Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas dress & a new look for winter

IMG_5856I know I said I wouldn’t have a sewing post up again until January but I couldn’t resist sharing my Christmas dress that I finished at the last minute before we left.

I’ve had the material for several years, and I think I bought it at the thrift store in Moscow, ID. It’s a light pink and white with snowflakes and reindeer. It’s perfect for winter. It’s Christmas-y but not so much so that I can’t wear it at other times in the winter. Continue reading

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To the dump and back again, and again, and again

IMG_5729I haven’t posted an update about our home renovation in a LONG time, but Alex and I have been working on the house quite a but lately. We’ve been doing lots of demolition, and we’re getting very excited about seeing our vision come to life. We have set a goal to finish a large portion of the inside of the house before the warmth of spring arrives. That way we can focus on the outside of the house in the spring…

Destroying that old, nasty, moldy kitchen was invigorating!

We found another gem of a message left for us from the teenage girl who used to live here… Continue reading

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Lace Yoke Dolman Sweatshirt Tutorial

laceyokedolmanThis tutorial is essentially a continuation of the basic dolman top tutorial. First, please see this post for instructions on making your basic dolman sleeve top pattern.

Adding the yoke is easy peasy. Continue reading

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Wide Neck Dolman Top Tutorial

dolmantopI decided to split up the tutorial for this shirt and the one for the lace yoke dolman sleeve sweatshirt. I’ll post the lace yoke sweatshirt tutorial immediately after this one.

To make this top, you will need a basic shirt pattern. If you don’t have one, please see this post for how-to instructions. Grab some tracing paper, a pencil, a ruler and and an angle. Continue reading

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Reconstructed Lace Insert Shirt Tutorial

laceinserttutorialThis is the second of the three tutorials I mentioned in this post. The tutorial below explains how to make a top with lace yokes and sleeve inserts, using a large recycled turtleneck and some stretchy lace. The lace I used was in the remnant pile at Hancock, but you could probably find a lace top to recycle if you want you’re top to be made entirely from recycled materials.

It wasn’t necessary to take a picture of the shirt before because it was just a big turtleneck. So, I’ll start with an explanation of how I cut it up. Continue reading

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Lace Yoke Sweetheart Top Tutorial

SweetheartutorialHere is the first of the three tutorials that I mentioned on Sunday: how to make a lace yoke sweetheart top.

This is a lengthy tutorial because I also included information about how to make a basic shirt pattern and how to make a pleated sleeve.

To make this pattern, you’ll need some tracing or drawing paper, a pencil and a ruler. If you have dressmaker’s tracing/marking paper and a tracing wheel, you can use that instead of a pencil. Continue reading

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A minor sewing injury and several new shirts

I’ve been busy sewing up a lot of tops, lately. I made doubles of a couple of them, and some of them are listed in my Etsy shop. I also have tutorials in the works for several of these designs…
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