Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Saturday, August 30, 2014

One Yard Yoga Waist Skirt Tutorial

What you'll need:
1 yard of 58 inch width knit fabric
Thread
Sewing machine
Ballpoint needle
Measuring tape
Waist measurement
Hip measurement

This skirt is pretty simple to sew and should work for hip sizes up to about 50 inches. The smaller the hip size, the closer the gathers will be. I hope my tutorial explain the process well enough. This skirt can easily be completed within a couple of hours. 

I love that this skirt can be worn at the waist or just above the hips and that it has absolutely no elastic band! The stretch of the knit is enough to make an extremely comfortable waistband!

Start by measuring around the narrowest point of your waist and the widest part of your hips. Write down your measurements.

1. Measure 12 inches down on fold. (This is the height of your waistband). Divide your waist measurement by 2. Measure across from fold. (This is the width of your waistband). Cut.


2. With right sides together, sew up the end opposite the fold. 


5. Cut 12inch section remaining from cutting out waistband from the remaining fabric so you have a straight edge again. Save for scraps.


6. With right sides together, a sew remaining portion of fabric together on selvage edges. I zigzag stitched my edges here after straight stitching for a little extra security in the seam.


7. Thread a hand sewing needle with a length of thread about 4 inches more than your waist measurement. Tie the thread about a 1/2 inch from raw edge and as close to the seam as you can get it. (You will want to do this on the end of your skirt that has the more uneven corners at the seam since you won't be hemming the bottom.)


8. Gather the edges by making basting stitches between 1/4 and 1/2 inch long around the entire top of the skirt.


9. Divide your hip measurement by 2. Before your tie off the other end of your thread, lay skirt flat and pull thread until the width matches this measurement. Hello!


10. Tie off thread securely and then straight stitch around with your machine to secure the gathers, evenly distributing them as you go.


11. Fold waistband over, wrong sides together.

12. Place waist band inside of skirt, with the wrong side of your skirt facing out. Stretch waistband to fit skirt and pin in place.

13. Stretch while sewing to match up all three raw edges. Zigzag stitch around.


Enjoy your new skirt!


I guess I got a little lazy with the picture taking for steps 11 and 12. Oops! 

As always, feel free to comment or email me (thewizardofoddsandends (at) gmail (dot) com) with any questions about the tutorial and I will do my best to clarify any areas that seem confusing. I would love to see your skirt if you make one!! @wizofoddsnends on twitter and @thewizardofoddsandends on IG.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Asymmetrical Ruffle Button Down Shirt Tutorial

Well, that was a mouthful of a title. I wasn't too sure what I'd be posting today, but I had made this shirt before from a tutorial I found probably four or five years ago and can't seem to locate now. I've been looking for a black button down shirt and couldn't find one in a style I liked so I thought it would be fun to write out my own tutorial for this shirt refashion! (If anyone stumbles across the original tutorial I'd love to know so I can link it here.)

First, of course, start out with a plainly styled button down shirt. I just bought this one, specifically for this tutorial, at a thrift store today for $2.99. It had gathering under the bust, but it worked out alright, so there is a little leeway with design.

1. Try your shirt on and mark about half an inch longer than where you want the sleeve to end. Button all buttons and fold the shirt in half matching up the shoulder seams. Pin in place if necessary. Cut sleeves.
2. Next, cut the cuffs and seams from the sleeves you just cut off. 

3.Lay sleeves flat, you should have two pieces of fabric that now look like the top photo.
4. Cut off the narrower side of the fabric. You won't need this.
You should now have a 2 fairly square pieces of fabric. The edges can be a little rough because you won't be able to tell one you make the ruffles.

5.Cut your fabric squares into strips approximately 1.5 inch wide. You will probably end up with one strip at the end that tapers to a point. You won't need that one and probably won't end up needing all of the strips you cut either.

6. Baste strips and gather as you go along. Be sure not to gather strips too tightly. Leave enough room for adjusting the ruffles later on. 
7.When joining strips overlap about a quarter of an inch and be sure at least one basting stitch goes through the overlap.

To give you an idea of how tightly to gather, my fabric strips were about 12 inches long. When I gathered them it took 3 strips to make a 9 inch ruffle. I used 3 strips for the ruffle closest to the buttons, 2 strips for the middle ruffle, and 1.5 strips for the shortest ruffle.
8. Lay the ruffles on your shirt so you can decide how much you want to stagger them or how far apart you want to place them. It's okay if the tops are a little staggered too.

9. Pin ruffles to shirt, making sure to untwist them as you pin, and try on shirt with collar down to be sure that the collar covers the top of the ruffles in the way you would like it to look.
10. Sew a straight stitch down the center of each ruffle.

11. Trim the longer frays. You may have to trim them after the first couple of washes as well.
12. Hem sleeves and then you have finished your shirt!

The sun set while I was refashioning my shirt, so here is the lovely finished product brought to you by a bright camera flash. Note to self: make sure to button ALL the buttons next time. I only missed one. After the first three buttons the rest the button placket is hidden.

Happy sewing! :)








Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shawls, Shells, and a Makeover Without Makeup

Within the past week I actually finished two projects! Small projects, yes, but it feels so good to actually be able to finish not one, but two things before I am totally burnt out and bored with what I'm working on. Both Items are (belated) birthday gifts for my friend and I'm going to post pictures. 

First to take up some space, so that maybe she won't peek, I'll share with you a book I've started reading. "How to Sell Your Crafts Online." I'm on chapter three and so far I have found it extremely helpful!! It focuses on setting up a nice looking Etsy shop and gives tips on what will generate traffic. It also talks about how to utilize other social media to your best advantage but I haven't gotten that far yet. My Etsy Shop will be undergoing a little makeover for about the next month, so you may notices slight difference when you visit for the next four weeks. Although, I think I've probably already made some of the biggest and most noticeable changes. Mainly just adding a banner (which I added here on the blog as well, at the moment.) and a brief shop announcement. Please, check it out and let me know what you think so far!


Alright, here are the birthday presents:
The shawl hopefully looks familiar from last week's post. I finished it! I had one entire day off last week and spent it crocheting and having a classic movie mini marathon.
I know I've mentioned it before but I LOVE  the color of this yarn! Caron Simply Soft: Pagoda. 


And this second project was a spur of the moment thing. I had absolutely no idea what she wanted this year! Usually I have at least a rough idea. Then everything sort of fell together. A page I follow on Facebook (can't remember which!) posted a link to Lion Brand's Solid Shell Crochet Jewelry Frame. I remembered that my friend kept her earrings hung over the edge of a small jar, so I think she'll like this. I have to say, I was pretty thrilled when I posted a picture of it in progress on Instagram and Lion Brand liked and commented on my picture! That certainly made my day!



Hello and thank you to those of you who have just started following. That makes my day too! :)
*Edit: I have changed a little more than just adding the banner to the blog now!!! ;)