like this:
Now don your lovely bracelet and smile knowing you made it for less!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Family Fashion Week Day 2 - Little Shorts for Boy or Girl

Today is soooo exciting for two reasons:
First, you get an amazing tutorial about making shorts for your little princess or pirate,
and Secondly I am proud to introduce a new contributor to Sew Homegrown!!!
Let me introduce you to my dear friend Shannon!  She is one of The. Best. moms I know.  She has one little girl who is 5 and twin girls that are 4.  Yes she is a busy lady.  and SO talented.  She is an educator at heart - with an MS in Early Childhood Education, she has endless creative ideas for teaching children.  She also has mad sewing skills, works with polymer clay, felts, and makes all kinds of cute stuff.  I'm so excited to share her with you - you're going to love her.  She will be stopping by every Tuesday with something fun for us to do.  So welcome her with lots of sweet comments!!

Thank you, Jessica, for such a wonderfully overwhleming introduction. I am very excited to be a part of Sew Homegrown. I look forward to having alot of fun.

So, for today's Fashion Week post, we would like to dress out that special "Little" in your life.
We were inspired by these great shorts from GAP.

These are shorts for the boy but you can easily make shorts for the girl as well. You will be surprised by how easy this actually can be, I know I was. This is what you will need for this project:

1/2 to 1 yard of fabric (depending on size and length of shorts) I used 3/4 yard for size 2T short, but they were not as long as the inspiration picture
matching or coordinating thread
1 inch no-roll elastic cut to waist length
1 pair of shorts that fit your Little
Fabric marking pen
straight pins
sewing machine
Time needed: About 2 hours

First, layout your fabric right side facing up and then fold it in half. You should now have the wrong side facing out (I did not do this, so ignore my fabric). This will keep your marks on the wrong side of your shorts. By folding your fabric this way, when you cut your pattern pieces out, you cut two of each piece.

Now we are going to start to make your pattern for your shorts. Turn your shorts inside out and lay them flat.

I am right handed so, for you Lefties, just switch hands for this part. Place your right hand in the right leg of the shorts and reach through the shorts to the cuff of the left leg. Grasp the cuff of the left leg and begin to pull the cuff through the shorts and back into the right leg, folding the shorts in on themselves. Make sure that the shorts do not bunch.

Your shorts should now look like this. These are the front of my shorts.

Now arrange your shorts onto your folded fabric so that you have enough room to add an additional 1/2 inch all the way around for seam allowance, except for the waistband. You will only need to trace the shorts and NOT the waistband. If you are going to adjust the length, draw the length of your shorts first, and then add the additional half inch for your seam allowance.
Make sure your shorts are laid flat before your begin to trace the shape onto your fabric with your pen. The crotch of the shorts can be a bit tricky here, so take your time. Measure 1/2 in. from the edge of your shorts and make a mark on your fabric. REMEMBER do not measure around the waistband.
Continue to do this all the way around your shorts, making more marks where your shorts curve. Now connect the dots and you will have an outline of your shorts.
Now measure 1/2 inch away from the top of your shorts and draw another line. This is your seam allowance for your waustband.  Now you have your first pattern piece of your new shorts. Cut along your line, through both pieces of fabric to get the two front pieces of your shorts.

Now you need to fold your shorts in half in the opposite direction to get the back of your shorts. Lay your shorts on your folded fabric; again allowing for 1/2 in. seam allowance on all sides, plus additional length. Just as you did before, mark 1/2 in. out from your shorts and connect the dots. DO NOT trace around the waistband. Cut along your lines. You now have the two back pieces of your shorts.

Let's start stitching. Take one front piece and one back piece and place them right sides together. Line up the outside edges of the shorts and pin in place. Stitch this seam using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Repeat this for the other two pieces of the shorts. Press your seams flat (I didn't do this and it irritated me as I was assembling my shorts further on).

Now, place your two short pieces right sides together and line up the front seams and back seams. Pin in place, easing through the curved parts. Stitch this seam to the end of the curve and no farther. Press.

You should have a tube of fabric at this point; a front and a back to your shorts. Lay your shorts so that the full front side of your shorts are laying against the full back side of your shorts, folded at the side seams. You should be able to line up the crotch seams straight across and pin. MAKE SURE you line up the center seams exactly. Don't worry if you have more fabric on the back side of the crotch than the front side, this will be taken care of in the hem. It is most important that the center seams of the front and back line up. Stitch this seam and press.

Your shorts are coming together, YAY! Now lay your shorts flat again and measure the length of the waist. Double that number and add 1 and 1/2 inches (my length was 10 1/2, so doubled, that is 21 inches plus 1 and 1/2 inches is 22 1/2 inches). It is now time to cut your waistband. you will need a waist band 4 inches wide and the measured length (so my waist band was 4in. x 22 1/2in). Cut this out.

Press your waist band. Fold the long edges in 1/2 inch (on both sides) and press. Fold the waist band in half and press again. Now open your waistband. It should look like this. You now have your seam allowance marked on both sides and the center of your waist band marked.

Your shorts are still inside out. Lay your waist band right side down against the wrong side of the back of your shorts. Fold 1/2inch of one short side on your waistband in and line this fold up with the center seam of the back of your shorts. Let this 1/2 inch flap be loose. Pin your waist band to your shorts all the way around, matching the edges of your shorts to the edges of your waistband. When you reach the back of your shorts again, pin the 1/2inch flap on the waist band to the remaining flap of your waist band on the opposite side, lining this seam up with the center back seam of your shorts. Stitch this small seam first, keeping your shorts out of the way. Cut away any remaining fabric from this seam. Finger press this seam open. Now stitch your waist band to your shorts.

Turn your shorts right side out. They should look like this. Press this seam up towards the waistband.

Now fold your waistband, at the pressed fold, on to your shorts. Starting at the back center seam, measure out 1/2 inch on either side of the seam and place 2 pins for your starting point and ending point where you will top stitch your waistband to your shorts. This leaves a 1 inch opening for you to insert your elastic. Now pin your waist band to your shorts all the way around.

Starting at your first two pins of your waist band, top stitch a scant 1/4 inch all the way around your waistband down and stop at your last two pins.

Measure your Little's waist and add 2 inches to that measurement (my waist measurement was 20 inches plus 2 inches is 22 inches). Cut that length from your elastic.

Put a large safety pin through on end of your elastic and thread it through your opening in the back of your waistband on your shorts. Make sure to pin down the other end of your elastic so it doesn't get pulled through the waistband.
Overlap the ends of your elastic by 1 inch and stitch an X through them to ensure the elastic won't come un-sewn. Adjust your tension to a higher setting for this, it is a bit easier to sew through elastic when your tension is tighter.
Tuck the elastic into your waist band and top stitch your opening closed.

They look like real shorts now, are you excited? Lets hem them up.

I chose to make a 1/4 inch hem. Start at the outside seam of your short leg and old up the edge of your short leg to the inside a 1/4 of an inch. Pin in place.
Do this all the way around the leg. I pressed as I went because the pins didn't stay in place well with the small seam, but do what works for you. When you get to the inside of the short near the crotch, you will see that longer part that was left out when you sewed the crotch seam. This is where you fix that.

You will fold that longer part in. It will be more than 1/4 of an inch. Just adjust the length so that the fold matches up evenly with the rest of the short leg. I pinned here for better control. Press this all down.

Now fold up the hem again, another 1/4 of an inch and press well. Stitch in place. Repeat this for the other leg of your shorts and you are DONE!!!

Aren't they sweet? Just in time for warmer weather and fun in the sun. I hope your Little enjoys them!


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