Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lila Tueller’s Retro Groovy Bag

I am thrilled with my new bag; it is both beautiful and fun to carry!  I would say that this bag is fairly easy to assemble given that Lila's directions are very clear and precise. 

I purchased Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet fabric for this project since I had already made Lila's funked out peasant blouse (see February post) in similar fabrics; I thought it would be fun to coordinate the two.  All other supplies were purchased thru Amazon and

Monday, June 11, 2012

Girls ruffled jersey knit skirt

Tutorial here

With an adult size small tank top, nine 3" strips of gathered jersey knit, and a yoga-style waistband, I was able to create this cute little skirt for my daughter! 

My daughter prefers soft and comfy clothes, so I have been on a mission to make things that she'll want to wear.  I will definitely be making more of these for my girls and one for myself.  If anyone would care to see a tutorial on this, please let me know and I will post one to my blog when I make another skirt!

I purchased this jersey knit thru while it was on sale.  It took less than a combined total of 1 yard to make this skirt. 

Thanks for stopping by!  --Shirley

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Bebe Dress

I LOVE Kay Whitt's new pattern "The Bebe Dress."  I made it today using Jennifer Paganelli's Crazy Love fabric.  Kay's instructions for an invisible zipper are awesome.  The pleats were a first time for me, and they were so easy and add such a nice detail to the dress.  This pattern is a new favorite of mine, and I cannot wait to make other versions of this pattern.  I did make a full bust adjust to the size small bodice front pattern piece.  What a difference that made!  For the first time ever, I feel the bust darts are in the right place.  I had a little trouble sewing the small bodice-sized piece to an XS skirt, but I know how to do that now.  Difficulty provides added experience and my next Bebe will sew up in a snap!  I just love all the beautiful fabrics out there to choose from.  Thank you Kay for another awesome pattern! 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Fabric Banner Tutorial

MATERIALS:  1 yard of fabric, 1 package of double fold bias tape, a home-made template, chalk/pencil, and scissors.

STEP ONE:  First you will need to make a template for your banner triangles. This can easily be accomplished by marking the midpoint of the bottom of an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of paper.  Next, take your ruler and line up your mark with each corner above. You can transfer this to a sturdier template by using cardstock, cardboard, or as I have done, a piece of templar.

STEP TWO: Fold your 1-yard fabric piece, right sides matching and selvages together. Next, iron out any wrinkles. Trace your triangles using your template. I like to use chalk to do this. To maximize space, flip your triangle over each time, lining its edge up with the last triangle made. This makes it very quick and easy to cut out! You will be able to make 2 horizontal rows. Cut out your triangles and sew them together right sides facing with a 1/4" seam, leaving the top open for turning. Trim the seam allowance at the point so it won't be bulky.

STEP THREE: Press your seams BEFORE you press your triangles flat.  Doing this little step makes your seams crease evenly. I am using my Tailor Board to do this.  If you aren't familiar with a Tailor Board, it makes pressing narrow seams and other smaller surfaces much easier.  I purchased mine thru Nancy's Notions. 

I like to clean up my edges a little with my ruler and rotary cutter.

STEP FOUR: Topstitch around your triangle 1/4" on the sides and 1/8" across the top. 

STEP FIVE:  Begin with 5" of your double fold bias tape, running a straight stitch seam to keep the folded edges together.  Next, place your first triangle between the open double fold, sewing slowly along the edge, encasing your triangle.  You can use pins or just hold in place with your fingers.

I spaced my triangles about 1/2" apart. Once you get to the end of one triangle edge, leave your needle down, raise your pressor foot, and then place your next triangle between the open fold of your bias tape. Use the tip of your pressor foot as a guide for beginning placement of your next triangle. You can put them as close or as far apart as you like. This placement works well for the amount of bias tape in one package.

FINAL STEP: Be sure to leave yourself about 5 inches of bias tape at the end of your banner. Make a loop at each end and secure it with a few stitches. One yard of fabric will make 14 triangles, and your banner will measure approximately 9-1/2 feet long. 

These make great decorations for any room!