Sep 25, 2015

Perfect Ten Sew-a-long, Day 5

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Last one! Day 5!!

Hi Ladies! I am back!!! Today is a little different from the rest of the Sew Along days. I wanted to share with you a little modification of the pattern I did.

My first thought when I saw the Perfect 10 top was,"wow, wouldn't that be a cute top to put with leggings?" So I made one up. I wasn't unhappy with it, but it wasn't "flowy" enough for me to consider it a tunic. I am well blessed in the trunk and my little girl isn't huge there, but has a little something, something. I like loose coverage for both of us. So I thought, Maybe I can up-size the main body of the shirt. I kept thinking a bit more and thought a giant pocket would be cute to match the leggings I had planned - not garanimal match, but coordinate. My brain kept going, and I thought wow, it would be really cute with a rounded hem and slits up the side. And of course you know all this deep thinking was happening at 3am when I should have been sleeping. Well, I attempted all of the above. There were a few boulders along the way, and some bumps and bruises to my ego, but I made it work!

Here is what I did:

My girl generally wears a 3t. So I was thinking I could keep the chest, neck line and sleeves a 3t. Then I could make the length and body width a 5. I traced them with the original pattern with the squared hem. Then I took the pieces, (already perfectly folded in half since they were cut on the fold) stacked the bodice front piece over the bodice back piece, and trimmed a curve along the outer corner of all pieces. That way my curves were all identical. 

Since the shirt has a curve at the hem and a slit, I decided I should hem it first. This is where I hit my first bump in the road. I had a hard time getting it to fold over the way I wanted it to on my cover stitch machine, so I took it over to the iron. I added 1/2 stay tape along the bottom edge and up the curve and then ironed up the 1/2 inch. 

Please excuse my big ole' head shadow. I sew, photography is NOT my strong suite. Once I had the hem ironed up, I took it back over to my cover stitch machine. Phew....soooo much better. 

Next I did my pocket. I wanted it to be oversized rectangle. So I just followed the directions for the heart pocket, but on a rectangle. I finished up the rest of the shirt as instructed in the pattern, until I got to the side seams. I know I wanted there to be a slit at the sides. So I guestimated (not a great idea to do this) how high I wanted the slit to go. Of course I took into consideration how far up my hem went. I started at the armsyce and sewed down. I made sure to unfold what I could close to the hem and get the stitch and close down as I could to the hem. I repeaded that on the other side. Once I had both side seams done, I laid it flat and folded it in half to see if my slits matched.

Enter Boulder in the road #2. Of couse since I guesstimated, they didn't match. URGH!! So I had to ever so carefully unravel my coverstitch, being very cautious not to unravel the entire thing, then restitch down to that point. Since I unraveled some of my cover stitch, I wanted to make sure everything was locked in real good. So I took the shirt over to the iron, ironed the side seam to the back. Ran back to the sewing machine and did a zig zag tac stitch the last 1" of the side seam. Then I finished the Shirt as stated in the pattern. 

I thought it looked fantastic and was so excited. So I ran up the stairs to put it on my girl with the leggings, and show my husband. The first thing out of his mouth "did you intentionally make the pocket that big? Is that a kindle pocket or something?". Yeah, yeah, we all got jokes. Funny husband. Although he was right. The pocket is rather large. But it's ok, creative license right?? I bet no one else is going to make a pocket that big. That makes my shirt original. Haha! 

The other thing I noticed, and this happens when you venture off on your own, The width would have looked nicer with the slits if it was cut at more of an A-line instead of straight down. Trial and error. But all in all, my own version of the Perfect 10 was a success! I would LOVE to see your modificiations! Share them in the LLK Cafe!! Tag me so I can see!! 


Thanks again for talking this journey with me. Sewing is so much more fun when done and shared with a friend. I hope you have enjoyed the sew along and I can't wait to see what you create. 
Until Next Time, 


P.S. If you still want to purchase this pattern, go straight to the LLK website and use the coupon code perfect10 for a discount! Find the Pefect Ten sewing pattern here!

Don't forget to post pictures of your progress and final project. Mabel Madison is donating a $35 gift card, and LLK is donating gift cards to their pattern shop!! Post pictures on Facebook in the LLK Cafe!

Sep 24, 2015

Perfect 10 Sew-a-long, Day 4

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Day 4:

Only 2 things left and our Perfect 10 shirts are done!!!

