Showing posts from February 1, 2009

Looks can be deceiving

Just because it looks like denim doesn't necessarily mean it is denim. After all, wouldn't you say this skirt looks like a denim skirt? Sure it does, but it's actually a lightweight wool - cool huh? The look of denim without the bulk. Enough about the fabric - let me tell you about the skirt pattern! It is skirt number 105 from the January '09 issue of Burda World of Fashion. Isn't it fabulous? I was drawn to the uniqueness of the design. The waist is shaped by large angled pleats, which are topstitched in place with the fullness released below the hipline. A decorative zipper, with the zipper tape partially showing, is secured in place topstitching. The back has the same two angled pleats with the topstitching. The stitched down pleats give the skirt a slight tulip shape. The double rows of topstitching hold the hem in place. The hem really is that deep! In the BWOF instructions the skirt is not lined. However, I added a lining because the wool skirt wou

Tutorial: Sew a child's reversible craft apron

Apron side one Apron side two Printable instructions can be downloaded here (on Scribd). These aprons were sewn as Christmas gifts for a friend's two little ones. I tucked themed crayons, colored pencils and stickers into the pockets - Disney's Cars for the little guy and Disney Princesses for the little gal. The toddlers loved their new aprons so much that after they each drew me a thank you picture they proceeded to wear the aprons for the rest of the day. These aprons are oh-so-simple to sew! Use one side as a craft apron; flip it over and it becomes a little kitchen helper's apron. Sizing This craft apron fits approximately size 2 to 6. Materials 1/2 yard for each apron side 4-1/2 yards of bias tape thread paper to draw the apron pattern. Create the paper pattern To create the apron body pattern: Draw a rectangle 14" (long) x 9" (wide) Mark the left side as the center front. Measure in 3-1/2" along the top edge and make a mark. Measure down 4-1/2"