Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Easy DIY Circle Skirt - Pattern Review




I’ve been making circle skirts for a few years now.  I often get frustrated over the moment when
I have to put in a zipper.  With my busy schedule, I barely get in enough time to sew, and
usually when I do, I am extremely sleepy and exhausting.  Which means chances of my
garment coming out totally perfected is 50/50.

Recently, I was asked to make a circle skirt with a tulle covering for my daughter’s best
friend.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you know sewing for anyone other than
myself gives me anxiety.  I haven’t really sewn since August. Inserting a zipper??
Probably longer than that.

I remembered some years ago, I purchased a skirt similar to the one she was requesting.
I then went on a search to find a way to make this garment for her without having to insert
a zipper.  I found a video from What the Craft that came a long with a template to guide
me in making the skirt.  When I looked at it, it looked familiar. Someone had sent me this
guide a while back only when I used it, things didn’t come out so great.  Luckily I was
able to find there was a YT video!! (insert applause).

Let me first say, the error was definitely USER ERROR and not that of the creator.  When
printing the graph, there is a note that states when printed, the square placed on the page
should be 4 * 4.  Weeelllll…. When I first created this, I didn’t measure it. When I went back to
the copies I had, the square was bigger. Problem #1.  So when I cut it out, I measured it
according to my waist size. Problem # 2. This left the waistband to the skirt a little too big.
Thank goodness I was using a muslin.  It actually is wearable if I wearing a knit shirt over top like this.

Y’all know me, I’m wearing this skirt.

So I watched the video that was created to go along with the template.  Being as though I
am a visual learner, this worked perfectly for me. Well almost perfect.  Leave it to me to
have my own agenda and break the rules.

After watching the video three times - I was ready to use regular fabric.  This time, I
followed the video directions to a tee! That was the best decision I could have made.  

Materials:
2 yards of fabric ( I used a lightweight denim here from Mood Fabrics)
Matching Thread
Elastic
Taylor's Chalk
Pins
Scissors
Sewing Machine


Step One:  Cut the template one size below my waist measurement.  

Step Two:  Fold your fabric by the width - then fold again.

Step Three:  Place the template on the side that has 2 folds on top of each other then trace.

Step Four: using your tape measure, measure down to the length you want then mark it all the
way around.  I used Tailor’s chalk for my markings.

This is what you will have when all your lines are traced.


Step Five: Then cut along the lines.  It should look like this when it’s all cut out.


Step Six: Measure out your waistband band (Waist minus 2 ½ to 3 inches)


Step Seven: Close it up... Put the 2 ends together and sew a 1/2 inch seam



PIN…. and attach the elastic waistband

Step Eight:   Let Skirt hang overnight.  I placed it on Penelope, but you can use a hanger.


Step Nine:  Hem the skirt at your desired length.

Step Ten: Try on skirt with a fly top

Here’s the final product.  I have to go back to the video.  I’m not sure if I was suppose to attach
the waistband on the front or back of the fabri.  I attached it from the back, but now I think it will
be better for me to do it on the front.  That way I can make sure everything is lined up. It was hard
to see with the black thread on the black elastic, but once I get back into sewing more, I’m sure
that will improve.

I’m very happy how it falls.  Before hemming it, I let it hang for more than 24 hours and then followed
the hemming instructions.

I will DEFINITELY create this skirt over and over again!! It was so easy to (once I followed the directions)

Now to do it all again and add tulle!

Let me know in the comments what you think!  Which way do you prefer to wear
your circle skirts?  With or without a zipper?


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Watch the tutorial of how to make this Circle Skirt and grab the template from What the Craft Here.


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Monday, March 26, 2018

My Creative and Sewing space



I made a declaration to myself that 2018 was going to be the year that I, the Caterpillar, evolved from the cocoon and walk boldly into everything that was laid on my heart to do as the Butterfly that God created me to be.

Image result for evolution of the butterfly

In doing that, I had to change my environment to set myself up for success  With multiple projects coming down the line, I needed space to create and get it all done.

See how I turned my barely used dining room into a room that now pulls me in to and I now create in the video below.

Where do you do most of your creative work?  Let me know in the comments below.




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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gertie's Sewing Book Review

Ever since YouTube made a suggestion of me watching a video with Gretchen Hirsch, through Good Housekeeping TV, I've been secretly stalking Gretchen a.k.a. "Gertie".  To see her reminds me to the Stepford wives movie and how the actors dresses so vintage.  Vintage.  That's a great way to describe her aesthetic.  To me, she is the Vintage Queen!

As I became more serious about my drive for sewing,  I decided to start my Sewing book library.  I managed to get my hands on 2 of her books - Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book.

Below you will see my video review of these 2 books.  These are books that you definitely want on your shelf.  I find the Ultimate Dress Book tobe more of a text book style.  She starts from the very beginning of sewing.  She even teaches about the different types of fabric.  Every beginner, intermediate, and Advanced sewer can learn from this book.

Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comment section.




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Happy Sewing!!

Friday, January 19, 2018

DIY Whipped Body Butter

Hey guys!!!


Valentine's will be here before you know it!!


Why not hand make your gift this year and make a delicious smelling Body Butter for your loved one this year.  Add the Body Scrub and you've got yourself a nice little gift set.


I made a ton of these for Christmas for family and friends and it was a BIG HIT!!!!!


Watch below to see how I made these!






Once you make your own,  come back and let me know how they turned out.



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Happy Creating!!





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