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Cute Skirt Alert! No Sewing Required.

wrap IMG_4985wrap2If you’re interested in making your own clothes but for whatever reason have not started, I have found just the project for you. This cute, simple, NO-SEW DIY skirt tutorial will surely motivate you to get crafty. This project is definitely just the confidence booster that you need to start. In just a few minutes, you are going to have a cute, comfortable and sassy skirt perfect for a trip to the farmer’s market or a brunch date with your sweetie.

I made this DIY skirt the exact day I saw it online. Then I quickly realized that it is perfect for newbies who are willing but haven’t yet taken that leap into clothes-making.

In four easy steps you can make a skirt of your own:

  1. Measure your waist. Wrap the tape measure around your waist, placing it about an inch above your belly button. Write down that number.
  2. Decide how long you want your cute, new DIY skirt. Either measure from your waist to where you want the skirt to stop, or measure a skirt that you already own. Write down that number.
  3. Go to a fabric store such as Joann’s, Hancock or G Street Fabrics and look for the knits. A knit will not unravel, thus there is no need to hem (sew). Select the color and type of knit that you like, then take it to the counter for cutting. Ask for help in determining the amount of fabric that you need. As stated in the instructions (linked below), you’ll need the closest yardage to your waist measurement times two. You’ll likely need between three and four yards. Tip: ask about coupons!IMG_4139
  4. Follow these instructions by The Sewing Rabbit to create your new skirt and kick-off your new start in clothes making! Warning, it’s addictive.
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The Best (Casual) Black Dress Everrrr

Cute. Comfortable. Machine washable. Versatile. My best, most favorite (casual) black dress like EVERRRR.

dress IMG_4804side pic of dressTo be honest, this dress was not intended to be featured on the blog. I saw the picture on Pinterest and thought it would make a cute weekend ripping and running dress.

It’s a black knit dress. Big whoop, right? Wrong. So wrong. IMG_5033

I know it doesn’t look like much in the pictures. In fact, I had a hard time trying to make it cute on the French Mani (my mannequin with French writing on the fabric).

Here is the deal. There is just something about this dress. It works. I wore it this past weekend to run errands with my daughter, while window shopping with my best friend and then to a jewelry party. And in each and every occasion, the dress worked and was super popular.

Here are the details on how you can make this unassuming but pretty awesome dress. I used one of the vintage patterns gifted to me by Ms. Diane. It is New Look 3076, view A. I made the dress as instructed with two modifications:

1. I used a dinner plate to round off the bottom of the dress

2. I added a 7-inch-long zipper to the right shoulder and a 20-inch-long zipper to the right side. Note: Top stitching makes the zippers more prominent.IMG_5037 IMG_5043

Don’t sew? Get it here at Asos.

 

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Pearl Studs X 2

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Okay crafters and bling lovers, I have the cutest and quickest DIY for you. A couple of weeks ago, the Fashion Bomb Daily blog posted to their IG this image of Rihanna. In the photos, she’s wearing pearl stud X 2 earrings.  So cute, right?IMG_4443

I saw the picture and instantly, I recalled a DIY that I saw online of how to recreate the look. Here is how I created my pearl stud X 2 earrings and how you can, too…

Supplies

Standard size pearl stud earrings

Large pearl studs (I took  apart an old pair of earrings)

Two rubber earring backs

Glue

Toothpick

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1. To create the large round ball, I bought these earrings from my local thrift store for $1.50. Then I pulled them apart to free the large dangling pearl at the end.

2. Next, I grabbed a pair of standard pearl studs from my jewelry box. Note: this DIY will not permanently change the standard pair.

3. Insert a drop of glue into the hole of the large pearl stud. Then insert a rubber earring back into the hole with a toothpick or other slim object. Let it dry.

4. Insert the original stud into the large round pearl, through the rubber back.

5. Voila! You have pearl stud X 2 earrings.

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Black Lace

So, I am really digging the lace trend. To me, lace says soft, feminine, romantic and depending on how it’s worn, even racy. When I saw this photo of Gabrielle Union in a complete top-to-bottom lace look, I was convinced.  She looks so fab. Ooh, I thought. I want to try this look.photo (16)

Picture me digging through a stack of fabric in search of black, stretchy lace. I know it is in here somewhere I thought as I threw fabric over my shoulders digging way my way to the bottom.   IMG_4668

As you can tell, I found the fabric (made a mess) and got started. Since the lace fabric has quite a bit of stretch to it, I used Mimi G’s YouTube pencil skirt tutorial to create my look. The skirt came together pretty quickly. Because my name is not Gaga or Minaj, I had to figure out how to make the skirt more modest.

