Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Maternity Sewing Roundup

 Luvinthemommyhood made an extensive list of free maternity sewing tutorials and patterns.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Nursing Dresses




Tricia from Made by me. Shared with you shares the tutorial to sew up this very flattering 2 piece nursing dress. Say hello to comfort and style. It does a great job of hiding the 'pouch' while working well for nursing the baby.


nursing skirtdress DIY

Here's another clever design for a nursing dress in a guest by Shwin and shwin at A Jennuine Life. Shauna of Shwin and Shwin shows how to sew this beautiful dress which is so convenient for nursing. Get the tutorial for Spring into skirts Nursing Dress over at A Jennuine Life.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

10 mins maternity tunic


10 mins maternity tunic DIY


Very talented girls at The Beautiful Mess made this maternity tunic..in 10 mins. Bet it can't get any better than this, or any faster. Get the tutorial to make this fabulous maternity tunic in ten minutes.


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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Turn About the room maternity dress

anthro inspired maternity dress DIY


Miriam of Mad Mim shows how to sew this Turn About the Room maternity dress inspired by Anthropologie. What can I say - Big Style on Small Bucks. Right? Get the printable pdf and the complete tutorial to sew Turn About The Room Dress at DIY maternity.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Margaret maternity dress free pattern

margaret maternity dress free sewing pattern


I'm kind of blown away with all the stylish maternity clothes bloggers have been sewing. One wonders why the places like motherhood maternity can't come up with designs like these. Anyhow, you don't need to wonder because you could always sew these dresses yourself. Feather's flight shows how to sew this fabulous Margaret maternity dress yourself.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Maternity Tee from a too long Tshirt

sewing tutorial for upcycling a big tee into maternity tee

Using hubby's tees to go through the final stretch of pregnancy? Sure! But spruce them up quickly and easily with this semi-homemade maternity tee tutorial from Dana of MADE. Same comfy, cozy tee with a lot more pizazz.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Empire Waist blouse

empire waist blouse pattern


This top is not really a maternity top. But I think this style would easily work for a pregnant belly. Get the free pattern and easy directions over at Craft Habit.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Prepster Maternity Skirt



Elisabeth of Growing Home sews this prepster maternity skirt while waiting for the baby. Its cute, its comfy and one of those things that look fab on the bump. Get the tutorial for prepster maternity skirt over at Growing Home.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Three in one maternity swimsuit

maternity swimsuit sewing

 Couldn't find a perfect swimsuit for your pregnant belly? Why bother when you can sew the perfect one. You can change it to a non-maternity swimsuit once the baby is out.

Get the sewing tutorial for a 3 in 1 swimsuit at Cotton and Curls.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Maternity Calendar Tee

DIY maternity calenday Tee



If I had seen this tutorial during my pregnancy, I would have definitely made this. So clever and cute! And it would be so much fun to point it to the stranger asking when I'm due, not to mention crossing off each week. If you're expecting you just have to make this tee. The tutorial for this calendar pregnancy tee is over at DIY maternity ( tutorial by Miranda of One Little Minute).



Friday, July 20, 2012

Maternity shirt from a Men's button down

Dress shirt to maternity Top refashion


This is one garment that you can make in no time. Just take a men's button down shirt, try it on and add some elastic. Et Voila! Get the complete tutorial over at DIY maternity for this dress shirt to maternity top transformation.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tiered maternity dress



Jessica at Me Sew Crazy whips up this cool tiered maternity dress for her pregnancy. I have one of these ( non-maternity) and I can vouch for the comfort factor that these dresses bring. Get the sewing tutorial for tiered maternity dress at Me Sew Crazy.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Maternity tunic/dress tutorial


sewing a maternity tunic


I Make Stuff has the tutorial to make this trendy tunic from a big ugly Tshirt. You have to see the before pictures to believe the transformation. Check out the sewing tutorial for Maternity tunic.

sewing a maternity pintuck top

Tricia from Made by Me Shared With You has made this beautiful maternity pintuck top to wear to a wedding. She shares some notes on how to make your own pintuck top here.


