Stone Cold Duster

imageimageIMG_7523The weather here in DC is changing. Hallelujah! Goodbye and good riddance snow! For these transitional days where the sun is shining ever so brightly but the temperature is still too cool to go without an overcoat, a duster is a muster…sorry, couldn’t resist.


Using a vintage McCall’s pattern from my old school stash, I created this oversized duster from a warm and fuzzy stone-colored coating. With a few adjustments to the length and neckline, I made my new go-to jacket.

I decided not to create the lapel as it is in the original pattern. Instead, I opted for a square neckline by making a pointed turn at the front and carrying that stitch straight down, eliminating the arched, fold-over look

How about you? How are you transitioning into Spring?

Want a transitional duster coat without sewing it? Check out Zara’s collarless option here.

A special thanks to my daughter for the photos. You rock!

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Chunky Neck Roll

IMG_6901 IMG_6912 IMG_6916 Two years ago, not long after I made my first two or three items, I thought I was a sewing boss. Pattern? Who needs a pattern? I decided to jump out there and make a dress with only material and my measurements. Well, the finished product was sort of okay (not really) – it was only a little tight around my arm, and just a few seams popped here and there but only when I raised my arms or sat down. Other than that, it worked. LOL.

As you can imagine, the dress didn’t get worn much, until now…

Recently I made a hooded tunic from a free Mimi G. tutorial. Instantly, I fell in love with the neck roll look. My back rolls, however, I am not a fan of. Anyway, while on a quest to either repurpose or recycle clothes that I don’t wear, I came across the “boss dress.” Using McCall’s 7020 and the alteration from Mimi’s tutorial, I added a chunky neck roll aka hood to my dress and it worked perfectly. I love the look and am so excited that my DIY dress has new life.

How about you? Have you made any exciting “boss” moves lately?


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When Fur Is a No-Go, Try Faux

photoCorny headline aside, this tutorial is fun, quick and a bit glamorous. I hope you will give it a try…

A few weeks ago, just before Christmas, I received an email from Martha Stewart. Oh, you didn’t know, she’s my home girl. Not really. It was actually an email blast newsletter. The newsletter featured a simple DIY tutorial for a cozy sweatshirt. I decided to give it a try and planned to feature it for Tutorial Tuesday.

I stopped by G Street Fabrics, picked up some awesome red faux fur and then a red sweatshirt from Walmart. Following the steps in the video, I created my sweatshirt. I was a little apprehensive but kept going.

A friend stopped by as I finished up and was trying on the shirt. He took one look and immediately asked if I was dressing up as Santa Clause for the holidays. How rude! Embarrassed and a bit insulted, I realized that the red furry sweatshirt was not hot.

Still, I loved the faux fur. So, I removed it from the sweatshirt, cut some rectangles, grabbed some ribbon leftover from Christmas presents and made this gorgeous scarf. No ho ho ho over here. photo 1 photo 3

photo 2I purchased my fabric from G Street Fabrics but it does not appear to be available online. Joann’s has some faux fur options here. And here’s how you can make one.

Don’t forget to share your creations on IG. Tag @Sewjacked and use #FabFauxFurInstructions



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Tools of the Trade – Getting Started

photo (1)Did you get a new sewing machine for Christmas? Or maybe saw a cute DIY number (here on SewJacked of course) that has inspired you to pull out your mom’s old machine? Or perhaps you simply have a desire to jump into this new awesome sewing trend but just don’t know where to start? Don’t you worry, I have put together a get started list that includes my must have tools. You don’t need much to get started and certainly do not need to run out and break the bank on gadgets but there are a few necessities that will make your crafting time just a little easier.

Scissors1. Scissors

When sewing you’ll need two types of scissors:

a. Fabric Scissors – This is what you’ll use to cut fabric. Professional seamstresses far and wide will warn you to never use these scissors for paper cutting. Check out the photo. It is that serious. My family has been warned.

b. Pattern or Paper Cutting – Use for pattern cutting. Any pair of household scissors will do.


Measure and Mark2. Measuring and Marking Tools

a. Measuring – A ruler, preferably a yardstick, will help you when fabric cutting. Use a tape measure for your body measurements. I have pinned a guide for taking body measurements. See my Pinterest page here.

b. Marking – You will need to add various markings to your fabric. Tailor’s chalk, disappearing ink markers and even pencils are some of my favorite tools.

 Pins and Pattern Weights3. Pins and Pattern Weights

a. Pins – Don’t be afraid to use as many pins as you need to hold your fabric together while sewing. Just don’t sew over them! Precision counts in sewing. Clean cuts, straight sewing lines and evenly distributed fabric will go a long way to professional looking finishes

b. Pattern Weights – When preparing to cut fabric using a pattern, pattern weights are so much faster than trying to pin the paper to the fabric. Best tip I have gotten so far, large washers. Pick them up at your local hardware store for just a few cents each. Here is another option.

 Iron4. Iron

I cannot stress this enough. You will do more ironing in sewing than sewing itself! Sew a little, press a little, sew a little, press a lot. Pressed seams are the ticket to non-homemade looking clothes. Use a good iron. I picked up this steam/dry iron from Costco. Works great.

Seam Ripper5. Seam Ripper

Can I just say that this is the best thing since sliced bread? Let me be clear, you will make a mistake. It happens. Correction: You will make mistakes. They happen. And you will need to remove a seam and start again. Don’t keep going when you know that you’ve made a mistake. Remove the seam and start again. You’re finished garment will thank you for it. 

