Monday, September 1, 2014

Tutorial: Vest Construction


Today I'll be sharing the tailor's method for constructing a vest. It's incredibly fast, it doesn't require any hand sewing (unless you count buttons), and the best part of all is that it can be altered in about 35 seconds if needed. (For this tutorial I used a self-drafted pattern).
1. Cut out the pieces: 2 front pieces, 2 back pieces of both outer fabric and lining.
2. Press on fusible interfacing along the front outer edge of both front pieces.
3. Stitch the center seam of the back pieces. Leave a 4" opening in the middle of the lining.

4. Lay the front and back pieces face to face. Stitch around all edges except the side seams and shoulder seams. Clip the curves and corners.
5. Turn the front pieces right-side out and press.
6. Slip the front pieces inside the back section through the side seams.
(The outer fabrics should face each other and the linings should face each other.)

7. Pin the side seams and shoulder seams into place.
8. Stitch the shoulder seams and side seams. Clip the corners.

9. Now for the magic. Pull the entire vest right-side out through the hole you left open in the lining.
10. Top stitch or whip stitch the hole in the lining closed.
11. Stitch buttonholes and attach buttons.

12. All finished!
If the vest requires alteration in the future, all you need to do is open the back seam of the lining and pull the side seam straight out. Since everything is attached, you just stitch down each side seam once instead of having to adjust the lining and outer separately.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seersucker Vest and Trousers


Hello! I've done loads of projects this summer, but I'm just getting around to sharing them with you guys. I made this little seersucker outfit for my boy back in June and it has come in handy for weddings or the surprise family date that my man plans out for us.  I made the shirt out of an old sheet and I found the seersucker in one of my scrap bins. It's simple, cute, and best of all: washable!
In the next day or so, I'll share a great method for constructing a vest!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tutorial: Stuffed Animal Backpack Using A Fat Quarter


Eliie got this Velveteen Rabbit along with the book for her 2nd birthday a year and a half ago. 
 I don't think she touched it once because RJ loved it and never let it down, and Ellie was young and didn't seem to care.
1st grade starts this week and the first day is Teddy Bear Day where you can take your favorite stuffed animal.
So naturally RJ needed to sew "Rabbit" his own backpack to ride in for the first day of 1st grade.

{This is a moment where I kind of wish he didn't knew I could sew.}

But he drew me a picture of his idea and picked out a fat quarter of flannel.  
I had the nylon straps and buckle to finish it off.




On to school and I can't believe I will have a kid gone all day.
We will miss him!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A to Z Ribbon Retreat Series





Back To School A-Z Series - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The ribbon retreat has a really fun series coming the month of August!
Each of us are sharing an idea inspired by a letter and their fabric!
Check out the ladies starting tomorrow at the Ribbon Retreat and I will be over there toward the end of August to share my plan for X!
Yay!  An actual sewing project from Jessica. Shocker!

Back To School A-Z Series - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The Whole Line Up:
 "A" - Amber, Crazy Little Projects 
"B" - Becky, Patchwork Posse 
"C" - Christine, I Dig Pinterest 
"D" - Amy, Ameroonie Designs 
"E" - Bev, Flamingo Toes 
"F" - Kim, Seven Thirty Three 
"G" - Kimbo, A Girl and A Glue Gun 
 "H" - Meredith, Wait Til Your Father Gets Home 
"I" - liZ, Simple Simon and Co. 
"J" - Sky, Capital B 
"K" - Emily, The Benson Street 
"L" - Adrienne, Free Time Frolics 
"M" - Michele, The Scrap Shoppe 
"N" - McKenzie, Girl Loves Glam 
"O" - Janica, JaniJo 
"P" - Melanie, Find it, Make it, Love it 
"Q" - Elizabeth, Simple Simon and Co. 
"R" - Michelle, The Ribbon Retreat Blog
"S" - Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts 
"T" - Natalie, The Creative Mom 
"U" - Becky, U Create 
"V" - Kami, Sweet Charli
"W" - Terra, Mama Says Sew 
"X" - Jessica, Running With Scissors
"Y" - Lisa, Mabey She Made It 
"Z" - Jaime, Everyday Art 
Should be fun to gear us up for school starting!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stained Glass Part 1


So construction has begun on our house.
So far being the general contractor hasn't been too stressful...but we've just begun.

We were so excited to have a building permit we planned a ground breaking ceremony to have a reason for Rhett to cut a ribbon (bucket list item I didn't know about before now) and to spray paint a shovel gold while we dance around a barren desert scrap of land...but Rhett ended up having to work and the next day our hole was excavated and, well, it was just too late for the ceremony.
I promised I'd still get a big ribbon for Rhett to cut and get some huge scissors too...maybe when the house is done we can have a finished ceremony.

