When you already have too much to do… what should you do? Do more! 🙂 That sounds about right doesn’t it?
Well call me crazy but I decided to jump in and try filming a YouTube video tutorial. This is my first “film” (I use that term VERY loosely) so please forgive the awkwardness! What is it about? Well I think the title of this blog post gave it away… but it is a DIY underwear tutorial for the free Be Bashful Bikini pattern which you can download when you subscribe to this blog. I made it for anyone who would like some extra help or maybe this is you first time sewing underwear and you would like a “live” demonstration or maybe you’re just really into watching sewing videos.
Extra bonus is – you get to meet my sewing companion aka cat co-worker – Howard. He is the sweetest and loves hanging around the sewing machine.
Now what are you waiting for?! Depending on what time it is (who I am to judge though) pour yourself a glass of wine and head on over! 🙂
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Oh YEAH – Have you noticed it’s Valentine’s Day? Happy Valentine’s Day my lovelies! 😉
The Be Bashful Bikini was just released a little over a week ago and it had a great response! As you may already know, Be Bashful is a free underwear pattern available if you subscribe to this blog. For those of you who may be dabbling into lingerie for the first time using this underwear pattern I wanted to create a step-by-step photo tutorial to help you sew up Be Bashful.
Here we go! 🙂
Step 1: Sandwich the Bikini Back between the two lining pieces at the crotch. Make sure the right side of main fabric lining is facing the right side of the Bikini Back and the right side of the interior lining fabric is facing the wrong side of the Bikini Back.Use a zigzag stitch or overlock to sew the three pieces together.
Step 2: Match the right side of the Bikini Front with the right side of the main lining piece at the crotch seam.Twist the interior lining piece so the right side lines up with the wrong side of the Bikini Front at the crotch seam.Pin in place then sew. Your underwear will have a clean seam on the front and the back once you untwist.
Step 3: Pin the right sides of the front and back side seams together then stitch.
Step 4:Measure the waistband opening and the leg openings then subtract 2” from each.Cut your elastic based on these measurements.You will have three pieces of elastic.
Step 5: Overlap the raw edges of the waistband elastic by about 1/2” then stitch.Repeat this on the elastic for each leg opening.
Step 6: Divide the waistband four ways and mark each with a pin.Line up the seam of the waistband with either side seam of the bikini; keep right sides together and the scallop edges of the elastic towards the body of the garment.Stretch the elastic so that the pins match at both side seams and center front and center back.Pin then use a zigzag stitch while making sure to stretch the elastic to match the length of the fabric as you sew.Repeat for both leg openings.
Step 7:Flip the elastic to the wrong side of the fabric so the scallop edge now points away from the body of the garment. Next, zigzag stitch around the perimeter of the waistband and both leg openings on the right side.
Step 8:Finish and trim off any excess threads.
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I’ve been sewing on and off for quite sometime. A little over 10 years now to be exact. I always felt I was a bit held back with it especially when studying for higher education. I didn’t have as much time or spare funds to pursue it more regularly as I was a student then an independent adult trying to figure it all out. I always knew I wanted sewing and pattern design to play a large role in my life I just had to go out there and make it happen. It’s taken me longer than I’d like to admit to get myself to a point where I feel comfortable releasing my own design to share with the world but as they say there is no time like the present. Now I could keep waiting and waiting and waiting for the right time but I’ve decided to make this the right time. As another big thank you for all who have taken time to read my blog or to comment on my posts here or on Instagram I truly am grateful as your time is valuable and taking a few minutes to communicate with me really means so much to me. So thank you for all those who have supported my teeny little sewing corner on the net. Whether you read this blog or not I still am grateful for you and all the people that make this such a wonderful community. 🙂
Now I will not take too much more of your time so without further ado I want to announce the official release of the Be Bashful Bikini pattern!
What is Be Bashful?A pair of beautiful panties that feature a bikini cut, low-rise waistline with semi bottom coverage. They are sexy with just the right amount of modesty to wear as a comfortable everyday pair of underwear. Plus, they are FREE when you subscribe to this blog!
