Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Crafty Mama's Funky Pants pattern

Obviously I didn't make these very funky!  I just wanted to take a trial run of this PDF pattern to see if the fit was good and if it would be liked by my daughter.  I am happy to report that she LOVES these pants.  This is an awesome yoga-style pant that is offered as a PDF pattern thru the Crafty Mama website.  These sewed up so quickly and easily and look so nice.  I also hemmed them with my coverstitch machine.  I will be making these in as many colored fabrics I can find.  These pants are made from a medium-weight, stretch French terry knit fabric, purchased from

I wish these came in an adult-sized pattern--I'd buy it today!  Update** 8/30 ** I just read where Crafty Mama's are printing a pattern in adult sizes--hurray!! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ruffled Jersey Knit Skirt Tutorial

Let's get started!
I used an adult size small tank here.  Whether you use this style shirt or a regular t-shirt, cut right below the sleeve seam.

Next, cut right up the side of the shirt.  This particular shirt did not have a seam on the side, but was tube shaped.
Take your jersey knit fabric and cut in 3" strips the width of the fabric.  This fabric has a directional print, so I want to be sure to have the words hanging the right direction on the skirt!
With chalk or marking tool, make your first line at the "top" of your hem line of your shirt.  Then, make a line every 1.5 inches until you have nine marks (a placement line for each ruffle).
Sew 2 basting lines to gather the top of your ruffle.  The first basting line I sew 1/4 inch from the seam and the next one I make between the line of stitching and the edge of fabric.
I gave my shirt a good pull on both sides where flat it measures about 35 inches across.  Gather your first ruffle making sure your ends are right on the measurement line.  You need to be accurate so your ruffles will line up when you sew your fabric together at the sides.  Even out your gathering stitches.
 Pin in place, working from bottom up.
I use a small ruler to make sure I'm keeping each ruffle where it falls about 1/2" below the gathering stitches of the ruffle beneath it.
 Sew each ruffle to your shirt fabric with a large zigzag stitch.
After all ruffles are attached, BASTE your ruffle edges down each side.  You can use 9 ruffles, more or's up to you. 
Sew right sides together.  After you are finished attaching your ruffles, cut off the excess fabric at the top, leaving just enough fabric to sew a couple of basting lines to gather your skirt to your waistband. If you cut your fabric right at the top of your first ruffle, it is really hard to pull those gathering stitches thru all that bulk of fabric.Attach a yoga-style waistband to the top.  Here is a tutorial by Modkid's Patty Young that I found online at the Sew Mama Sew Blog.  Yoga Band
The fabric I used for this tutorial was not as stretchy as the purple/floral skirt I made on the left.  Make sure that you get a jersey that has a good stretch.  It is softer and the bottom ends curl a little, which I like for this skirt.  I had to use a different pink fabric for the top of this skirt because it didn't have as much stretch.  My daughter chose this fabric, so I thought I would use it for this tutorial to see how it would work.  Oh, and I bought the "cheer" fabric on clearance for $1.95 a yard at  So, this skirt was cheaply made considering I made it with 1 yard of fabric and an old t-shirt.  Hurray!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!  It's so easy to leave out something when you are typing up a tutorial. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pac-Man anyone?

Here is yet another McCall's 6099 boy's shirt for my son.  Just because your pattern may be plain doesn't mean the shirt has to be!  I made this, but my son pretty much designed the details on it.  I just had to figure out how to make what he wanted. 

We went digging thru our button bin to find these cool buttons for his shirt.  I was just going to do black, but he had a better idea!  He even went thru my Gutermann thread matching up the color to the buttons.  

I needed to give the pocket a red background so it would stand out.  I was going to use bias tape, but it was too thick and wasn't working for me.  I bought a quarter yard of red fabric to trim the pocket and sleeves.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New Look 6961 Dress

Here is version C of New Look pattern 6961.  I made this dress in a size 7 with the length of an 8 for my daughter.   I decided to add a sash, which was not part of the pattern.  I just cut a 6" strip the width of the fabric, sewed it up the side, pressing flat with the seam in the middle back, and knotting the ends.  I did a few zig-zag stiches to secure it to the dress.

The pattern called for narrow hems on the bottom of each ruffle.  I decided just to turn them under 5/8" and hem with my coverstitch machine.  Jersey is a little fussy to work with, and there is quite a bit of fabric to work with on each of these ruffles!  This was definitely a time saver for me.

This was my first "V-neck" with stretch knit.  I just knew I would be picking my stitches out, but I got it on the first try.  I just basted and worked painfully slow with it and that definitely worked for me.

I really think this is a cute, light-weight dress for summer.  The leggings are from Old Navy.  I have made leggings, but with Old Navy sales and coupon codes, it's just easier to buy them and devote my sewing time to actual outfits instead.  I can tell that my daughter likes this already.  It's just an easy-to-wear kind of dress!

I'm not sure if you can tell by the picture or not, but there is a little pink in the "Roxy" fabric.  We had to choose from my small stash pile of fabrics, and the pink and white stripes seemed like the best option.  I like it!  I purchased these jersey knits from Girl Charlee fabrics (great prices on knits).

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Convert your Barbie Camper to a Monster High Camper

Chances are if you have or know any young girls, they LOVE Monster High dolls--mine do!  As a result, their pink Barbie campers just sat in the corner neglected.  That is until my creative-thinking daughters had a marvelous idea...convert their campers over to the Monster High theme.  As soon as they shared this idea with their Dad, he immediately went to work on dismantling their campers, making sure to keep all wires intact.  What good is a toy toilet if it doesn't flush, right?  Here are are a series of pictures showing how the transformation took place.  What do you think?

take it all a part
red windows
inside and out

 paint with primer first

now the black paint


all back together!

complete with new canopy for pop-out patio!

I took a part the pink canopy and used it as a pattern for this one-- white chiffon, black tulle, and red ribbon.

This is just one of two.  The other camper will be identical with the exception of a different canopy.  My girls typically like things the same, but there will always be atleast one detail that makes it all their own.  I will post a picture of the completed second camper once finished.

8/26/12 Update***  Here are pictures of the 2nd camper renovation :)

 dark purple toilet

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Farbenmix Boy's Imke Shirt

Here's another hooded shirt for my son.  This is about the 3rd or 4th time I have used this pattern.  This is from the book "Sewing Clothes Kids Love."  What a great is so true.  This is one of my son's favorite shirts to wear.  Pattern pieces include a front, back, sleeve, and hood.  All of this is sewn by serger with the exception of top stitching on the hood only.  I used my coverstitch machine for the hems.  I purchased the fabric from an Etsy store.  This fabric has very little stretch to it--maybe 10%--yikes!  I honestly didn't know if it would fit because of that, so I made sure to only sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.  It is a little snug pulling on and off with the neck, but nothing to prevent him from wearing it.  My son likes his shirts a little on the long side, so I did lengthen the hem a couple of inches and kept the sleeves with a minimal 1/2" hem allowance.
I really tried hard to match the design up, which wasn't very easy since the lines of the fabric print are not consistent!  I am thrilled how it turned out. 

I'm always on the lookout for fun and funky fabrics to make his shirts that more interesting.  One thing I love about sewing is that most times, it will be a one of a kind.  He'll definitely be easy to spot out on the playground when he wears this shirt!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Modkid Swim Cover-up....take two!

Have I told you how much I love Modkid....of course I have!  See my first review here.  When you have two little girls, you make everything in sets of two!
To quote my daughter, "I feel like I am wearing a dress made of clouds." :)  That is a great review from an 8-year-old!