Tulle Skirt Sew Along Part 2 (Prep Pattern and Tulle)

Hello- This is part 2 of the Tulle Skirt SewAlong. Last week I had published a printable supply list HERE. If you are just now joining us, it’s not too late! You can follow along!

On the agenda today are two things:

  1. Prepping and cutting the pattern
  2. Gathering the Tulle

PREPPING/CUTTING THE PATTERN

For the sew along, I will be giving you instructions based on Mccalls M7197, but you can use any circle skirt as a base pattern.

Let’s begin by looking at the pattern. We are going to need the following pieces that I have highlighted in red. 1- Skirt Back, 2- Skirt Front, 4- Front Waist Band, 5- Back Waist BandIMG_8821

Go ahead and cut all 4 pieces from the tissue paper. At 1st I roughly cut around the pattern pieces

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Then before you determine which size you will need, have a look at pattern piece 4- Front Band. Here you will see the finished measurement of the skirt at the waist. As you can see here, a size 6 will give me a skirt with waist of 25.5 inches.  My waist is  25.5. I am going to cut a size 6.

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However, If I were to go by the sizing chart on the back of the envelope, I would have cut a size 10, which would have been too 2 inches too big on me. Now I like my skirt snug. If you don’t like them snug and want more breathing room, just be sure to look at the finished waist size on this pattern piece and pick the one that suits you best. For example, if I wanted one inch breathing room on my skirt, I would cut a size 8 instead of a size 6.

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Now that you have selected your size, do ahead and neatly cut out all 4 pattern pieces. IMG_8831

 

GATHERING THE TULLE

Moving on to the fun part.. I LOVE gathering tulle! It is a very mindful and relaxing for me!

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Last week we discussed using a gathering foot to make the task of gathering tulle easy and efficient. I mean… I can gather TEN yards of tulle in about 5 minutes.  Read my detailed tutorial on how to gather tulle HEREThis is the foot:

 

That is it for now!!!! If you have any questions, let me know via comments, email or on our facebook sewalong group

On Sept 10th, I will be giving you instructions to sew up majority of the skirt.This way, you can sew over the weekend and then next week. we will work on the finishing techniques.

See you then!

-XOXO,

Vatsla 🙂

 

Tutorial- How to gather tulle using a gathering foot

Quick tutorial/ pictorial on how to gather tulle using a gathering foot. This is the only way I gather tulle, because it is easy and efficient and kinda fun. I like to simplify everything in life, including sewing- so here is my easy method-

Here is the foot:

To begin with, you will need some tulle. I am documenting this tutorial for my Tulle Skirt SewAlong, which is why I am using tulle that comes in a 54 inch width. When tulle is purchased in a fabric store, it comes on the fold. If you remove the tulle from the bolt but leave it folded, you now have 2 layers of tulle at 27 inches each (54 inches divided by 2). Gather the tulle on the fold, which means you will end up gathering two layers of tulle that are 27 inches wide.No need to cut the tulle, no need to unfold the tulle. We will keep it simple!

Step 1: Install a gathering foott and make sure your needle is centered above the slot in the foot so the needle does not break

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Step 2: Adjust tension and stitch length

The gathering foot works in conjunction with the tension and stitch length. The higher the tension, the tighter the gathers. The lower the tension, the softer the gathers. 9 is the highest tension on my machine, and I like to use either a 8 or 9. You can experiment with the tension settings on some scrap tulle to determine what you like. IMG_8812

Set the stitch length to a basting stitch (highest stitch length). This is a 5 on my machine. 

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Step 3: Take the folded edge of the tulle and slide it underneath the gathering foot. Make sure the fabric extends beyond the gathering foot to avoid bunching.

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While holding the treads, lower the gathering foot and lower the needle manually into the fabric.

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Step 4: Gather away! Press the foot pedal and let the machine do the magic…IMG_8815 IMG_8816 I used the highest tension and as you can see my gathers are pretty tight.. This will make for a poofy skirt!IMG_8819 IMG_8820

 

I use this method gather 10 yards of tulle in a little over 5 minutes! I have made the following skirts using this method

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Hope this helped!

-XOXO

-Vatsla 🙂

Behind The Seams – Time Lapse Video

Every once in a while, I like filming the process of making a garment. I am truly a “Behind  The Seams” kinda gal. I would rather be in the workshop sewing , than in the front row of a runway show. So many people think that fashion is all about glamour, and runways, but what fascinates me most is the creative process that goes on in the background. I am that person who wants to touch and feel fabric, hear the roar of a fast machine, and open up a garment and look at the bones of it.

So here I present to you, for your viewing pleasure… another time-lapse of my latest sewing project. ENJOY!! If the embedded video does not play for you, you can view it directly using this LINK.

Get some popcorn and ENJOY!!!!

