Fashion Sewing | Deer & Doe Plantain Shirt – Summer Dress Hack with Sewalicious Fabric

Fashion Sewing | Deer & Doe Plantain Shirt – Summer Dress Hack with Sewalicious Fabric

Fashion Sewing | Deer & Doe Plantain Shirt Hack

Today we’re going to try out a summer dress hack with a tried and true pattern – the Deer and Doe Plantain Shirt which we are sewing up for the Sewalicious blog!  If you haven’t sewn up this shirt before you can access it for free on the Deer and Doe website.

Plantain one of my favorite everyday shirts – the cut is really flattering and I love the neckline so why not hack it into a dress?

Well I did just that with this drapey Carnival Viscose Jersey from Sewalicious!  This is a bold print but I think is perfect for summertime – it’s fun, festive and bright!

Sewalicious Fabric Deer and Doe Plantain Shirt Dress Hack

Fashion Sewing | Shirt Pattern Hack

Here’s what you need to do:

Get your free copy of the Deer and Doe Plantain Shirt.  Measure yourself based on their directions to find the right fit.  Once you have cut out your pattern take out your tracing paper (I used medical paper), your drafting rulers, pencil/marker and your measuring tape.

Lay the finished front side of the pattern against you in the same position it would be worn.  Take note of where the hem lies on the centerfront of your body.  Set the pattern aside and using your measuring tape, measure from the hemline point on the centerfront of your body to the length you would like the dress to be – keep the hem allowance in mind as well (you can add 1” to 2” for this depending on your preference).  Record this measurement.

Next, cut two pieces of tracing paper a little longer than the skirt portion of your dress.  Tape the paper to the back of the pattern.  Starting with the front piece- from the centerfront hemline of the front pattern measure down in a straight line the measurement you just recorded then measure across at the hem past the side seam of the original pattern.  Use your curve form ruler to match the original hip line with the new hemline at the side seam.  You can make this as wide as you would like. Repeat for the back pattern then cut out your new pattern.

The end result should look like this:

Sewalicious Fabric Deer and Doe Plantain Shirt Dress Hack

All that is left is to cut out your fabric, sew, and wear!!

Sewalicious Fabric Deer and Doe Plantain Shirt Dress Hack

For more on the Deer and Doe Plantain Shirt click HERE!

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Deer Doe Plaintain Shirt Hack

YouTube Video Alert: DIY Underwear Tutorial & Free Underwear Pattern | Be Bashful Bikini

YouTube Video Alert: DIY Underwear Tutorial & Free Underwear Pattern | Be Bashful Bikini

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! 🙂

Please don’t hesitate to subscribe, like or comment – your feedback is very valuable to me!

Oh YEAH – Have you noticed it’s Valentine’s Day?  Happy Valentine’s Day my lovelies! 😉

Fashion Sewing | At First Blush Patterns – Be Bashful Bikini DIY Underwear Tutorial

Fashion Sewing | At First Blush Patterns – Be Bashful Bikini DIY Underwear Tutorial

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! 🙂

Sewing Instructions:

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.

At First Blush Patterns - Be Bashful Bikini Tutorial

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.

At First Blush Patterns - Be Bashful Bikini Tutorial

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.

Don’t forget to share your bashful panties on social media!  Tag @atfirstblushpatterns and use #bebashfulbikini #atfirstblushpatterns

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At First Blush Patterns - Be Bashful Bikini Tutorial

 

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Fashion Sewing | Dreamy Valentine’s Day Night Gown – Sewalicious Fabric & Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

Fashion Sewing | Dreamy Valentine’s Day Night Gown – Sewalicious Fabric & Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and while some of you are thinking about the big date night or maybe dreaming about chocolates or flowers, we are thinking about sewing over here!

Sewing up pretty things that is – like a sexy camisole or a sexy nightie or maybe even a nightgown.

Well for today’s guest post on the Sewalicious blog, I will be hacking the Just Patterns Bias Top aka a camisole pattern into a delicate and romantic nightie/nightgown using Burgundy Peachskin fabric from Sewalicious– rich color, soft texture and beautiful drape! Absolutely perfect for this project.

Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

Sewalicious Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

This pattern calls for a lining but I opted out and cut the pattern without it leaving one front piece and one back piece.  I then decided how much length I wanted to add to the camisole to make it into a nightie while adding a little extra just in case things go wrong.  (As we all know in sewing we can’t always be certain when hacking!). I decided on adding 14 1/2 inches to the hem of the camisole.  This would give me option of have a short sexy nightie or a longer romantic gown.  Moving forward, I took out my trusty medical paper and taped my pattern down then measured out 14 1/2 inches down for the new hemline.  I used my curved pattern ruler to give some subtle shape to the skirt. 

