Well I can't believe that another week is here!!
It is such a pleasure to be back this week for the
So You Think You Can Sew Competition. Last week was a really close race. Thank you so much for your votes and your support throughout this process. Seriously, without your votes I wouldn't be able to continue on in this awesome contest. It has been a really exciting ride so far and I am ecstatic for this week. There was a tie in the voting last week so that means that 4 people will be cut this round. YIKES!
Just goes to show the saying "every vote counts" is true!!
Head on over to mommybydaycrafterbynight to place your vote.
Remember voting starts Wednesday January 18th, at 8:00am EST and
ends January 19th at 8:00 pm EST.
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This is the last round before the finals. Please vote!
Welcome to Week 3: "Apparel"
Inspiration comes in lots of shapes and sizes.
I have had this 1 yard of beautiful green fabric in my sewing supplies for almost 6 months now. I bought it knowing it would be a skirt but I wasn't sure what it should look like. Finally inspiration struck. Call it a mix of crazy and fun... but part of this skirt came about because of my Cajun Christmas this year. My husband and I were fortunate enough to spend the holidays with family in Texas. Almost all the food we had was Cajun. As we sat around playing cards and visiting, the music that played in the background was Cajun. To my surprise, a song came on that retold the story The Night Before Christmas. It was a very new version to me that related the story of Papa Noél and his team of alligators that brought the presents to the good little boys and girls in the Louisiana bayou.
Apparently when I got home my mind recalled that story and my fabric was transformed into an alligator style skirt. Here is where my imagination landed me. Hope you like it!!
I am putting out my alligator vibe... kind of a tough girl look.
Step 1: Start with 1 yard of semi stretchy fabric. Fold in half.
Step 2: Find a skirt that fits well and closely resembles the over all shape you want to achieve.
Step 3: Trace a chalk line around the skirt. (Remember to leave room for your hem as well as your seams.) I didn't include the waist band, only the bottom portion of the skirt.
Step 4: I added an extra 2 inches to one side of my pattern. This will be useful when sewing the flap over later.
Step 5: Using the skirt, trace the 2 inch extra all the way up.
Step 6: Move the skirt up slightly to include the waist band.
Step 7: Trace a chalk line around the skirt band...
remember to keep the curves.
Step 8: Add an extra 6 inches to one side of the pattern. This will be helpful for the flap portion of the buttons.
Step 10: Cut out the second side of the skirt. This side will include the extra 2 inches.
Step 11: Lay both pieces on top of each other. Wrong sides out.
Step 13: Press seams flat.
Step 14: Before sewing unpin bottom sides about 2.5 inches up the skirt. (This will be sewn as your slits to help you move in your skirt.) Do this on both sides of your skirt.
Step 15: This photo shows the way the pins should look if pinned correctly.
Step 16: Sew your hem and your side seams, including your slits.
Step 17: This is what the bottom portion should look like. Remember one side of the skirt should be larger than the other.
Step 19 - 21: You will have two pieces, one piece that is 6 inches longer than the other.
Step 22: Lay the two pieces of fabric on top of each other wrong sides facing out. Pin in place.
Step 23: Take your skirt band and iron down the top seam.
Step 24: Skip to step #55 -56 (I messed this up and so this is what you can do to fix it.)
Step 26: Measure 3 inches in from the edge of your skirt.
Step 27: Looking at this photo you can see the seam of the skirt and the edge of your fabric are two different things. Make sure and measure from the edge of the skirt... not the seam.
Step 28: Mark a line 3 inches in up the skirt.
Step 29: Cut the fabric on the line.
Step 31-32: Fold over and press a small seam in both sides of the raw edges of the fabric.
Step 33: Using the left over fabric measure a 4.5 inch strip.
Step 34: Cut strip. Unfold the length of the strip so
it is as long as possible.
Step 35: Fold strip in half width ways.
Step 37: Fold down the top and bottom edges of your strip.
Step 38: Let the strip close with the edges hidden.
Step 39: Set your stitch length to 4, sew a few stitches then backstitch. Finish down the strip don't backstitch on the end of the strip.
Step 40: Leave your thread tails long.
Step 41: Starting at the bottom end of the strip, gently pull the bottom thread till your fabric begins to ruffle.
Step 43: Pin the skirt band to the bottom of the skirt. Make sure that all your seams line up. Sew.
Step 44: Pin the ruffle to the edge of your right side of your skirt. Don't pin the top portion of the ruffle!! This will later be pinned to the left side of the skirt.
Step 46: Place skirt flat.
Step 47: Flip skirt wrong side out. Take the raw edge of the fabric and place it on top of the ruffle.
Step 51: Pin the extra ruffle to the left side of your fabric. Pin so that the ruffle is on the right side of the fabric. (As shown in the photos)
Step 52: Pick out 3 buttons that match.
Step 53: Measure the place you want your buttons and chalk lines.
Step 56: To fix mine I sewed in the extra fabric as best I could and matched up my sewing lines.
Step 58: Clip any strings and check out your buttonholes.
Step 59: Using a seam ripper, gently cut the inside fabric of your buttonholes. Remember you should be cutting 3 layers of fabric so it might be a little hard.
Step 60: Mark your placement of your buttons and sew on.
Step 62: Fold over your ruffle so that it is angled back
toward your side seam.
Step 63: Steam press down your ruffle. This will help it look nicer once you try it on.
Wahoo you are all done!! Go show off your new skirt.
|This is more a summer look. The skirt paired with a loose fitting lace top.|
As my Grandpa used to say : "See ya later alligator..."
Don't forget to vote this week!!
I have something extra special planned for the finals if I am fortunate enough to make it that far.
Talk about Leather and Lace!! ;)