See you next time!

-XOXO,

Vatsla.

Tulle Skirt Sew Along Part 1 (Supply List and schedule)

Hello Loves,

Happy National Sewing Month!!!! Wooooohoooo… What a perfect day to start our sew along!! Also some good news- I will be contributing to the Fabric Mart Fabricista Blog!

For those of you who are paricipating in the FBTS Tulle Skirt Sew Along, I have published the supply list for the sew along.  See all the details below or print your own copy HERE

 

DIY Tulle Skirt Supply list

Circle skirt pattern: I recommend getting one of  the following:

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Tulle: I suggest using tulle that is 54 inches wide. Tulle comes folded on bolts. Leave the tulle folded. This will give you a skirt that is 26.5 inches long from the waist band to the hemline, if you use a half inch seam allowance. As far as how many yards to purchase, I suggest the following: Waist 24 to 26: 6 yards, Waist 27 to 30: 8 yards. Waist  31 to 36: 10 yards, Waist 37 to 40: 12 yards. I love getting my tulle from Joann’s. It’s nice and soft and they have a good variety.

Satin: This will be used as the waist band and as the lining. Follow the directions on your pattern to determine how many yards you need. I usually use two yards of satin per skirt. I prefer to get the satin at Hobby Lobby as it is stable and inexpensive ($4.99 per yard before coupons!) Stay away from flimsy lightweight satins! Both Hancock and Joann’s have bridal satin as well! Always use coupons, because you can buy more fabric with the savings!

Invisible zipper: I suggest 7- 9 inch invisible zipper, unless you have hips that are much larger than your waist, in which case, you will want to opt for a longer zipper. When in doubt, go longer. Have questions? Ask!

Thread: All purpose matching thread

Interfacing:  lightweight Fusible Apparel Interfacing: See you patern envelope for how much to buy

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I highly recommend that you use a gathered foot

 

and a concealed zipper foot for this project. These two make gathering tulle and inserting an invisible zipper a breeze.

 

I also recommend a Stitch in the ditch foot, but if you have a regular zipper foot, then you can use that instead, We will be using this on the very last day of the sew along, Sept 15

As far as the schedule is concerned, here is the general schedule. Based on how everyone is doing, I might extend it if need be!

TIMETABLE /SCHEDULE

Sept 1: Supply list published

Sept 8: Prep and cut pattern, gather tulle

Sept 10: Sewing up majority of the Skirt

Sept 15: Finishing techniques

Lastly, there is a facebook group set up for Q&A , so if you havent already joined, you can join HERE

I can’t wait to start sewing along side with you!! Let me know if you have any questions about getting started.

-XOXO,

Vatsla 🙂

 

Peplum Love in Off White

Hello Loves!

Its time to start transitioning our wardrobes from summer to pre-fall/ fall and all I could think of was a fitted peplum top in a shade of white. I am so excited to share my latest creation with you. This off white peplum top I just finished sewing. All design details are at the bottom of th post if you want to make your own version!

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My style is definitely casual chic. I love a comfortable yet cute pair of skinny jeans. These are such a wardrobe staple for me. I love pairing knit tops that are a bit more dressy with jeans. You never feel overdressed, yet you make a statement.

I wanted to make something that was a bit dressy, but still comfortable, so I chose to sew with a soft and comfortable ponte knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics. I chose an off-white color. For the pattern, I chose Mccalls 7126 View D as a base pattern and modified the peplum.

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I drafted the peplum from scratch because I wanted a much fuller peplum and a more dramatic look. I wanted it to be a full circle (think of it as a mini full circle skirt), but I also wanted a high low effect. The peplum is about 3 inches shorter in the front.You can draft your own high low peplum using my tutorial described HERE. To get the hem to be stiff and show off the ruffles, I used a one inch wide horsehair braid.


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The top has a little bit of peek-a-boo action going on in the back as the peplum hangs free on the centre back. I used a separating zipper on the bodice and chose to let the peplum do its own thing. This is definitely a sexy top, but classy and elegant at the same time. IMG_8515

Very pleased with the way the horse hair braid hem turned out. This fabric is not too heavy weight, but given that the peplum is a full circle peplum, it would drape very differently had I not used the horse hair braid. LOVE the stiffness of the hem and it makes twirling super fun!IMG_8516 Even though this is a knit fabric, the look I was going for was a bit more structured, so I treated the fabric more like a woven. For example, I sewed it with my sewing machine instead of a serger, and I paid special attention to pressing the seams, using heat and steam generously, and pressing the seams crisp with my beloved tailors clapper. You can see my tutorial on pressing seams HERE. I also lined the entire bodice with a lighter knit fabric. I applied an exposed gold metal zipper on the back. IMG_8529

Moving on to how I styled this gorgeous peplum.  I added this pretty silver and pink necklace, and this clutch purse. This is one of my favourites and looks so cute with the off white and denim. And I paired this look with my favorite snake skin pumps. (faux snake skin of course)IMG_8526

Can I just tell you that I love the fit on this top? Sewing tip: A peplum is most flattering on the natural waist, which is that narrowest part of the torso. It cinches in the waist and lengthens the legs.