Who is Be Bashful for? For anyone who wants a pair of undies that have support and ease but still make you feel like you have a sexy secret. 😉
Why do you want it? You want Be Bashful because it’s okay for your lingerie to be a little timid and not show itself off but when they are ready you don’t mind if someone takes a little peek! 😉
Where is it and How do you get it? It’s right here! Just subscribe to Sewing Unaffiliated and a link will be emailed to you to download. When you subscribe you will not only get a free pattern but updates on the latest pattern releases too! Your privacy is important to me and I will not share your information with anyone. Enter your email in the side bar under “SUBSCRIBE VIA EMAIL” and click “FOLLOW” if you cannot wait any longer to download your Be Bashful panties!
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2017 was the year of the blog for me. I stepped out of my comfort zone and dove right into social media, my sewing and my fitness. There were a lot of growing pains and times were I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep going. As I began to learn more and more and really hone in on what works for me I found my groove in this unknown virtual space. However, it wasn’t possible without the support of a wonderful sewing community that got me there! Now that it has been a few weeks past my blogiversary, I want to say a big THANK YOU to all who have followed me and supported my year of blogging!
Saying thank you isn’t enough so I’m going to host my very first giveaway! A couple weeks ago I shared a pair of vintage inspired polymer clay earrings that my dear friend Jessica made for me as a Christmas gift on Instagram. I love them so much and there was such a great response to them that I asked her if she could make a pair in honor of you! She said yes, of course! So one lucky individual will be getting these earrings! (Allergy alert – they are silver plated earrings hooks and the spool is made out of polymer clay with regular all-purpose sewing thread)
That’s not all though! I have one more announcement to make. I’ve been working away for the past several months putting something very special together. It has been a labor of love and I’m so happy to finally have it ready for all to enjoy.
So…what am I talking about?! Well…
I would like to introduce the At First Blush Pattern Company. A pattern company that will focus on lingerie patterns with a mix of fitness patterns (hopefully in the future). I’m a one woman show so I won’t be able to pump out a ton but they will slowly trickle out into the marketplace.
As a thank you to all who have supported me, my first pattern will be free! I call them the “Be Bashful Bikini” – a pair of panties that feature a low-rise waistline with semi bottom coverage. They are a comfortable everyday pair of underwear that offer the right amount of ease and support throughout your day.
Be Bashful will be available in time for you to sew them up before Valentine’s Day! Once this pattern is available you will see a buy button for them on the sidebar of this blog or you can head to my Facebook Shop (not open yet)! The checkout process is super simple and Be Bashful will be yours!
I truly hope you enjoy this pattern. Thank you again to all who have supported me! I can’t wait for the wonderful things 2018 has in store. 🙂
Stay tuned for the launch of At First Blush Pattern Co. and the Be Bashful Bikini!
Back to the giveaway! Head over to my Sewing Unaffiliated Instagram page (@sewingunaffiliated) where you will see the earring photo above. In order to enter for a chance to win you will need to go to my At First Blush Patterns Instagram page (@atfirstblushpatterns). Just like the earring photo there and follow the At First Blush Patterns page for your chance to win these cute spool earrings! (Shipping only to US and UK)
As of writing this I am currently in week 6 of my second round of BBG (Bikini Body Guide). That means I am about to be officially almost halfway through. Luckily this second round hasn’t been as tough as the first one but that isn’t saying much because it’s still pretty hard. I end up sore the next day after every workout. I gotta say that I like being sore though because I feel like it’s proof that the 30-40 minutes went towards building a better me. If I’m not sore I feel like I didn’t challenge myself.
Some of the other things I have incorporated on an on and off basis are kettlebell exercises, yoga and 5 mile walks or HITT (BBG calls for LISS or HITT on your off days). This may sound like a lot but instead of doing the optional 3rd day of BBG I do a kettlebell exercise or yoga instead.
Here is the kettlebell exercise I’ve been using from BodyFit by Amy:
Here is the yoga exercise I’ve been using from Fitness Blender:
I tried this HIIT workout – which is tough so I most definitely did not do it perfectly. I’m not much of a runner even though I try every so often.
Other changes to my diet and fitness have been due to time constraints. My husband and I decided to re-join Blue Apron. We used to get their meals then we had a few weeks where we just weren’t enjoying them as much so we stopped. It worked for a while but our schedules can be kind of hectic which leads to poor eating habits including not buying healthy meals at the grocery store, eating out or not eating enough. To combat this, we re-activated our account and it’s been such a relief to have the ingredients for three dinners a week delivered straight to us. It’s also really nice to cook interesting meals together too!
