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 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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DIY Summer Ruffle Crop Top (Tank Top Reconstruction)


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There are so many great ways to take something that was once old and useless and change it into something wearable again. Recently I came across the basic tank tops at Forever 21 that cost about $1.80. I thought it might be fun to change it into something trendy and fun for summer. This project is a little bit advanced so I would recommend only attempting it if you have some knowledge and experience with sewing. I have created a video to go along with the instructions so if you need a visual representation, please refer to the time references and link I have provided. Now for the tutorial!

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!)

Safety Pin

Fabric Scissors

Step 1: Put the tank top on yourself or on a dress form and mark the place where you would like to shorten the tank top to. Use a ruler or a measuring tape to keep your line straight as you mark around the entire front and back of the garment.

Step 2: Take the tank top off the dress form (or yourself) and place it flat down on a table. Use a ruler to straighten out the marking you made and make sure the front and back match at the side seams so it is an equal line all the way around.

Step 3: Measure the width of your elastic. Mine was 3/8ths of an inch. Double this measurement (3/8 + 3/8 = 3/4). Measure from the line you just made towards the hem of the tank top the amount of  your doubled measurement. Draw another line from this line 1/2 an inch away. This will act as your seam allowance so that the top will be at the correct length.

Step 4: Cut a small notch at the side seam where the seam allowance line was drawn and cut the straight line one layer at a time to create the crop top. Put the bottom of the top aside to use as the ruffle later.

Step 5: Fold the hem of the crop top making sure the seam allowance line and the first line you created meet. Pin, making sure that the seam allowance line and the crop line are matching.

Step 6: Set your machine to the zig zag stitch and sew along the line (not over the line but beside it). Back tack on the machine at the beginning and end, leaving about a 1/2″ space between the beginning and the end stitch. If you forget to leave an opening for the elastic like I did, simply seam rip a small amount like I have shown.

Step 7: Wrap your elastic around yourself or your dress form ensuring it is the length you want it and cut at the correct length for you.

Step 8: Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and feed it through the casing that you have just created. Holding the safety pin and pushing it through, pull the fabric over the elastic and continue to feed it through the casing until you find the safety pin again on the other side. Remove the safety pin, holding both ends of the elastic so as to not lose either end.

Step 9: Sew down the elastic ends to each other, back tacking a couple times to ensure a sturdy attachment.

Step 10: Close the casing by zigzagging over the opening.

Step 11: Put the crop top back on the dress form (or yourself) and measure from the highest point to the lowest point. My measurement was 11″. Take this measurement and transfer it to the bottom portion that was previously pushed aside. Mark your measurement on this piece from the hem upwards on both side going all the way across. Cut at the line you drew, one layer at a time.

Step 12: Find the middle on one side of the piece you just cut. Mark it from the top to the hem, drawing a straight line. Cut along this line only through ONE layer.

Step 13: open up the piece so that it is longer width wise than length wise. Find the middle of this and mark it. Take the crop top off and match the marking to the centre front neck line. Pin.

Step 14: Pin the top of the bottom piece to the neck line, stretching a small amount as you go. Stop pinning when you hit the side seams.

Step 15: Sew with a zigzag stitch along the neck line, back tacking at the side seams.

Step 16 (Optional): Tack down the ruffle 2 inches down at the side seams using a straight stitch. Tack at the hem 1/2″ up from the bottom with a straight stitch.

Voila! Now you have yourself a cute summer top that’s good for a bathing suit cover or with a high waisted skirt! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you would like me to create other tutorials, please request in the comments here or on my youtube channel! Thanks for stopping by :).

 

 

DIY: Twist Bandeau Bikini Top!

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Supplies:

-Sewing Kit
-Sewing Machine
-Stretch Fabric (preferably lycra, made for bathing suits, if you aren’t sure, ask the people at the fabric store)
-Matching thread
-Fabric Chalk (optional, can be useful for marking)
-Fabric Scissors
-Pattern Paper (or just regular/newspaper works)
-Measuring Tape
-Ruler

A Few Tips:
-Make sure to use matching thread or it will show
-Ensure that both contrasting fabrics have the exact same amount of stretch or it will be more difficult to fit and sew
-If there is still a small hole where the twist is, use a hand needle to whip stitch it shut and it should stay just fine.