Oh! And no blog post of mine would be complete unless I struck a Bollywood pose… so here goes….(This is me, starting into the distance, thinking of my prince charming..)

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Update: A few people asked to see the back view with the zipper. I didnt have a good view of the back,zipper, but here is the best I have since my hair was covering the zipper.

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My kid decided to come join me in the pictures! Oh and you know I’ve been gardening this summer…My iris has a bloom! So proud!

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PATTERN: I used Mccalls 7126 View D as the pattern, but instead of using the peplum for view D, I drafted my own since I wanted a fuller peplum with a high low hemline. You can draft your own high low peplum using my tutorial described HERE

FABRIC:  I used an off white ponte knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics. You can find their selection of ponte knits HERE

SEWING: I seriously loved sewing with the ponte knit. Its my first time working with ponte and I am pleased to say that is sews so well on a sewing machine as opposed to the less stable knits. This is definitely a good fabric to start sewing with you are a beginner with knits. It’s a stable, medium weight fabric and lovely to work with.

.I hope you enjoyed reading about my latest creation!

What are you planning on sewing this weekend? I am taking a short break this weekend since my daughter is turning two and its time to celebrate.

XOXO

-Vatsla

 

Tulle Skirt Pattern Winners Announced

 

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For those who will be participating in the Tulle Skirt sew along, I had hosted a giveaway that ended last night.  The winners have been announced below.

Pattern Size 6 to 14: Renee C

Pattern Size 14 to 22: Natasha and Martha Mcintosh

Congrats Ladies!!!

Please submit your mailing address to fashionbehindtheseams@gmail.com so I can get these mailed this week. Or you can use the contact form below to do the same.

CONGRATS to the winners and I can’t wait to get started! The sew along starts September 1st and we have 35 people signed up to sew with us!

It’s not too late to sign up!  To join, you can either subscribe to the blog here or sign up by joining this Facebook group

This is the skirt we will be making.

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End of Summer sewing: White Jeans

I did it!!! I knocked of my favourite pair of jeans. Couple weeks ago I talked about a pattern-making method I was going to try using painters tape. Well folks, I finally have my white jeans done. I copied my favourite jeans.. and you can too!!! All design details are below if you want to see how I did it… In the mean time… here are some pictures of my fabulous new jeans:

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I created the pattern for these jeans from my favorite pair of skinny jeans that I previously wore HERE, HERE and HERE.

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The front pockets are faux. I top stitched them down. I don’t really use front pockets of jeans, so I didn’t care to add them. I did add a coin pocket though, because I wanted them to look like jeans.  IMG_8277

I am pretty impressed with the way the patch pockets turned out. At first, when I tried them on without the waist band, it felt like the yoke sat lower than where I would like, but after applying the waist band, it felt a lot more comfortable. These jeans are low waisted.IMG_8291

Here is a closeup of the patch pockets

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I kept the look pretty simple with a white v neck tee I previously wore HERE, and added a yellow bag for a pop of color. I love wearing white. It looks beautiful on every skin color. IMG_8312

And this yellow flower from my garden happened to match perfectly! I think the yellow takes the all white outfit from awesome to fabulous 🙂 It’s just so nice and summery and happy. Perfect to celebrate the end of sewing (although in reality I am not ready to let summer go… if only it could last 6 more months….)

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I would wear this white on white look for day into evening. For a more dressy look, opt for a clutch!

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PATTERN: Rub off! I used this method HERE. It was easy and quick, not technical at all.. and the pattern was perfect!

FABRIC:  I used white stretch denim  from Joanns Fabrics. You can find it  HERE

SEWING: I seriously loved sewing these jeans. The hardest part for me was inserting the fly fron zipper. It something I only do like once a year and it doesn’t seem to make sense to me. Once I figured out the zipper though, the rest was fun! The front pockets are faux. I top stitched them down. Pressing the seams well is really important here. I made sure to use steam and a tailors clapper for crisp seams. You can see my tutorial on pressing seams HERE. I applied the waistband using the stitch in the ditch foot. It was my 1st time using it. I am not a fan. I think I prefer using a regular foot , but maybe I just need to get used to it.

What are y’all working on? Any weekend sewing planned?  I am working on  an off white peplum top in a ponte knit.. that’s my next projects.. and hoping to rub off my favourite wide leg jeans.. Leave me a comment and let me know about your sewing projects

XOXO

-Vatsla

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