DIY Fitted Tee with Ruffle Detail

Hola Folks!

I have been working this week on making a fitted tee for my RTW Fast. I wanted something casual, but a bit dressy. Something I could wear with jeans for date night, or pair it with a maxi skirt for a more dressy occasion.

I love knit tops because they are so comfortable and also cute! I made this top in a taupe jersey knit. It  is so soft and comfy. I am loving it! The pattern is self drafted. I gave it a scoop neck, three-quarter sleeves, and some cute and feminine ruffles! I love ruffles.

I want to make another one in the grey fabric but with an oversized bow on one shoulder.

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Here is the close up of the ruffles:

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Design details are below if you are interested in making one for yourself!

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PATTERN: I drafted the pattern myself. There are only 3 pattern pieces needed to make this skirt. This is a pretty simple pattern and the front and back bodice are pretty much the same except for the neckline. And then there is the sleeve pattern.

If you don’t want to make your own pattern, but want to make something similar, then there are many commercial patterns available like Mccalls and Simplicity.

SEWING: The construction of this top involves cutting out the fabric pieces, attaching the front to the back at the side seams and the shoulder seams, sewing the underseam of the sleeves and finally setting in the sleeves to the bodice. I used a serger to make this, but a stretch stitch on a sewing machine can be used as well. For the hemming, I used a twin needle on my sewing machine. For the ruffling, I used a gathering foot.  You can find one HERE

Check out how to made the ruffles:

SUPPLIES:  Fabric, I used about one yard, pattern,  thread and sewing machine (serger optional)

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope this inspires you to sew and make something for yourself. See you next time and until then.. Happy Sewing :)

XOXO

 

 

 

Behind The Seams: What I am working on

 

My next project: a fitted tee with 3/4 sleeves.

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I usually don’t sew with knits, because I am one of those people who finds knits intimidating. This is unusual because most people find knits easier to work with as they are more forgiving. They stretch and hug the body so the stitching doesn’t have to be perfect. Wovens don’t behave the same way, and every little imperfection and pucker stands out. So why do I prefer to work with wovens? I guess because I am more technical than artistic. I treat patternmaking and sewing more like a science than an art. I need my fabric to behave itself and be predictable. This is something I can never get from a knit fabric, especially given that every knit stretches and drapes differently.

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But.. I am on a RTW Fast  and I would like a nice comfy and somewhat dressy tee.. so I decided to make one.  The pattern is self drafted. I am going with a scoop neckline, which I find very flattering, and 3/4 length sleeves.  I have 2 jersey knits in my fabric stash. One is grey, more like a thick t-shirt material and the other is a light brown. I am not sure which one I am going to use yet. Maybe I will make one in each color. Not sure how I am going to dress it up, but i might add a double bow to the left shoulder or some ruffles.

Another problem I have with knits is that I never hem them! I cant begin to tell you how many knits I have in my closet that I never hemmed. Mainly because I don’t really like a zigzag finish, have never had luck with a twin needle, and don’t own a coverstitch machine. I am going to give a twin needle another try on this project. If that doesn’t work, then hey.. I am getting the coverstitch machine.. a good excuse right?! Valentines day is right around the corner,,, so it would be the perfect gift to self 🙂

Polka Dots and Pleats

Hi Folks!

I was planning on making a full circle skirt for this weeks projects and RTW fast, but I somehow got sidetracked and found myself drafting a pattern for a pleated skirt. I have never worn a pleated skirt before, nor have I worn polka dots in black and white. It has a straight waistband, which I think is super flattering because it gives the illusion of  shorter torso and longer legs. This helps because I am only 5’4″ 🙂

This skirt has box pleats and they are so fun! I paired it with a simple v- neck tee and a pair of black pumps. I can certainly see myself wearing this over and over again, but I will wait for warmer weather.

I can see myself making a few more of these, maybe one is a solid cobalt blue, and one in red.  I have included the design details below, if you are interested in making this skirt.

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PATTERN: I drafted the pattern myself. There are only 2 pattern pieces needed to make this skirt. I will be doing a tutorial on how to draft this skirt to your own measurements, so if you are interested in learning, please subscribe to my blog.

If you don’t want to make your own pattern, but want to make something similar, then you can use a Mccalls Pattern 6706.

SEWING: The construction of this skirt involves cutting the fabric, applying interfacing to the waistband, creating the box pleats on the skirt, attaching the skirt to the waist band and then finally inserting the zipper, and finishing the hem.  I will be doing a step by step tutorial so please subscribe to my blog if you are interested in learning.

SUPPLIES:  Fabric, pattern, 7 to 9 inch zipper, thread and sewing machine. If you are drafting your own pattern, you will also need a straight ruler, pattern paper, markers and a measuring tape.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope this inspires you to sew and make something for yourself. See you next time and until then.. Happy Sewing 🙂

XOXO

 

Behind The Seams: What I am working on

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are having a good week so far!

I am currently working on my next sewing project for this week.  I have been wanting a black and white polka-dotted skirt for the longest and have been unable to find the fabric locally. I am sure I could easily find it online, but I love the experience of going fabric shopping and being able to touch and feel a fabric before purchasing. I also find it very inspiring to be surrounded by yards and yards of fabric.

Since I never have luck finding that particular fabric in the apparel section at my local fabric shops, I browsed the quilting section, which has a huge selection of cotton prints. The only challenge with this is that the fabrics are usually a lot narrower than apparel fabric and it’s not ideal for fashion design.

The fabric is a bit on the stiff side so I am going to pre-wash is and see how it turns out. I highly recommend pre-washing all fabric before cutting to allow it to shrink. This is going to be a 3/4 or full circle skirt with a straight waist band and an invisible zipper.  I will be doing a 2 part tutorial on how to draft and make this skirt, so if you are interested, then stay tuned!

XOXO

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2015 RTW Fast Announcement and New Blog!

Hello Everyone!

I have a very special announcement to make.

I have decided to observe a RTW Fast (Ready to Wear Fast) for all of 2015.  I got inspired by Sarah from GoodBye Valentino. It’s such a great idea.

So here are the basic rules of the RTW Fast:

Refraining from buying ALL clothes including outerwear, dresses, tops, pants, shorts, sweaters, coats, fitness apparel, jeans and bathing suits. Shoes, socks and under garments are permitted

I am allowed to repurpose/refashion my old clothes (and I am sure hubby wont mind if I steal some of his nice shirts :)) I am also allowed to wear whatever is currently in my closet, but to build my wardrobe, I have to sew instead of buy!

I have been meditating on this for a few weeks now, wanting to be sure that I can go through this. I went to stores and tested myself to see if I could stay away from the clothing racks.

I think the hardest time of the year will be when its spring and all the new spring clothes come out.. I am sure I will have withdrawals and temptations then, but hey…I can always just eat a bucket of chocolate ice cream to satisfy my cravings

Yay guys.. I am so so excited.. I will be sewing up a storm and blogging about my journey. I love to sew but I don’t really attempt projects like bathing suits, tanks, sweater or outerwear,,, This will definitely push my creativity.

I am so happy when I am in my studio. I’ll be blogging about my journey here, so please subscribe! 🙂

XOXO

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