I, Natalie from The Sassy Pumpkin, your tour guide on this journey, am ready to finish these shirts and see them on my girl!!!

Day 4: Inserting Sleeves and Hemming.
I normally cheat with sleeves and sew them in flat and then sew them together with the side seams. But in the interest of hosting the sew along, I did them as written in the pattern and inserted them on the round. The first thing I did was fold the sleeve in half. I used the side seam of the sleeve as my guide and marked the opposite side. This gives me a guide to insert my sleeve in easily. Now we need to pin our sleeve to the shirt. This is the tricky part. You want your bodice right side out and your sleeve inside out. Now hold your sleeve upside down. So the hem band is at the top. Next you will slide the hem of the sleeve over the sleeve opening of the bodice. Making sure right sides are together, until the raw edges of the round part of the sleeve match the raw edges of the sleeve opening. I pin at the top where marked on the sleeve to the shoulder seam, and then the side seam of the sleeve to the side seam of the bodice. Then I ease in the sides. When you are done you will have something that looks like this:

After you have it all pinned in place, you sew it on just like you sewed on your bindings. Very carefully! I start from the side seam and work my way around. You may have to stretch the sleeve ever so slightly to ease it in. But it should be a pretty good fit. This isn't a puff sleeve. Repeat on the other side and admire your work!

The only thing left to do is our hem!! If you chose the hemband option please refer to page 61 in the pattern. I did the simple hem because I knew my girl would be tucking this shirt in. I did do my hem a bit differently than the pattern. I just recently purchased a coverstitch machine. I am still learning and haven't quite mastered the hemming on the round. So I hemmed my front and back bodice before I sewed them together. 

For basic hemming, turn up the bottom 1/2 inch, iron and then flip over and zig zag, double needle or triple stitch. When I use my conventional machine for knit hems, I will generally use about a 1/4" wide strip of knit stay tape, or knit interfacing, so when sewing it doesn't get all stretched out. Just be sure the direction of the stretch on the stay tape is going in the same direction of the stretch in your shirt. 

Give your shirt a good steamy press, and you are D.O.N.E. Done!!!! Yay! Be sure to go and show them off in the LLK Cafe!

Be sure and come back tomorrow, I would like to share with you one of my own modifications of the

Perfect 10 Pattern!!

P.S. If you still want to purchase this pattern, go straight to the LLK website and use the coupon code perfect10 for a discount! Find the Pefect Ten sewing pattern here!

Don't forget to post pictures of your progress and final project. Mabel Madison is donating a $35 gift card, and LLK is donating gift cards to their pattern shop!! Post pictures on Facebook in the LLK Cafe!

Sep 23, 2015

Perfect 10 Sew-a-long, Day 3

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Here is day 3: Day 3

Hello Again!! We are about to start on Day 3, and get sewing! Are you excited?? You should be!
Today is the day where our shirts start to transform from pretty fabric to fabulous shirts!!! If you missed all the happenings on Day 1 and Day 2, be sure to head on over to the LLK blog and catch up.
OK! Day 3: Start Sewing and Bindings. 

The first thing you want to do, before you sew up those shoulder seams and go to town on sewing your pieces together, is to go ahead and do all of your embellishments. I made quite a few Perfect 10 tops, but for breavity's sake, I will just show you the heart pocket option I did. If you have any questions at ALL on the other embellishement options, please tag myself, Radene Averritt or Cassie Nicole. One of us should be on and able to help you. 

You should have 2 pieces cut out of that cute little heart pocket. With wrong sides together sew the heart together being sure to leave about a 1/2 - 1 inch opening so you can turn right side out. I wanted to be a little rebel, so I sewed mine wrong sides together, completely around the heart, because I wanted those raw edges. Once you have the heart sewed up and flipped, take it over to the iron, give it a good press/steam, and then top stitch all the way around the heart and be sure to close up that opening from where you flipped it. Next lay out your front bodice. There is no right or wrong place to put your pocket. I wanted mine left chest.