Okay now, get your tools together and let’s get started. I have a new Tutorial Tuesday coming up. It is quick, easy and a bit glam if I do say so myself. It will be just what you need to get started – the proverbial toe in water. Stay tuned…



Tutorial Tuesday: A Savvy Shopper

IMG_5761With this Naco-Paris (so says the “Internets”) “Karl Who?” bag from a few years ago as my inspiration, I used a little paint and some tape and was able to take my shopping bag style up a few notches.

Here in DC we have to bring our shopping bags with us to the store or pay a $.05 fee per store bag. So, this new DIY not only elevates my Sunday shopping style, it also saves me a few coins. And at a cost of $8 for the bag and materials, my stylish shopper will have paid for itself in just 160 trips to the store. Crafty and fiscally responsible…lol.

Now, let’s get down to some Tutorial Tuesday action. What you’ll need:

  • large shopping bag from craft store
  • cardboard (a file folder will also work)
  • fabric paint in coordinating color
  • tape
  • small paint brush
  • pencil

Start by inserting the cardboard or file folder inside of the bag. The cardboard will prevent the fabric from bleeding through. Next, I recommend taping the edges of your bag to the table or surface to ensure stability.Use the pencil to practice your lettering. The pencil you can erase. The paint you cannot. Once you have your lettering figured out, go for it. As you form your letters, I recommend that you drag the brush in one continuous stroke across the fabric. Let it dry for 72 hours and that’s it!

Have fun and don’t spend all of your $.05 savings in one place!

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The Hybrid Coat

side shotSoooo, about that time that I wore a short-sleeved coat with open-toe boots… LOL, it sounds so wrong but the cozy, close-to-sleeveless coat and peek-a-boo boots felt so right together. Let me tell you more about this short-sleeve coat…photo 3 (2)



I purchased this buttery soft blue wool fabric last year from my local G Street Fabrics store. Because it is a good quality fabric, I held onto it for awhile waiting until I found a project deserving of this awesome material.

In comes this Pinterest picture of a gorgeous, sleeveless wool coat. The coat, worn rather casually in the photo,  makes a huge statement. I loved it and knew instantly that it would be right for my wool fabric. There was one problem. Other than the wrap that I posted here, I had never made a coat and was a little intimidated by the thought of it. And then as if it were fate, Mimi of posted a new DIY tutorial for a very similar “blanket” coat. Mimi’s tutorials are pretty detailed and easy-to-follow. So although what I had in mind was not exactly like the coat the tutorial, I knew her step-by-step guide would put me on the right path.

Using Vogue 8930, I created a “hybrid” of Mimi’s coat and the sleeveless version in the Pinterest photo. To create my version, I extended the length about five inches, rounded off the bottom front and skipped the lining. Going without a lining posed a bit of an issue. No lining meant an exposed seam on the wide collar. So, I stitched down both sides of the seam allowance and added binding to finish the coat.

corner IMG_5573I really like my first DIY coat and I hope that you do to. If you have a sewing (or other) fear, I hope that you find inspiration to help you overcome it. I bet that, like me, you’ll be glad you did.

Thanks for reading.




Tutorial Tuesday: Clutch It

IMG_5634Today is Tutorial Tuesday here on! And you know what that means… I have scoured the Internet, searched high and low and found you the cutest, quickest and easiest project that you are just going to adore. I am absolutely certain that you will end up making tons of these! Tons I tell you.

So, let’s get into this versatile little number. It can be a clutch or a tablet holder. You can make it in leather or a cute animal print. Make it large enough for your computer or small of enough for your cosmetics. Oh, the possibilities are endless. (I almost wrote “Oh, the Place You’ll Go!” #SeussFan)

IMG_5638 IMG_5637 IMG_5636Here is the tutorial for your endless possibility clutch / tablet holder / cosmetic bag/ etc. For my clutch, I used remnant upholstery fabric from my local fabric store, added a wine zipper and a navy blue tassel from the craft store. I attempted to make my own tassel but that was just a mess. A mess. But these clutches here, they are anything but a mess. Check out the cute options that I found online. Like I said, the possibilities are endless.

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The Chill is In the Air

IMG_4928Baby, it’s cold outside! Here in the D dot C, the Fall season is in full force. Daylight hours are shorter, leaves are changing and the temps are definitely taking a dip. It’s officially time for outerwear but not yet time for big parkas and such. Here’s my answer to Fall’s frosty bite…

image (2)IMG_4917 IMG_4914I went trolling around Pinterest for a coat that is mid weight, easy to make and transitional. The coat or jacket needed to work for my weekends – jumping in and out of the car, standing outside at my daughter’s sporting events and while attending all of the fun festivals that occur during this time of year.

This Burberry cape caught my eye and this plaid wool fabric that I picked up from G Street Fabrics would certainly give me a similar look. Considering there isn’t much structure to the cape, I assumed it would be easy enough to make. I just needed to find the right tutorial.

Found one.

And it was free. So, it couldn’t have worked out more perfectly!

I found this free, DIY cape (poncho) tutorial on Martha Stewart’s website. I cut mine down the middle and decided not to add binding all the way around. I will instead surge the edges to keep my cape from unraveling.

I am pairing my cape with these awesomely long Mossimo gloves from Target.

Thanks for reading and stay warm!



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.

IMG_5071Make sure you take pictures and share them.


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.