DIY Thigh High Socks/Stockings

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Since we are finally getting warmer weather I thought it might be time to start hoarding all the sweater tights that are on clearance and making a tonne of these! They are a major staple for the mid-level weather. PLUS these things are not easy to find in a regular store, well, at least that has been my experience. On to the tutorial!

Supplies:

Thick or Sweater Stockings (Found mind at Target!)

1″ Elastic

Fabric Scissors

Sewing Machine

Safety Pin

Straight Pins (Optional)

Step 1: Lay your pair of tights on a flat surface. Using your fabric scissors, cut across the very top of where the torso meets the leg. Do this for both legs. Shorten depending on where you would like your thigh-highs to sit on your thigh.

Step 2: Set the top of the tights aside and one of the legs to concentrate on one leg. Take the elastic that you have and wrap it around the part of your thigh you would like the thigh-highs to hit. Ensure that the elastic is tight enough to stay put on your leg but not so tight that it cuts off your circulation. Snip the elastic at the appropriate length and copy this length for a second cut of elastic.

Step 3: Put the elastic aside. Take the top of the leg you are currently working on and put it inside out. Measure down 1 1/2″ from the cut edge. Fold towards the wrong side equally around at the 1 1/2″ mark. (See video if you would like a less confusing demonstration).

Step 4: Stretching the fabric as you go, sewing along the cut edge of the fold you just made with a zigzag stitch to make a casing for the elastic. Make sure to leave about an inch open to put the elastic into.

Step 5: Taking one piece of elastic, attach a safety pin to one end. Push the elastic through the casing while holding the safety pin. Pull the safety pin out the other side, ensuring that the elastic has not twisted. Push whatever elastic is left on the outside of the casing into it by stretching the top of the leg.

Step 6: Take both ends of the elastic and sew them together flat with a zigzag stitch.

Step 7: Sew the opening of the casing closed using a zigzag stitch. Sew around the casing once more, making sure you are sewing on the elastic. Be sure to stretch the elastic on both sides as you go so that when you put the thigh-highs on, the thread doesn’t break.

Step 8: Repeat all previous steps for the second leg.

If you don’t want to waste the top of the tights that you cut off, it could easily be made into a bandeau if you cut off the crotch part. To finish off the raw edge refer to our DIY bandeau blog post!

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DIY Bandeau Top (Easy Tank Top Reconstruction)

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Here is an easy way to make a perfectly fitting bandeau top from an old tank top. I used the bottom half of the tank top I used for the crop top DIY so you can easily get two tops from one tank top!

Supplies you will need for this project:
-The bottom half of a tank top
-Elastic that is 3/8″ wide or less
-Safety pin
-Seam ripper
-Fabric Scissors
-Sewing Machine
-Fabric pins
-Sewing needle
-Matching Thread
-Ruler
-Fabric Marker or Chalk

Step 1: Figure out how long you would like your bandeau to be. If you would like it to be closer to a bandeau bra, measure on your body what the shortest possible length would be and then add two times the width of your elastic. Draw a line and then cut there one layer at a time.

Step 2: Take your elastic and wrap it around the top of your bust. When you feel like it is the tightness that you want, pinch the spot where you would like to cut and cut it with your fabric scissors. Measure the length of your elastic and set aside the measurement for later.

Step 3: Bring together both ends of the elastic you just cut, ensuring that the elastic has not twisted, and sew across so they are firmly attached. Set this aside.

Step 4: Use the measurement you wrote down earlier and cut another piece of elastic at that length. Take one end of this elastic and attach a safety pin.

Step 5: Take your seam ripper and open up the side seam inside the hem allowance just enough for the elastic to fit inside the hem allowance that is already there. Push the elastic through the casing and full the fabric over top of the elastic as you go. Once the elastic has been fully threaded through the casing, remove the safety pin and sew both ends of the elastic together.

Step 6: Close the casing by whip stitching the spot where you seam ripped open with a thread and needle.

Step 7: Take the elastic that you set aside and mark 4 times equally around the elastic the same way as the DIY crop top tutorial. Pin one marking to the side seam on the inside of the raw edge of the bandeau. Pin the exact opposite marking to the other side seam. Mark the centre front and centre back of the bandeau at the raw edge. Pin the other two markings on the elastic to the centre front and centre back markings.

Step 8: Sew along the raw edge with a zig zag ztitch, stretching the elastic to match the raw edge as you go.

Step 9: Fold over the raw edge towards the inside of the bandeau. Sew with a wider zigzag stitch with the fold touching the 1/4″ mark on the sewing machine. Stretch as you go. This will be the top of the bandeau.

Step 10: Put the bandeau on yourself or a dress form and pinch the top of the centre front about an inch and secure with a safety pin.

Step 11: Take your needle and thread and hand stitch up the centre of the gathered portion. Continue to go through the gathers several times, pulling it tight, until you get the look that you desire. Be sure to knot on the inside of the garment and you’re done!

