Emergency Hemming Solutions

Ever gotten ready to head out of the house, pulled on a pair of pants or a skirt and noticed part of the hem had come undone? Well here are three hemming solutions you can use in a time crunch till you can get the hem properly fixed (this means taking the time to sew it yourself or taking it to someone to sew it for you)

1. Staples – this may ruin the fabric of the item, and if the staple comes undone you might get scratched, but it will hold the hem till you can get it fixed

2. Safety Pins – may ruin fabric, they may come undone and scratch you, but it will hold the hem till you can get it fixed.

3. Stitch Witchery – an iron on item found in some grocery stores and almost all fabric stores. Creates a temporary hem that will last till the next washing.


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





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


  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.


Alberta fashion week was great. Now it’s off to Con-Version 26. At the Quality Inn airport location. Come down and check out that fantastic vendors and artists

TuTu – Rockin’ Out – DIY

30 Minute Tutu


  • 1 package of 1/2 inch elastic
  • 2-4 metres each of desired colours of tulle netting (the more tulle the more poofy)
  • 0.20 metres of cotton or satin for elastic casing
  • 1 metre of trim accent
  • Scissors
  • Thread to match main colour
  • Sewing machine
  • Safety pin


  1. Measure your waist/hip/ spot you want the tutu to sit.
  2. Cut 1/2 inch elastic to this length
  3. Fold tulle in half to desired length stich side seams
  4. Sew running stitch to gather tulle
  5. Cut casing out of cotton – elastic + 10 inches
  6. Sew casing side seams
  7. Fold casing fabric over 1/4 inch length wise – stitch  1/4 inch
  8. Fold casing fabric over 3/4 inch length wise – stitch 3/4 inch leaving
  9. Gather the tulle to fit the length of the cotton
  10. Sew gathered tulle to cotton casing using straigth stitch
  11. Insert elastic into casing – pin close with a safety pin
  12. Fit the tutu – adjust elastic as needed
  13. Zig Zag stitch elastic ends together flat
  14. Finish stitching casing seam
  15. Sew on trim to hide top edge of tulle and casing fabic

AFW 2010

Di Designs participated in the Alberta Fashion Weeks Spring/Summer show of September 26th to October 2nd 2010.  It was a lot of hard work, tons of stress to the build up of the show, but all worth while.

Below are some links from the event/review/blogs…basically anything that came up in good related to Di Designs and Alberta Fashion Week.

Pleather Corset


  • Two toned pleather corset


  • 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


  • 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