Using lining fabric, I took the same waist measurement from the lace skirt and added 1 ½ inch. I used a half of an inch for the seam allowance and the remainder so I could breathe and walk. Kind of important. Lengthwise, I cut the lining to my knee leaving a little sheer effect at the bottom.walking 2 Walking fixed

What do you think, will the romantic look of lace stick around or will it soon be back to grandma’s curtains and tablecloths?

How do you wear lace?

Like the look but don’t sew, here is a similar (and affordable) laser cut skirt.

 

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Mad About Plaid

The “word” around the Internet is that everyone is mad about plaid. Fashion blogs from here to there are reporting that the trend will be hot this Fall. Generally, I am not the trendy type but guess what, I just so happened to have a couple of plaid pieces in my fabric stash. Ring the alarm! Mama’s got a brand new dress…and it’s trendy y’all.

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I have been on a “work dress” kick lately. Within a relatively short amount of time this past summer, I churned out back to back dresses. Using simple patterns, the dresses were quick, easy to make, stylish and professional looking. Win, win, win and win. Even the employees in the café near my office noticed my new dress fad, commenting that I look “more serious.” Ha! I guess my slacks are somehow a joke.

I decided this hot pink dress that I pinned earlier in the year was the best style for my plaid fabric. The plaid is a little masculine (IMO), reminiscent of a gentleman’s suit. So a dress with feminine touches was needed for balance.

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What do you think? Does my take on this McCall’s pattern look “serious” to you? ;-)

 

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Getaway Style

IMG_4116So last week my best friend and I jetted off for a little fun in the sun. We headed off to Black Enterprise Magazine’s annual Golf and Tennis Challenge in sunny West Palm Beach. They have dubbed it the “Perfect Summer Finale” and they are so right. It’s a great networking event and a fun opportunity to dress up in gear, head out on a beautiful course and fake like I have golf game. Who said adults can’t play dress up too!

To get ready for my trip, I made a couple things.

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First up, using Butterick 5211 I made a striped linen dress to wear while traveling. It was perfect. No zippers, metal clasps or other metal detecting traps. It has big billowy sleeves and I added deep pockets large enough to hold a small wallet, ID and my boarding pass. Easy, breezy and just my style.

I didn’t get a good picture of it but I also made this tennis-ish skort using a white bengaline fabric. It is similar to the Zara skort that I think every blogger on the planet has been photographed wearing. Don’t believe me, Google “zara skort.” You’ll see.

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Count me as every blogger plus one because I liked it so much that I made one! You can make one too with Simplicity 1370.

And for the all-white party, I logged on to make an oldie but goodie. Using Mimi G’s pencil skirt tutorial, I made an off-white skirt to complement an off-the-shoulder shirt that I have had for some time. It worked nicely.

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I had a great time. I learned a few tips from golf pro Rodney Green, spent some down time in the spa, met a few new people, old school partied with Bell Biv Devoe and got my Woo Woo Woo on with Jeffrey Osborne. Good times.IMG_4023 IMG_4020 IMG_3973

Are you a golfer, tennis player or a spa girl/guy?

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The Ties That Bind

Hi Blog Friends. I’m back! IMG_3754 Let’s get into my new all time favorite dress. It is inspired by several looks; a cute young look, an easy breezy weekend style and a vintage early 80’s look. They all have a common theme, the tie front.IMG_1845 IMG_3766

I found this first look on Pinterest. The model is the blogger from Nini’s Style. Cute, right? The other dress is from Zara. White cotton, yes, that’s me (as seen in the picture linked below). I could wear a crisp white shirt every single day. Love it. Karreuche Tran wears the Zara dress in a picture posted here on Fashion Bomb Daily. Entirely different look. Sporty and fly. Oops, the Xfinity commercial with the “Jones” family says “fly” isn’t cool anymore. Hey, old school is cool. Now that I think about it, “cool” probably isn’t cool.

I always get side tracked.

And the last look is this little ditty from the stack of vintage patterns that I was gifted by Ms. Diane. Now, this is old school! Too old school. So, basically this pattern was used for inspiration and as a guide.IMG_3767

I altered the dress into something a new and fresh. The common denominator, the tie front, stayed. Karreuche’s dress is young and more appropriate for someone of her size, age and lifestyle. Or anyone with the confidence to rock it. Nini’s dress is cute but once I saw the white knit in the Zara dress, I preferred that look.  I shortened and tapered the bottom on my dress, adjusted the bodice to be more fitting and left the sleeves as they were in the pattern.  I sort of have the arms of an MMA fighter, so anything that minimizes or disguises them is a definite yes for me.IMG_3744 IMG_3747So, what do you think? Like the transformation? How do you disguise your problem body parts?