Since I made a cute little skirt to go with my top with the ballet animals on it, I thought it would be cute to have one of them poking out of the pocket. I just cut it out, ironed on some wonderunder. Placed it on the shirt, ironed it in place, and then top stitched. Once I placed my pocket where I wanted it, I top stitched from where the "heart humps" end, all the away down to the point of the "V" and back up to right where the "heart humps" start again. I used a knit for the pocket (another rebellion on my part, lol) so I used the triple stitch to sew my pocket down. Say "hi" to Ellie the Ballet Elephant!!!  


Now that all of your embellishments are done (ig, heart pocket, peter pan collar, button placket, etc), take your front and back bodice over to your machine. You can either zig zag (stretch stitch) on your conventional machine, or zip it through your serger. After your shoulder seams are done, sew up those side seams, making sure that the under arms line up. 
This is what you should have now: 

Now for what would consider the trickiest part. The Bindings, dun, dun, dun....Sounds like a scary movie title, huh? Ok lets get everything together that needs bindings. 


Gather up just your binding peices. Sew the short ends together right sides together to make a loop.  A little trick I do to help ellivate some of the bulk in the binding, is I fold the seam in half and clip at the halfway mark just down to the seam, but not through the seam.

See photos:


Now you can iron the seam allowance down, split the allowance in half where you just clipped, so each end of the seam allowance is on different sides. Then you can fold wrong sides together and pin at the 1/4 marks. Now take your bodice, and pin at the quarter marks on your neck opening. Please note that the shoulder seams are not a 1/4 mark. I mark center front first, then center back. I bring those pins together, even out the front and back line and go all the way to the edge to find the 1/4 marks at the shoulders. 

I know, I know, I was a bad seamstress and didn't match up my stripes. I will go sit in sewer's time out for a bit. (no kids allowed right??!! lol). Now take your neck binding over to your bodice, line up the raw edges of the binding with the raw edge of the shirt. Make sure that the binding is laying against the right side of your bodice front and back. Pin at the quarter marks. Please note that your neck binding will be smaller than the neck opening on the bodice. 

Ok, for this next part, take a deep, deep breath. Shake all those wiggles out, exercise your fingers a bit and get ready to attach that binding. It took some practice, but I finally figured out how to make my bindings turn out nice. It has a lot to do with the position of your hands and the position of your tounge! lol - I don't know about you, but whenever I concentrate my tounge decides to stick out. It does it totally on it's own. Ok, take your shirt over to your machine. I use my serger for this part. You want to make sure your needles and presser foot are in the up position. The way you hold your shirt makes a difference too. Your bodice front should be on top and your bodice back should be flat to the machine. Slip your back bodice neck and binding under the presser foot. Before you put the foot down, make sure the binding is on bottom and the back bodice is facing up. Slide the fabric under the presser foot to the seam allowance you need and then lower your presser foot and needles into the fabric.

I always stitch a few places without stretching that way I make sure my garment doesn't slide and skip stitches when I start to stretch. Now you want to grab the pin that is closest to the front of the presser foot. Hold it out until your bodice (or the solid pink in the photo) is flat but not stretched, the binding will "travel" with you, but with your bottom finger you will need to stretch it. It is really hard to explain how I do this, so I attempted to take a picture. 

So you can see that the solid pink is completely flat but there is no tension on it and the bottom binding is stretched out. I use my middle and ring fingers looped in the binding to help keep it stretched. It's almost like finger olympics!  Go ahead and sew all the way around. I typically sew from pin to pin. Once I get to the next pin, I re-adjust and make sure everything is lined up and stretched correctly. And please, please, please make sure to get those pins before your serger does. I can't tell you how many knives I have dulled and how many near death by pin experiences I have had. Please be careful!!! 

Once you have it all sewed all the way around, you will want to take it over to your steam iron and give it a press!!

Once you have a nice pressed binding, take it to your conventional machine or coverstitch and topstitch the neck seam down. I used a triple stretch stitch on mine. 

And wahhhh laaaa!! It wouldn't hurt to steam the neckline once again after you have top stitched. 

Next up are the sleeve bindings. First thing you want to do is sew the side seams of your sleeves together So you have the round of the sleeves complete. Next you want to quarter the bindings that you already sewed into a loop, and quarter your sleeve openings. Be sure to use the straight edge of the sleeve, not the side with the curve. 

We will attach these binding the same way we did the neck binding.

The sleeves are quite a bit smaller that the neckline, especially if you are making one of the smaller sizes. There is an alternative way of adding sleeve bindings. It makes adding them to the tiny sizes much easier. You place your flat sleeve piece right side up. You take your "un-looped" band peice and fold it in half and place the raw edges along the raw edge of the sleeve. 

