Thursday, July 13, 2017

Skirting the Issue 2017: Pre-Teen Skater Skirt

Pre-teens can be
 hard to please...

So before I chose my pattern, I researched the fashions that teens seem to prefer. I found that skater skirts are very popular with teens.

 I made this skater skirt out of a lightweight pin-wale corduroy that features a black background and bright pattern.
The pattern that I used for this skirt is Simplicity 8027.
It has an elastic waistband that is sewn into an attached casing. This keeps the waist area free from bunching of fabric, and an elastic waistband makes it suitable for many different pre-teen body types.
Zig-zag the casing near the stitching line.
Then cut away the excess so it reduces the bulk of fabric at the waistline.

 Here are some different ways to sew your elastic ends together.  Don't just sew the two ends together like a regular seam, as shown in the first example.  Overlap them or sew the edges together with a small piece of soft fabric under the edges to hold it together.
Here is a little advise from this pre-teen about choosing your fabric for your skirt: 
"I think that pre-teen girls would like this pattern to make a skirt for their first day of school. It's important that you look and feel great about yourself, as you met new friends in your classes in middle school. "

"If you don't know what pre-teens like... then take a pre-teen with you to the fabric store to choose the fabrics you will be using in your skirts that you plan to donate to girls in foster care." 

So start sewing those skirts to donate to girls in the foster care program through the USA!

(P.S.  Don't you like this car!! I've been trying to get my Grandpa to save it for me when I start
 driving in 5 years.) 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Miniature Tea Set Fairy Garden

My newest fairy garden in a terra cotta saucer with sedums.  The tin you see is a Dick and Jane Lunchbox.
 A child's miniature teas set.
It makes me smile!

Deborah Devine

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Front Porch Seat Pad and Pillows

I love to decorate my front porch with 
colorful pillows and seat pads.  
These two variations will go on a black wicker settee.

2:00 a.m. and I was still sewing.....  I just got carried away!!
One seat pad with 2 different looks.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Embellishing Jeans With Diagonal Stitching

Now that I finished my top, it was time to embellish the coordinating recycled jeans shorts.  I noticed that the flower fabric was printed on the diagonal. That inspired me to sew a line of XXXXXXXXX in a diagonal pattern on the front of the shorts. Then I could here-and- there repeat the flowers inside the diagonal squares.
First, I sewed the diagonals on one side of the shorts front.

Next, I carried that pattern over to the right side, 
so your eye would see a continuing pattern.
Iron on the flower patches...yikes...I love it!!!!!
I would totally buy these shorts if I saw them in a store.
On the back of the shorts, I outlined each of the 2 pockets in the same red XXXXXXX. I so seldom use the fancy stitches that are on my sewing machine. These XXXX were fun to use, and still grown-up enough for a pre-teen girl.  


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tye-Dyed Sundress for this Boho Babe

What's more Boho than honest-to-gosh tye-dyed fabric!
I found this fabric at a retro store, and I knew I had to have it.
I loved the soft colors with the radiant white starbursts.

 Looking through my box of laces from my great grandmother, I found this starburst lace.  I think this fabric and lace were meant to be together.... thanks, Great-Grandma Kelly.

My granddaughter is so slender that I used a elastic gathered band in the back of the sundress so it would fit her better.  I wish that I could find the type of elastic that you can sew multiple row of stitching through, and it doesn't loose it's ability to retract.
But, I think this is a viable solution to the problem.

 I like to gather fabric like this.

First, using your longest stitch, sew 2 rows of stitching. One at 3/8 inch and one at 6/8 inch.

Pull the ends of the threads that came from the bobbin. With your fingers move the gathers down the fabric.
Pin to your connecting fabric at 5/8 inch. Notice how the gathers are even and straight up.  You don't get gathers that are puckers.   