So with things actually happening, I realized I'd planned to make 2 stained glass exterior windows and the framers will need to install them sometime in the near future.

I worked for a stained glass artist who lived in my neighborhood on his crew the summer after I graduated high school.
That summer his studio was creating the art glass for the Brazil Sao Paulo LDS temple and I mainly cut glass and foiled the pieces. 
Here's my last day in front of the the glass scenes I helped cut:

And the finished windows in Brazil that I'll never see in person.
Stained Glass mural inside the Sao Paulo, Brazil LDS Temple

So for some reason,  when building our house, I thought why,with my summer of experience 11 years ago, I'll make my own stained glass windows to DIY and save money and have"mom-made" art glass for our home.

My mom took stained glass classes when I was a kid and made transoms above bedroom doors in the home I grew up in, so I thought I'll recruit her help and follow in her footsteps and DIY my own stained glass.
And the nightmare didn't get bad until she left.


My mom and I designed the window in inkscape based on the pattern/ proportion of the inspiration window:
Love this - pale shades, geometric pattern, by Buckcreek Glass
{inspiration window from Buckcreek Glass}

So I drove 2 hours to civilization where there is Fedex Kinkos (where the pattern was printed) and a stained glass studio to buy glass and a few supplies we didn't have.  
My plan was to have a random pattern of clear glass with different textures to add interest and variety.
I was picking through the clear textured glass, and was discouraged to find my favorite ones were expensive and probably out of my budget.  When to my joy I realized in the back there was a clearance remnant glass area and I was able to get all the textures I liked for 60 to 75% off, including one piece of my favorite linen!

So feeling like I made a steal with my clearance art glass, my mom and I got to work cutting and constructing the window.  
video


Once the window was built with lead between all the glass, I soldered for the first time and did an OK job.
I was better by the end.


Then my mom left.  The window was finished, all I had to do was add glazing putty, make the lead black with acid and clean it.
But while I was attempting to lift it, I moved one corner too high, putting too much pressure on a piece of glass and it cracked!
I was numb. Frustrated, sad, mad.  
And of course, the broken piece was my beloved favorite linen glass.
WHAT THE CRAP!
I just walked away and my husband did research on stained glass window repair, presenting me with my options later that day.
And then while trying to help me, broke the piece next to it.

So now I have a 4' x 4' art glass window with 2 broken pieces....and I'm trying to muster up the courage to touch this thing again.

The nightmare of home building and DIY begins!
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If you're interested,  I would like your artistic/ decor opinion.
This window is going above the master tub....if we ever get it to the glass shop to insulate it in a frame so we will stop breaking it.
 I designed the window to have a random little rebel piece, a single orange insert.
It was just one small piece, the rest of the colored glass pieces look black flat, but are actually a slate, smoky blue.
Rhett hated my orange rebel piece, the asymmetry didn't make sense to him.  I repeatedly asked if he was sure he hated it, (hoping he'd see my artistic love for the random imperfect piece) and he was sure, but I wondered if I should just keep it my way anyway...after all I am the artist here.  My mom reminded me it was going in a bathroom that is half his...so I took out the orange.

But now the whole window is practically maimed and I'm considering sneaking my orange piece back in. 
 So vote time:



Should I Leave My Random Orange Rebel Piece?
Yes! Makes it unique and adds an element of surprise.
NO! Keep it symmetrical and traditional. The one orange piece looks like a mistake
Poll Maker

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wedding Dress for Kate

 This is one of my favorite gowns I've ever done. It's so delicate and the draping chiffon makes it suitable for a goddess. It is a silk dress with a draping chiffon overlay with silk petals on the neckline. The gathering on the bodice was done completely by hand, but the skirt is my favorite part. I made it with a layer of silk, two smooth layers of chiffon, and then one draping layer on top. This is one of the few pieces I've done that I think I'll always be impressed with. I love it.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Skirting the Issue with Simple Simons!


The girls at Simple Simon and Co are hosting
Skirting the Issue again for the month of July.
Here's more info if you want to join in the fun and share your skirts with their linky party.
There's even a get-together in Provo Utah July 17th if you're near them.

 I'm sharing my free pattern for the pocket shirred waist for anyone wanting to sew skirts for foster girls.

The first pattern is women's sizing for teen girls:

The same skirt with sizing for girls ages 12 months to girls 10:


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