Pin the center of the binding to the center of the sleeve bottom. You will need to still stretch as you sew the binding on. But sew it all the way across the bottom of the sleeve. Then you can iron the seam allowance up towards the sleeve. The next step would be to sew up the side seams of the sleeve. 

I don't top stitch my sleeve bands, I like the little puff it gives with the stretch. But please feel free to do so. Now that we have both of our sleeves bound (as well as the neckline) we are ready to move onto day 4!! 


P.S. If you still want to purchase this pattern, go straight to the LLK website and use the coupon code perfect10 for a discount! Find the Pefect Ten sewing pattern here!

Don't forget to post pictures of your progress and final project. Mabel Madison is donating a $35 gift card, and LLK is donating gift cards to their pattern shop!! Post pictures on Facebook in the LLK Cafe!

Sep 22, 2015

Perfect 10 Sew-a-long, Day 2

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Day 2:

Hi y'all! Natalie here again. Are you all ready to get started???
So today is Day 2: Options and Cutting. By now you should know way too much information about sewing and picking out knits.  Are ready to check out the options (they don't call it Perfect 10 for nothing)???  Below are ALL of the options available in the pattern.

1. Heart Pocket
2. Peter Pan Collar
3. Ruffled Neckline
4. Ruffled Shoulder
5. Button Placket with Ruffle
6. Bodice Bow
7. Button Tab
8. Bubble Sleeve
9. Double Ruffle Sleeve
10. Rouched Hem
11. Sleeveless
12. Short Sleeve
13. 3/4 Sleeve
14. Long Sleeve
15. Basic Hem
16. Hemband
17. Enclosed Neckline
18. Basic Neckline

Is your mind spinning yet??? That is 18 variations in the pattern. Think of all the different combinations you can make out of those options alone!!! And there is still room for you to be completely creative. I will share my own creative modification on Day 5.  Below are pics of some of the options I chose to do in the few shirts I made. 

Basic Neck Binding, Heart Pocket, Short Sleeves  
(I did add in there my own little hand applique, Hi Elephant!!)

3/4 Sleeve with my own crochet lace trim addition. 

Bubble Sleeve

Peter Pan Collar with Crochet Lace Trim

Now that you have chosen which options to do, gather all of your pattern pieces and let's get to taping. They are all no trim pages and should line up great. Go on over to page 3 and check out the measurements so you are sure to pick out the correct size. I like to conserve paper where possible. Since I am one of those crazy people who like to print all of the pattern, I trace whatever size I am working on out on freezer paper. Here is all the peices taped together and my freezer paper size 3t all traced out. 

Lay out your fabric, being sure that the stretch is going in the correct direction! And cut out all of your pieces!! Be sure to  check out the cutting charts on page 6 and 7 to get the measurements for your hembands and bindings!

I will chat with y'all tomorrow and we start sewing!


P.S. If you still want to purchase this pattern, go straight to the LLK website and use the coupon code perfect10 for a discount! Find the Pefect Ten sewing pattern here!

Don't forget to post pictures of your progress and final project. Mabel Madison is donating a $35 gift card, and LLK is donating gift cards to their pattern shop!! Post pictures on Facebook in the LLK Cafe!

Sep 21, 2015

Perfect 10 Sew-a-long, Day 1

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Happy Monday Everyone!! Natalie here, from The Sassy Pumpkin. I am so excited to be participating in yet another fantastic LLK Sew Along!! This week we will be playing with knit and sewing up some cute Perfect 10 Tops. We are also going to look at some creative ways to make this top different every time we sew it. On the very last day I will be showing you my creative modification to the Perfect 10
So be sure to go over to the LLK Website and get your copy of The Perfect 10 today!!  Use this code “perfect10“ to get a discount.

Below is the schedule for the Sew Along:
Day 1: Get your pattern!!! Pick out fabric, go over a few knit sewing tips
Day 2: Options and Cutting 
Day 3: Start Sewing and Bindings
Day 4: Adding Sleeves and Hemming
Day 5: Modifications

Day 1: **WARNING** I tend to be VERY long winded, today’s post is very long, but I will try my best to shorten it up for the following days. 