Once cut out, I overlocked the edges then sewed up the side seams with a straight stitch.  I wanted a slit on both sides of the gown so I left 6 inches of the side seam open at the bottom.  I pressed the seams open making sure to press the slits open as if I had sewn them.

Sewalicious Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

I measured around the circumference of the top of the night gown to determine how much lace I would need then repeated this for the bottom including the slit areas. 

Using a wide zigzag stitch I carefully attached the lace to the outside edges of the night gown being mindful of covering the overlocked edges.  I repeated this for the hem and slits as well. 

I tried my night gown on at this point to determine how long I would need to make the straps and what position I would like them to be in the back.  (I advise having someone help you with this if possible).  Once determined, I cut out my straps, lined them up where they needed to go and zigzag stitched them in place.

Sewalicious Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

Easy as that! 🙂 I think I’m ready for Valentine’s Day now… are you?

 

It’s pinning time!  Got a Pinterest account and maybe a sewing board?  Pin this!

Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

Happy Sewing! 🙂

Tutorial: How to Sew Underwear Using What’s Already in Your Fabric Stash

Tutorial: How to Sew Underwear Using What’s Already in Your Fabric Stash

Hey All!  I had the opportunity to share a post on sewing up your own underwear by copying a pair of RTW undies and using leftover fabric in your stash for Sewalicious.co.uk.  I’m sharing the post here on my blog but don’t hesitate to head over to their site and check it out! 🙂

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I’m very excited to share my first guest post for the Sewalicious blog!  We are going to do things a little differently and blog about a really fun idea to downsize holiday fabric waste.

As sewist you all know what it’s like to have several pieces of fabric leftover that just aren’t big enough to do anything with.  Well this won’t work for every piece of fabric but it might for those stretchy knit fabrics.

Today I’m going to give you a step by step guide on how to take that leftover fabric and create a cute pair of knickers using your RTW knickers as a copy. (You can use one of the many underwear patterns available online as well – many are free!).

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Fortunately, I was lucky enough to use this gorgeous Traditional Floral Cotton Stretch Fabric from Sewalicious.  Hopefully you will have some gorgeous Sewalicious fabric in your stash too!

Step One: Find yourself some stretchy knit fabric and if you have some picot elastic even better!  Mine is from Tailor Made Shop.

Step Two:  Dig through your drawers for your favorite pair of undies (of course not just favorite – make sure you still like how they fit!)  Try to use fabric that has similar stretch to these for a good fit.

Step Three:  Take out your tracing paper and a pencil.  I use a roll of medical paper and sometimes kraft paper but any paper will suffice.  Place your knickers down with pattern weights of your liking and trace your underwear.  Make sure to trace the front, back and lining.  Be sure to trace the front and back piece by separating them at the seam.  My seam is in the back so that will be where I draw a horizontal line to match both sides of the back pattern piece. My front pattern and lining pattern are one piece but I will draw a line on the pattern piece to indicate where the lining begins so I can also use the lining area as my guide to cut out a lining piece of fabric.

Step Four:  Once completed remove your undies from the tracing paper and smooth out your traced lines with a marker or pen then add seam allowance. 1/4”-3/8” should suffice on all sides – remember you’re adding elastic to the waistband and leg openings so your seam allowance depends on the width of your elastic.  I’m using 3/8” wide picot elastic.

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Step Five:  Cut out your new pattern and lay out your fabric.  Place your pattern pieces on the fabric following the direction of most stretch (I’m cutting on the bias) then cut.

Step Six:  Measure the length of the waistband and leg openings to determine how much elastic you need for both then cut. You will have three strips of elastic.

Step Seven: Time to sew! Using an overcast stitch sew the raw edge of the narrow side of the lining.  Take the front piece, the back piece and the lining and sandwich the front piece between the two with the wrong side of the front piece facing the wrong side of the lining piece.  Sew the three pieces together using a zigzag stitch then overcast stitch the edge.  Press the seam toward the back piece then using a zigzag stitch, sew the seam allowance to the back piece.

Step Eight: Flip the front piece and lining piece so that the wrong sides are facing each other then baste the lining edge to the front edges.  Using a zigzag stitch, with the right sides of the front and back pieces facing each other sew the side seams.

Step Nine:  Sew your elastic to the leg openings and waistband.  For picot elastic, line up the straight edge of the elastic with the right side edge of the leg opening.  Make sure the smooth side of the elastic is facing the fabric and the soft side is facing you.  Sew using a zigzag stitch.  Flip the elastic inside so just the picot edge is showing and sew in place using a zigzag stitch.  Repeat for the other leg opening and the waistband.

Step Ten: Flip your knickers right side out, press and enjoy!

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Viola!  Now you have a pair of holiday knickers!

If you like this idea head over to my Pinterest page and “Pin It” to your favorite “Sewing” Board!

How to Make Knickers