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Cricut and the Peace, Love, and Lace Top, Lace Skirt, and Shorts

I just purchased a Circut Cutter and couldn't wait to use it as I created my 2017 Bohemian Collection.
There are two looks, one with a multiple layer lace skirt and the other used recycled jean shorts.
As I learned how to program the Cricut machine to create the peace signs and wordings for this shirt, I was very grateful from help from my friends Joyce and Hilde.
To make the skirt, I harvested/recycled the lace fabric from a size Junior 13 skirt to make this Child's Size 8 skirt. Then I decorated the recycled jean shorts with battenburg lace (heart) and on the rear pocket and added the cut out words from the Cricut to the pants front.

Monday, March 20, 2017

My 2017 Bohemian Modern Collection Flipbook

Click on my flipbook to take
 a closer look at my personal style. 

 I had so much fun creating this cohesive collection of clothing for 
the sheer joy of showing my love for
  my grandaughter 
and giving my creative side the chance to just "give it a go!".  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Repurposed Jean Skirt with Ruffle

I've made many jean top skirts like this one. I donated them to girls in foster care through the  CASA program and as part of the "Skirting The Issue Sew Along" with Project Run and Play.  When my granddaughter saw it, she wondered if this skirt was for "a girl that we don't know, or will never meet,...but needs our help."  
"No,  answered her grandmother. It's for you."

Does the fabric look familar? 
Yeap, it's part of my 2017 Bohemian Collection.   

I did buy her a jean jacket to go along with her recycled skirt. Sometimes, with a great sale, it's just cheaper to buy than sew.

If you want to make this skirt, here are some links to the different blog posts that show you, with written instructions and photos, how to make the skirt.

Creating the jean pants yoke for the skirt

Making the Flowers 

Using a Printable Step-by- Step Chart to Calculate How to Cut Out Your Ruffles and Connecting Pieces, Regardless of the Size of Skirt (You will be able to click on the provided chart to take you to my Google Drive. Then  you can print a copy of the chart for yourself.)

Sewing the Ruffles and Connecting Tiers to the Skirt Yoke

 Sewing the Flowers to the Skirt

Bohemian Top

Bohemian style is meant to embody the free spirited girl who wants to express herself in her clothing 
and has the freedom to style the look as she pleases.
 Add that philosophy to sewing for a pre-teen girl and you can understand that sewing for my granddaughter has changed. 
She no longer leaves all the design of the clothing I make her to me. 
She NOW actively participates in the process.
I "harvested" the fabric from a soft, somewhat transparent, tye-dyed beach wrap to make this top.I loved the drapey quality of the fabric and how the colors just flowed from one hue to another. I knew I would have to line the blouse for modesty sake, but it was worth it.
AND my granddaughter loved it too.
First, I use the Hazel Blouse pattern from Petite Stitchery. It's part of their new Boho Collection.
I loved those sleeves, but my pre-teen did not.
 "I just want short little sleeves, like the shirt I showed you," she explained.
"But these are so beautiful and romantic," I argued.
I wanted those sleeves, so I made it that way anyway. I figured that once she put it on, that she would love them too.
My bohemian, pre-teen granddaughter's was
 committed to her design.
So in the end... I cut them off and created a small cap sleeve... but I yearned for those sleeves, and ended up creating this matching purse made with the cut off sleeve. (so I guess we both won.) I  just sewed the sleeve band together, and then created a bottom with a piece two pieces of stiff felt.

 I think together we created an unique, edgy yet feminine look.

I added a zipper in the center back since this pattern was designed for knits. That was an easy adaptation, as I just did not place the back pattern piece on the fold and added a seam allowance for the zipper when cutting out the pattern piece.  
I changed this purchased flower headband to include flowers that pulled the red-purple color fro the top.

Since my flower was just too big, I pulled the flower apart and just used the petals on the headpiece.  


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Complementary Colors Girls Summer Shirt

  Complementary colors are those colors that are 
on opposite sides of the color wheel.

As I designed my top. I decided to use the complementary colors of  green/red and  blue-green/red-orange.  Using complementary colors is a bit tricky, so the use of this Kaffe Fassett print helped me pull it all together.

For me, the design all clicked together when I used the red-orange eyelet solid over the blue-green fabric.  I loved how the blue and green colors just popped through the holes in the eyelet fabric.  

This easy to wear top is complimented by these dark indigo tie-dyed jeans.
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