DIY Crop Top From Tank Top with Alternate Hem

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This tutorial came about because it was requested on youtube to teach a finish for stretched fabrics. You can use this technique on intimates and swimwear! Let’s get started!

Supplies you will need to complete this project:

Plain Tank Top

Matching Thread

Sewing Machine

Elastic

Measuring Tape

Ruler

Marking Tool (Fabric Chalk or Water Soluble Marker)

Seam Ripper (for mistakes!)

Fabric Scissors

Step 1: Mark on the tank top (on yourself or on a dress form) where you would like to crop it to.

Step 2: Draw a straight line across the tank top where you marked it, making sure to do it on both sides so that it matches back to front.

Step 3: Measure the width of your elastic and make a marking that measurement away from the original line. Ex: my measurement was 3/8″ so I marked 3/8″ away from the original crop line I made.

Step 4: Draw a straight line parallel to the original line at the marking you just made. Repeat step 3 from this line. Make sure to copy the lines on the back of the garment.

Step 5: You should now have 3 straight lines across your garment, matching at the side seam with front and back. Using fabric scissors, cut at the lowest line one layer at a time.

Step 6: Putting the bottom half of the garment aside for another project (stay tuned for our next video for this one!), ensure that the elastic is the right measurement around. Make sure that the elastic is tight enough for you at the waist and cut the length.

Step 7: Take both ends of the elastic and bring them together. Ensure that the rest of the elastic is not twisted and sew both ends together using your sewing machine or a needle and thread if you’d prefer.

Step 8: Folding at the stitch you just made, mark the exact opposite end of the elastic with a pin (see video for visuals). Fold the elastic the exact opposite way so that the pin you just made and the stitch are in the middle and mark either side of the elastic with a pin or fabric chalk.

Step 9: Fold the crop top in half length wise and mark at the hem on the fold. Unfold it and then fold it in half lengthwise in the opposite direction and mark on the fold at the hem again.

Step 10: Take the elastic where you stitched it closed and pin it to one of the side seams of the crop top on the wrong side (or the inside) of the garment.

Step 11: Take the first marking you made on the elastic (which should be exactly opposite to the stitching) and pin it to the other side seam, making sure not to twist the elastic.

Step 12: Pin each of the side markings on the elastic to the centre front and centre back markings on the crop top at the hem.

Step 13: Sew the elastic to the hem of the crop top with a zig zag stitch, making sure to stretch the elastic so that the fabric on top is not bunched at all. Your fabric will tend to curl so make sure to straighten it out as you sew. Back tack at the end.

Step 14: Fold the hem over the elastic once so as to hide the elastic. Using a wider zigzag stitch, sew all the way around the hem again on the elastic at 1/4″ on your machine. Back tack at the end and you’re done!

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Tumblr Copy-Cat: New Years/ Christmas Eve Dress

Almost exactly a year ago I found this amazing dress on tumblr that I just knew I had to have for New Years. I couldn’t explain it. There was some weird desire that a dress like that just HAD to be mine. As I was a student in my first year of fashion school, money was a serious object. It didn’t help that I couldn’t find the dress anywhere. There were many lovely alternatives (just google “Sequin Dress” and you’ll see what I mean) but none of them were the “one”. Not for the prices they were asking anyways. So I took it upon myself to make it on my own. If you know much about fabric you’ll find that sequin fabric is not particularly cheap so if you ever want to endeavour in a project like this, do yourself a favour and do it early enough to start raiding the discount bins at your local fabric stores. I was lucky enough to find exactly what I needed at exactly the right price (less than $10/M is usually my goal).

As you are probably wondering what this heavenly dress looks like, I will now reveal it:

Sequin Dress

 

Yup! Extremely simple! But just the right amount of sparkle for a special night without going way over the top. SO! This is what I did.

1. Find the right pattern.

This could take some time. You might be able to do some searching at your fabric store for a good dupe of the dress you want however searching online is usually a great deal easier. I found what I needed on Burdastyle.com (the best online sewing resource in the world in my opinion). This is the pattern I used for the top, and this is the pattern I used for the skirt. The top pattern was free and the skirt pattern was $3.00. Not bad if I do say so myself!

So the fabric I bought had a little bit of stretch so I opted for getting rid of the zipper on the back and just cut that edge on the fold of my fabric. When I sewed the top and skirt together, I did a basting stitch down both seam allowances before I sewed them together and I gathered each until they matched and were the width of my waist measurement. Then I sewed them together and voila! A beautiful dress that cost me less than $25 and two hours to make!

New Years

 

Apologies for the somewhat lacking in quality picture, as it was the only one I took of the dress that day.

So there you have it! My perfectly shameless dupe of a dress I found on Tumblr, the world’s worst website for making you want things you don’t have!

This year it’s a dress I found on modcloth.com that I may or may not share with you when I find the right fabric! Until then, please share with me any dupes you’ve made of outfits you found but just could not afford. I’d love to see them!