Showing posts with label fabric. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fabric. 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.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Sew-Bots

Let's see, a blessing today was getting a extra shift at work. Work may not be the most thrilling place to be, but it's always nice to be able to put a little extra money in the bank. :) --and I wouldn't have found out about the adorable twill fabric!

I think I might start  each blog that way from now on. Sort of counting my blessings and sort of just a happy thought or nice thing that has happened that day or sometime during the week. 

Now, I know, I'm late again. It is the wee small hours of Wednesday where I am and I am just posting for Tuesday now. I'm going to meet my nephew for the first time soon and he is almost 1 already! Wow that year flew by!! I'm trying to buy a few things that he might need when he's here that can't easily be brought on a plane. I already bought some sippy cups. Well, I'm sure you could bring those on a plane but it not like every kid travels with his own personal supply of sippy cups. Today I bought and sewed a pattern for a travel high chair!

Yesterday (Monday) when I was at work I saw the pattern for a travel high chair and it didn't take much fabric and was really easy to sew. I put it back because it said it should be made from duck cloth, light denim, or twill. I couldn't think of any of those fabrics off the top of my head that would actually make it cute. Actually, I wasn't even sure we had any twill. Ha, not good that I don't know what is in stock!  Today a woman brought a few bolts of fabric up to the cutting counter and one was an adorable kid's twill fabric that had owls wearing baseball caps on it! When I finished cutting her fabric I brought the twill bolt back to see what else there was and saw the robot print. I grabbed the bolt, which had just enough for the pattern left on it, and found the pattern again and happily made my purchase after I punched out.

The pattern was a breeze to sew. It's just one pattern piece and you only have to cut three pieces total. Technically it should take just a couple of hours to complete, but I am a master at getting distracted. During one distracted moment I started singing a song from the Harvey Girls, which I hadn't watched in ages so I finally put in my Harvey Girls DVD and got down to business on the travel high chair...after I took a picture of my TV screen.

I can't get enough of this robot fabric!!

Now, you'll have to use your imagination for this last picture. Unfortunately I didn't have an adorable baby model on hand  so I used a shirt. You get the picture though, right?


I'm so excited for my nephew to use this when he's here! 



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes....and Hands and Arms

This has been a fun week. I'm slowly but surely finishing up the Gargantuafghan. Autocorrect just fixed that word for me because I unintentionally switched two letters! I've been typing it a lot lately. The measurements with the boarder completed are 52 inches wide by 84 inches long. A whopping 7 feet long!! I'll have to compare that to my old blue one I made about 5 years ago. They're pretty close in size.



This past week two Items have been taken off of Etsy and frogged. Rippit rippit... (Did I use that correctly?) I had two hand crocheted, literally, scarves made from bulky yarn. They were so soft but just so so so ugly. I took the listings down and turned them along with the rest of my super bulky stash into a super plush mat. Not quite as puffy and ugly looking as the scarves were and it is indeed so so so soft!



I've also been watching the Olympics more than I thought I would be this week. Usually I sit in my room and craft while watching some classic film. Somewhere between Japan and Russia figure skating  I decided to watch a video on arm knitting. I expected it to be dramatically different than traditional knitting just because it seems like nearly any yarn craft that doesn't actually use hooks or needles often times is referred to as some sort of "knitting" even when it really isn't. However, arm knitting is what it says it is. I made this out of homespun yarn because I have a TON. Then I made another one to sell on Etsy. You might have guessed by now that I'll be updating Etsy very soon for spring. Follow me on Instagram via the tab above for some sneak peeks of items before they're even listed on Etsy!



Last but not least. Have I mentioned my serger here yet? I purchased one on sale a few weeks ago. The sale plus the employee discount made it well worth the buy. I was so sick of zig zag stitches and fray check, though they do have their place. I've still got a lot to learn, but these finished edges look so nice! I might have to start wearing my clothes inside out! Well, maybe not.



Thanks for reading! What have you been crafting lately?