Some of the other things I wanted to touch on that are fitness related are sewing a fitness wardrobe! I’m far from it but I wanted to share a few patterns that I’m hoping to sew in the future. My list is quite long and I’m currently trying to sew together a casual work wardrobe but that is for another post. Check out these cute patterns! I hope to get to at least one very soon. 🙂
I’m currently on a kick to sew up practical pieces for my work wardrobe. There is so much to sew and so little time so I kicked off my first work wear pattern with the Deer and Doe Plantain Shirt Pattern with a ¾ sleeve and no elbow patches.
I recently was able to enjoy a three-day weekend at home and while I was planning on sewing up a different pattern I realized I didn’t print it out. Luckily while I was looking through my pattern stash I found the Deer and Doe printout that I almost forgot about. I continued on to my fabric stash and found I had some extra fabric from making my Valentine and Stitch Angelina dress. Time to make a new shirt!
The Low Down:
I haven’t even mentioned that this pattern is FREE! You can download the PDF pattern by clicking on the photo above that will take you to the Deer and Doe pattern shop.
It comes in short, three quarter and long sleeve options. The latter two having an optional elbow patch. It is fitted at the shoulder and around the bust then flares at the waist. It’s very flattering!
Recommended fabrics: Lightweight jersey knit (cotton, rayon, linen, wool) with 40-50% stretch
Optional: 10” clear elastic and twin needle
I used leftover fabric from my V&S Angelina project that I bought in Downtown Los Angeles.
The Plantain T-Shirt is a quick sew. If you have a couple hours to spare, you’ll be able to get this done and wear it right away.
The directions are straightforward. I’m not used to European measurements so I measured myself and went with a size 38. It fits perfectly.
I cut my fabric out using pinking shears although it isn’t necessary with a jersey knit since it won’t fray. Since I was using spare fabric I didn’t have enough matching thread so I went with a softer pink. It is more visible especially if you mess up but not noticeable unless you are looking for it.
Also, this pattern calls for a 5/8” seam allowance which is pretty substantial. You end up trimming the allowance down per the directions.
There are a total of4 steps. Shoulders/neckband, sleeves, side seam, hem. Finished.
I’m hoping to wear this tucked in and un-tucked with work trousers or a mid-calf skirt and a fitted knit blazer with loafers.
I had to undo some stitching around the neckband that got a little wonky but no other issues otherwise.
Definitely measure yourself beforehand as this is a form fitting blouse. You want to be comfortable around the underarms and bust when wearing it.
Take it slow when pinning the neckband, sewing it on and finishing it. I cut a small clip on the center front neckband to make attaching it to the neck easier.
Look! I even made a second one just a few days later!
Being that I’m very into my workout routine I was ready to dive into sewing up whatever sports bra I could find! I stumbled across two patterns and both were for free. I decided to go with the Ultimate Sports Bra from So Sew Easy because it seemed to have a good amount of support and I really liked the style lines.
The Low Down:
The So Sew Easy Ultimate Sports Bra is a free pattern with a comprehensive video tutorial. You can download the pattern here. This is ONLY the pattern. This link will direct you to Craftsy.com where you will need to sign up for an account if you do not already have one to access this pattern. Directions are not included so you have to either go read the directions here or watch the tutorial here. I highly recommend watching the tutorial and keeping that in the background as you sew. I also recommend watching the tutorial before you head to the fabric store which was something I really wish I had done.
1/2 yard of Spandex/nylon 4-way stretch or lycra milliskin nylon Spandex
2 yards of foldover elastic to match the main fabric. Either 5/8” or 3/4” width.
Thread to match
#10 ball point needle
Optional: Bra cups
I purchased all of my supplies from the Los Angeles Fabric District. If any of you have been there you know you can get some great fabric for an outstanding deal. The So Sew Easy blog provides links in the materials section of their tutorial for you to easily purchase these items on Amazon.com. Otherwise, your local fabric store or favorite online shop.
I usually prep my pattern, fabric and instructions in steps. It takes me a few days to get everything together as I don’t have big blocks of time to spend on them each day.
