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Simple Tank Top

Spring is coming – sometimes you want a simple tank top to wear about or go camping with. Provided is a pattern that you can use to make your own spring/summer top.

Materials:

  • Paper to draft pattern
  • Measuring tape
  • Coloured pencils (I use red and blue)
  • Fabric with some stretch (2 inches of fabric stretched to 3 inches minimum)
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Drafting the pattern:

  1. Take the following measurements Bust, Waist, Hip, and Shoulder to desired length, arm-syth (arm-syth is the measurement of the shoulder and arm – the area you arm fits through on a sleeve).
  2. Divide the bust, waist and hip measurements by 4 then add 1 ½”.
    1. Bust of 34” / 4 = 8 ½” + 1 ½ = 10”
    2. Waist of 27” / 4 = 6 ¾” + 1 ½ = 8 ¼”
    3. Hip of 36” / 4 = 9” + 1 ½ = 10 ½”
  3. Divide the arm-syth measurement by 2.
  4. Draw out two rectangles that are equal to the largest of the measurements plus 2” wide, and shoulder to desired length plus 3”.
  5. Mark down 1” from top and bottom of the rectangle-draw a dotted line. This is the seam allowance for the shoulders and the hem.
  6. Mark a bust line, waist line and hip line on both rectangles at the same heights
  7. Along each line place a do at the measurement for length.
  8. Draw a curve between these three dots.
  9. Draw a curve for the arm-syth – this is where you want the shoulder to sit.
  10. Measure the width you wish the strap to be (1” – 3”)
  11. Draw a curve for the front and back neckline as desired.

 

Sewing Instructions:

Cut out the pattern

Pin the pattern to the fabric. The stretch of the fabric should be across the pattern width wise and the pattern should be placed on the fold of the fabric.

Cut out the fabric.

Pin side seams right side of fabric together – sew ½” seam allowance

Pin should seams right side of fabric together – sew ½” seam allowance

Hem as needed along neck line – ¼” ¼” turn and top stitch

Hem the bottom edge – ½” ½” turn and top stitch.

Voila you have a simple tank to enjoy the nice weather in.

PJ Pants – Made Simple

I don’t know about you, but when the weather turns cooler I look forward to getting home from work and relaxing in a pair of comfy cozy pajama pants. This is why I am giving you all the information you need to make your very own PJs by making your own pattern.

Measurements needed:

  • waist
  • hip
  • 1/2 girth
  • inseam
  • waist to floor
  • ankle circumference

 

Materials need:

  • newspaper
  • masking tape
  • coloured markers
  • paper scissors
  • measuring tape
  • fabric 2 to 3 meters (fleece/flannel/cotton) [Should be length of waist to floor measurement +3 inches time 2] you can also make the pattern to take to the store and they can help you determine how much fabric you need.
  • 1 package of 1 inch elastic
  • 2 packages of thread to match fabric
  • 1 package of stick pins
  • 1 safety-pin

Making the pattern: (use old newspapers masking taped together – can be bigger then the rectangle needed. Use markers to draw lines)

1)      Draw a rectangle that is ½ your hip measurement plus 2 inches for the width and the waist to floor measurement plus 4 inches.

2)      Mark the corners A B C & D

3)      From A to B measure a quarter of the waist + 3” [label this (a)]

4)      From B to D measure down half of the ½ girth measurement plus 2 inches [label this (b)]

5)      Draw half a U between points (a) and (b)

6)      Determine what type of leg fit you want (1) tapered [ankle measurement +2 inches] (2) standard [ankle measurement + 4to5 inches] (3) wide 9 [ankle measurement + 6to7inches] Measure the desired width between  C and D label (c)

7)      Length between (b) and (c) should be inseam plus 2-3inches.

8)      Between lines A & B measure down 2 inches and draw a line. Label this CASING LINE

9)      Between lines C and (c) draw line. Draw another line 2 inches above and label it HEM LINE.

10)  Between lines A & C draw town arrows connected to a line and write CUT 2 ON FOLD

Building your PJ pants:

  1. Pre-wash your fabric so that it is pre-shrunken
  2. Fold fabric in half lengthwise
  3. Cut out your pattern using the paper scissors
  4. Place pattern on fold as indicated
  5. Pin pattern to fabric
  6. Double check placement
  7. Cut fabric out
  8. Replace pattern and repeat steps 4 to 7
  9. Unfold the cut out pieces of fabric and place together with right sides together.
  10. Stitch crotch seams together (a)
  11. Re – adjust fabric so that the crotch seams are in the center.
  12. Stitch leg seams together (b)
  13. Sew top casing by measuring 1/2inch down fold and press then measure 1inch down fold and press
  14. Pin casing, sew casing of pants leaving a 2inch area unstitched at either of the center seams
  15. Thread the elastic using a safety-pin through the casing and around to the other side.
  16. Try on the pants; adjust the elastic as needed for the perfect fit. Keep elastic pinned till it is sewn together.
  17. Take off the pants.
  18. Sew elastic together on the machine. Finish stitching the casing.
  19. To hem, fold bottom of pant leg up 1/2 inch press, then measure  1 inch up and press. Pin in place
  20. Repeat step 19 with the other leg
  21. Top stitch hem as pinned.

 

Voila you have your very own PJ Pants.

New Sewing Machine Required – Tutu

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Material:

  • Elastic (1″ width)
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Tulle/left over fabric/ribbon

Instructions:

  1. Cut fabric into 2″ / 4″ / 6″ width strips and double desired length +2″
  2. Cut elastic to finished size plus 1″  (size can be waist measurement, hip measurement)
  3. Using the hand sewing needle sew together the two pieces of elastic (Elastic should overlap 1′)
  4. Stretch the elastic across the back of a chair
  5. Fold the strips of tulle in half and loop it around the elastic and pull it through. Repeat till done.

Ok so I lied a little, there is a little sewing involved but you don’t need a sewing machine. Any imperfections will be hidden by the tulle.

Pleather Corset

Project:

  • Two toned pleather corset

 Colour:

  • Black & Red

 Supplies & Notions:

  • Black pleather fabric
  • Red pleather fabric
  • Black satin lining
  • Fold over grommet tape
  • Black Thread
  • ¼ inch ridgeline boning
  • Medium weight interfacing

Notes:

  • Sewing the seams so that the wrong side of the pleather fabric touches the feed dogs to keeping it from chewing up the fabric.
  • I like to have the boning attached to the lining side of the fabric. Easier to replace if need be.
  • Use grommet tapes that fold over.
  • Cut down the seams after fitting to remove bulk.
  • Trim added to front seams to add dimension
  • Laced up back

Finished Project Details:

  • Bust 32 inches
  • Waist 26 inches
  • Front Length 14 inches
  • Time spent 2-3hours
  • Alterations – pleat in front