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Monday, July 16, 2012

Maternity dress sewing pattern

While pregnancy is an exciting phase of life, it brings with it a series of changes that take some getting used to. The funniest part is that by the time you get used to some changes your body is changing even more. So wardrobe crisis is a normal during pregnancy ( ask me how I know). But no worries...we have got you covered ( pun intended!) with the help of some creative bloggers who gone through the phase themselves and came out dressed to the nines. For the rest of the July we will feature maternity sewing tutorials so you or your pregnant friends/sisters can feel fabulous with the bump. I only wish I happened upon these tutorials while I was pregnant...

maternity maxi dress pattern




Just because you are pregnant doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style and fashion. Jill from Made It On Monday brings a new style and flair to maternity wardrobe with the tutorial for this Maxi Dress.

maternity dress sewing tutorial

Another super comfortable dress by Megan and Stephanie of Do It Yourself Divas.  They have a bunch of variations of above dress on the page, all of them look gorgeous and comfortable. Check out the tutorial for The Perfect Maternity Dress over at Do It Yourself Divas.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Skirt Sewing Roundup

 There are so many great skirt tutorials and patterns out there that I couldn't possibly cover them all in one fortnight. Instead, I'm doing this roundup so you could check out all of them yourself. Here're some really cool websites compiling/featuring awesome skirt sewing tutorials:

Skirt Week By Crafterhours
Crafterhours hosted Skirt Week Last month and had everything skirts on their blog during the time. checkout the above link for all the tutorials featured during the series. And don't forget to check out the amazing reader submissions while you're there.

Skirting the Issue at Project Run And Play 
Project Run And Play is hosting "Skirting The Issue" party to donate skirts to girls in need. They are featuring a lot of skirt sewing tutorials to inspire the readers for this worthy cause.


Skirt Tutorials Compilation by Max California

A long list of tutorials compiled by Max California. Great resource.

Skirt Linky party by Threading My Way

 Tutu Drive Little Pink Monster Hosted this Tutu Drive with the mission of donating dress up clothes to kids in hospital. The link has compilation of the various tutorials featured for the drive.

I have also compiled some hubpages for skirt tutorials. Here're the pointers:

Skirt tutorials compilation 1
Skirt tutorials compilation 2

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Appliqued Skirts tutorials

 Appliques are a great and fun way of perking up a plain piece of clothing, and skirts in particular provide a big blank canvas for appliques. Not to mention the great scrap buster that appliques are. Here're the tutorials for two fun skirts that use appliques as the core design element:
bookworm skirt sewing tutorial

This bookworm skirt makes such a creative use of appliques. This will forever be my go to gift for a book loving little girl. Get the complete tutorial for the bookworm skirt here at living with the punks.

frooty Skirt sewing tutorial
Here's an appliqued skirt I made on my daughter's request. I simply love the fact that this is one of the few pieces of clothing she begs me to wear, instead of the other way round. Get the tutorial for this Frooty Skirt at blooms And Bugs.

And here's a super clever and cute butterfly applique skirt that I featured earlier.

PS: This is the last edition of skirt tutorials fortnight that started on July 1st. From tomorrow we will start a new series. Although, my bookmark list is overflowing with many more awesome skirt tutorials. I may do a roundup later today just to point you to more skirt awesomeness out there.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sewing Tutus and pettiskirts

Dress up Skirts for Tutu Drive


I don't think any skirt sewing roundup would ever be complete without featuring some Tutus and Pettiskirts. What little girl doesn't want them in her stash. So here are some sewing tutorials for these fun skirts:

Happy Together made these beautiful Dress Up skirts for her little girl as well as for charity. I want one of these little numbers for myself. Get the sewing tutorial for Dress Up Skirts here.


I think every little girl would be jumping with joy if they were to wear these pettiskirts made by Ashley of Make It and Love It. Ruffly, Fluffy, Twirly...get the tutorial and measurements to make this pettskirt at Make It and Love It.

As if that much fluff is not enough, here's Cotton Candy Skirt from Simple Simon and Co. A very different way of using Tulle, but with the same fabulous results. Get the tutorial for sewing Cotton Candy Skirt over at Simple Simon and Co.