Alright, enough business talk, let’s get started. Go ahead and read through the pattern. I know it is a million pages, but all of those pages give you soooo many cool options to make your Perfect 10 completely original and different each time you make it. Get a picture in your head of which option you would like to use for your shirt, we will go over the different options tomorrow. 

I hear all the time, “sewing with knits is scary, it’s hard”. Well that is just foolishness, lol. I actually prefer knits to wovens. I am going to give you a few tips on picking out knit fabric and sewing with knits to ease your mind. I hope you will become an addict like me!!! Now only if we could find a knit fabric fairy to just deliver all that deliciousness **free** right to our doorsteps!
Through this SAL I used my serger for 90% of the shirt construction. That is my preferred method. BUT you do not have to have a serger or coverstitch machine to sew with knit and get fantastic results. 

First let’s talk fabric. Before just picking out something that looks pretty, you need to take into consideration the amount of stretch and weight of your knit. For this pattern in particular, the fit, I would say, is slim. Not stick to your babies belly and show belly button outline (unless your little one has a cute little Buda belly like mine does, hehe). But slim enough to layer under a dress and not get all bunchy.  So we will need to make sure that the fabric has plenty of stretch to get it over their heads and be able to move with your child.

I prefer a knit with Lycra or Spandex in it. But you could also use interlock or jersey as well. Now, I am not being paid or bribed in any way to say this, but I have found that the higher quality (a.k.a. ridiculously expensive) knit, yields the best results. If you go to one of your regular chain fabric stores, run over to their jersey knit section.  Pull out a bit of the fabric from the bolt and unfold it so you are looking at just one layer. And then just lay it over your hand. If you can see any color of your hand through it, you do not want to use it. When you sew that up you can guarantee that you will be able to see little lady bits through the fabric and when stretched it will be worse. It generally doesn’t have a very good stretch % either. It is also more difficult to sew up because it will roll like crazy and make you crazy!!!  So stay away. You can use interlock, that is a great fabric, it doesn’t have quite as much stretch as a fabric with Lycra in it and it doesn‘t have great recovery, but it has a good weight and it is a great beginner knit fabric.

Again, not being paid to say this, but the only chain fabric store that I have found to carry a nice, casual knit fabric is JoAnn’s Doodles line.  Unfortunately the closest one to me is 45 mins away, so I generally buy all of my knit online. If you know of a great source of knits please share it in the LLK CafĂ©!!!  I would love to have new sources for great knit!
Here are 2 of the knit combos I picked out!

Now some sewing tips. It is very important to use the correct needle. You will need to use a stretch or ball point needle. I prefer to use stretch needles. You will find what works best for you. 
If you are using a conventional machine for construction you will need to use a stretch stitch. Depending on your model of machine, there are several options. On my machine I have a few. The ones circled in the picture are the ones I use most often. 

1-06 Stretch Stitch
1-05 Triple Stitch
1-13 Double Zig Zag - attaching elastic
1-14 Triple Zig Sag - attaching elastic

Mine all default to a length of 2.5, I always bump that up to 3.5. Here is what I use them for:  Stretch Stitch for construction, triple stitch for hemming or top stitching, Double and Triple Zig Zag for inserting elastic or hemming. The double and triple stitches (straight and zig zag) use more stitches in one area to create a stretchy seam. If you use just a plain straight stitch for topstitching you will get popped stitches when your little one decides to ball up their knees in their shirt and sway side to side while watching TV. Yep, been there, done that, cringed when it popped! 

A few other tips - keep your iron set to steam and use it frequently!!!!  Sew slowly - no need to zip through it. Construction of this top will go quickly either way and you are less likely to make mistakes when you take your time. PSA - seam ripping on knit sucks wayyyyyy worse than seam ripping on woven. In my personal, very experienced opinion!!!! Last little tid bit, when starting to sew any seam, be sure that when you place your fabric under the presser foot, that you have approx 1/8-1/4 inch hanging out behind your presser foot. If you start it right at the edge your machine is going to eat up your fabric and make a nice little lump or hole. Just ask me how I know, and you have been warned! Lol. 

Alright, whew, I am tired, lol. So much information! Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back and refresh your memory as needed!!  
I will see you tomorrow where we discuss options and get to cutting!!!


P.S. If you still want to purchase this pattern, go straight to the LLK website and use the coupon code perfect10 for a discount! Find the Pefect Ten sewing pattern here!

