Tutorial: Easy cowl / turtle neck knit dress

Remember my birthday dress? Here’s how it was constructed, without the pintucks. The pintucks are optional. Finish the collar last if you decide to add pintucks. Here is a dress without pintucks. The pintucks are useful for shaping the dress – fitting around the bust and loose from waist down, tighter on the back… Please…

Sheer layering piece with cross-over bust

I’m in the process of making a jumpsuit for a friend and that involves prototype pieces. In the first prototype, I made a whole piece without measurements and actually didn’t get too far off! It was a wee bit snug for my friend’s tastes but the test showed that straight cut for the pants would…

Doggy summer tank top

I was practicing sewing some sleeping shorts with this orange mesh and had some relatively large pieces of scraps left. So I combined them into a doggy summer tank for my little Coco. I started with two rectangles and sewed them together lengthwise so they’d form a wider cover for the back of the tank.…

Purple Velour Dress

I’ve not been doing much sewing for me and it’s been hard. Really hard. It’s like the sewing machine calls to me when i walk by. “Use me! Pick up some thread! Let’s sew!” Anyway, it totally broke down my resistance. So i present to you… my new purple velour dress. 🙂 This was material…

Refashion: Dog Beanie Sweater with Sleeves

While rummaging through my closet, I chanced upon an old beanie that I haven’t worn in the longest time (The beanie-flattened hair look just isn’t for me) so I refashioned it into a sweater for Coco. 30-45 minutes is all you need, especially if your furry little model is cooperative. Coco loved her new sweater.…

Square top: frills down the front and sleeve ties

I’m loving square tops! Just made a square top and ruched skirt dress. (Will post a tutorial of that soon.) I think mine are generally rectangular tops since i like them longer than wider. How to make a square/rectangular top? Check out this tutorial.  My mum saw the dress and said she wanted a top…

A version of the Batwing top

Batwing top with wide sleeves and faux front cowl made in a thin knit. Didn’t take process pics but here’s a good tutorial for batwing tops. Mine is different in that the sleeves are wide and do not taper. I used excess material that was cut out from under the sleeve to create a front…

Ballet tulle skirt

This was my first attempt at sewing tulle and it was more challenging than i had thought it would be. Gathering with basting stitches was a challenge so i did my own gathering (bunching of the fabric) as i sewed. I started by cutting 6 strips of fabric of the same length. I did about…

Circle top with open sleeve

These are called circle tops but i didn’t make mine entirely circular. Start with 2 rectangular pieces. Measure yourself from the end of one shoulder to the other end and then add on x inches for however long you want the sleeves to be. Write that measurement down as the width. Next, measure from the…

Adult’s reversible skirt

Reversible skirts aren’t just for cute little girls. They’re for anyone with a love for multi-functional attire! 😀 Using the circle skirt pattern, cut out 2 circles from 2 different fabrics. Place them wrong sides together and stitch the outer edge together. Flip the skirt inside out and pin the edges. Stitch just above the…

Easy Bow Tie for Halloween

A friend is dressing up for Halloween and needs a bow tie. Since i don’t have one lying around to lend him, i thought i’d make one! Wheee!  The internet has lots of tutorials and here are 2 i referenced: abeautifulmess and wikihow. Here’s what i did in half an hour… Waiting for my friend…

Easy tunic for layering

Here’s a tunic version of Faith‘s 20 mins dress. I made it without the elastic band as i plan to use it for layering. If i want the waist cinched, a belt would do the trick. I originally wanted it to be a long dress with slits on the sides but found that the length…

Rectangular top with cute triangular collar

Been reading up about simple square tops and decided i wanted one. So i made one! Here’s the front and back view. There was quite a bit of scrap fabric left over so i cut out 2 elongated triangles and a long oval piece for the back of the top. Pin the collar pieces to…