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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sew Skirts with shorts or skort

sew a skirt with shorts

 The fun of skirt with the ease of shorts...umm...yes please. Ellen from The Long Thread brings this skirt with shorts tutorial to give you just that.

skort sewing tutorial

 Or you can check out my pleated skort sewing tutorial at Blooms And Bugs for sewing this pleated skort.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gypsy skirt pattern and tutorial - Sew Pretty Sew Free Exclusive


gypsy skirt sewing tutorial


This is another one of those - bubbling inside my head - patterns. I have seen many version of this skirt, in various sew and shows online and in stores too. I had always wanted to make one, but circular cuts kind of make me nervous.
Finally I couldn't ignore the tiny voice in my head and thought- at the most I'll waste some fabric and an hour ( yeah its that simple...I don't know what I'm afraid of really) let me just go ahead and do it. So I did some calculations in my head, got off my butt and started cutting. Less than an hour later I had this skirt. Honestly, its a real sew easy project. Other than cutting the pattern ( which has only 2 pieces) there's really not much to this skirt. But it looks really cool, and has a nice twirl factor.
I made the pattern in 2-3 years size, which I'm sharing here. More importantly though, I show you how to draft this pattern yourself in any size. It is pretty easy and quick.

Supplies:

Knit fabrics in 2 coordinating colors - I'm recommending knit fabrics because they're more forgiving. Even if you don't get the pattern just right at the first go you will still do ok with the knits. You can use wovens once you're confident about the pattern. Since the pattern is cut in circular strips it uses a lot more fabric than regular skirts. I used up 2 XL sized tank tops to make this skirt in 2-3T size. I recommend doubling whatever amount of fabric you use for a regular skirt.

Elastic for the waistband - I reused the hem of a Tshirt for the waistband in the skirt above, if you want to do the same you will need narrow ( quarter inch) elastic.
If you're making the waistband from scratch you may want to use the wider ( 1 inch ) elastic.


Construction:

Pattern:
Here's the pdf pattern for sewing the skirt in 18-24 months size. Cut 8 pieces ( 4 in each color), use the line that is shown as 'spike' while cutting your pattern. Ignore the 'Flush' line. 


Drafting the pattern:
You could also draft your own pattern for other sizes. It is pretty easy to do it.

First you need to measure the required length of the skirt. Lets call it L1. Now calculate L=L1-0.5 inch



Now take a big bowl or plate and measure L along its circumference. Mark the begin and end points of L. Now take a big paper and draw along the circumference of the bowl, between the points you have marked.


Now draw a 3 inch line starting at the top of the curve you made in step 3.

At the other end of the horizontal line, again place the bowl and draw the curve between the two points. The only thing to remember is that the skirt has to flare from top to bottom, so make sure the bowl is not placed in the same curve as the first one, but makes a curve away from the first one.

Join both the end points. This will become the hemline if we had to sew a skirt with even hemline.

But since we're making a gypsy skirt with uneven hem, draw another line perpendicular to the second curve. Extend the first curve to meet the line we just drew. Lets call this line "SPIKE" and the one we drew earlier "FLUSH". We are going to use "SPIKE" line for this skirt.

Now calculating the number of pieces making the skirt.

First measure the waist and add 2 inches to it - lets call it W

Now lets assume a half inch sewing margin for simplicity.  So divide W by 2 inches. The 'quotient' is the number of pieces you will need to finish this skirt.  Cut half of the pieces from one color and the other half of them in another color. If the number of pieces is odd then add one more piece to make both the colors equal. It will adjust when we add the elastic.


Assembling the skirt:


sewing a redondo



1. This part is really easy. Basically place convex side of one strip with the concave side of the other strip in different colors and sew with right sides together. Just make sure to keep the top of the strip at the top. If you cut it right then one side of the strips will be longer than the other, thats ok. Don't stretch any of the strips to make them equal, just sew normally until one strip ends. The extra length is what causes all the spikes at the hem. Repeat with all the strips. Join the last two together to complete the skirt. ( the pieces shown above are from another project but the construction is same. Gypsy skirt pattern just has spikes at the hemline, instead of a straight hem as shown below, but you use the same method to join two pieces)




2. For the waistband just cut the tank/tee one inch above the hemline. Measure the top of the skirt and cut the required width. Insert an elastic with the help of a safety pin and sew the two ends together.