Don't forget to post pictures of your progress and final project. Mabel Madison is donating a $35 gift card, and LLK is donating gift cards to their pattern shop!! Post pictures on Facebook in the LLK Cafe!

Aug 14, 2015

Knot Right Now, Sew-A-Long, Day 4

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Day 4: Skirt Assembly Next your skirt and I know everyone has their own system on how you sew your garments. Lay your skirt pieces right sides together and sew down one entire side. I then take my skirt to my serger and serge that same side. The stitch from the machine keeps your skirt together; the serger keeps your material from fraying and cleans it up nicely. Lay it out completely flat and iron. Now because I added two different kinds of trims I have to assess my skirt and where I want placement of it. I measure where I want to place my smaller crocheted lace and then iron and measure that entire length of my skirt. (No one said this would be quick) I then pin the entire length of that lace along that ironed line. Believe me you will thank me later for taking the extra time to make sure it’s straight and pretty. STEPHKRNpiecescut Sew that beautiful lace onto that skirt! So pretty. Now if you are adding a ruffle this would be the time that you want to gather your ruffle and add it to the hem. I wanted a statement bottom to this dress so I went with this gorgeous ivory lace. This also will not be quick, you want to evenly disperse that ruffle onto that hem so measure your ruffle in half and pin it to the seam on your skirt first. By doing it this way it ensure that you have even distribution of your ruffle on both sides of your skirt. Pin, pin, pin and sew! I serged my lace and the bottom of my skirt before I added my leather panel to the skirt because of the leather you don’t want to run that bad boy through your serger, you will have needles flying everywhere and may cause more damage to your machine then needed. Don’t even take that chance, just be patient and move slowly! J Once I attached my lace to the hem, I sewed it together, then flipped that seam and ironed it flat giving my bottom a nice French serged seam. I again covered my leather when I ironed with a scrap piece of fabric. Topstitch along the top ensuring that the seam is secured to the skirt. Look back and admire your handy work, you are almost done!! Placing right sides together sew and serge the other side of your skirt and you have a finished skirt ready for gathering! DSC_6671 I choose to always gather two to three rows depending on the thickness of my fabric. I used a linen and it’s not thin or thick so I went with two rows of gathering stitches. Set your machine to the longest stitch it offers and a loose tension, you want to knot one end when you get your rows sewn. Now grabbing the non-knotted ends pull gently and start gathering. Also by sewing two or more rows of stitches if one row breaks, it will save you and you can still manage to finish gathering the entire row. Do this to both sides of your skirt. DSC_6673 Now is when you can assemble your entire dress together!! Almost done! I always place my bodice over the tops of my skirts when I sew them together, it you prefer to do it the other way around but all means, like I said do what you are used to and what you are comfortable with. Pin your sides together first, lining up the seam of your skirt with the seams of your bodice. Then evenly distribute your skirt fabric along the inside of your bodice. Pin, Pin, Pin and then take to your machine and sew making sure you have your leather needle in your machine again as you sew these pieces together. Sew. I stopped once I got to the leather pieces and due to the thickness of it I actually hand fed it through and used my hand dial on the side of my machine to feed that leather through without turning my needle on sewing that leather through slowly without damaging my machine, breaking needles or bending the shaft on my machine. PHEW! Once your bodice is sewn together serge it. Again, I stopped up to the leather, did not and do not serge your leather and continue on. DSC_6675 Iron and topstitch and you are done!! Abby2 Thank you for joining me for the sew along, this is my favorite dress and I hope you enjoyed your week with me! Don't forget to add your finished creations in the KRN album in our LLK CAFE so you can be entered to win a fabric GC or a pattern!!! Abby4-2

Aug 12, 2015

Knot Right Now, Sew-a-long, Day 3

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Knot Right Now
Sew-A-Long, Day 3
Welcome back!! If you don't yet have this fantastic pattern, find it here!

Now we are going to sew the bodice pieces together to give you that beautiful clean look inside your bodice where there are no exposed seams and it looks pretty! I chose a contrasting fabric for the inside of my bodice so that it would be easier for you beginner sewers to understand how to do this step. Add your straps to the correct measurements and then you want to take your right sides together and line it up.

The orange fabric to orange and the mustard fabric to mustard. Pin all the way down those sides and match it up.