If you’d like a tutorial for a lined version of this let me know in the comments below and I might just post one!

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Music by Kyle Maloney

Redo Your Wardrobe Series: Top Patterns

#1. Sleeveless Collar Blouse

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This top is a fantastic summer must have and the perfect layer for winter under a cardigan. Depending on how it’s styled, this top can be used in so many great ways year round. It’s the perfect wardrobe essential.

#2. Long Sleeve Jersey Top

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I love this top because the shoulder panels are so simple but add the perfect detail. This top is still a basic to have around but it’s definitely not boring. I will be attempting this top as well which is a gorgeous jersey top with a beautiful neckline.

#3. Peplum Top

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When I first laid eyes on this top I was so excited that I knew I had to add it to my wardrobe. The peplum is the perfect simple detail and the collar is a great add-on for a fancier occasion.

#4. Button Up Blouse

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I think that this top is the perfect variation of the plain old button up blouse. Don’t you think so? It’s so cute! It can be worn to work or can be styled for a Christmas party! Another one I plan on trying is this hidden button blouse. It looks so expensive it would add a richness to your wardrobe that it never had before. For any lovely plus size ladies, this gorgeous two-tone tunic is pretty fantastic!

#5. Bustier Style Top

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This one might be a little difficult to achieve for me as I have a lot to alter in the, er, chest area. I’m sure all you busty ladies feel me. However, I am determined to figure it out because I know that there is a way to alter such patterns to make them work for women like us! For those of you who are normal in the bust, enjoy! This pattern will be much easier for you. Along with this style, I will be making this bustier style top which will most likely be a lot easier and is just as pretty in my opinion.

#6. DrawString Blouse

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For those of you who are truly into DIY style I suggest you buy the Burdastyle Handbook. It’s amazing. This project is from that book and I have yet to try my hand at it. Therefore, I will be attempting it as well as my own variation. Another blouse I might try (this one is going in to the “if there’s time” pile) is this lovely tie up blouse.

So those are my DIY wardrobe tops to do! If you would like to see any other tops on this list, please let me know! If you’d like, please tell me what kind of tops you will be sewing in the new year! I’d love to hear about all of your sewing endeavours!

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:

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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!

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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!

Redo Your Wardrobe Series: Skirt Patterns

As an add-on to my list of basic wardrobe essentials, this substantial blogpost’s purpose is to share with you some patterns that I will be working with in the near future to work towards a wardrobe overhaul.

#1. The Pencil Skirt

The one I will be attempting is a simple skirt with a straight waist band because I love that look. I will also like to sew this one because I am sure that both will add dimension to my wardrobe. When I have time, I might even try my hand at this princess seam ditty! If you are reading this and you need the plus size version, well, here it is!

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#2. The Circle Skirt

This one is awesome because it’s free to draft the pattern! It’s always awesome when you can custom make clothing to your own specific measurements. Circle skirts are definitely one of the most easy pieces to draft, and look cute to boot! I’m going to also attempt to alter the drafting to make the infamous asymmetrical design that is so in right now.

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#3. The Maxi Skirt

Another free pattern! Maxi skirts are very easy to construct and the fabric is usually very forgiving. I’ll be posting a simple DIY tutorial when I begin making this amazing basic wardrobe staple so that it’s easy for you! I also came across this plus sized elasticized pattern which could easily be altered for what ever size you are.

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So there you have it! Three basic staples that can be mixed and matched any which way. Any colour you desire. Skirts are the easiest thing to make so whether you’ve been sewing all your life or you just started as a cheaper alternative to your shopping addiction, I’m here to help you out! These skirts are flattering on all figure types and can be changed by accessorizing for different occasions. Different fabrics can be used to alter the design as well as some basic drafting techniques that I’ll share once we cross that bridge.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you look forward to the next blog post on top patterns coming soon!