3. Sew the waistband to the top of the skirt made in step 1. Right sides together.



Put it on the child. Enjoy the twirls.


If you like this skirt you may like this colorblocked jumper too. It has been cut the same way but with the "flush" line instead of spike. Here is the tutorial for Colorblocked Twirly Jumper on Blooms And Bugs.

Update: The tutorial has been featured on A Round Tuit and Craft Gossip.




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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fishtail Skirt Sewing Tutorial

fishtail skirt sewing pattern


Jessica of Me Sew Crazy made this very unique and trendy skirt as her entry to the Project Run And Play. With the high low skirts and dresses being all the rage right now, you just can't go wrong with this skirt. If you have ever made a circle skirt, then making this skirt would be really easy. Get the tutorial for Fishtail Skirt here at Me Sew Crazy.


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Monday, July 9, 2012

Knit Peplum skirt tutorial

sewing a peplum skirt


Alida from I Make Stuff shows how to make this knit Peplum Skirt over at Simple Simon and Co. I love love love that polka dot ( don't we all ?) and the skirt looks very easy to make. Go here for the tutorial of Knit Peplum Skirt.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Reversible Circle Skirt Sewing tutorial




Cherie from You & Mie shares the tutorial for this beautiful skirt. The pattern is very simple circle skirt but Cherie puts a great twist on it and makes it reversible. Get the how to over at This Heart of Mine.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Runway Inspired Skirt tutorial

Runway Inspired Skirt tutorial

Cotton and Curls sews up this gorgeous runway inspired skirt which she calls Stand and Deliver Skirt. She also shows us how to make it. Go here for the tutorial for Stand And Deliver Skirt.

apparently the skirt is so popular that  she had to update the tutorial to emphasize some steps. Here's the link to the updated tutorial for Stand and deliver skirt.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Cascading Ruffle Skirt Pattern



Here's a very cute, very unique skirt pattern and tutorial by very talented Ashley of Lil Blue Boo. She gives you the pattern and tutorial for this beautiful and flouncy skirt. I don't think you could ever go wrong with an easy to make bouncy, twirly skirt for a little girl.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Belle Layered Skirt Tutorial

sew belle layered skirt

 Here's one of my tutorials that I am really proud of- Belle Layered Skirt posted at Moda Bake Shop. The skirt is fun to sew with some interesting design details - like pickups on the outer layer, ruffled hems, coordinated belt loops and grosgrain belt.
Get the tutorial and pattern for the belle layered skirt at Moda Bake Shop.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Chalk Lines Skirt Tutorial

fitted skirt pattern

Need a well tailored skirt to wear to work or something 'serious'. Check out this chalk lines skirt tutorial by One Avian Daemon. This skirt has a number of details like the piping, pockets and the zipper at the back, these details not only make it very unique and stylish but also make it well fitting.  A well made garment indeed.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Patriotic Ruffled Skirts


ruffled skirt sewing tutorial

How adorable are these ruffled skirts? Made with the patriotic colors these skirts are sure to make your little girl the center of attraction this july. Sew these pretty skirts with the tutorial for Ruffled skirts by Mama Says Sew.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Denim Ribbon Skirt

denim ribbon skirt tutorial

This skirt looks so fancy, its hard to believe that it was made from a pair of jeans and is so easy to make. Get the recipe for this DEnim, ribbon skirt over at Delicate Construction. Sure to be a child pleaser.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Butterfly skirt sewing tutorial

We just concluded a month of summer sewing. Did you ever wonder why there weren't enough skirts among the summer wear? Well that's because I was planning to bring you a whole fortnight of skirts. Yep! Starting today we are going to share one amazing skirt pattern with you everyday until June 15th. After that there will be a new series beginning but more on that later.
For now, enjoy the most versatile, fun and flirty garment of the summer. Bring on The Skirt.

butterfly skirt sewing tutorial

When I first saw the this skirt doing rounds on pinterest, I was simply awestruck. That must have taken some serious machine hours to make, no wonder it turned out so fabulous, I said to myself. Thankfully for me, Jessica from my Inner Need To Create also shared the sewing tutorial for this butterfly skirt at Project Run And Play. And you know what it is actually pretty easy to make this butterfly skirt. So don't wait! Run to this awesome tutorial by Jessica!