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“Jumping” on the Bandwagon

IMG_3244As far as I can tell, jumpsuits are making a come back. They even have new, updated 2014 names including, romper and playsuit.

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Recently, I came across this picture of Rocsi Diaz in a cute jumpsuit she wore to the Grammy Awards. She appears casual and comfortable, yet still classic and polished. I like comfortable. I like polished. So, when I came across a similar pattern during a fabric store sale, I figured I’d give it a shot.

The pattern is intended for jersey or cotton knit. In order to create Rocsi’s look, I had to use something other than a comfy jersey. I found this beautiful Kelly green fabric in the clearance bin.IMG_3245

*Side Note* Have you noticed a trend? I do not buy full-price fabric. Ever. And I definitely do not buy cheap-looking fabric. I shop the clearance bin and it works for me. And it can work for you too.

Back to regularly scheduled blogging. . .

The pattern called for an elastic waist which did not work for the look in the photo. Once I removed the elastic option, it took quite a bit of manipulating. I added two darts in the back and a front and back gathers at the bottom of the bodice. IMG_3284IMG_3255

I really like how this jumper turned out. And although I gave up the jersey knit to create the look in the photo, it is still quite comfortable. Because I created the jumpsuit without the elastic and stretch knit, I have to wiggle and jiggle my way in and out of the jumper. It’s okay, a little wiggle and jiggle never hurt anyone. This is definitely something I will do again but next time with a side zipper.

What do you think? Did I capture comfortable, polished look of Rocsi’s jumpsuit?

Want to try making a jumpsuit but need a guide? Here is a free tutorial for a romper. Want a jumpsuit but don’t want to sew it? Here and here are retail options.

 

 

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Red, White and Floral – Summer Comfort III

IMG_3214First things first. Let’s start this post by announcing the winner of the maxi giveaway. It is Nelly! Congratulations. Thank you for commenting, liking and following SewJacked.

On to maxi business. This is the last post in the summer comfort maxi series. First, we started with this graphic print pull-over dress. The maxi in the middle is a front/back V neck in coral, as seen here. Today’s DIY maxi is a mock wrap dress in a beautiful floral print. While I am not really the floral-print type, there is something about this bold print and the $3 price tag that attracted me. Don’t neglect the sale bins. There is great stuff there!

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The cotton print served as a nice spin on the traditional red, white and blue for Independence Day. Patriotic and fun. To create this dress, I used McCall’s M6744. IMG_3217

The model on the pattern envelope is really working the Angelina Jolie leg pose. So, in order to demonstrate the mock wrap opening, my model, Tosha, also gave a little leg action.IMG_3216

Tosha’s leg pose was a little ummm, let’s say baBAM which was confirmed by the constant horn honking and whistle blowing from passing cars. Truth.

I trimmed the photo. This is a family blog. LOL.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the July 4th holiday.

Are you feeling inspired to sew yet? If you’ve joined the DIY sewsisterhood, let me know. Tag your pictures on Twitter and Instagram using #SummerComfort or #SewJacked.

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Summer Comfort II

Maxi madness continues in this post with a wide-neck coral knit. And as you’ll read in the post, madness is exactly what this SewJack entailed.

While browsing around on Pinterest (notice a theme), I came across this image.

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The model’s confident pose. That fabulous necklace. The dress. Altogether, it made for a striking image and a SewJack to be.

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To create my dress, I used McCalls M6886. It is a popular pattern among the online “sewsisterhood” and very versatile as seen in a different style here. In order to make a wide neckline similar to that in the picture, I cut a V neck, front and back, which turned out to be an absolute bear! Making this dress was blood pressure check type of frustrating. I don’t see many V neck front/back dresses in retail stores and now I know why.SewJacked Back V Maxi

The pattern calls for a tapered bottom. So, in order to get the sassy flare of the model’s dress, I lengthened the bottom and cut a wide A-line.

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From the dag-on slippery fabric to the crazy frustrating neckline, this dress beat me down. You know it is bad when I start dropping “dag-on” bombs!

Anyhow, I really hope you like it, as there will not be another one. LOL. *Tell’em why you mad son.* [My affinity for quoting 90s rap lyrics continues.] The double v neck won this round but I’ll be back. If any of my sewsisters (or brothers) have V neck tips to share, please do.

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IMG_3002Despite the wacky neckline, Tosha modeled the dress for the post. And she rocked it!  I think she did an awesome job. She almost made me like the dress again. Almost.

Way back in our high school days, Tosha wore the first garment I ever made. It was a jumper and it was made from the cheapest fabric the store would sell me. And she actually wore it to school! You gotta love that kind of confidence.

Thanks for reading and I hope that you are enjoying the blog.

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Kim

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