 Sew each side, making sure you reinforce with a back stitch when you start and stop. DSC_6656
 This is what it will look like when finished. DSC_6663
 Flip it right side out and iron. Now you want to topstitch your entire edge along the top of your bodice. Pretty, I love to topstitch, it is just a perfect finishing touch. DSC_6664
Tomorrow we will construct our skirts!! See you then!

Don't forget to post pictures in the LLK Cafe on Facebook!
If you still need the pattern, you can find it here! Use coupon code knotrightnow to save 20%!

Aug 11, 2015

Knot Right Now, Sew-a-long, Day 2

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Knot Right Now
Sew-A-Long, Day 2
Welcome to the Knot Right Now Sew-a-long. If you don't yet have this fabulous pattern, find it here!

Cutting Fabrics & Bodice Front I am choosing to make my dress with a wide lace band at the hem, please feel free to do a ruffle, lace trim or just leave your hem with a clean line. Cut those according to the pattern directions. Either of these options are perfect in every way, and again, do with whatever moves you. There are moments that I actually spend more time pairing up combinations then what it takes me to sew the actual dress. STEPHKRNpiecescut
 Lets get started on your straps. Your straps for your dress are going to be ironed as if you are making actual bias tape.

Personally I love this way with or without ruffles and your strap is thick, heavier and lays really nicely over the shoulder. You want to iron one end over just a tiny bit so you have a nice clean finish when your strap is completely sewn. Then, iron your strap in half, unfold and take one side, flip it into the middle of the strap where your iron line is from before and iron down again, take the other side and do the same thing and then fold it completely in half the long way so it look like this. Iron is well; use steam if possible or some starch and just let it go. Do this also to your other strap and set aside.

 Lets DECORATE our bodice. steph bodice pieces
I want to explain a little bit about adding a panel in your bodice and the easiest way that I do it. Most of the time I just add a panel of some sort to the top of the entire bodice such as a ruffle, some ribbon etc, but because this is leather and it would look odd sitting on top of my bodice I need to cut it apart. steph bodice pieces steph bodice center
 So how I do that is I iron my bodice in half and then lay my leather piece in the middle of the line and then snip the material at the bottom where the leather is. Now, this entire middle piece will be cut off of the bodice. steph bodicecut   steph bodice cut in halfJPG
 I take it to my machine and clip the leather to the fabric, you don’t want to pierce it with pins, it will leave holes and then I take it to my machine and sew it. stephleathersewingtogther
 Repeat on the other side and do the same thing so you achieve this look when finished. I then take my bodice panel to my ironing board, lay a scrap piece of fabric over my bodice piece and iron flat. You don’t want to directly steam and iron your leather. stephbodicefinished
 Then, take to your machine and finish that panel piece with a pretty top stitch. stephbodicelining
Next, lay your inner bodice piece on top of your original bodice piece and pin together, again not pinning your leather but just your fabrics. Sew along the arm holes and top only. Take this to your iron once finished, turn it right side out, make sure those corners look pretty and iron it down. PRETTY!! ADDING BUTTONHOLES: Ok, this is where if you are doing button holes for the first time or the hundredth time it can get a little tricky for you. I kind of formulated my own system in making button holes for my KRN dresses. I have 2 inches from the leather to the end of the bodice at the top so I measure half way which is an inch and I mark it with a pin, I then measure two inches down and mark it at an inch and a half and mark that with a pin. stephmeasbttonhole stephbuttonplacement
 This is where the bottom of your button will start on your machine. Again, this is the way I do my button holes, if you have another way you prefer by all means, do whatever makes you feel comfortable.
 Add your buttonhole maker to your machine, line it up and let it do its thing. I formulate the same thing for the other side also. stephbuttonholesewing
 Once finished, sit back and admire your hard work, you need to recover from not breathing while you waited for the final reveal. stephbuttonholepretty
Take your handy dandy seam ripper and rip the inside of that button hole apart. Putting a pin along the one end horizontal to catch the seam ripper is a great safety precaution!! stephseamripper
 Go slowly my friend because if you don’t, well I would hate for you to have to start completely over if you rip through. I snip any threads hanging out and then move onto my back bodice pieces and your straps. Admire your front bodice. Tomorrow we will add the straps and construct the entire bodice.

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