Day 1: Cut out paper pattern and fabric
Tip from Mayra of So Sew Easy: When pattern pieces are drafted on a fold and you are using slippery fabric always trace that pattern piece and draw the matching side so your new pattern piece is one unfolded pattern piece. This will prevent slippage issues and inadvertently cutting incorrectly. She also suggests using a rotary cutter.
To be completely honest, I didn’t do this. Not because I didn’t want to but because I cut the pattern and fabric out before I watched the video/read the tutorial. My pieces turned out just fine though.
Day 2: Watch video on my bus ride home.
Day 3: This happened to be a Saturday and my husband was out kayak fishing so guess what I got to do?! Work on this pattern until my sewing machine and I got into an altercation… haha
I carefully watched each step of the tutorial in sequence with my sewing. I sewed the back pieces together with ease once my machine cooperated (more on that to come). Next was the front and the sides. Then you apply the facing which was my favorite step because the facing is applied to the front interior and you sew the sides to the bra but not on a seam. The outcome is the zigzag stitch appears on the right side of the sports bra giving it a RTW princess seam look.
You can see that here:
You will also see that the facing is left unsewn where it lies on the straps. This is left open so you can add bra cups if you so choose.
Sew the shoulder seams together then measure the sleeve opening and the neckline opening with your measuring tape. Subtract 1” then measure your foldover elastic and cut. Be sure to double check this as for some reason I messed my measuring up and I’m not sure how. You will need to fold each in half lengthwise and sew the ends together at 1/4” to create a circle. Measure as directed and sew them on the openings while stretching the elastic being sure that they enclose the fabric and reach around the whole perimeter of the opening.
Day 4: Finally, you will create a band for the bottom of the sports bra where you will be directed to measure around the opening of the bra and subtract 1”-2”. You will then draw this on a piece of large paper and create your own band pattern. Attach to the bottom of the bra and you are complete! 🙂
My machine! Sometimes it really seems like it is plotting against me… Here is my frustration: I spent so much time and thread trying to get the tension just right. I am using a regular sewing machine by the way so I use a zigzag stitch for my knit projects. My machine doesn’t seem to care for a narrow zigzag stitch unless it really really feels like it. For the most part it will sew in a wavy line then skip a few stitches then just maybe do what it’s supposed to.
Unhappy stitches below:
My machine seems to favor a wider zigzag but doesn’t like it if I switch between zigzag and straight stitch. It gets confused… Let’s just say my seam ripper should just be medically attached as a 6th finger.
I cleaned up the mess and this is how it turned out. Not bad when my machine is happy!
Watch the tutorial before you get your supplies and before you start sewing this project.
Test your machine’s zigzag capacity on thread that you don’t mind wasting if using a regular sewing machine.
Double check your foldover elastic and band measurements before you cut.
If you’re anything like me you’ll need to keep that seam ripper handy. 😉
***Valentine & Stitch patterns are sadly no longer available in the marketplace***
Who doesn’t love a free pattern?? I got to know the lovely Helen of Valentine & Stitch during the #sewapril17 challenge and I’m so happy that I did! Not only is Helen super friendly and kind but she and her husband are talented pattern designers so of course I was delighted when she announced that they would be releasing their first free pattern!
Lotus was recently released at the beginning of May. It is a versatile blouse in two versions. Version A being an off-the-shoulder tunic with a dipped hem while Version B has a narrower neckline and falls at the hip. It is an easy and satisfying sew that can be made an afternoon.
I sewed mine up in a lightweight jersey knit that I purchased at my local fabric store Fabric Planet. I picked a neutral gray because I want to be able to wear this with a variety of outfits. It has the right amount of stretch and drape for this pattern on top of the fact that it is really nice to the touch.
I decided to sew up Version B in XXS size and it fit like a glove around my bodice but I found that at this size for my body type the length did not hit me at the hip. That was totally fine though because it works perfectly with mid to high-waisted jeans which are very stylish right now. I went for this size because if I don’t go for the smallest size I end up with a garment that is too big. However, there will be plenty more Lotus’ in my future and the fun part is that I can play with the length to my liking. I think for my next one I will go for the XXS but cut the length at an XS or S instead. Either way I can’t get over how cute Lotus is! 🙂