Today I’ve got a quick and easy flutter sleeve tutorial for you. And the beauty of this is that you can do this to any pattern that has a sleeve! I used the Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns, but you can use any pattern with sleeves.
This method is a slash and spread method, but the beauty of it is that you keep the original length of the armscye, so you don’t have to adjust your shirt pattern piece, only the sleeve.
Flutter Sleeve Tutorial:
Start by cutting into your sleeve pattern piece from the bottom, up to 1/2″ away from the top. Spread each of these pieces apart the same distance. I used a 1″ space between my pieces, buy you could certainly do more. Then I cut around my new pattern piece and also extended the length of the sleeve piece by 2″ for more flair.
That’s it! Super easy and fast, and of course, fluttery!!!
If you’d like to read more about the fabric we used, and also the skirt we made to go with our flutter sleeve top, head over to CaliFabrics. There’s a little story about why this skirt pattern ended up working perfectly after basically failing the first time around.
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Recently I sewed up a couple of rain jackets for my 2 youngest boys. I used the Puddle Jumper Rain Coat pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop (affiliate link) and it’s a really great pattern. In fact, I used it before for Annie.
But this time, it didn’t work out exactly like I’d planned. In fact, it was quite discouraging! Please read the whole story over on the CaliFabrics blog, and leave me a comment to cheer me up. Not every sewing creation of mine is a win, and I need help getting my sew-jo back!
Today we’re over at CaliFabrics sharing all about our surprising love for this Earth Floral London Calling cotton lawn fabric. Go check it out!
But we wanted to share a little bit about how we modified the Apple Picking Dress pattern by Oliver+S into a peplum, just like we did last time we made this pattern for Annie. That one turned out to be such a favorite of hers that when she finally outgrew it, I promised to make her another one.
Here’s the short and easy tutorial that will actually work for any drop waist dress, or you could easily do this with any dress with a waistband seam.
Measure from neck to waist, and shorten the bodice front and back pieces accordingly. You will also need to shorten any placket pieces by the same amount.
Then for the Apple Picking pattern, we just used the 1st ruffle only instead of both ruffles. Ta-da! Fast, easy, on trend, and suuuuuper cute!
Of course, since there was leftover fabric scraps, I had to sew up a matching bubble skirt for the baby! And the scraps of the scraps, I sewed a bonnet and the heart on Baby’s shirt.
In fact, this cute floral fabric inspired a whole capsule wardrobe for baby, which I’ll be telling you more about very soon!
That’s it for today…short and sweet, just like the peplum! Go check out our full post with lots more photos of these two over at CaliFabrics.
Did you catch our post over at Cali Fabrics where we’re talking about the softest chocolate colored french terry fabric?
I sewed myself a Tallinn Sweater (affiliate link of course, it’s a Hey June Pattern, and awesome as usual!!!) from this amazing fabric, and it’s perfect for feeding the baby too!
Also, I share a little bit about the evolution of the design of the Reversible Beanie pattern. And this is your last reminder here on the blog that it’s FREE until 1/1/2018. After that, we’ll gladly accept your $3 for it!
And now we’re taking a small break until 2018 to spend some time with our family! See you next year…we can’t wait to share some of the fun stuff we have planned!!!
Today we’ve got a quick and easy tutorial for you on how to make a contrast hood binding. This is a fun way to make the inside of the hood pop! You can use plain fabric for the outside and a pop of print for the inside, or print for the outside and a coordinating pop of solid color for the contrast hood binding and inside. Or print for both. Or plain for both! Let’s get started.
First you need to cut 2 of each hood piece. (If your hood pattern is lined like the one I used, the Rosemary Raglan affiliate link, just cut and sew as instructed.) When both your outer and inner hoods are assembled, here’s the fast and easy way to create that contrast hood binding.
Contrast Hood Binding Step 1:
Cut 1 inch off the outer hood along the front edge. (Most hoods are generously sized, and they will still cover the head adequately after doing this. But if you are concerned about the size of the hood, you can ADD 1 inch to the front edge of the inner hood as you are cutting it out.
Contrast Hood Binding Step 2:
Place the inner hood over the outer hood, right sides together. Line up the front edges, even though the hoods are now different sizes.
Contrast Hood Binding Step 3:
Sew the front edges together.
Contrast Hood Binding Step 4:
Turn the hood right sides out, and roll the inner hood out along the front edge. See, instant contrast hood binding.
Contrast Hood Binding Step 5:
To keep the inner fabric from rolling back to the inside, topstitch along the outer hood fabric, just inside the seam line.
Now you can create a contrast hood binding on all your hoodies! We’d love to see your completed garment if you use our tutorial…leave us a comment below, or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To see the fabric sources and the matching hoodie I sewed for myself, head over to CaliFabrics!
We’ve just couldn’t miss telling you about a fantastic skirt sale!
This fantastic little skirt, The Skipalong Skort is on sale for 50% off today only at Peekaboo Pattern Shop. But that’s not all:
The Skyline Skort by Peekaboo Pattern Shop is also on sale for 50% off today only too! AND:
If you buy them bundled together, you can save an additional $2 with the code SKORT ~ Which means you get 2 amazing skirt patterns, both with shorts underneath and pockets, for only $7 which is a crazy good deal! We’ve made both these skirt patterns over and over and over again!
Also, we’re over at the CaliFabrics blog today sharing how you can save money on fabric with all of our Fabric Scrooge tips for using less! See you there…
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